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 01 Nov 2010

Route du Rhum underway plus all the latest sailing news

Welcome and we hope you enjoy this edition of's European newsletter.

The Route du Rhum is underway with 85 skippers leaving Saint Malo. The solo skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans race continue to battle the elements and news that Tony Bullimore's 33m cat capsized off Cape Finistere during a delivery trip.

The Farr 30 World Championship is tight at the top of the leaderboard and congratulations to Thomas Goyard (FRA) on his win at the RS:X Youth World Championships. Its a wrap on the Rolex Middle Sea Race and hot off the press, Claire Leroy from France has just taken the Busan Cup Women's Match race title in Korea.

Don't forget to enter our Match Racing Survey to be in with a chance of winning one of six Musto Snugs!

We have more local and international news from around the world.

Have a great week and we hope you enjoy our newsletter. Team

World Speed Record broken twice - now 55.65 knots + Video x 3
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
Ludertiz Speed Challenge Namibia - The wind blew up to 45 knots today and the organisers decided to built a retaining wall after the finish of the run to keep the water in at low tide. This paid huge dividends today and many records were smashed !... [more]
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Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsized - Update
Sam Nelson,
Tony Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsizes off Cape Finistere. Update: Ben Jones (29): 'There wasn't that much wind-only about 15knots. We were sailing fast and close to the wind. We then had a big gust and because it's a multi hull, the apparent wind induces a much worse affect.... [more]
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La Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale 2010: A perfect start
Franck Cammas on Groupama 3, the most powerful of the Ultime's; setting out for the first time on their first ever head to head showdown of the giants - forged steadily ahead of the pack in this nine boat class. Jean-Pierre Dick on the new Virbac-Paprec 3, leads the IMOCA Open 60's at Frehel.... [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' - just a week to go, so enter now!! Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Monohull Safran: Let the party begin
Soazig Guého,
Route du Rhum - Finally alone! After a perfect start, where everything went very smoothly in spite of 85 boats being on the starting line and hundreds of spectator craft surrounding them, the whole Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale fleet left St. Malo as scheduled at 1202hrs on Sunday 31st October in light to moderate winds, which fortunately are set to strengthen.... [more]
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Oman Air Majan starts La Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale 2010
Lucy Harwood,
The multihulls powered off the line and extended from the monohull fleet as they headed towards Cap Fréhel 18 miles to the west of St. Malo, where the fleet rounded a mark of the course before gybing offshore into the English Channel.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Bugs on Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
Yesterday was a botanist's dream come true when without warning Spartan sailed through a cloud of insects of all different sorts and nationalities which descended on the decks in an instant and in their hundreds. Inch long black Katydids, a two or three inch cricket, leaf cutters, things that jump, things that scurry and things that fly they were all here.... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship 2010 - Veteran French team clamps down
Farr 30 Class Association,
Farr 30 World Championship 2010 - With the forecast breeze failing to appear by the 10 AM warning signal of Day 2, the stage was set for yesterday's all-conquering Team Orca to show their light air dominance off once again. Patrick Lindblom and crew delivered yet another fantastic performance in the first race, giving them their third-straight victory to open the prestigious world championship.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - England victors
Student Yachting World Cup and various blogs,
Student Yachting World Cup - Well it is over for this year.....this wonderful, challenging, maddening and enriching World Cup experience. There as today only one windward-leeward regatta, which lasted for about two hours. The Italian team from Milano could not sail because of a technical problem.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championships: Hamilton and Goyard crowned
RS:X Class,
The ending to the RS:X Youth World Championships was anticlimactic. The lack of wind left us waiting until 1530hrs when the N over A was hoisted. Finally around 1500 hrs, two knots of breeze. Was this going to build?... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - No rest for Bullens
Velux 5 Oceans,
Definitely the days are flowing but are not the same after the small period with a good wind from behind, as last night it came straight on the nose just after Lisbon. Fortunately I was just able to pass below the Low and dive into the Straits of Gibraltar to find a reaching wind and a route towards the Canary Islands.... [more]
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Spithill of Australia powers to Busan Cup Final against French
Angela Farrell,
Close and shifty conditions in Busan Korea with a looming typhoon off Japan made for another day of ups and downs for many teams at the Grade 1 Womens event. Spithill lead the semi finals 1-0, before MacGregor evened the scores at 1-1 and then 2-2, for the ultimate semi final showdown.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - Olympic Decisions
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 by clicking on the reply form on the bottom of!th... [more]
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Route du Rhum - For Cammas less pressure than last time
Route du Rhum,
Route du Rhum - Cammas needs optimum conditions, but thinks winning is possible on Groupama 3.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championship day 5 - Hamilton so close
Rory Ramsden,
Izzy Hamilton [GBR] is close, very close, to winning. If the wind fills in enough to race tomorrow, the medal races will have priority. The forecast for tomorrow is light. So light in fact that we may be lucky to start a medal race at all.... [more]
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Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to have Caribbean base
Turner PR for Victor International,
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is pleased to announce that it has selected the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands as its Caribbean base.&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
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Student Yachting World Cup – Day five & Sail-World,
Student Yachting Cup got off to a late start following a cancellation of the morning race due to lack of wind. However, all crews left the harbour at 2pm for the first race; a windward-leeward. Canada's Queen's University came in first, followed by Universidade tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal.... [more]
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Longtze European Tour - Overall winner and new developments for 2011
Longtze European Tour,
