Min Transat 6.5 Stage One Winner and Latest Sailing news from Europe and beyond

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 07 Oct 2011

Mini Transat 6.50 stage 1 winner and all the latest sailing news

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

The TP52 World Championship is underway in Porto Cervo, its just one month to the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Extreme 40s are gearing up for another round in Almeria, Spain and the Clipper Round the World Yachts are headed to Geraldton, Western Australia.

Sébastien Rogues, Eole Generation-GDF SUEZ, has won the first stage of the La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 from Salvador de Bahia, to Brazil via Funchal, Madeira, Portugal in 8 days 20 hours 46 minutes and 43 seconds.

Francesco Bruni (ITA), Staffan Lindberg (FIN) and Jesper Radich (DEN, )Damien Iehl (FRA) and Mathieu Richard (FRA) all head their respective groups at the Qualifying rounds of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour.

Richard v Jury - Argo Group Gold Cup - World Match Racing Tour 2011  PPL Photo Agency

There's loads more in this edition and don't forget we have all the drama and happenings from the America's Cup.

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for all the latest sailing news from around the world.


La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Rogues wins first stage
Veronique Largeau,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Sébastien 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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World Match leader board tightens as three times Gold Cup winner exits
Yanmar Racing Media,
Four times ISAF World Match Racing Champion Peter Gilmour, whose YANMAR Racing Team is currently fourth on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour leader board crashed out of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton Bermuda today.... [more]
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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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KRYS Match underway in La Trinité sur Mer
Caroline Muller,
The KRYS Match is now underway amid North-Westerly 15-20 knot winds in La Trinité sur Mer, Brittany. The four competing teams – Foncia, Veolia Environnement, Race for Water and Gitana 11- Edmond de Rothschild Group – were able to get their bearings on the tried and tested race zone, coloured by the backdrop of the superb Baie de Quiberon and the coast of La Trinité.... [more]
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Audi TP52 Worlds - Azzurra's pursuit hampered
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the Audi TP52 Worlds, unusually light air conditions are hampering Azzurra's pursuit of the World Title on their home waters. Victory went to Quantum today ahead of Gladiator and Paramount Park. The wait continues for the famous Sardinian Mistral and once again today, only one race was held in a very light breeze which is extremely difficult for Azzurra... [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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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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Transat Jacques Vabre - Weather preparations for Guillemot and Eliès
Safran Sailing Team,
Marc Guillemot and Yann Eliès are preparing their weather analysis for their Transat Jacques Vabre voyage between Le Havre and Puerto Limon in Costa Rica. In order to confront the major weather features as they make their way across the Atlantic, the duo on Safran, are already busy studying what is happening.... [more]
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Catamarans at EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix
European Sailing Federation,
When it comes to high performance there are few boats capable of outpacing catamarans and two such classes have been invited to the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix.... [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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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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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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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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Uno Farr 40 European Championship - The heat is on
Jill Campbell,
Uno Farr 40 European Championship - The past week's stormy, wet weather has given way to sunshine and blue skies as eight participating teams prepare for two decisive Farr 40 regattas in Istanbul, Turkey.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 – Cold front expected
Veronique Largeau amended by Sail-World.com,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - A cold front with rather strong east to south-east flow is expected, freshening for Saturday and Sunday. Aeolus is playful these days ... And yesterday's bet did not pay off. If last evening, it appeared good for the supporters of the Western option, it is clear that the night changed the deal. Not good at all that near the active cold front... [more]
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