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2008 Olympics Qingdao


The first Medals have been won in the sailing events in Qingdao. The Finn Gold went to Ben Ainslie (GBR) and the Yngling Gold to Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson (GBR).

At time of sending the 49er result is subject to protest by the race Committee.

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Gerald New Editor

49er Gold Medal in doubt,
The Gold medal won by the Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen (DEN) is under Protest following their change of boat for the Medal race after their mast broke.... [more]

Golden double for GB sailors
Lindsey Bell,
It has been an historic day for Great Britain's sailors as Ben Ainslie sealed Finn class gold and Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson swept to Yngling victory at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao. Ainslie successfully defended the Finn title to become Britain's most decorated Olympic sailor of all time, surpassing Rodney Pattison's previous record of two golds and one silver... [more]

Bob Fisher,
The domination of the Finn class by Ben Ainslie was completed in the medal race in a manner that brooked no argument. His authority was written all over this performance and the fleet trailed in his wake and one felt that the other nine knew their place. There was no real challenge to the supreme champion.... [more]

Gold for Ainslie - second for GBR,
Following Gold medal win for GBR in the Yngling, Ben Ainslie also took Gold in the Finn... [more]

French claim Dart 18 worlds title
Event media,
After a sunny day without wind the French team of Emmanuel Dodé and Billy Besson became the Dart 18 World Champions of 2008. The race committee sent everybody out on the water but in the end there was'nt enough wind to sail a valid race.... [more]

Finn medal race off and on again
Bob Fisher,
It became painfully obvious that the Finn medal race was about to be called off. The rain was bucketing down, the wind was over 20 knots ad the visibility was less than 100 metres, but even more obvious in determining the outcome was the sight of PRO Peter Reggio tending the flags on the committee vessel.... [more]

Olympic Sailing: Brits strike gold on a grey day
Bob Fisher,
It was a magnificent performance on a miserable day. Rain and 18 knot easterlies blew off Qingdao harbour to turn everything greyer than city suits, but through it all shone the sparkling performance of the blonde bombshells from Britain, Yngling Team, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, and gold was theirs at the end of the rainbow.... [more]

Sailing Gold for Britain in Yngling event,
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson of Britain took Gold in the Yngling event in the rain and wind at Qingdao early Sunday morning. Silver went to the Dutch and Bronze to the Greeks... [more]

Team Russia Kosatka: Day 3 Never quick enough
Andreas Hanakamp,
Team Russia Kosatka's skipper Andreas Hanakamp sends an update from Kosatka on their third day at sea in the 2000nm qualifier for the Volvo Round the World Race.... [more]

PWA World Cup Jaggi, Albeau Slalom World Champions
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Both Antoine Albeau and Karin Jaggi's second overall for the Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup event was enough to crown them the 2008 Slalom World Champions... [more]

18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 5 wrap-up
Rich Roberts,
Sometimes you battle the competition, sometimes the elements, a distinction Australia's Seve Jarvin found between winning the JJ Giltinan Regatta for the world championship in Sydney earlier this year and the seventh annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club this week. Aussies ease up for survival, outlast Hamlin by 3 points.... [more]

PGOR: Sanders-Perrin/Salvesen (UK) qualify Mowgli
Brian Hancock,
Wet, exhausted, but exhilarated. Victoria Sanders-Perrin and Jeremy Salvesen had just completed their mandatory 2,000 mile qualifying sail for the Portimão Global Ocean Race and jumped the last big hurdle standing between them and the start line on October 12th, 2008. It had not been an easy sail.... [more]

Gul RS 500 National Championships - day 2
D darling,
Exciting max power sailing was the order of the day for the Gul RS 500 National Championships. The race officer fitted in four races with two in the morning and two in the afternoon, the wind strength was again very gusty but averaged 15 knots. James Peters and Ollie Spensley Corfield lead... [more]

GBR sailors must do it all again in Qingdao Sunday
Qingdao's infamous light winds have frustrated Ben Ainslie's quest for his third successive Olympic title this morning with the Finn class medal race abandoned after 30 minutes with Ainslie in gold medal position. Ainslie and the Yngling trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, will now go for gold Sundayas the medal races are rolled over a day.... [more]

SailJuice Olympics Day 8, Aussies got Gold
Andy Rice -,
'I feel like chicken tonight...' Olympic sailing has its first Gold Medal , without needing a Meda Race The Olympic Regatta saw the first gold medal won today, but it didn't come from a Medal Race. It was the Australian 470 sailors, Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page, who sailed a phenomenal series. All they've got to do in the Medal Race is sail around and finish the race.... [more]

