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04 Feb 2008

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Jules Verne Trophy 2008 attempt

Rolex Miami OCR


Miami and Melbourne have hogged the headlines over the last week with the Olympic classes battling for the final places at the 2008 Games.

This week the focus switches to New Zealand and yes, you can read about here at straight from our NZL Editor.

Good sailing
Gerald New

UK Editor

Battle for Olympic places overshadows Miami result
By RYA/,
British sailors missed out on the medals after the final day of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. Competing in the Radial and Yngling Medal Races, the best placed Brits were Penny Clark, taking fourth in the Radial and the Yngling team, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, finishing the event in fifth... [more]

Medal Races Determine Champions at Rolex Miami OCR
By Event media,
After the short 30-minute Medal Race in each of four Olympic classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star and Yngling), US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR officially concluded. After the final Medal Races, Paige Railey (USA) won Radial Gold and Maciej Grabowski (POL) the Laser. Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau (FRA) won the Star class and Mandy Mulder, Mary Faber and Merel Witteveen (NED) took the Yngling Gold... [more]

Final Medal races for Olympic Classes today
By Event media/,
The Olympic Classes will continue sailing at the Rolex Miami OCR after the final series races decided the ten competitors who will contest the final Medal races. TeamGBR sailors will compete in the Yngling and Laser Radial events... [more]

Brass Monkey series at Pwllheli
By Jim Connolly,
A cracking start was made to the LYC / PSC Brass Monkey series at Pwllheli on Sunday Jan 27th, with ten LYC yachts competing with over 65 LYC members on board.... [more]

Clipper leader Jamaica maintains distance on pack
By PR,
Overnight the chase for the podium positions continued unabated in the South China Sea. The pack chasing the current race leader Jamaica appear as though they are tied together with a piece of string as they match race each other towards the finish in Qingdao... [more]

18ft Skiffs Australian Championship – Race 6
By Frank Quealy,
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell had already won the championship (regardless of Race 6) in Gotta Love It 7 with a total of six points, followed by Fiat (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis) on 11 points and defending champion Macquarie Real Estate (Micah Lane, Jack Macartney and Drewe Waller) third on 14 points... [more]

RYA Youth Nationals entry now available online
The 2008 RYA Youth Nationals Championships are being staged at Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club from Saturday 29 March to Friday 4 April and are guaranteed as always to attract the top under 18 racers in the country to do battle in North Wales. On-line entry is now available at the RYA website... [more]

Groupama 3 bending towards South Africa
Whilst she had already passed 20° South this Friday afternoon, Groupama 3 was beginning to bend its course towards South Africa. The tradewinds have continued to fill in since their passage of the equator and the trimaran has racked up a day of over 680 miles... [more]

Brits struggle at Miami Olympic regatta
By RYA/,
Iain Percy and Shirley Robertson miss out on final Medal races at Rolex Miami OCR, while in the battle for Olympic selection Penny Clark strengthened her position as the top British boat in the Laser Radial class heading into the final 10-boat medal race. The Miami event is part of a potential three-regatta series of trials events for four Skandia Team GBR sailors... [more]

Brits miss-out on medals in Miami OCR
By RYA/,
Racing for the Paralympic classes drew to a close at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Friday without any Podium places for the Team GBR sailors. In the battle for Olympic places, Helena Lucas and Niki Birrell-Alexandra Rickham gained the advantage in the chase for British Paralympic selection in the 2.4mR and SKUD classes... [more]

Water, water, everywhere - but not a place to moor
By Anik Basu, Livemint New Delhi,
Rising sales of luxury boats could spell big business across India. In yet another sign of the rich getting richer, an increasing number of people are buying pleasure boats, and according to a yachting association official, have spent Rs400 crore (£50 million) since Mumbai hosted India's first international boat exhibition last year... [more]

Comfortable lead for Paprec-Virbac
By Barcelona World Race media,
Barcelona World Race leader, Paprec-Virbac 2, is now less than 1,900 miles from the finishing line, which translates to about 10 more days of racing. With a 476 mile lead on Hugo Boss, the situation is comfortable for the race leader. Current weather routing software puts Paprec-Virbac 2 sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar on 8 February, making a finish on the 11th likely... [more]

