Ainslie, video selections of the week, Route du Rhum, more news from the UK & beyond

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 08 Nov 2010

Ainslie, Route du Rhum happenings, videos and more sailing news

Welcome to this week's UK newsletter.

An Irish team is the 17th entry in the Global Ocean Race and Ben Ainslie says he is disappointed being out of the America's Cup. There's local dinghy news from the RS800 Inlands, the Solo Inlands, the Contender Inlands plus Ovington Inlands images from Tania Samus.

This week's edition is full of news from the Route du Rhum with various skippers suffering boat damage and withdrawing from the race while French skipper Sidney Gavignet has had to be rescued. You can read all the latest news about the race on

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai skippers have been out testing the sailing waters and of course we can't forget the intrepid skippers of the Velux 5 Oceans, read all about their adventures this week. The RC44's are headed for the US and we have Volvo Ocean Race and Global Ocean Race news. The International Cadet Worlds are heading 'Down Under' in 2012 and on the subject of Worlds, don't miss the story on packing 28 Musto Skiffs into a container.

Kiteboarders have made a claim for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics and we have a great video from the Finn Class.

Our new weekly video highlights feature is a must - all videos are selected by our Team.

We have lots more news locally and from around the globe and the Team hopes you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.

Have a great week. Team

Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection
The Sail-World Team,
There is more and more video footage being published online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Irish team is 17th entry
Oliver Dewar,
The entry list for the double-handed, Class40, round the world Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is rapidly filling.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2010 underway tomorrow
ISAF Annual Conference 2010 - The ISAF Annual Conference 2010 kicks off tomorrow (5 November) with the Commissions of the International Sailing Federation reporting on their activities for the past year and advising on their particular areas of expertise.... [more]
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China Cup Int Regatta 2010: not as good as it thinks it is
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There were a lot of people at Longcheer last weekend having a lot of fun. We know, they said so. Well done China Cup for putting on a good show. No doubt a regatta in China is a fun-filled novelty if you live in Chicago, or France, or Turkey.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Actual suffers damage to cross beam
At 0100hrs (CET) this morning (Monday) Yves le Blevec, skipper of the Multi 50 Actual informed his team and the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale race director that the trimaran has sustained damage to the forward starboard cross beam. The situation is reported to have been stabilised.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say on the Olympic Events by!clicking_here... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Who's that coming round the corner... is it a monster?
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - The ultimate honours in the historic clash of the monster multis, the no-holds-barred Ultime class which has set an electric pace for this historic 2010 Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale, will go down to the final 400 miles with a subtle, tactical showdown in light breezes.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale: Class40 week 1 report
Oliver Dewar,
On Sunday 31st October at 13:02 local time, the 85 multi- and monhulls of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale single-handed race crossed the startline just north Pointe du Grouin off Saint-Malo, Brittany. The fleet will race 3,600 miles across the North Atlantic to Guadeloupe in France's premier solo transatlantic race.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - First test sailing in Dubai
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - As preparations continue for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, two of the four race boats being used in the event sailed for the first time at the venue on Sunday afternoon. At 1300, All4One and Emirates Team New Zealand went sailing for an afternoon testing session in the two boats supplied by the Kiwi team. The other two boats for the event, from BMW Oracle Racing, wil... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama's logical plan
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - With less than a year to go to the start, the fourth and final update this week comes from Team Groupama, skippered by offshore specialist, Franck Cammas.... [more]
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Exmoor Ale and Vandercraft Phantom Southern series review 2010
Phantom Class Association,
Exmoor Ale and Vandercraft Phantom Southern series racers sailed eight events for the series. Throughout the series the competitors received both samples and prizes of the prize winning Exmoor Beast and Exmoor gold beers. Vandercraft kindly supported the event with generous prizes at its conclusion.... [more]
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RC 44 Championship Tour heads to the US
RC 44 Class Association,
RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 - A record number of entries – fourteen strict one design RC 44's – will compete in next month's Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami (December 7 – 12). The event will be followed by the RC 44 San Diego Cup (March 2 – 6), whilst some teams will also compete in Key West Race Week in January.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Coville's on the comeback!
Gaia Coretti,
A long, industrious, testing 24 hours for both of the leading Ultime skippers in the 2010 Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale sees Thomas Coville start to come back at the so far completely dominant Groupama 3 of Franck Cammas. Coville has pushing as hard as he dares on the giant red tri Sodebo, reporting to today's lunchtime radio vacation that he had been regularly making 33-34 knots... [more]
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RYA Sailability- Success at sailing festival lay the foundations
RYA - Debbie Blachford, manager of RYA Sailability, a charity which encourages and supports people with disabilities to take up sailing and facilitate sites to develop sailing opportunities, believes the foundations have been laid for an annual nationwide series of sailing festivals exclusively for people with learning disabilities after the success of the RYA's Sail LD 2010 three region trial.... [more]
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Kiel Sailing Week 2011 - A-Cats to join the party
