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06 Oct 2008

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

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Cap Istanbul back on track
Kate Jennings,
After the delays for gale force winds the fleet were finally able to start at 16:00 hours Saturday on leg four of the 'European Capital of Culture - Cap Istanbul' and make headway north towards Bozcaada... [more]

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]

MacGregor second at Tróia Portugal Women's Cup
Event media,
Britain's Lucy MacGregor, finished second behind Swede Linda Rahm at the Tróia Portugal Women's Cup. The event was shortened due to light wind, it was only possible to do three flights of Round Robin 3, which prevented the competition reaching the semi-finals and final... [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]

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]

Irish Godmother for Ericsson 4 Volvo entry
Ericsson Racing Team,
Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and previously United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, was today officially named as the godmother to Volvo Ocean Race entry Ericsson 4... [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]

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]

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]

Nick Cherry bids to defend Match Race title
Karenza Morton,
Defending champion Nick Cherry will bid to win the chance to reclaim his crown for a third successive year as the final qualifier for the 2008 RYA National Match Racing Series - The final qualifier takes place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy 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]

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]

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]

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]

Williams retains World Championship lead
Dobbs Davis,
After last weekend's Troia Portugal Match Cup, Sebastian Col and French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge have closed to within four points of current leader and reigning World Champion, Britain's Ian Williams and Team Pindar. Setting the stage for high drama at next week's penultimate Tour event, the King Edward VII Gold Cup in Bermuda... [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]

Gowers & Riley win RS400 Open at Royal Windermere
RS media,
Chris Gowers and June Riley won a close series at the Royal Windermere Yacht Club in the inaugural RS400 Northern Tour, Sponsored by Purple Marine. Twenty-seven entries turned up for the event that went to the final race... [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 Team NZ announce TP52 build and campaign
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand today announced their new TP52 at a media function in Auckland. The new yacht as announced previously will be built by Cookson Boats on Auckland's North Shore, and has been under construction for two weeks. The spars will be built by Southern Spars and the sails by North Sails New Zealand.... [more]

Form Guide for the B14s at Holt Tide Ride
Mark Barnes,
With the Holt Tide Ride taking place this weekend at Hayling Island Sailing Club, the event looks as if it is going to be a good one. The big question this year, is will the breeze play ball and what will Tim Hancock, the Master of Ceremonies have in store for us - Late entry? - Call the HISC Office now... [more]

Brits head for Melges 32 season climax
Justin Chisholm,
Britain's Team Barbarians, Stuart Simpson with North Sails Ireland boss Nigel Young calling tactics will be making their first appearance on the European circuit at the final event of the 2008 Audi Sailing Series at the Circolo Vela Erix in Italy. Also travelling from the UK is Joe Woods' Red team who are fresh from their last Melges 32 outing at the San Francisco Big Boat Series... [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]

Isabelle Joschke wins Leg 3 of Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Isabelle Joschke takes victory in Aghios Nikolaos - 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' 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]

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]

Tall masts and passionate designers
Event media,
Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is known for bringing together the most beautiful of both modern and classic racing boats - making a tour around the docks like looking into a magnificent show window of both the latest technology and architectural genius of centuries past... [more]

Olympic venue gets Loopwing Wind Turbine
Cailah Leask,
The official 2012 sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, will be continuing their environmental support with the help of their sponsor ‘Scottish and Southern Energy'. The energy company is now installing a new ‘loopwing wind turbine' at the Weymouth and Portland site... [more]

Alberto Signorini wins X-35 World Championship
YC Italiano Event Media,
There was a fresh breeze and clear skies at Cala Galera for the last day of racing of the X-35 World Championship.The race was dominated by three boats that finished well ahead of the rest of the fleet: Mike Richmond and his British crew crossed the line first, ahead of Celox skippered by Achim Griese of Germany and by Raimondo Cappa's Sberressa with Francesco De Angelis and Lars Borgstrom aboard... [more]

L4000, L5000 and 18ft Skiff Open Meetings at HISC,
The L4000, L5000 and 18ft Skiff Open Meetings at HISC were reduced to one day. Lack of wind on the Sunday canned all racing at the club. Results were therefore based on the Saturday's racing... [more]

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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

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