Newsletter August 3 2008




04 Aug 2008

Major Events

America's Cup

Olympic class regattas


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

2008 Skandia Cowes Week

Extreme 40s

2008 Olympics Qingdao

Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008

Predict Wind News


Skandia Cowes Week - Day 2 Results
Cowes media,
Despite the miserable weather this morning, for the start of the second day of Skandia Cowes Week, there's plenty of wind to keep competitors on their toes.... [more]

Stolen blocks sideline Ian Southworth's SB3
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Ian Southworth and his seasoned Laser SB3 team on Chilli Chaser had the shock of their lives heading out to the racecourse yesterday morning at Skandia Cowes Week, when they discovered their spinnaker blocks had been snatched... [more]

Grey but good sailing conditions at Cowes - Day 2
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Once again the early morning weather down here at Skandia Cowes Week is fairly damp as a result of a complex area of low pressure still sitting over northern Scotland.... [more]

Windy weather possible for Olympic sailing
Bob Maxwell,
The Beijing Meteorological Bureau has today predicted that two or three typhoons are likely to land China's eastern provinces in August. Qiao Lin, an official with the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, said China's typhoon prediction capability has reached advanced standard in the world. He said five or six typhoons were forecast to form off the east coast of China during August... [more]

Andrew Campbell Beijing Living a surreal existence
Andrew Campbell,
Its a surreal existence here at the Olympic Sailing Center Qingdao. In reality, its been a surreal existence throughout the last three years sailing full time on the Olympic-class sailing circuit. Under the Olympic flame the faces and the names are the same. Of course they are. But this time, we're no longer living together, eating together, and as loose as we'd normally be... [more]

Ghost Ship Kazz II inquest
Rob Kothe,
A coronial inquest into the disappearance of three West Australian sailors in mysterious circumstances on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, begins in Townsville in far north Queensland today.... [more]

Crash, bang, wallop iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes
Event media,
Three capsizes and one major collision result in a day of sheer drama in the opening races of the UK round of the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week as the presence of the America's Cup teams upped the tempo. BMW Oracle Racing got off to a flying start with two wins for Franck Cammas, but then had a major collision, leaving both BMW Oracle Racing and BT badly damaged... [more]

First day at Skandia Cowes Week for the J/109s
class media,
The largest gathering of J/109s (39 boats) arrived in Cowes for the first race of Skandia Cowes Week. Zelda, Ben Richards and Michael Ewart-Smith was the winner on day 1, with second Offbeat, David McLeman... [more]

ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championship - Result
Event media,
Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are the speed windsurfing world champions 2008. After seven rounds of speedsailing in challenging conditions, Albeau took the victory with a perfect score of 3.5 points.... [more]

Results day 1 - Skandia Cowes Week
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Leading results from all the classes after day 1 of Skandia Cowes Week. All eyes were focussed on the opening races of Round 3 of the Extreme iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week today. As the wind built and gusted up during the afternoon there were numerous capsizes, and a collision and broken beam led to the retirement of BMW Oracle Cammas. BMW Oracle Spithill also capsized, as did Team Origin... [more]

Craig stays top of OK World Ranking List
Robert Deaves,
Despite losing the world title for the first time in four years, Nick Craig (GBR) has retained the top spot in the OK Dinghy World Ranking List, and has even increased his lead.... [more]

Desafío crowned double winner at Copa del Rey
Event media,
The 27th Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE came to an end with a bang for the America's Cup challenger Desafío. They win in both the GP42 and TP52 classes. - Ten straight bullets and the Copa del Rey in the pocket for AIFOS in IRC 1 - Tony Buckingham's Ngoni is king in IRC 2 - Cool Runnings wins in the X-35's while DSK-Comifin gets 1st spot in the SWAN 45's... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week - Opening Day
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Early morning drizzle doesn't seem to have dampened the spirits here at Skandia Cowes Week. A total of 970 entries have turned up for the opening day of this eight-day extravaganza and, according to weather expert Chris Tibbs the weather will improve later in the day... [more]

China hopes for Gold in Sailing at Qingdao,
China has high expectation in the Yngling class for the sailing regatta of the 2008 Beijing Olympics despite fierce challenges from tough opponents - 'There would be an unexpected result for China in the Yngling class' said Yao Xinpei, leader of the Chinese Olympic sailing team. Windsurfer Yin Jian from the women's RS:X class and Xu Lijia from the Laser Radial class are also medal favorites... [more]

