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Isabelle Joschke (Synergie) leads Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
A stormy low is this Sunday manhandling the fleet of the 'European Capital of Culture - Cap Istanbul', who have been ordered to submit to a beat across a moody Ionian Sea. Isabelle Joschke (Synergie) is currently in pole position in lumpy seas.... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Two
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Light wind limited the competition's progress to one heat, on day two of the 2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt. A fresh 11-16 knot breeze accompanied by clear blue sky provided a promising start to competitions second day in Sylt. Unfortunately, the prospect of racing in the perfect North Sea conditions was to be short lived.... [more]

Hayling Island sailors win SB3 World title
Kate Ashworth,
Geoff Carveth and his Hayling Island crew have been crowned champions at the inaugural Laser SB3 World Championships in Dun Laoghaire after a high-pressure finish in Dublin Bay. After an early dogfight with his closest rivals in the final race, Carveth pulled off a stunning comeback from the bottom half of the fleet to finish second and take the world title... [more]

Col wins Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
Sebastian Col has won the Troia Portugal Match Cup defeating Magnus Holmberg. Getting past Magnus Holmberg (SWE) and his Victory Challenge team 2-0 in an exciting Final series, Col and crew have taken the top prize of US$30,000 of the $125,000 purse and earned 25 points on the 2008 World Tour leaderboard.... [more]

Saint-Tropez gets ready for Les Voiles
Event media,
The ambiance in Saint-Tropez is changing. As of Saturday afternoon the megayachts begun leaving the port to make way for the modern sailboats and, as of this evening, the classic sailboats coming over from Cannes to participate in the 2008 Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.... [more]

Maltese Falcon enters San Francisco -
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson ( took these images of Maltese Falcon as it passed through San Francisco Bay yesterday (Saturday). Owned by American Tom Perkins, a legendary Silicon Valley figure, this is the first time that the yacht has entered a port in the USA. The 289-foot Maltese Falcon had to sail under the monstrous Golden Gate Bridge during low tide so the masts could squeeze under the bridge.... [more]

Regates Royales-Trophee Panerai in Cannes
Event media,
Despite long hours of waiting, the wind did not pick up for the last day's racing at the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai in Cannes Saturday where not a single race start could be given... [more]

America's Cup talks inconclusive but continuing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The first face to face discussion between BMW Oracle Racing's Larry Ellison and Team Alingi principal, Ernesto Bertarelli has broken up in San Francisco without any conclusion being reached. Sail-World spoke to BMW Oracle's Racing's Head of External Affairs, Tom Ehman, in New York, who advised that the talks had been cordial, but no agreement had been reached.... [more]

The southern gamble - Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Translation,
Setting out from Marzamemi in Sicily yesterday, the fleet participating in the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' headed eastwards towards Crete.... [more]

Williams fighting for final place
Yvonne Reid,
In conditions which varied from calm to boisterous, all but the last flight of the Round Robin at the Tróia Portugal Match Cup was concluded, with 4th place position left undetermined until Sunday's final flight. Australian Torvar Mirsky and Britain's Ian Williams are fighting for the fourth spot in the semi finals.... [more]

PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day One
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
2008 PWA Colgate World Cup - nine heats down in the first slalom race, and there's already plenty to talk about from day one in Sylt. Two heats down, and just as proceedings looked to be following a relatively predictable path, Josh Angulo (MauiSails, Dakine) made a catastrophic error, when he crossed the finish line from the wrong side in his heat 3 clash.... [more]

French teams dominate at Troia Portugal Match Cup
WMRT media,
Light fluky breeze and strong tides delayed the start of racing today in Day Three of Troia Portugal Match Cup, with the resumption of the Round Robin not commencing until mid-afternoon and extending right up to sunset. But once the late seabreeze did finally fill, it provided the opportunity for great match race action in all flights, with multiple lead changes, penalties, and early starts keepin... [more]

PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Registration Day
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
The stars of the PWA arrive on Sylt's Westerland beach for the start of the 25th annual Sylt Super Grand Slam.... [more]

Tunnicliffe racing in the Snipe Women's Worlds
Anna Tunnicliffe,
In a boat design she's never raced before Anna Tunicliffe and crew Kathleen Tocke were third on the first day of racing at the Snipe Women's World Championship hosted by the Real Club Roquetas de Mar. Racing started today and will finish on September 28.... [more]

New Sponsor for Golden Rock Regatta
Bea Hootsmans van Dijk,
There is a new sonsor and a new organizing team member for Golden Rock Regatta. Nustar/Statia Terminal is sponsoring this years Golden Rock Regatta the organizers announced today. This company is the main employer on Statia.... [more]

