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Quantum Racing is TP52 World Champion
Pierre Orphanidis,
Quantum Racing put a fantastic end to a spectacular season. After being crowned Med champions last month, the American boat helmed by Terry Hutchinson, won the world title after a week of tough racing in Puerto Calero. Vasco Vascotto's Mutua Madrileña takes the silver medal with a similarly good performance... [more]

Alinghi give ultimatum to Team New Zealand
Greg Ford, Sunday Star Times,
Team New Zealand will be kicked out of the next America's Cup if they don't drop their legal action against holders Alinghi. In a new and serious development between the two feuding camps, the Sunday Star-Times has been told Alinghi recently sent Team New Zealand a legal letter with that ultimatum... [more]

PredictWind roars in HSBC Premier Coastal Classic
Richard Gladwell,
One of the features of the 2008 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic was the performance of two small multihulls, Hooters and, formerly Need for Speed. PredictWind led the opening stages of the race and was first to Flat Rock (off Kawau Island, 26nm from Auckland). Hooters led the fleet at the next waypoint off Sail Rock , before Whangarei.... [more]

Week Two Leg 1 summary - Mixed fortunes
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The second week of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town saw mixed fortunes as the boats surged up and down the leader board at an alarming pace. Wherever Puma went, Ericsson 3 followed. Conditions below were becoming hot and steamy making sleep harder. Heat means the equator and the Doldrums and there were many ‘equatorial virgins' waiting to see what King Neptune had to say.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race concludes with prizegiving
Regatta News,
The 29th Rolex Middle Sea Race drew to a close today with celebratory prize giving held under the vaulted ceilings of La Valette Hall. The overall victor in the struggle was the forty-foot Spirit of Ad Hoc from France - an appropriately sized yacht - given 2008 is the fortieth anniversary of the first ever race.... [more]

Team Denmark claim Nations Cup Grand Final place
Maritta Buwalda,
Team Denmark helmed by Mads Elber has claimed their place at the Nations Cup Grand Final to be held in Porto Alegre Brazil, 23 to 28 March 2009. It was the weather that won out again Saturday, strong winds preventing any racing on the final day... [more]

Derek Hatfield - A Fighting Spirit
Vendée Globe event media,
Canadian Derek Hatfield, 56, sets out to take on the Vendée Globe. Hatfield's career was in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police before working in compliance in the securities industry, but his ocean racing career goes back nearly 15 years.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Saturday Ten Zulu Report
Mark Chisnell,
The sled runners have been polished, the whips are cracking, the huskies are barking themselves hoarse - the race south is on. And it looks worryingly like a re-run of Scott verses Amundsen for the British contingent on the Green Dragon, as the Scandinavian inspired Ericsson 4 starts to haul the mail... [more]

Roaring Forty back to second Portimão Global Race
Brian Hancock,
The light winds are suiting Michel Kleinjans, the leading single-handed sailor in the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Roaring Forty, was eight mile ahead of the Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos and just over 100 miles astern of the leading boat, Beluga Racer.... [more]

SeaSuckers - No-drill attachment for accessories
Des Ryan,
There are as many applications on a sailing boat for this product as your imagination will allow. SeaSuckers are very powerful vacuum-cup mounts (they are not suction cups), to attach a series of accessories to your boat without putting in screws or having to drill holes... [more]

Day 14 Boat Blogs from Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Day 14 Boat Blogs from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Blue is feeling unlucky, Green Dragon feeling the morning after syndrome, without a hangover, Ericsson 3 is focusing on the the rest of the race and Rick Deppe (Puma) is busy compiling a 'playlist'. Read on ........ [more]

Taeping wins HSBC Premier Coastal Classic
Zoe Hawkins,
The most challenging HSBC Premier Coastal Classic yacht race in many years has been won, for the second year in a row, by Dave Andrews' 44 foot trimaran, Taeping. Taeping finished at 00:23hrs Saturday morning and was followed into Russell by Simon Hull's Transpac 52, V5, at 01:09hrs... [more]

