AC World Series, ISAF Rankings and all the latest sailing news

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 15 Apr 2012
 


AC World Series, ISAF Rankings and all the latest sailing news

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

The America's Cup World Series is in full swing in Naples with tricky conditions testing the fleet. However Day 4 has been cancelled with high winds which will make the final day very tight.

And on the subject of the America's Cup be sure to catch Fisher's View - always interesting reading.

Camper is battling on in the Volvo Ocean Race, edging closer to Brazil, while Franck Cammas and the Groupama 4 team are busy stepping the new mast that arrived from Amsterdam.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, sailing under jury rig, as they approach the finish line in Itajai, during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©


The Global Ocean race fleet have completed their eleventh day at sea on leg 4 from Uruguay to Charleston, the latest ISAF Sailing World Rankings have been released and the Access World Championships 2012 have concluded in Australia.

Evi Van Acker at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre 2012 tops the Laser Radial ISAF World Sailing Rankings for May  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

Zoltan Pegan and Eva Mircsev leading the 303 class in Race 3 - Macquarie Access World Championships 2012  Andrea Francolini ©

For all the latest sailing news from around the globe, stay tuned to www.sail-world.com


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America's Cup World Series Naples Day 4 - Racing suspended
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples fourth day of racing was suspended due to heavy seas pounding into the breakwaters along the Naples sea front this morning, along with a forecast for winds that could exceed 30 knots. The match race semi finals and finals will now be sailed on Sunday. Fleet races seven and eight have been abandoned and won't be sailed... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
Marine Business-World.com,
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA's to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Drag race to Celox Sailing Scoring Gate
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet are all making good progress, with the stable breeze continuing, along the coast of Brazil with Colman and Cavanough on the fleet leader, Cessna Citation, managing to squeeze extra speed from their Akilaria RC 2 as they slide round the easternmost point of Brazil heading for maximum points at the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Racing cancelled on Day 4 + Video
Bob Fisher,
Day four . . . there is no day four. Preservation of the boats overrode all other considerations; the difficulty in retrieving the boats after racing posed the greatest, and seemingly insurmountable, problem. The entrance to the dock area faced the wind and the waves which had built on the swell, and it was perceived that the conditions would worsen and prevent boats safely docking.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Racing abandoned for first time
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Naples fourth day of racing was abandoned; the first time ever in the four ACWS events held so far. The reason was not due to wind conditions, but rather expected difficulties in launching and hauling the AC45 wingsail catamarans.... [more]
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Melges 32 Sailing Series day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
S. Gattini/Studio Borlenghi,
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series day 1 images provided by photographer Stefano Gattini of Studio Borlenghi.... [more]
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AC45 Designs - Lines and sail plans - first time published on the web
Jacques Taglang,
French designer, François Chevalier , has kindly provided a set of lines planes for the AC45 - the first time these have been published. Also included are the two sail plans for the stock wingsail and with the five metre extension.... [more]
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Southernmost sailing voyages - who really has the record?
Andrew Troup,
Recently a Ukrainian/Russian sailing boat, the 98ft steel-hulled Scorpius reached 77 degrees south and claimed a world record. This was greeted by a storm of protest from our readers, one of whom pointed out that in 1965 a tiny moth was sailed at (but not to) 77.5 degrees. There were other claims too. Andrew Troup here corrects the records...... [more]
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Melges 32 Sailing Series day 1 - A lucky day
Joy Dunigan,
The first day of the Melges 32 Sailing Series commenced under cloudy skies, but a brighter than ever Lanfranco Cirillo aboard Fantastica lit up the sky over wonderful Marina di Loano. Weather forecasts predicted light wind and rain, but on the course, after a three hour postponement, a good northern wind appeared that giving way to the possibility of sailing three tight races.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video
Bob Fisher,
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3... [more]
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Glenn Ashby trades two hulls for one
Leigh Dunstan,
In the midst of the latest round of the AC45's in Naples, Emirate Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby has shown his passion for speed and excitement by buying a new Mach2 Moth.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper only 1,000nm from Leg finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Camper crew are shedding their jackets as the water warms on the remaining 1,100 nautical mile northerly course to Itajaí, where Groupama sailing team are starting the process of stepping their new mast. 'All of a sudden Brazil seems a bit closer,' Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper said on Friday.... [more]
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AC World Series - Day 3 a Black Friday in Naples for Emirates Team NZ
Rod Davis and Warren Douglas,
At the America's Cup World Series Naples, a light and fickle off-shore breeze and a difficult seaway left-over from strong winds of previous days, played no favourites on day three. First the wind turned the race programme upside down. Match races between Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis and Energy Team v Luna Rossa were delayed until after two fleet races were sailed.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 3 for Oracle Racing Spithill + Video
Tim Jeffery,
At the America's Cup World Series in Naples, Oracle Racing Spithill rebounded from yesterday's uneven showing by placing 2-2 in today's two fleet races. The two seconds achieved in patchy wind conditions helped Oracle Racing Spithill to almost halve the deficit it faced at the end of yesterday.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Artemis Racing move on to semi-finals
Artemis Racing,
At the America's Cup World Series Naples, rain, rain, rain and lighter air conditions were the order of day three as competition got underway. Artemis Racing were on form in match racing, defeating Emirates Team New Zealand to move to the semi-finals tomorrow, but struggled in the fleet racing.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Energy Team celebrate first race win
