Volvo restarts from India - Newsletter




15 Dec 2008

Major Events

America's Cup


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

2008 Monsoon Cup


This past weekend two round the world race events got back onto the track, making three circulating the world's oceans at the same time. A race (or two) too far?

Good for the competitors, good for the spectators, good for the sponsors?

For the sailing news internet websites it is a continuous stream of email PR, my spam programme is totally confused . . . maybe the followers of the sport are as well.

This was a subject during the recent World Yacht Racing Forum, maybe one thing they could agree on is some sort of agreement to space out these events or more likely natural selection will take its course and the weak will fade away.

Almost a non-subject in the yachting press is the present international financial meltdown taking place. Despite the stock values of most marine related companies having plunged to 25% of their value 12 months ago, in line with the general collapse, and a stream of lay-off and short-time working announcements, you will see little of this reported or discussed.

Sailing covers a wide spectrum; the dinghy/keelboat weekend sailor, the keen dinghykeelboat racer, the cruising sailors, the professional sailing arena that has boomed over the last 20 years, from Olympic sailors to big boat crews. All are or will be effected by the changed economic climate. It may take a while to hit those with deeper pockets but the slow down is already effecting the club sailor. The decision to delay in replacing a sail, to put off the boat upgrade, and when that membership renewal drops through the letterbox how many will decide that this is something that can be dropped?

Gerald New Editor

Timoneer wins Superyacht Cup Antigua
Event media,
After a very close day of racing in what had to be one of the most nail biting finishes to The Superyacht Cup Antigua ever, Timoneer claimed a worthy victory... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race restarts from Cape Town
Event media,
With a heavy cloud shrouding Table Mountain the six boats participating in the Portimao Global Ocean Race set off on their 7,900 nautical mile voyage to Wellington, New Zealand. Michel Kleinjans aboard Roaring Forty crossed the line first, sails sheeted in tight and wide grin plastered on his face... [more]

Volvo race for Christmas in Singapore
Volvo media,
Since the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Cochin in India yesterday at the start of leg three to Singapore, most of the teams have had their moment in the sun at the head of the fleet - Telefónica Blue currently leads Green Dragon by five miles, with overall race leader, Ericsson 4 in third place a further two miles astern... [more]

Bleak New Year looms for UK yachting,
Europe is creaking toward Christmas and the New Year with daily news items of rising unemployment and plunging stock markets. With high street stores disappearing like the autumn leaves and car sales in free fall, how long can the boat industry stand aloof? In the UK the reality of the stark economic situation is gathering pace... [more]

Vendee: Jean-Pierre Dick extends lead over Golding
Event media,
Jean-Pierre Dick has been able to extend his lead overnight to 72.8 miles, the biggest leading margin yet of this Vendée Globe. Dick managed to stay with the stronger winds for slightly longer, making an extra two knots of boat speed over his nearest rival Mike Golding, GBR, and doubling his lead over Roland Jourdain... [more]

Vote Ben for BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Don't forget . . . . . Vote for Ben Ainslie to win the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award this Sunday - 14 December - Voting will take place by phone only during Sunday evening's live BBC One broadcast... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race to be Webcast Live
Event media,
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia announces that the Seven Network and Yahoo!7, will provide a live 90 minute webcast of the start of the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to a global audience. Sail-World will provide the links to the coverage from 12.30pm AEST on 26 December 2008. (1:30am-3.00am GMT)... [more]

New 18ft Skiff Global event
Christophe Favreau,
The 18 Foot Skiff International Association has announced a new global competition, the Mark Foy Trophy, to be sailed for the first time in Carnac, France, between 29 June and 4 July 2009. A huge turnout of 18ft Skiffs is expected, with over 30 boats representing Australia, New Zealand, the USA and many European countries... [more]

RC44 Gold Cup: Artemis takes DHL Trophy
MaxComm Communications,
RC44 Gold Cup. You can't just turn up in the RC44 class and expect to win, but today saw the new owners come to the fore in the Puerto Calero RC44 Gold Cup in Lanzarote. Torbjorn Tornqvist steered Artemis to victory in the long distance race for the DHL Trophy, and local owner Daniel Calero came second.... [more]

Temenos II Retires from Vendee Globe
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Making a pit-stop in the Kergelen Islands, after having received outside assistance, Dominique Wavre was therefore forced to retire from the Vendee Globe. The skipper will now have to wait for a favourable weather window to stand a chance of making southern Australia and ultimately envisage getting the boat back to La Rochelle... [more]

Gladwell's Line: Mirror, Mirror on the wall...

