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18 Feb 2008

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Andy Couch wins P&B Phantom Winter Championships
Simon Childs,
National Champion Andy Couch made it a clean sweep at the Phantom Winter Nationals held at Northampton SC over the weekend. The forecast was for a cold but clear day with winds of around 10 mph, in reality it was pretty cold and considerably breezier at times in races 1 and 2.... [more]

Only Radials race at Laser Masters Worlds - day 1
Gerald New / Di Pearson,
Only the Radial class managed any racing on the first day of the Laser Masters Worlds in Australia. The fickle light winds meant that the Standard Laser events were canned shortly after the first start and the fleets returned to the shore. In the Radial events just one one of the two scheduled races was completed for the four age categories... [more]

Race 5 of the Brass Monkey at Pwllheli
Jim Connolly,
Liverpool Yacht Club's fifth race in the Brass Monkey series was held at Pwllheli on Sunday 10 February in sixty degrees of sunshine. Eleven LYC and one PSC yachts took to the water. Rod Darling skipper of Lezayre chose not to race and decided to cruise in the pleasant conditions over towards St Tudwal Island accompanied by past Commodore John D'Henin... [more]

Team GBR at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland day 2,
Britain's Team GBR Olympic representertives for the Qingdao Olympics, Leigh McMillian and Will Howden, had a better day at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland. The Tornado event is acting as a warm-up for the Tornado Worlds and McMillian and Howden moved to fifth place after 8, 2, 3, 11 placings on day two... [more]

Boating Safety with Kids
Laurie Lowther - YachtShare NZ Ltd,
Every parent's concern when boating is the safety of their child at sea. When we at YachtShare are approached by potential clients with children, we have a lot to discuss to allay their fears and to ensure the client has enough practical knowledge to assume command with children on-board.... [more]

Second win for Gotta Love It 7 at JJ Giltinan media,
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell reproduced yesterday's performance in Gotta Love It 7 when they again outgunned a red-hot 18ft Skiff fleet to take out Race 2 of the SLAM-Winning Appliances Giltinan International Championship on Sydney Harbour Sunday. Following today's race, Gotta Love It 7 heads the point score list with a loss of 2 points, followed by Omega Smeg on 4... [more]

Groundhog Day for Groupama 3 media,
Groupama 3 is devouring the miles at an average of over thirty knots and was set to pass Stewart Island last night before going on to pass the antemeridian Sunday: it'll be same day twice since the crew will in this way pass into the western longitude and 'catch-up' with the same day, something Phileas Fogg and his manservant Passepartout forgot about during the Round the World in Eighty Days... [more]

Team GBR at Sail Auckland - Day 1 Report,
After the action in Australia the focus is firmly now on New Zealand and the Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Regatta, a warm-up for the Tornado and the Laser Radial Worlds later in February and March. In the Tornado event Briton's Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney are in seventh, while in the Laser Radial Charlotte Dobson was the best placed in fourth overall... [more]

Laser Masters Worlds sailors rock into Terrigal
Di Pearson,
Lock up your grandmothers, mothers and daughters – the Laser Masters World's sailors have come to town - and although the locals may have been impressed by the 160 boats that sailed in the Laser World Championship at Terrigal this past week, they won't know what has hit them when the 367 sailors in the Masters event take to the water tomorrow for the 12 race series... [more]

Some days you shouldn't get out of bed......
W Hoover & E Aguiar,Honolulu Advertiser/Sail-World,
Some days, you just shouldn't get out of bed in the morning. What began as a leisurely ocean cruise Wednesday afternoon ended with Jim Dobson's 54-foot yacht running aground at Poka'i Bay, on the big island of Oahu, Hawaii, and the destruction of the very expensive craft after yesterday's wave surge left it sitting on the beach at the Wai'anae.... [more]

Sail a Tall Ship out of Portsmouth for a day
If you fancy yourself in the Johnny Depp role than the latest Tall Ship Experience Days being run out of Portsmouth Harbour this summer could be just the thing. - Red Sky Sailing has launched a series of 15 dates in summer 2008 for Tall Ship Experience Days, departing from Portsmouth. The days are open to individual bookers of all ages and no experience is necessary... [more]

