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22 Dec 2008

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l'Hydroptère has recorded a speed peak of 61 knots. Wind conditions were an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC.

The squall that provoked this acceleration was really powerful and resulted in l'Hydroptère's capsizing. Images from the capsize of the French foiler l'Hydroptere off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône.

Back in Australia, the frigate HMAS Arunta with rescued sailor Yann Elies aboard arrived in Fremantle this morning at 03:10 GMT. Elies was met by members of the Generali team before being immediately transferred to the Royal Perth Hospital.

Gerald New
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Capsized! Images from l'Hydroptere
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from the capsize of the French foiler l'Hydroptere off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. Wind conditions were pretty though with an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC... [more]

First ISAF World Cup Titles decided in Melbourne
Jodi Kelly/GJN,
The inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne titles were decided in shifty winds on Port Phillip Bay. Australia struck double gold in the 470 events while Britain's Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith take 49er gold. Spain, France, Chile and the USA claimed titles to take to the next round of the new Olympic classes event in Miami... [more]

Vendee - Injured Elies arrives in Australia
Vendee media,
If there is a halfway point in the ever-changing line around the globe that the Vendée Globe skippers are tracking along, then with around 11,500 miles to go the leaders have now passed it. But after 42 days at sea, and 12 retirements, the battle at the front of the fleet is still as white-hot as ever... [more]

Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
To celebrate the 2008 offshore season, Burke Marine are running their first ever Sail-World online competition. You can win a Southerly offshore jacket, a Seabrake or a Burke Marine Inflatable PFD in the latest Sail-World online Competition... [more]

l'Hydroptère hits 61 knots!
'Hydroptère media - Marlène Colegrave,
l'Hydroptère has just recorded a speed peak of 61 knots this morning. Wind conditions were pretty though with an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC.... [more]

Images from the rescue of Yann Eliès
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from the Yann Eliès (Generali) rescue by the crew of The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta during the Vendee Globe single handed around the world race.... [more]

Volvo - Ericsson 4 lead is dust with 200nm to go
Mark Chisnell,
Torben Grael and Ericsson 4 have seen their lead ground into dust in the last 24 hours, but the jury is out on whether it's beneath the wheels of a tank, or broken and busted on the roulette tables of Las Vegas. No one likes it when it's more casino than race course out there, but it's hard to leave Las Vegas when you're on a winning streak... [more]

Vendee - Sam Davies (Roxy) into eighth place
Event media,
After the dramas of the previous few days, it's been back to business as usual for many of the 18 remaining skippers in the Vendée Globe fleet. Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) is holding on to his lead, steady at around 65 miles - Sam Davies (Roxy) has made a fine return to full race mode to take eighth place... [more]

Ginger wins Rolex Passage Series ahead of Hobart
Jim Gale Rolex Media Centre,
Leslie Green's Swan 60 Ginger has won the final race today of the Rolex Trophy Passage Series. The win was enough to edge out the 80-footer Andrew Short Marine Shockwave 5 and claim the Series outright.... [more]

Last Racing Day before Sydney Hobart 2008
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water again today for the last day of the Rolex Trophy Rating series.... [more]

Gilmour's focused pathway to Match Racing success
Tracey Johnstone,
Peter Gilmour's pathway to Monsoon Cup champion in the ninth and final event of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour was littered with distractions and surprising results... [more]

The S2H countdown has started for Southern Spars
Southern Spars Media,
Eight days from now 104 boats will approach the start line for the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Wild Oats XI, will be chasing a record fourth consecutive line honours victory. The supercharged maxi carries a Southern Spars ultra-high modulus hybrid mast that shed 80kg off her previous rig and a full set of EC6+ continuous carbon rigging.... [more]

Mumm 30 + M30 = Farr 30
Bunny Wayt,
The M30 (formally known as the Mumm 30) International Class Association announced recently that its Owners have voted unanimously to change the name of the Class Association to the Farr 30 International One Design Class... [more]

Portimao fleet bracing for the first big blow
Brian Hancock,
A tightly packed low pressure system is bearing down on the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet as they dive deeper south into the Roaring Forties. At the most recent poll (11:20 UTC) the British entry Team Mowgli held onto a slim 9.9 mile lead over second place Beluga Racer, the German entry that dominated Leg 1 of the race.... [more]

Yann Elies transferred to HMAS Arunta
Vendee media,
Yann Elies, the skipper of Generali who broke his left femur on December 18, has been successfully transferred to the Australian Navy's HMAS Arunta, an Anzac Class Frigate.... [more]

