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Swan 80 Favonius Seals Maxi Class Victory at PalmaVela
Katy Gilmartin,
Swan 80 Favonius has sealed victory in the opening regatta of the 2009 Swan Maxi Class Circuit at PalmaVela. In a closely fought series Favonius had done enough on the first two days of the regatta, winning all four windward leeward races, to take first place overall... [more]

Volvo Race - Telefonica Blue maintains lead overnight
Volvo media,
Telefonica Blue continues to lead but have not extended any further from the chasing pack overnight. Bekking and his blue boat were first into the trade winds, and as such, added to their advantage over the first 24 hours. The chasing pack is 100 nm astern and led by Ericsson 3, they are covered by just 50 nm... [more]

Telefónica Blue extends her lead in Volvo Ocean Race to Boston
Lizzie (Green) Ward,
One week from the start of Leg 6 in Rio and Telefónica Blue has extended a nice margin over rest of the Volvo fleet, as they head for Boston, although skipper, Bouwe Bekking, says the fleet will compress again as soon as Telefónica Blue starts sailing in lighter airs.... [more]

TackTick acquired by Suunto
Media PR,
Suunto, the leading manufacturer of sports precision instruments, has today announced the acquisition of the UK based Tacktick Ltd, manufacturer of wireless marine sensors, instruments and displays... [more]

Curtain raised on the new l'Hydroptè
Event media,
On Wednesday during a press conference organized in Lausanne, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which is the scientific adviser of the project, Alain Thébault and a part of his team unveiled the drawings of l'Hydroptè [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon makes progress on fleet
Green Dragon Racing Team,
Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon had been caught in a band of light air as they made their final approach to the scoring gate. The Dragon rounded behind Ericsson 3 in seventh place.... [more]

Pisco Sour to compete on 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit
Event media,
Vasco Vascotto, the charismatic Italian sailor has confirmed that he will return to compete on the Audi MedCup Circuit with his regular team on board Pisco Sour.... [more]

Peter Gilmour and Yanmar Racing Team to compete at Match Race Germany
Event media,
Peter Gilmour and his Yanmar Racing Team have announced their comeback onto the World Match Racing Tour competing at Match Race Germany.... [more]

Medal day as RYA Volvo Youth Nationals close at Largs
Karenza Morton,
Two-time class 29er National champion helm Bleddyn Mon added the RYA Youth National title to his trophy haul as he and crew Nick Redding struck gold at the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials. Other winners included - George Bowles, RS:X boys - Izzy Hamilton RS:X girls - Phil Sparks and Ben Gratton, 420 - Phillip Reynolds, Laser - Hannah Tilley, Radial and Oscar McVeigh boys Radial... [more]

America's Cup - Off the Record - 17 April: The tent goes up
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Much of what we have written since the Appeal Court Decision of 2 April has come from various sources close to the America's Cup action, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis. The situation as we hear it today runs something like this... [more]

YJA Honour for Jim Saltonstall MBE
YJA media,
The Yachting Journalists' Association has paid its own tribute to Jim Saltonstall, who for more than 30 years has been responsible for training many of Britain's elite sailors to racing success. Joining key figures among yachting journalists at the lunch were two of those he has coached that have gone on to win Olympic glory, Ben Ainslie and Sarah Webb... [more]

Hyères France - second European Stop for ISAF Sailing World Cup
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Sailors from over 50 nations are in Hyères, France preparing for the start of the Semaine Olympique Française this weekend, the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Leg Six Week One summary
LIzzie Ward,
The first points of leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race have now been earned, and early yesterday evening, just before darkness fell, Telefónica Blue claimed the maximum of four points as she led the seven-strong Volvo fleet through the gate at Fernando de Noronha.... [more]

Melges 32 largest European fleet ever at Lake Garda
Event media,
The 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series gets underway on 17 to 19 April on Lake of Garda, Italy with the largest fleet gathering ever in Europe. An impressive twenty-one Melges 32s are ready to go racing for event number one of the 2009 Audi Sailing Series... [more]

