Williams number one, VOR, Clipper and all the latest sailing news

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 10 Feb 2012

Williams number one, VOR, Clipper and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to this edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

Ian Williams has retained his world number one ISAF Open Match Racing Ranking.

Francesco Bruni and Ian Williams during the quarter finals at the Monsoon Cup 2011.  Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/ Monsoon Cup - copyright

Skandia Sail for Gold entries are now open, the Paralympic Sailing Notice of Race has been released, the Round Britain Land, Sea and Air final route has been revealed and after being becalmed, the Clipper fleet now face the prospect of storms. The Volvo fleet is in Sanya, China and its all systems go for repairs and relaxation before the next leg commences on February 19 to Auckland, New Zealand.

And we have local news from the B14s, the Tigers, RS news and more.

We have images by Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta from the RC44 season opener plus lots of news, views and videos from around the world.

Team Aqua match racing - RC44 Puerto Calero Cup  Nico Martinez ©

For all the latest happenings around the sailing world, stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Have a great week.

Sail-World.com Team

America's Cup: Major free to air US television deal imminent - Coutts
Richard Gladwell,
In a media conference this morning, Russell Coutts revealed that a major broadcast deal was imminent for the USA. When pressed further Coutts said the deal was with one of the major US broadcasters and was a free to air package.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe remain on top
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Anna Tunnicliffe and Ian Williams have retained their place at the top of the Rankings. The top 25 rankings places remain unchanged since the last release with World Match Racing Tour Champion Ian Williams remaining well in front ahead of Francesco Bruni (ITA) and Jesper Radich (DEN).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews await health check results + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are having aerospace technology, which is designed to identify small structural defects, applied ahead of what could be two of the most brutal legs. Every Volvo Open 70, except Groupama 4, is being scrutinised with ultrasound technology by the founding owner of Q.I Composites Stefano Beltrando, who pioneered the application of the science in the marine field 12 years ago... [more]
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RC44 Puerto Calero Cup day 2 Match Race images
RC44 Puerto Calero Cup day 2 Match Race images from Studio Borlenghi photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Scoring Gate relocated for safety
Oliver Dewar,
While the Global Ocean Race fleet leaders are approaching the blueQube Scoring Gate, located in the middle of the Pacific, Conrad Coleman and Adrian Kuttel continue to push hard on their Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation, sustaining averages of more than fourteen knots and pulling away from Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in second on Financial Crisis.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea sign two current Olympic World Champions
Team Korea have announced that their America's Cup sailing team has been joined by two current World Champion sailors. Australian Nathan Outteridge comes aboard as new skipper and helmsman,looking to continue the success that the team has had with its policy of using young skiff talent to lead its challenge for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Upwind sailing continues
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – 'Well our sail wardrobe has been getting thoroughly aired over the last 12 hours,' Singapore skipper Ben Bowley says in his 0600 report to the Race Office. Similar to the rest of the ten-strong ocean racing yachts taking part in the race, the last 24 hours has been testing for the crew, as they deal with the upwind sailing conditions.... [more]
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Round the Island Race entries pile in
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race - The property developer and internationally renowned yachtsman Mike Slade is returning to Cowes to compete in Britain's favourite yacht race, with his 100ft Super Maxi ICAP Leopard and in defence of his most recent and the current monohull record set in 2008 at a time of 3.53.05.... [more]
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Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta - Record number of entries
Fiona Brown,
Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta 2012, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, is being held from 18th to 20th May and looks set to break all previous records with more than 60 entries anticipated. The eighth edition of this hugely popular regatta will feature classes for 44-46' series production boats (minimum 4 produced) with a maximum IRC rating of 1.240 and a max SPA of 181.5 sq meters... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems home tomorrow morning
Ross and Campbell Field,
Buckley Systems (Ross and Campbell Field) pulled out of the Global Ocean Race, about a week ago after a sequence of crash tacks and gybes while sailing in heavy seas. They are due to arrive back in Auckland at 0900hrs tomorrow, Friday 10 February. Ross Fields is off the boat already, in Tauranga, to see a medical specialist.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing join speed club + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - So far this race none of the teams have been able to better Ericsson 4's world record 24-hour speed record, set during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race when they recorded 596.6 nm. A trophy is awarded at the end of each leg to the team recording the greatest distance over a 24-hour period by the Volvo Ocean Race's Official Timekeeper IWC Schaffhausen.... [more]
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470 University atudents compete to qualify for BUSA Team Racing Champs
Tony Mapplebeck,
470 student sailors took to the water last weekend across the UK. 79 teams representing 36 British Universities, competed in Qualifiers for the BUCS/BUSA Team Racing Championships 2012. The objective was to identify 22 teams to automatically proceed to the Finals to be held from 7 – 9 April at West Kirby SC and to identify 17 Teams that will compete in Playoffs on 3 - 4 March at Bardowie Loch.... [more]
