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 03 Feb 2011
 


Brits win 470 NZ Nats, AC and more sailing news

Welcome to Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

The Miami OCR is over and following on from the British success at that event, Nick Rogers and Chris Grube have taken out the New Zealand 470 National event.


GBR 41, Giles Scott, Finn, GBR - Miami OCR 2011  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Cork, Ireland is set to host the ISAF Team Racing World Championship, Chris Stanmore-Major is gearing up for the next sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans, from Wellington, New Zealand, to Punta del Este in Uruguay and the ISAF World Cup standings sees Great Britain on top with seven gold, six silver and six bronze medals for a total of 19 from two regattas.

In the Barcelona World race Dee Caffari and her Spanish co skipper Anna Corbella, onboard GAES Centros Auditivos, are not having an easy time.

The Jules Verne Trophy challenge is on! Thomas Coville onboard Sodebo has set off chasing the 'solo' record held by
Francis Joyon (Idec), while the maxi trimiran Banque Populaire V, skippered by Pascal Bidegorry and with 13 crew, is chasing Franck Cammas and Groupama's 'fully crewed' record.

We have local dinghy news and more international news from around the globe and we hope you enjoy reading this week's edition.


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Top British Mens crew lead New Zealand 470 Nationals 2011
Christine Hansen,
The NZ 470 Nationals got underway with with five races on Day 2 following the cancellation of racing on Day 1 due to strong winds. Fifteen boats are taking part in the Olympic class event, with three countries represented, ahead of the Sail Auckland Regatta... [more]
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America's Cup: The AC45 Video Show
George Johns,
Over the past couple of weeks the AC45 has been turning head in Auckland, New Zealand. She has also been the subject of many hours of video photography, by one of the worlds best video cameramen, and editor, George Johns. Here we present a gallery of the video - just in case you missed something..... [more]
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BUSA National Match Racing Championships - Solent win Qualifier 2
Jess Beecher,
Rob Gullan and his team from Southampton Solent University have won the BUSA Match Racing Qualifier 2 last weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Leroy and Ainslie top
ISAF,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Claire Leroy (FRA) has jumped ahead of Nicky Souter in the ISAF world match race women's rankings.... [more]
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Kiteboards at the Olympics: If there is no wind, there is no wind...
Markus Schwendtner,
It should have become a demonstration of what kiteboarding has to offer to Sailing in the Olympic Games - but if there is no wind, there is no wind...Some of the fastest kite racers in the world came to Miami to participate in the kiteboarding demonstration for the Olympic Racing Classes Regatta on the final weekend of the Regatta.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Blast from the past for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail solo around the world non-stop, was today united with the son of a New Zealand fisherman who he met on his historic singlehanded circumnavigation.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy 2011 - Brian Thompson reports
Brian Thompson,
Brian Thompson* is a crew member aboard the Maxi Trimiran Banque Populaire V, which is attempting to break the 'fully crewed' Jules Verne record... [more]
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America's Cup: Evacuating from Valencia + Video
Oracle Racing,
A chapter of America's Cup history closed, and a new one opened, with the departure of the then BMW Oracle Racing team from Valencia, Spain - headed for San Francisco, USA. Taking advantage of a fortuitous break in the weather, Scott Sandford and a team from Oracle Racing were able to finish the loading of USA 17, the America's Cup-winning trimaran, and its massive wingsail aboard the freighter M.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 clocks a new speed record on the Waitemeta - Video
George Johns,
The AC45 set a new speed record of 29.9kts on Auckland's Anniversary Day as she ripped around the Waitemata Harbour with the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta fleet. Here's another George Johns' video of the day and the occasion - including some high speed bow dips.... [more]
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The Mother of all Tropical Cyclones!!
Bureau of Meteorology/Marine Business News,
Tropical cyclone advice number 11 top priority issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane at 5:01am EST on Wednesday the second of February 2011.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella go against the flow
Coralie Rassinoux,
At just over four weeks into the Barcelona World Race, Dee Caffari and her co skipper Anna Corbella are not having an easy time of it. Due to the combination of a high pressure system and the presence of additional ice gates imposed for safety reasons, the duo have been forced north which has resulted in them battling upwind conditions to make any progress along the race course.... [more]
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Mirror Winter Youth Squad training at Poole Yacht Club
Peter Robinson,
The weekend of 29th / 30th January 2011 saw the second Mirror Youth Squad Training event taking place at The Poole Yacht Club.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans—Fleet face toughest challenge yet in ocean sprint three
Velux 5 Oceans,
Howling winds and mountainous seas, the most remote place on the entire planet and the infamous Cape Horn – that is what lies in store for the Velux 5 Oceans racers during ocean sprint three. The 6,000 nautical mile leg from Wellington, New Zealand, to Punta del Este in Uruguay will see the four ocean racers head deeper into the Southern Ocean than they have been yet.... [more]
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Book Extract: Paul Henderson - 'The Pope of Sailing' + Video
Paul Henderson,
Last month, in our New Zealand edition, we ran the following extract from former ISAF President, Paul Henderson's excellent book, 'The Pope of Sailing'. Henderson is a three time Olympian in three different classes, before going on to put back more into the sport than he had taken out of it.... [more]
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SailJuice Global Warm-Up round three
Andy Rice,
SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011 - Andrew Peake has closed the gap on series leaders in the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011, the Merlin Rocket of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis... [more]
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Brits win NZ 470 Nationals at Takapuna
Christine Hansen, NZ 470 Assoc,
The New Zealand 470 Nationals came to an end with Nick Rogers and Chris Grube of Great Britain taking out the regatta with an impressive second and three first placings. Second overall, and first New Zealand sailors, were Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders who loosened the grip Geoff Woolley has had on the National title for the last (at least) three years, but not totally out of the picture by a... [more]
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Sigma 38's claim One Design record
Paul Fenner,
Sigma 38's - With a total of 31 trophies and prizes awarded at this year's 22nd annual dinner and a 2011 programme jam packed with even more sea miles than ever... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds
Jane Eagleson, Americascup.com,
The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
ISAF,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Less than one week to go
Velux 5 Oceans,
There is less than one week to go until the start of sprint three of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. Since they finished the gruelling second sprint from Cape Town to Wellington around two weeks, the Velux 5 Oceans skippers have hard at work preparing their Eco 60 ocean racing yachts for their next challenge.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet ....
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more]
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Jules Verne - Brian Thompson reports from off Brazilian coast
Brian Thompson,
Another hot night here off the coast of Brasil. Sailing downwind with the full main and biggest gennaker. There are a few rain clouds around, but nothing like last night at this same time of day, when we were stopped for hours in heavy rain. So we are making relatively steady progress, at around 15 to 23 knots, depending on the wind speed.... [more]
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Noble Marine Solo Winter Championships
Mike Ball,
Noble Marine Solo Winter Championships 45 hardy Solo Sailors arrived at Grafham to be greeted with an icy northerly breeze that seemed capable of cutting through to the bone, to enjoy three back to back races.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Youth National Championships entries open
Lindsey Bell,
RYA Volvo Youth National Championships countdown has begun with online entries now open.... [more]
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Doyle Sails Frostbite Races 3 & 4
Mike Garvey,
Doyle Sails Frostbite Series races 3 and 4 were frosty for the early starters with wall to wall sunshine and a light Northerly breeze greeting the racers for the second days racing in the aptly named Frostbite series.... [more]
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Coville departs - the Round the World chase is on + Video
Sodebo Media,
Top French multihull sailor, Thomas Coville, has left on his round the world circumnavigation attempt, chasing Banque Populaire. Here is a short commentary on his start off Brest, along with images and videos of the departure. 'I dropped my buddies in the Channel Four and I approached Ushant, a figure that is always impressive with the island's lighthouse Stiff.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Finn medal haul for British on day six
Robert Deaves,
A fifth place in the medal race was just enough for Giles Scott (GBR) to end the 2011 Rolex Miami OCR in the same position that he started it in. Despite an OCS in race five, Scott has led the series from start to end, winning five races along the way.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from racing at the Rolex Miami OCR... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Medals decided
Dana Paxton,
With finishes counting double points today in the fleet racing, Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren finished third in the 104-boat Laser class, the largest here, and added six points to his score line, putting him three points out in front of Argentina's Julio Alsogaray for the Gold. Taking Bronze after Alsogaray's Silver was yesterday's leader Paul Goodison (GBR), the 2008 Laser Olympic Gold Medalist.... [more]
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Miami OCR - GBR sailors win 14 medals
Lindsey Bell,
Miami OCR - Britain's sailors dominated the 2011 Miami World Cup regatta yesterday, adding 12 medals in the Olympic classes to the two already won by the Paralympic classes on Friday.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Milestone
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - By late afternoon this Saturday, the fifth that the skippers of the Barcelona World Race fleet have spent at sea, five teams will have passed the Cape of Good Hope milestone.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Thomas Coville crosses start line + Video
Kate Jennings,
Jules Verne Trophy - Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo, crossed the start line today, Saturday 29 January 2011, at 11h07'28 UTC. To beat Francis Joyon's record, he will have to be back in Brest by 28 March at 0h40'34' UTC.&nlid=460708&tbl=<:tableName:>&ck=5vg<:password:>'>more]
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J class regatta announced for Newport, RI
Titch Blachford,
The J Class yachts Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in the J Class Newport Regatta, the first of a series of global J Class events, culminating in the Hundred Guinea Cup race, Cowes 2012. The J Class will use this regatta to kick off a four regatta programme culminating in a race around the Isle of Wight in July of 2012... [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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Crown Series - SB3 sports boats set to fly on Hobart's River Derwent
Peter Campbell,
The largest fleet of International SB3 sports boats outside of the class national championship will contest the Crown Series 2011 Bellerive Regatta over the last weekend in February.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2011 - Medal glory for Brits on penultimate day in Miami
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's sailors claimed their first medals of the Miami World Cup regatta on Friday (28 January), with gold going to the Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas, and bronze to Skud duo Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, as the Paralympic classes wrapped up their race series.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Medalists in three Paralympic classes
Dana Paxton,
