12 Jan 2009

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009


In the week of the great freeze in Europe, adding to the on-going flood of gloom in the economic sector, it is a relief to be able to feature the events taking place in the sun of Australia and New Zealand.

This past week has seen the B14 World Championship in Australia won by Guy Bancroft and Nick Darlow and in New Zealand, the Flying Dutchman World title won by Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos of Hungary.

Just started in Melbourne is the 17th Flying 15 World Championship, where after three races, Britain's Barry Parkin and Tim Hall have taken a five point lead lead ahead of Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay of Australia. New Zealand Editor Richard Gladwell is on a busman's holiday there and supplying the words and images for our reports.

Just about to start at the Royal SA Yacht Squadron, are the Australian Etchells Nationals, with Ben Ainslie teaming up with John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey to challenge for the title.

On the soap opera scene we have that old favourite, the America's Cup. The British challenger decided to throw their hat, or in this case, Amicus Curiae, into the ring, as the date for the hearing approaches in the New York Court of Appeals.

That other long running event, the Vendee Globe, added more drama and heartbreak this week to what is turning into a last man standing saga. First the rescue of Jean Le Cam from his capsized hull and then the dismasting of his rescuer, Vincent Riou's PRB, only hours later. Out in front Michel Desjoyeaux continues to lead from Roland Jourdain, who reported hitting something Thursday.

This weekend the Volvo Ocean Race held their in-port races in Singapore, prior to starting leg 4 to Qingdoa, China, on the 18 January. The winner was Ericsson 4, and earned the team the four maximum points on offer which extends their total to 39 points.

While all this was taking place the 36th Bloody Mary took place over the weekend in the cold and freezing fog of Staines reservoir, with 178 competitors braving the conditions. Winner was Andy Couch from Blithfield SC in a Phantom.

All this and more filled the website last week, so ignore the gloom outside and enjoy.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Ice Cold in Staines - Freezing at this year's Bloody Mary,
The London International Boat Show Bloody Mary took place on Saturday 10 January at Queen Mary SC in sub zero temperatures with a shifty 5 knot wind and fog engulfing the reservoir until minutes before the start. Overall winner of the 36th Bloody Mary was Andy Couch from Blithfield SC in a Phantom... [more]

Action shots of Day 1 of the Audi Flying Fifteen Worlds
Richard Gladwell,,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell took these great action shots on Day 1 of the 2009 Audi Flying Fifteen Worlds taking place on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne... [more]

Vendee - More mainsail problems for Dee Caffari
Caroline Ayling,
British yachtswoman Dee Caffari has discovered further deterioration to Aviva's mainsail as she continues towards Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean. The solo skipper realised that the mainsail had continued to delaminate despite her recent repairs to the sail last week... [more]

Images from the in-port race in Singapore
Images by Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale from the second in the series of seven in-port race events, the results of which count towards the overall result of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09... [more]

Vendee Globe - Cape Horn for Sam
Event media,
British solo skipper Sam Davies on Roxy should reach Cape Horn this morning around 10:30hrs GMT lying in fourth place in this remarkable Vendée Globe race. In her wake, Marc Guillemot (Safran) is still achieving the best average speeds in spite of the handicap of having to sail with three reefs in the main.... [more]

Parkin and Hall take lead at Audi Flying 15 Worlds,
Britain's Barry Parkin and Tim Hall have taken a five point lead lead after day two at the Audi Flying 15 World Championship on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay of Australia are in second place with Steve Goacher and Phil Evans in third place after three races... [more]

Flying Dutchman World Championship final day
Tim Sandall,
Hungarian Sailors Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos were made to fight hard for the final bullet of the Flying Dutchman World Championship in New Zealand by Dutch pair Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken... [more]

Superyacht Stuck Three Years - Now it's the Keel
Sail-World Cruising,
For the last few years, Sail-World Cruising has been following the bizarre story of the megayacht Legacy, marooned four miles off Florida's Key West since she was deposited there by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. Owner Peter Halmos has stayed close in a houseboat ever since, trying to free the 160ft yacht. Now there's a new barrier to her salvage... [more]

B14 Worlds - Images by Tasmanian photographer Jane Austin,
Hobart yachting photogrpaher Jane Austin capture the colour of the B14 Worlds.... [more]