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Etchells Nationals - Personalities plus in international fleet
Tracey Johnstone,
The Zhik Etchells 2012 Nationals has gathered together an impressive group of sailors. The four day event which starts on Saturday and raced offshore, has attracted a fleet of 64 yachts from overseas and Australia, comprising professional and Corinthian sailors. There really is nothing unusual about this; the Etchells class essentially is made up of both weekend warriors and high-end sailors...... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper calling in the coaches
Skipper Chris Nicholson is keen Camper set themselves up well for the fourth leg with a strong showing in the Sanya In-Port race and Coach Rod Davis and team video analyst Joey Allan are flying to Sanya to work with Chris Nicholson's crew on their short course racing.... [more]
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RC44 Puerto Calero Cup - Day 1 Match Racing - New faces and old
RC44 Class Association,
The 2012 RC44 Championship Tour got off to a flying start with a full day of match racing in Puerto Calero and a familiar team residing at the top of the leader board after nine flights and six matches a piece. Some new faces showed that they will indeed be real contenders this season.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - Competitions galore
Emma Slater,
RYA Volvo Dinghy Show - With less than a month to go until the doors open on the 61st annual Show, there are a whole host of competitions for you to get involved in, leading up to the show and during the event itself. Why not kick start the weekend by travelling to the show in style? Show sponsors, Volvo, are offering two families tickets to the show plus the use of a Volvo XC90 for the weekend... [more]
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RS Feva training goes international
Golly Tucker,
In keeping with the class ethos of inclusiveness, development and performance the RS Fevas are taking training international. From 31 March to 4 April, Estartit in Spain will host coaches from four countries and sailors from five countries – Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, UK and Malta.... [more]
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B14 Winter Series Leg 2 at Rutland SC
Mark Barnes,
Harken B14 Seavolution Winter Series second leg was held at Rutland SC. The B14 flying circus headed up the A1(M) to Rutland Water for the Tiger Trophy to be greeted by sub zero weather, -5°C. Taking the forecast into account (starting to sound like a gramophone record), several teams decided that the risk of snow and possible stranding, meant that they would have to decline and not attend.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Online entry now open
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Entries are now open, with an ‘early entry discount' available to those who get their entries in before the 30th April 2012. To enter online or download the Notice of Race visit the event website, which is now live. All 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes will compete across seven courses in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour... [more]
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RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony - 52 awards presented + Video
Emma Slater,
RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday 4th February. Over 350 racers, supporters, friends and family, turned up to celebrate the success of British powerboat racers from across the sports many disciplines.... [more]
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Paralympic Sailing Competition NOR released
The 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition Notice of Race has now been released. The event is set to take place in Weymouth, Great Britain from Wednesday 22 August-Sunday 9 September.... [more]
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John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland SC
Andy Rice,
The 2012 John Merricks Tiger Trophy took place at Rutland Sailing Club with Tom Jeffcoate and Tom Pygall taking the win by the skin of their teeth. Competing in sub-zero conditions, the Scorpion National Champion equaled Merlin Rocket racers Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis from Blithfield with 20 points apiece from the four races. But on the tie-break the trophy went to the Scorpion sailors.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour - Caffari and crew undergo intense training
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia The Tour - Dee Caffari and her all-women sailing crew have just finished their second phase of training for the event. As part of the crew's preparation for Sailing Arabia – The Tour, an offshore sailing event based on Le Tour de France a la Voile, the all–female team have been undertaking some intense sail training in Oman, as they prepare to go head-to-head with eight other profe... [more]
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Kiteboarding and Windsurfing format trials in Spain
Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Format Trials evaluation event is to be held in Santander, Spain from 21 to 25 March 2012 at The Prince Felipe High Performance Centre which is also host to the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. In May 2011 ISAF Council selected Windsurfing and/or Kiteboarding as a possible event for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Round Britain Land, Sea and Air final route revealed
Tracey Clarke,
Round Britain 2012 is a Land, Sea and Air marathon, being held throughout the UK and will visit some of the most beautiful and challenging parts of Britain. RB12 is a unique endurance event, taking place from 21 June - 30 June. It's the first time 50 cars, 50 boats and 50 aircraft will compete around Britain simultaneously, 10 legs, head to head in each element.... [more]
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470 Open European Championship preview
International 470 Class Association,
470 Open European Championship - The world's top Olympic sailors are heading to Scotland for one of the final showdowns prior to the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Host venue, Largs Sailing Club in Ayrshire is one of Scotland's premier dinghy and keel boat racing clubs, and boasts a state of the art clubhouse, with immediate access to some of the best and most scenic racing water in Europe.... [more]
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