Pierre Giboire,
America's Cup World Series Naples third day of racing got underway today. Yann Guichard and the men on Energy Team achieved their first victory. The second race was not so kind to the French, who finished in seventh place. Adding in the score from these two races from Friday 13th April, Energy Team ends up in fourth place in the overall rankings.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Tricky conditions + Video
America's Cup,
AC World Series Naples - Oracle Racing Spithill had the best day across the two fleet races, posting two second-place finishes. In contrast, each race winner (Energy Team, Emirates Team New Zealand) also carried a seventh place score on the day. As a result, Jimmy Spithill's American team gained four points on the leading Kiwis, nearly cutting their lead in half over the course of the day... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s make good progress
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s racing north along the coast of Brazil, in the fourth leg from Uruguay to Charleston, have finally hooked into easterly breeze and are making good progress. With the fleet leader, Cessna Citation of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, 500 miles from the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate, the Kiwi-Australian duo have maintained a 193-mile lead... [more]
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Adastra launched at McConaghy Boats China facility
McConaghy Boats,
The greatly anticipated Adastra was launched earlier this week at the McConaghy Boats China facility. Described as 'one of the world's most amazing Superyachts' she has already been turning heads in China and Hong Kong where she is performing a series of sea trials.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Skippers comment on Leg 5 attrition
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí saw the highest attrition rate on the fleet to date, with just one boat making it all the way without stopping, one of the three finishers so far coming home under a jury rig, two others loaded on cargo ships and one still to finish.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 11 April 2012
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 11 April 2012 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 2 May 2012 and will include the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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Macquarie Access Worlds - SKUD title to Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Di Pearson,
Macquarie Access World Championships - Three days before they are officially announced as the SKUD 18 crew to represent Australia at the London Paralympic Games, Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have put their prospective rivals on notice, winning 10 out of 10 races in the international fleet.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video
Bob Fisher,
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day two have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples – Thrilling first day
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples first day of championship racing got underway yesterday. It is clear this is an event at another level. From the spectacular opening ceremony, to the Easter Weekend crowds, to a thrilling first day of racing in strong wind and big waves, everything about the Naples experience is 'più intense'.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - 50th anniv. is true offshore challenge
KPMG,
The 2012 race saw a clean start just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, with winds of 12-15 knots propelling the fleet out of Victoria Harbour. Genuine Risk led the fleet the first evening followed by Neil Pryde's Hi Fi. Almost 24 hours later, the surge in the monsoon, which was responsible for the race's strong Harbour start, receded and was replaced by a south-easterly... [more]
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Musto Skiffs at Trophee Breizhskiff 2012
Nicolas Duchoud,
The French Skiff Open 2012 was a great event, even if there was no wind on the water which is simply because the Breizhskiff Team did a perfect job around the sailing venue. Food, drinks, accommodation and ambiance were superb! The French Skiff Open 2012 was of course the same event but with wind and many more boats!... [more]
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Laser Standard Junior (Under 21) Worlds - Day 1 and 2
Laser Standard Junior Worlds/ISAF/Sail-World.com,
The MacLaren Laser Standard Junior (Under 21) World Championship is underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two races were sailed on day 1 and day 2.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples opens in spectacular fashion + Video
America's Cup,
The America's Cup World Series Naples opened in spectacular fashion as strong winds and big waves created thrilling racing conditions. The AC45 catamarans, powered by their powerful wing sails, were leaping out of the water, launched into the air by the heavy sea state.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Opening Day, Naples - The unexpected breeze + Video
Bob Fisher,
It seems almost ironic that wing extensions were designed and constructed especially for the light and fluky winds of the Bay of Naples . . . not the conditions that the competitors found on the opening day of the AC World Series regatta. Instead the first race began for the nine boats in 19 knots of south-westerly that blew from a grey sky causing a lumpy sea.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Top designer speaks out on structural issues
Juan Kouyoumdjian,
Top designer in the Volvo Ocean Race, Juan Kouyoumdjian, has spoken out in the midst of the controversy surrounding the structural issues that have occurred in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, on Leg 5. With our three boats safely in Brazil and under the risk of sounding arrogant, I'll break away from my golden rule of not speaking until the end of the race to put the record straight since I believe... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day one have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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America's Cup: The waves were big all right - Naples Day 1
Rod Davis,
With one team racing off Cape Horn in the Volvo Ocean Race and another in the America's Cup World series in Naples, weird as it may seem, both had the same weather... [more]
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The Sailing Olympics and their roots - Melbourne 1956
ISAF,
The 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Olympic Games ventured out of Europe and the U.S.A. for the first time that year, and went south to Melbourne, Australia... [more]
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Hydroptère at her home in La Ciotat
Words: Fred Eagle Images: Christophe Launay,
Enjoy these photos from our visit to the legendary Hydroptère DCNS trimaran at her home in La Ciotat to have a look at her stylish and apropos ‘flying fish' livery which began application on the main hulls over the winter season thanks to the creative design process by the agency Dragon Rouge.... [more]
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