Successful 180 degree inversion test for the South African GOR team

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On Thursday morning, Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) double-handed, Class40 team Phesheya-Racing successfully completed the event’s mandatory 180 degree self-righting test in Gosport on the South Coast of the UK. The South African team of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire with Class40 Phesheya-Racing are now officially qualified for the GOR with 58 days to the start of the race.

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A Hot Newport Summer Ushers In The 2011 Melges 32 North American Championship

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Newport, RI – USA – As the 2011 international Melges 32 racing season progresses, the class is proud to welcome fifteen prime-time teams to Newport, R.I. for the second running of the North American Championship, hosted by Sail Newport. “Newport is a beautiful place during the summer, not to mention a great place to sail.” said North American Fleet President John Taylor, owner and driver of Ninkasi. “I am certain that everyone is looking forward to a wonderful weekend of Melges 32 racing.”

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2011 Böklunder Melges 24 European Championship – Day 5

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Fracassoli Crowned European Champion

Toniste Wins Corinthian Division

 

Aarhus, Denmark July 28 – Day 5 of the 2011 Böklunder Melges 24 European Championship saw the regatta series come to a close with the final two races completed in breezes ranging from 6 – 10 knots. Overnight leader Carlo Fracassoli on ITA 803 Gullisara, who went into the day with a 22 point advantage, finished the regatta in style with a hard fought win in the first race of the day. Fracassoli’s race win initially appeared far from assured however. Rounding the first windward mark in sixth place he clawed his way up to third by the leeward gate before playing the shifty second beat to perfection to take the lead at the second windward mark. Once in front he was totally in control and on the final run to the finish he cruised home to take his third race win of the championship. This result sealed Fracassoli’s championship victory with a race to spare and unsurprisingly he and his Italian crew immediately headed for the harbour to begin their victory celebrations.

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2011 470 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – 20-28 JULY, MEDEMBLIK, NETHERLANDS

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A FAST FINISH FOR BRITAIN, BUT SWEDEN & GERMANY HOLD ON TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Despite some strong late challenges from British crews, Sweden and Germany held on to become the winners of the Delta Lloyd Junior 470 World Championships after two great Medal Races today in Medemblik, Holland. It has been a week of first too much wind, and then too little, but finally the breeze came good for the Medal Races that would decide the winners of the 60-boat Men’s/Mixed fleet and the 32 Women’s teams. With 10-12 knots of wind blowing, flag ‘Oscar’ was flying, allowing the crews to put in every kinetic effort and extra propulsion into the boat that they could muster.

Neither the Men’s nor Women’s series leaders made easy work of it, but Nicklas Dackhammar and Fredrik Bergstrom held on for Men’s gold, and last year’s Junior silver medallists Annika Bochmann and Anika Lorenz went one better to clinch this year’s Women’s Championship.

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Courtmacsherry RNLI rescue divers off wreck of Lusitania

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Date: 26/07/2011

Author: Vincent O’Donovan, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 3.45 pm this afternoon (Tuesday 26 July 2011) to go to the aid of divers whose boat had got into difficulties 10 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. The divers were operating on the wreck of the Lusitania when their boat developed mechanical problems.

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Thurso lifeboat volunteers rescue 12 from pleasure boat trapped in cave

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Date: 26/07/2011

Author: Becky King, Public Relations Officer

Thurso lifeboat volunteers rescued 12 people from rocks this afternoon (Tuesday 26 July) after a tour boat got into difficulties while in a sea cave on the island of Stroma.

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Follow the British Sailors in the Solitaire du Figaro

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The highly competitive 1,695nm Solitaire du Figaro starts from Perros-Guirec on Sunday, 31st July 2011. This year a record number of four British sailors including Sam Goodchild, Nigel King, Conrad Humphreys and Phil Sharp, will be competing in the French dominated race. This year there are a total of 49 sailors, 11 ‘Rookies’ (first-time competitors), and just six non-French nationals, including the four British sailors, one Portuguese and one German sailor.

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CLIPPER 11-12 RACE START – 31 JULY 2011

Clipper fleet sets off from Liverpool The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race starts from Southampton, UK, on Sunday 31 July 2011.

The ten 68-foot yachts contesting the race along with their crews of people from all walks of life, will be arriving in Ocean Village, Southampton on Thursday 28 July.

Please find attached a list of events taking place during the three days of the race start festival. A media accreditation form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Media boats will be available for photographers and camera crews who wish to take pictures and film on the water for the parade of sail, which will be supported by the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, and the start of the race from the Solent.

It is the first round the world yacht race to start from the iconic sailing grounds of the Solent since 2004.

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