Rainer Bohrer VDAC,
Kiel Sailing Week 2011 - This is very good news for the A-Cat class: it will take part in the 2011 Kiel Sailing Week; for the first time since 2001, it will once again be represented in the international section. In recent times the innovative A-Cat class has gained in stature and is attracting many sailors, including absolutely world class sailors like James Spithill.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Videos of the week
Velux 5 Oceans,
The Sail-World team brings you the latest videos from the Velux 5 Oceans race. The skippers are sharing the action with you via a dedicated on board camera system that enables broadcast and web feeds from anywhere at sea.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race announces dates of 2011 edition
MaxComm Communications,
The world's best match racers will once again gather to the Swiss Alps next summer in order to compete for the title of King of the Mountains. St. Moritz Match Race is one of the principal stopovers of the match racing annual calendar; it is also Switzerland's most important match race event.... [more]
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Tasmania's Sandy Bay will host International Cadet Worlds 2012
Peter Campbell,
The International Cadet Class has awarded Hobart's Sandy Bay Sailing Club the rights to host the 2012 World Championships commencing in late December 2012.... [more]
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RS800 Inlands at Queen Mary SC
RS Class Association,
The 800 fleet began to appear up over the banks of Queen Mary Sailing club for a leisurely start. After some shuffling of the line and the weather mark the first race to count got underway. This time it was Ben McGrane and the lovely Roz Allen that got their bow in front, harassed by Ben Schooling and George Kingsworth, followed by the warmly welcomed, returning Ian Martin and Chris Catt.... [more]
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Groupama 3: The battle of the Atlantic starts in the Route du Rhum
Franck Cammas,
At this very moment in the Route du Rhum La Banque Postale, Franck Cammas has a 346 mile lead over Thomas Coville, making an average speed of twenty knots over 17 hours or simply 26 knots over thirteen hours. Whilst Groupama 3 has just passed the midway mark in the race in exactly the same position as the winner of the 2006 edition after four days of sailing, her main rival, Sodebo, has just finis... [more]
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Oman Air Majan skipper safely onboard bulk carrier
Into the Blue,
After a long night for the Oman Air Majan team, they are pleased to report that skipper Sidney Gavignet is now safely onboard the bulk carrier Kavo Alexander. The incident which occurred at 1635 CET yesterday (03.11.10) was dealt with swiftly by the shore team, race management, rescue teams and crew of the Kavo Alexander who ensured Sidney's rescue within four hours or his first call.... [more]
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Ovington Inlands 2010 images
Tania Samus images,
A selection of images from theOvington Inlands 2010 taken by Tania Samus.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing: New multihull analysis asks hard questions of ISAF
Richard Gladwell and UKCRA,
Just over a week before the start of the International Sailing Federation's Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece the vociferous UK Catamaran Racing Association has issued an analysis, which not surprisingly makes a strong case for the inclusion of a Multihull Event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. Three years ago, at the same conference in Estoril, Portugal, the various Olympic class politicia... [more]
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ISAF Publish Notice of Race for 2011 Team Racing Worlds
ISAF World Sailing,
ISAF Publish Notice of Race for 2011 Team Racing Worlds - Following the successful launch of an Under 21 competition at the 2005 Team Worlds, the 2011 championship will again feature racing in both the open competition, for the ISAF Team Racing World Championship Trophy, and in an Under 21 competition for the Ciudad de Gandia Trophy.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Worlds - 28 Musto Skiffs packed for Worlds in Australia
Musto Performance Skiff,
Non-European Musto Skiff World Championships - After many months (years even) of planning the first non-European Musto Skiff World Championships to be held in Australia is looming closer.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Inland National Championships at Grafham Water SC
James McIntosh,
Musto Skiffs Inland National Championship - A 43 strong Musto Skiff fleet were greeted to a force 2-4 on Saturday at Grafham Water Sailing Club. The competition was going to be close with all the big names from the nationals in attendance.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Francesco Bruni outlines his vision
World Match Racing Tour - Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing Team may not be in the reckoning to win this year's ISAF Match Racing World Champion crown however that has not dented the ambition of this inspirational Italian to win the second most prestigious prize on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) - the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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ORC and RORC working together towards common goal
Trish Jenkins,
Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union Nationale pour La Course au Large (UNCL), joint owners of the IRC rating rule, have been in discussion with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) about the possibility of creating a unified organisation to govern yacht ratings worldwide. This initiative to bring the world offshore rating systems together was endorsed by ISAF following its AGM in 2009 in Korea... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield shaves off his moustache at equator crossing
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian solo sailor first person ever to take part in ‘Movember' from middle of ocean. Ocean racer Derek Hatfield made a special offering to Neptune as he passed the Equator yesterday – by shaving off his iconic moustache. The 57-year-old has crossed the Equator many times and has always honoured the tradition among sailors of performing a ritual to appease King Neptune, ancient god of the seas.... [more]
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McConaghy 38 (MC38) is cause for excitement
John Curnow,
It won't be long before we see the anticipated arrival of the exciting McConaghy 38. Setting new benchmarks in one design yacht racing this boat has been meticulously designed and engineered and crafted by world renowned boat builders, McConaghy Boats... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - here is list
