VOR, GOR and all the latest sailing news from around the globe

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 09 Feb 2012
 


VOR, GOR and all the latest sailing news from around the globe

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

In Vendee Globe news Liz Wardley is soon to announce her new sponsor, Dominique Wavre is fine tuning Mirabaud while Arnaud Boissières' Akena Vérandas goes back in the water in March, with new mast fitted (the boat lost its previous mast in the last Transat Jacques Vabre.)

The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Class40s are facing strong conditions on the third leg from Wellington to Punta del Este.

After being becalmed, the Clipper fleet now face the prospect of storms and the Volvo fleet is on stop over in Sanya, China for repairs, rest and relaxtion before the next leg commences on February 19 to Auckland, New Zealand. Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, finished second in the previous 3,051-mile leg from Malé.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France finishes second on leg 3   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race


And the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour commenced with a full day of match racing in Puerto Calero.

Dont miss Carlo Borleghni's images from the recent Primo Cup and we have images by Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta from the RC44 season opener plus lots of news, views and videos from around the world.

Montecarlo, 04-02-2011 XXVIII Primo Cup - Trophée Credit Suisse Photo: ©Carlo Borlenghi  Carlo Borlenghi ©

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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing join speed club + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - So far this race none of the teams have been able to better Ericsson 4's world record 24-hour speed record, set during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race when they recorded 596.6 nm. A trophy is awarded at the end of each leg to the team recording the greatest distance over a 24-hour period by the Volvo Ocean Race's Official Timekeeper IWC Schaffhausen.... [more]
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RC44 Puerto Calero Cup day 1 Match Race images
Sail-World.com,
RC44 Puerto Calero Cup day 1 Match Race images from Studio Borlenghi photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Akena Véranda's refit progress and Vendee Globe outlook
Vendee Globe,
Akena Vérandas lost her mast in the Transat Jacques Vabre and is currently have a new one made at the JMV yard in Cherbourg. The monohull is now in for her refit in Les Sables d'Olonne and is due to be re-launched with her new mast in early April. Arnaud gives us more details about what is happening in the refit that is currently underway and tells us about his programme for the 2012 season.... [more]
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Liz Wardley to contest 2012 Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe,
Sailor Liz Wardley has just announced her participation in the 2012 Vendee Globe. This comes after her signing of a three-year long partnership with a sponsor, whose name is set to be revealed on 9 March in La Roche-sure-Yon in Vendee.... [more]
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A promising year for Groupama 4 in the Volvo Ocean Race + Video
Groupama Sailing Team,
Competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race set out from Malé on 22 January, 2012 and arrived in Sanya, China, on 4 February at the end of what proved to be a hard leg for both the men and the machines. The French crew, skippered by Franck Cammas, racked up a very fine performance and finished second in this 3,051-mile leg, where it was necessary to avoid the pitfalls of the Straits of Malacca... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Tropical cyclone tears towards Phesheya-Racing
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Following half a day hove-to with autopilot problems at 45S, right in the middle of the South Pacific, the GOR's South African team of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire were back on the move with Class40 Phesheya-Racing at 19:30 GMT on Tuesday, but the duo's fight is only half-won with a tropical cyclone tearing towards them.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe remain on top
ISAF,
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Anna Tunnicliffe and Ian Williams have retained their place at the top of the Rankings. The top 25 rankings places remain unchanged since the last release with World Match Racing Tour Champion Ian Williams remaining well in front ahead of Francesco Bruni (ITA) and Jesper Radich (DEN).... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for storms ahead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the ten teams head for the rapidly-approaching Scoring Gate, the wind has picked up and they are preparing for storms ahead. De Lage Landen's skipper Stuart Jackson says, 'What a beautiful day to be sailing in the South China Sea. Sailing close hauled with around 20 knots of apparent wind is exactly what we needed to prepare ourselves... [more]
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RS Feva training goes international
Golly Tucker,
In keeping with the class ethos of inclusiveness, development and performance the RS Fevas are taking training international. From 31 March to 4 April, Estartit in Spain will host coaches from four countries and sailors from five countries – Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, UK and Malta.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet becalmed
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day four of race eight, from Singapore to Qingdao. After a steady start the ten-strong fleet of ocean racing yachts have had a mixed 24 hours sailing in the South China Sea as they are becalmed by the arrival of light winds.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Online entry now open
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Entries are now open, with an ‘early entry discount' available to those who get their entries in before the 30th April 2012. To enter online or download the Notice of Race visit the event website, which is now live. All 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes will compete across seven courses in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: You do 100 little jobs and you get 100 little gains
Volvo Ocean Race,
Shore teams are launching major operations to optimise and overhaul their yachts after surveying the damage caused by racing through some of the world's most hazardous waters. Having crashed into trees, snagged fishing nets and even impaled nails head first the six Volvo Open 70s each have extensive work lists. Fortunately for the shore crews the Sanya stopover affords one of the longest per... [more]
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Paralympic Sailing Competition NOR released
IFDS,
The 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition Notice of Race has now been released. The event is set to take place in Weymouth, Great Britain from Wednesday 22 August-Sunday 9 September.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing battered
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Throughout Sunday, thoughts of competitive racing were temporarily suspended for one of the Class40s in the Southern Ocean as the South African team on Phesheya-Racing was forced to heave-to in strong headwinds and confused seas. Furthest south at 48 degrees leading the trio, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel missed the worst of the gale with Cessna Citation... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour - Caffari and crew undergo intense training
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia The Tour - Dee Caffari and her all-women sailing crew have just finished their second phase of training for the event. As part of the crew's preparation for Sailing Arabia – The Tour, an offshore sailing event based on Le Tour de France a la Voile, the all–female team have been undertaking some intense sail training in Oman, as they prepare to go head-to-head with eight other profe... [more]
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Kiteboarding and Windsurfing format trials in Spain
ISAF,
Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Format Trials evaluation event is to be held in Santander, Spain from 21 to 25 March 2012 at The Prince Felipe High Performance Centre which is also host to the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. In May 2011 ISAF Council selected Windsurfing and/or Kiteboarding as a possible event for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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UAE to take part in offshore sailing race across the gulf
Yasir Abbasher,
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to participate in the offshore sailing race across the gulf which kicks off in Manama on February 12 and finishes in Muscat on February 27. A total of nine teams from six countries are set to cover a distance of more than 1,400kms in sixteen days.... [more]
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Women's Match Race Country Qualifier - Final spots claimed
WIMRA,
At the 2012 Women's Match Racing International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta, the final day of racing left one major question to be answered: Who will be the last country to qualify for a spot in the 2012 Women's Match Racing Event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London?... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive Media and Readership for Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have released the Media and readership statistics for the first leg of the nine leg race. As expected the event compares more than favourably with the America's Cup World Series which ran its San Diego event around the same time as the start of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates TNZ and Luna Rossa race in Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland's America's Cup fans got the chance, today, to see what they have missed, with the no-show of an expected event in the America's Cup World Series. On the inner harbour course, familiar to many as a match racing track, bounded on its southern side by a number of vantage points, spectators got the chance to view at first hand, the two Auckland based America's Cup teams going head to head... [more]
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