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 08 Sep 2011
 


Ben Ainslie is dipping his toes into the multihull world, Ian Williams holds number one World Match Racing Ranking.

News and images from the Rolex Maxi Cup, Star Europeans, Volvo Ocean Race ramping up, AC news, lots of dinghy news.

Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World UK



Ben Ainslie joins Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series
Sail-World,
Ainslie is Britain's most successful Olympic sailor ever and will replace Frenchman Sidney Gavignet. Ainslie has spent an intense 10 months competing in his Finn Olympic dinghy where he is trying to gain selection to the 2012 Olympics to defend his current Olympic title and he is looking forward to the shift to multihull sailing.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF,
ISAF Match Race Rankings – Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has moved to the top of the Women's Match Race Rankings for the first time whilst Ian Williams (GBR) maintained top spot in the Open Match Race Rankings. The American broke into the top ten in the Women's Rankings in December 2009 and has steadily worked her way up to take top spot.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Day 2 - A Flying start
KPMS,
Heading into the first race at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, anyone finishing ahead of Rán 2 would have had cause for celebration. With places in the coastal races scored in at a 1.5 multiple, this could prove a significant victory for Rán 2 as the upcoming windward/leewards are graded at one point per place.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - New points system explained
World Match Racing Tour,
Argo Group Gold Cup - As the World Match Racing Tour heads into the penultimate event the race to become ISAF Match Racing World Champion is as competitive as ever. Following the cancellation of the 2011 Danish Open, a points system has been incorporated to award points for that event which could yet add a twist to the season.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Project Windsurf-UK launches at National Windsurfing Festival
Emma Slater,
Project Windsurf-UK, officially launched during the weekend of 3rd and 4th September at the National Windsurfing Festival at Hayling Island, is a brand new initiative dedicated to windsurfers across the country.... [more]
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Southampton Boat Show - RYA to launch eBooks and latest publications
Emma Slater,
PSP Southampton Boat Show is being held between 16 and 24 September 2011. The RYA's Publications Department will be unveiling some fantastic new technology and publications starting with the launch of RYA eBooks on Saturday 17 at 14.00 on the RYA stand (EO37).... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Loick Peyron on Energy Team
Energy Team,
Loïck Peyron and the crew of Energy Team have been training since last Thursday in Plymouth Sound, which is famous for hosting the start of the transatlantic race. The French challenger has been through five busy days of training in conditions that have often been quite rough.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Hatches battened in Plymouth - Video
ACM,
On a wet and windy Tuesday, Principal Race Officer John Craig talks about the race course area and his plans for the racing in Plymouth, England, for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper on the Thames - Video
Camper Media,
With two months to go until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race Camper's entry made a dramatic arrival in Europe when she sailed up the River Thames and through Tower Bridge, one of London's most iconic landmarks. The event was also a symbolic return to London for the Spanish footwear company as 134 years previously the grandfather of the current Camper President sailed up the River Thames... [more]
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GP14 Grand Prix at South Staffs SC
Mike Senior,
GP14 Grand Prix - Conditions were challenging to begin with and the OOD concluded that there was not enough wind to hold a fair race. The team therefore sensibly decided to call lunch early in anticipation of the forecast breeze filling in at about 1pm.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 3 - See the Volvo Trophy
VOR Auckland Stopover,
NZ sailing fans have a rare chance to see the new Volvo Ocean Race trophy as it goes on display at the Auckland International Boat Show in the Viaduct Harbour from 15-18 September. Visitors to the Show will be able to view the magnificent Race trophy on display with the Volvo Penta IPS marine diesel range on the Volpower NZ Ltd (Volvo Power) stand.... [more]
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Star European Championship day 3 racing abandoned
Sonja Lee,
Star European Championship - High winds once again dictated the racing on the third day of the series that has had two races out of the original programme completed. The overnight offshore gale eased slightly during the morning and a two-hour postponement by principal race officer David Lovegrove offered some hope of racing for the 27 crews waiting at the nearby Royal St. George YC.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New skipper for De Lage Landen
