Alinghi Spycam and more- all the latest sailing news




09 Jul 2009


Major Events


Alinghi takes to the air,we have spycam, RC44's, Finn Gold Cup, F18's, Star Europeans, ORC- its all happening.

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The Sail-World Team

America's Cup Spycam - Alinghi launch

With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Stayed tuned for the latest on the road to the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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Alinghi lift and splash in Geneva
Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
At 16:00 this afternoon, Alinghi 5, the Swiss America's Cup Defender's new catamaran, was lifted out of the tent where it was built in Villeneuve, Switzerland, and into the air by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter, the biggest and most powerful in the world, to be launched on Lake Geneva.... [more]
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Impressive RORC fleet bound for St Malo
Lou Habib,
There will be quite a spectacle off Cowes Green at midday this Friday; the biggest RORC fleet of the season will be jostling for position along the Yacht Squadron line, approximately 1,500 competitors will be on board, eager to race.... [more]
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Artemis early leader at Malcesine RC44 Cup
RC44 media,
Can anyone stop Dean Barker in Malcesine? The kiwi sailor is unbeaten after three matches. The Series got underway just after lunch, once the Ora (the local thermal breeze) had established itself with enough stability to allow fair matches. There was no time for warming up, or observing the opposition.... [more]
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Dorset Schools Regatta in Weymouth at WPNSA
Katie Doerr,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) will be playing host to the Dorset Schools Regatta funded by The Chesil Trust and run by SailLaser, on Thursday 9th July.... [more]
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Two challenging races on Day One of Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
The Dragon Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, got underway today in excellent style. The 27 strong fleet from across the UK, Ireland, France and the USA. Racing today took place in a shifty northerly wind that ranged from 12-18 knots giving the teams plenty to think about and lots of gears to change.... [more]
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Brits still ahead at 2009 Star Class European Championships
Andreas Kling,
After five races at the 2009 Star Class European Championships for Rolex Baltic Week the cream of the Star fleet are showing their class. Day 3 of the Rolex Baltic Week on the Kiel Fjord, northern Germany, brought cloudy skies and showers on Wednesday (8 July). The gusty, shifty conditions which have characterized the event so far continued with south-westerly breezes shifting up to 20 degrees.... [more]
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New leader in fight for World Match Racing Tour crown
WMRT media,
Match Cup Sweden signified the half way stage of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour. The new leaders are the French Match Racing Team of Mathieu Richard. Adam Minoprio's (NZL) ETNZ/Black Match team lost the top spot after failing to gain point at Match Cup Sweden.... [more]
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Dan Slater (NZL) leads Finn Gold Cup from Railey (USA) and Scott (GBR)
Robert Deaves,
After day three in Vallensbaek there is a new leader at the Finn Gold Cup. Dan Slater (NZL) heads the leader board but on the same points as Zach Railey (USA). Ed Wright (GBR) moves up to third. Race wins on Wednesday went to Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) and Marin Misura (CRO).... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta NOR published
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Notice of Race for the 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta has been now published and is available on the regatta's official website at The regatta will take place from 28 November to 5 December 2009, with 5 days of sailing, one reserve day, 2 registration days and six social functions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Steve Clark on Bows, Stress and Weight
Richard Gladwell,
Over the past two days, the sailing world has glimpsed some of the most advanced sailing technology ever seen. Sail-World asked multihull and high performance sailing guru, Steve Clark for his take on the two giant multihulls what he believes to be the issues the designers must resolve to win in February.... [more]
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Rogerson off on Round Britain & Ireland Solo Non-Stop Record Attempt
Ben Rogerson Racing,
Ben Rogerson set off on his Round Britain and Ireland Solo Non-Stop Record Attempt, from the dock at Shepard's Wharf, West Cowes on the Isle of Wight just after 0830 hrs BST today 08 July 2009 and started his run up to the Royal Yacht Squadron Start Line at 0900 hrs BST.... [more]
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Three new skippers join Malbon at Artemis Ocean Racing
Tim Kelly,
Artemis Ocean Racing aims to promote British short-handed sailing talent, through a team structure that recruits skippers for particular periods and events. Three new British sailors, Nick Bubb, Sam Davies and Ollie Bond, have joined Jonny Malbon in the Artemis Ocean Racing Team for the next six months to the end of the current programme... [more]
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Warnemünder Woche final report
Jon Emmett,
71 Sailors from 12 countries travelled to Warnemünder Woche 4-7/7/09 for the final event before the Radial Europeans where measurement starts on 9/7/09.... [more]
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J/105 2009 UK National Championship
Paul Griffiths,
The J105 UK Class Association held their 2009 National Championships over the weekend of 4/5 July. The racing was close: classic, unbeatable one design racing at its best. Four boats won individual races.... [more]
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F18 North Sea Championship results,
The F18 North Sea Championship were sailed this past weekend. 62 Teams entred the event, many of who will be competing at the F18 World Championship.... [more]
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Another Nod's wins Lyver Trophy 2009
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club and Royal Dee Yacht Clubs Lyver Trophy race sponsored by was held on Friday July 3rd. A fleet of 26 yachts ranging from a 24 ft GK 24 to a Beneteau 50 were on the start line at 20 00 BST for the '100 mile' RORC race and Fastnet qualifier to Howth Ireland.... [more]
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Team Boskalis (NED) to defend F18 World Title in Belgium
Diana Bogaards,
Team Boskalis (NED) defends the F18 World Title in Knokke/Belgium. Current World Champion Coen de Koning lines up with his new crew Thijs Visser. They will also experience fierce competition from their own team mates Hugh Styles (GBR) and Ferdinand van West (NED).... [more]
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Laser Masters UK National Championships
Glyn Purnell,
The Laser Masters UK National Championships 2009 event took place over the extended weekend of 3rd – 5th July. The event was the first of three qualifying events for the World Masters Championships to be held in the UK in 2010 and this no doubt encouraged an entry of 123 boats.... [more]
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Groupama 3 on stand-by for North Atlantic record attempt
Cammas/Groupama media,
It's today, 7th July, that sees the start of the period of stand-by for Groupama 3 in her attempt at the North Atlantic record. In Gateway Marina, at the entrance to the port of New York, Groupama Team's shore crew has finished preparing the maxi trimaran.... [more]
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Bill Hardesty wins Dragon South Western Championship
Fiona Brown,
The twenty-four crews competing in the Dragon South Western Championship sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club from 5-7 July 2009, enjoyed three days of challenging and closely fought sailing with eight of the ten scheduled races being completed... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - latest images - Fitting the Boards

