Mathieu Richard second to Ainslie, latest news from Europe and beyond

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 09 Dec 2010
 


Richard's dream crushed and latest sailing news from around the globe

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

The big news is of course that Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin crew won the ISAF Match Racing World Championship and the Monsoon Cup, sailed in Terengganu, Malaysia.

Crew work on Mathieu Richard's boat during the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup 2010. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.   Subzero Images /WMRT

Mathieu Richard looked the likely ISAF Match Racing World Champion going into the last event of the season. Both Richard and Ainslie made the quarter finals, with Ainslie defeating Richard and quashing his dream of winning the championship.

Jesper Radich and Bjorn Hansen battled in the Monsoon Cup Petite Final, with Radich the winner.

Sail-World.com has full coverage of the event, including videos and images.

The Barcelona World Race skippers are assembling, or trying to, for the start of the race in three weeks. the Transat 6.50 has announced details of its 2011 edition and we have Global Ocean Race news.

There is lots more, and we hope you enjoy reading our news and articles from this week.


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Speedsailing Outright World Record ratified at 55.65 knots !
Markus Schwendtner,
The WSSRC has today ratified the last and final record from Luderitz, handing over the crown of Speedsailing to US Rob Douglas.... [more]
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RC44 Oracle Cup Miami Day 1 - Artemis and Katusha
Artemis Racing,
RC44 Oracle Cup Miami - It was not a great day for Katusha with a 2 and 4. The conditions were very shifty with strong winds early in the day... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings
ISAF,
ISAF World Match Racing Champion and 2010 world Match Race Tour winner Ben Ainslie (GBR) has today also claimed the top position in the open rankings for the first time in his career. Nicky Souter (AUS) maintains her position at the top of the women's rankings.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's joined at Warkworth
Ivor Wilkins,
Ivor Wilkins from www.americascup.com revisited the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth 40 minutes drive north of Auckland, and found the first of the new AC45 one design class was being laid up in the female moulds. This boat is scheduled for launch at the end of next month, and will be owned by BMW Oracle as a spare boat for the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: dead heat in Racing class on day three
Tracey Johnstone,
It was a matter of .49 of a second on corrected time between Neil Pryde's HiFi and Ray Roberts's Evolution Racing at the finish line in race one today of the 24th Phuket King's Cup. Both boats were recorded with a corrected time of 2:10:24 rounded up.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - 24 days to the start
Barcelona World Race,
From an entry of the 15 duos for the upcoming Barcelona World Race there were six native French speaking skippers who met the media and received a rapturous public welcome at the Salon Nautic, either live in person or by audio conference from their boat.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 Race - ICAP Leopard vs Rambler 100
Trish Jenkins,
ICAP Leopard vs Rambler 100 - The RORC Caribbean 600 is set to provide one of the biggest showdowns for years, as Mike Slade's Farr 100, ICAP Leopard, takes on George David's Juan-K designed, Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat). This will be the first time these two heavyweights of the sailing world will have raced each other.... [more]
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Imperia Winter Regatta days 1 and 2
Imperia Winter Regatta,
IWR: Opening day - The first racing day opened with a grey sky, smooth sea and light wind. But this did not prevent the teams to carry out the program, even though only partially, on the two race areas. Two out of three were the races carried out by 420 L, 470 M & W and for the Laser classes; just one race was completed by the 420 Open, for Radial W and Radial Boys.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: pictures, and a taste of sunshine
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Two days into the regatta, and a lot more pictures later than you ever see in the press releases and race reports... for the man with the camera, the day started with a stranding on the beach when the camera RIB was discovered to have a punctured tube. Oh dear, but anyway we made it out to the race course - a little delayed - in time to find a bit of sunshine, and a moderate breeze... [more]
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Line Honours for Swan 80 Berenice in ARC 2010
Cailah Leask,
The Italian Swan 80, Berenice, is celebrating an excellent end to the year after taking line honours in the 2010 ARC, with a passage of just over 14 days to cross the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. Berenice also had a competitive placing in the Maxi Class at September's Rolex Swan Cup, proving the Swan 80 model is becoming synonymous with fast ocean-going performance yachting.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Iker and Xabi back en route
Barcelona World Race,
After a stop of 24 hours in Puerto Sherry (Cadiz), Iker Martinez (ESP) and Xabi Fernandez (ESP) are back en route for Barcelona.... [more]
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YANMAR Racing looks to the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour
Yanmar Racing Media,
Sitting back after the 2010 Monsoon Cup, the final event in the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour YANMAR Racing Skipper Peter Gilmour, four times ISAF World Champion and twice Monsoon Cup winner reflected on the Tour season.... [more]
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New world speed record ratification - Charlotte Consorti
John Reed,
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Ainslie versus Mirsky and final day images
Subzero/WMRT images,
Monsoon Cup final day images from the SubZero team as Ben Ainslie and Teamorigin defeated Torvar Mirsky and Mirsky Racing Team to win the Monsoon Cup 2010.... [more]
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More on-the-water images from Phuket King's Cup 2010
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was a grey and uninviting day to start the Phuket King's Cup 2010. On the breakfast deck at the Kata Beach Resort we could hear the RO over the VHF, winding up for an AP flag. So, another round of toast. Then when we did get down to the beach, the camera boat blew its steering - fortunately before we had waded out from the beach and splashed aboard... [more]
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Transat 6.50 - A sport challenge
Veronique Largeau,
For the sixth time in a row, the single-handed Atlantic crossing with no assistance on 6,50 metres long boats from Charente-Maritime to Funchal (Portugal) and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) is a true sport challenge. 72 sailors - members of the Classe Mini – will be lining up for the sport and human adventure that revealed famous ones... [more]
