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ORACLE Wins Again... Now 8-6
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America's Cup The elusive match point for Emirtates Team New Zealand was again out of reach in San Francisco today.

And as Oracle crossed the finish line ahead, the longest America's Cup in history was set to continue for another day.

Only one race was sailed after the start was delayed for 30 minutes and it produced another win for Oracle.

Skipper Dean Barker said the team was ready for another race this afternoon but again the weather called the shots. The delay meant the race committee ran out of time to run a second race.

NZL5 has sat on match point for five days as a vastly improved Oracle has chipped away, winning five races on the trot.

Baker was upbeat after racing: "We don't want to trade positions. We would still rather be on match point," a reference to the points table, led by Emirates Team New Zealand by eight point to six. Nine points are needed to win the America's Cup.

"It's a battle and Oracle has stepped it up a lot. We are racing against a boat that is much better than when it first started.

"It has been a rough road the last couple of days. It is very, very close. We have to sail well, get ahead and win. We are motivated to work even harder to make sure we do finish this thing off."

Tomorrow's forecast is for winds at the upper end of the range.

Standings (first to 9 points wins)

Emirates Team New Zealand - 8
ORACLE TEAM USA - 6

Race 16 performance data
Course: 5 Legs/10.21 nautical miles
Elapsed time: OTUSA - 30:43, ETNZ - 31:16
Delta: OTUSA +:33
Total distance sailed: OTUSA - 11.8 NM, ETNZ - 11.7 NM
Average speed: OTUSA - 23.21 knots (27 mph), ETNZ - 22.46 knots (26 mph)
Top speed: OTUSA - 38.05 knots (44 mph), ETNZ - 36.61 knots (42 mph)
Windspeed: Average - 12.0 knots, Peak - 14.1 knots
Number of tacks/gybes: OTUSA - 10/10, ETNZ - 10/10

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* Team New Zealand have put their hands up for their second sail decision blunder in two days, a mistake that contributed massively to today's costly loss to Oracle as the America's Cup final tightened.

Oracle got a massive jump on the Kiwis at the start line to leap out to a 5sec lead at the first mark and were never troubled as they claimed a 33sec victory to stay alive.'

Team New Zealand lead 8-6, still needing one win to claim the cup, but they have been stuck in that position for six days now, with Oracle recording five consecutive victories in sudden-death scenarios.

Anticipating lighter winds, Team New Zealand's decision to use a large code-zero sail up front as well as their jib back-fired, with the extra sheet acting as drag across the first short leg.

Oracle, with less sail on, simply blasted away from them on that reach to set up a wire-to-wire win.

The defenders didn't raise their code-zero sail until they were half way through the first downwind leg, hitting lighter airs, where it gave them enough edge to not only hold off the Kiwis but stretch their lead 13sec. -- Duncan Johnstone in Stuff.co.nz

www.stuff.co.nz/sport/americas-cup

Excellent First Day For Groupama C
Dull, windy, choppy... The scene was set off Falmouth for this World C Class Championship, which kicked off today. And actually it wasn't just the first day of racing, it was also the first time Groupama C had sailed in such feisty conditions. And the least that can be said is that things went rather well.

She has a stable, fast flight downwind and a very impressive speed and heading upwind. With the wing tilted and standing up on her foil, Groupama C locked into 18 knots of boat speed and showed just what she was made of. It was hard not to enjoy it. The upshot was three wins out of the three races run.

Naturally the faces of Groupama sailing team were beaming from ear to ear on their return to the strip at Mylor harbour. This was particularly true given that Franck and Louis had returned the boat in tip-top condition, which isn't always the case among our rivals. Most notable of these was the Swiss boat, which racked up two second places with Billy Besson and Jérémy Lagarrigue at the helm, and saw its second boat capsize causing some damage to the wing. And actually others came very close to the same fate too...

Such misfortunes remind us that there's still a long week ahead and a lot could happen in the meantime. In essence these boats are fragile and in terms of points in the bank, Groupama C doesn't have a big lead over her closest rivals.

This evening, we're savouring it though. -- Yann Riou, www.cammas-groupama.com

Provisional results after three races:

Boat - Skipper - Nation - Points

1. Groupama C, Cammas, FRA, 3.0 points
2. Lombard Odier 1, Besson, SUI, 6.0
3. Fill Your Hands, Eaton, CAN, 10.0
4. Alpha, Downey, ESP, 14.0
5. Patient Lady VI, Bontemps, FRA, 15.0
6. Lombard Odier 11, Heenskerk, SUI, 27.0
7= Wild Horse, Coyolla, POR, 36
7= Cogito, Guck, USA, 36
7= Canaan, Gooderham, CAN, 36
7= Aethon, Clark, USA, 36
7= Invictur, Phipps, GBR, 26

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Marlow Excel Dinghy Series Upgrades
Marlow Ropes The upgrades to the Excel Dinghy Series launched at the beginning of the year prove successful for new breed of high performance Olympic classes. The higher performance 49er rigs, the 49erfx and Nacra 17 all demand higher performance than ever from their ropes.

Excel Elite 90

Excel Elite 90 utilises the super high strength Dyneema SK90 yarn which is 15% stronger than the Marlow standard SK78 equivalent. The cover features a highly durable blend of Technora and polyester which improves abrasion resistance 300% compared to a full polyester cover.

Excel Racing GP 78

Compared to Excel Racing 78, the cover features a highly durable blend of Technora and polyester which improves both abrasion resistance and also grip in wet hands.

British sailing team member and 49er European champion Dylan Fletcher explains "Performance and reliability are key factors, the members of Team GBR are upgrading some high load lines such as spinnaker halyards to Excel Elite 90. The added abrasion resistance and improvement in strength can only benefit our performance and decrease needless retirements due to gear failure."

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Audi Soling Worlds
Balaton, Hungary: With less wind than yesterday but enough to at sometimes hike hard, two more races were finished today, reaching the championship minimum limit, the wind was cold from the North but today with a nice sun and almost no clouds, a perfect sailing day at Balaton.

AT the first race a few competitors arrived late to the starting line due to an early start of 10:30hs and those who started and went first to the right side, then all the way to the left side made big gains.

It was a duel of titans, at the first race HUN 11 with Farkas Litkey, Vezer Karoly and Csaba Weinhard took the bullet over CAN 225 with Peter Hall, Paul Davis and William Hall, but at the second race it was the other way around.

AT the first race the third place was for GER 308 with Karl Haist, Irene Haist and Johannes Berggren, candidates to keep the Tony Clare Trophy for the best woman placed at the championship. In the second race the third was team PIONER UKR 1 with Igor Yushko, Sergey Pichugin and Dmitriy Yarmolenko.

No matter the changes at the scoreboard, once more 9 different countries are placed at the top 10 at the event , these coming from all over Europe and also North and South America. -- Matias Collins

Top five after five races:

1. Farkas Litkey / Vezer Karoly / Csaba Weinhard, HUN, 8 points
2. Peter Hall / Paul Davis / William Hall, CAN, 13
3. Johan Offermans / Wick Hillige / Niels van Braam, NED, 39
4. Igor Yushko / Sergey Pichugin / Dmitriy Yarmolenko, UKR, 40
5. Roman Koch / Maxl Koch / Gregor Bornemann, GER, 42

Racing continues through Wednesday 25 September.

www.soling.com

175 Years
A cutter finishing in the harbour at the Royal St George Regatta, 1871, as recorded by Richard Brydges Beechey. The larger schooner at anchor on left may be Egeria. Click on image to enlarge.

Royal St. George YC The word on the grapevine is that the Royal St George Yacht Club, currently the Mitsubishi Motors "Sailing Club of the Year", is planning a special festive event to celebrate its 175th birthday. The whisper is that it will be a gathering to honour those members who have won major events and titles right up to and including Olympic medals.

We've been allowed a glimpse of the list, and it's very impressive. Which is what you'd expect from a club which has shown an extraordinary ability to adapt successfully to changing circumstances, while displaying a special talent for recruiting promising sailors from all round the country when they come to Dublin, either to go to college or to work.

Yet even as they keep a weather eye open for potential members who will give as much to the club as it will give to them, the club's administrators never lose sight of their past. And what a past it has been. Like many great clubs, it started modestly enough around 1838 as the Pembroke Rowing Club in south Dublin. But the oarsmen of the Dodder soon reckoned that the cleaner waters of the new harbour out on Dublin Bay, where Dunleary had recently been re-named Kingstown, would provide more pleasant conditions than the fetid Liffey.

