Vendee victory, VOR and Rio gold - Sailing News from the UK and Beyond

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 28 Jan 2013

Vendee victory, VOR and Rio gold - Sailing News from the UK and Beyond

Of course, having the Grand Master, two-time Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux, mentoring his campaign didn't hurt Gabart's chances, but there's simply no getting around the fact that the young French sailor has stunned the world with his performance and his impressive new distance records, which he set en route to returning to Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

Second place was claimed by Armel Le Cléac´h (Banque Populaire). Armel sailed across the finish line on Sunday 27th January 2013 at 17 hour 35 min 52 seconds GMT. He finishes the race 78 days 5 hours and 33 minutes after Francois Gabart.

British sailor Alex Thomson is at the time of this writing 946.7nm from the finish with fellow countryman Mike Golding (currently sixth) 2581.0nm from Les Sables d'Olonne.

There has been increased buzz regarding the Volvo Ocean Race in recent days. The first two stopovers for the 2014-2015 edition in which Volvo 65ft yachts will be sailed have been announced as Recife and Itajai. Two teams have been publicly announced so far for the Race and they are the SCA all-women's team and a team from the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

The design for Team SCA's Volvo Ocean Race training yacht was revealed in Hamble UK  Rick Tomlinson ©

Meanwhile, the quest for Olympic gold continues for sailors around the world with big news being announced recently for one British sailor. Stuart Bithell - who claimed 2012 London Olympic Silver in the 470 class with teammate Luke Patience - revealed that on his road to the Rio 2016 Olympics, he will join up with fellow ex-470 sailor Chris Grube and sail in the 49er class. Bithell and Grube have been racking up the training hours in the 49er since October getting to grips with their new boat, and up to speed in this fast and highly agile class.

Stuart Bithell, who claimed Olympic sailing silver in 2012, has revealed he is to team up with fellow ex-470 sailor Chris Grube in his quest for gold at Rio 2016.  onEdition ©

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has begun the search for the most inspiring volunteers in Britain by opening up nominations for the 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards.

'The RYA Volunteer Awards honour the people in our sport who week in, week out, often for a whole lifetime, give up their time to make their organisations successful,' explains Stacey Clark, Chairman of the RYA.

'These people are the backbone of our sailing clubs and these awards provide a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions, time and effort that these volunteers make to enable others to enjoy sailing and boating'.

