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 25 May 2011

Normandy Channel Race, Delta Lloyd Regatta and more sailing news

Welcome to this week's edition of our Europe newsletter.

Lots of news and great images from the Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy, where the Soto 40s made their circuit debut. Thanks to all the photographers for their contributions - certainly some fantastic shots in from the event.

Onboard Audi Azzurra Sailing Team - Audi Medcup Cascais Trophy 2011  © Guido Trombetta/BPSE/Studio Borlenghi

Congratulations to Lorenzo Bressani and crew on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing who successfully defended their Melges 24 World title in Corpus Christi (USA).

An exciting week as the Normandy Channel Race got underway. The Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland is underway and the Second Act of the Platu 25 Alpen Open concluded on Lake Traunsee, with the Italian crew on Euk II snatching the win. And Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski gained miles on the leader Van Liew in the final ocean sprint of the race, despite having problems on Operon Racing and drama as Chris-Stanmore Major's Spartan took on water.

We have loads more sailing news, pictures and videos from around the world so stay tuned to to keep up to date.

We hope you enjoy your week. Team

Sailrocket 2 hits 40 knots - heading for 60?
Paul Larsen,
It really was effortless. We made some changes to the pitch of the main foil in order to help lift the rear float clear of the water and it all worked a treat. The steering was great and it all just felt smooth. To be honest I was surprised that we hit 40 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 to stop in Sanya, China
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 will make a stop in Sanya, China. This comes after the Chinese city of Sanya held a star studded press conference in Beijing this past Friday, celebrating the stopover.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta day 1 Finn shared lead
Robert Deaves,
Delta Lloyd Regatta, the fifth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 set off in dramatic style presenting a sturdy 20 knot wind that kicked up choppy waters for the Finn class on the IJsselmeer. With a first and second each Ed Wright (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) share the lead after day one. Greg Douglas (CAN) is third.... [more]
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PredictWind demonstrates new weather routing and receiving systems
Richard Gladwell,
Jon Bilger of demonstrated their new onboard weather and wind package along with routing functions, yesterday aboard the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing. For racers or cruisers, the system offers a very cost effective solution for wind and route prediction, with relatively low-cost reception units to receive email and weather data feeds, using the Iridium network.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta day one for the breeze lovers
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 is the fifth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit and is following in the trend of previous European events, with quite a windy opening day.... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany live coverage
Conditions for the Qualifying Sessions for stage 2 of the World Match Racing Tour, Match Race Germany are forecast to be light and shifty. Alongside the recognised faces of the Tour Card Holders stand William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing, Eric Monin (SUI) Team Ocalys Corum, Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) Team Synergy and Stefan Meister.... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race 2011 fourth retirement and a change of course
Kate Jennings,
Normandy Channel Race 2011 has been up and sailing for just over two days and there are now just 13 Class40s still racing.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race start from Southampton
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race will start from the historic maritime city of Southampton on the south coast of England on Sunday 31 July 2011. At 40,000 miles the event is the world's longest sailing race and will take the ten identical 68-foot ocean racing yachts almost a year to complete their circumnavigation of the globe.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew battles storm in North Atlantic
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans final sprint end is in sight for American ocean racer Brad Van Liew as he predicts Friday finish for the ultimate solo challenge.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Istanbul Grand Prix Act 3 preview
Kate Jennings translation,
Following on from the Sultanate of Oman and mainland China, tomorrow's backdrop for the Extreme Sailing Series will be Turkey: the fabulous city of Istanbul is playing host to the third act of the season.... [more]
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Rolex Baltic Week 2011 preview
Andreas Kling,
Rolex Baltic Week has had glorious names and strong fields be part of the event since its premiere on the Baltic coast seven years ago. As far as glamour goes the upcoming eighth edition of the event – held for the first time on Flensburg Fjord – looks set to continue this tradition perfectly once again.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - 30 knots and a bottle of champagne
Paul Larsen,
It was quite a promising day today as Vestas Sailrocket 2 thrust the team effortlessly into the fridge for the 30 knot bottle of Pol Roger champagne.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 11 - Coutts at Orewa
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 23 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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Greg Elliott: From Sports boats to record holders and cruising tourers
Richard Gladwell,
Latterly Greg Elliott has been better known as the designer of the Elliott 6, the Womens Keelboat to be used for the 2012 Olympics. His focus on easily driven racing designs transfers well into Elliott's cruisers. 'Cruising boats to me are about safety, comfort and speed. Once you have sailed what I call the Tourer version, you'll never go back.'... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race - An almighty battle
Kate Jennings,
Normandy Channel Race 2011 fleet is continuing to battle one another along the English Coast and there is an almighty battle at the head of the fleet for this second edition of the race.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Delta Lloyd regatta will be the fifth event on the ISAf Sailing World Cup circuit and is set to begin on Tuesday May 24th in Medemblik, Holland.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 drama onboard Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Chris Stanmore-Major feared his yacht was sinking after finding the cabin flooded with hundreds of litres of water in the middle of the North Atlantic.... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race 2011 - First night at sea
Kate Jennings translation,
Normandy Channel Race 2011 - The 16 Class40s competing in the race have completed their first night at sea.... [more]
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European Access Class Championships 2011 preview
David Staley,
Competitors are now arriving at Circolo Vela Gargnano, on Lake Garda in Italy, for the 2011 European Access Class Championships. Teams from France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Italy will challenge the Hungarians.... [more]
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup Second Act on Traunsee Lake
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Second Act of the Platu 25 Alpen Cup took place in Ebensee, on the Traunsee Lake from the 21 to the 22 of May. The Italian 'Euk II' helmed by Sandro Montefusco won the second act.... [more]
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Alberto Ferrari wins the Volvo Cup D-ONE regatta in Bracciano
Pierre Orhanidis,
Just one single race was completed due to the unfavorable weather conditions at Sailing Team in Bracciano, Italy. A total of 26 sailors raced, including three women with the smaller 9.5 rig. The next leg of the Volvo Cup D-One will be in Cattolica in June 11-12, followed by the most anticipated event, the Gold Cup in Riva del Garda at the end of July.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy images by Guido Trombetta
Guido Trombetta images,
Audi MedCup Circuit Cascais Trophy action from photographer Guido Trombetta... [more]
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D35 Realstone Cup - Hot onboard Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
D35 Realstone Cup's final day pessimistic forecast eventually gave way to the best day of wind for the event in Crans, Switzerland.... [more]
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Global Solo Race 2013-14 skipper Joe Harris and Gryphon Solo 2 enter
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Organisation team can now confirm a single-handed circumnavigation for the Global Solo Race 2013-14... [more]
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18ft Skiffs German Tour 2011 round one
Frank Quealey,
German 18ft Skiff Tour 2011 round one. A fleet of ten German teams contested the 12-race regatta over three days. On the final day, the wind was between 5-12 knots for the showdown between EuroLink and Berlin Syndikat.... [more]
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