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 16 Dec 2010

Barcelona World Race, Global Ocean Race and more sailing news

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

With the Barcelona World Race starting on December 31st there is a lot of news surrounding the race and the competitors. Groupe Bel is fighting to be at the start - stay tuned to to see if Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane make the start line.

Competitors in the Barcelona World Race will follow the Great Circle route past three capes: the Cape of Good Horn, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. The course, which begins and ends in Barcelona, spans 25,000 nautical miles.   Nico Martinez ©

We have news from the Global Ocean Race camp, the Extreme Sailing Series has announced the Teams, Venues and Dates while at Sail Melbourne, the Austrian duo of Delle Nico and Nikolaus Resch lead the 49er class competition.

Today we have another interesting and amusing Sail-World Video selection with lots of must see footage.

With the European countries sailing well at the Sailing World Cup - Sail melbourne and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race starting on Boxing Day (an English name for the day after Christmasd, there is much happening 'Down Under'. Stay tuned for all the latest or sign up for the special Sydney Hobart newsletter, dedicated to the event. And we have the latest on the America's Cup. 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...

Barcelona World Race - Keeping the Olympic Champions in shape
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Keeping the Olympic Champions in shape - Olympic medallists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez take their place on Mapfre in the Barcelona World Race start line on December 31st at 12:00 GMT among 15 duos who will be fully prepared for a circumnavigation lasting somewhere around 90 days.... [more]
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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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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Can L'Ange de Milon make the start line?
Jim Gale,
Frenchman Jacques Pelletier is mostly fine tuning his fingernails wondering if his X43 L'Ange de Milon will ever get Sydney. Her ETA, Jacques has now been told, is December 21st. And is gets worse, it will be offloaded in Newcastle, a 12 hour sail to the Rolex Sydney Hobart host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and that's after the boat has been reassembled.... [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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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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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 - Finals week with title holder Jean Pierre Dick
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Finals week with title holder Jean Pierre Dick - The champion is back in town as of today.Jean Pierre Dick winner of the first Barcelona World Race with Damian Foxall, returns today (Wednesday) ready to go sailing on Virbac-Paprec 3 for the first time since he finished a slightly problematic and frustrating Route du Rhum last month in a creditable fourth place.... [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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RCIYC Pallot Windows Frostbite Series Race 4
Bill Harris,
RCIYC Pallot Windows Frostbite Series - Race 4 report - The fourth race in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Pallot Windows Frostbite Series was held in reasonably benign conditions in St Aubin's Bay on Sunday, 12th December.... [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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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2010
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 December 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 9 February 2011 up to and including US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the 470 North American Championships and the RS:X Asian Championships.... [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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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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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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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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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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Barcelona World Race - Foncia a profile
Team Foncia,
Since the Route du Rhum finish, the whole Foncia team has been ready for action again. Between now and the start of the Barcelona World Race on 31 December 2010, Foncia skippers Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart have decided to concentrate on some training in situ.... [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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Barcelona World Race skippers Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane,
Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane are preparing to set sail in the Barcelona World Race, which starts from the Catalan port on 31st December.... [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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Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010 event summary
PKRA Gold Coast Kitesurfing Pro 2010, 5-12 December 2010 event summary. After six days of waiting for stable wind conditions, today was the day. The wind began to pick up in strength near noon and the first heats of the day gotunderway. Race director Olaf Van Tol made the decision to begin the day with the wave discipline, as the conditions were not 100% suitable for the freestylers.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A warm welcome back for Wavre and Paret,
It was a little after 1800hrs this evening when Dominique Wavre (SUI) and Michèle Paret (FRA) enjoyed a warm welcome back to Barcelona on their Owen-Clarke designed Mirabaud, completing their delivery from La Rochelle.... [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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America's Cup: Fifth entry announced
America's Cup Media edited by Sail-World,
America's Cup event organizers today confirmed the receipt of the fifth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected in the coming weeks. The challenger is the second announced entry, who has elected not to publicly reveal their identity at the time of lodging their notice of challenge.... [more]
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