Dean Brenner reports on security at Qingdao
Dean Brenner,
In some ways, the Olympic Games are just like any other regatta. And we frequently hear from past Olympians and Medalists that the people who successfully treat the Games like any other regatta are the ones who perform best. 'Business as usual' has been a frequent mantra on this team over the last few weeks and months - But we'd be crazy if we didn't admit that there are some differences... [more]

Macgregor into Semi-final at Lysekil Women's Match
Event media,
World ranking leader and reigning world champion Claire Leroy from France won the first round-robin with a 10-1 score. Then she secured a slot in the semis by winning the next round-robin 4-1. In the first match against Britain's Lucy Macgregor Leroy leads 1 to 0... [more]

Sweden hosts RS Feva and Tera Worlds
Martin Wadhams,
Gottskar, Sweden will host the 2008 inaugural RS Tera World Championship. This will be the first World Championship for single-handed junior sailors under age 15 in a the RS Tera class and nearly 50 boats are already entered from seven nations. The second RS Feva World Championship also takes place at Gottskar, starting Saturday (2 August) with over 100 boats entered from ten nations... [more]

iShares Cup at Cowes starts Saturday
iShares Cup media,
As the iShares Cup Extreme 40 catamarans start their event at Skandia Cowes Week, the British America's Cup team - Team Origin - currently lead the iShares Cup series by just two points from Alinghi, with local girl Shirley Robertson on JPMorgan Asset Management back in third a further two points behind. The iShares Cup European series, takes place from 2 to 4 August... [more]

Daring Class's Giles Peckham is King of Cowes
Event media,
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week exploded into life today with three glorious races sailed in conditions ranging from eighteen up to twenty five knots. When the results were calculated, Giles Peckham's impressive 3, 6, 1 scoreline had secured him an overall win and the title of 2008 Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Week... [more]

GGYC appeals latest America's Cup decision
Jane Eagleson, Golden Gate YC media,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today it has lodged an appeal against this week's decision of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. 'We believe the Challenger of Record has to be a real yacht club. It cannot be something that is manufactured with a defender to set up a one-sided event.... [more]

Desafío's day at Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE
Event media,
Without any doubt, the fifth day of the Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE was Desafío's one. After a poor start in what is the showcase Spanish event, the green team showed excellent consistency in both the TP52 and GP42 classes and is now leading the score table... [more]

Final race abandoned at Flying 15 Nationals
Gerald New,
The final race on Day 6 of the Flying 15 National Championships at Hayling Island SC was abandoned due to Gale force winds in the Bay. Greg Wells and Mark Darling (HISC) are the new Flying 15 National Champions for 2008. Second Barry and Sue Parkin (HISC) and third Mike Hart and Richard Rigg (Port Dinorwic SC)... [more]

GP42 class agree 2009 programme
Class media,
During the owners meeting of the GP42 class, held Thursday at the Real Club Náutico de Palma de Mallorca, boat owners assessed the current state of the International Quebramar GP42 Cup Circuit and gave green light to the 2009 season. The racing program for next year plans to visit Italy, France, Spain and Portugal possibly reducing the number of events while increasing racing days... [more]

French lead Lysekil Women's Match
Claire Leroy from France has sailed very well, losing only one match in the first round-robin at the Lysekil Women's Match. In second place is Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen of Denmark and in third is Lucy McGregor of Britain... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week starts Saturday 2 August
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
It has been held for the past 182 years, is known the world over as the greatest and certainly one of the most inclusive regattas in the yachting calendar, and it officially starts on Saturday 2 August. Below are some of this year's many highlights and remember you can keep up to date with all the latest news and views, weather, results and commentary from Cowes Radio... [more]

Crêpes Whaou! finishes Transat Quebec Saint Malo
Mer et Media,
At 18h 49' 14' (GMT), on Thursday 31 July 2008, Franck-Yves Escoffier, on board Crêpes Whaou! crossed the finish line of the seventh Transat Quebec-Saint Malo off the city of Saint-Malo doing twenty knots.... [more]

Bribón claims coastal race at Copa del Rey
Event Media,
Yet another spectacular day in the Palma bay with the breeze reaching 20 knots at the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. Dean Barker drives Bribón to victory in TP52 coastal race; Near Miss still leads the GP42's, Seven straight bullets for AIFOS in IRC 1; Ngoni is now 1st in IRC 2. Cool Runnings maintains leadership in the X-35's, No Limits-Bolidt gains 1st spot in SWAN 45's.... [more]

