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 26 Feb 2012
 


Etchells Worlds, Volvo Ocean Race and all the latest sailing news

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

The Etchells Worlds 2012 have just concluded in the waters off Sydney Heads (Australia). One Italian skipper Marco Cimarosti made the long trip 'down under' as did UAE skipper Jan Muysken and Swiss skipper James McHugh. Read Sail-World.com's exclusive interviews and extensive coverage of the event and be sure to check out Ingrid Abery's images too.

Etchells Worlds 2012 Final Day  Ingrid Abery - Copyright


The planned ISAF and IKA Kiteboarding Format Trials in Santander have received overwhelming support, so much so organisers have increased the quota to 12 men and 6 women.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is heading for New Zealand. A breakaway group of two has formed - read Editor at Large Richard Gladwell's analysis.

Day 6 - Groupama 4 pointing East - Leg 4 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race


RS:X Europeans are underway, view the video from action to date and more Clipper Round the World Yachts have arrived in Qingdao, China.

We have lots more news, images, interviews and videos so for all the very latest sailing news from around the globe stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Safe sailing.


Sail-World.com team



Etchells Worlds 2012 final race images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Yesterday was the final day of racing at the 2012 Etchells Worlds, sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Sail-World interviews some of the key players
www.sail-world.com,
After the last race of the Etchells Worlds 2012 Sail-World.com interviewed the top four place getters dockside at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - Tom King (Iron Lotus), Graeme Taylor (Magpie), John Bertrand (Triad) and Jud Smith (Roulette), as well as 2010 Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby (Triad).... [more]
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Overwhelming interest in ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials
Markus Schwendtner,
The ISAF and IKA Kiteboarding Format Trials in respect of a possible inclusion of kiteboarding inthe 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition has received overwhelming support by MNAs, National Class Associations and Manufacturers. Originally planned for 8-12 participants, within the application period more than 36 nominations were received from all parts of the world.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper loses lead as breakaway group forms
Richard Gladwell,
Some dramatic moves over the past eight hours have seen the lead change in the Volvo Ocean Race, and breakaway group form as two of the boats made a move north, sailing away from their destination. Although Camper is being called as race leader by the Volvo Ocean race, using their snap-shot of current positions, that system does not see projected finishing times, and just calls the lead for those... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 in favourable position
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - It's not yet time to link onto a direct course towards Auckland: the easterly monsoon system has been very disrupted by the arrival of a front rolling down from Japan and Groupama 4 is attempting to get around the northern edge of a zone of calms, whilst controlling the northerly option taken by the Americans.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis leave the Southern Ocean
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The trio of boats still racing are split between the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean. At midday GMT on Saturday, fleet leaders Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel are 119 miles off the coast of Patagonia with Cessna Citation making good pace towards the finish having broken through light headwinds.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro turns east
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Two things were certain of 2012: The world was going to end, and Puma Ocean Racing was going to sail north on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race...f o r e v e r. Well, the world lives on and we've turned east! Incredible.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma heads for New Zealand at 20kts plus
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing, the US flagged entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, is blitzing the fleet, sailing at speeds of around 19kts, while her competitors are sailing at 10-12kts. Worst affected is the leg leader, Camper crewed by Enirates Team NZ, who has been forced to sail the most northerly course of the group, reducing her lead under the on the water snap shot of the boat positions used by VOR... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Defending champions retain JJ Giltinan trophy
Frank Quealey,
Gotta Love It 7 have wrapped up the 2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with another brilliant win on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao arrive in home port
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After 22 gruelling days at sea Qingdao has made it to its home port - crossing the finishing line in Fushan Bay at 1828 UTC. It's been a rough journey for the Qingdao crew, being hit by the 'home port curse' and arriving in last place, but spirits were soon lit up, as a spectacular welcome in China's ‘Capital of Sailing' awaited them.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012: And the Podium Places go to ...
Tracey Johnson,
The podium places in the Etchells World Championship 2012 decided after an intense nine-race battle on the offshore courses.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds – The 2012 Champion is crowned
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The ninth and final race in the 2012 Etchells World Championship was scheduled to start on the Manly Circle at 12 noon, Saturday 25 February. The match up everyone was waiting for was between Tom King (Iron Lotus) and Graeme ‘GT' Taylor (Magpie), second on the leader board.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper lead, but is Puma about to pounce?
Sail-World,
Camper and Groupama extended their lead on the Volvo Ocean Race fleet pushing east as Puma gambled their chips on the arrival of a northerly breeze forecast to fill in in the next 48 hours. At 2200 UTC on 24 February Ken Read's men on Puma Ocean Racing had slipped to 273 nauctical miles behind leg leaders Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand but were banking on better winds coming their way.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The relentless pursuit continues
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, along with Ken Read/USA, have set out in a northeast direction alone, with the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Tanega Shima being their closest landmark and the remainder of the fleet not within 165 nautical miles (nm). The rest of the fleet were enjoying some fast sailing this evening as they reached speeds of 18 knots.... [more]
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RS:X Europeans - Bright sun and big breeze on day 1 + Video
Rory Ramsden,
Day one of the RS:X Europeans dawned light. The Race Committee had even considered making a postponement with racing planned for the easterly course number one but the winds were shifting by as much as 45 degrees. Over on number three, things appeared to be much more raceable. 16 knots and 95-105 degrees.... [more]
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Curiouser and curiouser - Why did super yacht Yogi sink?
nk,
Eight days after the mystery sinking of the superacht Yogi off Skyros, Greece, the Turkish Shipyard that built the yacht admits they are no nearer knowing why it sank as they and their lawyers have been unable to interview the Captain and crew or obtain written statements. This is in spite of an earlier statement that they were to talk to the Captain and crew two days after the incident. .... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 interviews with top contenders - Who will win?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
