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Laser 4.7 Open Meeting at HISC
Sail-World.com/uk,
Tom Britz of Royal Lymington YC put together a very consistent series to win the Laser 4.7 Open Meeting held at Hayling Island SC over the weekend. Overnight leader David Grant, of Restronguet SC, started the second day with a 17th which destroyed his chances, as he already had a BFD from day one, but undeterred he finished third in the final race to take second overall... [more]


2008 Paralympic Medallists
Sailing2008,
Images of the medal presentations to the 2008 Paralympic Medallists... [more]


Rolex Big Boat series - Day 3
Event media,
Despite a light wind start to the third day of racing at Rolex Big Boat Series, the St Francis YC race committee completed two races for the 1,000-plus sailors competing. In IRC A, the class with the largest boats, Bill Turpin's (USA) Akela took line honors in the first race, followed closely by Vinctore, the Reichel/Pugh IRC 52 chartered by Jim Mitchell (SUI) with tactician Gavin Brady onboard... [more]


Melges 32- Illbruck and Porter lead into final day
Event media,
If you thought the first three days of racing at the 2008 Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco were intense, well just wait until Sunday — overall Melges 32 leader Michael Illbruck (GER) and John Porter (USA) are first and second with 17 points a piece - six points separate first through fifth on the scoreboard. In third Joe Woods (GBR), fourth Pieter Taselaar (USA) and fifth Philippe Kahn (USA)... [more]


Design icon Olin Stephens dies
sail-world.com/uk,
Yacht Designer Olin Stephens II celebrated his 100th birthday last April but he has now sailed on. Olin retired from the design business in the 1980's, after designing over 2,000 boats, including eight America's Cup winners, in career lasting more than 50 years.... [more]


Ericsson Racing Team arrives in Alicante
Victoria Low - Ericsson Racing Team,
The two crews of Ericsson Racing Team have arrived in Alicante, Spain, host port for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. The journey from the team's training base in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, took about four days.... [more]


N over A for Rolex Swan Cup Saturday
Rolex media,
You have to hand it to the Costa Smeralda, when the wind blows it blows. The breeze desert of yesterday morning is well and truly forgotten today, with over 25 knots in the harbour setting the rigging and halyards of the assembled Swan fleet a rattlin' and a whistlin'. 'One of the easiest decisions I've made,' said Peter Craig stepping off the Committee Boat as he returned from the race area... [more]


British sailors miss out on medals at Paralympics
Karenza Morton,
Great Britain's 2008 Beijing Paralympic sailing campaign has ended in disappointment in Qingdao. Britain's sailors went in to the final day of the six-day regatta still harbouring slender hopes of medals in all three classes, but despite their huge efforts and some outstanding last day performances, the Brits ended in fifth, sixth and seventh overall across the three fleets... [more]


Medals decided in SKUD 18 on final day
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Although Nick Scandone and Maureen Mckinnon-Tucker of the USA had won the Gold medal in a canter yesterday, the Silver and Bronze medals were still in doubt going into Saturday's final day of racing in the two person SKUD 18 keelboat class at the 2008 Paralympics... [more]


Woods & Illbruck charge at Rolex Big Boat Series
IMelges 32 media,
The stunning performances of Joe Woods on GBR-700 Red and Michael Illbruck on GER-401 Pinta confirmed that racing on San Francisco Bay at the 2008 Rolex Big Boat Series is challenging, sometimes unpredictable and at other times pleasantly surprising. Woods had a win and a second, while Illbruck matched him to snatch the overall lead after four races completed in this close run series... [more]


Rolex Big Boat Fleet enjoy Frisco Bay conditions
Event media,
Although the grey fogged-over conditions around the St. Francis Yacht Club seemed to deter spectators from gathering along the shore, building 10-15 knot breezes on San Francisco Bay were the only thing on the minds of competitors in the 111-boat fleet racing in the Rolex Big Boat Series... [more]


Tingley wins 2.4mR Gold Medal for Canada
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Paul Tingley (CAN) has won the Gold Medal in the singlehanded 2.4mR keelboat after a closely contested final day in the 2008 Paralympics in Qingdao. Tingley won the final race of the regatta to take the ten race series by four points from Damien Seguin (FRA) with John Ruf (USA) in third place.... [more]


