The Olympics start in less than two weeks and we have a feature on the opening of the Qingdao Olympic village, also read about the various security measures for the Games, including underwater robots and deploying navy ships.
Still on the Olympic theme, Robert Deaves looks at the Finn event and the likely challengers to hot favourite, Britain's Ben Ainslie. And the Dutch have developed a special Tornado genneker, flatter and smaller, to use to windward in the expected light winds.
Plus the Figaro is underway, the Optimist and Solo championships were decided and the Flying 15 championships started Sunday.
Lots of news and more every day on Sail-World.com/uk
Gerald New UK Editor
Qingdao Olympic village officially opens Xinhua News Agency, The Qingdao Olympic village officially opened on Sunday with 14 sailing teams including Japan, Brazil, Spain and China moving in. Decorated with Chinese paper cuts, water paintings and kites, the dwelling district for the Olympic sailors has special display room for folk culture, where craftsmen perform Chinese traditional arts like sugar painting, paper cutting and metal sculpting... [more]
Wells and Darling lead day 1 Flying 15 Nationals Sail-World.com/uk, The Flying 15 National Championships got underway at Hayling Island SC in perfect conditions in Hayling Bay. Greg Wells and Mark Darling were the eventual winners of the first race after a close tussle with Barry and Sue Parkin... [more]
RORC Channel Race Louay Habib, The Channel Race started in a very light south westerly breeze of about four to six knots, and the race was to prove highly tactical. Tidal strategy was of course vital, but wind strategy was at least equally important. It was a day for keeping your head out of the boat.... [more]
Olympics - Qingdao beefs up security measures Mu Xuequan, Postponing a popular beer festival, recruiting underwater robots and deploying navy ships , these are just a few measures Olympic co-host city Qingdao is using to fend off any possible terror attack.... [more]
Italian crews lead 420 Worlds Sail-World, Britain's Ben Saxton and David de Boltz are in fourth after the end of the qualifying series for the 420 Worlds. Scotti Mancinelli and Lorenzo Edoardo De Felice of Italy lead.... [more]
Images From Wot Rocket's Recent Practice Run Crosbie Lorimer, On Tuesday this week Wot Rocket made two fast runs on Botany Bay in a cold 15 knot southwesterly. Reaching speeds in excess of 20 twenty knots she lifted briefly onto her forward foil before steering problems brought her to an abrupt halt on both occasions.... [more]
Race abandonment gives Quantum Racing MedCup win Audi MedCup media, Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing became the first team since 2006 to win back-to-back MedCup regattas when the AP over A flags were finally hoisted this afternoon, winning the fourth regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 - the 14th Breitling Regatta trophy... [more]
BBC Dragons track-down Waterbuoy for new TV show John Sharp, t the end of 2007, James Halliburton, appeared on the BBC 2 programme Dragons' Den, where he faced the fierce panel of financial investors with Waterbuoy, his ingenious emergency floatation device that saves boaters' dropped valuables from a watery grave – Now they want him back!... [more]
Quantum Racing marches on in Breitling Regatta Audi MedCup media, Quantum Racing sit on the threshold of back to back regatta wins after a second and a first today on the Bay of Palma to go into Saturday's one final race of the 14th Breitling Regatta with a lead of 14 points. Reeling off 2,2,1,1,2,1 finishes since Wednesday morning the American boat now have a 30 points overall lead on the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit standings... [more]
Final day decides winners at BCYC Regatta Justin Chisholm, The final day's racing decides the winners at the 2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta. With the first leg of the Class Zero course being a beat to into the tide, the boats delighted the throngs of spectators and photographers watching from under the Royal Yacht Squadron platform, by starting close to the shore in an effort to cheat the tide.... [more]
Cumbley is new Solo National Champion Claire Clark / Sail-world.com, The final day of the Solo National Championship at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club dawned slightly overcast with a few spots of rain in the air. Andy Davis needed a good win in the first race of the day, with Cumbley down the fleet to take it into the final race. It was not to be, Cumbley sailed a safe race to finish fifth with Davis safely tucked behind him in 12th and it was all over... [more]
Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE opens in Palma PR, More than one hundred yachts from fifteen countries will start competing on the waters of the Palma Bay in the Mediterranean's most important regatta - the 27th Copa del Rey AUDI MAPFRE - which was officially opened Saturday at the Real Club Náutico de Palma by Javier Sanz, president of the organizing committee. Classes racing include the GP42 and TP52, X-35, Swan 45, IRC, ORC 570 and ORC 670... [more]
