Newsletter for the Easter weekend




13 Apr 2009


Major Events

America's Cup

2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race


Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race


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. Report and images below.

Over in Rio, the Boston leg of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway Saturday in a light southwesterly sea breeze with Telefonica Black taking an early lead and in the UK the Red Funnel Easter Challenge was taking place.

Very different was the Windsurf Round Hayling Island race held on Good Friday from Hayling Island SC. This event which reached a peak of popularity in the 80's with over 500 taking part, has been revived and almost 100 took part in less then ideal conditions. The winner was Rob Kent from the Calshot Activity Centre.

This and more in your Newsletter.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Eight medal haul for Brits at Palma World Cup
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's sailors proved a potent force on the final day of the ISAF World Cup event in Palma, Majorca, claiming seven medals from Friday's finals including a clean sweep in the Finn class. Added to Helena Lucas's bronze from the 2.4mR class on Thursday, Skandia Team GBR's medal haul was two gold, two silver and four bronze... [more]

Rush and Wagstaff win Notts County Fireball Open
Event mdia,
A change of season brought 23 Fireballs to Notts County SC in early April this year instead of the traditional September visit. Winners were Rush and Wagstaff just one point ahead of Hope and Cooper who tied on points with Findlay and Anderton... [more]

International 14 Loan Boat Trials
Ed Clay,
The International 14 Loan Boat Trials took place at Hayling Island SC, with seven teams competing for the use of two International 14s for the season. The winning teams were Ben Ainsworth and Will Morgan, and Paul Childs and Tom O'Neill... [more]

Will Kennedy and Rhos Hawes are Cadet Inland Champions
Event media,
Will Kennedy and Rhos Hawes took the Cadet UK Inland Championships, held at Grafham Water SC over the Easter weekend, with three second places and two fourth places to finish on 14 points... [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]

Volvo Ocean Race: Injured crew member taken off Telefonica Black
Volvo Ocean Race media/Telefonica Black,
Telefonica Black bowman Michael Pammenter has injured his foot, and was taken back to the Marina da Gloria by a support boat. Under the race rules, the team cannot replace him during this leg. Upon arrival at the marina, Pammenter was transferred to hospital to have his leg and foot examined... [more]

Rob Kent wins the Windsurf Round Hayling race
Event media,
Rob Kent from the Calshot Activity Centre won the Windsurf Round Hayling Island Race which took place on Friday 10 April. Almost 100 competitors took part in the revived windsurf classic... [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]

Green Dragon's skipper admits Volvo Ocean Race is exhausting
Interviewed by Riath Al-Samarrai,
Riath Al-Samarrai interviewed Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker 'It really is an exhausting race. I don't feel as strong as I was. Performance in that respect must decline and you can see it in boat handling, hoisting sails and that. I think that's why you will increasingly see a strategy of crew replacement as you go along.' - Ian Walker... [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]

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]

Ian Jones wins West Riding Laser Northern Grand Prix event
WRSC Press,
Ian Jones won the Laser Northern Grand Prix event at West Riding SC with a race to spare. Tim Keighley finished second and Robert Holmes third, tied on points with Hamish Gledhill.... [more]

Tiebreak decides Solo Northern Travellers Series
John Gledhill,
Consistency was the name of the game at the opening event of the Solo Northern Travellers Series at West Riding Sailing Club on Sunday 5 April. Chris Gillard was the winner on a tiebreak from Oliver Dumbleton, with Steve Dennison taking third place... [more]

Tremlett retains Finn Inland Championship
Event media,
Last year's Finn champion John Tremlett would yet again do battle with Allen Burrell who ran him very close last time, to be joined by a new name in Irish Finn sailing Ross Hamilton and travellers from Scotland, Liverpool and the usual South Coast contingent. Twentyone of the UKs finest Finn sailors arrived at Grafham to do battle for the 2009 Inland Championships and it was game on... [more]

Finn Focus - British Finn squad optimistic for medal race
Robert Deaves,
The British Finn squad are cautiously optimistic after two great races off Mallorca on the final day of the opening series at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE, and now occupy the top three spots going into the medal race on Friday... [more]

James Carroll joins Green Dragon for Boston leg
Lucy Harwood,
Green Dragon has announced a crew change for Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Rio to Boston, which starts on Saturday. Tom Braidwood will stand down for the 4,900 mile leg to Boston. Taking his place onboard the Dragon will be Green Dragon's boat captain Irishman James Carroll... [more]

Injured Servicemen put Toe in the Water at Red Funnel Easter Regatta
Anna Wardley,
For nine of the sailors on three boats preparing to compete at this weekend's Red Funnel Easter Regatta, 10-12 April, their participation in the event is a crucial part of their rehabilitation programme after sustaining traumatic injuries. Sailing under the banner of Toe in the Water, a group of injured servicemen will be lining up with and against able-bodied teams for the three-day regatta... [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]

First Medal for GBR at Palma - More to come
Lindsey Bell,
Helena Lucas claimed an early bronze for Britain at the Palma World Cup event. Lucas finished third in the 2.4mR Paralympic class, with teammate Megan Pascoe finishing in fourth on equal points but just missing out on the bronze on countback. Skandia Team GBR are heading in to the final day where 13 British boats will feature in the medal races... [more]

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
For more details and news for this event, go to:

Gear & Gadgets
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
For more details and news for this event, go to:

Olympic class regattas
Olympic point scoring regattas....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
For more details and news for this event, go to:

America's Cup

America's Cup news and information, including past challenge and new challenge....
For more details and news for this event, go to:


All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

Keelboat Events

Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the SB3, Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc...
For more details and news for this event, go to:

Offshore Events

Regattas, Open, Championship and special events for Offshore yachts...
For more details and news for this event, go to:


Customised news feeds

Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have asked can they received their own customised version of our Sail-World news feed. The answer is yes, customised in content, news category, for example dinghies, small keelboats or just monohull racing, or Region of the world and appearance.

CLICK HERE to view examples and get free news tickers for your site
Too much sailing news? Not enough?

Change the frequency of newsletters, from five times a week, three times a week to the weekly summary or even a monthly newsletter. Change from html (graphics & pictures) newsletters to text only newsletter, (best for slow connections, mobile phones and PDA's etc.
 Change from Sail-World Australia Newsletters to Sail-World Asia Newsletters etc. Temporarily inactivate your subscription for a period, when you will be on holidays etc. or change to text for the same period. Or even (gasp) unsubscribe.