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03 Jul 2009

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Today Sail-World has the latest scoop on Alinghi's new multihull.

18 footer actions – Rob Greenhalgh leads in Carnac which might be renamed Carnage if there is another day like today. We have lots of news and pix from the Bay of Quiberon.

Match Race Sweden is getting down to serious business, but on the other side Ireland's Rob Dowling is aiming for Guinness Book of Records – 48 hours on a GP14.

And of course lots more European and World news, so we will stand aside and let you browse.

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Special format for 120th edition of Travemuende Week (TW)
Andreas Kling,
The 120th edition of Travemuende Week (TW) will be celebrated in a special format in 2009. It will be extended to 17 days this year with high-level racing and a superb festival on shore. This addition will take the Travemuende Week to a new record number of entries, which had dropped slightly in the previous years.... [more]
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Jean-Pierre Dick enters Barcelona World Race 2010
Barcelona World Race media,
Winner of the first edition will be on the start line aboard the next Paprec Virbac at Barcelona on 31 December, 2010. Jean-Pierre Dick will be at the helm of the next Paprec-Virbac , which is presently under construction in New Zealand.... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup - Day 3
PWA Media,
PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup - Day 3. The defending champions were forced to sail with inspiration as freestyle is pushed to a new level here in Lanzarote. Upsets in the men's second single elimination have ignited a race for the event crown, and stand out performances by the women have shifted key contenders.... [more]
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More images from the 18ft skiffs Mark Foy Trophy - Carnac
Ingrid Abery images,
More Ingrid Abery action images from the Mark Foy Trophy for 18ft skiffs in Carnac, France. [more]
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Images from the Mark Foy Trophy - serious 18ft action
Ingrid Abery images,
English photographer Ingrid Abery caputured these images from the day's action at the Mark Foy Trophy. Drama aplenty for the 18ft skiffs when the series leader SLAM was involved in an incident. Ingrid's website [more]
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2009 SEIKO 49er Speed Challenge
Jere Biehl,
Seiko, Velocitek and the 49er Class are collaborating to determine who the fastest 49er team is! Speed attempts will be held during the days surrounding the 49er Worlds and Europeans, culminating in the Sail for Gold event in Weymouth. Sailors will try to bet the time set by Simons Hiscocks and Rick Peacock in 2008 at 19.4 knots The new carbon mast and square top mainsail will be the equipme... [more]
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Groupama 3 in New York and Groupama Extreme 40 in Hyères
Groupama media,
Once again Groupama team is everywhere at once. Today was a training day for the second stage of the iShares Cup in Hyères; with two coastal courses on the menu, followed by a short race just off the port's jetties. Groupama 3 has arrived in New York where she is being switched to the necessary configuration for an attempt at the Transatlantic record.... [more]
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iShares Cup Hyères-TPM delivers the goods
iShares Cup media,
Today's practice races certainly delivered the goods ahead of the official start of the iShares Cup Hyères-TPM event tomorrow. The iShares Cup Raid – a ten mile sprint to the island of Porquerolles – saw a French victory as Erik Maris skipper of Luna snatched victory from James Spithill's BMW Oracle Racing after just 36 minutes of racing.... [more]
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Book Extract: Leadership lessons from a great New Zealander
Mark Orams,
In this extract from 'Blake: Leader', author Mark Orams describes how he joined the crew of Steinlager II: ‘My name is Mark Orams. It's my dream to sail in the Whitbread and I would very much like to talk to Peter Blake about how I might make that happen. Much to my surprise the receptionist said, ‘One moment please', and click, the phone went through and a voice said, ‘Peter Blake here.'... [more]
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Last two Quarter Finalists decided at Match Cup Sweden
WMRT media,
Fantastic racing conditions allowed the organizers of Match Cup Sweden, Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour, to complete the repechage round. Johnie Berntsson was on fire winning all three matches including a nail biter against Adam Minoprio.... [more]
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Laser designer appointed to the Order of Canada
Sail-World and Paul Henderson,
Ian Bruce (Montreal) designer of the International Laser class, was awarded the Order of Canada on Canada Day, 1st July. Bruce was one of 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Former President of ISAF, Paul Henderson described the award as a 'great honour for Ian and his beloved sport of Sailing.... [more]
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Alinghi's America's Cup Defender reported to be 'spider-like'
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has been advised by normally reliable and knowledgeable persons who have seen Alinghi's new America's Cup Defender, and who have been briefed to a degree by Alinghi personnel. They report that the the new Alinghi multihull is, as expected a scaled up 'LeBlack' concept catamaran. ('LeBlack' being a 41ft multihull owned by Ernesto Bertarelli).... [more]
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18 footer Drama – Mark Foy Trophy at Carnac
Mason Woodworth,
Day 4 of the 18 footers Mark Foy championship, on Quiberon Bay, Carnac France, started after an hours delay under overcast skies and building wind. A small amount of rain was a fair price to pay for 15 knots of westerly wind. The drama that was to unfold today was not on the forecast.... [more]
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Dragon British Open titles - Edinburgh Cup - Falmouth
Fiona Brown,
Dragon sailors from the UK, Ireland, France and the USA are congregating in Falmouth this week in preparation for the Dragon South Western Championship and the Edinburgh Cup, awarded annually to the winner of the British Dragon Open Championship. Both events are sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and will be hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth from 4 to 11 July 2009.... [more]
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Countdown to 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
The 38th edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship will showcase the future stars of the sailing world at Buzios, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil from 9-18 July.... [more]