Raul Rios wins Optimist World Championship OptiWorld media, Raul Rios (PUR), already North American champion, won the Optimist World championship with two races to go and good results in all wind conditions. Tomoyo Wakabayashi (JPN) missed out on a potential over-all bronze on the final windy day by a mere 8 points but took girls' gold.... [more]
Top-class line up for iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Event media, Round 3 of the iShares Cup Sailing Series is the UK leg of the Extreme 40 circuit. Racing takes place from August 2-4 as part of Skandia Cowes Week, the world's largest and longest-running sailing regatta, which runs from August 2-9.... [more]
Can anyone beat Ainslie? Robert Deaves, Robert Deaves looks at the field for the Finn class at the 2008 Olympic Games - the 15th set of Olympic Finn medals since 1952 which will be decided on the waters off Qingdao, China. Britain's Ben Ainslie is the hot favourite, here Deaves looks the likely challengers for what many consider a 'done deal'... [more]
British pair lead Javelin Eurocup Event media, The Eurocup of the Javelin class started also on Thursday at Travemuende Week, Germany. The British team Brian and David Earl scored three first places to take a clear lead... [more]
Flying Fifteen Nationals - Start Sunday at HISC Event media, Cowes is the birthplace of the Flying Fifteen - Uffa's bath, so they say! But Hayling Island SC like to think that it's spiritual home is at HISC. This weekend sees eighth running of the Flying 15 Championship at the club, the first back in 1957 and the most recent in 1999. Then it was won by Alan Bax and Bill Masterman and they will be back together to attempt a defence of their 'HISC Nationals'... [more]
Figaro starts Friday Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Fifty sailors will set off from La Rochelle today at 13:00 on the first of three legs of La Solitaire du Figaro, they key event of the Figaro solo sailing calendar. The 2008 edition will cover 1,880 miles over three legs: La Rochelle to Vigo in Galicia, then a return leg to Cherbourg in France before the final marathon leg of 826 miles to L'Aber W'rach... [more]
Normal service resumed at Solo Nationals Claire Clark / sail-world, Day 5 of the Solo National Championship at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and Torbay delivered 'Big Thursday' with some awesome sailing conditions with a Force 3-4 easterly at the start of the day with huge rollers in the bay. Normal service was resumed on the penultimate day of racing with Charlie Cumbley and Andy Davis dominating the racing... [more]
Quantum Racing take lead from Mean Machine Audi media, A perfect day for Quantum Racing and a black day for Mean Machine sees the Audi MedCup Circuit leaders take over the lead of the 14th Breitling Regatta off Puerto Portals, Mallorca. Their best Coastal Race of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 season so far, winning both sections of today's 34.2 miles passage back and forth across the Bay of Palma... [more]
Courrier Dunkerque wins Tour de France Sailing Anatole Lucet, Elcimaï – Ville de Marseille (Dimitri Deruelle) had come closer and closer since the fleet arrived in Marseille. But that wasn't enough to finish ahead of Courrier Dunkerque (Daniel Souben), leader since Lorient. The winner in the amateur ranking is Val Thorens (Lucas Millieret / Alexis Littoz)... [more]
2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Day 3 Justin Chisholm, The weather in Cowes was more akin to the Mediterranean than the south coast of England as the classic fleet left the Cowes Yacht Haven under crystal clear blue skies on day three of the 2008 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta.... [more]
McGregor double winner at Solo Nationals - day 4 Sail-World.com/uk, The invisible link that has seemed to keep defending champion Andy Davis and challenger Charlie Cumbley within a few places of one another was broken with a vengeance today. And the advantage went to Cumbley who finished the day with a seven point lead and Davis with an ONC. Joker in the pack was Hayling Island's David McGregor, has come back with double wins to move into third place overall... [more]
Qingdao - It's not normally like this !! Robert Deaves, Despite long-held predictions of almost guaranteed light winds at the Olympic regatta, the waters off Qingdao have another face with 22-25 knots over the last few days. After a prolonged period of fog and very light winds, these photos show a completely different side to the Olympic venue, with the 2004 Finn silver medalist Rafael Trujillo of Spain training this week in winds of 22-25 knots.... [more]
