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 01 Mar 2013
 


Figaro, Artemis Racing and Dinghy Shows - News from Europe and beyond

Full-time Academy Figaro sailor Ed Hill at the helm of Artemis 37  Thierry Seray
The recently announced 2013 full-time Academy Figaro programme gets underway in less than a week's time on the 6th March with the ICOM Cup Meditéranée in France.

For Ed Hill and Jack Bouttell it will be the first solo offshore race of their careers: 'Solo racing is something that I have been working towards for a long time. Now that I have the opportunity with the Academy to do it, I'm really looking forward to the challenge,' explained Jack. 'It means a lot to be competing in the ICOM Cup - it means that I am moving towards my goal of being competitive in the Solitaire du Figaro,' said Development Squad sailor Ed.

ORACLE TEAM USA   Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

America's Cup news, - Sail-World talked to Jimmy Spithill, at length last night. (We will run the full interview over the weekend.) Lots of interesting revelations and the Aussie Oracle USA skipper made both some amusing and quite cutting comments about the Kiwi AC72.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa have stepped up their level of pre-Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) racing with a friendly, semi-serious match-up on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. Inside, don't miss the fantastic video coverage of the two mammoth catamarans. This is the closest thing that the world has seen, to date, of AC72 racing, and there's little doubt that this year's LVC and AC34 will be a truly spectacular show. Richard Gladwell has all the news, as you´d expect.

Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USAAC72 training in San Francisco Bay in early February  Artemis Racing

America's Cup related, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for AC34, recently announced that they have already started construction on a second-generation AC72 in the team's home country of Sweden. According to plans, the new boat should be sailing on the Bay by early May. Currently, the team's first-generation AC72 is back in the shed, undergoing substantial modifications to give her better wick compared to the other AC72s afloat.

Olympic Talent Joins Artemis Racing - John Gimson and Iain Jensen  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Artemis also announced three new key crew appointments this week, namely that 2012 Olympic medalists Iain Jensen and Andrew Simpson have joined the Challenger of Record's squad, and that 2016 Olympic hopeful John Gimson has also donned team colors. 'These young sailors bring talent and enthusiasm to our team,' said Paul Cayard. 'They are the future of the America's Cup.'

UK's RYA Dinghy Show  .. .

With the RYA Dinghy Show fast approaching Sail-World's team has put together an interesting article on how Boat Show visitor numbers are down due to the growth of the internet but the shows are still key to being able to provide that touch and feel experience.

Sail-World will be walking the halls and decks at Alexandra Palace in London this weekend to check out all the very latest boats and gear and offerings.

And finally with the combination of America's Cup news and newsletters, the explosion in use of tablets, phablets (love the Samsung Galaxy Note! ) and hi-res mobile phones, an ever expanding Twitter following across 13 of our Sail-world sites around the world and the news that Sail-World.com has gone multilingual is driving our traffic to new heights.

Sail-World's sites world-wide received exactly 694,298 visits in January 2013 and we are by far, the largest sailing news group in the world.

Any organisation wanting to reach sailors world-wide needs to talk to us. Just contact Jedda Murphy, our Sail-World Editor for UK and Europe on +44 208 133 1593 or via email at europeditor@sail-world.com.


Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team



America's Cup: Aerial images of Oracle Team USA '17' training
Oracle Team USA,
Aerial photos of Oracle Team USA '17' training on San Francisco Bay shot by photographer Guilain Grenier.... [more]
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Organisational wheels of Fraglia Vela Riva now in motion
Elena Giolai,
The wheels of the organisational machine of Fraglia Vela Riva are now in motion as it gears up for the start of the 2013 season. Some 21 international events and 10 local heats of open-sea competition are scheduled for a total of 100 days of actual regattas.... [more]
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Match Racing action at Club Nautico Scarlino
Club Nautico Scarlino,
Club Nautico Scarlino organized in the last weekend another Grade 3 International Match Race, the second of the five events scheduled in 2013 sailing season. Top level sailing with three helmsman from the top fifty in the ISAF International Match Race Rankings.... [more]
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New benchmark time on a World Record route established
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Council has announced the the establishment of a new benchmark time on a World Record route.... [more]
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Vendée Globe 2012-13: EC6 rigging once again passes the ultimate test
Josh Impey,
EC6 bundled continuous carbon rigging has performed flawlessly for the third time during the iconic Vendée Globe round the world race. Five of the top eight Open 60s which completed the 2012-13 Vendée Globe circumnavigation, including unofficial finisher Bernard Stamm, sported EC6 bundled carbon continuous side rigging from Composite Rigging and all five completed the marathon race without rigg... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa and ETNZ race on Hauraki Gulf - Video
Emirates Team NZ,
For the past couple of days, two America's Cup challengers, Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have been practice racing in the Hauraki Gulf. Here's a first glimpse of what AC72 racing ahead of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, starting in July.... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing World Championship set for Viganj
Formula Windsurfing Class,
The 2013 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' Formula Windsurfing World Championship is set to take place at Club Bofor, Viganj, Croatia from the eighth to 13th July and will be sponsored by NORT d.o.o. The venue is well-known to many racers, having hosted previous editions of the Croatian Open Championships. This year's event is also a stop on the 2013 European Cup Tour.... [more]
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Mashich and Freitas on form in lead up to RS:X World Championship
ISAF,
After claiming gold at the RS:X South American Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nimrod Mashich and Patricia Freitas have their preparations for the 2013 RS:X World Championship off to a flying start. Whilst Mashich won the open title the South American title went to Ricardo Santos (BRA) who takes the title for the sixth time and will represent the Brazilian sailing team throughout 2013.... [more]
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Artemis Offshore Academy all set for opening solo race
Artemis Offshore Academy,
The recently announced 2013 full-time Academy Figaro programme gets underway in just a week's time on the 6th March with the ICOM Cup Meditéranée. The three three-stage race starts from their winter training centre, the Centre d'Entrainement Méditerranée (CEM), in La Grande Motte, France, and heads to Marseille, followed by a day of inshore racing and then a longer race back to La Grande Motte.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series announce first ever Singapore Extreme 40 team
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series is set to be become a brand new international fixture on the Singapore sports calendar until 2015, in a three year deal announced today between Series organisers OC Sport, the Singapore Sports Council and Aberdeen Asset Management.... [more]
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Budget Marine Match Racing Cup 2013 - Caribbean domination
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
Budget Marine Match Racing Cup 2013. With a flawless performance from start to finish, 24-year-old Virgin Islands sailor Taylor Canfield did not lose a race today en route to a dominating victory in the fifth running of the popular sailing spectacle off the Saint Maarten Yacht Club.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Fresh talent set for Act 1 battle + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 1 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series is set to take place in Muscat, Oman from fifth-8th March where three new skippers and two completely new teams will bring a wealth of fresh talent to the Extreme 40 fleet in 2013, along with a set of credentials that will make predicting, not only, the outcome of the opening Act but the entire Series a near impossibility.... [more]
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Iain Jensen, Andrew Simpson and John Gimson join Artemis Racing
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing has announced the addition of 2012 Olympic medalists Iain Jensen and Andrew Simpson as well as 2016 Olympic hopeful John Gimson. The newcomers will join the team's decorated Olympians Percy, Lange, Outteridge, and Monk.... [more]
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Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Finn class in Brazil
Robert Deaves,
The approach of an Olympic Games normally has a positive influence on activities in the host country and this is proving to be especially true of the Finn class in Brazil.... [more]
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Boat Shows - Provide touch and feel and Internet takes worldwide
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Later this week the world's largest dinghy boat show, the RYA Dinghy Show will open at London's Alexandra Palace. On Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd some 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares to the walk in audience. But many will consider there is an Elephant in the Room – the Internet.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Fine gathering set for Virgin Gorda
KPMS,
The Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – set to take place from 11-15 March – marks a continuation of the partnership between the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Nautor's Swan and title sponsor Rolex that stretches back to the early 1980s by virtue of the biennial Rolex Swan Cup, a much vaunted gathering of the world's finest Swan yachts in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup - Team Tilt qualifies
MaxComm Communication,
Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 is being held in San Francisco. The young Team Tilt sailors have qualified for the regatta, which will be held from 1-4 September on the wing-masted AC45 catamarans.... [more]
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WMRT - Switzerland's leading professional regatta cancelled
Bernard Schopfer,
St. Moritz Match Race 2013, one of the stages of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), was to be hosted by Segel-Club St. Moritz from 27th August to 1st September. Today it was announced that Switzerland's leading professional regatta has been cancelled due to insufficient funding.... [more]
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New Mackay 470 for 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie,
2012 Olympic Gold medalists in the Womens 470 class, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie report from their their new website: We have been getting back into the swing of things, and keeping rather busy! Just a bit of an update, we had our first regatta back of the season, which was the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta, held at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, where we had a rather blustery three day event!!... [more]
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UK Sailing superstars at RYA Dinghy Show 2013
Emma Slater,
Not one, not two, but eight of the UK's finest dinghy sailors will be heading to the RYA Dinghy Show 2013 over the weekend of 02-03 March to share their top tips, answer your questions, sign autographs and much more.... [more]
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