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Today we are overflowing with news from regattas and races around the UK, Europe and the world.

Lots of stories about winners, but today our favourite story is about a guy who is not a winner by some standards. An Irish dinghy sailor Robert Dowling has been trying hard to raise money for charity without much success; it's been a marathon effort. But he is not finished yet. Definitely worth a read.

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A marathon sail - for charity - can one man make a difference?
Robert Dowling/Sail-World.com,
Rob Dowling is a man who believes 'one man can make a difference'. Driven by his passion and desire to help the children of the Amazon River basin and his love of sailing, Rob undertook on the 3-4th July, a marathon sail around an estuary in Northern Ireland. This is part one of his story.... [more]
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Fairy tale ending as Jonas Høgh Christensen wins Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
Sailors competing at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark knew he would be dangerous, but not even Jonas Høgh Christensen really thought he would win the world title in his home waters after taking nine months off since the Games last year.... [more]
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Hardesty, Strauss and Young win 2009 Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
The finish of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, could not have been more gripping as a first mark pile up in today's final race threw the fleet and the results into disaray. Going into the final race Craig led the regatta on 12 points with Hardesty two points behind. Rob Campbell, sailing GBR743 Quicksilver IV with John Torrance and Matt Walker was third overall... [more]
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Sydney Hobart favourite Alfa Romeo smashes Transpac Race record
Edward Rowe,
Alfa Romeo, the Australian-built super maxi owned and skippered by Kiwi yachtsman, Neville Crichton, has smashed the race record in the TransPac race by more than a day, arriving in Hawaii in the fastest time in the 103 year history of the event, further confirming Alfa Romeo as the yacht to beat in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race in December.... [more]
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Magnitude 80 just fails to beat Morning Glory's time in Transpac
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Magnitude 80 started the Transpac on July 5th along with the other Unlimited Class boats. It finished over a day behind the 100-foot Alfa Romeo, also an Unlimited Class Division I boat. Magnitude 80, like Alfa Romeo, has a canting keel. It also has a single retractable daggerboard on centerline.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - Alinghi launch and mast stepping

With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Stayed tuned for the latest on the road to the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 3
© PWA / David Swift,
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 3: Köster and Moreno excel in the waves, as Williams opens the slalom in style. The flags that line beach's promenade groaned under immense strain from the wind this morning; their detailed branding whipped to shreds as the fleets prepared for a grueling ordeal. The breathtaking action opened with the men's slalom that kicked off in 30-knot gusts.... [more]
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Dubarry announced as RORC Partner/Supplier
RORC,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce Dubarry of Ireland as the Partner/Supplier of footwear and clothing to the RORC Race Team and Rating Office.... [more]
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Swans gather in readiness for Swan European Regatta
Katy Gilmartin,
The European Swan fleet has gathered in force in Cowes on the Isle of Wight this weekend 11/12 July for the 14th Edition of the Swan European Regatta. Over 40 yachts have entered with Swan yachts due to compete over five days of racing in the Solent.... [more]
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Harrison Advanced Rods Summer Series at Liverpool Yacht Club
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the third race in the Harrison Advanced Rods Summer Series on Sunday July 12th. Race Series sponsor Steve Harrison in his Sigma 33 Quattro made an excellent start followed by Mick Ryan in JLS. The remainder of the fleet progressively starting further from the line and consequently had a longer beat.... [more]
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Torbjorn Tornqvist and Artemis win RC 44 Malcesine Cup
Loris Von Siebenthal,
The fight for the podium positions, between Team Aqua, Artemis, BMW ORACLE Racing and No Way back has been fantastic. Showing great stamina, Chris Bake's squad managed to overcome a backstay breakage to remain in the fight. But Artemis dominated the last race and won the event.... [more]
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Strong winds stop racing in Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds on Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Strong winds prevented racing in all classes on Day 2 of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil today. Winds of over 35kts were caused by a stationary front ahead of a deepening trough of low pressure.... [more]
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Day 2, Women's European Laser Radial Championship
Sailing Intelligence,
