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 30 Dec 2010

Barcelona World Race countdown and all the latest sailing news

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

The crews for the Barcelona World Race are on countdown for the start on December 31st. All is in readiness at the Race Village as last minute details are taken care of by the teams.

The line-up of experienced sailors competing is very impressive - Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron (Vibrac-Paprec3), Dominque Wavre and Michele Paret (Mirabaud), Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabat (Foncia) to name just a few.

Skippers in the Barcelona World Race  Barcelona World Race © will bring you the action as it unfolds.

American sailor Brad Van Liew has crossed through the speed gate on leg 2 of the Velux 5 Oceans. Polish sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski has dropped back to third after suffering auto pilot problems.

And in the Southern Hemisphere the Rolex Sydney Hobart was full of drama, with retirements, protests and heavy weather all adding to the excitement. The smaller boats are still racing but should reach the finish by New Year's Day. has a dedicated newsletter for this event. and you can sign up to receive all the news via the front end of our website.

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Thank you for being with us throughout 2010 and from all of the Team we wish you a very Happy and Safe New Year.

See you all in 2011! Team

Velux 5 Oceans - Tossed around in the sea all alone
Chris Stanmore-Major,
Picture the scene: you're alone on a tiny yacht in the middle of one of the most dangerous oceans in the world, constantly soaked by freezing seawater, howling 50 knot winds battering your little vessel day in, day out.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Skippers face the media
Barcelona World Race,
With less than 48 hours before the start of the second edition of the Barcelona World Race, it was time for 27 of the 28 skippers representing the 14 teams to meet the media in a packed main Moll Barcelona World Race Expo this afternoon.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – Secret Men's Business 3.5 Overall winner
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
South Australian Geoff Boettcher has sailed his Reichel Pugh Secret Mens Business 3.5 to victory, winning the Tattersall's Cup in his 22nd attempt.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Alex Thomson in doubt for race start
Barcelona World Race,
Alex Thomson's participation in his second Barcelona World Race was thrown into doubt this afternoon when it was revealed that the British skipper had undergone an emergency appendectomy this morning (Wednesday).... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - The whirlwind before circumnavigating the globe
Team Foncia,
A two-handed carousel ride around the seas of the globe is what awaits Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart in 48 hours' time. In Barcelona, the whirlwind is already in play. The shore crew have been busying themselves on the boat for the past month; the sailors have been alternating between sea trials and quality time with the family to celebrate the festive period.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A meeting of minds from different continents
Barcelona World Race,
In the pursuit of their own, entirely independent dreams of reaching the top of in the world of solo and short handed ocean racing, German Boris Herrmann, and American Ryan Breymaier had made their respective bases in France, only 20 minutes apart in Brittany. Back in April they had never knowingly set eyes on each other.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew through speed gate
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans race leader Brad Van Liew has powered though the end of the speed gate in the second sprint of the round the world yacht race... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella set New Year's Resolution
Coralie Rassinoux,
Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella set their New Year's resolution - to finish in the top five in the Barcelona World Race... [more]
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America´s Cup - Vincenzo Onorato replies to Salvatore Sarno,
Salvatore Sarno, owner of Team Shosholoza, the first ever America's Cup challenger to come from Africa, stated in a recent interview in the Italian newspaper Quotidiano Nazionale that the 34th America's Cup was very expensive and as a result Shosholoza wouldn't be taking part.... [more]
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A hint of nerves at the Barcelona World Race Expo
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Fourteen young winners from all over Spain were joined on the Barcelona World RACE Expo stage this morning by the co-skipper pairs who will start the second edition of the 25,000 miles two handed round the world race at 1300hrs (midday GMT) on Friday.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans announces new sustainability award
Sarah Hames,
Solo round the world yacht race rewards skippers for educating about sustainability at sea. Sustainability is at the heart of the Velux 5 Oceans so that's why we've restructured the race prizes to reward skippers who share our passion for all things green.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Sensation- Wild Oats XI, RAN protested by Race Committee,