Dutch reveal revolutionary new Tornado sails Diana Bogaards, Last week, Dutch Team Zwitserleven Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis revealed its revolutionary sail for the Olympic competition in China. Because of the expected light winds in Qingdao, the Tornado duo focused on developing a special gennaker. It is a lot flatter and smaller then the regular gennakers used on the Tornado.... [more]
Owen Parker (1932-2008) - the professional racer Richard Gladwell, Owen Parker, who was Sir Edward Heath's professional sailing master on several yachts owned and skippered by the former UK Prime Minister passed away on July 9 aged 76 after a long battle with cancer... [more]
National 12 Open at Yorkshire Dales SC N12 media, Nine National 12's turned out ready and raring to go at the Yorkshire Dales SC for their Open Meeting. They were greeted by typical Grimwith greeting of white horses and sunshine.... [more]
Three UK teams start at Melges 32 US Championships Event media, Three international teams, all from the UK are bringing some spectacular talent to the third and largest ever Melges 32 US National Championship on July 25-27 in Newport, R.I. Twenty entries have been confirmed for the regatta which will be held in conjunction with the New York Yacht Club's Race Week at Newport, presented by Rolex... [more]
Medway Dinghy Regatta 2008 Roy Winnett, The Medway Dinghy Regatta, hosted and organised by Wilsonian Sailing Club on behalf of the Medway Yachting Association was held over the weekend 19 & 20 July. There was an outstanding entry of 99 boats, with 50 visitors from as far away as the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District and 24 sailing clubs were represented... [more]
Nominate your choice of World Sailor of the Year ISAF, Nominate your choice for the 2008 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. There is only one male and one female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, who will not only win the coveted Rolex timepiece and trophy, but receive true recognition of their achievement from their peers across the world.... [more]
Ericsson Racing Team makes steady progress Victoria Low, Ericsson 3 and 4, the two high-performance yachts of the Ericsson Racing Team for the Volvo Ocean Race, today began Day 6 of their race-mandated qualifying sail. This morning the international crew aboard Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, found themselves approaching Cape Finisterre.... [more]
Oceans Death? Answer Should be Blowing in the Wind Media Services, Russ George is the founder and current President of Planktos Science, a privately held San Francisco-based eco-restoration and ocean eco-technology company, whose mission is the restoration of damaged habitats. Here he offers a lucid and alarming account of the real problem for the survival of the world's oceans as we know them, and, literally blowing in the wind, an approach to a solution:... [more]
Extreme 40 set new Record racing along Thames iShares media, It's not often that four-times Olympic Gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent is beaten to the top spot, but today he was firmly resigned to second place whilst racing on The Thames onboard the iShares Extreme 40 catamaran alongside Dame Ellen MacArthur and a host of the world's top sailors. The fastest time was set by Oman Sail, a team supported by the Sultanate of Oman... [more]
Record Entry for Mengeham Rythe SC Regatta Carol Carter, Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club had a record 88 entrants for its Open Regatta on Sunday 20 July 2008 with the fast Foiling Moths providing the best spectacle and first across the line in 82 minutes. The 13 events were particularly well supported by the Asymmetric Classes, Finns and Solos... [more]
RS Vareo Nationals at Lee on Solent SC RS media, Thirtyfive boats ventured down to Lee on Solent SC to take part in the 2008 Gul RS Vareo Nationals. The forecast was for a windy first couple of days and the promise of lighter stuff towards the end. Chris Larr was the eventual winner, one point ahead of Alain Sign with Andy Temple in third place a further point back... [more]
Third medal for Brits at ISAF Youth Worlds Karenza Morton, After the euphoria of Britain claiming double gold and clinching the Volvo Trophy for the first time in 12 years. James Ellis and Andrew Glover rounded off a sensational 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships for RYA Team GBR as they grabbed a final day bronze to leave Britain sitting top of the medal table as well as winners of the prestigious Volvo Trophy... [more]
Massey and Noble are I-14 World Champions Andy Rice, The only people to get wet in Warnemunde today were Archie Massey and Matt Noble, after they were thrown in the water for becoming the new International 14 World Champions. After waiting in vain for the wind to abate, the last race was cancelled and the I-14 Championship was complete. So the Anglo-American Massey-Noble duo were crowned World Champions... [more]
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