14 Jul 2008

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2008 Olympics Qingdao

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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008


Welcome to the UK Edition of the Newsletter

Whatever your thoughts on what conditions the competitors at the sailing events of the Bejing will experience, it is without doubt that for them and hopefully for the watching millions a unique experience.China will be seen as never before by a massive television audience, that this view may be carefully controlled by the authorities. is a given, but such massive media exposure will, even for just a short time, expose the daily workings of a country that is for the foreign public, still an unknown.

Since its choice as the sailing centre, Qingdao, has raised questions. Not of the facilities, which were always going to be superb given the unrestricted budget and resources that the China goverment would apply. But, of the actual sailing conditions. Qingdao has a tendency to light winds and strong tides, but the two Olympic classes events held there were completed without major problems on the water. And, will have honed the race management to an awareness of what is expected of an international regatta of this importance.

Just in case, the Notice of Race includes the provision for a race series to be considered complete if just one race (of eleven) of that series is completed - recently the Moth Worlds at the next Olympics sailing venue went four days without being able to sail a race, although for an excees of wind rather than a lack of wind, so perhaps it's as well to be prepared . . . .

To bring you the News as it is happening, will have four journalists and photographers, in Qingdao, with another four contributors reporting from the Olympic Sailing regatta. This means its coverage will be amongst the most intense by any sailing media group world-wide.

Sail-World will be publishing 20 Sail-World Qingdao Olympic newsletters, including daily newsletters during the Olympic regatta. These will be in the style of its very successful Sail-World America's Cup newsletters which achieved tremendous support world-wide.

For more information of how to advertise in the Olympic Newsletters or on or to receive the Newsletter read the detailed article below.

Gerald New
Sail-World Editor

A million Sail-World Olympic newsletters
The Olympic Sailing regatta in Qingdao China is under a month away. The UK and European-African websites will be providing more intensive Olympic sailing coverage than ever before with a million (1,000,000) dedicated online newsletters going to its audience world-wide... [more]

Aussie clean-sweep at Moth World Championships
Alexandra Harris,
Australian John Harris has sailed away with the 2008 title as World Champion in the Moth Class with one race to spare. With third being his worst result, he has come away the clear winner. Harris is a past 18 Foot Skiff World Champion. Second and third places were also taken by fellow Australians Andrew McDougall and Mathew Belcher consecutively... [more]

Brit charge at Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds
Event media,
There was an international feel to day two of racing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Arhus, Denmark where sailors from Europe, Oceania and Africa occupy the leaderboard top spots. The British team lead the charge in the 29er with two strong performances in both the girls and boys fleets, while the Cyprian sailors carried on dominating in the Laser and Boy's RS:X... [more]

International Moth World Championship images
Ingrid Abery images/Sail-World,
Ingrid Abery's images from the recent International Moth Worlds at Weymouth... [more]

Leopard mussels in for a record St Malo Race
Trish Jenkins,
Mike Slade's 30 meter Maxi, ICAP Leopard was the first to finish the Cowes – Dinard – St Malo Race race in the early hours of Saturday morning (12 July), breaking the race record with an elapsed time of 14 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds and an average speed of 11.61 knots. Bright sunshine was the order of the day at the start on Friday with a brisk south westerly breeze... [more]

Pegan beats Brits to Seth IFDS Multihull Worlds
The Seth IFDS Multihull World Championship had a perfect ending Saturday in Portugal. Hungary's Zoltan Pegan retained his world title in style, after winning the final race, at the Bay of Cascais, and ended eight points ahead of Graham Hall and 13 from Luke Barbanneau, both from Great Britain... [more]

Qingdao Beach is algae free
Sail-World Asia,
Mark Fullerton of Doyle Sails Australia and Doyle Sails Qingdao China, was not on Bondi Beach today. He was on the main beach of the resort city of Qingdao in eastern Shandong province in China.... [more]

Irish take Dragon Edinburgh Cup championship
Fiona Brown,
The final day of the Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Knight Frank and hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth, provided two thrilling final championship races. Following two closely fought and extremely exciting races Ireland's Don O'Donoghue, Brian Matthews and Mark Pettitt sailing Seabird were declared the 2008 Dragon British Open Champions and were awarded the historic Edinburgh Cup... [more]

