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30 Jun 2008

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Gold for Ed Wright at Kiel Week
Excellent wind conditions, for the final Medal Races at Kieler Woche for the Olympic classes. Kieler Woche 2008 was the final Grade 1 event before the Olympics in Qingdao, China in August. For Britain's Ed Wright it was Gold in the Finn class - Wright, the only British medal winner at Kiel lost out to Ben Ainslie for the Finn Olympic slot... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
Twelve hours after the first start in the 2008 JPMorgan Asset Management Race and few very boats were left to cross the finish line in Cowes, which was already brimming with tired by happy sailors. Results overall in IRC showed a real mixture at the top of the leader board. First came a big boat from IRC 0, Ran – TP52, followed by Darren Masters' diminutive quarter tonner Catch... [more]

Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series
As the Cagliari edition of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series continued today Stefano Leporati's Kismet moved up the leaderboard with an impressive 2,1,1, scoreline to claim third place in the overall standings. Savino Formentini aboard Bitipi closed the gap on overnight leader Uka Uka Racing to only one point by winning the first race and placing fourth and third in the subsequent races... [more]

Hardesty wins - Etchells Worlds 2008 Final Results
Sail-World USA,
Bill Hardesty, Erik Shampain, Steve Hunt and Jennifer Wilson were today crowned the 2008 Etchells Worlds Champions at the Chicago Etchells Worlds. In race six sailed today, Chris Busch won from Dwyer/Beadsworth. Hardesty and crew were 12th, ahead of Jud Smith and that was enough to give them the title. Full results here... [more]

Clipper New York first into Cork
Clipper event media,
New York has scored the fifth victory of their Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race campaign to consolidate their overall lead in the competition. The yacht crossed the finish line at Crosshaven, Co.Cork, Ireland at 1159 local time (1059 GMT) today at the end of the 2,080-mile race across the North Atlantic from Nova Scotia, Canada. in Race 13.... [more]

Wright battles for Gold on Sunday
Event media/Sail-World,
Saturday was the last day of fleet races in the eight Olympic Classes present in Kiel Week. Thousands of spectators and visitors watched the Tall Ship Parade and at the same time the action of the Olympic Classes on the 8 race courses of Kieler Woche 2008... [more]

45 yachts ready for Rolex Commodores' Cup
Trish Jenkins,
A record-matching fleet is due to take to the water Monday for the first inshore races of the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the event will see 45 yachts, divided into 15 three boat teams, representing six nations competing in what is the world's premier event for cruiser racers... [more]

Worldwide Rights to Seabrake For Sale - No Reserve
Stephen Bennett,
Seabrake, which has been described as being 'One of the Greatest Safety Devices ever invented' and which has received numerous sea safety and design awards is up for sale!! This presents as an outstanding business opportunity in the global multi billion dollar marine industry.... [more]

ICAP Leopard sets new Round the Island Race record
Kate Fairclough,
ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade this morning broke the JP Morgan Round the Island Race record for the fastest monohull to circumnavigate the Isle of Wight, becoming the first to ever complete the course in under four hours... [more]

POW Championships Week - Final Report and Photos
Andy Rice,
After four years sailing together, father and son duo Andy and Tom Partington have taken their first Prince of Wales Week victory in the International 14s. They relish the heavy weather, and Weymouth delivered plenty of that today for the concluding two races of POW Week.... [more]

Round the Island - Team Origin finish 09.33.50
FIRST BOAT HOME! Team Origin provional finish time 09.33.50 - ICAP Leopard's finishing time is 09.53.05 and she is carrying on to try to break the WSSRC time for the complete circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight.... [more]

Etchells Worlds Race 5 full results and pix
Chrsitie Kirschner/Sail-World,
A late start on day 5 of the 2008 Chicago Etchells Worlds produced an exciting race. Jud Smith lead at the top mark for the first time ahead of Hank Lammens and Dave Dyer. However Smith missed a shift and dropped to third place up the second work... [more]

First classes away in Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
Alex Thomson's Open 60 Hugo Boss was involved in a pre-start incident with the Farr 45 Atomic which was dismasted and the bowsprit of Hugo Boss damaged. Nonetheless, she crossed the start line of the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race heading for The Needles. Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was sat out on the weather rail, clearly enjoying himself... [more]

