The VO70 Ericsson's 602 nm run at an average of over 25 knots overshadows all other news - and rightly so. How long ago were speeds of this magnitude only achievable with multihulls? Yesterday? Mind you, the sailing crews are already apologising to the shore crews waiting for them in Cape Town - the boats are "trashed" and one report says that the Cape Town stopover will look like a "field hospital".
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New Record - Ericsson 4 breaks 600 mile barrier Cameron Kelleher, Ericsson 4 broke through the 600-mile barrier as their historic run continued with the log reaching 602.66 nautical miles at 18:54 GMT. It eclipsed the previous best 24-hour run for a racing monohull of 562.96 miles set by Sebastian Josse and the crew of ABN AMRO TWO on the second leg of the 2005-06 race from Cape Town to Melbourne. Ericsson 4 added nearly 40 miles to that figure.... [more]
Beach Balls and Bumper Cars - 2nd China Cup Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The leaders in the Beneteau 40.7 division were finishing windward/leeward races around the 1h 20m mark, and the back markers were barely making the 2h cut-off, suggesting that some of the local entries could probably do with some sailing practice before next year's event.... [more]
Boat Blogs from Day 21 Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors, Boat Blogs from Day 21, Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town. Telefonica Black is back in business after a broken rudder, Ericsson 4 has 695 miles to Cape Town and on telefonica Blue its starting to get cold. Read On....... [more]
l'Hydroptère improves her two speed records l'Hydroptère media, Holders of the absolute speed record over one nautical mile and of the 500-meter record in Category D since April 2007, Alain Thébault and his crew have just improved their performances and established two new records/... [more]
Ten days and counting to Vendée Globe start Vendée Globe media, Only ten days left before the start of the Vendée Globe. The skippers are turning up one by one in the harbour in Vendée, while the shore teams are busy from first light, before the crowds, who certainly do not seem to have been put off by the rain, invade the pontoons.... [more]
Volvo Ten Zulu Report for Thursday, Day 20 Mark Chisnell, Torben Grael and the crew of Ericsson 4 swept into the history books yesterday, in their foaming, boiling, 25-knot wake the fleet lies scattered as the devil and the deep blue sea picked off the hindmost one by one – Telefónica Black lost a rudder, wiped off their bowsprit and damaged one of their daggerboards - We're almost down to the last man standing... [more]
HKG team win eight medals in 1st Asian Beach Games www.media-newswire.com, The Hong Kong delegation achieved encouraging results in the 1st Asian Beach Games (1st ABG) just completed in Bali, Indonesia, by winning a total of eight medals, comprising three gold, three silver and two bronze.... [more]
Alinghi welcomes Team NZ's halt to legal process Alinghi Media, Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, confirms that Emirates Team New Zealand has withdrawn its law suit against the team, Ernesto Bertarelli, AC Management and the Société Nautique de Genève and will now join all the other entered challengers in the process of getting the 33rd America's Cup back on the water as soon as possible; starting tomorrow at the Competitor Meeting in Geneva.... [more]
Volvo Ten Zulu Report - Record goes in dash south Mark Chisnell, The cliché ‘batten down the hatches' has its origins in the process of securing square rigged sailing ships for bad weather. And over the last couple of days, the crews of the Volvo Open 70s have described their own metaphoric and literal battening of hatches – albeit it with sikaflex and sailing bags, rather than pitch and pine... [more]
590.5miles in 24 hours -new Volvo Ocean race recor VOR media, At 03:55 GMT, Ericsson 4 had sailed 565 miles over the past day, to break the record. But in the hours since, Grael and his crew have kept pushing and have been adding to the total. At 07:10 GMT, the number was up to 585 miles. It had grown to 589 by 07:55 and soon after reached 590.5... [more]
Chinese team leads 19th IODA Asian Championship International Optimist Dinghy Association media, The 19th IODA Asian Championship is underway with Thailand winning the Team Racing Championship. After the first six races. Chinese sailors Yang Yang (25th in last summer's Worlds) and Zhang Xiaotian lead with the main challenge coming from the recently much improved Thai fleet... [more]
Magazine advertising- Yesterday's Pizza? Bob Maxwell, When advertisers in the 1980's signed magazine advertising contracts, they knew half of their advertising budget was being wasted, but they just did not know which half.... [more]
