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13 Oct 2008

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Volvo Ocean Race - Sunday 12 October
Volvo media,
After a very windy first night at sea following the start from Alicante yesterday, the eight-strong fleet racing in the Volvo Ocean Race is now in the approaches to Gibraltar. Ericsson 3 is through the Straits and leading the fleet. Telefónica Blue has had problems with her steering, causing some spectacular wipe outs... [more]

Volvo OR Images: Leg 1 - at speed
Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson,
Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson present a gallery of images taken as the Volvo Ocean race competitors headed for the Straits of Gibraltar, soon after the starting signal and lap of the bay at Alicante, Spain.... [more]

Pinnell and Gibbon take opening 505 Worlds race,
Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon of Britain won the opening race of the 505 World Championship being held at Mondello, Italy. Second place went to Meike Shomaker and Rainer Gorge of Germany... [more]

Berntsson v Minoprio in Bermuda Gold Cup Final
Dobbs Davis/World Match Racing Tour,
Adam Minoprio (NZL) and the Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing team advance to tomorrow's Final round at the King Edward VII Gold Cup presented by Argo Group, after defeating Ben Ainslie (GBR) and his Team Origin. Berntsson decisively defeated fellow Swede Mattias Rahm.... [more]

The Greek Island Odyssey
Trevor Joyce,
In Mycenaean times the Ithacan ruler Odysseus was conscripted by chief honcho of the time Manelaus to fight the Trojan wars in Asia in revenge for the alleged abduction of his wife Helen by Paris, son of the Persian ruler Hector.... [more]

Destination Cape Town for Green Dragon
Lucy Harwood,
Green Dragon crossed the Volvo Ocean Race start line on port tack and headed to the right hand side of the course. There was huge variety of sails being flown by the eight strong fleet. The Green Dragon opted to fly a mast head reaching spinnaker as they left Alicante Bay for a downwind sleigh ride to Gibraltar. Others chose a range of reaching, fractional and masthead sails.... [more]

Great start for PUMA Ocean Racing team in VOR
Kate Fairclough,
At 14.00 (local) today, the PUMA Ocean Racing team stormed across the start line of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The PUMA Ocean Racing team aboard il mostro had a gruelling first few hours, rounding the first mark of the course in Alicante Bay in second place behind Swedish boat Ericsson 4 and storming back down towards the second mark.... [more]

Countdown to Portimão Global Ocean Race start
Brian Hancock,
The countdown clock to the start of the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race is in hours now, not days, and things along the dock in Portimão seem reasonably relaxed given the enormity of the task that lies ahead.... [more]

Images from Volvo OR: Start of leg 1, Alicante ESP
Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race,
Top sailing photographer, Rick Tomlinson, presents a gallery of images from the start of the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race, in Alicante, Spain.... [more]

Delta Lloyd off to safe start
Diana Bogaards, Delta Lloyd Media,
On Saturday October 11 2008, Team Delta Lloyd (NED) showed a modest start at the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. It was a grey day in Alicante, with a strong north-easterly and a solid swell. The Delta Lloyd, skippered by Ger O'Rourke (IRL), did not take any risks and started beating in last position.... [more]

Ericsson 4 leads Volvo fleet after tough start
Volvo OR Media,
The power was on as the fleet hoisted spinnakers and smoked down the leeward leg towards the final turning mark. Torben Grael kept his pole position and led the fleet as they began their sleigh ride towards Gibraltar. PUMA maintained second place, while Telefónica Blue moved up to third and Ericsson 3 dropped to fourth. Telefónica Black slipped to fifth place and Green Dragon moved up to sixth.... [more]

And . . . They're off! - Wild Volvo Race start
Mark Chisnell, Volvo media,
The long-awaited start day of leg one of the 10th running of the Volvo Ocean race had dawned grey and very windy in Alicante, just as the forecasters had predicted. Out on the race track, conditions were wild. A strong north-easterly breeze of 25 – 30 knots meant a windy start for the fleet... [more]

King Edward VII Gold Cup semi finals pairings
Talbot Wilson,
Correction to pairings for Gold Cup semi finals. The pairings are:- Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin v Adam Minoprio (NZL) Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing team Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team v Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team.... [more]

PredictWind shows fast start for Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell, is showing a fast start to the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race off Alicante (ESP) at 1400hrs local time. The eight strong fleet will experience winds of 24-26kts around the start time, and staying at this strength for the first couple of hours before easing back to 18kts in the early evening. The winds are expected to be from the ENE making for a fast reach out of the Mediterranean... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race training images
Ingrid Abery images,
Images taken this afternoon by Ingrid Abery, of the Global Ocean Race teams in training in the run up to Sunday's race.... [more]

