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08 Dec 2008

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2008 Monsoon Cup


Welcome to your Sail-world.com/eu Newsletter for week ending 7 December.

Britain's Ian Williams retained his World Match Racing title, while Australian Peter Gilmour of Yanmar Racing, won the final event of the season, The Monsoon Cup. Gilmour won ahead of Kiwi Adam Minoprio of ETNZ/Black Match Racing.

Other leading the news item unfortunately is Unai Basurko who has been forced to drop out of the Vendee Globe with rudder box problems. Better news for Italy's Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network who is in third place after six races at the Melges 32 Gold Cup in the USA.

We also have the finishing reports and images from the Volvo Ocean Race and the spectacular images of British speed sailing craft Vestas Sailrocket, piloted by Australian Paul Larsen, which become the worlds fastest sailing ‘boat' by attaining an average speed over the 500 meter record course of 47.4 knots - and then took off . . . .

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Gerald New
Sail-World UK/EU Editor

Pakea Bizkaia abandons Vendee Globe

Unai Basurko on Pakea Bizkaia has officially confirmed that he had to abandon the Vendee Globe race this Sunday 7 December at 13H34 (French time) – 12:34 GMT.... [more]

Sailrocket new record then flying crash
Media release,
British speed sailing craft Vestas Sailrocket piloted by Australian Paul Larsen has become the worlds fastest sailing ‘boat' by attaining an average speed over the 500 meter record course of 47.4 knots - On following run whilst on target for the Outright world record it literally took off and performed the full ‘Donald Campbell' in equally spectacular form flying over 30' in the air upside down... [more]

Williams retains Match Racing World Champion title
Tracey Johnstone,
Britain's Ian Williams of Bahrain Team Pindar, match racing skipper extraordinaire, has retained his world title taking out the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship trophy.... [more]

Alberini into 3rd at Melges 32 Gold Cup
Melges 32 Class Media,
Italy's Carlo Alberini on ITA-186 Calvi Network is in third place behind Jeff Ecklund on USA-32 STAR in second place and overall leaders Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll on USA-131 New Wave, at Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta at Fort Lauderdale YC, USA... [more]

Vendee: Four weeks at sea and the second Ice Gate
Vendee Globe Media,
After four weeks of racing there is still just 60 miles between the top five boats in this thrilling Vendée Globe solo round the world race, with Seb Josse (BT) holding a slender 12,8 miles lead early this morning. Second placed Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) has gained 21 miles on leader Josse overnight.... [more]

Elated Gilmour king of the Monsoon Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
Challenged on every part of the race course through four very tough races, Gilmour and his team of Yasuhiro Yaji, Rod Dawson, Thierry Douillard and Kazuhiko Sofuku, are deserved winners of the 2008 Monsoon Cup.... [more]

Minoprio plans to spoil Gilmour's finals party
Tracey Johnstone,
Battling strong winds and brilliant competition the top four match racing teams met this morning to complete the final races of the Monsoon Cup semi finals. Adam Minoprio (ETNZ/Black Match Racing) and Peter Gilmour (Yanmar Racing) are through to the final.... [more]

Double trouble for masters of match racing game
Tracey Johnstone,
Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky are in the semi final battle of their lives as they match up against Ian Williams and Peter Gilmour in the Monsoon Cup. Both New Zealander Minoprio (ETNZ/Black Match Racing) and Australian Adam Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) are young, talented, determined match racing skippers who have worked very hard to reach the semi finals in this year's Monsoon... [more]

Superyacht Cup: The race to Antigua for the start
Superyacht Cup Media,
Several of the yachts expected at the third edition of the Superyacht Cup Antigua next week have been battling unseasonal headwinds and heavy seas as they sail from the eastern seaboard of the United States and from Europe heading to English Harbour for next week's regatta from 9-12th Dec... [more]

Monsoon semi finals leaders focused and on fire
Tracey Johnstone,
Four focused and fired up international match racing teams are through to the Monsoon Cup semi final stage and already on the water vying for a place in the finals.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Josse (BT) back in front again
Vendee Globe Media,
The tension never lets up on this Vendée Globe. For his seventh time Seb Josse takes BT to the top of the leaderboard, making high average speeds this morning and overnight... [more]

