GBR crash in Clipper start, latest sailing news from UK and beyond




24 Nov 2009

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GBR crash in Clipper start, latest sailing news from UK and beyond

Transat Jacques Vabre line honours to Multi 50
Transat Jacques Vabre line honours have been taken by the Multi 50 Crêpes Whaou! More to follow.... [more]
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LYC Bluepoint Construction Late Autumn Race 2 and 3 reports
Andy Farrell,
Every one knew the wind was coming, every forecast agreed the conditions would worsen in the afternoon with gale warnings in force!. As the thirteen yachts and crews brave (or daft) enough to race entered the river, they were treated to a momentary lull. An impressive squall soon hit before the start and several yachts were forced to retire... [more]
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Local sailor receives prestigious Award from HRH Princess Royal
RYA Media,
Local sailor Derek Moss from Malvern, Worchester was presented with one of the RYA's (Royal Yachting Association) most prestigious awards, a RYA Lifetime Commitment Award on Friday (19 November) by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA at the organisation's annual awards ceremony held in London.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Groupama 3 in Cape Town for at least a week
Groupama News,
Structural analysis of the damage and observations made on site by composite specialists, confirm that it will indeed take a week's work before Groupama 3 can head out to sea again, bound for Brest, for a new stand-by period set to begin on 1st January 2010.... [more]
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AYRE Challenge moves from America's Cup to Volvo Ocean Race project
Ayre Challenge media,
AYRE Challenge presented today in Denia its project to take part in the next three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, all of which will start in the Spanish port of Alicante. The presentation of this 10-year-long project and milestone in Spanish yacht racing took place in Denia, a city that has strong ties with AYRE Challenge.... [more]
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Goodison named British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year
James Eaves,
Skandia Team GBR Awards have been held with Laser star Paul Goodison collecting the top prize of the evening. Nick Dempsey was voted as the most ‘Gold Driven' of the team, chosen for his focus and determination in bouncing back from his fourth place in Beijing last year to claim the World Championship title in home waters in September.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia has a new leader
OC Events and,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - With four wins in five races, the European Extreme Sailing Series Champion skipper Pete Cumming on Masirah was pleased with their performance today. The final day of racing will take place tomorrow from 2pm followed by a prize giving in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 7pm.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne first leg of 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Sam Watson,
The 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to start on 14 December and Melbourne is bracing itself to welcome one of the world's most prestigious sailing events.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre finish just out of reach for Artemis
Tim Kelly,
Transat Jacques Vabre update from Sam Davies and co–skipper Sidney Gavignet onboard Artemis. Sam reports ' a Harry Potter moment. It is always pretty impressive sight at night when the black squall cloud comes chasing up behind you, a menacing silhouette, in front of the starry sky. The huge 'cumulo-beastie' makes my heart beat faster - wondering what it's got in store for me: 25 knots, 30... 35?... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Shore Team in overdrive as fleet encounters 40 knots
Clipper Ventures and,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. At Royal Cape Yacht Club, surveyors have been assessing the damage this morning and the work will start on Cork this afternoon. The damage will be relatively simple to repair and the surveyors are satisfied there are no structural problems with the boat.... [more]
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BOR90 sailing on San Diego Bay - See her live, now!
