Regional and International sailing news




03 Feb 2009

Major Events


All the VOR boats are in Qingdao - at least, all the ones that are going to arrive on their own bottom - and now the race is on to effect repairs before the race re-starts. And for those 'stopped off' in Taiwan, the race is on to do the repairs AND get the boats to Qingdao.

The LV Pacific Series is providing some great entertainment, some upsets, and some spectacular images. Check out the stories in this newsletter.

And of course there's more in this mid-week newsletter. Read on...

Roland Jourdain ends his Vendee Globe campaign in the Azores
Vendee Globe media,
Roland Jourdain took the hard decision this morning to bring his Vendée Globe to an end and stop at the Azores. After losing part of his keel last Thursday, the skipper of Veolia Environnement has done all he can to ensure the stability of his boat and his own safety in some very difficult sea conditions.... [more]

Malaysia aspires to continue dominance at Qatar Regatta
Suman Malla,
THE 17th Qatar International Sailing Regatta — Sail the Gulf 2009 — begins in earnest today with hosts Qatar counting on local knowledge while Malaysia are looking another dominant display. The tournament, formally inaugurated by president of Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation Khalifa M al-Suweidi, features more than 100 sailors from 22 countries in six classes.... [more]

Chinese crew needed to represent their nation in next Clipper race.
Clipper Ventures,
With the announcement that Qingdao will be sponsoring an entry in the next two editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Clipper 09-10 and Clipper 11-12, race organisers Clipper Ventures are now seeking Chinese crew prepared to take on the challenge of a lifetime and represent their nation around the world. The Clipper Race is the only event of its kind where non-professionals sailors ca... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series: Dinghy moves in 80-footers
Keith Taylor,
In the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series today, South Africa's Shosholoza and Italy's Luna Rossa scrapped like tigers throughout a four-lap race. The victory honors went to Peter Holmberg skippering Luna Rossa but only after multiple lead changes and two penalties imposed on the South African boat.... [more]

Race for Telefonica Black to be repaired in time for Volvo Leg 5 start
Volvo Ocean race media,
Telefonica Black face a race against time to join the fleet for leg five after setting sail at the end of the week for Singapore. The severity of the damage had been rated as a 'three or a four out of 10' by the team's shore boss Campbell Field, but after some repairs the boat returned to the water on Friday and is expected to reach Singapore by the middle of next week.... [more]

Delta Lloyd to miss Leg 5 of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Delta Lloyd campaign director Tom Touber has confirmed that the team will not return to the race until the fleet reaches Rio de Janeiro. The damage has since been deemed too severe for a quick repair and the team now hopes to get a berth on a ship tomorrow, which would see them arrive in Brazil on March 4, nearly three weeks before the fleet.... [more]

Desjoyeaux crosses the finish line - images from the Vendee Globe
Kate Jennings/ThMartinez images,
Michel Desjoyeaux on his 60 foot monohull Foncia crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe 2008/2009 this Sunday 1st February 2009 at 15h11'08' UT. Read his thoughts below. Thierry Martinez has provided images from the finish of the Vendee Globe.... [more]

China Team close the gap in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, Day 3
Jenny Cooper,
Today, China Team met BMW Oracle on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand, in their Round 3 match of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. These two teams last met during the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia in 2007 when China Team made it onto the scoreboard with a win over BMW Oracle.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]


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