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 17 Jan 2012

The latest Sailing news from around the globe

Welcome to our latest edition of's Europe newsletter.

The Alinghi online auction of residual equipment in Valencia closes on February 3rd - we have the details.

Alinghi prancing out of a big swell three hours before the start of Race 2 of the 33rd America's Cup, Valencia  Richard Gladwell

At the International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships, held on Charlotte Bay, Florida USA, Damien Seguin of France won the 2.4mR Gold medal, while Thierry Schmitter of the Netherlands, took Silver. Aleksander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg Per Eugen Kristiansen from Norway won Gold and the French team of Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul / Nicolas Vimont-Vicary, Silver in the Sonar class.

The second of seven ISAF Sailing World regattas, the Miami OCR, gets underway in the USA on January 22 and immediately afterwards the 2012 Women's Match Racing International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta takes place.

Damien Seguin, 2.4mR, FRA 13, FRA - Rolex Miami OCR  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre will be held from 31 March to 7 April on the Bay of Palma and will have a new racing programme for 2012.

The Clipper Round the World Yachts are in 'Stealth Mode' for the cruise section of Race 7 (be sure to catch the latest news on for a full explanation).

Five of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts are onboard a cargo ship headed for an unloading port in the Indian Ocean to complete the second stage of Leg 3 to the Chinese port of Sanya. Team Sanya, forced to suspend racing after mast problems has battled through the Doldrums and is headed for the safe haven port where they will be reunited with the Volvo Ocean Race fleet.

Stay tuned to for all the latest news, views, videos and images from around the sailing world. Team

