L'Hydroptere lining up for Transpac record, VOR awards

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 09 Jul 2012

We had the final result of the Volvo Ocean Race figured out a few days ago, and it didn't change after the Galway inshore race – so congratulations to Groupama who carried off the trophy after scoring the important points during the second half of the round-the-world event. Now all the prizes have been given out, and the fat lady has not only sung but left the stage and gone home. It is known that at least two of the teams have committed themselves to a two-race programme, but with new One Design boats on the horizon it's going to be a different event next time for sure. Just wondering, though, why the designer of the last three winning boats isn't the person producing the OD...?

Bjorn Hansen has taken this year's World Match Race Tour by the throat, following up a victory in Korea with another win in Marstrand, Sweden.

On a rather different sort of craft, Alain Thebault and his ‘L'Hydroptere corsairs' are readying themselves for a tilt at the Los Angeles-Hawaii ‘Transpac' record, set at 4d 19h 31m by Olivier de Kersauson in 2005. That's an average speed of 19.17kts. No doubt about it, to beat the record, first they have to get their flying boat there in one piece. It's going to be interesting, come what may.

How far ahead do you start soliciting entries for an event? In the case of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, as far as possible. NOR and Application for Entry below. Only 171 days to Boxing Day.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Volvo Ocean Race: Formal Prizegiving - selected Award winners
The selected awards were announced at the formal prizegiving for the Volvo Ocean Race, at Galway, Ireland after the conclusion of the InPort race on Saturday. Categories included the seamanship award, the media crew award, rookkie award and many more... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Formal Prizegiving - Racing Award winners
The racing award winners were recognised at the formal prizegiving for the Volvo Ocean Race, at Galway, Ireland after the conclusion of the InPort race on Saturday. All six crews were presented with overall awards or place momentos. The InPort Trophy was awarded as well, the speed record trophy was also awarded.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère to challenge Transpac Record
Stéphanie André,
Following a month long delivery trip on board a cargo ship, which left Toulon in southern France on 28 May 2012, l'Hydroptère DCNS made it safely into port in Los Angeles this Tuesday 5 July 2012. The big carbon bird will be reassembled and re-launched in the Californian port of Long Beach, where she will be on weather stand-by for her Transpacific Record attempt.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen victorious in Marstrand
At the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup, Swedish number one Bjorn Hansen pulled off the victory over Tour legend and four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour to lift the Stena Match Cup Sweden trophy and preserve his lead at the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leaderboard.... [more]
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68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - NOR and Application for Entry online
Jennifer Crook,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority for the 68th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the race's naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and now invite Applications for Entry.... [more]
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Gilmour talks about the current state of match racing at Stena Cup
Katie Nicoll,
Sail-World interview with Peter Gilmour: Gilmour is now probably one of the most mature match racers still actively competing in the sport. He is a seven time winner of the Marstrand stop of the World Match Race Series. He has seen a lot in his many years of match racing and is excited about the new breed of sailors coming into the sport. Recently there has been a massive shift to younger people.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 - Big crashes, McMillan escapes + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 in Porto and day 3 was one of the most sensational days ever witnessed in the Series. GAC Pindar and Oman Air to retire from racing after big crashes.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup event summary
Chris Yates,
The PWA Pozo World Cup proved to be a raging success as waves and nuclear winds, gusting to 60 knots, hit the shores of Pozo. The extravaganza was completed over five enthralling days. By the end of the week, Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) had re-written the record book, with a breathtaking display, as she became the first person in 13 years to steal the Pozo title away from her sister.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Den Helder
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day two of race fourteen from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder. After a spectacular visit and farewell ceremony held in Derry-Londonderry the UK City of Culture 2013, thousands of spectators flocked to wish the fleet well as it performed an impressive parade of sail on the River Foyle to mark the start of the race to the Netherlands.... [more]
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Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup day 5 - History made in epic conditions
PWA Pozo World Cup, Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival day 5 delivered some absolutely epic conditions.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Breathtaking action on day 4
Chris Yates,
Day three of the PWA Pozo World Cup might have been windy, but day four's wind was on a totally different scale. The wind at times was gusting to 60 knots, but this didn't deter the world's most radical sailors from launching into rocket propelled stunts as they delivered a truly breathtaking display.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Wet, fast and furious - the iconic moments - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
See the Volvo Ocean 70s and their crews slamming through some of the roughest, most terrifying, and dangerous conditions on the planet while competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. A selection of some of the most incredible and spectacular rough ocean footage you'll ever see.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup day 3 - Big Wednesday
PWA Pozo World Cup day 3 turned out to be ‘Big Wednesday'. Men's Single Elimination semi-final saw the level go quite literally sky high, as the wind hit forty knots or more and the waves continued to increase.... [more]
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Another Asian Boat Show - in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Lee Mylchreest,
With the spectacular growth of boating in Asia, Taiwan has decided to add yet another boat show to the growing list of international boat shows in the region. The first event, planned for April 2014, is to be held in the important southern city of Kaohsiung.... [more]
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Coral reef fish coping with rising CO2
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Researchers maintain that some coral reef fish may be better prepared to cope with rising CO2 in the world's oceans – thanks to their parents. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) today reported in the journal Nature Climate Change, encouraging new findings that some fish may be less vulnerable to high CO2 and an acidifying ocean than previously feared.... [more]
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