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 08 Sep 2011

GOR yachtsman Felipe Cubillos killed in plane crash, Ben Ainslie is dipping his toes into the multihull world, WMRT action.

News and images from the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup, Star Europeans, Transat 6.5, Volvo Ocean Race ramping up, AC news.

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Day 2 - A Flying start
Heading into the first race at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, anyone finishing ahead of Rán 2 would have had cause for celebration. With places in the coastal races scored in at a 1.5 multiple, this could prove a significant victory for Rán 2 as the upcoming windward/leewards are graded at one point per place.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF Match Race Rankings – Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has moved to the top of the Women's Match Race Rankings for the first time whilst Ian Williams (GBR) maintained top spot in the Open Match Race Rankings. The American broke into the top ten in the Women's Rankings in December 2009 and has steadily worked her way up to take top spot.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Loick Peyron on Energy Team
Energy Team,
Loïck Peyron and the crew of Energy Team have been training since last Thursday in Plymouth Sound, which is famous for hosting the start of the transatlantic race. The French challenger has been through five busy days of training in conditions that have often been quite rough.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Hatches battened in Plymouth - Video
On a wet and windy Tuesday, Principal Race Officer John Craig talks about the race course area and his plans for the racing in Plymouth, England, for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper on the Thames - Video
Camper Media,
With two months to go until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race Camper's entry made a dramatic arrival in Europe when she sailed up the River Thames and through Tower Bridge, one of London's most iconic landmarks. The event was also a symbolic return to London for the Spanish footwear company as 134 years previously the grandfather of the current Camper President sailed up the River Thames... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 3 - See the Volvo Trophy
VOR Auckland Stopover,
NZ sailing fans have a rare chance to see the new Volvo Ocean Race trophy as it goes on display at the Auckland International Boat Show in the Viaduct Harbour from 15-18 September. Visitors to the Show will be able to view the magnificent Race trophy on display with the Volvo Penta IPS marine diesel range on the Volpower NZ Ltd (Volvo Power) stand.... [more]
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Star European Championship day 3 racing abandoned
Sonja Lee,
Star European Championship - High winds once again dictated the racing on the third day of the series that has had two races out of the original programme completed. The overnight offshore gale eased slightly during the morning and a two-hour postponement by principal race officer David Lovegrove offered some hope of racing for the 27 crews waiting at the nearby Royal St. George YC.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Farr 30 Pre-Worlds day 2 - Victory to Demourkas
Farr 30 Class Association,
Farr 30 Pre-Worlds - John Demourkas went against an age-old superstition today as he locked down the Farr 30 Pre-Worlds fleet to take an eight-point victory in the four-race regatta. 'We had a long talk last night between the two boats about the supposed bad luck that a Pre-Worlds win brings to Worlds competitors' said Groovederci tactician Scott Nixon.... [more]
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An interview with 2011 Tornado World Champions
Andrew Dowley,
ITA Secretary Andrew Dowley interviews the 2011 Tornado World Champions about their victory and what's next. Dany and Kostas, congratulations on your new World Title!!... [more]
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Farr 30 Pre-World fight between man and wife
Farr 30 Class Association,
The Farr 30 Pre-Worlds are currently under way in San Francisco, California. There are now only three days left until the first race of the 2011 Farr 30 World Championship and a star-studded international fleet of eight are fighting for Pre-Worlds bragging rights, with Santa Barbara's wife/husband-owned Groovederci team splitting victories in the two races of the day... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New skipper for De Lage Landen
Heather Ewing,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will witness British yachtsman Stuart Jackson take over as skipper of the De Lage Landen yacht which is currently in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the first leg from the UK. Stuart, a 35-year-old Scot, who was born in Dubai and lives in Southampton, UK, has an impressive ocean racing pedigree... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Barcelona
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona looks set to witness the closest finish to the Audi MedCup Circuit for four years when the TP52's of the 52 Series shoot out for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit title. Quantum Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird (USA), need a solid final regatta if they are to hold off the advances of Italy's Audi Azzurra Sailing Team... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup day 1 – Mistral conditions in Porto Cervo
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - During yesterday's Skippers' Briefing, Claus-Peter Offen, President of the International Maxi Association and owner of the 100-ft Wally Y3K (GER), jested about the possibility of the wind being too strong during the first day of scheduled racing. Rather than a whimsy, it proved to be a sharp prediction.... [more]
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More images of 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011
George Bekris,
Top East Coast yachting photographer, George Bekris provides a second gallery of images from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 preview
Pierrick Garenne and Véronique Largeau,
Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - 80 contestants and six women. There will be six women to set sail for the 18th edition of the race. Six women out of 80 sailors! There are a very small number of women in offshore sailing race's world yet the most famous women have participated in the Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50; two French, one American, one Italian, one British and one Dutch.... [more]
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GOR yachtsman Felipe Cubillos dies in the Chilean air crash tragedy
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Round-the-world Chilean yachtsman, Felipe Cubillos (1962-2011), was among the 21 passengers and crew of a FACH (Chilean Air Force) plane that went missing off the Juan Fernández Islands, 515 miles off the Chilean coast on Friday 2 September.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Artemis Racing announces crew
Artemis Racing,
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) – Following on from the inaugural regatta in Cascais less than a month ago, the world's top sailing teams are in the final stage of preparations for the ACWS – Plymouth which begins on Saturday. Close racing, with stadium-like viewing for spectators will again be the order of the day for fans watching the racing live in Plymouth, while it will also be streamed... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm Racing capsizes in 20kts at Plymouth + Video
