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 17 Nov 2010

Route du Rhum, AC, ISAF, Louis Vuitton and more world sailing news

Welcome to our news from another exciting week in sailing.

Those intrepid souls, the solo sailors, are nearing the end of their Route du Rhum journey. Franck Cammas' giant multihull Groupama 3 crossed the line ahead of the fleet, while Roland Jourdain onboard Veolia Environnement is the IMOCA 60 and overall winner. Jourdain has made history as the only skipper to win the event twice. Well done!

News that the ORC and IRC are co-operating, the Velux 5 Oceans skippers are finishing the first leg of the race, the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai regatta got off to a bang - literally - and the countdown has begun for the Barcelona World Race start.

Excellent coverage of happenings from the America's Cup this week and be sure to look at our latest offering - Sail-World's selection of Videos of the Week.

The ISAF conference has concluded - read all about their decisions on Sail-World.com

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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Spithill unbeaten
Louis Vuitton Trophy,
James Spithill, the youngest skipper to win the America's Cup, continued an unbroken record today as his BMW Oracle Racing team posted two more victories in close match racing. Spithill was merciless in his opening match against Italian Francesco Bruni steering Synergy Russian Sailing. Spithill waited until the last minute of the pre-start before swooping in to attack.... [more]
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ISAF Olympic fallout - From the Star Class
ISAF - The Star class fully supports the ISAF decision-making process and the eventual outcome. We understand and appreciate many of the challenges ISAF faces in making our sport more attractive to the media and we believe the Star can make unique and valuable contributions in this area.... [more]
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Perth International Regatta – Day one challenging conditions
Richard Palfreyman,
Perth International Regatta's first day of racing – the test event for next year's Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships - provided the Men's Full Rig Laser sailors with challenging conditions until the sea breeze filled in for the second race.... [more]
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PWA Cabo Verde World Cup 2010 - Failed to co-operate
PWA Cabo Verde World Cup 2010 - Day two - With the promise of a pumping swell and fifteen knots of wind, an early skipper's briefing was held to prepare the fleet for the day ahead. But, when the conditions looked unsuitable at the legendary Ponta Preta, head judge Duncan Coombs and 2009 PWA Wave World Champion, Josh Angulo (Angulo, Gun, Dakine) decided to move the whole show to Curral Jaoul.... [more]
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Lewmar launches new products for 2011 at METS
An impressive array of new products from Lewmar are being launched at METS 2010. You can look at the full PDF right here.... [more]
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GOR Ocean Safety Race Partner update
Global Ocean Race,
GOR Ocean Safety Race Partner update - The safety of the crews in the double-handed, round the world, Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is of paramount importance. Offshore, shorthanded racing has risks and mitigating the dangers associated with this extreme sport is a priority for the GOR Race Organisation and GOR Race Partner, Ocean Safety.... [more]
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Mascalzone Latino Audi Team at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai

