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 28 Jul 2012

For those of us in Asia, sometime in the middle of the night, tonight, it's the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games. Stand by for as much Olympic news as we can bring you from Weymouth.

Alex Thomson has set a new the Transatlantic Single-handed Monohull Record - getting back to England just in time for the Games - good preparation no doubt for the Vendee Globe later this year.

And the Commodores' Cup at Cowes rolls into its final day. News below.

Guy Nowell, Editor

London Olympics - Mens RS:X preview
A large number of the sailors in the Mens RS:X fleet have what it takes to win the competition but it will be a case of who kicks it up when it really matters.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 6 - Freestylers unleashed
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 6 and the world's best freestylers took centre stage for their first day of competition. In the first round seventeen-year-old Rafael De Windt (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui) produced a fine performance to knock out Adam Sims (Patrik).... [more]
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Romance at the RS500 Worlds
Martin Wadhams,
Take a moment to picture this: Race 1 of the RS500 World Championship (at Riva del Garda this week) - International Class Chairman Michiel Geerling from the Netherlands rounds the windward mark and his beautiful girlfriend Hilde van Susante hoists the gennaker... [more]
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50 Classic Yachts line up for Classic Yacht Parade
Des Ryan,
If you love classic yachts and are anywhere within reach of Rhode Island in the USA at the beginning of September, there's an event your won't want to miss. The Classic Yacht Parade is one of the most appealing and exciting events on the very busy harbor in Newport, RI. and is part of the Classic Yacht Regatta which runs on first-2nd September again this year.... [more]
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5,000-year-old boat discovered in Egypt
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
French archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old wooden boat used by pharaohs in an expedition in Egypt. The boat is reported to be the oldest and best-preserved vessel from antiquity and has been identified as the world's oldest intact ship. The previous oldest boat, also discovered in Egypt, was around 4,500 years old.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup day 5 images by Richard Hampson
Richard Hampson images,
Richard Hampson was on Hayling Bay and here are images from today's Commodores' Cup race.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Yokoyama victorious + Video
John Adair,
After leading for most of the Optimist World Championship, Yukie Yokoyama won the title today, ahead of her team mate Samuel Neo Jiun Jie. After yesterday's results, they were separated by just one point and today, they were sailing in different divisions so they both knew that they needed to win each race to have a chance of becoming champion.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup day 5 - Tight competition on Hayling Bay
Trish Jenkins,
Two thirds of the way into the Commodores' Cup and still it remains very tight between the seven international - three boat teams taking part. After five days of competition, this is the first day the lead hasn't changed - with RYA Team GBR Black ahead on day one, France pulling into the lead after the offshore race and RYA Team GBR Red edging ahead yesterday.... [more]
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Rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica gives new insight
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists have discovered a one mile deep rift valley concealed beneath the ice in West Antarctica, which they believe is contributing to ice loss from this part of the continent. Experts from the University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, a region visited only once previously, over fifty years ago, in 1961.... [more]
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Alex Thomson on the verge of breaking transatlantic record
Alex Thomson Racing,
On Tuesday 17th July Alex set off from New York to attempt to break the West to East transatlantic single handed record.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship day 9 - Singapore dominance + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The best was kept for the end at the Opti Worlds with the weather being ideal at the last day of the Championship. Two races sailed for all groups with several general recalls and black flags. Yokoyama Elisa Yukie and Neo Samuel JiunJie from Singapore had their own battle for first place and the rest of the fleet.... [more]
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Interview with Finn sailor Ben Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Ben Ainslie talks to Robert Deaves about his fifth Olympic Games and his final preparations going into what is undoubtedly the most important regatta of his life. Ben's profile within sailing and especially within UK sport is at an all time high. His image has been used to publicise the London 2012 Olympic Games in a way that a sailor has never been used before.... [more]
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Northwest Passage, sailor disappears, 11 hours treading water, more..
Nancy Knudsen, Editor,