At the beginning of this afternoon sked, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Radio Relay vessel's David Kellett announced to the fleet that the race committee was protesting both Wild Oats XI and Ran under Sailing Instructions 44.1A and 44.2 which pertain to the Mandatory Report of Declaration of ability to continue at Green Cape.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek battling autopilot problems
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew Gutkowski has been struck with problems with the autopilot onboard. Since Christmas Eve I have had a very serious problems with my self-steering gear and I can't fix it,' Gutek said. 'It just does its own thing whenever it wants.'... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Friends since their youth
Barcelona World Race,
The IMOCA Open 60 co-skippers Pachi Rivero (ESP) and Toño Piris (ESP) are one of the strongest partnerships. Here are their thoughts with less than four days to go.... [more]
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America's Cup - Shosholoza will not take part,
Captain Sarno: This America's Cup is very expensive; Shosholoza will not take part. Sarno spoke to the Italian newspaper 'Quotidiano Nazionale' about Shosholoza, the America's Cup and why there won't be any South African entry in this edition.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Eventful night at sea for the fleet
Di Pearson,
Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet has remained intact with no further retirements since Jazz Player withdrew. With the southerly buster hitting the fleet early last evening, slowing the pace down, Wild Oats XI is behind her race record of one day 18 hours 40 minutes set in 2005.... [more]
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Bruno Garcia - To the heart of two passions
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Bruno Garcia, the Catalan co-skipper who partners Jean Le Cam on Président is one of two strictly amateur sailors, that is to say those who are taking time out from their day jobs, their full time careers, to compete in the Barcelona World Race... [more]
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RS Tera 2011 World Championships entry now live
Golly Tucker,
RS Tera's are going to Aabenraa, Denmark for their World Championships sponsored by Nordea during the first week in August 2011. The website entries are now live and the first entry, from Denmark has already been received.... [more]
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America's Cup: Assembling the AC45 wingsail in Warkworth
Images by Ivor Wilkins,
Building continues apace at Core Composites - BMW Oracle Racing's building facility in Warkworth, 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Top photographer, Ivor Wilkins checked out the action earlier this week, and presents these images of the wingsail under construction for the AC45's. The construction detail involved in these structures is very complex... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - U.S. sailor takes on Challenge of a Lifetime
Barby MacGowan,
While the rest of the country is gearing up for New Year's celebrations and finalizing 2011 resolutions, Annapolis resident Ryan Breymaier is preparing for his first-ever circumnavigation around the world as a participant in the double-handed Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco shortens the odds in tight Venue race
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World NZ's Editor, Richard Gladwell, caught up with BMW Oracle Racing's Chief Operating Officer, and lead negotiator for the 34th America's Cup Venue Selection process, the day after he returned from visiting the three candidates in Newport, San Francisco and Italy. Barclay told Sail-World that the decision was 'going right down to the wire, documenting each city's proposal – each are very... [more]
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RS Feva Worlds 2011 on-line Entry now open
Bill Tucker,
RS Feva Worlds 2011 - The International RS Feva Class Association is very pleased to announce that the RS Feva Worlds 2011 Sponsored by Allen Sailboat Performance Hardware and Magic Marine website is now live and taking entries.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - First Kiwi 40FC Class40 completes inversion test
Oliver Dewar,
The first KIWI 40FC Class40, Peráspera, was launched at Pier 21 in Auckland in late September. From inversion until the boat self-righted took just 24 minutes and splashdown was celebrated by a chorus of fog horns from the yachts moored in Viaduct Basin.... [more]
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ISAF : 2011 WADA Prohibited List published
Following its approval by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee on September 18, the 2011 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now available. This List will take effect on 1 January 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: Australian team files Notice of Challenge
A syndicate of Australians including yachtsman Ludde Ingvall, skipper of the YuuZoo Big Boat Racing Team, has submitted a Notice of Challenge to the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. The Syndicate aims to bring together nationwide resources and skills in a true people's challenge. Lodging the application reserves a place for Australia to return to competition for the world's olde... [more]
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