Francis Joyon sets off on solo Route Discovery Event media, French solo adventurer Francis Joyon, who circled the world in just over 57 days eight months ago, and skipper of the maxi trimaran IDEC, has left Cadiz in Spain to sail the route across the Atlantic Ocean known as the 'Discovery Route', the route taken by Christopher Columbus when he first 'discovered' the Americas - and thought it was India - in 1492... [more]
Boat Blogs Day 18 Leg 1, Volvo Ocean Race Various VOR competitors, Boat Blogs from Day 18 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Green Dragon experiencing 35 knots, Ericsson 4 says life below decks can be extreme and Delta LLoyd is in zone 9. Read on............ [more]
Abu Dhabi Yacht Show Sold Out AMEINFO/Sail-World, Informa Yacht Group (IYG) announced today that 80% of Abu Dhabi Yacht Show's (ADYS) 7,000 square meters of exhibition space has already sold out.... [more]
HK Sportsboats wind up Lipton Series HK Sportsboats Assoc, Last Sunday was the final two races of the Lipton series. The conditions were perfect with 10 knots of breeze and sunny weather, with only a little northerly ‘mist' restraining the blue sky. ??Ten boats lined up for the first start and it was R2B2 with Dion at the helm that nailed the pin end start.... [more]
Hot fleet for Skandia Docklands Invitational Skandia event media, Competition for the 2009 Skandia Docklands Invitational will be fierce when Australia's best IRC yachts and brand new yachts contest the five-race invitation only series off Waterfront City at the Docklands on 21 and 22 January.... [more]
PUMA edges ahead as the Volvo fleet catch the wind Volvo media, The USA boat, Puma has edged ahead as the Volvo fleet waits for the anticipated 40 knot gale that will propel them at record-breaking speeds towards Cape Town and the finish of this 6,500 nautical mile leg. The leading pack of four are still locked together, with no intention of backing off, and every intention of arriving in Cape Town first... [more]
Quantum Racing is TP52 World Champion Pierre Orphanidis, Quantum Racing put a fantastic end to a spectacular season. After being crowned Med champions last month, the American boat helmed by Terry Hutchinson, won the world title after a week of tough racing in Puerto Calero. Vasco Vascotto's Mutua Madrileña takes the silver medal with a similarly good performance... [more]
Saddam's Yacht for Sale - Again! Nancy Knudsen, It must be one very confused superyacht by now. The secret yacht with the secret escape tunnel which was launched by Saddam Hussein in 1981, is for sale - again - this time by the Iraqi Government. No doubt current Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki feels he could do with the US$35 million or so they are asking for it.... [more]
Entries closing soon for 22nd Phuket King's Cup Joseph Henry, The 2008 Phuket King's Cup Regatta is poised for the official launch of its 22nd year. An established perennial favourite, Asia's top maritime event is set to draw thousands of sailors, friends and their families to beautiful Phuket for the ultimate celebration of competition sailing.... [more]
Day 14 Boat Blogs from Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors, Day 14 Boat Blogs from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Blue is feeling unlucky, Green Dragon feeling the morning after syndrome, without a hangover, Ericsson 3 is focusing on the the rest of the race and Rick Deppe (Puma) is busy compiling a 'playlist'. Read on ........ [more]
Hugo Boss ready for new replacement section Lucy Harwood, It has been a week since the incident involving a French fishing vessel and Hugo Boss. The team at Alex Thomson Racing have been working around the clock to manage the repair to the boat. The damaged area, approximately 3.5m x 2m, has been removed and prepared for the new single skin to be fitted... [more]
Branson abandons Atlantic record attempt VAlex Mills, An exhausted Richard Branson, speaking via satellite phone aboard Virgin Money, two days into their attempt to break the transatlantic mono-hull speed record. Has described the - night of hell - when Virgin Money was struck by a massive wave from behind – washing one of our life rafts over board. Her badly torn mainsail cannot be repaired at sea and the record attempt has had to be abandoned.... [more]
2008 Monsoon Cup 03/12/08 The Monsoon Cup is Stage 9 of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour. This fourth annual event will be sailed on Pulau Duyong, in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1119
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