It seems that everyone has gone Beijing crazy or in the case of the sailing world . . . Qingdao crazy. But, there were some other events taking place last week and we have a selection here for you to browse.
The big one was Skandia Cowes Week. And once again it was packed with everything from flying - and crashing - Extreme 40 catamarans through the big class 0 yachts to the traditional keelboat classes, and not a race lost for the first time in ten years. Plans are already in place for next year's Cowes Week which runs from 1 to 8 August 2009.
It's dinghy championship time in Europe and we have reports here.
But, over everything is the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games which started Friday. After the usual bigger, better, more expensive opening ceremony than the last one - and boy was it good, how will London beat that? Sailing got down to business on Saturday. For those in the UK that means the racing starts at 06:00 hrs in the morning.
As I write this the Finn, Yngling and 49er events have started and we have plenty of reports and images and I must say they look a whole lot more interesting than the pictures coming into my TV.
Also we cover all the classes every day, not just the class racing nearest the shore as the TV cameras have been doing, ignoring the rest.
We are lucky here in the UK as just at the moment Team GBR sailors lead in the 49er and Yngling events and are second in the Finn event - a lot of sailing to go yet but it's a good start and can only help to lift the other teams waiting to get afloat, to greater efforts.
Monday the Boards and 470 fleets join in.
Vestas SailRocket at speed Sailrocket
The Vestas SailRocket project is returning to the amazing Walvis Bay speed-strip to recommence its sailing program. The goal remains the same, to set the outright world speed sailing record. They plan to be in Namibia for around three months with a view to going for their first WSSRC ratified record attempt during this period. We wish Paul and his team good luck.
You could try an RS600FF at Hayling Island SC over the weekend of the 30/31 August . . . not really the same as the SailRocket, but I bet it will feel great if you manage to keep the thing upright . . . see the article below.
Gerald New Sail-World UK Editor
Figaro: Last Leg - Shorten Course issued Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, A fierce battle for the lead ensues on the final leg of La Solitaire du Figaro yacht race. Nine boats are within just a mile of each other as they furiously beat upwind to the Brittany Buoy. At 17:00 on Sunday, the Race Office announced a further change to the course as 40-knot winds are expected to sweep over the race area... [more]
Blackwattle - Cruising Life for Sale Des Ryan, She is ready for serious ocean cruising, but her owners aren't. Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and her Skipper husband Ted Nobbs have reluctantly decided to sell Blackwattle, the Peterson 46 which has safely and comfortably borne them around the world during the last five years.... [more]
Vendee Globe final qualifications Vendee Globe Media, Whilst for many of the Vendée Globe contenders, August means it is time for a well deserved rest, some are continuing to sail to achieve their final qualification... [more]
Vestas SailRocket returns for Record attempt Paul Larsen, The Vestas SailRocket project is returning to the amazing Walvis Bay speed-strip to recommence its sailing program. The goal remains the same, to set the outright world speed sailing record. They plan to be in Namibia for around three months with a view to going for their first WSSRC ratified record attempt during this period... [more]
Lindsey Bell previews the GBR Windsurfers and 470 Lindsey Bell, Lindsey Bell talks to the British sailors who join the three classes already racing on Monday - Four more sailing classes will head out to the startline for the first time at this Olympic regatta on Monday. Hoping to emulate Team GB's steady start on the Qingdao waters will be the men's and women's windsurfers, and the 470 men's and women's crews for whom two races apiece are scheduled.... [more]
49er picture time - Bright and breezy in Qingdao Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The 49er fleet series kicked off today with three races, sailed in bright sunshine - Owners of white boats with white sails and white spinnakers please note – you're never going to be on the cover again - Images here... [more]
GBR Rules the Ripples Day 2 Beijing Olympic Games ISAF (source: Olympic News Service), The British sailors enjoyed a great second day at the Olympic Sailing Competition and lead both the 49er and Yngling fleets, whilst the USA top the Finn leaderboard... [more]
