The RYA Youth Championships drifted to halt at Hayling Island as the UK suffered a minor spring heatwave and the Velux 5 Oceans start has been put back as storms hit the coast of the US.
But due to get underway, hopefully on time, is Louis Vuitton challenger series for the America's Cup.
Reports of Valencia as a good choice for the venue are varying as wildly as the weather there at this time of the year, but all will be revealed in the next couple of weeks.
Tomorrow Sail-World launches the first of our daily newsletters on the America’s Cup which will give you the key results, photos and stories from the day’s racing, plus expert analysis from Bob Fisher who has been covering sailing and America’s Cup for almost 40 years and is a top sailor in his own right.
In his latest AC report, Bob digs through his chip-paper for some local colour, which seems to have more answers than the team owners press conference - stay with Sail-World.com/uk for more of the same.
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Gerald New Sail-World UK Editor
John Lennon, imagination and the new Boon Solo By Gerald New, John Lennon once said, 'The trouble with reality is it leaves a lot to the imagination' - and in dinghy design imagination has run riot. Now a new epoxy FRP version of Jack Holt's classic Solo design brings a sense of reality and quality that is a world away from the early plastic horrors that now crumble away in dinghy parks across the country... [more]
Luna Rossa's Bertelli speaks frankly about new Cup format By Luna Rossa Media, Patrizio Bertelli, Head of the Luna Rossa Syndicate, gave his views on a number of America's Cup related topics, this morning at the press conference. ''I am totally against a version of the America’s Cup held every two years; it is too short of a time span to put a team together and create a project which holds any vision.'... [more]
Fisher's View: On the Brink By Bob Fisher, Early morning, Sunday April 15th, and all is calm around the America’s Cup harbour. It is a Grade A grey day, promising drizzle, but it is the day before the first round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It should be a sparkling day, but it isn’t. And there is no promise of improvement in the weather for a few days.... [more]
German supermodel to be 18th 'man' aboard USA-98 By BMW Oracle Racing Media, The BMW ORACLE Racing team is eagerly awaiting the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup, in the course of which the challenger of the America’s Cup title defender Alinghi will be determined. And they are expecting Tatjana Patitz - the native of Hamburg is due to go aboard with BMW ORACLE Racing in Valencia on Monday, 16 April, and will be experiencing the fascinating 'Formula One of Sailing' live and up close in the official race.... [more]
RYA names Team GBR for 2007 Youth Worlds By RYA, As the 2007 RYA Youth National Championships and Trials drew to a close on Saturday, selectors for the 2007 RYA Team GBR Youth Worlds Team unveiled the ten sailors who will compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Kingston, Canada, this July... [more]
Everyone a Winner at RYA 2007 Youth Championships By Richard Langdon, Everyone a Winner at RYA 2007 Youth Championships - After five days of tricky competition, the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials drew to a close Saturday at the Hayling Island Sailing Club... [more]
Images from the RYA Youth Championships By Richard Langdon, Images from the RYA 2007 Youth Championships at Hayling Island from the lens of Richard Langdon.... [more]
New Sponsor on-board +39 By Media PR, Interporto Campano Cis is the new partner for the Italian America's Cup Challenger +39. During the same media rendezvous the design team, led by principal designer Giovanni Ceccarelli, Team Manager Cesare Pasotti and skipper Luca Devoti, also outlined the situation of the mast, giving an update on the work that has been done on the spar... [more]
Blank-Out at RYA Youth Championships By RYA / S-W UK, Only one fleet managed to race on the final day of the RYA Youth Championships at Hayling Island. Although the conditions looked promising early on, just after the fleets launched the wind again gradually fell light. Only the RS:X board class managed to complete one race before all racing was abandoned... [more]
