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2008 Olympics Qingdao


Welcome to your Newsletter.

The Olympics start in less than two weeks and we have a feature on the opening of the Qingdao Olympic village, also read about the various security measures for the Games, including underwater robots and deploying navy ships.

Still on the Olympic theme, Robert Deaves looks at the Finn event and the likely challengers to hot favourite, Britain's Ben Ainslie. And the Dutch have developed a special Tornado genneker, flatter and smaller, to use to windward in the expected light winds.

Plus the Figaro is underway, the Optimist and Solo championships were decided and the Flying 15 championships started Sunday.

Lots of news and more every day on

Gerald New
UK Editor

Light conditions on Day 5 Junior 470 Worlds
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The fifth day of racing took place today, at the Junior 470 World Championships for Men/Mixed and Women crews, in light conditions, with a 5-9 knots breeze and a flat sea. Lior Lavie and Yam Amir (ISR) demand back what they think it belongs to them, and Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes (GBR) expand their lead with another double win in today's races.more]

Hardcore conditions ISWC Fuerteventura
Markus Schwendtner,
In hardcore conditions, the 63 competitors were sent out for their first leg at 13:00 hours local time,... [more]

Collisions and damage in Transat Quebec St Malo
Mer et Media,
In the 7th Transat Quebec-Saint Malo, the trimaran Laiterie de Saint Malo was racing at full pelt at over 20 knots when it hit a whale and broke its only rudder. Amongst the multihulls this transatlantic, still led by Crêpes Whaou!, has changed tone in light of the number of collisions with sea creatures.... [more]

Lack of wind shortens first leg of Figaro
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The light conditions felt over the Bay of Biscay over the past two days have forced the Race Committee and Race Director to come to a unanimous decision to shorten the 450 mile leg from La Rochelle in Vigo by some 130 miles. Financo, continues to make gains over his 49 rivals.... [more]

2008 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day Nine
© PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
At the 2008 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam, untouchable, Sarah-Quita and Marcilio Browne are confirmed event winners, despite a spirited performance from Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo, who took victory in the third men's single elimination on the penultimate day of competition.... [more]

RORC Channel Race
Louay Habib,
The Channel Race started in a very light south westerly breeze of about four to six knots, and the race was to prove highly tactical. Tidal strategy was of course vital, but wind strategy was at least equally important. It was a day for keeping your head out of the boat.... [more]

Qingdao Olympic village officially opens
Xinhua News Agency,
The Qingdao Olympic village officially opened on Sunday with 14 sailing teams including Japan, Brazil, Spain and China moving in. Decorated with Chinese paper cuts, water paintings and kites, the dwelling district for the Olympic sailors has special display room for folk culture, where craftsmen perform Chinese traditional arts like sugar painting, paper cutting and metal sculpting... [more]

Wells and Darling lead day 1 Flying 15 Nationals,
The Flying 15 National Championships got underway at Hayling Island SC in perfect conditions in Hayling Bay. Greg Wells and Mark Darling were the eventual winners of the first race after a close tussle with Barry and Sue Parkin... [more]

Olympics - Qingdao beefs up security measures
Mu Xuequan,
Postponing a popular beer festival, recruiting underwater robots and deploying navy ships , these are just a few measures Olympic co-host city Qingdao is using to fend off any possible terror attack.... [more]

Italian crews lead 420 Worlds
Britain's Ben Saxton and David de Boltz are in fourth after the end of the qualifying series for the 420 Worlds. Scotti Mancinelli and Lorenzo Edoardo De Felice of Italy lead.... [more]

Danish 470 women win Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
International women's power dominated the 470 class at the 119th Travemuende Week. On Saturday the female crew Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer from Denmark secured their overall victory having sailed an impressive series with six bullets and two seconds discarded. The Czech helmsman Alexandre Tinoco and his 'Bohemia Express' crew became new ORC European Champions in the Sportsboat class... [more]

Images From Wot Rocket's Recent Practice Run
Crosbie Lorimer,
On Tuesday this week Wot Rocket made two fast runs on Botany Bay in a cold 15 knot southwesterly. Reaching speeds in excess of 20 twenty knots she lifted briefly onto her forward foil before steering problems brought her to an abrupt halt on both occasions.... [more]

Fuerteventura Speed Windsurfing Worlds - Day 1
Event media,
ISWC Speed WIndsurfing World Championship Fuerteventura 2008: Day 1 - Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo are the winners of the first round.... [more]

Race abandonment gives Quantum Racing MedCup win
Audi MedCup media,
Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing became the first team since 2006 to win back-to-back MedCup regattas when the AP over A flags were finally hoisted this afternoon, winning the fourth regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 - the 14th Breitling Regatta trophy... [more]

