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03 Mar 2008

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Percy & Simpson third in first race at Bacardi Cup media,
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson finished third in the opening race of the Star class bacardi Cup in Miami. Winners were Eivind Melleby and Petter Pederson of Norway with second, Brazil's Alan Adler, the 1989 Star Class World Champion, who sails this week with crew Ricardo Ermel... [more]

GBR Tornado pair discuss that incident
Will Howden refused to be downbeat despite a difficult 2008 Tornado World Championships for Howden and helm Leigh McMillan coming to a close, with the pair finishing a disappointing 18th at Takapuna Beach in New Zealand. Pair rue catastrophic incident at the start of race four which saw their port rudder snap clean off leaving their boat sinking and abandoned final day... [more]

Darren Bundock replies to the Sail-World Editorial
Darren Bundock,
There is no doubt that John's speech was a great surprise and I think totally unexpected by everyone in the room at the presentation and when he read the first line of the submission I instantly knew which MNA had made this submission and I cringed on where he was going with it. However, after reflecting on his speech over night there is no doubt that he was completely honest and right on the mone... [more]

West Marine looking for a SVP of Marketing
West Marine,
West Marine, the world's largest boating equipment retailer wholesaler, with 372 Stores, Catalog, Online, and Business to- Business channels, is seeking a Senior Vice-President of Marketing.... [more]

Iridium unveils Enhanced Marine Bandwidth
Sail-World Cruising,
Iridium® Satellite, has unveiled its new Iridium OpenPort enhanced bandwidth marine communication system at the Satellite 2008 conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. The vast majority of yacht owners will not be able to take advantage of Iridium's new broad-ish band communications any time soon, but it is getting closer... [more]

RYA Awards announced at Dinghy Show
Emma Slater,
Gurnard Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight was unveiled as the RYA's first ever Club of the Year at the world's biggest dinghy show, the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show, Alexandra Palace. Colin Ridley, (52) from Ferndown in Dorset scooped the title of RYA Shorebased Instructor of the Year last month and RYA Instructor of the Year at the world's biggest dinghy show, the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show.... [more]

Weather brings new challenges for Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
Today is no exception as the leading eight boats have sailed into the southern edge of a small, locally-generated secondary high pressure cell which has given them light headwinds overnight, slowed them down considerably and caused all eight to lose miles to the south.... [more]

Kinder Caring Home Nursing takes Race 14
Frank Quealey,
Kinder Caring Home Nursing, skippered by Brett Van Munster, took line honours by1min 27secs from Fiat, skippered today by regular sheet hand Aaron Links.... [more]

Strong winds and big seas test Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
With all of the teams enjoying winds of up to 30 knots from the west the fleet is making fast progress as they start to leave the coast of Japan behind them. Those that decided to make an early tactical move north have benefited substantially overnight with Durban 2010 and Beyond, and Qingdao leaping up the leaderboard.... [more]

On Winning a Bacardi Cup Race
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
With its rich history, the Bacardi Cup means so much to so many people. Star sailors from all over the world mark its dates in their calendar as soon as District 20 posts the event to the Star Class website. Tradition, camaraderie, hospitality, peer pressure, fantastic weather and the pleasure that comes from being among kindred spirits combine to attract Star sailors to participate in a week of r... [more]

Carbon Challenge aims for Volvo start line
Volvo Ocean Race media,
A syndicate with environmental issues at the heart of their campaign has emerged as a potential eighth entry. Known as Carbon Challenge, the objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of global warming as the team travels the globe by significantly reducing their carbon footprint.... [more]

Carolijn Brouwer discusses the 2008 Worlds
New International Tornado Assoc President discusses the 2008 World Championships and the next six months for the Tornado class... [more]

Bundy and Ashby talk about Tornado Worlds win
A second Tornado World title win for the Australian's pairing of Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby. You can listen to the Sail-World interview now... [more]

Gitana 13 smashes record for Route de l'Or
Gitana Team (amended by ISAF),
After over 43 days and 38 minutes at sea, including a forced five and a half day stand-by at Cape Horn, Lionel Lemonchois (FRA) and his nine crew improved on the reference time held since 1998 by Yves Parlier and his men by 14 days, 2 hours and 43 minutes, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).... [more]