Mascalzone Latino Audi - In the first races of the third day of Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, lady luck was not there for the team but, as the night approached the situation was clearly getting better. They achieved victory over Synergy and first point on the table... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Fallout - From the Kiteboard Association
We surely made a huge step forward at this year's ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboarding's participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton - Artemis Racing images from Sander van der Borch
A selection of images of the Artemis Racing team competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Dubai from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Wildcard Hansen thinks Ainslie should win World title
Hansen, who has a strong record at the Monsoon Cup having twice finished on the podium, is relishing the chance of getting back to Kuala Terengganu and signing off his season with a strong performance. Hansen said 'I actually think Ben [Ainslie] will win, he's in good form.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - New trophy unveiled
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race - The spectacular new trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante this evening, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race Conference for the 2011 – 12 edition.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek expected in Cape Town tomorrow
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski is set to claim second place in the first leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world race. The 36-year-old, known as Gutek, is expected to cross the finish line off Cape Town tomorrow (Wednesday November 17).... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Skipper change
Carlos Aguilar Match Race,
Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Poland's Marek Stanczyk will replace New Zealand's Gavin Brady in the Open Division at the Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR). Presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels & Time, the CAMR, an Official World Tour Qualifier (WTQ) for the 2011 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), is set for December 2-5, 2010.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Emirates Team NZ stub their toe in Dubai
Warren Douglas,
Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai – and it wasn't a good day for Emirates Team New Zealand. The team had only one race – in a dying breeze in the late afternoon gloom – against the Swedish entry Artemis. The afterguard got the start they wanted to leeward, forcing Artemis to tack to the right of the course. Emirates Team New Zealand covered and from there controlled the beat, making s... [more]
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SailTV: Louis Vuitton Trophy: Live and Replay
See live and replay coverage of the final ever event in the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailed at Dubai, UAE. The event is now being covered with video and we expect to see some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of other major sailing events, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays.... [more]
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PWA Cabo Verde World Cup day 1 - Dead calm
With no discard for the year, the most exciting element to this week is that the title race remains wide open. The PWA's most prestigious wave sailors were greeted by a light offshore breeze and zero swell this morning forcing head judge, Duncan Coombs to immediately put the contest on hold.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Kiwi boat builders heroes of Day 1
Louis Vuitton Media,
This morning the Louis Vuitton Cup Dubai is giving a big hand to Sean Regan, Neville Thorpe and the Emirates Team New Zealand boatbuilding team. Everyone remembers La Maddalena when a major collision put the two BMW Oracle Racing boats out of action, severely disrupting the regatta. But today it is as if yesterday's collision never happened. Both boats are back in the water. The hole in the sta... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race update
Mariette Roodt-Koffman,
Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race - Friday night, John Martin and his Cape to Rio Committee hosted an informal gathering at the RCYC to welcome all the entrants aboard; to discuss any issues currently of concern to participants, and for all to meet and get to know each other... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Videos of the week
Velux 5 Oceans,
The Sail-World team brings you the latest videos from the Velux 5 Oceans race. The skippers are sharing the action with you via a dedicated on board camera system that enables broadcast and web feeds from anywhere at sea.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Tight matches for All4One
Stephanie Nadin,
On the second day of Round Robin 1 in the Louis Vuitton Tropy Dubai, ALL4ONE raced against Emirates Team New Zealand, which is the team that the French-German crew trained with the week before the event. ALL4ONE doesn't score any point today despite very tight matches, but Jochen Schümann's team is eager than ever to win its first points, after having started the event against two top teams thi... [more]
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ISAF's Annual Conference - Multihull 2016 update from Paul Pascoe
Paul Pascoe,
Paul Pascoe reflects on the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference in Athens, Greece. Pascoe led the multihull representatives as chairman of the Multihull Commission. 'The following is not an official report from the ISAF Multihull Commission, but an unofficial account including a number of personal opinions on the subject of multihulls and the process of getting them back into the... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race - From the Race Director
John Martin,
Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race - Excitement mounts as we reach the two month countdown to the start of the iconic Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race. Our counterparts in Brazil are as excited as we are and look forward to welcoming you all under the magnificent Sugarloaf.... [more]
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PWC Bermuda Opti Championship - Gesa Bornrmann (GER) wins
Talbot Wilson,
PWC Open Championship - Gesa Bornrmann, a 13 year old German girl, invaded Bermuda and took home the PWC Open Championship title. She started the series at the top never let her guard down, leading all 3 days with consistent top 5 finishes. Bornrmann won the Gold Fleet title as well as the Top Female prize.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Third place
Soazig Guého,
Route du Rhum - Marc Guillemot took third place in this ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale thanks to a daring option in the final stretch around the island of Guadeloupe. The skipper of Safran was very pleased about the outcome after two weeks of particularly demanding sailing.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing notches two wins in support of 'Movember'
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