Irish fight back at Nations Cup
Maritta Buwalda,
Racing resumed at 10:00hrs Friday morning for the penultimate day of the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final in Kinsale, County Cork with the Irish team claiming four wins and climbing up the ranks to fourth. Tight racing was expected through out the day as Danish helm Mads Elber and his team tried to maintain their lead... [more]

Telefonica Blue forced into fuel rationing
Bouwe Bekking - skipper Telefonica Blue,
Bouwe Bekking reports on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race - from Alicante to Fernando de Noronha. It's been almost two weeks since the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Alicante to start the first leg of 37,000 nautical miles around the globe. From Alicante, Spain, to the waypoint at Fernando de Noronha, an island off the Brazilian coast, means 3,000 miles for the hulls of most of the competing boats, incl... [more]

Cockerill on form at Rooster 8.1 UK Nationals,
Steve Cockerill, not content with winning almost every single hander championship going, took the next step and produced as well as starred in the Rooster 8.1 UK Nationals held at Weston Sailing Club last weekend - Not content with winning in other people´s classes, he re-rigged the ubiquitous Laser, called it the 8.1 and started own class - the rest is history... [more]

Quantum increases overall TP52 Worlds lead
Pierre Orphanidis,
Showing great consistency, the American boat Quantum Racing has consolidated its leadership, building a healthy 15-point advantage over second-placed Mutua Madrileña. Two more races are scheduled for the final day... [more]

Spirit of Ad Hoc declared Middle Sea Race winner
Event media,
The overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2008 was determined at 20.49CET Thursday evening when, Ricomincio da tre (ITA), the last remaining boat on the course with a prospect of winning, failed to cross the finish line. Thierry Bouchard and Spirit of Ad Hoc (FRA) were duly declared the victors... [more]

Inclusive process sought to resolve America's Cup
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club today released a letter sent last week from Larry Ellison to Ernesto Bertarelli proposing a framework to modernize the America's Cup by mutual consent, reduce costs, and get the maximum number of teams back on the water for the 33rd edition as soon as possible, under fair rules similar to those that governed the highly successful event in 2007.... [more]

HUGO BOSS ready for new replacement section
Lucy Harwood,
It has been a week since the incident involving a French fishing vessel and HUGO BOSS. The team at Alex Thomson Racing have been working around the clock to manage the repair to the boat. The damaged area, approximately 3.5m x 2m, has been removed and prepared for the new single skin to be fitted... [more]

Branson abandons Atlantic record attempt
VAlex Mills,
An exhausted Richard Branson, speaking via satellite phone aboard Virgin Money, two days into their attempt to break the transatlantic mono-hull speed record. Has described the - night of hell - when Virgin Money was struck by a massive wave from behind – washing one of our life rafts over board. Her badly torn mainsail cannot be repaired at sea and the record attempt has had to be abandoned.... [more]

Telefónica Black snatches Volvo Race lead
Volvo media,
It was back to business as the fleet charged down the coast of Brazil, trade wind sailing, Southern Hemisphere style. And at 13:00 GMT, Spain's Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri) snatched the lead to head the field by just two miles, with Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) and PUMA (Ken Read/USA), breathing down their necks... [more]

Protest chaos at Etchells World Qualifier
Peter Campbell,
The Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club protest committee abandoned the second race of last Saturday's International Etchells Mini Regatta on Sydney Harbour, which was also heat five of the World Qualifying Series - 10 boats had been disqualified after being listed as breaching the Black Flag rule... [more]

Kiwi Coastal Classic race takes a pounding
Zoe Hawkins,
77 boats have so far retired from the New Zealand HSBC Premier Coastal Classic because of challenging headwinds and difficult seas. With a front due to pass over Northland on Friday evening, boats that continue on have been advised to expect winds of 30-40 knots and big seas on the 119 nautical mile marathon... [more]

Images and Boat Blogs Day 13 Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Images and Boat Blogs from Day 13 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1 to Capetown. Team Russia glad to be free of the Doldrims, telefonica Blue happy to be through the scoring gate, Telefonica Black receives a visit from King Neptune... read on for more life onboard.... [more]

