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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race underway
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is underway. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital led the charge across the line, followed by the Irish entry, Cork, and Spirit of Australia. More than 100,000 people lined the banks of the Humber to watch the start.... [more]
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2009 RYA National Ranking Series - The Stage is set
Lindsey Bell,
The Stage is set for 2009 RYA National Ranking Series. The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta (14-19 September) is the first of the three regattas comprising the National Ranking Series.... [more]
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L'Hydroptere - 51 knots and flying, the video
Sail-World.com,
L'Hydroptere' sailed by Alain Thebault and his crew set a new, yet to be ratified outright sailing speed record in Hyeres (FRA) with a run at 51,36 knots. L'Hydroptere has touched 55 knots but on this September 2 run set two new speed records over 500 metres and 1000 metres - both marks are yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.... [more]
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Etchells Red Funnel One design keelboat series in the Solent
Laurence Mead,
This weekend was a weekend for newcomers and returning stalwarts. Head of the newcomers list was solo ace Oscar Mead, just 19 and having conquered the Atlantic solo earlier this summer, he was steering an Etchells for the first time.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit Final - Two different strategies
Event media,
Audi MedCup Circuit final race preview. On a race area which last year proved one of the most challenging of the season, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) will seek to clinch the overall Audi MedCup Circuit by keeping their average scores consistently high... [more]
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2009 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Final
Emma Slater,
It was a case of deja vu at the 2009 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Final. Reigning champions Aaron Lowther, 16, and Steven Curtis, 12, both blasted their way to Championship victory once again.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Leaderboard all tied up
Daniel Ferrando,
In the day prior to the start of the decisive final leg of the Istanbul Europa Race, Estrella Damm and their fellow competitors are making the last minute preparations. The fleet will leave the Catalan capital and sail into the Mediterranean, en route to Brest in north Brittany, France.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Start line collision
JP/GPO - Sail-World.com,
The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 commenced at 2.17pm today. The weather conditions were ideal. A hot sun with 15 knots of breeze from the northeast. The sea was relatively flat, and slightly lumpy, with an almost perfect start. Thierry Martinez took the start line images.... [more]
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World Match Tour - A Danish Fairytale Finale
Sailing Intelligence,
While yesterday may have been the day of protests and considerable umpire activity, today was more about boat handling with the wind gods finally turning up the volume, the breeze having veered into the north and gusting into the low 20s.... [more]
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I14 POW Week - Final Day report and results
Martin Jones,
The last day of the 2009 POW week saw the 14 fleet launch itself into the biggest waves and strongest breeze of the week. In challenging conditions the racing was close to the end.... [more]
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Britannia Trophy 2009 at Liverpool Yacht Club
J.Connolly,
Britannia Trophy 2009 - the 15th running for a trophy awarded annually to the winner of a pursuit race on the Mersey adjacent to the Britannia Hotel was held on Saturday 12th September 2009.... [more]
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2009 6mR World Cup - news and results
Event media,
In the final day of racing for the 2009 6mR World Cup, the fleet that had traveled from eleven countries on three continents, raced in moderate conditions combining wind from 8-15 knots with rain squalls. One race was run for each division with a four 1.5nm leg course set at 040 degrees.... [more]
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Gul RS600 National Championships Day One report and results
Debbie Darling,
Gul RS600 National Championships day one report and results. After turning up to a bright and breezy Hayling Island Sailing Club the 600 fleet took to the water, meet by a breezy f3+.... [more]
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Maxi Rolex Cup images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi images from the Maxi Rolex Cup held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Italy.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Final Day - Winners take their opportunities
KPMS,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup final day's report. Good news also for those yachts still within touching distance of the top. A race would mean opportunity and in yacht-racing opportunity is everything, but only if you are prepared to take it. If only it were so simple.... [more]
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World Match Tour Danish Open - Penalty packed action
Sailing Intellgence,
2009 World Match Tour Danish Open - Possibly following yesterday's frustration, there were a huge number of penalties today to keep the on-the-water judges occupied.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Louis Vuitton World Series in Match Racing headwinds
Richard Gladwell,
Just days after being launched in Paris, the Louis Vuitton World Series would seem to be beating into a stiffening breeze. At the launch of the new Series along with the World Sailing Teams Association, questions were immediately raised as to how the new event would work with the existing World Match Racing Tour and the strictures of the International Sailing Federation... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 starts Sunday
Event Media,
There will be 49 series boats to leave for The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6,50 on Sunday. If the majority are French of course - 30 - the Italians come second with six citizens. There are then two Spanish, two English, two Australians, two Germans and finally a Portuguese skipper, a New Zealander, one Swiss, a Dutchman and a South African ... and only two women among 47 men.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain... [more]
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Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 2
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more]
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RYA's 2010 Club of the Year Award applications opened by Dee Caffari
Emma Slater,
Record breaking yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, today (11 September) opened applications for the RYA's 2010 Club of the Year Award at the 2009 PSP Southampton Boat Show. The Club of the Year Award aims to recognise and promote clubs that are successful, forward looking, and vibrant. Clubs from all over the UK submitt applications detailing how they encourage people onto the water.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Day Two - Challenges all round
KPMS,
Rolex Big Boat Series day two report. The wind quickly picked up to 25-plus knots by the second race of the day, giving the 97 boats competing in four IRC and seven one-design classes a challenging day.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - collision mystery
