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 03 May 2011

Olympic Classes, America's Cup, Hyeres and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to this week's edition of Sail-World.com's European newsletter.

Ahead of the ISAF conference, Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1 is a must read story today.

Loads happening in New Zealand, America's Cup wise and our very busy resident expert Richard Gladwell sat in on the final day of testing for the Remote Umpiring System (RUS?). Read his excellent report and catch all the news.

  Americas Cup Media

The fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped in Hyeres, France as the Audi Sailing Series Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino event got underway and the new Groupama 4 arrived in Lorient.

A treasure trove of images this week, including the PWA Surf Cup in Austria, more Melges 32 Scarlino images and Antigua Sailing Week.

We bring you all the latest sailing news from Europe and around the globe.

Happy reading.

Sail-World.com Team

Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1
Richard Gladwell,
Co-incidental with the conduct of trials designed to give sailing's most prestigious and oldest trophy, the America's Cup, its most dramatic makeover in 160 years, the International Sailing Federation will this week meet to decide whether it too, has the courage to make fundamental changes to its pinnacle event, the Olympic Sailing Regatta and its lead-up events... [more]
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America's Cup: Stan Honey on TV and Umpiring systems for AC45's
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with Stan Honey, one of the key players behind the development of the remote umpiring systems and television systems intended for the America's Cup World Series and then the America's Cup itself.... [more]
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup victory for Nanuk
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The third and last day of the First Act of the Platu 25 Alpen Cup, valid also as the first Leg of the Platu 25 Italian Circuit, ended today crowing the Italian boat 'Nanuk', helmed by Luigi Ravioli and owned by Gianrocco Catalano, on the highest step of the podium.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek closing on sprint four finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is expected to reach Charleston on Thursday. He has just over 500 nautical miles to the finish of sprint four. His good progress has come despite yet more damage to Operon Racing... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf onshore
With the prospect of another windless day at the PWA Surf World Cup in Podersdorf, we took to the event site to ask the riders your questions.... [more]
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Pirelli Santa Margherita Ligure more images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
More images from the Pirelli Santa Margherita Ligure at Yacht Club Italiano by photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series intense final day
Justin Chisholm,
The final day of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2011 regatta at Marina di Scarlino, Maremma Tuscany, Italy saw the competition come to a thrilling conclusion over two intense and tightly fought races.... [more]
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World Speed Record contender Sailrocket 2's speed transitions
Paul Larsen,
Latest from Paul Larsen on the progress of Vestas Sailrocket 2 and the team in their attempt to beat the outright world sailing speed record. 'Yesterday evening we had our third session of tow testing of the bare platform. The new second 'step' on the rear underside of the hull quickly ventilated from behind at speeds as low as three-four knots.' Paul Larsen.... [more]
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Russian Finn revolution - Interview with Vasiliy Kravchenko
Robert Deaves,
After the success of the 2005 Finn Gold Cup in Moscow, the Russian Finn fleet staged something of a revolution. During the last six years, Finn sailing in Russia has gradually and methodically been transformed from a small number of professional sailors and a group of die-hard amateur enthusiasts into a modern, thriving and competitive fleet attending regattas at home and abroad.... [more]
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New RC44 for Team Aqua
MaxComm Communication,
Team Aqua has been sailing on the oldest boat in the RC44 fleet up until now, and decided that to maintain the momentum, a new boat would be invested in for the 2011 season. Boat captain Nigel King has been working closely with RC 44 boat builders Pauger to make sure that the new boat is ready and raring to go by the time racing commences at the RC 44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - great skills and battles
Corinne McKenzie,
Semaine Olympique Française regatta features the ten Olympic sailing events and Paralmypic classes and is the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. This year's regatta has seen many displays of great skill and battles in Hyères, France... [more]
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29er Eurocup Number 2, Cavalaire, France
29er Class Association,
29er Eurocup Number 2 in Cavalaire, France took place over the Easter weekend... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup day three images
Gallery of images from the PWA of the windsurfing action in Podersdorf, Austria during the PWA Surf World Cup.... [more]
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Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi,
Gallery of images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino in the Audi Sailing Series by photographer Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 11-12 International teams unveiled
Heather Ewing,
More than 360 adventurers travelled from all over the globe to Southampton on Saturday 30 April to discover which of the ten teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race they will represent... [more]
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America's Cup: The week that Was - Video from the Regatta Trials
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media,
Catch this summary, in video, of the first week of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
Gallery of images from the racing action during Antigua Sailing Week by photographer Tim Wright.... [more]
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Soling World Championship 2011 won by Canada
Matias Collins/ISAF,
After a frustrating week there were three races held on the final day. Peter Hall, Paul Davis and Phillip Kerrigan sailed well on the final day picking up two bullets and an eighth place finish to end on 29 points. This was enough for them to beat the Hungarian team of George Wossala, Karoly Vezer and Peter Nemeth who finished with a score card of 4-5-7 on the final day giving them 30 points.... [more]
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America's Cup: Competitors Forum Media Conference + Video + Full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Another Competitors Forum was held in Auckland today. Sail-World understands it was attended by 14 of the 15 teams entered, with about eight in physical attendance and others participating by phone in. Following the Forum, designed to allow the Challengers and Defender to discuss issues and concepts relating to the the 34th America's Cup, a Media Conference was held in the America's Cup Regatta... [more]
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America's Cup: The Kids are all right - Opti sailors taste the AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget,
After the Toyota National Optimist Championships concluded in Auckland, New Zealand on Easter Monday, the five sailors in the New Zealand team were invited out for a sail on Oracle racing's AC45. A good picture speaks a thousand words, but the looks on these young sailor's faces speak volumes. Does it get any better than this when you are a kid?... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup investment a smart move for New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,
On the back of the Emirates Team NZ funding and America's Cup challenge announcement there has been a lot of media comment, most of it negative on whether NZ Economic Development should be investing in the New Zealand team. During the week on Radio Live Emirates Team NZ CEO discussed the economic impact of the New Zealand investment, and the issues of this America's cup Challenge... [more]
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505 Easter EuroCup Regatta
Mike Holt and Tom Boyland,
57 boats have found their way to sunny Cannes for the Easter EuroCup.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - The battle to the top
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event on the Sailing World Cup circuit has seen a great display of skills and battles at the top.... [more]
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Women's International Match Racing and the Olympics
The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) shares highlights on the vision of women's match racing in the Olympics.... [more]
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America's Cup: Match racing trials begin in earnest in Auckland
Oracle Racing Media,
The name of the game today at the America's Cup Race Management trials was match racing, and the AC45s proved nimble with blazing speed. More importantly, they showed that the game of match racing can be just as compelling in multihulls as in monohulls. While the action was exciting to watch, it was a drain on the crews. The races lasted between 15 and 20 minutes around the windward/leeward cou... [more]
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America's Cup: Can multihulls matchrace? You bet! Catch the Video!
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing have just posted a video showing a minute or so of the pre-start between two AC45's in moderate breezes. It gives us a first glimpse of what match racing could be like in wingsailed multihulls with their rapid acceleration and ability to spin on a dime.... [more]
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Jean-Pierre Dick is IMOCA World Champion for 2010
Mer et Media,
With the completion of the Barcelona World Race, the 2010 rankings have now been established. Quite logically, it is Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) who is crowned after his faultless performance over the past two years. The weighting given to the Barcelona World Race also means that the Spanish racers make their entrance into the top ten, making it the most international line-up ever.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Seven gold
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The last day of finals in the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyères has concluded on Thursday with seven early winners in the Olympic and Paralympic classes.... [more]
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