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Clipper fleet start China to Hawaii leg
Event media,
The ten-strong international fleet crossed the start line in approximately ten knots of breeze from the south west, flying their Yankee One headsails at the start of the 4,400-mile race across the Pacific from China to Hawaii. Hull & Humber managed to sneak across the line first followed by Liverpool 08, the only boat that approached the line on a port tack... [more]

Groupama righted in Dunedin Harbour
Fiona and Martin Balch,
The complicated process of sorting the righting slings and tow ropes, around the 32metre Groupama, started early afternoon at the overnight berth alongside the Harbour Works pontoon, in Dunedin. Around 1530hrs the slow and careful tow to a wharf with high strength decking started, so two large shore side cranes could help to roll the boat over.... [more]

Gotta Love It 7 are new 18ft Skiffs world champs
Frank Quealey,
The young Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell officially became the new world champions when they won the SLAM-Winning Appliances Giltinan International Championship, which concluded on Sydney Harbour today... [more]

World's largest Sailing Ship - Coming Soon
Sail-World Cruising,
Marjorie Merriweather Post Close Hutton Davies May (started with two surnames, married four times) is surely smiling in her grave. She succeeded once in besting her competitors by building the largest yacht in the world – larger than JP Morgan's Corsaire, larger than Vanderbilt's Defender, even larger than Walter Gubelman's The Seven Seas – now it seems, she will do it again, at least in name... [more]

Practice Day - 2008 Tornado Worlds - Ramp stalled
Racing has been abandoned for the Practice Day. The strong winds have eased to around 15 knots, however the main issue is with the high tide which has driven seas right up to the seawall, outside the Takapuna Boating Club. There is a big drop at the end of the ramp caused by erosion of sand, and it is impossible to launch boats.... [more]

Alinghi starts training in Extreme 40s
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Fifteen sailors were out racing the Alinghi Extreme 40s on Saturday including Ed Baird, Dean Phipps, Yves Detrey, Warwick Fleury, Murray Jones, Lorenzo Mazza, Francesco Rapetti, Pieter van Nieuwenhuyzen, Juan Vila, Nils Frei, Curtis Blewett, Rodney Ardern, Nicolas Texier, Luc Dubois and Pierre-Yves Jorand.... [more]

Final day of racing at Laser Masters Worlds in Aus
Di Pearson,
The champions of the Laser Masters Worlds have been decided after the final day of racing at Gosford SC in Australia. Steve Cockerill was the best placed British competitor, second in the Radial Masters, and Peter Whipp was third in the Radial Grand masters. Others who went close included Orlando Gledhill and Chris Gowers in the Standard Apprentice... [more]

RNLI report MOB incidents rise 25%
Sail-World Cruising,
RNLI rescue figures for 2007 show an increase in the number of Man Overboard incidents for leisure craft – rising from 161 in 2006, to 201 in 2007, up 25%. 2007 was one of the busiest years on record - a whopping 7,834 people were rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboats and over half of lifeboat launches were to leisure craft... [more]

Images of Groupama 3: Return to Dunedin
Martin Balch,
Martin Balch took these images of Groupama 3 as she returned to Dunedin this afternoon... [more]

Groupama 3 alongside in Dunedin
Martin Balch and Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The 32 metre French multihull, Groupama 3, is alongside a wharf in Dunedin harbour. She was towed into harbour by a Port tug, after having taken 23 hours to reach the safety of harbour after her capsize 80nm off the coast of Dunedin on Monday. All major components have been recovered except for a small part of her mast and part of the port hull which had sheared off on Monday afternoon.... [more]

Penultimate day for Laser Master Worlds
Event media /,
It's tight at the top as the battle for supremacy continues in the Radial Masters. As the current leader, New Zealander Mark Orams said this afternoon: 'The three of us tussled like we always do.' He was referring to himself, Steve Cockerill from Britain and Australian Greg Adams. Orams is holding a slim five point lead over Cockerill and extended his lead to 10 points on Adams today... [more]

RYA Spring Series for Olympic Classes at Weymouth
The 2008 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series gets underway this weekend giving sailors - whether current RYA Olympic Development Squad members or future hopefuls - the chance to test their mettle at the home of the 2012 Olympic Regatta. Racing will take place in the Finn, 470 (men's and women's )and 49er classes at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

The Next Big Thing - RORC Madeira Race
Claire Kennard,
Global Yacht Racing will be entering the RORC Madeira Race in 2008. This new sailing challenge is a 2600 nautical mile race in August. Global Yacht Racing train amateur crews to race in famous and challenging offshore races and exciting regattas and are putting together a crew for this exciting event.... [more]

Skiff images from Race 5 - Giltinan International,
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell on Gotta Love It 7, currently lead this year's SLAM-Winning Appliances J.J.Giltinan International Championship. Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) is in second place with defending champion Fiat (Michael Coxon) in third.... [more]

