Regional and International sailing news




10 Feb 2009

Major Events


No breeze in Auckland, and a distinct lack in Qingdao... But warmer in Dubai (Jumeirah) we'd guess. And warm in Auckland, too, with all that argy-bargy going on!

Rumour has it that there's a race from Manila to Boracay starting on Saturday, but we haven't been told anything at all so assume that the organisers are keeping it very hush-hush.

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Wind fails to eventuate - racing off
Richard Gladwell,,
Racing has been called off for the day in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. The breeze remained after the completion of two races this morning, however shifted from a northwesterly direction to a northerly and then north easterly direction, the source of the usual seabreeze.... [more]

Team GBR Shake-up - Ayton and Wilson switch for 2012 Olympic challenge
Sarah Ayton and Pippa Wilson – two of sailing's gold medal-winning ‘three blondes' – will campaign together in the two-person 470 class in a bid to win gold on home waters in 2012.nd Wilson reveal their 2012 challenge - Penny Clark will also switch to 470 with Saskia Clark - While Christina Bassadone will go for the Laser Radial... [more]

Double no-whammy in Qingdao
Al Skinner, Team 4 Dragons,
Last Friday Qingdao could accurately be described as ‘grey' as the four surviving VO70s took to the water for a practice race. A fog bank rolled in, and by the time I had retrieved my camera from the Media Centre it had engulfed the marina, wiping out visibility completely.... [more]

Vendee Globe - 'Pink Rocket' Roxy pacing Safran
Vendee Globe media,
Sam Davies is back pacing Marc Guillemot for the meantime, accelerator pedal pressed hard on the ‘pink rocket' as she referred to Roxy. Davies should pass through the Azores tonight and has a 107 miles deficit on Guillemot, who admitted that the stress and tiredness is taking a toll on him at the moment and he is just trying to sail sensibly and safely, not pushing too hard.... [more]

Jumeirah Regatta hat trick for O'Connell,
Jubilant skipper Toby O'Connell paid tribute to his hard working crew after completing a hat-trick of title victories in the Jumeirah Regatta today. Following a difficult first day aboard his 50 ft yacht Yo!, O'Connell fought back to clinch victory in Division One of the cruiser class for the third year in a row.... [more]

America's Cup: Storm in a 'B' Cup - plus audio
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]

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 - Light and bright in Qingdao but no wind
Volvo Ocean Race media,
With wind and tide still and issue, the fleet remains ashore. Dock-out is planned for noon local time in Qingdao, or 04:00 GMT.... [more]

Thai sailors dominate Optimist and Byte championships
Peter Cummins, Bangkok Post,
Thailand's boys and girls took out the top placings with brilliant sailing and strong finishes on the last day of the ASEAN Optimist and the Byte CII Asia-Pacific Championships. In the two regattas raced concurrently off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in South Pattaya this week, their world-class performances have placed Thailand in the top echelons of junior yacht racing world-wide and bodes well fo... [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]

Vendee Rookie Le Cléac'h completes race to take second place
Vendee Globe media,
Armel Le Cléac'h crossed the finishing line of the Vendée Globe this morning (Saturday 7th February) at 08H41'35'GMT, after a net race time of 89 days 9 hours and 39 minutes 35 seconds of racing.... [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]

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]

12 Longtze Premiers anticipated for the Primo Cup
Longtze Media,
In only one year, barely one year, since its arrival in Europe, the “Son of the Dragon” has made its place in the small world of sportsboats. Now, no less than 12 Longtze Premiers, skippered by noted sailors (including Guillaume Florent, Luc Gellusseau and Erwan Tabarly...) are anticipated at the Primo Cup-Trophée Crédit Suisse, 12-15 February 2009, in Monaco.... [more]

China Team takes first win at Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Jenny Cooper,
What started as another long day with a two-hour postponement ended in a clear victory over South Africa for Ian Williams and his crew from China Team in their first race of Round Robin 2. Williams sailed a sharp but safe race having won the start against Team Shosholoza.... [more]

Musandam faces 50+ knot winds (100+ km/h) in treacherous Cook Strait
Oman Sail media,
Musandam found themselves lowering the sails in a hurry just off Wellington, and had to run without any canvas (bare poles) in order to withstand the fierce gust. 52 knots, or Force 10 on the Beaufort scale - conditions that translate into a simple word: 'storm'!... [more]


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