Sail-World NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell takes a look at the America's Cup: 'While it is early days in the 33rd America's Cup cycle. To our eyes the entry list is a House of Cards, which may go the distance in ideal conditions. But in the current financial situation will soon shake down to a much smaller list of committed players, the bulk of whom will be teams from the 2007 America's Cup cycle.... [more]

Green Dragon lead Volvo fleet to Singapore
Event media,
Images of the start as the Volvo fleet is making steady progress at around 12 knots of boat speed. The lead bunch, positioned offshore, early leader PUMA who have Telefonica Blue, the Ericsson twins and Delta Lloyd for company. Latest ranking indicating lead swinging to coastal boats... [more]

Vendee: Now Bernard Stamm is in trouble
Event media,
Bernard Stamm on Cheminées Poujoulat, is the latest skipper to report problems, not 24 hours after the keel damage of his compatriot Dominique Wavre. Stamm's trouble, collapsing bearings which have made his leeward rudder hard to move, means he will be the third skipper in four days to report damage... [more]

America's Cup multihull on ABC - on board video
BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft multihull has featured on the ABC News show 'Good Morning America' profiles the BOR 90, with commentary from Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and Dennis Conner. The video features on board sailing footage and an interview with Dennis Conner, who is a strong supporter of the legal action bought by BMW Oracle Racing saying they are defending 160 years of America's Cup tradition... [more]

3rd leg of Volvo Ocean Race starts from Cochin
Volvo media,
The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, a step into the unknown, began in 7 knots of NW breeze in Cochin this morning. As the fleet embarked on its 1,950nm passage to Singapore, it was PUMA who had eked out a slight advantage soon after the gun... [more]

Vendee: Jean-Pierre Dick setting the pace
Event Media,
Showing resolute confidence in his boat, his preparations and himself, like a metronome, Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) has been setting the pace over the last three days, since he overtook Sébastien Josse (BT). Mike Golding, GBR, (Ecover 3) continues to match Dick, setting the same 24h VMG average, 17.7 knots... [more]

Busy time for Sam Davies on Roxy
Sam Davies,
The last 24 hours have been really busy for Sam Davies on Roxy in a rough and windy Southern Ocean. First an alternator failed, then the keel refused to cant and it was out with the head-torch, volt-meter and tools and head first in the batteries and keel hydraulics as Roxy hurtled down the huge waves at break-neck speeds!... [more]

Golden Gate YC responds to America's Cup Meeting
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing have issued a statement following the Competitors Meeting held in Geneva SUI on 12 December 2008. 'It is worth defending the integrity of the America's Cup even if it entails a few more months, especially since much of the delay is due to the Defender's actions, not ours. '... [more]

Team Ceeref continue winning at RC44 Gold Cup
Event media,
After James Spithill steering Team Ceeref to victory in all 10 match races of the Puerto Calero RC44 Gold Cup, today owner Igor Lah continued that winning streak in fine style, taking three of the four fleet races, and finishing second in the other. Can anyone stop the Slovenian team?... [more]

20 teams from 10 countries for 33rd America's Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The competitor list for the 33rd America's Cup is expected to contain 20 teams representing 10 countries. Half of those teams are new, and have not previously sailed at an America's Cup. Of the ten that have previous America's Cup experience, six or seven are currently active in America's Cup type activity while the legal hiatus has prevented proper organisation being undertaken.... [more]

Teams continue planning for 33rd America's Cup
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Challengers entered in the 33rd America's Cup continue to work with the Defender Alinghi and the Spanish Challenger of Record towards a Match in Valencia as soon as possible, in either 2010 or 2011... [more]

Vendee: Mike Golding into second place
Mike Golding is fairly pleased with his current second place in the Vendee Globe today and his more southerly route appears to be paying off against the chasing pack. Jean-Pierre Dick led the fleet through the gap between the Kerguelens and Heard Island... [more]

Finn TV hits the Internet
Robert Deaves,
The Finn class have announced the launch of a dedicated Finn Channel. The channel is being launched with twelve online clips which includes action from the 2008 Olympic Regatta venue and some stern camera footage from the 2007 ISAF World Championship in Cascais... [more]

Vendee: Temenos II crippled by keel damage
Vendee media,
There's been a tough blow aboard Temenos II. At 14:20 GMT this Friday afternoon Swiss skipper Dominique Wavre notified the Vendée Globe Course Directors that he had broken the head of the keel of Temenos II which means that the keel can no longer be held at a canted angle... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 starts Saturday
Volvo media,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is set to sail into the unknown this Saturday when leg three starts from Cochin, India. The finish line is off Singapore, and the fleet is expected to take just over a week to get there... [more]

