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 05 Oct 2010
 


Sailing news from home and abroad

Welcome to Sail-World.com's jammed packed UK newsletter - we hope you enjoy reading it.

Arguably the biggest news this week is from Sir Keith Mills and TeamOrigin and the decision not to challenge for the next America's Cup scheduled for 2013. And what will be the next move for Ben Ainslie? Stay tuned as Sail-World.com will bring you all the news as it happens.

In other news the 50th Endeavour Trophy has just concluded, and we have loads of other dinghy reports and results including Solos, Lasers, RS's, Skiffs and more.

The countdown continues to the Velux 5 Oceans start, Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams are in Bermuda to contest the World Match Racing Tour's Argo Group Gold Cup, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez reached a fitting finale and the Farr 40 European Championship has just concluded in Italy.

Have a great week!


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RS Feva Grand Prix and Squad Selector at Queen Mary Sailing Club
RS Association,
The forecast for the weekend was, well more imaginary than scientific. Due to QMSC being sat at that point of uncertainty between rapidly evolving weather systems it was either going to be windless, blowy, sunny, or wet.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Cool facades
Talbot Wilson,
World Match Racing Tour - Everyone knows but no one is saying it – that sums up the atmosphere on the waters of Hamilton Harbour on Practice Day of Argo Group Gold Cup. Five of the 22 teams competing all still have a chance of snatching the overall ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Their skippers have been playing down the challenges awaiting them in a bid to deflect any additional pressure.... [more]
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RS600 Inland Championship at Grafham Water
Debbie Darling,
RS600 Inland Champs - This was nearly the event that did not happen due to an infestation of killer shrimps at Grafham Water. A previous Lark open meeting had to be cancelled and both the club and 600 clan were pleased that the event could go ahead. Peter Nelson showed good speed in the conditions and had a comfortable looking lead after the first day.... [more]
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Outteridge, Rogers, Bourke add glam to SB3 Australia
Rod Jones,
With a World Championship in Australia in December 2012, three new boats en-route plus a few recent private imports, the Australian SB3 fleet numbers should hit 35 by Christmas. For now, Hobart has taken the mantle as the stronghold of SB3 sailing. However new boats en-route to Queensland and NSW will bolster the claims of the mainland.... [more]
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US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR 2011 Notice of Race available online
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR will bring together the world's top sailors for elite-level competition in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from January 23-29, 2011, US Sailing announced today. This prestigious event is the second stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 circuit. The Notice of Race is now available online at the event website.... [more]
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UK's top Windsurfers do battle on the waters of Weymouth and Portland
Katie Doerr,
The RYA's best young windsurfing talent took to the waters of Weymouth and Portland this weekend in the hope to scoop the crop of titles up for grabs at the annual RYA / UKWA Youth and Masters British Open.... [more]
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Vareo Inland Championships 2010 - Excellent racing in Grafham
Debbie Darling,
Vareo Inland Championships 2010 race report: A southerly force three and sunshine welcomed us to Grafham. We shared a course with three other RS fleets but with 3-2-1-go start sequences and the fleets split between inner and outer loops there was excellent racing.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
In a video interview, Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea during the 2002-2003 Around Alone. In a storm off Cape Horn his boat pitched polled causing a near catastrophe.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - An exceptional edition
Maguelonne Turcat,
Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2010 bowed out this Sunday with the traditional prize-giving at the citadel, where the racers came to share a last moment of conviviality, before setting a date for next year and an anniversary edition which is already tickling the taste buds.... [more]
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Royal Southern Academy Match Cup attracts the cream of sailing talent
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Royal Southern Academy Match Cup appears to be attracting the cream of young sailing talent. With the Notice of Race and Entry Form now available for download from the Royal Southern Yacht Club's website, the organisers of the inaugural Royal Southern Academy's Match Race Cup are confident of a strong turnout with plenty of sailing talent entering this new competition... [more]
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Tide Ride at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Entries close Thursday!
Ed Clay,
The Tide Ride is set to take place this weekend (9th-10th October). As always it promises to be a fun-filled event and Saturdays racing will be in the Bay allowing for more races to take place.... [more]
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Cap Istanbul Leg 3 Athens-Didim - A win by 26 seconds
Cap Istanbul,
Athens-Didim leg is likely to be a fast one. On their way from the Greek capital to the charming seaside resort Didim, the solo Figarists may not have the time to enjoy the view of Cyclades Islands. The light winds at the start of the leg didn't worry anyone.... [more]
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Finns at Burghfield - Race Report
British Finn Association,
