Welcome to this week's edition of our Sail-World.com UK newsletter.
How close can it get after four weeks at sea, more than 6,700 miles of racing through the Southern Ocean and the South Atlantic to Uruguay? Just ask Chris Stanmore-Major who lost second place in the third sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo challenge by just 40 seconds.
Once onshore CSM said 'We have lost out on second place and that's a great pity, I wish we were parked one boat closer to Brad, but I think we have made our point – we know what we're doing now and we can go fast.'
We have local news from around the UK, the SB3 World Championship entries have topped 120, the Dinghy Show is upon us and the RYA Club of the year has been announced, Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella have been battling big winds and seas in the Barcelona World Race and the RS Feva World Championship entry numbers are ever increasing.
This week, looking forward to summer, we feature Wildwind Sailing Holidays in the Greek Islands. Its a must read and if you've not been there before a place every self respecting racing sailor needs to go on holidays.
Don't miss the America's Cup videos - another interesting 'blast from the past'.
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Finally, the Christchurch New Zealand earthquake was horrific and the effects on the people and the area of Canterbury will be felt for a very long time. If you would like to contribute to the Christchurch Earthquake appeal, please click on the link that appears on Sail-World.com pages. This will take you directly to the Earthquake Appeal website.
Sail-World.com wishes you a safe and happy week.
Velux 5 Oceans - Closest ever finish in solo ocean racing history Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - The third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans came to the most incredibly thrilling climax today with Polish ocean racer Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski beating British rival Chris Stanmore-Major to second place by just 40 seconds. It is the closest ever finish in solo ocean racing history.... [more] Share this story
Wildwind Holidays - Living the Dream Sail-World, It's 1986 and Simon Morgan, son of former Olympic medallist Tony Morgan who partnered Keith Musto to silver in the Flying Dutchman Class at the Tokyo 1964 Games, is 29 years old and fed up with his life in London.... [more] Share this story
Wildwind Holiday - Wild Wind Action Sail-World.com, WildWind is well named as these photos show. Mornings do provide light wind learning opportunities but afternoons are for serious sailors. Check it out at www.wildwind.co.uk... [more] Share this story
RYA Club of the Year announced Sarah Alexander, South Staffordshire Sailing Club were crowned RYA Club of the Year by Team Volvo for life sailor Penny Clark and RYA CEO Sarah Treseder today (05 March) at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam climactic final day PWA, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam final day and the trusty Mui Ne thermal breeze was back in full effect for the slalom competition in winds gusting up to 25 knots. The women's third elimination saw Offringa continue her run of form right through to the winners final.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week - Wish you were here? Louay Habib, In less than two months the Caribbean's longest running and best-known regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, will be in full flow and there is still time to experience one of the top sailing regattas worldwide. Competitors will be flocking to Antigua from all over the world, sailors and yachts from well-over a dozen countries are coming to the magical island in the central Caribbean... [more] Share this story
RYA launches new Sail for Gold programme Emma Slater, Under a cloud of gold confetti and to the shouts of 'Sail for Gold' from excited youngsters the RYA officially unveiled its new Sail for Gold programme today (Saturday 05 March) at Alexandra Palace... [more] Share this story
RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011 - Team15 celebrates 10th anniversary Emma Slater, Under an arch of Team15 balloons and matching orange and black beverages, friends, sponsors and some special ex Team15ers officially started celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of RYA Team15, at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011 (05 March)... [more] Share this story
Sailing stars open the 2011 RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Emma Slater, Not one, not two but four members of Skandia Team GBR joined a packed house for the opening ceremony of the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race 2011 convoy to the Cape Barcelona World Race, Virbac-Paprec 3 continues to forge their way up the south Atlantic now past the Falklands to their east and still monitoring closely what they feel will happen with the high pressure ahead of them. Their speeds remain good averaging over 18 knots through the night to hold a lead of 234.7 miles over Mapfre. They have 30kts SWly winds... [more] Share this story
GP14 2011 Speed Sails Grand Prix focus GP14 UK Class Association, In this second article we are spotlighting the two Scottish Clubs hosting the two Scottish events that make up part of the Grand Prix Series, the Scottish Championship venue at Annandale in June and the nominated event venue at Arran Yacht Club in September.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race 2011—Mapfre in serious pursuit of Virbac-Paprec 3 Barcelona World Race, After their detour and four hours halt to try and sort out a halyards issue Mapfre have clearly channelled their frustration and disappointment into simply pressing the accelerator pedal back to the floor as they immediately try to make up the 200 miles that they lost to Barcelona World Race leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 yesterday night and this morning... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta 40th Anniversary commemorative stamps unveiled Linda Phillips, With the long time history of sailing as a primary economic and social activity in the British Virgin Islands, it is only fitting that the territory is known as 'The Sailing Capital of the World.'... [more] Share this story
