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 06 Jul 2011

The latest sailing news from around the globe

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

Stena Match Cup Sweden is the next stop for the World Match Racing Tour. Some of the World's top women match racers have almost finished their competition, with Claire Leroy (France) reaching the final against Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).

Stena Match Cup Sweden 2011  Dan Ljungsvik - Match Cup Sweden ©

Men's competition is scheduled for tomorrow with Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing among the favourites after making the finals of the last three Tour events. Bruni currently has a 23-point buffer at the top of the World Match Racing Tour standings.

The Open European Championships continue in Finland while Warnemuender Woche is in full swing in Germany.

The high fliers from the PWA World Tour continue on their way – be sure to look at the amazing ‘flying' images from the Ponzo event by photographer John Carter.

Loads more news, videos and results this week so be sure to stay tuned to for all the latest sailing news from around the globe.

Have a great week. Team puts shoulder to Chicago-Mackinac wheel
Race to Mackinac - event media,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot will receive world wide coverage, as a result of a recent contract signed between the largest marine news network in the world, and the Chicago Yacht Club... [more]
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Optimist European Championship 2011 – Day 2
Optimist European Championship 2011 - Racing continued today with another two races for all eight divisions. The conditions were similar to yesterday, blue skies and high temperatures. Race three was started in about 10-12 knots which gradually dropped during the day to eight knots.... [more]
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Pozo Gran Canaria PWA World Cup - 40 knots and pumping
Pozo Gran Canaria PWA World Cup's first day on the men and women's wave tour kicked off to a flying start as Pozo Izquierdo lived up to its reputation providing steep waves and ballistic winds. Having missed the opening four minutes of his heat, Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) managed to secure the win by landing all his moves.... [more]
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First edition of the offshore race - Route Rimouski-Anticosti
Robert Dorais,
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is proud to present the first edition of the Route Rimouski-Anticosti regatta that will depart on Sunday, July 10. This 650 miles offshore race will follow a route which start from Rimouski to get around Anticosti Island in the counterclockwise direction to return to Rimouski. There will be a class for Mini 6.50 meters and another according to IRC.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Video coverage of the race starts
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 Race 2011 video footage of the starts. The Transatlantic Race 2011 charts a 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, England.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 - John Ruf turns up the heat
IFDS Worlds 2011,
USA's John Ruf, who unlike much of the fleet didn't compete at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at the same WPNSA venue last month, made light work of fickle winds and torrential rain at the IFDS World Championships in Portland Harbour today (Tuesday 4 July) to score two seconds and move into second spot overall, three points behind reigning 2.4mR World champion Schmitter.... [more]
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Open Europeans Helsinki - Racing challenge for fleets
Kurt Lönnqvist amended,
Sailors' nerves were put to the test due to the postponements at the Open Europeans 2011 in Helsinki. However, there were no major changes at the top in any of the classes. With six races completed and a 21st in the last, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia lost the lead in the Laser Standards. His compatriot Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) took the lead while Poland's Jonasz Stelmaszyk held third.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 - Trying times for Team Extreme
Team Extreme amended,
Team Extreme took part in Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Boston. But it was not the week of Team Extreme. 'Yes we won one race and we had some more highlights. But overall we performed not so well. We will analyze our mistakes.'... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 – Maxi Yachts make fantastic progress
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - The Maxi Yachts that started on July 3 from Newport, R.I. to The Lizard in southeast England have been making fantastic progress. Little in the way of tactics have come into play thus far, as all six yachts in IRC Class One have been taking the direct route, coaxing every knot of speed out of their powerful machines.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - World's best Women Match Racers + Video
World Match Racing Tour,
Stena Match Cup 2011 is currently underway in Marstrand, Sweden. The fifth stage World Match racing Tour event has a host of the world's top female match racers doing battle on the waters of Marstrand Fjord. The women's class racing kicked off the event with a showcase of skill and talent as the teams went head to head in the identical Olympic Elliott 6m yachts... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 preview
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 is open to yachts over 18.29-metres (60-feet) and pits together the largest, finest and most technologically-advanced monohull yachts in direct competition. The event additionally comprises the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. This new competition, baptised in 2010, creates a showcase for the popular Mini Maxi division (yachts from 18.29-24.08 metres).... [more]
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Optimist European Championship 2011 - Day 1
Optimist European Championship 2011 - The 225 sailors from 37 countries were eager to launch today for the first race of the Championship. The wind was off shore, not the prevailing direction but conditions were perfect for the two races today for each of the eight divisions. The first race 10-12 knots saw most of the fleet going right to make the most of the current.... [more]
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RS100 Euro Grand Prix at Gravedona, Lake Como - Day 3
Golly Tucker,
RS100 Euro Grand Prix 2011 - Race seven started with a fairly even line and boats spread the length of it and getting fair starts. With the wind at its standard 12-15kts, a little chop and a sunny 28 degrees it made for an even beat, with places changing all the way to the top. At the first mark it was Childs from Vaughan and Gorringe.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - Intense competition