Bouwe Bekking reflects on preparation for VOR
Bouwe Bekking media services,
Think about the fastest sailing monohull in the world built without compromise for a single purpose: to race around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race. Think about living at that pace 24/7, jumping from wave to wave, constantly wet, often cold, eating only freeze-dried food, attempting sleep in a cacophony of noise. How would you prepare yourself for such an adventure?... [more]

Coutts to skipper in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing today congratulated Louis Vuitton's Yves Carcelle, Louis Vuitton Cup Founder Bruno Troublé and Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton for 'creating an instant classic that meets an important need in the sailing community,' by organizing an exciting and competitive format for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.... [more]

Vendée Globe start 45 days away for Josse and BT60
Jocelyn Blériot/BT Media,
Last week the BT Open 60 was in Port la Forêt in Southern Brittany (France) taking part in a special training programme with some of the other top-runners for the Vendée Globe. The team then sailed BT back to their base in Lorient (France) to continue working on the boat and will return again to Port la Forêt next week for the final training session.... [more]

Richard Langdon images - SB3 World Championship
Richard Langdon images,
Richard Langdon has sent these images from the SB3 World Championships. Enjoy!... [more]

23 teams respond for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Keith Taylor,
Louis Vuitton confirmed today an overwhelming response to the international match racing regatta to be sailed in Auckland, New Zealand, in February next year with 23 teams spontaneously expressing interest and seven teams which have already registered and paid the entry fee. With eight berths available in the regatta, the entries are almost closed only one week after announcing the new event.... [more]

Sicilian break and Mediterranean reflection
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The 28 solo sailors in the 'European Capital of Culture - Cap Istanbul' are benefiting from the Sicilian gentleness in Marzamemi on the south-east tip of Sicily. Nicolas Bérenger (Koné Elevators), the new leader after two legs.... [more]

Gitana 13 claims new Tea Route record time
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew on Gitana 13, have thus erased the reference time held by Philippe Monnet since 1990, to become the new holders of the Tea Route record with a time of 41 days 21 hours 26 minutes 34 seconds.... [more]

Richard leads Trioa Portugal Match Cup after Day 2
Mathieu Richard leads Trioa Portugal Match Cup after Day 2. Torvar Mirsky maintains position as runner-up after 13 flights of racing. Richard (FRA) and his French Match Racing Team/Team French Spirit continued their winning ways from yesterday, adding three more wins to his score card, and losing only once to team mate Damien Iehl (FRA).... [more]

Gearing up in Portugal for PGOR start
Brian Hancock,
Portimão Global Ocean Race. It's often a question of being careful what you wish for. Two short years ago the idea of a new around-the-world yacht race was just that - an idea.... [more]

New Leader at SB3 Worlds - day 4,
After a day of snakes and ladders Craig Burlton regains a five-point lead at the top, with Geoff Carveth in second and South African skipper Dave Hudson, winner at Cork Week, nine points adrift of the top slot in third. Ten small points separate Hudson from the boat in eighth place, and another race counted means teams get to discard their worst remaining score, which will tighten things further... [more]

Peerke Kortekaas wins Solo Open Dutch Championship,
The Dutch Open Championship took place on the Westeinder, Aalsmeer over the weekend of the 19 to 21 September. Definitely not easy for the sailors and committee, but beautiful weather with light and very shifty winds. Almost all the scheduled races were completed and a fair competition resulted for the 47 starters... [more]

Management group on-board with Volvo Ocean Race
Lizzie Ward,
The Volvo Ocean Race has appointed The Boston Consulting Group to assist in creating a strategy for the most challenging round-the-world race to become the world's undisputed sailing event... [more]

Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships
Gordon Burgis,
With a record turnout of twenty seven Hobie Cats for this years Brewin Dolphin Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships held in St Aubins bay, all 54 participants enjoyed one of the best events ever, now in its 17th year - This year was very much a multi Hobie class event. The Hobie 16's received the largest entry, where 17 boats competed... [more]

Weymouth feels the Olympic effect
Jon Land,
Weymouth seafront is to be given a multimillion-pound new look in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The South West Regional Development Agency is investing £6 million in the regeneration scheme for the esplanade at Weymouth - the Dorset town which with nearby Portland will host sailing events at the Games... [more]

America's Cup future at stake as summit agreed
Stuart Alexander,
California dreaming could turn to America's Cup reality this weekend as the warring factions of Swiss holder Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi and would-be challenger BMW Oracle's Larry Ellison meet face to face after circling each other for over 12 months. Bertarelli is in the golden state on business, Ellison is addressing 40,000 delegates to an Oracle jamboree ...... [more]