Kiel Week day 3 for Olympic classes
Event media,
Despite a rainy third race day with drastically changing breeze for the Olympic Classes of Kieler Woche 2008 the race committee successfully added an average of two more races per class on the eight courses. In the Finn Class Ed Wright continues to fly the flag for GBR as the only British competitor in a podium place at present... [more]

America's Cup Management end Valencia contract
As a consequence of the continued uncertainty around the 33rd America's Cup caused by the Golden Gate Yacht Club's legal manoeuvres, AC Management and the Spanish institutions say they have have been left with no option but to revise the terms of their relationship, ending the contract signed in July 2007 that named Valencia the Host City for a multi-challenge 33rd America's Cup in 2009... [more]

New York heading for Corker of a finish Sat AM
Event media,
With the strong and steady winds that the Clipper fleet has enjoyed over the last 24 to 36 hours and with the favourable winds set to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours the revised ETA for the leading yachts into Cork Ireland is now Saturday morning. The Clipper New York is leading in final stages of race to Cork, ahead of Qingdao and Hull & Humber... [more]

Carveth and Lewis win RS200 Thriller at Highcliffe
RS media,
Round 5 of the RS200 Fat Face series saw the 200's return to the very popular venue of Highcliffe who hosted a very successful GUL RS200 Nationals in 2005. Whilst it appears every other event on the south and east coast was cancelled no such thought entered the mind of the Highcliffe race team and the RS200/400's completed three races... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Round The Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
The Round The Island Race takes place this Saturday and first out of the blocks will be the Open 60s at 6am, with three skippers ready to line up for the Vendee Globe, round-the-world solo, non-stop race later this year. As well as Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss teaming up with Ben Ainslie and F1 star Lewis Hamilton, record-breaker Dee Caffari will race aboard Aviva and Mike Golding on Ecover... [more]

Racing cancelled on Day 4 of Etchells Worlds
Christie Kirchner,
No races were held on Day 4 of the Etchells Worlds in Chicago. 'It's a classic battle between good and evil,' PRO Tom Duggan said in reference to today's westerly and easterly winds. 'Neither of them won out, so we decided to walk away and we'll try to get two races in tomorrow.'... [more]

New sponsor, new name - Green Dragon Team
Today in Beijing it was announced that the Volvo Ocean Race entry, The Green Team has officially been named The Green Dragon Team, after securing title sponsorship from a syndicate of Chinese companies. The team will now move forward under the official entry name The Green Dragon Team and their new livery will be unveiled over the coming weeks... [more]

China removes algae from Olympic sailing venue
Associated Press,
China has called in thousands of people to clean up an algal bloom at the sailing venue for this summer's Olympic Games, a state news agency said. The blue-green algae blossomed around June 1 in the waters around Qingdao on the coast of Shandong province, and some 400 boats and 3,000 people have been mobilized to clean it up, the Xinhua News Agency said.... [more]

Alfa Romeo's winning streak at Superyacht Regatta
Media Pro Int'l, Barby MacGowan,
New Zealander Neville Crichton's 100 ft (30.38 m) canting keel maxi clearly dominated the Performance division ahead of Claus Peter Offen's Y3K (GER) and Magic Carpet2, owned by Lindsay Owen Jones (GBR) at the Boat International Superyacht Regatta. Southern Star claimed her the ninth Southern Wind Trophy... [more]

Day 2 for Olympic classes at Kiel Week
Event media / Sail-World,
The second day for the Olympic classes at Kiel Week and Northern Germany offered perfect sailing conditions along the Kiel Fjord. In the Finn class, Britain's Ed Wright takes the yellow jersey for the overall lead and Dave Evans and Simon Hiscocks are the top GBR 49er pair in fifth place overall... [more]

Ericsson 4 unveiled
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson 4 was officially unveiled to an invited audience of Ericsson employees and guests. International crew skipper, Torben Grael and Nordic crew skipper, Anders Lewander were present to see the final handover of the boat from the build team in Kista, Stockholm... [more]

Moth World competitors arrive at Weymouth
Over the next seven days the largest ever fleet of foiling Moths will begin gathering in Weymouth for the CST Composites Moth World Championships. A fleet of 80 – 100 boats is expected with competitors coming from all corners of the globe as more sailors master the tricky art of hydrofoil sailing... [more]

