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RORC Easter Challenge, five medals and more sailing news

Welcome to this week's addition of our Sail-World.com UK newsletter.

What a week for UK sailors at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre, sailed on the Bay of Palma and third event in the ISAF World Sailing Cup.

Ed Wright took the Finn gold, Helena Lucas a silver in the 2.4mR Paralympic class, Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh silver in the 49er class. Stevie Morrison and-Ben Rhodes won the bronze. Bryony Shaw finished with a bronze in the RS:X windsurfing event. Great Britain was well represented at the event -well done to all competitors.
Be sure to check out the action images from Claire Matches and Richard Langdon.

Back on the Solent the RORC Easter Challenge wrapped up, with TeamOrigin and Rán, among others, winning their divisions. We have reports and loads of great pictures from that event.

Meanwhile, 19 year old Oscar Mead announced his plans to enter the Velux 5 Oceans, Sir Robin Knox Johnston has been competing in the Rolex China Sea Race, the Clipper fleet is docking in San Francisco, the World Match Racing Tour 2010 kicks with Match Race France and Great Britain is second on the March releases of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

As if that's not enough, we have local dinghy and sailing news as well as an extensive coverage of world news.

We hope you enjoy this week's edition.


Sail-World.com team



RORC Easter Challenge - Stunning Solent conditions for final day
Louay Habib,
RORC Easter Challenge Final Day's report. Bright sunshine and decent wind gave the competitors a day to remember. Niklas Zennstrom's Farr 45, Rán, came out on top in a titanic struggle with Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix in the IRC division.... [more]
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Overseas competitors dominate first four days of NZ Optimist Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Eight countries are represented by 196 sailors competing in the Toyota Optimist Nationals, being staged at Mercury Bay, Whitianga on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsular, New Zealand, 50nm east of Auckland in straight line. After seven races have been sailed in the regatta which is being dominated by Jayvee Buchanan (Charteris Bay, Christchurch and Murrays Bay, Auckland) who has won five... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing looks forward to 2010 - plus Video
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the upcoming season and report on some new developments since their win in the 2009 World Match Racing Championships: '2010 will see BlackMatch hit the water with the same same five crew, Adam Minoprio, Dan McLean, Tom Powrie, David Swete and Nick Blackman, all with the same goal of retaining the World Title.... [more]
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Images from Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre by Claire Matches
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Claire Matches has sent these action images the recent Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre.... [more]
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2010 Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi repeats line honours win
Regatta News,
Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52, Hi Fi was a familiar sight leading the fleet again and taking the Line Honours victory, crossing the finish line off Subic Bay, Philippines at 07:36:11 local time. Hi Fi's elapsed time of 67hrs, 26mins shaved close to four hours off their previous record, set in the 2008 race... [more]
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ISAF World Match Racing Tour 2010 - YANMAR Racing aims for the top
YANMAR Racing Media,
While Adam Minoprio and his Emirates Team New Zealand crew skipped away with his Monsoon Cup double points victory to take the 2009 ISAF World Match Racing Championship, the group behind were close and the ten event 2010 championship is wide open.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge - A change of pace
Louay Habib,
RORC Easter Challenge - After yesterday's lively weather, the Solent seemed almost benign, as a southeasterly breeze of about 10-15 knots welcomed the competitors to the starting area, just east of the Brambles Bank.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Frontrunners close on the finish line
KPMS,
Rolex China Sea Race fleet has been making the most of a strong northeast breeze, force 6-7 (21-30 kts), ticking off the miles as they make their way toward the Philippine coast.... [more]
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Garde takes two more bullets at 12ft Skiff Australian titles
Skiff Ed,
Day two of the DB Schenker 12ft skiff Australian titles was intense. With two races scheduled for the day and the notorious Brisbane short sharp chop coming into its own because of the increasing wind, all crews except for one decided to use their third rigs.... [more]
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ISAF release World Sailing Rankings for 31 March 2010
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 31 March 2010 have been released.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofía - GBR bags 5 medals as Wright clinches Finn gold
RYA,
Ed Wright bagged Britain's only gold at Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma, with British sailors picking up a total of five medals from the opening European World Cup regatta on Friday (2 April).... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge images from Paul Wyeth
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Paul Wyeth took these images on day one of the RORC Easter Challenge on the Solent.... [more]
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RORC Easter Challenge day one is a Solent sunsplash
Louay Habib,
RORC Easter Challenge - As if by magic the sun came out and the wind steadied in the southwest. Niklas Zennström's Farr 45 Rán was unstoppable downwind, extending his lead over the opposition. Niklas steered the boat all day in difficult conditions and should be congratulated on a great performance.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Medal race to Wright
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Ed Wright wins Finns in Palma after thrilling medal race.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia to receive redress
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World race: The gap between Qingdao and Jamaica Lightning Bolt at the finish line was less than 18 hours. Uniquely Singapore is expected to finish tomorrow. Spirit of Australia has formally requested redress of their average points for all races to date, equating to ten points.... [more]
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Images from Palma: Final day by Richard Langdon
Richard Langdon,
Top international photographer, Richard Langdon (GBR) was at the Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma and provided this gallery of images from the final day in which Britain and France won five medals each.... [more]
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Princess Sofia: France and Great Britain win five medals each in Palma
Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía,
France and Great Britain led the new edition of the Sofia Mapfre with five medals for each country. Besides, the French returned home with two golds, one in 470 men and the other in 49er. Spain and The Netherlands also won four medals.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Down the rhumbline to Subic Bay
KPMS,
By 9:30am local time (Hong Kong) all of the Rolex China Sea Race fleet was into the South China Sea. The frontrunner was making eight knots and enjoying leading the fleet with approximately 450 miles to go. The fleet can expect a change in conditions, as the forecast calls for east to southeast winds, force 4 -5 (13-19 kts), becoming east up to force 6-7 (24-30 kts).... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofía - Helena Lucas gives Britain its first medal
RYA,
Great Britain won its first medal on a challenging penultimate day of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma on Thursday (1 April), with silver going to Helena Lucas in the 2.4mR Paralympic class.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre images by Richard Langdon
Richard Langdon images and Sail-World.com,
Photographer Richard Langdon presents this gallery of images from the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre... [more]
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Finn Focus at Palma - Gaspic takes narrow lead into medal race
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. Changeable and shifting winds plagued the fleets on the final qualification day with the Finns only managing two more races. Regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) struggled across the finish line in 12th place to lose his overall lead for the first time. And things only got worse for him in race seven. He finished the day in fourth place overall.... [more]
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Match Race France - Skipper Line Up Released
WMRT.com,
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the premium global match racing series, culminating in crowning the ISAF Match Racing World Champion at the end of 10 international events. This year's Tour will be starting next week in Marseille with ‘Match Race France' running from 6 – 11 April at Yacht Club Pointe Rouge.... [more]
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TeamOrigin sailors on the Solent for RORC Easter Regatta
les,
What a difference a few weeks can make – just over 10 days ago, TeamOrigin were racing in the warm and sunny waters of the Hauraki Gulf for the Louis Vuitton Auckland regatta and yesterday the team were to be found on the High Street of Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK – battling against the driving rain and 40 knot winds!... [more]
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British sailors advance on a testing day in Palma
Skandia Team GBR,
Wednesday (31 March) saw a full day of race action at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma, with Laser sailor Nick Thompson and Andrew Mills in the Finn class swelling the ranks of British boats in podium positions heading into the final two days of the regatta.... [more]
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Oldest attempt to sail Round the World
www.sailingscuttlebutt.com,
Yachting journalist Bob Fisher and circumnavigator Sir Robin Knox-Johnston have announced their plan to attempt to be the oldest combined age to sail round the world.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Fuel transfer to California completed
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race - Spirit of Australia and Hull & Humber complete fuel transfer to California. All of the crews have proved their extremely high levels of seamanship on this, the longest of the 14 individual races of the Clipper 09-10 Race. Uniquely Singapore's skipper, Jim Dobie, has been reflecting on what they have learned during the last 30 days of racing.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Finn class - Closing in on Trujillo
Robert Deaves,
Rafa Trujillo (ESP) remains at the top of the Finn fleet after three intense races were completed on Wednesday at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. The first race, with great sailing conditions up to 15 knots was won by Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Paoletti Michele (ITA) sailed well to place second, with another good finish for regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) in third.... [more]
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Princess Sofia Trophy - Changing winds bring changes in Palma
Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía,
With only two days left to the end of the event, all classes sailed today in the knowledge that there is a tight battle for the top three places across the fleet.. The weather conditions divided the day in two halves. The morning began with north westerlies winds at 5 knots and at around 2 pm, the wind dropped and then came back lighter from the west.... [more]
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Brit Oscar Mead reveals 2010 Velux 5 Oceans fundraising plan
Tim Kelly,
Young solo sailor Oscar Mead has revealed novel plans to raise enough money to enter a gruelling round the world yacht race. This week, the 19-year-old Brit confirmed that he will be going head to head with some of the best offshore sailors in the world, in the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans race. Oscar has today launched the 'Team Oscar Mead 199 Club', offering donors a once-in-a-lifetime sailing experience... [more]
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Sail-World.com - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Guidelines for sailors writing articles for publication on Sail-World.com Our website encompasses all forms of sailing, including cruising. Whether its racing in yachts, skiffs or dinghies, regattas, twilights or ocean races, there is always a story waiting to be told Sail-World is happy to receive your articles. Be it profiles of people and boats, tuning, tactics, techniques, safety and seamans... [more]
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Auckland, the City of Sails, to host Volvo Ocean Race for eighth time
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Auckland, New Zealand, is back in the Volvo Ocean Race after a gap of 10 years. The city, which has fielded some of the world's best sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, last hosted the event in 2001-02. It will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round the infamous Cape Horn and up to a finish in Itaj... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race announcement: Live from Auckland + full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is coming to you live from the Viaduct Basin ahead of the announcement of the Auckland stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race. We hope to present a live commentary on what is happening.... [more]
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The World Match Racing Tour announces Annual Awards programme
World Match Racing Tour,
