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 04 Jun 2010

New partnership, latest Louis Vuitton, Normandy Sailing Week and more

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

The Louis Vuitton La Maddalena is well underway, as is the European 18ft Skiff Championship are underway in Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy as is Normandy Sailing Week in Le Havre, France.

Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart have teamed up for the next Barcelona World Race, the RC 44 Class have announced Copenhagen as a new venue.

Lots of news from Europe and beyond.

Sail-World Europe Team

Vendee St-Petersburg - Reward for Actual
Vendee St-Petersburg,
Vendee St-Petersburg - Actual (Yves Le Blévec), which has been clawing back mile after mile from Crêpes Whaou ! 3 (Franck-Yves Escoffier) has regained the lead by moving to the west of her rival. Behind the two frontrunners, Crêpes Whaou ! 2 ((LoÏc Féquet) has narrowed the gap considerably, while the gang of four led by Lalou Roucayrol is currently rounding the tip of Denmark at a good speed.... [more]
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Class40 reference time set for the Marseille-Carthage passage
Oliver Dewar,
The skipper and crew of Class40 Akilaria Great Circle have set an impressive Class40 reference time for the 480 mile trans-Mediterranean Marseille-Carthage route. The 49 year-old Belgian skipper Gérald Bibot and three crew crossed the start line off Marseille in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday 30th May and completed the record route crossing the finish line off the Ras Quartajamah lighthouse... [more]
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ICAP Leopard 3 Transatlantic Record - A great night's sail
ICAP Leopard 3 team,
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht on May 29th crossed the start line at Ambrose Light to begin her attempt on the 2,925 nautical mile monohull transatlantic speed record.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Desjoyeaux and Gabart team up
Team Foncia/,
Michel Desjoyeaux has chosen François Gabart to partner him for the next Barcelona World Race onboard the new monohullll Foncia.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Sailing stops for bad light in La Maddalena
Warren Douglas,
Three quarter final matches of the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta were called off on Thursday when the regatta ran out of time and dusk descended on La Maddalena. Emirates Team New Zealand and Azzurra transferred to the race yachts for their quarter-final encounter just before 8pm. At 8.35 the quarter-final was abandoned as time had run out. The sun was setting behind the town and the light was... [more]
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Semi finalists decided for Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena
Louis Vuitton Media and Sail-World,
Five races confirmed four powerful semi-finalists today for the Louis Vuitton Trophy being sailed off La Maddalena, Sardinia. They are the French/German boat All4One, Sweden's Artemis, Emirates Team New Zealand and SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team. Out of the competition are some highly fancied teams including the America's Cup Defenders, BMW Oracle Racing and TeamOrigin (GBR) with the bevy of Olympic... [more]
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Normandy Sailing Week – the Farr 30s open
Kate Jennings,
Normandy Sailing Week update: 'We couldn't have hoped for more for the first day's racing' said Manfred Ramspacher, organiser of the Normandy Sailing Week. With glorious sunshine and 17 knots of breeze blowing across the Baie de Seine, the 17 Farr 30s participating in the competition linked together three races and it was clear for all to see that the standard on the water was very high... [more]
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Korea Match Cup - World's elite match racers converge
WMRT Media,
Korea Match Cup 2010 will see the world's most elite match racers converge on the developing region of Gyeonggi in South Korea next week, for stage three of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Twelve helms will take to the tidal flats of Jeongok and Jebu lying on the West coast to fight for further valuable World Match Racing Tour score points.... [more]
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Seychelles Regatta – Local heroes do Seychelles proud
Glynn Burridge,
Seychelles Regatta 2010 will be remembered for its stiff winds and even stiffer competition between visiting foreign skippers as they found themselves surreally suspended between Seychelles' cloudless, cobalt skies and the stunning backdrop of her Inner Islands.... [more]
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RC 44 Championship Tour explores new venues, and discovers Copenhagen
MaxComm Communications,
RC 44 Championship Tour 2010's third regatta will take place next week in Copenhagen (Denmark). Copenhagen will host the regatta on June 8 – 13. Organised by the Royal Danish Yacht Club, the event will bring together ten RC 44 one-designs for a week of fleet and match racing.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race is taking orders,
Rolex Middle Sea Race heads towards its 31st edition in great health. In recent years the 606 nautical mile race has seen a consistency in entry levels that seemed inconceivable, ten years ago. Not just are numbers good, the quality is excellent and the international contingent a key contributor.... [more]
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Images from the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Sander van den Borsch
Sander van der Borch,
