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 30 Jun 2011

Round the Island Race, Three Peaks and more ....

Welcome to this edition of our's UK newsletter.

This year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race had something for everyone. With 1,908 boats participating, 16,000 sailors faced wind speeds of up to 28 knots with huge swells hitting the fleet off the Needles and at St. Catherine's.

470 sailor Nick Rogers helmed the Contessa 26 Sundowner to victory, while line honours went to French skipper Lionel Lemonchois on his 50ft multihull Prince de Bretagne.

This race certainly attracts high profiles sailors with Olympic champions Ben Ainslie, Paul Goodison, Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson and Shirley Robertson and round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur counted amongst this year's competitors.

Team Origin at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.   onEdition ©

In racing of another kind, the Irish Team Danu Technologies won the 34th Three Peaks Yacht Race. Glen Ward, John Prudhoe and Andrew Miles, and runners Deon McNeilly and Gary Bailey, sailed to victory on a Ker35.

The Class 40 Team Concise (Ned Collier Wakefield (Skipper), Pete Goss, Tom Smedley, Tristan Jaques, Tom Dawson and Dan Gohl) will participate in this year's Transatlantic Race before competing in the Rolex Fastnet. They face the gun in the second of the staggered starts.

It's not just the big boats who are out on the water, dinghy sailors are very active this time of year and we have news from the Flying 15's, Cadets, Sonata Nationals and the RS Classes just to mention a few, as well as loads of other stories, videos and images from UK events and beyond.

Stay tuned to to keep up to date with the latest sailing news from around the globe.

Have a great week.

