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 16 Dec 2010

The Finn battle, Sydney Hobart and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to this week's edition of's UK newsletter.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race starting on Boxing Day and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be on the start line sailing aboard Richard Dobbs British registered, Swan 68 Titania of Cowes. Also onboard will be Mark Covill and Andy Green (Helmet Cam, World Match Racing commentator).

Stay tuned for all the latest news or sign up for the special Sydney Hobart newsletter, dedicated to the event.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be sailing on the Swan 68 Titania of Cowes for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race   Dobbs

Sail Melbourne is under way Down Under, and competition in the Finn Class is particularly competitive. Ed Wright leads the class, with Ben Ainslie currently back in sixth. Andrew Millis is fourth.

The London International Boat Show has a new look, Andy McGovern has joined the RYA Scotland, the Two-Handed Transatlantic Race has been relaunched by the Royal Western Yacht Club and we news from the dinghy events still brave enough to be sailing.

And Dee Caffari is on countdown for the Barcelona World Race starting on December 31st. Read all the latest from her camp....

Of course we have America's Cup news, in the separate newsletter we sent out yesterday and's latest Video Selections of the Week. is happy to receive information and news about your club, event or sailing adventure for publication. Just click on Upload News, Photos, Results and Events at the top right of the Home Page, and follow the simple intructions.

Enjoy your week...

