Your Newsletter - 12 October 2008




13 Oct 2008

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race


Welcome to your Newsletter for the week ending 12 October 2008

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]

Active Air-2UE wins Alf Beashel Trophy on Harbour
Australian 18 Footers League,
The opening race of the 2008-2009 Australian 18 Footer League's Season on Sydney Harbour was the Alf Beashel Trophy and resulted in a win for Active Air-2UE, skippered by Matthew Searle.... [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]

Ainslie goes out in Semi-final
World Match Racing Tour,
Ben Ainslie went down 3 - 2 to Kiwi Adam Minoprio in a close semi-final contest at the King Edward VII Gold Cup in Bermuda, Saturday. Minoprio will race against Swedens Johnie Berntsson in the final, after Brentsson knocked out fellow countryman Mattias Rahm with a three nil victory... [more]

Barros and Coutts team takes RC 44 Cup event win
Bernard Schopfer,
Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts haven't had to fight to keep their three points lead over Armando Giulietti's Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano: there was once again no wind today and the racing got cancelled at 2:30 PM by Race Officer Peter Reggio... [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]

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]

eXtreme40 Alicante GP decided on shore
eXtreme40 media,
After four days of fantastically close battles on the water, in the end the eXtreme 40 Alicante Grand Prix was decided on shore. After a tense wait for an ease in the 30-knot breezes battering the Spanish port, race organisers had no choice but to abandon racing as conditions failed to abate - Winners were Alicante 2008-09, skipper JC Mourniac, Johnny Hutchcroft, Peter Greenhalgh and John Casey... [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]

Ainslie into Bermuda Gold Cup Semi- Final
Dobbs Davis,
In a stunning upset to the three leaders of the World Match Racing Tour, Ben Ainslie, Mattias Rahm, Johnie Berntsson and young Adam Minoprio all advanced to the Semi-Final round of the King Edward VII Gold Cup in Bermuda. World Tour leader and reigning World Champion, Britain's Ian Williams fell prey to Rahm in five matches, the longest of any in this round... [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]

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]

Battle is on at RYA National Match Racing Champs
Ten teams go head-to-head at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy over the next three days (10-12 October) to battle it out for the title of 2008 RYA National Match Racing Champions. The 10 skippers competing at this weekend's Grand Final now have the chance to get their hands on the overall National crown... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Dolphin Sails sponsored Early Autumn series
Richard Baldwin,
The fifth race of Liverpool Yacht Club's Dolphin Sails sponsored Early Autumn series was held on Sunday 5 October. Sixteen yachts formed up on the start line in sunny conditions but with only a fitful northerly wind... [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]

National 12s at Yeadon Tarn Open
Jenny Clarke,
After Saturday's rain and gales, the sun and light breezes were a welcome change for the helms and crews of the nineteen National 12s who gathered at Yeadon Tarn on Sunday to sail for the Tarn Trophy. With 15 different designs on the water spanning 40 years of development the outcome was by no means certain... [more]

National 12 Gill series meeting at Ripon
Tim Gatti,
The penultimate meeting of the 2008 Gill series was hosted by Ripon Sailing Club on Saturday 4 October, with 28 boats competing. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne from Burghfield SC were the evetual winners after a lively series... [more]

Ainslie early leader at King Edward VII Gold Cup
WMRT media,
Ben Ainslie and Mattias Rahm were the first two competitors to go clear Tuesday at the King Edward VII Gold Cup being sailed on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. In conditions which featured blustery north breezes approaching 25 knots in strength, the action was fast and furious in the Round Robin racing... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Hamble Big Boat Series - Weekend 1
Barnaby Smith,
The first three races of the 2008 Hamble Big Boat Series were sailed on Saturday 4 October in blustery conditions. The Big Boat Series consists of three classes, IRC (Class 0), Level racing 45 (Farr 45s and DK46s) and the new Super-Sport Challenge for larger sportsboats that do not fit either the existing SBR class or IRC... [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]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series – Day 1 cancelled
Barnaby Smith,
This year's Garmin Hamble Winter Series that runs from 5 October until 30 November, has so far attracted over 200 entries for this premier Solent racing event. Sadly all racing was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.... [more]

First term delight for Volvo RYA Keelboat sailors
Karenza Morton,
John Merricks II has enjoyed her first season under the stewardship of the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme (VKBP) by finishing an impressive second in class in the overall 2008 RORC series standings.... [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]

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]

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

ISAF Working Party support NZ design for Olympics
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A Working Party from the International Sailing Federation has made a submission to the International Sailing Federation supporting the previous submission from Yachting New Zealand that the Elliott 6m be chosen as the equipment for the 2012 Olympics in the new Womens Match Racing Event.... [more]

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Keelboat Events
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Offshore Events
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2008 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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America's Cup

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Extreme 40s

Extreme 40 sailing events...
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Predict Wind News

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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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