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 10 Aug 2011
 


Ainslie and Williams aim high, crashes, videos, images and more

Welcome to our latest edition of Sail-World.com's UK newsletter.

The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta is in full swing. Being held at the London Olympics sailing venue, this regatta has attracted the world's top sailors and the competition is tough.


In the Finns, Ben Ainslie showed his class, fighting back after taking an unplanned swim to hold a three point lead going into the lay day. Cold, strong winds and physically testing conditions in Weymouth Bay have been pushing the GBR sailors.

And we cannot forget Cowes Week and the Extreme 40 crashes. While the majority of the fleets enjoyed sunshine and breeze, Aberdeen Asset Management managed to entertain the crowds with a spectacular cart wheel, the boat flipping almost vertical, before capsizing. See Sail-World.com's exclusive images from Ben Gladwell, and if that's not enough checkout the video.

Extreme 40's Aberdeen Asset Management Capsize  Ben Gladwell


Ian William, Team GAC Pindar is aiming to win his third World Match Racing Tour championship, having two consecutive wins under his belt heading into the St Moritz Match Race at the end of August. Williams is currently lying third on the WMRT leaderboard.

Elsewhere, Phil Sharp leads the British charge on La Solitaire du Figaro's second leg from Caen, France to Dun Laoghaire, Ireland and the first Clipper Round the World yachts are expected shortly in Madeira, Spain.

Locally we have news from Burnham Week, the Topper Nationals, GP14 Nationals, Optimist Open and Nationals and much more.

And finally don't miss Bob Fisher's view of the America's Cup World Series - fascinating reading. Oh and there are videos and images too from the event.

So for all the latest sailing news, views, images and videos from around the world stay tuned to www.Sail-World.com


