Can Beyou hold out, IDEC flips and all the latest European sailing news

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 24 Aug 2011

Can Beyou hold out, IDEC flips and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to the latest edition of our European newsletter.

Francis Joyon's maxi trimaran IDEC has flipped at the start of Joyon's solo Atlantic record attempt. The damage is being assessed and the vessel will be towed back to Newport. Stay tuned for more as it comes to hand.

Francis Joyon's IDEC leaving New York on her Atlantic record attempt  

For the 44 sailors participating in La Solitaire du Figaro the Dieppe finish line for the fourth leg is approaching, but who will be the winner? Jérémie Beyou (BPI) still holds the overall first ranking, but Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham), Erwan Tabarly (Nacarat) and Nicolas Lunven (Generali) could yet challenge his position.

The Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy is underway, albeit slowly due to the weather, while the Clipper Round the World Yachts are making their way to Rio.

At the recent RC44 Sweden Cup it was a battle to the finish, the sixteen teams enjoying great competition in this tough one design class. In the end Team Aqua just held out Ceeref.

From the other side of the world we have some great images of the 18ft Skiffs flying around San Francisco Bay and be sure not to miss the latest videos, images news and views from around the sailing world.

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: Quiet Achiever
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Tûranor PlanetSolar looks very much like one of those educational toys you might buy for a brainy nephew. And with good reason. This boat is a classic example of form-follows-function. A flat top to provide maximum area for the array of solar cells; carbon fibre construction to keep weight to a minimum, an 11-ton array of lithium ion batteries; ultra-slippery wave piercing catamaran hulls... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta day 3 - Make room at the top
Rich Roberts,
The three tenors---John Winning, Howie Hamlin and Trevor Barnabas---now need to make room for two more contenders when the competition rolls into the final acts Thursday and Friday. Hamlin's win in the second race Tuesday has him one point behind Winning, the week-long leader now with 11 points after everyone chucked their worst finish after the fifth race.... [more]
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Half Ton Classic Cup 2011 day 2 - A ten hour marathon
Fiona Brown,
Half Ton Classic Cup 2011 day 2 race started on the Royal Corinthian start line off Cowes at 07.30 in a 10-12 knot north easterly which got the fleet off to a flying spinnaker reach start.... [more]
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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips during Atlantic record attempt,
Francis Joyon's maxi-trimaran IDEC has flipped during his solo attempt to break the Atlantic west to east record. The American tug Miller Marine Service (over 100 ft) has joined the maxi trimaran IDEC to assist with the recovery operation.... [more]
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J/109 European Championship preview – Ben Ainslie to skipper
Stuart Johnstone,
With nearly 100,000 people visiting Dartmouth during the Regatta period it makes Dartmouth Regatta one of the largest public events in the South West, and the second largest Regatta after Cowes Week.... [more]
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RS700 Europeans and Nationals overall
RS Association,
RS700 Europeans and Nationals this year took place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The sunshine and a force three in Portland harbour delivered a fantastic start to the championship but on the course, it was snakes and ladders for the leaders.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - A fight to the finish
Sabina-Mollart Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro's 44 skippers competing in the final leg had a very complicated second night at sea, the finish line in Dieppe is approaching but they still will have to deal with the tricky last part of the course. The winner will be crowned tomorrow, but who will that be? Hard to say 100 miles from the finish.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy 52 Series practice race
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy scheduled practice race fell victim to a lack of breeze, and when the AP flag hung limply over the A flag and it became apparent that there was n prospect of enough wind to race, the 52 Series fleet scuttled back to Cartagena's marina, seeking relief from the searing afternoon heat.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship preview
Jake Fish,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - Many of the women competing aboard the 36 teams – which represent 16 U.S. states and three foreign countries (Canada, Great Britain and The Netherlands ) – are packing their pantries with non-perishable groceries, setting up auto reply on their emails, compiling lists for their loving families, and squeezing in a few last minute tacks and jibes.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 24 - In Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 22 August 2011 covering the racing in Cascais... [more]
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If you excel under pressure, Stratis can put you in a prime position.
Stephen Prinselaar,
It's been a very exciting few months at Doyle sails loft in Auckland as they start seeing the on-the-water race results of their Stratis sail development progamme currently in two of the world's most significant yachting events – the America's Cup and the Rolex Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau images,
Christophe Favreau's images from today's 18ft Skiff International Regatta races... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Erik Simonson images from day 2 of the 18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship - Preparing for the ultimate ride
Farr 30 Class Association,
The Farr 30 fleet are preparing for the ‘Ultimate Ride' at what will be the first-ever San Francisco Class World Championship. The Farr 30 (née Mumm 30) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant and versatile 30-foot racing yachts ever created.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 100 days to Perth
Will Davies,
The ISAF Sailing World Championships will tomorrow (Tuesday 23 August) celebrate a significant milestone with just 100 days to go until Perth 2011 which is the biggest international sailing event of the year. The World Championships will take place from 3-18 December, with 1200 athletes from 80 nations competing for ten World Titles in the fresh breezes off Fremantle in Western Australia.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race has the Swiss promising a battle
World Match Racing Tour,
The St. Moritz Match Race will get underway on the 30 August and there are two Swiss teams that will be looking to shake things up on the World Match Racing Tour as they join the world's top match racers in Switzerland. The event will take place until September 4.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Region of Murcia Trophy - Battle off Cartagena
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Circuit will proceed with the Region of Murcia Trophy – Cartagena which is set to get underway on the 23 August. The event is without question one of the Audi MedCup Circuit season's most difficult race tracks, a real challenge for the tacticians, strategists and navigators thanks to the wind conditions which change so often.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - World's best head to Switzerland
Bernard Schopfer,
The St. Moritz Match Race will take place from the 30 August to the 4 September. The World Match Race Tour competitors are traveling to Switzerland this coming week for the ninth edition of the of the race where they will be joined on the water by two Swiss teams with everything to gain – including the 150,000 CHF purse for the winner!... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The drag race to Rio
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race's second race which takes the fleet from Madeira to Rio De Janeiro is now underway. Richard Hewson's team Gold Coast Australia has taken the lead while Derry Londonderry's skipper Mark Light curses the Coreolis effect.... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.5
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 22 August 2011 - covering the racing at Cascais, and a look ahead top Plymouth in September.... [more]
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Images of Barley Cove: Rambler100 righting and pumping out
Baltimore Sea Safaris,
Images of the righting and pumping out of the supermaxi Rambler 100 in Barley Cove, Co Cork, Ireland. The world's fastest supermaxi capsized just five miles away from Fastnet Rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. All her crew were rescued.... [more]
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