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 16 Jun 2011

AC45 capsize video and images plus UK and international sailing news

Welcome to our weekly UK edition of's newsletter.

Spectacular capsize of the AC45 in San Francisco - don't miss the article by Richard Gladwell, complete with pictures and video as Coutts and the crew went for a swim. Want America's Cup news as it happens? It's all on

San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Russell Coutts capsize  Gilles Martin-Raget/

The Skandia Sail for Gold event in Weymouth, was huge success. Ben Ainslie won this round in the battle of the Finns over Giles Scott and Ed Wright.

At the Finn World Masters, Team GBR's Allen Burrell led after day 1, while Ian Williams bowed out in the quarter finals of the World Match Racing Tour's Korea Match Cup.

We have loads of local dinghy and keelboat news from around the country and beyond.

This week's edition is packed with news, videos and great images, including Carlo Borlenghi images from the Lora Piano Superyacht Regatta, Skandia Sail for Gold videos, America's Cup videos and images and much more.

So for all the latest sailing news locally and from around the globe visit

Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy day two on the Rade Nord
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy day two is the second day of racing for the 52 Series and the first day for the 40 Series. Another day of light winds is expected as the Audi MedCup Circuit is due to race on the northern race course, the Rade Nord, today.... [more]
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Images of Newport: The J's
George Bekris,
Top US photographer George Bekris is at the J class regatta in Newport, RI and provides this gallery of images of these spectacular classic yachts.... [more]
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Images from Marseille: Audio MedCup - Day 2
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents this gallery of images from Day 2 of the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy... [more]
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RYA Sailability Multi-Class Regatta 2011 entry forms now online
Susie NationGrainger,
RYA Sailability Multi-Class Regatta 2011 will take place at Rutland Sailing Club on the 12-14 August 2011. Entry forms are now available for this year's event. The regatta is open to those who race in following classes: Neo 395, Laser Stratos, SKUD, Access, 2.4mR, Challenger, Artemis, Sonar, SQIB and Kinsman.... [more]
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Scorpion Training and Open Meeting at Pennine SC
Tom Jeffcoate,
Scorpion Training and Open Meeting at Pennine SC was held over the weekend of 11th and 12th June. 17 scorpions attended the event. Saturday saw a free class training day with a three race open meeting on the Sunday. Everyone was optimistic for a beautiful summers day but instead the competitors experienced freezing cold and persistent rain. Fortunately there was a nice force three with some bigg... [more]
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RS700 Gul Grand Prix at Highcliffe
Hamish Griffiths,
RS700 Gul Grand Prix, third leg, was held at Highcliffe Sailing Club over the weekend of 11th and 12th June. Conditions were challenging for both competitors and race officials. Saturday's course was set a mile or two towards Hurst Castle in an effort to avoid the strong tidal stream from Christchurch Harbour and to find some more wind.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy 2011 to Winning and Yandoo
Frank Quealey,
The Mark Foy Trophy 2011 has seen the crew of Yandoo take the win with ‘Woody' being regarded in Australian 18 Footer Sailing circles as the ‘modern day Mark Foy' due to his achievements in prospering the present fleet and the introduction of the 3-Buoys handicap system.... [more]
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PWA Bonaire World Cup day four tensions
The PWA World Cup Bonaire 2011 saw mounting tensions for day four as light winds and soaring temperatures halted competition in beautiful Lac Bay.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Open at Datchet Water SC
Jamie Hilton,
The Musto Skiff Open 2011 took place at Datchet Water Sailing Club with a fleet of fourteen Musto Skiffs for a glamour weekend of near perfect conditions under the backdrop of the ever glorious Windsor Castle.... [more]
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Newport J Class Regatta - Report No.1
Ben Stack,
Two of the most competitive yachts in the world are coming together for the first race of the Newport J Class Regatta, R.I. USA - a series of five races from 15-19 June. The yachts, their entourage of support boats, containers and Crew have been arriving over the last few weeks in preparation for this event: bringing the famous J Class yachts back to sail on Newport waters.... [more]
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Morgan Cup 2011 a tough race to Cherbourg
Louay Habib,
Morgan Cup 2011 participants will face a tough race to Cherbourg in the RORC Season's Points Championship when it continues this weekend.... [more]
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America's Cup: Reduced line-up revealed for 34th America's Cup
America's Cup Media,