Qingdao regatta – will the numbers stack up?
Rob Kothe,
At eight seconds past eight minutes past eight in the evening, Central China time, on the eighth of August, two thousand and eight, the Beijing Olympic Games will officially start. That is 8:08:08 p.m. on 08-08-08 - a total of six eights – and Chinese tradition would suggest eight eights would be really really lucky.... [more]

BT Extreme 40 looking forward to the Competition
BT Media,
For the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series in Cowes, Nick Moloney and the BT Extreme 40 crew of Steve Mitchell, Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney have been training hard. An awesome and spectacular line up of 11 world class entries will be on the start line and the BT Extreme 40 crew will have to face some of the world's very best sailors at the UK regatta.... [more]

Wells and Darling are Flying 15 Champions
Gerald New,
Greg Wells and Mark Darling went afloat Thursday as series leaders at the Flying 15 National Championships knowing that they had to face two challengers to the title - Mike Hart and Richard Rigg from Port Dinorwic SC and Barry and Sue Parkin of HISC. They came ashore as National Champions following two races, having successfully defended their lead to take the title with a race to spare... [more]

Golding and Caffari begin two boat testing
Kelly Russell,
Two of Britain's most famous solo skippers, Mike Golding and Dee Caffari, have moved into the next stage of their ground breaking technical alliance to develop the fastest Open 60 possible ahead of this year's gruelling solo round the world yacht race, the Vendée Globe 2008/09. They start two-boat testing in a bid to challenge the French dominance of solo ocean racing... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes
Event media,
The activity levels of the participating teams in the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week are reaching fever pitch. Virtually all of the owner helm pairings have finalised their crew configurations and some have been able to get some practice time in on the Solent, ready for Fridays start to Cowes Week... [more]

Olympic Sailing on the BBC
There is no need to miss a second of Britain's sailors' quest for gold in Qingdao next month as the BBC brings you round-the-clock coverage from all the action on the water at Beijing 2008. With full race coverage set to start at 6am – the time of the first scheduled warning signal in China – every day on the BBC Interactive ‘Red Button' service... [more]

Green Dragon heads for home port of Galway
Ian Walker – Ski,
The Green Dragon's Volvo Open 70 has arrived in its home port of Galway after a short delivery from the team's training base in Cork. Read skipper Ian Walker onboard blog.... [more]

Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Event Summary
Andrew Buchanan,
Ten days of intense high wind competition sees a World Champion crowned, one of racings biggest players drop out of contention through injury, and a shake up of the both the race and freestyle ranks after a historic showdown on Sotavento beach.... [more]

Joint leaders at Lysekil Women's Match
Event media,
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen from Denmark, stays together with home sailor Jenny Axhede on six victories and two lost matches after Wednesday's continued round-robin in the Lysekil Women's Match. Britain's Lucy Macgregor won three and two lost matches, placing her on 5-3, and tied for fourth place with the same score as home sailor Anna Kjellberg... [more]

Victory for Parkin at Flying 15 Nationals - Day 4
Gerald New,
Just the one race Wednesday at the Flying 15 National Championships being held at Hayling Island SC, but once again a race of superb quality with the result in doubt right to the line. For Greg Wells and Mark Darling second place confirmed their overall lead going into the final two days and Thursday could be the make or break day for the Hayling pair... [more]

Spanish lead in the IRC and ORC classes
Event media,
The coastal race gives Spanish leadership in the IRC and ORC classes at the Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE, while Platoon leads the TP52 fleet, but Bribón and Mutua Madrileña close in; Near Miss sweeps the GP42 races and Cool Runnings maintain leadership in the X-35's while No Limits-Bolidt gains first spot in the SWAN 45's... [more]

Crêpes Whaou! expected to lead into St Malo
Mer et Media,
Crêpes Whaou! is expected Thursday early in the afternoon, at around 14:00hrs local time in Saint-Malo, the other multihulls and the leading Class 40 boats are making headway in strong winds blowing in excess of 30 knots, Mistral Loisirs, followed by Pogo Structures, is hanging on to the lead in the Class 40 boats, but behind the crews are still struggling to find any wind.... [more]

America's Cup decision 'a pleasant surprise'
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Soon after the announcement of the decision of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, which swung the America's Cup pendulum back the way of Alinghi, Sail-World spoke to Alinghi General Counsel, Hamish Ross about the implications of the decision and likely outcomes.... [more]