International Jury says No to Ericsson Racing Team
Victoria Low,
Ericsson Racing Team was informed last night at 6:30 pm, 20 hours before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, that the International Jury will not reopen the case involving the keel fin of Ericsson 3... [more]

Alicante 2008-09 win eXtreme40 Alicante Grand Prix
eXtreme40 media,
Alicante got the 2008 eXtreme 40 Grand Prix off to a great beginning. After four days of fantastically close battles on the water, in the end the eXtreme 40 Series | Alicante Grand Prix was decided on shore.... [more]

Cap Istanbul - Summary of the 1,660 mile course
Kate Jennings,
European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul. We look back at the five stage course between Nice and Istanbul, via Cagliari (Sardinia), Marzamemi (Sicily), Agios Nikolaos (Crete) and Bozcaada (Turkey)...... [more]

Sun, sea, surf . . . and sharks
Jardine Media,
Winter in the UK is probably the most depressing place to be on the planet. The rich escape to warmer climes and come back with tales of how sweltering it was in Barbados, leaving the rest of us to huddle in greasy spoon cafes, chomping on Prozac and eating lots of nutritious food like jam roly poly and custard. It's not surprising that for years the best of the English and continental sailors..... [more]

$16,000 Yacht Sold for $30 - Accidentally
Des Ryan,
Someone bidding for a yacht on the internet has just scored a Bonanza! - A warning to be careful to complete the 'minimum price' section when selling gear on the internet...... [more]

When BMW meets the water, and its a yacht,
When it is Bavarian Motor Works, it's always something special on offer, and there is hardly anyone who would deny this fact. Furthermore, it is not a car or a bike. The German giant with its BMW Group DesignworksUSA unit, plans to conquer the waters with the world premiere of a stunning yacht in collaboration with Belgian firm Zeydon.... [more]

Team Russia receives Blessing before VOR start
Team Russia media,
Large crowds gathered on the dockside in Alicante today as Russian Orthodox Priest Father Sergey blessed Team Russia just one day before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Surprises and upsets at Bermuda Gold Cup
Dobbs Davis,
In a stunning upset to the three leaders of the World Match Racing Tour, Mattias Rahm (SWE) and his Stena Bulk Sailing Team, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and his Berntsson Sailing Team and young Adam Minoprio (NZL) and the Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing team have all advanced to the Semi-Final round of the King Edward VII Gold Cup. Ben Ainslie (GBR) and his Team Origin have also advanced.... [more]

Bouwe Bekking on the Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Onboard TELEFONICA BLUE, Bouwe Bekking is the most experienced offshore sailor of the 11-person, 7-nation crew. This will be his sixth round the world race, Bouwe knows exactly what to expect and what to fear. At 1400 hours on Saturday 11th October, 88 of the best sailors in the world will launch eight boats into a 37,000-mile race around the globe.... [more]

Its time to go racing in the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The waiting is nearly over and the 10th running of the Volvo Ocean Race starts the first of its 10 offshore legs at 1400 CET (Saturday) from Alicante in Spain.... [more]

Bedford to pull an 'all-nighter' before VOR start
Ericsson Racing Team - Victoria Low,
Fewer than 24 hours remain to the start of the 10th Volvo Ocean Race. While the 20 sailors and media crewmembers are resting for their four-on, four-off watch systems over the course of about three weeks, there's one person planning an all-nighter tonight, Ericsson Racing Team meteorologist Chris Bedford.... [more]

Cattelan, Consorti - Kite Speed World Champions
Markus Schwendtner,
After the final leg of the 2008 PKRA Speed Tour, Sebastien Cattelan stays on top of Alex Caizergues and Chritophe Prin-Guenon (all France).... [more]

Barros and Coutts' team holds RC44 lead
Bernard Schopfer,
The sailors involved in the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup finally had the opportunity to sail superb races today. Held in up to 25 knots of wind, the races confirmed Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts' leadership. Team Banco Espirito Santo leads the regatta from Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano and Team Aqua.... [more]

Moths to follow Volvo Ocean Race
Puma have partnered with Bladerider International to showcase a duo of fully PUMA-branded foiling Moths at all eleven Volvo Ocean Race Stopover cities.... [more]

Volvo Race - preview of this Saturday's start
Volvo media,
After years, or in some cases weeks, of planning, the day of reckoning has almost arrived for the eight 11-man crews who will be racing their record-breaking Volvo Open 70s in the Volvo Ocean Race 6,500 nautical mile leg one to Cape Town which starts at 12:00 GMT (14:00 CET) this Saturday, 11 October... [more]

