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 28 Oct 2011

Transat Jacques Vabre countdown and all the latest world sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's Europe newsletter.

The tension is building the Transat Jacques Vabre duos ad the start approaches. This 2011 edition will see skippers race from La Havre to Costa Rica.

Transat Jacques Vabre 2011  Alexis Courcoux

The Olympic aspirants are starting to assemble in Perth for the upcoming ISAF World Championships. (Perth 2011) Today we look at the Finn class and the question - Can anyone knock off Big Ben??

Ian Williams (GBR), currently leading the World Match Racing Tour rankings, is looking forward to the last event of the season, the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia.

However Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, currently in second place and just six points behind Williams. With extra points at stake in this final event on the Tour, Bruni will be pushing hard to deny Williams another ISAF World Match Racing title.

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.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has wrapped for another year with Esimit Europa 2 taking line honours.

Many skippers in the solo Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 have been forced to abandon the race, the latest being Scott Cavonough (AUS) and Mathieu Claveau (France).

It's a bust time in the sailing world so for all the latest news, views, videos and photos from events from around the globe, stay tuned to 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Transat Jacques Vabre – Hugo Boss at the start line
Transat Jacques Vabre,
Transat Jacques Vabre – Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadil will race Hugo Boss, the IMOCA Open 60 which won last year's Route du Rhum La Banque Postale in the hands of Roland 'Bilou' Jourdain. Thomson's best finish in this race is a second place in his second participation in the race when he raced alongside Bilou on the former Sill in 2003.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Final countdown commences
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race – It used to be said that by the time the yachts hit the start line of the first leg, the Volvo Ocean Race was already won or lost. Historically, the teams with the biggest budgets and best preparation would have the greatest shot at glory – and more often than not they would be the ones lifting the trophy nine months later.... [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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Bic Techno 293 European Championship 2011 day 4 Video
Patrik Pollak,
Day 4 of the Bic Techno 293 European Championship 2011. After yesterday's hardcore conditions, kids had a chance to take a pleasure in the sunny side of Sardinia.... [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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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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Melges 32 Barcelona Winter Series supported by Merchbac
Alfredo Mella,
The Melges 32 Barcelona Winter Series now has less than a month until the start of Series 1 in Barcelona City and in order to organize it, the Real Club Nautico De Barcelona has just signed a collaboration with the financial group Merchbac who is the main sponsor for the event.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - BSL approaching Cape Town
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race leader BSL, being crewed by Ross and Campbell Field, has now been at sea for a total of thirty-one days. The main pack of four Class40s are north-west of the leaders by 1,500 miles and spread over 360 miles, with the variety of options taken to avoid the high-pressure system blocking their route to Cape Town coming into play.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Anticipating the start
Hélène Tzara,
The Transat Jacques Vabre's tenth edition start is just four days awThe skippers' had to turn their attention to this afternoon's extensive safety briefing. As is often the case with the North Atlantic in November, stormy conditions seem increasingly likely.... [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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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland wins Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - After clinching the bonus point for the Ocean Sprint in race four yesterday, Visit Finland has stormed up the leader board overhauling two boats into sixth place. Olly Osborne and his team declared an elapsed time of 26 hours exactly for covering the distance between 90 and 95 degrees east. This time proved to be 70 minutes speedier than the second fastest boat... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - A struggle to the finish
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Over the night and into this morning, a dozen boats crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour after struggling on the ten-mile leg from Comino to the finish. The breeze had been solid on the leg from Lampedusa, and then drops off dramatically as yachts reach the Maltese archipelago, making for a tactically challenging last ten miles... [more]
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Star European Centennial Celebration a great success
International Star Class,
Star European Centennial Celebration - For the first day of racing, this Friday, October 21, 2011, it took time and patience, both for the race committee and for the 93 yachts in the race. After six attempts to start, with a wind of 19-20 knots up to 110 degrees (east-southeast), the first race started at 2:43 p.m.... [more]
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BIC Techno 293 European Championship 2011 day 3 video
Patrik Pollak,
At the BIC Techno 293 European Championship 2011 on day 3, thanks to windy night, we had some shore break which made launch from the club bit more difficult.... [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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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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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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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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