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 15 Jun 2012

Telefonica gone and all the latest sailing news

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.

Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) has retained his number one ISAF Match Race ranking - yet again.

Ian Williams chasing down top qualifier Phil Robertson - WMRT Korea Cup 2012  Andrew Carter/AWMRT

Locally don't miss the reports from the Westward Cup, the Commodore's Cup, the IRC Solent Series and from around the clubs, loads of dinghy news.

Team Russia leads the fleet at the SB20 UK Nationals, the Sardinia Cup continues at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the ORCi Mediterranean Championship is reaching a conclusion on the gulf of Cres.

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.

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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Team15 Inter-Club Championship at Clyde Windsurfing Club
Team15 Inter-Club Championship kicked off at Clyde Windsurfing Club on Saturday. The Loch Insh Monsters took the first Team15 windsurfing event by storm by securing their first win to start off the season. The youngsters competing represented four different clubs. With shifting winds and 12 knots on the day the kids really impressed with their ability to adapt to the conditions.... [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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London 2012 Olympics - Irish sailors are 'Genuine Prospects'
Irish Sailing Association,
London 2012 Olympics - Irish Olympic sailors were in Dublin on 14 June 2012 in advance of their final training camps. The sailors are currently in a rest period following a very successful ISAF World Cup regatta in Weymouth last week at which Gold and Bronze medals were won.... [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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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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Volvo Ocean Race - The adrenaline-filled comeback of Telefonica
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it was an adrenaline-filled afternoon in the North Atlantic for Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) who overcame damage to their starboard rudder and regained first place, while Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) overhauled Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), snatched third place and logged a distance of 565.82 nm in the previous 24 hours.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Fleet prepare for record smashing
Talbot Wilson,
On the eve on the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race skippers, navigator and crews are buzzing about breaking records. Chris Branning, navigator of Mark Watson's Team Tiburon, said last evening, 'I think we'll break the record... but someone else will set the record.'... [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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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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Volvo Ocean Race teams push man and boat to absolute limit
Volvo Ocean Race,
The overall result of the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race could hinge on a risky manoeuvre the teams will try to pull off in heavy weather, fading light and close to the eye of a violent storm later on Thursday. With less than 500 nm to go before the teams reach Lorient, and just one more offshore leg to come, the race could all come down to how well the crews carry out a daring gybe... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Veteran Brown returns for 21st race
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
Warren Brown is no stranger to the biennial Newport Bermuda Race. The Bermudian sailor has sailed the race on 20 occasions in 11 different boats, including four of his own. This year Brown is among the crew aboard 'Spirit of Bermuda', an 118 ft triple mast sloop that is competing alone in the ‘Spirit of Tradition' Division.... [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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RYA Sail for Gold Ball - Royal send off for Britain's sailors + Video
Matt Carter,
The sixth quadrennial RYA Sail for Gold Ball 2012 was held on Wednesday 13th June. With 42 days to go until the 2012 London Olympic Games, the sailors of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams received a send-off to remember. More than 850 guests showed their support to the 22 Olympic and Paralympic team sailors who will compete in Weymouth and Portland this summer... [more]
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Research reveals virtual sailing gives competitors the edge
Newcastle University,
New research has revealed that simulating weather and water conditions before a race could give sailors the advantage they need to win. The study looked at how accurately we can predict the way a yacht will behave during a particular race using parameters such as sea conditions and currents.... [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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RYA Sail for Gold - Celebrating London 2012 Olympic Games
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA Sail for Gold activities are being held in clubs and centres across the UK to celebrate the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Last weekend, 9th June, Olympic spirit was in the air as sailors of all ages and abilities took part in RYA Sail for Gold events.... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at ELYC
Musto Skiffs,
15 Musto Skiff's descended on ELYC (North Berwick) along with 100+ boats in other classes to enjoy the best way to celebrate the Queen's jubilee: a foam up in 20 knots and big seas. Day 1 was hard on the body but as it turned out was just a warm up for big Sunday.... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Datchet Water
Ian Martin,
Datchet Water Sailing Club welcomed eighteen Musto Skiffs to its event. The wind on Saturday was a challenging 20 knots blowing onshore with some feisty gusts on top.... [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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