03 Nov 2008

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Welcome to your Newsletter for week ending 2 November 2008

Puma second to Volvo finish in Cape Town
VOR media,
At 17:44 GMT Sunday, PUMA, skippered by America's Ken Read, a first-time skipper in this event, crossed the finish line today in Cape Town to take second place in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, after 22 days, five hours, 44 minutes and 50 seconds (22:05:44:50)... [more]

Hayling Island SC Open Autumn series
HISC media,
The Hayling Island SC Open Autumn series has seen a turnout of over 100 boats taking part in the various classes over each Saturday and Sunday. The Solo class top the figures, with over 20 boats taking part in both the Saturday and Sunday racing... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu Report - What about the rest?
Mark Chisnell,
Skipper Torben Grael and his team aboard Ericsson 4 are sipping cold beers and downing some burgers in the Race Village in Cape Town – hot showers, dry clothes and warm embraces all round after a great performance - Puma set for second - then it's anybody's guess... [more]

Hugo Boss sails again
Gail Williams,
Saturday afternoon, Hugo Boss left the port for the first few hours of sea trials following her repairs. All went well and when Hugo Boss returned to her rightful home alongside the other Open 60's on the Vendée pontoons... [more]

18 footers tangle on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey 18 footers league,
Yet another North-East wind (the fourth from as many races) greeted the 23-boat fleet for the Mick Scully Trophy 3-buoys race on Sydney Harbour today. For the former Australian champion Micah Lane and the Macquarie Real Estate crew of Paul Schulz and Niall Kinch it was a great result for the newly formed team.... [more]

Records tumble as Sailing Speed season continues,
The speed sailing season continues with Paul Larson's Vestas SailRocket and Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère both posting improved speed figures.... [more]

Hutchinson is Melges 24 US Champion
Justin Chisholm,
At the end of four days of racing and with a total of eleven races sailed in the widest possible range of conditions, Terry Hutchinson and his crew aboard USA 751 Quantum Racing, are the new at the 2008 Melges 24 North American Champions - 2nd Gabrio Zandona ITA 777 - 3rd Flavio Favini SUI 521... [more]

Ericsson 4 arrives in Cape Town
Volvo media,
At 05:54 GMT Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, drifted across the finish line off Cape Town to win Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race. The leg victory is worth eight points, and this vaults Grael's crew to the top of the leaderboard with 14 points... [more]

Easypower doubles winch power
Nancy Knudsen,
As someone who, being a wench (that's my excuse), has found many a winch to be the cause of great angst in the past, this 'Product of the Week' is just the thing! And if, as a sailor, you have more brains than brawn, you'll like this gadget too.... [more]

Fine Croatia Sailing - and take your Hiking Boots
Anna Pavord, the Independent/Sail-World,
Croatia has over 1000 islands along its shores, plenty to explore in sailing holiday after sailing holiday - but the best advice is to take your hiking boots to find the real secrets of the islands... [more]

Team NZ not clear of legal woods on America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,,
Emirates Team New Zealand's move back into the accepted Challengers' fold has drawn some interesting reaction and comment over the past few days. One of these was the remark on Radio Sport, by Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth, that they (Team New Zealand) 'have their problems with the Arbitration Panel, and still have, when they sued Ernesto and the Yacht Club when they realised the Cup was n... [more]

Volvo - Ericsson 4 ETA of 08:00 GMT Sunday morning
Volvo media,
Torben Grael and his crew onboard Ericsson 4 is on the home strait with just 237 nm to go to the finish of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town. Predicted arrival time of just after 08:00 GMT Sunday morning, with second placed PUMA at approximately 16:30 GMT... [more]