The 'WMRT Awards' comprise eight different categories for Best Overall Event, Best Team, Best Spectator Experience, Best Hospitality, Best Still Image, Best Innovation, Best Branding and Best Race Officer. This is the first time that the Tour has introduced an annual awards programme that recognises the full infrastructure required to run high quality global match racing events... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Cape Breton Island takes line honours in San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
Just before midday local time and with the sun breaking through the clouds to herald the yacht's arrival, the eagle of Cape Breton Island came swooping under the Golden Gate Bridge as the Canadian entry arrived victorious in to San Francisco and claimed their second line honours of the 35,000-mile Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Rac... [more]
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RORC Easter Regatta- Sailing legends to team up wth injured servicemen
Tanya Brookfield,
Sailing legends Dee Caffari and holder of twenty five world records, Brian Thompson, will be racing with injured servicemen onboard two yachts in the 2010 RORC Easter Challenge.... [more]
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RS Association initiative launched - ‘Get Going with RS'
Debbie Darling,
A new RS Association initiative was launched at the Dinghy Show earlier this month. The RS Association has recruited Melvyn Cooper to oversee workshops and private coaching around the country with the aim to help those new to their boat or in need of a confidence boost.... [more]
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Images from Day 3 of the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta
Nico Martinez,
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez provides this gallery of images from the third day of racing in the big breeze (30kts plus) at the princess Sofia Regatta, in Palma Mallorjca, ESP... [more]
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Extreme conditions dominate Day 3 at Princess Sofia Trophy
Neus Jordi,
Finally, after a morning with up to 30 knots of wind and big waves, only the Women's Match Race and the RS:X Men and Women sailed in the afternoon. The remaining classes participating at the 41 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre, event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, could not sail after being postponed ashore.... [more]
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Light conditions on Day 2 at Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma
ISAF,
Another long day on the water with light and shifty conditions kept most classes on the water until dusk at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre on the bay of Palma. After four races in the 470 Men's class, Panagotis KAMBOURIDIS and Gerasimos OROLOGAS (GRE) take the overall lead with a win and a fifth taking a two point lead over Croatian's current World Champion duo Sime FANTELA and Igor MA... [more]
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Sydney Yachts moving forward
Sydney Yachts,
Sydney Yachts is now operating under its own brand following the closure of Azzura Marine's Nowra facility, with a new team comprising several familiar faces.... [more]
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EAORA announces 2010 racing programme
Tony Merewether,
After an extremely cold and snowy winter skippers and crews up and down the East Coast are enthusiastically preparing their boats to make them ready in time for the first East Anglian Offshore Racing Association (EAORA) race of the season on 10th April.... [more]
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Shaw and 49er sailors advance on day two in Palma
RYA,
Olympic bronze medallist Bryony Shaw has taken the lead in windsurfing fleet on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma. Skandia Team GBR's two G4S-backed 49er crews of Chris Draper-Peter Greenhalgh and Stevie Morrison-Ben Rhodes have made it a British 1-2 at the top of the table.... [more]
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Littleton SC Solo Open meeting
Vanda Jowett,
Leading up to the Littleton Solo Open meeting the organisers could only keep their fingers crossed, as the Met Office struggled to determine what would happen weather wise. 8 visitors from as far away as Chew Valley, joined the 16 home boats to give a total of 34 entries.... [more]
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Images from Palma: Princess Sofia Trophy - Day 2
Nico Martinez,
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez presents a gallery from the second day of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta being sailed in Palma, Spain - the third leg of the ISAF World Sailing Cup... [more]
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Warsash Spring Series - Close racing
Flavia Bateson,
The third week of Warsash Sailing Club's Spring Series saw the first south-westerly breeze of the season. The number of 'Big Boats' competing has increased as their Spring Championship after Easter approaches.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Trujillo leads Finns
Robert Deaves,
Rafael Trujillo (ESP) the Spanish sliver medalist from 2004 and the 2007 World Champion sits on top of the 53 boat Finn fleet after day one at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre in Palma... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Race youngest competitor signs on
Tim Kelly,
2010 Velux 5 Oceans - Nineteen-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors for the 30,000-mile race which starts in France in October.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - 'Fantastica' deemed the law in force
International Melges 32 Class Association,
Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica has victoriously won the first event of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, which ended today with only one race in Lerici, Italy.... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing - Thrilling race ends 2010 Worlds in Argentina
Formula Windsurfing,
The Governor of Mendoza joined the Race Officer, Antonio Lamadrid, on the starting boat for the last race of the 2010 Worlds on Lake Potrerillos. He was then treated to a thrilling, and fitting, finale to this years championship. The wind built throughout the race, and once again delivered a challenging spectacle.... [more]
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Rolex International Regatta Day 3 images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor presents this gallery of images from the Rolex International Regatta... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Stellar performances
Regatta News,
International Rolex Regatta - Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo had built some good padding into his score line over two days and followed form on the third, today, to win the IC 24 class and a Rolex timepiece. The IC 24s, hybrid one-designs that combine a J/24's body with a Melges 24-style cockpit, continued with short round-the-buoy races after the event's opening 'town races' on Friday.... [more]
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