Gamsea dismasted, VOR, Finns and sailing news from around the globe

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 04 May 2012

Gamsea dismasted, VOR, Finns and sailing news from around the globe

Welcome to this edition of's UK newsletter.

Mike Golding's bid to be on the start line of the Vendee Globe in November is in doubt after Gamsea dismasted during a training sail off Thorness Bay on Wednesday.

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.

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 Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 NOR and online entry is now available. The World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 will be from Thursday 28th June and to Wednesday 4th July and will be followed by the World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012, Wednesday 11th July to Tuesday 17th July, at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in sunny Queensland, Australia.

The UK Finn Festival starts May 5 in Falmouth. This will be followed by the Finn Gold Cup. Being so close to the Olympics and to be sailed under similar conditions as Weymouth, the Gold Cup line up is impressive.

Fin Gold Cup 2011 start   Robert Deaves /IFA

And be sure not to miss our collection of local sailing news from around the country.

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

Gamsea dismasted
Vendee Globe,
Mike Golding's boat Gamesa has dismasted.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Incidents and high drama
Louay Habib,
Antigua Sailing Week. It was yet another day of incidents and a collision. The first race of the day saw a serious collision between Oyster 82, Starry Night of the Caribbean and On Deck's Farr 65, Spirit of Isis, which resulted in a large part of the Farr 65's transom being smashed in.... [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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Antigua Sailing Week day 4 - Lay Day at Pigeon Beach + Video
Louay Habib,
At the 2012 Antigua Sailing Week, after three days of scintillating race action on the sublime waters of the leeward side of Antigua, well over a thousand people gathered at Pigeon Beach for Lay Day. The quarter-mile of white sand was brimming with local vendors barbequing chicken, lobster and fish and a fair amount of Carib Beer and English Harbour five year old rum was consumed... [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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Farewell to a man of the MedCup family
Audi MedCup Circuit,
John Cook, owner of the English Cristabella boat saga, and one of the most loyal fans and participants of the MedCup Circuit, passed away in late April after a long struggle with a disease that eventually took him away, despite him being a born fighter, as he demonstrated both on land and at sea.... [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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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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RYA GT15 Championship - Ben Jelf prepares to battle for fifth title
Emma Slater,
RYA British GT15 Championship - Eleven year old World Powerboat Racing Champion Ben Jelf from Maidstone begins his battle to become RYA British GT15 Champion this Bank Holiday weekend. Following his success in the 2011 season that saw him crowned British, World and European Champion, this weekend sees Ben bid to add his fifth consecutive British RYA Championship title to his list of successes... [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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RS Feva Worlds - Entries continue to pour in as start nears
Bill Tucker,
The RS Feva Worlds 2012 are a mere eighty days away. Entries have been pouring in and to date have reached the 175 mark. A snapshot of the stats involved so far: 350 sailors, 13 countries, three continents, 41 all girl pairings, 32 family pairings, 13 U13 pairings, possibly the best international level inter schools competition on the planet... [more]
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175 Regatta at Royal Southern YC to include Foxer Class racing
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175 Regatta starts from on Friday, May 25th 2012. It was a Royal Southern Yacht Club and Hamble River Sailing Club member Hedley Bewes who first approached fellow member and yacht designer David Thomas 20 years ago with a brief for a small one-design sailing dinghy suitable for racing in the confines of the Hamble River amongst the moored yachts.... [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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British Keelboat Academy sailors battle it out on the Solent
Matt Carter,
British Keelboat Academy sailors competed on board the J109 Yeoman of Wight, Farr 45 Kólga and the BKA's fleet of J80s at the RORC Easter Challenge (6-8 April) followed by the Warsash Spring Championships (21-22 April and 28-29 April). Testing weather conditions varying from no wind with strong tides, to squally gales with horizontal hail was a challenge worthy of the British Keelboat Academy... [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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RS200 Open at Bristol Corinthian YC
Pete Vincent,
