Welcome to Sail-World.Com's EU newsletter for 8 June 2009
In this issue we feature news from the EU and the international scene.
Saturday the Volvo Ocean Race started the first of three legs, which will take the seven-strong fleet to the finish in St Petersburg, Russia, later this month, Green Dragon got off to a perfect start and led the fleet to the Fastnet Rock – Some great images of the fleet blasting down Ireland and into the Channel.
Over in Korea Italy's Paolo Cian made the final of the Korea Match Cup where he met Britain's Ian Williams and a little nearer home, sparkling conditions for the competitors in the RORC IRC National Championship sailed in the Solent. With Dave Dwyer's Mills 39, MarinersCove.ie from Ireland winning the overall championship.
Plus the Finn World Masters and the A-Cat Europeans and can the Australians plan to run the Admiral's Cup at Geelong week get sufficient backing?
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Paolo Cian wins Korea Match Cup Guy Nowell ww.sail-world.com/asia, Pablo Cian of Italy faced Ian Williams of Britain in the final of the Korea Match Cup and after a wait for sufficient wind, got off to an early lead, winning the first race. The second race saw Williams lead off the line to equalise, but the third and deciding race for the Korea Match Cup title was won by Cian, who collected a US$60,000 cheque... [more] Onsend this story
A-Cat European title goes down to the final race Sail-World.com/uk, Bob Baier of Germany is the new A-Cat European Champion. Baier held off the strong last day challenge from Australian Steve Brewin to take the title by one point... [more] Onsend this story
Okalys-Corum, Loïck Peyron wins Geneve-Rolle-Geneve Event media / Sail-World.com, The Decision-35 catamaran 'Okalys-Corum' with Loïck Peyron of France took line honours in the Genève-Rolle-Genève race, completing the course at an average speed of 20 knots but failing to the break the record of 2 hrs 7 minutes by just 4 minutes... [more] Onsend this story
Deauville International Week concludes Kate Jennings - Expression, Deauville International Week was certainly born under a lucky star. Four editions, four forecasts with wind, four forecasts with sun and four sessions of top quality competition. The results were positive with 11 races on the Sportsboat round, nine on the IRC round and eight, including one Offshore race spanning 116 miles, for the Farr 30s.... [more] Onsend this story
More images of the Volvo fleet at high speed in squall Volvo Media, The Volvo fleet blasted their way off the coast of Ireland today, hitting over 30kts, in squalls. The Volvo media team present these amazing images of Volvo 70's at full pelt.... [more] Onsend this story
Irish win overall RORC IRC Championship Trophy Louay Habib, It was blowing half a gale overnight, but by dawn the skies had cleared to provide sparkling conditions for the competitors in the RORC IRC National Championship. Dave Dwyer's Mills 39, MarinersCove.ie from Ireland won class one and also the glittering prize of overall champion for the RORC IRC National Championship 2009... [more] Onsend this story
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet chasing the strong wind Oliver Dewar, The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet have been chasing a corridor of strong south-westerly breeze squeezed between a high-pressure system south-east of the boats and a low-pressure system to the north centred over the Grand Banks south of Newfoundland.... [more] Onsend this story
Australia's Kokomo wins line honours winner - Day 1 of Dubois Cup 2009 YCCS media, In the first day of racing in the Dubois Cup 2009, real time victory today went to Australia's Kokomo, owned by Lang Walker, which dropped back to third place behind Ganesha on handicap. The YCCS Race Committee set a course which took advantage of the steady 15-knot westerly breeze which blew off the coast of north-eastern Sardinia.... [more] Onsend this story
470 European Championships attracts 31 nations 470 Class media, 31 nations are set to come head to head on Lake Traunsee, Austria at the 2009 470 European Championships. Eighty-five men's-mixed and 40 women's teams will be competing at the opening 470 Championship of 2009, hosted by the Union Yacht Club Traunsee.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Wipeout, bruises and bumps Event Media, Leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race – the first of three legs, which takes the seven-strong fleet to the finish in St Petersburg, Russia, later this month, has started with a bang. It was a highlight for the Green Dragon team, who led the fleet round the Fastnet Rock late last night. They timed and executed their gybe perfectly whilst flying thief masthead spinnaker.... [more] Onsend this story
Green Dragon leads at Fastnet Rock Ian Walker, Even though the Fastnet Rock wasn't a scoring gate, it was a great thrill for the Green Dragon team to round the famous landmark and leave Ireland's shores in first place. Can you believe that there were a few spectator boats out at midnight at the Fastnet Rock in over 25 knots of wind?... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Ireland: Volvo fleet at 30kts plus off Irish Coast Volvo Media, The Volvo fleet blasted their way off the coast of Ireland today, hitting over 30kts, in squalls. The Volvo media team present these amazing images of Volvo 70's at full pelt.... [more] Onsend this story
