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Sail for Gold Regatta images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Images from photographer Ingrid Abery from the Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth, UK.... [more]
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iShares Cup Cup teams prepare for Extreme sailing on a tricky course
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Cup teams prepare for Extreme sailing. The six-event European series sees the iShares Cup return to the Dutch capital for the third consecutive year, with nine teams again racing the 40ft long catamarans on Amsterdam's narrow waterways in the IJ-haven.... [more]
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Golden Gate not happy with ISAF 'secret' agreement on America's Cup
Golen Gate YC Media,
Following yesterday's unexpected release of the so=called 'secret agreement' between the International Sailing Federation and Societe Nautique de Geneve, the Challenger of Record have issued a statement commenting on the agreement and the advantage they believe it confers on the Defender (SNG/Team Alinghi).... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup: 'Game on' as NYYC leads
Barby MacGowan,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Lotz gave credit to his team and tactician Ken Read (Newport, R.I.), known as one of the best sailors in the world, for a remarkable comeback in the second race that took them from sorry-at the-start to phenomenal-at-the-finish. Having jumped the start gun with three others, the team was called back to clear itself and begin again.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - European Champion leads the Finns
Robert Deaves IFA,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Finn Class report. After the disappointment of a day lost Wednesday because of high winds, the Finns were keen to get going but had to wait until mid afternoon before they could start. By then an early morning 20 knots plus had given way to an easterly 10-12 knots.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 fleet in La Rochelle - Protest results pending
Clipper media,
All ten of the Clipper 09-10 yachts are now berthed in La Rochelle. Talk on the pontoons has been about one subject - the Race Committee's decision to protest two of the yachts, Hull & Humber and Cork, for contravening the sailing instructions - and what that might mean to the points each team will win for Race 1.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta approaches its climax
Event media,
The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta approaches its climax. Skandia Team GBR sailor Paul Goodison, the Beijing 2008 Laser gold medallist, brought to an end Tom Slingsby's (AUS) impressive record of five wins from five races in the final Laser class race of the day.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit: TeamOrigin onboard for 2010
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Britain's TeamOrigin, following an announcement yesterday, will be stepping up their sailing activities again, there has been confirmation that the team plan to compete on next year's Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy underway
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy: As if to display exactly why they are the champions-in-waiting of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit TP52 Series, Emirates Team New Zealand produced a flawless display across two very challenging big breeze races today to set themselves off on the perfect footing as the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy finally got under way.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - September 2009
ISAF,
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and French skipper Claire Leroy both hold on to the top spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings on 16 September... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day one. Photographer Leighton O'Connor took these images from race one of the event.... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup - day 1 is 'a ripper'
NYYC Media,
The opening race, sailed in lumpy seas and an 18-knot easterly on Rhode Island Sound, started the regatta off with lots of action, as the Canadian boat, helmed by Terry McLaughlin, battled most closely with the New York Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL) and Japan Sailing Federation for best position between the start and the first mark two miles to windward.... [more]
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Shetland Round Britain & Ireland 2010 race launch announced
Katy Thorpe,
It is now just one week until the launch of the Shetland Round Britain & Ireland 2010 race.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 1 Line honours to Team Finland
Heather Ewing,
Line honours in the first race of Clipper 09-10 go to Team Finland as a drama-filled Race 1 draws to a conclusion. Arriving in the Bassin des Chalutiers, La Rochelle, a jubilant Eero said, 'It was a good warm up. It hasn't quite sunk in yet that we've actually started the race and that it's actually happening.'... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: ISAF releases confidential document ahead of Hearing
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation have released the hitherto confidential America's Cup agreement ahead of a telephone hearing the New York Supreme Court. Yesterday permission was sought from the New York Supreme Court by Sailing Scuttlebutt's America's Cup correspondent Cory Friedman, who had filed papers with the Court, to have the agreement made public.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Drama as Race Committee considers protesting yachts
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 09-10 race update. The Race Committee is considering evidence that Cork and Hull & Humber did not correctly sail the race course. This drama is set to unfold over the next 24 hours once the race has finished and the skippers have submitted their race declarations. The finishing positions will remain provisional until the Race Committee has made their ruling.... [more]
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PredictWind partners with Global Ocean Race 2011-12
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 announces a partnership with the Auckland-based, weather prediction company, PredictWind. After 25 years in development, PredictWind provide high resolution, weather prediction technology of exceptional accuracy.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit - Tension mounts as no racing again off Cartagena
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit regatta report. The skies were blue, the seas sparkling, there was an ample supply of puffy clouds and when the start sequence ran down there was 10 knots of SE'ly breeze, but just as the start gun was about to go it was replaced by the red and white AP flag instead.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - No changes at the top
Matchtight,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta day two report. After a two-hour delay, three classes saw some racing at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - the men's and women's RS:X windsurfing classes and the 49ers.... [more]
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Access Class European Championships conclude
David Staley,
The Inaugural Access Class European Championships have been concluded in Port Camargue, France with nine races completed for the Access 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD 18.... [more]
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RS Vareo Nationals final report and results
Debbie Darling,
