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BT out of Artemis Transat
Coralie Rassinoux,
During the blackout phase of The Artemis Transat, Seb Josse, skipper of BT, called his shore team to report that the mainsail on BT had come crashing down. After pushing very hard during this phase of the race to take advantage of the positions blackout, a combination of two linked factors, mast track damage and headboard car lashing failure, led to the crucial failure... [more]

Mean Machine wins first Med Cup Circuit event
Audi MedCup media,
Peter de Ridder and the crew of Mean Machine (MON) emerged as winners of the City of Alicante Trophy. Their maiden regatta victory with the brand new Mean Machine, which was only launched on the 3 May, mirrors their success at the start of their 2006 Med Cup Circuit winning season. Second place went to Bribón and third to Quantum... [more]

Pompey sail to victory at FA Cup Final,
Portsmouth sailed to victory at Wembley Saturday when they won the FA Cup Final beating Cardiff 1 - 0... [more]

Irish Star selection gets into legal deep waters,
A row has broken out over the choice of the Irish representative for the Star class event at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Only a couple of weeks ago Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks qualified Ireland for the Qingdao Games in August. In an interesting twist it seems that Britain's Star representetives, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson could figure in the controversy... [more]

Fifth win for Mean Machine at Audi MedCup Alicante
Audi MedCup media,
After winning Thursday's 30 miles coastal race by a comfortable margin, there was a sense of déjà vu yesterday as Dutch owner Peter De Ridder and his crew established an early lead off the start line in race 7 and led at each mark. Their nearest opposition was the current MedCup champion, Sweden's Torbjorn Tornqvist with his new Artemis... [more]

Artemis Transat - The blackout begins
The competitors in the Artemis Transat race have now entered a period of electronic information blackout. From 18:00hrs GMT Friday night and for the following 36 hours, all position information of the other competitors is unavailable. None of the skippers will have any knowledge of the latitude or longditude of the yachts around them, or of the actions they are taking... [more]

140ft schooner Senso One for Superyacht Cup
The 140' (42m) schooner Senso One (formerly Mari Cha IV) has confirmed they will be taking part in The Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin in Palma next month. Senso One will be the fastest boat ever to take part in a Superyacht Cup even. They will race in the new IRC class for The Superyacht Cup against such yachts as the classic J class Ranger, and the Wally Open Season... [more]

Weymouth preparing for the Moth Worlds
Alexandra Harris,
The CST International Moth World Championships 2008 will be held at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in July. Expectations are for the event to have the largest fleet of Foiler Moths ever assembled - There will be competitors flying in from around the world – Australia, Austria, USA, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and many more, with over 100 boats expected... [more]

Advertising just ain't what it used to be
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A friend was ‘surfing' through some back numbers of Seahorse the other day – the Jan/Feb 1979 issue No 50 (price: 50p) to be precise. Seahorse we have always taken to a very right and proper and serious magazine, and the decorum and taste of the RORC is of course beyond doubt.... [more]

Artemis Transat - Whale strike knocks out Fonica
OC Events,
Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of the Foncia IMOCA monohull, was forced to retire following a collision with a whale on Thursday. The boat was hit in her front section, and around the starboard daggerboard area, and Desjoyeaux is concerned about the state of the lower part of the daggerboard casing... [more]

Mean Machine wins Coastal race to take Medcup lead
Audi MedCup media,
Dutchman Peter de Ridder and his crew on Mean Machine won the 30 miles coastal race Thursday and were first through the scoring gate as well, a performance which elevates them to first overall on the 2008 MedCup Circuit after six races in the City of Alicante Trophy. Quantum of the USA is in second and TAU Ceramica Andalucía in third... [more]

Sam Davies' mast climb while becalmed
Sam Davies,
Time was when being becalmed involved a bit of cleaning and pottering about, checking the gear etc. Well, now with instant communication we all get to participate . . . Sam Davies sailing Roxy in the Artemis Transat sends this email of her mast climb to check the radar and sort out a few other 'gremlins'... [more]

