16 Feb 2009

Major Events

Olympic class regattas


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series


Welcome to your Newsletter, catch-up with all the weekend sailing news . . .

Volvo Ocean Race fleet flying as conditions improve from slow start
Volvo Ocean Race media,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, after a slow start, the wind has arrived on schedule and the first three boats are up, up and away. Bouwe Bekking's Telefónica Blue racing last night, 19 hours behind the fleet. Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) who had barely two hours after crossing the finish of leg four yesterday to re-provision the boat, load sails and extra clothes, before crossing the start line.... [more]

18ft Skiffs -2009 JJ Giltinan Worlds Race 2
Frank Quealey,
Matthew Searle, Dan Wilsdon and Archie Massey totally dominated the 32-boat fleet today when they took out Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour. The trio took Active Air-2UE to the lead from the start and was never headed over the long South-East course.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Third place still in the balance
Event media,
Marc Guillemot (Safran) still has 132 miles to sail and overnight he has not been able to make the target VMG which would bring him back to Les Sables d'Olonne within the time to clinch third place. He was only making 3.7 knots at 0400hrs this morning... [more]

Will your club weather the financial storm?,
The world's press is full of stories of marine sales falling, yacht manufacturing companies reducing staff and sailing companies merging or closing. But spare a thought for your local yacht club . . . The Knickerbocker YC was 135 years old, a club unknown to most of the world, but important to its members, a strong community entity and a place for the youngsters to learn the sport of sailing... [more]

Telefonica Blue resumes racing - Leg 5 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Bouwe Bekking's Telefonica Blue team has resumed racing and started leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race. With the leading boats in the fleet starting nearly 19 hours ahead, the Telefonica Blue crew will have their work cut out for them to make up for lost time.... [more]

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Images from the finish of the Vendee Globe for Sam Davies,
A selection of images from the finish of the Vendee Globe for Sam Davies. Saturday at 00:41 (GMT), leading British female sailor Sam Davies onboard Roxy completed her first solo, non-stop round the world Vendée Globe race in an incredible time of just over 95 days.... [more]

Sam Davies and her first solo, non-stop round the world Vendée Globe

Sam Davies speaks during the press conference following her arrival in Les Sables d'Olonne this morning. Davies onboard Roxy completed her first solo, non-stop round the world Vendée Globe race in an incredible time of just over 95 days. Sam posted the second fastest time ever for a female Vendée Globe skipper, narrowly missing out on Ellen MacArthur's record... [more]

Volvo Ocean race - Ericsson 3 finishes Leg 4 and starts leg 5
Event media,
Magnus Olsson and his crew racing Ericsson 3 were simply not going to give away points. Retiring after their boat was seriously damaged in the crossing between Luzon Island in the Philippines and the northern tip of Taiwan, was not an option for this team, whose tenacity is beyond doubt... [more]

Images of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Back at the Dock
Richard Gladwell,,
Images after the racing from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series... [more]

Images of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - White Water Racing
Richard Gladwell,,
Images from the final leeward mark rounding of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, when the competitors rounded in winds gusting 30kts and a strong tide.... [more]

Smeg takes Race 1 - JJ Giltinan World Championship
Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League,
Hugh Stodart, Daniel Phillips and Jim Beck (Smeg) were the masters of a light Easterly breeze when they took out Race 1 of the Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today... [more]

Green Dragon starts Leg 5 from Qingdao
Ian Walker,
It was with a heavy heart that I left Qingdao today. It was not the most romantic of Valentine's Days to jump on a boat, say goodbye and abandon my wife and children for 40 days. We have all the adventure and our families have all the worry... [more]

Sam celebrates - Thompson and Caffari close for fourth
Event media,
While Les Sables d'Olonne is ready to give a huge, warm welcome to Sam Davies this bitterly cold St Valentine's morning, the clock is ticking all the time for Marc Guillemot who now needs to finish by 02:41:01 on Monday morning to clinch third place. Brian Thompson, GBR, (Bahrain Team Pindar) has been making nearly twice the speed of Safran and looks set to pass Guillemot today... [more]

Samantha Davies (Roxy) crossed the Vendee finish line Saturday morning
Event media,
Samantha Davies, GBR, (Roxy) crossed the finishing line at 00hrs 41mins 01 secs as the third competitor to complete this epic sixth edition of the Vendée Globe solo non stop around the world race and return to Les Sables d'Olonne... [more]

