Welcome to Sail-World.Com's UK newsletter for 8 June 2009
In this issue we feature news from the UK and the international scene.
Saturday the Volvo Ocean Race started the first of three legs, which will take the seven-strong fleet to the finish in St Petersburg, Russia, later this month, Green Dragon got off to a perfect start and led the fleet to the Fastnet Rock – Some great images of the fleet blasting down Ireland and into the Channel.
Over in Korea Ian Williams made the final of the Korea Match Cup where he met Italy's Paolo Cian and a little nearer home, sparkling conditions for the competitors in the RORC IRC National Championship sailed in the Solent. With Dave Dwyer's Mills 39, MarinersCove.ie from Ireland winning the overall championship.
Plus the Finn World Masters and the A-Cat Europeans and can the Australians plan to run the Admiral's Cup at Geelong week get sufficient backing?
And take a look at Simon Payne's - What Kind of Sailor Are You?
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Irish win overall RORC IRC Championship Trophy Louay Habib, It was blowing half a gale overnight, but by dawn the skies had cleared to provide sparkling conditions for the competitors in the RORC IRC National Championship. Dave Dwyer's Mills 39, MarinersCove.ie from Ireland won class one and also the glittering prize of overall champion for the RORC IRC National Championship 2009... [more] Onsend this story
Green Dragon leads at Fastnet Rock Ian Walker, Even though the Fastnet Rock wasn't a scoring gate, it was a great thrill for the Green Dragon team to round the famous landmark and leave Ireland's shores in first place. Can you believe that there were a few spectator boats out at midnight at the Fastnet Rock in over 25 knots of wind?... [more] Onsend this story
New dad Rogers ready for 470 Europeans bid Lindsey Bell, Double Olympic silver medallist Nick Rogers will have a brand new supporter to impress when he and crew Pom Green bid to make their mark at the 470 European Championships in Austria this week – his new son Dirk... [more] Onsend this story
What type of sailor are you? Simon Payne, Last night I was thinking about different types of sailors. I thought this time, rather than considering individuals at the event, I'd look at categories of sailors instead. Here are mine, I'm sure there are more . . .... [more] Onsend this story
Boats and rigs available for 29erXX Gold Cup on Lake Garda Dave Hall, The Combined 9er class associations and 9er builders are making available 29erXX boats and rigs for the 29erXX Gold cup to be held at Riva – Lake Garda from the 12 to 15 of July... [more] Onsend this story
470 European Championships attracts 31 nations 470 Class media, 31 nations are set to come head to head on Lake Traunsee, Austria at the 2009 470 European Championships. Eighty-five men's-mixed and 40 women's teams will be competing at the opening 470 Championship of 2009, hosted by the Union Yacht Club Traunsee.... [more] Onsend this story
Second for Williams at Korea Match Cup Kate Brewer, Bahrain Team Pindar's double World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams finished runner-up to Italy's Paolo Cian (Team Shosholoza) at the Korea Match Cup Final held at Jeongok Marina Sunday... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Ireland: Volvo fleet at 30kts plus off Irish Coast Volvo Media, The Volvo fleet blasted their way off the coast of Ireland today, hitting over 30kts, in squalls. The Volvo media team present these amazing images of Volvo 70's at full pelt.... [more] Onsend this story
A-Cat European title goes down to the final race Sail-World.com/uk, Bob Baier of Germany is the new A-Cat European Champion. Baier held off the strong last day challenge from Australian Steve Brewin to take the title by one point... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the start of Leg 8 - Galway Bay, Ireland Volvo Ocean Race media, The Volvo Ocean Race photographers were focused on the start of Leg 8 in Galway bay, Ireland and provided these images of the day's action.... [more] Onsend this story
Day 2 of the RORC IRC National Championship Event media, Feisty Solent conditions were the order of the day, as hundreds of competitors on over 60 boats experienced some spectacular racing at the RORC IRC National Championship. Fifteen knots, gusting to over twenty knots from the southeast proved a physical and mental challenge for all five classes... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 4 leads from Galway with Green Dragon in pursuit Volvo media, Overall leaders, Ericsson 4 is pouring it on at the front of the fleet, these are their conditions. The Green Dragon is in pursuit, giving the home town fans something to cheer about in second place as they head out into the Atlantic. Telefonica Black in fifth, with Ericsson 3 sixth, and Delta Lloyd covering the exits.... [more] Onsend this story
Baier and Wallmer in battle for A-Cat European title Sail-World.com/uk, Bob Baier of Germany and Sascha Wallmer of Switzerland are tied on 17 points in the lead of the A-Cat European Championship at YC Rheindelta on Lake Constance going into the final day, with Australian Scott Anderson waiting in the wings... [more] Onsend this story
