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Lost Cup rig 'only missed two or three days of sailing in its life'
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle racing blogmeister, Peter Rusch, reports on the morning after the America's Cup Challenger dropped her mast off San Diego, yesterday, while sea trialling the 110ft trimaran, which had just been the subject of a five week modification program. He spoke with BMW Oracle racing designer Ian 'Fresh' Burns (AUS)... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference begins in Busan
ISAF,
Starting today, sailing goes under the spotlight in Busan, Korea as the ISAF Annual Conference takes place from 5-15 November.... [more]
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Busan Cup win to Lucy Macgregor and team
Lindsey Bell - RYA,
Busan Cup - Lucy Macgregor and her team clinch the ISAF Grade 1 Busan Cup Women's International Match Race title in Korea on Wednesday. Macgregor's team got their regatta off to a flying start, notching up straight wins in all of their round-robin matches... [more]
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Enterprise November Plate at Southport - A blowout!
Enterprise Association UK,
November plate at Southport - Force 11 gusts hit fleet at Southport. 15 boats arrived, some decided not to sail as the by the start the SE wind was blowing a steady 28mph with gusts of 35mph.... [more]
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Terse response from Golden Gate to latest America's Cup decision
Richard Gladwell,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club has issued a tersely worded response to the latest decision from the New York Supreme Court in response to a motion from the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. Unhappy with the Decision from the Supreme Court, last Friday, declaring that the chosen venue of Ras al-Khaimah was not in compliance with the Deed of Gift, or a subsequent order of the Supreme Court,... [more]
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2.4mR World Championships update
Sail-World.com,
2.4mR World Championships 2009 racing is underway at the Edison Sailing Center, Fort Myers, Florida.... [more]
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Mike Perham documentary screening
PPL media,
Mike Perham - 'The schoolboy who sailed the world' is one of Channel 4's Cutting Edge series of programmes and airs at 9pm on Thursday 5th November. He set off alone from Gunwharf Quay in November 2008 aboard the Open 50 yacht TotallyMoney.com filming his bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama switches to Code Green
Vincent Borde,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama is announcing the switch to code green for the attempt. On stand-by in Brest since 1st November, will set off on Thursday 5th November on her bid to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy, a round the world record attempt under sail.... [more]
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Dee Caffari wins Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration
Jo Uffendell,
Record breaking solo round the world yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, was delighted to accept the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration yesterday when she attended the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards lunch... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World - Fleet speeds towards Cape Town
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Skipper Brendan Hall and his team on Spirit of Australia are enjoying the fast reaching conditions. 'We are tracking across the top of a Southern Ocean low pressure system and experiencing some amazing sailing,' he says. 'It's fast and furious out here.... [more]
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BMW Oracle dismasting - Video report from San Diego
Jenifer Musa, Fox-5, San Diego,
Fox5's Jennifer Musa reports on the dismasting of BMW Oracle Racing, including video footage of the 100ft trimaran sailing and close ups of the damage incurred. 'The 200-foot mast on the monster trimaran that will represent the United States in the America's Cup came crashing down during a sail on the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, snapping in two as it hit the rear beam.... [more]
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Expert Jurists to skip America's Cup Hearing
Richard Gladwell,
The Expert Jurists advising the New York Supreme Court on the Five Questions posed by Justice Shirley Korneich in her decision of last Friday, will not now attend the the Court Hearing scheduled for Friday morning. Instead the panel will meet on Saturday morning and will consider their responses, and will advise the Court directly. After receiving that advice Justice Shirley Kornreich will deci... [more]
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Solo Open at Bewl Valley SC - Southern Quaich Series
Richard Greenwood,
Solo Class Open Southern Quaich Series. On Saturday 31st October the last open event for the year in the south was held at Bewl Valley SC. 31 entrants made up of 18 visitors, from as far as Salcombe and South Cerney, and 13 home members took part in a 3 race competition for the trophy with the racing sponsored by Start-Line .... [more]
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OC Events launch two new professional events in Arabian Gulf - Asia
OC Event Media - Sail-World,
The growth of competitive sailing in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean has today taken a further step forward as the sailing events company, OC Events (Asia), launches two new premier racing circuits, the Tour of Arabia and the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race... [more]
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America's Cup challenger BOR90 dismasting - pictures and news updates
Sail-World,
Earlier today BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft multihull was dismasted while sea trailling off San Diego. The first pictures are coming through and will be updated on this this image sequence.... [more]
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RYA teams up with Garmin for great member offers
RYA News,
Every three months a selection of Garmin products will be available to RYA members from Sat Nav systems to VHF radios, providing savings of up to 25% off RRP (Recommended Retail Price).... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Perseverance pays off
