This weekend, Ben Ainslie, Britain's red-hot ace skipper added two significant trophies to his already densely populated case: Victory at the Monsoon Cup, the final stop on the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour, and overall victory in the Tour itself. Ainslie won the event with the help of his TeamOrigin (including Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matthew Cornwell and Mike Mottle), Sir Keith Mills' now-defunct America's Cup team.
Ainslie and Mirsky - Finals day at Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia Subzero Images /WMRT
In fact, this victory in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, over Torvar Mirsky and his Mirsky Racing Team was TeamOrigin's Swan Song. 'Two wins today—a world championship and the Monsoon Cup. We are thrilled,' said Ainslie. 'Torvar and his guys put up a great fight. TeamOrigin bows out with these two wins today. We are going our separate ways with Olympic campaigns and other programs, but we hope one day in the future [that] we will be back.'
The Sail-World Team was in Terengganu - be sure to check out the great race coverage in this issue.
Meanwhile, in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Belgian solo skipper Christophe Bullens limped into Cape Town on Tuesday after hammering out a grueling passage that included two stops for repairs and 49 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes, covering 8,138 nautical miles at an average pace of 6.79 knots (including stopovers). 'It was a journey full of incidents but I am here now,' said Bullens. 'I had a lot of problems so it took a little more time to arrive in Cape Town. The mainsail gave me lots of problems and that is the engine of the boat. I also had a lot of water entering the boat. My electronics are also not working. This is the most difficult solo sailing race I have ever done. We will now get the boat ready and safe in the time we have. I haven't slept for three days but I am ok and ready to start work!' Sadly, for poor Mr. Bullens, there will be little rest for the weary as the next leg of the race, from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand, begins on December 12.
The WSSRC has today ratified the last and final record from Luderitz, handing over the crown of Speedsailing to USA's Rob Douglas. The World record 500 metre speed record now starts at 55.65 knots. (we have the record breaking runs on Video)
Also in this issue, be sure to check out the racing action that's taking place in Thailand at the Phuket Kings's Cup, as well as Guy Nowell's accompanying photo gallery. And be sure to check out the race report from the Melges 32 Gold Cup. Hats off to Rod Jabin and his Ramrod squad for their winning performance this competitive event.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Speedsailing Outright World Record ratified at 55.65 knots ! Markus Schwendtner, The WSSRC has today ratified the last and final record from Luderitz, handing over the crown of Speedsailing to US Rob Douglas.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Oracle Cup Miami Day 1 - Artemis and Katusha Artemis Racing, RC44 Oracle Cup Miami - It was not a great day for Katusha with a 2 and 4. The conditions were very shifty with strong winds early in the day... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Match Race Rankings ISAF, ISAF World Match Racing Champion and 2010 world Match Race Tour winner Ben Ainslie (GBR) has today also claimed the top position in the open rankings for the first time in his career. Nicky Souter (AUS) maintains her position at the top of the women's rankings.... [more] Share this story
Rolex - Sailing's Best of 2010 are shortlisted Jane Harley, Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the year - With the record books shortly to close for 2010, US SAILING is celebrating the year in review with the release of its shortlist of nominees for the 2010 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45's joined at Warkworth Ivor Wilkins, Ivor Wilkins from www.americascup.com revisited the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth 40 minutes drive north of Auckland, and found the first of the new AC45 one design class was being laid up in the female moulds. This boat is scheduled for launch at the end of next month, and will be owned by BMW Oracle as a spare boat for the America's Cup World Series.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Kevin Parry remembered BMW Oracle Racing blog, The America's Cup community gathered on Wednesday in Perth to celebrate one of its own – Kevin Parry, the principal backer of the Kookaburra campaign, which became the Australian defender of the Cup in 1987. Iain Murray, with Kevin Parry and Iain's dog 'Cliff', during a press conference at the 1987 America's Cup in Perth, Australia... [more] Share this story
Blokart Worlds heads to the desert in 2012, Ivanpah dry lake bed, USA Ross Vickers, The North American Blokart Sailing Association has been selected as host for the 2012 Blokart World Championships. The event will be sailed at a venue often called the Mecca of land yachting, Ivanpah dry lake bed situated near the Californian / Nevada boarder town of Primm. With around 200+ entries expected, the wide open venue is sure to produce some excellent racing.... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010: dead heat in Racing class on day three Tracey Johnstone, It was a matter of .49 of a second on corrected time between Neil Pryde's HiFi and Ray Roberts's Evolution Racing at the finish line in race one today of the 24th Phuket King's Cup. Both boats were recorded with a corrected time of 2:10:24 rounded up.... [more] Share this story
Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami opens with testing conditions BMW Oracle, Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami opens with testing conditions - Sailing in northwesterly winds blowing over 20 knots that faded later in the afternoon, Ellison and Coutts have a 4-2 record as they attempt to seal the 2010 RC 44 Season Championship. The crew began the event with a 2-point lead in the season standings.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 Race - ICAP Leopard vs Rambler 100 Trish Jenkins, ICAP Leopard vs Rambler 100 - The RORC Caribbean 600 is set to provide one of the biggest showdowns for years, as Mike Slade's Farr 100, ICAP Leopard, takes on George David's Juan-K designed, Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat). This will be the first time these two heavyweights of the sailing world will have raced each other.... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010 - 'apres racing' Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Phuket King's Cup 2010: what to do after racing? First crack a bottle of Mont Clair champagne, and then when the sun goes down head to the party at Mom Tri's Boathouse, just along the sand from the Kata Beach Resort... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010: pictures, and a taste of sunshine Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Two days into the regatta, and a lot more pictures later than you ever see in the press releases and race reports... for the man with the camera, the day started with a stranding on the beach when the camera RIB was discovered to have a punctured tube. Oh dear, but anyway we made it out to the race course - a little delayed - in time to find a bit of sunshine, and a moderate breeze... [more] Share this story
New world speed record ratification - Charlotte Consorti John Reed, The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup - Ainslie versus Mirsky and final day images Subzero/WMRT images, Monsoon Cup final day images from the SubZero team as Ben Ainslie and Teamorigin defeated Torvar Mirsky and Mirsky Racing Team to win the Monsoon Cup 2010.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS - Nominations Needed for Environmental Leadership Award BoatUS, BoatUS Foundation wants to know who is helping boaters, sailors and anglers stay 'green'. A call for nominations draws to a close December 15 for the 2010 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week 2011 on-line registration open Antigua Sailing Week, With a new Regatta Organising Committee in place, we are set for some big changes for Antigua Sailing Week 2011.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Class makes debut in American waters off Miami Beach Bernard Schopfer, RC 44 Class will be decided this week at the season's final event, the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami in style befitting a class brimming with talent.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Regatta Miami - BMW Oracle Racing set to contest BMW Oracle Racing, RC 44 regatta - The yacht BMW Oracle Racing leads the RC 44 2010 Championship Tour heading into this week's final event. The crew, led by team founder Larry Ellison and CEO Russell Coutts, holds a 2-point lead in the overall standings and also leads the match racing and fleet racing subdivision... [more] Share this story
More on-the-water images from Phuket King's Cup 2010 Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, It was a grey and uninviting day to start the Phuket King's Cup 2010. On the breakfast deck at the Kata Beach Resort we could hear the RO over the VHF, winding up for an AP flag. So, another round of toast. Then when we did get down to the beach, the camera boat blew its steering - fortunately before we had waded out from the beach and splashed aboard... [more] Share this story
U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships - Athletes shine Jake Fish, U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships - Athletes shine at event - This US SAILING National Championship, hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, featured racers competing in one of three Paralympic classes: 2.4mR (singlehanded), SKUD-18 (doublehanded), and Sonar (triplehanded). Canadian Bruce Millar (Richmond, B.C. CAN) won the 2.4mR fleet, U.S. Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.... [more] Share this story
'Classic' - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand Rob Tickner and Richard Gladwell, Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this recently launched book concentrates on the classic boats of New Zealand, and in particular rejuvenation of the one of the great classic racing yacht fleets in the world. 'Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand' has received outstanding reviews since its launch last month.... [more] Share this story
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