Three New Zealand crews named for 18fter Worlds in France Sail-World.com, Three New Zealand crews have been named to compete in the 18 foot skiffs World Championships, starting on 27th June in Carnac France. Racing starts 27th June runs to 4th July.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the Emerald Isle - Leg 8 from Galway Bay Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson, More images from the start of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race at Galway Bay, Ireland... [more] Onsend this story
D-Day at Deauville International Week Kate Jennings - Expression, Today was a very special day for Deauville International Week. As far as the Farr 30s were concerned, it was time for the offshore race, so this made things a bit easier. All that was required was a start, a final buoy and they were on their way for 24 h of sailing.... [more] Onsend this story
Dubois Cup set to start in Porto Cervo Event media, An exclusive fleet of superyachts, representing the best of the classic elegance for which Dubois Naval Architects is renowned, is ready and waiting on the quays of Porto Cervo for tomorrow's start in the second edition of the Dubois Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
Shocking day for BlackMatch as a rampant Paolo Cian fights back BlackMatch Racing Media, BlackMatch Racing report from their final day of the Korea Match Cup: 'Going into the day with a 2 nil advantage and only needing a single victory to reach the semi final, we faced a fired up Paolo Cian who came out fighting, managing 3 straight victories in the very light and shifty conditions. It was a complete turnaround... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the start of Leg 8 - Galway Bay, Ireland Volvo Ocean Race media, The Volvo Ocean Race photographers were focused on the start of Leg 8 in Galway bay, Ireland and provided these images of the day's action.... [more] Onsend this story
Day 2 of the RORC IRC National Championship Event media, Feisty Solent conditions were the order of the day, as hundreds of competitors on over 60 boats experienced some spectacular racing at the RORC IRC National Championship. Fifteen knots, gusting to over twenty knots from the southeast proved a physical and mental challenge for all five classes... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 4 leads from Galway with Green Dragon in pursuit Volvo media, Overall leaders, Ericsson 4 is pouring it on at the front of the fleet, these are their conditions. The Green Dragon is in pursuit, giving the home town fans something to cheer about in second place as they head out into the Atlantic. Telefonica Black in fifth, with Ericsson 3 sixth, and Delta Lloyd covering the exits.... [more] Onsend this story
Baier and Wallmer in battle for A-Cat European title Sail-World.com/uk, Bob Baier of Germany and Sascha Wallmer of Switzerland are tied on 17 points in the lead of the A-Cat European Championship at YC Rheindelta on Lake Constance going into the final day, with Australian Scott Anderson waiting in the wings... [more] Onsend this story
Korean Match Cup Final - Williams (GBR) v Cian (ITA) James Boyd, Yet more costly turnarounds and huge drama marked the penultimate day of the Korea Match Cup. Unbeatable on Friday, ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing Adam Minoprio suffered three straight defeats in his quarter final races today against Team Shosholoza's Paolo Cian, putting him out of the competition... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series - Bliksem in lead in Scarlino Melges 32 media, The extremely determined Pieter Taselaar (New York, N.Y) on USA-169 Bliksem. Taselaar, more common to the North American Melges 32 racing circuit, has carried his crew to Italy for Audi events number 3 (Scarlino) and 4(Cagliari) in preparation for the fifth and final stage — the 2009 Melges 32 World Championship on September 20-27 at Porto Cervo.... [more] Onsend this story
Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel) beats Mediterranean record Event media, Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel) has beated the Mediterranean record by 3 minutes and 31 seconds. It was a very close call right to the very end! Groupe Bel left Marseille on Tuesday at 19:58:46 (GMT+1), and crossed the finish line of the Mediterranean record in front of Cape Carthage in Tunisia at 17:19:15 after a crossing of 1 day, 21 hours, 20 minutes and 29 seconds.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet rockets through the Gulf Stream Oliver Dewar, The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet have been delivering consistently high speeds overnight as the four boats rocket north-east through the Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of America.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from day 1 of the RORC IRC National Championship Paul Wyeth, Paul Wyeth captured these images of the RORC IRC National Championship in the Solent... [more] Onsend this story
RAN heads Super Zero after the first day's racing at IRC Nats Event media, Right at the start of the RORC IRC National Championship, Niklas Zennstrom's TP52, RAN, stamped their authority on the competition. Three straight bullets put them at the top of the leader board in Super Zero after the first day's racing... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race leg 8 a stern test for skippers Riath Al-Samarrai, It might look like a short par three, but Ken Read has few doubts about where leg eight falls on the race's stroke index. There seems to be a common feeling that the 1,250 miles separating Galway from Marstrand are going to throw some testing obstacles at the fleet.... [more] Onsend this story
Idyllic conditions at Deauville International Sailing Week Event media, Conditions were idyllic on the Deauville race zone which, once again, was graced with sunshine today. True to form in the Baie de Seine, the wind was a tiny bit capricious... South-East then East then North-East then East again then South-East again, with the crews left wondering which way was up!... [more] Onsend this story
