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Jourdain Wins Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale and Makes Race History
Photo by Thierry Martinez, www.thmartinez.com. Click on image to enlarge.

Jourdain The familiar megawatt smile lit up the darkness on a still Caribbean night as Roland Jourdain and his Veolia Environnement finally ghosted to a halt in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe as the charismatic skipper wrote himself further into the history of the Route du Rhum as the first sailor to win the monoholl division twice in consecutive editions.

Over an ocean racing career already spanning 25 years Jourdain has felt the depths of disappointment - having to abandon in two successive Vendee Globe races and the last Barcelona World Race - but the Finisterian skipper who grew up sailing with and against Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean Le Cam, and raced with Eric Tabarly in 1985 in the Whitbread Round the World Race - matched his greatest solo success to date with a hard earned win in a race which had many meteorological twists and turns from start to finish.e of his.

Jourdain paid tribute to the winning boat, the three year old Farr designed Veolia Environnement 2, formerly Seb Josse's BT, which has consistently proven quick in previous but never yet delivered a major race victory. Their relationship - matching a skipper whose recent big races have been ill fated, with a boat which has been badly damaged and retired from last year's Transat Jacques Vabre and the 2008-9 Vendee Globe - may have seemed like an odd couple, but it is one which clearly bore fruit.

* Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) finished second IMOCA in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale 2010-11-14

Crossing the finish line in Guadeloupe today Sunday at 14 h 08m 07 s (CET) (13h08m07s GMT /09h08m07s locql) Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) takes second place in the IMOCA Open 60 monohull class in the Route du Rhum- La Banque Postale 2010 .

The elapsed time on the course is 14d 06m 07s . His average speed on the water is 11.80 kts on a distance of 3979 miles. On the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Armel Le Cleac'h sailed an average speed of 10.50kts. He finished 7hrs 55m 11s after the winner Roland Jourdain.

* Breaking the finish line off Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 01hrs 30mins 02secs today (Monday, CET/Paris) (Monday 00 hrs 30mins 02secs GMT/ Monday 20hrs 30mins 02secs local time (CET -4hrs)) Marc Guillemot on the IMOCA 60 Safran took third place in the IMOCA Class in the 9th Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale solo Transatlantic race which started from Saint-Malo, France at 1302hrs (CET) Sunday 31st October.

The elapsed time for Safran is 14 days 12hours 28minutes 02seconds

His average speed is 11.55kts for the distance he sailed of 3955 miles.

Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Marc Guillemot's average speed is 10.16knots

Guillemot finished 19hrs 17mins 06 secs after IMOCA Open 60 winner Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement

* At 0900hrs (CET/Paris) the small 12.18m trimaram ATNinc.com capsized.

Franco-American skipper is reported to be well. They were positioned 1500 miles from Guadeloupe and 900 miles from the Azores. The solo skipper has inflated his liferaft and is alongside his boat. Conditions are relatively fair, 10-15 knots of wind and small seas. MMCC Portugal are coordinating rescue, and a cargo is expected to be diverted in the coming hours.

www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

Brad Van Liew Takes Top Spot in First Leg of Velux 5 Oceans
Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/ onEdition. Click on image to enlarge.

Velux 5 Oceans American ocean racer Brad Van Liew today sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Under clear blue skies and with a fresh south easterly breeze, the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC) doing 10-12 knots in a 15-knot wind.

Brad, a past winner of the Velux 5 Oceans in 2002 and a veteran of two editions of the race, took 28 days, 1 hour and 51 minutes to race from La Rochelle in France to Cape Town. During ocean sprint one Brad sailed 8,003 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.9 knots.

It was a frustrating day for Brad, who was battered by 45-knot winds just early this morning before becoming becalmed just ten nautical miles from the finish line. Finally the wind filled in and Brad crossed the finish line before berthing at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to the cheers of the watching crowds.

Despite leading the Velux 5 Oceans fleet for the majority of the sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town, it was by no means an easy victory for Brad. He has been chased hard by rival ocean racer Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski since day one, the 36-year-old Pole constantly challenging for the lead on Operon Racing.

Brad left La Rochelle feeling ill with flu and it was more than a week at sea before he started to feel better. Le Pingouin was then knocked flat just days into the leg while travelling at more than 20 knots when the yacht crash-gybed in strong winds.

For his win Brad is awarded the maximum score of 12 points. He also takes home the first place prize of 24,000 Euros.

