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 21 Nov 2011
 


Another giant sailing week around the World

Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's Europe newsletter.

Another giant sailing week around the World.


Sailing headlines have been dominated by the Volvo Ocean Race, Transat Jacques Vabre and the AC45's in San Diego USA.

And the RC44 World Championship has just commenced in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote and Perth 2011, the ISAF World Sailing Championship, is approaching fast.

Peninsula Petroleum - RC44 World Championship Puerto Calero 2011  Nico Martinez / RC 44 Class Association ©

Vibrec-Paprec 3 (Jean Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou) led the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet into Puerto Limon (Costa Rica) and crossed the finish line on Friday. They set a new record time from Le Havre to Puerto Limon for the monohulls beating the 2009 record by one hour and seven minutes, setting the mark at 15 days 18 hours and 54 seconds. Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson GBR and Spanish co-skipper Guillermo Altadill) crossed the line to take second place.

After leading early, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas) fell behind the Volvo Ocean Race fleet but is now clawing the miles after suffering in the Doldrums.

The America's Cup World Series in San Diego USA is underway with the Match Racing Championship just concluded. You can watch it online via Sail-World.com

Don't miss Bob Fisher's View on the ACVWS - well worth a read.

Stay tuned to www.Sail-World.com for all the latest news, views, videos and images from these events and more....

Good sailing.