Hutchinson leads into final day Melges 24 US Nats
Melges media,
Terry Hutchinson showed his true class on the third day of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championships in Annapolis. Hutchinson, sailing USA 751 Quantum Racing, put in two impressive performances, a fourth place in race one and a win in race two, now means that he takes a seventeen point margin into the final day... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu report - Ericsson 4 charges on
Mark Chisnell,
The stakes are being cut, trenches dug, bayonets sharpened and ammunition stacked as a wall rises around Cape Town. This is not an impregnable wall, not the thousand years of primacy of Constantinople sort of wall, more your thrown together, desperate-last-stand kind of hasty defensive position.... [more]

New RYA multipurpose facility for Portland
Sail-World UK,
RYA is to build a multi-purpose facility in Portland that will be the hub of UK performance sailing in the lead up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games and an investment in the long-term future of the sport - The venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events is at the nearby Weymouth and Portland Sailing Centre... [more]

Joyon stays ahead of record pace
Francis Joyon on IDEC is 270 miles ahead of the Discovery Route record pace set by Thomas Coville and his 60-foot trimaran Sodebo. The trick is to stay permanently in the most favourable wind strength and direction and to do this it is sometimes necessary to extend the route... [more]

Hugo Boss expected to sail again Saturday
IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss emerged from the boat shed Friday ready to be slipped back into the water of Les Sables d'Olonne's Port Olona early Saturday morning. It is expected that Hugo Boss will make an initial trial sail Saturday with Alex Thomson and his team progressively increasing the loads on the boat... [more]

Fuel sales rocket ahead of Red Diesel Day
IBI media,
Premier Marinas, one of the UK's biggest marina operators, has reported rocketing fuel sales ahead of the expiration of the red diesel derogation on November 1, 2008... [more]

Puma in StealthPlay mode for Sunday finish
Volvo media,
As Ericsson 4, racing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, continued her record-breaking dash towards the finish in Cape Town, - At 01:00 GMT Friday morning, the black cat, PUMA went into StealthPlay, and hid from the rest of the fleet for 12 hours - ETA for Cape Town is now around 09:00 GMT on Sunday... [more]

Lloyd's get go ahead for Southampton move
Lloyd's PR,
The Planning Committee of Southampton City Council has approved Lloyd's Register application to build a brand-new centre for its global marine business on the University of Southampton's Boldrewood Campus... [more]

Terry Hutchinson leads Melges 24 North Americans
Melges 24 media,
Terry Hutchinson on Quantum Racing has yet to win a race at the Melges 24 US Championship but after day two he has opened a seven point lead on the high quality fleet. Gabrio Zandona's Joe Fly won two races but still trails the consistent Hutchinson with five races still to go... [more]

Two new Speed records for l'Hydroptère
l'Hydroptère media,
Holders of the absolute speed record over one nautical mile and of the 500-meter record in Category D since April 2007, l'Hydroptère with Alain Thébault and his crew have improved their performances and established two new absolute speed records... [more]

The Superyacht Cup joins Bucket Rating System
The Superyacht Cup Media,
The Organisers of The Superyacht Cup regattas in Antigua and Palma have joined forces with the Organisers of the St Barths and Newport Bucket Regattas to adopt the 'Bucket Rating' system which is a pursuit racing rating.... [more]

Mast climb then repairs for Kleinjans
Brian Hancock,
Michel Kleinjans, skipper of Roaring Forty. ' This evening just as the sun was setting I was doing some filming and interviewing myself for the camera when I heard a loud bang,' Michel wrote. Earlier in the day a shackle of his mainsheet had snapped so another bang was not welcome news... [more]

Eleven challengers and Alinghi attend meeting
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Eleven challengers entered in the 33rd America's Cup and the Defender, Alinghi, met today at the Société Nautique de Genève. The meeting was called for by the Defender's event organising entity AC Management and chaired by Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth.... [more]

Going to Miami? - Rolex Miami NOR available Online
Barby MacGowan,
Miami OCR, the second second stop on the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 circuit, has released the Notice of Race online at a newly-launched event web site. Entries will only be excepted on-line from 1 December to 19 January... [more]

