It's a New Year and a new British challenge for the America's Cup. Origin, backed by Sir Keith Mills, broke cover at the London Boat Show with the announcement of a new GBR team in the next two America's Cup events.
Sir Keith seems convinced that interest levels are such that the team can become self-sustaining, so will we to see the Cup morph into the Formula 1 circuit of sailing, with permanent teams competing at a regular number of venues?
The build-up to the 2007 America's Cup has included some out-of-base events and with the proposed challenge cycle reduced to two years it seems there will be plenty of work for designers, crews, trucking companies etc.
All the sailing action is down-under but the UK Spring events are already sending out their race notices and the Extreme 40 catamaran class has announced a new european circuit.
Britain is back in the Cup - Yes the America's Cup By Sail-World UK, Britain is back in the Cup . . . well the money man is there, the websites there and the press releases have gone out. Now comes the hard bit - getting together a team capable of designing and building a competitive America´s Cup boat for the next Cup series, possibly in 2009... [more]
NZers extend lead in light airs in 420 Worlds By Jodie Perkins and Sail-World, 232 sailors at the 420 World Championships 2007 in Takapuna were tested today with light shifty conditions. New Zealand managed to shine through despite the trying conditions, and the overnight leaders are looking even stronger... [more]
Images from the Collins Stewart London Boat Show By Sail-World/onEdition, On the opening day of the Collins Stewart London Boat Show, Ellen MacArthur joined Mike Golding and Alex Thomson out on the water where they wowed the crowds as they competed in the ‘Extreme 40 Challenge’ in the dock alongside ExCeL London onboard Team Basilica... [more]
Australian 18ft Skiff Championship By Frank Quealey, Rookie skipper Seve Jarvin and his young crewmen Sam Newton and Robert Bell outsailed the 24-boat fleet to bring Gotta Love It 7 home a clear winner of the Winning Appliances Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
Australian Championship 29er results By Natalie Francis, 53 boats took part in the Australian 29er Championship event held over five days at Lake Macquarie's Belmont 16' Skiff Sailing Club... [more]
Stopovers - Clipper Round World Race 07-08 By Anna Wardley, Clipper Ventures has announced the route for the Clipper 2007 - 2008 Round the World Yacht Race. This will be the sixth biennial round the world race for non-professional sailors operated by Clipper Ventures, which offers a unique opportunity for amateur sailors to experience the thrills of ocean racing... [more]
CHN95 joins China Team in Valencia By China Team, Images of the new America's Cup boat CHN-95 which has joined the China base in Valencia this week. It left the Spanish workshop where it was painted during the Christmas and New Year holidays.... [more]
Sailing heroes open London Boat Show By Event Media, Safe back on dry land after their dramatic exits from the VELUX 5 Oceans race, sailing heroes Alex Thomson and Mike Golding OBE joined Dame Ellen MacArthur today, Friday 5 January to officially open the Collins Stewart London Boat Show.... [more]
New Sponsor and series for Extreme 40 catamaran class By Lou Newlands, iShares, the world’s leader in Exchange Traded Funds, have confirmed their sponsorship of a new and exciting European sailing series for the Extreme 40 catamaran class. The iShares Cup will consist of four premium European grand prix style sailing regattas to be hosted in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK... [more]
Images from Day 2 of the 420 World Championships By Sail-World, Images from Day 2 of the 420 World Championships... [more]
JPMorgan Asset Management sponsor Ben Ainslie By Media News, JPMorgan Asset Management, one of the largest active investment managers in the world, has confirmed they will be the title sponsor of Ben Ainslie, the double gold and silver Olympic sailing medallist, supporting his bid for a fourth Olympic medal in Beijing 2008... [more]
Rob Greenhalgh joins Team Basilica By Ben Faber, Team Basilica have announced that former ABN AMRO helmsman and Volvo Ocean Race winner Robert Greenhalgh will join his brother Peter on the Basilica Extreme 40 team as helm and race skipper for the forthcoming Extreme 40 sailing series in 2007 and the ultimate prize of The iShares Cup... [more]
