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 30 Aug 2010
 


Groupama blasts to new record, Crash and Burn in SFO, RSX, TP52, Laser

Welcome to our latest Sail-World.com European newsletter.

From one extreme to the other. The RS:X World Championships are underway in Denmark and the Extreme 40s have just finished their event in Kiel. Yann Guichard and his crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild won with a race to spare.

The TP52s and the GP42s have just concluded racing in the Audi MedCup at Cartagena and Franck Cammas and his ten Groupama 70 crew have set a new Round Britain and Island Race record.

And at the IODA Team Racing Championship Turkey and Croatia battled for the title.

In overseas news the Laser World Championships are underway, the Etchells World title has gone to John Bertrand from Australia, the Finn Silver Cup was won in San Francisco while for the 18ft Skiffs it was crash and burn on San Francisco Bay (great images too).

Don't miss Gladwell's Line: 2014 America's Cup or the great gallery's of images from our various contributing photgraphers including Chris Ray, Erik Simonson, Ingrid Abery, George Bekris and many others.

We have so much more news, so we hope you can settle back and enjoy this week's offering.


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Hobie 16 Worlds - Final day of semi finals
Paul Pascoe,
The final day's racing in the semi-finals started with a wait for wind in the morning, with most people of the opinion that we were in for another day similar to yesterday with no wind all day. The wind picked up and two subsequent races were sailed in perfect 14 - 16 knots of steady breeze and flat water.... [more]
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Groupama sets new record for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Trish Jenkins,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 - Volvo Open 70, Groupama, crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron Line today at 11.26.55 (BST) to claim line honours and take both the race and course records.... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - Early lead to Poland
Dansk Sejlunion,
The class act of the day in the Blue fleet was Poland's Piotr Myszka, leading the Men's regatta overall having scored a 2-1 today. The Pole is followed by Zubari with Beijing Gold medallist Tom Ashley third after posting a 1-5.... [more]
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Laser Worlds 2010 - Practice race cancelled
Sail-World.com UK,
Strong winds disrupted the Laser Worlds at Hayling Island Sailing Club, near Portsmouth on Sunday.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - The German demonstration
Kate Jennings,
Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - The catamaran fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild took victory this Sunday 29th August in the third Grand Prix of the season, which has been contested in Kiel since last Thursday.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2010 - Bertrand is the new champion
Graham Smith,
Etchells World Championship 2010 - Australian sailing legend John Bertrand and his crew Andrew Palfry and Tom Slingsby wrapped up the title in some style at Howth today (Saturday 28th) with his fifth bullet in eight races and without even needing to sail the final race of the series.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race -Teléfonica Azul takes second
Trish Jenkins,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 - Volvo Open 70 Teléfonica Azul crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron Line to claim second place. Teléfonica Azul finished the race well inside the old record. They started the race like a bat out of hell, screaming down the Solent at over 25 knots, but a rigging problem meant that they were overtaken by Groupama and they never managed to catch them.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Day 4: Guichard secures victory at Kiel
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - Yann Guichard and his crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild have won the third round in Kiel with a race to spare – an unusual occurrence on this circuit that normally sees every event go to the wire in the final double points race. However, there was no stopping Guichard who took control of the German event yesterday.... [more]
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Int'l Europe Class Global Veteran Cup - Good wind at Lake Duemmer
Andy Greager,
Europe Dinghy Veterans fight it out in a total of six races; New Zealand Champion Antje Muller finishes fourth over all and second woman.... [more]
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Hobie 16 Worlds - Racing starts-stops in the first day of the finals
Paul Pascoe,
Hobie 16 World Championships - The first day of the finals being held in Weihai, China provided some great beach weather, but not as much great sailing weather as sailors would have preferred. The day started promisingly enough with the top 56 sailors for the event greeted with a solid 12 knot onshore breeze.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - A Kiwi reprise in Murcia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Emirates Team New Zealand's return to Cartagena proved something of a repeat performance as the Audi MedCup 2009 champions retained the overall Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy for the second year in a row on the same waters where they clinched the overall TP52 Series championships title last year.... [more]
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Laser World Championships 2010 - Slingsby bids for third world title
Lindsey Bell,
Laser World Championships 2010 - Australia's Tom Slingsby is hoping that he can extend his run of winning form which starts on Monday at Hayling Island Sailing Club on England's south coast.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland 2010 - First victory for Groupama
