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Azzurra triumphs, Melges 32 Sailing Series and so much more sailing...

Welcome to this week's edition of Sail-World.com's European newsletter.

Lots of sailing news as the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Event No 1 in Italy kicked off the Melges season. After two days its seems the event is Fantastica....Be sure to check out Guido Trombetta's images from the event.

The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, an event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is also underway on the Bay of Palma and with over 1,000 sailors participating, the Bay is a sight to see when the classes are all out racing.

Azzurra, the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, skippered by Francesco Bruni beat an impressive line up, including Gavin Brady, to win the 46th Congressional Cup at Long Beach, in California. After the win Bruni said 'I am so happy for this success, the guys did an amazing job' and thanked his team for all their hard work and training time. Be sure to read the interview with Bruni on the America's Cup.

In other news the Rolex International Regatta is underway in St Thomas, Virgin Islands, the Clipper fleet are battling yet another storm as they make their way to San Francisco, the warring America's Cup parties have reached a settlement, the Volvo Ocean Race stopover port list is almost complete and the Delta Lloyd regatta has announced plans for its expansion.

Of course we have much more for your enjoyment ....


Sail-World.com Team



Wind and great sailing for start of ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma
Event Media,
Low and unstable wind on the first day of racing of the 41 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, third event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. The top level of the sailors was clear today with very tight results in all races. The overall results show a top 5 to be defined in most classes with some surprises. A clear example is found in the 470 men, with 93 boats divided in two groups.... [more]
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2010 Melges 32 Sailing Series Event, No. 1 - Still Fantastica
Melges 32 Class Association,
2010 Melges 32 Sailing Series Event, No. 1 in Lerici, Italy. Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica is officially the boat to beat. Dominating races one and two, Cirillo remained in front of the fleet, increasing his lead, on each beat and run. It appeared that no other team could match their speed.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Something in the sky, big and bright, yellow and hot
Zoe Williamson,
The crew of Uniquely Singapore made an urgent call for their skipper to come on deck yesterday. Initially alarmed, Jim Dobie rushed up from the nav station to see his team pointing skywards. 'Skip, skip,' they said, 'There's something in the sky, it's big, bright and yellow and it feels quite hot!'... [more]
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Team Azzurra's Francesco Bruni wins the Congressional Cup
Team Azzurra Media,
Team Azzurra of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda yesterday won the 46th Congressional Cup, world renowned event organized by the Long Beach Yacht Club which each year attracts some of the best match racing skippers. This is the only ISAF Grade 1 match racing event held in the USA.... [more]
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Butterworth - I'll defect if it means a crack at the America's Cup
stuff.co.nz,
Brad Butterworth is determined to sail in the next America's Cup, unequivocally shunning retirement talk, admitting he would sail for a new syndicate to chase his dream of winning back the Auld Mug, should his current team fold. The Alinghi skipper was back in New Zealand during the past week for a holiday after (for once) sailing in the losing syndicate during last month's deed-of-gift match... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Azzurra the Crimson Blazer holders
Rich Roberts,
Francesco Bruni and his team Azzurra crew squeezed the last bit of breath out of the 46th Congressional Cup Saturday. Unusually capricious conditions for the venue bedeviled the four semifinalists with a simmering offshore Santa Ana desert breeze arriving at 18 knots from the east... [more]
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41 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre starts tomorrow- full entry list
Neus Jordi and Sail-World.com,
Racing at the 41 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre starts tomorrow and this new edition of the event in Palma, has attracted around 20 Olympic medallists from all classes and over 1,000 sailors from 40 nations.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Standouts at the back of the pack
KPMS,
International Rolex Regatta. The IC 24s, which had snuck in an extra buoy race yesterday after the rest of the fleet headed home from the races to Charlotte Amalie and back. They may be at the back of the pack in the Non-Spinnaker Racing Class, but MuMu Sunset and Winds of Glory are still standouts at the International Rolex Regatta.... [more]
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Melges 32 Series Event 1 images
Guido Trombetta/Studio Borlenghi images,
Guido Trombetta/Studio Borlenghi images from the first race of the Audi Melges 32 Series Event 1 race in Lerici.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Event No. 1 - Fantastica
Melges 32 Class Association,
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 1 kicked off with three races. Cirillo and Alberini are tied in points with Cirillo winning on countback. Lalli is third overall and back only one point.... [more]