Second Qingdao algae barrier in case of wind
Offical Report - Xinhua News Agency,
A stronger sea barrier was installed on Saturday off the Qingao China coast to keep algae out of the Olympic sailing venue. The first 20,000-meter barrier was completed on Friday, then a second 22,000-meter barrier which can block algae at wind speeds up to 30 knots, was assembled 100 metres outside the first one, local authorities said. More than 100 boats with 500 people worked on the barriers... [more]

Yachts gathering for British Classic Regatta
Justin Chisholm,
The waters of the Solent are soon to be graced by a spectacular gathering of some of the world's most famous and beautiful vintage racing yachts. The 2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta, which runs from the 20th to the 26th of July, under the auspices of the Royal Corinthian YC in Cowes, features six days of racing and has attracted an entry of more than forty classic craft... [more]

Sodeb'O hits 28 knots in record attempt
Kate Jennings translation,
After a little over three days of racing against the clock and the finish is already shaping up for this coming Tuesday, Thomas admits that tackling the single-handed North Atlantic record is exhausting and a lot more tiring than it appeared from land... [more]

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Day 1
Sophie Luther,
The first day of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - lots of action on the water, with capsizes and breakages as the rain clouds passed over the Bay of Århus. Two races were finished before the conditions deteriorated and the fleets were sent in... [more]

Banco Espirito Santo wins DHL Trophy - RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
The wind was not at its best on Lake Garda today for the long distance DHL Trophy - Malcesine SLAM Cup. However, the nine RC 44's managed to sail an interesting regatta. Banco Espirito Santo made the best out of the conditions to win the race, ahead of Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano and Ceeref. Armando Giulietti's Team Hiroshi is now alone at the top of the fleet race ranking.... [more]

Karl Purdie of New Zealand wins OK Worlds
Robert Deaves,
On the final day of the Bombardier OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany, only one race was possible because of violent storms crossing the course area. Though regatta leader Karl Purdie from New Zealand performed badly under pressure, placing 16th, it was enough to take the title by just four points. Defending champion, Britain's Nick Craig finished second... [more]

Dutch pair win F18 World Championship
Event media,
On the final day of racing for the F18 Worlds a constant track record, nerves of steel and calm sailing over the competition ensured young Dutch team Coen de Koning and Jeroen van Leeuwen swept the top spot by two points. Despite disappointing results in both races on the final day, a solid performance throughout the championship has crowned the Dutch pair as F18 World champions 2008... [more]

Mataran leads after day 1 of Melges 32 Audi series
Justin Chisholm,
The sun shone brightly, but for a long time the breeze refused to make an appearance at the first day of the Cala De'Medici - Rosignano edition of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series. Stefano Di Properzio at the helm of Mataran finished three minutes ahead of the chasing pack – a margin of victory rarely achieved at a Melges 32 regatta... [more]

Team Sea Dubai and Hiroshi lead RC44 Cup
RC44 Class Association,
Team Sea Dubai and Hiroshi take the lead in the fleet regatta of the RC44 Malcesine Slam Cup. The fleet race event of the RC 44 Malcesine SLAM Cup started this afternoon on Lake Garda with the team owners back at the helm.... [more]

Rodriguez of Spain leads Tutima J80 Worlds
After ten races at the Tutima J80 Worlds being held in Kiel, Germany, Ignacio Camino Rodriguez of Spain has a comfortable 12 point lead with the sole American entry of Jeff Johnstone in second place. In third is another Spanish entry, that of Carlos Martinez. Javier Padron of Spain is in fourth place, with Kevin Sproul of Britain in fifth. The French entry of Patrick Bot completes the top six plac... [more]

Royal Navy halts Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
The second day of racing at the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Plymouth proved to be somewhat controversial. Although races three through five of the six race series were sailed, race five had to be abandoned on the instructions of the Royal Navy. Unfortunately the Navy had decided to move one of its submarines through the channel at the exact same time... [more]

Penalties hit OK Worlds leaders on penultimate day
Robert Deaves,
Britain's Nick Craig sailed the best of the day with a race win and a fourth place, while regatta leader kiwi Karl Purdie struggled with a 16th and a 7th. However, the Z-flag took its toll on more than half the top ten, including Craig, leaving Purdie with a 16 point lead going into the final day... [more]

National 12 open meeting at Solway Yacht Club
Class media,
Mark and Emma Simpson won the third round of the Lairwell (Scottish) series for National 12's which took place on 5 and 6 July, hosted by Solway Yacht Club. The fleet was almost perfectly split into equal portions of self draining, Admiral's Cup and Vintage boats and it was wonderful to see some quite elderly craft take to the water... [more]

