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 16 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 August 2011

Rambler crew with the bulb-less keel of the upturned yacht clearly visible - photos from the Fastnet Race rescue taken by Nigel Millard  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 August 2011

There's only one story in the sailing world today - the capsize of the fastest supermaxi in the world during the Rolex Fastnet Race.

In fact there has only been one story in the sailing world all week, which is the Rolex Fastnet Race, which has dominated Sail-World's story rankings - despite our saturation coverage of the the final days of the America's Cup World Series.

The Rolex Fastnet Race has been taking nine of the top ten stories for the past couple of days - despite saturation coverage of the America's Cup World Series.

Rambler 100 capsized in Fastnet  .. ©

And the event that did crack the top ten, was not America's Cup but the latest report from the Solitaire du Figaro, which is rounding Wolf Rock off the Cornish coast.

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week is also featuring well - with the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing flying around the course - more in this edition.

Team Vodaphone Sailing flying - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011  Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media

But back to the capsize - we have a report which is being updated along with images and now a video of one of the crew talking of the events in an Irish pub.

We will continue to update as the events unfold, right now it is after midnight in Ireland, and we don't expect too much more for another six hours or so.

The last image of Rambler before her capsize reaching back from Fastnet Rock - Rolex Fastnet Race 2011  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Meanwhile Banque Populaire has finished and set a new record for the Rolex Fastnet classic.

And in the van of the fleet itself there is great interest in the performance of the three Volvo Ocean race entries. To the surprise of some the revamped Telefonica Blue, now the Chinese entry Team Sanya, led the two latest generation entries, Groupama and Abu Dhabi as they cleared Land's End and headed out across the Irish sea.

We'll keep updating from the offshore classic as it unfolds over the next couple of days – stay tuned to

