21 Jul 2008

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Massey and Noble are I-14 World Champions
Andy Rice,
The only people to get wet in Warnemunde today were Archie Massey and Matt Noble, after they were thrown in the water for becoming the new International 14 World Champions. After waiting in vain for the wind to abate, the last race was cancelled and the I-14 Championship was complete. So the Anglo-American Massey-Noble duo were crowned World Champions... [more]

Audi MedCup Circuit returns to Majorca
Event media,
After the challenges of a new venue, Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy just over two weeks ago, the return to the well known and well liked Bay of Palma for the 14th Breitling Regatta will see a fleet of 15 TP52's competing when racing starts on Tuesday for the season´s fourth regatta of six. Racing starts with the full 14th Regatta Breitling fleet due to take to the Bay of Palma for the Practice Race... [more]

Fog and Sampans at Qingdao
Charlie Ogletree, T2 Racing,
Greetings from the 2008 Olympic sailing venue. Well, from Qingdao at least. The site doesn't officially open until July 30, so until then we are joining all the other teams that are working from nearby facilities and staying in neighboring hotels. We're about half way through our two-week training session here and it has been very productive. We've managed approximately ten hours of sail training... [more]

Celebration Spotlight on Olin Stephens
Barby McGowan,
Although there is still another day of racing to go this weekend and another four days of competition to come next week, today may go down as the most memorable at the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) sixth biennial Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex.... [more]

Simpson closes on Massey on big breeze day at I-14
Andy Rice,
Jarrod Simpson and Grant Rollerson won race six of the International 14 World Championships and closed to four points of the lead. It was a big day at Warnemunde with the offshore southerly wind shifting massively and gusting up to 25 knots.... [more]

Goodison grabs fourth Laser European crown
Lindsey Bell,
British sailing star Paul Goodison ensured the perfect send-off to the Beijing Olympics, by capturing the Laser European Championship title in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, on Saturday. It's the fourth straight European crown for the Skandia Team GBR sailor, and a timely boost for the 30-year-old from Rotherham before he heads to the Olympic sailing venue in Qingdao... [more]

City of Cape Town winner of ACCBank Cork Week
Event media,
Champagne sailing conditions returned to ACCBank Cork Week for Friday's finale that saw City of Cape Town sailed by South Africans Dave and Steve Hudson collect the overall Boat of the Week trophy for their win in the 40-strong Laser SB3 event... [more]

RS Eurocup – Riva del Garda - RS800 Fleet Preview
Ben Schooling,
The last of week of July will see the largest RS Eurocup to date take place at Riva del Garda – with the entry capped at just over two hundred boats. Competitor's thoughts are turning to blasting downwind in 25kts, whiling away the evenings with mates in Bar Ocha, a long morning lie-in before the wind kicks in, fine Italian cuisine – it can only be Garda!... [more]

More abuse for 505s at 2008 North Americans
Sue Athmann,
The heavy air excitement continued on Day Two of the 2008 505 North American Championship held at Cascade Locks, Oregon. Being sailed in the Columbia River Gorge, this year's competition is being held as part of the Gorge Games. 33 boats have entered, and more than a few have suffered some wounding in the extreme conditions of The Gorge.... [more]

Third medal for Brits at ISAF Youth Worlds
Karenza Morton,
After the euphoria of Britain claiming double gold and clinching the Volvo Trophy for the first time in 12 years. James Ellis and Andrew Glover rounded off a sensational 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships for RYA Team GBR as they grabbed a final day bronze to leave Britain sitting top of the medal table as well as winners of the prestigious Volvo Trophy... [more]

12 Metres Rule the Day ay NYYC Race Week
Barby MacGowan,
12 Metres rule the day at New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport Presented by Rolex. The 12 Metres will be joined tomorrow and Sunday by another 40 classic yachts, many of which are Sparkman and Stephens designs gathered in celebration of designer Olin Stephens's 100th Birthday Celebration, being held in conjunction with this first half of Race Week.... [more]

Jim Saltonstall Honoured for 30 Years of service
Jim Saltonstall was honoured on Thursday night at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, after 30 years during which he has coached some of the greatest names in the sport.... [more]

Massey smokes fleet on day 5 of I-14 Worlds
Andy Rice,
Archie Massey and Matt Noble bounced back to the top of the leaderboard in the International 14 World Championship, after winning both races off Warnemunde Friday. Aussies Dave Alexander and Cameron McDonald are second overall. Having won two previous races, Andy and Tom Partington had high hopes of climbing to the top of the leaderboard, but suffered a bad start and collided with another boat... [more]