Boite and Toupet win 505s at La Rochelle
Simon Lake,
Philippe Boite and Fabrice Toupet of France won the 505 Open at La Rochelle last weekend. Saturday was overcast with a building wind mainly force 4-5 occasionally 6, a late start meant that only two races were sailed a long way offshore... [more]

National 12 at Trent Valley SC Open
Paul Turner,
Saturday was hot and sunny for the National 12 Open at Trent Valley SC, but racing was postponed as zephyrs appeared and disappeared. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne were the eventual winners... [more]

Budzien wins second Finn World Masters
Robert Deaves, IFA,
The final two qualification races have been sailed in the 229 boat Finn World Masters in Medemblik in general light to moderate conditions. Andre Budzien of Germany has done enough to take his second Finn World Masters with a day to spare... [more]

Double Gold for GBR at Paralympic sailing test
Lindsey Bell/RYA,
Members of the British Paralympic Sailing Squad for the 2008 Games in September passed their first test on Paralympic waters in Qingdao, China, winning two gold medals to top the medal table at the IFDS Qingdao International Regatta on Thursday - Gold for Sonar crew of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas, and the SKUD pairing of Niki Birrell and Alex Rickham... [more]

Teams ramp-up for Rolex Commodores' Cup 2008
Trish Jenkins,
The big guns of recent competitions – Ireland, France and Great Britain - will be expecting the top places to be decided between them, but the teams from Spain and Hong Kong will undoubtedly feel that they are in with a chance too, since you do not take part in this international regatta just to make up the numbers... [more]

McArthur go for Archipelago Raid
Josefine Ås,
Ellen McArthur will compete in the 2008 Archipelago Raid in one month's time - the most extreme orienteering sailing race in the world. Ellen will team up with Greg Homann from Australia sailing a Formula 18 catamaran. This year's edition takes place just before midsummer, when the almost non existent Scandinavian summer nights demands even more of the competitors... [more]

Challenger wins First 40.7 UK Title
Eddie Mays,
Fourteen boats took part in the First 40.7 National Championships, hosted by the Royal Southern YC in Hamble. Winner was Gareth Williams and the team on Challenger. Challenger and Love Shack, Tim Spalding and Gareth Lloyd-Jones, both finished with a nett score of 10 points but the Championship went to Gareth Williams on count back... [more]

Williams leads World Match Racing Tour
Yvonne Reid/ISAF,
After two of the nine stages of the World Match Racing Tour, Team Pindar skippered by Ian Williams leads the ISAF Match Racing World Championship standings with 27 points. Britain's Ian Williams scored points in the first two events and has a slim, one-point lead over Sweden's Bjorn Hansen... [more]

Brits lead Skud 18 at IFDS Qingdao Regatta
After the opening two days in Qingdao four races have been completed across all three Paralympic events as scheduled. France, Great Britain and Norway lead the overall standings after the breeze picked up on the second day of racing at the IFDS Qingdao International Regatta... [more]

BT breaks away - Sébastien Josse takes 30 nm lead
Event media,
Sébastien Josse was convinced he had made the good choice in the South, and the first position update indicates he was right - taking over the lead of the Artemis Transat from Loick Peyron's Gitana Eighty just 30 minutes after the last position update. BT now leads Gitana Eighty by 32nm with PRB in third. In the Class 40 fleet, Telecom Italia has a 17nm lead from Brluga Racer... [more]

Bribon leads despite Mean Machine charge
AudiMedCup media,
José Cusi's Bribón, Ross Macdonald of Canada calling tactics for helm Kiwi Dean Barker, won the first race and then posted a pair of fourth places to lead Americans Doug De Vos and Fred Howe's Quantum Racing, while the 2005 MedCup Champions, Mutua Madrileña skippered by Vasco Vascotto of Italy is in third overall... [more]

Advertising just ain't what it used to be
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A friend was ‘surfing' through some back numbers of Seahorse the other day – the Jan/Feb 1979 issue No 50 (price: 50p) to be precise. Seahorse we have always taken to a very right and proper and serious magazine, and the decorum and taste of the RORC is of course beyond doubt.... [more]