Foredeckie's lament: 'YOU WANT WHAT...?'
Guy Nowell,
Anyone poor soul who has done duty on the foredeck knows exactly what is going on here. They've arrived at the windward mark, and the last run in on starboard has been fully occupied by a lively discussion about what is needed next – a bear away or a gybe set.... [more]

Youth and aggression fights age and experience
Tracey Johnstone,
Nothing could stop the best international match racers in their quest to win enough Monsoon Cup quarter final matches to secure one of the four semi final berths.... [more]

Winner Cian to battle Minoprio in quarter finals
Tracey Johnstone,
The results of the round robin stage are now in and the top eight Monsoon Cup skippers have selected their opponents for the quarter final stage.... [more]

High drama and Monsoon quarter final matches
Tracey Johnstone,
The final six teams in the Monsoon Cup quarter final round were on the water this morning racing their hearts out for the five remaining places in the quarter final round.... [more]

Vendée Globe: Onboard Roxy, Dreaming of a 'Tardis'
Justine Ozoux Pitch PR,
Well, Roxy and I have had a great 24 hours of super-fast sailing! The wind has been blowing between 35 and 40 knots and we have been hooning along.... [more]

Oman Sail takes Arabian Extreme 40 challenge crown
OC Events,
The Oman Sail crew of Pete Cumming, Chris Draper, Mark Bulkeley were joined by Saleh Al Jabri and Mubarak Al Battashi, and continued to post a series of wins to take the Oman Air Trophy... [more]

Vendee Globe: Peyron back on top
Vendee Globe Media,
A tantalizing glimpse of what was to come was offered by this morning's 1000hrs positions when Loïck Peyron resumed his tenancy at the head of the Vendée Globe fleet, albeit by a margin of just 7.4 miles, but Gitana Eighty's lead this afternoon has grown to 44.9 miles over the intervening four hours period.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series settles down
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Operations Manager, Kevin Shoebridge confirmed in an interview on Radio Sport, yesterday that two teams (Mascalzone latino and Team Germany) had dropped out of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, starting in seven weeks time. Other sources indicate that one of the teams on the reserve list Spirit of France has dropped out as well.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro 2009: 40th edition
Anne Millet,
In this landmark year, the race sticks to the traditional format with a 1,706 nautical mile course set between France, Spain and Ireland on the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish Sea and the English Channel.... [more]

2008 RS:X Youth World Championship: Rescheduled
Rory Ramsden, RS:X Class,
In the best interests of everyone concerned, the International RS:X Class Association have posted the revised Notice of Race for the 2008 RS:X Youth World Championship at http://www.rsxclass.com/document/... [more]

Six sailors chase five Monsoon quarter final spots
Tracey Johnstone,
Six of the very best international match racers will tomorrow be battling it out for the five available places in the quarter final of the 2008 Monsoon Cup. At the completion of racing today the scene is set for what will be one of the most exciting and compelling days of match racing in the history of the discipline. Six of the 12 teams competing in the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia are now on equal... [more]

Vendee Globe Yann Eliès on Generali takes the lead
Vendee Globe Media,
ix days after he first lead this Vendée Globe race, Yann Eliès is back on top of the fleet after he took Generali past his rival Seb Josse (BT) last night. The pair crossed tracks during the night with the Finot Conq design now just 22 miles to the north and slightly east of BT, computing to a lead of just two miles over the Farr designed BT.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Russia talk about Leg 2
Team Russia Media,
Team Russia arrived in Cochin, India on Wednesday 3rd December, completing Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Here they talk about the challenges they had to face.... [more]

Anxious start to last ditch Monsoon match races
Tracey Johnstone,
Monsoon Cup match racers, while waiting for the sea breeze to settle, anxiously eyed off their competition before the start of the last six flights of the quarter final qualification.... [more]

Vendee: Anticipation preparation and trepidation
Vendee Globe Media,
As the Southern Ocean delivers the first big winds of this Vendée Globe, speeds at the front of the fleet climb proportionately. The leaders are well into 35-40 knots of wind and big rolling seas, anticipating forecast gusts of 45-50 knots tonight as the gales peak for about 10-12 hours.... [more]

