ISAF throws a bomb

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 14 Oct 2013

ISAF throws a bomb

Looking ahead, as one of the most colourful of the EUROSAF Vice Presidents said to me today at the Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta, ISAF has thrown a bomb onto the Sailing World Cup scene.

He called it a bomb, we'd called it a Revolution (We have published both the executive summary and 35 page Presentation- so of you have any interest in high performance sailing you should look carefully at the ISAF proposal)

ISAF President Carlo Croce will be leading the debate on the ISAF proposal to revamp the Olympic Class events, at the ISAF Annual Conference in Oman in a months time.

Seeking a European reaction, we sat down with EUROSAF's Marco Predieri, the President of the 44 nation European Sailing Federation who believes the new ISAF proposal will advance Olympic class events not just in Europe but in the America's, Oceania and Asia. We will publish that interview in the next few days and we will be seeking reaction from Australia, New Zealand and US Sailing peak bodies this week.

Ashley Brunning Laser - La Semaine Olympique Française de Voile 2013 ©

Been watching Australian Laser sailor Ashly Brunning, currently ranked sixth in the world, competing here in La Rochelle. At one stage he was second but fell back to fifth after today's medal race, but stil managed to keep Nick Thompson, the British champion behind him. Next month the Laser World Championship will be sailed in Oman and with four Australian sailors, Tom Burton, Ryan Palk, Matt Wearn, in the top ten Laser rankings, it will be an interesting

The 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race took a major step forward earlier this week with the sea trialling and first major sail of a VO65 - with the all womens team Team SCA taking delivery of the first boat, and sailing to their base in Lanzarote, in France.

In this edition of's newsletter we feature several galleries of images of the VO65 sailing hard in fresh conditions in the English Channel.

The one-design Volvo Ocean racer will be watched with interest. The concept of the boat is to get campaign costs down, by dispensing with design teams, and using a network of four builders based in Europe. Additionally the boat has been designed to last two races, further reducing costs for teams.

However we will have more to tell you, next week, as we will be in Alicante, just 100km from our Sail-World Europe office, on Friday talking to the Volvo Ocean Race organisers.

In this edition of's newsletter we have the spectacular images and coverage of the capsize of the MOD70 trimaran Virbac-Paprec sailed by Jean-Pierre Dick and Roland Jourdain while on a training sail of the French coast ahead of the Transat Jacques Vabre race – a two handed trans Atlantic race from the French port of Le Havre to Itajai in Brazil, which was also a stopover on Leg 5 of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean race, after the fleet left Auckland.

October 4 2013 - Team SCA sailing trials in the English Channel  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

Also featured is the video from inside the cabin, taken by a French journalist who was filming at the time of the incident. Virbac-Paprec was being filmed by a helicopter at the time of the incident – providing some still but a full video of the capsize.

Suffice to say the rig was badly damaged as she inverted.

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October 4 2013 - Team SCA sailing trials in the English Channel  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

