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Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions 2009 to be decided
RYA Media,
Thirty two talented young power boaters from across the UK and Gibraltar will be hitting the water at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday (13th September) putting their skill, control and speed to the test in a race against the clock, in the hope of clinching the prestigious title of 2009 Honda RYA Youth RIB National Champion.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs International Regatta: Winnings back to their winning ways
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta - The Winnings are, well, winning again, and the 18s ruled the waves of San Francisco Bay in Thursday's traditional Bridge to Bridge Race run in conjunction with the eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta.... [more]
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B14 European Championship 2009 images
Ingrid Abery images/Sail-World.com,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 images from Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Strong start for Williams and Team Pindar
Jo Gawith,
St Moritz Match Race. Ian Williams and his Team Pindar crew have got off to a strong start at the St Moritz Match Race in Switzerland. Williams and crew dominated all five of their races, securing maximum points but were later penalised half a point, following a collision in the first race with Bruni.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championship - Challenging conditions on Day Four
Event media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championship - Challenging conditions today in Argentario for the event which is underway in Cala Galera (Argentario) and is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell'Argentario in partnership with Rolex.... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup fleet fills the skyline
Susan Maffei Plowden,
Perini Navi Cup. From the (not-so) smallest, the 80-foot Elettra to the 288-foot Maltese Falcon, a technological marvel with it's three rotating masts, and a boat easily full of superlatives: 26,000 sq ft of sail area, 180' masts, and a maximum draft of 36 feet. Racing will take place on Friday and Saturday with one race planned each day; the first warning signal will be at 1200.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships Day 4
Katie Ashworth,
Laser SB3 World Championships Day 4 report. With a forecast promising a building breeze, the fleet head out of the marina with big grins onboard. Today was going to be exciting, very exciting for the competitors.... [more]
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Will America's Cup legal disputes ever end?
Eric Sharp, Freep.com,
If you're a law student and wondering what would be a lucrative field to enter, give serious consideration to becoming a lawyer for the Swiss or American teams fighting over the rules for the next America's Cup. It's looking like this dispute will carry you into retirement.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - Smiles all round
Event media,
2009 Nautel Laser Masters World Championships. The sea breeze returned to St. Margaret's Bay on Thursday. 'There were a lot of smiles out there today,' said Gerry Giffin, president of the Canadian Yachting Association and a competitor. 'This is what people came here for, some great days of racing.'... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Strong day for Williams and Gilmour
MaxComm,
St Mortiz Match Race. After a short delay for the weather to improve the Race Committee got racing under way just after lunchtime and benefited from a good breeze – although quite shifty and not as strong as yesterday – to complete eight flights. Altogether the twelve teams racing in St. Moritz Match race have finished 18 flights in two days out of the 22 required to complete the Round Robin.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championship Day 4
Rob Kothe,
The forecast North wind arrived early on Lake Garda today, but she brought again light and tricky conditions for the Tornado catamarans sailing in the 2009 Tornado World Championship and the series leaders Bundock and Ashby took a dive today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Statement from the Société Nautique de Genève
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat. Alinghi Media,
Fred Meyer, Vice-Commodore of the Societe Nautique de Geneve, current Defenders of the America's Cup, has issued the following statement commenting on the America's Cup latest litigation initiated by the Challenger, Golden Gate YC... [more]
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'Bored with going really really fast and doing high speed cartwheels'
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson from www.MarineMediaAlliance.com was on hand fro Day 3 of the International 18ft Skiff Series in San Francisco 'Bored with going really really fast and doing high speed cartwheels....The boys at the 18 class have introduced a new discipline to their routine...massive wake jumping... you decide the 2009 winner!'... [more]
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18' Skiff International Regatta - Small rigs rule the day
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta report from day three. Big rig or small rig? That was the decision some of the players had to make on day three of the regatta.... [more]