Korean Match Cup Final - Williams (GBR) v Cian (ITA) James Boyd, Yet more costly turnarounds and huge drama marked the penultimate day of the Korea Match Cup. Unbeatable on Friday, ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing Adam Minoprio suffered three straight defeats in his quarter final races today against Team Shosholoza's Paolo Cian, putting him out of the competition... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series - Bliksem in lead in Scarlino Melges 32 media, The extremely determined Pieter Taselaar (New York, N.Y) on USA-169 Bliksem. Taselaar, more common to the North American Melges 32 racing circuit, has carried his crew to Italy for Audi events number 3 (Scarlino) and 4(Cagliari) in preparation for the fifth and final stage — the 2009 Melges 32 World Championship on September 20-27 at Porto Cervo.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet rockets through the Gulf Stream Oliver Dewar, The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet have been delivering consistently high speeds overnight as the four boats rocket north-east through the Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of America.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from day 1 of the RORC IRC National Championship Paul Wyeth, Paul Wyeth captured these images of the RORC IRC National Championship in the Solent... [more] Onsend this story
RAN heads Super Zero after the first day's racing at IRC Nats Event media, Right at the start of the RORC IRC National Championship, Niklas Zennstrom's TP52, RAN, stamped their authority on the competition. Three straight bullets put them at the top of the leader board in Super Zero after the first day's racing... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race leg 8 a stern test for skippers Riath Al-Samarrai, It might look like a short par three, but Ken Read has few doubts about where leg eight falls on the race's stroke index. There seems to be a common feeling that the 1,250 miles separating Galway from Marstrand are going to throw some testing obstacles at the fleet.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Scarlino: Carlo Borlenghi at the Audi Melge 32 Series Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini, One of the worlds greatest photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and friends, are at the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series at Scarlino, Italy, and present this superb gallery of images from the event:... [more] Onsend this story
Third title for André Budzien at Finn World Masters Robert Deaves, Second place in the final race at the Finn World Masters in Maubuisson, France was enough for André Budzien (GER) to take his third title in a row. The overnight leader Jürgen Eiermann (GER) finished fourth to end up second overall... [more] Onsend this story
12 different classes to race at Lloyds TSB Regatta this weekend Cailah Leask,, Weymouth is set to be awash with eager sailors this weekend as over 200 competitors will descend on the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, for the newly named WPNSA Lloyds TSB Regatta... [more] Onsend this story
RYA Volvo Zone Championships entries open Karenza Morton, 2009 RYA Volvo Zone Championships entrieEntries are now open online for the 2009 RYA Volvo Zone and Home Countries Championships with more than 1,000 young sailors and windsurfers set to descend on nine venues around the UK on the weekend of 26 – 27 September... [more] Onsend this story
Dempsey gets on his Bike Lindsey Bell, Olympic bronze medal-winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey is planning some extreme fitness training as he bids to win a World Championship title on home waters in Weymouth this September... [more] Onsend this story
'Sail for £5' Programme gets Southern Electric boost Katie Doerr, The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy's associated charity The Chesil Trust currently runs the successful ‘Sail for £5 Programme' having already helped over 3,000 children try water sports. The legacy scheme is to now be re-branded ‘The Southern Electric Sail for £5 Programme'... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Crew changes but fleet ready for the sprint Volvo Ocean Race Media, The seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet is ready to race to Sweden, leaving behind a Galway stopover that has exceeded all expectations. Leg eight is the first of a series of closing legs that will feature inshore or near-shore racing, which calls for a different mindset according to PUMA skipper Ken Read. Crew changes for this leg are listed.... [more] Onsend this story
Slow leg 5 start but pace picks up in Portimão Global Ocean Race Oliver Dewar, Following an initially slow start to leg 5 in Charleston, South Carolina, at 1430 UTC on Thursday, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet soon dug into stronger breeze. In the latest 0620 UTC position pole (05/06), Herrmann and Oehme on Beluga Racer have moved to the front of the fleet, sailing furthest north with a lead of just under three miles over Desafio Cabo de Hornos.... [more] Onsend this story
