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 05 Oct 2010
 


Sailing news from around the globe

Welcome to Sail-World.com's latest European 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.

The countdown continues to the Velux 5 Oceans start, Mathieu Richard the current WMRT leader is 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 concluded in Italy.

At the PWA Colgate World Cup 2010 Sylt, Germany season titles have been decided, while the TP52 World Championship was launched in Valencia. Two stages of the WOW Cap Istanbul race have been completed and the winner was crowned at the RS100 Eurocup at St Raphael, France.

And of course we have lots more sailing news from around the world.

Have a great week!


Sail-World.com Team



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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International 470 and 420 classes hold joint coaching clinic in Angola
Luissa Smith,
International 470 and 420 Classes have collaborated to run a joint Coaching Clinic in Luanda, Angola taking place from 2-8 October 2010.... [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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Magic Marine D-One Gold Cup - And the winner is...
Michele Tognozzi,
Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup, final day report: Argentinean Augustin Zabalua is the first Champion of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup that wrapped up with a nail-biting race in Valencia on Sunday. The fifth race was held with a six to eight knot thermal breeze from the southeast and Zabalua cut the finishing line first, thereby scoring his third victory.... [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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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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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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Argo Group Gold Cup - Groups announced
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup. The match is on as the top three sailors on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) head up the three groups for the qualifying ‘round robin' competition. The sailors in each group will match up against each other in the qualifying rounds, Tuesday to Thursday, sailing a scheduled round-robin format.... [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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Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – Fantastic week of racing finishes
Regatta News,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2010 edition concluded today with the prize-giving at La Citadelle, the 16th century fortress set imposingly overlooking the white-capped Golfe de Saint-Tropez. More than 1000 competitors and supporters gathered on a sunny, windy, beautiful fall day... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Simon Gundry on the Mast falling down parties
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
‘It seems like a lifetime ago', says Ceramco New Zealand's crewmember Simon Gundry. ‘Almost 30 years ago to be exact, since we were sailing down the Atlantic on the first leg of the 1981-82 Whitbread .‘Twelve New Zealanders off to conquer the world on this epic adventure, as it was in those days and I remember the moment now, as clearly as if it happened yesterday...... [more]
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D-One Gold Cup, Valencia - new leader
Michele Tognozzi,
Second day at the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup with another two great races on the board in Valencia. Tomorrow is going to be a make or break day with two races scheduled, and the second one carrying double points and non-discardable.... [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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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A fitting finale
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez and a fitting finale for the last day of racing. Leading their classes in the Tradition division going into today's final race – and tied for the Rolex Trophy – were Graham Walker's NYYC 40 Rowdy in the Epoque (Classic) Marconi 1, and Yves-Marie Morault's 12 metre, Ikra in Grands Classiques.... [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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South African Hobie Tiger National Championships at Mossel Bay
Kirsten Veenstra,
South African Hobie Tiger National Championships from seventh – 9th August was held at Mossel Bay, and although it turned out that not too much sailing was done, the weekend was an eventful one, thoroughly enjoyed by all.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2010 launched in Valencia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championship 2010 edition was officially launched at the Edificio Veles e Vents in Valencia today. The World's will take place on the America's Cup waters off the city between the fifth and ninth of October.... [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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Hungary and Croatia take first day of D-One's in Valencia
ValenciaSailing.com,
Perfect sailing in Valencia for the first two races of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One. Winners of the day are Hungarian Zsombor Berecz and Croatian Ivan Gaspic. Thirty-one helmsmen from 14 nations entered the event.Perfect sailing in Valencia for the first two races of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One. Winners of the day are Hungarian Zsombor Berecz and Croatian Ivan Gaspic.... [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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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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Tornado European Championships - Interview with the Champions
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado European Championships - After their third victory in a row we interviewed Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Back to the roots