BOR 90 is sailing in San Diego Bay today as there is very little wind outside. Click on the link and you can watch it live on the Fox 5 San Diego Webcam... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre leader opens up the gap
Transat Jacques Vabre - Having opened a further 15 miles on Groupe Bel which has pursued them hard more than the last week, there was an element of relief in the voice of Safran skipper Marc Guillemot this morning.... [more]
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World Sailing Speed Record Council ratifies l'Hydroptère's Mile
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the ratification of a new Nautical Mile World Record for Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère.... [more]
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Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association event at Baltic Wharf
Pat Jones - CVRDA,
Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association (cvrda) event at Baltic Wharf report. Strong winds and heavy rain greeted the three local boats, a Scorpion, an Albacore and an old Solo who joined in to make up the race together with one visitor, a Merlin Rocket.... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta Day One
Diana Bogaards and,
No racing on the first day of this year's Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. The strong offshore breeze gusted up to 37 knots, which kept the cat sailors ashore. According to the weather forecast for tomorrow, it will be again windy.... [more]
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Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup due to depart Tenerife
Fabrizio Pirina and,
The Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, will depart from Tenerife, Canaries Island on Monday the 23rd of November 2009. The finish is expected in Sint Maarten at beginning of December.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 4 Dramatic collision at the start
Heather Ewing,
Race 4 of Clipper 09-10 - Eight of the boats crossed the start line for the 4,700-mile race to Geraldton, Western Australia. California was followed by Spirit of Australia, looking for a win on this race to their home port, and Team Finland.... [more]
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Azzurra shuts out of Emirates Team NZ to win Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Media,
Even before the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur began, Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni spoke of his passion and honour to be leading an iconic sailing brand back into the fray after a long absence. This afternoon he could barely describe his joy. Bruni and his Azzurra crew, including tactician Tommaso Chieffi, defeated Emirates Team New Zealand 2-0 in the Grand Final to win this match race r... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Aviva has under 1,000 miles to go
Kelly Russell,
Transat Jacques Vabre - The British duo has continued to race hard and managed to close the gap on their closest rival, Veolia Environnement, to just four miles. Caffari and Thompson will slow while passing the northern tip of St Lucia later today to collect a part for their faulty generator.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Last boat due to complete race
Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat - The pace at which the boats finished stepped up last night in Progreso as as five boats crossed the finishing line of the first edition of the Solidaire du Chocolat in the space of 12 hours. True to form, the Yucatan public turned out in force to welcome the ten sailors ashore as only they know how after 32 days at sea.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Has Groupe Bel left their run too late?
Transat Jacques Vabre and,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre with less than 48 hours or so of the race left to run, is time running out for Groupe Bel's chances to steal victory. Safran's lead is out to 66.1 miles and they are looking safe for the meantime although light winds are forecast for the inshore area off Puerto Limon at arrival time.... [more]
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Around the Island Race line honours to BT
OC Events,
BT snatched victory by just 14 seconds in the annual Around the Island Race in Hong Kong. It was an amazing day for not only the sailors, but also the VIP guests onboard, who raced in the coveted 'fifth man' spot, including the Queen's Grandson, Peter Phillips, onboard The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship - Three wins in a row
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour, Sunday, 22nd November 2009. Third successive win for Thurlow Fisher-City. After leading for a majority of the race, Asko Appliances (Archie Massey, Dan Wilsdon and Cameron Mc Donald) had to be content with second placing.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leaders to clash at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The final and most crucial round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup is being sailed in Terengganu, eastern Malaysia from December 1-6th. Once, the weeks before this major event provided time for the match racing crews to recharge their batteries, but not any more.... [more]
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211 Entrants and growing - offshore yachting event organisers dream
Ocean Events Media,
It's not often that a yachting event organiser is dealing with a potential fleet in the several hundreds rather than tens of entrants – and many months before entries close. Such is the case with the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally'. Two major circumnavigations of Australia events overlapping.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Leading trio gain speed in Caribbean
Transat Jacques Vabre - The passage through the West Indies was near faultless for the leading duo. The leading trio are all under big spinnakers, spearing downwind on a more relaxing set-up than the approach to the islands. The Safran duo are opting for a route taking them closer to the coast of Venezuela, following their weather files routing which promise stronger winds there.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - TeamOrigin falls to Azzurra
