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 16 Feb 2012

Sailing news from around the globe

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Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on Cessna Citation continue to lead the Global Ocean Race Class40s in the Southern Ocean while the Clipper Round the World Teams battle the light airs, the current leader being the Dutch entry De Lage Landen.

De Lage Landen - Clipper Round the World Race   Steve Holland/onEdition

News from the America's Cup and from the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, currently in Sanya, China awaiting the start on February 19 of leg 4 to Auckland New Zealand. Just in - Team Telefonica has withdrawn from the practice race to change the boat's rigging. Skipper Iker Martínez said the team were being cautious because of the forecast for heavy and dangerous conditions for the start, and because two boats lost their masts during Leg 1. Stay tuned.

Shore Crews make repairs to the Volvo Open 70's in the Sanya race village  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Italy's Luca Lalli aboard, alongside super tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew Federico Michetti won the Melges 20 Miami Winter regatta in the USA, we have a preview from the Rolex Swan Cup and great images from Stefano Gattini (Primo Cup) and Carlo Borlenghi (RC44 Puerto Calero Cup). Jean Le Cam is the latest entrant in this year's Vendee Globe.

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Have a great week. Team

America's Cup: Kevin Shoebridge looks ahead to the needs of the AC72
Emirates Team New Zealand chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge outlines how the team are going about planning, discussing and organising the logistics of housing the AC72 catamaran, which will launch in July 2012. The world's most successful sailing team will set up facilities for the AC72 in Auckland and San Francisco... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Catch up for Financial Crisis
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race -The two leading boats have escaped the high pressure ridge that stretched across the unusually calm Furious Fifties with Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon now celebrating a successful game of catch-up and a brief spell at the front of the fleet aboard Financial Crisis. In third place, Phesheya Racing battle 40+ knot squalls as they barrel downwind towards the blueQube Scoring Gate.... [more]
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Roots of Olympic Sailing Competition firmly planted in 1912
In retracing the roots of Olympic Sailing Competition, we reach back to when Nynäshamn, Sweden was selected above Gothenburg to host the 1912 Olympic Sailing Competition due to its proximity to Stockholm and its vantage points that allowed racing to be viewed from the land.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup preview - Entries now open
Cailah Leask,
Rolex Swan Cup 2012, being held from 10th to the 16th September, entries are now officially open. Held every two years since 1984, the world famous yacht racing regatta sits at the pinnacle of the Nautor's Swan calendar attracting Swan yachts from the across globe to congregate for seven days of sailing and socialising.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams battle against light airs
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continues in stalemate against the light airs on their route through the South China Sea. Anxious to cross the Luzon Strait where they will be greeted by more favourable winds, the teams are doing all they can to make up the miles.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour heads to Sweden in July
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Sweden Cup, part of the RC44 Championship Tour, will take place in Marstrand from 18th to 22nd of July. Stena Sphere enters as new sponsor, and thereby strengthens its involvement in international sailing. 'The RC44 Sweden Cup is a great event with the ultimate conditions for a sponsorship focusing on 'business to business,' says Ulf G. Ryder, CEO at Stena Bulk.... [more]
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Predictwind announces iPhone and Android app - Wind in your pocket!
Sail-World and PredictWind,
PredictWind have announced an iPhone and Android app which takes the use possibilities to a new level and you can now literally have a weather forecast in your pocket. Sail-World has been using this app for some months and Predictwind is probably the most used app on our iPhone. You can check the weather anywhere in the world and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 10 - Hospitality Sold Out!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 21 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Oracle Racing returns to San Francisco Bay for training session
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing, Team USA for the 34th America's Cup in 2013, returned to San Francisco Bay today, commencing the first of two training sessions. The team took its two AC45 wingsail catamarans out for practice with full crews. The wind strength built into the teens in the afternoon and the session was welcomed by the sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's Torbjörn Törnqvist talks to,
Pierre Orphanidis from the top European sailing site caught up with the backer of the Challenger of record for the 34th America's Cup, Torbjorn Tornqvist during a break in the racing at the recent RC44 regatta in Puerto Calero... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 25 - Challenger Turned Defender
