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 01 Sep 2011
 


St Moritz, Porto Cervo - sailing news from Europe and the World

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

The St Moritz Match Race, the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, is underway with Great Britain's Ian Williams, Team GAC Pindar, continuing his winning form. However joint leader after the opening qualifying session, Sweden's Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, is hot on the heels of Williams and his crew. Italy's Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing leads the Tour after five stages.

Johnie Berntsson and crew  © Chris Davies/WMRT

The ISAF Team Racing World Championship has commenced in Ireland. Twenty teams from around the world are battling it out in the Youth and Open Championship. On day 1, the Spanish team showed their strength, in the Youth section of the event.

The Alpen Cup is nearing its conclusion. After three Acts, the Swiss boat Superbusi, helmed by Mathias Bermejo with David Erismann as tactician won the event and leads going into the final Act in Bellano, on Lake Como.

Elsewhere on the sailing scene the Perini Navi Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, is taking place in Porto Cervo ahead of the Maxi Rolex Cup. The Clipper Round the World fleet have started arriving in Rio De Janeiro from Madeira, Spain on the second race in leg one, and Telefonica has qualified for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Great images this week from various photographers at the recently completed MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy.

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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips in record challenge but solo sailor stays put
Sail-World.com,
Greater love hath no sailor but that he refuses to leave his sailing boat even though it's capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. Francis Joyon, standing on the keel of his upturned boat IDEC, in which he was trying to break a record across the Atlantic, refused to abandon ship, and spent an incredible 36 hours in its tiny cabin bobbing up and down in the rough waters off Long Island until a tow arrived... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten days to go until start of World Series, Plymouth
Richard Gladwell,
With just over a week to go until the first day of racing in Plymouth round of the America's Cup World Series, preparations are proceeding at pace. Several teams are expected to take their first sail on Thursday 1 September, as they practice ahead of the first day of racing on September 10.... [more]
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Mobility Cup 2011 day 2 racing
John Kernaghan,
Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won two of three races Wednesday to consolidate her lead in the Access Liberty Fleet on the second day of the 2011 Mobility Cup... [more]
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Vulcain Trophy images by photographer Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt images,
Vulcain Trophy images from photographer Chris Schmidt... [more]
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Teams battle it out at ISAF Team Racing Worlds
ISAF,
The ISAF Team Racing World Championship has commenced in Schull, Ireland, with twenty teams battling it out in the Youth and Open Championship. Teams from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand and the USA are all in the Irish Village for the Championship and locals greeted them on Sunday in traditional manner with a parade of nations.... [more]
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Get your new free digital magazine from World Match Racing Tour
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour has launched a new, free, digital multimedia magazine devoted solely to the discipline of match racing. Click on the link to view the e-zine, called Match Racing 360°, which is a digest of match racing events from all round the world, and of all grades from world-status to club level. The new quarterly interactive e-zine is free.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 4 - Championship racing gets underway
Vincent Ahern,
The ISAF Team Racing Worlds got underway with full championship racing in Schull Harbour on Wednesday as twelve international sailing teams contest the event and eight compete for the Youth Worlds. The first day of full competitive racing took place in perfect conditions with a strong easterly breeze, which gradually swung southeast , allowing for a full round robin... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Ideal day
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Looking at the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, which did not offer up much in the way of wind, PRO Hank Stuart decided to get in as many races as he could on day two. And that he did with a total of five well-run races.... [more]
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Cherbourg Race preview
Louay Habib,
Cherbourg Race - After a record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race, the final race of the RORC Season's Points Championship takes place this weekend. After a scintillating season of racing with the RORC, current weather models predict a light airs race, in sharp contrast to a very windy season.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Williams and Berntsson take joint lead
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Ian Williams continued his rich vein of form in the opening Qualifying Session, winning all five matches to take a joint overnight lead alongside Johnie Berntsson. It was a telling display from the in-form Team GAC Pindar at the start of the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, while defending ‘King of the Mountain' Mathieu Richard fell to four defeats from five.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships at Weymouth preview
Cailah Leask,
Artemis International 14 World Championships - With 68 entries to date, including teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, the event promises to provide a spectacle both on and off the water. Two times defending World Champion, Archie Massey and crew Dan Wilsdon, will be looking to take an unprecedented third World Title, in the tough seven race series.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race Stage 2 - Gold Coast Australia victorious
