Regional and international sailing news




10 Aug 2009

Major Events


Loads of stories here - from the Copa del Ray to the start of the Fastnet, to the Moth Worlds and Laser Worlds, it's been an action-packed few days. BMW 'flew' across the water at San Diego, and Alinghi 'flew' across the Alps. Wow.

Keep reading! Keep sailing!

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia

Entries now open for 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta will take place 28 November – 5 December 2009, off Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand, and already entries are coming in. The online entry system allows skippers to complete entry and payment online with a secured facility, and thus minimise the time needed to register at the opening weekend.... [more]
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1st Superyacht Singapore Conference launched
Superyacht Singapore Media,
The Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA) has today launched its initial conference programme for the 1st Asia Superyacht Conference to be held in Singapore on October 13-14 2009. The conference, sponsored by MTU, features over 20 international speakers from 12 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, the USA and the UK.... [more]
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2009 Rolex Fastnet Race start images,
Italian yachting photographer Carlo Borlenghi was in a helicopter above the Solent for the start of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing flies in the breeze off San Diego
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The BMW Oracle Racing team put BOR90 through her paces off San Diego, this time apparently in full race mode and in a reasonable breeze, with her foils fully deployed. Sir Russell Coutts was also sailing.... [more]
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2009 Rolex Fastnet Race - Spinnaker start
Rolex Media,
Morning dockside rumours of delays and divisions of boats having to kedge on the start line were roundly proven wrong as the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet, as well as spectators along the Cowes shoreline, enjoyed a magnificent, colourful spinnaker start.... [more]
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Poland takes World Laser Radial title with race to spare
Linda Parrish,
Mens World Champion decided. Marcin Rudawski of Poland again showed his dominance in this fleet with two bullets today and need not sail tomorrow to be world champion. Sunshine, 14 to 18 knots of breeze, and choppy seas again greeted the sailors in Karatsu, Japan for the Laser Radial World Men and Youth Championship.... [more]
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Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre - Final day and winners decided
Event media/amended Al Constable,
Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. Bella Mente tried but Alfa Romeo was the fastest boat of the Mini Maxi fleet. The TP52 class provided no surprises, as Realstone Matador gave the rest of the fleet no chances. The X-41 class delivered some of the most exciting moments, and today was no exception.... [more]
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'Discover the Fun on Water' with China Cup
CCIR Media,
Bénéteau, Simpson Marine and China Cup International Regatta presented a relaxing Day of Discovery for some 60 distinguished guests such as luxury car owners, bankers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Participants couldn't hide their excitement for the newly discovered pleasure on water, which also reflected the growing demand for yachting and high-end coastal tourism in mainland China.... [more]
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Moth sailors take up the Speed Challenge
Michelle Slade,
Taking a break between the McLube Harken US Nationals and the CST Composite 2009 Moth World Championship which starts Monday, the Moth fleet gathered at Cascade Locks Marine Park on Saturday afternoon to wind up their flying sailing machines with racing distractions that don't count for points.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Final Day
Event media,
Cowes Week. Another fine and sunny day was predicted for the final day. The starts got away in just four to six knots of wind, and a building west-going tide. However, after 15:00 the sea breeze gradually built from the west to give 8-10 knots.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race attracts A-Class sailors
Event media,
The Rolex Fastnet Race this year has attracted A-list sailors from around the world, and the strongest international line-up of grand prix race yachts amongst the 300 boats setting sail from Cowes tomorrow, Sunday 9th August.... [more]
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2009 European Laser Championships - final results
Al Constable,
The 2009 Laser European Championships have just concluded in Lanskrona, Sweden. In the Laser Senior Trophy, which includes non-European sailors Olympic Gold medalist Paul Goodison (GBR) the 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist,finished ahead of Australia's Tom Slingsby, the 2007 and 2008 World Champion with Javier Hernandez (ESP) third.... [more]
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Szabo and Peters (USA) win the 2009 Star World Championship
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
George Szabo and Rick Peters (USA) won the 2009 Star World Championship with a third place finish in the final race of the series. Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert (BRA) won the race by a country mile and the Junior team from Argentina, Alejo Rigoni and Juan Pablo Percossi were second in the race.... [more]
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Images from Day 5 of the 28th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
MCC McCamp,
Today, Friday 7th of August, has been the fifth day of regatta, and again there were surprises: the maxi Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton / Ben Ainsley - NZL) was third and fourth in the two races of the day... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Ground Zero in Ras al-Khaimah
