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09 Jun 2008

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Round the Island Race

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2008 Olympics Qingdao

Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

Yachting News

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008


Malmsjo/Johnsson win 31st Round Texel Race
Event media,
On Saturday, Kristian Malmsjö and Pontus Johnsson from Sweden won the 31st Zwitserleven Round Texel Race. Xander Pols and Tjiddo Veenstra from the Netherlands, took the line honours for the second year in row. They needed 3 hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds to steer their M20 around the island.... [more] wins Clipper Race 12
Clipper Event media, has won Race 12 from New York to Nova Scotia in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper finished in second place, Qingdao took third place. None of the yachts reached the gate by the 1200 GMT finish time and their final positions were calculated according to each yacht's distance to the finish... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing's win City of Marseille Trophy
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing today was awarded the City of Marseille Trophy for the team's winning performance with the new TP 52, USA 17. Larry Ellison and James Spithill shared helming duties and Russell Coutts called tactics. Marseille is famous for its wind and we had plenty of breeze,' said team owner and helmsman Larry Ellison when presented with the City of Marseille Trophy at the event prizegiving th... [more]

Danish pair win 2008 Flying Dutchman Europeans
Richard Scarr/Sail-World,
Flying Dutchman European Championship in Croatia - the last day of racing saw only one race started, then abandoned, due to massive wind shifts. The event was won by the 2007 World Champions, the Danish pairing of Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller, with Hungarians Majthenyi and Domokos finishing in second place and the Australian Rydge and Scarr in third.... [more]

3 Sad Old Blokes hang onto lead at Laser SB3 Nats
Katie Ashworth,
Racing was back on track on day three of the Laser SB3 National Championships, although when competitors arrived at Largs Sailing Club they were greeted again by the postponement flag. Luckily the breeze began to fill in soon after and the race committee made the wise decision to race the 37 boat fleet in the channel just off Largs Sailing Club, which made for some exciting and close racing... [more]

CORK Week - Still time to enter
The deadline has passed for entry to ACCBank Cork Week 2008 and organisers are delighted that entries are up and exceed those at the same time two years ago. We can accept a limited number of late entries for the event but I would suggest that to avoid disappointment, one should enter now... [more]

Tempus 2000 - For Medical Emergencies at Sea
BW Media,
If you've got everything else on board your yacht, then there's one more gizmo that could save a life. It's called Tempus 2000, and it can remotely detect the condition of a crew member or passenger who has suffered either an accident or a serious medical condition. It then transmits this information remotely to medical professionals - AND it can be operated by anyone with a little training.... [more]

UN Finally Acts on Piracy in Gulf of Aden
Earth Times/Sail-World Cruising,
It may be just the first step, and nobody thinks they were thinking of the cruising sailor, but it was ground breaking stuff when the UN Security Council finally unanimously voted Monday to authorize states to enter Somalia's territorial waters to fight piracy, which it said has become a threat to international and regional peace and security.... [more]

3 Sad Old Blokes lead Laser SB3 UK Nationals
Katie Ashworth,
Jerry Hill and his crew of Joe Llewellen and Sam Minnis on ‘3 Sad Old Blokes' sailed an almost faultless opening day, posting a fourth place and three firsts to take an early lead in the Laser SB3 UK National Campionships being held at Largs, Scotland... [more]

Bojsen-Moller take lead at FD Europeans,
Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller of Denmark, the 2007 World Champions, continued there recovery at the European Championship in Croatia. In race five they took another win to take the overall lead. With the discard now available, they dropped their 29th place to have a 13 point lead over second placed Szabolcs Majthényi and András Domokos of Hungary... [more]

Italy's Uka Uka win Volvo Melges 24 Worlds
Fiona Brown,
The final day of racing at the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship, , brought high drama and great celebration as the Italian Uka Uka Racing team of helmsman Lorzeno Bressani, owner Lorenzo Santini, Federico Michetti, Francesca Prina and tactician Francesco Bruni claimed victory over the 114 strong, 16 nation fleet in one of the most hotly contested events in the sailing calendar.... [more]

A Stars & Stripes day in Audi MedCup in Marseille
Event Media,
It was a day for the Stars & Stripes on the Rade Sude race area as the legendary Mistral wind produced one of the most testing and probably the most exciting day's racing of the Audi MedCup Circuit so far this season. With the wind topping 28 knots at times during the second windward-leeward contest of the day, the American boat Quantum, proved the best in the breeze... [more]

