Do yourself a favour - scan through the images of the Volvo boats as they left Galway and rounded the end of Ireland and kept going south and west... for those traitorous souls who thought that the VOR was all getting a bit ho-hum, believe your eyes - it's not.
We are also hearing rumours that the Galway stopover was absolutely the best port call of the whole race, and unlikely to be surpassed. Must be something to do with the 24-hr Guinness and all that Irish 'craic'.
We have news of a wooden boat from the Philippines readying for a circumnavigation, the best semi-finals day imaginable at the Korea Match Cup (stand aside, AC, this was MUCH more exciting), and a wrap on the Samui Regatta.
Time for another cup of coffee...
Volvo fleet in high speed downwind dash to Marstrand Volvo media, There is a lot to be happy about in the Ericsson camp today. Ericsson 4 got the better side of a big wind shift, which propelled her up the order to take over first position in leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race, while Ericsson 3 recorded the fastest time in the ‘Rotterdam Gate Race'... [more] Onsend this story
Sentosa Optimist Open Championship - Day 1 Sean Lee & Daniella Ng - Former Optimist sailors, This is the first year that the Sentosa Optimist Open Championship is so diverse with sailors coming from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece and Singapore! The race committee managed to squeeze one short race in light winds of not more than five knots.... [more] Onsend this story
It's Official: UN declares 'World Oceans Day' for June 08 Nancy Knudsen, It didn't get the locals all steamed up around my way, but it's a start. The United Nations has declared June 8th as World Oceans Day, and organisations world wide are being encouraged to celebrate the day to preserve our oceans. Maybe World Oceans Day will make more of a 'splash' in 2010.... [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
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
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
'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
Butuan boat ready to circumnavigate the world Striker_Jem, On June 5 after 40 days of construction, the now famous Balanghai (pronounced as Ba-la-ngay) Boat is complete, and will soon be transferred to Manila Bay on June 12, 111th Independence Day Celebration, after it finally sets sail on June 24 in time for the Araw ng Maynila.... [more] Onsend this story
Neil Pryde and Samui children share Regatta honours Peter Cummins, Bangkok Post, The last day of the five-day Eighth Sawadee.com Regatta dawned clear with a moderate south-westerly wind and that continued the week-long pattern which had only been broken by the disruptions which impinged on the abandoned Round Samui long-distance race for major classes on Friday.... [more] Onsend this story
Winners are grinners, Koh Samui Regatta – wrap AsianYachting.com, Although there was a lull in proceedings yesterday, normal service was resumed today and two races saw the successful completion of the Sawadee.com Regatta- the 8th Samui Regatta and the 2008-09 Asian season. Several outstanding individual performances were rewarded by leading the overall class standings...... [more] Onsend this story
Shocking day for BlackMatch as a rampant Paolo Cian fights back BlackMatch Racing Media, BlackMatch Racing report from their final day of the Korea Match Cup: 'Going into the day with a 2 nil advantage and only needing a single victory to reach the semi final, we faced a fired up Paolo Cian who came out fighting, managing 3 straight victories in the very light and shifty conditions. It was a complete turnaround... [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
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
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
Singapore National 420, Byte and Laser champs - Day 5 Dawn Liu, SingaporeSailing, The wind finally ran out of steam on the last day of racing, with the final race being held in the light airs Singapore tends to be famous for. Some excellent sailing was seen especially by most of the race leaders on all courses; all but one of yesterday's leaders managed to keep their positions.... [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
Pendragon VI launched in Auckland Nigel Price, Nigel Price sent these images of the new Pendragon VI, a Laurie Davidson design for US West Coast based owner, John MacLaurin, who has been a long time supporter of the New Zealand designer. Pendragon VI was built at Ian Franklin Boatbuilders in Christchurch. Construction is of pre preg carbon over a Nomex core. The boat was shipped to Auckland for launching and rigged by Southern Spars... [more] Onsend this story
Minoprio gets into his stride. Korea Match Cup 2009. James Boyd, WMRT Media, 'Today everything seemed to click into place,' beamed the 24 year old Kiwi as he stepped ashore on the brand new pontoons at Jeongok Marina. 'We were feeling very comfortable in the boat and all the calls I was getting back from the guys were accurate. Our time and distance was right on, so I think we just sailed a very good day.'... [more] Onsend this story
Halfway-round-the-island-race at Koh Samui AsianYachting.com, Despite some skeptics making dire predictions about holding a round-the-island race, the race organisers decided to go ahead anyway. The slower boats in the Premier and Multihull classes took the option of starting early and the bulk of the fleet got away at the scheduled 10:00am starting sequence. But the 20 knots of wind that we experienced over the first few days of racing has deserted us... [more] Onsend this story
Thailand 1-2 at Singapore Byte CII Nationals Dawn Liu, SingaporeSailing, In the invitational Byte CII fleet, both gold and silver medals are successfully sewn up by Supakon Pongwichean and Jittiwa Thanawitwilat respectively, both from Thailand. Coming in first place for race ten, the former made it impossible for any other competitors in the fleet to upset his position.... [more] Onsend this story
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