2007 MedCup Circuit Official Opening Celebrations By MedCup media, The 2007 MedCup Circuit enjoyed a sparkling launch Friday in Alicante. Marking the start of the countdown to the start of the new season, now only two months from now, and highlighting the first association of sailing's premier fleet racing circuit with Alicante, a great insight into what lies in store was presented by the launch... [more]
Velux 5 Oceans Norfolk start storm delayed By Tim Kelly, Race Director David Adams today announced that the start of Velux 5 Oceans Race Leg three has been postponed as a result of the severe weather expected to hit Norfolk, Virginia (USA), over the weekend.... [more]
On Gamers - Americas Cup By www.sandfield.co.nz, Big Boats, Big Teams, Big Egos and Boat Loads of Cash - Yes the America's Cup is just about underway and you can compete. Just as we did with the Super 14 and the ICC Cricket World Cup, Sandfield have built an America's Cup online picking competition using On Game... [more]
Five Wally yachts for Superyacht Cup By Event media, The Superyacht Cup incorporating The New Zealand Millennium Cup is expecting up to 60 yachts from 30m to over 80m length overall. It will be held at Dique del Oeste in Palma, Mallorca, June 16 -19th 2007. The latest entries to confirm this week are Tiketitan, Dark Shadow, J One and Open Season and the latest Wally, Y3K which is launching this week will also be heading to Palma.... [more]
+39 Challenge goes back to sailing By +39 Challenge, ITA 85 was tested at sea with the mast that was given to the Italian team by Alinghi, a profile of the old generation, slightly less stiff than a version 5, where the new rules allow for a higher module carbon fibre and the possibility of mounting a halyard and jumper shrouds in a material other than steel.... [more]
RYA Youth Championships - All change at the top on Day 4 By RYA, Competitors at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials saw a long day out on the water on Friday as event organisers made the best of the breeze at the Hayling Island Sailing Club to catch up on the race schedule after three days of light winds... [more]
Lars Hendriksen wins Transbunker Dragon Gold Cup By Event Media, Danish competitor Lars Hendriksen, helmsman of boat Eva, is the winner of the 40th edition of the Transbunker Dragon Gold Cup, held in Real Club Náutico de Palma, after the Race Committee decided to cancel today’s race due to the absolute lack of wind... [more]
'I'll drink to that' - Sir Robin toasts new sponsor By Sophy Williams, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, known as the Genuine Maritime Malt, has come on board to support Sir Robin as he sets sail from Norfolk (USA) this Sunday competing against four other competitors with the aim of a podium place in Bilbao, Spain... [more]
Veterans drop-in to visit VELUX 5 Oceans start By Tim Kelly, With only two days to go to the start of final leg of the VELUX 5 Oceans, the single-handed round the world yacht race, the City of Norfolk is set to celebrate their very own ‘Veterans Day’... [more]
Start of BMW Sailing Cup world final in Valencia By Jo Gawith, A highlight for all sailing enthusiasts – in the grand world final of the BMW Sailing Cup, 1.400 amateur sailors from seven nations will be competing against each other from Friday 13 April until Sunday 15 April... [more]
Bio-fuelled Earthrace reaches Hawaii By Christie Wilson, The biodiesel-powered trimaran Earthrace entered Hawaii's Ma'alaea Harbor yesterday, she has now refuelled and iss now tracking towards the marshall Islands.... [more]
China International Boat Show 07 ends on high note By IBI Magazine, The 2007 China International Boat Show (CIBS) closed its doors to the public on Sunday, having registered a record-breaking level of attendance over its four-day run. According to show organiser CMP Sinoexpo, visitor numbers were up 10 per cent over the previous year to 23,000, while the number of exhibitors also grew by 10 per cent to 352.... [more]
America’s Cup: The best is yet to come! By Gerald New, Monday will see the start of the final series of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The sparring Acts are over, now it is put-up or shut-up time. The recent fleet racing introduced the challenger’s new boats to Alinghi, the Defender, and were found wanting. That was in a fleet racing format, where at least the presence of all eleven challengers plus the defender made for an interesting spectacle... [more]
Zhik seeks European Sales Manager By email@example.com, Zhik is a new global brand in high performance sailing apparel. This sales management role requires an ambitious and energetic person, able to adapt as the company grows... [more]
