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 05 Oct 2011

There's almost as much 'comment' as there is 'reporting' in this newsletter. Some sort of independence and accuracy in reporting is a subject much valued at - which is why we indicate when the stories that we run are in fact press releases. On the other side of the coin, some events that we know about are substantially under-reported. So please, let us know if there is an event that we need to know about, and thank you to those people who already submit news of their events.

Guy Nowell, Editor

The Longest Regatta Bar in the World - or, What's in a Name?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Is it just me, or have the press releases and announcements surrounding sailing events and regattas in this part of the world been getting just that little bit more breathless lately? Shakespeare was probably right - 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' But what if the bottled rose water is being used to mask an odour less palatable? Or less exotic?... [more]
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The show versus the competition: the biggest question of all?
Rod Davis, Seahorse,
The show versus the competition. There is a new breed of regatta that I call the 'show', because they have stepped into that murky bog that separates competition from theatre. The Extreme 40 and America's Cup World Series are the leaders in 'show' regattas, and if you believe everything you read in the media you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the way of all sailboat racing. Thankfully... [more]
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Will the Extreme Sailing Series survive the America's Cup onslaught?
Kate Laven, The Telegraph (UK),
Extreme Sailing Series is in its fifth season but fears overs its future grew when America's Cup rolled out plans for a similar circuit in a similar boat all funded by the world's fifth richest man. Can the Extremes survive? Mark Turner is almost certain that had he taken the job with the America's Cup, his five year old Extreme Sailing Series would now be defunct.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Stellar line up assembles in Alicante + Video
Volvo Ocean Race starts from Alicante, Spain in just under a month, where the most competitive line up to contest the event is assembling. After many months of preparation and training at their respective bases around the globe, six teams featuring the world's best sailors have converged on the Spanish port in the final countdown to the 39,000 nautical mile round the world race.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup slow start
Talbot Wilson,
The first day of the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup saw Bermuda's top match racer Blythe Walker (BER) and Team RenRe fall to Jesper Radich (DEN) and Adrian Lee & Partners on a day when rain and shipping movements blotted out much of the programme. In that opening match, both Walker and Radich were over the line when the start gun fired, and had to turn back to re-start.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet welcomes the breeze
Oliver Dewar,
Part of the Global Ocean Race fleet were hampered by pockets of breeze going into Monday evening off the coast of Western Sahara. Separated by 62 miles, Cessna Citation in third and Financial Crisis in fourth fell into a hole of two to four knots around 70 miles off the coast in the mid-evening before 11 knots of NNE breeze arrived before midnight, pushing the two Class40s south at seven knots.... [more]
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ZOKE Kiwi Match Step Up To The Big League
Logan Fraser,
Zoke Kiwi Match Racing reports ahead of the Argo Group Gold Cup, part of the World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda: Coming off our recent successes in the USA, ZOKE Kiwi Match is about to step things up a level. The team is off to Bermuda, for stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour - the Bermuda Gold Cup. This will be our first World Tour event for the year and timing couldn't be better, given ou... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 online entry open
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600, run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with Antigua Yacht Club, is the only offshore race of the Caribbean series and since its conception in 2009, has become a firm favourite with offshore racers seeking a tactical challenge in warm Caribbean conditions. The 2012 edition will witness an impressive line-up of yachts starting from Antigua on Monday 20th February.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship day 1 – Tied at the top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi TP52 World Championship - Tony Langley and his core crew of Gladiator, complemented this week by American tactician Chris Larson and Spanish navigator Nacho Postigo, bolted together two excellent races in very light, streaky winds to lead the Championship off Porto Cervo's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Sardinia on countback after the first day of racing.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Rogues wins first stage
Veronique Largeau,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - S├ębastien Rogues, on Eole Generation-GDF SUEZ, has won the first stage of the race (overall before jury). He covered 1148 miles at the average speed of 5.40 knots in eight days 20 hours 46 minutes and 43 seconds.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet on the hunt
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet continue to experience dramatically varying conditions in the hunt for the elusive North East Trade Winds. The South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire in sixth place on Phesheya-Racing finally dug into some breeze shortly before midnight on Sunday, releasing them from imprisonment in a wind vacuum 90 miles north-east of the Canaries.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam event summary
The PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam has now come to a close and with it the end of the 2011 season. The world's finest windsurfers were treated to ten days of stunning weather on Westerland beach in Sylt as a high pressure lingering over Europe brought with it blazing sun, but it also prevented the flags from flying.... [more]
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Vodafone enables live broadcasting of OptiWorlds racing in New Zealand
Nathalie van Dort,
The latest major sponsor to confirm its involvement with the Opti Worlds NZ is Vodafone New Zealand, and the result promises to be a major leap forward for spectatorship of dinghy racing. The giant of the communications market will be making a significant investment in equipment and systems for the world championship youth sailing event, including Live Streaming of all races and mark roundings,... [more]
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Images from Plymouth: Best of the America's Cup World Series
Gilles Martin-Raget and Ricardo Pinto,
Top photographers Gilles Martin-Raget and Ricardo Pinto provide this galley of new images from the America's Cup World Series, Plymouth. Next round is in San Diego, starting on 12 November 2011... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 8 ferocious action
The PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam has now completed day eight of competition in which there was blazing sun, enormous crowds, a ferocious SUP race and an incredible night tow-in freestyle session that made for a memorable day's racing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 - Drama and nerves + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 is currently underway and on the penultimate day, the 11 Extreme 40 boats were out racing early to take advantage of the northerly gradient coming off the land. The fleet was set ‘open water' courses on the Bay of Angels in a good 9-10 knots of breeze.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Where's the wind gone?
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) leaders worked down the eastern side of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, throughout Friday night, having opted to skirt the archipelago and leave the islands to starboard. At dusk, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France continued to lead after four days at the front of the fleet... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tuna fishing on Camper - Salty's big catch + Video
Join the crew of Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ as multiple round the world racer and America's Cup sailor, Rob Salthouse catches his first ever tuna on the trip to Alicante. Or does he?... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - 30 days until start
Transat Jacques Vabre,
The fleet for the 10th Transat Jacques Vabre will answer the start gun at 1302hrs CET in one month's time. Among the 40 foot monohulls, activity is presently as varied as the different profiles across the fleet which spans full budget professional teams to amateur enthusiasts.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 7 raises the bar
The PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam proceeded with day seven of competition while the sun continued to shine down preventing the wind from building again, but it had little effect on the action as the freestylers raised the bar and broke the judge's scales in the third Reno World Cup tow-in freestyle competition.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez unfolds
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is notable for the diverse fleet of boats that turn up each September on the Cote d'Azur for a week of racing. Nearly half the fleet of 300 modern and classic boats is sailing in the Tradition/Classic classes.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 – Challenging conditions
Veronique Largeau amended,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - The weather situation on the water is as complicated to understand as it is interesting to monitor. Also, two trends stand out. First, the majority of the both fleets sail upwind on port tack (wind comes from the left) and attempting to move westward at speeds between three and six knots.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Leaders reach the Canary Islands
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race duo Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire, at 17:00 GMT on Thursday, finally found some breeze following a day locked in a windless bubble 40 miles off Morocco. As the South African pair picked up speed to six knots, sailing Phesheya-Racing directly away from the African coast into stronger breeze to the west... [more]
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