Images from the 2008 Audi MedCup
2008 Audi MedCup Photographers,
Images from Round 2 of the 2008 Audi MedCup taken by Thierry Martinez and Ian Roman... [more]

America's Cup Appeal: 'Cahn expected to be upheld'
Richard Gladwell,
This morning after the Appellate Court Hearing in New York, Sail-World spoke to Tom Ehman Head of External Affairs for BMW Oracle Racing Overall BMWW Oracle Racing were happy with the way their arguments were received by the four men and one woman Appellate Court Bench. The case started soon after 2.00pm in New York, after the expedited Appeal lodged by Societe Nautique de Geneve was ele... [more]

Melges 24 Worlds - Italy's Lorenzo Bressani leads
Event media,
With the fleet now split into Gold and Silver groups at the fifth day of the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship the Race Committee was able to run races seven through nine on both courses. In the overall standings Lorenzo Bressani, helming Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka Racing, has taken the lead. His day opened with a mediocre 14th, but he made up for this by following it with two wins... [more]

GGYC pleased with appellate court hearing
Jane Eagleson, Golden Gate YC Media,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said it was very pleased with today's hearing before the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and looked forward to an expedited decision that would enable the next America's Cup match to be held as soon as possible.... [more]

Audi MedCup - A good day for USA 17 and Artemis
Event media,
Platoon powered by Team Germany, steered by triple Olympic gold medallist and double America's Cup Winner Jochen Schuemann, emerged unscathed from a dramatic and exciting coastal race to take the best of the points available. Winning both sections of the 39 miles passage to Cassis and back, on the third day of racing at the City of Marseille Trophy, the second regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit... [more]

Flying Dutchman Europeans
The German pair, Jorn Borowski and Andreas Berlin have kept the lead they took in the second race on day 1, with a fourth place finish in race three. The Australians Norman Rydge and Richard Scarr recovered to second place overall and Italians Francesco Vespasiani and Francesco Gerunzi are in third place... [more]

Cat champion to join iShares in Hyères
OC Events,
Fred Le Peutrec will join British skipper Hugh Styles on the iShares Extreme 40 team as their local celebrity sailor at the forthcoming iShares Cup event in Hyères, France from 13-15 June. The Frenchman from Vannes, Brittany, will be at the second event of the 2008 iShares Cup calendar alongside Hugh Styles, boat captain Hugh Fletcher, bowman Adam Piggott and Dutch trimmer, Gerhard Van Geest.... [more]

Get on Board - Round the Island Race 1,550 entries
Flavia Bateson,
Entries to the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race currently exceed 1,550 - across a range of classes from sportsboats to classic yachts, regular racers to first timers. Those wanting to pay the standard fee need to register with the Island Sailing Club, organisers of the race, by midnight on Saturday 7 June. After this time a late entry fee applies until midday on Saturday 21 June... [more]

Amazing race on Day 4 at Melges 24 Worlds
Fiona Brown,
There was only one race on each course today at the Volvo Melges 24 Worlds, but what an amazing race it was. The day's initial objective was met: to complete the sixth and final race of the Round Robin series and finalise the split into Gold and Silver Fleets for the remaining races of the series. Luca Valerio, helming Maurizio Abba's ITA722 Alina Helly Hansen, took the overall lead... [more]

RS600 Foiler demo day at Hayling Island SC
Graham Simmonds,
Ever looked longingly at the Foiling Moth but knew deep down that you were too heavy/large for it? Then come and try the RS600FF, the only boat to combine foiling and trapezing in a single package. With its power/weight ratio it can support a wide helm weight ranging from 75 - 100Kg. Lighter helms under 80kgs can have wide racks... [more]

Clipper fleet leaves New York for Halifax
Clipper Event media,
The low cloud and light drizzle failed to dampen spirits as the crews prepared their boats for the race and waved farewell to supporters on the dockside ahead of the 570-mile sprint to Halifax. With only three of the 14 individual races that make up the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race remaining, the pressure on to secure an overall podium position when the race finishes in Liverpool... [more]

Artemis leads from Spain's Bribón at Audi MedCup
Event media,
After five races at the City of Marseille Trophy regatta, the second event of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit, it is the reigning MedCup champions Artemis (SWE) which leads by two points from the supremely consistent Spanish Bribón. Tactician John Kostecki helped owner-helm Torbjorn Tornqvist to make two solid starts, while other contenders faltered... [more]

