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Emmanuel Dodé and Fred Moreau from France have just won the 2009 Dart 18 World Title in Aruba, with a race to spare, and the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta has been won by brothers Xander and Marc Pols.

Francesco Bruni and his Italian Azzurra team may have taken out the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice, but they are struggling after day one of the Sunseeker Australia Cup in Perth, Western Australia. Up against some of the world's best match racers, ahead of the Monsoon Cup, Bruni appeared a little tired but has vowed to fight back.

The Transat Jacques Vabre line honours battle was thrilling – multi50 versus the IMOCA 60. Franck-Yves Escoffier and Erwan Le Roux on the Multi 50 Crêpes Whaou won that battle and crossed ahead of France's Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier-Bénac on Safran.

Bernard Stamm officially launched his new Vendee Globe campaign and we have photos from that event.

And we have all the latest America's Cup news, with expert commentary by our own Richard Gladwell.

To keep up to date with European and International news, simply read on and enjoy.

The Team

London 2012 continues to make positive progress
IOC (As Amended By ISAF),
The sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, was the first venue where construction was completed - and the Games drawing ever nearer, the focus of this Coordination Commission was largely on operations and planning than on the excellent construction and regeneration work being carried out by the Olympic Delivery Authority.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2009 - Early entries to close on December 1st
Sam Watson/ISAF News,
There are only a few days left until early entries close for Sail Melbourne on 1 December and competitors are urged to enter now to avoid an increased entry fee.... [more]
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Photo FINIsh - a unique book celebrates 60 years of Finn sailing
Robert Deaves,
Marking the end of the Finn's 60th anniversary celebrations, the International Finn Association is delighted to announce the publication of 'Photo FINNish - 60 years of Finn Sailing', an extensive and highly illustrated volume compiled and edited by Robert Deaves, but largely written by some of the biggest names in sailing.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup Day One Photos
Event Media,
2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup - Sunlight and 12-15 knots breeze on Day One. Here is a selection of images from the action.... [more]
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Stamm launches new Vendee Globe campaign - Images and ThMartinez images,
Bernard Stamm officially launched his new Vendee Globe campaign at the Decision Shipyard near Lausanne (Switzerland).... [more]
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North Sails signs up as official Race Partner for Global Ocean Race
Global Ocean Sailing Ventures Media,
In an innovative move, North Sails will also be designing a new generation of downwind sails that will be specifically for the Global Ocean Race – the GOR Code 5 and the GOR Code 3.... [more]
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Clipper 09- 10 - Cork repaired and back in the race
Heather Ewing,
The Irish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has set sail from Cape Town following the start day crash that forced her to return to port for repairs.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Stealth Mode for fifth to eighth
Transat Jacques Vabre media,
Transat Jacques Vabre - And then there were four.....or not, as the case may be. The four IMOCA Open 60's which are into the final the miles of their Transat Jacques Vabre, scrapping over fifth to eighth places, are now all in stealth mode.... [more]
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RC 44 Gold Cup - Good day onboard Katusha reports Paul Cayard
Paul Cayard and,
This round of the RC 44 Gold Cup is being sailed in Dubai. Yesterday, the wind failed to arrive, changing the scheduling for today's all important races. On the line, was the RC 44 Tour Match Race Title.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Tour match race title decided + video
RC 44 media and,
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup match race took place today in a light and fairly stable sea breeze. Sailing for the season title, Artemis, with Dean Barker at the helm, suffered from a steering failure during the pre-start of the first regatta against Team Sea Dubai. The irony of the story is that Artemis' main opponent today was no other than their own coach: Rod Davis, steering Ceeref exceptionall... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island and Spirit of Australia in duel
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: For the race office team it's straight down onto the pontoons for a status update on the repairs to Cork and Hull & Humber.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Three into stealth mode for the final miles
Kelly Russell,
To add to the intense competition and anticipation the Transat Jacques Vabre has delivered, Aviva, Akena Verandas and Veolia Environnement have all entered into ‘stealth mode'.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane Day One complete as Slingsby leads the Laser fleet
Craig Heydon,
The 2009 Sail Brisbane regatta has gotten underway with a full day of racing for the record sized fleet. In the Laser class, Tom Slingsby took victory in race one and a second place in race two, and is followed by Chile's Martias Del Solar Go in second and Tom Burton in third.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - the Riddle of the Rudders
Richard Gladwell,
After today's Hearing in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, the Challenger for the America's Cup stated that the inclusion of rudders in the crucial Load Waterline length measurement would disqualify GGYC's yacht. Calculations by Sail-World from photos show that the length of BOR90, as the Challenger has been known to date, would extend to around 98ft,... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup Day One - Sunshine and Breeze
Rob Kothe,
Sunshine and breeze on the Swan River's Matilda Bay this morning for the first day of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds 2009 - British duo break French domination
Diana Bogaards,
Dart 18 Worlds 2009 in Aruba and finally, the British duo David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce have broken the French domination. Today's first race showed an interesting line-up for the start. The Dutchmen Goudriaan/Damen chose for the pin-end, whereas the Atol Sailing Team Dodé/Moreau crossed the line in the middle and Lloyd/Jones-Pierce at the committee boat. Thierry... [more]
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Cayard reports a quiet day at the RC 44 Sea Dubai Gold Cup
Paul Cayard and,
Paul Cayard reports from the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup on day one, where racing was cancelled due to lack of breeze. 'The Match Racing will be shortened due to losing today. So, we will race five matches each and likewise won't race against everyone.'... [more]
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Les Voiles De Saint-Barth 2010 Notice of Race
Sea Clear Communications,
