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23 Jan 2009

Major Events

Predict Wind News

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series


Ko Sichang Regatta, 14-15 February
OMYC Media,
You can learn more about Ko Sichang including accommodation options on In the evening we shall have our usual boisterous celebrations at Pan & David's Restaurant, a short tuk-tuk ride from the anchorage.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Ripped sail, no fun sailing and a bad loss?
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Onboard news from various competitors heading to China, during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Sailing in these waters is no fun, says Delta Lloyd navigator Frits Koek, Ericsson 4 checks it's losses and onboard Telefonica Black it's sail repair time for the ripped J2.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Green Dragon suffers a broken forestay
Lucy Harwood,
At 0930 GMT whilst lying in fourth position and sailing upwind in 17 knots of wind and a short chop, Green Dragon suffered a broken forestay.... [more]

World Match Racing Tour adds new French event
Yvonne Reid,
The World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce that Marseille International Match Race (MIMR) has been added as the tenth stop on the 2009 Tour season schedule. The event, organized by the Yachting Club de Point Rouge (YCPR) and supported by the City of Marseille, will be held over 10 – 15 March and is the first event of this year's Tour.... [more]

Drama aplenty in second practice day for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Richard Gladwell,,
There was plenty of drama on the inner Hauraki Gulf as Emirates Team New Zealand and BMW Oracle Racing squared off for the second day of practice before the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Today's racing was conducted for the first time in the two BMW Oracle Racing yachts, and Emirates Team New Zealand's lack of familiarity with the US yachts may have been a contributing factor.... [more]

Singapore Straits 2009 – a glorious end to a fine regatta,
Well, we have had it all this week. Beginning with the marina party at the Volvo village then being involved with the glamorous Volvo Ocean Race restart, followed by the arrival of the Indonesian President and grand opening of the newly renovated Nongsa Point Marina. To cap it all off there has consistently been 15 to 20 knots of wind for the sailors to enjoy which has made the 15th running of the... [more]

Vendee Globe: Caffari starts mainsail repairs
Vendee Globe media,
Twice as fast as his nearest rival in the Vendee Globe this afternoon, Michel Desjoyeaux, with less than 3,000 miles to go has now lead for virtually half of the duration so far of this sixth edition of the Vendée Globe.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series live on BSport Sailing 103.0 FM
BSport Sailing Media,
Sailing listeners in Auckland and around the world will be able to follow match racing in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series through live race-by-race commentary on radio BSport Sailing 103.0 FM. Starting on 30 January and continuing for the next two weeks, the popular sport radio station will broadcast daily expert sailing commentary to its Auckland audience.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet reshuffles as leg lives up to expectations
Lucy Harwood,
Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is living up to expectations as one of the most challenging so far as the fleet re-shuffles yet again. The Dragon has been slowly creeping up, gaining miles on each position report on the boats ahead of them. There are about 60 miles separating the fleet west to the east as they prepare for some fairly challenging waters in the South China Sea.... [more]

Telefonica Black leads Volvo pack through Marine Minefield
Volvo media,
Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) is the new leader of the pack today, after the Volvo Ocean Race fleet made its first proper manoeuvre of this leg, tacking onto starboard last night when the predicted windshift occurred... [more]

Skandia Docklands Invitational Day 1 images
Andrea Francolini images,
Images from Andrea Francolini of today's racing at Skandia Docklands Invitational.... [more]

Musandam escapes the Doldrums and dives south
Oman Sail media,
Sailing down from the Northern Hemisphere towards the Southern Ocean is one of the trickiest tactical challenges that await a crew during a round-the-world journey. On Day 8, Musandam ended up becalmed after making good progress much to the crew's surprise, and had to opt for an easterly bearing in search of fresh air, which proved successful.... [more]

ICAP Leopard sets new record for Heineken Cape to Bahia Race
Alex Mills,
The 100ft British supermaxi yacht ICAP Leopard, owned by Mike Slade, took line honours in the Heineken Cape to Bahia Race, setting a new course record.... [more]


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