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Rolex International Regatta in St Thomas images from Ingrid Abery
Sail-World.com and Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from day one of the Rolex International Regatta in St Thomas.... [more]
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Clipper fleet into another building storm as it heads to San Francisco
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 09-10 Leg 7. 'It seems like no matter how far you go south at the moment there is no escaping the wind,' reports Uniquely Singapore's Jim Dobie. 'It's not the wind which is causing the problem, it is the sea state that comes with it. With a large ground swell still running from the previous system, the strengthening wind causes the top of the sea to form breaking waves.... [more]
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America's Cup: Talking with Azzurra's Franceso Bruni - Looking Ahead
Diane Swintal for CupInfo,
A year ago, Francesco Bruni came to the Congressional Cup as a last minute replacement following a successful debut at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series with Damiani Italia. But with the future uncertain for Cup employment, his main focus at the time was the Joe Fly Farr 40 program.... [more]
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Paul Cayard talks about possible America's Cup 34 plans
Diane Swintal for CupInfo,
Paul Cayard, America's Cup sailor and President of the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA), spoke to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night at Ullman Sails in Costa Mesa, CA, talking about his sailing career and his recent past at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland.... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta NoR now posted
Bill Harris,
Now in its twelfth year, Jersey's combined clubs' star attraction, the Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta, is certainly an event not to be missed. Taking place from third to 5th September, the Regatta will see Jersey's racing fleet out in force, eager to take on all-comers whether they be sportsboat, cruiser/racer, dayboat, sport-catamaran or dinghy.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Brady leads Bruni, Berntsson, Hardesty in sailoffs
Rich Roberts,
Brady (NZL), with 15 wins and 3 losses in the double round robin, picked first-time Con Cup skipper Bill Hardesty (USA) (11-7) as his opening opponent in the best-of-three sailoffs, but the other match between Italy's Francesco Bruni, on a 10-race win streak at 14-4, and defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, also 14-4, stands to be just as lively, if not more so.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta 2010 -Interlodge wins the town race
Regatta News,
After all was said and done, Interlodge, with Lynn driving last-minute for Fragomen when Fragomen fell ill, won today's first 'town' race. In other classes crew were to blame ...'It's my crew's fault,' deadpanned Antonio Sanpere (Christiansted, VI), who handily won both races with his J/36 Cayennita Grande in CSA Non-Spinnaker Racing Class. 'No matter how I tried to screw up, they made it right.'... [more]
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America's Cup Legal settlement unshackles the next Match
Richard Gladwell,
All litigation in the 33rd America's Cup has been discontinued, following an acceptance of an agreement announced between the four parties today. The dropping of the litigation will allow the formal handover of the various properties associated with the America's Cup and which are held by the Defender... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island prepares for the worst
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: California escort duty has proved trickier than anticipated. Just over 24 hours since handing over California escort duties to Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt is stretching her legs once more and has made some good progress towards San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup legal settlement reached over 33rd Match
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
An agreement has been reached with the previous America's Cup Trustee, Societe Nautique de Genève, that all outstanding litigation in the New York courts concerning the recent 33rd Match will be dropped by both sides. This includes GGYC's Breach of Fiduciary Duty ('BFD') claim against SNG, as well as all other claims over the design and construction of yachts Alinghi 5and USA.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Impressive world class line-up
Neus Jordi and Sail-World.com,
41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will welcome around 680 boats and 1,000 sailors from 40 nations in the bay of Palma. The ISAF Sailing World Cup arrives in Europe following the events in Melbourne in December and Miami in January.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield buys yacht to compete in Velux 5 Oceans
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges,
Canada's most experienced round the world yachtsman can today announce the purchase of a yacht to race in the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek Hatfield and Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges has bought the Eco 60 yacht Great America III (formerly Solidaires) from veteran American solo sailor Rich Wilson.... [more]
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NZ Government announces funding for Volvo Ocean Race stopover
beehive.govt.nz and Sail-World.com,
