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 22 Jun 2012

Volvo, Kieler Woche, America's Cup fire and more sailing news

Team Telefonica heading for the VOR finish in Lorient  Equipo Telefonica
Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's European newsletter.

For the teams racing in the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), only three scoring chances remain (two in-port races and one offshore leg), so the pressure is on for the front-running teams to perform.

Groupama, Telefonica, Puma Ocean Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) are in contention for overall podium finishes, with Groupama 4 currently leading.

Longtime race leader Telefonica has all but concluded that theirs is likely a race for second-place, a fate that skipper Iker Martinez isn't particularly thrilled about. 'We never ever thought about coming second in this race,' said Martinez. 'We wanted to win it. Now that we cannot do that, to come in second or third is not too important for us. What's important for us is to finish the regatta with a good feeling, and with knowing that we've done all we could. As long as we have that, then that will be enough.'

In America's Cup news, a fire broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29—home of an America's Cup construction site—on June 20, triggering a four-alarm response from local fire fighters. Fortunately, the blaze did little more than snarl traffic as the zone is being razed to make way for Cup facilities.

Fire at Pier 29, San Francisco June 20, 2012  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us

Also in Cup news, the fleet of AC45 wingsail-powered catamarans have taken to the waters of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay in preparation for next week's America's Cup World Series Newport Act, which is the final event of the ACWS's 2011-2012 season. Three teams—ETNZ, Artemis and Oracle Racing Spithill—are locked in serious contention for overall season honors, so count on an entertaining regatta.

Kiteboarding made its way onto the international stage with its June 20th appearance at this year's Kiel Week, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race fleet is bracing for a walloping, and the foil-borne l'Hydroptère DCNS has entered the Pacific Ocean by way of the Panama Canal and a freighter, en-route to LA and her eventual assault on the Transpac record.

Kite Surfer - Roy Rodwald - Kieler Woche 2012
  © segel-bilder.de / Christian Beeck

And we have all the news from Kieler Woche as the London Olympics approach. Stay tuned to Sail-World.com for extensive coverage by our Team of the sailing from Weymouth.

Have a great week.


