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 20 Oct 2010

Ultimate Solo Challenge, speed records, AC and much more

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

Lots of speed records falling with the kitesurfers in Africa..

ISAF screwed up the 2012 Olympic classes dropping the multihulls, now pressure is mounting to get it right for 2016 and beyond. Be sure to read Richard Gladwell's excellent analysis and commentary on the subject.

The Velux 5 Oceans is underway with the fleet leaving La Rochelle France on the Ultimate Solo Challenge. The Route du Rhum start is fast approaching and we have news from the Mini Barcelona and the Barcelona World Race.

Elsewhere the RC44 World Championship has just concluded in the Canary Islands, the TP52 circuit is set to have a new Russian Synergy next year and more speed records have tumbled in Namibia.

Happy reading and have a great week.


Rolex Middle Sea Race - At the crossroads
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Flying into Malta it's hard not to be struck by the landscape: the buildings all a blinding beige in the hot sun, the landscape fairly arid and dry. It's more reminiscent of the Northern African coast. This year's fleet reflects that more than any year past, with numerous entries from throughout Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup space up for grabs at Malaysian Match Racing Championship
World Match Racing Tour - With the promise of a berth at the World Match Racing Tour's (WMRT) Championship finale - The Monsoon Cup - on offer for the winner, The Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) has attracted a stellar field of Malaysia's finest match racers, including two former winners of the MMRC.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Day 2 - Leaders round Cape Finisterre
Velux 5 Oceans,
Leaders round Cape Finisterre in search of trade winds. With two full days at sea now under their belts, the skippers racing in the Velux 5 Oceans are finding their rhythm and enjoying the psychological boost of the first major milestone - rounding Cape Finisterre and getting out of the busy shipping lanes.... [more]
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KDY Autumn Regatta and Baltic IRC Trophy winners announced
KDY Autumn Regatta update: It was a fabulous late summertime racing near Kopenhagen, when Erik Berth finished with two firsts and one second place the KDY Autumn Regatta in the IRC class. The Swan 45 Tarok 7 also dealt very well with the strong conditions at Flensburg two weeks ago and in the Big Boat Challenge earlier this year.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?
Richard Gladwell,
In just over a couple of weeks the International Sailing Federation's Council will have to make a decision as to whether they have the courage to make the biggest changes ever proposed in the Olympic side of the sport; or, will they compromise and try to almost please almost everybody.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week's Ocean Series tailor-made to thrill
Louay Habib,
Antigua's third annual Ocean Series of races will be run in tandem with Antigua Sailing Week 2011. The Series consists of three offshore or coastal races ideally suited for ocean-going yachts that revel in Antigua's trade wind conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams to meet in Paris, and new Extreme 40 alliance
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
Stuart Alexander, highly respected Yachting Correspondent for the Independent (UK) reports on the latest developments in the America's Cup. This week sees a meeting in Paris for potential teams for the next America's Cup in 2013.... [more]
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Mini Barcelona – 17 skippers entered in Spain
Classe Mini,
Mini Barcelona began on Saturday, October 16th for the 17 skippers entered. Four knots on the start line, a sun like August in Southern France, the atmosphere was relaxed on the water in Spain.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Racers settle into life at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
After a perfect start in ideal weather conditions yesterday, the five Velux 5 Oceans skippers have been settling into life alone at sea. Their 60ft Eco 60 yachts will be their homes for the nine months as they sail 30,000 miles around the planet. After 24 hours of racing, American skipper Brad Van Liew is leading the fleet as they make their way through the notorious Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Renault Z.E. to sail with Rivero and Tono
Isabel Genís,
Barcelona World Race - Antonio Piris and Pachi Rivero will be flying the Renault colours on their IMOCA Open 60 in the upcoming Barcelona World Race, which start on 31st December. The motor vehicle brand, one of the main sponsors of the race for a second time, has chosen to give its support and its name to the entry skippered by the Spanish duo.... [more]
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2010 Blokart World Championships Final Results
Ross Vickers,
2010 Blokart World Championships final results.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Start day video
Velux 5 Oceans,
The skippers and their yachts have left, but it will be a few days before life returns to normal in La Rochelle following following yesterday's start of the Velux 5 Oceans race.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Groupe Bel has arrived in Saint-Malo
Groupe Bel,
Groupe Bel monohull and its skipper entered the harbor of St. Malo this Friday morning after a ten day journey.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship - Jabin's Ramrod dominates
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship,
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship - Jabin's Ramrod dominates - On Friday (Oct. 15), the first of three days of racing, Ramrod won two races straight off the bat, in each case leaving second to defending champion Helmut Jahn (Chicago, Ill.) on Flash Gordon. When the two teams traded finish positions in race three, it left some hope.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Five skippers begin the journey of a lifetime
