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 01 May 2010

It might have been a drizzly start to this Bank Holiday Long Weekend but there were sunbeams everywhere as Team GBR performed very well in the French Olympic Week regatta in Hyeres.

The British Sailing story that took the mainstream media by storm this week, was not about a sailor at all, but a powerboat skipper, and we used that word lightly, who set out with a roadmap, from the Thames to motor around Britain but instead was powering around the Isle of Sheppey. Oh dear.

We have lots more stories from her and beyond and enjoy your weekend; there is a little more sunshine forecast.

The Sail-World UK Team

A novice sailor? Boy, they got that right
Bob Wonders,
His name has not been made public, but his chances of winning a role as a navigator are down to two – incredibly slim and none!... [more]
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Sailing gold medalist Webb reveals her latest challenge
Sailing double Olympic gold medalist Sarah Webb is to combine a 2012 campaign with a new challenge, having today confirmed that she is expecting her first baby this autumn. Webb – the two-time gold medal-winning crew of ‘three blondes' Yngling fame – and husband Adam Gosling have announced their news, with the baby due in early October.... [more]
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Over £5,200 raised for Royal National Lifeboat Institute
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy,
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) Charity Ball was held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on April 24th 2010.... [more]
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America's Cup: Should we be playing the Short Game?
Richard Gladwell,
Back in January 2005, things were a little different from what they are now. Alinghi had won the 31st America's Cup, in Auckland, and was preparing to defend. The recession was on no-one's radar. CNEV definitely wasn't operational. And, it was a time when all was sweetness and light on the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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America's Cup: Announcement in Rome next week - Updated
Richard Gladwell,
An announcement will be made in Rome, next week on arrangements for the 34th America's Cup. In a brief joint statement the Challenger, Club Nautico de Roma (ITA) and the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA) advised that the Press Conference would be held on 6 May 2010.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Golden treble for British sailors
Britain's sailors scored a golden hat-trick on finals day at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, with Bryony Shaw, Paul Brotherton, Mark Asquith, and Paul Goodison all sealing victory on Friday (30 April).... [more]
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Teen sailor Jessica Watson and the weather on the way
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old almost-circumnavigator sailor Jessica Watson, and more importantly her team, always knew that the final stages of her journey were going to be the hard bit, and Ella's Pink Lady is now caught in a morass of passing gales.... [more]
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Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's Vice Admiral Cup
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
The sixth edition of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's ever popular Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta, supported by Musto, Boat Sales International and North Sails, will take place on the Solent from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2010.... [more]
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2010 Fireball International Week is Underway
Noah Purves-Smith,
Racing has started for the 2010 Fireball International Week. The Barbados Yacht Club hosted a fabulous opening ceremony on Sunday night to kick things off. The evening started with a procession of flags from all of the competing countries, carried by the girls of Digicel.... [more]
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Southern Series Solo Open - Jowett conquers all
Richard Greenwood,
The Southern Series Solo Open meeting at Bewl Valley Sailing Club attracted thirty-one entrants, including fifteen from the local Bewl Solo fleet. In addition to the welcome sight of a full lake following last summer's low water levels, entrance included a succulent bacon bap and drink.... [more]
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Cork Week 2010 is taking shape and it looks impressive
Jean Kearney,
With less than three months to go, Cork Week 2010 is taking shape, with a huge variety of boats and competitors making plans to compete at the regatta, held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, County Cork.... [more]
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SB3s OD challenge at Sail Mooloolaba
SB3 Media,
SB3 growth continues with a solid fleet lining up in the inaugural Sail Mooloolaba regatta.... [more]
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Dame Ellen is our race starter for 2010
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Ellen follows an illustrious list of previous race starters including; sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, double Olympic sailing medallists' Shirley Robertson OBE and Sarah Webb OBE and celebrity gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh MBE during his time as the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight.... [more]