Teams representing China, France (with two teams), Italy, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sweden and USA made their first appearance together in the host city of the 2013 America's Cup at a press conference where organizers introduced the line-up. The ninth team will be announced at a press conference on June 23rd in Europe.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 Boston
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series is now heading to Fan Pier located in Boston in the United States for Act 4. This will be the very first time the circuit has staged an official event in the U.S... [more]
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Sailing World Cup 2011 - Kiel the final stop
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 will reach its summit 18th of June as the series makes its final stop in Kiel, Germany. The 2011 series has seem a variety of change ups with Women's Match Racing being no exception.... [more]
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America's Cup: Eight teams announced in San Francisco for 34th Match
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers have announced a line up of eight teams for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. The numbers are well down on the 15 teams who initially entered by the entry close date of the 31st March.... [more]
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RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Highcliffe Sailing Club
George Smith,
RS600 Gul Grand Prix was held at Highcliffe Sailing Club. On arrival we were greeted by the news that the wind was gusting 3-10 knots and numbers looked thin on the ground. Luckily more boats arrived and brought some breeze with them.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 day two - Drama in the Blue Fleet
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 day two conditions continued to be perfect with eight more heats across two courses. Both Allen Burrell (GBR) and Michael Maier (CZE) keep their perfect scores, winning both their heats, while Uli Breuer (GER) stays in third after another first and second.... [more]
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Impala 28 Nationals 2011 to be supported by Tacktick
Sarah Johnson,
Impala 28 National Championship taking place 2nd and 3rd July 2011 at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in the Hamble are supported by wireless electronics experts, Tacktick.... [more]
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Normandy Sailing Week 2012 dates announced
Kate Jennings translation,
Normandy Sailing Week 2011 featured four days of races, 112 participants, 106 yachts ranked, 89 races launched across 11 series, three race zones in a single day, split between four different fleets, harbour courses, one long coastal course around the Baie de Seine and one offshore course for the M34s... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 – 49 entries confirmed
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 - A total of 49 skippers have confirmed their entries. Making up the group of predominantly French sailors are six foreigners, four British, one Portuguese and one German, and of the 49 starters almost 20% of the fleet are in their first full season in the Figaro class taking on the challenge of arguably the toughest singlehanded race.... [more]
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Rowans Pursuit Race at Mengeham Rythe SC
Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club,
Rowans Pursuit race 2011 was a successful event and despite the entries being low, with only 20 boats taking part, compared to 54 in a previous year. The club managed to raise just over £870 for the Rowans Hospice from the entries, a raffle, tombola, donations, craft stall and afternoon teas.... [more]
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Upper Clyde Catamaran Race at Helensburgh SC + Video
Helensburgh SC,
On June 11th Helensburgh Sailing Club hosted the first long distance cat race. Taking in the Gareloch, Loch Long, Holley Loch, Gantocks Lighthouse.... [more]
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Notts County Solo Open 2011
Notts County SC,
Notts County Solo Open has saw its inaugural event take place at Notts County SC with 22 boats, a great entry was rewarded by a light to moderate breeze (which swung all over the place) and some very close and exciting racing.... [more]
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National Twelve Scottish Championships at Annandale
Howard Chadwick,
The National Twelve Scottish Championships had an enthusiastic fleet gathered at Annandale Sailing Club this weekend as racing got underway along with occasional hail.... [more]
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PWA Bonaire World Cup day three on and off
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Bonaire World Cup day three. Steven Van Broeckhoven finally breaks Kiri Thode's stronghold on his home waters, while Offringa continues to dominate.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 14- Drama Day
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 14 June 2011 covering the Media Day in San Francisco and more.... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts reflects on AC45's + new Video
Bernie Wilson, AP,