Nancy Knudsen,
Sadly, 16-year-old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship at sea in a shipping lane is just ordinary inexperience and miscalculation. Her AIS would have made her aware of it in good time. She therefore had the capacity to turn away, and, at a speed of probably 5 knots, get the hell out of there! Why didn't she do it?... [more]
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Artemis Ocean Racing ‘young gun' Mini Transat starter
Artemis Ocean Racing Team,
Artemis Ocean Racing ‘young gun', Ollie Bond, takes to the water on Sunday (13th September) for the start of the Mini Transat race. Bond, 29, from Bristol is among race favourites so British hopes are high for this year's event but with 84 entries it will be a tough field.... [more]
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Gul RS Vareo Nationals Day One report
Debbie Darling,
Gul RS Vareo Nationals day one-38 Vareos travelled to Netley SC for a long weekend of sailing and competition for the Gul RS Vareo National Championship.... [more]
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Dragon World Championship final report and images - Jensen's victory
Event Media,
Dragon Worlds final day's report and images from the event. The eighth and final race on Friday was decisive for the Gaastra Dragon Worlds in Medemblik. The new world champion has not won a race this week but sailed a very consistent series.... [more]
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Six Metre World Cup Day Four - Difficult conditions for the fleet
6mR World Cup Media,
Six Metre World Cup Day 4 report. Today, rainsqualls and limited visibility added to the strong northeast wind. In the Classics Division, Titia (GBR-22) won both races of the day (5 and 6 of the series) co-skippered by Andy Postle and Andy Prince.... [more]
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The Pope anoints the Louis Vuitton World Series
Paul Henderson,
Former International Sailing Federation President, Paul Henderson writes giving his thoughts on the Louis Vuitton World Series: Several years ago Cayard and Coutts met me in Los Angeles and we discussed this same concept and it was a 'no brainer' (as you say). The only difference is that they came to ISAF at the concept stage but that is a detail but with no sponsor like Louis Vuitton.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 Day Four - Leaders hold steady
Event Media,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup fleet were divided into two main groups today. One batch undertook a coastal course, whilst the other some short course racing. Most of the overnight leaders put in good or reasonable performances and even those that had difficult days did enough to maintain their positions.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton World Series: Hong Kong looks a Gift Horse in the mouth
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asian Editor,
Sailors in Hong Kong are no doubt delighted that the city is still on the short list of places to host a regatta in the Series. But the Hong Kong Government have as much imagination as a box of whelks, and tend to see problems before opportunities. Will they be albe to appreciate the enormous media and PR exposure that a LVWS event in Hong Kong would generate for the city?... [more]
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The America's Cup has been mugged
Angus Phillips, Washington Post,
Team New Zealand won the America's Cup from Dennis Conner in San Diego in 1995. In March 1997, a protester of Maori heritage slipped into the trophy room with a sledgehammer hidden on his person and bashed the silver ewer to a pretzeled hulk when no one was looking. My question is, where is that sledgehammer-wielding man when we need him?... [more]
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Pantaenius to sponsor YJA Awards
Yachting Journalists' Association,
International marine insurance intermediary, Pantaenius UK is to sponsor the Yachting Journalists' Association's (YJA) top awards, the Yachtsman of the Year and Young Sailor of the Year.... [more]
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‘Brotherhood of the Sea' comes to Jessica Watson's aid
Bob Wonders,
Marine industry companies stand firm with Jessica Watson. Gold Coast City Marina's Leigh-Smith described the actions of the companies that stepped forward to assist as being a first class example of 'the Brotherhood of the Sea.'... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Day One - Class leaders emerge
Dana Paxton,
Rolex Big Boat Series day one report. Over 1,000 sailors on 97 boats in 11 classes are competing through Sunday, September 13. The largest one-design fleet is the J/105 class with 25 boats.... [more]
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Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 1
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup- World Yacht Clubs invade Newport
Barby MacGowan,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - It will be reminiscent of Newport's America's Cup days when 19 yacht club teams from 14 nations descend on this 'City by the Sea' next week.... [more]
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Dragon Worlds Day Four and Jensen is back on top
Event media,
Dragon Worlds - Poul Richard Hoj Jensen is back on top of the leaderboard. He has a lead of only two point over Lars Hendrikson which promises a very exiting final race tomorrow.... [more]
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Irish SB3 National Championship Preview
Sarah Byrne,
The Irish SB3 National Championship will be held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club from the 18th to the 20th of September. Among the main contenders will be Ben Duncan and crew from HYC, and a strong contingent from Northern Ireland including Gareth Flannigan sailing McCreedy sailboats and Peter Kennedy / Dave Cheyne.... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Dempsey takes the win
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Windsurfing Worlds. An emphatic win for both the Mens and Womens Champions. Over in the women's medal race, the battle was for the bronze medal. And in the Mens competition it has been a long time coming. The last Olympic windsurfing world champion from Great Britain was Barry Edgington and that was back in 1992.... [more]
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World Match Tour Danish Open - Day One extreme challenges
Sailing Intellgence,
Aboard the familiar DS37 yachts that are regularly used at the top match racing events in Scandinavia, the 12 Danish Open skippers were able to sail eight flights, PRO Mads Korsgaard keen to get as many races in as possible, with similar conditions forecast for tomorrow.... [more]
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Southern Spars' Rig Pro and RSB Rigging Solutions of Palma join forces
Brenna Pringle,
Southern Spars Rig pro and RSB Rigging Solutions have announced they are to form a new partnership. The pairing will combine the world-class reputation of Southern Spars' Rig Pro, with the expertise and facilities of RSB Rigging Solutions. The new alliance will provide a high quality service operation to superyachts in the Med.... [more]
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Spain and Great Britain hone in on windsurfing world titles
Lindsey Bell,
RS:X Worlds. Spain and Great Britain hone in on windsurfing world titles. Marina Alabau of Spain and Great Britain's Nick Dempsey are within touching distance of windsurfing World Championship glory.... [more]
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