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 09 Aug 2010

Cowes Week at an end we turn our attention to Skandia Sail for Gold!

It's been a week of fabulous racing in the UK, not least the convincing win in the 1851 Cup match race of Britain's Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin over Aussie James Spithill representing the US America's Cup defender.

Looking at the record of TeamOrigin on the ISAF World Match Racing Tour circuit shows that GBR definitely has the Match Racing top gun. It remains to be seen of the GGYC will allow the Cup to be raced in monohulls, giving up their huge multihull technology advantage for the good of the America's Cup.

Cowes Week 2010 has been a huge success and bore witness to some surprising wins... and losses. With the event now at an end we turn our attention to the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta which gets underway on Monday in Weymouth.

703 entries from 57 nations will take part in this years event, the biggest on the ISAF World Sailing Cup circuit.

GBR is looking to maintain its place atop the sailing tree but the French and the Australians are coming on strong.

Regatta venue entrance at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - Sail for Gold, ISAF World Cup  Laura Baldwin

It has been super windy and wet as the teams have been practicing but the weather in Weymouth this week is set to be a lot drier than it has been of late with Force 3-4 South-Westerly winds forecast for the start of the regatta.

You can keep up-to-date with all the action from the regatta on Sail-World, along with news from events happening all over the world.

Enjoy your week!

