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The very early Easter meant that those clubs that hoped for an extended season, were met with strong winds, snow and sleet showers and cancellations.

Friday and Saturday racing suffered the most, and some racing was completed on Sunday and Monday in some very cold winds.

Gerald New
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Laser Radial Men and Youth Worlds - Day 1
Olivia Powrie,
Day One of the 2008 Laser Radial Men's and Youth World Championship got underway in New Zealand. The day brought superb sailing conditions with a constant 8-10 knots of breeze from a north-easterly direction. Chloe Martin is the top placed GBR sailor, fourth in the Women's Youth event. James Spencer, in ninth, is the top placed male Youth for GBR and Ben Paton is 18th in the Men's event... [more]

Glyn Charles Open at HISC - 26 April 2008
Event media,
Although club racing started the previous weekend, the Open event sailing at Hayling Island SC will really get into its stride with the Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race at the end of April. Last year over 130 boats entered the event, won by Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend in a Fireball. Other leaders included a 420, a Raceboard, several Flying 15s and Merlin Rockets and an International Canoe... [more]

Singapore Team leads IFDS SKUD 18 Worlds
Jeff Ang,
After two days that saw a total of five races, Team Singapore is ranked first, sharing the same point total of 14 with closest rival, Team Portugal.... [more]

Cammas and Team not far off in Spi Ouest-France media,
Loïck Peyron and the Gitana team take victory in a Spi Ouest France, with Franck Cammas and his team 'not far off'. Racing was limited by the unwelcoming weather with just five races in four days.... [more]

Storm brings cancellation - 49er Europeans Day 1
Event media,
A storm brings cancellation of the first day of the 49er Europeans, as winds of 25 to 30 knots and huge waves dominate the bay of Palma. The same storm is forecasted for tomorrow, with NW winds 25 to 30 knots. The wind could lose strength from 16:00 hours but the waves are expected to remain.... [more]

Ice Bucket Trophy attracts British Moths
Tamesis Club Event media,
Bitterly cold northerly winds gusting at over 40 knots, a sharp overnight frost and snow flurries severely reduced the enthusiasm of both club members and visitors for this year's Easter Regatta at Tamesis and entries were down to 14 - one of the smallest for many years.... [more]

Subic Centennial wins Rolex China Sea Race
Event Media,
Last night the land-sea breeze off the Philippine coast made and lost fortunes for the potential handicap winners in this 565-nautical mile offshore Asian classic. The overall handicap winner is the Philippines entry, Subic Centennial, co-skippered by Judes Echauz and Vince Perez and their crew of young Filipino sailors.... [more]

Red Funnel Easter Challenge images-Rick Tomlinson,
Rick Tomlinson captured the action on Day 3 of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge, organised by the RORC.... [more] leaves Midway again
Clipper event media, has left Midway Island for the second time after making repairs to their damaged gearbox. 'To get equipment to Midway Island quickly is almost impossible. Our staff in Hawaii have been working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to solve this problem and managed to get the components of the broken gearbox onto yesterday's supply plane' - Joff Bailey.... [more]

Spectacular racing –Red Funnel Easter Challenge
Trish Jenkins,
Day three of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge, organised by the RORC, produced some quite stunning Solent racing. Finally, after two days of frustration, racing got under way and it was well worth the wait.... [more]

49er Europeans set to rock
Neus Jordi,
The 49er European Championship – Madrid 2016 kicks off tomorrow with a forecast of winds up to 30 knots... [more]

Team Singapore Leads IFDS World Championship
Jeff Ang,
Jovin Tan & Desiree Lim (SIN) have dominated day one of official racing in the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) Two Person Keelboat 2008 World Championship at the SAF Yacht Club, Changi, today. The Singapore team used their local knowledge and light wind experience to post two clear wins.... [more]

Six medals for Brits at Palma regatta
RYA media,
Nick Dempsey and Paul Goodison added to Ben Ainslie's earlier triumph to make it a hat trick of gold medals for Great Britain at the Princess Sofia Trophy, the final Skandia Team GBR medal tally for this major European circuit event standing at three golds, two silvers and one bronze... [more]

Strong breeze - Day 2 Red Funnel Easter Challenge
Trish Jenkins/Louay Habib,
The wind is blowing dogs off chains and The racing has been cancelled on Day 2 of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge. 'The reasons for calling off racing early this morning was that the wind is much the same as yesterday or even slightly stronger' Commented, RORC Chief Executive, Eddie Warden-Owen.... [more]

