UK & World sailing news




26 Sep 2009

Major Events


Ainslie & Percy team up for Match Racing series. Lots of news from the UK and abroad

12 Metre Worlds Penultimate Day - Brisk northerly just too brisk
Jan Harley,
12 Metre Worlds Penultimate Day - The brisk northerly whipping the flags into a frenzy on Bannister's and Bowen's Wharves also kept the 'AP' or 'postpone' flag flying prominently. With gusts over 25 knots giving credence to the marine forecast for 'a period of northeasterly winds gusting to near gale force' the decision was made to cancel all racing for the day.... [more]
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Ainslie and Percy join final qualifier match off at Queen Mary SC
Ellie Williamson,
Ainslie and Percy join final qualifier match off this weekend at the Final qualifier at Queen Mary SC. The series climaxes with the National Final next month (9-11 October) where crews will vie for Series victory and the ultimate title of 2009 RYA National Match Racing Champions.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship images
Stefano Gattini/Joe Fly and Guido Trombetta/B-Plan,
Melges 32 World Championship images from Stefano Gattini/Joe Fly and Guido Trombetta/B-Plan.... [more]
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Marine Safety Queensland reports Jessica was probably asleep
Bw Media Roundup,
It was always a mystery. On September 09, 16 year old Jessica Watson, keen to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world in her her first night at sea on her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, collided with a 63,000 tonne Chinese coal carrier, Silver Yang off the southern Queensland coastline at about 2.10am. The questions were many, and now it seems they have been answered.... [more]
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420 Nationals at Mountbatten Sailing Centre - Final report
Miles Palmer,
Zhik 420 Nationals - Final report. The 420 Nationals has many different purposes, for some it is a fun event following a hard set of summer events, for others it is the first event in a 420 and finally it is also a selector for the RYA 420 National Squad. As such there are many varying ambitions and expectations.... [more]
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Eastern Region's RYA Team 15 youth windsurfing championship
Emma Slater,
Eastern Region's Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) Team 15 youth windsurfing championship report. Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City, Herts proved a test of endurance and strength for the competitors in the last inter-club round. There were 23 competitors from four clubs.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Registration Day
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Registration Day. For many of the sailors today was a fairly relaxed affair. After collecting their equipment and registering, the majority spent the afternoon rigging, and meeting up with friends.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - A better day with three races
Jill Campbell,
Melges 32 World Championship... [more]
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Schuyler's America's Cup letter still relevant after 122 years,
Back in May this year, Sail-World published the letter to which reference is often made regarding the need, perceived or real, for the Challenger to provide a Customs House Registry certificate so the Defender can be assured of the dimensions of the Challenging yacht. Over the months of Court Hearings and submissions the matter still has not been resolved, and the letter has a new significance... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Day 4 Spinnaker wraps take their toll
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10. Over the last few days several of the teams have suffered from spinnaker wraps which have led to sail damage and some slow 12 hour runs. Skipper Matt Pike and his crew on board Edinburgh Inspiring Capital suffered this fate yesterday, which goes some way to explaining why they are currently lying in tenth place.... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam: Another bang, crash collision and Leader holed
iShares Cup,
iShares Cup Amsterdam - The trickiest racecourse on the European circuit proved testing for the nine Extreme 40s. After yesterday's practice day which saw Mike Golding's Ecover on the dockside undergoing overnight repairs, the teams were in little doubt that the first day of racing at the iShares Cup Amsterdam on the IJ-Haven canal could be a ‘make or break' scenario.... [more]
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I14 Walker Trophy report
Mark Tait,
The only similarity between the last 14 Race of PoW Week and the Walker trophy was the sunshine; The flat water made it easier but the absence of wind and spring tides made sailing rather more frustrating.... [more]
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Australian marine electronics company GME celebrates 50 years
Tracey Johnstone,
Australian electronics company GME celebrates this year a significant milestone; 50 years of designing and supplying world-class radio communications equipment to the marine industry. Founded in 1959 by avid sailor Ted Dunn, Greenwich Marine Electronics, more commonly known as GME, originally started out as a small, two-way communications company, servicing the land communications market.... [more]
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12 Metre World Championship - No surprises
Jan Harley,