Sam and Roxy ready for Vendée Globe
Justine Ozoux,
British female sailor Sam Davies is ready to take on the 2008 Vendée Globe following a summer refit for her IMOCA Open 60 racing yacht Roxy. Sam and Roxy are now focused on completing the 45,000 kilometre race around the globe, referred to as the sailor's Everest... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu Report for Thursday, Day 20
Mark Chisnell,
Torben Grael and the crew of Ericsson 4 swept into the history books yesterday, in their foaming, boiling, 25-knot wake the fleet lies scattered as the devil and the deep blue sea picked off the hindmost one by one – Telefónica Black lost a rudder, wiped off their bowsprit and damaged one of their daggerboards - We're almost down to the last man standing... [more]

Ullman, Favini, Lane win on Day 1 Melges US Nats
US Melges 24 Class Association,
After a spectacular day of racing in Annapolis at the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship, it is 2007 World Champion Dave Ullman tops the leader board by three points from another previous world champ, Flavio Favini on SUI 521 Blu Moon... [more]

Richard tops ISAF World Match Race Rankings
France's Mathieu Richard gets a timely boost ahead of the battle for the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship title as he holds on to the top spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings on 29 October, whilst his compatriot Claire Leroy remaining untouchable in the Women's Rankings... [more]

Roaring Forty first solo boat past Recife Gate
Brian Hancock,
In the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Kleinjans covered the 3,500 miles from Portimão to the Recife Gate in 16 days at an average speed of 8.6 knots, or 205 miles per day. This is a remarkable performance for a solo sailor on a 40-foot yacht especially considering there were the doldrums to deal with.... [more]

Alinghi welcomes Team NZ's halt to legal process
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, confirms that Emirates Team New Zealand has withdrawn its law suit against the team, Ernesto Bertarelli, AC Management and the Société Nautique de Genève and will now join all the other entered challengers in the process of getting the 33rd America's Cup back on the water as soon as possible; starting tomorrow at the Competitor Meeting in Geneva.... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu Report - Record goes in dash south
Mark Chisnell,
The cliché ‘batten down the hatches' has its origins in the process of securing square rigged sailing ships for bad weather. And over the last couple of days, the crews of the Volvo Open 70s have described their own metaphoric and literal battening of hatches – albeit it with sikaflex and sailing bags, rather than pitch and pine... [more]

RS Tera Inlands – Draycote Water SC
RS media,
The RS Tera Inlands at Draycote Water was the last event of the season but proved to be very popular with 30 young sailors from all over the UK up for the challenge. Twelve-year-old James Hutton-Penman of Corinthian Otters, Burnham sailed consistently well to take the title... [more]

Enthusiastic Contender entry for Inlands
Martin Frary,
The International Contender class made their annual journey to Rutland for the final Boat Bits Travellers Trophy event of the year, which also comprised the Inland Championships - The Olympic class that-never-was, continues to attract significant numbers of competitors both in Britain and on the international circuit... [more]

Pudsey Bear to meet Qingdao sailing stars
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the 2012 sailing event venue, will welcome Pudsey Bear, the face of BBC Children in Need on Friday 7 November - Sailing stars from Qingdao will also be on hand and a silent auction for Olympian signed sailing kit is currently available on the site... [more]

590.5miles in 24 hours -new Volvo Ocean race recor
VOR media,
At 03:55 GMT, Ericsson 4 had sailed 565 miles over the past day, to break the record. But in the hours since, Grael and his crew have kept pushing and have been adding to the total. At 07:10 GMT, the number was up to 585 miles. It had grown to 589 by 07:55 and soon after reached 590.5... [more]

Velux 5 Oceans to start and finish in La Rochelle
Tim Kelly & Associates,
Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the Velux 5 Oceans yacht race, have confirmed that the city of La Rochelle will host the start and finish of the original solo ocean race around the world - start date is set for October 17, 2010... [more]

