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 27 Jul 2011

The latest sailing news from the UK and beyond ...

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

Last week a thunderstorm, which dumped winds of more than 100 knots onto the Chicago-Mackinac fleet on the U.S.'s Lake Michigan provided notice to sailors and event organisers world wide that Mother Nature is in charge.

The Sail-World team was on location and will bring you more news as it unfolds.

Chicago Mackinac storm video  

A week for World Championships.

The 470 Junior World Championships are underway in Medemblik, Holland. Phil Sparks and David Kohler have the overall lead in the Mens championship after discarding a BFD.

At the Dart 18 World Championships at the time of writing this editorial, two British teams were fighting for top spot - Dan Norman and Melanie Rogers are leading on countback from Alan and Fiona Kernick.

Largs Scotland is currently playing host to the International OK Dinghy World Championships while, quite some distance away, Team GBR are in fine form at the RS Feva Worlds in Bruinisse, Netherlands.

470 Mens fleet - 470 Junior World Championships  Thom Touw ©

There is local dinghy news too from the Fireball Class, the Enterprise Nationals, the Firefly Nationals and much more.

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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Competitive Laser fleet
International Sailing Federation,
Over 100 Laser and Laser Radial sailors will make the trip to Weymouth and Portland for the Olympic Test Event, as the sailors' countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Fifty six Laser sailors and forty nine Laser Radial sailors will represent their nation in a bid to get the upper hand on Olympic waters with one year to go.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—100 Knots and Off the Clock

