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Summer - when too much sailing is never enough!

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Alinghi shows all at Media Open Day in Le Bouveret
Sail-World and JPJ,
Alinghi held a Media Day at their base in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to allow invited media a close look at Alinghi 5 afloat. Media were not allowed in the 90ft LWL catamaran but had the opportunity to look over the boat and interview her crew and design team. Sail-World's correspondent 'JPJ' commented that Alinghi's team were very happy with Alinghi 5 after two days of sailing.... [more]
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Artemis wins, Emirates Team NZ extends in Audi MedCup
MedCup media,
As the Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 reaches its theoretical mid-point Artemis won the Coastal race and only one point separates the top four GP42 Series teams after today's three races. Second place on the passage down to picturesque Poetta, the next bay to the south east of the Sardinian capital, and back was enough to ensure Emirates Team New Zealand extend their regatta leading margin... [more]
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The Channel Challenge Cup - last RORC offshore race prior to Fastnet
RORC media,
This Saturday morning sees the start of the last RORC offshore race prior to the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. The Channel Challenge Cup is the overall prize and there are many other trophies including the Inter Service Trophy for the best Armed Services Yacht.... [more]
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iShares Cup rivals team up in bid for Olympic selection
iShares Cup,
iShares Cup sailors Chris Draper and Pete Greenhalgh both sail for Oman Sail, but when it comes to Extreme 40 racing they are very definitely rivals as they sail on different boats.... [more]
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Set to defend Artemis Challenge, Team Pindar's Open 60 is up for sale
Robin Gray – Team Pindar,
Team Pindar's radical Juan Kouyoumdjian designed Open 60 yacht is up for sale. The boat, which last year won the prestigious Artemis Challenge, also proved its race-winning capabilities offshore on its maiden round-the-world voyage, when Brian Thompson, skippered it to a fifth place finish in the Vendée Globe earlier this year.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week Round 3 of the European circuit
iShares Cup media,
There's just one week to go until the iShares Cup at Cowes Week for Round 3 of the European circuit from August 1-3. The infamous Solent chop and strong tides will provide the crews with a fresh set of challenges.... [more]
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Swan European Regatta wrap report
Katy Gilmartin,
Once again for a week in mid-July a fleet of Swan yachts flocked to Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for one of the highlights in the Swan racing calendar, the Swan European Regatta.... [more]
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Sixth day of racing at Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
On the 6th race day of the 120th Travemuende week three crews with a neat and clean record of bullets only lead their classes. The Travemuende Week races of the Laser Radial, the 420 and the Pirates represent the last rehearsal for the International German Youth Championship in the second week.... [more]
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2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 1
David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 1. Albeau opened with yet another incredible performance. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) snatched the final victory of the day, whilst Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) and Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) continually dominated at the head of the fleet.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals Day 5 at Largs
Alan Henderson,
Racing resumed at the Albacore Internationals at Largs today after competitors spent yesterday relaxing and seeing some of Scotland on the lay day. Medium winds from the South were the order of the day, making a change from the generally fresh winds so far, and allowing some different faces to show near the front of the fleet.... [more]
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29ers Worlds - Final Rounds, Results and pictures
Sail-World.com,
Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (AUS 1), lead Lauren Jefferies and her crew dual 49er World Champion skipper Nathan Outteridge, ahead of Haylee Outteridge and 49er World Champion crew Iain Jensen in the finals of the 29er Worlds.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes Day 4
Justin Chisholm,
The fifty-four boat fleet at the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 were chomping at the bit to get back to the task at hand on day four. With an early start time of eight o'clock, the fleet found the Solent almost deserted when they assembled off the Royal Yacht Squadron before setting off with the tide towards the East.... [more]
