Ericsson 4 wins Volvo Leg 2 - More money for Team GBR - Big Sales at Sail, Power & Water Show




01 Dec 2008

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Ericsson 4 wins Volvo Leg 2 - More money for Team GBR - Big Sales at Sail, Power & Water Show - Seb Josse (BT) new Vendee Globe leader - London based Millionaire Yacht Owner Killed in Mumbai - 2012 Olympic Sailing venue completed . . .

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Ericsson 4 wins Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2
VOR Media,
Torben Grael from Brasil and his international crew onboard Ericsson 4 made it two wins in a row when they crossed the finish of leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cochin, India at 2252 GMT (0422 local time).... [more]

Millionaire Yacht Owner Killed in Mumbai
BW Media,
Cyprus born pastry seller and self made yachting millionaire Andreas Liveras was one of those shot dead in the Taj Hotel. Owner of Liveras Yachts, which owns and charters luxury yachts, Andreas had come to Mumbai to scout for business opportunities... [more]

New website for the Mach 2 Int Moth goes live,
The new website for the Mach 2 International Moth went live last week. Includes specification and option prices for the latest foiler Moth design... [more]

Spain's Telefónica Blue take second in Volvo Race
Event media,
Spain's Telefonica Blue led by Bouwe Bekking from the Netherlands, finished leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cochin at 12:37 GMT. The seven points they collect for second place brings their total to 19 points. 'It was really fantastic to come second, but it was bloody hard,' said skipper Bouwe Bekking... [more]

Death in cold water - No Lifejackets
BW Media,
The recent US Coast Guard report on boating fatalities where life jackets were not worn reveals some disturbing facts on cold water survival. Since the Labour Day holiday in the US, the Coast Guard reports that there have been 18 boating fatalities. Not one was wearing a life jacket, and the Coast Guard is pleading for sailors and boaters to heed their warning... [more]

Seb Josse (BT) shows the way out
Event media,
For the leading bunch of the Vendee Globe, the anticyclone which has dominated racing for the past days seems to finally be behind them, with the centre of the high currently to the north-east of the front group. Seb Josse (BT) is showing the exit route, currently heading on an easterly track, with Loick Peyron (Gitana Eighty) about eight miles behind him... [more]

GBR Sailing to get more funding
Ashling O'Connor,
After the phenomenal success of the cycling, sailing and rowing teams in Beijing, their funding levels are set to be increased. Sports that missed their targets at the Games in August but can identify genuine medal contenders for 2012 are likely to have their funding levels maintained... [more]

Sailing - Things you have to do before you die!!,
I'd like to sail around Australia before I die! For every 1000 Australian sailors who've said that 999 have sailed off into the sunset without completing that dream. But it does not have to be in your case, maybe. And of course you dont have to be a local to sail around the Big Island. Would you like to help design an event to allow you to race/rally around Australia? There is a survey here..... [more]

Ainslie runner-up in NZ Match Racing Final
Richard Gladwell and RNZYS Media,
Dean Barker has beaten Ben Ainslie in the Final of the New Zealand Match Racing Championships. In the semi-finals, Ainslie beat Rod Davis, and Barker beat Laurie Jury... [more]

More Big Sales at Sail, Power & Watersports Show
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Sail, Power & Watersports Show at Earls Court grabbed the headlines again Friday with positive news emanating from all corners of the Show. A Bavaria 47 from Clipper Marine was sold at £177,000, following on from the earlier sale of a Bavaria 38, also on the Pool... [more]

2012 Olympic Sailing venue completed
ODA media,
The UK Olympic Delivery Authority has completed its construction work on the first venue for the 2012 Games it was announced today as work was completed on new enhanced sailing facilities at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

StealthPlay by Ericsson 4 and Telefonica Blue
Volvo media,
As Ericsson 4 and Telefónica Blue, the first two boats to commence their approach to the finish of leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cochin, have dusted off their stealth cards and, for the first time on this leg, the race is in StealthPlay. PUMA has also moved up, closing on Green Dragon... [more]

Sam Davies - Is 27 the magic number?
Sam Davies,
One funny thing that Sam Davies noticed yesterday is that she passed through 27°27'S 27°27'W - all the 27s in a row. It was a special moment as her Figaro 'Skandia' was number 27! - Perhaps it was a lucky sign?... [more]

Volvo Race heading for Saturday Cochin finish
Volvo media,
For the first time in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race / Whitbread Round the World Race an Asian stopover will feature on the itinerary. On Saturday morning the first boat to finish leg two was projected to be Ericsson 4, due to arrive in Cochin, in the India state of Kerala, as early as this Saturday evening local time... [more]

