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10 Mar 2008

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The UK battens down the hatches in the face of a Severe Gale Warning from the Met Office. While on the America's Cup front Team NewZealand join the long and winding queue in the New York courts waiting to take a poke at Ernesto Bertarelli. If anyone is still interested it seems the next Cup just slipped further into the distance.

Percy and Simpson got - that close - to the Star Bacardi Cup before Domingos and Santos of Portugal beat them in the final race to win on countback.

The RYA have caught on to the world wide web and hope that it can kick the moribund Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system into the future and catch up with the latest flying Moths.

Canting keels might be a feature of Cowes Week this year, if they turn-up, no one seems sure.

So read on, just make sure your boats tied down first.

Met Office - Batten down the hatches
Met Office,
The Met Office continues to expect an intense low pressure system to move east across the UK during Monday, bringing severe gales and potentially damaging gusts across some areas, more particularly the west and south of England and Wales... [more]

Damien Iehl wins RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing
Damien Iehl ensured it was a glorious double for France as he followed in the wake of compatriot Claire Leroy to claim 2008 RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series Grand Final glory. Iehl clinched his second Winter Challenge title in three years in clinical fashion outwitting up-and-coming Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky 2-0 in the Grand Final at Queen Mary Sailing Club... [more]

Changing weather and sail changes for Clippers
Clipper event media,
The last 24 hours have all been about sail changes as the lull in the weather passed over the fleet and they are once again experiencing strong winds. Hull & Humber has managed to hold the twenty mile lead that they have built up over second place New York, but rest assured the US entrant is doing everything possible to reduce the gap and regain first place.... [more]

Butterworth comments on the Team NZ Lawsuit
On Sunday morning (NZT), Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth was interviewed by Peter Montgomery on Newstalk ZB. At the time, Butterworth was competing in the SORC aboard Numbers. Following is the full audio of the broadcast.... [more]

Portsmouth Yardstick gets Web savvy
In an effort to upgrade the quality and quantity of information gathered from sailing clubs which forms the basis of the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme, the RYA is taking the system onto the internet. Using existing race calculation programs such as ‘Sailwave' or equivalent, the new system will provide an on-line results service, at the same time giving the RYA an accurate analysis of the race data... [more]

Ridding Sails of Mildew - the Four Easy Steps
Andrew Dove, Area Manager, North Sails Caribbean,
Mildew is an integral part of our ecosystem. But where the keen gardener will apply copper sulphate to limit the destructive affect of mold on his precious plants, sails are an expensive purchase and their aspect a clear part of a boat's image. Certainly mildew stains on sails are a serious problem. Often the stains will appear after a period of stockage which will be the case for many sails durin... [more]

Bertrand on top in Day One of Victorian Etchells
Teri Dodds,
Tricky conditions on Corio Bay today, proved difficult for many in the large fleet of Etchells in the Victorian Championships. John Bertrand and his Triad crew won the day ahead of Melbourne's Damien King, with the 1999 Etchells World Champion Cameron Miles third.... [more]

Hull & Humber leads Clipper fleet to Hawaii
Clipper Event media,
As the close racing continues, Hull & Humber has managed to eek out a small lead over their nearest rivals New York in the past 24-hours. During the night Qingdao and Uniquely Singapore had to revert to the racing rules as they came so close to each other that one of them had to give way. Later on that same evening it happened again as they gybed back across each other's track.... [more]

Last Call for Team GBR Commodores' Cup spots
Teams wanting to win the right to fill the two remaining Team GBR spots for the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup have until Friday 14 March to enter the event selection trials. As in 2006 RYA Team GBR is hoping to enter four teams in the Rolex Commodores' Cup, with each team comprising one boat in each of three specified class bands... [more]

5700 sign biggest ever petition in Sailing
Nick Dewhirst,
To date more than 5,700 petitioners including ISAF Sailors of the Year and Olympic medallists have signed the petition to the IOC asking that multihulls be included in the Sailing Regatta for the 2012 Olympics. This petition is probably the largest ever grass roots expression of concern at the management of our sport.... [more]