Momentum builds for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Herb McCormick,
With just over two weeks to go before the action commences in the 28th edition of the world-renowned St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, race organizers have received some 224 entry forms. As always, the Heineken field is comprised of a vast cross-section of yachts ranging from flat-out Grand Prix racers to laid-back bareboat cruisers to an ever-expanding fleet of multihulls... [more]

Update and Images on Groupama 3
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
According to sources in Dunedin, the 32metre trimaran, Groupama 3 is under tow, still inverted, and is making 2.5 kts in the direction of Dunedin, New Zealand. The remains of Groupama 3 are understood to have been under tow since nightfall on Wednesday, and at 1600hrs this afternoon, NZT, the salvage ship Clan MacLeod was 63nm from the New Zealand coast... [more]

More breeze works wonders at Laser Masters
Event media /,
Day 4 of the Laser Masters Worlds in Australia and some decent wind, a south/south-easterly breeze that finally reached as much as 14 knots, off Terrigal in what has been very much a light weather affair so far. Steve Cockerill from Britain lost his overall lead in the Radial Masters despite good second and third placings... [more]

Gotta Love It 7 looking good for Giltinan title
Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League,
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell have tightened their grip on the SLAM-Winning Appliances J.J. Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship following an all the way win with Gotta Love It 7 in Race 5 on Sydney Harbour today. The talented trio have swept all before them this season and continued their performance today by scoring a 52secs win from Asko Appliances, skippered by Hugh Stodart... [more]

Images from the JJ Giltinan International
Christophe Favreau,
Images of the 18ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour at the JJ Giltinan International by Christophe Favreau - Gotta Love It 7 of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell, have swept all before them this season - defending champions are Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis... [more]

Hat-Trick for US super-maxi Rambler in Brazil
Key Partners (KPMS),
Though some of the fleet have yet to finish, the Iate Clube Rio do Janeiro confirmed that American George David's 90-foot 'Rambler' managed a hat trick in the 22nd Rolex Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro Race, taking line honours, the overall handicap win and setting a new race record for the course, taking 9 hours off the previous record... [more]

Groupama 3 update - under tow, upside down
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's sources in Dundedin have countered earlier reports that the trans-oceanic racing multihull, Groupama 3 which capsized on Monday had been righted, as was earlier reported by news sources this morning. Around 1300hrs today, Thursday, they advised Sail-World that Groupama 3 was under tow, still inverted, and that she was not expected in port until Friday evening... [more]

The Artemis Transat officially launched
Ocevents media,
Some of the greatest stars from the world of solo sailing gathered in London today for the official launch of The Artemis Transat - the oldest solo ocean race in history and the precursor to this year's solo Vendée Globe.... [more]

Who's Who at the Tornado Worlds in New Zealand
Jodie Bakewell-White /,
The first race for the 2008 Tornado World Championship will start off Takapuna Beach on Monday. Fifty entries are confirmed, with representatives from 21 different countries coming to North Shore City for this championship which doubles as the final 2008 Olympic qualifier. Britain's top crew will be the Qingdao Olympic representatives, Leigh McMillian and Will Howden... [more]

Race 4 at the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship
Frank Quealey,
The battle for the SLAM-Winning Appliances Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has tightened considerably following the second consecutive win by Fiat in Race 4 of the series on Sydney Harbour today. The defending champion team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis had to come from behind the young Gotta Love It 7 team to win by one minute in a light-moderate north east wind... [more]

Matthews sells Oyster Marine
Susan Baird /,
Richard Matthews is expected to sail away with a cheque for at least £50m from selling Oyster Marine, the luxury British yacht maker he founded 35 years ago. But, Matthews has declared that he will continue as chairman and chief executive of Oyster and also retain a stake in the company... [more]

2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix preview
Jeanne Kleene,
Class championships and bragging rights for Acura Grand Prix, a four day, 10-race regatta are not all that is at stake. The Acura Grand Prix trophies for the best combined Key West and Miami scores will be awarded at the conclusion of racing, and the Farr 40s will have taken another step toward their Rolex World Championship at this same venue later in April.... [more]

SB3 Worlds - 20-26th Sept- Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Tom Rosoman,
The Brits might have revenged their Ashes cricket drubbing, with Britain's Leigh McMillan and his UK bowman Chris Kerrison carting Australia's Brendan Garner off the race course to take the inaugural Vectrix SB3 Australian National title at the 2008 Skandia Geelong Week, but the European sailors have cause for serious concern now that the SB3 Worlds entry has opened.... [more]

Leroy heads an all-star cast at RYA Match Racing
RYA media,
World number one Claire Leroy heads an all-star cast as no fewer than six of the top 10 ranked females in World match racing are poised to fight it out for the RYA Women's Winter Challenge Championship crown this weekend. Reigning RYA Women's National Match Racing champion Lucy Macgregor, fresh from crewing is also turning her hand back to match racing at Queen Mary... [more]

