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Shaping The Foils That Re-Shaped The America's Cup
When Pete Melvin co-wrote the design rule for the AC72 catamaran, he knew there were two distinct areas of development that could determine the winner of the 34th America's Cup; the hard wing, an aspect of Oracle Team USA's Cup-winning monster cat brought forward to this new era of Cup technology; and the foils. As it turns out, the 130' wingsail, initially regarded as the radical innovation of this America's Cup cycle, was overshadowed by the realization that these giant catamarans could not only foil downwind but upwind.

From the beginning of Melvin's role on the AC72 design team of Emirates Team New Zealand, the watchword was "stable flight." The team learned pretty early on that getting as much of the huge cat out of the water as possible was the key to speed. Consequently, the foils underwent a tremendous amount of development, from early models tested on the team's SL33s to the "V" shaped version that led ETNZ to win the Louis Vuitton Cup, and may carry the America's Cup back to Auckland.

"When we were working on the rule, we knew you wanted to get as much lift as possible when you were going fast downwind," Melvin says...

"At Team New Zealand, we developed a new type of foil that allows you to keep your height above the water more or less steady. No one had been able to do that before, at least not on a course-racing boat that was not going downwind. -- Diane Swintal for CupInfo

Full article in Cup Info: www.cupinfo.com

ORACLE Team USA'S Speed Mods
The AC72 catamarans are still being developed and improved, even as the competition proceeds. Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said after Race 10 that if they were still sailing their boat the way it was at the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup in early July, they would lose every race in the America's Cup Match.

Oracle Team USA has made their boat dramatically faster upwind during the first week of the America's Cup. They have removed the long bowsprit for the gennaker and the supporting kingpost and stay from the underside of the boat. They have also moved to different daggerboards, with the winglets set at an obtuse angle to the main board. These boards are faster but less stable. The boat is clearly faster upwind, but they did drop down off the foils in the first leg of Race 10, losing speed and allowing ETNZ to establish a critical overlap.

In Race 1 OTUSA used daggerboards with the winglets set at an acute angle to the main board. This makes foiling more stable but has more drag.

By Race 8 OTUSA had made modifications to the boat including replacing the long bowsprit that could carry a gennaker with a shorter one. This eliminated the weight and drag of the bowsprit plus a kingpost and a stay. Different daggerboards have the winglets set at an obtuse angle to the main board. This gives less drag, making the boat faster, but it is less stable and harder to sail. -- Jack Griffin, Cup Experience

www.cupexperience.com

Marlow at PSP Southampton Boatshow
Marlow Ropes Marlow will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boatshow 2013. The Marlow stand number F028 located in Mayflower Park will offer a huge range of rope information for cruisers, racers, dinghies, superyachts and classic boats. If you have any rope related questions pop by and we can answer or direct you to a suitable retailer at the show to purchase the rope.

Marlow will have their new retail brochure and integrated racking system on show which aims to help you choose application specific ropes and get the best from your boat.

For something more practical, Marlow will be running splicing demonstrations throughout the day for both dinghy and yachting lines. If you have a question please ask our experienced staff who will be happy to demonstrate most common splices.

Lastly there will be a daily competition running, why not drop by the stand, fill in a simple application form to be in with a chance of winning a great prize daily.

To enter, just download the entry form here and return it to the Marlow stand F028 in Mayflower Park.

www.marlowropes.com


Another Day At The Office
Photo by Daniel Forster, www.DanielForster.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup After a week's work at the New York Yacht Club Invitational presented by Rolex I finished working at the prize giving Saturday night.

Got up at 4 AM on Monday morning in Jamestown RI, took off from Providence at 6 AM for Chicago.

Got delayed in Chicago and arrived in San Francisco an hour late, took a taxi to the hotel where my 500 mm lens was waiting and went straight to the St Francis Yacht Club shoreline. Arrived 10 minutes before the start, photographed it and the first mark rounding while the taxi was waiting with my luggage.

Deposited the luggage at the St Francis Yacht Club and took pictures of the second race and went home for dinner with the landlady who had a party for friends, 98 old Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma included.

(Yes, call me name dropper….) -- Daniel Forster

www.DanielForster.com

Gazprom Swan 60 Class Begin The Nord Stream Race
Photo by onEdition. Click on image for photo gallery.

Gazprom Swan 60 Class They are off! The Gazprom Swan 60 Class has begun the 800 nautical mile race across the Baltic Sea, racing from Flensburg, Germany to Saint-Petersburg, Russia in the second edition of the Nord Stream Race.

The five teams; Team Russia, Team Europe, Team Great Britain, Team Germany and Team Turkey started the race in front of the Yacht Harbour Glucksburg at 1600 hours in the final event on the Gazprom Swan 60 Class Circuit 2013. They will now race for 3-4 days non-stop in the Classes longest offshore race to date.

Winners of the Nord Stream Race 2012 and current Class leaders and World Champions, Team Russia believe that the competition is even higher this year. Tommaso Chieffi from Team Russia commented; "The Nord Stream Race has gone up a notch in terms of competitiveness; people are now used to the boat, they know the boat and the how to race her competitively. The quality of the teams has also increased since last year and we see a number of world class sailors here this year. The fleet is now very evenly matched, as we have seen in the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship in the summer.

With the race taking the new format of one long leg, it makes it a proper offshore race which is in line with other offshore races such as the Fastnet Race, the Middle-Sea Race and the Sydney Hobart, although this is actually longer as the majority are around 600nm, this is 800 nm. It is going to be a great race and it will be interesting to see how the teams perform this year."

Newcomers to the Nord Stream Race, Team Great Britain have a crew of professional and youth sailors; a team with plenty of experience and energy, Skipper Adrian Stead believes that the team is looking good; "We have a great mix of Volvo sailors who raced in the last Volvo Ocean Race so they bring the ocean experience to the team, then we have a number of guys who have raced the RC44 circuit over the past year, we have a good mix.

Fleet tracking is available via the Nord Stream Race website nord-stream-race.com/eng/race-tracker

Current Gazprom Swan 60 Class Circuit results are as follows:

Bronenosec (RUS) 1 - 1 - 1 Total: 3
SGM (GER) 2 - 5 - 2 Total: 9
Spirit of Europe (GBR) 6 - 2 - 6 Total 14
Tsaar Peter (BVI) 6 - 3 - 6 Total 15
Petite Flamme (RUS) 6 - 4 - 6 Total 16

www.gazpromswan60class.com

Michele Paoletti Takes the Gold in Finn Open Russian
Fresh from his top ten success at the recent Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, Michele Paoletti (ITA) has won the 2013 Open Russian in Moscow, from 2008 Olympian Giorgio Poggi (ITA) and 2011 Junior Finn World Champion Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS).

The fifth Open Russian international regatta - the Open Championship of the Russian Finn Association - took place in Moscow from 3-8 September. As usual this regatta attracted a big number of sailors with five nations (Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania and Belarus) represented, as well as sailors from different areas of Russia. It has become one of the largest national Finn regattas each year and one which is growing in popularity due to its easy logistics with ample charter boats available for visiting sailors.

Italy and Ukraine brought really strong teams. Fantastica Sailing Team has organised a visit of six top Italian Finn sailors headed by Michele Paoletti, Giorgio Poggi and Filippo Baldasari, a strong masters team, including president of Italian Finn Association Franchesco Faggiani and former president of the Italian Finn Association Marco Buglielli, and talented juniors Umberto de Luca and young Riccardo Bevilakva.

The racing committee managed to carry out nine good races during first three days.

The medal race was very easy for Paoletti, but quite difficult for Russian, Ukranian and Belarus sailors since six Italians were in the top ten. Kistanov was pushed out from a good starting position at the very beginning of the race, but he managed to pass Baldasari just before the finish of the medal race to end up third overall. Poggi won the medal race, to maintain his second position.

Andrey Balashov Cup

The Open Russian regatta was also the final stage of Andrey Balashov Cup (which included 19 regattas in Russia in the Finn, and attracted 130 participants in 2013). The 2013 Andrey Balashov Cup was won by Konstantun Lashuk.

Results (top 10 from 72)

1. Paoletti Michele, ITA, 26 points
2. Poggi Giorgio, ITA, 35
3. Kistanov Arkady, RUS, 56
4. Baldassari Filippo, ITA, 56
5. Voltolini Enriсo 2, ITA, 65
6. Lashuk Konstantin, BLR, 69
7. Gusenko Andrey, UKR, 77
8. Umberto De Luсa, ITA, 79
9. Petrov Dmitry, RUS, 85
10. Bevilacqua Riccardo, ITA, 89

Full results: www.moscow-finnclass.ru

Tall Ship Astrid Back From The Deep
Photo by Erskine Tanner. Click on image to enlarge.

Tall Ship Astrid The Dutch Tall Ship Astrid that ran aground two months ago has been successfully recovered off the Cork coast today. Using specialist lifting equipment brought in from England, the 100- foot steel hull, now safely atop a massive barge, is remarkably intact.

News of the salvage before the arrival of any autumn gales has been warmly greeted. The lift brings an end to the saga for all involved during the rescue of those on board, during her protection while she was on the rocks and in her salvage this week.

A Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report is being prepared into the accident.

The 95-year-old vessel ran aground on to Rocks off Kinsale two months ago during a photocall for the Irish Sailing Association Gathering Cruise promotion, prompting dramatic scenes as 30 people were rescued from rough seas. The vessel has been resting on the rocks since the grounding on July 24th.