VELUX 5 Oceans gets ready for final sprint By Tim Kelly, The VELUX 5 Oceans has certainly delivered thrilling drama and compelling action from the outset, even with a relatively small fleet of yachts whose skippers have been tested to their extremes across the world’s harshest oceans.... [more]
RYA Youth Championships - Day 3 By RYA / S-W UK, 10 knot breeze this morning so all fleets sailed. The wind finally arrived on day three of the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials, with all classes getting a taste of the action at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Thursday... [more]
Laser SB3 Spring Championships By Clare Molloy, Starting this weekend, the Raymarine Warsash Spring Championships marks the first major event for the Laser SB3 class for 2007. Historically the event sets the precedent for the coming racing season and this year should be no exception... [more]
Weston Grand Slam - Victory for B14 Readycrest By Mark Barnes, Over the Bank holiday 42 asymmetrics, including eleven RS400s, seven RS800s, five B14s and five Cherubs turned up at Weston to test the conditions. They were not to be disappointed. The Race Officers were, at times pushed to get the races in, but the sun did prevail and most enjoyed themselves... [more]
Sailrocket update 38.3 kt . . . with a blown tyre! By Paul Larsen, Full rudder lock and a partially stalled wing we still managed a 100 meter stretch at an average of 37.35 knots. Well that was probably the shortest and wildest ride of my sailing life. It was our 8th day at 'speedspot' in Walvis Bay and conditions were looking good.... [more]
60 Melges 24s heading for Worlds at Santa Cruz By Rich Roberts, Sixty boats from seven countries are entered in the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship from May 3-12, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club.... [more]
Calling Boat Builders - Like to Live Downunder? By Powerboat-World and Sail-World, The BBC is on the search for families to take part in their second series of Wanted Down Under. In particular, the BBC is looking for boatbuilders hoping to emigrate to New Zealand or Australia, who would be happy to be filmed test-riding life Down Under.... [more]
All hands to the Mast on +39 By +39 media, The hard work continues at the base of the Italian Challenger +39. Easter holidays are over, they have been celebrated with 'carbon fibre spaghetti' as an Italian daily titled.... [more]
RYA Youth Championships - Day 2 at HISC By RYA/Sail-World UK, Day two and very similar light wind conditions to the first day. All classes were held on the beach until 14:00 when the 29er were launched. They were followed at 16:00 by the rest of the classes, but racing was abandoned for the Hobies and Laser Standard... [more]
It's Champagne Mumm Ladies Day at Skandia Cowes Week By Peta Stuart-Hunt, Champagne G.H. Mumm is the proud sponsor of this year’s Ladies Day at Skandia Cowes Week which is earmarked for Thursday, 9 August. As one of the regatta’s long-standing supporting sponsors, and with its own commitment to celebrating remarkable feats of endurance and human achievement, this is a perfect fit and there’s a host of fun and celebratory activities planned... [more]
Dalton defiant - the challenge continues By Velux5oceans media, After 21 days in the Brazilian port of Fortaleza, Kiwi skipper, Graham Dalton, restarted racing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS six days ago having overcome technical problems and poor health that would have broken weaker men.... [more]
Mike Hobin wins Maidenhead Solo Open By John Ewbank, Clear skies and steady 17mph winds from the North East greeted 5 home and 12 guest sailors to the Maidenhead Solo Open. The format for the day was three races, one in the morning and two in the afternoon with the best 2 from 3 to count. Forecast for the day was for the wind to move to the North and then back to the North East as the day went on with wind steadily increasing... [more]
Only Two classes race at RYA Youth Nationals By RYA, The opening day of competition at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials saw a slow start for the young sailors who were all rigged, ready and eager to race at the Hayling Island Sailing Club on Tuesday... [more]
