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 03 Aug 2010

A giant sailing week - news from Europe and beyond

Welcome to this week's Sail-world.com European newsletter.

What a giant week it was!

The intrepid Figaro sailors completed the first leg of Solitaire du Figaro and are preparing for the second leg start.

The Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre commenced on the Bay of Palma in light conditions, the sailors competing at the 505 World Championships in Denmark had a day off today and in Costa Smeralda things are gearing up for a spectacular September.

In La Rochelle, France, the Dominique Wavre skippered Mirabaud returned to the water after an extensive refit. And be sure to check out the videos and excellent images by John Carter from the PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam event.

The RC44 Valencia Cup concluded earlier this week and in overseas news Cowes Week UK is in full swing. We have loads of images from that event.

And there is so much more sailing news to enjoy in this week's edition.

The Sail-World Team

RS Feva World Championships 2010
RS Feva World Championships 2010 - Britain took the ultimate prize at the 2010 RS Feva World Championships, Carnac, France, this weekend as RYA National Junior Squad teenagers Owen Bowerman and Charlie Darling topped the podium claiming RYA Team GBR's first ever Junior World Title at the event.... [more]
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Cowes Week images from Rick Tomlinson
Rick Tomlinson images,
Photographer Rick Tomlinson presents this gallery of images from Cowes Week for your enjoyment.... [more]
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Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre - Light conditions on day one
Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre,
Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre - A great first day of races opened the 29th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. 'Allegre', 'Matador', 'Itaca IX', 'Movistar', 'Lelagain' and 'Iberostar' are the first six leaders of this 29th edition, three of which are last year's winners too.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championships - Day off for the fleet
Peter Kaergaard,
SAP 505 World Championships Day 4 - It was a day off from racing at the SAP 505 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, but the visitors continue to pour into the event website.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes Week Day 3 - Guichard fights back
Julie Royer,
Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week - Day Three saw less wind but no less action on the water as the nine teams competing in the UK round of the five-stop circuit battled for every point and every place on the race course. The sailors were pushing all the time with some very aggressive tactics resulting in a general recall in race 15.... [more]
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Cowes Week Daily Round Up - Day 3
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
Cowes Week day three had sales of coffee soar in the morning, while competitors waited on shore for a sea breeze to fill in.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Estredo turns it on
Paul Griffiths,
Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo, three times world champion, takes the second double elimination to steal the show in Fuerteventura, and seal the deal for his fourth PWA world title with an event to spare.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing squares off against Team Origin in 1851 Cup
Tim Jeffery,
BMW Oracle Racing - Two of sailing's youngest, most talented skippers – Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie – square off this week in The 1851 Cup, a one-off match racing regatta between America's Cup winner BMW Oracle Racing and TeamOrigin of the U.K.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro fleet ready for leg 2 start in Gijón
Carla Anselmi,
La Solitaire du Figaro - The 45 solo sailors make final preparations, attend the official prize giving for the first leg from Le Havre to Gijón and skipper briefing to embark on tomorrows' start of the second leg; 418 miles from Gijón in Northern Spain to Brest in Finisterre.... [more]
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Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Spectacular September in Sardinia
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is preparing for an extremely busy September as entries for two of the Club's traditional Rolex-sponsored events continue to arrive and preparations for the inaugural Oyster Regatta in Sardinia continue.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans hits silver screen in Hollywood blockbuster
Velux 5 Oceans Press Office,
The Velux 5 Oceans has hit the big screen with a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster based around sailing. The race, dubbed The Ultimate Solo Challenge, was chosen to be the round-the-world yacht race central to the film Charlie St Cloud, starring teen heartthrob Zac Efron, released in US cinemas on July 30.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 - Nominations invited
2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing is now inviting nominations. Since the first Awards presentation in 1994, the nominees and winners have always included the highest achievers from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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Launch of Dominique Wavre's Mirabaud
MaxComm Communication,
The Mirabaud, skippered by Dominique Wavre, has finally returned to her natural element in La Rochelle after a three month refit. The navigator is now ready to start fine tuning his boat in preparation for the Barcelona World Race which will kick off on 31st December.... [more]
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Double Olympic medallist to skipper Abu Dhabi's VOR campaign
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing,
