Sailrocket crash, Gitana 80 dismasted, Rogue Waves, King's Cup, Monson Cup. What more can you want?




12 Dec 2008


Major Events


There's a pause in Asia right now - Raja Muda and King's Cup are over, and the Volvo fleet hasn't yet reached Singapore! But that doesn't mean that there's nothing else happening - check it out here.

For those of you waiting, photos of the Phuket King's Cup are now up on Search by boat name, or even by 'IRC' or 'Sunsail' and enjoy. Pictures make great Christmas presents for sailors!

Gitana Eighty - Choice of destination remains open
Kate jennings,
24 hours after Gitana Eighty dismasted in the Indian Ocean, operations to recuperate the monohull equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild are taking shape.... [more]

World Yacht Racing Forum concludes
MaxComm Communication,
The first World Yacht Racing Forum closed its doors tonight following eight debates and several presentations held over two days at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum. Over 300 key figures from the yacht racing industry attended the conference, the schedule including 37 speakers from 15 different countries.... [more]

Sailing Around Australia – sailors design event,
West Australian Bob Williams has sailed all around the world, now he is busy designing a new event, with the help of hundreds of sailors. 'Building an ocean sailing event from scratch is a challenging enterprise. Its one thing to arrive at an event concept it's another for that concept to appeal to the yachting community at large.'... [more]

BMW Oracle arrives for Louis Vuitton Series
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Two yachts from BMW Oracle Racing have arrived in Auckland for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. 12 teams were initially confirmed for the series however this has been reduced to 11 teams and may settle at 10 teams for the event, unless new entries are accepted. A total of 23 teams expressed interest within days of the event being announced... [more]

Science Speaks: Rogue Waves are Real
Live Science/Sail-World,
Every year sound sailing boats, well equipped with safety gear, with experienced crew on board, go missing. Their loved ones are forever left wondering: Was it a whale? a floating container? a rogue wave?... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 10 December 2008
ISAF Media,
It's a time for consolidation in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings released on 10 December, with no changes amongst the top-three crews and Australia and Spain still tied for the top nation spot.... [more]

Vendee: Gitana Eighty has dismasted
Event media,
At around 13h00 (UTC) this afternoon, Loick Peyron's IMOCA Open 60 racing in the Vendée Globe solo round the world dismasted while sailing 180 miles south of the Crozet Island and 650 miles from the Kerguelen Islands... [more]

Sailrocket crashes at 50+ vision and pix,
Australian Paul Larsen and his Vestas Sailrocket has crashed and burned a few times on the way to 50 knots. Here he does it again at 50 + knots. Look at the video as Vestas Sailrocket literally took off and performed the full ‘420 degree rotationl' in equally spectacular form flying over 10 metres in the air upside down.... [more]

Volvo Green Dragon announce crew changes for leg 3
Into The Blue,
The Green Dragon Team has announced two crew changes for Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cochin to Singapore, which starts on Saturday 13th December 2008.... [more]

Volvo: Ericsson Racing Team prepares for Leg 3
Ericsson Racing Team Media,
Ericsson Racing Team today furthered is preparation for Leg 3 to Singapore of the Volvo Ocean Race with putting Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 back in the water.... [more]

World Yacht Racing Forum about to open its doors
MaxComm Communication,
he principal actors of the world yacht racing scene are on their way to the first World Yacht Racing Forum, in Monaco. The event begins tonight, December 9... [more]

Alinghi responds to BMW Oracle Racing's refusal
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Alinghi responds to BMW Oracle Racing's refusal to enter 'Alinghi's Cup'. Their response, issued by Paco Latorre, Communications Director for Alinghi/ACM is as follows: 'Today's announcement by BMW Oracle and GGYC is not a surprise because they have never shown any interest in joining the competition with the 14 teams which are currently officially entered.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing bow out of 'SNG Regatta'
BMW Oracle Racing Media and Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) today released a letter from its Commodore, Marcus Young, to Pierre-Yves Firmenich, the Commodore of Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), officially informing him that GGYC and the BMW ORACLE Racing team will not submit an entry for the regatta being organized by SNG, more commonly known as the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]

Gap widening between Vendee leaders and pursuers
Véronique Teurlay,
The speed tables alone show that the gaps are widening between the leaders and the groups of different boats in pursuit as the leaders still hold on to a decent westerly breeze. As Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) leads now by 35 miles from Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement)... [more]

Minoprio on the rise and rise of BlackMatch
Richard Gladwell,
The rise and rise of BlackMatch Racing has been one of the phenomenon's of the international match racing circuit, and World Match Racing Tour. Three years ago four sailors who had recently graduated from the Lion Foundation's Youth Scheme organised by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, decided to break into the big time. two days ago they were on fire in the semi-finals of the Monsoon Cup,... [more]

Would You like to Sail around Australia?,
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]

Its Official - Kite Surfers set Outright speeds,
Backed into a logical corner, it seems that ISAF have realised they had no choice but to recognise Kite surfing records with the same status as other ISAF classes, so the new outright worlds speed record over 500 metres is now 50.57 knots.... [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]

Vendee Near and past Cape of Good Hope longitude
Vendee Globe Media,
Sébastien Josse (BT) lead the Vendée Globe fleet into the Indian Ocean very early this morning and now heads the fleet by 25 miles as he starts to line up for the second security ice gate, 220 miles or so to his east.... [more]

2008 Phuket King's Cup - Results and more
Rob Kothe and Jaroonroj 'Knot' Satitkasem,
It was a dramatic final race at the 22nd Phuket King's Cup, when Australian Ray Robert's DK46 Quantum Racing out sailed two Hong Kong Grand Prix racers, Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling and Neil Pryde's Hi Fi, to snatch a narrow victory on count back.... [more]


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