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Sailrocket- 53 knot prang, all the latest news



Vestas Sailrocket out of action after 53 knot 'Boost' and crash
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket's final World Record Attempt started on October 2nd. Today's latest news is not good for the Team. Paul Larsen....'Once we got it ashore we could do a basic damage assessment. The boat itself is undameged... amazingly enough... neither is the whole main section of the wing... or the two end flaps!!! '... [more]
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Alinghi 5 - more video from Ras al Khaimah
Astrid van der Knaap/Sail-World Asia,
More footage from deepest darkest Ras al Khaimah. The beast floats, and it lives in a tent. There's not much point in building 'real' facilities when 1) the match may not happen in RAK at all, and 2) if it does, it is likely to be all over in two races!... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at 2009 Holt Tide Ride
Tom Offer,
The forecast for the 2009 Holt Tide Ride was for a fresh 20 – 30 knot South westerly wind for Saturday's qualification series and more moderate conditions for finals day on Sunday.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Two more entries announced
Keith Taylor,
The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton are delighted to announce the addition of two world-class sailing teams for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta to be held in Nice next month (7th to 22d November). This brings the regatta total to eight confirmed teams, which is the ideal number for end-of-summer expected weather conditions... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup Bermuda - Penalty flags fly
World Match Racing Tour Media,
Undefeated in all four matches current Tour leader Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team leads Group 1 on opening day of Argo Group Gold Cup. In the Iehl/Corbett flight, Iehl was black flagged and the match automatically went to Corbett. Umpire Henry Menin said 'Iehl had two penalty flags and if he had more flags on the boat they would have pulled them out, too.'... [more]
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National 12 Open meeting: Grafham Water - Gill series event 6
Steve Sallis,
Grafham Water SC open meeting held on the 3rd October was the 6th and penultimate event in the National 12 Gill series. After a lack of wind at last years event GWSC certainly made up for it this year. With the wind in the range force 6 to 8 the race officer Andy Palmer sent the 25 boat fleet out for the first of three scheduled races back to back for triangle sausage courses... [more]
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iShares Cup - The need to stay cool under pressure
Event media,
iShares Cup - The top three teams are separated by just one point going into the final fight for the overall title of 2009 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series Champions, whilst throughout the fleet it's equally close!... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - A Quantum day
Event media,
TP52 World Championships - A delay while the sea-breeze built to allow a start just after 1520hrs afforded the ten TP52 crews the chance to make final preparations and to ease gently into the championships. The top three boats proved to be those which started best.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Day 15 - Hull & Humber suffers major spinnaker damage
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 - Hull & Humber has suffered major spinnaker damage as Team Finland continues to extend their lead at the front of the fleet.... [more]
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America's cup: TVNZ's ONE Sport visits Ras al-Khaimah
Martin Tasker,
ONE Sport's Yachting reporter, Martin Tasker, visited the proposed America's Cup venue of Ras al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates and filed this report, showing the state of preparation, three and a half months from the 33rd Match... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Liverpool Yacht Club: Early Autumn Race Series, Race 2
Andy Farrell,
During the 2008 Cowes week event it was widely reported amongst the yachting press when the race fleet duly rounded the windward mark whilst it was suspended in mid air off a floating crane whilst being jet washed! The fifteen strong fleet of Liverpool Yacht Club racers went one better on Sunday.... [more]
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Upgrades to Predictwind go live - many new features
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A new version of Predictwind the popular online wind information application has gone live. Many new features have been incorporated in this version, which has a completely new look and feel. The user can now drive the application via a series on on screen options, that allow you to toggle between different features, feeds and views.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 arrives in Dubai - latest images and video
Astrid van der Knaap/Sail-World Asia,
Alinghi 5, the 90x90 cat built to defend the America's Cup, has arrived in Dubai. But, with the AC going back to court, whether she'll have anyone to race against remains to be seen.... [more]
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Poole Harbour proves good challenge for youngsters at OnBoard regatta
RYA Media,
Forty eight youngsters aged between nine and 14 took to the water on Saturday (26th September) to improve their sailing skills and compete in a series of races at the OnBoard Regatta 2009... [more]
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Classic and Modern Yachts in Saint-Tropez - Book and Images
Juerg Kaufmann,
The world's most exclusive reunion of restored wooden sailing yachts and the latest sophisticated maxi yachts happened again last week in Saint Tropez. The book about it: Classic and Modern Yachts in Saint-Tropez is produced and ready by mid-November. You can get a first glimpse of it on www.regattabook.com... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre Race: Hugo Boss crew getting fitter
The team at Alex Thomson Racing,
It's now only 5 weeks until the race begins and Alex and Ross are busy with preparing both the boat and themselves for this historic transatlantic race... [more]
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America's Cup: New Charitable Trust formed - your chance to join
Peter Huston,
