VOR, GOR, Finns and the latest Sailing news from around the globe

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 04 May 2012

VOR, GOR, Finns and the latest Sailing news from around the globe

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

The Volvo Ocean Race battle for the lead tightens as Puma Ocean Racing manage to keep Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand and Team Telefónica at bay. The breeze is lightening off and its is possible that the rest of the fleet will catch the front runners.

Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Kiwi-Australian duo of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place in the Global Ocean Race leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to South Carolina USA. Several other Class40s have now completed the leg.

We have all the news from the PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf which has just concluded, the competitors in the La Transat AG2R La Mondiale are half way and the Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 NOR and online entry is now available.

The eyes of the sailing world will be on Stresa, Italy for the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting. Hot topics up for discussion are the evaluation trials for the Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull equipment and kiteboarding format for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The UK Finn Festival starts May 5 in Falmouth and will be followed by the Finn Gold Cup. The Gold Cup line up is impressive, with many sailors using the 'lead in' Nationals to test equipment and skill on waters similar to those of Weymouth.

Fin Gold Cup 2011 start   Robert Deaves /IFA

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for all the latest news in the sailing world.

Good sailing.

Sail-World.com Team

Gamsea dismasted
Vendee Globe,
Mike Golding's boat Gamesa has dismasted.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - High speeds to be replaced by slow conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet racing in Leg 6 enter the final 1,300 nautical miles to the finish in Miami, the breeze is softening. The high boat speeds, which allowed Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) to achieve in excess of 500-mile days, will evaporate and be replaced... [more]
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Grand Prix Guyader - A truly outstanding line-up
Veronique Guillou Le Bivic,
At the Grand Prix Guyader, there was an stunning terrestrial display of just how completely unique an event it really is. With the presence of Francis Joyon, Michel Desjoyeaux, Sébastien Josse, Yves Le Blévec, Marc Guillemot, Bruno Jourdren, Luc Pillot, Laurie Smith, Jimmy Pahun, Bruno Peyron, Evgeniy Braslavets, Karine Fauconnier, Arnaud Boissière, Tommy Müller, Pascal Bidégorry, Jean Galfione... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup preview
The 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup is set to take place from 5-11 May with everyone preparing for more high-octane racing as the slalom fleet head to Asia, South Korea. The second leg of the tour is guaranteed to be an exciting event, as competitors go head-to-head at one of the most challenging spots of the year. The beautiful Jinha beach will once again be thrust into the limelight... [more]
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Foiling multihull has successful shakedown sail with new wing mast
Bernard Schopfer,
Thomas Jundt's Mirabaud LX, a 2008 Swiss experimental foiler, now has a new and improved 24m2 wing mast for the 2012 Lake Geneva season. The crew took the foiler for a successful shakedown sail last night and has its eye on the Lake Geneva records this summer.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 4 - Dutch and South African teams cross finish
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) - The Dutch and South African mixed-doubles teams crossed the Leg 4 finish line off Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday 2nd May. First across the line at 19:06:30 GMT (15:06:30 local) was Class40 Sec. Hayai with the Dutch duo of Erik van Vuuren and Yvonne Beusker, followed just over three hours later by the South African team... [more]
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La Transat AG2R La Mondiale - Goodchild and Cherry head south
Artemis Offshore Academy,
La Transat AG2R La Mondiale - Nick Cherry and Sam Goodchild aboard Artemis, are currently holding the most southerly position in the fleet. Taking a gamble on a less direct route to St Barths, the co-skippers hope that the northerly boats led by Nacarat and Cercle Vert will be slowed by the light airs of a high pressure weather system,... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Johnie Berntsson to compete
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
Argo Group Gold Cup 2012 is the eighth and penultimate stage of the World Match Racing Tour. Past King Edward VII Gold Cup winner Johnie Berntsson has accepted an invitation to compete in October's Argo Group Gold Cup. The Swede is among the first skippers to have accepted invitations to compete in this year's WMRTsanctioned regatta.... [more]
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Falmouth Finn Festival begins with UK National Championship
Robert Deaves,
JP Morgan Asset Management Falmouth Finn Festival - The long wait is almost over. Three years of planning for one of the most important Finn sailing events ever held in the UK is about to become reality in Falmouth, UK. The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Festival combines the Open UK National Championships from 5-7 May and the Finn Gold Cup, the class world championship, from 13-18 May.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Predicting Mar Mostro's ETA
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Our daily routines are predictable enough. Each day is more or less the same and at some point day 17 begins to feel like day 12, which very much felt like day six. One variable of inconsistent kind though, and one of great interest to everyone onboard, is Tom's ETA... [more]
