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07 Apr 2008

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Britain's Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson clinched the Yngling European title on Saturday to add to their back-to-back World titles. The Yngling trio continue their pre-Olympic circuit with the French Olympic Sailing Week at Hyeres, from 19-25 April.

Nearer home the RYA Youth National Championships have finished and the RYA announced eight of the ten RYA Team GBR sailors who will compete at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Denmark this July.

The America's Cup again made it to Court on Thursday. This time the question of when the Match should be sailed. The arguments have been gone over many times by the PR and legal teams for both sides. However the tough question is what will happen next? Read Richard Gladwell's piece here.

Meanwhile the America's Cup Management is selling of some of the equipment used during the 32nd America's Cup - Get thet stylish RIB for your club!

You can enter on-line now for The Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race! The race will be held on Saturday 26 April, at Hayling Island SC - Competitors will be racing for the hand-blown glass United Airlines Trophy, designed by Emma Amin, and the chance to win a fantastic Neilson Beachplus Club Holiday worth £2000. Take a look to see the full range of prizes.

And just to remind you that Easter was rather early this year, we have some shots of the snow that fell Sunday across the UK, reaching right down to the south coast.

Enjoy the Spring sailing
Gerald New
UK Editor

Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race 2008
Liz Rushall,
You can enter on-line now for The Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race! The race will be held on Saturday 26 April, at Hayling Island SC - Registrations will also be taken at HISC from 09.00 with the first start at 14.00. Competitors will be racing for the hand-blown glass United Airlines Trophy, designed by Emma Amin, and the chance to win a fantastic Neilson Beachplus Club Holiday worth £2000... [more]

Yngling Gold for Ayton, Webb and Wilson of Britain,
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson of Britain are the 2008 European Yngling Champions. They finished second in the Medal race Saturday to clinch the title. In a close race Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi of the USA won the Medal race and thus moved into second overall, third place on the podium went to the Dutch team of Renne Groeneveld, Anne Bes and Merel Witteveen... [more]

Claire Leroy retains world match race title
Zoe Hawkins,
Claire Leroy of France has secured her second consecutive world championship title in the sport of women's match racing. American Liz Baylis took silver, and Silja Lehtinen of Finland bronze in a frustrating day that was mostly spent waiting for the wind to arrive, meaning that final placings for the split at 1st and 3rd place were determined on countback. Britain's Josie Gibson finished fourth... [more]

Springtime at Hayling Island,
The Met Office issued a warning that - Snow will spread south this morning and become very heavy for a time with accumulations of 3 to 6cm expected in the worst affected areas, though perhaps a little more on higher ground. This did indeed happen and these images were taken at Hayling Island SC early Sunday morning just as the racing was about to start... [more]

Race 8 of Clipper RTW starts from Hawaii
Event media,
Race 8 of Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race series started from Hawaii Saturday. Nova Scotia was the first of eight internationally-backed yachts to cross the start line at the western end of Waikiki Beach, before racing along the shore towards Diamond Head and out into the Pacific Ocean at the beginning of the 2,080-mile race to Santa Cruz, California... [more]

Broaches, Breakdowns & Bruises BVI Spring Regatta
Linda Phillips,
Broaches, breakdowns and a few bruises among crew were the order of the day, with winds gusting to 33 knots across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. But Jeff Gouzer, from France, mainsheet trimmer aboard the Kerr 11.3 Minnie the Moocher, put the scene into perspective; 'There's lots of times we have these kinds of winds back home, but we don't have the warm water and sun to go with it like we do here... [more]

Butterworth nukes Dalton in America's Cup ruckus
Greg Ford, Sunday Star Times & Sail-World,
In an explosive interview with the Sunday Star-Times the Alinghi skipper attacks his old team and its CEO. Brad Butterworth believes Team New Zealand is on the cusp of going broke and has no chance of sailing in another America's Cup if managing director Grant Dalton stays at the helm.... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to [more]

Chris Brown wins Emberton Solo Open
Claire H Clark,
Chris Brown was the winner of the first event of the Midland Traveller Solo Open Series held at Emberton Park SC. Grey overcast sky with ominous black clouds resulting in wind blowing at force five gusting six, which probably accounted for the small turnout. We knew we were going to have trouble when we had our first 'capsize' in the car park with a boat blown off its launching trolley.... [more]

