UK Sailmakers to the rescue, Vendee Globe and the bungy cord, more...

 
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 18 Jan 2013
 


Sir Ben Ainslie wins UK Yachtsman of the Year Award - congratulations, even if there's no surprise there! Ian Williams was runner-up - he now has four World Champion match racing titles to his credit, equalling Peter Gilmour, and is looking to break the record. With the likes of Ainslie and Williams out there, it's a mystery why there isn't a fully-funded British AC campaign.

Big oaks from little acorns, and all that. A glance at Sail-World's Cruising edition a couple of weeks ago - the story of Moroccan sailor Yassine Darkaoui - a phone call to UK Sailmakers, and hey presto Darkaoui is back in business - one world record distance attempt in a Laser coming up.

We're still watching the progress of the Vendee Globe leaders up the Atlantic - it's nail-biting stuff. The positions haven't changed, but the bungy cord that connects them all gets a lot of stretching. Alex Thomson's effort in an older-generation boat is right up there with rookie Francois Gabart's overall lead. Actually, from the comfort of my office, I'm pretty damn impressed by ALL the sailors in the Vendee Globe!

Guy Nowell, Editor



UK Sailmakers gives Yassine a new mast for 150nm Laser sail record
Nancy Knudsen,
In December we ran a story about how a young Moroccan sailor was in Thailand training to sail a 150nm course in a tiny Laser to break the world record. His problem was, his mast was broken and he couldn't afford a new one. Now, thanks to our Asia Editor Guy Nowell and UK Sailmakers Hong Kong representative, Barry Hayes, who read the story, things are looking up for Yassine Darkaoui.... [more]
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Prepare for the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour!
World Match Racing Tour,
Preparations for the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, which kicks off in May at Match Race Germany, are gathering speed with the selection process for the list of 2013 Tour Card Holders. The deadline for all applications is 24 February 2013 with the final list set to be unveiled in less than eight weeks.... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Hugo Boss fastest in fleet overnight
Matthew Pryor,
Vendée Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson, onboard Hugo Boss, was the fastest in the fleet overnight averaging 17 knots to keep his hopes of a place on the podium alive. He has been the fastest over the last 24 hours and as he leaves the coast of Brazil has power to add over the next 24 in easterly tradewinds as those in front of him struggle.... [more]
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Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
ICC International Maritime Bureau/Sail-World,
The Annual Piracy report by the International Maritime Bureau is out, and for the first time for many years, there is not a single report of a yacht being attacked by pirates anywhere in the world. Either the pirates have realised yachts are measly pickings or the campaign to prevent yachts from sailing in dangerous areas has worked, and maybe a bit of both.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Wing is the Thing for Emirates Team NZ's next AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand are on target to launch their second AC72 catamaran, around February 4, with their Challenger for the 34th America's Cup having her first sail on February 7. Doors at the teams base were thrown open for the New Zealand media today, showing the 72ft catamaran, with hulls in place, beams fitted and in an advanced state of preparation.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Go your own way + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) remained the fastest man at the front of the fleet, albeit less dramatically than on Thursday morning, as he chips away at the lead of the three in front. Only Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), getting ready to be the last skipper round Cape Horn on Thursday night, has been quicker since the last ranking four hours ago, averaging 16.1 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: First stopover and second team announced for 2014/15
Sail-World,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced the first stopover port and the second team to enter the 2014/15 edition of the race, which will be sailed in a one design fleet of Volvo 65ft yachts. The race will start in November 2014 from the Spanish port of Alicante, where the race is headquartered.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 1 sponsors announced
Oliver Dewar,
The 30,000-mile round-the-world Global Ocean Race 2014-15 is for Class40 boats with single-handed, double-handed and fully-crewed (4 crew) teams competing and will start in September 2014... [more]
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America's Cup: Designer Mike Drummond looks at foiling and pitchpoling
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World talks with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup. In this second part of the interview the issues of foiling and the trade-offs are discussed, along with the factors that led to the pitchpoling of Oracle's USA-17, and what is expected to be seen in the second generation of AC72 catamarans... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race 2013 –West Australia's elite bound to Indonesia
Marina Valmadre,
The Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally 2013 is expected to be competitive with the participation of several elite sailors, including Western Australia's decorated sailor Paul Eldrid.... [more]
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'Visionary pioneer' behind Henri Lloyd dies aged 87
Media Services,
The co-founder of the clothing brand Henri Lloyd, Henri Strzelecki, has died aged 87. The Polish-born former soldier and keen sailor was 'a visionary pioneer who sailed away peacefully,' on Boxing Day.... [more]
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St. Petersburg to host SB20 World Championships 2014
Katie Ashworth,
The SB20 World Championships 2014 will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia at Yacht Club Hercules, pitting in a strong fleet of international sailors against homegrown talents throughout the weeklong competition from September 5 to 11.... [more]
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Thirteen teams confirmed for RC44 Oman Cup
Jo Grindley,
With the 2013 RC44 season about to get underway at the end of January, 13 teams have confirmed they will compete in the opening Championship Tour event, the RC44 Oman Cup presented by Oman Shipping Company, hosted by Oman Sail at the Wave Muscat.... [more]
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The most exclusive - and eccentric - yacht club in the world
Nancy Knudsen,
A couple of weeks ago we wrote of two eccentric yacht clubs- one in Australia which can boast water only about every three years, and one in Britain which doesn't have water within a 100 km. Now we have learned of an even more eccentric yacht club, which rarely sees land at all, but boasts some pretty famous member sailors who've been responsible for some pretty infamous misadventures on water... [more]
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Canadian pirate schooner, shrouded in secrecy and mystery
Jay Underwood,
The Americas were rife with pirates for hundreds of years. But when the four mutineers of the ship Saladin were hung for piracy in Halifax in 1844, Nova Scotians might well have thought they had seen the last of the seafaring criminals. However another vessel might well have attempted to carry on the tradition of Captain Kidd... [more]
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