Pendragon VI launched in Auckland Nigel Price, Nigel Price sent these images of the new Pendragon VI, a Laurie Davidson design for US West Coast based owner, John MacLaurin, who has been a long time supporter of the New Zealand designer. Pendragon VI was built at Ian Franklin Boatbuilders in Christchurch. Construction is of pre preg carbon over a Nomex core. The boat was shipped to Auckland for launching and rigged by Southern Spars... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson Racing Team ready for leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race Ericsson Racing Team media, Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race is called an offshore leg for scoring purposes, but Ericsson Racing Team is approaching it more as coastal sailing. Ericsson 3 navigator Aksel Magdahl said he's taking more tools on this leg than he's used to. 'I'm taking more charts than normal,' Magdahl said. 'They have valuable information along shorelines and it's good to be able to show the crew where the... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Scarlino: Carlo Borlenghi at the Audi Melge 32 Series Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini, One of the worlds greatest photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and friends, are at the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series at Scarlino, Italy, and present this superb gallery of images from the event:... [more] Onsend this story
Third title for André Budzien at Finn World Masters Robert Deaves, Second place in the final race at the Finn World Masters in Maubuisson, France was enough for André Budzien (GER) to take his third title in a row. The overnight leader Jürgen Eiermann (GER) finished fourth to end up second overall... [more] Onsend this story
BlackMatch lead the way in Korea Match Cup BlackMatch Racing Media, BlackMatch Racing reports from Day 3 of the Korea March race Cup sailed in Bakewell-White 36's: Yet another day of perfect sailing conditions here in Korea and we managed to find some form, winning 5 of our 6 remaining round robin races which saw us top of the table, we then took a 2 nil advantage in our quarterfinal match up against Italian Paolo Cian. '... [more] Onsend this story
Boats and rigs available for 29erXX Gold Cup on Lake Garda Dave Hall, The Combined 9er class associations and 9er builders are making available 29erXX boats and rigs for the 29erXX Gold cup to be held at Riva – Lake Garda from the 12 to 15 of July... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Crew changes but fleet ready for the sprint Volvo Ocean Race Media, The seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet is ready to race to Sweden, leaving behind a Galway stopover that has exceeded all expectations. Leg eight is the first of a series of closing legs that will feature inshore or near-shore racing, which calls for a different mindset according to PUMA skipper Ken Read. Crew changes for this leg are listed.... [more] Onsend this story
Slow leg 5 start but pace picks up in Portimão Global Ocean Race Oliver Dewar, Following an initially slow start to leg 5 in Charleston, South Carolina, at 1430 UTC on Thursday, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet soon dug into stronger breeze. In the latest 0620 UTC position pole (05/06), Herrmann and Oehme on Beluga Racer have moved to the front of the fleet, sailing furthest north with a lead of just under three miles over Desafio Cabo de Hornos.... [more] Onsend this story
The sleigh ride is over as La Promese leads OSTAR 2009 Roger Metherell/James Bembridge-Race Office, OSTAR 2009. In the early hours of this morning June 5th, La Promese (Jan Kees Lampe) passed through a psychologically important barrier. The last two days have seen the fleet slow down. At midday on Wednesday La Promese had average approximately 7.3 knots along the course. This morning the average speed had dropped to just below 7.0 knots.... [more] Onsend this story
Bouwe Bekking focuses on last three weeks of Volvo Ocean Race Bouwe Bekking media, For Bouwe Bekking and the Telefonica Blue team Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocen Race is more than simple distance: it's a fight for eight valuable points and another chance to win. Bouwe says: 'Of course we would like to win the leg, as that will mean gaining points on Ericsson 4 and Puma.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica Blue navigators shuffle on the cards Volvo Ocean Race media, The two Telefonica teams will take an unchanged crew into leg eight, but Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking has revealed a navigation reshuffle is on the horizon.... [more] Onsend this story
Quarter Finals underway at Korea Match Cup - Minoprio hits his stride James Boyd, At the Korea Match Cup, it was Adam Minoprio who got on to a strong winning streak with a run of eight races and just one loss. In conditions similar to yesterday with the sun burning through early morning mist, followed by a light 8 knot sea breeze establishing itself, so in winning four of his five remaining races in the round robin put Minoprio on eight points out of eleven matches.... [more] Onsend this story
Admiral's Cup - Could it be sailed around the World? Rob Kothe, Australia's largest sailing regatta, Geelong Week, is preparing to expand its horizons with plans for an international IRC event. Today the Chairman of Geelong Week Andrew Neilson announced the Geelong Week dates for 2010 and explained the earlier than expected parting with the long term title sponsor Skandia, who had contracted to their title sponsorship until 2011... [more] Onsend this story
