24 Nov 2008

Major Events


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

Extreme 40s

2008 Olympics Qingdao

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

2008 World Match Racing Tour

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

2008 Monsoon Cup


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Volvo Race - Telefonica Blue breaks daggerboard
Event media,
Just when everything seemed to be going right for Bouwe Bekking and his men on Telefónica Blue, it all went wrong again. The boat was loving the conditions, the crew were pushing hard, and slowly, but surely, climbing back up the leaderboard, when the crew heard a big bang, and everything changed... [more]

Mark Chisnell sets the Doldrums crossing point
Mark Chisnell,
Torben Grael and Ericsson 4 stumbled into the traffic last night, grinding to a halt and forced to watch as Anders Lewander and his Ericsson 3 boys found an alternative route to the west and pushed their advantage into double digit mileage for a while. The next three days is going to be about picking and having the right sail for hitting the Doldrums sweet spot... [more]

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Event media,
For the Vendee Globe leaders Sunday morning feels just like Saturday morning. The sounds on board at the same, the weather is the same, the wind angles are very similar, the routine is settled, the pace is close but there is still no time to lose concentration and let the mind wander... [more]

Ainslie leads Team Origin in New Zealand
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
In the last week before the 2008 Monsoon Cup, the final event in the 2008 World Match Racing Tour, triple Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Ainslie will lead a Team Origin crew comprising Iain Percy and Australian Olympian, Finn sailor Anthony Nossiter, Christian Kemp will be trimmer and Matt Cornwell bowman at the New Zealand Match racing Championships... [more]

Team Origin - 2008, the Plus and the Minus
Justine Ozoux, Team Origin Meda,
Team Origin look at the plus and minus points of a year that started so brightly, looking to a 2009 America's Cup. Instead they have experienced a frustrating year, given the delays in the Cup programme but still managed to keep the team together, active and ready to move forward. Involvement of team members in a wide range of events has maintained the momentum with Auckland 2009 now the focus... [more]

Volvo Race - All-Ericsson lead in race to India
Volvo event media,
It has been an exciting 24 hours in the Volvo fleet racing towards Cochin, India, in leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race. Earlier this morning, Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/NED) who is right up in the hunt and fighting it out with the leaders, had Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) on one side and PUMA (Ken Read/USA) on the other... [more]

Oz B14 sailors prepare for World Championships
Adrian Beswick,
Australian B14 sailors are taking the final opportunity to get some practice before the class World Championships in the New Year. The Annual B14 Australian State titles are being held this weekend at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club and have attracted a record entry... [more]

Sailing in company and other VOR Boat blogs
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Life onboard during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town. Telefonica Blue is sailing in company, everything is relative on Ericsson 3, two sail changes and a gybe on Delta Lloyd and on Puma the ride is cold and bumpy. Read on ....... [more]

Brits head for Flying Fifteen Worlds downunder
Assoc media,
Nineteen British teams are heading for the Flying 15 World Championships in Melbourne this winter. The event will be held between the 9 and 15 January 2009, immediately preceded by the Australian National Championships. Leading the Brits will be Defending world champion Mike Hart... [more]

The Wounded Dragon fights back
Lucy Harwood,
It has been a dramatic week for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet but it has been the Dragon and the Cat who took the brunt of the damage. Green Dragon first broke her steering gear, which caused the boat to Chinese gybe and culminated in the boom breaking in two... [more]

GGYC America's Cup Newsline: Edition - 1
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
'GGYC Cup Newsline' is our new regular report to the media and others interested in BMW ORACLE Racing's activities on the water, in the courtroom, and elsewhere. We'll cover interesting developments in the sailing community, and among sailing fans and sponsors. We hope you find it informative and well-written. As always, you can see the latest photos from Gilles Martin-Raget... [more]

Int'l 470 Class Association elects new Management
International 470 Class Association,
The International 470 Class Association has elected it's new Management Committee and President for a new four year mandate.... [more]

Fast and furious for maxi trimaran Sodeb'O
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville onboard Sodeb'O has travelled from Brest to the Canaries in three days. The skipper of Sodeb'O has had to readapt to what is a very special daily routine sailing his multihull single-handed: getting used to the boat's motion, its speed and the noises, as well as seeking to handle the permanent physical exercise combined with the nagging stress... [more]

Christmas comes early for Olympic sailors
The triumphant gold medal-winning sailors from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games reunited today, Friday, to receive an early Christmas present from Panasonic, worldwide Olympic Games partner and Team GB sponsor... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race head towards Piracy zone
Cameron Kelleher,
The seizure of an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia has placed piracy on the global news agenda over the past week, and the issue has become a talking point on board as the Volvo race fleet head north towards India - an exclusion zone will keep them in excess of 400 miles from the Somalian coastal waters... [more]

