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Welcome to the latest Sail-World.com UK newsletter.

Be sure to watch all the Monsoon Cup action live on Sail-World.com. Click on the Monsoon Cup LIVE link on the top menu bar to watch all the action as it unfolds.

Current Tour Champion Ian Williams has not had the happiest of times at the Monsoon Cup and appears to be out of contention for the World Match Racing Tour title this year.

Ben Ainslie, on the other hand, leads the Monsoon Cup and he and his TeamOrigin crew are getting stronger as the event progresses.

The news of the week was the capture and release of the Sail Bahrain yacht and its crew.

In the Clipper event, Hull & Humber and Cork both resumed racing after a collision at the start of the leg to Geraldton, Western Australia.

The RYA is offering opportunites to train with the UK's best Team racers and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) got an international thumbs up!

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Monsoon Cup - Thinking the Unthinkable!!
Rob Kothe,
The tension continues to increase on the Pulau Duyong Basin on Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup, as the 12 crews battle for their place in the quarter finals. The defending World Champion Ian Williams and his Team Pindar crew are almost certainly not going to make the quarter final cut but now New Zealand's Adam Minoprio; the 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader is in great danger too.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre yacht BT on her way back home
BT Team Ellen Media,
Upon arriving back in the UK this Sunday, the BT IMOCA 60 yacht will be lifted out of the water in Cowes and go straight in to short but intensive refit to bring her back to full racing condition for the 2010 IMOCA season, albeit no longer as ‘BT'... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now on Sail-World.com
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now, on Sail-World.com... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Team Finland fights Spirit of Australia for lead
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Sprit of Australia is just about holding on to the lead following the team's recent victory at the Leg 3 scoring gate. 'Variable winds Southern Ocean style,' reports Edinburgh Inspiring Capital's skipper Matt Pike. 'Still a great sail in the moon light, bowling along towards Geraldton, minding the odd gust, and a fairly steady night.... [more]
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Last call for sign up to regional RYA Club and Coach Conferences
RYA Media,
The RYA is giving all club representatives and coaches involved in planning for the new season a last chance to reserve their places on the annual regional RYA Club and Coach Conferences taking place around the UK, 5-6 December... [more]
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The Best Of 2009 SF Regattas Imagery by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Revisit the 2009 sailing season with images by Erik Simonson of h2oshots.com from the largest ever Three Bridge Fiasco, South Tower Demons smack downs at the Crewed Lightship, The 1st ever Kiteboard Worlds, Some mighty mights in Optis, the excitement of the 505 Worlds and the glamour of the Big Boat Series to the spirits of the Great Pumpkin and everything in between! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!... [more]
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Lymington's heating up - Royal Lymington Challenge Cup
Chris Neve,
The challenges have started to roll in! Five teams have already indicated they will be at the start line for the Royal Lymington Challenge Cup next June.... [more]
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25% off The Dark Blue Whos Who Book of Yacht Racing until 5th Dec
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Do you have a customer, partner or VIP that would benefit from receiving a copy of the Who's Who of Yacht Racing? With 25% off the price of the DARK BLUE BOOK until the 5th of December, this book of key contacts is a great gift. The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some of yacht racing's most influential people in... [more]
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Awesome weekend of Skiff sailing ahead on Waitemata
Hamish Hey,
Hot on the heels of the Auckland Champs weekend with the 18's the nation's 12ft Skiffs will assemble on mass for the Interdominon Trials this weekend. Racing starts 1pm on Friday afternoon (4 Dec) and concludes on Sunday (6 Dec). With fresh easterlies and an outgoing tide on Friday afternoon there promises to be plenty of spectacular action for spectators along the Tamaki waterfront... [more]
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Last chance to train with the UK's best Team Racers
RYA Media,
The RYA is reminding all adult Team Racers not to miss out on the opportunity to train with some of the top GBR Team racers over the winter and be in with a chance of competing as part of the RYA's first ever 18+ Team Racing team for 2010 events. - Sign up by Friday 4th December... [more]
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Farr 30 class take control of their own destiny
Carole Abbott,
The International Farr 30 One Design Class will no longer be under the management of Stagg Yachts. Management of the Class is now solely in the hands of the International Class Association... [more]
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Beau Geste sets a new Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup record
International Maxi Association News,
The Chinese maxi yacht Beau Geste crossed today the finishing line at Sint Maarten, concluding the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2009 from Tenerife after 9 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes, 27 seconds, which is the new record of the course.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia first to scoring gate
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia leads the fleet across the scoring gate as the Southern Ocean gusts take a toll on the fleet. By securing three points at the gate the Australian team has moved one step closer to the top of the overall leader board. As the fleet left Cape Town at the start of Leg 3, Team Finland was in the top spot, ahead of second place Spirit of Australia by three clear points... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup announces Revised Scoring System for 2009-2010
