Ainslie on J109, RS Games and more UK sailing news

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 24 Aug 2011

Ainslie on J109, RS Games and much more sailing news

Welcome to the latest edition of our UK newsletter.

The Half Ton Classic Cup kicked off earlier this week at Cowes. The long race around the Isle of Wight turned into a ten hour marathon but despite the mixed conditions and tides, the race to the finish was very close indeed with Insatiable taking line honours from Concorde and Per Elise.

Half Ton Cup 2011  Fiona Brown ©

Weymouth is indeed a very busy place with the RS classes testing the waters of WPNSA and while the Brits are making a splash on the fourth leg of La Solitaire du Figaro, Burnham Sailing Week is gearing up for a start.

News too that Ben Ainslie is to skipper a chartered J109 at the European Championships.

Of course we have lots of dinghy news - Mirror Nationals, RS classes, Musto Skiffs, Larks, RS500 Worlds and much more.

Great images of the 18ft Skiffs flying around San Francisco Bay and don't miss the latest videos, images news and views - both local and from around the sailing world.

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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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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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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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Mirror Nationals days 1 and 2
Steve Wilkinson,
The Crewsaver Mirror Nationals welcomed a total of 78 entries for the first day of racing. Now, races 1 and 2 have been completed with all boats currently returned or returning to shore. Conditions have been very light, with a 7 -10 knot breeze, bright sunshine and an ebb tide to contend with.... [more]
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Remembering past Olympian Vernon Stratton
In memory of Vernon Stratton: It is with great sadness that the RYA reports the passing of former Olympic sailor Vernon Stratton who died suddenly in hospital last Saturday, 20th August at the age of 83. Vernon Stratton was a huge inspiration in the sailing world.... [more]
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Saskia Clark reflects on the Olympic Test event + Video
Saskia Clark,
Now that the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has come to a close, Brit Saskia Clark is reflecting on the silver medal victory that she achieved with Hannah Mills in the Olympic test event. Hannah and I have had a lot of lovely comments and congratulations since winning silver at the Olympic Test Event and although the disappointment has slightly faded... [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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RS200 National Championships at Weymouth day 2
RS Association,
The RS200 National Championships sponsored by Trident Marine has completed the second day of racing which had dawned with the wind howling and the rain falling- typical British summertime conditions! However, by the time the fleet started to launch the wind was already beginning to moderate (as predicted by the Met Office) and the sun was doing its best to try and peek out.... [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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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Slow progress to Rio
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Looking at the race viewer today there is a classic case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer as the distance between the front runners and those at the back of the fleet gets larger with each 24 hour period at sea. Those reaping the rewards are Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy – Tensions rising
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Region of Murcia Trophy – A light, slow start to the first morning masks the tensions which are almost inevitably rising among the leading contenders. This time last year there was one dominant team which were odds on for the title. This season, the stifling heat of high summer in Murcia and one of the circuit's most difficult race tracks finds the top teams squeezed ever tighter since Cagliari... [more]
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RS Vareo Nationals at Weymouth and Portland overall + Video
RS Class Association,
RS Vareo National Championships day one - The fleet go out with high hopes on a lovely sunny afternoon but once at the start area it becomes apparent that the wind has dropped considerably. Pace one started with a port biased line which caused some OCS queries. The fleet was fairly evenly spread at the first mark with Andrew Wilson narrowly in the lead.... [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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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Out of control? Not quite
Rich Roberts,
The 18ft Skiff International Regattais being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. The two skippers with three of the wins---Trevor Barnabas on Thurlow Fisher Lawyers from Australia and Howie Hamlin on CST Composites of the USA---aren't immune to the unstable characteristics of the craft they're sailing, which must be comforting to the stragglers.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta San Francisco - Video interviews
Bob Killick,
Micheal Coxon out Trevor Barnabus in and with a bullet in race 2.... Up steps Trevor who came over to San Francisco to enjoy spectating with his family, straight into the danger seat on the wheel of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and nails a bullet in Race 2.... [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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RS200 National Championships at Weymouth
Debbie Darling,
The TridentUK RS200 National Championships are taking place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy with an enormous 160 boat fleet. With the forecast predicting only four knots of breeze, the fleet were sent to the other side of the world (otherwise known as the far side of Weymouth bay)... [more]
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Burnham Week gets underway August 27
Mel Lewis,
Burnham Week 2011 will get underway on Saturday 27 August and everything is now in place for a great week of close racing. So far, the white sail cruiser class, the Squibs and the RBODs are looking the busiest classes with around ten entries each and numbers good all week.... [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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Rolex Fastnet Race: Fastnet Race in Four Minutes - Crewcam Video
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell (NZL) crewed aboard the 52fter Bob for the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, and compiled this four minute video clip of the race, shot using a headcam. Join the crew on the rail and bow of Bob for the start, leaving The Needles, being passed by the supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Rambler, rounding Fastnet Rock and more.... [more]
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RS400 Nationals at Weymouth and Portland days 2 and 3
RS Class Association,
RS400 Nationals - Day two: A light breeze of six to eight knots greeted the fleet as they sailed out to Weymouth bay for a three-race day. Race one started as a pathfinder benefit for Bleddy and Dyfrig Mon before a large proportion of the fleet managed to over stand the first mark.... [more]
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Blackmore's Hooligan clear ahead in Audi IRC Australian title tilt
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
When Sydney sailor Marcus Blackmore set his sights on winning the 2011 Audi Australian IRC Championship, he commissioned weatherman Roger'Clouds' Badham to determine the wind speed his new TP52 Hooligan, the former Emirates Team New Zealand boat should be optimised for, with new bulb.... [more]
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New Spreader Trapeze Harness from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
The new Burke One Design Trapeze Harness has undergone extensive R&D and has been redesigned to deliver a new level of comfort and support for today's one design sailor.... [more]
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European Youth Sailing Games completed
Elena Giolai,
The European Youth Sailing Games, organized by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with Eurosaf, have now concluded its first edition with the maximum number of races. The wind arrived later than usual today with light winds varying from 10- 14 knots.... [more]
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Lark National Championships at Abersoch day 4
Stuart Hydon,
Lark National Championships - With two races programmed and light winds forecast, things weren't looking good for the race officer. Postponement after postponement were going up. Some competitors were misreading these as being from the last one rather than the original start time. Well we live and learn!... [more]
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