The second day's racing at the European Laser Radial Championship in Charlottenlund, Denmark, was - to borrow a well-worn football cliché - a game of two halves. If the super-shifty conditions in the morning race didn't suit you, maybe the steadier, stronger breeze of the afternoon was more to your liking.... [more]
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More images from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Lee Whitehead – www.photolounge.co.uk images,
More images from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup supplied by photographer Lee Whitehead – www.photolounge.co.uk... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup a resounding success
Event media,
The 2009 Finn Gold Cup attracted 89 entries from 31 countries as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, the USA and India, along with Russia and of course nations throughout Europe and the Baltic. A poll among the competitors has given the 2009 Finn Gold Cup the thumbs up for nearing that elusive ‘perfect regatta' status.... [more]
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European Laser Radial Championship Day 1
Dansk Sejlunion,
The first day's racing at the European Laser Radial Championship in Charlottenlund, Denmark, called for a cool head and a steady nerve. In the 96-boat women's division, France's Sarah Steyaert defied the odds.... [more]
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Team Aqua wins DHL Coastal Race at Malcesine RC 44 Cup
RC 44 Cup media,
The RC 44 Cup DHL coastal race took place early this morning and was definitely the highlight of the event so far. Indeed, the regatta took place in the best conditions Lake Garda can offer, with 20 knots of wind and a stunning sunshine. Most teams decided to start the DHL Trophy at the pin end of the line, which resulted in a big jam.... [more]
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Images from the Laser Radials - Day 1 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
Dave Kneale,
Top international sailing photographer, Dave Kneale, presents a gallery of images from the first day of racing in the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships in Brazil.... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 2
© PWA / David Swift,
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 2. Pozo Izquierdo has provided yet another astonishing day of competition where both the men's and women's wave fleets have been whittled down to the final few.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup images
Lee Whitehead – www.photolounge.co.uk,
Images from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup supplied by photographer Lee Whitehead – www.photolounge.co.uk A first mark pile up in today's final race threw the fleet and the results into disaray.... [more]
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Day One Of 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
ISAF Media,
After two races completed across all seven events, experience is the common denominator amongst the leading crews, with the top standings all dominated by teams who featured at the championship in Århus last year. Seven different nations currently occupy the top spots: France, Germany and Great Britain got the European challenge off to a strong start; Australia and New Zealand both hold a top spot... [more]
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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Day 3
Louay Habib,
The penultimate day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and a stiff southerly breeze blew the mist away and there was a full on foam up, producing some exhilarating conditions. In IRC Class Zero, the start saw Tim Costello's Mills 43, Tiamat hit the line neck and neck with Alan Hoggs', Mills 40, Argie Bargie.... [more]
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Nail biting finish to 2009 Star European Championships
Andreas Kling,
A nail-biting final day at the 2009 Star European Championships title on Saturday (11 July). Topping a world-class fleet of 89 boats, Scheidt/Prada went into the last day's racing with just a one-point lead over early leaders and Olympic gold medallists Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (Great Britain).... [more]
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Asian Continental Kiteboard Tour sanctioned for 2009/2010
Markus Schwendtner,
A new continental kiteboard tour has been sanction by the IKA to commence at towards the end of this year in Asia.... [more]
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Competition still wide open at Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
Ireland's Andrew Craig, sailing IRL192 Chimaera with Pedro Andrade and Brian Matthews, reclaimed the overall lead on the penultimate day of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, in Falmouth.... [more]
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Nick Knowles to fire Transglobe start gun
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The UK's largest-ever Adventurous Training Exercise, Transglobe, Leg 1 crews set off for the Canary Islands in the first of 13 stages of this seafaring expedition, Saturday July 11. These crew members, as with all 546 personnel taking part in this extraordinary sailing exercise, very much reflect the mixed ages, gender and ranks sailing aboard the three identical 67ft steel hulled yachts.... [more]
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Elvstrom 2009-2012 available now
McGraw-Hill PR,
Known to the sailing industry simply as 'Elvstrom', the next issue of 'Paul Elvstrom Explains the Racing Rules of Sailing' is out now and the essential handbook for serious racers.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings
ISAF Media,
It remains all France at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings released 8 July, with Mathieu Richard replacing team mate Seb Col at the top of the Open Rankings and Claire Leroy still 1 amongst the Women, although Australia's Katie Spithill is rising fast..... [more]
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2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship preview
ISAF,
The world's top young sailing talent is gathered in Buzios, Brazil for start of racing at the 39th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship on Saturday 11 July.... [more]
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Three UK Teams to compete at New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Dana Paxton,
Three of the UK's most prestigious yacht clubs – The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), The Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC), and The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) – have confirmed their participation in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The event is scheduled for September 15-19, 2009.... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 1
David Swift,
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 1. Unbelievable action as the men's wave event is underway. Pozo Izquierdo has positioned itself as one of the highlights of the PWA World tour, thanks to a combination of gale-force winds and rolling swells. The volcanic beach curves around Gran Canaria's barren shoreline like an Ancient Roman amphitheatre.... [more]
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Top ranked sailors lead 2009 Star European Championships
Andreas Kling,
2009 Star European Championships and with unsettled weather of clouds, rain showers, and southwesterly winds gusting up 23 knots on the Kiel Fjord in Germany, Friday's sailing was postponed until early afternoon. On the third attempt racing began in a shifty south-westerly of around 14-18 knots, on a two-lap windward-leeward course with a final upwind finish.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup drama -Zach Railey (USA) leads fleet to medal race
Robert Deaves,
American Zach Railey returned to the top of the leader board after a tough day at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark. After leading the first race on Friday from start to finish, he placed seventh in race 10 to go in into Saturday's medal race with a narrow three point lead over Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN). Race ten was won by Giles Scott (GBR), who completes the top three places.... [more]
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Malcesine RC 44 Cup - Team Sea Dubai takes early lead in fleet race
Bernard Schopfer,
The fleet race contest of the RC 44 Malcesine Cup started this afternoon. As announced by PredictWind, the thermal breeze was blowing nicely after lunch time, allowing Chief Race Officer Peter Reggio to start on time.... [more]
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Launch deal on the first one hundred RS100s
RS Racing,
RS have been inundated with interest in the RS100 since it was announced in June – to the point that an increasing number of sailors have been keen to ensure they could get their hands on one of the first boats.... [more]
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GP14 Open Meeting at Solent SC
GP14 Association,
steady F2 from the south east greeted the 12 visitors (8 from NW London's Welsh Harp) to Lee on Solent SC's GP14 Open Meeting on Sunday 28th June,... [more]
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BUSA/ICSA Tour 09 - Event two
Nigel Vick,
The second event if the BUSA/ICSA Tour 09 took place at Chew Valley Sailing Club on Thursday 9th July and comprised a best of nine match, three boat team racing in Lasers.... [more]
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Welsh Yachting Association's Schools and Clubs Championships
WYA media,
South Wales dominated the one of the largest junior Welsh sailing events ever held in 40 years, as sailors competed for the coveted Schools, Clubs and County titles. There were more that 135 competitors taking to the water, making it one of the biggest entry lists in over 40 years of the event, with near-perfect weather conditions meaning the standards were also particularly high.... [more]
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RS Open at Lymington
RS media,
The RS Open on the 4th and 5th July was a resounding success. The RS Racing Circuit event took place with 75 boats participating in three races on each day.... [more]
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Images from the Finn Gold Cup
Richard Langdon images,
Richard Langdon images from Day 2 of the Finn Gold Cup. Ed Wright (GBR) now leads from Giles Scott (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO).... [more]
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Plan B for Rogerson in RB&I Solo Non-Stop Record Attempt
Ben Rogerson media,
Ben Rogerson had a minor setback today on his Mini Transat 6.50m Round Britain & Ireland Solo Non-Stop Record Attempt. Despite the frustration and temptation to put push on and hope that the gales will not materialise ( the team made a decision at 1400 hrs UTC today, safety first - records come second.... [more]
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Musto Skiffs report from the Lord Birkett Trophy 2009
Musto Skiff media,
Lake Ullswater was again venue for the annual Lord Birkett Trophy. As per usual, there was a plethora of boats. The Thames A Rater and an open canoe (quite literally a canoe with a sail and not to be confused with the high performance International Canoe) are only two examples of unusual boats featured at this event.... [more]
