Welcome and thanks for reading our UK newsletter this week. While many minds are on football, there has none the less been a lot of sailing going on.
Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar crew are into the semi finals at Match Cup Portugal, The IRC National Chamopionships are happening on the Solent after a windy start, the Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race yachts are crossing the finish line and Dee Caffari is preparing for the next leg of the Vuelta España a Vela, Round Spain Race.
470 duo Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark and 49er duo John Pink and Rick Peacock collected gold in Kiel and what a great effort by Lucy Hodges and Toby Davey at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships.
Internationally, the SuperYacht Cup is happening again in Palma, the Melges Class seems to have events on all over the place and Ran has taken the Onion Patch Series with their Newport Bermuda result.
There is dinghy news galore, so be sure to catch it all in this edition.
Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup turns the corner forever Richard Gladwell, Having just been presented with the oldest and most prestigious trophy in sailing, BMW Oracle Racing team founder, Larry Ellison, promised the world's sailing media that the 34th America's Cup would be quite different from its predecessors. On Wednesday, 23 June 2010 Ellison delivered on that undertaking with the announcement of the draft Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour -Semi Finals Pairings on Defining Day Yvonne Reid, On a bright new morning to the Stage 4 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team had the pick of the bunch as he headed to the Semi Final pairings selection.... [more] Share this story
Cadet Open at Waldringfield - Day 1 Cadet Class Association, Cadet Open Meeting at Waldringfield - Day 1 report. 30 teams have entered this year's Waldringfield Open, with visitors from Draycote Water, Fishers Green, Stone and Thorpe Bay joining 20 local boats on the delightful River Deben. Six races are scheduled over the two days with a discard cutting in with the fourth race.... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 European Circuit - Nerone leads fleet Jill Campbell, Farr 40 European Circuit - Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone continues to lead the Farr 40 fleet. Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Sunday 27th , at 12 midday with 8 - 10 knots of north easterly wind predicted. The Race Committee will hold as many races as possible.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 - B Lin wins, Brontolo leads Jill Campbell, Audi Invitational and Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010. Among the Melges 32 fleet currently racing in Porto Cervo B Lin Sailing owned by Luca Lalli took victory in the Audi Invitational 2010 while Filippo Pacinotti's Brontolo leads the overall classification in this third leg of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010.... [more] Share this story
RORC IRC National Championship - A different battle ground Louay Habib, RORC IRC National Championship day two report. The international RORC fleet had a very different battle ground. Getting the tactics right and trimming to erratic puffs of wind was akin to playing a game of three-dimensional chess for the competitors at the RORC IRC National Championship. By the end of the day, six races had been completed.... [more] Share this story
Vuelta España a Vela, Round Spain Race - Pitstops and preparations FNOB, Vuelta España a Vela, Round Spain Race. A hive of activity as Leg 5 Calpe to Palma starts Sunday. The leg starts Sunday at midday with a short stage in the bay of Calpe. The first mark is 1.5 miles across in front of the town beach, to the Punta Toix, then back across to a passing mark under the Peñon de Ifach rock, then it is directly to Palma, leaving Ibiza and Formentera to port.... [more] Share this story
Portugal Match Cup - An epic day of match racing WMRT, Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the World Match Racing Tour. Twenty five matches were raced today with wind speeds peaking at 15 knots for mouth watering match racing. Fireworks flew today when Bruni met Williams and every match was fought to the death. Bruni will be regretting his choice of left on the final beat as Williams' right hand strategy won the deciding match.... [more] Share this story
Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race: Norwegian Class40 Solo gets gun Oliver Dewar, Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race. The final leg of the double-handed Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race (SRBIR) remained undecided until the final hours at sea.... [more] Share this story
IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships semi-finals sailed David Staley, IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships were sailed today in four – six knots of southerly on Lake Garda. It is only at the top levels of this discipline for totally blind sailors that crews have the ability to closely engage with another boat. This is hardly surprising when they are judging the range and bearing of the marks and their opponent by audio cues alone.... [more] Share this story
Britain's Ran takes Onion Patch Series with Newport Bermuda result Talbot Wilson, Ran was the individual winner of the Onion Patch Series in results posted today [Friday]. Niklas Zennstrom scored 2-1 in the New York YC Regatta, 10 in the Newport Bermuda Race. and 3-2 in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta for a total of 18 points and wins the Henry B. du Pont Trophy for the best scoring individual yacht participating in the series.... [more] Share this story
Portugal Match Cup - Williams joint leader after day three Simone Felsberger, Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the World Match Racing Tour. Day three and a surprising turn of events for Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch crew. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar had another outstanding set of matches as did Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team)... [more] Share this story
RORC IRC National Championship - Day One Report Louay Habib, 2010 RORC IRC National Championship had one of the most competitive fleets ever assembled enjoyed some spectacular sailing conditions on day one.... [more] Share this story
