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The latest weekend news from around the sailing world. The Hyeres ISAF World Cup regatta finished on Friday and as this goes out, Ericsson 4 crossed the line in Boston to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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Gerald New
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Volvo Ocean Race - Boston beckons the Green Dragon
Ian Walker - Green Dragon,
Latest news from Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker and the Dragon approaches Boston at the end of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. 'We are now approaching the whale exclusion zone off of Boston - I only hope someone has told the whales to stay in it.' Ian Walker. skipper.... [more]

Quantum Sails NZ first Kiwi's to win 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta
Dave Healy,
Kiwi crews have dominated the 2009 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta, with Quantum Sails NZ sailed by Chris Skinner, Chris Burgess and Dave Healy taking home the trophy. The top Aussie boat was Club Marine (Cameron McDonald) finishing 6th, after disappointingly falling out of contention in the final two races with gear failure.... [more]

Team Aqua and BMW Oracle share lead at Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta
RC 44 media,
Thanks to a first and a third, Chris Bake and his team climbed up the top of the Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta provisional leader board, alongside Larry Ellison and the BMW Oracle Racing boys and ahead of the brilliant Spaniards from Puerto Calero Islas Canarias.... [more]

Disappointment as ICAP Leopard breaks boom at Antigua Sailing Week
Neil Forrester,
The 42nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week began today with a single race for the Division A Racing fleets and the Division B classes of Performance Cruisers, Cruising fleets, Dragons and Multihulls.... [more]

Ericsson 4 set for mid-Sunday morning finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo OR
Richard Gladwell,,
Ericsson 4 is predicted to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race when it finishes in Boston on Sunday morning, local time. The final stretch will be in 20kt plus tailwinds - a fast point of sailing for the Volvo 70's. At the final turning point, Ericsson 4 is predicted to have a lead of just 2nm, from Ericsson 3... [more]

More images from Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres
Richard Langdon,
Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents a second gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]

Images of Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres
Richard Langdon,
Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents this gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]

ICAP Leopard takes double victory in Guadeloupe to Antigua Race
Neil Forrester,
Mike Slade's powerful ICAP Leopard roared to an impressive 'double-double' victory—winning both line honors as first-to-finish and correcting out to first overall on corrected time—in the 2009 edition of the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race.... [more]

New Zealand wins BMW Sailing Cup in Italy
Zoe Hawkins and Sail-World,
A New Zealand crew skippered Roger Pagani is reported to have won won the World Final of the BMW Sailing Cup in Italy, from eight competitor countries. The event is considered the most prestigious amateur international title for keelboat sailors. Roger qualified for the event after winning the BMW Sailing Cup for New Zealand,... [more]

Controversial penalties force BlackMatch exit in Spain
BlackMatch racing report on the Open de Espana: 'Today we had the unenviable task of racing World 6 ranked skipper Damien Iehl in a best of 5 race quarter final. Unfortunately we didn't get off to the greatest of starts and the Frenchman looked set to cruise to victory after dominating the first two matches, however in a miraculous turnaround we totally dominated the next two matches.... [more]

Volvo OR - Puma in stealth mode as Ericsson twins do battle for lead
Volvo Ocean Race media,
As Ericsson 4 became the first victim of the high pressure and Ericsson 3, having had a spell in Stealth yesterday, now heads the field into the final straight with Ericsson 4 on her flank a mile behind. Puma went undercover for 12 hours at 1000 GMT today, while the second tier is making some big gains.... [more]

Indispensable Sunscreen Tips
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun Dr. Steve Horwitz has been an active PHRF, Lightning and Etchells sailor for quite awhile. While most sailors on Biscayne Bay are used to seeing him at the helm of Widespread Panic, he crewed for years before he became a dermatologist.... [more]

Close leg 4 start for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Leg 4 start. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz chose to patrol the start line on Desafio Cabo de Hornos, reaching back and forth across the channel. The Chilean team's timing proved immaculate and Cubillos and Muñoz scorched towards the offshore end of the start, gybed at the inflatable marker buoy and crossed the line first.... [more]

Grant Dalton: Louis Vuitton Series has America's Cup teams' support
Paul Lewis, NZ Herald,
Paul Lewis reports in the Sunday Herald on the next moves for the America's Cup teams: 'The next steps in the becalmed and beleaguered America's Cup saga are likely to see the emergence of new, Cup-like, global yachting regattas involving Louis Vuitton. 'It makes sense to do something like that,' said Grant Dalton, 'and it has the support of all the America's Cup teams.'... [more]

America's Cup: PJ Montgomery talks to Brad Butterworth on NewstalkZB
Richard Gladwell,,
Newstalk ZB's Peter Montgomery interviewed Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth, this afternoon just after 1500hrs NZT, focussing mainly on the meeting held in Geneva on Thursday to discuss the upcoming Match between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]