Campbell-James replaces Rob Andrews at RYA
David Campbell-James has replaced Rob Andrews as the RYA Competitions Manager following Andrews' appointment as the London 2012 Organising Committee's Sport Competition Manager for Sailing. In his new role with LOCOG, Andrews will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the 2012 sailing competition at WPNSA... [more]

Richard and Leroy head World Match Race Rankings
Mathieu Richard of France is back at the top in the Open Rankings, taking number one spot from Britain's Ian Williams. Claire Leroy completes a French double at the top in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings released Wednesday... [more]

Intense GP42 sailing on Day 2 Copa del Rey
International GP42 Association media,
It was a very intense fight what the Mallorcan waters hosted on the opening day of the QUEBRAMAR GP42 Cup fourth event: the Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE.... [more]

RS classes at Lake Garda
RS Assoc,
The RS classes - RS200, RS400, RS500, RS600, RS700 and RS800 - are racing at Riva del Garda in Italy this week. Here are the results for all classes after day 2 completed... [more]

Images from the Flying 15 UK National Championship
Lucy Jameson,
Lucy Jameson captured these images at the Flying 15 UK National Championship, taking place at the Hayling Island SC... [more]

Netherlands - Great Britain win 470 Junior Worlds
Rick van Wijngaarden,
Steven Lefevre and Steven Krol from The Netherlands are the new 470 Class Junior World Champions and Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes from Great Britain, the new 470 Class Junior Women's World Champions. The girls from Great Britain are the first women that win the separated 470 Junior Worlds Women's event... [more]

Hunstanton host North West Norfolk Week
Duncan Ellis,
The weekend saw Hunstanton host the opening two days of this years North West Norfolk Week sponsored by King's Lynn Audi with over 70 boats competing. The weekend saw perfect sunshine over both days with force 2 winds on Saturday and force 3 on Sunday... [more]

Wells and Darling regain lead at Flying 15 Champs,
Day 3 of the Flying 15 National Championships at Hayling Island SC. And day 1 race leaders, Greg Wells and Mark Darling take back the overall lead after five races completed. A 20 knot southerly, with a rolling swell and fifty Flying Fifteen keelboats competing in the conditions Uffa surely had in mind when he put pen to paper over sixty years ago... [more]

Challenges ahead for Olympic Sailors
Rob Kothe/,
The Games of the 29th Olympiad are looming as one of the most challenging ever since sailing became an Olympic sport in 1900. History will remind you that the first scheduled Olympic regatta - Greece in 1896 was blown away with wild winds. There is an old Chinese curse 'may you live in interesting times'.... [more]

America's Cup Appeal goes Alinghi's way
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
In a surprise decision a majority of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court have determined that Club Nautico Espanol de Vela, the much discredited Challenger of Record chosen by the Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, did comply with the requirements of the Deed of Gift... [more]

Superb conditions on Day 2 at Copa del Rey
Event media,
Superb conditions offer spectacular races in second day of Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE. Platoon leads the TP52 fleet and Near Miss the GP42's, AIFOS sweeps in IRC 1 and Give me Five maintains first place in IRC 2, Cool Runnings is undisputed leader in X-35 while Jeroboam Ca´nova climbs to top spot in the SWAN 45´s.... [more]

470 Junior Worlds glory for Mill and Hughes
Karenza Morton,
Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes held their nerve in style to sail to 2008 Women's 470 Junior World Championship gold in Poland Tuesday. Mills and Hughes took second in the medal race to the Spaniards' fifth to claim the overall title by 14 points. In total all three British boats made the medal race, Claire Walsh and Jasmine Husband taking eighth and Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth 10th... [more]

More international success for young Brits

RYA Team GBR's golden July continues with young British sailors clinching the 2008 Topper World and 29er European Championship crowns. Fresh from Britain's medal table-topping success at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Denmark, new ISAF Youth World boys' 29er Champions James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald made it two golds in the space of seven days... [more]

GP14 Worlds attract top class sailors
Justin Chisholm,
There is now less than a week to go before the first race of the GP14 Class World Championship 2008, hosted by the South Caenarvonshire YC. The Championship which runs from the 2 to 8 August, has attracted an impressive one hundred and fourteen boat entry, including competitors from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire, as well as entries from the USA and South Africa and Ceylon... [more]

29er Europeans - Peters and Fitzgerald Champions
Ovington Boats,
Going into the final day of the 29er European Championships in Medemblik, at the top of the fleet, the two British boats of James Peters and Edward Fitzgerald and Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humphreys were set to continue their battle. Unfortunately after waiting until midday, racing was abandoned due to lack of a decent breeze. The title went to Peters and Fitzgerald... [more]

