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Robertson wins first 2008 iShares Cup event
Event media,
Shirley Robertson, helming the Exteme 40 catamaran JPMorgan Asset Management on Lake Lugano, recovered from a first race disqualification on the final day to win the first event of the 2008 iShares Cup Series. For a three day event I feel like we've been racing for a fortnight, I'm quite exhausted,' said Robertson after the last race... [more]

'Sailing for fun' UK doing serious business
Richard Maino - London Press Service,
The 'sailing for fun' industry in the United Kingdom is doing serious business . . with leisure sailing and boat-making companies breaking through the annual sales mark of three billion pounds for the first time. Buyers in the USA accounted for 12 per cent of UK exports; elsewhere it was 19 per cent. Europe remains the top market for UK builders of marine equipment, boats, yachts and superyachts... [more]

Perry leads at Deauville Week in the Sunshine
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Saturday was the third day of racing in Deauville and the stamina of the competitors was essential once again. In the J109 class, Jon Perry's Firestorm confirmed its superiority with two more wins and in the Mumm 30 Elcimaï, the Marseilles boat, had a fantastic day and jumped to second place in the ranking, while Courrier Dunkerque managed to secure third place... [more]

Gitana 13 halves Taipei-Hong Kong record
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia/Gitana Team,
As far as the visibility went, it wasn't the greatest welcome to Hong Kong (and the photographer didn't rate the weather too highly either), but the big blue Gitana 13 arrived like a ghost at twilight, quickly and quietly, passing Shek O Rock at 1919 hrs 32 sec to set a new record of 24h 46m 59s for the trip from Taipei.... [more]

Hat-trick for Shirley Robertson at iShares Cup
Event media,
Shirley Robertson, and her crew on JPMorgan Asset Management made it a hat-trick of wins on day 2 of the iShares Cup in Lugano. British skipper Robertson has now won five out of the seven races so far and has a comfortable advantage over the other eight boats including America's Cup teams Alinghi and TeamOrigin, the 2007 iShares Cup defending champions... [more]

New York wins shortened Clipper race
Clipper Event media,
Breaking what has been referred to as the ‘home port curse', skipper Duggie Gillespie and his team have achieved an historic victory by winning into New York at the end of the 1,420-mile race from Jamaica of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. The Race Committee took the decision to shorten the course, finishing Race 11 at 00:00 UTC 31 May, at the positions repoted at that time... [more]

Safety Warning on Seago Lifejackets UK
Sail-World Cruising,
Seago Yachting have issued a notice that some Seago 150 and 175 Newton Lifejackets - including Junior Lifejackets - may have a defect which could result in serious injury. If you have an affected lifejacket then you are warned that you should Stop Using It Immediately... [more]

Robertson wins first iShares Cup race
Event media,
The first race of the first event of the 2008 iShares Cup season certainly lived up to expectations, delivering plenty of drama out on the race course and the first capsize of the season for America's Cup defenders Alinghi. Winner was Shirley Robertson on JPMorgan Asset Management who came out on top, with defending iShares Cup 2007 champion Rob Greenhalgh on Team Origin in second... [more]

Team Ceeref confirm lead at RC 44 Austria Cup
Event media,
The Slovenian Team Ceeref with Igor Lah at the helm and James Spithill calling the shots, had another excellent series on day one of the fleet race event of the RC 44 Austria Cup, taking the lead ahead of Team Aqua and Team Banco Espirito Santo. The specific conditions on Lake Traunsee definitely have an impact on the RC 44 Championship Tour - Some love it, others don't... [more]

Italy's Alberto Bolzan wins Melges pre-worlds
Fiona Brown,
Sixty-six of the 117 teams due to compete in the main championship elected to race in the Pre-Worlds Regatta and Italy's Alberto Bolzan, sailing Pilot Italia for Gianni Catalogna put in a bravura performance to win all three races and take the regatta. Switzerland's Matthias Keller took second and also the Corinthian Pre-Worlds for all amateur crews. John Pollard finished 3rd and Simon Strauss 4th... [more]

Alinghi capsize as rain squall hits iShares Cup
On the first day of racing at the iShares Cup 2008, Alinghi capsized in Race 1 as a rain squall swept across Lake Lugano and the winds increased during a thunderstorm. Alinghi, helmed by skipper Ed Baird, capsized in strong winds, the crew were all retrieved safely... [more]

