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Enjoy your Europe edition of Newsletter of the past weeks sailing and racing.

Gerald New

Skandia Sail for Gold - Latest Medal Race results,
Latest Skandia Sail for Gold Medal Race results from Weymouth. Another glorious day at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the forecast for the medal race day is for max gusts of 12 Knots with an easterly wind direction. Results posted as received... [more]

Reminder of dangers for solo sailors -Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The fleet of 29 competitors in the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' is quayside in Cagliari once again. The search organised to locate Christophe Bouvet, the skipper of SIRMA, fell into the water on Friday night, necessitating a postponement of the race and a return to the nearest port.... [more]

Strauss extends lead at Melges 24 US Nationals
Melges media,
Simon Strauss on GBR-592, Simplicity, sailed to perfection on day two, maintaining his Friday night overall lead at the 2008 OSA Melges 24 US National Championship hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club... [more]

Alinghi lead on Day 2 iShares Cup Final
Helen Fretter,
Alinghi went into Day 2 of the iShares Cup final in flying form, and they kept the momentum going with another win in the opening race - their fifth first in a row. Alinghi are now 20 points clear of second-placed BT, with their title rivals Team Origin back in third... [more]

Thierry Martinez images Day 5 Portugal Trophy
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images from Day 5 Portugal Trophy, Audi MedCup Circuit. Quantum Racing won the Portugal Trophy and the overall Audi MedCup Series.... [more]

America's Cup back in Australia
In September 1983, the crew of Australia II broke the United States' 132-year grip on the America's Cup.... [more]

Quantum Racing win Portugal Trophy of Audi MedCup
Event media,
Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing today added the Portugal Trophy to the regatta wins in Mallorca and Sardinia which contributed to their overall victory in the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008. Steered by skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA), Quantum Racing won in Cagliari on Sardinia in Italy, at the Breitling Regatta on Mallorca, Spain and now in Portimao on Portugal's Algarve coast.... [more]

Bredenkamp Breaks Women's Speed Sailing Record
Roger Hislop,
Sjoukje Bredenkamp has broken the Women's Speed Sailing World Record at the Luderitz Speed Challenge. On Day 4 of the event she smoked it ...bettering her 42.35 knots set in Walvis Bay by almost three knots, hitting 45.20 knots.... [more]

Outright World Speed Sailing Record to Rob Douglas
Tanguy Blondel,
With a run of 49.84 knots, American kitesurfer Rob Douglas beat the outright World Speed Sailing Record over 500 metres today at the speed strip at Luderitz in Namibia.... [more]

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai in Bay of Cannes
Soazig Guého,
From 21 to 28 September, the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai will take place in the magnificent Bay of Cannes. More than 80 dragons and some of the world's finest yachts will compete in what is the 30th edition of the race.... [more]

Expat Simon Strauss leads at Melges US Nationals
Melges media,
Three races were completed on day 1 of the US Melges 24 Nationals leaving Simon Strauss on GBR-592 Simplicity in first place overall. Chris Larson on USA-655 Lightwave is seated in second place, tied in the points standing with Alan Field on USA-587 WTF in third.... [more]

Man overboard - Bouvet rescued after 2 hours
Kate Jennings,
Christophe Bouvet racing in the Cap Istanbul, fell overboard in a particularly violent squall, and was fished out a little more than two hours later by Paul Meilhat, one of the race competitors who was diverted to go in search of him... [more]

Quantum Racing win Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 title
Event media,
The Quantum Racing crew came ashore Friday at the Marina of Portimao having secured the overall Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 title. Terry Hutchinson and the crew of the American boat Quantum Racing won the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 with a day to spare in Portimao, Portugal when only one race could be completed on the penultimate day of the Portugal Trophy Regatta... [more]

Gitana 13 reads low and heads for Cape Finisterre
Gitana 13 media,
Aboard the maxi-catamaran Gitana 13, equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, there's more of a festive spirit than yesterday. By dint of patience and perseverance, Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew have managed to switch across to the correct side of the stormy low, which is currently reigning supreme off Madeira.... [more]

Green Dragon Team unveils new colours
Lucy Harwood,
The Green Dragon team has unveiled their new livery and Chinese sponsors. The imagery on the boat reflects the heritage of the Green Dragon project. The green portrays the projects' origination in Ireland. With the Dragon reflecting the Chinese title sponsorship... [more]

