Regional and International sailing news




16 Feb 2009

Major Events

2009 Monsoon Cup


The Volvo "fleet" (all three of them in the first instance) are away on the longest lag of any VOR to date – 12,500 nm to Rio via Cape Horn, and straight after the boats have taken a major bashing and had only a short stopover in which to make repairs. Is this another Demolition Derby in the making, but this time a great deal further from land? Let's hope not.

Sam Davies has arrived back safely in Les Sables d'Olonnes in 3rd place at the end of the Vendee Globe. And she did it with style, seamanship and steady sailing – no over-wrought emotions, hysteria and crying-to-camera for this girl. Brilliant. Well done. Congratulations.

And congratulations also to Emirates Team New Zealand who comprehensively spanked Alighi in the final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Challenge. Who said AC yachts can't race in 30kts of breeze? – yes they can, and yes they did. Great pics from Lorimer Crosbie, below.

The weather has turned nasty in Hong Kong – cold, grey, foggy, claggy and generally unpleasant. So it must be time to race to the Philippines! The biennial San Fernando Race starts on 08 April, and there's still time to lodge an entry for this trip to “fun in the sun” (

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]

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]

Vendee Globe - Third place still hangs 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]

Sam celebrates - Thompson and Caffari fight 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]

Valentine's fleet away to Boracay,
Last night's reception at the Lexus headquarters was one of the best race briefings this humble scribe has ever attended - five minutes of race briefing and four hours of wine and dining is just what the doctor ordered. Concern about the newly formed Tropical Depression Bising off the eastern Siargao and Biliran Islands were put to bed as it dissipated due to terrain interaction upon crossing the... [more]

Manila-Boracay Race starts today,
Twenty two yachts have signed up for the 200 nm Manila-Boracay Race this year. The nine racing class entrants exude top quality, with Frank Pong's 75ft Reichel/Pugh Jelik leading the charge as defending champion and race record holder. Sam Chan's Ffreefire 70, has been chartered by Richard Killip from Singapore and given the right conditions will be breathing down Jelik's neck.... [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]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - images by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are some more pictures by Crosbie Lorimer of today's one Louis Vuitton race in strong winds, before further racing was cancelled for the day.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series from Finals R- Crosbie Lorimer images
Crosbie Lorimer images,
One-Nil to Alinghi after Day 1 of the Finals. In a breeze building gradually to 25 knots Alinghi gained a small lead over Team New Zealand at the start and stretched it from there. Compounding the problem for Team New Zealand was the rapid descent of their spinnaker on Leg 2. Not only did the jammer give way but the cleat behind it let the kite halyard slide and take the turns off the dru... [more]

LVPS Images - Challenger Final, Blink and you Missed it
Crosbie Lorimer,
It seemed we were barely out on the water on Wednesday morning for the Challenger Final than we were heading back to base; game over. With Alinghi needing only one more win in the best of three Finals, the start was near enough the finish for Oracle, locked out at the Committee Boat end and losing distance for the rest of the race.... [more]

Green Dragon announce crew changes for Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5
Lucy Harwood,
Green Dragon has announced two crew changes for Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Qingdao to Rio, which starts on Saturday February 14th 2009. Anthony Merrington is stepping down due to a back injury he sustained on Leg 4. Ian Moore is returning home to the UK after confirming the happy news that his wife Emily is expecting their second child.... [more]

RC 44 Championship Tour announces schedule for 2009
MaxComm Communications,
The RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 will start in Puerto Calero (Canary Islands, Spain), on February 25. It will then take the fleet to Cagliari (ITA), Gmunden (AUS), Malcesine (Lake Garda, ITA), the South of France and Dubai... [more]

World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco this December
Event media,
Informa Yacht Group, organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum, have announced the dates of the 2009 edition, which will be held from December 9-10 at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum... [more]

Thai Platu Open next weekend
Kev Scott, Ferret News,
The Raimon Land One Design Platu Championship 2009 gets under way 14/15 March. Opening event for the Championship series is the Thailand Platu Open which always attracts top crews.... [more]


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