29 Dec 2008

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009


Vendee Globe: Dee Caffari in top 10 battle
Caroline Ayling,
The battle to stay in the top ten is well and truly on, as little than 45 miles separates tenth to twelfth position in the Vendée Globe round the world yacht race. Britain's Dee Caffari and her Open 60 Aviva are holding on to tenth place... [more]

Peters and Maclean win HISC Christmas Cracker Race
Gerald New,
The cold Northerly breeze, a steady 20 knots with 25+ gusts, did not deter the thirty sailors who turned out for the annual Christmas Cracker race at Hayling Island SC on Saturday... [more]

Vendee Globe: Algimouss Spirit of Canada breaks spreaders in knockdown
Vendee Globe media,
Michel Desjoyeaux's lead is stabilised at just over 50 miles as the fleet deal with a series of depressions in the Southern Ocean. But, Canadian Derek Hatfield on Algimouss Spirit of Canada was laid flat early this morning, breaking the top two spreaders on the port side of his mast. He is thinking of making to Hobart. His rig has been stabilised meantime... [more]

Record fourth Rolex Sydney Hobart Line Honours for Wild Oats XI,
Wild Oats XI lived up to pre-race expectations and at 09:34, 14 secs AEST Sunday morning sailed into the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race history books. Her elapsed time was 1 day 20 hours 34 minutes and 14 seconds... [more]

Nearly half the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht fleet still locked in battle
Bruce Montgomery,
Nearly half the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet, more than 40 boats, are locked in battle this evening. A strong wind warning is current for their field of play, up to 85 miles off the island coast. The forecast until midnight is for north-west winds 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots at times, tending westerly at 15 to 25 knots this evening, with two to three metre seas.... [more]

Images from Wild Oats XI Line Honours finish in Rolex Sydney Hobart
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini was out on the Derwent River in Hobart this morning as Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI made Rolex Sydney Hobart history, winning her fourth consecutive Line Honours victory... [more]

Full-on sprint to Kerguelen Gate for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Brian Hancock,
It's a full-on sprint to the Kerguelen Gate with a handful of miles separating the Portimao Global Ocean Race leading three boats. The Kerguelen Gate is a line of longitude running due north from Kerguelen Island. Gates were added to each leg to keep the fleet closer together and to make the race more interesting... [more]

Skandia continues to lead Wild Oats XI in Sydney Hobart
Key Partners (KPMS),
The four years older Skandia continued to lead her supercharged rival Wild Oats XI at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet today, confounding all pre-race predictions including those of her skipper Grant Wharington... [more]

Sam Davies considers Christmas and Living in a Fridge
Sam Davies,
I hope that Father Christmas delivered to expectations, and that you have all eaten, drunk and watched too much Christmas TV. Out here on Roxy it is life as normal, trying to squeeze that extra half a knot of boatspeed out of Roxy in less than ideal conditions... [more]

London International Boat Show goes live
Watch the London International Boat Show being built in real time and see what it takes to turn the massive ExCeL building into the London International Boat Show. National Boat Shows has launched four webcams to stream live feeds to the London International Boat Show website in the run up to the Show... [more]

Vendee Globe : Record run for Britain's Steve White
vendee Globe media,
Britain's Steve White, on Toe in the Water made the fleet's biggest 24h run in his 10 year old boat, 367 miles. While American Rich Wilson sustained a cut head when he was thrown from his bunk yesterday in the violent conditions and Seb Josse has been forced to give up his fourth place as he is forced a long way north to make repairs to his boat after being knocked flat by a wave... [more]

Skandia in sight of Sydney Hobart Line Honours win
Bindy Lockhart,
Grant Wharington's Skandia is causing quite an upset in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008, surprising everyone by leading arch rival Wild Oats XI in the quest for line honours victory.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Cougar II stalks the ultimate prize
Jim Gale,
For the true believers, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008 is not the heavy weight contest at the front of the fleet. This year it's the tight competition among the 50-footers for the ultimate prize, the Tattersall's Cup, for the winner on corrected time.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Gripping battle in Bass Strait for line honours
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
At 2pm on day two of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008 the seemingly impossible was happening 90 miles east of Tasman Island. Wild Oats XI, the presumed pre-race line honours favourite was trailing Skandia by almost six miles. Far from a procession, the two maxis have been locked in a tense match race all day, with the advantage swinging from one to the other.... [more]

