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The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are over. The final fireworks have been fired, the final thanks and pledges have been made. Now London has four years to prepare for their Games in 2012.

Will it be different? I very much suspect so. Will it be better or worse? With the 2008 Games a memory and with whatever hand the international situation deals them the Games will stand or fall on the performance of the competitors - and they will be magnificent.

So, back to normal sailing
Gerald New

New Spanish venue for Round 5 of 2008 Audi MedCup
Audi MedCup media,
The new Spanish venue of Carthagena looks set to create some fresh challenges for the fourteen TP52s racing in Round 5 of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit. The fifth event on the circuit might be about to produce one of those ‘It's not normally like this here . . . weeks, with an unknown sailing area and new wind patterns for the teams to get their head around.... [more]

Marcus Hamilton takes lead in Contender Worlds,
On day 4 of the Contender Worlds being held in Kingston, Canada, Champion 505 sailor, Ethan Bixby, scored another bullet in very light wind, even though the day started out looking very promising. New overall leader is Marcus Hamilton of Australia. A second place was good enough for him to overhaul Soren Andreasen of Denmark... [more]

Skandia Team GBR - They delivered
Gerald New,
Britain's sailing team - Skandia Team GBR - delivered. Undoubtedly this success will raise the bar for the British sailing team at the 2012 London Games. Ainslie and Percy have each done three Olympics and with evermore professional sailing bound to come calling, will they be able to face the rigours of continuous training and racing on the small boat circuit for another four years?... [more]

49er UK National Championship - day 1
John Pink and Rick Peacock lead after day one of the 49er UK National Championship, closely followed by Richard Mason and Tom Peel. The German team of Erik Heil and Thomas Plobel lie in third.... [more]

49er Gold confirmed by Sport Court of Arbitration,
On Saturday the ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the applications filed by the Italian and the Spanish Olympic Committees against two decisions of the International Jury of the International Sailing Federation related to the gold medal race of the 49er event... [more]

Wade and McGrane take UK Fireball title,
Dave Wade and Ben McGrane won the 2008 UK Fireball Nationals hosted by Mounts Bay SC. Two chasing teams, Chips Howarth and Vyv Townsend, and Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff put in strong challenges on the final day... [more]

Gitana 13 on the shipping lanes - Tea Route record
Gitana Team media,
Under gennaker in a more organised swell, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group is continuing its east to west passage across the Indian Ocean.... [more]

Flame to go down on Olympic Sailing Competition
On 24 August, the Olympic flame will be extinguished simultaneously at the National Stadium in Beijing and the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, officially ending the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and bringing to a conclusion a remarkable journey for the sport of sailing.... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing reveal new boat

BMW Oracle Racing have unveiled their new carbon fiber trimaran in Anacortes. The trimaran is the third yacht constructed for the team in this waterfront community 100 miles north of Seattle and is a key element of the team's preparation for the next America's Cup, on which a ruling is expected from the New York State Court of Appeals in the next six months.... [more]

Schonherr wins Chronoswiss Baltic Challenge
Dr. Volker Gobner,
A total of 159 helmsmen competed in the four high-ranking Dragon regatta events that make up the Chronoswiss Baltic Challenge 2008. Winner was the Danish helmsman Jørgen Schönherr. The 2005 Dragon class world champion from Strøby decided this contest on the Baltic Sea in his favour by less than one point.... [more]

Albeau sets season's top speed - Speed World Cup
Markus Schwendtner,
ISWC Speed Windsurfing European Championship Karpathos. Three complete rounds with two fleets today, with a new seasons top speed set by Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard)with 43.68 knots.... [more]

iShares Cup in Kiel a spectator's event
iShares Cup media,
The iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series arrives in Kiel, Germany over the weekend of the 29 to 31 August. The field is packed with the world's top sailors from the world of the America's Cup, Olympics and offshore racing scene and it is a rare opportunity to see this class of sailors racing so close to shore - just one point separates Team Origin (GBR) from Alinghi (SUI)... [more]

International Sailing Summit for Paris
Merilyn Hurle,
This 9th International Sailing Summit will be hosted by FIN, the French nautical federation and will be held on 4th December, 2008 as a lead-in to the Paris International Boat Show.... [more]

Gitana makes good progress on record attempt
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The weather window selected by the crew of Gitana 13 to set out on the Tea Route record has proven to be the right one. The Sunda Strait, which separates the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, is now in the wake of Gitana 13... [more]

WPNSA to mark Beijing handover this Sunday
Cailah Leask, Fast Track Sailing,
Official 2012 sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will be marking this Sunday, 24 August 24, the Beijing to London hand over with the unveiling of a new 2012 flag, given to the Academy by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. This flag can be only be flown at selected 2012 venues... [more]