Sail-World.com Team



Watch America's Cup World Series San Diego LIVE NOW!
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Catch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego Live now! Also features the full replays and highlights from the Match racing Finals of the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Mirabaud eighth
MaxComm Communication,
Dominique Wavre and Michele Paret, co-skippers of the IMOCA Mirabaud, crossed the Transat Jacques Vabre finish line this morning at 03:39:26. They finished eighth in class out of thirteen yachts that started on the 2 November in Le Havre, France.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Franck Cammas and crew on the chase
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 are currently 2,800 miles from the finish line of leg one in Cape Town, trailing the leaders by 419.90 nm at the 1600 UTC position report today. Franck Cammas and his crew have had a whole new 'slant' on things since leaving the Doldrums. Indeed, heeled over, sailing beam onto easterly tradewinds of around a dozen knots.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Seventh edition toughest for Golding
Gamesa Sailing Team,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Gamesa co-skippers, Golding and Dubois, completed the double handed race from Le Havre to Puerto Limon in ninth place. With the fleet of 13 Open 60s reduced to nine by a succession of storms which battered the fleet with boat breaking conditions during the first week of the race, Golding completed his record seven finishes from seven consecutive editions since 1999... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leaders prepare for heavy weather
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leaders Team Telefónica were making final preparations for the heavy weather that lies ahead as the fleet charges into the third week of racing in leg one. Two days after Telefónica snatched the lead from Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, the crew led by Spanish Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez commanded a narrow 29 nautical mile lead over their rivals on Sunday.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht - Fierce battle for podiums
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht - 'The sense of achievement in fulfilling such a lifelong goal is amazing and at the moment I wouldn't want to be anywhere else,' New Zealander and Gold Coast Australia crew member, Fred Tooley said as his team continued the charge for the finish of race five with a commanding lead.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego - Energy Team second
Pierre Giboire,
San Diego Match Racing Championships - Energy Team were defeated 2-0, which saw them up against the American defender Oracle led by James Spithill. The French team therefore ends up in second place.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre Multi winner Actual
Hélène Tzara,
Actual, the Multi 50 of Yves Le Blevec and Samuel Manuard, crossed the finish line to win the Multi class of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The Actual duo were smart in their choice to dive south early, seeking to miss the worst of big low pressure system and were also able to slide across the high pressure ridge which proved problematic for the IMOCA Open 60's.... [more]
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ACWS San Diego Match Racing images of Artemis Racing
Sander van der Borch images,
Artemis Racing finished fourth in the America's Cup San Diego Match Racing series. Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing took these images of today's action.... [more]
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Oracle Racing Spithill want ACWS San Diego double
Tim Jeffrey,
Oracle Racing Spithill, led by skipper Jimmy Spithill of Australia, has won its second match racing championship. San Diego marks the third event of the America's Cup World Series. Oracle Racing Spithill won the first match racing championship in Cascais, Portugal, in August and placed fifth at the second event in September at Plymouth, U.K.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ still leads America's Cup World Series pointscore
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has retained its lead in the America's Cup World Series match racing championship. After three regattas, Dean Barker, Winston Macfarlane, James Dagg, Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby, with 27 points, have a one-point lead over Oracle 4 (James Spithill).... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego Match Racing - Oracle Racing Spithill 2-0
Stephanie Martin,
The Oracle Racing Spithill crew swept across the finish line ahead of Energy Team to a 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon... [more]
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Fisher's View: Match Racing decided in America's Cup World Series
Bob Fisher,
There was a lot of money being placed in the morning on the Energy Team from France as it had shown great speed in the fleet racing. Only the known potential of Jimmy Spithill as a match racer would stand in the way of the French multihull specialists. And so it was to prove – that little extra expertise in the close combat arena was the defining talent to give the America's Cup defenders the Sa... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 World Speed Sailing record attempt - Day 1
Paul Larsen,
Here we are, direct from the first day of our first world record attempt with Vestas Sailrocket 2. Whilst most casual viewers will just look at the final speeds, so much of the big problem is making a boat that can be handled safely in every other situation that will allow it to get into its ideal operating environment.... [more]
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ACWS San Diego - All in the starts for Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
'It was all in the start and there weren't many passing lanes after that,' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing... [more]
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RC44 World Championship battle is on + video
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 World Championship in Puerto Calero, the battle continues to rage on in the fight to see who will be crowned with the 2011 title. With first and second in addition to third and fourth both tied on points, it is – to use a well coined phrase -too close to call.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia extends lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has emerged from 24 hours in Stealth Mode with an extended lead as the team prepares to face strong headwinds en route to the finish of race five. Skipper Richard Hewson reports that the Gold Coast Australia team has experienced wildly varying wind conditions... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Safran crosses the finish line
Soazig Guého,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Safran skipper Marc Guillemot and co-skipper Yann Eliès arrived in Costa Rica this morning, Saturday 19th November, crossing the finishing line in sixth place at 09h 27mins and 52 secs GMT (1027 CET). Their race time was 16 days, 19 hours, 27 minutes and 52 seconds. Average speed on the theoretical route was 11.72 knots. Marc Guillemot and Yann Eliès judge this result.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego: Artemis in the Semi Finals
Sander van der Borch,
America's Cup World Series San Diego day two images of Artemis Racing from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego Photo gallery by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
America's Cup World Series 2011 San Diego - Light winds, some fog and overcast condtions for fleet and match-race eliminations on Thursday and Friday in San Diego. A photo gallery by Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Fisher's View: 'Isn't that a dainty dish to set before the King?'
Bob Fisher,
With owner Larry Ellison in the sixth-man seat aboard Oracle Racing 4, Jimmy Spithill and his crew turned on a strident performance to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in two straight races to go into the final of the ACWS Match Racing Championship. It wasn't totally one-way traffic, but Spithill's match racing ability provided him with an edge that Dean Barker did not seem able to match.... [more]
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Hugo Boss takes second place in Transat Jacques Vabre
Hélène Tzara,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre at 23hrs 20 mins 0 secs UTC, 17hrs 20 mins 00secs local time on Friday evening, Alex Thompson (GBR) and Guillermo Altadill (ESP) sailed Hugo Boss across the finish line in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica to complete the 10th edition of the race in second place in the IMOCA Open 60 Class.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Artemis Racing defeated in San Diego
Artemis Racing,
At the America's Cup World Series in San Diego, Artemis Racing lined up against France's Energy Team for the semi-finals of the Match Racing Championship. The first of the teams to achieve two victories would be the one to advance to the Finals against Oracle Racing Spithill tomorrow.... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego images from Darrall Slater
Darrall Slater,
Photographer Darrall Slater shares with us images from Wednesday's action in San Diego at the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Nico keeps faith while others lose hair + Video
Lucy Harwood,
The Volvo Ocean Race is currently underway and for the Camper crew who have now been at sea for thirteen days, they find themselves some one-hundred and fifty miles behind the leaders. But fortunes can quickly turn around in offshore sailing – just ask Groupama.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Lasers – all Bent out of Shape
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Its just two weeks to Perth 2011, the largest fleet (in combination), the Laser Radial and Laser Standard will be sailing their 2011 World Championships and there is significant equipment issue looming.... [more]
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RC44 World Championships - Artemis on form
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 World Championships in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote it was a frustrating day for the crews but, Torbjorn Tornqvist, Morgan Larson and the Artemis Racing Team (SWE) managed to dominate in the only race of the day. It wasn't so much lack of wind, although it wasn't in abundance today, but the 180 degree shifts that delayed racing for two hours.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Match Racing Day 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the second day of Match Racing at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Fleet Racing Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the first day of Fleet Racing at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America's Cup World Series San Diego day two images of Artemis Racing from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 starts world record period
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket 2, the radical speed sailing craft, started its first 28 day world record period today, 18th November 2011. It is aiming to break the outright world speed sailing record which involves setting the best average time over a 500 meter course.... [more]
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Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2011 – welcome aboard
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It's Raja Muda time again: Asia's unique regatta that combines passage races up the west coast of Malaysia from Port Klang to Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi, with inshore racing in Penang and Langkawi. Along the way, there's breakfast with the hornbills at the quaintly scenic Seaview Resort at Pangkor, rickshaw racing at Straits Quay... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: First day of the match racing
Bob Fisher,
It was a Grade A grey day in San Diego Bay to decide which of the six teams should join the three pre-selected semi-finalists in the match racing championship. Despite the fading breeze there was plenty of exciting matches to watch and the last of the five matches was described by the winning helmsman, Terry Hutchinson, as 'a f***king legendary race.'... [more]
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METS: Cool Toys Galore!
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
When it comes to sailing gear, there is no cooler place to drool than the annual METS tradeshow, held each year in Mid-November in Amsterdam. While the nightlife is legendary, the show itself is offers are rare glimpse at brand-new gear that won't be in full circulation until next year, as well as European kit that won't necessarily make it's way to the States.... [more]
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