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 16 Apr 2010

News from the UK, Europe and the Caribbean dominates this week.

Ben Ainslie and TeamOrigin have the best strike rate on the World Match Racing Circuit, over the last 12 month, second place at Match Race France and now they head for the TP52 circuit. The JP Morgan Round Island Race is coming up fast.

Plenty of news and more to come.

The Sail-World Team

TeamOrigin forge into a busy training and racing season,
TeamOrigin are about to embark on their busiest season yet! For the first time ever, the team have been able to put together a proper training and racing calendar, which focus on three main classes of event; TP52 Audi MedCup circuit, Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas and World Match Racing Tour events.... [more]
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Round the Island Race – Young and old, ancient and modern,all fabulous
PR Works UK,
So many of the boats that enter this extraordinary race have a fascinating provenance and the Island Sailing Club, organisers of this 79th edition of the Round the Island Race, is delighted to welcome back previous competitors to the Race this year, along with a healthy turnout of first timers and/or totally novice crews.... [more]
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UK 49er Prospects
Louay Habib,
Last weekend the squad where back in action at the UK based National Ranker, sailing on the Olympic waters off Weymouth. “All of the UK 49er teams were present and we had a great weekend of tough racing,” commented Draper.... [more]
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Oyster British Virgin Islands regatta - Mixed fortunes in day two
Barry Pickthall,
Fortunes waxed and waned with the wind during the second day of racing in the Oyster British Virgin Islands regatta yesterday for the Pelagos Yachts Cup race. Samantha Simmonds, who cashed in her career as a London based financial lawyer six weeks ago to sail the seven seas aboard her 16 year old Oyster 55 ‘Ostrika', ended the day believing the wind gods were well and truly on her side... [more]
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TP52's get their first workout under new rule at Hublot PalmaVela
Artemis Racing and Sail-World,
The seventh edition of the Hublot PalmaVela will be sailed from the Real Club Náutico of Palma de Mallorca starting on 15 April. Maxis and TP 52 will be in charge of raising the curtain on the regatta at 12:00 hours The TP 52 class will also have their acid test tomorrow, after undergoing the new rule's modifications for the 2010 season.... [more]
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Ayton and Clark to campaign a 470 for London Olympics 2012
Ayton, one of the ‘three blondes' who sailed to victory in the Yngling class at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games, will aim to become the first British woman to win three successive Olympic gold medals when she returns to competitive action, ten months after giving birth to her first child.... [more]
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42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères – 1012 registered sailors
Agence Effets Mer,
The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères (SOF) will begin on the 24th of April in Hyeres, and organisers are ready to welcome the 1012 sailors that have registered. The sailors, from no less than 58 different countries, will be taking part in the fourth leg of the Sailing World Cup, which will run until the 30th of April.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Follow the Yellowbrick boat
Tim Kelly,
Clipper Ventures have engaged Yellowbrick to provide the worldwide tracking system for the competitors in the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. Every boat in the fleet will carry a Yellowbrick Adventure Tracker, a well-proven, self-contained, fully-automatic satellite tracking device.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week – Great racing and excellent weather!
IRC Events,
Charleston pulled out all the stops and provided great racing and some of the best racing weather you could expect with three days of breeze, temperatures in the mid teens and bright sunshine all weekend long. And this year the event boosted their first IRC class with great boats and racing!... [more]
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The Royal Southern Yacht Club's first Crew Ball of the season
Royal Southern Yacht Club,
Roll up, roll up! The Royal Southern Yacht Club's first crew ball of the season, ‘The Royal Big Top,' will be on Saturday 24th April from 1930hrs. The ticket price is £25.00 each; this includes a drink on arrival, fish and chip supper, ice cream/popcorn stall and hot dogs at midnight.... [more]
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Sunderland Royal National Lifeboat Institution rescue George the dog
RNLI Sunderland,
RNLI crewmembers based at Sunderland Lifeboat Station were scrambled to Hendon promenade early today to assist a dog that had been swept into the cold North Sea whilst walking with its owner.... [more]
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British Virgin Islands regatta - Oysters shine on opening
Barry Pickthall,
Two crews, Mariusz Koper's Polish Oyster 72 'Kathlarsis II' and John McTigue's Oyster 56 'Blue Dreams' produced masterclass performances to lead their classes from start to finish in a 24 mile opening Lewmar sponsored race in this year's Oyster BVI regatta from Nanny Cay to Cane Garden Bay on Tuesday.... [more]
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John Derbyshire proudly picks up his OBE for services to sport
RYA Performance Director and Racing Manager John Derbyshire picked up his OBE for services to sport from the Queen, (Tuesday 13 April) in an investiture ceremony held at Windsor Castle. The 54-year-old from Emsworth began working with the RYA as a coach in 1984, attending the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games as coach to the single-handed classes.... [more]
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Announcing Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011
Michael Levitt,
The new Transatlantic Race 2011 and the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011 were announced by the organizers the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club. Next summer's Transatlantic is from Newport, RI to the Lizard, west of Plymouth, England and is for Racing, Racing/Cruising and Classic monohull yachts with a minimum length overall of 40 feet.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Stage one racing round-up
Carol Wong,
Stage one of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is celebrated as a spectacular success after Match Race France, 6 – 11 April 2010 drew to a close on Sunday. The exciting duel between Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, and Ben Ainslie (GBR), Teamorigin, in the finale which had spectators on the edge of their seats... [more]