Koning and Leeuwen take lead in F18 Worlds
Dutch team Coen de Koning and Jeroen van Leeuwen have moved into a solid lead after three of the six finals races at the F18 World Championships. Two wins for Hugh Styles and a power performance from Mitch Booth could not catch the young Dutch pair. French teams fill the second and third spots going into the final day... [more]

Final event for Goodison and Clark before Olympics
Lindsey Bell,
Beijing-bound Paul Goodison heads a strong RYA Team GBR contingent in Belgium with no fewer than 14 Laser sailors either from Skandia Team GBR or the RYA Youth Squad entered for the Standard Championships. Also competing is Penny Clark looking to better her career best Radial Europeans result of bronze before making her Olympic debut in Qingdao next month... [more]

British distributor Key Yachting adds Santa Cruz
Media Services,
Key Yachting, the Hamble based UK agent and distributor for the phenomenally successful range of performance cruiser racers from J Boats, has announced this week that it will be expanding its portfolio with the addition of the iconic American brand Santa Cruz Yachts... [more]

BMW Oracle wins RC44 Malcesine Slam Cup Match race
Bernard Schopfer,
The scenario of the match race event couldn't have been any better, with four teams sharing the lead before the last race, illustrating the closeness and the intensity of the event! Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and their crew made the best of it; they are the 2008 RC 44 Continental champions.... [more]

O'Donoghue leads day 1 of Dragon the Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
Dubliner Don O'Donoghue, sailing Seabird with Brian Matthews and Mark Pettitt, proved to have the luck of the Irish today winning both races to lead the regatta. Equally consistent but not quite able to best the Irish was Louis Urvois of Douarnenez, France, sailing Ar Youleg II with Gwen Chapalain and Eric Droiuglazet, who finished second in both races... [more]

Gold fleet decided at F18 Worlds - Cammas leads
Groupama skippers Franck Cammas and Jeremy LaGarrigue have taken the lead after six races. In second are Coen de Koning and Jeroen van Leeuwen of the Netherlands. A fantastic result for Australians Andrew Landenberger and Felix Egner who have moved into third place overall at 21 points. Britain's Hugh Styles and Adam Piggott, had a second and third to move them up into eighth place overall... [more]

Moths race at last - Racing on Worlds Day 5
Alexandra Harris,
After four days of howling winds, the 99 boat 2008 Moth World Championship fleet raced today in Weymouth UK. Andrew McDougall of Australia leads after four races with another Aussi, John Harris in second - Thierry Martinez was on the water for today's four races. Here are a few of his images... [more]

Form Guide for Volvo Youth Sailing Worlds
Sophie Luther,
On 12 July, over 250 of the world's best young sailors will line up for the opening races at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Århus, Denmark, but who will be leading the charge for medals?... [more]

Kiwis dominate and Purdie extends lead
Robert Deaves,
OK Worlds leader Karl Purdie of New Zealand extended his lead with a third and second, while both race wins went to his Kiwi team mates Alistair Deaves and Matthew Steven. After six races, the series seems like Purdie's to lose, he now has a 12 point lead over Andre Blasse (AUS) and 14 points over defending champion Nick Craig (GBR)... [more]

Fair winds for first day at sea for Thomas Coville
Kate Jennings,
546 miles in 24 hours or an average of 22.8 knots for Thomas Coville on the maxi trimaran Sodeb'O. A very fine first day's sailing for Thomas Coville who is racking up the miles with the constancy of a metronome. 24 hours after leaving New York, the skipper of Sodeb'O has covered 546 miles and has a 192 mile lead over Francis Joyon's time in 2005... [more]

Barbanneau wins two races at Seth Cascais Worlds
The Hungarian Zoltan Pegan is still in the lead of Seth Cascais Worlds 2008, which is taking place until next Saturday in Cascais-Portugal. The Hungarian has three points lead over Britain's Luke Barbanneau, who was the star, winning two of the three races of the day.... [more]

Impressive RORC fleet bound for St.Malo
Trish Jenkins,
An international fleet of nearly 100 boats, from all over Europe, will be taking part in the ever popular Cowes-Dinard-St.Malo Race, starting on Friday 11 July. Over 40 designs of yacht will be competing for a variety of trophies. The Open 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, will be hoping to beat the race record set by Mike Slade's Leopard of London eight years ago... [more]