Ingrid Abery images from today's racing at Qingdao Ingrid Abery images, Ingrid Abery was out on the water following the action. Here is a selection of her images from today's racing at Qingdao.... [more]
Images from Qingdao: 49er class Races 1, 2 and 3 Richard Gladwell and Guy Nowell, Sail-World, Images from Qingdao: 49er class Races 1, 2 and 3... [more]
Results & Images from Qingdao: Finns Day 2, Races Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Finn class racing on Day 2, Races 3 & 4 sailing on Course E.... [more]
The cat is out of the bag Bob Fisher, The Dutch Sailing Team announced today (Sunday) that Mitch Booth has registered his highly controversial Code O Tornado gennaker with the measurers at the Olympic regatta at Qingdao and that they have accepted it, subject to measurement, as a legitimate sail for use in the regatta. At time of press, the sail had not been measured but Booth believes this should present no problem.... [more]
Brits extend Yngling lead, Ainslie second in Finns RYA, Team GB's Yngling trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson put in another solid display on Sunday to see them extend their lead at the top of the results table. Ben Ainslie continued to close on the top spot where he is now second... [more]
Team GBR 49er take overall lead on day 2 at Games RYA, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes continued Team GB's confident start to the Olympic sailing regatta on Sunday, taking the overall lead after first day of racing for the 49er class. - We wanted a good solid start and we did that. We were obviously pretty nervous before today, being our first Olympics, but we probably built it up in our heads to be more than it actually was... [more]
Zach Railey dominates dicey conditions Robert Deaves/IFA, A quick glance at the Finn scoreboard after four races would seem to indicate someone is rolling the dice in Qingdao. One person who seems to have loaded dice is Zach Railey (USA), who after two awesome second places today moves into the overall lead and would have had a significant points advantage apart from a last minute charge in race four by Ben Ainslie (GBR) to move from seventh to first... [more]
Olympic Sailing Qingdao - Day 2 - Racing completed Sail-world.com/uk, Day 2 of racing in Qingdao, China and the 49er joined the Finn and Yngling classes out on the water for their first races of the Games. The 49er sailed three races while the Finn and Yngling added two more races to the two they completed on Saturday.... [more]
2008 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup Andrew Buchanan, The Pegasus Airlines Surf 'n Sound sports and music festival hits Alaçati, Turkey. For the fourth consecutive year, the Mediterranean's premier sport and music festival, the Pegasus Airlines Surf ‘n Sound, will be held at one of Europe's finest windsurfing locations in Alaçati, Turkey.... [more]
49ers race in Qingdao Rob Kothe Sail-World.com, The Spanish crew, Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez signalled they will be hard to beat with a first up victory in the 15 race 49er series on Course A, just off the seawall of Qingdao Harbour today. The Australians bombed 15th but stormed back to win the second race.... [more]
Sailjuice - Snakes and Ladders in Qingdao Andy Rice, It would be tempting to apply the old cliché of 'snakes and ladders' to the first day of the Olympic Regatta, because that is what it was. Andy Rice Sailjuice Blog report... [more]
Day 2 Olympic Sailing Regatta 2008 Rob Kothe, Light winds and hazy sunshine on Fushan Bay, Qingdao for the second day of the 2008 Beijing regatta. It's Day 2 for the Finn class and the Ynglings, out on Course E, further seawards.... [more]
Green Dragon starts Volvo qualification passage Green Dragon media, The Green Dragon Volvo Open 70 set off for her mandatory 2000-mile Volvo Ocean Race qualification passage. For this qualification, the Green Dragon Racing Team are joined by some new additions in the form of three Chinese crew members, who are all being trialled for a place onboard the boat.... [more]
Uncomfortable sailing conditions for Figaro fleet Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Conditions on the water are rough in the final leg of La Solitaire from Cherbourg to l'Aber Wrac'h in Brittany; 30 knots of southwesterly wind, with gusts of up to 40 and rough choppy seas. Overnight the fleet as split into three distinct groups from North to South. Eric Drouglazet (Luisina) just leads the fleet of 44 Figaro sailors ahead of Nicolas Bérenger (Kone) on the final leg of La Solitaire... [more]
Hermann Tomasgaard leads RS Tera Worlds Sail-World.com, Hermann Tomasgaard of Norway is the runaway leader of the RS Tera Worlds being held at Gottskär in Sweden. Tomasgaard has won all seven races held to date. In second place is Arya Sevgen of Turkey and in third is Beatrice Törnsten of Sweden.... [more]
