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 22 Jun 2012

Volvo, Olympics, Vendee Globe and more sailing news

Samantha Davies has undertaken her qualifying voyage for this year's Vendee Globe, Helena Lucas topped the ISAF World Cup standings in the 2.4mR class as did Alison Young in the Laser Radial class.

For the teams racing in the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), only three scoring chances remain (two in-port races and one offshore leg), so the pressure is on for the front-running teams to perform.

Groupama, Telefonica, Puma Ocean Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) are in contention for overall podium finishes, with Groupama 4 currently leading.

Longtime race leader Telefonica has all but concluded that theirs is likely a race for second-place, a fate that skipper Iker Martinez isn't particularly thrilled about. 'We never ever thought about coming second in this race,' said Martinez.'

Team Telefonica heading for the VOR finish in Lorient  Equipo Telefonica

In America's Cup news, a fire broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29—home of an America's Cup construction site—on June 20, but the blaze did little more than snarl traffic as the zone is being razed to make way for Cup facilities.

Also in Cup news, the fleet of AC45 wingsail-powered catamarans have taken to the waters of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay in preparation for next week's America's Cup World Series Newport Act, which is the final event of the ACWS's 2011-2012 season.

Kiteboarding made its way onto the international stage with its June 20th appearance at this year's Kiel Week, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race fleet is bracing for a walloping, and the foil-borne l'Hydroptère DCNS has entered the Pacific Ocean by way of the Panama Canal and a freighter, en-route to LA and her eventual assault on the Transpac record.

Florian Gruber, 18, enjoys the Kiel Week demonstration - Fotografie C.B./©   Christian Beeck Eisenkrätzer

And we have all the news from Kiel Week as we close in on the London Olympics. Stay tuned to for extensive coverage by our Team of the sailing from Weymouth.

Lots of local news too. Don't forget its easy to submit your news and pictures for publication. Simply go to Sail-World's front page and click on Submit News and Pictures.

Have a great week.