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Round the World sailors reunite for Viper assault
2B Sailing,
For the first time since they raced across some of the most dangerous stretches of water on the planet in a Volvo Ocean Race, multiple Olympic sailor Carolijn Brouwer and renowned single-handed sailor Liz Wardley will join forces on a Viper catamaran in a quest to write their names into sailing's history books.... [more]
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Garmin makes cash offer for Raymarine Shares,
Garmin has announced a cash offer to acquire all Raymarine Shares at a price of 15 pence per Raymarine Share, subject to regulatory clearances and other terms and conditions.... [more]
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Stokes Bay RS800 event report and results
Ben Schooling,
The Venue for round three of the Gul Grand Prix was Stokes Bay, and the first sea event of the season for the fleet. A decent forecast coaxed 34 boats to the start line in a pleasant 7-12 knot south-easterly and hazy sunshine, with the promise of more on Sunday.... [more]
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Race report from Gul RS700 Grand Prix - Event one
Debbie Darling,
Race one saw the fleet head into shore for more wind, but outgoing tide saw the majority overshoot the windward mark. After being forced to tack by a luffing battle in front, Mike Dencher rounded the windward mark as first 700.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Myth of Monohulls,
The multihulls we watched in America's Cup 33 were amazing, well, at least one of them. The boat that won. BMWOracle's trimaran USA. Now the yacht club that sponsored BMWOracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco (GGYV), with an assist from its challenger partner, Club Nautico di Roma (ITA), has apparently formulated the protocol for America's Cup 34, and will be announcing it soon.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise-Goodison and Shaw head the British charge
Paul Goodison and Bryony Shaw head the British charge at the half way stage of the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres (Tuesday 27 August), leading their respective Laser and RS:X windsurfing fleets.... [more]
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Marianne gets more kids windsurfing in the Team 15 Inter-Club Champion
Windsurfer Marianne Bryan will encourage more youngsters out on the water this summer as she takes on her new role as Team15 Competition Organiser for the South West.... [more]
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RYA launches new ‘Partner Programme'
The RYA today (27 April) launches its brand new ‘Partner Programme' that will allow training centres, clubs, class associations and any other third party to offer RYA publications and selected shop items through their own websites whilst at the same time providing an easier way to earn commission on the products sold.... [more]
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The return of Come Racing at Cowes Week 2010
Michelle Warner,
Following the tremendous success of Come Racing at Cowes Week last year, LaserPerformance and Pelican Racing are delighted to announce the return of Come Racing at Cowes Week 2010.... [more]
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Liverpool Yacht Club - Champagne Low Water Series
Andy Farrell,
The glorious weather and recent light winds looked set to continue for the first race day of the LYC Low Water Champagne Series. The sun shone and the wind was a steady SSE at 8–15 knots throughout the day, considerably more than forecast, providing sublime sailing conditions and racing of the highest calibre.... [more]
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Sparkling Solent for Warsash finale
Flavia Bateson,
Warsash Sailing Club was a busy place over the weekend of the 24th/25th April when the Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship reached their final stages.... [more]
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Pitsford chosen to host Team 15 Champions Cup
Pitsford Water will be the stage for this year's RYA Team 15 Champions Cup, held over the weekend of 9-10 October at Northampton Watersports Centre.... [more]
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Southampton take British Universities Match Racing Champs at Cowes
Nigel Vick,
Andy Shaw of Southampton University won the British Universities Match Racing Championships sailed at the Island Sailing Club Cowes, this weekend April 23-25, in Sonar Keelboats.... [more]
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Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part Two
John Curnow,
In Part One of Foiling Moths – the developmental class, we saw how the newly crowned World Champion, Simon Payne has, in fact, had a 30-year love affair with Moths. This sharp witted 45-year-old does not see his age as a barrier to success, but rather an avenue of experience on which to draw, when undertaking great projects.... [more]
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HRH The Duke of Kent visits RNLI headquarters in Poole
Laura Fennimore, RNLI,
