Wright - athlete of the year, the Monohull-multihull survey and more

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 20 Oct 2010
 


Wright Athlete of the Year, Goodison back and much more

Welcome to this edition of our Sail-World.com UK newsletter.

Ed Wright has taken the Athlete of the Year title at the Skandia Team GBR awards, with Lucy Macgregor and her team picking up the bonus award.

Paul Goodison is back in form and has taken the Laser Qualifiers at WPNSA and the West Kirby Youths have scored a Team Racing hat trick.

We have this week's dinghy news from the various classes.

Be sure to read Richard Gladwell's excellent analysis and commentary on ISAF, the Olympic Commission and what might happen at the upcoming conference.

Elsewhere the RC44 World Championship has just concluded in the Canary Islands, the TP52 circuit is set to have a new Russian Synergy next year and more speed records have tumbled in Namibia.

The Velux 5 Oceans is underway with the fleet leaving La Rochelle France on the Ultimate Solo Challenge. The Route du Rhum start is fast approaching and we have news from the Mini Barcelona and the Barcelona World Race.

Happy reading and have a great week.


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Rolex Middle Sea Race - At the crossroads
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Flying into Malta it's hard not to be struck by the landscape: the buildings all a blinding beige in the hot sun, the landscape fairly arid and dry. It's more reminiscent of the Northern African coast. This year's fleet reflects that more than any year past, with numerous entries from throughout Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Day 2 - Leaders round Cape Finisterre
Velux 5 Oceans,
Leaders round Cape Finisterre in search of trade winds. With two full days at sea now under their belts, the skippers racing in the Velux 5 Oceans are finding their rhythm and enjoying the psychological boost of the first major milestone - rounding Cape Finisterre and getting out of the busy shipping lanes.... [more]
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Goodison victory at Laser World and European Qualifier at WPNSA
James Gray,
A sunny Weymouth with a brisk 12 to 20 knots breeze from the NNE greeted the forty four Laser standards who made the trip for the second Autumn World and European Qualifier. Following a brief set back at the Hayling Worlds earlier in the summer, Goodison returned having had a short layoff with a bang winning all five races on the weekend.... [more]
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Laser Radial Qualifier 5 at Weymouth
UK Laser Association,
Over 100 Radials travelled to WPNSA for the second autumn qualifier of 2010. They were met by moderate NNE breezes which created shifty conditions in the bay. The fleet were split into flights sailing three round robin races on Saturday and two finals races on Sunday.... [more]
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GP14 Open at Chelmarsh - Wind arrives, better late than never
Sally Fowler,
The final Midland Bell GP 14 Open event was held at Chelmarsh Sailing Club, near Bridnorth, Shropshire on 17th October 2010. Nine visitors and 11 home crews gazed upon the ‘Race Postponed' pennant and windless glassy mill pond. Contrary to predictions a breeze filled in from the west and race one was underway within an hour of the programme.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?
Richard Gladwell,
In just over a couple of weeks the International Sailing Federation's Council will have to make a decision as to whether they have the courage to make the biggest changes ever proposed in the Olympic side of the sport; or, will they compromise and try to almost please almost everybody.... [more]
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RS300 Inlands at Draycote Water SC
RS Association,
Despite the forecast 20 entries were recorded for RS300 Inlands hosted by Draycote Water SC on 16/17 October.... [more]
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RS400 Inland Championships at Royal Windermere
RS Association,
41 boats arrived at Royal Windermere Yacht Club for the RS400 Inlands in summer like conditions and a light shifty breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams to meet in Paris, and new Extreme 40 alliance
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
Stuart Alexander, highly respected Yachting Correspondent for the Independent (UK) reports on the latest developments in the America's Cup. This week sees a meeting in Paris for potential teams for the next America's Cup in 2013.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Racers settle into life at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
After a perfect start in ideal weather conditions yesterday, the five Velux 5 Oceans skippers have been settling into life alone at sea. Their 60ft Eco 60 yachts will be their homes for the nine months as they sail 30,000 miles around the planet. After 24 hours of racing, American skipper Brad Van Liew is leading the fleet as they make their way through the notorious Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Weymouth Speed Week - Pushing the Limits in Portland Harbour
Kate Holmes,
The lack of rules provides the ideal opportunity for both experts and dreamers to build the type of boats which, but for Dakine Weymouth Speed Week, would never see the light of day. There are no restrictions as to who may enter and all types of craft are welcome.... [more]
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Skandia Team GBR awards - Wright claims Athlete of the Year
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's sailors celebrated yet another bumper year in style at the fifth annual Skandia Team GBR Awards Dinner. The first prize winners of the evening were announced by Stuart Cotton of team silver sponsor Accenture, who unveiled the winners of the ‘Accenture Rewards and Recognition Programme' for 2010.... [more]
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RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing hat-trick for West Kirby youths
RYA,
RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing hat-trick for West Kirby youths - The under 16 Junior title was won by ‘Bluefin' a new champion team for 2010 comprising a mixture of Optimist sailors from Burghfield, Cardiff Bay and Penarth. West Kirby made no mistake in retaining their title racking up an unbeaten record on Saturday's opening day.... [more]
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New America's Cup Rule - second wingsail but big advantage remains
Richard Gladwell,
A revised version of the measurement rule has been released which will be used for the new AC72 class of catamaran to be sailed in the 34th America's Cup. As with any rule revision, the second release - just a few weeks after the first, tidies up some areas and clarifies others.... [more]
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British Marine Federation members awarded with contract at London 2012
British Marine Federation,
British Marine Federation - The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announces suppliers of the majority of 150 support (non-competition) boats required for the Sailing, Rowing, Canoeing, Triathlon and Open Water Swim events to be staged in the summer of 2012. A number of contracts have been won by members.... [more]
