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Sail-World UK : 4 August 2009

Welcome Sail-World.Com's UK newsletter for 4 August 2009

Another huge list of UK and European stories over the last four days and the World Championship events continue. Sail-World provides detailed coverage, pix and results.

Over the weekend one of the most dramatic match races ever seen has taken place between two massive French trimarans, trying to break the Trans Atlantic record. Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas) has recovered from her capsize off New Zealand and is back in racing trim. She took on the longer Banque Populaire - which started two and a half hours behind, and caught up to be level pegging for most of the way.

Groupama 3 set one world 24 hour record, only to have Banque Populaire set a new one almost immediately on 907 nautical miles.

In this edition we feature regular reports from Groupama 3 plus don't forget to catch the YouTube video in this edition of Banque Populaire hoofing it across the Atlantic.

Onboard Maxi Banque Populaire V - North Atlantic Record attempt  Copyright : Team Banque Populaire / BFBP


No real news on the America's Cup scene, save for rumours that the America's Cup will be staged in United Arab Emirates. The official announcement will be made on 6 August.

01 August Alinghi 5 Celebrations on Lake Geneva
Alinghi 5 in the midlle of the celebrative boat parade from Lausanne to Geneva
Guido Trombetta/Alinghi  Alinghi Team

No further news on whether BMW Oracle will Appeal last Friday's decision on the use of the engine, they have 30 days in which to do so. However it was pointed out to Sail-World by one Cup rules authority, that if one read the Deed of Gift carefully, it said that ONLY the Challenger had to be propelled by sails, and by omission the Defender could be propelled by a motor. However we don't think that will happen!

iShares Cup at Cowes Week - Round 3 , UK, 1-3 August 2009. Day 2.
Extreme 40" Groupama 40" (FRA) skipper Tanguy Cariou (FRA).

  ThMartinez / Sea & Co ©

This America's Cup is certainly headed into the Theater of the Absurd, with a Defending Club, landlocked and their home waters being a lake, sailing an America's Cup in United Arab Emirates, using multihulls, in a Deed of Gift Match, with the use of engines allowed!

Mark rounding action at the 2009 Int Contender Worlds  Event Media


Some interesting new Tidal stream technology coming down the pike. Make sure you read about Tidetech and the Fastnet race. Its been proving to be a big winner down under in the Sydney to Hobart Race and more recently in the Sydney to Gold Coast race.

On the readership front, many Sail-World readers in the UK are unaware of the overall World wide audience that Sail-World has across all its racing and cruising sites in North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

In the month of July 2009, there were 165,000 unique viewers, who read over two million pages and not that its important because its an old fashioned measurement tool, but we received over 31 million hits for the month. If you are not sure what that all means you need to read our Internet 101 commentary.

Karatsu's unusual cool weather gave Sari Multala strong wind for her liking to win the Laser Radial Womens Worlds in Japan  K. Matsumoto 09 Karastsu Radial Worlds