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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Day 1
Event media,
A light but steady breeze pushed the 450-boat fleet out into Dublin Bay today, (Thursday) for the first races of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, with fleets spread over seven courses between Howth and Killiney.... [more]
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Images from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown images,
Fiona Brown has supplied these images from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup. Quicksilver IV (GBR - Campbell, Torrance, Walker) now leads from Gorgeous Worgeous (GBR - Strauss, Hardesty, Young) with Chimaera (IRL - Craig, Andrade, Matthew) third.... [more]
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BT and Artemis Ocean Racing enter the Transat Jacques Vabre
OC Events,
Offshore Challenges will be managing two IMOCA entries is this year's Transat Jacques Vabre race that starts on 9th November. Both BT and Artemis Ocean Racing, two very different designs, will take on the 4,700-mile race from Le Havre (France) to Puerto Limon (Costa Rica).... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Event Preview
PWA Media,
Gran Canaria is considered by many to be the jewel in the PWA Tour's crown. Running between the 10th and 17th of July, the forecast is for nuclear winds, and high surf yet again. For years, Gran Canaria has held counsel to the biggest names in the sport, often being the location where windsurfing history is made.... [more]
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Barker wins Malcesine RC44 Cup Match Race
RC 44 media,
On great form in the Malcesine RC 44 Cup, Pieter Heerema and Ray Davies (Team No Way Back) started their day by putting a lot of pressure on Cameron Appleton (Team Aqua) during their pre-start, pushing Aqua out of the line prematurely.... [more]
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Mayflower Lark Open Meeting Report
Steve Hall report,
17 Larks made the trip to Mayflower SC to be greeted by sunshine and an 8-10 knot breeze. Race 1, first round the windward mark were Steve Hall and Simon Haighton followed by Emma Harris and Becky Priest, Stuart Hydon and Hannah Showell and Rich Bennett and Nicola Booth.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup leaderboard changes after Day Two
Fiona Brown,
It was all change at the top of the leader board on day two of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup. As the crews faced shifty light to moderate northerly winds the race committee did sterling work to produce two excellent courses that allow some truly nail biting competition amongst this highly competitive fleet.... [more]
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Paige Railey (USA) favourite for Laser Radial Europeans
Sailing Intelligence,
With the first race of the Women's European Laser Radial Championship about to take place this Saturday in Copenhagen, the competitors are wondering what the breeze will bring and how it will play to their particular sailing strengths and weaknesses.... [more]
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Wright (GBR) takes lead in 2009 Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
Sailors and equipment underwent a thorough testing on day four of the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark with strong winds introducing a new element to the championship. It was also all change at the top after race wins for Ed Wright (GBR) and Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN). Wright climbs to the top, with Giles Scott (GBR) in second and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) moving up to third.... [more]
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Entries open for Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships
Karenza Morton,
Entries are open online for the 2009 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships. Entries will be accepted from teams of six to sail in three-boat teams in Firefly and Feva dinghies for the Youth and Junior events respectively with a maximum 24 teams accepted for the Youth competition and 30 teams for the Juniors.... [more]
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Large fleet converges on Ireland for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Event Media,
A vast armada of 450 boats from France, Spain, the British Isles and sailing clubs all over Ireland will converge on Dun Laoghaire today for the start of Ireland's largest regatta, the four-day 2009 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR). The VDLR is the latest sailing event to ‘rock' Ireland this summer.... [more]
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60th birthday celebrations for the Finn
Sailing Intelligence,
The Finn was designed in 1949 by Swede Rickard Sarby ready for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. It has held its place at the Games ever since. Techniques have changed, thanks to the influx of Olympic sailors from the Laser class. Despite equipment changes and the boat getting lighter, the boat remains a handful particularly in strong winds.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup images
Richard Langdon images,
Images by photographer Richard Langdon of the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek. Slater (NZ) leads from Railey (USA) and Wright (GBR).... [more]
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Will the Tornado be at Olympics 2012??
