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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 concludes
Jan Harley,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 has drawn to a close after five splendid racing days. Four of the Mini Maxi Racing yachts qualified as owner-driven and among these Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo (NZL) took victory.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit Final - Two different strategies
Event media,
Audi MedCup Circuit final race preview. On a race area which last year proved one of the most challenging of the season, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) will seek to clinch the overall Audi MedCup Circuit by keeping their average scores consistently high... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race underway
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is underway. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital led the charge across the line, followed by the Irish entry, Cork, and Spirit of Australia. More than 100,000 people lined the banks of the Humber to watch the start.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team take World Match Racing Tour lead
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team, the youngest team on the World Match Racing Tour have taken the lead. Narrowly qualifying for the finals over Mattias Rahm in a nail-biting 3-2 series which came to a dramatic close when Rahm incurred a penalty on the final upwind and, failing to wipe it, watched Torvar Mirsky sail through to race in the finals against Jes Gram Hansen.... [more]
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Images of the Sixes sailing on Rhode Island Sound - Day 3
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
Top international sailing photographer, Paul Todd, presents these images of Day 3 of the Six Metre Worlds sailed at Rhode Island Sound... [more]
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Images of Conrad Cameron (NZL) from start of the Mini Transat
Pierre Alian Varreon,

Images from the start of the Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50, alias the Mini Transat with New Zealand sailor, Conrad Colman competing. The race got underway in 15kts with 84 grossly over rigged 21-footers racing from the start in La Rochelle to Maderia and then onto Brazil.... [more]
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L'Hydroptere - 51 knots and flying, the video
Sail-World.com,
L'Hydroptere' sailed by Alain Thebault and his crew set a new, yet to be ratified outright sailing speed record in Hyeres (FRA) with a run at 51,36 knots. L'Hydroptere has touched 55 knots but on this September 2 run set two new speed records over 500 metres and 1000 metres - both marks are yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.... [more]
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Soling World Championship 2009 preview
Matias Collins/Sail-World.com,
The 2009 Soling World Championship, hosted by the Etobicoke Yacht Club in Toronto is underway. Today with cloudy skies, 24 degrees forecasted as the maximum, and winds around 10 knots from North West. Solings started to arrive during the week, special local Canadian ones, but this morning many US boats started to arrive, and more are expected for tomorrow and Tuesday last day of Measurement.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Leaderboard all tied up
Daniel Ferrando,
In the day prior to the start of the decisive final leg of the Istanbul Europa Race, Estrella Damm and their fellow competitors are making the last minute preparations. The fleet will leave the Catalan capital and sail into the Mediterranean, en route to Brest in north Brittany, France.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Start line collision
JP/GPO - Sail-World.com,
The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 commenced at 2.17pm today. The weather conditions were ideal. A hot sun with 15 knots of breeze from the northeast. The sea was relatively flat, and slightly lumpy, with an almost perfect start. Thierry Martinez took the start line images.... [more]
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World Match Tour - A Danish Fairytale Finale
Sailing Intelligence,
While yesterday may have been the day of protests and considerable umpire activity, today was more about boat handling with the wind gods finally turning up the volume, the breeze having veered into the north and gusting into the low 20s.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Barcelona Trophy race to Groupe Bel
Istanbul Europa Race media,
The six IMOCA Open 60's of the Istanbul Europa Race were back in 'speed gun' action today off Barcelona, putting on a great show for the spectators on the beaches.... [more]
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2009 6mR World Cup - news and results
Event media,
In the final day of racing for the 2009 6mR World Cup, the fleet that had traveled from eleven countries on three continents, raced in moderate conditions combining wind from 8-15 knots with rain squalls. One race was run for each division with a four 1.5nm leg course set at 040 degrees.... [more]
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Barcelona Trophy - Estrella Damm's colourful display
Estrella Damm Sailing Team media,
Estrella Damm was able to put on a real show for their home public, offering a colourful display in the Barcelona Trophy in the local waters just off the city coast.... [more]
