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 05 Jul 2012
 


Groupama wins the Volvo Ocean Race and lots more sailing news

STENA Match Cup Sweden Day 2 - Ian Williams  Rick Tomlinson ©
Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

Groupama has been declared the overall victors in the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) after a second-place finish in the short, 550-mile sprint from Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland cemented their overall win.

Skipper Franck Cammas and his star-studded crew have tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of miles between them, most of these were completed on multi-hulls or during singlehanded campaigns or Jules Verne attempts.

Cammas is the first French skipper to claim this lofty prize since skipper Lionel Péan and company claimed the prize in the 1985/1986 edition.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, arrive to a huge spectator crowd, winning the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Read on to catch the latest news from the World Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup. Reigning Match Race World Champion Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) looks certain to make the quarter finals in Sweden.

The Dragon Northern Area Championship came down to a tie-breaker after seven races over three days. Ben Saxton and Richard Mason finished second at the 470 European Championship, while the 'two Sophies', Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth went one better to take the Gold.

Julia Bailey leads the 2012 Dragon Edinburgh Cup after the first day of racing.

11 year old Will Heritage sets the guy aboard Aimee, skipper Julia Bailey. - Dragon Cup 2012  Thomas Anderson - copyright

The Musto Skiff World Championships were held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy with Bruce Keen victorious. Nick Cherry, Sam Goodchild and Henry Bomby have all completed stage 2 of La Solitaire du Figaro, 442 miles from Gijon, Spain to Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France.

Nick Cherry and Henry Bomby are interviewed after a tough leg two of the Solitaire du Figaro. Cherry finished in 26th Bomby finished in 36th   © Alexis Courcoux

The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship begins on 14 July in Dun, Laoghaire, Ireland and will run until 20 July.

Local news from many classes, and lots of great images from photographers this week and of course we have videos from many of those events too.

Here at www.Sail-World.com we are counting down the days to the start of the sailing competition in Weymouth. Stay tuned to Sail-World.com for comprehensive and exclusive sailing coverage from our Editors at the Games.

Have a great week.


