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 28 Oct 2011

Can they knock off Big Ben? Golding's sixth, Volvo Ocean Race - hotte

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

The GB team is starting to assemble in Perth for the upcoming ISAF World Championships. Today we look at the Finn class and the question - Can anyone knock off Big Ben??

The tension is building for Mike Golding (Gamsea) and his co-skipper Bruno Dubois as the Transat Jacques Vabre start approaches. Mike is lining up for his sixth edition of this race from La Havre to Costa Rica. In 2009 he finished second with Spain's Javier ‘Bubi' Sanso.

British skipper Mike Golding (Gamesa) has participated in the last six editions of the race and his co-skipper Bruno Dubois (BEL/CAN) - Transat Jacques Vabre  Transat Jacques Vabre

Ian Williams, currently leading the World Match Racing Tour rankings, is looking forward to the last event of the season, the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia which will decide the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Champion.

The Volvo Ocean Race competitors are in countdown mode in Alicante, Spain as the leg 1 start on Saturday 5th November draws closer and will keep you up to date with all the action.

Lots of local news this week - from Sprint 15s, Laser Radials, OK Dinghys, Flying 15s, Larks and much more.

For all the latest news, views, videos and photos from events all around the world, stay tuned to

Have a great week. Team

Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben?
Rob Kothe,
Sailings Superstar British sailor Ben Ainslie, the only sailor ever to be crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year three times (1998, 2002 & 2008), will be 35 years old by the 2012 London Olympics. He will be sailing at his fifth Olympic Games, aiming to win another gold medal, perhaps weighed down by the British public expectations media demands with three gold medals and one silver round his ne... [more]
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Sail-World on Facebook -Check us out!!
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World UK and European Editor explained 'Sail-World's Facebook wall has key selections from the nine Sail-World sites world-wide posted as well as providing the opportunity for Fans to get to know the Editors. 'We have already posted feature stories from many of our editors world-wide for the last six months, going forward we will be adding key feature stories each day.... [more]
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RS:X Youth Worlds Day 4
RS:X Class,
The RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships are in full swing and Cagliari is turning out to be a fantastic venue for windsurfing as the fourth day of competition was filled with strong winds, big waves, and abundant sunshine which made for picture perfect sailing conditions.... [more]
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RS200s at Burghfield AC
RS Association,
The 2011 Burghfield Open took place on Saturday with the pond offering up sailing at its most entertaining. The turnout was an impressive thirty-four boat strong fleet which included seasoned circuit, SEAS travellers, homegrown talent, and a few new faces.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012: youth aim to join cut and thrust competition
Tracey Johnstone,
The change is in the air. Younger Etchells class skippers and crew are joining the class and hunting worlds qualification for Sydney February 2012. Dubbed by sailors in the past as the ‘old man's class', it is no longer an accepted description of the Etchells. The younger sailors have sniffed out what the older Etchells sailors have known for quite a while - high cal... [more]
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Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree
Richard Gladwell,
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence... [more]
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Perth 2011 – a big U.S. team and a watershed for U.S. Olympic sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Since sailing first joined the Olympic program in 1908 the most successful sailing nation has been the United States of America, with 59 medals. At the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics the U.S. led the field with seven sailing medals, while Great Britain took home just one bronze.... [more]
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ISA Junior and Girls All Ireland Sailing Championships preview
Rachel Solon,
The most prestigious junior sailing event in Ireland, the ISA Junior and Girls All Ireland Sailing Championships, are set to get underway on 29th October and will run through the 30th October at the Royal St George Yacht Club. The invitational championship will see 18 of Ireland's leading junior sailors compete over the two days for the title of 2011 Champion.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Surfing the face of a 70ft wave
Lisa Blair,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew member Lisa Blair representing Queensland on Gold Coast Australia: The good ship Gold Coast Australia has now sailed its third week in the fourth race of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race of what is proving to be a very tactical race from Cape Town to Geraldton in Western Australia.... [more]
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Proving that the Tornado has what it takes + Video
Andrew Dowley,
This coming week, the Tornado Class along with its representatives, will head to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the annual International Sailing Federation conference which is held from the 3-13 November. They are off to prove to the ISAF and MNAs that the Tornado has what it takes to return as the Olympic Multihull ahead of next year's trials.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre has international appeal
Hélène Tzara,
The Transat Jacques Vabre now has only three days until the start gun is set to fire and for the fleet, Sunday's start looms ever larger on the horizon. Today, Le Havre was a mix of quiet activity and growing anticipation whilst the weather analysis now ensures challenging conditions as the biennial race often delivers.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 1 - BSL approach finish line
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - In the 15:00 GMT position poll on Thursday, Ross and Campbell Field leading the double-handed, Class40 GOR fleet on BSL are just 117 miles from the finish with an ETA of early Friday morning at the Cape Town finish line with an 87 mile lead over Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Campagne de France in second.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Teams ready for In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 kicks off this Saturday, 29th October 2011 in Alicante, Spain at 1200 GMT/UTC (1400 local time). The six boats designed primarily to blast through the oceans will battle for the first points, and an early psychological boost, in a quickfire inshore sprint.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia open up lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has extended its lead overnight as a cold front bringing winds up to 30 knots powered the Australian team led by Tasmanian Richard Hewson towards the finish line off Geraldton.... [more]