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Maxi Rolex Cup images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi images from the Maxi Rolex Cup held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Italy.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Final Day - Winners take their opportunities
KPMS,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup final day's report. Good news also for those yachts still within touching distance of the top. A race would mean opportunity and in yacht-racing opportunity is everything, but only if you are prepared to take it. If only it were so simple.... [more]
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World Match Tour Danish Open - Penalty packed action
Sailing Intellgence,
2009 World Match Tour Danish Open - Possibly following yesterday's frustration, there were a huge number of penalties today to keep the on-the-water judges occupied.... [more]
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World Match Tour - Danish Open - the young guns T-bone
Kinley Fowler,
World Match Tour Danish Open. Tensions rose however in the final race of the round robin when there was a big collision with Adam Minoprio's New Zealand boat BlackMatch Racing in their heated duel, as the possibility of a half-point deduction loomed.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Louis Vuitton World Series in Match Racing headwinds
Richard Gladwell,
Just days after being launched in Paris, the Louis Vuitton World Series would seem to be beating into a stiffening breeze. At the launch of the new Series along with the World Sailing Teams Association, questions were immediately raised as to how the new event would work with the existing World Match Racing Tour and the strictures of the International Sailing Federation... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 starts Sunday
Event Media,
There will be 49 series boats to leave for The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6,50 on Sunday. If the majority are French of course - 30 - the Italians come second with six citizens. There are then two Spanish, two English, two Australians, two Germans and finally a Portuguese skipper, a New Zealander, one Swiss, a Dutchman and a South African ... and only two women among 47 men.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain... [more]
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Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 2
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Day Two - Challenges all round
KPMS,
Rolex Big Boat Series day two report. The wind quickly picked up to 25-plus knots by the second race of the day, giving the 97 boats competing in four IRC and seven one-design classes a challenging day.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - collision mystery
Nancy Knudsen,
Sadly, 16-year-old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship at sea in a shipping lane is just ordinary inexperience and miscalculation. Her AIS would have made her aware of it in good time. She therefore had the capacity to turn away, and, at a speed of probably 5 knots, get the hell out of there! Why didn't she do it?... [more]
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Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Lovell leads
Melges 32 media,
2009 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship day 2 report. Two more races were added to the scoreboard with Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) on USA-136 Rougarou leading Don Jesberg (San Francisco, Calif.) on USA-162 Viva in second place by one slim point. In third overall is Philippe Kahn on USA-166 Pegasus 32.... [more]
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Artemis Ocean Racing ‘young gun' Mini Transat starter
Artemis Ocean Racing Team,
Artemis Ocean Racing ‘young gun', Ollie Bond, takes to the water on Sunday (13th September) for the start of the Mini Transat race. Bond, 29, from Bristol is among race favourites so British hopes are high for this year's event but with 84 entries it will be a tough field.... [more]
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Dragon World Championship final report and images - Jensen's victory
Event Media,
Dragon Worlds final day's report and images from the event. The eighth and final race on Friday was decisive for the Gaastra Dragon Worlds in Medemblik. The new world champion has not won a race this week but sailed a very consistent series.... [more]
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Snipe World Championship - Brazil tops leaderboard
Kimberly Kruger,
Snipe World Championship Final Day report. Shifty breeze and light cloud cover greeted Snipe World Championship contenders on this final day of racing at the San Diego Yacht Club. The final two races saw a few positions in the top 10 shuffle around, but the Brazilians finished strong with three teams in the top six.... [more]
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The Pope anoints the Louis Vuitton World Series
Paul Henderson,
Former International Sailing Federation President, Paul Henderson writes giving his thoughts on the Louis Vuitton World Series: Several years ago Cayard and Coutts met me in Los Angeles and we discussed this same concept and it was a 'no brainer' (as you say). The only difference is that they came to ISAF at the concept stage but that is a detail but with no sponsor like Louis Vuitton.... [more]
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World Match Tour - Danish Open Day 2 - Hurry up and wait
Sailing Intelligence,
