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 01 Mar 2013
 


Dinghy Shows, Figaro and Artemis Racing - News from UK and beyond

UK's RYA Dinghy Show  .
With the RYA Dinghy Show fast approaching Sail-World's team has put together an interesting article on how Boat Show visitor numbers are down due to the growth of the internet but the shows are still key to being able to provide that touch and feel experience.

Sail-World will be walking the halls and decks at Alexandra Palace in London this weekend to check out all the very latest boats and gear and offerings.

The RYA Technical Department is about to issue the latest Portsmouth Number list (PN). Inside this issue you can read about where and how the numbers are born.

The entry limit for the Rolex Fastnet Race filled within 24 hours and with more than 100 boats on the waiting list and entries still coming in, demand for places in this year's race have been greater than ever.

'With so much demand we had to find a solution and moving the event to Plymouth Yacht Haven and working with Queen Anne's Battery, Sutton Harbour and Mayflower marinas should give us the capacity we need to berth a fleet of this size and provide the facilities expected by over 3000 sailors' says RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen.

Starting from Cowes, Isle of Wight on 11th August, yachts will arrive in Plymouth between 13th and 17th August at the end of what can be a very challenging offshore race.

Full-time Academy Figaro sailor Ed Hill at the helm of Artemis 37  Thierry Seray

The recently announced 2013 full-time Academy Figaro programme gets underway in less than a week's time on the 6th March with the ICOM Cup Meditéranée in France.

For Ed Hill and Jack Bouttell it will be the first solo offshore race of their careers: 'Solo racing is something that I have been working towards for a long time. Now that I have the opportunity with the Academy to do it, I'm really looking forward to the challenge,' explained Jack. 'It means a lot to be competing in the ICOM Cup - it means that I am moving towards my goal of being competitive in the Solitaire du Figaro,' said Development Squad sailor Ed.

17 Aerials / SFO Feb Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 21-02-2013  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

America's Cup news - Sail-World talked to Jimmy Spithill, at length last night. (We will run the full interview over the weekend.) Lots of interesting revelations and the Aussie Oracle USA skipper made both some amusing and quite cutting comments about the Kiwi AC72.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa have stepped up their level of pre-Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) racing with a friendly, semi-serious match-up on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. Inside, don't miss the fantastic video coverage of the two mammoth catamarans. This is the closest thing that the world has seen, to date, of AC72 racing, and there's little doubt that this year's LVC and AC34 will be a truly spectacular show. Richard Gladwell has all the news, as you'd expect.

Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USAAC72 training in San Francisco Bay in early February  Artemis Racing

Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for AC34, recently announced that they have already started construction on a second-generation AC72 in the team's home country of Sweden. According to plans, the new boat should be sailing on the Bay by early May. Currently, the team's first-generation AC72 is back in the shed, undergoing substantial modifications to give her better wick compared to the other AC72s afloat.

Olympic Talent Joins Artemis Racing - John Gimson and Iain Jensen  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Artemis also announced three new key crew appointments this week, namely that 2012 Olympic medalists Iain Jensen and Andrew Simpson have joined the Challenger of Record's squad, and that 2016 Olympic hopeful John Gimson has also donned team colors. 'These young sailors bring talent and enthusiasm to our team,' said Paul Cayard. 'They are the future of the America's Cup.'

And finally with the combination of America's Cup news and newsletters, the explosion in use of tablets, phablets (love the Samsung Galaxy Note! ) and hi-res mobile phones, an ever expanding Twitter following across 13 of our Sail-world sites around the world and the news that Sail-World.com has gone multilingual is driving our traffic to new heights.

Sail-World's sites world-wide received exactly 694,298 visits in January 2013 and we are by far, the largest sailing news group in the world.

Any organisation wanting to reach sailors world-wide needs to talk to us. Just contact Jedda Murphy, our Sail-World Editor for UK and Europe on +44 (0) 208 133 1593 or via email at ukeditor@sail-world.com.


Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team



Gill Commodore's Cup 2013 - Spinnaker warm-up
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
Gill Commodore's Cup 2013. In a stunning preview of coming attractions, 45 boats in four spinnaker-flying divisions set sail today in the sparkling waters of St. Maarten to race in the tune-up event to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The traditional warm-up series is sponsored by Gill, the regatta's official technical apparel supplier.... [more]
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GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series victory taken by Gillard and Potts
Andy Rice,
Following on from three hard winter months and six great dinghy handicap events, reigning Fireball World Champion Tom Gillard and Simon Potts sailed to victory in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series. Among many impressive results was their fleet victory at the windy Grafham Grand Prix and outright victory with two bullets at the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, another windy event.... [more]
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Latest Portsmouth Number list set to be issued
Emma Slater,
Now that another years' worth of online data added to the analysis, the RYA Technical Department is set to issue the latest Portsmouth Number list (PN). Whilst some of the changes to be published will play very much into the anecdotal after sailing bar discussions, others will leave some scratching their heads as to what the RYA are up to.... [more]
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Vendée Globe 2012-13: EC6 rigging once again passes the ultimate test
Josh Impey,
EC6 bundled continuous carbon rigging has performed flawlessly for the third time during the iconic Vendée Globe round the world race. Five of the top eight Open 60s which completed the 2012-13 Vendée Globe circumnavigation, including unofficial finisher Bernard Stamm, sported EC6 bundled carbon continuous side rigging from Composite Rigging and all five completed the marathon race without rigg... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge - A unique training ground for owners and crews
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
RORC Easter Challenge is being held from 29th to 31st March 2013. It will soon be time to go sailing again and anyone wanting to have a go at IRC racing, whilst also benefitting from some personal and practical coaching, can count on the RORC Easter Challenge to deliver the goods over the Easter Bank Holiday.... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing World Championship set for Viganj
Formula Windsurfing Class,
The 2013 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' Formula Windsurfing World Championship is set to take place at Club Bofor, Viganj, Croatia from the eighth to 13th July and will be sponsored by NORT d.o.o. The venue is well-known to many racers, having hosted previous editions of the Croatian Open Championships. This year's event is also a stop on the 2013 European Cup Tour.... [more]
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Artemis Offshore Academy all set for opening solo race
Artemis Offshore Academy,
The recently announced 2013 full-time Academy Figaro programme gets underway in just a week's time on the 6th March with the ICOM Cup Meditéranée. The three three-stage race starts from their winter training centre, the Centre d'Entrainement Méditerranée (CEM), in La Grande Motte, France, and heads to Marseille, followed by a day of inshore racing and then a longer race back to La Grande Motte.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series announce first ever Singapore Extreme 40 team
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series is set to be become a brand new international fixture on the Singapore sports calendar until 2015, in a three year deal announced today between Series organisers OC Sport, the Singapore Sports Council and Aberdeen Asset Management.... [more]
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Society take RYA crown; Cambridge take the British Universities' title
Ed Morris,
Perfect, but bitterly cold, winds blessed the Ladies' Team Racing Nationals at Spinnaker Club this weekend. The nation's top female team racers descended eagerly, upon Spinnaker Club, for what was the second inaugural combined RYA and BUSA Ladies Team Racing Championships, and disappointed they were not; as 182 races were run across the weekend in cold 8-12 knot north easterly breezes.... [more]
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Heineken Regatta Budget Marine Match Racing Cup Images
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on deck at the Heineken Regatta Budget Marine Match Racing Cup in St. Maarten to capture this gallery of images. Leighton will be shooting the Regatta on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday so stay tuned for more great photos!... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Fresh talent set for Act 1 battle + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 1 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series is set to take place in Muscat, Oman from fifth-8th March where three new skippers and two completely new teams will bring a wealth of fresh talent to the Extreme 40 fleet in 2013, along with a set of credentials that will make predicting, not only, the outcome of the opening Act but the entire Series a near impossibility.... [more]
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Iain Jensen, Andrew Simpson and John Gimson join Artemis Racing