Gotta Love It 7 wins Race 1 Giltinan Championship
Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League,
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell on Gotta Love It 7 took and early lead and were never headed before recording a 1min 48secs win from five times champion Trevor Barnabas in Omega Smeg. New Zealand's CT Sailbattens, skippered by Phil Airey, was third, a further 35 secs behind Omega Smeg.... [more]

Yngling team add Team GBR's third Gold this year,
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson successfully completed their Medal Race appearance to confirm their second Yngling World Championship title. They had already taken victory in Miami with a day to spare and had only to sail the final race to conform with the rules. Their world title is Skandia Team GBR's third of the year... [more]

Pioneering integrated performance development
Tracey Johnstone,
A group of ex-18-foot skiff sailors with a passion to challenge the norm and a continuing interest in the class, have come together on a integrated performance development project, with a new generation of 18- foot sailors, to drive a the development curve in the class.... [more]

Email saves Cornish couple in South Atlantic
BBC News,
A Cornish couple have been rescued from their yacht in the South Atlantic after emailing Falmouth Coastguard. Mike, 51 and Iris Clelford, 52, from Perranuthnoe near Penzance, asked for help after their yacht Brilliance sustained mast damage 500 miles from the island of Tristan da Cunha... [more]

Groupama 3 still on record pace media,
Groupama 3 is set to cross the longitude of the most S'ly cape of Tasmania, and thus enter into the Pacific Ocean. In a 30-35 knot W to NW'ly air flow with gusts, Franck Cammas and his men have been racking up the miles since midnight with an average of nearly thirty knots!... [more]

Three still battle conditions - Barcelona Race
Barcelona World Race media,
Temenos II, the third-placed Swiss-French boat made their way through the Straits of Gibraltar, officially passing the penultimate scoring gate in the Gibraltar Straits early this morning 15th February at 01.30h GMT and with an elapsed time of 13days 08hours 45minutes.... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to [more]

18 Footers Giltinan International Championship
Frank Quealey,
The Australian and NSW champions Seve Jarvin, Robert Bell and Sam Newton have shown other competitors what to expect in the 2008 Giltinan International Championship when they sailed Gotta Love It 7 to victory in the Invitation Race on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Ian Williams wins inaugural Casa De Campo Match
Tony Torres,
Showing the match race skill that led to his being crowned as the reigning World Champion, Team Pindar's Ian Williams from Great Britain won the first Casa de Campo Sponsor Challenge. Deutsche Bank, Williams and team defeat Peter Holmberg's El Presidente team 3-1 in exhibition match race event... [more]

Groupama 3 passes Cape Leeuwin Jules Verne Trophy,
Whilst the wind has finally kicked in again, Groupama 3 has passed the second legendary point in this round the world, Cape Leeuwin to the SW of Australia. A vast low, which is coming up behind them, should propel the giant triamaran as far as New Zealand, but the crew will be subject to violent winds and will have to bend its course again towards the NE... [more]

Yngling Gold again for Ayton, Webb and Wilson,
Britain's Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson took a 26 point lead and a second World Title at the completion of the series racing at the Yngling World Championships - taking place in Miami, Florida. The British Olympic choice for the 2008 Games finished the final day with a 4, 2 and 11 discard to double their lead and successfully defend their World title with a race to spare... [more]

2008 ORC International European Championship,
Organisers expect over 50 boats on the starting line in Marstrand in August, and believe the new ORC rule will bring many new sailors to the race course.... [more]

IRC for Metre & Classic Keelboat Regatta at Cowes
Latest news from the Metre & Classic Keelboat Regatta organisation is that they have now agreed with RORC Rating to use IRC as the rating system for mixed fleets at Cowes Classic Week this year. Standard class ratings will be developed for the one-design classes by the regatta organizers in conjunction with class measurers.... [more]

New York claims victory in Race 6 - Clipper 07-08
Clipper event media,
New York has claimed a Valentine's Day victory at the end of Race 6 from Singapore to Qingdao, China. By crossing the finish line at the East China Sea Gate at 0348 local time on 14 February 2008 (1948 GMT, 13 February 2008), the US team has notched up their third victory to date.... [more]

