Sailing news from around the world:

The Boston College Sailing Team has won the 2009 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship, successfully defending the title won a year ago on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The three days event was sailed in Flying Juniors at Treasure Island Sailing Center, hosted by California Maritime Academy and the University of California, Berkeley. The top 14 schools in the nation – as determined by their performance in one of the seven Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association conferences to which they belong – were split into two groups, with each group sailing a single round robin to advance their top four teams to the Gold round. The next stage was for the eight teams in the Gold round to sail two round robin schedules, wherein only BC, St. Mary’s, Georgetown and Yale advanced to the final round. Final standings: 1. Boston College 13-4   2. St. Mary’s 12-6   3. Georgetown 10-7   4. Yale 9-8

Sailing News Briefs

  • Sailing News – Katie sailing in Ostar singlehanded yacht race moving up. Interview w/ Katie Miller: Katie Miller Interview
  • Sailing News – Sam Davies and the girls joining Dee Caffari on her yacht Aviva for a sailing record attempt: Sailing with the Girls
  • Sailing News – Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams sailing at World Match Racing Tour Germany. Round robin: tinyurl.com/matchracegermany
  • Sailing – Match racing sailboats in the World Match Racing Tour. Ian Williams interview: bit.ly/pjwpK
  • Sailing News – “Relief,” said Ken Read. It had been on the cards since the very first leg (of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/9), but finally happened today. PUMA have taken top spot on a podium for the first time (for the Galway In-Port race). They had, in the skipper’s own words, been the “bridesmaid” of this event, a highly talented group seemingly destined to finish the race without spraying the winner’s champagne. In fact, they made the top three on 13 of 19 scoring occasions coming into this latest chapter, no fewer than seven of those in second place. Those numbers propelled them into a fierce battle for the metaphorical silver medal, but the fact remained they were one of just three active teams to have not won at a single scoring station. That changed in Galway Bay this afternoon in the most unlikely of circumstances. The wind was light, ranging between eight knots and 12, and if anyone was going to excel it would be Telefonica Blue, the light air masters with the best inshore record. For a while it seemed like it would, once again, be Blue’s day – they won the first race by more than a minute while PUMA came third after a disappointing start – but then things changed. PUMA got a good start in the second race and never gave up their lead, match racing Telefonica Blue in the latter stages and coming out on top. Better still for Read, their strategy helped Ericsson 3 take second and Blue, coming home in third, had to settle for the day’s runner-up award because of the added emphasis attached to the second result.
  • Sailing News – Disabled solo sailor Hilary Lister tinyurl.com/hilary-lister currently sailing from Padstow towards Bude in Britain.
  • Boating Tip – Weather routing advice for motor boats and sailboats; sailing around storms. What’s a GRIB?
  • Sailing News – Katie Miller’s northern route pays off. She’s sailing at 16 knots in the lead Ostar pack! Sailing in the Ostar 2009

Sailing photo of the day: World Match Racing Tour

Sailing News - World Match Racing Tour

Sailing News - World Match Racing Tour

Stay tuned tomorrow for more sailing news from around the world.

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