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 30 Jun 2012
 


The UK Series J Class racing lost a day due to ‘strong winds' while in Hong Kong a typhoon briefly threatened to disrupt the start of the HK Cruiser Owners' Association Macau Race (but didn't). We're a bit thin on sailing news in Asia at the moment, but see below for the announcement of the new Volvo 65 One Design, the ACWS racing in Newport, Kiteboard Slalom World Championships, a wrap on the J/80 Worlds, and more.

Guy Nowell, Editor



J Class: No racing due to strong winds - Day 4 of UK Series, Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The fourth race race of the J Class Falmouth regatta was called off with winds consistently over 25 knots and a forecast of stronger winds to follow. On the basis of that forecast the PRO wisely elected to cancel racing. The final race in this round of the J class UK Series will be sailed tomorrow, wind permitting... [more]
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Beneteau affirms its 'good resilience' and turns to Asia
Beneteau/Sail-World,
Their boat sales may be down 13% for the first nine months of this year, but Groupe Beneteau, probably the world's leading boat builder, is still positive about its future, has described the results as 'good resilience', and has confirmed plans for a growing presence in Asia.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS Newport - Spithill and Barker in thriller
Bob Fisher,
Day 2: The good news is that Emirates Team New Zealand's shore team, working all through the night, managed to have the team's boat out on the water in time for a practice before the racing began. Gone was much of the advertising decals, replaced by clear film panes of the new wing sections - the rig was there and efficient as Dean Barker and his crew were to prove.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - Bossard out on top
ISAF,
At the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, Julie Bossard of France came out on top in the silver group as results ninth through sixteenth were decided. It was another sunny day in Gothenburg that started off with a light wind, six knots W-SW, that increased slightly to 8-9 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama spoilt on home soil
Franck Cammas,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 leg eight stopover in Lorient is proposing a dense and lively programme this weekend, with an In-Port race in the Coureaux de Groix on Saturday and Sunday's start of the shortest offshore leg (550 miles) to Galway. Despite a 23-point lead, Groupama 4 must not and cannot ease off the pace if she is to be in with a chance of outright victory in Ireland.... [more]
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J Class: Valsheda wins again - Day 3 of UK Series, Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The third race of the J Class Falmouth regatta started at twelve o'clock as scheduled, with the first weak rays of sunshine and patches of blue sky that anybody had seen all week. The race began with Lionheart, Velsheda and Ranger approaching the start line together. Rainbow started to windward, locking the others out. Rainbow edged into the first lead, with Velsheda just to leeward, and Lionhe... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Grant Dalton welcomes new Volvo 65 concept
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, and many time round the world sailor, and skipper, Grant Dalton, describes the new concept for the Volvo Ocean Race as a positive move. Speaking from Lorient, France, venue awaiting the start of Leg 9, of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Dalton believes the concept for the boat and the next two races do address the central issue, which is cost.... [more]
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New Zealands Hakes Marine moves offshore
Hakes Marine China,
Hakes Marine China has been established in cooperation with Hudson Yacht and Marine. It will be the high performance division of Hudson Yacht and Marine continuing its tradition of world class and extraordinary quality racing yachts it has become synonymous with. Hakes Marine has now relocated to the beautiful Xiamen, China; headed by Paul Hakes and a number of key management personnel to look... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Portugal for Act 4 + Videos
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 is being held from 5th to 8th July 2012. The Extreme Sailing Series is preparing to make its Portuguese debut with some of the best sailors of international yacht racing preparing to line up against one another as the 2012 Series makes it move towards its half way point.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Robertson the stand out performer
Leigh Ireland,
Going into his second full season on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, New Zealand's Phil Robertson has been the stand out performer from several exciting young teams on the world's premier sailing series this year. He now believes that the upcoming Stena Match Cup Sweden and Chicago Match Cup will be key tests of how far his Waka Racing team have progressed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: New Farr 65 one design announced for two races
Richard Gladwell,
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day minus 1 ACWS Newport - Will they come to the races?
Bob Fisher,
Day minus 1: 'Twas the day before Christmas . . . or something like that. The morning was one of great hush with the last-minute preparations and repairs even taking place in the boat hangars close to the shore at Fort Adams. The crowds are somewhat diminished from those at the weekend, but the car parks were filling nicely by 0930... [more]
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J Class: Valsheda wins in the fog on Day 2 of UK Series, Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The second day of the J Class regatta started in very dull weather, with thick fog and light rain. However, spectators, crew, and owners alike were desperate to get out on the water and the race was scheduled to start at twelve as planned. The fog lifted slightly as twelve o'clock approached and the rain stopped.... [more]
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Kiteboard Slalom World Championship heads to Sylt
ISAF,
The Kiteboard Slalom World Championship is set to take place from June 26 to July 1 in Sylt, Germany, where high performance will meet with high expectations and awesome jumps, dizzying races and pulsating slalom rides will be witnessed. Who becomes the World Champion in Slalom and who will be the rising star in Freestyle and Race?... [more]
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Musandam-Oman Sail crew complete first transatlantic crossing
Musandam-Oman Sail,
Musandam-Oman Sail has arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, ahead of the 2012 Krys Ocean Race next month. The trip was not without its' drama, according to Fahad Al Hasni from Oman who described his introduction to watch systems and freeze-dried food as being ‘in a different world'.... [more]
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J/80 World Championship overall
Gemma Dunn,
The MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by Slam was co-hosted by the Britannia Yacht Club and Royal Dart Yacht Club from the 9th to 15th June. The fleet consisted of seventy-six boats from nine countries across Europe and the USA, and for the first time in the competition's history included a team from Hong Kong.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day minus 3 ACWS Newport - The Elephant is in the Room
Bob Fisher,
Day minus 3: While the attention should be on the completion of the 2011/2012 AC-45 World Series, much of the talk is of the AC-72s. It runs from the AC hierarchy right through to the sailors and the topics are wide and various, from whether the size of the boats will produce too heavy demands on the crews to the way in which the boats themselves are designed and structured.... [more]
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