Miranda Merron completes Artemis Transat
Sophy Williams,
Hamble-based Miranda Merron crossed the finish line of the Artemis Transat single-handed yacht race from Plymouth to Marblehead, USA, Friday. Just eight months ago, Miranda was struck down by a brain hemorrhage, which momentarily halted her active life of yacht racing, ski touring and mountain climbing. At no point did Miranda give up her dream of continuing her career in professional yachting... [more]

New Look Commodores' Cup gets Thumbs Up
At the close of Challenges for the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup on Monday, six nations and 15 teams had entered, two up from 2006. Event Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, were understandably delighted with the increase in interest following the overhaul of the racing format. Spain and Hong Kong plus multiple challenges from Ireland, France, Netherlands and the UK bodes well for the racing... [more]

James Spithill wins RC44 match racing
Event media,
James Spithill and Team Ceeref won the match race event of the RC 44 Austria Cup with an eight to nil scoresheet. Unlike yesterday, the breeze kicked in just after lunch time, allowing the RC 44's to set sail and start their duals. The Race Committee established a very short course next to the beautiful city of Gmunden, allowing the numerous public to follow the races from the shore.... [more]

Day 1 of Deauville International Week
Alexandra Gardin,
Thursday's mixed weather conditions in the Baie de Seine on France's NE coast, bore witness to a mixture of wind, light patches, sun as well as rain, yet all the registered boats were able to race in the third edition of Deauville International Week. In the Mumm 30's, three boats, Nouvelle Calédonie, Tender to Rapetous and Côtes d'Armor Bleu stood out from the other competitors today... [more]

Waller-Harris Two-handed Triangle Race to St Malo
W Harris,
The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Waller-Harris Two-handed Triangle Race from Jersey to St Malo was held over the recent Bank Holiday weekend. This was the event's thirteenth anniversary and for those of a superstitious frame of mind possibly not the best time to try an experiment - The weekend coincided with the French fishermen's' protest over ever-increasing fuel prices... [more]

Dragon East Coast Championship blown off
Peter Stokes,
Despite extreme weather conditions the bank holiday weekend of 24-26 May saw seventeen International Dragons gathered at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club in Lowestoft for the British Dragon Association East Coast Championship 2008. Sadly bad weather meant insufficient races could be run to qualify for the Championship but despite this a great time was had by all.... [more]

Godfrey Clark winner at Alec Stone Cup
Claire Clark,
Salcombe YC held their first of two annual open meetings for National Solos over the Whitsun Bank holiday weekend of 24-26 May, offering four races and generous sponsorship in the form of free beer from Barney Greenhill. After two days of racing, the wind and rain wiped out Monday's racing leaving Godfrey Clark the winner from Chris Cleaves with Bill Jago in third... [more]

Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in the rain at Porto Cervo
Fiona Brown,
Italy's Alberto Bolzan, helming Gianni Catalogna's Pilot Italia was the victor in today's tough race on day one of the two day Melges 24 Pre-World Championship Regatta. Matthias Keller, helming Acqua for Gianluca Tribo, was second overall and won the Corinthian Division for the all amateur crews. Despite the unpleasant weather thirty seven teams elected to take part in the first day of Pre-Worlds... [more]

Barton and Allen win RS800 FatFace Open & EuroCup
Event media,
The RS800 travelling fleet descended upon Largs, Scotland for the triple scoring FatFace Open & EuroCup at Largs SC. The event included a double-scoring long distance race round the Isle of Cumbrae, the 12 mile route simply included rounding the island and two bouys at the northern and southern tips. Pete Barton and Roz Allen had to win the long distance race round the Isle of Cumbrae to win... [more]

Boston confirmed as sole North American Volvo stop
The Volvo Ocean Race has confirmed Fan Pier in Boston, USA as the sole North American stopover when the race visits the US East Coast port city in April-May 2009. Two weeks of festivals and local events are planned for the beginning of May 2009, to celebrate the arrival and departure of the Volvo Ocean Race, Boston's maritime history and the sport of sailing... [more]

Team Scotland victory at Women's Match Racing Cup
Lindsey Bell,
Charlotte Lawrence and her crew of fellow Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme sailors Katie MacKenzie, Maia Walsh, Hannah Kemlo and university teammate Lavinia Paternoster - sailing as Team Scotland - won the 2008 European University Women's Match Racing Cup in La Rochelle last weekend.... [more]

