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31 Mar 2008

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Red Funnel Easter Challenge

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2008 Olympics Qingdao

Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race


Two big dinghy events took place last week - The Youth Laser radial Worlds in New Zealand and the 49er European Championships in Mallorca, Spain.

The Radial titles went to Mike Leigh of Canada in the Men's event, Gabriella King of Australia in the Women's youth event and to New Zealander, Andy Maloney in the Men's youth event.

Britain's Martin Evans, a West Mersea sailor who celebrates his 16th birthday on Thursday, held his nerve when it mattered most to claim the final race victory and win the silver medal.

In the 49er event Spain's Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández were crowned European champions for a second consecutive year, with the silver going to the Alonso brothers and third place on the podium went to the Ukrainian sailors Rodion Luka and Geogiy Leonchuk.

No TeamGBR made it into the medal race, and Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith were best finishers in 16th place.

The America's Cup got more coverage, firstly for the pronouncement of the USA Court that it will hear the case for fixing the date of the next race on the 2 April. And then for the spectacular capsize of the 60ft trimaran Foncia capsized with Alinghi sailors onboard - see the Thierry Martinez images.

And finally the possible future selection process for World and Olympic events involving the European Union as the effects of the revised European Treaty start to take effect in 2009.

Enjoy your reading
Gerald New
UK Editor

EUR sailing to the Rescue of Games?,
Sail-World looks at the effects of the recent changes to the EU Treaty which raise the question of representation of the EU at major international sporting events. With the member states of the EU put on a level similar to the individual states in America (many bigger than European countries) the EU would be able to pick international sporting teams unrestricted by narrow nationality rules... [more]

Martinez and Fernandez 49er European Champions
Event media,
It was a Gold and Silver day for the Spanish on the final day of the 49er European Championship in Mallorca. Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández were crowned European champions for a second consecutive year, with the silver going to the Alonso brothers. Third place on the podium went to the Ukrainian sailors Rodion Luka and Geogiy Leonchuk... [more]

Stand out from the crowd - Get a Tug
Bob Wonders /,
Looking a bit like a sea going version of those camper vans beloved of German and Dutch early retirees, the US-built tug boats offer unique and innovative ways to spend time afloat. Ranger Tugs are scaled down versions of typical US Bristol Bay trawlers and are already winning hearts and minds from boaters who enjoy safe and economical cruising... [more]

Silver for Martin Evans at Radial Youth Worlds
Olivia Powrie /,
Britain's Martin Evans won Silver at the Radial Youth Worlds which finished in New Zealand Saturday. Andy Maloney of New Zealand was the winner and Max Moerman Maarten of the Netherlands took third. In the Youth women's event, Gabrielle King of Australia won ahead of Sarah Gunni of Denmark. In the Men's event Canadian Michael Leigh took the title... [more]

Images by Tomeu Bibiloni of the 49er Europeans
tomeu bibiloni,
Images by Tomeu Bibiloni of the 49er Europeans – Madrid 2016, held at Club Nautic S'Arenal (Mallorca) March 22-30, 2008... [more]

Images from the capsize of Foncia
Images from the capsize of Foncia with Alinghi crew on board - At 11:30 Saturday morning, in 20 plus knots and a lumpy Atlantic swell, the 60ft trimaran Foncia capsized off Lorient with Alinghi sailors onboard. Foncia was towed into the harbour upside down to be craned out and assessed for damage... [more]

Gitana 13 attacks 2006 North Pacific record
Kate Jennings,
The stopwatch is back in action aboard Gitana 13. On standby in San Francisco since 28th February – the completion date of La Route de l'Or-, the maxi-catamaran equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild set off this Saturday 29th March at 22h45'45' UTC, for a record attempt between San Francisco and Yokohama.... [more]

More Class 40 yachts enter the Artemis Transat
Artemis Transat Media,
10 Class 40s confirmed but 13 are possible and after two decades in ocean racing, Simon Clarke is fulfilling a lifelong ambition of competing in the world of short-handed sailing. This week Clarke confirmed his Class 40 entry in The Artemis Transat that starts in just over six weeks on Sunday, 11th May.... [more]

