22 Sep 2008

Major Events

America's Cup Cruising International


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

Extreme 40s

2008 Olympics Qingdao

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008


Enjoy your UK edition of the Newsletter for all the sailing and racing action from the past week.

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]

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]

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... [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]

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]

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]

Sydney Fleet team wins Etchells North Americans
Peter Campbell,
Sydney Fleet Etchells sailors Mark Johnson and Nik Burfoot have teamed up with champion US helmsman Jud Smith to score an historic win in the 2008 Etchells North American Championship sailed on The Chesapeake off Annapolis this past week. All part of a plan to take the World Etchells titles in March 2009 in Melbourne.... [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]

Ben Ainslie homecoming party in Lymington
HL Media,
Ben Ainslie OBE, Triple Olympic Gold Medallist and Henri Lloyd ambassador, was welcomed home to Lymington by his clothing sponsor Henri Lloyd at their Sailing Store on Lymington High Street last night... [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]

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]

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 Wednesday. Britain's Lucy Macgregor, the newly crowned Eurosaf European Champion made big gains this month, while Ian Williams, the reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion remains in second place in the Open rankings... [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]

Holt Tide Ride returns to HISC
Event media,
The Annual Adrenalin Fix for High Performance Sailors - The 6th annual Holt Tide Ride is set to take place over the weekend of the 4 and 5 of October. Hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club, and set right in front of the clubhouse, the Holt Tide Ride provides fast-paced, high skill, white knuckle racing, the calibre of which you'll find at few other events... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Olympic 1948 boat wins Firefly Open
Josephine Mason,
Sunshine and wind converged on Upper Thames Sailing Club for an idyllic weekend of river racing for 15 Fireflies on September 13/14. In the beautiful setting of Upper Thames, one of the fleet's most popular clubs, things got off to a slow start -- for the singlehanded race... [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]

Local Cowes sailor wins SB3 charter at SGW

At the recent Australia Day in Cowes event a Cowes local won the major prize of an SB3 charter at Skandia Geelong Week in 2009.... [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]

Seavolution/Blue Marine Rocks at TT-07 Thorpe Bay
Mark Barnes,
The B14 Circus arrived at Thorpe Bay SC to a very early start of 08:30 hrs for the briefing due to tidal restraints. Some stayed at home but others chased down the road in mist and fog with occasional sunshine. Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson on Seavolution/Blue Marine showed great form ahead of the Tide Ride, the front runners last outing prior to departing to Australia... [more]

Hilliar and Jagger win RS400 Weston Open
RS media,
he final event of the RS400 Fat Face racing circuit took place on 13/14 September at Weston SC on Southampton water. Saturday's forecast was for extremely light winds and unfortunately the forecasters had it right. Sunday's forecast was a little better and racing got underway in light winds after a recall... [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]

RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships
The RYA's top young windsurfing talent lived up to their billing going into this weekend's inaugural RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships picking up the crop of top titles at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [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]

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]

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]

2008 Olympics Qingdao
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