Medical emergency, Volvo in Auckland and more sailing news

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 12 Mar 2012

Medical emergency, Volvo in Auckland and more sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

Excitement in New Zealand as the Volvo Ocean Race teams have finally reached Auckland. The triumph for Franck Cammas' Groupama 4 team was tinged with worry, as Groupama sustained damage on the way to the leg 4 final destination. Repair crews are now hard at work, hampered by the Auckland weather. Editor at Large Richard Gladwell was on hand to capture the excitement as the teams finished.

Groupama - Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 4 Finish  Ben Gladwell

In sunny Brisbane, Australia the Laser World Masters Championships are underway on Moreton Bay and drama for Clipper Round the World yacht De Lage Landen, forced to divert for a medical evacuation. After meeting a Japanese Coast Guard vessel and transferring the injured crew member De Lage Landen is now back on course and headed for Oakland, California.

Laser World Masters Championship 2012 - launching time  Laser Masters Worlds Media 2012

We have local news from all over the country from the brave souls who faced the weather to do what they enjoy most – sailing!

There's more news, interviews, pictures and videos from around the sailing world so for sailing news as it happens, stay tuned to

Safe sailing.

Telefonica - Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 4 Finish   Richard Gladwell team

B14 Winter Series finale at the Hoo Freezer
Mark Barnes,
B14 Winter Series final leg was held over the weekend at the Hoo Freezer. The B14 flying circus headed down the M2 to Hooness for what was hoped to be a classic Freezer on the Medway. However, the joker's card was to be played again with sun and forecast of 2 – 4 knots. So the hopes of a building breeze were being anticipated. The breeze did build but only to about a steady 4 knots with big holes... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race teams race against time to finish repairs
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 winners Groupama are on track to finish repairs to their damaged bow by Tuesday evening despite the Auckland rain that hampered the six shore teams' progress. 'Basically we're still on schedule to finish at the end of the day tomorrow,' said Groupama shore team manager Ben Wright.... [more]
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24th Sigma 38 National Championships May Bank Holiday weekend
Susan Rainger,
The 24th Sigma 38 National Championships will be hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club over the first May Bank Holiday weekend 5th-7th May... [more]
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Flying Fifteens at Datchet Water SC
Phil Tensley,
The UK Flying Fifteen Open Circuit kicked off in sunny style at Datchet Water Sailing Club, where racing was for the Mercedes Trophy, Race Officer Phil Tinsley reports.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 review
Oliver Dewar,
The third leg of the Global Ocean Race has come to a close and there were indeed ups and downs throughout. We now look back at the action that took place.... [more]
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Brass Monkey 7 at Liverpool YC
Richard Campbell,
The Brass Monkey 7 got underway at Liverpool Yacht Club amid a forecast of light winds and a very big tide that perhaps contributed to the cautious turnout of eight yachts in the lock in the morning time. Once out on the river, the strength of the tide was apparent with some struggling to make way for the start. With the sequence underway Race Control was dismayed to see the fleet moving swiftly... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen rejoin race
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen's crew are focused on catching up with the fleet after their diversion and medical evacuation yesterday of one of their crew members. 'It all started when Cath James was thrown from her high side bunk and went airborne until she arrived with a crash on the low side,' explains Stuart Jackson, skipper of De Lage Landen.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Puma
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing, looked gone for all money a few days after the start of Leg 4 slipping back to be almost 300nm astern of the race leader at one point. However she placed her trust in the weather routing software and was quickly back in contact with the pack and then edged up into second place - which she held all the way to the finish line.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Camper
Richard Gladwell,
Camper came close to taking a last second victory on the fourth leg, after charging up the Rangitoto Channel and then continuing at full pace once inside the Waitemata Harbour and heading for the finish off the Viaduct Harbour. The margins were more of what is expected on a Wednesday night race than one that has taken almost 20 days and 5,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championships day 1 - Straight out of the Brochure
Laser World Masters Championships media,
The wind gods read the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's brochure and they dialled in perfect Laser breezes for the first two races of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's fight for second pays off
Lisa Ramsperger,
Puma crossed the line at 11:55.43 local/22:55.43 UTC in Auckland, New Zealand, completing the Volvo Ocean Race leg from Sanya, China, in 20 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 50. 'We had to fight for this second-place finish, and we're very pleased,' said skipper Ken Read. 'It was a combination of boat speed, the ability of the boat to handle the conditions, and of course the guys on board.'... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week Melges 24 - Great regatta for Favini
Melges 24 Class Association,
2012 Melges 24 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. With a seven point advantage, Favini (Blu Moon) won the final race of the event on Sunday. 'To put it plainly, we just had a great regatta,' said Favini post racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma wins the battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg won an epic battle for second place on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Telefónica followed them in just under 50 minutes later for third after holding off Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in a gybe-for-gybe all the way to the finish line.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championship 2012 day 1 - set to start
2012 Laser World Masters media,
Blazing sunshine, then a thunderstorm ahead of day 1 racing at the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. The extensive rigging lawns of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron were busy this morning with 233 Laser Masters preparing for the first day of racing. Then just as the welcome speeches were about to start in came the thunderstorm. An interesting week ahead!!... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen medevac
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht entry De Lage Landen has diverted towards Japan to medevac an injured crew member. Cath James, 41, from Whitney, England, injured her back when she was thrown from her bunk in the rough conditions the yachts are currently experiencing in the north west Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week - Tight at the top
Jan Harley,
On the penultimate day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank, the temperature hovered around 80 and an east-southeast breeze of 12 knots blew. Two races were sailed by the Star fleet, and four were completed by the Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640 and J/80 classes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 16 - Follow the Race
VOR Auckland Stopover,
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland finish - Rolling Updates
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World will be covering the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from our Takapuna office, the Media Centre at the Viaduct Harbour and on the water. We expect to have two correspondents covering the finish - and will be covering the finish of all boats, at this point. This story will have the rolling updates of the situation as we know it, and will continue to the finish of the leg.... [more]
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Racing returns to Budworth SC
Budworth Sailing Club,
The first racing in Budworth since 2011 commenced on Sunday, and the effect of a winter layoff was evident in the results. Fourteen boats competed in a cold, squally wind. Our one visitor, Jack Banks and Penny Jeffcoate from Dovestone SC sailng a Scorpion showed the locals how to do it, notching up two first places and one second.... [more]
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Double Handed Series at Royal Southampton YC
Cathy Crawley,
Corona Extra Double Handed Series 2012, organised by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, kicks off on 24th March with the Spring Solent Double. The increasingly popular annual Series provides something for everyone taking part in the friendly and competitive contest.... [more]
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