Crew Lists for Leg 3 of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, 1,950-mile eastward from Cochin to Singapore, commences Saturday. Crew Lists for leg 3... [more]

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]

Superyacht Cup Day 2 full of drama and action
Lizzie Shawcroft,
Breakages, rough seas, squalls, sunshine and a new leader, the second day of The Super Yacht Cup Antigua had it all. Timoneer started 22 minutes after Tenacious, choosing to go offshore on the first leg resulting in big gains and eventually the lead. Wild Horses had less luck suffering damage in the morning race... [more]

Pallot Windows Frostbite Series -Race 2
Bill Harris,
Twenty-two boats that turned out in St Aubin's Bay on Sunday morning, for the second race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Pallot Windows Frostbite Series. op performer in Class 1 (IRC of 0.970 or more) was Rhys Perkins & partners' Archambault 35, Abracadabra, taking an early lead... [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]

Spithill delivers a match racing master class
Event media,
James Spithill delivered another match racing master class today, winning all five of his matches for the second day running in the Puerto Calero RC44 Gold Cup. This means that Igor Lah's Team Ceeref win the 2008 Match Race Series by a dominant margin... [more]

Top 5 Vendee boats within 40 miles after 31 days
Event media,
Speeds of 18.7, 18.3 and 18.1 knots displayed by the top three boats over the hour before this afternoon's poll confirm that few concessions are made among the Vendée Globe vanguard since the dismasting of third placed Loïck Peyron early yesterday, nor indeed the report from Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) that he had spotted a large ice floe less than half a mile away today... [more]

Groundhog Day for Mike Golding
It's a bit like Groundhog Day for Mike Golding who this morning finds himself in exactly the same ranking position on the Vendée Globe, as he was on Day 32 this time four years ago in the last edition of the race. He's even battling it out in fourth place with some of the same world class players... [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]

Superyacht Cup Antigua 2008: Day 1 Ship Equip Race
Superyacht Cup Media,
Blue skies, black clouds, sunshine and rain all in one afternoon for the first day of racing at The Superyacht Cup Antigua. The forecast turned out to be pretty acurate, predicting 17 – 20 knots with occasional squalls, but no one really expected squalls on every leg, and winds to reach over 35 knots on several occasions during the two and a half hour race... [more]

2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World NOR published
Helen King,
ISAF has published the Notice of Race for the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship to be held in Buzios, Brazil from 9-18 July 2009. The Iate Clube de Armação de Buzios in the Brazilian city of Armação de Buzios, located just 180km northeast of Rio de Janeiro, will host an anticipated 200+ of the world's best young sailing talent... [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]

Spithill leads RC44 Puerto Calero Gold Cup
Event media,
Lanzarote delivered on its promises of strong wind today, with the six RC44 teams battling to master the gusty conditions while also trying to win their five flights of intense match racing. The only boat to keep a clean sheet was Igor Lah's Team Ceeref, helmed by James Spithill... [more]

No Change at top of ISAF World Sailing Rankings
ISAF Media,
It's a time for consolidation in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings released on 10 December. All eleven world 1 crews maintain their positions as the stars of the Olympic sailing world recuperate after Beijing and ready themselves for the start of the ISAF Sailing World Cup... [more]

America's Cup heavyweights square off in Monaco
MaxComm Communication,
'We need to manage our sport in a better and more cost-effective way', say World Yacht Racing Forum speakers. The economic situation and the need to better manage our sport, including the America's Cup, were at the heart of today's debates at the World Yacht Racing Forum. The Cup debate was definitely one of the highlights of the day, with Tom Ehman and Brad Butterworth in the opposing corners.... [more]

Battle for Vendee lead after Peyron dismasted
Event media,
Following Loick Peyron's dismasting around 13:00hrs GMT, Wednesday afternoon, one of the favourites to win the race is out of the Vendee. On the race course Sébastien Josse (BT) lead through the middle part of today, but on the 15:00h GMT poll, is matched almost evenly with Jean Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2)... [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]

Volvo: Team Russia change Media Specialist
TeamRussia media,
Team Russia brings in Moscow-based yachting photographer Sergey Bogdanov as media crew member on Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Mark Covell who sailed the first two legs, is flying home for Christmas and hopes to rejoin the team in Singapore for the start of Leg 4... [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]

Medals decided at Sydney International Regatta
Di Pearson, SIR media,
Set down to start from 10.00 hours, racing was delayed on the final day of the OAMPS Sydney International Regatta as course officials waited for the expected nor-easter to fill in. Britain's Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith clinched the 49er Gold and Alison Young the Radial... [more]

