Newsletter week ending 9 November 2008




10 Nov 2008

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

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Vendee Globe 2008-2009

2008 Monsoon Cup


Your Newsletter week ending 9 November 2008

Marc Guillemot (Safran) leads Vendee Globe
Véronique Teurlay,
It's been a tough first night in the sixth Vendée Globe, with the fleet facing headwinds of 20-30 knots and 4-6 metre seas, and two boats already returning to port - Dominque Wavre on Temenos and Bernard Stamm. This morning's position update shows Marc Guillemot (Safran) still the leader... [more]

Third place for Team Origin at CNEV regatta
Annabel Merrison,
The final day of the CNEV regatta in Valencia, Spain, saw some of the closest racing yet. The results were similar to the previous day with Alinghi gaining two more firsts, Luna Rossa two more seconds and the Spanish and Team Origin with a third and fourth each... [more]

Cumbley is Solo End of Season Champion
Claire Clark,
Sixty-six entrants made their way to Draycote Water SC on Saturday 8 November for the last event in the Solo Class Championship Calendar, the End of Season Championships. Charlie Cumbley of Teign Corinthian SC was the eventual winner... [more]

Stamm collides with fishing boat returns to dock
Vendee Globe/Th Martinez images,
At around 20:00 French time Sunday, Bernard Stamm had a collision with a fishing boat while he was working inside the yacht. The bowsprit of Cheminees Poujoulat is broken and after assessment by the skipper cannot be repaired at sea... [more]

WSSR ratifies two new world records
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new world records for the Yacht Hydroptère.... [more]

ISAF 2008 Women's match racing hot topic in Madrid
ISAF Media,
It was full steam ahead in the meeting rooms of Madrid as day four of the ISAF Annual Conference threw the spotlight on women's match racing at the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]

Alinghi wins AC event at CNEV's annual regatta
Neus Jordi,
Alinghi won again both races in the ACC regatta and this means that the Swiss team is the overall winner of the 2nd Desafío Español, CNEV's annual regatta... [more]

Images from the Vendee Globe start
Thierry Martinez images/Media,
Thierry Martinez images of 2008 Vendee Globe start in Les Sables d'olonne France.... [more]

Gotta Love It 7 wins 18 footers
Frank Quealey,
Defending champion Seve Jarvin led his Gotta Love It 7 team back from a seemingly hopeless position to take out Race 1 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Vendee Globe start
Event media,
With one minute to go it was Foncia who was closest to the line, but at the gun Mike Golding on Ecover 3 was ahead — too early of a few seconds, he was called OCS and returned. Algimouss was then the 1st Open 60 to cut the line in this 6th edition of the Vendee Globe.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Teams ready for Sunday start
Event media,
By six o'clock Sunday morning, the shore teams were already busy down on the Vendée Globe pontoon putting the final touches to the preparation of the boats before the start. British skipper Dee Caffari was the first sailor to cast off the dock at Les Sables d'Olonne. She and Aviva were sent off by Race Director Denis Horeau and Philippe De Villiers, president of the Vendée region... [more]

Advertising and Youth Worlds - ISAF Conference
ISAF Media,
The ISAF Annual Conference got into full swing on day three in Madrid, with the ISAF Classes Committee and Youth Worlds Sub-Committee meetings taking centre stage.... [more]

12 teams named for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Keith Taylor,
Louis Vuitton announced today that 12 teams from 11 countries will compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland starting on January 30 2009. Making the announcement at the New Zealand embassy in Paris, New Zealand ambassador Sarah Dennis joined the chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton in welcoming the participating teams.... [more]

Alinghi leads AC class at CNEV annual regatta
Neus Jordi,
Alinghi showed today why it is the Defender of the America's Cup. SUI 100, after being on the cradle for over a year has won both ACC races with style at the Club Náutico Español de Vela annual regatta... [more]

Baptism of fire awaits Vendée Globe newcomers
Vendée Globe media,
For the Vendée Globe veterans start day will be a heady cocktail of déjà vu rushing into an immediate test of seamanship and brinksmanship. Those old hands, the likes of Wavre, Golding, Desjoyeaux, Peyron, may be better equipped mentally to deal with the inevitable flood of dockside emotions.... [more]

Irish Navy find record drugs haul on 65ft Yacht
BW Media News Roundup,
Cocaine worth an estimated £400m was seized by the Irish navy on Wednesday night when armed teams stormed a 65ft yacht in the Atlantic, 150 nautical miles off the south-west coast of Ireland in gale force winds and seven metre waves. On board they found what they were looking for - 75 bales of Cocaine, believed to be the larget drugs seizure in Europe this year... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet analysis - Bouwe Bekking
Bouwe Bekking,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now safely in Cape Town at the end of Leg 1. Bouwe Bekking analyses the fleet and the immediate tasks ahead.... [more]