Top international sailing photographer presents this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series qualifying rounds - Artemis vs ETNZ... [more]
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Mille Vele Race images from Luca Buttò,
Images from the Mille Vele Race in Genova from photographer Luca Buttò.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Strong winds create mayhem for TeamOrigin
Louis Vuitton Media,
The French/German team All4One moved up to second equal place at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, Sardinia (ITA) today and will race Sweden's top-placed Artemis tomorrow to decide the winner of the round robin. A bad gennaker takedown that led to a crew injury knocked TEAMORIGIN out of the running for a top place.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 2 June
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 2 June have been released.... [more]
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Normandy Sailing Week sees 100 boats racing in Le Havre
Kate Jennings,
Normandy Sailing Week will begin in Le Havre, France, on Thursday and run through to 6th June. 100 boats from the IRC, Farr 30, J80, First 7.5 and Sportsboat categories are expected in the Baie de Seine for some round the cans and coastal courses.... [more]
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Vendee Saint-Petersbourg - Huge gaps developing,
Vendee Saint-Petersbourg: As expected, the Baltic has been covered at high speed. More surprisingly, it has also created a separation within the fleet. In the lead, Franck-Yves Escoffier (Crêpes Whaou ! Three), by leaving the island of Gotland to starboard, on the contrary to Yves le Blévec (Actual), chose a winning option, as this morning he is more than twenty miles ahead of his rival.... [more]
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Platu 25 International class - An exciting sailing year 2010
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The pre-registered crews already total more than seventy and the next Platu 25 World Championship edition is expected to be a memorable event. After the incredible success of last year's World Championship in Punta Ala, Italy, we have all the conditions for repeating this in Alicante.... [more]
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European 18ft Skiff Championship – Results
Frank Quealey,
Progress point scores in the European 18ft Skiff Championship, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy, after seven of 12 races.... [more]
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America's Cup: Valencia Sailing interviews Giovanni Ceccarelli,
ValenciaSailing continues their coverage of the 34th America's Cup designers meeting that took place on May 18th in Valencia with the third installment. Today, we talked to Giovanni Ceccarelli, the Italian yacht designer, one of the 19 participants in that meeting. In the 31st America's Cup, Ceccarelli was the chief designer of Mascalzone Latino while in the 32nd edition in Val... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: America's Cup Defender exits the competition
Louis Vuitton Media and Sail-World,
Sweden's Artemis climbed to the lead of the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena today with a victory over Emirates Team New Zealand. However the day was more notable for the exit of the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing from the competition at La Maddalena.... [more]
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Star Class European Championship – 300 sailors – 150 boats
Star European Championship,
The Star Class has chosen Viareggio, on Italy's Tuscany coast for the 2010 European Championship. Viareggio is an important city for the international yachting. From 5 to 13 June, the best sailors from all over the world will arrive in Italy to compete in the Tuscan sea and to decree the Crew winner in one of the most loved and best known sailing environment.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 – Jamaica to New York – Leaders take it to the wire
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 update: As the final hours of Race 10 play out the outcome is far from certain - Uniquely Singapore and Cape Breton Island are separated by the narrowest of margins. The distance between the two boats illustrated by a great photo from on board Uniquely Singapore... [more]
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European 18ft Skiff Championship - Five races sailed to date
Frank Quealey/,
European 18ft Skiff Championship. After five races have been sailed, SLAM (Grant Rollerson - AUS) leads Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin - AUS) with Howie Hamlin (USA) currently third on countback... [more]
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Mirabaud LX 2010 put through its trial run
Vincent Gillioz,
The experimental Mirabaud LX sailboat, version 2010, has recently been put through its first trial runs. Thomas Jundt's foiler, which underwent improvements over the winter, is now poised to set new records on Lake Geneva and participate in the Weymouth Speed Week next October... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta – Exciting final day in the Netherlands
Corrine Mckenzie,
Delta Lloyd Regatta – Final day update: It was an exciting last day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2010. The breeze picked up to about 15-18 knots, sometimes gusting up to 20 knots during the match race finals. The remaining six Medal Races were sailed and Le Berre and Mcgregor had a close battle for the match racing title, won by the French trio.... [more]
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