Perth 2011 - Ainslie hits the lead, Volvo's prepare

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 10 Dec 2011

All eyes on Perth 2011, Volvo fleet prepare for leg 2 and more ....

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

All eyes are on Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The competition is heating up as some classes head into their gold medal races while others are just beginning their competition.

Ben Ainslie is back in the Finn lead after a few days of sitting in third. Giles Scott is now second, with Ed Wright third. Lucy Macgregor is fighting hard in the Women's Match Racing, having to contest a 15-race repechage round to claim one of the four remaining quarter-finals berths while 470 Men's crew Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell consolidated their overall second position.

Ben Ainslie in race 7 - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finn Gold Cup  Robert Deaves /IFA

Transat B to B skipper, Mike Golding (Gamesa) is back on form after suffering from stomach cramps whilst contesting the single-handed race from Saint Barts, Caribbean to Lorient, Brittany.

The Volvo fleet is preparing for in-port racing ahead of the start of leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on 11th December.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand have again survived a protest against their forestay set-up breaching Volvo Open 70 rules. The protest was lodged by Groupama 4 who alleged that several aspects of Camper's forestay and rigging set-up over leg one were illegal. An international jury dismissed the protest. Stay up to date with the Volvo Ocean Race via's extensive coverage of the event.

The Clipper Round the World yachts are facing challenging conditions on their current leg from New Zealand to Australia's Gold Coast, while the Global Ocean race's double-handed crews are reaching east on port in the Roaring Forties, some 1,800 miles from the Cape of Good Hope, Africa, and 2,600 miles from Cape Leeuwin at the south-western tip of Australia.

There's lots more happening locally and internationally, from sunny Phuket (King's Cup) to Sydney Harbour (Sydney Hobart) to the wintry Northern Hemisphere, so for all latest sailing news from around the globe stay tuned to

