06 Apr 2009


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ISAF World Cup - Spanish and Italian teams top leader board on day1
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Spain's Marina Alabau in the RS: X class and Italy's Pietro Sibello with brother Gianfranco in the 49er, had a faultless start winning all their races on the first day of the Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy. The third event of the ISAF World Cup, was blessed with light and stable wind allowing great racing in all ten classes in the Bay of Palma... [more]

Volvo OR CEO Knut Frostad - Future steps for the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
On Sunday morning, Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, made the first of a series of presentations covering the current state of the race, and looking forward to the next edition, in 2011-12.... [more]

Britain's Andrew Mills wins second Finn race at ISAF Sailing World Cup
Robert Deaves, IFA,
Finland's number one Finn sailor Tapio Nirkko took the overall lead in the Finn class at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma, the first European leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Britain's Andrew Mills won race two and is second overall, one place ahead of fellow British sailor Ed Wright... [more]

British 470 girls take early lead in Palma
Lindsey Bell,
The new British crew of Penny and Saskia Clark got off to a flying start at the first European leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain on Sunday. Development squad sailor Andrew Mills sees himself in second place on the Finn leaderboard at the close of play on Sunday, closely followed by British stablemate Ed Wright in third... [more]

HISC season opener - Round Hayling Island Race
Gerald New,
Hayling Island SC has revived the Windsurf Round Hayling Island race this year. The event will be the Open Meeting season opener for the club and will take place on Good Friday, 10 April. In its heyday up to 700 windsurfers took part. In the new version of the race, the club is limiting entries to 150. The On-line entry is now open with a closing date of Wednesday 8 April... [more]

Telefónica Blue wins Volvo's Rio In-Port Race
Lizzie Ward,
It was a great win in the ‘Light In-Port Race' for Bouwe Bekking's Telefónica Blue after a long postponement in Rio de Janeiro today. Puma (Ken Read/USA) put in a solid performance to take second, but the surprise result was the outstanding performance by the rejuvenated Delta Lloyd with Spaniard, Roberto Bérmudez in charge, who took the third podium position.... [more]

Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy - first ISAF World Cup event in Europe
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 40th Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is in full preparation with registration, measurement and last training sessions in the four venues across the bay of Palma. The new status of the Sofia Mapfre trophy as ISAF World Cup event has brought the regatta into a new dimension... [more]

Palma World Cup debut for Nick Rogers and new crew Pom Green
Lindsey Bell,
It will be the start of a new era for sailing's double Olympic silver medallist Nick Rogers when he takes to the water for the Princess Sofia Trophy, which gets underway Saturday in Mallorca. Rogers will compete at this first ever European ISAF Sailing World Cup event with his new crew, Pom Green, who it's confirmed he'll campaign with towards the 2012 Olympics in the 470 class... [more]

New Formula 18 Hobie Wild Cat
Diana Bogaards,
Team Zwitserleven's Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis had the chance to test sail the new Hobie Wild Cat in preparation for the 2009 season. The Wild Cat is nearing completion after a long winter development program and is expected to debut in Carnac, France during the Eurocat regatta at the end of April... [more]

Commodore's Cup Race to St Malo preview
Bill Harris,
Traditionally the first passage race in Jersey's sailing calendar, the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Commodore's Cup and Cook Salver races to St Malo are expected to see up to twenty boats on the line for the nine o'clock start in St Aubin's Bay next Friday 10 April... [more]

SYZ & CO hydrofoil catamaran flies over Lake Léman
After over two years of development, thousand of working hours and first trials marked by teething technical problems between December and March, the hydrofoil catamaran finally took off yesterday evening in the waters off Société Nautique de Genève... [more]

RS Free Coaching Day Winners
The draw has been made for the free RS Coaching Day. Over 60 clubs entered the prize draw. The RS Association will contact these clubs to arrange a coach for what we are sure will be a successful day.... [more]

Teen round world solo sailor arrives Hobart
Nancy Knudsen,
Teenager Michael Perham, left Portsmouth UK on November 15th 2008, in seeking to complete a solo journey around the world, arrived in Hobart last night (Friday 3rd April), having just completed a four week/ 7,000 mile crossing of the Indian Ocean.... [more]

All quiet on the America's Cup front
Richard Gladwell,
There were no public moves on the America's Cup front overnight (NZT). Sources close to the two principal parties confirmed they had adopted a low key strategy, in an attempt to get a positive basis for the negotiations which were expected to start next week.... [more]

Solo class get technical
Gerald New,
Six Solos graced the RYA Volvo Dinghy show held at Alexandra Palace over the weekend of 7 and 8 March this year. This 50 year old Jack Holt design continues to push the boundaries, with 120 boats sold last year and some of the new boats showing a remarkable amount of bits of string for such a simple original design... [more]

12 Metres grace Newport before September World Championships
Jan Harley,
The 12 Metre World Championships will be held at from September 22-27 at Newport, R.I. The world championships will be the focal point of what organizers have called 'The Golden Year of Racing,' which launched in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the 12 Metre's debut in the America's Cup... [more]

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