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Despite chasing hard, both Uniquely Singapore and Cork were unable to catch Hull & Humber before the gate, crossing at 0819 and 0911GMT respectively to take the final points. Failing to make the gate in time, but more determined than ever to score a hat trick by taking a third consecutive victory in Clipper 09-10, is Team Finland.... [more]
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Sail-World.com now on Twitter
TetraMedia,
A few minutes ago this message went out via the ether - SailWorld News Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego http://sail-world.com/62892 Immediate Sailing News just became even more so as Sail-World.com, the largest online marine network has just begun its Twitter service... [more]
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J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2010 - Early start
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2010 - it's up with the lark and a sunrise start for Britain's favourite yacht race. The 2010 edition of this most iconic of sailing events will definitely appeal to the early risers.... [more]
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Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego
Sail-World,
BMW Oracle Racing have just advised that their 90ft trimaran has dropped her rig while trialling off San Diego. The statement from the team says that no-one as hurt in the incident and all crew are safe. The incident happened four hours ago Support craft were with the race boat at the time and are currently working to salvage the rig and get the boat back to shore.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Its a wrap
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship wrap report. Fifty-one entries from across Europe and the US, with teams from the USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Ukraine congregating in Annapolis. In the main eleven-race Championship series, it was Annapolis resident Chris Larson who eventually overcame the strength of the European squad, to claim the 2009 Melge... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta - TeamOrigin announce sailing line-up
Henry Foster,
TeamOrigin announced today the sailing team line-up for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Nice, Côte d'Azur which commences at the weekend. The team includes eight sailors from Great Britain, four from New Zealand, three from Australia, and one each from France, Denmark and Poland.... [more]
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French sailing icons make long term commitment to the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Groupama Insurance Group confirmed today that it will enter the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race with its long term French skipper, Franck Cammas, a commitment that will last until 2015. The chosen designer for Groupama's new boat is Argentinean Juan Kouyoumdjian, the designer of the winning boats in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Justice Shirley's America's Cup questions answered
Richard Gladwell,
On Friday 6 November at 0930hrs the New York Supreme Court will reconvene once again to hear submissions from lawyers representing the America's Cup Defender and Challenger. But centre stage will be three expert Jurors appointed following Justice Shirley Kornreich's remarkable decision of just a week ago. Here we look at the questions and the likely answers...... [more]
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Images of San Diego: The Big Bird flies + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget provided this gallery of images from BOR90's latest test sail off San Diego. Make sure you catch the incredible video at the bottom of the gallery... [more]
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2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - one week to go
ISAF,
2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be announced on Tuesday, 10 November, Busan, Korea. This year four female and six male nominees have been shortlisted for the Award, based on their achievements during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009.... [more]
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Clipper 09- 10: Battle to the scoring gate
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Having reaped the rewards of their tactical decision to head south from the outset, Hull & Humber is now fighting to hold on to their narrow lead as the fleet approaches the Race 3 scoring gate.... [more]
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29er EUROCUP - 29erXX Bronze to GBR pair
Antonio Sueri,
29er EUROCUP - reports. On the water, thirty-one 29er crews represented seven nation-states (GER, CRO, ITA, NOR, SWE, AUT, SUI); nine 29erXX representing four nation-states (GBR, GER, ITA, FIN).... [more]
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29er EUROCUP images
Sail-World.com and Gianni Tomazzoni,
Photographer Gianni Tomazzoni presents these images from the 29er EUROCUP which has just concluded at the Fraglia Vela Riva on Lake Garda in Italy.... [more]
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Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2009
International Maxi Association,
In three weeks time, on Monday Nov. 23rd, the starting signal for the Transatlantic Maxi Cup, will be fired in Tenerife (Canary Islands) and five maxi yachts will race each other down the Atlantic.... [more]
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Swiss to appeal decision on Ras Al Khaimah for 33rd America's Cup
Alinghi Media,
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), is to appeal New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich's decision of 30 October rejecting Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup. SNG has applied for an expedited appeal to avoid any delay to the February 2010 Deed of Gift Match.... [more]
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North Sails Golf Day raises £7,300 for John Merricks Sailing Trust
Suzy Hamel,
John ‘Jonny' Merricks, the 1996 Olympic 470 Silver Medallist, worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, organised as it is today with the help of the Seahorse Golf Society, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John's name, following his untimely death. Since its inception 13 years ago the Golf Day has raised over £130,000.... [more]
