A great win for the GBR Red team in the Rolex Commodores' Cup at Cowes this past weekend. And while the strong winds blasted the Moth Worlds away and most other dinghy events on the south coast, the AudiMed Cup completed another closely contested event off Sardinia.
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The gale force winds meant that I could catch up with some other sporting events - a storming drive from Lewis Hamilton at the British GP and one of the great tennis finals at Wimbledon - Rafael Nadal's efforts keeping the streets of Madrid empty until he finally took the title.
First the football Europeans, now Wimbledon could Spain be the surprise team at Qingdao?
Enjoy your sailing Gerald New UK Editor
Commodores' Cup - GBR Red in the wind and rain Trish Jenkins, A solid 30 knots of wind for the final day of the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup maintained the tension until the very last moments of the competition. In the end John Shepherd's big boat, Fair Do's VII made it around the race course cleanly to post a second, while the two smaller GBR Red boats, Erivale III and Quokka 7 did enough, the mid-boat finishing ninth and the small boat coming home fourth... [more]
Qingdao green is starting to disappear Sail-World Asia, Mark Fullerton from Doyle Sailing Qingdao reports that the beachside clean up operation is starting to take affect, as today's images indicate.... [more]
Images from the Audi MedCup - Sardinia: Day 5 Ian Roman, Ian Roman presents images from the fifth and final day of the Audi MedCup at Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. This round was won by Quantum Racing... [more]
Wot Rocket test run - latest pix Sail-World, Australia's Wot Rocket team of Sean Langman and Martin 'Tacka'Thompson are still waiting for the right conditions on Sydney's Botany Bay to set the half sailboat, half sailplane loose... [more]
Rolex Commodores's Cup - GBR Red close on victory Trish Jenkins, The 2008 Rolex Commodores's Cup concludes Sunday with a double points inshore race scheduled for 10.30am. Having led by ten points going into Saturday's race, GBR Red delivered a near terminal blow over the other teams, and now hold a 32.5 point lead over defending champions France Blue going into the final race... [more]
Bill Ludlow, Chairman of WPNSA dies PR, It is with sorrow that the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), host venue to the 2012 sailing events, today announces the passing of Bill Ludlow, Chairman of WPNSA from 1999 to 2008... [more]
World Records require 50cm water depth John Reed, Secretary to WSSR Council, The WSSRC's new rule on minimum water depth for speed record attempts has seemingly caused a great deal of excitement among the kite sailing community with strong opinions being expressed both for and against.... [more]
Quantum Racing win the Audi Region of Sardinia Tr. Event media, The American boat Quantum Racing steered by Terry Hutchinson with Americans Morgan Larson and Mark Mendelblatt lead a great team performance to win the Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy and lead the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 at the mid-way point of the season. Quantum finished third in Alicante in May and fifth in Marseille and now the American boat tops the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 standings... [more]
Moths blown away on opening day at Weymouth Alexandra Harris, The largest ever fleet of foiling moths have assembled for the CST Composites 2008 Moth World Championships. With 99 entries from 18 countries, it is the second largest fleet of Moths to attend a world title event and Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy is a hive of activity with sail measurement and much preventative maintenance taking place... [more]
Claire Leroy wins Women's prize - Match Cup Sweden WRMT Event, Reigning Women's World Champion Claire Leroy and her team showed why they've dominated the women's game for nearly two years now, taking the top women's prize at Match Cup Sweden Saturday. For the Finals, Leroy met new sailing sensation Anna Kjellberg from Gothenburg, who is sailing in her first World Match Racing Tour event... [more]
Conditions improve at Optimist Europeans Event media / Sail-World.co.uk, The wind piped up for day 4 of the Optimist European Championship on Lake Garda, bringing excellent and testing sailing conditions in approximately 16 knots, with some strong gusts, and some sharp chop.... [more]
Kiwi Karl Purdie leads OK Worlds warm-up event Sail-World, After day 1 of the Warnemunde Week Regatta in Germany, which precedes the OK World Championship, Karl Purdie of New Zealand has taken the lead with two wins and a third. Purdie is two points clear of Denmark's Jorgan Lindhardtsen and three points ahead of third placed Mark Perrow of New Zealand... [more]
Finn UK Nationals - Day 1 Sail-world, Light winds for the first day of the J.M.Finn & Co. Finn National Championships taking place at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club. Jonathan Lobert of France is leading after two races were completed, second is Britain's Giles Scott and third Andrew Mills... [more]