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Fastnet Navigators testing new Tidal Stream technology
Media Services,
The Fastnet race has often been described as a 'Navigator's race' due to the complexity of options presented by the changing weather and strong tidal streams down the English Channel coast. This year' s race will be no exception with every headland offering the prospect of major gains (or losses) as navigators scratch their heads about whether to duck in out of the tide or to head offshore.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day 3
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
The 8,500 competitors at this year's Cowes Week enjoyed another day of sun with a southerly wind of 10-15 knots that increased to 15-20 during the afternoon. The boats collectively made another spectacular sight as the fleet split around both ends of the Trinity House ship Galatea, facing south towards the river Medina.... [more]
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Finn Junior World Championship Day One
Julia David,
The first two races of the Pata Boats Finn Junior World Championship have been sailed. The first official day of the Championship started with a postponement, so the sailors had to pass the morning with table tennis and soccer. In the early afternoon the wind finally arrived.... [more]
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Oman Sail Masirah clinch iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup at Cowes Week. It was a battle to the end for Yann Guichard and Loick Peyron with Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild. Celebrities from the world of music, Formula 1 and TV joined the iShares Cup to ride shotgun on an Extreme 40.... [more]
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Tony Bullimore - trying for another record
BW Media,
You can't keep a good 70-year-old down. Tony Bullimore, 70 this year, the British sailor famous for having survived five days capsized in Antarctica and been finally saved by the Australian Navy, is about to try for another sailing record... [more]
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North Atlantic battle belongs to Banque Populaire V
Banque Populaire V media,
The North-Atlantic in 3 days 15 hours 25 minutes and 48 seconds* for the Maxi-Trimaran Banque Populaire V. Pascal Bidegorry and his crewmen have made history. Pascal Bidégorry and his crewmen just made history by setting an incredible new benchmark time on the Transatlantic record.... [more]
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2009 Contender Worlds - Final Wrap Up
Stephanie Mah,
112 sailors from 13 countries (Italy, Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Britain, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Austria) met up in the small city of Sonderborg, Denmark (population 27,000), where the locals welcomed them with a lot of food and a lot of wind.... [more]
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International 420 World Championship: Final Series races begin today
Antonio Sueri,
Riva del Garda...Sunday, August 2, 2009...Intense competition today for both the 420 Class Men's Championship and also the 420 Women's Championship.... [more]
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Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week
Artemis Challenge media,
The final line-up for Wednesday's third annual Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week boasts a high-class field of top competitors. Artemis Ocean Racing will be helmed by new co-skippers Sam Davies and Sidney Gavignet.... [more]
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Tough Initiation for Jonny Malbon in Leg 1 of the Solitaire du Figaro
Artemis Ocean Racing media,
Tough Initiation for Jonny Malbon in Leg 1 of the Solitaire du Figaro. The Solitaire du Figaro is notoriously tough, there is no secret to success, just learning from your mistakes and keeping at it. After managing to pull off a near perfect start, Jonny found himself in good company but eventually this was to be his downfall ........ [more]
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EUROSAF European Match Racing Championship 2009
Dansk Sejlunion,
It's not often that the stars of the men's and women's match racing events get to compete side by side at the same regatta, but the coming week the EUROSAF European Match Racing Championship 2009 will do exactly that.... [more]
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More images from the iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes Week
Ingrid Abery images,
More images from Ingrid Abery at the iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes Week.... [more]
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Charity Cricket Challenge raises funds for John Merricks Trust
Event media,
The Bugle's Annual Charity Cricket Challenge raised £1,870 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust. Olympic medallists, World Champion and Volvo Ocean Race sailors swapped oilskins for cricket whites in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST).... [more]
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RS 500 and RS Tera Europeans
Debbie Darling,
The Allen RS 500 and RS Tera Europeans start on Monday at Acquafresca Yacht Club on Lake Garda. Six countries are represented with over 75 boats racing on three starts as the RS Tera will split between the Sport rig and the larger fully battened Pro rig.... [more]
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Star World Championship Day One
Lynn Fitzpatrick - www.worldregattas.com,
Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) started off the 2009 Star World Championship the same way they began the 2008 Star World Championship.... [more]
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Images from the UK round of the iShares Cup - Cowes
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery took these images of the Extreme 40s battling it out in the UK Round of the iShares Cup, being sailed during Cowes Week 2009.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 First Leg victory for Eliès
