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Michel Desjoyeaux wins Vendee Globe
Event media,
Desjoyeaux crossed the finish on Sunday 1 February at 15:11.08 GMT, after 84 days 03 hours 09 minutes of racing. Foncia completed the race in twenty knots of breeze under sunny skies, greeted by a massive armada of spectator boats... [more]

Images of Day 3: BMW Oracle Racing vs Team China
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget and BMW Oracle Racing provided these images taken on Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, and BMW Oracle's match against China Team.... [more]

Crowds await Desjoyeaux's arrival at the end of Vendee Globe journey
Vendee globe,
Michel Desjoyeaux's first treat for the waiting crowds in the Vendée Globe finish town of Les Sables d'Olonne has been to offer them the luxury of a Saturday night to let their hair down complete in the knowledge that their champion elect is now unlikely to arrive before the middle of Sunday afternoon.... [more]

Team Origin push Alinghi to notch second Louis Vuitton win
Leslie Ryan,
Following a ‘bye' day on Saturday, TEAMORIGIN were as prepared as they could be for what promised to be a tough race against America's Cup Defenders, Alinghi (SUI).... [more]

Images from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series: Day 3 - Chris Cameron
Chris Cameron,
Chris Cameron who is also the official photographer for Emirates Team New Zealand was on the water for Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, and provided this image gallery. You can see more of his work at and [more]

Images from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series: Day 3 - SubZero Images
Gareth Cooke, SubZero Images,
Gareth Cooke of SubZero Images was on the water for Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, and provided this image gallery. You can see more of Gareth Cooke's work at where he has two Louis Vuitton Pacific Series galleries... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series day 3 - Team Origin beat Alinghi
Richard Gladwell,,
Racing is continuing in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series on Waitemata harbour in New Zealand. Team Origin had a good win over Alinghi after the America's Cup holder was forced over the start line in an uncharacteristic error... [more]

French not happy with penalty on Day 3 of Louis Vuitton Pacifics
Stephanie Nardin,
'Then, for us, there is a communications problem between the observer on board who says we are clear for the other boat, and this information doesn't seem to be taken into account by the Umpires, as three lengths after that, we get a penalty that doesn't appear to be justified given the information we had. I have to say that we are very surprised by this penalty.... [more]

Fisher's View: Just how did they do it?
Bob Fisher,
Those of us who watched the start of the match today between Team Origin and Alinghi, one question remains: Just what did happen in the final seconds before the gun? Did the Brits force Alinghi over or did Ed Baird screw up? Opinions vary.... [more]

Andrew May wins Kiwi Cup – Day Five Report
David Staley,
Andrew May has won the Inaugural Kiwi Cup in Auckland. His victory included the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship, 2009, Single Person Keelboat (Non-Technical) and Access Liberty Open World Championship.... [more]

RMOCR: Medal Races determine Champions in nine Olympic Classes
Barby MacGowan,
... [more]

Kiwi Cup Day 4 - Gold fleet finals underway
David Staley,
The Gold Fleet sailors today commenced their two days of finals to decide the Access Liberty and IFDS Single-Person World Championships. Heat one was shaping up to be the expected battle between the two top ranked competitors coming out of separate qualification fleets.... [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]

Images of Day 2: Emirates Team NZ vs BMW Oracle Racing
Glles Martin-Raget,
Outstanding photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents a series of images from the first race of Day 2 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series with Emirates Team NZ matched against BMW Oracle Racing. The match was Russell Coutts' eturn to competition in the America's Cup class, having last raced competitively in the class in 2003... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Day 2 Round-Up,
Welcome to the Day 2 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series which was marked by some close racing and big wins. Significant events of the day were the win by Emirates Team NZ over Russell Coutts in BMW Oracle Racing... [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]

Shosholoza loses first race but ready to fight back in Louis Vuitton
Di Meek,
It was a race to win but a penalty in the pre-start dashed Team Shosholoza's chances of victory in their first match race of the inaugural Louis Vuitton Pacific Series when up against the newly established Greek Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand today (Saturday).... [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]

First medals awarded at US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR
Event media / GJN,
The Women's Match Racing and the Paralympic medals were awarded at the finish of Fridays racing in the US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR and second leg of the ISAF World Cup. Denmark took the Match racing Gold and Britain the Sonar Gold. The 2.4mR Gold went to Canada and the Skud-18 to the USA. Final Medal races for the Other Olympic classes take place Saturday... [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]

Greek Challenge atones for first day
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The Greek Challenge scored a good win on the second day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series sailed on the Waitemata Harbour in a moderate south westerly breeze and clear skies. Shosholoza (RSA) picked up a penalty in the pre-start and started with a 10 metre lead opting for the right hand side of the course. The South Africans tried to push the Greek Challenge out to the left hand or... [more]

Emirates team NZ takes crucial win over BMW Oracle Racing
Richard Gladwell,,
After a close fought prestart, Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Dean Barker opted for the right hand side of the course, which he turned into a small 14 second advantage around the weather mark. Sailing in a 10-15 kt southwesterly breeze, Barker set up to leeward of BMW Oracle Racing helmed by Russell Coutts, in attempt to keep his air clear of the attacking stern boat.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series: BMW Oracle Racing preview Day 2
BMW Oracle Racing media,
Having drawn a bye for the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, BMW Oracle Racing's afterguard spent time on the water watching the other teams racing and analysing the nuances of the race area.... [more]