British team heads for Governor's Cup in USA
Dave Rutter,
Andy Shaw and his British keelboat crew finished their training ahead of the Governor's Cup, the US International Junior Match Racing Championships at Newport Beach, California, USA, with a final session in the Artemis 20 fleet. Shaw will be leading the only British team in the competition, sponsored by Artemis Investment Management... [more]

Speedboat takes advantage of Southern Technology
Richard Gladwell, Offshore Yachting magazine,
Soaring an impressive forty six metres above the Viaduct Basin in downtown Auckland, Speedboat's rig represents the new leading edge in spar and rigging technology. Constructed a few metres away in Southern Spar's factory in nearby Pakenham Street, the state of the art carbon spar is stepped aboard the most powerful racing yacht in the world.... [more]

Stephen Graham wins Solo Open at Hollingworth
Graham Knox,
The enthusiastic home Solo fleet turned out 18 boats to compete against 14 visitors for the Hollingworth Lake SC Open Meeting. The wind tried to spoil matters by coming from an awkward southerly direction and then shifting about. Stephen Graham quickly found the right way, winning the first two races in an older boat with a nice new sail... [more]

Williams still tops World Match Tour leaderboard
Dobbs Davis,
four stages completed, Ian Williams (GBR) and his Team Pindar remains in the lead, but that lead has shrunk by half as new teams have arisen through the ranks to challenge the Tour regulars. Torvar Mirsky's impressive runner-up performance among an exceedingly tough field in Marstrand has moved him up three places to be now tied for sixth in the standings.... [more]

Lead shared Day One - RC44 Malcesine Slam Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
The nine RC 44's involved in the RC 44 Malcesine SLAM Cup completed six flights in ideal conditions. Cameron Appleton's Team Aqua shares the lead with Sébastien Col's Hiroshi – Città di Milano. James Spithill's Team Ceeref is only one point away whilst Dean Barker's Banco Espirito Santo and Larry Ellison's BMW ORACLE Racing are two points behind with three more flights to complete.... [more]

Dutch and French battle for lead of F18 Worlds
Event media,
The F18 Class World Championships celebrated day 2 of the competition with an earlier start and a good 8-12 knots of wind to the joy of teams, organisers and onlookers alike, close to the beaches of Nigran, Spain. Mischa Heemskirk and Bastian Tentij (NED) lead after four races completed. French team Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Franck Citeau had a 1st and 2nd. Britain's Hugh Styles is 13th.... [more]

Nick Craig keeps the pressure on at OK Worlds
Robert Deaves,
With winds strong enough to blow dogs off chains, sore legs and weary arms were the order of the day on day two of the Bombardier OK Dinghy World Championships in Warnemünde, Germany. New Zealander Karl Purdie maintained his overnight lead with two second places, while defending world champion Nick Craig of Britain posed his first serious challenge with a 3, 1 scoreline... [more]

Moth Worlds - Where are they going next year?
Alexandra Harris,
After the fourth straight day of gale force winds the International Moth class sat down to decide where to go next year - The Gorge, Portland USA won the vote. In 2010 it will be Dubai, UAE and then 2011 Lake Macquarie in Australia. With just two days left, the class will race all 100 boats in one fleet in the remaining races in order to get a championship result... [more]

Coville starts multihull record attempt
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville crossed the official start line for the single-handed North Atlantic record attempt today, Wednesday 9 July at 07:47 hours local time, or 11:47 UT (subject to confirmation from the WSSRC). The 32 metre maxi trimaran set off in a 16 knot SW air flow which is set to fill rapidly to around twenty knots... [more]

Young Brits ready for ISAF Youth Worlds
Karenza Morton,
RYA Youth Racing Manager Simon Wergan is backing his young guns to adopt the most professional approach they can to maximise their chances of Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships success. RYA Team GBR's 10-strong team of Under 19 sailors flew to Denmark earlier this week for the 2008 Champions... [more]

Laser SB3 Worlds Entry Raised to 150 boats
Event media,
With the limit of 120 entries for the Laser SB3 World Championship already reached, the organising committe have announced that they have been able to raise the entry limit to 150 - The Laser SB3 Worlds are due to take place in Ireland in Dublin Bay, hosted by the National YC... [more]

'Eye in the Sky' for Qingdao,
China says it will deploy unmanned aircraft or drones over the Olympic sailing venue in the coastal city of Qingdao during the Beijing Games to watch for suspicious activities - It did not say what threats the sailing event could face... [more]

