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 10 Nov 2011

Hugo Boss leads - All the latest sailing news from around the globe

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

IMOCA 60 skippers Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) and Jean Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) are battling for the Transat Jacques Vabre lead with just three miles between them. The rest of the fleet are back and fighting for breeze, as the leaders extend their advantage.

Hugo Boss in action   Alex Thomson Racing - copyright

Eleven year old Ben Jelf of Maidstone, Kent becoming Britain's youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder at the 41st annual Coniston Powerboat Records Week, whilst managing to raise over £2000 for the Everyman Cancer Campaign at the same time. Well done Ben.

Locally we have news from the Charity event held at Blithfield SC, from the 29ers at Grafham Water SC, National 12 Gill Series, the GP14s - lots more from around the country.

Internationally the Volvo Ocean Race is now in full swing and Franck Cammas and his crew onboard Groupama 4 lead the fleet. A dramatic week saw the retirement of Team Sanya and urgent repairs to Abu Dhabi after her dismasting.

In other news Sail Melbourne, the first leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway in Melbourne, Australia. It has been a testing time for all the sailors, with conditions variable (from light breeze to gales). Bryony Shaw leads the Women's RS:X fleet, with Izzy Hamilton and Claudia Carney placed seventh and eighth. ALexandra Rickham and Niki
Birrell lead the Skud fleet.

The Clipper Round the World Yachts are on their way from Geraldton, Western Australia to Tauranga in New Zealand, a distance of 3,800 miles. At last report Gold Coast Australia led Visit Finland and Derry-Londonderry.

We have more news, views, images and videos including America's Cup, Global Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour - stay tuned to for all the latest, up to date sailing news from around the globe. Team

