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20 Apr 2009


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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]

Open for RS500, RS700, RS600FF and Moth at HISC
Event media,
Results of racing in the four open meetings - RS500, RS700, RS600FF and International Moth - which took place at Hayling Island SC this weekend... [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]

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]

GBR Olympic sailors set to return at French World Cup event
Lindsey Bell,
A number of familiar faces will be making their return to the Olympic Classes sailing arena next week as the ISAF Sailing World Cup series makes its way to Hyères, France. GBR Olympic Champion Paul Goodison returns in the Laser class after a post-Beijing break, with Beijing representatives Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes also returning for Skandia Team GBR in the 49er class... [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]

Green Dragon making up ground
Volvo media,
Green Dragon's skipper Ian Walker reports that spirits are up now that they scent the pack ahead. 'We are sailing well and over the last 24 hours we have taken lots of miles out of the pack,' he said. Early Saturday morning, Telefonica Blue's lead stood at 102 miles over Ericsson 4, positioned to the west... [more]

Ainslie and TeamOprigin to compete at Match Race Germany
Event media,
Ben Ainslie will compete in the second World Match Race event in Match Race Germany at the end of May. Also taking part will be Australian Peter Gilmour, making his first appearance on the 09 circuit for the America's Cup legend. Gilmour will lead the Yanmar Racing Team in the 12th edition of Match Race Germany, taking place at Langenargen on Lake Constance from 27 May... [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]

Goodison returns to World Cup circuit in Hyeres
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Sailors from over 50 nations are in France preparing for the start of the Semaine Olympique Française this weekend, the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Amongst the star names featured for Hyeres is 2008 Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison, who is making his return to the Laser class after victory at Beijing last August... [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]

RYA Volvo Team GBR named for Buzios ISAF Youth Worlds
Karenza Morton,
As the curtain came down on the 2009 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials Friday, selectors named 8 of the 10 RYA Volvo Team GBR sailors to compete at 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds in Brazil this July... [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]

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]

Dempsey lends nous to ISAF Youth Worlds selections
Karenza Morton,
Double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Dempsey is putting her experience to good use acting as a selector at the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials in Largs, Scotland this week.... [more]

Firefly Easter Regatta returns to Royal Lymington YC
Jo Mason,
Stuart and Jane Hudson won the Firefly Easter Regatta at the Royal Lymington YC. Thirteen Fireflies made it to the start line for the first race on Good Friday and while the traditional Force 5 was not around this year, conditions were challenging enough with light airs, some rain and spring tides to contend with... [more]

National 12s at Waldringfield
Event media,
Tom Stewart and Elizabeth Ross were the winners of the annual Waldringfield Easter Egg Regatta, which attracted a high quality turn out of National 12s with two former National Champions and three past winners of the Inland Championships.... [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]

Beastly Easterlies scupper RYA Volvo Youth Nationals
Karenza Morton,
The weather won out as beastly Easterlies scuppered the chance of any sailing on day four of the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials at Largs Sailing Club on Thursday... [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]

Irish Youth Nationals and Junior Path underway
Tom Mapplebeck,
Over eighty young sailors are competing in the 2009 ISA Youth National & Junior Pathway Championship. These are selection trials for Laser Radials, Laser 4.7's and 420 and a qualifier for sailors to represent Ireland at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Búzios, Brazil in July... [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]

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 Rankings - Team GBR continue where they left off in Beijing,
The leading sailors and top nations all appear to consolidate their positions in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings - After topping the sailing medal table at the 2008 Olympic Games, Skandia Team GBR have continued where they left off in Beijing, winning 16 medals across the three ISAF Sailing World Cup events held to date... [more]

RYA Volvo Youth Nationals - Bizarre breezes keeps it interesting
Karenza Morton,
It was a case of man against the elements as the sailors did battle against some bewildering wind conditions on day three of the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials at Largs, Wednesday. In the end, and in the company of HRH The Princess Royal, the 420s, Laser Standards and Laser Radials managed to get one race in apiece... [more]

America's Cup - Off the Record - 15 April: Postman's Knock
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]

Volvo Race - Delta Lloyd's had a glamour day, making big gains
volvo media,
Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking - Delta Lloyd had a glamour day, and some way, somehow made big gains - he lamented. They are only five miles east of us, having missed all the bad clouds. There has been so much lane hopping and driving under the influence among the fleet that sooner or later there is going to be a tap on the shoulder from the local traffic cops.... [more]

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