Domination or catch-up in Cap Istanbul?
Kate Jennings translation,
Sardinia now lies in the wake of the solo sailors in the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul'. The spinnakers are set and the pace of the race has picked up dramatically as the fleet gradually hit the open sea. Relatively stable conditions are something that race leader Eric Drouglazet really enjoys, as does Gildas Morvan.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Village has spectacular opening
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race Village in the start port of Alicante opened to the public on Friday evening with a spectacular ceremony before a crowd approaching 20,000 people.... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team presents Boats and Crews
Victoria Low,
Ericsson Racing Team formally announces today that Brazilian Torben Grael will skipper the International crew aboard Ericsson 4 and Sweden's Anders Lewander will skipper the Nordic crew aboard Ericsson 3 for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Thierry Martinez images from Day 4 Portugal Trophy
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images from Day 4 of the 2008 Audi MedCup/Portugal Trophy.... [more]

Alinghi's day at iShares Cup Final
Helen Fretter,
Alinghi firmly laid their cards on the table on the opening day of the iShares Cup final, winning four races in a row in the challenging sailing conditions of the IJ-Haven in Amsterdam. As spectators soaked up the sun on Java Island, some getting a grandstand view from the roofs of barges, Team Origin opened the day with a good start by winning Race 1... [more]

Slovenian crew are Soling World Champions
Event media,
The Slovenian team with Antoncic at the helm, Strah middleperson and Hmeljak bowman was crowned Soling World Champion. Argentineans Warburg-Celedoni-Smith finished second overall and Argentineans Busch-Peuvrel-Feldtman were third... [more]

Quantum Racing wins Audi MedCup Circuit title
Audi MedCup media,
The Quantum Racing crew came ashore today at the Marina of Portimao having secured the overall Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 title. Terry Hutchinson and the crew of the American boat Quantum Racing won the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 with a day to spare in Portimao, Portugal when only one race could be completed on the penultimate day of the Portugal Trophy Regatta.... [more]

Finalists at Skandia Sail for Gold medal races,
Friday was the end of the general fleet racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy on the South coast of England. The top ten finalists in each class will now sail in the Medal races on Saturday in Weymouth Harbour... [more]

BT in second place after Day 1 - iShares Cup
BT Media,
After the first day of the final event in the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series in Amsterdam, the BT Extreme 40 crew of Nick Moloney, Darren Bundock, Ed Barney and Stevie Mitchell scored a 6th, 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and 7th leaving them in second place, two points ahead of Oman Sail.... [more]

Australian Tornado sailor to helm BT Extreme 40
Julie Royer,
For the BT Extreme 40 this is it - the final round of the iShares Cup - and the BT crew will be gunning for a place on the podium starting today (Friday, 19th September) and concluding on Sunday, 21 September.... [more]

Final Shakedown - iShares Cup practice races
Helen Fretter,
The iShares Cup fleet had their final shakedown before the final of the 2008 series today. The 10 Extreme 40s took to the IJ-Haven canal, a narrow strip of water just a few minutes away from Amsterdam city centre, off Java Island.... [more]

Cap Istanbul crews prepare for second leg
Kate Jennings translation,
The 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' saw a switch over today with the prospect of the second leg. Aboard the boats, the préparateurs are putting the finishing touches to their work whilst the sailors pour over the grib files and the course.... [more]

Brain-teaser for Gitana 13 crew
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13 was slowed considerably by a long passage across the Doldrums late last week. Lionel Lemonchois and his men are now faced with a meteorological brain-teaser off the Canaries. This will be a tricky section, as will the Bay of Biscay and the last few miles along the English Channel... [more]

Day 4 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Results
Event media,
Thursday at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 300 International sailors were relishing the perfect sailing conditions found here in Weymouth and Portland; demonstrating why it has been selected as the sailing venue for the 2012 Olympics... [more]

ISAF Annual Conference Meeting Papers Online
The Agendas, Supporting Papers and Submissions which will be discussed at the 2008 ISAF Annual Conference in Madrid this November have been published online on the ISAF Meetings microsite.... [more]

Team Delta Lloyd completes Volvo fleet in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Delta Lloyd (Ger O'Rourke IRL) has arrived safely in Alicante. The team, which used the six-day crossing from Cork as its 2,000-mile qualifier, is the last team to reach the start port and joins the other seven boats completing the fleet of eight.... [more]

