Newsletter for week ending 25 January 2009




26 Jan 2009

Major Events

America's Cup

Olympic class regattas


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

Yachting News

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

2009 Rolex Miami OCR


Your Newsletter for week ending 25 January 2009

Images from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - BMW Oracle Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget presents a selection of images from the second day of practice racing between Emirates Team New Zealand and BMW Oracle racing using USA-87 and USA-98... [more]

Telefonica Black retires from Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
This morning the bad news from the limping Telefonica Black became worse when the team informed the Race Office it would be retiring from the leg to Qingdao. At around 07:00 GMT yesterday, Telefonica Black turned back from the Luzon Strait after taking a hammering in the enraged sea state, whipped up by fierce winds and an opposing current.... [more]

Armel Le Cléac'h gains 200 miles on Jourdain in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
Almost everyone in the Vendée Globe is enjoying pleasing conditions allowing speeds between nine and thirteen knots in decent seas and in warmer temperatures. The big winner this weekend is Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) who appears to have left the Doldrums behind him without having been slowed down.... [more]

Volvo Race - Green Dragon officially Suspends Racing
Ian Walker,
We have decided to 'suspend racing', which means we have to wait at least 12 hours to rejoin the race but we will need at least that to fix the Dragon. Salomague Bay in the Philippines is not exactly what I had planned for tonight, but here I am, sedately typing away in a beautifully calm anchorage... [more]

Outteridge wins, Payne second at Moth Australian Nationals
Lisa Ratcliff,
Britain's Simon Payne, who had led the Moth Australian Nationals throughout the week, had to settle for second, after a black Saturday that saw him OCS in the first race and then DNF after ripping his trampoline in a capize in the second race. This left the fast improving Outteridge with a three point lead going into the final race... [more]

Images from Moth Nationals - Nathan Outteridge wins title,
Andrea Francolini's images from the last day of competition at the Zhik International Moth Nationals, being sailed in conjunction with Skandia Geelong Week, on Corio Bay.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Slamming, sheltering, suspension and fifty knots
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Quite a day for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Onboard Ericsson 4, they thought it an odd day going upwind in 45 knots plus, Telefonica Blue is constantly slamming and onboard Ericsson 3 its uncomfortable in 50 knots plus. Green Dragon has suspended racing.... [more]

Volvo Race - Four Volvo yachts suspend racing
Volvo media,
Day seven of leg four has seen the Volvo Ocean Race bring out the pure seamanship of the fleet rather than the hard racing ability. Puma has been forced to suspend racing with a broken boom. Telefónica Black have pulled off the racecourse to investigate a crack in the hull. Delta Lloyd and Green Dragon have also stopped racing... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma breaks boom
Puma media,
In the early hours of this Saturday morning the Puma Ocean Racing team, who were leading leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race, broke their boom. Whilst sailing upwind in over 50 knots with waves of over 20 feet high, the PUMA team was forced to stop abruptly when the boom, which runs along the foot of the sail, snapped in two. All crew onboard are safe and well... [more]

Zhik Moth Australian titles - Outteridge pounces after Payne foiled
Lisa Ratcliff,
With just one race remaining, Australia's Nathan Outteridge has moved into first place on the Zhik International Moth Nationals pointscore thanks to consistent seconds, five all up from nine races. And his nemesis Simon Payne made the mistake Outteridge was waiting in the wings for.... [more]

Nathan Outteridge takes lead at Moth Australian Nationals
Gerald New,
Australian Nathan Outteridge grabbed the overall lead in the penultimate race of the Moth Australian Nationals on a blustery day on Geelong's Corio Bay. Outteridge took two second places to oust Britain's Simon Payne, who had a disastrous day, an OCS and a DNF, to slip to second place and all now depending on the final race Sunday... [more]

Melges 32 - Joe Woods takes second at Key West
Joy Dunigan,
Joe Woods on GBR-700 Red finished second at the 2009 Melges 32 Acura Key West Regatta. After a grueling ten race series, Jeff Ecklund on USA-32 STAR won the 2009 Melges 32 Acura Key West Championship... [more]

Roland Jourdain makes small gain on Vendee leader Desjoyeaux
Event media,
The confused South Atlantic weather has been cruel to some and kinder to others. Brian Thompson and Steve White have both continued to make good gains, moving closer to their nearest rivals who have been stuck in the very light, disorganized trade winds.... [more]

Bressani wins Key West Melges 24 Championship
Joy Dunigan,
Another fine day of Melges 24 yacht racing at Acura Key West 2009. Lorenzo Bressani at the helm for Lorenzo Santini on ITA-715 Uka Uka Racing along side of Federico Michetti, Jonathan McKee and 15-year old Matteo Cprecacenere are 2009 Melges 24 Key West Champions... [more]

