Perth 2011 - Finn battle hots up, Volvo fleet readies

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 10 Dec 2011
 


Finn battle hots up, Volvo fleet ready for leg 2 and more sailing news

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

All eyes are on Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The competition is hotting up as some classes head into their gold medal races while others are just beginning their competition.

Ben Ainslie (GBR) is back in the Finn lead after a few days of sitting in third. Finn Gold Cup leader for the past few days, Pieter Jan Postma (NED) has now dropped back to equal third.

Pieter-Jan Postma, Finn December 9, 2011 off Fremantle, Australia. Finn Gold Cup, Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships  Richard Langdon /Ocean Images ©

The Volvo fleet is preparing for in-port racing ahead of the start of leg 2 from Cape Town to to Abu Dhabi on 11th December.

Puma Ocean Racing is back in the water after suffering a broken mast during leg 1 in a very remote location. Time was against them but the team managed some how to ready the boat for the in-port racing. And Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand have again survived a protest against their forestay set-up breaching Volvo Open 70 rules. This latest protest was lodged by Franck Cammas' Groupama and alleged that several aspects of Camper's forestay and rigging set-up over leg one were illegal. An international jury dismissed the protest. Stay up to date with the Volvo Ocean Race with Sail-World.com's extensive coverage of the event.

The Clipper Round the World yachts are facing challenging conditions on their current leg from New Zealand to Australia's Gold Coast, while the Global Ocean race's double-handed crews are reaching east on port in the Roaring Forties, some 1,800 miles from the Cape of Good Hope, Africa, and 2,600 miles from Cape Leeuwin at the south-western tip of Australia. Visit Finland, skippered by Olly Osborne currently leads by just six miles.

There is a lot more happening both locally and internationally, from sunny Phuket (King's Cup) to Sydney Harbour (Sydney Hobart) to the wintry Northern Hemisphere, for all latest news from around the sailing world stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Have a great week.