The medal race that never was
Bob Fisher,
That was the goof that was – the first ever medal race in the Olympic regatta, a competition finale foisted on sailors by the IOC, who in tune were driven by the Great God Television, which produced nothing the viewing public, outside of committed sailors, would have understood or appreciated. And all because the wind failed to oblige.... [more]

Qingdao Saturday - Racing completed,
Finn Medal race adandoned after second mark with Ainslie in Gold position - medal races postponed to Sunday - Racing has started for other events in the sailing at Qingdao Saturday. In the two Medal races to decide the winners of the Finn and Yngling events, the race for the Finn class started after four postponements while the course was reset due to wind direction changes... [more]

Thompson wins Harken UK Laser Nationals,
Nick Thompson from Royal Lymington YC won the Harken UK Laser National Championships held at Abersoch, with a perfect scoreline in the Standard Fleet, counting eight wins and discarding two 2nd places. Mark Powell (Hayling Island) tied with James Gray (Stokes Bay) on 31 pts but takes second place on third place countbacks.... [more]

18' Skiffs Hamlin wins Ronstan Bridge-to-Bridge
Rich Roberts,
Howard Hamlin and his crew of Mike Martin and Paul Allen flew out of the fog late Friday afternoon to earn the 18' Skiffs unprecedented respect on windy San Francisco Bay. 18' Skiff International Regatta, Day 4, San Francisco.... [more]

Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day Five
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
The fifth day of competition sees Antoine Albeau claw 0.3 of a point back from Bjorn Dunkerbeck's grip on the event lead. In the women's fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo further reinforces her event lead with another race win on the penultimate day of competition.... [more]

How to annoy a Frenchman
Andy Rice,
'Putain America' was all I could hear Guillaume Florent muttering to himself as he hosed off his Finn in the boat park this evening. I wanted to go and ask the Frenchman how it had gone on the water, but the look of death in his eyes warned me and any other mortal to stay well away... [more]

RORC La Rochelle Race takes a pounding
Louay Habib,
All the competitors prior to the start of the RORC La Rochelle Race were aware of what was to come. From the weather reports and forecasts, they knew they were going to be taking a pounding; battling strong head winds in the English Channel in an attempt to round Ushant... [more]

Images of Qingdao: Star - Race 1
Richard Gladwell and Guy Nowell, Sail-World,
Images from the first day of Olympic Regatta competition in the Star class... [more]

Images of Qingdao: Tornado - Race 1
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from the first day of Olympic Regatta competition in the Tornado class... [more]

Ainslie in line for third Gold
Bob Fisher,
There is a degree of inevitability surrounding any major regatta of the Finn class these days. Ben Ainslie will win. The Olympic champion hasn't been beaten in a Finn regatta since Athens. Betting against him is not a profitable business and with a 12-point lead going into the medal race and the third boat 23 points in arrears, it leaves him with a minor matter to settle his third gold medal... [more]

Mackay Boats dominate the Olympic classes
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
In the 470 and 49er classes, there's a statistic that's missing from the results sheet of the 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao It's the builder of the boats in these three classes. Maybe it is missing because it is almost a constant for the top sailors in the fleet.... [more]

Olympic Sailing -Just a day for a daydream
Bob Fisher,
There was an air of expectancy out on Course A for the first race of the Tornado catamarans. There had been considerable speculation in the days before over the controversial gennaker that had been developed in three separate camps but only chosen by one as the tool with which to win a gold medal.... [more]

Harken UK Laser Nationals,
After seven races at the Harken UK Laser Nationals, Nick Thompson from Lymington continues to lead the standard Laser fleet, adding a further two wins to his scoreline Laser fleet. In second is James Gray of Stokes Bay SC who is tied on points with Mark Powell of Hayling ISland SC. Top Youth sailor is Stuart Godwin of HISC, with Evan Scott of Grafham Water SC second... [more]

18' Skiff International - Day 3 Everyone capsizes
Rich Roberts,
While their Olympic peers sat windless and idle Thursday, competitors in the seventh 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the host St. Francis Yacht Club had more then they could handle. There were so many capsizes it looked like synchronized diving, only in colder water.... [more]

Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day Four
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Antoine Albeau wins two out of the day's three races as he mounts his attack on event leader, Bjorn Dunkerbeck. In the women's fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo extends her event lead with two more race wins, taking her tally to six wins out of eight races.... [more]

Adventurous first day for Team Russia
Team Russia,
Kosatka is making great progress on its quest to unofficially beat the Round Britain and Ireland record for a monohull during its Volvo Race Qualifier... [more]

Important Safety Warning from Seago
BW Media,
We have become aware that some Seago 150 and 175 Newton Lifejackets including Junior Lifejackets may have a defect which could result in serious injury.... [more]

