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 22 Jun 2011

Kieler Woche, Safran sets new record and more sailing news

Welcome to's European newsletter.

Kieler Woche, the final stage of this year's ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway, with organisers claiming the ISAF Sailing World Cup is in crisis.

Safran and crew claimed a new Round Britain and Ireland record and France's Francois Gabart, a rising star on the Figaro circuit is set to take on the Vendee Globe.

The Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2011 wound up in Porto Cervo, Italy with Joe Woods Red taking victory, while at the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy, the Spanish Iberdrola Team dominated the 40 series.

S40 Day 1 - Iberdrola Team - Audi Medcup Cascais Trophy 2011  © Guido Trombetta/BPSE/Studio Borlenghi

And we have lots more news, videos and images from around the world in this edition for your enjoyment.

Have a great week. Team

Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 - Qualifiers ahead
World Match Racing Tour,
Tour Card Holder Jesper Radich has vowed to return to the World Match Racing Tour with guns blazing as he gears up to face his rivals on the eve of the first Qualifying Session at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup. But last year's winner Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing Team are sailing consistently.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Malta 49er team sponsored by EC
Hilary Rogers,
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Malta 49er team, Seb Ripard and Benji Borg, are one of eight teams invited to take part in the inaugural 49er class of the European leg.... [more]
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RC44 Cagliari Cup has new entries
RC44 Class Association,
The RC44 Cagliari Cup 2011 will set sail in Sardinia on the 29th June and will run until the 3rd of July. The RC44 Cagliari Cup will be the third round of the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour. New entries have joined the class.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship day two offshore challenges
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORCi World Championship 2011 are currently underway in Cres, Croatia. The event is taking place from the 18th June to the 25th June. On day two, light air conditions challenged the fleet.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 final day repeat
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011's participating fleet took to the waters off St Tropez, France, amid light conditions. The race committee repeated the previous day's 17.1-nautical mile course for the final day of the inshore series with the proceedings commencing under five to six knots of breeze at 12.33 CEST.... [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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America's Cup: AC45's - Redefining the 'Dolly Ride'..
Kimball Livingstone,
San Francisco based sailing journalist, Kimball Livingstone is a passionate follower of things America's Cup. Seeing the AC45's sailing on San Francisco Bay is a small slice of heaven, and sailing on one is probably as good as it gets.. Here's Kimball's take on his Big Day Out. I have to tell it to you backwards. It went like this . . .... [more]
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Nacra Infusion Worlds and Nacra Championships 2011 day two extreme
Diana Bogaards,
Nacra Championships 2011 second day conditions were tough and just on the limit for real diehards. A strong southwester caused damage on the Nacra 20 and the open class courses and many boats resigned early.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Witness summer's anticipated event
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - Get up close and personal. Pick one of the many scenic spots around Narragansett Bay (Fort Wetherill and Beavertail in Jamestown; Castle Hill, Fort Adams, Goat Island or Brenton Point State Park in Newport) and bring your camera, binoculars, picnic blanket and snacks to witness one of this summer's most anticipated events... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta 2011 latest entry Traité de Rome
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion 2011 latest entry is two-time Whitbread yacht, Traité de Rome. Originally built in 1975 as an Admiral's Cup yacht for German industrialist Willie Illbruck the 51' Traité de Rome is one of the smaller yachts taking part in the Legends event.... [more]
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Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship 2011 in Aarhus
Bryn Wellington,
Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship 2011. The world's best catamaran sailors will converge on Aarhus to compete in the Championship, hosted from the Kaløvig Sailing Center.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup and Northern Area Championship 2011
Fiona Brown,
Dragon Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup 2011 are looking all set for one the biggest and most competitive entries in recent years. A final entry of over 40 boats is anticipated and the quality of competition will be extremely high with teams coming from across the UK and Ireland and from as far afield as Russia, Japan and Australia.... [more]
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2012 blokart World Championships - Entries Now Open
Ross Vickers,
Entries are now open for the 2012 blokart World Championships to be held at Ivanpah, USA next April. blokart sailors from around the world will gather at this iconic venue for two weeks of fast, close racing.... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam day two challenging
PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011's second day was welcomed by scorching sun and torrential rains. The weather has continued to present tricky challenges for each of the competitors that have taken to the water in Aruba.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup in a crisis
Herman Hell,
Kieler Woche 2011. The International Sailing Federation ISAF had created the series by three years ago to draw athletes and the media to all of the most important events throughout the year.... [more]
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Newport J Class Regatta 2011: Exciting series Finale
Ben Stack,
Newport J Class Regatta weekend report - The third race was critical for Velsheda, as Ranger held a 2-0 lead in the five race series. With Friday's racing postponed, two races were held on Saturday in bright skies with a strong 15 knot South Easterly into the Newport Harbour entrance. Ranger won by 25 seconds with a small time correction, winning the J Class Newport Regatta with a 3:0 score.... [more]
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Kieler Woche 2011 Day 3 - Aussies excel
Kieler Woche 2011 has witnessed Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page of Australia perform impeccably in the Men's 470 on Day 3. The duo recorded their sixth race victory out of eight.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup approaching
Jan Harley,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2011 presented by Rolex is set to start on September 10th with 16 nations from six different continents hitting the waves off Newport, R.I.... [more]
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Kieler Woche 2011 Day 3 Finn domination
Robert Deaves,
Zach Railey (USA) dominated the third day of racing at Kieler Woche 2011, taking the overall lead in the Finns with two race wins. Two more races are scheduled for Tuesday with the final race and the medal race for the top 10 on Wednesday.... [more]
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Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 underway
Xander Pols,
The Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 are now underway with Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser taking the early lead in the event which is taking place off the Texel beach in the Netherlands.... [more]
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Slovenia Match Race Cup 2011 Ebler triumphs after thrilling battle
Jana Pines,
Slovenia Match Race Cup grade 2 event came to conclusion yesterday in Koper with a thrilling final battle between three times SMRC winner Ian Ainslie and the European champion Mads Ebler (DEN).... [more]
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J's at Newport by Daniel Forster - Final Day
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on hand at the J-class regatta at Newport Ri and shared these images from the last day of racing... [more]
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Images of Newport: The J's on Day 4
George Bekris,
Top US photographer George Bekris is at the J class regatta in Newport, RI on Day 4 and provides this gallery of images of these spectacular classic yachts.... [more]
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Bol d'Or 2011 winner Alinghi sets new time record
Chris Schmid,
Alinghi wins the 73rd Bol d'Or after 6 hours and 25 minutes of tactical racing in strong conditions, setting a new time record for the D35 class.... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 Day 1
The PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day one saw tropical thunderstorms put a damper on on the Caribbean trade winds which left the sailors waiting anxiously on standby in Aruba's blazing sun.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy final day for Audi Azzurra
Giuliano Luzzatto,
There were strong Mistral winds buffeting Marseille today which made it impossible to hold the last scheduled showdown of the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: New videos take Cup to the people
Oracle Racing & America's Cup Media,
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media have posted three new videos focusing on the Media Events held last week in San Francisco, and clearly aimed outside the wider sailing audience... [more]
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Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2011 skippers feel the pressure
Diana Bogaards,
Zwitserleven Round Texel Race - Pressure is heating up for the race on Saturday, 25 June 2011. Especially those who are aiming for the line honors (first finish) have been busy with innovative changes. Some are secret, others publicly.... [more]
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America's Cup: Inside Wednesday's Media Conference
Michelle Slade,
San Francisco based sailing journalist, Michelle Slade, was at the Media Conference held in the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday. It was too difficult for ACEA to put on a phone line for the international media to listen in to proceedings. Here's Michelle's take on the day:... [more]
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America's Cup: Aboard the AC45 - Still pinching myself..
Michelle Slade,
It was my turn to clamber aboard the 45, I got a quick introduction to the guys on Coutts 5 - Dirk 'Cheese' de Ridder, Matt Mason, Phillipe Presti, Simon Daubney and Jonno Macbeth - before being shown my spot behind the aft crossbeam. The only instruction: hold onto to the piece of yellow rubber hosing fixed on the crossbeam. And we shot off on a reach... [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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