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Limit first home to Noumea but on tenterhooks for major trophies
Tash Paget,
Limit crossed the finish line this morning, in 25+ degree's but very light winds. V5 was 100 miles behind at this morning's radio sched, with the rest of the fleet around 100 miles further back.... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup - Day 2
PWA media,
PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup Day 2: Would be challengers fall to the might of reigning World Champions. As action commenced, it was clear that the level of freestyle has improved exponentially this year.... [more]
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Sodeb'O and Thomas Coville on stand-by for another record attempt
Kate Jennings translation,
Thomas Coville has announced his stand-by for an attempt to break his own solo North Atlantic record (New York – Lizard Point). On Friday 26th June, Thomas Coville and his Maxi-Trimaran Sodeb'O arrived in New York after a ten day delivery trip in crewed configuration.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy series – Carnac France,
With two more wins in races three and four, Australian Grant Rollerson, with crew Jack Young and Michael Coxon have SLAM dunked their way to the lead in the Mark Foy Trophy series being sailed on the Quiberon Bay, Carnac France.... [more]
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Busy time for Fastnet crews
Trish Jenkins,
With just under forty days to the start of the Fastnet on Sunday, 9 August, the 300 registered crews are hard at work completing their qualification miles and other prerequisites. The fleet is in excellent shape. With participants from sixteen different nations on the start-line, it will be an international gathering of the yacht-racing fraternity.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Battle for final two places in quarter final
WMRT Media,
The warm and sunny weather continued here in Marstrand, which brought spectators out in force today to watch the repechage round robin at Match Cup Sweden. As the crowd lounged in swim suits on the rocks overlooking the race area, eight teams fought hard to determine who would make it to the next stage, the Quarter Final round, where they will compete for a share of the 1,000,000 SEK total prize p... [more]
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iShares Cup Round 2 Practice session and speed run planned
iShares Cup media,
Ideal racing conditions look to be in place with consistent sea breeze in Hyeres - TPM for the second round of the iShares Cup. Warm-up races are planned tomorrow, including a 10-mile speed run to the beautiful island of Porquerolles and back.... [more]
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International Melges 24 European Championship
Fiona Brown,
As the entry deadline approaches for this summer's Melges 24 European Championship in Hyeres, 2006 Melges 24 World Champion Nicola Celon remembers his 2006 Worlds victory at the venue and looks ahead to this year's competition.... [more]
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Your chance to have a first preview of the new Alinghi multihull
Alinghi Media,
Want to have the first outsider's view of the latest Alinghi, then sign up and enter on the 'Friends' section of the Alinghi website: Be one of the 10 lucky people to preview the new Alinghi multihull This is your chance to see inside the Alinghi base in Villeneuve!... [more]
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Tall Ships begin Race Four of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge
ASTA's Erin Short/Event media,
The Tall Ships Race fleet has left Charleston. The fleet is now getting well into the fourth Race of this epic event; on the water Rona II is out in front with 727 miles to go to Boston. Fazizi lies 28 miles behind her followed by Urania who is another 32 miles behind.... [more]
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Super Month for Superyachts at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Jan Harley,
An exclusive rally of racing superyachts designed by Dubois Naval Architects, the Dubois Cup 2009 was held from June 6-8. Spending time under the warm Italian sun as it reflects off azure waters, all the while indulging your competitive spirit aboard an extravagant racing machine, is key to experiencing 'La bella vita' or 'the beautiful life' Costa Smeralda-style.... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup Day 1 - Calm before the storm
PWA Media,
The tranquil scenes that greeted the PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup day 1 this morning. A relaxed attitude on the beach masked an undercurrent of tension, as the sailors tuned their equipment and kept one eye on the strengthening wind. Last year's winner, and defending World Champion is Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo (Fanatic/North Sails).... [more]
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First Six quarterfinalists at Match Cup Sweden
Tour Media, Marstrand, Sweden,
Day Two of Match Cup Sweden, stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour delivered beautiful weather, more spectators and more great match racing. Six of the eight quarter finalists have been decided.... [more]
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18 footers Mark Foy series Britain and USA lead,
With three Australians sweeping the placings in the first race (respectively Grant Rollerson on Slam, John Winning Junior on Appliances Online and Jonathan Whitty on Panasonic), sailed in a very light wind, it seemed Australian domination way likely at the Mark Foy Trophy.... [more]
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Britain 2010 Laser Worlds - Radial, Youth, Standard, Masters
Lindsey Bell,
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has won the right to bring the four regattas comprising the Laser World Championships to Great Britain in 2010.... [more]
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ISAF announces new ISAF Athletes' Commission line up
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is delighted to announce the ten sailors who have been elected to the ISAF Athletes' Commission. The Athletes' Commission members each represent one of the ten sailing events chosen for the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]
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Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe
Isabelle Andrieux,
HSH Prince Albert II, President of the Yacht Club de Monaco welcomed new members to the Club at the traditional summer cocktail. The cocktail was also an opportunity to unveil the main events planned for the Tuiga centenary, which will be celebrated from 16 to 20 September during an exceptional Monaco Classic Week culminating in a special centenary regatta on Saturday 19 September.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 officially over

