19 Jan 2009

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series


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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 5
Richard Gladwell,,
Images from the fifth day of the 17th Flying Fifteen Worlds held off Williamstown, Port Philip, Melbourne and organised by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Etchells Australian titles: Kiwi's surf to second
Steve Hall,
At the top mark, the leaders came in from port tack, with John Bertrand – Triad crossing ahead. Rounding the mark; Bertrand, Mark Bulka – Critical Balance, Rob Brown – Steampacket 7 and then the New Zealander Alistair Gair – Velsheda, rounded with very little between them... [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]

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]

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]

RYA Youth Squad at Britain's top young elite athletes camp
Karenza Morton,
Boiled rice and leeks eaten with chopsticks for breakfast? - That was just one of the treats that welcomed 80 of Britain's top young elite athletes, including 16 sailors, at the third Youth Sport Trust National Talent Orientation Camp at Loughborough University last weekend... [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]

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]

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]

London positive while the US slashes prices
Jeni Bone,
Britain's boat manufacturers at London International Boat Show expressed confidence in the market, buoyed by the fact that a weaker pound could make their offerings more appealing than imported craft. While the US is resorting to heavy discounting and value-adds to woo consumers to boating lifestyle. And key to their message is 'It's all about fun!'... [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]

Round Britain Powerboat Race is on again
Bob Wonders,
World's toughest powerboat race to coincide with London Olympiad. Unlike previous events, staged in 1969, 1894 and last year, in which competitors navigated through the Caledonian Canal, the 2012 race will involve a complete circumnavigation of Britain.... [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]

Etchells Nationals - Second win for Bertrand but Bulka leads
Steve Hall,
After two more races, Mark Bulka, James Ryssnbeek and Steve Young on Critical Balance have taken a two point lead at the Commonwealth Bank 2009 Australian Etchells Championships. Second is John Bertrand with Andrew Palfrey and Ben Ainslie on Triad... [more]

Vendee Globe - Knocked down in the Pacific, tacking up the Atlantic
Event media,
French skipper Arnaud Boissières (Akenas Vérandas) confirmed this afternoon that he had been knocked flat and had his Fleet 77 communications system washed from his cockpit.... [more]

National 12 open meeting at Ranelagh SC
Graham Camm,
Compared to the arctic conditions of the previous day, the 11 Twelves at Ranelagh CS Open Meeting enjoyed semi-tropical conditions, a fine breeze and a challenging spring tide... [more]

James and Frances Peters scoop Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year
On Saturday, talented young sailors, brother and sister James and Frances Peters, from Hayling Island SC scooped the Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year award, to jointly share the prestigious title - Winning the Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year title is in recognition of James and Frances Peters fantastic 2008 season... [more]

Britain and Australia tied at Flying Fifteen Worlds
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A British and Australian crew are tied at the top of the points table after the penultimate day of racing in the Flying Fifteen World Championships in Melbourne. Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay of Australia and Britain's Barry Parkin and Tim Hall are locked up on 18pts after a fickle day's racing... [more]

Images from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Peter Idoine,
BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand's four yachts are currently being reliveried at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.... [more]

Australian 18 Footers Australian Championship Race 1
Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League,
18ft Racing resumed on Sydney Harbour Sunday January 11th when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted Race 1 of the five race Australian Championship. Victory went to the 2005 Giltinan champion Euan McNicol at the helm of Southern Cross Constructions... [more]

Team Shosholoza back in Valencia to train for Louis Vuitton Pacifics
Di Meek, Team Shosholoza Media,
South Africa's Team Shosholoza plan to start 2009 on a high 'down under' in New Zealand when they come up against nine crack international teams from eight countries competing in the first ever Louis Vuitton Pacific Match Racing Series starting on 30 January in Auckland... [more]

32nd America's Cup Decisions published for public access,
Sail-World is pleased to advise that the Decisions of the Jury at the 32nd America's Cup have compiled their decisions and published them for the interest of America's Cup and sailing aficionados. While much of the material is America's Cup specific, there is no question that much of what is practice at the America's Cup (Deed of Gift litigation, aside) soon trickles down to other areas of the... [more]

Images from Race 5, 2009 Flying Fifteen Worlds
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from Race 5, 2009 Flying Fifteen Worlds - as the seabreeze filled in, showing Port Phillip at its finest. racing was very close throughout most of the fleet... [more]

