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Ericsson 4 leads fleet after Volvo Ocean race start
Volvo media,
The start out of Singapore had a familiar look to it as Ericsson 4 led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet round the short triangle race course before heading out to sea at the start of the 2500 nautical mile leg to Qingdao - Ericsson 4 still leading from PUMA, not much in it, with Ericsson 3 right with them. The fleet is racing south of Johor, and the breeze is a solid 15 knots... [more]

Images from the Flying Fifteen Worlds - Day 4
Richard Gladwell,,
Images from the fourth day of the 17th Flying Fifteen Worlds held off Williamstown, Port Philip, Melbourne and organised by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.... [more]

Steve White sailing Toe in the Water with no mainsail after damage
Vendee Globe media,
Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water), ninth, has been sailing with no mainsail after his headboard is reported to have broken away from the sail. The figures are indisputable, Michel Desjoyeaux's advantage grows by the hour. Averaging 16 knots this morning to his nearest rival's 12.2 knots, the Foncia skipper is marching further ahead all the time, with an ominously big lead now of 421 miles.... [more]

Racing at a blistering pace towards Wellington in Portimao GOR
Brian Hancock,
The two yachts still racing in Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race have had a blistering 24 hours reducing the distance to the finish line in Wellington by 240 miles... [more]

Pete Goss and Spirit of Mystery for Island of St Paul
Stuart Elford,
You could make its location a $64,000 question and get very few answers, as few sailors have even heard of the remote Island of St Paul, let alone sail to it. However, that's where the intrepid crew, skippered by Pete Goss, are heading when they leave Cape Town... [more]

Thomas Coville completes solo round the World record attempt
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville crossed the finish line on his solo round the world record attempt aboard a multihull today, off the Petit Minou light in Brest, Saturday 17 January. Coville completed the circumnavigation of the globe in 59 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds - the 4th best outright time around the globe... [more]

Koch gets amicus curiae letter accepted in America's Cup Appeal
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Two time America's Cup competitor and winner, Bill Koch, has been successful in a bid to have an amicus curiae letter accepted by the the Court of Appeals in the State of New York. At the same time the Court rejected second letters from two other parties who had supported the position adopted by the current Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG).... [more]

Vendee Globe leader Michel Desjoyeaux opened a further 60 miles
Vendee Media,
Off the coast of Brasil, some 6670 miles in ahead of them on the course, leader Michel Desjoyeaux is feeling the benefits of the SE'ly trade winds east off Salvador de Bahia and has opened a further 60 miles on his nearest rival Roland Jourdain... [more]

Team Mowgoli and Roaring Forty face big breezes in Portimao GOR
Brian Hancock,
While the crews of Beluga Racer and Desafio Cabo de Hornos acclimatise to life onshore in Wellington after 32 days at sea, solo sailor, Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty, and the British double-handed yachtsmen, Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Class 40, Team Mowgli, have a further three to five days at sea until reaching the finish line... [more]

Ben Ainslie to lead TeamOrigin charge in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Jake Motion,
Ben Ainslie will lead TeamOrigin, the British Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, is one of ten teams preparing to compete in the new ‘Louis Vuitton Pacific Series' event taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, between 30 January and 14 February 2009... [more]

Sodeb'O and Thomas Coville due in Brest
Kate Jennings,
Tomorrow morning, on the Maxi Trimaran Sodeb'O, Thomas Coville will arrive in Brest, completing a circumnavigation of the globe in less than 60 days. Setting out nine days after the sailors in the Vendée Globe, the solo sailor will return to France two weeks prior to the frontrunners. Nature has generously let him through but not enough to beat the record.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Caffari passes Cape Horn as Desjoyeax holds onto lead
Vendee Globe media,
Dee Caffari's celebrations will have to wait, but the British solo sailor passed the longitude of Cape Horn at 10:15hrs GMT this morning in eighth place, her third time past the Rock. Meantime at the front of the fleet the gains of Michel Desjoyeax on Foncia continue today and he now leads by 294 miles over Roland Jourdain... [more]

Voortrekker tackles the High Seas in 2009 Heineken Cape to Bahia
Lisa Duthie,
On the 10th January 2009 the iconic yacht Voortrekker set sail, after a gap of 15 years, to compete in the Heineken Cape to Bahia 2009. The Voortrekker has a rich history of competitive sailing and has been sailed by South African legendary single-handed ocean racers such as Bertie Reed and John Martin.... [more]

