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23 Jun 2008

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Why is time so short on the internet? Any sort of logo presentation that comes between us and the website we are accessing seems to take forever, and even if it only takes 5, 6 or even a life threatening ten seconds, we feel as if a significent chunk of our life span has been stolen.

So it is with the average sailing event report. Opening a report and gazing at the great slab of text, comprising of a lexicon of crew names, boat names, country and club abbreviations (and in the case if a US origination report, their home town and state). It is sometimes difficult to find out what actually happened, the race results table often the only way to get a clear picture.

It is thus refreshing to receive the RS700 report from Ian Nolan, where he has turned the typical disjointed rambling into a bulleted list. Result - refreshing clarity and in 30 seconds you know all you need to know about the RS700 Open at Lymington.

Maybe not the way for all reports but handy if you are left with the task after all the rest have packed quickly and headed homeward.

In this weeks Sail-World Newsletter we have some reports coming from the Olympic venue. One looking at the facilities for the competitors and another reporting on some gentle warm-up racing and the fog and weed that has plagued the area.

The Tornado Europeans went to the Greek pair, Iordanis Paschalidis and Kosta Trigonis and the Spanish took the Sardinia Rolex Cup. There were plenty of thrills and spills at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup in the Solent and the French team, Kalix won the Archipelago Raid.

The draw for the draw for Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes in Laser SB3 took place at Cowes and the new Russian Volvo 70 was launched at Portsmouth.

Plenty more for you to browse -

Gerald New
UK Editor

Good start to Kiel Week for Brits
A Good start for the British sailors taking part in Kiel Week. Adam May leads the International Moth with three wins and Francis Peters and Claire Lasko lead the 29er event. British competitors are also taking part in the OK and 420 events, with Nick Craig is in third place after the opening three races, and Phil Sparks and Ben Gratton in third place in the huge 180 boat 420 event... [more]

Beadsworth to defend Etchells World Title
Rob Kothe,
Andy Beadsworth will start the defence of his Etchells World title when crews from 33 different Etchells fleets across seven countries face the starter on Monday off Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont Station, in the 2008 Etchells World Championship. There will be 84 boats on the starting line, the fourth largest fleet in the 34 year history of this fiercely competitive one design class... [more]

Greek team retain European Tornado title
Iordanis Paschalidis and Kosta Trigonis of Greece have retained their European Tornado title. The local heroes triumphed on home waters and were treated to horns and sirens from the spectators as the crossed the finish for the last time ahead of the French teams to seal their victory. French teams, Yann Guichard and Alex Guyader took silver and Billy Besson and Arnaud Jarlegan the bronze... [more]

Team Mowbray's Amazing Iceberg Photos
BW Media,
Just in case you never get to sail in the Antarctic - or even if you do - here are some amazing photos of icebergs that Tony Mowbray, whose yacht Commitment sails there every year. Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with saltwater and freezes... [more]

Smiling Qingdao sailors work up in tide and fog
Smiling Student of Qingdao,
Many of the Olympic Class sailing teams are starting to put some serious time into training at Qingdao over the last months. A container park has been set up at the only marina people can sail from as the Olympic Marina is closed - apart from the Chinese sailors from time to time. (The Chinese have just finished the National Championships for the RSX and laser classes.)... [more]

Spain triumphant at Sardinia Rolex Cup
YCCS media,
Spain has claimed the ISAF Offshore Team World Champion title for the third time, at the Sardinia Rolex Cup. Each of Spain's boats took four victories over eight races. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, came to a close Saturday after a long wait for a breeze which did not materialize... [more]

Round Ireland postponed
Event Media,
The Round Ireland yacht race, due to start at 4pm this afternoon from Wicklow, has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Race start will be attempted at 10:00 hrs Sunday... [more]

A look at the Qingdao competitor's facilities
To the average sailing enthusiast, Qingdao is known as the location of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but the details are shrouded in a smoggy haze. As the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams for Sailing make their final training trips to Qingdao, we get a glimpse of the life they lead when they travel to the seaside village of Qingdao, China... [more]

Facts, just the facts from RS700 Open at Lymington
Ian Nolan,
Rather than provide the normal race by race breakdown here are the key things you need to know about the fourth round of the 2008 RS700 Fat Face Circuit at Lymington Town SC over the weekend of the 14/15 June 2008... [more]

