Williams leads in St.Moritz - sailing news from the U.K. and beyond

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 01 Sep 2011

Williams leads in St Moritz - sailing news from the UK and the World

Welcome to our latest edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

The St Moritz Match Race, the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, is underway with Great Britain's Ian Williams, Team GAC Pindar, continuing his winning form. Joint leader after the opening qualifying session, Sweden's Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, is hot on the heels of Williams and his crew. Italy's Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing leads the Tour after five stages.

Ian Williams and crew in imperious form during qualifying at St Moritz Match Race  Loris von Siebenthal/St Moritz Match Race

The ISAF Team Racing World Championship has commenced in Ireland. Twenty teams from around the world are battling it out in the Youth and Open Championship. Teams from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand and the USA are all gathered in Schull for the Championship.

Locally, there is news from Folkboat Week at the Royal Solent Yacht Club, the Catamaran Open at Stokes Bay, previews of the International 14 World Championships, the Cherbourg race, results from Torbay Week and more.

Joe Llwellyn, Nigel Wakefield and Ben Vines on Henri Lloyd – Forelle Estates are the winners of the Laser SB3 UK Championship 2011 held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble from 27 to 30 August.

Elsewhere on the sailing scene the Perini Navi Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, is taking place in Porto Cervo ahead of the Maxi Rolex Cup. The Clipper Round the World fleet have started arriving in Rio De Janeiro from Madeira, Spain on the second race in leg one, and Telefonica has qualified for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Great images this week from various photographers at the recently completed MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy.