Lots of photos including those showing where the steel hull was holed in Afloat magazine:

afloat.ie/sail/tall-ships/

YCCS Celebrates 30 Years of Azzurra
Azzurra '83 and TP52 Azzurra in Porto Cervo. Photo by Giuliano Luzzatto. Click on image to enlarge.

Azzurra Porto Cervo, Italy: Azzurra, the boat that ignited a passion for the America's Cup in Italy, has returned to her original home in Porto Cervo where she will remain on permanent exhibition in front of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda clubhouse. On Saturday 14th September, the Club celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Azzurra's challenge for the "Auld Mug".

The summer of 83 was an unforgettable one for Italy, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) launched the first Italian challenge for the America's Cup with the International 12 Metre Class boat Azzurra. Among the foremost promoters of the challenge were H.H. the Aga Khan, President of the YCCS, and Gianni Agnelli.

Azzurra exceeded all expectations when she reached the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. A host of babies born in 1983 were named Azzurra and it is safe to say that the feats of the 12 metre in Newport paved the way for the extensive media coverage of the Il Moro di Venezia and Luna Rossa campaigns that would follow.

To mark the 30th anniversary, the YCCS has positioned the fully restored original  Azzurra '83 hull at the entrance to the marina of Porto Cervo.

The new Azzurra - a modern, technological Transpac 52 hull owned by YCCS Member Alberto Roemmers - will be moored alongside Azzurra '83 to symbolize the sporting spirit passed on from the original campaign to the modern one.

www.yccs.com 

Industry News
Ocean Safety is meeting an increase in demand for a number of its key products with a new manufacturing facility.

The new facility, based at Southampton Trading Estate near the company's head office, increases Ocean Safety's factory floor area from 2,000 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft.

Ocean Safety says a number of recent developments have driven its decision to expand, including winning a contract from the RNLI to supply new liferafts to the entire all weather lifeboat fleet in the UK over the next three years.

In addition, the company's acquisition of Para Anchor means the manufacturing of the popular sea anchor range has been moved from Australia to Southampton.

The new unit will house Ocean Safety's design and development division, which will move from the nearby office at Saxon Wharf.

From Boating Business: www.boatingbusiness.com

oceansafety.com

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Freight forwarding company PSP has announced its plans to open joint venture offices in the USA and South Africa and that it aims to increase its turnover by at least £1m as a direct result of its Clipper Round the World Yacht Race sponsorship.

The Southampton Boat Show sponsor has unveiled these targets as the company gave more details of its ambitious growth plans at the opening of the event today.

The Hampshire-based firm plans to achieve this growth by penetrating markets overseas, making in-roads at four particular stopovers that the race makes around the globe. These stopovers are in South Africa, Singapore, China and the USA.

PSP, which is also official logistics partner for the race for the third event running, will fly out to the four stopovers and set up 'pop up' offices within the race village.

The stopovers will also act as reconnaissance missions for PSP, which also hopes to set up joint venture offices in San Francisco and Cape Town following its visits.

www.psp-logistics.com

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Plymouth Yacht Haven have expanded the size of their facilities on Plymouth's Mount Batten peninsula. The company has acquired the Western Hangar building, with 25,000 sqft of waterfront workshops, boat storage and office space plus a further 17,000 sqft of forecourt space outdoors.

The building forms a pair with the adjacent Eastern Hangar, already owned by Plymouth Yacht Haven, and between them they provide space for one of the largest indoor boat storage facilities in the South West, as well as a whole host of marine related businesses, including boat repairs, yacht rigging, boat sales, upholstery, marine engineering, Princess retro-fit specialists, a large chandlery and a cafe.

The site is also home to the Bridge Bar & Restaurant and the 450 berths of Plymouth Yacht Haven's 5 Gold Anchor marina, which this year hosted the finish of the Fastnet Race.

Practical Boat Owner: www.pbo.co.uk

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As the 45th PSP Southampton Boat Show opened, the British Marine Federation (BMF) said the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry displays encouraging signs of an uplift in activity.

This year's show has more than 120 boat debuts - an unprecedented number, says organiser National Boat Shows (NBS).

The figure includes 30 world launches, 48 UK debuts, three European showings and 40 boats that are brand new to the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

The BMF says its latest trends survey shows incremental increases in business performance, and says turnover and profit measures have strengthened. Export markets are showing improved stability and members' future expectations are better.

Overall, the marine industry demonstrates a gradual rise in business activity and a slight increase in trends.

www.boatingbusiness.com

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Ancasta International Boat Sales has announced that as well as the brand new Chichester Office, due to open on October the 1st, the group have just recently spread their brokerage network to Port of Alcudia in North Mallorca.

The newly established franchise which was formerly Mallorca Boat Sales, will now see the Group welcoming Andre Nelles into the fold. Andre worked for 12 years managing the Alcudia office.

Ancasta's newly acquired brokerage in Alcudia, comes with its own very clear advantages. In close proximity to Menorca, customers are able to enjoy stunning anchorages and large cruising areas, while now benefitting from an established brokerage in the Med, and a UK based network.

www.ancasta.com

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Scuttlebutt Europe #2916 - 16 September PDF Print E-mail

Brought to you by boats.com Europe, Scuttlebutt Europe is a digest of sailing news and opinions, regatta results, new boat and gear information and letters from sailors -- with a European emphasis. Contributions welcome, send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kiwis Split The Day With Oracle Team USA
Photo by Chris Cameron, www.chriscameron.co.nz. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup Emirates Team New Zealand earned a split of the day with ORACLE TEAM USA after winning a thrilling Race 10 by 16 seconds.

The Kiwis held the lead early in the race, but the defender made a huge charge on the upwind leg and rounded the windward gate with a 1 second advantage. The two crews split early on the ensuing run and when they came back together it was the Kiwis with starboard advantage and the lead, which they held to the finish. The lead changed hands four times in the race.

In Race 9, ORACLE won the race by 47 seconds over Emirates Team New Zealand in a wire-to-wire victory, one that puts the team's first point on the scoreboard.

After Sunday's 2 races, Emirates Team New Zealand leads on the scoreboard 7-1, and 7-3 in wins. The winner of the 34th America's Cup will be the first team to win 9 points. For the Kiwis that means two additional race wins and for ORACLE TEAM USA it means eight. ORACLE TEAM USA isn't credited with its first two wins of the match due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.

Schedule:

Monday, Sept. 16: Off Day
Tuesday, Sept. 17: Final Race 11 (1:15 pm PT), Final Race 12* (2:15 pm PT)
Wednesday, Sept. 18: Final Race 13* (1:15 pm PT), Final Race 14* (2:15 pm PT)

* If necessary

americascup.com

* In addition to covering the regatta in general, CupInfo serves data sets at CupStats.

Go to: www.cupinfo.com/cupstats/ for:

Boatspeed and Velocity Mage Good (VMG)
True-Wind-Angle Frequency by Boat
Wind Distribution
Tacking Efficiency: Team vs. Team
Data Tables

Royal Canadian Repeats As Invitational Cup Champion
Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster. Click on image for photo galleries.

Invitational Cup Twenty yacht clubs from 13 different countries enjoyed some sensational racing at the 2013 Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. However, on the final day of the regatta, the lack of wind frustrated the competitors and race officers alike.

The race committee tried every trick in the book to get some racing in and initially they succeeded by taking the fleet offshore, where 10 knots of breeze filled in from the South at around 1400 local time for Race 11.

Larchmont YC (at right) knew before that start that this would be the only race of the day and the team from New York wasted no time in harassing the regatta leader, Royal Canadian Yacht Club. In the pre-start the two yachts were prowling around each other in an attempt to force a penalty. At the start, Larchmont YC managed to get over the top of Royal Canadian Yacht Club, forcing them to the unfavored right side of the course and for a time, Larchmont YC looked like they might be able to put enough boats in between them and the Canadian team to win the regatta. However, at the top mark, two yachts were penalized and Royal Canadian YC made up a few places there before capitalizing on free air to make even more gains on the run. By the bottom mark, Royal Canadia YC was ahead of Larchmont YC on the water.

As quickly as the breeze had materialized, it vanished, and the race was abandoned, much to the frustration of Royal Hong Kong YC, which was way out in front. -- Louay Habib

Final results

1. Royal Canadian YC, CAN, 45 points
2. Larchmont YC, USA, 51.1
3. Royal Thames YC, GBR, 63.3
4. Royal Cork YC, IRL, 77.8
5. Royal Southern YC, GBR, 91
6. Japan Sailing Federation, JPN, 92
7. Seattle Yacht Club, USA, 92.2
8. YC Argentino, ARG, 96
9. New York Yacht Club, USA, 97
10. Cruising YC of Australia, AUS, 101
11. Royal Prince Alfred YC, AUS, 104
12. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 107
13. The San Francisco YC, USA, 110
14. Yacht Club Italiano, ITA, 113
15. Royal Hong Kong YC, HKG, 117
16. Royal Freshwater Bay YC, AUS, 123
17. Royal Belgian SC, BEL, 134
18. Nylandska Jaktklubben, FIN, 138.9
19. RCN de Barcelona, ESP, 161
20. Royal Swedish YC, SWE, 163

Full detailed results:
www.nyyc.org

* Virtual Eye 3D (very cool graphics) has all the races archived at nyyc.org/2013-invitational-cup-virtual-eye

Ocean Safety And Exposure Torches Are Lighting Up The Southampton Boat Show
Ocean Safety It's time for weight conscious skippers to cast off the heavy duty torches and spare batteries, underwater lights and strobes all in one go. Ocean Safety has the marine range of elite Exposure torches for the serious sailor on show at this week's PSP Southampton Boat Show.

