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Loof and Ekstrom win 2007 Western Hemisphere Stars By Lyn Fitzpatrick, 8:20 AM Fri 6 Apr 2007
The 2007 Star Western Hemisphere Championship ended in Tampa, Florida today with former World Champions Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom claiming the Silver Star with 11 points. Peter Bromby and Bill McNiven from Bermuda were second with 21 points. Australian’s Iain Murray and Andrew Palfrey were third. ...[more]

Bromby and the Beat By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Davis Island YC, USA , 5:31 PM Thu 5 Apr 2007
Peter Bromby and Bill McNiven had three of their signature starts from the pin end of the line. They read the shifts and the pressure and rounded the first weather mark in each of today’s three races in the lead ...[more]

2007 Star Western Hemisphere Practice Race By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Tampa, Florida , 11:27 PM Mon 2 Apr 2007
Norway’s Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pederson take line honors for the practice race for the 2007 Star Western Hemisphere Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida. ...[more]

Ben Ainslie in Olympic Qualifying Bind By GJN, UK , 9:42 AM Fri 23 Mar 2007
Ben Ainslie, Britain’s treble Olympic medallist, admitted in a recent interview, that if London had not won the Games for 2012, he would - 'have knocked the Olympics on the head and concentrated on the bigger boats'. ...[more]

Beijing 2008 Olympic products released By BOCOG, China , 8:28 AM Fri 23 Mar 2007
A commemorative gold piece priced at 8,800 yuan (£579) is the most precious product in the new Olympic licensed products which will be unveiled on March 27 to mark the 500-day countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced Thursday ...[more]

AST member Krystal Weir heading for Europe By Krystal Weir, 3:03 AM Fri 16 Mar 2007
Hamilton Island was once again a great venue to train at. The focus of this camp was on fitness as well as onwater training, with lectures on psychology, Olympic selection, rules, and weather. The camp really gives us a chance to touch base with the rest of the team and also the administration before we head overseas. ...[more]

One Small Step for . . . . Pro dinghy sailing By Gerald New UK Editor Sail-World.com, Portsmouth, UK , 8:10 AM Mon 12 Mar 2007
Dinghy racing sailors took another small step along the route to a full-on professional circuit recently. The six named events forming the basis of the new (revamped) ISAF circuit for the Olympic classes have made their presentations and the scheme awaits ratification by the ISAF Council in November ...[more]

New crew for Pepper and reflections on Bacardi Cup By Hamish Pepper, 8:57 PM Sun 11 Mar 2007
Yesterday we won the 80th Bacardi Cup. As you can see the Bacardi Cup has been around a lot longer than me and probably most of you that will read this. ...[more]

Pepper hits top spot in latest ISAF Rankings By ISAF, 8:18 PM Sun 11 Mar 2007
Spain and New Zealand make their mark on the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 7 March, with both nations bringing new sailors to the world #1 spots. Great Britain maintain their place as the top performing nation, but the challenge from Australia and Germany is intensifying. ...[more]

Hamish and Giles beat 87 year old to win Bacardi Cup By Lynn Fitzpatrick, 2:24 PM Sat 10 Mar 2007
With a sly grin, Hamish Pepper said, 'Got to love it!' referring to his season here in Miami, which started with a victory at the North Americans and ended with another at the 80th Annual Bacardi Cup. It sounds trite, but we had another day in Paradise. We sailed out an hour earlier today than usual with wispy cirrus clouds overhead and an 8-10 knot breeze from the ENE. ...[more]

Star World Champions win 2007 Bacardi Cup By Janet Maizner, 12:33 PM Sat 10 Mar 2007
New Zealand’s Hamish Pepper, the current Star Class World and North American champion, sailing this week with his crew and coach David Giles of Australia, won the 2007 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta Friday on the waters of Biscayne Bay, near Miami. ...[more]

Pepper and Giles win Bacardi Cup By Annabel Jeaffreson, 12:16 PM Sat 10 Mar 2007
Today in the exceptionally tricky conditions of Biscayne Bay Miami, Hamish Pepper and David Giles continue to out class the rest of the Star fleet winning the Bacardi Cup. 'We’re absolutely rapt to win as the Bacardi Cup is regarded as one of the great Star regattas of the circuit.' ...[more]

Crews wanted for Olympic Dinghy Evaluation Event By ISAF media, Hyères, France , 8:10 AM Sat 10 Mar 2007
The ISAF is inviting its Member National Authorities to nominate sailors for the Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event in Hyères, France. The ISAF is looking for sailors covering a balanced range of weight, height, age, and expert trapeze crews ...[more]

It's win, win all around for Hamish Pepper By Annabel Jeaffreson, 8:31 PM Fri 9 Mar 2007
Today was a great day for Hamish Pepper, first he found out that he is now ranked number one in the ISAF world rankings, then day five of the Bacardi cup in Miami was again a success. ...[more]

2007 ISAF World Championships - Australian Entries By Lara Watts, 10:49 AM Fri 9 Mar 2007
Expressions of interest asre being called for from Australian athletes wishing to be considered for selection for the 2007 ISAF World Championships to be held in Cascais, Portugal. ...[more]

Star Champion Hamish Pepper extends at Bacardi By Janet Maizner, 9:48 AM Fri 9 Mar 2007
Poland’s Mateusz Kusznierewicz, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the Finn Class, and crew Dominik Zycki won day five at the 2007 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta on the waters of Biscayne Bay Thursday. They finished only two boat lengths ahead of new Zealand’s Hamish Pepper, the reigning World and North American Star Class champion, who finished second today with crew and coach David Giles of Australia. ...[more]

2007 Australian Sailing Team lifting ahead of Qingdao By Lara Watts, 11:02 PM Thu 8 Mar 2007
The eighteen member Team consists of some of the most highly decorated sailors in the world including world number one pair Matt Belcher and Nick Behrens in the 470 class, Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby in the Tornado class and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Bronze medallist and current World and National Champion in the Laser Class, Michael Blackburn. ...[more]

Father and son-in-law take Bacardi Cup Race 4 By Janet Maizner, 8:52 PM Thu 8 Mar 2007
The father and son-in-law tandem of John Dane and crew Austin Sperry, the defending 2006 Bacardi Cup and 2006 Star Class Western Hemisphere champions, won the fourth race of the 2007 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta off the coast of Miami Wednesday. ...[more]

Experience beats Seasoned Veteran and Rising Star By Lynn Fitzpatrick, USA , 8:50 PM Thu 8 Mar 2007
Rather than paying attention to shifts, pressure and clouds Wednesday afternoon, I thought about the broad range of competitors participating in the Bacardi Cup. Yes, over twenty countries are represented. Yes, nearly thirty teams from throughout the US are here ...[more]

Duel of the Gold Stars in Race 3 of Bacardi Cup By Janet Maizner and Lynn Fitzpatrick, 4:45 AM Thu 8 Mar 2007
Hamish Pepper and David Giles had a stellar start about four boats down from the committee boat. To his right was the other gold star in the fleet, Freddie Loof and Anders Ekstrom. The two gold stars spent most of the 10.5 mile race trying to get around one another. That’s not to say that others didn’t find themselves out in the lead or in the mix. ...[more]

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