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21 Apr 2008

Major Events


We can't find a lot of Asian news today, but here's a wrap from around the world... from match racing to the Antarctic. Read on...

RS Sailboats to be built in Australia
Media Services,
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region.... [more]

Somalis Attack yet another Boat
BBC/Sail-World Cruising,
In spite of the world-wide publicity given to the attack and freeing of French sailing yacht Ponant last week, and the final arrest of six of the pirates, yet another small vessel has been attacked off the coast of Somalia and its crew held.... [more]

BlackMatch on the final day at Morbihan
BlackMatch Media,
BlackMatch reports on the final day of the Morbihan Match Regatta in France: '2-1 down in the semi final and we needed to come out firing this morning against local hope Alexis Littoz Baritel, two wins and no losses were what we needed to get into the final stage of the regatta so the pressure was really on.'... [more]

Two clippers still to arrive in Santa Cruz
Event media,
Once and Durban 2010 and Beyond arrive in Santa Cruz the Race Director will announce the actual restart date and time.... [more]

Team Spain wins BMW Sailing Cup World Final
Events Media,
After four exciting days of high-class racing, a steady sea breeze averaging 12 knots, the team from Spain has come through to win in Dubai, beating Team Italy 2-0 in the best-of-three final.... [more]

Ben Ainslie's view: Beijing failure is not option
Nick Townsend,
Once on the water, though, Great Britain's talismanic Olympian is as ruthless as a cutlass-wielding pirate. Ed Wright, Britain's 2006 European champion in the Finn class, could attest to that. 'Big Ben is back, and determined to strike three.... [more]

Richard and Williams for Match Race Germany 2008
Event Media,
Matthieu Richard (France) and Ian Williams (Great Britain) come to Lake Constance as World Ranking leader and Match Racing World Champion respectively to contest Match Race Germany 2008, the season opener of the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino wins third Farr 40 Worlds title
Vincenzo Onorato and his Mascalzone Latino are the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, achieving a first in the sailing world - three back-to-back victories. 'As I told my crew before the start, it is quite impossible to do,' said Onorato of winning again. 'But we did it, thank God. It was a tough week.'... [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]

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]

Fedor trying to claw north of Kerguelen Islands
Robert Williams,
Day 82: The Kerguelen Islands (49°15'S, 69°35'E) may be no more than a pin-prick on an empty ocean, but as far as Russian solo sailor Fedor Konyukhov is concerned, they have the power of a 60 tesla magnet, drawing his 85ft yacht inextricably towards their treacherous shores. 'This is probably the most difficult weather scenario Fedor has faced' Says Lee Bruce.... [more]

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