The New Zealand Government seems to have finally realised that there is a bidding, or rather stopover announcement process underway for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Eight venues have already been announced in the nine leg race. Today the NZ Government announced that it was kicking in with NZD1.5million (UKP750,000) for a stopover in Auckland.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Semi finalists decided
Rich Roberts,
Francesco Bruni's sailing world turned in the 46th Congressional Cup Thursday when the Azzurra team skipper from Italy swept five races to join defending champion Johnie Berntsson and four-time winner Gavin Brady in Saturday's semifinals, as Bill Hardesty of San Diego slipped into position to claim the fourth slot.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta: Racing starts tomorrow
Rolex Regatta News,
There are always good reasons to get away to the Caribbean but none as good as participating in the three-day International Rolex Regatta, which is due to begin tomorrow, making it the 37th time this annual classic has been hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club in the U.S. Virgin Islands.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge - Ainslie and TeamOrigin crew to compete
Louay Habib,
The RORC Easter Challenge is the first inshore regatta of a busy season of racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. For the first time in nearly ten years, a British America's Cup team, TeamOrigin, will be competing in the Solent. TeamOrigin are not the only ones using the RORC Easter Challenge as a build up event for the season, many of the country's bright prospects for the future will be compet... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World race - Another low approaches the fleet
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Quindgao to San Francisco Day 24. Crews are tightening their belts as another serious low pressure system approaches the fleet. Team Finland has picked up pace after a frustrating 24 hours of headwinds.... [more]
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Team New Zealand defends BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010
Ivor Wilkins,
New Zealand became the first nation to successfully win back to back titles in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final when a young crew led by Phil Robertson swept to victory on their home waters in Auckland today. In winning the prestigious amateur regatta in a field of seven nations, Robertson and his crew successfully defended the title won in Italy last year by another New Zealand crew... [more]
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2010 Congressional Cup Day 2 - Unsettled business
Rich Roberts,
A jolt of intensity, a runaway mark and some unsettled business in the jury room left the 46th Congressional Cup in overnight anxiety after competition lurched through Day 2 Wednesday. The problem developed when, in a brisk building breeze, the windward mark broke loose from its ground tackle.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: New Hull & Humber skipper announced
Clipper Ventures,
ustin Taylor will take over as the skipper of Clipper 09-10 Race entry Hull & Humber following skipper Piers Dudin's broken leg and subsequent medevac whilst racing from Qingdao, China to San Francisco. A highly experienced yachtsman, Justin is a qualified RYA Yacht Master Ocean, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and has more than 120,000 nautical miles under his belt.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta to expand dramatically
Diana Bogaards,
In 2010 the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta The Hague will expand dramatically. Due to the addition of Olympic and Paralympic sailors, the organization banks on a growth of about 200 boats. Both the Laser Euro Cup (Standard and Radial) as well as the 470 class are part of the program.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Miami added to stop over ports
Volvo Ocean Race,
Miami, Florida, will host the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The race village will be located at Bicentennial Park, on the Biscayne Bay, in the heart of Downtown Miami. It is a 29-acre, open park which is suited for major events and has been used in the past for shows such as the Cirque Du Soleil.... [more]
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Clipper Leg 7 Qingdao to San Francisco – Fuel transfer to California
Zoe Williamson,
Uniquely Singapore has caught up with the US entry and the crew have begun the task of transferring fuel. The plan is to use several of the Clipper 68s as refuelling vessels for California to ensure they have enough to get them to San Francisco safely, more than 1,800 miles away.... [more]
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RC 44 Class aims to create an American circuit
Bernard Schopfer,
The RC 44 Class Association announces today its project to expand to North America. Following three successful editions of the RC 44 Championship Tour in Central Europe and the Middle-East, the Class plans to develop a North American circuit. An RC 44 will be displayed in Newport (RI) this spring, allowing potential owners to test-sail the boat.... [more]
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Survival conditions for Day 3 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010
Ivor Wilkins,
The wind gods in Auckland, New Zealand continued to raise the challenge for the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 today, with winds gusting over 30 knots testing their skills to the limit. Today saw the beginning of the match race section of the regatta, starting with the teams who placed fourth to seventh in the fleet racing competing in a sudden death... [more]
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Congressional Cup 2010: Berntsson (SWE) all alone at 5-0 after Day 1