Strewth 'rolls home': Rolex China Sea Race 2008
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A very wet and weary Strewth crew appeared out of the murk at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, at 1500hrs today, accompanied by the faithful guard ship Cloud, the RHKYC's Kellett VI, and RIB M69. It was easy to tell which of the two yachts motoring up the harbour was Strewth – the one with the pronounced roll. Just 36 hours earlier she had lost her keel approx 170 nm south east of Hong Kong, en route... [more] back at Midway Island
Event media, has arrived back at Midway Island where the crew will make repairs to their gearbox. It has been a complicated logistical process to get the necessary replacement part to Midway Island for Martin Silk and his team to effect their repairs.... [more]

Dalton America's Cup Media Session - Audio & Video
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, gave a Media Conference just an hour ago in Auckland. Following the release of Justice Herman Cahn's decision by the New York Supreme Court.... [more]

39 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE
Corinne rolland-Mckenzie,
The fifth day of racing in the 39th Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE didn't live to its expectations. Too strong in the morning, shifty at lunch time and dying in the afternoon, the wind allowed for ten races only to be completed across all the classes... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff Fireball World Champions
Event media,
Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff are the 2008 Fireball World Champions. The British pair won the title after another fantastic days sailing at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at Pattaya in Thailand. The day started with Mee and Wagstaff having a four point lead over Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirhead of Australia and 12 points ahead of David Wade and Ben McCrane (GBR)... [more]

Broadwater Sailing Club Solo Open
Event media,
Tony Cooper won the annual season opener for both the Southern and Eastern Solo Series which took place on 9 March at Broadwater SC. The 25 entrants were greeted by a light to moderate breeze from the south west, veering later to the west.... [more]

Ainslie clinches victory - Princess Sofia regatta
RYA media,
Ben Ainslie, who has clinched victory at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Majorca, with a day to spare. The RS:X windsurfing fleets fulfilled their scheduled two races with Nick Dempsey firing in 2,1 to extend his lead heading into Good Friday's final showdown. Paul Goodison and Nick Thompson top the tables for Skandia Team GBR in the men's single-handed Laser event.... [more]

Day 1 Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Pauline McCracken,
What a fantastic start to the 2008 season! The forecast of bitter northerly winds, 20 knots gusting 30 and rain was not enough to deter the 18 boats who ventured out for the first day of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series. With such a glam forecast (cold winds and rain aside) it was going to be an interesting day to blow away the winter cobwebs... [more]

Bob Beggs - 'Against the Floe' Arctic Challenge
Jeremy Greenaway,
Round-the-World yacht race skipper Bob Beggs is on course for the start of the toughest sailing challenge left – a polar circumnavigation of the North American continent, and transit of the North West Passage from Atlantic to Pacific under sail power alone.... [more]

Lombarini Marine 1000-mile Doublehanded Race
Event media,
The committee of the Lombarini Marine 1000-mile Doublehanded Race has extended the race with two more legs. Due to the extension the doublehanded sailors will enter Newcastle for a stopover after the first leg that will start in Holland on June 8th. From Newcastle the race will head to Bergen, Norway and from there be part of the Bergen-Shetland races.... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing Announces Core Sailing Team
BMW Oracle Racing site,
BMW ORACLE Racing today announced its core sailing team for the 33rd America's Cup. Joining skipper Russell Coutts in the accomplished afterguard are American John Kostecki and Australian James Spithill. Spithill will share helming duties with Coutts, and Kostecki has been named tactician.... [more]

Clipper Race 8 re-start delayed
Clipper media,
The Clipper race restart had been delayed by a number of days whilst rig repairs are undertaken. The replacement fittings are being manufactured to order in Germany and will not arrive in time to be fitted for the fleet to restart Race 8 on 26 March as planned. It is currently anticipated the parts will be ready for dispatch on 28 March and will arrive in Hawaii by the end of the month.... [more]

Mid-ocean rudder repairs for Fedor Konyukhov
Bob Williams,
Fedor Konyukhov, on the first trailblazing circumnavigation around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, has successfully repaired the damaged rudder on his Open 85 yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa. After 10 hours of repair work yesterday, Fedor finally reported some good news.... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff lead Fireball Worlds - day 4
With one more day of racing to go at the Fireball Worlds, the top three are clear ahead and only 4 points separate the top 2. Mee/Wagstaff are still in the prime position and one more solid race should could seal it... [more]

Brewster earns bronze at Radial Worlds
Andrea Brewster has signalled that she's still in the hunt for Beijing selection after clinching a career-best result of third at the Laser Radial World Championships, which concluded in New Zealand on Thursday. Winner was Sarah Steyaert of France with Xu Lijia of China second... [more]

