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 20 Apr 2011

Crashes and carnage video plus all the latest sailing news

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

Quite a week of sailing!

Just ask the skippers of the Extreme 40s who were competing in China. Capsizes, crashes and carnage and Ian Williams did not escape the onslaught. Catch the incredible videos and the our full reports from the event.

Team GAC Pindar capsize  Giordana Pipornetti

Hugo Boss skippers Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak are close to finishing their epic Barcelona World Race.

Congratulations to all the RYA Youth Nationals winners. We have loads of dinghy news from other events and classes too.

Ben Ainslie's hard work is paying off for him in the Finn class and Phil Sharp has won the Solo La Grande Motte, perfect preparation for Solitaire du Figaro this August.

Read all the latest sailing news on

Have a great week. Team

Extreme Sailing Series Day 3: Carnage, Capsizes and Collisions + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Never in four years of the Extreme Sailing Series has there been so much drama in one day. In almost unprecedented conditions here in Qingdao, the public witnessed some extraordinary adrenalin fueled ‘stadium' racing, first witnessing a major collision between The Wave, Muscat (Oman) and Oman Air (Oman) at the first downwind mark of the first race, and four dramatic capsizes.... [more]
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Three Peaks Race - Whistler crew's double bid
Peter Campbell,
The crew of last year's Tasmanian Three Peaks Race winning yacht Whistler has even higher aspirations this year.... [more]
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RS400 Grand Prix at Royal Windermere
James George,
The Royal Windermere Yacht Club hosted 13 RS400s for the Gul Grand Prix and Northern Tour Event in the shadow of a terrible weather forecast.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four to Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew has won the fourth sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race... [more]
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A look at the Finn under the water
Mikko Brummer/WB-Sails,
Mikko Brummer from WB-Sails describes what was discovered in a recent Finn development cycle.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefonica to be led by Martinez and Fernandez
Volvo Ocean Race,
It was announced today that Olympic gold medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez will lead Team Telefónica, the latest entry into the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting hits 1000 helmsmen
Fraglia Vela Riva,
Around forty nations will be participating in the 29th Garda Optimist Meeting which kicks off with a parade through the centre of Rive del Garda.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss set to finish Thursday
Barcelona World Race,
Hugo Boss is progressing at about nine knots into the western Alboran in the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Lewmar appoints Rob Crowe as Aftermarket Sales Manager
Lewmar Marine,
Lewmar Marine has appointed Rob Crowe in the role of Aftermarket Sales Manager. Based at Havant UK, Crowe will lead the Aftermarket Distribution Sales Team.... [more]
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RYA holds 'Girls 4 Gold' skiff training weekend
Lindsey Bell,
If you're female, aged 17 or over and ever wondered just what Olympic classes sailing is all about, then the RYA has the two weekends for you.... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2011 win a chance to fire starting signal
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Help the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the official charity of this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, raise £31,500 and get six boats with eight crew members virtually Round the Island through its new ‘BUY A MILE' fundraising initiative.... [more]
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Top yachties turn out at Westlake Boys to celebrate Geoff Smale's life
Richard Gladwell,
A group estimated at 800 friends and family turned out today to honour former sailor of the Year and Olympian, Geoff Smale, who was killed in a light aircraft accident in the top of the South Island on Saturday 9 April. Those attending the celebration of Smale's life included top sailors from the early and mid 1960's through to the current era including several America's Cup winners, current Am... [more]
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Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship 2011 final
Flavia Bateson,
Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championship final weekend took place on 16th/17th Apri and was organised by Warsash Sailing Club in Warsash, Hampshire... [more]
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America's Cup: Ehman, Trouble, Reggio and more at 'Cup Chat'
Michelle Slade,
If there's one subject that America's Cup aficionados agree on, it's that the event is all about its personalities. Thursday night's shindig at the Golden Gate Yacht Club brought the point home in more ways than one under the guise of a US Sailing Speaker series program called 'Cup Chat'. Event pros Hartmann studios transformed the GGYC into a pseudo TV studio Letterman style..... [more]
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National Windsurfing Week get involved
There are just two more weeks until the start of National Windsurfing Week 2011, an eight day event which aims to raise the profile of windsurfing and introduce more people to this great sport.... [more]
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Solo Round the Island race abandoned
35 yachts were on the line Saturday 09.30 for the sixth Solo Round the Island setting off with the ebb tide into a few knots of SW breeze.... [more]
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Firefly Elizabeth Cup at Tamesis
Chris Guy,
Tamesis hosted the Elizabeth Cup which is one of the oldest trophies on the Firefly Circuit.... [more]
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand
Connexion PR,
The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be probably the world's busiest youth ship. Commissioned in 1986, the ‘Spirit' spends around 340 days at sea. In September 2010 ‘Spirit' commenced an 11 week refit in Whangarei New Zealand. Central to the repower was a new Yanmar 6AYM-STE (rated at 490 kW at 1900 rpm continuous).... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Qingdao - Dean Barker reports for Nexus
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Qingdao on the recently concluded Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ finished second overall to Luna Rossa.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2011 numbers up
AAM Cowes Week,
