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 01 Feb 2012
 


Gold in Miami, ISAF World Cup standings and more sailing news

Welcome to this edition of our UK newsletter..

The Miami (USA) event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup has just concluded and the ISAF World Cup standings are of interest in this Olympic year.


The Miami event was successful with eight medals being won by Team GBR members. Gold went to Paul Goodison (Laser) and Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor (Womens Match Racing).

Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor (Women's Match Racing) - Miami OCR 2012  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

Paul Goodison (GBR) took home the gold medal in Lasers - Miami OCR 2012  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The next chapter of the Ben Ainslie story is due to unfold at the end of next month when an RYA inquiry will take place. The outcome could cost Ainslie his chance at his fourth Olympic Gold.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are heading to Sanya, China, while the Class40s contesting the Global Ocean Race are now on their way to Uruguay.

We have lots more local and international news and views from around the sailing world, including the latest on the America's Cup, with the launch of two AC72s in Auckland

Stay up to date with www.sail-world.com.

Have a great week.


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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper sail into their comfort zone
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The crew aboard Camper may be facing gale force winds and huge seas, but with confidence, they feel that they are now sailing into their comfort zone. Chris Nicholson's team spent so long bashing upwind during their training for the VOR that the 35-knot winds forecast to pummel the fleet within the next 24 hours as they race through the South China Sea are little worry for them.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Game on en route to South Cape of Vietnam
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are maintaining the pace and pressure at 2200 UTC this evening as Iker Martinez and the crew of Telefonica lead the fleet towards the South Cape of Vietnam, some 261 nautical miles (nm) ahead. Even though the team had to back up to free some plastic stuck in the daggerboard, since 1600 UTC today they have been making small gains on the entire fleet... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Danger not over yet + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica navigator Andrew Cape couldn't hide his relief at being clear of the Malacca Strait – but said the danger is not over yet.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Keeping it tight
Oliver Dewar,
The first three boats Global Ocean Race Class40s are keeping close formation as they run off the wind in 30 knots of breeze in the Roaring Forties, leaving Chatham Island to port.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italian crew notch another two wins
Kristine Lederis,
Four days of racing have now been completed at the 470 Junior World Championships at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore, and two more days of full racing remain before Friday's medal races for the top ten boats in each fleet. The Italian duo of Simon Sivitz Kosuta and Jas Farneti are leaps and bounds ahead in the Men's fleet, winning every race except the very first. The pair of t... [more]
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America's Cup: Plenty of questions surface after Competitors' Forum
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray revealed after the Competitors Forum that changes were under consideration for the America's Cup including a change to a point for the day system, rather than per race; shorter courses of just 30 minutes; and possibly a place for the AC45's in the America's Cup regatta; plus the physical demands expected of the sailors and how that was shaping racing formats.... [more]
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Alarm and anger grow as LightSquared threatens USA GPS system
Nancy Knudsen,
GPS-enabled devices could be compromised if a plan to expand the United States' broadband system goes forward, yet the company that proposes to build a broadband cell-phone communications network it calls LightSquared, 4G-LTE wireless broadband, seems to be as yet completely undaunted by marine industry concern that the vital GPS system is under threat... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet enter the South China Sea
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet were led around the Horsburgh Lighthouse and out into the South China Sea at 1605 UTC today by Iker Martinez and the crew of Telefonica. Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) was 3.4 nm behind and, in third, 10.8 nm further back, was Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA).... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Standings taking shape after opening events
ISAF,
Standings for the 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup are beginning to take shape after Sail Melbourne and US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR, the opening two regattas of the seven series World Cup. China's Lijia Xu has had the perfect start to her World Cup campaign winning Laser Radial gold at Sail Melbourne and the Rolex Miami OCR.... [more]
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Swiss Olympic team training - Video by Juerg Kaufmann
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international sailing photographer Juerg Kaufmann compiled this stunning video of the Swiss Olympic Sailing team during their training sessions, ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Known for his varied approach to all forms of visual media, this video combines some spectacular images together with stunning video and still image techniques. Not to be missed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica and Groupama 4 scrapping along the Strait
Volvo Ocean Race,