Despite the storms and torrential rain on Friday, nine Finns competed in the Burghfield Sailing Club Open on Saturday October 2nd.... [more]
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GP14 National Inland Championship at Bassenthwaite SC
Bassenthwaite Sailing Club,
The southerly breeze held steady and the fleet had a 28min beat to the bottom end of the lake for the third and final race of the day. There were various capsizes along the way.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy Champion of Champions images
Sail-World.com,
50th Endeavour Trophy Champion of Champions event at Burnham-on-Crouch has just concluded. This gallery of images from the event is presented by Tania and Sergei Samus - http://www.photoblink.co.uk... [more]
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Cutting, sewing, stitching: Ocean racers get hands on medical training
Velux 5 Oceans,
It is not every day you are asked to cut open a pig's trotter with a sharp knife then stitch it back together again. But that's exactly how the VELUX 5 OCEANS skippers Brad Van Liew, Derek Hatfield, Zbigniew Gutkowski and Chris Stanmore-Major spent an afternoon as they learnt how to cope with medical emergencies at sea.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - Olympic Decisions
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November... [more]
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O'Flynn Exhams Autumn League - Light wind opening
Claire Bateman,
O'Flynn Exhams Autumn League's opening day was a sight to behold. The sun was shining, there were boats of all shapes and sizes heading out to sea including Optimists, Lasers, Multihulls, angling boats of every description, the Crosshaven rowers and in pride of place was the magnificent 80 boat fleet heading to sea.... [more]
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RS200 at Exe - Conclusion to South West Ugly Tour
Pete Vincent,
Terrific conclusion at Exe to the 2010 RS200 South West Ugly Tour. The fleet were way too keen in a series of recalls in race 3 with black flag OCS's taking its toll on some leading boats.... [more]
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Laser Open Meeting at Island Barn
Gareth Griffiths,
Lasers at Island Barn 2 October, 2010 - The fleet got away at the first attempt with Daniel Francis (Papercourt) calling all the right shifts to get an absolute flyer, comfortably leading at the first mark from past winner Graham Lund (Aldenham) and these two stretched away from the pack.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham - Overall winners decided
Sue Pelling,
50th Endeavour Trophy Champion of Champions - Twenty-four-year-old Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club member – Stuart Bithell – and his 21-year-old crew, Christian Birrel, representing the Merlin Rocket class, have won the 50th Endeavour Trophy Champion of Champions event at Burnham-on-Crouch.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship 2010 - Nerone burns the competition
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Championship 2010 - 2010 is clearly Nerone's year: although the Farr 40 owned by Antonio Sodo Migliori and Massimo Mezzaroma has won both European and World Championships in the class several times, never has she claimed both titles in the same year. That changed today as the Italian crew added the Farr 40 European to their long list of achievements.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham-on-Crouch - National 12 Champs lead
Sue Pelling,
Racing, over short-sharp, windward/leeward courses, at the mouth of the River Roach a couple of miles down stream from the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, kept the fleet on its toes throughout the day and the level of competition – with national champions from 30 of the most popular dinghy racing classes represented – was, not surprisingly, extremely high.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship - Nerone holds firm
Jill Campbell,
PRO Peter Reggio was able to fit in three races today in the championship. A further two windward-leeward races are scheduled for tomorrow and with just eight points separating the top four boats and no discards coming into play, the battle for the podium is still wide open.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sir Keith Mills reflects on the TeamOrigin withdrawal
Richard Gladwell,
British America's Cup team principal, Sir Keith Mills had given an extensive interview with Yachting World's Matthew Sheahan covering the reason behind the cessation of action to Challenge for the 34th America's Cup. Entries open for the event on 1 November 2010 closing in the first quarter of 2011. TeamOrigin was formed after the 32nd America's Cup and was a leading participant amongst challen... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships - 34 entries
Gordon Burgis,
Brewin Dolphin Channel Islands Hobie Cat Championships, held in St. Aubin's Bay on the Weekend of the 18th and 19th September saw a variety of light and variable winds.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew has some fun in La Rochelle
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad proves he still has a sense of humour amid the pressure of preparing for the Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Ainslie and TeamOrigin looking for Argo Group Gold Cup repeat
Colin Thompson - The Bermuda Sun,
Triple Olympic gold medalists and ISAF World Sailor of the Year Ben Ainslie hopes Hamilton Harbour will once again prove to be fertile ground for TeamOrigin.... [more]
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Normandy Channel Race 2011 to start a week later
Normandy Channel race,
The event will be held from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th May, with the start due to take place on Sunday 22nd May.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy day 1 - Big winds disrupt proceedings
Sue Pelling,
Big winds sweeping across the country this afternoon disrupted proceedings at the Calltracks-sponsored opening day of the 50th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham-on-Crouch on the east coast. With winds exceeding 30 knots in the gusts, Race Officer Kim Allen and team made the wise decision to postpone the first race of the eight-race champion-of-champions series.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship - Leader change
