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Audi Etchells Worlds - Invitation race update
Skip Lissiman,
Melbourne turned on a great day of sailing for the invitation race of the Audi Etchells worlds. The cloudy grey skies cleared around the scheduled starting time of 2pm to allow a weak sea breeze develop over the SE morning breeze.... [more]

Volvo Race - Ericsson 3 opens 100 mile lead
Volvo media,
After more days going up wind than anyone in the Volvo fleet cares to remember, the fleet has finally cracked off and is experience ‘proper' Southern Ocean conditions as the five boats race onwards towards Cape Horn and the second of two scoring gates on this leg of the course... [more]

Taselaar secures impressive lead at Miami Grand Prix
Joy Dunigan,
Pieter Taselaar on USA-169 Bliksem sits atop the Melges 32 fleet with a firm lead of a healthy seven points ahead of John Kilroy on USA-188 Samba Pa Ti in second. Joe Woods on GBR-700 Red is one of five international entries and seated in third overall... [more]

90 knot gusts forecast for Portimão Global Ocean race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
MRCC Punta Arenas, Chile, are monitoring the Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet and issued a weather warning this morning (08/03) of south-westerly winds between 40-50 knots and gusts reaching 90 knots with a mighty 8-10 metre swell.... [more]

Rich Wilson making steady progress towards Monday Vendee Globe finish
Vendee Globe media,
635 miles, is all that separates Rich Wilson from the finish of his incredible Vendée Globe. Great American III is making steady speeds in about 15 knots of westerly breeze, heading directly at Les Sables d'Olonne this afternoon.... [more]

Beluga Racer first through Portimao Race Leg 3 scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
The three double-handed boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race crossed the Leg 3 Pacific Ocean scoring gate at 130°W separated by under two hours. First across at 1013 GMT, Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer. The fleet's solo sailor, Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty, is a matter of hours from crossing the scoring gate.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet takes a pounding
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, on Leg 5 to Rio. General concensus is that the fleet is taking a pounding as they continue upwind sailing. Puma is constantly heeled over, however Telefonica Blue is on port tack and life is simpler. Ericsson 4 is still heading upwind and on Ericsson 3, its Ibuprofens all round! Read on ....... [more]

2009 Portsmouth Number List released this Weekend
Event media,
The RYA's publication of the new numbers for the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme is a sure sign that another action packed racing season is upon us after a long hard winter. Change is, however, on the way: the RYA's introduction of a new web based results service will make the Yardstick a much more fluid system... [more]

Beluga Racer still leads as Portimao fleet compresses
Oliver Dewar,
As the south-westerly breeze continued to build throughout yesterday (06/03), the entire Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet took-off to the north-east on a port gybe, ascending the Pacific Ocean in line astern lead by Beluga Racer with Team Mowgli moving into second place at 1720 GMT separated by a handful of miles from Desafio Cabo de Hornos in third.... [more]

Taselaar retains lead at Melges 32 ACURA Miami Grand Prix
Joy Dunigan,
Pieter Taselaar on USA-169 Bliksem is still very much in command of the Melges 32 fleet in Miami at the 2009 ACURA Grand Prix. He delivered a complimentary performance to yesterday's outstanding results leaving him in first place overall. Moving up to second was John Kilroy on USA-188 Samba Pa Ti and in third is Joe Woods GBR-700 Red... [more]

Wet and wild start to St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Event media,
Hundreds of sailors on 218 yachts set sail today to begin the 29th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. After a brief series of morning squalls, a northerly breeze packing gusts over 30-knots swept in with a vengeance, and the steady, pumping winds that accompanied them generated gear-busting seas of 8-10 feet and more... [more]

Nerone, Bliksem and Ran remain on top at Acura Miami Grand Prix
Bill Wagner,
Skipper Massimo Mezzaroma and his crew on Nerone consolidated their lead in the Farr 40 class during the second day of racing at the 2009 Acura Miami Grand Prix. British entry Rio, skippered by Charles Dunstone, won both IRC 1 races on Friday to close on Ran... [more]

Scene at the Auckland International Boat Show
Richard Gladwell,,
Sail-World's camera was at the Auckland International Boat Show, late Friday afternoon.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Has Ericsson 3's move paid off?
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) has dropped 80 nm in the past day. Telefonica Blue will carry onto Rio under jury rig and the blue Spanish boat is still in the Volvo Ocean Race lead as the southern-most yacht and the closest to the ice gate and next scoring gate at Cape Horn. Puma (Ken Read/USA) is in second at 13:00 GMT, 71 nm to the north-east of third placed Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA).... [more]

Rich Wilson set to become second American to complete Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe mdia,
Rich Wilson's last weekend at sea on his Vendée Globe looks set to be quick and relatively productive. Wilson, 829 miles from the finish, has been making a VMG averaging just over eight knots and was 529 miles NWW of Cape Finisterre this afternoon making a course south of east. Raphael Dinelli has overcome his broken rib to make a successful repair to his boom on Fondation Océan Vital.... [more]

World ARC Fleet headed for St Lucia
Peta Stuart Hunt/Sail-World,
The choices we make! While the Blue Water round world rally has just been celebrating their uneventful transit through the pirate infested Gulf of Aden, the World ARC cruising fleet is nearing the end of their journey, having circumnavigated via Africa's Cape of Good Hope to avoid the pirate issue... [more]

Beluga Racer leads Portimao fleet as big winds arrive
Oliver Dewar,
In the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos increased their lead over Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer to 11 miles, while Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson kept south on Team Mowgli, bouncing off the 45°S southern limit before climbing north... [more]

Telefonica Blue vows to fight on despite jury rigged forestay
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race news from Telefonica Blue. 'I hurried to pull my boots on and rushed upstairs in my thermals only to find the jib dragging in the water down the side of the boat, forestay and all. Luckily, due to some quick thinking by the guys who were on watch at the time, they were able to keep the rig upright and quickly secured it with spare halyards to prevent our situation becoming even wo... [more]

Stars come out for Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
Di Pearson,
The Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, to be sailed this weekend 7-8 March, has exceeded 300 entries from Australia wide.... [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]

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]

Tight competition at first day of Acura Miami Grand Prix
Jeanne Kleene,
2009 Acura Miami Grand Prix kicked off with an international fleet of 42 boats from seven countries and 14 states competing. In a strong UK showing, IRC 1, comprised of four TP52's, is led by Niklas Zennstrom's RAN from Hamble, GBR with Charles Dunstone's Rio of Cowes, GBR in second.... [more]

12 Skippers invited to 2009 Lysekil Women's Match
Josefine Ås,
The 12 Top Teams in the World are Invited to ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil during Lysekil Women's Match, 27 July – 1 August.... [more]

2009 Audi Etchells Worlds
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