Volvo in Malacca Strait with their eyes wide open
Volvo media,
Ericsson 4 led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet through the scoring gate at Palau We yesterday, followed by Telefónica Blue and Ericsson 3. The entire fleet, except Delta Lloyd, has now passed the scoring gate at Palau We, and are now negotiating the Malacca Strait with their eyes wide open... [more]

Rolex Trophy Series Day 3 images
Andrea Francolini images,
Latest images from the Rolex Trophy Series captured by photographer Andrea Francolini. A great day out on the water!... [more]

Vendee: Navy reach injured Yann Elies Sat morning
Vendee media,
Evacuation of injured Generali skipper Yann Eliès should commence at around 10:00hrs GMT. Royal Australian Navy's Frigate HMAS Arunta is expected to be on station ready to start the evacuation of injured Vendée Globe skipper Yann Eliès at around 10:00hrs GMT this morning (Saturday)... [more]

Vendee Globe - Desjoyeaux doubles his lead
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) found the Indian Ocean amenable, he has nearly doubled his lead since yesterday afternoon and now is over 80 miles ahead of Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement), while Seb Josse (BT) in third has lost a little against the pace of Desjoyeaux... [more]

ISAF World Cup - Favourites in Podium positions
Event media/GJN,
With just the final day of Medal Races to be contested the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup is drawing to a close. Britain's Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith, 49er, take an unassailable lead into tomorrow's final race as does Spain's Blanca Manchon in the women's RS:X event... [more]

Pre Rolex Sydney Hobart drama for Ichi Ban
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
In a 20-25 knot sou'east breeze, CYCA Commodore Matt Allen's Jones 70 Ichi Ban had its Rolex Trophy Passage Race to Botany Bay cut short after sustaining damage to one dagger board just six days out from the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. .. 'We tacked and heard a big crack as a block exploded, then one of the (dagger) boards went down too far.. We started taking water ..'... [more]

Volvo Teams pass scoring gate, Ericsson Team leads
Ericsson Racing Team and Various Volvo competitors,
Ericsson Racing Team strengthened its overall lead in the Volvo Ocean Race today when Ericsson 4 claimed 4 points for being first boat past the Leg 3 scoring gate north of the island Pulau We. Onboard Team Russia they are happy with their performance, Delta Lloyd soldier on and telefonica Blue are disappointed they couldn't hold out E4. Read on ...... [more]

Portimao: British Team Mowgli charge towards top
Brian Hancock,
Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. The British team of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson have a bone between their teeth and are on a rip for the top spot in the double-handed division.... [more]

Sam Davies races to reach injured competitor
Justine Ozoux,
Just a day after suffering a blackout and nausea after a nasty fall aboard her Open 60 Roxy, Sam Davies, leading British skipper in the Vendée Globe, has changed her course to aid an injured competitor in the Southern Ocean. French skipper Yann Eliès, aboard Generali, sustained a serious fracture of his femur whilst on deck... [more]

Australian Frigate heads for injured Vendee sailor
Vendee media,
Australian Royal Navy Frigate left Perth around 18:00 UTC to go to the rescue of injured Vendee Globe sailor Yann Elies. The boat's ETA is now 14:00hrs GMT Saturday. Marc Guillemot arrived in the area late yesterday evening beside Yann Elies... [more]

Volvo - Ericsson 4 rolls Telefonica Blue to lead
Volvo media,
In the tussle to be first to reach the Volvo Ocean Race leg three scoring gate, Ericsson 4 has rolled over the top of Telefónica Blue and has a slim lead of eight nautical miles. Meanwhile, after yesterday's damage to one of their keel rams, Team Delta Lloyd is making slow progress, but in the right direction... [more]

Laura Baldwin jumps onboard with Team Australia
Jodi Kelly,
Ex-GBR Olympic representative Laura Baldwin has taken the decision to jump onboard with Team Australia - the decision was a 'no brainer'. At the crossroads of her sailing career in 2007, having been excluded from the GBR Laser Radial Beijing Olympic trials, Baldwin stumbled across her future in Australia... [more]

Coach of the Year award for Team GBR Chris Gowers
Skandia Team GBR Head Coach Chris Gowers, who aided Paul Goodison to Olympic sailing gold this summer, was honoured at the annual Sports Coach UK awards on 17 December... [more]

‘Names' line up for Audi Etchells Worlds 2009
Di Pearson,
The who's who of sailing is set to line up for the 2009 Audi Etchells Worlds. Some of the big names entered so far include former Worlds winners, Judd Smith (USA), Peter McNeil (AUS), John Savage (AUS) and Andy Beadsworth (GBR), who returns to defend his 2008 crown... [more]