After nine months and nearly 40,000 nautical miles of racing, this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race has come to a close. On Sunday night in St. Petersburg, the final prizegiving was an opportunity to remember and celebrate all that has happened on this magnificent adventure.... [more]
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RS Elite National Championship – Sean Maclean's convincing title win
Martin Wadhams,
The RS Elite Nationals concluded yesterday on Belfast Lough in more of the same 6 - 10 knot conditions and Scotland's Sean Maclean sailing with sons Donald and Ian sewed up the title in a totally convincing manner. Local Irish team of Simon Brien (a past Dragon champion), David Gomes and Qingdao Olympian Stephen Milne climbed back to second.... [more]
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Shed a tear for Line 7
NBR/Sail-World Cruising,
If you have spent many a warm day or night thanks to Line 7 wet weather gear, you may want to shed a tear today. The future of the Line 7 Brand of wet weather gear and other clothes for sailors is now in doubt as the company went into receivership yesterday.... [more]
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Good steady day for Mirsky Racing Team at Match Cup Sweden
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team (MRT) got off to a steady start at Match Cup Sweden today, with two wins and one loss in glamorous conditions. In a rematch of the Troia Portugal Match Cup finals, MRT faced off against BlackMatch Racing in the last match of the day.... [more]
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Top Class fleet for 2009 Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
The form book is wide open going into next week's Finn Gold Cup at Vallensbæk, near Copenhagen in Denmark. With a different winner at each major European event so far this year, picking favourites is easy, but picking a winner would be a hard call.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - French make good start
WMRT Media-Marstrand, Sweden,
It was a good day for the French Teams at Match Cup Sweden with all four taking two wins. Also starting well was Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team, fresh from his victory at Portugal Match Cup and the runner up here last year, Mirsky is clearly happy to be back and wants to go one better than his second place position from '08.... [more]
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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