TP52s and Volvo Ocean 65s – Sailing News from the UK and Beyond

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 12 Feb 2013
 


TP52s and Volvo Ocean 65s – Sailing News from the UK and Beyond



'We have a process here: we pick fiber for each mast and check the resin content to make sure each mast is the same weight for the mast section. Once the masts come out of lamination, we weigh them all to make sure they meet the designed weight.'

Volvo Ocean race CEO, Knut Frostad with the first spars at the Southern Spars facility in Auckland, New Zealand  Volvo Ocean Race ©

In other news, the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 was a roaring success, Sail-World`s reports from the event were read with interest world-wide. In the end, the truly international Team Beau Geste proved too strong for the locals, finishing four points ahead of Marcus Blackmore's class act, Hooligan.

Congratulations to all the owners, crews, organisers and race officials for a great event and to John Curnow, Lisa Ratcliff for their excellent report and Teri Dodds for her great photos.

Digicel Challenger Win CSA Racing Class  Jody Sallons Day/Antigua Sailing Week

The 2013 Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta drew to a close in Antigua and the young crew of Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger celebrated the final day with a victory bash at the beach on Sunday evening, 11 February, after their overall win in the Racing Division of the popular sailing event.

'This is a great victory for us,' said helmsman Bob Green. 'The guys have worked so hard, training after school to prepare for this event.'

Elethea, CSA Cruising Class Winners  Jody Sallons Day/Antigua Sailing Week

In the cruising division Rick Gormley and his crew on First 38 Elethea were also celebrating their win. 'I've done this event for 13 years and in fact the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta is the reason I came to live in Antigua,' he said. 'I would put 95 percent of our success down to the crew work and five percent to the helm! The racing was very close and there are some good sailors out there so we are very pleased with our victory.'

Action for the J Class is also on the rise with the announcement of the J/97 Europcup set to take place 21st – 24th August. The overall results will determine both the winner of The Lombard J/97 UK National Championship, and now the European Championship also.

And finally, be sure to check out the latest reports from sailing action around the world.