Statistics from 6pm UTC position report:

Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew: Finished Sprint 1 - 28 days 1 hour 41 mins
Gutek: 627.5; 255.8; 10.7
Derek Hatfield: 1203.4; 276.4; 11.5
Chris Stanmore-Major: 1408.7; 260.5; 10.9
Christophe Bullens: 3840.9; 217.1; 9

www.velux5oceans.com

Bainbridge International at METS 2010
Bainbridge International There have been some exciting developments at Bainbridge this year. At METS we'll be showcasing some of these projects, like our new Ocean Premium Plus weights, 766 and 866. After an extensive development programme, we launched a new concept in woven polyester sailcloth. OPP has been designed specifically for the discerning boat owner who requires durability, high performance and a prestigious look, all in one package.

Also at METS this year will be new DIAX2 Membrane - designed to give the sailmaker a stronger, lighter, high performance sail made to their exact specification. DIAX2 Membrane utilises advance fibre stringing techniques and is available in a variety of fibre types, with the race version featuring clear films and a cruise version with double taffetas. We also offer a bespoke design service.

In addition to our sailcloth, we will also be showcasing our brand new range of Bainbridge products, like the new D-Type Anchors, available in stainless steel or galvanised, and our range of cost effective and fully certified Storm hatches. Featuring a lockable venting position and self supporting lid, these smoked hatches are both robust and stylish.

Come along and see us on stand 11.117.

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ISAF Council Decisions
The ISAF council have voted in the Events Committees provisional events slate for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, which is:

Men's Board or kite board - evaluation
Women's board or kite board - evaluation
Men's one person dinghy - laser
Women's one person dinghy - laser radial
Men's 2nd one person dinghy - Finn
Men's skiff - 49er
Women's skiff - evaluation
Women's keelboat - Elliott 6m
Mixed multihull - evaluation
Mixed two person dinghy (spinnaker) - 470

This is a provisional list of event and subject to final confirmation in the ISAF mid year meeting next May

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Council have approved the Equipment Committee recommendation to grant ISAF Class Status subject to signing ISAF/Class agreement to:

- Formula 16 Class
- Viper Class
- Hobie Wildcat Class
- Nacra Infusion Class
- International Maxi Association
- Class 40

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Council have agreed on the Youth and Developments recommendation to hold the 2014 Youth World Championships in Tavira, Portugal.

ISAF Conference blog: isafconference.wordpress.com
ISAF Conference mini-site: www.sailing.org/2010-conference.php

Multihulls Are Back
The ISAF council followed the recommendation of the ISAF Events committee with 19 votes in favour and 16 against. Multihull is back on the wave to the Olympics. This is a provisional result and there is still theoretically chance to change this result in May 2011 at the ISAF Meeting in St. Petersburg (RUS).

The chance of the decision being turned is relatively small because there was a clear sign they will not touch the Multihull any more. ISAF really want us back because we will bring the ultimate action for the media and spectators in the Olympic Sailing Arena. The Multihull wants to regain its title of being the Formula 1 of the Summer Olympics.

Mixed Multihull is the new Olympic discipline. The class will be decided with an Evaluation Event and a final decision in November 2012. We make the most of this important step at this stage; we have only received positive comments from the national sailing federations and their representatives in Athens.

84% in favour for the Comeback for the Multihull says it all. We made a very fair campaign and never said anything against other classes. We followed our ethics and this way we got great sympathy from all.

We were quite surprised they want have us back as a mixed discipline but the multihull scene has the most mixed teams in the sport. Women and men like to sail and fly high together above the waves.

Tornado President Roland Gaebler commented on the situation "We never thought it could come so quickly to us. We won the Tornado Worlds as a mixed team just some months ago and now our sport is Olympic. We are so happy! We have already had so much positive response from women who want to sail a multihull with the men."

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Spithill Leads at Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Photo by Chris Cameron, www.chriscameron.co.nz. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai James Spithill, winner of the 33rd America's Cup and defender of the 34th America's Cup, topped the standings on the opening day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.

The young Australian skipper steered BMW Oracle Racing to a 2-0 record over the French/German boat All4One while the other four boats in the contest posted 1-1 records.

Racing was close and eventful on the short windward-leeward courses tucked into gulf waters between Dubai Creek and the palm-tree shaped man-made islands of The Palm Jumeirah.