Vendee Globe - No record for Peyron
Moving progressively into trade winds sailing, Loick Peyron on Gitana Eighty maintains an increasingly solid looking lead of 20 miles from Seb Josse, (BT). Order stays the same in top five all today, Peyron, Josse, Riou, Dick, Le Cleach - the pace is two days behind that of Jean Le Cam in 2004... [more]

Lark Class buy their class moulds
Simon Cox,
With the help and support of the designer, Michael Jackson, and the current class builder Rondar Raceboats Ltd., the Lark Class Owners Association have completed the purchase of the class moulds which is a significant milestone in securing the long term future of the class... [more]

ISAF Recognises Int'l Melges 32 Class Association
International Melges 32 Class Association,
The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) is proud to inform it has been awarded ISAF (International Sailing Authority Federation) Recognized Class status. With this esteemed honor, the class can truly validate the strength, fleet growth, popularity and longevity of the Melges 32.... [more]

Images from San Diego: BOR90 goes hull flying
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The would-be America's Cup challenger, BOR90, has been undertaking further sea trials in San Diego. Gilles Martin-Raget supplied the following gallery of images of this impressive keel-yacht, which is report to have sailed at speeds of 33kts in 12kts of true wind speed.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Escape route beckons Peyron
Sounding slightly fatigued but objective, Loïck Peyron admitted he was hoisting a genoa and sailing into a better breeze this Thursday lunchtime, hoping that this was the first clear signal that he was starting to shake off the worst of the Doldrums with his lead intact... [more]

Kiteboarding is Official now!
Markus Schwendtner,
For the first time, the Kiteboarding World Championship title will be sanctioned by the ISAF. This became possible by approving the International Kiteboarding Association as the official class association during the ISAF general meeting in Madrid last week... [more]

Sam gets her Roxy Bikini out
Sam Davies,
At last the sun is really shining so I have got my Roxy bikini out!! The trouble is I'm a bit white so I'm piling on the sun cream to protect my skin, and trying to stay in the shade... [more]

Pallot Windows Frostbite Series
William Harris,
A gentle northwesterly breeze and calm seas greeted the seventeen boats that turned out in a sunless St Aubin's Bay for the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Frostbite Series on Sunday morning, sponsored this year by Pallot Windows making a welcome debut on the Jersey sailing scene... [more]

Brian Thompson, on board Bahrain Team Pindar
Brian Thompson,
Skipper Brian Thompson, on board Bahrain Team Pindar, in the Vendée Globe. Brian discusses rebuilding the A3 sail, a long and tedious job, but the effort will be well rewarded with the joy to come if the sail goes into the air and stays together... [more]

Ericsson first to Gate on Leg 2 of Volvo Race
Volvo media,
Ericsson Racing Team made it a one/two this morning when Torben Grael and his team racing Ericsson 4 cruised through the scoring gate on leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race at 03:40 GMT, adding another four points to their tally, bringing their total to 18... [more]

Millennium Cup details announced in Auckland
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The Marine Industry was, tonight, briefed on the details of the Millennium Cup to be staged during the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in February 2009. The event will be styled along the line of the Millennium Cups which took place during the 30th and 31st America's Cups and again at Plama, Majorca in 2007.... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series – Day 6
Barnaby Smith,
After a break for the traditional Charity Pursuit race on 9 November and the necessary abandonment of week 5 racing on 16 November as 30 knot winds swept the Solent, all competitors were glad to get back on the water for day 6 of the Garmin Hamble Winter series last weekend... [more]

New ISAF Council Members announced
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the new members of the ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF.... [more]

Loving the Southern Ocean and other VOR Boat Blogs
Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Boat Blogs on Day 5, Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Onboard Team Russia Nivk bubb is enjoying the experience, Telefonica Blue is busy with its sail repairs, telefonica Black enjoyed sailing with Telefonica Blue for a while, Green Dragon is not giving up, Ericsson 3 is it by a huge gust and on Telefonica Blue everything is going wrong. Now read on ............ [more]

Vendee Globe - Into the Doldrums
The Vendée Globe leaders now negotiating the uncertainties of the Doldrums, some 440 miles north of The Equator, with the leading, compact group of five less than 50 miles apart after 10 days of racing... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - On a Wing and a Prayer
Event media,
The Volvo gets interesting – The way F1 gets interesting in a heavy downpour. As the boats career down the southern alley the cracks are beginning to appear – literally in the case of Puma. The flying shoe has suffered another hard landing that has cracked the central structure and could prove terminal for any hopes of finishing this leg in race mode... [more]

Trouble updates on Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Bruno Trouble, Director of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series announced further detail on the three week series which begins in Auckland on 30 January 2009. Twelve teams have been invited for the series with a further two on a waiting list.... [more]

