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 26 Oct 2010

Latest local and international sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

We have local dinghy news from around the nation.

A lot happening on the international scene with the Route du Rhum start fast approaching, familiar names entering the Global Ocean Race, not to mention the Velux 5 Oceans race and the Rolex Middle Sea race, both being underway.

We have the latest on the America's Cup - be sure to read Richard Gladwell's exclusive interview with Iain Murray. And don't forget to have your say about multihulls and monohulls in the AC and enter the draw to win one of six Musto snugs.

Of course there is more, so please enjoy our newsletter.

Have a great week.

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Line honours to Esimit Europa 2
Esimit led from the race start in Grand Harbour and managed to keep putting distance on Leopard until some 25 miles from the Strait of Messina where the maxi stopped in a big hole and their speed dropped away to zero.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry process opens on 1 November
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more]
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La Route du Rhum - A solo chance for Sidney Gavignet
Gaia Coretti,
La Route du Rhum - For round the world sailors life has a habit of turning full circles. And so it is a slightly bemused, but nonetheless fully primed and prepared Sidney Gavignet who is ready to set off on his first Route du Rhum in the Ultime class on the 100 foot Oman Air Majan.... [more]
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Notification of World Match Racing Tour host venue bidding process
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), sailing's premier global match racing tour, has opened the bidding process for cities, regions and countries from around the globe to enter the race for the right to host a stage of sailing's leading world series.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie ‘determined' to take fourth Olympic Gold
Helen William,
Ben Ainslie does not think he is the hot pick, at the moment, to qualify for Britain's sole spot in the Finn for the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – First arrival imminent
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race, October 25th update: Esimit Europa 2 enjoyed their downwind romp around Lampedusa, rounding at 12.40, with ICAP Leopard rounding just less than two hours behind. With the finish line looming only 25 miles distant, barring any breakdowns, Esimit should have a lock on line honours.... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race – The Norman authorities commit to 2011 edition
Kate Jennings,
The press conference to launch the Normandy Channel Race 2011 took place today in Lower-Normandy's Regional Council in Caen.... [more]
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J/24 annual round-up of UK racing
Mark Penfold,
The world's top One Design Keelboat and daddy of sportsboat boom continues to enjoy competitive racing and a high standard of competition in the UK. Regular club racing in Poole, Weymouth, Plymouth, Fowey and Falmouth and a healthy open meeting circuit across the same venues complement international competition... [more]
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Six new Women's Match Racing National Champions confirmed
Event Media/WIMRA/ISAF,
It's been a busy month for on the women's match racing circuit with six new National Champions crowned. Denmark, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland and Italy have all completed their 2010 national championship - a short wrap up of each follows.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chaos onboard - latest news from Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
Blogpost from CSM- The bowsprit tack fitting which holds the forward lower corner of the spinnaker to the boat broke late last night and the ensuing chaos saw my Code 5 kite ripped in two, the boat crash gybed and six long hours of back breaking work putting it all right. The precursor to the night's main event was a crack and the sound of a very unhappy kite flogging.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - In tact for another year
Nearly 48 hours into the Rolex Middle Sea Race, and it's clear that the record set in 2007 by George David's Rambler – 47h, 55m, 3s – will remain intact for at least another year. The current race leader, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), passed Pantelleria at 06.00 this morning, currently nearing Lampedusa.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leader racing in Sunseeker Australia Cup
John Roberson,
Some of the world's best sailors are coming to Perth in November for the Sunseeker Australia Cup, and the action in this gladiatorial match racing event will be on Perth Water, where just about every office in the CBD has a grandstand seat.... [more]
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RYA National Match Racing title - Cherry picks up number three
It went right down to the wire with a maximum five race final. Cherry kept his nerve right up until the last possible race clinching the 2010 title in a thrilling final showdown. Entering the quarter finals on Saturday in pole position with a 100% unbeaten record Campbell-James retained his perfect score right up until the third race of the finals.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Tanguy de Lamotte enters
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - The French Class40 professional skipper, Tanguy de Lamotte, has officially announced he will be competing in the double-handed, Class40 round the world race, the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) bringing the total number of entries to 16 teams.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championship 2010
RS:X Class,
RS:X Youth World Championship 2010 - 114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.... [more]
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Bewl Valley Sailing Club Solo Quaich
Richard Greenwood,
Bewl Valley Sailing Club Solo Quaich - The third year of this event was preceded by a forecast for heavy rain and winds.... [more]
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Route du Rhum La Banque Postale - One week until the start
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - One week to go to the start of the ninth edition of the legendary Route du Rhum-La Banque Populaire and Saint Malo turns out in her Sunday best for the huge crowds who visited to enjoy their day around the pontoons, getting up close and personal with the skippers and their boats of the record 86 strong entry, now primed and ready to go when the start gun next Sunday at 1302hrs.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Imagery
Sail-World and Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Imagery... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Mick Scully Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Press and his crew sailed consistently throughout the race in a southerly wind which varied between 10-18 knots. There was plenty of drama at the mark with at least three skiffs capsizing. Next Sunday will be the first big test for the fleet when the Australian 18 Footers League stages Race 1 of its Club Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup Questionnaire: Checking in at the 1,000 response mark
Richard Gladwell,
With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. Here we take another look at the responses, now there are 1,000 submitted, and the margin of error is much less than when we had the first 200 responses.... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray on the Challenger Meeting
Richard Gladwell,
With the Regatta Management and Event Management sides of the 34th America's Cup, briefing the Challengers group, Regatta Director, Iain Murray (AUS) believes most would have come away well informed. 'It was the start of the Event. I think they got more than they were expecting and they were appreciative of our candor and being up front, and our desire to tell them what we know', he told Sail-Worl... [more]
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Phantoms - Eastern Series Hickling Open
Phantom Class Association,
Hickling Open 2010 - The final event of the Eastern Series 'Hickling' started early on Friday evening with a gathering in the local Inn appropriately call 'The Pleasureboat'. The early arriving visitors were pleased to find an array of beers, One called 'Ghost' seemed to go down well!!... [more]
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America's Cup: Large turnout for secret Challenger Briefing in Paris
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Twenty-four prospective teams for the 34th America's Cup met today with the newly established independent organization, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), regarding the details for the next Cup racing cycle set to begin in 2011 with an America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Preferred Developer selected for Cowes Outer Harbour Project
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has confirmed Sutton Harbour Holdings PLC as the preferred bidder in the process to identify a developer and operator for the new Outer Harbour development at East Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics - Volunteer programme closing
Sarah Goslin,
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics - Applications are open until 27 October 2010 for the London 2012 Games Maker volunteer programme and as an Olympian who has competed in two Olympic Games, I am encouraging members of the BMF to consider lending their time to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions a success.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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