Moth Entry List Hots Up
Virginia (Moth Hat) Veal,
The 77th Zhik International Moth Australian Championships are looming and already the International contingents have arrived to begin training at Royal Geelong Yacht Club in conjunction with Skandia Geelong Week. With a line up of 6 of the top 10 mothies in the world, the regatta will be also be contested by Nathan Outteridge the 49er World Champion and Aussie Olympian.... [more]

Mark Chisnell Comments on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocen Race
Mark Chisnell,
It was my first taxi from the hotel to the Race Village, not long after arriving in Singapore. Noticing the logo on my uniform shirt, the driver was very anxious to tell me that this was a bad time of year to sail to China... very windy, he said, shaking his head, solemnly... [more]

Women sailors join Hardy Cup fleet at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Peter Campbell,
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has invited four women's teams to take part in the 2009 Hardy Cup. Twelve teams from Australia, New Zealand, Finland and Japan have been invited to sail the Squadron's Elliott 6 sports boats in the regatta, from 1-5 February.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race crew lists for Leg 4 - Singapore to Qingdao
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race crew lists for Leg 4 - Singapore to Qingdao, China.... [more]

Thompson's Vendée Globe race stalled as he waits for storm to pass
Vendee Globe media,
Brian Thompson's Vendée Globe race has been stuck in a Cape Horn holding pattern, stalled for safety reasons as he awaits the passage of a violent storm. Arnaud Boissières (Akenas Veranda) passed the longitude of Cape Horn at 0025h GMT. Dee Caffari's passage round Cape Horn is also on hold. At about 60 miles from the rock she maintained a SE'ly course too and slowed about 2230hrs last night,... [more]

Have Moth, Will Travel,
Simon Payne and Andrew McDougall head for Melbourne after two weeks helping to finish off their new Mach 2 Moths at the factory in China. Next project is the Australian Moth Championships . . . Starting 19 January... [more]

European Melges 32 Teams head for Acura Key West
Joy Dunigan,
The International Melges 32 Class is ready and raring to go in 2009 as it prepares for competition this upcoming week in beautiful Key West, Florida for Premiere Racing's famous Acura Key West. The class will be the second largest in attendance. Joining the US sailors, France, Italy, Britain, Monaco and Canada will be represented in the Melges 32 fleet... [more]

Bouwe Bekking previews Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 fleet is getting ready to face Leg 4 starting out from Singapore next Sunday. This is the third unknown leg for the VOR crews. But unknown doesn't mean the teams will leave the dock of Sentosa Island without knowing what to expect.... [more]

33rd America's Cup competitors meet in Valencia
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV), the Challenger of Record, and the rest of the challengers have resulted in a firm commitment for the Challenger Selection Series and the 33rd America's Cup Match to take place in 2010 in the new class of boat... [more]

Severe storm warning for Vendee Globe sailors
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) continues to extend his lead again and is now 285 miles ahead of second place Roland Jourdain. For the chasing pack, it has been strongly advised that the skippers heed the severe storm warning covering the Le Maire channel, and the waters to the east of Tierra del Fuego far as the Channel... [more]

Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey win Australian Etchells with day spare
Steve Hall,
Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey change gear to win the championships a day early! Another day of pumping sea breeze and sparkling conditions in the Gulf St Vincent for competitors in the Commonwealth Bank 2009 Australian Etchells Championships, hosted by the Royal SA Yacht Squadron.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Thompson (Bahrain Team Pindar) rounds Cape Horn
Vendee Globe media,
Brian Thompson (Bahrain Team Pindar) rounded Cape Horn this morning at 3h15 GMT passing just two miles offshore from the legendary rock at the end of South America after running down the jagged, inhospitable coast of Chile. Steve White, GBR (Toe in the Water) continues to make good progress in lighter winds, the lull before he is hit by the tropical storm system later today.... [more]

Leaders in Portimao Global Ocean Race nearing New Zealand finish line
Brian Hancock,
Portimao Global Ocean Race news. Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer were 47 miles from the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand at 0620GMT this morning.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race:Next leg to Qingdao could be cold, dark and dangerous
Kate Laven,
The next leg to Qingdao could be one of the most difficult in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. As they move north to China, upwind and in a straight line, the days will get progressively shorter, with another two hours of darkness added to each gruelling day. Temperatures will also plummet and Clipper Race crews last year faced freezing wind chill and snow on the deck.... [more]

Alderson and Mcaullay win Flying 15 Worlds,
Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay of Australia are the new Flying Fifteen World Champions. Finishing the final race in third place and one place ahead of Britain's Barry Parkin and Tim Hall was enough to clinch the Title... [more]

