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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.

Ellie Cumpsty Laser Radial - EUROSAF Youth Sailing European Championship 2012

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

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.

Patrycja Lis (POL) before final race of the Clearwater 2014 Youth Worlds.
Peter Forde

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.

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