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 26 Jan 2011

Disappearing boats, Wing Sails and the latest sailing news

Welcome to this week's edition of our Europe Newsletter.

The Barcelona World Race tussle for the lead is very interesting with Virbac Paprec 3, the new speed record holders (subject to ratification) having opened up a lead on rival Foncia.

Banque Populaire V with skipper Pascal Bidegorry and 13 crew has left on a record attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama skipper and current record holder Franck Cammas has wished them luck.

Competition in the 13 classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has begun in Miami, USA at US Sailing's Miami OCR.

There's a great video this week with Charlie McKee talking 'Wing Sails', at the Moth Worlds.

AC45 lifts off with wingsail - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Speaking of Wing Sails -the AC 45 is proving to be quite a surprise - has all the latest news and pictures. Richard Gladwell's articles are a must read.

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Gladwell's Line: Will the cat cut the mustard at the America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
or the past few months we've been following the construction of the AC45 in Warkworth, and this week had our first glimpse of her out sailing. We've been skeptical of many of the claims made for the use of large catamarans, in the America's Cup. Particularly when those comments are made by people we know have very little sailing experience, and are just talking up the market.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Flawless Scott extends
Robert Deaves,
It was another flawless performance from Skandia Team GBR's Giles Scott on day two of the Rolex Miami OCR. Though Tuesday had started out with promises of increasing wind throughout the day. The fourth race started soon after with Scott taking his fourth win of the week so far. Team mates Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Andrew Mills (GBR) crossed in second and third.... [more]
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Miami OCR images by Ingrid Abery,
These images from today's action at the Miami OCR are presented by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tom Blackaller on Cats in the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
The modern America's Cup is almost completely devoid of the characters of yesteryear, epitomized by Tom Blackaller, who were never afraid to say what was on their minds, and stand up for their often extreme point of view. Sadly Tom died too young at the age of 49, but his daughter Lisa Blackaller has posted this clip of Tom, once again firing from the lip, and with a smile the width of the Golde... [more]
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Miami OCR - Capsizes on the 49er race course images by Ingrid Abery,
Capsizes on the 49er race course at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, part of the ISAF World Cup Tour. This gallery of images is from top British based photographer Ingrid Abery. There are several ways to get into strife in the 49er - here crews on the second day of the Miami OCR demonstrate two of these!... [more]
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THAT Australian flag - flies at Australia's largest regatta
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
When John Bertrand and his Australia II crew won the America's Cup in Newport, Alan Bond and the support crew delivered a giant Australian flag to Australia II which was hoist to the mast top, along with the iconic boxing kangaroo battle flag.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Leader's luxury
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - As the first depression of the ‘big south' spins off south eastwards towards the depths of the Indian Ocean, there is a certain temporary stability visited on the positions of the leading trio of the Barcelona World Race this afternoon, but no such luxury for the chasing pack.... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup & America's Cup Match dates confirmed
Jane Eagleson and Sail-World,
The 2013 race dates for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Match (Finals) have been confirmed by Regatta Director Iain Murray. The Louis Vuitton Cup will be conducted on 13 July – 1 September 2013, subject to the final number of Challengers and the precise format of the racing to be determined by the Challengers and Regatta Director.... [more]
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America's Cup - USA 17 headed to San Francisco
Oracle Racing,
The giant trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup for Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing team is heading home to San Francisco. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.... [more]
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Sailing At A Turning Point On A New Digital Wave
Dansk Sejlunion,
Denmark Sailing - The struggle for sailing's soul has often focused on which classes should be favoured above the more fundamental issue of who can see what is happening on the water and the choices skippers are making.... [more]
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Rolex Baltic Week - King Harald V of Norway at the starting line
Andreas Kling,
Rolex Baltic Week - The Metre yachts and Flensburg Fjord have always had a very special relationship, and next year it will reach new heights at the eighth Rolex Baltic Week, when both the Robbe & Berking 12-Metre World Championship and the Eights' world cup will be held here.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 count-down
Louay Habib,
With one month to go, the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is turning into a truly international affair, with an unprecedented fifteen nations represented in a diverse fleet of yachts, from all over the world.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Will the Cat cut the Mustard?
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the recent commentary piece on the AC45 and use of catamarans in the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Superyacht dismasted off Guadeloupe in light airs
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has been advised that the 44m superyacht Salperton was dismasted on Saturday, 22 January 2011, whilst sailing off Guadeloupe with mainsail and blade in light conditions. Nobody was hurt and the yacht made port safely.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Day one action images from the Miami OCR by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 day one - Double win for Giles Scott
Robert Deaves,
Sailed under warm cloudy skies and in a shifty but useful 10-15 knot breeze, Giles Scott took the first race after a delayed start from Railey and Brendan Casey (AUS) and was going fast enough around the course to take the second race from Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Railey to end the day on a perfect score.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans: Chris Stanmore-Major arrives in Wellington
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major known as CSM, is the fourth and final skipper to complete the leg from Cape Town in South Africa to Wellington. The third sprint to Punta del Este in Uruguay starts on February 6.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio 2011: City of Cape Town clocks 213 nm in 24 hrs
Rod Taylor,
2011 Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race update. Gerry Hegie's City of Cape Town still leads the race on handicap and clocked 213nm yesterday. Prodigy and City of Cape Town were the only boats to exceed 200nm.... [more]
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Opti sailors set World Record at Weymouth