Cervin ENR back in Transat Quebec Saint Malo
Mer et Media,
Leading the 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo, Crêpes Whaou! is making headway downwind and is 1,720 miles from the finish. The Imoca monohull Cervin ENR skippered by Yannick Bestaven has repaired his port rudder bearing, damaged after hitting a whale. He is 120 miles from Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.... [more]

Biscay Doldrums for La Solitaire du Figaro fleet
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
xxx... [more]

Ingrid Abery images from Breitling Regatta
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery sent images of racing at the 14th Breitling Regatta, part of the Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more]

Transat Quebec Saint Malo - Cervin ENR hits whale
Mer et Media,
After hitting a whale Cervin ENR has made it to Port aux Basques, to the south-west of Newfoundland. Crêpes Whaou! is extending its lead over the rest of the fleet and is now 215 miles ahead of Laiterie de Saint Malo Amongst the Class 40s, Télécom Italia and Novedia Group are vying for pole position off Cap Ray.... [more]

BBC Dragons track-down Waterbuoy for new TV show
John Sharp,
t the end of 2007, James Halliburton, appeared on the BBC 2 programme Dragons' Den, where he faced the fierce panel of financial investors with Waterbuoy, his ingenious emergency floatation device that saves boaters' dropped valuables from a watery grave – Now they want him back!... [more]

Final day decides winners at BCYC Regatta
Justin Chisholm,
The final day's racing decides the winners at the 2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta. With the first leg of the Class Zero course being a beat to into the tide, the boats delighted the throngs of spectators and photographers watching from under the Royal Yacht Squadron platform, by starting close to the shore in an effort to cheat the tide.... [more]

New Zealand wins gold and bronze at Splash Worlds
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
New Zealand sailors have won the gold and bronze medals in the 2008 World Splash Championships being sailed in Tavira. Six New Zealanders finished in the top ten overall.... [more]

Leaders hold positions at Junior 470 Worlds
470 Event media,
The qualifying series were completed today after six races in the Junior 470 World Championship Men/Mixed. Lior LAVIE and Yam AMIR (ISR) maintain their lead with a fifth place in race five, and win race six.... [more]

Cumbley is new Solo National Champion
Claire Clark /,
The final day of the Solo National Championship at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club dawned slightly overcast with a few spots of rain in the air. Andy Davis needed a good win in the first race of the day, with Cumbley down the fleet to take it into the final race. It was not to be, Cumbley sailed a safe race to finish fifth with Davis safely tucked behind him in 12th and it was all over... [more]

Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE opens in Palma
More than one hundred yachts from fifteen countries will start competing on the waters of the Palma Bay in the Mediterranean's most important regatta - the 27th Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE - which was officially opened Saturday at the Real Club Náutico de Palma by Javier Sanz, president of the organizing committee. Classes racing include the GP42 and TP52, X-35, Swan 45, IRC, ORC 570 and ORC 670... [more]

Raul Rios wins Optimist World Championship
OptiWorld media,
Raul Rios (PUR), already North American champion, won the Optimist World championship with two races to go and good results in all wind conditions. Tomoyo Wakabayashi (JPN) missed out on a potential over-all bronze on the final windy day by a mere 8 points but took girls' gold.... [more]

Top-class line up for iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes
Event media,
Round 3 of the iShares Cup Sailing Series is the UK leg of the Extreme 40 circuit. Racing takes place from August 2-4 as part of Skandia Cowes Week, the world's largest and longest-running sailing regatta, which runs from August 2-9.... [more]

O'pen BIC World Cup a great success
Benoit Tréguilly,
The O'pen World Cup was a great success. During this World O'pen Cup, 4 different race format were used : downwind slalom, crosswind slalom, advefourture racing and O'pen Cross (including freestyle moves). Kids raced and had a lot of fun at the same time!... [more]

Can anyone beat Ainslie?
Robert Deaves,
Robert Deaves looks at the field for the Finn class at the 2008 Olympic Games - the 15th set of Olympic Finn medals since 1952 which will be decided on the waters off Qingdao, China. Britain's Ben Ainslie is the hot favourite, here Deaves looks the likely challengers for what many consider a 'done deal'... [more]

British pair lead Javelin Eurocup
Event media,
The Eurocup of the Javelin class started also on Thursday at Travemuende Week, Germany. The British team Brian and David Earl scored three first places to take a clear lead... [more]

Finn fleet return at Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
It was a busy Thursday for the race committee of the 119th Travemuende Week as 15 classes took off into a great day of sailing on the Bay of Luebeck. The warm wind peaked 20 knots from the East with a nice swell. After a long absence a good fleet of Finn Dinghies came together to sail Travemuende Week this year... [more]

