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World exclusive pics of new Flying Tiger 7.5
Alistair Skinner,
By happy coincidence during the China Club Challenge Match Hansheng Yachts launched the Flying Tiger 10's smaller sister, the FT7.5 - today it went for its first sail and being umpire for the event was lucky to have a RIB at my disposal... [more]

Uka Uka take lead in Melges 32 Audi Series
Event media,
With five races sailed at the Lerici edition of the European Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing Series the discard is now in force and Claudio Recchi on Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka have moved into a five point lead over Thule in second... [more]

Optimum win M30 Worlds
Bunny Wayt,
Australian Guy Stening's Optimum has won the 2008 M 30 Worlds. Optimum had a ten point day over the three races, which was enough to secure a very solid victory. Jim Richardson's Barking Mad won all three of Saturday's races to finish second... [more]

Linda Rahm Wins Tróia Portugal Women's Cup
Event media,
The Swede Linda Rahm won the Tróia Portugal Women's Cup, organized by Sun Sailing team and sponsored by Turismo de Portugal and Troia resort.... [more]

Play of the Day - PUMA crack the Code
Mark Chisnell,
The Play of the Day was all PUMA's – sixth in the first race and up against the ropes, they pulled a blinder that got them right back into it, almost won them the second race and gave them a third for the day overall. It was all about the code - specifically, the Code Zero.... [more]

In the lap of capricious Gods... Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings,
As they waited for a favourable weather window to take the start of the 4th leg of the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul', the skippers were still in the port of Aghios-Nikolaos this morning. The start of this 4th course bound for the Turkish coast is to be given at 1600 hours.... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Seven
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
At the 2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt on Day Seven, Kauli Seadi slashes a path through to the wave elimination final, securing him his second consecutive Wave World Title on the penultimate day of competition in Sy... [more]

Green Dragon fifth after Day 1 In-Port racing
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race In-Port race. For Ian Walker and his Green Drahon crew, a strong third place in race one was followed by a disappointing sixth in race two after sail handling errors today on the bay of Alicante.... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team happy with boat speed
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson Racing Team's two entries in the Volvo Ocean Race showed good boatspeed today during the Alicante In-Port Race, but were undone on the start line.... [more]

Mistral gives one last chance in Saint-Tropez
Regatta News media,
Today was the last chance for racing at this year's Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. The wind gods must have taken to heart the prayers of the 3,000 or so participants as the violent Mistral winds of yesterday died down just enough to allow a final race before tomorrow's prize giving ceremony.... [more]

Fifty knots broken again - New Speed Record
Markus Schwendtner,
Alexandre Caizergues (FRA) is the fastest sailor on earth now, with a blistering 50.57 knots run today, accompanied by several more 50s and high 49s.... [more]

Images from VOR: First In-Port Races, Alicante
Rick Tomlinson,
Top photographer Rick Tomlinson present a gallery of images from the first two In-Port Races in the Volvo Ocean Race held at Alicante, Spain... [more]

Telefonica Blue rules in Alicante
Volvo media,
Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/Iker Martinez) made it a win-win situation in today's in-port races held in Spain, and now head the leaderboard of the Volvo Ocean Race after two races held in the bay of Alicante in glorious Mediterranean sunshine... [more]

Mary Robinson to be Ericsson 4's Godmother
Ericsson Racing Team,
Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and previously United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, was today officially announced as the godmother to Ericsson 4.... [more]

King Edward VII Gold Cup groupings announced
Talbot Wilson,
The three groupings for Stage 1 of the 2008 King Edward VII Gold Cup presented by Argo Group were announced Friday. Racing on Bermuda's Hamilton Harbour starts on Tuesday October 7. The first stage will see round robin competition within the three groups. Round robin Flights 1-3 will sail Tuesday, round robin Flights 4-6 are scheduled for Wednesday and the final flight is Thursday morning.... [more]

Rubbini on Thule leads Lerici Edition Melges 32
Justin Chisholm,
The fourteen competitors in the final regatta of the European Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing series taking place in Lerici, Italy this weekend were treated to conditions more akin to Key West than the Mediterranean... [more]

505 Worlds fleet gather in Palermo, Sicily
One of the largest fleets of 505s ever is assembling in Mondello, Palermo, Sicily for the 2008, 505 World Championships at the Club Canottieri Ruggero di Lauria. There are now 124 boats representing 12 countries, including 34 from Germany the largest entry, 16 from the USA, 18 from Australia and 15 from the UK... [more]

