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 08 Nov 2010

Route du Rhum action, videos and sailing news from around the globe

Welcome and this week's edition is full of news from the Route du Rhum.

Franck Cammas is showing pace at the head of the fleet but others have suffered boat damage. Actual, the Multi 50 skippered by Yves le Blevec has a damaged cross beam but is continuing on, Groupe Bel has been forced to withdraw from the race after suffering keel head mechanism damage while Oman Air Majan skipper Sidney Gavignet has been rescued. You can read all the latest news about the race on Sail-World.com.

In other news participants in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai have been out testing the sailing waters, the RC44's are headed for the USA and of course we can't forget the intrepid skippers of the Velux 5 Oceans, read all about their adventures this week.

Kiteboarders have made a claim for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics and we have a great video from the Finn Class.

Don't miss our new weekly video highlights feature, selected by our Sail-World.com Team.

Lots more news from around the globe - we hope you enjoy this week's European newsletter.

Sail-World.com Team

Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection
The Sail-World Team,
There is more and more video footage being published online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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China Cup Int Regatta 2010: not as good as it thinks it is
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There were a lot of people at Longcheer last weekend having a lot of fun. We know, they said so. Well done China Cup for putting on a good show. No doubt a regatta in China is a fun-filled novelty if you live in Chicago, or France, or Turkey.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Actual suffers damage to cross beam
At 0100hrs (CET) this morning (Monday) Yves le Blevec, skipper of the Multi 50 Actual informed his team and the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale race director that the trimaran has sustained damage to the forward starboard cross beam. The situation is reported to have been stabilised.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say on the Olympic Events by http://www.one.sail-world.com/NZ/Gladwells-Line:-Olympic-Decision---will-ISAF-get-caught-by-a-Yorker/75967!clicking_here... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Who's that coming round the corner... is it a monster?
Gaia Coretti,
Route du Rhum - The ultimate honours in the historic clash of the monster multis, the no-holds-barred Ultime class which has set an electric pace for this historic 2010 Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale, will go down to the final 400 miles with a subtle, tactical showdown in light breezes.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Irish team is 17th entry
Oliver Dewar,
The entry list for the double-handed, Class40, round the world Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is rapidly filling.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale: Class40 week 1 report
Oliver Dewar,
On Sunday 31st October at 13:02 local time, the 85 multi- and monhulls of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale single-handed race crossed the startline just north Pointe du Grouin off Saint-Malo, Brittany. The fleet will race 3,600 miles across the North Atlantic to Guadeloupe in France's premier solo transatlantic race.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - First test sailing in Dubai
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - As preparations continue for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, two of the four race boats being used in the event sailed for the first time at the venue on Sunday afternoon. At 1300, All4One and Emirates Team New Zealand went sailing for an afternoon testing session in the two boats supplied by the Kiwi team. The other two boats for the event, from BMW Oracle Racing, wil... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Strong gusts and rough seas
Soazig Guého,
Route du Rhum - 1500 miles from the finish, the fleet of IMOCA monohulls is tracing a long straight line towards the French West Indies in some strong winds and heavy seas on the beam. Marc Guillemot and his monohull Safran were bombing along all night clocking up the miles.... [more]
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The REAL challenges for Olympic Sailing
Rob Size, 470 sailor,
The overwhelming response to this Olympic shake down has been focused around the classes sailed at the Games. This is an important issue no doubt, but in no way the most significant challenge sailing faces as an Olympic sport. The number one challenge faced by sailing as an Olympic sport is the disappointing way in which it is presented on television.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama's logical plan
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - With less than a year to go to the start, the fourth and final update this week comes from Team Groupama, skippered by offshore specialist, Franck Cammas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing building pace
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - With only a year to go to the start of the race, the Volvo Ocean Race teams are making their final crew selections and starting to train before the Volvo Open 70s under construction are ready to hit the water. The second update this week is from PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion, skippered by Ken Read, who led PUMA's il mostro to second place.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale: Groupe Bel abandons
Route du Rhum/Sail-World,
Within 1000 miles of Pointe-a-Pitre, Franck Cammas still has overall control of the Ultime class and the race, making more than 20 knots this morning on the giant green trimaran. Kito de Pavant has had to turn for the Azores, abandoning the race due to keel ram failure.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Groupe Bel forced out with keel head mechanism damage
Route du Rhum,
Route du Rhum - Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel) who was lying fifth in the IMOCA Open 60 class officially abandoned the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale very early this Saturday morning after suffering a failure to a steel keel ram.... [more]
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RC 44 Championship Tour heads to the US
RC 44 Class Association,
RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 - A record number of entries – fourteen strict one design RC 44's – will compete in next month's Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami (December 7 – 12). The event will be followed by the RC 44 San Diego Cup (March 2 – 6), whilst some teams will also compete in Key West Race Week in January.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Bath time on Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
It was time for a bath this morning on Spartan - I was moving equipment around inside the boat taking heavier tool bags and kit forward and to windward to help trim the boat into a slightly faster angle of attack and  increase my speed when I heard an ominous 'swishing' sound coming from the other side of the bulkhead here in the cabin. ... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing victory tour comes to Canada
Tim Jeffery,
BMW Oracle Racing victory tour comes to Canada - Accompanied by the famous America's Cup itself, it is believed that this is the first time that one of sports' most iconic trophies has been brought to Canada.... [more]
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Record broken for Route du Rhum Virtual Regatta
Agence Windward,
200,000 skippers in under 3 days on the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale. And, since it is never too late to start playing Virtual Regatta, anyone who missed the start on Sunday at 13:02, can still join the fleet! They will be dropped in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's great adventure
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The third update this week is from Camper. We hear from Skipper Chris Nicholson and Dalia Saliamonas, Project Director for Camper in the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Kiel Sailing Week 2011 - A-Cats to join the party
Rainer Bohrer VDAC,
Kiel Sailing Week 2011 - This is very good news for the A-Cat class: it will take part in the 2011 Kiel Sailing Week; for the first time since 2001, it will once again be represented in the international section. In recent times the innovative A-Cat class has gained in stature and is attracting many sailors, including absolutely world class sailors like James Spithill.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Leaders ready for drag race across the Atlantic
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew doing everything he can to hold onto lead as finish line approaches; he is setting up for a one-on-one drag race to Cape Town with rival Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski as the pair battle it out for the top spot. After nearly three weeks at sea and more than 4,000 nautical miles sailed just 22 nautical miles separate the two skippers.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race announces dates of 2011 edition
MaxComm Communications,
The world's best match racers will once again gather to the Swiss Alps next summer in order to compete for the title of King of the Mountains. St. Moritz Match Race is one of the principal stopovers of the match racing annual calendar; it is also Switzerland's most important match race event.... [more]
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Tasmania's Sandy Bay will host International Cadet Worlds 2012
Peter Campbell,
The International Cadet Class has awarded Hobart's Sandy Bay Sailing Club the rights to host the 2012 World Championships commencing in late December 2012.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2010 underway tomorrow
ISAF Annual Conference 2010 - The ISAF Annual Conference 2010 kicks off tomorrow (5 November) with the Commissions of the International Sailing Federation reporting on their activities for the past year and advising on their particular areas of expertise.... [more]
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South Africa makes it official: Vessels 'required' to carry EPIRBs
Sarene Kloren,
As rescue coordination centres around the world step up their pressure on yachts, ships and all seagoing vessels, the South African Maritime Safety Authority's (SAMSA) Centre of Sea Watch Response has issued a statement that all 'ships' are 'required' to carry an EPIRB. All yachts in or likely to be in South African waters are recommended to take note. Here is their announcement:... [more]
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Oman Air Majan skipper safely onboard bulk carrier
Into the Blue,
After a long night for the Oman Air Majan team, they are pleased to report that skipper Sidney Gavignet is now safely onboard the bulk carrier Kavo Alexander. The incident which occurred at 1635 CET yesterday (03.11.10) was dealt with swiftly by the shore team, race management, rescue teams and crew of the Kavo Alexander who ensured Sidney's rescue within four hours or his first call.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing: New multihull analysis asks hard questions of ISAF
Richard Gladwell and UKCRA,
Just over a week before the start of the International Sailing Federation's Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece the vociferous UK Catamaran Racing Association has issued an analysis, which not surprisingly makes a strong case for the inclusion of a Multihull Event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. Three years ago, at the same conference in Estoril, Portugal, the various Olympic class politicia... [more]
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ISAF Publish Notice of Race for 2011 Team Racing Worlds
ISAF World Sailing,
ISAF Publish Notice of Race for 2011 Team Racing Worlds - Following the successful launch of an Under 21 competition at the 2005 Team Worlds, the 2011 championship will again feature racing in both the open competition, for the ISAF Team Racing World Championship Trophy, and in an Under 21 competition for the Ciudad de Gandia Trophy.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Francesco Bruni outlines his vision
World Match Racing Tour - Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing Team may not be in the reckoning to win this year's ISAF Match Racing World Champion crown however that has not dented the ambition of this inspirational Italian to win the second most prestigious prize on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) - the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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McConaghy 38 (MC38) is cause for excitement
John Curnow,
It won't be long before we see the anticipated arrival of the exciting McConaghy 38. Setting new benchmarks in one design yacht racing this boat has been meticulously designed and engineered and crafted by world renowned boat builders, McConaghy Boats... [more]
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