Steyaert (FRA) wins her first Radial World Title
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sarah Steyaert of France has won the 2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championship after a sensational finish to the regatta when Lijia Xu of China was disqualified from the final race ultimately costing her the world title.... [more]

K-Challenge enters America's Cup fray
K-Challenge Media,
Court decision makes it possible for K-Challenge to come up as a French challenger for the 34th America's Cup... [more]

25 solo skippers sign on for the Artemis Transat
Artemis Transat Media,
With just over 50 days to go until the start of The Artemis Transat on Sunday, 11th May from Sutton Harbour, Plymouth to Boston, 25 solo skippers are currently confirmed for the race. 16 of the world's leading IMOCA 60 sailors, including two previous Vendée Globe winners Michel Desjoyeaux and Vincent Riou, and 9 Class 40 sailors representing four different nationalities.... [more]

Images from Cabo Verde PWA World Cup 2008
Professional Windsurfers Association,
Great images from the recently completed Cabo Verde PWA World Cup 2008. Kauli Seadi kicked-off the season with a critical victory over local favorite Josh Angulo and wavesailing legend Jason Polakow.... [more]

39 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE Day 4
Corinne McKenzie,
Team Skandia GBR sailors, Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison are increasing their lead in the Finn and Laser classes. They both have a proven record in Palma. Ben Ainslie victory in the Trofeo Princesa Sofia dates from 2004 while Paul Goodison has collected three second places and two titles in 2001 and 2002. They are both on the right path to add another 'Trofeo' to their impressive achievements. I... [more]

Xu leads, Clark challenges for podium place
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Lijia Xu of China continues to lead the Women's Laser Radial World Championships, being sailed off Takapuna, New Zealand, going into the final day of the regatta tomorrow. Xu is four points clear of Evi Van Acker of Belgium in second. Penny Clark and Andrea Brewster (GBR) are in 4th and 5th places... [more]

Day 3 2008 Fireball Int'l World Championship
Chris Payne,
The first race of the day started under a black flag on the second attempt with four boats being disqualified for being over the line. The second race was again a little windier getting up to 15 knots at times, and a lot more from the left hand side, which put the gybe mark close to shore for the spectators to watch the excitement.... [more]

Leroy wins the Harken Women's International
Lisa Ratcliff,
The world's number one woman match racer, Claire Leroy from France, has become the first overseas competitor to win the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta, which wrapped up on Sydney Harbour this afternoon... [more]

Sydney - Hobart ..... on a Hobie Tiger
Anthony Duchatel,
A twenty year dream was realised by Rod Waterhouse when he, Kerli Corlett and Rod's son Jason teamed up to sail their Hobie Tiger from Sydney to Hobart... [more]

Clipper Hull & Humber, winner of Race 7 in Hawaii
Clipper Ventures Media,
Hull & Humber, winner of Race 7 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race, arrived in Ala Wai harbour, Honolulu, at 0745 (1745 GMT) on Tuesday 18 March... [more]

Princesa Sofia winds box compass Day 3 qualifying
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Sailors and regatta organisers were expecting a strong south westerly with waves, but the stronger winds today came from the North. While it granted the Yngling with 18 knots, and the 49er with a weakening medium breeze, it failed to reach the Finn course forcing the racing committee to abandon the first race of the day. Meanwhile the Tornados were enjoying a totally different wind from the west!... [more]

'Let's settle this on the water,' says Alinghi
Alinghi Media,
'Let's settle this on the water,' says Alinghi boss Ernesto Bertarelli, in response to New York Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn's order today designating Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) as America's Cup Challenger of Record replacing Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV)... [more]

Cahn rules in favour of BMW Oracle Racing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Sail-World is receiving reports that have been confirmed that Justice Herman Cahn has ruled in favour of BMW Oracle Racing, by denying the motions bought by Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more]

Day 5: Entering the Final Phase
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Regatta organisers sailed three races today in the Finals phase of the 2008 Womens World Laser Radial Championship. The racing got underway off Takapuna, New Zealand at 1000hrs this morning.... [more]

Lijia Xu of China now leads Laser Radial Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Lijia Xu (CHN) has hit the lead at the Women's 2008 Laser Radial World Championship and is three points ahead of Sarah Steyaert (FRA) who now lies second. Evi Van Acker (BEL) is just one point back in third overall. Lizzie Vickers is best placed Brit in eleventh place... [more]

Day 2 - Fireball World Championship – Thailand
Fireball media,
After the first days perfect conditions, day 2 was even better with slightly more wind for the second race, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the sailing at the Royal Varune Yacht Club - Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff lead after four races... [more]

British sailors lead 3 series in Palma
British sailors continue to top the results tables in three classes after the second day of racing at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma on Monday, with triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie extending his lead at the top of the Finn fleet - Paul Goodison leads Laser fleet and Nick Dempsey also maintains his lead in the RS:X... [more]