As for their sport, several key members were thinking of moving into slightly larger craft, driven by sail. Suddenly, the new club took off. Boat sizes and numbers increased exponentially, the membership became rather grand and extremely wealthy, and by the 1850s the little Rowing club had morphed into the Royal St George Yacht Club, with handsome and frequently extended premises on the waterfront, and a membership list which seemed to include just about every great landowner in Ireland who had the slightest interest in the rapidly growing sport of yachting...

... It will be quite a gathering, this cheering of the champions. All things considered, we can surely agree that the seagoing section of the Pembroke Rowing Club has done rather well. -- WM Nixon

A lot of article and photos between those ellipses... another superb article in Afloat magazine:

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World Yacht Racing Forum
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Over 250 people attended the 2012 edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum and Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden. They heard from speakers including Ben Ainslie, Knut Frostad, Guillaume Henry, Mark Turner, Pat Shaughnessy, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Manolo Ruiz de Elvira, Bill Tripp, Ian Walker, Dawn Riley, Dan McLaren, Richard Brisius and many more.

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Sperry-Topsider Melges 24 World Championship
The Sperry-Topsider Melges 24 World Championship 2013, which takes place from September 30 to October 5 at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, California, has attracted a star-studded entry of 60 professional and Corinthian teams from around the world.

While more than half of the entries come from the USA, the 59 boat fleet also includes teams from 12 other countries including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland.

The event sees the Melges 24 World Championship fleet return to San Francisco for the first time since the 2003 worlds when the prevailing breezy conditions produced some of the most spectacular racing in the class's history.

Amongst the top contenders to lift the title must be Italian Flavio Favini at the helm of Swiss entry Blu Moon. Favini last tasted Melges 24 World Championship glory when he won in 2001 in Key West, Florida and would dearly love to add a second worlds victory to the Melges 24 European title he just claimed this August in Italy.

Also looking to chalk up a second world title in the class that bears his name will be Harry Melges III aboard Zenda Express who returns to the helm at world championship level for the first time since he was crowned world champion in Travemunde, Germany in 2002.

Serial one-design champion and America's Cup campaigner Terry Hutchinson will be making a return to San Francisco Bay were he previously sailed as helmsman aboard the Swedish AC72 Artemis Racing. Hutchinson won the Melges 24 North American Championship in 2008 on his home water in Annapolis, Maryland but finished ninth there at the worlds the following year.

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Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
The entry list for this year's edition of the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race features sixteen boats from around the globe, from the Dubois 90, Ragamuffin 90, through three TP52's to the smallest competitor, A35 Red Kite II and featuring a lone multihull, MACH2.

Ragamuffin 90 from Australia has her sights firmly set on Line Honours and the 2004 race record of 42h 45m 41s set by Grant Wharington's Skandia, with her skipper, Syd Fisher, at 86 likely to be the oldest competitor.

Fisher is unlikely to have things all his own way. Sam Chan's Freefire is joined by Byron Ehrhart's Lucky, fresh from the USA with an impressive track record including overall winner of the 2010 Middle Sea Race. Rounding out a trio of TP52's is Ray Roberts' One Sails Racing from Australia which comes with pedigree, having won both Line Honours and IRC Overall for the 2006 edition as Island Fling. Owner and helm on that occasion was Paul Winkelmann, who is back for another bite at the cherry with a new 'Fling, this time a brand new HH42 designed by Judel Vrolijk.

While the initial focus will be on the boat which completes the race in the shortest time, there are two smaller IRC Racers, in the form of Anthony Root's A35 Red Kite II and Niccolo Manno's Anteros 36 Krampus, which could very well pull some surprises in the IRC standings. Red Kite II has consistently won her division in RHKYC's Cat.1 offshore races, winning IRC Overall in the 2011 San Fernando Race, while Krampus is newer to the offshore scene, but built as a stripped out racing machine.

Providing the north east monsoon cooperates and regardless of which boats perform best on time or on handicap, the sixth Hong Kong to Vietnam Race promises all competitors the 'grin factor' which comes as part of the 656nm run to Vietnam.

The race starts on Thursday 18 October.

www.rhkyc.org.hk/hkvietnamrace.aspx

blu26 Class Championship - Bayern Cup 2013
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blu26 Perfect conditions this weekend on lake Tegernsee where the Yacht Club Bad Wiessee held the blu26 class championship. 14 teams from Germany and Switzerland sailed a total of 7 races and enjoyed the bavarian hospitality from the Yacht Club and the Sailingcenter Tegernsee.

The team of Dennis Gehrlein from the Flensburger Sailing-Club won the championship just one point ahead of Fabio Muller and his team from the Zurich Yacht Club. In third place, also just one point behind, finished Beat Muller from the Zurich Yacht Club.

Full results (PDF): www.ycbw.de

Brazilian Extreme Sailing Series Season Finale Venue Confirmed
The Brazilian city of Florianopolis is now all set to host the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series finale between the 14th-17th November, where the conclusive races of the Series will be played out for the overall 2013 Series championship title.

The final Act, presented by Series Main Partner Land Rover, will be the culmination of nine months of global touring for the Extreme 40 teams after starting their annual Stadium Racing tour in Muscat, Oman back in March. Before the final showdown in Florianopolis, last year's Brazilian Host Venue Rio de Janeiro, will be the setting for two days of hospitality sailing for some of the Extreme 40 teams who will be taking VIP guests sailing in this iconic city.

The Series looks set to go down to the wire with long-time Series rivals The Wave, Muscat and Alinghi leading the charge from the relentless onslaught of the Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team and the Austrian Olympic champions on Red Bull Sailing Team. As has been the case in every Host Venue this year, Series organisers OC Sport will reveal plans in the coming weeks of a home nation Brazilian invitational team - but before that, the fleet will meet in Nice on the French Riviera, 3-6 October for the penultimate Act of 2013.

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Scuttlebutt Europe #2921 - 23 September PDF Print E-mail

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Oracle Team USA Sweeps Two To Extend 34th America's Cup Another Day
Photo by Chris Cameron / ETNZ, www.chriscameron.co.nz. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup San Francisco, California, USA: Oracle Team USA won Race 15 by 37seconds over Emirates Team New Zealand to sweep the day after winning Race 14 by 23 seconds.

Oracle Team USA has clawed its way to 8-5 on the scoreline, after trailing by 8-1 on Wednesday. Emirates Team New Zealand needs one more win to win the America's Cup while Oracle Team USA has to win out, four more victories.

In a near carbon copy of Race 14, Oracle Team USA started Race 15 to leeward of Emirates Team New Zealand to lead by 3 seconds at the first turning mark. The defender stretched its lead to one minute at the second turning mark, before the Kiwis made inroads on the upwind leg. The Kiwis made another charge on the second downwind leg, but Oracle Team USA was too far ahead to overcome.

The deltas were 23s in race 14, 37s in race 15.

Barker said it was always going to be a difficult day with big variations in wind at the top and bottom of the course. It was patchy and there were a lot of shifts. Two starboard start-box entries didn't help."

Barker said Oracle sailed really well, managing the first downwind legs well, establishing good leads. "We gave them opportunities we should not have done. We fought back, got close at times, but it was Oracle's day."

Races 16 and 17 (if necessary) are scheduled for tomorrow at 1:15 and 2:15 pm PT.

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

- Emirates Team New Zealand - 8 - Oracle Team USA - 5

Race 15 performance data

Course: 5 Legs/10.22 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: OTUSA - 27:34, ETNZ - 28:11
Delta: OTUSA +:37
Total distance sailed: OTUSA - 12.0 NM, ETNZ - 11.9 NM
Average speed: OTUSA - 26.23 knots (30 mph), ETNZ - 25.40 knots (29 mph)
Top speed: OTUSA - 41.80 knots (48 mph), ETNZ - 40.35 knots (46 mph)
Windspeed: Average - 12.9 knots, Peak - 18.0 knots
Number of tacks/gybes: OTUSA - 7/7, ETNZ - 7/9

Race 14 performance data

Course: 5 Legs/10.22 nautical miles
Elapsed time: OTUSA - 33:47, ETNZ - 34:10
Delta: OTUSA +:23
Total distance sailed: OTUSA - 12.8 NM, ETNZ - 13.1 NM
Average speed: OTUSA - 23.31 knots (27 mph), ETNZ - 22.58 knots (26 mph)
Top speed: OTUSA - 36.60 knots (42 mph), ETNZ - 35.41 knots (41 mph)
Windspeed: Average - 11.4 knots, Peak - 14.9 knots
Number of tacks/gybes: OTUSA - 8/12, ETNZ - 8/12

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Falmouth Fog Foils Little Cup Opener
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Little Americas Cup Mylor Bay, UK: Light air and a rare, zero-visibility sea mist put an early end to day one of the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship today after three abandoned races. "We don't see that kind of fog often, but there was just no way to run safe races with such terrible visibility," said local catamaran expert Brian Phipps.

