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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's UK 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 up on all the latest news.

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The Semaine Olympique Francaise conclude with Skandia Team GBR bringing home a clutch of medals, including gold for Ben Ainslie (Finn), Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor (Women's Match racing) and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (SKUD).

The Finn UK Nationals are set with entries from as far afield as Australia and we have other dinghy news and results from around the country.

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

Happy reading. 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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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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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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Scotland Round the Island Race invitation for yachts to sign up
Clyde Cruising Club,
Scotland's Round the Island Race takes place during the Scottish Series in Tarbert, Loch Fyne on Sunday 29 May. Clyde Cruising Club, organiser of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series, is inviting yachts from around Scotland and further afield to join in.... [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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World Champion back on top in OK Dinghy rankings
Robert Deaves,
Despite failing to win the recent Interdominion title in Melbourne last month, reigning world champion Karl Purdie (NZL) has retaken the lead at the top of the OK Dinghy World Ranking list.... [more]
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Finn UK Nationals all set to go
Robert Deaves,
The JM Finn, Finn UK National Championships gets underway this Friday on the UK's south coast at Christchurch Sailing Club.... [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 turbulent start
Sun, rain, thunder and lightning mark a turbulent start to the opening heats of the PWA Surf World Cup competition in Austria.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi,
Guido Trombetta shares more images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino in the Audi Sailing Series.... [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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America's Cup: Sit in on the Remote Umpiring System + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World sat in on the final day of testing for the remote umpiring system to be used for the America's Cup World series and America's Cup itself in the new multihull competition. Developed to avoid the need for umpires to be chasing the competitors at speeds of up to 35 knots and making decisions, the on screen system effectively slows down the action and enables very accurate calls to be made... [more]
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Groupama 4 arrives in Lorient
Kate Jennings translation,
Groupama 4, Franck Cammas' new Volvo Open 70 arrived at Groupama Sailing Team's base in nearby Lorient at 0830 hours. Prior to the launch, scheduled for 10 May, there is still a substantial jobs' list for Groupama Sailing Team. Ten intense days are in prospect then for Groupama Sailing Team but their spirits are high and the desire to go sailing is very much in evidence...... [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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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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Vendee Globe 18 months out
Vendee Globe,
For the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe there have been a few new appointments made and some major changes within the organising team. For the first time, the start of the seventh Vendée Globe will take place on a Saturday (10th November 2012).... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team GBR's female sailors win six medals
It was Ladies Day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres (FRA) on Friday (29 April), with Britain's female sailors picking up six medals on the final day of competition.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise Finn - Silver and bronze medals decided
Robert Deaves,
The Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres drew to a close Friday with the medal race for Finns settling who took home the silver and bronze medals.... [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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2011 European Kite Racing Championships to be held in Sopot, Poland
Markus Schwendtner,
The 2011 European Course Racing Championships will be held during Ergo Hestia Cup in Sopot, Poland from 26.07. - 30.07.2011. 7000 Euros (still counting) are up for grabs as well as 407 points for the Course Racing World Ranking.... [more]
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Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta 2011 entries now open
Fiona Brown,
Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta 2011 host the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club has announced some class changes for the seventh edition of its much loved regatta. This year Class 0 will be for the 44-46 footers LOA. The boats must be of a series production class of which at least four yachts shall have been constructed.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup 2011 second edition preparations under way
Nestlé Nespresso,
With only one week to go until the start of the Nespresso Cup eight Wally yachts representing a diverse range of these unmistakable sleek and stylish yachts will be gathering in the beautiful harbour of Portofino in the coming days ahead of official registration on Thursday, 5th May.... [more]
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Cadet UK May 2011 preview
David Elliott,
After April's extended period of high pressure, which frustratingly culminated in no races being sailed at last weekend's Noble Marine Cadet Inland Championships, conditions appear a lot more favourable for May with the Met Office suggesting brisk, even strong winds, as we progress through the month... [more]
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Sigma 38 OOD National Championships 2011 celebrates quality racing
Cailah Leask,
Sigma 38 OOD National Championships 2011 are being hosted by Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) this coming long May Bank Holiday weekend from April 30th to May 2nd. Over 150 yacht racers will be heading to the event.... [more]
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America's Cup: From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams
Tim Adair,
From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams On a damp Wednesday morning on 27th April 2011, six excited young sailors – selected from the recent 2011 NZ Optimist Nationals – were lucky enough to be invited to crew on the AC45. To my surprise, skipper James (Jimmy) Spithill invited me to take the helm as we entered the Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Skandia Team GBR in the hunt
Lindsey Bell,
Light and tricky wind conditions prevailed on day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Hyeres. After a tough start to their regatta, Skandia Team GBR's newest 470 women's team of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have broken through into the top three spots, with the help of a consistent 12,10 on the water today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team China becomes the fourth team to sail their AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget, America's,
Ahead of the Competitors Forum due to be held tomorrow morning in Auckland tomorrow, Team China too delivery of their new AC45, and became the fourth team to own and sail one of the one-designs. Here Gilles-Martin-Raget presents a gallery of the occasion of the first sail of the team.... [more]
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