The torches, from Exposure Marine, cover all the bases from night time sail trimming to general illumination, and most importantly are powerful enough to illuminate a man overboard.

Exposure torches are incredibly powerful, superlight, buoyant and corrosion resistant, and therefore ideal for marine conditions. They are already being used on trans-ocean racing yachts, including the Vendee Globe and the last Volvo Ocean Race.

Four models at the show include the powerful X2 and Pro 3 searchlights, yet both only 134mm long, plus two micro-sized 48mm length torches, the XS and the XS-R (Red), which give high definition, low intensity light, designed to be worn around the neck for single hand operation.

The torches are small enough for multiple uses, and are especially suitable for challenging and competitive situations where ultimate quality and functionality is required. They are easily charged using a USB connection direct to an onboard computer.

Visit Ocean Safety on Stand No. G009 at the PSP Southampton Boat Show until 22nd September.

www.oceansafety.com

Audi Settimana Delle Bocche
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Audi Settimana Delle Bocche Porto Cervo, Italy: The Audi Settimana delle Bocche, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in collaboration with Audi, drew to a perfect conclusion as the competing TP52/IRC52 and Soto 40 fleets battled to the very last to take home the silverware in the final leg of the European circuits of both classes. Azzurra (ITA), the TP52 owned by Alberto Roemmers and flying the YCCS burgee claimed a hard-won victory over Quantum Racing (USA) while Pedro Mendonça's Bigamist (POR) triumphed in the Soto 40 fleet ahead of Estampa del Viento (ESP).

Heading into the final day of racing, following a week of head-to-head battles between Azzurra and Quantum Racing, the Italian boat was holding on to just a three point lead and all was still to play for. After the first of two windward-leeward races, that delta was reduced to two points and everything hung on the performances of the two leaders in the final race. Quantum saw their chances evaporate as they crossed the start line of the last race OCS together with Ràn (SWE). Despite a highly impressive comeback which saw Quantum claw their way back up the fleet to finish second, the Italians could not be caught.

Quantum Racing were able to console themselves with overall victory in the 52 Super Series: after four legs of the circuit the team led the rankings by a clear 31 points.

Six races for the Soto 40 fleet provided numerous changes of leadership and tight competition for the entire week. The Portugese team on Bigamist, which entered the final day on equal points with Estampa del Viento, secured overall victory by just one point thanks to a bullet in today's final race. Second on the podium was Estampa del Viento, owned by Miguel A. Gonzales. Philipp Schoeller's Earlybird took third place. Bigamist, with top match racer Hugo Rocha aboard, also claimed victory in the European circuit for the class.

Final Results TP52

1. Azzurra, ITA, 15 points
2. Quantum Racing, USA, 18
3. Ran, SWE, 27
4. Gladiator, GBR, 39
5. Provezza 7, TUR, 39
6. Interlodge, USA, 50
7. Rio, USA, 50
8. Paprec Recyclage, FRA, 58
9. B2, ITA, 69

Final Results SOTO 40

1. Bigamist, POR, 12
2. Estampa del Viento, ESP, 13
3. Earlybird, GER, 18
4. Glen Ellen III, FRA, 22
5. Black Pearl, GER, 27

www.yccs.com
www.52superseries.com
http://www.soto40.org

Clipper Leg 1 Race 2 : Brest To Rio
As the 12 strong fleet battle to make gains in Race 2, the road to Rio, Derry-Londonderry-Doire is top of the leader board for a second night, but with Mission Performance now in second place how much longer will the Northern Irish entry be able to maintain the lead?

It was as frustrating night of racing for Henri Lloyd challenging for first place, and after positioning itself the wrong side of a major wind shift has fallen into third overnight.

However, it was a different story for Invest Africa which over the last 24 hours has climbed three places to fifth position and continues to apply the pressure as it makes steady progress on the rest of the fleet.

Rich Gould, skipper of Invest Africa describes how he has been enjoying the power of the Clipper 70 as his team climb through the ranks.

"We have been ploughing the north Atlantic in half with boat speed in double figures for pretty much most of the time. I always knew these boats were going to be quicker than the Clipper 68's but I never thought that they would be this much quicker! Invest Africa is awesome, she is flying."

Latest position reports:

1. Derry-Londonderry-Doire, 3468.3m to finish
2. Mission Performance, 3482.1m
3. Henri Lloyd, 3493.1m
4. One Dll, 3511.7m
5. Invest Africa, 3513.9m
6. Qingdao, 3514.9m
7. Great Britain, 3528.5m
8. Psp Logistics, 3551.4m
9. Jamaica Get All Right, 3567.9m
10. Switzerland, 3575.3m
11. Old Pulteney, 3653.8m
12. Team Garmin, 3688m

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Gazprom International Dragon World Championship
Photo by IDA / Michael Austin, www.michaelausten.co.uk. Click on image for photo gallery.

International Dragon World Championship With just two points separating Andrey Kirilyuk and Klaus Diederichs for the overall championship and a single point separating Philip Dohse and Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen for the Corinthian title, it was clear that the final race of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship in Weymouth was going to be a gripping affair.

Kirilyuk, a three time Russian Olympian crewed by Aleksey Bushuev and top match racer Alina Dotsenko, had a two point advantage going in and Diederich was already certain of the silver medal slot so it was all to play for between the two crews. As the committee went into the start sequence it was no surprise to see that Diederichs, crewed by British Olympian and Etchells World Champion Andy Beadsworth and North Sails' Jamie Lea, was determined to control Kirilyuk on the start line. To win Diederichs had to get two boats between them or sail him down below 18th place.

Initially Diederichs and his team thought that Kirilyuk had done enough to win it and returned home despondent. But on attempting to congratulate Kirilyuk back ashore they discovered that their mental arithmetic was faulty and that they had in fact claimed the Royal Hellenic Trophy and the right to call themselves Dragon World Champions by a single point margin.

Overall TopTen

1. Klaus Diederichs - GBR, 34 points
2. Andrey Kirilyuk - RUS, 35
3. Markus Wieser - UKR, 56
4. Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi - HUN, 59
5. Hendrik Witzmann - UAE, 69
6. Valeriy Ushkov - RUS, 69
7. Lars Hendriksen - DEN, 73
8. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen - GBR, 74
9. Lawrie Smith - GBR, 80
10. Quentin Strauss - GBR, 85

Corinthian Top Five

1. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen - GBR, 22
2. Philip Dohse - GER, 28
3. Philipp Ocker - GER, 41
4. Willy Packer - AUD, 42
5. Remy Arnaud - FRA, 44

events.sailracer.org

Search Begins To Find Britain's Top Sailors For 2013
The search is on to find Britain's top yachtsman of the year and the most promising young sailor of 2013

Nominations for the two awards were launched today at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, and the first nomination cast by former holder of the YJA Yachtsman of the Year title, quadriplegic sailor, Geoff Holt, MBE.

Award organisers, the Yachting Journalists' Association also announced today that Apollo Boats Ltd will be sponsoring both awards for the next three years, with an option to continue by mutual agreement.

The awards are to be known as the YJA Apollo Boats Yachtsman of the Year Award and the YJA Apollo Boats Young Sailor of the Year Award. The nominations were launched at the Show by YJA hon secretary and former chairman, June Hamilton. Former winner Geoff Holt MBE, cast the first nomination during a short presentation at the Boat Show Media Centre.

Nominations for the YJA Apollo Boats Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Apollo Boats Young Sailor of the Year close on October 31, 2013.

Nomination forms are available at the media centre at Southampton Boat Show and may be downloaded here (PDF)

Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta For The Mark Foy Trophy
There were 22 boats from five countries in the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy but, really, only one country owns San Francisco Bay this week.

On alternating days when Team New Zealand was trouncing Oracle Team USA, the Mark Foy was strictly a clash between Kiwis---Alex Vallings' C-Tech and David McDiarmid's Yamaha. Nobody else was close.

Each scored 11 points and had the same number of firsts (5) and seconds (4), so it came down to who finished ahead in the 10th and final race: Vallings, first to McDiarmid's fourth, which became one of the latter's two throwouts.

"We had to win," Vallings said. "Halfway down the run we were third, but Yamaha was behind us the whole race."

It was the second Nespresso title in a row for Vallings and his crew of Josh McCormack and Chris Kitchen, as well as a repeat of their prestigious Mark Foy title they won in hometown Auckland last year---second in the 18s only to the JJ Giltinan that is recognized as the class's world championship, which they haven't won. Yet.

St. Francis YC managed the skiff event, independent of the AC competition, while the event is being hosted in conjunction with the AC Open as part of the Summer of Sailing, taking place at the America's Cup Village on Marina Green.

While the JJ Giltinan regatta run annually in Sydney since 1938 is regarded as the class's world championship, the Mark Foy has gained global status entering its fifth year of spreading the skiff spirit to various world locations.

