Newsletter 17 August 2008




18 Aug 2008

Major Events


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

2008 Skandia Cowes Week

2008 Olympics Qingdao

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008

Predict Wind News


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. Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen of Denmark used a different boat after their mast broke before the medal race.

Check the website for more updates.

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]

Olympic Sailing – Yngling drama on Fushan Bay
Rob Kothe,
After eight days of marginal sailing days in the 2008 Beijing Olympic sailing regatta, the wind gods provided a day of drama on Fushan Bay.... [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: Yngling - Day 9, Table of Results
Olympic Sailing Beijing :Yngling Medal Race Table of Results... [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]

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] Summer series at Liverpool YC
Jim Connolly.,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the fifth race of the Summer series on Sunday August 3rd. The ‘F' Word for Class 1, the new Farrell family flying machine, crossed the line in front... [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]

RS200 UK Nationals - 128 entries and more
Event media,
There are just a few days left to enter what is shaping up to be the biggest adult two handed dinghy event of the Summer. With 11 days to go there are 128 entries and we are expecting a few more. The list of National, European and World champions in the fleet is growing as is the number of first time attendees... [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]

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]

GUL RS 500 National Championship Report - Day 1
Event media,
The Gul RS 500 nationals started Friday at Netley SC. 37 boats took to the water in a fickle 5 to 8 knot breeze with huge wind fluctuations making the sailing very challenging... [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: 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]

Dodging Oilrigs in the North Sea
Team Russia,
Team Russia's skipper Andreas Hanakamp sends his report from Kosatka on the second day of their qualifier for the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Volvo Musto Optimist UK Nationals,
Matthew Wallis leads Senior fleet at the Optimist UK Nationals after 11 races completed at Pwllheli Sailing Club. Second is Annabel Vose and third Craig Dibb, both on 28 points. In the Junior fleet, Oliver Grogono leads ahead of Wade Waddell of the USA, both on 24 points... [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]

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]

Tornado and Star join re-scheduled Qingdao series
Lindsey Bell,
Following the cancellation of all racing Thursday there is a bumper schedule of sailing on Friday, featuring all 11 classes as organisers try to make up lost ground. For the Star and Tornado sailors, Friday marks the long-awaited start of their Olympic regattas. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star and Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado... [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]

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]

Letter from Qingdao: Fushan Bay blots its copybook
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The grey sea mist had rolled into Qingdao by the time it came to get this morning. The bay was a flat calm, with the mist conveniently hiding the algae gatherers. It didn't look good for racing to day, and sure enough at around 1130hrs the postponement flag was raised, and there it has stayed for almost the past couple of hours... [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]

Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club – Junior Week
Event media,
Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club is, 'one of the best kept secrets in Chichester Harbour ', according to a recent issue of well know yachting magazine. But during the first week in August, MRSC certainly made its presence known locally with another record number of entries for Junior Week.... [more]

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

Clark seizes the day with Victory in Laser Radial
ISAF (source: Olympic News Service),
Great Britain's Penny Clark won today's only race in the Laser Radial event in Qingdao, but American world 1 Anna Tunnicliffe stays top of the leaderboard with another solid performance... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Frédéric Duthil wins the last leg of the Figaro
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Frédéric Duthil crossed the finish line at 17:24 and 30 seconds on Monday the 11th of August to win the third and final leg of the 39th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro from Cherbourg to Aber Wrac'h.... [more]

Lively Lady - Past, Present and Future?
Event media,
In 1968, not long after Sir Francis Chichester's historic circumnavigation, fellow Englishman Sir Alec Rose completed his own circumnavigation in 354 days in his modified Transatlantic racing boat, Lively Lady, in a journey that caused great rejoicing in England on his arrival, and earned him, like Sir Francis Chichester, a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Now Alan Priddy has repeated the feat... [more]

Work starts on Portland 2012 Olympic site
Sara Quick,
As Great Britain's Olympic sailors storm ahead in Qingdao, back here in Dorset work on part of the venue for the sailing events for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games is also moving at a rate of knots, with the start of construction on the £7.1m marina shoreside development.... [more]

French Flying 15 National Championships
Chris Harris,
Saturday 12th of July saw the start of the French National Flying Fifteen championships. Held this year in the waters off Dinard and St Malo the event was hosted by the Dinard Yacht Club. Twenty one boats took part with entrants from a number of French clubs, Belgium and two British boats. Eric Basset and Arnaud Biet of France were the overall winners... [more]

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]

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]

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