Groupama wins the Volvo Ocean Race and lots more sailing news

STENA Match Cup Sweden Day 2 - Ian Williams
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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, after securing second place on leg 9 from Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland. (Credit: 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

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 Nick Cherry at 01:15:53 after 2d 12h 45’ 53” at sea. Bomby finished in 36th at 02:43:34 after 2d 14h 13’ 34” at racing. - La Solitaire du Figaro 2012
© 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 we are counting down the days to the start of the sailing competition in Weymouth. Stay tuned to for comprehensive and exclusive sailing coverage from our Editors at the Games.

Have a great week.