Foncia capsizes off Lorient – Alinghi crew safe
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat & Sail-World,
A 60ft trimaran being used by Alinghi crew for training has capsized off Lorient, France. Sail-World understands that two crew were taken off by helicopter and hospitalised, and one has been discharged.... [more]

49er - Cat and Mouse continues into Medal Race
Neus Jordi,
The Alonso brothers were not lucky in today's race and dropped down to third while second place overall is now for Ukrainian sailors Luka and Leonchuk. The podium of the 49er Europeans – Madrid 2016, being held in Mallorca, will be decided tomorrow after the Medal Race, in which only the top ten will participate. None of the leaders shone enough today to assure a place on the podium... [more]

l'Hydroptère ready for new record breaking season
l'Hydroptère came back to La Trinité sur Mer marina Thursday 25 March after a pure-speed configuration period of six months in the shipyard. The Hydroptère team took the opportunity of a quiet weather period to put the flying trimaran back in the water and to remast her. The rigging, the platform and the external parts have been finely modified to bring the boat's speed potential over 50 knots... [more]

Glenn Bourke returns to his roots
Marj Belessis /,
Former Sydney boy Glenn Bourke has spent the past six years jetting around the world in high-profile and glamorous jobs. Nice work if you can get it, you might say, but you can have too much of a good thing. 'Last year I spent two-thirds of the year 268 days out of 365 in the air,' he said. 'That's a lot of time to be spending in planes. I was chronically jet-lagged.'... [more]

Speed World Cup French Cup Final Results
Markus Schwendtner,
It was a good week for the first French Cup for Speed Windsurfing, held from 22 March to 28 March in Port St. Louis du Rhone. Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North) won the event after six rounds, of which five were validated by the rules. The womens fleet was clearly dominated by Valerie Ghibaudo (Loft Sails)... [more]

Gear breaking day for Day 1 Int'l Rolex Regatta
International Rolex Regatta Media,
With the wind blowing 20-22 knots on opening day of the International Rolex Regatta, everyone had a war story to tell when they got back to shore. The three-day event kicked off with a race to town, in which 90 boats took off from the east end of St. Thomas, where the 35-year-old event is hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club... [more]

Fedor becalmed: Surrounded by sea of ice
Robert Williams,
Fedor Konyuhhov is pleasantly surprised to find himself almost totally becalmed in the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, mid way between Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope.... [more]

Dismasted in Honolulu
Clipper Media,
Thirty-four days after leaving Qingdao, China, to race across the Pacific Ocean finally arrived in port in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 1030 local time (2030 GMT) this morning to cheers and applause from supporters gathered on the dockside.... [more]

New leaders in 49er Europeans
Neus Jordi,
Spain's Federico and Arturo Alonso have taken the lead in the 49er Europeans – Madrid 2016 in Majorca. They were the better team of the day and took the lead from compatriots Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez who dropped down to second place after three bad results in today's races... [more]

Paul and Mike Allen win RS400 Northern Open
RS media,
Paul Allen and Mike Allen were the winners when Bala Sailing Club welcomed RS400s over the Easter weekend for round two of the Northern Circuit, sponsored by Purple Marine. As forecast Saturday was a wash out with gales and snow giving the race officer no choice but to abandon. However undeterred by the freezing water and white topped waves, Dave Jones and Roger O'Gorman went out for a blast... [more]

Laser Radial Men and Youth Worlds - Day 5
Olivia Powrie,
Day five of the Laser Radial Men's and Youth World Championships in New Zealand and there were similar weather conditions again today for the men and youth contests. No change to the top two in the Youth Men's fleet with Andy Maloney of New Zealand holding firm in the top spot on fourteen points and Martin Evans of Britain still in second on twenty-one points... [more]

