Brits dominate Rolex Sailor of the Year nominations, the latest sailing news from the UK and abroad




30 Sep 2009

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Brits dominate Rolex Sailor of the Year nominations, the latest sailing news from the UK and abroad

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominations announced
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominees have been announced. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 are taken into consideration.... [more]
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Sonar World Championship at Noroton Yacht Club
Lee Morrison,
International Sonar Class World Championship. The Sonar is a 23' keel boat designed by Rowayton, Connecticut resident Bruce Kirby. It is known as an easy to sail, highly competitive, one-design boat appealing to club racing fleets, team and match racing championships, and para-olympic sailors.... [more]
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Samoan Tsunami causes concern for sailing regatta in Cook Islands
Richard Gladwell,
A Pacific Islands sailing regatta in the Cook Islands has been on tenterhooks after the nearby Samoan tsunami disaster caused over 100 deaths. The Cook Islands are about 150nm from Samoa, and a sailing regatta has been hosted at Aututaki for all of this week. Surrounding islands have been devastated, where waves of four metres hit. There are reports of one New Zealand fatality.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 4 report plus video
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 4. After the early start of the previous day, it was a welcome break for the sailors to arrive at the event site at 09:00. With plenty of wind, and the sun breaking through the clouds, the race crew quickly set the course in preparation for a downwind duel between the World's fastest windsurfers.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Ten TP52's including the defending champions Quantum Racing (USA) and 2007 winners Artemis (SWE) will compete for the TP52 World title starting in one week's time off Palma, Mallorca. Racing at the TP52 World Championships starts with the official practice race on Tuesday 6th October and finishes on Sunday 11th October.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Racing for the Traditional Classes
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The Wally class had its start at 12.30, followed by the Modern boats with their start at 13.30. As the sun came up over this small village, the majority of the kings and queens of the nightclubs had retired and almost all the streets were quiet. All, that is, except those leading into la Place des Lices, where the famous open-air market was just coming to life.... [more]
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Could sailing be bigger than football?
Dansk Sejlunion,
It's often said that sailing will never be a spectator sport, but Secretary General of the Danish Sailing Association, Dan Ibsen, begs to differ... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Race 2 Day 8 - Into Stealth Mode
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10: Race 2 Day 8 report. Cork, Ireland has been battling away in the middle of the fleet since destroying their medium weight spinnaker in a disastrous wrap, but they're keeping pace with Team Finland as they head through the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Gul RS700 UK National Championships report and results
Debbie Darling,
Gul RS700 UK National Championships... [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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Clipper 09-10 - Race 2, Day 7. Mother nature in control
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 - Race 2: La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro. Day 7 report. Mother Nature pulled the plug and the normally reliable trade winds are switched off.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 3 - Competition report plus video
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
2009 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 3 report. With the difficult freestyle conditions that the sailors were up against, the higher ranked competitors played it fairly safe in the first round to ensure they made the cut and advanced through.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Battle by Affidavit
Richard Gladwell,
Another couple of Affidavits hit desk of Justice Shirley Kornreich, in the New York Supreme Court, last week. They are the latest in a building storm over the rules to be used for the upcoming America's Cup, scheduled for Ras al Khaimah in early February 2010. While the arguments may seem to be over a few words, the implications for professional sport are potentially much more severe.... [more]
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ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships conclude
Event media,
The ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship took place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club this weekend (25th – 27th Sept in very light winds however that didn't prevent the race committee from completing the regatta.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 2 - Another day spent onshore
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 2. The slalom sailors were tantalizingly close to starting their first heats today, but with variable winds plaguing the event site, they have been forced to wait for another day. Race director Juan Antonio Aragon made every effort to get the racing underway today, but the wind was far too gusty to hold any heats.... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam - Seven different race winners
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Amsterdam. There were seven different race winners in this penultimate event, that was more about tactics than boat handling. Gitana Extreme sailed brilliantly under pressure to win the penultimate iShares Cup Amsterdam event ahead of Oman Sail Renaissance,... [more]
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12 Metre World Championships - Evoking memories
Jan Harley,
2009 12 Metre World Championships final day report. For the final act of the world championships, two races were sailed in all four divisions – Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional and Vintage – before The Candy Store Cup was re-run after being abandoned on day two of racing.... [more]
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Jessica Watson blames instruments for bulk carrier collision
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson, who is aiming for the Round the World youngest sailor record has responded strongly to the Maritime Safety Queensland's damning assessment of the incident where her yacht was involved with a collision with a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast recently.... [more]
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Bliksem (USA) takes Melges 32 World Title
Barby MacGowan,
Pieter Taselaar's (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) Bliksem (USA) has taken victory in the Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009, the first edition of the Worlds for the class, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo. Taselaar's team included Jeremy Wilmot (Newport, R.I.) as tactician and his brother Nathan (Sydney, Australia), who is a 470 Men's Olympic Gold medalist (2008). Other crew me... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship images - New World Champion
Guido Trombetta and Stefano Gattini images,
Melges 32 World Championship images. Bliksem wins title. This gallery of images is presented by Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 2: Day 6 - The lead changes again
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10 Race 2: Day 6 report. This morning these fantastic downwind conditions are starting to fade, however, as the wind decreases in strength and the teams report shorter runs over the last 24-hours. The forecasted wind direction and strength is looking very stable over the next 48-hours and many of the teams are taking advantage of this stability to undertake routine checks and essenti... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - More images
Stefano Gattini/JOE FLY and Guido Trombetta/B-Plan,
More images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy presented by Stefano Gattini/JOE FLY and Guido Trombetta/B-Plan.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket record attempt - video highlights
Vestas Sailrocket, piloted by Paul Larsen, has just returned to Walvis Bay, Namibia to attempt to break the sailing speed record now held by L'Hydroptere. Enjoy these highlights from the team's previous record attempts.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket arrives back in Walvis Bay for record attempt
Paul Larsen,
Greetings everyone, once more from the Vestas Sailrocket operations base in Walvis Bay, Namibia. We had maxed out our luggage and it had been a real effort to get everything down here. We had all sorts of fragile toys... some of which are up to 7' long to get through customs and baggage terminals. I... [more]
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All Ireland Sailing Championship Day one report
Day one concludes at the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship. The first round of racing in the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship took place today (Friday 25th Sept) in Cork Harbour, when the qualification series of races for Flight One were completed.... [more]
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John Merricks Sailing Trust Golf Day 30th October
Suzy Hamel,
The Thirteenth North Sails Golf Day held in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust will take place on Friday 30th October at Cams Hall Golf Club in Fareham, close to the M27 motorway.... [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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