Richardson and Johnson win the 2008 POW
LH / I-14 media,
Mid week at the International 14 Prince of Wales week at Weymouth and Alister Richardson and Dan Johnson snuck onto the POW course by the skin of their teeth, with a 45min postponement giving them just enough time to do the finishing touches to their new boat. Time which they used to good effect, winning the POW, the traditional one race championship of the grandfather of dinghy racing classes... [more]

Ellen MacArthur's Archipelago Raid
Ellen MacArthur,
A personal account from Ellen MacArthur of the highs and lows of participating in the Archipelago Raid, the most gruelling orienteering sailing race around the spectacular Scandinavian archipelagos.... [more]

News, results, pix - Chicago Etchells Worlds Day 3
Christie Kirschner,
Race 4 of the 2008 Chicago Etchells World championships brought tricky conditions and a tough day for many of the regatta's leading boats, though yesterday's top two contenders still remain in the top three overall after today's race. The lead established by San Diego boat Bill Hardesty and crew in Monday and Tuesday's racing has kept them in first place even after a 39th place finish Wednesday... [more]

Opening day for Olympic classes at Kiel Week,
First day of Kieler Woche for the Olympic classes. In the 49er it was Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez of Spain who mastered the conditions to lead after three races. They are one point ahead of Peter and Soren Hansen of Denmark. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are in fifth place with a 9, 5, 1 scoreline... [more]

Pindar it is at 18ft Skiff European Grand Prix
Andy Richards, Andrew Fairley and Dave Richards on Pindar, won the first round of the European 18ft skiff Grand Prix with a superbly consistent set of results. Day 3 of the first round started with what promised to be classic Garda conditions. In bright sunshine the northerly Peler wind faded away during the morning and was replaced bang on time with the beginnings of the Ora at around midday... [more]

Royal Harwich National 12 Gill series Open Meeting
Graham Camm,
Graham Camm and Zoë Ballantyne triumphed at the Royal Harwich National 12 Open Meeting where 18 Twelves congregated for the fourth Gill series event of 2008. The Saturday was gusty and shifty. The most important tactic seemed to be avoiding getting things wrong... [more]

Graham Bailey jumps into third at Etchells Worlds
Event media,
USA sailors Bill Hardesty, Erik Shampain, Steve Hunt and Jennifer Wilson dominated the second day of the Etchells World Championship with wins in both races. Britain's Graham Bailey, Stephen Bailey and David Heritage made a giant leap, from 24th to third place, with a seventh and third to break the USA hold on the leading top ten... [more]

RNLI innovation saves first lives
The lives of three fishermen have been saved thanks to the RNLI's new and unique MOB Guardian man overboard and vessel locater alert system. This is the first time that the system has demonstrated its full effectiveness in helping to save lives in a real emergency situation. The crew of the Guyona were found safe in a liferaft that had deployed as their vessel sank... [more]

Williams and Leroy top ISAF Match Race Rankings
Great Britain's Ian Williams returns to the top in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, whilst Claire Leroy of France remains well clear of the chasing pack in the Women's Rankings. William's recent runners-up finish at the latest World Tour stage in Korea propels him back to the top of the World Rankings... [more]

Leopard smashes BMW Round Ireland record
Event media,
Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard has devoured a massive 10 hours, 35 minutes and 10 Seconds off the BMW Round Ireland Yacht Race record. ICAP Leopard has set a new milestone of 65 Hours 48 Minutes 47 Seconds and both skipper and crew greatly deserve to be congratulated on their achievement in difficult conditions and presents a much bigger challenge for others in the future... [more]

Morrison and Rhodes head Brit Kiel cast
Karenza Morton,
The Olympic Classes regatta gets underway at the Kiel Week today. 2007 49er World and Pre-Olympic Test Event champions Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes will get some final pre-Olympics fine race tuning under their belts as Great Britain's 49er pair for Beijing head the list of British sailors taking part in Kiel Week this week... [more]