Azzurra Team,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra is a name well known in Italian sailing as the country's first challenger, launched by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), for the America's Cup in Newport in 1983. Azzurra took victory over Team Origin by 29 seconds to claim their place in the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy scheduled to take place tomorrow, 22nd November... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Emirates Team New Zealand to meet Azzurra
Louis Vuitton Trophy/,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Petite Final wraps with Synergy overcoming TeamOrigin. Azzurra of Italy advanced to the championship by defeating TeamOrigin of the U.K. in their showdown match. After a close first beat, the Italians luffed the British at the top of the leg to gain an advantage at the first mark.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - BT leads after Day 2
OC Events,
The inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia racing on day two in Victoria Harbour for saw the six Extreme 40s challenged in a shifty 4 – 12 knot wind. The inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia is in Hong Kong to demonstrate the potential of bringing a full scale series, with public shoreside activities, to the region in 2010/2011.... [more]
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RYA Community and RYA Awards presented
Susie Nation-Grainger,
HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA, presented the annual RYA Community and RYA Awards at the 2009 RYA AGM.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - TeamOrigin defeats Azzurra
Azzurra Team,
At the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Nice, fifteen to 18 knots of easterly winds, the strongest seen yet on the French Riviera, accompanied the second match race of the semi-finals between Azzurra (ITA) and TeamOrigin (GBR).... [more]
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'Stewart 34' the story of where top America's Cup sailors began
George Backhus,
If you have ever wondered how sailors from a small country in a remote corner of the world came to successfully challenge and defend the America's Cup, here is the story. If you want to know how NZ yachtsmen like Brad Butterworth, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson developed skills that propelled them into the America's Cup and the world's grand prix yacht racing arena...... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia spectacular opener in Hong Kong
Extreme Sailing Series Asia Media,
Racing just metres from the shoreline on both sides of the Harbour here in Hong Kong, the six Extreme 40s put on a spectacular display for the gathered international media on day one of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia.... [more]
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2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup NOR
Royal Ocean Racing Club Media,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), together with Rolex, is delighted to announce details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Race Date: Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st August 2010.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Groupe Picoty crosses finish line
Solidaire du Chocolat media,
Solidaire du Chocolat update. Jacques Fournier and Jean-Edouard Criquioche, the fun skippers of Groupe Picoty, crossed the Progreso finishing line on Thursday 19th November at 3h38 French time to take eighth place after sailing for 31d 10h 48min at an average speed of 6.33 knots from France to Mexico... [more]
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RYA Onboard winners announced
Emma Slater,
The winners of the first ever RYA RS Sailing Onboard Awards have been announced. The outstanding work and dedication of three OnBoard Development Officers (ODO's) was acknowledged last Wednesday (10 November) at the Annual OnBoard Conference dinner held at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.... [more]
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New York Court rules in favour of America's Cup Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich has issued a decision on the matters of the Rules for the 34th America's Cup, and also the report of the Expert Panel. She has supported the view of Golden Gate Yacht Club in the matter of measurement of Load Waterline Length, and has required the International Sailing Federation to appoint an International Jury by 4 December 2009.... [more]
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Team Pindar launch Sail Bahrain
Jo Gawith,
Andrew Pindar OBE and Team Pindar, one of the world's leading independent sailing teams, launched the first phase of the Sail Bahrain project at Amwaj Marina, today. The main objectives of Sail Bahrain are to work with the BMSA on developing a best-in-class sailing and water sports academy; bring major international sailing and water sports events to Bahrain on a regular basis and create training... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2009 heading for a record fleet
Rob Kothe,
The 2009 Phuket King's Cup fleet list is now heading towards 105 boats, a new record for this 23rd annual regatta. The latest entry list released last night by Regatta Director Simon James includes draft entries from a number of boats currently in transit. Notable amongst these is the new racing class GP42 owned by the King's Cup President Kevin Whitcraft and Sam Chan's TP52.... [more]
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Grant Simmer on progress and modifications to Alinghi 5,
The America's Cup Defender Alinghi is completing its current phase of the Alinghi 5 development programme today in Ras Al Khaimah and over the next few days will wheel the giant catamaran into the boat shed for some modifications. The next phase will keep the team busy up until it ships out to Valencia to continue developing towards the February 8 2010 America's Cup Match.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 - Wingsail plus a jib and screecher - WOW!
