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 25 Feb 2011

Brave souls, RORC Caribbean 600, Farr 40 Worlds and more sailing news

Welcome to this week's UK newsletter.

A few hardy souls are braving the weather to go sailing and we have news from the Ok Winter Championship, the Hoo Freezer, the Contenders at Datchat Water SC, the Leigh and Lowton SC's Tipsy Icicle Series, Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey and Liverpool Yacht Club's Brass Monkey event. Well, it seems there are actually more than a few brave souls - well done everyone.

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Chris Stanmore-Major is preparing to face a battering as he rounds Cape Horn, Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella onboard GAES Centros Auditivos have passed through the Cook Strait (New Zealand) in the Barcelona World Race. After electrical problems they are fighting closest rivals Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak on Hugo Boss for eighth place.

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Chris Stanmore-Major onboard his yacht Spartan. Velux 5 Oceans  Chris Stanmore-Major/

Closer to home Saskia Clark has revelead she is to partner with Hannah Mills, a former 470 World Junior Champion, for her 2012 Olympic campaign.

The Farr 40 Worlds are underway in Sydney Australia and we have all the latest news and images from this championship. Dont miss's blow by blow description of each day's racing.

The RORC Caribbean 600 is underway, with George David's Rambler beating Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard and establishing a new race record in the process.

There is, of course, all the latest from the America's Cup, old and new. Be sure to catch our video footage from regattas past.

A giant week packed with lots of local and international sailing news.

Have a great week.