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - The anticipated wait for the opening event on the men and women's wave calendar is over, as the world's most radical sailors descend on the island of Gran Canaria for six days of intense competition. The internationally recognized location of Pozo will play host to the most talented wave sailors from around the globe as they embark on the opening wave event.... [more]
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Images from Lorient: A Slice of Offshore Heaven
Ben Gladwell,
A section of the French port of Lorient is set aside as the first European centre for offshore racing. The City of Sail Eric Tabarly, opened in April 2008, is now the showcase of French sailing. The area is completely open to the public, who are able to get up close with some of the boats that most of us can only dream about.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Come from behind win for America's Cup team
Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand clinched victory at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in an epic showdown as the circuit made a very successful USA debut. As the country celebrated Independence Day, American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in to the final race with an 8 point lead after heading the leaderboard for most of the past 5 days... [more]
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Warnemuender Woche - New Bic Techno German Youth Champion
Warnemuender Woche amended,
Warnemuender Woche 2011 commenced at the beginning of the week. After an inital day's delay due to the weather, the program is continuing, with several classes having now completed their competition.... [more]
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ORC Worlds fleet ITC analysis
ORC Press,
International Technical Committee (ITC) Chairman Alessandro Nazareth was on hand to observe the fleet for the two days of inshore racing at the ORCi World Champsionship, which concluded a week ago in Cres, Croatia.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 - Liesl Tesch Tesch's paralympic dream
Australian SKUD crew Liesl Tesch hopes she and Dan Fitzgibbon's performance at the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 this week will help towards her completing a unique Paralympic medal set, having already won three Paralympic medals in wheelchair basketball!... [more]
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Kite Course Racing Worlds 2011 - Heineken and Bridge crowned champions
Markus Schwendtner,
Kite Course Racing World Championships 2011 - After twelve races and three discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of three+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!... [more]
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Federation Francaise de Voile applies for ISAF accreditation
The application of the Fédération Française de Voile marks a hugely positive step forwards for the ISAF Training and Development Department and with a National Training Programme.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Malcesine images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series - Carlo Borlenghi's gallery of images from the racing action in Malcesine.... [more]
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RS100 Euro Grand Prix at Gravedona, Lake Como - Day 2
Golly Tucker,
RS100 Euro Grand Prix 2011 - Another glorious day here on Lake Como was started by a very slow drift to the start line. Half way there it was looking like it would be a long day with little breeze. However as soon as the keen RS100 sailors made it to the start line the wind appeared, blowing about 12 knots.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2011 countdown
Fiona Brown,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup - With less than a week to go to the start of the race anticipation is building amongst the international fleet signed up to compete. In addition to the core of regular domestic Quarter Ton Class aficionados who flock to Cowes each year, this year entries have also been received from Ireland, France and the Netherlands, as well as from Russia and New Zealand.... [more]
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Images of Rolex Baltic Race Week, Day 5: Metre Rule classics
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this outstanding galley, from the final day of racing, in Six, Eight and Twelve Metre yachts sailing at Rolex Baltic Race Week, being hosted at Flensburger Segelclub in cooperation with Kieler Yacht Club, Germany... [more]
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Vassiliki Watersports Festival 2011
Simon Morgan,
While Greece may be experiencing difficult times at present the Gods surely shone on the small village of Vassiliki on the island of Lefkas with the best possible conditions for all sorts of racing at one of Europe's premier sailing and windsurfing locations.... [more]
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True Blue Racing wins the 2011 Jagna Eliza Trophy
True Blue Racing,
True Blue Racing has won the fourth edition of the Jagna Eliza Trophy in Gora Zlota, Poland defeating Pic from Poland 2-0 in the finals. The event was part of the 2011 Polish Pro Am Match Racing Tour and was the final European event before the team heads to America on Tuesday. With four rounds of the Polish Tour complete True Blue Racing has been the only team to win two events.... [more]
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RS100 Eurocup 2011 day 1
Golly Tucker,
As seams customary at Gravedona the sailors arose to beautiful sunshine but very little wind. This was not a problem as we were guaranteed a southerly breeze filling in at 1 o'clock. We were certainly not disappointed. 1 o'clock came and BOOM. 15 knots from the South. Perfect!... [more]
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America's Cup: Format announced for Louis Vuitton Cup
Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup, has issued the dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series. To take place in 2013, the objective of the challenger series is to both build and identify the strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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Team Redbull - Crossing the Aegean following the stars in a Tornado
Andrew Dowley,
Following the stars, having a compass and the lighthouses as their allies, the tornado sailing athletes Iordanis Paschalides and Konstantinos Trigonis, will attempt crossing the Aegean, starting from Thessaloniki on July 4th and terminating their journey at Chania.... [more]
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