Olympic Sailing Sunday - 49er, Finn and Yngling Sail-world.com/uk, A third class joins the two classes already racing on day two of the sailing events of the 2008 Olympic Games. Sunday sees the first races for the 49er class and get underway at 06:00 hrs UK time on Sunday morning, 10 August. Three races are scheduled for the 49er class and two each for the Finn and Yngling classes... [more]
Ingrid Abery images from Day One - Qingdao Ingrid Abery images, Ingrid Abery images from Day One of racing at Qingdao. Out on the course Saturday were the Finn and the Yngling fleets... [more]
Lindsey Bell talks with Britain's 49er duo RYA, Lindsey Bell talks with Britain's 49er duo, Olympic sailing first-timers Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who take to the waters off Qingdao for the first day of racing in the 49er class on Sunday.... [more]
Skandia Cowes Week - 2008 Final Overall Results Sue Pelling/CWL, As Skandia Cowes Week 2008 drew to a close Stuart Quarrie - Cowes Week Limited's CEO - spoke about the hugely successful week and says the general feeling from competitors and visitors is a positive one. As the 14-year partnership with Skandia comes to and end, Quarrie chatted about the changes that have occured over that period, and how Skandia has really helped to develop the week... [more]
Try a hydrofoiling RS600FF PR, Full Force boats, builders of the hydrofoiling RS600FF have announced a 'Come and Try' weekend for prospective new customers. Sailors can now experience the wonders of hydrofoiling by test sailing this sensational boat at the UK's premier dinghy sailing club - The event will be held at Hayling Island Sailing Club on the 30th and 31st August... [more]
An Olympic Champion observed Bob Fisher, Anyone who has raced a sailboat will have been overwhelmed by circumstances beyond their control – it is one of the natural exigencies of the sport. The fragility of a position in a race may hang tenuously, but careful management of the race will most times protect the sailor. There are those times when even the most experienced are subject to fate and it is easy to see that it hurts.... [more]
Typical Qingdao day for Finns Robert Deaves, The waiting is over. The racing has begun. The first starting signal for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition was for the Finn class.... [more]
Olympic Ynglings Day One Rob Kothe Sail-World.com, Weir and crew Karyn Gojnich and Angela Farrell took the lead to win the first race of the Yngling competition. The British team stormed around the fleet on the left to finish in second place. Third was Ekaterina Skudina and crew (RUS).... [more]
Zelda wins J/109 at Skandia Cowes Week J109 media, The J/109 Zelda, Ben Richards/Michael Ewart-Smith, won the fleet event at Skandia Cowes Week 2008 with five wins from seven races. Second was Shiva, Matt Boyle and third JOhnny Blue II... [more]
Olympic Sailing Qingdao - Day 1 - Racing completed Sail-World.com/uk, GBR lead the Yngling and are 3rd in the Finn - First races for the Finn and Yngling classes completed in Qingdao, China. In the expected light winds it was a topsy-turvy day for the two British teams. In the first race, Ben Ainslie took the lead at the final downwind mark but was then rolled by the chasing fleet and finished tenth. Yngling team came from last at first mark to finish second... [more]
Skandia Cowes Week - Final day Sue Pelling/CWL, Make the most of the sunshine this morning in Cowes if you're up and about early because it's going to cloud over and rain soon. Although the sun is shining this morning here in Cowes for the final day of Skandia Cowes Week, weather expert Chris Tibbs tells us it won't last long. But the good news is, there'll be some wind... [more]
Bob Fisher - Tornado storm Bob Fisher, ISAF, having effectively eliminated the multihull community from future Olympic participation, appears intent on endorsing the farce by failing to monitor the Tornado class rules. It is not that ISAF didn't have advance warning; it has been in the public domain for many months... [more]
Qingdao Finn Race One and Two Rob Kothe - Sail-World.com, He might be ranked just 28th in the World on the ISAF Rankings but reigning World Champion Ben Ainslie looked like he was going to put his stamp on the 2008 Olympic Finn class with an impressive win in the first race of the Qingdao regatta. But today's first race was not the stuff of fairy tales.... [more]
Ingrid Abery images from Qingdao Sail-World, International yachting photographer Ingrid Abery has arrived in Qingdao, China with lenses poised to capture the drama, action, pleasure and pain that will be the 29th Olympic Games.... [more]
