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12 May 2008

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Ben Ainslie pulled off a fourth Finn European title win in Italy over the weekend to a resounding silence in the mainstream UK sports press.

In a great comeback after disqualification he sailed to victory in the final Medal race to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

As a multi Olympic champion and recognised as one of the Britain's top world class dinghy sailors, this would have been worthy of headlines in the Sunday sports pages - if he had been a golfer or a tennis player - but a dinghy sailor, forget it.

Sailing may be Britains top Olympic sport and Ainslie one of the greats but, lets face it, money talks.

We may have one weak wristed tennis player and a bunch of so-so golfers but the sponsorship money insures the media coverage, even if they stuggle to get past the early rounds.

Until the gold in sailing is cash on the table, the mainstream media will ignore it and continue to write about how another great British hope just missed the cut.

Still I expect Ben will get another invitation to a Question of Sport soon.

Read all about it . . .

Gerald New
UK Editor

Ainslie clinches fourth Finn European Championship
Ben Ainslie overcame an eight-point deficit going into the final medal race to claim a sensational 2008 Finn European Championship title at Scarlino, Italy on Saturday. With clinical efficiency the Lymington-based double Olympic champion sealed a dramatic final race win meaning the destiny of the title was unfolding behind him... [more]

North win RYA Eric Twiname Championships
Karenza Morton,
More than 330 sailors – all aged between eight and 15 - in some 270 boats took to the water to try to wrestle the coveted Eric Twiname Shield from the grasp of 2007 event winners the South Zone. And it was the North Zone who ruled the roost at Rutland Water as day two of the 2008 RYA Eric Twiname Championships came to a thrilling finish... [more]

Williams upset by protest at Match Race Germany
WMRT media,
The quarterfinal round robin got under way Sunday afternoon at Match Race Germany. Leader Ian Williams of Team Pindar was involved in a protest against Mathieu Richard of the MR Team for rounding the wrong mark, which was dismissed, leading to Williams to claim they never had a chance to win the race... [more]

Artemis Transat underway from Plymouth
OC Events,
Sébastien Josse's BT took the best start with French rivals Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), Yann Elies (Generali), Vincent Riou (PRB), Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) and Marc Guillemot (Safran) were only half a boat length behind. But at the Eddystone Omega race gate Loick Peyron (Gitana Eighty) took over the lead... [more]

Images from the Finn European Championships
This was a dramatic end to an exciting series, that had seen close racing and incidents, with protests involving the leading competitors and the final Medal race deciding the podium positions - a great advertisment for the class and the skills of the worlds top solo racers... [more]

ISAF credibility at stake in crucial Olympic vote
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Although the outcome was not what the multihull fraternity had wanted, six times world Tornado champion, Darren Bundock believes some gains were made at the ISAF Council Meeting, yesterday in Qingdao, China. 'It was really positive that Council supported us', he told Sail-World. 'We got a lot of support from Council members that we didn't really have before.'... [more]

Olympic Classes Open at HISC
Gerald New,
Morrison and Rhodes lead the 49er and Rogers and Glanfield the 470 after three races were competed in light winds in Hayling Bay at the Olympic classes Open Meeting... [more]

Victory for Portugal and Spain at RS:X Euros
With no wind on the final scheduled day of racing, results remained as of close of business Friday - Joao Rodgriguez of Potugal and Marina Alabau of Spain are the winners of the RS:X Europeans... [more]

ISAF ditches Multihull from 2012 Olympics
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com/NZ,
Reports emanating from the ISAF Council Meeting in Qingdao indicate that the International Sailing Federation has not changed its earlier stance over the exclusion of the Multihull events from the 2012 Olympics... [more]

Britain's sailors face first Qingdao Test
Britain's sailors will get their first chance to compete on the 2008 Paralympic race track in Qingdao, China, when racing at the 2008 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta gets underway on Sunday. Skandia Team GBR has fielded seven sailors across the three Paralympic Classes at this only Test Event ahead of the Games in September.... [more]

New boats tune for TP52 AUDI MedCup
Audi MedCup media/Andi Robertson,
Five TP52's sailed off Alicante. The new boats sailing today were Ricardo Simoneschi's Audi Sailing Team powered by Q8, Vasco Vascotto and crew on Mutua Madrilena, and the others were Alberto Roemmers' Matador, and José Cusi's Bribon with Dean Barker getting used to the helm, and the Russian boat Valars (ex Mutua Madrilena)... [more]