The America's Cup Trust has been established as a Charitable Trust under the laws and codes of the United States of America by JohnTommy Rosas for the purpose of protecting the America's Cup from damage, past, present, and in the future. The US Department of Treasury/IRS has provided documented confirmation and verification of The America's Cup Trust.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship heads for Rochester
US Sailing Media,
With less than two days until the start of US Sailings's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, 35 teams representing five countries (Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, South Africa, United States) and 15 U.S. states have gathered at host Rochester Yacht Club (RYC)... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - All important tactics in play
Veronique Largeau,
The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 next stage is the Canary Islands. And if we only have look at the fleet and how it spreads in the north of the archipelago, and the importance of choices made just after the Funchal Naval Club buoy on Saturday afternoon is becoming clear.... [more]
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WMRT ISAF World Championship points scramble at Argo Group Gold Cup
Tour Media,
Scramble for WMRT ISAF World Championship points at the Argo Group Gold Cup. Joining the top eight from the Tour leaderboard will be 16 more teams, making the event the biggest entry field on the Tour. The points scored in Bermuda will ultimately define which teams get their passes to the Monsoon Cup... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2009 - A different strategy required
Event media,
TP52 World Championships, which start with tomorrow's Practice Race, represent a whole new opportunity. For certain most of the teams are familiar with the host club, the Real Club Nautico de Palma and the venue, not least the three teams for whom the Bay of Palma represents their home waters.... [more]
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Oyster Palma 2009 regatta
Barry Pickthall,
The Oyster Palma 2009 regatta had 23 crews representing Australia, Britain, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and USA.... [more]
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Interview with Mike Urwin, RORC Rating office Technical Director
Louay Habib,
In this interview Mike Urwin, RORC Rating office Technical Director, explains some of the changes proposed to IRC, and the overall objective of the IRC rule.... [more]
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TeamOrigin confirms Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta entry
Henry Foster,
TeamOrigin, the British America's Cup sailing team, today confirmed its entry in the new Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta to be held in Nice, France. TeamOrigin's entry in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas forms the mainstay of the team's extensive sailing programme for 2010.... [more]
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B14 Tide Ride images
Tania Samus,
Tania Samus has provided this selection of images from the B14 Tide Ride at Hayling Island.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - The wind is up so its shake-down time
Paul Larsen,
Latest news from Paul Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket team. It's a bright sunny day and the wind is building. It's forecast to be between 18-23 knots so there is the potential for a good day.... [more]
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Harbour Chandlers RS300 Racing Circuit Event at Bosham SC
Ted Cordall,
The Harbour Chandlers RS300 Racing Circuit Event at Bosham SC report. Saturday was windy. Very, very windy. Everybody got their act together for the last race. The fleet was on the line and still bunched at the first mark. The reaches were fast but unspectacular with most of the place changing taking place on the next beat as the tide turned.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Nine entries one year out from start
Tim Kelly,
Velux 5 Oceans race is shaping up to be the most successful for a decade. This winter will see major preparations as the contestants ready themselves for their great adventure, a solo circumnavigation of the world south of the three great Capes, which has only been achieved by 173 people in history.... [more]
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World Match Race Tour - Williams seeks Bermuda boost in bid for title
Kate Brewer,
Ian Williams, heads to Bermuda this week for the penultimate event of the 2009 season. The Argo Group Gold Cup is the oldest Match Racing event in the world involving one design yachts and will take place at Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda from October 6-11.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10, Race 2 Day 14 - Moving again
Clipper Event Media,
Clipper 09-10, Race 2 Day 14 report. California's skipper Pete Rollason is pleased to get moving once more. But as Team Finland and the rest of the fleet head further south the wind pressure will begin to drop as they enter the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ICTZ), an area of light to zero wind commonly known as the Doldrums.... [more]
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Ellen MacArthur has something important to do
BT Team Ellen,
As Ellen explained on the show, her passion for the sea is just as strong as ever but equally her passion for sustainability is very much at the heart of her activities.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 9 - Restricted competition
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 9 - With the wave contest fully complete, it was only the freestyle and slalom guys that could have possibly competed on the final day of the Colgate World Cup Sylt.... [more]
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B14s at the Holt Tide Ride: Seavolution takes it
Mark Barnes,
The B14 flying circus rocked up to Hayling Island for one of the tightest Tide Rides yet. With all the top teams on parade, it was to close to call... [more]
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2009 TP52 World Championship: Just waiting for the gun to go
TP52 World Championships News,
With two days to go before the official practice race for the TP52 World Championships on the at the Real Club Nautica de Palma in Palma, Mallorcathe ten boat TP52 fleet is already assembled and most have today been taking advantage of the very pleasant autumn sunshine and light winds... [more]