Thierry Martinez images from Sodeb'O start
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez captured these images of Sodeb'O at the start of Thomas Coville's solo round the world race against the clock in a multihull record attempt.... [more]

Coville sets off on his solo round the world
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville on board the maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O crossed the start line of the solo round the world race against the clock in a multihull today, Tuesday 18 November, just minutes before 1400 hours GMT - Target is reach Petit Minou lighthouse at the entrance to Brest harbour by 15 January 2009 at 03 hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds GMT at the latest... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Wipe out time for Volvo fleet
Volvo Media,
The past 24-hours have been the most testing in the Volvo Ocean Race so far, as the fleet battled high winds and a confused sea on leg two to Cochin in India. The worst effected was the Green Dragon team who broke their boom shortly before 11:00 GMT Tuesday morning - Others are reporting more damage... [more]

Rolex Farr 40 head for Miami Beach
Dana Paxton,
The 2008 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship is the next stop for the popular one-design yacht when they return to Miami Beach this week. There will be plenty of Olympic, Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup talent throughout the competitive fleet with eight boats registered to compete... [more]

Vendee Globe - Lead swings back and forth
The lead swings back and forth between Jean Le Cam (VM Matériaux) and Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) as the Vendée Glob vanguard slows into the stifling uncertainty of the Doldrums... [more]

J/109 at Garmin Hamble Winter Series
J109 Assoc,
Races 7 and 8 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series took place on Sunday 16 November for the J/109 fleet. A start out by RYA Yachtmaster saw a two lap windward/leeward course of laid marks, with a final beat to finish at Hillhead. The boat of the day was Johnny Blue II - Jeff Dakin, Bruce Jubb, Mike Flood - with a 1st and 2nd... [more]

Vendee Globe - Dee Caffari struggles to catch up
Caroline Ayling,
The champagne moment of Dee Caffari and Aviva's dream start to her first Vendée Globe is now fading after the solo skipper was served a reality check in her second week of racing with a bout of indecision and self doubt... [more]

Williams to be China Team helm for AC Series
Rob Kothe/LV Media,
China Team have announced that the Britain's Ian Williams, the 2007 World Match Racing Champion, has signed on to be the new skipper of the China Team America's Cup program for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2009... [more]

Day 8 onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe
Justine Ozoux,
Day 8 onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe - Sam Davies' daily log - Lots of manoeuvres and almost the end of fresh food - Unfortunately, the wind decided to play games today. After a couple of hours of great spinnaker running, the wind increased... [more]

British yacht Team Mowgli third into Cape Town
Brian Hancock,
The British yacht, Team Mowgli, co-skippered by Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson, finished Leg 1 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race as a stiff southeasterly wind had them scrambling to reduce sail the last mile into Cape Town.... [more]

Young Guns Blast on to World Championship scene
Tracey Johnstone,
Monsoon Cup skippers facing the final event in the World Match Racing Tour in a few weeks will be anxiously looking over their shoulders at two young gun skippers.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Loïck Peyron regains lead
Leaving the tricky Cape Verde Islands astern, it appears to be business as usual for Loïck Peyron on Gitana Eighty as he emerges back at the top of the Vendée Globe fleet with 24.3 miles over Jean Le Cam on VM Matériaux... [more]

SailRocket on Speed Record standby
Paul Larsen,
Vestas SailRocket will make its first WSSRC ratified attempt on the outright world speed sailing record for a 28 day period commencing on the 23 November. The radical UK designed and built boat is currently based in Walvis Bay, Namibia... [more]

Huber wins Illusion UK National Championships
Barnaby Edwards,
Bruce Huber was the eventual winner of the Illusion National Championship at Bembridge SC on the Isle of Wight. Twenty four competitors sailed six long races over the weekend of the 15 and 16 November in perfect conditions... [more]

RYA disappointed at missed opportunity for 2012
Media release,
While the RYA welcomed the decision to select the Elliott 6m which would allow nations to begin developing their national programmes, the RYA Racing Manager and Performance Director, John Derbyshire, said he was disappointed that the sport had missed an opportunity to showcase a new women's class to the world in 2012 with the 29erXX... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma breaks North
Cameron Kelleher,
PUMA navigator Andrew Cape was first to reach for the Allen keys and break from the pack. The shoe boat spent three and a half hours on port gybe before gybing back again. At 16:00 GMT they lead. As the Southern Ocean makes its presence felt, Ian Walker's Green Dragon took the brunt of it with a wipe-out gybe... [more]

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race
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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
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 Olympics Qingdao
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's coverage of the 2008 Sailing Olympics in Qingdao, China...
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Gear & Gadgets
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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Keelboat Events
Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc...
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Offshore Events
Regattas, Open, Championship and special events for Offshore yachts...
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2008 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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Extreme 40s

Extreme 40 sailing events...
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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance One Design sailing boat. It was designed by three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin....
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