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13 Aug 2009

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2009 Rolex Fastnet Race - Steady influx of finishers
Rolex event media,
2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. At the end of the afternoon, 17 boats have arrived including eight IMOCA 60s led by Sebastien Josse's BT IMOCA 60s, and including Volvo Ocean Race winner Mike Sanderson's Team Pindar... [more]

Battle for Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours glory
Lisa Ratcliff & Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009 will see an unprecedented gladiatorial contest for line honours. The 0.48 metre increase announced by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia twelve months ago might not seem like much but it's attracted the likes of Mike Slade's UK based Farr designed 100 foot maxi ICAP Leopard and Neville Crichton's New Zealand registered Reichel Pugh 100 footer Alfa Romeo.... [more]

International Optimist (IODA) World Championships: Teams Racing report
International Optimist (IODA) World Championships Team racing report. The 12 remaining teams, Malaysia, China, Argentina, Thailand, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Peru, Poland, Slovenia, Brasil and Greece left the shore earlier for what was to be the final day.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 Leg Three - Second night at sea
Sabina Mollert-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 Leg Three. The ‘Figaristes' Dilemma - Short Term Gain or Long-Term Profit ? The leg's second night at sea presented the second of its key strategic challenges: the all-important timing of the change onto port tack to cross the ridge of high pressure blocking the route to Ireland.... [more]

Alacati PWA World Cup Day Three - French again
John Skye,
Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup day three report. Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) continues to dominate and Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft) looks ever more likely to take the PWA slalom crown as she finishes day three counting a clinical score of straight wins.... [more]

Clipper 09-10 Round the World - The boxing kangaroo is back
Media Services,
Australia has been confirmed as an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, making it the third consecutive time the nation down under has fielded an entry in the biennial event. The yacht, named Spirit of Australia, complete with the iconic image of the boxing kangaroo emblazoned on her hull, will compete against nine identical stripped down 68-foot racing yachts in the 35,000 m... [more]

2009 Rolex Fastnet Race - First arrivals
Rolex media,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, Property developer Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard secured a second consecutive line honours victory in the early hours of this morning. Karl Kwok's brand new Farr 80, Beau Geste was second home, arriving in drizzly Plymouth at 03:25:03 GMT... [more]

Moth Worlds Day Two
Event media,
Day 2 of the CST Composites Moth Worlds, underway at Cascade Locks, Oregon and three races (Races 5-7), were sailed. Racing was postponed a short time due to light wind and the first race got underway about 11:30am... [more]

Gilles Martin-Raget's view of BMW Oracle Racing in San Diego
Gilles Martin-Raget,
One of the world's top sailing photographers, Gilles Martin-Raget was on assignment at the presentation of BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup challenger in San Diego. Enjoy his images of two of the icons of the America's cup - separated by 158 years of history.... [more]

America's Cup: BMW Oracle Racing presentation in San Diego
Darrall Slater,
Our thanks for Darrall Slater for getting out on the water, and providing these images of BOR90 sailing off San Diego, today at the official Presentation... [more]

Leopard takes line honours in Rolex Fastnet Race
Rolex Media,
On Wednesday 12th August at 01:09:36 BST ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line to take line honours in the prestigious Rolex Fastnet race for the second consecutive time. The 100ft super-maxi racing yacht, owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade, completed the 608 mile course in an elapsed time of 2 days, 11 hours, 9 minutes and 36 seconds.... [more]

2009 Rolex Fastnet Race update
RORC website/BT Team Ellen,
2009 Rolex Fastnet update. Mike Slade's 100ft Canting Keel Maxi ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line at the Plymouth Breakwater at 01:09:36 BST on Wednesday 12th August 2009 after 2 days, 11 hours, 9 minutes and 36 seconds elapsed time.... [more]

Moth World Championship Day Two - Images and results
ThMartinez images/Al Constable,
2009 CST Composites International Moth World Championships Day Two at Cascade Locks, Oregon USA. After seven races Nathan Outteridge (AUS 3456) leads Bora Gulari (USA 3281) by two points. Swiss sailor Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI 3387) has moved up into third place, ahead of Simon Payne (GBR) and Dalton Bergan (USA).... [more]

Fireball French Nationals, European and World Championships Preview
Tim Saunders,
Fireball French National, European and World Championships which will run between the 15th and 28th August. Around 100 Fireballs from Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK will contest two weeks of high quality racing, supported by excellent apres sail.... [more]

Finn 60th Anniversary Regatta
Robert Deaves,
Finn 60th Anniversary Regatta. Sixty years ago in 1949 the first Finn was launched there by its designer Rickard Sarby in his attempt to win a design competition to select the monotype dinghy for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.... [more]

2009 Melges 24 European Championship - Record entries
Justin Chisholm,
2009 Melges 24 European Championship hosted by the COYCH in Hyeres, France from August 23rd – 28th. Hyeres is firmly established as a favourite venue on the class's international circuit; a fact which has no doubt helped to attract competitors from than sixteen individual nations.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 3 - Navigation and tactics
Event media,
La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 3 - The calm conditions of the start gave way to a night requiring full attention on every skippers' part, as they made their way along the Breton coast towards the final mark of the course before the finish line in Dingle, the Cap Caval bouy off Penmarc'h Point.... [more]

