Hyeres, Garda and all the latest European and international sailing news

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 25 Apr 2011

Hyères, Garda and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to Sail-World.com's Europe newsletter.

All eyes are on Hyères as the Semaine Olympique Française, the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway.

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is the early leader in the Laser radial class, Blanca Manchon (ESP) leads the Womens RS:X, leaders in the 470 Women are Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP). Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) are equal on points with Nicolas Charbonnier and Jérémie Mion (FRA) in the 470 men, Robert Scheidt with Bruno Prada lead the Stars and Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont Vicary are dominating the Sonar fleet.

The 29th Garda Optimist Meeting was hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva during Easter week, April 21 to 24, and was a huge success and it seems the kids had a great time.

The opening regatta of the 2011 Mediterranean sailing season has come to an end, the Mapfre PalmaVela wrapped with quite a few TP52 crews using the event as a warm up to the upcoming Audi MedCup Circuit. Well done to the Azzurra Sailing Team for taking out the TP52 prize. Reports and images from the event on Sail-World.com.

On the America's Cup front, Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed their campaign and major sponsors and Wouter Verbraak (NED) and co-skipper Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) on Hugo Boss completed the Barcelona World Race.

We have lots more news, videos and images from around the sailing world. Enjoy and have a great week.

Sail-World.com Team

Garda Optimist Meeting 2011 a spectacular regatta
Fraglia Vela Riva-Ufficio stampa,
29th Garda Optimist Meeting was hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva during Easter week, April 21 to 24 and was a huge success for the young sailors involved.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Fantastic sailing conditions for day one
Louay Habib,
Fantastic sailing conditions marked the start of the 44th Antigua Sailing Week with clear blue skies echoed in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. A breeze of 15 knots from the east gave a gentle start to the regatta.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française Finns - Team GBR dominate
Robert Deaves,
On the opening day for Finns at the 43rd Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, Skandia Team GBR sailors were once again dominant.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française day one honours
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Perfect conditions blessed the first day of competition in the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela final day surprises
Eva Dallo,
Mapfre PalmaVela - The opening regatta of the 2011 Mediterranean sailing season came to an end today with few surprises. Azzurra in TP52, Inti in Maxi Wally, Alegre in Maxi, and Mapfre in J80 take the Mapfre PalmaVela trophy home.... [more]
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Portugal Youth and Olympic Classes Championships 2011 Overall
Tavira Sailing,
Portugal Youth and Portugal Olympic Classes Championships 2011 national champions were awarded today in Tavira after four days of regattas... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting images from Giovanni De Sandre
Fraglia Vela Riva-Ufficio Stampa,
Happy Easter from XXIX Garda Optimist Meeting... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting - Happy smiling faces
Fraglia Vela Riva-Ufficio Stampa,
With one day remaining of the 29th Garda Optimist Meeting, the sight here at Fraglia Vela Riva is of happy, smiling children with their little boats and sails... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francais - Olympic champion Tessa Parkinson returns
Craig Heydon,
Olympic champion Tessa Parkinson will be returning to the 470 class at the Semaine Olympique Francais.... [more]
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Mediterraneans lead Manche and Atlantic at 420 CIMA at Martigues
Tony Mapplebeck (420 UF) and Isabelle Rey (CVM),
Yvann Thelier & Gulllaume Holin and Yvann Beckius & Pierre Petetin led the Qualifying races at CV Martigues, in a hard fought competition between the top French teams. Balder Tobiasen & Magnus Jung Johansen (DEN) divided the other top-ranked French teams. Maelenn Lemaitre & Aloise Retornaz lead the women from, in ninth overall, from Morgan Kiss & Christina Lewis (USA).... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela - Two winners confirmed on day three
Eva Dallo,
Today's coastal race has confirmed Alegre and Vell Marí as the Mapfre PalmaVela winners in Maxi and ORC2 respectively. The overall results of the rest of the classes will be decided tomorrow.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Exciting finish of Fòrum Marítim Català + video
Barcelona World Race,
Yesterday at 21 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, Gerard Marín (29 years old) and Ludovic Aglaor (44 years old) crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race and were the eighth crew to complete the regatta.... [more]
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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ...
Various Sinners,
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment... [more]
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Olympic Games Sailing. Keen to be there? Latest news
Mark Angell,
Keen to be at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing? Read on ...... [more]
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Soling World Championship preview
Soling Worlds,
Soling Audi World Championship - 'Chiemsee is one of the world´s most unpredictable places to sail' said Stuart Walker, a Soling class legend.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pick up Alinghi sponsor for campaign
Richard Gladwell,
New sponsors are hard to find in the America's Cup and it was to the surprise of many that Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton was able to announce coffee maker, Nespresso as the fifth premium level sponsor at the teams entry confirmation announcement yesterday. Nestlé Nespresso S.A., is a worldwide pioneer and reference for highest quality premium portioned coffee.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 fleet finalized
Trish Jenkins,
While the water views from anywhere along Newport Harbor (R.I.) are already magnificent, they will be absolutely breathtaking in late June and early July when 32 ocean-going yachts set sail in the Transatlantic Race 2011.... [more]
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Artemis Racing AC45 training in Auckland
Terry Hutchinson,
We have been on the ground for four days in preparation for the AC45 test events next week here in Auckland. Not unlike the sailing team, this version of the America's Cup is taking on an entire new look. TV, jet ski umpires and onboard lighting systems are all becoming part of the new world... [more]
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RS Feva class adopted by Malta
RS Sailing,
A sixteen boat fleet of Fevas was recently delivered to Malta, the latest country to adopt the class and more are expected in the coming months.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on the state of the Kiwi Cup play + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton spoke with Sail-World's NZ Editor after the sponsorship announcement today. He reveals the contribution of the likes of Glenn Ashby; describes the Oracle Racing team as 'old'; discusses the merits of using cranes for launching AC72's says Emirates Team NZ do not have their complete set of sponsors in place yet... [more]
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America's Cup - Test periods to focus on preparation and refinement
America's Cup,
In preparation for the America's Cup World Series 2011, which kicks off this August in Cascais, Portugal and features stops in Plymouth, UK and San Diego, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 26-29 and May 2-6.... [more]
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UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix first round + video
Ben Clothier,
Pica takes the first UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix event at Stone Sailing Club on the Blackwater with a convincing performance in their new 18ft skiff.... [more]
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Wingsailed Optimist rig unveiled for 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Members of the Oracle Racing America's Cup team have been busy ahead of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, due to get underway at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club which get underway tomorrow. Several members of the various America's Cup teams live in the Devonport area, and took the opportunity to develop a wingsail rig suitable for the Optimist.... [more]
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