Cailah Leask,
Guinness World RecordTM set for the ‘Largest Parade of Boats' with the International Optimist Class Association. The record took place on July 25, 2010 within the waters of Weymouth and Portland featuring over 300 young Optimist sailors. Requirements to set the new world record were extensive; requiring 300 plus people, all holding a full licence for their boat to sail a set course.... [more]
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ISAF 2011 WMRT - Exciting mix of tour card holders unveiled
World Match Racing Tour,
The line up of Tour Card Holders for the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour has been unveiled and features an exciting mix of former World Champions, established Olympic and America's Cup campaigners and some of the hottest young stars on the global match racing circuit.... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge Part II,
Audi Victoria Week 2011 -An unbelieveably talented duo continue their good work down in Geelong, Australia. Nathan Outteridge has just won six SB3 races in a row on Corio Bay and his mate Tom Slingsby has just delivered four wins in a row, as tactician on Marcus Blackmore's TP52 Hooligan. Oh yes they have sailed a few other boats.... [more]
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New Kiteboarding Competition Rules finalised
A new version of the Kiteboarding Competition Rules has been finalised by the ISAF Racing Rules Working Party and is available to view now.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - First to forty
Barcelona World Race,
The first boat in the Barcelona World Race to approach the ‘Roaring Forties' as the latitudes of usually strong westerly winds south of 40° latitude are known, is Virbac Paprec 3.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - What a difference a day makes
Chris Stanmore-Major,
The latest news from Chris Stanmore-Major, who is 40nm from the finish of leg 2 of the Velux 5 Oceans. The forecast indicates that conditions will moderate in 24hrs but as it also says I should be making my way to Wellignton in 30Kts I am somewhat sceptical.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update on City of Cape Town
Rob Taylor,
Heineken Cape to Rio - He's been tipped by one of South Africa's greatest sailors to go all the way and so far Gerry Hegie has not disappointed in the 2011 Cape to Rio yacht race.... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – Part I
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Two Australian sailors are starring at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Outteridge after winning the Audi King of Docklands SB3 event is now leading the SB3 series. ISAF sailor of the year Slingsby is calling tactics on todays IRC Division A double winner Hooligan. Today we publish the first part of a three part interview series with them both.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Virbac Paprec 3 covers 516 miles in 24 hours
Barcelona World Race,
Virbac Paprec 3, currently lying second in the Barcelona World Race has sailed 516 nautical miles over the past 24 hours, potentially establishing a new speed record for the IMOCA 60 class.... [more]
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RS:X Evolution provides revolutionary performance
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Asian Grand Prix Singapore edition featured 10 specially built new light weight RS:X Evolutions. Be sure that this is an evolution of the existing RS:X. It comes from the same mould as the RS:X so it is the same shape as the existing RS:X AND if it were on the market today, it would be the same price as the existing RS:X.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - New TP52 Container to compete in 2011
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit - The new Container, owned by Udo Schütz from Germany, will debut in the world's leading monohull class, the TP52 Series on the Audi MedCup in 2011.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - 21 January 2011 updates, results
Jeanne Van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Inland sailor Mike Robinson is taming the South Atlantic in the 2011 Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race.... [more]
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ISAF Welcomes Madagascar as a new member national authority
ISAF - Madagascar sits 250 miles off the east coast of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean and with 7,600 km of coastline it is the fourth largest island in the world.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 sails in Auckland on Day 3
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco... [more]
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Moth Worlds images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography, presents another selection of images captured at the recent Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds at Belmont, NSW.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Testing Day Two - 25+ Knots
Jane Eagleson,,
Day two of testing in New Zealand and the team was confident enough to put the AC45 catamaran through its paces in 25 knots of wind, with spectacular results. With squirrely strong puffs gusting over 22 knots blowing through the Viaduct, the toughest part of the day was always going to be lifting the wing and getting it safely into the platform to launch the boat.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC 45 has no problems at top of wind range
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the second sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Conditions today were a SW (offshore) breeze of 15-25kts, in which the AC45 was able to achieve speed of 14-16kts upwind and up to 30kts downwind.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 ticks all the boxes on just her second day out
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was very privileged to get a look at the new AC45 sailing on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, in conditions that were testing - a 20kts SW breeze, gusting to 26kts. It was very hard, or impossible to find fault with the AC45, which turned in a remarkable performance by any standard and particularly for a multihull.... [more]
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Outteridge launches new World title campaign at Audi King of Docklands
Audi Victoria Week with added Sail-world content,
One of the top guns competing will be Nathan Outteridge, from Lake Macquarie New South Wales, one of the superstars of Australian sailing. 24 year old Nathan has twice won the 49er Olympic class skiff World Championship (2007 and 2009) and last week won the 2011 International Moth World Championship.... [more]
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Geoff Stagg talks Farr 40
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
In February 2011 the Farr 40 fleet will be returning to the waters off Sydney to contest the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. The Farr 40s were last in Sydney for their World Championship in 2005. This week Sail-World talked to Geoff Stagg about the development of the Farr 40's.... [more]
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Are sharks colour blind? Should swim shorts and wet suits all be pale?
Springer Science+Business Media,
Are sharks colour blind? - Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even though their close relatives rays and chimaeras have some color vision, according to new research by Dr. Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia. And this leads to the question - should the underside of surfboards be pale blue along with swimming... [more]
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