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RB12 land, sea and air glamour at major yachting conference
Cailah Leask,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) will be the base for a major yachting conference and unique event announcement on October 20th. The conference will centre on the future of Weymouth and Portland as a key international hub for high quality sports events and the business potential that can be unlocked for Dorset... [more]
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K1 Oxford Cup – The very first K1 open event deemed a success
Zoe Handley,
The first open race event for the new K1 single-handed keelboat was held at Oxford SC this weekend with advice to the new owners and racing for the ‘K1 Oxford Cup'. An informal training session on Saturday attracted twenty K1 owner's from all over the UK eager to gain a few tips and to meet the other new owners.... [more]
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Albacore Northern Championships - A misty start at Scaling Dam SC
www.albacore.org.uk,
Albacore Northern Championships began on a misty Saturday morning and 19 Albacores that had travelled from as far as South End and Strathclyde attended. The weather didn't put a dampener on what was a great weekends racing. Race one set off in an easterly force three which remained for the rest of the day.... [more]
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series Week 1 – Near perfect sailing
www.garminhamblewinterseries.co.uk,
Garmin Hamble Winter Series' first weekend produced two days of near perfect sailing conditions in the Solent. While Saturday's Hamble Big Boat Series, sponsored by The Bugle, got going in a steady north-easterly breeze under a cloudy sky, Sunday's fleets in the main Garmin series had warm sunshine to enjoy and up to 18 knots of a more shifting wind.... [more]
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A 'national trust' for the waterways gets the go-ahead
RYA,
The announcement by the Cabinet Office that British Waterways will be replaced with a new civil society body builds on recommendations by British Waterways for the establishment of a ‘national trust' for the waterways, as waterway minister, Richard Benyon MP, explains... [more]
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WOW Cap Istanbul and French Open Sea Solo Championship to Gabart
Cap Istanbul/Sail-World.com,
François Gabart won the fifth and final leg from Boscaada to Istanbul. Following the Bozcaada start he was in third place in the general ranking. Now he patiently has to wait for his rivals to arrive at the finish. Because the competition amongst him, Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) and Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham) will only come to a conclusion once they all complete the race.... [more]
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Tornado is ready for the Olympic comeback
Andrew Dowley,
With the new and strict High Quality One Design concept, the Tornado is well prepared for the future and the Olympic Games. The new strict One Design Tornado has it all. The most modern Rig with an ultra light carbon mast which makes the Tornado still the most advanced Multihull available.... [more]
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Blaze Inlands 2010 at Bala
Blaze Class Association,
Blaze Class Association - Inlands 2010 at Bala - Anyway, I'm reliably informed that from the clubhouse the crisp waters of Lake Bala appeared deceptively placid. Ripples enough for sailing, certainly, but no white tops and certainly none of those both unnecessary and unpopular gusts and lulls and such.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour filling the monohull void
Stuart Alexander,
The World Match Race Tour will continue to be raced in monohulls, despite the America's Cup, for which it was always seen as a training ground, switching to wing sail catamarans. 'The America's Cup will be very exciting,' said tour director Peter Gilmour in London, 'but there's a huge void there to fill. It's good timing for us.'... [more]
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Hayling Tide Ride – 19 foiling moths, one winner
Int. Moth Class Association,
Hayling Tide Ride saw 19 foiling Moths descend upon Hayling Island for the 10th year, and following a misty start, the sun shone through gracing the fleet with a mild 10-15 knot easterly and classic Hayling conditions.... [more]
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First British Offshore Sailing Academy squad of nine selected
Camilla Green,
Nine solo offshore sailing hopefuls, from across the British Isles, have today been selected as the first Development Squad of the Artemis Offshore Academy. The Academy, sponsored by the investment management company Artemis, was set up earlier this year to nurture British offshore sailing talent.... [more]
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Team Racing Development Day at Yeadon Sailing Club
Yeadon Sailing Club,
28 young people were greeted by grey cloudy, breezy and cold conditions as Yeadon SC held its second team racing development day on Saturday. The day attracted sailors from across Yorkshire with strong support from Mirror Squad sailors, sailors involved in club training at Yeadon SC and at Otley SC and sailors from the Yorkshire Dales SC's GYBE scheme.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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America's Cup - New AC45 catamaran class takes shape
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup. A one-design wingsail catamaran of 45 feet, the AC45 has been created to fulfill three roles... [more]
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Kites are King but a new SailRocket is coming along
Paul Larsen Sail-Rocket,
Whether you think a kite is a proper boat or not is a contentious issue. I don't think it is a boat in any form... but it is definitely a contender for the outright world speed sailing record and I don't even mind the ditch they are running down.... [more]
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New World Speed Sailing Record to Alex Caizergues plus Video
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record at 54.10 knots during his first run at 15h38 yesterday afternoon. Five New National records were broken on the same day. Insane videos from the trench at the speed record venue at Luderitz in Namibia.... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray inpects new AC45 class.
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup.... [more]
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New World Speed record - Alexandre Caizergues, kitesurfer hits 54.10 k
Tanguy Blondel,
Alexandre Caizergues beat the outright world speed record under sail with an average of 54.10 knots (100.19 km/hr) over 500 metres of the Luderitz channel (Namibia) yesterday. The young Frenchman is the new outright speed record holder. He has deposed Hydroptère and its 51.36 knots.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - l'Hydroptere record broken
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
It's official – after today the Hydroptere is no longer the fastest sailing vessel. It's previous record of 51.36 was broken numerous times today by Kite surfers!... [more]
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