Dart 16 National Championship
Jacky Thomas,
Nick and son, Tom Hart from the Eastbourne Sovereign SC are Dart 16 National Champions for 2008. Second place went to brothers Sebastian and Oliver Greber of Pevensey Bay SC and hird place to Matt and John Wiseman from Hastings & St Leonards SC... [more]

French maintain lead in Tornado Europeans
After a rest day the 22 crews at the Tornado European Championship returned to racing but only one race was completed on day four 4. The French team of Yann Guichard and Alexandre Guyader lead with Billy Besson and Arnaud Jarlegan in second, both with 17 points after seven races. Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden are fifth with two races to be completed on Saturday... [more]

Speedboat sets early pace in Newport Bermuda race
Talbot Wilson & Associates,
Alex Jackson's 99ft super maxi Speedboat set the early pace as the 198-boat Newport Bermuda fleet began a second century of racing to the Onion Patch. Speedboat, the biggest boat in the race, caught up with the Double Handed class ahead in 7 minutes, including 10 minutes between their starts... [more]

Superyacht Cup announces new venue and dates
Kate Branagh,
The Organisers of The Superyacht Cup have now confirmed that the popular Palma edition of the regatta will move to a new venue in the heart of Palma from 2009 and for the next three years at least.... [more]

Torben Grael joins ICAP Leopard Round Ireland race
BMW Round Ireland media,
Torben Grael has joined the ICAP Leopard team for the BMW Round Ireland Yacht Race 2008. His addition to the ICAP Leopard team's attempt to beat Colm Barrington's ten year old BMW Round Ireland record, reinforces the international stature of Irelands premier offshore event which starts off Wicklow Harbour at 4.00 p.m. next Saturday.... [more]

Spain stretches lead at Sardinia Rolex Cup
Event media,
The overall combined results of each team's three boats (Farr 40, Swan 45, Transpac 52) after eight races now sees Spain lead second-placed Italy by eight points while Team Germany is a further three points behind. With five teams competing and only one race scheduled to be held tomorrow, Spain can be fairly confident of victory... [more]

Bigger Kieler Woche starts this weekend
A total of 1,400 entries in the Kieler Woche International and Olympic Regatta Programme, about 250 offshore teams and multiple crews in the cutter races as well as the 'Classic Yachts'. The dropping participation over the past three years has been halted and numbers exceed that of 2004. About 4,500 yachtsmen/-women will participate this year, with the 420, 29er and Laser entries at record levels... [more]

2nd Round of Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series
Justin Chisholm,
The second round of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2008 will take place in Cagliari on the southern tip of the island of Sardinia from the 27 to 29 June. Cagliari is a legendary regatta venue and has already hosted major RC44 and Melges 24 one design regattas so far in 2008. A twelve boat fleet is expected to take to the water including event leader Luigi Amedeo Melegari's Matrix... [more]

Spain and Italy in battle for Sardinia Rolex Cup
The duel between teams Spain and Italy is heating up as Spain sits in first place just one point ahead of home-team Italy after today's distance race in the Sardinia Rolex Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Team Spain's best result came from Massimo Mezzaroma's San Miguel Telefonica Nerone which took first place among the Farr 40s ahead of Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino... [more]

New boat on Global Yacht Racing scene
Claire Kennard,
Global Yacht Racing's amateur crew achieve impressive results in their first RORC race in class Zero on the new 42 Sport designed by Stimson Yachts.... [more]

Pete Goss to launch Spirit of Mystery, Saturday
Katy Thorpe,
After months of building, the waiting is nearly over for sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE, who will be launching the 37-foot Cornish lugger ‘Spirit of Mystery' this Saturday, 21 June, in Millbrook, near Torpoint, South East Cornwall. Anyone can attend the launch - Entry is free and parking for 400 cars has been arranged at the Millbrook Football Club... [more]

Draw for Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes
Claire Stopps,
Friday 13 June, saw the 32 class winners from Skandia Cowes Week 2007 being drawn at random along with the Laser SB3 owners, to set the pairings in preparation for the big day, Friday 1st August, that will determine which Skandia Cowes Week class winning helm will be crowned Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes, 2008... [more]