One race was abandoned after less than a minute due to a big wind shift, but when the fog lifted shortly afterwards to reveal a beautiful, sunny day and 6-knot breeze, smiles shone throughout the fleet. Minutes later, Christian Peavey aboard 2010 Little Cup winner Canaanport-tacked the fleet in the second start of the day, sailing off to a big lead in the first leg. As Franck Cammas's Groupama chased Peavey down, the fog rolled in again, and within ten minutes the entire fleet was lost. "We had no idea where the mark was," said Cammas. "When our tender found us we learned we had sailed more than a mile away from it."

The race was quickly abandoned, with the rest of the afternoon spent herding together the wayward flock before the fleet returned to the Restronget Sailing Club beach in convoy.

Racing begins at 1100 GMT on Monday and continues through until Saturday, when the new C-Class Champion is crowned. Fans can track the event with live video coverage of every race, tracking, and an extensive stream of visual and social content on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo.

"Little America's Cup" competitors - Nation, Team, Principal

Canada: Fred Eaton, Fred Eaton
France: Challenge France, Benjamin Muyl
France: Groupama, Frank Cammas
Great Britain: Tem Invictus, Norman Wijker / Mark Bishop
Portugal: Team Cascais, Antonio Reis
Spain: Sentient Blue, John Downey
Switzerland: Hydros Team (2 boats, both named Hydros Lombard Odier), Jeremie Lagarigue
USA: Cogito Project, Steve Clark

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2013 World Yacht Racing Forum
World Yacht Racing Forum Taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, The World of Sailing and Yacht Racing is a fast growing sport and full of new opportunities. WYRF and YRDTS will bring together over 400 industry leaders and decision makers for two-days of debate and discussions giving participants the opportunity to contribute, learn and share strategies with industry leaders, peers and colleagues. The WYRF brings innovative thinking and exclusive insight to the major issues and opportunities facing the growing yachting industry.

Following the success of the 2012 World Yacht Racing Forum we are delighted to confirm that the event will be returning to Gothenburg, Sweden on the 10-11 December this year.

The 6th WYRF will have a focus on what the industry can learn from other sports and will once again be co-located with the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium. This year the YRDTS will take place on the 10th December allowing all delegates to join together for the whole of the last day of the conference. The programme for Day 2 of the conference can therefore focus on issues effecting the whole industry.

WYRF and YRDTS will bring together over 400 industry leaders and decision makers for two-days of debate and discussions giving participants the opportunity to contribute, learn and share strategies with industry leaders, peers and colleagues. The WYRF brings innovative thinking and exclusive insight to the major issues and opportunities facing the growing yachting industry.

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Melges 32 Worlds / Audi Sailing Series
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Melges 32 Worlds Audi Sailing Series Porto Rotondo, Italy: Congratulations are in full order for American Jason Carroll aboard Argo, with tactician Cameron Appleton and crew comprised of Anthony Kotoun, Chuck Norris, Peter Crawford, Westy Barlow, Eric Aakhus and Lindsey Bartel as they are 2013 Melges 32 World Champions.

Coming in second place overall and winner of the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series is Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica. This is the second time that Cirillo has won the prestigious series title that is comprised of five amazing events. Deneen Demourkas' Groovederci rounds out the top three, after earning a bullet in the final race of the Championship.

The International Melges 32 Class Association wishes to extend great appreciation to event host Yacht Club Porto Rotondo (YCPR) in coordination with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), B.Plan Sports & Events (BPSE) and Melges Europe.

Top Ten Results (After Nine Races, One Discard)

1. Jason Carroll / Cameron Appleton, ARGO, 41 points
2. Lanfranco Cirillo / Michele Paoletti, Fantastica, 55
3. Deneen Demourkas / Francesco Bruni, Groovederci, 56
4. Alessandro Rombelli / Paul Goodison, Azimut by STIG, 57
5. Andrea Pozzi / Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda, 57
6. Vincenzo Onorato / Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino, 69
7. Naofumi Kamei / Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!, 77
8. Mauro Mocchegiani / Branko Brcin, Audi Ultra Sailing Team, 78
9. Filippo Pacinotti / Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo, 83
10. Richard Goransson / Hamish Pepper, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden, 85

2013 Audi Sailing Series Top Five Results (After Five Events)

1. Lanfranco Cirillo, Fantastica, 172 points
2. Andrea Pozzi, Bombarda, 184
3. Vincenzo Onorato, Mascalzone Latino, 223
4. Roberto Tomasini Grinover, Robertissima, 244
5. Edoardo Lupi, Torpyone, 253

www.melges32worldchampionship.com

Nord Stream Race
The British Team on board the Swan 60 "Tsaar Peter" has prevailed over the Russian "Bronenosec". After 800 nautical miles both yachts passed the finishing line off Saint Petersburg only 26 seconds apart. In contrast to this the ORC class has been clearly dominated by "Outsider" who finished the regatta with some distance as First Ship Home and winner of her division. Additionally plans for Nord Stream Race 2014 were revealed at the concluding press conference today.

The exhaustion was clearly visible when the "Tsaar Peter" crew around skipper Adrian Stead arrived in Saint Petersburg: "It was an eventful race with a great ending for us. The crew has done an outstanding job and has given their all on the rails in the final 16 hours up to the very last tack", said Stead.

"SGM"/Team Germany with Thomas Jungblut at the helm finished as the third-placed Swan 60-yacht. The German project that started for Norddeutscher Regatta Verein prevailed over the Turkish "Petite Flamme" by a narrow margin. The up-and-coming team from the Bosporus area with helmsman Cenk Tekkaya was the only Swan 60-yacht who also sailed with female crew members.

Tilmar Hansen and the German "Outsider" team dominated the ORC fleet of Nord Stream Race with a brilliant performance. "Outsider" raced away from the competition right after the start in Flensburg on Sunday, 15th of September, and constantly increased its lead during the 800nm of the race. Just over three days later the yacht crossed the finishing line as 'First Ship Home' and winner overall of the ORC division.

With her performance "Outsider" has set a benchmark at the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Their best time of 3 days and 48 minutes will be the time to beat in Nord Stream Race 2015 when the route will again lead from Flensburg to Saint Petersburg.

"Nordic Falcon" with Eckhart Gerlinger passed the finishing line afterwards as the third-placed yacht. Their navigator Alexander Bruhne won the Navigator's Prize because his ETA prediction and their actual arrival time only differed by 1 hour and 25 minutes. "UCA" from Kiel and the Russian "Blagodarnost 2" both had to retire from Nord Stream Race due to technical problems and a broken forestay respectively.

Altogether 121 sailors participated in Nord Stream Race, ten of whom were female. The youngest competitor was 18 years young, the oldest 67 years.

Final results:

Swan 60
1. Tsaar Peter, Adrian Stead, Team Great Britain
2. Bronenosec, Vladimir Liubomirov, Team Russia
3. SGM, Thomas Jungblut, Team Germany
4. Petite Flamme, Cenk Tekkaya, Team Turkey
5. The Spirit of Europe, Tim Kroger, Team Europe

ORC
1. Outsider, Tilmar Hansen, GER, Elliot 52 52 SS
2. Haspa Hamburg, Georg Christiansen, GER, J/V 52
3. Nordic Falcon, Eckhart Gerlinger, LUX, J/V 55
4 (DNF). Blagodarnost 2, Sergei Pavlenko, RUS, Elliot 45
4 (DNF). UCA, Jan Debelstein, GER, Brenta 60

www.nord-stream-race.com

Can Anyone Knock Off The Favorites?
Marseille, France is the host venue of the 2013 Seiko 49er & 49erFX World Championships. This championship has the largest attendance for the 49er since 2001, with over 96 49ers registered. Additionally, there are over 53 49erFX teams registered, so the Mediterranean Sea will be a buzz with skiff sailing action. Catch all the action Sept 24-29 on 49er.org, including live broadcasts from the semi finals (27,28 sept) and finals (29, Sept).