ISAF - what will it take to turn??
Sail and Sail-World,
Last week's ISAF Word of the Week was URGENT. Didn't we have fun with that one! This week's ISAF Word of the Week is CLOSING. Early signs suggest this week's word will be even more popular with the SailJuice readership. The publication of the Minutes of the ISAF Executive Committee Meeting held in Geneva in February showed just how flexible the sport's administrators can be if the occasion suits.... [more]

Percy and Simpson lose Bacardi Cup on countback
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
After two final day races in high winds with protests and black flags, when the scores were posted, Percy and Simpson found themselves in a tie with Domingos and Santos of Portugal, with 20 points apiece. Domingos and Santos, having beaten the Brits in the final race, won their second Bacardi Cup Regatta. John Dane III and Austin Sperry of the USA moved up to take third... [more]

Superboats slow on Sydney Harbour
The man killed in a speedboat crash on Sydney Harbour early this morning had applied to enter tomorrows Superboat Grand Prix, but had not been accepted when he was killed the event's spokesman has confirmed.... [more]

Wild spectacular conditions Acura Miami Grand Prix Media,
Illbruck's Melges 32 Pinta maintains slim lead at Acura Miami Grand Prix Wet and wild! That was the story on a spectacular day off Miami Beach.... [more]

Racing back-on at Hobie Tiger/Dragoon Worlds
Diana Bogaards,
The fifth day of the Hobie Tiger & Hobie Dragoon Worlds 2008 showed close racing on the Tiger course in the Langebaan Lagoon. Matt Whitehead and Megan du Plessis remained unbeaten and are the likely new World Hobie Dragoon Champions. Australians Laruffa and Sims won the last Tiger race, but also scored an OCS in the first heat. That reduced their overall lead to only one point.... [more]

Italian team donimates Fleet Racing at RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano, with Armando Giulietti at the helm and Sébastien Col at the tactics dominated the fleet today, taking excellent starts, sailing fast and at the right place to win the event with a massive 15 points margin over Team Ceeref and Team ES Bankers Dubai.... [more]

Iceberg problems for Konyukhov - Antarctica Cup
Event media,
The giant iceberg A53a sitting in the middle of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack has split in two, compounding the problems for Fedor Konyukhov, the solo yachtsman trail blazing a circumnavigation record around Antarctica... [more]

2008 UK Contender Scene update..
Duncan Ellis,
The Contender class 2008 season kicked off last weekend at Alexandra Palace for the dinghy show with a busy stand as usual! Next stop is Datchet water on the 15th/16th March for the first traveller's trophy event for 2008. This year we have 13 events from Porthpean to Halifax - 6 events to count.... [more]

Clipper yachts surfing to Hawaii,
With the leading eight boats still separated by just 62 nautical miles, Race 7 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race is turning into another high stress, high pressure, high octane ocean battle - When we hit the highest speed so far '25 knots' came the cry from the chart table, and the bow wave was hitting the boom. Surf's up, dude. Which way to Hawaii?... [more]

You shall go to the Ball - Sail for Gold Ball
The RYA has announced that preparations for the upcoming Sail for Gold Ball – the traditional black tie send-off for Britain's Olympic-bound sailors – is well underway, and you can book your place at the party! The quadrennial event will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the Hilton on Park Lane, London, and Peter Harrison will once again be Principal Sponsor of the Ball... [more]

Sportsboats laboratory - Naval College Grand Prix
Kate Jennings,
The team running the Grand Prix de l'Ecole Navale are currently busying themselves with organising their event. From 8 to 11 May, over 130 ‘latest generation' one design yachts are expected at the Naval College situated in the community of Lanvéoc in Brest harbour, beside the Crozon peninsula... [more]

Mascalzone Latino F40 leads Acura Miami Grand Prix,
With the 2008 Worlds Farr 40 World Championships one month away, the Mascalzone Latino seems to be going into top form, as the Italians take the lead at the Acura Miami Grand Prix. All 4 classes in are in tight competition after Day One... [more]