Flying Fifteen Worlds Day 2 - images from Teri Dodds,
Day 2 of the Flying Fifteen World Championships and Victoria yachting photographer Teri Dodds was on the water again. Here are some of her images. You will find more at [more]

ICAP Leopard starts Heineken Cape to Bahia Race in Cape Town
Jake Motion,
At 14:00 local time, ICAP Leopard, the British 100ft supermaxi crossed the start line of the 2009 Heineken Cape to Bahia Race in Cape Town, South Africa. Close behind ICAP Leopard, is 90ft US maxi Rambler, owned by George David... [more]

Guy Bancroft and Nick Darlow take B14 World Title
Peter Campbell,
Australian sailor Guy Bancroft has won the B14 World Championship after a third and a second at his two previous attempts, success coming today at the end of a difficult and hard-fought series on Hobart's Derwent River. The British team Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson took out second place after a count back from Tasmanians Nick Richardson and Alan Nicholas... [more]

Vendee Globe - Roland Jourdain continues despite collision damage
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux's progress remains slowed as he skirts close to the centre of a high pressure system, now making less than 10 knots. His eternal companion Roland Jourdain seems to be unhindered so far by the damage that his Veolia Environnement is reported to have sustained Thursday night... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 4 win UBS Challenge In-Port Race
Volvo media,
Ericsson 4 won the UBS Challenge for the In-Port Race in the Volvo Ocean Race in Singapore today after finishing second in race one and winning race two. The result earned the team the four maximum points on offer which extends their total to 39 points... [more]

Goacher and Evans win opening race of Flying 15 Worlds,
Steve Goacher and Phil Evans won the opening race of the 17th Flying Fifteen International World Championship on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. Eighty five boats from six countries competed in the the Open fleet with places amongst the top five being shared between three countries... [more]

Scare for Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey
Steve Hall,
John Bertrand, Ben Ainslie and Andrew Palfrey, amongst the leading contenders in the Commonwealth Bank 2009 Etchells Australian title, being held at the Royal SA Yacht Squadron suffered a major scare after noticing damage after a practice sail in the strong sea breezes off the Adelaide coast.... [more]

Flying Fifteen Worlds Day One - images from Teri Dodds
A brilliant blue day, 15-18 knot winds, on Melbourne's Port Phillip for the first day of the 2009 Flying Fifteen Worlds and Victorian Yachting photographer Teri Dodds was on the water... [more]

Nick Rogers' 10th victory in Dragon's Prince Philip Cup
Peter Campbell,
Hobart yachtsman Nick Rogers today won his tenth Prince Philip Cup, an unprecedented performance in the classic International Dragon class, in a final race duel with 82-year-old Sydney skipper Gordon Ingate... [more]

Hungarians take 2008 World Flying Dutchman Championship
Tim Sandall,
Hungarian Sailors Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos (HUN 70) again dominated today's racing taking two bullets at the Flying Dutchman Worlds in Napier. This effectively gives them the world championship with one race to go... [more]

Audi Flying Fifteen Worlds expect a seabreeze for Day 1
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Around 100 yachts from six countries are expected to contest the opening race of the 2009 Audi Flying Fifteen World Championships on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. Conditions for the first race are expected to be the usual Port Phillip Bay seabreeze, expected to kick in at 15-20kts... [more]

Vendee - Redress given to Vincent Riou after dismasting incident
Event media,
The International Jury has indicated that the recent dismasting incident does not affect the jury's decision to agree to listen to this case and meanwhile has asked the race Directors to indicate that PRB and her skipper, Vincent Riou, are RDG (Redress Given)... [more]

Vendee - Cape Horn Beckons for Roxy Skipper Sam Davies
Sam Davies and her bright pink boat Roxy have now passed through the third and final compulsory race Ice Gate, signalling their impending transition from the depths of the Southern Ocean to the home waters of the Atlantic.... [more]

Bancroft and Darlow regain lead at B14 Worlds
Event media,
At the end of day 4 of the Admix B14 World Championship at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania on Hobart's Derwent River, Guy Bancroft and Nick Darlow have regained the overall lead. Into second place are another Aussie pair, Nick Richardson and Alan Nicholas, and then the first Brits, Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson, seven points off the leaders... [more]

