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Gold for Morrison and Rhodes in Holland
Lindsey Bell,
With strong winds and the gold theirs to lose, Britain's Morrison and Rhodes played a conservative game, opting not to hoist their spinnaker at all during the 49er medal race, as they watched many of their rivals capsize around them when they attempted to. The Beijing-bound duo held on to their overnight lead to take the Gold and to add a second Dutch title to the one they claimed back in 2005... [more]

Clipper race from Jamaica to New York underway
Clipper Event media,
The Clipper fleet started the 1,420 mile Race 11 to New York after a short stopover in Jamaica. The start line was at Folly Point Lighthouse and Nova Scotia led the fleet across the start line, several boat lengths ahead of the following group of Durban 2010 and Beyond, Liverpool 08, New York and Hull & Humber. All ten yachts crossed the start line within two minutes... [more]

Yngling & 470 decided at Delta Lloyd Regatta
Diana Bogaards,
Australian 470 sailors Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page won the medal race and therefore won the only missing Grade 1 event in their long list of victories. In the Yngling final race, the Dutch Yngling teams claimed the top three places with Groeneveld, Van der Werf and Kampen taking the overall Gold. Schuemann, Bleck and Hoepfner of Germany won silver and Britain's Ayton, Webb and Wilson the Bronze... [more]

Glynn Williams wins Swan 45s at Rolex Capri
Event media,
Rolex Capri Sailing Week ended today in a fading breeze, but with no reduction in the entertainment value or the intensity on the water. The final class winners were: Neville Crichton's 30.5 metre Reichel-Pugh designed Alfa Romeo in the Maxi Class, Maurizio Biscardi's Comet 45S Libertine in the Comet Class and Glynn Williams' WISC in the Swan 45s... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing launch new TP 52
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing launched their new TP 52, USA 17, at Valencia on Thursday. After the initial shakedown of the boat, helmsman James Spithill and crew put the brand new race boat through its paces on Friday and Saturday with stablemate Artemis. The boat looks promising,' said USA 17's sailing team project manager Michele Ivaldi... [more]

Bronze for GBR Yngling trio in Medemblik
Lindsey Bell,
Yngling trio Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson claimed the first medal for Great Britain at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland on Saturday – their last major event before the Beijing Olympic Games in August. Seven more British boats will contest the remaining finals on Sunday when four more medals are possible for British sailors on the final day of racing in Medemblik... [more]

Peyron wins The Artemis Transat for third time
OC Events,
Loick Peyron on board Gitany Eighty crossed the finish line of The Artemis Transat at 03:15:35 GMT on Saturday, 24 May (00:15:35 local time). His arrival in Boston, USA, marks an historic achievement for this legendary French sailor. He is now the only sailor in history to have won this race three times - 1992/1996/2008... [more]

Bell Lawrie Scottish Series - day 1
Steve Arkley,
Steve Arkley captured these images when the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series, the north of Britain's premier annual regatta, kicked off Friday. In brisk 12-18 knot south easterly winds, rain showers and not a lot of sun some found the conditions more than they expected... [more]

British 470 girls seize the day in Medemblik
Lindsey Bell,
Day three of the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik saw British sailors make gains, with Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark the top British performers of the day on Friday. Skandia Team GBR's top 470 women's crew have broken into the top three for the first time this week. British crews occupy silver medal positions in three other classes heading into the final two days of the regatta.... [more]

Day 1 at J-Cup 2008
Event media,
Racing is taking place in five classes competing at the J-Cup 2008, which is being hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The event also incorporates the 32 boat fleet of J/109s which are racing for their UK National Championship... [more]

RS200/RS400 Fat Face Racing Circuit
RS media,
Parkstone YC went right up in many of the 148 competitor's estimation in the RS200/RS400 fleets by having a barbeque at the top of the slip so you received free bacon butties and cups of tea as soon as you arrived ashore on both days! Over six races the conditions varied from a patchy 8 to a fun 15 knots and it was fairly shifty but there were always waves, which made a welcome return... [more]

RYA announce Team Racing trial dates
Karenza Morton,
The chance to represent RYA Team GBR at the 2009 ISAF World Team Racing Championships is now open after the confirmation of trial dates for selection. Anyone wishing to be considered for selection must attend at least one of two training dates on 6-7 September and/or 20-21 September before an invitation-only selection event on 27-28 September.... [more]

Cadwallader and Stone win FF Traveller event
FF media,
Llangorse Sailing Club hosted 36 Flying Fifteens over last weekend for the TNT sponsored Traveller event and annual Llangorse SC Flying 15 Open Meeting. Ian Cadwallader and Nick Stone from Chew Valley SC took the Open Fleet Trophy, with a one point win ahead of Richard Hope and Scott Smith from Draycote SC. Third were David Morgan and Lorina Walden from Llangorse SC... [more]

Percy out in tricky day for Brits at Medemblik
Lindsey Bell,
British sailors held on to three podium spots after a tricky second day of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik on Thursday. Skandia Team GBR Tornado team of Leigh McMillan and Will Howden improved their overall standing to second. Finn sailor Ed Wright is also currently in the silver medal position and Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have held on to their top three spot in the 49er fleet... [more]