Team Hiroshi confirms lead, Dubai RC44 Cup day 4
Event Media,
With Armando Giulietti at the helm and Sébastien Col calling the shots, the Italian team took a decisive advantage over the rest of the fleet. With only two more races on the programme, it sits in an enviable position ahead of Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts' Team ES Bankers Dubai.... [more]

Rock star fleet lines up Corona del Mar-Cabo race
Rich Roberts,
40 boats set for Balboa Yacht Club's biennial race from Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas starting March 28 and 29. The entries include Dennis Conner's Farr 60, Stars & Stripes and 13 boats that sailed the Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii last summer, led by Doug Baker's Magnitude 80, and Tom Garnier's J/125, Reinrag2... [more]

Team NZ sues to break out of Alinghi seige
Richard Gladwell,
This morning, New Zealand time, Emirates Team New Zealand announced they had engaged the top New York legal firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner to pursue the America's Cup Defender in regard to the staging of the 33rd America's Cup. spoke with Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton earlier today, from New York.... [more]

GBR top latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings
Although Australia held on to its three world 1 spots it was Great Britain who topped the overall national standings in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Nick Dempsy's rise up to 3 in the Men's RS:X Rankings mean that Great Britain is now the only nation to hold four top-three spots... [more]

Another day lost at Star Bacardi Cup,
Racing was canceled for the second day running at the Star class Bacardi Cup in Miami due to bad weather conditions. Racing will start early on March 7 to try to get in two races. Leader in the Clubhouse are Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, second are Lars Grael and Marcelo Jordao of Brazil, with Afonso Domingos and Bernado Santos of Portugal third... [more]

Ice forces closure of inside lane - Antarctica Cup
Bob Williams,
The Antarctica Cup organisers have had to close a section of the Inside Lane of the Racetrack. 'The large number of icebergs highlighted yesterday by the C-Core Ice Tracking Service show that these now extend to the north of South Georgia Island (54° 15S, 36° 45W)' - Bob Williams.... [more]

Fast conditions to Hawaii for Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper experienced a spectacular ‘wipeout' last night with a ‘Chinese gybe' under spinnaker which is usually caused by the helm over-correcting the boat's track down a huge wave. Thankfully the spinnaker was recovered with no damage to sail, boat or crew.... [more]

Special Volvo Race Edition cars launched
Volvo Cars began the countdown to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in The Netherlands yesterday by launching a series of specially designed cars at the Amsterdam Boat Show. The new Volvo Ocean Race Edition includes three models, the Volvo V70, Volvo XC70 and Volvo XC90 in exterior colours of either ocean blue or electric silver... [more]

Team New Zealand sue Alinghi
Media Release,
Latest on the America's Cup row is that Team New Zealand is reported to have filed two lawsuits against Alinghi of Switzerland, seeking financial compensation 'in the tens of millions of euros' after Alinghi's organising body ACM delayed the next America's Cup indefinitely... [more]

14 countries enter 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix
Bill Wagner,
A spectacular location and superb sailing conditions are two reasons why 61 boats from 14 countries have entered the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix, being held Thursday through Sunday off South Beach. Competition figures to be particularly keen in the Farr 40 class, which is priming for its world championship – being held off Miami in early April... [more]

Dubai RC44 Cup, new leader day 3
Event Media,
Fairly strong winds and big waves: the conditions could not have been better for the first day of the fleet racing event of the Dubai RC 44 Cup. Already a brilliant second of the match racing event, Armando Giulietti's Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano leads the fleet race after four races.... [more]

Thunder & Lightning for Star sailors at Bacardi
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Augie Diaz, the Star sailor who grew up on Biscayne Bay, was the first to take down his sails as the lightning bolts flashed and the downpour approached. As the Race Committee headed east toward brighter skies, some boats were under bare poles while others hopped up on a plane. The cold front from the NNW brought with it a downpour that flattened the seas. Winds gusted to over 30 knots... [more]