Hearing that it's windy and rainy is one thing. Hearing that water is vaporizing all around you is a completely different tale of horror. Descriptions of the 'strobing' lightning and 'white water everywhere' are on an entirely different level than anything that racing sailors in North America have seen in many, many decades.... [more]
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F4 World Powerboat Championship - Curtis reclaims Champions title
Emma Slater,
F4 World Powerboat Championship - Twenty seven year old powerboat racer Scott Curtis from Norwich has been crowned the 2011 F4 World Champion for the second time. Curtis, from the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club, fought off strong competition from competitors from four different nations in the fifth and final round of the F4 World Championship to reclaim the Champions title.... [more]
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RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Aldeburgh YC
Dan Saltmarsh,
RS600 Gul Grand Prix - The breezy forecast did not disappoint with a strong north-westerly F5 and even gusting up to F6 at times. This along with the large breaking waves seemed to put everyone off launching down the steep stony beach, and after seeing the safety boat swamped in the breakers many were unsure about launching.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship day 2
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship - Only two races were required for a full qualification series. Approx 10kts hit the deck with a 30 degree shift predicted at some point. The shift happened during the final race which was abandoned due to fleet inversion tendencies. That was when the magic happened.... [more]
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Press Conference with Chicago Yacht Club's Greg Freeman
Chicago Yacht Club,
Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac. Press Conference audio - Greg Freeman, Chair of the Race to Mackinac Comittee... [more]
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Southern Spars take top three overall in the Region of Sardinia Trophy
Southern Spars congratulate the Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, and complete with a Southern Spars' TPT rig, for obtaining their first victory in an Audi MedCup event on 24 July. After finishing second in two of the MedCup regattas last year, a win was exactly what Jochen Schuemann, Sebastien Col and the international crew needed at the Region of Sardinia Trophy in the Gulf of Cagliari.... [more]
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Lark Open Meeting at Exe SC
Stuart Hydon,
Lark Open Meeting - Seventeen boats braved the July end of term M5 rush in what was the last opportunity for some last minute practice before the Nationals at Abersoch. Remarkably the roads proved clear and the forecast true with winds between 7 and 11 knots. Exe sailing club ran the two day event with only one recall and no black flags!... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships - Sparks and Kohler hang on
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The reigning Junior 470 Womens World Champions are Victoria Jurczok and Josephine Bach. Jurczok was relieved the strong winds of the past few days had given way to something lighter, albeit at times it was barely windy enough to fill spinnakers.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds Championship day 4 - Into the end game
Gerald New,
For Series leaders Vials and Turner it was a great recovery performance. Seventh at the first mark, they misjudged the tide and hit the mark, after turns they were in tenth place. Slowly making places they were able to round the final mark in fourth.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 3 - Style master and the rising star
The PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam's third day experienced lighter winds and super flat waters in which the style master Tonky Frans and the rising star Xenia Kessler stormed through the double elimination. A gentle day in Fuerteventura placed the sailors on standby throughout the morning, allowing them to soak up the sun, enjoy the relaxing tunes and taste the culinary delights inside the main tent... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds lead to Norman and Rogers
Dart 18 Worlds,
The Delphis Dart 18 World Championships first day saw only two races sailed under completely different circumstances. After a delay there was a light but stable wind to start the first race. Thierry and Christine Wibeaux from France reached the first mark with a big lead, followed by the English team Geoff and Jenny Lloyd.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships day 1 - The joy of sailing
Mary Reddyhoff & Mike Edwards,
The International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 are now underway in Largs, Scotland. On the first day of the event, spectators were treated to an Opening Ceremony performance by the Boys Brigade in which the sailors again were able to listen to the sound of the pipes play by 14 year old Christopher who is a member of Largs Sailing Club as they launched their boats.... [more]
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Enterprise Nationals day 1
Enterprise Association UK,
The Enterprise Championships are now underway at Looe Sailing Club. The championship has attracted a fleet of 58 Enterprises that have experienced significantly variable winds conditions on the first day of competition.... [more]
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World defeats Ireland to win International Match Racing Challenge
Sonja Lee,
The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin played host to the second annual International Match Racing Challenge over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July. Ireland's top Match Racing Teams went head to head against a World Team, consisting of five international teams from Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Atlantic qualifier begins for Team Telefónica
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entrant Team Telefónica have now set out on their 2,000 mile Atlantic qualifier that is a requirement of the VOR rules. Iker Martínez and his crew departed their base in Lanzarote to begin the journey. 'It's a key test because this is one of the last ones we'll have before we have to make some decisions,' said Mallorca's Jordi Calafat.... [more]
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F18, Hurricane and Shearwater National Championships preview
Ian Molyneux,
The F18, Hurricane and Shearwater National Championships 2011 are set to begin in only two weeks at Yaverland SC on the Isle of Wight. The action for the F18 and Hurricane Nationals will take place from the 12th -14th August with three races scheduled each day. The Multihull sailors from all over the UK are eagerly anticipating what's promising to be the biggest and best catamaran event this year.... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Week 2011 overall
Justin Chisholm,
Panerai British Classic Week 2011 saw a wide range of weather conditions which tested the skippers and crews of the 71 vintage and classic yachts to the full. After gales on the opening day of the regatta had sadly put paid to the much anticipated around the island race, competitors then faced challenging 20 knot plus breezes on the second day... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup - Royal Southern Academy Match Team through to final
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
ISAF Nations Cup 2011 - Andy Shaw and the Royal Southern Academy Match Racing Team finished as runners up in the recently completed ISAF Nations Cup European Championship in Poland (18-23 July), taking some notable scalps in the process. As a result, this feisty team has earned a Wild Card entry to the Grand Final in the USA this September.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship 2011 day 1