Bouchard takes third in Artemis Transat Class 40
Event media,
Thierry Bouchard on Mistral Loisirs - Pole Sante ELIOR completed The Artemis Transat Class40 podium taking third place behind Boris Herrmann and Beluga Racer at 10:42:57 GMT this Thursday morning. The 49 year-old Frenchman from Sanary-Sur-Mer completed the race in 17 days, 21 hours, 42 minutes and 57 seconds... [more]

Megan Pascoe wins 2.4mR National Championship
Peter Lewin,
This year's 2.4mR National Championship was won by Megan Pascoe. The event took place as part of the International Paints Poole Regatta with a fleet of 13 boats entered, varying from juniors up to those of retirement age.... [more]

Spain top ISAF World Sailing Rankings
Led by Marina Alabau, who holds the world 1 spot in the Women's RS:X, Spain moved to the top of the latest ISAF national standings for the Olympic classes. Spain now has five crews Ranked amongst the top-three in the world across the 11 Olympic events... [more]

Brits crew new Oman Extreme 40 in iShares Cup
Helen Fretter,
A new Extreme 40 team has joined the 2008 iShares Cup, backed by the Sultanate of Oman as part of a larger project to promote the country as a world-class sailing destination. The crew will begin the series made up of British professional sailors, but with an increasing presence of Omani nationals as the campaign progresses. The first iShares Cup event kicks off in Lugano, Switzerland this weekend... [more]

RC44 Austria Cup Racing postponed on day 1
Event Media,
The first day's racing was postponed due to the lack of wind at the RC44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee Wednesday. The nine RC44's motored around the entire Lake today, enjoying the great scenery whilst desperately looking for the breeze that would allow them to start the match race event. The high altitude 'foehn' (southerly wind) didn't allow the thermal breeze to kick in... [more]

Soldini wins Class 40 of Artemis Transat
Event media,
Italian solo sailor, Giovanni Soldini, crossed the finish line of The Artemis Transat race in Marblehead, USA at 07:11:27 local time. On a crisp, clear early morning with a biting 18-20 knot north-westerly breeze, Soldini and his one year-old Proto Class40, Telecom Italia, completed the North Atlantic crossing in 16 days 22 hours and 11 minutes... [more]

Erivale III wins RORC Myth of Malham Trophy
Louay Habib,
Mike Greville's Ker 39, Erivale III won the incident packed RORC Myth of Malham trophy from Yves Grosjean's J/133, Jivaro, by just under 15 minutes on corrected time - Piet Vroon's Lutra 56, Formidable 3 was in third place overall. Lively conditions led to several boats retiring, including John Shepherd's highly fancied, Ker 46, Fair Do's VII who decided to retire as a precaution... [more]

Was it War? French Fishermen trap British Yachties
Nancy Knudsen,
This week over sixty British yachties were trapped in Cherbourg for a week, and attempts to flee were met with a barrage of flares and missiles from French fishermen who were protesting over the spiraling costs of diesel. In true British heroic style, escapes were planned... [more]

Fat Face Eurocup – Pwllheli SC
The 2008 RS400 Fat Face Eurocup kicked off with its inaugural outing at Pwllheli Sailing Club in deepest Wales with some hard and fast racing for the 14 competitors. Reduced to one day after Sunday proved to be just a bit too tough, with a consistent force 6, gusting 7, the winners after three glorious races on the Saturday were Howard Farbrother and Nathan Pinch from Queen Mary SC... [more]

Dee Caffari finishes Artemis Transat race
Caroline Ayling,
At 15:05:34 (GMT), former PE teacher Dee Caffari crossed the finish line of the Artemis Transat race in Boston, USA. Caffari spent 16 days, 2 hours and 5 minutes competing in the world's oldest solo yacht race. The completion of the Artemis Transat means that Caffari has technically qualified for the Vendée Globe... [more]

Bassenthwaite Flying Fifteen TNT Travellers Open
Phil Evans and Richard Rigg from the Royal Windemere YC won the third event in the Flying Fifteen TNT Post North Travellers series, held at Bassenthwaite over the weekend. Winner of the Silver fleet were Mark Somerville and Mike Cowan, with the Classic fleet prize going to Keith Thomas and Ian Smith... [more]

