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Beluga Racer approaching Cape Town
Brian Hancock,
The leading boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, German entry Beluga Racer is currently 38 miles from the finish line in Cape Town. The second boat, Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos is 38 miles astern. They have an ETA of 14:30 UTC - 16:30 local time.... [more]

16 year-old Brit to Circumnavigate Solo Unassisted
BW News Roundup,
British Teenager Michael Perham, 16, set off from Portsmouth, UK yesterday at 11.10am to sail alone and unassisted around the world, aiming to be the youngest sailor to do so. If Perham arrives back in Portsmouth on his planned date of March next year, he will be just 17... [more]

Vendee - Golding leading International skipper
Mike Golding still top Vendee Globe international skipper. Ecover 3 lies ninth, losing around 30 miles on leader Peyron overnight as the leading trio made a 20 miles gain on the next group of boats. American Rich Wilson (Great American III) also gained two places overnight despite a suspected cracked rib... [more]

Telefonica Blue is early Volvo Race leader
Event media,
On the leaderboard, Telefonica Blue shows up at the top of the table in terms of distance to finish. But if you look at the race viewer, she appears to be more mid-fleet than at the leaderboard would indicate. If the leaders are able to hook into that strong westerly breeze they'll be off.... [more]

Images from the Volvo Ocean Race Start - Leg 2
Rick Tomlinson & others,
Images from the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town to Kochi, India... [more]

ISAF votes for Olympic strategy overhaul
A major overhaul for ISAF's approach to Olympic sailing looks set to come into fruition after the Council accepted the need for an overall strategy towards the Olympic Sailing Competition. - This decision is by far the most important to come from the 2008 Madrid Conference and as far as Olympic sailing probably one of the the most significant of the last decade. Submission 082-08 in full here.... [more]

Monsoon Cup field confirmed
Monsoon Cup Media,
The confirmed skippers line-up for Monsoon Cup 2008, the final round of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour has been announced. The Monsoon Cup will be raced in Terengganu Malaysia from December 3-7th 2008... [more]

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE included by ISAF
Event Media,
The 40th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, the most international Olympic classes regatta in Spain, will be part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, a new circuit formed by the seven most important Olympic classes events in the world.... [more]

ISAF elects President and Vice-Presidents
Goran Petersson of Sweden has today been re-elected to serve a second term as President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) at the ISAF General Assembly in Madrid, Spain. The seven Vice-Presidents for the next four years were also elected.... [more]

Puma leads after spectacular start to Volvo Leg 2
Volvo event media,
Under the gaze of a huge spectator fleet, and a clutch of helicopters buzzing in the sky, the 4,450 nautical mile leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Cochin in India got underway today at 11:20GMT (13:20 local time) in beautiful, classic Cape Town conditions... [more]

Skiff is new ISAF Youth Worlds event from 2010
Richard Gladwell,
The Council of the International Sailing Federation has accepted the Skiff as a new Youth Event from the 2010 Youth Worlds in Turkey. The class will be an Open Skiff, meaning that it can be sailed by mixed crews, the class used will be the 29er... [more]

Vendee Globe - Caffari works on finding a rhythm
Dee Caffari/Aviva,
The changeable conditions are making it difficult for Caffari onboard Aviva to settle into a consistent sailing pattern. A large swell and fluctuating winds have made sail choices difficult over the last 24 hours and Caffari has slipped a couple of places down the fleet... [more]

Gitana Eighty still ahead but lead halved - Vendee
Vendee Globe media/Various competitors,
The Vendee fleet between Canary Islands and Cape Verde. Consistent Loick Peyron (Gitana Eighty) has a steady night but sees his lead halved by Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) to 13.8 miles.... [more]

Volvo Crew List - Leg Two Cape Town to Cochin
Volvo Race Media,
Crew List Leg Two: Cape Town - Cochin... [more]

Dream comes true for owner of Team Russia
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Oleg Zherebtsov cannot wait to get in his wet bunk onboard Team Russia in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. 'I am just so excited about the whole thing,' he said. 'I cannot wait to get out on the sea, in the boat living that life.'... [more]

Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 start
Riath Al-Samarrai,
The second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race starts on Saturday afternoon at 1300 local time (1100 GMT) and today, the eight skippers shared their thoughts on the task ahead at the leg two press conference.... [more]