A Day of contrasting fortunes in Middle Sea Race
Regatta News,
Today was a day for contrasting fortunes. Opportunities missed and opportunities taken. The 29th Rolex Middle Sea Race yet again confirming the adage that 'it ain't over till it's over'.... [more]

Quantum consolidates leadership at TP52 Worlds
Pierre Orphanidis,
To say the long coastal race of the TP52 World Championship Islas Canarias Puerto Calero was exciting would be a major understatement. Lanzarote's true breeze made its majestic entrance Thursday. Paul Cayard helmed the Spanish America's Cup Challenger boat to victory - Quantum, Terry Hutchinson's boat was neck and neck, crossing the finish line just 12 seconds behind Desafío... [more]

Storm drives Virgin Money on Atlantic quest
Alex Mills,
Richard Branson and the Team Origin crew have been going for just over 24 hours and the first signs of fatigue are starting to show. In preparation for the rough conditions forecast, the crew onboard Virgin Money has tried to get as much rest as possible before the predicted winds of up to 50kts hit their decks... [more]

Gale Force Winds halt Nations Cup
The second day of the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final (Open) II was dominated by the weather. A low presseure sweeping in from the Altanitc kept the sailors on shore today. Storm Force gusts swept across the south west of Ireland this morning and this left race organisers with no choice but to postpone racing for 24 hours... [more]

Volvo Race - Green Dragon leads past scoring gate
Volvo media,
Green Dragon - Ian Walker/GBR - passed through the Volvo Race scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha, on Thursday in the lead at 12:24 GMT. They moved clear to the top of the score board for a short time with six points, before Ericsson 4 - Torben Grael/BRA - followed through at 13:59 GMT. They both sit at the top of the table with six points... [more]

Summer hols for Vendee Globe visitors
Véronique Teurlay,
The sun, the crowds, the jaunts out to sea . . . The Vendée Globe village has the feel of a summer holiday. Visitors benefited from these fine conditions to admire the impressive machines that are the 60 foot monohulls. Meanwhile crew of Hugo Boss made their first cut into the hull and deck zone to start repair work... [more]

RS800 Inlands won by Ben McGrane and Olivier Vidal
RS media,
Ben McGrane and Olivier Vidal added the RS800 Inlands title to their National title to finish the 2008 season on a high. A good number of 800's arrived at the previously unvisited venue of King George Sailing Club and completed a long series run by Vince Horey and his team... [more]

Channel Islands Jackson Yacht Services racing
William Harris,
Fresh southwesterly winds, gusting to nineteen knots, coupled with a moderate swell, provided some truly exhilarating and eventful sailing for the mixed fleet that came out for the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race series on Sunday morning... [more]

Preparation key to Mike Golding's Vendée Globe
Victoria Low,
After the spectacular opening of the Vendée Globe village last weekend in Les Sables d'Olonne it has been down to business for Mike Golding and the ECOVER 3 shore team, making final preparations for the start on 9 November. Mike has had a full itinerary of briefings on safety and communications, as well as scrutineering the boat's safety and communication equipment... [more]

Green Dragon maintains a delicate lead
Peter Rusch,
Volvo Ocean Race. The scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha beckons as Green Dragon maintains its delicate lead in the South Atlantic trade winds. The leader is due to pass later this morning.... [more]

Bostik completes Middle Sea Race
Clémentine Chaignaud,
By crossing the arrival line of the fortieth edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race at 0331 UT (0531 ECT) this morning in Malta, Bostik has officially opened the Veolia Oceans® one-design Class in an international event of the Rolex Offshore Circuit and has at the same time written his name on the list of winners.... [more]

Quantum leader at TP52 World Championship
Event media,
At the TP52 World Championship in Puerto Calero Artemis lead the Coastal Race from start to finish. After two days of windward/leeward races, the 14-strong TP52 fleet sailed the short coastal race, approximately 35 miles long.... [more]