RC 44 Championship Tour heads for Austria
The third event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 promises to be interesting, with nine top level teams led by some of the world's best sailors. The RC 44 Austria Cup will take place on beautiful Lake Traun. Following two events held on the sea, with waves and fairly strong winds, this regatta may well reshuffle the cards. Present leader is Team Hiroshi, Armando Giulietti and Sébastien Col... [more]

Roxy hits a whale, damaging a daggerboard
Sam Davies,
Day 11 onboard Roxy in The Artemis Transat – Sam Davies' daily log - After being stuck with no wind yesterday, my smile came back when the wind started to pick up. Enjoying to sail properly again, I was on deck working hard changing sails and trimming (and at last putting away the code 0) when I heard a big bang... [more]

Clipper race 10 - Another win for Hull & Humber
Clipper Ventures,
Another win for Hull & Humber in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race when they crossed the finish line at Folly Point lighthouse, Jamaica to take their fourth victory from ten completed races. Just 57 seconds separated Hull & Humber and second placed New York in the race from Panama to Jamaica. All ten entries have now finished the 590-mile race leg... [more]

JOG Myth of Malham - Round Eddystone- Race
Louay Habib,
Myth of Malham was built for John Illingworth in 1947, to exploit the RORC rule. Many consider Illingworth to be the founder of modern yacht racing and his use of sail plan measurement is, to some extent, echoed by bowsprits being fitted to TP52s today. Myth of Malham went on to compete in five Admiral's Cups, a record that has been achieved by no other yacht... [more]

Terrorist attack destroys Desafío's club in Spain,
Valencia Sailing reports on a terrorist attack on Real Club Marítimo del Abra, located in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao. The club is the new home of Spanish 2007 America's Cup Semi-Finalist Desafio Espanol, skippered by New Zealander John Cutler... [more]

Skandia TeamGBR inspire Chelsea gardeners
Britain's sailing team, Skandia TeamGBR, has inspired a gold medal winning garden designer to create a Chelsea Flower Show garden in their honour. The first ever Chelsea garden to be inspired by a sporting team. Hillier Nurseries, which has won 62 consecutive gold medals at Chelsea, is launching a Sail for Gold garden, to celebrate the achievements of Britain's most successful sporting team... [more]

Father and Son team win Enterprise Masters
Paula Southworth,
The 2008 Enterprise Masters Championship was won by a ‘Father and Son' team. Congratulations go to Tony and Sam Woods from the Etherow SC. In second place was Nigel and Andy Bird ‘Husband and Wife' from the Papercourt SC, followed in third place by John Blundell and Richard Adams, Hallamshire SC. The first Lady Master was Ann Jackson/Alan Skeens of Burghfield SC... [more]

Peyron takes Musto gate and heads into Gale
Having crossed the Musto race gate (Cape Race longitude) yesterday at 22:42 GMT, Loick Peyron, captured the Artemis Transat, Musto Newfoundland Trophy. Now with Vincent Riou on board, from his abandoned PRB, he is heading into what will be the fiercest gale of the race. They're simply expecting to take a beating... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Circuit at Parkstone
Paul Hilliar,
RS400s gathered alongside the RS200s at Parkstone YC for the Fat Face Circuit on the weekend of 17 May to share a weekend of proper sea sailing. Over six races the conditions varied from 8 to 15 knots and it was fairly shifty but there were always waves, which made a welcome (for most) return. Tom Halhead and Christian Humphrey won to make it back to back circuit event wins... [more]

Coutts requires stitches in BMW Oracle Training
BMW Oracle media,
During BMW Oracle Racing's in-house regatta in their two Extreme 40 catamarans today, one of the boats capsized during an exciting downwind luffing match. Russell Coutts sustained a minor injury while the crew were attempting to right the boat. His leg was cut, and required nine stitches.... [more]

JOG Cowes to Yarmouth Race
Andy Phelps,
Given the ever changing forecast, the 46 boats entered into the Hamble Estate Agency JOG Cowes to Yarmouth race were somewhat unsure of what to expect, but found themselves starting downwind and downtide for a great sail out past the needles, round the shingles and back to Yarmouth... [more]

Inaugural RS600FF Open Meeting at Weston SC
Graham Simmonds,
It was with some trepidation that I set off early on Saturday morning to our first ever RS600FF Open Meeting. I have owned an RS600FF since September 2007 and have sailed it hard for 6 months at Hayling Island learning (sometimes battling!) to understand how this awesome boat works. Imagine a car where all of the pedals have been reversed and you have some idea of the mountain we have to climb!... [more]

PRB Keel Fails - Vincent Riou abandons ship
OC Events,
Vincent Riou reported hitting a large sea mammal at 3:00 am Tuesday morning and later realised that one of his keel pins was missing, and that the appendage was only held by the ram used to cant it. With an approaching storm, Vincent Riou has decided to abandon ship and has requested assistance - - PRB skipper is now safe aboard Gitana Eighty... [more]

