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 06 Jul 2011

All the latest sailing news

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

All eyes are on the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships being held at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland.

Skandia Team GBR members and defending Skud18 world title holders Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell hold a four point lead going into day 4 of competition. Disappointment for John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas in the three-person Sonar event after a protest dropped them back to second. Helena Lucas and Megan Pascoe competing in the 2.4mR event remain in medal contention.

Megan Pascoe,2.4,GBR 98 - IFDS Worlds 2011  Paul Wyeth

Ian Williams is certainly a busy man. At the helm of Team GAC Pindar he blasted around the Extreme 40 course in Boston USA and now faces the starters gun in Sweden, competing at the Stena Match Cup, the next stop on the World Match Racing Tour.

Internationally, the Transatlantic Race is now underway, as is the Transpac. The Open European Championships continue in Finland and we have news and results from the RS100 Eurocup.

From Laser Masters to the Streaker Nationals, we have loads of dinghy news and results this week. Stay tuned and be up to date with all the local and international news - courtesy of

Have a great week. Team

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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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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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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IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2011 - Team GBR in the hunt
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's defending world title holders Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell have staked a four point lead over Australian rivals Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch at the halfway stage of the regatta. With five races still to go, the margin between the Brits and the Australians and the rest of the fleet appears to be widening – a situation which comes as no surprise to the 24-year-old crew Birrell.... [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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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing unveils Volvo Open 70 yacht
Sophie Luther,
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) today unveiled its Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team's state-of-the-art Volvo Open 70 racing yacht in Portofino, Northern Italy, as it charts a historic course to contest for top honours in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The yacht, which was developed by the USA's Farr Yacht Design and built by Italy, is one of the most sophisticated ever constructed.... [more]
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RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Lymington Town SC
Mark Cooper,
RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Lymington Town SC... [more]
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Rooster Laser Masters National Championships 2011 at Whistable YC
UK Laser Association,
Rooster Laser Masters National Championships 2011 attracted an entry of 94. The fleet was split 54 standards and 40 radials, each with their own start. The championship was also the second UK world-ranking event for the 2012 World Masters to be sailed in Brisbane, Australia. The forecast for the three days was dire to say the least, indicating a maximum gust wind strength of 5 - 7 knots if any.... [more]
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RS Feva Grand Prix at Torbay - Uncertainty until the end
Bill Tucker,
RS Feva Grand Prix 2011 - Riviera? Better than that! Adrenaline pumping? Well, not quite. The race team did extremely well to get all six races in. By the end of the third race on Saturday it was a fast drift. The sun cream did get a battering all weekend. On Sunday the wind started firmer at some 9 knots but then suffered a wobble causing a much shortened fifth race... [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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Cowes Week 2011 - Artemis Challenge returns on 10th August
Camilla Green,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 - Celebrating its fifth anniversary the Artemis Challenge will take place in the middle of Cowes Week, the world's largest sailing regatta and one of the UK's biggest sporting events. Some of the biggest names in ocean racing will battle it out in a high adrenaline 50 mile crewed race round the island onboard the latest generation Imoca 60 monohulls... [more]
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RS800 Gul Grand Prix 2011 at Lymington Town SC
Nick Charles,
RS800 Gul Grand Prix 2011 - Twenty 800s arrived at Lymington Town Sailing club to be greeted by a warm welcome, sunshine and eight knots of breeze. Despite some of the normal suspects missing due to weddings etc, it was great to see lots of new faces and four all-girl boats competing as part of the Women Super Skiff Series and lots of mixed teams.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - The Wave, Muscat claim podium position
Nicky Moore,
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - A thrilling final day of racing in Boston, USA, saw The Wave, Muscat claim their first podium position this Series, finishing the championship in third, under the guidance of new Skipper, British Olympian Leigh McMillan. After only one hour training with the prior to the event here, Leigh stepped onboard The Wave Muscat securing three race wins in his first day!... [more]
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NZL F15s arrive in England for World Championships
Sandra Williams,
The NZL boats have arrived in England ahead of the 18th F15 World Championship at Hayling Island YC 15 to 28 July 2011. The NZ team was selected at the 2011 National Championships and is made up of Murray Gilbert and Jonathan Burgess, Frenetic 3840, Ben Lowe and Kate Gilbert, Ffortitude 3839, John Leydon and Sandra Williams, Fflypast 3838, James Sandell and Graeme Robinson, Busineff 3754... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Local Women's skipper has semi finals hopes
Stena Match Cup Sweden amended Sail-World,
Stena Match Cup Sweden. The last flight for the day gave the Swedish skipper Anna Kjellberg some hope for the semi finals when her team won against Australian Nicky Souter.... [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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Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy 2011 at Ullswater YC
Ullswater Yacht Club,
After last year's Sunday race was cancelled because of gale force winds, this year the event suffered from the opposite - a lack of wind. Two races were held and consistency was the key to success with the top four boats overall gaining single-figure placings on both days despite the testing windless conditions.... [more]
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Impala Championships 2011 winner Patriot Games
Ben Meakins,
Impala Championships 2011 - Light winds plagued the eight Impalas who made it to the start line, in Hamble, over the weekend, but eventually the assembled yachts enjoyed some close, exciting one design racing – once the sea breeze had filled in, anyway.... [more]
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Royal Southern Yacht Club July Regatta 2011 day two
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Royal Southern Yacht Club July Regatta 2011 turned out to be a waiting game, but one that proved a winning strategy with ‘champagne sailing' conditions on the second day. The ‘P' flag flew from the Club's flagstaff early on both days after race officers judged – even without the assistance of a damaged Bramblemet – that gradient wind conditions out in The Solent would not support racing.... [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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