Battered and Pounded - All the latest sailing news from the U.K. and beyond

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 20 Oct 2011

Battered and pounded - All the latest sailing news

Welcome to this edition of our UK newsletter.

Today as part of our Perth 2011 series we showcase the sailor standing between Paul Goodison and his second Laser Olympic Medal the 2010 ISAF World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby.

Young sailors from around the UK competed at the Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships hosted by the Oxford Sailing Club. From all reports the event was a big success, giving Junior and Youth sailors the opportunity to participate in a national team racing event.

Lots of local news from the Garmin Hamble Winter Series week 2, GP14s, RS Tera's, Laser's, National 12s and more.

Miranda Merron co-skipper of the Global Ocean Race leader Campagne de France reported levels of discomfort onboard - 'bouncing and slamming along in a disorderly sea with assorted cumulo beasties crowding the horizon. 'It is very wet on deck, but the water is warm.' Coverage of the race on

Class40 Campagne de France, First through the Leg 1 Scoring Gate - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Jesus Renedo ©

The EUROSAF champions have been crowned - we have full coverage plus video from that event.

The Clipper Yachts continue to be battered by the wind and the waves on their journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Geraldton, Western Australia.

To stay up to date with all the latest local and international sailing news visit team

Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America's Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
As a youngster growing up on Australia's east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Countdown to tough challenge for young Brits
Team Concise,
The only all-British crew in this year's Transat Jacques Vabre can't wait to get racing. With just ten days to go, supercharged twenty-three year old Ned Collier Wakefield and twenty-one year old Sam Goodchild are heading for the start-line in France (Thursday, 20th October).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fired, hired and couldn't be happier
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Not many people can recall being fired from their job and smiling afterwards. But for Team Sanya's Andres Soriano, being fired from the shore team meant he could be hired just moments later as a member of the sailing team.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing complete final qualifier
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker said his team are nearly race ready after ticking off their final qualification. Walker and his crew arranged to sail a 111-nautical mile passage to make up for time spent motoring during the official qualifying race to Palma, Mallorca, and back this month.... [more]
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Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Foxall aims to win
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Damian Foxall is one of the most experienced Volvo Ocean Race sailors but the Irishman still feels a healthy dose of anxiety at the prospect of going where, in his words, no man is supposed to go. 'You have to have a certain amount of anxiety and excitement going on otherwise you're probably not performing at the top,' said Groupama sailing team's Foxall... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger 'invites' Prada sponsorship of E40m
Richard Gladwell,
An announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has triggered further speculation that the Italian based Luna Rossa team will make a late entry for the 34th America's Cup. In the notice filed with the exchange Prada SA has advised that it has been 'invited' to come in as a sponsor of the the Luna Rossa team.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 punching through 54 knots
Paul Larsen,
Just a quick one to say that we have punched through 54 knots, 62 mph and 100 kmh. The fun part is that we did it two up and Vestas Sailrocket 2 was far from optimally trimmed.... [more]
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Double World champion, Tony Bouzaid, dies suddenly in New Zealand