The Sail-World UK Team

The Sail-World UK Team

PredictWind: Good breeze for opening of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell, is forecasting a healthy seabreeze for the opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more]
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Lewmar's new Evo Winch range - the latest and greatest winch!! - Video
Lewmar's New Evo Winch Range,
Lewmar Evo Winch Range - Have a look at Lewmar's new Evo winch range. Offshore yachtswoman Lia Ditton explains some of the Evo's neat features in a short informative video.... [more]
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Moth European Championships 2010 preview
Sandra Mudronja,
Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships - The Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships will start in 10 days on Silvaplana Lake, in the Swiss Alps near St-Moritz.... [more]
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Belcher and Page, 470 World Champions, at Skandia Sail for Gold
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
470 World Championship 2010 winners, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page accomplished what they set out to do at the beginning of the year. On the road to winning the coveted title, they also claimed a number of other victories, including capturing the 2010 ISAF World Cup. This week's Skandia Sail for Gold is the final event on the ISAF World Cup tour.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold- Team Brotherton-Asquith 49er stuck on shore
Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith,
Team Brotherton-Asquith Update - It's the eve of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – the biggest ISAF World Cup event so far, and certainly the biggest sailing event yet seen at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Ellen MacArthur Trust first longer cruising week a success
Nicky Moore,
Ellen MacArthur Trust had youngsters from all over the UK join in for their first ever longer cruising week. This is a huge achievement for the young people, who have all previously sailed with The Trust whilst in recovery from cancer or other serious illness.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Culmination of ISAF Sailing World Cup
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is a few hours away, titles will be won and lost on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. Can Skandia Team GBR defend their title?... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - Many medallists and mixed emotions
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - If you took a wander around the fine old English seaside resort of Weymouth, you'd find a mix of motives for being there on this particular Sunday in August – the beach, the sea, the ice cream. Move round the bay a little to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the elite of Olympic sailing are gathered...... [more]
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OK Dinghy International - Kiwi gear dominates Europeans
Robert Deaves,
Kiwi OK Dinghy sailors are always keen to tell everyone that they are the best sailors in the world and perhaps they are not far wrong. A look at the top 20 in the world ranking reveals no fewer than 11 Kiwis, but a glance at the gear list for the top finishers at the European Championships also reveals a higher than average propensity for Europeans to use Kiwi originated or designed gear.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2010 day 2 - No Blow No Go
Fiona Brown,
Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Despite the best efforts of a determined Race Committee, an almost total absence of any meaningful wind meant that no racing was possible today in Tallinn, Estonia. Italy's Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing leads the Championship by four points from the Norwegian Corinthian Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro: Fleet ready for leg 3, Kinsale here we come!
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro has the 44 skippers getting ready for Leg 3 in a surprisingly sunny and warm Brest while hundreds of supporters crowd the race village and the pontoons. Tomorrow at 14.00 they will leave Brittany for a challenging new leg up to the Channel, the Celtic Sea, the famous Fastnet Rock and the stunning village of Kinsale, where they return after a 13 years long absence.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Ben Ainslie returns to Finn class
Kate Laven UK Telegraph,
With a win over America's Cup holders BMW Oracle under his belt after the highly successful 1851 Cup series in the Solent, Team Origin skipper Ben Ainslie now turns his attentions to the Olympics with his first competition in the Finn class since winning a gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.... [more]
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Scorpion Nationals at Looe SC - Overall
Scorpion Class Association,
Dave Wade and Steve Hall have won the 2010 Scorpion Nationals. After a shaky start to the week they finished strongly with a string of top three results to claim the title ahead of John Mursell and Nick Keast... [more]
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Crew management is no different to running a business
Tracey Johnstone,
Regattas mean bringing together a diverse group of personalities, asking them to work well within a competitive environment and often also staying in the saying in shared accommodation. On water the pressure is on to perform as a team. On land the frustrations from the race track can continue into the beer tent and then into the crew accommodation. Just how does a boat owner... [more]
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Burling Tuke report in ahead of the Skandia Go for Gold regatta
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling report from the Skandia Go for Gold Regatta at the 2012 Olympic venue, Weymouth: Hi, We are in currently in Weymouth - for the final World Cup event of the year. Our couple of weeks off after the 49er Europeans was fun and relaxing. We have had a good eight days training and are now looking forward to racing against the world's best.... [more]
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SL 16 Open World Championship 2010 Overall
SL 16 Open World Championship 2010,
SL 16 Open World Championship 2010 - Three races have been run today from 12.00. Little wind for the first race, around eight knots, which favoured the Trebaol father and son (FRA 645) who win this race.... [more]
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Enterprise National Championship - Overall
Paual Southworth,
Nick Craig has regained his crown as Enterprise National Champion 2010 claiming the Gold Trophy. Jane Scutt, with crew Nick Scutt, was awarded The Mary Arnold Baker for her first Lady position.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - Domination and a repeat victory
Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre,
Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre 29 has new winners: Ran, Matador, Rats on Fire, Tanit and Lelagain, whereas Iberostar clinches the X-41 trophy. The winners of this 29 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre were decided after today's two races. Argentinean Matador won in considerable style thus repeating last year's victory. This is the third victory for Alberto Roemmers' TP52 in the Copa del Rey.... [more]
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Cowes Week - RS Elite class goes down to the wire
Cowes Week,
Cowes Week - With the first four overall from the recent Elite national championship competing this week, as well as several previous RS Elite Cowes Week winners, competition has been exceptionally high.... [more]
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Cowes Week - XOD Catherine wins class and White Group overall
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Cowes Week - The 1923-built XOD Catherine, sailed by Steve and Peter Lawrence, and Patrick Smart from Itchenor, have not only won the biggest, and one of the most competitive classes with 88 boats, but have also won White Group overall.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Uka Uka Racing sets the bar
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 World Champion 2008, Italian Lorenzo Bressani at the helm of Uka Uka Racing, laid down a marker to the fleet at this year's World Championship, with a near perfect first and a second after two difficult light and shifty races in Tallin, Estonia today. Bressani leads by four points from the 2008 Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day 8 - Daily Roundup
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
Cowes Week concluded with another day of brisk, but shifty, winds that gave competitors exciting racing across the 25 classes competing today.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro: the decision from the Jury alters scoreboard
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro - The Jury met today in Brest to discuss the protest against Yann Eliès, who was forced to use his engine during the first leg to get off after going aground. The sailor was given a two hours penalty and as a consequence he falls from second to 19th place. Following the decision involving the skipper of Generali Europ Assistance the top part of the scoreboard has changed.... [more]
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Port of Plymouth Regatta
Port of Plymouth Regata,
Sixteen-year-old Ryan Proctor won a rookie sailing event for youngsters who were new to racing, during the Port of Plymouth Regatta last week (28 - 31 July).... [more]
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SL 16 Open World: coconut shy!
Yacht Club Carnac,
SL 16 Open World Championship - For the penultimate day of racing, organized by the Carnac YC, competitors have had once again perfect weather conditions. Start was given around 12.30 in a 8 to 10 knots wind and under a shiny sun for four races run in a steady rhythm.... [more]
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GBR sailing manager Park hails ‘exciting' home World Cup regatta
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
British Sailing Team Manager Stephen Park is confident his charges will put up a tough challenge on the waters of Weymouth and Portland when the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta gets underway on Monday (9 August).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Australian sailors prepare for racing
Craig Heydon,
Australia's leading Olympic and Paralympic class sailors are readying themselves for the final round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, with racing beginning in Weymouth, England, on Monday.... [more]
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Enterprise Nationals at East Lothian Yacht Club – Day five
Paula Southworth,
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on a couple of issues from the past week commenting in the 505 Worlds, TV and sailing, and the speed (or lack of it) from the current America;'s Cup class.... [more]
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TeamOrigin take 1851 Cup beating America's Cup Defender
TeamOrigin Media,
Ben Ainslie and the crew of TeamOrigin have won the 1851 Cup, sailed off Cowes, Isle of Wight in a celebtration of events that led to the America's Cup competition. On this the fourth day of racing, both teams appeared to have their aggression glands fully open going into today's third race.... [more]
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1851 Cup - TeamOrigin images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
More great images from the 1851 Cup taken by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Abuse penalty marks final day of 1851 Cup at Cowes
Stuart Alexander,
Passion boiled over, a rare penalty for abuse was the result, TeamOrigin, after winning the start of the first of three races in Stokes Bay, was in a tight situation at the top turning mark and appealed to umpire Bill Edgerton, who waved them away. The volley of fruity reaction was loud. Edgerton was overheard saying: 'I'm not having that' and promptly blasted the Brits... [more]
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Cowes Week - King of XODs retires with injury
Sue Pelling/CWL,
Cowes Week - Stuart Jardine, known as ‘the man to beat' in the extremely competitive 88-strong XOD fleet, had to retire earlier this week with a sailing injury.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Day 7 round up
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
Cowes Week - Today Black Group sailed in the western Solent, with classes starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line heading east, while White Group headed downwind towards the east. After starting from the Black Group committee boat in the western Solent, Charles Dunstone's TP52 Rio took a fourth win to secure the overall series in IRC Class Zero from Sam Laidlaw's Farr 52 Bob.... [more]
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1851 racing for the Trafalgar Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from the 1851 final day's racing for the Trafalgar Cup.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Alacati, Turkey 2010 – Event Preview
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 - Crystal clear waters, and constant trade winds – It must mean the World Tour is heading back to Turkey for more adrenalin pumping slalom action at the sixth Pegasus Airlines Surf ‘n' Sound sports and music festival in Alacati.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro: the Jackal Le Cleac'h bags another one