Kate Jennings,
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland 2010 - It was at 1126 hours BST on Sunday that Franck Cammas and his ten crew took victory off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. By covering the 1,802 miles in 5 days 21 hours and 26 minutes at an average speed of 12.74 knots, the French crew considerably improved on the best time over this course.... [more]
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Little America's Cup: Images from the final day
Christophe Launay,
Christophe Launay presents this gallery of images from the final day of the Little America's Cup sailed at Newport under the burgee of the New York Yacht Club. The Canadian Defender, Cannaan successfuly retained the trophy from Australia's James Spithill and Glenn Ashby.... [more]
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Optimist European Teams Racing Championship - Final two days reports
IODA,
As the Championship ended so did the good weather. League D sailors, race officials and volunteers all returned back to the club house amidst torrential rain. Finally the prizes awarded, the sailors said their fairwells to the new friends that they had made and the journey home began but not before they had thanked the club and its volunteers for their incredible hospitality.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 2014 America's Cup - the Backdrop to the Decisions
Richard Gladwell,
With revised America's Cup Protocol due out mid-next week, and the decision on the boat for the 34th America's Cup due a month later it seems that the arrangements for the 2014 regatta are slowly coming into focus. The Protocol itself is not a biggie. It is a living document, and will be amended and tweaked right up to the time that the America's Cup is sailed.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Artemis - Not a smooth day in Cartagena
Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch,
It was a long day in a strong breeze, so we are all a bit tired. In 18-23 knot East Northeasterlies, we raced a windward leeward race and followed that up with a two mile coastal race. Artemis had a good day with a 6, 2 although we did not sail smoothly and made plenty of mistakes.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Kiwis flying in the breeze to lead
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Back-to-back wins in today's rich diet of one windward-leeward race followed by an exciting 20 miles coastal race sees Emirates Team New Zealand seize the overall lead of the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta for the TP52 Series.... [more]
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Little America's Cup: C Class Cats - Canadians successful
New York Yacht Club,
Canadians Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, the defenders of the International C-Class Catamaran Trophy – sailed at the NYYC's Harbour Court -- won the first match race today with Canaan; they beat Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill on Alpha by about five minutes in light winds.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Consistency pays for Yann
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - It was a good day for Yann Guichard and his men on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild ending with a win in their match race against Loick Peyron. On a day of inconsistent weather, the French team performed consistently securing three second places, two third places and a first in the final fleet race on the penultimate day to steal a march on their rivals.... [more]
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IODA European TR Championship - Semi Finals, Finals, League D complete
OptiWorld News,
IODA European TR Championship - Those with expectations today for some of the most exciting and close team racing that the Optimist Europeans have ever seen, were not disappointed. The day began with Turkey sailing Croatia in first semi final. The wind was light but stable and conditions were excellent for a great day of racing.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2010 – John Bertrand has won the World Championships
Sail-World.com,
Etchells World Championship 2010 Howth Ireland. It's the final day, with two races to be sailed to decide the 2010 title.... [more]
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Open 470 European Championships preview
Luissa Smith,
Ninety-two teams from 25 nations are converging on Istanbul, Turkey. In the Men's/Mixed division, defending Europeans Champions from Croatia, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic are hotly tipped by many of their rivals as a good bet for gold in Istanbul.... [more]
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Switzerland's Aluette wins the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship
Victoria Crowder,
Aluette of Switzerland wins the prestigious 2010 8 Metre World title on Lake Ontario today. While Toronto's Raven wins the Sira Cup, in the classic division, and places sixth overall defeating two of her modern counterparts. Another beautiful day of racing on Lake Ontario for the 8 Metre fleet marks the end of the eight race series.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Taking full advantage
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The intention today at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta is to take full advantage and maximise the racing options for both GP42 Series and TP52 Series... [more]
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Images from Newport: Little America's Cup - the Flying C's
George Bekris,
Photographer George Bekris was on the water for the Little America's Cup being contested in Newport RI, and submitted this stunning image gallery of the racing.... [more]
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Optimist European Teams Racing Championship - League C complete
IODA,