Ainslie and Williams in Bermuda quarter finals
Talbot Wilson,
The Quarter-final line-up in the Bermuda Gold Cup was completed yesterday. World Champion Ian Williams faces Mattias Rahm of Sweden and Ben Ainslie meets Keith Swinton of Australia. Sebastien Col of France meets Kiwi Adam Minoprio and France's Mathieu Richard goes against Johnie Berntsson of Sweden... [more]

Banco Espirito Santo masters Trieste breeze
Bernard Schopfer - MaxComm Communication,
After another long postponement at the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup, the fleet regatta finally started today afternoon at 3:00 PM. Patrick de Barros' Banco Espirito Santo made the best of the light breeze and won the race ahead of BMW ORACLE Racing (with Peter de Ridder at the helm) and Armando Giulietti's Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano.... [more]

Team Pindar partnership with Kingdom of Bahrain
Kate Brewer,
Team Pindar today announced a new partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain, exactly one month before record-breaking skipper, Brian Thompson, sets sail in the non-stop solo round the world yacht race, the Vendée Globe, on November 9... [more]

Nicolas Bérenger wins Cap Istanbul
Event media,
Thierry Chabagny takes the Golden Horn, Nicolas Bérenger the city of Istanbul! Such is the conclusion of the fifth and final leg of the 'European Capital of Culture - Cap Istanbul' which set off from the other side of the Marmara Sea Wednesday afternoon... [more]

Findel and Tennel are 505 European Champions,
Jens Findel and Johannes Tennel of Germany are the new 505 European champions. The championship finished Thursday with the German pair just where they started, leading the event from race one. In the Open event Ethan Bixby and Erik Boothe of the USA were the overall winners... [more]

Coutts speaks out on America's Cup
Golden Gate YC,
Following are excerpts from the comments made by BMW ORACLE Racing's Russell Coutts at an October 7 press conference at Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup. 'Ernesto ... pointed out that they would like to have a one boat America's Cup, each team in one boat, we would agree with that. In fact, we would agree with some of the other cost cutting measures for sure.'... [more]

Mark Covell joins Team Russia as media crew
Julie Turner, Team Russia,
Team Russia continues to finalise its team for the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race today with the announcement that Mark Covell (40) will join them as its media crew member.... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race skippers introduced
Portimão Global Ocean Race media,
The six teams entered in the Portimão Global Ocean Race took a short break from pre-race preparations in the host city's Marina de Portimão for a formal press conference in the Media Centre of the waterfront Tivoli Marina Portimão Hotel.... [more]

America's Cup Principals miss the Boat
Richard Gladwell, & Stuart Alexander,
An expected meeting, the second between the principals of the two estranged America's Cup teams failed to take place over the weekend, and an out-of-court settlement in the bitter dispute, now seems unlikely. Meanwhile reporting in The Independent (UK), leading yachting writer Staurt Alexander was far more optimistic... [more]

Laser European Masters 2008 : The Corsican Connect
Gilles Gluck,
The 2008 European Masters championship was held in Corsica... but Kiwi Great Grand Master Tom Speed travelled all the way from New Zealand to race it...and like 165 other sailors from 17 countries he didn't regret it... [more]

Green Dragon Racing reviews Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1
Green Dragon Racing media/SW,
Green Dragon Racing reviews Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Alicante (Spain) to Cape Town (South Africa). Estimated days at sea: 23, Nautical miles: 6,500. Estimated arrival in Cape Town: 3rd November 2008.... [more]

Fair play focus at ISAF Instructors conference
Fair play in sailing and a cross-discipline, consistent approach for officials were the major topics at the first-ever ISAF conference for Race Official Instructors held over the weekend of 3-5 October at the ISAF Secretariat.... [more]

Ainslie leads Round Robin at Bermuda Gold Cup
World Match Tour media,
With only one match remaining in the Round Robin, Ben Ainslie's (GBR) Team Origin, Ian Williams' (GBR) Team Pindar, and Johnie Berntsson's (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team are the only three teams of 24 which have definitely qualified for the next Quarter-Final stage.... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team crew replacement on Leg 1 VOR
Victoria Low - Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson Racing Team announces that Eivind Melleby, a 36-year-old Star sailor from Oslo, Norway, will join skipper Anders Lewander and the Nordic Crew for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Melleby replaces Sweden's Martin Stromberg, who suffered a hand injury in August during practice at the team's training base in Lanzarote.... [more]

