Newsletter 24 August 2008




25 Aug 2008

Major Events


Gear & Gadgets

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008


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.

Gerald New
UK Editor

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]

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]

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]

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 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]

FED Week and 390 boats beat the weather
Robert Macdonald,
Where are the summers of sunshine and force 3 sea breezes? That was the question on everyone's lips as Fed Week 2008 ended. It had been a difficult time for both race officers and competitors, with the first two days blown off as winds gusted up to 40 knots, extra races fitted in on each of the following two days and a frustrating mix of calms and major windshifts on the final Friday... [more]

Contender Worlds - Andreasen keeps lead,
Very little news coming out of the Contender Worlds being held in Kingston, Canada. But, it appears that after six races Soren Andreasen of Denmark continues to lead. This despite and OCS in race three and not having won a race... [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]

Gilbert and Stewart win Merlin Rocket Nationals,
Roger Gilbert and James Stewart duly won the Merlin Rocket Nationals held at Looe SC over the last week. Leading from race 1 they never had a result worse than a fourth on their way to a second title... [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]

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]

Tea Route record: Gitana 13 in Indian Ocean
Gitana 13 Media,
he 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 maxi-catamaran has racked up a great time to the Sunda Strait, despite conditions which did little to favour performance. Passing through the passage last night, less than a week after setting off, this strait marks the entry into the Indian Ocean. Distance to go: 11,000nm... [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]

The last Tornado gold??
Rob Kothe,
Spain's Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz won gold in the Tornado class today on Fushan Bay, Qingdao China. Australia's Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby won silver and Argentina's Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola took the bronze.... [more]

Percy-Simpson clinch Star sailing Gold
Lindsey Bell,
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have won Star class gold on a thrilling final day of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Regatta today, leaving Britain's sailors with their best Olympic medal haul for 100 years. Britain's 6th sailing medal of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - Ben Ainslie - Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson - Paul Goodison gold - Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield silver - Bryony Shaw bronze... [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]

Final day at Qingdao completed,
Final day of the Olympic sailing events at Qingdao, China. Two Medal races to complete the programme, the Tornado and the Star classes, first up were the Tornado. The Spanish crew of Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz won the Gold, Australia second and Argentina the Bronze - Then the Star, Gold to Ian Percy and Bart Simpson, Silver to Sweden and Bronze to Brazil... [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]

Musandam sets sail for The Sultanate of Oman
Oman Sail Media,
Almost three years after Dame Ellen MacArthur broke the world record for a solo circumnavigation of the globe, her trusted trimaran is embarking on its own new adventure as it set sail from Cowes, Isle of Wight (UK) today on a three week voyage to its new home in The Sultanate of Oman.... [more]

420 UK Nationals at Pwllheli Sailing Club
Event media,
62 boats arrived at Pwllheli Sailing Club to compete in the annual 420 British Open Championships being run from the 18 – 22 August. With the 420 Junior European Championships finishing on the previous Friday, it was a rush for some of the British and Irish boats to return on time. The British 420 Class also welcomed sailors from the USA... [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]

Windsurfing bronze for jubilant Shaw in Qingdao
Lindsey Bell,
Bryony Shaw won Great Britain's first ever women's windsurfing medal clinching RS:X bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Qingdao today (Wednesday 20 August). Speaking immediately after the race an overcome Shaw said: 'I'm just so, so happy, it was such a tough race and has been such a tough week and I'm just so happy, it's the best thing in the world... [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]

Brits lead Olympic Sailing Medal Count
Rob Kothe,
The Beijing Olympics 2008 British sailing campaign has swept all before them. Seems like the luck of the lottery draw for the small island nation, who could add another medal in the Star Class with Iain Percy and Andrew 'Bart'Simpson currently second going into tomorrow's Medal Race.... [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]

Wilburn Homes Scottish Solo Championship
David Lumbard,
East Lothian YC hosted the 2008 Scottish Championships over the weekend of 16/17 August, and welcomed nine visitors from England and 'local' Scots from as far afield as Wick, St Andrews and the Clyde. The Wilburn Homes sponsored title was not decided until the final mark rounding of the final race, when Geoff Henstridge, Pentland Firth YC, took the title... [more]

Bronze for Bryony Shaw in Qingdao
Lindsey Bell,
Bryony Shaw has won Great Britain's first ever women's windsurfing medal clinching RS:X bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Qingdao today. Jian Yin of China finished the race in third place to claim gold with 39 points, Alessandra Sensini of Italy taking silver with 40 and Shaw winning bronze with 45.... [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]

Gold for Goodison - No 3 for Britain,
Paul Goodison won Gold in the Laser event at Qingdao - the third sailing Gold of the Beijing Games for Britain. It was no more 'mister nice guy' time for Paul Goodison today in Qingdao. Taking his cue from the success of Ben Ainslie and the Yngling sailors, Goodison ruthlessly sailed Rasmus Myrgren of Sweden out of any opportunity of spoiling his chances of a Gold medal... [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]

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]

A herd of shiny butterflies
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
They all take off a gallop (assuming there's enough breeze, which there was today) and then scatter in different directions, flapping like a herd of shiny butterflies.... [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]

Olympics: The State of unrest at Qingdao
Bob Fisher,
Stability is hardly a word to be used about anything at the Olympic regatta at Qingdao, whether it is the weather, the organisation or the performance of the sailors compared to the form book, all are haywire.... [more]

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

Silver for Rogers and Glanfield
Lindsey Bell,
Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield have won their second successive 470 men's silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao this morning. Rogers and Glanfield, who started the day in fourth place overall five points behind the Dutch team of Sven and Kalle Coster in second and three behind Nicholas Charbonnier and Olivier Bausset (FRA) in third, finished ahead of both the Dutch and France... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

2008 Skandia Cowes Week
Cowes 01/08/08
When seven yachts signed up for the first organised yacht race at Cowes on 10th August 1826, it is unlikely anyone envisaged that this would become the annual world-class yachting event....
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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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Gear & Gadgets
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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Earthrace Round the World Record attempt 2008

Earthrace has been specifically designed to perform at high-speeds in the world's toughest ocean conditions, and will at times, submarine right through waves....
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Extreme 40s

Extreme 40 sailing events...
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Gitana 13 Record attempts

News on Gitana 13's record attempts...
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Predict Wind News

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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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