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Monsoon breezes kick in at Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
New faces in the crowd included Neil Pryde and the crew of Hi Fi, keen to defend their AYGP crown right from the beginning of the season, with Ray Roberts (Evolution Sails, formerly Quantum Racing) there to keep them honest (and try to knock them off the perch). Henry Kaye appeared in the 'new boat, familiar name' category, with his super-go-fast carbon Sea Cart 30 trimaran, Thor.... [more]
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The Harwich Race Sunday 19 July 2009
Event media,
The Harwich Race was run Sunday 19 July 2009. The Harwich race started at the Branklet buoy in the Croch with a westerly breeze of up to 22 knots and a foul tide. With a downwind first leg, Class 3 got off to a flying start. Alan Bartlett's Inn Spirit won Class 1 and took the race overall to complete a fantastic weekend.... [more]
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The Walker Challenge Race
Event media,
Report from The Walker Challenge Race. On Saturday morning winds were gusting up to 30 knots from the west. The Class 3 boats got off to a flying start, fetching out to the Medusa buoy.... [more]
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Sam Davies moves on - former Roxy up for sale
Vendee Globe media,
The young British sailor, who so enthralled us during the last edition of the Vendée Globe has never hidden her desire to return in 2012 aboard a boat that is capable of winning the race.... [more]
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Laser 2 Worlds at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
WPSNSA media,
The second day of the Laser 2 Worlds ushered in some challenging conditions with over 20 knots of wind. Three races were completed. Nigel Skudder and Keith Hills currently lead the 37 boat fleet.... [more]
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Andrea Bonezzi wins Contender class Pre-Worlds at Travemuende Week
Sail-World.com,
At the Pre-World's held as part of Travemuende Week 2009, one of the most consistent sailors in the history of the Contender class Andrea Bonezzi, who took the world titles in 2003,2004 and 2006 beat Australian Jono Neate on a count back with 2005 World Champion the German Jan von der Bank in third place..... [more]
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No racing at British Classic Yacht Club Regatta
Justin Chisholm,
Competitors at the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 arrived at the Cowes Yacht Haven this morning, they were greeted by the eerie sound of wind screaming through the rigging of the fifty-four classic yachts moored in the marina.... [more]
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Aussies lead 29er Worlds
Jerelyn Biehl,
Four races were scheduled, but only three were completed at the 29er Worlds. The Australian teams of Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (NZL) and Haylee Outteridge and Iain Jensen are leading the 29er World qualifiers into the fleet splits for gold, silver, bronze and emerald flights.... [more]
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Italians do it better on Day 2 of Audi MedCup in Sardinia
MedCup Media,
Italy's Francesco Bruni called tactics for Matador as they posted a first and second today, rising to challenge the Kiwi dominance in the TP52 Series while his compatriot Vasco Vascotto won twice in the hot seat on the GP 42 Airis. Winners of the season's opening regatta in Alicante in May, Matador (ARG) reduced ETNZ's margin in the series to just a single point, as the wheels came off the Kiwis.... [more]
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Topper Worlds in disarray as protests flood in
International Topper Class Association website,
The 2009 Topper Worlds are being held from 18th to 24th July in Austria and are being hosted by Segelclub Ebensee.... [more]
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Exercise Transglobe Leg 1 - Fleet arrive in Lanzarote
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The three 67ft steel-hulled yachts taking part in Exercise Transglobe, the tri-services adventurous training expedition that set off from Portsmouth on 11 July, have all docked safely in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Turkey to host 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
David Knapman,
Istanbul 2010 will mark the 40th edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, the world's top youth sailing event. Competition will take place from 8-17 July across eight events, open to competitors younger than 19 years on 31 December 2010.... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match - Battle of the best
Event media,
The ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil is the most prestigious event in women's match racing. This year's championship has added interest, as it is the first in the four-year cycle, which will culminate in the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, where Women's Match Racing will feature for the first time on the Olympic programme.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: BMW Oracle bigger winners out of Court Hearing