ISAF Sailing World Cup,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup today announced a revised scoring system for the 2009-2010 season, which begins in Melbourne, Australia later this month. The ISAF Sailing World Cup incorporates seven events across Australia, the USA, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain... [more]
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The Monsoon Cup 2009 - The Toughest Day at the Office
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The 2005 and 2008 Monsoon Cup champion Peter Gilmour summed up after day one of the Monsoon Cup. ‘It was tough, give no quarter and take no quarter, that's the way it was today. The start was super critical, for a short while the pin end worked. Then it was back to the boat end and head right, if you mucked it up boy you had a lot of work to do. But actually with plenty of wind it was a sensationa... [more]
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Sailors released: Statement from Andrew Pindar Chairman, Sail Bahrain
Sail Bahrain media,
Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foreign Office and the British and Bahrain Embassies for all their help and for bringing the matter to a swift conclusion and to the Iranian authorities for their understanding.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup to be broadcast to audiences across the World
Al Constable,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, will decide the World Tour Champion. The event features the world's best match racers in a showdown for the title of Monsoon Cup champion.... [more]
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ARC Atlantic Race yacht Pelican crew evacuated after rig failure
World Cruising Club Media,
The five crew members of British yacht Pelican were evacuated from onboard their 53 foot Roberts design last last night (Tuesday 01 December) following a rig failure, approximately 325 nautical miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The Singapore flagged merchant vessel Crimson Mars diverted to assist the yacht at the request of MRCC Falmouth.... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE on Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE on Sail-World.com... [more]
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CNN reports that captured British sailors have been released by Iran
Richard Gladwell,
CNN is reporting that Iranian news sources are reporting that the five British sailors captured a week ago have been released, by Iranian authorities. The release is believed to have taken place five or six hours ago, although the news is only just being announced.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Hull & Humber resume racing
Clipper Ventures,
Hull & Humber has resumed racing in Leg 3 of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Teams of boat builders from Action Yachting at RCYC have been working around the clock, first to cut away the damaged section of the hull, then to replace it, building up the layers of fibre glass and high density foam that make up the shell of the boat.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour announces 2010 Schedule and Tour Invite Policy
World Match Racing Tour Media,
The 2010 Tour schedule will comprise of the same nine events as 2009 starting the year in France in April and ending once again in Malaysia. A refined Tour Invite Policy for the 2010 season will be retained which will reward 9 skippers and teams with guaranteed invites to six events of their choice for the year.... [more]
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Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain
Sail Bahrain media,
Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. 'Last Wednesday, Sail Bahrain's racing yacht set out from Bahrain to join the start of the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Race. On the way, we received a call from the crew stating that they had been stopped by an Iranian navy vessel.'... [more]
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Grant Dalton confirms discussions with Telefonica on Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton has confirmed to Sail-World that he has been in discussion with Spanish telco Telefonica regarding an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race. Dalton would not disclose the specifics of his involvement, saying: 'It is no secret of my desire to be involved in the Volvo Ocean Race and yes I have spoken to Telefonica...... [more]
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J Class calendar for 2010 - a great Christmas present
Titch Blachford,
Capture some of the original 1930s J Class magic, along with fleet news and photography in the brand new desktop J Class calendar for 2010. Taking a month each, the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour are all featured, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger and Hanuman. There are further photographs and information on J Class yachts currently in bui... [more]
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America's Cup: Alinghi suffers breakage testing in a seaway + video
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi 5 is being lifted out of the water this evening in Ras Al Khaimah after suffering a minor breakage while sailing today in an unusually big sea state in the Arabian Gulf. The giant catamaran will be checked over and repaired ready for more training in the coming days.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - All at stake at the Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the nine stage 2009 World Match Racing Tour will commence on the Pulau Duyong Basin course in Kuala Terengganu tomorrow and the stage is set for an epic battle.... [more]
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Kiwi skippered Volvo60 seized by Iranians off America's Cup venue
Richard Gladwell,
Five crew members of a VOR60 have been captured and detained by Iran after their yacht strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial waters late last week. The yacht, the Kingdom of Bahrain, was sailing from Dubai, UAE, and strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial near the island of Sirri, 45nm off the coast of United Arab Emirates. She was on a voyage from Bahrain to Dubai, and was in the vicini... [more]
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Clipper 09-10, Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, Day 9
Clipper Ventures Media,
It's poised to be an exciting start to the week both on and off the race track, Spirit of Australia in stealth mode, skippers ponder whether north or south will work out as the best option for scoring gate and Hull & Humber's crew count down to departure... [more]