There were two collisions, one serious, when Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand speared its spinnaker pole through the side of Mascalzone Latino Audi steered by Gavin Brady. No one was hurt but Brady was penalized twice in the incident and race officials asked Brady to withdraw to avoid further damage to the Kiwi boat.

Cameron Dunn from Mascalzone said his team was head to wind when the New Zealand boat tried to turn inside them and their spinnaker pole sliced into the brittle carbonfiber topsides of the Italian boat.

"It went straight through the carbonfiber," Dunn said. "It's not a very thick skin at that point. It's not designed to take impacts on the side. We're lucky it wasn't much worse. It could have been considerably worse. I'm surprised the bow didn't hit. Luckily it was just the spinnaker pole. No one was hurt. It was pretty exciting for the 18th man in the back, and the television cameraman."

Ray Davies, tactician on ETNZ said: "It was pretty dramatic. Obviously not what anyone wants. A lot of damage, a broken spinnaker pole and a big hole in a boat. It's not a good way to start but the guys are working on repairs and it should be OK for tomorrow."

Following a jury hearing into the collision, Mascalzone Latino Audi was docked one point while ETNZ lost half a point. Before racing started, race officials had warned sailors about actions that might render boats incapable of racing.

In the other incident, young French helmsman Sebastien Col flicked the bow of his French/German boat All4One into the safety wands on the stern of BMW Oracle Racing. The contact earned him a penalty flag and he lost the race.

Dubai skies were clear, hot and sunny skies as racing got under way after a short delay. The sea breeze came in at 6-8 knots and built to 14 to 15 knots as the afternoon wore on. Boats raced twice around a windward-leeward course with a mid course start finish line that also served as a gate for all legs.

Results:
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 2-0, 2 pts
=2. Artemis Racing, 1-1, 1 pt
=2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 1-1, 1 pt
4. Emirates Team New Zealand, 1-1, 0.5 pts *
5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 1-1, 0 pts *
6. All4One, 0-2, 0 pts

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

lousivuittontrophy.com

Louis Vuitton Trophy Yachts Shipped Safely To Dubai
Peters and May BMW ORACLE Racing's two ACC yachts, USA 87 & USA 98, were shipped safely into Jebel Ali, thanks to the efforts of leading marine logistics provider, Peters & May and its global office network.

In just 26 days, the entire Team' entourage was transported to Dubai by Peters & May, comprising four chase boats, four masts on their trolleys, and seven event containers, including all of the team's support equipment. This concludes a year of collaboration between WSTA, the Louis Vuitton teams, and Peters & May.

For photos of the transportation visit
www.petersandmay.com/LV_Trophy_Yachts_to_Dubai

British Yachtsman Strikes Winning Note In Morna Cup
Jazz, the Cookson 50 which previously raced as Evolution Racing, winner of Saturday’s Morna Cup short ocean racing off Sydney. Photo courtesy Rolex. Click on image to enlarge.

Morna Cup Wellknown British yachtsman Chris Bull today sailed his newest yacht, the canting keel Cookson 50 Jazz, to an impressive victory in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's classic short ocean race, the Morna Cup.

In an indication of her Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race prospects, Jazz took both line and PHS handicap honours in the 20 nautical mile race from Sydney Harbour to a mark off Long Beach and return.

The Morna Cup was the first race for Bull, a former Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, with the Cookson 50 which he recently bought from Sydney yachtsman Ray Roberts.

Previously named Evolution Racing, Jazz has had a impressive record over the past three seasons under the ownership of Ray Roberts. She placed second in IRC Division O to line honours winner Alfa Romeo in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Bull has raced several times in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, including sailing the chartered Sydney yacht Quest to second place overall in 2000 and competing with his own J145, Jazz, in 2008.

The winner of the Morna Cup is the yacht with the lowest corrected time of the combined Division 1 and Division 3 fleets, with Jazz taking the historic trophy from Cruising Yacht Club of Australia rear commodore Howard Piggott's Beneteau First 40 Flying Cloud and Leslie Green's Swan 60 Ginger.

The Morna Cup is one of three classic short ocean races conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron over the summer, the sterling silver trophy being presented to the Squadron by the then Commodore, Sir Alexander MacCormick in 1913 and named after his yacht Morna, later to become famous as a multi-line honours winner of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. -- Peter Campbell

www.rsys.com.au

Australian Match Racing Championship
David Chapman (right) and his crew from the Royal Sydney Yachrt Squadron plus extra crew Angus Calvert from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Click on image to enlarge.