ISAF revolution proposed for Olympic Class circuit competition
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
A revolutionary proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is to be presented to the ISAF Council in mid-November 2013 in Oman.... [more]
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Sailing Navigation Safety - What is 'Safe Speed'?
John Jamieson,
Could you be sailing too fast in some conditions? After all, it's rare that a cruising monohull's speed can come close to that of her powerboat cousin.... [more]
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St Regis China Coast Regatta - It's only rock'n'roll but we like it!
RHKYC Media,
At the St. Regis China Coast Regatta, it's only rock'n'roll but we like it! Day two was scheduled to offer two windward/leeward races and an islands course for the IRC Racers, and one race around the cans followed by an islands course for Premier, Cruiser and HKPN.... [more]
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SB20 Sprint series - Another day of strong and gusty winds
Peter Campbell,
Six of Hobart's keenest SB20 skippers and their crews braved another day of strong and gusty winds on the Derwent today to contest the Derwent Sailing Squadron's Sprint Series for the one-design sports boat class.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Leg 2 - Strong winds on day 1
Clipper Ventures,
On the first day of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race second leg the twelve yachts have left Rio and are in some strong winds and seas already en route for Cape Town in the 3,390 mile South Atlantic challenge.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Sailors prepare for Medal Races
Matthew Pryor, Effets Mer,
At the Semaine Olympique Francaise, Franck Cammas is cherishing his first bullet and looking forward to a big fight on Sunday. Some have their calculators out or are acting casual. Returning Supermum Zofia Klepacka is so far ahead she is planning her Saturday night out in La Rochelle and around them the rest are stripping down their boats ready to go home.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 1 - Strong winds on day 1
Frank Quealey,
Today, strong North-Westerly winds played havoc with the Australian 18 Footers League's fleet for the opening 18ft Skiff race of the 2013-2014 Season on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Queensland Impulse State Championships - 15 teams compete
Queensland Impulse Association,
Despite several late withdrawals a highly competitive fleet of 15 Impulses descended upon the Hervey Bay Sailing Club during the October long weekend to contest the ninth Queensland Impulse State Championships.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Game of snakes and ladders
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
For the Semi Final round of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate round of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, today English conditions prevailed on Hamilton Harbour as a trough passed over Bermuda bringing with it ultra-light winds and drizzly rain.... [more]
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Renaissance Re Jr Gold Cup - Reversal of fortune on day 3
Laurie Fullerton,
Day three of racing in the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup was a true reversal of fortune for the competitors who saw a 100-degree wind shift during the second race leaving those on the right side of the course in a strong position – while those leading the race fell behind as the breeze was snuffed out on their side of the course during the final race of the day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 starts off Brazilian coast
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the twelve yachts competing started Race 3 today off the Brazilian coast, in a 3,390 mile South Atlantic challenge to Cape Town, South Africa. Old Pulteney, crossed the line first ahead of Derry~Londonderry~Doire, closely followed by PSP Logistics, in freshening wind conditions.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Race start postponed
Solene Rennuit,
For the Mini Transat, summer conditions returned to the race village on Saturday afternoon. Especially to welcome Guadeloupe, today's guest of honor, the sun decided to join the party. This does not affect the decision to postpone since it is the weather situation in two days time, when the fleet would have been approaching the Spanish coast, that the skippers would have faced bad weather.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship overall
Fiona Brown,
The 2013 Melges 24 World Championship took place from September 30 to October 5 at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, California, and attracted a star-studded entry of 59 professional and Corinthian teams from around the world.... [more]
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St. Regis China Coast Regatta - Day 1 - Bring it on!
RHKYC Media,
After two years of unseasonally quiet conditions, the 2013 St. Regis China Coast Regatta got off to a promising start today in a consistent 10 to 12kts of Easterly breeze, sunshine and low humidity. In spite of the previous evening's libations at the Mount Gay Welcome Drinks, all 44 of the entrants made the start line with the prospect of one long islands course for the day.... [more]
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Botany Bay Race - Warwick Sherman retains Series lead
Jennifer Crooks,
Chris Bran has followed up his overall victory in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July with a win in the second race of the Club's Ocean Point Score this afternoon, but it's Race one winner, Warwick Sherman (Occasional Coarse Language two), who retains the Series lead after finishing fourth today.... [more]
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Britain's Nick Thompson has unfinished Laser business
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
In the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics, two British Laser sailors were at the front of the pack. Paul Goodison had won Olympic Gold at the light weather Qingdao regatta in 2008, then the 2009 World Championships, while up and coming Nick Thompson was third.... [more]
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Bird Island Race - Wild Rose crew makes it two in a row with victory
Jennifer Crooks,
At the Bird Island Race, Roger Hickman and his Wild Rose crew have made it two wins in a row in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Blue Water Pointscore Series, with victory in the 85 nautical mile this afternoon.... [more]
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Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Galeforce winds stop racing
Peter Campbell,
Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Galeforce winds blow out Hobart yachting – again! Galeforce north-westerly wind today blew out yachting activities on the River Derwent – for the second consecutive Saturday.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Sir Ben Ainslie will race Adam Minoprio
Talbot Wilson and Laurie Fullerton,
As the top finisher in the Group two Stage one Qualifying round, Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) BART/Argo Group, who had defeated Bjorn Hansen (SWE) eWork Sailing Team earlier Friday to qualify for the Semi Finals, was first to pick his opponent for the Semi Finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup... [more]
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Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Max Quirk from Australia in 1st place
Talbot Wilson,
Competitors in the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup saw the leveling out of the playing field today with results putting Australian Max Quirk in first place... [more]
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