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race - Closest finish in years Andy Sinclair, Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race, sponsored by Shetland Islands Council, has had its first five boats across the line at the end of 2,000 miles of grueling racing.... [more] Share this story
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Class40s take podium positions Kate Jennings, Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race final positions have only been decided in the last miles off the South Devon Coast in what can only be described as the most frustrating yet challenging fight to the finish for the leading Class 40s in this hard fought battle.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series programme broadcast for the first time Extreme Sailing Series, 2010 Extreme Sailing Series has one event down, four to go until the Champions will be crowned in Almería, Andalucía, Spain, but for those that didn't manage to join the crowds in their thousands in Sète, France for the opening event of the 2010 circuit, they can watch all the action on Bloomberg TV across Europe this weekend, and on Dahlia Sport in Italy.... [more] Share this story
Squib National Championship day one Royal St George Yacht Club, Squib National Championship day one report.... [more] Share this story
J80 European Championship - What a difference a day makes J80 European Championship media, J80 European Championship. How things on the water can change in just a day. This event is truly European. The three races of today provided great entertainment and emotion for all of the participants, with the 'ora' wind arriving punctually and providing consistency throughout the afternoon. This was a welcome relief for all the teams who yesterday faced such challenging conditions with unstable... [more] Share this story
Dragon Edinburgh Cup & South Coast Championship preview Fiona Brown, Dragon sailors from eight nations are gathering this weekend in Cowes on the Isle of Wight to prepare for the British Dragon South Coast Championship (27-29 June) and the Edinburgh Cup (30 June - 3 July). With 32 teams including boats from Russia, Portugal, Norway, Japan, Ireland, France and Australia entered we can expect another outstanding UK based Dragon event.... [more] Share this story
2010 Royal Southern Oyster Week starts June 28 Natalie Gray, Some yachts lighten ship for Regattas, but the Oysters gathering at the Royal Southern Yacht Club next week will be filling their fridges for a week of champagne sailing in the sun from 28 June to 2 July.... [more] Share this story
Artemis Investment Management continues to support British sailing Artemis Ocean Racing, Artemis Investment Management today announced their continued support of British sailing in 2010 across all levels from grass roots to fully professional ocean racing. This new commitment establishes Artemis as one of the longest and most significant existing supporters of British sailing.... [more] Share this story
Portugal Match Cup - Some surprise results on day two WMRT, Portugal Match Cup Day two and the wind again ruled the race course. Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing) lost both matches today, while Adam Minoprio (ETNZ/Blackmatch Racing) and Torvar Mirsky (MRT) sit at the top of the leaderboard, after winning their matches.... [more] Share this story
RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Northampton SC Clipper Ventures PLC, RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Northampton SC. Race 1 got underway with a heavy port bias. The fleet split. Day 2 greeted us with better weather, but a similar wind direction as day 1 although with slightly less of it, so we all knew it was going to be a similar affair of flukey wind shifting all over the place.... [more] Share this story
World Blind Match Racing Championships - Day Three David Staley, IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championships. - Another day of light winds on Lake Garda. The B2 classified sailors, competing for an IFDS International Championship, have completed their round robin and two matches today resolved the tie-break. Race officials plan to sail semi-finals tomorrow, ‘Ora' permitting.... [more] Share this story
Port of Plymouth Regatta - Just one month to go before Andy Sinclair, Port of Plymouth Regatta (24 July - 1 August), has one month to go, and organisers the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association are delighted that entries are running well ahead of those received last year.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Where is Spirit of Australia? Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 12 Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland Day 6. The home team, Cork, is maintaining its lead over the fleet, although the pack, led by Jamaica Lightning Bolt, is slowly closing down the miles to their target. The unknown quantity at this stage is Spirit of Australia... [more] Share this story
Sharpie British National Championship - An international flavour James Case, Sharpie Nationals were sailed at Brancaster Staithe SC on the 18 – 20th June. They were given an International flavour with two Dutch and one German boat, boosting the entries up to 24.... [more] Share this story
New Archambault M34 launched and sailing at La Rochelle Brenna Pringle, Southern Spars, Following months of design and development, the first Archambault M34 was launched and sailed last week in the seaside port of La Rochelle, France. This innovative Joubert-Nivelt-Mercier design was selected as the new class for yachting's famous Tour De France a la Voile, starting in 2011, replacing the Farr 30 after 12 years on the circuit. A full regatta schedule and a transatlantic race a... [more] Share this story
One design time in Porto Cervo Jill Campbell, Porto Cervo - The sleek superyachts that graced Porto Cervo Marina for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta last week have given way to pared-down Farr 40 and Melges 32 one design racing machines. From 25th June to 3rd July the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will organize three regattas for the fleets: the Audi Invitational Melges 32, a leg of the Farr 40 European Circuit and the Audi Sardinia Cup.... [more] Share this story
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