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17 Aug 2009

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2009 Moth World Championship - Moth World Champion decided
Michelle Slade,
2009 CST Composites Moth World Championship final day. Once he knew he'd taken the first race, Gulari turned the fun dial up and relaxed into the last race, enjoying the lead down the first beat. Missing a tack going into the top mark set him back about five positions and he rounded the mark behind Psarofasghis, Payne, Bergan and Outteridge, so was in top company for the first run.... [more]

Finn Anniversary regatta ends with a blast
Robert Deaves, IFA,
60th Finn Anniversary Regatta and 2009 Swedish Championship day three report. The final day of the Finn 60th Anniversary Regatta at Uppsala Kanotforening on Lake Ekoln ended on a high, with 30 knot winds and spectacular sailing conditions.... [more]

MedCup Portugal Trophy - Fleets assemble
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Portugal Trophy fleet for the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit is all but assembled in the Marina of Portimao on the Algarve. The Portugal Trophy regatta falls at a busy and interesting time for the top professional sailors who race on both the TP52 Series and GP42 Series, and there are still key sailors due to fly in from a very diverse range of events, once again underlining the talent level on... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - The Final leg start
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Solitaire du Figaro - Leg 4 start. It came very close to running like clockwork in Dingle Bay today. After a general recall at the first attempt, the 52 boat fleet got away cleanly at 1214 precisely, and are now flying down the Irish coast on their way to the next mark of the course, the Fastnet Rock.... [more]

Vattenfall Ramsgate Week Day 5
Event media,
Vattenfall Ramsgate Week Final day report. The biggest fleet of the week was greeted with perfect sailing conditions of 15 to23 knots from the South East, calm seas and beautiful sunshine. It doesn't get much better than this!... [more]

Images from San Diego: BMW Oracle Racing Presentation
Gilles Martin-Raget,
More images from the BMW Oracle Racing presentation in San Diego last Wednesday from one of the world's top sailing photographers, Gilles Martin-Raget.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing Videos - Technology and San Diego Presentation
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing present two videos - of the San Diego presentation and BMW Oracle technology including some sailing footage of BOR90.... [more]

Alaçati PWA World Cup – Final Day
© PWA / John Skye,
The 2009 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Final Day report. Its party time, Turkey style, as the Pegasus Airlines World Cup draws to an exciting climax. Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo predictably take the titles.... [more]

Vattenfall Ramsgate Week Day 4
Event media,
Today was the second day of the IRC Series for Vattenfall Ramsgate Week and was sponsored by Apollo and Uniware. The IRC fleets were racing for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, with two races to count.... [more]

Images of the Rolex Fastnet Race by Carlo Borlenghi - Luna Rossa
Carlo Borlenghi,
One of the world's top sailing photographers, Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images of the Rolex Fastnet Race. This gallery of the mini maxi, Luna Rossa... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - The Last Leg
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009: Dingle to Dieppe Leg 4. The fourth leg of this year's Solitaire du Figaro sets off from Dingle at noon local time tomorrow, at 511 miles the longest and the last of the series, and another classic mix of coastal and offshore sailing.... [more]

Finn Anniversary Regatta Day 2
Robert Deaves, IFA,
Finn Anniversary Regatta day 2 report from Lake Ekoln, near Uppsala in Sweden. The courses were set just off the clubhouse with the trapezoid course just about fitting between the two shorelines. This ultimately affected the racing with those favouring one side of the other generally finding the bigger shifts, though not always in the right direction.... [more]

Open 470 Class Junior European Championships Day 5
470 Class Association,
470 Junior European Championship Day 5. The lack of stable breeze in the race area of Hungary's largest lake prevented the 92-boats competing today, and so the top 10 teams now go forward to contest a Medal Race tomorrow morning.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race 2009 - the Wrap
Rolex media,
While the previous Rolex Fastnet Race is remembered for the course record time being demolished, the only record broken in this year's running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial 608 nautical-mile classic was one relating to competitor patience, as light winds at the start and end, combined with spring tides, made for a 'tactically challenging' race, and one of the longest in recent years.... [more]

Images of the Rolex Fastnet Race by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
One of the world's top sailing photographers, Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images of the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]

British and Open Optimist Championships - Largs
IOCA (UK) media,
Callum Airlie wins the Volvo Musto British Open National Optimist Championship with Josh Voller in second.... [more]

International Optimist World Championships - New World Champion
Event website/IODA,
International Optimist World Championships Niteroi, Brazil. Congratulations to Sinclair Jones (PER272), the new world Champion! In the second place was Mohamad Faizal (MAS85), followed by Ignácio Rogala (ARG3118).... [more]

Inaugural Class 40 World Championship 2009
Royal Southern Yacht Club media,
The Inaugural Class 40 World Championship 2009 is to be held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on Monday 17th August until Friday 21st August. Teams are entered from as far afield as Chile.... [more]

Archipelago Raid - Teams arrive at Lidingö, Sweden
Event media,
The 9th edition of Archipelago Raid will take place in the Stockholm, Åland and Finnish archipelagos from 17 to 22 August 2009. The teams will be based at the At Sea conference center at Lidingö, Stockholm for the start. Swedish summer weather greets the sailors with sun and rain in varied doses.... [more]

New Zealand sailor wins Splash Worlds in Wales
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Declan Burn from Picton, New Zealand is the new Splash World Champion, securing the world title at the regatta just concluded in Pwllheli, Wales. There were 111 entries from eight nations. The combined results of the New Zealand sailors have won them the Nations Trophy for the highest scoring national team.... [more]

