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 13 Oct 2011

Ainslie and the Extreme 40s plus all the latest sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

Ben Ainslie (Oman Air) is again making his mark on the Extreme 40 circuit, leading the fleet in Almeria, Spain.

The fleet racing in front of the Spanish crowds of spectators - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 8  Lloyd Images ©

Alex Thomson's Open 60 Hugo Boss is one of two international applications for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race to commence on Boxing Day in Sydney Australia.

La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 Leg 2, between Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) and Salvador (Bahia-Brazil) is almost underway while the Global Ocean Race leaders are nearing the equator.

In 'closer to home' news, 288 young sailors are set to compete at the RYA's Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championship at Oxford Sailing Club this weekend. News too from the Phantom class, RORC, GP14s, Sprint 15's, Garmin Hamble Winter Series, the RS500 Inlands, the RS Tera's and more.

Stay tuned to www. for all the latest local and international sailing news.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 1 - Tricky and challenging conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is now underway in Almeria and the public literally arrived in the thousands on the opening day, making the most of Spain's national Bank Holiday. Soaking up the party atmosphere and enjoying the activities and entertainments on shore ahead of the main event when the 11 Extreme 40s took to the water... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders nearing the equator
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race Class40 leaders are digging into the South-East Trades whilst the two mid-fleet boats are getting snared by the Doldrums and the tail-enders are proceeding to pile into the pack. During the night and into Wednesday morning, Mabire and Merron succeeded in pushing Campagne de France around one knot quicker than Ross and Campbell Field on BSL... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report,
The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider's s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Qualifier- Asian Match Racing Championship day 2
Monsoon Cup Media,
It's Day 2 of the Asian Match Racing Championship and seven teams from across the Asia Pacific are vying for just one precious spot at the Monsoon Cup, the final event on the ISAF 2011 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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BMW Berlin Match Race preview
Anne Stadtfeld,
The BMW Berlin Match Race is set to take place from second to 6th November 2011. The event will this year be hosted by the Sailing Club House at Wannsee (Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, VVSaW), together with the Berlin Yacht Club (BYC), and is advertised as a Grade One event by the International Sailing Federation. There will be 12 skippers, 48 top sailors, 186 head-to-head duels on the water... [more]
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EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix preview
John Friend,
EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix - Prior to the start of racing proper on Thursday, competitors today have been getting to grips with sailing on the Murcia region's Mar Menor. One of Spain's best kept secrets to the sailing world, this 170sqkm salt water lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22km long spit of sand, known as La Manga.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Bruni and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Tunnicliffe retained her place as World number one in the Women's Match Race Rankings whilst Bruni moves to the top of the Open Match Race Rankings for the first time. Bruni held second place for the last three rankings releases but after his third place finish at the Argo Gold Cup, the seventh stage of the World Match Racing Tour, he leapfrogs Ian Williams.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Major repairs at sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland and Derry-Londonderry are considering how to repair their badly damaged mainsails after piercing large holes in them with their spinnaker poles in strong downwind conditions.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing 2012 Worlds Venue announced as Gothenburg
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 14th edition will be hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden from 25 to 30 June 2012. Hosted by the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS) the 16 teams will sail the Elliot 6metre keelboat, the equipment being used for Women's Match Racing at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR registration opens October 12
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR returns to Miami, Fla. January 23-28, 2012, for six days of elite-level competition among the world's top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Event organizers have posted the Notice of Race at the event website. Online registration opens October 12, 2011 for competitors and coaches and ends on January 9, 2012.... [more]
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Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Almeria for Act 8 - Preview + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 is being held in Almeria, Spain from tomorrow 12th October 2011. The 11 Extreme 40 racing machines are ready to race. Some of the teams have been out training today on the official practice day including the new multinational team, Team TILT, led by Swiss multihull specialist Alex Schneiter, three-time of the Bol d'Or.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Circuit Leg 3 - Victory to Charisma
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Circuit third leg concluded today with the welcome arrival of more stable conditions and saw three close-fought windward-leeward races held on the Sea of Marmara off Istanbul's Ataköy Marina. Following several days in which variable meteorological conditions and shifty winds made life difficult for both organizers and participants, a hard-earned victory went to Charisma (MON)... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - World champions visit Race Village
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Spanish striker Fernando Torres revealed he would love to test his sea legs for real as the football World Cup winners visited the Race Village today.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem on Singapore and Visit Finland. 'No skipper likes to be woken up to find his boat sailing, on her side, backwards down waves in the pitch black at a fair speed,' according to Ben Bowley, skipper of Singapore. The 28-year-old refers to the situation he found himself in the early hours of this morning following an accidental gybe.... [more]
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Tribute to a Bermuda hero at Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The international match racing community paid Bermuda's legendary Jordy Walker a well-earned tribute at the prizegiving for the Argo Group Gold Cup. The Match Racing Association (MRA), formerly known as the World Match Racing Association (WMRA), presented the first annual Jordy Walker Trophy to Phil Robertson of New Zealand.... [more]
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Richardson Trophy win to Wilson
Don Wilson and 2008 Richardson Champion Steve Lowery safely secured finals spots by defeating their Semi-Final opponents in two 3-0 sweeps. The last Semi-Final flight was the only one fired off before an extended postponement. Racing picked up again for one match in the Petit Finals.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup tense final win to Mirsky
At the start of the Gold Cup, Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Berntsson were even on head to head wins this season. The final proved no different. Mirsky's other arch rival for the Championship is Bruni who was involved in the petit final earlier in the day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro second to finish qualifier
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - The Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion team was second to finish the final qualifying race, arriving back at port in Alicante, Spain, early Sunday morning at 06:48:54 GMT. Telefónica was first in at 05:45:24 GMT. Designed as an opportunity to test safety procedures, all teams completed the mandatory checklist during the two nights at sea.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifier – Telefónica first over finish line
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -Team Telefónica crossed the line first in the final qualifier today, celebrating their arrival back in Alicante with a breakfast of sparkling wine and chocolate croissants. Telefónica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, arrived at 05:45:24 UTC/GMT (07:45:24 local time) after completing a 360-nautical mile race... [more]
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