Banque Populaire on the return to smash the race record Rolex Fastnet Race 2011  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Rambler 100 capsized in Fastnet - keel bulb fallen off + Video,
The yacht Rambler 100 has capsized between the Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy. The Irish Coastguard services are coordinating the rescue. The Baltimore RNLI lifeboat is on the scene. Two Sikorsky helicopters have been scrambled and an Irish Naval vessel is en route to the scene of the accident... [more]
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Images of Rolex Fastnet: Big boats around The Rock
Daniel Forster and Carlo Borlenghi,
Top international photographers, Daniel Forster and Carlo Borglenghi, worked double shifts to capture the supermaxis and Volvo racers rounding Fastnet Rock, and also the giant multihull Banque Populaire as she finished to take the race record.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day 4: Glorious again
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day 4 of racing and 'Huey' is being kind to this year's competitors, turning on the sunshine and breeze. After three glorious days of sunshine, wind and great racing, there was similar weather for yesterday's lay day.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta at St. Francis YC
Rich Roberts,
The 18ft Skiff International Regatta is being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and Michael Coxon, an Australian, has a bit of advice for the world-class sailors who will soon be testing the waters of San Francisco Bay in the buildup to the 34th America's Cup in 2013: respect.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Nationals Day 1
Musto Skiff,
Musto Performance Skiff National Championships are being hosted by the Mounts Bay Sailing Club and have now completed the first day of racing. Race 1 was postponed to allow the forecast breeze to settle at 220 degrees. After two general recalls racing got away at the third attempt.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Volvo 70 trio rounding the rock
Sophie Luther,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is currently underway with Groupama Sailing Team having rounded the Fastnet Rock a fraction ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing after the two new boats overhauled crafty underdogs and Volvo Ocean Race rivals Team Sanya on day two.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Eventful day for Fields duo
Nicky Moore,
Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 - The father and son duo of Ross and Campbell Field are currently competing in their first competitive race on their Class 40, BSL,in the Rolex Fastnet Race. We share with you the latest from the duo's blog. Sunday was a pretty eventful day for the team on BSL, and to be honest a bit strange for Ross and I to have a few extra bodies on board to consider!... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - The big boys round the rock
Royal Ocean Racing Club,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is currently in progress and now, the two large trimarans in the fleet have rounded the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland at around 0930 this morning. As expected Loick Peyron's Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA) was leading, but surprisingly just eight miles ahead of the Seb Josse-skippered Gitana 11 (FRA)... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Jérémie Beyou takes the lead in leg 3
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro - Brilliant routeing and excellent speed in the Irish Sea and... Jérémie Beyou (BPI) takes the lead on the third leg of the Solitaire du Figaro. The fleet passed Wolf Rock early afternoon and has now to tackle with the complicated Channel crossing and the even more delicate approach to Brittany.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Blistering first 24 hours for the Class40's
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - At 11:20 local time on Sunday, 19 fully-crewed Class40's crossed the startline of the 600-mile race. After 24 hours of racing, the familiar Class40-close combat and drama is evident. With a total of 314 yachts starting the race, the fully-crewed Class40's had the third start of the day, following the giant multihulls and the IMOCA Open 60's... [more]
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More images from Rolex Fastnet Race: Volvo Ocean Racers - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
More images sent from onboard the three Volvo Ocean Race entrants by the media crew members onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama Sailing Team and Team Sanya in the Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Fastnet Race images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Images from Rolex Fastnet Race: Volvo Ocean Racers - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Images sent from onboard the three Volvo Ocean Race entrants by the media crew members onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama Sailing Team and Team Sanya in the Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds final day images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Erik Simonson took these images from the last day of racing at the Laser Masters Worlds 2011 sailed on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Fastnet Race: Team Sanya level-pegging with Groupama and Abu Dhabi
It's Day 2 of the Rolex Fastnet Race and underdogs Team Sanya are neck and neck with favourites Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Groupama Sailing Team after going it alone tactically overnight. The former Telefonica Blue, skippered by 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean race winning skipper, Mike Sanderson, held a small lead over the two newest generation Volvo Ocean race yachts, as the second day dawned.... [more]
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470 Junior European championships day 6 – Challenging light conditions
International 470 Class Association,
470 Junior European championships - The light winds on day six of racing proved a test not just for the teams, as the Race Committee had the challenge of laying the race course with an eight to ten knot breeze and two knot current both from the same direction.... [more]
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Solo Sailor just days away from Mooloolaba and the Record
Terry Travers,
Queensland based solo sailor Bruce Arms aboard his 46' catamaran Big Wave Rider is just over two days away from claiming the record for sailing a solo, unassisted circumnavigation of Australia. Since rounding Tasmania's South East Cape on Friday after a rugged crossing of the Great Australian Bight, Arms was initially frustrated by calms and light winds.... [more]
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Chicago Grade 2 Invitational win to Bill Hardesty + Video
The third and final day of racing was filled with upsets, breakdowns and collisions. Winds picked up to 30-40 knots in the middle of last night and tapered off just enough for racing today. The day began with the completion of the second Round Robin that had potential for a three-way tie for third between Nicolai Sehested (DEN), Hardesty and Canfield with one team not advancing into the Semis.... [more]
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Images from Rolex Fastnet Start - Daniel Forster
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water off Cowes, Isle of Wight for the start of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, which attracted a record fleet of 328 boats.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 7 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the seventh day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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Team Korea - ‘surprise of the week' at America's Cup World Series
Clifford Webb,
The first of the 2011-2012 ACWS events drew to a close in Cascais, Portugal today, having set a new format competition on the way with style, excitement and huge promise. Team Korea have enjoyed their introduction to the competition with fantastic success, and are regarded as the ‘surprise of the week' given their stellar performance, but it wasn't quite the champagne finish in the last race... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost
Bob Fisher,
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ claims the first AC World Series with a dramatic win
Emirates Team New Zealand made an incredible recovery during the ‘winner takes all' fleet race on Sunday to win the America's Cup World Series Cascais, the first event of a new global series leading up to San Francisco in 2013. With nine boats on the start line, the competition was close, and with a tricky, patchy race course area, there were passing lanes throughout the day. ORACLE Racing Spi... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race gets off to a classic start - but one dismasting
The record-sized Rolex Fastnet Race fleet set sail from Cowes in classic conditions – a beat westward up the Solent in a building west-southwesterly and sunshine, but with an ominous looking cloud line over the mainland. In the end there were 314 starters, the largest fleet ever to start the Rolex Fastnet Race following the previous record of 303 in 1979.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup event summary
The PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup has come to a close in Alacati, Turkey. We now share with you a rundown of all the action that took place amid supreme conditions that blessed the beautiful bay of Alacati for six days of slick slalom sailing allowing eleven dramatic eliminations to be completed and two world titles to be awarded.... [more]
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AC World Series - Victory for Team New Zealand
Warren Douglas,
The America's Cup World Series has come to a close in Cascais with the completion of a final fleet race. Emirates Team New Zealand finished with a flourish on Sunday after taking the victory. They stumbled yesterday in the match racing final winning the preliminaries last weekend and three straight days of combined fleet and match-racing, but today they were back in form on a difficult race track.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing out in front
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 is now underway with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the first Arab entry, opening up a slim lead over the team's rival entries for the Volvo Ocean Race after making a slick start to their keenly awaited three-way battle on Sunday.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championship - A nail biter to the very end
Paige Brooks,
Laser Masters World Championship - San Francisco Bay's trademark current and wild wind made a final appearance for the conclusion of the event. Competitors put on their warm gear and hopped into their boats one last time Saturday morning in preparation for the day's races.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Fastnet Race start images by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Three Volvo Ocean race entries to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
With three Volvo Ocean race entries competing in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, the Volvo Ocean Race has posted a series of videos relating to the three entries - Groupama, Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. This is the first time that VOR70's have lined up against each other.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational day 2 + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational at Navy Pier was halted as storms provided testy conditions for sailors. A storm cell blew in from the northwest and race officials made the call to abandon in the middle of Flight 4 of the second Round Robin. Officials rafted boats in the middle of the race course and rushed the sailors into the 70 foot Chicago Match Race Center houseboat... [more]
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