And that's just the start of some great stories and outstanding images that we are pleased to bring you in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.
If match racing is your taste, then we have reports and images from the the Korea Match Cup. There was no quarter given in the cut-throat racing using the Korea Match 36's designed by Bakewell-White Yacht Design.
Closer to home, the Butler Cup was sailed off Long Beach YC. The event is a match race training platform, and the skippers and their teams had the benefit of clinics, de-briefs and on-the-water coaching from Dave Perry, two-time Congressional Cup winner. The series winner goes on to compete in the Ficker Cup, next weekend.
In Scarlino, Italy, New Yorker, Pieter Taselaar, with Nathan Wilmot (AUS) as tactician has taken the Audi Melges 32 series. Second overall was Team 93 with USA's Jonathan Mckee calling tactics.
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Tuscany Scarlino Bliksem riding the wave BPlan/Carlo Borlenghi
As you may have guessed the Volvo Ocean Race started Leg 8 on Saturday afternoon, local time, with some strong winds to propel the seven strong fleet on the next 'sprint' leg of just 1250nm. At latest report, with 700nm left to sail, just 12nm covers the fleet. We will be updating regularly on www.sail-world.com and look forward to many great images being sent back from what many describe as a 'coastal race' - meaning that helicopter rides out to the race fleet, with some of the world's top photographers aboard are expected.
Rick Tomlinson caught the fleet off the coast of Ireland in the middle of a 38kt squall, which caught the fleet with their big gear on - and no option but to ride it out. And what a ride it was, as you can see from the two galleries of images in this issue.
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USA's Bliksem wins the spectacular Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Event Media, USA's Bliksem has won the spectacular Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Scarlino, Maremma, Tuscany Italy Two great races with a breeze from the south wrapped up the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series at the Marina di Scarlino in Maremma, Tuscany. US entry, Bliksem, skippered by owner Pieter Taselaar, had Olympic gold medallist in Class 470 Australian, Nathan Wilmot, calling tactics to win the eight... [more] Onsend this story
La Promesse closing in on Newport - OSTAR 2009 Marten Holden - Race Office /Hannah White, The OSTAR Race Office is set up in Newport. On the 1600UT report La Promesse had only 657 miles to go and looks to have a lead of some 200 miles over JBellino based on her 0800 tracker report. At 0600 EST today 07th June the Race Office in Newport was alerted by Katie Miller's father that one of her EPIRBS had been activated.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet split Oliver Dewar, The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet are encountering their first period of light airs after strong conditions. With the fleet is currently split with Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli trailing the Chileans by 187 miles and solo sailor Michel Kleinjans following the British duo 71 miles astern on Roaring Forty.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - No sleep but fast and furious action Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors, Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, latest news from the boats. Onboard the Dragon its been a good 24 hours, no sleep for the Delta Lloyd crew, no sleep either on Ericsson 3 where the action has been fast and furious. On telefonica Black the day has been great.... [more] Onsend this story
Nesbitt wins Butler Cup 2009 Match Race Championship Series Rick Roberts, Chris Nesbitt and his team from Balboa Yacht Club Sunday won the 2009 Butler Cup, an ISAF Grade 5 match race hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, in dominating fashion with only one loss through the 10-race double round robins and are going on to the Ficker Cup next weekend... [more] Onsend this story
Thirteen Etchells Winters and Thirteen Winners Rob Kothe, The first Etchells Winter Championship was conducted in Mooloolaba in 1997 and in the thirteen regattas there have been thirteen different winners. This year we had another top class 54 boat fleet and the runner up from the 2009 Worlds, Damien King, held out the 2008 North American Champion crew Mark Johnson and the 2006 Etchells Worlds runner up and New Zealand Champion Alastair Gair.... [more] Onsend this story
More images from Scarlino: Carlo Borlenghi at Audi Melges 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 second gallery of images from the event:... [more] Onsend this story