Each team had just two more races to sail to complete Stage 1 and the pressure was on with many teams having crucial races to decide whether they advanced to the final eight (League C) or to League D. Italy, Spain and Germany all sailed well enough to join Turkey, France, Croatia, Poland and Ireland in League C.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - All ready in San Francisco
Robert Deaves,
The 2010 Finn Gold Cup is about to get underway in San Francisco. The focus is turning to the senior championship after the conclusion of the highly successful Junior Finn World Championship for the Silver Cup last Tuesday.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Clear Air wins again
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 – The Grand Prix handicap fleet winners at Hamilton Island tend to be the very well raced boat that happens to have a size/speed gap that gives it the cleanest air.... [more]
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Video Images from the 18ft skiffs in San Francisco - Day 1
Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us,
Erik Simonson presents a photo image video of all the action from the 18ft skiffs in San Francisco - Day 1... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Cayard reflects on Artemis' Day 3 Audi MedCup - Cartagena
Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch,
Artemis skipper, Paul Cayard (USA) reflects on Day 3 of the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain: A long day in the heat today. It was 44C (which is about 107F) 10 miles North of here today. We had a light seabreeze...enough to get three races in. It is 1930 and we are heading back to the hotel. The Brits on TeamOrigin are on fire so far here with all their finishes in the top three.... [more]
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Little America's Cup: All tied up after first day of match racing
New York Yacht Club,
The match-racing portion of the International C-Class Catamaran Championship began today between Canaan, sailed by the defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, of Canada, and Alpha, Glenn Ashby and James Spithill, of Australia.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ struggle in light and tricky day
ValenciaSailing.com,
ValenciaSailing was invited on Friday in Cartagena, for the third day of racing for the TP52 fleet. It was long, tricky and very hot. Emirates Team New Zealand struggled in the light winds in the first two races, finishing fifth and fourth, but managed to make an incredible comeback in the second beat of the last race to cross the finish line third.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2010 - Ingrid Abery's images day 5
Sail-World.com,
British photographer Ingrid Abery is on the water at the 2010 Howth Etchells Worlds and here is a selection of images from the second last day of the Championships.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta to Aussie crew
Rich Roberts,
On his first visit to San Francisco, Michael Coxon, overcame a stumbling entrance with five wins in the last eight races to hold off by one point another young Aussie, Herman Winning, who won three.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - TeamOrigin consistent
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TeamOrigin (GBR) stayed consistent across a testing day of racing over which the starts were always high pressure affairs, when the bulk of the TP52 fleet tussled for the favoured right hand side of the race track upwind.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - In hot pursuit
Louay Habib and Allie Smith,
At 13:00 BST, Iker Martinez's Teléfonica Azul were in hot pursuit of their prey, Franck Cammas' Groupama.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Skippers confirmed
ISAF,
The skipper line up for the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships is confirmed. Relative newcomer to the women's match racing circuit after making the transition from the Yngling, Renee Groeneveld (NED) will be making her Women's Worlds debut in 2010. Groeneveld won her first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta at Skandia Sail for Gold in 2009 and followed this with a win Palma this year,... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts - extended interview
Martin Tasker,
BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts talks with TVNZ's sailing reporter, Martin Tasker about how the US America's Cup Defender see the 34th America's Cup shaping up in a 21 minute interview recorded last Wednesday.... [more]
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Optimist European Teams Racing Championship - Reports to date
IODA,
The racing today will decide the teams who move forward to the final eight. Turkey, France, Croatia and Ireland seem to already have done enough but Italy, Spain, Poland, Great Britain and Norway are still in with a chance of a place but some will be disappointed.... [more]
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Audi MedCup - Confidence high
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
There seems to be no let up in the very hot, sunny weather which is prevailing across southern Europe just now and that can be quite oppressive, especially when the crews have to spend long hours waiting for the breeze.... [more]
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International C-Class Catamaran Championship - New leader
New York Yacht Club,
Canaan dominates today in International C-Class Catamaran Championship - The stars today were the Canadian defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, who won all three races, while Alpha, yesterday's leader, sailed by Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill, finished second in all three races. In point of fact, Canaan has won four straight races, winning the last one on Wednesday.... [more]
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International C Class Catamaran Championship - Aethon wing destroyed
