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 03 Aug 2011

You are excused if you think the last Clipper Round the World Race only happened yesterday. Well, the next one is on its way. There's a delightful lack of contentiousness about the Clipper - just "get out there and do it" - it's an event that delivers, with a minimum of PR bull**** that a few other events could well take note of. Some people even dare to say that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has done more to popularise sailing than all the America's Cups and TP series' rolled together. Some people say...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 3 - Southampton to Madeira
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Another night of light winds has continued to test the ten teams competing in the race. The tricky sailing conditions have been added to by busy shipping lanes and the depth of water in which anchors had to be dropped in order to prevent boats moving backwards in strong counter currents and no wind.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Competitors duel for King of the Mountain title
MaxComm Communication,
St Moritz Match Race - For the ninth year running, St. Moritz is preparing to welcome the world's top match racers. The competitors will be duelling for the annual Match Race title, a cash prize of 150,000 CHF and – most sought after all – the 'King of the Mountain' title!... [more]
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Women's Match Racing event first to set sail at Olympic test event
Elliott 6m Sailing,
The Women's Match Racing competition is the first Olympic Sailing Event to set sail at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta when the Round Robin stage commences on Tuesday 2 August. The fleet of brand new Elliott 6m boats has been prepared over the last month. Teams from 12 nations will compete in a round robin, the top eight will go through to quarter, semi and final stages.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships Day 5
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - The sun has finally made an appearance here on San Francisco Bay for the second to last day of the Laser 4.7 Worlds. The wind has come up moderately from the cloud covered eight to ten knots of the past few days to a consistent 12 knots, with puffs to 20 on an exceptionally clear day.... [more]
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PWA Sotevento Fuerteventura World Cup stunning finale
The PWA Fuerteventura World Cup 2011 has come to a stunning conclusion on day ten, the final day of competition. The sailors knew they were in for an action packed day as they made their way to the event site for the final showdown. Race director Juan Antonio Aragon, announced that just two more eliminations would be completed and that's all that separated the sailors from their final result.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Equipment inspections
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - All the teams and sailors have to go through measurement and equipment inspections. Chairman of the Measurement Team, Dick Batt (GBR), is on hand to check the equipment with a strong team of international measurers and volunteers to ensure an equal playing field and to test their procedures one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]
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Sydney Boat Show closes after five days of glorious sunshine
Domenic Genua,
With the show closing after five glorious days of sunshine, the mood was upbeat amongst the 270 exhibitors. Whilst the visitor numbers did not surpass the crowds of last year, feedback remained positive and exhibitors reported that visitors to the show arrived with a thirst for information and a desire to further their boating activities... [more]
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Images of Cascais: Top teams arrive and assemble, while new teams sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget took these images around Cascais, Portugal as Emirates Team NZ, Artemis Racing and the Defender, Oracle Racing unpacked their boats and started the four day process to get assembled and sailing.... [more]
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SingaporeSailing's 5-prong plan to catch the Olympic wind
Tan Yo-Hinn,,
SingaporeSailing's Olympic Pathway Taskforce, formed six months ago, released five recommendations to ensure success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and beyond. They are: The establishment of joint-management teams, milestone planning, forming regional alliances, merit-driven funding and an Olympic pathway.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 9 - Spectacular crashes
Ed Sinclair,
Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam. Picking up the race where we left off yesterday, round two of the elimination saw the hottest sailors of the day on fine form. Jules Denel (Exocet), Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine) and Buzianis were all caught out by the testing conditions and went down in huge individual crashes.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A spectacular send off
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world's longest ocean race at 40,000 miles. It is the first time since 2004 that a round the world yacht race has started from the iconic sailing grounds of the Solent and the large community of sailing and boating enthusiasts turned out in force to witness the spectacle under blue skies and eight to ten knots of breeze.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro off to a good start
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 42nd edition got off to a good start on Sunday in Perros Guirec, despite the light five-knot westerly breeze and unusual downwind start. Hundreds of fans lined the cliffs and crowded onto the many spectator boats to see the fleet of Figaro sailors set off on the first 320-mile leg of the four stage month long race.... [more]
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America's Cup: New TV graphics will be a sporting first
Bernie Wilson, AP,
The yellow first-down line that has become a staple of football broadcasts is coming to the America's Cup. Thanks to improved graphics, viewers sitting in front of their TVs or computer screens will easily be able to tell which boat is ahead, see the line the boats will use as a final guide into the next turning mark and know when the fast 45-foot catamarans are within a certain number of boat... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Arkadiy Kistanov maintains lead to win
Robert Deaves,
Leading from the first race to the end, Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) kept his head on the final day of the Finn Silver Cup in Moscow to win the Junior World Championship after three more races were sailed. Milosz Wojewski (POL) had a great last day to climb to second overall, while team mate Artur Ponieczynski (POL) dropped one place to take third overall.... [more]
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