Clipper fleet splits as tactics come into play
Clipper event media,
The leading group, headed by Hull & Humber, is sticking very close to the great circle route to Hawaii, which is the shortest route to the finish line. The second group consisting of Qingdao,, Durban 2010 and Beyond, and Nova Scotia, has taken a tactical choice to stay further north.... [more]

Konyukhov surrounded by ice - Antarctica Cup race
Robert Williams,
Another large iceberg sited in position 54.99S and 122.73W today. It's becoming very scary to sail in these waters! The 10 mm alloy hull plating on my yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa is not the best shield against compressed ice. The sight of my first iceberg excited me earlier this week. This was something new - a different shape on the horizon. The second and third icebergs brought some safety... [more]

Ainslie kicks off RYA Dinghy Sailing Show
The show is busting at the seams with events, speakers and essential kit that no dinghy sailor can afford to miss. Whether you¹re a complete novice or a seasoned professional this year¹s show is guaranteed to have something to whet your appetite.... [more]

Bundock claims his sixth Tornado World Title
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby of Australia have been crowned Tornado World Champions for 2008 after racing was abandoned on the final day of the regatta due to heavy rain and strong north easterly winds in Takapuna, North Shore City, Auckland. It is Bundock's sixth world title in the Tornado having won in 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 1998.... [more]

Tornado Worlds Day 6: Final day - all racing cancelled
Winds of 14 to 35 kts are being recorded in various locations around the Hauraki Gulf today for the final scheduled day of the 2008 World Tornado Championships.... [more]

Images from Race 7 of the Tornado Worlds
Images from Race 7 of the 2008 Tornado Worlds sailed off Takapuna... [more]

Tornado Worlds- Double Gold Medallists win race 8,
Race 8 was started in similar postcard conditions to Race 7. This time the double Olympic Gold Medallists, Austria's Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher had a perfect start... [more]

Australians win Race 7 at Tornado Worlds,
A blistering start for Australia's Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby in Race 7 at the Tornado Worlds today. They had a perfectly timed start and they led from the pin.... [more]

Clipper fleet rounds tip of Japan
Clipper event media,
The wind across the fleet has abated. The average speeds have dropped to 5 knots and the calmer conditions are giving the skippers and crews time to make repairs and undertake inspections before the next big winds start to take hold later today.... [more]

Educación sin Fronteras finishes Barcelona Race
Barcelona World Race media,
Educación sin Fronteras, with Barcelona-born sailor Albert Bargués and French yachtswoman Servane Escoffier onboard, sailed into home waters this morning at 06:55:02 GMT to finish the Barcelona World Race in 5th place, after an epic 108 days 18 hours, 55 minutes and 2 seconds, sailing a total distance of 27,892 miles at an average speed of 9.45 knots.... [more]

ISAF launches Introductory Rules for Racing
The aim of the Introductory Rules for Racing is simple; make as it easy as possible for people to start racing. Consequently the Introductory Rules are as basic as possible, although they remain compatible with the principles and fundamental rules in the full ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).... [more]

2008 Tornado Worlds Results after Race 6
Janet Watkins,
2008 Tornado Worlds Results after Race 6... [more]

South Pacific Cup: Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
Yachting has a new international team challenge trophy – the South Pacific Cup – and it will be launched at this year's 25th Anniversary Edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which will be staged from August 23 to 30.... [more]

Drag racing in Yellow Sea for Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
The leading pack of New York, Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and Hull & Humber have reported that everything is going well and none have had any breakages in these extreme downwind conditions.... [more]

Sprint to the finish for Gitana 13 - Route de l'Or
Gitana 13 media,
Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew onboard Gitana 13 are experiencing their final hours at sea on this Route de l'Or. In the guise of a final sprint, the crew of Gitana 13 are weaving their way towards San Francisco.... [more]

Ernesto Bertarelli receives Italy's Special Award
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Ernesto Bertarelli, was honoured at the Audi Sailor of the Year gala for his successes in promoting the sport of sailing through his recent America's Cup victory.... [more]

