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Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 Awards in China
Volvo media,
Although just four teams reached the finish line in Qingdao (so far), the celebrations were far from muted at the leg four prizegiving ceremony in Qingdao. It was a festive evening, perhaps a chance for the sailors to enjoy themselves following two frustrating days of no racing due to lack of wind... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific series: Review of the spectator fleet
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
During the delay of several hours waiting for the wind to settle down after the first race of the day, Sail-World's camera checked out some of the action in the spectator fleet... [more]

Tough Race in Round Robin 2 for Team Shosholoza
Di Meek, Team Shosholoza Media,
Team Shosholoza is out of the running to win the Louis Vuitton Challenger title after a tough loss to the Greek Challenge in their final race of Round Robin 2 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in New Zealand today. Both Greek Challenge and Shosholoza, being at the bottom of the Silver Fleet leaderboard, are now out of contention but will still race each other agai... [more]

Alinghi is a Challenger finalist in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Keith Taylor,
Switzerland's Alinghi secured her berth in this week's challenger final with a victory in today's Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, while two newcomer teams each racked up wins against long-time campaigners. Guided by Kiwi skipper and tactician Brad Butterworth and steered by American helmsman Ed Baird, Alinghi won her third race in four days of Gold Fleet competition.... [more]

Team Origin score impressive win against Emirates Team NZ in LVPS
Leslie Ryan,
Day Four of Round Robin two proved to be a long day on the water but worth waiting for with the TEAMORIGIN boys taking a 7 second race win against the home team, Emirates Team New Zealand, and Ben Ainslie and his team showing form against his old team mate, Dean Barker. Race three finally got underway at 6.20pm in a beautiful Auckland evening and perfect 15 knot wind... [more]

America's Cup: Storm in a 'B' Cup
Richard Gladwell,
The decision by Alinghi not to race in the scheduled fifth race of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, ignited controversy around the Auckland waterfront as soon as Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker, gave his very blunt 'I'm pissed off' response, to a TV news camera team.... [more]

America's Cup: Curious Friends
Richard Gladwell,
In three days time the Appeal Court of the State of New York will convene to consider the case of Golden Gate YC vs Societe Nautique de Geneve. It's about who should be the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's Cup. The arguments haven't moved since the first hearing in the New York Supreme Court in front of Justice Herman Cahn.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing keep it close in classic battle with Alinghi - LVPS
BMW Oracle Racing media,
BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi put on a classic match race in a close and enthralling battle all the way around the track in one of the most anticipated clashes of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland today.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Breeze dictates the day
Warren Douglas,
Race Day 9 of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series was a day when a small early advantage could, with determined defence against sustained aggression, win the race. It turned out to be a day without passing lanes. The first race started on time at 11am and saw Damiani Italia Challenge beat Luna Rossa by 1.42. Then came the waiting.... [more]

Race is on to be first Brit in Vendee Globe,
Three British skippers, Dee Caffari, Brian Thompson and Sam Davies are in a private race for Vendee finish line. There are just 400 miles separating the trio who will all be fighting for the title of first British skipper home in the 2008/09 edition of the Vendée Globe... [more]

Winners decided at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
Event media,
Tom Ashley won his division and winners emerged from amongst the eleven divisions at Sail Auckland, New Zealand's premier regatta for dinghy sailors.... [more]

Volvo In-Port race postponed for second day
Event media,
In-Port racing in Qingdao has been postponed for the second day running. Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad has confirmed that we will try again Monday when conditions are expected to be more favourable. Third time lucky? Maybe... [more]

Australia, NZ, USA and Great Britain in Team Racing World Championship
The USA, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain will move forward to the semi-final stages as the teams in Perth prepare for the final day of the 2009 ISAF Team Racing World Championship.... [more]

Traditions of the sea - the names and times of sea watches
Bob Wonders,
Sailors of today still adhere to shipboard traditions dating back centuries. The sea and its sailors boast a remarkable history over hundreds of years and many traditions followed by the men of Horatio Nelson, John Paul Jones and Christopher Columbus are still practiced on the ships of the 21st century.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Sam Davies relinquishes third place to Marc Guillemot
Event media,
vendee Globe: Sam Davies, GBR, (Roxy) has to relinquish third again today as Marc Guillemot (Safran) races ahead. Armel Le Cléac'h enjoyed blue skies and sunshine to welcome him back to Les Sables d'Olonne this Saturday morning as he crossed the finish line at 08:41hrs GMT to take second in his first Vendée Globe, outlasting many of the favourites.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Quotes from Le Cléac'h on his race
Event media,
Quotes from Le Cléac'h after he crossed the finishing line of the Vendée Globe this Saturday 7 February at 08:41GMT, after a net race time of 89 days 9 hours and 39 minutes 35 seconds of racing... [more]

Images from Louis Vuitton Pacific Series: Team Origin vs Luna Rossa
Richard Gladwell,
Images from today's very close race Luna Rossa vs Team Origin, which was won by the British by a margin of just four seconds.... [more]

Alinghi doesn't show for race against New Zealand
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's match against Alinghi did not go ahead today when Alinghi did not turn up for the start. Dean Barker and his crew started the match by themselves and race management awarded the race to ETNZ when it was obvious Alinghi was not going to race.... [more]

