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Event News
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
rhumThe Route du Rhum crown has gone to François Gabart For their final race, François and his 60-foot MACIF have written a new page in the history of sailing. In every one of his first attempts, François Gabart has managed to achieve success: Vendée Globe 2012: victory and a record in a little over 78 days for the youngest winner of the circumnavigation of the globe. Route du Rhum 2014: victory and a record in 12 days 4 hours and 38 minutes. Not forgetting a win in the eastbound B to B transatlantic race in 2011, which served as a qualifier for the Vendée Globe.

With his sponsor Macif, François will now focus on his 100-foot oceanic multihull, which is currently being fitted out. The future then for this extraordinary skipper will be coloured by a new story and a whole new set of challenges.

America’s Cup comes to Portsmouth
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:57
portsmthSir Keith Mills GBE has announced the return of America’s Cup Racing to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth from 23-26th July 2015 and 21–24th July 2016.

Sir Keith, who was also Deputy Chairman of London 2012 and Chairman of ‘Invictus Games’ explained further, “I’m passionate about bringing world-class sporting events to Great Britain, and delighted that America’s Cup World Series racing will be coming to Portsmouth. This will not just be a spectacular sporting event, it will also showcase Portsmouth, the South Coast and Great Britain on a global stage, delivering economic benefit to the City and the sponsors involved. The series will attract huge crowds to watch the exhilarating racing and we plan to give the event a festival feel bringing activities and entertainment for all. Our plans are for more than two action packed long weekends. We are also putting together a three year activation programme running right up until the end of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. We look forward to delivering a world class sporting event for Great Britain.”

Williams joins all-time list
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:55

Ian_Williams_GAC_PindarIan Williams confirmed his match racing calibre this weekend as the quadruple World Champion scooped a fifth RYA National Match Racing title at Queen Mary Sailing Club over the weekend of 14 – 16th November. Ian joins a unique group of Mark Campbell-James and two-time Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Andy Beadsworth at the top of the all-time winners list with five wins each.

The Championships got underway in a light five-six knot breeze on the Friday with results going very much according to the seedings, but the big match of the afternoon saw Ali Hall beat the world number two and former world champion leaving Williams with it all to do after the opening day’s eight flights of round-robin.             

With no racing possible on Saturday due to very little wind, Sunday again started with a light five-six knot breeze with the racing more varied with unexpected wins and losses for many of the teams.

Williams, and his crew at the event, Gerry Mitchell, Simon Shaw and the British Keelboat Academy’s James French, found their winning rhythm taking nothing but race wins, while Hall who had led after Friday’s racing with five wins was only able to win one of his four races. The breeze dropped early in the afternoon and the decision was made to finish the programme at the end of the round-robin stage, handing Williams event honours with eight out of nine race wins.

The 13th International Sailing Summit goes Live
Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00
The International Sailing Summit (ISS), taking place on 17 November, will be streamed live online for the first time in the event’s history. This worldwide industry forum has never before been as accessible to a truly global audience, with content available at the time and as a resource after the event.

The Summit theme ‘Waking up the sailing industry – how sailing needs to modernise, diversify and develop to attract and retain participants’ stresses the importance of modernisation and innovation. Organiser British Sailing, a British Marine Federation (BMF) association, is working in partnership with SailRacer and SportsXsream, to utilise the latest in online technology to help share the benefits of the Summit by providing streaming to sailing enthusiasts.

Volvo RS End of Season Championships
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

fevaRS Feva sailors joined the other RS classes for a huge multi-fleet event at Datchet Water Sailing Club. The Volvo RS End of Season Championships saw over 110 boats from across the country compete on two trapezoid courses.

The fleet launched in cloudy and blustery conditions and light rain. With 17 knots and gusts of 25 it was lively sailing, but the fleet got away all clear on the outer loop of a trapezoid course, while the RS Tera Pro and Sport fleets sailed the inner loop.

Race 1 was won by Iain Bird and Jake Hardman, followed by Dan and Fin Armstrong and then Matthew Leckie and Izzi Bristow. Zoe King and Alice Powell led race 2 at the windward mark with Matt and Izzi in second and third were James Foster and Oliver Demetri. However, more thrills and spills allowed Matt Caiger and Niamh Davies to take the win, second went to Fin and Dan and third place were Iain and Jake.

In race 3 Fin and Dan finished ahead followed by Iain and Jake and Matt and Izzi. So, as the fleet headed in Fin and Dan were overnight leaders.

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