Gibson two down in semi's to Leroy of France
Zoe Hawkins,
Josie Gibson of Britain is struggling in the Semi finals after going two down to Claire Leroy of France before racing finished for the day. Claire Leroy of France, Silja Lehtinen of Finland, Liz Baylis of the USA and Gibson each secured two wins from two races in the Quarter Finals, knocking their opponents out of top four contention in the BSport ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships... [more]

Burghfield National 12 Open Meeting
Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart won the Burghfield National 12 Open after a close series with John and Mandy Thornton who took second and Kevin Iles and Jane Wade who finished third. The strong local fleet and a weather forecast without any snow featuring attracted seven visitors to make the fleet a round dozen for some close racing around the islands on Burghfield Lake... [more]

RC 44s' set for Round 2 Cagliari Cup in Sardinia
Bernard Schopfer,
The second event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 will take place in Cagliari (Sardinia, ITA), between April 23-27. Organised by Yacht Club Cagliari, with the support of the City of Cagliari, this regatta will assemble some of the world's best sailors on board ten strict one design RC 44's, with no less than ten strict one design RC 44's and world class sailors such as Ben Ainslie, James Spithi... [more]

America's Cup: Life after Cahn. What happens next?
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
The America's Cup again made it to Court on Thursday (NZT). This time one the question of when the Match should be sailed. The arguments have been gone over many times by the PR and legal teams for both sides. However the tough question is what will happen next?... [more]

20 top flight teams trial in I-14's at Hayling
Forty of the most talented young sailors in the UK are lining up for a breezy battle in the I-14 Trials at Hayling Island this weekend. With three top-flight International 14 dinghies up for grabs, for a busy season of racing on the competitive UK circuit, sailors from a variety of high performance backgrounds are ready to race hard for the right to sail one of these exciting boats... [more]

Six up for Title at Yngling Europeans
Event media,
Sarah Aytons (GBR) team are now on equal points with the Dutch team of Renee Groeneveld in first place. Two points behind the leading duo is the team of Anna Basalkina (RUS) closely followed by the teams of Sally Barkow (USA), Many Mulder (NED) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS). One of these six teams will be the Yngling European Champion Saturday... [more]

Godwin nicks it - 2008 RYA Youth Nationals final
Stuart Godwin produced an awesome display of nerve and guile to take the Laser title in the final race as 2008 RYA Youth Nationals come to close. James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald claimed both the 2008 RYA Youth Nationals overall and boys' 29er crowns. RS:X supremacy also went to the last day wire, with Jacob Brubert and Sophie McKeeman taking the titles... [more]

Eight Brits named for ISAF Youth Worlds
As the curtain came down on the 2008 RYA Youth National Championships and Trials on Friday, selectors unveiled eight of the ten RYA Team GBR sailors who will compete at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Denmark this July. Meanwhile it has been decided that the selection trials for the SL16 class will continue to the Carnac Eurocat event in France from 1-4 May... [more]

Going, going, gone! America's Cup online auction
America's Cup Management is selling of some of the equipment used during the 32nd America's Cup. The auction will be held exclusively online and will include - 8 catamarans used by the umpires, 18 Rayglass RIB, designer furniture and memorabilia and the AC class boat GBR 44... [more]

Fifteen Countries enter Vintage Yachting Games
Rudy den Outer,
With the entry of the Romania entry in the Flying Dutchman Class, the number of participating countries in the Vintage Yachting Games is now 15. The Vintage Yachting Games will be held from 20-27 Sept 2008 in Medemblik. Participation will be in the Europe female, Europe male, O-Jolle, Flying Dutchman, Soling and Dragon class... [more]

Gibson qualifies for quarter finals at Worlds
Nicky Souter of Australia improved her first-equal position in the BSport ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships to qualify for the quarter finals in a clear first place. A good day also for Britain's Josie Gibson, who qualified for the quarter finals after wins over Leroy, Philippe, Smyth and Farrell to finish the round robin stage with eight wins and five losses, to be in fifth overall... [more]

North Pacific crossing (San Francisco - Yokohama)
Kate Jennings,
Leaving San Francisco on Saturday 29 March in a bid to smash the North Pacific crossing record, Lionel Lemonchois and his ten crew are spending their sixth day at sea this Friday. Given their lead of over 585 miles on the reference time, the second half of the course for the men of Gitana 13 augurs extremely well... [more]

UK's Free Online Boat Registration - a Good Idea?,
A new online boat registration service that allows owners to register their vessel for free, track their stolen property and assist in its recovery has been launched by Boat Register in the UK - According to Boat Register, the total number of tenders stolen between 2006 and 2007 has doubled... [more]

