The long holiday weekend in the UK has finally opened the (early) summer sailing season. Following on from the Glyn Charles race the previous weekend, the 200 boats from the RS classes turned out in force for a mixed bag of races at Hayling Island SC.
While in France the Finn and RS:X classes have started their European Championships and for Ben Ainslie it was back to business as usual - winning the opening race.
Bob Fisher wades in with thoughts on the Tornado controversy and remembers the early days of the class.
AC Team Origin have accepted the inevitable and announced the trimming of their sailing squad and alternative plans to keep key players involved.
major step in the preparations for the 2012 Games in the UK was the announcement of Rob Andrews as Sailing manager for the event.
Read on . . .
First race goes to Ainslie at Finn Europeans Robert Deaves, IFA, Ben Ainslie made his intentions quite clear, with a clean race win, after leading at every mark in the first race of the Finn European Championships being held in Scarlino, Italy. After a clear start near the favoured pin end he led round the first mark by 50 metres. Ainslie gradually extended his lead to win by nearly two minutes from Guillaume Florent of France and Daniel Birgmark of Sweden... [more]
Full Noise day at RS:X Europeans Event media, Wind conditions for the second day of the RS:X European Championship in Brest were such that if you pumped at full force, the board stayed on the plane. Forget about hooking in and lying back in your harness. This was balls to the wall action from gun to gun! Faustine Merret of France retained her position at the top of the leader board with Britain's Bryony Shaw holding on to fifth place... [more]
RS Anniversary Regatta at Hayling Island SC sail-world.co.uk, The weekends racing at the RS Anniversary Regatta at Hayling Island SC has seen over 200 boats from the various RS classes racing. Day 1, Saturday, opened with class racing for the ten RS classes taking part - Day 2 had Sprint racing for some classes and a Harbour dash for the rest. Then on Monday it was the grand RS Pursuit race for all the fleets together... [more]
Fisher's View: The Tornado and Olympic Thoughts Bob Fisher, Olympic medal counts seemed to be the all pervasive factor on the Councilors' minds and collectively they didn't see the Tornado as a medal winner for their masters. Mention of the Tornado brings back memories of 41 years ago when, given a summer off from my job at the BBC, I was concentrating on preparation for the Little America's Cup with Lady Helmsman... [more]
Finn class goes from strength to strength Robert Deaves, At the Finn Association AGM, class President Balazs Hajdu reported on the excellent health of the class with increasing nations taking part and increasing junior numbers. Featured changes were the introduction of limited function digital compasses from 2009 and to allow off wind finishes at championships. Also to be considered is the removal from the required equipment of the bailer and paddle... [more]
Heemskerk and Tentij win V&V Eurocat enduro David Brookes, The Eurocat was organised in Yacht Club de Carnac from 1 to 4 May. 259 teams registered, from 10 different nations. The Voiles & Voiliers long distance race saw the victory of Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij on their black Hobie Tiger, followed by four other Hobie Tigers... [more]
Green Team say ‘thank you' to China Green Team / Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Last Saturday the VOR Green Team celebrated the completion of their new Volvo Open 70 with a ‘Thank you, China' event at McConaghy Boats in Zhuhai, China. Construction started in October 2007 in a facility located about 60 miles northwest of Hong Kong and has been completed on schedule, with the boat due to leave on a ship bound for the UK on 8 May... [more]
BMW ORACLE Racing partners with VPLP for Am Cup Jane Eagleson, Golden Gate YC Media, The leading French multihull design firm of Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) is working with BMW ORACLE Racing's design team in developing its new mulithull boat for the America's Cup Deed of Gift match, the team confirmed today.... [more]
Desafío winner of Trofeo Pirelli - GP42 Cup GP 42 Association media, Desafío has been crowned the winner of the Trofeo Pirelli, the opening event of the Quebramar GP42 Cup 2008. For the third consecutive day, Eolo, the Italian god of wind, was in a bad mood and put the eight GP42 crews to the test... [more]
GBR RS:X and Finn stars prepare for 2008 Europeans Lindsey Bell, Three of Great Britain's top Beijing medal hopefuls will be hoping to land some pre-China silverware next week at the RS:X and Finn class European Championships. Nick Dempsey will be bidding to repeat the podium-topping exploits that saw him claim 2006 Championship gold when racing at the 2008 RS:X European Championships gets underway in Brest, France on Sunday... [more]
