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 16 May 2010

Tight at Finn Europeans, Olympic Garda concluding, MedCup and more

Welcome to's European newsletter.

What a big week in sailing!

The Finn Open Junior and Senior European Championships being sailed in Split, Croatia are reaching their conclusion with Rafael Trujillo currently on top of the leaderboard. Nine sailors can mathematically win the championship after the all improtant medal race - tight sailing indeed.

Racing on upper Lake Garda at Olympic Garda 2010 concludes tomorrow, the Audi MedCup Portugal Trophy Cascais is underway with Emirates Team New Zealand taking today's Coastal Race. Be sure to check out the gallery of images from our various photographers.

The Normandy Channel race prologue has been won by Peter Harding and Halvard Mabire on their Class 40 '40 Degrees' and the race proper commences Sunday at 14:00 hours. The 2010 Portofino Rolex Trophy, an invitation only event for classic yachts is underway in Italy. Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi presents images from the event.

Meanwhile in world news Australian teenager Jessica Watson has completed her solo voyage, the International Melges 32 fleet is competing in the US East Coast Championship and the PWA World Cup has started in Ulsan, Korea. We have all the latest news and we hope you enjoy this week's offering.

2010 Finn Europeans - Trujillo leads tight fleet into medal race
Robert Deaves,
2010 Finn Open Junior and Senior European Championships, YC Labud, Split, Croatia. - Mathematically nine boats can win after the medal race, but realistically it will be one of the top five or six, though all nine have a good chance of taking a medal, with just 15 points separating them.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Emirates Team New Zealand win their first coastal race
Audi MedCup Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand took firm control of the Portugal Trophy Cascais regatta today when they convincingly won the 40 miles coastal race. While the team won four of the five 2009 regattas this is the first time they have won a coastal race. Puerto Calero lead the GP42 Series.... [more]
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Teen sailors - Jessica home, Abby repairing, Laura preparing
Sail-World Cruising,
While Australia's Jessica Watson basks in the adulation of the nation, and gets her land legs back after seven months at sea, Californian teen Abby Sunderland repairs her yacht in Cape Town and 14-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is preparing to depart.... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race prologue win to Harding and Mabire
Sirius Evénements/ Kate Jennings Translation,
Peter Harding and Halvard Mabire have spectacularly won the Normandy Channel Race prologue aboard '40 Degrees'. The British skipper Peter Harding and local French skipper Halvard Mabire, quickly got away from the chasing pack on their new Owen Clarke design. Used to sailing together, with a trans-channel race, numerous RORC races and the Grand Prix de Douarnenez to their credit, they were first to... [more]
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Olympic Garda 2010: Closing day tomorrow
Fraglia Vela Riva Press Office-E.G.,
Another great day of racing on upper Lake Garda at Olympic Garda 2010. The wind from the South kicked in at around midday, allowing 4 legs to be completed for the 49er, 3 for the 470 class, Laser and RS:X and 1 for the Star, on this, the penultimate day of competition.... [more]
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Images from Cascais: Chris Cameron on the Audi MedCup Coastal Race
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer Chris Cameron followed Emirates Team NZ on the Coastal race of the Audi MedCup... [more]
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TeamOrigin struggles for downwind speed in Audi MedCup Coastal Race
TeamOrigin Media,
Today saw the spectacular coastal race take place on day four of this Audi MedCup series, a 38 mile battle with winds forecast between 15 and 25 knots. This was an important race in the series as the results hold a 1.5 point multiplier. TEAMORIGIN started with great promise... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 – Breezes due to top 25 knots!
Audi MedCup Circuit,
The Audi MedCup season seems like it will be a race of two halves. After a short opening windward leeward, the course goes North West along the coast to Cabo Raso before turning for a long run then two down-and-back reaches into the river towards the city of Lisbon.... [more]
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International Melges 32 – Meadows leads East Coast Championship
International Melges 32 Class Association,
The Melges 32 fleet raced four races in Rye, N.Y. today, kicking of the 2010 East Coast Championship hosted by the American Yacht Club. Leading the overall results is Kip Meadows with tactician Andy Horton on roxanne by a sizable margin.... [more]
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Olympic Garda 2010 day 3 - Another great day of sailing
Fraglia Vela Riva Press office, E.G.,
A sight to behold today on upper Lake Garda for the third day of the Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2010 organised by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with Circolo Surf Torbole (RS:X) and Fraglia Vela Malcesine (Star).... [more]
