Rounding up the sailing news for the week




01 Feb 2009

Major Events


Oppies in Thailand, Green Dragon in Qingdao, LV Pacific Series in Auckland, Jumeira Regatta in Dubai, Phang Nga Bay Regatta in Phang Nga Bay (!) - it's all here.

480 nm to 'fun in the sun' - RHKYC San Fernando Race - 08 April
Event Media RHKYC,
Inaugurated in 1977, the 16th edition of the San Fernando Race will depart from Hong Kong on 08 April to the destination of San Fernando in the northern Philippines. Organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, conditions for this blue water classic are never taken lightly.... [more]

Malaysian team arrives for Qatar Sailing Regatta
The Peninsula,
An 18-member Malaysian team arrived in Doha yesterday to take part in the 17th Qatar International Sailing Regatta. The strong Malaysian Contingent which won maximum medals in Sail the Gulf 2008 are participating in all classes except Hobie 16 giving indications of their likely superiority on water. The team will also participate in events in two other countries - Thailand and New Zealand.... [more]

Tiny Firefly stars in Phuket sailing regatta
Event Media,
The tiny Firefly Voodoo Child was the toast of sailors last night after running up a very credible performance during the four day annual Phang Nga Bay Regatta which ended yesterday. Helmed by owner Hans Rahmann, the twin hulled Firefly – the first out of the batch – ran up a 3,1,1 and a 2 over the Regatta week. On one occasion (Day 2) Rahmann sailed right through the record-sized fleet of 51 yach... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Upsets aplenty on Day 3
Richard Gladwell,,
Racing is continuing in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series on the Waitemata harbour. Grey skies and a light southwesterly gave way to an increasing breeze from the same direction. Around midday the skies began to clear and the third race between China Team and BMW Oracle Racing was conducted in beautiful sailing condition, with a 15kt breeze.... [more]

Oppies and Bytes in Pattaya this week
Peter Cummins, Bangkok Post,
It was intended to be held late last year, but the political situation in the Kingdom dictated otherwise. Now, 58 under-16-year olds and 34 of unspecified ages have gathered at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in South Pattaya, for the Asean Optimist and the Asia-Pacific Byte CII Championships, to be held from tomorrow until Saturday Feb 7.... [more]

Jumeira Regatta, 6-7 February 2009
Event Media,
Jumeirah Regatta is now firmly established as one of the highlights of the national sailing calendar and an event with growing international appeal, Sponsored by the Jumeirah Group, the Dubai based luxury hotel management company, the regatta brings together much of the top young sailing talent from across the Emirates as well as many of the UAE's most experienced fleet racing competitors on 6-7... [more]

Vendee Globe - End of the journey awaits Michel Desjoyeaux
Vendee Globe media,
Les Sables d'Olonne awaits the return of Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), preparing to honour the undisputed victor of the sixth edition of the Vendée Globe. ETA (at 1800 GMT) is now between 1300hrs and 1900hrs GMT Sunday. Roland Jourdain has 183 miles to sail to reach the Azores on his keel-less Veolia Environnement.... [more]

Volvo Race - Walker brings Green Dragon safely into Qingdao
Volvo Media,
Against all odds, Ian Walker of Britain has brought Green Dragon safely into their Chinese home port of Qingdao, to complete leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race and earn five points, bringing their overall tally to 27.5 points.... [more]

Alinghi rolls Luna Rossa in Louis Vuitton Pacific series
Richard Gladwell,
The final match of the day between Alinghi and Luna Rossa was expected to be a close affair with two very experienced America's Cup helmsmen involved in the form of Ed Baird and Peter Holmberg.... [more]

Fisher's View: Perfect sailing
Bob Fisher,
The Waitemata provided an ideal stadium for the second day of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series – regular 16 -18 knot breezes from just west of south, with a welter of spectator craft to contain the players, and above all a determination by those players to provide intensive competition. Add to all that sunshine breaking from the clouds and a warmth in the aair that put smiles on the faces of the... [more]