Vendée Globe fleet in countdown mode
Véronique Teurlay,
Two days to go until the start of the sixth Vendée Globe and the big unanswered question which still prevails, public, media and skipper alike, is predicting who will win the biggest and most wide open round the world race ever?... [more]

Good sailing as the race tightens - Portimão GOR
Brian Hancock,
The race has tightened considerably as a weak front sweeps across the South Atlantic bringing strong winds and some superb sailing to the leaders of the Portimão Global Ocean Race.... [more]

Team Origin wins first ‘Cup' race
Annabel Merrison,
Team Origin won the first ‘Cup' race in the CNEV regatta in Valencia and took third place in race two to share the overnight leaderboard with Alinghi who finished third and first... [more]

Light winds for Bewl Valley RS400 Open
Adam Page,
Howard Farbrother and Louise Hosken won the Bewl Valley Sailing Club third annual RS400 Open Meeting. The visitors were welcomed to Bewl with a view of a be-calmed lake. By the start of the first race a light N,E force 2-3 breeze came in, the race office made the decision to do all four races back to back... [more]

Modified SB3 for Rolex Miami OCR
Rolex Miami OCR women's match racers will use a modified SB3 for the 2009 Rolex Miami OCR event. The regatta will feature twelve SB3 boats with conventional spinnaker and hiking straps and will be supported by the LaserPerformance's event team... [more]

Discovery Route record for Francis Joyon
Francis Joyon on maxi trimaran IDEC has set a new Discovery Route record of 9 days, 20 hours, 35 minutes. He crossed the finish line of the Discovery Route in San Salvador in the Bahamas today to 02 hours, 06 minutes Friday morning... [more]

ISAF meet to select 2012 Olympic classes
Richard Gladwell,
In Madrid, the ISAF Annual Conference is underway, with the principal topics being the selection of the 2012 Olympic classes and election of the Vice Presidents. More importantly for the future of Olympic sailing are the submissions from France, New Zealand and Australia on the way forward for the make-up of the sailing disciplines and the widening of the Olympic decision process... [more]

Racing teams ready for CNEV Regatta in Valencia
Neus Jordi,
The second annual regatta of the Club Nautico Español de Vela (CNEV) was presented Thursday in Valencia. Four teams on board ACC yachts and over 70 RN cruisers and Platu 25 will race at the 2nd Trofeo Desafí­o Español in Valencia this weekend. The fourth team to officially enter the ACC regatta is Luna Rossa... [more]

Nick Bubb to be Watch Leader on Leg 2
Volvo media,
Team Russia today announced that Nick Bubb (29) takes on the role of Watch Leader for Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. In another crew swap, PUMA Ocean Racing announced that veteran duo Jerry Kirby and Jonathan McKee will be rested for the leg to India - Shannon Falcone and Robbie Naismith will take their places... [more]

Can Boat Shows ride out credit crunch storm?
Gerald New,
The Boat Show season gets into full swing as a series of major events open across Europe. All will be closely watched for signs of any cutback in attendance and more importantly in order levels - Are the crowds buying or just looking? As the Credit Crunch storm continues to gather pace... [more]

49er Inland Championship – Grafham Water SC
Dave Hall,
The 49ers gathered for their last class event of the year, combined with the Ovington Classes inlands it was a very busy weekend. Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith - although not a team now have done a bit of sailing in the past that turned out to be worthy winners of a very challenging weekend... [more]

Super Maxis to do battle at RORC Caribbean 600
Trish Jenkins,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 looks set to stage the first battle between the two 100ft super maxi's Leopard and Speedboat.... [more]

29er Ovington Inland Championship at Grafham
Keith Escritt,
With nearly forty 29ers, the 2008 Ovington inlands was keenly contested with the varied conditions producing clear and worthy winners. Tom Durham and Rupert Jones Warner from Emsworth Slipper SC were comfortable winners, with Adam Larvin and John Welton, Beaver SC in second place... [more]

Brits battle to make Vendee start line
Véronique Teurlay,
With three days left before the start of the Vendée Globe, for the two British skippers who have been fighting their own different battles to make the start line, the news remains mixed. Alex Thomson and his Hugo Boss shore team have had to contend with a chafe problem with their main halyard. Meanwhile Steve White trails in the preparation stakes... [more]

Monsoon Cup 2008 – World Championship Final Round
Rob Kothe Sail-World,
The climax of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour is the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, which will be sailed from 3rd to 7th December 2008. The Monsoon Cup is the last stage of the 2008 Tour and is shaping up to be the most exciting event of the year.... [more]

Mid-Atlantic match race in Portimão GO Race
Brian Hancock,
Portimão Global Ocean Race and the racing continues to be unbelievably close as the Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos and the British boat, Team Mowgli race neck and neck through the South Atlantic.... [more]