Heather Ewing,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will witness British yachtsman Stuart Jackson take over as skipper of the De Lage Landen yacht which is currently in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the first leg from the UK. Stuart, a 35-year-old Scot, who was born in Dubai and lives in Southampton, UK, has an impressive ocean racing pedigree... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Barcelona
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona looks set to witness the closest finish to the Audi MedCup Circuit for four years when the TP52's of the 52 Series shoot out for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit title. Quantum Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird (USA), need a solid final regatta if they are to hold off the advances of Italy's Audi Azzurra Sailing Team... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup day 1 – Mistral conditions in Porto Cervo
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - During yesterday's Skippers' Briefing, Claus-Peter Offen, President of the International Maxi Association and owner of the 100-ft Wally Y3K (GER), jested about the possibility of the wind being too strong during the first day of scheduled racing. Rather than a whimsy, it proved to be a sharp prediction.... [more]
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Images of 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011
George Bekris,
Top East Coast yachting photographer, George Bekris provides these images from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011... [more]
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GOR yachtsman Felipe Cubillos dies in the Chilean air crash tragedy
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Round-the-world Chilean yachtsman, Felipe Cubillos (1962-2011), was among the 21 passengers and crew of a FACH (Chilean Air Force) plane that went missing off the Juan Fernández Islands, 515 miles off the Chilean coast on Friday 2 September.... [more]
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Solo Southern Championship at Bewl Valley SC
Don Buckle,
Solo Southern Championship - The entry was impressive with 45 boats competing in a four race day. The entry and the venue looks good for the future of this Championship in the years to come. After an early morning mist, the sun broke through to give a perfect sailing day with a SSW force 2-3 wind. The starts were all keenly contested but from an early stage the front runners quickly emerged... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm Racing capsizes in 20kts at Plymouth + Video
America's Cup media,
Green Comm Racing has become the latest member of the 'AC45 capsize club'. As Vasilij Zbogar, helmsman, stated, 'this incident didn't come as a surprise. Conditions were fresh with a southwesterly breeze between 20 and 25 knots, gusting at 30 knots, and we were pushing the boat to her limits throughout the day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper does sail-by of historic London Bridge
Sail-World,
Camper, Emirates Team New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has marked its arrival in Europe with a sail-by of London's historic Tower Bridge. The trip up the Thames and sail through of Tower Bridge by the Volvo 70 yacht continues a tradition began by earlier Kiwi entries in the Volvo Ocean Race, and its predecessor the Whitbread Round the World Race... [more]
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Star European Championship day 2 - Italians lead
Star European Championship media,
On Sunday a lull allowed two races to be sailed today (Monday 5th September) that saw Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini deliver two consistent results of a race win and a second place in the 27-boat fleet from 17 nations.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview – A dramatic week of action expected
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – The 47 crews from 12 countries and territories present at the event are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of tomorrow's scheduled start to this eye-catching regatta. The outlook is lively. After a potent and contrasting cocktail of thunderstorms and benign winds was served over the weekend, predictions are for gusts of up to 30-35 knots for tomorrow... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - A challenging week ahead
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - The quays of Porto Cervo marina are bustling with the owners, sailors, technicians and supporters of the 45 maxi yachts gathered in Porto Cervo for the event, which will also include the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. Over the past few days boats have been measured and weighed and registration procedures completed... [more]
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Swan Class 45 Circuits overall
Cailah Leask,
Swan Class 45 North European Circuit final event was held in Breskens, Netherlands from 26th to 28th August, bringing the 2011 season to an end. The first event of the season was the Regate Pirelli Trofeo Carlo Negri in Santa Margherita, Italy which was won by seasoned competitor Vittorio Ruggiero with Tommaso Chieffi calling tactics.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - GBR Olympian Ben Ainslie to skipper Oman Air
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - Britain's most successful Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie will skipper Oman Sail's ‘Oman Air' Extreme 40 in the next three Acts of the Series in Trapani , Nice and Almeria. The 34-year-old already has three Olympic gold medals and one silver to his name and is gunning for a fifth Olympic medal next year in the Finn dinghy class, if selected to represent his country in 2012.... [more]