Speed World Cup - Tarifa and Namibia on hold
Markus Schwendtner,
Due to unforeseeable organizational problems, the events in Tarifa and Namibia are on hold for the moment, with the intention to organize smaller grade events in Walvis Bay, Namibia... [more]

Third straight day blown away at Moth Worlds
Alexandra Harris/ Sail-World,
At the venue for the 2012 Olympics the CST Composites 2008 Moth World Championships has been cancelled for the third day running due to too much wind with gusts between 20 and 32 knots continuing. In contrast to the expected conditions in Qingdao for the 2008 Olympic sailing events, Weymouth, the 2012 Olympic venue has suffered continues gales, beaching the Moth competitors for three days... [more]

Rob Campbell wins Dragon South Coast Championship
Fiona Brown,,
Despite some wet and windy conditions, twenty-one Dragon crews from the UK, France, the USA and Ireland enjoyed three days of incredibly close racing at the Dragon South Coast Championship, hosted by the Royal Western YC. Ultimately, International Dragon Class Chairman Rob Campbell from Burnham-on-Crouch, crewed by Mark Ellis and Matt Walker, the only team to win two races, took the regatta... [more]

Purdie produces a perfect score at OK Worlds
Robert Deaves,
Two tough and challenging races. One clear winner. Karl Purdie of New Zealand dominated proceedings on the opening day of the Bombardier OK Dinghy World Championships to win both races to take the early lead. Defending world champion Nick Craig (GBR) lies in second place with a 7th and a 3rd... [more]

Merlin Rocket Salcombe Week - First days
Andrew M From the MR Forum,
Down in Salcombe the 98 entry Merlin Rocket fleet are battling with the weather in what is normally an idyllic holiday resort, with some great racing thrown in. This year the weather has scuttled many a planned traditional British seaside holiday. The followers come over in a pack and attempt synchronised gybing just under the watchhouse, Ross starting the manoeuvre with a wonderful pirouette... [more]

Pinnell/Gibbon take 505 Title at gale hit Champs
Forty International 505's arrived at Lymington Town Sailing Club on Wednesday evening with the hope that the forecast was wrong, but unfortunately it turned out to be spot on. In a series reduced to two days by the gale force winds, Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon from HISC were the eventual winners. Second were Terry Scutcher and Christian Diebitsch from Shotley SC... [more]

Olympic sailing venue algae-free by July 10
Ian Ransom (Guardian - Reuters),
Thousands of Chinese troops and volunteers should clear unsightly algae from competition areas at the Qingdao Olympic sailing venue by Thursday. 'There's clearly no shortage of effort . . . There's still small clumps rather than large islands like before,' Morgan Reeser, a coach with the British team said... [more]

J/24 Nationals and a watery end for Delinquent
Event media,
After racing was cancelled due to high winds on the first day, the fleet was chomping at the bit to get out on the water on day two of the 30th Anniversary J/24 nationals in Weymouth. For Juvenile Delinquent' it was a watery time, they had a huge wipe out filling the boat with water. It was clear to the crew that the boat was going down so they abandoned ship to the safety of a nearby rib... [more]

200 entries for Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy

Over 200 entries for the very popular long distance race – The Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy 2008 at the Ullswater YC over the weekend of the 5 and 6 July. Victory went to Dave Exley and Nigel Hall sailing an RS400 with second places in both races. In second place overall were Dave Hivey and Helen Wrightman, in an RS200. Third was Mike Webster in a Phantom, who was the winner of the first race... [more]

Seth IFDS Multihull World Championship 2008
Zoltan Pegan from Hungary started his defence of the IFDS Multihull World Championship title well, winning the first two races of the Seth Cascais Worlds, which is taking place in Cascais, Portugal until Saturday. there are ten British competitors. Graham Hall is the best placed British competitor in second place, with John Draper in third and Elizabeth Eaton fourth... [more]

SLAM wins 18ft Skiff European Championships
Event media,
2008 18ft Skiff European Championships - leading into the final day, Australian Grant Rollerson with his crew Anthony Young and Tom Partington on the brand new Slam relished the conditions. They started cleanly in each of the first three races and quickly pulled out a comfortable lead to dominate the day's racing and claim the overall event title with a race to spare. Ronstan took second place... [more]

Black & Blue - Telefonica test sailing in Alicante
Maria Muina/Equipo Telefonica,
Telefonica Black and Telefonica Blue test sailing in Alicante, Spain. The 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on 4 October 2008, it will for the first time, take in ports in Asia.... [more]

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