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Kiteboarders legal battles continue -KPWT loses court case against IKA
The International Kiteboarding Association,
The hearing took place on the first of March, 2010 at the 12th Civil Division District Court of Darmstadt, Germany. A decision was then published on the 30th of March, 2010.... [more]
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Change is afoot for Alex Thompson
Into the blue,
Not only is Alex Thomson Racing preparing to launch their newly refitted IMOCA Open 60, but the company have also been restructuring their team - starting at the top.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - UK venue confirmed for 2010
OC Events,
One of Europe's most iconic sailing venues will welcome back the Extreme Sailing Series this summer for the second leg of the five-event circuit.... [more]
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Warsash Spring Series sees testing racing conditions
Flavia Bateson,
Warsash Spring Series continued on 11th April, with the entries topping 200. There were challenging conditions for week four, with the wind ranging between 9-14 knots.... [more]
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Report published on the provision of marine aids to navigation
In September 2009 the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Republic of Ireland Department of Transport (DoT) appointed the company Atkins Ltd to undertake an independent assessment of the provision of marine Aids to Navigation... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race beckons America's Cup teams
Richard Gladwell,
Today's joint announcement, in New Zealand and Spain, is maybe the first of several from established America's Cup teams entering the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Two things have caused substantial America's Cup teams to jump the Volvo fence.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ join Camper for the Volvo Ocean Race
Emirates Team NZ,
Camper, the Spanish-based international footwear manufacturer, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma.... [more]
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Edinburgh win BUSA finals - Southampton 2 are ladies team race champs
Nigel Vick,
Edinburgh University won the BUSA Mixed Team Racing Championships and Southampton Ladies 2 have won the Ladies BUSA Team Racing after a frustrating Friday with no wind and no racing. The three day event was hosted by Bristol University and took place at Chew Valley SC.... [more]
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Barcelona IMOCA Open 60's - High speeds, high stress, high stakes
If any small measure or additional motivation was required for the two teams on the Barcelona IMOCA Open 60's, it was injected early this morning... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ Volvo Ocean race media conference - Full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Full, unedited audio from this morning's media conference staged by Emirates Team NZ at their base in Auckland. Includes details of the operational side of the Volvo Ocean Race entry under the Camper sponsorship. Who they are considering and have missed out on for crew. Designer conformed as Botin, on an exclusive basis. Thoughts on Alinghi also entering the Volvo Ocean Race and more... [more]
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Audi Med Cup - Lining up off Valencia
Audi Medcup Circuit,
The 2008 Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA), pairing up with one of this year's hot debutant teams Luna Rossa (ITA) who are due to race at the first regatta of the season, the Portugal Trophy in Cascais (May 11-16), are currently training off Valencia in perfect conditions.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland NSA to host International Yachting Conference
Later this month the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) will for the first time host an International yachting conference. The conference on April 23rd aims to promote the sport of sailing and maritime culture through its key speakers from major yacht racing events.... [more]
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America's Cup team confirmed as entry in Volvo Ocean Race +Video
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Camper, the Spanish-based inter-national footwear brand, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma. Features video from the announcement in Plama and also TVNZ's Dalton interview... [more]
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2010's RYA Volvo Team GBR team confirmed for Youth Worlds
As the 2010 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships came to a close today after a fantastic four days of racing in Weymouth and Portland, Skandia Team GBR's Sarah Webb OBE, and her fellow RYA Youth selectors unveiled the names of the twelve sailors who will make up 2010's prestigious RYA Volvo Team GBR... [more]
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Beaufort Scale - wind and sea conditions
Nancy Knudsen,
' there we were in a Force 8..' 'A what?' '..a Force 8, and the winch jammed...' 'What's a Force 8 mate?' 'It's a bloody big wind - where do you come from?' 'Australia.' 'I see old chap - that explains it. Now can I get on with my story?'... [more]
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Peter Spike Doriean - the Friendship Ambassador
John Curnow,,
The second time you met Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, you were greeted by a big smile and you felt as though you had known this guy for ages. Such was the nature of Spike, that he endeared himself to so many souls during his 38 years.... [more]
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Match Race France ISAF World Match Racing Tour Stage 1 Final results
WMRT- amended by,
Match Race France, Stage 1 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) full results. The beach based prize giving closes Stage 1 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and leads us into the nine remaining Stages around the globe. Stage 2 of the WMRT will be run in Langenargen, Germany 19 – 24 May where Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team will again be racing.... [more]
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Matchrace France - Finals Days -Live coverage World Match Race Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of the semi-finals and finals of the Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour. Racing is underway early. Ben Ainslie has chosen Paolo Cian as his opponent, they will be the first race, followed by Mathieu Richard and Francesco Bruni.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - Images from Day 2, big blow, fast racing,
Day 2 of the Charleston Race Week 2010 was much the same as Day 1, it blew 25 knots , big swells and fast racing, here are just a few of the images from Day 2.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010: The climax of the event
SeaClear Communications,
