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25 Jun 2009

Major Events


As the Two Ronnies used to say, "in a packed programme tonight", it seems as if this newsletter takes a trip around the world - not to mention Around the Island (in this case, the Isle of Wight).

Frank Pong's Team Jelik is squaring up to do battle on Lake Garda in the RC44 series, and all the way from New Zealand comes news that Louis Vuitton will likely be running a Pacific Series v2.0 in Hong Kong. The event is Auckland was such a resounding success and proved so popular with all the would-be AC Challengers looking for a regatta that some more of the same is a no-brainer. As Sail-World's New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell, said at the time – “if you want a good America's Cup, just give the job to Bruno Trouble.” Now word is out that LV are looking at a regatta in Hong Kong, with maybe follow-ups in Auckland, South Africa and Newport RI. Mouth-watering stuff... let's hope it all comes to pass.

The wind has been “iffy”, to put it mildly, at Kiel, and Team Russia may or may not race the last leg of the VOR into St Petersburg (although, having stopped racing way back in Cape Town, “what's the point?” might be an apt question). After knocking at the door for a couple of years, Torvar Mirsky and his crew have finally landed a Big One in the shape of the Troia Portugal Match Cup – although the other young blade on the WMRT circuit, Adam Minoprio, is still at the top of the WMRT rankings after four events.

And there's more. Pour the coffee, tune in, drop out, and catch up on the sailing week so far.