Hobie Tiger & Hobie Dragoon Worlds 2008 - day 3
Diana Bogaards,
The third day of the Hobie Tiger & Hobie Dragoon Worlds 2008 showed much more tactical racing. The Olympic sailors Carolijn Brouwer and Darren Bundock knew how to play the game and scored the best series with a bullet and two seconds - they moved up to the sixth place overall. Matt Whitehead and Megan Du Plessis are still leading the Dragoon fleet... [more]

Icebergs may force closure of Antarctica Racetrack
Bob Williams,
Icebergs could force Antarctica Cup organisers to close two lanes of Racetrack course. 'I have now seen 10 icebergs during the past week. How many more have I missed? I am on constant alert and getting very little sleep' - The iceberg field now spans hundreds of miles and avoiding individual icebergs as Fedor has done in the past will be very dangerous... [more]

New Sail Speed record verified at 49.09 knots
Markus Schwendtner,
Antoine Albeau and Patrik Diethelm have broken the existing speed sailing records Wednesday in Saintes Maries de la Mer, France - After months of waiting for the big mistral winds, the speed canal at the shores of the mediterrean sea came to life again. Strong mistral winds with 45-50 knots hit the speed strip in a perfect angle, and new speed record was verified at 49.09 knots... [more]

Images from the dismasted
OnEdition Images,, one of the ten yachts competing in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race, has been dismasted during the race from Qingdao to Hawaii.... [more]

Finalists do battle at Queen Mary SC this weekend
The final line up for the eagerly-anticipated RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series Grand Final can be confirmed and it would be hard to expect anything but three sensational days of sailing when the finalists do battle at Queen Mary Sailing Club this weekend (7-9 March)... [more] dismasted in Pacific
Clipper event media,
Skipper Martin Silk said: “At 0600 GMT the starboard cap shroud [one of the wires supporting the mast] lower fitting sheared on our rigging and our mast folded at the mid point. Nobody was hit by the mast or rigging. We have now detached the rigging and cleared the lines and although darkness has stopped us from continuing to jury rig at this stage, we will continue at first light.”... [more]

Bernard Stamm wins IMOCA World Championship Title
Véronique Guillou (RivaCom),
Bernard Stamm (Switzerland), on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' boat has won the IMOCA* 2007 world championship title at the end of a cliff-hanging sea... [more]

Clipper: Heavy squalls overnight 66 knots gusts,
Several of the yachts reported some heavy squalls during the night with Durban 2010 and Beyond measuring a gust of 66 knots and many others reporting gusts of more than 40 knots.... [more]

James Spithill wins Day 2 - Dubai RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
The winner of the second round robin is Igor Lah's Team Ceeref, with James Spithill at the helm. “It's a great start to our season”, he commented. “Yesterday, we were not happy with our sailing. We made a lot of little mistakes and lost matches that we could have won. We all wanted to do better today and that's what we did.”... [more]

Percy and Simpson go top at Star Bacardi Cup
Lynn Fitzpatrick /,
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson take over the lead at the Star class Bacardi Cup event in Miami, USA, after race three. The British Olympic pair finished in third place, behind Ireland's Peter O'Leary Peter and Steve Milne who won ahead of John Dane and Austin Sperry of the USA.... [more]

Can you Cant at Cowes or not?,
In what is looking more and more like the Event That Never Was, Stuart Quarrie, Chief Executive of Cowes Week, has issued another press release outlining the organisers view of canting keelers taking part in this years Cowes Week, if any had wanted too! - Quarrie had earlier deflated the claims of Chieften owner, Ger O'Rourke, that the canters were being unfairly treated... [more]

Aussie pair take lead at Hobie Tiger Worlds
Diana Bogaards,
Mark Laruffa and Daniel Sims from Australia took over the lead at the Hobie Tiger Worlds in Langebaan / South Africa. They won the two morning races and finished second in the afternoon after a capsize on the downwind run. In the dragoon event Matt Whitehead and Megan Du Plessis of South Africa remained unbeaten and took two bullets, which strengthened their overall lead.... [more]

