Volvo Ocean Race leg 3 restart and all the latest sailing news

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 24 Jan 2012

Volvo Ocean Race leg 3 restart and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's Europe newsletter.

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

The Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 part two has commenced with Camper taking the early lead, ahead of Puma and Team Sanya. Franck Cammas and his Groupama 4 crew had a steady start and are currently third as the fleet heads to Sanya, China.

Groupama Sailing Team during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

The Miami OCR is fast approaching and for many athletes, this event represents the first highlight of their Olympic year.

We have news from the Global Ocean Race, which recommences January 29 from Wellington, New Zealand to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Don't miss the latest in America's Cup Uncovered series and we have lots more news, views, videos and images from around the sailing world.

Have a great week.

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes the lead as Camper closes in
Volvo Ocean Race,
The lead in the Volvo Ocean Race has now been taken over by Puma's Mar Mostro. At 1900 UTC, Ken Read and his crew forced early leader Camper into second place, but there is no time for Puma to rest as the entire fleet is separated by only 2.90 nautical miles with Camper just 0.10nm behind them.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We have been fed a fatty diet of spin doctoring'
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's coach Rod Davis muses on the times we live in ..... It has been a bizarre time for the America's Cup; the war of words and press releases has been nonstop for five years when Oracle questioned Alinghi's Challenger of Record. Since then we have been fed a fatty diet of spin doctoring. Some would say 'situation normal for the America's Cup'.... [more]
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Miami OCR - World's best Olympic and Paralympic sailors ready
Barby MacGowan,
529 sailors from 41 countries are preparing for tomorrow's racing at the Rolex Miami OCR, being sailed on Biscayne Bay. 'It's going to be a great week here in Miami,' said Dean Brenner, Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee. 'We're now into the final sprint for the Games, and for all of the competitors, this World Cup event has many implications.'... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - bluQube scoring gate confirmed for Leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race will commence at 02:00 GMT (15:00 local) on January 29 in Lambton Harbour off the city of Wellington, New Zealand. There, the five double-handed Class40s will begin their 6,200 mile journey through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn and through the South Atlantic to the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Groupama 4 off to steady start
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race second stage of leg three started at 0800 UTC today, 22nd January. The breeze was fairly light this morning with around five knots of ENE'ly breeze off the port of Malé (Maldives). As such the fleet is headed upwind for the initial 1,300-miles to the Straits of Malacca.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for Chinese New Year
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Team has arrived in Nongsa Point Marina in Batam, Indonesia, where the yachts are due to muster ahead of next Saturday's arrival in Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, and now all that's needed to complete the picture is ten 68-foot yachts, each emblazoned with the name of an international city, state, country or corporation.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3B underway with Camper in early lead + Video
Thomas Pryor,
Part B of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race has got underway with Camper with Emirates Team NZ out to deliver a vastly improved performance in the 3300 mile slog to Sanya, China than their result in the first stage of Leg 3. The leg restarted from the Maldives after the fleet was shipped across a high risk piracy area... [more]
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50th anniversary Rolex China Sea Race 2012
RHKYC Media,
Fast forward to 2012, and the Rolex China Sea Race is a fully fledged Cat 1 offshore race, which since 1996 has finished in Subic Bay, some 50km north of Corrigedor. The fleet of around 40 boats will be fully equipped with the latest safety equipment and all will carry a Yellowbrick tracker unit which will update race management and ocean racing fans with the fleet's positions every 30 minutes.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 22 - Peyron and Ainslie interviewed
This week's Episode 22 catches up with Energy Team's Loick Peyron after he recently smashed the round the world record on Banque Populaire in the Jules Verne Trophy. Next Ben Ainslie announces that he will be joining the America's Cup after the Olympics this summer with his UK team: Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Full Fleet ready to resume race to Sanya, China
Volvo Ocean Race,
The six-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet will resume racing from the Maldives on Sunday at 0800 UTC after the five boats being shipped through piracy affected waters in the Indian Ocean safely reconvened with the waiting Team Sanya. The identity of the ‘safe haven' was left undisclosed for security reasons until Saturday at 0600 UTC when the ship carrying the five yachts reached the Maldives.... [more]
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Laura Dekker completes solo circumnavigation at 16 years and 123 days
Nancy Knudsen,
This week (Saturday 21st January) Laura Dekker, 16-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor, quietly sailed between islands in pleasant seas into the Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, completing a solo odyssey around the world in a year and a day. There were merely dozens, not thousands, of people at the wharf to greet her.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepared for Leg 3 restart
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 second stage of leg three from Malé, Maldives to Sanya, in China kicks off tomorrow at 0800 UTC. This 3,000-mile leg will be very tactical. There will be a great deal of upwind sailing, in a rather light, variable breeze, with tidal and oceanic currents, a large amount of shipping in the Straits of Malacca... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Secret port named and normal transmission resumes
Volvo Ocean Race,