Germany win Gold medal in Sonars at Paralympics
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
After leading the Sonar three man keelboat thoughout the Paralympic Regatta, France have missed taking the Gold Medal by one point from the German crew. Australia has taken the Bronze. The Silver and Bronze medals were decided on a countback after France and Australia were tied on 36 points with three wins earlier in the series salvaging at least some Gallic pride.... [more]


RORC Madeira – Cowes Race - Puma Logic wins
Louay Habib,
The second half of the Madeira to Cowes Race was supposed to provide an exhilarating downwind blast home, however with a choice of starting days, the weather verses the need to get back to work was going to play a crucial part in the result. Victory went to Puma Logic, who won the Founders Cup for first overall and the Ortac Cup for winning Class 1... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral finally arrives
Event media,
At the Rolex Swan Cup, the scheduled earlier start of 10 AM came and went without any sign of the wind that had been forecast yesterday. It came, eventually, at three o'clock. For some of the Swan 45s this was a day to tell the grandchildren about - when halfway down the first run that the alarm bells really started to ring as the breeze built in an instant to probably 40 knots at the masthead.... [more]


USA take Skud 18 Gold at Paralympics
Marni Lane, US sailing,
Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker of the USA clinched the gold medal in the SKUD-18 fleet Friday with two races left to go in the Paralympic regatta. The unstoppable team won two more races today, strengthening their substantial nine-point lead ahead of their competitors... [more]


Hurricane Ike Targets Sailing City
BW Media News Roundup,
Hurricane Ike is expected to hit the sailing and yachting centre of Galveston in the USA, Saturday morning, and forecast to be the worst since the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that cost than 6,000 lives. Galveston Island and Galveston Bay, just a short drive from the centre of Houston, are the home of no less than 60 marinas and hundreds of boat yards... [more]


Letter from Qingdao: The speed or stress monkey?
Denis Kiely,
Some people have asked what I meant when I referred to my 'wind speed monkey'. When I arrived in Qingdao I bought a monkey in a local market - christened him Mikey. He had been traded in by the Brits after the able-bodied Olympics and has passable English. He is my personal weather expert and tactician. He sits on my right shoulder when we are on the race course and whispers the wind speed... [more]


Soling World Championship in Tuscany
Tessa Wiechmann,
The Soling World Championship is underway at La Marina di Scarlino in Tuscany Italy and measurement procedures have begun. Forty three crews from 18 different nations and three continents will be facing off on the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Gulf of Follonica from the 14 to 18 September... [more]


iShares Cup finale in Amsterdam next week
Event media,
Next week the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series arrives right in the heart of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for the grand finale of the European circuit. Team Origin (GBR), skippered by defending iShares Cup champion Rob Greenhalgh, are tied with the America's Cup holders Alinghi (SUI) skippered by Ed Baird.... [more]


Results from Friday at Paralympics in Qingdao
Sail-world.com/uk,
Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker of the USA clinched the first gold medal of the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition in the SKUD 18 event after another dominant performance in Friday's races. In the other events, Paul Tingley (CAN) has reclaimed pole position in the 2.4mR and French trio Bruno Jourdren, Herve Larchant and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary lead the Sonar pack... [more]


Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 fog and breeze
KPMS,
he 44th annual Rolex Big Boat Series kicked off with classic San Francisco Bay conditions of early fog and building breeze. Over 1,000 sailors on 111 boats completed the first of four days of racing in nine classes -- four for IRC-rated boats and five one-designs, 1D35, Beneteau 36.7, J/105, J/120 and Melges 32... [more]


Last chance for medals at Qingdao
RYA media,
Britain's Paralympic sailors will be looking for one final massive effort on the closing day of the Beijing 2008 regatta as they bid to upset the odds and clinch last-gasp sailing silverware for Paralympics GB on Saturday. Only Helen Lucas in the 2.4mR event looks to have a realistic chance of a medal place although others have the mathematical possibility of snatching medals in the final races... [more]


World Match Racing Tour: Points mean prizes
World Match Racing Tour Media,
At 1850m the St Moritz match race is the highest match race in the world and this year saw a new boat arrive on the scene. The Blu26, a narrow, low freeboard rocket ship that turned out to be a bit of handful for the four man crew.... [more]


Letter from Qingdao: The Lay Day
Denis Kiely,
Middle of the afternoon - quite time. Today is what is described as a reserve or lay day. No sailing today - and I'm glad of it. I was so knackered last evening that by 8pm my head was falling over in the dining room. What you may not realise is how long and tiring the whole day can be - for everybody. Yesterday began with a briefing at 9.00am - mainly weather forecast plus few comments from... [more]


