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Craig Burlton wins Laser SB3 Irish Nationals,
Craig Burlton, Adam Heeley and White (GBR) won the SB3 Irish Nationals held at the Royal St George YC over the weekend of the 29 to 31 August. On the final day Burlton was a model of consistency, scoring a 5, 4, 4 and after dropping a 25th finished the series with 29 points and a hefty 17 points clear of Geoff Carveth, Gilbero and Sarah Allen in second... [more]

Ice Melt Encourages Lost Arctic Ships Search
Nick Meo/Sail-World Cruising,
More than 160 years after they vanished into the northern ice on a doomed mission to find a North West Passage to Asia, an expedition will set off in search of the lost ships of Victorian explorer Sir John Franklin, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror. If the Canadian Coastguard's sonar manages to locate the remains they will solve one of the great mysteries of maritime exploration... [more]

Final day at 29er UK National Championships
No wind meant no sailing on the final day of the 29er National Championship. The fleet waited until mid afternoon before it became very clear nothing was going to happen. Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humpreys become the 2008 National Champions, with an impressive score line they proved that they can sail and race in all conditions dominating both the Qualification series and the finals... [more]

Richard Stenhouse wins Musto Skiff Worlds,
The final day of the Musto Skiff Worlds and the old and new World Champion is Britain's Richard Stenhouse. Saturday once again offered the best conditions, the Maloja wind arrived in time for lunch giving ideal sailing conditions on Lake Silvaplana... [more]

Vendée Globe contenders not all in the same boat
Vendée Globe media,
With less than eighty days to go before the start, the future 2008-2009 Vendée Globe contenders are not all in the same boat.... [more]

IODA European Team Racing Championship
The first ever IODA European Team Racing Championship concluded on Saturday on Lake Ledro, Italy.... [more]

Desafío wins Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler
International GP42 Association,
No racing took place during the closing day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Desafío wins comfortably, with 4 bullets in 5 races. AIRIS is second while 3rd-placed MADRID achieves best ever result.... [more]

iShares Cup Kiel - Team Origin close on leader
Helen Fretter,
Starting well, Team Aqua took their second race win - which together with a second, third and fourth saw Alister Richardson and crew climb into second place for most of the day. But at the end of the day, it was Team Origin who moved into second overall, behind Alinghi, with Team Aqua two points behind in third... [more]

Danish Open five way semi finals tie
WMRT Media,
At the Danish open, with four flights left in the round it was all wide open with 6 teams capable of getting to the magic number of seven wins and the possibility that 6 wins might get you there on count back. Ian Williams on 7 points had to beat local Peter Wibroe to assure his place in the semi's but Wibroe was not going to lie down as he also needed the win to get to 7 wins.... [more]

Bribón triumphant in Cartagena
Audi MedCup,
Bribón took the final winning gun in Cartagena to win the Region of Murcia Trophy, their first regatta win this season. Bribón win the regatta by two points and regain second place overall on the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008, behind Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing (USA) who leave Murcia and head for the final regatta in Portimao having extended their overall lead to 41.2 points... [more]

Volvo Open 70 design rendering from Botin Carkeek
Botin Carkeek of Santander, Spain, are the principal design team for PUMA Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. They are recognised as industry leaders and plan to test the boundaries of modern yacht design with PUMA's new race boat. Here we present a selection of the Botin Carkeek Yacht Design rendering of the second generation Volvo Open 70... [more]

Fast Cat Race 2008 Round The Isle Of Wight
Jim Mundy,
The Round the Isle of Wight race returned this year with great expectation and a number of top Uk sailors entered plus the Dutch had accepted the challenge. Weather reports looked good and the Race was on, however the Gods were against us and a force seven with rain started the day at 9.00am of the Race day... [more]

Worlds best Match Racers for St Moritz event
Susi Baillods,
Swiss sailing enthusiasts eagerly await the start of the 6th St. Moritz Match Race which takes place from 2-7 September 2008. Ian Williams, current ISAF Match Racing World Champion and leader of the World Match Racing Tour, will meet Frenchmen Mathieu Richard, the leader of the ISAF Match Racing Rakings.... [more]