Kirkby and Elson victors at Aldeburgh RS K6 Open
Peter Kirkby and Will Elson from Queen Mary SC won the Aldeburgh RS K6 Open Meeting for the second year in a row. 'It's a long way, but it's worth it when you get there. The quality of the beer, fish and chips, shopping and . . . err . . . sailing, make Aldeburgh a great break from the circuit norm. Sunshine and 10 knots of breeze made for a thoroughly civilised weekend... [more]

Ingrid Abery exhibition at Weymouth and Portland
Fast Track Sailing,
Internationally renowned yachting photographer Ingrid Abery will be exhibiting at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this summer. Ingrid has worked on some of the sailing world's foremost events, including the 32nd America's Cup, the highly charged TP52 Med Circuit, Super Yacht Cup and she will also be photographing the Olympic Games in Qingdao, China this August... [more]

Hugo Boss visits new Gosport Marina
Dean & Reddyhoff who currently operate three marinas on the South Coast – Haslar Marina, East Cowes Marina and Weymouth Marina – has this week opened a new 95-metre hammerhead pontoon at Haslar Marina at Gosport in Portsmouth Harbour. One of the first visitors to the new deep water pontoon facility was Alex Thompson with his Open 60, Hugo Boss... [more]

Tom Bombadill wins Coutts Quarter Ton Cup
Fiona Brown,
It may have been overcast and windy, but that didn't stop the Quarter Tonners having an absolutely stunning final day at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup off Cowes. Tom Bombadill, owned by Chris Frost and Kevin George and crewed by Dave Lens, Jo Chatterton and Shredder, are the 2008 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup winners. Tony Doddy's Purple Haze, helmed by Garrod Hewlett, finished second overall... [more]

Public dump Wimbledon for Olympic Games
Kate Fairclough,
According to a new survey commissioned by investment company, Skandia, Britain is pinning its hopes for a golden summer of sport on the Olympics and is relegating high profile sports to the bottom of the expectation heap - Brits said that they would be more interested in following the Olympic Games than Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix or the Cricket Test Series against South Africa this summer... [more]

Rolex Commodores' Cup teams confirmed
Karenza Morton,
RYA Team GBR has confirmed the line-ups for the final two teams that will make up Great Britain's four-team assault on the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup. A tough mix of inshore and offshore racing, the Rolex Commodores' Cup pits teams comprising one boat in three specified class bands against one another to accrue overall team points. The series starts off Cowes on Sunday 29 June... [more]

French Team Kalix wins Archipelago Raid
Event media,
Eric Proust and Romain Motteau, Team Kalix, have completed an outstanding six day Formula 18 catamaran race through the Stockholm, Åland and Finnish archipelago. It was skipper Eric Proust's fifth go at the Archipelago Raid when he finally took first, having reached the second and third step of the podium three of the previous races and had to abandon once... [more]

New leaders at Tornado Europeans - day 3
Billy Besson and Arnaud Jarlegan of France have taken the lead from countrymen Guichard and Guyader. And all four French crews are now in the Top 10. Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden stay in the top ten with an 11 and 8 but are now 19 points off the leaders in sixth place. Although this is muddled by incorrect results posted for race six and the the first discard being taken... [more]

Stenhouse wraps up the Musto Skiff Nationals
The 'Map my Tracks' sponsored Musto Performance Skiff UK National Championships' has been won by Richard Stenhouse sailing Helly Hansen from Rutland Water SC. Competing against an entry of 65 boats from six nations at Whitstable YC, Stenhouse sailed consistently to take the title from close rival Ian Trotter of Derwent Water SC... [more]

Volvo action on your mobile
Lizzie Ward,
Building on the success of the mobile portal in the last Volvo. Ericsson is taking the multimedia experience one step further. Based on the concept of - Never leave the Race - Ericsson will deliver the high-seas drama of the world's toughest round the world yacht race direct to mobile handsets around the globe as official worldwide provider of the Volvo Ocean Race Mobile Channel 2008-09... [more]

Rob Goddard takes Etchells Southern Area Champs
Rob Goddard, sailing Ragtime GBR962 with his team of Garth Britton and Dave Freemantle won the Etchells Southern Area Championship, held on the 14 and 15 June, and hosted by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club. Next stop for the UK Etchells sailors is the Worlds at the Chicago YC where 90 boats are expected on the start line - seven boats have qualified to represent the UK... [more]