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans - AND they're off! With the sun shining brightly and a fresh breeze blowing, the five international skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans blasted across the start line beginning a 30,000-mile adventure around the globe.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2010, Annapolis MD - Day 2
Farr 40 Media,
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2010, Annapolis MD - Day 2 - Local knowledge of Chesapeake Bay tides and currents seemed to pay off for the crew of Ramrod, who consistently led the fleet around each and every mark. Large swells and 30 knot gusts did not phase Jabin, who boat handling skills and excellent crew work made for quite the show.... [more]
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RC 44 World Championship - Overall winner and Fleet Racing winners
MacComm Communications,
Heading into the final heat of the fleet racing portion of the regatta the top three boats – No Way Back, BMW Oracle Racing and 17 – were within one point of the title. Top honors on the final day of racing went to Chris Bake's Team Aqua, with New Zealander Cameron Appleton calling tactics. Team Aqua posted the low score of 6 points on finishes of 1-1-4, a welcome day after two days of struggles.... [more]
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New America's Cup Rule - second wingsail but big advantage remains
Richard Gladwell,
A revised version of the measurement rule has been released which will be used for the new AC72 class of catamaran to be sailed in the 34th America's Cup. As with any rule revision, the second release - just a few weeks after the first, tidies up some areas and clarifies others.... [more]
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Breton Skipper to take part in his first Barcelona World Race
BWR Media,
He is back! Jean Le Cam is returning to IMOCA ocean racing competition. Following the frightening loss of VM Matériaux off Cape Horn in the last Vendée Globe and his participation as crew on Vincent Riou's PRB in the recent 'Vuelta a España', the round Spain race, the renowned French skipper will take on his fourth racing circumnavigation of the globe.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - Spanish record tumbles
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
Another day of 'training' in Luderitz and another record broken. Today it was the turn of Marc Avella from Spain to set a new National record at 48.33knots! Tomorrow promises to be another record breaking day as big winds are forecast from early in the day and we are hoping for a 8.15am start.... [more]
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WOW Cap Istanbul and French Open Sea Solo Championship to Gabart
Cap Istanbul/Sail-World.com,
François Gabart won the fifth and final leg from Boscaada to Istanbul. Following the Bozcaada start he was in third place in the general ranking. Now he patiently has to wait for his rivals to arrive at the finish. Because the competition amongst him, Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) and Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham) will only come to a conclusion once they all complete the race.... [more]
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Tornado is ready for the Olympic comeback
Andrew Dowley,
With the new and strict High Quality One Design concept, the Tornado is well prepared for the future and the Olympic Games. The new strict One Design Tornado has it all. The most modern Rig with an ultra light carbon mast which makes the Tornado still the most advanced Multihull available.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour filling the monohull void
Stuart Alexander,
The World Match Race Tour will continue to be raced in monohulls, despite the America's Cup, for which it was always seen as a training ground, switching to wing sail catamarans. 'The America's Cup will be very exciting,' said tour director Peter Gilmour in London, 'but there's a huge void there to fill. It's good timing for us.'... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour- Minoprio, Mirsky and Macgregor among speakers
Tom Traill,
World Match Racing Tour, the leading professional sailing series, will be holding a global press conference on Thursday 14th October in central London when key announcements about the international series will be made.... [more]
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America's Cup - New AC45 catamaran class takes shape
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup. A one-design wingsail catamaran of 45 feet, the AC45 has been created to fulfill three roles... [more]
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New World Speed Sailing Record to Alex Caizergues plus Video
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record at 54.10 knots during his first run at 15h38 yesterday afternoon. Five New National records were broken on the same day. Insane videos from the trench at the speed record venue at Luderitz in Namibia.... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray inpects new AC45 class.
Golden Gate Yacht Club,
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup.... [more]
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New World Speed record - Alexandre Caizergues, kitesurfer hits 54.10 k
Tanguy Blondel,
Alexandre Caizergues beat the outright world speed record under sail with an average of 54.10 knots (100.19 km/hr) over 500 metres of the Luderitz channel (Namibia) yesterday. The young Frenchman is the new outright speed record holder. He has deposed Hydroptère and its 51.36 knots.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - l'Hydroptere record broken
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
It's official – after today the Hydroptere is no longer the fastest sailing vessel. It's previous record of 51.36 was broken numerous times today by Kite surfers!... [more]
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