Volvo, RS:X Worlds and the latest sailing news from around the globe

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 31 Mar 2012

Volvo, RS:X Worlds and the latest sailing news from around the globe

Welcome to this edition of's Europe newsletter.

The Volvo Ocean Race is proving to be a war of attrition with Abu Dhabi the latest casualty. Ian Walker's team has slowed to check the damage to the bow of their Volvo 70. Franck Cammas and his crew lead the fleet on Groupama 4. Telefonica are back in third, trailing Puma.

Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre is set to get underway on the 2nd April in Palma de Mallorca, we have news from the RC44 Cascais Cup, the Global Ocean Race leg 3 prize giving has taken place, while at sea the Clipper fleet is closing in on Oakland, California.

The RS:X Worlds concluded after the final two days were blown out. Julien Bontemps (FRA) took the Men's title and Lee Korzits (ISR) the Womens.

RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2012  Vincenzo Baglione

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Have a great week.

RS:X World Windsurfing Championships titles to Bontemps and Korzits
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championship 2012, held in Cadiz in Spain, ended today without any races on the final two days as heavy winds meant cancellations were required. With four race wins to his name Julien Bontemps (FRA) takes the Men's title whilst Lee Korzits (ISR) makes it back to back World Championship titles with another consistent display on the world stage.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup tests boats and teams
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Cascais Cup - The forecasters had said the wind would ease, but instead torrential rain bought stronger winds which tested all 15 boats and teams. Sailing with their big masthead spinnakers in the first race of the day the wind increased to 28 knots, by the final run a number of the team's fell foul to some spectacular broaches.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica to stop at Cape Horn for repair session
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
Team Telefónica will carry out repairs at Cape Horn without stopping on land instead of heading into Ushuaia in Argentina after refining their pit stop strategy for Leg 5. Skipper Iker Martínez said the team's technical chief Horacio Carabelli would meet them by boat at Maxwell Bay, a move that should save them a significant amount of time... [more]
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JOG announces newest and longest distance offshore race
Roger Townsend,
JOG is proud to announce the BNY Mellon Challenge 2013, which starts in Cowes in the Solent on Friday 14 June 2013 and concludes in Portugal.... [more]
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Pendennis Cup 2012 - Growing fleet
Christine Winans,
The second – 7th July 2012 will see the return of the Pendennis Cup to Cornwall, UK. The growing fleet includes 14 classic and modern sailing yachts totaling a remarkable 450m + in length overall.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 – Groupama 4 first round Cape Horn
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 continue to lead the fleet on the twelfth day of racing in leg five, from Auckland to Itajai, and were the first team to round Cape Horn this Friday at 1255 UTC. They still have 1,700 miles to go before they reach Brazil and the Americans are putting increasing pressure on them as Puma is just an hour astern of Groupama 4.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Major milestone for Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 12 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I don't care how far it is to Itajaí. I really don't, and I know I'm not alone; we'll get there when we get there. We have been looking ahead to Cape Horn since the instant we left Auckland, bashing our brains out during the dive into the Southern Ocean chaos... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Fierce competition for selection
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will be the stage for fierce competition between the majority of future London Olympians and one last selection chance for many teams. Most international teams have sent their representatives to Palma, the third Sailing World Cup event on the international circuit.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition heats up
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the finish line of leg six draws closer, the competition between the ten internationally sponsored yachts is certainly heating up... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi's Southern Ocean repair + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing pulled off a heroic repair operation in the depths of the Southern Ocean after discovering delamination in their hull. Skipper Ian Walker supervised an incredible five-hour job that saw 30 bolts screwed through the hull of Abu Dhabi's boat Azzam (which means 'determination' in Arabic) to prevent further damage.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup Day 2 images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi/Guido Trombetta,
RC44 Cascais Cup Day 2 images by Guido Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Telefónica will fight for podium position
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race overall leaders Telefónica have vowed to fight for a podium position in Leg 5 even though they are left with no option but to make a pit stop in Argentina for repairs. Iker Martínez's team currently top the overall leaderboard with a 15-point margin over second-placed Groupama sailing team... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi moves north after damage assessment/repair
Richard Gladwell,
A fourth yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race has significant issues in the Southern Ocean, and has had to make a significant course deviation, to effect repairs. Earlier today (1600 UTC) Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) reported that Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had slowed down to give themselves an opportunity to make a damage assessment after the team's racing yacht Azzam suffered some delamination to the hull.... [more]
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The Future of Yacht Racing - Third Int'l Yacht Forum shows trends
Hans Genthe,
The third International Yacht Forum in Hamburg attracted around 150 enthusiastic race sailors to talk about this topic on Saturday, 24.3.2012, and Sunday 25.3.2012... [more]
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BVI International Match Racing Championship Day 2 - Fascinating finale
Trish Jenkins,
Gill BVI Match Racing Championship final day of racing took place today during the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. The overnight leader, local favourite Colin Rathbun (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) had a real fight on his hands, losing the first two races to set up a fascinating finale with Guy Mossman (South Carolina, USA).... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Williams closes on Brady
Rich Roberts,
Ian Williams raced like the world's No. 1-ranked match racer on day 3 of the Congressional Cup. Gavin Brady was only 2-2 on the day, including a close loss to Williams that saw them never more than a boat-length apart.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Compact racing on day 2
Jo Grindley,