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing were the big winners out of the Hearing in the New York Supreme Court today. Not that Alinghi lost anything substantial, but the US team picked up some bargaining chips that Alinghi would probably have rather played later in the game. First of these was the concession that the International Sailing Federation Racing Rules, current edition would apply... [more]
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Dragon South Coast Championship
Fiona Brown,
The 2009 Dragon South Coast Championship, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, returns to Cowes, Isle of Wight, this weekend where Dragons have raced competitively for over 60 years.... [more]
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RS300 Racing Circuit Event at Filey
Steve Bolland,
Some quite extreme conditions, which produced some spectacular sailing, greeted the RS300 fleet at the Craftinsure-sponsored Filey Regatta over the weekend of 18/19 July... [more]
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Title sponsor for B14 Europeans 2009 announced
Rod Boswijk/Mark Barnes,
The B14 European Class Association is pleased to announce that Neil Pryde Sailing are to be our title sponsors for the B14 European Championships. It is anticipated that 35 plus British and Australian teams will be competing with the enthusiastic French fleet to experience the great conditions in the Bay of Quiberon.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 second day of sailing on Lake Geneva plus Video
Carlo Borlenghi and the Alinghi Team,
The America's Cup defender, Alinghi 5, had her second day of sailing on Switzerland's Lake Geneva today.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes Ladies Day
Justin Chisholm,
Ladies' Day at the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 dawned somewhat grey and overcast. Some frantic last minute press-gang activity was witnessed on the dock by those owners who had been so far unsuccessful in securing the services of a lady helm. Happily most boats appeared to manage to cajole a suitable female to join their crew.... [more]
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SLAM: Spectacular Video from 49er Worlds in Lake Garda
Slam Media,
The crews of the recent 49er World Championship staged in Lake Garda, Italy feature in this superb video just released by SLAM.... [more]
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Travemuende Week - German and Russian victories
Andreas Kling,
All next winners of the 120th Travemuende Week are either from Germany or Russia. On the last day of racing for three Olympic classes, the locals won two of them with one victory went to Russians.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals Day 4
Alan Henderson,
The dreaded Easterlies came to Largs on the fourth day of the Benromach Albacore Internationals. It had been a day of variety, including two races in both the lightest and heaviest winds seen in the week, and leading lady Judy Armstrong became the first sailor other than the leading duo to take a race win.... [more]
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Swiss Club pleased that America's Cup Contempt motion denied
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth is pleased following today's Hearing in the New York Supreme Court over the Rules issues raised by Golden Gate Yacht Club, and Societe Nautique de Geneve's request for the Customs House Registry certificate to be provided within 14 days... [more]
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Golden Gate YC pleased that Rules clarity will be provided
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
We are pleased that the Court will provide clarity on the rules before we complete our challenging vessel for America's Cup 33. The Court reserved her decision whether an engine and moveable ballast can be used. Justice Kornreich understood that we need to know the rules before we can complete our challenging vessel and then submit our Custom House Registry (CHR).... [more]
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Images from 29er World Championship Day 2
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery captured today's action at the 29er Worlds, as Steven Thomas and Blar Tuke won all of their three races. Judge Ryan and Matt Noble also won all their races today.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand all the way at Region of Sardinia Trophy
MedCup media,
Three wins from three starts allowed Dean Barker (NZL) and the crew of Emirates TeamNew Zealand to not only take a comfortable overall lead after the first day's racing at the Region of Sardinia Trophy.... [more]
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Tight at the Top 29er Worlds Day 2, AUS-NZL leads USA
Jerelyn Biehl,
Matching race to race, Aussie Steven Thomas and Blar Tuke (NZL) won all three races in their flight while Americans Judge Ryan and Matt Noble equalled by winning all their races as well. The two teams are separated by one point and lead yesterday's leaders of Haylee Outteridge and Iain Jensen, by five points.... [more]
