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 05 Mar 2012

Volvo Ocean Race, Clipper, GOR and more sailing news

Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is slowly, ever so slowly, making its way to Auckland, New Zealand, battling through the Doldrums.

Craig Satterthwaite helming at sunset onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.  Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

The Global Ocean Race fleet is slowly arriving in Uruguay from New Zealand at the end of a 6,300 mile journey, with two of the Class40 yachts now in Punta del Este.

A misty morning 250 miles off the coast of Patagonia - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Phesheya Racing

There is news too from the Clipper fleet as the yachts depart on leg 9 from Qindago (China) to Oakland, California.

We have more international and local news, videos and images from the sailing world so stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Have a great week.

Sail-World.com team

Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 13 - The man at the helm
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 5 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 12 - The containers arrive
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 5 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Cowes Week announce sponsorship extension
Ben Cummings,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2012 - Cowes Week Limited (CWL) is delighted to announce that Aberdeen Asset Management is to extend its sponsorship of the world-famous Cowes Week regatta until 2015. This extension represents a further two year commitment to the event, enabling Aberdeen Asset Management to build upon the solid foundations already established with CWL... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland amps up as Race Village opening nears
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fever is sweeping through Auckland as the city prepares for the opening of the Race Village on Thursday and the imminent arrival of the six-strong fleet. The Race Village, at Viaduct Harbour, will throw open its doors to the public at 9am on Thursday, kicking off 10 days of celebrations marking the Volvo Ocean Race's return to the City of Sails and the completion of Leg 4.... [more]
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Please Note - Its Google Analytics not Google Statistics
The SEO Guy & TetraMedia,
Google Analytics is NOT designed to record website traffic statistics accurately. Google Analytics is far from accurate, especially when compared directly against server log files. G A is intended to track and analyse what people do when on the site. That's why its called 'Google Analytics' and not 'Google Statistics'... If you want webstats you must use server log data stats.... [more]
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Inaugural MC 38 One Design Australian Championship announced
Ellen Pragnell-Raasch,
McConaghy Boats has announced the inaugural MC 38 Australian Championship which is set to take place in Pittwater, Sydney this October. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is home to the first three MC 38s in Sydney and is very excited to be hosting the event.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis second
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The 33-year-old, Italian-Slovak skipper, Marco Nannini, and his 26-year-old Spanish co-skipper, Hugo Ramon, have taken second place in Leg 3 with Class40 Financial Crisis, crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay at 08:54:20 local (10:54:20 GMT) on Sunday, completing the 6,300-mile leg through the Pacific and South Atlantic... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012 - it's going to be good
TOG Media,
The Racing Class looks to be competitive again with Neil Pryde planning to return and try again for the class title. Sports boats are also looking strong with two new Shaw 6.5's expected to add to the fleet. And the all-new, never-before-seen Soto 30 will be racing as part of its worldwide launch. More on this in a future newsletter.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet departs Qingdao
Isabel Hokken,
The Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet has departed from Qingdao today. The spectacular welcome ceremonies the individual teams received upon their arrival at the Olympic Sailing Centre was exceeded by an even more lavish departure ceremony shown live on Chinese television.... [more]
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FX: What the Sailors say about the Olympic Womens Skiff entry + Video
Ben Gladwell,
In this video double Olympic representative, Jo Aleh, ISAF Youth World Gold medalist Martine Grael (BRA) and Olympic Bronze medalist Isabel Swan (BRA) give their impressions of the FX. And ISAF World Youth Silver medalist, Alex Maloney, and double ISAF Youth Representative in the Womens Singlehanded event, Molly Meech talk about transitioning to the new Event and their hopes for 2016 Olympics.... [more]
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Volvo Auckland Stopover: Don't they look good!
Penny Dain,
The A team gathered in the Volunteers Centre in the Race Village on Saturday for a final briefing session and to pick up their official uniform. Some 200 volunteers braved the wind and rain to travel to the Viaduct for a session with the Auckland Stopover Heads of Department and Team Managers before donning their orange volunteers uniforms for a group photocall.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta day 2 big breeze
Michele Korteweg,
On day 2 of the 32nd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta easterly tradewinds continued to rake the waters off the island of St. Maarten.... [more]
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Melges 32 Miami Championship - Hedgehog leads
Melges 32 Class Association,
Teams were greeted with breezier conditions in the 15-18 knots range on day two along with more sunshine and temps in the upper 80s (F), making for more fun and a whole lot of speed, especially downwind. At the end of the day throw-outs went into play.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A story of east versus west?
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma MCM, Amory Ross,sends the latest on the crew's progress as they continue their journey towards Auckland.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis approach Leg 3 finish
Oliver Dewar,
With the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 finish of Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in the next 24 hours as their Akilaria Class40 Financial Crisis beats across the 120-mile wide mouth of Rio de la Plata, 500 miles further south, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire are making solid progress in headwinds with Phesheya-Racing.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for Leg 6
Isabel Hokken,
The Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are preparing for Leg 6 which is set to start from Qingdao in China, bound for San Francisco Bay, on Sunday 4 March at 1330 local time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Looking to make the most of squalls and thunderstorm
Thomas Pryor and Sail-world,
As the leading boats cross the Equator Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is looking to make the most of the large thunder clouds and sudden severe squalls on the approaches to the Doldrums. As the fleet eases down through the Solomon Islands group they are encountering squall lines packing gusts of wind in excess of 35 knots and rain filled thunder clouds that can significantly help or hind... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Day 1 - Ideal conditions