Gap between leaders closing Portimao Global OR
Brian Hancock,
The tension is mounting as the Portimao Global Ocean Race Tracker addicts anxiously await each three-hourly poll to see if the gap between the German team, Beluga Racer, and the Chileans aboard Desafio Cabo de Hornos, is closing. And it is closing - fast.... [more]

America's Cup proves to be a stubborn beast
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Moving this particular pachyderm up the America's Cup staircase has proved rather difficult. Punchlines abound. This week more so than most, with release and counter-release all designed to maintain the high ground in the PR war, given that the legal war is now being put to rest in the Appeal Court of New York State.... [more]

Ten points of solution in America's Cup impasse
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing have released to Sail-World the previously confidential ten points of issue and their solutions which would see the current legal action dropped and the multi-challenger America's Cup event sailed in 2010. With the exception of point 10, BMW Oracle Racing note that they are based on the points negotiated with the other Challengers in December last year, and reflect further con... [more]

World Sailor Ainslie targets Monsoon Cup Crown
Tracey Johnstone,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie has world match racing's Monsoon Cup trophy firmly in his sights as he heads to Malaysia in three weeks.... [more]

New start date Leg 2 Portimao Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Organisers of the Portimao Global Ocean Race today announced that they have re-scheduled the start of Leg 2, Cape Town, South Africa to Wellington, New Zealand. The new start date will be Saturday, 13th December.... [more]

Vendée Globe 2008 - Chasing group make gains
Event media,
Loick Peyron (Gitana Eighty) still leads the Vendee Globe but Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) continues to advance in second as the leading pack compress slightly. Speeds are dropping slightly among the leaders and the chasing group are making steady gains.... [more]

29erXX falls at final hurdle,
The women's 470 beat the 29erXX 19 to 16 in the final ISAF Council vote for the 2012 Olympics. After the 29erXX gained support from all of the specialist committees over the past week, the ISAF Council voted to stick with the 470.... [more]

Elliott 6 metre selected for 2012 Olympics
Richard Gladwell,
The ISAF Council followed a conservative approach today when it opted for the same classes to contest the same events in the 2012 Olympic as they had done in the 2008 Olympics. The only addition is the introduction of the Elliott 6 metre in the Womens Match Racing event, which will make its debut at the 2012 Olympics.... [more]

Ian Barker is sailing's first UK Sport Elite Coach
Karenza Morton,
Skandia Team GBR 49er coach Ian Barker has become sailing's first UK Sport Elite Coach after graduating from the prestigious three-year programme this week. Barker was part of the second of intake of high performance coaches whose graduation from the programme was celebrated at UK Sport's annual World Class Coaching Conference at The Belfry on Tuesday... [more]

iShares Cup Series up for ESA award
Helen Fretter,
The 2008 iShares Cup Sailing Series has been shortlisted in two categories for the European Sponsorship Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, part of ESA's Future Sponsorship conference in Brussels, on November 20... [more]

A new Finn for Brazil
Robert Deaves,
A joint initiative between a Brazilian Finn sailor, Pata Boats of Hungary and the International Finn Association has resulted in competitive new Finns being built in South America for the first time in 35 years... [more]

An obstacle course of competing weather systems
Brian Hancock,
It's blowing dogs off chains here in the Tavern Of the Seas. There is a black southeaster blowing in Cape Town and the weather is grim.... [more]

Europe launch the new Melges 20 Sportsboat
Melges Europe Press,
The new Melges 20 had its eagerly awaited European launch in Italy a few weeks ago and Melges Performance Sailboats CEO, Harry Melges was there to gauge the first hand reaction to the latest addition of an already outstanding family of products.... [more]

Council Meeting starts Day 8 ISAF Conference
The ISAF Council held the first of three days of meetings in Madrid today as the key decisions begin at the ISAF Annual Conference. Over three days of meetings, the Council will decided on the issues debated at this year's ISAF Annual Conference, with the main decisions on Submissions and the 2012 Olympic sailing equipment scheduled for tomorrow.... [more]

