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 30 Nov 2010

Batten down the hatches, all the latest sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

As we batten down the hatches for winter, the southern hemisphere is gearing up for their major sailing season.

The Monsoon Cup, the final of the World Match Racing Tour and World Champion decider is about to commence at Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia. The championship is wide open and with the world's richest prize money on offer the competition is sure to be tough. Can Ben Ainslie take the title? Stay tuned as Sail-World will bring you the latest news direct from Terengganu.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy has completed in Dubai, UAE with Emirates Team New Zealand triumphant. We have the news and some great galleries of images from the event.

Semi-final. Mascalzone Audi Team (ITA) & Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), the fleet race of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai (12 - 27 November 2010). Louis Vuitton Trophy, Semi-finals, November 26th 2010  Chris Schmid/ Eyemage Media (copyright)

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, reputed to be one of the toughest in the world, starts Boxing Day, December 26th. is running a series of dedicated newsletters, so be sure to sign up to receive all the latest news and interviews from the race.

And the ISAF World Sailing Cup in Melbourne is fast approaching.'s Video Selection of the Week is proving very popular, be sure to check out this week's selections.

And of course, we have the local news, including the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners.

And if you follow the Ashes being played 'Down Under', you should be smiling!1-517 in the second innings against the Aussies is worth that!

