Ainslie takes out Bruni in Australia Cup




27 Nov 2009

Major Events


Ainslie takes revenge, Bruni out of Australia Cup

Quite a week for British sailors.

David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce have won the silver medal at the Dart 18 World Championship in Aruba.

Mike Golding and Javier Sanso onboard Mike Golding Yacht Racing crossed the finish line of Transat Jacques Vabre to be third in the IMOCA class, despite electrical problems plaguing the duo throughout the race. Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson are in ‘Stealth' mode onboard Aviva and fighting for a top ten finish.

Ben Ainslie and crew flew straight from the Louis Vuitton in Nice to Perth, Western Australia to compete in the Sunseeker Australia Cup. The event leads straight into the Monsoon Cup, which is the final event of the World Match Racing Tour. Ainslie sailed with Peter Gilmour to win the Cup the last time it was sailed back in 2002.

Ainslie has won five matches, comprehensively thrashing Francesco Bruni a few minutes ago, to send him crashing out of the series. More news in next few hours.

Good news for Cork as they have recommenced racing in the Clipper, but the Hull & Humber crew remain ashore awaiting completion of repairs.

Of course we have all the latest America's Cup news with analysis from our expert Richard Gladwell, local club event news and much more...too much to mention so read on and enjoy.


The Sail-World 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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Dart 18 World silver to British duo Lloyd and Jones-Pierce
Diana Bogaards,
The British duo David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce will bring a silver medal home, but the battle for bronze is still on. Dart 18 World Title win to Emmanuel Dodé and Fred Moreau from France. Nobody has ever won the Dart 18 World Title twice in a row, so that was my goal for this year', says Dodé cheerfully.... [more]
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Dart 18 World Title win to French duo with a race to spare
Diana Bogaards,
Dart 18 World Title win to Emmanuel Dodé and Fred Moreau from France. The British duo David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce will bring a silver medal home, but the battle for bronze is still on. Nobody has ever won the Dart 18 World Title twice in a row, so that was my goal for this year', says Dodé cheerfully.... [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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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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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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RYA puts Optimist Sail Number ‘GBR 6000' up for auction
RYA News,
From 7pm on Thursday 3 December you will have the chance to bid for Optimist Sail number ‘6000' thanks to a special auction being run by the International Optimist Association.... [more]
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Caffari and Thompson battle for position in the Transat Jacques Vabre
Kelly Russell,
Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson have entered the final 500 miles of the Transat Jacques Vabre.... [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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Transat Jacques Vabre yacht Hugo Boss repaired heading back to the UK
Alex Thomson Racing,
Hugo Boss arrived into the port of Horta at 0230 local time on Thursday 19th November. The team on the ground had a small weather window in which to lift Hugo Boss from the water ahead of the impending high winds and create a temporary repair before the next low pressure system set in... [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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Lark Winter Championship at Northampton Sailing Club
Alan Krailing,
At the Northampton Sailing Club for the annual Lark Winter Championship, consistency was a rare commodity both in terms of the gusty breeze and the results, with 5 different race winners across the weekend.... [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 - Cork repairs almost complete
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10. Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Still in Cape Town after a collision at the start of leg 4, Cork may be ready to leave as early as tomorrow if progress on repairs to the boat continues as it has been. Cork's departure is subject to final sign off by the MECAL surveyor who must inspect and approve the work before the yacht is allowed to set sail.... [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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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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