Ericcson 3 breaks away - Newsletter




09 Mar 2009


Major Events


Keelboat Events

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Gear & Gadgets

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

2009 Audi Etchells Worlds


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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]

Exploding gas canister destroys yacht - two escape
Duncan Eaton, Hampshire Chronicle/Sail-World,
A gas canister which exploded, shooting flames into the air, caused a luxury yacht to burst into flames in the Solent in the United Kingdom this week. The two sailors on board had an amazing escape... [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]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ian Walker has a moan
Ian Walker,
Seems that Ian Walker has seen the latest position updates - Right I'm in a bad mood today so here are some grumpy quotes for you: 'The incessant banging of crashing off waves is doing my head in. It wouldn't matter if we were getting any nearer Rio but we are hardly even managing that'... [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]

Optimist class visit WPNSA for inaugural Spring Championship
Optimist media,
164 Optimist enthusiasts took part in the first Optimist class event at Weymouth since the completion of the 2012 Olympic facilities. Scott Wallis won the Gold fleet and Jamie Calder the very closely contested Silver fleet... [more]

Mystery injured sailor now in Melbourne hospital
BW Roundup,
Yesterday, four days after being struck by a freak wave off South Australia, the Spirit of Mystery made an unscheduled stop in Portland on the Victorian coast to offload injured crewman Mark Maidment, who had suffered a badly broken leg when the boat, a replica of a traditional 19th-century English lugger, rolled in a storm.... [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]

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]

Final race of Renard Systems Brass Monkey series
Richard Baldwin,
The sixth and final race of the Renard Systems Brass Monkey series was held on Sunday 1 March. Race Officers Jim Connolly and Bobby Nightingale faced the prospect of a very light Westerly and a strong spring tide but the sun was shining!... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Ovington announce new foiler - The Concept dinghy with Tomahawk Foils
At this year's RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, along with the familiar 9ers, B14, Musto Skiff, Flying Fifteen, Byte CII and of course the new Pickled Egg International 14, visitors may be surprised to see some boats not usually associated with Ovington including a concept dinghy using the foil system by Tomahawk Foils... [more]

Cowes Classics Week looks set to grow in stature
Event media,
The organisers of the Metre & Classic Keelboat Regatta have announced that the 2009 event will be held from 20 to 24 July during Cowes Classics Week. It again links directly into the Household Division Regatta on 25 July and the Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta 26 July, both events also for qualifying keelboat classes... [more]

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