Admiral's Cup - Could it be sailed around the World? Rob Kothe, Australia's largest sailing regatta, Geelong Week, is preparing to expand its horizons with plans for an international IRC event. Today the Chairman of Geelong Week Andrew Neilson announced the Geelong Week dates for 2010 and explained the earlier than expected parting with the long term title sponsor Skandia, who had contracted to their title sponsorship until 2011... [more] Onsend this story
Last race showdown at Finn World Masters Robert Deaves, In his first ever Finn World Masters Jurgen Eiermann (GER) goes into Friday's deciding race with a one point margin over defending champion Andre Budzien (GER)... [more] Onsend this story
OSTAR - King of Shaves losses all instruments Oscar Mead, A very difficult morning on the water for 'King of Shaves'. I am sorry to report that at 08:30 we lost all our instruments and for 30 minutes we were struggling to go anywhere at all. I used the wheel lock and tried to balance the sails so that we could sail on but it was at reduced speed... [more] Onsend this story
Entry numbers hold up well for Round the Island Race Flavia Bateson, The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race takes place on Saturday 20 June. Standard rate entries closed at midnight on 30 May and despite an economic climate of doom and gloom, the Island Sailing Club was delighted to announce entry numbers were very encouraging... [more] Onsend this story
RORC enlist Skandia to help revive the Admirals' Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has secured the support of Skandia to undertake a feasibility study into the revival of the Admiral's Cup, one of the world's great international regattas, as the premier offshore racing regatta in the world circuit... [more] Onsend this story
Fast Cat Race 2009 Round the Isle of Wight Jim Mundy, The return of the ultimate cat challenge saw 24 competitors taking to line to compete in the Fast Cat Race - Round The Isle Of Wight. The fleet was small this year but with a quality field... [more] Onsend this story
Korea Match Cup: Ainslie spoils Gilmour's day James Boyd, WMRT Media, Ainslie has now sailed all his races in the round robin finishing with eight wins in 11 matches. 'We made mistakes,' said tactician and double Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy. 'Things are getting better every day and slowly we are learning the game between us. We have done all our races so we don't have to get up tomorrow morning!'... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race Leg 5 ice-limit and scoring gate announced Oliver Dewar, The start of the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 from Charleston, South Carolina, to Portimão, Portugal is scheduled for 1030 local (1430 UTC) on Thursday (04/06). On Thursday morning, the boats will be blessed by a local priest at the MegaDock within City Marina at around 0800 local and will leave the dock at 0830... [more] Onsend this story
Day 3 at Finn World Masters - French lake rolls the dice Robert Deaves, Laurent Hay (FRA) couldn't maintain his unbeaten record on day three of the Finn World Masters in Maubuisson, France. Two more sets of races were completed with wins going to Stephane Alexis (FRA) and Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA) in race four and to defending champion André Budzien (GER) and Jürgen Eiermann (GER) in race five... [more] Onsend this story
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] Onsend this story
Spanish sailor's accidental adventure - more photos to believe or not Nancy Knudsen, If you thought that the Southport skipper had a difficult time trying to cross the Southport bar last week, spare a thought for the Spanish sailor who was caught trying to return to the harbour in Zumaia, in the Basque country of northern Spain... [more] Onsend this story
Spain top ISAF World Sailing Rankings ISAF media, Spain move to the top of the national standings in the latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings after gaining one of two new world 1 crews in the latest release... [more] Onsend this story
J /109 J-Dream wins Vice Admiral's Cup Event media, The weekend of 29-31 May saw Royal Corinthian Yacht Club host the Vice Admiral's Cup and for the first time the J/109 fleet raced as the invited Class 3. David and Kirsty Apthorp fresh from winning the J/109 Western Solent Championships romped away to take the event... [more] Onsend this story
OBE for Sailing Team Manager Stephen Park Lindsey Bell, Stephen Park, the man who led Britain's sailing team to their record-breaking medal haul at the Beijing Olympic Games, has been honoured by the Queen. The Royal Yachting Association's Olympic Manager received his OBE for services to sport at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday... [more] Onsend this story
Meteor and Windrose enter Horus Superyacht Cup Event media, The gaff-rigged schooner Meteor and the elegant modern-classic Windrose have confirmed they will be taking part in The Horus Superyacht Cup in Palma between 24 to 27 June. Windrose was built by Holland Jachtbouw and launched in 2001 and Meteor, built by Royal Huisman, was launched in the spring of 2007... [more] Onsend this story
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