New Look Grenada Sailing Festival 2009
There will be a new look and new features to the Grenada Sailing Festival presented by Port Louis and Camper & Nicholsons, to be staged from 30 January – 3 February 2009. There are other reasons to come back to Grenada for the end of February - the Carriacou Regatta (14 – 18 Jan) the new Tobago Carnival Regatta (10 – 14 Feb) and the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta from 19 – 22 February... [more]

Audi MedCup - Coastal race cancelled in Portimao
Event media,
Without leaving the dock in Marina Portimao Quantum Racing took a big step closer to the endgame, winning the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008, when the double points Coastal Race was cancelled due to the lack of wind. Basic arithmetic, conventional logic and the wind as per current forecast for the final two days of the season points to a maximum of 75 points to be scored, completing each of a possible f... [more]

Thorpe Bay 49er Open
Event media,
A fleet of fourteen 49ers gathered at Thorpe Bay YC for a fantastic weekend of sailing and evening entertainment. Saturday started with a postponement, after waiting on the beach for an hour, the fleets were released just before lunch in what was now blue skies and sunshine... [more]

29er Racing at the Thorpe Bay 9er Open
Event media,
Thorpe Bay YC held their annual 9er open on the 13 and 15 September, shared with the B14s and Musto Skiffs it turned out to be an excellent weekend. The sailors were treated to a variety of conditions on the water and the usual hospitality on the shore including the now legendary party... [more]

Ovington Boats team up with Dynamic Sails
Ovington boats have announced a new partnership with Dynamic Sails in the B14 class. The B14 is now being built at Ovington's state of the art factory in North Shields and Dave Dobrijevic of Dynamic Sails is working with the team of Chris Turner and Phil Eltringham in the run up to the B14 Worlds in Australia in early 2009... [more]

US speed sailing record for Rob Douglas
Event media,
It was a phenomenal Day 1 at the 2008 Luderitz Speed Challange. Kitesurfer Rob Douglas (US) goes smoking into the lead, and shatters the previous US speed sailing record with a 47.639kt run.... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: Closing thoughts and goodbyes
Denis Kiely,
Some people have asked what I meant when I referred to my 'wind speed monkey'. When I arrived in Qingdao I bought a monkey in a local market - christened him Mikey. He had been traded in by the Brits after the able-bodied Olympics and has passable English. He is my personal weather expert and tactician. He sits on my right shoulder when we are on the race course and whispers the wind speed... [more]

Volunteers sought for next year's Tall Ships Race
Tauria Raynor,
The tall ships are coming to Bermuda for the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 – designed around Bermuda and its 400th anniversary of permanent settlement and – and the Sail Training Bermuda (STI) is looking for young people to join in the challenge.... [more]

North Sails at work on late Volvo Ocean Race entry
Zoe Hawkins,
When Chieftain Racing made a last minute call to enter the Volvo Ocean Race starting on 11 October 2008 in Alicante, Spain, they called on the considerable Volvo Ocean Racing expertise of North Sails' designer Gautier Sergent. Gautier was not only the designer behind Brasil 1's sails in the last VOR, but he also had a hand in designing the new rule, so he knew what was required... [more]

Alinghi prepares for the iShares final,
The Swiss X40 team is up against last year's champions TeamOrigin at the finals in Amsterdam this coming weekend... [more]

Transition day – Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - translation,
Today is a transition day in the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul'. The competitors are recuperating from the fatigue of yesterday and are taking the time to discover the old city of Cagliari. The solo sailors are becoming gregarious ashore.... [more]

France controls ISAF World Match Racing Rankings
Mathieu Richard and Claire Leroy maintain French control at the top of the Open and Women's ISAF World Match Racing Rankings in their latest release on 17 September.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino confirmed for Louis Vuitton
Mascalzone Latino Media,
'Mascalzone Latino will go back to Auckland to sail the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series': Vincenzo Onorato has confirmed accepting with great enthusiasm the invitation to participate in the new event presented on Monday 15th August. 'Since 1983 Louis Vuitton has done a lot for sailing, maintaining the spirit of sport in the America's Cup' - has declared Onorato - 'the America's Cup wouldn't become... [more]