SLAM lead 18ft Skiff Europeans Alec MacKinley, Day 5 of the 18ft Skiff European International Championship at Six-Fours started under an uncharacteristically leaden sky and 10-12 knot breeze from the south west. Two Australian teams, Slam and Yandoo Sangyong, started the day tied in the lead, but by the end of day six and with 12 races completed, Slam had a clear lead ahead of Pindar with another Brit boat, Ronstan in third... [more]
There be Dragons - The Edinburgh Cup Media, This weekend Plymouth, Devon, is being invaded by Dragons from across the UK, France, Ireland, Hong Kong and the USA as they converge on the Royal Western Yacht Club in preparation for their South Coast Championship and the 60th running of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup - the Open British Championship of the class... [more]
Match Cup Sweden - Semi-finalists decided WMRT, In an example of the Apprentice beating the Master, 22-year old Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team has defeated four time ISAF Match Racing World Champion and America's Cup veteran Peter Gilmour (AUS) and his PST Team to advance to the Semi-Final stage here at Match Cup Sweden. Other semi-finalists are Mathieu Richard (FRA), Magnus Holmberg (SWE) and Mattias Rahm (SWE)... [more]
New York claims overall victory in Clipper 07-08 Clipper event media, New York crossed the finish line of Race 14 in first place at 0014 GMT (0114 BST) on Saturday claiming the overall title of Clipper 07-08. Uniquely Singapore finished Race 14 in second place, crossing the finish line at 0034 GMT (0134 BST), with Hull & Humber less than three minutes behind in third.... [more]
GBR, FRA, IRL after Day 5 of Commodores' Cup Trish Jenkins, The Pressure Cooker Starts to BoDay five of the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2008 and the 45 competitors and their 15 teams found themselves challenged by a new course format. Today's single race was around a variety of marks in the central and eastern Solent, sailed in an awkward southeasterly breeze of around 12 knots. GBR teams earned the top two spots in Class One with Fair Do's VII taking second... [more]
Quantum Racing go Clear on penultimate day Event media, In strong, Mistral winds today on the Gulf of Cagliari it was John Kostecki and the crack Artemis crew who showed, as in Marseille, that they thrive in strong winds when they won the only race. Quantum Racing go into the final day with a four point lead. With the Mistral wind peaking at nearly 30 knots, only one race, the seventh of the Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta, could be completed... [more]
Clipper Fleet head into final port - Liverpool Event media, After just over twenty four hours of racing up the Irish Sea from Cork to Liverpool only 14 miles separate the entire Clipper fleet, as they battle for the final three podium positions in the biennial 35,000-mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. New York and Uniquely Singapore are leading the fleet, but with three boats just one mile behind, there is no room for complacency... [more]
iShares Cup Extreme 40 series on TV Event media, The iShares Cup Extreme 40 six-part TV series is hitting TV screens around the world over the coming weeks. Programme 1 covers the first round of the iShares Cup on Lake Lugano on the Swiss/Italian border. In the first race of the first day as America's Cup defenders Alinghi capsized in dramatic style after being caught out by a severe squall that ripped through the fleet in seconds... [more]
James Sansbury wins RS600 Open at Broadstairs SC James Nuttall, James Sainsbury was the clear winner at the Broadstairs SC, RS600 Fat Face Racing Circuit open meeting. Ten boats turned up and after strong winds on Saturday, when only one race was completed, the fleet was able to fit in five races on Sunday, when Sainsbury won all five to take the event... [more]
Liverpool YC report on City of Culture Regattas Richard Baldwin, Liverpool Yacht Club organised the IRC classes for the City of Culture Regattas on 28 and 29 June. The weather on both days was similar with a W to NW F4-6 with slightly stronger winds on the Saturday. The races each day followed the same pattern.... [more]
Race filled - 30 entrants for Vendée Globe 2008 Vendée Globe media, The 2008 Vendée Globe thirty places planned in the race notice have now been filled and there will indeed be thirty candidates lining up on 9 November for the start in Les Sables d'Olonne. An exceptional line-up, an unprecedented competitive level, this edition of the race deserves all the superlatives. It is now certain that the 2008 Vendée Globe will be an all ticket affair... [more]
GBR Red head Rolex Commodores' Cup pack Karenza Morton, An impressive offshore second for Jerry Otter's Erivale and a fourth for Peter Rutter's Quokka allowed GBR Red to maintain their position ahead of the French despite, in the Class One race, Fair Do's VII finishing ninth behind France Blue's race winner Lady Courrier. GBR Red went into the offshore with a two-point lead over the French and have maintained that lead... [more]