Packed field for the annual Nanny Cay Nations Cup
Broadsword Communications,
With the fourth annual Nanny Cay Nations Cup just over two weeks away, a strong field of teams are lining up to attempt to dethrone US Virgin Islanders Peter and John Holmberg, last year's winners. An estimated 16-18 teams are currently expected representing the British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, England, Ireland, Holland, USA, Canada, Antigua, Barbados and Puerto Rico.... [more]

Beluga Racer first to the Recife Gate
Brian Hancock,
Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme, co-skippers aboard the German yacht Beluga Racer were the first team to pass the mandatory Recife Gate. They will receive 2 points for being the first boat to pass the waypoint off the coast of Brazil and now with that obligation behind them they are free to choose the fastest route to Cape Town.... [more]

Emirates Team NZ fully funded and ready for 2010
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World spoke to Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, this morning following the announcement they had decided to drop their law suit against Ernesto Bertarelli, and that Alinghi had agreed to enter the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.... [more]

White and Thomson on track for Vendée Globe start
Vendée Globe media,
The news remains positive from both the last minute refit of Steve White's Spirit of Weymouth and from the Alliaura Boatyard shed where the Hugo Boss is responding well to treatment... [more]

Close finish for RS Feva Inlands
Debbie Darling,
The RS Feva Inland Championship and final Fat Face Grand Prix Circuit event took place over the weekend of 25/26 October. Alice Kent and Lucy Childs kept the coolest head (just) to take the overall win by a single point... [more]

Team Origin to race in ACC event at Valencia
Neus Jordi,
Team Origin, the British America's Cup team, has confirmed its entry at the 2nd Trofeo Desafío Espanol, CNEV's annual regatta that will be held in Valencia from Thursday 6 November to Sunday 9 November - This will be the first time Team Origin has raced on an ACC yacht... [more]

Francis Joyon sets off on solo Route Discovery
Event media,
Francis Joyon, skipper of the maxi trimaran IDEC started from Cadiz, Spain at 05 hours 30 minutes and 57 seconds GMT (or 06 hours 30 minutes and 57 seconds - European time) on Tuesday to attempt to break the record of Thomas Coville for the Route Discovery... [more]

24-hour run record in danger as storm hits Volvo
Volvo media,
'The depression in the South Atlantic has aligned itself perfectly to fire the fleet to Cape Town at record place,' promises Green Dragon's skipper, Ian Walker/GBR. Volvo teams have positioned themselves for a fast run to Cape Town as the storm deepens to the south of them. The leading two boats, Ericsson 4 and PUMA are back in sight of each other, racing just 100 metres apart... [more]

Kiwi AC team to withdraw legal action
ETNZ Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand says it will withdraw its legal action against Alinghi to ensure the success of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. ETNZ managing director Grant Dalton said today that Alinghi has committed to sending a competitive team to Auckland if the legal proceedings were withdrawn... [more]

What a difference a week makes - Portimão GOR
Brian Hancock,
What a difference a week makes. The first week of the Portimão Global Ocean Race was all about loving life. The doldrums, or Pot au Noir, as the French like to refer to that hellish region that separates the weather systems of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, has been up to its usual tricks and life has become a lot more interesting... [more]

Sailors battle the bunkers for John Merricks Trust
Suzy Hamel,
A cool, calm but overcast morning, eventually gave way to clear blue skies and golden sunshine for the 80 golfers who turned out for the twelfth North Sails Golf Day on Friday 24 October at Cams Hall in Fareham. The event raised £6,456 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series – Day 4
Barnaby Smith,
Twenty knots plus on Saturday and light to moderate conditions on Sunday produced two excellent days racing in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series over the weekend 18/19 October... [more]

Monday update on HUGO BOSS repairs
Gail Willows,
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 outer carbon skin has been successfully laminated so the new hull section is fixed in place, and the high-density core is being fitted... [more]

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