Crash for Vestas - Newsletter - Weekend Round-UP




16 Mar 2009


Major Events


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Gear & Gadgets

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2009 World Match Racing Tour

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

Vendee Globe 2008-2009

2009 Audi Etchells Worlds


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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]

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]

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]

Langstone Harbour dinghy race weekend - 23 to 25 May
Brian Davies,
The sailing clubs in Langstone Harbour announce an Open Weekend of dinghy racing - 23 to 25 May. If you haven't heard of Langstone Harbour, now's your chance to check it out and have a real sailing treat. Situated between Portsmouth and Chichester Harbour, it's 8 square miles of glorious open tidal water that's home to five sailing clubs and a few million wading birds... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Mirror Worlds Event website launched
Anthony Galante,
The International Mirror is making a strong come back Down Under as the fleet builds towards the 2011 World Championships in Albany Western Australia. The Mirror has been the breeding ground for a number of champion Australian sailors.... [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]

Lark Masters Championships 2009 Preview
Simon Cox,
I am delighted to announce we have a fantastic weekend in store for the 2009 Lark Masters. The primary objective is to do what the Larks do best – party! There will be just enough sailing to build up a thirst, but the main event will be the evening dinner and dance which we hope as many of you as possible will want to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships and for the you... [more]

Volvo Race - Watch out for the Dragon
Volvo media,
Green Dragon is likely to the huge recipient of an early Christmas present. At least, that's what PUMA's Ken Read thinks and race meteorologist Jennifer Lilly agrees. There is action ahead in the shape of two complicated and ugly low pressure systems situated in the north, just where the Dragons languish, about 400 nm behind the leaders... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds - Steady Muir crowned new World Champions
Di Pearson / Gerald New,
Australia's Jason Muir and his crew of Paul Wyatt, Matthew Chew and Bucky Smith won the 2009 Audi Etchells World Championship with a classic Tortoise and Hare series. While favourites Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey cracked after their flying start, scoring a 12th and then a 32nd, Muir and crew sailed steadily to victory with a day to spare... [more]

New Kids on the Block take race 5 at Star Bacardi Cup
Janet Maizner,
It was the perfect day for Star newcomer Andrew Campbell of San Diego and crew Mike Nichol of Miami who edged out Olympians Marc Pickel of Germany and crew Steve Mitchell of Great Britain on the approach to the finish line to win the fifth race in the 82nd Annual Bacardi Cup... [more]

Portimao fleet clears the icegate and head for Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
After 14 days pinned north of the Leg 3 southern limit, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet are now descending south-east through the Southern Ocean towards Cape Horn.... [more]

Peter Milne Memorial Fireball Open at HISC
Class media,
Following the death in 2008 of Fireball designer Peter Milne the Fireball Open regatta on Sunday 26 April at HISC has been dedicated in his honour. Peter Milne will always be remembered principally for the design of the Fireball, like the Mini and Porsche 911, supersonic planes and of course moon rockets, the Fireball ranks amongst the great pieces of design from that era... [more]

Where next for Women's Olympic Match Racing?
This season marks the first year of the new Olympic discipline, Women's Match Racing. Sixteen months after women's match racing was voted in as an Olympic discipline, it appears to be in disarray. Andy Rice of SailJuice rang up Stephen Park, the RYA's Olympic Manager, to get his perspective on the situation. Here is his assessment... [more]

Dragon Edinburgh Cup for Royal Cornwall YC
Fiona Brown,
The 2009 edition of the historic Dragon Edinburgh Cup, awarded annually to the winner of the British Dragon Open Championship, and the Dragon South Western Championship, both sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, will be hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth... [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series is being held in association with the New Zealand Government, Emirates Team New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), Auckland City and Sky City Group...
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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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