12 Metre World Championship. There were no surprises in the finishes posted by the 17 Twelves who completed only a single race today at the 2009 12 Metre World Championship. After sailing out to the old America's Cup racecourse off Brenton Point, the wind speed took a nosedive as it changed direction from WSW to NNW, leaving the competitors drifting for close to two hours.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - 73 yachts have entered so far
Event Media,
Two weeks to go to close of entries and the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race looks set for another cracking edition -its 30th. 73 yachts have entered so far, only five short of last year's record number. The varied fleet will have different aspirations, but from the largest, ICAP Leopard, to the smallest, Sipi's Song; from the ten launched in 2009 to the oldest launched in 1974, Zizanie... [more]
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Colgate World Cup Sylt Event preview
PWA World Tour Media,
2009 PWA World Tour's final competition draws ever closer the pressure rises amongst the sailors, and Sylt's iconic Westerland beach gears up for what promises to be a dramatic conclusion to the season. From September 25th through to October 4th the Worlds best wave sailors, freestylers, and slalom sailors will battle it out forfinal end of year rankings, share of the €105,000 prize purse... [more]
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Power gives way to sail? - Not with a fishing boat
Marilyn Miller/Sail-World Cruising,
In a case that cruising sailors will want to take note of, a sailing boat was recently found to be in the wrong when they filed a complaint about a fishing boat. The investigation found that, in open water, 'a sailing vessel shall keep out of the way of a vessel engaged in fishing.'... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Thomson announces co-skipper
Alex Thomson Racing,
Hot on the heels of announcing his new boat (Info) Alex has announced his co skipper for the TJV on the 8 November will be his long time boat captain Ross Daniel. Ross, like Alex, started his career at Clipper, then went onto skipper on their round the world race before venturing into the IMOCA class.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Italian campaign confirmed
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - An Italian campaign led by Giovanni Soldini has been officially confirmed for the race. Italia 70 has acquired and will compete aboard Ericsson 3, the second generation Volvo Open 70 which carried the Nordic team's hopes in the 2008-09 event. Italia 70 will draw on Italian yachtsmen and women to build a national offshore racing team.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship report and images - A one race day
Melges 32 media,
Melges 32 World Championship day two report. Another course 4 was in store for the one and only race of the day. Dark clouds hung heavy, large seas with massive waves and a moderate breeze of 10-15 knots greeted the fleet for the start. With only one race today, the top ten results suffered a minor shuffle.... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam - Crash, bang and first collision of the round
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Amsterdam collison report. There was dramatic racing on the water during the preview media day of the iShares Cup Amsterdam this afternoon when in the fourth race of the day, Mike Golding's Ecover was hit by Oman Sail Renaissance, skippered by Loick Peyron, in a classic port starboard confrontation.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Battle of Biscay won
Clipper Event media,
The Clipper 09-10 race viewer indicates this morning that Hull & Humber may have won the Battle of Biscay. With only a few miles to go before rounding Cape Finisterre the team has a comfortable lead on the rest of the fleet. Despite having issues with their spinnaker Hull & Humber's decision to stay further offshore as they head towards Cape Finisterre has paid dividends.... [more]
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More Audi Melges 32 World Championship images
Guido Trombetta/B-plan & Carlo Borlenghi images,
More Guido Trombetta/BPplan and Carlo Borlenghi images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.... [more]
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Josh Hall from Global Ocean Race to speak at the WYRF
Global Oceanrace Media,
Josh Hall, Race Director of the 2008-09 Portimão Global Ocean Race and the Global Ocean Race 2011-12, has been invited to speak at the 2009 World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco on the 9th-10th December.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland 2010- 26 signed up so far
A high number of racing enthusiasts, competitors and supporters arrived at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth on the 23rd Sept, to celebrate the launch of the Shetland Round Britain & Ireland 2010 race. Veteran sailor Mervyn Wheatley, who competed in the OSTAR 2009 earlier this year, was guest speaker at the event and the 2010 race will be Mervyn's sixth... [more]
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Another Sydney to Hobart big boat joins 2011 Around Australia Race,
Four out of the top five line honours winners in the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart have now reserved slots for the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race. Grant Wharington's 98 footer Wild Thing, previously known as Skandia, Matt Allen's modified Volvo 70 Ichi Ban, Andrew Short's 80 footer Shockwave registered over the last few months and now the fifth fastest boat south in last years blue water classic i... [more]