RCIYC Pallot Windows Frostbite Series final
William Harris,
Whilst the first three races were sailed in superb racing conditions in St Aubin's Bay the final two suffered mixed fortunes. Light winds dogged the fourth race, a fortnight ago, whilst the fifth was abandoned due to winds gusting to almost forty knots... [more]

Picture perfect conclusion to Acura Key West
Bill Wagner,
Winning in Key West always brings broad smiles to the faces of skippers and results in much rejoicing among crew members. At the docks in front of the Schooner Wharf, Italian owner Vincenzo Onorato was overjoyed about capturing Farr 40 class after a classic final day duel with longtime rivals Barking Mad and Joe Fly.... [more]

Volvo OR: Delta Lloyd suffers forestay cover damage, an injury on E3
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
News from the Volvo Ocean Race boats. On Telefonica Blue it was a straight forward day but on Ericsson 3 it was frustration and nail torture! Meanwhile Delta LLoyd has damaged its forestay cover in a headsail peel. Read on....... [more]

World Match Racing Tour announces a different way to the top
WMRT media,
The World Tour Qualification Series (TQS) schedule has been announced today. In addition to teams holding a Tour Card there are two alternative ways to gain an entry to the Tour.... [more]

Volvo: Fleet sails out of paradise into a howling gale
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The last day in paradise is nearing its end for the seven crews racing in leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race. Hell is approaching in form of gale force winds, perfectly timed to wipe over the fleet just as it pops out from the shelter of Luzon Island.... [more]

Major Changes for the Superyacht Cup Palma 2009

A new location in the heart of Palma, introduction of the ‘Bucket Rating' system, better dock facilities and a change to the prize-giving format are just some of the improvements proposed for this years' Superyacht Cup in Palma, Mallorca from 24-27 June... [more]

GBR 49er pair set sights on World Cup double
Karenza Morton,
Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith will be gunning to get their 2009 off to a flying start by claiming back-to-back ISAF Sailing World Cup wins when the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta gets underway on Monday (26 January)... [more]

Get the lowdown on the 2009 Olympic Classes season
Karenza Morton,
The 2009 RYA Olympic Classes Handbook and Fixtures Booklet is now available to download from the Skandia Team GBR website. The handbook includes fixture details on all Olympic and Paralympic Classes and grant eligibility for both squad and non-squad sailors... [more]

European Melges 24 teams rule at ACURA Key West 2009
Event media,
Lorenzo Bressani helming for Lorenzo Santini on ITA-715 Uka Uka Racing is still very much in the overall lead going into the final day at ACURA Key West. Chris Rast helming for Franco Rossini on SUI-621 Blu Moon hacked away, but made little progress at taking over Bressani's lead as did Gabrio Zandona helming for Giovanni Maspero on ITA-777 Joe Fly... [more]

Britain's Joe Woods takes Melges 32 lead at Key West
Event media,
After two more races at ACURA Key West 2009, presented by Nautica, Joe Woods on GBR-700 Red has a one point advantage over Jeff Ecklund on USA-32 STAR now in second place. Dead even in points in third and fourth are Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll on USA-131 New Wave and Jason Carroll on USA-128 Argo... [more]

Payne consolidates lead at Australian Moth Nationals
Gerald New,
After his win in the first race of day three, Simon Payne of Britain completed the day with a second win in the final race of the day, race seven of the series to extend his lead over Australian Nathan Outteridge to eight points.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Mixed emotions and a storm is brewing
Green Dragon and Puma Ocean Racing,
Green Dragon and Puma report on day six of leg 4, Volvo Ocean Race to Qingdao. Onboard Green Dragon their are mixed emotions and on Puma the crew is preparing for the storm. Read on ...... [more]

Vendee Globe: Desjoyeaux charges on and further extends his lead
Vendee Globe media,
For Michel Desjoyeaux now, with a lead of over 500 miles, life on board Foncia is still about maintaining the regular relentless routine. Indeed, just as it was on his outward race so his return passage to Les Sables is now a true solo project, making the best miles with little regard for what his rivals are doing.... [more]

Audi IRC Division 1 National series Round 1- 2009 Skandia Geelong Week,
Port Phillip, Melbourne, Day One Skandia Geelong Week 2009- one of the best IRC fleets in the world assembled today for the first round of the 2009 Audi National IRC Championship titles.... [more]