Rob Andrews appointed 2012 Olympic Sailing Manager Lindsey Bell, Rob Andrews has been appointed as the London 2012 Organising Committee's Sport Competition Manager for Sailing for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Rob will be responsible for all the planning, organisation and management for the Sailing events at the Games which will take place at Weymouth and Portland.... [more]
Team Origin winds down until Cup back on track Team Origin Media, Team Origin, the fledgling GBR America's Cup team has has issued the following statement: From 1 May 2008 Team Origin will reduce the retained team to a smaller core group. This group will comprise some of the management team, key design and sailing team members, a limited commercial/marketing team and essential support functions.... [more]
Brady takes Crimson Blazer 4 in Congressional Cup Rich Roberts, Gavin Brady joined a small, elite club of match racing sailors with a common problem Saturday: what to do with all of those Crimson Blazers in their closets. Only Rod Davis and Peter Holmberg also own four of the traditional winner's wardrobe in Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup presented by Acura, now counting 44 years of consecutive competitions among the best in the world at their spec... [more]
GBR pair fourth at Dutch 29er championships Jan Lasko, 774 sailors from numerous countries are competing in ten classes with the Optimists attracting the largest entry of 362 boats from 15 countries. With the 29er being raced at the ISAF World Youth Championships in Aarhus, Denmark during July, the Dutch 29 National Championship being run from the 1 – 4 May is providing an ideal preparation event... [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 firstname.lastname@example.org... [more]
The China Solution - Finland order 300 Optimists Finn Opti media, Finnish Optimist Association has coordinated an innovative deal between 62 Finnish sailing clubs and their member families for the biggest builder of Optimists in the world. Far East Boats of Shanghai, China, are to supply 300 Optimists and full equipment package at a price calculated to be a third of a similar top of the range, fully equipped racing Optimist made in Northern Europe... [more]
Poles storm World Sailing Rankings ISAF/sail-world.co.uk, Great Britain continue to count four top-three places, but have been knocked back into third position in the national standings by a terrific Polish performance. Spearheaded by Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki's win at the Star Worlds in Miami. It's been a fantastic month for the Polish Olympic sailing team who now hold two world number one spots along with a second and a third... [more]
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds on target ISAF, This year's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, in Arhus, Denmark from 10-19 July, is set to be the most international edition of the event's 38-year history. At 250 sailors from 59 countries, the current entry is already the second biggest ever for the Youth Worlds. Seven World Championship titles will be up for grabs plus the prestigious Volvo Trophy for the top nation... [more]
Team Origin announce Extreme 40 programme Event media, Earlier this year Team Origin purchased their Extreme 40 catamaran and are busy testing on the Solent prior to challenging with the likes of BMW Oracle and Alinghi in the iShares Cup programme. Team Origin's entry will be skippered by Robert Greenhalgh (strategist / traveller on the Cup team), who last year skippered Team Basilica, the 2007 iShares Cup X40 Champion... [more]
Seb Josse's BT IMOCA 60 officially launched media, Seb Josse's BT IMOCA 60 was officially launched on the River Thames, after an extensive race refit. And it proved to be a sweet moment of success for Seb and his teammate Ellen MacArthur as the all-girl band, the Sugababes, joined the duo onboard the BT IMOCA 60 to sing one of their latest hit records as she sailed under Tower Bridge... [more]
Andy Couch wins Phantom Class Open Meeting Henry Ayres, With a fantastic forecast for perfect Phantom conditions 14 sailors arrived at Lyme Regis YC for the second event in the Lynall Boats South West Traveller. Unfortunately the wind failed to cooperate on the Saturday and racing was abandoned until the Sunday. National champion Andy Couch showed his title winning skills to take the event with three wins... [more]
One - Two for Brits at OK Spring Cup in Medemblik Terry Curtis, Twentythree OKs from five countries arrived at Royal Yacht Club Hollandia on 25/26 April for their annual Spring Cup. They were met with excellent conditions and the customary perfect race management and welcoming reception.... [more]
