08 Sep 2008

Major Events


Images from GreenDragon Team Volvo qualifier
Green Dragon Images,
The GreenDragon Team embarked on their 2000 mile qualifier. During the journey, the boat was sailed north to a waypoint of 5932 .2N 020.6W, approximately halfway between the Outer Hebrides and the Faroe Islands, northwest of mainland Scotland.... [more]

Paralympics: Canada's Practice Race
Brian Todd,
Brian Todd of the Canadian Paralympic Team reports on the Practice race, with some great images: 'Qingdao delivered a beautiful sunny day with a surprising 7-10kt breeze. Things started out a little slow but as race time came there was a 4-6kt breeze out of the 100-110 range and this built as the practice race moved along to reach 10 kts at times.... [more]

Images from Qingdao: Paralympics - The boat park

Images shot around the boatpark in Qingdao as the competitors prepare for the 2008 Paralympic Regatta... [more]

Look out for a charging Rhino at the Paralympics

To watch Paul Ryan (IRL) swing from a crane onto his Sonar or bound from the dock to the boat, you would never guess that the one-legged Irishman had broken nearly every bone in his body and had spent almost two years in a wheelchair. Rhino is his nickname, but he swings from high places like a monkey. Before his motorcycle accident he was a boxer and a hurler...... [more]

Images from the RS Elite UK Nationals
Greame Sweeney,
Images from the RS Elite UK Nationals by Greame Sweeney - The RS Elite 2008 UK Nationals were held at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club with 17 Boats from Ireland, Lymington, Hayling Island and Burnham taking part in one of this year's happiest sailing events - The title went to Jonathan Brown... [more]

Images and results as Rolex Maxi Cup concludes
Event media,
The 19th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup ended at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Saturday after the final day's racing was cancelled. The end result is that yesterday's division leaders - Numbers (Mini Maxi), Ranger (Cruising), Magic Carpet II (Wally) and Rambler (Racing) - became cast in stone and will have their names carved into the honour roll... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: An Irish Perspective: 1 and 2
Denis Kiely,
Maria was out at 8,00am under the boat polishing the hull - and had the whole job done when we arrived down at 10 - 10.30. Someone passed the remark ' a woman's work ...' but being a reformed - well partially reformed - MCP I immediately stopped him and instead explained what had kept us busy and unable to arrive any earlier. That seemed to diffuse the situation???... [more]

Images from the RS800 UK Nationals
Fotoboat images from the RS800 UK Nationals... [more]

Richard wins first Semi-final at St Moritz
Event media,
With the quarter-finals decided today (Saturday) action for the semi-finalists, Mathieu Richard, Philippe Presti, Ian Williams and Adam Minoprio, got under way in a fading breeze. Only one match was completed - Mathieu Richard won first semi-final match against Philippe Presti.... [more]

RS Elite UK Nationals
Ant Law,
The RS Elite 2008 Nationals were held at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club with 17 Boats from Ireland, Lymington, Hayling Island and Burnham taking part in one of this year's happiest sailing events. The title went to Jonathan Brown crewed by parents Lyn and David in Aeolus (RBYC), closely followed by RS's very own Martin Wadhams with Amanda and local guru Paul Fisk... [more]

Day 4 in Costa Smeralda Maxi Paradise
Event media,
Day four of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup started late, but did not come up short on excitement or entertainment, especially in the Cruising Division. Happy boats today were Rambler (Racing), Highland Fling (Wally), Ranger (Cruising) and Numbers (Mini Maxi).... [more]

Quarter Finals under way in St Moritz
Event media,
On Day three at the St Moritz Match Race, Monnin and Minoprio took the upper hand. The eight quarterfinalists are Ian Williams (GBR), Jes Gram Hansen (DEN), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Eric Monnin (SUI), Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Sebastien Col (FRA), Peter Wibroe (DEN) and Philippe Presti (FRA)... [more]

Poul Jensen wins Dragon Gold Cup
Event media,
Poul Jensen with Theis Palm and Andrew Mortem are the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup winners. They won the championship, with a four point advantage over Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, Jon Mortimer and Ron Rosenberg (GBR)... [more]

PUMA arrives in Spain for Volvo Race
Event media,
PUMA Ocean Racing arrived in Alicante, Spain mid afternoon Friday, successfully delivering their boat il mostro from their training base in the USA. The Puma boat and sailors will remain in Spain until the Volvo start in October... [more]

New software aids sextant calculations
Tim Thornton,
In these days of GPS and computers, you may think that traditional navigation by sextant is a dying art. However this is not the case, with sextant sales remaining buoyant as mariners use a sextant both as a back-up against GPS failure, and for the satisfaction of actually deriving their position rather than just reading it off an electronic display... [more]