ACWS - Training and statement on Pier 29 fire
The last event of the ACWS 2011-12 season commences next week. Below is the statement regarding fire at Pier 29 San Francisco on 20 June 2012.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote
Richard Gladwell,
Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. After publication of the voting lists, the Spanish Federation were forced to issue an apology for the actions of Gerardo Seeliger, who it was said was confused by the voting system.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Kiteboarding makes it's Sailing World Cup debut
Markus Schwendtner,
Kieler-Woche hosted two Kiteboarding demonstrations in Kiel, Germany yesterday, Wednesday 20th June 2012. After Kiteboarding has been chosen as an event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy, earlier this year, the new sailing discipline made it's first appearance during this final event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Kiel.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Lilla victorious in Cruiser Division
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, ‘Lilla', the big red Briand 76 (IRL7600) owned by Simon and Nancy De Pietro of Cork, Ireland and Mattapoisett MA, sailed a fast straight-forward race achieving victory in Class 13 in the Cruiser Division. ‘Lilla' also took first place in the whole Cruiser Division and will be presented with the Carleton Mitchell Finesterre Trophy for first place.... [more]
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International German Championship - RubiX victorious
Kieler Woche,
Youth from the X 332 'RubiX' were already victorious in the International German Championship Offshore at Helgoland this year and again demonstrated again their strength, the crew with skipper Max Gurgel (HSC) has now taken the second victory at the Kiel Week, displacing last year's Inshore German Champion ‘Patent3' with Juergen Klinghardt/Jens Tschentscher.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica aims for a positive finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez says his Spanish team are focused on finishing the 2011-12 edition on a high after two broken rudders during Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient all but dashed their hopes of overall victory.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup Sweden - Bjorn Hansen confident of home win
Leigh Ireland,
Stena Match Cup Sweden, the third event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, is being held from 2nd to 7th July 2012. After his thrilling final victory against current World Champion, Ian Williams at the Korea Match Cup, Bjorn Hansen sits at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championships at Hayling Island SC preview
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championships get underway in one month's time, 21st to 27th July, at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The Olympics start one week later, immediately after our prize giving! This exciting two person junior sailing boat sees the return of the reigning world champion, Matt Whitfield (15) from Penarth to defend his crown won last year in Holland but this time with James Taylor(15) as crew.... [more]
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ORCi European Championship - Impressive turnout
Dobbs Davis,
ORCi European Championship Prysmian-Celadrin, organized by the Yacht Club Punta Ala, is being held in Italy from 23 to 30 June. After this weekend's two days of registration, measurement checks, and the opening ceremony, inshore racing is due to begin on Monday, 25 June, followed by a mix of inshore and offshore racing throughout the week until the end of competition on Saturday, 30 June.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for challenging conditions
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day six of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. What a difference a day makes in the life of an ocean racer as the ten international teams have been doing all they can to keep approaching tropical storm ‘Chris' at bay.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS makes it into the Pacific
Thomas Lesage,
On Tuesday morning, l'Hydroptère DCNS cleared the Panama Canal aboard a cargo ship which is heading for Los Angeles, the starting point for her Transpacific Record attempt. 24 days have passed since she set out from Toulon at the end of May and, barring any unexpected circumstances, the flying trimaran, which is in good company on deck alongside some massive wind turbine blades, is set to reach... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Interview with Jérémie Beyou
Vendée Globe,
The Vendée Globe 2012-2013 gets underway from Les Sables d'Olonne on November 10, 2012. Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) will start his second Vendée Globe in less than five months time and shares details on his preparation and his goals.... [more]
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Kiel Week final day glory
Kieler Woche,
The Kiel Week medal race was once again the crowning highlight at the close of racing for the Olympic classes and again the final of the Lasers, with a live broadcast in front of the Audi Lounge, attracted the audience. Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen) took revenge for the previous year, finishing first in the last race and thus managed to slip in front of Simon Grotelueschen (Kiel) overall.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship preview
The 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is set to take place from the 26-30 June in Gothenburg, Sweden in what will be the last big test for the Women's Olympic teams ahead of London 2012. Sixteen of the world's top 25 teams will take to the waters in Gothenburg with the twelve teams selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing amongst those who have been named.... [more]
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Parent speaks out on ISAF decision to cut windsurfing
Fran Finch,
In response to the ISAF Decision to exclude windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics in Rio: I am writing this as the parent of a young windsurfer who, in the debate about the decision by ISAF to axe windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics, seems largely unrepresented. Our daughter, Noelle, is 17 and the current female U17 RS:X European and World Champion.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Invictus on top
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, although the Carkeek 40 ‘Decision' owned by Steve Murray (New Orleans LA) was the top Onion Patch boat, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) TP52 ‘Invictus' maintains first place for individual entries with a second in the 23-boat fleet. 'Invictus' had a first in the NYYC Annual Regatta June 9-10 in Newport.... [more]
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Westward Cup - Prizegiving at the Royal Yacht Squadron
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The 2012 Westward Cup Prizegiving took place in the Pavilion at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Saturday evening (16 June 2012) and brought to an end some amazing days of racing and social events put on by the three organising clubs for this year's invitational event, namely the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM).... [more]
