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Major Events


Star Worlds win, Ayton returns, latest America's Cup and more

Welcome to this week's edition of our UK newsletter.

The big news was Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson's Star World Championship win in Rio de Janeiro. The 81-boat-fleet included 11 former world champions. Congratulations and well deserved.

The RYA Volvo Youth National Championships entries are now open, Yngling Olympic Champion Sarah Ayton makes a surprise appearance at the Miami OCR alongside Saskia Clark and the Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship entry is also open.

In World news, there is the latest on all the America's Cup happenings, including the TV schedule, the Clipper prize giving for the Singapore leg has taken place and the Rolex Miami OCR is underway.

And of course there is more........

Happy reading! Team

Stars Worlds 2010: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson take gold in Brazil
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Iain Percy and Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (GBR) are crowned the 2010 Star World Champions. The reigning Olympic Gold Medalists continue to add treasures to war chests. Percy's sterling collection of championship titles includes the 2002 Star World Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal in the Finn in 2000... [more]
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RYA Volvo Youth National Championships entries open
Entries have now opened for 2010's premier youth sailing event; the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Storm threat shortens first day
Marni Lane,
All but two of 13 classes were told to stand by on land this morning at US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR. According to Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson from Australia, only the race courses for the 49er class (Men's Two Person Dinghy - High Performance) and Elliott 6ms (Women's Match Racing) were deemed close enough for racing to begin, as the sailors could be called home safely, ahead of the s... [more]
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America's Cup Umpire team announced
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the Umpire team who will officiate the races on the water of the 33rd America's Cup Match. The Umpire team for the 33rd America's Cup will follow the racing on the water and immediately adjudicate in a racing rule infringement raised by one of the teams... [more]
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Television coverage of 33rd America's Cup announced
33 America's Cup Media,
The Société Nautique du Genève (SNG), trustee of the America's Cup, has delegated the responsibility for organising the media and event activities for the 33rd America's Cup to Consorcio Valencia 2007. The 33rd America's Cup promises to be a regatta unlike everything which has been seen so far.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Asia - Muscat countdown
OC Events,
In just ten days time the final of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia will kick off at The Wave, Muscat. Six teams, racing radical 40-foot catamarans, started their battle for the inaugural title in Hong Kong at the end of November, before heading to Singapore mid-December.... [more]
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Double Olympic gold medallist surprise entry for Miami OCR
Tanya Denton,
The 2010 sailing World Cup series kicks off in earnest this week with some of Britain's top sailors among the 640-strong entry for the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (25-30 January).... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championship images,
Images from yesterday's Race 3 of the SP HighModulus Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour. Rollerson skippered Slam to a win, causing the major shock of the day. There was very little wind but it did make for a couple of close mark roundings.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2010: 630 of the world's best sailors get ready
Media Pro Int'l,
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. That's what 630 of the world's best sailors are counting on as they prepare for tomorrow's opening day at US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR... [more]
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America's Cup: USA-17 hits the fast lane in Valencia
Peter Rusch BMW Oracle Racing,
Once at sea, the plan was for some upwind work, and that's exactly what they did. With the wind hitting 22 knots, it was a day to see what the USA, and it's wing sail, could do.'The wing, upwind, is a beautiful thing,' said main trimmer Dirk de Ridder (NED) after sailing. 'It's so much easier to trim. Everything gets easier when it's windier as the whole head just lays off.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - Race 3 Surprise winner
Frank Quealey - Australian 18Footers League,
Western Australian representative Grant Rollerson caused a major shock when he skippered SLAM to victory in Race 3 of the SP HighModulus Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Prizegiving in Singapore
Clipper Ventures,
To the pulsating beats of 41 drummers, victorious Cape Breton Island, winner of Race 5 of Clipper 09-10 made a dramatic entrance to Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, this morning. Waiting to welcome them and beating drums of their own, the spectators included families, friends and fellow crew who had flown in for the stopover.... [more]
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BMW Oracle USA 17 vs Alinghi 5 - Comparison Chart
Saild Blog,
Now that we're only a few breaths away from the 33rd Americas Cup Saild thought that having looked at the skippers they could get out the tape measures and look at the stats of the two most advanced sailing yachts ever built.... [more]
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Interview Transcript: Russell Coutts meets the Media + Video
CEO and Skipper, Russell Coutts held a relatively impromptu Media session in the BMW Oracle Racing base last Wednesday. Following is a slightly edited transcript of that session.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger responds to Swiss assertions, Match on hold?
Richard Gladwell,
Golden Gate Yacht Club has, not unexpectedly, refuted the claims made by the Defender of the Americas Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, in the Swiss club's response filed in the New York Supreme Court on Friday. The depth and disparity between the parties on the issue could put the proposed Match for 8 February 2010 on hold, until this fundamental issue is resolved.... [more]
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Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson - Star World Champions
Ellie Williamson,
Beijing gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have scooped the World title after a thrilling final race climax to the Star World Championship Regatta held in Rio de Janeiro, which came to an end today (21 January).... [more]
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Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship - Now open
Warsash Spring Series,
Entries are now open for the Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship. The Series comprises six Sunday races held in the central Solent, starting on 14th March and running through to 25th April.... [more]
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Alinghi ups ante in America's Cup origin of construction dispute
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have upped the stakes in the simmering Constructed in Country dispute, to the point where both teams could now be ineligible to compete in the 33rd Match for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Cruising sailors in Somali pirates hands believe the end is near