NOR-ty Moberg gets away with a DSQ
Andy Rice,
Norwegian Finn sailor Peer Moberg was alleged to have been a very naughty boy, allegedly. He was facing a Rule 69 protest by the Jury following allegations by the Canadian Finn sailor Chris Cook who claimed he had been subject to serious abuse and threats from the Norwegian sailor after a mark rounding incident in race 7.... [more]

First RS Tera World Championship - Final Report
Martin Wadham,
The first RS Tera Sport World Championship, sponsored by PSP Shipping, in Gottskär, Sweden was a huge success with 50 boats from seven nations enjoying nine races in idea sailing conditions. The standard was consistently high for such a new and young fleet of sailors, especially on the last day when the wind exceeded 20 knots ensuring some thrilling racing in large seas with big grins all-round... [more]

Gitana 13 commences Tea Route challenge
Kate Jennings,
Whilst the Summer Olympics are in full swing in China, Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew have bid farewell to Asia. Gitana 13, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group crossed the start line of the Tea Route – Hong Kong / London – this Thursday 14th August at 0755'32' UTC... [more]

RORC Cowes - Madeira Race - Day 3 More gales
Louay Habib,
The RORC fleet have had three days of near gale force conditions with several retirements in the race from Cowes to Madeira. Five yachts have now rounded Ushant and after about three days of beating into strong head winds, they have cracked off much to the relief of the crews on board. The reward for making it around Ushant, is some fantastic blue water sailing... [more]

Whether weather
Bob Fisher,
After a day spent looking at the grizzly murk and the flags around the concourse hanging limp and damp, the racing on all courses was abandoned and reserve days came into play so that on the seventh day of the regatta the organisers will be praying for wind as all 11 classes are slated to race, bringing all five courses into action.... [more]

PWA World Cup – Day Three: A day of shocks
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Saving the biggest upset until last, the winners' final witnessed a spectacular error when seven of the ten finalists were disqualified following a mass false start.... [more]

Somali Pirates free German cruising sailors
BW Media,
While Yemen reports a new suspected kidnapping of an unidentified transiting yact in the Gulf of Aden, two German cruising sailors freed by Somali Pirates after after 41 days in captivity have now been airlifted to Kenya, a regional maritime official said Sunday. Local elders confirmed the pair had been freed after a ransom was paid... [more]

Mirror Europeans - Final report and results
P Rust,
The Mirror European Championships were held over four days at Gottskar, in a picturesque Fyord south of Gothenberg, Sweden in mainly light and variable winds. Consistency was the key to success for Brightlingsea Sailing Club sailors Chris Rust and Ollie Newman who sailed with a positive attitude to win the Championships... [more]

RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit and Eurocup at Largs
Pete Vincent,
Events come thick and fast in RS200 land and sandwiched between the Fat Face RS Eurocup in Garda and the GUL RS200 Nationals at Hayling was the 7th round of the RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit and 2nd round of the Fat Face Eurocup at Largs SC. Luke Patience and Chris Grube were the winners... [more]

Images from Qingdao: Mens Laser, Race 3
Richard Gladwell,
Pictures from Race 3 of the Laser class, 2008 Olympic Regatta. Qingdao.... [more]

Qingdao results day 5 - A pastiche of reality
Bob Fisher,
The sailing community had been prepared for worse, but the reality of the fifth day's racing in Fushan Bay came as a surprise to those who had not spent months training on the Olympic regatta site. The final results in many classes were mere pastiches of reality, as once more, a vast fleet of scum scrapers was out in the morning – in excess of 350 fishing boats whose catch was the green algae that... [more]

Laser Harken UK Nationals at Abersoch - day 2
Event media,
After five races Nick Thompson from Lymington is having a great regatta with four firsts and a second in the standard Laser fleet. Closely followed by Mark Powell in second and Robert Godwin in third. In the Radial event Steve Cockerill leads by one point from Jon Emmett... [more]

A mixed-up day for Team GB's sailors at Qingdao
RYA /,
Team GB's sailors endured another mixed bag of results at the Olympic sailing regatta in Qingdao on Wednesday. The wind conditions across Fushan Bay were the lightest they've been since the start of competition, with a full race schedule possible in just four of the seven classes to be racing on this fifth day. Britain retain the lead in two classes and made gains in others... [more]

Olympic Sailing is easy,if you can handle the heat
Andy Rice -,
'Olympic racing is probably the easiest racing you get to do,' a 470 coach told me today. What?!!... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: Eeeek! The Aliens have landed
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Today was an interesting day, not so much because of the riveting racing, which it wasn't on our course, but as an opportunity to explore the huge differences between the East and West. Working on the Media Boats are two people provided by the organisers - a boat driver, who doesn't speak English, and an Interpreter who acts as voice-pipe for the English speaking media to the boat driver... [more]

