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 16 Jun 2010

Phew ... What a great weekend of sailing

Greetings to our UK readers.

This week is jammed packed full of news ... The summer sailing season is in full swing and we have it all - from dinghies (Moth, Mirrors, Cadets etc) to Quarter Tonners, from IRC to Match Racing and from Super Yachts to Windsurfers. Well done to Paul Goodison for his Silver at the European Laser Standard Championships and to Charlotte Dobson for her Silver in the Laser Radial competition.

Locally so much is happening and you'll just have to read on ... way too many events this week to mention individually.

Internationally things are hotting up too.. Ian Williams and his GAC Team Pindar crew have just finished Match Race Korea in second place, the RC44's have been racing in Copenhagen, the Giraglia Rolex Cup got underway in sunny Italy just as the Loro Piana Superyacht regatta finished (great pictures from this event).

But by far the biggest news of this week has been the dismasting and rescue of the American teenager Abby Sunderland from the Southern Ocean and we have all the latest.

Just ONE day left to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Just ONE day left for Sail-World readers to enter for a chance to win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 each. This is your last chance - ENTER NOW!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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Fast Company - Our ride aboard l'Hydroptère with the team who sail her
Paul Larsen,
The last week has been a good week in the life of the Vestas Sailrocket. It has been made all the better by being in the company of Hydroptere and the team who sail her.... [more]
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Abby and her winter rescue - why?
Nancy Knudsen,
How and why Abby Sunderland ended up in the South Indian Ocean in winter, when the passing systems combine with warm tropical air moving south to make monster storms, is now being asked by experienced sailors round the world. However, especially after Jessica Watson's successful conclusion, skeptics who voiced their concerns up until now were few and far between, and slammed as pessimists... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans legends to clash in Clipper Festival Race
Velux 5 Oceans Press Office,
Velux 5 Oceans veterans Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Derek Hatfield and John Hughes are to do battle in Canadian waters as part of a week-long sailing festival. The three renowned solo sailors will go head to head in the Clash of the Legends race today, just one of the many events organised for the Cape Breton stopover of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]
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Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race – Just over 200 miles to go
Andy Sinclair,
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 (SRBI) lead competitors, sponsored by Shetland Islands Council, are now half way in to the third leg of the 2,000 mile voyage.... [more]
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Images from 2010 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup by Fiona Brown
Fiona Brown,
Fiona Brown presents this gallery of images from the first day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, sailed off Cowes, Isle of Wight, which has this year attracted a record fleet of 35 yachts - all beautifully restored, and enjoying some excellent racing.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Regatta images
Ingrid Abery Photography,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Regatta, hosted by The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for the sixth year has been running since Monday 14th June, and will continue to Wednesday 16th June 2010. Since its introduction the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup has gone from strength to strength with the competitors enjoying close racing and a great social programme.... [more]
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Moth Open at Parkstone Yacht Club
International Moth Class,
Moth Open at Parkstone Yacht Club report. 25 boats turned up for a great weekend of sailing in Poole Harbour.... [more]
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Mirror Open at Bosham Sailing Club
Bosham Sailing Club,
Bosham Sailing Club's Mirror Open race report. Mirror sailors had a great day's competitive sailing at Bosham Sailing Club's Mirror Open on Saturday 12 June.... [more]
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Cadets at South Cerney Open Meeting
David Elliott - UK National Cadet Class,
Twenty Cadets entered South Cerney's Open Meeting. Three races were completed on Saturday in a shifty breeze which weakened into the afternoon. Crews awoke on Sunday morning to still airs. Fortunately a breeze filled in by the scheduled start at 10am and steadily strengthened throughout the morning.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 - Day 1
Fiona Brown,
The opening day of the 2010 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought thrills, spills, a spot of giant killing and two close races. A record 35 teams are competing, and just four points now separate the top four.... [more]
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Zwitserleven Sailing Week - First event Nacra 2010 Int'l Championship
Diana Bogaards,
Zwitserleven Sailing Week. A total of 62 Nacra catamarans, representing nine countries, lined up for the first event of the 2010 Zwitserleven Sailing Week. The F18 Nacra Infusion class attracted the biggest fleet with 40 entries. Gunnar Larsen and Jeroen van Leeuwen from the Netherlands are leading after four races.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - Two-handed division opens
Trish Jenkins,
Round Britain and Ireland race is set to get an inclusion of a two-handed division! The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announced today the introduction of a Two-Handed Division in the non-stop race around Britain and Ireland, sponsored by Sevenstar starting on Monday 23rd August from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.... [more]
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Shetland Round Britain and Ireland - Shetland prepares warm welcome
Andy Sinclair,
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race, now in its 12th edition which started from Plymouth Sound on 6th June is well under way with only four official retirements.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit – Back to reality in second regatta of the season
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit's second regatta of the 2010 season begins Wednesday and the challenges of Marseille's famous Rade Sud lie in wait for teams. Since 2007 the venue which is world renowned for the Mistral has always delivered the world's leading regatta circuit a dose of the renowned strong winds.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2010 – Images from day two
Carlo Borlenghi and Luca Butto,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2010 images from day two, provided by Carlo Borlenghi and Luca Butto... [more]
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J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race -A Day at the Races