Mutua Madrilena win the Cagliari Coastal Race Event media, Damaged to such an extent that they had to withdraw from this Race in Marseille, Mutua Madrilena, proved they are finding their form in skipper Vasco Vascotto´s native country, winning both sections of the 32 miles Coastal Race into the Gulf of Angels. But, it was the steady performance of Quantum Racing which sees them top of both the event leader-board and the season long Audi MedCup Circuit... [more]
Do ISAF rankings point to Olympic medals ? ISAF / Sail-World.co.uk, Similarly to the situation before the 2004 Games, the only British sailors to hold a top place in the latest ISAF World Rankings, are the Yngling team of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, who top the Women´s Keelboat section in the last ranking release before the 2008 Olympic sailing events in China. Australia are top nation this time round but blew it at the 2004 Games when they held sec... [more]
Olympic sailors comment on Qingdao Algae - Video ONE Sport, ONE Sport talks to Dan Slater, one of New Zealand's Qingdao bound sailors, about the problems the algae outbreak on the course could cause for him and the rest of the team at the 2008 Sailing Olympics. Plus video from ABC on the algae in Qingdao.... [more]
Williams knocked out of Match Cup Sweden event WMRT Media, Reigning World Champion, Britain's Ian Williams failed to qualify amidst tough competition at the Match Cup Sweden. Leading the final pack is last year's runner-up on the Tour, Mathieu Richard and his French Match Racing Team, who managed to win nine of eleven matches. Williams and Damien Iehl (FRA) joined Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Paolo Cian of Italy on the benches for Fridays quarter final rounds... [more]
Somali Pirates Double Ransom Demand for Cruisers Nancy Knudsen, Somali pirates who seized four cruising sailors on June 23 – a German couple, their son and a French Skipper – have now upped their demands to US$2 million. The four sailors, who had been sailing from Egypt to Thailand, are being held in a camp in the breakaway state of Somaliland. Unconfirmed reports from Africa identify the German yacht as the Rockall, the sailors as M. Sabine and K. Juergen... [more]
Velocitek is the 2008 Contender Worlds sponsor Stephanie Mah, The North American Contender Association is pleased to announce that Velocitek, the preeminent maker of performance racing tools for sailors of all classes, is the 2008 Contender World Championships naming sponsor.... [more]
RS400 Master Class from Hudson and Wakefield Peter Bell, The Highcliffe RS400 Fat Face Circuit event provided excellent racing in exciting conditions. The weekend's 'boisterous' weather forecast evidently deterred some campaigners from making the trip however those that made the effort were rewarded on Saturday by launching into a pleasant 12 knot breeze and clearing skies... [more]
Rolex Commodores' Cup offshore race underway Media, The Rolex Commodores' Cup offshore race set sail at 10.30 from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, but rather than the welcome sunny 10-20 knot conditions of the past two days was in three to five knots of southwesterly breeze under a grey sky. The start coincided with a building ebb tide to take the boats west out of the Solent... [more]
Audi MedCup - Mean Machine and Quantum lead Event media, After a second day of regular, consistent sea breezes on the Gulf of Cagliari Mean Machine hold the regatta lead by just one point, while two wins by Quantum Racing earned them the overall Circuit lead and leaves them a close second to Mean Machine going into the Coastal Race. Mean Machine posted a second and third from an interesting day's racing... [more]
Burns and Simpson win Largo Bay RS200 Open Sarah Robertson, Largo Bay played host club for the fourth Scottish traveller for the Scottish RS 200 circuit. Competitors were greeted by champagne sailing conditions on arrival with a SW 12 – 20 knots breeze oscillating 15 degrees from mean all day on Saturday, with a rolling 1/4 – 1 metre swell. Robbie Burns and Vicky Simpson from the Largs SC were the winners of the event... [more]
Gram-Hansen leads Match Cup Sweden after Day Two WMRT media, Gram-Hansen, the Danish skipper, has taken the lead in light air and tricky conditions with three flights left in Round Robin at Match Cup Sewden. Yesterday's sunny skies returned today on day two of Match Cup Sweden, but the wind did not.... [more]
Images from Audi MedCup - Day 1 Ian Roman, Images from Audi MedCup - Day 1 in Sardinia by Ian Roman... [more]
Manche Basse-Normandie wins first offshore leg Anatole Lucet, Manche Basse-Normandie has won the first offshore leg in the Tour de France A La Voile. The M 30s of the Tour de France Sailing Race left Dunkerque yesterday evening. They arrived at noon in Dieppe. This 94 nautical miles offshore leg was raced in light winds, taking 15 hours. Nouvelle-Calédonie (Ronan Dreano) is the new leader of the overall ranking... [more]
The return of Mean Machine - Audi Sardinia Trophy
Peter de Ridder and his Mean Machine returned to form to win two of the first three races of the Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy regatta. Added to a fourth place from Race 2 today, the 2006 MedCup Champions lead the regatta standings by four points.... [more]