The local council in Saint Barthélémy, the Tourist board and the Saint Barth Yacht Club are setting up a new sailing event from Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th April 2010. It will be open to Classic and modern yachts, Super Yachts, Racing-Cruisers, as well as Racing Multihulls and known as Les Voiles De Saint-Barth 2010... [more]
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The Racing Rules of Sailing Amendments effective on 1 January 2010
ISAF Press,
The International Sailing Federation announced today that, as a result of actions taken by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Council during the ISAF Annual Conference, several changes in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 will take effect on 1 January 2010.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup day one breeze does not cooperate + video
RC 44 media and,
On day one of the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup day racing could not take place due to the lack of wind. Yesterday's practice session had taken place in 15 knots and and a big swell. Alas, it was not the same today.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12 sixth entry confirmed
Oliver Dewar,
British yachtsman, Alex Alley, was the sixth entry to sign-up for the Global Ocean Race 2011-12. Earlier this week, he verified that Gosport based, offshore sailor, David Thomson, will be co-skipper in The People's Boat campaign. Thomson competed in the Portimão Global Ocean Race 2008-09 taking third place in the double-handed class with Jeremy Salvesen, an adventurer and entrepreneur, on the Akil... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia leads the fleet to Geraldton
Clipper Ventures,
Still in Cape Town after a collision at the start of leg 4, Cork may be ready to leave as early as tomorrow. Cape Breton Island has been slowly but surely chipping away at Spirit of Australia's lead. The Brisbane based skipper, Brendan Hall, confirms, 'It's been a night of hard and heavy sail changes on Spirit of Australia. We're keeping as good speed as we can as the rest of the fleet compresses... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre journey complete for Golding and Sanso
Out of the early Caribbean morning sunshine, Mike Golding and Javier Sanso, glided the final miles to the finish of the Transat Jacques Vabre off Puerto Limon, Costa Rica in an excellent third place.... [more]
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America's Cup Defender stands up for rights in New York Court
Societe Nautique de Geneve media,
The America's Cup Defender, today argued before the NYSC Appellate Division in defence of two of the Defender's fundamental rights - to choose the venue and the right to race a challenger that complies with the Deed of Gift measurement requirements. 'It would be the first time in the history of the America's Cup that the Defender is deprived of its fundamental right to choose the venue..'... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger claims measurement rules would disqualify
Golden Gate Yacht Club media,
Further to today's Hearing in the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division, Tom Ehman, Head of External Affairs for BMW Oracle Racing commented: 'Today SNG also requested that, if the Appellate Court does not reinstate RAK in February, the 33rd Match be delayed from February until May 2010.' Ehman also claimed that the published measurement process would disqualify GGYC's yacht.... [more]
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Former Optimist Champions enter 2010 Splash Worlds at Takapuna
Jonathan Masters,
The 2010 World Splash Championships are being held at Takapuna on January 2-8, 2010. Takapuna Boating Club are the event organisers and Grant Cunningham is running a very tight ship at the helm backed up by a team of very competent organisers and volunteers.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Good day for three teams
RC 44 media,
The RC 44 Championship Tour final event, the Sea Dubai Gold Cup, started today with the practice race. The conditions were absolutely perfect, with 15 knots of breeze and a big swell.... [more]
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Images of Ras al-Khaimah: Step aboard Alinghi 5 for a training session
Guido Trombetta - Team Alinghi,
Ever wondered what it would be like to sail aboard an America's Cup mulithull? Guido Trombetta and Team Alinghi present this gallery of images taken aboard Alinghi 5 during a training session off Ras al-Khaimah, before the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup was put into the shed for modifications.... [more]
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Who is faster? The kitesurfer or the hydrofoiler - see the video!
Who is faster - l'Hydroptere or Alexandre Caizergues kitesurfing? Check out both on their speed record attempts on this great video compilation... [more]
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World's Best Skippers in Perth to pursue Australia Cup Glory
Event Media,
With a cohort of sailing greats arriving in Perth for the Sunseeker Australia Cup, Western Australia is again on the world sporting stage. The ten world ranked skippers and their teams touchdown mid-week for this exclusive invitation only event from 26-29 November.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre's Groupe Bel crosses the line to finish second
Kito de Pavant and François Gabart on Groupe Bel crossed the finish line off Puerto Limon, Costa Rica in brisk winds and afternoon sunshine to secure second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre two handed transatlantic race. The duo's constant high speeds, always pressurising the eventual winners of this IMOCA Open 60 Class, Safran... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds 2009 and the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta: Day 3
Diana Bogaards,
Title defender Emmanuel Dodé/ Fred Moreau took both bullets and are leading by five points now. Former World Champions Thierry and Christine Wibaux climbed to the third position overall at the Dart 18 Worlds 2009 in Aruba. David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce (GBR) hang on to their second place. Pols bros had a bit more competition in the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta... [more]
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2009 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta confirms 23 teams ready to race
International Melges 32 Class Association,
On December 4-6, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) will celebrate the fourth running of the Gold Cup Regatta supported by Henri Lloyd. A record attendance level is expected with twenty-three teams entered, up three from 2008.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia first leg victory to Masirah
OC Events,
Oman Sail's Masirah continued their winning form by taking a comfortable overall victory in the first leg of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia in Hong Kong. Skippered by Pete Cumming of Great Britain, Masirah consolidated their overnight lead by winning the first three races of the last day.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre skipper Guillemot happy with result
RivaCom and,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race Safran skippered by Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier-Bénac crossed the finish line off Puerto Limon, Costa Rica to win the 14 boat IMOCA Open 60 Class.... [more]
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