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing has announced the addition of 2012 Olympic medalists Iain Jensen and Andrew Simpson as well as 2016 Olympic hopeful John Gimson. The newcomers will join the team's decorated Olympians Percy, Lange, Outteridge, and Monk.... [more]
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Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Finn class in Brazil
Robert Deaves,
The approach of an Olympic Games normally has a positive influence on activities in the host country and this is proving to be especially true of the Finn class in Brazil.... [more]
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Illusion sailing at Bembridge + Video
Rudy Jurg,
On early Saturday morning the sky was overcast, a biting north easterly cold wind saw temperatures around freezing. Most people probably stayed in bed, turning over once more dreaming of sunshine and warm temperatures. Not so for 11 Illusion sailors who had to be on the water for a 0930 start.... [more]
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Boat Shows - Provide touch and feel and Internet takes worldwide
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Later this week the world's largest dinghy boat show, the RYA Dinghy Show will open at London's Alexandra Palace. On Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd some 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares to the walk in audience. But many will consider there is an Elephant in the Room – the Internet.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - RORC increases entry number to satisfy demand
Trish Jenkins,
With the entry limit of 300 filled within 24 hours, more than 100 boats on the waiting list and entries from multihulls, IMOCA 60s and Class 40s still coming in, demand for places in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race have been greater than ever.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Fine gathering set for Virgin Gorda
KPMS,
The Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – set to take place from 11-15 March – marks a continuation of the partnership between the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Nautor's Swan and title sponsor Rolex that stretches back to the early 1980s by virtue of the biennial Rolex Swan Cup, a much vaunted gathering of the world's finest Swan yachts in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.... [more]
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RYA Winter Match Racing - Diamond shines bright at event No. 3
Matt Carter,
Over the weekend of 23-24 February, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy played host to the third installment of the RYA Winter Match Racing programme, a programme designed to kick-start the development of UK National Match Racing.... [more]
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RYA Youth National Championships to welcome Sarah Ayton OBE
Matt Carter,
Double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton OBE will be in attendance at the RYA Youth National Championships 2013 as the acting Chair of Selectors. The role will encompass selections for the 2013 RYA Volvo UK Youth Squads as well as a host of international teams, amongst them RYA Volvo Team GBR; the team which will represent Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2013.... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show to showcase latest boats, books, kit and more
Emma Slater,
The start of the RYA Dinghy Show 2013, when Alexandra Palace in London becomes the centre of all things dinghy sailing, gets underway in just five days time... [more]
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New Mackay 470 for 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie,
2012 Olympic Gold medalists in the Womens 470 class, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie report from their their new website: We have been getting back into the swing of things, and keeping rather busy! Just a bit of an update, we had our first regatta back of the season, which was the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta, held at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, where we had a rather blustery three day event!!... [more]
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British Keelboat Academy set for busy racing season
Matt Carter,
The British Keelboat Academy, a joint keelboat racing initiative between the RYA and UKSA, is now ready for a busy racing season following the conclusion of what has been an intense winter training programme at the UKSA headquarters in Cowes, Isle of Wight.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Prize giving set for Antigua Yacht Club
Louay Habib,
At 0900 on day five of the RORC Caribbean 600, four yachts are still racing following a surge of arrivals last night and early this morning. With all of the class winners now decided, there will be a fantastic atmosphere at tonight's RORC Caribbean 600 Prize Giving, which will start at 1800 at Antigua Yacht Club.... [more]
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Irish sailor Mags O'Sullivan seeks help getting to space
ISA,
Irish sailor Mags O'Sullivan (Tralee Bay Sailing Club) is hoping to become the first Irish female astronaut and she needs your assistance to do it. Mags, who has been sailing from Fenit since she was a child, has applied for the Lynx Space Academy in the hopes of winning a seat to fly to space in the new Lynx X-COR Space vehicle.... [more]
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UK Sailing superstars at RYA Dinghy Show 2013
Emma Slater,
Not one, not two, but eight of the UK's finest dinghy sailors will be heading to the RYA Dinghy Show 2013 over the weekend of 02-03 March to share their top tips, answer your questions, sign autographs and much more.... [more]
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