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Golden Gate YC lodges Motion over fairness of Rules for America's Cup
Golden Gate YC Media,
Tom Ehman, of Golden Gate Yacht Club has issued the following statement regarding motions filed in the New York Supreme Court today. 'Our reasons are clear: Recent actions by Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) to unfairly manipulate the rules continue their disturbing pattern of misconduct as Trustee of the oldest trophy in sports.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Meet the Irish Teams
Media Pro Int'l,
The luck of the Irish will play a big part in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, September 15-19, since not one but two teams from Ireland will be competing. For the chance of winning bragging rights and a new trophy, members of Ireland's Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), the world's oldest yacht club, founded in 1720 and the Royal St. George Yacht Club will each field a team of amateur sailors... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup 2009 starts today in Porto Cervo
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Media,
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's September racing calendar is set to start in style as the Club hosts the Perini Navi Cup from 3rd to 5th September.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championships - Two Dutch teams at the top
Event media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championships and clear skies and fickle winds were the order of the day. Onboard the Yacht Club Italiano's Beppe Croce, the Race Committee had to wait for the wind to stabilize before starting the race at close to 1500 this afternoon. With five knots of breeze, the 17 teams headed out what would be a 9.8 mile course to the island of Giannutri.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Whois WSTA? (World Sailing Teams Association)
Richard Gladwell,
The big surprise from the announcement of the Louis Vuitton World Series was the disclosure of a new professional sailing teams group, named World Sailing Team Association. Quite where this group sits with the International Sailing Federation remains to be seen. Certainly WSTA are potentially a very powerful group - if they are able to work together behind the scenes... [more]
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Impressive IRC fleet lines up as St. Francis YC to honor Blackaller
Rolex Big Boat Series News,
2009 Rolex Big Boat Series On Wednesday, Sept 9 the St. Francis YC will pay homage to Blackaller, a member of the StFYC who passed away in 1989, with a special presentation lead by Paul Cayard. 'It just seemed logical to do something special to remember such a great personality and great sailor,' said Cayard, a StFYC member who refers to Blackaller as his 'sailing father, someone who had a huge ef... [more]
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49er European Championship Qualifiers - results and images
Event media,
49er European Championship Qualification series ended today, with two more races, in six-seven knots of sea breeze.... [more]
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Exercise Transglobe fleet heads for Cape Town
PR Works UK,
The Transglobe fleet is heading off on Leg 3, Rio de Janeiro – Cape Town (3,270nm) with a mix of ages and experience on board.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships - Burlton hangs on
Katie Ashworth,
SB3 World Championships. Race winners today included Roger Hudson/Taariq Jacobs, Rob Gullan and David Hudson. Catching up with them as they came ashore, they all had plenty to report after what has clearly been a really challenging day in terms of the competitive fleet and shifting wind.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - St. Moritz Cup Day one
Tour media,
The twelve teams involved in the St. Moritz Match Race and the quest for the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour had a great time today. The conditions were indeed absolutely fabulous, with the sun shining and the thermal breeze growing up to 15-20 knots over the afternoon. Ten flights were completed on day one.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championships – Day 3 news and results
Rob Kothe,
On Lake Garda, the morning wind is usually a moderate northerly, which then transitions to a lighter southerly later in the day. After two days of soft conditions organizers devised a cunning plan, two morning races in the stronger breeze but today it just did not happen.... [more]
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Williams and Team Pindar bid to reclaim King of the Mountain title
Kate Brewer,
‘King of the Mountain' title at the St Moritz Match Race. Set at over 5,000 feet above sea level on Lake St Moritz, against the spectacular backdrop of the Swiss Alps, 12 teams will compete in Blu26 one-design sailing boats which, whilst easily manoeuvrable, can prove challenging in the local Maloja thermal breeze.... [more]
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Images from the 18ft skiff International - Day 2 - San Francisco
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery from the second day of the 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco... [more]
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Tornado World Championship Day 2 - Bundock and Ashby do it again
Patricia Kirschner,