260 entrants for RYA Youth Nationals at Pwllheli
The premier event for Youth sailors in the UK will get underway next week. Great Britain's top young talent will converge on North Wales to do battle at the 2008 RYA Youth National Championships and Trials. More than 260 of the country's best Under 19 dinghy sailors, in around 200 boats, will contest no fewer than 27 trophies across six classes when racing takes place at Pwllheli Sailing Club... [more]

Action Down Costa Smeralda YC way
YCCS Press Office,
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) presented its 2008 regatta calendar to press and guests gathered today in Milan's Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. Following last year's 40th anniversary celebrations, 2008 marks the beginning of a new phase in the Club's development with expansion and internationalization plus continued commitment to organizing world-class yachting events... [more]

Caribbean fleet ready to race
International Rolex Regatta Media,
At the St. Thomas Yacht Club today, positive energy blended splendidly with the excitement surrounding preparations for the 35th running of the International Rolex Regatta. The three-day event starts tomorrow, offering handicap and one-design racing for 90 boats and hundreds of sailors, who are giving two thumbs up to some new twists.... [more]

Singapore Win IFDS Worlds
David Staley/IFDS,
Singapore qualified for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in thrilling fashion by winning the IFDS Two-Person Keelboat World Championship on the final day of racing. After some indifferent form in the last two races held on Tuesday, the host country team of Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim (SIN) capped off the championship... [more]

Golden Gate pleased at early Court Hearing
Jane Eagleson, Golden Gate YC Media,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today that it was very pleased at the decision by the New York State Supreme Court to grant a hearing next week in order to resolve the date for the next America's Cup match... [more]

Legion d'Honneur for Ellen MacArthur
At a ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich Thursday, BT Team Ellen skipper Dame Ellen MacArthur, was awarded France's highest decoration, the Légion d'Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. This was formal recognition of the award that was bestowed upon Ellen after she set a new solo non-stop round the world record of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds in 2005... [more]

Spanish crews continue to lead 49er Europeans
The two Spanish crews, Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández and the Alonso brothers are still at the top of the overall standings of the 49er European championship – Madrid 2016 after the fourth day of competition. Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith remain top placed Brits, in eleventh place. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes motored nine places to be 19th after winning a race.... [more]

RS Feva for Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Emma White,
LDC Racing Sailboats have announced that the RS Feva has been selected for both the boys and girls double handed classes at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival - ten key sailing nations to be invited to send representatives... [more]

Expanded fleet will compete in Extreme 40 Cup
Helen Fretter,
Five new boats will join in the 2008 circuit for the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series which has been unveiled with the events continuing to focus on high-octane, competitive close-quarter racing, accessible to the viewing public whilst providing an unforgettable VIP experience - first iShares Cup event will take place from 30 May to 1 June on Lake Lugano... [more]

Alinghi Sale! Buy early for Christmas
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This just in from - Alinghi t-shirt sale - Buy early for Christmas... [more]

Day 4: Laser Radial Men and Youth Worlds / Olivia Powrie,
Britain's Martin Evans held on to second place in the Youth Worlds event in New Zealand, but could do nothing to stop Andy Maloney of New Zealand stretching his lead to ten points. Malony having another two good races with a first and forth, while Evans had a second and fourth. Another kiwi, Cam McKee moved on up the score board with a third and first to sit in third place, three points behind Eva... [more]

How to save the America's Cup
Vincenzo Onorato,
I have received numerous requests to intervene, also in the light of the ruling passed by New York Supreme Court. Over the past few years I believe I have been quite restrained in commenting on the difficulties facing the Cup. You'll have noticed that I wrote Cup with a capital 'C', and this is indicative of my respect and my passion for sailing and for the America's Cup in particular.... [more]

Wot Chicks head to the Worlds
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's highest ranked woman match racer Katie Spithill and her crew are heading to New Zealand this weekend to contest the BSPORT ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2008 sporting brand new team colours.... [more]