Sydney Hobart: Now to the tricky part – the Tasmanian coast
Rob Kothe,
While the weather models predicted a fast ride last night for the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart fleet, with solid 20-25 knot breezes particularly wide offshore, the reality was quite different.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Skandia continues to surprise,
From the seamark yesterday after Skandia rounded 70 seconds behind Wild Oats XI, it was generally expected the gap would widen, but instead Skandia was obviously faster and she headed right down the rhumbline and she sailed through the Oats XI. With Skandia now around seven miles ahead of her nemesis in the southern reaches of Bass Strait, commentators are wondering what is happening?... [more]

China dispatches war ships to counter piracy
Jeni Bone,
Three Chinese warships departed for the Gulf of Aden on Boxing Day, planning to join international efforts to fight Somali pirate attacks, which experts estimate have totaled more than 100 in 2008.... [more]

Simon Payne heads to China for new Mach 2 International Moth,
Hayling Island SC member, Simon Payne is heading to Zhuhai in China to oversee the finishing of his new Mach 2 International Moth. He will then fly to Australia to sail in the Australian Moth National Championships in Geelong near Melbourne... [more]

Heading to the Gate - leg 2 Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Teams in Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race now have their sights to the first gate of the course, the Kerguelen Gate now less than 400 miles to their east.... [more]

Vendee Globe: BT suffers damage after knockdown
Vendee Globe media,
The French skipper Seb Josse on BT was knocked down with the mast in the water for several minutes and has since found ‘considerable damage': cracking to the coach-roof which is letting in water at a ‘manageable rate' but he now plans to head north to see what kind of repairs he can make.... [more]

Sydney Hobart Race leaders enter Bass Strait
Lisa Ratcliff & Jim Gale,
For most of yesterday the top six boats in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race chewed up the miles, the 30ms maxis peaking at 20 knots of boat speed before the winds lightened off considerably just before midnight. This morning frontrunners Wild Oats XI and Skandia are virtually side by side, but are off record pace.... [more]

PredictWind: Light winds likely to stall Sydney Hobart record
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Light winds in the Bass Strait area seem likely to preclude any chance of the race record being broken in the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race.... [more]

Sebastien Col leads K-Challenge crew for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Stephanie Nadin,
FRA93, K-Challenge's V5 ACC boat which was built for participation in the last America's Cup, will be back to operations for training in 2009. Before the European season the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 1-14 February 2009 and Helmsman Sebastien Col will arrive in Auckland on January 23, in order to start the training... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Lead yachts setting breakneck pace
Rolex Sydney Hobart media,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet are enjoying a quick ride down the coast this evening. We have a beautiful breeze, we have our large spinnaker up and we are slowly heading out to sea as the wind is moving towards the north. We are doing 16 knots and the world is a wonderful place, says veteran Bruce Taylor on Chutzpah.... [more]

Sydney Hobart : Georgia sinking - all crew rescued
Drama this evening in the 64th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, when Victorian yacht Georgia, the New Zealand built Farr 52 belonging to two Sydney to Hobart veterans John Williams and Graeme Ainley who between them have sailed 49 Hobart races, this evening issued a MayDay at 21:25, when the vessel was around 34 miles east of Ulladulla.... [more]

Caffari and Aviva break into Vendee Globe top ten
Caroline Ayling,
Christmas delivered for Dee Caffari yesterday as the British yachtswoman broke into the top ten of the Vendee Globe fleet for the first time. During yesterday's festivities Caffari was sailing hard and Aviva overtook fellow Brit Brian Thompson onboard Bahrain Team Pindar as she recorded the fastest 24 hour run in the fleet... [more]

RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009 - Tickets on Sale now

If you're a dedicated dinghy sailor or keen to start then a must for your 2009 calendar is the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009 – 7 and 8 March. Buy your tickets prior to Tuesday 3 March and you will be automatically entered in to a free prize draw to win a fantastic RS Tera dinghy, courtesy of LDC Racing Sailboats... [more]