Christchurch Earthquake: A sailor's view of the damage and aftermath Sail-World correspondent, One of the New Zealand sailing fraternity is working on at Christchurch and reports on the scene: 'I haven't made any contact with any of the Clubs around the region, but the re is severe damage all around the waterfronts. Christchurch and Mt Pleasant club site look bad, no word from the Harbour and I haven't been over to Lyttelton and south yet, where reports are of serious damage. Not enough... [more] Share this story
Superyachts raise $55,000 for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Ellie Brade, On the 22nd of February at 12.51pm, a shallow earthquake of 6.3 magnitude, rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving the city devastated. With the need to help the many affected by the disaster apparent, the superyacht community in New Zealand rallied. On Thursday night in Auckland a fundraiser, organized by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support Ltd saw around $55,000 raised for the cause.... [more] Share this story
Gill Commodore's Cup day 1 lead to Brit-Aussie Cookson 50 Jazz Heather Tackling, Though the weather was gray and drizzly all morning, as the fleet assembled for the high-noon start of the event, patches of blue appeared above. Soon after, in a 12-14 knot southeasterly breeze, racing commenced in a lumpy, leftover sea.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7 Sail-World Archives, TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers. Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - Heart of America goes home Sail-World Archives, Heart of America were one of the character challengers in the 1987 America's Cup, they were headed up by the incredibly successful, hugely respected and universally admired, Buddy Melges all the way from Zenda, Wisconsin. Although they didn't make the Challenger Semi-Finals, Buddy and his team gave it a very serious try, and like most America's Cup Challengers just ran out of time. Here PJ Mo... [more] Share this story
Derek Hatfield finishes Velux 5 Oceans third sprint Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has finished the third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at 5.52pm local time (1952 UTC) to take fourth position. Derek completed the leg from Wellington in New Zealand to Punta del Este in 25 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes, just over an hour behind fellow ocean racers... [more] Share this story
Round the Island in 80 Years: Every picture tells a story Peta Stuart-Hunt, Round the Island in 80 Years was officially launched from J.P. Morgan's Great Hall in London yesterday (Tuesday, 1st March) at a preview event co-hosted by the Race organisers the Island Sailing Club and title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Over 100 guests were treated to a feast of imagery, anecdotes and characters representing the last eight decades of the Race.... [more] Share this story
McConaghy Ker 40 - the next 40-foot performance benchmark? John Curnow, Without doubt, 40 feet, is the new everything, as builders aim to serve this burgeoning market with better, faster and more exciting products. The new, high-performance Ker 40 IRC Racing Yacht, manufactured by McConaghy Boats, is definitely one that people have been watching closely... [more] Share this story
Significant changes made to Portsmouth number list Emma Slater, For the second year running the Portsmouth Number (PN) list has undergone some significant changes for the upcoming racing season. 2011 changes include an increase in classes achieving either Primary or Secondary Yardstick status.... [more] Share this story
The Nespresso Cup international regatta returns to Portofino Nestlé Nespresso, Nespresso and Wally announce the second edition of the international sailing event that will gather the Wally Class in Portofino in May 2011... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: New Racing Rules - 'Jimmy, You've got Mail' Sail-World, The Racing Rules for the 34th America's Cup have been issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing's pinnacle event. The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching America's Cup racing.... [more] Share this story
Cape Horn in sight for Barcelona World Race fleet Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Cape Horn is the round the world racer's ultimate milestone. It is the time that the bow is finally directed in a northerly direction, what feels like home-wards. In theory the wind ravaged Cape puts behind them the wild challenges of the southern oceans and starts the final long 10000 miles ascent of the Atlantic.... [more] Share this story
Britain phases approach for new waterways charity Emma Slater, Following the British Government's decision in October 2010 that the canals and rivers currently managed by British Waterways (BW) will be transferred to a new third sector charitable organisation, the Government announced on Monday (28 February) that it has decided the Environment Agency's navigable waterways should also transfer to the new charity... [more] Share this story
Stanmore-Major claims second in Velux 5 Oceans sprint Velux 5 Oceans, British skipper Stanmore-Major has dramatically stolen second place in a thrilling finale to the Velux 5 Oceans third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Just a week ago the 33-year-old was around 200 nautical miles behind race rivals Derek Hatfield and Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski who were engaged in a fight for second and third positions... [more] Share this story
RS200 Winter Championships season start at Northampton SC RS Association, RS200 Winter Championships season kicked off with the first Gul Grand Prix event at Northampton Sailing Club.... [more] Share this story
Competitions, celebrations and more Emma Slater, The RYA has a whole host of events taking place throughout the weekend (5-6 March) at the Dinghy Show. The show marks the official launch of the RYA's new Sail for Gold programme.... [more] Share this story