America's Cup Defender launches Décision 35 by chopper
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi launched its recently modified Décision 35 from the Alinghi boatyard in Villeneuve, Switzerland, by helicopter. The newly modified multihull is race-ready for the next Challenge Julius Baer which kicks off on 8 May with the Grand Prix Corum on Lake Geneva.The launch has created additional interest due to the build of the America's Cup muiltihull... [more]

Telefonica Blue first to Fernando Gate in Volvo Ocean Race
VOR Media,
Telefonica Blue, skippered by Bouwe Bekking (NED) was first through the scoring gate of Fernando de Noronha at 19:58:56 GMT 16 April 2009, securing 4 points, on of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston... [more]

470 Class - 2009 Sailors' development programmes launched
Luissa Smith,
The International 470 Class is expanding its Sailor Development Programmes with the launch of the 'You Can Help' programme and the continuation of the 'International 470 Solidarity Programme'. The 'You Can Help' programme aims to secure donations of 470 equipment for sailors from emerging sailing nations.... [more]

Will the Class 40 launch a global take-over?
Oliver Dewar,
Until the start of the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race in Portugal late last year, the longest distance race for a Class 40 was 4,300 miles in the 2007 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.... [more]

Avalanche is Dragon Burham Bowl victor
Fiona Brown,
The overall results at the Dragon Burham Bowl, hosted over the Easter weekend by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, proved very tight with two points covering the first four boats, even if the extremely light airs turned it into a bit of a lottery at times. Ultimate victors were Mark and Mandy Wade and John Davies sailing GBR 722... [more]

Double-handed J/109 victorious in JOG Cherbourg/Cowes
J/109 media,
Easter Weekend saw the JOG fleet race to Cherbourg and back and many used the weekend as training for their Rolex Fastnet campaign, whether fully crewed or double-handed.... [more]

Volvo Fleet race for scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha
Volvo media,
Today it is pure boat speed and the ability of each crew to squeeze out the last ounce of performance that is making the difference as the Volvo fleet reaches towards the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha at a steady 15 knots. The fleet is now clear of Recife on the Brazilian coast and sailing directly towards the western end of the scoring gate, 129 nm ahead.... [more]

Sailing Superstars Line Up for 2009 iShares Cup
Emily Caroe,
The iShares Cup 2009 fleet will feature 40 of the World's best sailors, who between them have over 50 World Championship titles, 27 America's Cup participations, 17 Round the World navigations and 14 Olympic campaigns. Forty sailors across 10 teams are now officially confirmed for the 2009 series... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week shaping up as a memorable series
Neil Forrester,
Antigua Sailing Week is shaping up as yet another memorable series with the competition scheduled to begin just days from now, on Saturday, April 25th. The format and the race committee may be new—as are many of the entrants making their debut at Antigua Sailing Week—but there are also many familiar boats and sailors descending on the dramatic and picturesque Caribbean isle.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 snaps top mast runner
Volvo media,
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean race fleet on leg 6 to Boston. Drama on Ericsson 3 as her top mast runner snapped. Quick thinking by the crew saved the mast from coming down... [more]

2009 Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship NOR now available
Event Media,
The Notice of Race (NOR) is now available for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, organized by the Eastport Yacht Club scheduled for October 23-31.... [more]

Hublot Palmavela regatta first maxi regatta of the season
Event media,
From 15 to 18 April the Hublot Palmavela regatta will be held in Palma di Mallorca organized by the Real Club Nautico de Palma. This event will be the first Maxi regatta in the Mediterranean this season and twenty Maxis are registered at the moment. The most numerous group is the Mini Maxi Division which includes boats between 18.29 and 24.07 metres LOA... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 April 2009,
The leading sailors and top nations all appear to consolidate their positions in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 15 April 2009.However these rankings include a number of crews who retired after the Beijing Olympics or sailors who have not raced in their classes since that time.... [more]

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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Olympic class regattas
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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