Changes and a new look Tornado
Carolijn Brouwer,
Major changes are in the wind to revolutionise one of the most spectacular sailing classes in the world as the Tornado campaigns to earn its place back in the Olympic arena.... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet heads to Doldrums
Brian Hancock,
Portimão Global Ocean Race. On a 7,000 nautical mile leg from Portugal to South Africa there are a number of legs within the leg. It's clear from the race tracker that Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer feeling the first effects of the doldrums. Their speed has dropped to 4.6 knots, the slowest of the fleet by a large margin.... [more]

Images from the Volvo OR: Life onboard
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet head towards the Doldrums to reach the first gate on Leg 1 off the coast of Brazil... [more]

Malaysia hosts World Champions at Monsoon Cup
At the Monsoon Cup, the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) best teams will fight it out to be ISAF Match Racing World Champion at the last event on the World Match Racing Tour schedule (WMRT) in Terengganu, Malaysia this December 2008.... [more]

Alinghi re-launch the 33rd America's Cup
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
America's Cup defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the Defender Alinghi and their event organising body AC Management (ACM) are taking the necessary steps to get the 33rd America's Cup back on track in partnership with the Challenger of Record – Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) – and all challengers keen to join the competition.... [more]

Denmark lead ISAF Nations Cup after day 1
Maritta Buwalda,
Kinsale Yacht Club is playing host to the ISAF Nations Cup 2009 Regional Final Europe (Open), from the 22-25 October. This is the fifth addition of the ISAF Nations Cup with the Grand Final being held in Porto Alegre Brazil from 23-28 March 2009 - After day 1, Mads Elber and his crew from Denmark lead... [more]

Green Dragon leads Volvo across equator
Event media,
One by one, the eight boats racing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race popped out the other side of the Doldrums and hooked into the south-easterly trade winds. In a drag race south, the fleet is steadily clicking off the miles towards Fernando de Noronha - Green Dragon was first to cross the equator... [more]

iShares Cup pulls in the crowds
Helen Fretter,
The iShares Cup 2008 media evaluation is nearly complete and the level of exposure generated by this year's spectacular five-event series has smashed the 2007 levels, with over 5 million Euros of media coverage anticipated to be received by the end of November 2008... [more]

Another British entry for Vendee Globe
Event media,
While the spotlight is clearly on the ill-fated Alex Thomson and his Hugo Boss, currently undergoing repairs, another British skipper has his own race against the clock. Steve White (Spirit of Weymouth) yesterday managed to complete his funding and must now try to catch up on his preparation... [more]

Virgin Money chases Atlantic Record
Event Media,
The 99ft monohull maxi-yacht Virgin Money set sail Wednesday morning on its Cross-Atlantic Challenge. Richard Branson, his children and the Team Origin crew, which includes Mike Sanderson as co-skipper and triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie, aim to break the world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean, currently set at 6 days 17 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds... [more]

Genoa Boat Show numbers down
Jeni Bone,
As the European Boat Show season gets underway, the Genoa International Boat Show, Italy's biggest boating event, closed on Sunday with a visitor count down 5% and a 'diminished number' of contracts signed compared to last year... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon to extend lead
Richard Gladwell,
Green Dragon, the Chinese sponsored Volvo 70 will have a lead of about 37 miles at the Brazil gate, according to the current projections. Using Expedition and PredictWind, Sail-World has been able to take the current positions in the 6,500nm first leg, and cycle forward for 24 hours when the first competitors will be about to round the gate in the first leg.... [more]

Cribb and Albeau windsurf across English Channel
Guy Cribb,
Guy Cribb and Antoine Albeau have successfully crossed the English Channel in a storm and all for charity! 'We left Cherbourg at 10am (9am UK time) in a south westerly wind with Antoine Albeau on 6.7m NP RS Racing and 111 Starboard iSonic and myself on 5.8m North Sails Ram on 110 litres Mistral Slalom board.'... [more]