Fedor fights weather to repair rudder at sea
Robert Williams,
The rudder problems confronting Fedor Konyukhov's bid to be the first to sail solo non-stop around the Antarctica Cup Race Track have been traced to a stainless steel sleeve that was introduced to the steering system... [more]

Australia v France in Womens Match Race finals
Lisa Ratcliff,
Claire Leroy (FRA) and Australia's twelfth ranked Nicky Souter will face off tomorrow in the finals of the Harken Women's Match Racing Regatta.... [more]

First Clipper expected in Hawaii tomorrow
Clipper event media,
The Clipper fleet is making good progress towards Honolulu, Hawaii. The first, Hull & Humber, winner of the shortened Race 7 from Qingdao to Hawaii, is expected in the Ala Wai yacht harbour on Tuesday 18 March.... [more]

Fireball Worlds Day 2 - Brits lead Aussies
Chris Payne,
Day 2 of the Fireball Worlds started under a black flag on the third attempt attempt as there was a following tide. Peter Inns/Chris Went(AUS), rounded the first mark just ahead of Heather Macfarlane/Chris Payne(AUS) with Tom Jeffcote/Mark Hogan (GBR) very close in third.... [more]

Rudder problems for Konyukhov - Antarctica Cup
Bob Williams,
Fedor Konyukhov, the Russian solo circumnavigator reported problems early today with a bolt connecting the starboard rudder on his Open 85ft yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa during the Antarctica Cup Challenge.... [more]

Souter and Leroy undefeated - Day Two Match Racing
Lisa Ratcliff,
Souter skippered Team Wild Oats Chardonnay to victory in six flights today at the,Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta. France's world number one Claire Leroy has also settled into the Elliott 6's and new surroundings with both she and Souter undefeated on day two.... [more]

Day 1 Fireball World Championship – Thailand
Event media,
Day 1 of the worlds saw perfect conditions for the Fireball Worlds, with 12-16 knots and beautiful warm water. Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff lead after two races were completed on day one. Australia's Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirehead are in second place and Dave Wade and Ben McGrane third... [more]

British team dominating at Princesa Sofiie event
Event media,
Spanish sailors have taken the lead in four classes, while the British team is dominating three classes at the 39th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE. Nick Dempsey leads the boards - Ben Ainslie the Finns and Paul Goodison is leading the 107 Lasers with two second places in the qualifying races... [more]

Steyeart of France takes lead at Radial Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Sarah Steyaert of France has taken the overall lead at the 2008 Women's Laser Radial World Championship being sailed off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, Auckland. Britain's Lizzie Vickers is in eighth and Penny Clark is ninth overall. Just one race was sailed yesterday with three races in total now on the board... [more]

Images - final race of the 18ft Skiff season
Frank Quealey,
Images from the the final race of the 2007-2008 18ft Skiff season, sailed on Sydney Harbour last weekend.... [more]

Interview with Antoine Albeau at 49.09 knots
Markus Schwendtner,
Double world champion in 2006, triple world champion in 2007, Antoine Albeau wrote himself into the history books on March 5th 2008 by setting a new world record for sail speed. With his 49.09 knots... [more]

Seadi wins 2008 Cabo Verde PWA event
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Kauli Seadi kicks-off the season with a critical victory over local favorite Josh Angulo and wavesailing legend Jason Polakow.... [more]

Finland leads Laser Radial Womens Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Finland's Sari Multala leads the 2008 Laser Radial Worlds after the first day of racing. Second is Belgian Evi Van Acker with Australian Sarah Blanck third. Charlotte Dobson and Lizzie Vickers are the best placed of the Brits, in sixth and tenth places overall... [more]

Spithill's clean sweep
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's Katie Spithill and her crew have showed ominous form early in the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta, finishing day one undefeated after seven flights.... [more]

Olympic selections for Europeans at Palma
Corinne McKenzie,
The start of the European sailing season is the opportunity for many nations to start their Olympic selections. A lot is at stake and the pressure is on in Mallorca for the 39th Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE! While some are fine tuning their equipment for the big event in August, some are passing the final hurdle to the 2008 Olympic regatta!... [more]

Laser Radial Womens Worlds - Race 2 to France and
Rob Kothe,
Wind moderating on Hauraki Gulf for the second race in the 2008 World Laser Radial Womens Championship. At start time the wind was still south west but now only at 15 knots.... [more]

2008 Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Day 8
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
It's all down to the wire on Sal, with just Last-Chance Sunday left to complete the Double Elimination.... [more]

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