Sail Melbourne Australians crash, as USA, Europeans, Asians surge
Craig Heydon,
With just three races to sail before Saturday's double-points medal race, the leader boards closed up at Sail Melbourne today. Steady morning winds faded during the day, making conditions tricky and catching some of the big names out.... [more]
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Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week - Latest news and great action
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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World Sailing Cup Sail Melbourne action images - more images,
World Sailing Cup action at Sail Melbourne, photos from Jeff Crowe of Sports the Library - Days One and Two... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update
Richard Ekberg,
Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update - Well it's only a couple of weeks to go before the Broo Worlds in Australia. The sun is shining and the water is gradually warming up.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Only two to complete the line up
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Only two to complete the line up - Kito de Pavant (FRA) and Sébastien Audigane (FRA) are due to drop the mooring lines in Port Camargue this evening to set the IMOCA Open 60 with the Laughing Cow logo on it, their Groupe Bel, to head for Barcelona and the start of the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Wingsail, foiling but no hulls - Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conce
Laurent Koutaïssoff,
Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conception of a wing sail for 2011 - Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in general.... [more]
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ISAF invites applications to the 2011 Athlete Participation Programme
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships,
ISAF invites applications to the 2011 Athlete Participation Programme - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites applications to the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme for the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Chamiponship.... [more]
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America's Cup: Event organisers slash Entry Fees and Performance Bonds
Richard Gladwell,
Several cost-reducing amendments to the America's Cup rules have been adopted, following recommendations from the Competitor Forum, as well as prospective teams. To maintain an open dialogue with current and potential teams, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) has hosted two briefings to gain insight into the needs of teams. Further discussions between ACRM and the Competitor Forum have result... [more]
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World Sailing Cup Sail-Melbourne action photos,
World Sailing Cup action at Sail Melbourne, photos from Jeff Crowe of Sports the Library - Days One & Two... [more]
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Gitana Team and Yann Guichard part ways
Kate Jennings,
Gitana Team - Following a fruitful working venture together, culminating in the Route du Rhum, the Gitana Team, a racing stable founded by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild back in 2000, and sailor Yann Guichard have decided not to renew their collaboration.... [more]
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Liverpool Boat Show - Two new Open Regattas
Kate Holmes,
The River Mersey's biggest sailing event in living memory will take place when two open regattas are staged during the Liverpool Boat Show.... [more]
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London Boat Show - RYA to launch fully interactive training course
Emma Slater,
On Friday 07 January (15.00 stand A85) at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, held at Excel, London the RYA will be launching its brand new fully interactive online training course – Essential Navigation and Seamanship. A first for the RYA providing as its name suggests, all the essential knowledge for when you're afloat from navigation and safety to seamanship and planning.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Camper crew announced
Lucy Harwood,
Chris Nicholson, skipper of the CAMPER campaign for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race has today confirmed the line up of the sailing team and key shore team members.... [more]
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International Mirror Class World Championships countdown
Yachting WA,
With only the decks to be cleared, quite literally for varnishing in the next days, Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany is ready to host the World Mirror Sailing Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, has finally received his trophy, Rolex watch and the accolades of his peers after he was prevented from attending the official ceremony in Athens last month.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Interview with Caffari and Corbella
Erik Simonson,
Barcelona World Race - Interview with Caffari and Corbella - The Barcelona World Race starts in just over two weeks time. It features 15 teams from a multitude of nations racing a round the world, double handed non stop on IMOCA 60's.... [more]
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America's Cup: Supes pass San Francisco's best bid for Venue Hosting
Richard Gladwell,
Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco have passed the recommendation from their Finance Committee for the Hosting of the 34th America's Cup. That plan, which was claimed by City officials to have been re-negotiated with BMW Oracle Racing since the weekend is for the so-called Northern Alternative, involving a set of Piers and infrastructure more to the north of the City.... [more]
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Dee Caffari on countdown for Barcelona World Race
Dee Caffari,
Dee Caffari is competing in the Barcelona World Race with Anna Corbella. Dee's latest blog, with the start fast approaching. Dee - This last week has been great. We have been sailing everyday and things have gone so well we are all enjoying a weekend off, yippee!... [more]
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2011 London International Boat Show - New look for the RYA
Susie Nation Grainger,
At the 2011 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show (07-16 January) the RYA brings a jam packed week of activity and an exciting new look for the RYA Stand (A85).... [more]
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James Spithill's speech at World Yacht Racing Forum
BMW Oracle Racing Blog,
BMW Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill gave the Opening Keynote Speech this morning at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Estoril, Portugal. Here is a copy of the speech.... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Week 2011 in Cowes - dates announced
Mary Scott-Jackson,
Panerai British Classic Week - The British Classic Yacht Club, in conjunction with their event sponsor Panerai, are pleased to announce the dates for the tenth edition of the Club's annual Cowes regatta for classic yachts of all sizes... [more]
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Adam McGovern joins RYA Scotland
Alan Henderson,
Adam McGovern, 26, has joined RYA Scotland as Club and Pathways Development Officer, and starts this week. Adam, an experienced dinghy sailor and coach from Manchester, joins RYA Scotland (RYAS) from his previous post as OnBoard Development Officer for North Manchester.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart for Sailing Royalty Sir Robin Knox-Johnson