Cooksons build Team NZ's TP 52 for Audi MedCup
Audi MedCup Media,
Team New Zealand sailors and ex-Team New Zealand sailors have been at the forefront of the MedCup Circuit on different boats since the first year of racing. In 2006 the core of the winning Mean Machine crew, and the second placed Warpath crew were both from Team New Zealand. That was part of the Kiwi America's Cup team strategy of battle hardening every aspect of their sailing team... [more]

ISAF supports better keel construction standards
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation is supporting the European Boating Association in their commitment to complete the ISO standard for keel and rig attachments in small craft construction - Over recent years, a number of small sailing vessels have lost their keels at sea; tragically occasionally involving loss of life... [more]

Portugal wins first ISAF Nations Cup final
Portugal is off to a flying start in the first Regional Final of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup. Portugal join Brazil and France, who receive invitations as the host nation and defending champion respectively, on the entry list for the Open event next year's Grand Final.... [more]

2008 Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Event Preview
© PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Sylt's iconic Westerland beach provides a fitting backdrop for the final chapter of the 2008 PWA season to be written into the annals of windsurfing history. Nine days of Super Grand Slam competition will witness the women's fleet battling it out for the Wave Title, while the men's fleet engage in all three PWA disciplines; Wave, Freestyle and Slalom.... [more]

Bérenger leads Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
On the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' the sailors no longer speak about complicated, light conditions but rather Cape Verdes' weather. Nicolas Bérenger is now lying in first place in the general ranking by a matter of seconds, finishing nearly an hour and thirty minutes ahead of Eric Drouglazet, winner of the first leg.... [more]

Gitana 13 nears end of Tea Route voyage
Gitana 13 media,
After 41 days at sea, Gitana 13 is tackling the very last section of its epic Tea Route voyage. The last day at sea, especially when it's been a long voyage such as the Tea Route, always has a very special taste... Still in record mode the ten men of Gitana Team are maintaining their watch rhythm and still making headway in rather unfavourable conditions for their race against the clock.... [more]

Mirsky, Richard top Troia Portugal Match Cup Day 1
Event media,
Mathieu Richard and Torvar Mirsky showed their skill on Day 1 Troia Portugal Match Cup winning four of five matches on the opening day. Racing started mid-afternoon after a misty, breathless morning, the wind gradually filling from the west into the mouth of the bay into which the Troia peninsular juts, south of Setubal near Lisbon.... [more]

Slingsby stumbled in Qingdao. What Happened?
Tom Slingsby,
Australia's Laser sailor Tom Slingsby was the gold medal favourite going into the Olympic regatta. But he had a shocker, finishing 22nd overall. Now Tom talks about what happened and the road ahead.... [more]

Carveth goes top at SB3 Worlds - day 3
Event media,
As the qualification stage of the SB3 World Championships at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland came to a close ‘humbling' was how some crews described the intensity after day three. At the top of the points table is Geoff Carveth with 31 points. Second is Craig Boulton with 33 points, then Mike Budd 34, Dave Hudson (RSA) 35, Tim Fells 39 and Dave Lenz with 41 points... [more]

Vintage and Classic boats at Imperia, Italy
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Two weekends back saw the bi-annual Vele d'Epoca d'Imperia – the Imperia Classics regatta, sponsored by Officine Panerai, and part of the Mediterranean classics circuit. This was the 15th Imperia sailing regatta, in the alternate years they hold a Classic Motoryachts event... [more]

The Role of the Media Crew member in the Volvo
Volvo media,
Training begins again Wednesday in Alicante for the Media Crew Members – the embedded reporters who will, for the first time in the history of this race, sail on board each boat in the fleet racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts from Alicante on 4 October... [more]

The sport of sailing is far too complicated
Bernard Schopfer,
While the America's Cup community awaits it's next chapter, we caught up with America's Cup veteran and Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth on his views about the current state of the sport of sailing... [more]

Team Delta Lloyd trials for remaining crew places
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Delta Lloyd's mission to get in race shape will be boosted by the arrival of a number of sailors who will undergo trials for final places on skipper Ger O'Rourke's crew list. They will have to impress a selection panel of O'Rourke, watch captains Stu Wilson and Stuart Molloy, and Maurice Paardenkooper, Holland's Olympic sailing coach.... [more]

Gitana 13 two days from the goal
Gitana 13,
Setting out from Hong Kong on 14th August 2008 in a bid to establish a new reference time for the Tea Route, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group is a few hundred miles from its goal, 385 miles away late this morning to be precise.... [more]