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Jessica Watson– a girl with a dream,
A choppy swell slowed the arrival of 16 year old Jessica Watson as she sailed across the finish line between Sydney Heads today, 210 days after she left in a grey day last October. There was supposed to be an exclusion zone around the bright pink S&S 34 as Ella Pink Lady sailed into Sydney Harbour this afternoon, but it seemed like she was sailing amongst the Sydney to Hobart sp... [more]
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Finn European Championships - New leader
Robert Deaves,
Finn European Championships - The locals predicted the 'Jugo' wind would arrive at around 17.00 and at 16.55 the breeze started to build and the 97 Finns were rewarded with two great races in 10-14 knots of breeze.... [more]
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Portofino Rolex Trophy 2010 images from Carlo Borlenghi,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images from the Portofino Rolex Trophy 2010, an invitation only regatta dedicated to classic yachts.... [more]
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US Thermal imaging company FLIR Systems buys Raymarine,
US Thermal imaging company FLIR Systems announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Administrator of Raymarine plc to acquire all of the outstanding shares of its wholly owned subsidiary, Raymarine Holdings Limited. The transaction value of approximately $180 million includes repayment of all of Raymarine's indebtedness and approximately $24 million in proceeds to... [more]
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Sail-World Boat Test: Flying the fabulous Weta
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell test drives the Weta trimaran off Takapuna Beach: Over the past 30 or so years there have been several seminal boats and designs. Bruce Kirby did it with the Laser, Hoyle Schwietzer with the Winsurfer, Hobie Alter with the Hobie 16, and Frank Bethwaite did it with the 29er. And now, Roger and Chris Kitchen and the team at Wetamarine have done it with the Weta.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Champions in the lead after a fast Day 3 in Cascais
Audi MedCup Media,
Both the TP52 Series and GP42 Series 2009 Audi MedCup champions took today the overall lead of the Portugal Trophy Cascais. Emirates Team New Zealand was second and first today, and leads by 3 points over TeamOrigin; Puerto Calero added two seconds and one first, and leads by 4 points. Tomorrow, the TP52 Series Coastal Race is due at 1300h.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy -Team Azzura prepares to race on home ground
Azzurra Press Office,
The Louis Vuitton Trophy countdown is on with just over a week to go until the start of racing in this, the third event of the Trophy, scheduled to be held in La Maddalena, Sardinia from 22nd May to 6th June.... [more]
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SpeedDream - World champion sailor to skipper SpeedDream
World champion sailor Cam Lewis, multiple circumnavigator, world champion dingy sailor and America's Cup veteran joins SpeedDream team as skipper.... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2010 – What's in a name?
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2010 isn't far away now and with that in mind, we decided to take a look at Boat names. Boat names, not unlike people, can be packed full of character - charming, mysterious, personal, weird and just plain perplexing! Britain's favourite yacht race certainly plays host to an extraordinarily eclectic mix of boat designs, boat names, and characters.... [more]
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2010 PWA Ulsan World Cup, Korea - Event Preview
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Ulsan World Cup, Korea. From May 15th through to May 21st an elite group of windsurfers will battle it out around the buoys to make their mark on the first stop of the 2010 PWA slalom world tour. The beautiful beaches around the town of Ulsan will provide a dazzling backdrop to the fierce competition that will be taking place on the tropical waters of the Sea of Korea.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup 2010 - New venue
WMRT Media,
Portugal Match Cup 2010 has a new venue for stage four – Portimão. The tour, which is into its seventh edition arrives at Portimao in June. The event will be held at the Marina of Portimão from June 22 – 27, 2010.... [more]
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2010 Mini Pavois – The winners
Veronique Largeau,
The 2010 Mini Pavois saw Jorg Riechers (753 - distinguish himself among prototypes. After having won the first leg of 245 miles ahead of Nicolas Boidevezi... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Olympic Commission report a thunderbolt for the sport
Richard Gladwell,
The report of the International Sailing Federation's Olympic Commission, presented last weekend to the ISAF Events Committee and Council, is a thunderbolt that should not be ignored by the sport.... [more]
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America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct exceptional slate of nominees
Herreshoff Marine Museum,
