The Three Big Races: Volvo, Vendee, Portimao (and more)...




19 Dec 2008


Major Events


Has anyone noticed the complete lunacy of running three big ocean races simultaneously? Is anyone managing to follow them all closely? Do you have time? Are you on 'ocean racing news overload'? The recent Monaco Yacht Racing Forum recognised that sponsorship drives a great deal of sailing, and it is a scarce commodity - so why on earth are there three events running at the same time and all competing for teh same commercial dollar? Beats me...

The Volvo Ocean Race is halfway from Cochin to Singapore, and hoping to reach port in time for Christmas. It's a pretty big deal to have the VOR passing through Asian waters for the first time, but we've been wondering what it actually means for anyone not living in Cochin, Singapore or Qingdao. Are you planning on getting on a plane or a bus and go and see the fleet? Did the obvious candidates for a stopover - Hong Kong and Shanghai - ‘miss the boat' as it were?

For anyone who hasn't seen it, there's a survey on the Phuket King's Cup website asking competitors in this year's PKC to tell us about their experiences at the event. We want to hear from as many people as possible (and we think it was a great regatta this year!)

WYRF message - look after your sponsors!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
For those who missed the comments that came out of the recent Monaco Yacht Racing Forum, here is a sort of 'digest of the digest'. There is a strong message here - look after your sponsors! Bear in mind that we in Asia are sitting in the middle what is potentially the hottest marketing and sponsorship property on the planet (present financial crisis aside)...... [more]

PredictWind: 50% off Christmas Gift Subscriptions

Six months after its launch, the weather forecast system PredictWind has been widely accepted and used by the international sailing community. The world-leading product is being offered at a Christmas discount, before going on sale at full price in January 2009.... [more]

19 teams entered for 33rd America's Cup
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
AC Management today announced the entry list for the 33rd America's Cup that includes 19 teams, eight of which are new entries. All of the 32nd America's Cup challengers have re-entered, bar one. Aside from the Defender, Alinghi and the Challenger of Record, Desafío Español, a total of 21 teams presented a Notice of Entry and 17 were accepted.... [more]

Volvo News: Slogging upwind, halyard breadown
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Volvo Ocean Race boat news Day 6. Puma is slogging upwind in the hot, humid conistions, onboard Ericsson 3 the crew is smiling as they jump up the leaderboard and on Telefonica Black they are suffering a breakdown of the genoa halyard. Ericsson 4 is trying to keep its distance, Green Dragon thinks that going upwind in a Volvo sucks.. and telefonica blue are busy with sail changes. Now read on...... [more]

Vendee : Golding OK, Sam Davies takes a tumble
Various Vendee Globe competitors,
Latest news from vendee Globe competitors and Mike Golding, now headed for Western Australia.... [more]

Another Vendee Globe victim: Elies breaks femur
Vendee Globe media/Kate Jennings,
In the Vendee Globe, while Yann Eliès was changing sails aboard Generali, a huge wave came crashing through and halted the boat, at which time he landed roughly aboard his deck. He felt a sharp pain, and immediately crawled inside his boat, at which time he called the CROSS, his team and the race direction.... [more]

French sailors dominate World Match Race Rankings
Sebastien COL hit the top in the Open Rankings as France maintains its domination of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Claire LEROY's (FRA) reign at the top of the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings continues.... [more]

Drag Racing Volvo style for Green Dragon
Lucy Harwood,
It has been a day of snakes and ladders for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they continue to move north in search of stronger wind and away from the adverse currents to the south.... [more]

Oldest boat in Rolex Sydney Hobart comes to town
Sean Langman, skipper of Maluka of Kermandie, which at 9.1m overall length (30ft) is the smallest yacht entered in the 100-plus Sydney Hobart fleet, trailed his yacht into town and parked it in the street outside the Customs House. Maluka, built 76 years ago, is also the oldest boat in the race.... [more]