This week we get an Australian perspective on the 25th anniversary of the 26th America's Cup. Australia was only the third nation ever to challenge for the America's Cup when they took on New York Yacht Club in 1962. On their seventh attempt, Australia achieved the unthinkable. The historic win meant the America's Cup was leaving the USA for the first time in 132 years... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Valentine's Day fun
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Valentine's Day and there's love in the air on the ten competing yachts but it's probably fair to say the leading teams are not feeling the love for the lack of wind they are experiencing at the moment. 'Nuclear strength coffee has helped Singapore just about keep moving in the last 24 hours,' reports Ben Bowley.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour - Courrier Dunkerque claim Leg 1 victory
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2012 first leg concluded in darkness in Doha, Qatar, last night with Daniel Souben's Courrier Dunkerque claiming a leg one victory for the all-French team. Souben's crew led the nine-strong fleet from start to finish, rounding the windward top mark in clear air ahead of closest rivals Bertrand Pace on Team Commercial Bank and Cedric Pouligny, Team BAE Systems... [more]
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Maserati establishes time reference for monohulls
Meaghan Van Liew,
In the 2012 Maserati Challenge, Giovanni Soldini and his crew took 10 days, 23 hours, nine minutes and two seconds to travel the 3884 miles of the orthodromic route which links Cadiz to San Salvador, thus establishing an excellent time reference - the first - for the monohull category.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Warm water and hot racing
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - With less than two months to the start of the event there is still time to experience one of the best loved regattas in the Caribbean. Gold Sponsor, The Moorings is the official charter partner for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and they offer a wide variety of modern yachts and packages to choose from.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta entry list continues to grow
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – With less than three weeks to go before the starting gun fires the entry list continues to grow promising yet another stellar fleet for a round of 'serious fun.' As always, the entry list is comprised of the latest Grand Prix racers, timeless classics, souped-up cruising boats, and bareboat charter yachts.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Surgery performed onboard Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - On Sunday afternoon GMT, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on Cessna Citation, leading the Class40s through the Southern Ocean, ran straight into a band of light wind stretching across the Pacific's high latitudes with speed averages plummeting to below three knots.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet struggle with fluky winds
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The four-way dog fight continues at the head of the pack, with De Lage Landen, Geraldton Western Australia, Gold Coast Australia and Singapore all vying for supremacy. Just 17 miles separates them in terms of distance to finish, and Gold Coast Australia's skipper, Richard Hewson, surmises that they are all racing within a 25-mile box.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship - 2012 Pre-Worlds images day 3
The Sail-World Team,
Etchells Australian Championship - 2012 Pre-Worlds day three images from the Sail-World team.... [more]
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RC44 Puerto Calero Cup victory to Team Aqua
Jo Grindley,
The RC44 Puerto Calero Cup has now wrapped up the final day of competition. After a three hour wait for the breeze to fill in, AEZ took their second race win in Lanzarote, but Team Aqua were not far behind giving them their first event win of the 2012 season.... [more]
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GME – An Australian company taking the search out of Search and Rescue
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Having activated an Australian made GME 406 EPIRB and listened to the throb of an Australian Navy Seahawk as it approached in the darkness towards our stricken boat in huge seas in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race, this writer is very favourably inclined towards GME EPIRBS and these days even more so with GME producing EPIRBS with GPS.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Strong headwinds continue in Roaring Forties
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The Class40s still racing east began with continued strong headwinds in the Roaring Forties on Sunday 5th February. Today marked the fifth consecutive day of headwinds and furthest north, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire in third with Phesheya-Racing hove-to in short steep seas... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face monsoon conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have had a mixed 24 hours sailing as they continue to spar against the unpredictable monsoon weather in the South China Sea. Today sees Geraldton Western Australia slip from the lead after securing three points as the first to cross the Scoring Gate.... [more]
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Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta day 1 electrifying
International Melges 20 Class Association,
Race One of the day commenced under moderate temperatures, a warm wind of 16-20 knots, overcast skies and a light chop.... [more]
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