Two-time Olympic medallist, Ian Walker of Great Britain, has taken the helm as skipper for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race title pursuit, as the emirate's newest sporting outfit readies for the 'Everest of Sailing'. Appointed by the team's backer, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Walker will lead an 11-strong crew in one of the world's toughest, most extreme sporting challeng... [more]
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Melges 32 U.S. National Championship – DeVos claims title
International Melges 32 Class Association,
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship, hosted by Little Traverse Yacht Club. Ideal racing conditions just weren't meant to be on the final day of scheduled races at the event, although initially it did appear early on to be promising.... [more]
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International Laser sailors competing in Oz -PSA Summer Transport Deal
Trevor Griffiths,
With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia freight offer will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Crash at Cowes Week 2010
Julie Royer,
Extreme Sailing Series At Cowes Week 2010 - In race 11 (the fourth inshore race of today), approaching the windward mark Yann Guichard's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild hit Franck Cammas' Groupama 40 wiping out both rudders, leaving Groupama with no steerage whatsoever.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds - Hunger strikes again in light winds
Dansk Sejlunion,
SAP 505 World Championships - Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner have tightened their grip with a first and second place in two light air races in Aarhus, Denmark.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2010 round up - day 2
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Cowes Week 2010 - The regatta's second day saw ideal racing conditions, with the early-morning Force 3-4 breeze from the west-south-west building gradually to give 17-20 knots by mid afternoon.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 – Day Nine
Vivienne Masters,
Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo, three times world champion, claims the second single elimination in Sotavento with a jaw dropping display of full power freestyle.... [more]
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RC 44 Valencia Cup
Paul Cayard,
RC 44 Valencia Cup ended with two great races in 12-15 knots of wind on another perfectly sunny day.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Team Aqua rules
Bernard Schopfer,
Chris Bake's Team Aqua pulled an enviable treble by winning the match racing, fleet racing and overall championship at the RC44 Valencia Cup.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro - Armel Le Cléac'h on Brit Air wins first leg
Solitaire du Figaro,
Armel Le Cléac'h on Brit Air crossed the finish line two miles outside the port of Gijon at precisely 01:42:32 on the Spanish Coast after 83 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds. He covered the 515 miles from Le Havre to Gijón at an average speed of 6.9 knots. Brit Air's skipper has participated nine times to the Solitaire and scored three leg wins.... [more]
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America's Cup to visit Cowes with BMW Oracle Racing
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
America's Cup, the iconic trophy returns to Cowes, England, when the recent Cup winner BMW Oracle Racing takes on TeamOrigin during the annual Cowes Week regatta. The public is invited to view the 'Auld Mug', which will be on display for four days beginning Tuesday, Aug 3.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Barcelona Camper Regatta images from Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Audi MedCup Barcelona - Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy images from photographer Chris Schmid.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - two great days of fleet racing
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from onboard Katusha at the RC44 Valencia Cup.... [more]
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Viking 18ft Skiffs Grand Prix wrap
Frank Quealey,
Viking 18ft Grand Prix at Sonderborg, Denmark. On Day 2, the forecast was SW wind from 16-20 knots and gusting to 24 knots, and all teams had no alternative but to go with their No. 2 rigs.... [more]
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420 Class Open World & Ladies Championships - Finals Series
Tony Mapplebeck,
420 Class Open World and Ladies Championships - Two of the four Final Series days' racing are now completed.... [more]
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Teen sailor Laura Dekker - sailing with Dad to the start line
Nancy Knudsen,
Fourteen-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker has announced she will sail away from the Netherlands on Wednesday, sailing with her father to Portugal, from where she will start her solo sail around the world. She has announced no date for her solo start, but it is expected to be within the next couple of weeks after she has completed some test sailing.... [more]
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Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - No wind, no racing
Joy Dunigan,
The 2010 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship is officially two-thirds complete. With only one day left to race, Ryan DeVos (Harbor Springs, Mich.) on Volpe leads by a substantial margin followed by John Kilroy, Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif.) on Samba Pa Ti and John Porter (Winnetka, Ill.) on Full Throttle, second and third respectively.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week
Paul Wyeth,
Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week - The opening day of the UK round of the Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week opened at full throttle delivering some stunning race action to the crowds lining Cowes shoreline at Egypt Point as the nine Extreme 40s took centre stage for five short course races this afternoon.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Team Aqua stands up
Ignacio Baixauli,
RC44 Valencia Cup Day 5 - Chris Bake's Team Aqua stood up to challenging conditions today and find themselves the new leaders of the fleet racing at the RC 44 Valencia Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup teams begin final buildup to 1851 Cup event in Cowes
Team Origin Media and Sail-World,
With just three days to go to the start of the 1851 Cup on Tuesday 3rd August, preparations are in full swing as the rest of Cowes Week starts today, Saturday 31st July. Yesterday a mixed crew from both competing teams took USA-87, newly branded as TeamOrigin ‘Racing with Jaguar', out for a shakedown sail in the middle of the Solent.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championships day two - New leaders
Dansk Sejlunion,
With the wind blowing 16-17 knots at the start, Wolfgang Hunger was watching the dark clouds flying over head as he weighed up his strategy for the gate start, the method used to start the 126 boats competing at this World Championship.... [more]
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Zhik RS Eurocup 2010 grand finals
Zhik RS Eurocup 2010 grand finals took place today at Fraglia Vela Riva. This biennial event started on Monday with over 400 sailors, mostly British, at Riva del Garda and concluded in great style today, Friday. After the cancellation of races yesterday due to rain and lack of wind, three legs were completed today bringing to a total of nine races (ten races maximum).... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes -Ecover hold second overall after day one
Lucy Harwood,
Extreme Sailing Series Cowes, Day One has shown that the competition is going to be tough on the waters of the Solent. A great performance by Ecover today over five short course races and one long distance race see them placed second overall.... [more]
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Volvo Musto Optimist Nationals at the WPNSA - Day 4
International Optimist Class Association,
Volvo Musto Optimist Nationals provided plenty of thrills on the penultimate day, and that wasn't just restricted to the water!... [more]
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Techno 293 World Championships - Fantastic day in Martigues
Bicsport Windsurf,
Techno 293 World Championships with Youth and Masters Worlds saw a moderate wind forecast, the teams, come from 30 different countries, were ready for the off. And there was quality racing to appreciate all day long on the beautiful waters of the Etang de Berre.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro first leg win to French skipper
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Le Cléac'h has sailed the perfect race right from the very start and never been less than top five, moving into the lead just after passing the Brittany Point on Thursday at dawn, only temporarily conceding the first place to François Gabart and to the rookie Yoann Richomme.... [more]
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Allen RS Feva Worlds Final day
Golly Tucker,
change of conditions in Carnac for the final day. Despite the poor final day, the rack of individual race wins for Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas was sufficient to just hold of the hard charging Italians for second.... [more]
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Viking 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Denmark - Big rigs, big sailing
Frank Quealey/Australian 18footers league,
Light winds on Day One of the Viking 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Sonderborg, Denmark saw all teams go for their big No. 1 rigs for the day's three races.... [more]
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Jo Royle: the Plastiki experience at Sydney International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Tucked in a plastic pod, onboard a leaky boat called Plastiki with a crew of men for four months, Skipper Jo Royle has many stories to tell. But her main message is that we need to beat waste and change our attitudes to the use of one-life plastic.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup 2010 - Fleet racing
Bernard Schopfer,
After wishing for more boatspeed following the match racing portion of the RC44 Valencia Cup, Anders Myralf of Denmark guided James Spithill and the 17 crew to three first place finishes today to wrest control of the fleet racing portion of the regatta.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 – Day Seven
Paul Griffiths,
Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo, reigning world champion, claims single elimination victory in a powerful freestyle frenzy. With plenty of wind from first light, the single elimination started on schedule in Sotavento, with those that qualified the previous day taking on some of the world's most proficient tour regulars who'd automatically been seeded through to the second round.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race new home confirmed - Viva Mallorca!
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers have great pleasure in announcing they have contracted with the Spanish island of Mallorca to host the start and finish of the circumnavigation. Situated in the Mediterranean, Mallorca will provide a stunning backdrop for the start and finish of this double-handed, round the world race: an event that is on target to attract 20 entries from over 11 nations.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds - Hamlin and Zinn survive a destructive day in Denmark
Dansk Sejlunion,
The SAP 505 World Championships have started with a bang in Aarhus, Denmark with the breeze gusting up to 30 knots. Too much of a bang for many of the 126 teams who struggled to complete two gruelling opening heats in this toughest of regattas.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Leaders in tomorrow, suspense running high
