for week ending 19 October




20 Oct 2008

Major Events

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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009


Welcome to your for week ending 19 October

Pascoe is RS600 Foiler Champion,
Sam Pascoe from Weirwood SC, won the inaugural RS600FF UK Nationals held at Hayling Island SC over the weekend - six straight wins clinched the title.... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu report - Sunday, Day 9
Mark Chisnell,
We've had 24 hours in which the miles have been unwinding off PUMA's lead faster than an odometer in the hands of Arthur Daley. But will this be the squeeze box effect – the fleet compresses and then extends again – or will we see real changes in the leaderboard?... [more]

Guillemot - Sardines and pate for Vendée Globe
Event media,
With the official opening of the Vendée Globe village by Philippe de Villiers at ten on Saturday, the Vendée Globe is well and truly in the starting blocks. And ... At the age of 49, Guillemot has covered miles and miles on all the world´s oceans and on every type of sailing boat imaginable.... [more]

Brits in fight for Rolex Middle Sea Race lead
Event Media,
The three frontrunners in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are probably delighted to be fast approaching Stromboli. Rosebud and Moneypenny from the USA and the British entry Alegre have been locked together for much of the race so far and it looks as though this pattern is set to continue. Behind them, the much smaller Ran (GBR) is chasing hard, with a deficit of only 4.5 nm... [more]

Desafio triumphs on Quebramar GP42 Cup circuit
GP42 media,
Spanish team Desafío wins three legs of the international Quebramar GP42 Cup circuit and the overall title, their key being consistency. Fifteen points on the Italians on Airis, leaders in Saint Tropez and Lanzarote. Franch/Swiss on Near Miss climb on the third step of the podium while sistership Roma GP42.2 are fourth overall.... [more]

Moneypenny early leader Rolex Middle Sea Race
Event media,
Even in light wind the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is something special. The excitement builds with every shattering crack of the howitzers used to signal the class starts. By the time of the fifth and final start of the day the crowd assembled on both shores of Marsamxett Harbour and the spectator fleet were at fever pitch... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu Report - Leg 1, Saturday Day 8
Mark Chisnell,
The western side of the race course has been bandit country for days now, every boat that has ventured west on starboard gybe has had their pockets picked and returned to the fold fleeced. Just like Shackleton, the fleet were hooked on the south. And then today, it turned on them. A tiny bubble - a blip in the atmosphere, a wobble in the pressure lines with no wind at its centre... [more]

Madmen and their sailing Portimao machines
Bryan Cooke,
The 40's are on their way to NZ, yippee, yahoo, party party party, damn another bunch of non-kiwi sailors to hit our shores and run rampant with our lovely ladies. But hang on, what is a 40's ? Apparently, a 40's is a 40 foot racing yacht raced in two classes, the Open 40 (canting keel and built of carbon) and the Class 40 (fixed keel and no carbon).... [more]

Highlights of the 2008 iShares Cup season
iShares Cup Media,
The 2008 iShares Cup was a true show-stopper, with the competing teams producing one of the most dramatic regatta circuits of all time. It's time to look back on some of the best moments from a thoroughly memorable year. Tell us what you think was the best moment of the 2008 iShares Cup and win an iShares Cup baseball cap... [more]

Alex Thomson describes the Hugo Boss collision
Lucy Harwood,
Alex Thomson, skipper of Hugo Boss held a press conference Friday afternoon and described the incident that took place in the early hours when his Open 60 was hit by a fishing boat outside les Sables d'Olonne, France. Hugo Boss had arrived to take part in the Vendée Globe race... [more]

National 12s at Salcombe – Sunnier than the Summer
Jon Thornton,
John and Mandy Thornton won the Salcombe YC Natioinal 12 Open Meeting, held over a very sunny weekend on the 11 and 12 October. The very light and tricky breeze over the two days meant that at least three boats had a chance of winning the event going into the final race... [more]

Beat the Queue
You can now book your tickets for the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009 and anyone who purchases a ticket, before the show, will automatically be entered in to a free prize draw to win a fantastic RS-Tera dinghy, courtesy of LDC Racing Sailboats... [more]

Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open 2008
Carina McCabe,
It is not often we get any news of non-Olympic dinghy sailing in the USA, so this report by Carina McCabe from the Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open is a reminder that the racing dinghy is alive and well in the States. Hosted by the American Yacht Club on Long Island Sound the event featured many dinghies that will be familiar to UK and European sailors... [more]