In the RC44 Calero Cup, a full on day of racing in every sense saw four different winners from four races and a very compact fleet competing for every inch around the race course. The steady easterly breeze averaged 15 knots throughout the day and produced some very close one-design racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leaders close in on Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC today, as Groupama and Puma close on Cape Horn, conditions have improved temporarily for the series of gybes required to set them free of the Southern Ocean. Groupama reported sailing with 25 knots of west north-westerly wind in a much less violent sea.... [more]
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Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Women's Match Racing preview
The 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre is set to get underway on the 2nd April in Palma de Mallorca, where all of the Olympic hopefuls for Women's Match Racing will be keen on gauging their training progress since their last meeting in Miami back in January. The event will be the first stop on the European swing of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 makes fast headway
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 is making fast headway towards South America, with less than 400 miles to go to reach Cape Horn, but the crew will have to link together a series of gybes before they make it through into the Atlantic. The sailing conditions have considerably improved and, if things pan out as they should, Franck Cammas and his men will be Cape Horners from daybreak local time... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's shore crew prepare for quick turnaround
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has been chalking off the miles towards its pit stop in Puerto Montt in Chile where they will stop to repair bow damage suffered in the Southern Ocean. With the boat back up to 90 per cent of its normal speed Camper is less than 1700 nautical miles from its destination.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship 2013 preview
ORCi World Championship 2013 annual event is the sole Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and the four organizing clubs - SEF Stamura, Ancona Yacht Club, Lega Navale Italiana di Ancona, and Assonautica Ancona - are affiliates of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV).... [more]
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2012 Macquarie Group Access World Championships
Di Pearson,
The 2012 Macquarie Group Access World Championships will be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club from 7-13 April. Entries have been received from Australia, Malaysia, Hungary, France, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands and Great Britain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama crew roll with the punches
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 should be done with the Pacific Ocean by Friday, as Franck Cammas and his men have less than 800 miles to go to round Cape Horn. The sailing conditions have become considerably easier over the past few hours, enabling the French boat to make headway more confidently at an average of nearly twenty knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Board approves Cup Agreement
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved by a majority of 11-0, the agreement to host the America's Cup in San Francisco September 7 to 22, 2013. The San Francisco agreement calls for teams to be based at Piers 30/32 and for the America's Cup Village – the public Race Headquarters – at Piers 27/29. The pier improvements will be funded by the Port.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica pitstop plan revealed + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama sailing team extended their advantage at the head of the fleet, moving 46 nautical miles clear of Puma at 1900 UTC on Tuesday as race leaders Team Telefónica, 335 nm off the lead in third, revealed a plan to make a pit stop for repairs.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya arrives in Tauranga
Garth Cooke, Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya, has arrived in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, after breaking a rudder shaft while leading Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, forcing her retirement from Leg 5. She will miss Leg 6, but will rejoin the race for Leg 7. She ships out of New Zealand on Wednesday. Gareth Cooke was on hand to catch the team's arrival in Tauranga.... [more]
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London 2012 Games - Pacheco and Betanzos to represent Spain
Laura Walden,
The Spanish Sailing Federation Gala took place in Madrid at headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) naming Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos Sailors of the Year. They will represent Spain at the London 2012 Games along with another 12 qualifying sailors.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre preview
Neus Jordi,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre 43rd edition is to be sailed in the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 31 March to 7 April with many changes to reflect an edition marked by the Olympic Games this summer. Around 900 sailors from 53 nations will take part.... [more]
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McConaghy boats - The fastest and now the deepest
Blue Robinson,
McConaghy boats are renowned for building the some of the fastest yachts afloat. Now McConaghy construction skills have been used by film maker/explorer James Cameron - who has just entered the history books and became the first person to make a solo dive to the ocean's deepest point.... [more]
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Interview with Mike Urwin, Chairman of the IRC Technical Committee
IRC / Louay Habib,
Mike Urwin, joint Chairman of the IRC Technical Committee, is interviewed by Louay Habib on some detail technical aspects of IRC.... [more]
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ISAF Evaluations - Roland Gaebler's observations
Roland Gaebler,
Roland Gaebler talks about the super sailing in Santander during the ISAF Multihull Evaluation. What a great place to sail! Inshore with flat water and tactical challenges. Offshore with real waves and nice surf. The Club made an amazing job. Its one of the best places for sailing we ever saw. Nice facilities, brilliant beaches and snow on the mountains. Purely one of the nicest sailing scenery.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Kiteboarders on day 8
Around 14:00 a 6-7 knot seabreeze filled in which allowed the kiters to head out to the course area and race the multihulls and skiffs. They took also the opportunity to have a chat on the water with ISAF resident Goran Petersson and Vice President Teresa Lara and explain equipment and tactics on the water.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations wrap-up in Santander
The decision to cancel the day was made at the 09:30 sailor briefing, but after eight days of evaluating the seven multihull and six skiff boats the panel have enough information, sailor feedback and data to discuss what boats are appropriate for the 2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Greek Speed Nationals off to a flying start + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The first stop of the Greek Speed Nationals had two windy days of racing with high speeds and close battles. The athletes were reaching 30 to 35 knots of speed and the spectacle was great!... [more]
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