Sailrocket hits the 52 knot wall - the latest UK & world sailing news




01 Nov 2009

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Sailrocket hits the 52 knot wall - the latest UK & world sailing news

Sailrocket: Over 51 knots - so near but not quite and with problems and Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team - Twice on Sunday they hit over 51 knots, but an unexpected problem caused Larsen a bucket load of problems.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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J/24 European Championship- Third to Ian Southworth's crew on Inmarsat,
The J/24 European Championship, was sailed on Souda Bay in Crete. Twenty eight crews competed in the series held from October 24 to October 30 2009.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championships - New Champion holds his nerve
Justin Chisholm,
Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis 2009 Melges 24 World Championships - Chris Larson at the helm of 'West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes', who had led the regatta on-and-off for much of the week, took a seventeen point lead into the final day and looked odds-on to take the title.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race- Getting used to light breeze
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 - Although light, the wind has backed around more to the north so on the whole the teams can make better progress directly towards the finish line, or the scoring gate which, at current speeds is three or four days' racing away.... [more]
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Statement: Russell Coutts, Skipper & CEO BMW ORACLE Racing
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Our position that rudders should not be included in the Load Water-Line has been supported by the New York Supreme Court. We welcome this decision. We also totally support the Court's initiative to resolve the remaining issues with input from experts who are previous America's Cup jurors and able to bring their experience to bear on sailing and technical matters.... [more]
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Images from the Melges 24 World Championship and Leighton O'Connor images,
Images from photographer Leighton O'Connor from the Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis 2009 Melges 24 World Championship.... [more]
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New York Supreme Court appoints its own America's Cup Jury
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich has empanelled her own International Jury to consider key questions on the 33rd Match for the America's Cup. In a second batch of rulings issued today, she has invited the Challenger and Defender to nominate one technical expert, who must also have sat on an America's Cup Jury to advise the Court on five key technical questions.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Golding back in Le Havre
Transat Jacques Vabre media,
Transat Jacques Vabre update. Arriving in Le Havre last night for the final build up to his sixth consecutive participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race British skipper Mike Golding is relishing his imminent return to racing on the Open 60 which will be known as 'Mike Golding Yacht Racing'.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Cork Institute of Technology Day 5 update
Dee O'Rourke,
Report from Dee O'Rourke in Marseille with Cork Institute of Technology. Day Five in Marseille was the first day on which there was no postponement of racing. The wind had filled in nicely overnight and there was a steady 6 to 10 knots across the bay of Marseille awaiting the teams to get their second last day underway.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: Modified BOR90 has her first sail + video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing took their America's Cup Challenger, BOR90 out for her first sail after around five weeks of modifications were undertaken in the builder's shed in San Diego. The major changes which are confirmed in these photos include a new mast (with a hard wing believed to be on its way); the centreboard has been removed, as has the main rudder;... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Season finale
RC 44 Cup,
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the final showdown of the season. Ten RC44 teams will take place, as the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the season's most important regatta: four titles will be awarded at the end of the regatta and the points count double.... [more]
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RYA and UKSA form new British Keelboat Academy
Ellie Williamson,
The future looks bright for Britain's up and coming young keelboat sailors, with the RYA and UKSA today announcing their new ‘British Keelboat Academy'. The new programme combines the former RYA Keelboat programme and UKSA's GBR Yacht Racing Academy giving those involved access to the expertise and facilities of both organisations.... [more]
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Sailrocket World Speed Record Sailing attempt - 52 knots and the wall? and Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket Team have been in Walvis Bay Namibia on their fourth and final attempt to break the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. 'Soon we will be packing up Vestas Sailrocket for the last time on the lawns of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. Yesterday I felt pretty choked up at the end of our last run. We topped 50 knots for two of yesterdays three runs despite average winds of only 22... [more]