Team Delta Lloyd back on water after repairs
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Delta Lloyd are back on the water and sailing four days after their yacht's hull was damaged during the Volvo in-port race on Saturday.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Leg One starts Saturday
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race Leg One starts this Saturday at 1400 local time in Alicante (Spain) and finishes after 6,500 nautical miles of racing in Cape Town, South Africa. The Volvo Ocean Race is a high scoring event. That is, the team with highest score is the winner. There are three different areas where the eight teams can score points: in-port racing, scoring gates and offshore legs.... [more]

Cap Istanbul fleet in start zone for 5th leg
Kate Jennings - Expression,
After a 60 mile delivery under motor through the Dardanelles, the fleet of the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' has made it to the start zone of the 5th leg. They are all set to go in this ultimate battle and the conquest of Istanbul.... [more]

No winner as RC44 fleet denied victory by weather
Bernard Schopfer,
The RC 44's managed to complete two more flights today. BMW ORACLE Racing, Cro-A-Sail, Ceeref and Artemis are the winners of the day. However, with only three flights completed the contest is not valid. The fleet regatta starts tomorrow.... [more]

German pair lead 505 Europeans,
Three races have now been completed at the 505 European Championship in Mondello, Italy. Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen of Germany remain in first place with Ethan Bixby and Erik Boothe from the USA second and Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon of Britain third.... [more]

BMW Oracle boats added to Louis Vuitton Series
Keith Taylor,
The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series has doubled in size, with the addition of two race boats loaned by the BMW Oracle Racing team permitting an entry of 12 teams. The two yachts, USA 87 and USA 89 will be shipped from Valencia, Spain to Auckland, New Zealand to join the Emirates Team New Zealand yachts NZL 92 and NZL 84... [more]

Brian Thompson on Pindar and the Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
For 46 year old Brian Thompson, this Vendee Globe solo round the world race has always been on his 'wish list´. Thompson and the Juan K designed Pindar are a powerful combination, sailing the only Open 60 in this race to be designed by the Argentinian designer who has a reputation for pushing the limits.... [more]

Ainslie, Rahm lead King Edward VII Gold Cup
WMRT media,
The action was fast and furious in Hamilton Harbour for the first day of Round Robin racing at the King Edward VII Gold Cup. Undefeated is Mattias Rahm (SWE) and his Stena Bulk Sailing Team and Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin. Current Tour leader Ian Williams (GBR) and his Team Pindar also had an undefeated day, but have a postponed match to complete.... [more]

Delta Lloyd/Tommy Hilfiger cleansweep
The Delta Lloyd/Tommy Hilfiger crew put on an amazing demonstration of eXtreme 40 sailing today in Alicante, to win all six races, taking them convincingly into the lead overall. American skipper Randy Smyth and his crew of Mischa Heemskerk, Pim Nieuwenhuis, and Pieter Jan Postma dominated from start to finish, taking every winner's gun... [more]

2008 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Event Summary
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Nine days of reckoning bring the 2008 World Tour Season to an explosive conclusion on the white sands of Sylt's, Westerland beach. Over the course of the competition, in excess of 200,000 windsurf fans endured the unpredictable North Sea weather, to watch one of the greatest windsurfing shows on the planet.... [more]

505 Europeans - First results available,
505 results from the European Championship show Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen of Germany in first place with Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon of Britain second and Jeff Miller and Mike Smith of the USA third... [more]

Battle of the Marmara Sea - Cap Istanbul
Kate Jennings - Expression,
After a west to east Trans-Mediterranean and 1,550 miles in its wake, the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' is gradually drawing to a close. After passing through the Dardanelles Strait, the solo sailors will take the start of the final leg from Gallipoli to Istanbul. This ultimate 110 mile apotheosis will reveal the name of the outright winner of the event onshores of the Marmara Sea.... [more]

Tricky breeze at Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup
MaxComm Communication,
Tricky breeze on day one of the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup. The RC 44's completed one flight today, with 3 knots of wind. Ceeref, Organika, Team Aqua and BMW ORACLE racing earned a precious point in those tricky conditions.... [more]

King Edward VII Gold Cup gets underway
Talbot Wilson,
Racing in the King Edward VII Gold Cup presented by Argo Group gets under way on a breezy morning on Hamilton Harbour Tuesday. The eight International One Design class boats used in the Gold Cup have all been freshly hauled and fitted with their color coded running rigging used especially for this regatta.... [more]

52.86 knots for l'Hydroptere
l'Hydroptère media,
Alain Thébault and his crew increased the record speed of l'Hydroptère from 47.6 to 52,86 knots last Saturday. In these very strong wind conditions with gusts records at over 40 knots, l'Hydroptère is the first sailing boat to break the wind barrier of 50 knots in top speed... [more]