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Lark Inland Championships at Queen Mary SC overall
Daniel Watson,
Lark Inland Championships - Race one began with the Hydons playing the shifts going up the right hand side of the course. Hydons rounded first with Pete Gray / Rachel Rhodes second and Chris Whitehouse/ Jonno Ibbotson third. The battle for second to forth places began up the penultimate leg with Gray loosing second place to Harry Pynn/ Adam Owens.... [more]
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Cherbourg Race - Light airs and thick fog
Ian Loffhagen,
Cherbourg Race - After a wet and windy season the weather gods conjured up a new and unusual challenge for the finale of the RORC 2011 season: light airs and thick fog.... [more]
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Nick Craig reflects on fourth OK Dinghy World Title
Robert Deaves,
Nick Craig chats to Robert Deaves after his record-equalling fourth OK Dinghy World title: How times have changed. A little over seven years ago, no British sailor had ever won the OK Dinghy World Championship. It was a commonly held belief in the class that no British sailor ever would.... [more]
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Flying Dutchman National Championship in Italy
Andrea Ambrosio,
Flying Dutchman National Championship 2011 will be held from 9th to 11th September in Forio d'Ischia, Naples, Italy. European and Italian teams will take part in this event belonging to the famous and prestigious Flying Dutchman sailing class, considered a symbol of beauty, elegance and technological innovation for more than 60 years.... [more]
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RS Feva Grand Prix at Hayling Island SC
Debbie Darling,
The RS Feva Grand Prix, hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club, welcomed 60 entries many of whom were competing in their first Feva event. The GP is the first qualifier for the 2012 Worlds and the first selector for the 2011/12 winter squad places.... [more]
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Star European Championships day 1
Star European Championship,
The Star European Championships were welcomed by winds gusting above gale force which have delayed the start of racing for the 27 boats that have gathered from 17 nations. The forecast conditions have already altered the schedule with two races instead of one intended to be sailed.... [more]
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Laser Radial UK Nationals at WPNSA
Jon Emmett,
The 2011 Radial Nationals was hosted by WPNSA, the venue for the 2012 Olympics, and therefore unsurprisingly featured a strong international contingent, despite being late in the year (many international sailors have spent most of the last three months in Weymouth training and doing Sail for Gold and the Olympic test event regattas). Therefore the standard was exceptionally high.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Daily Video Updates from Plymouth
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup World Series are producing a daily update of the Plymouth event which gets underway on 10 September. Here we feature the daily updates from the past three days... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Mirsky beats Morvan in the Final
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Torvar Mirsky is the new ‘King of the Mountain' after beating Pierre-Antoine Morvan in the final. Ian Williams finished in third place to move up into first position in the overall Championship standings going into stage seven of the World Match Racing Tour. In the end, a count back decided both the final and petit final on Lake St. Moritz.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 6 - World Series, Plymouth
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered Episode 6 begins where the 34th America's Cup will end - in San Francisco. Join America's Cup Race Management CEO and Regatta Director Iain Murray as he flies high over the City and the racing area for the 2013 events. Then it's onto Plymouth, where the locals share their excitement for the AC World Series Plymouth which begins September 10 and much more...... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.7
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 3 September 2011 - covering the build up to Round 2 of the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, next week.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race – Morvan defeats Williams in stunning semi final
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Pierre-Antoine Morvan put in a stunning semi-final display to defeat in-form skipper Ian Williams to make the final where he will face Torvar Mirsky. Williams will now need to win the petit final tomorrow against Bjorn Hansen if he is to overhaul Francesco Bruni in the 2011 World Match Racing Tour standings after six stages.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Slow progress in tough conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – It's tough going for the remaining five boats still racing towards Rio de Janeiro.Strong southerly winds are buffeting the teams, making progress painfully slow and life on board extremely tough. It's the last thing they need after three weeks racing across the Atlantic Ocean when they are physically and mentally exhausted.... [more]
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