Until next time, we wish you fair winds and good sailing,


Anna Parker and The Sail-World Team



Round the Island Race - Eclectic mix of competitors
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race gets underway in Cowes, UK on Saturday 1st June 2013. The Race always attracts an eclectic mix of competitors and boats and this year will be no exception; hence the launch of raceforall the Twitter campaign launched at the London Boat Show.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: A late opportunity opens for Kiwi crew
36 Below Racing,
This week there was some fantastic news presented to a talented group of young New Zealanders, regarding a sailing opportunity to participate at a world stage event. An 11th hour invitation from the Youth America's Cup organisers was made to bring the 36 Below Racing team to the qualifying trials being held at the San Francisco venue beginning 18 February 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: On the Hauraki Gulf for ETNZ's new AC72 - More images
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013. Here's the second gallery of images of the 72ft catamran sailing for the frist time in a light seabreeeze of less than 8kts.... [more]
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18 footers - J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 - Defending the crown
Frank Quealey,
18 footers - The J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 is about to get underway and the crew of Gotta Love It 7 team are tapping all possible options to get them ready for their title defense starting on Sunday.... [more]
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New Zealand's 18' Skiff Team for the J.J. Giltinan Trophy
John Little,
Seven New Zealand 18' skiffs are to take on the J.J. Giltinan Trophy starting this Saturday in Double Bay, Sydney. The J.J.'s has such prestige that it is known as the unofficial 18' skiff worlds and is sailed on the Australian based fleet's home waters. The regatta is contested from the 15-24th of February with an international fleet of 30 boats.... [more]
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Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup - NOS published, site launched
John Friend,
With less than 90 days to go to the start of the first regatta, EUROSAF announce the launch of the Champions Sailing Cup website and publish the Notice of Series. With the start of the first EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup regattas now less than 90 days away, EUROSAF have launched the series website, which will link all five regattas in the series and publish results for each event, and the series.... [more]
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2013 race programme announced by Artemis Offshore Academy
Artemis Offshore Academy,
The 2012/13 Vendée Globe race has proved to be record-breaking for the top three skippers, beating the previous 84-day record. At the age of 29, François Gabart (Macif) sailed into the record books as the youngest winner and fastest skipper ever to finish the race in an incredible time of 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds.... [more]
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A look ahead to the Swan European Regatta
Cailah Leask,
Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor's Swan, along with ClubSwan partners Gazprom and the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg (SPBYC), Russia hosted an exclusive reception in London for ClubSwan members on Wednesday 6th February.... [more]
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RORC Rating Office to auction GBR sail number
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The RORC Rating Office is offering sail number GBR 1000 R for sale by auction, and will donate half of the sale proceeds to Toe in the Water, the charity that offers competitive sailing opportunities to injured servicemen and women. This could make the most unusual and unique of Valentine's Day gifts!... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 - Winning challenger
Trish Jenkins,
The Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 drew to a close and the young crew of Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger celebrated the final day with a victory bash at the beach on Sunday evening, 10 February, after their overall win in the Racing Division of the popular sailing event in Antigua.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bertrand de Broc arrives ninth in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Bertrand de Broc crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 17:12:14hrs UTC onboard Votre Nom Autour Du Monde avec EDM Projets. He finished in ninth place overall, crossing the line 1day 15hrs after eighth placed Arnaud Boissières and 14 days, 14hrs 53mins 34 secs after race winner François Gabart (Macif).... [more]
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EFG Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2013 - Femme fatale
Jo Uffendell,
EFG Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2013. Record-breaking British yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE today lines up against eight international crews as her all-female team take on the third edition of the popular race. Starting in Bahrain, the race is a series of seven intense legs of offshore racing over two weeks along the seas of Arabia.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup Selection Series - Massive expectations
Irene Corosu,
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series provided on the first day an illustration of the massive expectations on the youth teams who have congregated in San Francisco for a shot at advancing to September's regatta.... [more]
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TP52 women grinding smarter not faster
Lisa Ratcliff,
The muscle factor comes into play in the TP class, one of the reasons these hard core racing machines are handled predominantly by men. At the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup being held on Port Phillip in Victoria this weekend there is a handful of women among the 100 crew contesting the grand prix series opener.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Spar build well underway at Southern Spars
Volvo Ocean Race,
Wondering what's happening with the rigs of the new Volvo Ocean 65? It's well underway at Southern Spars, New Zealand. Our sole spar suppliers are working fast: three masts are already being finished and the first boom is ready to go.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Artemis Racing
Sail-World,
Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) was on San Francisco Bay for another day of practice and testing. These images courtesy of www.pressure-drop.us... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails in fresh winds at San Francisco
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA was sailing today in fresh winds averaging 15kts - from wind recordings at one location. Guilain Grenier, the team photographer posted these images of the day.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race 2013 - Wavre seventh across the finish line
Bernard Schopfer,
Dominique Wavre, the skipper of Mirabaud, crossed the finish line at 16:16:42 this afternoon having completed his third Vendée Globe and a record-breaking eighth round the world race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up briefly
Sail-World,
San Francisco based website www.pressure-drop.us reports that America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) were both sailing in San Francisco, and the two sailed against each other for a brief time.... [more]
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America's Cup: Village coming together on Pier 27
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
Good progress is being made on construction at Piers 27-29, on the San Francisco waterfront, as the date draws nearer for the first Concert Series at the spectator villagein mid May, and the Louis Vuitton Series beginning July 4th.... [more]
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Continued RYA and UK Etchells Class partnership benefits young talent
Rob E. Goddard,
Young aspiring keelboat racers are to be given a chance to apply for season-long access to a number of fully race-prepared thirty foot Etchells keelboats, thanks to the continuation of a partnership between RYA Racing and the UK Etchells Class Association into the 2013 racing season.... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show activities for kids
Emma Slater,
If you're a young person who likes messing about on the water in a dinghy and want to improve your sailing skills; or perhaps you want to find out how to get started and have an exciting day out, then a trip to the RYA Dinghy Show could be just the ticket.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotion and reflection in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Following the arrival of three Vendee Globe skippers in Les Sables d'Olonne in close succession yesterday - to conclude their respective adventures - today was one for the respective skippers, Jean Le Cam, Mike Golding and Bernard Stamm to reflect on their own races in more depth.... [more]
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J/97 Eurocup announced as part of 2013 J-Cup
Gemma Dunn,
As a result of demand from the UK fleet, a J/97 Eurocup event has been announced as part of the 2013 J-Cup hosted by the Royal Western Sailing Club, Plymouth from 21st – 24th August. The fleet will enjoy eight races over three days, both inside and out of the Plymouth breakwater, with most races scheduled to finish within view of the sailing club and spectators on the Hoe and surrounding areas.... [more]
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Irish Windsurfer Katie McAnena joins International Wave Team
Chris Freeman,
Hot Sails Maui is extremely happy to announce that Irish ripper and media magnet Katie McAnena has joined the International Wave Team with immediate effect. Katie spent many months in the United States in 2012 and during this time her sailing and personality stood out from the crowd.... [more]
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River Hamble Sailing Clubs welcome all to April 6 Open Day
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
For the very first time, the four sailing clubs on the River Hamble are joining forces and opening their doors to all sailors and would-be sailors on Saturday 6 April 2013. The Clubs will be open from 10am to 5pm and all those who are interested will be able to visit one or all of them during the day as each Club showcases what they have to offer.... [more]
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RYA Powerboat Racing awards ceremony celebrates racers
Emma Slater,
On Saturday 02 February, some 230 racers, supporters, friends and family, turned up to celebrate the success of British Powerboat racers from across the sports many disciplines at the RYA Powerboat Racing awards ceremony 2012.... [more]
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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week NOR released, new classes named
Cowes Week Limited,
Cowes Week Limited have now released the Notice of Regatta for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013, the world's best-known sailing regatta, taking place 3 – 10 August. Entry fees have been maintained at 2012 levels with no increase, and event organisers have also introduced a range of welcome cost savings for early entrants.... [more]
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