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 01 Feb 2012
 


Gold in Miami, ISAF World Cup standings and more sailing news

Welcome to this edition of our UK newsletter..

The Miami (USA) event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup has just concluded and the ISAF World Cup standings are of interest in this Olympic year.


The Miami event was successful with eight medals being won by Team GBR members. Gold went to Paul Goodison (Laser) and Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor (Womens Match Racing).

Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor (Women's Match Racing) - Miami OCR 2012  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

Paul Goodison (GBR) took home the gold medal in Lasers - Miami OCR 2012  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The next chapter of the Ben Ainslie story is due to unfold at the end of next month when an RYA inquiry will take place. The outcome could cost Ainslie his chance at his fourth Olympic Gold.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are heading to Sanya, China, while the Class40s contesting the Global Ocean Race are now on their way to Uruguay.

We have lots more local and international news and views from around the sailing world, including the latest on the America's Cup, with the launch of two AC72s in Auckland

Stay up to date with www.sail-world.com.

Have a great week.


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America's Cup: Plenty of questions surface after Competitors' Forum
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray revealed after the Competitors Forum that changes were under consideration for the America's Cup including a change to a point for the day system, rather than per race; shorter courses of just 30 minutes; and possibly a place for the AC45's in the America's Cup regatta; plus the physical demands expected of the sailors and how that was shaping racing formats.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Danger not over yet + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica navigator Andrew Cape couldn't hide his relief at being clear of the Malacca Strait – but said the danger is not over yet.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Keeping it tight
Oliver Dewar,
The first three boats Global Ocean Race Class40s are keeping close formation as they run off the wind in 30 knots of breeze in the Roaring Forties, leaving Chatham Island to port.... [more]
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Local sailor wins Europe Dinghy Global Veteran Cup in Bay of Islands
Andy Greager,
Bringing the Global Veteran Cup to New Zealand has renewed local interest in the International Europe Dinghy Class which since its days as Olympic single-handed dinghy for women has been sailed mostly on the South Island. The First Global Veteran Cup that was held outside Europe attracted a mixed fleet of 17 Veterans representing four countries and three continents. As usual, the hosting team was... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italian crew notch another two wins
Kristine Lederis,
Four days of racing have now been completed at the 470 Junior World Championships at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore, and two more days of full racing remain before Friday's medal races for the top ten boats in each fleet. The Italian duo of Simon Sivitz Kosuta and Jas Farneti are leaps and bounds ahead in the Men's fleet, winning every race except the very first. The pair of t... [more]
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Alarm and anger grow as LightSquared threatens USA GPS system
Nancy Knudsen,
GPS-enabled devices could be compromised if a plan to expand the United States' broadband system goes forward, yet the company that proposes to build a broadband cell-phone communications network it calls LightSquared, 4G-LTE wireless broadband, seems to be as yet completely undaunted by marine industry concern that the vital GPS system is under threat... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Standings taking shape after opening events
ISAF,
Standings for the 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup are beginning to take shape after Sail Melbourne and US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR, the opening two regattas of the seven series World Cup. China's Lijia Xu has had the perfect start to her World Cup campaign winning Laser Radial gold at Sail Melbourne and the Rolex Miami OCR.... [more]
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Swiss Olympic team training - Video by Juerg Kaufmann
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international sailing photographer Juerg Kaufmann compiled this stunning video of the Swiss Olympic Sailing team during their training sessions, ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Known for his varied approach to all forms of visual media, this video combines some spectacular images together with stunning video and still image techniques. Not to be missed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica and Groupama 4 scrapping along the Strait
Volvo Ocean Race,
After a night of close-quarter scrapping for the lead, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Groupama 4 were by 1000 UTC today just five more hours from passing Horsburgh Lighthouse and exiting the stressful Singapore Strait.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 - Upwind battle