Andy Rice looks at the strange case of the 29erXX
Andy Rice,
The progress of the 29erXX through the committees of the ISAF meeting taking place in Madrid has caught most pundits by surprise. After the Skiff trials faded away without any recommendation, it seemed that the ISAF was happy to stay with what they had, so where has the pressure come from? Andy Rice has been following the twists and turn in the unlikely bid for Olympic glory by the 29erXX... [more]

Vendee Globe news from Gitana, Safran and Temenos
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Battling at the top of the Vendee Globe leaderboard from the outset, Gitana Eighty is leading the way southbound this afternoon. In its wake, Sebastien Josse and Jean-Pierre Dick are keeping on the pace and Jean Le Cam is in ambush.... [more]

Cheminees Poujoulat restarts Vendee Globe race
Kate Jennings/Thierry Martinez images/SW,
It was at 0425 hours this morning that Cheminees Poujoulat crossed the start line of the Vendee Globe for the second time following a titanic amount of work achieved in record time. Kito de Pavant and Yannick Bestaven made it back to Les Sables and won't be heading back into the race, whilst Bernard Stamm cast off just half an hour later.... [more]

Razmilovic wins Etchells Italian Championship,
Ante Razmilovic of Britain took the Italian Etchells Championship held at the Circolo Nautico Lavagna, Italy over the weekend of the 8 and 9 November. The national event was used my many as a warm-up for the 2008 European Championship being held here from the 13 to the 16 November... [more]

Green Dragon's setback as spreader breaks
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Green Dragon's preparations for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cochin, India were dealt a blow today when they broke a spreader during a practice sail. The team were sailing upwind in 30 knots when the J4 lock strop broke. The team has already made arrangements to fly their spare spreader to Cape Town from storage in Amsterdam.... [more]

BMW Oracle applauds America's Cup moves
Tom Ehman,
'We are heartened by some positive things that came out of the meeting. For example, we applaud their decision to have the America's Cup Race Officials, the Technical Director and Umpires be selected from ISAF officials. This is an excellent step in the right direction.'... [more]

Loïck Peyron powers past Madeira and into lead
While Alex Thomson was announcing his retirement from the Vendee Globe in Les Sables, the pace at the front of the fleet is incessant. The leading five are passing Madeira with Loïck Peyron hanging on to a lead of 13.6 miles, making nearly 16 knots of boat speed... [more]

3 Down - 1 to Go for 29erXX in 2012 Olympic vote
The Events Committee have added their recommendation to that of the Equipment Committee and the Women's Sailing Committee, for the 29erXX to replace the 470 as the women's 2 Person Dinghy at the 2012 Games. It now goes to the ISAF Events Committee on Friday for the final decision... [more]

Thomson out of Vendee Globe
Event media,
Alex Thomson officially retired from the Vendee Globe race today. In a not unexpected announcement, Thomson revealed that the damage was such that it was not repairable before next Wednesday's restart deadline - They think that the repairs are going take a matter of weeks not a matter of days, so it means I'm out of the race, that that's, the end... [more]

Schwarzenegger backs California for Clipper 2010
Clipper event media,
State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has thrown his support behind America's first west coast entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Schwarzenegger says, 'California is honoured to be a stop on this voyage, and especially to have one of the participating yachts named after our state... [more]

One crew change for Team Russia on Leg 2 VOR
Team Russia media,
Owner Oleg Zherebtsov (RUS) is on board for his first Volvo leg, as Kosatka begins its race to Cochin, India on Saturday 15 November. The skipper of Kosatka, Andreas Hanakamp, is a man who leads by example. His style is not one to stand high on a burnt out tank and give rousing speeches of ‘how the road is long or the mountain high'... [more]

Team Mowgli first into Southern Ocean - PGOR
Brian Hancock,
Team Mowgli, co-skippered by Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson are the first boat into the Southern Ocean as they claw their way to Cape Town on the first leg of the Portimão Global Ocean Race.... [more]

Into the Unknown, many challenges ahead for Leg 2
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Instead of dodging icebergs and braving Southern Ocean storms, the crews lining up for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race leg to Cochin, India - and indeed the two further trips through Asia after that - are taking measures to ensure the threats of piracy and collisions with small unlit fishing vessels are minimised.... [more]

