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Highspeed videos Sailrocket, the Danes ask could sailing be bigger than football?



Vestas Sailrocket record attempt - video highlights
Media,
Vestas Sailrocket, piloted by Paul Larsen, has just returned to Walvis Bay, Namibia to attempt to break the sailing speed record now held by L'Hydroptere. Enjoy these highlights from the team's previous record attempts.... [more]
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Could sailing be bigger than football?
Dansk Sejlunion,
It's often said that sailing will never be a spectator sport, but Secretary General of the Danish Sailing Association, Dan Ibsen, begs to differ... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Race 2 Day 8 - Into Stealth Mode
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10: Race 2 Day 8 report. Cork, Ireland has been battling away in the middle of the fleet since destroying their medium weight spinnaker in a disastrous wrap, but they're keeping pace with Team Finland as they head through the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Racing for the Traditional Classes
KPMS,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The Wally class had its start at 12.30, followed by the Modern boats with their start at 13.30. As the sun came up over this small village, the majority of the kings and queens of the nightclubs had retired and almost all the streets were quiet. All, that is, except those leading into la Place des Lices, where the famous open-air market was just coming to life.... [more]
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SNG tries to flush out GGYC on America's Cup venue
Richard Gladwell,
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve have issued an Open letter to the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club, advising that preparations are underway in their chosen venue, Ras al-Khaimah (UAE). Since the venue was announced Golden Gate YC has not made any official comment as to whether they will agree to the venue, or revert to their previous stated position that sel... [more]
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Samoan Tsunami causes concern for sailing regatta in Cook Islands
Richard Gladwell,
A Pacific Islands sailing regatta in the Cook Islands has been on tenterhooks after the nearby Samoan tsunami disaster caused over 100 deaths. The Cook Islands are about 150nm from Samoa, and a sailing regatta has been hosted at Aututaki for all of this week. Surrounding islands have been devastated, where waves of four metres hit. There are reports of one New Zealand fatality.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 4 report plus video
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 4. After the early start of the previous day, it was a welcome break for the sailors to arrive at the event site at 09:00. With plenty of wind, and the sun breaking through the clouds, the race crew quickly set the course in preparation for a downwind duel between the World's fastest windsurfers.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Ten TP52's including the defending champions Quantum Racing (USA) and 2007 winners Artemis (SWE) will compete for the TP52 World title starting in one week's time off Palma, Mallorca. Racing at the TP52 World Championships starts with the official practice race on Tuesday 6th October and finishes on Sunday 11th October.... [more]
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RC 44 Portoroz Cup - Artemis fires up in practice race
RC44 media,
Dean Barker and his Team Artemis confirmed their great form today, leading the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup ahead of Team Aqua (Cameron Appleton) and Paul Cayard's new Team Katusha.... [more]
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Sonar World Championship at Noroton Yacht Club
Lee Morrison,
International Sonar Class World Championship. The Sonar is a 23' keel boat designed by Rowayton, Connecticut resident Bruce Kirby. It is known as an easy to sail, highly competitive, one-design boat appealing to club racing fleets, team and match racing championships, and para-olympic sailors.... [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, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race 2, Day 7. Mother nature in control
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 - Race 2: La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro. Day 7 report. Mother Nature pulled the plug and the normally reliable trade winds are switched off.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 3 - Competition report plus video
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
2009 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 3 report. With the difficult freestyle conditions that the sailors were up against, the higher ranked competitors played it fairly safe in the first round to ensure they made the cut and advanced through.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez sets sail
KPMS,
11th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, nearly 300 boats are participating in this grand event.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominations announced
ISAF,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominees have been announced. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 are taken into consideration.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Battle by Affidavit
Richard Gladwell,
Another couple of Affidavits hit desk of Justice Shirley Kornreich, in the New York Supreme Court, last week. They are the latest in a building storm over the rules to be used for the upcoming America's Cup, scheduled for Ras al Khaimah in early February 2010. While the arguments may seem to be over a few words, the implications for professional sport are potentially much more severe.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 2 - Another day spent onshore
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 2. The slalom sailors were tantalizingly close to starting their first heats today, but with variable winds plaguing the event site, they have been forced to wait for another day. Race director Juan Antonio Aragon made every effort to get the racing underway today, but the wind was far too gusty to hold any heats.... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam - Seven different race winners
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Amsterdam. There were seven different race winners in this penultimate event, that was more about tactics than boat handling. Gitana Extreme sailed brilliantly under pressure to win the penultimate iShares Cup Amsterdam event ahead of Oman Sail Renaissance,... [more]
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12 Metre World Championships - Evoking memories
Jan Harley,