Steve Clark,
International C Class Catamaran Championship - Aethon capsized - The team hit a patch of turbulence left by a freighter for which they were not prepared and were unable to react in time. Crew Oliver Moore lost his footing and was washed off the boat with the mainsheet wrapped around his leg.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Dale Lorimer images
Crosbie Lorimer,
While Crosbie Lorimer has been shooting the wider shots, Dale Lorimer has been concentrating on the crew work during Race Week. Here are some of her images from racing in all of the divisions during the week so far.... [more]
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Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2010
David Wells,
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2010 was a huge success... as usual! It blew doors. At 14:00 it looked like idyllic conditions of 80 degree 16-18 knot winds and blue skies. By the 17:30 starting gun the fog had overrun the sun, the wind had jumped to 25 knots and the three knot ebb tide had turned the San Francisco Bay in to a cauldron or mini mountains for the record breaking 57 competitors... [more]
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Classic 8 Metre boats show their speed today at the 8 Metre Worlds
Victoria Crowder,
A nice light five knot breeze on Lake Ontario marked the fourth day of the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship. This south easterly breeze allowed the classic boats to race head to head with their modern counterparts. Raven had another fabulous day with a 6, 6 finish in both the races. In the modern division the first race was won by Aluette of Switzerland.... [more]
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Grand Pavois – Amazing sailors and prestigious boats!
Véronique Largeau,
Grand Pavois will see some amazing sailors and prestigious boats this year. The Ecotroll The boat left Lyon to join Greenland in May to study the local fauna and flora. The team, composed of Eric Brossier (oceanography engineer and skipper of 'Vagabond') and his partner France Pinczon du Sel, will stop to La Rochelle on their way back to present the boat.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race – South African duo to take on the challenge
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race, entry update: The South African, double-handed team of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire are currently racing their four year-old Akilaria Class40 Phesheya-Racing (ex-Clarke Offshore Racing, ex-Atao Audio Systems) in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race with an additional two crew; the Austrian duo of Peter Artenberg and Markus Hofstaetter.... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Olympians and World Champions gather
RS:X Worlds,
Denmark next week hosts the RS:X World Championships, to be held in Kerteminde. At the end of year two of the Olympic cycle leading up to London 2012, so the top contenders in both the Men's and Women's RS:X classes are ramping up their campaigns and all, from past World Champions to five of the Beijing medalists will be taking to the water in Denmark.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour St. Moritz Match Cup - Defending Champ ready
WMRT,
Defending World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing team are looking to put their nearest rivals to the sword at the St. Moritz Match Cup next week as the business end of the Tour gets underway.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Crash and burn on San Francisco Bay
Rich Roberts,
Before the day was over the 18s' seventh race of the week would be cut short as boats flipped over like in a slapstick film, and then the ensuing Bridge to Bridge Race from the Golden Gate to the Oakland Bay suffered similar catastrophe.... [more]
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International C-Class Catamaran Championship - Ashby and Spithill lead
Michael Levitt,
The nor'easter departed New England today – more or less – and is off to ruin Canada for a couple of days. Wednesday's racing took place near Half Way Rock, north of the Pell Bridge, to minimize the remnants of the seas and breeze from the northeast.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series – Next stop... Kiel!
Into the Blue,
Extreme Sailing Series update: Just three weeks ago, Oman Sail, The Wave, Muscat won the UK round of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cowes, and are now joint leaders in the series, with Groupe Edmond De Rothschild, going into the next event in Kiel, Germany. Their team mates and reigning champions, Oman Sail Masirah, are currently tied in second place with Ecover.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit – A difficult opener for TP52s
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup season's fourth and penultimate regatta in Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy gets into action today with points racing for the TP52 Series and the official Practice Race for the GP42's.... [more]
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Youth Olympic Games Medals decided in Singapore
ISAF Media,
Eleven different nations won medals at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The Youth Olympic Games have been widely acclaimed as an outstanding success and Singapore have been wonderful hosts.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland record smashed by Oman Air Majan!
Into the Blue,
Round Britain and Ireland record has been impressively smashed. At 09:03:55 GMT today (24/08/10) skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA) on-board Oman Air Majan crossed the finish line off Lizard Point, Cornwall to smash the single handed Round Britain and Ireland record. The A100 trimaran broke the existing record held by Thomas Coville by a massive one day 15 hours 30 minutes and 44 seconds.... [more]
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