Endeavour in Qingdao
Bob Fisher,
When Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith commissioned the building of Endeavour for the America's Cup of 1934, it was for a racing boat, not a world-girdling cruising yacht.... [more]

Hutchinson is new Volvo Communications Director
Volvo PR,
The Volvo Ocean Race has announced the appointment of a new Communications Director, Marcus Hutchinson, who will be replacing Reg Gratton from the beginning of September. Hutchinson has a wealth of experience in the yacht racing event management business and in the media and communications sector... [more]

Gitana 13 waits for Tea Route window
Kate Jenning,
On standby in Hong Kong to set off on the Tea Route, the crew of Gitana 13 may well take centre stage tomorrow, Thursday 14 August. Relaunched last week, Gitana 13 has been wisely sitting it out in Sai Kung marina, situated to the NE of Hong Kong, awaiting the right gap in the weather.... [more]

World Champions lead 18ft Skiff San Francisco open
Rich Roberts,
When three 22-year-old sailors win a world championship---in this case the JJ Giltinan regatta---in a high-performance class traditionally dominated by veterans, one might wonder if . . . but stop right there.... [more]

Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day Two
© PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Shaking things up on day two, the tables are turned following an afternoon of shocks and surprises at the 2008 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (T1, North) made light work of the 4 buoy down wind course to sail to victory in his semi final, with rival Antoine Albeau (Starboard, NeilPryde) mimicking his performance in the second semi final.... [more]

Speed Windsurfing World Cup Karpathos Aug 20 - 26
Markus Schwendtner,
For the third time in a row, the small village Afiartis on the idyllic island of Karpathos is preparing to play host for the world‘s fastest men and women in the speed windsurfing scene. From August 20th till 26th all the big names of the sport will compete for points counting towards the 2008 Speed World Tour and the one-off European Speed Windsurfing Championship Title... [more]

Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2008 set for November
YCCS media,
The starting gun for the 2008 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup will sound on Monday, November 24, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. While the seven yachts that participated in the 2007 race enjoyed a largely uneventful crossing, the traditionally steady northeasterly trade winds on the 2700-mile course offer plenty of challenges for this year's competing maxi yachts of 18 metres (70 feet) and above.... [more]

Second Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup
Event media,
Originally conceived in 2007 as a biennial event, the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup will take place in 2008 based on the success of the inaugural event held last fall, and early inquiries suggest a number of boats are already making plans to challenge for the title. Organized by the YC Costa Smeralda, the starting gun will sound on Monday, November 24, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife... [more]

18' Skiffs stretch their non-Olympic legs
Rich Roberts,
The seventh 18' Skiff International Regatta blasts off Tuesday through Saturday and is organized by the host St. Francis Yacht Club. This is cool fun,' said Seve Jarvin, the young Australian and reigning 18' Skiff world champion by virtue of his victory in the traditional JJ Giltinan regatta at Sydney last February as he and crew Tom Clout and Sam Newton looked out on San Francisco Bay... [more]

Finn sailors talk about the racing in Qingdao
Robert Deaves, IFA,
Tueday was a lay day for the Finns in Qingdao. They have been taking it easy, watching movies or playing golf – and getting in the right frame of mind to go back onto the water tomorrow to compete against each other and the tough conditions for the final four qualification races before the medal race on Saturday... [more]

J/109 Joyride wins at RSYC Double Handed Regatta
Event media,
he J/109 of Michael Jones, Joyride stormed to victory in IRC 1 at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club Double Handed Regatta sponsored by MDL Marinas, over the weekend 7/8 June. The class was a range of IRC from 1.015 to 1.107 with the J/109 having the lowest rating, despite the class including a J/105... [more]

Light air opener for Lasers and Laser Radial
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was a hot, sticky and still start to the day‘s racing, with more than an hour's postponement as race management waited for the wind to fill in. Ironically, there was plenty blowing across the breakwater in front of the Olympic marina, flapping the flags and spinning the wind turbines. But there was less just a few yards out to sea, and the red-and-white-stripes stayed put... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: The invasion of Fushan Bay
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
On our arrival at the Media Centre today, it seemed that the Normandy Landing was being re-enacted on Fushan Bay. Immediately in front of the said Media Centre, about 70 boats were gathered netting green algae from the water. With single cylinder diesels thunking away in low revs, they cruised the bay slowly, each with a man on the deck armed with what we Kiwis would call a whitebait net.... [more]

Pull Down Test a success for Team Russia
Team Russia Media,
Volvo Ocean Race chief measurer James Dadd gave Team Russia the green light after successfully completing its pull down test. Kosatka's designers Rob and Tom Humphreys were on hand during the test along with Greg Waters from Central Coast Hydraulics & Engineering who had flown in from Australia.... [more]

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