Down to the wire in both the TP52 Series and the GP42 Series, last race wins secured both the City of Alicante titles on the final day of the first round of the Audi MedCup circuit.
And the Volvo Ocean Race is back on the track. At the start off Boston, fog descended on the course as Telefónica Blue screamed up through the fleet to lead round the first mark, followed by Telefónica Black, Green Dragon, PUMA, Ericson 3 and Ericsson 4.
As the fleet approached the mark, a large freighter hove into view. The leaders had a clear rounding, but Delta Lloyd was forced to alter course by the ship and rounded in last place.
Plus all the action from the Extreme 40 iShares in Venice and much more of the sailing news this weekend.
Gerald New EU Editor Sail-World.com/eu
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero & Matador take Victory at Alicante MedCup Media, In 9-12 knots of sea breeze conditions and perfect early season Mediterranean sunshine the four leading protagonists Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Artemis (SWE), Matador (ARG) and reigning champions Quantum Racing (USA) lined up side by side in the penultimate race on the final day of the first round of the Audi MedCup circuit... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Day 2 iShares Cup Venice Ingrid Abery images, Ingrid Abery images from Day 2 of the iShares Cup in Venice.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the start of Leg 7 - Volvo Ocean race, Boston Volvo Ocean Race, Images from the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Boston. The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is the 10th running of this ocean marathon, which started from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, taking in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia. The race covers some 37,000 nautical miles.... [more] Onsend this story
Olympic classes racing cancelled Sail-world.com/uk, All racing at the Olympic Class Open Meeting at Hayling Island SC was cancelled Sunday due to gale force winds which continued to batter the Solent.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Volvo Ocean Race leg 7 Boston start Leighton O'Connor images, Photographer Leighton O'Connor was out on Boston Harbor to farewell the Volvo Ocean Race fleet at the start of leg 7 from Boston to Galway. Enjoy this selection of his images... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race - Charleston welcomes first arrival Oliver Dewar, The Portimao Global Ocean Race competition will recommence with the restart from Charleston on 31st May and Boris Herrmann is already excited about the challenge as the honour of winning the final leg of the race is immeasurable and the transatlantic crossing will be intensely fought.... [more] Onsend this story
Emirates Team New Zealand report: Equal first after a good day/bad day Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ, Emirates Team New Zealand is now equal first overall in the Alicante MedCup regatta. Sitting on 30 points with Artemis after seven races, Dean Barker and crew have a big day ahead of them tomorrow. The top of the leaderboard is crowded. Only three points separate the top 4, with yesterday's leader Quantum on 31 and Matador, second equal with NZL 380 yesterday, fourth on 33.... [more] Onsend this story
iShares Cup Day 2 - Multiple winners and an unexpected swim Event media, The iShares Cup Committee had to postpone the first start but the wind eventually kicked in. The day was not without drama, one crew's fifth man had a taste of Venetian waters and had to be picked up by a safety rib!... [more] Onsend this story
RNLI rescues Swedish couple 'in 10 metre swells' BW media roundup, Gary Fairbairn, RNLI coxswain, quoted 10 metre swells as 'the worst sea we have ever been out in' when they rescued a Swedish couple with only one life jacket between them from their yacht in the North Sea this week.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi MedCup Day 4: Artemis overall leader after two seconds and a win ValenciaSailing.com, Even under the trickiest conditions, Artemis clearly showed they have all it takes to be the event's leaders. With Torbjorn Tornqvist on the helm and with Russell Coutts calling tactics the Swedish boat sailed nearly to perfection, scoring two seconds and a bullet and grabbed the overall leadership, tied with Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more] Onsend this story
Confusion at start of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race media, The last open ocean leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 got underway. After the gun fired, the seven-strong fleet split immediately with Puma looking really strong on port tack, followed by Delta Lloyd, Telefónica Black and Ericsson 4, while Ericsson 3, Green Dragon and Telefónica Blue opted for a starboard tack start.... [more] Onsend this story
Close racing in TP52 and GP42 classes at MedCup Alicante Trophy MedCup media, 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit. After three more windward-leeward contests in a gentler sea breeze today off Alicante an exciting final Sunday showdown is now in prospect with the City of Alicante Trophy at stake... [more] Onsend this story
New Zealand built yachts joint leaders in Audi MedCup