Michele Korteweg,
Race officials on two separate starting circles off the southern coast of St. Maarten sent their respective fleets on the traditional clockwise round-the-island race.... [more]
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J Class Arrives on Social Media
J Class Association,
The Official J Class Facebook page and @OfficialJClass Twitter account have both been established to relay news and images to supporters around the world in real time. These J Class Social Media accounts give supporters an opportunity to interact with the class and each other, sharing their own J Class images and stories.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fingers crossed for the Doldrums + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - As they press onwards toward the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, Groupama 4's skipper, Franck Cammas/FRA said 'I've got my fingers crossed for this third passage through the Doldrums: all you need is one bad squall to lose a huge amount of ground as the experience of our previous two equators has shown.'... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show at Alexander Palace
Emma Slater,
The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012 is being held this weekend, 3rd and 4th March, at Alexandra Palace in London where clubs and classes, sailing heroes, experts, coaches, exhibitors, enthusiasts and complete beginners all get together to kick start the 2012 season.... [more]
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UK Finn National Championships and Finn Gold Cup preview
Dan Wilkinson,
The Finn Festival 2012 includes the annual UK Open Finn National Championships being held from 4th to 7th May and the Finn Gold Cup, the annual World Championships for the Finn Class, taking place from 13th to 18th May. Coastlines around the country dream of lapping up international sailing talent and the vibrant Cornish town, with its spirit of the sea, is excited to be doing just that.... [more]
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British Hobie Cat National Championships 2012
David Brookes,
Jersey is next venue for the Brewin Dolphin British Hobie Cat National Championships. Three days of Open Championship racing will be provided in the beautiful location of St. Aubins bay... [more]
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RS:X Europeans come to a pre-mature end + Video
Rory Ramsden,
The final day of the RS:X Europeans was lacking in the wind department, bringing the event to a pre-mature end with Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] and Byron Kokkalanis [GRE] tied on 34 points at the top of the leader board.... [more]
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RS Fevas and the year ahead
Bill Tucker,
The RS Feva Worlds 2012 will be held at Hayling Island and it will be the first time this event has been held in the UK. As at the time of writing there are already 100 boats entered from eight countries.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Into the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race sleigh ride of the past two days is coming to an end and Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) is the clear victor. With 2,532 nautical miles (nm) to run to the finish the teams are now setting up for their entry to the Doldrums, where luck will play a big part.... [more]
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SailJuice Global Warm-Up - Scorpion takes victory after showdown
Andy Rice,
The SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2012 victory went to Peter Gray and Rachael Rhodes after they sailed Scorpion to second place in the final of the five events in the series, the Draycote Dash last, weekend. 'It has been a great series,' said Gray, who raced with three different crews over the five events.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Drama for Phesheya Racing
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, Conrad Coleman and Adrian Kuttel sailed across the Punta del Este finish line on Wednesday earning them the first place spot in Leg 3 with Cessna Citation. There was drama to the south off the Falkland Islands for Nick Legatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya Racing and some unusually civilised behavior from Marco Nannini and Hugh Ramon off the coast of Argentina... [more]
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Biscay Offshore Race preview - Entries now open
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Biscay 2012 Offshore Race, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, is being held off the Solent from 16th to 29th September. Entries are now open with early bird entries closing on 1st March 2012. The Race, created as a legacy to members from the Royal Southern in its 175th Anniversary year and to be run as a biennial event, looks set to be a truly international event... [more]
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Sponsorship Proposals for Sailors 101
Despite an increasing professionalism in the sport of sailing and yacht racing, many sailing rights holders' presentations are inferior to those prepared by 20 year old motor-racing drivers.... [more]
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ORCi Championships - Entries approaching record levels
ORC Media,
The Audi ORCi World Championship is set to take place in Finland this year and already the event is approaching 100 entries for the August start. The Celadrin ORC European Championship in Italy expects over 70 to attend in June. The two largest events on the 2012 ORC calendar are on track to becoming among the most popular ever in the 43-year history of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC).... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - Requests for invitation now open
Sue Miller,
The 30th Knickerbocker Cup Regatta will take place this year and officials of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, the organizing authority of the event, announced today that the Grade 2 Match Race event winner will be invited to the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda. The Argo Group Gold Cup is a World Match Race Tour event and will be held at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club... [more]
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Access Worlds 2012: Be part of the competition - entries closing soon
Di Pearson,
Entries for the 2012 Macquarie Access World Championships, close this Friday, 2 March. To be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club from 7-13 Apri, the Access Worlds are open to competitors of all abilities, making it a rare opportunity for athletes with a disability to compete alongside able-bodied athletes.... [more]
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Brass Monkey Race 6 at Liverpool YC
James Connolly,
Brass Monkey 6 - A fortnight between sailing days in February is an eternity , so arriving at the marina a few hours before start time, hoping for that beautiful breeze, LYC yachties are going to make the best of the day's racing. Race Officer Paul Hampson and his all-female race team, and mascot Louis, chose to officiate from the deck of club ship Gullmaren, skippered today by Bobby Nightingale... [more]
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