Have a great week. team

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images from day 7 Perth 2011
Various Photographers,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon images from day seven of the action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma ready for action
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - The crew aboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were back on the water today in Cape Town, South Africa preparing for the In-Port Race on Saturday and the start of Leg 2. The crew has been on the water the past two days – the first sailing since Mar Mostro suffered a broken mast on November 21 and arrived in Cape Town on December 7.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Ainslie back on top of Finn fleet
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup is being held at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Fremantle, Australia. Ben Ainslie (GBR) is back on top after another incredible display of consistency and skill. The five time Finn world champion now has a two point lead from Giles Scott (GBR) while overnight leader Pieter Jan Postma (NED) slips to third another five points back.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper protest dismissed
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama lodged a protest against Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, at the end of leg one, alleging that several aspects of Camper's forestay and rigging set-up over leg one were illegal. Camper has welcomed the decision by the Volvo Ocean Race International Jury to dismiss the protest claiming that Camper's forestay set-up breached the Volvo Open 70 rules.... [more]
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Pallot Windows Frostbite Series at Royal Channel Islands YC
William Harris,
Pallot Windows Frostbite Series third race was hosted by Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club last Sunday, 4th December 2011. A slightly diminished fleet of ten boats came to the line for the late morning start. Gale force winds had caused the second postponement of the Club's Winter Dinghy Series on Saturday but a brief window in the weather gave sufficient respite for the race to go ahead... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cold front chases fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race – The five, double-handed Class40s are approaching the most remote part of the Indian Ocean. Currently 1,800 miles from the Cape of Good Hope, Africa, and 2,600 miles from Cape Leeuwin at the south-western tip of Australia after ten days of racing, the fleet are reaching east on port in the Roaring Forties... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 – Demanding conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - At the halfway stage of Act 9 in Singapore, and the deciding round of the overall 2011 championship, the battle has intensified as witnessed in the drama-filled final race of the day. The French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and the Italian team of Luna Rossa are pushing each other hard and backing down is not an option, sometimes a costly option... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – Ainslie resumes pole
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Competition in the Finn class continued today, in Fremantle, with Triple Olympic sailing gold medallist and five-time Finn World Champion Ben Ainslie regaining control in the battle for the world title. Ainslie and his Skandia Team GBR stable mates are continuing to prove a dominant force in the heavyweight dinghy fleet... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Tight battle for spots
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship comes to an end tomorrow for the the Finn, Men's 470, Laser Radial and Women's RS:X fleet, with the final London 2012 Olympic Qualification places on offer at Perth up for grabs. Thirty one nations secured their spots for London 2012 in the Laser Radial and Women's RS:X yesterday.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Challenging conditions return
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – It's been another eventful 24 hours for the ten-strong fleet as the challenging conditions experienced earlier in the week have returned to test all of what the crews have learnt over the last four months of ocean racing. 'So much for the gentle downwind sailing,' exclaims Stuart Jackson, skipper of De Lage Landen.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepares for fierce conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet could face fearsome wind conditions in Cape Town when racing recommences this weekend. Weather forecasters are predicting up to 25 knots of breeze for the V and A Waterfront In-Port Race on December 10 and for the start of leg two to Abu Dhabi the following day.... [more]
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Transat B to B - Mike Golding back on form after illlness
Emily Caroe,
Transat B to B - Gamesa's skipper, Mike Golding, is in fifth place on the fifth day of racing from the Caribbean to Brittany. Recovering from some nasty stomach cramps and getting back to form Golding is enjoying spells of great sailing conditions. The only down side, as it is for the fleet, is that they are still very much heading north... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Media Crew Member Award to Camper's Hamish Hooper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand's Hamish Hooper has been awarded the Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Among the highlights of Hooper's coverage was the mid-sea surgery to bowman Mike Pammenter, who lost his front tooth and split his lip after being washed into the rigging by a wave.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup – Asia's leading regatta gets better and better
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Phuket King's Cup 2011 is the biggest yet and certainly has one of the most competitive fleets ever assembled in the event's 25 year history. While in its early years the winning skippers tended to be British, New Zealand and Australian expatriates some of the key classes are now being dominated by Asian sailors.... [more]
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Optimist Worlds: A World Championship within a World Championship
Nathalie van Dort,
New Zealand is seriously preparing for 50 countries and around 220 young sailors to come to Napier and compete for the title of new World Champion in the Optimist Sailing. In true Kiwi-style, over 160 volunteers from around the country have put their hand up to provide assistance during the World Championships in December and January.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finns tight at top after day 6
Robert Deaves,
A single race for Finns on Thursday at the Finn Gold Cup at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships provided few surprises, but some great racing. Pieter Jan Postma (NED) won the race to extend his lead to two points over Giles Scott (GBR), while Ben Ainslie remains in third, another two points back.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6 images
Various Photographers,
Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane and Alex McKinnon present images from the on water action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6- First Gold fleet races
Perth 2011,
On day 6 of Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the first Gold fleet races got underway amid a moderate sea breeze providing near perfect sailing conditions off Fremantle. Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka had more on her mind than just winning her RS-X races on Thursday, crediting her impressive comeback on a new mental outlook.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Difficult conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - At the pre-race press conference Groupe Edmond de Rothschild skipper Pierre Pennec told the press: 'We are extremely happy to be in contention for the overall title – it's going to be tight racing against Luna Rossa...' And the game of cat and mouse that started on the opening day, continued unabated on day two.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Postma leads Finns
Robert Deaves,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Three testing races were held on the third day of the Finn Gold Cup 2011 in Perth, Australia. Pieter Jan Postma (NED) takes a one point lead in the Finns. Giles Scott (GBR), who won two races, sits one point back, while previous regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) is in third and three third places on Wednesday.... [more]
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And they're off: Inaugural Kiteboard racing at Phuket King's Cup
King's Cup Event Media,
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Puma reaches Cape Town after 31 day epic journey
Volvo Ocean Racing,
It was not the way Ken Read had imagined stepping off PUMA's Mar Mostro and on to shore at Cape Town but after 31 days away the American could still savour a heartfelt moment with wife Kathy before putting the next phase of the recovery plan into place. Puma Ocean Racing, who set off from Alicante with the rest of the fleet back on November 5, made it into the Cape Town port late on Tuesday nig... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup - Neil Pryde world leader in Wind and Kitesurfing
Phuket King's Cup media,
At 72 years old Neil Pryde is one of the stalwarts of the Phuket Kings Cup and indeed of Asian sailing. Pryde, a New Zealand born sailor has been in Asia for almost 50 years and he loves the sailing conditions Asia has to offer.... [more]
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Piracy fears drive yachts away from Oman and Yemen
Nancy Knudsen,
Oman and Yemen, used to greeting around 200 cruising yachts a year who pass through their waters to reach the Red Sea, are suffering because of the persistent danger of piracy which has now spread right across the Arabian Sea. Fear of piracy has forced cancellation or rerouting of yachts and yacht rallies, say rally organisers.... [more]
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MedCup sailing circuit suspended for 2012 season
World Sailing Management and Audi,
World Sailing Management (WSM), organizers of the MedCup sailing circuit, the official international competition of the TP52 and Soto 40 classes, regrets to announce that it has decided to suspend the 2012 season. WSM will continue to work during 2012 in order to overcome these difficulties... [more]
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Final battle for podiums
Garmin Hamble Winter Series,
Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Winter finally came in time for the final race, to show crews just how lucky they've been throughout the unseasonably warm event. A brisk, cold westerly wind that fluctuated between 10 and 25 knots gave the assembled sailors a challenge when it came to choosing a sailplan, not to mention working out how to make their boat go quickly upwind in a nasty chop.... [more]
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Coast Guard forcibly removes circumnavigating sailor from boat
Lee Mylchreest,
Does your Coast Guard have the right to remove you from your sailing boat even though you don't want rescuing? A recent incident off the coast of Mexico raises questions that have long been asked by cruising sailors. Dennis Howard, experienced sailor but legally blind, had long planned a life-affirming solo circumnavigation on his 20ft sailing boat, Avalo,but it was cut short by the Coast Guard... [more]
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AAM Cowes Week - Detailed evaluation conducted
Grant Rowley,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – A detailed evaluation has been conducted by Cowes Week Limited (CWL) of the feedback received from competitors and visitors to the regatta. This is a critical process in the development of the event, enabling the world's best-known regatta to identify and prioritise enhancements to its extensive infrastructure.... [more]
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