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 22 Mar 2012

Volvo, Finns, 2016 Evaluation trials and more sailing news

Welcome to this edition of's European newsletter.

The 2012 Finn Junior and Senior European Championship are three races into the regatta in Scarlino Italy.

Florian Raudaschl - 2012 Finn Junior and Senior European Championship Day 1  Robert Deaves /IFA

Equipment Evaluations for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition are underway in Santander, Spain. Sail-World has the latest news and videos.

Across the world in New Zealand, the Volvo Ocean Race competitors have left Auckland and the fleet are headed for Itajai (Brazil). Facing rough weather and building seas, Franck Cammas and his crew on Groupama 4 are now second behind Camper while Telefonica skippered by Iker Martinez (ESP) is now facing a protest over sail inventory..

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain, in rough conditions, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Former Finn world champion Wolfgang Gertz (GER) is the 2012 Laser World Standard Grand Master. Gertz won the title in a close fought contest, sailed in Brisbane, Australia last week. ‘It was a good regatta, good sailing and very enjoyable' said Gertz.

And in this edition we have the latest news from the Vendee Globe skippers, the Clipper Round the World fleet, the RS:X Worlds, the Garda Optimist Meeting and much more.

To stay up to date on all the latest news, views, images and videos from around the sailing world go to - your sailing news source.

The crew is setting up the J4 onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race)  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