RS200 SW Ugly Tour first round was held at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club on 28th April 2012. With a full on severe gale and a monsoon forecast to hit sometime on Saturday it was a depleted fleet that looked out on a feisty Axbridge reservoir on Saturday morning a little apprehensively.... [more]
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RYA Youth RIB Championship preview
Susie Nation-Grainger,
Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship 2012 first final of the 14 regional finals kicks off in Plymouth on 5th May. Young powerboaters from across the country are revving their engines and honing their skills, ready to compete for the 2012 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship title this weekend.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Welcome to Yorkshire secures second
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - 'It brings me great pleasure to be writing Welcome to Yorkshire's report this morning,' explains skipper, Rupert Dean, after his team claimed second place in race ten. Welcome to Yorkshire crossed the Race 10 finish line at 1300 UTC yesterday afternoon to seal their second podium position, their first since the race to Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
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Southern Spars rigged Soto 30 is coming!
Southern Spars,
The mast is one of the most important components of the Soto 30, and is being manufactured by Southern Spars. This spar package design has been optimized from the onset with input from the designer, boat builder and sail makers – this translates into a high performance spar package that is engineered and manufactured for seamless, optimal interface with the boat and the sail package.... [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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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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Great North Asymmetric Challenge at Bassenthwaite SC
Bassenthwaite SC,
Great North Asymmetric Challenge 2012 - The members of Bassenthwaite SC must be more righteous than most, because their collective prayers for wind in the run up to this year's event were rewarded in abundance. Forecasts during the week preceding the event, suggesting winds up 50mph, persuaded many not to travel.... [more]
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RS100 Gul Grand Prix at Leigh and Lowton SC
David Smart,
RS100 Gul Grand Prix was held at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club over the weekend, 28th and 29th April 2012. A select group of six hardy sailors attended despite the gloomy forecast, with four races scheduled for Saturday and two on Sunday.... [more]
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Cadet training session at Stone SC kicks off 2012 sailing season
Angie Van Ingen,
The first Cadet training session of 2012, at Stone Sailing Club, was held on Saturday 28th April. Eighteen eager children arrived at the club keen to get sailing in the 2012 sailing season. We had seven helms aged between 10 and 13. Most of them had never helmed a Cadet and this was coupled with two experienced and eight inexperienced crew.... [more]
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Next RS Class Gul Grand Prix at Eastbourne Sovereign SC
RS Class Association,
The next RS Class Gul Grand Prix is being held at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Cub over the weekend of 12th and 13th May 2012, when the RS200s, RS700s and RS800s will meet again. The starts are 1300hrs on Saturday, 1100hrs on Sunday, with three races/day scheduled. Race briefing will be held at 1200hrs.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf - Beautiful frustration
Chris Yates,
In the opening heat oOn the penultimate day of the PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf, local boy Max Matissek (Fanatic / North) made the most of the light winds. The Austrian was able to land a sick air flaka, which he then bettered by landing a brilliant shaka flaka.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship entrants announced
The 16 entrants for the 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, set to be held from 20-25 June in Gothenburg, Sweden, have been named. The regatta will be one of the last opportunities for the Women's Match Racing teams to test themselves against each other ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet begin sprint to finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With yesterday's introduction of the Clipper Race Committee's shortened course for race ten, the sprint for the finish line has well and truly begun as the ten-strong fleet continue to battle against the fickle wind conditions. 'With the finish line now within a couple of days reach, the race has stepped up a gear,' explains Visit Finland skipper, Olly Osborne... [more]
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SORC Round the Isle of Wight - Sayer and Elmarleen victorious
A total of thirty yachts made it to the JOG start line for the 0605 start of the Solo Offshore Racing Club's seventh edition of its annual RIOW Solo Race. The fleet were well separated at the start with the usual suspects right on the line and many holding back as they sorted their spinnakers for a reach down the Western Solent in a shifty Northerly breeze with wind speeds averaging 10 knots... [more]
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