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - On a fall day in 1981, skipper Jean Laurain had stopped in St Tropez after extended cruising in the Mediterranean. There, Laurain met an American, Dick Jayson who was cruising on his Swan 44. After talking about the merits of their boats, soon a race, and a bet, was on. The stakes were simple: the loser would buy dinner for the winner at the legendary Club 55.... [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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High stakes Route du Rhum for New Zealand's Conrad Colman
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - In 2009, Conrad Colman's first taste of solo offshore sailing was a Mini 6.50 campaign, but the 26 year-old Kiwi soon identified GOR as an opportunity to fulfill his dream of racing around the world. Colman officially entered the GOR last autumn and will be competing in the 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale at the end of October on his chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Fleet gather in La Rochelle ahead of Race Start
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major is fourth ocean racer to arrive! The Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle is filling up as the Velux 5 Oceans skippers congregate ahead of race start. Yesterday evening British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major sailed out of the Bay of Biscay into the historic French port, the fourth competitor to arrive.... [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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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Worth the wait
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Another day in Saint-Tropez that required patience from competitors and the race committee alike. In the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, there was not a breath of wind to start, then at 1pm someone hit the wind switch and an easterly breeze filled in.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship 2010 set to start
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Championship - Preparations are well underway in Porto Rotondo for the 11th edition. Racing in the event begins tomorrow and will continue through Sunday October 3rd. The ten participating crews are currently completing registration, sail measurement and weight controls as well as fitting in some practice on the regatta course prior to the start of competition.... [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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Third Ocean Racer Arrives at the Home of the Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski this morning arrived in La Rochelle ahead of the start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. As the sun rose over the historic French port early this morning Gutkowski, known as ‘Gutek', sailed in after completing a qualification passage. Gutek was greeted on the dock in the Bassin des Chalutiers by the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management team and fellow racer Derek Hatfield.... [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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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A gentle breeze for the Classics
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Though generous earlier in the day for the Modern class with about 6-8 knots, the wind was not cooperative by midday for the first start – and the first race of the week – for the Tradition class yachts, dropping to 2-3 knots on the Golfe de St Tropez.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Day 4
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Windsurfing's longstanding legend, Bjorn Dunkerbeck dominated the racecourse in the light winds off Westerland today to start the week ahead of his archrival, Antoine Albeau!... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Matador carry the winning momentum
TP52 World Championship,
TP52 World Championship has a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.... [more]
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RS100 Eurocup at St Raphael, France - Day three
Golly Tucker,
RS100 fleet woke to another perfect start to the day in Saint Raphael – clear blue skies, Mistral winds, and temperatures in the mid twenties. It just doesn't get any better than this.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - The Nominees
Regatta News and Sail-World,
ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration.... [more]
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Platu 25 Italian Championship in Porto Santo Stefano, Tuscany
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The most important Platu 25 Italian event will take place in Porto Santo Stefano waters, in Tuscany, from the 30th of September to the third of October. After the prestigious appointment in Monopoli, in Puglia (South Italy), last year, where 'Nanuk' became the 2009 Italian Champion, an exiting challenge between 'Nanuk' and 'Brera' is expected in Porto Santo Stefano.... [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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Cap Istanbul Leg 2 underway
Cap Istanbul,
Having left Ragusa, Sicily at noon, the first night of the second leg of WOW Cap Istanbul was calm and steadily windy. Francisco Lobato (Roff Tempo Team) keeps his leading status, followed by François Gabart (Macif 2010) and Nicolas Lunven (Generali).... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Gollito gets tricky
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Three times world champion, Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo shows Sylt's spectators why he's already the world's number one freestyler this year as the PWA's finest continue to ‘get tricky' off Brandenburger Strand!... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez kicks off
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The grande finale of the yachting season – certainly for the classic yachts that all summer-long prowl the Mediterranean in search of competition and camaraderie – began today. Close to 300 yachts filled the Vieux Port and nearby marinas for the weeklong ‘don't miss' stop on the yachting circuit.... [more]
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