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An International Perspective on WPNSA
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), has been receiving significant international attention since the award winning venue's official construction completion 12 months ago.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race to the scoring gate is on
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10. On your marks, get set for the race to the scoring gate. The crew of Spirit of Australia maintained their lead overnight with more upwind racing. It's no more comfortable or dry on Cape Breton Island, where they have spent another very cold night, heeled over and beating into Force 6 winds.... [more]
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Mirsky defeats Ainslie in Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Iain Percy and his TeamOrigin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. 2-0.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger shuts up shop in San Diego +Video
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW ORACLE Racing has finished its final testing phase in San Diego as the team prepares for the 33rd America's Cup in February. This final session of sea trials on the BOR 90, with its new, revolutionary wing sail, was very successful. The wing is now scheduled to come out of the boat on Saturday morning, before the BOR 90 will be lifted from the water and prepared for shipping... [more]
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America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5
Alinghi Media,
After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, Alinghi.com catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more]
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Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, the top of the two five crews on the Tour leader board and the favourites for the Monsoon Cup are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane final day cut short by strong winds
Yachting Australia Media,
Strong winds have brought about an early finish to the 2009 Sail Brisbane regatta with a number of classes decided in the day's one and only race. The northerly wind of 20 knots, with gusts up to 25 knots, and heavy swell, made life difficult for the more than 160 competitors who took part in the opening round of the 2009 Sail Down Under series.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing!
Rurrum,
The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia and Cape Breton Island fight on
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10. Cape Breton Island sailed back into the lead again, a moment that was short lived thanks to the efforts of Spirit of Australia. The two teams have been enjoying a close fought duel since the outset of this race to Western Australia, and as well as the ten points at stake for topping the podium, they are hoping to pickup the three for winning the race to the scoring gate.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger packs up and head for Valencia + Video
Chairmain Productions,
BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman turns his hand to video productions with two clips from the early sessions and final day of BOR90 sailing with her wingsail on San Diego before being packed up to be shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup in early February 2010.... [more]
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Artemis crosses Transat Jacques Vabre finish line
Tim Kelly,
British sailor Sam Davies and her co-skipper Sidney Gavignet crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre race at 05:50 GMT [on Saturday November 28th] after 19 days racing. The pair finished in 10th place in the fast Atlantic dash from Le Havre, France to the Caribbean Sea, with less than 12 hours separating the final six boats to finish.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Quarter Finals day
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Sunseeker Australia Cup Day 3 started with a brisk morning breeze and some even brisker morning racing in the first quarter final flights. The first pairing on the water was 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader Adam Minoprio from New Zealand sailing against France's Mathieu Richard.... [more]
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British duo Caffari and Thompson finish Transat Jacques Vabre
Kelly Russell,
British sailors Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson completed the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre, France to Costa Rica onboard Aviva. On crossing the finish line, Caffari commented: 'I'm really happy that Brian, Aviva and I have arrived safely in Costa Rica – it was tough out there for us.... [more]
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Behind the scenes on board Impossible Dream with Geoff Holt
Emma Slater,
Get a sneak peak behind the scenes of ‘Impossible Dream' the 60ft Catamaran that quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt will be sailing across the Atlantic for his ‘Personal Atlantic' challenge with the latest programme from Sailability TV.... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta final day
Diana Bogaards,
Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta 2009 had to be cancelled. As soon as the tenth race was officially abandoned, the German sailors started celebrating their medal. Thierry Wibaux from France needed today's result in order to get rid off his second discard. That would bring him close to bronze, but it wasn't meant to be. Wibaux: 'The pressure is gone now, so it is ok. This is part... [more]
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John Rousmaniere looks at America's Cup waterline measurement
John Rousmaniere,
Noted America's Cup historian, and correspondent, John Rousmaniere comments on the predilection of America's Cup designers to get around the various measurement rules, and in particular the measurement of Load Waterline Length, which has a particular and current significance.... [more]
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RYA becomes the first ISAF accredited National Training Programme
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) new training and development programme passed a major landmark today with the accreditation of its first National Training Programme, the RYA's dinghy training in Great Britain.... [more]
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