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28 Apr 2008

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

Audi Medcup Circuit 2008


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Big event of the recent weekend was the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race at Hayling Island SC. A record 215 boats entered the event, held in memory of Glyn, who was tragically lost in the Sydney Hobart Race.

The race held in his memory has grown each year with the generous support of the many sponsors, sailors and class associations who get behind the event.

A fun, competitive race around the cans, Glyn's race attracts entries from all dinghy and keelboat classes and ages, pitting their wits to win a stunning array of prizes, which were spread across the fleet, from back to front.

All proceeds go to the to the John Merrick's Sailing Trust.

Read on for all the sailing news . . .

Simon and Jill Blake win HISC Merlin Rocket Open,
Simon and Jill Blake from Cookham SC won the Merlin Rocket Open at Hayling Island SC Sunday. In second place were Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh and third were Roger Gilbert and James Stewart from Frensham Ponds SC... [more]

215 enjoy the sun at Glyn Charles Pursuit race
Gerald New,
Ideal conditions for the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race at Hayling Island SC on Saturday. A record entry of 215 boats took part. Ten years on from when Glyn was tragically lost in the Sydney Hobart Race, the race held in his memory has grown each year with the generous support of the many sponsors, sailors and class associations who get behind the event... [more]

l'Hydroptère back in the water
Event Media,
l'Hydroptère, arrived this morning in Toulon (South of France). The boat will attempt to break the sailing speed record at more than 50 knots, after spending six months in La Trinité sur Mer being put into pure-speed configuration, in the shipyard.... [more]

Città di Milano wins Cagliari RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
With two bullets in the last two races, Armando Giulietti, Sébastien Col and their crew on board Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano confirm their leadership over the RC 44 Class. After their victory in the match race event, Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts (BMW Oracle Racing) conclude the fleet race event on the second spot, just ahead of Patrick de Barros and Ben Ainslie's Banco Espirito Santo... [more]

2008 Tornado Worlds video clip
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Extract from the 2008 Takapuna Worlds Video showing the 2008 Tornado Worlds segment. The whole production is by Silverfox Productions (Herb Pryde) and features segments on the RS:X Worlds, Tornado Worlds and Womens Laser Radial Worlds, all sailed off Takapuna beach. North Shore City from January to March 2008... [more]

Images from Hyeres Olympic regatta
Images from the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres... [more]

Alinghi's Extreme 40 catamaran,
Alinghi's media day included a very instructional experience on the water. Not only were we able to watch the team's two Extreme 40 yachts train against each other we were also given the opportunity to hop onboard and witness the races from a privileged position.... [more]

SY Dolphin's Account: Transiting the Pirate Zone
News Services have kept the world abreast of some recent attacks in the 'Pirate Zone' of the Gulf of Aden. However, by the following account, these news sources only touch the surface. This low key email forwarded to us by a reader of the horrors of multiple piracy attacks on a recent passage through the danger zone by Sailing Yacht Dolphin is all the more telling for its graphic simplicity.... [more]

Ethanol, Fibreglass, and now Biodiesel warnings
Nancy Knudsen,
This week a Los Angeles firm has filed a class-action law suit against US oil companies on behalf of Californian boaters with fibreglass fuel tanks. The presence of ethanol in gasoline or methanol in diesel (biodiesel) is a hot and lasting issue for the marine industry.... [more]

Banco Espirito Santo wins DHL Trophy at RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
After another stunning day off the coast of Cagliari, Sardinia, Armando Giulietti and his crew on board Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano are now seven points ahead of Patrick de Barros's Banco Espirito Santo, whilst Team Sea Dubai sits in third. Banco Espirito Santo, with Ben Ainslie on board handling tactics, won the long distance race, the DHL Trophy... [more]

Clipper - Qingdao regains lead from Glasgow
Clipper event media,
With only 14 Nm covering the first five Clipper boats the fleet has now spread out into a broad arch, storming southwards as the skippers analyse the forecast weather and decide whether to play for the short term or longer term gains. Glasgow, nominally leading at the midnight report, are now in sixth place. Qingdao has retaken the lead with New York in second place and Uniquely Singapore third... [more]

Hearing date set for America's Cup Appeal
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Sail-World understands that the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has set down the Hearing of the Appeal by Societe Nautique de Genevre for 2.00pm on Thursday 5th June.... [more]