$1.5 million up for grabs on 2009 World Match Racing Tour
Event media,
The total prize purse for the 2009 World Match Racing Tour now stands at over $1.5 million, the largest in the sport. The tour organiser has announced its schedule of events for the 2009 season. The circuit kicks off in Langenargen, Germany in May and will finish with the Monsoon Cup in Teregganu, Malaysia in December... [more]

Teams are set for Singapore Volvo In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
On Saturday afternoon in Singapore, for the second time in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the teams will take to the race course for the short, sharp, intense action of an in-port race day.... [more]

Ainslie joins Bertrand and Palfrey for Etchells Australian Champs
Steve Hall,
A sunny and breezy afternoon welcomed the highly fancied Etchells crew of John Bertrand, Ben Ainslie and Andrew Palfrey when they splashed their boat Triad and set about a two hour practice session in the warm waters of Gulf St Vincent.... [more]

New leader after day 3 at Admix B14 World Championships
Event media,
Australian's Rhys Bancroft and Joey Randell have a two point lead after four races at the Admix B14 World Championships in Hobart, Tasmania. Only one more race was completed on the third day of the event, which finished with a new series leader and a fight back by Britain's Mark Barnes and Pete Nicholson to move into third place... [more]

Ericsson 3 penalised one point after breaching exclusion zone on Leg 3
Peter Rusch,
Ericsson 3 has been penalised one point after the International Jury ruled they breached an exclusion zone during leg three from Cochin, India to Singapore. 'Ericsson 3 accepted that she infringed Leg 3 Addendum Clause 2 which required boats to pass to the south of the Sri Lanka exclusion zone.... [more]

Interview with six times A-Cat World Champion Glenn Ashby
Rob Kothe,
Interview with six times A-Cat World Champion Glenn Ashby. Ashby always wanted to sail catamarans. He can remember looking at A-Cats when he was eight years old and wanting to get his hands on one.... [more]

Can Sodeb'O beat IDEC's record?
Kate Jennings,
Sodeb'O the Maxi Trimaran, crossed the equator for the second time in her journey around the world yesterday, Wednesday 7th January, at 1933 UT, after 50 days, 5 hours and 39 minutes of racing against the clock with a deficit of 2 days, 3 hours and 18 minutes on Francis Joyon's time... [more]

Ten teams confirmed for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Keith Taylor,
The organizers of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series confirmed today that ten international teams from nine countries will match race on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour for a special trophy created by Louis Vuitton.... [more]

Cats in the Olympics?
Nick Dewhirst,
The IOC has confirmed that the final announcement of Events for all sports in the 2012 Games will be made at its 15-16 June meeting. What are the chances for an 11th medal? It is very difficult to judge but I would say we have given it our best... [more]

British America's Cup challenger files Amicus Curiae brief,
Like the old joke that 'no buses come along for ages and then three come together'. Amici curiae have been queuing up at the New York Court of Appeals in Albany, New York, as the date for the Oral Arguments to be heard approaches... [more]

Riou and Le Cam arrive in Chile
Event Media,
Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam arrived in Puerto Williams, the remote Chilean Naval base, this morning, towed there aboard the dismasted PRB, the latest to have their Vendée Globe dreams taken away from them. Of the 30 who started November 9th there are now just 12 skippers still actively racing... [more]

Opening Of The Puma Mast Challenge in London
Camilla Green,
There was an unusual sight in London's Potters Field this morning, as well known stars of sport David Bentley (Tottenham Hotspur) and Lucy Boggis (Heptathlon/Gladiator) climbed aboard a 70ft round-the-world sailing yacht to explore, pose for pictures and for David to winch Lucy on a brave climb up the imposing 100ft mast... [more]

Flying Dutchman Worlds Day 3 - Hungarian Sailors Dominate
Tim Sandall,
Hungarians Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos extended their lead to 6 points over Aussie's McCrossin and Cook who are 6 points ahead of compatriots Rydge and Scarr (AUS 37)... [more]

Ashby can't help himself – wins Race 8 A-Cat Worlds
Rob Kothe,
Glenn Ashby just could not help himself today; he won race seven in the nine race series and claimed the A-Cat World Title for the sixth time. He then lined up again for race eight of the series.... [more]

Here she is, one of three Mach 2's built
Si Payne,
Si Payne reports reports in his latest blog from China where the new Mach 2 International Moth is being built - So here she is, one of three Mach 2's built, all dressed up and some place to go. We do go straight into a big event, but as they say 'some like it hot..'... [more]