Sail-World.com team



ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images from day 7 Perth 2011
Various Photographers,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon images from day seven of the action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma ready for action
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - The crew aboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were back on the water today in Cape Town, South Africa preparing for the In-Port Race on Saturday and the start of Leg 2. The crew has been on the water the past two days – the first sailing since Mar Mostro suffered a broken mast on November 21 and arrived in Cape Town on December 7.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Ainslie back on top of Finn fleet
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup is being held at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Fremantle, Australia. Ben Ainslie (GBR) is back on top after another incredible display of consistency and skill. The five time Finn world champion now has a two point lead from Giles Scott (GBR) while overnight leader Pieter Jan Postma (NED) slips to third another five points back.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper protest dismissed
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama lodged a protest against Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, at the end of leg one, alleging that several aspects of Camper's forestay and rigging set-up over leg one were illegal. Camper has welcomed the decision by the Volvo Ocean Race International Jury to dismiss the protest claiming that Camper's forestay set-up breached the Volvo Open 70 rules.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cold front chases fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race – The five, double-handed Class40s are approaching the most remote part of the Indian Ocean. Currently 1,800 miles from the Cape of Good Hope, Africa, and 2,600 miles from Cape Leeuwin at the south-western tip of Australia after ten days of racing, the fleet are reaching east on port in the Roaring Forties... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama ready for action
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 restarts in Cape Town tomorrow, 10th December with the In-Port Race followed by the start of leg two to Abu Dhabi on 11th December. The crew of Groupama 4 is ready for action in these two supposedly windy events. After a short break of four days, Franck Cammas and his men got back into training at the start of the week.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 – Demanding conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - At the halfway stage of Act 9 in Singapore, and the deciding round of the overall 2011 championship, the battle has intensified as witnessed in the drama-filled final race of the day. The French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and the Italian team of Luna Rossa are pushing each other hard and backing down is not an option, sometimes a costly option... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Tight battle for spots
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship comes to an end tomorrow for the the Finn, Men's 470, Laser Radial and Women's RS:X fleet, with the final London 2012 Olympic Qualification places on offer at Perth up for grabs. Thirty one nations secured their spots for London 2012 in the Laser Radial and Women's RS:X yesterday.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Challenging conditions return
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – It's been another eventful 24 hours for the ten-strong fleet as the challenging conditions experienced earlier in the week have returned to test all of what the crews have learnt over the last four months of ocean racing. 'So much for the gentle downwind sailing,' exclaims Stuart Jackson, skipper of De Lage Landen.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepares for fierce conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet could face fearsome wind conditions in Cape Town when racing recommences this weekend. Weather forecasters are predicting up to 25 knots of breeze for the V and A Waterfront In-Port Race on December 10 and for the start of leg two to Abu Dhabi the following day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Media Crew Member Award to Camper's Hamish Hooper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand's Hamish Hooper has been awarded the Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Among the highlights of Hooper's coverage was the mid-sea surgery to bowman Mike Pammenter, who lost his front tooth and split his lip after being washed into the rigging by a wave.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup – Asia's leading regatta gets better and better
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Phuket King's Cup 2011 is the biggest yet and certainly has one of the most competitive fleets ever assembled in the event's 25 year history. While in its early years the winning skippers tended to be British, New Zealand and Australian expatriates some of the key classes are now being dominated by Asian sailors.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship day 1 - The ultimate test
Joy Dunigan,
PRO Bruce Golison and team fired off three great races. The day commenced under gorgeous conditions with a very pleasant 10-13 knots of breeze and defending Gold Cup Champion Francesco Farnetti on Reggini Sailing Team winning the first race by a hair.... [more]
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Optimist Worlds: A World Championship within a World Championship
Nathalie van Dort,
New Zealand is seriously preparing for 50 countries and around 220 young sailors to come to Napier and compete for the title of new World Champion in the Optimist Sailing. In true Kiwi-style, over 160 volunteers from around the country have put their hand up to provide assistance during the World Championships in December and January.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finns tight at top after day 6
Robert Deaves,
A single race for Finns on Thursday at the Finn Gold Cup at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships provided few surprises, but some great racing. Pieter Jan Postma (NED) won the race to extend his lead to two points over Giles Scott (GBR), while Ben Ainslie remains in third, another two points back.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6 images
Various Photographers,
Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane and Alex McKinnon present images from the on water action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6- First Gold fleet races
Perth 2011,
On day 6 of Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the first Gold fleet races got underway amid a moderate sea breeze providing near perfect sailing conditions off Fremantle. Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka had more on her mind than just winning her RS-X races on Thursday, crediting her impressive comeback on a new mental outlook.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation squeeze into lead
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At 07:00 GMT on Thursday, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon with Financial Crisis were the fourth double-handed, Class40 to pass the eastern extremity of the western Indian Ocean's leg two ice limit at 42S, followed two hours later by the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire in fifth on Phesheya-Racing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Difficult conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - At the pre-race press conference Groupe Edmond de Rothschild skipper Pierre Pennec told the press: 'We are extremely happy to be in contention for the overall title – it's going to be tight racing against Luna Rossa...' And the game of cat and mouse that started on the opening day, continued unabated on day two.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race's anti-piracy plan made public
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race's anti-piracy plan will see the fleet transported by armed heavy lift ship from an undisclosed Safe Haven Port in the Indian Ocean and resume racing from a set-down point along the Sharjah coastline in the northern Emirates, within a day's sailing of the leg two finish in Abu Dhabi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Champagne sailing
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With truly champagne sailing conditions, warm sunshine and the worst of the weather behind them, the teams are clearly enjoying this stage of the race. All the more so as they are so tightly bunched they are within sight of each other, which is spurring on the crews to wring every last knot of boat speed from their yachts.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup preview
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Forty entries, spanning four countries — British Virgin Islands, Canada, Italy and the USA, will take to the waters of Florida's famous Biscayne Bay in full anticipation of four days of spectacular sportboat racing. Some of the most intense competition is set to take place and the number of teams that have significant potential to win are vast in numbers.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Big day with top end conditions
Paul Larsen,
What a big day. I don't think we have ever done five runs in a day let alone in such top end conditions. We went out there and went for it today. There were things that I needed to see. The conditions were, of course, just a little too much. The wind was gusting to 34 knots but I couldn't afford to procrastinate.... [more]
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