Volvo Race: On the case of the broken daggerboards
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Telefonica shore boss Campbell Field remains unsure whether collisions were responsible for the broken port daggerboards suffered by both the team's yachts in the second leg.... [more]

A game of snakes and ladders in 2008 Monsoon Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
The leaders are struggling and the followers are powering through to deliver wining results as the top match racing teams finish day two in the 2008 Monsoon Cup. The day was full of exciting racing with crashes, penalties, mistakes and celebrations as the top 12 international match racing teams fought for dominance on the waters off Terengganu, Malaysia, in the final event of the World Match... [more]

Next year's Laser race training dates confirmed
Claire Stopps,
Next year's Laser race training dates are confirmed, with the cream of British sailors running the coaching for the classes from the LaserPerformance range. The first clinic to kick off will be the SB3 Boat Handling weekend... [more]

Coutts reply to Ayre AC Open Letter
Ricahrd Gladwell, Sail-World,
Over the past two days 'Open Letters' have been exchanged between first time Spanish Challenger 'Ayre Challenge' and BMW Oracle Racing, who currently has legal action filed with the Appeal Court of New York State. The two letters, the first, the reply from BMW Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts, which contains a number of new and constructive offers... [more]

Golding screaming along downwind
Mike Golding,
Mike Golding reported today that ECOVER 3 is screaming along downwind under A3 gennaker and full main sail in 26 knots of wind, surfing off the waves. 'We are in control and the boat does not require much tending in these conditions'... [more]

Vendee Globe- Top ten pass first security ice gate
With the top ten either through or very close to the virtual gate Seb Josse (BT), sees his lead shrunk to just 1.7 miles from Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) who has been consistently quick, fastest overnight and fastest this morning... [more]

Monsoon Cup - Day 1 Results
Tracey Johnstone,
The first day of the Monsoon Cup started with pomp and ceremony as the fourth edition of the final event in the World Match Racing Tour was officially launched today in Terengganu, Malaysia. On the water three flights were conducted in the late afternoon breeze with with Britain's Ian Williams and Ben Ainslie both winning matches... [more]

Seb Josse (BT) leads approach to Ice Gate

The front running group who will pass through the first ice gate this evening and tonight. - First to cross the Kerguelen ice gate – passing north to south – should be Seb Josse (BT), leader now for four days, and Yann Eliès (Generali) who are running neck and neck for the line, side by side about 12 miles apart... [more]

Team Russia arrive in Cochin
Event media,
Andreas Hanakamp and his men onboard Kosatka Team Russia finally made it to the finish of leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cochin when they crossed the line at 13:23 GMT (18:53 local time), after being at sea for 18 days, 2 hours 3 minutes and 30 seconds... [more]

Ben Ainslie talks to Peter Montgomery on Cup
Ben Ainslie, the three-time Olympic gold medalist and Team Origin helmsman, was in Auckland during the last weekend, racing in the NZ Match Racing Championships, where he finished second, after being beaten in the finals by his form teammate Dean Barker.... [more]

Caffari's confidence soars in the Southern Ocean
Aviva Media,
With her knee on the mend, Dee Caffari has put her foot on the pedal of Aviva and is charging through the Southern Ocean like a ‘juggernaut' in the 27,000 mile round the world Vendée Globe yacht race... [more]

First World Yacht Racing Forum
Event media,
Over 250 delegates are expected in Monaco next week for the first World Yacht Racing Forum, 10-11 December. Thirty five speakers from seventeen countries will address the two day conference in a series of presentations, panel discussions and debates about some of the key issues facing the business of the sport of yacht racing... [more]

Not So Fast: A Dispute Takes Down a Sailing Record
New York Times,
Sébastien Cattelan stepped off his kiteboard after a blistering run on Namibia's Walvis Bay last month, he knew he had become the first person to exceed 50-knots. That made Cattelan the world-record holder — until about two weeks ago. His status changed when the World Sailing Speed Record Council belatedly decided to enforce a three-year-old policy that makes kiteboarding ineligible for the record... [more]

Volvo Race bang bang its not a mermaid Team Russia
Wouter - Team Russia Media,
'Bang bang', loud stamping on the deck means 'get your butt up here ASAP'. So, automatically, I jump out of the bunk and run on deck. The jib is being dropped, while the main is completely eased. 'What's up?' 'We caught this guys net.' Mikey points to our left where on a small fishing boat we can make out a bunch of guys running around as frantically as we are... [more]