Last year's RYA Volunteer Awards  RYA

The Sail-World Team

Vendee Globe: François Gabart wins in new solo round-the-world record
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
François Gabart crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 15 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds, French time, setting a new solo round-the-world record of 78 day, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Beating Michel Desjoyeaux's record by 6 day 00 hours 53 minutes.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Armel Le Cléac'h, Banque Populaire takes second place
Vendee Globe,
Frenchman Armel Le Cléac'h onboard Banque Populaire, crossed the Vendée Globe finish line Sunday 27th January 2013 at 17 hour 35 min 52 seconds GMT. He finishes the race 78 days 5 hours and 33 minutes behind François Gabart. This is the smallest gap between the winner and the second in the Vendée Globe history, a mere 3 hours 17minutes 12 seconds behind Gabart.... [more]
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Formula 18 Nationals - it never pours, it reins
Mark Rothfield,
There were card games all morning and snakes'n'ladders on the race course during an intriguing, rain-interrupted second day of the 2013 Australian Formula 18 Championships on Lake Macquarie NSW.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Record-shattering finish at hand
Vendee Globe,
Sunday, January 27, 2013, the world of sailing and yacht racing is preparing for a historic moment. For the first time, two men solo, nonstop and without assistance, will sail around the world in less than 80 days. The legendary duel between François Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) which has raged unabated since the 10th November will finally be concluded.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Audi IRC Nationals - Cliff hanger finale
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Audi IRC Australian Class A Champion for 2013 has been decided with local entry, Rob Hanna's Shogun V hitting the jackpot in a cliff hanger countback finish to the nine-race series.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Gamesa still putting pressure on SynerCiel
Emily Caroe,
Mike Golding is working hard, constantly reviewing the trim of Gamesa and the sailplan as he tries to hold on to fifth placed Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel)... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emanating the spirit of sportsmanship + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart (Macif) is expected to cross the finish line between 10am and 1pm on Sunday 26th January, 2-5 hours before Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). The tide will allow the boats to enter the canal to Port Olona, Les Sables d'Olonne after 2PM.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The final day at sea
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), at 130 miles south-west of the Azores, has adjusted his course to be closer to Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) who he has overtaken this morning. Dick is around 40 miles to the east of Thomson, and has succeeded so far, despite the total loss of the keel, to progress without too much difficulty... [more]
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Key West 2013 - 52 Super Series - Italians deliver at right time
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Key West Race Week 2013 has seen a neck-to-neck battle between Azzurra and Ran Racing over the first four days of racing until the crew of the Italian boat picked things up at the right time. Azzurra TP52 bagged the first leg of 52 Super Series after collecting 24 points while Interlodge nabbed second place with 29 points. Ran Racing collapsed on the final day, taking the third spot on the podium.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Weeklong Epic
Bill Wagner,
Key West Race Week 2013 drew to a close on Friday with smiles on the faces of every participating sailor following a spectacular week of racing off the coast of Miami.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta registration opens
Arjen Rahusen,
Registration is now open for the 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta. You can register for the second leg in the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup. As mentioned before, this brand new series beholds five prestigious regattas which incorporates new innovations in race formats, that will make sailing easier to follow and more attractive for sailors, media and spectators.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Final sprint begins
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012 -13 has been fun but the time is coming to bring down the final curtain and move along because the home strait sprint has begun. This morning, the two race leaders passed the symbolic 1000 miles point from Les Sables d'Olonne, the start and finish of the solo race around our beautiful planet.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival - 7 rums onboard
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival organisers are pleased to announce that seven rums from around the region are on board as part of the all-new Rum Festival element of this exciting event on Antigua's yachting calendar.... [more]
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2013 ORC Rules and VPP have been released
Following a process of verifying all the new improvements made by the International Technical Committee (ITC), the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its 2013 VPP is ready for use by Rating Offices around the world.... [more]
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Nominations now open for 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards
Susie NationGrainger,
The RYA has officially commenced the search for 2013's most inspirational volunteers by opening nominations for the 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards. The awards which have been running for over thirty years recognise the outstanding contributions made to our sport by volunteers throughout the UK.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding completes sixth circumnavigation
Emily Caroe,
In the Vendee Globe, at 2300 last night, Mike Golding completed his sixth circumnavigation of the world, as he crossed his track, whilst racing back up the Atlantic in this his fourth Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Day 3 Key West Race Week images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on deck to capture this gallery of images on day three of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Peter Burling on winning in Foiling Moths
Mark Heeley,
Winner of the Australian Open Moth Championship, Peter Burling (NZL) talks to Mark Heeley about the finer points of sailing a foiling International Moth, and touches on where his Olympic and America's Cup careers are headed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Time running out for Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker, talks about the task ahead, as the realisation hits home that 2013 is the year of the America's Cup. There is no next year. And for the longest running America's Cup team, the options are running out, with some hard decisions yet to be made.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships NOR released
The Notice of Race (NOR) for the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - set to take place in Busan, Korea from 4-9 June - has been released. Organized by the Busan Sailing Federation in conjunction with the Korean Sailing Federation and ISAF, the regatta will welcome the world's top female match racers as they battle it out to claim the title and a share of the $100,000 prize fund.... [more]
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World Optimist Championships - Singapore first nation to sign-up
Elena Giolai,
The World Optimist Championship is set to take place from 15th-26th July at Fraglia Vela Riva and Singapore, top in the world in Optimist championships, has now become the first nation to sign up for the event.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - It's not over until it's over + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe fleet leaders are expected to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France either Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. Please visit the website for regular updates. The current plan is that the first three boats crossing the finish line and making their way down the canal will receive LIVE coverage on the Vendée Globe web TV channel hosted by Daily Motion.... [more]
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America's Cup: Iker Martinez splits from Italian Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
In a tightly worded statement on their website, Luna Rossa Challenge have announced the departure of one of their helmsmen, Iker Martinez from the team. Chris Draper who placed ninth in the last America's Cup World Series, is expected to assume the duties of principal helmsman, for the team's only AC72, with team boss, Max Sirena as backup.... [more]
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RYA pulls together pieces of National Handicapping scheme for Cruisers
Emma Slater,
Across the past month, since announcing the new National Handicapping scheme for Cruisers (NHC), the RYA Technical department has been sifting through the pieces and started to pull together the corners and boundaries of the scheme, much like pulling together a giant jigsaw puzzle... [more]
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Have a go, 'Push the Boat Out' for a weekend!
Susie NationGrainger,
After the huge success of the 2012 Push the Boat Out Day ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the RYA is delighted to announce that ‘Push the Boat Out' is back for 2013 - and this time for a whole weekend!... [more]
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Moth Video- 'Bangin' the Corners Cup' extreme racing funny commentary
Zhik, CST Composites 2013 Australian Moth Championship Day 2 - With temperatures over 40 degrees and wind gust in excess of 30 knots, championship racing was cancelled. But the top guns raced in the Bangin' the Corners Cup - here is the video - its extreme racing and a funny commentary.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The closest finish in Race history? + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) continues to close on Francois Gabart (Macif) as they slow in the Azores high. If the race continues as forecast, always easier on paper, Gabart will cross the line first late on January 26 or in the early hours of January 27 and could be as little as six hours ahead of Le Cléac'h, which would be the closest finish in Vendée history.... [more]
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Royal Southern YC provides affordable variety to boost racing in 2013
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The results from the Royal Southern YC's Dayboat Seminar held this past September, combined with other surveys and research undertaken by the RORC Rating Office and the SB20 Class, confirm that boat owners and their crews are suffering not just from a shortage of money but also a lack of time to go racing.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - More bad luck for Alessandro
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Vendée Globe skipper Alessandro Di Benedetto, after climbing his mast yesterday evening, keeps having bad luck. Following the nose-dive by his boat, the sailor was injured and lost his small spinnaker in the manoeuvre.... [more]
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10-Meter Rater Sally takes her first sail after a two year rebuild
Bob Grieser/Outside Images,
Top international photographer, Bob Grieser has been following a two year reconstruction project of a classic 10 Meter rating yacht, Sally. She was recently relaunched following a two year reconstruction from the keel up of this classic thoroughbred by CF and his team at Koehler Kraft on Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.... [more]
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