Portugal Trophy lead to El Desafío
Audi MedCup media,
El Desafío leads the Portugal Trophy - Audi MedCup Circuit. Quantum Racing saw their Circuit lead eroded slightly while Matador won one race and finished second to take over third place on the overall Audi MedCup Circuit standings, while El Desafío leads the Portugal Trophy.... [more]

Col leads ACI Match Race Cup after Day 1
ACI Match Race Cup media,
Sebastian Col representing France has managed to endorse speculations about him as a favorite for the ACI Match race Cup. He was unmerciful in his race captivating eight victories. Paolo Cian has had only one victory less, recalling last year's winner that only lost one race from Col.... [more]

Shosholoza to race in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Di Meek, Team Shosholoza Media,
Team Shosholoza is one of the first of the 2007 America's Cup challengers to accept an invitation to compete in a new international match racing regatta, the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, to be held in New Zealand early next year. The South African's have also mooted the idea of a similar follow-up event to be held in home waters off Durban .... [more]

Volvo launch new Ocean Race website
Volvo media,
Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race has launched of a ground-breaking web site aimed at taking visitors closer to the heart of the action in the next edition of the Race - due to start in October. The Race Data Centre's unique features include predicted positions based on weather routing, a form guide that builds performance tables for the boats as the race progresses and historical data graphing.... [more]

Terry Curtis OK Belgian Open Champion
Terry Curtis,
OK's from five nations attended the Belgian National Championships on Lake Galgenweel in Antwerp over the weekend 13-14 September. Due to major disruptions on the channel crossings due to the tunnel fire, only two British entries made the trip from the UK... [more]

Soling World Championship - Day 3
Event media,
Argentinean Gustavo Warburg leads the provisional scoreboard by 1 point at the Soling World Championship underway at La Marina di Scarlino in Maremma, Tuscany. Three races took place on the crystal blue Mediterranean waters in technically challenging conditions... [more]

Skandia Sail for Gold gets underway at Weymouth,
Day 2 of Racing got underway at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, sailing venue for the 2012 Olympics. Over 300 top international sailors, including some of Britain's Olympic medal heroes are racing in the week long event.... [more]

If Everyone could have seen them dance .....
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Spending the last two weeks with the sailors, coaches, assistants, friends, families, care givers and International Association of Disabled Sailors (IFDS) officials during the 2008 Paralympics Sailing Regatta in Qingdao, China was the most rewarding experience of my career as a sailing journalist. These people are amazing!... [more]

30 competitors to line up for Vendée Globe
Vendée Globe media,
This year's Vendée Globe is outstanding because of the number taking part and the quality of the line-up. Seven nationalities are represented: 17 French yachtsmen, 7 from Britain, 1 American, 2 Swiss sailors, 1 Canadian, 1 Spaniard and 1 Austrian. A record number of entrants.... [more]

WA to host Sailing Qualification for 2012 Games
Following Beijing, sailors with Olympic dreams are shifting their focus to Western Australia as it prepares to host the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Western Australia bid against seven other nations to win the rights to host Olympic sailing's most prestigious regatta outside of the Olympic Games.... [more]

Cap Istanbul: Mister 'Droug' on a flyer
Kate Jennings – Expression,
Eric Drouglazet, a formidable fighter and a pillar of the Figaro circuit had always laid claim to this way of sailing and was at the risk of appearing to be a bit of a killjoy in front of some of his rivals' piercing qualities. Here though we've seen another side to 'Droug', one who has relished the great move he's just pulled off and is elated about coming off so well from a daring option... [more]

Eugeniy Neugodnikov is the new Eurosaf Champion
ISAF Media,
Russia's Eugeniy Neugodnikov is the new Eurosaf European Match Racing Champion and Yava Trophy winner after an emphatic victory on his home waters in Moscow.... [more]

Second top challenger joins LV Pacific Series
Richard Gladwell,
Sources close to a second challenger, Mascalzone Latino, confirmed to Sail-World this morning that they too will be entering the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. The 'Latin Rascals' as the team were known in Valencia and Auckland, finished 6th in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup, and were notable for their defeat of Emirates Team New Zealand in the first match of Round Robin 1, in that regatta.... [more]

MacGregor is Eurosaf Women's Match Racing Champ
ISAF (source: Olivier Bovyn),
British skipper Lucy MacGregor is the new Eurosaf European Women's Match Racing Champion. The final between Lucy MacGregor and Sabrina Gurioli of Italy went down to the wire and in the end it was a difference of just one boatlength in the fifth and final race.... [more]