Rich Roberts,
The Long Beach breeze would seldom be called fickle, but it took a freak turn Tuesday that settled a battle of unbeatens and left defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden in first place after Day 1 of the 46th Congressional Cup. Late in the fourth of five flights, the wind shifted 70 degrees to northwest directly out of downtown Long Beach and dropped from a peak of 16 knots to 3, sending Ber... [more]
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2010 Audi MedCup: five trophies, five names
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit is due to start in Cascais on May 11th, the first event of the new season. The official names for the five trophies of the year have just been announced.... [more]
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2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race South American stopover announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race: he cityof Itajaí, in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, will be the South American stopover for the race. The Volvo Ocean Race crews will have faced major challenges in the Southern Ocean, where icebergs, whales, huge waves and fiercely cold temperatures are common-place, Itajaí will be a great place for them to regain their strength before heading offshore again.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: California crew safely transferred to merchant vessel
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 - The California crew have safely transferred to a merchant vessel. The 180-metre tanker was on passage from Yokohama to Los Angeles and diverted by US Coastguard last night. The fleet is now experiencing a lull in conditions which is providing a welcomed respite.... [more]
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Split Olympic Sailing Week 2010: The wrap up
Split Olympic Sailing Week,
Great conditions on closing day of Split Olympic Sailing Week 2010. Southeasterly averaging around 17 knots made everybody happy - 100 boats were 'flying' with the wind on sailing area 'Bravo'.... [more]
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Strong winds test skills on Day 2 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final
Ivor Wilkins,
Strong, gusty winds blowing over 20 knots saw the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 having to use all their boat handling skills to keep control today. The second day of the competition in Auckland, New Zealand produced varied conditions, starting with light, fickle breezes and ending in a howling wind, with spinnakers straining... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune,
'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans: Henri Lloyd continues the partnership
Velux 5 Oceans,
Clipper Ventures announced their continued long term partnership with Henri Lloyd, selecting the specialist British marine clothing company as the Official Technical Clothing Supplier to the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11.... [more]
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Congressional Cup preview - Fifth Crimson Blazer Brady's goal
Rich Roberts,
A fifth Crimson Blazer: that's Gavin Brady's goal in the 46th Congressional Cup running Tuesday through Saturday as the only Grade 1 Open match racing event in the United States. Brady was an unknown 21 when he won his first Congressional Cup in 1996.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup Palma latest entry is Maltese Falcon
Kate Branagh,
This week Maltese Falcon confirmed that they will take part in The Superyacht Cup Palma, June 23–26, 2010. Finding somewhere to berth an 88m yacht is not always easy, but Astilleros de Mallorca, a long-term supporter and Silver Sponsor of The Superyacht Cup, will accommodate Maltese Falcon for the duration of the event.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta - Two new Big Boat courses added for 2010
Linda Phillips,
New for the 2010 BVI Spring Regatta, April 2 – 4, are two courses for the Sol Racing Area specifically designed for the big boats. With the start south east of Road Town, Course One will takes the big boys through Round Rock passage, south of Virgin Gorda and then north of Richard Branson's Necker Island before turning southwest and skirting between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke.... [more]
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Clipper California reports being rolled in major Pacific storm
Zoe Williamson,
Having been alerted to a problem on California after they activated their EPIRB yesterday afternoon a clearer picture of the team's dismasting is now beginning to emerge.... [more]
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60ft Plastiki sets sail from San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
The voyage of the Plastiki began in earnest yesterday as the 60' man made plastic catamaran was towed unceremoniously out to sea of the San Francisco coast and released in calm condition and a gentle swell. The mission, the brain child of David de Rothschild , heir of the de Rothschild European banking dynasty began in 2006 and has seen its share of delays and setbacks, and a lack of cooperating w... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's Day-to-day round the world + Video
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Day to day summary of Groupama 3's round the world record attempt. After her second failed attempt in November 2009 and a return to Lorient to reinforce Groupama 3's structure, the stand-by period was drawing to a close: a gap in the weather, albeit it narrow, was enough to inspire them to go for the record...... [more]
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