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'Classic' - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner and Richard Gladwell,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this recently launched book concentrates on the classic boats of New Zealand, and in particular rejuvenation of the one of the great classic racing yacht fleets in the world. 'Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand' has received outstanding reviews since its launch last month.... [more]
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RadioLive's Martin Devlin talks with Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner
RadioLive,
Last Saturday afternoon, RadioLive's Martin Devlin had the opportunity to interview the man who is still regarded as 'Mr America's Cup' Dennis Conner. Here, courtesy of RadioLive, is the audio of that interview where Dennis Conner is asked his thoughts on New Zealand from 2003, the current proposals for the 34th America's Cup, nationality in the Cup, monohull vs multihull, and more... [more]
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Juerg Kaufmann captures Australia II
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann stopped over in Perth on his way back from the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Dubai, and writes: After Dubai I flew directly to Perth Fremantle for another shooting. Today I visited the Maritime Museum where I found Australia II. She is in display here since the Jubilee.... [more]
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Melges 32 Gold Cup Title - Rod Jabin wins second consecutive title
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 Gold Cup Title - Rod Jabin wins second consecutive title - This is also the first time ever that anyone has won the event two years in a row. Jabin's team consisted of tactician Chris Larson and crew of Richard Clarke, Curtis Florence, Ray Wulff, Scott Holmgren and Vann Walke.... [more]
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Farr40 Class Australia- Kokomo wins sprint series
Farr 40 Class Australia,
Farr 40 Class Australia - Lang Walker's Kokomo has taken out their second regatta win in a row, winning the Farr 40 Sprint Series this weekend. Farr 40 teams from Australia, New Zealand and the USA have spent the weekend fine tuning crew skills and racing strategies as they prepare for the upcoming Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in February 2011... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 5 on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Yandoo's John 'Woody' Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson may be the veteran team in the fleet but they showed their younger opponents that they are far from easy beats when they won Race 5 (last race) of the NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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King Ben takes the Monsoon Cup 2010
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
A thrilling five race final at the 2010 Monsoon Cup. Coming into this event a lot was a stake – the Monsoon Cup 2010 and the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Ainslie wins the slugfest of Terengganu
Richard Gladwell,
Newly crowned World match racing champion, Ben Ainslie added the Monsoon Cup to his bulging trophy cabinet with a win in the 2010 Monsoon Cup off Terengganu River, Malaysia, today. After what most consider to be a disappointing year for triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, he and his TeamOrigin crew had all to sail for after winning the World Match Championship a few hours before.... [more]
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Moth vs 49er vs Kite
Markus Schwendtner,
Moth vs 49er vs Kite. Patrick Rynne had an epic afternoon a few days ago, having the ultimate showdown between some of the fastest sailing craft in the world. Here is a quick preview.... [more]
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ORC and RORC work together towards a common goal for offshore racing
ORC,
Offshore Racing Congress - Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union Nationale pour La Course au Large (UNCL), joint owners of the IRC rating rule, have been in discussion with the ORC about the possibility of creating a unified organisation to govern yacht ratings worldwide. This initiative to bring the world offshore rating systems together was endorsed by ISAF following its AGM in 2009 in Korea.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup day 4 - World title hopes fade as semi finalists decided
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
Ben Ainslie (TEAMORIGIN), Jesper Radich (Gaastra Racing Team), Bjorn Hansen (Hansen Global Team) and Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) all progressed through to the semi finals, but not before spectators were treated to some world class matches.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Olympic medallists en route for the challenge
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - After nine months of preparation from their base in Sanxeno the IMOCA Open 60 of Spain's past Olympic 49er champions Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez left their home port today (Thursday) for the passage of more than 1000 miles to Barcelona.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - A new course for 2011
Soazig Guého,
La Solitaire du Figaro revealed the course of the 2011 edition on Friday 3rd December at the Paris Boat Show, which for the first time shall comprise of four French towns and one foreign town. It also announced Eric Bompard Cashmere's commitment as main partner for the next three editions.... [more]
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WSSR Council ratifies New World Speed Sailing Record
John Reed,
WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record... [more]
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Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium partners North Sails
Bernard Schopfer,
The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium is pleased to announce a new partnership with North Sails, which joins the second edition of the Symposium as Gold Partner.... [more]
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1973 Whitbread racer to join Volvo Legends - Copernicus confirms entry
Volvo Ocean Race,
Polish yacht Copernicus, the smallest yacht to complete the very first Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) in 1973-74 will join Great Britain II/Whitbread Heritage on the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first official reunion and regatta to be held in Alicante next year and celebrating the first 10 races held over 37 years.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds has 112 entries but will we see a solid wing sail?
Pat Langley,
With just over a month to go before race one of the Zhik Moth Worlds, regatta organizers have received a talent filled 112 entries from ten countries who are all ready to test themselves and their boats on Lake Macquarie NSW, Australia in January 2011.... [more]
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ISAF Worlds 2014: Denmark puts in its bid
Dansk Sejlunion,
ISAF Worlds 2014 - Denmark demonstrates great continuity in terms of bidding for and hosting major international sailing championships and is now widely recognised as one of the world's leading organisers in the field.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Day 2 - Is there blood in the water? Sharks?
Monsoon Cup Media 2010,
Mixing the metaphors, at the Press conference at the end of Monsoon Cup Day One, the World Match Racing Championship tour leader Mathieu Richard looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.... [more]
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