Alacati PWA World Cup Day Two - French pair assert their authority
John Skye,
Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup - Day Two. Twenty to twenty five knot thermal winds here in Alaçati gave the race director the perfect chance to put the worlds best to the test. Three exciting races gave the results an interesting twist as the first discard came into play.... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing present team and America's Cup trimaran in San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
In the first official presentation of the team since becoming the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's Cup, team owner Larry Ellison thanked his team for their dedication and promised to leave no stone unturned in their quest for the America's Cup. See the video link in this story for the highlights of the presentation including Larry Ellison shooting from the hip on the venue and rules.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet 2009 - Stalking the Leopard
Rolex Media,
While a line honours victory for Mike Slade's 100ft super-maxi ICAP Leopard might seem obvious, the brand new Hong Kong 80-footer Beau Geste of Karl Kwok is closing on them. At 03:00 GMT this morning they were 35 miles behind and by 14:00GMT were only 24 miles astern. Over the course of the late morning and early afternoon the smaller boat was occasionally sailing three knots faster down the cours... [more]

2009 Rolex Fastnet Race - First of the IMOCA fleet rounds the Rock
Artemis Ocean Racing,
Artemis Ocean Racing rounded the famous Fastnet Rock at the head of the IMOCA 60 fleet in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2009. Artemis Ocean Racing is zipping along downwind towards the Scillies! We rounded the Rock at about 8 am in first position in the IMOCA fleet. We are very happy with this result so far.... [more]

2009 Rolex Fastnet Race - First around the Fastnet Rock
Trish Jenkins,
2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. At 00:26 GMT this morning Mike Slade's 100ft supermaxi ICAP Leopard was the first boat in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of southwestern Ireland... [more]

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visits Edinburgh Inspiring Capital
Heather Ewing - Clipper Ventures,
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Scottish capital's entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The crew and local dignitaries who had lined up on board Edinburgh Inspiring Capital were presented to His Royal Highness before he headed below decks for a tour of the boat, accompanied by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the race's founder and chairman.... [more]

Exercise Transglobe - Army leading on Leg 2
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
HMSTV Challenger (Army), skippered by Tony Houghton, TA, currently leads the Transglobe fleet on Leg 2, followed by HMSTV Discoverer (RAF), skippered by Jules Yeardley, a JSATSC staff skipper and HMSTV Adventure(Navy), skippered by Phil Brown, also a JSATSC staff skipper. All yachts are sailing well off the coast of Nouadhibou in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.... [more]

International Team Training access available in lead up to Olympics
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy announces International Team Training access. International teams will be able to make necessary training arrangements at the WPNSA through their Member National Authority as well as other organisations recognised by the International Sailing Federation.... [more]

Moth World Championships Day One - Outteridge leads
Michelle Slade,
2009 CST Composites Moth World Championships day one report. Racing was consistently tight at the top of the fleet with the top five finishers battling it out all day. Today's lighter air played well for boats, with few disabling breakages. Scott Babbage caught a DNF on Race 2, after his mast exploded as it hit the water on an unspectacular maneuver between races... [more]

2009 CST Composites International Moth World Championships Day One
Al Constable,
2009 CST Composites International Moth World Championships Day One and after two races Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Dalton Berger (USA) are both on four points... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro Leg Three start

The third leg of the 40th Anniversary edition of La Solitaire du Figaro got under way as scheduled at 13h00. Two skippers were a little too keen to get away, Nicolas Bérenger (Koné Elevators) and Thierry Chabagny (Suzuki Automobiles) the guilty ones this time, earning themselves individual recalls.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race - IMOCA 60 fleet in challenging conditions
Artemis Ocean Racing,
2009 Rolex Fastnet Race Artemis Ocean Racing today passed Land's End and was leading the fleet of IMOCA 60's. Artemis Ocean Racing claimed pole position at the front of the IMOCA 60 fleet as they rounded the foot of England and head West across the Irish sea to the Fastnet Rock.... [more]

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 - Nominations Invited
ISAF Media,
Nominations are now invited for the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. The nominees and winners since the first presentation in 1994 form an exceptional roll call of the world's top sailors from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]

Cowes Week 2009 - SB3 Fleet report
Katie Ashworth,
Cowes Week 2009 – According to the Laser SB3 Fleet. It's the racing that puts Cowes so high up the global sailing racing wish list. It's seriously on another level, kind of like play station but on difficulty 103.... [more]

Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day 1
© PWA / John Skye,
The 2009 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day 1. Race 1 kicked off at 2pm with a four-gybe downwind slalom course, in 25kts of wind. Most competitors selected sails around the 7.0-8.0 range and the racing was intense from the outset.... [more]

Fastnet fleet heads for the Rock
Rolex media services,
As expected the big boats have broken away with Mike Slade's 100-foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard, rounding Land's End at around 0930 GMT and by 1500 she was halfway to the Fastnet Rock turning mark.... [more]

