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 25 Apr 2011
 


Can Ainslie do it again? Latest local and international sailing news

Welcome to our holiday edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

All eyes are on Hyères as the Semaine Olympique Française, the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway.


The burning question .. can Ben Ainslie repeat his last performance, win the event and stamp his dominance on the Finn class once again? Giles Scott will not give up without a fight, neither will Ed Wright or Andrew Mills. Interesting Ben's observation that during his absence his fellow Finn sailors have gotten fitter and stronger and he feels that he is at a disadvantage.

Gilles Scott (GBR41) Finn - Semaine Olympique Francais  Guillaume Durand


The RORC Easter Challenge has wrapped; reports and and some great images from the event by Tom Gruitt.

Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was 21 again last week. Wonderful contributions by various SINnerS. Congratulations Bob.

On the America's Cup front, Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed their campaign and major sponsors.

We have loads more news, videos and images from around the sailing world.

Have a great week.


Sail-World.com Team



Semaine Olympique Française Finns - Team GBR dominate
Robert Deaves,
On the opening day for Finns at the 43rd Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, Skandia Team GBR sailors were once again dominant.... [more]
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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ...
Various Sinners,
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Fantastic sailing conditions for day one
Louay Habib,
Fantastic sailing conditions marked the start of the 44th Antigua Sailing Week with clear blue skies echoed in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. A breeze of 15 knots from the east gave a gentle start to the regatta.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge final day
James Boyd,
RORC Easter Challenge is where competitors not only head home wiser after three days of coaching, but also with suntans...so the July-like conditions continued for Easter Sunday, the final day of competition.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française day one honours
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Perfect conditions blessed the first day of competition in the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela final day surprises
Eva Dallo,
Mapfre PalmaVela - The opening regatta of the 2011 Mediterranean sailing season came to an end today with few surprises. Azzurra in TP52, Inti in Maxi Wally, Alegre in Maxi, and Mapfre in J80 take the Mapfre PalmaVela trophy home.... [more]
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Cadet Inland Championships 2011 abandoned
Cadet Class UK,
Noble Marine Cadet Inland Championships 2011 day two. Saturday's wind was even lighter than Friday's and racing was abandoned around midday.... [more]
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Australian Three Peaks Race - Victory to Peccadillo and Haphazard
Peter Campbell,
Tamar River yachtsman Nick Edmunds and his crew of Haphazard will be celebrating in Hobart this afternoon after winning the monohull division of the 23rd Australian Three Peaks Race, event that Edmunds has contested since its inception.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge 2011 day 2
James Boyd,
With a forecast indicating no wind on the Solent, the race committee and competitors were blessed in being able to get two races in on the second day of the RORC Easter Challenge, once again held in unseasonably summer-like conditions.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francais - Olympic champion Tessa Parkinson returns
Craig Heydon,
Olympic champion Tessa Parkinson will be returning to the 470 class at the Semaine Olympique Francais.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge - Images from day two of the event
Trish Jenkins,
A gallery of images from photographer Tom Gruitt on day two of the RORC Easter Challenge.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Exciting finish of Fòrum Marítim Català + video
Barcelona World Race,
Yesterday at 21 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, Gerard Marín (29 years old) and Ludovic Aglaor (44 years old) crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race and were the eighth crew to complete the regatta.... [more]
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Australian Three Peaks Race - Peccadillo dashes away on day two
Peter Campbell,
The powerful Victorian catamaran Peccadillo, skippered by Charles Meredith, this morning has broken away from the fleet as she heads towards the Tasmanian east coast on the second leg of the Australian Three Peaks Race.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge - More images by Rick Tomlinson
Rick Tomlinson images,
RORC Easter Challenge images from photographer Rick Tomlinson of the racing on day one of the event.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge day one images by Rick Tomlinson
Rick Tomlinson images,
RORC Easter Challenge images from day one racing from photographer Rick Tomlinson... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chris Stanmore Major finish line drama
Velux 5 Oceans,
British first-timer in the Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major has arrived in Charleston, South Carolina.... [more]
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Olympic Games Sailing. Keen to be there? Latest news
Mark Angell,
Keen to be at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing? Read on ...... [more]
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Soling World Championship preview
Soling Worlds,
Soling Audi World Championship - 'Chiemsee is one of the world´s most unpredictable places to sail' said Stuart Walker, a Soling class legend.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pick up Alinghi sponsor for campaign
Richard Gladwell,
New sponsors are hard to find in the America's Cup and it was to the surprise of many that Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton was able to announce coffee maker, Nespresso as the fifth premium level sponsor at the teams entry confirmation announcement yesterday. Nestlé Nespresso S.A., is a worldwide pioneer and reference for highest quality premium portioned coffee.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and FMC into the wind
Barcelona World Race,
After more than 110 days of racing, Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak were making steady progress this afternoon with less than 100 miles to the finish of the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 fleet finalized
Trish Jenkins,
While the water views from anywhere along Newport Harbor (R.I.) are already magnificent, they will be absolutely breathtaking in late June and early July when 32 ocean-going yachts set sail in the Transatlantic Race 2011.... [more]
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Lewmar Safety Notice
Lewmar Marine,
On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently, an investigation is underway.... [more]
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RS Feva class adopted by Malta
RS Sailing,
A sixteen boat fleet of Fevas was recently delivered to Malta, the latest country to adopt the class and more are expected in the coming months.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on the state of the Kiwi Cup play + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton spoke with Sail-World's NZ Editor after the sponsorship announcement today. He reveals the contribution of the likes of Glenn Ashby; describes the Oracle Racing team as 'old'; discusses the merits of using cranes for launching AC72's says Emirates Team NZ do not have their complete set of sponsors in place yet... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confirms campaign, announces sponsors
