Rounding up the regional and international sailing news




04 Mar 2009

Major Events


Setting sail on a sea of disposable plastic
Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle,
When it is finished, sometime next month, the boat, a 60-foot catamaran named Plastiki, will sail out the Golden Gate bound across the Pacific for Australia, a voyage that will be either an absolute disaster or a huge sensation.... [more]

Hainan - China's 'Oriental Hawaii'
World Press Max,
“The company is building a marina with 72 berths, scheduled for completion this April. At the marina, a super-five star yacht hotel will open this August, with yachts able to berth at the hotel's lobby. We want to turn our marina into a ‘paradise for the rich',” Frank Lin, the general manager of Sanya Visun International Yacht Club, said.... [more]

First China Mainland Hobie fleet No. 888
Michael Obolensky,, a private member sailing club near Shenzhen has been approved by the International Hobie Association to carry the fleet number 888... [more]

Volvo Race: We just made a very costly little mistake on Green Dragon
Lucy Harwood/Wouter Verbraak,
'Pitch black, waves crashing over the bow, with five guys we are fighting the angry flapping jib on the bow. It is blowing 22 knots and we just made a very costly little mistake. What normally already is a rather tricky manoeuvre has now turned bad.' Wouter Verbraak, Navigator.... [more]

Double trouble for Dinelli as he breaks his boom and cracks a rib
Vendee Globe media,
Raphael Dinelli broke his boom yesterday and then last night cracked a rib. American skipper Rich Wilson is finally heading in a more easterly direction, settling to a new broad reaching regime. Norbert Sedlacek sounded positively upbeat. With less than 2500 miles to go now, he reckons on arriving some time between the 15 and the 17 March... [more]

Volvo fleet reach gateway to the Southern Ocean
Volvo event media,
After nearly 18 days at sea, the Volvo fleet has almost reached the gateway to the Southern Ocean. The fleet must pass through the scoring gate set at latitude 36 degrees south, just 206 nautical miles to run for leaders Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA), and the tension is mounting as the first points for this leg are about to be handed out.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet finds traffic chaos in the Pacific
Oliver Dewar,
The Southern Ocean is getting really congested,' reported Felipe Cubillos from the leading double-handed Class 40, Desafio Cabo de Hornos, last night. German duo of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer, lying in third place, had already made the southern move and converged dramatically on the leading pair.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Locked and Loaded despite Appeal?
Richard Gladwell,,
Moves at the Competitors Meeting for the 33rd America's Cup could be aimed at negating an adverse outcome in the America's Cup from the Appeal Court of New York State. Regardless of the outcome of the Appeal, the game won't change... [more]

Dave Pedrick appointed Technical Director for 33rd America's Cup
Alinghi Media,
Two new Arbitration Panel members and a Technical Director were appointed at the fifth 33rd America's Cup Competitor Meeting today in Valencia, Alinghi, the Defender, the Spanish Challenger of Record and 16 of the 17 challengers (China absent) discussed amendments to the Competition Regulations, which are now in the final drafting stage.... [more]

Ali van Os and the JeMaSa
Neil Langford,
The very sad story of a tragic accident in Phuket.Ali van Os, the daughter of Lex Silvester and Joanne van Os, died last week, five days after receiving terrible injuries in a tragic marina accident. Lex, Joanne and Ali had anchored their yacht SV Malaika at Chalong Bay in Phuket.... [more]

Team Aqua wins the Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup
MaxComm Communications,
Chris Bake and his Team Aqua have confirmed their leadership today, winning the fleet regatta ahead of Torbjorn Tornqvist' Artemis and 'lucky' Ceeref. Also winner of the DHL Trophy and second of the match race event earlier in the week, Aqua has received the Championship Tour leader's gold wheels.... [more]

iShares Cup to kick-off in Venice
Event Media,
Venice has been announced as the first stop on the European iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series. The Italian city will host the 'show opener' from 15-17 May at Bacino San Marco - Riva Sette Martiri.... [more]

ISAF publishes New Edition of The Case Book
ISAF media,
ISAF announced today that The Case Book for 2009-2012, which contains interpretations of The Racing Rules of Sailing, has been released and published on the ISAF website. The release of The Case Book for 2009-2012 follows a complete review of all the cases previously published... [more]

Steve White finishes Vendee Globe in eighth place
Event media,
British solo skipper Steve White sailed his Open 60 Toe in the Water across the finish of the Vendee Globe at Les Sables d'Olonne's South Nouch mark this morning/afternoon at 12:38:55 hours GMT to take a commendable eighth place. Tired but triumphant, 109 days 00 hours, 36 minutes and 55 seconds after leaving Les Sables d'Olonne on Sunday November 9th, White was greeted by his family.... [more]

Tornado Champion switches to 49ers - 2009 Australian/AIS Sailing Team
Craig Heydon,
Gold medals are on the minds of Australia's top sailors as they begin the long campaign towards Olympic glory in London with the announcement of the 2009 Australian/AIS Sailing Team.... [more]

Musandam crew face storm force conditions mid South Atlantic
Oman Sail,
Heading into week 8 of Mohsin's attempt to become the first Omani to sail around the world non-stop, Musandam is over a week ahead of the 80 day virtual pace boat and with just under 6500 miles to the finish line in Muscat.... [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]



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