World Tour Launches Worldwide Qualifier Series

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The Marseille International Match Race will be one of the qualifying series events for this year’s World Tour
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The ISAF World Match Racing Tour is introducing a new ‘Tour Qualifier Series’, a group of 19 events which will act as official qualifier regattas to the ten stages of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour.

The concept behind the Tour Qualifier Series is to provide up and coming match racing teams a structured gateway to competing on the World Match Racing Tour. As Tour Director Craig MITCHELL explains:

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Rambler Scores Hat Trick In Rolex Buenos Aires-Rio Race

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George DAVID, owner of RAMBLER receives from Stephan MEILI, Director of Rolex Brazil, a Rolex timepiece at their arrival in Rio de Janeiro
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Though some of the fleet have yet to finish, the Iate Clube Rio do Janeiro confirmed that American George DAVID’s Rambler managed a hat trick in the 22nd Offshore Race Rolex Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro.
The 90-foot super-maxi has secured line honours, the overall handicap win and set a new race record for the course, taking 9 hours off the previous time.

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No Wind, No Racing At Tornado Worlds

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Yann GUICHARD and Alexandre GUYANDER hold the overall lead after a windless day three
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There was no racing on day three of the 2008 Tornado World Championships as the wind deserted Takapuna, New Zealand.
The southwesterly breeze over the initial two days of competition at the ISAF Grade W 2008 Tornado World Championship has died away and a calm Hauraki Gulf meant no racing on day three.

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Over 50 boats on display at the Lymington New Boat Show – 11th -13th April

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This year’s Lymington New Boat Show will be held at Lymington Yacht Haven – running from the 11th – 13th April 2008. The New Boat Show will host a wide selection of boats from Ancasta International Boat Sales, Offshore Powerboats and Sea Ventures. The show is open daily from 10am – 5pm and entry is free.

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Alex Bennett announces his latest plans

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Class 40 sailor, Alex Bennett, has announced that he is to take part in the Transat race from Plymouth to Boston. The 3,000-mile solo race starts on May 11 and is one of the toughest races for sailors.

Alex described the race. He said: “It’s one of the Greats in the ocean racing calendar. This year’s edition takes competitors 3,000 miles across the North Atlantic, past the famous Grand Banks of Newfoundland and onwards to the eventual finish line in Boston.

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Ice to the left…Ice to the right….

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Dateline 29th Feb 2008 — 06:00 UTC

Position: 54° 37’S 122° 13’W

Course: 22° Speed: 4.5knots Distance covered 5.600 n.miles

Day 33: “4 icebergs in 4 days — I’ve never seen this many during three previous circumnavigations” Russian solo sailor Fedor Konyukhov reported this week from deep in the Southern Ocean after completing his first month trailblazing the Antarctica Cup Racetrack.

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New record for Gitana 13 of 43 days 38 minutes

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28.02.2008 – 20:17 – Gitana 13 crossed the finish line of La Route de l’Or, situated just off the infamous island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, at 1707 (UT). After over 43 days 38 minutes at sea, including a forced five and a half day stand-by at Cape Horn, Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew improved on the reference time held since 1998 by Yves Parlier and his men by 14 days 2 hours and 43 minutes. The maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group covered the 14,000 miles, which separate New York from San Francisco at an average speed of 15.88 knots and thus set their first record time in their 2008 record campaign.

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