Both fleets face a similar challenge to each other. There are two clear favorites, and each will be chased hard by the pack.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have an impressive string of victories behind them with Gold medals from London 2012 and World Championships victories in 2009, 2011, and 2012. They were unstoppable in London, the last time they raced against the fleet but since then have not sailed the 49er very much.

In the 49erFX fleet, it's a similar narrative and very different conditions. On top, Ida Niesen and Marie Olsen have won every event they have raced in the 49erFX, but the gaps are narrowing. They had a commanding victory at Palma 2013, where they showed the fleet how it can be done in big waves and big wind. Since then, however, their margin of victories has been shrinking, and we saw some vulnerability in the lighter winds of the 2013 Europeans as some of the other teams are highly skilled in the lighter air.

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Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta
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Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta Barcelona, Spain: More than 54,000 people visited the Port Vell yesterday to admire the vessels of the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta and visit the facilities of the exhibition "Barcelona Sails" in the village at Portal de la Pau.

Along the Moll de Barcelona, where the giants are moored Mir, Cisne Branco, Belem, Gulden Leeuw, Santa Maria Manuela and Kruzenshtern, the public waited in long queues to get on board of the best representatives of the great school of traditional sailing, vessels where hundreds of students are trained in ocean journeys to learn the basics of navigation.

In the Moll d' Espanya there are moored 11 jewels of classic sailing. Ships like La Recouvrance, Atyla, Johanna Lucretia, Pandora, Hoëdic and Far Barcelona, are admired among lovers of classic boats. While in the Moll de Drassanes, the German training ship Alexander von Humboldt II, unmistakable for its green hull and gold rigging, is supported by the floating dock where smaller boats are moored.

Galaxie is one of the projects that best represents the spirit of the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta. Galaxie is a racing boat from the 70's, which was donated to the NGO Joves Navegants (Young Sailors) to give the opportunity to learn how to sail to boys and girls at risk of social exclusion or disabled. They can also take part in both offshore and inshore regattas.

From September 21st to the 24th, within the festival of La Merce (Barcelona's patron saint), Barcelona 's Port Vell shines with an international sailing event, the Mediterranean Tall Ship Regatta 2013, a tall ships race of two stages: Barcelona - Toulon and Toulon - La Spezia.

The Fundacio Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona(FNOB) organizes the stopover of the ships and the race in Barcelona in collaboration with the Consorci El Far, with its tall ship Far Barcelona, which is a member of the Sail Training Association Spain (STAE).

fnob.org/mediterranean-tall-ships-regatta

Generali Solo
The 17 Figaro Benetau sailors in the Generali Solo 2013 left Cavalaire-sur-Mer Sunday, headed for Barcelona. A few miles after the start the race organizers announced a modification of the original route (435 miles) due to light winds over a large part of the stage.

The wind dropped in the middle of night. This morning Adrien Hardy (Recovery Act) is still ahead of Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) and Yoann Richomme (DLBC).

Since the passage of Cape Sicie at sunset, sailors nonetheless gained some miles, a little more than expected. The head of the fleet is now 140 miles distant from Barcelona. They crossed that night back and now continue on their way.. slowly pushed this morning at 5 o'clock by one knot of wind. The only good point is that with a wind shift they can now sail a direct course.

Top five at 5 AM local time:

1. Agir Recouvrement (Adrien Hardy)
2. Skipper Macif 2012 (Fabien Delahaye)
3. DLBC (Yoann Richomme)
4. Skipper Herault (Xavier Macaire)
5. Generali (Nicolas Lunven)

Generali Solo is a race in stages taking place in the Mediterranean Sea on Figaro Beneteau 2.

First stage: Cavalaire-Sur-Mer to Barcelona
Second: Barcelona to Beaulie Sur Mer (Departure September 25)
Third: Beaulieu-Sur-Mer to Sete, (Departure October 2)

Generali Solo is the final round of Solo Championship Elite de course au Large and has a coefficient of 4 in the overall standings. Provisional classification of the championship (top five)

1. DLBC, Yoann Richomme, 57 points
2. Cercle Verte, Gildas Morvan, 88
3. Skipper MACIF 2012. Fabien Delahaye, 89
4. Groupe Queguiner - Leucemie Espoir, Yann Elies, 95
5. Bretagne Credit Mutuel Performance, Anthony Marchand, 103

Event site: www.generali-solo.com

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* From Christopher Neil Brown: I refer to the editorial from Simon McClean of Anglesey on the length ( minutes) of the Cup races.

There certainly is some irony that most Oppie dinghy kids races are longer in duration than these America's cup final adult races. Of course, the race duration in 2013 is really an artefact of the "NASCAR afloat" TV concept that was designed by Oracle et al. The 23 minutes probably meets the attention span needs of most general public spectators as well as television. Legs presumably cannot be much longer in that part of the Bay due to geographical constraints to support shoreside viewing crowds.

Hopefully the Kiwis will return the Cup to a lengthier format with greater tactical opportunities for the teams. The originality of concept shown by Oracle is to be commended and it has produced some amazing footage but I for one hope the Kiwis will restore some of the original Cup magic.

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So Close But...
Grant Dalton. Photo by LUNA ROSSA/Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup There were jitters aplenty this morning as the teams prepared to head out onto the water. The Kiwis were off to have another stab at making this the final day of the Cup, Oracle were out there to keep their dream alive.

Opinion was split between a 2:0 victory to the Kiwis and the end of the Cup, and the one-apiece day that would push the Cup still further. But no one had considered what actually ended up happening.

A victory in the first of two races and Emirates Team New Zealand was just one race away from taking the America's Cup leaving Oracle firmly in the last chance saloon.

The aggressive start to Race 12 was as punchy as we've seen yet with Spithill trying to take the leeward end of the line and Barker determined to roll over the top in a high speed blast to the line. With seconds to go Barker looked good pushing the bows down, accelerating over the top Oracle. Sitting to leeward Spithill tried to get to Barker as windward boat but in doing so fell off his foils in a spectacular plant. Just metres away from Barker and convinced the Kiwis had fouled them he pressed the protest button as both boats hit the line. But seconds later more drama as the race committee were forced to postpone the race as the breeze went through the 19.9knot upper limit. -- Matthew Sheahan in Yachting World

www.yachtingworld.com/blogs/matthew-sheahan/

* After the race, Barker was asked about NZL5's improved upwind performance after a couple of days with Oracle seeming to have an edge. "We are not sitting still. We are working hard, especially as we are sailing at the top-end of the wind range.

"We knew we had to keep improving and we are happy with the changes We have made." "It is difficult to believe the boats are so close when they result from different design concepts. The boats have come together in performance in a wide variety of conditions. It is unbelievable."

Tactician Ray Davies, asked about having to call tactics at high speeds:
"It is a bit like chess on a rocket ship. I can move about a bit - take a look down to leeward. Judging closing angles accurately is not as hard as it looks on television. On the water it is much easier to judge."

"We have a lot of respect for Oracle, they are not mugs.

Race 11 Performance Data
Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
Elapsed time: ETNZ - 23:41, OTUSA - 23:56
Delta: ETNZ +:15
Total distance sailed: ETNZ - 11.7 NM, OTUSA - 11.5 NM
Average speed: ETNZ - 29.88 knots (34 mph), OTUSA - 29.04 knots (33 mph)
Top speed: ETNZ - 44.57 knots (51 mph), OTUSA - 42.70 knots (49 mph)
Windspeed: Average - 15.4 knots, Peak - 18.0 knots
Number of tacks/gybes: ETNZ - 10/6, OTUSA - 10/8

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Shaping The Foils That Re-Shaped The America's Cup: Part 2
Cup Info talks with Gino Morelli and Pete Melvin:

As fast as a wingsail multihull is, a foiling cat is faster. Getting the boat up on foils and keeping has become key to winning the 2013 America's Cup.

With foils it takes about 10-12 knots of wind to fly barely, 16-18 knots to fly fully. The payoff for getting an AC72 up on foils is immediate, boat speed jumps by about 5 knots at the low end when the leeward hull gets airborne, and the gain at the top end can be twice that or more, with top speeds going from the 30-plus knot range into the 40s and edging toward 50 knots. Foiling has changed the game.

"These are the really weird curved daggerboards we've been developing. They're what really ... the whole game is about," says Morrelli. As for the hulls, "We call them a 'board-delivery device.' They barely even touch down even during tacks and gybes."

