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 15 Feb 2013
 


European sailing news, 2020 Olympics, Sail-World toolbar and more

Team Plastique - 2012-13 Vendee Globe  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©
Welcome to the second Sail-World European newsletter this week. Due to popular demand and the sheer number of European sailing stories we are covering Sail-World is increasing its newsletter frequency to twice weekly.

This week the final sea miles of the Vendée Globe 2012-2013 is testing De Lamotte (FRA, Initiatives Coeur) and Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA, Team Plastique), the two skippers still at sea. Di Benedetto is in a hole and De Lamotte has one in front of him, with apparently no way round it on the passage back to Les Sables.

'My routing has me arriving on Saturday evening, I think that's too late to go directly up the channel, so it will be Sunday morning,' De Lamotte had written, perhaps hopefully.

Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA, Team Plastique) writes: ‘The days pass between squalls and unstable wind that runs continuously and force me to manoeuvre a lot. I often find myself to change tack four times in the same hour, send and lower the Code Zero several times in a row, just to earn a few miles.'

Also this week Eurosaf announced the launch of the Champions Sailing Cup website and publishing of the Notice of Series. Eurosaf are very excited at being able to offer sailors and sailing this new series starting this year.

EUROSAF Youth Sailing European Championship 2012  RYA


Sailing seems set for 2020 Olympics at least with the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have included it in the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

A shock for wresting, one of the original Olympic sports excluded from the core, it will now join seven shortlisted sports – baseball-softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu - vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic programme as an additional sport. If Sailing does not pay attention to the need to engage with the Olympic audiences this could be its fate some time down the course.

On an international note Emirates Team NZ's first day of sailing in their new second generation AC72, Aotearoa, on a light summer's day on the Hauraki Gulf.

Before she sailed Grant Dalton said 'The temptation today is just to go out and send it straight away and get her up on the foils. Although that is the temptation, that is not the way we are going to run it today.

We are going to systematically load the boat, and take a few days to get to that stage. But it is really tempting to go out and send it and send a message. But we aren't going to do that today.'

So what do we have on the Day One Video? Foiling Kiwis of course!! As Oracle USA's Aussie skipper Jimmy Spithill would say, ‘Onya Dalts!!'

Emirates Team New Zealand's second AC72, NZL5 goes for it's first shake down sail. 12/2/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


The 18 footers World Championship 2013, the seven race JJ Gillian Trophy series, starts tomorrow on Sydney Harbour in Australia with a big fleet of 31 boats, including the biggest contingent of Kiwis in many years, as well as British and US crews.

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League


Sail-World´s coverage of this year's event, will be more detailed than ever, we will have four video cameras on one boat in the fleet, just to add another perspective.

And finally Sail-World has launched a customised tool bar aimed at serious sailors in Europe. It provides breaking news, Twitter and RSS feeds, Facebook link, enables fast searches and has a handy drop down for a whole range of Sail-world key elements. So to keep up with what is happening on the European sailing scene and internationally install this toolbar now.