Volvo In-port race preview
Mark Chisnell,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will open in Alicante, Spain, Saturday with the first of seven in-port races. The action kicks off at 13.00 local time and there have been plenty of changes to the format. This time around there will be two races each day, with a target time for each race of just 50 minutes. With four legs per race that's an average of 12.5 minutes a leg... [more]

Rahm on way to final - Tróia Portugal Women's Cup
Mar de Histórias,
The Swedish Linda Rahm and the British Lucy McGregor, current European Champion, confirmed their status as favorites for victory at Tróia Portugal Women's Cup.... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Seven
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Seven. Return of the king: Antoine Albeau executes his first race win with machine like precision in typically volatile Sylt conditions. As has become expected here in Sylt, the seventh day of competition endured a mixture of conditions served up at random throughout the day. The morning tested the race crew, who were relentlessly battling wit... [more]

Australians lead M30 Worlds 2008
Bunny Wayt,
Race committees are often criticized for not running races in big breezes. PRO Peter Reggio sent the fleet up the bay today and managed to deliver two additional races in this World Championship.... [more]

New World Speed Record 50.26 knots
Subject to WSSRC ratification, kite surfer Sebastien Cattelan (FRA) has finally broken the magical 50 knots barrier, the holy gral of speed sailing. Accompanied by several high 49 knots runs from himself, Alexandre Caizergues and Jerome Bila (all France) he was the only sailor finally getting to 50.26 knots.... [more]

Alain Prost christens hydrofoil catamaran
The SYZ & CO foil catamaran's entire crew was assembled last Wednesday at the Société Nautique de Genève to celebrate the flying boat's christening. Alain Prost, the hydrofoil catamaran's godfather, smashed the Champagne bottle against the ship's starboard foil and wished 'this extraordinary enterprise complete success'... [more]

Big winds cancel Saint-Tropez again
Regatta News media,
Big winds cancelled racing again in Saint-Tropez. At 1100 this morning racing was cancelled for the second consecutive day. Pierre Lasnier, a well-known local meteorologist, explained that Saint-Tropez is experiencing a typical weather pattern for the region where sharp winds set in but just as suddenly disappear.... [more]

Volvo Skippers have the final word
Volvo Media,
They lined up on the stage, mostly staring at their feet. When the microphone was passed around, the eight Volvo Race skippers took turns to speak inoffensive lines to the press pack. Saturday they will sail in anger for the first time in this series - The neutral, calm personalities on a stage will morph into every extreme on the water, screaming, shouting, urging and cursing, all for four points... [more]

2012 Olympic venue appoints new Directors
Cailah Leask, Fast Track Sailing,
The official 2012 sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has announced the appointment of three new Directors. Rod Carr OBE, John Derbyshire and triple gold sailing medallist Ben Ainslie OBE have all accepted the offer to be formal Directors of the venue... [more]

Olympic classes at Weymouth for 2nd Ranking event
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Team GBR's top Olympic and Olympic hopefuls are to battle it out once more on 2012 waters at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy at the second of three 2008 RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series events this weekend... [more]

Gales stop Cap Istanbul fourth leg start
Kate Jennings,
Scheduled for 11:00 hours Friday morning, the start of the fourth leg of the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' has been postponed. A strong southerly wind kicked in this morning and is sweeping across from the north coast of Crete... [more]

Ericsson 3 to compete In-Port race
Ericsson Racing Team media,
Ericsson Racing Team's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson 3, plans to race tomorrow's In-Port Race while waiting for a decision from the International Jury on a request to reopen a hearing... [more]

M30 Worlds Breeze, Breaks and Bumps on Day Two
Bunny Wayt,
Last night's rain cleared out and the morning brought sunny skies accompanied by 14-17 knot shifty westerlies to Rhode Island Sound. Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino showed their championship winning style taking bullets in two of the day's three races to pull within two points of Guy Stening's Optimum.... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team penalised, ask to reopen case
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Ericsson 3 was today handed a scoring penalty by the International Jury for failure to comply with the Volvo Open 70 measurement rule relating to their keel. However Ericsson Racing Team (ERT) are seeking to have their case re-opened by the International Jury.... [more]

Mistral keeps Saint-Tropez fleet ashore
Regatta News,
After two days of racing, Mariquita is on top of the rankings followed by Moonbeam III and Altair in the Schooner A category, while Bona Fide, Oriole and Maribel make up the Schooner B podium.... [more]

