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 17 Aug 2011
 


Rambler capsizes. All the latest sailing news from around the globe

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

This year's Rolex Fastnet Race has certainly grabbed the headlines and we have all the news, videos and images from the race.


The capsize of Rambler and the subsequent rescue of the crew dominated publications, however the Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V set a new multihull record and the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi set the new monohull record.

George David's Rambler 100 capsizes in the Celtic Sea - Rolex Fastnet Race 2011  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

On the home front the Musto Skiff Nationals are underway, indeed so too are the RS800 Nationals, the RS500 Worlds are underway in Weymouth while the F18 and Hurricane Nationals have just concluded.

A very busy week indeed, stay up to date with all the latest sailing news, views, interviews and videos on www.Sail-World.com


Sail-World.com Team



Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams cross Scoring Gate
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'It has been a very action packed and fun filled 24 hours!' exclaims Singapore's skipper Ben Bowley this morning. 'After yesterday morning's position report it was clear that with some careful trimming it would be possible to make it to the Scoring Gate at the very least in third place.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Class40's head uphill for the final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - After 72 hours of racing, the Class40 fleet face beating to the finish for the final 70 miles following a predominantly offwind leg from Fastnet Rock to the Scilly Isles. With less than 200 miles of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Course remaining, the leading Class40 pack in the 17-boat fleet compressed even further with the lead constantly changing as the group lined-up in the Celti... [more]
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Lark National Championships at Abersoch day 3
Stuart Hydon,
Lark National Championships - What a day and certainly a long one! The morning arrived with a reducing 35 knot breeze to a mere 25 knots and it was with huge confused seas. The forecast was for the wind to drop by mid afternoon to a very manageable 15 knots.... [more]
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RS100 Nationals at Weymouth and Portland day 1 + Video
RS Class Association,
RS100 Nationals - With 25 knots on the way to the start, the RS100s blasted down to their start with a few swims. Race one was port biassed with a clean get-away. Paul Childs tacked early and headed right to take first, followed by Neal Freeman and Huw Powell. Childs had a few swims, knocking him to third. Down the last run it was Ian Turnbull, Freeman, Powell and Childs all very tight.... [more]
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European Youth Sailing Games day 2
Elena Giolai,
European Youth Sailing Games - It was a fine day's racing with all scheduled races completed. Eight for the 29er and six for the Byte and Techno 293 board with the elimination of the worst races in place. Excellent results for the Italians in the Byte M&F and Techno board F. There is a more heated battle for the top slot in the 29er and Techno Board M.... [more]
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Marinas across the country launch RYA Active Marina Programme
Susie Nation-Grainger,
Marinas across the country are signing up to the new RYA Active Marina Programme which encourages berth holders to make the most of life with their boat through marina based training workshops and by supporting organised cruises and social events in marinas.... [more]
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Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championships - Australians lead
Thomas Capitani,
Ronstan A-Cat Worlds first race day was sunny, with a light breeze from west; shortly before the start, however, the wind died down and Principal Race Officer Andreas Kuchler wisely chose to set the postponement pennant. After a brief pause, the wind came back; this time from the south, however.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos and interviews
Sail-World,
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment... [more]
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RS800 Nationals Day 2 at Weymouth
Debbie Darling,
RS800 Nationals are part of the RS Games being held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) which take place until 26th August 2011. The second day of racing has now been completed. Portland Harbour delivered a fantastic day's racing on the sixty boat RS800 fleet at the second day of the RS800 Games.... [more]
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RS500 Worlds day 1 + Video
Golly Tucker,
The Magic Marine RS500 World Championship has now completed its first day of racing and Weymouth didn't disappoint. As the wind built, so did the anticipation in the boat park; there were some nerves as well as a fresh south-westerly blowing across the dinghy park.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet - Maxi Banque Populaire V sets two new records
Voile Banque Populaire,
Maxi Banque Populaire V carries on expanding her collection of brilliant exploits, which can sometimes be source of great pride. By covering the 608 miles distance between the Solent and the famous Irish lighthouse in 32 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds, Loïck Peyron and his men are dropping a record set in 1999 by ... Loïck Peyron himself.... [more]
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Lark National Championships at Abersoch day 2
Stuart Hydon,
Lark National Championships - There can be few better sailing venues than Abersoch with the sun shining and a force four breeze. In fact it was champagne sailing quite literally as Ally Dart turned 30 today only to have a bottle of champers piloted out by the beach-master Colin Haighton in his rubber dinghy just as the boats were returning ashore.... [more]
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F18 and Hurricane Nationals at Yaverland SC overall
Wildwind,
F18 and Hurricane Nationals - After eight races Hanmore and Pyman pulled off a narrow victory over Connelly and Bull thus becoming this year's British Hurricane Class National Champions. Wilson and Lynch cleaned up in the F18 class scoring seven bullets and discarding two second places, leaving Worthington and Greber in second, one point ahead of Stuart Gummer and Ryan Crawford.... [more]
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RS800 Nationals at Weymouth and Portland day 1
RS Class Association,
RS800 Nationals - It was a classic opening day for the 59 boats. Racing inside the harbour there was ideal conditions for the twin wire speed boats with 12-15 knots for race one which firmed up for race two to 16-18 knots. Stevie Wilson and Alain Sign loved the conditions; they blitzed race one to win to have the very definition of a comfortable win in race one.... [more]
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Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
KPMS,