Have a great week ... Team

World Match Racing Tour - Ainslie looks to bow out at the top
Audrey Lakai,
World Match Racing Tour - Triple Olympic gold medallist, Ben Ainslie believes victory in the ISAF Match Racing World Championship at the Monsoon Cup next week would be the perfect swansong for TeamOrigin and the ideal retort to Mathieu Richard's taunts of inconsistency.... [more]
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2011 ISAF Nations Cup Notice of Race published
The Notice of Race for the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup has been published on the ISAF website. The Notice of Race also includes the ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) allocations for the Regional Finals, ie which nations can compete in which Regional Final.... [more]
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RYA: Yachtsman of the year shortlist for team Macgregor and Wright
RYA:Yachtsman of the year shortlist - Skandia Team GBR World Champions, Finn Gold Cup winner Ed Wright and Women's World Match Racing victors, Team Macgregor; have both been named as finalists for the 2010 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year Award.... [more]
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Sail Down Under Series - Follow all the action online from today
Craig Heydon,
Sail Down Under Series - Racing begins today at the opening round of the 2010 Sail Down Under Series, Sail Brisbane, with just over 100 crews set to hit the water of Brisbane's Moreton Bay for four days of racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Cape Town superstition
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - A year from now, the Volvo Open 70 fleet will be arriving into the first port of call in the 2011 - 12 Volvo Ocean Race, Cape Town. ‘The tavern of the seas' will be a safe haven after the proving ground of the first 6,500 nautical miles of the race.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Emirates Team NZ takes Last Waltz
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Racing in its second home, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today, defeating the USA's BMW Oracle Racing in two straight races.... [more]
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34th America's Cup announces partnership with Louis Vuitton
Stephanie Martin,
34th America's Cup - The next major step in realizing its new vision, the America's Cup Event Authority introduced its first partner, Louis Vuitton. A continuation of its 30-year long association with the America's Cup, the fashion house will present the prize, the Louis Vuitton Cup, to the winner of the Challenger Series, as well as serve as Official Timing for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup win to Phil Robertson
John Roberson,
Robertson, who is a graduate of one of the toughest match racing academies in the world, run by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, had a roller-coaster ride through this regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: 1987 Defence Head dies after car crash and Sail-World,
Kevin Parry, the man who backed Australia's defence of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle, has died after a car rollover in Bullsbrook on Friday. Police said the 77-year-old Bullsbrook man was only kilometres away from his home when his Toyota Prado rolled on Warbrook Rd at about 4.20pm. He died as a result of injuries from the crash.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Party Line out of Dubai
The blog on reports on the Potential Competitor and Media Briefing held in Dubai before the start of the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. Consistent with the stance taken at the previous Potential Competitor Briefing there were no names released of teams or attendees or clubs.... [more]
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Potential challengers front for America's Cup briefing in Dubai
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
The Independent's yachting correspondent, Stuart Walker attended a briefing for potential competitors in the 34th America's Cup and media at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. He reports: Hurry up and wait was the message for a whole raft of potential America's Cup challengers meeting in conference as the swan-song regatta of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series switched to fleet racing in Dubai.... [more]
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Will the America's Cup be Twenty20 or the Ashes?
David Fuller,
Will the America's Cup be Twenty20 or the Ashes? - Perhaps it is the size of the population Or the strength of domestic sporting competitions that the USA doesn't have the same international sporting rivalries that are enjoyed elsewhere in the world.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Chris Schmid images
Chris Schmid images,
Chris Schmid images from the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Mascalzone Latino Audi Team bows out
Lorenza Priamo,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Good but not perfect, yet. There was nothing to be done against the kiwis, for the fourth and fifth time. Even if they hadn't shined every single day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, today, in a best-of-three semifinal, the crew of Emirates Team New Zealand was in full form and with two wins they blocked Mascalzone Latino Audi Team's access to the finals.... [more]
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Americans and Kiwis will race Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Finals
Peter Rusch,
New Zealand and the USA will meet in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai tomorrow after each team won their semi-final contests 2-0 today in close racing on inshore waters off the Dubai International Marine Club.... [more]
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RYA - People's Millions for local sailing clubs
RYA - Thanks to everyone who voted for their local sailing project in the final of this year's lottery - People's Millions, a partnership between the Big Lottery and ITV. The East Anglian Sailing Trust, The Somerset Youth and Community Sailing Association and the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club have all been announced as winners and will receive up to £50,000 to spend on their sailing projects.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - No rest for racers as preparation begins for next leg
Velux 5 Oceans,
The first ocean sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town is still fresh in the minds of the Velux 5 Oceans skippers – for some, it is not yet over – but already work has begun preparing the fleet of Eco 60 yachts for the next round of gruelling ocean racing.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Two Brits, an Aussie and a Kiwi
John Roberson,
Three nationalities and a stack of talent have made it through to the semi-finals of the Sunseeker Australia Cup. Ian Williams, who has won the world championship twice, also progressed into the semi-finals in three straight races over local skipper Keith Swinton.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - New Points System and 2011 Tour Schedule