Round the Island Race: An onboard perspective from Tonnere de Breskens
Ben Gladwell,
Tonnere de Breskens owned and skippered by Piet Vroon (NED), is one of the top performers on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Circuit. A Ker46, Tonnere de Breskens and is sailed by an international crew. New Zealand's Ben Gladwell (23) was aboard for the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and filed this report on one of the great adventures in English sailing.... [more]
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Scorching start to Rolex Baltic Week
The 2011 Rolex Baltic Week opened on the waters of Flensburg Fjord after the hottest day of the year, with equally heated competition among the Metre classes who began racing for the Robbe & Berking 8-Metre and 12-Metre World Championships... [more]
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Class40 Focus: GOR entries Hannah Jenner and Anna-Maria Renken
Oliver Dewar,
The Anglo-German, all-female team of Hannah Jenner and Anna-Maria Renken have kept up a ferocious pace since announcing their partnership in the double-handed Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR).... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - ICAP Leopard make final preparations
Mark Angell,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - ICAP Leopard, the record breaking 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, is making final preparations ahead of the Transatlantic Race in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 Laser Radial competition fierce
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 - Ninety three Laser Radial sailors will make their way to Zadar, Croatia from 7 to 16 July for the ISAF Youth Worlds. With 51 boys and 42 girls the competition to be crowned ISAF Youth Worlds champion will be fierce.... [more]
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More images from the Round the Island Race
As the crews and photographers recover from yesterday's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, circumnavigating the Isle of Wight, England, many new images of the race boats are being posted. The fleet hit rough seas as they rounded The Needles at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, and had more on their hands than the early settlers when winds freshened to Force 7 on the leg to S... [more]
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RS200 Gul Grand Prix 2011 at Hayling Island SC
Debbie Darling,
RS200 Gul Grand Prix 2011 was hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club over the weekend of 25th and 26th June. 57 RS200s arrived at the Club on a distinctly blustery and rainy Saturday morning.... [more]
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Vendée Globe 2012 - Mike Golding announces partnership with Gamesa
Mike Golding,
Vendée Globe 2012 - Mike Gold announces his intentions to compete in the non-stop solo around the world race with the support of new partner and sponsor Gamesa.... [more]
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Waller-Harris 2-handed Triangle Race at Royal Channel Islands YC
William Harris,
16th Waller-Harris 2-handed Triangle Race is being held at Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club this weekend. Fourteen boats have entered the race.... [more]
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K6 Eurocup 2011 day two
Elena Giolai,
K6 Eurocup 2011 day two was another splendid day at Riva del Garda with sunny skies and strong winds. Three legs were completed with southerly winds of 16 to 18 knots.... [more]
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RS700 Gul Grand Prix 2011 at Hayling Island SC
Ian Nolan,
RS700 Gul Grand Prix 2011 - With both the current in form sailors unable to attend it was a great opportunity for some new faces on the Podium.... [more]
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Team Concise ready for Transatlantic Race start
Team Concise,
Team Concise (GBR 93) the Class 40 yacht, will participate in this year's Transatlantic Race. Tomorrow (Wednesday 29 June) sees the start of this year's Transatlantic Race for us. As one of the youngest crews and on one of the smallest boats in the race, the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Lizard, Cornwall will not be without its challenges.... [more]
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From Predictwind, an upgraded weather model
Sail-World Cruising,
Predictwind, arguably the world leader in wind forecasting, has been live for 3 years now, and it has been a huge success with rapid growth. Now the company is announcing an upgraded weather model.... [more]
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Three Peaks Yacht Race UK winners
Three Peaks Yacht Race,
Irish team comprising sailors Glen Ward, John Prudhoe and Andrew Miles, and runners Deon McNeilly and Gary Bailey, sailed to victory on a Ker35 built in 2001 for the Grand Prix IRM rule.... [more]
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Sonata Nationals 2011 at Dabchicks SC
Sonata Sailing,
2011 Sonata Nationals. Persistent rain greeted the fleet on day one of the Sonata Nationals. The light fickle breeze and strong cross tides promised that the two scheduled windward/leeward races would present competitors with a significant tactical challenge.... [more]
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Three Peaks Yacht Race leaders arrive in Fort William
Three Peaks Yacht Race,
The three leading boats have now arrived in Fort William, with a huge lead over the rest of the fleet. Danu Technologies led all the way from Whitehaven, keeping their distance from both Team Whistler and White Clouds.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race Start 2 on June 29
Barby MacGowan,
Having cheered on the first six yachts when they departed on the Transatlantic Race 2011 two days ago, the 14-strong group of yachts that will take the second of the three staggered starts now have less than 24 hours until they begin the race across the North Atlantic for themselves.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup 2011 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from the Superyacht Cup 2011, which took place in Palma from the 22-25 June.... [more]
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RYA Team15 Inter-Club Championship Midlands
Emma Slater,
Pitsford Pirates battled their way through the torrential rain and windy conditions to clinch the round two win, held at Draycote Water Sailing Club on Saturday 18 June.... [more]
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Transpac announces six-Hour Tracking delay - might other races?
Kimball Livingston,
Inside Transpac, one of the lively conversations of 2011 has centered on position-reporting delays, pro or con.... [more]