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Sail-world.com expands customised toolbar for sailors in Europe
Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team,
Sail-World.com the largest sailing marine news network in the world has an extra-ordinary amount of sailing content, currently 106,000 stories, with images and result stretching back 16 years. This is easily the largest sailing database in the world. For serious sailors there is a European customised Sail-World toolbar that you can use now.... [more]
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2020 Summer Olympic core sport recommendations include sailing
IOC Media,
to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The 25 sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ flying on the Hauraki Gulf + Video
ETNZblog.com,
On Thursday, Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 had her second day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf. Team Photographer, Chris Cameron, was on the water again and provided this gallery of images... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Kiwis take invitation race in Sydney Worlds
Frank Quealy,
The 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship is shaping up as one of the closest contests for several years with 31 of the world's best teams lining up on Sydney Harbour for the 2013 title. Defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris had a stressful week waiting for the outcome of repairs being made to their badly damaged hull last Sunday.... [more]
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49th Congressional Cup - The Brit is set to return for battle
Rich Roberts,
The first thing followers and fellow competitors want to know about the Long Beach Yacht Club's 49th Congressional Cup: Is the Brit coming back? And the answer is, yes indeed. Ian Williams, still ranked number one in the world, will return April 9-13 with his GAR Pindar team in quest of an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the prestigious Grade 1 match racing event.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Final act will test two skippers still at sea + Video
Vendee Globe,
The final act of the Vendée Globe will test the two skippers still at sea. What to do? Di Benedetto is in hole and De Lamotte has one in front of him, with apparently no way round it on the way back to Les Sables. At 503 miles from the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, De Lamotte has little choice but to be patient in the face of this unwelcome calm and must just head east as fast as he can.... [more]
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Arthaud, Alain Thébault to publish Hydroptere book
Thomas Lesage,
Publisher Arthaud, a subsidiary of Flammarion, specializing in tales of adventure and travel, is preparing a reference book on the epic of the flying trimaran Hydroptere.... [more]
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Francis Joyon continues Columbus Route pursuit onboard IDEC
Fabrice Thomazeau,
Sailor Francis Joyon is in the process of the successful completion his latest attempt at the Columbus Route. On Thursday lunchtime, he only had 280 miles left to sail before crossing the finishing line in San Salvador. After being slowed down yesterday, IDEC was back up to speeds of around twenty knots and should smash her own record taking the time to under nine days.... [more]
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Brazilian National Championship images by Ale Socci
Robert Deaves,
Brazilian National Championship 2013 was held in Guarapirangam, Sao Paul, in January. In the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Finn class in Brazil is undergoing something of a resurgence. The National Championship attracted 25 boats and many of them were new boats built in Brazil.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Divided loyalties for two times Champion
Frank Quealey,
J. J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 is less than a couple of days away. One man who must be having mixed emotions is two-times Giltinan champion Adam South... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - History in the making
Irene Corosu,
Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 gave the participating youth sailors in the first selection series a chance to meet and learn from a line-up of multi-awarded sailors, including America's Cup legend Russell Coutts, Olympic great Ben Ainslie, and Jimmy Spithill, at a special media function.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'Promise we won't go foiling on Day 1' - Yeah Right!
Sail-World,
Video from Emirates Team NZ's first day of sailing in their new second generation AC72, Aotearoa, on a light summer's day on the Hauraki Gulf. Grant Dalton before the AC72 was launched and sailed for the first time: 'The temptation today is just to go out and send it straight away and get her up on the foils.... [more]
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Representatives confirm 2013 Development Symposium attendance
ISAF,
Representatives from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Member National Authorities including Oman, Turkey, France, New Zealand, Qatar, Bahrain, U.A.E, Iceland, United States and South Africa have confirmed that they will be attending the 2013 Development Symposium.... [more]
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Jon Napier joins ISAF Secretariat as Competitions Manager
ISAF,
Jon Napier has now joined the Secretariat of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in the role of Competitions Manager. Jon is particularly responsible for ISAF Race Officials, ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, ISAF World Match Racing Tour, ISAF Nations Cup, ISAF Team Racing Championship and supports the busy Competitions department.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour bursts into life with first in-port races
Sailing Arabia The Tour,
A group of nine world-class crews competing in the EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour were back on the water off the coast of Qatar for the first of three in-port races to take place during the fifteen day race between Bahrain and Muscat.... [more]
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ISAF Executive Committee meets in Southampton
ISAF,
The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is comprised of a diverse group of sailors from around the globe, including Italy, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain, New Zealand, China, United States, and Uruguay. The members are united by a common passion for sailing, and dedicated to improving the sport.... [more]
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Ralph Roberts awarded Gold Medal by International Sailing Federation
Sail-World,
The International Sailing Federation has announced that Ralph Roberts (NZL) has been awarded a Gold Medal by the World governing body in recognition of many year's service to the ISAF and sport of sailing. A second New Zealander, Jack Lloyd, a member of two Olympic Juries and now Volvo Ocean Race Director, has been awarded a Silver medal.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Closest finish in the race's 24-year history
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, with Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives Coeur) forecast to arrive on the morning of Sunday February 17 and the last man, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), now saying he will be back on Thursday, February 21, this is due to be the closest in the race's 24-year history.... [more]
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Francis Joyon, IDEC continue to speed across the Atlantic
Fabrice Thomazeau,
Francis Joyon dealt impeccably with the first of the three difficulties facing the maxi trimaran IDEC: after the front with 35 knots of wind, there remains only the heavy swell from the North West, which is punishing the boat. But IDEC is still sailing quickly: at lunchtime on Tuesday, they were 400 miles ahead of the record time they set in 2008, with around a thousand miles to go... [more]
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Team Tilt set sights on Youth America's Cup selection in San Francisco
Maxcomm Communication,
For the first time in the history of America's Cup, the most gifted sailors of the world will have the chance to sail together in order to win one of the most prestigious trophies in the sports world.... [more]
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Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup - NOS published, site launched
John Friend,
With less than 90 days to go to the start of the first regatta, EUROSAF announce the launch of the Champions Sailing Cup website and publish the Notice of Series. With the start of the first EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup regattas now less than 90 days away, EUROSAF have launched the series website, which will link all five regattas in the series and publish results for each event, and the series.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: A late opportunity opens for Kiwi crew
36 Below Racing,
This week there was some fantastic news presented to a talented group of young New Zealanders, regarding a sailing opportunity to participate at a world stage event. An 11th hour invitation from the Youth America's Cup organisers was made to bring the 36 Below Racing team to the qualifying trials being held at the San Francisco venue beginning 18 February 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: On the Hauraki Gulf for ETNZ's new AC72 - More images
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013. Here's the second gallery of images of the 72ft catamran sailing for the frist time in a light seabreeeze of less than 8kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: First day of sailing for Emirates Team NZ's new AC72
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ's photographer, Chris Cameron was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013... [more]
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18 footers - J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 - Defending the crown
Frank Quealey,
18 footers - The J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 is about to get underway and the crew of Gotta Love It 7 team are tapping all possible options to get them ready for their title defense starting on Sunday.... [more]
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New Zealand's 18' Skiff Team for the J.J. Giltinan Trophy
John Little,
Seven New Zealand 18' skiffs are to take on the J.J. Giltinan Trophy starting this Saturday in Double Bay, Sydney. The J.J.'s has such prestige that it is known as the unofficial 18' skiff worlds and is sailed on the Australian based fleet's home waters. The regatta is contested from the 15-24th of February with an international fleet of 30 boats.... [more]
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A look ahead to the Swan European Regatta
Cailah Leask,
Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor's Swan, along with ClubSwan partners Gazprom and the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg (SPBYC), Russia hosted an exclusive reception in London for ClubSwan members on Wednesday 6th February.... [more]
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