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 30 Jul 2011
 


America's Cup: Reality Check.

There are just six days left until the opening round of the America's Cup World Series, and nine until the proper racing, and there are rumblings. Mitch Booth is reported to have departed the China Team camp, and funding is rumoured to have become an issue for them as well as Team Korea. For sure the teams that will open the batting in Cascais are Oracle Racing (x2), Artemis Racing, ETNZ, Korea, Aleph, Energy and maybe the Green Com (but they haven't started putting their boat together, from what we hear). There will be a reality check for the new-look America's Cup programme on Monday 1 August when they all have to stump up the $100k entry fee. The soap opera continues. Watch this space.




Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - 470 fleet well prepared
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The 116 470 sailors comprising of 32 male teams and 26 females teams head to Weymouth well prepared following the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Eight of the world's top ten Men's 470 teams will sail in the 32 boat fleet at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds - It's all about shifts
Paige Brooks,
At the Laser 4.7 World Championships, the St. Francis Yacht Club Race Committee is alternating the girls and boys fleets, 165 competitors in total, on a daily basis. This morning was overcast with increased wind from yesterday, ranging from 15-22 knots, and shifty.... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club asks US SAILING to review Mackinac 2011
Chicago Yacht Club,
After two sailors' lives were lost during the recent Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Commodore Joseph Haas of the Chicago Yacht Club, the race's organizer, asked US SAILING to conduct an independent study of what happened. On July 28 Gary Jobson, the President of US SAILING, appointed the Independent Review Panel for the 2011 Mackinac Race, and directed it to consider what lessons might... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championships preparations underway
Tim O'Connor,
ISAF Team Racing World Championships organising committee have confirmed tremendous interest in the event. The prestigious sailing event will be held in the West Cork village for the first time and a warm welcome is assured for the competing teams, supporters and general public.... [more]
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PWA Grand Slam Sotavento Fuerteventura day 6 highs and lows
Ed Sinclair,
The opening round of slalom was filled with highs and lows. Disaster struck for Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) and Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine) in their opening races. By the semi-finals the sailors were really fired up and willing to work hard for their place in the winner's final.... [more]
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McConaghy - Fastest and fastest All4One TP52
McConaghy Boats,
McConaghy built the Audi sailing team powered by All4One TP52 in 62 days (under nine weeks) - the fastest build in the class history. Now the same TP52 is the fastest boat on the water, beating the the fiercely competitive TP52 Audi Med Cup fleet in the Region of Sardinia Trophy and winning the event by a commanding nine points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica qualifier halfway mark
Team Telefonica,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Spanish boat 'Telefónica' has now completed over half of the 2,000 mile qualifier after setting off from Marina Rubicón on Monday. The Spanish boat, skippered by Olympic champion Iker Martínez and with the VOR 2011-12 crew in its entirety on board, is now sailing at average speeds of 15 knots, some 160 miles to the South of the Island of Sao Miguel.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships day 7 - Sweden and Germany hold on
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The 470 Junior World Championships have come to a close in Medemblik. It has been a week of overwhelming winds, that finally changed to suitable breezes for the Medal Races that would decide the winners of the 60-boat Men's/Mixed fleet and the 32 Women's teams. Although the British teams put up a good fight, Sweden and Germany held on to the win.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – The Olympic Test Event
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta is part of the London Prepares Series and allows the London 2012 Organizing Committee to test its operations at the WPNSA one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. All of the Olympic sailing events will be contested with nations following games time rules where only one athlete per event is allowed.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race – French duo still capable of victory + Video
World Match Racing Tour,
St Moritz Match Race - France can still win its first match racing world title in 17 years, according to the country's elite performance coach. Marc Bouet, coach to the French Match Racing Team duo of Mathieu Richard and Damien Iehl, said the pair are still capable of victory in the World Match Racing Tour, the world's premier match racing series.... [more]
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Energy Team: 10 days to start of America's Cup World Series
Energy Team,
The French challenger for the 34th America's Cup, ENERGY TEAM has its base set up just ten miles from Cascais, near the Belem Tower at the entrance to the Tage, close to the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The team led by Loïck and Bruno Peyron has been in possession of their AC45 since 20th July and have been out training each day preparing for the first leg of the AC World Series... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Cascais - Aleph and Energy Team
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents this galley of images as the AC45's of the two French teams Aleph and Energy Teamwarm up ahead of the first event in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal... [more]
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Mooloolaba named as venue for 2012 Hobie Cat National Championship
Peter Bates,
Mooloolaba Queensland is set for a welcome return as the premier offshore Hobie racing venue for the Hobie Cat Australasia / Hogs Breath Cafe sponsored Hobie Cat National championships to be held from 2nd to 6th January 2012. Mooloolaba Marina and the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club will host the event, predicted to attract close to 100 Hobie Cats and competitors from around Australia and overseas.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship Day 2 - Dancing on the Foredeck
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship - Only two races were required for a full qualification series. Approx 10kts hit the deck with a 30 degree shift predicted at some point. The shift happened during the final race which was abandoned due to fleet inversion tendencies. That was when the magic happened.... [more]
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IRC 2012 Keel Fin Materials
IRC Technical Committee,
At a recent meeting of the IRC Technical Committee, the subject of the rating cost of different keel fin materials was discussed. Specifically, the Committee addressed keel types 10, 11 and 12. The Committee noted that in recent years IRC treatment of keels generally has changed and improved significantly.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Atlantic qualifier begins for Team Telefónica
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entrant Team Telefónica have now set out on their 2,000 mile Atlantic qualifier that is a requirement of the VOR rules. Iker Martínez and his crew departed their base in Lanzarote to begin the journey. 'It's a key test because this is one of the last ones we'll have before we have to make some decisions,' said Mallorca's Jordi Calafat.... [more]
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