Jamaica leads Clipper fleet to Qingdao
By PR,
In a change of fortunes, Jamaica continued to increase their lead on leg six overnight and they have managed to extend their lead to more than 60 nautical miles at the 06:00 hrs report today. Bottom placed after five legs of the Clipper round the world race have been completed, Jamaica is leading the fleet to the next stage port, Qingdao, China... [more]

'The Mast Has Gone!'- Story from South China Sea
By Victor Mallett,,
It was the moment every sailor dreads. Paul Bayfield, an experienced crew member aboard Purple X, a 49ft Oyster yacht on passage from the Philippines to Hong Kong, had just settled into his berth after a spell on watch when there was a horrible noise above followed by a sharp change in the boat's motion... [more]

Valencia Sailing talks to Grant Simmer
By Valencia Sailing,
Last Thursday Valencia Sailing visited the Alinghi base and talked to Grant Simmer, managing director and design coordinator of the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup. Our interest was of course the hearing that had taken place in New York 3 days earlier (January 23rd) and more specifically Alinghi's claim that 'multihulls' and 'keel yachts' are two incompatible types of vessels.... [more]

Viper 640 ready to expand Down Under
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
New Zealander, Brian Bennett designed the Viper 640 back in 1996 (in the US) and it won the prestigious Sailing World magazine Performance boat of the year award in 1997. The class struggled in the early years, but is now having a massive resurgence, with boats built by Rondar in the UK, and Bennett reports that some great things are happening.... [more]

Dragon - the king of boats, the boat of kings
By Isabelle Andrieux/Marianne Lacroix,
Day one of the Primo Cup, after the Dragon class started a day earlier - Organised every year on the first two weekends of February, the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse has grown into a one-design event that few care to miss out on. Thousands of sailors, both amateurs and professionals descend on Monaco from over 20 countries to take part in the 13 classes... [more]

Paralympic qualifying tussle at Rolex Miami OCR
Leading Brits switch in Paralympic qualifying tussle - - Helena Lucas regains the lead over Skandia Team GBR teammate Megan Pascoe in the qualifying battle for the 2.4mR single-handed Paralympic class, while SKUD sailors Niki Birrell and Alexandra Rickham have pulled ahead of their main rivals for the British Beijing berth for the first time in the regatta.... [more]

Daubney ruled to have not infringed Anti-Doping
By ISAF Media and Sail-World,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has been informed of the decision by the Disciplinary Chamber for Doping cases of the Swiss Olympic Association, in the Case of Mr Simon Daubney. The decision of the Chamber is that Simon Daubney has not infringed the Anti-Doping Rules and that the Chamber has withdrawn any sanctions against Simon Daubney.... [more]

Hard slog in light winds for Barcelona fleet
By Barcelona World Race media,
After a short spell heading west Boss has tacked back and a little further to the east than the front runners is following the track of the Franco-Irish leaders. Temenos II and Mutua Madrileña are both up to speed, with a similar average of 12 knots, their passage towards Gate 7 facilitated by steadier east north-easterly trade winds. Dominique and Michele are now just over 400 miles from Fernando... [more]

Groupama 3 - Skirting round the edge
Franck Cammas' crew didn't waste any time after the Doldrums, accelerating again at 4° South to over twenty knots in around fifteen knots of SE'ly. However, the change was even more radical from sunrise (7° South), when the breeze backed favourably to the East. This enabled Groupama 3 to sail with the wind on the beam (and no longer upwind) with an added intensity to the breeze, 18-20 knots.... [more]

Size does matter - 10cm of headfoil and the AC
By Sebastien Destremau,
Remember the surprising defeat of BMW Oracle in their match against China Team during the second qualifying round of the 32nd America Cup? This terrible faux pas put BMW Oracle on equal points with two other favourites: the Italian Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand. A loss to the latter for China Team virtually qualified the Kiwis for the Challengers' final... [more]

Tornado World Championship warm-up event
By Janet Watkins, Takapuna BC,
Three weeks from now racing will start off Takapuna Beach, New Zealand for the 2008 Tornado World Championship. Britain's Olympic representatives, Leigh McMillan and Will Howden head-up a GBR team of Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney, Rob Wilson and Mark Bulkeley, Tom Phipps and Marcus Lynch, and Stephen Medwell and Stuart Offer. 44 entries are confirmed with representatives from 19 different countries... [more]