Bernie Wilson, long time America's Cup correspondent for the Associated Press reports on yesterday's drama on San Francisco Bay: Said Coutts, a 49-year-old New Zealander: 'Sometimes it helps to be a little younger, you know. You've got to get to the point of finding the edge and not going over the edge, and sometimes you're going to go over the edge....... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships 2013 set for France
Katie Ashworth,
The Laser SB3 World Championships 2013 has now been set to launch in Coych, Hyeres, France in September.... [more]
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Weymouth youngsters meet sailing's elite
Susie Nation-Grainger,
At the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta 2011, it turned out to be a day out with a difference for the twenty-six youngsters who received a special trip to Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to meet the elite of the sailing world.... [more]
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UK Tasar National Championship 2011
UK Tasar Association,
The 2011 UK Tasar Association National champions are Jeremy Hawkins, and Suzanne Hawkins of Porthean SC.... [more]
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GP14 Championship of Scotland 2011
Lynn Lawson,
GP14 Championship of Scotland 2011 was hosted by Annandale Sailing Club over the weekend of 11th and 12th June. The racing consisted of three races on both Saturday and Sunday. 23 boats ventured out on Saturday afternoon that started out sunny but as soon as we took to the water the clouds came in.... [more]
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Fireball World Championships 2011 day one
Cormac Bradley,
Fireball Worlds and International Week 2011 got underway on Ireland's west coast with glorious sunshine conditions and winds of between 15 and 20 knots with gusts up to 22 knots.... [more]
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Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race searching for skippers
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, launches search for skippers... [more]
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RS500 Gul Grand Prix at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC
Debbie Darling,
RS500 Gul Grand Prix was held at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club. The east coast location proved to be a truly dynamic location and provided two full days of challenging and exciting racing conditions on the sea.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup 2011 entries almost complete
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup 2011 is the penultimate match on the World Match Racing Tour and is shaping up to be a tough battle with eight of nine WMRT Card Holders ready to face off in Bermuda October 4-9 racing for the coveted King Edward VII Gold Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts capsizes in San Francisco - crew injured, Video
Richard Gladwell,
Four times America's Cup winner, Russell Coutts was at the helm of an AC45 which capsized on San Francisco Bay, today. At the time Oracle Racing was participating in some practice starts with the America's Cup Race Management Team. We feature earlier images and a video of today's incident.... [more]
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America's Cup: Media day on San Francisco Bay
Richard Gladwell,
A large contingent of media has assembled in San Francisco to launch the sailing side of the 34th America's Cup in the Californian city. Sail-World understands that about 40 or more media have attended the first of a series of media conferences and events designed to acquaint local and international media with the event and the new catamarans that will be sailed in the lead-up to the Match.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the AC45 wipeout at Golden Gate Bridge
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Further to yesterday's spectacular images and video of Oracle Racing's Russell 'Crash' Coutts having a very near miss on the second day of sailing on San Francisco Bay, more photos have been released of a very spectacular incident - or maybe a new view of the same one.... [more]
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Why Britain rules the Olympic sailing waves
Robin Scott-Elliot,
Robin Scott-Elliot of The Independent gets a rare look at how the British Olympic Sailing system operates - producing five medals from the Sydney Olympic Regatta in 2000 and six from Qingdao, China in 2008, including four gold medals. Britain was top country at the recent Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth - winning six medals in the ten Olympic events and two med... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from San Francisco Bay
Oracle Racing,
Despite all the drama about near capsizes, Oracle Racings two AC45's did stay upright long enough to provide a great insight of the spectacular backdrop afforded by San Francisco for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Cup Rankings + Video
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has seen Australia's Tom Slingsby bring about an eight point lead for the final day of the regatta in Weymouth and after finishing second in the Medal Race he comfortably won the gold medal.... [more]
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