Velux 5 Oceans route confirmed
Event media,
Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the Velux 5 Oceans yacht race, have confirmed the route for the 2010-11 race, the routing was described as - Five Ocean Sprints within a Marathon Solo Circumnavigation of the Planet. Also announced a €1.8 million of value for skippers of the next Velux 5 Oceans to be delivered by Velux and Clipper Ventures PLC, including a Skipper Prize Money Pot of €500,000... [more]

Goodison is Yorkshire Sports Personality of Year
Karenza Morton,
Paul Goodison capped his remarkable 2008 by being named BBC Yorkshire's Sports Personality of the Year last night. Rotherham-raised Goodison picked up the award at the ceremony in Bradford after his Laser class gold medal at Beijing 2008 was chosen as Yorkshire's sporting highlight of the year... [more]

J/109 final race at Garmin Hamble Winter Series
Classs media,
The final race of Garmin Hamble Winter Series for the J/109 fleet took place on Sunday 30 November 2008 and winter had certainly arrived with 15-20 knots from the North-East - J-Dream was victorious in her first J/109 Garmin Hamble Winter Series with a weekend to spare, from current UK National Champions Johnny Blue II... [more]

Swan 82, DreamCatcher KM takes ARC Line Honours
Fast Track,
Swan 82, DreamCatcher KM, owned by Karsten Möller, has outdone a fleet of 221 yachts to take line honours for ARC 2008, crossing the Rodney Bay finish line after racing for 13 days 23 hours and 44 minutes... [more]

Vendee: Davies and Caffari fight for positions
Event media,
With approximately one third of the Vendée Globe course completed, both British girls, Dee Caffari and Sam Davies were overhauled by rivals Tuesday, Bernard Stamm, SUI, passed Sam Davies for 14th place, but Caffari fights back to reclaim her 16th this afternoon now leading Arnaud Boissières by 20 miles... [more]

Will you be first? Round the Island Race 2009
Flavia Bateson,
Will you be the first entry for the next J P Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race? This unique event sees a huge fleet race westwards the 50 nautical miles round the Isle of Wight. The race will take place on Saturday 20 June 2009 and entries open on 22 January... [more]

World Yacht Racing Forum opens in Monaco Wednesday
MaxComm Communication,
The principal actors of the world yacht racing scene are on their way to the first World Yacht Racing Forum, in Monaco. The event begins Tuesday night, December 9 with an official welcome from Pat Lilley, the Chairman of the Forum. Sir Keith Mills will give the keynote address on Wednesday... [more]

Volvo: Delta Lloyd to get new mast in China
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell has confirmed that their boat will have a new mast from Southern Spars to be stepped in Qingdao. The team came into the race with a weakened mast because of damage sustained when the boat was still owned by Ericsson Racing Team.... [more]

Vendee : Ecover 3 writes from the deep south
Mike Golding Media,
On Sunday morning Mike Golding found himself in fourth place and reported from Ecover 3 'I have just seen Gitana Eighty passing 0.5 miles ahead but on the opposite gybe. We are now in 4th place hurray!!! - hey, I might as well enjoy it. The way things are happening around here - I may not be here for very long!'... [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]

Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Prizegiving
Event media,
The Garmin Hamble Winter Series has been concluded with the prize-giving reception at the Hamble River Sailing Club on Saturday 6 December. Over 100 prize winners, supporters, and VIP guests watched the awards ceremony... [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]

Latest images of Mach 2 Moth
Simon Payne,
On the 28 December Simon Payne and Amac will arrive in Zhuhai to oversee the finishing of their two Mach 2 International foiler moths. They will then then sail in the Australian National Championships starting on the 20 January in Geelong near Melbourne - Images of the new hulls here... [more]

Day 3 at Sydney International Regatta,
Unlike last year, the British 49er duo of Paul Campbell-James/Mark Asquith have been able to maintain the status quo at this year's SIRs, a second and a win today kept them ahead of their rivals by three points, after day 3 at the Australian regatta... [more]

ISAF updates Match Racing - Team Racing Call Book
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the 2009-2012 editions of the ISAF Call Book for Match Racing and the ISAF Call Book for Team Racing.... [more]

Sail 4 Cancer Christmas cards
You don't have to sail the seven seas, run a marathon, sail around the clock, compete in a triathlon or even put on fancy dress to raise much needed funds for Sail 4 Cancer this winter - Simply order some Sail 4 Cancer Christmas cards... [more]

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race
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2008 Monsoon Cup
The Monsoon Cup Malaysia 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 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Gear & Gadgets
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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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