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.
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.
Plus all the action from the Extreme 40 iShares in Venice and much more of the sailing news this weekend.
Gerald New UK Editor Sail-World.com/uk
Matador win first TP52 Audi MedCup Circuit regatta 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
Seventh Merlin Rocket title for Richard Whitworth MROA media, A strong fleet of Merlin Rockets arrived at Pitsford Reservoir for the Merlin Inland Championships supported by P&B and Gull, many for the first time, to be warmly welcomed by a low calorie fry up . . . oh yes, we are athletes!... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - The Dragon on its way Lucy Harwood, The crew onboard Green Dragon were given a warm send off in Boston today by a huge crowd of Irish supporters. The fleet were recalled from the first start after the start gun malfunctioned... [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
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
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
Challenging conditions for FD Northern areas at Ullswater Hyde Media, Challenging conditions at the Flying Dutchman Northern areas saw Hyde's Toby Barsley-Dale take a hard-fought victory in Ullswater. A Force 1-3 greeted competitors on Saturday, followed by a Force 3-5 on Sunday, with significantly bigger gusts, particularly on Sunday. Both days were also very shifty providing plenty of scope for gains and losses!... [more] Onsend this story
Tremlett wins Finn Southern Champs Event media, John Tremlett continued his great season with a win at the Finn Southern Championships to add to his earlier win at the Inlands. Tremlett has now repeated his 2008 double at these events... [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
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
iShares Cup - BMW Oracle leads Extreme 40 opening series iShares Cup media, The Extreme 40s put away five races Friday at the iShares Cup Venice event 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
Quantum and Roma 2 lead Audi MedCup 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... [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
B14 Nationals Form Guide Mark Barnes, With the Nationals being staged at Mayflower Sailing Club in Plymouth over the Bank Holiday, the event looks as if it is going to be a good one. With sailing possible inside and outside the breakwater, we'll hopefully not have a repeat of the days lost over the last two years... [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
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
Lyme Regis Fireball Open Tim Saunders, Twenty-one Fireballs arrived at Lyme Regis SC to a glorious sunny day with a good force 2-3 blowing from the West. With a highly competitive fleet comprising of both the current National and European Champions not to mention the three ex-World Champions the racing was always going to be hotly contested... [more] Onsend this story
Audi MedCup, Alicante - No racing for TP52 & GP42 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
Jon Heissig rules at Datchet Water RS700 Racing Circuit Event Event media, The third event of the 2009 circuit moved to a new venue for the RS700's, Datchet Water SC, where a new fleet is taking shape nicely. The fleet was a real mix of seasoned campaigners and newcomers to the fleet. The conditions provided a real challenge with even the experienced hands being challenged by some of the holes and shifts... [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
Restronguet pair win RS Feva Emsworth Open Feva media, The RS Feva Emsworth Open Meeting attracted 26 Fevas and the day really rewarded those who sailed with their heads out of boat but even then there were times when even the best laid plans were flawed due to the capriciousness of the wind strength... [more] Onsend this story
RS Feva Open Meeting at Chichester YC Feva media, Twenty Fevas arrived at Chichester Yacht Club on Sunday 10 May for their Open Meeting, many of them sporting their crews' names on their sails, indicating membership of the RYA Training Squads - The racing demonstrated the skills they had derived from their coaching there... [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
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
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
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
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
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
Karsten Hitz wins OK Dinghy Spring Cup Neil Goodhead, Following the trauma of a ferry trip from Dover to Calais and 8hrs trapped in a car with our Class Chairman, we arrived along with nine other British sailors at one of Europe's premier sailing venues, Medemblik... [more] Onsend this story
South Staffs Firefly Open Meeting Jo Mason, Sunshine and blue skies greeted the 14 competitors for the South Staffs Firefly Open Meeting on May 10 following the previous day's exciting team racing. After a one-hour postponement the race officer managed to get the first race under way in light and shifty conditions... [more] Onsend this story
RNVR Team Racing Pairs at South Staffs SC Jo Mason, Five teams were present to challenge for the Royal Naval Reserve Volunteer team racing trophy on May 9 at South Staffs Sailing Club, for the re-launch of this famous Firefly team racing event... [more] Onsend this story
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