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 first leg victory to Yann Eliès (Generali). Within the space of an hour he was followed across the finish line by no less than 15 of his rivals. Elies himself is in no doubt about the slight margin of his victory, and has no intention of resting on his laurels.... [more]
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Finn Junior World Championship preview
Julia David,
The Pata Boats Finn Junior World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Silver Cup has officially opened in Balatonfüred. A total of 51 young Finn sailors from 18 nations completed registration.... [more]
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Only one winner in Transatlantic Battle of the Trimarans
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Congratulations from Franck Cammas Groupama 3 to Pascal Bidégorry Banque Populaire V, the new Transatlantic record holder. 'We're happy to have crossed the line and it was nice to see Banque Populaire V over the last few hours of the course: it motivated both crews! We managed to really get Groupama 3 to cream along, which enabled us to make up a bit of ground on them...' Cammas.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week Day Two
Emily Caroe,
Thousands of spectators as far as the eye could see lined the Cowes shoreline to watch the Extreme 40 fleet racing on day two of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week. The nine-boat fleet playing 'who dares wins' coming as close to the shore as possible to avoid the adverse Solent tide ensured the public had a ‘grandstand' view of the action.... [more]
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2009 Flying Dutchman World Championships - Day One
Ed Cox,
The Flying Dutchman 2009 World Championships commenced today at Medemblik Holland, with 97 boats from 18 countries. The boats have been split into two fleets for the qualifying series on the Isjelmeer.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day Two
Mary Scott-Jackson,
Cowes Week Day Two. Shortly after 10am the Laser SB3s started, heading east with the 60-strong fleet making a spectacular sight with their asymmetric spinnakers set. The remainder of classes again started heading west, giving a good beat for the first leg, in a much more solid wind for the start than the previous day's southerly.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 celebrated on Lake Geneva during Swiss National Day
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi 5, the America's Cup Defender's giant catamaran, was the star of the show on Lake Geneva for the 1 August Swiss National Day celebrations which started in Lausanne where the multihull was on public display along with the America's Cup and culminated in Geneva at the head of a parade of over 1,000 boats.... [more]
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Groupama 3 due to finish Transatlantic crossing
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Groupama 3 is set to cross the finish line of her transatlantic record attempt at around 1400 UT this Sunday. The Transatlantic reference time (4d 03h 57' 54') is set to be considerably improved upon this Sunday by Franck Cammas and his nine crew. However, it is likely that the new record will be awarded to Banque Populaire V which could cross the finish line around an hour before Groupama 3.... [more]
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Finland's Sari Multala wins 2009 World Laser Radial Womens title
John Parrish,
The conditions have been similar throughout the regatta and today was no exception. It has been tough but exhilarating sailing conditions with 15 to 18 knot NNE winds, choppy seas and a swell that increases during the day.... [more]
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Groupama 3 likely to break Transatlantic record
Frank Cammas- Groupama and Sail-World,
With building seas and easing winds, Groupama 3 is beginning her touchdown phase on the approach to the English coast at the end of this record attempt between New York and Lizard Point. The reference time to beat (4d 03h 57' 54') is still in the sights of Franck Cammas and his nine crew as their ETA is Sunday afternoon...... [more]
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World Youth Champion joins 18 footers
Frank Quealey,
17-year-old Jason Waterhouse, who won the Hobie 16 class Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Brazil earlier this month, is now preparing to sail an 18ft Skiff with the Australian 18 Footers League during the 2009-2010 season.... [more]
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Hobie Multi Europeans Day 1
Fritz-Rudiger Klocke,
Hobie Multi Europeans - Hobie 16 Women, Hobie 16 Masters/Grand Masters, EHCA Hobie 16 Open Spi Cup, Hobie Dragoon, Hobie 16 SPI Youth - day one. Two races were done in light southerly winds.... [more]
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420 World Championships, Lake Garda – Day 2 GBR and NZL lead
Miles Palmer/Sail-World.com,
Phil Sparks and Ben Gratton (GBR) lead the Open fleet. Second is the Italian pairing of Francesco Falcetelli and Gabriele Franciolini, with Antonios Tsimpoukelis and George Karonis (GRE) in third place. In the Ladies division New Zealander Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher lead the series wih a 5,3 result, while two Italian teams thold second and third .... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - finish of Leg One
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro. Yann Eliès (Generali) crossed the finish line at Coruna at 17:59 and 15 seconds (local time), today Saturday August 1st. This latest leg victory is Elies' fifth during his Figaro career (four wins between 2002 and 2004), and he now returns to the event after a two-year absence.... [more]
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2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Day 10
David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Day 10. After a day full of expectations, the two best freestylers in the world have held firm in Fuerteventura. The wind, once again, refused to blow enough to run a contest.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week - Day One
iShares Cup media,
