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

by Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team on 1 Mar 2013
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.


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.


America’s Cup related, 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.


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.'


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.

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 +44 208 133 1593 or via email at europeeditor@sail-world.com.

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