Australian Match Racing Championship Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Hobart: Champion young Sydney sailor Evan Walker made an impressive return to match racing today (Sunday) with an unbeaten opening to the Hardy's Australian match racing championship on Hobart's River Derwent.

Walker, 23, won each of his first three round-robin matches with a talented young crew from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia comprising Olivia Price, Jack Hubbard and Amanda Scrivenor.

Walker, a graduate of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, is a former ISAF world youth champion, Australian Youth Sailor of the Year in 2005, a two times Australian match racing champion and two times winner of the prestigious Hardy Cup.

Conditions were damp, murky and cool on the Derwent, with Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailing manager Richard Scarr describing the wind as "light to ordinary." In fact, the breeze did not get above 6 knots all afternoon, but it was still good conditions for tactical match racing.

With Walker unbeaten, another CYCA team skippered by Will MacKenzie with Henry Kernot and Hamish Hardy as crew, finished the day with two wins, as did New Zealand's all-women team of Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt and Nicola Trudgen from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

The championship will continue tomorrow (Monday) through to Wednesday with each skipper meeting each other twice, before semi-finals and finals. -- Peter Campbell

www.ryct.org.au

Ocean Safety's Ongoing Commitment to IRC
Ocean Safety Following a successful partnership with RORC for the last 7 years, Ocean Safety has reconfirmed their commitment by agreeing a further two years' sponsorship of IRC.

Ocean Safety's specialist safety products and services make them a perfect partner for the IRC programme. Both organisations have worked closely together to promote safety at sea to all levels of racing, promoting the message that safety equipment should be in date and serviced by qualified professionals.

Ocean Safety has further committed to continue the tradition of mast stickers. Once a rating is revalidated, GBR owners will receive a 2011 mast sticker and an ISAF Offshore Special Regulations check list.

Visit Ocean Safety at METS, stand 03.304.
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Valencia Complain Over America's Cup Venue Selection
A long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America's Cup.

The new holder, the San Francisco-based BMW Oracle, is expected to announce the 2013 venue before the end of the year, possibly in the next three weeks.

According to a local newspaper, Las Provincias, the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has reprimanded BMW Oracle, for failing in what she sees as a commitment to hold the next, America's Cup 34, in Valencia.

Barberá says BMW Oracle is leaving its base in the specially built America's Cup port at the end of the year and she expects the next cup to be staged in San Francisco.

There has, says the mayor, "not been a bidding selection process," and notes that BMW Oracle, backed by Larry Ellison and headed by Russell Coutts, in its latest statements, has only mentioned Rome as the other possible location. -- Stuart Alexander in The Independent,

www.independent.co.uk

Optimist Bermuda Open and National Championships
Perfect sailing weather dominated three spectacular days of racing almost as consistently as a number of German sailors did on the water this past weekend. 34 sailors were tested over 15 races with winds ranging from 4 knots to 18 knots over the 3 days. 16 overseas sailors from Germany, Switzerland, USA and Canada joined the local fleet for the Open Championship, hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) Nov 12 - 14.

13 year old German female Gesa Bornrmann never let her guard down, leading all 3 days with consistent top 5 finishes and took home the PWC Open Championship title, the Gold Fleet title as well as the Top Female prize. Not far behind was German countrywoman Mauriel-Natalie Schroder. In 3rd place was local ace and 2009 Bermuda National Champion Sam Stan who won 4 of the 15 races and progressively stepped up his game to challenge the Germans over the course of the regatta.

On the Green Fleet course in Hamilton Harbour for the younger and less experienced racers, Matilda Nicholls won by a narrow margin over Joe Arrowsmith and Lily Barboza. New sailor Kieran Swann was awarded the first annual Peter Mitchell Sportsmanship Award for his consistent display of positive support of his fellow sailors. Green Fleet guru Tom Coleman, who led the fun intro-to-racing weekend at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, was encouraged by the high standard of sailing and boat handling he witnessed.

