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21 Apr 2008

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Skandia Team GBR ‘Golden Sailors' images
Team GBR,
Showing their desire to win Gold at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao this August, five members of Skandia Team GBR selected to compete at the Beijing Games, took precious time out of their intense training schedules to be photographed in this iconic ‘golden sailors' photo shoot. The exclusive photos are dedicated to Skandia Team GBR's mantra, ‘Sail for Gold'... [more]

Broken masts and capsizes for team GBR at Hyeres
Broken masts and capsizes marred the opening day for Skandia Team GBR at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Sunday. While the GBR Yngling team, Rogers and Glanfield in the 470, John Robertson in the Sonar and Nick Thompson in the Laser had top place results. Bassadone and Clark in the 470 broke a mast as did Campbell James and Asquith in the 49er and Morrison and Rhodes capsized... [more]

Hyeres opens with a blaster of a day
Corinne Rolland-Mckenzie,
With wind speeds reaching up to 25 knots and with big waves hitting the southern French venue, there were plenty of capsizes and breakages across the world class fleet on day one of this six day Grade 1 Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres. The conditions for the Paralympics classes were on the upper limit. One of the German crew went overboard during the race but was quickly rescued by French coach.... [more]

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]

Sail-World Weeks Round Up,
The week started with the the Raymarine Warsash Spring series getting back on the water following an enforced break the previous week due to an unseasonable Solent snowstorm. Alinghi announced that they were appealing to the New York Supreme Court and Golden Gate of course replied . . . The Star and Farr 40 classes enjoyed some highly competitive championships... [more]

Vincenzo Onorato wins third Farr 40 Title
Event media /,
For the third straight year, Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino has claimed the title of Rolex Farr 40 World Champion. After a tense hearing, the jury has decided unanimously to disqualify Joe Fly from race 9.... [more]

Nick Black joins Sojasun for Transat AG2R
Jo Gawith,
Team Pindar's Open 60 Boat Captain, Nick ‘Nobi' Black, has received a last-minute call to take part in the double-handed Transat AG2R race with Liz Wardley aboard Sojasun. He is one of just two British entrants in the race that sets off tomorrow from Corncarneau in France to St Barts in the Caribbean... [more]

Golden Gate comments on Alinghi decision to appeal
Golden Gate YC Media,
'Our view is that this defender simply does not want to sail in any race that is not set up entirely on its own terms. These claims are just excuses to keep stalling. We expect Justice Cahn to make a ruling on the date for the next event any day. If the needs were for clarity and progress then surely it made sense to wait and see what the judge says. '... [more]

Sceptre and Velsheda enter Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be the skipper aboard the 12M America's Cup yacht Sceptre in this years JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Also taking part will be the J class Velsheda, although not built as an AC contender, cut a dash at many events in the 1930s, including taking the King's Cup at Cowes. This year she will join the IRC class... [more]

Iain Percy still upbeat about Olympic prospects
Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Iain Percy remains optimistic about his Olympic prospects, in spite of a mid-fleet finish for him and crew Andrew Simpson at the Star World Championships in Miami, USA. - 'It's just been one of those weeks where it's all been decided with a throw of the dice – and we've thrown a lot of ones and not many sixes!' Percy explained... [more]

Skiff Bartercard series at Rutland Water
Alan Atterbury,
Next weekend sees the 12ft Skiffs and the 18ft Skiffs descend on Leicestershire, for the first round of this year's Bartercard Skiff series, which take place on the 26 & 27 April at Rutland Water. For the 12ft Skiffs, this will be first event in this year's Bartercard Cup, a prestigious trophy presented to the overall series points winner... [more]

Golding withdraws from Artemis Transat
Vicky Low,
Mike Golding will not be racing in the Plymouth to Boston, Artemis Transat, that is due to start on the 11 May. Ecover 3's replacement carbon keel blade will not be ready in time. Golding commented: 'Everyone has done everything possible to make this schedule... [more]

Sunsail open new base in Bahamas
Des Ryan / Sail-World,
If you're always looking for a new destination to dream about or even charter a yacht for your next holiday, there's a great new opportunity now in the Bahamas. Sunsail have just opened a new base in the Abacos - a necklace of islands and cays which stretches for about 100 nautical miles, located a little over 100 miles east of Palm Beach in Florida, and less north of Nassau... [more]

RS Anniversary Event entry closing
HISC media,
The entry list for the RS Racing Anniversary Regatta, sponsored by Fat Face, at Hayling Island SC is now approaching 200 entries and this weekend will be the last chance to enter before the late fee comes in. The three day event is open to the following RS classes: RS200, RS300, RS400, RS500, RS600, RS700, RS800, RS Feva, RS Vision, RS Vareo and RS K6... [more]

O'Leary and Milne win final race at Star Worlds
Richard Gladwell,
The final race of the 2008 Star class World Championship was won by Ireland's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne. The two series leaders Poland's Kusznierewicz and Dominik and Italy's Negri and Viale took the overall Gold and Silver with Scheidt and Prada of Brazil taking the Bronze. The final race had been held up by light winds, eventually getting underway under a black flag, which caught seven... [more]

Williams fast starts bid for second world title
Jo Gawith,
As the start of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) fast approaches, reigning champion Ian Williams of Team Pindar has made a promising start to 2008, including another win at the Grade Three Ice Breaker Cup in Sweden on April 13. This year's series is shaping up to be one of the most competitive ever. Ian will face tough competition from a world class line up including America's Cup talent... [more]

RS300 Fat Face Open at Milton Keynes SC
RS event media,
Steve Bolland from Bristol Corinthian YC made it a clean sweep of the first five races to win the six race RS300 series at Milton Keynes. Second place went to Nick Bolland of Draycote Water SC and third place to Tim Keen of Sheffield Viking SC. Four brand new boats, 17 visitors, new faces galore and a huge variety of conditions made the RS300 Fat Face open meeting one to remember... [more]

