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Piraeus, Saronic, Greece

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  • Spithill Wins RC44

    March 05, 2008 07:16


    Despite local advice, Race Director Peter “Luigi” Regio sent the six strong RC 44 fleet out on the water for the second Round Robin of the Dubai RC 44 Cup. A wise choice as the teams could sail six matches, allowing the Committee to establish a final ranking based on 21 matches. “You won’t get anything if you don’t try”, he commented with a smile at the end of the day.

    The winner of the event is Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref, with James Spithill at the helm. “It’s a great start to our season”, he commented. “Yesterday, we were not happy with our sailing. We made a lot of little mistakes and lost matches that we could have won. We all wanted to do better today and that’s what we did.”

    Equally happy with his performance was Team Hiroshi – Citta di Milano’s pro helmsman Sebastien Col: “It all goes down to a couple of meters at the right moment”, he explained. Yesterday, we could have won all our matches but we lost two of them because of tiny mistakes. We had a thorough de-brief in the evening and the difference was clear today. All the guys on board realised how important every single meter is. They were hiking better, our tacks were better, we focused well on what we were doing and the result is there: we had two excellent matches."

    Russell Coutts’ Team ES Bankers completes the podium with victories against Cro-A-Sail and Team Sea Dubai this afternoon.

    Four teams were sharing the lead after the first round robin. Team Sea Dubai, leader of the provisional ranking after day one, lost its advantage today, regressing to the fourth place. As for Team Aqua (Cameron Appleton), penalised by a collision yesterday and sailing below its usual level, it finishes fifth, ahead of Cro-A-Sail who only won one match.

    The team owners will be back at the helm tomorrow for the fleet racing event. The weather forecast is good, with North-Westerly winds of up to 20 knots expected.

  • Ο Στόλος των Clipper στον Ειρηνικό

    February 29, 2008 07:27


    Η γρήγορη κούρσα στα χωρικά ύδατα της Ιαπωνίας και την Κίτρινη Θάλασσα που ξεκίνησε λίγο μετά την εκκίνηση, που είχε αγχώσει όλες τις ομάδες να μην πάθουν ζημιά τόσο νωρίς στη διαδρομή, έφερε το στόλο στο κατώφλι του Ειρηνικού. Τα πρώτα σκάφη ήταν το New York, το Glasgow: Scotland with style και το Hull & Humber που ταξίδεψαν τα επικίνδυνα πρύμα με τον πολύ αέρα χωρίς καμία απώλεια. Όταν ο στόλος έφτασε στο νότιο άκρο της Ιαπωνίας, το παιχνίδι γύρισε και από αγώνας αντοχής και ταχύτητας, μετετράπη σε αγώνα τακτικής. Το Uniquely Singapore βρέθηκε νοτιότερα από τα υπόλοιπα σκάφη, μια θέση που θα μπορούσε να παίξει σημαντικό ρόλο στην εξέλιξη της ιστιοδρομίας, αν ο καιρός γυρίσει ώστε να ευνοήσει τα σταβέντο.

  • Clipper Yachts in Pacific

    February 29, 2008 07:27


    The drag race down through the Yellow Sea to Japan has continued during the 24 hours and the winners are those that have not broken anything. The leading pack of New York, Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and Hull & Humber have reported that everything is going well and none have had any breakages in these extreme downwind conditions.

    Liverpool 08 reported a broken guy during the day yesterday and further down the fleet, Durban 2010 and Beyond has been pushing hard to make up ground on the leaders. Tactics are now coming into play and the next decision will be have to be made later today as the teams approach the southern tip of Japan. Uniquely Singapore is in an interesting position as the most southerly boat, a move that could pay off – and so far they have not broken any equipment. With the winds still between 25 – 40 knots from the north, later today the teams should fly like a cork from a champagne bottle out of the relative confines of the Yellow/East China Sea into the wide open expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

    The first of the yachts are due to arrive in the next port of call, Honolulu in Hawaii, on approximately 20 March. The fleet will be berthed in the Ala Wai Small Yacht Harbour. Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary things.

  • Έβδομο Σκέλος του Clipper 07-08

    February 25, 2008 14:16


    Στις 15:30 τοπική ώρα (07:30 ώρα GMT) την Κυριακή 24 Φεβρουαρίου, δόθηκε η εκκίνηση από το Fuschan Bay του Qingdao της Κίνας, για το έβδομο σκέλος του Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race με προορισμό τη Χαβάη. Η εκκίνηση αυτής της ιστιοδρομίας στη θαλάσσια περιοχή του Ολυμπιακού Κέντρου της Ιστιοπλοΐας του Qingdao ήταν μία καλή πρόβα τζενεράλε για τους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες του Πεκίνου του 2008.

    Τα δέκα σκάφη του στόλου πέρασαν τη γραμμή εκκίνησης με τις τζένοες, με δέκα κόμβους άνεμο από νοτιοδυτικές διευθύνσεις, έχοντας μπροστά τους 4,400 ναυτικά μίλια ταξιδιού στον Ειρηνικό Ωκεανό, από την Κίνα μέχρι τη Χαβάη.

  • Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Leg 7

    February 25, 2008 14:14


    At 1530 local time (0730 GMT) on Sunday a horn sounded across Fuschan Bay, Qingdao, signalling the start of Race 7 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race to Hawaii. The race restart marked the end of a successful stopover in Qingdao’s Olympic Sailing Centre, which acted as a dress rehearsal for the sailing events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    The ten-strong international fleet crossed the start line in approximately ten knots of breeze from the south west, flying their Yankee One headsails at the start of the 4,400-mile race across the Pacific from China to Hawaii.

    Following an extremely close and challenging upwind race from Singapore to Qingdao, the next stage of the race to Hawaii is expected to deliver some strong downwind conditions. Race 7 is the longest race of the Clipper 07-08.

    The fleet’s stopover in Qingdao marks the second time the Clipper Race has visited the city, giving the Olympic Sailing Committee further experience in hosting large-scale sailing events ahead of organising the sailing events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.