Volvo boats Stealthplay option lets them disappear
Volvo media,
Since the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race the fleet has been actively monitored with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. But today that changes again, as StealthPlay is introduced, giving each boat competing in the 10th edition of the race, the chance to hide once more. A team can opt to use StealthPlay and ‘disappear' for 12 hours, adding a new tactical dimension to the race... [more]

Deaves is 2008 OK Inland Champion
Jonathan Fish,
Despite the forecast of extreme weather, 27 OK Dinghies convened at Northampton Sailing Club on Pitsford Reservoir for the 2008 Inland National Championship. Robert Deaves from Waldringfield SC rose above the sometimes wipe-out conditions, holding off Mike Edwards and Joe Fish to take the title in the final race... [more]

Bostik heading for Malta
Clémentine Chaignaud,
Bostik, the first unit of the Veolia Oceans® series for the SolOceans, left the Gulf of Saint Tropez yesterday afternoon. The final destination of this new voyage for Charles Caudrelier (skipper) and Yann Clavier (boat captain) is the Island of Malta, right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race will be given from this island on Saturday 18 October.... [more]

Counting Down to the Volvo Ocean Race
Southern Spars Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race, described by some as the ‘Everest of Sailing', is undeniably the world's premier global race, and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world. Eight competing teams will sail across 37,000 nautical miles of the globe, crossing the start line in Alicante, Spain on 11 October - the teams will visit 11 ports around the world.... [more]

Alicante Grand Prix kicks off at the VOR
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The eXtreme 40 Series – Alicante Grand Prix at the Volvo Ocean Race village kicked off on Monday. A full eight races were completed today with the catamarans screaming around the inner harbour. Conditions were perfect for close-quarters racing with a moderate sea breeze of around 10 knots under bright sunny skies throughout the afternoon.... [more]

Dockside activity for Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
With less that a week to go until the start of the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race the dockside activity is getting more frantic. A solo or double-handed race around the world is no small undertaking and that reality is coming into clear view as the days tick steadily toward the October 12 start.... [more]

Prize Giving Ceremony in Saint-Tropez
Regatta News,
This morning near summer conditions returned once again to Saint-Tropez and participants gathered in La Citadelle for the prize giving ceremony that marks the closing of this year's edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.... [more]

B14s Fly at the Holt Tide Ride
Mark Barnes,
The B14 circus arrived trekked down to HISC for the weekends games, and what a weekend we had. Firstly entertained by the unfortunate RS800 demolition derby on the Winner Bank and 29ers on the inner course, unravelling in front of us as the wind picked up and caught the two fleets off guard... [more]

Bertarelli puts dampener on America's Cup progress
In a piece published today by the Spanish website,!, Team Alinghi head Ernesto Bertarelli says that in spite of talks being held between himself and Larry Ellison (BMW Oracle Racing), and between the lawyers from Team New Zealand and Team Alinghi, little progress is being made, other than the fact that the teams are talking... [more]

HOLT Tide Ride - Results and Images,
HOLT Tide Ride took place at Hayling Island SC for seven classes over the weekend. Tania Samus of Photoblink was there to get these images of the boats tackling the extreme conditions for the 120 entrants... [more]

Erwan Tabarly wins leg 4: 'What a fight!'
Kate Jennings,
Erwan Tabarly (Athema) scored a fine win after a bitter struggle along the 300 mile course. In his wake was a seemingly endless stream of arrivals in quick succession, their faces marked by fatigue despite a wealth of experience, a reminder that this Trans-Mediterranean has already made a name for itself as one of the major solo events... [more]

Victory for Swede at Weymouth match racing
Karenza Morton,
Viktor Ogeman made the most of some frustrating conditions as the young Swede won the fourth and final RYA National Match Racing Series qualifier at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) last weekend... [more]

RYA National Ranking Series - Second weekend
Lindsey Bell,
The second round of the RYA National Ranking Series at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has set the scene for an exciting finale in two weeks time. Top performers at last weekends racing were Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes, winning all three of Sunday's races after Saturday's schedule was canned due to heavy winds... [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]

BMW Oracle Racing - Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup
BMW ORACLE Racing media,
BMW ORACLE Racing Competes for the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts take on world's best in Italian match racing event. 'Our team looks forward to lining up against some of the world's best match racers in the Golfo di Trieste this week,' said Russell Coutts who is CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. 'With these competitors in this fleet, we expect some very close racing.... [more]

Countdown to Rolex Middle Sea Race
Regatta News,
With only a matter of days until the start of the 29th Rolex Middle Sea Race, organisers the Royal Malta Yacht club are rubbing their hands together at the prospect of an entry exceeding seventy boats for the first time ever.... [more]

Ingrid Abery images - Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from the recently completed Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.... [more]

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

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