In this issue:
Laura Dekker – latest news here,
La Solitair du Figaro,
Hugo Boss – Plum TV,
Alessandro di Benedetto,
AC 34 TV Trials,
RC44 – Valencia,
Sail-World -Europe/Africa – latest issue here,
Lectronic Latitude – latest issue here,
Sea Sail Surf – latest issue here,
Sail-World USA – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Keep Turning Left,
A sailboat largely constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has docked in Sydney Harbour.
Court says Dutch teenager Laura Dekker can set sail
Laura Dekker in court, 24 August 2009 Laura Dekker began sailing solo when she was 10 years old
A 14-year-old Dutch girl who wants to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world has won a court’s permission to attempt the voyage.
The court in Middelburg lifted a guardianship order imposed last year, which placed Laura Dekker under the care of child protection services.
Laura must complete the two-year trip before she turns 17 in September 2012 to break the record.
Her mother has dropped her objections to the plan.
The Child Protection Council of Utrecht, in the central Netherlands, asked the Middelburg district court a week earlier than scheduled to extend the girl’s supervision by 12 months, citing fears for her social and emotional development.
Last December, a court ruled that Laura could remain with her father, despite his support for her plan to sail solo round the world.
Alessandro di Benedetto a coupé la ligne d’arrivée de son tour du monde en solitaire, sans escale, sur le parcours du Vendée Globe, ce matin à 8 heures devant les Sables d’Olonne. Bernard Gergaud y était pour immortaliser ce moment.
Alessandro arrived at Les Sables july, 22 after 268d 19h 36′ 12″ around the globe.
But he did not start again next Sunday for the Azores : he arrived from a round the world solo, nonstop and without assistance. A record registered in 268 d 19h 36 ’12 “. Alessandro has agreed to become the sponsor of the 2010 edition.
Of course, his boat was not quite the same look as the brand new prototypes that will be disputing the victory between Les Sables d’Olonne and the port of Horta. However its Findomestic is the last Hakuna Matata that already has several Transat 6.50 to its credit: Alessandro, worked as a geologist, worked for converting the old prototype in a sailboat capable of keep near to South Seas. It is not the first test of the man, since he has to his credit an Atlantic crossing by catamaran sports and a North Pacific crossing on a day-boat under 20 feet long.
Arriving in Les Sables d’Olonne July 22, he was welcomed by all the family of mini class. Meeting this feat, he also demonstrates that these small boats are able to brave the most extreme seas, it just needs a few fittings and a strong desire unusual. Yet his career was far to be a long quiet river. A few hundred nautic miles from Cape Horn, while the issue was near, Alessandro dismasted. Alone, without any outside assistance, he managed to make a rig which enabled him to complete his world tour. Left October, 26th, he has spent nine months at sea. Nine months in a living space of a few square meters, nine months off the world except the few communications with Earth.
RC 44 Season Championship resumes tomorrow off Valencia
11 boats set to contest match and fleet racing events
VALENCIA, Spain (26 July 2010) – Featuring 11 crews ready to battle in match and fleet race disciplines, the RC 44 2010 Season Championship resumes here tomorrow on the Mediterranean Sea.
Pieter Heerema of The Netherlands leads his No Way Back crew into action atop the season standings. Last year’s season champs have amassed the low score of 8 points on finishes of 3-3-2, but Heerema sees trouble on the horizon.
“We’ve been consistent, but this isn’t the moment to talk about the standings,” said Heerema, a veteran sailor of dinghies and keelboats. “After this regatta each team gets to discard its worst finish, so the standings will change.”
Three points in arrears is the Russell Coutts-led BMW ORACLE Racing crew aboard Deal Breaker. Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis holds third place with 12 points, followed by Chris Bake’s Team Aqua with 14 points and Harm Mueller-Speer’s Team Sea Dubai in fifth place with 16 points.