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 07 Oct 2011

Williams leads and all the latest sailing news from around the world

Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) leads his group in the Qualifying sessions at the Argo Group Gold Cup, stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour.

Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar are among the favourites to win this year's Argo Group Gold Cup  Bermuda Gold Cup/ Charles Anderson ©

The Clipper yachts are headed to Geraldton, Western Australia, on their round the world voyage, the Extreme 40s are gearing up for another round in Almeria, Spain, lots of activity from the Volvo Ocean Race starters and the TP52 World Championship is nearing completion in Porto Cervo.

Local sailing news from the Flying Fifteens, Solos, Contenders, B14, RS Fevas and National 12 classes along with news from the Match Racing Championships, the OK Dinghy Inlands and the Northern Schools Sailability Regatta.

There is loads more and we have all the drama and happenings from the Volvo Ocean Race in a special newsletter series starting soon..

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for all the latest local and international sailing news.


Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 set for Almeria + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is set to take place in the Spanish city of Almeria, in the region of Andalucia from the 12th to 16th October. Almeria is the perfect setting for the penultimate Act of the 2011 series which will bear witness to the passions of the 11 Extreme 40 teams as they battle for victory... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Argo Group Gold Cup - Williams looks goods
World Match Racing Tour,
In the WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup, Ian Williams has continued his great run of form by qualifying for the knock out stages after an epic third Qualifying Session in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. Wildcard Staffan Lindberg was the sole non-Tour Card Holder to automatically qualify for the knock out stages after finishing top of his group.... [more]
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Golding explains preparations underway on Gamsea + Video
Mike Golding,
Gamesa skipper Mike Golding eplains the preparations being made for the Transat Jacques Vabre and the dedication of the yacht by HRH The Princess Royal.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet enter Cape Verde Islands
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race leader Campagne de France reached the Cape Verde Islands shortly before midnight on Wednesday after ten days of racing in Leg 1 from Mallorca to Cape Town. As the Franco-British duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron left the island of Sal to port and entered the 150-mile wide archipelago, Ross and Campbell Field on board BSL followed in second place... [more]
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Flying Fifteen Western Championship
Irish Sailing Association,
The Flying Fifteen Western Championships took place in Larne over the weekend and were hosted by East Antrim Boat and Yacht Club. 22 crews descended on the town in what was the last event of the season. The welcome and hospitality were great as usual and very appreciated by those who traveled.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 3 – Quantum Racing on count back
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi TP52 World Championships - Patience may have been a key virtue as the early lack of breeze again imposed a delay to the start of the third day of racing. Defending world champions Quantum Racing lost no time in establishing themselves at the front of race four which they lead from start to finish.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt - Youth Slalom Champions
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Reno World Cup Sylt - During the Sylt world cup prize giving, French slalom whiz Jules Denel (Exocet) was awarded the 2011 Youth Slalom Champion award. Since the prize giving it has come to the attention of the PWA that Turkish slalom talent Enes Yilmazer (JP / NeilPryde) should have been awarded the title.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Uncomfortable night for teams
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'Gutted, absolutely gutted, that's how we feel on Welcome to Yorkshire at present,' reports a disappointed Rupert Dean this morning. Explaining the reasons for his dark mood, the skipper of the English entry says, 'We started this race to Geraldton in fine form, got ourselves into a good position over the start line and were in third place at the windward mark... [more]
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Princess Letizia to christen Telefónica ahead of qualifying race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia will bring a touch of royalty to the Volvo Ocean Race. The Princess will also present a Spanish flag to Team Telefónica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, before joining Prince Felipe, an Olympic sailor himself and the heir to the Spanish throne, to inspect the fleet.... [more]
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WMRT title contenders under the gun at Argo Group Gold Cup
Yanmar Racing Media,
While the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship cannot be decided at the Argo Group Gold Cup, which is the second last event on the Tour, it can probably be lost here. It's a minefield for the nine World Match Racing Tour card holders as they are competing against another 15 wildcards and qualifiers.... [more]
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America's Cup: Television NZ admits error over Youtube block in NZ
Richard Gladwell,
Two weeks after having the America's Cup Event Authority block Youtube video of the America's Cup World Series in to New Zealand, TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham has admitted that the Youtube coverage published by Sail-World.com did not breach copyright and that claims made by him to that effect were incorrect.... [more]
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Contenders at Yorkshire Dales
British Contenders Association,
In true Yorkshire fashion, Saturday dawned sunny and warm with the heather moors perfectly reflected in the smooth water of the reservoir. Unfortunately this scenic beauty went largely unnoticed by the mainly large and burly 15 strong Contender fleet looking forward to some exciting trapezing.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 4 to Geraldton WA underway
Heather Ewing,
The ten teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have set off on Race 4 of the 15-race series. Race 4 started under cloudless blue skies and a brisk south easterly breeze of 15 to 20 knots. Gold Coast Australia was first to cross the line, marked at one end by the South African Navy mine hunter, San Umzimkulu.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 2 - Paramount Park Murcia on top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships - The long wait for wind on the Costa Smeralda was rewarded with enough for just one late afternoon windward-leeward race. A first win in the colours of new sponsor Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) for the Spanish team headed up by Ignacio Triay promoted the crew to step clear at the top of a tight leaderboard with a margin of just one point ahead of Tony Langley's Gladiator... [more]
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Solo Open at Burghfield SC
Paul Bristow BSC Fleet Captain,
Solo Open saw six visitors join 10 locals for the eighth and penultimate meeting in the 2011 Thames Valley Solo series. Watching the weather forecasts throughout the week leading up to the event the predictions were for an Indian summer with soaring temperatures and light winds.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings October 5 - Wright tops Finn rankings
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 5 October 2011 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 30 November and will include Sail Melbourne, the first of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas.... [more]
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Youth National Match Racing Champions crowned at WPNSA
RYA Youth National Match Racing Championship titles were decided this weekend as James French and his young crew of Robert Southwell and Bradley McNaughlin triumphed out on the waters as they claimed both the U25 and U20 National Match Racing titles.... [more]
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B14 Inland Championships at Queen Mary SC
Tim Harrison,
B14 Inland Championships - On both mornings the great expanse of water at Queen Mary Reservoir was flat calm but on both days a fair sailing breeze appeared early afternoon giving us two races each day. The delay meant a long lunchtime of boatpark bimbling, with some of the fleet helping the club bar resolve some issues with the beer pumps through trial and error... [more]
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RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup puts champions face to face
Talbot Wilson,
The RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup is set to begin on Thursday but today, the world's best young Opti sailors, ages 11 to 15, set out in Bermuda's Hamilton harbor for a first practice race. Meeting each other on the water and on the docks for the first time today, these youngsters come from all corners of the world and are true ambassadors of their sport.... [more]
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RS100 EuroTour in L'Estartit
Golly Tucker,
The RS100 EuroTour event in L'Estartit, Spain began day three amid hot and sunny conditions and with no wind, the sailors were held ashore hoping for the normal lunchtime breeze to appear before a 14:30 cut off. The fleet were eventually released into a slowly building force 2, which had shifted to the South East to provide a different challenge.... [more]
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