Countdown to Rolex Commodores' Cup 2008
With three months to the start of the 9th biennial Rolex Commodores' Cup on 29 June, team preparations are beginning to really heat up. Whilst prospective French team-members were engaged in dodging wintery conditions at the Spi Ouest regatta in the Bay of Quiberon over Easter weekend, a number of their Irish and British counterparts were struggling with extreme weather conditions on The Solent... [more]

Back to court for America's Cup Defender
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat - Alinghi,
Following an unsuccessful meeting on Wednesday between representatives from the SNG and the GGYC. SNG filed a letter with the New York Supreme Court requesting a hearing to determine the date for the 33rd America's Cup Match, in a bid to accelerate the process of returning the 33rd America's Cup to the water... [more]

Fit-out your Fireball - Winning Gear
Chris payne,
With the highly successful 2008 World Championship in Thailand over, it is time to review some of the gear used by the top sailors. Pinnel & Bax dominated the selection of sails in the top 10, but there were 5 different boat builders from four different countries, including Singapore. This shows the strength of the class's one design rules.... [more]

Gitana Team to attack North Pacific crossing
Kate Jennings,
Gitana Team is everywhere… Whilst the crew of Gitana 13 are in San Francisco preparing for North Pacific record attempt, certain members of Gitana Team, led by Loïck Peyron, benefited from the long Easter weekend to take their first victory in the Spi Ouest France.... [more]

Are you an Early Bird?
Flavia Bateson,
Hurry to catch the early bird entry rate - 507 already have - With 94 days to go to this year's JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, entries at 507 show an increase on the same point in 2007 and there are still savings to be made for those entering before 29 March 2008. Returning to defend the title is Mike Slade, this year he will be the skipper of ICAP Leopard... [more]

Martínez and Fernandez dominate 49er Europeans / media,
Spanish teams dominate the 49er European championship – Madrid 2016, at the end of the third day. Spain's Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández continue to lead with countrymen Federico and Arturo Alonso in second tied with third and fourth places. But the Athens 2004 gold medallists and Spain's representatives at the 2008 Beijing Games now have an eight point advantage over their immediate rivals... [more]

John Merricks formally known as Red . . .
The John Merricks Sailing Trust-loaned TP52, previously known as Red, has now been renamed John Merricks and was crewed for her first Programme outing by 16 members of the 47-strong Programme squad. It was Easter Sunday that the TP52 took her bow under the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme banner - posting third in race one before another impressive showing in race two clinched them third place... [more]

Martin Evans chases lead in Radial Youth Worlds
Olivia Powrie,
Having not finished outside the top two in all of his races, Michael Leigh (CAN) is showing a dominant performance in the Men's fleet at the Radial Worlds, pulling away from Brad Funk (USA) in second place, who is four points off the lead. Having been able to discard a starting penalty, Simon Morgan (AUS) sits in third place. Britains' Ben Paton is in 13th place.... [more]

DSK-Comifin wins Giorgio Falck Swan 45 Regatta
Event media,
The II Memorial Giorgio Falck Swan 45 wrapped up with DSK-Comifin winning the regatta. Danilo Salsi and Pietro D'Alì conquered the victory closely followed by Jeroboam (Codecasa, Benussi) and Vertigo (Salvi, Vascotto). 25 knot winds and rough seas ensure spectacular racing in the seas of Maremma in Tuscany.... [more]

Spain dominates 49er Europeans
Neus Jordi,
The Spanish team dominates the 49er European championship– Madrid 2016 at the end of the third day in Club Nàutic S'Arenal. Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández are still the leaders. The Athens 2004 gold medallists and the Spanish representatives at the 2008 Beijing Games have already an eight point advantage over their immediate rivals.... [more]

No agreement - SNG frustrated at meeting outcome
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat - Alinghi,
Alinghi statement on the meeting with the Golden Gate Yacht Club. 'We remain committed to trying to move the fight from the court room back to the water but the actions of GGYC are making this extremely difficult to achieve.'... [more]