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Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club - Huge calibre of interest
Jackie Dawson,
Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup 2012 - With less than three months until racing gets underway there has been a huge calibre of interest and steady number of entries from all over the world. Already several world champions and ex-Olympians have entered from 15 countries with over 70 boats expected to compete in the open waters off the Old Head of Kinsale.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics – Unused sailing qualification places assigned
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is being held in Great Britain from 29th July to 12th August. Sixty three nations will be represented after the unused qualification places were assigned. Tripartite places, which are aimed at the world's smallest National Olympic Committees, were assigned by the International Olympic Committee to the Cook Islands and St Lucia in the Laser Radial... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings announced
Kieler-Woche, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta 2011-12, was held in Germany at the Kieler Yacht Club. After the conclusion of the regatta in Kiel today the World Cup Standings have been decided. The Finn title was up for grabs in Kiel with Caleb Paine (USA) and Brendan Casey (AUS) fighting it out to claim the honours.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup and Swan 45 World Championship preview
Rolex Swan Cup is always eagerly anticipated given its status as the most vaunted gathering of Nautor's Swan yachts. Four classes of Swan yachts will participate at the event: the Maxi (18.29 metres and above), Grand Prix (18.28m and below), and Classic (designed by Sparkman and Stephens) yachts will race on handicap, while the Swan 45 one design class will compete for the World Championship.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Light headwinds plague fleet
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to tack their way across the North Atlantic Ocean, hard going through the fog and light headwinds that have plagued the fleet over the last 24 hours. With a firm eye on the weather reports to define their tactics, each team has been working carefully through its sail wardrobe in a bid to catch the breeze... [more]
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Artemis Challenge to showcase offshore racing
Artemis Offshore Academy,
For the sixth straight year the Artemis Challenge will be one of the highlights of the AAM Cowes Week 2012, the world's largest sailing regatta and one of the UK's biggest sporting events. In a new twist to the classic route around the Isle of Wight, the Artemis Challenge will see teams of monohull IMOCA 60s and multihull MOD 70s race around the island to claim £10,000 for charity.... [more]
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Musto Skiff World Championship preview - Fantastic festival of sailing
Rick Perkins,
Musto Performance Skiff World Championship 2012 will be the largest ever gathering of single-handed spinnaker dinghies in the history of the sport. With 106 entries already on the event website the event is set to be a fantastic festival of high-performance single handed sailing at the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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24th PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup all set
Chris Yates,
The 24th edition of the PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup arrives all-new and improved to kick off the 2012 PWA Wave Tour in style. The Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival will take place from the 2nd-7th July at Pozo Izquierdo (Gran Canaria), and promises to be better than ever.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Lack of wind on penultimate day
Kieler Woche,
On the penultimate day of Kiel Week, a touch of summer with a thermal sea breeze was supposed to dominate the sailing conditions in Kiel, but not much wind kicked in. Race director Jobst Richter had already announced an early start the previous day to be able to use each opportunity for some wind. But most participants got up early just to rest again and wait.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Two men in a boat bridge South Africa race gap
Jon Herskovitz, Reuters,
London 2012 Olympics - Together Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are the South African entry for the two-man 470 sailing event. They see themselves as symbols of the multi-racial country former President Nelson Mandela was trying to forge.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final 2013 to be held in Denmark
Eline Andersen,
ISAF Nations Cup 2013 Grand Final, hosted by Match Racing Denmark, will be staged from the 6th to 10th August in Denmark. The International Sailing Federation has awarded the Danish town, Middelfart in Funen, the world championships for match racers. Denmark will thus play host of yet another sailing event. Denmark was one out of six countries that bid to host the Championships.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Boats allowed to haul - but at a points cost
Rulings by the International Jury on Monday night mean that Abu Dhabi and Team Telefónica will each have to accept a two point penalty if they chose to haul their boats out of the water for repairs. Similarly, overall race leaders Groupama will be docked two points if they opt to lower their mast for repairs. Telefonica has also had a request declined in respect of replacement of her rudders.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fourth Challenger pays Entry Fee for Louis Vuitton Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - We won't give up says Puma's skipper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read (Puma) has vowed he and his crew will keep on fighting until the very end. Read said Puma had approached the almost 2,000 nautical mile leg from Lisbon to Lorient via the Azores as a ‘must win' after making steady progress up the leaderboard since the first leg retirement.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Stormy day 3 action
Kieler Woche,
Kiel Week - On day three of Kieler Woche, weather conditions on the race courses of the Olympic classes and the One Designs were hard to predict. After just one race, head of the organizing committee, Jobst Richter (Kiel Yacht Club), had to stop the races at noon because of a small thunder cell with strong winds that was approaching the Kiel Fjord faster than predicted.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Derry-Londonderry
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet have set sail on the first day of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry after a short stop in Halifax. It was an exciting start to the 2,350-mile Atlantic crossing as the teams yesterday afternoon (GMT) lined up at the inshore start line with only minutes to spare.... [more]
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2012 Soling European Championship win to Team Edding
Matias Collins / Sail-World.com,
The 2012 Soling Europeans winning team flew over 15 hours, picking up their Soling in Austria and then drove another 15 hours.... [more]
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