By scoring two wins against no losses today BMW Oracle Racing holds the early lead at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. BMW Oracle Racing, led by its America's Cup-winning skipper James Spithill of Australia, won its two races against All4One, a combined French/German team. Spithill and crew were aided by All4One in the first race when it was penalized for grazing the keep-off wands on the tra... [more]
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Kiteboarding and the Olympics - lets start some creative thinking !
Markus Schwendtner,
We surely made a huge step forward at this years ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboardings participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices...... [more]
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Paul and Rachel Chandler released after 388 days
Cruising Association,
Throughout Paul and Rachel's ordeal the Association has kept in close touch with representatives of their families. Soon after Paul and Rachel's capture we were advised that publicity would only encourage hostage-takers to believe their ransom demands would be met and that it would delay Paul and Rachel's release.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Guillemot takes third place in the IMOCA Open 60 Class
Route du Rhum,
Route du Rhum - Guillemot takes third place in the IMOCA Open 60 Class - The elapsed time for Safran is 14 days 12hours 28minutes 02seconds. His average speed is 11.55kts for the distance he sailed of 3955 miles. Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Marc Guillemot's average speed is 10.16knots.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand: A long night for the boat builders
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's shore crew are in for a long night repairing damage to NZL84. The yacht was damaged in the second race today between Emirates Team New Zealand and the Italian team Mascalzone Latino.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup: Olympic helm to steer all-Chinese Jelik 5 team
Tracey Johnstone,
China's highly successful dinghy sailor, Xiaqun Song, will take the helm and lead the all-Chinese team of sailors on board the TP52, Jelik 5, next month in the Phuket Kings Cup Regatta. Song is a talented sailor representing China at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Yngling class along with her crew of Yanli Yu and Xiaoni Lie... [more]
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Chandlers rejoice, South African sailors to expect 'lengthy ordeal'
Nancy Knudsen,
While the families of a South African yachting couple kidnapped by pirates and now hostages in southern Somalia have been told to expect a lengthy ordeal, the British sailing couple Paul and Rachel Chandler, just released, are rejoicing after 388 days in captivity.... [more]
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Hydroptère.ch - 'Flying boat' dips its wings in Lake Geneva
Simon Bradley,
Hydroptère.ch - A revolutionary Franco-Swiss 'flying yacht' project that aims to smash the round-the-world sailing record has started testing on Lake Geneva.... [more]
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Mission Worldrule - ORC and IRC start cooperation!
Hans Genthe,
At the hanseboot panel discussion 'Meet the Experts' on Wednesday, 3.11.2010, Wolfgang Schäfer was visibly proud to announce the cooperation of ORC and IRC to use the best of both systems for a standardised global formula. Volker Andrae, chairman of the GER-OO, Eckard von der Mosel, race manager of Kiel Week, ORC vice president Wolfgang Schäfer, Uwe Wenzel, RVS, germany, were debating.... [more]
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Jim O'Toole, CEO of World Match Racing Tour, talks to Valencia Sailing
One month ago, the World Match Racing Tour held a press conference in London where they made a number of announcements concerning the future of the world's premiere professional sailing circuit that set the basic strategy for the ISAF World Match Racing Championship. Valencia Sailing talked to Jim O'Toole, CEO of the WMRT, about the main points of the Tour's future. According to O'Toole, the st... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker on The Last Waltz and ETNZ's Future
Richard Gladwell,
In Dubai for the start of the final ever round in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, spoke to Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker on the end of an era of more than ten years sailing the America's Cup monohull; his recent experiences in the Extreme 40's; and his thoughts on the 34th America's Cup and Emirates Team New Zealand's situation regard tha... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray reflects at Portside
Richard Gladwell,
One of the icons of Australian sailing Iain Murray, in his new capacity as Regatta Director for the ACWS and America's Cup events was in Auckland to check out progress on the first of the AC45's in Warkworth about 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Here he reviews the progress made on the boat and regatta side of the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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America's Cup: Valencia's Mayor unhappy over missing venue choice
Stuart Alexander and Las Provincias,
A long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America's Cup. According to a local newspaper, Las Provincias, the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has reprimanded BMW Oracle, for failing in what she sees as a commitment to hold the next, America's Cup 34, in Valencia.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Decision day
ISAF Annual Conference - It was a big decision making day at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens as the Council voted on the some of the key decisions in the sport.... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - the latest
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up 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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Ronstan investing in Australian manufacturing
Brendan Maxwell,
While around the world manufacturing is moving from the major industrial countries to Asia, one of the world leaders in the marine industry Ronstan, one of the largest sailing and architectural hardware manufacturers in the world, is in fact expanding manufacturing operations on its home turf.... [more]
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49ers - theatre style in Perth
Jerelyn Beihl,
The International 49er class will be performing a second test of 'Theatre Style' racing in Perth, Australia on November 14th.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Minoprio dismisses rivals Williams and Mirsky
Current ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing believes Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team pose no threat to his quest to win this year's Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Events Committee vote Star Out and Multihull in
It was the most packed session we have had this week to hear the Events Committee's recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: ISAF Events Committee falls into its Heffalump Trap
Richard Gladwell,
ISAF's Events' Committee seems to have fallen into its own Heffalump Trap after conducting two key votes at the ISAF annual Conference in Athens. The trap was inadvertently set by the ISAF's own Executive Committee in the form of two submissions which prescribed two votes to be undertaken, first by the Events Committee and then by the ISAF Council.... [more]
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