Bouwe Bekking describes Volvo Ocean Race Course
Bouwe Bekking,
The VOR 2008-09 Race Course in words of Bouwe Bekking. The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is a 37,000 nautical mile journey around the globe. A fantastic trip for all eight participating boats and even more so for their crew-members.... [more]

Medical evacuation for Kiwi Ericsson 4 crew member
Victoria Low,
At 1800h local time today, Tony Mutter, of Auckland, New Zealand, was removed from Ericsson 4 via a fishing boat due to medical concerns. Mutter, 39, had been suffering from an infected knee and was receiving antibiotics. Mutter was transferred onto a fishing boat from Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde Islands. He was taken to a hospital in Mindelo where he was expected to be examined.... [more]

505 Worlds Final day
Simon Reffold,
Yet another glorious sunrise greeted competitors in the 505 Worlds here in Mondello Sicily this morning. The Med was magnificent, the breakfast's sumptuous and the wind non-existent . . . again. But to cheer you up we do have images from previous days racing.... [more]

Final weekend for Ranking Series at Weymouth
Lindsey Bell,
The 2008 RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series is set-up for a thrilling finale with many of the class titles poised on a knife-edge going into the Series decider this weekend - 18-19 October... [more]

Lewis/Pearson win Final RS200 Fat Face Eurocup
RS media,
A few brave souls headed to the pretty town of Wexford for three days of fun, called The Last of the RS200 Fat Face Eurocup tour in Ireland. Heavy gusts of 30+ knots did not deter anyone from the racing and despite many capsizes by nearly everyone on the water, the racing was close and good fun... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu Report - Leg 1, Friday Day 7
Mark Chisnell,
Day 7 dawns with the Volvo Ocean Race fleet more fearful of the west than American pioneers venturing into Apache territory. And with good reason – everyone that has headed that way has returned with arrows in their hat and their wagons burning... [more]

Roma GP42.2 leads Trofeo Cesar Manrique
GP42 media,
The Italian GP42 yacht helmed by Italian match-race star Paolo Cian showed the greatest consistency in a day marked by huge wind shifts. Airis consolidated its second place and shrank Desafío's overall championship point-advantage to 14. With 6 races left in Puerto Calero, the Quebramar GP42 CUP is still open.... [more]

Fat Face RS400 Irish Nationals
RS media,
The 2008 Fat Face RS400 Irish Nationals and last Fat Face Eurocup event of the year took place in exceptionally friendly Wexford Harbour Boating and Tennis Club, in rather testing conditions from 10 - 12 October. Contestants arrived by various means from many corners of many lands... [more]

Beluga Racer new leader in Portimão Global Race
Brian Hancock,
There is yet another lead change in the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on the German entry Beluga Racer have overtaken the Chilean boat Desafio Cabo de Hornos to take the lead. Beluga Racer's tactical advantage started two days ago as they lined up to transit the Canary Islands.... [more]

Dismasted and holed - Hugo Boss severly damaged
Alex Thomson Racing,
Hugo Boss has suffered severe damage after being struck by a fishing vessel. At 2.30am this morning Alex Thomson and his crew onboard the Open 60 yacht HUGO BOSS were struck by a 60 foot fishing vessel. HUGO BOSS was 2 miles outside the harbour of les Sables d'Olonne when the incident happened.... [more]

Pinnell and Gibbon are 505 World Champions
Simon Reffold,
After the hooter on the start boat (which coincidentally sounds exactly like the sick horn of a 1966 Fiat 500) sounded thrice, signalling the cancellation of race seven of the 505 Worlds, the British team of Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon, (Hayling Island Sailing Club), threw their hands up in glee ....... [more]

Mascalzone Latino file in support of Cup Appeal
Msacalzone Latino Media,
Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia ('RYCCS') and Mascalzone Latino today asked New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, to overturn a lower court's ruling that enabled the America's Cup Defender, Alinghi, and its host yacht club, Sociétè Nautique de Genévè (SNG) to accept a 'sham' yacht club as Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]

RS600FF Nationals 18/19 October at HISC
Graham Simmonds,
The First RS600FF Nationals are to be held at Hayling Island Sailing Club over the coming weekend - 18/19 October. After a summer of learning and practice it is finally time to find out for the class who is top banana in the foiling stakes... [more]