IFDS Worlds 2012 final day - Medals decided + Video
Nancy E. Spraker,
It was a short day, with only one race for each class on the final day of the International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships (IFDS Worlds).... [more]
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America's Cup Alinghi Team Online auction - Sailing Navigation Equip,
Online Auction, Lots closing from: 3 Feb 2012 11:00 PM AWST - By order of Alinghi Team Over 150 lots comprising - meteorological equipment, boat electronic equipment, sailing equipment, Audio/Visual equipment, tooling and metal working machinery and professional kitchen and catering equipment to be sold in an online auction.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya blast towards safe haven + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya spent a few painful days crossing the Doldrums and are now able to stretch their legs as the today blast towards the safe haven port where they will be reunited with the rest of the race fleet for the first time in over a month.... [more]
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Jaime Torres sets sights on St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Michele Korteweg,
Beneteau First 40.7 Smile and Wave's skipper, Jaime Torres, may not be the most experienced skipper that is making preparations for the upcoming edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which is now under two months away, but he certainly is one of the most passionate.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race confirms Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate for Leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race will have the fleet rounding Cape Horn, Chile as the make their exit from the Southern Ocean and enter the South Atlantic en route to the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay. At the longitude of Cape Horn, the boats will pass through the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre's new racing programme
Neus Jordi,
The opening European stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup now has online entries open and is set to include two official training days. The 43rd edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre will be held in the bay of Palma from 31 March to 7 April with the new racing programme.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Rolex Miami OCR preview
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR gets underway on 22 January 2012 and is the second of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. The Rolex Miami OCR, being held on the waters of Biscayne Bay, will bring together some of the world's best sailors in all of the Olympic events for the first time since the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet divided into groups
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Nine of the ten yachts are now in Stealth Mode for the cruise phase between the first and second parts of race seven. The fleet is divided into three groups, accompanying each other through the Celebes and Sulu Seas for safety reasons.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour - Dee Caffari to lead all-woman entry
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia The Tour - World record breaking British sailor Dee Caffari is set to skipper an all-woman crew which makes its debut next month. The second edition of SATT joins together the nations of the Gulf and international crews in two weeks of racing around the Arabian Coast, and amongst the line up is the Oman Sail all-woman entry Al Thuraya Bank Muscat, led by Dee.... [more]
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Solo sailing teen Laura Dekker did not 'tear down' her Dutch flag
Nancy Knudsen,
When 16-year-old Laura Dekker sails Guppy into the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten in about eight days to become the youngest ever circumnavigating sailor, she will be flying, not a Dutch flag, but the flag of New Zealand. However mainstream media reports that she had recently 'torn down' the Dutch flag are not true.... [more]
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Olympic Mixed Multihull Evaluation invitation
Nahid and Roland Gaebler,
Olympic Mixed Multihull Evaluation is being held in Santander, Spain, from 17th to 25th March 2012. Sailors from all classes are welcome to test the catamarans. Star class sailors and Match Race women, who lost their boats for 2016 Olympics, have a new chance to start an Olympic campaign for 2016 with ultra fast catamarans.... [more]
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Key West Race Week preview - Melges 32 fleet ready
Joy Dunigan,
Quantum Key West Race Week 2012 kicks off today, Monday 16th January, in Florida. In the famous words of biographer Walter Isaacson referencing Steve Jobs' early tenure at Apple Computers — the Melges 32 fleet is ready to ‘turn on, boot up and jack in'. Nineteen teams, originating from six nations, have registered and confirmed participation... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa AC45 launches in Auckland + Video
Richard and Ben Gladwell,
The very popular America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, set up and launched their new AC45 in Auckland, this morning, marking a major milestone in their America's Cup campaign. Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - MOB and lesson learned for Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
During the closing stages of Leg 2 in the Global Ocean Race, a difficult lesson was learned on Cessna Citation via quick thinking; instinct and training when Conrad Colmanand Sam Goodchild rapidly dealt with a Man Over Board (MOB) off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's homework
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are now looking forward to conditions that should better suit them on the long route to Sanya after a disappointing sprint stage from Abu Dhabi which saw the team off the podium for the first time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Skippers say minor tweaks key to success
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, even the smallest of advantages can spell success on the race course. Having an opportunity to work on their boats in port gave Abu Dhabi and Puma just the edge that they needed for glory in the Leg 3 Stage 1 sprint, according to their skippers.... [more]
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Look out for Lily – China's Laser Radial champion will bounce back
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
At the recent Perth 2011 Laser Radial World Championships, one of the sailors who did not perform as well as expected was Lijia Xu (Lily) who finished 25th, but the 24 year old Chinese sailor has talent to burn and is working hard for the coming European season. We talked to Lily after Perth 2011.... [more]
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Women's Match Race Country Qualifier preview – Battle for final spots
Women's Match Race Country Qualifier – The 2011 Women's Match World Championship qualified eight countries to send a team to the Olympics. Those countries are Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Russia and USA. GBR, as host country, is also given a berth. That leaves three open slots.... [more]
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ORC Sailor Services now available in six languages
ORC Media,
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has announced that its innovative user-friendly access to the rating system, ORC Sailor Services, will now feature translations of its services and functions in German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Greek to better serve a large segment of the ORC community.... [more]
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Pirate attack on EU NAVFOR flag ship - suddenly sorry
Des Ryan,
The fact that it occurred at first light must be the excuse for a skiff full of suspected pirates who opened fire and commenced boarding a target ship this week. What a surprise when the 'target' fired back and launched a helicopter. As the light increased they learned why. Rather than a commercial ship which they could have hijacked, it was the flagship of EU NAVFOR itself, the ESPS Patino.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta set for March 23 start
The new year is in full swing and racing sailors are bustling about finalizing plans to compete in the St. Thomas Yacht Club's 39th annual International Rolex Regatta. The IRR is the oldest regatta in Rolex's yachting portfolio and the most venerable of Caribbean spring events.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Games - French sailors selected
FFV (As Amended by ISAF),
The French team become the only nation to qualify their country in all 10 Olympic disciplines for London 2012 during the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and they have named sailors for eight of 10 events.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour – Courrier Dunkerque to participate
Tanguy Blondel,
Sailing Arabia The Tour 2012 - The crew of Courrier Dunkerque, four-time champion of France and World Farr 30 champion in 2010, will participate. The Dunkerque Plaisance group, led by Daniel Souben, will make the most of the occasion to sail the Farr 30 to the Sultanate of Oman, as a boat which has already competed in the Tour de France à la Voile.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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Downwind trapezing on the A Class Cat - The Drum,
The new boats don't seem to pay a huge penalty if you trapeze. With the curve boards the faster you go the more they lift so the more the boat unweights. You are sailing faster but because the boat has got slightly less wetted surface area your apparent (wind angle) goes forward and you end up sailing in roughly the same depth as what you do when you are sitting in, or very close to it anyway.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ainslie launches hybrid Challenge
Stuart Alexander,
Top international yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, writing in the The Independent (UK) takes a look behind the newly announced Ben Ainslie Racing team pitched at the America's Cup World Series. The new team will sail under the burgee of an English yacht club, but will enjoy the patronage of the US Defence team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie launches AC campaign + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Four times Olympic medalist, Ben Ainslie (GBR) today announced the formation of Ben Ainslie Racing, which will compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012. No sailing team members were announced at the media conference staged at the London's Festival Hall, however the management team will be headed by Grant Simmer, formerly with Ainslie at the previous British America's Cup en... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Ainslie Racing plans novel approach to America's cup
Richard Gladwell,
Reports in an English newspaper reveal that Ben Ainslie will announce in a few hours, a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison. The team will be unsponsored with Ellison as its Patron. The team will be entered under the burgee of a British yacht club. The team plan to compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012... [more]
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Rena Disaster: Stern section of Rena sinks + Video
Sail-World and Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ are reporting this morning that the 130metre stern section of the MV Rena is reported to be slipping off the Astrolabe Reef. They have previously stated that if this happens they expect the section to sink, which at the mid-morning report seems to be happening, and more debris and containers will be released. Latest reports, video and images will be included as they come to hand... [more]
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