18 footer drama, Alighi multihull - looks like a spider!




03 Jul 2009


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Today Sail-World has the latest scoop on Alinghi's new multihull.

18 footer actions –Rob Greenhalgh leads in Carnac which might be renamed Carnage if there is another day like today. We have lots of news and pix from the Bay of Quiberon.

World Match Racing champion Ian Williams crashed out of Match Race Sweden today.

Ireland's Rob Dowling is aiming for Guinness Book of Records – 48 hours on a GP14

Hayling Island and Largs will host the four events in the 2010 Laser Worlds between them.

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The Sail-World Team

Alinghi's America's Cup Defender reported to be 'spider-like'
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has been advised by normally reliable and knowledgeable persons who have seen Alinghi's new America's Cup Defender, and who have been briefed to a degree by Alinghi personnel. They report that the the new Alinghi multihull is, as expected a scaled up 'LeBlack' concept catamaran. ('LeBlack' being a 41ft multihull owned by Ernesto Bertarelli).... [more]
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18 footer Drama – Mark Foy Trophy at Carnac
Mason Woodworth,
Day 4 of the 18 footers Mark Foy championship, on Quiberon Bay, Carnac France, started after an hours delay under overcast skies and building wind. A small amount of rain was a fair price to pay for 15 knots of westerly wind. The drama that was to unfold today was not on the forecast.... [more]
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Williams bows out of Match Cup Sweden
WMRT media,
Fantastic racing conditions allowed the organizers of Match Cup Sweden, Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour, to complete the repechage round. It was a disappointing day for second placed Ian Williams (GBR) and his Bahrain Team Pindar. They were swept out of the repechage and out the World Championship point scoring zone.... [more]
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Busy time for Fastnet crews
Trish Jenkins,
With just under forty days to the start of the Fastnet on Sunday, 9 August, the 300 registered crews are hard at work completing their qualification miles and other prerequisites. The fleet is in excellent shape. With participants from sixteen different nations on the start-line, it will be an international gathering of the yacht-racing fraternity.... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup - Day 3
PWA Media,
PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup - Day 3. The defending champions were forced to sail with inspiration as freestyle is pushed to a new level here in Lanzarote. Upsets in the men's second single elimination have ignited a race for the event crown, and stand out performances by the women have shifted key contenders.... [more]
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More images from the 18ft skiffs Mark Foy Trophy - Carnac
Ingrid Abery images,
More Ingrid Abery action images from the Mark Foy Trophy for 18ft skiffs in Carnac, France. www.ingridaberyimages.com... [more]
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Images from the Mark Foy Trophy - serious 18ft action
Ingrid Abery images,
English photographer Ingrid Abery caputured these images from the day's action at the Mark Foy Trophy. Drama aplenty for the 18ft skiffs when the series leader SLAM was involved in an incident. Ingrid's website www.ingridabery.com... [more]
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2009 SEIKO 49er Speed Challenge
Jere Biehl,
Seiko, Velocitek and the 49er Class are collaborating to determine who the fastest 49er team is! Speed attempts will be held during the days surrounding the 49er Worlds and Europeans, culminating in the Sail for Gold event in Weymouth. Sailors will try to bet the time set by Simons Hiscocks and Rick Peacock in 2008 at 19.4 knots The new carbon mast and square top mainsail will be the equipme... [more]
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iShares Cup Hyères-TPM delivers the goods
iShares Cup media,
Today's practice races certainly delivered the goods ahead of the official start of the iShares Cup Hyères-TPM event tomorrow. The iShares Cup Raid – a ten mile sprint to the island of Porquerolles – saw a French victory as Erik Maris skipper of Luna snatched victory from James Spithill's BMW Oracle Racing after just 36 minutes of racing.... [more]
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National 12 Gill Series Event 4 and Summer Event report
Steve Sallis and Howard Chadwick,
There was a turnout of 20 boats for the fourth event of the Gill series held at Leigh and Lowton SC. There was racing and on Sunday morning a pursuit race was held with handicaps based on the age of the boats, meaning the oldest vintage boats started some ten minutes ahead of the latest double bottom designs.... [more]
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Laser designer appointed to the Order of Canada
Sail-World and Paul Henderson,
Ian Bruce (Montreal) designer of the International Laser class, was awarded the Order of Canada on Canada Day, 1st July. Bruce was one of 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Former President of ISAF, Paul Henderson described the award as a 'great honour for Ian and his beloved sport of Sailing.... [more]
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Dragon British Open titles - Edinburgh Cup - Falmouth
Fiona Brown,
Dragon sailors from the UK, Ireland, France and the USA are congregating in Falmouth this week in preparation for the Dragon South Western Championship and the Edinburgh Cup, awarded annually to the winner of the British Dragon Open Championship. Both events are sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and will be hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth from 4 to 11 July 2009.... [more]
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Countdown to 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