RS800 Fat Face Circuit – Eastbourne Sovereign SC
RS media,
Round 5 of the RS 800 Fat Face series was staged at one of the fleets' favourite venues – Eastbourne Sovereign SC. Ben McGrane and Olivier Vidal were the eventual winners after a final race face-off with Justin Deal and Ollie Page... [more]

Gladitorial B14 Battle at Starcross
Mark Barnes,
The B14 Flying Circus made its way down to the West Country for some great sailing. The 20 B14s were to probably have their best sailing of the year to date. Saturday consisted of training in the morning and a four race pursuit series, no discards in the afternoon. Then on Sunday, again a four race series, no discards counting towards the TT series... [more]

Mist delays Lark Nationals
Event media,
Day 3 of the Lark Nationals took place at Bridlington after a short postponement whilst the mist cleared. Emma Harris & Becky Priest won the first race and Matt White and Harriet Steer won the second and now lead the championship overall... [more]

Nicolas Troussel wins in Spain
Event website and Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Nicolas Troussel wins the first leg of the 39th edition of Solitaire du Figaro. A well-earned second place goes to Christian Bos and Frédéric Duthil completes the podium.... [more]

Mills and Hughes (GBR) lead Junior 470 Worlds
Event media,
At the Junior 470 World Championships for Men/Mixed and Women crews Britain's Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes shared the honours of Monday's races with Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos of Spain, both scoring a 2nd and 1st place. In the Men's event Lefevre and Krol of the Netherlands took back the lead going into the Medal races... [more]

Difficult conditions for Liverpool YC series
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht club held the fourth race in the Summer Series on Sunday July 20th. A strong North Westerly wind gusting over 30 knots made the decision to hold the race problematic. Stuart Lofthouse in his Impala Skukusa as the only remaining competitor and with a shortened course he was able to finish the race... [more]

Atlantic racing and tactics Transat Quebec St Malo
Mer et Media,
In the Transat Quebec St Malo Crêpes Whaou! is the first multihull and is positioned less than 1,100 miles from Saint Malo. Mistral Loisirs – Pôle Santé Elior (Oliver Krauss) has taken the lead of the Class 40 fleet with a 20 mile lead.... [more]

Black flag day at Hayling Island for the Fifteens,
The flags were out for the second day of the Flying 15 Nationals at Hayling Island SC - trouble was they were the Black sort. Light Easterly winds combined with an east running tide created a difficult situation for the fleet and the black flag was soon in operation. Smiling through it all were Alan Bax and Bill Masterman, winners here in 1999 when the Nationals were last held at HISC... [more]

Perfect opening day at the Copa del Rey
Event media,
One couldn't have asked for a better start for the 27 Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE. Even if the initial weather forecast wasn't anything to write home about, Palma's bay lived up to its name. Throughout the afternoon, all three race areas had a stable southwestern breeze that started at 10 knots and gradually picked up to 15... [more]

Week of moderate fresh winds predicted in Qingdao
PredictWind.Com and Sail-World,
Winds reaching 25 knots are predicted for the so-called light air Olympic venue of Qingdao on Wednesday of this week. The model developed by! shows breezes developing to 15kts on Monday, with the same again on Tuesday, before increasing quickly to 25kts on Wednesday afternoon.... [more]

Quarrie issues statement on Cowes future
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Stuart Quarrie the CEO of Cowes Week Limited has issued a statement regarding the future of Cowes Week following the ending of the title sponsorship of Skandia this year. No new sponsor has been announced following the withdrawal of Skandia after 14 years... [more]

Brian and David Earl win Javelin Euro,
The final day of the Javelin Euro Cup turned out to be a Anglo-German affair. The British team Brian and David Earl had been far in front and took first. But the duo Thomas Broeker and Volkmar Prehn from Germany was able to snatch the second place from the British crew Richard and Kathryn Smith... [more]

British pair extend lead on Day 5 Junior 470 World
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. Britain's Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes extended their lead with another double win in today's races. Lior Lavie and Yam Amir (ISR) lead the men's series... [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]

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]

BMW ORACLE Racing's Teams gear up for Cowes
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing will begin training in Cowes next week in preparation for the highly competitive iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week 2-4 August where the team is fielding two entries – Team Spithill and Team Cammas.... [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]

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]

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]

2008 Olympics Qingdao
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2008 Skandia Cowes Week
Cowes 01/08/08
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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