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30 Mar 2009

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Telefónica Blue wraps up Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo media,
At 03:55 GMT, in the early hours (00:55 local time) of a rainy Sunday morning, Telefónica Blue eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

First Congressional Cup win for Sweden's Johnie Berntsson
Rich Roberts,
They hugged and slapped high fives, sprayed champagne all over the boat and smiled like the Northern Lights. Johnie Berntsson and his crew are the first team from Sweden, or all of Scandinavia for that matter, to win the Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup in its 45 years as a traditional match racing classic... [more]

109.57 knots makes Richard the fastest sailor on earth
Claire Bates, Mailonline/Sail-World,
While on water Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo have just broken the speed barrier of 50 knots in their sailing boat Macquarie Innovation, a British engineer has become the fastest human on earth powered by the wind alone, in a land sailing boat.... [more]

The Italian connection - TackTick to support Sibello brothers
Tacktick, in conjunction with their Italian distributor Svama Nautica, will be supporting Italian 49er Olympic hopefuls Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello. The sibling sailing duo have wracked up an impressive list of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals over the past eight years including 4th place at the Beijing Olympics in 2008... [more]

Green Dragon completes Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Event media,
Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker/GBR led his hungry crew over the finish line outside the Marina da Gloria, in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday afternoon to claim fourth place in Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 18:59 GMT (15:59 local time)... [more]

Laser Europa Cup - Marco Gallo of Italy leads
Event media,
446 crews from 21 nations at La Marina di Scarlino in Maremma Tuscany are facing off in the Gulf of Follonica during the Italian leg of the Europa Cup. After four races Marco Gallo of Italy leads in the Standard, Guillaume Girod of Switzerland in Radial and Italian Giovanni Coccoluto in the 4.7 classes... [more]

MacGregor takes early lead In ISAF Nations Cup Final
ISAF Media,
Britain's Lucy MacGregor leads in the women's event and Brazil led by Henrique Haddad in the Open division. Both took an early advantage against their French opponents in the final matches to decide the winner of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean - Brazilian ETAs stretch into next week
Olivier Dewar,
As the four boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race approach the finish line off the Brazilian island of Ilhabela, the forecast is looking increasingly light with projected ETAs stretching further into next week.... [more]

Support offered to VELUX 5 Oceans entries
Event media,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the VELUX 5 Oceans, has announced an unprecedented investment in skippers who enter the 2010-11 edition of the classic solo round the world ocean race. The support will be offered as a minimum to the first 12 teams who officially enter the event... [more]

Thai pirate murder - the aftermath
Nancy Knudsen,
The ragged teenagers who bludgeoned a cruising sailor to death in Thailand may never be tried, and British sailors with the dream of sailing the world are thinking again. This is the aftermath of the latest 'pirate' attack which resulted in the death of British sailor Malcolm Robertson... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 5 finish status and updates as they happen
Richard Gladwell,,
The latest update from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race is that Telefónica Blue has eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race. The elapsed time for leg five for Telefónica Blue was a daunting 42 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon out of Stealth mode
Event media,
With the first three boats safely tied up in the Marina da Gloria, Rio after completing the 12,300 nm leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, the next boat expected to finish will be Ian Walker's Green Dragon who maintained their lead over Telefonica Blue... [more]

New World Speed Record: Macquarie Innovation breaks 50 - hits 54 knots,
Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo leapt back into the history books Thursday night when Macquarie Innovation powered down the Sandy Point speed course, near Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, at an average speed of 50.43 knots... [more]

Bruni, Berntsson lead multi-national Final Four at Con Cup Day 4
Rich Roberts,
Italy's Francesco Bruni figures he has earned some respect, and Sweden's Johnie Berntsson may be about due to win a Crimson Blazer. The racers were finally blessed by a relatively steady 'normal' Long Beach southwest sea breeze topping at 12 knots, which favored the right side of the course through the later races.... [more]

Last chance to list in the Who's Who of Yacht Racing
David Fuller,
The DARK BLUE BOOK, the who's who of Yacht Racing directory is offering people who work in the business one last chance to be included in the global directory. The book, to be published annually by Pilote Media, will be available for sale in April.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon goes into Stealth Mode
Volvo media,
Ian Walker's Green Dragon went into stealth mode this morning immediately after the 0700 GMT position report. It is still possible that Green Dragon and Bouwe Bekking's Telefónica Blue could have a duel at the finish, but until Green Dragon reveals her hand, that possibility is unknown.... [more]

Shirley Robertson to skipper Team iShares
Event media,
Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson has today been confirmed as skipper of Team iShares for the 2009 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series.... [more]

Dragon A Hit At RYA Volvo Dinghy Show
Patrick Gifford,
For the first time a Dragon has been shown at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show on 7 and 8 March. People did come, lots of them. There were several different categories. The most encouraging were the sailors from Abersoch who had decided to join their reborn fleet. Everybody commented on the sheer elegance of the boat (and the engineering of the trailer!) and this clearly is a major selling point for us... [more]

Nations Cup: Lucy Macgregor nails Semi-final place
Event media,
Despite all their gear being stolen, Lucy Macgregor and her crew qualified for the semi-finals stage of the Nations Cup tomorrow. After a long postponement for lack of breeze, the fleet finally started racing around 1:30pm... [more]

International Rolex Regatta action starts tomorrow
Event media,
The International Rolex Regatta is set to start tomorrow, and by the looks of the action on the water and buzz around the St Thomas Yacht Club, it will be one of the most memorable in the event's 36-year history... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race - Leg 3, Week 4 Review
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Global Oceab Race - Leg 3, Week 4 Review (Saturday 14th March – Friday 20th March): In the race south-east through the Furious Fifties towards Cape Horn, Desafio Cabo de Hornos continue to extend their lead over the German team on Beluga Racer. Team Mowgli stays west, until moving further east on Monday, regrouping with the fleet.... [more]

Ericsson 4 finishes second but strengthens grip on Volvo leaderboard
Ericsson 4 media,
Ericsson 4 finished more than 12 hours behind teammate and leg winner Ericsson 3. The arrival of Ericsson 4, with three Brazilians aboard - Grael, Horácio Carabelli and João 'Joca' Signorini - marked a homecoming of sorts.... [more]

Congressional Cup: What a day! Ainslie 0-5, Richard and Minoprio 5-0
Rich Roberts,
Rich Roberts reports on Day 3 at the Congressional Cup, Long Beach. A recent series of small earthquakes in the California desert not far away was felt on the water here Thursday. How else to explain the virtual tsunami that swept over the Long Beach Yacht Club's 45th Congressional Cup and turned the battle for the Crimson Blazer upside down?... [more]

Last Day to enter Line 7 Emirates Team NZ gear sweepstakes,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. Competition Friday night (Australian time), so enter right now!!... [more]

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2009 World Match Racing Tour

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RC 44 Championship Tour

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