Adam May wins Moth final blast
Event media,
Seven Moths braved the forecast, and headed to South Wales for the Corus Sailing Club Moth Open. After light winds on Saturday and absolutely shocking forecast for Sunday, the general consensus was to call it a day after 4 good races - this left Adam May with the win... [more]

Seb Josse (BT) continues to lead Vendee Globe
Event media,
Seb Josse (BT) continues to lead the Vendee Globe by a slender 4.1 miles on the 18:30h GMT rankings, consolidating now from his easterly position. Pursuing the all-French leading pack is Britain's Mike Golding on Ecover 3 in 11th... [more]

ISAF Specialist Committees agree Olympic Equipment
The ISAF Council decided the ten events for the Olympic Sailing Competition last year and will decide the equipment for those events this year during their meeting on Friday - - Two specialist Committees have made their recommendations to that meeting - they both voted for the 29erXX as the Women's dinghy and the Elliott 6m as the Match racing boat... [more]

Thomson vows to rejoin Vendee Race
Event media,
Alex Thomson arrived back off Les Sables d'Olonne early Wednesday morning with his damaged Hugo Boss and had to wait until just around midday to get back into the port. Thomson said today that if the boat is repairable within the time frame, before Wednesday 19th at 13:02h local, he aims to continue with the race... [more]

Volvo Race fleet prepare for Saturday's start
Volvo media,
Leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race begins on Saturday when the crews will race to Asia for the first time in the 35-year history of the race. Cochin, India is the finish port and the leg represents a sea change for the race. The start of leg two is scheduled for 13:00, local time (11:00 GMT), on Table Bay... [more]

Returned to port - Dejeanty and Hatfield images
ThMartinez images,
Thierry Martinez took these images as Vendee Globe sailor Derek Hatfield (CAN) on Algimouss Spirit of Canada returned to Les Sables d'Olonne in France with an electrical problem. Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty (FRA) 'Maisonneuve' also returned with a deck structure problem... [more]

Telefonica Black crew change for Leg 2
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Black have confirmed that Gonzalo Araujo will replace Francisco Rivero. 'It was planned,' said Rivero, who will remain on standby for the team. 'I will be on standby just in case somebody is injured. Besides, I hope to be back in the longest leg of this edition, from China to Rio.... [more]

Vendee fleet heading south in favourable breeze
Veronique Teurlay,
Jean Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) is leading the Vendee Globe again, 2.7 miles ahead of Seb Josse (BT). Alex Thomson with the damaged Hugo Boss arrived back outside Les Sables d'Olonne at around 0500hrs GMT, and Derek Hatfield (Algimouss Spirit of Canada) is working on his electrical repairs but is having to lift the rig from his boat to repair his mast track.... [more]

Ainslie and Barker confirmed for NZ Match Racing
RNZYS Media,
Dean Barker and Ben Ainslie are amongst the 12 confirmed skippers competing for the New Zealand Match Racing Championships. The Open entry list comprises 10 men and two womens crews.... [more]

Barbara Kendall launches book after five Olympics
TV3 News,
Barbara Kendall is one of New Zealand's most-loved sportspeople and just this year she competed in her fifth Olympics, finishing an astounding sixth - despite a bronchial infection. Her older sister Wendy has written a book about Barbara's life called Wind Driven. While they have lived very different lives, the two have always been very close, making Wendy the obvious choice to write the book.... [more]

Mascalzone excluded from Cup Competitors' Meeting
Mascalzone Latino Media,
Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia (R.Y.C.C.S.) and Mascalzone Latino accepted the invitation by America's Cup Management to participate to the November 11th 2008 meeting at Société Nautique de Genève (S.N.G.) in Geneva. The Mascalzone representative was not admitted to the meeting room, nor was she permitted to explain her team's position to those in attendance.... [more]

Ainslie and Sensini win ISAF Rolex Sailor Awards
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) have just been announced as the winners of the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards at a dinner in Madrid, Spain... [more]

Race Officials-Regional Games- Day 5 ISAF Conf.
ISAF Media,
Following on from Sunday when the debate centred around Olympic equipment, Monday provided an opportunity for some of the less high-profile issues to take the spotlight in Madrid at the ISAF Annual Conference.... [more]

29erXX chosen by the Women's Committee at ISAF
Event media,
The 29erXX was chosen by the Women's Committee at ISAF by one vote over the women's 470 as preferred equipment for the women's doublehanded boat for the 2012 Olympics... [more]