Heavy winds hit ISAF Melbourne Regatta
Event media,
Heavier conditions played havoc with organizers on Day 4 of the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, forcing the abandonment of several classes. In the Laser Radial event US Olympic Gold Medallist Anna Tunnicliffe struggled but continues to maintain a 12 point lead... [more]

Vendee: Yann Elies awaits Australian Navy rescue
Event media,
Marc Guillemot arrived on station close to injured Yann Eliès last night between 22:30hrs and 23:00hrs GMT. He has been as close to Eliès' Open 60 as a 100 metres, but has since been keeping a safe distance, a mile to two miles off, sailing a parallel course. The two boats are making around 3.5 knots on port tack under triple reefed mainsails.... [more]

Ragamuffin holds Rolex Trophy lead after Day 2
Lisa Ratcliff,
The sou'east breeze built to a brisk 20 knots offshore for today's second race of the Rolex Trophy, which was described as 'a sailor's dream'. There was plenty of spray off the bow as boats hurtled down waves on the downwind legs sent the photographers into a frenzy as the two divisions racing on the Macquarie Circle made the most of the fresh conditions... [more]

Australian Navy for Southern Ocean Rescue - Again
Michael Perry/Sail-World,
The Australian Navy is once again to come to the aid of a sailor in the Southern Ocean, bringing back memories of the amazing rescue of Tony Bullimore just ten years ago.... [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]

Gladwell's Line: Born in Cowes.. Died in Valencia

Sail-World NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell takes a look at the America's Cup: According to the Media Release 21 teams entered and three were declined. This would seem to include the Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club entry. Thus, with the omission/non-entry by BMW Oracle Racing, the 33rd America's Cup will be the first in the 160 year history of the event to take place without a US entry.... [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]

Volvo Leg 3 - Delta LLoyd suffers keel damage
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Delta Lloyd (Roberto Bermudez/ESP) has suffered damage to the port side carbon structure around the keel ram.... [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]

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne Day 3
Jodi Kelly,
Olympic Gold Medallist Malcolm Page and skipper Mat Belcher continue to dominate proceedings adding another couple of regatta victories to their credit. In what they classed as the best racing so far this week, Belcher/Page managed to hold out US Olympic representatives Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl.... [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]

Volvo Race: Telefónica Blue leads to the South
Cameron Kelleher,
Over the past 24 hours life on board has all been about tacking and stacking as the fleet makes its way to the nearest treasure chest – the scoring waypoint of Pulau We, at the entrance to the Malacca Strait, 500 miles away. Telefonica Blue, having invested heavily in southern-most route on the race track, continues to head the leaderboard... [more]

Sailing takes Best TV Coverage Award - Beijing
Sailing scored a major coup as its television coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games was recognized as 'The Best Sports Coverage by the Host Broadcaster' at the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) 'Olympic Golden Rings' ceremony, held last night (16 December) in Lausanne, Switzerland.... [more]

Team GBR's Young sailors for British talent camp
Karenza Morton,
Around 16 of RYA Team GBR's most promising young sailors will get a unique insight into what it takes to become an Olympic medallist when the third National Talent Orientation Camp (NTOC) is staged at Loughborough University next month... [more]

Vendee Globe: Rich getting Richer
Event media,
The rich maybe getting richer, but the poor are not just getting poorer but they have been taking a regular thrashing. Such are the cruel inequalities of life at the extremes of the Vendee Globe fleet. Gains are steady for Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) who now has 36 miles lead over Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement)... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne Day 2
Jodi Kelly / GJN,
The second day of ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne brought with it improved conditions for the 170 competitors. A lot of these are sailing in non-Olympic classes such as the 29er, OK, Tasar, Moth, Cadet, Optimist and Laser 4.7. In the Olympic events Paul Cambell-James and Mark Asquith (GBR) lead 49er and Alister Masters (GBR) had a double victory to lead the RS:X... [more]

Bluepoint Construction Late Autumn Series results
Andy Farrell,
With Ben Ainslie in close proximity, crews were inspired to ensure the Bluepoint Construction Late Autumn Series drew to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday 14 December with all three IRC classes locked in closely fought battles for podium places... [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, SailingAnarchy.com, the brain child of San Diego-based sailor Scot Tempesta.... [more]

Ainslie to sail Etchells with Bertrand and Palfrey
Jordan Spencer,
At the Commonwealth Bank Etchells Australian Championships, Ben will be part of a that includes John Bertrand (former skipper, Australia II) and Andrew Palfrey (2008 Olympian with Iain Murray – Star class).... [more]

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