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 26 Oct 2010
 


Route du Rhum latest, Velux 5 Oceans and more sailing news

Welcome to Sail-World.com's Europe newsletter.

A lot happening with the Route du Rhum start approaching, familiar names entering the Global Ocean Race, not to mention the Velux 5 Oceans race and the Rolex Middle Sea race both being underway.

We have the latest on the America's Cup - be sure to read Richard Gladwell's exclusive interview with Iain Murray. And don't forget to have your say about multihulls and monohulls in the AC and enter the draw to win one of six Musto snugs.

There are eight new crews on the Longtze European Circuit, the RS:X Youth Worlds are about to begin and 17 skippers have entered the Mini Barcelona.

Of course there is more news, so we hope you enjoy our latest edition.

Have a great week.


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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Line honours to Esimit Europa 2
KPMS,
Esimit led from the race start in Grand Harbour and managed to keep putting distance on Leopard until some 25 miles from the Strait of Messina where the maxi stopped in a big hole and their speed dropped away to zero.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry process opens on 1 November
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more]
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La Route du Rhum - A solo chance for Sidney Gavignet
Gaia Coretti,
La Route du Rhum - For round the world sailors life has a habit of turning full circles. And so it is a slightly bemused, but nonetheless fully primed and prepared Sidney Gavignet who is ready to set off on his first Route du Rhum in the Ultime class on the 100 foot Oman Air Majan.... [more]
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Jeonnam-Jeju International Yacht Race 2010
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Decision-making appears to be strictly make-it-up-as-you-go-along. ‘It has been decided' and ‘it has been changed' are almost catch-phrases here, and such decisions as there are appear to be made with more consideration for political positioning than any desire to organise good racing for the sailors. The usual procedure of running a regatta according to a set of Sailing Instructions does not seem... [more]
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Notification of World Match Racing Tour host venue bidding process
WMRT,
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), sailing's premier global match racing tour, has opened the bidding process for cities, regions and countries from around the globe to enter the race for the right to host a stage of sailing's leading world series.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie ‘determined' to take fourth Olympic Gold
Helen William,
Ben Ainslie does not think he is the hot pick, at the moment, to qualify for Britain's sole spot in the Finn for the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – First arrival imminent
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race, October 25th update: Esimit Europa 2 enjoyed their downwind romp around Lampedusa, rounding at 12.40, with ICAP Leopard rounding just less than two hours behind. With the finish line looming only 25 miles distant, barring any breakdowns, Esimit should have a lock on line honours.... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race – The Norman authorities commit to 2011 edition
Kate Jennings,
The press conference to launch the Normandy Channel Race 2011 took place today in Lower-Normandy's Regional Council in Caen.... [more]
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Six new Women's Match Racing National Champions confirmed
Event Media/WIMRA/ISAF,
It's been a busy month for on the women's match racing circuit with six new National Champions crowned. Denmark, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland and Italy have all completed their 2010 national championship - a short wrap up of each follows.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chaos onboard - latest news from Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
Blogpost from CSM- The bowsprit tack fitting which holds the forward lower corner of the spinnaker to the boat broke late last night and the ensuing chaos saw my Code 5 kite ripped in two, the boat crash gybed and six long hours of back breaking work putting it all right. The precursor to the night's main event was a crack and the sound of a very unhappy kite flogging.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - In tact for another year
KPMS,
Nearly 48 hours into the Rolex Middle Sea Race, and it's clear that the record set in 2007 by George David's Rambler – 47h, 55m, 3s – will remain intact for at least another year. The current race leader, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), passed Pantelleria at 06.00 this morning, currently nearing Lampedusa.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leader racing in Sunseeker Australia Cup
John Roberson,
Some of the world's best sailors are coming to Perth in November for the Sunseeker Australia Cup, and the action in this gladiatorial match racing event will be on Perth Water, where just about every office in the CBD has a grandstand seat.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Tanguy de Lamotte enters
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - The French Class40 professional skipper, Tanguy de Lamotte, has officially announced he will be competing in the double-handed, Class40 round the world race, the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) bringing the total number of entries to 16 teams.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championship 2010
RS:X Class,
RS:X Youth World Championship 2010 - 114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - A champions' colours but a different class
Route du Rhum,
Route du Rhum - Back in St Malo in a different, new configuration, lengthened to be competitive in the new Ultime category, Gitana XI is ready for the 'off'.... [more]
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Route du Rhum La Banque Postale - One week until the start
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - One week to go to the start of the ninth edition of the legendary Route du Rhum-La Banque Populaire and Saint Malo turns out in her Sunday best for the huge crowds who visited to enjoy their day around the pontoons, getting up close and personal with the skippers and their boats of the record 86 strong entry, now primed and ready to go when the start gun next Sunday at 1302hrs.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Over the top of Sicily
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - With Esimit Europa 2 halfway down the track to Favignana and Maretimo, at around 13.30 ICAP Leopard made a bold move, heating up about 45 degrees off the rhumb line to avoid a windless area, and in a bid for speed. Alegre and the following pack of a dozen or so 50-footers are now around Stromboli.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Back with hopes of a defence
Route du Rhum,
Route du Rhum - Last time, from a very competitive IMOCA Open 60 fleet, it was Roland Jourdain who won the big monohull class. He has a boat which is new to him for this race, a new Veolia Environnement.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Imagery
Sail-World and Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Imagery... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Mick Scully Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Press and his crew sailed consistently throughout the race in a southerly wind which varied between 10-18 knots. There was plenty of drama at the mark with at least three skiffs capsizing. Next Sunday will be the first big test for the fleet when the Australian 18 Footers League stages Race 1 of its Club Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2010 - RS:X youth gathering
RS:X Class,
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2010 - 114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.... [more]
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Route du Rhum La Banque Postale 2010 - Pete Goss returns
Gaia Coretti,
La Route du Rhum - Arriving in Saint Malo Friday, Pete Goss is back in the world of solo ocean racing after a 13 year absence.... [more]
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America's Cup Questionnaire: Checking in at the 1,000 response mark
Richard Gladwell,
With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. Here we take another look at the responses, now there are 1,000 submitted, and the margin of error is much less than when we had the first 200 responses.... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray on the Challenger Meeting
Richard Gladwell,
With the Regatta Management and Event Management sides of the 34th America's Cup, briefing the Challengers group, Regatta Director, Iain Murray (AUS) believes most would have come away well informed. 'It was the start of the Event. I think they got more than they were expecting and they were appreciative of our candor and being up front, and our desire to tell them what we know', he told Sail-Worl... [more]
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New Zealand marine industry set to boom with aggressive plan for 2015
Richard Gladwell,
The worldwide recession would seem to be at an end for the New Zealand superyacht construction industry. At a meeting of the NZ Marine Industry today at Westhaven, Executive Director reported that in the 14 months to September last year, New Zealand boatbuilders had not received a single order, creating real angst in the industry.... [more]
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