Flying 15 European Championship - Day 2
Gerald New,
Steve Goacher and Phil Evans lead after four races completed at the Flying 15 European Championships being held at the Kinsale YC, Ireland. Current World Champion Mike Hart and Richard Rigg started the event in great form, winning the first two races. In both races they recovered from poor starts... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: The Last Miaow?
Richard Gladwell,
The big breeze visited Qingdao again today, meaning that it blew about 15-18 knots, which drummed up a 1.5 metre sea – with the wind blowing against the strong tide. Not a comfortable ride for the race committee, on this the final day of the 2008 Olympic Regatta. Two classes raced today, the Star which is so close to being a hundred years old that it doesn't matter. The other was the Tornado, t... [more]

Ingrid's Images – Star Medal Race,
Ingrid Albery was on the 2008 Beijing Olympics Star course today, pursued media drivers in the nicest possible way that they show GO NOW!!! Here is a selection of her images. You will find lots and lots more at [more]

Images from Qingdao: Tornado Medal Race
Richard Gladwell and Guy Nowell, Sail-World,
Images from today's medal race in the Tornado class - is this the last ever Olympic event in the Tornado?... [more]

Images of Qingdao: Star class Medal Race
Richard Gladwell and Guy Nowell, Sail-World,
Images from the Star class Medal Race, final event in the 2008 Olympic Regatta... [more]

Britain add final Star Gold,
The Star class Medal race produced one of the great classic Olympic races on the final day of the Olympic sailing events at Qingdao, China. And the final result was another Gold for Britain. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson winning a nerve racking final run to clinch Britain's fourth Gold and with a silver and a bronze, their sixth sailing medal of the 2008 Games... [more]

Shining Stars
Bob Fisher,
An off-the-cuff prediction on this website yesterday read: 'With decent breeze the Star medal race could be the thriller of this Olympic regatta.' The facts bore this out completely. There could not have been a better thriller and it all hung on the last leg with medal places changing all the while.... [more]

Why kill the cat?
Bob Fisher,
Thirty-two years of Olympic sailing history came to an unsatisfactory conclusion when the ten Tornado catamarans sailed the medal race at the 25th Olympic Games. Not that the race was unsatisfactory, far from it, but that it was the last ever Olympic multihull race.... [more]

WMRT heads to Frederikshavn, Denmark
World Match Racing Tour Media,
Frederikshavn becomes the host city of one of Denmark's biggest yachting events of the year, the World Match Racing Tour, where some of the finest yachtsmen will be in attendance. The city looks forward to welcoming the world with open arms over 27th to 31th of August, 2008.... [more]

Team Russia Storm Home In Record Time
Team Russia media,
Team Russia completed its qualifier for the Volvo Ocean Race last night, coming into dock at their Portland base after six and a half days at sea, having travelled over 2200 nautical miles in a record breaking trip around Britain and Ireland... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: The crowds come to Fushan Bay

Today was a memorable day on Fushan Bay with the Medal Races for the RS:X Womens and Mens events being sailed in front of the breakwater for the Olympic Harbour. The day dawned with the racecourse a glassy calm and for a while it seemed as though racing would not be possible, However a building easterly developed into a nice seabreeze by mid morning only to fade by the start of racing which got un... [more]

Sailing and Television – an unholy alliance
Bob Fisher,
Is the harvesting of the share of television rights monies by ISAF too high a price to pay for the incursion of Great God Television into our sport? While it does provide the major share of the income of the international federation, the price that is paid for it by the interference into the Olympic regatta would appear questionable.... [more]

IOC President Jacques Rogge visits Qingdao
IOC Media,
IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Qingdao city, the location of the 2008 Summer Games Olympic Sailing events on Monday, August 19.... [more]

Light and Scheidt
Bob Fisher,
On a day when the breeze grew progressively lighter, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada sailed an impressively consistent three races in the Stars. The 2007 world champions hold third position overall after gaining ten points on Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau of France on the day to lead the French by four points.... [more]

Gul RS400 Nationals Championships at Exe SC
RS media,
It's national championship time again at Exe Sailing Club next week, when 45 boats and 90 sailors from the RS400 fleet will converge on Exmouth from sailing clubs all over the UK for the 2008 Gul RS400 Nationals Championships... [more]

Sailjuice -Golden Goodison is no goody-goody
Andy Rice,
Today Paul Goodison won his gold medal from the back of the fleet, finishing in 9th place having pegged back his only threat - Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren - to 10th and last place. Having gone into the Medal Race in silver medal position, Myrgren came out with nothing. 6th place was no consolation.... [more]