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro skippers, of which there are 45 participating in the first leg from Le Havre to Gijon endured another nail biting 24 hours. After more than three days at sea exhaustion is starting to take its toll on the solo sailors. The fleet has split in three groups, the situation is evolving fast and anything can still happen.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Europeans - Youth wins over experience
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy Europeans final day at Medemblik, Netherlands brought sunny skies and high temperatures, but more of the same shifty, tricky winds that have plagued the week. Bartosz Rakocy (POL) took the title with a fifth place in race nine, while Tim Goodbody (IRL) took second and Jorgen Lindardtsen (DEN) took third.... [more]
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Allen RS Feva Worlds – Most perfect week ever!
Golly Tucker,
Allen RS Feva Worlds, day four update: Forecast: three to five knots – reality: full on sea-breeze of 14 knots at start of first race and building throughout afternoon to a solid 18-20 knots.... [more]
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Cracker Day in Pornichet for Black Sheep Racing
Black Sheep Racing Media,
Black Sheep are back to business after a short break from sailing and each other, since our last event in Sweden. In these two weeks new world rankings have come out and we have moved up from 33rd to 25th. We assembled in Lorient, France on Monday 26th for some training against local PAM on the two days prior to the regatta, which is 2 hours down the road from Pornichet.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Armel the Jackal keeps alert
La Solitaire du Figaro,
Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) holds 0.6 lead over Yann Eliès (Gererali Europ Assistance) and 1.3 miles over Thomas Rouxel (Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne) and Eric Peron (Skipper Macif 2009).... [more]
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TeamOrigin takes issue with role of America's Cup Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Increasing disquiet in the established America's Cup community over the 34th America's Cup surfaced in an interview with the British America's Cup team, Team Origin, now directed by former Alinghi design boss, Grant Simmer (AUS). In the published in TheDailySail.com Simmer and team boss, Sir Keith Mills say they are not happy with the lack of response and role of the Challenger... [more]
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Oman Sail out in force at Cowes Week
Into The Blue,
Back again in Cowes are the two Oman Sail Extreme 40's, Masirah and The Wave, Muscat. The duo finished second and third in the first event in France and will be looking to improve their positions over the six days of racing in round two of the European Extreme Sailing Series.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championships preview
Peter Kaergaard,
SAP 505 World Championships Preview - Aarhus, Denmark - Having just won the 505 Pre-Worlds Regatta in Aarhus, Denmark, Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Møller are looking to continue their winning ways in the SAP 505 World Championships which start tomorrow.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Fistful of tricks
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
The 2010 PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam – Day SixFreestyle's freshest flip the vibe with a fistful of tricks in Furteventura.... [more]
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Techno 293 OD World Championships - A record fleet
Benoit Tréguilly,
Techno 293 OD World Championships will be taking place at Martigues in the Rhone delta, France. Compared to the 2009 edition, in Weymouth, Anglend, that's an increase of over 30%, with nearly 30 countries represented including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan...... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Big guns at the ready
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is to see a fleet of top maxi yachts competing in the event in Porto Cervo. The event is a favourite gathering for these competitive and striking sailing craft, which will meet off Sardinia's spectacular Costa Smeralda from 5 – 11 September.... [more]
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Tornado World Championship to German team
Patricia Kirschner,
This is the first time in the Tornado history that a mixed team won a World title. The wind started light and remained so for the first race of the day. The Race Officer held the boats until the wind built before starting the second race.... [more]
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RQYS wins World Laser Radial Men's and Youth Championships for 2012
Ashley Kaine - RQYS,
Following an Australia wide bid for the World Championships, the International Laser Class Association in England has selected the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Manly, as host for the two events in 2012... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup - Boisterous Match Racing
MaxComm Communication,
BMW Oracle had a chance to win the match racing, but fell short in its head-to-head match against Aqua. Once again, planing speeds of 16 to 18 knots were easily achieved in the afternoon when the sea breeze piped up to 20 knots.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - Two Clipper yachts enter race
Zoe Williamson,
Having recently returned from their 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Clipper Ventures is pleased to announce that the two British entries, Hull & Humber and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, will be taking to the race track once more by taking part in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.... [more]
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