A few smaller boats have effectively used lifting foils in the past, such as the Moth dinghies, and in the last few years the A-Class catamarans, but fully flying a large multihull on foils was rarely done except for isolated situations.

"The French had been playing with foils for 15 years, foil stabilized," Morrelli says. "But they were still basically sailing on the main hull, leeward hull being lifted, but not trying to fly the whole boat, except for boats like Hydroptère which are completely other animals. We've been following some of those trends and some of those trends have been dictated by carbon rigs and carbon sails, because we didn't really have the power to get the boats out of the water until engines got better."

Full article at www.cupinfo.com

Crew Portraits: SCA and Abu Dhabi In Action
Team SCA and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have posted footage from the recent Fastnet Race, offering an early chance to meet some of the sailors who will race in 2014-15 and discover a bit about life on board. Follow the links below to meet the first group of women confirmed for SCA and some familiar (and not so familiar) faces on board Abu Dhabi.

There is still more than a year to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 but the following videos offer an insight into some of the personalities who will be involved.

For SCA, there are five individual crew portraits, while Abu Dhabi have released a great summary of their return to competition under skipper Ian Walker.

Meet Sophie Ciszek

Meet Sam Davies

Meet Liz Wardley

Meet Carloijn Brouwer

Meet Annie Lush

A summary of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Fastnet experience

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Outsider First Ship Home In Nord Stream Race
At 2.48pm (Saint Petersburg local time) the ORC-yacht "Outsider" with skipper Tilmar Hansen from Germany crossed the finishing line just off Saint Petersburg saluted by gunshots and accompanied by a broadcasting helicopter.

They had set off right away after the start in Flensburg on Sunday, 15. September, and have been able to increase their lead constantly during the 800nm-long journey.

The second placed "Haspa Hamburg" with skipper Georg Christiansen from Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt is currently 143nm away from the finishing line.

For their great performance the "Outsider" crew will be awarded the "First Ship Home" Trophy.

Specifications:
Type: Elliott 52 Super Sport
Design: Elliott Marine, New Zealand
Displacement: 7.3 tons
Length: 18.8 metres
Keel: Canting Keel

Crew:
Tilmar Hansen (Skipper)
Jörg Heinritz
Nico Jeschonnek
Krzysztof Paschke
Delf Stuven
Bo Teichmann
Jan Terveer
Christoph Wahling
Christian Heinritz
Matti Paschen
Ole Sartori

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U.S. Match Racing Championship
Two U.S. Match Racing icons and the #1 ranked match racer in the world will go head-to-head this week at the U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Sail Sheboygan (Wis.). Eight teams will match race for the Prince of Wales Bowl in Sonars on Lake Michigan, beginning Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22.

Taylor Canfield (Chicago, Ill.) enters this week's week event as the #1 ranked match racer in the world by ISAF. After losing in the finals of the U.S. Match Racing Championship in 2011 and 2012, Canfield captured his first Prince of Wales Bowl last year in Marblehead, Mass. Canfield will switch roles on the boat for this year's event and crew for Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.), who crewed for Canfield at last year's championship.

Roble is the top ranked women's match racer in the U.S. Earlier this summer, Roble won the Stena Match Race Sweden event, a stop on the new Women's International Match Racing Tour. Brian Janney (Holland, Mich.) and Anne Haeger (East Troy, Wis.) will be sailing with Roble and Canfield for the first time, collectively. Janney sails with Canfield on the USOne Sailing Team. Roble's team will represent the Lake Beulah Yacht Club and Chicago Match Race Center.

Returning to compete in his 12th U.S. Match Racing Championship is Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.), a four-time winner of the Prince of Wales Bowl.

Two-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) has returned to take another shot at the title. Dellenbaugh, who won this championship in 2002 and 1984, is also representing the Pequot Yacht Club. He'll be sailing this week with his daughter Rebecca Dellenbaugh, a 2010 ICSA All-American at Dartmouth (Easton, Conn.), Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.), who won the championship last year as crew for Canfield, and accomplished team racer Amanda Callahan (Portsmouth, R.I.).

championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMRC.htm

Melges 32 World Championship
Porto Rotondo, Italy: As predicted by PRO Hank Stuart, Mistral has been stronger, he had to give up the idea to start the valid races on day one of the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship, organised by B.Plan Sport&Events (BPSE) in coordination with Melges Europe and the Melges 32 International Class.

After tense conditions, with northwest wind blowing 25 knots, it has been decided to display AP over A, indicating the postponement of racing. In the afternoon mistral has started blowing stronger reaching a sustained 40 knots peak.

Races will resume Thursday morning at 11am. Weather forecasts are predicting a slight wind decrease in the afternoon that might allow regular sailing according to the Melges 32 Class Rules. A maximum of ten races will be sailed. Three heats are requested for the act's validity with the discard coming into effect after six races.

Don't miss the opportunity to follow live all regattas streamed with an Italian-English commentary on the Audi Sailing Series www.audisailingseries.com/melges_32/ and Bpse www.bpse.it websites.

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Final Preparations Being Made For Record Breaking Attempt
It is count down time for Stanley Paris and Team Lyman-Morse as they make final preparations to Kiwi Spirit for Paris' record breaking attempt of the solo round the world record in a cruising boat. Paris will set sail for St. Augustine, Florida from Thomaston. He will start the conquest from St. Augustine November 30th.

A lot has happened in the two years since Paris started his pursuit. In the past year, two of the four records that Paris had on his list have been challenged and perhaps broken. The first of these is the oldest person for a non-stop and non-assisted circumnavigation. It was 56-year-old Dodge Morgan, but now it's Jean Socrates, a UK citizen and resident of Canada, who after 25,000 miles and 259 days at sea, at the age of 70, has become the oldest person to sail solo around the world non-stop. Paris at 76 will be older.

And then the speed record was possibly broken in what could be called a cruising boat when Guo Chan, a Chinese citizen, completed the voyage in 137 days breaking the 150-day record of Dodge Morgan earlier this summer. There is some question with this record, as he sailed from China and back and, like Jean Socrates, did not do the traditional passing under all five capes. Regardless, Paris now intends to do it in 130 days or less.

Since Kiwi Spirit, hull 1 of the Paris 63 designed by Farr Yacht Design, was launched November 2012, Paris has won line honors during the 2013 Bermuda One Two. The demanding 630-mile race from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda began with being the first to finish the solo leg by some six hours. For both the boat and the sailor it was their first "serious" race. Twenty-three boats started but only sixteen finished. One developed a loose keel and the captain was rescued before the boat sunk. The others turned back because of the heavy weather, but Kiwi Spirit plowed on, remaining on course for a comfortable line-honors victory.

On the return leg, Dr. Paris was accompanied by his son, Alan, a 1995 veteran of the event and who subsequently went on to enter and complete the 2002 "Around Alone" circumnavigation. At the finish line off Newport, Kiwi Spirit, a true performance cruiser, was some eight and a half hours ahead of the second place finisher, Resolute.

Kiwi Spirit has been at Lyman-Morse to prepare for the circumnavigation. Kiwi Spirit has had her insides cleaned out, resulting in more space to handle sails and gear and just as importantly, to reduce her weight by several hundred pounds.

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Sailing Space To Discover New Worlds
Sailing boats have always been the modus operandi for humans discovering new worlds across the sea and it seems as though that's also how we shall discover new worlds across space.

Or at least that's what the physicists are predicting, affirming that giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy are still the most viable option for interstellar spaceflight in the not-too-distant future.

James Benford, a physicist associated with Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit group devoted to finding a way to travel to another star system, said this again during a panel at the Starship Congress conference in August.

Large and lightweight sails could allow unmanned probes to travel interstellar distances within a somewhat reasonable time frame, Benford said.

Rockets won't do the job 'because we haven't gotten fusion yet,' Benford said. 'Beyond that is antimatter rockets that suffer not only from a very difficult design problem, but the absence of the fuel.'

That leaves sail ships. 'I would say that I think sail ships are going to be the first starships, because we know how to do it,' Benford said.

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The Last West Country Wooden Ketch
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Bessie Ellen Built in Plymouth, Devon, in 1904 by William Kelly, Bessie Ellen is one of the last surviving West Country trading ketches from a fleet that once stood at nearly 700. Bessie Ellen lived through an era when working sailing ships were an everyday sight in English ports and harbours.