Ireland's Olympic Campaigners on selection trail By Media PR, The Rolex Miami OCR taking place from 21 to 27 January will be the first major event of 2007 for Ireland's Olympic campaigners. Almost 600 of the World's top Olympic and Paralympic class sailors representing 43 countries are expected to compete on the waters of Biscayne Bay.... [more]
Flirt’s last-race IRC overall victory By Peter Campbell, The Victorian yacht Flirt has won the IRC division of the 2007 Boag’s Sailing South Race Week and the prestigious Charles Davies Memorial Trophy despite local Tasmanian yachts ending the dominance of local boats on the last day of competition.... [more]
Optimist Pacific Rim inaugural Championship By Event Media, The first international junior regatta for Optimist dinghies in Australia established by Sail Melbourne has been sailed, won and enjoyed by almost 50 junior competitors from seven countries.... [more]
Everyone's going to the Rolex Miami OCR By US Sailing PR, With 566 entries and counting it looks like everyone's going to the Rolex Miami OCR. Well, maybe not everyone, but anyone who is anyone in Olympic sailing looks like they will be in Miami in mid January... [more]
Marlow Ropes Award for 470 Team Mills-Larman By RYA, After only three months in the 470, Cardiff’s Hannah Mills and Southampton’s Rachel Larman have been recognised for their already promising performance and have been awarded the Marlow Ropes Award, entitling them to free Marlow Rope for a year... [more]
Wife battles cancer, husband battles sea By NZPA, New Zealand yachtie Graham Dalton thought his wife was on a school camp during the first leg of a round-the-world solo yacht race. Instead, she was having a mastectomy.... [more]
Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event By ISAF, The ISAF Council decided to hold an evaluation event for a Women's High Performance Dinghy in advance of the decision on the ten events for the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be made at the 2007 ISAF Annual Conference this November in Athens, Greece... [more]
Team Shirley Robertson follow the sun By Sophie Luther, The British Yngling Team Shirley Robertson, comprising of Shirley with Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor have moved to sunny Palma in Mallorca, with boats, buggies, Grandmas et al in tow, to continue training throughout the winter.... [more]
The Chilly Willies New Year Day race at Wilsonian By Roy Winnett, Clear blue skies helped to attract many helms and crews from the comfort of their beds for the ‘Chilly Willies’ New Year day race but unfortunately the fresh to strong westerly dampened their enthusiasm and just fourteen boats ventured out... [more]
Rohan Veal reports on his progress - Aust Moths By Rohan Veal, Rohan Veal relates his experiences over the first few days of the Australian International Moth Championships... [more]
2007 is 50th anniversary of the International OK By Terry Curtis, Back in 1957 Axel Dangaard Olsen of Seattle, USA, asked the Danish yacht designer Knud Olsen to prepare drawings for a light and fast single-handed sailing dinghy based on conventional plywood construction. The resulting design was named the OK, using Knud Olsen's initials in reverse... [more]
Unai Basurko final finisher in Velux 5 Oceans By Tim Kelly, At 03:22 local time (18:22 UTC), Unai Basurko crossed the finish line in Fremantle (Western Australia) and marked the end of an epic first leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. After 72 days, 7 hours and 22 minutes alone at sea, PAKEA finally completed an amazing leg of ocean racing that certainly lived up to the title of The Ultimate Solo Challenge... [more]
Life back on land for Sir Robin By Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Now safely in Fremantle, RKJ looks back at the arrival at the end of the first leg and ponders the work required to get Saga Insurance ready for the restart of the Velux 5 Oceans later this month... [more]
Sink this silly race says Tabloid Writer By Robyn Riley/Sail-World, 'It is time to pull the plug on the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race' says Robyn Riley from Melbourne's Sunday Herald. Her views on motor racing, cycling, rock fishing, mountain climbing, kayaking, horse riding, Australian Rules football, Rugby, parachuting, trekking and tiddly winks are unknown.... [more]
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