2008 European Laser Championships - day 6
Event media,
Tom Slingsby scored a second in race 7 and another bullet in race 8 allowing him to stretch his overall lead over second place Paul Goodison to 11 points. Goodison scored a 26th and a second today but is closely followed by Vasilij Zbogar in third place overall. In the Men's Radial event, Poland's Wojciech Zemke took back the lead from Jon Emmett in the very tight battle for this title... [more]

Volvo Trophy goes to Britain at Youth Worlds
Volvo media,
Britain topped the medal table as the podium positions were decided on the final day of racing at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Århus, Denmark. The Volvo Trophy went to Britain but the fight for second place was a close fought one with New Zealand pipping Australia to the post with only two points separating them... [more]

Extreme 40 take to the River Thames in Record Bid
Olympic Gold medallists and world record holders will take to the River Thames on Monday 21 July in a bid to secure the fastest navigation of the Thames between Greenwich YC and the O2 Arena. Four-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent will battle it out against Solo Round the World Yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur and a host of other top sailing experts onboard the iShares Extreme 40... [more]

Telefonica team announces latest crew members
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The Telefonica team have announced their four Under-30 crew members for the Volvo Ocean Race. They are Spaniards Pablo Arrarte, Antonio Cuervas-Mons, New Zealander Daryl Wislang and Michael Pammenter, of South Africa.... [more]

Optimist World Championship Day 1
IODA media,
Day 1 of the 46th Optimist World Championship opened the regatta with a superb day's racing in a brisk north-westerly 15-18 knot breeze gusting to 22 knots. The German team, still celebrating the European girls' win by Paulina Rothlauf, were delighted by the double bullets of Jens Marten in the two races held.... [more]

ASB Finn: 'Weed is still a massive problem'
Dan Slater,
Dan Slater reports from the ASB Finn campaign building up to the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao. 'The weed is still a massive problem and the last two days it has got lots worse. This has made racing and testing really difficult and almost unfair. On one ½ mile beat today I had to clear the rudder and centerboard six times. Some patches are up to 25m long on the course area. '... [more]

Slingsby & Multala continue to dominate Laser Euro
Event media/Sail-World,
Tom Slingsby of Australia and Sari Multala of Finland continue to dominate their events at the European Laser Championships in Belgium. Britain's Paul Goodison stayed in second place in the Laser, while Evi Van Acker is second in the Radial event. In the Men's Radial championship Jon Emmett recovered to the top of the leaderboard, with Zemke Wojciech of Poland in second... [more]

Titles settled at Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds
Event media,
Records tumbled at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship with all seven titles decided, Great Britain secured the Volvo Trophy and a new generation of sailing stars emerged in Arhus. Cyprus and Great Britain won two titles, with the others going to Australia, France and Italy on a record breaking day. So far Britain has won gold in both the 29er events and potential for another... [more]

New RORC offshore race in the Caribbean
Trish Jenkins,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club and Antigua Yacht Club will run the first offshore race to circumnavigate the Caribbean Islands. This exciting new race will be called the RORC Caribbean 600. Conceived by a group of RORC members living in the Caribbean, the race starts on the 23 February 2009 off Fort Charlotte outside English Harbour, Antigua... [more]

High wind stops play at I-14 Worlds on Day 4
Andy Rice,
High winds off Warnemunde meant that no racing took place today at the International 14 Worlds. The plan is to run two back to back races tomorrow to get the event back on schedule. Australians Roger Blasse and Andrew Gilligan currently lead the series after three races. The lack of sailing has given sailors the chance to discuss the future of this high-performance development class... [more]

New l'Hydroptère sailing sessions in Med evaluated
l'Hydroptère media,
Alain Thébault and his crew train and sail between Marseille and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, as wind conditions permit on the speed version of l'Hydroptère. The new version of l'Hydroptère is an entirely new boat. For this reason, Alain Thébault and his crew have taken the time to proceed with the necessary adjustments and to take control of the boat... [more]

Sun shines on J/109 fleet at Cork Week
Assoc media,
The sun finally come out in Cork and the J/109 fleet had races 6 and 7 round a 3-lap windward/leeward course. Race 7 was the closest race of the J/109 Irish National Championship when the first four boats finished within 45 seconds of each other... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team leave on VOR qualifying sail
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 left Sweden today and set sail on their mandatory race qualifier. Ericsson has entered two boats in the 2008/09 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The race crews will not return to Sweden until they return for the Marstrand stopover in mid-June 2009 during the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