Day 1 of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week firmly belongs to Pete Cumming and the crew of Oman Sail Masirah. Six races were held in total on day 1 of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week – the UK round marking the halfway point of the six-stage European circuit. The first two races were straightforward reaching upwind and downwind legs but as the wind veered west, the game changed dramatically.... [more]
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Cowes Week underway
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
2009 is set to be a classic year for the Cowes Week regatta, with strong support for the older classes. A weak but wide occluded front which moved over the Solent from 0900 onwards gave rain for competitors and spectators alike, while a shifty Force 3-4 forecast to veer erratically by 90 degrees over the day promised to be challenging for course setters and competitors.... [more]
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Australian Nicky Souter wins World Women's Match Racing 2009
Event Media/Sail-World.com,
The last day of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009 was full of surprises. The big sensation of the day was Australian Nicole Souter's impressive dominance.... [more]
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Biggest RYA Sailability Regatta to take place at Rutland
Emma Slater,
Some 60 boats and 80 sailors will be converging on Rutland Water over the weekend of 14-16 August to compete in the 3rd annual RYA Sailability Multi Class Regatta.... [more]
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Multala retains lead at Laser Radial Women World Championships
Event media,
Laser Radial Women World Championships and Karatsu in Japan turned on another fabulous sailing day with NNE winds of 12 - 16 knots. There were more oscillations today and good gains were made on the downwind legs. Racing was tense with the sailors pushing the start line... [more]
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UK Laser National Championships - Winners decided
UK Laser Class Association,
Two wins on the final day of the UK Laser National Championships were enough to give Jon Emmett (Weir Wood) the Radial Title. In the Laser 4.7 class Will Harris won his sixth race in the morning and couldn't be beaten overall.... [more]
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Transatlantic Battle of the supersonic trimarans
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Franck Cammas and his Groupama 3 crew are still within the reference time to beat her own Transatlantic record. The duel is well and truly on in the Atlantic Ocean: Groupama 3 and Banque Populaire V set out from New York on Wednesday evening and are on target to devour the 2,925 miles to the UK in under four days.... [more]
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New 24 hour record set by Banque Populaire V - 907 miles
Sail-World.com translation,
With 907 miles covered in 24 hours, maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V is the new holder of the record with an average speed of 37.79! The Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V has just acomplished an incredible performance; Pascal Bidégorry and his crew pulverize the record established by Groupama 3 in 2007 and have... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championship
RS:X media,
RS:X Youth World Championship: Day 5 Report - Friday, 31 July 2009. The wind peeked at 23 knots. Close to the limit for RS:X Youth Windsurf racing at World Championship level. All three races were full on. The first set of sequences kicking off in 15 -18 knots.... [more]
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Laser Radial Womens Worlds – Final Day will decide
John Parrish,
The 2009 Laser Radial Women World Championships are set for an enthralling last day to decide the new world champion. Karatsu in Japan turned on another fabulous sailing day with NNE winds of 12 – 16 knots. There were more oscillations today and good gains were made on the downwind legs. Racing was tense with the sailors pushing the start line to cause a general recall for each fleet in race... [more]
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Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]
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Groupama 3 breaks 24 hour distance record
Cammas/Groupama media,
Propelled along by a disturbed system coming across from Canada and heading towards Great Britain, Groupama 3 has benefited from some ideal conditions to break the 24 hour distance record.... [more]
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Contender World Championship win for Bonezzi
Sail-World.com,
Italian Andrea Bonezzi has won the 2009 Contender World Championship in Denmark. Australian Jono Neate from the Mornington Yacht Club was second, with Denmark's Jacob Lunding in third.... [more]
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iShares Cup Cowes - Three races, three winners on Practice day
iShares Cup media,
The UK Round of the iShares Cup could not get any closer! Tricky conditions in the light and shifty breeze, and some over-zealous starts, has not provided a clear form guide but a good shakedown for the Extreme 40 crews ahead of the serious business that starts tomorrow at 2.00pm.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro fleet facing gusty conditions
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
52 skippers are on their way from Lorient to Coruna on the first leg of La Solitaire du Figaro. Within hours of the start, in a respectable 10 knots or so of breeze, they were stalled in the forecast light and variable conditions, and for the single-handers that means only one thing – time spent on deck hand steering... [more]
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420 World Championship - GBR and NZ crews in the lead
Antonio Sueri,
International 420 Class World Championship, Riva del Garda, Italy. The Mens' 420 Class sailors ran three action-packed races today. A total of 206 crews have arrived at Riva for this important event: 122 for the Mens' 420 Championship and 84 for the Womens' 420 Championship.... [more]
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2009 Baltic Sprint Cup winners announced
Andreas Kling,