Final top five:

1. C-Tech, Alex Vallings, New Zealand, (2)-1-1-(3)-1-2-2-2-1-1, 11 points (C-Tech wins tiebreaker by finishing ahead of Yamaha in final race).
2. Yamaha, David McDiarmid, New Zealand, 1-(5)-2-1-2-1-1-1-2-(4), 11
3. Fisher & Paykel, Grant Rollerson, Australia, 3-2-4-4-4-(6)-(10)-3-4-2, 26
4. Yandoo, Nick Press, Australia, (23/RET)-3-(8)-7-3-4-4-4-3, 31
5. CST Composites, Howard Hamlin, USA, 4-4-3-(5)-5-3-3-5-5-(6), 32

Complete results sailwave.com/results/stfyc/

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2.4mr World Championship
It was seventh heaven for Sweden's Stellan Berlin after he clinched the 2013 International 2.4mR World Championship crown on a nail-biting final day at the Poole Yacht Club on Friday.

Berlin - who had won six previous World crowns and medalled at 12 of the last 13 Championships - made it a record-breaking seven Worlds' golds as he overcame all the odds to clinch victory in the final race.

The 47-year-old from from Djursholm, just north of Stockholm, went into the 11th and last race nine points behind overall leader, Britain's Helena Lucas, knowing he needed to beat the Brit by at least eight boats, or finish no lower than 5th if Lucas was more than eight boats behind him.

And that is exactly as the race panned out as Berlin finished second, to Lucas' 21st meaning he wrapped up victory with Lucas settling for silver.

Lucas' British Sailing Team teammate, Megan Pascoe, wrapped up a hard-fought bronze, capitalising on 23 Black Flag Disqualifications (BFDs) in the opening race of the day to post three good results and win her second successive Worlds bronze.

Next year's World Championships will be hosted by The National Yacht Club, Toronto in Canada, home of the newly-elected class President, the double Paralympian, Bruce Millar. He admits Poole has set a standard to follow.

"This week has been a wonderful example of how the class and the organisers have worked together to make it a Worlds that people will remember and that people enjoyed. The sailing was good, and overall I think everything went to plan. This time I paid a little more attention to the details and I can take some things home with me. We are really looking forward to welcoming next year's Worlds to Canada."

Final top ten

1. Stellan Berlin, SWE, 41 points
2. Helena Lucas, GBR, 32
3. Megan Pascoe, GBR, 45
4. Lennart Heselius, SWE, 86
5. Rikard Bjurstrom, FIN, 94
6. Peter Andersson, SWE, 103
7. Ian Barker, GBR, 105
8. Harald Rolfsnes, NOR, 134
9. Marko Dahlberg, FIN, 137
10. Hans Asklund, SWE, 140

www.24mworlds2013.co.uk

Nordstream Race
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Nordstream Race The ORC fleet is on its way! Today at 12pm the starting pistol was fired in the Flensburger Forde between Marina Sonwik and the Yacht Harbour Glücksburg. The conditions were absolutely ideal. The sun came out in between the clouds and gave fantastic light conditions for the photographers.

With temperatures around 13 degrees Celsius is was rather autumn-like but to be expected at this time of the year. In joyful anticipation and wrapped in warm clothes the crews left for the 800 nautical miles that lie ahead.

After a short upwind course to the windward mark 12 to 14 knots from westerly direction allowed the crews to set their gennakers and spinnakers and as expected, "Outsider" with helmsman Tilmar Hansen raced away under gennaker and took the lead. The Elliott 52-crew has proposed an ambitious target for themselves: They announced their target time for arrival in Saint Petersburg for Wednesday, 18th of September at 14.28h (CET). The navigator who gets closest to his ETA-prediction will win the Navigator's Prize of Nord Stream Race.

www.nord-stream-race.com/eng

Audi SB20 World Championship
Photo by SB20 Class / Katie Jackson. Click on image for photo gallery.

Audi SB20 World Championship Craig Burlton (GBR) with his crew of Adam Heeley and Stephen 'AB' White are Audi SB20 World Champions 2013. The result was secured after one race on Friday 13th September in the Baie des Iles d' Or. This is the second time Burlton and Heeley and White have held the class title.

With the Championship still up for grabs in what was to be the final race, the arrival of the fleet at the first windward mark rounding was tense for all involved.

On the race to the finish, the result was still open. The winner only became clear after some quick calculations from the press boat that the winner emerged. Burlton had done enough, he was three points clear and the 2013 World Champion.

SB20 sailing doesn't stop there for 2013, with Autumn and Winter racing scheduled throughout Europe there will be plenty of competitive racing to enjoy ahead of 2014.

Final top five:

1. Gill Race Team, Craig Burlton / Stephen White / Adam Heley, GBR, 31 points
2. Kiev Racing Yacht Club, Rodion Luka / Igor Matviennko / Andrew Klochko, Anna Stepanova, RUS, 34
3. Race Ahead, Roger Hudson / Jim Asenathi / Xamimpi Wadi / Siaztu Sibu, RSA, 34
4. FFVoile, Sebastien Col / Guillaume LeTuaud / Fabien Henry, FRA, 51
5. Piscine Desjoyaux, Lauren Bernaz / Jean Baptiste Bernaz / Xavier Leclair, FRA, 57

Full results: sb20worlds2013.com/upload/Overall_D5.htm

worlds2013.sb20class.com

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A Long Day On The Water
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NYYC Invitational cup It was a long hard day on the water for the 20 Yacht Clubs competing for the NYYC Invitational Cup. The start was delayed by several hours waiting for the breeze to fill but when it came, three spectacular races were completed with some of the best racing imaginable. The 200 competing didn't reach the dock until after 5 p.m. and the NYYC apres sailing hospitality was very much appreciated.

During the day, the wind speed ranged from just 5 knots to a feisty 18 knots.

Race 3 of the series belonged to the Australian team from the Prince Alfred Yacht Club, consolidating their 1-5 scoreline on the first day and putting pressure on the overnight leader, Larchmont (N.Y.) YC. However, Prince Alfred Yacht Club scorecard faltered in the last two races of the day, as costly errors pushed the team down to sixth overall.

Meanwhile Larchmont YC continued the charge taking another second place to consolidate their position at the top of the leader board.

After five races, Larchmont YC still lead the regatta, but two teams are just a few points behind. The Royal Cork Yacht Club, skippered by Anthony O'Leary have yet to score a better result than fifth but their consistency has propelled the Irish team into second place. Anthony is sailing with two of his sons, Nicholas and Robert.

The reigning NYYC Invitational Cup winners, Royal Canadian Yacht Club have moved up to third place having won two of today's races.

Racing is scheduled to continue at 1100 local time tomorrow

Standings after 5 races:

1. Larchmont YC, USA, 25 points
2. Royal Cork YC, IRL, 31.3
3. Royal Canadian YC, CAN, 32
4. Japan Sailing Federation, JPN, 35
5. New York Yacht Club, USA, 36
6. Royal Prince Alfred YC, AUS, 36
7. Royal Thames YC, GBR, 40
8. The San Francisco YC, USA, 45
9. Royal Southern YC, GBR, 47
10. Royal Freshwater YC, AUS, 50
11. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 51
12. Seattle Yacht Club, USA, 54
13. Royal Belgian Sailing Club, BEL, 56
14. Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, AUS, 59
15. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, HKG, 61
16. Yacht Club Italiano, ITA, 62
17. YC Argentino, ARG, 70
18. Real Club Nautico de Barcelona, ESP, 79
19. Royal Swedish YC, SWE, 88
20. Nylandska Jaktklubben, FIN, 88.8

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A Day Off For Team New Zealand
Emirates Team New Zealand enjoyed a well-deserved day off the water on Wednesday as ORACLE TEAM USA was on San Francisco Bay, searching for an answer for the speed the Kiwis have been flashing on the upwind legs.

While the American team has led at moments in four of five races sailed, it has only once converted those leads into a win. The passing moves by Emirates Team New Zealand have always come on the one and only upwind leg of the race course, where the Kiwi team appears to enjoy both a speed and tactical edge.

"The boat is going really well, seriously quick upwind, which is making my life easier," said a smiling Ray Davies, the tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand, at Tuesday's press conference.

ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill agreed: "They're impressive upwind and tacking. There's no question about that. But we can win these races. We just need to be very, very smart about how we go about it and we have to sail our boat well."

Spithill said nothing was off the table in the search for improvement. The team was considering changes to both the boat and to the crew.

"I can't even guarantee I'll be on the boat come Thursday," he said in response to a pointed question about tactician John Kostecki's job security.

Next races: Thursday, Sept. 12: Final Race 7 (1:15 pm PT), Final Race 8 (2:15 pm PT)

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* Will Ben Ainslie get the call?

Trailing by four points to minus one to Emirates Team New Zealand in the first-to-nine-wins series, the defending champions were contemplating changes that could include the removal of tactician John Kostecki, whose disastrous error in race five on Tuesday night cost his team dear.

Ainslie, who has been helming Oracle's second boat all summer, was a popular choice to take over if Kostecki was stood down. The 36-year-old Olympian, who has been watching racing from Oracle's support boat, said he would be happy to take on a sailing role on the American AC72.

"I will do whatever the team wants me to do but if a decision is made that they want me to sail on the boat, of course I would love to do that," he said. "But my role has been to support Jimmy Spithill and helm the second boat. I've been happy to fulfil that role but if that changes I will step up to it. I think this cup is still winnable for Oracle.

"We are in a very difficult situation and we haven't had a great run in to this event but we have proved we can win races and the team is capable of winning more races. If we can change the momentum of this series, anything is possible."

