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 03 Feb 2011

Velux 5 Oceans, Barcelona World Race, AC and more sailing news

Welcome to's European newsletter.

This week we have America's Cup news as Oracle pulls out of Valencia and testing continues with the AC45.

On February 6th the next sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans starts from Wellington, New Zealand to Punta del Este in Uruguay.

Polish solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski - VELUX 5 OCEANS   Ainhoa Sanchez/

Virbac-Paprec 3 skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron continue to lead the Barcelona World Race. Groupe Bel and Spain's Estrella Damm battled it out for the minor positions this week.

The Jules Verne Trophy challenge is on! Thomas Coville onboard Sodebo has set off chasing the 'solo' record held by
Francis Joyon (Idec), while the maxi trimiran Banque Populaire V, skippered by Pascal Bidegorry and with 13 crew, is chasing Franck Cammas and Groupama's 'fully crewed' record.

The Miami OCR, the second leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup has just finished and there is more international sailing news from around the globe.

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of our newsletter.

Velux 5 Oceans - Blast from the past for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail solo around the world non-stop, was today united with the son of a New Zealand fisherman who he met on his historic singlehanded circumnavigation.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from On-Board and Sail Auckland
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, has been on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf again, shooting the prototype AC45 ahead of her handover to America's Cup Regatta Management next week, and the training by entered teams shortly thereafter.... [more]
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America's Cup: The AC45 Video Show
George Johns,
Over the past couple of weeks the AC45 has been turning head in Auckland, New Zealand. She has also been the subject of many hours of video photography, by one of the worlds best video cameramen, and editor, George Johns. Here we present a gallery of the video - just in case you missed something..... [more]
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Europa Race - Sustainability and environmental responsibility
Fatih Gezen,
For the second edition of the Europa Race, the Imoca fleet will be racing a thoroughly innovative course. From the first of July to the 10th of August, experienced teams will have the opportunity to fight it out over 4100 miles of racing around Europe on an exacting course which will forge strong links between East and West, from Istanbul to Cowes, via Barcelona, Brest and Hamburg under the patron... [more]
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Barcelona World Race red line speed
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leading two are separated now either side of a venomous low pressure, but both crews were considering where to set the red line today, how hard they have to push to maintain their differential to the boats behind.... [more]
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Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team made a narrow band before the storm
Anne-Charlotte Meyer,
Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team passed the Barcelona World Race Crozet ice gate before the storm forecast! The duo is relatively relieved, since they did not get to close grips with it, i.e. head wind and waves; which would have been a very difficult and demanding situation for Virbac-Paprec 3. However, they will be sailing in strong weather downwind for 12 hours.... [more]
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America's Cup: Optimist World Champion helms AC45 + Video
America's Cup Media,
We may have seen a glimpse into the future of sailing today on board the AC 45. Chris Steele, 18, of Auckland is a Laser and Moth sailor (and a former Optimist World Champion) with his eye on the America's Cup. And today he got his first taste of it. Steele was welcomed on board the AC 45 today and before he knew it, four-time Cup winner Russell Coutts offered the young sailor the helm.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Leroy and Ainslie top
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Claire Leroy (FRA) has jumped ahead of Nicky Souter in the ISAF world match race women's rankings.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race updates from Rio Di Janeiro
Jeanne van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Still beaming from the incredible reception yesterday , Team City of Cape Town are settling down and enjoying the delights of Rio.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy 2011 - Brian Thompson reports
Brian Thompson,
Brian Thompson* is a crew member aboard the Maxi Trimiran Banque Populaire V, which is attempting to break the 'fully crewed' Jules Verne record... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Back to business?
Barcelona World Race,
The best news this morning is that the centre of the tropical depression which is whistling south south east, and contains N'ly and NW'ly winds in excess of more than 55kts and seas of 6-8 metres, is passing through the gap between the leaders Virbac Paprec 3 to the east and Mapre to the west of it.... [more]
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America's Cup: Evacuating from Valencia + Video
Oracle Racing,
A chapter of America's Cup history closed, and a new one opened, with the departure of the then BMW Oracle Racing team from Valencia, Spain - headed for San Francisco, USA. Taking advantage of a fortuitous break in the weather, Scott Sandford and a team from Oracle Racing were able to finish the loading of USA 17, the America's Cup-winning trimaran, and its massive wingsail aboard the freighter M.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 clocks a new speed record on the Waitemeta - Video
George Johns,
The AC45 set a new speed record of 29.9kts on Auckland's Anniversary Day as she ripped around the Waitemata Harbour with the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta fleet. Here's another George Johns' video of the day and the occasion - including some high speed bow dips.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship Cork, Ireland
Jackie Keogh,
ISAF Team Racing World Championship, which will be held in Schull later this year, has been confirmed to allocate 30,000 Euros by the Mayor of County Cork to the Cork County Council.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella go against the flow
Coralie Rassinoux,
At just over four weeks into the Barcelona World Race, Dee Caffari and her co skipper Anna Corbella are not having an easy time of it. Due to the combination of a high pressure system and the presence of additional ice gates imposed for safety reasons, the duo have been forced north which has resulted in them battling upwind conditions to make any progress along the race course.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011: Ready to head south to Neptune's Realm
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
‘It' is the Neptune Regatta, ‘The Race to Zero', and as far as we know (challenges, anyone?) it is the very first regatta to sail to the Equator and use 0 deg 0 min 0 sec as the finish line. Right now nine sailing yachts and four motor yachts (yes, everyone is welcome) are ready and prepped at the Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia.... [more]
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Book Extract: Paul Henderson - 'The Pope of Sailing' + Video
Paul Henderson,
Last month, in our New Zealand edition, we ran the following extract from former ISAF President, Paul Henderson's excellent book, 'The Pope of Sailing'. Henderson is a three time Olympian in three different classes, before going on to put back more into the sport than he had taken out of it.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Prodigy crosses finish line
Jeanne van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Prodigy found the wind on Saturday, but lost it on Sunday and finally crossed the finish line on Monday morning to take line honors.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds
Jane Eagleson,,
The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Former Olympian enters Norwegian boat
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Flying the Norwegian flag, the Norway Round the World project, headed by former Olympic sailor Peder Lunde, jr, will sail the veteran Swan 57, Berge Viking, to Alicante in November this year.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet ....
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more]
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IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association has announced a tentative schedule for 2011. IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Storm ahead
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race is having Virbac Paprec 3 prepare for Indian Ocean storm, the last third of the fleet facing long, difficult slogs upwind and Ryan Breymaier is today dismayed by levels of plastic pollution.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing design group meets in Auckland - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The design group of the ORACLE Racing Team met in Auckland last week, to map out next steps for the team for the 34th America's Cup. In this YouTube clip from Oracle Racing, Design Coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns speaks about the new AC45.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from racing at the Rolex Miami OCR... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Medalists in three Paralympic classes
Dana Paxton,
The conditions, though chilly by Florida standards, played out perfectly for medals to be determined in three Paralympic classes, while 10 Olympic classes fought their final battles for the right to compete in tomorrow's medal races, which are comprised of top-ten 'sail-offs' for Finn, 49er, Men's 470, Women's 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Men's RS:X, Women's RS:X and Star classes, and Finals and Peti... [more]
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Images of the Velux 5 Oceans racers in Wellington
Genevieve Howard,
The Velux 5 Oceans has arrived in Wellington for the start of the 5,800-nautical-mile-third leg from the capital to Punta del Este. The four Eco 60 ocean racing yachts are on show at the Race Harbour, alongside the Race Expo at Shed 6 at Queens Wharf... [more]
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