In the summer of 1906 Bessie Ellen was seen by a North Devon home trade skipper, Captain John Chichester, who was looking to purchase his own ship. At 120ft long, and carrying up to 150 tons in her hold, she transported clay, peat, aggregates, salt and many other bulk cargos around the UK and Ireland

Now back in The West Country, over 100 years from the time she was built, Bessie Ellen has been restored to the graceful sailing ship she once was. With masts, rigging and below decks accommodation she can once again feel the wind in her sails.

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* From Owen Sharpe, Auckland: You are too sweeping to say "New Zealand fans .... consider Coutts a traitor"

I am a NZ fan who considers him a hero and believe I'm not alone.

He was a hero to everyone here for his key role in capturing the Americas Cup for us and building the culture of excellence into Team NZ which continues today.

His reputation was compromised when he left TNZ to set up Alinghi win the cup for Berterelli. My understanding (only from popular NZ press at the time) is that his decision to leave TNZ was forced upon him by the restrictions placed on the sailing team by the then TNZ trustees, who confined the boat budget below what would be necessary to contain the cup. Sir Russell is famous for the foresight and preparation necessary to prepare to win yacht races; it seems he didn't want be forced to prepare to lose in this way.

For Alinghi he demonstrated that he could win at will. He also demonstrated strong principles; he seemed to be able to participate an Americas Cup jackup, perpetuating a result, but walked away again to Oracle. As CEO of Oracle he implemented his dream of what the Americas Cup can be. Quite a lot of Oracle's spending, directed by Sir Russell, has been done in NZ. Sir Russell will have known also that, as well as creating the most spectacular sailing event of all time, the AC72 event he was framing will have played into the strengths of competitive NZ yachting.

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Scuttlebutt Europe #2920 - 20 September PDF Print E-mail

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Another One Race Day
Photo by LUNA ROSSA/Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup Another one-race day at San Francisco as wind and tide conspired against the race committee's best endeavours to get the second race away.

They came close to succeeding. The boats were well into the two-minute start sequence when the plug was pulled for the third day in succession.

Emirates Team New Zealand started today one point away from taking the America's Cup to New Zealand.

The team ended the day in exactly the same position as it started it, but with a win in the one race sailed, Oracle put another point on the board.

The team lost race 12, the only race to be held today. Oracle gained another point and now trails New Zealand eight points to two. The first team to nine wins the America's Cup. Oracle won the start and led to the finish. The delta was 31s.

Standings (first to 9 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand - 8
Oracle Team USA - 2

Race 12 performance data
Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
Elapsed time: OTUSA - 23:49, ETNZ - 24:20
Delta: OTUSA +:31
Total distance sailed: OTUSA - 11.8 NM, ETNZ - 11.6 NM
Average speed: OTUSA - 29.90 knots (34 mph), ETNZ - 29.01 knots (33 mph)
Top speed: OTUSA - 42.62 knots (49 mph), ETNZ - 41.24 knots (47 mph)
Windspeed: Average - 14.8 knots, Peak - 16.3 knots
Number of tacks/gybes: OTUSA - 10/6, ETNZ - 10/8

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Clipper Race: Brest, France - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Derry-Londonderry-Doire crossed the line at 11.17 UTC winning a valuable 3 points as the entry continues to extend its lead in the race. Henri Lloyd crossed the line in second place at 1203 UTC with Mission performance chasing their tail in third place at 1445UTC winning 3, 2, 1 points retrospectively.

Sean McCarter, skipper of Derry~Londonderry~Doire shared his elation after securing a valuable 3 points yesterday.

"We wanted the points badly to make up for an unlucky finish in Race 1 when the course was shortened. We had no idea Mission Performance and Henri Lloyd would push so hard, I guess they were in the exact same position as ourselves after Race 1.

We were pretty much flat out and on the edge for 48 hours. This is mentally draining as well as physically.

During the last 24 hours Henri Lloyd, Qingdao and Invest Africa have all activated Stealth Mode hiding their position from the rest of the fleet for the next 24 hours.

Positions will be broadcast at 0000UTC on 19 September (today) and then will be hidden from the fleet (and on the Race Viewer) through the 0600, 1200 and 1800UTC schedules, before being broadcast again at 0000UTC on 20 September (tomorrow).

You can keep an eye on the fleets progress by checking the Official Race Viewer yb.tl/clipper2013-leg2

To catch up with all of our skippers, you can read the daily skipper reports : www.clipperroundtheworld.com

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Melges 32 World Championship
Porto Rotondo, Italy: After only one race, the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship hosted by the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo (YCPR) in coordination with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), B.Plan Sports & Events (BPSE) and Melges Europe, looks to International Class Vice Chairman Richard Goransson and tactician Hamish Pepper aboard Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden for overall event leadership. Following in second place is Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda Racing with Lorenzo Bressani calling tactics, then Filippo Pacinotti on Brontolo HH with tactician Nathan Wilmot in third.

The only heat of the day was nothing short of spectacular as the extreme conditions put competitors on high alert for a great race.

As expected, the breeze built throughout Race One and prior to starting Race Two, it quickly exceeded the class maximum wind speed. Knowing that it would not be immediate, PRO Hank Stuart sent the teams ashore to wait in hopes it would diminish enough in the afternoon enabling at least one more race. After more than a couple of hours, Stuart announced that conditions looked promising, sending the fleet afloat around three-forty-five in the afternoon with a warning scheduled for five o'clock.

Shortly thereafter, the conditions grew more intense preventing any further racing on Thursday. Some under jib only, others under tow, teams made their way back to the dock in the 30+ knot breeze.

Top Ten Results (After One Race)

1. Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden
2. Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda
3. Filippo Pacinotti/Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo HH
4. Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, Azimut by STIG
5. Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, ARGO
6 Deneen Demourkas/Francesco Bruni, Groovederci
7. Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!
8. Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino
9. Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone
10. Keisuke Suzuki/Chris Nicolson, Swing

www.yachtscoring.com

Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race In 2014-15
Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has signed a new deal as the Volvo Ocean Race's Official Timekeeper for 2014-15 - and will sponsor the prestigious IWC Schaffhausen 24-hour Speed Record Challenge for the second consecutive edition - after the company renewed its partnership with sailing's toughest event.

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante, Spain on 4 October 2014 and will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June 2015. The full route will take the teams 39,379 nautical miles around the planet in sport's ultimate test of character.

As in the last edition, IWC Schaffhausen will not only act as the Official Timekeeper but also as sponsor of the prestigious IWC Schaffhausen 24-hour Speed Record Challenge. This prize goes to the team that covers the greatest distance in any period of 24 hours during each stage of the race.

At the end of the race, the Swiss watch manufacturer will reward every member of the crew that sets the fastest 24-hour speed record over the course of the entire race with a watch. In the 2011-12 race, IWC presented each member of the CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand crew with the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition "Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012" after the team covered 566 nautical miles in a 24-hour period on the leg between Lisbon and Lorient.

IWC also announced on Tuesday it is renewing its partnership with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team who will once again be skippered by Britain's double Olympic medallist Ian Walker.

www.iwc.com
www.volvooceanrace.com

Fast And Fun.. The 52 Way
Rob Weiland (cautiously) celebrates a batch of new builds that are now in the pipeline

Things are going well for the 52 Super Series and the TP52 Class. Both in Palma (Copa del Rey) and Porto Cervo (Settimana delle Bocche) we have nine boats racing. Five teams from five different countries confirmed during Copa del Rey that they will be building new for 2014 or 2015. I quietly expect we can double this number before racing starts in 2015, but I am not going to put my head on the block about that just yet. Four or five of the existing boats will also still be around in 2015, which would lead to close to 15 boats competing in the 52 Super Series during 2015. Am I dreaming? Time will tell.

Right now it is maximum pressure to get both the 2014 and 2015 TP52 Rule in place; the guys from the Botín design office are pushing us hard to get the rule details they need for the first design built to the 2015 TP52 Rule - for Brazil's Eduardo de Souza Ramos, twice an Olympic sailor in the Star.

The cunning plan is to build fully to the 2015 Rule but to rein the boat - Phoenix - in a little for 2014 to be on a par with the existing fleet. This will require draft to be reduced by 15cm, adding 200kg of weight and sailing with a rod headstay and 2014 mainsail dimensions. Draft can easily be reduced by sinking the fin 15cm into the bulb and then for 2015 extended again by means of a spacer. Weight is a bit of lead and sails get replaced each year anyway. So in the end the only item that is a real extra cost will be the rod headstay.