Signs that all was not well in Oracle Team USA became clear when they called time on racing on Tuesday to avoid another trouncing at the hands of their New Zealand challengers.

* 3 News New Zealand says yes...

Oracle Team USA have rung the personnel changes replacing tactician John Kostecki with British Olympic sailor Ben Ainslee in a desperate bid to try and match Emirates Team New Zealand.

Kostecki is getting the blame for Team New Zealand's come-from-behind fifth race win on the waters off San Francisco but was defended by Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill.

"I can't guarantee anything (about Kostecki's future). I probably can't guarantee I'll be on there," he told a media conference.

But Oracle wing trimmer Tom Slingsby was less protective of his tactician.

"I think it was a mistake in the end," Slingsby told AFP.

"We wanted to cover the right-hand side of the course toward Alcatraz."

"But ideally we probably should have kept going and tacked when they tacked."

www.3news.co.nz

Marinepool Is The "Official Clothing Supplier" Of The Second 800nm Nord Stream Race
Marine Pool In February 2013, St. Petersburg Yacht Club (SPBYC), in Russia and German Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) announced their cooperation in holding the 2nd edition of the Nord Stream Race, established in 2012.

One of the entries is campaigned by the "German Offshore Challenger" (GOC) initiative, a national project encompassing several German clubs under the patronage of the NRV, which aims for inaugurating a high-performance and motivated young crew to participate on the Swan60 "SGM" in various events of the Gazprom Swan60 circuit.

The Nord Stream Race is organized annually along the route of the Nord Stream Pipleline in the Baltic, which delivers Russian natural gas to Germany. While the first edition was sailed from North to South, this year´s race will see the yachts sail in the opposite direction from Flensburg, around Bornholm and non-stop to the finish in St. Petersburg.

An exciting match race competition for the Gazprom Swan60 Class is organized as a warm up in the natural sailing racing arena of Flensburg. Watch the trailer for the Match Race here: youtu.be

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Santander Test Event
Photo by Martinez Studio / Santander City Trophy. Click on image for photo gallery.

Santander The Ciudad de Santander Trophy after celebrating the 470 and Finn classes third round, second for Nacra 17, RS:X and 49er is more than half through.

The status of the third day has been had quite different conditions, the horizon was clear of clouds and permanent wind from first hours of the morning.

With a slight delay for the starts of the race, all classes were able to sail and complete races, with a Northeast wind 6 knots average, and quite stable.

On Thursday, there will be a race area in the bay of Santander, while the official area at Sardinero will continue with the 4 racing areas.

The idea is to try out this new area, since it will be the official during the weekend for the Medal Race finals.

The start for all racing areas will be at 13:00h, with Finn in Alfa area, Laser standard and Radial in Beta area, 470 (Men and Woman) in Charlie, Nacra and RS:X in Delta area and the 49er and 49er FX in Foxtrot.

Top three by class:

470 Men
1. Luke Patience, GBR, 13 points
2. Kazuto Doi, JPN, 16
3. Joonas Lindgren, FIN, 19

470 Women
1. Lara Vadlau, AUT, 4
2. Annie Haeger, USA, 7
3. Sophie Wegelin, GBR, 13

49er
1. Diego Botin, ESP, 4
2. Victor Paya, ESP, 5
3. Frederick Strammer, USA, 8

49er FX
1. Chika Hatae, JPN, 3
2. Laura Schofegger, AUT, 9

Finn
1. Josh Junior, NZL, 4
2. Alejandro Muscat, ESP, 9
3. Terpigorev Egor, RUS, 9

NACRA 17
1. Ben Saxton, GBR, 5
2. Thomas Zajac, AUT, 6
3. Rupert White, GBR, 6

RS:X Men
1. Dorian van Rijsselberghe, NED, 5
2. Julien Bontemps, FRA, 6
3. Ivan Pastor Lafuente, ESP, 11

RS:X Women
1. Charline Picon, FRA, 3
2. Maayan Davidovich, ISR, 7
3. Moana Delle Delle, GER, 8

www.santander2014.com/en/default/results

SOF: Round 5 of EUROSAFE Champions Sailing Cup
The fifth and final leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup, the Semaine Olympique Française, La Rochelle, is taking place from 9th to 13th October. The official Notice of Race was published back in February of this year, but as the event draws near it has been decided to amend the Notice of Race, a copy of which will be found at sof.ffvoile.fr or championscup.eurosaf.org

It has been decided that the entry fee for early entry is to be extended until 30th September, when on-line registration closes, and that all disciplines will receive a start, no matter the number of entries. It is known that several European countries are planning on sending some, or all, of their Olympic development squads, so the regatta should prove to be a very competitive event and an excellent conclusion to the European sailing season.

To enter complete the on-line entry form at sof.ffvoile.fr

Lucas Takes Over At The Top
London 2012 champion, Helena Lucas, got the home flags flying as she moved to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the 2013 International 2.4mR World Championships at the Poole Yacht Club on Wednesday 11 September.

Lucas picked up her second race win of the regatta, following a thrilling tactical battle with British Sailing Team teammate, Megan Pascoe, to complement the third and fourth places she also scored from today's three races, to hold a three point lead over six-time World Champion, Stellan Berlin, with six races to go.

GBR and SWE are the sail numbers dominating the top five placings with Lucas' coach, the Sydney 2000 49er silver medalist, Ian Barker, in third, reigning World Champion, Peter Andersson fourth and Pascoe in fifth. With six races completed all 75 competitors can now discard their worst score of the regatta.

While Lucas and Barker shared a race win apiece, victory in the other race of the day went to Canada's two-time Paralympian, Bruce Millar, the next President-elect of the International 2.4mR class. Millar sits just outside the top 10 in 11th midway through the regatta and he admits he is pleased to see so many new faces top the class breaking into the top 10.

Racing is due to resume tomorrow (Thursday 12 September), with organisers exploring the possibility of including the provision to run four races. Event director, John Yonwin, insists no decision will be made on that without the full co-operation of the competitors and volunteers.

He said: "We firmly believe once we've made a decision to make any alterations, if possible and we have time, we will consult with the class representatives. Making some sort of change is pointless if we haven't got the competitors and volunteers on side with that decision."

www.24mworlds2013.co.uk

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The International Maxi Association
The International Maxi Association (IMA) is pleased to inform you that Mr. Andrew McIrvine was appointed as new Secretary General of the Association at the Annual General Meeting -AGM- that took place in Porto Cervo on September 5.

The current Officers of the Association are:

Claus-Peter Offen, President
George Andreadis, Treasurer
Thomas Bscher, Vice President Wally Category
Hap Fauth, Vice President Mini Maxi racing Category
Sir Peter Harrison, Vice President Supermaxi Category
Gerard Logel, Vice President Mini Maxi racing/crusing Category
Danilo Salsi, Vice President Maxi racing/crusing Category

IMA staff:

Pete Lawson, ATO
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Local Sailors Dominate The Cherbourg Race
Gery Trentesaux's MC34, Courrier Vintage. Photo by Peter Mumford / Beken of Cowes. Click on image to enlarge.

Cherbourg Race The final race of the RORC domestic season, the Cherbourg Race this year proved a tough and technical upwind battle for the fleet as, faced with squalls and spring tides, the competitors were kept firmly on their toes from start to finish.

Managing the big storm cells and the 30 degree lifts and headers associated with them was central to how boats performed. The wind would increase from 15 to 30 knots very quickly and many of the fleet were caught out with ragging sail as the squall passed through.

Andrew Pearce and his crew on Magnum III were delighted to round off their excellent season with their first ever line honours, leading their main rival, Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, over the finish line.

However across the board the British and Dutch boats were beaten on corrected time by the French. Fittingly, the race results were dominated by local entrants from Cherbourg with two class wins and strong results in IRC Overall. In particular was local favourite Bruno James whose Sunfast 3200, Le MC do de Cherbourg, was virtually the smallest boat in the fleet but nevertheless claimed 1st place in IRC Four as well as an excellent 2nd in IRC Overall, crossing the finish line among many of the IRC One and Two boats.

Another popular local, fresh from his success at the Rolex Fastnet Race, Pascal Loison returned to finish the RORC season with his JPK 10.10, Night and Day. Coming first is becoming a force of habit for Pascal with this, his fifth, IRC Three win this season, and he is sitting comfortably at the top of IRC Three Season's Points Championship. His usual co-skipper, his son Alexis, was racing onboard the hugely successful Inis Mor who also won their class, IRC One.

However it befell another consistent French performer, Courrier Vintage, to walk away with 1st place in IRC Overall. The MC34 Patton, owned by Sam Marsaudon and skippered by Gery Trentesaux, has now performed a hat trick of IRC Overall wins this season, adding to the Cervantes Trophy Race and the De Guingand Bowl Race. -- Lizzie Narraway

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IOC Selects Tokyo As Host For 2020 Olympic Games
Buenos Aires, Argentina: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 to Tokyo, which was chosen over fellow Candidate Cities Istanbul and Madrid after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. Tokyo received 60 votes to Istanbul's 36 in the final round, with Madrid having been eliminated in the first round after losing a tie-breaker with Istanbul. Tokyo, which also bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, previously hosted the Games in 1964.