Two surprises on podium at Portugal Trophy
Audi MedCup Circuit media,
Quantum Racing moved 11 points closer to winning the Audi MedCup Circuit today as Audi Q8 and Synergy had their best set of races. After the first three races of the Portugal Trophy off Portimao, the final regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit, there may be a pair of new names making a late season challenge, lying in second and third, but leading the regatta it is the American boat Quantum Racing.... [more]

Telefonica Black & Blue get Royal Blessing
Volvo media,
The two Telefónica team boats have been christened by Spanish royalty during a ceremony at the team base in Alicante, Spain, the start port for the Volvo Ocean Race - a bottle of San Miguel beer was smashed over the bow of each boat... [more]

Kiwi Windsurfer joins Skandia Team GBR
Lindsey Bell,
Former New Zealand world number one Windsurfer, Jon Tobin, has used his 'dual passport holder' status and jumped boards to join the Skandia Team GBR RS:X men's squad. Despite needing three years to fully qualify, the RYA have decided to support him, with the same conditions that all Skandia Team GBR squad members have in respect of annual re-qualification... [more]

Ainslie, Percy and Co for iShares Cup in Amsterdam
Helen Fretter,
The 2008 iShares Cup has attracted some of the very best sailors in the world, but the finale of this year's European circuit is set to welcome a whole host of Olympic medalists onboard the Extreme 40s. Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson join current joint series leaders Team Origin in Amsterdam... [more]

Delta Lloyd heading for Alicante Volvo start
Volvo media,
Preparation continues in the start port of Alicante, Spain, as seven of the fleet of eight Volvo Open 70s, the fastest monohulls in the world, begin their final checks. Delta Lloyd is expected to arrive in Alicante overnight and her arrival will complete the fleet of eight yachts racing in the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing today welcomed the announcement of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series to be run in Auckland, New Zealand early next year and confirmed that it will be entering a team. 'It is really good to see Louis Vuitton leading this initiative, and we are really looking forward to coming to Auckland to join in what I'm sure will be a great competition,' Russell Coutts, the team's CEO said.... [more]

Bob Fisher reflects on the life of Olin Stephens
Bob Fisher,
Noted sailing journalist and author, Bob Fisher reflects on the life of Olin Stephens II, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 100years.... [more]

Santa Cruz Yachts SC37 wins prestigious award
Media Services,
The first ever SC37 was unveiled at the Newport International Boat Show, USA winning the prestigious 'Best New Sailboat' award. Judged by leading industry experts, the SC37 was tested under a strict criterion of innovation, value and aesthetic appeal against boats launched in the US market since April 2008.... [more]

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority sponsors Yacht Forum
MaxComm Communication,
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is sponsoring the first World Yacht Racing Forum, to be held in Monaco on December 10th and 11th, alongside the 4th edition of the famous Motorsports Business Forum.... [more]

Interview with Michi Mueller - PUMA Ocean Racing
Bridgid Murphy/Rick Deppe interview,
An interview with Michi Mueller from PUMA Ocean Racing. Questions were asked by onboard media crew member Rick Deppe.... [more]

Louis Vuitton announces regatta in Auckland
Keith Taylor,
Louis Vuitton announced today that the company is planning an international match racing regatta to be sailed in Auckland, New Zealand in February next year.... [more]

The easiest is sometimes the best - Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The Mistral is a teasing wind. Various well informed authorities on the matter announced it to be to the west of Cap Camaret but it finally ended up by scooping up the head of the fleet off the bay of Ajaccio.... [more]

Thierry Martinez images from onboard Artemis
Thierry Martinez images,
Images from Thierry Martinez, who was onboard Atremis, for the practice race in the 2008 AUDI MEDCUP / Portugal Trophy in Portimao... [more]

Audi MedCup - Portugal Trophy starts Tuesday
Audi MedCup media,
After an interesting, exacting and even-sided practice race in perfect light wind conditions and warm sunshine on the Algarve's Atlantic waters off Portimao, Portugal the stage is set for the final regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit, the Portugal Trophy regatta... [more]

Team Russia's Volvo 70 arrives in Alicante
Team Russia's Volvo 70 Kosatka reached Alicante Monday morning after its delivery trip from Portland, UK. This was the last offshore experience for the boat and the crew before the start of its round the world adventure... [more]