West Marine looking for a SVP of Marketing
West Marine,
West Marine, the world's largest boating equipment retailer wholesaler, with 372 Stores, Catalog, Online, and Business to- Business channels, is seeking a Senior Vice-President of Marketing.... [more]

Groupama's adventure is continuing
Camma-Groupama media,
the damage suffered by the giant trimaran is considerable but reparable. Franck Cammas indicated that Groupama 3 was going to be loaded onto a cargo ship around 13th March with an arrival at the technical base in Lorient scheduled a month later. The skipper also specified that the current assessment still hadn't revealed the reasons behind the breakage of the float between the forward crossbeam a... [more]

French still lead at Tornado Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Yann Guichard and Alexandre Gaebler of France still hold the lead at the 2008 Tornado World Championship now past the mid way point in Takapuna, North Shore City, Auckland.... [more]

Images from Takapuna: Day 2 2008 Tornado Worlds,
Images from the second day of racing at the 2008 Tornado World Championships... [more]

Day3: Tornado Worlds - light winds stop racing
Light winds have meant that there has been no racing in the Tornado World Championships on Day 3. The Pricipal Race Officer took the competitors out onto the water for a start at 1300hrs, while there was 7kts or more of breeze from a southerly direction in parts of the race course, in others it was down to less than 2kts.... [more]

Durban 2010 and Beyond leads Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
Only 24 hours ago the Clipper fleet were struggling to make headway against the current with little wind and snow falling on the decks. Since then, the predicted northerly wind has increased and the fleet is tearing down the Yellow Sea covering nearly 250 nautical miles per day. Overall race leaders, Durban 2010 and Beyond, have been pushing hard.... [more]

Images from J.J. Giltian 18ft Skiff Worlds,
Christophe Favreau captured all the action at the recent SLAM-Winning Appliances J.J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff World Championship.... [more]

ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 08 attracts OD classes
Event Media Release,
The ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 2008 (Netherlands) attracts more and more one design classes. In the last couple of months, interested class organisations received an invitation for participation. As a result so far, the Olympic Star and former Olympic Dragon were added to the sailing program... [more]

Audi AG signs for MedCup Circuit TP52 Class racin
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi AG has signed a three-year contract to become the title sponsor of the MedCup Circuit which will feature the TP52 Class racing in six regattas over five months in four countries.... [more]

Day 2: 2008 Tornado Worlds Results after Race 4
Janet Watkins, TBC,
Here are the full results set for the third race, fourth race and overall in the Tornado World Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland.... [more]

The end of an era as a new dawn breaks over Cowes
Peta Stuart-Hunt, Press Officer,
After a very successful 14-year tenure, 2008 is Skandia's last year as title sponsor of Cowes Week, the world's oldest and largest annual sailing regatta which this year is held between the 2nd and 9th August... [more]

Snow blankets becalmed Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
With the warmth and comfort of the hotel rooms in Qingdao fast becoming a distant memory the crews experienced a particularly cold first night at sea. Snow fell thickly and the unusual sight of seeing the decks blanketed in snow was the common theme of all the reports coming back from the boats this morning.... [more]

Konyukhov hit by second 60 knot Southern Ocean sto
Fedor Konyukhov, the Russian adventure sailor currently trail-blazing a record circumnavigation around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, is facing his second Force 11-12 storm in a week. Currently some 2,500 miles from Cape Horn, the 56 year old solo yachtsman reports from his 85ft yacht 'Trading Network Alye Parusa': 'The ocean surface is white, driven by the strong winds... [more]

Scott eases to Olympic Classes victory
Newly-crowned under 21 Finn World champion Giles Scott enjoyed a winning return to home waters as he cruised to RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series victory at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend. Luke Patience and Chris Grube enjoyed an equally straightforward in the 470... [more]

Walsh & Barney top GBR at Tornado Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White/,
The German crew of Roland Gaebler and Gunnar Struckman have come out on top after day one at the 2008 Tornado World Championship in New Zealand. John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree of the USA are in second and Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis of the Netherlands are in third place. Britain's Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney are fourth after two races... [more]

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