Flying Fifteen Nationals - Start Sunday at HISC
Event media,
Cowes is the birthplace of the Flying Fifteen - Uffa's bath, so they say! But Hayling Island SC like to think that it's spiritual home is at HISC. This weekend sees eighth running of the Flying 15 Championship at the club, the first back in 1957 and the most recent in 1999. Then it was won by Alan Bax and Bill Masterman and they will be back together to attempt a defence of their 'HISC Nationals'... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup Notice of Series Published
ISAF has issued the first draft Notice of Series for the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup... [more]

The Tall Ships' Races 2008 underway

The Tall Ships' Races 2008 got off to a great start on 23rd July 2008. Alexander von Humboldt takes over the lead on corrected time. Class B is being led by the Norwegian Stina Mari with Far Barcelona (Spain) in second place and Jens Krogh (Denmark) in third.... [more]

Slowly, slowly in the Transat Quebec Saint Malo
Mer et Media,
The fleet of the 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo are certainly not going to beat any speed records. The exception perhaps is the trimaran Crêpes Whaou! which has gained some massive separation and is closing on the archipelago of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.... [more]

Rendez-vous to Trophée Clairefontaine de Valencia
Clémentine Chaignaud,
The Trophée Clairefontaine de Valencia will be raced on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September. The nineteenth edition of the Trophée Clairefontaine des Champions de Voile will take place in the Marina Real Juan Carlos 1er, i.e. inside the port which has welcomed the base of the competitors for the America's Cup 2007.... [more]

Figaro starts Friday
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Fifty sailors will set off from La Rochelle today at 13:00 on the first of three legs of La Solitaire du Figaro, they key event of the Figaro solo sailing calendar. The 2008 edition will cover 1,880 miles over three legs: La Rochelle to Vigo in Galicia, then a return leg to Cherbourg in France before the final marathon leg of 826 miles to L'Aber W'rach... [more]

Israel and Spain lead Junior 470 Worlds on Day 2
470 Event media,
Race three and four were completed today, the second day of racing, at the Junior 470 World Championships for Men/Mixed and Women crews.... [more]

Courrier Dunkerque wins Tour de France Sailing
Anatole Lucet,
Elcimaï – Ville de Marseille (Dimitri Deruelle) had come closer and closer since the fleet arrived in Marseille. But that wasn't enough to finish ahead of Courrier Dunkerque (Daniel Souben), leader since Lorient. The winner in the amateur ranking is Val Thorens (Lucas Millieret / Alexis Littoz)... [more]

Day One - 470 Junior Worlds
470 Event media,
Racing got underway yesterday at the Junior 470 World Championships for Men/Mixed and Women crews in Poland. For the first time, the Junior 470 World Championships are separated into two events; Men/Mixed and Women.... [more]

2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam Report
Event Media,
The 2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam came to an end today with another two exciting races in conditions from 25-35 knots. It was again a hard fight between Sebastien Cattelan, Robert Douglas and Alex Caizergues.... [more]

Breitling Regatta Day 2 images
Thierry Martinez images,
Peter de Ridder's team were on top of their game when they chased Bribón across the finish line of the first race before going on to win the second race by a comfortable margin.... [more]

The second Veolia Oceans(R) one-design is built
Clémentine Chaignaud,
The second Veolia Oceans(R) one-design for the SolOceans has left JMV Industries yard in Cherbourg (Normandy - France) yesterday.... [more]

Helge and Christian Sach, German Tornado champions
Andreas Kling,
The Bay of Luebeck in the Baltic Sea was very flat for a long time on Wednesday and any racing on the fifth day of the 119th Travemuende Week had to wait until the later afternoon. The International German Championship of the still Olympic Tornado class was decided without any further races - Helge and Christian Sach from Zarnekau, Germany became International German Tornado Champions... [more]

Qingdao - It's not normally like this !!
Robert Deaves,
Despite long-held predictions of almost guaranteed light winds at the Olympic regatta, the waters off Qingdao have another face with 22-25 knots over the last few days. After a prolonged period of fog and very light winds, these photos show a completely different side to the Olympic venue, with the 2004 Finn silver medalist Rafael Trujillo of Spain training this week in winds of 22-25 knots.... [more]

Dutch reveal revolutionary new Tornado sails
Diana Bogaards,
Last week, Dutch Team Zwitserleven Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis revealed its revolutionary sail for the Olympic competition in China. Because of the expected light winds in Qingdao, the Tornado duo focused on developing a special gennaker. It is a lot flatter and smaller then the regular gennakers used on the Tornado.... [more]

