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05 Jan 2009

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

2009 A-Cat Worlds


Sodeb'O accelerates towards the equator
Kate Jennings,
After an incredible week sprinting along the coast of Argentina and Uruguay, during which Thomas Coville was bordering exhaustion, exploiting every stormy squall to ultimately make up over four days on the record time, the Maxi trimaran Sodeb'O is today making headway close on the wind in very, very uncomfortable conditions.... [more]

Aussie International 14 Class Championship - Still wide open
Neil Patchett,
Long time rivals and good friends Anthony Anderson of Victoria and Brad Devine of WA are locked in a close points tussle for the Australian Championship in the International 14 class on the Swan River... [more]

Vendee Globe: Cape Horn a physical and psychological obstacle
Vendee Globe media,
Cape Horn is more than just a physical obstacle on the Vendée Globe course, it's a psychological one too. Michel Desjoyeaux can be expected to round the tip of South America at some point over the next day. Second-placed Roland Jourdain has shed a few of the miles he gained yesterday by holding onto a more easterly course.... [more]

Malbon retires from Vendee Globe
Event media,
Jonny Malbon (Artemis, GBR) has this morning announced his decision to retire from the Vendée Globe due to the ongoing problems with his mainsail. The damage is so severe that Malbon cannot repair it onboard... [more]

Spanish pair win opening race at Flying 15 Worlds Pre-Event,
Javier Chacartegui and Miguel Santaursula, from the Real Club Nautico, Spain won the opening race of the Flying 15 Australian Nationals, the Worlds pre-event, in Melbourne, Australia... [more]

Busy time for Portimão Global Ocean Race leaders
Brian Hancock,
It's been a busy 48 hours aboard the leading yachts in the Portimão Global Ocean Race as they approach the longitude of Western Australia. All the yachts have to remain north of the Ice Gate, a line of latitude running from 105 degrees east to 120 degrees east, in order to avoid a known area of icebergs and growlers. The wind has been howling and the average speeds remain well into the teens.... [more]

Barnes and Nicholson win B14 Worlds Pre-Event
Richard Fisher,
Britain's Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson win the B14 overall Open Event at the Australian B14 Nationals. Guy Bancroft and Nick Darlow sailed a consistent series with every result in the top ten to take second place and the Australian title... [more]

A-Cat Worlds Day 1: Blown Out
Rob Kothe,
The north easterly sea breeze came in early on Day One at Lake Macquarie. By 10am there were pressure patterns the length of the lake; Lake Macquarie is a big open space four times the size of Sydney Harbour. Unfortunately 22 knots is the top racing limit for the A-Cats and with winds speeds gusting to 25 knots out on Lake Macquarie, Principal Race Officer Peter Moor brought the fleet ashore... [more]

Team Russia depart the Volvo Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Ten days after they arrived in Singapore at the end of Leg 3 to reveal that the campaign was in trouble due to the world financial crisis, a crew led by Team Russia skipper Andreas Hanakamp, left the marina at Singapore Saturday on their way to Cape Town, after an emotional dockside farewell... [more]

Vendee Globe: Serious Mainsail problems for Artemis and Aviva
Vendee Globe media,
Jonny Malbon (Artemis) is facing a serious delamination to his mainsail, as the Kevlar fibres, taffeta and Mylar film separate, leaving the Artemis team pondering their options with more than 12,000 miles to go. Dee Caffari (Aviva, GBR) is facing a similar problem, watching her sail disintegrate despite attempts to fix it with any tools she has to hand.... [more]

B14 Worlds - Cyclone hits opening event races
Richard Fisher,
After the first three races of the B14 Worlds Pre-Event, being held at the Royal Yacht of Tasmania, in Hobart, there is a three-way tie for the lead. The first day provided hail, snow and tropical cyclones, with a wind strength varied from about 3 knots to 32 knots... [more]

Vendee Globe - Sam Davies keeps up the pace to be fastest overnight
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux expands his lead again overnight, while Vincent Riou leap-frogs Armel Le Cléac'h to fourth place and Sam Davies keeps up the pace to be fastest overnight. Derek Hatfield (Algimouss Spirit of Canada, CAN) made landfall on Maatsuyker Island, one of the outer islands on the south coast of Tasmania... [more]