The 38th edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship will showcase the future stars of the sailing world at Buzios, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil from 9-18 July.... [more]
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Fireball Open Meeting at Shoreham Sailing Club
Tim Saunders,
The conditions that greeted the 27 Fireballs at the Open Meeting hosted by Shoreham Sailing Club over the weekend of 27th and 28th June were nothing short of perfect. For Saturday night, Shoreham SC put on their usual hospitality and the fleet was able to enjoy a few beers and a spit roast.... [more]
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Sodeb'O and Thomas Coville on stand-by for another record attempt
Kate Jennings translation,
Thomas Coville has announced his stand-by for an attempt to break his own solo North Atlantic record (New York – Lizard Point). On Friday 26th June, Thomas Coville and his Maxi-Trimaran Sodeb'O arrived in New York after a ten day delivery trip in crewed configuration.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy series – Carnac France
With two more wins in races three and four, Australian Grant Rollerson, with crew Jack Young and Michael Coxon have SLAM dunked their way to the lead in the Mark Foy Trophy series being sailed on the Quiberon Bay, Carnac France.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Battle for final two places in quarter final
WMRT Media,
The warm and sunny weather continued here in Marstrand, which brought spectators out in force today to watch the repechage round robin at Match Cup Sweden. As the crowd lounged in swim suits on the rocks overlooking the race area, eight teams fought hard to determine who would make it to the next stage, the Quarter Final round, where they will compete for a share of the 1,000,000 SEK total prize p... [more]
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iShares Cup Round 2 Practice session and speed run planned
iShares Cup media,
Ideal racing conditions look to be in place with consistent sea breeze in Hyeres - TPM for the second round of the iShares Cup. Warm-up races are planned tomorrow, including a 10-mile speed run to the beautiful island of Porquerolles and back.... [more]
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Down the Amazon in a bath tub, now 48 hours in a GP-14 dinghy
Al Constable,
Five years ago Dublin sailor Rob Dowling completed a marathon 24-hour sail, sponsored by his local club. Spurred on by its success, Rob then sailed solo, in a plastic bathtub down the Amazon River. Last year he completed a three-day 114-mile raft race, again down the Amazon in Peru.... [more]
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Cowes Harbour Commissioners increases support for Cowes Week
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Cowes Harbour Commissioners have agreed to offer Cowes Week Limited (CWL) and Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC) increased support for Cowes Week. Cowes Harbour Master and Chief Executive of CHC, Capt. Stuart McIntosh, reports that the Harbour Commission has agreed to a number of measures to support Cowes Week this year and also to assisting CWL and CCC in delivering their plans for 2010.... [more]
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Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association at the Southampton Boat Show
Colin Evans,
The craftsman of the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association are exhibiting on Stands B022 to B030 at the Southampton Boat Show. Modern wooden boatbuilding techniques produce boats that require as little or less upkeep as plastic production craft.... yet they look gorgeous, are environmentally friendly and have a smaller carbon footprint!... [more]
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First Six quarterfinalists at Match Cup Sweden
Tour Media, Marstrand, Sweden,
Day Two of Match Cup Sweden, stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour delivered beautiful weather, more spectators and more great match racing. Six of the eight quarter finalists have been decided.... [more]
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18 footers Mark Foy series Britain and USA lead
With three Australians sweeping the placings in the first race (respectively Grant Rollerson on Slam, John Winning Junior on Appliances Online and Jonathan Whitty on Panasonic), sailed in a very light wind, it seemed Australian domination way likely at the Mark Foy Trophy.... [more]
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Hayling Island and Largs to host 2010 Laser Worlds
Lindsey Bell,
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has won the right to bring the four regattas comprising the Laser World Championships to Great Britain in 2010.... [more]
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Strong entry for Lark Nationals - July 25-31
Titch Blachford,
A talented line up is already coming forward for the Lark National Championships to be held from Brixham Yacht Club over the week from 25th – 31st July.... [more]
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ISAF announces new ISAF Athletes' Commission line up
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is delighted to announce the ten sailors who have been elected to the ISAF Athletes' Commission. The Athletes' Commission members each represent one of the ten sailing events chosen for the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]
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Classic 12fter Nimble to celebrate 50 years of Interdominion racing
Neil Kennedy,
In association with the Auckland Sailing Club the Chairman of Trustees of the Auckland Traditional Boatbuilding School Robert Brooke has announced that a replica of Nimble the leading points scorer in the NZ team that competed in the inaugural event held on Sydney Harbour in 1957, is now under construction in the school workshop at the former Hobsonville Airbase.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 officially over