Hugo Boss second to finish Barcelona World Race
Barcelona World Race media,
Hugo Boss crossed the finishing line, just off the Olympic Port in Barcelona, at 05:34:57 GMT on Thursday morning, which was their 95th day at sea. Braving the extremes of Southern Ocean gales along with horrific conditions near Gibraltar, just days from the finishing line.... [more]

Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby on winning
Rob Kothe,
The scene was the Boat Park at the 2008 Laser Worlds at Terrigal on the New South Wales Central Coast. Father David Slingsby and Coach Arthur Brett were there as the 23 year old Australian, the 2006 Laser World Championship runner up and the 2007 Champion, Tom Slingsby rigged his Laser to go out in 20+ knot winds to defend his 2 point lead.... [more]

Laser - 10 more nations qualify for Beijing Games
Di Pearson,
Tom Slingsby may have retained his world crown as the Laser World Championship came to a close at Terrigal today, but there was more at risk for many others who were aiming to qualify their nations for the ten remaining places into the Beijing Games. A happy Jeemin Ha qualified Korea when he made it into the Gold fleet Finals two days ago. The remaining countries had to wait it out until today.... [more]

Tin Can about to start circumnavigation,
A home-built trimaran appropriately names Tin can is about to leave San Francisco on a circumnavigation. Built and sailed by David Vann, who claims to hold NZ Residency, the project is being viewed with a mixture of dismay and impending doom by many in the sailing world.... [more]

Sarah Ayton wins again at Yngling Worlds
A second win for the British trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson in the Yngling World Championships - taking place in Miami, Florida - opened a 13 point lead with seven races completed. The New Zealand crew of Sharon Ferris, Raynor Smeal and Olivia Powrie turned around a form slide to place second, with Silja Lehtinen, Maria Klemetz and Livia Varesmaa of Finland taking third... [more]

Icy conditions and snow reported by Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
Over the last few days the temperatures have dropped dramatically and several of the skippers have reported having snow this morning. To help battle the cold conditions crew members are starting to layer up as Martin Silk explains: “Two sets of thermals, one mid-layer, woolly socks, boots, mittens, balaclava, oilskins, ski goggles and a lifejacket is all you need to go on deck today!... [more]

P&B Phantom Mid Winter Championship Preview
Phantom Class Assoc,
Saturday 16 February will see the delayed Phantom class Mid-Winter Championships at Northampton SC. The event is supported by Pinnell and Bax Sailmakers and marks the first real fleet racing opportunity of 2008, after some successful Phantom performances in the Winter Handicap Events, notably the Grafham Grand Prix and Battle of the Classes Pursuit... [more]

Goodison satisfied with comeback event result
RYA / Karenza Morton,
Paul Goodison admitted he was “reasonably happy” after putting three months of injury misery behind him to finish seventh at the 2008 World Laser Standard Championships in Australia. Sheffield-born Goodison broke his wrist in a mountain biking accident late last year and after having a screw inserted in his wrist only sat in a boat again on January 7.... [more]

Brits keep lead at Yngling Worlds
yngling event media /,
After six races at the Yngling Worlds the GBR team of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, are still in the lead. Into second place now are the German crew of Ulrike Schuemann, Julia Bleck and Ute Hoepfner. The Australians, Krystal Weir, Karyn Gojnich and Angela Farrell are in third place... [more]

Winners are Grinners - 2008 Laser World titles
Di Pearson,
Defending world champion Tom Slingsby was declared the 2008 World Laser Champion after nasty southerly winds and whipped up seas forced Race Organisers to abandon all attempts at racing off Terrigal this afternoon.... [more]

Navtec launches continuous PBO Fibre Rigging
Julie Turner,
Navtec, the Lewmar rigging division based in Guilford, Conn., has announced the first application of its fully continuous fibre rigging. The 23 meter (75-ft.) carbon fibre spar for the Andrews 50', It's OK, was rigged with Navtec's newest PBO system.... [more]

Clarification on World Sailing Speed Record claims
John Reed - Secretary to the WSSR Council,
There have always been unsubstantiated speed record claims, to such an extent that this was the reason for the establishment of the ISAF World Sailing Speed Record rules in the early 1970s.... [more]