Jill Campbell,
Over the course of today's three races, each approximately six miles long, the fleet saw winds increase from a tranquil 10 knots from west north-west at the start of racing to 22 knots with gusts of 26 for the final legs of the third race.... [more]
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Brit's Golden Team turn their back on America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
TeamOrigin, the yacht racing team established by Sir Keith Mills, and skippered by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie, have announced that it will not be challenging for the next America's Cup scheduled for 2013. Over the next couple of months TeamOrigin will be considering whether it will compete in other yachting events over the next few years.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans – The countdown continues
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skippers have had a full-on week as the countdown to race day continues. Four of the solo round the world race's six ocean sailors have now gathered in the beautiful French port of La Rochelle, the home of the Velux 5 Oceans, ahead of start day on October 17.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 – Online entry now open
Jenkins Trish,
RORC Caribbean 600's online entry system was opened today and a serious line up of offshore racing boats have shown interest in taking part in the race which starts in five months time. The race goes as far north as St Martin and as far south as Guadeloupe and zigzags around 11 islands along the way.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Live and breathe the thrilling action
WMRT Media,
World Match Racing Tour, Argo Group Gold Cup: The one-on-one battles, heated rivalries and twists of fate which embody the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) will be played out on the waters of Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda next week at the Argo Group Gold Cup where the introduction of a mobile website and live blog with audio feed promise to bring the action closer to fans than ever before.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Legends: Wings clipped but still racing
Volvo Ocean Race,
In part two of Ceramco New Zealand's spectacular dismasting during leg one of the Whitbread 1981-82, skipper Peter Blake has called his crew together to discuss the options. ‘Our best solution was to continue on to Cape Town by the downwind route, around the back (to the west) of the South Atlantic high-pressure systems, making as much speed as possible and have everything waiting for us to replac... [more]
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RYA UKWA National Windsurfing Champions to be crowned this weekend
RYA Organisation,
RYA UKWA National Windsurfing Champions to be crowned this weekend - Hosted at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the two-day regatta, run jointly by the RYA and UKWA, traditionally culminates the competitive windsurfing season and with National titles up for grabs across four board classes.... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Thorpe Bay
Daniel Henderson,
20 Musto Skiffs arrived at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club for what promised to be a pretty full on first day. Race 2 was followed as soon as possible after race one, however being one the same race course as the 49ers, b14's and 29er's it meant some waiting around in-between races was necessary for the race committee to get ready and for the tail enders of the fleets to finish.... [more]
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WOW Cap Istanbul Leg 2 win to Nicolas Lunven and Generali
WOW Cap Istanbul,
This challenging marathon between Sicily and Athens showed its true colours a few miles before the finish.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère in Saint-Tropez
l'Hydroptère,
l'Hydroptère for now three weeks, has landed on the shores of the Cote d'Azur, where she performs the last leg of her 2010 European loop. Since Monday, she has been sailing close to the classic regattas of the 'Voiles de Saint-Tropez'.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Publication of the AC72 rule
Iain Murray,
34th America's Cup - Following feedback from several prospective Challengers, ACRM has asked the rule drafting group to issue a second draft of the AC72 Rule and delay the publication of the definitive version until the 15th October 2010.... [more]
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Taking to the air, with Tom Slingsby
John Curnow,
ISAF Sailor of the Year Nominee, Tom Slingsby, certainly has had a flying career path, to date. No patch has probably had more airtime, in every sense of the term, than his recent escapades. He won the Etchells World Championship in Ireland, backed that up with his third win at the Laser Worlds in England and now this weekend, he will literally depart the water and take to the air.... [more]
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RS400 open meeting at Notts County SC - Win to Walters and Hextall
RS Association,
A strong home fleet took on seven travellers over a five race series with fresh breezes for both days. By the third race the visitors had started to master the intricacies of the eight buoy course and Ben and Steve Hendon came home ashore with the last victory of the day.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships 2011 in Torquay, UK - Entries Open
Katie Ashworth,
The SB3 Class Association is pleased to announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2011 Laser SB3 World Championships, to be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. Entrants will enjoy 14 championship races from Monday 16th May to Friday 20th May 2011 in Torbay under the jurisdiction of Principal Race Officer, Robert Llewellyn.... [more]
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Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November
Richad Gladwell,