Have a great week. Team

2016 Equipment Evaluation day 5 + Video
It was another light wind day in Santander as the wind failed to fill in towards the latter part of the afternoon. Nonetheless it gave the Evaluation Panel a chance to gather their thoughts and engage in discussion between themselves and with the sailors.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Changes for Marco Nannini + Video
Oliver Dewar,
The happy news that the Global Ocean Race's Italian-Slovak skipper, Marco Nannini, has got engaged to his 31-year-old Irish girlfriend, Ella Connolly, was swiftly followed by the confirmation of his co-skipper for Legs 4 and 5 as fellow Italian and former Mini 6.50 sailor, Sergio Frattaruolo... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet face a race against time
Volvo Ocean Race,
It is what makes the Volvo Ocean Race so special; the opportunity to sail in the harsh wastes of the Southern Ocean, where temperatures plummet, waves are as large as a block of flats, and howling tailwinds produce mind-blowing downwind sailing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica to appear before Int Jury in Brazil
Volvo Ocean Race reports that the International Jury will schedule a hearing during the next stopover in Itajaí after receiving a report from the head of the Measurement Group over the sails carried by Team Telefónica during Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland.... [more]
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Finn Junior and Senior European Championship - Race 3
Robert Deaves,
Three days into the 2012 Finn European Championship with just three races completed is not what it said in the brochure. Another light day with a fitful wind produced just one race on Wednesday in Scarlino, Italy. But it was a home win for 2008 Olympian Giorgio Poggi (ITA) from Alexey Selivanov (RUS) and Gasper Vincec (SLO).... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet crosses International Date Line
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet crossed the International Date Line into the western hemisphere. In a 40,000-mile circumnavigation in which the crews are people like you – from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nationalities – such milestones are to be celebrated, as much from a reflective viewpoint as a spur to overcome the challenges ahead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race; Auckland Stopover all but a Hazy and Fond Memory
Crosbie Lorimer,
As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet finally reach their natural environment in the Southern Ocean, the hammering that the crews have taken in the three days since the Leg 5 start last Sunday must have rendered their recollections of that short but popular stopover in Auckland a distant and hazy memory.... [more]
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PredictWind launch new wind forecast App for iPhone and Android
Zoe Hawkins,
PredictWind have launched a new wind forecast application for iPhone and Android that offers accurate and detailed wind forecasts, enabling convenient planning for anyone on the water in any location around the world. The marine wind forecast tool is the most advanced available on an App and allows users to set up and receive forecasts for specific locations and check the latest wind observations... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Games - 60,000 a day predicted for Sailing
Kirsty Hillier,
London 2012 - It is anticipated that Weymouth and Portland will be a major attraction during the Games, with in excess of 500,000 people expected to visit during the Sailing events. Part of the nationwide ‘Get Ahead of the Games' campaign, the new adverts will highlight the fact that roads in Dorset, particularly routes into Weymouth and Portland, will be much busier while the Games are on.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - To the Horn we go!
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed for Cape Horn. Team Sanya led around both legs inside the Waitemata before rounding the top mark for the final time and headed off to a final rounding mark off Auckland's East Coast Bays... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The run down the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn. Team Sanya rounded the top mark first and headed back down the Harbour pushed by a strong easterly breeze and favourable tide.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The First Beat
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn. Here is how he saw the day, after the Start there was the Beat down the Waitemata, past the Wharves on the south side, and past the Naval Base and Devonport... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - RS900s 3 days in and looking good
Martin Wadhams,
Three days into the trials and we are very happy with the feedback on the RS900 so far. Teams from nine nations have now sailed the boat, and another four teams should sail today.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Skiffs and multihulls Day 4 + Video
Day four in Santander began with light winds which led to sailing being briefly postponed. Despite waiting for breeze, it was a productive morning for the female skiff sailors as they joined Evaluation Panel members Adrienne Cahalan (AUS) and Sylvia Vogl (AUT) in an informal session where they all gave feedback on the skiffs they'd sailed so far.... [more]
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Finn Junior and Senior European Championship - A no go on day 2
Robert Deaves,
It was never going to be the easiest of days to hold racing, and unsurprisingly the wind played tricks with the 69 boat Finn fleet at the European Championships in Scarlino, Italy for nearly four hours before the race officer called it a day with only the two races from Monday on the scoreboard.... [more]
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TeamWork lends a 'hand' to Justine Mettraux
MaxComm Communication,
Geneva based TeamWork will lend support to a new talent in yacht racing, Justine Mettraux. The company maintains its involvement in the high tech M2 catamarans class, and pursues its project to climb the Alp's 82 summits above 4000 meters.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet approach half way point
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team Gold Coast Australia have crossed the International Date Line. Their clocks are wound back by a whole 24 hours and 1710 local time on Tuesday 20 March, the moment they crossed the line, became 1710 on Monday 19 March.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Sam Davies monohull hits the water
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Sam Davies was present as her monohull Savéol was lowered into the Concarneau Bay waters. The British skipper was looking forward to sailing in her adopted homeland of Brittany.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting - A new Guiness World Record?
Elena Giolai,
Entry 1000 for the XXX Garda Optimist Meeting is Aline Schmittmann, born in 1998, Junior category, sailing number Ger 12690 from Seehaupt Yacht Club. This year, the event is setting out to break a new Guinness World Record. A special commission will be arriving in Riva del Garda to officially certify the record as the regatta with the largest number of single- class boats taking part in the world.... [more]
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Marine Massif 2012 - Academy Soloists take on impressive line-up
Artemis Offshore Academy,
In the Marine Macif 2012, a total of five Artemis Offshore Academy sailors took on their very first Figaro race of the season, going up against an impressive roll call of French sailing Figaro stars. For Ollie Bond, Nick Cherry, Aaron Cooper and Henry Bomby it was their first ever solo Figaro race and they returned to the finish port of Les Sables d'Olonne having faced the harsh realities... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton take final Scoring Gate point
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In the last 24 hours two more teams decided to race for the final point to the Scoring Gate, seeing Geraldton Western Australia moving up to fifth place in the overall leader board. After crossing the Scoring Gate at 03:08.12 UTC today, Geraldton Western Australia's skipper Juan Coetzer says, 'It's one point, but it could make the world of difference... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series host venue bidding process commences
Extreme Sailing Series,
The tender and selection process for venues with interest in hosting an Extreme Sailing Series event between 2013-2016 has begun, with three new slots opening up in 2013. The bid process closes 18th May 2012, with Host Venue decisions made by 29th June. The Extreme Sailing Series is delivering ever increasing tangible, year-on-year, benefits for Host Venues... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships - Who are the fans betting on?
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X World Windsurfing Championships are to be held in the Bay of Cadiz from 21 to 28 March 2012. Olympic windsurfing is big in Israel. Out the six medals won by athletes for their country, at least three have been in windsurfing so it's not surprising that windsurfing fans in Israel are so passionate about their stars.... [more]
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