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05 May 2009


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The holiday weekend is over and its back to the office, so time to catch-up on the weekends sailing news.

The 2009 British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy came to a breathtaking finale on the marine lake at West Kirby Sailing Club, when in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators who had packed the grandstand and lined the promenade, local heroes West Kirby Hawks overcame the visiting US team from Larchmont Yacht Club in a wild and windy five race final.

On Friday 1 May at 1719hrs, Sail-World (along with many others) received an alert from the New York State Unified Court system advising that a motion had been filed to 'Disqualify Counsel' - Not True - Read Richard Gladwells explanation.

Skandia Team GBR sailors now lead four events after the fourth round of the new ISAF World Cup circuit, read who is making waves.

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Gerald New
UK Editor

Team GBR lead four events of new World Cup circuit,
Skandia Team GBR sailors now lead four events after the Heyers round of the new ISAF World Cup circuit. British sailors lead the Sonar, Finn, Laser and 2.4mR events and hold podium places in the 49er, Skud, Finn and Match racing events... [more]

Wilson Trophy Images by Ollie Khedun
Ollie Khedun,
More images from the final day of the 2009 British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy, which came to a breathtaking finale on the marine lake at West Kirby Sailing Club on Sunday 3 May... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race: British Team Mowgli heads offshore
Oliver Dewar,
In the Portimao Global Ocean Race, by midday GMT on Sunday (03/05), Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz had sailed Desafio Cabo de Hornos to within seven miles of race leader Beluga Racer, slipstreaming Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme 90 miles off the Brazilian coast. Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson have made the decision to head offshore on Team Mowgli.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: Alinghi goes fishing in the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Sources close to the legal action over the 33rd America's Cup, confirmed today that Societe Nautique de Geneve had lodged papers with the New York Supreme Court, late last week, seeking to have the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club disqualified. It would appear that the exercise is really a 'fishing expedition'... [more]

Thrilling five race final at 2009 Wilson Trophy
Justin Chisholm,
The 2009 British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy came to a breathtaking finale on the marine lake at West Kirby Sailing Club, when in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators who had packed the grandstand and lined the promenade... [more]

Manson - making anchoring safer for you
Richard Gladwell,
Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more]

60 and 40 footers bow out at the Grand Prix Petit Navire
Kate Jennings,
Sunday saw further racing in the fourth day of the Grand Prix Petit Navire with the grand entrance of the Dragons, the event's most loyal protagonists over its 10 year history. The 40 and 60 foot monohulls sailed their last race today with a coastal course reminiscent of yesterday's, but with added pizzazz!... [more]

Insurance-4-boats 2009 Solo Welsh Championships
Event media,
Thirty-three helms arrived for the 14th running of the Welsh Solo Championship held at Corus Sailing Club. Andy Davis is the champion again but not without a fight from Chris Brown and Ian Maclean... [more]

Cervantes Trophy - Cowes, Isle of Wight to Le Havre, France

Nicholas de la Fourniere wins the 2009 Cervantes Trophy, IRC Two and the Two–Handed Division in his first race on his new X34 Exile/Mirabaud. The race was a testament to the calibre of those who sail two-handed with the RORC, with three IRC Two two-handed teams in the top five of the overall results... [more]

New twist in America's Cup Legal

On Friday 1 May at 1719hrs, Sail-World (along with many others) received an alert from the New York State Unified Court system advising that a motion had been filed to 'Disqualify Counsel'. Subsequently it has been confirmed to Sail-World by two independent sources that the Court alert was in error.... [more]

Optimist sailors create Volvo Ocean Race boat of the future
Sally Burnett,
Optimist sailors from around the world have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes in a new competition being run by the International Optimist Dinghy Association in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race. There is still time to enter the competition... [more]

Girls on top in Indian Ocean Race
Media Services,
There is currently a sensation in rowing circles, as the all female Ocean Angels rowing team are, after the first 11 days of racing, approx 20 nautical miles in front of their nearest rivals in the inaugural Indian Ocean Rowing Race.... [more]

Wilson Trophy - Everything to play after day 2
Justin Chisolm,
For overnight leaders Woonsocket Rockets it was a question of ‘what a difference a day makes' as they failed to find their sparkling form from the previous day. It was Larchmont who went on to produce the best performance over the rest of the day by winning all their subsequent pairings and topping the leader board... [more]

Ellen MacArthur Voyage of Discovery
Event media,
Starting from Cowes on 3 May, 85 young people will sail the 48 foot Scarlet Oyster the 2000 nautical miles around Britain on a four month voyage stopping at 17 ports around Great Britain... [more]

Eurocat action - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery images,
Eurocat, the sports catamaran event in France, commenced on May 1st and will continue through until May 3rd at the Yacht Club de Carnac. Our thanks to Ingrid Abery who captured the 'flying cats' in action on Day 1 of the event... [more]

Coffee, bacon sandwiches and the British Open Team Racing Championship
Justin Chisholm,
Forty two team racing squads were competing in the 60th Wilson Trophy at West Kirby Sailing Club Friday morning. With the 2009 British Open Team Racing Championship title at stake there was a subtly serious edge to the otherwise convivial atmosphere which prevailed over the sailors' alfresco breakfast of coffee and bacon sandwiches... [more]

UK 18ft Skiff start their season at Rutland Sailing Club
Event media,
A good fleet of seven boats turned out for the 18ft skiff fleet's first event of the 2009 UK season at Rutland Water Sailing Club, the usual suspects being joined by two local crews sailing older B18 designs... [more]