Antonio Pedro da Cruz leads - Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
This stage between Cagliari and Marzamemi has had it all: for starters a tactical battle in the bay of Cagliari, a long ride under spinnaker for the main course and for dessert a close-hauled struggle along the coast of Sicily.... [more]

Regates Royales – skipper killed
Soazig Guého,
The Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai, which started Tuesday, is in mourning after the sad loss of a skipper this afternoon. The 8 Metre class yacht, Safir, owned and skippered by Wilfred Tolhurst, was competing in the coastal race. Shortly after midday Safir entered into a collision with Rowdy causing Safir to be dismasted... [more]

Images from Day 2 of the SB3 Worlds
Richard Langdon,
Images from Day 2 of the SB3 Worlds by Richard Langdon... [more]

SB3 Worlds - Second day of Qualifying,
After the second day of qualifying races at the Laser SB3 World Championships hosted by the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Craig Burlton with Adam Heeley and Steve White have a three point lead. Second are Mark Richards, Craig Mitchell and Chris Gould... [more]

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award
Karenza Morton,
Olympic sailing stars Ben Ainslie, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, and World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams have been shortlisted for Great Britain at the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award... [more]

New twists in America's Cup Legal
Some new twists and turns on the America's Cup scene could see the legal impasse bought to an end. The latest ruling by the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division has effectively disbarred Golden Gate Yacht Club as a Challenger of Record, and the requirement for them to submit their Customs House Registry certificate to the Defender, Alinghi, as required by the Deed of Gift.... [more]

British Olympic success just not all about money
Richard Gladwell,
Many are quick to assert that the British record of being the top nation for the past three Olympics is just about spending money - and lots of it. To find out the reasons behind the British success, Sail-World's Olympic Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke to Rob Andrews, 1992 British Olympic coach and now Competition Manager for the 2012 Olympic Regatta... [more]

Images from the 2008 SB3 Worlds
British photographer Richard Langdon is at the SB3 Worlds in Ireland. Here is a selection of his latest pix.... [more]

Gitana 13 nearing end of Tea Route attempt
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group made its entrance into the Bay of Biscay on Sunday afternoon and is this Monday sailing at the latitude of Bordeaux. At 1315 UT they were 550 miles from their goal.... [more]

Delicate adjustments - Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The twenty-eight solo sailors in the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' are reaching the end of their crossing between Sardinia and Sicily. Throughout the 120 miles between Sardinia and Sicily under spinnaker, the sailors ended up with little time to sleep, each of them trying to position themselves as best they could to negotiate the passage of the western tip of Sicily.... [more]

ISAF World Sailor of the Year Nominees announced
ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2008. ISAF received nominations from across the world representing all aspects of the sport in two categories - male and female - and the following 10 nominations have been shortlisted.... [more]

Day 1 at SB3 Worlds in Ireland,
After day 1 of the Laser SB3 World Championships, Britain's Tim Fells leads the Blue Flight, four points ahead of South African David Hudson after three races. In the Orange Flight, Mark Richards is tied in the lead with the Australian Daniel Geoghegan... [more]

Hitchcock and Nicholson win RS-K6 UK Nationals
RSK6 media,
Suntan lotion was an unlikely item at the top of the shopping list for the 2008 K6 Nationals hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club, 13 - 16 September. The weather gods smiled and the fleet got a four day summer - David Hitchcock and Ian Nicholson walked away National Champions for the fourth year in a row... [more]

Images from the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix
Christophe Favreau,
Christophe Favreau took these images of the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix - Final Round - Lake Como, Italy... [more]

Pindar win Italian 18ft Grand Prix and Euro Title
Christophe Favreau,
The final round of the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix rocked up to Lake Como, and although a smaller fleet than usual, the skiff teams were treated to outstanding conditions. Overall Pindar took the event and with it the overall European Grand Prix for 2008... [more]

Porter secures US Melges title in final race
Melges media,
Brian Porter on USA-749 Full Throttle came from some ten points behind to win back-to-back Melges 24 US National Championship titles, despite a hard charging British entry that finished in second and third places. Stuart Simpson on GBR-569 Team Barbarians with Jamie Lea at the helm taking second... [more]

A Super-Maxi for Team French Spirit
Team French Spirit Media,
The all carbon-fiber yacht (ex-BOLS) was built in 2003 at the Boat Speed shipyard in Australia. A Hugh Welbourn design, 'French Spirit One' features are pretty close to the future America's Cup measurement rule : 27 meter long, 35 meter mast, sail area : main 300 m2, spinnaker : 600 m2, 20 crew members... [more]

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
TP52 racing at its best....
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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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