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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 UK newsletter.

While the UK shivers in the grip of freezing cold over in Europe the crews for the Barcelona World Race are on countdown for the start on December 31st.

Drama today for Alex Thomson, his race is now in doubt after an emergency operation. The only all female crew, Dee Caffari and her co-skipper Anna Corbella (GAES Centros Auditivos) are looking forward to the race.

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

Chris Stanmore-Major is battling on in the Velux 5 Oceans race. American sailor Brad Van Liew crossed first through the speed gate on leg 2.

And in the Southern Hemisphere the Rolex Sydney Hobart was full of drama, with retirements, protests and heavy weather all adding to the excitement.

Niklas Zennstrom's 72 footer Ran survived a protest from the Race Committee regarding its radio. Yesterday the protest was dismissed. We are going to be talking to RKJ and the Royal Imperial Poona crew members on Titania of Cowes, they were tired and emotional when they went to bed around 6am. They had a very eventful ride. Read all about it on

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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

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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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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Australian Fireball Championships 2010-2011 Day one
Chris Payne,
There was a major contrast for the conditions in the two races. Race 1 was sailed in a pleasant 5-8 knots, whereas race 2 was in a blustery 20-30 knots. Nathan Stockley/ David Kemp lead after two races, in a day dominated by South Australian boats.... [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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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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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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Rolex Sydney Hobart News Flash - Protests dismissed Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart News flash - Bob Oatley Wild Oats XI has had the protest against her dismissed as has Nicklas Zennstrom's Ran. The five-member jury heard submissions after the race committee lodged a protest against the crew late yesterday.... [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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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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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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International Optimist Worlds (IODA)- Teams are arriving in Langkawi
Teams are arriving in Langkawi!!! And boats are already waiting for them.... [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 - Christmas countdown for Caffari and Corbella
Jo Uffendell,
Whilst most are winding down for the festive period, record breaking British yachtswoman Dee Caffari and her Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella have begun the final countdown to the start of the Barcelona World Race. The only female duo taking part in the race will be making the most of the remaining time they have with friends and family before they line up against a fleet of 14 other IMOCA 60's.... [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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Ben Ainslie - Summer in Australia
By the time I leave Australia in January it will have effectively been my home for two months. Being down here allows me to spend a lot of time out on the water in the big breezes and really work on getting my sailing fitness back up to where it needs to be for the 2011 season and the 2012 selection process.... [more]
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America's Cup - BMW retires from Cup campaign,
America's Cup - An annoucement today that at the end of the year BMW will bring to a close its longstanding partnership with ORACLE Racing and thereby end its involvement in the America's Cup. This is by mutual agreement of both partners. Both parties set ambitious goals and achieved the ultimate objective: winning the America's Cup.... [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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Barcelona World Race - Le Cam aims for podium
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - It would be surprising to see Jean Le Cam line up at the start of a major race without having the ambition of ending up somewhere on the podium.... [more]
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America's Cup: Newport Marine industry rallies to support Venue bid
Richard Gladwell,
The Newport Daily News reports that more than 150 people rallied at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth on Tuesday morning to drive home the message that the state needs to make the investment in boating facilities at Fort Adams State Park in Newport so it can host the 2013 America's Cup races.... [more]
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