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GT30 World Powerboating Championship 2011 - Ben Morse clinches Bronze
Emma Slater,
GT30 World Powerboating Championship 2011 - It was a Bronze medal for Lancashire's Ben Morse after competing in the Championship. The seventeen year old from Ashton In Makerfield was racing against nine other competitors in a bid to become 2011 World GT30 Champion.... [more]
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Scottish RS200 Circuit 2011 at Largo Bay SC
Robbie Burns,
Scottish RS200 Circuit 2011 round four was hosted at Largo Bay SC on the 25th and 26th of June. The forecast was for light to medium winds and the chance of rain. However the East Neuk of Fife famous for its local microclimate of little rain lived up to its reputation.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Race entry from Western Australia
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Western Australia has returned to the race with the third entry from the state in the 15-year history of the event that is ‘Raced by People Like You'. The yacht will represent the City of Greater Geraldton (formerly Geraldton-Greenough).... [more]
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Flying 15 Inland Championships 2011 at Grafham Water
Flying 15 Inland Championships 2011 - Having failed to sail a single race earlier in the year through lack of wind, Grafham Water Sailing Club organised a re-run over the weekend of 25th and 26th June. Sunny skies and a steady Force 4-5 from the south west greeted competitors on the Saturday with a forecast for lighter winds on the Sunday.... [more]
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America's Cup: The View From Spithill's Office
Michelle Slade, Sailblast,
Jimmy Spithill's version of getting up and heading to the office is just a little different to most. He starts in the gym about 7.00am, heads home for a shower and breakfast, then hits the ORACLE Racing HQ at San Francisco's Pier 80 for an operations meeting which sets the team's agenda for the day.... [more]
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Lewmar Deck Switch Advisory Notice
Lewmar Marine,
Deck switch service update - Electric deck switches operate in a hostile environment and are subject to salt water, extremes of temperature, direct sunlight and UV effect. They are also susceptible to wear and tear following repeated use and can in some instances suffer accidental damage during boat operations.... [more]
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K6 Eurocup 2011 - High speeds on day one
Elena Giolai,
K6 Eurocup 2011 - A glorious day with southerly 20 knots winds kicked off the K6 Eurocup, which takes place every two years with participants mainly from Germany and Great Britain. The event finishes on Friday 1s July after a total of 13 legs according to the schedule... winds permitting.... [more]
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Dragon Worlds 2013 selection criteria for UK entries
Fiona Brown,
Dragon Worlds 2013 - British Dragon Association announces UK qualification system. Selection by the BDA is required to enter the 2013 Dragon Worlds. The number of boats qualified to enter is determined by the IDA, under Appendices 9 and 10.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 countdown begins
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2011 countdown is on with 358 sailors from 59 nations registered to compete. Many former ISAF Youth Worlds medallists throughout the years have gone on to achieve greatness in the Olympic Games, America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, and this years athletes will look to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.... [more]
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Mini Fastnet - A race of firsts for Jessica Watson
Scott Cavanough amended,
Scott Cavanough has now qualified for the Transat Race in September and Jessica Watson has finished her first ever Offshore Yacht race.... [more]
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Flying 15s Open Meeting at Burton
TNT Travellers series 2011 - Ogston's scheduled Flying Fifteen Open Meeting had to be cancelled because of lack of water. Burton Sailing Club kindly stepped in and hosted the meeting. The meeting attracted 14 entries, including four from Ogston and four from the new host Club. This meeting formed the first component of the series.... [more]
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Alton Water Cadet Open Meeting
David Elliott,
Alton Water Cadet Open Meeting 2011 - Counting four victories, Mary Henderson and Lulu Knott are winners of the inaugural event. Leading overnight, they reinforced their position with another bullet in the first of Sunday's two races and then made it a full set by winning the final race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker explains the Emirates team NZ campaign
PJ Montgomery,
Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker spoke with top international yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery on Newstalk ZB to explain the various campaigns that the New Zealand based team are running ahead of the 34th America's Cup. Barker also revealed their target dates for launching the first of the AC72's that the team will build and the impact on their build up with that boat, that they non-sai... [more]
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America's Cup: Jobson calls for stronger nationality rules
PJ Montgomery,
Former America's cup winner, leading media commentator and now President of US Sailing, Gary Jobson, spoke with top international yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery on his views of the current America's Cup. Jobson believed that there would be more interest in the current America's Cup, if there were stronger nationality rules imposed on the teams, which would in turn generate more of a nation... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 history in the making
Barby MacGowan,
Tomorrow, cannon fire from the iconic Castle Hill Lighthouse will signal the beginning of a historic ocean adventure when six yachts are sent off on the Transatlantic Race 2011.... [more]
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Lemonchois takes JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Richard Gladwell,
The 80th edition of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race started in fresh conditions, with a beat to the first turning mark, The Needles, at the western end of the Isle of Wight. Casualties came thick and fast with several collisions, and at least three crew swept overboard. Fortunately all were recovered safely.... [more]
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