After a night of close-quarter scrapping for the lead, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Groupama 4 were by 1000 UTC today just five more hours from passing Horsburgh Lighthouse and exiting the stressful Singapore Strait.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Blasting down the back straight
Richard Gladwell,
The final reach to the finish line is always a great piece of action for sailing photographers - none more so than today in the 470 Junior World Championships off Takapuna Beach, Auckland City. Sail-World's camera caught the front end of the fleet on the final charge to the finish line in a beautiful Takapuna seabreeze.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 - Upwind battle
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The first night at sea for the double-handed Class40s was an upwind battle in around 20 knots as the fleet left the shelter of Wellington Harbour following a one-month stopover and hammered out into Cook Strait led by leg two winners, Conrad Colman, and South African skipper, Adrian Kuttel, on their Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Italians continue to dominate
Christine Hansen,
Italian sailing duo Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti continue to dominate at the 2012 470 Junior Worlds, hosted by Takapuna Boating Club, Auckland City, New Zealand. Sailed on the inner Hauraki Gulf, off picturesque Takapuna Beach and Rangitoto Island, a varied set of summer, and not so-summer conditions prevailed.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie in fear of being banned
Daily Mail UK,
Ben Ainslie, 35 on Saturday, will not discover whether he is to be robbed of the chance to go for his fourth Olympic gold on the water at Weymouth until a Royal Yacht Association inquiry to be held by the end of next month rules... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 to Uruguay underway
Oliver Dewar,
The five Global Ocean Race Class40s face a 6,200-mile course through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn and through the South Atlantic for leg 3 to Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Which way will pay?
Volvo Ocean Race,
At the head of the field and in the centre lane of the Malacca Strait, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is in a closely fought battle with Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA). It's almost too close to call with barely a mile between the top trio.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Team GBR finishes event with eight medals
Lindsey Bell,
Finals day at the Rolex Miami OCR proved a lucrative one for Skandia Team GBR with six more medals claimed by British crews in four of the Olympic classes.... [more]
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Miami OCR final day decides medals in ten Olympic classes
Barby MacGowan,
Ten Olympic classes competed in their final medal races to determine gold, silver and bronze winners at the Rolex Miami OCR for 2012.... [more]
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Images from Takapuna: 470 Junior Worlds, Day 1 - Fast rides
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze, and generally overcast, and cold conditions. There was plenty of action and good rides in the 12-20kts winds... [more]
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Miami OCR - Medals for SKUD and Sonar teams
Lindsey Bell,
Rickham and Birrell missed out on gold at this Rolex Miami OCR – the second leg of the World Cup series – by just one point. The 2.4mR Paralympic class also concluded racing today, with Skandia Team GBR's Megan Pascoe finishing fourth, and Helena Lucas fifth.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Paralympic medals decided
Barby MacGowan,
The Paralympic sailors were topping off five days of racing on Biscayne Bay at the Rolex Miami OCR. In ten Olympic classes sailors were fighting to make the top-ten cut for a single medal race which is scheduled for tomorrow.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - Sailing Royalty in Geelong
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails 2012 -There are a couple of big America's Cup names in town for their maiden Festival of Sails, and these ‘rock stars', as they are known in the sport, are loving the stage and the crowd.... [more]
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104th CYC Race to Mackinac releases NOR and Safety Regulations
Rachelle Treiber,
The 104th Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) Race to Mackinac Notice and Conditions of Race (NOR) and Mackinac Safety Regulations (MSR) have now been released. These documents reflect a series of changes implemented by the committee to enhance the safety of the Race for all participants.... [more]
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Passage to Portland - A weekend of celebrations
Emma Slater,
Passage to Portland, being held from 2nd to 5th June 2012, provides an exclusive opportunity to tour the Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue ahead of the Games. If you're looking for something special to do to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee or just fancy doing something a bit different this year then why not sign up for the event.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship preview
ORC,
ORCi World Championship - With over six months to go before the start of racing the event has already attracted 42 entries from six countries. Based on the historic fortress island of Särkkä in Helsinki harbor, this 14th annual ISAF-sanctioned event is expected to attract an additional 30-40 teams from another four countries in boats ranging from 33 to 60 feet in length... [more]
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One Week Later - Images of the Costa Concordia accident + Video
Anna Parker,
The Costa Concordia is a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Giglio, Italy, after smashing into a reef and partially sinking on the 13 January. There was number of passengers that survived while deaths were reported, and others are still missing. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi journeyed to Giglio Island to snap these images.... [more]
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