With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Stayed tuned for the latest on the road to the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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Star European Champions 2009 - Day Two: Triple-Tie of Olympic Stars
Andreas Kling, Rolex Baltic Week,
The 2009 Star European Championships at Rolex Baltic Week were always going to be a tightly fought contest, but after two days of racing the leader board is tied three ways, with all three 2008 Olympic medallists scoring one race win apiece and equal nine points.... [more]
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Giles Scott second at 2009 Finn Gold Cup after Day 2
Robert Deaves,
After two races sailed in a moderate southerly, Zach Railey (USA) has taken the lead at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark. The first race went to Giles Scott (GBR), leading from start to finish, while the second race in a stronger breeze was won by Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN) in the closing stages as the very tight leading group surfed to the finished line.... [more]
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Team Jelik joins Malcesine RC 44 Cup fleet
RC 44 Class media,
The fourth regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 starts Wednesday on Lake Garda. The RC 44 fleet welcomes Frank Pong and his new Team Jelik, from Hong Kong.... [more]
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Edinburgh confirmed entry in Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race
Clipper media,
Edinburgh has been confirmed as an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital will be one of ten identical, stripped down 68-foot racing yachts competing in the event, each of which will be sponsored by an international city, region or country.... [more]
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2009 ISAF Youth Worlds - Young British Team geared up and ready to go
Karenza Morton,
RYA Youth Racing Manger Duncan Truswell is urging his young charges to 'enjoy and learn' as 10 of Britain's up-and-coming sailors headed for Brazil yesterday (Monday 6 July) to represent RYA Volvo Team GBR at the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships.... [more]
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Royal Southern Summer Series and Grand Soleil UK Trophy
Lucy Burn,
The third of the Royal Southern Summer Series weekends will take place on the 18th and 19th July. The IRC and Level Racing classes will enjoy two races each day, whilst the J/80, SB3 and SBR classes will have up to three races each day. The J/109 class will race under one-design class rules on Saturday and have up to three races as part of their multi-race day series.... [more]
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Spithill in form before Women's World Match Racing Championship
Lysekil Women's Match media,
The prestigious regatta Match Cup Sweden at Marstrand last week was the big build up event for eight of the 12 teams competing in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil, in Sweden... [more]
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Sevenstar title sponsor for Round Britain and Ireland Race
J2 Communications,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce Sevenstar as the title sponsor of the non-stop race around Britain and Ireland to be called the ‘Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.... [more]
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Women's Open Keelboat Championship - Espada wins the crown
WOKC media,
The second Women's Open Keelboat Championship drew to a close on Sunday 5th of July after two great days on the water and a fantastic Frocks and Flipflops party.... [more]
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Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 15th – 21st August 2009
Mark Barnes,
Merlin Rocket Class Association and with 54 boats already entered, it looks to be a great event as long as the weather plays ball. The Merlin Rocket Class Association and Whitstable Yacht Club are pleased to announce that Shepherd Neame have come on board as Title Sponsor for this year's National Championships.... [more]
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Andrew Mills second at Finn Gold Cup 2009 after Day 1
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup Day One - Two testing races sailed off Vallensbaek Harbour near Copenhagen in Denmark were completed Monday with virtually all the favourites picking up a discard. Race wins went to Bryan Boyd (USA) and Dan Slater (NZL), though Rafal Szukiel (POL) was the most consistent and leads overnight.... [more]
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Percy and Simpson second after Day 1 Star Class 2009 Europeans
Andreas Kling,
Rolex Baltic Week and the Star Class 2009 European Championships - the competition was always going to be hot. Second placed crew Andrew Simpson said: 'It was a really tough race today, very shifty and much more wind than we expected. We felt like one year ago in Qingdao with all the Olympic medalists fighting each other. But also the Japanese sailed a clever race with easy decisions.'... [more]
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Go for Rogerson's 6.50m Round Britain and Ireland Record Attempt
The support team (including Brian Thompson - Open 60 Vendee Globe Skipper) has today confirmed to Ben Rogerson that he has a Green Light for a start of his Mini Transat 6.50m Round Britain and Ireland Record Attempt, supporting the charitable organisation 'Toe in the Water'... [more]
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2009 Mirror UK National Championship and World Championship update
Justin Chisholm,
Entries for this month's 2009 Mirror UK National and World Championships hosted by Pwllheli Sailing Club in North Wales, reached one hundred entries. The 2009 Championship has attracted a truly world class fleet with a large UK entry augmented by visiting teams from Ireland, South Africa, Canada and Australia.... [more]
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