Full article in Seahorse magazine: www.seahorsemagazine.com

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Busy Weeks Ahead for the IMOCA 60s
With an initial training session from 9 to 11 September and a second from 17 to 19, before switching to the Trophee Azimut in Lorient on 20, 21 and 22 September, the IMOCA sailors certainly aren't standing idle in their preparations for the Transat Jacques Vabre.

The four crews attending the first session at Finistere's offshore training centre have been fleshed out by a fifth duo made up of Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidegorry aboard Safran. For Marc, it will have been a particularly studious week, as he took up the role of patron of the Challenge Safran from Friday 13, which gathered together over 110 crews from the group in nearby Concarneau.

Two new crews

There have been some fresh entries for the Transat Jacques Vabre too. Bertrand de Broc will be taking the start line aboard Votre Nom autour du Monde pour l'UNICEF, where he'll pair up with Arnaud Boissieres.

Louis Burton also plans to take the start in Le Havre aboard Bureau Vallee. He's opted to team up with Guillaume Le Brec, who may not be as well known amongst the general public, but is perfectly at ease on an IMOCA as he's part of Jean-Pierre Dick's shore crew and has overseen the whole of Virbac - Paprec 3's preparation. Right now, Louis Burton has decided to launch into participatory funding in order to balance his budget.

Upcoming IMOCA programme:
17 - 19 September: training session
20 - 22 September: Trophee Azimut in Lorient
9 - 11 October: training session

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Historic Maps Of California As An Island Are Now Online
Historic Map Here's one for all the nautical history buffs out there...

The maps, of course, depict a mistake: They show California as an island off the coast of North America, reflecting the beliefs of some explorers and cartographers from the 17th and 18th centuries. But the maps' beauty and oddity had attracted the attention of Glen McLaughlin, a Northern California businessman who began buying and collecting hundreds of them over the last four decades.

McLaughlin last year turned over his unusual collection to Stanford University's Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections in an arrangement that was part sale and part donation. And now the public can see and download 731 of the maps thanks to a digitizing project at the school.

The online repository is expected to attract viewers interested in early California history, or at least the imaginations of European explorers of the region. Spurred in part by fantastical descriptions in an early 16th century novel, Spanish travelers originally searched for an island supposedly populated by cannibalistic Amazons with plentiful jewels and gold.

See and download: lib.stanford.edu/california-as-an-island/

From LATimes by way of Blue Water Sailing: bwsailing.com

Do Ireland's One Design Sailing Classes Need A 2014 Pop-Up Regatta?
Pop-up shops, pop-up restaurants - they're everywhere. Or if they're not exactly everywhere, at least we've seen enough of them to know that the idea has a certain appeal when traditional ways of doing business have suffered in recession, with out-of-town multiples knocking the traditional retail trade for six.

So who's on for a pop-up regatta? As we slip into the Autumn leagues and look back on one of the best and busiest Irish sailing seasons in years, it only serves to emphasise the fact that the programme for next year is so quiet as to be almost invisible.

Perhaps it's an exaggeration to talk of next year's programme as being empty. But it's certainly sparse compared to 2013's seemingly endless and brilliant tableau

It really has been a vintage year. But by and large, where the more prominent events featured racing, it was cruiser-racing which was dominant. And Ireland's enthusiasm for this branch of sailing received something of an international boost recently with the RORC measurement office praising the way in which we have successfully combined full-on IRC competition with the less extreme rating system provided by ECHO.

Anyone who thinks that racing a comfortable cruiser is not really sport at all is much mistaken. There's a special challenge to it - getting the best possible performance out of a boat which provides genuine liveaboard amenities is extremely satisfying. And in the Dublin context of sociable sailing, there are many who pop down to Dun Laoghaire harbour for the convenient promise of a race sailing with friends, people who might not otherwise sail at all.

And they certainly wouldn't dream of having a small boat of their own, and racing in a one design class. The hassle and the discomfort, not to mention the extra physical demands and expense, can make for a very unfavourable comparison with crewing on a cruiser where able and congenial crewmembers are always welcome.

But one design racing is an equally valid form of our sport, and in compiling a list of boats which can provide one design sport in Ireland, we were astonished to find the figure hitting the 39 mark. As for the variety of boat types, eclectic only begins to describe it.

WM Nixon's full editorial in Afloat magazine:

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* From Simon McClean, Anglesey: With the typical Americas Cup challenge now costing many millions of dollars, does a race lasting 23 minutes really represent value for money, let alone the state of the art in match racing?

The statistics you kindly provided yesterday are illuminating.

A 10.16 mile race consisting of 5 legs, each of which averages just over 2 miles and lasting four minutes apiece seems to my simplistic mind to be more of a drag contest than a true match race.

As a sponsor I'd be feeling a little short changed but as a yachter I'm simply left wondering if there is some room for longer races somewhere within the Deed of Gift.

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The Wind Wins The Day
The wind won the day at San Francisco when Day 7 racing of 34th America's Cup was postponed until tomorrow. With an ebb tide of a strong 2.7 knots the wind limit at the start time was 20.3 knots.

The ebb tide flows against the wind direction and creates a challenging sea state for the AC72s.

The wind continued to build as it does at this time of the year in San Francisco and the race committee pulled the plug at 1.31pm when the wind strength was a consistent 25 knots.As the AC72 returned to base gusts of 32 knots were experienced.

On Wednesday wind conditions will start to moderate and so will the strangth of the tide.

Races 11 and 12 are rescheduled to Wednesday, at 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm San Francisco time.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads Oracle 7-1. The winner of the 34th America's Cup will be the first team to score nine points.

americascup.com

The Man Who Would Be Blamed
Russell Coutts is one of the world's greatest sailors. A former Olympic champion, the 51-year-old New Zealander has won the America's Cup with three different teams, including his current squad, the defending champion Oracle ORCL +0.88% Team USA.

He is also the guy whom Larry Ellison will likely fire - to the delight of New Zealand fans who consider Coutts a traitor - if Oracle loses two more races (and, in the process, the Cup) this week.

Ellison is the boss, the billionaire Oracle Corp. founder who owns the yachting outfit of the same name. When he hired Coutts to be the team's chief executive in 2007, Ellison was clear that the sailor's continued employment was contingent on him winning.

Coutts understands the fate awaiting him if he can't resuscitate his team. "Everyone knows that's how Larry runs his business operations, and he's been very successful with that," he said. "I like working with Larry for that reason. You know where you stand."

Full article by Stu Woo in the Wall Street Journal: online.wsj.com

Nord Stream Race
In a phone call tonight at 22.50 h Moscow Time Jan Dabelstein from ORC-yacht "UCA" speaking to Alan Green, Race Director, gave the news that "UCA" has retired from the Nord Stream Race.

All persons are well on board. "UCA" has electrical problems and cannot start her engine to generate electricity. She is proceeding under sail to Visby in Gotland, a port the crew knows well, and expects to arrive tomorrow morning.

The Swan 60 have got their first night behind them, the ORC-yachts their second night already. Although the conditions are rough and unpleasant at times many competitors have taken the time to let us know how they are getting on by sending texts and even photos in some cases.

Tuesday morning at 7am "Outsider" with helmsman Tilmar Hansen already passed the first waypoint at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland. „At the same time the wind shifted further east. We are currently sailing towards Saint Petersburg under main sail and heavy genua 1, the sheets slightly eased. If the wind stays like this, we are expecting to pass the finish on Wednesday early morning." If so, "Outsider" would have managed in an impressive way to reach their target of being "First Ship Home".

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

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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

The race is open for the Gazprom Swan60 Class and yachts rated under ORC handicap with the start on September 15th. The Baltic is renown for its challenging conditions at this time of the year. MARINEPOOL is the official clothing partner of the event and MARINEPOOL performance ocean sailing clothing will keep the crews on the fleet of Swan60s dry, warm, comfortable and able to focus on their competition with opponents and the fight with the elements even when the going gets tough.

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Making It Pay
Three contributors well placed to justify a Volvo Ocean Race budget:

Richard Brisius, Team SCA Managing Director
It is said that participation in the Volvo Ocean Race can be used to develop the perception of a company when part of a global communications and marketing platform. And I would agree. I would also suggest that it can be used for much more; such projects can also cause a 'leap - frogging effect', enabling companies to compete more effectively in the global marketplace by instigating vital cultural and external changes more quickly.