The 2009 RS Vareo Nationals final report and results. The three days were sailed in warm sunshine with a force 2 to 4 NE which was very shifty, much of it just at the wrong time to the race officer's frustration. Both lightweight and heavyweight crews were catered for with a good spread of wind.... [more]
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TeamOrigin launches 'Race for Change'
TeamOrigin media,
TeamOrigin announced today that it will make its bid for America's Cup glory under the banner Race for Change, in order to focus attention on the need for action to combat climate change. TeamOrigin has joined forces with the Carbon Trust as its environmental partner.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 update
Event media/amended Sail-World.com,
The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 report. The fleet is in 25 to 35 knots of breeze near nearing Cape Finisterre!... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Finn lead shared
Robert Deaves IFA,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Finn report for Day Two. While the strong winds caused the cancellation or postponement of some classes, the Finns enjoyed a great, if testing, day out in the bay. After a long wait afloat Monday for the 470s to finish their race, the Finns started race three at the earlier time of 11.00... [more]
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Gul RS600 Nationals report and results
Debbie Darling,
Gul RS600 Nationals final day report. Day 4 was abandoned when the fleet was sent home after arriving at the start area in 30 knot winds.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Star Brits not deterred
Matchtight,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - tricky sailing conditions for crews on day two of the event. The Skandia Team GBR crew of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson extended their lead in the Star class by taking their series to two wins and a second place in three races for a total of four points.... [more]
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MedCup Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy - Lightning threat
MedCup media,
The TP52 Series at the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy had to be postponed. The weather, or more specifically the imminent threat of lightning, finally took its toll today off Cartagena. The wait looked like it would be rewarded when the race committee brought the ten boat TP52 fleet under starter's orders, but within seconds of the start gun the AP flag went back up.... [more]
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Clipper 2009-2010 - Fleet heads for Bay of Biscay
Zoe Williamson,
Over the past 24 hours a fight has been taking place at the front of the fleet as Hull & Humber and Cork push hard in an attempt to take pole position away from Team Finland.... [more]
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The Superyacht Cup Antigua announces new dates
The Superyacht Cup Media,
The Superyacht Cup Antigua, now in its 4th year, has confirmed new post-Christmas dates with the Antigua and Barbuda National Parks Authority. The regatta will this season be staged from January 27th- 30th, 2010.... [more]
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Fireball Open at Hayling Island
Tim Saunders,
The fireball fleet attended their annual open at Hayling and were greeted with blue skies and a 15 – 18 knot North Easterly breeze. Excellent Conditions.... [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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ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-09 final event underway at Weymouth
ISAF,
The 2012 Olympic sailing venue at Weymouth and Portland is the host for the final event of the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup series where the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta launched into action today. Over 700 sailors representing 38 nations have gathered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Percy and Simpson show Star class
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Olympic gold medal-winning Star sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took an early lead in the Star class, Ed Wright started strongly in the Finn class.... [more]
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BOR 90 back on the water in San Diego
BMW Oracle Media,
BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft America's Cup Challenger is back in the water and sailing again after a maintenance period. It was lift off at 9am on Sunday as a 240-ton crane lifted the BOR 90 off the cradle in the boatyard and splashed the trimaran dockside for the start of another testing session in San Diego.... [more]
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Percy and Simpson show Star class as Skandia Sail for Gold
Lindsey Bell,
Weymouth and Portland served up some superb racing conditions for Monday's first day of action at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, with British hopes gaining a solid start to their home leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup finale.... [more]
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Finns at Skandia Sail for Gold regatta - Day One
Robert Deaves IFA,
Skandia Sail for Gold regatta Finn report from day one. This is the final event in the 2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup and the first chance for many sailors to get to grips with the 2012 Olympic venue. The uncharacteristic north-easterly wind off the Dorset coast produced very shifty conditions in Weymouth Bay with several of the favourites in the Finn class struggling mid fleet.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 has Final Sail in Genoa
Alinghi Media,
Yesterday, more than one hundred people went out on the water aboard the ferryboat 'Suprema' to watch the last Alinghi 5 training day in Genoa, Italy. The sunny weather and a gentle breeze, propelled the giant catamaran to fly on one hull, reaching speeds over 20 knots, giving all the Alinghi guests an incredible show.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Team Finland ahead
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race report from day one. The fleet benefited from the forecasted northerly airflow which, along with the ebb tide, pushed the Clipper yachts quickly out of the Humber and into the North Sea.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Murcia Trophy practice race
MedCup media,
Audi MedCup Circuit. As expected this Caja Mediterranéo Region of Murcia Trophy race area proved a challenging one in this weight and direction of wind. The high, steep hills to the right of the race track, and a high promontory to the high right of the area affect the breeze and those who erred right, looking for a starboard tack lift, upwind were actually punished at times with lighter airs.... [more]
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Gul RS600 National Championships - Day Two report and results
Debbie Darling,
Gul RS600 National Championships day two report. Race one saw a few boats over on the line with Steve Birbeck rounding the wind ward mark first after narrowly missing Dave Annan playing ‘heading to wind'. On the last beat Birbeck ruined a tack to give away two places to Jackson and Annan but fort back to gain second with Jackson in first.... [more]
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Outright Speed Sailing Record - Vestas Sailrocket returns to the fight
Vestas Sailrocket media,
Vestas Sailrocket's team is returning to Walvis Bay, Namibia for one more assault on the outright speed sailing record. This will be the final record attempt for this wonderful boat. It has endured a long and eventful life to reach its current level of performance and its structure bears the scars of many a hard earned lesson.... [more]
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