Eileen Ramsay photo archive now available through PPL PPL Photo Agency, The work of Eileen Ramsay, the Queen of yachting photography from the early 1950s to 1970s, has been saved for posterity. sailing archive, which records the explosion in dinghy and small boat sailing in Britain after the War years, also includes iconic pictures of offshore racing in the Solent.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship winner Australian Sailing Team patron Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia would like to congratulate Australian Sailing Team Patron Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on winning the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney last weekend.... [more] Share this story
Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club's Tipsy Icicle Week 7 Paul Allen, Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club - The premier winter series in the North West continued at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club on Sunday 27 February 2011 with week 7 of the Tipsy Icicle Series. The series has now attracted in excess of 130 boats in the 3 three fleets of Asymmetric, Laser & Handicap.... [more] Share this story
International 420 Coach Clinic and Development Programme Tony Mapplebeck, 420 Class is organising a fourth coaching clinic in Europe. Aimed to strengthen coaching capacity and to encourage and sustain youth sailing, this clinic will be led by Jim Saltonstall. Coaches will develop skills, share knowledge and reflect on practice, working with a fleet of 420s and sailors. The seminar will be hosted by the Austrian National Sailing Training Institute at Neusiedl am See, Aus... [more] Share this story
2011 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup win to Gavin Brady Heather Tackling, 2011 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup and in come-from-behind fashion on the deciding race of the New Zealand ace Gavin Brady defeated Virgin Island legend Peter Holmberg.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam - Arutkin draws first blood on day five PWA, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam - On day five Alice Arutkin draws the slalom fleet's first blood with victory in the opening race elimination of the Vietnam PWA Grand Slam.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race—De Lage Landen ‘embraces the world' Heather Ewing, De Lage Landen, a global provider of asset-based financing programmes, announced today at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show that it will enter the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. In addition, their involvement in the race has secured the inaugural stopover for the Netherlands; the ten-strong Clipper fleet will make an official host port visit to the Netherlands in July 2012... [more] Share this story
Rolex Fastnet Race – RORC increase number of places available Trish Jenkins, In an effort to absorb the large waiting list for the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club have decided to increase the number of places available to IRC yachts by removing the ‘professionally' sailed classes from the 300 entry limit. The Volvo Ocean 70s, Imoca 60s, Class 40s and Multihulls will be counted over and above the previous 300 entry limit... [more] Share this story
JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International - The Holy Grail of Skiff sailing Simon Brown, The Australian 18 Footers League Double Bay Sydney is all set to stage the Holy Grail of Skiff Sailing the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2011 from Fri 4th to Sun 13th March... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Images of USA-17's Return Home Gillles Martin-Raget, The winner of the 33rd America's Cup, BMW Oracle Racing's USA-17 returned to her home country on Monday, local time. It was her first trip to her home town and port of San Francisco - although she was built an sea-trialled at Anacortes and then taken to San Diego for a final work up. At this stage there are no definite plans her her to sail again.... [more] Share this story
RS Class reveals plans for record-setting dinghy sailing event Pollyanna Tyekiff, The RS Games will see sailors from nine RS fleets will compete for a number of National, European and World Championship titles from 15-26th August 2011. With racing spread throughout the two week period and up to three races per class per day scheduled, there will be daily on the water action.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - USA 17 trimaran back home Oracle Racing, America's Cup - The ship carrying USA 17 passed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at 0530 PST and berthed alongside San Francisco's Pier 80 at 0650. The trimaran may not sail again, her place in history assured by two brief, glorious moments in February 2010. USA 17 has only ever contested two races in her life. She won both convincingly to win the oldest trophy in international sport from the Swi... [more] Share this story
Normandy Channel Race - Fabien Delahaye enters Kate Jennings, The young Norman skipper (Port De Caen – Ouistreham) is the eleventh entry in this second edition of the Normandy Channel Race alongside Bruno Jourdren as co-skipper.... [more] Share this story
RS Feva Worlds 2011 entry numbers continue to grow Golly Tucker, RS Feva Worlds 2011 entry numbers have hit 100 entries with five months to go. Anyone interested (UK or abroad) should take a look on the class website at http://irsca.rssailing.net/rsfeva/... [more] Share this story
Christchurch Earthquake: Donation details - Official Fund Richard Gladwell, Sail-World has spoken to one of the assessors on the still shaking ground at Christchurch. He advises that the damage in Christchurch is far, far more serious and extensive than the previous earthquake in September, and the situation is ongoing. The New Zealand Government has this morning established an official disaster fund for assistance of the people of Christchurch. Here's how we can help... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 forces White Crusader out Sail-World Archives, The British Challenger, White Crusader was one of the top boats forced out of the semi-finals for the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Here PJ Montomery anchors the TVNZ coverage of her final race, the arm-wrestle downwind luffing match, followed in a second clip with the Media Conference and comments from White Crusader challenge head, Harold Cudmore.... [more] Share this story
Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics? Markus Schwendtner, One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.... [more] Share this story
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