Images from the Zhik International Moth Australian titles
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini's images from today's racing at the Zhik International Moth Australian titles, being conducted on Geelong's Corio Bay in conjunction with Skandia Geelong Week.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica Black leads the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Fernando Echavarri led his Telefonica Black team past the South Rock Light at approximately 03:00 GMT this morning. Green Dragon, Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 are all within two miles of each other on distance to finish, charging up to the South Rock Light.... [more]

Payne retains lead at Australian Moth Championship
Gerald New,
Simon Payne of Britain retained his overall lead after winning the fifth race of the Australian Moth Nationals, his third win of the series. Payne, sailing the new Mach2 design, has a 3.6 point lead from Outtridge, sailing a Bladerider.... [more]

2009 iShares Cup season gears up
iShares Cup media,
2009 iShares Cup is gearing up to be another sensational season of racing and entertainment. The iShares Cup has over the last two years become sailing's hottest property.... [more]

2009 Audi MedCup Circuit announced
Audi MedCup media,
The Audi MedCup Circuit, the world's leading regatta circuit, is now in a position to confirm the calendar dates and venues for the 2009 competition season.... [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]

Entries open for 2009 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
The next JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will take place on Saturday 20th June 2009 and entries are now open. Details, including the Notice of Race, are available from Until midnight on 7th March, competitors can benefit from the early bird rate of £65.... [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]

Britain's Team Mowgli completes leg 2 of the Portimao Global Ocean Rac
Oliver Dewar,
Just four hours after solo sailor, Michel Kleinjans crossed the finish line off Wellington on racing yacht, Roaring Forty, the British double-handed team in the Portimão Global Ocean Race followed the Belgian yachtsman at 01:30:35 GMT (14:30:35 local) this morning on Class 40, Team Mowgli and completed Leg 2 of this round-the-world event.... [more]

More Louis Vuitton Pacific Series images - In-House Racing - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,,
Emirates Team New Zealand BMW Oracle Racing were out on the Waitemata Harbour and inner Hauraki Gulf again today for a second day of practice and racing, this time in the BMW Oracle Racing yachts We caught the warm-up before the first practice race.... [more]

Michel Desjoyeaux sprints northwards from Vendee Globe fleet
Vendee Globe media,
For the two Vendée Globe leaders it is tale of the ‘have' and the ‘have-not' today, and there is little prospect of the situation improving very quickly for Roland Jourdain in second place.... [more]

Images from Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - In-House Racing - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,,
Emirates Team New Zealand BMW Oracle Racing were out on the Waitemata Harbour and Inner Hauraki Gulf again today for a second day of practice and racing, this time in the two BMW Oracle Racing yachts. After stooging around the Waitemata waiting for the easterly sea breeze to kick in, a course was set up in the Rangitoto Channel on one of the permitted course areas.... [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]

Countdown to 2009 ISAF Team Racing World Championship
Just ten days remain until the start of the 2009 ISAF Team Racing World Championship in Perth, Australia where teams from Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America will put their boat handling and communication skills to the ultimate test.... [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]

Melges 32 - Ecklund on USA-32 leads Woods on GBR-700 after day 2
Event media,
Jeff Ecklund on USA-32 STAR is still holding on to first place in the Melges 32 fleet competing at ACURA Key West 2009, presented by Nautica. Joe Woods on GBR-700 Red trails Ecklund by five points, and in third is Derek Campbell on USA-138 Banshee... [more]

It's Italy - Switzerland - Italy at Key West in Melges 24
Event media,
Reigning Melges 24 World Champion Lorenzo Bressani helming Lorenzo Santini's ITA-715 Uka Uka Racing still leads the Melges 24 Class in Key West. The Melges 24 fleet was supercharged in Key West today, where two more fantastic races were completed taking the fleet right up to the half way point of the event... [more]

Aussies feel the Payne on day 2 of Moth Australian Nationals
Event media /,
A second win for Britain's Simon Payne kept him in the overall lead after day two of the Zhik International Moth Australian Nationals. Payne leads by 2.4 points from Australian Olympic sailor, Nathan Outtridge... [more]

Images from Zhik Moth Nationals at Skandia Geelong Week,
Victorian yachting photographer Teri Dodds was on the water for the start of Skandia Geelong Week yesterday. There was action amongst the International Moths sailing the first day of their Australian Championships 2009.... [more]

Volvo: Lost for words, three tacks in a day and passed left and right
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Latest Volvo Ocean Race boat blogs. Excitement on Delta Lloyd as they manage to get three tacks in today, Telefonica Blue is passed left and right, Green Dragon's skipper Ian Walker is lost for words and onboard Puma, its all about the picks.... [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]