Royal visitor for Youth National Championships,
Another late start for the competitors at the RYA Youth National Championships Trials at the Pwllheli Sailing Club. The event had a Royal visiter today, HRH Princess Anne dropped in to see the sailing. Just after 14:00 hours racing got underway with the 29er class. James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald continue to lead ahead of Frances Peters and Claire Lasko. Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humpherys are third... [more]

Ayton into lead at Yngling Europeans,
The British World Champion trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson have taken the lead at the Yngling Women European Championship in Blanes, northeast Spain. After eight races Ayton and her crew have a two point lead ahead of Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi of the USA... [more]

Clark completes Team GBR Olympic sailing line-up
The announcement that Penny Clark will be the Laser Radial helm for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games completes British Olympic sailing line-up. Sailing is the first British sport to have completed its team for the Games with Clark, plus RS:X windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw, the 470 men's and women's crews and the Tornado crew all officially named today as members of Team GB... [more]

ISAF to reconsider 2012 Olympic Multihull decision
Bob Maxwell,
Following the controversy that erupted over the ISAF decision to remove the multihull from the 2012 Olympic Sailing events, the decision will be reconsidered at the mid-year ISAF meeting in May. A simple majority vote will be taken to reaffirm the earlier decision - depending on the result of that vote further voting will be required to effect a change to either the Men's or Women's events... [more]

Sam Davies prepares for Artemis Transat
Justine Ozoux,
Portsmouth born Sam Davies, 33, skipper of 'Roxy', has begun the biggest year of her career since being appointed as skipper of the Open 60 at the end of 2006. After a three month winter refit in Lorient, France, Her Open 60 boat 'Roxy' is now finally back in the water and being prepared for 'The Artemis Transat' and looking ahead to Sam's Vendee Globe challenge at the end of the year... [more]

Musto Skiff get Map My Tracks backing
Simon Wakeman,
Live GPS sports tracking service 'Map My Tracks' is backing this summer's Musto Skiff UK Nationals to launch its live events tracking service. The event will be the first time that live GPS tracking has been used in a non-Olympic dinghy event. The event, to be held at Whitstable Yacht Club from 12-15 June 2008... [more]

Lehtinen and Souter lead World Match racing
Zoe Hawkins,
Both Britain's Gibson and Farrell could only watch as Silja Lehtinen of Finland and and Nicky Souter of Australia tied for the lead at the Women's Match Racing Worlds on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Gibson and Farrell will get a chance to qualify for the Quarter Finals when Flights 15 to 19 in the Round Robin are sailed tomorrow... [more]

Gitana 13 racking up the miles at a steady pace
Gitana 13 media,
Since leaving San Francisco last Saturday at 22h45'45' UT, Lionel Lemonchois and his crew have been racking up the miles at a steady pace – an average of over 21 knots, during their San Francisco - Yokohama record attempt.... [more]

Masts & rigging for dismasted yachts in Hawaii
Clipper Ventures Media,
The new masts, specialist swaging machine and shipment of rigging and other parts are finally in the Ala Wai Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, after being flown in from Los Angeles this morning.... [more]

German Match Race Classic at Lake Constance
Eberhard Magg,
The top-10 of the world ranking list line up for a slot , America´s Cup helmsmen, international champions and the defending world champion head towards Lake Constance. The 11th edition of Match Race Germany (7th till 12th of May 2008) attracts yet again the world´s best skippers.... [more]

Eight teams signed so far for 2008 iShares Cup
OC Events media,
The entry list reads like a Who's Who of sailing, bursting with the very best skippers and crews in the sport. America's Cup sailors will be lining up against Olympic medallists, ocean racers, and world champions, all coming together on the unique iShares Cup sailing circuit.... [more]

ISAF highlights Keel failure safety concerns
The ISAF Offshore Committee has highlighted the safety concerns relating to the growing number of keel failures. The spate of recent keel and hull failures has highlighted the need for yacht designers, boat builders and owners to check their yacht structure and take steps to ensure such structural problems stop.... [more]

Late start for Day 3 of RYA Youth Nationals,
After a long wait on the beach in drizzle and no wind, racing finally got underway in the early afternoon on the third day of the RYA Youth National Championships Trials at Pwllheli Sailing Club. Stuart Godwin leads the Laser event but faces close competition from Rob Spencer, Oliver Tweddell and Alex Mills-Barton, only four points covering the leaders... [more]