Oman Sail's new 100' flagship multihull
Emily Caroe,
Oman Sail's new andArabian 100' trimaran will, when she hits the water in the winter of 2009, become part of a select group of the longest sailing trimarans ever built. She will join the Oman Sail Racing Team fleet as the largest sailing boat to be based in Middle-East region.... [more]

Light upwind sailing for Portimao Global OR fleet
Brian Hancock,
In the Portimao Global Ocean Race, by playing the safe middle ground, the German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme aboard Beluga Racer have placed themselves in an unassailable position.... [more]

Vendee leader Michel Desjoyeaux extends lead
Vendee Globe media,
After taking the Vendee Globe lead yesterday morning Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) shows no sign of simple consolidation. Propositions that Michel Desjoyeaux might somehow ease off on the accelerator now that he has seized the lead of the Vendée Globe seem empty rhetoric.... [more]

Life's a breeze: sailing in China
Xie Chuanjiao, China Daily,
Most Chinese knew nothing about yachts 20 years ago, but now a growing band are taking up sailing. It's a sunny Sunday morning and Jeff Wang is setting out for a morning's sailing with his four mates. He bought his yacht six years ago, and at that time he had no idea how to sail. Looking at his boat, he probably still doesn't - his boat is a Sea Ray sport cruiser.... [more]

Jim Saltonstall seminar in Singapore
Tony Mapplebeck/Singapore Sailing,
The 1st Asian and Oceania 420 Coaches' Seminar, held from 21-24 November, was part of a long-term development programme established by the International 420 Class to facilitate the development of the 420 across the world and to strengthen race coaching capacity generally. The Seminar was led by the former World Youth Sailing Trust Coach, Jim Saltonstall.... [more]

Sailing Anarchy YC enters 33rd America's Cup
Alan Block,
The Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club (SAYC) today confirmed its entry in the 33rd America's Cup to be contested in the waters off Valencia, Spain in 2010 or 2011. Known as Anarchy Challenge, SAYC's racing syndicate will draw upon the immense resources of the world's most popular sailing website,, the brain child of San Diego-based sailor Scot Tempesta.... [more]

Michel Desjoyeaux takes over Vendee Globe lead
Event media,
Mike Golding plans to set a jury rig and head to an Australian port within 24-48 hours once the next storm has passed. Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) now leads, completing his remarkable recovery from last place to the head of the fleet in 35 days. At one point he had a deficit of 670 miles to the leaders... [more]

Hobart Big Boats - pictures on Sydney Harbour,
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on Sydney Harbour today for the annual Rolex Big Boat Race, the traditional chance to remind Sydney siders and the Emerald City media that its Sydney to Hobart race time - enjoy the images here.... [more]

RHKYC entered for NYYC Invitational Cup
New York Yacht Club,
Twenty yacht club teams from around the world have accepted the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) invitation to compete in the first-ever New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Announced last August and scheduled to debut September 15-19, 2009, the event is for Corinthian (amateur) sailors representing their yacht clubs and respective nations.... [more]

Split tacks for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Brian Hancock,
Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet has split tacks with the boys on Beluga Racer, alongside the leading solo sailor Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty, have chosen a south-easterly course away from Cape Point... [more]

Vendee Globe Leader in violent collision
Vendee media,
Vendee Globe leader Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac) is sailing at reduced speeds after a violent collision with an unidentified object in the water. Dick is evaluating his options as to how he might affect a repair... [more]

Telefonica Blue leads Volvo Race, but only just
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica Blue still lead on leg three, from Ericsson 4. Green Dragon, Puma and Telefonica Black are battling for third place.... [more]

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]

Cochin send off for Volvo fleet spectacular
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Volvo Ocean Race leg 3. Puma reflects on their send off, Delta LLoyd wants a podium placing, Team Russia has two new faces onbaord, Ericsson 4 enjoyed the curries and Telefonica Blue also reflects on the sendoff from Cochin. Read on for the latest onboard news......... [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]

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]

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]

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]


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