The two New Zealand built yachts launched a couple of months ago at the Viaduct harbour are tied on the top of the points table at the Audi MedCup regatta in Alicante.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race - Roaring Forty and container ship collide Oliver Dewar, In the Portimao Global Ocean Race Belgian solo sailor Michel Kleinjans was involved in a collision between his Open 40 Roaring Forty and a container ship approximately 210 miles east of Grand Bahama. Kleinjans has been in contact with the Portimão Global Ocean Race director, Josh Hall, and the US Coastguard have been informed.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race leader heading for Charleston finish line Oliver Dewar, After 20 days of racing from Ilhabela, Brazil, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet leader is just hours from the finish line in Charleston, South Carolina. Trailing the leaders by 457 miles, the British double-handed duo of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli continued to deliver the highest speeds in their class.... [more] Onsend this story
Cammas and Groupama 3 crew set new Trans-Mediterranean record Groupama 3 media, Franck Cammas and his Groupama 3 crew have bagged the first record of their 2009 campaign beating the time set by Bruno Peyron in 2004 between Marseilles and Carthage.... [more] Onsend this story
Don't throw away your paper charts! - GPS failings to come Blackwattle Studios, A report just out by the Government Accountability Office of the USA has revealed significant issues with the future of the GPS world wide system, currently provided free by the USA. The report is entitled 'Significant Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Widely Used Capabilities' and was released last week.... [more] Onsend this story
On-line Gamers to interact with Green Dragon Volvo media, Ian Walker's Green Dragon team has announced a unique partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race Game ahead of leg seven, which takes the fleet from Boston to Galway, Ireland, starting on Saturday. The arrangement will give the game playing community on the Volvo Ocean Race Game the ability to interact with the Green Dragon afterguard... [more] Onsend this story
International skippers and eleven teams for Seychelles Regatta Event media, This Saturday 16th May, the Seychelles will be hosting eleven crews ready to race the Seychelles Regatta. Skippers include Michel Desjoyeaux, Armel Le Cléac'h, Dee Caffari and Sam Davies.... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 4 skipper warns not to under estimate leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race media, The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is ready to face the North Atlantic for leg seven as the teams make their final preparations ahead of Saturday's start. Torben Grael, skipper of the overall race leader, Ericsson 4, cautioned that this leg could be a brutal one.... [more] Onsend this story
iShares Cup Venice - BMW Oracle leads after five hotly contested races iShares Cup media, iShares Cup Venice and the 10 Extreme 40s put away five races this afternoon, before the breeze died. With two consecutive second places and a win in race 3, Gitana Extreme - Groupe LCF Rothschild impressed by their speed, consistency and tactics, and with BMW Oracle and Renaissance (Oman Sail) having posted a win each, the leading boats were clearly identified early in the competition.... [more] Onsend this story
Emirates Team New Zealand recovers well on Day 3 of Audi MedCup Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Emirates Team New Zealand got off to a disastrous start in the second of three races sailed in the Audi MedCup in Alicante. Sailing in a moderate breeze, the Dean Barker skippered TP52, sailing in her first regatta was overrun by a a grouop of yachts as the fleet bunched at the committee boat end of the line at the start of Race 3.... [more] Onsend this story
Consistency pays as winds return to Audi MedCup circuit in Alicante MedCup Media, Consistency was the key once again as champions Quantum Racing emerge to lead the TP52 series after three great races, while Roma 2 leads the GP42 Series. At times it was spectacular as the sea breeze off Alicante built to 17 knots at times, but it was never easy or straightforward as the Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA) eased into the overall lead of the City of Alicante Trophy Rega... [more] Onsend this story
Olympic classes at Hayling for RYA Spring Series finale Lindsey Bell, Britain's Olympic Classes talents will be vying for domestic honours when the second and final event of the 2009 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series gets underway at Hayling Island S C this weekend.... [more] Onsend this story
Beluga Racer increases the lead over Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet Oliver Dewar, Portimão Global Ocean Race leaders Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer extending their lead over their Chilean rivals Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on damaged Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos. For solo sailor Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty, the remaining 700 miles to the finish line is a matter of making good speed and limiting further damage to his sail wardrobe.... [more] Onsend this story