Humphreys wins Weston RS700 Open
RS media,
With zero wind forecast the majority of the fleet looked out of the window and took the option of staying at home. It may have seemed like a lottery at times but with a combination of conservative tactics and slick tacks, Matt Humphreys was a deserved victor with three race wins... [more]

Hungarian George Wossala leads Soling Worlds
Tessa Wiechmann,
After the second day of racing at the Soling World Championship at La Marina di Scarlino in Maremma the Hungarian crew with George Wossala the helm, Peter Nemeth middleman and Karoly Vezer bowman lead the provisional scoreboard with 15 points... [more]

Double for Mascalzone at Trieste Challenge
The match race regatta of the Trieste Challenge 2008 ended in Trieste. The strong wind of Bora, with gusts up to 30 knots, compelled the Race Committee to cancel all races that should have taken place in the day of the finals.... [more]

Images from the 'Frisco Big Boat Series: Day 2
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of presents a portfolio of images from Day 2 of the San Francisco Big Boat Series... [more]

Rolex Big Boat Series trophies awarded
Event media,
The St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) Race Committee sent the 10 competing classes on courses ranging from 15.44 to 21.01 nautical miles. When it was all over, six of the 10 class winners were awarded one of the StFYC's Perpetual Trophies.... [more]

Louis Vuitton back in America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Louis Vuitton, Emirates Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Auckland City Council today announced a new America's Cup series to be based in Auckland. The format of the regattas willl be similar to previous Road to the America's Cup regattas staged in the build up to the 2000 and 2003 America's Cups staged in Auckland with six invited teams.... [more]

Gildas Mahé leads Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Gildas Mahé leads: virtually nobody is a prophet in his own country - the Cap Istanbul. Gildas Mahé, a sailor from Concarneau, was first to dip southwards.... [more]

Alinghi wins the Trophée Clairefontaine - Valencia
Alinghi media,
'Alinghi red', helmed by Luc Dubois, won the 19th Trophée Clairefontaine today after a two day regatta in Port America's Cup. The crews geared up just after lunch for three races to decide the winner and it was all on for last year's runner up, Luc Dubois at the helm of ‘Alinghi red'.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing 90 to move to San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing media,
Following a successful two-week session of sea trials, the team now is preparing the BMW ORACLE Racing 90 to move down the West Coast to San Diego for an extended testing session. Also an interview with Franck Cammas regarding his involvement.... [more]

An exciting finale to the 2008 Paralympic Sailing
ISAF Media,
An exciting finale to the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao ended with gold medals going to Canada's Paul Tingley in the 2.4 Metre, US pair Nick Scandone and Maureen Mckinnon-Tucker in the SKUD18 and German trio Jens Kroker, Robert Prem and Siegmund Mainka in the Sonar.... [more]

Gitana 13 sailing abeam of Sierra Leone
Gitana Team media,
This Saturday morning Gitana 13 is sailing abeam of Sierra Leone, in their record attempt between Hong Kong and London. Progress is unsteady due to the effects of the Doldrums which don't yet seem to have decided to let go of the maxi-catamaran. Patience is more crucial than ever aboard Gitana 13.... [more]

Rolex X-35 World Championship 2008
Annette Dam (ISAF),
A total of 54 entries from 10 nations makes the X-35 Worlds the largest international one-design event for these exciting craft since the X-35 Class was launched and granted ISAF Recognized Class status in 2006. With Rolex as the Official Partner and the prestigious YC Italiano as organizer, the second X-35 World Championship will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Cala Galera in Tuscany... [more]

Williams retains top ISAF Match Racing Ranking
ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams maintains his position at the top of this year's World Championship standings. Williams remains atop of the Tour standings with 92 points, 20 points clear of Richard and 25 clear of Col. The top three are all counting five results so from here on their points gains will be smaller as they can now only replace existing scores... [more]

An Irish Perspective: Sunday morning going down
Denis Kiely,
The final days racing in the Sonar class was even more exciting and incredible than I had anticipated. There were 2 races scheduled. Starting the day the position was France 21, Australia 24, Germany 26 Greece 27, Norway 28, and Israel 34. After the 1st race [Mikey's analysis of the previous day - pressure, gradient, sea breeze, current, cousin in Korea, etc etc was spot on - perfect, the left... [more]

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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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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