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 05 Jun 2012

Volvo closeness, Sail for Gold, Melges 20 and more now sailing news

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

Teams are preparing for the next In-Port races, in what has become the closest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race yet sailed.

The Sail for Gold Regatta is underway in Weymouth, the Europa Warm-Up second stage from Cascais to La Rochelle, concluded with victory going to Vincent Riou (PRB) ahead of François Gabart (Macif).

PRB - Europa Warm-Up 2012  Olivier Blanchet

Victory to Pecceré (Mirko De Falco/Guglielmo Giordano) in the second leg of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series, while the Melges 24 Goblin 3 took the Bosphorus Cup.

And we have all the latest news from the Global Ocean Race teams, the Clipper yachts, the RC44 Cup in Austria, the Laser Europa Cup plus videos, pictures, interviews and more news from around the globe.

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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – Solid start for Ben Ainslie + Video
Ben Baker, Sportsbeat,
Ben Ainslie kicked of his Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta yesterday in solid fashion, but the Finn sailor admits it isn't all about results this week on Olympic waters. The 35-year-old headed to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as the man to beat, having wrapped up a record sixth world title last month in Falmouth.... [more]
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper
Richard Gladwell,
In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Beau Geste skipper Gavin Brady has compared the 80ft Farr design to being close to doing a 'OneAustralia' after the yacht sustained damage in the Sail Noumea 2012 race. Speaking from Norfolk Island where the yacht is anchored an awaiting assessment, Brady said that she was close to sinking, and they were advised to get off the boat by the designer.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Battle underway
Jo Grindley,
The Skandia Sail for Gold 2012 got underway today, featuring nearly all of the medal contenders for the upcoming Olympic Games. Over 700 athletes from 59 nations poured out onto Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay, with the cream of world sailing ready to put a marker down for the coming Olympiad.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 4: TVS finishes first - Update @ 2100
Richard Gladwell,
The 80ft yacht Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) is nearing Norfolk Island where her position will be assessed. In the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race, the leader, TeamVodafoneSailing is becalmed 25nm from the race finish in Noumea. In the monohulls V5 has maintained her lead over Akatea, as winds ease.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Massive win for Caleb Paine on day 1
Robert Deaves,
On the first day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, it was a difficult day on Weymouth's waters. But Caleb Paine (USA) made it look easy with a massive win from Aleksey Selivanov (RUS) and Mark Andrews (GBR) in the only race sailed. Racing didn't actually get under way until 16.30 as the early morning northerly clocked and dropped shortly after the fleet got away for race one at around 11.30.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Fleet ready for action
Jill Campbell,
Final preparations are taking place for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012. A fleet of sixteen superyachts are lined up along the quays of the marina, top yachtsmen from around the world are completing registration procedures and the last technical checks and measurements are being carried out.... [more]
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Europa Warm-Up Race – Javier Sansó crosses La Rochelle finish
Europa Warm-Up second stage, from Cascais to La Rochelle, concluded today, Monday 4th June 2012. Javier Sansó crossed the finish line at 13h 12m22s (UTC) to complete his first major competitive test with his new Owen-Clarke designed ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered. He finished with an elapsed time of eight days, 22h, 12m on a theoretical average of 10.79kts.... [more]
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50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race at Royal Southern YC
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The 50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race was hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club from 1st to 4th June 2012. The biggest fleet ever of 107 yachts contested the Race and the international entry was led home overall by French IRC Class 4 entrants, Noel Racine's JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew and Benoit Dhalluin's A.35 Dunkerque Plaisance, from Peter Pickett's British Class 5 boat, Moondog.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon as the two double-handed Class40s head due east at the same latitude as the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. South-west of the leading two boats, around 180 miles NNW of the Azores, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai are beginning the long ascent through the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games equipment selection announced
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games equipment selection has been announced by ISAF. The Techno 293 windsurfer and the Byte CII dinghy have been chosen as equipment for the four sailing events in China.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta gets underway + Video
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Tim Hall believes this year's event will be the mostly keenly contested yet with the Olympic Games just under two months away. The event director for the Royal Yachting Association spoke as the 2012 event got underway - which will host the sailing competition at this year's Olympics.... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany – Black Swan Racing take sixth
Black Swan Racing,
WMRT Match Race Germany, the first event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for 2012, is over resulting in sixth place for Black Swan Racing. We knew this regatta would be a challenge, both boats and sailing conditions on Lake Constance made this an easy guess.... [more]
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Laser Europa Cup - Dutch Act overall
International Laser Class Association,
Laser Europa Cup 2012 Dutch Act was held from 1st to 3rd June on the Ijssel-Meer. On day one of racing first in the small Laser Standard fleet was Maxime Mazard FRA, followed by Jules Ferrer FRA. In the Laser Radial, Kaarle Tapper FIN took the lead, while the best woman Pernelle Michon FRA followed on rank four. In the Laser 4.7 Benjamin Wempe NED was first in all three races.... [more]
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Noumea Race - Day 3: Beau Geste withdraws - Update @2300hrs