Le Cléac'h on Brit Air is second finisher in Vendee Globe
Event media,
Breton race rookie Armel Le Cléac'h crossed the finishing line of the Vendée Globe this Saturday 7 February at 08:41GMT, after a net race time of 89 days 9 hours and 39 minutes 35 seconds of racing, taking into account the 11 hours redress given by the International Jury for his participation in the rescue of Jean Le Cam... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Day 8 Race Reports and Virtual Eye
Louis Vuitton Media and ARL,
Official Race reports, margins and clips from Day 3 of Round Robin 2 racing on 7 February in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series... [more]

Volvo In-Port Race in Qingdao abandoned for the day
Volvo media,
In-port racing in the Volvo Ocean Race was postponed in Qingdao, China today, as deep fog descended on the race track. With little wind to speak of, it the Race Committee officially abandoned racing for the day 16:10 local time (08:10 GMT).... [more]

Barker 'disgusted' by Alinghi decision to back out of race
ONE News,
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker says he is disgusted by the decision of Alinghi to pull out of their race on Saturday afternoon. Alinghi decided not to race late in the day, leaving Team New Zealand out on the course for hours waiting for the start of their gold fleet race that they eventually started solo to formally complete it.... [more]

Fisher's View: Is there a serpent in this Garden of Eden?
Bob Fisher,
There is absolutely no doubt that the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series is as close to perfect a regatta as there has ever been. One look at the smiles on the sunburned faces of the ten crews would bear witness enough, and in addition there are the crowds of spectators along the shores of the Waitemata and on the myriad of spectator craft carefully marshalled around the extremities of the course... [more]

Louis Vuitton - France's Pataugas beaten by Team China
Stephanie Nardin,
Last race in the Round Robin 2 for Pataugas by K-Challenge who was racing today against China Team in the silver fleet.... [more]

British nail convincing win against Italy in Louis Vuitton Pacifics
Keith Taylor,
A taut and tense battle between Italy's Luna Rossa and the newcomer British team Team Origin went to the wire in a fresh southerly breeze during racing on the Waitemata Harbour today in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. The British team won by four seconds, barely a boatlength.... [more]

No gain only risk for Alinghi on Day 3 of LVPS RR2
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi has chosen not to race Match 5 of Day 3 of the Round Robin 2 against Emirates Team New Zealand. The way the event is structured races against TNZ don't count in Round Robin 2, however hard contact penalties can result in a deduction of points [as in the BMW Oracle vs. TeamOrigin match on 6 Feb].... [more]

Second victory for Greek Challenge in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Pierre Orphanidis,
On a beautiful day on Waitemata harbor, hundreds of spectator boats witnessed an exhilarating victory for Greek Challenge. Not only did the new America's Cup team score their second victory in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, they beat the team that a mere two days past defeated the America's Cup Defender, Alinghi.... [more]

TeamOrigin win most exciting race yet in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Leslie Ryan,
In what was surely the most exciting race of the series so far, TEAMORIGIN claimed victory over Luna Rossa by 4 seconds demonstrating some world class moves by Skipper Ben Ainslie and this exciting new team. Day three of Round Robin two looked ominous from the outset regarding weather forecast with a light wind threatened to upset the early race schedules of the day.... [more]

Counting the cost of round the world yacht racing
Oliver Dewar,
In a short period, the single-handed skippers of three round the world race boats took the drastic decision to abandon their yachts in the Southern Ocean. Until a resolution is introduced to ensure that some of the very expensive, round the world race yachts stand a good chance of completing a circumnavigation, sponsors and insurers may feel that the returns are too low and the risks are too high... [more]

Vendee Globe - I'll be crossing the line before lunchtime on Saturday
Vendee media,
Armel Le Cléac'h, skipper of Brit Air promised he would cross the Vendee finish line by lunchtime on Saturday - Finally crossing the line will be big relief for Le Cléac'h, who has been suffering since the Azores from the effects of a low-pressure system... [more]

Davies attacks Dame Ellen record
Justine Ozoux,
After almost 90 days of sailing, leading British Vendée Globe skipper Sam Davies aboard Roxy is attacking the female Vendée Globe record of 94 days and 4 hours set by Ellen MacArthur in the 2000/01 edition of the race... [more]

Bouwe Bekking confirms readiness for Qingdao in-port race - Volvo OR
Bouwe Bekking media,
Just nine days after finishing the VO70-killer Leg 4, next step in the schedule of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 is the Qingdao in-port race. After the tough Leg 4, only four boats will meet at the start line of Saturday's in-port race: Telefonica Blue, Puma, Ericsson 4 and Green Dragon. Not ideal from the sporting point of view, but a good chance to add some valuable points to the basket.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series – Day 7 Race Reports – 6 February, 2009
Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Media,
Detailed race reports, mark rounding data and images from Day 7 of racing at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series covering all our races. Including images of the critical point of each race created from ARL's Virtual Eye using actual GPS position data recorded from each competitor using 'uTrack' technology used for the first time in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series... [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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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
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