More images - Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Team NZ vs BMW Oracle
Richard Gladwell,,
More images from today's practice between BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand, showing the two yachts in their new graphics and sails, plus new Louis Vuitton Series spinnakers... [more]

Images of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Team NZ vs BMW Oracle
Richard Gladwell,,
Images from today's practice between BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand, showing the two yachts in their new graphics and sails, plus new Louis Vuitton Series spinnakers... [more]

Kleinjans finishes leg 2 of Portimao GOR, Team Mowgli due to finish
Oliver Dewar,
Single-handed, round the world sailor, Michel Kleinjans, crossed the finish line of Leg 2 in the Portimão Global Ocean Race off Wellington, New Zealand late yesterday.... [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]

ICAP Leopard – line honour winner Heineken Cape to Bahia Race - Images
Alex Mills,
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. Having left Cape Town on 10th January, she crossed the finish line off the coast of Salavador de Bahia, Brazil, at 17:46:35 (UTC), completing the 3,330 nautical mile course in just 10 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes and 35 seconds. ICAP Leopard's closest riv... [more]

Si Payne opens Aussie Nationals campaign with a win
Event media,
Britain's Simon Payne won the opening race of the Australian Moth Nationals on Geelong's Corio Bay. The former World Champion, only collected the new Mach2 design Moth on his way to Australia and this was its first competitive outing.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Michel Desjoyeaux back on record pace
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux's charge north is back on the rails as he reaches the first outposts of the NE'ly trade winds. He may have been forced to shed 185 miles as he struggled through the Doldrums, but he emerged across the Equator early this morning with a comprehensive lead. Second placed Roland Jourdain has yet to be affected by the Doldrums and is now 315.9 miles behind.... [more]

Images from the start of Leg 4, Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race returned to the race track in Singapore when the gun fired signifying the start of the 2,500 nautical mile leg to Qingdao in China, the leg most crews consider will be one of the most difficult and brutal legs of the race.... [more]

Italy's Lorenzo Bressani leads Melges 24 at Acura Key West
Event media,
Reigning Melges 24 World Champion, Italy's Lorenzo Bressani helming for Lorenzo Santini on ITA-715 Uka Uka Racing, is leading the Melges 24 division at ACURA Key West 2009, with a small 4-point margin, but nonetheless leading this deep and talented fleet... [more]

Mach2 versus Bladerider VRX at Moth Australian Championships
Simon Payne,
Simon Payne is in Australia for the Zhik International Moth Australian Championships at the Royal Geelong YC. After a couple of days training Simon will race the new Mach2 design against a hot fleet that includes the current Moth World champion John Harris, who has just taken delivery of his new Bladerider VRX... [more]

RS:X Youth World Championship winners decided
Rory Ramsden,
And then there were just ten at the RS:X Youth World Championships for the Medal Races. The wind had filled in to 14 knots. These conditions were made for Chang Hao (TPE8) and Michalis Malekkides (CYP9). But it was Leung Ho Tsun (HKG2) who was in the hot seat - he needed to beat Piotr Myszkowski (POL4) to win the championship... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race boat blogs on Day 2 of Leg 4 to China
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest Volvo Ocean Race news from the boats on Day 2 of Leg 4. Telefonica Blue is settling into the upwind leg, Green Dragon recognises tough leg ahead, Puma finding it not easy to get back into the swing of things, Telefonica Black plan for the new waypoint and not much has changed on Ericsson 3, except the skipper! Read on........... [more]

Oh so slow for Vendee Race leader Desjoyeaux
Event media,
Race leader Michel Desjoyeaux has always been confident that he will escape OK from these wide, active Doldrums, but it must be frustrating this evening for The Professor to be stuck doing less than two knots, still more than 90 miles from the Equator... [more]

Ovington Boat Show Grand Prix 2009
Dave Hall,
Once again the weather Gods were kind to the competitors at ExCel for the Ovington Boat Show Grand Prix. A select band of Musto Skiff, 29er and B14 sailors competed in the relatively warm waters of the Royal Victoria Dock next to the ExCel Exhibition centre... [more]

London Boat Show attendance drops but passes the magic 100,000
Event media,
The London International Boat Show closed at the weekend claiming a fantastic result considering the challenging economic conditions. A boost over the final days pushed the attendance past the magic 100,000 to 112,000 a drop of 12% in attendance compared with 2008... [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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2009 Rolex Miami OCR
Rolex Miami OCR draws elite sailors, including Olympic and Paralympic medalists and hopefuls, to this annual sailing event....
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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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