Finn photos wanted for anniversary book
Finn media,
To mark its 60th anniversary in 2009, the International Finn class is planning to publish an extensive photographic collection to record six decades of Finn sailing in style - Can you help?... [more]

Fireball World Champion wins End of Season Champs
Tim Saunders,
The Fireball fleet enjoyed excellent racing at Draycote Water SC on the 1 and 2 November at their End of Season Championship with 38 Fireball teams taking part including visitors from Ireland and Switzerland. Matt Mee and Stuart Bithell dominated with five straight wins... [more]

Vendee Globe - Final days to start
Véronique Teurlay,
The Vendée Globe pilgrims arrive in ever greater numbers, ready to bathe in the unique atmosphere that prevails in Les Sables d'Olonne with five days left until Sunday's start.... [more]

Images of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1
Volvo media,
Images of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 - Starting from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, it will, for the first time, take in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the history of the race... [more]

Mayhem is IRC East Coast Champion
Dana Paxton,
With the defending champion, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti, out of the mix, the 2008 IRC East Coast Championship title was up for grabs this past weekend in Annapolis. In the end, Mayhem, the TP52 owned by Canadian Ashley Wolfe, won IRC Class 1 and was crowned the overall 2008 champion... [more]

Ericsson 3 replace non-compliant keel
Volvo media,
Ericsson 3 have replaced their non-compliant keel and will no longer be penalised to the tune of one point per in-port race, one for each scoring gate and two for every leg finish. The keel arrived in Cape Town on Sunday, one day before the team crossed the finish line in third place... [more]

Entry closes at 113 for Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Event Media,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia closed the entry book with 113 yachts entered for the 64th running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008, Australia's premier blue water event. The fleet will represent the USA, UK, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and New Caledonia as well as every Australian state... [more]

Winds kicked in, speeds up and life is good
Portimão Global Ocean Race Media,
The wind has kicked in and speeds are up for the chasing pack sailing down the South Atlantic on leg one of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Another small area of low pressure has spun off the Brazilian coast and it is bringing some prefect sailing conditions to the Chileans aboard Desafio Cabo de Hornos and the British aboard Team Mowgli. The system is just starting to effect the leading solo sail... [more]

Illusions and Guy Fawkes Trophy
Barnaby Edwards,
Day 1 of the Bembridge SC Illusions Guy Fawkes Trophy over the weekend of the 1 and 2 November was windy; force six to seven, but that didn't stop the Illusion fleet going afloat... [more]

Australian Sailing Team Manager Applications Open
Alastair Snell,Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia is seeking an experienced and highly competent full-time Manager for the Australian Sailing Team.... [more]

Telefonica Black finishes in Cape Town
Volvo media,
Telefonica Black, bruised and battered after a incident-filled first leg, have reached the santuary of the finish port of Cape Town. Fernando Echavarri's men crossed the line at 16:43 GMT - the final boat of the eight-strong fleet to do so... [more]

Green Dragon assess keel damage
Lucy Harwood. Green Dragon Racing,
The Green Dragon has been stripped, the sails, boom, bunks, kit bags, rubbish, spare supplies and mast have been removed. This morning at 1000 local time (GMT + 2), Green Dragon was craned out of the water and into her temporary home. The first job was to assess the damage to the keel. Last Thursday (30/10/08) Green Dragon was stopped in her tracks.... [more]

Dee Caffari ready for Vendée Globe after 2 years
Caroline Ayling,
Dee Caffari has begun the final countdown to the start of the world's toughest solo yacht race, the Vendée Globe. Caffari said she had been preparing for the Vendée Globe with the shore team for two years - the start line is going to be spectacular with 30 Open 60s and an expected 15,000 spectators on the water... [more]

B14 fleet Tasmania-bound after Ovington Inlands
Mike Bees/Mark Barnes,
With 11 teams' kit already Tasmania-bound for the 2009 World Titles, the Flying Circus arrived at Grafham with a slightly depleted B14 fleet for the Ovington Inland Championship. The final scores left Ronstan - Mike Bees and Ferret first, followed by Hyde Sails - Alan Davis and Toby Bardsley-Dale second... [more]

Team Origin in Valencia for Desafío Trophy,
What a difference a day makes. Valencia's Port America is buzzing with activity as four AC teams gear up for Desafío Trophy. All four teams that were officially announced, or rumoured to take part in the 2nd edition of the America's Cup class Desafío Trophy were very busy preparing their yachts... [more]

White relaunches IMOCA 60 as 'Toe in the Water'
Vendee Globe media,
British solo sailor Steve White today re-launched his IMOCA 60 yacht in Les Sables D'Olonne (France), announcing that he will compete under the new name of ‘Toe in the Water'. The tenacious skipper has secured sufficient funds from a consortium of private backers at the eleventh hour to enable him to compete... [more]