Alegre takes line honours in Rolex Middle Sea Race
Regatta News,
At 07.20.16 CET Andres Soriano's Mills 68 Alegre crossed the Marsamxett Harbour finish line of the 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race, to take line honours in the 29th edition of the 607 nautical-mile race.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart receives International entries
Lisa Ratcliff,
A number of international yacht owners have managed to cast aside the world's economic woes with 10 international applications for entry so far for this year's 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart - and all but one are first time nominations for Australia's premier blue water event... [more]

Paul Cayard to speak at World Yacht Race Forum
MaxComm Communication,
World renowned yachtsman Paul Cayard to attend the World Yacht Racing Forum, 10-11 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Cayard joins an already impressive list of speakers and panellists.... [more]

Kazimir Partners hits whale - Portimão GOR
Brian Hancock,
It's prefect trade wind sailing for the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet as they eat up the miles on a quick romp to the equator. Skipper Lenjohn Van Der Wel sent through a curt message. 'At 13h20 local time at position 21:45N and 18:43W Kazimir Partners hit a whale,' he wrote.... [more]

Presti wins Bentley Geneva Match Race
Alinghi media,
Philippe Presti wins the Bentley Geneva Match Race 3-1 against Alinghi. Ed Baird, Rodney Ardern, Lorenzo Mazza and Curtis Blewett – fresh from a summer of multihull training and racing – were back on a monohull and match racing for the first time since winning the America's Cup in July last year.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing continues San Diego testing
Following two weeks of productive testing and scheduled maintenance, BMW Oracle Racing continues the San Diego testing with BMW Oracle Racing 90. The 90-foot multihull yacht is still in the sea trials phase, with sensors and cameras collecting data from across all areas of the boat - sails, mast, keels, and rudders.... [more]

Volvo Race - Action in the Doldrums
Volvo media,
The temperatures continue to rise onboard the Volvo Open 70's out on the race course, as well as the frustrations of the crews. Over the past 24 hours PUMA (Ken Read/USA) and Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) have gained on the leader Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR)... [more]

Mutua Madrilena leads TP52 Championship
Pierre Orphanidis,
It was another tricky day on the Lanzarotean waters for the 14 crews taking part in the TP52 World Championship – Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. The race committee had to move the starting line a mile further offshore, trying to get a better breeze but had to fire the gun with no more than 7 knots of a northeasterly... [more]

Results of RYA Olympic Classes National Series
Giles Scott nicked the 2008 RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series Finn class title by the narrowest of margins as he won the third and final Series event at Weymouth and Portland National Academy last weekend... [more]

Team of 25 work on HUGO BOSS repairs
Veronique Teurlay,
The team from Alex Thomson Racing have been working around the clock since the collision with a French fishing vessel last Friday. The full technical team from Alex Thomson Racing have been drafted in to help get Alex and HUGO BOSS to the start line... [more]

Ainslie and Branson Go for Transatlantic Attempt
Justine Ozoux,
Sir Richard Branson and triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie are on standby in New York to begin a Transatlantic Record Attempt aboard the 100ft supermaxi yacht Virgin Money - the crew hopes to set sail early Wednesday morning.... [more]

Tornado push one design for 11th Olympic medal
ITA Committee,
A letter put out under the name of the International Tornado Association (ITA) has been forwarded to Sail-World. Setting out their proposal to take the Tornado class one-design, with the intention of reclaiming an Olympic place in 2012, following a submission submitted by Paul Henderson and supported by ISAF with regards to the 11th medal... [more]

OK Dinghy Youth & Junior Championships
On Saturday the 18 October the first OK Dinghy Youth & Junior Championships for a few years was hosted by South Staffs SC. To say the day was a success would not do it justice!... [more]