Sodeb'O to tackle new record campaign across the Atlantic
Kate Jennings Translation,
The maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O will be tackling a brand new record campaign across the Atlantic in 2009. In 2009, the programme is once again an ambitious one for Thomas Coville, who will attempt to beat two records on his 32 metre maxi-trimaran... [more]

Ellison steers BMW Oracle into lead at Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta
RC 44 media,
Larry Ellison showed from the first race of the Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta that he was well in the game, taking a very good start and finishing third of the first race before winning the second regatta, grabbing an early lead in the tournament.... [more]

Portimao Gloabl Ocean Race fleet ready for Leg 4 to Charleston, USA
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Global Ocean Race start of 4,800 mile Leg 4 to Charleston, South Carolina, is scheduled for 1500 UTC (1200 local) this Saturday. On Friday morning – with 24 hours to the Leg 4 start – the mood is more controlled.... [more]

Images and Video of the Waitemata: ANZAC 18's on Auckland Harbour
Ross Whitburn,
Aucklanders were treated once again to the sight of Australian and New Zealand 18ft skiffs on Auckland harbour on Thursday. Due to strong winds racing was cancelled on Friday and Saturday but is hoped to be held on Sunday. This story also includes the link to ONE Sport's Martin Tasker's report on Thursday's racing - must see.... [more]

Images from the 41st Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères
Images from the 41st Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres – Gaspic confirms his Gold
Robert Deaves,,
Sixth place was enough for Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) to take the overall win in the Finn class at the 41st Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres Friday, his first Grade 1 win in the class. Race winner and second overall was Ed Wright (GBR) with Gapser Vincec (SLO) taking the bronze medal... [more]

Medal winners decided at ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The wind finally came in Hyères for the Medal race providing great racing for the top ten sailors in each class. The French and British sailors revelled in the windier conditions, both taking five medals on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 4th event, the Semaine Olympique Française... [more]

Ericsson 4 takes Volvo lead - Puma on a charge into second
Volvo media,
The gybe onto port yesterday was critical. Bouwe Bekking and his boys on Telefónica Blue were struggling with boatspeed against the powerful Ericsson 4 and both boats went into hiding to keep the moment of their manoeuvre secret for a long as possible. When they emerged, it became clear that it had been a catastrophic 12 hours for Telefónica Blue, who drops to fourth place on the leg leaderboard... [more]

Ericsson 4 set for a Sunday afternoon finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo OR
Richard Gladwell,,
Ericsson 4 is predicted to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race when it finishes in Boston on Sunday afternoon, local time. The final stretch will be in 20kt plus headwinds - not a strong point of sailing for the Volvo 70's. At the final turning point, Ericsson 4 is predicted to have a lead of about 55nm, from Ericsson 3... [more]

Baker and Artemis undefeated in the Cagliari RC 44 match race contest
RC 44 media,
Team Artemis scores an impressive 9 / 0 and wins the match race event ahead of No Way Back, Ceeref and BMW Oracle Racing; all three on a tie with five points each. Today will be remembered as the longest, and certainly one of the hardest match-racing days in the RC 44 Championship Tour history.... [more]

ONE Sport's Martin Tasker reports on America's Cup Meeting in Geneva
ONE Sport's ubiquitous sailing reporter, Martin Tasker filed this report, live from Auckland's Viaduct Basin, with a backdrop of Sir Michael Fay's 'Big Boat' from the 1988 Match vs Dennis Conner's catamaran, after the Geneva Meeting between Alinghi nd BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup likely to return to NY Supreme Court
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The America's Cup seems to be destined to return to Court as a result of the action of Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve rejecting the offer of a Multi Challenger event sailed in yachts to the AC33 rule, made by the Challenger of Record, Golden Gate Yacht Club. At a meeting in Geneva, on Thursday, SNG/Alinghi did not accept the Multi Challenger proposal... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres - Gaspic v Vincec showdown
Robert Deaves,
The medal race for Finns at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres will be a showdown between two sailors who have dominated the headlines all week. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) goes into the deciding race with an 11 point margin over world ranked number one, Gasper Vincec (SLO)... [more]

Images from Geneva: America's Cup Meeting
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi presents images from the meeting in Geneva between Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club.... [more]

2009 Farr 40 European Circuit dates announced
Jill Campbell,
The Farr 40 European fleet has announced the dates for the four legs of the 2009 Farr 40 European Circuit. The first event of the calendar, the Porto Rotondo Regatta, will take place from 24th to 26th April and 12 boats, representing six nations (GBR, ITA, SUI, GER, UKR, USA) are currently registered.... [more]

Gold for Pietro and Giancarlo Sibello on penultimate day!
Corinne McKenzie,
Pietro and Giancarlo Sibello of Italy, in the 49er, have secured the first Gold medal of the Hyeres ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Italian pair have now added a second victory since their disappointing 4th place finish at the Olympic Games. Also on the cusp of Gold are Rohart and Ponsot of France, only a disqualification at the start or an equipment failure will deny them Star Gold... [more]