Percy and Simpson bounce back to Win race five
Janet Maizner / sail-world,
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson came back from a black flag disqualification in race two and a snapped shroud in race four to win race five and be in 50th overall. Third at the first weather mark , they were into the lead at the second mark and stayed that way to the line. Diego Negri and Luigi Viale of Italy finished second and John Dane and Austin Sperry of the USA came in third... [more]

SB3 Worlds Sell-out - Entry limit reached
Katie Ashworth,
Many of the world's top sailors are among the 120 entries received for the SB3 World Championship where entry capacity for the event has been reached six months before the event date. The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, has confirmed entrants from twelve countries – including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Dubai, France, Italy – as well as large entries from Ireland and the UK... [more]

Blu26 is official boat for St. Moritz Match Race
Media Services,
The sixth St. Moritz Match Race, which takes place from 2-7 September this year, will be competed for using the new blu26 boats, a decision recently reached by the event's organising committee. The four-man boat has been especially developed by Bluboats for match- and fleet-racing, and has been designed with Switzerland's particular wind and weather conditions in mind... [more]

Victory for Clipper Uniquely Singapore in Race 8
Event media,
Uniquely Singapore, steals line honours from Nova Scotia, crossing the finish line at 12:16 GMT Wednesday morning at the end of Race 8 from Hawaii to Santa Cruz in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. In a nail biting finish in light airs the Singaporean team overtook Nova Scotia, the team representing the east coast province of Canada, crossing less than an hour later at 12:51 GMT... [more]

Goacher and Evans win Flying 15 Inlands
Event media,
Sixty Flying Fifteens looked impressive on the water at Chew Valley Sailing Club for the Inland Championships over the weekend, the racing was tight with four different race winners. Overall Steve Goacher and Phil Evans took the title, with Charles Apthorp and Alan Green second and Greg Wells and James Grant third.... [more]

If only the Qingdao Olympics could be like this!
Janet Maizner / Sail-World,
Star Class Day 4: It was rough and tumble gear breaking day with he race start was delayed almost an hour and three boats were black flagged at the start after a postponement and a general recall. Some 27 boats did not finish, more than eight masts were lost, one boat capsized, and one of the top three finishers fell out of his boat just seconds before the finish line. What a day!... [more]

35 knots and 65 entries for JOG NAB Tower Race
JOG media,
Having had the first two races of the season cancelled due to bad weather, the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) fleet was keen to blow the cobwebs away with the North Sails Nab Tower race. With 65 boats entered, there was plenty of good close racing and spectacle across the three fleets in some challenging conditions with 35 knot gusts... [more]

Southern Spars fitted to supermaxi Speedboat
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's camera was at the Viaduct Basin this morning as the spars, from Southern Spars, were fitted to the Cookson constructed supermaxi 'Speedboat' designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian for a US based owner.... [more]

Gratton and Taylor win Burghfield SC RS Feva Open
William Tucker,
The new look Feva fleet started the new season with a bang at Burghfield SC last weekend. Neither April showers on the Saturday nor huge holes in the wind on Sunday could prevent Jonathan Lewis, Feva National Squad Coach, Burghfield member and PRO, from getting five good races in - The new look came courtesy of the new sponsored spinnakers many boats were sporting... [more]

I-14 name boat loan trials winners
Event media,
Following the trials at Hayling Island SC, three new teams will be joining the UK International 14 fleet for a busy season of competition, after securing the use of a top-flight Bieker 4 boat for the year... [more]

RS700 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Queen Mary SC
Event media,
Fifteen RS700s braved the forecast or snow and freezing temperatures to attend their Fat Face circuit event at Queen Mary SC on 5/6 April. On Sunday, sailors were left questioning their sanity as they headed for the start area having cleared three inches of snow from the boat covers... [more]

Fireball Class Training Weekend
Event media,
Lead coach Steve Irish ran an excellent and information packed event, for the 50 Fireballers who made their way to Draycote Water SC for the UK Fireball class training weekend - newly crowned Fireball World Champions Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff hosted a fascinating question and answer session... [more]

Cookson Boats unveil latest Juan K Supermaxi
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The latest supermaxi, from the board of Argentina's Juan Kouyoumdjian has been unveiled in a very wet Auckland today. Built by Auckland's Cookson yard the 98ft canting heelboat named Speedboat is for a yet unannounced US owner. She is being lifted onto her keel today and is expected to be launched and sea-trialled in Auckland over the coming weeks before being shipped to USA.... [more]

Notice of Race - 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition
The Notice of Race states the key conditions for the 11 sailing events at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Included in the Notice of Race are details on the rules, regulations, entry and qualification guidelines, format, scoring, schedule, venue and courses that will be used to decide the sailing medallists of the XXIX Olympiad.... [more]

Alinghi announces Appeal of America's Cup rulings
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) has today announced that it proposes to file an immediate appeal with the New York Appellate Court in order to accelerate the current legal process to return the America's Cup to the water with a competitive race... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series on course
Flavia Bateson,
The race management team of Warsash Sailing Club were kept busy on Sunday 13 April, running over 20 races in one day for the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series. Last Sunday's unseasonable Solent snowstorm forced the cancellation of all racing but this week IRC1, the two J-Boat classes and the sportsboats were up to schedule... [more]

Cumbley wins Solo Spring Championship
Event media,
Charlie Cumbley from Teign Corinthian won the new Major on the Solo class open circuit. With an already full open meeting calendar, the Solo class decided to add an event to its majors thus the Spring Championships were born. Oxford SC were in full support and offered to host the event... [more]

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