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it was challenging for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed at San Francisco in 2013. Managing Director Grant Dalton said the team was now in a position to formally announce its campaign. 'We believe that we can mount a credible challenge which will have a very good chance of winning the America's Cup. That's our mission and that is the expectation... [more]
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America's Cup - Test periods to focus on preparation and refinement
America's Cup,
In preparation for the America's Cup World Series 2011, which kicks off this August in Cascais, Portugal and features stops in Plymouth, UK and San Diego, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 26-29 and May 2-6.... [more]
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UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix first round + video
Ben Clothier,
Pica takes the first UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix event at Stone Sailing Club on the Blackwater with a convincing performance in their new 18ft skiff.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and the final miles
Barcelona World Race,
The Barcelona World Race duo onboard Hugo Boss were pushing east this Wednesday afternoon investing in a route which took them some 20 miles off the Algerian coast where Wouter Verbraak and Andy Meiklejohn were intent on making their final 280 miles to Barcelona on something close to one long, brisk reach to finish their Barcelona World Race tomorrow night in seventh place.... [more]
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Spice up your Olympic Sailing Regatta
Markus Schwendtner,
Tired of watching tiny white boats wiggling around the race course on 4 knots boat speeds in just under 2 hours ? Don't you think that spectators and media would expect a bit more action to stay on the shore or in front of the TV ? Then we might have something for you...... [more]
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Finn Inland Championships 2011
Roadford Lake Sailing Club,
UK Finn Inland Championships 2011 JM Finn Gold Cup Qualifier series got off to a fantastic start with over 30 boats competing. The weekend started with a frustrating wait for the wind to fill in, which gave plenty of time for last minute tweaking and a chance to enjoy the pasties provided for the event by the Proper Cornish Pasty Company.... [more]
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British Powerboat festival 2011 quality entertainment
RB12.com,
British Powerboat Festival 2011 is taking place at Cowes, Isle of Wight, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The three day event is organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club and will feature a variety of high-class powerboat racing... [more]
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Wingsailed Optimist rig unveiled for 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Members of the Oracle Racing America's Cup team have been busy ahead of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, due to get underway at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club which get underway tomorrow. Several members of the various America's Cup teams live in the Devonport area, and took the opportunity to develop a wingsail rig suitable for the Optimist.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsize AC45 in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand today confirmed that their AC45 had capsized in Auckland while training today. The one design wingsailed catamaran left the Viaduct Harbour just before 1000hrs this morning and returned soon after noon.... [more]
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Lewmar appoints Rob Crowe as Aftermarket Sales Manager
Lewmar Marine,
Lewmar Marine has appointed Rob Crowe in the role of Aftermarket Sales Manager. Based at Havant UK, Crowe will lead the Aftermarket Distribution Sales Team.... [more]
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RYA holds 'Girls 4 Gold' skiff training weekend
Lindsey Bell,
If you're female, aged 17 or over and ever wondered just what Olympic classes sailing is all about, then the RYA has the two weekends for you.... [more]
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LaserPerformance and the renewal of the Laser Pico
Katie Ashworth,
The Laser Pico is considered by many to be the best boat to introduce new sailors to the sport and the best teaching boat available. The Laser Pico is confidence inspiring and extremely durable.... [more]
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The Blue Mile Race for the Environment expands across UK
Teresa Page,
The Blue Mile – Race for the Environment is a designed to engage people actively with our water environment. Through The Blue Mile, WWF is raising money to protect these amazing environments.... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2011 win a chance to fire starting signal
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Help the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the official charity of this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, raise £31,500 and get six boats with eight crew members virtually Round the Island through its new ‘BUY A MILE' fundraising initiative.... [more]
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Tacktick launch Coach Boat Pack
Sarah Johnson,
Wireless marine electronics experts, Tacktick, have launched an innovative new Coach Boat Pack to assist sailing coaches in their training of sailors.... [more]
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World Match Racing team Berntsson to launch assault in 2011
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour's debut Tour Card Holder Johnie Berntsson admits that a harsh but honest assessment of ‘a mediocre' 2010 season was needed... [more]
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Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship 2011 final
Flavia Bateson,
Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship final weekend took place on 16th/17th Apri and was organised by Warsash Sailing Club in Warsash, Hampshire... [more]
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America's Cup: Ehman, Trouble, Reggio and more at 'Cup Chat'
Michelle Slade,
If there's one subject that America's Cup aficionados agree on, it's that the event is all about its personalities. Thursday night's shindig at the Golden Gate Yacht Club brought the point home in more ways than one under the guise of a US Sailing Speaker series program called 'Cup Chat'. Event pros Hartmann studios transformed the GGYC into a pseudo TV studio Letterman style..... [more]
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Firefly Elizabeth Cup at Tamesis
Chris Guy,
Tamesis hosted the Elizabeth Cup which is one of the oldest trophies on the Firefly Circuit.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Qingdao - Dean Barker reports for Nexus
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Qingdao on the recently concluded Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ finished second overall to Luna Rossa.... [more]
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National Windsurfing Week 2011 - Dust off your kit and get involved
Emma Slater,
National Windsurfing Week 2011 is running from the 1st to 8th May, at various locations throughout the UK... [more]
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