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Azzurra going to the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice
Media Pro Int'l/YCCS,
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is to launch a new challenge which will bring the Italian flag to international waters under the name Azzurra. YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo announced the participation of team Azzurra in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta, scheduled to be held in Nice from 7th to 22nd November 2009... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Mistakes at sea can be costly
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10. Race 2, Day 13. A salutary lesson for the skipper and crew of Qingdao yesterday - mistakes at sea can be costly.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup pairings announced
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup. Tovar Mirsky (AUS) Group 1, Adam Minoprio (NZL) Group 2, and Mathieu Richard (FRA) Group 3 are the top seeds. The top eight skippers on the World Match Racing Tour and last year's champion Johnie Berntsson are evenly dispersed in the three groups... [more]
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International Tornado Association's New Committee and website
Patricia Kirschner Ross,
The International Tornado Association, ITA, is pleased to reveal its new-look Committee headed by ITA President and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Roland Gaebler... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup is back in Perth after eight years
The Hub Marketing Communications,
After a hiatus of eight years, the Sunseeker Australia Cup has returned to Perth attracting the world's most elite skippers and their crew from around the world to contest the hottest invitation only event from 26 – 29 November 2009. In an effort to show the action packed racing within arm's reach (being only a few metres from the Swan River shoreline) the key racing will be hosted in Perth waters... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup enters the Theatre of the Absurd
Richard Gladwell,
Just hours after Alinghi 5 was unloaded from a freighter in the United Arab Emirates state of Ras al Khaimah, the Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup was filing papers in the New York Supreme Court contesting the venue selected by the Defender. For what was its shop window event, the sailing world now has a tragicomedy.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Spirit of Australia moves into overall lead
Clipper Ventures Media,
The North Atlantic Scoring Gate, the elusive, 80-mile-wide target to the south of the Canary Islands, over which an area of light air had rather inconveniently parked itself, has finally been crossed by Spirit of Australia. The only southern hemisphere team in Clipper 09-10 crossed the gate 1830 UT last night and scores three points Brisbane-based skipper, Brendan Hall and his crew.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 8
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
The women hit the water first whilst the conditions looked a little less brutal, but it didn't take long for the wind to increase and the shore break to build, creating an amazing scene for the thousands of spectators gathered on the beach. With a constant 25 knots and gusts of up to 40 knots, it really was an incredible sight, and the women put in a solid performance in the toughest of conditions... [more]
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Sonar World Championship images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Cconnor presents these images from racing at the Sonar World Championship. Dave Franzel leads by way of countback from Jud Smith.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket's Final World Record attempt - And so it begins
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket's World Record attempt started on October 2nd. Here is today's report from Paul Larsen. And so it begins... with what looks like a rather mild day.... [more]
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Golden Gate rejects America's Cup venue
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club, the Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup has rejected the venue of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, selected by the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. In a statement GGYC have advised that they have requested the New York Supreme Court to reject Ras al-Khaimah and order the 33rd America's Cup match returned to be sailed Valencia, Spain, the venue for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007.... [more]
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Second RYA National Ranking Series event set for Weymouth
Lindsey Bell,
Second RYA National Ranking Series event set for Weymouth.... [more]
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iShares Cup Sailing Series - Countdown to final event
iShares Cup media,
The final event of the 2009 iShares Cup Sailing Series will reach its dramatic conclusion next week in Almeria, in the region of Andalucia, from Saturday, October 10th to Monday, October 12th.... [more]
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Sailrocket vs. Hydroptère video - Outright World Speed Sailing Record
Matt Thurling,
The Vestas Sailrocket team have returned to Walvis Bay in Namibia for one more assault on the outright speed sailing record. The 28 day record period commences on the 2nd of October. Since Sailrocket was first launched in 2004, the outright speed record has been broken seven times by a variety of different craft. The rival Hydroptère team hold the record, having achieved a speed of 51.36 knots... [more]
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Multi One Design - Eco responsible initiative and sailing competition
Multi One Design media,
An international programme combining an eco responsible initiative and a sailing competition, including ocean races, a World Tour, a European Tour and 'city races', attracting the best skippers in the world has been launched.... [more]
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WPNSA dons Denim for National Charity
Katie Doerr,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) teamed up with the ‘Dorset 2012 Working Group' today, October 2nd, to offer their support for the national charity ‘Jeans for Genes'. All attendees were requested to don some denim and make their donations on the annual ‘Jeans for Genes Day'.... [more]
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