Brit Nets Sailor of the Year Award

On December 11, 2008 by

Ben Ainslie has won the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award for a record third time. The Englishman is widely regarded as one of the greatest sailors that Britain has ever produced, having won three Olympic gold medals and several international championships.

Fellow British sailor, Shirley Robertson, has praised Ben for being a fierce competitor on the water and for remaining modest despite numerous awards:

Thomson forced to quit Vendee Globe

On November 18, 2008 by

Sadly for British fans of sailing, last week saw the infamously tough Vendee Globe race claim yet another victim. Alex Thomson was forced to withdraw from the race after the hull of his yacht suffered severe damage.

His withdrawal makes him the fourth individual to retire from the race since it began. The previous unlucky victims of the event are Kito de Pavant, Marc Tjhiercelin and Yannick Bestaven.

At the beginning of last week, the individuals competing in the race had to endure extreme weather conditions, including 50-knot winds. Thomson’s yacht, the Open 60 Hugo Boss, was damaged in these stormy conditions and he was forced to return to Les Sables d’Olonne, a nearby French port.

Following some lengthy assessments of his yacht, it was decided, in the words of Thomson, that it would take

Yngling dropped from London Olympics

On November 17, 2008 by

As a nation keen on sport, we are all looking forward to the London 2012 Olympic Games. However, a slightly sour note was struck earlier this week, as the International Sailing Federation announced that the Yngling class will not be part of the sporting event.

During the last two Olympic Games, Britain has won gold medals in this event and this latest news has not been well received by the individuals responsible for this previous success.

Sarah Webb, who, along with Sarah Ayton and Pippa Wilson, won a gold medal in the event in Beijing this year, has spoken of her intense disappointment.

The International Sailing Federation has replaced the Yngling class with the Elliot 6m for keelboat match racing. This replacement has come as no consolation to Webb, who believes that she is not

Ainslie forced to abandon bid to break sailing record

On October 31, 2008 by

This week saw Ben Ainslie abandon his bid to break the transatlantic sailing record for a monhull following storm damage to the mainsail of his yacht.

The Team GB Olympic star, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire after excelling at the Olympic Games in Sydney, was not the only one left disappointed by the decision to stop the attempt.

He was part of a large crew which included Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin group, and 22 other people. Branson has been attempting to break speed records for decades now.

In 1986, he managed to break a record which had stood for over 30 years by manning a speedboat across the Atlantic. He has also been involved in several hot air ballooning record attempts.

The group left New York in a 99-foot racing yacht owned by Branson last Wednesday, desperately wanting to break the record which still stands at 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds.

Ben Ainslie, who is yet to cross the Atlantic, stated his belief that the attempt is

New Zealand to Host Race Series

On September 29, 2008 by

The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in active competition, predating the modern Olympics by a number of years. It is arguably one of the most important events of the sailing calendar, with countries from all over the world vying for supremacy and a chance to take home the ‘Auld Mug’. Next year’s competition will see current champion Alinghi (Switzerland) take on the BMW Oracle (USA) in a series of races.

Team New Zealand, who relinquished ownership of the America’s Cup to Alinghi in 2003, are going to hold a race series in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, for sailing syndicates left idle by the current champion and American challenger.

The victor will be given the chance to compete against Team New Zealand in a final set of races to be held at a later date. Helen Clark, the prime minister of New Zealand, is said to be overjoyed at the news:

Ten to watch: Ben Ainslie

On August 5, 2008 by

He has won Gold in Sydney and Athens but can Ben Ainslie do it for a third straight time in Beijing?

Source : BBC Sport

Countdown to 2012 in Dorset

On May 30, 2008 by

So the 2012 Olympics are coming to Dorset with the news that Weymouth & Portland’s National Academy will host the Sailing events at the games.

Source : BBC Dorset

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On May 29, 2008 by

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