Past winner of the NZ Yachtsman of the Year, double world champion and winner of numerous titles in the dinghy and skiff classes, Tony Bouzaid has passed away suddenly in New Zealand. He was also a noted conservationist and in conjunction with his brother Chris Bouzaid ran the highly successful Hood Sails loft in Auckland, before he moved to Great Barrier Island, 50 miles from Auckland.... [more]
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America's Cup: Top young Kiwi match racers sign up with China Team
Richard Gladwell,
Two top New Zealand match racers have signed with the China Team, which is competing on the America's Cup World Series and has entered the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. Phil Robertson and Garth Ellingham, who are both members of the Waka Racing Team, ranked tenth on the WMRT leaderboard for 2011. They will join China Team just in time for their participation in the upcoming China Cup reg... [more]
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National 12s at Midland SC
Ian Smith,
Midland Sailing Club hosted the penultimate open meeting of the 2011 MAAT series, on Sunday 16th October. Four visiting boats joined three home boats for some close racing. Race 1 got underway in relatively light wind. A 'less than ideal' start for local boat 3316, due to a windward / leeward infringement.... [more]
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RORC Commodore's Cup - New title sponsor
Royal Ocean Racing Club,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is delighted to announce Brewin Dolphin as the new Title Sponsor for the 11th Commodores' Cup sailing championship, which is run, with the support of the Royal Yacht Squadron, between Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th July 2012.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - South Atlantic highway opens for leaders
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - At the head of the fleet, the gap between the double-handed Class40 leaders, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France and Ross and Campbell Field in second with BSL has closed further as the Fields connected with a front they have been targeting for a week and celebrated the rendezvous with a fierce knockdown.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Big gains and losses
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As race four reaches the halfway stage, the skippers and navigators of the 10-strong fleet will be scratching their heads as they ponder their next move, as a high pressure system stands between them and their goal of Geraldton, Western Australia.... [more]
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RS Tera Open at Hill Head SC
Tera Secretary,
In 2008 Hill Head Sailing Club held the first RS Tera Nationals. In the short time since, the class has grown exponentially. The club organised a training day on the Saturday which attracted over 30 sailors, with sailing conditions sent from heaven.... [more]
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Laser 2000 Millennium Series at Rutland SC
Jenny Macgregor,
Laser 2000 Millennium Series - Twenty-one Laser 2000s entered, and with the results of the entire series at stake, serious competition was guaranteed. Responding with admirable flexibility to the pleas of the Laser 2000s and Vagos to be kept away from the Laser 4000s and 5000s, Race Officer William Jeffcoat's last-minute redesign of the race course meant that everyone could concentrate on sailing... [more]
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GP14 Open Meeting at Bolton SC
Gary Deighan,
GP14 Opening Meeting - Sunshine, breeze and a full lake greeted the 20 competitors. Richard Craig the OOD took full advantage of the lake and set a course covering the entire length of the water for race one. A clean start was achieved at the first time of asking and Neil Platt/Alex Pilkington set the early pace away from the line.... [more]
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2012 Changes to IRC Rules
RORC Rating Office,
The following Rule changes come into effect on 1st January 2012 (1st June 2012 for South certification year): • Rule 9.6 is amended to clarify the position when a rating protest has been lodged. • Rule 10.6 is amended to give the Rating Authority greater flexibility.... [more]
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New TPT plotter in operation for Southern Spars
Josh Impey,
A brand-new thin ply technology (TPT) plotter is now operational at Southern Spars' Auckland-based Custom Projects facility, adding another component in the company's drive for higher performing, lighter and stiffer spars.... [more]
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Dean Barker: 'We're about winning the America's Cup'
Michelle Slade,
Emirates Team NZ's skipper, Dean Barker talks with Michelle Slade on the America's Cup World Series and how Emirates Team NZ is positioned going into the 34th America's Cup. Barker covers where the world's most successful professional sailing team is with its preparations and has a few broadsides for the Defender.... [more]
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Light winds and sparkling sailing
Ben Meakins,
Garmin Hamble Winter Series Week 2. After the first weekend's boisterous conditions, there were light winds for the second weekend, with the conditions giving all classes some sparkling sailing and nail-bitingly close racing.... [more]
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Richard Lightwood Trophy at Manor Park SC
Lee Bratley,
Richard Lightwood Trophy - With the water surface looking glassier than the inside of a glass factory, many chins wagged and lunches were ordered as we waited for the much-vaunted five knot forecasted breeze to show itself. Bright, clear sunshine only exacerbated the wait and, as the merest whisper of wind suggested a ripply surface, a few brave souls set off for the main lake... [more]
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Womens Match Racing Olympic Qualifying Regatta Notice of Race
The Notice of Race for the 2012 Women's Match Racing International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta has been released. Just 12 places are available for the Women's Match Racing at London 2012 so competition for places is fierce.... [more]
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In too deep - Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy
Dawn Reiss,
At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Before the 2011 race, the event had never seen a racing-related death in its 103 years. Experienced sailors Mark Morley, 51. and Suzanne Bickel, 40, both of Saginaw, Michigan, were among the 3,500 competitors. Chicago journalist Dawn Reiss researched this detailed article for six weeks... [more]
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