Months of secret and meticulous planning reached the perfect conclusion on Saturday when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet safely arrived by ship in the secret haven, which has now been named. The port had until now been kept a secret as an unprecedented measure taken by organisers on expert advice against the risk of piracy in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Sanya reflects on the 'long and bumpy' road
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has offered up many challenges thus far for the fleet, especially Team Sanya. The crew successfully completed Stage 1 of Leg 2 during the early morning hours and now skipper Mike Sanderson reflects on the ‘long and bumpy' road with his focus shifting to the immediate challenge ahead.... [more]
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TP52 class talks grand prix racing in 2012 and beyond
Rob Weiland,
After a series of meetings that took place during Quantum Key West Race Week, members of the TP52 class are happily announcing plans for grand prix racing in 2012 and beyond. Rob Weiland, TP52 Class Manager, says the class is forming a management group owned and controlled by members that will be responsible for event management, event marketing, sponsor and media coordination... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Barth to showcase top sailing talent
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Les Voiles de Saint-Barth regatta continues to show signs of healthy growth and popularity with a roster that promises not only to expand by almost a third over last years 47 entrants but also to showcase top sailing talent as well as some of sailings most phenomenal racing machines.... [more]
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America's Cup: An update from the Big Fella
Richard Gladwell,
Getting out of bed at 6.00am to talk on the phone to a bunch of fully wired sailing journalists spread across three continents, probably isn't the ideal start to a day. So it was no surprise that 'Big Fella', as Iain Murray is known in his native Australia, was talking in short sentences. Murray was back in Sydney, having taken a break from his role as Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - Interview with world champion Dorian Van Rijsselberghe
Patrik Pollak,
RS:X World Windsurfing Championships took place in Perth Australia in December 2011 where Dorian Van Rijsselberghe emerged as the new world champion in Olympic class. Dorian talks about his success and gives some advice to young sailors. Do you want to become a world champion? Here are some hints...... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton updates on the AC72 build progress
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, gives this video update on progress with the build of the team's first AC72 from the Cookson Boats facility in Glenfield, Auckland. The wingsails are being constructed in a special facility within Southern Spars in Avondale, West Auckland.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition entry list,
The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition entry list has now been made available online. As of the 17 January, only two nations, Great Britain (as the host nation) and France, have qualified for all ten classes.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 21 - 2011 in Review - Part 3
America's Cup Uncovered Episode 21 concludes the story of 2011 with a look back to the action from America's Cup World Series San Diego. Then we tap into a private phone conversation with Emirates Team NZ's Managing Director Grant Dalton where he discusses sharing AC72 design information with Luna Rossa.... [more]
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The history of Paul Cayard - Part 1
Pressure Drop,
At age eight, Paul Cayard started sailing on Lake Merrit in Oakland, California after a friend introduced him to the sport. With the assistance of a borrowed El Toro, which was complete with Cox cotton sails, the youngster who had no previous sailing experience, encountered an instant addiction.... [more]
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Soto 40 European Championship preview
Alfredo Mella,
Soto 40 European Championship is the new European circuit for the class and will consist of five events that will crown an overall European champion and the winner of the Owner Driver Trophy. The first event of the Soto 40 European Championship will be Trofeo Conde de Godo organized by Real Club Nautico de Barcelona from May 24th to 27th.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 20 - 2011 in Review - Part 2
AC Uncovered Episode 20 AC Uncovered Episode 20 resumes the story of the inaugural year of the America's Cup World Series with a look back to Plymouth where we witnessed stadium sailing in all its glory from The Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound. Extreme conditions bookended the week making stop two on the tour a regatta to remember with plenty of capsizes and crashes.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dalton reflects on Jury and Volvo performance
Grant Dalton and,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, reviews the developments for the team over late December and early January on the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race: We have been back at work formally a week now after the Christmas break. Summer looks like it has finally decided to make an appearance and Emirates Team New Zealand is a good place to be right now. Over the break a number of important deve... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa flies high on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
Sail-World and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013,
The newest AC45 launched by the Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 is becoming a familiar sight on the Auckland Harbour, as she works up to the first set of trial races alongside training partner, Emirates Team New Zealand. Both teams leave in March/April for the next round of the America's Cup World Series to be sailed in Naples, Italy in mid-April... [more]
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Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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The Fabulous 40s': Order this stunning limited edition book now
The Farr 40 One-design Class is unique within the world of offshore yacht racing, having been a pathfinder during a period of great change within the sport. While major events around the world like the Admiral's Cup in the UK and Kenwood Cup in Hawaii were in terminal decline, this 40ft Bruce Farr® designed yacht has shone like a beacon on a distant shore.... [more]
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