Transat Jacques Vabre - Can Hugo Boss and Virbac-Paprec 3 hang on?
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre's leading crews in the IMOCA Open 60 class, Jean Pierre Dick and Alex Thomson were separated by fewer than three miles. Whether Virbac-Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss will hold on to their lead seems a wide open question.... [more]
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GP14s Howard Davies Youth week
2011 Youth Week Participants,
There is a new look for the Howard Davis Memorial Youth Training Week with the most significant change being the venue. This year, training takes place at Crosby Water Sports Centre near Liverpool and with its first class facilities and apple sized water, it made the perfect choice.... [more]
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Charity event at Blithfield SC
Chris Martin,
A fleet of thirty-eight turned out to enjoy pristine sailing at Blithfield SC to raise money for the League of Friends Garden Suite Chemotherapy Centre based in Redditch. A Saturday night party resulted in over £1000 being raised, which was evident by the number of sore heads and comatose sailors the following morning.... [more]
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National 12 Gill Series at Leigh and Lowton SC
Sophie Richards,
The twenty-two strong fleet of National 12s were greeted by light winds upon their arrival at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club for the Gill Series Finale and the Inland Championships that took place on the 5th November. In the Gill series it was a head to head battle between two dead cat bounces: Graham Camm crewed by Zoe Ballantyne and Tom Stewart with his crew Rachel Williamson.... [more]
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Britain's youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder
This year, eleven year old Ben Jelf of Maidstone, Kent was declared Britain's youngest ever World and European Powerboat Racing Champion and just this past week (3st1 October – 4th November), Ben went a step further by also becoming Britain's youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder at the 41st annual Coniston Powerboat Records Week held in Cumbria.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne images by Teri Dodds,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds was on water capturing all the action at Sail Melbourne.... [more]
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Excellent last 2011 event for the 29ers
Vikki Payne,
The 29er Ovington Inlands was the final event of the season and was held on the 5th-6th November at Grafham Water and day 1 brought gusty conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Racer to be shipped to South Africa for repairs
Tte damaged Sanya Lan is set to hit the road and sea bound for Cape Town where a team of experts awaits, ready to whip her into shape for the start of Leg 2. On the first night of the race, Team Sanya sustained major hull damage in heavy winds and short seas. She is believed to have made contact with an object floating in the water, which punctured the hull... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Battle for Scoring Gate points
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – 'With less than three hundred miles to run to the Scoring Gate and a consistent beam breeze this really is match racing at its best,' reports Olly Osborne, skipper of Visit Finland, this morning. Visit Finland is engaged in a close duel with Derry-Londonderry for second place with just one mile separating the two teams... [more]
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Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht Race announced
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 - Win your way to the ISAF Sailing World Championships by sailing from Weymouth to Perth in a LiveSkipper Virtual Yacht Race. Using real-time weather conditions from around the world, the LiveSkipper Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht race, by BeTomorrow, allows skippers world-wide to control a virtual maxi-trimaran... [more]
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Three days and three leaders in Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama's decision to take a more direct southerly route rather than stay with the rest of the four-boat fleet pushing out to the west, began to pay dividends over night. The Franck Cammas skippered entry has hugged the Moroccan coast sailing in an area which is generally avoided by Volvo Ocean Race sailors, who are driven by the convention to break to the west... [more]
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America's Cup - Ideal first test sail on the bay
Stephanie Martin,
Racing in San Diego begins with the Port Cities Challenge on Saturday and Sunday (November 12-13). Among the five boats training today was the French Energy Team, with Yann Guichard taking over the skipper and helming duties for the racing in San Diego.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne day 3 - Strong winds play havoc with racing
Lauren Garnet,
On day 3 of Sail Melbourne the 470 classes, along with the Paralympic crews managed to complete one race while the RS:X got in two before the breeze picked up.... [more]
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RQYS - Regatta and Sailing Manager position available
RQYS media,
Queensland's leading yacht club, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Australia, is seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to fill the fulltime role of Regatta and Sailing Manager.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships TV coverage
Perth 2011,
More than 25 international and national broadcasters have signed up to take television coverage of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships next month.... [more]
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Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year winners announced in Puerto Rico
Olympic Gold medalists Anna Tunnicliffe and Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez have been announced as winners of the Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year at an awards dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico today.... [more]
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Carveth focuses on unfamiliar Hamilton Island waters
Ian Grant,
Talented English helmsman Geoff Carveth set a new standard in international One-design sports boat racing this past May when he became the first skipper to win two SB3 Dart World Championships on home country waters. Now, Carveth who steered Race Team Gill to a commanding victory has to set his sights on defending the Gold Medal on unfamiliar waters... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Pip Hare crosses finish line
Artemis Offshore Academy,
La Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 is also popularly known as the Mini Transat. The race has now witnessed Artemis Offshore Academy's Pip Hare cross the finish line into the Brazilian port of Bahia making her the first female to finish the race. Pip accomplished her goal of finishing in the top fifteen for leg two of the race... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chat in the Nav Station - Nico and Will Oxley +Video
Join Camper skipper Chris Nicholson in the nav station as he talks about the first night at sea in the Volvo Ocean Race, and their thoughts on the conditions and the Abu Dhabi dismasting. Then navigator, Will Oxley, joins us as Camper gets out to a position 65nm off the Casablanca coast, and they have to make the choice of going west before heading south... [more]
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Team GBR Finn sailing squad raise funds for Prostate Cancer Charity
Ben Ainslie,
Team GBR Finn sailing squad does Movember to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity:... [more]
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RHKYC Dragon Class Championships 2011
RHKYC Dragon Class,
The annual Hong Kong Dragon Championship took place over last weekend 5-6 November off Lamma Island where the competitors enjoyed near-perfect wind conditions with 10-12 knots NE wind on Saturday increasing to 12-16 knots on Sunday. There was an all time record participation with 17 boat entries and 55 crews, reflecting the strong growth of the Hong Kong Dragon fleet.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Invite Policy changes for 2012
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour has today announced a new Tour Invite Policy for the 2012 season which is designed to ensure the world's leading professional sailing series continues to attract the best sailors and teams to its World Championship events.... [more]
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RS Feva Class events preview for November
Debbie Darling,
The RS Feva class has a busy month coming up as the racing program for 2011 ends and winter training program begins. The End of Season Champs are hosted by Queen Mary SC on November 12 and 13 and with a record number of boats vying for places at the Worlds next July the competition is likely to be fierce.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face challenging conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Derry-Londonderry has romped up the leader board into third place after a challenging night of sailing in high winds and mountainous waves. Along with the rest of the ten-strong fleet, the team representing the UK City of Culture 2013 experienced the full force of a powerful low pressure system off Cape Leeuwin.... [more]
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Southern Spars fits new mast and rigging for superyacht Salperton
The 45m (148ft) performance sloop Salperton IV is now sailing again with brand-new hybrid modulus carbon fibre mast and an EC6 continuous rigging package from Southern Spars. Having been built to a tight deadline by Southern Spars' Custom Projects team in New Zealand, the replacement mast was fitted and dock-tuned by Southern Spars' Rig Pro team, on 20 October in Tarragona, Spain.... [more]
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RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Starcross YC
Pete Vincent,
The twenty-five competing boats from seven clubs revelled in classic conditions. A bolt steady northerly straight down the length of the estuary blowing 14-20 knots all afternoon gave superb conditions downwind. There were uniform blue skies with sunshine making many reach for the sun cream with total disbelief - this is November and it is 15 degrees!... [more]
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Australia's next Sailing Golden Girls?
Rob Kothe,
In Olympic sailing history, there have been two sets of Australian Womens Gold medal performances. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, both came in the 470 dinghy class in which super-coach Victor Kovalenko guided teams to victory.... [more]
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GP14 Southern Travellers Series at Frensham SC
David Innes,
The GP14 Southern Travellers Series came to a close at Frensham Pond SC in October. This marked the tenth event held during the year at nine very different coastal and inland venues around London and the southeast. The Frensham event was held in a wildly oscillating wind of up to twenty knots and keeping the boat going upwind in these gusts proved quite a challenge.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour unveils a new trophy and partnership
The World Match Racing Tour unveiled its partnership with Garrard this evening by presenting the new, highly coveted ISAF Match Racing World Championship trophy at Garrard's flagship store in Mayfair, London.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series TV schedule
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - UK viewers can now watch the six part TV series starting this Saturday, 12th November on Channel 4. The six programmes will run over consecutive weeks on Channel 4 and this Saturday's programme starts with Act 1 in Muscat, Oman. Whilst for international viewers, the fifth programme of the six-part series is now available to air featuring the French Act in Nice.... [more]
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Introducing Tidal Chronoscope App for iPhone and Android
A new app for Android and iPhone has been released from ChronGlobal called Tidal Chronoscope® that is slated to give the ability to know GPS Tide predictions as easily as the time. Designing this App came with one goal: Create an incredibly easy and simple way to instantly give you tide information at your very location at the touch of a screen, along with lunar and solar positions.... [more]
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