Somalis demand ransom for German sailing couple
Somali pirates have now demanded a ransom for the release of German couple they kidnapped from a yacht sailing in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, making this the first instance of a small cruising yacht's non-professional crew being kidnapped. Up to 100 small yachts make the Red Sea transit each year, most with short-handed crew, usually families, with or without children... [more]

Green seas in Qingdao - Olympic Course Area
Laura Baldwin,
240 boats try and remove sea-weed from the Qingdao Olympic course area. Australia's 470 Coach, Victor Kovalenko shared these photos and insight from the current training camp in China.... [more]

12ft Skiff make the best of it at Weston
12ft media,
A slightly depleted fleet of three 12ft Skiffs take the trip to Southampton for the Weston Skiff Open. The teams in attendance were CST Composites crewed by Andy Lang and Dave Roe, Design Source crewed by Iain Christie and Tom Vian, and CMcS-POM crewed by Bob Clements and Alan Atterbury... [more]

Tough finish for Brits at Kiel Week
After Monday's strong breeze the weather conditions in Kiel improved and mostly two final races on the eight courses were sailed in each class Tuesday, to complete the International classes section of Kiel Week. Britain's Adam May and Gary Ireson shared the lead in the International Moth event after seven races, with May winning the 8th race and consequently the series by overall eight points... [more]

World Champions rule at Fireball Open
The Fireball fleet were joined by the Merlin Rockets and Contenders at Brightlingsea SC on the 21-22 June. Two races were scheduled for Saturday and three for Sunday. Reigning World Champions Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff did enough in the two races that were completed over the weekend to take the event... [more]

Teams gather at Cowes for Rolex Commodores' Cup
The Rolex Commodores' Cup begins on Sunday, with the first race scheduled for Monday 30 June, but there has been no shortage of activity since close of challenges for the 9th biennial Rolex Commodores' Cup 2008. Great Britain's Rolex Commodores' Cup team manager David Atkinson expects racing to go down to the final day wire as he predicts one of the closest Cup contests in recent memory... [more]

Cooney and Frith retain Osprey Southern Title
Robin Hobson,
The Osprey Southern Championship and second event in the Gul series, took place at the Mengeham Rythe SC over the weekend of 21/22 June. Martin Cooney and Peter Frith from Poole YC were the eventual winners, retaining their title four points ahead of Dave Dobrijevic and Robin Hobson, with Rob Shaw and Ian Little third... [more]

OK Open Meeting at Upper Thames SC
Gavin Waldron,
Terry Curtis was the winner of the Open Meeting for the OK class at the Upper Thames Sailing Club on the weekend of 21-22 June. The overnight rain held off for most of the day but the weather was overcast with the wind ranging from force 1 to 3, although the direction meant that much of the race area was in a wind shadow.... [more]

Spithill beats Coutts in X40 catamaran face-off
BMW Oracle Racing,
After three days of closely fought match racing in Extreme 40 catamarans off Italy's east coast, James Spithill and his BMW ORACLE Racing crew took home the Jaeger-Lecoultre Just the Best Trophy. In doing so, Spithill defeated his teammate and skipper Russell Coutts - the face-off between Coutts and Spithill came down to the final day... [more]

Alfa Romeo and Southern Star Lead Superyacht Fleet
Alfa Romeo took the lead from the offset at the Boat International Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo. She was followed by Senso One - the former Mari Cha IV - and Claus-Peter Offen's Y3K. The leaders maintained their positions throughout, although Y3K lost some time changing a torn spinnaker. Alfa Romeo also corrected ahead of Lindsay Owen Jones' Magic Carpet 2, which finished third... [more]

New York leads as light winds hit Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
Several of the tail enders in the Clipper race to Cork have been overtaken by lighter winds extending from the west, and, as in most ocean racing, the rich just keep getting richer. The current overall leader of Clipper 07-08 is New York, one the yachts in the leading group on this race. Over the next 24 hours the light winds could extend all the way to the front runners... [more]

Gitana Eighty adds win in Record SNSM
Kate Jennings Translation,
Loïck Peyron and his four crew – Cyril Dardashti, Antoine Mermod, Didier Le Vourch and Sebastien Thétiot – add the Record SNSM to Gitana Eighty's list of wins. The monohull in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group covered the 360 miles of the course in 1 day 12 hours 9 minutes and 7 seconds, completing yet another performance to reinforce Gitana Eighty's domination, unbeaten since last winter... [more]