Mike Golding arrives for Vendee Globe race
Event media,
Mike Golding and his team had a short wait for the tide to rise enough to allow them to dock in to the port of Les Sables D'Olonne yesterday but the solo British skipper was back, enjoying the warm welcome extended to all by the Vendee Globe race's famous host town... [more]

Volvo Race - Ericsson 3 within 8 miles of Puma
Volvo media,
PUMA (Ken Read/USA) broke away from the rest of the Volvo fleet today and headed for the open ocean. She gybed away from the shore and onto a westerly course at around 10:40 GMT. Ericsson 3 (Anders Lewander/SWE) has closed to within eight miles of the leader... [more]

World Match Tour moves to Malaysia for Monsoon Cup
Event Media,
With the top three leading teams in the World Match Racing Tour having gotten no further than the Quarter-Final round at last week's King Edward VII Gold Cup, the race tightens in the final push for the World Championship. Britain's Ian Williams and Team Pindar will be defending the title they won last year - they lead by just four points going into the final event... [more]

Moth victory at Scottish Skiff Championships
Gavin Homer,
Thirty-two boats turned up at Dalgety Bay SC on Saturday 11 October for the Scottish Skiff Championships, with competitors travelling from the South coast and the Highlands to compete in the event... [more]

New Leaders in ISAF World Sailing Rankings
There are new leaders in the Laser, Men's 470 and Men's RS:X rankings whilst Australia and Spain tie for the top nation spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 15 October... [more]

Gitana Eighty in preparation for Vendée Globe
Kate Jennings - Expression,
At the end of the week, in line with a request by the race organisers, the monohull equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild will leave its home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany, for Les Sables d'Olonne, where start of the Vendée Globe will be given on 9th November... [more]

Smith and Mildred win Fireball Inlands
Tim Saunders,
Bright sunshine a friendly welcome coupled with 8-10 knots of breeze greeted the 70 competitors who made the trip to Pitsford Reservoir for the Fireball Inland Championships at Northampton Sailing Club, sponsored by Pinnell and Bax... [more]

Puma leads - Green Dragon reappears - Volvo Race
Volvo media,
At 04:00 GMT Wednesday, StealthPlay came into action for the first time. In the approach to the Canary Islands, Ian Walker and Green Dragon played their joker and decided it was time to go into hiding. They disappeared for 12 hours, reappearing on the 16:00 GMT position report this afternoon... [more]

World No. 1 for Rolex Osprey Cup in St Petersburg
Event media,
The list of invited skippers for the 2008 Rolex Osprey Cup has been announced by organizers St Petersburg YC. Topping the list at the ISAF Grade 1 match racing regatta is Claire Leroy of France, the world's number one. Leroy will face a field of the world's top women sailors dueling in a one-on-one format in Sonar class keelboats, from October 22-25 on Tampa Bay... [more]

505 Worlds in Stealthplay mode,
The 505 World Championships taking place in Italy seem to have joined the Volvo Green Dragon entry and taken the Stealthplay option - Results are not being updated and clicking links crashes the website... [more]

Green Dragon disappears on Day 5, Leg 1 VOR
Mark Chisnell,
The Ten Zulu Report, Leg 1, Day 5 Volvo Ocean Race. Green Dragon hit the StealthPlay button this morning at 04:00 – and disappeared. At 10:00 Zulu they had been in Stealth mode for six hours. Almost everyone in the lead pack has had a go at the front in the last 24 hours: Telefonica Black at 13:00; Green Dragon at 16:00; Ericsson recapturing the lead at 19:00....... [more]

Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race series in Jersey
Bill Harris,
The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race series takes place in St Aubin's Bay, Jersey, this coming Sunday, 19 October. The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for this open meeting are now available... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race registrations rising
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Forty-two of the eighty boats have registered so far, with the rest expected to do so over the next couple of days. The 29th Rolex Middle Sea Race commences on Saturday 18th October 2008 from Marsamxett Harbour, Malta. The Malta Rolex Cup on the 15th October will precede the main race.... [more]

Telefónica Black makes bold move to the west
Lizzie (Green) Ward,
At last there is wind, and the eight-strong fleet racing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town is beginning to make some nice progress, but it is a fragile lead for Telefónica Black/ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP)... [more]

