regional and international roundup - from Platus to VO70s




06 Mar 2009

Major Events


The VOR boys are going at it hammer and tongs down there in the South Pacific, but I don't hear the ukeleles and the swish of the grass skirts – more like gnawing at the fingernails... Seems like there really is a race going on now: after so long watching the fleet follow each other around, swapping positions ever-so-slightly now and again, at last there's some tactical action. Sorry, I just can't get excited about the ‘school of fish' programme that has prevailed so far – but now there's really something happening. Maybe there is a case for severely limiting the amount of info that boats can access on a continuous basis? Until the last gate, they were all going the same way on the basis of the same information – maybe just send the naviguessers a weather fax once every 24 hrs, and tell them to work on it?

Rothschilds have gone into Extreme 40s, but without Loick Peyron... so Peyron has joined Oman Sail for their Extreme 40 programme! And the Olympic ladies are joining the Etchells fleet in Sydney for the Worlds. Don't get the "surly in defeat, overbearing in victory" habit, please, ladies!

From a wet, cold and blustery Hong Kong, enjoy your sailing weekend, whatever you are doing out on the water.

Alfa Romeo enters Transpac
Transpac Media,
Three decades after his first – and only – Transpacific Yacht Race, Neville Crichton will return to the 2,225-mile course from Los Angeles to Honolulu, aboard the supermaxi Alfa Romeo.... [more]

Telefonica Blue breaks forestay while leading the Volvo fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue suffered a cruel blow last night when the Spanish boat broke its forestay while leading the fleet through the Southern Ocean on day 20 of the marathon Leg 5 from Qingdao to Rio. 'We were ripping along, making great speeds in 15 knots of breeze, when all of sudden a loud bang was heard from the rig.' Skipper Bouwe Bekking.... [more]

12 Foot Skiff Racing at Koh Samui Regatta 2009,
The racing, from 29-31 May, will be set on a course as close as possible to Samui's Chaweng Beach, and is not only exhilarating to compete in - but also fun to watch and great for spectators. And there is an additional thrill element in that teams from archrivals Australia and New Zealand will compete head-to-head for the honours.... [more]

Olympic girls to take on the men at the Audi Etchells Worlds
Di Pearson,
Three Australian Olympian women, headed by Beijing gold medallist Tessa Parkinson, are going where most women have feared to tread; they are to take on some of the world's most elite male sailors at the Audi Etchells Worlds in March.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Is Ericsson 3's plan genius or madness?
Volvo media,
The first milestone of leg five was achieved yesterday, when Ericsson 4 led the fleet through the first of two scoring gates on leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, to collect the maximum of four points. The team now has 53 points in total and a lead of 8.5 points over Telefónica Blue in second place and Puma third... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Green Dragon skipper asks 'Is east best?'
Lucy Harwood/Ian Walker,
Volvo Ocean Race news from Green Dragon. 'For three days we have been running or reaching south in the traditional way whilst talking about going east and ‘cutting the corner' to the Ice Gate which is ESE from us. For the last 36 hours the computer has given this easterly route the edge over that to the south.' Ian Walker.... [more]

Be careful what you wish for - Portimão Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar/Josh Hall,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet is stalled by light breeze. Josh Hall, draws on his immense ocean racing experience to describe the frustration and fatigue that the teams may be feeling.... [more]

Volvo: Ericsson 4 first to scoring gate as Ericsson 3 makes brave move
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race. The winner of the first points of leg five was Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA), yet it was Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) who received all the interest after their crossing. They and immediately tacked to the north-east, away from all the fleet.... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds: Sizing up the competition
Di Pearson,
Audi Etchells Worlds - first race of the nine-race series, to be conducted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria, gets underway on Port Phillip in six day's time.... [more]

Ben Ainslie joins Congressional Cup lineup
Rich Roberts,
Great Britain's Ben Ainslie, has joined the impressive lineup in the 45th Congressional Cup, the March 24-28 match racing classic hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club. Ainslie, 32, is now skipper/helmsman of the UK's Team Origin challenge for the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]

Loick Peyron joins Oman Sail Extreme 40 for iShares Cup
Oman Sail media,
Loick Peyron, one of the most important forces behind the evolution of modern multihulls, will compete in the iShares Cup Sailing Series Series which kicks off in Venice on 15 May.... [more]

One Design sailing – growing fast in Pattaya
Kev Scott - Ferrett News,
In Pattaya we have one of the best and largest OD fleets in Asia for the Platu (otherwise known as the Beneteau 25 in Europe), with 17 of these in Pattaya and another 12 spread around Asia. There are about 1,000 spread around Europe and a new fleet of 12 in New Zealand. And they are now being built in Batam near Singapore by Extreme Sailing Products.... [more]

Ground hog day for Musandam crew as they return to Indian Ocean
Oman Sail media,
Musandam and her crew (Loik Gallon, Nick Houchin, Charles Darbyshire, Theirry Duprey Du Vorsent and Mohsin Al Busaidi) have now been at sea for 56 days. The trimaran is currently situated 900 miles directly south of Madagascar in boat breaking, upwind conditions in the South Indian Ocean... [more]

Tussle for Portimao Global Ocean Race lead
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race leadership battle is intensifying. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos temporarily handed pole position to the German duo of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer.... [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]

Entries pass 250 for third event of ISAF Sailing World Cup
Event media,
The 40th edition of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE, to be held from 4 to 10 April in the bay of Palma, has generated great expectation following its inclusion in the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Over 250 teams and almost 400 competitors have already entered the most important Olympic classes' regatta in Spain... [more]



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