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RS100 Inland Championship at Rutland SC
Debbie Darling,
RS100 Inland Championship - A breezy weekend was forecast, with lower water levels and a southerly wind. The weekends sailing was characterised by some shifty / gusty winds around 12-16 knots, which were difficult to predict especially nearer the shore, big gusts giving passing opportunities galore downwind.... [more]
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RS800 Inland Championship at Rutland SC
Debbie Darling,
RS800 Inland Championship - With some of the regulars teams busy, the fleet was boosted by many new faces, all girl teams and a great forecast. Everyone arrived to find 10-16 knots, some sunshine and 15 degrees – not bad for October. Racing was held on the standard windward leeward course, with a trip around the outer loop to finish adding something a little different.... [more]
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RS Vareo Inland Championship at Rutland SC
Debbie Darling,
RS Vareo Inland Championship - The Vareo fleet enjoyed near perfect conditions over the weekend, with a wind that built up each day from a force three to four. There were some exciting squalls and enough shifts to keep the mind alert too.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Into the end game for Buckley Systems
Ross Field,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - With 188 miles to go in the first leg of the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race, Ross and Campbell Field on board BSL are current fleet leaders, but not without a spectacular battle with their closest contenders Campagne de France. BSL has certainly lived up to expectations and the father and son duo have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge... [more]
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Barz Optics demonstrates Floater aquatic prowess
Jeni Bone,
Gone are the days of losing your sunnies to the bottom of the ocean. Floating like no other, Barz has put their new Floater to the test in the surf and haven't been disappointed.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - France holds the lead + Video,
At the Student Yachting World Cup in France, eight races have now been completed. Euromed Arthur Loyd (France) lead the overall rankings on 11 points.... [more]
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Sprint 15 Traveller Series 2011
UK Sprint 15 Association,
The Windsport Catparts Traveller Series for 2011 has come to a close amid superb conditions at Grafham with the largest attendance (37) of the summer. It has been one of our best attended summer series ever with an average attendance of over 27 competitors per event.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 suffers damage in crash + high speed run video
Paul Larsen,
After a few good, high speed runs - disaster has struck! Vestas Sailrocket 2's main beam failed .. read on as Paul Larsen explains ....... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Artie first Maltese boat home
Rolex Middle Sea Race – After racing over 600 miles, the J/122 Artie crossed the finish line at 15.22 CEST, eight minutes in front of Jaru Team EC, a J/133, and, in doing so, was the first Maltese boat home. That finish also put the local entry, co-skippered by Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard, ahead of Rán (GBR) as overall handicap leader.... [more]
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts in just over a week on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, as it will be with the Olympic newsletter series starting with Perth 2011. Between the two series there will be over eight million newsletters to our world-wide audience.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 13 - Bertrand on the new race format
San Francisco Bay celebrates Fleet Week, United States Coast Guard chats with us about waterway traffic control and the transformation of San Francisco Bay into a perfect sailing stadium for spectators during AC World Series in 2012, Louis Vuitton Cup and AC Finals in 2013. America's Cup legend John Bertrand shares his opinion on the new race format with Regatta Director Iain Murray... [more]
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Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 - Aussie sailor forced to abandon,
Australian sailor Scott Cavanough (797 - has been forced to abandon his yacht after it suffered severe damage in a collision with a super tanker.... [more]
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Inshore Series at Solo Offshore Racing Club
Solo Offshore Racing Club,
The final race of 2011 for the Solo Offshore Racing Club took place amid ideal conditions. Beginning near Lepe Spit, the 17 strong fleet of yachts set off windward into 10-15 knot southerly breezes headed to Elephant buoy just off the island.... [more]
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Laser Radial Qualifier at Paignton SC
UK Laser Assocation,
The final Radial Qualifier for 2011 took place on October 22 and 23 and at Paignton Sailing Club. It was an easy time for the Jury with strong winds ultimately resulting in few rule 42 infringements, although they were called into action to hear the odd protest.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized new, hand-painted sunglass styles
Kaenon Polarized, the Newport Beach-based Lifestyle and Luxury Performance sunglass brand, announces the launch of its 2011 Anniversary Collection, in celebration of reaching its 10 year milestone as a company. The Anniversary Collection is available in November, online and through Kaenon's authorized dealer network.... [more]
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McConaghy's MC38 on the water - a cause for further excitement
John Curnow,
Around 10 months ago, we had some serious cause for excitement when the MC38 from McConaghy went from drawings to moulds. At the time, we thought that the boat would do to one design keelboat racing what the Mach 2 had done to foiling Moths.... [more]
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In too deep- Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy-U.S. SAILING comments
Dawn Reiss,
U.S. SAILING has now commented on this article. Before the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 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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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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