Alinghi - Court receptive to America's Cup claims
Alinghi Media,
At a New York Supreme Court hearing, Justice Herman Cahn heard arguments from both the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) regarding dates for the 33rd America's Cup. SNG requested that he set a date allowing for the 10-month notice period as stipulated in the Deed of Gift that starts when the court order was entered.... [more]

RS Classes Fat Face Circuit kicks off at Datchet
RS Association,
The RS200 and RS800 Fat Face Circuit kicks off this weekend (5/6 April) at Datchet Water Sailing Club. The first starts are scheduled for 13:00hrs on Saturday, with a briefing at 12.15hrs. Six races are scheduled over the weekend. Thanks to the generous Fat Face sponsorship and the use of Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets, there are great prizes throughout the fleet both for each event and overall... [more]

Raymarine shares jump on takeover news
Bob Maxwell,
Raymarine, one of the global leaders in marine navigation has received a takeover approach, news which has sent its shares soaring yesterday on the British stock exchange... [more]

Replacement fittings arrive in Hawaii for Clippers
Clipper Event media,
The replacement rigging fittings for the eight Clipper boats, produced in Germany and finished in Tyneside, have now arrived in Hawaii along with four riggers from the UK.... [more]

US Team lead Yngling European Championship Day 1,
The US team of Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi (4, 1, 4) lead after Day 1 of the Yngling European Championship. Sarah Ayton and crew (GBR) are in second place. The Australian Team led by Krystal Weir is in 14th place.... [more]

Laser & Solos at West Riding Sailing Club
John Gledhill,
Almost 50 boats took to the water for the opening events in the 2008 Laser Northern Grand Prix circuit and the Solo Northern Travellers Series, held jointly at West Riding SC on 30 March. Despite the weather forecast for 7-10 mph winds with a few sunny intervals, competitors arrived to find a white horse filled lake and scudding squalls out of a brilliant sunny sky.... [more]

Womens Match Racing Worlds - Day 1 images
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from the BSport ISAF Womens Match Racing Worlds: Day 1, being sailed off Westhaven, Auckland NZ.... [more]

New 12ft Skiffs arrive in UK
Media Services,
Well they made it! Three 12ft Skiffs successfully unloaded from the container and tucked away in their new home. The three 'Woofs' where packed into the container on the day after the prize giving of the Interdominions in Wellington, New Zealand. - 3 hulls, 6 bowsprits, 12 masts, 36 sails, oh and one road trailer in the 40ft container... [more]

Only RSX race on day 2 of RYA Youth Nationals,
Only the RSX board class managed to race on the second day of the RYA Youth National Championships Trials at Pwllheli Sailing Club. There are huge 4ft waves and 30 to 35 knot winds throughout the day. Racing was delayed until 16:00 when any racing for the 29er, Laser, Radial, 420 and SL16 was finally abandoned... [more]

These Boots are made for Sailing
Vicky Lincoln,
Following the opening of entry for the Women's Open Keelboat Championship 2008, which takes place on 7/8 June at Royal Southern Yacht Club, Dubarry of Ireland, manufacturers of world-class footwear, will be supporting the event as a race sponsor. There are no advertising restrictions and any level female sailor can enter.... [more]

Tom Stewart and Liz Ross win National 12s
Zoe Ballantyne,
The annual National 12 Easter event at Waldringfield was shortened to one very cold day. Saturday was wisely called off by the race team due to silly amounts of breeze. On Sunday, after clearing the snow from the boats the fleet launched for three races back to back.... [more]

Finland leads after Day 1 of ISAF Womens MR Worlds
Zoe Hawkins,
The youngest skipper in the line-up, Silja Lehtinen of Finland, lies in first place after eight matches in the first day of racing in the BSport ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships. She is closely followed on the scoreboard by Australian Nicky Souter and Liz Baylis from the USA. Josie Gibson of Britain is in fourth place... [more]

Amended JOG Race Programme 2008
Andy Phelps,
As a result of the postponement of the JOG Cowes to Cherbourg/Cherbourg to Cowes races due to bad weather on the weekend of 21 March, the committee has elected to amend the JOG racing programme... [more]

Foilers have Nationals at Takapuna
Andrew Brown,
The International Moth New Zealand Championships will be held from Takapuna Boating Club over ANZAC weekend in conjunction with the clubs ANZAC regatta 25th-27th April.... [more]

Strong headwinds and more icebergs for Konyukhov
Robert Williams,
30 more large icebergs have been located within the outside lane of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack by the latest satellite sweep across the South Atlantic Ocean – just where Russian Adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is heading towards on this trailblazing record attempt around Antarctica... [more]