Newport Bermuda Race - Lilla victorious in Cruiser Division
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, ‘Lilla', the big red Briand 76 (IRL7600) owned by Simon and Nancy De Pietro of Cork, Ireland and Mattapoisett MA, sailed a fast straight-forward race achieving victory in Class 13 in the Cruiser Division. ‘Lilla' also took first place in the whole Cruiser Division and will be presented with the Carleton Mitchell Finesterre Trophy for first place.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup now underway
James Pleasance,
The 2012 Superyacht Cup's 12-strong fleet was graced in Palma with clear blue skies and a healthy 15-20 knot breeze for the opening day of racing. The fleet was split into two classes to shorten the start sequence, the 35m Hoek designed Firefly having the best start of the day just one second off their allocated start time, crossing the line at full speed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica aims for a positive finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez says his Spanish team are focused on finishing the 2011-12 edition on a high after two broken rudders during Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient all but dashed their hopes of overall victory.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Kiteboarding makes it's Sailing World Cup debut
Markus Schwendtner,
Kieler-Woche hosted two Kiteboarding demonstrations in Kiel, Germany yesterday, Wednesday 20th June 2012. After Kiteboarding has been chosen as an event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy, earlier this year, the new sailing discipline made it's first appearance during this final event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Kiel.... [more]
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Optimist East Open at Burnham SC
Nick Bacon,
Optimist East Open annual event was hosted by the Corinthian Otters and Burnham Sailing Club during 16th and 17th June 2012. Some of the regions best Optimist sailors travelled to Burnham on Crouch. The coveted prize is the IOCA Eastern Area Championship.... [more]
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RORC Myth of Malham Preview
RORC Myth of Malham 2012, part of the Season's Points Championship, gets underway tomorrow, Friday 23rd June, in Cowes, UK. The 230-mile race, around the Eddystone Lighthouse is one of the longest races in the RORC calendar. The event is a test of endurance and concentration and is extremely tactical, especially with regards to the strong tides that flow along the south west coast of England... [more]
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RS Feva World Championships at Hayling Island SC preview
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championships get underway in one month's time, 21st to 27th July, at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The Olympics start one week later, immediately after our prize giving! This exciting two person junior sailing boat sees the return of the reigning world champion, Matt Whitfield (15) from Penarth to defend his crown won last year in Holland but this time with James Taylor(15) as crew.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for challenging conditions
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day six of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. What a difference a day makes in the life of an ocean racer as the ten international teams have been doing all they can to keep approaching tropical storm ‘Chris' at bay.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS makes it into the Pacific
Thomas Lesage,
On Tuesday morning, l'Hydroptère DCNS cleared the Panama Canal aboard a cargo ship which is heading for Los Angeles, the starting point for her Transpacific Record attempt. 24 days have passed since she set out from Toulon at the end of May and, barring any unexpected circumstances, the flying trimaran, which is in good company on deck alongside some massive wind turbine blades, is set to reach... [more]
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Chase the race - Follow the Round Ireland Yacht Race online
Wicklow Sailing Club Round Ireland Yacht Race,
Round Ireland Yacht Race this year is due to start at 12:00 on Sunday 24th June from Wicklow. The event will feature a number of innovative ways for followers of the race to stay up-to-date online. Tracker. Viewers will be able to closely watch the race unfold tack by tack and replay the race at any stage.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fire blazes for several hours on Cup construction site and Sail-World,
A blaze broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29 at 1:50 PM and burned for several hours, forcing a 4 alarm response which closed down the Embarcadero and snarled traffic. The shed behind the bulkhead and the adjoining work going on at Pier 27 was not effected.... [more]
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ACWS - Training and statement on Pier 29 fire
The last event of the ACWS 2011-12 season commences next week. Below is the statement regarding fire at Pier 29 San Francisco on 20 June 2012.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote
Richard Gladwell,
Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. After publication of the voting lists, the Spanish Federation were forced to issue an apology for the actions of Gerardo Seeliger, who it was said was confused by the voting system.... [more]
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Kiel Week final day glory
Kieler Woche,
The Kiel Week medal race was once again the crowning highlight at the close of racing for the Olympic classes and again the final of the Lasers, with a live broadcast in front of the Audi Lounge, attracted the audience. Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen) took revenge for the previous year, finishing first in the last race and thus managed to slip in front of Simon Grotelueschen (Kiel) overall.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship preview
The 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is set to take place from the 26-30 June in Gothenburg, Sweden in what will be the last big test for the Women's Olympic teams ahead of London 2012. Sixteen of the world's top 25 teams will take to the waters in Gothenburg with the twelve teams selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing amongst those who have been named.... [more]
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Parent speaks out on ISAF decision to cut windsurfing
Fran Finch,
In response to the ISAF Decision to exclude windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics in Rio: I am writing this as the parent of a young windsurfer who, in the debate about the decision by ISAF to axe windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics, seems largely unrepresented. Our daughter, Noelle, is 17 and the current female U17 RS:X European and World Champion.... [more]
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Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club - Huge calibre of interest
Jackie Dawson,
Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup 2012 - With less than three months until racing gets underway there has been a huge calibre of interest and steady number of entries from all over the world. Already several world champions and ex-Olympians have entered from 15 countries with over 70 boats expected to compete in the open waters off the Old Head of Kinsale.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics – Unused sailing qualification places assigned
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is being held in Great Britain from 29th July to 12th August. Sixty three nations will be represented after the unused qualification places were assigned. Tripartite places, which are aimed at the world's smallest National Olympic Committees, were assigned by the International Olympic Committee to the Cook Islands and St Lucia in the Laser Radial... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings announced
Kieler-Woche, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta 2011-12, was held in Germany at the Kieler Yacht Club. After the conclusion of the regatta in Kiel today the World Cup Standings have been decided. The Finn title was up for grabs in Kiel with Caleb Paine (USA) and Brendan Casey (AUS) fighting it out to claim the honours.... [more]
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Musto Skiff World Championship preview - Fantastic festival of sailing
Rick Perkins,
Musto Performance Skiff World Championship 2012 will be the largest ever gathering of single-handed spinnaker dinghies in the history of the sport. With 106 entries already on the event website the event is set to be a fantastic festival of high-performance single handed sailing at the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Irish Fireball Ulster Championships at East Down
2012 Irish Fireball Ulster Championships were hosted by East Down Yacht Club. Sunday's two races were trying affairs with a wide range of interpretations on how to sail the beats. The problem we faced was that the forecast for the Irish Sea didn't manifest itself on the coastal waters of Strangford Lough.... [more]
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Flying 15s Scottish Travellers at Holy Loch SC
John Orr,
Over the 16th - 17th June Portavadie Marina, with organisation by Holy Loch Sailing Club, hosted Flying Fifteens contesting the first leg of the 2012 Scottish Travellers. Scottish Travellers next event will be at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club on 7 July.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Carina steals the show
Talbot Wilson,
In the Newport Bermuda Race, going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone's ‘Kodiak' crew was hopeful of winning the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came ‘Carina' to steal the show.... [more]
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Feva Open Training Weekend at Whitefriars SC
Debbie Darling,
A fleet of ten Fevas and their crews, from Bristol, London and the Cotswolds, braved strong winds to take to the water on the opening day of the Feva Open Training Weekend (16th /17th June) hosted by the Junior Section at Whitefriars Sailing Club, based in the Cotswold Water Park, an area of over 140 lakes near Cirencester.... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Teams confirmed
Trish Jenkins,
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2012 is to be held on the Solent and English Channel waters over 22nd to 28th July. With the Monday 18th June final deadline for challenges having passed, so seven teams are to contest this year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. For the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup each team as usual must comprise three boats.... [more]
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Gul Grand Prix at Beer Sailing Club
Debbie Darling,
The RS200 and RS800 Gul Grand Prix was held at Beer Sailing Club over the weekend. Beer, as always, made us extremely welcome, but unfortunately the 30+ knot forecast for Saturday was pretty accurate. You could see the white horses bucking on Lyme Bay from the hill five miles away. The race officer wisely canned the days racing and scheduled an early start and five races for Sunday.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies' qualifying phase underway
Vendée Globe,
The Vendée Globe 2012-2013 gets underway from Les Sables d'Olonne on November 10, 2012. With less than 150 days to go before the race starts, skippers are busy preparing for the race. In order to be officially authorized to be at the start, they have to validate their registration through a qualifying phase.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fourth Challenger pays Entry Fee for Louis Vuitton Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Classics: Rainbow II's journey home begins
Alan Sefton,
Rainbow II has started her long journey home to New Zealand where she is scheduled to arrive on 24 July, 2012. Chris Bouzaid's 36ft Sparkman & Stephens design that, in the mid to late 1960s, launched New Zealand into international offshore racing, has been moved from Bermuda, her home for the last 45 years, to New Jersey on the eastern seaboard of the United States.... [more]
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RYA Youth RIB Regional Finals - Youngsters compete at Port Edgar
The 2012 Honda RYA Youth RIB Regional Finals took place at Port Edgar on Saturday 16th June with the weather making for a wet and wild competition, but there was no doubt that the youngsters rose to the challenge. There were several competitors over the two age group categories all fighting for their chance to win a place in the National Final later this year.... [more]
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Summer Series at Chichester YC - Races 7 and 8
CYC Sailing Secretary,
The final two races for the Summer Series at Chichester Yacht Club took place amid mild temperatures and sunny conditions. The prospect of a 15 knot breeze encouraged over twenty boats to turnout. In the Fast fleet, Jason Kirk who last weekend was runner-up at the RS400 Locks SC open, was re-acquainted with a Laser as his RS400 in currently under repair.... [more]
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IRC Scottish Championship overall
Fiona Holland,
IRC Scottish Championship 2012, organised by Mudhook Yacht Club, was held at Largs over the weekend of 16th and 17th June. Racing to the head of a closely matched 10-strong IRC Class 2 fleet, Clyde regular Sloop John T has lifted the Old Pulteney IRC Scottish Championship trophy.... [more]
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Crash and burn video selections from,
The Sail-World team world-wide has put together a selection of crash and burn videos which include a compilation of sailing crashes and capsizes, footage of the crash between Alinghi and Team Extreme during the Extreme Sailing Series and also some amazing kite and windsurfing action.... [more]
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As a boater you need to read this about this complete Rubbish
Jarrod Day, Editor FishingBoating-World,
In today's era I still can't believe that so many of our beaches and waterways continually become littered by those too lazy to take their rubbish home. This is not a problem with the mainstream public but includes recreational marine users who should know much better.... [more]
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