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16 Mar 2009

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Norbert Sedlacek completes the Vendee Globe and sets a new record
Vendee Globe media,
After 126 days 5 hrs 31 mins and 56 secs at sea Sedlacek crossed the Vendee Globe finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 17 hrs 33 min GMT. Norbert Sedlacek set a new ocean racing record for landlocked nation when he became the first Austrian to complete a solo non stop round the world passage when he finished the epic sixth edition of the Vendée Globe in 11th place.... [more]

Unlucky Friday 13th Crash for Vestas SailRocket and Paul Larsen Larsen,
On Friday the 13th, the Vestas SailRocket team scheduled another world record attempt, which resulted in Vestas Sailrocket crashing at high speed and injuries to Paul Larsen. Larsen was hospitalised, but later released. Larsen was shaken but is determined to carry on.... [more]

Minoprio defeats Richard to win Marseille International Match Race
Dobbs Davis,
Marseille International Match Race has been won by New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch Racing Team. In true understated Kiwi style, Minoprio was modest in expressing his pleasure about the win, saying 'We got two seconds last year, and to finally break the curse and earn a win here is great.'... [more]

The race is on to Cape Horn for the Volvo fleet
Volvo media,
Sunday at 13:00 GMT, Torben Grael's Ericsson 4 had closed to within 33 nautical miles of stablemate Ericsson 3, who has led the leg since taking a brave northerly course after crossing the first scoring gate on day 19, 4 March. But, it is Ian Walker's Green Dragon, who is posting the fastest 24 hour run of 477 nm... [more]

Vendee Globe - Sedlacek due to finish
Vendee Globe media,
Norbert Sedlacek, AUT, (Nauticsport-Kapsch) is set to finish the Vendée Globe solo round the world race this afternoon and bring to a close this epic sixth edition of the event.... [more]

Fast trip to Cape Horn forecast for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
MRCC Punta Arenas provided a weather forecast for the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet Saturday predicting winds would switch to northwest, before swinging round to the south and southwest and building rapidly. Jeremy Salvesen, Team Mowgli: 'After 24 hours of strong headwinds we managed to find ourselves bang slap in the middle of the low pressure system this afternoon with hardly any wind at all'... [more]

Dinelli finishes Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
If Raphael Dinelli had a sense of déjà vu when he crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe race this afternoon it would be entirely understandable.... [more]

BlackMatch comes up trumps against Alinghi in Marseilles
BlackMatch Media,
Today served up great conditions here in Marseille, beautiful sailing with an 8 knot breeze in the morning rising to 12 knots by the afternoon in a day that saw some very exciting racing and the completion of the quarterfinals. We had a tough day against the Alinghi team helmed by America's Cup winner Ed Baird but came out eventual winners, taking it to the wire and winning by a 3-2 margin.... [more]

Etchells Worlds - What happened to Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey?
Andrew Palfrey/,
Andrew ‘Dog' Palfrey sailed with John Bertrand and Ben Ainslie at the Audi Etchells Worlds. They were leading the series going into Race 8, but then it went pear shaped as Andrew reports.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - big winds expected before fleet reaches Cape Horn
Richard Gladwell,,
The leaders in the Volvo Ocean race are around 48 hours from rounding Cape Horn. There is plenty of action yet to come as winds of 35- 40kts are expected to hit the race fleet for a period before easing as they reach the Horn.... [more]

Plenty of upsets in Quarter Finals at Marseilles
Sophie Claudon and Richard Gladwell,
Conditions (6-8 knots Westerly) were excellent for the quarter-finals of the Marseilles International Match Racing regatta. And there were plenty of surprises as both the current world champion Ian Williams and world No. 1 Sebastien Col were knocked out.... [more]

Volvo Race - Green Dragon at the gallop
Volvo media,
The hard-earned lead that Ericsson 3 has built up over the past week is slipping away today at an alarming rate as the boats to the north begin to benefit from a fresh low pressure system. Green Dragon, positioned furthest to the north, has benefited the most, gaining an incredible 145 miles over the last 24 hours. The Dragon remains in fourth place, but is now just 269 miles behind the leader... [more]

Marseille Match Race - Quarter Final pairings selected
WMRT media,
The top four of eight remaining Quarter Final teams have chosen their rivals in today's first-to-three point series in the Marseille International Match Race.... [more]

Bermuda's Peter Bromby and Magnus Liljedahl win Star Bacardi Cup
Janet Maizner,
Bermuda's Peter Bromby and veteran Star Class crew Magnus Liljedahl of Miami won the 2009 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta Friday on Biscayne Bay in Miami. Bromby and Liljedahl sailed to victory on the final race in the six race regatta to finish with a commanding six-point lead... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet face upwind struggle
Oliver Dewar,
For the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet, freedom from the restriction of the ice gate at 45°S has been stalled by a low pressure system north of the boats, centred 1,200 miles off the coast of Chile. The direct result has been headwinds with the double-handed fleet's speed averages dropping to five knots and below on Friday afternoon.... [more]

Largest ever ARC Europe fleet prepares for transatlantic rally
Peta Stuart Hunt,
May 7 is the start date for 36 yachts to enjoy fun and ocean cruising, sailing from the Caribbean to Europe. It was 21 years ago that the concept of ARC Europe first came to fruition when the inaugural event, then named 'TransARC', set off in 1988. In 2000 the rally was re-named 'ARC Europe' to better reflect its association with the world-famous ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers).... [more]

New European regulations to cover insurance, AIS
Des Ryan,
The recent package approved by the the European Parliament for Maritime Safety has two ramifications for leisure sailors who visit European ports. The first is mandatory anyway in many European countries, but the second will affect all yachts over 15 metres. This effects not only European sailors, but those who charter or sail in from other parts of the world... [more]

Tomahawk Foils: a whole new foiling experience!
Jane Allardice,
At this year's RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, Weymouth-based Tomahawk Foils unveiled its Tomahawk foil, the surface running, ventilated hydrofoil it has invented and patented for both sailing and powered water craft. The foil was fitted to a windsurfer on display in the Palm Court and was seen on the Ovington Boats' concept dinghy... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds final race abandoned – top three announced
Di Pearson,
Ross Wilson, the principal race officer of the 2009 Audi Etchells World Championship hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria, was forced to abandon Race 9, the last of the nine race series on Port Phillip today when thunderstorms and unstable conditions pervaded the course, meaning the overall placings from yesterday's overall scores stand... [more]

Team GBR back on the Olympic trail at WPNSA
Karenza Morton,
Britain's up-and-coming Olympic Classes sailors have their first chance of the season to shine as the RYA hosts its opening 2009 Spring Series event this weekend. The first of two Spring Series events, with racing taking place in the Finn, 470 (men and women), 49er, 2,4mR, RS:X 9.5 (men) and RS:X 8.5 (open) classes... [more]

Ed Baird wins Round Robin at Marseille International Match Race
Dobbs Davis,
At the Marseille International Match Race Alinghi's Ed Baird (USA) wins the Round Robin clear by only one point. His 5-4 win-loss record of the day would not seem remarkable except that he managed to defeat not only the top two seeds in the competition yesterday - Ian Williams (GBR) and Sebastian Col – but also yesterday's undefeated Paolo Cian (ITA) and his Team Shosholoza.... [more]

Jason Muir wins the 2009 Audi Etchells World championship
Skip Lissiman,
Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Jason Muir and his crew of Matthew Chew, Paul Wyatt and Bucky Smith from Brisbane when they won the 2009 Audi Etchells world championship.... [more]

2009 Audi Etchells Worlds
Hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia....
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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Gear & Gadgets
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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