Final day at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland concluded with the international sailors coming home with gold in the hotly contested Women's Laser Radial, Tornado, Women's and Men's RS:X classes. Light shifty winds on all the courses challenged sailors this morning, while a ENE breeze filled in mid afternoon reaching up to 15 knots at times... [more]

Cockerill goes Top at Laser Masters Worlds
Event media /,
Day 3 of the Laser Masters Worlds in Australia tested the minds rather then the legs of the competitors as a light and shifty breeze delayed racing. Steve Cockerill in the Radial Masters event sailed through the rain squalls and shifts to record his first win in the series, despite a 720 penalty, and take the overall lead tied on points with Australian Greg Adams... [more]

In-hull video of Groupama 3 - Post-capsize
Franck Cammas and friends,
The crew of Groupama 3 have posted some incredible video taken just after the 30 metre multihull capsized off New Zealand on Monday. The sequence shows the crew down below retrieving grab bags and tools, then using the escape hatch to get out onto the main hull and speak to rescuers. - The crew have returned to the zone where Groupama 3 capsized... [more]

Use your mobile phone for sail training
Simon Wakeman,
The new Map My Tracks service turns a mobile phone into an essential sailing training tool. - Sailors know every minute on the water helps improve race results, but most people just don't have enough time to train as much as they'd like. That's where smarter training can help – by understanding more about your sailing performance, it's easy to see where improvements can be made.... [more]

Global Yacht Racing discounts get you sailing
Claire Kennard,
If you have been wondering how to start sailing or where to get RYA qualifications then take a look at Global Yacht Training's fantastic spring offer on RYA Competent Crew courses. They want to get you out on the water and so are offering a £100 discount on their Competent crew courses. Five days sailing, instruction and all food and yacht costs for just £395.... [more]

Race 3 JJ Giltinan - 18 footer Worlds 2008
Frank Quealy,
Defending champions Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis showed they are not prepared to surrender their crown without a fight when they brought Fiat home an easy winner of Race 3 in the SLAM-Winning Appliances J.J. Giltinan International Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Mutua Madrileña 4th in the Barcelona World Race,
Spanish skippers Javier 'Bubi' Sansó and Pachi Rivero jubilantly crossed the finish line early this morning, 19th February, in Barcelona onboard Mutua Madrileña at 00:18:40 GMT making them the fourth boat to race home in the Barcelona World Race.... [more]

Groupama 3 describes capsize off New Zealand
Franck Cammas and friends,
Whilst sailing off New Zealand, Groupama 3 capsized following the breakage of her port float. The ten men were very quickly airlifted via helicopter by the New Zealand rescue services and taken to Dunedin (South Island). They will do everything they can to salvage the trimaran once the conditions on zone have improved.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro 2008: 79 skippers entered
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
79 skippers of which 25 are rookies, 6 are women and 8 from outside France, have registered to take part in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2008. La Solitaire du Figaro, one of the Summer's highlight events in the Figaro sailor's calendar, will take place between the 19th of July and 17th of August 2008.... [more]

Cockerill on a charge at Laser Masters World
Event media /,
Day two of the Laser Masters World Championships off Terrigal in Australia and a great day for racing, sponsored by Mion today. The standard Laser classes completed their first two races and the Radial classes added two races too the one they managed on the opening day. In the Radial it was Steve Cockerill in the Masters event who had the best of the day - a second and a third to move to fourth... [more]

Team GBR at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Day 3
Jodie Bakewell-White /,
Day 3 of the Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland regatta off the Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland. Conditions were moderate with 10 – 13 knots from the south-west which made for more ideal, albeit shifty, sailing conditions. Three more races were completed for all classes. Aussies Bundock and Ashby continue to lead the Tornado and Sari Multala of Finland is running away with the Radial event... [more]

Knut Frostad new Chief Executive of the Volvo Race
Volvo PR,
Norway's Knut Frostad has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Volvo Ocean Race. Frostad, who has taken part in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race four times, twice as skipper and manager of his own projects, will take up his position at race head quarters in Whiteley, UK, on 3 March... [more]

Images from Takapuna - Tornados at Sail Auckland
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from Takapuna - Tornados at Sail Auckland... [more]

Giltinan Int'l 18ft Skiff Championship images,
Images from the weekend's racing in Giltinan International 18ft Skiff Championship. Our thanks to Frank Quealey from the Australian 18 Footers league for these pictures. Visit the 18 footers website - [more]

Sheared hull caused Groupama 3 capsize
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A sheared off port hull caused the French trans-oceanic trimaran Groupama 3 to capsize off the coast of Dunedin earlier today. In an interview just broadcast on New Zealand television, skipper Franck Cammas explained that the hull beams initially sheared and then the whole port hull broke away causing the trimaran to capsize.... [more]

Groupama believed to have capsized off New Zealand
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The French trimaran Groupama 3 is believed to have capsized off Dunedin during a world non-stop record attempt. The yacht is the only one known to be in the area. Local news sources report that: 'A rescue operation is under way to save 10 people aboard a French racing yacht 80 miles off the coast of Dunedin.... [more]

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