"Congratulations to the city of Tokyo on its election as host of the 2020 Olympic Games," said IOC President Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year term in office comes to an end on 10 September. "Tokyo presented a very strong technical bid from the outset - and it needed to in competition with two such high-calibre bids from Istanbul and Madrid. All three cities were capable of staging excellent Games in 2020, but in the end it was Tokyo's bid that resonated the most with the IOC membership, inviting us to "discover tomorrow" by delivering a well-organised and safe Games that will reinforce the Olympic values while demonstrating the benefits of sport to a new generation."

The signing of the Host City Contract and press conference with the 2020 host city is scheduled to take place from 18:30 today, local time.

Vorting results:

Round 1
Tokyo: 42
Istanbul: 26
Madrid: 26

Round 1 tie-breaker
Istanbul: 49
Madrid: 45

Round 2
Tokyo: 60
Istanbul: 36

ISAF: sailing.org

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke To Join Australia II Celebrations
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke is set to join the 30th anniversary celebrations of Australia II winning the America's Cup.

Mr Hawke will join skipper John Bertrand, syndicate chairman Alan Bond and the Australia II crew at a lunch in Sydney on Thursday 26 September.

Vision of Mr Hawke wearing his iconic jacket after Australia II's historic victory still stands out as one of the defining images of Australia in the 1980s.

The event will be the only gathering of the Australia II crew in Australia to mark the 30th anniversary, with Mr Hawke, John Bertrand and Alan Bond taking part in a discussion panel.

The Sydney lunch comes just a month after the crew gathered in San Francisco to celebrate, coinciding with this year's America's Cup which kicks off on Sunday morning.

The lunch will also bring together some of Australia's current sailing champions, with money raised on the day assisting in the support of the country's next group of elite sailors, through the Australian Sailing Team, Warren Jones Foundation and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Tickets are available for $297 each with the function being held from 12pm till 3pm on Thursday, September 26, at the Hilton Grand Ballroom, George St, Sydney.

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The Fat Lady Is Clearing Her Throat...
Photo by Chris Cameron, www.chriscameron.co.nz. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup It didn't make any difference that Olympic hero Ben Ainslie was in the tactician's spot for the first time.

Emirates Team New Zealand still has Oracle'snumber. The Kiwis are just three wins away from the America's Cup.

They swept Races 6 and 7 on Thursday, winning by 47seconds and 1:06. If they win two more on Saturday, they'll be in position to sip Champagne on Sunday.

In Race 6, they got exactly what theywanted in the upwind third leg - an extended tacking duel. They have consistently had the advantage on that leg.

This time they converted a 12-second deficit to a 44-second lead by the end of theleg. The maintained the lead through the downwind fourth leg - by 42 seconds at the mark.

Ainslie replaced John Kostecki as Oracle's tactician and apparently helped Spithill right away. Spithill had his best start of the finals and Barker was trapped in a trailing position heading toward the starting line. Oracle won the start convincingly and beat the Kiwis to the first mark by nine seconds.

Barker reversed the positions at the start in Race 7. He took the outside position, and his boat was faster to the starting line and to the first mark. After the downwind second leg, the Kiwis' lead was just seven seconds.Then came the upwind leg, and ... So long, Kiwis. Oracle had no answer for them, and the only question from then on was how big New Zealand's winning margin would be.. -- Tom Fitzgerald in SFGate.com

www.sfgate.com

Next Races:

Saturday, Sept. 14: Final Race 8 (1:15 pm PT), Final Race 9 (2:15 pm PT)
Sunday, Sept. 15: Final Race 10 (1:15 pm PT), Final Race 11* (2:15 pm PT)

* If necessary.

americascup.com

Movers And Shakers On Day Three
Two short sharp races in Narragansett Bay produced some thrilling action, as the 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex passed the halfway stage. The wind speed settled in at about 12 to 15 knots from the south, but there were several shifts during the day. The narrow confines of the race area, in the East Passage between Gould Island and Prudence Island, meant that the fleet were very much bunched together. Picking the lifting tacks and gybes, as well as staying out of traffic and trouble, rewarded the smarter teams today.

After seven races there was a swing at the top of the leader board, but it was only temporary. The overnight leader, Larchmont (N.Y.) YC kept their lead after Race 6 but technical issues forced the American team to retire from Race 7, the resulting DNS dropping them to fifth. However, after redress was given, Larchmont YC was given average points for the regatta. For now, Larchmont YC are now tied for the lead with the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club put in another outstanding day on the water, scoring two more bullets, but it wasn't easy for the team from Ontario, the last race went to a photo-finish with Seattle YC. After a jibing duel to the finish, both yachts crossing the line, virtually in tandem but the win was given to Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Seattle Yacht Club had their best day of the regatta, scoring two podium finishes to climb up seven places to 4th. The British team from the Royal Thames Yacht Club, posted a 2nd and a 4th today, to leap up the leader board to third.

Standings after 7 races:

1. Larchmont YC, USA, 33.8 points
2. Royal Canadian YC, CAN, 34
3. Royal Thames YC, GBR, 44.3
4. Seattle Yacht Club, USA, 46.7
5. Royal Cork YC, IRL, 50.2
6. Japan Sailing Federation, JPN, 53
7. Royal Prince Alfred YC, AUS, 63
8. Cruising YC of Australia, AUS, 70
9. New York Yacht Club, USA, 71
10. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 73
11. Royal Southern YC, GBR, 75
12. Royal Hong Kong YC, HKG, 78
13. The San Francisco YC, USA, 80
14. Royal Belgian Sailing Club, BEL, 82
15. Royal Freshwater Bay YC, AUS, 83
16. YC Argentino, ARG, 90
17. Yacht Club Italiano, ITA, 93
18. Nylandska Jaktklubben, FIN, 99.2
19. RCN de Barcelona, ESP, 106
20. Royal Swedish YC, SWE, 125

www.nyyc.org/yachting/invitational-cup/

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All Set For A Final Day Show Down
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Dragon Worlds Weymouth, UK: Despite an initial three hour postponement, it was eventually possible for the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship race committee to run two further races, races five and six of the series, in a light breeze of 6-10 knots which veered between 240 and 260 degrees. Both races were incredibly challenging with big shifts and constant variations in wind strength and the teams were exhausted on returning ashore just before dark.

As always getting off the start line and finding a lane in a fleet this big and competitive was a major challenge and those who failed to so this found themselves languishing at the back. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen was among those whose hopes of a podium position took a turn for the worse today as he added 30 and 45 to his scoreline. Even with the introduction of the discard after the sixth race Hoj-Jensen has dropped from fourth to eighth.

Race five saw Hungary's Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi rise to the top of the heap for the first time this series in a race where the lead changed on every leg. A 20 degree shift on the first beat effectively shuffled the pack and all the overnight leaders found themselves in the wrong end of the deck. After an intense battle Kis-Szolgyemi eventually beat off all challengers to take victory by a narrow margin from Holland's Peter Heerema with Sweden's Martin Palsson third. Despite rounding the first mark down in the 20s Klaus Diederichs sailed an impressive race to pull up into fourth place while overnight leader Andrey Kirilyuk took ninth.

Fridays's final day schedule has been revised to allow for two races instead of one, starting at 11.00, and with the forecast promising good winds there is every chance of getting the second race started before the 14.00 cut off. With so little separation between both the overall and Corinthian leaders everyone will be hoping for at least one really good race to close the championship in style.

events.sailracer.org

Farr Yacht Design's Jim Schmicker Joins International Technical Committee
Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Farr Yacht Design (FYD) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that FYD Vice President Jim Schmicker has joined the ORC's International Technical Committee (ITC). This is the first US-based member on the ITC since 2004, and represents an infusion of scientific knowledge and insight from one of the world's premier design firms to contribute to the ITC mission of supporting the science behind the ORC's rating systems used in 35 countries around the world.

A Senior Naval Architect at FYD, Schmicker was previously a member of the ITC from 1998-2004 when the ORC was supporting the IMS rating system and there were numerous successful Farr designs built to this rule. Over the past several years Schmicker has been focused on other custom and production race boat and cruising production boat projects, most recently the new Volvo Ocean 65 one design to debut in the next 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.

The ITC is composed of nine members and two research associates who are naval architects, measurers, marine engineers and experts in aero and hydrodynamics, and who annually pursue a research agenda to update and improve the Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) used by ORC. This VPP forms the basis for ORC to provide ORC International (ORCi) and ORC Club handicap ratings for over 9000 boats around the world that race using ORC rating systems, and is used at the annual ORCi World Championship, the official ISAF offshore World Championship event.

www.orc.org

Cape Town To Stage First Stopover On Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Route
Cape Town will take the place of Recife on the route for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 in a direct change announced on Thursday at the city's V & A Waterfront.

The decision to go to the classic sailing city of Cape Town in South Africa for the 10th time in 12 editions of the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race means the teams will now make a single stop in Brazil in 2014-15 rather than two.

Recife's place on the route had been connected with a team from the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Plans for that team - conditional for the decision to include Recife in the route as a second Brazilian port - have not progressed as expected.

"It is of course disappointing not to go to Recife in this edition but Brazil is very well represented in this race including a stop in Itajaí," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. Recife has the potential to be a good stopover in future and both parties will look at possibilities for forthcoming editions.

The Volvo Ocean Race is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and Cape Town has played a prominent role in its success. The South African city first appeared on the Volvo Ocean Race route in 1973-74, in the inaugural edition of what was then the Whitbread. Its return means the race will once again stop at all five continents in 2014-15.