Crêpes Whaou leads Transat Quebec Saint Malo
Event media,
At noon, Franck-Yves Escoffier and his 50 foot trimaran 'Crêpes Whaou' were the only ones in the Transat Quebec Saint Malo, the 7th of that name, to have rounded the Percé passage mark, to the north of the Gaspésie and 354 miles from Quebec.... [more]

Elcimaï-Ville de Marseille wins last offshore leg
Anatole Lucet,
Elcimaï - Ville de Marseille wins hands down the last offshore leg of the Tour de France Sailing event.... [more]

Owen Parker (1932-2008) - the professional racer
Richard Gladwell,
Owen Parker, who was Sir Edward Heath's professional sailing master on several yachts owned and skippered by the former UK Prime Minister passed away on July 9 aged 76 after a long battle with cancer... [more]

Eight classes finished racing at Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
Sunny weather and light shifty wind greeted the sailors in 13 classes on Tuesday, the race day four of the 119th Travemuende Week. Eight classes celebrated their winners. The prize-giving saw happy winners in the classes Int. Canoe IC, Int. Canoe Taifun; Laser, Laser SB3, Europe, Pirat, O-Jolle, Schwertzugvogel and Trias... [more]

Three UK teams start at Melges 32 US Championships
Event media,
Three international teams, all from the UK are bringing some spectacular talent to the third and largest ever Melges 32 US National Championship on July 25-27 in Newport, R.I. Twenty entries have been confirmed for the regatta which will be held in conjunction with the New York Yacht Club's Race Week at Newport, presented by Rolex... [more]

Nominate your choice of World Sailor of the Year
Nominate your choice for the 2008 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. There is only one male and one female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, who will not only win the coveted Rolex timepiece and trophy, but receive true recognition of their achievement from their peers across the world.... [more]

Bostik has arrived in United States
Clémentine Chaignaud,
Alexia Barrier (France), Phil Paxton (Canada) and Yann Clavier (France) arrived safe and sound onboard Bostik, the first unit of the Veolia Oceans® series for the SolOceans, in the North Cove Marina on the Hudson River, close to Manhattan skyscrapers.... [more]

Oceans Death? Answer Should be Blowing in the Wind
Media Services,
Russ George is the founder and current President of Planktos Science, a privately held San Francisco-based eco-restoration and ocean eco-technology company, whose mission is the restoration of damaged habitats. Here he offers a lucid and alarming account of the real problem for the survival of the world's oceans as we know them, and, literally blowing in the wind, an approach to a solution:... [more]

Heavy winds restrict racing at Travemuende Week
Event media,
Heavy winds reduced the racing programme on day three of the 119th Travemuende Week dramatically. Gusts up to eight Beaufort forced race director Walter Mielke to abandon racing on five of the six courses on a day that qualified as 'Stormy Monday'. Christoph Nielsen from Berlin took the lead in the Folkboat class after the opening of the German Championship... [more]

Extreme 40 set new Record racing along Thames
iShares media,
It's not often that four-times Olympic Gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent is beaten to the top spot, but today he was firmly resigned to second place whilst racing on The Thames onboard the iShares Extreme 40 catamaran alongside Dame Ellen MacArthur and a host of the world's top sailors. The fastest time was set by Oman Sail, a team supported by the Sultanate of Oman... [more]

RS Vareo Nationals at Lee on Solent SC
RS media,
Thirtyfive boats ventured down to Lee on Solent SC to take part in the 2008 Gul RS Vareo Nationals. The forecast was for a windy first couple of days and the promise of lighter stuff towards the end. Chris Larr was the eventual winner, one point ahead of Alain Sign with Andy Temple in third place a further point back... [more]

Baltic Sprint Cup 2008
Timothy Anderson,
There were 56 starters for the Baltic Sprint Cup 2008, the 4th annual edition of the race. The Baltic Sprint Cup will eventually conclude with the Final Showdown party on Aug. 1 on the Danish island of Bornholm.... [more]

The 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo begins
Mer et Media,
The 7th Transat Quebec Saint Malo is underway with 18 Class 40s setting out at 1500 hrs UT and the six Open 50' trimarans and four FICOs released by the starting gun at 1530 hrs UT. A fierce duel raged between the most high performance multihulls measuring 15.24 metres and the only Imoca 60 footer of the fleet, Cervin ENR skippered by Yannick Bestaven.... [more]

2008 Olympics Qingdao
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Extreme 40s

Extreme 40 sailing events...
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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance One Design sailing boat. It was designed by three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin....
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