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30 Mar 2009


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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2009 World Match Racing Tour

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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]

Liverpool YC Far East sails Spring Series 2nd race
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the second race of the Spring Series on Sunday 29 March. After a week of high winds Race Officer Richard booth was confronted with a glorious blue sky but light fluky winds... [more]

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]

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]

Booked a Sunsail holiday in Turkey? - important information
Sunsail's yacht charter and flotilla programmes in Turkey are operating full steam this summer, but not Sunsail Clubs. All programmes in Greece, including the Sunsail Beach Club programmes are operating as usual... [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]

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]

2012 Olympic venue to host Weymouth Lifeboat Ball
Katie Doerr, Fast Track Sailing,
Saturday, 25 April, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will be hosting the Weymouth Lifeboat Ball, raising funds for the RNLI. The perfect way to kick start the 2009 sailing season is to attend this glorious fundraising event that is taking place in a stunning indoor marquee at the WPNSA Event Hall... [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]

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]

Paul Goodison wins first Laser Spring Qualifier
James Gray,
Olympic Gold medallist, Paul Goodison from Ulley SC won the first Laser Standard World and European Qualifier of the season, held at Stokes Bay SC. Second place went to Mark Powell of Hayling Island SC and third to Irishman, James Espey... [more]

Britain's Macgregor fighting for semi-final place at ISAF Nations Cup
ISAF Media,
Six of the eight semi finalists were decided on the second day of racing at the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil, whilst another eight teams qualified for the repechage round including Britain's Lucy Macgregor... [more]

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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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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