Craig switches to Enterprise for another Title
Media/Barry Moss,
Nick Craig returned to his Enterprise for the class Inland Championships at Bassenthwaite Lake and with Toby Lewis crewing, wasted no time in showing their superiority, winning the first three races before anyone else got a look in. Eventually it was Ges Brown crewed by Craig Wheatley who bested them in the first race on Sunday, but Craig and Lewis finished in second place and wrapped up the title... [more]

Clipper Race - damp, cold and foggy, no wind
Event media,
'Typical Grand Banks weather... damp, cold and foggy, with one exception... no wind,' reports Duggie Gillespie, skipper of New York, the current overall leader in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. 'We have been drifting about for what seems like days. What little wind that is about, is really patchy.'... [more]

Thrills and spills at Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Day 2
Fiona Brown,
Fast, furious and fabulous fun was the best way to sum up the second day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes. There were thrills, spills and some incredibly close racing. In the overall standings Chris Frost and Kevin George's 1982 Doug Peterson designed Tom Bombadill continues to lead with 14.5 points... [more]

French crews lead Tornado Europeans
Darren Bundock (edited by mpg),
Day 2 of the 2008 Tornado European Championships/Mats Nyberg Trophy saw the French teams shine. Yann Guichard and Alex Guyader are the leaaders after four races completed. Billy Besson and Arnaud Jarlegan led for most of both races today; however due to the tricky conditions they were unable to hold on for the win in either race. Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden won race four... [more]

Team Germany with Platoon leads Sardinia Rolex Cup
YCCS Press Office,
Day one of the Sardinia Rolex Cup 2008, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, saw the five competing teams complete a windward-leeward race of approximately 7.5 miles despite light and shifty wind conditions. Team Germany leads the overall classification.... [more]

Russian Volvo Open 70 launched at Portsmouth
Julie Turner,
In the shadow Nelson's HMS Victory, Team Russia put the seal to a weekend of celebrations in an official naming ceremony of its Volvo Open 70 yacht - Kosatka (Russian for Orca, Killer Whale) - in a christening at Gunwharf Quays Marina, Portsmouth on Monday. Since its unveiling Team Russia's Volvo Open 70, designed by Rob Humphreys and built by Green Marine, has provoked a great deal of interest... [more]

Stanjiek and Koy win Star Europeans
Event / Sail-World,
There were 39 entrants at the OVB Star European Championships, representing fourteen nations, at the OVB Star European Championships, held at the Spartacus Yacht Club on Lake Balaton, Hungary. The last major Star event before the Beijing Olmpics in August, the entry was reduced as many Olympic competitors had already shipped there boats to the Games... [more]

Are you a Girl with potential?
The RYA is backing 'Girls4Gold' - a new targeted recruitment drive masterminded by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) - to uncover hidden British female talent with the potential to rise to the podium at London 2012 and beyond - Athletic women aged 17-25 who have competed at county level or above in any sport are invited to apply for the scheme... [more]

Calm over Baltic Sea for Archipelago Raid
Event media,
The courageous teams started the fifth day of the Archipelago Raid at a beautiful 03.00 sunrise from Rödhamn, Åland, to once again head over the open stretch of the Baltic Sea to the Stockholm archipelago. French duo on Team Kalix is still in the lead - Ellen MacArthur and Greg Homann, on BT, are currently ninth... [more]

UK IRC Championship images
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery took these images from the last weekend's action at the IRC Championship, which took place on the Solent.... [more]

Fast Cat Race Round The IOW is back on
Jim Mundy,
The Fast Cat Race Round the IOW is back on. The long distance race has been missing from the Catamaran calendar since 2005. The Fast Cat Race is for Fast Catamarans rating 1.06 or lower on the SCHR Rating System. No single handed boats are eligible. No sailor under 18 years on the 24 August 2008. If in doubt about eligibility please contact the organizer for clarification... [more]

Qingdao early leader in Clipper race to Ireland
Clipper event media,
The penultimate race of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race series is underway with the fleet of ten internationally-backed yachts setting off on their final ocean crossing from Sydney, Nova Scotia, at 1300 local time (1600 GMT). The 2080-mile race will take them across the North Atlantic to Cork, Ireland.... [more]

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