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 09 Mar 2013

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Full-time Academy Figaro sailor Ed Hill at the helm of Artemis 37  Thierry Seray

Yesterday, 7th March, marked the commencement of the first 2013 Figaro race for Artemis Offshore Academy sailors Jack Bouttell (Artemis 77) and Ed Hill (Artemis 37), who set off at 15:00 CET when the starting gun was fired for leg one of their first competitive single-handed race, the ICOM Cup Méditérranée. Also sailing under the Artemis flag for his first race of the season is Academy graduate Henry Bomby (Artemis 23), with fellow graduate Nick Cherry acting as préparateur.

British 420 Winter Championships - 40 teams arrived in Weymouth to compete in the sailing competition at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy this weekend. The Championships are the first of three International Selection events to decide the teams for the 420 World and Ladies' World Championships in Valencia, Spain from 22-30 July and the 420 Junior European Championships being held on home waters in Pwllheli from 14-22 August.

DS13 sails - RYA Dinghy Show 2013  RYA

Over last weekend the RYA Dinghy Show was held in London. The only dedicated Dinghy Show in the world, with a solid crowd, only slightly down on last year, the rail trackworks out of London to Alexandra Gardens which forced our Sail-Word rep to take a taxi, probably kept hundreds of sailors away. But the buzz in the halls was great and most importantly the exhibitors were over the moon.

201 sailing boats, a very interactive show, a very young audience, a host of British sailing stars. Congratulations to the RYA and longtime sponsors Yachts and Yachting and Suzuki.

The following quotes say it all: David Page from David Page, Hiking Bench and Rigtube, 'Out of the four years we have been here this has been the most successful yet.'

RS: 'This show is the envy of Europe. Every major European country would like an event like this to support their dinghy fleets. It is unique and RS love being a part of it. Having an exhibition focused solely on dinghies is the reason the dinghy market is so big in the UK. RS is utterly committed to it and we will be back next year. It's great fun to be part of, we love the atmosphere, and it really is a show for all the family.'

Blackwater Sailing Club: 'The show has been very encouraging. We've had a substantial amount of interest with a number of people coming in, talking to us and taking away our leaflets. Lots of people have promised to come down and see us at our Push the Boat Out Open Day on May 18th which is great.'

SWAC: 'Really great show, nice to meet lots of great people. We've have had a lot of interest in instructor packages. Really good turnout.'

Suzuki: 'The best dinghy show I've been at in last three to four years.'

Sail-World believes this show is a Gem and many of the big shows around the world could learn from it.

On the big stage - when you first saw a Moth foiling, it was something wondrous to behold, but you gradually got used to it, but it's something else to see a 72 foot cat doing the same.

Emirates Team New Zealand training with their second AC72, NZL5 on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. 1/3/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Richard Gladwell has been out on the water as Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge have been making the most of their training time together on New Zealand's beautiful Hauraki Gulf. There, the two teams have been practicing their racecourse moves, including high-speed, foil-borne maneuvers that command the full attention of both the crew and all nearby spectators. Be sure to check out the great galleries, inside, compliments of RG. If you're interested in what an AC72 looks like as it rapidly approaches your position, Gladwell's image gallery will clear up any misconceptions! So too will the video and there will be more today.

The Gaastra World Championship of 52 Super Series on March 5th, 2013 in Miami, USA.  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

Over another ditch, the TP52´s are circulating in Miami, at the Gaastra 52 World Championships. We have all the news and British snapper Ingrid Abery, has provided more great pix.

In Olympic regatta´s we gradually came to terms with the double points medal race, now more changes being trialed. The World Cup events in Mallorca and Hyeres will feature a Qualifying Series, a Final Series and a Medal Stage. The Sail-World Team will be in Palma in three weeks' time, (we don't want to be there, and we are just doing it for you)... and it will be interesting to see what effect the new format will have on the natural order.

Lots of stories and images from around the world this week.