Sail-World.com Team



Musto Skiff World Championships - What a week!
Rick Perkins,
Musto Skiff World Championships - Well what a week ... great racing, fantastic socials, wonderful hosts and many friends made throughout the fleet.... [more]
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D-One Volvo Cup Act 3 - Second to newcomer Nick Craig
Devoti-One,
ct 3 of the D-One Volvo Cup was held last weekend in sun and a lovely six to nine knots seabreeze, a perfect scenario for the 20 boat fleet.... [more]
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Fireball Open at Shoreham - Classic Shoreham + Video
Fireball Class Association,
Classic Shoreham' was how some old hands were telling it. 'A hard day out', was the message from others. 'That's the first time I have ever pitchpoled a Fireball replied another'.... [more]
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68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - NOR and Application for Entry online
Jennifer Crook,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority for the 68th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the race's naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and now invite Applications for Entry.... [more]
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470 European Championship winners decided
Luissa Smith,
The 470 Men and Women Medal Races wrapped up the 2012 470 European Championship with five nations claiming the podium places – Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Slovenia.... [more]
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2012 Edinburgh Cup - Julia Bailey leads after day 1
Fiona Brown,
It is notoriously difficult to win the the Edinburgh Cup, awarded to the winner of the Open British Dragon Championship. Considered to be one of the most competitive events to date, it was all the more remarkable then that today's opening two races were both won by the same boat in a bravura sailing performance.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup - Fighting to avoid elimination
WMRT,
After day 3 of the Stena Match Cup Sweden several skippers need to secure wins in their remaining few matches to avoid elimination at qualification stage.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire - Speed trial
RivaCom,
The second leg of La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire began in a frenzy of shouts and flapping sails on a busy startline, and ended with each of the 36 Figaro II one-designs slipping through the finish under spinnaker and moonlight.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds - RS:X Medallists return to defend titles
ISAF,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships sees 2011 RS:X Boys gold medallist Cho Wonwoo (KOR) and RS:X Girls gold medallist Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) return to defend their titles.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Top of leader board fiercely contested
Ruth Harrington,
With just two races left in the Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the top of the leader board continues to be fiercely contested. Although Gold Coast Australia is the clear leader, the fight for second and third place in the world's longest ocean race is still anyone's for the taking.... [more]
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RS800 Gul Grand Prix at Hayling Island SC
Debbie Darling,
RS800 Gul Grand Prix was held at Hayling Island Sailing Club over the weekend of 30th June and 1st July 2012. Continuing the breezy theme to the summer's Grand Prix circuit, Hayling Island, was not to disappoint. 30 competitors turned out to the top class venue which later this year will host the nationals... [more]
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Pendennis Cup - Dramatic racing on Day 1
Pendennis Shipyard,
Pendennis Cup 2012 - Twelve yachts lined up for the first race on Tuesday 3rd July. A textbook start saw all yachts away safely to their allocated times. The beat towards the ‘Helston' leg showed the power of the larger vessels in the breezy conditions, but the fleet remained fairly tight throughout the first leg.... [more]
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Round the Island Race - Rugby's Nick Easter sets sail aboard Eleonora
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Round the Island Race 2012 - One is Britain's greatest ever Olympic sailor, the other a 47-cap England rugby forward - but last weekend they came together to steer the largest of boats in a race around the Isle of Wight. Ben Ainslie, who will go for an historic fourth gold medal in Weymouth at the end of the month, joined forces with Harlequins No. 8 Nick Easter for the 81st Round the Island Race... [more]
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RS:X Youth European Championships Day 3
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Youth European Championships third day got underway in Tallinn, Estonia. Bright sunshine. A short postponement. A soft breeze from the Northeast. Two races for the light wind specialists. Pawel Tarnowski the overnight leader was late rigging up and late for the first start of the day so posted his worst result - 10th - in race six before regaining his equilibrium and winning the seventh... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth World Championship 2012 - They are crowned
www.sail-world.com,
Laser Radial Youth World Championship 2012. The final day of racing for the sailors from 19 nations was held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Queensland Australia today.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race prologue - Line honours to Spindrift racing
Spindrift Racing,
Krys Ocean Race prologue, a 120 miles regatta between Newport, Rhode Island, and New York City, got underway on 2nd July 2012. Yann Guichard and his crew of four men finished in third place. Spindrift racing made the best out of the mild conditions off the coast of Long Island, leading the fleet all night long and until the very last miles.... [more]
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470 European Championship day 6 - Gold to Croatian duo
Luissa Smith,
Today was a tense penultimate day and the last opportunity to make the cut to be amongst the top 10 teams going through to Wednesday's Medal Race, which will decide the podium finishers at the 2012 470 European Championship.... [more]
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Supernovas at Bala SC
Mike Gibson,
The Bala Open and Travellers Series took place over June 23rd-24th at Bala Sailing Club. Most of the Supernova fleet missed out on one of the best weekend's sailing we've had for a while. The weekend was shared with Solutions, Miracles and on Sunday, a fleet of Tinkers.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup day 3 - Kistanov on the rise
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
In the 2012 Finn Silver Cup, current World Champion Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) is coming back, now only seven points behind regatta leader Lennart Luttkus (GER). The Russian enjoyed a good day taking the bullet in the first race and finishing fifth in the next. After a clear start, Kistanov played the shifts well and pressure in a medium breeze, to take the lead from the first mark to the finish.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Massive action on day 2 + Video
Chris Yates,
On the second day of the 2012 PWA Pozo World Cup, with lighter winds than the previous day, head judge Duncan Coombs made the decision to run the women's single elimination ahead of the remainder of the men's. Although the winds were lighter than on Monday, the women were still reaching for their 3.4-3.7 sails in order to survive the powerful winds of Pozo.... [more]
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Tour de France à la Voile - Light and victorious in Dunkerque
www.sail-world.com / ASO,
The Tour de France a la Voile is currently underway in Dunkerque with the day's racing resulting in victories for Ville de Genève, Région de Bruxelles –Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest and BAE Systems. Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention did well yesterday in the coastal race. Jérôme Clerc's Swiss men did it again today, winning the first technical race of the day in front of TPM Coych.... [more]
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GP14 Open Meeting at West Kirby Sailing Club
Rob Fraser,
GP14 Open Meeting was held at West Kirby SCover the weekend. Saturday's windy conditions had been expected to moderate but Sunday morning saw no lessening of the steady Force 5 often gusting 6 from the west to northwest. Fortunately, the marine lake at West Kirby provided relatively flat water compared to the wind against tide conditions that prevailed out in the Dee estuary... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds - Gold Medallists return to defend titles
ISAF,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is to be held from 12th to 21st July 2012 in Dublin, Ireland and is set to welcome back 2011 gold medallists in the SL16 and 29er. Martin Lowy and Kim Andrade (BRA) head to Dublin, Ireland to defend the SL16 title they comprehensively won in Zadar, Croatia last year whilst Spain's Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel (ESP) will be aiming to do the double.... [more]
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Biscay Offshore Race at Royal Southern Yacht Club postponed
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Royal Southern Yacht Club has taken the difficult decision to postpone the staging of its inaugural 950nm Biscay Offshore Race, until 2014. The precise start date will be advised in due course. Launched in August 2011 and forming a signature event in the Club's 175th Anniversary year, the Biscay Race was planned to take competitors from the Solent to La Rochelle and Brest... [more]
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