Cailah Leask,
The esteemed member of ‘sailing's royalty', Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, will be racing for the first time in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.... [more]
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Extreme 40 Sailing Series - Team GAC Pindar confirm entry
Jo Gawith,
Team GAC Pindar, today announced its entry in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series™, which will be skippered by the team's twice previous ISAF Double World Match Racing sailor, Ian Williams.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail...
Richard Gladwell,
The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Vogl and Flatscher leading the fleet
Craig Heydon,
There were some very disappointed Australians in the de-rigging area of the Sandringham Yacht Club this evening after light winds created havoc with the Sail Melbourne program and the results. However, Austrian eyes were smiling.... [more]
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Belcher and Page lead the way on day one of Sail Melbourne
Craig Heydon,
Light winds and a lack of racing has dominated proceedings on day one of Sail Melbourne with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page leading the way for the Australian Sailing Team in the men's 470 fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: BMW Oracle negotiators 'exasperated' by San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
After a covers were lifted, late last week, on the Venue negotiations for the 34th America's Cup, it would now seem that even if San Francisco's Board of Supervisors meet a deadline imposed by Defender, and signs an agreement, approved by the America's Cup Event Authority, that will only now get the City into a position where its offer to host the 34th America's Cup will be compared to others on t... [more]
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America's Cup: High Noon for San Francisco over Venue wobbles
Paul Oliva,
Paul Oliva writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Following is an unpublished report on the America's Cup venue stand-off which has appeared on the US sailing website Oliva spent Wednesday through Friday in Miami grilling sources involved in America's Cup hosting negotiations. Miami is also hosting the RC44 Worlds, and several key AC players were present... [more]
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GBR sailors prepare for Melbourne World Cup regatta
A streamlined British team will contest the opening event of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series, which gets underway in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay on Monday (13th December).... [more]
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America's Cup: 'Sign by Friday' San Francisco given ultimatum on venue
Richard Gladwell,
The well connected America's Cup correspondent for the Associated Press, Bernie Wilson, is reporting that San Francisco City Hall has been given until next Friday, 17 December, to sign an acceptable agreement to host the 34th America's Cup. He reports that 'a letter was delivered to Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials informing them of the deadline.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Shaping developments from participant feedback
Michelle Warner,
Cowes Week - Each year, CWL (Cowes Week Limited) gathers feedback from competitors and visitors after the event, in partnership with market-leading online research company, eDigitalResearch... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010 - boats still on the beach
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Since the multiple beaching of boats this morning, the tide has come up and is now on the ebb. All the multihulls (Thor, Pagatoon, Moto Inzi, Miss Saigon, Silk Purse) were sucessfully dragged, pushed and hauled up beyond the high water mark. Owners expect to reverse the process and refloat the boats when conditions have calmed down... maybe tomorrow.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: abnormal conditions hit fleet, update
Tracey Johnstone & Guy Nowell,
The drama continues on Kata Beach this morning with seven boats on the break and four beached as racing is cancelled on the last day of the Phuket King's Cup. Many boats have already left the bay heading for shelter in Ao Chalong. The mark boats are already there awaiting direction to return to provide ground tackle to any boats struggling to hold their anchors.... [more]
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The following program, Sydney GTS 43, is classified RGF
John Curnow,
It contains, strong adult themes, sexual references and occasional coarse language, too! Now the RGF stands for really good fun, which sums up the owner, just as much as it does the vessel itself. Additionally, another rating that the Sydney GTS 43 is bound to receive as well, is A+++ for keeping jobs in Australia.... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff World Championship 2011 preview
Musto Performance Skiffs,
The first Musto Performance Skiff World championship outside Europe will be hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia from January 11th to 16th with a Pre-Worlds run between the 7th and 9th.... [more]
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Royal Thames Yacht Club's chilly weekend of J80 training
Royal Thames Yacht Club,
Royal Thames Yacht Club - A chilly weekend of J80 training - Event organiser Richard Hill found himself anxiously following the weather forecasts of snow storms and freezing weather during the week leading up to the event with a distinct possibility that the boats could not be launched and sailors snowbound and unable to get to QMSC.... [more]
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RC 44 Cup Miami - Match Racing win to Team Aqua
Bernard Schopfer,
Chris Bake's Team Aqua won the match racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami. Team Aqua then fended off repeated challenges from Artemis to grab the double championship.... [more]
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RYA Scrutinises marine conservation zone project team reports
Emma Slater,
RYA is currently in the process of commenting on a number of coastal areas being explored by the regional English Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) project teams.... [more]
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series Week 8
Jonty Sherwill,
Garmin Hamble Winter Series Week 8 - Fleet battles through fog - While some dry-sailed boats were trapped ashore after last week's snow and ice, those crews that ventured out for the final day of the 2010 Garmin Hamble Winter Series had not only to deal with fog, but also a gradually dying northerly breeze.... [more]
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ISAF Publishes 2011 Supplement To The Case Book For 2009-2012
ISAF Publishes 2011 Supplement To The Case Book For 2009-2012 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the 2011 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012, which contains interpretations of The Racing Rules of Sailing.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Notice of Race published
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The Notice of Race for the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the test event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, is now available to download.... [more]
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