New Mutua Madrilena arrives for TP52 Audi Medcup
Andi Robertson/Audi Medcup media,
The new Mutua Madrilena arrived in Valencia this week amidst a growing flurry of TP52 activity. Twenty teams from 12 nations are now in the final three-week countdown to the opening event of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit to be run in Alicante from 12 to 17 May. In Alicante, as at all subsequent events, teams will race a five-day regatta featuring as many as nine inshore races and one coastal race... [more]

World Champion Williams leads WMRT veterans
Event Media,
Magnus Holmberg of Victory Challenge and Bjorn Hansen of the Alandia Sailing Team were first to go through to the Semi-Finals. The next two pairs to do battle were Paolo Cian (ITA) against young Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and Ian Williams (GBR) Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA).... [more]

Optimists battle weather at Team Trials
Ben Cooper,
The top 85 sailors in the Optimist Class congregated at Pwllheli SC for the first weekend of their 2008 Team Selection Trials on the evening of Thursday 17 April, with competition at stake for places in the IODA World Championship Team, the IODA European Championship Team and a team to attend the Swiss National Championships... [more]

Open letter - Giovanni Maspero, owner of Joe Fly
Giovanni Maspero,
Open letter from Giovanni Maspero, owner of Joe Fly, following incidents at the recent Farr40 World Championship in Miami, USA - The options Joe Fly is looking at include abandoning the Farr 40 Class. This would be drastic but perhaps inevitable given how the Class itself accepted without the least reservation a verdict which shows it's possible to win a regatta despite what happens on the water... [more]

Four medals for Brits at Hyeres
Lindsey Bell,
Great Britain emerged as top nation at the conclusion of the French Olympic Sailing Week on Friday, with Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield adding a second gold to the total of four medals for Skandia Team GBR at the Hyeres event - Gold for Robertson, Stodel and Thomas in the Paralympic Sonar class, Finn sailor Ed Wright taking silver and bronze for Ayton, Webb and Wilson in the Yngling... [more]

Hyeres final day - All the Medal winners
Corinne McKenzie,
Despite a pessimistic forecast, the intense medal race programme was completed as scheduled. The wind, light and often shifty forced the committee to adjust constantly the course. Sailing proved difficult and tested the skills of the ten teams in each of the ten Olympic classes engaged in the event. The Sonar and 2.4 concluded the regatta with a final fleet race... [more]

Alinghi announces imminent build of multi-hull
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The Swiss team confirmed at a press conference in Valencia that it is getting ready to start building the Deed of Gift Match multi-hull boat. Today we have a way forward: Ernesto [Bertarelli] has committed to building this multi-hull .... ' said Brad Butterworth, team skipper and tactician.... [more]

First Gold to GBR Sonar crew in Hyeres
Lindsey Bell,
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas have claimed Great Britain's first medal at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, clinching gold with a day to spare in the Paralympic Sonar class on Thursday. Others in the hunt for medals are Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield in the 470, Ed Wright in the Finn and Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado... [more]

Light Winds delay racing at Brasil Sailing Cup
Event Media,
Group A leader Ian Williams and Team Pindar could only sit and watch as an unusually light and shifty northerly breeze prevented the intended completion of round robin action for both Groups A and B on Day Two of the Brasil Sailing Cup. Only the six skippers and teams from Group B were able to race today... [more]

Williams and Iles win N12 Open Meeting at Pagham
N12 media,
Nine National 12 teams arrived at Pagham Yacht Club on Saturday 19 April for the first sea event of 2008 but were disappointed when poor visibility and adverse launching conditions forced the race officer to call off racing for the first day... [more]

York takes Round 3 of RS600 Fat Face Circuit
James Sainsbury,
Turning up for Round 3 of the RS600 Fat Face Racing circuit on what was supposed to be a fairly light wind weekend to find a good stiff wind blowing across the Northampton SC reservoir was, for some, a very pleasant surprise and for others it was a bit of a shock... [more]

Kiwi to be new Race Director of Volvo Ocean Race
New Zealander Jack Lloyd has joined the Volvo Ocean Race as its new Race Director. Lloyd, who takes over from Andy Hindley, completes the race management line-up for the 2008-09 race following last month's appointment of Norwegian Knut Frostad as CEO who took over from Glenn Bourke, who returned to Australia... [more]

Illusion Regattas at Bembridge Sailing Club
Barnaby Edwards,
Bembridge Sailing Club hosted four events last weekend; two nautical, one superbly social and the fourth with a nautically social conscience. The Illusion Woodford Long Distance Race took place on Saturday, won by Mark Downer. And, the Illusion St. George's Day Trophy on Sunday, won by Bruce Huber... [more]