Ericsson 3 officially named in Barcelona for Volvo
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson 3, the first of Ericsson's two race yachts, has been given its name in an event that lit up the Barcelona night sky. The ceremony invited key guests from the telecom industry and sailing community to get on board the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, with 235 days to go before the racing yachts set sail round the world.... [more]

Tom Slingsby wins Laser World Championship,
Australian Tom Slingsby has today retained his Laser World Title after today's racing was abandoned. Try as he could Principal Race Officer Tony Denham was unable to get either of the last two races in today.... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Flavia Bateson,
The Solent's premier early season racing series gets underway on Sunday 16 March. The Raymarine Warsash Spring Series dates are 16 and 30 March; 6, 13, 20 and 27 April. There will also be the Spring Championships, with multiple races over two weekends. For White Group classes these will be on 19/20 ad 26/27 April. The quarter ton class will also be racing... [more]

Think this is ugly? You should have seen 1988
Rich Roberts,
If you think the America's Cup has turned ugly in 2008, consider this: it's been tea at the Ritz compared to the '88 defense in San Diego. On the 20th anniversary of courtroom collisions, mudslinging and name-calling cloaking the mismatch between Michael Fay's 130-foot monohull, KZ-1, and Dennis Conner's 60-foot catamaran, Stars & Stripes, the current dust-up is a faint echo of that fiasco.... [more]

Forest Gump's Mum - the illusion Valentine Trophy
Barnaby Edwards,
Forest Gump's Mum always said, 'Life's like a box of chocolates . . . you never know what you're gonna get'. The lottery conditions of light, shifty air on Saturday confused most of us, but Raymond Simonds had a little card, with pictures on, which told him exactly what was what... [more]

Hugo Boss next to finish Barcelona Race
Barcelona World Race,
The latest ETA for Hugo Boss to finish is overnight Wednesday night. Temenos II is projected to finish overnight on the 16th of February, and Mutua Madrileña on the 18th.... [more]

New blood battles it out to race Fourteens
Andy Rice,
Sailors aged under 35 are invited to enter a selection trial for the right to race an International 14 for the 2008 season. The International 14 class is offering the use of three race-ready boats to teams who are looking for a way into one of the most challenging, high-performance dinghy classes in the world.... [more]

Images from the Laser World Championships 2008
Images from the Laser World Championships 2008 in Terrigal, Australia, where the weather has been uncharacteristically stormy, but the competitors have reveled in the big waves - Supplied by Andrea Francolini, Monica Palloni and C & C Images... [more]

42nd Fireball Worlds goes back to Thailand
Chris Payne,
For its 42nd World Championship, the International Fireball class is heading back to the Royal Varuna YC in Pattaya in Thailand in March 2008. This is the third time the Fireball class has sailed their World Championship there and is a tribute to the location, facilities of the Yacht Club and local area and has become a highlight of the Fireball Calendar... [more]

Meeting to promote better IRC Racing in the Solent
The Solent Cruising and Racing Association (SCRA) is proposing the formation of a Solent Area IRC Owners Association, to promote and improve IRC racing in the Solent Area. An open meeting of IRC owners is being held at Hamble River Sailing Club at 16:00 on Saturday 15 March 2008, the afternoon before the start of the Spring Series, at which the proposal will be put forward.... [more]

Slingsby leads Laser Worlds after double win
Di Pearson,
Tom Slingsby of Australia has regained the lead with a double win on day six of the Laser Worlds in Australia. He now leads by two points from Julio Alsogaray of Argentina. In third place is Javier Hernandez of Spain. Paul Goodision is in seventh place one place ahead of Nick Thompson... [more]

Konyukhov heads south of Macquarie Island
Robert Williams,
Bob Williams, CEO of the Antarctica Cup Management reports from Albany that Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has chosen to head south of Macquarie Island (54°30S, 158°57E) en-route to crossing Gate 7 (90°W) within the Antarctica Cup Racetrack.... [more]