Groupama 3 off on Mediterranean record attempt Groupama 3, Groupama 3 set off on the Mediterranean record this Friday morning at exactly 0719 UT. Groupama 3 will have to arrive in Carthage before 01hrs 15' 33' (UT) on Saturday 16th May in order to break the record set by Bruno Peyron.... [more] Onsend this story
Green Dragon Leg 7 crew changes - Braidwood off and Bugden on Green Dragon media, As part of their on going crew rotation Green Dragon will have one crew change for Leg 7, pitman Tom Braidwood will step down and Ian Budgen who also sailed onboard Green Dragon for Leg 4 from Singapore to China will join the team for the 2,500 mile sprint across the North Atlantic to Galway, Ireland.... [more] Onsend this story
Fickle breeze - on MedCup Day 2 for Emirates Team New Zealand
Grant Dalton says fickle breeze is putting race officers under pressure. 'With two race days gone and only one of the scheduled six races sailed the race committee will be hoping that the forecast for better a better breeze tomorrow is accurate.'... [more] Onsend this story
Ingrid Abery images from iShares Cup Practice Day in Venice Ingrid Abery images/iShares Cup media, The three practice races that took place today in Venice confirmed what everyone predicted: the level of competition of the 2009 iShares Cup is very high! Gitana Extreme, Groupama and Oman Sail's Masirah each came ashore with a victory, the final race of the day having been particularly close-fought and spectacular. Photographer Ingrid Abery supplied these images from the day... [more] Onsend this story
Gildas Philippe replaces Franck Cammas at helm of Groupama 40 Cammas/Groupama media, Groupama 40 in Venice for the first round of the iShares Cup 2009 circuit: with Franck Cammas' service being called upon aboard Groupama 3 for the record attempt, it's Gildas Philippe who'll take the helm of Groupama 40.... [more] Onsend this story
Groupama 3 go to Code Green for Friday record attempt Cammas/Groupama 3 media, Code green for Groupama 3 and Franck Cammas' crew - departure from Marseilles scheduled tomorrow morning, in a bid to break the Mediterranean record. Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 3, and Sylvain Mondon from Météo France, have just confirmed the presence of a favourable weather window to tackle the Mediterranean crossing record held by Bruno Peyron for the past five years... [more] Onsend this story
No help from the breeze on Day 2 of Audi MedCup in Alicante MedCup Media, Capricious early season breezes off Alicante refused to co-operate to allow any racing today on the Audi MedCup Circuit where the GP42 class were due to make their debut on the world's leading regatta circuit.... [more] Onsend this story
Ellen MacArthur and Scarlet Oyster sail into London Event media, Ellen MacArthur with children of the Ellen MacArthur Trust onboard Scarlet Oyster sail into London under Tower Bridge today as they arrive on the London leg of the Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain voyage... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup Court decision again goes in favour of BMW Oracle Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Societe Nautique de Geneve, the club Defending the America's Cup has lost all the decisions handed down in the New York Supreme Court today. For the first time in a almost two year legal saga, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich ruled from the bench of the Court rather than reserving her Decision.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Fastnet - An Open and Shut Case Key Partners (KPMS), Applications for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet opened on 1 January and effectively closed two months later when the 300 cap on entries was reached. Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, immediately set up a waiting list, which currently stands at seventy... [more] Onsend this story
If it doesn't float, is it a 'boat'? Mirabaud LX/Sail-World.com, The 2009 version of the Mirabaud LX foiler has been presented to the public and media this morning during a press conference at the Société Nautique de Genève. Supported by Mirabaud & Cie, Banquiers Privés, Thomas Jundt's foiler has captivated the national and international sailing audience last year thanks to its revolutionary concept. But is it a boat?... [more] Onsend this story
Kieler Woche entries close in three weeks ISAF, Just three weeks remain for sailors to enter this year's Kieler Woche, event six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, taking place from 20-28 June in Kiel in Germany. Entries are being accepted until 2 June 2009... [more] Onsend this story
Czeslaw Marchaj presented with ISAF Silver Medal ISAF, Czeslaw Marchaj of Poland has been presented with an ISAF Silver Medal by ISAF President Göran Petersson for his significant contribution to the sport of sailing and the success of the International Sailing Federation... [more] Onsend this story
Four fleets to contest Rolex Capri Sailing Week KPMS, At Rolex Capri Sailing Week this year four fleets will be competing on waters of the Gulf of Naples. Farr 40s, Swan 45s, Club Swan 42s and Comets take to the racecourse in a week's time. The current entry list shows seventeen Farr 40s including current and three-time world champion, Vincenzo Onorato and Mascalzone Latino... [more] Onsend this story