12ft Skiffs Bartercard Cup Final Round – Draycote
Assoc media,
Last Saturday, saw the 12ft Skiff fleet rock-up to Draycote Water for the final round of this year's Bartercard Cup series, and with Design Source and Nice Action both going into the event on equal points... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Day 3 emails from the boats
Various VOR competitors,
Latest Day 3 and 4 emails from the boats. Leg 1, Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Blue is back into the race, Ericsson 4 crew finally getting some sleep and Green Dragon has finally escaped the Med. Read on ....... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series – Day 2
Barnaby Smith,
Weekend 2 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series on the 11-12 October included the first scheduled racing for the SB3 class in the Hamble Autumn Championships. In the main Garmin Hamble Winter Series on Sunday competitors arrived on the racetrack to find a light, but consistent, easterly breeze... [more]

I-14 and RS K6 Opens at HISC,
Ian Robson and Sandy Johnson from Aldeburgh YC won the RS K6 and Katie Nurton the I-14 event... [more]

Kleinjans leads Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Twenty four hours into the Portimão Global Ocean Race and Belgium's Michel Kleinjans is giving his fellow competitors a lesson on how to leverage the first day of an around-the-world race.... [more]

America's Cup: Trials quite a sight to behold
Bill Center, San Diego Tribune,
There is definitely a 'wow' factor to the giant trimaran BMW Oracle, which began sailing off San Diego this past week in anticipation of a possible court-ordered one-on-one America's Cup match with Alinghi. In fact, after viewing the boat and talking to helmsman James Spithill, it would be sad if the trimaran – which is 90 feet on the waterline with a 90-foot beam – never saw action in a race.... [more]

Brits extend lead at 505 World Championships,
The British pair Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon continue to lead the 505 World Championship after three races completed. Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller of Denmark are in second place and three time world champion Wolfgang Hunger and Juien Kliener of Germany are third... [more]

Dakine Weymouth Speed Week
Cailah Leask,
Dakine Weymouth Speed Week hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the 2012 Sailing Venue, has come to a close. It has been an exciting week with over 100 competitors from six countries... [more]

Campbell-James seals RYA National Match Racing
Karenza Morton,
Mark Campbell-James jumped to joint second on the all-time winners list after claiming his third RYA National Match Racing Championship crown at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend... [more]

J/109 in the mist at Garmin Hamble Winter Series
Class media,
After a complete blow out to week one, race 3 kicked off for the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. The J/109 fleet carefully navigated their way through thick mist to find an unstable, light easterly breeze and later for race 4 a perfect day for sailing day... [more]

Telefonica Blue gets back to racing
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Bouwe Bekking's men have completed repairs to their damaged steering system are back on the race track, where overnight, the fleet compressed heading into the Atlantic. The Telefonica Blue crew raised their mainsail at 06:17 GMT and the team proceeded to their last racing position where they resumed racing at 06:53 after serving their minimum 12 hour pit stop penalty.... [more]

Dee Caffari heads for Vendée Globe start
British yachtswoman Dee Caffari has set sail from the UK ahead of her record attempt to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world in both directions. Caffari is heading to Les Sables d'Olonne, France where she will start the Vendée Globe yacht race on 9 November and her attempt to set a double world first... [more]

Nick Craig and Toby Lewis win Endeavour Trophy
Sergei Samus,
Nick Craig and Toby Lewis, representing the B14 class won the 2008 Endeavour Trophy - the Champion of Champions competition for dinghy classes in the UK... [more]

Alfa Romeo is winner of Barcolana 40
Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo was the Winner of Barcolana 40, in Italy, ahead of over 1,850 boats. This is the fifth win for Alfa Romeo in Barcolana, the third consecutively. The first ever Barcolana took place in 1969, with 51 boats at the starting line... [more]

Pit Stop for damaged Telefonica Blue
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue officially suspended racing having reached landfall near Gibraltar last night to undertake repairs to the steering gear they damaged soon after the race start in Alicante. With gear fixed and the 12 hour penalty served they are returning to the race... [more]

Williams retains World Matchrace lead
Dobbs Davis,
Sweden's Johnie Berntsson defeated Kiwi Adam Minoprio in a decisive 3-1 Final for the prestigious King Edward VII Gold Cup presented by Argo Group. The result means that Britain's Ian Williams and Team Pindar retain the overall lead of the World Match Racing Tour with one event to go. In a sail-off, Ben Ainslie defeated Mattias Rahm to take third place in the Bermuda event... [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]

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