The Olympic shakeup by the International Sailing Federation looks set to continue at its Annual Conference in just over a month's time in Athens. Proposals from the Olympic Commission centre around the process by which Olympic Events are selected and recommend the extension of the change period from four years to six.... [more]
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Solo Open at Mengeham Rythe
Mengeham Rythe SC,
Solo Open - Saturday 25 September 2010 - The geography of the harbour meant that a strong tidal influence could not be avoided, but the fleet were particularly well behaved in getting away to a clean start for both the first and second races with the tide under them. The wind settled at 12 knots but with gusts of 18 knots, and with oscillating shifts over the day of 40 degrees.... [more]
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Finn Open Meeting at Bosham Sailing Club - Report and results
Bosham Sailing Club,
Finn Open Meeting at Bosham Sailing Club - Coming from the north and nor-west the wind was gusty and shifty creating taxing conditions with wind against tide for most of the six races. Principal Race Officer Andrew Francis set three races on up-wind down-wind formats and three races with triangular elements providing very fast broad reaches and exhilarating gybeing at the wing mark.... [more]
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WMRT - Macgregor competes for bragging rights over her mentor
World Match Racing Tour,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship - Newly crowned ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week.... [more]
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29er Harken Grand Prix at Thorpe Bay
GBR 29er Class Association,
29er Harken Grand Prix event brought 23 sailors to Thorpe Bay Yacht Club to conduct what will certainly be remembered as the adrenaline rush of the year. Wind readings for the first day were up to 20-25 knots, with one of the locals convinced that it was blowing a force 7 on the other side of the river.... [more]
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Flying 15 - Llangorse Open
Flying 15 GBR,
Flying 15 Llangorse Open - Twenty-two boats gathered at Llangorse, 10 of them visitors to compete in this open meeting which had been postponed following the death of Simon Dangerfield, an outstanding local fifteen sailor.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hedrich and Chalk will not compete
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Two sailors will no longer be racing in the Velux 5 Oceans. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the Velux 5 Oceans race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race.... [more]
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50th Endeavour Trophy this weekend
Sue Pelling,
50th Endeavour Trophy - A strong line-up of competitors is preparing to do battle at this weekend's 50th Endeavour Trophy event at Burnham-on-Crouch.... [more]
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WSSR Ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both established during the recent Round Britain and Ireland Race, organized by the RORC.... [more]
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Six International Racers to Compete in Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Two sailors will no longer be racing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race. Both sailors did not respect some rules laid down regarding the process of qualifying for the race.... [more]
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Colin De Mowbray Red Socks Regatta
Emily Caruso,
Colin De Mowbray Red Socks Regatta - On the October 2nd, led by the de Mowbray family yacht ‘Figit', eight boats from Lymington Yacht Charters will set off through the Solent with prominent red socks flying from the backstays.... [more]
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Goss joins forces with title sponsor for latest solo campaign
Pete.Goss.com,
Legendary British sailor Pete Goss MBE has joined forces with title sponsor DMS to tell the world it is time to PACK IT IN! He is launching his latest solo campaign with a serious environmental message. Using boat graphics the like of which have never been seen before in ocean racing, Pete and DMS have pledged to the world of plastic packaging that it is time to PACK IT IN!... [more]
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Ed Wright nominated for 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award
Robert Deaves,
Ed Wright nominated for 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award - Following the Finn Class' nomination of current World Champion Ed Wright (GBR) for the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sail of the Year Award, ISAF official announced on Tuesday 28 September that Wright has been accepted as one of the nominees going forward for the final awards ceremony.... [more]
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Cap Istanbul 2010 - A matter of speed
Cap Istanbul,
Cap Istanbul 2010 - While most boaters dislike travelling upwind, this is often very soothing for racers, who see the occasion to manage their nerves. Playing with the vaguaries of the wind is often a matter of timing and being in phase with the variations in direction. François Gabart (Skipper Macif 2010) has all the qualities of a highly skilled tango dancer at this little game.... [more]
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World sailing award shortlist for world beater Wright
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
Finn World Champion Ed Wright has capped off an impressive 2009-10 season by clinching a nomination for the coveted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, it was announced today (Tuesday 28 September). Launched in 1994, the awards are recognised as the pinnacle award a sailor can receive in recognition of his or her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds - Top Ten in photos by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Top ten finishers at the Melges 32 Worlds. Photos by Chuck Lantz... [more]
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