Deauville International Week underway Kate Jennings - Expression, It was an exceptional first day of racing for the fourth edition of Deauville International Week. As is usually the case during Deauville International Week, glorious sunshine coloured today's racing. Ideal conditions enabled the race committees to validate four races for the Farr 30 and IRC, with three races for the Sportsboat round.... [more] Onsend this story
Green Dragon crew changes for Leg 8 Green Dragon media, For Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race Green Dragon will have two crew changes as part of their on going crew rotation. Chinese media crew member Guo Chuan will step down for the next leg from Galway to Marstrand.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimão Global Ocean fleet blessed before Leg 5 start Oliver Dewar, Portimao Global Ocean Race - Ahead of the teams is 3,500 mile Leg 5 of the circumnavigation taking the yachts across the North Atlantic to the finish line in Portimão, Portugal. Half an hour later, the teams left the dock and headed towards the start line in Charleston Harbour off the Maritime Centre.... [more] Onsend this story
Last race showdown at Finn World Masters Robert Deaves, In his first ever Finn World Masters Jurgen Eiermann (GER) goes into Friday's deciding race with a one point margin over defending champion Andre Budzien (GER)... [more] Onsend this story
OSTAR - King of Shaves losses all instruments Oscar Mead, A very difficult morning on the water for 'King of Shaves'. I am sorry to report that at 08:30 we lost all our instruments and for 30 minutes we were struggling to go anywhere at all. I used the wheel lock and tried to balance the sails so that we could sail on but it was at reduced speed... [more] Onsend this story
RORC enlist Skandia to help revive the Admirals' Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has secured the support of Skandia to undertake a feasibility study into the revival of the Admiral's Cup, one of the world's great international regattas, as the premier offshore racing regatta in the world circuit... [more] Onsend this story
Korea Match Cup: Ainslie spoils Gilmour's day James Boyd, WMRT Media, Ainslie has now sailed all his races in the round robin finishing with eight wins in 11 matches. 'We made mistakes,' said tactician and double Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy. 'Things are getting better every day and slowly we are learning the game between us. We have done all our races so we don't have to get up tomorrow morning!'... [more] Onsend this story
International 470 Class supports Sailors from 12 Nations Luissa Smith, The International 470 Class is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 International Solidarity Programme (ISP), which provides funding towards the entry fees for 470 Championships.... [more] Onsend this story
BlackMatch defeat defending Champion in opening day of Korea Match Cup BlackMatch Racing Media, BlackMatch racing reports from the opening day of the Korea Match Cup World Tour: 'After competing in the Germany Match Cup only two days ago, we have flown half way around the world and were straight back into competition today, with the opening day of the Korea Match Cup World Tour Event where we placed third last year.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race Leg 5 ice-limit and scoring gate announced Oliver Dewar, The start of the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 from Charleston, South Carolina, to Portimão, Portugal is scheduled for 1030 local (1430 UTC) on Thursday (04/06). On Thursday morning, the boats will be blessed by a local priest at the MegaDock within City Marina at around 0800 local and will leave the dock at 0830... [more] Onsend this story
Day 3 at Finn World Masters - French lake rolls the dice Robert Deaves, Laurent Hay (FRA) couldn't maintain his unbeaten record on day three of the Finn World Masters in Maubuisson, France. Two more sets of races were completed with wins going to Stephane Alexis (FRA) and Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA) in race four and to defending champion André Budzien (GER) and Jürgen Eiermann (GER) in race five... [more] Onsend this story
Manson - making anchoring safer for you Richard Gladwell, Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more] Onsend this story
Spanish sailor's accidental adventure - more photos to believe or not Nancy Knudsen, If you thought that the Southport skipper had a difficult time trying to cross the Southport bar last week, spare a thought for the Spanish sailor who was caught trying to return to the harbour in Zumaia, in the Basque country of northern Spain... [more] Onsend this story
Spain top ISAF World Sailing Rankings ISAF media, Spain move to the top of the national standings in the latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings after gaining one of two new world 1 crews in the latest release... [more] Onsend this story
What type of sailor are you? Simon Payne, Last night I was thinking about different types of sailors. I thought this time, rather than considering individuals at the event, I'd look at categories of sailors instead. Here are mine, I'm sure there are more . . .... [more] Onsend this story
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The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance One Design sailing boat. It was designed by three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1089
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