Uwe Lebens from Germany and his crew brought 'Scho-ka-kola' to First Home honours for the third and final time of the 2009 Baltic Sprint Cup. But the overall victory went to the Dutch team of Frans van der Heijden on 'Daikin Airco'.... [more]
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RS Feva Europeans Final Report
Bill Tucker,
Final report from the Allen RS Feva Europeans. First start was delayed due to the fierceness of the Peler and the committee decided on safety grounds to launch only the Gold to begin with to test the waters - boom boom.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World titles, quarter final blow out
Event media,
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009. Winds gusting to 50 knots prevented quarter finals being held. Tomorrow the semi finals start directly... [more]
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2009 Mirror World Championship Final Day
Justin Chisholm,
The UK weather has put paid to a spectacular final day showdown at the 2009 Mirror World Championship at Pwllheli Sailing Club in North Wales. Conditions on the racecourse were already pretty adverse when the competitors arrived at the regatta centre early this morning and the situation failed to improve as the day progressed.... [more]
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SailSim - worlds first dynamic sailing simulator for iPhone/iPod Touch
Jim Holland,
SailSim is a sail training application like no other. When used with the iPhone 3GS (with inbuilt fluxgate compass) it simulates how a dinghy operates in the real world. You physically turn the phone and see the sails, centreboard and speed very as they would in real life. You can set the wind direction, so the sim can be used outside with the iPhone reacting to the real wind!... [more]
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Groupama 3 back up to speed in Transatlantic record attempt
Cammas-Groupama media,
After slowing down last night Groupama 3 now has the pedal to the metal and is set to achieve her best day in this Transatlantic record attempt. Indeed Groupama 3 is back on track for Lizard Point with a favourable 30 knot SW'ly, which is set to increase to over 35 knots.... [more]
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Perham up the mast in 28 knots
PPL media and Mike Perham,
Three days after leaving Panama on the final stage of his quest to sail into the record books as the youngest solo circumnavigator, 17-year old Mike Perham has been forced to climb the mast of his 50ft yacht in 28 knots of wind.... [more]
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UK Laser National Championships at Paignton S.C.
UK Laser Association,
UK Laser National Championship on the penultimate day of racing the Standards managed two races in good conditions. The Radials started their final series with the fleet split into Gold, Silver and Bronze. In the Silver fleet the competition is even fierce with no clear leader.... [more]
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Gold and Silver racing underway at Laser Radial Worlds
John Parrish,
Karatsu, Japan turned on another great day of sailing for the first day of the Gold and Silver fleet racing in the World Laser Radial Women Championship. In the first race of the gold fleet, race 7, Evi van Acker rounded mark 1 first ahead of Annalise Murphy from Ireland. Sari Multala from Finland came from behind with some good downwind sailing to finish in first place... [more]
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Olympic hopeful, Mathew Mee to race at Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
British youngster, Mathew Mee and fellow British Olympic team hopefuls are planning to enter the 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta, held 28 November to 5 December 2009 at Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds Day Four
Murillo Novaes amended Sail-World.com,
Day 4 of the World Laser 4.7 Youth Championship was another day of light winds on the Brazilian ‘Sun Coast'. With fickle and weak winds from the east with speeds from four to six knots, the Race Committee managed two races and the favorites began to appear on the Manguinhos racecourse.... [more]
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420 Worlds Championships Day One
Sail-World.com,
The 420 World Men and Women's Championships are being sailed on Lake Garda in Italy. After three races have been sailed, Italy leads the Mens Fleet, while New Zealand the Women's.... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's World Championship Day Three
Event Media,
Japan turned on superb sailing conditions for Day 3 of the Laser Radial Women World Championships. Two races were sailed for each fleet in 12 to 15 knots and a constant NNE breeze. There were enough waves and swell for the better sailors to show their skills and stamina.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kornreich gives big tick to Alinghi on Engines
Richard Gladwell,
In the New York Surpeme Court, Justice Shirley Kornreich has released her decision which permits the use of engines to sheet sails and perform other sailing functions in the America's Cup. She has also called a hearing for 10 August (allowing six hours) to hear submissions on the question of BMW Oracle Racing being required to produce their Customs House Registry document 'as soon as possible' and... [more]
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RS Feva European Championships Day Four
Bill Tucker,
Day 4 Allen RS Feva European Championships and another weird one with very heavy haze in the middle part of race time. Over the very far side of the lake near the cliffs in the land of the hobgoblins a course was set. The wind was a fairly reasonable eight'ish knots - no wonder the kites were remaining packed but not too shabby.... [more]
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2009 Mirror World Championship Day Four - Four different winners
Justin Chisholm,
2009 Mirror World Championship day four and all those sailors who harboured serious aspirations of being crowned World Champion were painfully aware that today could be make or break. Today's four races produced four different winners.... [more]
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