Goodison goes for Gold at Laser Worlds
With Skandia Team GBR sailors riding high in the championship events already settled in Australia, Paul Goodison will be looking to continue the golden precedent set by his teammates so far in 2008 when the World Laser Senior Standard Championships get underway in Australia next week... [more]

Who will get to go to the Olympics?
The Battle to represent Britain has stepped up a gear at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, with the leading British sailors vying for Olympic and Paralympic selection feeling the heat in Miami on Wednesday. Penny Clark retains her lead in the Laser Radial but Charlotte Dobson has dramatically closed the gap. Megan Pascoe has overtaken Helen Lucas in the 2.4mR... [more]

470 Worlds - pictures
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
One of the great delights of a visit to Australia is the clean air. I know an Australian yachting photographer who teases me relentlessly about the images I shoot in Asia. 'Wow! That's impressive!' he says (occasionally) 'I didn't know you could shoot in sunshine'. Sad but true. Almost all the images I shot of the China Coast Cup in 1993 look better than the ones I shot in 2008... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team adds three Swedish crewmen
By Ericsson Racing Team,
This will be the first round-the-world race for the three sailors, who all have roots on Sweden's west coast. Ericsson Racing Team will compete with two boats, one with an international crew and one with an entirely Nordic crew, giving young Nordic sailors a chance to break into the small world of international yachting.... [more]

Stylish watches for sea and shore
Stylish watches for sailing, swimming, surfing and on-shore - HogWild Time Band - HogWild Snap Watch - Optimum OS225 - Suitable for on-shore or on the boat. Three different designs from £6.99... [more]

Asher and Willis talk about second 470 Mens Worlds
By Rob Kothe, Sail-World Australia,
Recovering from a major collision mid regatta Britain's Nic Asher (23) and crew Elliott Willis (24) blasted to a win in the 470 Mens Medal race at the 2008 World Championship on Port Phillip Bay yesterday. It was their second World title.... [more]

Percy and Simpson sail the flag at Rolex Miami OCR
By Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson,
Notes from Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta where they are sailing and tuning their latest Star boat. For Team Percy-Simpson, however, reaching the podium at this event is not high on their list of priorities – they're racing a brand new boat which literally arrived just a few days ago... [more]

Sail the Farr 40 Worlds in exotic places
By Rolex PR,
The Farr 40 Class announced the venues for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships from 2009-2011 starting with the 2008 Worlds in Miami Beach. Then it will be off to the azure waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia for 2009 and then in the winter of 2010 the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. To round off the circuit the class will be returning Down Under in 2011 to spectacular and magical Sydney... [more]

Final report from Channel Islands Frostbite Series
By William Harris,
Anyone scoring three out of eight might be justly accused of not trying hard enough. Nevertheless, with three postponements due to gale force winds and two for no wind at all, the organisers of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Freeport Marine Frostbite Series had good reason to be satisfied with their performance last weekend... [more]

Jamaica leads Hull & Humber in Clipper race
By Clipper event media,
The fleet has split into two groups with catching up to the western group after a bad start. Jamaica has taken over the lead from Hull & Humber with New York and Liverpool 08 hot on their heels. The eastern group, currently being led by Jamaica, also includes Qingdao, Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and Uniquely Singapore... [more]

Hugo Boss cuts lead in half. Or do they?
By Barcelona World Race media,
Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss roared through what is typically a hard roadblock with 10 knots of boatspeed. As a result, the black boat is now just 433 miles behind the race leader, having gained a further 30 miles over the past 24 hours.... [more]

Aboard Gotta Love It 7 - 18ft Skiff Racing
By Robert Bell – Sheethand aboard Gotta Love it 7,
This report on recent racing in the 18ft Skiff National Championships is courtesy of Robert Bell, the Sheethand aboard Gotta Love it 7. Gotta Love It 7 secured an overall win in the Nationals with a race to spare. We have had three races over the past two weeks and all three have been full of drama and some good results... [more]

Maxwell and Kinsolving on their 470 Worlds win
By Rob Kothe,
In the US Sailing Team trials last November, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving missed out, they finished second behind Amanda Clark and Sarah Mergenthaler. After failing to win selection, most crews just fold their tents, but they said, ‘we are in pretty good shape, let's go to Australia and find out just how good we are. And they did.'... [more]