King's Cup: 'The show will go on ...'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today, PKC Committee Member Khun Santi Kanchanabandhu said, 'we are absolutely delighted with the way that King's Cup competitors are coping with the transport situation - There is a real air of 'can-do' here at the moment, and we are very grateful to all our competitors and supporters who are making concerted efforts to get here. The show will go on!'... [more]

Peyron falls back to third, BT leads Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
Loick Peyron, who's been the prince of darkness in this Vendée Globe, has not performed his usual night-time manoeuvres and for the first morning in two weeks he is showing in third, rather than first, place... [more]

Final of RC 44 season in Puerto Calero
RC 44 Class media,
The final event of the RC 44, the Gold Cup will take place in Puerto Calero, Canary Islands, Spain, on December 10-14. The season's match, fleet race and long distance champions will be crowned. The pressure is rising: there is a lot at stake... [more]

Kings Cup on track despite Bangkok airport woes
Rob Kothe,
Thailand's Phuket King's Cup, now its 22nd year, is a truly international regatta. The situation at Thailand's international hub the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Muang, Bangkok's domestic airport has thrown the travel plans for many of the participants and race organisers into disarray, but swift action from event organisers has eased the problems.... [more]

Images from NZ Match Racing Championships - Day 4
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from the final race in the Round Robin stage of the NZ Match Racing Championships, featuring Dean barket, Rod Davis, Adam Minoprio and Ben Ainslie... [more]

Day Two Summary of Sail Brisbane
Suellen Hurling,
Day Two of Sail Brisbane - intense conditions with winds gusting to 29 knots for the SB3s on the Eastern course and up to 26 on both the Northern and Southern courses. The wind and sea conditions resulted in torn sails, broken masts, a cartwheeling Sabot, many 'Moreton Bay Choc Tops' but fortunately no broken bones... [more]

Josse and Peyron swap Vendee lead again
Veronique Teurlay,
Yesterday evening the BT skipper wrestled the lead off the masterful Loïck Peyron, only for Peyron to inch ahead in this morning's rankings. But it looks like Josse has learnt a few tricks from the grand master himself... [more]

Sunday finish for Volvo Race leaders
While overnight, it has been doom and gloom for most of the Volvo fleet, for Ericsson 4 and Telefónica Blue, life is looking pretty rosy. Both teams have made more gains and Telefónica Blue stole a march to move up to second place, 111 nautical miles behind Ericsson 4. Computer routing software is predicting an early Sunday morning finish for race leader Ericsson 4... [more]

Sail Brisbane underway - Day 1 summary
Suellen Hurling,
Sail Brisbane, the first leg of the Sail Down Under Series got underway yesterday racing from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) at Manly. The Laser fleets raced on the northern end of the bay with Internationals leading the way. Matias Del Solar from Chili and Matt Coutts from New Zealand share the winning positions from the two races and are now equal on three points... [more]

Sales at Earls Court Boat Show raise spirits
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The figures are stacking up well at the Sail, Power & Watersports Show at Earls Court. Things are looking relatively rosy for the marine industry exhibitors at the Sail, Power & Watersports Show with a number of sales being announced at Earls Court today. The overall mood is looking decidedly positive with sales recorded in most sectors... [more]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series
Barnaby Smith,
Racing was abandoned for all fleets on Day 7 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series due to strong winds and poor visibility in the race area. Fingers are now crossed for good weather conditions for the conclusion of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series on the coming Sunday when the race committee plans to run two races for Black fleet competitors and three for White fleet competitors... [more]

Green Dragon exits Doldrums - Volvo Ocean Race
Lucy Harwood,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it was a relief onboard for Ian Walker and his crew as they finally edged out the Doldrums and into more consistent conditions. By the 1000 GMT polling Green Dragon were sandwiched between the fleet, holding onto third position 57 nm behind Grael and his men on Ericsson 4.... [more]

Seb Josse (BT) new Vendee Globe leader
Vendee Globe media,
In the Vendee Globe, Seb Josse on BT has taken pole position from long-time pace-setter Loïck Peyron on Gitana Eighty. Josse is showing better boatspeed than Gitana Eighty to stretch out a lead of 15.3 miles. Over the past five hours Peyron's average speed has been little more than five knots, and his 24-hour distance covered has dropped to under 200 miles for the first time in six days.... [more]

Ericsson 4 - the Volvo Ocean Race Escape Artist
Mark Chisnell,
Torben Grael and Ericsson 4 pulled off a Harry Houdini yesterday morning, escaping into a rain cloud and gaining 30 miles on the chasing pack. Grael has clearly done his 10,000 hours of practice – get off of my cloud.... [more]