Tornado World Championship Day 2. Another great day's sailing for the Tornado fleet sailing on Lake Garda, in the waters near Gargnano and Toscolano-Maderno. The racing area was moved to the north end of the lake and according to British sailor Paul Mines 'it was a fantastic sight to see 17 Tornados being towed up behind the RC boat'.... [more]
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Sponsor continues Paralympic Sailing campaign support
Fast Track,
Helena Lucas, the Paralympic sailing star who was the only female entrant in the 2.4mR Class at the Beijing Games finishing in a top 10 position, has announced that she will be continuing her campaign towards London 2012 glory.... [more]
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International OK National Championship - More than OK
Rebecca Jackson,
International OK National Championship report. 35 OK sailors eventually enjoyed champagne sailing conditions during the International OK National Championship at Dabchicks Sailing Club, West Mersea, despite the first day of racing being abandoned due to strong winds.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton announce a World first Series
Richard Gladwell,
Louis Vuitton have announced that the first World Series, modeled on the highly successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will take place in 2010 The event to be known as the Louis Vuitton World Series will be undertaken in association with a new professional sailing group the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA). This group comprises eight teams, with others expected to join the powerful group... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championship Day Three
Event media,
Laser Masters World Championship Day Three. The offshore shifty wind with speeds of six to 15 knots (14 to 30 kilometres per hour) still made for a good day of racing. The Laser Masters is for athletes 35 years of age and older, sailing a single-handed single sail Laser. The oldest at this championship being held on St. Margaret's Bay near Halifax, Nova Scotia is 77 years old.... [more]
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18' Skiff International Regatta - Winning, Winning and more Winning
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta - Only four points separate the first four with six races remaining through Friday. Discards will kick in after the fifth and eighth races. Four races over the first two days of the event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club have swept Australia's John Winning and John Jr. (a.k.a. Herman) and the veteran Trevor Barnabas into three of the top four current positions.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton World Series announcement believed to be imminent
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that an announcement on a new World Sailing Series is imminent. The new event will be run by a group entitled the World Sailing Teams Association. Here we republish an earlier story, published over two months ago setting out the basis of the new Louis Vuitton World Series.... [more]
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Royal Southern 2009 September Regatta - Preview
Royal Southern Yacht Club Media,
The final summer series regatta weekend is set to take place on the 5th & 6th September, with racing for IRC classes, J/109s, SB3s, J/80s and Club Class.... [more]
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Redesmere National 12 Open Meeting - Racing Report
Christian Day,
Eleven 12s took to the water this weekend for the fourth open in the Midland's Area Series at Redesmere Sailing Club including 4 vintage boats in the fleet. A good southerly wind with incessant gusts gave the fleet exciting racing all day on a course littered with gybes and surrounded by trees!... [more]
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Tynemouth Bailer 2009 - National 12 Gill Series - Racing Report
Howard Steavenson,
A small, but select, group of National Twelves gathered at Tynemouth over the weekend of 29/30 August for the fifty ninth Tynemouth Bailer open meeting... [more]
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Excellent conditions for the St. Moritz Match Race practice day
World Match Racing Tour Media,
The twelve teams racing in the St. Moritz Match Race – part of the World Match Racing Tour - have been training in perfect conditions today, getting to know the course and their opponents.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships 2009, Burlton Maintains lead on Day 2
Katie Ashworth,
Having led over night, Craig Burlton suffered a poor first leg during the 1st Race, rounding the windward mark at least three quarters of the way down the fleet.... [more]
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18 footer Skiff International Regatta San Francisco - Images
Sail-World.com,
Here are some pix taken by photographer Chris Ray from Monday's 18 footer Skiff International Regatta being held at the St Francis Yacht Club this week.... [more]
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49er Europeans Day One - French lead after four races
Event media,
49er European Championship day one. The sailors hit the water today with winds from the northwest slowly building from 10 to 14 knots during the afternoon. With such excellent conditions, the Race Committee opted to run four races for each fleet.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Will Boies get a foot in the door?