Cape of Good Hope bars the way for Gitana 13
Gitana 13 - Kate Jennings,
On board Gitana 13, on the approach to the Cape of Good Hope, all minds are trained towards the famous promontory. However, to date, the latter doesn't seem to want to open its doors. Gitana 13 set out from Hong Kong on 14th August 2008 in a bid to set a new reference time along the highly select Tea Route (Hong Kong / London, via the Cape of Good Hope.... [more]

Matador is new Audi MedCup leader in Cartagena
Event media,
Fighting to the end of each and every race and good downwind speed see Matador lead the Region of Murcia Trophy regatta into the final day, but they have only two points on Bribon. Audi MedCup Circuit leaders Quantum Racing lie third at the this event, but already this week have increased their overall Circuit lead to a comfortable 41.2 points... [more]

Tempest Worlds to Germany at 2012 Olympic venue
Event media,
The Tempest, the former Olympic twoman keelboat, raced their 43rd Tempest World Championships at the venue for the next Olympic Games in 2012 - the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Thirtythree Tempests representing eight countries battled through a nine race series. Victory went to the German team of Frank Weigelt and Christian Rusitsch... [more]

McGrane and Vidal are RS800 UK National Champions
Charles Roome,
Ben McGrane and Olivier Vidal secured three more races wins and an uncharacteristic eighth place over days four and five to secure the RS800 championship with a day to spare. The final day has dawned light, so the fleet are waiting to see if a final day's racing will be possible... [more]

Budel oldest sailor in Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Dutch sailor Nico Budel will be the oldest sailor in the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Budel will be 69 when the start gun fires on October 12, but to him age is just a number. 'I plan to live to at least 100,' he says. 'So there will be plenty of time for work but every now and then you need to take some time for fun and a solo circumnavigation is something I have been dreaming about.'... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team to compete at Rolex Maxi Cup
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson Racing Team's International crew plans to work on its inshore racing technique Sept. 1-6 at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia.... [more]

Crew wanted for offshore Caribbean Race
Claire Kennard,
Join Global Yacht Racing for the newly unveiled Caribbean 600 Race in February. This new event is a 600 nautical mile offshore race starting and finishing in Antigua around a spectacular race course of Caribbean Islands.... [more]

2008 Cascais Dragon Gold Cup
Event Media,
The 2008 Cascais Dragon Gold Cup was presented yesterday in a ceremony held at the Clube Naval de Cascais. The event, will take place from 29 August to 5 September, is expecting 80 boats, representing 16 countries. The Gold Cup is considered the most important and prestigious regatta of the International Dragon Class, which returns to Cascais 10 years after it was held here in 1998... [more]

Latest ISWC World Rankings - Moussilmani leads
Markus Schwendtner,
The ISWC world rankings have been updated after the Euopean Championship 2008 in Karpathos, Greece... [more]

Takumi Nakamura wins 2008 Knickerbocker Cup
Event media,
Takumi Nakamura, Albatross Match Racing Team (JAP) has won the 2008 Knickebocker Cup and secured an invitation to the prestigious Bermuda Gold Cup, a grade 1 match racing event that is part of the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

TP52 - Mutua Madrilena leads Murcia Trophy Regatta
Audi Event media,
Action, excitement, thrills, spills and tension right to the finish line, Mutua Madrilena's two solid scored sees them top the leader board at the Region of Murcia Trophy regatta. Comeback kings were Platoon who fouled Quantum Racing when their gennaker, hit the circuit leader's backstay on the drop and the 720 turn dropped them to 12th - and then finished second !... [more]

ThMartinez images Day 3 Region of Murcia Trophy
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images of Day 3 in 2008 Audi Medcup/Carthagena (Spain).... [more]

Gilbert and Willan confirmed as RS200 UK Champions,
Roger Gilbert and Jane Willan needed just one race Thursday to confirm their second title at the Gul RS200 UK Championship held at HISC. Leading from race one, Gilbert and Willan only slipped once - In the second race Ben Saxton and Kate Macgregor won the only race of the championship to allude their grasp - fittingly Saxton and Macgregor pulled through on the final day to take second overall... [more]

New breed keep up British sailing medal haul
While Great Britain's sailors have been dominating the headlines at Beijing 2008, the nation's new breed have been keeping up the medal count overseas at the numerous class Youth and Junior World and European championships this summer... [more]

