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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.

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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]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Energy Team make top five
Pierre Giboire,
America's Cup World Series - On the final day of fleet racing today in Plymouth (GB), Energy Team confirmed they are on form, finishing the races of the day respectively in fourth, fourth and sixth place. The French challenger moves up two places in the rankings and this evening is in fourth place in the overall Plymouth Match Racing Championship, qualifying for the quarter finals.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6,50 2011 sailor drowned off Cap Ferre
Préfecture Maritime de l'Atlantique,
On Monday the 12th of September at about 09:00 a.m., the Cap Ferret's semaphore was warned by the fishing boat 'Atalante' that a sailboat 'Karantez VI' – Pogo 2 6,50 – was under full sails without people aboard. The sailboat was adrift eight nautical miles (14 km) from Cap-Ferret.... [more]
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Barker to face Coutts in semi of America's Cup World Series
Warren Douglas,
Dean Barker faces off against his former team mate Russell Coutts in the match race semi-final of the ACWS Plymouth regatta. Emirates Team New Zealand was seeded second and Oracle 5 third after six fleet races on Wednesday and Thursday.... [more]
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Trophée Clairefontaine winner crowned
Bénédicte Etienne,
Trophée Clairefontaine has now come to an end and the winner has been crowned. Following on from Loïck Peyron in 2010, it was Nicolas Charbonnier's turn to add his name to the list of winners. This year, the event was held at La Grande Motte.... [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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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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Emirates Team NZ: Reminders all round on ACWS Day 3 in Plymouth
Warren Douglas,
Day 3 the ACWS Plymouth regatta served up a few reminders to just about everyone. The established teams re-learned what they knew already – that big or small any team has the potential to win an AC45 short-course fleet race.... [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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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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Conde de Godo Trophy - Pursuit slows for Azzurra
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the Conde de Godo Trophy, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team have achieved both a fourth and an eight place which has slowed their pursuit of Quantum who took seventh place today in order to control the Italian boat. Meanwhile Bribon got to work and back in the game.... [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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Veteran Big Boat Rally day 2 - Mariette takes victory
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Veteran Big Boat Rally -The reign of Mariette of 1915 continues on the second day of racing. The 38 metre schooner leads the overall classification with victories in corrected time in both races held. Second in the overall classification is Moonbeam IV, Xavier Tancogne's 35 metre Fife-built gaff cutter. Moonbeam IV is currently on equal points with third-place Elena... [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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Global Ocean Race - Teams prepare for race start
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - With 11 days remaining until the start of the race, the five teams already based in the event's start port of Palma, Mallorca, continue the build-up process to the start gun on Sunday 25. On Friday, the GOR Race Village officially opened in Palma Marina and the teams are already in a rhythm of pre-race preparation for the 7,000 mile Leg 1 from Palma to Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Guillemot and Eliès prepare to defend title
Soazig Guého,
Transat Jacques Vabre - In a month and a half from now in Le Havre everyone will be watching Marc Guillemot and Yann Eliès and their monohull Safran, the title-holder of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Second in 2007 and the winner in 2009... How much more can Safran add to her list of achievements in the Transat Jacques Vabre?... [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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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day 1 - Canada at the top
For the first day of racing, the NYYC Race Committee opted to send the fleet 'inside', up Narragansett Bay. The south-southwest breeze ranged from seven to eight knots, building to the higher teens by the afternoon, and providing perfect conditions for the three races contested.... [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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New superyacht for Alinghi's Ernesto Bertarelli?
British media are reporting the that a stylish super-yacht said to be worth much more than £100million has been built in Plymouth for a super-rich client believed to be Ernesto Bertarelli. At 96 metres long, Vava II is the largest private motor yacht ever constructed in Britain... [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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BMW J/24 European Championships at Howth day 2
J/24 Class,
The first day of the BMW J/24 European Championships at Howth was lost due to the weather but, on the second day, one race was completed amid a fresh and gusty south-westerly wind with a victory for the defending champions (and current British champions) ‘Serco' (Bob Turner) with Nathan Batchelor on the helm.... [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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