Three World Cup wins for GBR sailors in Miami - Newsletter




02 Feb 2009

Major Events

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

2009 Rolex Miami OCR


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Three World Cup wins for GBR sailors in Miami

Nick Thompson, Ed Wright and the Sonar crew helmed by John Robertson made it a golden treble for Skandia Team GBR's sailors at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, which concluded on Saturday... [more]

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]

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 - 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]

Two more Gold for Team GBR at Rolex Miami OCR
Barby MacGowan / GJN,
Team GBR added two more Gold and a Silver to their medal haul on the final day of US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR Saturday. Wins for Ed Wright in the Finn and Nick Thompson in the Laser were complemented by a Silver for John Pink and Rick Peacock in the 49er... [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]

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]

Gold for GBR Sonar team at US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR
Event media / GJN,
The Women's Matxh 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. Britain's John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Alex Wang-Hansen won Gold in the Sonar. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell took Bronze in the Skud-18 and Lucy MacGregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin Bronze in the Match Racing... [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]

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]

Vendee Globe - Doldrums frustrate Caffari
Roberto Coladangelo,
The doldrums have Dee Caffari in their clutches and the solo skipper is finding escape difficult. Caffari's closest rival, Brian Thompson, seems to have squirmed his way out of the weather system and has extended his lead slightly... [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]

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]

Liverpool YC second race of the Renard-Systems Brass Monkey series
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club's second race of the Renard-Systems Brass Monkey series was held on Sunday 25 January. A strong southerly breeze over the flood tide gave conditions just on the acceptable side. Fourteen yachts started the race and the conditions caused three to retire as strong gusts and short waves caused mayhem for several boats... [more]

RYA Team GBR start ISAF Team Racing Worlds defence
Great Britain will be gunning to continue the country's proud Worlds medal-winning tradition when the 2009 ISAF Team Racing World Championships get underway in Western Australia on Saturday. Matt Findlay and Tom Hebbert, who were part of that medal-winning GBR2 sextet, are once again in the RYA Team GBR line up for this year's Championships... [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]

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]

Rolex Miami OCR - Robertson takes lead in Sonar
Event media / GJN,
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Alex Wang-Hansen have taken the lead in the Sonar event at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta with just the final day to go. The British team were in race winning form on the penultimate day of the Paralymic classes, winning all three of their races. They lead by six point from Paul Callahan, Roger Cleworth and Tom Brown of the USA... [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]

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]

Day 3 Rolex Miami OCR - MacGregor clean-sweep in first Round-Robin
Gerald New /,
Light winds on day 3 of US Sailing's 2009 Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta - Britain's Nick Thompson could only finish in 16 in the single race completed in the Laser event, but maintained his overall lead, now just four points ahead of Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Vendee Globe 2008-2009
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
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