Ainslie Second going into Medal Race
Robert Deaves,
Ben Ainslie continued to do it the hard way at the Finn European Championships in Scarlino, Italy. Rounding the first mark in a forty plus position he sailed throught he fleet to finish in eighth and just eight points behind series leader, Guillaume Florent of France who finished in twentieth place... [more]

A letter from The Pope on the Multihull issue
Paul Henderson (CAN),
Sail-World received the following letter from Paul Henderson (immediate past President of ISAF, current IOC Member, and widely known as 'The Pope') correcting a statement which has been attributed to him in the Open Letter circulated by the UKCRA in support of the reinclusuion of the Multihull event in the Olympics:... [more]

Alinghi to Scuttlebutt: Come in, please!
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Earlier this week, Sailing Scuttlebutt ran a poll on its readers at to whether they thought the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup was required to be constructed completely in Switzerland. Or, whether just the hull only should be constructed and Alinghi could 'go shopping' for the rest around the world... [more]

NY Supreme Court rejects Swiss America's Cup claim
Jane Eagleson, Golden Gate YC Media,
The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has turned down the Societe Nautique de Geneve's claim for a stay of proceedings pending an Appeal. In a statement issued this morning, the Golden Gate Yacht Club said today it is pleased the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has rejected a further effort by the defender to stay proceedings pending its upcoming appeal... [more]

Ainslie disqualified after winning 2 races today
Event media/,
Just when it looked like chink had appeared in the winning machine that is Ben Ainslie, he led a Team GBR revival that saw them take five of the first nine places in race six. Ainslie won both of the days races to take the series lead, but later he was disqualified from race seven over an incident with Canadian Christopher Cook - both sailors were disqualified... [more]

UKCRA sends Open Letter to Jacques Rogge
Nick Dewhirst, UKCRA,
UKCRA has posted an Open letter to IOC President, Jacques Rogge, together with the online petition of over 6000 signatories. Citing a number of reasons as to why the Mulithull event should be included in the 2012 Olympics, the letter also calls for the re-instatement of an 11th Event:... [more]

Ernesto Bertarelli sails Le Black at Valencia
Ernesto Bertarelli has had his lake racer Le Black reassembled in Valencia and was out testing. The original objective of this high performance light air speedster was to compete against trimarans in strong wind and against catamarans in light air. The 41 footer soon built up a winning pedigree claiming the Bol d'Or four times consecutively from 2000 to 2003... [more]

VW Touareg Grand Prix 1 - Royal Corinthian YC
Kate Ashworth,
Forty five crews got down to business for the first Laser SB3 class sanctioned event of 2008. The event hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes commenced the build up to the inaugural SB3 World Championships this coming September and marked the end of a long winter. Overall Car Jacked, Craig, Adam and AB won from Shaun Beaver, Tim and Sue Fells, Sandy and Jules... [more]

Old Regatta – New Sponsor - New Name
Diana Bogaards,
The only Dutch Olympic Grade 1 event has changed its name into Delta Lloyd Regatta that will take place from 21 to 25 on the Ijsselmeer at Medemblik. About 490 boats have entered so far. Since it is an Olympic year, most of the competitors have already qualified for Beijing, which leads to a very high profile fleet... [more]

UK Melges 24 warm-up for Worlds
Justin Chisholm,
Four British teams made the journey to the island of Sardinia for the Italian Nationals at Cagliari - the final warm up before the 2008 World Championship in Porto Cervo. They joined fifty eight other boats from Italy and across Europe in what turned out to be one of the best Melges 24 regattas of the season so far... [more]

RYA appoint new Marketing Manager
Ellie Williamson, RYA,
Steve Gray, former DaimlerChrysler UK Marketing Director, has left the driving seat and taken up the helm to head up the RYA's Marketing Department as the organisations new Marketing Manager... [more]

National 12 Gill Series at Salcombe
Event media,
Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart won the National 12 Gill Series at Salcombe SC. A strong fleet of 25 Twelves collected at Salcombe for the second event in the 2008 Gill Series.... [more]

JOG Cowes to Cherbourg Race
Andy Phelps,
With 42 boats entered in the JOG Cowes to Cherbourg Race, the fleet started at Gurnard and headed for the Needles before turning South to Cherbourg. The First yacht to finish, was Floating Voter at 6.30 but Class 3 was won on handicap by a newcomer to the fleet, the Swan 46, Mynx... [more]