America's Cup teams reach consensus in Geneva
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
A large majority of the teams entered in the 33rd America's Cup achieved another milestone in the process of getting the event back on the water during a second Competitor Meeting at the Société Nautique de Genève in Switzerland... [more]

Vendee Globe - Voices at sea . . .
Comments from Dee Caffari, Jonny Malbon, Loïck Peyron and Sam Davies on that start and the storm . . . After a battering by winds which gusted to over 50 knots and big confused seas on the second night of racing, the fleet leaders are out of the stormy weather... [more]

Coutts excluded from Competitor Meetings
Tom Ehman,
Despite public comments in the past week by a senior Alinghi official that GGYC/BMW ORACLE Racing would be invited to participate in today's America's Cup meetings in Geneva 'with no strings attached,' over the weekend Russell Coutts was advised by Alinghi that GGYC/BOR are being excluded from the meetings. Regrettably, therefore, we will not be in attendance... [more]

ISAF Rolex World Sailors to be announced in Madrid
Giles Pearman:,
Everything is set for the annual ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award ceremony, taking place tonight at the stunning La Quinta de Jarama in Madrid, Spain, where renowned sailing commentator Gary Jobson returns to host the Awards Dinner... [more]

Vendee Globe - The Strong get Stronger,
The Bay of Biscay has once again proved to be a tough first hurdle for the Vendee Globe fleet. Sailing out into 40 to 45 knot winds the with big, confused seas, the Bay sent eight of the 30 entries straight back to where they came from. Meanwhile Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) and Jean Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) and Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) have the early lead... [more]

Team Delta Lloyd announce crew changes
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Delta Lloyd have rung in the changes for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cochin, India by appointing Roberto Bérmudez de Castro as skipper and naming a further two new crew members, Dutchman Peter van Niekerk and Australia's Morgan White, who step onboard for Bert Schandevyl and Stu Molloy respectively... [more]

Team Russia's Whales Tales
Team Russia media/Volvo Ocean Race media,
With Hermanus, one of the best land based whale watching spots in the world less than two hours from Cape Town, Team Russia's racing and shore team were invited to learn more about these fantastic animals yesterday in a trip to this whale watching hot spot.... [more]

Hugo Boss returns with structural problem
Jo Grindley,
After 32 hours of horrendous Biscay conditions in the Vendee Globe race, Alex Thomson is returning to Les Sables d'Olonne following the discovery of a structural problem onboard Hugo Boss... [more]

On Roaring Forty shroud breaks again -Portimão GOR
Brian Hancock,
In the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Michel Kleinjans, the leading solo sailor aboard his Open 40, Roaring Forty has suffered the main shroud, that holds up his mast, breaking again.... [more]

Green Dragon back in water, Ericsson 3 crew change
Lucy Harwood/Victoria Low/VOR media,
The Green Dragon is now back in the water ready for Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Ericsson Racing Team skipper Anders Lewander today announced crew changes to Ericsson 3 for Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

Six Vendee skippers return to start port
Veronique Teurlay,
As the Vendee Globe leaders head into a stormy evening and night, the Bay of Biscay is bearing its teeth, winds of 45-50 knots and big, confused seas are expected to give the skippers a serious test. Michel Desjoyeaux, is the third skipper forced to return within the first 24 hours of the race.... [more]

Butterworth explains America's Cup options
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Alinghi skipper. Brad Butterworth gave an impromptu and wide ranging media conference on the final day of the Desafio Trophy, in Valencia. The topics under discussion ranged from the multihull challenge, where Butterworth revealed that Alinghi's response to the BMW Oracle racing 90fter was close to having all its components complete and would then go through the assembly process.... [more]

Marc Guillemot (Safran) leads Vendee Globe
Veronique Teurlay,
It's been a tough first night in the sixth Vendee 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]

Repairs for Puma, Delta Lloyd's surprise - VOR
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Their job list might not be huge, but PUMA Ocean Racing's general manager Kimo Worthington is keeping his staff busy until the fleet departs for Cochin, India on November 15. Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell admitted he was surprised by the lack of damage sustained by his boat during the first leg of the VOR.... [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]

Vendee Globe 2008-2009
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