Half way through MedCup season game is wide open
Audi MedCup media,
So far the Audi MedCup Circuit has seen 26 races sailed in three locations with 17 different boats taking part and there have been three different individual regatta winners. The Breitling Regatta starts on Monday 21 July. The now standard 10-race schedule for each of the Audi MedCup Circuit Regattas will be continued at the Breitling Regatta in Puerto Portals, Majorca next week... [more]

ACCBank Cork Week - Day 3
finely balanced leader-board at the front of the Super Zero class at ACCBank Cork Week was outcome of the third day of racing that sees Niklas Zennstrom`s TP52 'Ran' maintain a one-point lead over Dan Meyer`s Judel Vrolijk 66 'Numbers'. Both boats had a win apiece on the Windward-Leeward course in the light airs. Richard Matthews` GP42 'Oystercatcher XXVI' extended its lead of Class Zero... [more]

ValenciaSailing: Coutts - 'Ready for March 2009'
The German auto group will continue sponsoring the American America's Cup challenger. There was the usual talk about technology transfer between Formula 1 cars and America's Cup sailing. Despite the failure of BMW Oracle in the 32nd edition in Valencia, the presence of Russell Coutts was the main factor that made the Germans stick to Larry Ellison's team.... [more]

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2008
On returning to the race track for the fourth day of racing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2008 in Arhus, Denmark, Judge Ryan and Hans Henken of the USA overhauled James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald of Britain to lead the Boy's 29er series by one point. This was the only change to the established leaders in the seven classes competing... [more]

Leaders unchanged at Laser European Championships
No change in the leaders of the Laser Standard and the women's Laser Radial after day two at the European Championships in Nieupoort, Belgium. Sari Multala of Finland once again winning both races in the Laser Radial fleet keeping her place at the top of the leaderboard. Australian Tom Slingsby stays in first place with a first and a second with Paul Goodison second... [more]

Tigh Soluis II leads J/109 Irish Nationals
D Apthorp,
The fourth and fifth races of the J/109 Irish National Championship were held over a trapezoid course on Wednesday and Tigh Soluis II and Beth of Five Star who sweept up in the third day of racing. Overnight leaders at ACC Bank Cork Week are Tigh Soluis II (16 points) from J-Dream (21 points) and Juke Box (27 points)... [more]

Blasse and Gilligan are new leaders at I-14 Worlds
Andy Rice,
After dominating yesterday's high wind race off Warnemunde, Andy and Tom Partington took the winner's gun again in moderate breezes for race 3 of the International 14 World Championships. New leaders of the Worlds are Australians Roger Blasse and Andrew Gilligan, whose 6th place today is enough to see them at the top, one point ahead of Mike Lennon and Andy Rice... [more]

Three inducted into OK Dinghy Hall of Fame
Robert Deaves, OKDIA Publicity,
Three of the most influential OK Dinghy sailors from Australia, Germany and Poland were honoured last week at the championship dinner of the Bombardier OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany, by being welcomed in to the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame.... [more]

Bekking reports 'Med at its best' during qualifier
Bouwe Bekking onboard Telefonica Blue/VOR,
Skipper Bouwe Bekking, reports from on board Telefonica Blue, on the Seventh day of the Spanish team's two-boat 2,000-mile qualification run.... [more]

Cycle 4 Leukaemia appeal - please help
Mike Coburn appeal,
Shosholoza sailmaker launches epic 'Cycle for leukemia' Fund Raiser. Log onto to find out how you can help. South African sailmaker Mike Coburn, 35, who was proud to join Team Shosholoza in Valencia, Spain after recovering from a bone marrow transplant himself, is planning to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust by cycling 1000 miles from one end of Britain to the other... [more]

ACC Bank Cork Week - Day 2
Day two at ACC Bank Cork Week dawned with a solid south-westerly breeze gusting to more than 20 knots at times for the 410 entries gathered at Crosshaven. Boat-handling skills were tested across the variety of courses though the fleet did not escape without gear failure and ripped sailcloth. The Super Zero and Zero classes were at full pelt, blast-reaching on the trapezoid course... [more]

Britain lead in Volvo Trophy at Youth Worlds
Volvo PR,
Great Britain is leading a close four-country battle for the Volvo Trophy, awarded to the best-performing nation at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. New Zealand follow the Brits in second place, whilst the defending champion Australia lie third, just ahead of the host nation Denmark. France, nine-time winners of the Volvo Trophy, complete the top five... [more]

