Newsletter for the Weekend of 7/8 February




09 Feb 2009

Major Events

America's Cup

Olympic class regattas


Gear & Gadgets

Yachting News

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series


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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]

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]

NZ boat builders in 'survival mode' and doing deals
Jeni Bone,
The New Zealand boating industry has expressed concern about the year to come, suffering as the global financial crisis results in a lack of liquidity hitting orders and sale values. The Institute of International Finance has said the world economy would shrink this year for the first time in nearly 50 years... [more]

18ft Skiffs race ahead of World Championship
Frank Quealey,
Former JJ Giltinan champions Euan Mc Nicol, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas showed their skills to perfection when they brought Southern Cross Constructions home the winner of Race 12 of the Australian 18 Footer League's Club Championship.... [more]

168 entries for Burghfield Optimist Open Meeting
Event media,
168 young Optimist sailors braved a bitterly cold easterly wind of between 13 and 18 knots, for the Burghfield Optimist Winter Open. The first race started at 10:30 and was a series of 3 windward leewards along the whole length of the lake, separated by short reaches, with each fleet starting one after the other with racing finishing at 15:30... [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]

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]

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]

Snow stops John Merricks Tiger Trophy
Event media,
Following a detailed inspection of Rutland Sailing Club, the approach roads and the weather forecast over the coming days, and despite an heroic effort by the club to clear lying snow, the decision has been made to postpone the John Merricks Tiger Trophy... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Volvo In-Port race day contest for four boats, Blue crew substitution
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The third in-port race day of the Volvo Ocean Race will feature just four entrants, but will be hotly contested nonetheless. After consulting with the International Jury, due to injuries to a crew member Telefónica Blue will substitute Pepe Ribes with Javier de la Plaza for tomorrow's in-port race.... [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]

Images of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Team Origin's drop
Richard Gladwell,
Things came horribly unstuck for Team Origin at the leeward mark of Day 2 of Round Robin 2, when they had their match against Russell Coutts and BMW Oracle racing all but in the bag. Our camera was present, of course, to catch all the action and reaction.... [more]

Images from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - from Christophe Favreau,
Christophe Favreau presents the following gallery of images taken on Day 1 of the second Round Robin phase of the Louis Vuitton Pacific series... [more]

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
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Olympic class regattas
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