Jedda Murphy and the Team

Women's International Match Racing - Terms of Series now available
A big leap has been taken for women's sailing as the details of the entry and scoring process for the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series is defined in the Terms of Series. This also marks the beginning of the entry process and within minutes of publication the first teams were signing up.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre chosen to test Olympic racing format
Neus Jordi,
The 44th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre for Olympic classes, the first European event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, has been selected by ISAF to test the racing format to be used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships - Azzurra action halts as winds fail
Giuliano Luzzatto,
At the Gaastra 52 World Championships in Miami, extremely light and unstable breeze forced the fleet to be out of time limit. Azzurra had a great start and managed to sail with caution and concentration in the light winds. When racing was cancelled, Azzurra was approaching the finish line in third place behind Gladiator and Gaastra-Pro while Quantum was trailing the rest of the fleet.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013 - Racing abandoned as wind fails
Jacaranda Marketing,
Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013. Racing at the TP52 Worlds off South Beach Miami had to be abandoned today, Thursday, when the light, fickle breezes proved too little to complete a fair race. Race 5 of the series was started and ran in very light, streaky and shifty conditions.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Grael and Lagoa on top after day 3
Icarus Sailing Media,
There wasn't a shortage of drama during day three on Biscayne Bay for competitors racing in the 86th Bacardi Cup. As temperatures hit the high 70s, the fourth race of the series got underway in fifteen knots of breeze, and, with the black flag rule in effect, six boats were disqualified.... [more]
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The proudest day of Sir Ben Ainslie's life + Video
Lucy Harwood – Ben Ainslie Racing,
Today was, in the words of the newly knighted Sir Ben Ainslie, CBE, 'the proudest day of my life'. Ben's knighthood commemorates the culmination of over 20 years dedicated to the Olympics and the pursuit of gold. At London 2012 after securing his fourth gold medal Sir Ben Ainslie became the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, with four golds and one silver in total from five Olympic Games.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship - Day 3 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was again on deck at the Gaastra 52 World Championship to capture this gallery of images during day three of the action.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Start ahead, stay ahead, finish first
Extreme Sailing Series,
If yesterday's Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 racing was all about the new talent, today's was about experience with the established teams using their knowledge of the short stadium style race courses to make the most of the light winds in Muscat, Oman.... [more]
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La Transat Bretagne - Martinique
Bernard Giraudeau,
Dimanche 10 mars à 14 heures, à une semaine du départ de la Transat en solitaire, la rade de Brest sera le théâtre du prologue AG2R La Mondiale. L'occasion pour les quinze figaristes de faire leurs gammes avant le grand départ vers la Martinique le 17 mars à 13h. ... [more]
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Les Voiles De Saint-Barth - International competition set for April
Fabrice Thomazeau,
The fourth edition of Voiles de Saint Barth is set to take place from the 8th to the 14th April. All are keen to extend the sailing season in the paradise waters of Saint Barth. This little corner of France in the Caribbean offers so much to charm and please those looking for the best yachting with an added French touch.... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championship - Dempsey makes history in Búzios
Mariana Peccicacco/Velassessoria,
The 2013 RS:X Windsurfing World Championship winners in Búzios, Brazil have now been decided. Despite the good weather, the sailors had to wait for almost an hour to do the medal race. It was about 13h (1600GMT) when the race committee started the men's race.... [more]
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Simple advice on preventing injury or death from prop-strike
Over the last eighteen months or so, there have been a number of serious injuries and fatalities involving people in the water being struck by propellers. Although no one single cause can be attributed to these terrible incidents, with activities being undertaken at the time greatly varying, by following a few essential safety tips you could help avoid injury.... [more]
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Les Voiles De Saint-Barth
Fabrice Thomazeau,
De nombreux équipages internationaux prendront part à la 4ème édition des Voiles de Saint-Barth, l'un des événements sportifs et festifs les plus attendus de toute la Caraïbe, du 8 au 13 avril prochain.... [more]
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Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
Robert Deaves,
The Finn class is very excited to announce a co-operation agreement with the Dinghy Academy in Valencia to fund and train aspiring Olympians from developing Finn nations. The class has committed to part fund the training of four sailors at the Dinghy Academy in 2013, with the intention this will continue through to 2016.... [more]
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WMRT Match Cup Sweden – Stena Sailing Team announced
Fabian Bengtsson,
The Stena Sphere recently announced its continued support for the competition Swedish Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand for the next three years. Stena is now expanding its involvement still further prior to this summer's match races by taking on the role of title sponsor for Johnie Berntsson and his team, who will compete under the name of Stena Sailing Team... [more]
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British 420 Winter Championships - The journey to Valencia begins
Jackie Taylor,
British 420 Winter Championships 2013. After a hard and cold winter's training, 40 teams arrived in Weymouth to compete in the sailing competition from 2-3 March at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Gaastra TP52 World Championship 2013 - Azzurra still in contention
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Gaastra TP52 World Championship 2013. A third and a fifth place are not enough for Azzurra to hold on to her leadership of the TP52 Worlds. The Italian boat trails Ran, helmed by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, by one point. Racing in Miami runs until Saturday.... [more]
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Gaastra TP52 World Championship 2013 - New leader on Day 2
52 Super Series,
Gaastra TP52 World Championship 2013. Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing is the new leader of the world championship after they won both of today's races in great sailing conditions off Miami's Key Biscayne.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013 - No shortage of drama on Day 3
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013. There was no shortage of drama today on Biscayne Bay for competitors racing in the 86th Bacardi Cup. As temperatures hit the high 70s on the third day of racing, the fourth race of the series got underway in 15 knots of breeze, and, with the black flag rule in effect, six boats were disqualified.... [more]
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Assessing the competition - Trialling new Olympic racing formats
As the heroes of London 2012 and the rising starts of Olympic sailing's future explore the new classes on the Olympic agenda and test new partnerships, the Class Associations have been assessing the competition and trialling new racing formats.... [more]
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America's Cup: Flying high in the Hauraki Gulf - Four Am-Cam videos
Four Am-Cam videos from the Hauraki Gulf, of Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ race training. Features some expert commentary from a 5 year old fan.... [more]
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America's Cup Discovered: Episode 79 - AC History with Gary Jobson
This week on America's Cup Discovered Cup veteran and America's Cup World Series commentator Gary Jobson take us on a journey through the oldest trophy in sport.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - The relentless podium push + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
At the halfway stage of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1, the pressure turned up a notch as the new faces began delivering podium places in the Extreme 40 stadium. It may be the familiar sails of Oman and Austria setting the pace with The Wave, Muscat and Red Bull Sailing Team sharing spoils atop the leaderboard but the three new skippers of Team Duqm Oman, Team Korea and GAC Pindar are pushing... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show 2013 - A huge success + Video
Emma Slater,
The RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting and Suzuki, proved as popular as ever this year with dinghy enthusiasts from across the country and as far afield as Australia flocking to Alexandra Palace, London last March 2-3.... [more]
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