Longtze European Tour update: Experience triumphs, a victory for Eckhard Kaller and his team 'Wet Feet' last week at the Bodensee Cup, the final of the Longtze European Tour! The German crew took out the final and the European Tour 2010 without contest. Eckhard and his team's title will be up for grabs in 2011: many new crews are already in the start box looking to take it from them!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: One year to go - Knut Frostad reflects
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
With one year remaining until the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race begins with the In-Port race in Alicante, much is in place and a lot is still to be done. CEO Knut Frostad discusses preparations for the grand departure and explains why he feels this will be one of the closest races ever.... [more]
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America's Cup Event Authority CEO talks to Valencia Sailing,
Top European sailing website, continues a series of interviews with the people in charge of shaping the 34th America's Cup in line with the vision of the current Defender, its owner Larry Ellison and its CEO Russell Coutts. We spoke with Craig Thompson, CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, the body in charge of everything related to the pinnacle event of the sport, except... [more]
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ISAF announces appointment of Int Jury for the 34th America's Cup
International Sailing Federation,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the appointment of the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup. The 34th America's Cup Match is planned to be held in 2013, with lead up events commencing in 2011. A new class of boat, a 72 foot wing sail catamaran is currently being developed as is a new shorter race format.... [more]
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Perth 2011 warm up attracts international superstars
Tessa Parkinson,
Perth 2011 warm up attracts international superstars - The PIR has attracted 230 boats from over 40 nations and commences in just three weeks' time from 16 to 21 November 2010. Athlete entries include triple Gold and Silver Olympic Medallist Ben Ainslie from Great Britain, six of the current World Champions and four 2010 ISAF World Sailor of the Year Award Finalists.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Fleet is lining up for the first timed run of the race
Velux 5 Oceans,
The Velux 5 Oceans fleet continues to spread out as the five ocean racers head towards the Equator and their first timed run of the race. At the front of the fleet Brad Van Liew and Zbigniew Gutkowski have been reaping the rewards for taking a more westerly route out into the Atlantic, increasing the gap between them and Derek Hatfield in third to some 300 nautical miles... [more]
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China Cup Int Regatta 2010 hits a speed bump... in the garage
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was a-hummin' and a-buzzin' this evening, with all the crews in town – many of them overseas – for the opening cocktails and the skippers' briefing for tomorrow's passage race from Hong Kong to Longcheer, Daya Bay, Shenzhen, the opening event of the CCIR.... [more]
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Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsized - Seven crew rescued
Barry Pickthall,
Seven British based sailors were successfully airlifted off the 33m racing catamaran 'Spirit of Antigua' late on Wednesday night after capsizing in the Bay of Biscay, 135 miles south west of Brest.... [more]
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Weymouth Speed Week - A successful campaign for the Mirabaud LX
MaxComm Communication,
Weymouth Speed Week saw Thomas Jundt and his famous foiler Mirabaud LX take part last week. Winner of the event in the 'sailboat' category, the LX achieved a run at 23,24 knots average over 500 meters, and reached a top speed of 25,8 knots.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2010 - Robertson a threat - wins Asian Championship title
Monsoon Cup Media 2010,
New Zealander Phil Robertson showed today why he has the scalps of some of the top guns on the ISAF World Match Racing circuit hanging on his belt.... [more]
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Opinion: Will ISAF get trapped by political concessions for 2016 ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A lot has been written about the ISAFs Olympic Commissions report and the resulting Executive Committee submission in the last weeks. There is no doubt that the Olympic Commission has done an outstanding job by firing the first bullets on some of ISAFs holy cows, however there is still a huge risk that the final decision makers inside ISAF fail half way up the hill.... [more]
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Finn - outstanding display of sailing skills and athleticism
Robert Deaves - IFA,
Based largely on the Olympic Commission report, the ISAF Executive has since published two submissions which outline an exciting new future for the selection and decision making process for Olympic sailing events and equipment. The Finn is positioning itself to be part of that future.... [more]
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Australia tops ISAF World Sailing Rankings
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has a new world number one with Australian Women's Match Racing Team skipper Nicky Souter jumping to the top of the latest Women's Match Racing world ranking list. Souter's rise to the top of the Women's Match Racing rankings sees Australia jump to the top of the overall Olympic class number one rankings list with three out of the 10 number one crews hailing from Au... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Can he do it again?
Rory Ramsden,
This battle is going to go right down to the wire which is from where Michalis snatched the 2009 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. 'Will he do it again?' may be the question on Thomas' mind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: We're doing 36kts..We've got no steering..Video
Volvo Ocean Rce Media,
There are just 367 sleeps left until the start of the next Volvo Ocean Race. When a TV show is made, pure necessity dictates that only a fraction of the footage is actually broadcast. Over the coming months we'd like to bring you some of these extraordinary moments in a new video series called 'Volvo Ocean Race Redux'.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Skype Co-founder takes part
This month CNN's MainSail, comes direct from the twenty-first Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia, where presenter Shirley Robertson is spending time with three individuals and their crews. American Bill Koch, winner of the America's Cup in 1992 has come back to race with old friends, whilst Sweden's Niklas Zennström, the co-founder of Skype, is here for the second time... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry process opens on 1 November
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more]
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Notification of World Match Racing Tour host venue bidding process
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), sailing's premier global match racing tour, has opened the bidding process for cities, regions and countries from around the globe to enter the race for the right to host a stage of sailing's leading world series.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie ‘determined' to take fourth Olympic Gold
Helen William,
Ben Ainslie does not think he is the hot pick, at the moment, to qualify for Britain's sole spot in the Finn for the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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