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Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally - the Melbourne Sydney Trophy
John Curnow,
Bob ‘Freight Train' Williams delivered his first Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally participant information session the other night at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. All was on plan. The technology had all been checked and was working. The meetings beforehand had been completed and a nice meal consumed.... [more]
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Sailors swap sailing gloves for cricket gloves but all in a good cause
Suzy Hamel,
Olympic medallists, World Champion and Volvo Ocean Race sailors swap oilskins for cricket whites in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST). Ben Ainslie, Ian Walker, Stuart Childerley, David Carr, Jonathan ‘Boycey' Taylor and Tom McWilliam head up the Bugle / JMST (John Merricks Sailing Trust) cricket XI for the annual cricket tournament in Hamble on Sunday 26th July.... [more]
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MOB skipper still missing in European regatta
Baltic Sprint Cup media,
Baltic Sprint Cup. During the race's second leg from Rønne on the island of Bornholm/Denmark to Vaestervik in Sweden, the female skipper of the German yacht 'DHH Cross-Match', Sabine Juettner-Storp, went overboard.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen National Championships, Abersoch
Flying Fifteen media,
The South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club was the host for the 2009 Flying Fifteen National Championships from 16th to 21st July. The first day of the Championships took place on a rather overcast day but with a fairly steady force 4 westerly breeze. After a short practice race the first race proper got underway at the first attempt.... [more]
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Macgregor wins RYA National Match Racing Series qualifier
Karenza Morton,
Three all-girl crews tied for top spot at a heavily wind-affected RYA National Match Racing Series qualifier in Plymouth this weekend (18-19 July). Skandia Team GBR's Macgregor, who flies out to Sweden for the 2009 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships later this month, took top spot by virtue of her team's five out of five 100 percent win record at Plymouth.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 flies on first sail on Lake Geneva - WOW!
Carlo Borlenghi and the Alinghi Team,
The America's Cup defender, Alinghi 5, was re-launched and had her first test sail on Switzerland's Lake Geneva today. We'll be featuring more photos as they come through later today but in the meantime.. WOW! and Well Done!... [more]
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Finn Junior World Championship for Jörg Bruder Silver Cup preview
Julia David, Event Media,
The PATA Boats Finn Junior World Championship for the Jörg Bruder Silver Cup is being held between 30 July and 6 August 2009. To date, 49 young Finn sailors from 12 nations (USA, RUS, FRA, GER, ITA, IRL, CZE, SVK, UKR, EST, BUL and HUN), have entered the regatta.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship preview
Robert Deaves OKDIA,
The 2009 OK Dinghy World Championship opens in Kalmar, Sweden this coming weekend. Based on previous experience at the venue, most sailors were expecting light to moderate conditions, which would contrast to the very windy conditions at the past three world championships and should bring some new faces to the front.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - Alinghi first sail on Lake Geneva

With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Stayed tuned for the latest on the road to the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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RS Vareo Racing Circuit Event at Northampton SC
Debbie Darling,
Fourteen Vareos attended the Northampton sailing club open meeting on July 18/19. Saturday was sunny, brisk and gusty, and in the first two races there was quite a toll of capsizes and minor gear damage and Sunday's races were completed just before even bigger squalls and rain came over which sent the local club sailors scurrying for shelter... [more]
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TP52 Series Region of Sardinia Trophy Practice race
MedCup media,
With Paul Cayard (USA) on board calling tactics for the first time for the 2007 Audi MedCup winning owner-skipper Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), Artemis seized the opportunity presented to them to win today's practice race for the TP52 Series Region of Sardinia Trophy.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals final day - UK title winner decided
Alan Henderson,
On the third day of the Benromach Albacore Internationals, the UK National title was at stake. Three races would decide who went home with the title. Forecast for the day was brisk. The two protagonists fought out their battle at the front, the pair drawing clear of the rest of the fleet in all three races.... [more]