Mirsky and Minoprio for St. Moritz Match Race 2008 Event media, Adam Minoprio from New Zealand and the Australian Torvar Mirsky, along with the world's best Match Racers will be on the starting line at the St. Moritz Match Race 2008.... [more]
First Sailing events Saturday - Finn and Yngling Sail-World.com, The first two sailing events of the 2008 Olympic games get underway at 06:00 hrs UK time on Saturday morning, 9 August. The Finn and Yngling classes are the two classes where Britain expects to strike Gold in the sailing events. Triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie has dominated the Finn class since winning Gold back in 2004 and is widely expected to repeat that feat in Qingdao... [more]
Skandia Cowes Week daily round up Kate Laven/CWL, The penultimate day of Skandia Cowes Week found the engraver poised to etch names, new and old, on some cherished silverware as the Solent was cleared of racing boats to prepare for a tumultuous fireworks display. Conditions in the Solent once again suited Niklas Zennstrom's Ran, which crossed the finish line just over a minute ahead of Charles Dunstone's Rio.... [more]
Cowes - Madeira Race – Starts: Monday 11th August Louay Habib, The Cowes to Madeira Yacht Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club is certain to provide some challenging and spectacular ocean sailing for the competitors. Starting on the historic Royal Yacht Squadron Line at Cowes, the fleet will head for Madeira, some 1480 miles away... [more]
Course modification for final Figaro leg Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Following the postponement ashore to the start of the third and final leg of La Solitaire du Figaro race this morning, a modification to the course was announced to the skippers. Because of the 40 to 50 knots of wind forecast over the Celtic and Irish Seas on Tuesday, the course will no longer take the fleet up round the Isle of Man, which would be dangerous for the 46 strong fleet of solo sailors... [more]
Tornado team Booth/Nieuwenhuis (NED) go Code Zero Diana Bogaards, Despite the commotion about the new 'code zero', Dutch Tornado sailors Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis stick to their strategy. They plan to use the upwind gennaker, especially designed for the predominant sailing conditions in Qingdao.... [more]
Dobson and Tunnicliffe are GP14 World Champions Justin Chisholm, Dobson and Tunnicliffe turn on the style to retain their title on the K. Drewe Insurance sponsored final day of the G.P.14 World Championships 2008 at Abersoch.... [more]
Ian Williams wins SB3 event at Cowes Week Media, Team Pindar triumphs again at Skandia Cowes Week - Pindar's World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams today won the SB3 class at Skandia Cowes Week, a great finish to a successful week for Team Pindar, who also won the Artemis Challenge on Tuesday... [more]
Skandia Cowes Week - Day 6 Overall Results Event media, In total contrast to the life they've been used to recently while serving in operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAF have been enjoying a week on the Solent racing on the RAF's J/109 Red Arrow. But it's not been all plain sailing because the competition in the 39-strong J/109 fleet has been extremely tough throughout the week... [more]
Expectations Bob Fisher, I arrived in Qingdao full of pre-conceptions and restrained expectation. The venue had been variously declared as bad, very bad and diabolical. Its record of the necessary motive force, which was under suspicion from the first time that the Chinese announced that the sailing events would take place at this site – even the statistics supplied were of dubious value, threatens not to materialise ev... [more]
Images from Qingdao - In to the mixed zone Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Media were today allowed into the mixed zone for the first time. We present a series of shots from the boatpark and launching environs.... [more]
Sailjuice- Who's putting all eggs in one basket Andy Rice, It's the eve of the Olympic Regatta in Qingdao, and SailJuice reporter Andy Rice is on the ground (and soon to be on the water), ready to bring you updates from the event. Some sailors have agonising 11th-hour decisions to be made about what equipment to use.... [more]
PredictWind - Olympic Wind Analysis - Day 1 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, PredictWind.com's prognosis is for winds of 10 to 11 kts for the Opening Day of the 2008 Olympic regatta in Qingdao.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race taking part in pioneering project Lizzie Ward, The Volvo Ocean Race is taking part in a pioneering project aimed at finding out how the oceans have been affected by ships' exchanging of billions of tonnes of ballast water.... [more]