Rydge and Scarr lead FD European Championship
Australia's Norman Rydge and Richard Scarr lead after the first race of the Flying Dutchman European Championship in Croatia. A remarkable performance considering the problems they have had in getting their boat to the venue and then keeping it in one piece. But when the racing started the problems were put behind them . . . with the rest of the 85 boat fleet... [more]

Sigma 38 celebrate 20th Anniversary
Class Assoc,
Twenty years after the Sigma 38 first burst onto the sailing scene, ten boats competed in this years National Championships over the late May bank holiday. The championship was decided on the last lap of the last race as Festina Lente slipped passed local boat Pavlova III to take the series by one point.... [more]

Superb racing for J105 National Championship
Class Association,
Rob Dornton-Duff sailing Java, took five race wins on his way to victory at the J105 National Championship held at Hayling Island SC. Whilst much of the country struggled for breeze, the J/105s enjoyed three days of superb racing for their 2008 championships sponsored by Tacktick. Overall the weekend provided fine one-design conditions with steady breeze and tide and great hospitality... [more]

Aussie Gold Medal Hero earns another chance
Tim Manion,
The chance to add another gold medal now beckons for Australian Graeme Martin, after the Australian Paralympic Committee announced the sailing team to take on the world at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Martin was part of the Australia team that sailed to a famous victory in the Sonar at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games – still the only medal ever won by Australian sailors at the Games... [more]

Contender Europeans - Day 1 qualifiers
Mazzali & Smith,
Tuesday saw the first qualifying heats for the European Open Contender Championships in Italy with 120 boats taking part. During the five day event, participants from the UK, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Denmark and, of course, Italy (67 participants) are racing on the Gulf of Follonica.... [more]

Two Cows- Go Boating
Assorted contributors,
Some times, in the middle of winter, when the low pressure systems form off the coast and the ports are closed, its time to think of other things. Here is the Old Old Two Cows story...... [more]

ICAP Leopard Smashes Transatlantic Speed Record
Kate Fairclough,
ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade, this evening broke the Transatlantic speed record held by luxury yacht Phocea. Finishing the 2,925 nautical mile crossing from New York to the Lizard, Cornwall, UK, in seven days, 19 hours and 21 minutes, ICAP Leopard shaved eight hours off the existing record, to claim her second world record in two years... [more]

Alberto Bolzan retains lead at Melges 24 Worlds
Italy's Alberto Bolzan, helming Pilot Italia for Gianni Catalogna, continues to lead the regatta by seven points after a stunning third day at the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008, in Porto Cervo - - Clear skies, hot sunshine, crystal clear blue waters and a northwesterly breeze that built from around 16 knots at the start of racing to well into the 20s by the end of the afternoon... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing's TP 52 wins on first racing day
Event Media,
The MedCup in France carries memories the international crew of the Argentine TP52 Matador will be happy to bury today. In Hyeres last year they broke their mast during the final regatta of the season. With multiple Star world champion Vince Brun (USA) calling tactics Matador earned two second places and a seventh place to hold off the advances of the new USA 17.... [more]

Images from the Vice Admiral's Cup at Cowes
Paul Wyeth,
Never mind the weather - Despite the 2008 edition of the Vice Admiral's Cup, being plagued by lack of wind and the Vice Admiral's Cups not being presented this year - here are some great images from Paul Wyeth... [more]

Light winds for OK worlds qualifier
Anthony Rich,
Dabchicks Sailing Club was the focus for the OK class over the weekend when 25 travelled to the club for the second qualifier for next years World Championships in Sweden. Alex Scoles was the winner with two first places, ahead of Mike Edwards second, Anthony Rich third... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing to concentrate on AC33
BMW Oracle Racing media,
BMW Oracle Racing have announced that they will compete only at the Marseille stop of this year's Audi MedCup Circuit as the team's number one priority is to now get ready for the next America's Cup. - 'This is a great circuit, but we have decided to now put our focus very firmly on getting ready for the America's Cup,' said team skipper Russell Coutts... [more]

Gill National 12 Series event at Hykeham SC
Event media,
Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne won the third 2008 Gill National 12 Series event, held at the Hykeham Sailing Club together with the 'Summer Event'. A feature of the event was the summer Pursuit Race, with boats starting in order of age over an eight minute time interval. Jonathan Reubin was first off the line in 70 year-old N443... [more]