Green Fleet
1st Matilda Nichols (BER)
2nd Joe Arrowsmith (BER)
3rd Lilly Barboza (BER)

Silver Fleet
1st Gabrielle Rizika (USA)
2nd Christopher Hartnagel (USA)
3rd Hanna Horsfield (BER)

Gold Fleet
1st Gesa Bornrmann (GER)
2nd Mauriel-Natalie Schroder (GER)
3rd Sam Stan (BER)

Top Female - Gesa Bornrmann (GER)
Peter Mitchell Sportsmanship Award - Keiran Swann (BER)
Open Champion- Gesa Bornrmann (GER)
Bermuda National Champion - Sam Stan (BER)

Full results at www.boda.bm

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Scuttlebutt Europe #2217 - 12 November PDF Print E-mail

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Confidence Steady For IMOCA Leader Roland Jourdain
In the IMOCA Open 60's class it's a tactical battle which is at times painfully slow, testing skippers' patience and durability, but the for the moment it remains Roland Jourdain who is in control of the IMOCA Class, consolidating his position neatly with an advance of 76 miles on Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air).

The main group are dealing with the equivalent of a meteorological marsh, a barometric bog which traps the unwary or unlucky for hours in sticky pools of calm.

With just under 340 miles to go to the finish and a protective zone of light winds and calm fencing off the islands, it is going to be a case of finding and knitting together the corridors of breeze to get down to Guadeloupe.

Jourdain is in buoyant but objective, pleased today to have the fleet directly behind him, that is with the exception of the duo in the east Michel Desjoyeaux and Arnaud Boissieres who are now further behind Jourdain than he has to sail to the finish line.

The Akena Verandas skipper has recently only made 95 miles in 24 hours.

In second Armel Le Cleac'h is known as the Jackal, for his dogged persistence, sticking close and ready to pounce if an opportunity presents itself.

What is certainly good for the breadth of competition of the IMOCA class is seeing the 2007 launched duo, the Farr designed Veolia Environnement 2, and the Finot designed Brit Air, proving so far that it is seemingly not essential to have a latest generation IMOCA Open 60 boat to do well.

The leaders are now expected Point-a-Pitre Saturday or Sunday.

* Breaking the finish line off Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 00hrs 58mins 38secs today (Friday, CET/Paris) (Thursday 23hrs 58mins 38secs GMT/ Thursday 19hrs 58mins 38secs local time (CET -4hrs)) Yann Guichard on the 23.5metres trimaran Gitana 11 took fourth place in the 9th Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale solo Transatlantic race which started from Saint-Malo, France at 1302hrs (CET) Sunday 31st October.

The elapsed time for Gitana 11 is 11 days, 11 hours, 56 minutes, 38 seconds. His average speed is 15.79 kts for the distance he sailed of 4356 miles. Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Yann Guichard's average speed is 12.83 knots. Guichard finished 2 days, 8 hours, 41 minutes, 51 seconds behind Franck Cammas (Groupama 3) the race winner. Cammas finished 16h 16min 47secs (CET) Tuesday 09th November.

* Three times winner of his Multi 50 class in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale, Franck-Yves Escoffier (Crepres Whaou!) has made the difficult decision to retire from this edition of the race after fighting on for four days after damaging the bow of his central hull. Effectively left with a bluff bow, Escoffier's Multi has been badly compromised, but particularly when the wind rises. The solo skipper from Saint-Malo would under most conceivable circumstances, rather carry on and fight in the fleet he is so passionate about and has championed for 12 years, but after having to use his engine going back for an hour to try and consolidate his repair, Escoffier decided that he should abandon. He announced his decision to race direction at 1555hrs (CET), this afternoon.

www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

End of an Era
The Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta hosted by the Dubai International Marine Club at the Mina Seyahi Marina starts on Sunday after an official opening ceremony on Friday. It will signal the end of 20 years of racing action for boats designed to the International America's Cup Class rule.

IACC boats were used in five America's Cup and five Louis Vuitton Cup regattas from 1992 to 2007. The four Version 5 boats racing in Dubai - two from BMW Oracle Racing and two from Emirates Team New Zealand - were amongst the last boats built to the rule. Altogether 100 sail numbers were issued for trial horses and race boats under 13 national flags.

Albert Jacobsoone, pitman aboard the French entry All4One, knows the boats by heart. He sailed FRA 2, the second IACC boat launched.

"The first America's Cup Class boats came out in 1991," Jacobsoone said today.

"We've been sailing them for 20 years! These are heavy monohulls with big spinnakers. I might not be attached to these boats but still, it's the end of an America's Cup period."