The future of dinghy sailing in China
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
While the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, China was being swept clean of Olympic memorabilia and converted to a more user friendly venue for the Paralympics, I stole away to Rhizaou and discovered what's really happening with the development of sailing in China. My ride in a bread van dropped me at what had been described as a remote marina where an Optimist regatta was being sailed over the we... [more]


Skandia Team GBR medalists to compete at Weymouth
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Team GBR's top performers will return to action on home waters next week for the first in the annual trio of RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series events. Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and bronze medallist Bryony Shaw, will feature at the first event in the Series... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup left flat on day 3
Event media/Key Partners,
Flat calm left a flat mood at the third day of the Rolex Swan Cup 2008. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Race Committee finally called a halt to the waiting at 1230, after a patient but fruitless delay to see if forecast light winds would arrive soon enough and stabilize sufficiently for the scheduled Long Island Race to be held. The breeze did not play ball and racing was abandoned for the day... [more]

2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition – Day Four
RYA,
Britain's Alex Rickham had plenty of reasons to smile on her 27th birthday as she and helm Niki Birrell picked up their first race win of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Regatta in Qingdao Thursday 11 September, day four of the regatta.... [more]


Dutch are eighth entry in Volvo Ocean Race
Event media,
It was confirmed Thursday that the Dutch yacht Team Delta Lloyd will be the eighth entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts in Alicante, Spain on 4 October with the in-port racing. The team will be sailing the winning boat from the 2005-06 event and will sail under the Dutch flag with sail number NED - 1.... [more]


Volvo Countdown has begun - Start is 11 October
Event media,
The countdown to the start of the 10th running of the Volvo Ocean Race, formerly The Whitbread Round the World Race has begun. In one month, on 11 October, eight of the most advanced racing yachts in the world will depart from Alicante in Spain for Cape Town, South Africa on the first leg of this global competition... [more]


Kiel Week 2009 switches for New ISAF circuit
Media,
Kieler Woche 2009, running from June 20 to June 28 has made changes to the traditional format with the introduction of the new ISAF Sailing World Cup. Reversing the normal order the 2009 regatta will start with the Olympic boat classes and finish with the International classes in the second half of the week... [more]


Americans hold SKUD fleet lead in Qingdao
Paralympic Media serves (amended by Sail-World),
The US team of Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker increased their overall lead after today's single SKUD18 race at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition.... [more]


France extend Sonar lead at Paralympics
Paralympic Media services (amended by Sail-World),
France's Bruno Jourdren, Jerve Larhant and Nicolas Vimont Vicary extended their overall lead in the Sonar event at the Paralympic Sailing Competition with victory in single race sailed today.... [more]


American takes lead - Qingdao Paralympic 2.4 M
Paralympic Media Service (amended by Sail-World),
Just one point separates the top four sailors with American skipper John Ruf now holding the overall lead in the 2.4 Metre Paralympic fleet after today's racing in Qingdao.... [more]


1.2 million newsletters for Rolex Sydney Hobart
Sail-World.com,
The 2008 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race is little more than three months away. The Sail-World.com website will be providing more intensive coverage than ever before with 1.2 million (1,200,000) dedicated online newsletters going to its audience world-wide. Our first Sail-World Rolex Sydney to Hobart newsletter will be dispatched on November 1st. 2008... [more]


PredictWind forecasts good breeze for Qingdao
Jon Bilger,
The expert wind forecasting model, PredictWind.com is predicting moderate breezes for the next five days of the Paralympic Regatta at Qingdao, China. Weather forecasting is provided by PredictWind.com, whose founder Jon Bilger was in charge of the weather team for the Alinghi team - America's Cups winner in 2003 and 2007. Bilger told sail-World today that 'Winds are expected 10-15knots all w... [more]


Helena Lucas comments on Qingdao life
Helena Lucas,
Helena Lucas is in seventh in the 2.4mR event after five races at Qingdao. Wednesday has been a rest day for all the sailors, the whole team including support staff opted to take to the water for some team starting practice. Here is a selection from Helena Lucas' blog from her arrival for the Games... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup - Day 2
Event media,
The Swan Maxis went on a hefty 30 nautical mile hike up and down Bomb Alley using the Island of Spargi as an oversized leeward turning mark, whereas the Classics undertook a shorter, 24 nm stroll. Meanwhile, the sprightlier Swan 45s and Club Swan 42s were given their own part of the park to play in and tackled two four-leg windward/leewards of 8 and 7.2 nm.... [more]


