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 29 Mar 2011

Ian Williams wins Con Cup, AC Wing launch and more ....

Welcome to this week's UK edition of's newsletter.

Will you want to watch the 2012 Olympic sailing from Nothe Garden's Weymouth? China Team joins the AC 2013 campaign.

Britain's Hanna Jenner and her German co-skipper Anna-Maria Renken have almost completed their mandatory Global Ocean Race qualifier - a 2,000 mile passage from the Caribbean to the Azores on board their chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.

Congratulations to Ian Williams for defeating Francesco Bruni in the final of the Congressional Cup, Long Beach, USA.

Ian Williams (GBR) and crew - Congressional Cup 2011  Rich Roberts ©

There is loads of local sailing news from the Flying Fifteens, Larks, Moths and OK dinghy classes.

Internationally, at Hamilton Island, in Queensland Australia, the SAP 505 Worlds are underway, (well they were) and we have reports and some great images in this edition of Sail-World.

In this newsletter we are featuring a couple of videos taken last week by Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour of the rigging and launch process for the AC45 catamaran, which is expected to be replicated for the 34th America's Cup and the AC45's big sister, the AC72.

It is a very different launch process from that followed with the AC monohulls, which were stored fully rigged and were taken into the water by travel-lift. The AC45 process is very simple, and takes just 30 minutes from the time the wingsail and platform are wheeled out of the hangar to the splash - less than the time it takes to apparently rig a 470.

Once the AC72's start being launched, we doubt if spectators will have the freedom to wander around quite as freely and these AC45 videos may be the last footage that is allowed out into the public arena without being sanitised by the PR and design teams.

Oracle Racing is lifted to the Viaduct Harbour  Richard Gladwell

The International Sailing Federation have released the submissions (65 of them apparently), with the bulk of these focussing on the vexed subject of the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympics. Despite some very strong signals to the contrary from Phil Jones and the ISAF's Olympic Commission it is apparent that most national authorities have either not read the report or are very slow learners.

Unless something radial happens to the contrary, it seems that we will have much the same classes in the 2016 Olympics as at present, albeit with different job-titles. The peoples' choice for the Olympics, the Foiling Moth is not backed by a single country, save for New Zealand that at least proposed an Evaluation Trial in that category.

Some of the submissions are self-serving, to say the least, none worse than that of the Star which proposed itself as class to be sailed the Mens Keelboat event (not on the provisional events list for 2016). And then proposes that no less than seven events be the subject of a 'head to head vote' or and Evaluation Trial. Quite why the Mens Keelboat, and the Star, should be excluded from this process escapes us.

mark rounding under spinnaker - Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship Race 14  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

It remains to be seen whether the sailing youth of the world will opt for Olympic campaigns in classes designs whose designs had their genesis 40-100years ago, ahead of the temptations of America's Cup and the AC45's and AC72's.

Maybe a wander around Auckland's Halsey Street should be a compulsory exercise for ISAF delegates, ahead of their May Meeting.