Vendee Globe: PRB dismasted just past Cape Horn
Vendee Globe Media,
At 1920 GMT, only a matter of an hour and 20 minutes since passing Cape Horn, Vincent Riou called his team to report that PRB has been dismasted. Riou called his team and said bluntly: 'We have been dismasted. We are in the islands.' When the call was made PRB about 7.8 miles to the North West of the Cape Horn light. Both skippers Riou and Le Cam are safe and well... [more]

Ashby wins 2009 A-Cat World Championship
Rob Kothe,
Five times A-Class Catamaran World Champion Australian Glenn Ashby this morning won the 2009 A-Cat World Championships yet again, when he streeted the fleet in Race 7 of the nine race series.... [more]

Telefonica Blue withdraws protest against Ericsson 3
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue has withdrawn its protest against Ericsson 3, with agreement from the International Jury. 'We lodged the protest because Ericsson 3 fouled us but we withdrew it because it could effectively mean losing a point against Ericsson 4,' said Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking. 'There was a chance that Ericsson 3 could be disqualified which would just bring the other Ericsson boat up'.... [more]

Aussie team hang on to win 12ft Skiff Interdominions
Event media,
The final two heats of the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship were sailed yesterday in a classic No.2 rig Southeasterly breeze of about 15kts. On the team front, the Aussie team hung on to their lead to win the John Brooke teams trophy for the first time since 1997... [more]

Respite for Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet
Brian Hancock,
The sailors racing Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race are enjoying a respite from a series of intense low pressure systems that have swept across the Southern Ocean over the last few weeks. The problem is that between weather systems the wind is very hard to predict and while it's clearly important to have the right sail up at the right time...... [more]

David Graham joins RS Racing
Ex Laser Managing Director, David Graham, has joined RS Racing in a consultancy role aimed at fast tracking growth in new territories and strengthening their current sales operation... [more]

Vendee - Le Cam recovering from his ordeal, Desjoyeaux out in front
Event media,
Jean Le Cam spoke of his Cape Horn ordeal this morning alongside Vincent Riou who plucked him from the waters in a remarkable feat of seamanship. Riou's IMOCA Open 60 PRB, with her compromised rig, is making 10 knots this evening towards the entry to the Beagle Channel where a rendezvous with Isabelle Autissier is planned during which Le Cam should be taken off... [more]

Australian crews lead Admix B14 World Championship
Event media,
Three Australian crews lead the Admix B14 World Championship after three races completed in Hobart, Tasmania. Guy Bancroft and Nick Darlow have an eight point lead but Rhys Bancroft and Joey Randell lead a closely packed chasing group... [more]

Oman Sail's trimaran Musandam on standby for circumnavigation start
Emily Caroe,
Oman Sail's 75-foot trimaran 'Musandam' is ready to depart on her circumnavigation of the globe. The five crew will endure the calms and heat of the tropics for only ten percent of the journey and will spend the majority of the trip in the freezing and hostile Southern Ocean where temperatures, with wind chill, will regularly be below -10oC.... [more]

Flying 15 Worlds Pre-event,
Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay won the Flying 15 Australian Championship after a final day second and third place finishes. Steve Goacher and Phil Evens won the penultimate race and Aaron Goodmanson and Alister Rowlands of New Zealand the final race... [more]

Hungarian Sailors take the lead after day 2 of Flying Dutchman Worlds,
Hungarian sailors Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos have taken a one point lead over Australian's Norman Rydge and Richard Scarr at the Flying Dutchman Worlds. Leading Kiwi's Paul Scoffin and Pavel Ruzicka retain their third placing... [more]

Russell Coutts talks about the future of the RC 44 Gold Cup
MaxComm Communication,
Yachting journalist Andy Rice caught up with Russell Coutts during the RC 44 Gold Cup, in Puerto Calero, and shares his vision about the Class and its future.... [more]

Green Dragon announce crew changes for next leg of Volvo Ocean Race
Lucy Harwood,
Green Dragon have announced crew changes ahead of the forthcoming In Port race this Saturday 10th January. Ian Budgen will step onboard in place of watch leader Damian Foxall, re-joining Green Dragon for the In Port race will be America's Cup sailors David Carr and Julian Cressant and regular crew members Ian Moore and Tom Braidwood return.... [more]