GBR favourites for Finn and Yngling Lindsey Bell, The countdown clock has reached zero days to go, and the 2008 Olympic Games gets underway with the Opening Ceremony at 2008hrs in Beijing tonight. The Finn (heavyweight dinghy) and Yngling (women's keelboat) classes are the first to get underway when the Olympic regatta kicks off on Saturday 9 August, with arguably Britain's strongest sailing gold medal prospects featuring on this opening day... [more]
Light winds for penultimate day Skandia Cowes Week Event media, Today could be one of the lightest days we've seen so far at this year's Skandia Cowes Week. According to weather expert Chris Tibbs a west to north-westerly air stream with a band of showers will cross southern England this morning but will pass to the east of Cowes... [more]
'It's not usually like this here..!' Rob Kothe and Guy Nowell, Sail-World.com, Picture postcard sailing conditions in Qingdao today with glorious sunshine, 10km visibility and a light south easter for the last day before sailing starts. Just not what is in the brochure for the 2008 Beijing Olympic sailing course. After months of fog and algae, today came as a major surprise........ [more]
Ben Ainslie talks to Robert Deaves Robert Deaves, IFA, Ben Ainslie talks to Robert Deaves about his preparation for the Olympic Games, the competition he is faced with and his thoughts on the future. Without doubt Britain's Ben Ainslie is one of the biggest names in sailing at the moment, and certainly the biggest name in Qingdao. The Olympic Sailing Competition in China marks his fourth appearance at the Olympic Games... [more]
Team GBR - The names and the faces RYA / GJN, Team GBR have been the top sailing team at the last two Olympics, winning five medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Games. This was a striking achievment following the poor performances throughout the 80s and 90s. Where now for Team GBR? Despite a string of World and European titles since the last Games the competitin has been getting closer, taking onboard the intense training regimes of the British... [more]
Kerry Gruson awarded Liz Earle Ladies Day Trophy Sue Pelling/CWL, US sailor Kerry Gruson has been awarded 2008 Liz Earle Ladies Day Trophy at Skandia Cowes Week Thursday evening. The award, to celebrate the achievements and contribution of women in sailing is now in its third year, and at a special prizegiving ceremony Thursday evening Dame Ellen MacArthur presented Gruson with the award.... [more]
Gratton and Taylor are RS Feva World Champions William Tucker, Tim Gratton and Chris Taylor staged a master class in consistency and coolness to win the RS Feva World Championships by a massive 35 point margin. Current European Champions Sofia Engstrom and Frida Langenius claimed 2nd place overall with a win in the final race to overhaul 3rd placed Edoardo Semezato and Ludovico Bonsi. The Swedish girls also claimed the title of RS Feva Ladies World Champions... [more]
Ed and Bethany Grey lead Mirror Europeans Sail-World.com/uk, Ed and Bethany Grey from the Royal Windermere YC lead Mirror Europeans after six races completed in Gottskar, Sweden. In second place are Chris Rust and Oliver Newman and in third, Emma and Martina Barry... [more]
Sail-World in Qingdao at last firstname.lastname@example.org, This is the first time Sail-World has covered the Olympics in this way, and in this depth, with four photographers and journalists at the Olympic venue. We will be producing a newsletter each day of the Olympic regatta - wind or not, so you have an eye-witness look at the 2008 Olympics and get the real oil on what is going down in Qingdao.... [more]
The last and longest Figaro leg – 825 miles Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, The third and final leg for the 2008 edition of La Solitaire du Figaro will set off tomorrow from Cherbourg-Octeville to L'Aber Wrac'h in Brittany. This is the longest leg in the history of the race. It will be the equivalent to two traditional legs, as the 39th edition will not be stopping in Ireland this year.... [more]
Olympic Quotes: Flag Bearers and Special Reps Olympic News Service, Comments from Nikolas Kaklamanakis (GRE), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Roman Hagara (AUT), Alexander Foglia (URU), Barbara Kendall (NZL), and Sophie Bekatorou (GRE)... [more]
Quebec Saint Malo - Round Table Press Conference Mer et Media, Everyone knows that sailors love to get together and share their impressions once back ashore. That is why a round table was organised with the different class winners... [more]
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