Vendee Globe: Desjoyeaux extends at New Zealand Gate, Caffari flying
Vendee Globe media,
In the Vendee Globe, Dee Caffari, GBR (Aviva) has been quickest in the fleet, covering 389 miles over the last 24 hours, the biggest distance in the fleet, and remains quickest this morning. The low pressure system which gave headwinds for the Vendee Globe leaders up to the New Zealand security gate has shuffled the mileages again but the order remains fixed.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart : Just like the brochure
Rob Kothe,
Four hours after the start of the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race and so far the conditions are exactly as the printed brochure, with sunny skies and a building north easterly sea breeze powering the fleet south.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart : A Perfect start for Wild Oats XI,
From Sydney Harbour, the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008. As expected Wild Oats XI showed her dominance and blitzed the fleet down the Harbour, through Sydney Heads and out to sea. She popped her giant R2 spinnaker and turned south, headed for Hobart.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Tough, unrelenting conditions hit back of the fleet
Vendee Globe media,
As the leaders climb to pass the New Zealand gate leader Michel Desjoyeaux has slowed in recent hours, encountering awkward cross seas and changing conditions. Tough, unrelenting conditions for those towards the back of the fleet, little time for Christmas festivities.... [more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race record looking more likely
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Using course optimisation and weather software supplied by! and!Expedition Sail-World has run a Volvo 70 down the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race track, and a race record would seem to be looking more likely.... [more]

PredictWind: Rolex Sydney to Hobart complete weather information
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Using the!PredictWind wind forecasting package has been able to produce a complete set of wind strength and direction charts for the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Will the Tow Truck fly again?
Rob Kothe,
The Tow Truck is back. 'The Ker 11.3 is a UK built one design. It's a down wind flier. Previously the boat was campaigned as Voodoo Doll out of the Jersey Islands. It's supposed to be a rocket ship down hill. The skipper and crew are looking forward to the challenges of this year's race and clearly relish the possibility of some fast downwind flying.... [more]

Sam on Roxy - Happy Christmas everyone!
Sam Davies,
'Happy Christmas everyone! - - Well, Father Christmas found Roxy last night and I am a very lucky girl. Still on the Roxy Rollercoaster, I had loads of presents to open this morning... [more]

Vendee Globe - Action filled day on Bahrain Team Pindar
Brian Thompson,
Another incredible action filled day on Bahrain Team Pindar - After the repairs had been finished at dawn yesterday, I slowly started sailing and the boat was going fine, ahead of the cold front in 40-50 knots of wind and the repair was holding - I tried to get the mainsail lowered going downwind, it was not budging, so I turned onto a reach in 55 knots... [more]

Flying Dutchman World Titles Napier New Zealand,
Forty-five crews are gathered in Napier, New Zealand, for the Flying Dutchman World Championships which will take place from the 6 to 11 January 2009 with nine races... [more]

Christmas Day for the Vendee Globe near Australia's Cape Leeuwin
Event media,
Christmas is proving long and cruel for those between the Kerguelen Islands and Australia's Cape Leeuwin. Whilst Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), number one on the Vendée Globe Christmas chart for the ninth day running, awaits the south westerly winds... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Delta Lloyd against the odds cross finish under sail
Kate Laven,
To end Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the beleaguered Delta Lloyd, against the odds, crossed the finish line under sail to add a single point to their overall tally. They finished with engine failure just 20 minutes after dropping the sails.... [more]

Hugo Boss back in Gosport and undergoing repairs
Alex Thompson Racing,
Since HUGO BOSS arrived back in Gosport on the 29 November she has been in the shed at Endeavour Quay, and has had a team busily surveying and working on her repairs... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race: Fleet preparing for Gale number three
Brian Hancock,
It's christmas eve and for the sailors racing the Portimão Global Ocean Race it will be one of their most memorable Christmas's ever. Team Mowgli, the southernmost boat in the fleet would have received the brunt of the storm, but that does not mean that the other boats got away lightly.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica Blue lodges protest against Ericsson 3
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue has filed protest papers with the Race Committee alleging an infringement of the Racing Rules of Sailing by Ericsson 3 for an incident during the leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Bluewon the leg, while Ericsson 3 finished in third place.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Fleet battles fierce winds and big seas
Vendee Globe media,
The Vendee Globe leaders will once again be slowed by contrary breezes forcing them to fight north to the New Zealand gate while Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) and Vincent Riou (PRB) are the only skippers to be feeling some festive cheer, given a temporary boost: the favourable SW'ly winds for them in excess of 30 knots enables Riou to be the fastest this evening covering 400 miles in 24 hours.... [more]

Day 45 onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe - Sam Davies' daily log

Hello there everyone! - Well, whilst you are all comfy in front of the fire (or bbq for those down under) eating chocolates, singing carols, drinking mulled wine, I will explain a bit of my day on Roxy today... [more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: PredictWind prognosis shows record unlikely
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Latest weather and course projections show that despite strong running conditions for the race start and first 12 hours, light winds later in the race show that a new race record is unlikely.... [more]