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In a highly tactical contest between the teams racing the ten 68-foot yachts, the crew of Gold Coast Australia emerged victorious. The pivotal moment in their first transatlantic race was their decision to take a route directly through the middle of the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup in Porto Cervo preview
Jill Campbell,
Perini Navi Cup - Eighteen Perini Navi sailing yachts have gathered in Sardinia for the event which is open only to yachts built by the renowned Viareggio shipyard. The regatta combines spectacular sailing with an exclusive rendezvous for the owners that make up the 'Perini family'. The fleet of superyachts will include the newly launched 56-metre ketch Fidelis... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica returns to base after 2000nm Qualifier
Sail-World,
The Spanish Volvo Ocean race entry, Telefonica, is back at the pontoon of her training base at Sanxenxo, in Pontevedra, Spain. At 17:30 local time the Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez, with the entire crew on board, completed the almost one thousand mile climb up the Atlantic from the team's offshore base at Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, to the one in Sanxenxo, Northern Spain. This is where... [more]
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ISAF accepting bids for 2013 Women's Match Racing World Championships
Liz Baylis,
The deadline for bids to host the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is Thursday, 1 September 2011. The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds has been held every year since 1999 with the most recent event in 2010 being hosted by the New York Yacht Club in the USA. For 2011 the champion will be decided at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 3
Brian Carlin,
The ISAF Team Worlds have now completed the third day which witnessed the teams hit the water for the final day of practice and the official opening. Tomorrow, Wednesday will see the first official day's racing.... [more]
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Steiner X-Yachts Mediterranean Cup all set
Ufficio Stampa Marina di Scarlino,
The Steiner X-Yachts Mediterranean Cup 2011 kicks off tomorrow after two days that have been devoted to measurement operations. Racing will continue until Saturday September 3rd at Club Nautico and Marina di Scarlino in the heart of Maremma, Tuscany.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup set for September 5 in Porto Cervo
KPMS,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with partner Rolex, has returned for its 22nd edition in Porto Cervo. The esteemed regatta will take place from 5th to 10th September with 46 of the world's largest and most competitive maxi racing yachts expected to do battle on the waters off Sardinia's Costa Smeralda.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet closes in on Rio
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After conceding some gains in recent position reports, the crew of Gold Coast Australia will be relieved to be powered up again and surfing down the Brazilian coast towards Rio. Skipper Hewson reports that his crew achieved 'fantastic speeds' in 'beautiful conditions' overnight with bright stars and bioluminescence streaming behind Gold Coast Australia as she... [more]
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Navigating A Blue 'Silk Road' - China Team CEO at Cascais
BeiBei Song,
It's apparent that of all the projects in a diverse portfolio of investments ranging from information technology, renewable energy, and health care, to real estate, consumer products and entertainment, he is most proud of China Team, contending for the 34th America's Cup. Behind that pride, though, is a passion for the sea and a pursuit much larger, deeper and more personal... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships - Frustrating day
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships - Hank Stuart, PRO, tried his best, moving the course, waiting for the wind to settle down, waiting for the wind to come up, waiting for the wind to settle, and finally relinquished the race to the wind gods that had not appeared. His efforts were well received by the competitors.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship sailors take to the water + Video
Brian Carlin,
At the ISAF Team Racing World Championships, Monday witnessed each nation hit the water for the first time with offical training and boat amiliarisation being the main focus of the day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race–Gold Coast Australia battle to stay ahead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Being at the front of the fleet is never a relaxing place to be, especially when the wind dies and the chasing pack starts to close in. But that is exactly the uncomfortable position that Richard Hewson and his crew onboard Gold Coast Australia are in as they approach Rio de Janeiro at the end of race two.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - The Wave Muscat Team in great form
Kinley Fowler,
St Moritz Match Race has always been one of the preferred events of skipper Torvar Mirsky and his team, with the fast paced Blu26 Swiss lake boats suiting their style. The tricky mountain venue doesn't lack challenges though, with the surrounding bringing gusty and sometimes unpredictable winds.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 – Six women at the start
Veronique Largeau,
Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 is single-handed, without routing or contact with the earth and without assistance. 80 sailors from 16 countries will leave for a 4200 nautical miles voyage (7800 km) on 21-foot sailboats. It is starter for all the best sailors: Michel Desjoyeaux, Ellen MacArthur, Loïck and Bruno Peyron, Laurent Yvan Bourgnon, Bernard Stamm, Lionel Lemonchois, Thomas Coville... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 2 - Stunning conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - All eight skiffs were greeted with a stunning morning at Sandbanks. Sunny, moderate conditions, with breeze from the west enabled the Jon Gorringe and his Parkstone Yacht Club race management team to move the course close into the shore to give spectators a better view of the racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Year of the Tiger for Team Sanya's Teng