18ft Skiff - UK Grand Prix 2008 Round Two
Alec Mckinlay,
The Royal Torbay Yacht Club were the excellent hosts for the second round of the 2008 18ft Skiff UK circuit. Making a welcome return to 18tft skiff racing after an absence of ten years as stand in helm on Ronstan UK was Dave Hall, who along with regular crew Paul Constable and Alec Mckinlay posted an emphatic set of results, counting four firsts and a second place, to take the event... [more]

Record 325 at the Volvo Musto Optimist Inlands
Dan Wilkinson,
A record 325 optimist sailors at the Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championship experienced two days of perfect wind conditions on Grafham Water. David Grant from Restronguet SC, in his final year in the class, winning two out of three races and securing the Overall Championship. The Regatta Fleet of younger sailors competed brilliantly over the weekend with Ross Macklay from Spinnaker YC winning... [more]

Junior Windsurfers make waves at Whitwell
Karenza Morton,
Event director Helen Cartwright is confident Britain's windsurfing champions of tomorrow were among the 62-strong fleet when the country's most promising young windsurfers did battle at the first ever RYA National Junior Windsurfing Championships at Whitwell, Rutland Water last weekend. Oliver Bradley-Baker made it back-to-back National crowns, winning the Techno 5.5 event... [more]

RS Tera makes Youth Olympics Application
The RS Tera Pro is one of the boats being considered for the Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Singapore in 2010 and will include two sailing disciplines for both boys and girls – single handed sailing and windsurfing. ISAF are currently selecting the equipment to be used - The RS Tera Pro is one of the boats being considered... [more]

Your worst nightmare, 700 lawyers and no lightbulb
Fast Track Sailing,
The Solent was a protest free zone last weekend - the fees would have bankrupted anyone raising a flag - Top yacht racing crew, Charles Russell LLP secured fourth overall at the Manches Cup 2008 onboard the J109 High Tension. The firm already has close links to sailing – through sponsorship of Beijing-bound Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Henri Lloyd Deck 2008 Grip Profile II Trainer
Henri Lloyd's heritage in the marine footwear industry has produced the some of the most innovative and highest quality marine footwear available to date. New for 2008, Henri Lloyd has introduced the Deck Grip Profile II - this trainer delivers all the features required in a high performance trainer, plus a few additional benefits and is also the 'hero' product within the footwear range... [more]

277 entries at Raymarine Warsash Spring Series 200
Flavia Bateson,
Warsash Sailing Club was packed on 16 May 2008 when the prizegiving for the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship was held. 2008 marked the Silver Jubilee of the event which started on a much smaller scale but this year saw 277 entries - the second highest total ever. There were over 60 prize winners before reaching the three special trophies for the year... [more]

Couch takes P&B Phantom Inlands in style
Simon Childs,
Northampton SC hosted the Pinnell & Bax sponsored 2008 Phantom Inlands. An excellent 39 boats entered in a very competitive fleet with close racing all weekend in a 12 - 15 knot breeze. Andy Couch claimed his first Inlands victory in some style, the chasers narrowed the gap a little but still have work to do!... [more]

John Merricks II wins 2008 De Guingand Bowl
Louay Habib,
This year's De Guingand Bowl race was won by the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme's TP52, John Merricks II. Peter Harrison's Farr 52, Chernikeeff 2 was in contention but a problem with their backstay ended with them deciding to retire. In Class Zero the top three were all British Rolex Commodores' Cup boats with Nick and Annie Haigh's DK46, Dark and Steamy winning the class... [more]

Alinghi win with Extreme 40s at iShares Cup
Event media,
Despite threats of thunderstorms, the final day of training in Valencia for the five Extreme 40s went off with a bang as the teams were put through their paces in preparation for the first iShares Cup in Lugano on 30 May. Alinghi White proved their dominance over the fleet taking three firsts with Alinghi Black beating them to the top spot twice. iShares skipper, Hugh Styles, took third place over... [more]

Jahmali takes J/109 Western Solent Championship
Kirsty Apthorp,
The weekend of 10/11 May saw sixteen J/109s arrive in Yarmouth for their annual Western Solent Championship run by Royal Solent Yacht Club. After a week of wonderful sunshine, Saturday was a disappointment in every way – no sun and no wind. Jahmali of Mike & Sarah Wallis overcame the odds to take the much shortened series... [more]

Langdown wins windless Contender Nationals
Duncan Ellis,
It wasn't until the final day of the four day event Championship, that the forty weary (from waiting) Contender sailors, managed to complete a race. The slightly smaller than usual entry was probably partly due to the forecast of very light winds for the weekend. For once the weather gurus were on the ball and the hottest start to May since records began was to become the dominant feature... [more]

Largest ever Finn event closes in Medemblik
Robert Deaves, IFA,
The 229 boat fleet was the largest ever assembled Finn fleet in the 59 year history of the class. Sailing consistently well and unbeatable in the first four races, defending Finn World Masters Champion Andre Budzien of Germany took the 2008 title by a margin of nine points over the seven race series from Mihail Kopanov (BUL) and by ten points from third placed Han Bergsma (NED)... [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]

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