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 15 Jun 2012

Telefonica gone - the latest sailing news from around the world

The big news is that Team Telefonica has broken both rudders falling off a wave, just 300 miles from the Lorient finish line and the skipper has conceded that they now have no chance of winning the race overall.

Speaking from onboard the former Volvo Ocean Race leader, crew member Pepe Ribes said they were hit by a wave and Chinese gybed. The incident cost the Spanish entry dearly and their chances of winning the 2011/12 edition vanished in two minutes. More news as it comes to hand.

Elsewhere the ORCi Mediterranean Championship is reaching its conclusion on the gulf of Cres, Team Russia leads the fleet at the SB20 UK Nationals, the Sardinia Cup continues at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Spaniard Jose Maria van der Ploeg is still leading the J/80 World Championship.

More news, images and videos from the PWA Catalunya World Cup in Costa Brava, the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012, the America's Cup and from events all around the globe.

Allen leads the final - PWA Catalunya World Cup 2012  © John Carter / PWA

It is just 42 days to the London 2012 Olympics and the big Sail-World team that will be onsite in Weymouth is gearing up. Stay tuned for our extensive coverage of the Games.

Have a safe and happy week.

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012
Giraglia start  ©Luca Butto/Studio Borlenghi Team

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica - Chinese gybe caused rudder damage
Richard Gladwell,
Speaking from onboard the former Volvo Ocean Race leader, Telefonica, crew member Pepe Ribes said they were hit by a wave and Chinese gybed. Ribes (ESP) is the boat captain on board Telefonica, and a veteran of three round the world races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama plants it on the final miles to Lorient
Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, jumped in a helicopter and caught these amazing shots of Leg and probable overall Volvo Ocean Race leader, Groupama as she plants herself into a sea, off Lorient, France.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Amazing high speed and wipe-out videos - Camper
Two high speed wipe-outs from on board Camper in the closing stages of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Two high speed wipe-outs from on board Camper in the closing stages of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Plus another on board video of Camper sailing at high speed towards the Low that welcomed the Volvo Ocean race fleet to Lorient... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Williams and Tunnicliffe remain on top
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Since the turn of 2012 there has been no change in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings with Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) once again retaining their place at the top.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Conditions my worst Southern Ocean nightmare
Richard Gladwell,
Camper MCM, Hamish Hooper has described the conditions in the final night of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race, as 'my worst Southern Ocean nightmare'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Day 5: Telefonica breaks both rudders, Race gone
Richard Gladwell,
0130UTC: Based on the latest information form the Volvo Ocean Race trackers, Telefonica has had further issues and is limping towards the finish in Lorient. After the fleet gybed for the finish in Lorient around 2200hrs UTC, Telefonica was still contesting the lead with Groupama, but then started dropping back on the real time tracker... [more]
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ORCi Championships - Light conditions on day 3 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The third day of the ORCi Mediterranean Championship was a beautiful one in the gulf of Cres. Activity started with crews preparing their boats and enjoying the sunny weather - although the wind was absent and the race committee had to postpone races for several hours.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Azzurra takes second place
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the 2012 Audi Sardinia Cup, the TP52 of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was the protagonist of a photo finish in the second race with Quantum, winner of today's two races in light and shifty conditions. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, together with the Soto 40 Alegre, takes Italy to the lead of the overall leaderboard of national teams.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Day 4: All gybe - Telefonica in more trouble?
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
2200hrs: All boats seem to have successfully completed the gybe to Lorient in about the place and time nominated by Predictwind to optimise their finish time. Also as predicted by Predictwind the winds increased to and average of 40kts at the time of the highly risky manoeuvre, and instant wind speeds in excess of 50kts were reported some boats in the fleet.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Albeau victorious on day 3
Chris Yates,
The third day of competition in the PWA Catalunya World Cup didn't kick off until twenty past five, as the wind continued to change direction and strength. Eventually after three and half pain staking hours on standby, the sailors' patience was rewarded and the whole of the second race was completed in fourteen to twenty four knots of wind.... [more]
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J/80 World Championship - The difference a day makes
Becci Eplett,
At the J/80 World Championships, it seems that the few golden hours of sunshine enjoyed by the 76 competing teams on Wednesday were perhaps the last of the championship. The four races completed on Thursday 14th June, the penultimate day of the regatta, were sailed in lumpy seas and building breeze from 125 degrees and which topped out at 20 knots in Race 9, the final race of the day.... [more]
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SB20 UK Nationals - Team Russia lead the fleet
Katie Ashworth,
