Williams closing, Volvo war of attrition and the latest sailing news

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 31 Mar 2012

Williams closing, Volvo war of attrition and the latest sailing news

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

Ian Williams is closing on Gavin Brady, the current leader at the Congressional Cup in Long Beach, Cal.,USA.

Williams on day 2 Congressional Cup   Rich Roberts ©

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.

A good result for Nick Dempsey at the RS:X Worlds claiming silver, after the final two days were blown out.

Nick Dempsey - RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2012  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

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.

Lots of local news this week as the season ramps up. From dinghy racing to offshore racing as the weather heats up so too does the racing.

For all the latest news, views, interviews, videos and images from around the sailing world, stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing /Volvo Ocean Race

Have a great week.


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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Sprint 15 winter traveller series concludes
UK Sprint 15 Association,
The Sprint 15 winter traveller series 2011-2012 concluded March 25. All five events were held in a mixture of testing conditions. It was our most successful Winter Series ever with a new record attendance of 32 boats at Stewartby and 22 helms qualifying for the series with three or more results.... [more]
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RYA Scotland MalinWaters Spring Championships at Largs
RYA Scotland,
A fleet of boats descended on the waters at Largs, on the West Coast of Scotland for the RYA Scotland MalinWaters Spring Championships. This was a great spectacle to see, as racing classes included everything from Optimists, 420s, Fevas and even windsurfing.... [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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Warsash Spring Series Week 2 - Light and fickle conditions
Flavia Bateson,
Warsash Spring Series 29th edition second week got underway on 25th March 2012. British Summer Time had arrived but the early start did not deter the hundreds of sailors ready to compete. The wind played plenty of tricks but the full schedule of races was completed, albeit rather later in the day.... [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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RORC Easter Challenge - Perfect way to ease into the sailing season
James Boyd,
RORC Easter Challenge will offer crews a unique opportunity to jump start their sailing programs. As well as being the first fixture in the RORC's UK racing calendar, the RORC Easter Challenge doubles as a start of season training event, with on the water coaches providing immediate advice followed by expert post-race video debriefs... [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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B14 Winter Pursuit and TT Series Prize Giving at Rutland Water SC
Mark Barnes,
The TT series 2012 opening event was held at Rutland Water Sailing Club on 24th and 25th March. However, the big event of the weekend was to be the Saturday evening's prize giving at the Whitehorse Pub in Uffingham Morcott. It kicked off nice and early and rocked on till late with some great food and company.... [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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UK 18ft Skiff season preview
Ben Clothier,
UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix kicks off this weekend. The Royal Western Yacht Club and the Mount Batten Centre are hosting the event in Plymouth Sound. The series is due to pick up where it left off with the influx of new teams from 2011.... [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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Phantom Training day and Open meeting at Alton Water SC
Chris Roberts,
The first event in the 2012 Phantom Class Eastern Series took place at AWSC with new sponsors Allen Bros joining long standing supporter James Jarvey of JJ boats. Saturday started with a tuning session ashore with approx. twenty boats rigged up, fully tweaked and calibrated with much borrowing of tape measures and rig tension gauges.... [more]
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ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals at Dun Laoghaire
If you happen to be out for a walk on Dun Laoghaire pier over the next couple of weeks, you may need to do a double take as the bay will be a bustle of activity with Canadian, Kiwi, and British youth sailors. The sailors will be familiarising themselves with the local conditions as they train for the ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships which will be taking place from the 12-15 April.... [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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International Sailing Federation committee nominations
2012 is the year when the International Sailing Federation holds its quadrennial General Assembly, which is set to take place on Saturday 10 November 2012 in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, IrelandIt is on this occasion that the ISAF Officers (President and Vice-Presidents) members of the ISAF Council and all other ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members automatically retire and are eligible... [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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RC44 Cascais Cup Day 1 images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi/Guido Trombetta,
RC44 Cascais Cup Day 1 images from photographer Guido Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series on Loch Fyne preview
Lorraine Alonzi,
Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series - Two of the UK's most vibrant, exciting one design keelboat classes are spearheading a spike in early entry numbers for the Series, the north of the UK's most prestigious annual sailing event. The SB3 class is building steadily again in Scotland and the North of Britain is promising the biggest turnout ever for the class on the waters of Loch Fyne... [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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RNLI Pursuit race at Leigh and Lowton SC
Paul Allen,
The forecast for sunny weather brought out the shorty wetsuits for the annual pursuit race in aid of the RNLI. Unfortunately, the wind was not so obliging as the sun and as the Optimists made their way out to the start line, the anemometer was struggling to reach three knots.... [more]
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RYA Team Racing National Championships at Bough Beech SC.
Matt Carter,
RYA Team Racing National Championships, held 24th to 25th March, came to an exciting finish at Bough Beech Sailing Club, near Sevenoaks, Kent. Despite a slow start on the Saturday with sailors having to patiently wait for the wind to pick up, the weekend soon got off to a flyer with sailors enjoying glorious sunshine... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 1 - Brady finds his touch
Rich Roberts,
On Day 1 of Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup Gavin Brady quickly found his touch to sweep his five races. Winds for the racing before spectators on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier were a moderately chilly and brisk 10 to 14 knots from the normal southwest, leaving boat handling paramount and the rest of the fleet tightly bunched at 3-2 or 2-3.... [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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Vendee Globe skippers seek top form for upcoming race
Vendee Globe,
There are now fewer than eight months to go before the Vendée Globe gets underway and skippers are currently actively working on their physical preparation in order to reach their peak form on November 10. Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) and Kito de Pavant's (Groupe Bel) physical trainers tell us more about the key-elements of an ideal training.... [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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Solo Offshore Racing - Truant wins first race
Offshore Solo,
A total of twenty yachts set off for the Nab Tower from the JOG line to the west of Cowes at 1000hrs on Sunday morning with a five knot easterly breeze and a strong flooding tide. Most of the fleet prudently motoring hard well up tide before the starting sequence to avoid being carried over the line before the start, all boats passed this test.... [more]
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RSYC Spring Double Handed Series race 1
Richard House,
The first race of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club Double Handed Series, the Corona Extra Spring Solent Double, got underway on Saturday in brilliant warm sunshine with a four class 70 boat entry. There was doubt initially whether there would be sufficient wind but after an hour's delay the wind filled from the South East to 6-8 knots... [more]
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National Team Racing Championship at Bough Beech
Nigel Vick,
Spinnaker Auspicious are the RYA Team Racing Champions after beating West Kirby Hawks 2:0 at Bough Beech... [more]
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Scott Trophy Open Icebreaker Series at Budworth
Roger Gardner,
Sunday saw the last three races in this years Scott Trophy Open Ice Breaker Series and whereas the first three races of the Series saw strong winds, hail storms and multiple boat capsizes yesterday was blessed with a modest zephyr and much slapping on of sun cream!... [more]
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Sprint 15s at Grafham
Bob Carter,
On Sunday 25 March, the final event of the Sprint 15 fleet winter series was held at Grafham. An impressive 19 visitors joined eight sailors from the home club but we had to wait some time for the fog to clear before the first race could be started. Eventually the fog cleared and there was a light northerly breeze which enabled the Race Officer, David Williams, to start the first race... [more]
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