Chilean double-handed team dedicates Portimao Global Ocean Race win Oliver Dewar, At 13:02:54 UTC on Thursday 2nd April, Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz sailed into the record books as the first Chilean double-handed team to win a leg of a round the world race on their Class 40, Desafio Cabo de Hornos. Before heading home, Cubillos took time to write a highly emotional email to his supporters in which the Chilean duo dedicated their victory.... [more]
ISAF World Cup - Spanish and Italian teams top leader board on day1 Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, Spain's Marina Alabau in the RS: X class and Italy's Pietro Sibello with brother Gianfranco in the 49er, had a faultless start winning all their races on the first day of the Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy. The third event of the ISAF World Cup, was blessed with light and stable wind allowing great racing in all ten classes in the Bay of Palma... [more]
Volvo OR CEO Knut Frostad - Future steps for the Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race, On Sunday morning, Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, made the first of a series of presentations covering the current state of the race, and looking forward to the next edition, in 2011-12.... [more]
Caizergues and Gil crowned 2009 Kitespeed World Champions The International Kiteboarding Class Association, Alexandre Caizergues (FRA, F-One) and Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha) are the Kitespeed World Champions 2009. After two races on the first day of the competition, the wind did not return to the event side based at Plage Napoleon, France.... [more]
Portimao Global Ocean Race - Leg 3, Week 6 Review Oliver Dewar, Leg 3, Week 6 Review of the Portimao Global Ocean Race. Light and variable headwinds strangle progress as the fleet close in on the finish line off the Brazilian isand of Ilhabela. Capitalising on the lack of breeze, Michel Kleinjans on Open 40, Roaring Forty, become a serious threat to the Class 40s.... [more]
Finn focus at Palma - Tapio Nirkko (FIN) leads after day 1 Robert Deaves, IFA, Finland's number one Finn sailor Tapio Nirkko took the overall lead in the Finn class at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma, the first European leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, after two testing races in around 8-10 knots of north-westerly thermal breeze, which produced 'medium sized shifts'... [more]
$16 million into Auckland economy from Louis Vuitton Pacific Series AucklandPlus Media, The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, sailed on the Waitemata Harbour in February, injected at least $16.1 million of additional cash into the Auckland economy according to an independent economic impact report. The draft report, completed by Covec this week, reveals the yachting regatta resulted in a range of very tangible benefits for Auckland.... [more]
America's Cup View: a win for the Auld Mug www.americascupview.blogspot.com, In a surprisingly simple opinion authored with astonishing clarity by Judge Ciparick (with Judges Graffeo, Read, Smith, Pigott and Jones concurring), the New York Court of Appeals today reinstated the decision by Justice Herman Cahn of the Supreme Court of New York to deny Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) its status as Challenger of Record for America's Cup 33.... [more]
Gladwell's Line: Way now clear for more Louis Vuitton Series? Richard Gladwell, The Appeal Court of New York State Decision has, of course, fractured the Protocol signed between SNG and Club Nautico Espanol de Vela (CNEV) and the documents linked off that Protocol, these include the Event and Competition Regulations.This will mean that the teams are then free to sail their own events similar to the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series... [more]
Telefonica Blue rules Volvo Rio In-Port race Riath Al-Samarrai, The new era of Team Delta Lloyd was welcomed with a maiden podium finish, but Bouwe Bekking had the biggest grin at the end of the 'Light In-Port Race' in Rio de Janeiro today.... [more]
Team Shosholoza responds to America's Cup decision Di Meek, Team Shosholoza, Captain Salvatore Sarno has issued the following statement in response to Thursday's ruling by the New York Supreme Court of Appeals: 'I welcome this week's New York Court of Appeals ruling. I am really glad that finally, after almost two years of waiting, there is a decision. 'I think that it is the right verdict and that Alinghi and America's Cup Management (ACM) made a mistake... [more]
Telefónica Blue wins Volvo's Rio In-Port Race Lizzie Ward, It was a great win in the ‘Light In-Port Race' for Bouwe Bekking's Telefónica Blue after a long postponement in Rio de Janeiro today. Puma (Ken Read/USA) put in a solid performance to take second, but the surprise result was the outstanding performance by the rejuvenated Delta Lloyd with Spaniard, Roberto Bérmudez in charge, who took the third podium position.... [more]
Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy - first ISAF World Cup event in Europe Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, The 40th Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is in full preparation with registration, measurement and last training sessions in the four venues across the bay of Palma. The new status of the Sofia Mapfre trophy as ISAF World Cup event has brought the regatta into a new dimension... [more]
Palma World Cup debut for Nick Rogers and new crew Pom Green Lindsey Bell, It will be the start of a new era for sailing's double Olympic silver medallist Nick Rogers when he takes to the water for the Princess Sofia Trophy, which gets underway Saturday in Mallorca. Rogers will compete at this first ever European ISAF Sailing World Cup event with his new crew, Pom Green, who it's confirmed he'll campaign with towards the 2012 Olympics in the 470 class... [more]
Loro Piana title sponsor for Superyacht Regatta Jan Harley, Italian luxury brand Loro Piana will become the title sponsor of the superyacht regatta to be held in Porto Cervo from 9 to 13 June. Racing has been extended to four days and while both fleets will race under the IRC rating system, Performance yachts will race as a fleet while the Cruising yachts will compete in pursuit-style races allowing classic and modern designs to compete on an equal footing... [more]
Pedro Campos to helm Telefonica Black for Volvo In-Port race Riath Al-Samarrai, The teams for the Volvo In-Port race are in and there is no shortage of surprises. On Telefonica Black, there was a surprise shuffling of the pack. Olympic gold medallist Anton Paz was announced as their new media crewmember last week, but skipper Fernando Echavarri revealed he will be full member of the team for the in-port race. Thirteen-time world champion Pedro Campos will helm the boat.... [more]
New Formula 18 Hobie Wild Cat Diana Bogaards, Team Zwitserleven's Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis had the chance to test sail the new Hobie Wild Cat in preparation for the 2009 season. The Wild Cat is nearing completion after a long winter development program and is expected to debut in Carnac, France during the Eurocat regatta at the end of April... [more]
Commodore's Cup Race to St Malo preview Bill Harris, Traditionally the first passage race in Jersey's sailing calendar, the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Commodore's Cup and Cook Salver races to St Malo are expected to see up to twenty boats on the line for the nine o'clock start in St Aubin's Bay next Friday 10 April... [more]
SYZ & CO hydrofoil catamaran flies over Lake Léman PR, After over two years of development, thousand of working hours and first trials marked by teething technical problems between December and March, the hydrofoil catamaran finally took off yesterday evening in the waters off Société Nautique de Genève... [more]
Teen round world solo sailor arrives Hobart Nancy Knudsen, Teenager Michael Perham, left Portsmouth UK on November 15th 2008, in seeking to complete a solo journey around the world, arrived in Hobart last night (Friday 3rd April), having just completed a four week/ 7,000 mile crossing of the Indian Ocean.... [more]
All quiet on the America's Cup front Richard Gladwell, There were no public moves on the America's Cup front overnight (NZT). Sources close to the two principal parties confirmed they had adopted a low key strategy, in an attempt to get a positive basis for the negotiations which were expected to start next week.... [more]
Solo class get technical Gerald New, Six Solos graced the RYA Volvo Dinghy show held at Alexandra Palace over the weekend of 7 and 8 March this year. This 50 year old Jack Holt design continues to push the boundaries, with 120 boats sold last year and some of the new boats showing a remarkable amount of bits of string for such a simple original design... [more]
12 Metres grace Newport before September World Championships Jan Harley, The 12 Metre World Championships will be held at from September 22-27 at Newport, R.I. The world championships will be the focal point of what organizers have called 'The Golden Year of Racing,' which launched in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the 12 Metre's debut in the America's Cup... [more]
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - the options going forward. Richard Gladwell, 'Going Forward' is one of the most abused terms in the corporate vocabulary, but in the aftermath of the Appeal Court Decision from New York, there can only be forward momentum in the America's Cup. The current attitude of the general media seems to be overwhelmingly negative, as it always is towards anything, to do with the America's Cup, other than an America's Cup win.... [more]
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE and ISAF Sailing World Cup ISAF, Over 700 sailors are set to line up in Palma, Spain this April for the 40th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE and the European debut of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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