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 16 Sep 2011

Breaking News Laser designer Bruce Kirby changes the game

Breaking news - With the deadline for the Laser Class Fundamental Rule Change vote a week away, designer Bruce Kirby has taken back the design rights to the iconic single handed dinghy. Read more here.

Its Cat Crash and Burn time at the America's Cup World series in Plymouth and the Extreme 40 series in Sicily and a good start for Ainslie in Extreme 40.

The I14's have been hunkered down waiting for the wind to ease at Weymouth, action at last.

News from ISAF Nations Cup, Clipper, New York Invitational, RS:X Europeans and a host of events from all around the UK.

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Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby has retaken his design rights.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 4 – Seeding complete
Bob Fisher,
The technology surrounding the AC World Series never ceases to amaze. And it's not just the technology associated with the boats, but that which concerns the racing. Electronic positioning of the boats, marks and course limits has been the concern of Stan Honey from the outset and there is no one better qualified to deal with all the problems.... [more]
Share this story plans 3.5 million newsletters in Olympic Coverage 2012
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth is now just 10 months away (29th July -11th August 2012) with large audiences around the world will have its largest ever Olympic media team and it will break new ground with a record 3.5 million event newsletters.... [more]
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Irish RS200 and RS400 Championships at Cushendall
Rachel Solon,
The RS200 and RS400 National Sailing Championships this year took place in Cushendall amid blustery conditions. Greystones sailors Simon Herriott and Tom Moran led the RS400 Fleet, while fellow GSC members Roy Van Moonen and Glen Reid won the top prize in the RS200 Fleet.... [more]
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BMW J/24 European Championships at Howth day 3
Howth Yacht Club,
The BMW J/24 European Championship at Howth Yacht Club have now completed the third day of competition. The 42-boat fleet faced a tough schedule of five back-to-back races, sailed in ideal conditions. They made up for the weather-affected programme and it was the consistency of the sole American entry and a leading UK contender over those five races which has put them very much in command... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 day 2 fast and furious as Alinghi hold on
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the second day of competition in Trapani and on this day, fantastic sailing conditions for the Extreme 40 fleet were delivered. The fleet took to the water amid sunshine and a breeze that built to over 20 knots.... [more]
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Veteran Big Boat Rally final day – Mariette crowned victor
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Veteran Big Boat Rally - The 38m schooner Mariette of 1915 claimed three wins in three races to be crowned victor. The event saw majestic sailing yachts dating back to the beginning of the last century racing off Sardinia's Costa Smeralda. In second place overall was the 1914 gaff cutter Moonbeam IV, owned by Xavier Tancogne... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day 2 - Canadians retain lead
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) team has retained the overall lead position after adding finishes of 2-4-2 to yesterday's finishes of 2-1-4 for 15 points. When they won the second race on the first day of the contest, they were given the Rolex gold spinnaker to fly in the subsequent race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen open up lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen is leading the charge to the Scoring Gate as they open up their lead after a day of exhilarating downwind sailing. According to Race Director, Joff Bailey, the next 24 hours of the race look set to be exciting as the battle for the points on offer at the Scoring Gate plays out.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Interview with Technical Director Nacho Postigo
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit Technical Director, Nacho Postigo, sums up the 2011 season, gives his view on the TP 52 and Soto 40 racing classes, and provides an outlook to next year. Audi MedCup Circuit - The 2012 Audi MedCup Circuit finishes in Barcelona and the competition is closer than ever before. What have been the key contributing factors this season?'... [more]
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Conde de Godó Trophy – Quantum moves closer to title
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy – With just three days to go the battles for the overall 52 Series title are still closer than they have been, at least since 2007 when Artemis won in Hyeres, France. In the overall standings for the season Bribón lie just half a point behind Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, who today really need to get their title back on track with a pair of strong results.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Jürg Kaufmann's perspective
Jürg Kaufman,
Top Swiss-based international sailing photographer, Jürg Kaufmann was in Plymouth for the opening two days of the second round of the America's Cup World Series, and compiled this galley of images, taken from a different perspective.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour agrees exclusive partnership with Garrard
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has today signed a new exclusive partnership with Garrard, the world's oldest jewellers, to become the Official Jeweller and Silversmith to the Tour. The partnership with the world's leading professional sailing series will complement Garrard's rich heritage and association with sport where its famous hallmark can be found on renowned trophies... [more]
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America's Cup: 'An Absorbing Interest' goes into limited reprint
Top America's Cup and yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, will have his definitive work, 'An Absorbing Interest' reprinted in a limited edition of 500 copies only. All copies of 'An Absorbing interest' were quickly snapped up and now, due to constant demand, the decision has been taken to reprint a further 500 copies.... [more]
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British yachtswoman Dee Caffari accepts high naval honour
Jo Uffendell,