Peter Milne Obituary
Barry Pickthall,
Peter Milne, one of Britain's most prodigious designers of small boats, including the International Fireball, died at his home in Chichester on Friday 23 May. Born in Southport, Lancashire, his parents moved to Chichester when he was a few months old, where he learned not only to sail, but the finer points of what makes a boat sail fast at Dell Quay in Chichester Harbour... [more]

Melges 24 head for Worlds at YC Costa Smeralda
Fiona Brown,
With an entry list of 117 teams from a record 16 nations the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008, being hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from 1-6 June, is all set to be one of the most hotly contested events of the year. Britain's John Pollard, who ran Lorenzo Bressani a close second in the 2007 Melges 24 World Ranking, is the UK's leading contender for the title aboard A-Team Westaway... [more]

The best kept secret in the UK regatta season
Claire Kennard,
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta has been one of the best kept secrets in the UK regatta season and this year Global Yacht Racing will be entering a team on an IRC42. If you want to join the crew read more... [more]

Sam Davies first Brit in Artemis Transat
Samantha Davies has become the first Briton to finish The Artemis Transat 2008 solo race in Boston, USA. Samantha sailed her 60-foot monohull Roxy across the finish line at 23:00:51 GMT Monday in a time 15 days, 10 hours, 00 minutes and 51 seconds. For the last 24 hours, Sam battled a biting and gusty 25 to 35 knot headwind, but crossed the line with a huge smile... [more]

ICAP Leopard - transatlantic speed record attempt
Pitch PR,
At 00:01 GMT Tuesday, ICAP Leopard, Farr designed 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade, officially began her transatlantic speed record attempt from Ambrose Light, off New York. In order to beat the current record of eight days, three hours and 29 minutes set by 246 foot yacht Phocea in July 1988, she will need to cross the finish line at Lizard Point Lighthouse before 03:30 GMT 4 June... [more]

Volvo Open 70 Team Russia presented
Julie Turner,
Team Russia's new Volvo Open 70 yacht made a spectacular entrance into the world today. Its 23 metre long racing hull appeared in public for the first time hovering high over the boat sheds of builder's Green Marine Lymington (UK). Team Russia will take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, the premiere round the world yacht race that starts in Alicante this October... [more]

Images from the RS Feva Nationals at HISC
Images Lucy Jameson,
Images from the final day of racing at the Sekonda 2008 RS Feva Nationals at Hayling Island SC. Tim Gratton and Chris Taylor maintained their lead from Sunday's qualifying racing to take the Title... [more]

Gratton and Taylor win Sekonda RS Feva Nationals
Gerald New,
Holiday Monday and the final races for the Sekonda 2008 RS Feva Nationals at Hayling Island SC. Tim Gratton and Chris Taylor from HISC maintained their lead from Sunday's qualifying racing to take the Title. The championship had stated with the first day's racing for the 80 entrants being postponed and then cancelled as force 6 to 7 gales hit the south coast... [more]

Samantha Davies heading for finish Monday night
Event media,
Marc Guillemot on Safran crossed the finish line in Boston at 10:18:47 GMT, securing fourth place in The Artemis Transat 2008. This now leaves six IMOCA 60s, out of the 13 starters, to finish and leading this second pack is Samantha Davies on board Roxy. Davies represents Britain's first finisher in the race and is expected to arrive at midnight Monday... [more]

Delta Lloyd Regatta finishes with a blast,
Just as everyone was saying what a good event the Delta Lloyd Regatta had been, with Qingdao type conditions, the IJsselmeer showed its other side - a strong breeze and the shallow IJsselmeer chop was suddenly challenging. In the final day Medal races the leaders tried to stay out of trouble and others had to take extra risks. Some gained and some lost... [more]

Images from Bell Lawrie Scottish Series - Day 3
Images Steve Arkley,
Frenchman Gery Trentesaux may be one of the most furthest travelled visitors to the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series but he has raced on Loch Fyne often enough to know that it is not always like this. Perfect sunshine and brisk, fairly consistent south easterly winds which peaked at over 20 knots produced another two excellent windward-leeward races today at the southern, seaward end of Loch Fyne... [more]

Clipper New York race to restart
Clipper event media,
Within a few hours of the Clipper start of Race 11 from Jamaica to New York yesterday, the fleet stopped racing and sailed towards a rendezvous point midway between the islands of Haiti and Cuba, some 200 nautical miles from the start line at Port Antonio. The decision was taken to stop racing because the weather forecast shows little or no wind for this initial stage of the race... [more]

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