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St. Moritz Match Race - Williams and Berntsson take joint lead
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Ian Williams continued his rich vein of form in the opening Qualifying Session, winning all five matches to take a joint overnight lead alongside Johnie Berntsson. It was a telling display from the in-form Team GAC Pindar at the start of the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, while defending ‘King of the Mountain' Mathieu Richard fell to four defeats from five.... [more]
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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips in record challenge but solo sailor stays put
Greater love hath no sailor but that he refuses to leave his sailing boat even though it's capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. Francis Joyon, standing on the keel of his upturned boat IDEC, in which he was trying to break a record across the Atlantic, refused to abandon ship, and spent an incredible 36 hours in its tiny cabin bobbing up and down in the rough waters off Long Island until a tow arrived... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten days to go until start of World Series, Plymouth
Richard Gladwell,
With just over a week to go until the first day of racing in Plymouth round of the America's Cup World Series, preparations are proceeding at pace. Several teams are expected to take their first sail on Thursday 1 September, as they practice ahead of the first day of racing on September 10.... [more]
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Mobility Cup 2011 day 2 racing
John Kernaghan,
Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won two of three races Wednesday to consolidate her lead in the Access Liberty Fleet on the second day of the 2011 Mobility Cup... [more]
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Teams battle it out at ISAF Team Racing Worlds
The ISAF Team Racing World Championship has commenced in Schull, Ireland, with twenty teams battling it out in the Youth and Open Championship. Teams from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand and the USA are all in the Irish Village for the Championship and locals greeted them on Sunday in traditional manner with a parade of nations.... [more]
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Get your new free digital magazine from World Match Racing Tour
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour has launched a new, free, digital multimedia magazine devoted solely to the discipline of match racing. Click on the link to view the e-zine, called Match Racing 360°, which is a digest of match racing events from all round the world, and of all grades from world-status to club level. The new quarterly interactive e-zine is free.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 4 - Championship racing gets underway
Vincent Ahern,
The ISAF Team Racing Worlds got underway with full championship racing in Schull Harbour on Wednesday as twelve international sailing teams contest the event and eight compete for the Youth Worlds. The first day of full competitive racing took place in perfect conditions with a strong easterly breeze, which gradually swung southeast , allowing for a full round robin... [more]
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Folkboat Week at Royal Solent Yacht Club
Royal Solent YC,
The 46th Folkboat Week, hosted by the Royal Solent Y.C. and sponsored by Lymington Yacht Haven, saw record numbers of Folkboats gathered in Yarmouth harbour during the last week of August. Traditionally the highlight of the Folkboat season in the Solent this year proved to be extra special for several reasons.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Ideal day
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Looking at the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, which did not offer up much in the way of wind, PRO Hank Stuart decided to get in as many races as he could on day two. And that he did with a total of five well-run races.... [more]
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Catamaran Open at Stokes Bay Sailing Club preview
Stokes Bay Sailing Club,
The Stokes Bay annual Catamaran Open Meeting, sponsored by Ronstan, is prepared to get underway this weekend. The venue is set, committee boat fuelled and rescue boats primed and ready. This event is set to challenge a variety of catamaran classes on the handicap racing platform.... [more]
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Cherbourg Race preview
Louay Habib,
Cherbourg Race - After a record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race, the final race of the RORC Season's Points Championship takes place this weekend. After a scintillating season of racing with the RORC, current weather models predict a light airs race, in sharp contrast to a very windy season.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - A disappointing season for Mathieu Richard
World Match Racing Tour,
St Moritz Match Race - Mathieu Richard believes his chances of winning the Match Racing World Championship 2011 have all but disappeared and is now citing a third ‘King of the Mountains' title as the boost he needs to realise his new goal of an overall podium finish. On the eve of the race Richard and his French Match Racing Team find themselves in a very different situation to last season... [more]
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International 14 World Championships at Weymouth preview
Cailah Leask,
Artemis International 14 World Championships - With 68 entries to date, including teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, the event promises to provide a spectacle both on and off the water. Two times defending World Champion, Archie Massey and crew Dan Wilsdon, will be looking to take an unprecedented third World Title, in the tough seven race series.... [more]
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PSP Southampton Boat Show 2011 - Lots in store from the RYA
Emma Slater,
PSP Southampton Boat Show - From launches and awards, to workshops and the crowning of champions there's plenty in store from the RYA this year. Kick starting the week on Saturday 17 September we will be launching the first of the RYA's brand new eBooks. Join us at 14.00 on the RYA stand (EO37) to find out all about this great new app for your iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®... [more]
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Torbay Week Regatta overall
Torbay Week,
Torbay Week Regatta started off on Friday with perfect sailing conditions in glorious English Riviera evening sunshine. Over 30 dinghies raced off Paignton in a 90 minute pursuit race in which boats start at different times according to their handicaps such that after 90 minutes they should all be level.... [more]
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RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series – Online entry now open
Emma Slater,
The RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series 2011 is set to get underway with entries now open for two weekends of Olympic classes sailing on the 2012 waters of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The first weekend of racing will be held on 17-18 September and will welcome boats from across six of the Olympic and Paralympic classes - the SKUD, 470, Finn, 2.4mR, Sonar and 49er.... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup in Porto Cervo preview
Jill Campbell,
Perini Navi Cup - Eighteen Perini Navi sailing yachts have gathered in Sardinia for the event which is open only to yachts built by the renowned Viareggio shipyard. The regatta combines spectacular sailing with an exclusive rendezvous for the owners that make up the 'Perini family'. The fleet of superyachts will include the newly launched 56-metre ketch Fidelis... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica returns to base after 2000nm Qualifier
The Spanish Volvo Ocean race entry, Telefonica, is back at the pontoon of her training base at Sanxenxo, in Pontevedra, Spain. At 17:30 local time the Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez, with the entire crew on board, completed the almost one thousand mile climb up the Atlantic from the team's offshore base at Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, to the one in Sanxenxo, Northern Spain. This is where... [more]
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Rotary Mobility Cup 2011 day 1
John Kernaghan,
Montreal sailors dominated the Gold Fleet competition on day one of Canada's 2011 Mobility Cup Tuesday. More than 60 disabled athletes from five countries including Australia, the Netherlands, the U.K., U.S.A and Canada are competing in the event.... [more]
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ISAF accepting bids for 2013 Women's Match Racing World Championships
Liz Baylis,
The deadline for bids to host the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is Thursday, 1 September 2011. The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds has been held every year since 1999 with the most recent event in 2010 being hosted by the New York Yacht Club in the USA. For 2011 the champion will be decided at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 3
Brian Carlin,
The ISAF Team Worlds have now completed the third day which witnessed the teams hit the water for the final day of practice and the official opening. Tomorrow, Wednesday will see the first official day's racing.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup set for September 5 in Porto Cervo
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with partner Rolex, has returned for its 22nd edition in Porto Cervo. The esteemed regatta will take place from 5th to 10th September with 46 of the world's largest and most competitive maxi racing yachts expected to do battle on the waters off Sardinia's Costa Smeralda.... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 3 – Challenging conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - With sunshine and 10knts of breeze blowing offshore, the Race Officer, Jon Gorringe was able to set an exciting short course with windward marks straight off the beach satisfying the demands of the growing spectator interest during the bank holiday weekend. And there was plenty to race for.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet closes in on Rio
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After conceding some gains in recent position reports, the crew of Gold Coast Australia will be relieved to be powered up again and surfing down the Brazilian coast towards Rio. Skipper Hewson reports that his crew achieved 'fantastic speeds' in 'beautiful conditions' overnight with bright stars and bioluminescence streaming behind Gold Coast Australia as she... [more]
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Navigating A Blue 'Silk Road' - China Team CEO at Cascais
BeiBei Song,
It's apparent that of all the projects in a diverse portfolio of investments ranging from information technology, renewable energy, and health care, to real estate, consumer products and entertainment, he is most proud of China Team, contending for the 34th America's Cup. Behind that pride, though, is a passion for the sea and a pursuit much larger, deeper and more personal... [more]
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SB3 UK National Championships preview
Katie Ashworth,
SB3 UK Nationals preparations are well underway in boat yards around the River Hamble as competitors ready themselves for the 10th edition of the championships. The forecast is promising brisk westerly's and Principal Race Officer, Tony Lovell of the Royal Southern Yacht Club will oversee the eleven race championship that will be sailed on windward leeward courses in the central Solent.... [more]
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Bridge to Bridge San Francisco - Kites 1-2-3
Erik Simonson images and David Wells author,
Erik Simonson images from the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race held on San Francisco Bay as part of the 18ft Skiff International Regatta... [more]
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Lightning 386 UK Nationals
The Lightning 386 UK Nationals enjoyed an absolutely fantastic weekend of sailing and socialising, Class sailing just doesn't get better than this. Saturday saw us starting three races with a good to strong breeze and the fleet powered around three excellent courses, expertly set of the race officer.... [more]
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