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Musto Skiffs Open meeting at Weymouth
Richard Pelly,
Weymouth Musto Skiffs Open Meeting report. 22 Musto Skiffs arrived at the Sailing Academy to be met by persistent rain and wind, lovely conditions to rig up in. For the first event, only 10 competitors lined up and quickly a pattern immerged.... [more]
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Battle set for National Windsurfing Championships
Over 100 windsurfers will battle on the water at the annual RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships on October 31 through to November 1, to decide the National titles across their respective classes over a two-day regatta held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy home of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - Into the Twilight and Paul Larsen,
The very latest news from Vestas Sailrocket. 'The rig is up again, and the sun is down. We are hoping we might just get that one awesome gust, just 20 seconds is all we want. ' Paul Larsen... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: A rough week for the Cup at 60 Centre Street
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich's decisions, handed down from the Bench of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street, New York, should have surprised no-one. The words 'America's Cup' have now become a byline for long run litigation in sport, that benefits no-one.... [more]
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Kestrel Winter Nationals - Stewartby Water Sailing Club
Duncan Wilson,
Kestrel Winter Nationals at Stewartby Water Sailing Club - report and results. Eight Kestrels (eventually) made it to the car park at Stewartby Water. Race one got under way with six boats starting in quite strong conditions.... [more]
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RS200's at Burghfield Sailing Club
Burghfield Sailing Club,
The RS200's ventured to Burghfield Sailing Club for the final event of the South Eastern Area series. For the first race the wind was across the lake making the beats shifty. The fleet got away to a clean start and were led at the first mark by Sam Maxfield and Hannah Marsden (Hayling Island), Catt and Sarah Allen and Vicky Lenz.... [more]
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Irish Sailing Association National Match Racing Championships
Kinsale Yacht Club,
John Sheehy won the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) National Match Racing Championships and Tour Grand Final in Kinsale Yacht Club having been dominant on the Tour this its inaugural year.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy celebration
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) will be marking the 1000 day countdown to the Games with a local ‘Revive Portland Project' Halloween event. The 31st October trick or treat weekend event will be free to the entire South West, including a lantern procession starting at 18:00 from Portland Castle, fanfare of ship's sirens and magnificent water based firework display at 20:... [more]
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RS700 Inland Championship at Queen Mary
Jon Heissig and,
RS700 sailors arrived at Queen Mary for the 2009 running of the Inland championships. Two members of the German fleet win the prize for the longest distance travelled, having driven overnight to compete.... [more]
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America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah ruled invalid by Court
Richard Gladwell,
In a Hearing in the New York Supreme Court today, Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled that any venue arbitrarily selected by the Defender of the America's Cup for the 33rd match had to be Deed compliant. The decision from the Bench surprised many, and means that the only valid venue for the 33rd Match is Valencia, Spain; or a Southern Hemisphere venue; or a venue determined by mutual consent between... [more]
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Not quite sailing down the Amazon
Sail-World, Robert Dowling, Great Amazon Raft Club,
Rob Dowling is a man who believes 'one man can make a difference'. Driven by his passion and desire to help the children of the Amazon River basin and his love of sailing, Rob undertook on the 3-4th July 2009, a marathon sail around an estuary in Northern Ireland. Here is news of his latest challenge - a 112 miles raft down the Amazon.... [more]
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B14s -25 knots and a day to remember at Weymouth
Mark Watts and Mark Barnes,
18 teams from the B14 Flying Circus made there way to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Centre (WPNSA), on a very damp and windy weekend. However, Mother Nature wasn't to play ball on Saturday, with winds building to 32 knots plus, the fleet resorted to beer and sightseeing.... [more]
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49er sails 120nm Coastal Classic - Images from the long ride
Burling Media,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke completed the 120nm Coastal Classic course sailing alongside the top competitors. Although Alfa Romeo was long gone, the 49er crew battled with the 50fters, leading this group at Cape Brett, but losing their lead after their second pitchpole of the trip. We present images taken from their support boat... [more]
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