UK Quarter Ton class adds Jersey Regatta event Mike Farrington, The Jersey Regatta has been added to the official race calendar of the Quarter Ton Association. The move follows the participation of Quarter Ton class boats for the first time last year and reflects support among owners for the event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with new sponsor Brewin Dolphin on board... [more]
New Melges 20 first hull photos released Sail-world.com/uk, Melges Performance Sailboats have lifted the very first Melges 20 hull from the mould and well on its way to the next step in production. This latest Melges joins the ground breaking 24 and the bigger sister boat the 30. In the UK the latest Melges product will face comparison with the Laser SB3, which has swept the planing keelboat market over the last couple of years... [more]
Nick Craig tops OK World Rankings again Robert Deaves, Triple world champion Nick Craig (GBR) is still on top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking List for the third consecutive release. New Zealand can still claim to be the most successful OK Dinghy sailing nation internationally with eight sailors inside the top 20, although at their recent championships, Olympic Finn sailor Dan Slater (NZL) showed a clean pair of heels to take the title ahead of Craig... [more]
Suppressed Submissions - ISAF meets Yes Minister Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Earlier this year a number of National Authorities made submissions to the ISAF after the widespread discontent amongst the sailing community over the choice of Events for the 2012 Olympics. - What happened to them? - In a script straight out of 'Yes Minister' they have been deemed to be non-Urgent and not tabled for discussion - however the ISAF own submission is deemed Urgent !... [more]
Peters and Fitzgerald win 29er Open at Datchet Dave Hall, There was a good turnout of 29ers at last weekend's 9er, B14 and Byte open at Datchet Water. As the competitors were rigging the breeze built from a shifty and fickle 5 knots to a shifty 14 knots by the time the first race got underway! Overall James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald finished first, Frances Peters and Claire Lasko in second and Phil Walker and John Mather in third... [more]
Gently does it for JOG Hayling Bay Race Andy Phelps, With 38 boats entered in the JOG Hayling Bay Race, the light Northerly wind coupled with a down tide start, ensured the Class 5 boats all started somewhat cautiously to avoid being prematurely swept over the line at Gurnard... [more]
Nice Action at Bartercard 12ft Skiff Series Alan Atterbury, The two recently imported New Zealand Twelve Foot Skiffs - Nice Action and DesignSource - could have been forgiven for thinking that they were back home in windy Wellington rather than rural Rutland when they joined the rest of their class at Rutland SC for the first round of the 2008 Barter Card 12' Skiff Series last weekend... [more]
Clipper - Liverpool gamble with offshore move Clipper event media, Liverpool 08 continues her bold move offshore which, in the days to come, may pay off as she can maintain a better angle to the even lighter winds ahead. Glasgow:Scotland with style leads the fleet. While Hull & Humber are penalised and loose their overall lead position... [more]
Final weekend for Raymarine Warsash Spring Series Flavia Bateson, It was another busy weekend for Warsash SC over 26 and 27 April, which included the final races in both the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series and the Spring Championship for sportsboats. In the Laser SB3s Geoff Carveth won both the Spring Series and Spring Championship. Cacciatore, Dicky Barnes won the Hunter 707s in the Spring Championship whilst the Spring Series title went to Miles Dalby... [more]
Robbie Allam seals RYA National Match Racing win Karenza Morton, Young Brit Robbie Allam with his four-man team of Adam Richards, Tom Odell and Pete Allam trounced the rest of the nine-strong field in the round robin series. Winning each and every one of their eight races as he swept to 2008 RYA National Match Racing Championships Qualifier One victory at Queen Mary Sailing Club this weekend... [more]
Cervantes Trophy Race this weekend Trish Jenkins, The Cervantes Trophy Race is traditionally the first English Channel Race of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) season and this year's race from Cowes to Le Havre has attracted a variety of yachts from Britain, France and Belgium. This year the race will start on Saturday 3 May from the RYS Cowes.... [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]
Simon and Jill Blake win HISC Merlin Rocket Open sail-world.co.uk, 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]
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