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Régates Royales - Stars and Dragons in Cannes
Carla Anselmi,
Régates Royales. For nearly 25 years the Dragon class has been attracting the world's best small keelboat sailors, Olympic medallists and ocean racers. Most of the top Dragon sailors are in Cannes for the Règates Royales.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Repairs to Ella's Pink Lady near completion at GCCM
Repairs to Jessica Watson's boat Ella's Pink Lady are nearing completion, thanks to the continued support of all the tenants and team at Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM). A special thanks must be attributed to Joe Akacich of Australian Marine Enterprises (AME) who has carried out all the repairs to the vessel.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 2, Day 2 - Hull & Humber eases into the lead
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 Race 2, Day 2 - La Rochelle to Rio De Janeiro... [more]
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Gilmour pours cold water on Louis Vuitton World Series
In an interview with, the new head of the World Match Racing Tour, Peter Gilmour, has revealed that the WMRT have sole the rights to use of 'World' in their Championship title as regards matchracing, and that any new event pitched at the professional level of the sport would require the sanction of ProMatch Tour Ltd. It is believed that these rights stem from an agreement ...... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship images from Guido Trombetta
Guido Trombetta/B-plan images,
Guido Trombetta/BPplan present this gallery of images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.... [more]
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America's Cup Defender hints at action over 'unsportsmanlike' comment
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have hinted, through their legal counsel, Barry Ostrager that the International Sailing Federation could take action against Golden Gate Yacht Club following the comments made by Justice Shirley Kornreich suggesting that the Challenger had engaged in unsportsmanlike behaviour In a story in the US legal news website, a story has been... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda - Rankings shuffle after Danish Open
Talbot Wilson,
Following the Danish Open, stage seven on the World Match Racing Tour, rankings going into the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda (Oct. 6-11) have shifted slightly. New ISAF rankings came out on September 16 with changes noted in that list also. Many of the twenty-four teams sailing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy will be arriving in Bermuda for early registration on Sunday October 4th.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship Day One report - Italy in control
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 32 World Championship day one report. Racing commenced on time under partly cloudy skies and moderate breezes with the left side of the line strongly favored. Upwind, the right initially appeared to be productive. For the second race of the day, the breeze dropped off slightly.... [more]
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Collision at sea, the unthinkable - Part 2
Nancy Knudsen,
It's the worst conditions so far of our 12-month journey. We're in the narrow Gulf of Suez, dark, with about 30kts gusting 40 on the nose – the engine is helping us through the rocky waves. Ahead and all round are oilrigs, grotesque silhouettes blaring white light into the night. To starboard is a two way shipping lane crowded with monster ships going both ways. We wonder - will they see us?... [more]
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Irish SB3 National Championship report and results
Sarah Byrne,
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Skandia Sail for Gold medal winners images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery sent these images of the medal winners from the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Photographer Leighton O'Connor has sent us these images of the racing at Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Jessica Watson to set sail- but the real danger might be the motorbike
Bob Wonders,
Repairs to Jessica Watson's 'Ella's Pink Lady' nearing completion, after the vessel's unfortunate collision with a container ship off Stradbroke Island nearly two weeks ago. Her father Roger is worried but is more worried about what might happen after her round the world attempt .'I may have to draw the line somewhere, though, she's spoken about getting a motorcycle when she returns'... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand - blasting in Cartagena
Emirates Team NZ,
Check out this stunning video from Emirates Team New Zealand competing in the final round of the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain.... [more]
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Ericsson decides not to enter the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race
Ericsson Media,
Winner of the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson has decided to hang up their seaboots: Ericsson first entered the Volvo Ocean Race in April 2005, but now its journey has drawn to a close. The team's victory in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 is the perfect closing chapter to the company's involvement in the globe-girdling race. Ericsson has decided not to participate in the 2011-12 edition.... [more]
