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02 Mar 2009

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Portimao Global Ocean Race: Michel Kleinjans suffers minor gear damage
Oliver Dewar,
In the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos hold the lead from Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli in second. Michel Kleinjans, has dropped in speed slightly having suffered minor gear damage on Open 40, Roaring Forty, but the Belgian single-hander is still keeping pace.... [more]

Volvo Race - Ericsson 4 takes lead from Puma
Ian Walker,
Fiji has been and gone and it is now clear that boats in the east like ourselves and Ericsson 4 did well going east and boats in the west like Telefónica Blue did well going west. It must have been very difficult for the more central boats to decide what to do... [more]

World's strangest yacht club to sail again
Tim Dornin, Independent Weekly/Sail-World,
They sail on pink oil, they fly from every corner of the world for the opportunity, they sail only catamarans, and they're delighted if they can get a sail at least every couple of years. It's the Lake Eyre Yacht Club, and they are looking towards a sail 'very soon'... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 - Offshore Heaven
Louay Habib,
The RORC Caribbean 600, in association with the Antigua Yacht Club is now firmly established as an annual event. Yachts from all over the world with crews coming from 18 different nations enjoyed some spectacular racing in the Caribbean... [more]

Team Aqua wins DHL Trophy and takes lead of RC 44 fleet race event
MaxComm Communication,
With two victories, a second and a third place, Chris Bake's Team Aqua is the winner of the day. Also on great form, with two second and two fourth places, Torbjorn Tornqvist remains in Bakes' wake in the overall ranking, whilst Maciej Nawrocki's team Organika – with Karol Jablonski at the tactics – shows great signs of improvement... [more]

Team Mowgli leads Portimao fleet over the Ice Gate
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet streamed north of the western limit of the southern exclusion zone with Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli holding first place. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos were in hot pursuit.... [more]

Melges 24 European Championship confirmed for Hyeres
Event Media,
The Melges 24 European Championship will be held in France at Hyeres from August 22 to 28, 2009. The overall organization will be in the capacious hands of the COYCH with the support of the Hyeres town and harbor. The COYCH last hosted the world championships in 2006... [more]

Volvo Race - Puma and Ericsson 4 lead from Fiji
Event Media,
Keeping a close eye on the leaderboard with each position report won't be a task for those with weak hearts and a stake in the outcome over this weekend. The islands of Fiji have forced a split in the fleet and that is going to result in some true 'yo-yoing' in the distance to leader numbers for the next 24 hours or so... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 - Set for classic status
Louay Habib,
RORC members, John Burnie and Stan Pearson are two well-known characters in the yachting community in the Caribbean. They have often talked about an offshore yacht race - something that the Caribbean has never had - and now their plans devised over a few beers have become a reality... [more]

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Kiwi consistency delivers lead in Etchells Entire pre-worlds regatta
Tracey Johnstone,
Day one of the Entire Port Philip Championship, the last regatta before the start of the Audi Etchells World Championship, has been won by New Zealander Alastair Gair.... [more]

Fiji on everyone's mind - Volvo Ocean Race boat blogs
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
In the latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, Fiji is the centre of attention and decisions must be made as to which way to approach the islands. Read on ...... [more]

Herreshoff and SNAME announce fourth Classic Yacht Symposium TM
Event Media,
The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame and the New England Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers have issued a Call for Papers for the 2010 Classic Yacht Symposium TM, to be held April 9 - 11, 2009, in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA.... [more]

Teams invited to race in the 43rd Governor's Cup Regatta in CA
Nancy Mellon,
BYC's 43rd Annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship will take place July 14th-19th, 2009. Races are held in the ocean near the Balboa or Newport pier off beautiful Newport Beach, California. Web site: [more]

Vendee Globe: Wilson toughs it out and Dinelli takes a hammering
Vendee Globe media,
The three skippers still on the Vendee Globe course are making steady progress. On target for a great ninth place Rich Wilson is trying to make his way round the labyrinthine weather pattern, one which a couple of days ago had the Great American III 400 miles closer to his home in Boston than he was to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne and nearly 500 miles west of the mean course taken by earlier... [more]

Calero brothers dominate day one Puerto Calero RC 44 Cup fleet racing
MaxComm Communications,
Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup. Sailed in very light winds, today's races have been difficult for the crews, who struggled to find the favoured side of the course and get some speed because of the chop. Steering respectively BMW Oracle Racing and Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, Daniel and José Juan Calero are the heroes of the day, with a victory for each of the local brothers.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Bouwe Bekking explains Telefonica Blue's comeback
Bouwe Bekking media,
Bouwe Bekking explains how Telefonica Blue made magic in the first two weeks of Leg 5, Volvo Ocean Race. After 4,000 nautical miles, Telefonica Blue is still sailing in the same tack, reaching along all the way down from China. Not that boring when you check the record numbers of the boat: maximum boat speed of 32 knots and several days of covering close to 500 Nm in 24 hours.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race: Team Mowgli lead charge to ice gate
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet are bunching as they approach the western end of the Pacific Ocean ice gate barrier at 45°S with the British Class 40, Team Mowgli, leading the charge with a slender 5.6 mile lead over the Chilean team on Desafio Cabo de Hornos.... [more]

World Match Racing Tour Danish Open 2009 set for Aarhus
WMRT media,
World Match Racing Tour will hold the Danish Open 2009 in Aarhus. The city of Aarhus will host the event from September 9-13, 2009 and will be sailed in the DS37 Match Racer. The Danish Open is the seventh event of the 10 scheduled events on the World Match Racing Tour 2009.... [more]

Decisions, Decisions - Puma moves into lead of Volvo race
Event media,
The recent decision-making in the fleet led to a temporary shake up on the leaderboard. Puma moved into first place, and Telefónica Blue took up second, pushing Ericson 4 back to third for the first time since day two, Ericsson 3 was fourth and Green Dragon fifth... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: For some shorts and t-shirts, for others squalls
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
On Telefonica Blue there has been a sudden change of decision making, onboard Puma they are having a tough time while on Ericsson 4 its shorts and t-shirt time. on Ericsson 3 they have been figuring out how to handle the squalls... read on.... [more]

Team Ceeref, with Col, remains the best RC 44 match race team
MaxComm Communication,
Winner of last years' match race championship, the Slovenian team Ceeref started the 2009 championship in unknown – yet very reliable – hands with substitute driver Sébastien Col. The first flight of the day finally started at 1:30 PM after numerous postponements. Both Team Aqua and No Way Back had fairly easy rides against BMW Oracle Racing (penalised by a premature start) and Organika... [more]

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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