From Baby Steps to Giant Strides - Greek Challenge
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Lynn Fitzpatrick looks at the rise and rise of the Greek Challenge: 'We sailed a bit conservatively, and it's nice to have a win in our second race ever,' said George Nottis, the shore crew manager for Greek Challenge following Greek Challenge's dispatch of Shosholoza in the second race of the day and the Greeks' second race in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.... [more]

Vendee Globe journey for Desjoyeaux nearing its end
Vendee Globe media,
Desjoyeaux was making 16-17 knots during the middle part of yesterday evening and has slowed little through the night. Today will be the final day at sea for Desjoyeaux before he reaches the coast of Vendée and the leader has pledged to have a quiet day as he concentrates on the final miles.... [more]

Green Dragon closes in on Volvo finishing line
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Green Dragon continues to close in on the finish line in Qingdao. At 04:00 GMT, the team had just 52 miles to run. ETA for the Dragons arrival in China is now around noon GMT, or 20:00 local time.... [more]

China Team bounced by Damiani Italia
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The third match of the day between China Team and Damiani Italia was virtually over before it started. After sailing deep into the start box, both boats returned to the start line, sailing up the starboard layline and slightly early.... [more]

Vendee: No keel at all but Jourdain sails on to Les Sables d'Olonne
vendee Globe,
Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) is making fair progress despite the fact he no longer has a functioning keel. All things being equal, nothing untoward happening and wind in the right direction Michel Desjoyeaux is expected to cross the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne on Sunday morning.... [more]

Images Louis Vuitton Pacific Series: Day 1- K-Challenge v China Team
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Images from the match K-Challenge vs China Team... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Day One - upsets in the air?
Keith Taylor,
The hint of upsets to come were in the air today off Auckland's North Head as contestants in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series completed four races in building gusty, shifty conditions that tested the skills of crews.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series finishes first day with some surprises
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series has just concluded in Auckland. Sailed in a moderate southwesterly of up to 15kts, which blew straight down the Waitemata Harbour, the established teams carried the day, however they were given a hurry up by some of the newer players.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race: Jeremy Salvesen's circle
Oliver Dewar,
On 21st January, two British sailors competing in the double-handed class of the round-the-world Portimão Global Ocean Race crossed the Wellington finish line of Leg 2 from South Africa to New Zealand after 37 days and 6,900 miles of racing through the Southern Ocean. Salvesen was a complete sailing novice until a chance encounter in Wellington five years ago.... [more]

Phang Nga Bay Regatta, day 3 - a most picturesque day's sailing
Dawn Del Vecchio,
The course took the fleet past tens of craggy, limestone islets - a dramatic canvas of colourful spinnakers. Shortly before 1000 hrs, as the fleet reached the first mark near Koh Pak Bla, the wind dropped back to one or two knots, leaving some of the vessels within a ring of a karst-studded, calm waters.... [more]

Puma takes second place - Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Kenny Read/USA, guided Puma through the finish of Volvo Ocean Race leg four in Qingdao, China today at 0817 GMT (1617 local time) to claim second place after an unbelievable effort, which saw the team break their boom and drop anchor in the Philippines order to make repairs.... [more]

Greek Challenge makes a quick ascent
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Greek Challenge made history today by engaging for the first time with another LVPS team in the waters of Auckland's Waitamata Harbour and winning... [more]

Images of Louis Vuitton Pacifics: Oscar's day with BMW Oracle Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Less than a week ago, 15 year old Oscar Rorvik (Tauranga) won the second leg of the P class double - the Tauranga Cup. He won the Tanner Cup the week before, joing an elite group of New Zealanders including Chris Dickson and Dean barker who have won both trophies. Yesterday Oscar was out on BMW Oracle Racing with skipper Russell Coutts, himself a winner in the P class, of the Tanner Cup, back i... [more]

Telefonica Blue wins Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue has won leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the fog at 07:00:25 GMT, or 15:00:25 local time.... [more]

Ericsson Racing Team weighs options for repairs to Ericsson 3
Victoria Low - Ericsson Racing Team media,
Ericsson 3, the Nordic-crewed entry of Ericsson Racing Team in the Volvo Ocean Race, was hauled from the water today in Keelung, Taiwan, to inspect and begin repairs to the yacht's bow section.... [more]


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