Boston ready to welcome The Artemis Transat Fleet
Event Media,
Two new entries now confirmed for the 13th edition of The Artemis Transat: Arnaud Boissieres with his Open 60' Akena Verandas and Thierry Bouchard/ Mistral Loisirs-Elior in Class 40 category. With these two further French entries, the official entries now stand at 12 boats so far - six in Open 60' and six in Class 40 - with the entry deadline of 15th February looming.... [more]

Ayton continues to lead Yngling Worlds
GBR 2008 Olympic nominees, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson continue to lead the 2008 Yngling World Championships in Miami. The British crew have finished in the top three in each of the four races sailed to date. Big movers in the field was the Australian crew of Krystal Weir, Karyn Gojnich and Angela Farrell, who scored a second and third to move into second overall... [more]

Countdown starts- Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008, begins on Saturday 16th February off Kohimarama Yacht Club. The ISAF grade one event which runs over four days will this year boast world class fleets in the Tornado and women's Laser Radial with many internationals currently in New Zealand preparing for their respective World Championships.... [more]

Paprec Virbac 2 in Barcelona at 20h 49.49 Monday
Event media,
Jean Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall have crossed the finish line at 20h 49.49 GMT in the port of Barcelona and officially are the winners of the first edition of the Barcelona World Race. The ecstatic duo are clearly over the moon, jumping up and down in celebration of an incredible feat - 92 days 8 hours 49 minutes and 49 seconds... [more]

Groupama 3 facing up to the front media,
Positioned between two fronts, Groupama 3 is alternating between accelerations and reductions in pace. We've had to make quite a few manoeuvres since this morning as the wind is very changeable and has switched direction whilst traversing a front: it was necessary to reduce the sail area since we were reaching in a N'ly wind.' Franck Cammas.... [more]

Hull & Humber leads in harsh conditions to Qingdao
Clipper Event media,
Hull & Humber and New York appear to have come through the weekend's heavy weather sailing most successfully, at the cost of Jamaica and Uniquely Singapore who have dropped down the leader board. 'The wind is now very patchy, going from 16 to 25 knots and the back again,' says Durban 2010 and Beyond skipper, Ricky Chalmers... [more]

Paprec-Virbac expected to finish 22:00 hrs GMT
Event media,
Paprec-Virbac 2 is counting down the miles as they close in on the finishing line and an historic victory in the first edition of the Barcelona World Race. Skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall are expected to finish around 22:00hrs tonight. This morning, Hugo Boss joined the race leader in the Mediterranean Sea after a horrible night in the Strait of Gibraltar... [more]

Julio Alsogaray (ARG) opens lead at Laser Worlds
Di Pearson,
Julio Alsogaray of Argentina opened a seven point lead over world champion Tom Slingsby of Australia after the first Gold fleet races at the Laser World Championships. Alsogaray regained the championship lead after finishing fourth in both races, he has yet to finish in double figures, while Slingsby had his worst results so far - a 14th and an 18th to move down into second place... [more]

Nick Craig wins OK Winter Championships
Dan Ager,
World Champion Nick Craig won the OK Winter Championships for the second year running from a competitive fleet of the usual names, newcomers to the class and some good juniors. Twentyfour OKs turned up at Ardleigh Sailing Club on the 9 February to take part in the next round of the Winter Cup and the Winter Championships... [more]

Frenchman Damien Iehl into RYA Winter Challenge
Karenza Morton, RYA,
Frenchman Damien Iehl won the right to try to reclaim the RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing crown he won in 2006 after securing his place in the 2008 Final with Qualifier Five victory at Queen Mary Sailing Club this weekend. On Friday and Iehl, the World number seven, set out his stall by winning all bar the one match against Hansen... [more]

Ayton (GBR) wins opening race of Yngling Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson kicked off day one of the 2008 Yngling World Championship with a win and a third to lead overall at the start of the six day series... [more]

Oppie at the Extreme,
Over on the Rule69 blog, self-styled 'Hand-grenade journalist' Magnus Wheatley has been running a series on the virtues of the Topper vs Optimist, as a junior trainer. As the proud father of 'Hurricane' Harry Wheatley, Magnus is already much involved in the future of his son and likely prospects on the Open circuit, but which first craft will give him that winning edge?... [more]

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