Big Ben, Melges 32s, AC,Clipper - Sailing News from the UK and beyond

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 22 Sep 2011

Big Ben, Melges 32s, AC,Clipper - Sailing News from the UK and beyond

The big news this week was the early announcement that Ben Ainslie will lead GBR into battle at 2012 Olympics,

Now the Melges 32's, Tasars and Toppers.

Ahead is the Argo Gold Cup, where World Match Racing Tour Leader Ian Williams will have the chance to cement Team GAC Pindar lead.

Note that come Spring - there will be the Olympic Class Women's Skiff and Multihull Evaluations

Lots more news from around the UK, across Europe and the World

Jeraldine Kennedy

Sail-World UK

Ben Ainslie reflects on 2012 Olympic selection confirmation
Ben Ainslie,
British sailor Ben Ainslie is honoured and ecstatic about the confirmation of his selection for the London 2012 Olympics. Ainslie reflects and shares his thoughts with us after learning of the news. It's an honour to be selected to compete for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, having my selection for 2012 confirmed is obviously a big relief.... [more]
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ISAF request proposals for women's skiff and mixed multihull
International Sailing Federation,
At the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting ISAF Council adopted submission M10-11 which confirmed a two person women's skiff and two person mixed gender multihull as Olympic Equipment. ISAF have released the initial request for proposal of equipment for both evaluations with trials likely to take place at a suitable venue in Southern Europe in early spring 2012.... [more]
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North West Senior Travellers at Leigh and Lowton SC
Paul Allen,
North West Senior Travellers mid-week handicap event for the over 50s attracted 39 boats from just four clubs. The day started with light rain and little wind but steadily improved as the day wore on, with sunshine and 10 knots of wind by the last race. After a short postponement the first race got under way in little more than drifting conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: ACRM's Iain Murray reflects on the way forward,
Top Australian sailor, Iain Murray, is Regatta Director and CEO of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) organization. CupInfo checked in with him last Sunday on the final day of racing in Plymouth. Murray talked about ACRM's focus going forward, plans for changes at the next ACWS stop in San Diego and for 2013, and the possibility of new teams joining up:... [more]
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GP14 Open at Tollesbury SC
Rik Alewijnse,
The 2011 Tollesbury GP14 Open took place on Saturday, 17 September. With an F6 and heavy rain forecast, the fleet was depleted in size leaving visitors outnumbered only eight to six by locals. The challenging conditions - a blustery force three to four south westerly with occasional gusts at five - were evident when Parsons and Parsons managed to go over before the first race preparatory.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup will test Match Racing's best
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup will pose a challenge to Match Racing's best when racing begins on October 4th. The Cup is this year hosted by Bermuda Tourism at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. This penultimate event on the World Match Racing Tour is truly a spectator sport.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Virtual Race prizes revealed
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet of six double-handed Class40 teams will set off from Palma Mallorca headed from Cape Town, South Africa for Leg 1 on the 25 September at :00 local (12:00 GMT). The GOR teams will spend around 37 days and slightly under 7,000 miles in the Mediterranean and the North and South Atlantic.... [more]
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RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series flying start
The RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series 2011 got off to a flying start during the weekend of 17-18 September as the Weymouth and Portland National Academy (WPNSA) witnessed some intense racing across four of the Olympic and Paralympic classes.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds Day 2 - Samba Pa Ti on form + Video
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 World Championships, hosted by the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP) have now completed the second day of competition which was filled with more warm sunshine, but less breeze making for an interesting day of performance sportboat racing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day two images from photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta a huge success
Susie Nation-Grainger,
The RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta 2011 was heralded a success by all at the official prize giving ceremony held in Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club yesterday (20 September 2011), which was attended by HRH The Princess Royal.... [more]
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RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Weston SC
RS Class Association,
RS600 Gul Grand Prix - Tentatively, everyone launched into the short chop of Southampton Water at 12, ready for the 12:30 start. Race one: The fleet split going up the first beat with half going left and half going right. Pete Nelson was the first to the windward mark, followed by Mark Cooper, Jason Rickards and Jamie Mawson with Dan Saltmarsh hot on their heels.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia maintains lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia maintained the lead overnight with Visit Finland managing to nibble just one nautical mile out of the Australian team in 24 hours. Skipper Richard Hewson said he hoped that he would be able to hoist his spinnaker this afternoon ahead of the start of the Ocean Sprint... [more]
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Cadet Open Meeting at Stone SC
David Elliott,
Cadet Open Meeting and RYA East Zone Indicator - Twenty four boats assembled for the two-day meeting over the weekend. Six races were scheduled with one discard kicking in with the fifth race. The event also served as a qualifier for the RYA East Zone squad and as the penultimate round of the Mailspeed Marine Eastern Area Series.... [more]
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Tasar World Championships day 3 - World Champions back in the lead,
After nine races, the reigning world champions Australians Robert Douglass and Nicole Douglass hold a two point advantage at the Tasar World Championships being sailed at Torbay in the UK. Race 7 of the series went to the Douglass' followed by Michael Quirk and Jeffrey Robinson with Paul Ridgway and Bronwyn Ridgway filling third.... [more]
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Yates Cup at Tamesis
Tamesis Club,
The 2011 Yates Cup at the Open Meeting for Thames A Raters at Tamesis was won by Mark Hunter. Crewed by Steve Bartlett and Phil Preston in Spindrift (14), he had a ding-dong battle with Atlantis (15) helmed by Julian Smith, who outsailed Spindrift at the Canbury mark, leaving Hunter to re-round it after colliding with the buoy.... [more]
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Flying 15s at Royal Corinthian YC
Flying 15 GBR,
The Royal Corinthian YC Flying 15 Open was welcomed by 20+ knots of wind and an ebbing tide which meant that boat position in the estuary would make all the difference in the first two races round the fixed marks. Race 1 started from the clubhouse line on a three sail reach heading with the tide down-estuary.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Williams on a quest for glory
Colin Thompson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup is set to get underway on October 3rd and Team Pindar's Ian Williams is among the favorites to take the title and it's certainly not difficult to see just why as the 34-year-old Englishman has been in sparkling form on this year's World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).... [more]
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Topper World Championships Netherlands preview
Cathy Brassington,
The Topper World Championships 2012 are now set to take place at the Sailing Club Workum, in the Netherlands from 19-24 August. As a small club Sailing Club Workum (ZVW) has organised a number of major regattas and sailing events over the past 20 years with an average entry of more than 100 Dutch and foreign competitors at each event.... [more]
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ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup preview
Chicago Match Race Center,
The ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup will bring stadium sailing to Navy Pier once again when the event gets underway on the 28 September. The event will last until the 1 October and will welcome twelve teams from seven nations who will vie for their share of a $65,000 prize money purse which is the largest offered in any sailing event in the United States since 2002.... [more]
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Fireball Munster Championships at Waterford SC
Cormac Bradley,
The Fireball Munster Championships are set to take place from 24-25 of September at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club and will draw to a close the Irish Fireball regatta season. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club are well used to hosting our final regatta of the season as this is the third year in a row in which we have closed off the regatta season there.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds underway
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 Worlds, hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma, are now underway amid brilliant sunny skies with 10-12 knots of breeze and lumpy seas setting the stage on Palma Bay. After two races, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti with tactician Vasco Vascotto holds the lead by one point, ahead of Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and tactician Francesco Bruni in second overall.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day one images from photographer Max Ranchi... [more]
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