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro's 41st edition had an exciting finale for the second leg; Armel le Cléac'h gets his second win in a row and improves his personal score: four leg victories. François Gabart and Jérémie Beyou complete the podium. Brilliant performance by newcomer Francisco Lobato from Portugal.... [more]
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Youngster raises the alarm as father is thrown from jetski in Ireland
Fenit RNLI praised an 11-year-old girl who raised the alarm after her father was thrown from his jetski in Tralee bay, County Kerry, on Saturday (19 June 2010) evening.... [more]
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1851 Cup - BMW Oracle Racing congratulates British crew
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing may have won the war in a race around the Isle of Wight, but today it dropped a battle on the Solent. BMW Oracle Racing awoke trailing the match race regatta against TeamOrigin 4-1. But with wins today worth three points, the American yacht quickly tied the series by winning the first race.... [more]
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Youth Race Week - 38 RS Tera's at Hayling Island Sailing Club
Debbie Darling,
HISC Youth Race saw a record number of 38 RS Tera's competing within three fleets on a sometimes sunny, sometimes windy day! With winds ranging from 8 to 20 knots the series proved challenging but many are now well on their way to a future in dinghy racing. Thunder storms on Wednesday saw racing abandoned after the windward mark and re-started again at 5.30pm!... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - A new dimension in race photography
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans has today revealed plans designed to take the photography of the 2010-11 solo ocean race to new heights. The round the world race will use an innovative three-tiered structure designed to meet the diverse needs of the media and race followers around the world:... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong scrapped
RHKYC Media,
The World Sailing Teams Association, Louis Vuitton and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club have announced that preparations for the proposed Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong will no longer continue.... [more]
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Images from Cowes: 1851 Cup, Historic Round the Island Race
Ian Roman,
TeamOrigin's photographer Ian Roman, is on the water for the 1851 Cup, an updated reenactment of the events that led to the creation of the event now known as the America's Cup. He presents this gallery from the historic Round the Island Race... [more]
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Marine Industry promotes Optimist Sailing Boats for Kids Program
Ellen Pragnell-Raascg,
The Optimist Sailing Boats for Kids program was announced on Friday at the Sydney International Boat Show Breakfast by BIA's General Manager. This program offers businesses to participate by purchasing one or more Optimist dinghies, which will be allocated to successful sailing clubs which have tendered to part of the program and comply with YNSW guidelines to stage learn to sail activities.... [more]
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Steve Clark looks to retake Little America's Cup
Barby MacGowan,
Steve Clark has been dreaming of winning back the Little America's Cup for the USA ever since he lost it to Canada in 2007. In 1996, Clark's 25- foot C-Class Catamaran Cogito had blown away designers and engineers with its mammoth wing sail and unmatchable speed, and it defeated Australia's defender to win the International C-Class Catamaran Championship, referred to as the Little America's Cup.... [more]
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GP14 UK National Championship Day 4
Liz Hall,
GP14 National Championship - After Race 5 on Tuesday there were very few points separating the top boats at the Nationals. Matt Mee and Chris Robinson were in the lead, one point ahead of Mike and Liz Senior, who were in their turn one point ahead of Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes Week - First ever event win
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week - Paul Campbell-James on The Wave, Muscat has won the UK Round – the first ever regatta win for the youngest skipper on the circuit - claiming an OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean watch as part of the prize as top Skipper for the UK round. The UK round of the five-stop circuit has delivered everything that the Extreme Sailing Series is about.... [more]
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505 World Championships win to fast Danes
Dansk Sejlunion,
SAP 505 World Championships - If you can't win the regatta then perhaps winning the final race is the next best thing. That's what Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbæk did today in the final heat in Aarhus, Denmark.... [more]
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Cowes Week Daily round up - Day 6
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
Cowes Week Day Six saw bright weather, with challenging racing conditions in a westerly wind that varied from 12-25 knots.... [more]
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Discussion and dialogue with potential teams in Cowes
Tim Jeffery,
BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, came to Cowes, birthplace of the America's Cup, to update potential teams about plans for the 34th America's Cup, scheduled for 2013 or 2014.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing upholds tradition in race around Isle of Wight
Tim Jeffery,
1851 Cup - In a race today marked with penalties, blown sails and broken equipment, BMW Oracle Racing defeated TeamOrigin around the Isle of Wight by 1 minute and 55 seconds to win the Trafalgar Cup.... [more]
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1851 Round the Island Race - More images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
1851 Round the Island Race imagery from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Lark Nationals at Teign Corinthian YC report
Lark Marketing,
2010 Lark National Championship was won by Harry Pynn and Michael Gifford by the narrowest of margins from Stephen and Chris Videlo. Pynn and Gifford had seized the advantage early in the week by winning races one and two. The Videlos fought back to take the lead equal on points after five races setting up a two-horse race.... [more]
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SL16 World Championship - Athletic conditions in France
Carnac YC,
SL 16 World Championship started today at Carnac Yacht Club for the 25 crews competing. France, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States have all sailed this morning with the desire to win races and inevitably, the title.... [more]
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