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 05 Jun 2012

Sail for Gold, Volvo closeness and more Now sailing news

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

Teams are preparing for the next In-Port races, in what has become the closest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race yet sailed.

The Sail for Gold Regatta is underway in Weymouth, the 50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race was hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club, Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series 2012 has wrapped, the RS Feva Nationals are underway and Bjorn Hansen defeated Ian Williams (GAC Pindar) in the final at Korea Match Cup.

And we have all the latest news from the Global Ocean Race teams, the Clipper yachts, the RC44 Cup in Austria, as well as local news and videos, pictures and interviews from around the globe.

Korea Match Cup 2012 - final  Guy Nowell ©

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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – Solid start for Ben Ainslie + Video
Ben Baker, Sportsbeat,
Ben Ainslie kicked of his Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta yesterday in solid fashion, but the Finn sailor admits it isn't all about results this week on Olympic waters. The 35-year-old headed to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as the man to beat, having wrapped up a record sixth world title last month in Falmouth.... [more]
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper
Richard Gladwell,
In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Beau Geste skipper Gavin Brady has compared the 80ft Farr design to being close to doing a 'OneAustralia' after the yacht sustained damage in the Sail Noumea 2012 race. Speaking from Norfolk Island where the yacht is anchored an awaiting assessment, Brady said that she was close to sinking, and they were advised to get off the boat by the designer.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Battle underway
Jo Grindley,
The Skandia Sail for Gold 2012 got underway today, featuring nearly all of the medal contenders for the upcoming Olympic Games. Over 700 athletes from 59 nations poured out onto Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay, with the cream of world sailing ready to put a marker down for the coming Olympiad.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - GBR sailors off to a great start
Matt Carter,
Skandia Sail for Gold - Weymouth and Portland served up light wind conditions for this first day of the ISAF World Cup event, leading to the majority of classes coming back ashore for a lengthy delay until late afternoon when the breeze eventually built to allow racing to get underway.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 4: TVS finishes first - Update @ 2100
Richard Gladwell,
The 80ft yacht Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) is nearing Norfolk Island where her position will be assessed. In the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race, the leader, TeamVodafoneSailing is becalmed 25nm from the race finish in Noumea. In the monohulls V5 has maintained her lead over Akatea, as winds ease.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Massive win for Caleb Paine on day 1
Robert Deaves,
On the first day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, it was a difficult day on Weymouth's waters. But Caleb Paine (USA) made it look easy with a massive win from Aleksey Selivanov (RUS) and Mark Andrews (GBR) in the only race sailed. Racing didn't actually get under way until 16.30 as the early morning northerly clocked and dropped shortly after the fleet got away for race one at around 11.30.... [more]
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50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race at Royal Southern YC
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The 50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race was hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club from 1st to 4th June 2012. The biggest fleet ever of 107 yachts contested the Race and the international entry was led home overall by French IRC Class 4 entrants, Noel Racine's JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew and Benoit Dhalluin's A.35 Dunkerque Plaisance, from Peter Pickett's British Class 5 boat, Moondog.... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series overall
Lorraine Alonzi,
Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series 2012 fourth and final day was held in Loch Fyne, Scotland today, Monday 4th June. Over the 38 years of the Scottish Series there have been few prizegivings where the winners of the overall Scottish Series Trophy have composed a more deserving score-line.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon as the two double-handed Class40s head due east at the same latitude as the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. South-west of the leading two boats, around 180 miles NNW of the Azores, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai are beginning the long ascent through the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games equipment selection announced
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games equipment selection has been announced by ISAF. The Techno 293 windsurfer and the Byte CII dinghy have been chosen as equipment for the four sailing events in China.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta gets underway + Video
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Tim Hall believes this year's event will be the mostly keenly contested yet with the Olympic Games just under two months away. The event director for the Royal Yachting Association spoke as the 2012 event got underway - which will host the sailing competition at this year's Olympics.... [more]
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Noumea Race - Day 3: Beau Geste withdraws - Update @2300hrs
Richard Gladwell,
2200hrs: The 80ft Farr design Beau Geste has withdrawn from the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race with structural damage, which is later reported as continuing to deteriorate. A ship has been diverted to stand by. Beau Geste is heading for Norfolk Island and is expected to arrive in the morning.... [more]
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SB20 Solent Series 2 at Royal Southern YC
Katie Ashworth,