Richard Gladwell,
2200hrs: The 80ft Farr design Beau Geste has withdrawn from the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race with structural damage, which is later reported as continuing to deteriorate. A ship has been diverted to stand by. Beau Geste is heading for Norfolk Island and is expected to arrive in the morning.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Portoferraio victory for Peccere
Francesca Pitacco,
The second leg of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series has ended. 'It has been a beautiful weekend of sailing,' said Vincenzo Onorato. 'The weather, after struggling last weekend, this beautiful island has redeemed itself. As for us, we are more than satisfied.'... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center June Grade 2 Invitational - Canfield victory
Another challenging day with extremely shifty conditions at Chicago's world famous Navy Pier for teams at the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational presented by Eurex.... [more]
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Neville 'Croaky' Crichton receives New Zealand Honour
Richard Gladwell,
Champion yachtsman and businessman, Neville Crichton (67) has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting. As well as being a top sailor and winner of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year, Crichton's business interests extend into the superyacht and automotive industries.... [more]
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Bosphorus Cup - Goblin 3 emerges victorious + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
On the closing day of the 2012 Bosphorus Cup, business did not get underway with the best perspective. The boats had to wait for hours in the water for the wind to come. The race committee had to postpone races for several hours before a light breeze come from the North.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - A salute to Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 10 British registered 68 foot yachts formed up into a spectacular ‘Parade of Sail' in New York with the lead boats flying huge Great Britain spinnaker sails in a salute to Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - Change of season on final day + Video
Jo Grindley,
On the closing day of the RC44 Austria Cup, there was a complete change of season on Lake Traunsee, the intermittent rain and unseasonal cold giving way to sunshine. But this came at the expense of wind. After a long wait, finally a sea breeze filled in from the north (opposite of the last two days), allowing the RC44s to rally on the start line for a gun at 1500 (local)... [more]
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European Funboard Expression to host Freestyle Pro Tour stage
Steve Palier,
The European Funboard Expression freestyle contest will this year host a European Freestyle Pro Tour stage. Since 2009, the local windsurf club Six Fours Windsurf Organisation and the company Open Ocean Media have organised the European Funboard Expression contest together. A windsurfing championship for freestylers and fans of freestyle.... [more]
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Korea Match Cup 2012. Finals. Meet the Guv'nor
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Current WMRT World Champion Ian Williams went into the finals after squashing Torvar Mirsky 3-0, and the reigning Korea Match Cup champ Bjorn Hansen was there after a 3-2 fight against Phil Robertson. The breeze was pumping 12ts+ and often quite a lot of ‘+', and the start line was just metres away from the end of the harbour mole at Jeonggok Marina. It was a grandstand made in heaven.... [more]
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Bosphorus Cup 2012 day 3 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
For the boats competing at the American Express Bosphorus Cup 2012 the day could not be better. Tomorrow is the last day for the American Express Bosphorus Cup 2012 and the pressure is on.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Closest ever race develops into a four way battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two legs, 2,500 miles and three inshore sprints will decide the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race – and with four boats in with a shot of winning, points have never been more crucial. Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats been in with a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore sailing left to go.... [more]
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Europa Warm-Up Race - Sprint to Leg 2 finish
Europa Warm-Up - Though the passage past the Fastnet light was inspiring it was perhaps a little too quiet for race leader Vincent Riou. The PRB solo skipper saw some of his hard won lead melt away to the pursuing second placed boat, now Francois Gabart on Macif who won the solo transatlantic BtoB in December.... [more]
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Sails of White Nights - National Congress Palace Cup preview
Kate Holmes,
In Saint-Petersburg, following seven months of winter, come eighty nights when the sun hardly sets and celebrations grip the city. They call them the ‘White Nights'. During this time the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club will host the Sails of White Nights – National Congress Palace Cup between the 5th and 11th June 2012.... [more]
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50th Cowes-Deauville Race - Largest fleet ever sets off
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The 50th Cowes-Deauville Race has gotten off to a colourful start in Cowes. Following a spectacular evening spent by the competitors at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, representatives of the organising Clubs oversaw the start of the biggest fleet ever, at 107 yachts, to contest the event.... [more]
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Mission accomplished for Emma Creighton
EC media,
American shorthanded skipper Emma Creighton finished fifth in the Atlantic Cup 2012. While great sailing skills and Creighton's diligent pre-race preparations were critical to the team's success, interestingly, it was Creighton's singlehanded experience in the 2011 Mini Transat—becoming only the third American female skipper to finish this grueling racecourse—that made the biggest impact.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère heads for the City of Angels
Thomas Lesage,
Following three weeks of trials on the Mediterranean, Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère DCNS was loaded onto a cargo ship on Monday in Toulon (FRA). The 'flying sailboat' will head to Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will be positioned to wait for the best weather conditions for a Pacific crossing record attempt.... [more]
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