Dutch pair win Flying Dutchman Worlds Pre-Event,
Frank Nooijen and Marc van der Pol from the Netherlands won the NZ Flying Dutchman National Championship and Pre-Worlds regatta at the Napier Sailing Club... [more]

A-Class Worlds – New Boys sound a warning
Rob Kothe,
2008 Olympic Tornado Silver Medallist Glenn Ashby is five times A-Cat World Champion and the Australian sailor is odds on to take a sixth title on Australia's Lake Macquarie this week, but the new boys could make it tougher than expected... [more]

US Sailing Gold Medallist Nick Scandone - Sharing the Good
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
He woke up, looked at his wife, Mary Kate, took his oxygen mask off, gave her a kiss and told her that he loved her. He put the oxygen mask back on and passed away. A friend, a sailor, an inspiration, a winner and a tremendous loss to all... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race: A perspective on Nico Budel's rescue
Brian Hancock,
Portimao Global Ocean Race. The dramatic rescue of Nico Budel is yet one more story of the immense solidarity shared by all sailors who take to the open ocean, be it alone on a small boat or aboard one of the world's largest freighters.... [more]

Russian sailors join Dragon fleet for Prince Philip Cup
Peter Campbell,
Two Russians skippers and their crews will join competitors from New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Great Britain and New Zealand in contesting the prestigious Prince Philip Cup regatta for International Dragon class yachts which starts on Sydney Harbour Friday... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race leaders head 'down under' Australia
Brian Hancock,
While the world celebrates a new year with fireworks and good intentions, the leading boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race celebrate a milestone of a different sort. Beluga Racer and Desafio Cabo de Hornos passed the halfway mark for Leg 2 and in doing so set their sights firmly on the second half of the leg; a long passage under Australia, across the Tasman Sea and into the Cook Strait.... [more]

Vendee Globe leader expected early Monday at Cape Horn
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux at the head of the Vendée Globe fleet for 17 days leads the fleet towards Cape Horn. Desjoyeaux leads by just under 70 miles from Roland Jourdain. While Sam Davies lies sixth but has encountered a ridge of high pressure during last night and spent some hours almost becalmed... [more]

Dutch pair lead FD Worlds Pre-Event in New Zealand
Lyle Tresadern,
After four races Dutch sailors Frank Nooijen and Marc van der Pol are leading the Flying Dutchman Worlds Pre-Event in New Zealand. Strong and building north westerly winds greeted sailors today as the race committee pushed to complete four back to back races in the NZ Flying Dutchman National Championship and Pre-Worlds regatta at the Napier SC... [more]

Open Letter to Ernesto Bertarelli from Vincenzo Onorato,
Another stylish broadside from Onorato, straight at Bertarelli's waterline. Which rooms near the sea have I visited in the last decades in Naples? Where have I had dinner hundreds of times - when I thought I was at my yacht club? Should I now question whether my club exists?... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart -Wild Oats XI sails make the difference
Julian Plante,
Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI re-wrote the history books again to take a fourth successive line honours. North Sails Australia Managing Director Michael Coxon was invited on board as part of the afterguard by Bob and Wild Oats Skipper Mark Richards.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Michel Desjoyeaux leads by 64.6 miles from Jourdain
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux leads by 64.6 miles from Roland Jourdain who continues to pace the leader as they head for Cape Horn 1400 miles ahead. Sam Davies, lies sixth now after taking over the position of Jean-Pierre Dick who has confirmed he will be retiring. On the current schedule the leader in this remarkable 2008-9 Vendée Globe is set to round Cape Horn on Sunday night... [more]

Aussies take early lead in 12 Foot Skiff Interdoms
Event media,
Australian 12 Foot Skiff 'Garde' sailed by Brett Hobson and Alex Johnston have taken an early lead in the 49th 12 Foot Skiff Interdomion Championship held at RQYS Brisbane... [more]

New Bladerider VRX hits the water for New Year
Rohan Veal Blog,
Just before Christmas, Team Bladerider were the first to get their latest high tech boat on the water and foiling. Rohan Veal reports in his Blog on the sea trials of the first Bladerider VRX hull... [more]

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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Gear & Gadgets
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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2009 A-Cat Worlds

The 2009 A-Cat Worlds runs January 2nd-9th, the Australian National titles (the Pre-Worlds regatta) finished on Wednesday....
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