A variety of local and intenational competitors will turn out to enjoy racing at this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew close to victory
Velux 5 Oceans,
Solo sailor Brad Van Liew is under 200 miles off the coast of Charleston on his 60ft yacht Le Pingouin and is predicted to finish the Velux 5 Oceans Race tomorrow, Tuesday April 19, around 0800 EST (1300 UTC).... [more]
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RS Tera World Championships - 100 days to Denmark
Golly Tucker,
The RS Tera Worlds in Aabenraa, Denmark are now only 100 days away. The mix of racing and fun are bubbling along nicely now.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Series heads to Hyères, France
A field packed full of Olympians and World Champions will attend the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France, the fourth regatta of seven on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, from 22-29 April.... [more]
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National Windsurfing Week 2011 - Dust off your kit and get involved
Emma Slater,
National Windsurfing Week 2011 is running from the 1st to 8th May, at various locations throughout the UK... [more]
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RS Teras at Hollowell Sailing Club
Will Taylor,
The day started with the sun shining and a light breeze for RS Tera racing at Hollowell Sailing Club.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Action packed finish in Qingdao + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The dramatic second Act of the Extreme Sailing Series at the Olympic sailing venue in Qingdao, that proved to be the perfect amphitheatre for the stadium format racing, has come to a close.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: America's Cup rivals fight for Qingdao title
Emirates Team NZ, although having lost their overall lead going into the fourth day of the Extreme Sailing series in Qingdao, China, have put up a valiant stand to try to achieve a series victory. The forecasted stronger winds did not eventuate and instead the temperatures at the 2008 Olympic sailing venue are cold and with 4-6kt winds.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Youth Nationals - Double celebration for Sam Sills
RYA Volvo Youth Nationals - It was a double celebration for Sam Sills today as he not only celebrates his 18th birthday, but he has also been crowned RYA Volvo Youth National Champion 2011 in the RS:X windsurfing class as the championships drew to a close at Hayling Island Sailing Club.... [more]
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RYA Team GBR announced for ISAF Youth Worlds
After five days of exhilarating sail racing at the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals 2011, selectors for the RYA Volvo Team GBR Youth Worlds 2011 Team have announced the 12 sailors who will represent Great Britain in the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships.... [more]
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Vestas SailRocket 2 arrives in Africa
Paul Larsen,
On Tuesday March 8th the SailRocket Team launched its second-generation speed sailing boat from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Vestas SailRocket 2 is designed to be significantly faster than its predecessor, with the ultimate aim of breaking the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record'.... [more]
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Images of Qingdao: Heading down the mine on Day 3
Extreme Sailing,
It was a day collisions and capsizes on the Extreme Sailing course inside the seawall at Qingdao, China, venue for the so-called light air Olympics in 2008. Here's a galley of images of the day's action... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ leave Qingdao carnage in their wake
Warren Douglas,
Four yachts capsized and a major collision occurred as winds gusted to 30 knots on Day 3 of the Extreme 40 Series at Qingdao, China. Emirates Team New Zealand came through the day unscathed and retained the overall lead, extending to 134 points with second-placed Alinghi on 127.... [more]
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RYA Youth National Championships 2011 tough day
Hayling Bay witnessed the lightest winds of the week on the penultimate day (Thursday) of the 2011 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships as the young sailors engaged in a tough and challenging day of racing with unstable wind shifts proving awkward.... [more]
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Aussie Sailing Dream Team aims to spoil the British Party
Sail Port Stephens media,
Over the years one of the great pleasures for Australians has been to beat their British rivals at their own game, be it cricket, rugby or tennis. Now the pressure is on the Brits in one of their favourite sports - sailing.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Lead saved by video referee in Qingdao after Day 2
Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand emerged from the second day of the Extreme Sailing series with its overall lead intact. When racing finished for the day it looked like the Austrian team Red Bull had snatched the lead after Dean Barker had been recalled at the start, for being over the line.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie's hard work pays off in the Finn
Ben Ainslie,
Princesa Sofia Trophy, Ben Ainslie speaks on the Trophy event, Finn racing and how all of his hard work is starting to pay off.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Qingdao: High drama on Day 2 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
There was four and a half hours of high-drama on the second day of the Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China. Six 'open water' races were raced today outside the breakwater of Fushan Bay. The breeze was a up and down but predominantly strong enough to see the Extreme 40 fleet flying their hulls... [more]
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Connex Spring Regatta 2011 at Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club
William Harris,
Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Connex Spring Regatta 2011 was held in St Aubin's Bay, Jersey, over the weekend of 9th and 10th April. Connex, the Island´s bus company sponsored the race for the third year running... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: CAMPER shows her colours on the Waitemata + Video
Warren Douglas,
CAMPER the Emirates Team New Zealand's VO70 yacht for the Volvo Ocean Race went for her maiden sail on Auckland Harbour today. The yacht left the team's base at Viaduct Harbour in the early afternoon. The sea was calm, the wind a soft breeze – ideal conditions for a maiden sail with the sailing crew of 11 and the 12 designers, engineers and systems experts on board... [more]
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