Moths fly at Olympic venue championships
Fast Track,
Hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, host venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events, the CST Composites 2008 Moth World Championships drew to a close last Friday. In a diverse 95 boat fleet, spanning in age range from 17 to 65 years old, the event saw five female sailors taking part including three British ladies, one Swiss and one Australian... [more]

2008 Fireball European Championships
Tim Saunders,
Tom Jeffcoate and Dave Hynes of Britain won the 2008 Fireball European Championships from 56 competing teams from nine countries in a windy weeks sailing off the Belgium coast. Second were Alleaume and Perdon of France, with third Hens and Peeters of Belgium. The final results saw five British boats joined in the top ten by teams from France, Czech Republic, Ireland and two from Belgium... [more]

Extreme 40 Series joins Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo have announced that the Extreme 40 Series will be part of the on-the-water entertainment package at five of the stopovers during the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 - Alicante, Singapore, Qingdao, Boston and Stockholm with fleets of up to ten boats taking part. In each port, the racing will take place between the in-port race weekend and the leg start weekend... [more]

Entries for 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition
Sailors from 62 nations will take to the world's greatest sporting stage this August as they battle on the Yellow Sea at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Sailing Competition. Confirmation of national places has been received by the International Sailing Federation, along with provisional entry lists detailing the athletes who will compete across the eleven events of the Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]

RS400 Fat Face Circuit event at Arun YC
Paul Hilliar,
RS400s gathered at Arun YC, near Littlehampton for the club's first Fat Face circuit event and were treated to a great weekend of racing hosted by a very friendly club. Paul Hilliar and Stu Jagger romped away with the five races but not without some close racing... [more]

Father and son lead I14 Worlds on Day 2
I14 media,
Andy and Tom Partington won race 2 of the International 14 World Championships by a barnstorming seven minutes, making the strong winds and enormous waves off Warnemunde look like a stroll in the park. Archie Massey and Matt Noble hold the lead, although Aussies Roger Blasse and Andrew Gilligan have equal points in second place... [more]

First day of racing J/109 Irish National Champs
J/109 media,
Monday morning saw the first day of racing at ACC Bank Cork Week for the J/109 Irish National Championship. After two races the overnight leader is J-Dream of David and Kirsty Apthorp ahead of Juke Box, Brian Moreton and Tigh Soluis II of Ken Grant... [more]

Laser Europeans underway in Nieuwpoort, Belgium
Event media,
During the first day of the Laser Radial Europeans in Nieuwpoort, Belgium two races were held in nice weather conditions with a westerly wind of 14 to 18 knots. Tom Slingsby of Australia and Sara Multala of Finland both got off to perfect starts in the Laser and Laser Radial Europeans. In the Men's Radial there is a three-way tie for the lead between GBR, GRE and POL competitors... [more]

Coville smashes Joyon's North Atlantic solo record
Sodeb'O website/,
Thomas Colville onboard Sodeb'O has beaten the previous North Atlantic solo record held since 2005 by Francis Joyon of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds, by more than nine hours.... [more]

ACCBank Cork Week day 1
Light to moderate winds graced the 410 entries at ACC Bank Cork Week for the opening day of racing in Ireland's biennial celebration of sailing. There were full results across all 26 classes with light airs tactics proving decisive. However light airs and tricky tides didn't prove lucky for the big-boat glamour entries of the Super Zero fleet that saw a clutch of Transpac 52-footers emerge... [more]

Will Loy wins Island Barn Reservoir SC Solo Open
DG Clark,
Sixteen Visitors from 11 sailing clubs with ten home boats, met in fine weather with a South West wind force 2-4 gusting 5 at the Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club, West Molesey for the Solo class Thames Valley Series.... [more]

B14s at Weymouth and Portland SA
Mark Barnes,
The fourth round of the B14's travellers' circuit was held on 12 - 13 July at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Twenty B14s attended with close racing throughout. David Hayes and Sean Dwyer, MJF North/Sails, won the event with a race to spare, but the next three places were up for grabs in the final race... [more]

Qingdao Olympic Village ready to open
Beijing Olympic Media,
Images of some of the Olympic Sailing Village in Qingdao. The village is located in the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center with over 400 rooms which will receive more than 700 athletes and officals during the Olympic Games. It will officially open on July 27... [more]

Contender and Flying 15 Opens at HISC,
The Contender and Flying 15 classes held Open Meetings at Hayling Island SC over the weekend. The Contender Open Meeting was won by John Browett from Datchet Water SC and the Flying 15 Open Meeting for the Bulwark Trophy, essentially a warm-up for the class Nationals at HISC in a couple of weeks time, by Steve Goacher and Phil Evans... [more]

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