2009 12 Metre World Championships final day report. For the final act of the world championships, two races were sailed in all four divisions – Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional and Vintage – before The Candy Store Cup was re-run after being abandoned on day two of racing.... [more]
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Jessica Watson blames instruments for bulk carrier collision
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson, who is aiming for the Round the World youngest sailor record has responded strongly to the Maritime Safety Queensland's damning assessment of the incident where her yacht was involved with a collision with a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast recently.... [more]
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Bliksem (USA) takes Melges 32 World Title
Barby MacGowan,
Pieter Taselaar's (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) Bliksem (USA) has taken victory in the Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009, the first edition of the Worlds for the class, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo. Taselaar's team included Jeremy Wilmot (Newport, R.I.) as tactician and his brother Nathan (Sydney, Australia), who is a 470 Men's Olympic Gold medalist (2008). Other crew me... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championship ready to roll 14 countries 101 boats
Sabrina Bonaiti,
In a few days, from the 27th of September to the 3rd of October, The Platu 25 World Championship is going to start with a 101 boat fleet sailing out of the prestigious Yacht Club in Punta Ala, Tuscany. The most competitive crews, nationally and Internationally, will take part in the World Championship in Punta Ala, coinciding with the IV leg of the Italian Circuit. There will be crews coming f... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship images - New World Champion
Guido Trombetta and Stefano Gattini images,
Melges 32 World Championship images. Bliksem wins title. This gallery of images is presented by Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12 gains Class40 Association endorsement
Oliver Dewar,
The Class40 Association are extremely pleased and proud to confirm that we have signed an exclusive contract with the organisers of The Global Ocean Race 2011-12,' said Jacques Fournier, President of the class. For Josh Hall, who devised the concept of the event with American yachtsman Joe Harris, this is a rewarding milestone.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 2: Day 6 - The lead changes again
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10 Race 2: Day 6 report. This morning these fantastic downwind conditions are starting to fade, however, as the wind decreases in strength and the teams report shorter runs over the last 24-hours. The forecasted wind direction and strength is looking very stable over the next 48-hours and many of the teams are taking advantage of this stability to undertake routine checks and essenti... [more]
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Mideast host seeks to calm jitters on America's Cup venue
Brian Murphy,
No one will mistake this for Valencia. To reach the site picked for the next America's Cup, swing past the camel racetrack near the airport. Then pass by South Asian groceries and dusty rows of villas under construction. Finally, turn toward a stretch of the Persian Gulf where the ruling sheiks are building an island shaped a bit like a plant inspired by Dr Seuss.... [more]
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Book announcement - 'Classic and Modern Yachts in St Tropez'
Sail-World,
Yachting photographers, Juerg Kaufmann and Daniel Forster, and sailing writer, Lynn Fitzpatrick, have teamed up to produce a coffee table book of Les de Saint-Tropez entitled 'Partners in Traditon – Classic and Modern Yachts in Saint-Tropez'. The book will be packed will stunning images and highlights of the yachts, people and atmosphere of the event.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket arrives back in Walvis Bay for record attempt
Paul Larsen,
Greetings everyone, once more from the Vestas Sailrocket operations base in Walvis Bay, Namibia. We had maxed out our luggage and it had been a real effort to get everything down here. We had all sorts of fragile toys... some of which are up to 7' long to get through customs and baggage terminals. I... [more]
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Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai - Ideal conditions for last day
Event media,
Régates Royales de Cannes-Trophée Panerai. This edition also gave enthusiasts the chance to see, aligned side by side on the pontoon, five of the most celebrated Eric Tabarly's Pen Duick boats, but also to discover the 15M Mariska, just re-launched after more than two and a half years' restoration works in the Charpentiers Réunis shipyard in La Ciotat.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 1 - Onshore
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
The 2009 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 1 report. The race committee put every effort into getting the competitors off the beach and in front of the huge crowds, with the course set from the word go. Unfortunately the promising early morning breeze failed to materialize into anything strong enough for wave, freestyle or even slalom competition today.... [more]
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SNG files opposition documents to GGYC latest America's Cup litigation
Richard Gladwell,
Societe Nautique de Geneve, the Swiss based Defender of the America's Cup has served opposition documents to the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club (San Francisco, USA) requesting the New York Supreme Court to deny GGYC's latest motion and reaffirming that the SNG is entitled under the Deed of Gift to set the rules for the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]
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Schuyler's America's Cup letter still relevant after 122 years
Sail-world.com,
Back in May this year, Sail-World published the letter to which reference is often made regarding the need, perceived or real, for the Challenger to provide a Customs House Registry certificate so the Defender can be assured of the dimensions of the Challenging yacht. Over the months of Court Hearings and submissions the matter still has not been resolved, and the letter has a new significance... [more]
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iShares Cup Amsterdam: Another bang, crash collision and Leader holed
iShares Cup,
iShares Cup Amsterdam - The trickiest racecourse on the European circuit proved testing for the nine Extreme 40s. After yesterday's practice day which saw Mike Golding's Ecover on the dockside undergoing overnight repairs, the teams were in little doubt that the first day of racing at the iShares Cup Amsterdam on the IJ-Haven canal could be a ‘make or break' scenario.... [more]
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