City rivals take to waters in BMW City Challenge By Jo Gawith - Performance PR, City firms are set to battle it out on the water in the 2007 BMW City Challenge, the popular Docklands-based summer yacht racing series, which takes place from May-September... [more]
Nick Craig wins OK Spring Cup in Medemblik By OK Media, Twentyfour OKs from five countries arrived at Royal Yacht Club Hollandia over the Easter weekend for their annual Spring Cup. They were treated to eight great races over three days against a top quality international fleet... [more]
Give Sailing a Go at Datchet Water SC By DWSC Media, On the weekend of 21–22 April, Datchet Water Sailing Club will be organising 'Get On The Water' open days aimed at promoting sailing. All visitors desiring to try sailing or looking for a friendly sailing club close to London are welcome... [more]
RYA Youth National Championships - Opening day By RYA, Some 330 of the UK’s finest young sailors are at Hayling Island Sailing Club this week ready for the start of racing at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials today in the Laser, Laser Radial, 29er, Hobie 16, 420 and RS:X windsurfing classes... [more]
Louis Vuitton Cup Round 1 Pairing List By America's Cup Media, This is the pairing list based on the Louis Vuitton Cup Notice of Race and established from the final challenger rankings following Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13. Under normal circumstances, Matches one to three of each Flight will be sailed on the northern race area with the ‘Romeo’ Race Committee while Matches four through six will be on the southern race area, with the ‘Juliet’ Race Committee.... [more]
Sizzler Byte World Championships By Peter Cummin, Bangkok Post, In a hard-fought world championship sailed over the past week off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, South Pattaya, Thai teenager Keerati Bualung held off 31 competitors from seven countries for an excellent victory. He finished the 10 races with a total of 22 penalty points, seven clear of Singaporean Herman Nurfendi, second on 29, with a courageous Singaporean 'lioness' Valerie Chia Ying Ying finishing third on 42 points.... [more]
Sail Rocket needs an Anchor By Sail-World/ Sail Rocket blog, The purpose built Sail Rocket speed sailing catamaran is at the famed Wallis Bay speed course in Africa. Today conditions were perfect but they'd lost their anchor.... [more]
SolingSouth American Championship - Final By Matias Collins, BRA 73 with George Nehm, Marcos Ribeiro and Lucio Ribeiro won the 2007 South American Champs, after no races were held in the last day of the event due to no wind at all... [more]
Alexander Kavas wins Lake Garda Optimist Meeting By Media, With two great performances in the last races of the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting the young Greek Alexander Kavas passed former leader Ettore Botticini and won the Division A, at the biggest event worldwide for the Optimist class... [more]
RYA Championships ready to go at HISC By Gerald New, A sunny Easter holiday weekend meant that there was lots of activity at Hayling Island SC as the club sailors taking part in the Pennant Weekend series, mixed with the early arrivals for the 2007 RYA Youth Championships. Plus some new arrivals in the Moth and RS800s... [more]
Next -Solar weather warnings By Rob Kothe, Last December 5th's solar flare caused an intense radio burst that affected GPS systems world wide the following day. Some receivers had a reduction in accuracy while others totally lost the ability to determine position.... [more]
Red Funnel Easter Challenge - Panthera Strikes Again! By RORC/Louay Habib, The big issue at the 16th Red Funnel Easter Challenge was about how to cope in light airs - a scenario that is always going to be a possibility in yacht racing. The general conditions were super light with gradient breeze being affected by weak sea breezes. Knowing when the breeze would shift and gauging the strong tide were the major conundrums for the competitors. However, despite the lack of breeze, the 72 competing yachts at the regatta enjoyed the event immensely... [more]
Fisher's View: The Play is over - Let battle start By Bob Fisher, All 13 Louis Vuitton Acts are completed. The bragging rights are settled. The Louis Vuitton Cup, for the challenger selection, begins on Monday April 16th and no longer will there be any fleet racing, nor will the defender be able to line up against the potential opponent for the America’s Cup in June.... [more]
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