The race route will now see the teams leave Alicante in Spain in October 2014 and head south some 6,500 nautical miles to Cape Town in South Africa. From there, they will race to Abu Dhabi before going to Sanya in China and Auckland in New Zealand.

The teams will then head round Cape Horn before stopping at Itajaí in Brazil and going on to Newport, Rhode Island on the east coast of the United States. They then cross the Atlantic to Lisbon in Portugal before going on to Lorient in France and then to the finish in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The new total distance will be 39,379 nautical miles.

Cape Town stopover dates: Arrival end of October/early November 2014, In-Port Race on the weekend of November 15, Restart Wednesday, November 19.

volvooceanrace.com

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Mistral Keeps Teams Ashore
Porto Cervo, Italy: The infamous Sardinian mistral was making its presence felt as teams gathered in Porto Cervo Marina this morning for Day Three of the Audi Settimana delle Bocche. After displaying the AP flag ashore the Race Committee was forced to abandon racing at midday as sustained winds and gusts of up to 40 knots showed no sign of abating. The TP52/IRC52 and Soto 40 boats competing in the event will once again take to the waters off the Costa Smeralda for windward leeward races tomorrow, Friday 13th September.

Azzurra and Quantum, in first and second place respectively in the overall classification with a delta of just one point, will have to wait until tomorrow to continue their duel at the top of the TP52/IRC52 fleet. Competition promises to be no less fierce further down the overall rankings as all is still to play for with Gladiator in third place on equal points with Ràn and just two points ahead of Interlodge and Provezza 7.

The event is also valid as the final leg of the European Circuit for the Soto 40 fleet and once again things are extremely close on the leaderboard. Earlybird leads by just one point over Bigamist and Estampa del Viento - in third place on equal points with Glen Ellen XXII.

The scheduled start has been moved forward one hour to 11 a.m. for tomorrow's penultimate race day. Approximately 10 knots of north-westerly breeze are forecast.

Provisional Results TP52/IRC52

Position. Boat (NAT) - R1/R2/R3 - Total Points
1. Azzurra (ITA) - 1/2/2 - 5
2. Quantum Racing (USA) - 2/3/1 - 6
3. Gladiator (GBR) - 5/1/7 - 13
4. Ràn (SWE) - 4/4/5 - 13
5. Interlodge (USA) - 3/9/3 - 15
6. Provezza 7 (TUR) - 6/5/4 - 15
7. Rio (USA) - 7/6/6 - 19
8. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) - 10/7/8 - 25
9. B2 (ITA) - 8/8/9 - 25

Provisional Results Soto 40

Position. Boat (NAT) - R1/R2 - Total Points
1. Earlybird (GER) - 2/2 - 4
2. Bigamist (POR) - 4/1 - 5
3. Estampa del Viento (ESP) - 1/5 - 6
4. Glen Ellen III (FRA) - 3/3 - 6
5. Black Pearl (GER) - 6/4 - 10

www.yccs.com
www.52superseries.com
www.soto40.org

Iain Percy To Head Next Artemis America's Cup Team
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy will take over the lead of the Artemis Racing America's Cup team as it plans for the next edition of the 162-year-old regatta, team owner Torbjorn Tornqvist said.

Percy, who led the on-water crew as skipper during this year's Cup campaign, will take the title of team manager and succeed Paul Cayard, the team's chief executive officer, after the current Cup ends, Tornqvist said today in a telephone interview from Geneva.

Artemis was eliminated from the Louis Vuitton Challenger series last month by the Italian Luna Rossa team backed by Prada SpA (1913) Chief Executive Officer Patrizio Bertelli. Tornqvist's team competed after a May training accident that killed Andrew Simpson, Percy's Olympic partner and longtime friend who won gold and silver medals with him at the 2008 and 2012 Games.

Tornqvist, whose 44 percent stake in the commodities trader Gunvor Group Ltd gives him a net worth of $3.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, said the racing campaign convinced him to take on a greater role in team operations. The 59-year-old said he also felt it was important to keep a core group of sailors to build around, particularly Percy, 37, and helmsman Nathan Outteridge, the 27-year-old Australian who won the gold medal sailing 49er class skiffs at 2012 Olympics. -- Aaron Kuriloff in Bloomberg.com

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Ronstan Bridge To Bridge Race
Photo by Erik Simonson, www.h2oshots.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Ronstan Bridge To Bridge Race Ideal conditions for the 2013 Bridge to Bridge as 65 competitors ( plus or minus) lined up for the 2013 edition. Flood tide, sunshine, minimal traffic, flat seas and 20 plus knots.

Multi hulls Orion the Mod 70 owned by Tom, Sieble, Smart Receuiters, Jerome Ternyck's Extreme 40 and Andy Costello's Lightspeed 32 were on the southern entry and all 3 appeared to have to slow to allow the thundering herd of 36 kiteboards, 20 18' footers, and 8 windsurfers to pass.

As of this typing, it looked like Orion and Lightspeed bailed out of competition early and Hamlin and company were dueling Johnny Heineken for line honors! -- From PressureDrop.us

Top ten final finishes:

1. Johnny Heineken, Kiteboard
2. Bryan Lake, Kiteboard
3. Joey Pasquali, Kiteboard
4. Geoff Headington, Kiteboard
5. Tom Siebel, Multihull
6. Eric Due, Kiteboard
7. Adam Withington, Kiteboard
8. Erika Heineken, Kiteboard
9. Tom Gore, Kiteboard
10. Chip Wasson, Kiteboard

Final results in full: www.stfyc.com

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Kiwis Win Race 5, Oracle Plays The Postponement Card
Photo by LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand leads Defender ORACLE TEAM USA 4-0 after a 1:05 victory in Race 5. ORACLE TEAM USA led at the first two mark roundings, but the Kiwis sailed past the defender after two tacks on the upwind leg. From there Emirates Team New Zealand had much better speed and opened a lead it would not relinquish.

* ORACLE TEAM USA opted to use its "postponement card." Each team is allowed one card during the regatta. With the day's second race postponed, Race 6 will now take place on Thursday.

"It was a team decision - a collective one. We were all in agreement," Spithill said. "We need to take a few steps and we're not going to hide from that.

"We've got a lot more races," he continued. "As a team we've come back from many challenges, a lot of adversity. This doesn't worry us, the team's not flustered. We need to work hard now and tomorrow, and come out ready for another fight."

* The winner of the 34th America's Cup will be the first team to win 9 points. For the Kiwis that means five additional race wins and for ORACLE TEAM USA it means 10, due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.

34th America's Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)

Emirates Team New Zealand - 4
ORACLE TEAM USA - 0

americascup.com

One Step Closer For The Kiwis
On the third day's racing in the 34th America's Cup match Emirates Team New Zealand demonstrated a huge advantage upwind to win by one minute and five seconds - the biggest margin between the boats yet. At one time ETNZ was over 1,500 metres ahead of their rival and the boats were travelling at close to 45 knots.

As they rounded the left-hand buoy of the leeward gate, OTUSA, nine seconds in front, attempted a foiling tack - a manoeuvre they had practiced the previous day. But this one didn't work and they slowed badly before heading for the tidal relief behind Alcatraz Island.

It was just what Ray Davies, the ETNZ tactician might have prayed for. Brad Butterworth a four-time Cup winner said of it later: 'The inmates are running the asylum. With the boundary close to the left, they should have waited.' His indication was that the American team would then have been able to cover the Kiwis.

The situation now is that Oracle Team USA has to win ten races before Emirates Team New Zealand wins five to retain the Cup. Was it any wonder that Oracle wanted a break before they next meet a team that has already beaten them on four occasions? -- Bob Fisher in Sail-World.com

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The Inside Track: Day 1 Goes To Larchmont YC
Photo by Daniel Forster, www.DanielForster.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Invitational Cup With 14 knots of wind from the southwest, building to over 20 knots by the afternoon, the race committee for the 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex rightly chose to race the 20-strong Swan 42 fleet inside Narragansett Bay. With a stable wind direction from the south, land effects from both sides of the race course came into play.

After two races, Larchmont (N.Y.) YC sits atop the leader board, having scored two seconds. The Japanese Sailing Federation are just a point behind in second with AustraliaÕs Royal Prince Alfred YC in third.

Race One was sailed in a steady breeze of about 12 knots, with the left side of the course looking to be the correct option, as the breakwater off the Naval base gave some relief from the foul tide. The breeze rose exponentially during Race Two and boat handling came into play. The second race was shortened to avoid a second heavy-air downwind leg but nonetheless several yachts had their hopes dashed by torn spinnakers or boathandling mistakes at the leeward mark.

The biggest comeback of the day was performed by the Royal Prince Alfred YC. The Australian team won the first race, but were called over the starting line in the second race. Having returned to start correctly, the Royal Prince Alfred YC was in second to last place, but came back, with some tenacity, to finish fifth. -- Louay Habib

Racing is scheduled to continue at 1100 local time tomorrow, for full results go to: nyyc.org

Marlow at PSP Southampton Boatshow
Marlow Ropes Marlow will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boatshow 2013. The Marlow stand number F028 located in Mayflower Park will offer a huge range of rope information for cruisers, racers, dinghies, superyachts and classic boats. If you have any rope related questions pop by and we can answer or direct you to a suitable retailer at the show to purchase the rope.

Marlow will have their new retail brochure and integrated racking system on show which aims to help you choose application specific ropes and get the best from your boat.