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Two views of the latest America's Cup Legal Decision
Alinghi Media and BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Both Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded to Justice Shirley Kornreich's decision handed down in the New York Supreme Court, today: 'The statement from Societe Nautique de Geneve reads: 'In her ruling relating to a hearing on 10 August, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich highlights '...the unsportsmanlike behavior of Golden Gate...'... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Supreme Court again rules in favour of Golden Gate
Richard Gladwell,
In a decision issued this morning, NZT, Justice Shirley Kornreich has ruled that Golden Gate Yacht Club do not have to provide their Customs House Registry certificate until two weeks before the 33rd America's Cup Match, scheduled for 8 February 2010 in United Arab Emirates. Kornreich was ruling on a motion lodged by SNG, requiring that the Challenger be required to produce the document... [more]
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Bob Fisher: Swiss club gains control of America's Cup rules
Bob Fisher, The Guardian,
In a seven-page document, which until recently was kept secret, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has given the Swiss holders of the America's Cup carte blanche with the sailing rules for the event, in exchange for a sum of €150,000 (£136,000). The ISAF has granted the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), which is represented by the Alinghi team, the right to amend the universally used R... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race 2 La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 - Race 2, La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro. Ahead lies a 4,890-mile route that is expected to take around 28 days to complete - the longest passage most of the crews will have ever made. The Clipper Race is the only race in the world where the crews come from all walks of life, all ages and with all levels of experience. Prior to their training, some 40 percent of the crews had never... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009 preview
Jill Campbell - YCCS,
Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009. Although approximately two-thirds of the fleet is Italian, seven other nationalities - Australia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Monaco and the USA - are also represented. The teams to watch are numerous and no one boat is seen as a favourite for the championship, so competition is sure to be fierce.... [more]
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New Investors take a stake in the World Match Racing Tour
WMRT media,
Hong Kong - based private company Regal Faith Ltd and its consortium of investors based in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia has acquired ProMatch Tour Ltd, the exclusive rights holder of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Match racing veteran Peter Gilmour has been appointed Acting President and will become the Tour Advisor once a full time replacement has been found.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Q&A: with Pedro Sardina
Volvo Ocean Race,
Pedro Sardina, sailing correspondent of Spanish newspaper ABC, has dedicated 30 years to the sport. When he talks sailing, Spain listens. He gives his views on the 2008-09 race and suggests changes for the future. I am a big fan of Peter Blake's Steinlager (1989-90). For me, the best Spanish skipper in the Volvo Ocean Race has been Javier de la Gandara'... [more]
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RS Feva Grand Prix at Dabchicks SC - Report and Results
Debbie Darling,
The GKO RS Feva Grand Prix series moved east to Dabchicks SC for the weekend of September 19/20. The sun shone almost all weekend despite overcast being the prediction; a number of very decent sailors having their worst weekends results in a very long time.... [more]
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Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats &,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]
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Countdown to Yacht and Boat Korea 2009
Kate D Media,
Close to 100 exhibitors from Asia and Europe are confirmed for Yacht and Boat Korea 2009 staged October 29 to November 1 - just over one month away.... [more]
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Marine Auctions sees 'slight kick in the market'
Jeni Bone,
While it's still a great time to buy a boat at auction, with reductions of 20-30% on prices of 12 months ago, there is a return of optimism to the market, according to Marine Auctions & Valuations in Brisbane.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - Sixth entry received
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 can now announce a sixth double-handed entry with British professional yachtsman, Alex Alley, signing-up for the circumnavigation.... [more]
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Blackwater Fireball Open Report
Maria Richards,
Blackwater Fireball Open Report. On the first morning of the Blackwater fireball open, there was an air of trepidation amongst the 17 fireballs that had entered.... [more]
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B14 Dogfight at Thorpe Bay
Mark Barnes,
The B14 flying circus descended on Southend. After a 40 minute delay, starting in 5 knots of wind, the fleet got away first time with Seavolution (Mark Barnes/Pete Nicholson) winning the pin.... [more]
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