It's official: there will be a Hong Kong Qingdao Race starting in July, aiming to get a fleet of boats up to Qingdao just in time for the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Sailing Centre. Let's hope there's enough wind at the finish and, given the time of year, not too much en route. Proviso for the race is that there must be 15 starters.
Lionel Lemonchois is streaking across the Pacific, substantially ahead of the reference time he and the Gitana crew are looking to beat.
Brad Butterworth has come out with some pretty strong opinions and comments about Grant Dalton and Emirates Team New Zealand - don't miss the interview from the Sunday Star-Times (with additional commentary from Sail-World NZL's Richard Gladwell).
And of course, there are a few April Fools' items here - sometimes it's hard to work out which are the wind-ups and which items are serious, especially when it comes to the AC these days.
Hong Kong-Qingdao Race 2008 - it's on! RHKYC Events, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA) are proud to unveil their plans for a major international yacht race of historical significance. To commemorate the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the RHKYC and the CYA are organizing an offshore yacht race from Hong Kong via Xiamen to Qingdao, PRC - the site for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Event.... [more]
Henderson provides good insight on Olympic options Paul Henderson, Former ISAF President and current IOC member, Paul Henderson makes a number of interesting points in regard to the current Olympic Event and Classes 'discussion'.... [more]
Iceberg Alley now in the wake of Fedor Konyukhov Antarctica Cup.com, Fedor Konyukhov has safely cleared the area of greatest iceberg intensity as he stays within the Outside Lane of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack.... [more]
Gitana 13 approaching another cold front Gitana 13 media, Lionel Lemonchois and his ten crew celebrated their first week at sea in their North Pacific record attempt last night at 21h45'45' UT. Conserving a comfortable 551 mile lead over the reference time, the maxi-catamaran equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild is making headway on a reach as the crew prepare to negotiate another cold front late today.... [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]
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]
Yngling Gold for Ayton, Webb and Wilson of Britain Sail-world.com/uk, 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]
Pirates hijack luxury yacht in Gulf of Aden Cruising World, The 850-tonne, three-masted French luxury yacht French three-masted sailing ship Le Ponant was hijacked on Friday morning in the Gulf of Aden. No passengers were on board - only 30 crew.... [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]
You think you've seen High Seas? THIS is High Seas Powerboat-World.com, You think you've seen some high seas? Look at this video, submitted by one Charles Daniel from a commercial container ship to Military.com Entertainment, with the comment: 'The seas I could deal with. Same goes for the pitching of the vessel. I don't know about those flexing passageways though...'... [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]
Going, going, gone! America's Cup online auction GoIndustry-DoveBid, 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]
Mandurah Sailing Museum is ready to open its doors Holly Freitag / Mandurah Times, Western Australia's world-class sailing museum will open to the public by next Tuesday. The Australian Sailing Museum, on Ormsby Terrace in Mandurah, a short drive south of Perth, will be officially opened by Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery and sailing icon Rolly Tasker on Monday.... [more]
Ayton into lead at Yngling Europeans Sail-World.com/uk, 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]
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]
Desafío Español - focus on TP52 and GP42 campaigns Valencia Sailing, Desafío Español, the now-invalidated Challenge of Record of the 33rd America's Cup, summoned the press in its base in order to present the team's TP52 and GP42 campaigns for the summer as well as give the current state of affairs in the challenger. Present where Agustín Zulueta, general manager, John Cutler, technical director and in charge of the TP52 campaign, and Laureano Wizner, helsman and sk... [more]
Alinghi: Can't build Cup multihull in 6 months Tribune de Geneve, The Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve is running an interview with Bernard Cardis, owner of the Decision SA yard which is quoting the Team Alinghi builder, Bernard Cardis as saying that it is 'Impossible to build a giant multihull in six months'... [more]
From one system to another for Gitana 13 Gitana Team media, Lionel Lemonchois and his men have racked up two days on the water since they passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Gitana 13. With 952 miles actually made good over the ground in the past 48 hours, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group is maintaining an average pace of over 20 knots. Already they have observed a wide range of conditions served up by the North Pacific.... [more]
Great start to Speed World Cup - Day 1 Markus Schwendtner, The kick off event for the 2008 Kitespeed season could not have been better. The best start into the new season had Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) with a first and a second place, and Charlotte Consorti (FRA) with two bullets. The first race was held then saw good conditions with winds around 30 knots and a slightly starboard angle, allowing for top speeds of almost 37 knots.... [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]
Fifty Knots cracked... and disputed scuttlebutt, 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, 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 scuttlebutt, 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 scuttlebutt, 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]
Gitana 13 off to a flying start Gitana-team media, Setting out on Saturday 29th March at 22h45'45 UT – or mid afternoon in San Francisco – in a bid to break the record for the east to west crossing of the North Pacific, the eleven crew on Gitana 13 were caught off guard. 'We were expecting the Pacific swell but we were really shaken about for the first ten hours at sea: under 2 reef ORC, soaked through despite our drysuits… There's certainly nicer... [more]
Whats new for this years Skandia Cowes Week Skandia Cowes Week Media, Every year the Skandia Cowes Week regatta organisers using competitor feedback, look at different ways in which they can further improve the event.... [more]
Subic Centennial wins President's Cup 2008 Asian Yachting, ed Sail World Asia, After an hour and a half wait for the sea breeze to come in, the two remaining races to decide this years champions could get underway. Some crews took the rare opportunity to cool down with a quick dip and swim around the boat. It was all worthwhile, as the building breeze produced some great sailing conditions that settled the intense rivalry developing between competitors and provide a fitting... [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]
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