First 'blood' to Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey at Etchells Aussie Nats
Steve Hall/G New,
On the first day of the Australian Etchells Nationals a real ‘ding dong' battle is emerging between some of Australia's and New Zealand finest crews. In race one Skipp Lissiman's Bandwagon traded places with John Bertrand's Triad and Kirwan Robb's Pedro, with Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey taking the first gun of the event... [more]

Olympic Sailing Stars at Q&A session with Charles Russell LLP
Fast Track,
Key members of Charles Russell LLP's leading Sports Law Team attended the London International Boat Show, ExCel. Key members of the Sports Law Team were present at a Q&A session at the Team Dorset stand with double Gold Medallist, Sarah Ayton and Paralympic sailor, Helena Lucas... [more]

Vendee Globe - A sting in the tail for Caffari and Thompson
Event media,
British skippers Dee Caffari (Aviva) and Brian Thompson (Bahrain Team Pindar) are facing up to one final brutal blow as the Pacific Ocean delivers a sting in the tail as they fight towards Cape Horn. ince passing Cape Horn one week ago Michel Desjoyeaux has now tripled his lead on Roland Jourdain... [more]

Truswell to take up RYA Youth reins

Duncan Truswell, RYA Junior Racing Manager since 2004, succeeds Simon Wergan as head of the RYA's Youth Programme following Wergan's move to work for the Youth Sport Trust. In a revised version of the Youth Manager role, 30-year-old Truswell will be responsible for leading both the RYA's highly successful Junior and Youth programmes... [more]

Bembridge SC Illusion Piers' January Jacket
Barney Edwards,
Sailing through ice - it's not something you do everyday. The resonant crackly crunch reverberating through the hull is a haunting sound. Southern Ocean veterans will know all about it, but so now do ten lucky Bembridge Illusion sailors!... [more]

Renard Systems Brass Monkey Series at Liverpool YC
Liverpool Yacht Club's 2009 racing season started on Sunday 11 January with the first Renard Systems Brass Monkey Series race. An early start saw eleven yachts prepared to face daunting conditions: dark scudding clouds producing whirling, gusting winds of up to 26 knots from the south and a huge 9.6 metre tide piled up wintry waves... [more]

British tied on top of Flying Fifteen Worlds after Day 3
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Two British crews are tied on the top of the points table after Day 3 of the 17th Flying Fifteen Worlds, being held on Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne. Racing was delayed for over two hours due tio a combination of light winds and several attempted starts... [more]

Volvo: PUMA's Chris Nicholson to miss next few legs due to injury
Kate Laven,
PUMA's 39 year-old Australian watch captain Chris Nicholson is set to miss the next few legs of the Volvo Ocean Race due a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained on the second leg from Cape Town to Cochin.... [more]

Roaring Forty suffers sail damage south of Tasmania in Portimao GOR
Brian Hancock,
On board Roaring Forty, 185 miles west of Team Mowgli, solo sailor, Michel Kleinjans, has been racing without the competitive company of Nico Budel since the Dutch sailor was rescued from his damaged Open 40, Hayai, on 30th December. A fortnight racing without Budel has made Kleinjans restless:... [more]

Race winner in race 3 disqualified at Flying 15 Worlds,
Protests resulted in the disqualification of Spain's Javier Chacártegui in race 2 and Britain's Mike Hart from race 3 at the Flying 15 World Championship in Melbourne... [more]

Vendee Globe: Davies achieves dream of rounding Cape Horn
Vendee Globe media,
Sam Davies achieved one of her dreams, rounding Cape Horn. Lying fourth in the Vendée Globe she rounded at 09:20hrs GMT Sunday 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]

Australian Etchells: OCS on day 1 for Ainslie
Steve Hall & Jordan Spencer,
An OCS in the practice race of the Australian Etchells Championships for Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey - Not quite the start Ben Ainslie would have wanted for his first Etchells race, but he was not phased by the setback . . . looking very relaxed and clearly enjoying himself he commented . . . 'John is just fantastic, and ‘Doggy' is super, I'm the weakest link they carried me around the course!'... [more]

More images from Day 2 of the 2009 Flying Fifteen World Championships
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
More images from Day 2 of the 2009 Flying Fifteen World Championships, sailed on Port Philip, Melbourne... [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
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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