Fedor requests 'water, no ice please',
Fedor is making his way north-east to skirt the icebergs predicted to the south of his track across Sectors 11 and 12 of the South Atlantic Zone of the Racetrack. after learning of icebergs as high as 45°S that are threatening his route across the South Atlantic.... [more]

500 nm to Hawaii for westernaustralia2011.Com
Clipper Ventures Media,
As eats up the miles separating them from the rest of the fleet in Honolulu, Hawaii, work is running to schedule in the UK and Germany preparing the replacement mast sections and fittings to get them racing again.... [more]

America's Cup - Ernesto, DC did it, why can't you?
Rich Roberts,
With Justice Kahn ruling against him again. Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli is on the back foot. Now he complains he just can't get a multihull built in time to meet the 10-month deadline for billionaire Larry Ellison's America's Cup challenge. Rich Roberts wonders why not... [more]

Alinghi Sailing Team to begin multi-hull training
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The Alinghi sailing team travelled to Lorient in France on Tuesday to begin multi-hull training with well-known French sailor Alain Gautier on the ORMA 60', Foncia, in view of a Deed of Gift match against BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]

ICAP Leopard Rambler rematch Antigua Sailing Week
Herb McCormick,
Mike Slade's 100-foot ICAP Leopard, and George David's 90-foot Rambler, are preparing for a rematch in the fresh tradewinds of the Caribbean. For the two state-of-the-art race boats are among the early entrants for the upcoming 41st edition of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week, scheduled from April 27-May 3.... [more]

IOC president Jacques Rogge rejects boycott call
Gerald New,
IOC president Jacques Rogge rejects talk of a boycott - It is rare for global politics to intrude on the sailing world, but the recent events in Tibet are threatening to break through the natural easygoing attitude of the sporting community. The heavy-handed crackdown by the Chinese authorities in Tibet has raised the prospect of the 2008 Olympics becoming a political football once again... [more]

Alinghi statement on eve of crucial meeting
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The America's Cup Defender, Switzerland-based Alinghi, tonight issued a statement expressing hope that outstanding issues between its team and BMW Oracle Racing will be resolved at a high-powered meeting in Geneva.... [more]

Laser Radial Men's and Youth Worlds - Day 2
Olivia Powrie,
Replicating Matt Vincent's great start, Andy Maloney (NZL) produced two wins in the Men's Youth event today giving him a comfortable nine point lead. Brazilian Guilherme Pereira moved into second place with a sixth and a fifth giving him fifteen points. Britain's Martin Evans managed to win his first race and followed this with a second place to be 11th overall... [more]

Turnaround on Day Three of IFDS Worlds
Jeff Ang,
Team China moved to the top of the leader board on Day Three of IFDS Two Person Keelboat World Championship, with the Singapore Team relegated to third. Portugal sits in second place. The event is being held at the SAF YC, Changi, and sailed in the SKUD 18. The Championship is the final nations qualifier for the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition two-person discipline... [more]

Breitling - Official Time Keeper of Audi MedCup
Audi Medcup Circuit Media,
Breitling, the ‘Official Timer for Aviation', will also be the Official Time Keeper for the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit - the world's leading regatta circuit for the TP52 Class.... [more]

Spanish lead 49er Europeans / event media,
Winds of 15 to 20 knots dominated the Bay of Palma, Mallorca today and the 49er fleet were able to get in five races on day two of their European Championship. Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez of Spain have the early lead at the 49er European Championahips - They take a comfortable five point lead at the end of the first day of racing. Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith of Britain are in eighth... [more]

Rosebud for Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race
Rosebud, the STP65 owned by Roger Sturgeon and recent winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has entered the 408-nautical mile Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Ocean Yacht Race, organized by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference and sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club - This event marks the rebirth of a race that originated in 1968 and ran for 10 years... [more]

Wild Oats Chardonnay/Musto finishes 2nd at Harken
Rayshele Martin,
Team Wild Oats Chardonnay/Musto finished second at the Grade 2 Harken Women's Match Racing even in Sydney, earning them an invitation to next month's BSport ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships... [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]

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]

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]

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