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 31 May 2012

The Hottest Sailing News from Europe and beyond

Ben Ainslie (GBR)- Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012  onEdition ©

A dramatic end coming up fast in the Volvo Ocean race into Lisbon. With a soft patch ahead, there could still be changes, all through the fleet. Just saw the Camper - Whale footage on Sky.

News from Emirate Team NZ as their AC72 progresses.

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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup – Emirates Team NZ AC72 unveiled +Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World heads to Cookson Boats yard on Auckland's North Shore. There team CEO Grant Dalton gives a guided tour of the yard, including a walk around both hulls, and a look on the lower level at the massive main beam, which is about to be fitted. These are the first shots of an AC72 published. Plus we have video interviews with Dalton and AC72 design co-ordinator Nick Holroyd.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper looking to close the gap
Stefano Blin,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Rob ‘Salty' Salthouse is eyeing the chance to close the gap on the leading pack on Leg 7, despite seeing his Camper team slip back down a compressing fleet in conditions less favourable to their boat. The Camper yacht, currently lying in fifth place, excels in downwind sailing rather than the current hard-reaching conditions that is benefiting rivals Telef√≥nica and... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Los Angeles 1984
The Olympic Sailing Competition in 1984 was held in Los Angeles, USA. The Los Angeles and Long Beach combination that was seen in the 1932 Olympic Sailing Competition was used again at the 1984 Games as the USA hosted the Olympic Games for the third time.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Speeds remain high
Oliver Dewar,
With the Global Ocean Race fleet chased across the mid Atlantic by a deep low pressure system, speeds are remaining high despite drastically reduced sail. Meeting the strongest of the westerly wind on Wednesday afternoon, fleet leaders, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough on Cessna Citation, continue to poll 11 knot averages, adding 64 miles to the separation with the chasing trio in the past 24hrs... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama snatch second place
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 have moved into second place on the tenth day of racing in the seventh leg from Miami to Lisbon. A day and a half from the scheduled finish on Thursday evening, the fleet is having to confront a zone of calms which it is impossible to avoid. This passage of some one hundred miles or so could well reshuffle the cards as the deficits have been slowly shrinking since... [more]
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Europa Warm-Up Race News Flash - Groupe Bel dismasted
Europa Warm-Up Race News Flash - The technical team of Kito de Pavant contacted Race Direction for the Europa Warm-Up Race at 1256hrs (French time, UTC + 2hrs) to tell them that Groupe Bel has dismasted. The skipper, de Pavant is fine, is not injured and has not requested assistance.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Cream of world sailing head to Weymouth
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012 - The waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will be filled with the stars of sailing over the next couple of weeks as the team's training camps at the 2012 Olympic venue turn serious with the final pre-event. The annual event will this year feature almost all of the medal contenders for the upcoming Games.... [more]
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Non-European Olympic first timers are former Optimist internationals
Robert Wilkes,
Nine of the twelve non-European sailors to qualify their countries for the 2012 Olympics in specific dinghy classes for the first time this millennium are former Optimist internationals. Jesse and Zan Kirkland (BER): the only nation to qualify for the first time in the 49er Class. Older brother Zan in 1998 was a member of the first Bermudan team to enter the Optimist Worlds. He was followed by... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 expected in mid-June
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand will take delivery of its first AC72 catamaran by the middle of next month. The mammoth cat will then be assembled – it will arrive at the base as components - and undergo a rigorous testing regime before an official launch planned for late July.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Small victories for Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 10 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Five hundred miles to go and this race is only getting closer. Not exactly a surprise – we knew everyone was going to compress again – but what is a surprise is the kind of day we had yesterday: it was slow, sloww, slowww.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup Qualifying Session 1 - Three victories for Mirsky
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012 first qualifying session was held in Gyeonggi, South Korea today, 30th May 2012. As the world's top sailors were welcomed by capacity crowds on the first day of competition, Williams, Hansen and Mirsky took the early advantage on the water and finished the day unbeaten in the second event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race - Jethou dominates
The Rolex Volcano Race concluded in true Caprese style as fifteen international crews toasted a week's enthralling sailing during the Rolex party and prizegiving at La Canzone del Mare on Friday 25 May. A combination of envious views of Capri's Faraglioni rock formations and a famous venue once owned by Anglo-Italian singer Gracie Fields provided a fitting finale to a magnificent week.... [more]
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NX Compass – an easy addition for digital heading information
Tristan Campbell,
Nexus Marine has added the advantages of digital compass heading information to their successful NX line. The new transducer and display open up navigational features such as True Wind Direction and compatibility with auto pilots in the entry-level range known for its 'Easy System Expansion'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lightning fast reactions on board Camper + Video
Stefano Blin,
In the Volvo Ocean Race today, there has been a period of quick reactions on board Camper, the Spanish New Zealand entry currently racing in Leg 7 from Miami to Lisbon. First thing this morning, skipper Chris Nicholson lost control of the steering while doing 24 knots when one of the steering cables jumped off the cogs of the starboard steering wheel.... [more]
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Bosphorus Cup preview + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The Bosphorus Cup, one of the year's most prestigious sailing events, fittingly takes place in one of the most dramatic waterways on earth. The high level of the competition, together with the enthusiasm of participants and spectators alike, only add to the wide appeal. Now in its eleventh year, and sponsored by American Express, the event will be held between May 28 and June 3rd, in one of the... [more]
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Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta - Larsen and Cesari emerge victorious
Marjolein Brandt,
In the 2012 Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta, the Boskalis occasional duo Gunnar Larsen and Lamberto Cesari (ITA) emerged victorious this weekend. The other three teams of Team Boskalis also performed extremely well. Jorden Veenman and Frank de Waard finished third and the mixed duo Froukje Feenstra/Mischa de Munck tenth. The just selected youngsters Jolbert van Dijk and Niels Kleijweg sailed above... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup heads to Weymouth
Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is being held from 4 to 9 June 2012. Over 700 sailors from 60 nations will compete at the host venue of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth.... [more]
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The Gazprom Cup at Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg
Cailah Leask,
The Gazprom Cup is the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg's youth sailing event programme opener. The Optimists of the Northern Capital raced this weekend in the first of this four event series with another two events scheduled throughout the summer and the ultimate event in September. Attracting 70 entries from across Russia the first event successfully involved a strong youth sailing contingent... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Amazing days in the life of triple Olympic Gold medalist
Aaron Child,
Three amazing days in the life of triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, as he takes his 10th World Championship title and is the first official torch bearer for the UK Olympic Torch Relay. Ben Ainslie has a lot of expectation sitting on him this summer. If he wins a fourth gold in Weymouth he could make history and become the World's most successful Olympic sailor since sailing was introduced... [more]
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ORC Mediterranean Championship - New improvements announced
The ORC Mediterranean Championship 2012 is to be held from 10th to 16th June. So far 23 teams from eight countries have entered with more expected in the remaining two weeks before the start of competition in Cres, Croatia. Featuring inshore-only racing at the same venue as last year's record-breaking ORC World Championship,... [more]
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