Oz Etchells Championships underway
Dirk van der Struyf,
The 2008 Etchells Syd Corser Championship, conducted on the Swan River, Western Australia and hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club had a thrilling first three races over the weekend of Oct 31 and Nov 1... [more]

Delta Lloyd arrives in Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Ireland's Ger O'Rourke's last minute Irish/Dutch entry, Team Delta Lloyd safely crossed the finish in Cape Town to night at 2303 GMT (0103 local time), to finish the leg in seventh position. Ger O'Rourke said, 'It's been a big learning curve and it's not going to come overnight. I'm looking at this as a stepping stone for 2011. We're learning how to improve every day. '... [more]

Mascalzone Latino states their position on 33AC
Vincenzo Onorato,
With reference to the last meeting held on October 30th in Geneva among the Société Nautique de Geneve, Alinghi and the challengers to the 33 America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino apologizes for not having attended due to previous commitments and confirms its participation to the next meeting scheduled on next November 11th.... [more]

Composites a viable alternative to aluminium
Rob Mundle,
ATL Composites, based on Australia's Gold Coast, has again demonstrated the benefits of composite construction over aluminium in commercial vessels with the launching of the 24-metre long catamaran passenger ferry, Spirit of Hervey Bay. Two of ATL's most acclaimed products, the DuFLEX Composite Panel System and DuraKore composite hull planking, were used for the project.... [more]

National 12 Gill Series Finale 2008
N12 media,
32 boats came to play for the final round of the 2008 N12 Gill series was held at Northampton Sailing club on the 1 November. Father and daughter team of Stevie and Joanne Sallis N3436 took home the Gill prize with two firsts... [more]

Push for some, break for others - Vendée Globe
Véronique Teurlay,
The Vendée Globe fleet enters the whirlwind final week before the race start. British pair Alex Thomson and Steve White who are still fighting to make Sunday's start line in the best possible shape, Thomson after successfully completing repairs to Hugo Boss and White whose last minute funding package has meant an almighty push to be ready.... [more]

Team Russia's Kosatka sixth into Cape Town
Volvo media,
Unshaven, exhausted and five places behind the leader, Andreas Hanakamp stepped off Team Russia entry Kosatka at the end of the first leg this evening and declared: 'I loved it.'... [more]

Petersson for second term as ISAF President
Goren Petersson is standing for a second term as ISAF President. The elections for the Officers of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), that is the President and the seven Vice-Presidents, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly on 15 November, held in Madrid, Spain... [more]

RS:X Youth Worlds set for Pattaya, Thailand
RS:X Event Media/,
The RS:X Youth Worlds will take place in Pattaya, Thailand, from 6 to 14 December, immediately after the RS:X Asian Champs which finish on 5 December. This is the first time that the International RS:X Class Association has staged a Youth World Championship outside Europe... [more]

Heissig wins RS700 Inland Championship
RS mdia,
This was inland sailing at its best/worst depending on your point of view. Overall Jon Heissig was just too cool in the shifty breeze to make many mistakes and took the RS700 Inland Championship... [more]

Joyon loses advantage on Coville
Francis Joyon on IDEC has lost two thirds of the advantage he had managed to build on the time of Thomas Coville in the first four days of sailing on the Route of Discovery... [more]

Telefonica Blue finishes Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue crossed the finish line in Cape Town at 11:18:37 GMT to take fifth place on leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Move to change Olympic windsurfer for 2012
Bob Maxwell,
At this weeks ISAF meeting in Madrid amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. ISAF required a board that would sail on three knots of wind. Normally windsurfers don't even go on the water unless it's more than 10-12 knots... [more]

Green Dragon finishes in Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race media,
At 0712 GMT (0912 local time) today, Green Dragon crossed the finish line in Cape Town. She is the fourth boat to finish leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, which was won by Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA). After being at sea for 22 days, 19 hours, 12 minutes and 35 seconds (22:19:12:35), skipper Ian Walker said, 'It is definitely good to be here.... [more]

Sunrise finish for Ericsson 3
Volvo OR Media,
Ericsson 3, skippered by Sweden's Anders Lewander crossed the finish line at 0408 GMT (0608 local time) today, after 22 days, 16 hours 08 mins and 50 secs at sea. She is the third boat to arrive in Cape Town at the end of the 6,500 nautical mile leg, which started from Alicante in Spain on October 11. Her stablemate, Ericsson 4, is already in Cape Town and flying the leg winner's flag and leadi... [more]

2008 Monsoon Cup
The Monsoon Cup is Stage 9 of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour. This fourth annual event will be sailed on Pulau Duyong, in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu....
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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
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2008 Olympics Qingdao
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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