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Melges 32s Race on Spectacular San Francisco Bay – Illbruck Takes Charge

Monday, September 15th, 2008

San Francisco, Calif. – The stunning performances of Joe Woods (Torbay, UK) on GBR-700 Red and Michael Illbruck (Munich, Germany) on GER-401 Pinta confirmed that racing on San Francisco Bay at the 2008 Rolex Big Boat Series is challenging, sometimes unpredictable and at other times pleasantly surprising. Two more races were conducted and offered up a total change-up on the scoreboard.
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Farr 40 Worlds – Defending Champion Takes Early Lead

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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Costa Smeralda YC to Host Volvo Melges 24 Worlds

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Porto Cervo, Italy – When Melges 24 sailors dream of the perfect regatta venue, you can be sure they are visualizing crystal clear waters, great surfing waves, strong breezes, world class race management, a welcoming host club and competing against the very best sailors in the world.

That dream will come true in spectacular fashion for over 100 teams when they gather in Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s legendary Costa Smeralda from May 28-June 6 to compete for the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008. Hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) this eleventh Melges 24 World Championship looks set to break records for the overall number of competitors, the number of nations represented and the number of Corinthian (all amateur) teams racing.

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s reputation for hosting some of the most prestigious sailing events in the world is well-established and second to none. Founded in 1967 in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, YCCS looks forward to welcoming the Melges 24 fleet for it’s first world championship to be held on Italian waters.

“The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is delighted to welcome such a large and international fleet of Melges 24 sailors for what is sure to be a thrilling world championship,” said YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo. “This is a highly competitive class and the regatta course off Porto Cervo provides varied and challenging conditions; we are looking forward to some spectacular racing in what will be one of the highlights of our 2008 calendar.”

Title sponsor Volvo’s support of the class is already well established through the hugely successful Italian Volvo Cup regatta series. The Melges 24 joined the initially multi-class Volvo Cup circuit in 2004 and for 2008 the Volvo Cup is exclusively focused on the Melges 24 class. The IMCA is delighted that Volvo is continuing this generous support through the title sponsorship of the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008.

“We are pleased to be supporting the Porto Cervo event,” said Michele Crisci, Managing Director, Volvo Auto Italia. “Volvo has a strong commitment to sports in general and sailing in particular, Volvo Ocean Race being the most prestigious example of that commitment. Furthermore, we are also particularly proud of our support to the Melges 24 class, which has already proved to be a sailors’ favorite and one of the most interesting competitions in the sailing world.”

As always the fleet will include a host of Olympic and America’s Cup stars along with champions from many other classes. There will also be an exceptionally strong Corinthian division of all amateur crews racing head-to-head against professional and semi-professional teams and at the same time competing for the Corinthian honors.

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Rolex Farr 40 Leaders Maintain Fleet Standings

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Miami Beach, Fla., USA – In a stark contrast to yesterday’s 18-knot winds and lumpy seas, today’s light-air conditions gave the international fleet competing in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship a new challenge. With a total of six races completed so far in the 10-race series, Italian teams hold the top two spots — Mascalzone Latino in first, with a three point lead, over Joe Fly in second. (more…)

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Olympic Hopeful Barkow Blasts into the Lead

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Shoreacres, Texas – Three…two…one…blast off! That familiar sound from nearby NASA Johnson’s Space Center is also the scoreline of Olympic hopeful Sally Barkow’s (Nashotah, Wis.) race results today at US SAILING’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship. With a total score of 11 points, Barkow and her team – Debbie Capozzi, Annie Lush and Amanda Callahan – lead the 39-boat fleet racing out of the Houston Yacht Club in Shoreacres, Texas. (more…)

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Women’s Championship Fleet Heads to Houston

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

La Porte, Texas – With the November 1 entry deadline closed for US SAILING’s upcoming Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC), 41 international teams representing four countries and 12 U.S. states have entered including two-time defending champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) with her Team 7. The biennial regatta, celebrating its 12th anniversary of offering women of all abilities the opportunity for top-level competition, is scheduled for November 14-17 and hosted by the Houston Yacht Club in LaPorte, Texas. The 11-race series features evening social activities and culminates with the traditional Rolex gala and awards presentation where a Rolex timepiece will be awarded to the winning boat’s skipper. (more…)

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West Coast’s John Kilroy Wins IRC Championship

Monday, November 5th, 2007

ANNAPOLIS – Anticipation ran high in Annapolis this weekend at the Storm Trysail Club’s three-day IRC East Coast Championship. Not only was there an important title at stake but also defending champion Dan Meyers (Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I.) showed up with a longer, better version of his champion racing yacht Numbers, now a new Judel-Vrolijk design purpose-built for the IRC rule. (more…)

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US Olympic Sailing Chair Brenner to Stay Until 2012

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Phoenix, Arizona – US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, has announced today that its Board of Directors has voted to extend the term of its Olympic Sailing Committee Chair Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.) through 2012. US SAILING President Jim Capron (Annapolis, Md.) made the announcement today at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. (more…)

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Spithill Wins Rolex Osprey Cup

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

St. Petersburg, Florida – Australia’s Katie Spithill won the 2007 Rolex Osprey Cup – one of only two ISAF Grade 1 women’s match racing events in the U.S. – held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.), from October 18-21. Along with crew Nina Curtis, Jessica Eastwell and Kristen Short, Spithill defeated Giulia Conti (Toscolano Maderno, Italy) in three straight matches in the ‘first to win three’ format. In the semi-final round Spithill knocked out another pre-race favorite #4 ranked Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), a two-time world champion. In the other semi-final match, Conti defeated Liz Baylis (San Rafael, Calif.), a past Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and the current U.S. Women’s Match Racing champion. Barkow, the 2005 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, went on to defeat Baylis in the round to decide third and fourth place, or the ‘petit-final’ as it is called in match racing, with a score of 3-1. (more…)

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Present and Future Olympians Sail Optimist Championships

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

The 300 young Optimist sailors at the Volvo Musto Optimist End of Season Championships had a tricky two days on the water. This Championship is the last selection event of the year for the sailors, so it’s the final opportunity for them to shine.
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