UKCRA,
Nick Dewhirst , the Chairman of the United Kingdom Catamaran Racing Association says ‘. It now seems highly likely that, if IOC grants sailing an 11th medal, it will be for an Open Multihull Event, raced in Tornados, as in China, and that the chances of a favourable IOC decision are good, but that may not be known till October. ‘... [more]
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America's Cup - latest images - BOR90 goes sailing in new mode
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BOR90 the revamped trimaran, built by BMW Oracle Racing as part of its preparations for the 33rd America's Cup, sailed today off San Diego, for the first time after major modifications... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - Alinghi launch

With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Stayed tuned for the latest on the road to the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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Lifejackets are Useless unless worn
RNLI,
RNLI Lifejacket factsheet: Leisure boating takes place in a pleasurable environment and no one wants to think about the fact that there is the potential for things to go wrong. As one of our lifeboat crew, whose family have been lifeboat crew for four generations, says: ‘The sea doesn't get any less dangerous.'... [more]
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Alinghi lift and splash in Geneva
Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
At 16:00 this afternoon, Alinghi 5, the Swiss America's Cup Defender's new catamaran, was lifted out of the tent where it was built in Villeneuve, Switzerland, and into the air by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter, the biggest and most powerful in the world, to be launched on Lake Geneva.... [more]
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Impressive RORC fleet bound for Dinard - St Malo
Louay Habib,
There will be quite a spectacle off Cowes Green at midday this Friday; the biggest RORC fleet of the season will be jostling for position along the Yacht Squadron line, approximately 1,500 competitors will be on board, eager to race.... [more]
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Artemis early leader at Malcesine RC44 Cup
RC44 media,
Can anyone stop Dean Barker in Malcesine? The kiwi sailor is unbeaten after three matches. The Series got underway just after lunch, once the Ora (the local thermal breeze) had established itself with enough stability to allow fair matches. There was no time for warming up, or observing the opposition.... [more]
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Dorset Schools Regatta in Weymouth at WPNSA
Katie Doerr,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) will be playing host to the Dorset Schools Regatta funded by The Chesil Trust and run by SailLaser, on Thursday 9th July.... [more]
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Two challenging races on Day One of Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
The Dragon Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, got underway today in excellent style. The 27 strong fleet from across the UK, Ireland, France and the USA. Racing today took place in a shifty northerly wind that ranged from 12-18 knots giving the teams plenty to think about and lots of gears to change.... [more]
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Brits still ahead at 2009 Star Class European Championships
Andreas Kling,
After five races at the 2009 Star Class European Championships for Rolex Baltic Week the cream of the Star fleet are showing their class. Day 3 of the Rolex Baltic Week on the Kiel Fjord, northern Germany, brought cloudy skies and showers on Wednesday (8 July). The gusty, shifty conditions which have characterized the event so far continued with south-westerly breezes shifting up to 20 degrees.... [more]
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New leader in fight for World Match Racing Tour crown
WMRT media,
Match Cup Sweden signified the half way stage of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour. The new leaders are the French Match Racing Team of Mathieu Richard. Adam Minoprio's (NZL) ETNZ/Black Match team lost the top spot after failing to gain point at Match Cup Sweden.... [more]
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Dan Slater (NZL) leads Finn Gold Cup from Railey (USA) and Scott (GBR)
Robert Deaves,
After day three in Vallensbaek there is a new leader at the Finn Gold Cup. Dan Slater (NZL) heads the leader board but on the same points as Zach Railey (USA). Ed Wright (GBR) moves up to third. Race wins on Wednesday went to Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) and Marin Misura (CRO).... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta NOR published
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Notice of Race for the 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta has been now published and is available on the regatta's official website at www.kingscup.com. The regatta will take place from 28 November to 5 December 2009, with 5 days of sailing, one reserve day, 2 registration days and six social functions.... [more]
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