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 27 Jul 2011

All the latest sailing news ....

Welcome to this week's edition of's European 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  

Quite a week for World Championships.

The 470 Junior World Championships are underway in Medemblik, Holland. Annika Bochmann and Anika Lorenz from Germany are currently leading the Womens fleet with the Dutch team of, Nina Keijzer and Anneloes van Veen, second.

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The Dart 18 World Championships are also underway, as indeed are the F16 Worlds in Maubuisson, France. Meanwhile the International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 too are underway in Largs, Scotland.

In Aarhus, Denmark Carlo Fracassoli (ITA) leads the Melges 24 European Championship while earlier in the week Polish sailor Przemyslaw Tarnacki won the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final.

This edition is jammed packed full of all the latest sailing news and images from around the globe. Stay up to date with

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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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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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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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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International Lightning Class Association World Championship day 2
International Lightning Class Association,
International Lightning Class Association World Championship second day started with another perfect day of sailing in Buzios, Brazil. Winds were from the East/Southeast at 14-16 kts. The Brazilian Team of Claus Biekarck, Gunner Ficker and Marcelo Batista da Silva kept their head in the game and won the only race of the day on the final beat and are leading the regatta after three races... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships reshuffle of the pack
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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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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Audi MedCup: Images from spectacular Sardinia
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman (GBR), was at the recent round of the Audi MedCup in Sardinia, and provided this gallery of spectacular images of the event.... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match 2011 set for August 1st
Anna Holmdahl White,
The Lysekil Women's Match 2011 is all set to start on the 1st August and will run through to the 6th August in Lysekil, Sweden. The sailor in the number two spot in the world, Nicky Souter of Australia will be competing in the event. With women's match racing as a new discipline at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the regattas in Lysekil, Sweden are hotter than ever.... [more]
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Melges 24 European Championship 2011 day 2
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 European Championship 2011 - Despite the presence of an encouraging six - eight knot breeze on the racecourse early on the morning of day two of the Championship, sadly by the time the 80 boat international fleet had arrived at the starting area, the wind had faded a little and was becoming increasingly unstable.... [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 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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18ft Skiff German Open Grand Prix 2011 days 1 and 2
Frank Quealey,
German Open 18ft Skiff Grand Prix 2011 - Strong winds forced the race committee to cancel racing on days one and two in Travemunde. With three British, one Danish and seven German teams set to contest the regatta, day one presented the fleet with 18-knot winds, which gusted to 35-knots, making conditions impossible for the skiffs.... [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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Champions crowned at 2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships
David Wells,
2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships final day was a full one with two course races and a long distance race on the agenda and the tension could be cut with a knife with multiple world titles up in the air. The last day of the regatta followed the trend of oscilating fog banks; one day it's in, the next day it's out.... [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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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011 day 2 - All guns blazing
The PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011 experienced incredible weather conditions on day two with 20 knots of wind, blazing sun and turquoise waters that allowed Jose Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa to bulldoze their way through the single elimination. Consistent conditions allowed the remaining heats of the single elimination and the opening heats on the men's double elimination to be completed.... [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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ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final victory to Przemyslaw Tarnacki
Gdynia Sailing Days,
The ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final in match racing has resulted in a win for Przemyslaw Tarnacki of Poland. Tarnacki with his crew won the right to take part in the Grand final, which will be held in September in the United States. The Polish representative has advanced to the semifinals from second place after the Round Robin.... [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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Melges 24 European Championship 2011 day 1 domination by Favini
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 European Championship 2011 got underway in superb style on day one with Flavio Favini on SUI 782 Blu Moon dominating out on the water amid a 13-15 knot breeze. Leading the all amateur Corinthian Division and lying in fourth place in the overall standings is Estonian Tonu Toniste on EST 790 Lenny.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi images,
The Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 has now come to a close in Cagliari, Sardinia. This gallery of action images is by photographer Guido Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship 2011 – Great practice day
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship 2011 - The day was characterised by low key intensity. No bother, no hassle, just everyone calmly getting on with it. Final 50 boats registered with the queue never longer than five at its peak flow, first briefings held for the full safety teams and coaches, sailors doing final checks and the race committee laying the practice course... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 images by Studio Borlenghi
Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 images by photographers Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi.... [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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470 Class Junior World Championships day 2 lead to British
Rick van Wijngaarden,
Day two of the Delta Lloyd Junior 470 World Championships in Medemblik. The Men/Mixed Fleet is split into two divisions of 30 boats. Two race wins by British team Phil Sparks and David Kohler suggests they dominated the day, although they didn't take the lead until the very end of race one.... [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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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's crews switch to Rugby
With Rugby World Cup fast looming, and with crews who have been working out of the same base together for several months about to depart, team training was varied to take in a game of touch rugby on nearby Victoria Park. In a game of Red vs Black - the Volvo Ocean race entry Camper crew, lining up against the America's Cup and Extreme 40 crew,... [more]
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Swan European Regatta 2011 overall
Cailah Leask,
Swan European Regatta 2011 came to an end last week after a fantastic week of racing in the beautiful setting of the Solent. The weather conditions could not have been any better with the Race Committee delivery superb courses daily. Classes A, B and C completed 8 races and the Swan 45 Class sailed 11.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships - 94 teams from 26 nations ready to
Rick van Wijngaarden,
Racing at the 470 Junior World Championships kicks off on Friday 22 July. All corners of the world will be well represented in Holland. Furthest travelled will be the Kiwi team of James Turner and Matthew Jones. There are many sibling teams racing in Medemblik, with 11 sets of brothers in the men's division.... [more]
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