Ainslie shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality
Lindsey Bell,
He has already become Britain's most successful ever Olympic sailor and been named ISAF Male World Sailor of the Year. But, can Ben Ainslie bring the curtain down on his history-making 2008 by being named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?... [more]

Abramovich's Superyacht Solution against Piracy
Console Community/Sail-World,
One of the biggest issues for merchant shipping trying to deal with the Somalian pirates is the fact that it is against international maritime law for merchant ships to carry arms. This is not so for cruising sailors. (although there are immense difficulties when travelling from port to port.) So when you have a billion or two (or eleven) you might think about spending a little on pirate deter... [more]

Volvo Race: You can bring the boom not the boat
Riath Al-Samarrai Volvo Ocean Race,
The Americans were very helpful, they said we could bring the boom to Diego Garcia but said 'you can't bring the boat'. We decided we were actually sailing pretty well without it.... [more]

Sign up now for US Sailing's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR
Barby MacGowan,
Mandatory, online registration for US Sailing's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR has opened at the event web site. All competitors and coaches must register online before January 19, 2009, as there will be no on-site registration. Women's match racing teams have an earlier deadline of December 16, 2008... [more]

Williams in defence of World Match Racing title
Britain's Ian Williams of Bahrain Team Pindar, will begin his pursuit to retain his World Match Racing Tour title at the Monsoon Cup, which takes place from Wednesday 3 – 7 December in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Williams will be hoping to repeat his performance at the 2007 event when he become the first ever British sailor to win the World Match Racing Tour... [more]

Open letter to BMW Oracle Racing
Pedro Perello,
We publish an Open Letter from Pedro Perello, CEO of CEO, Ayre Challenge, to Russell Coutts of BMW Oracle Racing, encouraging the three-time AC winner to enter the 33rd America's Cup... [more]

Volvo Race - Team Russia consider retiring
Event media,
It is painful, but at least it is progress for Kosatka Team Russia still at sea on leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team is very disappointed and just want to get the leg over and have some rest. They considered retiring and motoring to the finish, but they all agreed that they want to finish this leg in style... [more]

Malbon damages daggerboard in whale strike
Event Media,
Jonny Malbon has reported damage to to his starboard daggerboard after he hit a whale yesterday afternoon. Malbon was sailing at 15 knots when the boat stopped dead in the water, and remained there for about a minute until the animal released itself from the daggerboard... [more]

Monsoon Cup match teams arrive to warm welcome
Tracey Johnstone,
The world's best match racing teams arrived in Malaysia today for the start of the 2008 Monsoon Cup welcomed by a large crowd of national and international dignitaries. Leading the teams through the entrance hall were Ben Ainslie's Team Origin, Mathieu Richard's French Spirit, Ben Ainslie's Team Origin, Torvar Mirksy's Mirksy Racing Team, Keith Swinton's Black Swan Racing, Adam Minoprio's... [more]

Sail Brisbane Wrap-Up
Suellen Hurling,
The four days of racing for Sail Brisbane 2009 saw an array of conditions for the 143 entrants. Competing on the waters of both Waterloo and Moreton Bays from host club Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron the competitors dealt with torrential rain, freak afternoon storms with winds reaching 35 knots and shifty westerly winds varying from 0 to 6 knots.... [more]

Mascalzone pulls the pin on Louis Vuitton Series
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Reports overnight indicate that one significant team Mascalzone Latino, have withdrawn from the 2009 Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, citing the current international economic situation and a lack of sponsors for the three week event.... [more]

London Boat Show 18% ahead of Target
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
No one really knew what to expect when the Sail, Power & Watersports Show rode into town last Wednesday but the consensus is that the organisers have pulled off a success story in the face of an economic downturn. The Earls Court Boat Show Organisers reveal an 18% increase in visitor attendance figures over last year at 41,300... [more]

Chilly final for Garmin Hamble Winter Series
Barnaby Smith,
All classes enjoyed an excellent, if chilly, final day of competition on the final day of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Racing took place in a gusty 15 to 25 knot northerly, true Winter Series conditions, with exciting racing across the Black and White fleets as the overall series positions were decided... [more]

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