Disastrous Hurricane Omar Sinks 50 Vessels
BW Media News Roundup,
Caribbean Authorities were trying to contain oil spills after more than 50 boats sank or washed ashore during Hurricane Omar. Owners are siphoning thousands of gallons of fuel from their boats so they can be removed without further spills. In the US Virgin Islands the government is spending more than $1 million on cleanup costs.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon in commanding lead
Richard Gladwell,
Ian Walker and the crew of Green Dragon will move into a commanding lead in the Volvo Ocean race in the next 24 hours, as the race leaders emerge from the Doldrums. By holding the most westerly course of the eight competitors, Walker and navigator Ian Moore have been able to hold onto slightly stronger breezes. Now they are dropping across the front of the fleet to get onto the more direct course.... [more]

Hugo Boss lifted out of the water for repairs
Alex Thomson Racing,
The team from Alex Thomson Racing have been working around the clock since the collision with a French fishing vessel on Friday (17/10/08). Hugo Boss was lifted out of the water into the commercial dock in Les Sables d'Olonne on Saturday and the keel removed.... [more]

Alinghi to compete in CNEV's America's Cup regatta
Alinghi Media and Sail-World,
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, accepts the Challenger of Record, Club Náutico Español de Vela's invitation to race in the America's Cup Class series during their Annual Regatta in Valencia on the 8 and 9 November. Team skipper, Brad Butterworth, comments: 'It will be great to get back on the water on the Cup boats. SUI100 has been under wraps for over a year now... [more]

RS600 First Foiler Nationals
Simon Hiscocks,
If ever there was an ideal way to open a chapter in a new class' national championship history then the conditions that 16 RS600FF competitors met at Hayling Island Sailing Club must surely be very close to it. 10 – 12 knots of wind, clear sunny skies and a very temperate 17 degrees C... [more]

The Ten Zulu Report, Leg 1, Day 10 - The Doldrums
Mark Chisnell,
Day 10 Volvo Ocean Race - Is it a restart? Is it a reshuffle? Or is it just history repeating? Green Dragon went west, all the way west, three days ago. And now they've flown off with PUMA's lead.... [more]

Artemis leads - Day One TP52 World Championship
Event media,
On Day One of the TP52 World Championship, Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis scored a bullet and two seconds, Quantum Racing is second with Vasco Vascotto's Mutua Madrileña third.... [more]

Green Dragon leads, Puma follows - Volvo OR
Lucy Harwood/Various VOR Competitors,
Volvo Ocean Race - As soon as the reports came out showing the gains the Dragon had made in the west the fleet followed suit with PUMA and Ericsson 3 gybing to their position. 30 minutes later Ericsson 4 followed them. By Sunday afternoon Ian Walker and his crew were on port gybe on a straight line to the gate at Fernando de Noronha.... [more]

Week 1 Review - Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
The ten sailors competing in the Portimão Global Ocean Race could not have asked for a better way to slide into an around the world race. Beluga Racer leads from Desafia Cabo de Hornos and Roaring Forty.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea fleet chases leading four yachts
Regatta News,
The leading yachts in the 29th Rolex Middle Sea Race are Rosebud (USA) and Alegre (GBR), locked together 30nm due north of Cefalu on the northern coast of Sicily. Slighter higher lies Moneypenny (USA) and RAN (GBR) has closed right up. At the Stromboli transit, the Class 4 yacht Spirit of Ad Hoc (FRA) leads overall on corrected time.... [more]

Letter from America: Dyer Jones - AmCup Director
Roger Vaughan,
Roger Vaughan, internationally published writer for print and television, talks to Dyer Jones exclusively for 'Alinghi gets great credit for winning on its first try,' Jones says. 'But that's a pitfall. The Swiss don't have any history in the event. You have to lose to learn: suffer some hard knocks, try your hardest and fail.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon to get big lead
Richard Gladwell,
Green Dragon (Ian Walker GBR) looks set to make a big gain on the Volvo Ocean race fleet over the next 24 hours, as she carries winds of over 7kts while the rest of the fleet experience conditions varying from 2.0kts to less the 4.0kts The next best wind reading is on the former ABN Amro One, which won the last race, but is not a noted light airs performer. She has 4.5 kts, and is 242nm away f... [more]

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]

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