Skandia sticking with Team GBR to 2012 Olympics
Karenza Morton,
Skandia has confirmed that it is continuing to support the British sailing team up to the 2012 London Olympics. As Skandia Team GBR, were being honoured at London County Hall, Giles Elliott, Skandia's Marketing Director announced - 'I'm delighted to confirm that Skandia will continue to support the British sailing team in the Olympic and Paralympic classes over the next four years'... [more]

Trophée Clairefontaine de Valencia lineup
Clémentine Chaignaud,
The Trophée Clairefontaine de Valencia will be raced on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September on this world-famous and natural nautical stadium. Eight great champions will be racing, including American Ed Baird.... [more]

TEAMORIGIN skipper Ben Ainslie wins Olympic Gold
It was an historic day (Sunday 17 Aug) for Great Britain's sailors as Ben Ainslie sealed Finn class gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao. Five-time Finn World Champion Ainslie, who is also Skipper and Helmsman of TEAMORIGIN, successfully defended the title he won at Athens 2004 to become Britain's most decorated Olympic sailor of all time.... [more]

ThMartinez images Day 3 Carthagena, Audi MedCup
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images of Day 3 in 2008 Audi MedCup/Carthagena (Spain).... [more]

12ft Skiff Bartercard Cup, Round 3 - Torbay
Event media,
August bank holiday weekend saw a fleet of six 12ft Skiffs travel to Paignton for the third round of this year's Bartercard Cup series, which was run as part of Royal Torbay Week. With only one point separating the two leading boats in the series, this was set to be a hard-fought event, which certainly turned-out to be the case... [more]

Paul Bayliss wins RS700 UK Nationals 2008,
Paul Bayliss from Portchester SC won the RS700 National Championship in some style. Leading every day he covered his nearest rival for the title, Tim Johnson of Chew Valley Lake SC, in the first race of the final day, ensuring he was out of the leading finishers... [more]

John Pink and Rick Peacock are 49er Champions
As the fleet set off for their final two races of the 49er UK National CHampionship, the wind was brisk but manageable. As racing started the wind increase and gave a lively finish to an excellent three days racing. John Pink and Rick Peacock made sure they kept their lead and sat on Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign in both races to take the 2008 Championship... [more]

Puma Ocean Racing leaves US for VOR start
Bridgid Murphy,
PUMA Ocean Racing left Newport, Rhode Island today for their final warm-up before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. This transatlantic crossing from Newport to Alicante, Spain is no simple feat and will be the final test of the PUMA Ocean Racing Team and the boat before the race begins.... [more]

Phil Paxton officially enters SolOceans race
Media Services -,
Phil Paxton has officially thrown his captain's hat in the ring to become the only Canadian competitor in the first ever SolOceans® solo sailing competition. The race is set to begin on October 25, 2009 and will feature a select group of the most skilled solo competitors from around the world.... [more]

Images from the launching of BMW Oracle
BMW Oracle media,
Images from Anacortes in the USA, site of the building and launching of BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft multihull challenger for the 33rd America's Cup. The new 90-foot multihull yacht touched water for the first time and the trimaran was commissioned with the traditional bottle of champagne smashed across the bow. The yacht is a key element of the team's preparation for the next America's Cup... [more]

Fireball National Championships Final Report
Tim Saunders,
An impressive 90 Boat fleet assembled for for a great week's racing off the Cornish coast. The forecast was for a mixed week weather wise and that's how it turned out. The entry list was littered with past National, European and World champions from the Fireball and other classes.... [more]

Marcus Hamilton (AUS) wins Contender Worlds
Stephanie Mah,
The last day of the 2008 Velocitek Contender Worlds and the wind was up and the bay was whipped with whitecaps. By the time competitors hit the racecourse, the rollers were big, but the wind was diminishing steadily, so by the third and last race it was marginal trapezing. Congratulations go to Australian Marcus Hamilton who won the 2008 Velocitek Contender World Championship... [more]

Goacher and Evans retain Flying 15 European title,
Steve Goacher and Phil Evans have retained the Flying 15 European title. The event hosts have now confirmed that the final two races were cancelled and that the results posted of six races are the final results... [more]

Britain raises the 2012 Olympic flag
Cailah Leask,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the Official 2012 sailing venue, marked the official 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... [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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