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SAP 505 Worlds 2011 - racing abandoned for another day
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011.Conditions have worsened at Hamilton Island, so Race officer Kevin Wilson has had no alternative but to abandon racing for a second consecutive day at 11.00am, declaring the course area 'too dangerous to send the competitors out on.'... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Pre Flight Check and Launch + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the load and launch process required to get an AC45 off the dock following Artemis Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before a practice session. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Rigging and Liftoff - Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the fitting of the wingsail and ground rigging process for Oracle Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before training. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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Weymouth's Nothe Garden is the place to be for 2012 Olympics
Weymouth's Nothe Gardens has been announced as the proposed ticketed spectator location for the Olympic sailing events and is anticipated to hold up to 4,600 spectators providing a great Games experience with views close to the medal course.... [more]
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Royal Southampton Yacht Club Spring Series Race 3 and 4 results
Peter Stuckey,
Royal Southampton Yacht Club Spring Series first race was started on a beautiful spring day. Everyone managed to get up in time after the clocks had gone forward. For race three, a gentle north-easterly required a start in the vicinity of Royal Southampton buoy but the start was delayed by shipping... [more]
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RYA Volvo Youth National Championships entries close Sunday 3 April
The RYA Volvo Youth National Championships, the RYA's premier youth racing event in 2011, will take place at Hayling Island Sailing Club from 9-15 April.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - China Team enters
America┬┤s Cup / China Team,
The 34th America's Cup World Series begins its inaugural season July 2011. For the second time in the Cup history, China is back in the competition and has entered a team to challenge for the oldest sporting trophy in the world... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race new rule forbids two-boat testing
Lizzie Ward,
According to a rule, which is new for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, from 16 March 2011, the teams entered in the race can now only sail their 2011-12 race boats. This now allows other potential syndicates to acquire these second generation Volvo Open 70s... [more]
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Royal Southern Academy Match Cup Final battle for victory
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Royal Southern Academy Match Cup Final marks the first Anniversary of the Royal Southern Academy and the conclusion of the current Match Race Series... [more]
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Rolex International regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Rolex International regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery. A great final day of sailing at St Thomas, USVI. Ingrid captured all the sun, sea and action.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta equals three days of sun-drenched racing
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta and on the final day 700 sailors on 77 teams mixed it up on Pillsbury Sound, completing distance courses off St. Thomas. 'This has been one of the best groups of boats and sailors we've ever had,' said Regatta Director Bill Canfield. 'Sailors came from around the globe, and each class had a good number of boats with impressive depth of competition.'... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta Day 3 images + Video by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor Images,
Leighton O'Connor presents this gallery of images from day three of the Rolex International Regatta, St Thomas, VI.... [more]
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Flying 15s at Datchet Open
Flying 15 GBR,
Datchet Open forecast for Saturday was dire. 12 Flying 15s turned up ready to race and around 2pm, the Wind God woke up, saw all the lethargy and said, 'Ha!!' .... and turned the breeze on.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Less than 1400 miles for the leaders
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - As we have anticipated, Virbac-Paprec 3 has tacked north again this afternoon, taking a short hitch to avoid passing directly through the Canary Islands archipelago and the likely long wind shadows cast bay the high mountains, especially Tenerife.... [more]
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Congressional Cup win to Williams of Great Britain
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup 2011 has been won by Ian Williams (GBR) and his crew. They defeated Francesco Bruni of Italy.... [more]
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Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure?
Des Ryan,
Recently we published a story about how few yachts had their Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radio connected to their GPS so that their position would be recorded in an emergency. The tone of the article suggested that the low take-up was an indication of the irresponsibility of sailors, but responses to Sail-World after the article suggest that the situation is more complex than this... [more]
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505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 day 1 images of the first two races at Hamilton Island by photographer Christophe Favreau... [more]
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505 World Championship Video highlights from day 1
SAP 505 World Championship - Want to gain some insight into SAP's integration, innovation and technology efforts? That is possible with highlights of gusty conditions on Catseye Bay from day one of the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011 on Hamilton Island!... [more]
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Wind and waves growing across the globe
Swinburne University of Technology,
Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by Australian researchers.... [more]
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Port of Plymouth Regatta - Well advanced plans for success
Plymouth Regatta,
Port of Plymouth Regatta - Building upon the success of the previous year's event, plans are well advanced to ensure that the Port of Plymouth Regatta 2011 is the best yet.... [more]
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ISAF publish urgent submissions for mid-year meeting
ISAF has now published the Urgent Submissions for the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from fourth through the eighth of May. The Urgent Submissions are all related to the Event and Equipment choices for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Sodebo's amazing adventure circumnavigating the globe
Kate Jennings translation,
The sequence of events in Sodebo's circumnavigation of the globe details the amazing adventure of Thomas Coville... [more]
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Lark Belle Isle Series 2011 at Shustoke SC
Stuart Hydon,
The Lark 2011 Belle Isle series opening weekend continued at Shustoke SC with an entry of 18 boats... [more]
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Moth Grand Prix and Inland Championship
UK International Moth Class Association,
The first of the seasons Marlow Moth Grand Prix events commences at Queen Mary SC over 26-27 March, where the event doubles up as the Inland Championships.... [more]
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Normandy Sailing Week
Kate Jennings translation,
Normandy Sailing Week will be held in Le Havre from 11 to 13 June 2011 and this sixth edition will once again play host to racers from across the whole of France, as well as the UK, Holland and Belgium...... [more]
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BIFFA Nationals and FFI Worlds 100 entries
BIFFA Nationals and FFI Worlds,which includes the FFI Event for Classics and Silvers has reached 100 entries. The events are taking place at Hayling Island, July 16-28, 2011 – Entry for these events closes on 31st March.... [more]
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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
Grant Rowley,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - Cowes Week Limited (CWL) today announced that it has opened entries to the inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. This year's regatta takes place from 6 -13 August and will once again bring the Solent alive with spectacular backdrops and challenging racing for the diverse 1,000-boat fleet.... [more]
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New Solent island appears and is promptly claimed by two Clubs + Video
Richard Newnham, Sail-World et al,
Sail-World has received the following letter from the self-proclaimed Ambassador to The Great Gurnard, a new island in which appeared the Shingles Bank Archipelago, on 23 March, in the Solent, off the the Isle of Wight. It is apparently virgin territory for renowned yachting writer and sailor, Bob Fisher who is known to frequent the area.... [more]
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