It's Official - Black and Blue Telefonica launch
Media PR,
Next Tuesday, 16 September, the two new boats built by the Spanish Team Telefonica for the next Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 - Blue Telefonica and Telefonica Black - will be officially launched in the Race Village at Alicante, in front of the Telefonica building - Latest images of the two boats training off Alicante... [more]


Aussie sailors heading for inaugural SB3 Worlds
Ian Grant,
Australian sailors Kai Timm, Chris Annear and Greg McAllansmith have been selected to represent Australia in the inaugural Laser SB3 World Championships on Dublin Bay, Ireland later this month. They will take a healthy Whitsunday suntan into the cooler Northern Hemisphere - Last week it was bleak cold and raining with a 14 degree temperature in Ireland... [more]


St Maarten - St Martin Classic Regatta on the move
Event media,
The Caribbean Public Relations and Special Event company West Indies Events and the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation have announced that they have moved their regatta office to Sint Maarten's Bobby's Marina in Great Bay, Philipsburg, and will also relocate the upcoming January classic regatta in St Maarten from Simpson Bay to Great Bay, thus avoiding new charges in Simpson Bay... [more]

UK windsurfers head for Championship showdown
RYA media,
More than 150 windsurfers from all over Britain descend on Weymouth and Portland this weekend, 13-14 September, for the inaugural RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships. The cream of UK windsurfing talent will do battle across nine classes over the course of the two-day event as for the first time the RYA joins forces with UKWA to run a combined National Championship event... [more]


BMW ORACLE Racing to sail in San Diego
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing will ship its 90-foot multihull yacht from Anacortes, WA, to San Diego, CA at the conclusion of the initial test session here later this month for a second sailing session with the new trimaran.... [more]


Results from day 2 of Paralympic Games in Qingdao
Sail-world.com/uk and Brian Todd,
Results from day 2 at Paralympic Games in Qingdao - Paul Tingley of Cnada still tops the leader board in the 2.4mR class but John Ruf of the USA has made some gains today with two good races to place second. Heiko Kroger from Germany is in third. The racing was again very tight in this class with lead changes and people moving up and down the fleet... [more]

Lawrence seals National Match Racing Finals berth
RYA,
Charlotte Lawrence booked her place in the Grand Final of the 2008 RYA National Match Racing Championships next month as her crew finished runners-up at the penultimate qualifier of this year's Series... [more]


Ingrid Abery images - Day 1 Rolex Swan Cup 2008
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from the Rolex Swan Cup 2008 in Sardinia, Italy. After Day 1, Favonius leads the Swan Maxi division, Earlybird the Swan 45, Kora the Swan 42 and Zen the Classic division.... [more]


Four early leaders at Rolex Swan Cup
Event media,
Racing started at the Rolex Swan Cup 2008 bright and breezy, and bang on time at 11:35. The Swan Maxis were first off, undertaking a 35 nm course that will have stretched their legs and shaken out any cobwebs. In the Classic Division, the spectator fleet was treated to another exciting start.... [more]

Reynolds regains Gul RS600 UK National Title
RS Media,
Chris Reynolds regained the Gul RS600 UK National Title, winning with a race to spare at the SCYC in Abersoch. Olly Straker was second and last year's champion Ian Marshall third. After three races on the first day, gales forced days 2 and 3 to be abandoned. This meant that the final day was very busy as four races were held to complete the series... [more]


New Melges 20 make its debut at San Francisco
Sail-World.com/uk - Erik Simonson,
The new Melges 20 class made its debut on San Francisco Bay. The 20 joins the other highly successful Melges products the Melges 17, Melges 24 and Melges 32. Here in the UK it will be immediately compared with the Laser SB3. Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com was there to catch the action... [more]


Skandia Team GBR go Twelve Foot Skiffing
Event media,
Last Sunday Skandia Team GBR Men's 470 Class Development Squad members Luke Patience and Chris Grube took time out of their busy 470 training schedule to experience something a little shorter and more powerful...a 12 Foot Skiff!... [more]


Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta
William Harris,
Gale force southeasterly winds ensured that no-one ventured out into the boiling seas that featured in St Aubin's Bay for the first two days of Jersey's combined clubs' Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta. Held over 5 to 7 September, this was an inauspicious start to the tenth anniversary of this leading event in the Channel Islands calendar... [more]

Britain's sailors struggle for form at Paralympics
Karenza Morton,
After day 2 of the sailing at Qingdao, Niki Birrell and Alex Rickham are the highest placed Britons, lying sixth in the SKUD-18 two-person keelboat class. Helena Lucas in the 2.4mR picked up the best British race score today and is seventh overall, while John Robertson, Stephen Thomas and Hannah Stodel in the Sonar are also in seventh place overall after five races... [more]


Letter from Qingdao: The Luck of the Irish?
Denis Keily,
Tough day on the water too. Left the dock at 11.30 and didn't return until 17.00. John was still in his Skud at 18.00. The wind was forecast for 110/120 degs [East South East ]- same as yesterday - at 8 Kt, but when we arrived at the race area what little there was, was from 265 degs - more or less 180 degs wrong... [more]


Results from day 1 at Paralympic Games in Qingdao
Sail-world.com/uk,
Results from the first day of racing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Qingdao. After launching at 13:00 the boats soon returned to the shore where they were held, postponed for a couple of hours. Racing finally got underway at 15:30 when the 6 to 8 knots seabreeze filled in. The tide was running against the wind so the water was very choppy making conditions challenging... [more]

Firefly Open – Chipstead Sailing Club

ome boats outnumbered visitors three to one at the Chipstead Firefly Open on Sunday 7 September. The previous day's gales had abated to a friendly 10 knot westerly, which is the perfect direction for the lake as it gives a long shifty beat from the big end through the narrow bit, up to the clubhouse end... [more]

Sailing gets underway Monday at Paralympics
Karenza Morton,
A record 80 sailors, competing across three Paralympic classes, from 25 nations have converged on the Olympic Sailing Centre for the six-day regatta, with all three British boats harbouring hopes of a podium finish. Early leaders are France's Bruno Jourdren in Sonar, American duo Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon Tucker in Skud and Canadian Paul Tingley the 2.4mR... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup starts Tuesday at Costa Smeralda
Jill Campbell - YCCS,
Racing at the 15th edition of the biennial Rolex Swan Cup starts Tuesday, with 100 yachts, divided into four divisions all gunning for glory and the much sought after trophies - the mythical Swan Cup and the Rolex Chronometer. There is more than this at stake, of course. Nautor's Swan is not the most famous brand name in yachting for nothing. The Swan family is like any other family. Competitive r... [more]


Steve Bolland wins RS300 UK Nationals
Event media,
n Day 1 the fleet was rewarded with bright sunshine and a pleasant 12 knot south-westerly. Race 1 started with mayhem at the pin end . Ian Smith extricated himself better than most to lead the fleet away to lead at the first mark ahead of Steve Bolland and Ben Yeats... [more]


Will Loy defends Solo Tyler Trophy at HISC
Event media,
After the storms of the preceding week and with the wind still blowing over 20 knots, Race Officer Mike McIntyre decided to run the 48th holding of the venerable Tyler Trophy inside Chichester Harbour. Will Loy completed his defence of the trophy by winning the final two races to retain the title... [more]

Winsome takes Cherbourg Trophy
Louay Habib,
After the appalling weather that came to mainland Britain on Saturday closed some schools and resulted in over 80 severe weather warnings, it was no surprise that the RORC fleet, which assembled on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line on Friday evening, was far less than the 52 original entries... [more]


Uka Uka wins the Santa Margherita Ligure
Melges Europe Press,
Claudio Recchi aboard Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka wins the Santa Margherita Ligure edition of the Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing Series after a thrilling final day. Uka Uka's win in Santa Margherita Ligure also gives them into a six point lead in the overall 2008 Audi Sailing Series ahead of Kismet and Matrix... [more]


Images from Qingdao: Paralympics - Practice race
ISAF Media,
Images from the 2008 Paralympics Practice race sailed on Course A at Qingdao, China... [more]

2008 Olympics Qingdao
09/08/08
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
12/05/08
TP52 racing at its best....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
01/01/08
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Gear & Gadgets
01/01/07
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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DINGHY

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Extreme 40s

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Gitana 13 Record attempts

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