Cruising sailors Paul Chandler and his wife, Rachel, have appealed for help, believing their captors are losing patience and may kill them, not in March, as one pirate said previously, but within a few days.... [more]
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Key West 2010 - Steady Winds and Boat Speed Rule the Day
Jeanne Kleene,
Key West 2010. John Kilroy has been leading the Melges 32 class since Tuesday and holds a comfortable 10-point advantage with just two races remaining.... [more]
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Images from Valencia: USA-17 and Alinghi 5 line up for the first time
Alinghi and BMW Oracle Media,
The two protagonists in the 33rd America's Cup lined up off Valencia yesterday, here are the first images of that encounter. Unfortunately the wind failed to arrive, and the hook-up was in name only. However this was the first chance to see the two giant multihulls side by side. BMW Oracle Racing now have more sponsors on the wingsail... [more]
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Lights and Moths! There's more than Mach 2's at McConaghy's in China
John Curnow,
In talking with McConaghy co-owner, Jono Morris recently, a lot more became apparent about how they got into China in the first place and what they're up to, now that they're fully established. Since 2000, which was when Jono and Mark Evans took stewardship of the McConaghy brand, it became apparent to them that the cost structures they were dealing with wouldn't make some things cost effective.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - A highly competitive international fleet
Louay Habib,
With only weeks to go to the second edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, a highly competitive international fleet are assembling to take part in an ocean racing spectacular. Two high performance Maxis are top contenders for line honours and mounting a strong challenge for ICAP Leopard's mono-hull record.... [more]
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Cork Week as seen by Tim Powell the skipper of Rán
Louay Habib,
Tim Powell, a veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race and no stranger to Cork Week, having competed at Ireland's most prestigious regatta many times over the years, talks to Louay Habib about the Cork Week and about Rán.... [more]
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Book your place now for the RYA Spring Power and Sail Muster 2010
Held at Cowes Yacht Haven, Isle of Wight 23-25 April, the RYA's Spring Power and Sail Muster is the perfect opportunity for boaters to get together and brush up on vital safety and boating skills before the summer cruising season kicks in... [more]
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Star Worlds 2010: Merriman and Trinter (USA) win Race 5
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Rick Merriman and Phil Trinter (GBR) snatched the lead from Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert (BRA) on the first run of Race 5 of the 2010 Star World Championship in Rio de Janeiro and followed up yesterday's second place finish with a bullet. “We're smoking downwind,” said Merriman.... [more]
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ISAF publishes Qualification System for Perth 2011
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the qualification system for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the principal qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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ISAF publishes 2010 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the 2010 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012, which contains interpretations of The Racing Rules of Sailing.... [more]
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J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race entries to open
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Online Entries for this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race are open from Thursday 21st January.... [more]
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Star Worlds 2010: Another Gold within reach for Percy/Simpson?
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Iain Percy and Andrew “Bart” Simpson continued to dominate the 2010 Star World Championship.With today's first place finish the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalists stretched their lead to 19 points over 1989 Star World Champion, Alan Adler and Guilherme Alemeida (BRA) by winning Race 4... [more]
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BMW ORACLE Racing takes maiden sail in Valencia as 'USA'
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing, with its trimaran and towering wing sail, made its debut on Spanish waters Tuesday afternoon. It's the first time the American team has sailed its America's Cup boat at the venue of the 33rd Match. When the boat took to the waters off the Port of Valencia, it was sporting USA emblazoned on its stern, the name designated for the boat by the Golden Gate Yacht Club... [more]
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Images of Valencia: US Challenger has her first sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing's photographer Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to record the first sail in Valencia of the Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup. The Match is expected to get underway on 8 February 2010.... [more]
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Key West 2010: Picture perfect start for Day 1
Premiere Racing,
Bretsch and fellow PROs Ken Legler (Division 1) and Dave Brennan (Division 2) were all able to complete two races in oscillating winds that held steady between 7 and 10 knots. Competitors reported wind shifts ranging from five to 50 degrees, which kept tacticians on their toes.... [more]
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Alinghi fail to accept America's Cup agreement, Court action expected
Richard Gladwell,
It would appear from the tenor of a media release under the name of Tom Ehman, Head of External Affairs fro BMW Oracle Racing that Alinghi have not responded to the deadline set to accept the Singapore Agreement negotiated by the two teams last week under the oversight of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Exercise Transglobe endorses Raymarine products
Liza Sticpewich,
Six months after the departure of the three 20-metre (67-feet) yachts participating in the British Services Exercise Transglobe 2009-2010 expedition, they are now halfway round the world, heading for Auckland, New Zealand. After 16,000 nautical miles, the Navy, Army, and Air Force crews report 100 per cent reliability from the Raymarine equipment fitted on board.... [more]
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2010 Australian Musto Skiff Week
Tim Hill,
The inaugural Musto Performance Skiff Australian Championships was held at Black Rock this January. The event was a test of race management, scheduling and weather for the Musto Performance Skiff World Championships, to be held at this venue in 12 months time. Scotland's John Reekie interrupted his honeymoon to join the regatta, adding an international flavor to the fleet of 10 boats... [more]
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2010 Star Championship - Percy and Simpson take lead
Lynn Fitzpatrick - WorldRegattas,
2010 Star Championship - Percy/Simpson made good on yesterday's promise to perform better today. With their second place finish, Percy/Simpson move to the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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