The Zhik SB20 Solent Series 2 was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club as part of their 175th anniversary celebrations over the Queens Diamond Jubilee weekend. And what a weekend it has been! With fabulous 'foam up' conditions, the fleet have enjoyed six back to back windward leeward races in the central Solent.... [more]
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Neville 'Croaky' Crichton receives New Zealand Honour
Richard Gladwell,
Champion yachtsman and businessman, Neville Crichton (67) has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting. As well as being a top sailor and winner of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year, Crichton's business interests extend into the superyacht and automotive industries.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - A salute to Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 10 British registered 68 foot yachts formed up into a spectacular ‘Parade of Sail' in New York with the lead boats flying huge Great Britain spinnaker sails in a salute to Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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RS Feva Nationals day 1
Debbie Darling,
The opening day of racing at the RS Feva Nationals proved quite challenging for the fleet of 105 boats. But with average wind speeds of 17 – 23 knots and the odd, huge gust nearing 30 knots, it certainly was tough and tiring. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club worked hard to get all three races in.... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series - ‘Old School' Day 3
Lorraine Alonzi,
Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series - It was a distinctly ‘old school' day for competing crews where there was a departure from the usual diet of windward-leeward races and even Olympic triangles. Instead days of old were recalled favourably with a 25 miles passage race up to the south of Loch Fyne around the Inchmarnock Island to a spectator-friendly finish line... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen fights off stiff competition
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012, the second event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 concluded in Gyeonggi, South Korea today, 3rd June. Defending Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) fought off stiff competition from reigning Tour title-holder Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar from Mekonomen Sailing Team to win.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Michael Maier wins fourth title
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2012 concluded in Pwllheli on 1st June. Michael Maier (CZE) won his fourth Finn World Masters title on Friday with no more races sailed after the wind failed to stabilise in time to get the final races in before the time limit. Allen Burrell (GBR) won the silver and Laurent Hay (FRA) won the bronze.... [more]
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50th Cowes-Deauville Race - Largest fleet ever sets off
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The 50th Cowes-Deauville Race has gotten off to a colourful start in Cowes. Following a spectacular evening spent by the competitors at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, representatives of the organising Clubs oversaw the start of the biggest fleet ever, at 107 yachts, to contest the event.... [more]
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Inter-Club J80 Challenge at Royal Southern Yacht Club
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Inter-Club J80 Challenge, part of the Royal Southern's 175 Regatta, was held on Thursday 31st May 2012. Local Solent knowledge and youthful enthusiasm proved decisive as the Royal Southern Yacht Club's Academy crew dominated the inter-club J80 Challenge against the Deauville Yacht Club.... [more]
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B14 National Championship at Beer Sailing Club
Mark Barnes,
B14 National Championship provided some very close racing over the first two days, with several teams being ruthlessly dumped back into the pack during the races as the breeze switched off and others sailed round them. After a great Saturday night party where the theme for the fancy dress was cartoon animals, Sunday dawned and we were greeted with a force 2, but the heat was building.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Moves at the top
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi shrugged off seven months of Volvo Ocean Race frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon. Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, now lead Telefónica by three points overall, with the Spanish team dropping off the lead for the first time since their victory on Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town back in November.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi wins Leg 7 + Video
She crossed the line in light winds, followed by Groupama, with Puma third. The next group to finish were Camper, Telefonica and Sanya. The information systems at Volvo Ocean Race have all seem to have got major technical issues or are inoperative.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère heads for the City of Angels
Thomas Lesage,
Following three weeks of trials on the Mediterranean, Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère DCNS was loaded onto a cargo ship on Monday in Toulon (FRA). The 'flying sailboat' will head to Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will be positioned to wait for the best weather conditions for a Pacific crossing record attempt.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Rymonis wins only race but Maier still leads
Robert Deaves,
On the third day of the Finn World Masters in Pwllheli, North Wales, Tauras Rymonis (LTU) spoiled Michael Maier's day by stealing the win of the only race in very tricky conditions. Maier retains the lead overall though, with Laurent Hay (FRA) second and Uli Breuer (GER) in third.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup – Emirates Team NZ AC72 unveiled +Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World heads to Cookson Boats yard on Auckland's North Shore. There team CEO Grant Dalton gives a guided tour of the yard, including a walk around both hulls, and a look on the lower level at the massive main beam, which is about to be fitted. These are the first shots of an AC72 published. Plus we have video interviews with Dalton and AC72 design co-ordinator Nick Holroyd.... [more]
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