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship 2011 - Today was for the big boys and girls with 18-22kts average and gusts of some more. Rescue was stretched but nowhere close to breaking point. Medics were on standby though, with their extractor pumps to remove the dangerous excess levels of adrenaline produced.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta 2011 latest entry Dasher
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion 2011 - Two-time Whitbread yacht Adventure, the British Royal Navy entrant in 1973 and 1977, will be represented at the regatta by her sister ship Dasher, raced by original members of Adventure's crew and joined by some of the crew from British Satquote Defender, the British Joint Services maxi boat entry in 1989-90.... [more]
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Volvo Cup Laser SB3 2011 overall
Elena Giolai,
Volvo Cup Laser SB3 2011 - On Saturday the wind from the south was strong and gusty - 18 knots. Three races were held back to back. It was a colourful spectacle where the top contenders all vied back and forth for a place on the podium. On Sunday two races were held with the north wind which then dropped during the second race thus reducing the course which had already been shifted to the left.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Yacht Race - HMS Illustrious to support race start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - With one week to go until the cannon fires to signal the race start, the first global event to set off from the Solent since 2004, organisers are thrilled to welcome the Royal Navy's helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, which will attend the weekend's festivities, culminating in the race start on Sunday 31 July.... [more]
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New Contender World Champion
The new 2011 Contender World Champion is Bjarke B. Johnsen from Denmark... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds day 3 - Alderson and Mcaullay make their move
Gerald New,
Three more races in a good breeze for each of the flights allowed PRO Roger Palmer to get the Flying 15 Worlds back on schedule and complete the qualifiers. The defending champions, Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay from Australia, resurrected their challenge with a steady 5, 5, 3, to move from 16th to second.... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian team excused from further competition
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup organisers have announced that Venezia Challenge has defaulted on the requirements to be a competitor in both the America's Cup World Series and the 34th America's Cup. The Venezia Challenge shore team had been in Cascasis, Portugal, assembling the AC45 catamaran which had been allocated to the team for competition in the first round of the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships 2011 - The battle rages on
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The 470 Junior World Championships 2011 experienced a tense morning on day three as they waited to see if there would be any racing for the day in Medemblik, Holland. The 92 teams from 26 nations had already been through two hard days of qualifying and today was meant to mark the end of the qualification phase, but after waiting until 1400 hours the Race Committee decided to cancel all races... [more]
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International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 day 1
Mary Reddyhoff,
The International OK Dinghy World Championship 2011's first day welcomed sixty-six sailors from three continents to Largs Sailing Club on the west coast of Scotland to participate in the 49th ‘Scotty Brand' World Championship. The practice race was scheduled to commence at 1400, but a flat sea and limp flags was the view from the balcony of Largs Sailing Club at 1300.... [more]
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420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 day 1
420 Sailing,
The 420 Open and Ladies European Championships 2011's first day dawned with an overcast sky, the first for several weeks, before the usual blue sky kicked in, whilst the wind struggled to sustain itself. With a final entry of 77 entries in the Open fleet and 62 entries in the Ladies fleet, both divisions have been split into a blue and yellow fleet.... [more]
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Firefly Nationals 2011 day 1
Chris Guy,
The Carbonology Firefly Nationals 2011 are currently underway at Felixstowe Ferry SC. Perfect sailing conditions rewarded the 53 boats who made the trip to the east coast for the first day of the 65th Championships. The husband and wife team of Ben and Jenny Vines, who are winners of the last championships, led in the rankings.... [more]
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UK Women's Open Keelboat Championship 2011 overall
Natalie Gray,
Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championship 2011 - Over one hundred women from all over the UK took part in the event, which was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble and supported by Title Sponsor Dubarry. Six races over two days were split into two classes - IRC and J80. Racing in the Solent was challenging with light winds on Saturday.... [more]
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Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships
International Laser Class Association,
Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships, La Rochelle, France. A WNW breeze of 14-16 knots with gusts up to 18 knots and a beautiful sunshine added up to a great day on water. Two good races were run again for all fleets.... [more]
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Penutlimate day 4 sets up for thrilling finish at Techno Worlds
David Wells,
Day 4 at the Techno Worlds and as the sailors rigged up for racing the fog itself was racing towards Alcatraz. Adam Purcell (GBR 62) is doing his part to keep things interesting in the boy's Under 17 division.... [more]
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Flying 15 World Championship 2011 Day 2 lead to Vials and Turner
Gerald New,
The Flying 15 World Championship 2011's second day allowed for two races completed at Hayling Island SC though it was another day filled with shifts and holes for the fleet. Some of the comments by competitors after Saturdays racing are unrepeatable here, not through any fault of the race organisation.... [more]
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International OK Dinghy World Ranking list July 2011
Robert Deaves,
In the final OK Dinghy World Rankings release before next week's World Championship in Largs, Scotland, current world champion Karl Purdie (NZL) retains the number one spot from former world champion Greg Wilcox (NZL). Terry Curtis (GBR) moves up one place to third while some recent good results have boosted another former world champion Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) to fourth.... [more]
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RS Tera Southern Area Championships 2011 at Hayling Island SC
RS Tera Class Association,
RS Tera Southern Area Championships 2011 are being hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club over the weekend of 24th and 25th September. Australian clothing brand Zhik are officially announced as a sponsor of the event. The RS Tera class has seen accelerated growth in popularity over the last four years and is proving to be a winner with young people around the world, the class has an emphasis on f... [more]
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