Bouwe Bekking continues his review of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Bouwe Bekking,
Bouwe Bekking. 'It has been a carnage leg see the damage list: three boats have broken down and we know for sure our team mates on the Black boat have retired, and I very much doubt if the Ericsson 3 and Delta Lloyd are not going to do the same, plus structural damage to other boats as well.'... [more]

Warren Jones series - NZ's Robertson's victory masterful
John Roberson,
On a day that started out slow and frustrating, and finished off with some crash, bang matches, New Zealand's Phil Robertson won the 2009 Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, beating Sydneysider Evan Walker two races to one in the final.... [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]

AC33: The new America's Cup yacht design rule goes live
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The AC33 has been designed through consultation between the Defender, the Challenger of Record and the 17 other entered teams and the process was headed by Tom Schnackenberg as the class rule and competition regulations consultant for AC Management.... [more]

Frustrating and slow progress to Leg 4 finish line for Green Dragon
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Latest report from Green Dragon, battling to finish Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. 'It feels a bit strange being the only ones left out racing. For a start, there is no reason to look at the position reports every three hours as we know where we are - well we do most of the time when the GPS works.'... [more]

Team Origin take their first win in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Leslie Ryan,
TEAMORIGIN vs. LUNA ROSSA was the second race of the day, scheduled to start at 12pm. Near perfect conditions with about 10-12 knots, slightly overcast. The starting sequence got underway at 12.10pm and saw the two teams engage quickly and carry out quite a bit of ‘duelling' ahead of the start gun. Team Origin headed for the line and crossed first but only 10m ahead of Luna Rossa.... [more]

Greek's Startline Shunt in Louis Vuitton Pacifics by
Juerg Kaufmann,,
Swiss sailing photographer was positioned on one of the umpire boats today in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, and took this short sequence of the contact between Greek Challenge and Alinghi in the pre-start of the final match of the day... [more]

Greek Challenge has encouraging debut in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Pierre Orphanidis, Greek Challenge,
Greek Challenge, the first ever America's Cup team from Greece, made its debut in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series facing one of the toughest possible opponents. Gavin Brady and the rest of the Greek Challenge crew had the formidable task of racing against the Defender and 2-time winner of the America's Cup, Alinghi.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Jourdain heads to the Azores after losing keel bulb
Vendee Globe media,
Roland Jourdain is making five-six knots towards the Azores with his badly compromised Veolia Environnment which lost the keel bulb yesterday morning.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Bekking admits back a problem, uncertain for Leg 5
Raith Al-Samarrai,
Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking admits he is far from certain of sailing leg five from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro. He now has barely a fortnight to recuperate before the February 14 start of the 12,300-nautical mile marathon to Rio - a trip he insists he will not sail if his fitness is not adequate.... [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]

France's Pataugas by K-Challenge beats Team China
Stephainie Nardin,
First day, first race, first point: the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series have started well this morning for the Pataugas by K-Challenge crew, who was sailing against the new China Team, with Ian Williams, current World Match Racing Champion, leading the team.... [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]

Medal winners to be decided tomorrow at Miami OCR
Rolex Miami OCR media,
It's getting down to the wire at US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR, where 444 sailors from 41 countries have been competing since Monday.... [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]

Damaged Green Dragon heads to finish line
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The only team still at sea on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is Ian Walker's Green Dragon. The Green Dragon team has strengthened their initial repair by gluing and bolting sail battens to the bulkhead, which has worked well. The team has 334 nm to run to the finish and an assured fourth position on this leg and five leg points are waiting for them in China.... [more]

Keel damage for Veolia Environnement in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
Roland Jourdain reported to his shore team at around 0400hrs this morning that he had sustained damage to his keel. Since then he has been making toward Sao Miguel in the east of the Azores islands at between eight and ten knots with Veolia Environnement heavily ballasted. He will make a fuller inspection there and assess his options.... [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]

Sam Davies maintains lead over Marc Guillemot in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
Passing through the Azores Islands last night Michel Desjoyeaux is now pointing on course for the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne where he is now expected some time between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. His lead is now 791 miles on Foncia and after a quick night averaging 15.5 knots he as eased off as he encounters strengthening winds.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series skippers meet the Press on eve of battle
Keith Taylor,
Ten of the world's top match racing skippers met the press tonight in a crowded ceremony at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and all promised to deliver two weeks of close and intense racing for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Trophy.... [more]

Deauville Sailing Week reinforces its sports dynamic
Kate Jennings - Expression,
For its fourth edition from 4th to 7th June 2009, Normandy's grand marine meet is reinforcing its sports dynamic by playing host to the most competitive series in crewed sailing, which have once again put their trust in the event's organisation... [more]

Ben Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN ready to lock horns and start racing!
Leslie Ryan,
TEAMORIGIN, the British Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, is one of 10 teams set to lock horns on Friday 30th January in the new ‘Louis Vuitton Pacific Series' event taking place in Auckland, New Zealand. They will compete in the initial series of round robin races over five days against their ‘pool' of four other America's Cup teams... [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]

Kiwi Cup: Day 3 Report - Silver Fleet results decided
David Staley,
The final series for Silver Fleet was sailed today, giving the Gold Fleet sailors a day of rest before their two days of racing to decide the Access Liberty and IFDS Single-Person World Championships.... [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]

Bekking explains Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Bouwe Bekking,
Race historians are already referring to Leg 4 as the toughest one in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [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]

Simon Payne - the new design and the changed image of the Moth class
Top Moth sailor, Simon Payne finished second in the recent Australian Nationals, sailing the new International Moth, Mach 2 design. The boat, one of the first produced had a spectacular debut, leading until the penultimate day. Here he talks to Sail-World about the new design and the changed image of the class... [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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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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