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Consistency and damage limitation
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Consistency and minimizing damage have always been watchwords at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds. No less so this year, as the fourteenth class world championship moves beyond the halfway point. None of the leading three got it completely right. Each bled more points than they would have liked over the course of three testing races.... [more]
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Sport England Small Grants programme
Susie Nation-Grainger,
Are you a sailing club or centre who could do with some extra funding? The RYA are encouraging clubs and centres to take part in the Sport England Small Grants programme which has been set up to support local community projects to increase participation and develop opportunities in their chosen sport.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Single handed circumnavigation confirmed
Oliver Dewar,
Global Solo Race - Following the enormous interest in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the GOR Race Organization team can now confirm a single-handed circumnavigation for Category Zero compliant Class40's in 2013-14... [more]
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Mini 6.50 season for solo sailor Dan Dytch
Will Carson,
Raced singlehanded in 21ft yachts, the Mini 6.50 class is one of the most hotly contested sailing series in the world and has given rise to some of the world's top solo sailors.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - All to play for in final stretch of sprint three
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - With just over 1,000 nautical miles left to sail to the finish line of ocean sprint three, the race just got even more exciting. After 19 days and 5,000 nautical miles of Southern Ocean sailing including rounding the mighty Cape Horn, the fleet is separated by just 300 nautical miles... [more]
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Tactick J/80 UK National Championship 2011
Key Yachting Ltd,
The Tactick J/80 UK National Championship 2011 in association with Baltic Wharf will be hosted by the Royal Dart Yacht Club in Kingswear (opposite Dartmouth) from Tuesday 7th June 2011 to Friday 10th June 2011... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour talks with potential new venues
World Match Racing Tour,
Since announcing an ambitious expansion plan which will see the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) grow to 15 events by 2013, the Tour has been overwhelmed by the level of interest from potential new host regions and is now in extended talks with 10 venues who are all eager to embrace the benefits of hosting a stage of the Tour... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championship 2011 day 2 images by Kurt Arrigo,
Farr 40 World Championship 2011 images of day 2 Kurt Arrigo.... [more]
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Images from Oman: Extreme 40's Day 4
Sander van der Borsch,
Top international sailing photographer, Sander van der Borsch, attached to the Artemis Racing Team provides this gallery of images from the fourth day of racing im the Extreme 40's at Oman.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Business elite join worlds best sailors
Lisa Ratcliff,
The grey matter and the muscle power are on par among the Farr 40 crews contesting their World Championship in Sydney this week. International and local business elite have joined hands with many of the world's best sailors and among the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds crews there are at least four specialised medical practitioners enjoying some time away from the stresses of their profession... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Photos by Alexandra McKinnon,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Victorian yachting photographer Alexandra McKinnon enjoyed a postcard day off Sydney Heads today. Here is a selection of her images from today.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship today. Visit to view more images... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - New leader after day 2,
Jim Richardson the three times Farr 40 World Champion on Barking Mad started on the far left side of course, Nerone started on the far right, but it was the middle that paid.... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championships 2011 day 2 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Farr 40 World Championships 2011 day 2 images. This gallery is presented by Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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America's Cup: Iain Murray - big changes to umpiring likely + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Over the past two days, the Competitors in the 34th America's Cup have been attending a Competitors Forum in Auckland. A lot of ground was covered in the sessions ranging from clarification of the measurement process and AC72 class rule; the direction of the AC45 one design class rule; the draft racing rules for the America's Cup, including an electronic umpiring system; dates and possibilities... [more]
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Congressional Cup attracts a worldly field
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup - Long Beach, a.k.a. The International City, will need more flag poles than ever next month to properly present Long Beach Yacht Club's forty seventh Congressional Cup March 22-26. Several of the world's top-ranked sailors from eight countries and one U.S. territory will compete for the iconic prize in the United States' only Grade 1 match racing event.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chris Stanmore-Major ready for hard time ahead
Chris Stanmore-Major,
Velux 5 Oceans - Its close now, both the Horn and the weather. Like hands being brought together in one almighty Clap! the land ahead and the low pressure behind, which has been chasing me down these past 48hrs, are finally drawing towards each other and Spartan will lie directly off the Horn at the moment of concussion.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Winter Championship win to Nick Craig
International OK Dinghy,
16 Brave OK sailors arrived at a rather Wet & Grey King George SC for the 2011 Winter Championships.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup regional final entry deadline extended
ISAF Nations Cup - In order to give more countries the opportunity to select their representatives, ISAF has agreed to extend the deadline for MNAs to submit their applications for the Nations Cup Regional Finals until 15 March 2011.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Gracious in defeat
Trish Jenkins,
While the crews of Leopard and Rambler are enjoying a beer together in the Antigua Yacht Club, the rest of the fleet is still battling away out on the course. Two Cookson 50s are still racing in IRC Canting Keel. At the moment, Chris Bull's Jazz has the upper hand 23 miles ahead of Adrian Lee's Lee Overlay Partners and ahead on handicap.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Day one video report,
Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - It started overcast and lumpy but turned into a postcard day on the water. Here is the video report from the first day of the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds sailed on the Macquarie Circle, along with some action images from the Sail-World team.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - The Wave damaged, new winners
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 1. A total of eight ‘stadium' races were staged off The Wave, Muscat that saw six different teams claim at least one race win. The short and demanding courses raced within the constraints of the stadium saw the on-water umpires dish out multiple penalties for blocking and port-starboard incidents in the light seven-nine knot NE breeze.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Only three Class40s remain