The SB20 UK Nationals got underway on Weymouth Bay today amid 15 chilly knots of wind and rolling seas. Although only three races were scheduled for today, the Race Committee took the wise precaution to run a fourth race as the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday is looking dubious.... [more]
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Westward Cup day 2 - Battle for the YCM Trophy ensues
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
In the 2012 Westward Cup, following a damp and windless morning yesterday (Wednesday 13 June), the Race Officers at the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) took the decision to abandon racing for the three Big Class yachts vying for the Westward Cup this week in Cowes, Isle of Wight.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Italy leads the charge
Jill Campbell,
In the 2012 Audi Sardinia Cup, with two races held, Team Italy leads the overall classification thanks to two bullets claimed by Andres Soriano's Soto 40 Alegre and solid third and second places from the TP52 Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, owned by Alberto Roemmers. The team classification sees Quantum Racing (TP52) and Iberdrola (Soto 40) representing the USA in second place... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Team Foncia prepares for battle
Team Foncia,
On Saturday morning, Michel Desjoyeaux and the Team Foncia crew will cast off from Port La ForĂȘt, North-West France. Destination Newport, USA. For the MOD 70 Foncia, the route will be reminiscent of The Transat course as a prequel to the Krys Ocean Race itself. The idea is a gentle 2,900-mile North Atlantic practice run to get into the swing of things. ETA in the United States around 26 June.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Back to back wins for Quantum Racing
Jacaranda Marketing,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012, the second event of the 52 Super Series circuit, finally got underway on Thursday 14th June. With a pair of victories from the first two races Quantum Racing reprised a measure of their world championship winning performance on the same Costa Smeralda waters where they triumphed late last year.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper establish new IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race team Camper established a new IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record with a 24-hour run of 564.922 nautical miles on the fourth day of leg eight. Navigator Will Oxley said on Thursday that the key to winning Leg Eight will be getting the balance right between speed and caution.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Musandam-Oman Sail in preparation mode
Jessica Gray,
Krys Ocean Race - Oman Sail's Multi One Design 70 team, the National initiative's elite offshore crew, are in full preparation mode in Lorient, France, ahead of the transatlantic delivery to Newport and then New York for the start of the racing on the 7 July. Sidney Gavignet (FRA), skipper of the trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail, has brought American sailor Ryan Breymaier onboard... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Esimit Europa 2 claims line honours
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 offshore race, from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo is currently underway. At 03:16.16 CEST this morning, Igor Simcic's 100-foot Maxi Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) crossed the finish line in Sanremo and claimed line honours, making short work of the circa 242-nautical mile course.... [more]
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Windsurfing: Why was it voted out?
Lanee Beashel,
Top US Womens Windsurfer, Lanee Beashel writes: To say that I've been completely shocked and heartbroken since I heard the news that windsurfing was kicked out of the 2016 Olympic Games, would be an understatement. I sail, windsurf and kitesurf, but since I have been 15 years old, my passion has been windsurfing. Even now, when I take my two young boys out on my board with me, I love every minu... [more]
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Three races on day 3 of 2012 Soling Europeans
Matias Collins,
2012 Soling Europeans day 3Despite being in the northern hemisphere, longer days, and a theoretical summer happening, the temperatures never were higher than 13 degrees even lower when sun was totally hided by the typical low clouds.... [more]
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America's Cup: Defender's first AC72 wingsail is delivered
The 12-story tall wingsail and hull crossbeams for the first of Oracle Racing's first of two AC72 yachts aimed at the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco were delivered to the team today. The components arrived in Oakland from New Zealand on the Cap Vilano by shipping partner Hamburg Sud before being delivered to the team's base at Pier 80 on the west side of San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's wingsail arrives in San Francisco
Pressure Drop US,
The new wingsail for Oracle Racing has arrived in USA, after being shipped from New Zealand a few weeks ago, plus Video. Also in this video is a sequence of one of the cross beams being unloaded. Under the current America's Cup Protocol shrouding is prohibited, and only shrink wrapping and normal packaging are allowed, meaning that the shapes of the components are able to be seen.... [more]
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52 Super Series: All ready in Porto Cervo
Six TP52 teams, partners to six Soto 40's, are lined up at the dock, fully prepared for whatever Sardinia's famous Costa Smeralda waters might deliver them for the Audi Sardinia Cup, the international team regatta which starts Wednesday. A buffeting Mistral put paid to Tuesday's official practice race, the race officers deciding that too much was at stake on the eve of regatta's first races to ris... [more]
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Soto 40 European Championship - Sardinia Cup Trophy preview
Alfredo Mella,
Soto 40 European Championship kicks off on Tuesday 12th June, with the practice race and then will continue in full earnest from Wednesday until Sunday 17th June. There was frenzied activity in Costa Smeralda Yacht Club today, where Soto 40 European Championship teams have just started training off the waters of Porto Cervo... [more]
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