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Roaring Forty 2 leads Class40 fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Over Monday night, the 17 remaining Class40's in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet crossed the Celtic Sea with reports of 25 knot windspeeds and gusts up to 30 knots with a challenging sea state. By the halfway point of the 150 mile leg from Land's End to Fastnet Rock at 22:30 BST, the two BT Boats Kiwi 40FC's were still holding the lead... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Murcia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - For the two Audi MedCup Circuit series fleets the home straight may not quite be looming into sight yet, but the expectation of September's grand finale in Barcelona is growing by the day. On each of the three previous visits to the friendly, passionate city in the south east of Spain, the racing conditions have developed a whole range of challenges.... [more]
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International 470 Junior European Championships - Medal races
International 470 Class Association,
International 470 Junior European Championships - The Medal Race course for the top ten in the men/mixed and women's divisions was brought close to shore and adjacent to the beach, but was unable to escape the current which needed to be played carefully today. Some very close racing delivered outstanding medallists.... [more]
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Rambler 100 drops keel and bulb in Rolex Fastnet Race - more pictures
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Photo of the upturned Rambler 100, distinctly missing her (carbon?) keel, and bulb... [more]
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Rambler 100 capsized in Fastnet - keel lost + Video
www.sail-world.com,
The yacht Rambler 100 has capsized between the Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy. The Irish Coastguard services are coordinating the rescue. The Baltimore RNLI lifeboat is on the scene. Two Sikorsky helicopters have been scrambled and an Irish Naval vessel is en route to the scene of the accident... [more]
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Enterprise Open at Elton
Steve Blackburn,
The Enterprise Open Meeting welcomed nineteen competitors to Elton Sailing Club amid wet and damp weather. The day began with the fleet taking to the water shortly after the rain stopped and the breeze grew stronger. After sausage buns and a cup of tea or coffee we set to race. The starts were very well executed with a port bias line. Which gives all sailors a fair advantage wherever you start.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Nationals Day 1
Musto Skiff,
Musto Performance Skiff National Championships are being hosted by the Mounts Bay Sailing Club and have now completed the first day of racing. Race 1 was postponed to allow the forecast breeze to settle at 220 degrees. After two general recalls racing got away at the third attempt.... [more]
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Burnham Sailing Week - Online entries open
Mel Lewis,
Burnham Sailing Week organisers have been busy putting the final pieces in place for this popular and longstanding east coast regatta. Sailing instructions are now up on the website and on-line entries are open. Visiting the website gives you all the information about the sailing and social events happening in the week.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost
Bob Fisher,
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race gets off to a classic start - but one dismasting
Sail-World,
The record-sized Rolex Fastnet Race fleet set sail from Cowes in classic conditions – a beat westward up the Solent in a building west-southwesterly and sunshine, but with an ominous looking cloud line over the mainland. In the end there were 314 starters, the largest fleet ever to start the Rolex Fastnet Race following the previous record of 303 in 1979.... [more]
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Lark Nationals Day 1
Stuart Hydon,
The 2011 Lark Nationals being sponsored by Allen, are now officially underway in near perfect conditions with a relatively steady F 3-4. It was a long sail out to the race area with all crews remarkably on time. Race 1 started cleanly with Chris Whitehouse as pathfinder. A number started early including Alan Krailing, Emma Harris and Steve Hall.... [more]
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AC World Series - Oracle Racing finishes third with founder onboard
Tim Jeffery,
The America's Cup World Series has come to a close in Cascais, Portugal with the completion of a final fleet race. Oracle Racing finished with a third and fourth on Sunday with their team founder Larry Ellison onboard. After yesterday's victory in the match racing championship, skipper James Spithill appeared poised to capture the event championship as well.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing out in front
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 is now underway with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the first Arab entry, opening up a slim lead over the team's rival entries for the Volvo Ocean Race after making a slick start to their keenly awaited three-way battle on Sunday.... [more]
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Royal Yorkshire Regatta Overall
Royal Yorkshire YC,
The RYYC celebrated their 154th regatta this year with a week of high quality racing as Bridlington Bay provided its usual stunning scenary and changeable weather patterns, including North Easterly gusts of up to 35 knots and South Easterly breezes of only six knots! Peter Crooks acted as Principle Race Officer for the week, ably supported by his team, now known as ‘The Usual Suspects'!... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Impressive fleet due to set sail from Cowes
KPMS,
Rolex Fastnet Race starts from Isle of Wight, UK tomorrow where the largest, most diverse fleet of racing boats ever assembled in the history of offshore yachting will set sail from Cowes. As ever, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event takes the fleet 608 miles along the south coast of the UK, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland... [more]
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Olympic Test Event – Six medal haul for Skandia Team GBR
Lindsey Bell,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Ben Ainslie sealed his Olympic sailing test event victory in style on Saturday (13 August), winning his final medal race to end the event with a 31 point winning margin in the Finn class.... [more]
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RS Feva and Youth Race Week at Hayling Island SC
Debbie Darling,
RS Feva and Youth Race Week... [more]
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Cowes Week - Surprise victories on day 7
Rupert Holmes,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has reached its seventh day of racing which presented a more gentle day than those earlier in the week. The day's racing got underway with bright sun and a gentle breeze that built to 15-18 knots. The day also saw incredibly tight racing across dozens of classes and a surprise early winner in the XOD class.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - Friday's media child is not forgiving
Bob Fisher,
In poetic terms, Friday's child is loving and giving, but this child of Friday is far from that. The world has been inverted. Gone is my ride with Mitch Booth and the China Team – I have been replaced by one Lili Canecas, described as a 'Portuguese Celebrity' - apparently the AC 'organisers' have first call on the position.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Day 5 - Ainslie brilliant
Robert Deaves,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) produced pure brilliance on the final full racing day for Finns at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. Not only did he win both races in confident fashion, he also dispatched his nearest rival in an audacious match racing move before the start, sealing his regatta win with a day to spare.... [more]
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