Sam Dulka, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Numbers play a huge role in sport, none more so than in professional offshore racing. A few degrees too low could change your leg fortunes dramatically. Boat speed is a constant battle, as crew eke out every knot. If we look back at the last Volvo Ocean Race, when Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the first Arab flagged team to take on the Everest of Sailing, won leg 7 from Miami to Lisbon, it snatched victory by five and a half minutes after more than 3,500 transatlantic miles and 11 punishing days at sea. Every inch counted.

For sponsors numbers play a huge role too. When Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) made history with its Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, and became the first Arabian stopover in the 2011-12 campaign, we set clear, realistic goals from the start, including metrics best described as ROI (return on investment) and a more qualitative ROO (return on objectives).

Kevin Fylan, Volvo Ocean Race
Whatever it is that originally attracts sponsors to the Volvo Ocean Race the clinching argument is often the chance to build relationships and establish emotional connections with consumers, clients or employees in a sporting event with a unique global reach. The VOR has been a pioneer in activating new markets including China, the Middle East, Brazil, India and Russia. 'That is a crucial factor when speaking to sponsors today,' says race CEO Knut Frostad. A total of 2.9 million visits were recorded at the 10 race villages around the world in the last edition. That is a lot of consumers to meet in person and expectations are even higher for 2014-15.

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Round Ireland Speed Record Attempt Cancelled
In spite of identfiying a weather window for a bid on the Round Ireland speed record on September 8th, Sidney Gavignet and Damian Foxall's French based Oman Sail cancelled their attempt when the weather forecast changed. It is the third time this year that Ireland's Damian Foxall and the team of Omansail have ditched plans for an attempt on the speed sailing record.

Instead of a circumnavigation of Ireland, the MOD70 trimaran, completed a training run between its home base at L'Orient, France and the Fastnet Rock off the Cork coast, according to the World Speed Sailing Record (WSSR) Commissioner in Ireland, Chris Moore, at the National Yacht Club.

For a time it looked like an anti–clockwise bid might produce the required conditions to break the 44-hour time, coincidentally marking the 20th anniversary of the 1993 record set by Steve Fossett, Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey.

Foxall and the crew came to Ireland in March for a dedicated attempt but were beaten back by gales on the Welsh coast. Their attempt was also foiled by the weather in June too. For now, the 20–year record set by the late adventurer Steve Fossett on the Lakota Catamaran lives on. Perhaps Foxall and Omansail might make it fourth time lucky sometime soon?

From Afloat magazine: afloat.ie

Kru Sport and R10: The Magic Combination
Ocean Safety Ocean Safety will be taking a couple of vital safety products to the September PSP Southampton Boat Show which together massively increase the chances of survival at sea for a person overboard. The Kru Sport Pro lifejacket is the choice of racing sailors and when it is fitted with the Kannad R10 AIS Survivor Recovery System (SRS) it provides a crew member in the water with the best chance of being located.

The Kru's waistcoat design makes it very comfortable and barely noticeable to wear and that's why it's more likely to be worn for longer periods by sailors at sea on tough ocean races or long distance cruises.

When the Kru is fitted with the innovative and compact R10 a completely integrated personal safety system is created. The R10's size means it can be also carried in a pocket. The R10 alerts AIS receivers on vessels within a four mile radius with precision position information, so if a crew member falls overboard, the alert will transmit both onboard the yacht, and also on other vessels in the area.

The combination of Kru Sports Pro and R10 is a winning one for providing the best possible safety back up for race crews. Visit Ocean Safety on Stand no. G009 from 13-22 September.

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International 14 Worlds
Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon from Itchenor SC are the early leaders at the International 14 World Championships taking place at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) located on the Toronto Islands. Race 1 went to Massey and Wilsdon with Andy and Tom Partington of HISC in second, Sam Pascoe and Alex Knight of Castle Cove SC third. In Race 2 Pascoe and Knight were winners ahead of Massey and Wilsdon, with Andy Fitzgerald and Richard Dobson of Itchenor SC taking third. -- Gerald New, Sailweb

www.sailweb.co.uk/Dinghy/

Event site i14.ca/worlds/

Planet Solar Docks In Paris
The world's largest solar-powered boat has docked on the banks of the Seine River, its final port of call after a three-month voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to study how the Gulf Stream and climate change could influence each other.

The 102-foot-long (31-meter-long) Turanor PlanetSolar catamaran looks like one of Darth Vader's TIE Fighters turned on its side.

Starting from Miami in June, University of Geneva scientists sailed up the eastern seaboard of the Unites States, then across the Atlantic, taking water and air measurements that should allow them to better understand the complex interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere.

The $20 million PlanetSolar's deck is covered with photovoltaic panels that charge a gigantic lithium ion battery. The vessel can last on battery power for up to four days if there's no sun.

PlanetSolar garnered attention last year when it completed a nearly two-year circumnavigation of the globe, the first round-the-world voyage by a solar-powered boat.

www.sfgate.com/news/science/

www.planetsolar.org

2013 UK Etchells Open National Championship
The entry for the 2013 championship included more overseas boats than Cowes had seen for a while, including Nils Razmilovic who travelled from Singapore, Jan Muyskem from the UAE and Alex Lacy from Holland.

The CCYC in Cowes with Andrew Millband as principle race officer were requested to hold the event and with the help of the weather and a couple of smart decisions from Andrew 16 teams left Cowes with big grins on their faces, but the biggest grin was from the winning crew of Matatu SIN 1340 owned and helmed by Nils Razmilovic with Brian Hammersley and Andrew Mills as crew.

And the final race, race 8 of the UK Etchells National Championship saw Nils Razmilovic Sailing with Brian Hammersley and Andrew Mills confirm their position as the UK 2013 National Open Champions by winning that race, while 2nd Overall was Ante Razmilovic, with James Howells in 3rd.

The Fortitude trophy for top ISAF Cat1 amateur boat was won by Richard Burrows sailing with daughter Sam with James Downer, Gill Taylor and his crew with an age range of 18 to 22 were 2nd, while another youth team with Phil Bendon as helm came 3rd in the Amateur category they were also the youngest crew to win a race. Final top ten:

1. Matatu, Nils Razmilovic, 12 points
2. Swedish Blue, Ante Raxmilovic, 15
3. Gelert, James Howells, 29
4. African Queen, Jan Muyskem, 38
5. Matatu Dubh, Richard Burrows, 40
6. Ice, Andrew Cooper, 46
7. Palaver, Tarra Gill-Taylor, 53
8. Esprit, Robert Elliott, 54
9. Exabyte V, Shaun Frohlich, 55
10. Sumo, Peter Rogers, 55

www.etchellsukfleet.co.uk
www.etchells.org

Fireball European Championship
Portoroz, Slovenia: After only three races in very light, tricky and shifty conditions Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff are the new Fireball european champions, followed by vice-champions Dave Wade and Tim Hartley and bronze medalists Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett. These days Portoroz is hosting two of the biggest annual Fireball events, European Championship (8-13 September), followed by Worlds (13-20 September). 62 crews from eight countries gathered for the Europeans and 17 more crews have registered for the Worlds.

British sailors seem to figure the conditions out best. They won all three podium positions, and first seven overall. The 2013 european champions are Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff, vice-champions Dave Wade and Tim Hartley and bronze medalists Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett.

The first women is Czech Eva Skorepova (with Roman Rozek). First Slovenian crew are the youngest participants Eva Peternelj and Valentina Baruca on 19th place overall and on 3rd place in women competiton. -- Jakica Jesih

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* From Mark Pivac: Its great to see the AC72s foiling around the Americas Cup course. I admire the work of Morrelli and Melvin but maybe they are not aware of some pretty significant foiling that happened a long time before this Americas cup.

ETNZ is not the first course racing boat to foil up wind and downwind, nor the first to do it in a stable way. Nor is it the first to win significant yacht course races. Those honours go to Bret Burvill and Windrush, who won a heat of the 2001 Moth world championships. Windrush was quite different to todays foiling Moths and had surface piercing foils without control wands.

There were many earlier sailing hydrofoils, although few if any competed in established sailing classes. I think this Americas Cup is testament to the groundwork laid by earlier pioneers and just a hint of what could happen in the future.

The next chapter of sailing catamaran development will unfold in Falmouth next week with the C class foiling catamarans being put to the test. Hopefully the Americas Cup and the fantastic video and youtube coverage has introduced more people to the joy of Wing Sails, Foiling and Multihulls and given them an appetite for more.

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