Volvo round the cans, more Vendee breakdowns, FF Worlds, more...




12 Jan 2009

Major Events

2009 Skandia Geelong Week


Images from the Volvo Singapore In-Port Race
Dave Kneale/Rick Tomlinson images,
Torben Grael and his crew on Ericsson 4 won the Singapore in-port race after a thrilling tussle for honours on the finish line. Enjoy the images of the race from photographers Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale.... [more]

Sailing Around Australia – sailors design event -Complete the Survey,
West Australian Bob Williams has sailed all around the world, now he is busy designing a new event, with the help of hundreds of sailors. 'Building an ocean sailing event from scratch is a challenging enterprise. Its one thing to arrive at an event concept it's another for that concept to appeal to the yachting community at large.'... [more]

Learn PC-Based Routing with VORG Game
David Brayshaw,
The virtual regatta' known as the Volvo Ocean Race Game provides a great opportunity for ocean navigators to work with the latest in routing software, at nominal cost, and apply it in semi-realistic conditions. Advantage Racing has created a special version of their software to match the way the Game works, so you can compare directly to progress in the game. See [more]

Demanding time ahead for Colville if he is to beat Joyon's record
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Thomas Coville (Sodeb'O) knows that the coming days will be very demanding and leave little respite. Thomas described the immediate context and explained what he is expecting of the last days at sea: 'I'm currently sailing in winds of between 18 and 25 knots, which are very shifty due to the influence of squalls'.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Davies achieves dream of rounding Cape Horn
Vendee Globe media,
Sam Davies today achieved one of her dreams, rounding Cape Horn. Lying fourth in the Vendée Globe she rounded at 0920hrs GMT this morning, passing 62 days 21hrs and 18 minutes after the race start in Les Sables d'Olonne. Michele Desjoyeaux's lead on Foncia has now grown to 238.4 miles ahead of Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environnement.... [more]

B14 Worlds - Images by Tasmanian photographer Jane Austin,
Sail-World received regular messages about the diversity of its coverage and the great photographs we run. Today we continue our series show-casing some of contributors. Jane Austin is a freelance photojournalist based in Hobart, Tasmania.... [more]

Ray Roberts wins Royal Langkawi Regatta,
The early morning overcast and hazy conditions on Saturday looked a bit dismal, but by start time a fresh north-easterly arrived as once again Bass Harbour came alive and turned it on for the final day of racing. Conditions were a little bit too much for some of the inexperienced cruisers; their crews struggled with spinnakers and at times seemed to veer off out of control.... [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]

First day of the Flying Fifteen Worlds
David Seaman,
The first race of the 17th Flying Fifteen International World Championship - a clean start in 8-10 knots of breeze at 175 degrees. The wind reached 20 knots later in the afternoon, with seas building in the solid sea breeze.... [more]

Bouwe Bekking switches to Singapore in-port race mode
Bouwe Bekking's TELEFONICA BLUE were invincible in Alicante, taking two bullets. While Bouwe and his ten crewmates were away from the boat, the shore team has been working hard carrying out a complete check of their VO70, even though the boat completed Leg 3 in good shape.... [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]

Trimaran Musandam sets sail round the world
Salim Al Kindi,
The crew of Musandam have started their attempt to sail round the world. With last minute checks of the equipment complete and freeze dried food for eighty days stored safely away, the crew were joined by the rest of the Oman Sail team and well wishers as they slipped their mooring at the marina. The start time was officially recorded as 14:30:30 January 8th.... [more]

World Match Racing Tour announce 2009 schedule
Event media,
The World Match Racing Tour has announced its schedule of events for 2009, the total prize purse for the 2009 Tour season now stands at over $1.5 million, the largest in the sport.... [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]

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]


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