As soon as the start procedures got underway, a huge tropical squall meant that the race area and the crews were drenched. A few minutes later, the skies brightened and as is often the case it suddenly went flat calm in the entrance to Gustavia harbour and on the start line.... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing World Champion knocked out of Match Race France
WMRT media,
Today's final results were a surprise to the competitors and WMRT fans, the first round of matches did not divulge any secrets on future scores. For the majority of the day, four matches stood with a score of 2-1 when it was still very much anyone's series to be won.... [more]
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The Even Keel Project – inspiring and perfectly balanced for success
PR Works,
Today at its first-ever UK Open Day, held in Cowes in association with partners Artemis Investment Management and UKSA, the Managing Director of The Even Keel Project, David Rutter, presented a brief review of how the Project has started to really move forward over the past year and outlined the Project's plans for 2010.... [more]
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Matchrace France - Quarter Finals -Live coverage World Match Race Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of the quarter finals of the Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta voted 'Asian Regatta Of The Year'
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Asia's largest keel boat regatta, was recently announced 'Asian Regatta Of The Year' at the inaugural Asia Marine & Boating Awards, held in Shanghai, China.... [more]
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Sailling boat knockdown caught on Video - this could happen to you
Kym Pasqualini,
The founder of The Sail Through Cancer Foundation, Dick Drechsler, accompanied by his wife, Sharon, battled serious waves that nearly turned their Catalina 470 sailboat upside down while crossing an extremely shallow bar to get into the estuary of San Blas, on the western coast of Mexico.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010: A third day with lively conditions
SeaClear Communications,
'Whatever you do, don't change anything. It's perfect!' The American, Ken Read, tactician on board the maxi Rambler delighted to be the skipper in the Puma Ocean Racing project in the next Volvo Ocean Race, heaped praise on the Voiles de Saint-Barth, at the end of the third day of racing. A day marked once again by the presence of sunshine, a strong breeze and some wonderfully choppy seas.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Youth Nationals showcases online technology
The RYA Volvo Youth National Championships in Weymouth, which conclude today has been used as a platform to demonstrate technology, including live tracking and 3D animation. This has required 165 tracking units on the water in order to deliver the detailed animation and GPS tracking on the courses which are furthest from shore.... [more]
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The World Match Racing Tour switches on mass market appeal
World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race France, Stage 1 of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has demonstrated to competitors, organisers, fans and media why this style of 'boat on boat' sail racing is soaring in popularity... [more]
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The 28th Edition of the Lake Garda meeting comes to an end
Elena Giolai,
Welcome to Riva Del Garda and the 28th edition of Optimist Youth Regatta. This is a Guinness world record holding event, being the most numerous Youth Optimist Regatta in the world.... [more]
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Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards at CIBS
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The AMB Awards were described by the organisers as 'designed to be a thank you to all our loyal exhibitors, and an attempt to set a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China'. With a panel of judges drawn from local and international marine, boating and lifestyle media, and marine industry professionals, awards were made in 14 categories.... [more]
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Appendix Problems Force Mike Perham to Withdraw
PPL Ltd,
18-year old Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world, has been forced to withdraw from participating on the Talisker Bounty Boat voyage, a 6-week re-enactment of Captain William Bligh's remarkable 4,000 mile voyage in an open boat following the infamous mutiny on HMS Bounty 221 years ago.... [more]
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22nd Annual Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race - Final Wrap-Up
Holly Ranson,
The Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race's smallest-ever fleet provided some of the best quality racing seen in its 22-year history this Easter, with close competition from the front of the fleet to the back.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010 - Day 2 and the trade winds blew in
SeaClear Communications,
They wanted it and they got it! Trade winds above 20 knots over the 35 miles of the race course. The sea was whipped up by the powerful trade wind into a choppy mess, and as they approached Coco Island and the Soube Rocks, the waves built to reach almost three metres in some places.... [more]
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The New York - Barcelona record begins, 3,750 nautical miles to go
New York - Barcelona Event,
The boats left North Cove Marina at 11:00 local time and headed to Ambrose Light, where the New York - Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record began at 14:33h. It is expected to establish the first sailing record between both cities within 14 to 16 days... [more]
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Puma enters Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
Puma announced today that it will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after finishing second overall in the 2008-09 race, which ended in June 2009. The PUMA Ocean Racing team will once again be under the leadership of skipper Ken Read.... [more]
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'Mutiny on the Bounty' party leaves Sydney today for Tonga
Nancy Knudsen,
He's sailed around the world single-handed and he's wintered with his wife in the Antarctic, but the adventure that has him leaving Sydney today is bound to eclipse both. Two crew have backed out, Pete Steir and teen circumnavigator Mike Perham with complications after appendix surgery, but April 28 Don McIntyre will recreate Captain Bligh's incredible journey after the famed Mutiny of the Bounty... [more]
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Entry opens for the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta
Justin Chisholm,
The British Classic Yacht Club, in conjunction with their event sponsor Panerai, are pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the ninth edition of the Club's annual Cowes regatta for classic yachts of all sizes.... [more]
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