Sail-World received these images from Ras al-Khaimah taken just 24 hours ago. We are told they are of the area designated for the 33rd America's Cup infrastructure.... [more]
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Nathan Outteridge wins Moth US National Championship
Michelle Slade,
Competitors in the 2009 International Moth US National Championship were done racing and off the water by 1:30pm today, eager to either fix or prevent further breakages after a windy, shifty seven-race series. The Australian contingent flanked the top of the fleet.... [more]
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ICAP Leopard for Fastnet race
Pitch PR,
ICAP Leopard is set to tackle light winds in Rolex Fastnet Race. The 100ft super-maxi is set to take on the world-class fleet in this prestigious offshore race. During the last Fastnet Race, ICAP Leopard revelled in storm-lashed conditions to set a monohull course record of 1 day 20 hours 18 minutes 53 seconds, beating the previous record by nine hours. Since then, the boat has undergone a full... [more]
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Cowes Week Day Five
Mary Scott-Jackson,
The penultimate day of Cowes Week saw a return of the sun, and numerous closely-fought battles across a wide range of fleets. Although somewhat shifty and gusty, the north-westerly held good in the central Solent for most of the day, with 8-11 knots at the Bramble until almost 15:00. After this the strength became more erratic.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 flies over the Alps heading for Genova
Sail-World (JPJ),
At half past seven in Le Bouveret, photographers and TV crew board the RIBs that will take them close to Alinghi 5, for her first taste of the sea, at Genova, Italy. Meanwhile the Super Puma helicopter is lifting the mast from its cradle. The mast has been rigged with a small sail and chute so it will fly in alignment with the helicopter.... [more]
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Fastnet Race 2009: the 'sailors' crusade'
Kate Laven, Daily Telegraph,
For sailors whose bellies are filled with fire, the Rolex Fastnet Race is a box that must be ticked. If they have a new piece of kit, the classic race through the Irish Sea is like a burning crusade. Karl Kwok has flown in from Hong Kong with his latest Beau Geste, an 80-foot Farr-designed thoroughbred launched earlier this year in New Zealand.... [more]
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Star World Championship Day Five
Lynn Fitzpatrick -,
2009 Star World Championship. It was Robert Stanjek's and Markus Koy's (GER) turn to lead the 86-boat fleet around the race course. The rest of the fleet was well behind the leading cluster of five, but some of the boats that took a couple of hitches to the left up the final beat threatened to scramble the standings.... [more]
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America's Cup Measurement rules published by Swiss Defender
Richard Gladwell,
The simple measurement rules for the 33rd America's cup have been published ahead of the New York Supreme Court hearing on 10 August to consider the Customs House Registry issue. Societe Nautqiue de Geneve has defined a set of seven measurement rules for the Deed of Gift event.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger disputes venue, but suggests litigation limit
Richard Gladwell,
Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded to the venue announcement of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup, saying that in their view it does not comply with the decision of the New York Supreme Court.... [more]
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Racing 7,500 nautical miles Around Australia - ticks all the boxes!!
Ocean Events Media,
Invitations for yachts to make a slot reservation for the 7500 nautical mile ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race' were opened in late June 2009 and the interest from racing fleets has proven very strong.... [more]
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420 Worlds - Medal Race results
Jodie Bakewell-White/,
The Open and Women's 420 World Championships have concluded in Italy. New Zealand's latest sailing World Champions are Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbrich-Bacher.... [more]
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Changes at the top in World Match Racing Rankings
ISAF Media,
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio hits the top spot in the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings whilst French skipper Claire Leroy remains at 1 in the Women's Rankings but there are lots of other changes.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Security a major issue at 33rd America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
The car bombing on the Spanish island of Mallorca, a very popular sailing venue, staged just before the start of the 28th Copa del Rey Audi Sailing Cup, has bought the topics of terrorism and sailing into sharp relief.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Dana Paxton,
New York Yacht Club Invitational - while Newport is set along America's East Coast on Aquidneck Island, three of the visiting yacht clubs – Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club – also can claim their place as notable island yacht clubs tethered securely to the Corinthian spirit of competitive sailing.... [more]
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The superyacht crowd get that sinking feeling
Tara Loader Wilkinson, Wealth Monitor,
Superyachts are joining private jets and entering a lean period of sales and demand as the ultra-high net worth love affair with yachting is hit by the credit crunch. Laurent Perignon, director of marketing at yacht builder Camper & Nicholsons International, said: 'The overnight market collapse at the end of September 2008 triggered a change, and most probably an irreversible one, in the large-yac... [more]
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