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ISAF Mid-Year Meetings: Decisions made in Events Committee
Sail-World's sources report that a couple of key decision have been made at the ISAF Events Committee Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The Events Committee met to consider, amongst other business, which of the classes should go forward as a recommendation to the ISAF Council for the two new Olympic Events, the Mixed Multihull and the Womens Skiff. Both would come into the 2016 Olympics... [more]
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Australia's Tom Slingsby aims for fifth Laser World Championship title
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby will be out to defend his World Championship title when racing gets underway at the 2012 Laser World Championships in Boltenhagen, Germany, on Friday. Slingsby won the Laser title at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and will be keen to make it five World Championships in six years as he continues his preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Yngling Open Springtime Championship - Inconsistency on day 1 + Video
Elena Giolai,
The first day of the 2012 Yngling Open Springtime Championship got underway with close to 30 boats taking part in this year's edition. This event is now a fixture on Fraglia Vela Riva's calendar and runs until Saturday, 5th May. Countries participating are Austria, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland with the Dutch being the great enthusiasts in this class.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Battle at the head of the fleet continues
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the battle at the head of the fleet rages on as Ken Read and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have managed to keep Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Team Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) at bay throughout today.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper leads but navigational nightmare ahead
Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race,
The lead three boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing at speeds well in excess of 20kts, as they enjoy the Tradewinds, having exited the Doldrums. Using the routing function of www.predictwind.com!Predictwind.com, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has a small lead of 50 minutes over Puma Ocean Racing, with overall race leader Telefonica just 10 minutes behind the US flagged entry.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Podium positions in Race 10 announced
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After fighting off stiff competition and keeping their yachts moving in fickle winds, all three podium positions in race ten have been announced. Gold Coast Australia was once again victorious finishing in first place out of the ten-strong fleet in the race from San Francisco Bay to Panama.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd 24 Hour Yachting Race - New sports buoy added to course
Diana Bogaards,
This year's 48th Delta Lloyd 24 Hour Yachting Race will be expanded. A new sports buoy off the coast of Medemblik (Netherlands) is added to the course map, allowing participants to sail extra nautical miles. Furthermore, the ORC yachts without spinnaker will have their own class.... [more]
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Olympic Contender - Viper strike
Viper Class Association,
Vaireaux and Audinet were thrilled after returning to the harbour and realising they had beaten more than 300 teams in the Eurocat long distance raid.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf event summary
The 2012 PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf certainly didn't disappoint, with unbelievable action both on and off the water. Monumental crowds gathered on the shores of Neusiedler See, and they were treated to extreme freestyle action day and night with the Chiemsee tow in event running alongside the PWA event each evening.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation takes Leg 4 victory
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, the Kiwi-Australian duo of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough took first place in Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to South Carolina with Akilaria RC2 Class40 Cessna Citation, crossing the finish line off Charleston at 05:45:00 GMT (01:54:00 local) on Tuesday morning.... [more]
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Critical discussions at ISAF Mid-Year Meeting
The eyes of the sailing world are focusing on Stresa, Italy for the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting which is set to take place there from 3-6 May 2012. Following the Equipment Committee meeting on 28 April in Southampton, Great Britain, the Audit, Events and Executive Committees will gather along with the ISAF Council.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition - Tokyo 1964
During the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, sailing was initially supposed to take place at Yokohama, but after it was deemed unsuitable, the events were held off the coast of Enoshima Island in Kanagawa Prefecture on the bay of Sagami.... [more]
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Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW
Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media,
The 2012 Laser Masters Worlds was sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Brisbane Australia in March and there are two more Laser Class World Championships scheduled for the same venue. World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 - Thu 28th June - Wed fourth World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012 - Wed 11th July - Tue 17th July... [more]
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