Craig aims to take record fourth OK world title Robert Deaves, OKDIA, Warnemünde in the east of Germany is a particularly popular choice as the venue for the 46th OK Dinghy World Championships, scheduled to open next weekend. So far 89 sailors from Australia, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Poland and Sweden have entered for what promises to be a tough and hard fought for event. Nick Craig is the favourite to take the title for a fourth year in a row... [more]
GBR Red lead day 2 of Rolex Commodores' Cup Trish Jenkins, With the wind having backed around to the southeast overnight, racing on Day 2 of the Rolex Commodores' Cup was held off Hill Head, in the Central Solent, in more breeze, occasionally gusting to more than 20 knots and a short chop making for a wet ride. After the first race it was the turn of Ireland Green to move ahead before GBR Red showed in the second race with each boat scoring a second place... [more]
Earthrace - a vehicle for fuel change Scott Fratcher www.yachtwork.com, Team Earthrace, led by New Zealand Skipper Pete Bethune, has smashed the world circumnavigation record for a speedboat by almost 14 days. Almost five years of preparation, planning and two record attempts have paid off leaving the bio-diesel powered Earthrace team to claim the round the world speedboat record.... [more]
America's Cup teams to race at Cowes Week Media / Sail-world, The Extreme 40 catamaran series, the iShares Cup, is rapidly becoming a mini America's Cup event following the announcement that BMW Oracle will enter two boats at the Skandia Cowes Week series. BMW Oracle, the America's Cup challenger of record, will join Alinghi, the AC defender and British AC challenger Team Origin and nine other teams for the third event of the iShares Cup... [more]
Grafham Water Flying Fifteen Open Meeting Simon Kneller, Twenty one Flying Fifteens gathered at Grafham Water for the annual Grafham FF Open Meeting over the weekend of 28-29 June. Bright sunshine and a steady force 4 on the Saturday meant that a great day's racing was in store. Jeremy Davy and Tom Hall from HISC won the event overall on countback level after finishing level on points with Alan Bax and Paul Busby - very close... [more]
Brits lead 18ft Skiff European Championship Alec Mckinlay, The 2008 European International Championship for 18ft skiffs got underway in Six Fours, just down the road from Hyeres in the South of France, launching from the dramatically named Brutal Beach. Ronstan UK with Ian Turnbull, Paul Constable and Alec Mckinlay on board are tied in the lead with news boys on the block, Jarrod Simpson, David Cunningham and Adam Ovington on TMF... [more]
Wot Rocket's chance to fly blown away with a gale Lisa Ratcliff, Today was the day Wot Rocket pilot Sean Langman and wing man Martin Thompson were going to 'fly' but the opportunity was blown out of the water following a delay getting off the beach at Kurnell in Sydney's south east. However with 30 knot nor'westerly gusts hurtling across Botany Bay . . . well!!... [more]
New Wind Technolgy to be trialled at Olympics ScienceDaily, Mobile LIDAR station can measure wind fields more accurately which could help sailors in competitions, like the Olympics. Ocean University of China researchers have developed and tested a mobile LIDAR (light detection and ranging) station that can accurately measure wind speed and direction over large areas in real time -- an application useful for aviation safety, weather forecasting and sports.... [more]
Solo Pre-Champs at Weymouth Steve Ede, The Solo class headed to WPNSA on the weekend of June 28 / 29 for its inaugural ‘pre-championship' event. This gave the fleet the chance to practise on salt water three weeks before the Nationals. The racing was dominated by Jim Hunt, who headed home after race 5 having already secured the title with 4 wins and a second... [more]
Uka Uka Racing wins Cagliari Melges 32 Audi series Justin Chisholm, The three way battle for supremacy in the Cagliari edition of the Melges 32 Audi Circuit 2008 between Claudio Recchi on Uka Uka Racing, Savino Formentini's Bitipi and Stefano Leporati's Kismet and went down to the wire on the third and final day. Uka Uka Racing, placing fourth in this race were able to claim victory in the Cagliari Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2008... [more]
Gul RS200/RS500 Youth Championship Event media, Brilliant sunshine, F4-5 winds, large waves and the spectacle of the Round the Island Race greeted the 18 competitors as they gathered at HISC this weekend for the first of two Gul RS200/RS500 Youth Championship events, also sponsored by Hyundai. Several top 29er + 420 sailors recently returned from success in Kiel week joined the regular teams... [more]
Clipper 07-08 Round the World Race 16/09/07 The Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race started in Liverpool (UK), the 16 September 2007... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1018
Keelboat Events 01/10/06 Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=886
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