European Sailors Kidnapped in Somali Waters
AFP/Sail-World Cruising,
Pirates have kidnapped four European sailors, including a child, who were sailing off the coast of Somalia's northern region of Puntland, officials said Tuesday. The official said the foreigners were taking pictures from their small yacht when the pirates snatched them, took them ashore and spirited them away into the neighbouring mountains. The yacht was reportedly abandoned on shore... [more]

Race 1 Chicago Etchells Worlds- Results
Christine Kirschner,
Chicago boats claimed two of the top three finishes in today's first race of the Etchells World Championships, with local favorites Justin Palm, Erik Garr, and Hans Pusch pulling out a first place finish.... [more]

Mixed fortunes for Mid-summer regatta competitors
Eddie Mays,
Entries for the Royal Southern's popular Mid-summer regatta were being received up to the late on Friday evening. Besides the main regatta the weekend's racing including both the Hunter 707 Southern Area Championships and the first of the J-109 Saturday series... [more]

Heissig wins RS600 Fat Face Circuit Event
The RS600 at the Fat Face Circuit Event at Lymington Town SC launched in a sea breeze which built from F3 – F5 during the day. Andy Heissig took the event by the odd point ahead of Ian Marshall... [more]

GBR Olympic team set for Round the Island Race
Many of the RYA's British dinghy and keelboat stars of today and tomorrow will be out in force for the annual JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Saturday - Double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will take time out from his Finn preparations for the Olympics to join world record breaking Open 60 yachtsman Alex Thomson and Formula One star Lewis Hamilton on board Thomson's Hugo Boss... [more]

Speedboat first to finish Newport Bermuda Race
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
On Monday morning at 9:12:56 Atlantic Daylight Time, Alex Jackson's Speedboat crossed the finish line at St. David's light in Bermuda. After leaving Newport with an upwind speed of 16 knots, Sanderson relayed back to shore, 'She is all very new and it is going to take some learning before we get 100% out of her, but there is no doubt in my mind that Speedboat is going to be a great boat.'... [more]

ICAP Leopard Leading BMW Round Ireland Yacht Race
Event media,
Having rounded the Fastnet Rock at 07.30 hrs this morning ICAP Leopard is leading the BMW Round Ireland Yacht Race as she powers past the Blasket Islands. Mike Slade's superyacht quest for the race record is a little behind schedule as she needs to better 11 knots of boat speed to beat the record whereas she has averaged just over 9 knots over the first 24 hours... [more]

Royal Harwich N12 Open Meeting
Event media,
National Twelves congregated for the fourth Gill series event of 2008. The Saturday was gusty and shifty. The most important tactic seemed to be avoiding getting things wrong. managing just that were Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne who added the event to their trophy cupboard... [more]

High winds so no racing at Kieler Woche Day 3
Kieler Woche media,
No action today on all race courses! Due to strong south westerly breeze (22 to 27 knots) increasing to a moderate gale with westerly shower gusts and wind speed between 30 and 40 knots the Race Committee decided to cancel all races on the eight race courses of the International Part of Kieler Woche 2008... [more]

Finn and Osprey Southern Championships
Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club hosted a combined event of the Finn Southern Championship and the Osprey Southern Championship over the midsummer weekend. On Saturday 21 June 16 Finns and 15 Ospreys enjoyed good sailing conditions in Hayling Bay and with a southerly force 3 to 4 wind... [more]

Strong conditions test Clipper crews
Clipper Event media,
New York's decision to leave tacking from port onto starboard longer than the other teams has paid off in the Clipper race to Cork, Ireland. Uniquely Singapore is currently cashing in on skipper Mark Preedy's decision to keep south of the great circle route, as the boat is now able to sail at a faster angle to the wind... [more]

Brits keep up the pressure at Kieler Woche - Day 2,
Britain's Becky Diamond and Fiona Hampshire have taken the lead in the 29er class after day two of Kiel Week. After five races they lead by two points from Kevin Fischer and Glenn Gouron of France. Adam May, in the International Moth event, has dropped to second, but is only one point behind the new leader, Sven Kloppenburg of Germany.... [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]

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]

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]

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