America's Cup media,
Green Comm Racing has become the latest member of the 'AC45 capsize club'. As Vasilij Zbogar, helmsman, stated, 'this incident didn't come as a surprise. Conditions were fresh with a southwesterly breeze between 20 and 25 knots, gusting at 30 knots, and we were pushing the boat to her limits throughout the day.... [more]
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Star European Championship day 2 - Italians lead
Star European Championship media,
On Sunday a lull allowed two races to be sailed today (Monday 5th September) that saw Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini deliver two consistent results of a race win and a second place in the 27-boat fleet from 17 nations.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview – A dramatic week of action expected
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – The 47 crews from 12 countries and territories present at the event are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of tomorrow's scheduled start to this eye-catching regatta. The outlook is lively. After a potent and contrasting cocktail of thunderstorms and benign winds was served over the weekend, predictions are for gusts of up to 30-35 knots for tomorrow... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - A challenging week ahead
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - The quays of Porto Cervo marina are bustling with the owners, sailors, technicians and supporters of the 45 maxi yachts gathered in Porto Cervo for the event, which will also include the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. Over the past few days boats have been measured and weighed and registration procedures completed... [more]
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Swan Class 45 Circuits overall
Cailah Leask,
Swan Class 45 North European Circuit final event was held in Breskens, Netherlands from 26th to 28th August, bringing the 2011 season to an end. The first event of the season was the Regate Pirelli Trofeo Carlo Negri in Santa Margherita, Italy which was won by seasoned competitor Vittorio Ruggiero with Tommaso Chieffi calling tactics.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - GBR Olympian Ben Ainslie to skipper Oman Air
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - Britain's most successful Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie will skipper Oman Sail's ‘Oman Air' Extreme 40 in the next three Acts of the Series in Trapani , Nice and Almeria. The 34-year-old already has three Olympic gold medals and one silver to his name and is gunning for a fifth Olympic medal next year in the Finn dinghy class, if selected to represent his country in 2012.... [more]
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Cherbourg Race - Light airs and thick fog
Ian Loffhagen,
Cherbourg Race - After a wet and windy season the weather gods conjured up a new and unusual challenge for the finale of the RORC 2011 season: light airs and thick fog.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Nico Budel heads for the race start line
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Dutch yachtsman, Nico Budel, and his 2007 Akilaria Class40, Sec. Hayai, left the ancient port of Scheveningen on the Netherlands coast over the weekend, heading for the start line of the GOR. Budel has taken the GOR's ‘Team Entry' option and will swap co-skippers during the stopovers in Cape Town, South Africa; Wellington, New Zealand; Punta del Este, Uruguay and Charleston, US... [more]
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Flying Dutchman National Championship in Italy
Andrea Ambrosio,
Flying Dutchman National Championship 2011 will be held from 9th to 11th September in Forio d'Ischia, Naples, Italy. European and Italian teams will take part in this event belonging to the famous and prestigious Flying Dutchman sailing class, considered a symbol of beauty, elegance and technological innovation for more than 60 years.... [more]
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Zoke Kiwi Match Win USA Grand Slam
Logan Fraser,
Back to back regatta wins at the Knickerbocker Cup and Oakcliff Invitational, as well as two second place finishes at the Detroit Cup and Chicago Match Cup mean that Zoke Kiwi Match take out the USA Grand Slam series in dominating fashion.... [more]
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Star European Championships day 1
Star European Championship,
The Star European Championships were welcomed by winds gusting above gale force which have delayed the start of racing for the 27 boats that have gathered from 17 nations. The forecast conditions have already altered the schedule with two races instead of one intended to be sailed.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race victory for The Wave Muscat
Kinley Fowler,
The winner of the St. Moritz Match Race has now been decided. The day began with heavy clouds and rainfall which meant that the teams would be held on shore for most of the day, but as the breeze filled in from every direction, the race committee sent the teams out and attempted to get some racing done.... [more]
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Vulcain Trophy, Grand Prix Beaulieu-Sur-Mer images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmidt images,
Vulcain Trophy, Grand Prix Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, France images from photographer Chris Schmidt... [more]
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Trentino Match Race Women's final day – Germany takes Gold
Elena Giolai,
Women's Trentino Match Race - The German crew of Silke Halbrock, Maren Hahlbrock and Anke Lukosch beat the Slovenian crew of Vesna Dekleva Paoli (number 21 in ISAF ranking), with Katarina Kersevan and Lena Koter, in the final. In third place was Tamara Echegoyen, of Spain (number 9 in ISAF world ranking) with Angela Pumariega and Carmen Prado.... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup victory for Maltese Falcon
Jill Campbell,
The Perini Navi Cup's final race has been cancelled due to light and unstable wind. Participants had been looking forward to the final battle between the top three yachts which were separated by just one point, however the final classification remained unvaried from yesterday with The Maltese Falcon taking overall victory.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Mirsky beats Morvan in the Final
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Torvar Mirsky is the new ‘King of the Mountain' after beating Pierre-Antoine Morvan in the final. Ian Williams finished in third place to move up into first position in the overall Championship standings going into stage seven of the World Match Racing Tour. In the end, a count back decided both the final and petit final on Lake St. Moritz.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New European venue named for May 2012
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup World Series event managers have today named the Italian port of Venice, Italy as a stop on the ACWS tour. The Venice regatta will take place on May 17-20 2012, with match and fleeting racing championships as well as the overall winner-take-all title.... [more]
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