Is there life after an around the world race?
Oliver Dewar,
For the seven skippers in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the 23 day, Leg 3 stop over on the tropical, Brazilian island of Ilhabela was a chance to rest, recover and repair after the major hurdle of 7,500 miles of racing through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn.... [more]

Alinghi opts for a May 2010 America's Cup Match in Multihulls
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Societe Nautique de Geneve and the new Challenger of Record,Golden Gate Yacht Club met for the first time in Geneva overnight NZT. Various proposals were considered and discussed, however the position of the Defender was much as expected, and they announced a Match in May 2010 in 90ft Multihulls.... [more]

Entry Open for JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
The next JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will take place on Saturday 20 June 2009 and entries can be made online. 2008 saw a record turnout of boats in the entire 78-year history of the race and despite the economic downturn entries this year are holding up well... [more]

Skin Cancer - the Reality of being a Fair-Skinned Sailor
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'One of the first skin cancer screenings that I did at a regatta was during the 2001/02 Miami stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz. Steve is sailing's skin doctor. He has been practicing dermatology in Miami for over three decades and has been sailing on Biscayne Bay for longer... [more]

Volvo Race - Out come the Stealth cards
Cameron Kelleher,
What else could Telefónica Blue do? At 07:00 GMT this morning, Ericsson had inched to within six miles of the blue boat. Telefonica Blue was first to blink, going into StealthPlay at the 07:00 GMT Position Report. Ericsson 4 followed suit at 10:00 GMT. Torben Grael's crew will exit cloak and dagger at 22:00... [more]

Who do you believe on Leg 6 to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race?
Richard Gladwell,,
Most of the attention will be on the Volvo racers as they tangle with the fresh tailwinds over the morning of the 23rd April (EST), what happens next is going to be the most intriguing part of Leg 6. For the first time on this leg, we are seeing substantial variation between the two weather feeds used by PredictWind.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - An increasingly frustrating week for Green Dragon
Ian Moore - Green Dragon,
Latest news from Green Dragon navigator Ian Moore. 'We knew it was going to be a bad sched and the sweepstake was running from as high as 30 to a mere 7, so a three hour loss of 14.8nm to the leader was nearly the middle of the spread. I guess in some ways we have been lucky not to be further behind at this point. '... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race teams share thoughts on Leg 4
Oliver Dewar,
Following the Leg 4 weather analysis by meteo expert Chris Tibbs, the Portimão Global Ocean Race teams shared their thoughts about the forthcoming 4,800 mile section of the circumnavigation from Ilhabela, Brazil, to Charleston, South Carolina, USA... [more]

International Farr 30 One Design Class announces 2009 Worlds
Tink Chambers,
The International Farr 30 One Design Class Association is pleased to announce 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]

RC 44 fleet faces tricky conditions on Day 1 of Cagliari Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
Two flights could be completed on day one of the Cagliari Cup match race event. The winners of the day are Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, undefeated, and No Way Back, who managed to beat the match race champion Ceeref. Team Aqua, Artemis and BMW Oracle Racing are also unbeaten.... [more]

Corinne McKenzie talks with Helena Lucas in Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
The Semaine Olympique Française is the second ISAF World Cup event for Skandia Team GBR, Helena Lucas who has returned to international competition early this month. Corinne McKenzie talks with Helena about the event... [more]

Regatta leaders collect top scores at Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
Another day of light and patchy conditions distributed high points to regatta favourites. While some classes see new leaders, high scores reduce the advantages gained and open the scores. With light and shifty northerly breeze coming in early afternoon, racing got underway behind schedule and di not end until after 7pm... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres – Gaspic can do no wrong
Robert Deaves,
It would seem that Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic can do no wrong. After four days of an exceptionally up and down regatta at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, he has not yet placed worse than fifth. Second placed Gasper Vincec, 12 points behind, is also doing well and has an identical points gap over third placed Marin Misura... [more]

GP42's ready for Audi MedCup Circuit stage one
Event media,
Final preparations are underway among the six teams competing in the GP42 Series for Stage One of the upcoming 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit. Like their larger bretheren the TP52's, the GP42's are a highly-competitive evolutionary box-rule class, where the boats must measure to within narrow design tolerances to comply to class rules for level racing... [more]

Whistling for the Wind - Can Volvo leader escape in time?
Volvo media,
Telefónica Blue should have been looking ahead to a clear win in Boston. However, nothing has gone according to plan. The Weather Gods are not playing fairly and Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 continuing to close. The gap is now a worrying 15 miles and there is only 1,150 nm of runway left for Telefónica Blue to the finish in Boston... [more]

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston celebrates historic circumnavigation
On April 22 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history as the first man to sail singlehanded and non-stop around the world. He was the only competitor to finish the Sunday Times Golden Globe yacht race after 312 days alone at sea. April 22 2009 saw the pioneering skipper mark the 40-year anniversary of this incredible accomplishment in central London... [more]

2009 Monsoon Cup
The Monsoon Cup Malaysia is Stage 10 of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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Round the Island Race
The world's largest and most famous yachting race, the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, is taking place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England...
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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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