Conditions off Aarhus took an even more extreme turn for the second day of the Danish Open, organised by the Royal Danish Yacht Club. While competitors awoke to dense fog off Marselisborg Havn, this was burning off by the time battle commenced mid-morning.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton World Series: Hong Kong looks a Gift Horse in the mouth
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asian Editor,
Sailors in Hong Kong are no doubt delighted that the city is still on the short list of places to host a regatta in the Series. But the Hong Kong Government have as much imagination as a box of whelks, and tend to see problems before opportunities. Will they be albe to appreciate the enormous media and PR exposure that a LVWS event in Hong Kong would generate for the city?... [more]
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The America's Cup has been mugged
Angus Phillips, Washington Post,
Team New Zealand won the America's Cup from Dennis Conner in San Diego in 1995. In March 1997, a protester of Maori heritage slipped into the trophy room with a sledgehammer hidden on his person and bashed the silver ewer to a pretzeled hulk when no one was looking. My question is, where is that sledgehammer-wielding man when we need him?... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Day One - Class leaders emerge
Dana Paxton,
Rolex Big Boat Series day one report. Over 1,000 sailors on 97 boats in 11 classes are competing through Sunday, September 13. The largest one-design fleet is the J/105 class with 25 boats.... [more]
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Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 1
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Second Leg winners Groupe Bel
Event media,
The Istanbul Europa Race second leg, between Nice and Barcelona, winners are Groupe Bel. Kito de Pavant and his crew are joined on the podium by the consistent Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia, taking second for the second time, and by the winners of Leg 1, from Istanbul to Nice, Guillermo Altadil and the crew of Estrella Damm-1876 who had to settle for third.... [more]
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Audi Medcup Circuit 2009 - Triay reflects
Medcup Circuit media,
Audi Medcup Circuit 2009. Ignasi Triay reflects on Cartagena, both as Bribón Project Manager and Audi MedCup Circuit Director... For Triay, Bribón still have to prove they can do it. Even with the eldest boat in the fleet now he believes they can do enough to win again.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup- World Yacht Clubs invade Newport
Barby MacGowan,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - It will be reminiscent of Newport's America's Cup days when 19 yacht club teams from 14 nations descend on this 'City by the Sea' next week.... [more]
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Snipe World Championship Day 4 - Brazil leads
Kim Kruger,
Snipe World Championship Day Four - good breeze. Both races saw clear starts and crowded mark roundings, as the competition stiffens with another drop race allowed after the ninth race. The current regatta leader, Brazilian team Bruno Amorim and crew Dante Bianchi, continue to reign... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Two new Champions
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Windsurfing Worlds. An emphatic win for both the Mens and Womens Champions. Over in the women's medal race, the battle was for the bronze medal. And in the Mens competition it has been a long time coming. The last Olympic windsurfing world champion from Great Britain was Barry Edgington and that was back in 1992.... [more]
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World Match Tour Danish Open - Day One extreme challenges
Sailing Intellgence,
Aboard the familiar DS37 yachts that are regularly used at the top match racing events in Scandinavia, the 12 Danish Open skippers were able to sail eight flights, PRO Mads Korsgaard keen to get as many races in as possible, with similar conditions forecast for tomorrow.... [more]
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Southern Spars' Rig Pro and RSB Rigging Solutions of Palma join forces
Brenna Pringle,
Southern Spars Rig pro and RSB Rigging Solutions have announced they are to form a new partnership. The pairing will combine the world-class reputation of Southern Spars' Rig Pro, with the expertise and facilities of RSB Rigging Solutions. The new alliance will provide a high quality service operation to superyachts in the Med.... [more]
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Spain and Great Britain hone in on windsurfing world titles
Lindsey Bell,
RS:X Worlds. Spain and Great Britain hone in on windsurfing world titles. Marina Alabau of Spain and Great Britain's Nick Dempsey are within touching distance of windsurfing World Championship glory.... [more]
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Six Metre World Cup - Big breeze challenges fleet
Jan Harley,
Six Metre World Cup. Competitors arriving at Sail Newport this morning to prepare for the second day of racing in the 2009 Six Metre World Cup were greeted by whitecaps on Narragansett Bay courtesy of a brisk northeasterly... [more]
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Korea and Kiwis set for 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race
Event Media,
2011 Around Australia Ocean Race Stop-Over Ports around Australia looking good - Korea and New Zealand gearing up for the race action... [more]
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