Sail-World.com Team



Extreme Sailing: Cartwheels at Cowes - the full sequence
Ben Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and raced around the seawall to catch this sequence of shots of Aberdeen Asset Management's spectacular cartwheel, literally at the feet of thousands of fans gathered to see the third day of racing in the Extreme 40's.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Sustainable lunch and the next AC World Series ride
Bob Fisher,
Day 5 another lay day - America's Cup World Series - Cascais, Portugal: I attended the subsequent lunch with TVNZ's Martin Tasker and we reasoned that we were doing our bit for sustainability by eating food that might otherwise have been thrown away.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup day 2 upsets and bullets
PWA,
The PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup has now completed its second day of competition which witnessed Bjorn Dunkerbeck stamp down his authority in Alacati with two more bullets. Another positive note on the day was for Karin Jaggi who sailed two faultless finals to secure her place in the lead.... [more]
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470 Junior Europeans - Star turn out of sailors in Belgium
Luissa Smith,
470 Junior European Championships 2011 entry list reads like a who's who of many of the most talented young 470 sailors from Europe and beyond. The Championships has attracted 164 sailors from 22 nations from Argentina to Hungary, Russia to Australia.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - The descent on the leaderboard
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Cowes has recovered from the drama that just yesterday cart-wheeled the Extreme 40 Aberdeen Asset Management. It has also a day that many well-known faces from the world of sailing and sport dropped by to sail on board as a fifth man guest or just enjoy the atmosphere.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – Tough conditions
Lindsey Bell,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark recovered well from difficult starts to keep a firm hold on the overall lead in the 470 women's fleet, while Olympic Champion Paul Goodison came back fighting after his rest day to advance up the Laser leaderboard.... [more]
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America's Cup Emirates Team NZ calls for vote on website dispute
Warren Douglas,
Following a mediation session convened yesterday between the parties, Emirates Team New Zealand wants all challengers for the 34th America's Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to maintain their own internet sites containing America's Cup content mirrored with the 34th America's Cup site.... [more]
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Cowes Week – XOD secretary wins Ladies Day Trophy
Rupert Holmes,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Another glorious day's racing was held on the Solent today. Tina Scott, XOD class secretary, was crowned as winner of the Ladies Day trophy. Tina Scott has been a major force in the organisation of the fleet's centenary celebrations, including the 145-boat fleet competing this week. The Trophy marked the culmination of a variety of activities to celebrate... [more]
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Bouwmeester on fire at Weymouth and Portland International Regatta
ISAF,
At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) opened up a twenty-four point lead after eight races in the Laser Radial after yet another fantastic day. After two big wind days the conditions were lighter and shiftier with winds ranging from nine to twelve knots.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Winds lead to shifts in XOD positions
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, dramatic changes in the XOD positions have ensued after fluky winds arose. 'Well, someone had to win,' commented co-owner of X169 Perdix David Humphreys, somewhat modestly after beating 138 other XODs on the third day of racing for the 100 year old class.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - A new beginning in the Celtic Sea
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro has certainly been an incredible race so far but, the efforts invested in the past forty-eight hours could come down to very little for the forty-six skippers participating on the second leg of the famous single-handed race.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia victorious
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia, one of two Australian teams competing in the race, has secured victory in the first race from Southampton to Madeira, crossing the finish line at 1337 local time (1237GMT). For the final part of the 1,340-mile leg it has been a two-way battle for supremacy between the Gold Coast entry and Visit Finland.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia extends lead
Heather Ewing,
It's going to be a busy day in Madeira today as the yachts begin to make landfall at the end of the first race of Clipper 11-12. Gold Coast Australia is expected between 1400 and 1500 local time (1300-1400 GMT). The team has consistently been extending its lead over the last 24 hours and is now 54 miles closer to the finish than the Finns.... [more]
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Ian Williams chasing third World Match Racing Tour title
WMRT,
After five stages of the World Match Racing Tour, the world's premier monohull match racing series, British skipper Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar is currently lying third in the overall standings.... [more]
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GBR on top at RS Tera Worlds
RS Tera Sailing,
RS Tera Worlds. In the Pros, Will Taylor gave a master class to the fleet on how to sail a boat quickly. He dominated the fleet with out-standing pace and consistency. Winning with a day (two races) to spare, he became GBR's first World Champion of the week.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds day 2 - Wind and more wind
Paige Brooks,
San Francisco Bay showed her true form today and sorted the wheat from the chaff in some of the fleets. On the North Course, racing started on time and was flukey for the Standard Apprentices and Grand Masters with big lefties.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Cowes images by Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt images,
Extreme Sailing Series Cowes Alinghi images by Chris Schmidt... [more]
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Fisher's View: On the Lay Day prowl - and more of the AC World Series
Bob Fisher,
Way back when . . . there used to be something special associated with lay days at a regatta. If you were lucky . . . but times have changed and the whole scene has changed with them. Today the action is in the hangars where the boats are stored and primped to perfection, but that doesn't help this junkie in need of a fix. I want to go sailing again in an AC-45.... [more]
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RS Games - RS100 Stadium Sprint Championships for Cancer Research
Paul Childs,
RS100 Stadium Sprint Championships, a charity event for Cancer Research, will see 16 sailors take to the water for quick short course racing in a knock out competition. With the courses set close to shore the event will provide onshore spectators with a thrilling contest.... [more]
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RYA British JT250 Sprint Championship - Ben Jelf claims third title
Emma Slater,
RYA British JT250 Sprint Championship - It was championship title number three for the powerboat racing youngster Ben Jelf from Maidstone when he was crowned 2011 RYA British JT250 Sprint Champion. The 11 year old from the Stewartby Powerboat Racing Club, Bedford did battle against seven other junior racers in the bid to clinch the title.... [more]
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Fisher's View: The junkie gets another fix - AC World Series
Bob Fisher,
This junkie had another fix today; well not one but three, and then some. Meeting the right people at the right time (Jimmy Spithill at the welcoming party last evening) and asking the correct question (Got any space for a passenger tomorrow?) resulted in the sixth-man spot on Oracle Racing No.4 for the three speed trials.... [more]
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London Paralympics - First athletes to compete for Britain announced
Lindsey Bell,
London Paralympics 2012 - With just over a year to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the BPA today announced the selection of the first athletes who will compete for Great Britain at London 2012. The athletes are the first named members of the British team to achieve selection and are the first athletes to be officially selected for either ParalympicsGB or Team GB.... [more]
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Burnham Week dinghy regatta
Mel Lewis,
A newly formatted three day, eight race dinghy regatta over the first weekend of Burnham Week is a must for the end of the summer.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 2 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the second day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Crowds turn out for the Extreme 40's at Cowes
Ben Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and onto a RIB to provide this gallery of images from the second day of the Extreme 40 racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: A long hard day at Cascais for Green Comm Racing
Pierre Orphanidis,
Conditions were just perfect during the second day of racing in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, with blue skies, flat seas and a good breeze between 12 and 18 knots. It wasn't, unfortunately, a day to uncork champagne for Green Comm Racing, the Spanish 34th America's Cup challenger.... [more]
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