B14 Australian Titles and Worlds in Hobart
Mark Barnes,
The International B14 Class Association will be holding their largest World Championships since the event's inauguration at Weymouth in 1998, under the banner of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania... [more]

64th Rolex Sydney Hobart will be a quick one
Key Partners,
The latest weather forecasts suggest the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart will be a quick one. Fresh to strong, 20-30 knot northeast following winds for the first two days. A fleet of 100 yachts will compete in this year's race, which starts at 13:00 AEDT, 26 December 2008. With competitors from the USA, UK, New Zealand, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, New Caledonia and Australia... [more]

Vendee Globe leaders race towards Cape Horn
Event media,
Vendee Race leaders, Michel Desjoyeaux and Roland Jourdain have been relishing brisk downwind conditions towards Cape Horn: the loss over 24 hours was only fifty miles in comparison to Sébastien Josse, third, and Jean Le Cam in fourth, who are running a course between 45 and 70 miles further to the north... [more]

Chichester Harbour Christmas Races
Event media,
A chance to take part in the Hayling Island SC and Mengeham Rythe SC Christmas open events this coming weekend. Just the thing for getting out of the house after all that Christmas food... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: A Sleigh Ride to Hobart
JIm Gale. Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed early predictions of fresh northerly winds over the first two days of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008, ensuring the sailors a fast, thoroughly enjoyable ride to Tasmania.... [more]

Vendee: Dee Caffari on Aviva spends Christmas in Southern Ocean, again
Synergy Sponsorship,
Inspirational solo yachtswoman Dee Caffari is preparing for Christmas with a twist this year as she sails solo onboard her racing yacht Aviva in the Vendée Globe round the world yacht race. Instead of sitting down to roast turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas Day, Caffari will boil the kettle on her single ring burner and prepare a freeze-dried Christmas dinner. This will be her third... [more]

For Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet the worst of the storm is over
Brian Hancock,
The worst is over for the five yachts racing Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Aboard race leader Team Mowgli things are 'almost' back to normal. During the height of the storm a particularly large wave came over the transom and took out all their communications gear. This has left them with no means of receiving or transmitting messages... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Currents and sea temps provide tactical edge
Susan Boyd,
A revolutionary new website which charts ocean currents and sea temperatures in conjunction with navigational charts has been released in time for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]

How Telefonica Blue won Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Bouwe Bekking,
Telefonica Blue has won a thrilling Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09. Skipper Bouwe Bekking is happy to let everyone in on the secret of how the battle was won, shortening the gap on the leaderboard to Ericsson 4 to just 4.5 points... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Delta Lloyd safely finishes Leg 3
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Roberto Bermudez de Castro/ESP brought the crippled Delta Lloyd across the finish to complete leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cochin in India, at 2007 GMT tonight, after 10 days, 10 hours, 7minutes and five seconds (elapsed time 10:10:7:5), more than 24 hours after Bouwe Bekking and Telefónica Blue scored their first leg win of the event... [more]

Sydney to Hobart - the real race is Sydney Heads to Tasman Light
Rob Kothe,
Roger ‘Clouds' Badham, the very well known Australian meteorologist has been providing basic Hobart forecasts and much more detailed forecasts with full notes since the mid-1980's and having followed all those races in detail he feels it time for a new Handicap Trophy – the Clouds Badham Trophy.... [more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Betting on the Hobart race,
Australian's are renowned for betting on just about anything. The famous Anzac Day tradition, which goes back to a 1798 convict gambling game, is Two-Up, where two coins are flipped in the air and the call is Heads or Tails.... [more]

Mike Golding - Australia by Christmas Day
Mike Golding,
All things being equal, wind in the right direction, fuel reserves lasting out and even finally a bit of good luck Mike Golding should make landfall in Fremantle, Western Australia on Christmas Day - But just in case - HMAS Arunta, the Royal Australian Navy's Anzac class Frigate dropped a pre-christmas selection box off to Golding... [more]

Final Results of Open Winter series at Wilsonian SC
Roy Winnett,
An evil gusty southwesterly concluded the Open Winter series at Wilsonian SC on 21 December. As the 15-race series had been marred by an absence of wind or too much, seven races had been abandoned and with just five races to be count the top prizes were still up for grabs... [more]

Team Russia retire from Volvo - out of Money
Team Russia,
Team Russia today announced it has suspended racing upon arrival in Singapore at the end of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race due to insufficient funds to continue the campaign... [more]