Volvo: Telefonica Blue suspends racing after keel damage before start
Volvo Ocean Race media,
In a dramatic opening to leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, minutes before the start gun fired, Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/NED) dropped her sails and returned to port, leaving a fleet reduced to three boats to contest the start in Qingdao.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Fisher's View: Smiles in the rain
Bob Fisher,
The rain that fell on the Waitemata could not douse the delight of the locals as Emirates Team New Zealand firmly pummelled Alinghi in three straight races on the final day of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. It came as general relief to the populace of the City of Sails after a fortnight of glorious racing in sunshine..... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Team New Zealand Convincing Winners
Crosbie Lorimer,
Emirates Team New Zealand convincingly won the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series this afternoon with a dramatic comeback from 'one down' yesterday to three straight wins today. Crosbie Lorimer was there to see the local team come good against Alinghi, leading from start to finish in all three races.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series – Race Reports - Final day
Keith Taylor,
Emirates Team New Zealand won the inaugural Louis Vuitton Pacific Series staged in Auckland, beating the Challenger Finalist Alinghi by 3-1 in the best of five Trophy Final... [more]

New Zealand storm to Louis Vuitton series win,
Emirates Team New Zealand has comprehensively outsailed the Swiss Alinghi team to take an impressive overall win in the 2009 Louis Vuitton Pacific Series on the Waitemata in Auckland this afternoon.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Sam Davies (Roxy) finishes third in the Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe media,
Samantha Davies, GBR, (Roxy) crossed the finishing line at 00hrs 41mins 01 secs GMT as the third competitor to complete... [more]

Images of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Final Day
Richard Gladwell,,
Images from the water of the first race sailed on Saturday 14 February of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series – Day 15, 14th February, 2009
Keith Taylor and Sail-World (on the water),
There was light rain but plenty of cheers as Alinghi and Emirates Team New Zealand cast off their lines this morning at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Village at the Viaduct Basin for the last day of competition.... [more]

Vendée Globe - 02:00 GMT Saturday morning ETA for Sam Davies
Justine Ozoux,
Sam Davies onboard Roxy, currently travelling at around 10 knots, is expected to cross the finish line in the Vendée Globe solo, non-stop round the world race at 02:00 GMT Saturday morning... [more]

Audi MedCup Circuit introduces new division
Event media,
The Audi MedCup Circuit, known as the world's leading regatta series has announced that the TP52 Class and GP42 Class will compete on the Circuit. The MedCup goes into its its fifth year and is widely regarded as the most competitive yacht racing circuit of its kind, attracting the top owners, skippers, sailors and boat designers alike... [more]

Kiwi Karl Purdie takes OK Dinghy number one slot
Robert Deaves,
The first OK Dinghy World Ranking list of 2009 has revealed a sweep of changes at the top of the board, and New Zealander Karl Purdie is only the third sailor to occupy the top slot in the history of the rankings... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 racing for the Finish / Start
Gustav Morin,
Ericsson 3 is now back on the Volvo course and racing to reach the finish line and claim fifth place points for leg four. Unfortunately the forecast says that the wind will die out when we get closer to Qingdao. Right now it looks like they won't make the start in time... [more]

Bouwe Bekking ready to face longest leg in history of Volvo Ocean Race
Bouwe Bekking media,
The gruelling 12,300 nautical-mile Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 starts on Saturday, 14 February from the freezing Chinese port of Qingdao taking the fleet to the colourful Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.... [more]

Christophe Favreau's images from Louis Vuitton Pacifics Trophy Final
Christophe Favreau,
Images by Christophe Favreau from the Louis Vuitton Pacifics Trophy Final sailed in 20-25kt winds on Friday. Only one race was sailed as the wind increased to have recorded gusts of 35kts... [more]

Ainslie joins Bertrand and Palfrey for Audi Etchells Worlds
Di Pearson,
Ben Ainslie will return to Australia to join John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey for the Audi Etchells Worlds off Melbourne next month. Eighty five plus entries from Australia, Great Britain, Bermuda, USA, New Zealand, Ireland, Hong Kong and Italy will compete... [more]

Dragon Class to Exhibit at RYA Volvo Dinghy Show
Fiona Brown,
The British Dragon Association, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, has confirmed that it will exhibit for the first time at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, from 7 - 8 March 2009 at Alexandra Palace, London... [more]

Fireballs at Draycote Winter Super Series
Tim Saunders,
Draycote Winter Super Series runs every winter, from October through to the end of March, with racing held on alternate weekends. by keeping the Fireball flag flying through the winter, we have managed to keep people interested. New crews have turned up, various new helm-crew combinations have been tested, and a fair amount of tuning has been undertaken... [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 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Gear & Gadgets
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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Olympic class regattas
Olympic point scoring regattas....
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America's Cup

America's Cup news and information, including past challenge and new challenge....
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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Keelboat Events

Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the SB3, Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc...
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Offshore Events

Regattas, Open, Championship and special events for Offshore yachts...
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