Oliver Dewar,
RORC Caribbean 600 - The six Class40's racing in the RORC Caribbean 600 were reduced to five in the first 24 hours of racing with Gonzalo Botin and his Spanish crew on Tales forced to retire during the beat between Saba and St. Barths sustaining an ankle injury on board.... [more]
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Port of Plymouth Regatta entries now open
Andy Sinclair,
Entries are now open for the 2011 Port of Plymouth Regatta which will run from 30 July to 7 August.... [more]
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Saskia Clark reveals new helm
Lindsey Bell,
Saskia Clark insists her Olympic dream is as bright as ever, as she embarks on a new partnership in her quest for 2012 sailing gold.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Muscat Day 4 images by Carlo Borlenghi,
Extreme Sailing Series Muscat - Images of day 4 racing from Photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'A bunch of Pommy lawyers'
Sail-World Archive,
Tom Blackaller's radical canard ruddered USA-61 made the final cut for the Semi-Finals of the 1986/87 Louis Vuitton Cup, but not before an acrimonious protest over using a replacement bow (canard) rudder. In this clip from the TVNZ coverage USA-61's Tom Blackaller announces the decision and can't hold back on a few verbal sideswipes at his adversaries.... [more]
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RYA to launch new Sail For Gold programme at Dinghy Show
Emma Slater,
On Saturday 5 March at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show the RYA will be launching its new Sail for Gold programme which aims to bring the excitement of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games to sailing clubs and training centres across the country in the lead up to and during the games... [more]
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RORC Caribbean Race monohull record to Rambler
Trish Jenkins,
Rambler 100 has broken the monohull race record set by race rival, Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard by nearly four hours. Most of the fleet is expected to finish over the next 24 hours.... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championship day one images by Andrea Francolini,
Farr 40 World Championship - Images by Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 tight leader board after day 1
A second row start to the first race by Transfusion (AUS) did not result in a second rate day for owner Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. A 4-4-2 scoreline leaves Belgiorno-Nettis in second place tonight by virtue of countback. Martin and Lisa Hill, with Estate Master (AUS), hold top honours thanks to two impeccable races and a 1-8-1 series.... [more]
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SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011 has new reluctant Champion,
Musto Skiff sailor Andy Peake has found himself as the new, unexpected and somewhat reluctant champion of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011.... [more]
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The Sovereigns Cup 2011 - 22nd to 25th June
Irish Sailing Association,
Entries are coming in at a good pace for The Sovereign's Cup that takes place from 22nd to 25th June 2011 in the outer harbour of Kinsale, Co Cork.... [more]
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Dun Laoghaire to host ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships
Fiona Bolger (amended ISAF),
Irish Sailing Association Mitsubishi Youth National Championships will be sailed from 29 April to 2 May 2011. The regatta will act as a test event for the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships to be held in Dun Laoghaire.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean Class40 numbers grow
Oliver Dewar,
RORC Caribbean 600 - At 19:00 GMT (11:30 local) on Monday, 34 boats crossed the start line of the RORC Caribbean 600.... [more]
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WPNSA hosts Round Britain and Ireland Challenge official boat blessing
Cailah Leask,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) hosted the Bishop of Sherborne yesterday for the official boat blessing of the Round Britain and Ireland Challenge Dehler Varianta 44 Fleet.... [more]
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Pirates kill four Americans aboard hijacked yacht,
The U.S. Central Command issued a statement today that four American sailors have been killed by Somali pirates aboard their hijacked yacht, the SV Quest in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Eco Challenge Awards to be presented at Dinghy Show
Emma Slater,
The Volvo Eco Challenge has been successfully awarding funding for environmental projects to sports clubs for the last three years. Helensburgh Sailing Club in Scotland is the overall winner for 2010 after submitting a project focusing on water usage at their club.... [more]
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Hoo Freezer win to Stewart and Hall
Roy Winnett,
40th Hoo Freezer was held over the weekend 19 and 20th February, hosted by Hoo Ness YC. Saturday dawned with overcast skies, persistent drizzle and a cold southeasterly breeze. 40 boats were on the start line but regrettably the wind gradually dropped away and just 21 boats managed to finish within an extended time limit.... [more]
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Contender Open at Datchat Water SC
The Contender Open meeting five planned races at Datchet Water SC were run over last weekend.... [more]
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Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club's Tipsy Icicle Series week 6
Paul Allen,
Tipsy Icicle Series, the premier winter series in the North West, continued at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club on Sunday 20 February 2011. It was not the day for general recalls but the over ambitious Laser fleet showed the PRO little respect in the second race and eventually got away under the black flag after three attempts.... [more]
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Brass Monkey Open at Yorkshire Dales SC
Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club,
Brass Monkey Open at Yorkshire Dales SC and despite a recent four inch snow fall on the previous day and subsequent clearing of the road by a plough, 53 boats and 24 visitors entered. A great event for sailors and spectators alike with the conditions being kind for a late February sail.... [more]
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Liverpool Yacht Club Reynard Systems Brass Monkey 4
Andrew Napper,
After the hurricane season had abated, LYC were back on the water for the continuation of the Reynard Systems Brass Monkey Series. The fleet spread itself across the start line looking for either the port flyer or the more conservative starboard reach in.... [more]
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America's Cup - The Freo Files: Blackaller's Bet
Archive Video,
Most have fond memories of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle. It had everything - big breeze, drama, action on the water and ashore, and a lot of larger than life characters who really bought that series to life. One of those characters was Tom Blackaller who sailed the canard ruddered USA out of San Francisco.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - RYA to launch two great new titles
Emma Slater,
RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - On Saturday 5 March, the RYA will be officially launching two great new titles adding to its already extensive publications portfolio – RYA Optimist Coach Handbook and RYA Go Green!... [more]
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