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race - Teng Jiang He, a 37-year-old businessman who goes by the nickname Tiger and only started sailing last year, will become the first Chinese sailor to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race after being named on the Team Sanya crew for 2011-12. Team Sanya became the first Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race when they launched their campaign in Beijing in June.... [more]
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Access Class Combined World and International Championships preview
Middle Harbour Yacht Club,
Access Class 2012 Combined World and International Championships are being held from 7 to 13 April 2012. Middle Harbour Yacht Club has been busy preparing for the event. With racing in four classes and seven divisions, the event is expected to attract over 120 sailors from 12 countries.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship 2011
Jan Harley,
Racing at the 2011 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship begins tomorrow, Monday, August 29, with the warning signal for the first race sounding at 12:00 p.m. The four days of racing on Lake Ontario, under the leadership of Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart, will culminate with the crowning of a new champion on September 1.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships on hold
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships were all set to go with 36 teams from three countries, but the remainder of measurement, launching, and the practice race have all been cancelled due to the high winds and huge waves created on the North Shore of Lake Ontario with a north wind from Hurricane Irene.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds welcome sailors to Schull
Vincent Ahern,
ISAF World Team Racing Championships will take place at the seaside village of Schull, West Cork, Ireland. On Sunday, amid bright sunshine, locals and visitors alike turned out in huge numbers to welcome sailors from around the globe to a world event based in a village setting.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy image gallery
Carlo Borlenghi,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy images shared with us by photographers Guido Trombetta and Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more final day images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Drag race to the finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It could be an interesting day's watching on the Race Viewer today as, with fewer than 600 miles to go, the lead yachts are expected to reach an area of lighter winds which will slow their pace slightly and allow those chasing to close the distance between them.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Tricky final day
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - As they head on to the race area for two final windward-leeward races of the regatta Spain's Bribon stand on the cusp of what would be a popular victory at the first of the Audi MedCup's two Spanish regattas of the season. Jose Cusi's crew lead by five points over Italy's Audi Azzurra Sailing Team but the wind conditions for the finale promise to be tricky.... [more]
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Tornado World Championships challenging final
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado World Championships – On the last and decisive day the wind gave the 37 Tornados reported from eleven nations, a extravagant, yet challenging final. The anticipated cold front brought fresh westerly wind of four to six Beaufort. Shortly after ten clock, there was no holding back on the start line. Two false starts were the result. The teams then sailed three races in quick succession.... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.6
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 27 August 2011 - covering the racing at Cascais, and a look ahead top Plymouth in September.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 5 - World Series, Plymouth
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered Episode 5 picks up at the first AC Match Race Championship, with Terry Hutchinson and Loick Peyron providing a behind-the-scenes view of the race in action. Next, meet Green Comm Racing's 'rockstar' Carrie Howe, the only female sailor in the America's Cup World Series. Then listen to Aleph's Alain Gautier and Philippe Ligot as they follow their team for the Cascais title.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup win to New Zealand's Laurie Jury
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup - Racing at the Knickerbocker Cup is by invitation only, but Mother Nature must have missed that email and sent Irene to leave her calling card. By end of day Friday, the local Office of Emergency Management had closed to bay to all activity and began evacuating residents with homes on the perimeter of the bay.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy Day 4 images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Kaenon Kronicle: Special Edition Frame Style & World Championship Wins
Kaenon,
The America's Cup World Series was sailed in Cascais, Portugal and top sailors like Cup legend Russell Coutts, in Klay Titanium G12, Team New Zealand's Ray Davies, in Hard Kore Black C12, and Terry Hutchinson, wearing Kore Black C12, are benefitting from Kaenon Polarized when reading the breeze and sea conditions... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Jérémie Beyou dominates
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro - Jérémie Beyou dominates by winning three out of four legs, a year that was marked by the extremely diverse weather conditions and unconventionally primarily coastal courses. 47 sailors set off on the 1,647-mile course, 43 finished and the Vendée based rookie sailor, Morgan Lagravière impressed all winning the rookie ranking and coming in seventh overall.... [more]
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