Reynolds leads Gul RS600 Nationals – Day 1
RS media,
Nineteen RS600s arrived at the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch for the 2008 National Championships. Amongst the fleet were the previous two national champions, plus some new and old faces. Leader after day 1 is Christian Reynolds... [more]

Images from Anacortes: BMW Oracle Racing on trial
Gilles Martin-Raget,
More images from Gilles Martin-Raget of the just launched America's Cup multihull challenger as she undergoes sea trials off Anacortes, WA, USA... [more]

Bolland leads Gul RS300 UK Nationals - Day 1
RS media,
After the fleet training session on Wednesday it was time to put the knowledge gained into effect as the GUL RS300 National Championship kicked off on Thursday at South Caernarvonshire YC. Leader after day 1 is Steve Bolland of the Bristol Corinthian YC... [more]

RORC Season's Points decider starts Friday
Louay Habib,
The RORC Cherbourg Race starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron at 18:20 Friday and this final race will decide the winner of the Season's Points Championship. It looks set to be a real cracker, with many Class winners still undecided going into the last race... [more]

Branson joins with Team Origin for record attempt
Event media,
Sir Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group will this week join America's Cup Challenger, Team Origin, in a new attempt to break the transatlantic record, which currently stands at 6 days, 17 hrs, 52 minutes and 39 seconds, to become the undisputable fastest mono-hull sailing yacht to cross the Atlantic... [more]

Background of Virgin Money 99ft maxi-race yacht
Virgin Money Media,
Virgin Money, the yacht taking Sir Richard Branson and his crew of 24 across the Atlantic represents the latest in sailing technology. Sir Richard Branson announced that he had joined with Team Origin in an attempt to break the transatlantic record on the 99ft maxi-race yacht Virgin Money... [more]

Hoj Jensen takes lead at Dragon Gold Cup
Event media,
Fourth day of racing and the fourth different leader at the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup. Britain's Poul Richard Hoj Jensen with Theis Palm and Andrew Mordem are first, with only one race to be sailed. Manuel Champalimaud, Mark Hart and Ed Streeter, from Portugal, are second and Britain's Robert Campbell is third... [more]

Gitana 13 round the Cape of Good Hope
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13 rounded the Cape of Good Hope this Thursday morning, shortly before 0600 hours UT.... [more]

French sailors aboard BMW Oracle's 'Stradivarius'
Franck Cammas,
Based in Anacortes on the west coast of the United States since 21st August 2008, the skipper of the Groupama Trimarans and his team are full of praise aboard the 90 foot trimaran BMW Oracle designed by the French architects VPLP. After the initial sail trials, Franck Cammas gives us his take on events.... [more]

Paralympics open this weekend - First races Monday
Karenza Morton,
Great Britain's Paralympic team sailors will be on a mission to replicate the success of the country's history-making sailors at last month's Olympics when the curtain is officially raised at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on Saturday - First races Monday... [more]

Olympic effect on ISAF Sailing Rankings
Following the 2008 Olympics there have been some obvious changes in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. With the results of the participating sailors included, Paul Goodison reclaims the top spot in the Laser, after winning Olympic gold in Qingdao and in the Women's 470 rranking, Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol are back in the top spot... [more]

Big Day at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Jill Campbell,
If they ever invent a 4x4 RIB the photographers and film crews that covered today's proceedings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will be in the market for it.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing flies main hull at Anacortes
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The new 90ft America's Cup Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing, flew her main hull for the first time today at Anacortes, sailing again in light winds. The precarious helming position is not for the faint hearted.... [more]

Aggressive matchracing at St Moritz quarterfinal
WMRT Media,
A south-westerly breeze of eight to twelve knots came through and provided for some very close match racing. In the final flight of the round Jes Gram Hansen won his match against Peter Wibroe and Ian Williams defeated Paolo Cian after a tight match that went down the final few metre's of the race giving Gram Hansen and Williams the three points they needed to head straight to the Quarterfinals... [more]

Olympic Sailing and the media
Rob Kothe,
Sailing secures the least television ratings interest of any Olympic sport according to the IOC and the Medal Race was implemented in an attempt to make the sport more media friendly. Did it deliver in Qingdao?... [more]

Will Britain dominate Sailing at 2008 Paralympics?
Team GB won four Gold medals at the Olympic regatta in Qingdao and similar domination could happen at this regatta, as the British won two Gold Medals out of the three classes in the 2008 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta, which was the most recent form guide... [more]

Day 2 of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Event media,
Day 2 of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup opened with less than promising conditions. The Race Committee kept the fleet ashore until 11:30, but even then it was not until 13:30 that the racing began in just over 5 knots of breeze. Three hours later, the Cruising and Mini Maxis had completed a 17 nautical mile course, while the two J Class, Ranger and Velsheda enjoyed another match-race round the course... [more]