Beluga Racer first to Portimao Global Ocean Race scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
Shortly after 0520 GMT this morning (01/05/2009), Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme crossed the Leg 4 scoring gate south of Recife, Brazil, in first place on Beluga Racer... [more]

J/109s finish 2nd and 3rd in JOG race to Hayling Bay
Event media,
Saturday was another beautiful morning in Lymington and the bacon butties tasted good on the motor up to Cowes on the J/109 Jibe (Robin Taunt). The J/109 had a great start and led across Cowes harbour, resulting in cries of ‘What colour is Snowden?'... [more]

Cowes Classic Week update
David Elliott,
The organising team for the Regatta from the Royal London Yacht Club recently met with Class Captains and representatives of classes attending the Cowes Classic Week regatta in order that the event can meet the needs of competitors... [more]

Shirley Robertson announces Team iShares crew line-up
Event media,
Shirley Robertson, double Olympic gold medallist and skipper of Team iShares for the 2009 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series, has confirmed her crew for the season.... [more]

Final Team GBR Hobie 16 Youth Worlds spot up for grabs
Karenza Morton,
Who will represent RYA Volvo Team GBR in the Hobie 16 at this summer's ISAF Youth Worlds should be known next week as the British crews go head-to-head for selection at the Carnac Eurocat event this weekend... [more]

Royal Windermere RS400 Open Meeting victory for Paul and Mike Allen
RS media,
Paul and Mike Allen from Leigh & Lowton SC won the RS400 Open Meeting at Royal Windermere YC from a fleet of 43. The swell in numbers at this early stage of the calendar shows promise of encouraging turnouts for the season. It was also very pleasing to see a large contingent of local boats turn out to join the racing... [more]

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner being protested,
Bob Steel the owner of the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Quest is being protested over an IRC certificate issue. Steel has today issued this statement.... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week: Rio added to overall honours list
Neil Forrester,
The list of boat names is legendary: Titan. Kialoa. Infinity. Sayonara. Morning Glory. Pyewacket. The roster of yachts and sailors who have captured overall honors at Antigua Sailing Week is certainly long and distinguished.... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week - Sojana and Lee Overlay Partners winners
Neil Forrester,
On a day of firsts for Antigua Sailing Week, Peter Harrison's Farr 115, Sojana, won the inaugural Corum Round Redonda Race. Adrian Lee's Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners, corrected out to first overall in the same contest to win the first-ever Antigua Ocean Series.... [more]

World Speed Record 50 Knots ratified
John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record. 50.07 knots over 500 metre course.... [more]

Alinghi launches multihull training programme on Lake Geneva
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi, 33rd America's Cup Defender, has started its 2009-2010 multihull campaign in Switzerland launching the two Décision 35 catamarans that will be used as training platforms towards a multihull America's Cup in May 2010. The sailing team will be dedicated to multihull training, racing the Challenge Julius Baer on Lake Geneva for the rest of the season and withdrawing from other monohull commi... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet approaching leg 4 scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
With the leading boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet around 24 hours from crossing the vital Leg 4 scoring gate off Recife, Brazil, the atmosphere at front of the race is becoming intense.... [more]

ISAF invites Nominations for ISAF Athletes' Commission Members
ISAF) is inviting athletes to nominate candidates to represent their Olympic event on the ISAF Athletes' Commission. The ISAF Athletes' Commission represents the interests of the sailors in the Olympic events and reports directly to the ISAF Executive Committee.... [more]

America's Cup - Off the Record - 30 April: Alinghi on thin ice
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Much of what we have written since early April has come from various sources, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis: A leading legal source spoken to by Sail-World believes that the New York Supreme Court will get 'very stroppy' with the Defender of the America's Cup when the Contempt of Court matter is heard on 14 May... [more]

ISAF publish Guidelines for Prevention of Piracy
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters. The International Regulations Commission has been established in accordance with Regulation 41 to provide advice on matters related to the regulation of recreational boats or craft by government actions or otherwise.... [more]

Alinghi parties respond to America's Cup Contempt of Court issues
Société Nautique de Genève,
In response to the initiation of Contempt of Court proceedings, Société Nautique de Genève, the Defender of the America's Cup have issued a statement explaining why they have apparently broken a New York Supreme Court Order, and firing shots back at Golden Gate YC on perceived shortcomings on the Challenger side.... [more]

3000 Class Travellers Trophy event at Ullswater
Joe Pester,
The 3000 class first Travellers Series meeting of 2009 was held at Ullswater YC in the Lake District and was won by Joe Pester and Lyndi Jones of the home club. The event was shared with the 29ers and 49ers, but it was plain to see which was the most committed class with only the 3000 of Stewart Patience and Nick Prince entertaining the spectators by going out for a long early practice thrash!... [more]

Cowes Week entry now open
Event media,
Entries for Cowes Week are now open, and looks forward to welcoming regular participants and new competitors to this year's regatta. In addition, the organisers are pleased to report that a number of changes have been introduced in response to feedback received by competitors... [more]

The Wilson Trophy - 42 teams, 252 sailors sailing 300 races
Justin Chisholm,
The British Open Team Racing Championship, taking place this coming weekend, 1 – 3 May at West Kirby Sailing Club, is the undisputed jewel in the crown of international dinghy team racing. - much more commonly known as simply ‘the Wilson Trophy' - 42 teams comprising 252 sailors will sail around 300 individual races over the weekend... [more]

Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]

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
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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RC 44 Championship Tour

The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance One Design sailing boat. It was designed by three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin....
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