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Gusty winds cause havoc at Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
Stormy gusts reduced the regatta program of the 120th Travemuende Week on Monday (20 July). When the sight at the Delta course for the International German Championship of the 505 was limited to only one hundred meters in a squall, the race officer stopped the sixth race because it became too dangerous to continue.... [more]
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Ben Rogerson two thirds through RBI Solo Non-Stop attempt
Ben Rogerson media,
Ben Rogerson and 'Mini Minx' have had a rough couple of days and are now fast approaching the North West tip of Ireland in the RBI Solo Non-Stop attempt. Having had one hell of a day on Saturday in wild conditions and not enough sunshine to recharge the batteries through the solar panels alone, and no generator to do the job - Ben was forced to hand steer in severe conditions.... [more]
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Day 1 at the British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta 2009
Justin Chisholm,
Racing at the British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta 2009 got under way in fine style today. Principal Race Officer Tony Lovell set his start line in the vicinity of the Flying Fish buoy and sent all four classes upwind on a beat to East Knoll.... [more]
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Images from the 29er Worlds on Lake Garda
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery took these images on the first day of competition at the 29er Worlds on Lake Garda, Italy. Hayley Outteridge and Iain Jensen lead the 29er World fleet. 2008 29er World Champion Steve Thomas (AUS) and Blair Tuke are second, with Brits Tom Durham and George Hand third.... [more]
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Durham and George third after first day of 29er Worlds competition
Jerelyn Biehl,
As the younger sister of Nathan Outteridge, Hayley borrowed her brother's crew and they are currently leading the 183 boat 29er World championship fleet sailing on Lake Garda. Epic Lake Garda conditions gave the Race Committee and competitors a chance to stretch out and complete three races in the four flights.... [more]
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Alinghi prepare for their first sail on Lake Geneva
Carlo Borlenghi,
Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, launched its new 90ft catamaran again today on Lake Geneva, Switzerland in preparation for the start of sailing trials. Carlo Borlenghi present this gallery of images of the occasion... [more]
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New record set in Royal Southampton's Island Double
Royal Southampton Yacht Club,
Southampton Island Double - not for the feint of heart. The wind certainly made for exciting sailing. The fleets got off to good starts, with only the odd OCS, for the beat down the Needles with most yachts reefed in, it was a bumpy wet ride with wind over tide producing the infamous Solent chop, causing mal-de-mer in a few.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2009 Champion crowned
Melges 32 media,
Carlo Alberini on ITA-186 Calvi Network with Gabriele Benussi as tactician, Lorenzo Bodoni, Gaetano Di Granara, Alessandro Frizzarin, Sergio Blosi, Irene Bezzi and Fabio Gasperoni are Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champions!... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - BOR90 sailing - close up
Sail-world.com,
With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Latest postings include BOR90's new mast, Alinghi 5's motor and ballast system... [more]
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Division 0 to go round Tasmania in 2011 Round Australia Ocean Race
Rob Kothe,
Since West Australian Bob Williams launched the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally – a 7500 nautical mile race or rally, there has been support coming from all quarters, with 90 boats expected to have reserved slots by the end of this week. Division 0 will go around Tasmania while other divsions will go around King Island.... [more]
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Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 2
Mark Cherrington,
Apple's much-hyped iPhone has attracted much attention since the global release of the 3G in 2008, with tens of thousands of applications, and more coming. Buried among the many, some of which are rubbish, are others that are excellent and purpose-designed for sailors, as Mark Cherrington describes. This is Part 2 of a 3 Part Series.... [more]
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Outteridge and Jensen win 2009 49er Worlds
Rob Kothe,
Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen today won the 49er World Championships Riva del Garda, Italy. They came home with a solid second in the medal race behind Peter and Soren Hansen (DEN). Brits John Pink and Rick Peacock finished the medal race in third place to take the silver medal ahead of Italy's Sibello brothers Pietro and Gianfranco. The 2007 World Champions Stevie Morrison and Be... [more]
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