Ready for Leg 4 start - Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Friday, the fleet of the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' will take the start of the 4th leg at 1100 hours. 300 miles (555 km) long, this course will lead the 28 solo sailors amongst various strings of islands, and the Cyclades in particular, in the southern section of the Aegean Sea.... [more]

Richard ready to defend King Edward VII Gold Cup
Colin Thompson,
Reigning King Edward VII Gold Cup champion Mathieu Richard will be looking to pick up where he left off last year. The Frenchman is a veteran of four Gold Cups and was runner up in 2006 before making the big breakthrough last year with crew Team French Spirit.... [more]

PUMA Ocean Racing Set for First In Port Race
PUMA Ocean Racing media,
PUMA Ocean Racing are all set for the inaugural event of this year's epic Volvo Ocean Race, the Alicante in port racing. Two short, 50 minute races will take place in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Alicante on Saturday afternoon, 4th October.... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Six
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Day Six of the 2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt and an unpredictable day of rain storms, gales and eerie windless calms. The first heat saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck (North) on dominant form; flawless execution of the four-gybe course left him nearly an entire reach ahead of his rivals when he crossed the finish line to take victory.... [more]

Telefonica Black win Volvo in-port race practice
Volvo media,
Telefonica Black have struck the first blow in the battle for bragging rights by winning a practice in-port race in Alicante Thursday. Fernando Echavarri's crew led from the start and eventually completed the four-mile course in 51 minutes and 10 seconds, 56 seconds ahead of second-placed PUMA Ocean Racing.... [more]

Pallot Glass Passage race to St Quay-Portrieux
William Harris,
The weather that held over the weekend provided a refreshing interlude to the very changeable weather experienced throughout September. The gales that beset the Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta, followed by the very brisk conditions for the Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships are very fresh in the mind... [more]

They will be fast - Bouwe Bekking on the new V070
One of the big questions to be answered on Saturday - the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 - will be how different are the new generation VO70s compared to the VOR 2005/06 first generation. Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking is is quite certain of one thing - they will be fast... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Five
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Five. Josh Angulo shows defiance in the face of hammering 35-knot wind; slaying the opposition to claim his first ever slalom race victory... [more]

Olympic dinghy sailor reps hold annual meeting
ISAF Media,
The ISAF Athletes' Commission - representatives of the Olympic class sailors - held their annual meeting at the ISAF Secretariat on 24-25 September, chaired by 2008 Olympic silver medallist Marcelien De Koning. The Athletes' Commission reports directly to the ISAF Executive Committee... [more]

Les Voiles arm wrestle the Mistral
Regatta News,
Bright sun and fresh gusts welcomed the crews this morning in the bay of Saint-Tropez. Today the 300 participating yachts in this year's Voiles de Saint-Tropez were given the chance to truly test themselves for the first time this week. With the Mistral in full effect since sunrise, the crews of the Classic Yachts had to put real muscle in to keep control of their vessels' massive sails.... [more]

Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 online
The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 (RRS) has been made available to download online ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2009. The RRS are the definitive rules which govern sailing races around the world. They are revised and published every four years by ISAF.... [more]

America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction postponed
Sarah Watson,
John Biddle passed away this morning in his sleep. Mr. Biddle had been selected for induction into the America's Cup Hall of Fame for his outstanding work in documenting the 12 Meter era of America's Cup competition, and was scheduled to be inducted at a ceremony to be held October 23rd, in New York City. The induction will be postponed until a date to be determined in Spring 2009.... [more]

Rest and preparation for Leg 4 start -Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
It's a day of rest and relaxation in the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul'. The start of the 4th leg will be given on Friday at 1100 hours. In the meantime, and since they made landfall in Aghios Nikolaos, the skippers have been recharging their batteries and recovering under the glorious sunshine of Crete.... [more]

Col erodes Williams World Championship lead
Dobbs Davis,
Sebastian Col (FRA) and his French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge have closed to within only 4 points of current leader and reigning World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) and his Team Pindar... [more]

America's Cup sailors join Green Dragon for Volvo
Lucy Harwood,
With just three days to go until the first Volvo Ocean Race In-Port event on Saturday 4 October, last minute entry Green Dragon have announced their additional crew in the form of America's Cup sailors David Carr and Julien Cressant... [more]