A-Cat Worlds 2009 Action
A-Cat Worlds 2009 Media,
Australian Yachting Photographer Andrea Francolini has been on the water capturing the action at the 2009 A-Cat World Championships on Lake Macquarie.... [more]

Sailing by the numbers - Portimao Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
In his spare time in the Portimao Global Ocean Race Felipe Cubillos is at his navigation station, calculating. Every three hours he gets an updated poll showing the position of his yacht, Desafio Cabo de Hornos, and that of his closest rival, the German team on Beluga Racer.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Racing On
Event media,
With Jean Le Cam now safe onboard Vincent Riou's PRB the racing continues for the other competitors in the Vendee. Of the racing skippers, leader Michel Desjoyeaux is now skirting the outlying edges at the north-west of the Falklands Islands... [more]

Vendee Globe - Le Cam safe and sound on board PRB
Véronique Teurlay,
Jean Le Cam has been rescued safe and sound aboard PRB, but Vincent Riou's yacht suffers damage in the process. This evening a full-scale rescue operation was in place to retrieve Jean Le Cam from the upturned hull of VM Matériaux – but in the end it was Vincent Riou who successfully recovered fellow skipper and friend Le Cam... [more]

Vendee Globe - Contact with Jean Le Cam in upturned hull
Event media,
After a tense morning of waiting, there was huge relief for Vendée Globe organizers and competitors this afternoon with the news that Vincent Riou (PRB) had arrived at the scene of VM Matériaux's capsize at 14:21 (GMT) and made contact with Jean Le Cam inside the upturned hull.... [more]

12ft Skiff - Aussie Team still lead with only 2 heats left
Event media,
A mid range 3rd rig Southeaster of 15-20kts hit the bay for heats 7 & 8 of the 12ft Skiff Interdominions yesterday. Yabba Dabba made the best of it winning both races... [more]

Hart continues to lead Flying 15 Worlds Pre-event
Event media,
Britain's Mike Hart and Richard Rigg continue to lead the Flying Fifteen Australian National Championship after two more races. Grant Alderson and Dean Mcauley of Australia are now in second, with Javier Chacártegui and Miguel Santaursula of Spain in third... [more]

Hungary and Spain lead after day 1 at Flying Dutchman Worlds
Tim Sandall,
Two races were completed on day 1 of the Flying Dutchman World Championships in Napier, New Zealand. Ian McCrossin and James Cook from Australia won the first and Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos of Hungary the second... [more]

Vendee - Jean Le Cam's distress beacon triggered at 01:40 GMT
Vendee media,
At 00:26 GMT Jean Le Cam informed his shore team that he was in distress two hundred miles west of Cape Horn. A cargo ship and a plane are on their way to the area to intervene as quickly as possible. Vincent Riou (PRB) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) have changed course to go to the zone... [more]

Glenn Ashby has one hand on sixth A-Cat Crown
Rob Kothe,
Australia's Glenn Ashby performed brilliantly today in Races 4, 5 and 6 of the A-Cat Worlds at Belmont, on Lake Macquarie. Ashby won two of the three races to take a commanding lead of 13 points. Bob Baier of Germany won the other race today. All three races for the 94-boat fleet were sailed in similar 10-12 knots conditions... [more]

Devine and Furlong are I-14 Australia Champions
Neil Patchett,
Brad Devine and Ian Furlong secured back-to-back International 14 Australian Championship titles today in the last heat of the 2008-09 event being held in Perth, Western Australia... [more]

B14 Worlds Day 1 abandoned due to high winds
Peter Campbell,
Winds gusting to 30 knots this afternoon caused the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania race officer to abandon the scheduled opening heats for the B14 skiff class on Hobart's Derwent River.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race leaders dive south to low pressure system
Brian Hancock,
In the Portimao Global Ocean Race, now that Beluga Racer and Desafio Cabo de Hornos are past the eastern end of the Ice Gate both boats are on a deep dive south to catch the outer edge of passing low pressure system.... [more]

Day 57 onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe – The singing boat
Sam Davies,
When I say a quiet day, I do mean it. Out here we get accustomed to the noise made by an Open 60, but when I was describing it to a friend, it made me realise that it is actually quite loud - most people think it's a bit of a din!... [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
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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