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13 Apr 2009

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The third event of the ISAF World Cup was completed over the Easter weekend in Palma Majorca. Britain's GBR squad picked up eight medals including Gold in the Finn and Laser events. Another winner was Bianca Manchon of Spain in the RS:X and Manchon was also awarded the 'Absolute Winner' prize by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.

Over in Rio, the Boston leg of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway Saturday and in the UK the Red Funnel Easter Challenge was taking place.

This and more in your weekend Newsletter.

Volvo Ocean Race: Injured crew member taken off Telefonica Black
Volvo Ocean Race media/Telefonica Black,
On Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race Telefonica Black bowman Michael Pammenter has injured his foot and was taken back to the Marina da Gloria.... [more]

Final Day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge - Brains Not Brawn
Louay Habib,
The final day of the Red Funnel Easter Regatta organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club saw light airs yacht racing for the third day in row. Class winners included: Michael Bartholomew's King 40, Tokoloshe in class zero, Tim and Sophie Harrington's X 35, Vortex in class 1 and David & Jackie Riley's Corby 33, No Retreat in class 2... [more]

Images from the Red Funnel Easter Regatta
Paul Wyeth,
Paul Wyeth captured these images from the Red Funnel Easter Regatta in the Solent this weekend... [more]

Tony Bullimore's 102-foot catamaran to sail at Antigua Race Week
Event media,
Tony Bullimore is setting sail aboard his well-tested, 102-foot catamaran in yet another world-class yachting event: the 2009 edition of Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Great Pictures from the Rio Start,
Photographer Rick Tomlinson was again on the water for the start of the VOR leg to Boston. He was having a 'swell time'.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica Black establishes early lead in Leg 6
Volvo Ocean Race media,
A light southwesterly sea breeze of 5 – 10 knots allowed the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to make a clean start on time in the Guanabara Bay at 1500 local. Puma (Ken Read/USA) and Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) chose the committee boat end of the line, with Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) at the pin end.... [more]

Balancing Act – Day 2 of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge
Louay Habib,
All classes are still in the balance after two days of close fought racing in the Red Funnel Easter Challenge and light air racing was still the order of the day, but with a change in direction to the north west. Everything will hinge on Sundays final day of racing... [more]

Memorial Falck for Swan 45 and X35 classes
Tessa Wiechmann,
The III edition of the Memorial Falck powered by Jaguar kicked off in Scarlino, Tuscany Friday. The event is organized by the Club Nautico Scarlino for the Swan 45 and X35 classes.... [more]

2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship likely to set record
The 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship is on course to be a record breaker with 59 nations and 280 sailors entered to compete in Buzios, Brazil from 9-18 July... [more]

Images of Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma
Richard Langdon,
Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents this gallery of racing in the Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma, Spain... [more]

Finn focus at Palma – Giles Scott leads the GBR charge
Robert Deaves,,
It was always going to be a good Friday for some and not for others, but in the final race of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma, the chocolates were reserved for the British sailors who filled all of the top four places in the race and ultimately all three medal positions... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: On and off and why - Leg 6 Rio to Boston
Riath Al-Samarrai,
Volvo Ocean race Crew Lists for Leg 6 - Rio to Boston. The team lists are in and once again Torben Grael's crew is unchanged, meaning they have now kept the same 11 men onboard for the entire race. Between arriving in Alicante and now, on the eve of leg six, there have been 50 changes to offshore personnel, with sailors replaced either temporarily or permanently.... [more]

Valencia Life: 'Valencian Government now free of ACM contract'
Richard Gladwell and Valencia Life,
One of Sail World's sources in Valencia, the reputable Valencia Life newsletter advises that: 'The Valencian Government has just issued a press statement to the effect that it now considers itself free of any contractual obligations with America's Cup Management (ACM) in the light of the New Your Appeal Court finding.... [more]

Medal Races at Princesa Sophia Mapfre - third ISAF World Cup event
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, concluded with intense racing in the Medal Race staging the best top ten sailors in each class.... [more]

Red Funnel Easter Challenge - Heads out of the boat on day 1
Louay Habib,
The Solent served up some challenging conditions for the 64 yachts entered in the first day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The larger boats in Class Super Zero (SZ) and Zero (0) were sent on a cascade course of approximately 16 miles, with a similar but shorter course of 11 miles for the smaller classes... [more]

2009 Farr 30 World Championship set for Sardinia
Farr 30 Media,
The International Farr 30 One Design Class Association has announced the venue and dates for its 2009 Word Championship. The event will be sailed in Porto Rotondo, Italy October 3 – 10, hosted at the Yacht Club of Porto Rotondo on the beautiful island of Sardinia.... [more]

2009's third yacht seized by Somalis - four sailors and child held
BW Media roundup,
Authorities in France have released details about a French yacht which has been seized by pirates in the last few days, 500 miles off the Somali coast. Five French nationals are being held including a three-year-old child. It is the third yacht hijacked so far in 2009, making this year already the worst on record.... [more]

Open Letter from the Trustees about the 33rd America's Cup
Michael Levitt,
An open letter to the Société Nautique de Genève and the Golden Gate Yacht Club calling for a multi-challenger competition for the thirty-third America's Cup from the commodores of the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Perth Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]

Olympic class regattas
Olympic point scoring regattas....
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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America's Cup

America's Cup news and information, including past challenge and new challenge....
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