Regional and International sailing news




17 Mar 2009

Major Events


There's been some seriously variable weather around the globe this last few days - the Portimao fleet are getting a battering, and the VOR boats are streaking towards the next scoring gate at Cape Horn. Meanwhile, the opening event of the World Match Race Tour got blown out on day one, and then went strictly shifty for the next few. And the Etchells Worlds had races abandoned from over-blow too... "It isn't usually like this here" - now where have we heard that before?

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]

Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet hammered by hurricane strength winds
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet have been hammered by hurricane strength, Force 12, south-westerly breeze as they descend through the Furious Fifties towards Cape Horn.... [more]

The Complete Sailors' Guide to San Fernando
San Fernando Gweilo Mayor,
Sunset Bay – Resort. Tel 72-6075970 Fax 72-6075906 Manager ‘Spider', ex-Hong Kong. The resort was run down until Spider took over about 3 years ago. Now one of the best around, and about the only resort investing money for improvement by recently adding more rooms and a swimming pool... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Young Dubai sailors target regatta glory,
Following their recent class success in the Jumeirah Regatta, the Team Duboats Below 18 sailors will have their sights set on another racing title when they take to the water for the EPI Regatta at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club this weekend 13-14 March.... [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]

Green Dragon - Life really is Extreme on a Volvo 70
Chris Main/Ian Walker - Green Dragon,
Latest news from onboard Green Dragon. Chris Main explains how life really is extreme in the Volvo Ocean Race and Ian Walker relates seeing ice bergs on last night's watch.... [more]

Musandam making slow progress towards the Equator media,
Musandam has entered a new phase of her planetary journey, finally taking the long-awaited left turn to go back up the Indian Ocean towards Muscat.... [more]

TP52, Artemis, is launched in Auckland - Images
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The second of two TP52's was launched in Auckland this evening adjacent to the Emirates Team New Zealand base and with the Louis Vuitton Cup winner's own TP 52 in the dock alongside. The Judel & Vrolijk TransPac 52 is the third for owner Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) and was built by Cookson Boats - the tenth TP52 to be built by the Glenfield yard.... [more]

World Match Racing Tour names Bill Edgerton as Tour Umpire
WMRT media,
Bill Edgerton (IU/IJ GBR) has agreed to take on the role of 2009 Tour Umpire, charged with providing consistency and development of umpiring across all the World Match Racing Tour events.... [more]

Almería, Spain, will host final round of 2009 Extreme 40 Series
Organiser OC Events has confirmed a sixth and final event to the 2009 iShares Cup Sailing Series. The southern Spanish city of Almería in the region of Andalucia will play host to the final round of the 2009 Extreme 40 Sailing Series between 10 and 12 October... [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]



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