Champalimaud (POR) new leader of Dragon Gold Cup
Event media,
Manuel Champalimaud is the new leader of the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup. The Portuguese sailor was eighth in the championship's fourth race and has a three point advantage from Poul Richard Hoj Jensen, Theis Palm and Andrew Mordem and 8,7 from Robert Campbell, Matt Walker and Jonathan Hill, both from Great Britain... [more]

UK Launch of the Bavaria 43 by Clipper Marine
Fast Track Sailing,
Clipper Marine, the UK dealership for Bavaria Sailing Yachts will be hosting the exclusive launch of the new Bavaria 43 model at this year's PSP Southampton Boat Show. The launch is on the Bavaria stand F007 on Friday, 12 September. Yacht builder, Bavaria Yachtbau, has a new design concept, notably the new flexible cabin options with the choice of 2 aft cabins or 1 single, large owner's cabin... [more]

Images from the 49er National Championship
Cailah Leask,
The 49er Class Association chose the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy venue for their 2008 National Championships. Skandia Team GBR sailors John Pink and Rick Peacock sailed a near flawless regatta picking up seven race wins and two 3rd place finishes in the nine race series... [more]

Rook seals RYA National Women's Match Racing crown
Karenza Morton,
After finishing second to Lucy Macgregor at the 2007 Championships, skipper Mary Rook turned the tables as she and her four-strong team of Sue Parkin, Nicky Bethwaite, Sophie Ainsworth, Vicky Lenz sailed consistently well over the three days' of racing at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend to produce a reverse outcome this year... [more]

Images from Qingdao: View from the sea
Richard Gladwell,
There is a lot of misunderstanding about China, particularly if your views are formed on the basis of TV news. The giant nation is undergoing a tremendous change as it both seeks to retain its own culture and identity and embrace, or rather shake hands, with the West. On the Chinese mainland it is often difficult to gain an overall impression of this growth... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing flies at Anacortes
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The new 90ft America's Cup Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing, had her first outing under full sail off Anacortes, today. The winds were light, but some of the speeds being clocked by the newly launched trimaran are quite remarkable.... [more]

New leader at Dragon Gold Cup - Day 2
Event media,
Russia's Alexey Krylov with Vlad Kapitonov and Alexei Bushuev are the new Cascais Dragon Gold Cup leaders after second day of racing in the fantastic scenery of Cascais. Britain's Robert Campbell, Matt Walker and Jonathan Hill are second overall and Portuguese Manuel Champalimaud, Mark Hart and Ed Streeter are third... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - day 1
Event media,
The 19th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup kicked off Tuesday in a building breeze from the north-west and clear blue skies in the waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Top spots in the fleets went to the Ernesto Bertarelli-chartered Numbers in the Mini Maxis, Ranger in Cruising, Alfa Romeo in Racing and Lindsay Owen-Jones Magic Carpet 2 in Wally... [more]

Skandia Team GBR celebrate at 2012 Olympic venue
Cailah Leask, Fast Track Sailing,
On Monday, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), together with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, celebrated the success of Skandia Team GBR in Qingdao with a home coming reception.... [more]

Images from the RS400 UK Nationals,
Images from the RS400 UK Nationals by - Nick Craig and Fiona Clark won the Gul RS400 UK National Championships with a day to spare.... [more]

Int Moth Asia Pacific Champs in New Zealand
Andrew Brown,
From the 5 to 9 February 2009, Takapuna Beach in New Zealand will be a FLYING Zone, with the International Moth Asia Pacific Circus coming to town. The Moth Association has organised cheap freight for boats to be shipped from the Australian Moth Nationals, and along with an Australian contingent, there is good interest from boats from the USA, Sweden and the UK... [more]

Cooksons to build one of three new STP65's
Barby MacGowan,
The STP65 fleet is building in numbers, with a third boat soon to be launched and three additional campaigns having signed on to create their own versions of the much heralded 65' 'Box Rule' racing yacht. Cannonball, to be built by Cookson Boats in New Zealand, follows with a launch date sometime in March.... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing: new boat starts shakedown
Jane Eagleson,
One week after being launched, BMW ORACLE Racing's new 90-foot multihull yacht hoisted sail here for the first time today and began its shakedown in 6-8 knots of breeze over four hours of testing on the Rosario Strait. 'What a great feeling to get this amazing boat under sail power,' said team CEO and Skipper Russell Coutts.... [more]

Barnes and Nicholson win B14 on the Solent
Mark Barnes,
The B14 Circus consisting of sixteen B14s, rocked up to the eastern end of the Solent - Lee-on-the-Solent - with fond memories of their full on Nationals two years earlier in 2006. Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson came out the winners, with Tim Harrison and Johny Radcliffe just pipping Dave Hayes and Sean Dwyer for second... [more]

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