Frank Pong's Team Jelik joins RC 44s for Malcesine Cup
RC44 Association media,
The RC 44's are at home on Lake Garda. Altogether, ten teams will compete for the Malcesine Cup. Teams are joined for the first time Frank Pong's Team Jelik, from Hong Kong, who has yet to announce the name of his pro-skipper.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Final decision pending on Louis Vuitton World Series
Richard Gladwell,
An final decision is still pending on an extension of the highly successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, which will introduce a new world series of sailing regattas using America's Cup class yachts. Already several meetings have been held with 12 teams from 10 countries being present at one discussion. A second meeting was held in Marseilles during the recent Audi Med... [more]
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Sneak preview of Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 50 leaving Santa Cruz Harbor
Rich Carlson images/,
A sneak preview of the Pegasus 50 motoring out of Santa Cruz Harbor on Monday evening around 7:30 on route to Los Angeles for the start of the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii.... [more]
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Mitch Booth to helm BT Extreme 40 at iShares Cup in Hyeres
BT media,
BT Extreme 40 regular driver, Darren Bundock, has been forced to step down for Round 2 of the iShares Cup in Hyères due to torn knee ligaments. Mitch Booth, will take the BT helm for this challenging round over the 3rd to 5th July.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre: Skippers use Solitaire du Figaro as preparation
Vendee Globe media,
Five skippers from the last Vendée Globe – and among them some of the top names – have decided to do battle this summer in the one design monotype series in the fortieth 'Solitaire du Figaro'. They all lined up for the start of the last Vendée Globe and will all be back together again on 30th July at the start of the Figaro in Lorient.... [more]
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Fight for Inmarsat Media prize at Volvo Ocean Race
Shireen Crowe,
Inmarsat Media Prize awarded to Telefonica Blue at Volvo ocean race prize giving is Stockholm this Monday evening. On the MCM leaderboard Deppe and Morin have eight and seven points respectively as they go into the final leg. Deppe has three wins and five nominations, Morin has two wins and five nominations.... [more]
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Finn Focus at Kiel Day 4 - Ed Wright in third place and chasing hard
Robert Deaves,
The medal race for the Finn class at Kiel Week couldn't be closer. A mere eight points separate the top six boats. Tuesday was day four at Kiel and with just one race on the board from Saturday's decidedly up and down race, the fleet was keen to get going. So much so that seven boats were pulled out of the first race on Tuesday with black flags.... [more]
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Finn focus at Kiel Day four - Karpak leads a chasing pack
Robert Deaves,
The medal race for the Finn class at Kiel Week couldn't be closer. A mere eight points separate the top six boats. Tuesday was day four at Kiel and with just one race on the board from Saturday's decidedly up and down race, the fleet was keen to get going. So much so that seven boats were pulled out of the first race on Tuesday with black flags.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Russia's racing bid hangs in the balance
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Russia arrived in Stockholm in the latest stage of their bid to qualify for a return to racing. Discussions are currently going on between the team and the race organisation to ascertain what needs to be done before the boat is given the go-ahead to end its self-imposed suspension and return to racing.... [more]
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Women's Match Racing - Rolex Osprey Cup NOR posted online
Dana Paxton,
The Notice of Race for the 2009 Rolex Osprey Cup has been posted by organizers St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.) to the event website The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 1 match racing regatta – scheduled for October 20-24 – annually attracts the world's top women sailors... [more]
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GP42 Global Cup Puerto Calero announced
The GP42 Class, World Sailing Management, and Puerto Calero are pleased to announce that the 2009 GP42 Class Global Championship will be held over 13-17 October at the Club de Mar Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.... [more]
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Wind at last for Kiel Week
A beautiful day in Kiel and all eleven fleets were back out on the water in Kiel today to complete their qualifying series' before the final Medal Races tomorrow.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds set to start in Porto Cervo
Jill Campbell,
Twenty six Farr 40 yachts representing 10 nationalities (Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany,Greece,Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States) are ready and waiting for tomorrow's start in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Windward-leeward races will take place from June 24th to 27th with a maximum of ten races scheduled... [more]
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And then there was one - Portimão Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Global Ocean Race - one competitor remains at sea: Michel Kleinjans on Open 40, Roaring Forty. After 18 days of racing from Charleston, South Carolina, Michel Kleinjans is currently sailing into a very busy shipping area as commercial and private vessels enter and exit the Mediterranean via the Strait of Gibraltar 160 miles south-east of Portimão.... [more]
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Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes to hold Swan European Regatta 2009
Cailah Leask,
Cowes has once again been chosen by Nautor's Swan as the racing destination for the Swan European Regatta 2009. Five days of racing organised by the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron on varied courses around the Solent from Saturday 11th July to Friday 17th July has already attracted 40 entries from over nine different nations including Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the USA.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race timetable set for 2010-2011 race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, presided over the fourth and final 'Roundtable' session in Stockholm on Monday morning. Frostad stated the goal of the organisers of the race is to 'become the world's number one sailing event; that's our ambition.'... [more]
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Can Team Russia be ready for the last leg of Volvo Ocean Race?
Riath Al-Samarrai,
Team Russia are on their way to Stockholm with the intention of taking part in the leg 10 sprint to their home port of St Petersburg, Russia. In the meantime, they have largely changed their management and crew and they now face a difficult task in being declared eligible to race.... [more]
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Less wind and more Match Racing - another tough day at Kieler Woche
Another day of light winds has upset the schedule of the 127th Kieler Woche, and only three fleets were able to complete races today. Once again, it was only the Women's Match Racing event which was able to start this morning. The 49er and the 2.4 mR with two and three races were the only other Classes which could sail today.... [more]
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Caffari and all female crew break around Britain and Ireland record
Kelly Russell,
Caffari and her all female crew, including fellow British yachtswoman and Vendée Globe race rival Samantha Davies, completed the course around Britain and Ireland in 6 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds – 17 hours and 16 minutes ahead of the previous record set in May 2004 onboard Solune.... [more]
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More images from the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Ingrid Abery images,
More images from photographer Ingrid Abery from the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. [more]
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Images from the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery has sent these images from the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Oman Sail Masirah took line honours and was the first Extrem 40 to finish the race. ICAP Leopard completed the race as the fastest monohull.... [more]
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BlackMatch still top of the World Tour after a second in Portugal
BlackMatch racing Media,
BlackMatch Racing report on the final day of the Troia Portugal Match Cup: 'Following yesterdays extremely tough quarter final win against Peter Gilmour, we again didn't make life easy on ourselves today in the semi final against the current World Champion Ian Williams and after winning our way through to the final, we lost to a rampant Torvar Mirsky.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo races across the Pacific for 2009 Sydney to Hobart
Edward Rowe,
‘Alfa Romeo' and its skipper, Neville Crichton, are literally racing across the Pacific Ocean to take part in the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. Crichton, who won the 2002 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race and the 2003 Fastnet race, and ‘Alfa Romeo', which came second in the 2005 Hobart are taking part in the USA's oldest and longest ocean race, the TransPac, from Los Angeles to Hawaii.... [more]
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Crews jet in for Hobie challenge
Fiji Times Online,
Overseas crews are flying in to Fiji to compete in the Air Pacific South Pacific Hobie Champion-ships and the Suzuki Fiji Hobie Challenge. Amongst the entries are past and current Hobie world champions, and the regatta will include some of Fiji's most experienced sailors.... [more]
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Aviva on track to smash monohull speed record
Aviva Ocean Racing Team,
Dee Caffari and her all female crew aboard Aviva have the record for sailing around Britain and Ireland firmly in their sights as they passed the Scilly Isles Sunday morning.... [more]
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Mirsky beats Minoprio to win Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
In only their second full season on the World Match Racing Tour, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team of Kinley Fowler, Kyle Langford, Tudur Owen, and Graeme Spence have claimed their first win at the Troia Portugal Match Cup.... [more]
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Telefonica Blue bounces back in Stockholm In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
After an extremely disappointing leg nine, which saw second overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 slip away when Telefónica Blue ran aground and had to return to Marstrand for emergency repairs, Bouwe Bekking and his men made a remarkable comeback today.... [more]
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