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Commodores' Cup - HM Queen Elizabeth II visits the fleet
Trish Jenkins,
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup fleet got an inadvertent visit from HM Queen Elizabeth II this morning, her Diamond Jubilee Tour taking in Cowes Yacht Haven where the twenty one boats are based in this premier three boat team event for international amateur crews.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Slalom victory for Finian Maynard
Chris Yates,
The final day of the slalom for the Fuerteventura Grand Slam appeared as though we would see another day of classic conditions. However after an 11 O'clock start, which allowed three heats to be completed, the wind unexpectedly disappeared. On several occasions the wind did threaten to return but it was never for a prolonged period. Shortly before 4pm the sailors were released for the final time... [more]
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Women's 470 sailors on a quest for elusive Olympic gold
Unlike the Men's 470, the Women's fleet hasn't seen a particular crew take the bull by the horns and dominate regatta after regatta. Come race time on Friday 3 August, twenty boats featuring 40 sailors will line up aiming to get a great start in their quest for an elusive Olympic gold medal.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS - First sea trials in USA
l'Hydroptère DCNS,
l'Hydroptère DCNS has carried out her first sea trials in the United States. The flying trimaran initially put in some tacks offshore of Long Beach before heading towards Catalina Island.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 4 finally delivered the kind of conditions that everyone has been waiting for. As the day came to a close it was Finian Maynard who had dominated as he finished the day with two bullets and a third place, after a simply magnificent performance.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - The BS stops when the flag drops...
Mark Chisnell,
It's been four years since the last Olympic Games, and it's just a handful of days till the next - there's not much talking left to be done and the old saying has never been truer - all the BS will have to stop when that start gun fires. There's a limited amount of preparation time left and you really need to focus on finding and doing the priorities left on the job list.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup Offshore Race anchor practice
Trish Jenkins,
The entire fleet Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup fleet was forced to anchor for most of the evening until the tide turned. This 'kedging', they managed with mixed success. The fleet came ashore today after their high scoring offshore race.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nominations invited
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2012 - Nominations are now invited for the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. Since the first Awards presentation in 1994, the nominees and winners have always included the highest achievers from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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Neil Pryde talks about kitesurfing, boat size, and 46-footers
Sail-World Asia,
Over the last 28 years, without a doubt Neil Pryde has been the most successful as well as the most prolific competitive big boat sailor in Asia. Consider the roll call since he started racing with Ray Banham on the Castro 36 Sunstreaker in 1983 (Pryde supplied the sails, and drove). In fact, he has collected 49 regatta trophies in that space of time.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea seeking to sign major sponsors for Challenge
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea is still on the search for major sponsors for its bid for the 34th America's Cup. Team Design and Technical Director, Brett Bakewell-White told Sail-World today that providing the sponsorship is in place they intend to start building at the end of August. Just over a month ago the team paid the USD200,000 entry fee for the America's Cup Regatta, becoming the fourth Challenger.... [more]
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Interview with Finn sailor Jonas Hoegh-Christensen
Robert Deaves,
Jonas Høgh-Christensen has had one of the toughest returns to form after effectively stepping out of the class for three years following a disappointing 2008 Olympics.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 3 - High octane slalom and crashes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 3. Finally the slalom sailors hit the water after two long days waiting anxiously on the beach. The opening round the first elimination was full of drama as several sailors suffered some big crashes early on to cause a couple of upsets.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup Cowes day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Superyacht Cup Cowes day 1 images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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RORC Commodores' Cup 2012: overnight driftathon expected
RORC Event Press,
The race management team has set up a complex course for the offshore race, taking the boats east out of the Solent and through the Forts, before heading south to a virtual mark 17 miles out into the Channel. Once round this the boats retrace their steps north towards the Outer Nab mark, before taking a long leg east to the CS1 mark, 15 miles south of Brighton and back. 154nm in all.... [more]
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