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - Organising club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and naming rights sponsor Rolex are delighted with the roll-up which will include legends and luminaries and plenty of newcomers as well as the regulars now synonymous with the legendary blue water race. Here is the full application list.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Oman Air Majan on day 3 heading to the Azores
Lucy Harwood,
Oman Air Majan - The Ultimate Class are sailing at speed and the front runners should arrive at the Azores on Thursday. Oman Air Majan remains the most northerly boat within the fleet, but Sidney is sailing at full power and maintained an average speed of just over 16 knots last night.... [more]
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America's Cup: First of the AC45's begins layup in Warkworth
Ivor Wilkins,
Last Monday, Ivor Wilkins from revisited the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth 40 minutes drive north of Auckland, and found the first of the new AC45 one design class was being laid up in the female moulds. This boat is scheduled for launch at the end of next month, and will be owned by BMW Oracle as a spare boat for the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Disappointing to be out of the America's Cup says Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
The decision to pull Team Origin out of entering and competing for the Americas Cup was obviously extremely disappointing. For some of us it has been three years of work, getting the team to a position where we had a strong core group to move forward, with enough talent and experience to have a realistic shot at winning.... [more]
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Where there's muck, there's art
Andy Sinclair,
When Rikkie Carette was made redundant from Princess Yachts last year, when the UK job market was looking distinctly gloomy, he didn't panic or wallow in self-pity but took the plunge into setting up his own business. Rikkie embraced the entrepreneurial spirit long before the coalition Government suggested it as a way to drag the UK out of recession.... [more]
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US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR – Registration now open
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR is the second regatta of the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup and will bring together the world's top sailors for elite-level competition in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from January 23-29, 2011.... [more]
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29er Inlands at Grafham Water – Countrywide turnout,
Grafham Water hosted the 2010 29er Inland Championships which saw a turnout of 44 29ers from all over the country. Ovington Boats generously supported the event, providing a live band, dinner and fireworks on Saturday evening and the prizes.... [more]
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Round the Island Race – Raymarine commits to further two-year term
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race organisers, the Island Sailing club, is delighted to announce that Raymarine, the world-leading marine electronics manufacturing company, is continuing its support of this unique one-day yachting event, having signed up as a supporting sponsor for a further two year term.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Training at Dalgety Bay
Chris Morgan,
Scottish Musto Skiffers gathered at Dalgety Bay on the weekend of the 23rd/24th October for some pre-worlds training. The Northerly wind and the first dusting of snow on the tops of the hills made for a cold weekend - very different to conditions expected in Melbourne!... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland to partner Round Britain and Ireland Challenge
Cailah Leask,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has formed a new long term partnership with the Round Britain and Ireland Challenge (RBIC) supporting this latest yacht racing challenge through hosting training events and providing race management, being the start and finish port for all circumnavigations in the series as well as the chosen final prize giving ceremony location.... [more]
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Kiteboarders make strong claim for 2016 Olympic inclusion
Richard Gladwell,,
With the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference due to get underway in Athens, Greece, next week, the International Kiteboard Association makes a strong claim for inclusion in the 10 event card for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis Racing confirmed as one new Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
The Swedish professional racing team, Artemis Racing, have confirmed that they are one of the new Challengers who lodged their entry on the 1 November with the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Led by Torbjorn Tornqvist, details of the Challenge will be announced at a Media Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday afternoon, 8 November at 1.30pm local time.... [more]
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GP14 National Youth Championship results,
GP14 National Youth Championship was sailed at West Lancashire Yacht Club on the 30th and 31st October 2010 and attracted 15 entries. Pete Mitchell and Andrew Hunter won on countback.... [more]
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Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video
Robert Deaves,
Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video - A new video released this week by the International Finn Association hopes to demonstrate what is possible and is offered to showcase how appealing sailing can be, as much as it showcases the Finn.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two new teams enter on opening day for Challenges
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Event organizers today confirmed receipt of the first entries for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. 'We're only a few hours into a five-month entry period, so to already have a total of four entries is a very positive sign,' said Iain Murray (AUS), Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Over 500 expected to attend
At the end of this week over 500 people from the world of sailing will come together in Athens, Greece, for the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members, all of them volunteers, will travel from around the world to Athens.... [more]
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North Sails Golf Day raises funds for John Merricks Sailing Trust
Suzy Hamel,
A cool cloudy morning greeted the 90 golfers who turned out for the fourteenth North Sails Golf Day on Friday 29th October at Cams Hall in Fareham. John ‘Jonny' Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, organised as it is today with the help of the Seahorse Golf Society, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John's name.... [more]
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