AC Doubledown - Cory Friedman analyzes BOR's Brief
Cory Friedman,,
Winning in the Supreme Court and losing in the Appellate Division is bound to get one's attention. Golden Gate Yacht Club's (GGYC) response is to double down. It has made a few changes. While the basic arguments remain the same, style has changed. You cannot win in New York's state and federal trial courts if you do not keep the audience's attention. Your competition is Broadway... [more]

Emirates continues Team NZ support with TP52
Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates, the Dubai-based global airline, on Wednesday confirmed its continued support for New Zealand and the sport of sailing by renewing its successful partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand. The airline has also committed to backing Emirates Team New Zealand on the Mediterranean TP52 regatta circuit next year.... [more]

'09-'12 Edition - The Equipment Rules of Sailing
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced this week The Equipment Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 has been made available to download online ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2009... [more]

Close Classic racing in Saint Tropez
Regatta News media,
Racing at the 10th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez began this morning under bright sun and almost summer conditions. Today was also the first day of the Rolex Trophy, which is open to classic yachts over 16 metres in length.... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Four
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
The 2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day Four. Antxon Otaegui digs deep to win the opening freestyle single elimination after a day of nerve-racking competition on Sylt's Westerland Beach.... [more]

WMRT continues with King Edward VII Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The World Match Racing Tour battle continues in Bermuda next week with the Argo Group's King Edward VII Gold Cup. Mathieu Richard (FRA) will be looking for revenge after the Troia Portugal Match. In Bermuda, he'll battle against fellow Frenchman Sebastian Col (FRA) .... [more]

Isabelle Joschke takes win - Leg 3 Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Isabelle Joschke takes victory in Aghios Nikolaos - 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul'. Her average theoretical speed was 6.94 knots. Victory took place under the cover of darkness, beneath a starry Mediterranean sky, and adds a new page to the annals of ocean racing: indeed Isabelle has become the first woman to achieve such success as a leg victory*,... [more]

Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing Series season climax
Justin Chisholm,
The final event of the five regatta 2008 Audi Sailing Series at the Circolo Vela Erix in Lerici has attracted the largest entry so far and up to fifteen boats are expected to come to the startline.... [more]

Volvo Race - The Game
Volvo media,
Armchair experts now have the chance to test their skills against the best offshore sailors in the world with the launch of Virtual Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 – the race's official game... [more]

New teams join the RC 44 Class
Bernard Schopfer,
Formerly known as the Trieste Cup, the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup will take place next week in Trieste (ITA). The fifth event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 will take place in Trieste (ITA) on October 7-11. The regatta will assemble some of the world's best sailors on board ten strict one design RC 44's.... [more]

Childerly returns to take Etchells UK Title
Event media,
If Lance Armstrong gets back on his bike and wins the Tour De France next year, he will be proving something that was shown to the UK Etchells fleet this weekend. Some people are born to do certain things in life. In Armstrong's case its riding a bike, but in Stuart Childerly's case it is sailing boats... [more]

New Container is launched in Kiel
STP65 Class Association,
The industry had been speculating, the experts were certain and now she is here: Udo Schütz, founder of Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA and pioneer of honeycomb technologies prevalent in aircraft construction, is ready to show off a brand new boat. The new yacht will race at the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez this week... [more]

Golden Gate files Appeal Brief but still has offer
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World and GGYC Media,
Golden Gate Yacht Club today filed its Appeal Brief in the New York State Court of Appeals, while at the same time holding out for a settlement in the more than 12 month dispute. That settlement is based on the 33rd America's Cup being sailed under conditions that prevailed for the 32nd America's cup and would be a multi-challenger event.... [more]

Four J class Yachts for Superyacht Cup
Kate Branagh,
Four J Class yachts, including the new Huisman-built Hanuman, have communicated their intention to participate in The Superyacht Cup 2009 in Palma, June 24-27. It will be the first time the four J's, Ranger, Velsheda, Shamrock V and Hanuman will race against each other... [more]

ISAF Instructors Conference to widen knowledge
The first ever Conference for ISAF Race Official Instructors is set to bring together over 90% of ISAF seminar instructors worldwide when it takes place from 3-5 October 2008 at the ISAF Secretariat. One of the key focus points of the Conference will be training Race Officials outside their specific area... [more]

Thomson to co-skipper Team Mowgli in PGOR
Brian Hancock,
British yachtsman, David Thomson, has joined Team Mowgli as co-skipper for the Portimão Global Ocean Race which sets sail from Portimão, Portugal on October 12.... [more]

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
TP52 racing at its best....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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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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