Barker up, Davis down on Day 2 - NZ Match Racing
RNZYS Media,
Intensity levels were high going into day two of the New Zealand Match Racing Championships, with some tight races being fought out under the increasing pressure to make it into the semi finals. There was a mixed bag of results, with some upsetting losses and surprising wins. Overnight joint leader, Rod Davis, suffered four losses today, losing races to Ainslie, Barker Corbett, and Josh Junior.... [more]

Class 40 Assoc announce winner 2008 Championship
Merv Owen,
Winning the 2008 Class 40 Championship is Peter Harding and Miranda Merron's 40 Degrees. This follows on from there first season with their boat in 2007 when they finished second overall at the end of the Class 40 worlds.... [more]

QE2 arrives in her final home, Dubai
Jeni Bone,
With more than 10,000,000 miles under her belt (or should that be bilge?), and having hosted around 2.5 million passengers in her 41 years, the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 was welcomed to its final destination of Dubai yesterday, Wednesday 26 November.... [more]

Goombay Smash wins 2008 Rolex Farr 40 N A C
Media Pro Int'l,
Goombay Smash, the Farr 40 owned by William Douglass (New York, N.Y.), won the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, held November 21-23 in Miami Beach, Fla. Eight teams representing Denmark, Italy, Turkey and the U.S. competed for the title.... [more]

Images from NZ Match Racing: Ainslie in action
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from the first day of racing in the New Zealand Match Racing Championships, organised by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, with Team Origin's Ben Ainslie in action - taking three wins and one loss from the day... [more]

Vendee Globe - Golding closed up on Riou
Veronique Teurlay,
Variable winds have been reported right across the fleet, with leader Loick Peyron experiencing very irregular winds of 14-17 knots, while sixth-placed Mike Golding yesterday discovered a patch of light airs which saw Ecover 3 park up briefly... [more]

Volvo Race - Ericsson 4 jumps ahead of pack
Lizzie Ward,
The advantage, at 13:00 GMT Wednesday, belonged to Ericsson 4, who had made a massive gain thanks to a well-positioned rain shower. She disappeared as if in ‘stealth' mode earlier this morning, and when she emerged from her early bath, she had made a gain of around 45 nautical miles... [more]

Volvo OR - How not to take a shower on Team Russia
Mark Covell,
From Mark Covell on Team Russia during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. As I write this, the sold 20-knot trade winds are becoming less and less stable. The dreaded doldrums must be just up ahead. We have already had our first onset of heavy tropical rain, warm, refreshing and forcing a sail change... [more]

Damage forces Delta Dore to abandon Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
Jeremie Beyou, the skipper of Delta Dore, has informed the Race Directors of his decision to retire from the Vendee Globe, believing it is impossible to carry out repairs without without external help... [more]

World class fleet to assemble: Acura Key West 2009
Premiere Racing Media,
IRC classes will showcase new designs and the competition will be fierce at Acura Key West 2009, presented by Nautica. The quality of the racing will again be world class, with programs hailing from overseas and across the country... [more]

Elvstrøm Sails Changes Hands
Elvstrøm Sails,
Danish sail maker Elvstrøm Sails has been sold to a group of private investors led by former CEO of the company Claus Olsen and triple Olympic medalist and America's Cup skipper, Jesper Bank.... [more]

Kiteboarders welcome but not wanted in Record Book
Richard Gladwell,
When is an Outright Sailing Speed record not an Outright Sailing Speed record? When it's set by a Kiteboarder, that's when. Or so, the World Speed Sailing Record Council would have us believe, following a vote by the Council of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]

Doors Open for Sail, Power & Watersports Show
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
In the wake of the Chancellor's VAT reduction announcement yesterday, James Brooke, the Managing Director of the Sail, Power & Watersports Show which opens Wednesday 26 November, is confident that this is absolutely the right move as far as his Show exhibitors are concerned and exhibitors have, in turn, been quick to praise the move... [more]

Ainslie tops Skandia Team GBR Awards
Lindsey Bell,
British sailors capped off a historic year in style at the third annual Skandia Team GBR Awards Dinner and Presentations at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Friday (21 November) with triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie picking up the top prize of the evening.... [more]

Volvo Race - Team Russia in battle for third
Mark Chisnell,
It's a starburst this morning as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet sailed into the dark shadow of the shape shifting, morphing malcontent that is the Doldrums – it's D-Day. - The Russians (most easterly boat) doing the Buffalo Gals (go round the outside) to end all Buffalo Gals – catching PUMA and Telefonica Blue on the run in to battle for third place... [more]

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