After nine months and nearly 40,000 nautical miles of racing, this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race has come to a close. On Sunday night in St. Petersburg, the final prizegiving was an opportunity to remember and celebrate all that has happened on this magnificent adventure.... [more]
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Tonnerre wins the Morgan Cup after battle with Cutting Edge
Louay Habib,
Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens, won their second RORC offshore race in a row winning the Morgan Cup, but Rob Lutener and Martin Elwood's TP52, Cutting Edge, came within a whisker of taking the top prize.... [more]
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RS Elite National Championship – Sean Maclean's convincing title win
Martin Wadhams,
The RS Elite Nationals concluded yesterday on Belfast Lough in more of the same 6 - 10 knot conditions and Scotland's Sean Maclean sailing with sons Donald and Ian sewed up the title in a totally convincing manner. Local Irish team of Simon Brien (a past Dragon champion), David Gomes and Qingdao Olympian Stephen Milne climbed back to second.... [more]
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Williams has good day at Match Cup Sweden
WMRT Media-Marstrand, Sweden,
Current World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) and the Bahrain Team Pindar crew had a solid start to Match Cup sweden and returned a 2-1 scorecard for the day. Also starting well was Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team. It was a good day for the French Teams with all four taking two wins.... [more]
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Shed a tear for Line 7
NBR/Sail-World Cruising,
If you have spent many a warm day or night thanks to Line 7 wet weather gear, you may want to shed a tear today. The future of the Line 7 Brand of wet weather gear and other clothes for sailors is now in doubt as the company went into receivership yesterday.... [more]
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Top Class fleet for 2009 Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
The form book is wide open going into next week's Finn Gold Cup at Vallensbæk, near Copenhagen in Denmark. With a different winner at each major European event so far this year, picking favourites is easy, but picking a winner would be a hard call.... [more]
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Denmark to host four international sailing events in 'Year of Sports'
Denmark Sailing media,
Denmark is gearing up for a busy summer sailing season at it hosts a series of leading international yachting events as part of the country's ‘Year of Sports 2009'. - Finn Gold Cup (3rd-11th July) - Laser Radial European Championship (9th-16th July) - EUROSAF Match Racing Open & Women European Championship (5th-9th August) - 470 World Championship (20th-29th August)... [more]
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Two yachts fighting to finish OSTAR 2009
Event media/Sail-World,
The 2009 edition of the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island started on the 25th May 2009. Two yachts Rubicon and Wind of Lorne are still racing and have over 350 miles still to go. They must finish by the 5th July in order to qualify for an official finish.... [more]
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Etchells South Coast Championships 2009
Laurence Mead,
A high quality fleet of Etchells sailed the UK South Coast Championships over the weekend of June 27th and 28th, hosted by the Royal Corinthian YC in Cowes.... [more]
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