In recognition of her service to the sea and Britain's maritime heritage, record-breaking British yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE has been appointed by the Royal Navy as an Honorary Commander. Caffari, who set her third world record earlier this year by sailing non-stop around the planet more times than any other woman in history, joins the likes of adventurer Bear Grylls... [more]
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Phantom National Championships at Lyme Regis SC
Phantom Class,
Phantom Nationals - The forecast for the three-day weekend looked ominous with the gale force winds predicted to continue throughout. Despite this the total entry was at record levels of 86 with probably the most competitive fleet ever assembled. Eight former National Champs were there covering all but one championship win back to 1996, with only Jim Hunt sadly missing through ill-health... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final day 1 - Ties at the top
For the first day of the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan, USA moderate to strong northwest winds varied from 10 to 17 knots throughout the day, and shifts up to 30 degrees put a premium on course positioning. The Round Robin concludes tomorrow with the top three advancing to the Semi Finals.... [more]
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China Team, ready to sail the day after their major capsize
China Team ACWS Media,
The impact of the rig on the water was so hard that the rig just folded. The boat was battered, but the whole crew was safe and uninjured. The wing was destroyed and the extent of the damage on the wing was very visible as the boat sailed back to the base, while the damaged hull only came into light after thorough inspection.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup Day 3 breaks the scales
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the third day of competition which witnessed scale breaking wave rides and colossal jumps that put Philip Koster in the top spot in Klitmoller, and with three event wins under his belt, he walks away as the 2011 men's world wave champion.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 3 – Nursing the wounds
Bob Fisher,
There is no doubt that all the crews at the AC World Series are in need of practice, but this can prove counter-productive. Last night some of the teams were working round the clock to have their boats ready for today. China Team, after a spectacular series of cartwheels on what was a day off, needed to replace its wing.... [more]
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29er Harken GP at Lymington Town SC
Bill Tucker,
29er Harken GP is possibly the fastest and most 'furious'ed' GP of the year. Despite a forecast more suited to Mordor, 34 boats made the trip. Saturday was epic heavy weather racing for four races. Sunday was just biblical so even the one race was surprising.... [more]
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Metre and Classic Keelboat Regatta - Another record number
David Elliott,
The Fourth Metre and Classic Keelboat Regatta, part of Cowes Classics Week, welcomed 96 boats who took part in the competition. Record numbers were witnessed yet again as numbers have increased each year and new classes have attended.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 - Day 1 off to a great start
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the first day of competition and Britain's multi-Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie had a great start after he took the victory in two races on the opening day in Trapani (Sicily). Driving Oman Air at his first ever Extreme 40 event, Ainslie and his team had put in a few days training but were managing expectations pre-start... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Energy Team fourth
Energy Team,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, it was a great day for Energy Team with a fine performance enabling them to finish the day in fourth place after three fleet races. The French team led by Loïck Peyron, who was very encouraged after his good result on Sunday (fourth), got off to some excellent starts and sailed smoothly and at speed in the light conditions.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships – Racing finally gets underway
Ed Clay and Glen Truswell,
International 14 World Championships - Race two and three finally happened today in Portland Harbour. The fleet launched into a gusty 20 knot breeze, for two races – the first combined the Prince of Wales (PoW) Cup and race two of the World Championship series.... [more]
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RYA Youth RIB Championship at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA Youth RIB Championship - Twenty eight young powerboaters from across the UK will be hitting the water and putting their skill, control, and speed to the test in a race against the clock, in the hope of clinching the prestigious title of 2011 Honda RYA Youth RIB National Champion.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final set for lift off
Sailing at the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final begins today with 20 teams from 15 countries competing for open and women's glory.... [more]
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OK Dinghy gear review 2011
Robert Deaves,
Looking at the gear used by the top 10 sailors at the recent OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, Scotland it would be easy to assume that New Zealand has somewhat of a monopoly on fast OK Dinghies. Five of the hulls, six of the sails and all 10 of the masts were of New Zealand origin in some shape or form.... [more]
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More images of San Francisco: Rolex Big Boat Series
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water off San Francisco for the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series and presents this second gallery of the best images of the regatta.... [more]
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RS:X Youth Europeans day 2
Rory Ramsden,
Day two of the RS:X Youth Europeans enjoyed yet another brilliant day's racing. A full set of three races in both the RS:X Youth Men and the RS:X Youth Women's Fleets where the top two Agnieszka Bilska (POL09) is tied on seven points with Kamila Smetkala (POL104) after trading places for the last two days.... [more]
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RYA OnBoard Champions of Birmingham crowned
The RYA OnBoard Champions of Birmingham 2011 have now been crowned at Bartley Sailing Club and the weather didn't manage to scupper the sailing fun, especially for the Edgbaston Hawks.... [more]
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