Deauville Week 2008 Round-up
Event media,
Sunday rounded off the third edition of Deauville International Sailing week on a high note: Two races were run in glorious sunshine prior to a return to the quayside late morning, bringing the total number of races from 10 to 12 according to the series. Nevertheless, the week began in a difficult context with a strike movement by fishermen stretching right the way across the English Channel... [more]

New high performance yacht, Bristolian
Southern Spars Media,
Bristolian is a 120ft Briand designed performance cruiser. Constructed of composite materials, has a moderate beam and a draft of 5.25m which can be reduced to 3.25m with her lifting keel. The 5 spreader rig is made from high modulus carbon and the rigging is EC6 carbon rigging discontinuous, meaning it runs from spreader to spreader with tip-cups at the end of the spreaders.... [more]

Shosholoza knocks 'em dead in Naples
Di Meek,
Shosholoza, the South African America's Cup boat, wowed the city of Naples, Sunday with a virtuoso display of speed, technology and African exuberance as the celebrity guest entry of a 200-boat fleet competing in the city's annual nautical festival. Yachts jostled to stay close to Shosholoza RSA 83 but within seconds of the start she had left the fleet far in her wake to create her own race... [more]

Mean Machine sets the mark at Audi MedCup
Andi Robertson,
It was an opportunist's victory for Mean Machine, gained on the final gybe of the practice race for the City of Marseille Trophy regatta, but today's race is a clear indication that Peter de Ridder's crew are ready to win again - they seized victory in today's practice race in the final 90 seconds.... [more]

Sekonda RS Feva National Championships - In depth
Martin Wadhams,
Martin Wadhams gives us an in depth look at the Feva Nationals - What a great event! 160 sailors (45% female/55% male) and a race official team from HISC that managed to pull the irons out of the fire to complete a decent series. Tim Gratton and Chris Taylor went in the record books as the 2008 Champions, with Alex Mothersele and Hamish Ellis second and James Bolingbroke and Matt Heathcote third... [more]

ICAP Leopard closes on Transatlantic Speed Record
Kate Fairclough,
ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade, is currently on course to break the transatlantic speed record - Leopard must complete her 2,925 nautical mile crossing by 04:30 BST on Wednesday 4 June, in order to break the current record held by 246 foot yacht Phocea in July 1988... [more]

Bladerider launch new affordable Moth Foiler
Media Services,
Bladerider International have announced the release of their new Bladerider FX, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bladerider X8 model. The new strict one design, hydrofoil racing boat, is intended as an affordable entry into the moth foiling concept. Like the world championship winning X8 version, it is fully compliant with the International Moth Class rule but £3,000 cheaper... [more]

No wind, no change at Melges 24 Worlds
Fiona Brown,
There was no racing Monday at the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo. So in the overall standings we have no change. Alberto Bolzan, helming Gianni Catalogna's ITA727 Pilot Italia, leads the regatta. Norway's Herman Horn-Johannessen sailing NOR732 Rett Rundt Hjornet lies three points behind in second... [more]

Vice Admiral's Cup runs out of wind
Event media,
The 2008 edition of the Vice Admiral's Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, was plagued by lack of wind and as a result racing was only possible on one of the three scheduled days. Four races were the minimum required but none of the four fleets participating were able to achieve this and so the series is incomplete. Sadly the Vice Admiral's Cups were not presented this year... [more]

Lah and Spithill win RC 44 Austria Cup event
Event Media,
The Slovenian Team Ceeref confirmed its new leadership of the RC 44 Class. After having won the opening match race event, Igor Lah and James Spithill also conquered the fleet regatta ahead of Chris Bake's Team Aqua and Patrick de Barros' Banco Espirito Santo. The latter won the final long distance race for the DHL Trophy... [more]

Italy's Alberto Bolzan leads Volvo Melges 24 World
Fiona Brown,
Italy's Alberto Bolzan, helming Gianni Catalogna's Pilot Italia, leads the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship with an impressive 2, 1 score-line proving that his victory in the Pre-Worlds competition was no fluke. Norway's Olympic Bronze Medallist, Herman Horn-Johannessen, sailing Rett Rundt Hjornet lies three points behind in second... [more]

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]

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