Richard Gladwell,
The venue of the 33rd America's Cup is expected to be another target for Golden Gate YC's newly hired legal 'Top Gun', David Boies, and legal friends. Under the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup, which is the governing document for this Multihull Match, the Challenger (Golden Gate YC) gets to nominate the time of the Match and the size of yacht, while the Defender (Societe Nautique de Geneve)... [more]
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Manson Anchors heads off all rivals in German test
Sail-World,
Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca.... [more]
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Images from the 18ft skiff International - Day 1 - San Francisco
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery from the first day of the 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco... [more]
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18 Skiff International Regatta - Winning on his winning way
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta day one and with a wink and a nod to experience, Australia's John Winning and California's Howard Hamlin won the first two races. Winds started at 14 knots and built to 18 through the two races, with gusts to 20 knots.... [more]
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OK British National Championship reports and results
Mike Edwards,
International OK National Championship at Dabchicks Sailing Club got underway after strong winds caused the cancellation of racing on Friday. On day two of the event, newcombers to the class gave the fleet a run for its money.... [more]
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Clipper fleet heads north for race start on the Humber
Clipper Race Media,
The ten yachts that will be competing in this year's Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race received a big send off from their base in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport today, ahead of their journey north to the Humber for the race start on 13 September.... [more]
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Six Metre World Cup - Tailor-made to create Magic
Media Pro Int'l,
Six Metre World Cup. For sailors, and spectators too, few sights on the water this summer will have more visual appeal than the 30+ yachts that will gather in Newport from September 8-12, 2009, for the Six Metre World Cup.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - Gruelling day two for competitors
Event media,
Laser Masters World Championships gruelling day two for competitors. It meant for the second day in a row, athletes were on the water for more than six hours. That's a gruelling schedule for a Masters regatta where the youngest competitor is 35 and the oldest is 77 years old.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championships
Event media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championships. An optimal start to the event in Cala Galera (Argentario). The first start was at 1300 with five-six knot winds from the south. It was the Finnish team of Tea Ekengren-Sauren onboard Blue Nights who were first at the top mark.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championship Day One - Bundock and Ashby again
International Tornado Class Association media,
2009 Tornado World Championship Day One. Race 1 had beautiful conditions. A couple of individual recalls and the boats went off to provide the public with its usual show of speed, adrenaline and fast manoeuvres. 12 knots, double trapeze and lots of fun.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships Day One report, results and images
Katie Ashworth,
2009 Laser SB3 World Championships Day one report and results. The fleet left the marina in very light winds this morning, and headed to Race Area A where a building northerly breeze awaited them. Throughout the day the wind increased to twenty five knots.... [more]
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B14 European Championship 2009 - And the winner is...
Gerry Brown and Nick Craig,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 went to to the last mark before the winner was decided. Sketch/North Sails (Dave Hayes/Richie Bell) were second overnight but were on a charge. They started well, had good consistent upwind pace and hit hard left before anyone worked out it was the way to go to win the first two races.... [more]
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Fireball Worlds Final Day report, results and images
Tim Saunders,
Fireball Worlds Day 5 - With three races to be sailed it was mathematically still possible for leaders Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend to lose their winning position. Race 10 started badly for some, with lots of boats OCS including the regatta winners, again conditions were excellent.... [more]
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49er Europeans - Brotherton and Asquith reunite
Lindsey Bell,
Brotherton and Asquith reunite ahead of 49er Europeans, Croatia. Six years after calling time on their 49er partnership, British sailors Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith will resume their joint quest for Olympic selection.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds Day One update
Event media,
2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds. Neither rain, nor gale, nor lack of power will stop the 300 athletes from around the world competing at the 2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds.... [more]
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Half Ton Classics Cup win to General Tapioca
Bert Janssen,
The Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup 2009 was won by the Belgian halftonner General Tapioca and crew. Heavy winds and swell prevented the 23 yachts of racing on the last two days of the event.... [more]
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B14 European Championship Day Three report and pictures
Dave Hayes, Tony Blackmore, Jonny Radcliffe,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 is being sailed from the Yacht Club de Carnac. Day three of the event prove a tricky one with most of the front runners gaining high scores.... [more]
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iShares Cup - Nail biting finish to round
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Kiel. Last off the start line, their Oman Sail stablemate Renaissance, the only ones who could snatch victory, got a strong start to be third at the first race mark with Masirah ninth... [more]
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B14 European Championship - Four winners on day two
Mark Barnes, Mark Emmett, Tim Harrison,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 Day 2 started with a promising 8-10 knot thermal breeze from the SW building to 10-12 knots breeze.... [more]
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