29 Sep 2008

Major Events

America's Cup


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

2008 Skandia Cowes Week

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

2008 World Match Racing Tour

Predict Wind News


Welcome to your UK Edition of the Newsletter

2008 RYA Zone and Home Country Championships
Karenza Morton,
Patience was the key as 1,000 youngsters across England, Scotland and Wales took part in the 2008 RYA Zone and Home Country Championships this weekend... [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]

Sebastian Col wins Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
Sebastian Col has won the Troia Portugal Match Cup defeating Magnus Holmberg. Getting past Magnus Holmberg 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]

New Foiler Mach 2 Moth hits the market
The hot news is that Australian boat builder McConaghy has teamed up with Moth design guru and owner of KA Sail Andrew McDougall to produce a new foiler Moth at their China facility... [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]

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]

100 ready for Holt Tide Ride at HISC
Event media,
Over 100 teams are signed up for the Annual Adrenalin Fix for High Performance Sailors - The 6th annual Holt Tide Ride which 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]

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]

Senior Instructors, Coach Assessors wanted - India
ISAF Media,
The Yachting Association of India is seeking experienced Senior Instructors and Coach Assessors for its new national Learn to Sail dinghy programme.... [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]

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]

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]

RS400 Club Championship at Northampton
RS media,
Saturday saw the RS400 fleet take to the water on schedule having been informed that the there would be no restriction on the number of races over the weekend and they would run as many as possible. This was a great prospect for everyone so hats off to Anthony York the Race officer... [more]

Teague and Millar are RS200 Club Champions
RS media,
Sunshine and light winds greeted the competitors for the Gul sponsored RS200 Club Championships at Northampton SC with a depleted entry due to the light wind forecast - Prize for the top club went to Burghfield who won a days coaching for their club from a top RS200 coach... [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]

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]

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]

Young sailors RYA Zone & Home Country Championship
Karenza Morton,
More than 1,000 of Britain's Olympic sailing hopefuls of the future have their first chance to shine on a national stage this weekend as the 2008 RYA Zone and Home Country Championships take place across the country.... [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]

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]

National 12 Vintage Open at Trent Valley SC
Christine Marshall,
Sixteen National 12 - Vintage and 4-plank and Admirals Cup boats - arrived at the Trent Valley Sailing Club. Not much wind but it wasn't raining! ith such a line up for the start there were two flights, with the 4-plank and AC boats going first... [more]

Henley SC National 12 Open Meeting
Zoe Ballantyne,
On arrival at Henley there was so little wind and so much current that it looked like the day would be spent sitting on the riverbank in the sunshine. Fortunately some breeze filled in and twelve National 12s took to the water for three races... [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]

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]

2008 Enterprise U21 Championships
Paula Southworth/Paul Young,
A competitive fleet of ten Enterprises competed in the Enterprise Under 21 Nationals at Barnt Green. Congratulations to Matt Johnson and Rachel Jackson, our new U21 Enterprise Champions - following in ‘Father's footsteps Alan Johnson/Nick Jackson... [more]

Was it good for You ?
Saltwater Public Relations asked their clients how they faired at the recent Southampton Boat Show - Considering the current financial situation, our clients went into the Southampton Show with fairly realistic expectations - Nobody was surprised the gate was slightly lower than last year... [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]

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