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BOR90, BMW Oracle Racing's challenger for the America's Cup, has added two front sails to the wingsail and was out testing off San Diego, for the first time, today... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Aviva closes on Veolia Environnement
Transat Jacques Vabre - Instead of the expected initial compression, in fact Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier slipped away another 20 miles overnight on Safran.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Submerged BT arrives in the Azores
BT Team Ellen Media,
The BT yacht is now inside the harbour in Terceira (Azores), nearly fully submerged but safe from the Atlantic ocean waves that have been battering her since Friday.... [more]
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International Kiteboarding Association Race Management Seminar 2010
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association are proud to announce the first ever IKA Race Management Seminar, organized in cooperation with the Belgium Association. The seminar is held in Ghent, Belgium, from 26.02.-28.02.2010.... [more]
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New Jules Verne Trophy record attempt in January for Groupama 3
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Groupama 3 - After having envisaged making directly for the technical base in Lorient, Franck Cammas and his crew have finally decided to make for South Africa to carry out repairs under good conditions.... [more]
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Brad Butterworth speaks with Peter Montgomery on America's Cup issues
Brad Butterworth and Peter Montgomery,
Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth was in Auckland and Wellington recently and took the time to talk to the world's foremost yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, about the next America's Cup, scheduled for next February. Butterworth talks about the extent of the current legal issues, what it is like sailing on one of the multihull America's Cup multihulls and other issues.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup: One week to go
RC 44 Gold Cup Media,
Organised by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup will be theatre of a fierce battle between Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton) and Team Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Dean Barker). The two leaders of the Championship Tour will battle it out for all the titles at stake, with several other teams also in a position to grab the lead in some of the rankings.... [more]
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WPNSA and Dorset Police host BBC Children In Need rowing fundraiser
Fast Track Sailing,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) welcomed members of the local community and the Dorset Police on the 16 November for the Children In Need rowing fundraiser. The public competed on 500m time trials, the same exercise used to fitness test elite athletes. The Dorset Police started rowing the distance from the WPNSA, the 2012 Sailing Venue to the Olympic Venue in Stratford... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice images from photographer Ingrid Abery and Ingrid Abery images,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice images from photographer Ingrid Abery. Ingrid presents a gallery of unusual black and white images.... [more]
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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Paul Cayard.
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
If Paul Cayard didn't have a sterling CV that spans decades and has transcended the sport of sailing, you'd think he was an eager young sailor trying to earn his way onto a team. At 50, he'll do whatever it takes to build a team, have fun, stay fit and lead by example.... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta
Diana Bogaards,
This year's Dart 18 Worlds catamaran sailing brings strong competition to Aruba. The annual Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta will be held simultaneously with the Dart 18 Worlds. Twelve races are scheduled for the fourteen beach cats in the open class.... [more]
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Ireland benefits from the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09
Economic and Media evaluation of Ireland's participation in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. An economic impact analysis delivered by Deloitte reported a significant economic impact of €55.8m, the highest recorded at a Volvo Ocean Race stopover port and comparable to the Race departure from Galicia, Spain in 2005 was achieved.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Wright and Brennan on Sail4Cancer cross finish
Solidaire du Chocolat media,
Solidaire du Chocolat - Damien Seguin and Armel Tripon crossed the finishing line to take fourth place, while British yachtsman, Tim Wright, and his Australian co-skipper, Nicko Brennan, crossed in fifth.... [more]
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RS Vareo Winter Championships at Datchet Water SC
Debbie Darling,
The GUL RS Vareo Winters were held over the weekend of the 14th/15th November at Datchet Water SC. With conditions, when setting the boats up, of 20knots gusting 30 knots it was sailable but with such a small fleet a decision to wait for an hour was made.... [more]
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