Moth World Championships Day 4 report
Michelle Slade,
Moth World Championships Day 4 conditions were cold and very cloudy. Racing got underway around 11am in flat water and about 15 knots. The wind stayed in the 15-18 range for most of the morning, building for the third race, with the breeze always a bit heavier at the bottom end of the course.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race Prizegiving at Royal Citadel
Trish Jenkins,
Friday afternoon and at the time of the Rolex Fastnet Race prizegiving at Plymouth's Royal Citadel, one third of the competitors still remain at sea. Of 299 starters, nine have retired and 194 have reached Plymouth, leaving 106 yet to finish.... [more]

2009 Moth World Championships Day 4 images - Gulari leads
ThMartinez images/,
Thierry Martinez images from Day 4 of the 2009 Moth World Championships in Cascade Locks (Oregon - USA ).... [more]

Sixtieth Anniversary Regatta and 2009 Swedish Championship
Robert Deaves, IFA,
Finn Sixtieth Anniversary Regatta and 2009 Swedish Championship report. So far, Lake Ekoln is living up to its name. In Norse, I am told, it means ‘difficult sailing' and that about sums up the first two days on the water.... [more]

Vattenfall Ramsgate Week Day 3
Event Media,
Vattenfall Ramsgate Week Day 3 report. In Class 1, Xwaves got off to a good start at the committee boat end of the line, with X-Tatic close behind. Peter Jackson's Icom Assassin started towards the pin end, with Koko Kai taking their start in the middle of the line.... [more]

Alaçati PWA World Cup Day 5
© PWA - John Skye,
2009 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day 5. Just another perfect morning in the paradise of Turkey. Just one important difference to every other day however: No wind.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro - Night of suspense to find winner
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro - Any one of 20 boats could have won it, but ultimately it was Jérémie Beyou (Bernard Paoli) who held his nerve and crossed first. It was to be six hours before enough breeze kicked in to propel the boats the final distance, by which time the view from the finish line was of a seemingly endless arc of navigation lights across the bay.... [more]

Open 470 Class Junior European Championships Day Five - Form struggle
470 Class Association,
470 Junior European Championship day five, and it was a day when the winners thought they were lucky while the ones who fared less well were blaming it on themselves.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race - A long slow finish
Sabina-Mollart Rogerson,
Typically the Rolex Fastnet Race is all but concluded by the Friday morning, five days after the start. But by this morning, only around one third of the fleet have reached the finish off Plymouth... [more]

A new era for the oldest major event in Victoria
Stacey Jarvis,
It is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere - it is older than the Melbourne Cup, attracts more competitors than the 2006 Commonwealth Games, has more attendees than the AFL Grand Final - and has a brand new name.... [more]

La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - Weather brings surprises
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009. Equipped with only the most limited means of communication with the outside world, life can be full of surprises for the solo skipper in La Solitaire du Figaro. To add to the entertainment the Figaro fleet has crossed paths with that of the Fastnet Race, the need to keep a close look-out in the poor visibility adding yet another dimension to the harassed solo skipp... [more]

Moth World Championships images
Thierry Martinez images/Al Constable,
2009 CST Composites Moth World Championships - Photographer Thierry Martinez has sent these images from the action on day three.... [more]

Moth World Championships - New leader
Michelle Slade,
2009 CST Composites Moth World Championships day three report and results. Three races today and there is a new leader. With the heavier breeze in the first race, the strategy opted for by most was a more conservative approach, nonetheless, evidence that the fleet's been pushing it pretty hard over the past few days was apparent with Hall, Outteridge, and Babbage retiring in Race 9 for repairs.... [more]

2011 Optimist Worlds to be hosted at Napier, New Zealand
NZ Optimist Assoc,
In Rio today the NZ Optimist Association secured the hosting rights to hold the 2011 World Championships. The Opti Worlds will be held in conjunction with Napier Sailing Club in Hawke Bay in late December 2011. The International Optimist Dinghy Association AGM was held this morning at the annual meeting of IODA.... [more]

Skype co-founder's Ran 2 wins 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race
Rolex event media,
2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. This afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the biennial British 608-mile classic offshore race, confirmed the overall handicap winner of the race.... [more]

2009 Alaçati PWA World Cup Day Four - Mixing it up
John Skye,
2009 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day Four. Alaçati served up another day of strong Meltemi winds allowing two more rounds of high-octane slalom racing.... [more]

Multihulls out - IOC confirms just 10 Sailing events for 2012 Olympics
Rob Kothe,
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed there will be just 10 sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The IOC has not saved ISAF from the consequences of its unpopular and clearly political decision to cut the multihulls from the Olympic program ahead of one of the dinghy classes.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race - A busy night
Trish Jenkins,
The tally of arrivals on the Rolex Fastnet Race is up to 43 after a busy night with the leading boats in the Class 40 and Zero fleets arriving.... [more]

Chichester Harbour Federation Week 2009 - Day Three
Robert Macdonald,
Chichester Harbour Federation Week 2009 day three - A cracking breeze of 12 to 15 knots, west south-west greeted some 340 starters on day 3 of Fed' Week .... [more]

2009 Rolex Fastnet Race - Streaming across the finish line
J2 Communications,
Rolex Fastnet Race. and this morning, the tally of arrivals on the Rolex Fastnet Race is up to 43 after a busy night. Making possibly the best entrance last night was Robert Lutener and Martin Elwood's IRC-optimised TP52, Cutting Edge. She crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 2100, at the same time as the British Fireworks Championship lit up Plymouth Sound.... [more]

Vattenfall Ramsgate Week
Event media,
Vattenfall Ramsgate Week Day 2 and Day 1 reports. The two IRC fleets sailed a short course. The race started in light north easterly winds, which became variable throughout the race until a southerly breeze filled in to bring the fleet home in glorious sunshine. The variable conditions and strong tides led to interesting racing and many boats had a share of the lead during the course of the rac... [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]

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]

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]


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