Mid-week sailing news, regional and international




25 Feb 2009

Major Events

2009 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour


Regional: HiFi wins Predident's Cup - and also wins AY Grand Prix with two regattas to go! And Singaporeans are queuing up for the next Clipper Race.

International: the 'Irish-Chinese' entry in the VOR, Green Dragon, pulls a fast one on the fleet.

Read on...

HiFi wins President's Cup
Heavy rainfall looked as if it would ruin the final day of racing, but at 10:30 the sun came out, dried up all the rain and brought 22 knots of breeze only 25 minutes after the scheduled start time - not without its problems, as six yachts retired with broken gear caused by bad handling or fatigue.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: E4 increases lead as the fleet plays cat and mouse
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The Volvo fleet presses south on day 11 of what could be a 40-day leg five to Rio, as Torben Grael has pushed the bows of Ericsson 4 further into the lead. Puma and Ericsson 3 play cat and mouse.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Sedlacek stuck in the Doldrums as White has a near miss
Vendee Globe media,
Vendee Globe competitor Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) had a close encounter with a cargo ship last night which he admits was a little too close for comfort. Conditions remain rough for Raphaël Dinelli. The skipper of Fondation Ocean Vital is having to battle upwind in 25-30 knot trade winds and heavy seas.... [more]

Alinghi to join World Match Racing Tour 2009
World Match Racing Tour media,
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, will lead an all-star cast of teams during this season's World Match Racing Tour. An interesting change to this year's World Tour has been the introduction of the ‘Tour Card' which guarantees certain teams entry into all of the World Tour events based on their previous years performance... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Green Dragon chasing down the leader
Volvo Ocean Race,
It's day 10 of the 12,300 nm leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Qingdao to Rio, and Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) has fought off her opponents and still leads the race south as the team crossed into the southern hemisphere.... [more]

When the economy tanks, Singaporeans go sailing
Vincent Wee, The Business Times,
After a locally-sponsored boat took part in two editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, interest among Singaporeans has more than doubled for the 2009-10 event: almost 100 people turned up at a crew recruitment talk at Marina at Keppel Bay this week - ironically a big jump from the 40 who attended the 2007 talk when the economy was booming.... [more]

Portimao Global OR: A bump in the night for Desafio Cabo de Hornos
Oliver Dewar,
The four boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race crossed the start line of Leg 3 from Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, bound for the finish line in Ilhabela, Brazil. Within metres of the start line, Desafio Cabo de Hornos took the lead.... [more]

18 footer Worlds - Winners are Grinners - Southern Cross Construction
Frank Quealy,
Trend Barnabas, Euan Mc Nicol and Aaron Links, the 2009 18 footer World Champions, won the JJ Giltinan International championships on Southern Cross Constructions, on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Novice sailor on board
Tan Hee Hui, The Star,
An remarkable account of a novice sailor taking a trip on Il Mostrro - complete with 'lopsided' boat, 'near-death situations' and a surprising lack of seasickness.... [more]

SailRocket are Go! - Vestas SailRocket team return to Speed-spot
Paul Larsen,
The Vestas SailRocket team have returned to the Walvis Bay ‘Speed-spot' in Namibia for a second attempt at the Outright World Speed Sailing Record. The WSSRC ratified world record attempt will commence on the 20 February and will run for 28 days... [more]

Back in action: RC 44 Championship Tour starts next week Puerto Calero
Bernard Schopfer,
The RC 44 fleet is back in action, with the Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup – the season's first regatta - starting on Wednesday February 25. the RC 44 Cup will begin with two days of match racing, followed by three days of fleet racing.... [more]



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