Wot Rocket crash test drama shaken but not stirred
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Quest for the Magic 50 knots - Wot Rocket drama - The force of the impact revealed a weakness that could have proven disastrous had it not been discovered. The Perspex covers didn't withstand the impact of the drop and shattered in a number of places which means less flexible polycarbonate canopies will be installed before next Tuesday's first test sail on Botany Bay.... [more]

Ellis & Glover get ISAF Youth Worlds nod
The RYA's team to compete at this summer's 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Denmark is complete after James Ellis and Andrew Glover earned the nod for the final Team GBR berth in the SL16 catamaran class. At the 2007 ISAF Youth Worlds in Canada, Glover won Hobie 16 gold with his brother Richard while Ellis took boys' 29er bronze with Rob Partridge... [more]

Old Finners don´t fade away - they become Legends
Robert Deaves, IFA,
It really does seem that - once a Finn sailor, always a Finn sailor - and that they just don't ever want to give up. Therefore three upper age categories were created to reward the more chronologically challenged. Grand Masters have to be 50-59, Great Grand Masters 60-69, and would you believe it, those 70 and over also have their own age category. They is quite aptly and simply called Legends... [more]

Volkswagen return to Skandia Cowes Week
The Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes competition returns to Skandia Cowes Week this summer. On Friday 1 August the various class winners from Skandia Cowes Week 2007 will race in identical Laser SB3s off Cowes in a one-day, three race regatta with prizes of a Volkswagen Touareg, Laser XD and Laser BUG... [more]

Shirley Robertson in Extreme 40 cat campaign
Lucy Harwood,
Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson will compete on the Extreme 40 iShares Cup circuit this year aboard JPMorgan Asset Management's boat. The team's new boat is under construction by Tornado Sport in Sweden. In a very competitive fleet Robertson will be taking on the boys as the only female skipper... [more]

Hull & Humber win Race 9 of the Clipper
Hull & Humber has won Race 9 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race, crossing the revised finish line at 20:22 GMT on Tuesday 6 May. It is the team¹s third individual stage victory of the 35,000-mile race which is being contested by ten internationally-backed 68-foot yachts. Qingdao was second across the finish line at 23:13, followed nine minutes later by New York in third place at 23... [more]

Vintage National 12s at Frampton
Zoe Ballantyne,
A pleasant warm sunny day greeted the small gathering of National 12 sailors, some of which had come from as far as Ripon; the wind was a southerly with an average force 3 throughout the whole afternoon. Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson were the winners... [more]

Phillipe Delaporte wins Cervantes Trophy
Trish Jenkins,
The Cervantes Trophy was won by Phillipe Delaporte's, J/122, Pen Azen but only just, after correction, an agonising four seconds separating them from John Shepherd's Ker 46, Fair Do's VII. Pen Azen had a fantastic 2007 with their new boat, winning the Myth of Malham and the Eddystone Race and best overseas yacht in IRC overall... [more]

Images from Fat Face RS Anniversary Regatta 2008
Images from the Fat Face RS Anniversary Regatta 2008 held at Hayling Island SC - Fourteen years, fours months and three days since the launch of RS Racing seemed to the RS Association like a good enough excuse for a party! And the May Bank Holiday in 2008 was the first opportunity when such a big event was feasible... [more]

Fat Face RS Anniversary Regatta 2008
Event media,
Now I know what everyone means when they talk about the RS family - commented one first timer. When all the RS classes get together there is something very special about it. Old friends, new adversaries, tons of enthusiasm – you could not wish to spend the weekend with a better bunch. And Champagne was the key word... [more]

Laser stars turnout for Spring Qualifier
James Gray,
Skandia TeamGBR's Paul Goodison and training partner Nick Thompson were both on the water at Pwllheli SC, as were all the other main contenders for the second of the Laser Spring Qualifier series for the World and European events in 2008. And in the end the event went to Goodison with Thompson second and Mark Powell third.... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Racing Circuit event, Northampton S
om Halhead and Christian Humphery won the second round of the RS 400 Fat Face circuit with a clean sweep of three wins at Northampton SC. This round saw the fleet travel to Northampton for a bit of a break from the norm – with the weekend being split into a training day on Saturday, followed by a one day open meeting on the Sunday... [more]

Wot Rocket to attempt to reclaim sail speed record
Lisa Ratcliff,
Wot Rocket is on countdown for Australia's attempt to reclaim the 500m world speed sailing record last held in 1993. The countdown will begin this week with a crew safety drill before on-water trials commence on Botany Bay next week. Wot Rocket is half sailboat, half sailplane; a 9 metre long canoe style hull with two foils, each about a sixth of the size of a Moth foil and a nine metre rigid sail... [more]

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