The conditions, though chilly by Florida standards, played out perfectly for medals to be determined in three Paralympic classes, while 10 Olympic classes fought their final battles for the right to compete in tomorrow's medal races, which are comprised of top-ten 'sail-offs' for Finn, 49er, Men's 470, Women's 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Men's RS:X, Women's RS:X and Star classes, and Finals and Peti... [more]
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Miami OCR Finn Class - Brits supreme
Robert Deaves,
The early news of the day was that Ben Ainslie had managed to convert his DNE from race six into an RAF and was well and truly back in the hunt. Racing started earlier today to try and catch up the schedule for most classes and the fleet was greeted by 10 to 15 knots, offshore, shifty and choppy, with unlimited pumping on all the runs except the last one of the day.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011 lets you rub shoulders with sailing heroes
RYA,
RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011 kicks off a new season just around the corner. Your sailing heroes will be out in force with Ben Ainslie, Nick Dempsey and many others helping out around the show and answering your questions. With the largest collection of dinghies in the world under one roof, lots of fantastic activities and displays, this is one show which is not to be missed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand expected to sail AC45's
Richard Gladwell,
At the international media conference held yesterday at the old Team New Zealand base in Viaduct Harbour, it was revealed that Team New Zealand would be one of the four teams having practice sessions in the new AC45 prototype which has been sailing in Auckland for the past 12 days. The AC45 is expected to be handed over to America's Cup Management early next week, at which point she will be mad... [more]
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British Keelboat Academy announces new Regional Initiative
Lindsey Bell,
British Keelboat Academy - Following the success of the Squad Selections for the British Keelboat Academy (BKA) at the end of last year, the RYA has announced plans to link with three regional centres to offer keelboat race training.... [more]
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America's Cup: New Cup cat purrs 'like F1 car'
Suzanne McFadden,
After declaring the new style of Cup racing under his watch would meet the expectations of the Facebook generation, not that of the Flintstones, Coutts yesterday admitted feeling a little prehistoric sailing the AC45 built to usher in the new era. There were broad hints yesterday that Emirates Team New Zealand is the as-yet unnamed entry.... [more]
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Cowes Week - New title sponsor announced
Michelle Warner,
Cowes Week, now bearing the official title Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, is one of the world's best-known sailing regattas with a rich heritage dating back to 1826. One immediate benefit of the sponsorship will be a reduction in race entry fees, a move that will be welcomed by the 1,000-strong Cowes Week racing fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts vigorous in defence of catamarans + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, attacked those who do not believe it will be possible to have match racing in multihulls in the 34th America's Cup. 'The modern multihull is a lot more advanced than even those of 10 years ago', he said. When I say it is a lot better - it is different universe!'... [more]
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America's Cup: Ride aboard the AC45 +Videos
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Join Russell Coutts and the crew of the prototype AC45, as they do another day of sea trials on the Hauraki Gulf. Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget takes us aboard the AC45 for a first hand look at what it is like to sail aboard the 25kt plus capable catamaran... [more]
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Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy: Can the Merlins work their magic?
Andy Rice,
Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy Doublehanded division last year Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis won, and this year the Merlin Rocket sailors also find themselves at the top of the series leaderboard at the half way stage of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Qingdao Chinese host venue
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2011 official launch in Estoril (Portugal) in December 2010 confirmed China confirmed as one of nine the host countries – a new territory for this year's circuit and a significant step into the burgeoning Asian market. Today, it can now be revealed that Qingdao will be the official host Chinese venue to Act 2 to be staged between 13th to 17th April.... [more]
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Images from Rolex Miami OCR: ISAF World Cup action
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water for the first days of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the second round of the ISAF World Cup, and presents this gallery of the action from the Olympic and Paralympic classes... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour crown targetted by Ian Williams
Jo Gawith,
World Match Racing wice previous champion Team GAC Pindar's skipper, Ian Williams has his sights set on winning a third world crown, following confirmation of his 2011 World Match Racing Tour Card, by race organisers this week.... [more]
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Liverpool Boat Show - Tickets go on sale
Cailah Leask,
Liverpool Boat Show 2011 - Tickets for the Liverpool Boat Show 2011 are now on sale. The highly anticipated new boating show is set to attract 400,000 visitors when it takes place from April 29 to May 8 in the historic waterside surroundings of the Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey.... [more]
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RS Multi-fleet Race Training Weekends
Debbie Darling,
The RS Class Association are pleased to announce a new coaching initiative for RS members in 2011.... [more]
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Pallot Windows Frostbite Series – Race 6 final report
William Harris,
The sixth and final race of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Pallot Windows Frostbite Series was held on Sunday when fourteen boats came to the line for the 0830 start. Despite having to rise bright and early, crews took consolation from the superb conditions that promised yet another good morning's racing.... [more]
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