Brits Asher and Willis grab Mens 470 Worlds
By Jodi Kelly/Clare Murray - Sail Melbourne Media,
Brits Nic Asher and Elliot Willis overcame great odds this week to pull off a stunning 470 Men's world championship victory at Mordialloc Sailing Club in Melbourne Australia today. The 2006 world champions survived a nasty mid-race collision in Race 8 before they rallied to win today's top 10 double points medal race and their second world title by just 0.9 of a point... [more]

470 Gold for Asher and Willis
Nic Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR) won the Medal race and took Gold at the 470 World Championships in Australia. Second place went to MARINHO, Álvaro Marinho and Miguel Nunes of Portugal, with Gideon Kliger and Udi Gal from Isreal in third place... [more]

Yngling trio make gains in Miami
World Champions Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson are leading the Yngling fleet after Tuesday's second day of racing at the Rolex Miami OCR. In the Laser Radial class, Penny Clark has kept her nose in front in this first event of the potential three-regatta Olympic trials for the British women's single-handers... [more]

Maxwell and Kinsolving (USA) are 470 World Champs
Erin Maxwell and Isabella Kinsolving from the USA win women's 470 World Championship. Second were Giula Conti and Giovanna Micol of Italy and in third Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson of Australia... [more]

Groupama 3 Crossing Equator Wednesday
Groupama 3 - Jules Verne Trophy attempt - At an average pace of twenty knots this Tuesday, Franck Cammas and his crew should pass into the South between 0700 and 1400 hours GMT on Wednesday, that is a descent from Ushant in six days, give or take a few hours.... [more]

Images from Acura Race Week
By Sail-World,
Images from the recent Acura Race Week, supplied by photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]

Hugo Boss returns to the Northern Hemisphere
By Annabel Merrison,
At 23.48 GMT on the 28th January 2008, Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape re-crossed the Equator onboard HUGO BOSS and began the final push towards the Mediterranean finish line in Barcelona, Spain.... [more]

Brits face 470 Medal race show-down
In the 470 World Championships currently being staged at Mordialloc Sailing Club, Port Phillip, Britain has interest in both the men's and women's medal races on Wednesday. Nic Asher and Elliott Willis back in third place will be going for Gold, they are only three points off the leaders... [more]

Hull & Humber, Jamaica and Liverpool lead
By Clipper PR,
The inevitable headwinds associated with the north east monsoon this time of year has meant that the Clipper fleet are having to tack back and forth across each others track to try and gain a few yards of advantage. This makes the leader board a bit unstable at the moment... [more]

Giles Scott (GBR) takes Finn Junior World title
In a double fillip for Skandia Team GBR, following on from Ben Ainslie's Gold Cup win, hot prospect Giles Scott was crowned 2008 Finn Junior World Champion having led the contest since day one - Scott finishing 14th overall, an astonishing 133 points better off than silver medallist Piotr Kula (POL), Ainslie had some encouraging words for the 20-year-old pretender to his throne... [more]

Yngling GBR team get best start at Miami Regatta
Great Britain's sailors saw a solid start to the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Monday, with Yngling World Champions Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson displaying the most consistent scoreline of the Brits on the opening day... [more]

2008 Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta at Cowes
By PR,
Now in its fourth year the 2008 Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes, will take place from Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June inclusive. Originally instigated as a fun level racing regatta to fill a gap in the big boat racing calendar, this event's simple racing format and excellent social programme have proven hugely successful... [more]

Ainslie wins the Finn Worlds shoot-out
By Rob Kothe,
Britain's Ben Ainslie continues to sail towards a Qingdao Finn Class Gold Medal winning his fifth World Championship today - The 2008 World Champion Ben Ainslie commented, ‘It was always going to be the close race, with Dan and the Dutch and Danish guys'... [more]

Asher and Willis return to 470 Worlds
The predicted 10 - 15 knots didn't arrive for the start of racing on day 5 of the 470 World Championships, but it did kick in at just as the Women's silver fleet came ashore at the end of racing. Britain's Asher and Willis were back racing, with redress for the missed races due to the collision. A ninth and a fifth put them in third place overall... [more]