Week 5 of Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Flavia Bateson,
Week five of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series took place on the Sunday 20 April. The forecast showers did not materialise and the Solent turned out to be one of the warmest spots in the country with the temperature well into the teens. Competitors found themselves casting off the full foul weather gear that had been essential so far... [more]

Sportsboats at Raymarine Warsash Spring Champs
Flavia Bateson,
Entries for the sportsboat section of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Championships came from three classes. The J/80s and Hunter 707s raced under the care of Jon Spencer, WSC's Rear Commodore Sailing, whilst the 48 Laser SB3s had Commodore Peter Knight as their Chief Race Officer - The large SB3 fleet surprised the race team with exemplary starting behaviour on Saturday... [more]

Big Boat classes - Raymarine Warsash Spring Champs
Flavia Bateson,
It was another complex weekend on 19 and 20 April for the race management team of Warsash Sailing Club but a satisfying one. The the Big Boats completed their Spring Championship on Saturday. Competitors and officials alike had to contend with some very unpleasant conditions - sullen skies, a bitter driving rain and cold Force 5 to 6 north-easterly... [more]

Hot RS200 Fat Face Open at Draycote Water SC
Event media,
The hot RS200 fleet arrived in strength for the Fat Face Open at Draycote Water SC. The 55 entries were ready to sail and party despite the chilly, blustery 17-22 knots on Saturday that saw some high speed runs and lots of capsizing. The wind slowly eased and become less gusty as the day progressed. Sunday and there was a more gentle 10-15 knots... [more]

Fifteens fly round Dovestone Reservoir
Caroline Addison,
Dovestone Reservoir's very special microclimate posed an excellent challenge for keen Flying Fifteen sailors in the first 2008 TNT Northern Traveller event on 19/20 April. Dovestone's Fleet Captain David McKee and crew Sally McKee were the winners... [more]

Earls Court Boat Show gets shorter
The second Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show will run for just five days - half the length of last year's event - and has been brought forward by a week from the originally-announced dates. The new dates are 26-30 November... [more]

Cadet class set record at Frensham Open
Jim Morley,
With 57 boats coming to the start line, this was Frensham's largest open class event for forty years. The fleet filled the water in spectacular fashion for a four race series complimented by a force three breeze from the lake's best north east quarter. Victory went to Sophie Dingwall and Josie Gummer from Fisher's Green SC... [more]

View: UK Speedsailing record holder Farrel O'Shea
Markus Schwendtner,
Farrel O'Shea was windsurfing when the 20 knot barrier was broken, let alone the 50 knot! In 1983, whilst building a name for himself on the wave tour, Farrel decided to enter the Sotavento speed event in Fuerteventura. He got hooked and remained in the world's top 20 for several years. Fast forward 10 years and Farrel is back in style, taking the UK speed record with a speed of 44.34 knots... [more]

Wade and McGraine win Fireball Open
Thirtyfive boats including 13 from the home club and two from Ireland lined up for the annual domestic season opener for the Fireball class at Staunton Harold Sailing Club. A little later in the year than normal due to the Thailand worlds. Having boats still in the container was no excuse though, as boats, sails and crews were begged and borrowed from a variety of sources... [more]

Firestorm wins J109 at Raymarine Spring Series
Kirsty Apthorp,
Firestorm crossed the line 1 second ahead of Jahmali to win race 5 of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series. With light winds, sunshine and a relatively slack tide at the time of starting, a course was set to take the fleet of 17 J/109s around Bramble Bank and then away from IRC2 towards the East... [more]

Thomson helps John Merricks II sail to top three
Karenza Morton,
World renowned Vendee Globe skipper Alex Thomson used all his experience and expertise to help the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme clinch an impressive third place at the Raymarine Warsash Big Boat Spring Championship this past weekend. Thomson, a long-time supporter of the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme, acted as strategist... [more]

Simon Childs wins Phantom Open at Bewl Valley
Chris Roberts,
The second event in the Tempra-tech Eastern Phantom series attracted 17 boats to a blustery Bewl Valley on Sunday 20 April. Simon Childs won all three races to take the event with Russell Smith tracking him with three second place finishes and Andy Gregory completing the leading three... [more]

RS Dinghies to be built in Australia
Media Services,
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS dinghy range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. PSA is targeting the junior classes, particularly the RS Tera and the RS Feva which PSA has identified as filling a gap for an international junior class leading in to the 29er and 49er classes... [more]

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