Hat-trick of titles for Skandia Team GBR at Palamós Christmas Race
Skandia Team GBR secured a hat-trick of titles as up-and-coming stars of the Development Squad shone at the 33rd Palamós Christmas Race. With the medal races taking place in Spain yesterday (Monday 22 December) they took the Finn, 49er and Laser titles... [more]

Vendee - Images of floorboard repairs to Bahrain Team Pindar
Brian Thompson,
Latest update from skipper, Brian Thompson, on board Bahrain Team Pindar in the Vendée Globe. Following the discovery, on Friday, of cracks on the front longitudinal bulkheads on board Bahrain Team Pindar, Brian has been trying to repair the cracks that have appeared in the inboard sides of both forward ballast tanks, just forward of the keel bulkhead with floorboards... [more]

Vendee Globe: Chasing pack close on Desjoyeaux
Event media,
The group chasing Michel Desjoyeaux have been waiting for an opportunity to gain after the past few days' drag race — could this be it? Foncia, along with second-placed Veolia Environment, is currently being slowed by a high pressure zone which has been building to the east of Campbell Island... [more]

America's Cup: Yachting NZ signs up for betting on yacht racing
Zoe Hawkins and Sail-World,
It is now possible to bet on yacht racing through a deal signed between Yachting NZ and the NZ Racing Board. The move is expected to allow New Zealanders and international punters the opportunity to bet on the outcomes of yacht races. The move has been announced by Yachting New Zealand, however no comment has yet been made by the Racing Board, which is known to have been pursuing an agreement... [more]

ICAP Leopard to compete in Heineken Cape to Bahia race
Pitch PR,
On 10 January 2009 ICAP Leopard, the record breaking British supermaxi yacht, will compete in the Heineken Cape to Bahia Race (formerly 'Cape to Rio') – one of the longest and toughest offshore races of its kind. This will be the first race for ICAP Leopard, following modifications to improve speed predictions by 7.5%, and she will be looking to set an impressive record on the new race route... [more]

Volvo: Green Dragon and Kosatka Team Russia fight to the end
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) and Kosatka Team Russia (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) have been fighting their own private battle for the minor placings.... [more]

ONE News: The Sailing Year in Review
Martin Tasker, TVNZ,
See ONE News' Martin Tasker reflect on the Sailing Year from both a New Zealand and international standpoint - featuring the 2008 Olympics, 2008 World Championships, America's Cup, Auckland Suva Race and more... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Three still racing, most of the fleet in Singapore
Volvo event media,
Leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race and Telefonica Black has claimed fifth place behind Telefonica Blue, Puma, Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4. Green Dragon, Team Russia and Delta LLoyd are yet to finish.... [more]

Telefonica Blue win Volvo Leg 3. Four finish in 20 minutes
Event media,
Telefonica Blue with Bouwe Beking and Iker Martinez leading the team have won leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Blue crossed the finish line off Singapore at 14:51:22 GMT, or 22:51:22 local time. Telefonica Blue won leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race. Behind, PUMA pipped Ericsson 3 who in turn led Ericsson 4 over the line with just a few metres between the amazing finish.... [more]

Three blondes in a boat call it a day
British sailing's golden girls, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, have confirmed that they've raced for the last time as a trio following the removal of the Yngling class from the 2012 Olympic Games. They will announce their future plans in the New Year, but Elliot 6m match racing event has been ruled out... [more]

Early Christmas for Brits in AUS
Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith rounded their 2008 off in style as they clinched 49er class victory at Sail Melbourne – the first round of the new ISAF Sailing World Cup series... [more]

Volvo - Fleet kedge on approach to Singapore
Event media,
Volvo fleet has spent some time at anchor as the wind has faded completely and an adverse current has threatened to push them backwards. At 04:00 the top four boats had split into two groups. PUMA Ocean Racing is currently leading the pack, by one mile over Ericsson 4. The ETA for the leading group is fluctuating as wildly as the speed over ground being registered... [more]

Pallot Windows Frostbite Series
Bill Harris,
A slightly diminished fleet of seventeen boats turned out for the fourth race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Pallot Windows Frostbite Series held in St Aubin's Bay on Sunday morning... [more]

Vendee - Thompson uses floorboards to reinforce bulkheads
Jo Gawith,
Following the discovery, on Friday, of cracks on the front longitudinal bulkheads on board Bahrain Team Pindar, Brian Thompson is taking advantage of the calmer conditions to continue the repairs on board. Thompson is placed tenth, 1762.3 miles behind the Vendee race to leader... [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]

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