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The first night at sea for the double-handed Class40s was an upwind battle in around 20 knots as the fleet left the shelter of Wellington Harbour following a one-month stopover and hammered out into Cook Strait led by leg two winners, Conrad Colman, and South African skipper, Adrian Kuttel, on their Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation.... [more]
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Marco Nannini named Italian Sailor of the Year
www.marconannini.com,
Marco Nannini, currently racing the double handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011/2012, has been crowned Italian Sailor of the year by 'Il Giornale della Vela'.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 23 - Luna Rossa launched
ACM,
This week's Episode 23 This week's show heads to Auckland to check in with Luna Rossa Challenge. The Italian team has just launched their new AC45 and we hear what skipper Max Sirena has planned for training with Emirates Team NZ. While in New Zealand we stop by the factory to uncover the new wing extensions... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie in fear of being banned
Daily Mail UK,
Ben Ainslie, 35 on Saturday, will not discover whether he is to be robbed of the chance to go for his fourth Olympic gold on the water at Weymouth until a Royal Yacht Association inquiry to be held by the end of next month rules... [more]
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Miami OCR - Zach Railey takes Finn Gold
Robert Deaves,
The Rolex Miami OCR was the same size fleet that will be at the Olympics this coming August, so it was good small fleet practice for many.... [more]
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Miami OCR final day decides medals in ten Olympic classes
Barby MacGowan,
Ten Olympic classes competed in their final medal races to determine gold, silver and bronze winners at the Rolex Miami OCR for 2012.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet receive spectacular welcome
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A light beacon rising up from the ground, dancers, pyrotechnics and senior dignitaries, including Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister, welcomed the fleet to Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, this morning.... [more]
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Images from Takapuna: 470 Junior Worlds, Day 1 - Fast rides
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze, and generally overcast, and cold conditions. There was plenty of action and good rides in the 12-20kts winds... [more]
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Miami OCR - Paralympic medals decided
Barby MacGowan,
The Paralympic sailors were topping off five days of racing on Biscayne Bay at the Rolex Miami OCR. In ten Olympic classes sailors were fighting to make the top-ten cut for a single medal race which is scheduled for tomorrow.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - Sailing Royalty in Geelong
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails 2012 -There are a couple of big America's Cup names in town for their maiden Festival of Sails, and these ‘rock stars', as they are known in the sport, are loving the stage and the crowd.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 preview
Trish Jenkins,
RORC Caribbean 600 - With less than one month to go the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2012 programme kicks off with a sensational cast in Antigua. The RORC Caribbean 600 is a truly international affair, with well over 500 hundred competitors from at least 24 different nations taking part.... [more]
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PWA World Tour – New host announced
Vivienne Masters,
PWA World Tour has a new addition the PWA proudly announced today. For the first time in 10 years, Italy will play host to the finest windsurfers in the world as they battle it out for PWA World Championship points at the Reggio Calabria PWA Slalom World Cup.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship preview
ORC,
ORCi World Championship - With over six months to go before the start of racing the event has already attracted 42 entries from six countries. Based on the historic fortress island of Särkkä in Helsinki harbor, this 14th annual ISAF-sanctioned event is expected to attract an additional 30-40 teams from another four countries in boats ranging from 33 to 60 feet in length... [more]
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Maserati and Soldini announce North Atlantic speed record challenge
Meaghan Van Liew,
Both Giovanni and Maserati are preparing for an attempt at the Cadiz-San Salvador speed record. A professional eight man crew, which includes American Brad Van Liew, will take on the Atlantic Ocean. The first ambitious challenge at a speed record in the North Atlantic by Giovanni Soldini and Maserati was announced today in Milan.... [more]
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Women's Crew build up to Sail Arabia, The Tour
Hannah Morris,
An all female crew is set to take part in the Sail Arabia – The Tour (SATT) event. In relatively unchartered waters, this event will provide a unique opportunity for sailors from around the world to test their skills over six legs of the race.... [more]
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Artemis Racing prepares for AC teams defining year
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing is preparing its two AC45s for an upcoming training session in Valencia. At the same time, our first AC72 is well underway in Sweden, the culmination of many months of research by Juan K and his talented team.... [more]
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