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 17 Aug 2011

Rambler capsizes, La Solitaire du Figaro and the latest sailing news

Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's Europe newsletter.

This year's Rolex Fastnet Race has certainly grabbed the headlines and we have all the news, videos and images from the race.

The capsize of Rambler and the subsequent rescue of the crew dominated the news.

George David's Rambler 100 capsizes in the Celtic Sea - Rolex Fastnet Race 2011  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The Loick Peyron skippered Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V set a new multihull record and the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi set the new monohull record.

La Solitaire du Figaro's 475 mile leg 3 from Dùn Laoghaire to Les Sables d'Olonne is underway with French skipper Jérémie Beyou still leading.

There is news and Video from the European Sailing Games and the medallists have been decided at the International 470 Junior European Championships in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

A very busy week indeed, so stay up to date with all the latest sailing news, views, interviews and videos on www.Sail-World.com

Sail-World.com Team

Rolex Fastnet Race - Class40's head uphill for the final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - After 72 hours of racing, the Class40 fleet face beating to the finish for the final 70 miles following a predominantly offwind leg from Fastnet Rock to the Scilly Isles. With less than 200 miles of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Course remaining, the leading Class40 pack in the 17-boat fleet compressed even further with the lead constantly changing as the group lined-up in the Celti... [more]
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European Youth Sailing Games day 2
Elena Giolai,
European Youth Sailing Games - It was a fine day's racing with all scheduled races completed. Eight for the 29er and six for the Byte and Techno 293 board with the elimination of the worst races in place. Excellent results for the Italians in the Byte M&F and Techno board F. There is a more heated battle for the top slot in the 29er and Techno Board M.... [more]
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Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championships - Australians lead
Thomas Capitani,
Ronstan A-Cat Worlds first race day was sunny, with a light breeze from west; shortly before the start, however, the wind died down and Principal Race Officer Andreas Kuchler wisely chose to set the postponement pennant. After a brief pause, the wind came back; this time from the south, however.... [more]
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America's Cup sailors recount Rambler capsize in Rolex Fastnet Race
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Five times round the world racer, and America's Cup sailor Erle Williams (NZL), has described the moment when the supemaxi Rambler 100, capsized soon after rounding Fastnet Rock, yesterday. A professional yachtsman, Williams is one of New Zealand's top sailors, with a long sailing career encompassing five Round the World races, and several America's Cup campaigns. Other top America's Cup sailor... [more]
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WMRT Tour Card holders set to compete in Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup will welcome all nine of the World Match Racing Tour Card Holders into the competition which is set to take place from October 4-9 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, though they may not all race each other in the event.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ran across finish line
Trish Jenkins,
Niklas Zennström's Ran crossed the line off Plymouth at 12:53:44 BST, in an elapsed time of 2 days 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. Rán benefitted from the retirements yesterday of 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) and 68-foot Alegre (GBR). According to Gavin Brady, Beau Geste was forced to pull out when some cracking developed in her deck and with conditions set to build around the Fastnet Rock and the onset of... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Aiming for a second victory
the Rolex Fastnet Race, the morning time witnessed the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) take place; after which the first of the Mini Maxis made their arrival in Plymouth during the afternoon in the form of 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Rán (GBR).... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos and interviews
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment... [more]
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RS500 Worlds day 1 + Video
Golly Tucker,
The Magic Marine RS500 World Championship has now completed its first day of racing and Weymouth didn't disappoint. As the wind built, so did the anticipation in the boat park; there were some nerves as well as a fresh south-westerly blowing across the dinghy park.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 3 - It's not over yet
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro - The 46 boat strong fleet has been progressing in light sea breeze along the Brittany coast. French skipper Jérémie Beyou is still leading, but everything could still happen on the last hundred miles to the finish. Will it be café and croissant for the finish? Since over 50 hours, the 46 solo skippers have been playing the tough game of choosing the best route... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet - Maxi Banque Populaire V sets two new records
Voile Banque Populaire,
Maxi Banque Populaire V carries on expanding her collection of brilliant exploits, which can sometimes be source of great pride. By covering the 608 miles distance between the Solent and the famous Irish lighthouse in 32 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds, Loïck Peyron and his men are dropping a record set in 1999 by ... Loïck Peyron himself.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race will be 'as tough as ever'
World Match Racing Tour,
The man behind St. Moritz Match Race says this year's event will be dominated by a small group of on-form teams. And having masterminded the organisation of the event since it started, Christian Scherrer is a man who should know. The Swiss professional sailor, a former World Match Racing Tour winner, helped found St. Moritz Match Race eight years ago following a promotional tour of Switzerland... [more]
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Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Rambler 100 update
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi Rambler 100 capsized in the Celtic Sea during the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Murcia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - For the two Audi MedCup Circuit series fleets the home straight may not quite be looming into sight yet, but the expectation of September's grand finale in Barcelona is growing by the day. On each of the three previous visits to the friendly, passionate city in the south east of Spain, the racing conditions have developed a whole range of challenges.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race: Azzam takes Volvo Open 70 honours
Richard Gladwell,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam won the three-way battle of Volvo Open 70s in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Day 3 on Tuesday, finishing four minutes ahead of Groupama 4. Team Sanya were still on the course at 0730 GMT. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, finished first in a time of one day 18 hours 39 minutes and 0 seconds. That was well inside the monohull record for the race.... [more]
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International 470 Junior European Championships - Medal races
International 470 Class Association,
International 470 Junior European Championships - The Medal Race course for the top ten in the men/mixed and women's divisions was brought close to shore and adjacent to the beach, but was unable to escape the current which needed to be played carefully today. Some very close racing delivered outstanding medallists.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Gitana 11 stands up to the challenge
Kate Jennings translation,
Rolex Fastnet Race - After setting off from Cowes at noon on Sunday, Gitana 11 crossed the finish line in Plymouth Sound, on Monday 15 August at 21h44'36', less than an hour after the brand new event record holder and around twenty minutes prior to the two competing MOD 70s.... [more]
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European Youth Sailing Games day 1 + Video
Elena Giolai,
European Youth Sailing Games - Day one of the first edition of the Games got under way with winds from the north caused by the thunderstorms earlier in the morning, which fortunately didn't hamper the inauguration of the event organized by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with Eurosaf.... [more]
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Rambler 100 drops keel and bulb in Rolex Fastnet Race - more pictures
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Photo of the upturned Rambler 100, distinctly missing her (carbon?) keel, and bulb... [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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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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Rambler 100 capsized in Fastnet - keel lost + 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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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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RYA Sailability Multi Class Regatta - Perfect conditions
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA Sailability Multi Class Regatta - Competitors came from as far afield as Holland, France, Canada as well as the UK and battled it out in nine classes - Stratos, SKUD, Access, 2.4mR, Challenger, Sonar, SQUIB, Kinsman and Neo 495. The racing began on Saturday with each class competing in four class races. While the wind decided which direction it wanted to blow in racing was held up.... [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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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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