Dragon and Telefonica Black lead Volvo up the Channel Volvo media, Leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race – the first of three legs, which takes the seven-strong fleet to the finish in St Petersburg, Russia, later this month, has started with a bang... [more] Onsend this story
Bertarelli and Jones take podium places Alinghi D35s at Geneva-Rolle Alinghi media, Alinghi SUI1, helmed by Ernesto Bertarelli and Alinghi SUI6, helmed by Murray Jones (NZL) fought their way onto the podium today in what were survival conditions on Lake Geneva. Gusts of up to 25knots made the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva race a two hour 23 minute sprint with Okalys-Corum, helmed by Loick Peyron, missing out on the record by just four minutes... [more] Onsend this story
Christoph Burger on Odlo takes gold in Swiss 5.5metre class Juerg Knauffman, Christoph Burger from the host Thunersee Yacht Club has won the International 5.5m IC Swiss Championship sailed on Lake Thun, Switzerland. As usual, the Thunersee Yacht Club, provided perfect organization and infrastructure during the International Swiss Championship of 5.5mIC in which 24 boats from six nations (AUT, BAH; GER; NED; NOR; SUI) were competed.... [more] Onsend this story
Zim Sailing enters as new competition in the small One-Design Sailboat Bobby Martin, Zim Sailing emerges as the country's third independent full-service small one-design sailboat manufacturer, specializing in production of Optimist and Club 420 dinghies.... [more] Onsend this story
Foiling yacht now favorite to win Bol d'or on Lake Geneva Juerg Knauffman, Thomas Jundt, Antoine Ravonel and Eric Gobet have won their first major regatta on board their spectacular hydrofoils 18'footer Mirabaud LX, winning the 32 Miles return-course between Geneva and the town of Rolle in 3 hours 43.... [more] Onsend this story
More images of the Volvo fleet at high speed in squall 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
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
Images from the Emerald Isle - Leg 8 from Galway Bay Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson, More images from the start of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race at Galway Bay, Ireland... [more] Onsend this story
Rambler first to finish Annapolis to Newport Race Chip Thayer, Annapolis to Newport Race - Rambler finished at 09:16:06 for an elapsed time of 44 hr 36 min 06 sec. The course record held by Carrera is 42:58:12.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Wipeout, bruises and bumps Event Media, Leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race – the first of three legs, which takes the seven-strong fleet to the finish in St Petersburg, Russia, later this month, has started with a bang. It was a highlight for the Green Dragon team, who led the fleet round the Fastnet Rock late last night. They timed and executed their gybe perfectly whilst flying thief masthead spinnaker.... [more] Onsend this story
Paolo Cian wins Korea Match Cup Guy Nowell ww.sail-world.com/asia, Pablo Cian of Italy faced Ian Williams of Britain in the final of the Korea Match Cup and after a wait for sufficient wind, got off to an early lead, winning the first race. The second race saw Williams lead off the line to equalise, but the third and deciding race for the Korea Match Cup title was won by Cian, who collected a US$60,000 cheque... [more] Onsend this story
'Softly, softly' for the new Korea Match Cup champion Guy Nowell, WMRT Media, The crews went into the pre-start walking on eggshells. There just wasn't enough wind to allow fireworks, so 'softly, softly' was the order of the day, gentle wide-radius turns, keeping everything as smooth as possible until both boats hit the line together for a split-tack start with Cian going to the right... [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
Letter from the Indies: Rio Dulce and Guatemala Andrea and Ian Treleaven, Andrea and Ian Treleaven finish their tales for the season of sailing in the Caribbean in their yacht Cape Finisterre: Our entrance over the shallow sandbar into the Rio Dulce is unexpectedly dramatic and the captain's blood pressure rises. Twelve yachts assume the spring high tide to be enough water to cross but three of us don't make it.... [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
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
Bliksem USA-169 leads Melges 32 Sailing Series - 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
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
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