At the Etchells Worlds 2012, Sail-World.com interviewed the top title contenders after four days of competition - Tom King (Iron Lotus), Graeme Taylor (Magpie), John Bertrand (Triad) and Jud Smith (Roulette).... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis second Class40 to round Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40 Financial Crisis, skippered by Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon, crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 56S at 23:25 GMT on Thursday. Racing 49 miles off the infamous outcrop at the southern tip of Chile, Financial Crisis is the second, double-handed, GOR Class40 to round the world's most notorious cape.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lone path for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress:... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Winners announced
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - It has been a busy 24 hours at the Antigua Yacht Club. At dawn today only three yachts were still at sea vying to complete the course before tonight's Prizegiving celebrations and all of the class winners are now provisionally decided. The bar at the Antigua Yacht Club has been in full swing, buzzing with stories between the crews and songs in a myriad of different languages.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama Sailing Team stick to fleet leader
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - The road towards Auckland appears to be cutting through the fields! The fleet is making virtually no progress towards the goal and is distancing itself more and more from the Chinese and Japanese coasts, bound for Iwo Jima. The very shifty easterly breeze, with substantial squalls and rain showers, is making life very unpleasant for Franck Cammas and his crew... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Impressive number of entries
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - With less than a week to go before action begins the fleet continues to grow impressively with nearly 200 yachts now signed up for the competition. And while the quantity of the field is certainly striking, the big story is the quality of the boats and sailors who will soon descend on the friendly island of St. Maarten.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright,
RORC Caribbean 600 images from photographer Tim Wright/Photoaction.com.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Will the East come through with a dividend?
Richard Gladwell,
East continues to be best in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet tries to get south to the next stop over in Auckland. As she has done for the past couple of days, Camper continues to lead - using the course routing feature of PredictWind - however Groupama is just seven miles astern.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan 2012 - Race 5 Video
Bob Killick,
With two races left to sail, Gotta Love It 7 is unbackable to take this year's JJ Giltinan. However the fight for second and third on the final podium come Sunday is heating up, with at least six teams in that fight... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Day 5 - New Leader after race 7
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
At the start of the Etchells World Championship 2012 on day 5 the fleet waited on the Manly Circle course off Sydney Heads, in brilliant sunshine. Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson called a postponement at the scheduled 12 noon start time as the breeze was patchy across course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Bizzare day
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are currently en route to Auckland, New Zealand in Leg 4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Azzam skipper, Ian Walker, referred to the day's racing as bizzare and said that 'Anybody looking at our tracks on the computer must think the navigators have gone mad – or that we do not know the way to Auckland. The route we are taking is so far off the scale.....'... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Has Rán clinched the overall title?
Louay Habib,
On day four of the RORC Caribbean 600, around noon, Niklas Zennstrom's JV52, Ran, appears to have clinched the overall win and will lift the sterling RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at tomorrow night's prizegiving ceremony. This morning Scarlet Logic, co-skippered by Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron, was the only yacht which posed any sort of threat, but realistically the Oyster 48 will not cover... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 uncertainty
Franck Cammas,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has surprisingly adopted a northerly course, on the fourth day of the second stage of Leg 4. Around the Luzon Strait the situation is very complicated as the light southerly airs aren't managing to hold their own, transforming the direct course into a no-through road.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Epic battle between schooners
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - Both Adela and Windrose capture the imagination of years gone by. In spectacular surroundings the golden age of the schooners was recreated in an epic battle between two magnificent yachts and just before dawn today, the gentlemanly duel was settled.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Charging towards Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Having crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday at the head of the fleet, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel made a steep climb north-east out of the Southern Ocean with Class40 Cessna Citation. Leaving Cape San Juan at the eastern end of Isla de Los Estados to port almost 24 hours after rounding Cape Horn Colman and Kuttel entered the South Atlantic... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour Leg 4 win to Courrier Dunkerque
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia - The Tour - Leg four was frustratingly slow for the fleet but despite a lack of wind for most of the leg, the battle on the water was no less tense. Arriving in daylight for the first time, the fleet entered Omani waters in the early hours of this morning, and after sailing 278 kilomteres from Ras Al Khaimah to Musandam, many of the teams found themselves match racing to the line.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Who is really leading the Volvo Ocean Race?
Richard Gladwell,
The fortunes of the six competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race have been waxing and waning - if you believe the official results which show regular lead changes occurring even over just the space of a couple of hours. Using the Predictwind.com routing system, we get quite a different picture from the 'who's closest to Auckland approach' adopted by the Volvo OR reporting and tracking system.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2012 - Act 1 in Oman
Extreme Sailing Series,
The first Act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ is just under a week away. The circuit is now entering its sixth season and the ‘stadium racing' concept that sits at the heart of the Extreme Sailing Series is beating stronger than ever.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Cup course is placed close to shore
Sail-World,
The race course area for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco has been revealed, by America's Cup organisers. Stretching across the city shoreline from Piers 27/29 out to near the Golden Gate Bridge, the course will bring the action closer to shore than ever before in the 160-year history of the Cup.... [more]
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