BMW Oracle starts training in Lorient in Groupma 2
Franck Cammas,
BMW ORACLE Racing is beginning a two week training session in Lorient aboard the 60 foot trimaran Groupama 2. With the agrement of Groupama, Franck Cammas, the skipper of Groupama 2, has been enlisted by the BMW ORACLE Racing team as consultant for the bulk of the America's Cup campaign in multihulls... [more]

Slowly, slowly for Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Flavia Bateson,
What a difference a week makes to the weather in the Solent. After the gales and bitter cold wind over the Easter holiday, the second week of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series on 30 March was greeted with sunshine and blue sky. Only the breeze was elusive but after some delays, all competitors enjoyed a taxing day's racing... [more]

Cooksons win NZ Marine Trade Challenge
Colin Preston and NZ Marine Industries,
Cookson Boatbuilders were the winners of the Marine Trade Challenge held on Saturday at Westhaven The National Marine Trades Challenge 2008 was held on Saturday 29 March at 85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland. The boats built were paddled, sailed and outboarded around a course in the adjacent Westhaven bay.... [more]

Carbon-14 Radiocarbon alert for Moths
International Moth Class Association of Australia,
Important Notice Moth Class yachts with carbon wing tubes. The Australian National Centre for Ionising Radiation has expressed concern at the levels of Ionising Radiation detected in recently manufactured carbon tubing.... [more]

Fifty Knots cracked... and disputed
Twenty year old Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA) has entered the history books and has broken the mythical 50 knot barrier... [more]

RORC in canting keel rating chaos
Scuttlebutt Europe has learned of a scheme amongst a handful of maxi canting keel sailboats to utilise a hitherto unknown secret British/US satellite to effectively reduce not just wetted area, but the boat's mass and intertia.... [more]

First No Wind nor Computers allowed Olympics held
Phoning It In is what sailing journalists in Qingdao will face this summer if recently proposed rules for telecommunications are enacted at the No Wind Olympics... [more]

Alinghi forfeits America's Cup Bertarelli buys F1
Report just in: Alinghi forfeits America's Cup Bertarelli buys out Bernie Ecclestone. Legal representatives for America's Cup defender Alinghi today announced that they will forfeit the America's Cup, throwing yet more turmoil into the 33rd and 34th America's Cup competitions. Ernesto Bertarelli made the following statement at a hastily arranged press conference at FIA headquarters in Paris:... [more]

Ready for ISAF Women's World Match Racing Champs
Zoe Hawkins amended by ISAF,
Gathering at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are the queens of match racing, including six of the top ten ranked skippers in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings and their crew-mates. Most entrants have spent time in New Zealand and Australia in the lead up to racing, acclimatizing and getting to know the Elliot 6 boats they will be competing in.... [more]

Cowes Week take Competitor feedback onboard
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Every year the Skandia Cowes Week regatta organisers spend a considerable amount of time analysing competitor feedback and, as a result, look at different ways in which they can further improve the event. All comments are factored into the decision-making process for tweaks and changes that will improve the event for everyone concerned... [more]

Gibson and Farrell for ISAF World Match Racing
Great Britain will launch a double assault on the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship title this week as top duo Josie Gibson and Gemma Farrell head the duel charge in New Zealand. The Brit pair, who finished fourth and 11th respectively at last year's Worlds at St Quay Portrieux, France in August, will be looking to mount a serious challenge on the podium places Down Under... [more]

Alinghi overturns in America's Cup trimaran battle
Richard Gladwell,
Both Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing are following similar buildup programs. With ironically both being in the same hotel on Lorient, France, and both sailing ORMA 60 trimarans which are generally a 2/3rds model of the 90ft x 90ft dimensions of the 'keel yacht' given in the Notice of Challenge by Golden Gate YC.... [more]

Class Winners bask in Victory -Int'l Rolex regatta
Barby MacGowan,
Eight class leaders nailed down overall victories at the 35th annual International Rolex Regatta, which began Friday. The trade winds that made the prior two days so exciting delivered once again as sailors on 90 boats completed the Pillsbury Sound course, set between the east end of St. Thomas, where host St. Thomas Yacht Club is located, and its smaller sister island of St. John.... [more]

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]

Powerful fleet at Yngling Europeans
Mattias Dahlstrom,
Of the 15 nations racing in the Olympics, 14 are participating in the Yngling Europeans and nine teams of the ISAF ranking top 10 are present. The two times World Champion GBR team Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson are considered favourites.... [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]

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