Perfect first day conditions at Rolex Miami OCR
By Barby MacGowan,
Perfect first-day conditions greeted sailors at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, where 369 Olympic and Paralympic sailors from 34 countries are competing in four Olympic classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star, and Yngling) and three Paralympic classes (2.4mR, SKUD-18 and Sonar).... [more]

Raymond Simonds wins Illusion Fleet Racing
By Barnaby Edwards,
Illusion Fleet Racing at Bembridge Sailing Club - Bembridge Harbour was a sun-soaked playground last weekend, hosting fun and games for twenty Illusionists. Raymond Simonds was the first kid on the block, winning the opening race, but young Piers Thomas was top trump for the following two flights... [more]

More Ways to Race in Virgin Islands Race Week
By Talbot Wislon,
The beauty of this Virgin Islands holiday is that it offers both intense racing and quality family time. Sailors and their families can customize their sailing vacation by mixing and matching hardcore racing, just-for-fun racing, and leisurely cruising.... [more]

2008 BVI Spring Regatta counting down to March 31
By Linda Phillips,
Less than three months before the start of the British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, Presented by Nanny Cay, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is the highlight of the Caribbean racing season, drawing about 160 boats ranging in size from 14 to 75 feet and sailors from almost every continent.... [more]

Groupama 3 - In the kick of the doldrums!
Since sunrise, Groupama 3 has found its wings once more. Under gennaker in fine NE'ly tradewinds of 18 knots on slight seas, the giant trimaran was able to rack up average speeds of over 27 knots! This fifth day at sea has born witness to a cracking pace then, particularly as the equator was no more than 950 miles ahead of them this Monday lunchtime.... [more]

Battle for breeze and the lead in Clipper fleet
By Clipper event media,
After each stopover, it always takes the first few days to settle back on board, especially when the stopover is centered around the Singaporean hospitality and wealth of restaurants the city has on offer. A group of Indonesian islands has caused a split in the fleet as some choose the route west of the island group and others are staying to the east.... [more]

Silly Season in the America's Cup - Keels 'n Barge
By Richard Gladwell,
After Christmas, the silly season seemed to strike the America's Cup. The antics started soon after Justice Herman Cahn's decision on 27 November, which declared that Club Nautico Espanol de Vela (CNEV) was not a legitimate challenger on a couple of grounds – both of which involved the interpretation of a couple of simple words.... [more]

Beijing berths up for grabs at Miami regatta
The last remaining British berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events will be at stake this week when the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta gets underway in Biscayne Bay on Monday... [more]

Helena Lucas – 2.4 Meter Midwinter Champion
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Helena Lucas is Biscayne Bay's winner of the day. Helena won her first regatta of the year, the 2.4 Meter Midwinter Regatta hosted by Shake-a-Leg Miami. The Team Skandia GBR sprite dominated the 22-boat international fleet by sailing away from the pack and collecting only eight points in five races on Friday... [more]

Stenhouse wins Steve Nicholson Memorial Race
By PR,
The Steve Nicholson Memorial Race has become one of the must events of the winter pursuit series with all proceeds going to Asthma UK. With a mixed forecast, 127 boats of which 24 were asymmetrics, headed for Pitsford Reservoir to be greeted by sunshine and a cracking 18 – 22 knot breeze. The boats ranged from 8 Optimists to two 49ers... [more]

Ainslie takes lead at Finn Gold Cup
Ben Ainslie has taken the lead at the Finn Gold Cup in Australia after eight races completed. Dan Slater of New Zealand is one point behind and Pieter Jan Postma of the Netherlands moves into third place. Ainslie has taken the clear lead for the first time in the championship. He finished one place ahead of Slater in race eight, to take the overall lead with 35 points, Slater is on 36... [more]

New leaders at 470 Worlds - Asher/Willis out
By Jodi Kelly /,
It was a mixed day for most out on the water, with the top of the leaderboard changing yet again. With Britain's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis not sailing following the injury to Willis in the collision the previous day, race leaders Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield (GBR) dropped to outright third position on 46 points after a 12th and fifth... [more]

Clipper - Race 6 starts from Singapore
By Clipper PR,
Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper crossed the line ahead of the rest of the fleet as the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht restarted at 0610 UT (1410 local time) on Sunday after a spectacular send-off from the new Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore... [more]

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