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) headquarters in Poole on Thursday 22 April. The visit included a trip on an experimental lifeboat, a tour of the charity's boatyard, and a talk about the development of the next class of all-weather lifeboat.... [more]
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Radical modification to Alex Thompson's IMOCA 60, Hugo Boss
brandRapport Arena,
The latest incarnation of the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 was given a brief airing on Friday as it was transferred from the Green Marine shed at Spitfire Quay, Southampton to Alex Thomson Racing's base in Gosport.... [more]
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Rolex Commodores' Cup door remains open for Class one entries
The RYA is putting a final call out for Class one entries for RYA Team GBR, the team set to compete at the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup, as the selection trials for Class two and three entries for the team get underway this weekend (April 24-25) at the closing event of the Warsash SC Spring Series.... [more]
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Cork week - April 2010
Louay Habib,
It only happens every other year and that is probably a good thing, because it takes Crosshaven that long to recover! With less than three months to go, Cork Week 2010 is taking shape with a huge variety of boats and competitors making plans for the regatta.... [more]
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RNLI Charity Ball to be held at the Weymouth and Portland Academy
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy,
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) Charity Ball is to be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on April 24th 2010. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea as well as working to promote sea and beach safety, the WPNSA is thrilled to be hosting this event in support of such a worthy cause.... [more]
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RYA - British sailors beat travel chaos for French World Cup regatta
Skandia Team GBR,
The Icelandic volcano may have put paid to many Britons' travel plans in recent days, but GBR's top sailors swapped planes for ferries and cars in their bid to make it to Hyeres on the south coast of France for the latest leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series (25-30 April).... [more]
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Volcanic ash spoils season opener
Black Swan Racing - Keith Swinton,
Black Swan Racing have been forced to pull out of our first event for 2010 the VII Open de España de Match Race Grade one in Calpe Spain, due to start next week.... [more]
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ISAF release World Sailing Rankings for 21 April 2010
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 21 April 2010 have been released.... [more]
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SB3's return to the Grand Prix Ecole Navale for their EuroCup
GPEN SB3 Eurocup,
After the outstanding success of the 2009 event which was universally enjoyed, especially by the large travelling contingent of British sailors, a return to Crozan Morgat for the Ecole Navale organised SB3 Eurocup is already attracting a strong entry, including more boats from mainland Europe.... [more]
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Datchet On-the-Water Show - K1 single-handed keelboat
K1 Sailing,
There will be a chance to try the exciting new K1 single-handed keelboat at the Datchet ‘On-the-Water' Show this weekend, 24th-25th April.... [more]
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RYA Sailability on Facebook
RYA Sailability,
Under the group name, RYA Sailability, you can become a friend of the group and get regular updates on activities and find out more about what Sailability is doing as well as get the lowdown on what Sailability is all about.... [more]
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The Royal Southern Yacht Club - Crew ball date change
Royal Southern Yacht Club,
The Royal Southern Yacht Club's first Crew Ball of the season, ‘The Royal Big Top', will now be on Saturday 22nd May from 1930hrs, this is the same weekend as the Club's May Regatta.... [more]
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Brit wins Audi SB3 Australian Championship
Ian Grant,
British skipper Jono Shelley survived an intense battle of one-design class sailing tactics with Mooloolaba's Rod Jones to win the Audi SB3 Australian championship at Port Stephens last Sunday.... [more]
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RS 200s and RS 400s at Alton Water
Debbie Darling,
A Saturday training session in initially light conditions allowed both fleets to hone their rudderless sailing skills as the wind freshened starting practice and short windward leewards were the order of the day. Saving the best to last the final exercise was a series of gate starts; great fun unless you were driving the gate launch.... [more]
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Locals face tough challenge in Bermuda International invitational race
Talbot Wilson,
Bermuda's one-design keelboat and dinghy fleets issued invitations for the 2010 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bermuda Premium Spirits Limited, local distributors of Bacardi® rum, and now face tough group of international competitors for the 2010 Race Week coming to Bermuda April 24th-30th.... [more]
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