Salvesen and Thomson on Team Mowgli thunder northwards Oliver Dewar, Portimao Global Ocean Race leaders Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer are currently just under 600 miles from the finish line. The British double-handed crew of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on board third place Team Mowgli remain the fastest boat in the fleet and have reduced their deficit to Beluga Racer by approximately 50 miles during the past 24 hours... [more] Onsend this story
PredictWind: Stronger winds expected for rest of MedCup Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, The wind prognosis from www.predictwind.com!PredictWind.com is for stronger winds for the rest of the week at the Audi MedCup in Alicante. Winds are expected to build to around 15-20 kts each day, peaking in the early afternoon - with almost no wind at all in the morning.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Mid-Year Meeting - moves on multihulls ISAF Media, The ISAF Strategic Plan and 2012 Olympic Games were key topics amongst the issued discussed at the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting held in Warsaw, Poland from 7-11 May. ISAF President Goran Petersson chaired the Council meeting on Saturday 9 May, covering a number of important issues including the '11th medal' at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the approval of two new ISAF members and classes.... [more] Onsend this story
Long day on the race course for Emirates Team NZ Warren Douglas, The first race day of the MedCup circuit proved to be a long day with only one of the scheduled three races completed. The first race was abandoned as the fleet approached the bottom mark for the first time. Race 2 started about 4.30pm. By then the breeze had come in at four to six knots with an occasional puff to nine.... [more] Onsend this story
Ray Davies and Paul Cayard join RC 44 Class RC 44 media, The third event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 will take place in Austria on May 27 - 31. Team New Zealand's Ray Davies joins the RC 44 Class on board Pieter Heerema's No Way Back, whilst Paul Cayard steps onboard Igor Lah's Ceeref. The four leaders of the Tour are separated by four points only.... [more] Onsend this story
Grant Dalton interviewed by ValenciaSailing.com ValenciaSailing.Com, ValenciaSailing.Com interviewed Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO, Grant Dalton, before the start of proper racing in the MedCup Circuitm, in Alicante, Spain: 'We have to be very careful and not over expect in the first regatta because we still haven't learned the boat and got our combination going although we pretty naturally fit together because we have been sailing with each other. I think the... [more] Onsend this story
Crew Lists for Volvo OR leg 7: Fisher off, Martinez on Telefonica Blue Riath Al-Samarrai/Volvo Ocean race media, Telefonica Blue helmsman Simon Fisher has confirmed he will miss the leg seven race across the Atlantic in order to 'recuperate' ahead of the final stages of the event. Volvo Ocean Race crew lists for leg 7 - Boston to Galway.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Alicante: Emirates Team New Zealand, Race 1 Chris Cameron - Emirates Team NZ, Emirates Team New Zealand's Chris Cameron filed these images from the first day of racing in the MedCup at Alicante, Spain.... [more] Onsend this story
Emirates Team New Zealand boosted by Jury Decision Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Emirates Team New Zealand have been elevated to third position after the first race of the Audi MedCup. The race was won on the water by Marazzi Sailing (Switzerland) sailing (along with ETNZ) in their first ever MedCup race.... [more] Onsend this story
Marazzi Sailing penalised 3 points for weight violation MedCup Media, After a minor crew weight violation, measured to be slightly over the class crew weight limit of 1273 kilos, Switzerland's Marazzi Sailing have been penalised three points and effectively lost out on their maiden race win in the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit.The team which is skippered by the Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi were officially measured to be above the limit by a very small margin.... [more] Onsend this story
Swiss (almost) win first ever Audi MedCup Circuit event Event media, As a result of being officially measured over the crew weight limit for the TP52 Class by a small margin, Switzerland's Marazzi Sailing have been penalised three points from their aggregate score, effectively negating their opening race win at the City of Alicante Trophy regatta, the first event of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit... [more] Onsend this story
Marazzi Sailing scores impressive win in first ever Audi MedCup race Juerg Kaufmann, The maiden race of the first ever Swiss TP52 team couldn't have been any better. MarazziSailing scored a convincing victory, maintaining her lead from start to finish under very tricky and shifty conditions. The team assembled by Flavio Marazzi and Jochen Schuemann proved today they have all the credentials to be in the top of their league.... [more] Onsend this story
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