The America's Cup Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the slate of nominees scheduled for induction this September. The 17th Induction Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion weekend.... [more]
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Sailing ISAF World Championship - Youth sailors set sail for Istanbul
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. The event has been held in 23 countries over the past 40 years, but it is the first time Istanbul has hosted the championships. With the highest number of competitors of recent years, the regatta looks set to be a competitive regatta for the best young sailors of the world.... [more]
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Multihull mistake forces ISAF Olympic Sailing overhaul
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Sometimes a major tragedy is needed to prompt a major change. The death of six sailors in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race prompted major changes in offshore racing safety regulations and the removal of the fastest and most exciting boat, the Tornado multihull for the 2012 London Olympics, may in the long term be the trigger that changes the face of sailing world-wide over the coming decades.... [more]
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ISAF Publish Olympic Commission Draft Report
Phil Jones, Chairman of the Olympic Commission, explains what the draft Report addresses: 'The IOC analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the sports on the Olympic Program and what value they add at the Olympic Games. We have looked at how we are performing, both against the evaluation criteria that the IOC has adopted and against other sports.... [more]
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The Riva Cup ended today, an event organized by Fraglia Vela Riva
Fraglia Vela Riva Elena Giolai,
The Riva Cup ended today, an event organized by Fraglia Vela Riva, which every year attracts more than 100 crews of the 505 and Korsar classes coming mostly from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark. The 14 Internationale class were absent this year due to another regatta.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy streamlines for 2012
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has announced today,10 May, that it will be streamlining the organisation ahead of the 2012 sailing events which will attract the world's top sailors to the South West of the UK.... [more]
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2010 Fireball Worlds - Final Results
Noah Purves-Smith,
One race was held today off Carlisle Bay in Barbados, West Indies, under sunny skies and winds ranging from 14 to 18 knots. The fleet was very aggressive on the start line today with it being the last chance for teams to secure their final spots on the results sheet.... [more]
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2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – Event Summary plus Video
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Podersdorf Surf World Cup - Following a year's break from freestyle, the town of Podersdorf played host to the PWA's finest style masters for their first event of 2010.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère is back on the water for an exceptional programme
l'Hydroptère Press,
l'Hydroptère was launched in Lorient on the third of May 2010 after four months at the shipyard. Lifted by crane in front of her shed, she was then moored at the pontoon of 'La Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly'. She will stay there for one week, in order for the team to prepare and equip her for her first sailing sessions.... [more]
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Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more]
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Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas?
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more]
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Sail the Onion Patch Series!
Talbot Wilson,
So far, twenty individual Onion Patch Series entries are now in hand with the entry deadline more than a month away. Two three-boat teams have been formed. Organizers expect more than forty boats to sail the series.... [more]
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America's Cup – Press conference in Rome - Images - Part four
Carlo Borlengh & Sail-World,
Part four: The first Press Conference for the 34th America's Cup press conference was held in Rome. Russell Coutts (Defender - BMW ORACLE Racing) and Vincenzo Onorato (Challenger of record Mascalzone Latino) presented plans for the 34th America's Cup, following are scenes from that presentation and of those who attended.... [more]
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America's Cup expected to be re-energised by collaboration process
America's Cup Media,
The oldest trophy in international sport is expected to be re-energised by unprecedented collaboration between the Defender and the Challengers, an assembly of dignitaries and media were told today at the first media conference staged for the 34th America's Cup, in Rome. The group was addressed by Russell Coutts, of the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing and Vicenzo Onorato of... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen.,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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