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Firefly Inland Championships Chew Valley SC - report and results
Chris Guy,
Firefly Inland Championships - an amazing 44 boats turn up at Chew Valley Sailing club for the closing event of the Firefly calendar... [more]
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Lüderitz Speed Challenge - Day one to Caizergues
Lüderitz Speed Challenge,
November 1st was the first official racing day of the 2009 Lüderitz Speed Challenge. Most riders were using their larger kites (10 to 11m2), but still managed to get well over 40 knots (which was a major achievement in perfect conditions only a few short years ago). Alex Caizergues, Rob Douglas and Christophe Prin Guenon led the field with 43.11, 42.92 and 42.10kt respectively.... [more]
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RS400 Inlands to Craig and Stewart - report and results
Pete Vincent,
Gul RS400 Inlands at Queen Mary SC on Oct 24/25 - a fleet of 51 boats, the largest RS400 fleet for an inland championships for many a year, enjoyed some very fine racing in what can only be described as testing conditions on Sunday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Book Launch
Lizzie Green,
Spanish Castle to White Night, an award-winning story by Mark Chisnell launched. Eighty-eight men set off from beneath the ramparts of Alicante's Castle of Santa Bárbara, but only 36 would journey the full 37,000 miles to finish in the White Nights of St Petersburg. Japan's Black Tide, brutal weather, injuries, and even the credit crunch all took their toll.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - South African team's victory
Andy Robertson,
China Cup International Regatta - Peak windspeed today was a muscular 26 knots but most of the time it was a settled 21-22, to produce some blissful racing conditions, imprinting great memories for the crews of the 30 First 40.7 Beneteau One Design fleets from 13 different countries and regions.... [more]
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New Zealander nominated as expert Juror America's Cup hearing
Alinghi Media and Richard Gladwell,
Société Nautique de Genève has nominated Graham McKenzie (NZL) as an expert witness for the New York Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday 4 November. McKenzie was a member of the 32nd America's Cup Jury and has sailed both competitively and for leisure in New Zealand on a wide range of yachts. McKenzie was a member of the 32nd America's Cup Jury and has sailed both competitively and for leisure... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson ready
Kelly Russell,
On Sunday 8 November, British sailing duo Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson will start in the ninth edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Costa Rica, onboard the Open 60 racing yacht Aviva.... [more]
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2010 International Team access at Weymouth - WPNSA
Cailah Leask,
2010 International Team access at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. With just under 1000 days to go to the start of the Games, mapping training programmes and booking venues is an important element to campaigns.... [more]
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2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Fleet of 116 yachts nominate
Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
In 2004 116 yachts sailed south for the 60th anniversary edition and prior to that 115 made it to the start line in 1998. It's likely that this year's fleet will finish up the second largest in more than a decade.... [more]
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WMRT: Tour heads to Perth for Sunseeker Cup prior to Monsoon Cup
World Match Racing Tour News,
With final Tour positioning and considerable prize money at stake, skippers are keen to fine tune their crew skills and experience at the Sunseeker Australia Cup just one week prior to the final round of the Tour being the Monsoon Cup held in Malaysia. All racing will be on Foundation 36 One Design yachts, the same design for the final showdown in Malaysia.... [more]
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China Cup International Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi
Sail-World.com,
Carlo Borlenghi, world renowned photographer is in Shenzhen at the China Cup International Regatta and presents this gallery of images from day 3 of the event.... [more]
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Liverpool Yacht Club Early Autumn Series
Richard Baldwin and Andy Farrell,
Liverpool Yacht Club - Early Autumn Series reports. Saturday. Cold winds, rain, poor visibility, difficult seas! The brave and foolhardy mariners of Liverpool Yacht Club turned out anyway. Sunday. Class 1 was led by the two evenly matched Prima 38's of Another Nods and Mighty Max whom as always tactically match raced each other around the course.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta – Whiskey Jack, giant-killer
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Star of the show all day was Nick Southward's J/109 Whiskey Jack, scoring 1-1-2 in IRC B, and leading the combined A and B fleets over the line in the second race of the day... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - The South pays for Hull & Humber
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. Day 6. This isn't the kind of race where the team with the biggest budget does best - the boats are identical, all of them have the same kit, the same sail wardrobe, the same budget and the rules are there to ensure that the racing is as fair as it can be.... [more]
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Legal decision brings America's Cup feud closer to resolution
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
Stuart Alexander writes optimistically in The Independent of the latest moves to resolve the long running America's Cup dispute and has a critical look at the role the International Sailing Federation has played in the affair: 'By thinking outside the courtroom box and doing something which ISAF felt it could not do, Judge Kornreich may have found a way of taking an axe to the Gordian knot... [more]
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