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday 19th June, so only a few days left before ‘the off' and the excitement and anticipation is palpable! The lovely town of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, is gleaming and colourful; the shop keepers and restaurants, bars and pubs are all gearing up to welcome the weekend crowds.... [more]
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RORC Morgan Cup 2010 – And the winner is...
Louay Habib,
RORC Morgan Cup was organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the Yacht Club de Cherbourg and the Royal Yacht Squadron. 'I am totally gobsmacked,' admitted John Loden. 'I have been racing Psipsina for 11 years and this is the biggest win by a country mile.'... [more]
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Lark Open at Royal Harwich Yacht Club
Stuart Hydon,
Larks at Royal Harwich Open - Saturday's two races were sailed in a force 3-4 NE. Into the last race there were three boats in contention. A big shift on the start gun saw a number of boats on the wrong end of the line.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland, her critics and the pressures of sponsorship
Nancy Knudsen,
Abby Sunderland, dismasted, her round world attempt foiled and her boat abandoned, is now headed for the French-owned Kerguelan Islands on a fishing boat that went out of their way to rescue her... But even before she has touched dry land, the inevitable controversy about her voyage – and future voyages by teenagers – has begun..... [more]
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Korea Match Cup 2010 – Second for Williams
Jo Gawith,
Korea Match Cup update: Team GAC Pindar's World Match Racing sailor, Ian Williams finished runner-up to Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing Team) at the Korea Match Cup final, held in South Korea today. The result sees Williams move up to third from eighth place in the tour standings, after the third event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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UK Farr 45 National Championships underway at WPNSA
Fast Track Sailing,
The Farr 45 yacht racing national championships are currently underway at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) running from 11 - 13 June. This is the second year that the sailing venue for the Games will be hosting the globally recognised racing yacht brand after development of the Dorset venue to cater for international yachting regattas as well as elite level dingy and wind... [more]
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Korea Match Cup - Richard and Williams fight it out
Korea Match Cup, Stage 3 in the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), concluded today with a victory to Mathieu Richard. Richard kept momentum at all times in the light airs up the concentrated course area.... [more]
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Star European Championship victory to Polgar and Koy
Star Europeans,
Star European Championship Viareggio, Italy. Star Class European Championship victory to the German crew of Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy, who led the regatta from start to finish. The USA crew of Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol finished the regatta well and moved up to take the silver medal. Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn took the bronze.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland transferred at sea - latest images
Sail-World and AMSA Media,
The latest update from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on the Wild Eyes dismasting reports that Abby Sunderland will be transferred to another vessel at the Keugelen Islands, deep in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Korea Match Cup - Williams through to semi-final
Jo Gawith,
Korea Match Cup saw Team GAC Pindar's World Match Racing sailor, Ian Williams enjoy another successful day in South Korea, winning the round-robin stages and securing a place in the semi-final.... [more]
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RYA's former CEO receives CBE for services to sailing
Louise Nicholls/RYA,
Rod Carr, former RYA CEO, has received a CBE for his services to sailing in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The Honours List reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across the community.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland on board rescue vessel
Sail-World and AMSA Media,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the safe rescue of Abby Sunderland from her Open 40 yacht, Wild Eyes. It is presumed that the yacht has been abandoned in the Southern Ocean, as there is no mention of her in the media release. It is clear that the Australian rescue authority wishes to get the teenage sailor onto terra firma with as little disruption to commercial shipping... [more]
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Rescue imminent for Abby Sunderland - latest updates
Australian Maritime Safety Authority,
In preparation for the arrival on scene of the fishing vessel Ile De La Reunion anticipated for late this afternoon, RCC Australia has tasked a Global Express aircraft to the scene. This aircraft is planned to arrive at the known position of Wild Eyes at approximately 4.30pm AEST. The aircraft will attempt to regain radio contact with Wild Eyes ahead of the planned rescue.... [more]
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Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships Results
Laser Europeans,
The Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships & Trophy 2010 in Tallinn, Estonia came to an end today. In Laser Standard, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic won his first European Championships title. In Laser Radial, the new European Champion is Tina Mihelic, also from Croatia.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Day sailing courses for kids
Cowes Week,
If you're attending Cowes Week and are looking for activities to keep the children occupied, the UKSA can help. Every day from 31st July - 7th August, the leading maritime training provider will be offering day sailing courses for just £49 per person.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland's father says her quest is now over,
Crew on a Qantas plane have made contact with a solo sailor who is in trouble in the southern Indian Ocean. 'Probably the best news we at home base could have wished for. We are ecstatic.' Mr Sunderland says his daughter's quest to sail around the world in her Wild Eyes yacht is over.... [more]
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NEWS FLASH Abby Sunderland - dismasted but safe
Nancy Knudsen,
Abby Sunderland has been found - her yacht is dismasted but she is safe!... [more]
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Sigma 38 Offshore One Design Nationals – Success for popular racer
Paul Fenner,
Sigma 38 Offshore One Design Nationals were held over the bank holiday weekend and the cheerful, willing and eager crew of Chris and Vanessa Choules Sigma 38, With Alacrity, celebrated an outstanding victory. Despite stiff competition from several former Olympic class sailors scattered around the fleet... [more]
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