Australian crew take World Flying Fifteen title in final race thriller
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The Australian crew of Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay, won the World Flying Fifteen World Championship sailed on Port Philip Bay, Melbourne, this afternoon. Going into the final race if the seven race series Alderson/Mcaullay were tied on points with the British crew of Barry Parkin and Tim Hall, setting the scene for a match race end to the regatta.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing confirms crew for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Jane Eagelson,
BMW Oracle Racing confirmed the team's race crew for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series starting in Auckland, New Zealand, 30 January. Three-time America's Cup winner and team CEO/Skipper Russell Coutts (NZL) will be at the helm and team owner Larry Ellison (USA) will be part of the afterguard. Hamish Pepper (NZL) will be tactician.... [more]

Groupama 3 repairs well underway
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The maxi trimaran Groupama 3 is beginning her last month of repairs in Vannes, Brittany. Reinforced but without weight increase, Groupama 3 has thus been optimised as a result of observations made at sea and work carried out by the research department.... [more]

ISAF Sailor Classification Commission presentation at Acura Key West
The ISAF Sailor Classification Commission is pleased to announce that it will be holding a presentation and panel discussion at next week's Acura Key West 2009. The event is titled 'ISAF Classification: Facts and Myths', and is scheduled for Tuesday 20 January from 17:00-18:00 local time in the event's main tent.... [more]

More mainsail repairs required by Dee Caffari
Dee Caffari, onboard Aviva, has endured further damage to her mainsail following a battering by a 65 knot storm in the southern ocean. The solo skipper had already repaired a number of tears to her mainsail, but knew as she approached the notorious Cape Horn in a vicious storm it may lead to more damage... [more]

Etchells Australian Nationals - Bertrand tightens grip
Steve Hall,
A pumping sea breeze produced fabulous conditions in the Gulf St Vincent for competitors in the Commonwealth Bank 2009 Australian Etchells Championships. With just the one race today John Bertrand with Andrew Palfrey and Ben Ainslie on Triad, who finished third and took back the overall lead... [more]

Vendee Globe: Stormy weather ahead for middle of the fleet
Vendee Globe media,
Vendee Globe News. There has been little time for respite for Dee Caffari, GBR, Arnaud Boissiéres and Brian Thompson, GBR, as Cape Horn looks set to deal them their second big storm in just three days, one which Meteo France suggested this morning could be the biggest of this Vendée Globe race so far.... [more]

It Pays to Start Early at the ISAF Sailing World Cup
It could pay competitors to Start Early at the ISAF World Sailing Cup - Competitors at the ISAF World Sailing Cup more far flung events, from a European perspective, have the chance to pile up some points at what could prove to be less competitive events, compared with the local competition they will face once the mainstream season starts in Europe... [more]

'Best Job in the World' attracts global applicants
Jeni Bone,
Boaties have known it for decades, and now the worldwide public is catching on in droves: the position of Caretaker of Hamilton Island, the jewel in the crown of Australia's island chain, is proving popular with applicants from around the world... [more]

Hanse predicts boat sales slump
IBI Magazine,
Belgian yacht builder ETAP officially announced its insolvency in the wake of parent company Dehler's insolvency announcement before Christmas, HanseYachts, one of Germany's leading yacht builders, predicted that the global recession would trigger a slump in sales as customers postpone plans to buy boats... [more]

Final race postponed at Flying 15 Worlds,
With Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay of Australia and Britain's Barry Parkin and Tim Hall tied for the lead at the Flying Fifteen World Championships in Melbourne, the final race has been postponed to Thursday 15 January.... [more]

Images from 2009 Flying Fifteen Worlds in Melbourne
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from Race 4, 2009 Flying Fifteen Worlds, Port Philip, Melbourne - sailed in a lighter breeze... [more]

New Look for Fireball class
Fireball Assoc,
The UK Fireball Class Association have launched their new website ready for the 2009 season. All the News and Class information in a brand new wrapper... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: New rudders and new crew for Telefonica Black
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Black is planning to change the rudders on its Volvo Open 70 in Singapore less than five days before the start of the fourth leg from Singapore to Qingdao. The new rudders are identical in shape to the original ones but with 27 per cent increased length and volume. Under the rules, the team will take a three point penalty for changing the rudders... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series is being held in association with the New Zealand Government, Emirates Team New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), Auckland City and Sky City Group...
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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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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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