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has unveiled a new scoring system for the 2011. Under the new scheme the winner of each stage will still win 25 points but the runner up and third place will now receive 22 and 19 respectively compared to the existing model of 20 and 15.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - World Tour leader Richard defeated
John Roberson,
Phil Robertson eliminated the world number one, Frenchman Mathieu Richard in the quarter-finals of the Sunseeker Australia Cup. In the other quarter-final this morning, Britain's Ian Williams downed local skipper Keith Swinton in three straight races, to progress to the semi-finals that will be sailed on Saturday morning, before the final in the afternoon.... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - Sail-World selection - ouch and more ouch
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up 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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Farr 40's to have pre-Worlds Match up at Sydney Short Ocean titles
Solveig Walkling,
The Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship's (SSORC) Farr 40s One Design yachts will make for a riveting match outside Sydney Heads this weekend when some of Australia's most experienced crews go bow on in the upcoming Rolex World championships' waters.... [more]
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Alinghi exits the 34th America's Cup but stays with catamaran circuit
Sail-World and Alinghi Media,
Alinghi, two times winner of the America's Cup, has today announced that it will not enter a team in the 34th edition of the prestigious sailing trophy and instead has launched a new programme that will see the Swiss team participating in the Extreme Sailing Series. After a careful evaluation of the protocol and other initiatives taken by the American Defender and its Challenger of Record, Alinghi... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - Watch on channel 4: starts this weekend
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - With the forthcoming 2011 Extreme Sailing Series™ venues, teams and innovations due to be revealed at a Press Conference in Portugal on 13 December, for the next four weekends British viewers can relive the action from the 2010 circuit that is changing the way sailing is seen.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Bad luck comes in floods for Christophe Bullens
Velux 5 Oceans,
Belgian skipper's sail fitting breaks and food destroyed in night of drama. Up to two tonnes of water flooded into Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens' yacht Five Oceans of Smiles too last night after a part on his generator broke. Christophe awoke in the early hours to find water up to his knees in the engine compartment of the Eco 60 yacht.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Ainslie and Mirsky rise to the top
John Roberson,
Sunseeker Australia Cup. Britain's sailing superstar Ben Ainslie showed his class on the Swan River today, rising to the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Great Britain II enters Legends Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The 77' maxi, Great Britain II, the only yacht ever to take part in five consecutive Whitbread Round the World Races (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race), is to race once again. She will be on the start line with a host of other legendary boats, competing at next year's Volvo Ocean Race Legends reunion and regatta in Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup sails back into Melbourne
Sam Watson,
ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 - A fleet of sail boats made their way up the Yarra River and into Melbourne this morning, spectacularly heralding the arrival of one of the worlds' most prestigious sailing events. Sail Melbourne Chairman Bruce Griffiths was joined by sailing hero John Bertrand, Australian sporting legend Ron Barassi and Malcolm Page to welcome the Cup back to Melbourne.... [more]
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RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners announced
RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners announced - The 13 young sailors from 12 of the RYA regions were nominated by sailing clubs and selected as winners by the regions' committees. Ranging from gold medal wins to outstanding dedication to their club, all of the winners have made a large impact on youth sailing this year.... [more]
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Leigh & Lowton SC Revett Series – Week 2
Leigh & Lowton SC,
Leigh & Lowton SC Revett Series: Despite lower numbers last week due to the Laser Inlands taking place and a poor weather forecast, week 2 of the Revett Series at Leigh & Lowton SC showed a return to the popularity of the winter sailing series at the club.... [more]
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Match and Team Racing Call Books revised editions and supplements
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the 2011 supplements to the current editions of The Call Book for Match Racing and The Call Book for Team Racing together with revised editions of the books.... [more]
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Kieler Wocher 2011 - New classes to join international fleet
Kieler Woche/ISAF,
Kieler Wocher 2011, the final regatta of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup, is set to be more modern than ever. It will include a debut for two skiff classes and a comeback for two catamaran classes on the Kiel Fjord.... [more]
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WSSR 2011 Rule changes and amendments
John Reed,
Following the decisions at the WSSR General Meeting in September 2010, the 2011 rule changes/amendments have been put on the web site ( printed in red.... [more]
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Harken Lark Winter Championships 2010
Daniel Watson,
Harken Lark Winter Championships: Light winds and fog met the whopping 47-strong Lark fleet on Saturday morning at Pitsford Reservoir. Three races were scheduled for the first day of Championships and, with the northerly wind, race officer Ian Castle, was able to set a good long beat and figure of eight course to start the fleet off.... [more]
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Round Britain 2012 - Sea and Air Joint Venture announced
Stuart McKean,
Round Britain 2012 (RB12) and AviationExpo Europe today announced that they will be joining forces to provide a unique opportunity for pilots to get a head start in their preparations for RB12... [more]
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PegLegs Round Tortola Race 2010 - Triple Jack wins
Alastair Abrehart,
PegLegs Round Tortola Race 2010: In winds gusting in the 20-25 knot range on the north side of Tortola, Triple Jack, a 32-year old Kelsall One-Off skippered by George Lane, won the PegLegs Round Tortola Race on Saturday, for the second year in a row, beating second-placer igoodia by one minute on elapsed time. Jack Dusty III a Pearson 40 skippered by 84-year-old Bill Hirst won cruising class.&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
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