For something more practical, Marlow will be running splicing demonstrations throughout the day for both dinghy and yachting lines. If you have a question please ask our experienced staff who will be happy to demonstrate most common splices.

Lastly there will be a daily competition running, why not drop by the stand, fill in a simple application form to be in with a chance of winning a great prize daily.

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Thomas Bach Elected New International Olympic Committee President
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Thomas Bach of Germany was elected today as the ninth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following two rounds of votes at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bach was chosen over fellow presidential candidates Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico), Ser Miang Ng (Singapore), Denis Oswald (Switzerland) and Ching-kuo Wu (Chinese Taipei).

The new President replaces Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year tenure officially ends at the close of the 125th IOC Session today. The President is elected by the IOC members by secret ballot for a term of eight years, with the possibility to stand for re-election for a second, four-year term.

www.sailing.org/news/35718.php

Thomas Bach biography: www.olympic.org/mr-thomas-b

Out Of The Red And Into The Blue
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

TP52 Porto Cervo, Italy: Azzurra made something close to the start they wanted at their home waters 52 Super Series regatta, the Audi Setteima del Boche, today.

They returned to the dock at Sardinia's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda just as the drizzling rain started, wearing big smiles after they scored a comfortable win in the breezy first race of the regatta and then took a second place to lead the season's final event by two clear points.

While the Azzurra team, which has yet to finish a 2013 European regatta better than third overall, could enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done, no one could mistake the frustration of Quantum Racing's hard driven tactician Terry Hutchinson at their second and third place finishes today.

The American crew, richly studded with America's Cup winning talent, may be well ahead on the overall 52 SUPER SERIES standings but Hutchinson wants to finish their season unbeaten, winning all four trophy regattas, and with that perfect goal in mind, converting their two leading positions at both first windward marks into that second and third, was deeply frustrating for him.

In the brisk Mistral conditions, the wind just north of west and between 14 and 25 kts, smooth, polished crew work was a premium asset. With rain showers moving through to the south of the island and dark clouds passing overhead, there were always changes in wind pressure and some bigger shifts to use to full effect.

Wednesday sees the first of two coastal races planned this week.

Standings after two races:

1. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers) (1,2) 3 points
2. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug DeVos) (2,3) 5
3. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley) (5,1) 6
4. Ran Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström) (4,4) 8
5. Provezza, TUR, (Ergin Imre) (6,5) 11
6. Interlodge, USA, (Austin Fragomen) (3,9) 12
7. Rio, USA, (Manouch Moshayedi) (7,6) 13
8. B2, ITA, (Michele Galli) (8,8) 16
9. Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin) (DNF, 7) 17

www.52superseries.com

Calling All Captains and Crew PSP Captains' Cocktails on Friday 20 September 2013, 4 to 6pm
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Hoj-Jensen Shows Them How Its Done
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Dragon Worlds Weymouth, United Kingdom: Weymouth finally showed herself at her best for day three of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship where the fleet enjoyed two stunning races, races two and three of the eight race series. With a north westerly wind ranging from as little as 6 knots all the way up to around 18 knots and constantly shifting, the race committee rose to the occasion and produced spot on courses. The Dragons like to sail long legs for their World Championships and typically run with a 2.2 to 2.5 mile first beat. Despite this the fleet was still rounding the first mark tightly packed and the jury had a number of customers this evening following mark rounding incidents.

Boat of the day was without any doubt Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen's Danish Blue crewed by Hamish Mackay and Andrew Norden. Having won Sunday's opening race they consolidated their lead by taking a good steady fifth in race two, then going on to win race three in exceptional style. A double Olympic Gold Medallist, Poul is also the winner of five Dragon Gold Cups, four European Championships and is one of only two helms to have won the Worlds twice, first in 1989 and again in 2009.

Tomorrow's two further races are planned and the forecast is for 10+ knots, again from the north west. You can keep up with the latest from the race course via the Pantaenius Live Tracking, where you can also replay past races. News, results and further information will be posted at the event website. The regatta will continue until Friday 13 September with a maximum of eight races scheduled and a single discard coming into play after the completion of race six.

Top ten

1. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen / Hamish Mackay / Andrew Norden, GBR, 7 points
2. Andrey Kirilyuk / Aleksey Bushuev / Alina Dotsenko, RUS, 12
3. Hendrik Witzmann / Michael Koch / Markus Koy, UAE, 19
4. Inna Shternberg / Yury Bozhedomov / Valeriy Ushkov, RUS, 27
5. Martin Payne / John Mortimer / Rui Boia , GBR, 28
6. Klaus Diederichs / Andy Beadsworth / Jamie Lea, GBR, 31
7. Quentin Strauss / Simon Strauss / Nigel Young, GBR, 38
8. Lawrie Smith / Ossie Stewart / Tim Tavinor, GBR, 46
9. Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi / Karoly Vezer / Tamas Kiss, HUN, 50
10. Lars Hendriksen / Lars Stenfeldt Hansen / Joost Houweling, DEN, 54

www.dragonworlds2013.org

IRC Gives Sailors A Voice
The second half of the year is when thoughts turn to the following sailing season and possible changes to rating rules, both the maths behind the ratings and the written rules. Do you actively take part in the direction of your chosen rating system, or do you feel that it is beyond your control?

For many, the phrase 'rating committee' conjures up a vision of a fusty group of individuals sitting around a table deciding on the future of their rating or handicap rule, without any reference to the users on the water. In the case of Spinlock IRC, however, that vision could not be further from the truth, as RORC Technical Manager Jenny Howells explains:

"IRC listens to the owners through a simple structure that starts with being able to contact a local IRC representative or measurer throughout the year. They then report to the national IRC owners' group, which in turn conveys agreed proposals to the international IRC Congress in October, to which representatives of all IRC countries are invited."

For example, in Great Britain the IRC committee members' contact details are listed on the RORC Rating Office website. Anyone involved in IRC rating in GBR is free to contact them with issues they would like raised at their meeting, held annually in September, and the Chairman of the GBR IRC Committee then represents owners at IRC Congress.

As the formulae behind IRC ratings are unpublished, only the RORC/UNCL IRC Technical Committee has access to the finer points of the rating calculation and makes decisions on future changes. However, the general direction of IRC ratings is open to discussion at national and international levels. A certain amount of bias in individual views on ratings is of course inevitable, but through members of the IRC Congress the Technical Committee has the advantage of hearing from around the world and its variety of sailing venues and conditions.

Help influence the future of IRC

If you feel strongly about an aspect of the IRC rules, there is an easy way to get your voice heard. You might think that restrictions on furling headsails are unfair or feel that crew numbers should be managed differently. Do you find parts of the rule text ambiguous? Why not have a chat with your local IRC representative or measurer; or your IRC Rule Authority if that is more appropriate. If others have made the same comments or the suggestion is upheld by your national owners' group, IRC Congress could be voting in a rule change at their meeting in October based on your chat in the club bar with the local measurer.

To find out who represents you locally, contact your IRC Rule Authority www.ircrating.org/contact/rule-authorities (if you are in Great Britain see tinyurl.com/gbr-irc-committee )

What Ship? Where Bound?
Tom Cunliffe On Wednesday September 25th at 6:30 PM at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Tom Cunliffe presents the story of the sailing pilot cutters of Northern Europe. This illustrated lecture features the rise and the history of the pilot cutter which, with the possible exception of the clipper ship, must be the most charismatic working vessel ever built. Interwoven with their story is an anecdotal account of Tom Cunliffe's 40-year love affair with these boats, including owning and voyaging in originals and replicas.

Tickets: www.nmmc.co.uk/shop/index.php?cPath=86_100

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America's Cup Superyacht Regatta
Photo by Erik Simonson, www.h2oshots.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Superyacht If the first few days of the America's Cup proper had brought thrills and spills to the gathering crowds in the race village on San Francisco's waterfront, then the first day of the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta, organised by Boat International Media in collaboration with the America's Cup organisers, managed to maintain the excitement.

With a diverse range of sailing superyachts - from the 30m CNB Chrisco to the 90m schooner Athena, and from the replica of the original Cup winner America to USA76, an example of the later generation of America's Cup Class monohulls - the stage was set for some classic fun racing against the spectacular backdrop of San Francisco, the Bay and Golden Gate bridge.

Sailing under the International Super Yacht Rule and competing under two classes - Racing and Exhibition - the fleet lined up for the off with a band of fog rolling in under Golden Gate and a fresh breeze beginning to whip up the waters of the Bay. The race committee selected two similar custom courses which would send the fleet from the start line off Pier 27 north towards a mark east of Angel Island, south to the southern tip of Alcatraz, then out towards Sausalito with a reach back to the San Francisco waterfront and a spectcular kite leg along the waterfront to a finish off the America's Cup Park.

The results for Race One made for interesting reading. USA76, sailing without spinnaker, took the race on corrected time, with the 55m Vitters-built Adele taking second ahead of Adela. America took fourth in the racing class.

Racing resumes on Wednesday 11 September for Race Two

www.americascupsuperyachtregatta.com

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* From Eddie Mays, re: America's Cup: Reluctantly, I am being converted to the current series.

I am enthralled by the unexpected closeness of the racing. I am amazed by the skill of the two teams. I sincerely hope that New Zealand win without having to 'use' the 2 penalty points

I am grateful for the short duration of the races but I long for a return to a more tactical contest next time.

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