Youth Nationals, RORC Easter Challenge, AC World Series and more

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 15 Apr 2012

Youth Nationals, RORC Easter Challenge, AC World Series and more

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

The America's Cup World Series is in full swing in Naples with tricky conditions testing the fleet. However Day 4 has been cancelled with high winds which will make the final day very tight.

And on the subject of the America's Cup be sure to catch Fisher's View - always interesting reading.

Camper is battling on in the Volvo Ocean Race, edging closer to Brazil, the Global Ocean race fleet have completed their eleventh day at sea on leg 4 from Uruguay to Charleston.

On deck onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

The latest ISAF Sailing World Rankings have been released with Ed Wright siting at number one in the Finn class.

Lots of local sailing news including I14's, SB3's, Darts, RS400's and full coverage of the RORC Easter Challenge. GBR's team for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships has been named and the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals for 2012 has wrapped up.

Saskia Sills,RSX,GBR 956 - RYA Volvo Youth Nationals 2012  Paul Wyeth / RYA

For all the latest sailing news from around the globe, stay tuned to

Have a great week.

Rupert White and Tom Britz,Spitfire GBR 232 - RYA Volvo Youth Nationals 2012  Paul Wyeth / RYA

Sail-World team

America's Cup World Series Naples Day 4 - Racing suspended
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples fourth day of racing was suspended due to heavy seas pounding into the breakwaters along the Naples sea front this morning, along with a forecast for winds that could exceed 30 knots. The match race semi finals and finals will now be sailed on Sunday. Fleet races seven and eight have been abandoned and won't be sailed... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA's to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development... [more]
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Fireflys at Waldringfield Easter Egg
Steve Greaves,
Having been one of the original classes to sail the first Easter Egg (sailed in 1952), it was great to see the Firefly fleet once again competing at Waldringfield Sailing Club amongst an 80 boat fleet for their Easter regatta. Under dark skies there was much place changing throughout the first race, with half the fleet needing to return to the line after false starts.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Drag race to Celox Sailing Scoring Gate
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet are all making good progress, with the stable breeze continuing, along the coast of Brazil with Colman and Cavanough on the fleet leader, Cessna Citation, managing to squeeze extra speed from their Akilaria RC 2 as they slide round the easternmost point of Brazil heading for maximum points at the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate.... [more]
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Southernmost sailing voyages - who really has the record?
Andrew Troup,
Recently a Ukrainian/Russian sailing boat, the 98ft steel-hulled Scorpius reached 77 degrees south and claimed a world record. This was greeted by a storm of protest from our readers, one of whom pointed out that in 1965 a tiny moth was sailed at (but not to) 77.5 degrees. There were other claims too. Andrew Troup here corrects the records...... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video
Bob Fisher,
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3... [more]
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Glenn Ashby trades two hulls for one
Leigh Dunstan,
In the midst of the latest round of the AC45's in Naples, Emirate Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby has shown his passion for speed and excitement by buying a new Mach2 Moth.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper only 1,000nm from Leg finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Camper crew are shedding their jackets as the water warms on the remaining 1,100 nautical mile northerly course to ItajaĆ­, where Groupama sailing team are starting the process of stepping their new mast. 'All of a sudden Brazil seems a bit closer,' Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper said on Friday.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Tricky conditions + Video
America's Cup,
AC World Series Naples - Oracle Racing Spithill had the best day across the two fleet races, posting two second-place finishes. In contrast, each race winner (Energy Team, Emirates Team New Zealand) also carried a seventh place score on the day. As a result, Jimmy Spithill's American team gained four points on the leading Kiwis, nearly cutting their lead in half over the course of the day... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s make good progress
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s racing north along the coast of Brazil, in the fourth leg from Uruguay to Charleston, have finally hooked into easterly breeze and are making good progress. With the fleet leader, Cessna Citation of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, 500 miles from the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate, the Kiwi-Australian duo have maintained a 193-mile lead... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series social programme confirmed
Lorraine Alonzi,
Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series 2012 is being held off Tarbert in Loch Fyne, Scotland from Friday 1 June until Monday 4 June. Organisers Clyde Cruising Club today (13th April) confirmed the much anticipated social programme for this year's event, which will create a festival of sailing for competitors and spectators alike.... [more]
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Adastra launched at McConaghy Boats China facility
McConaghy Boats,
The greatly anticipated Adastra was launched earlier this week at the McConaghy Boats China facility. Described as 'one of the world's most amazing Superyachts' she has already been turning heads in China and Hong Kong where she is performing a series of sea trials.... [more]
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Macquarie Access Worlds - SKUD title to Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Di Pearson,
Macquarie Access World Championships - Three days before they are officially announced as the SKUD 18 crew to represent Australia at the London Paralympic Games, Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have put their prospective rivals on notice, winning 10 out of 10 races in the international fleet.... [more]
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Mirror Ullswater Nationwide 1 - Changeable, patchy racing conditions
Rory Mackenzie,
The very first Nationwide event of the year began with two races in changeable, patchy conditions. The first race got underway at one O'clock with quite a few boats managing to be late for the start, despite it being only a few meters from the shore.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video
Bob Fisher,
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings.... [more]
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Dart 18s at Dee SC
Dart 18 Catamaran Association,
Dee Sailing Club live up to their reputation of providing a fantastic event with eight races over three days.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day two have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples – Thrilling first day
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples first day of championship racing got underway yesterday. It is clear this is an event at another level. From the spectacular opening ceremony, to the Easter Weekend crowds, to a thrilling first day of racing in strong wind and big waves, everything about the Naples experience is 'piĆ¹ intense'.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - 50th anniv. is true offshore challenge
The 2012 race saw a clean start just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, with winds of 12-15 knots propelling the fleet out of Victoria Harbour. Genuine Risk led the fleet the first evening followed by Neil Pryde's Hi Fi. Almost 24 hours later, the surge in the monsoon, which was responsible for the race's strong Harbour start, receded and was replaced by a south-easterly... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Trophee Breizhskiff 2012
Nicolas Duchoud,
The French Skiff Open 2012 was a great event, even if there was no wind on the water which is simply because the Breizhskiff Team did a perfect job around the sailing venue. Food, drinks, accommodation and ambiance were superb! The French Skiff Open 2012 was of course the same event but with wind and many more boats!... [more]
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Laser Standard Junior (Under 21) Worlds - Day 1 and 2
Laser Standard Junior Worlds/ISAF/,
The MacLaren Laser Standard Junior (Under 21) World Championship is underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two races were sailed on day 1 and day 2.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples opens in spectacular fashion + Video
America's Cup,
The America's Cup World Series Naples opened in spectacular fashion as strong winds and big waves created thrilling racing conditions. The AC45 catamarans, powered by their powerful wing sails, were leaping out of the water, launched into the air by the heavy sea state.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Opening Day, Naples - The unexpected breeze + Video
Bob Fisher,
It seems almost ironic that wing extensions were designed and constructed especially for the light and fluky winds of the Bay of Naples . . . not the conditions that the competitors found on the opening day of the AC World Series regatta. Instead the first race began for the nine boats in 19 knots of south-westerly that blew from a grey sky causing a lumpy sea.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Top designer speaks out on structural issues
Juan Kouyoumdjian,
Top designer in the Volvo Ocean Race, Juan Kouyoumdjian, has spoken out in the midst of the controversy surrounding the structural issues that have occurred in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, on Leg 5. With our three boats safely in Brazil and under the risk of sounding arrogant, I'll break away from my golden rule of not speaking until the end of the race to put the record straight since I believe... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day one have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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The Sailing Olympics and their roots - Melbourne 1956
The 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Olympic Games ventured out of Europe and the U.S.A. for the first time that year, and went south to Melbourne, Australia... [more]
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