Budzien continues to lead Finn World Masters
Robert Deaves,
Defending Finn World Masters Champion Andre Budzien of Germany continued with his winning ways in Medemblik, with two more heat wins to put him into a clear lead with three more races to sail... [more]

Whale strike for Miranda Merron
Sophy Williams,
At the end of play Tuesday, Miranda Merron touched base with her shore team to alert them that '40 Degrees' had hit a whale but that she and the boat were undamaged. She remains polled in 9th place and mid fleet in terms of latitude with 5th placed boat, 'Beluga Racer' (Boris Hermann) just 2 miles in front of her... [more]

Fonica regains lead of Artemis Transat
OC Events,
Last night's question now has its answer - Generali crossed behind Foncia at 4:00 this morning and dropped back into second place when Yan Elies gybed. The two skippers probably came in sight of each other at that moment... Speeds have been consistent (11 to 12 knots) while the fleet progressed downwind, and... [more]

Spanish take top three places in Audi MedCup
Audi MedCup event media,
Spanish boats head the leaderboard after the first day of racing at the 2008 Audi MedCup event off Alicante, Spain. Sixteen starters, two races but just one winner. The mainly amateur crewed Tau Ceramica Andalucia won both of the first two races. Spanish boats hold top three places with Mutua Madrileña second and Bribõn third... [more]

Day 1 Audi MedCup Circuit - Alicante images,
Images from Day 1 of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit from Thierry Martinez.... [more]

Heading for 50 knots Wot Rocket pictures
Sean Langman, Martin Thompson and the Wot Rocket team are preparing the half sail boat, half sail plane for their first sea trials. Their aim is the 50 knots 500 metre speed barrier.... [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 [more]

Latest America's Cup ruling a drafting error?
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sources close to the America's Cup told Sail-World today that they believed that the prescription of a 12 March 2009 date might have been a drafting error by a New York Supreme Court clerk, who was unaware of the 'no sail' period in the Deed of Gift.... [more]

PUMA Ocean Racing's new racing boat christened
Robert Penner,
PUMA Ocean Racing had its new racing boat christened 'il mostro'. The evening included the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of champagne across the Volvo Open 70's bow by Hayek, the boat's ‘godmother' and short speeches by Chairman and CEO of PUMA, Jochen Zeitz, Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Bertone and PUMA Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read.... [more]

Day 1 at Finn World Masters - Budzien leads
Robert Deaves, IFA,
They may be old, they may be grey and some may even be a bit wrinkly, but that doesn't stop the sailors currently sailing in the Finn World Masters in Medemblik from enjoying tough and competitive racing. Two challenging races were sailed today, Monday, in very different conditions... [more]

Audi MedCup gets underway off Alicante
Audi MedCup media,
Fifteen starters sailed the Audi MedCup Circuit practice race off Alicante with victory going to Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing. After a wet and breezy weekend the Audi MedCup Fleet had an easy first day of racing with gentle conditions and warm air blowing over their sails - sunshine, 8-10 knots of Southerly wind, and flat water... [more]

Wayling wins Phantom Tempera-Tech Eastern Series
Event media,
Round 3 of the Tempera-Tech Phantom Eastern Series was won by John Wayling from Northampton SC, with Simon Childs in second place and James Case third. The final race would decide the event, with four different winners upto that point. Childs held out for the first half before Wayling sailed round him and off to win the race and the series... [more]

BT stablemates farwell BT Open 60 images
Helen Fretter,
The BT Extreme 40, one of nine entries in the 2008 iShares Cup, joined her BT Team Ellen stablemates at Plymouth last weekend for the start of Artemis Transat transatlantic race. Images provided by Thierry Martinez.... [more]

It's Official - America's Cup - 12 March 2009
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Justice Herman Cahn has issued a a Decision and an Order in the America's Cup, which sets the dates for the 33rd America's Cup as being in 10 months time from the date of the order which means the first race will be held on 12th March 2009.... [more]

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