Endeavour Quay - Comprehensive facilities for top race boats
Titch Blachford,
Endeavour Quay at Gosport operates an 'Open Yard Policy' and is one of the best performance yachting facilities in the UK. Under the management of Marina Projects, the this enables yacht owners and skippers to commission work themselves or call upon the services provided by their experienced staff and on site tenants.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing will rename BOR 90 as USA for America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing have confirmed that they do not have a second yacht under construction and that they will challenge with the trimaran, BOR90, which is again sea-trialling in San Diego after major modifications.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing flies in the breeze off San Diego - More images
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The BMW Oracle Racing team put BOR90 through her paces off San Diego, earlier today, this time apparently in full race mode and in a reasonable breeze, with her foils fully deployed. This is a second gallery of images from that session, and has some technically interesting aspects - including foil shape and the canting rig... [more]

2009 Soling European Championship to Germany
Matias Collins/amended ISAF,
Marinepool team from Germany of Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann are the 2009 Soling European Champions. Austrian Champions AUT 117 with Carl Auteried, Martin Kindler and Udo Moser were in the battle right to the end, winning the first race of the day and leaving everything to the last one... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race - Overnight conditions tricky to impossible
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race overnight conditions have ranged from tricky to impossible. The IMOCA 60s have been doing a good job to stay in contact with ICAP Leopard and this morning the two female skippers hold the top spots – Dee Caffari on Aviva, and Sam Davies and Sidney Gavignet on Artemis Ocean Racing – with Aviva 18 miles astern of the supermaxi.... [more]

World titles decided in Laser Radial Men and Youth Championships
Linda Parrish,
Marcin Rudawski of Poland won the men's championship with a day to spare. Ben Koppelaar nearly ruined his chances of second with an OCS in the first race today. However he kept calm and finished second in the next race to hold second by 4 points from Insub Kim of Korea. Giacomo of Italy left his run too late but can be pleased with his two wins today.... [more]

Multi Hobie European Championships concluded
Al Constable,
The 4th Multi Hobie European Championships in Gravedona, Italy concluded this past weekend.... [more]

International Optimist (IODA) Worlds - Malaysia leads
International Optimist World Championship - Mohamad Faizal Norizan (Malaysia) however continues to impress and is now eleven points clear of his nearest rival, Antoine Lefort (France) after five races.... [more]

Moth World Championship images
ThMartinez images/,
Thanks to Thierry Martinez for these images from the practice day before the start of the Moth World Championship at Cascade Locks, in Oregon USA.... [more]

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]

Images from first World Kiteboarding Championships - San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of presents this gallery of the first ever World Championships of Kiteboarding Course Racing, held in San Francisco... [more]

Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup preview
Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup preview. As the 2009 PWA slalom tour draws to an exciting climax, it's Alaçati that plays host to the worlds best. Alaçati is the penultimate round of the tough and varied PWA slalom tour. Following on from ruthless Canaries leg, Turkey offers contrasting racing conditions, with perfect flat water and gentle winds.... [more]

Team Pindar joins the Fastnet
Team Pindar media,
Team Pindar today joined a 300 strong fleet on the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, to commence the prestigious 608-mile Rolex Fastnet Race. Mike and his Team Pindar crew join a competitive fleet in the Open 60 class, including 2004-5 Vendee Globe winner Vincent Riou onboard Akena Verandas and Seb Josse onboard BT IMOCA 60, who together won the class in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet onboard PRB.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 3 preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 3. With 120 miles more distance than in the last leg, and some tricky obstacles to negotiate, the 485 mile passage from St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie to Dingle in South-West Ireland could easily deliver a radical shake-up to the closely contested rankings.... [more]

Mike Perham, two weeks from the record books
Nancy Knudsen,
While Zac Sunderland seems to be on a non-stop speaking tour after the circumnavigation which made him the youngest sailor every to solo circle the world, British teen Mike Perham has cleared the shipping lanes off the coast of the United States which kept him sleepless, and is headed straight for Portsmouth, home and the breaking of Zac's record, being 102 days younger than the Californian sailor... [more]

Two-Handed Fastnet for BT
BT media,
Sébastien Josse and Jean-Francois ‘Jeff' Cuzon took the start of the 2009 Fastnet race today at 1200 BST on board the BT IMOCA 60. They made their intentions clear from the start – approaching the northern-end of the start line off the Royal Yacht Squadron with the right downwind sail configuration and in good time, BT were soon leading the 10-boat IMOCA 60 fleet.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race 2009 start images,
Italian yachting photographer Carlo Borlenghi was in a helicopter above the Solent for the start of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]

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]

RS500 European Championship final day
Debbie Darling/Al Constable,
Report from the Allen RS500 European Championship final day, sailed on Lake Garda, Italy and hosted by the Acquafresca Yacht Club. Alex Taylor and Bryan Mobbs had already won the regatta the previous day with a race to spare so today was all about the minor placings.... [more]

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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