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy for Europe in 2009
The European 18 foot skiff class association has announced that the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy will be held in Europe in 2009. The famous trophy is the effective World Championship of the 18ft Skiff class and normally sailed for in the home of the class - Sydney Harbour.... [more]

Sydney Champion Ben Nossiter wins £30,000 Audi
Louise Bashford,
Ben Nossiter, is the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta champion, following the announcement at the official Prizegiving event last night. Nossiter steered his yacht Sirius to a win in the Adams 10 Division over the weekend and then the four man crew came up trumps in the Audi Drive Challenge at Eastern Creek yesterday, winning the £30,000 Audi A4 1.8 TFSI... [more]

Bronze boost for GBR sailors Birrell and Rickham
British sailors Niki Birrell and Alex Rickham have boosted their chances of selection for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, clinching bronze in the SKUD class at the US Disabled-Open Midwinters in St Petersburg, USA, in only their second regatta together... [more]

Fast run for Audi Sydney - Newcastle Yacht Race
Lisa Ratcliff,
With less than four days to the start of the final event of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's offshore season for 2007-08, the Bureau of Meteorology has released its long range forecast for the inaugural Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race with a fast overnight run predicted.... [more]

Grael and Jordao of Brazil lead Star Bacardi Cup
Lynn Fitzpatrick,,
Lars Grael and Marcelo Jordao of Brazil won race two of the Star Bacardi Cup and have taken the overall lead. Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson finished thirteenth and take fifth place overall. Eivind Melleby and Petter Pedersen of Norway, winners of the opening day's race, dropped to 31st overall after a 30th place finish in race two... [more]

Marcus Wieser and Sea Dubai lead Dubai RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
Day 1 Dubai RC 44 Cup. - After a complete round robin, the new team from the UAE, with Marcus Wieser, former Flying Dutchman and Dragon sailor, at the helm, shares the lead with Team ES Bankers Dubai (Russell Coutts), Team Ceeref (James Spithill) and Hiroshi – Città di Milano (SébastienCol). He is however the day's winner thanks to the matches against his direct opponents... [more] makes radical move north
Clipper event media,
The Clipper fleet continues the race east across the mighty Pacific Ocean towards the finish line off Honolulu in Hawaii. One team that cannot see any of their competitors is They have made a massive move north over the last 24 hours which should see them get better winds but the question is, will it be worth the extra miles? Only time will tell.... [more]

South Africans lead Hobie Tiger/Dragoon Worlds
Diana Bogaards,
After the first racing day, the South Africans are in the lead of the 6th Hobie Tiger and 3rd Hobie Dragoon Worlds 2008 in Langebaan (RSA). Local Hobie 16 sailor Shaun Ferry and his crew John Van Der Vyfer flew out of the starting blocks and took the first bullet. They finished second in the following heat, which put them on top of the leader board of the Hobie Tiger fleet... [more]

Have they peaked - Aussie effort too soon?
Nicole Browne,
Can the Australian Sailing Team keep up their momentum all the way to the Olympic Games in Qingdao in August or have they peaked already? The win last weekend at the Tornado Worlds by Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby was the third world title in the last seven weeks - Laser sailor Tom Slingsby winning the world Laser championships and Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin the 49er title... [more]

Got a Superyacht? Royal Navy can train your crew
Michael Evans, Times,
The craze for vast “superyachts” – the ultimate status symbols of the billionaire set – has become an unlooked-for money-spinner for the Royal Navy. The Navy is benefiting from a series of contracts signed by a private company - Portsmouth based Flagship Training. Largely staffed by ex-naval personnel, the company is in partnership with the Navy, which receives a share of the profits... [more]

Hydroptere is getting ready for Speed,
lain Thebault and l'Hydroptere team now have set their sights on the highest step of the podium, the ultimate prize, becoming the fastest speed vessel on the planet. It wasn't until the appearance of the Australian speed prototype, the Yellow Pages, in 1993, that the windsurfers were dethroned by a run at 46.52 knots - Then, in 2005, a windsurfer managed to record the present level, 48.7 knots... [more]

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]

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