Goodison strikes Laser Gold at Qingdao
Lindsey Bell,
Paul Goodison has won Laser class gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Qingdao today, Britain's third sailing gold of the Games and fourth medal in total for the sport. Goodison made no mistake in sealing the biggest prize of them all in light winds, sailing the Swede to the back of the fleet at the start and pinning him there throughout the race... [more]

Medal Race – a necessity? No!
Bob Fisher,
The medal race, aimed to be the climax of each class's series at the Olympics, a media-hyped orgasm, is proving little short of a tediously boring thirty-minute yawn in which the gold medallist is often found near the back of the ten boats that have qualified. For media (and for that read television) it simply will not do.... [more]

12ft Skiffs head for Paignton, Torbay
Event media,
This weekend sees the 12ft Skiff fleet descend on Paignton, Torbay, for the 3rd round of the 2008 Bartercard Cup series. This round of the Bartercard Cup will run over the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the bank holiday weekend from Paignton, as part of the Ocean BMW Royal Torbay Week, and is set to be an exciting event... [more]

Bella Mente wins Ida Lewis Distance Race
Barby MacGowan,
While most Rhode Islanders were peacefully sheltered ashore on Friday and Saturday night, an elite group of sailors was enjoying an intimate encounter with Mother Nature during the Ida Lewis Distance Race, which started Friday afternoon at 3pm. not far from the famed lighthouse that serves as host Ida Lewis Yacht Club's clubhouse on Newport Harbor... [more]

Money, money, money
Bob Fisher,
There are moans to be heard throughout the Olympic Village concerning the unfairness of the funding of the sailors by their national authorities, and those complaints are not restricted to the sailors themselves but a groundswell of antagonism against those who receive reasonable funding and produce the results has begun on the outside.... [more]

Volvo Guy Swindells radio team sign up for 2008-09
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
The acclaimed voice of the Volvo Ocean Race, Guy Swindells, and his radio team have been signed up for the 2008-09 edition of the round-the-world ocean marathon which starts in Alicante in October... [more]

Team Russia four more crew for Volvo Ocean Race
Team Russia Media,
Jochen Wolfram (GER), Jeremy Elliott (IRE), Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) and Nick Bubb (UK) have taken their places onboard Kosatka, Team Russia's VO70 competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09.... [more]

Images of 18ft Skiffs at Ronstan Bridge to Bridge
Christophe Favreau,
2008 Ronstan Bridge to Bridge pictures (San Francisco) by Christophe Favreau - The 11th annual race was won by Howie Hamlin with crew Mike Martin and Paul Allen - an unprecedented 18 Skiff. Besides the 18s, there were 25 kite boards and eight windsurfers... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Four More Crew For Russia
Event media,
Team Russia Announce that Jochen Wolfram (GER), Jeremy Elliott (IRE), Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) and Nick Bubb (UK) have taken their places onboard Kosatka, Team Russia's VO70 competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The is now preparing for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante in October... [more]

Images from Qingdao: Star class, Day 10
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from Day 10 of the 2008 Olympic Regatta of the Star Class racing on Course Echo.... [more]

Bob Fisher looks at the 49er Protest decision
Bob Fisher,
At last, a copy of the facts found in the matter of the protest of the Race Committee versus Denmark in the 49er class has reached the media. It was heard together with one from Spain against the Danes, and both were under the Medal Race Sailing Instruction Addendum Q.5.5 (b), which are the regulations for the quarantine of the boats overnight before the medal race in order that they may be measu... [more]

That GBR Cartwheel in the 49er Final
Ingrid Abery,
That GBR Cartwheel in the 49er Final captured by Ingrid Aubery... [more]

Gul RS500 National Championship - Final day
Debbie Darling,
James Peters and Ollie Spensley-Corfield were worthy winners of the RS500 National Championship crown and 1st Youth prize; whilst second overall went to David Giles and Colin Hatton. The final day of the 2008 Gul RS500 National Championships dawned bright & breezy at Netley SC... [more]

Weymouth blows its trumpet
Weymouth PR,
With the 2008 Olympics well under way and GB sailors already on course to win medals in Qingdao, this autumn will see the world reflecting on the racing in Qingdao and looking forward to the 2012 Games on home waters. The big question is will the Weymouth and Portland location be more suited to hosting sailing than Qingdao?... [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]

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]

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]

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]

2008 Olympics Qingdao
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
TP52 racing at its best....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Extreme 40 sailing events...
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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

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