Following the informal testing and training completed this week, there will be two days of official practice tomorrow and Saturday for the six competing teams, ahead of the first day or racing on Sunday.

There is a new regatta format featuring two round robins, with winners in the first scoring single points in each back-to-back match against the same team. In the second round robin, each win is worth two points. The top four boats will advance to a best-of-three semi-finals and those winners to a best-of-five finals.

www.louisvuittontrophy.com

Bainbridge International at METS 2010
Bainbridge International There have been some exciting developments at Bainbridge this year. At METS we'll be showcasing some of these projects, like our new Ocean Premium Plus weights, 766 and 866. After an extensive development programme, we launched a new concept in woven polyester sailcloth. OPP has been designed specifically for the discerning boat owner who requires durability, high performance and a prestigious look, all in one package.

Also at METS this year will be new DIAX2 Membrane - designed to give the sailmaker a stronger, lighter, high performance sail made to their exact specification. DIAX2 Membrane utilises advance fibre stringing techniques and is available in a variety of fibre types, with the race version featuring clear films and a cruise version with double taffetas. We also offer a bespoke design service.

In addition to our sailcloth, we will also be showcasing our brand new range of Bainbridge products, like the new D-Type Anchors, available in stainless steel or galvanised, and our range of cost effective and fully certified Storm hatches. Featuring a lockable venting position and self supporting lid, these smoked hatches are both robust and stylish.

Come along and see us on stand 11.117.

For more information and to request samples of our products, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.bainbridgemarine.co.uk

Theatre Racing
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49er The International 49er class will be performing a second test of "Theatre Style" racing in Perth, Australia on November 14th. The overall goal is to trial a style of racing that results in a worthy champion, gives close access to media and the general public, and has the winner of the last race be the winner of the regatta. By using the 49er, the quickest Olympic class sailboat, excitement of quick moves and agile boat handling will showcase the sport of sailing in all it facets; athletic, tactical, and beautiful.

Designed to last only 8-10 minutes, 5 fleet races will be run on a width restricted course, framed by swimming lane lines which will keep the competition tight The top 2 boats will move on to a match race final to determine the winner. Within a 2 hour time slot the top 8 boats from qualifying will face off to determine a champion with nerves of steel and a broad skill set for 'Theater Style' sailing and match race skills. Given the prevailing breeze typical for Fremantle, the racing will be highly exciting and entertaining.

The first test was held in Weymouth, England in September of this year with favorable reports from the sailors, coaches and the sailing media.

Updates can be found on Facebook, www.facebook.com

Extreme Sailing Series and 49er Class Announce Partnership
With growing acknowledgement that high performance classes are the best way to showcase the sport of sailing, the Extreme Sailing Series and the International 49er Class Association have today announced a strategic partnership to help broaden the media appeal of sailing.

Starting in 2011, the Extreme Sailing Series will see the 49er racing alongside the Extreme 40, as part of the 'Stadium' showcase entertainment that the award-winning professional sailing circuit is renowned for.

OC ThirdPole's Sailing Events Director, Gilles Chiorri, commented, "The Extreme Sailing Series combines top professional racing with challenging and innovative short-course race formats that are also entertaining for a growing fanbase around the world - at the events and online. The 49er is the current Olympic class that offers the most attractive way for us to add another small boat 'act' in support of the Extreme 40 racing - as part of a strategy of providing up to 8 hours of entertainment for the public and VIPs who visit our events around the world. The 49er is also a class that has been a stepping stone for 2009 and 2010 Extreme Sailing Series winning helmsmen Chris Draper and Paul Campbell-James. The collaboration with the 49er Class is an exciting addition for us as we scale up the event for 2011 and beyond."

The 49er Class is still relatively young, but over the last 10 years many of its top sailors have gone on to achieve successful professional sailing careers: 49er Class sailors made up half of the eight helmsmen in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship Final
The ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship Final 2010 will take place in Kinsale on Saturday the 20th of November 2010 with Sunday the 21st of November serving as a reserve day. A minimum of three races must be completed for the competition to conclude and the ISA Helmsman's Trophy awarded.

The Final, originally scheduled to take place in Royal Cork Yacht Club on the 26th of September, had to be abandoned due to an absence of wind.

The competition will be sailed in the ISA SailFleet J80's which are currently based in Kinsale Yacht Club. Due to the difficulty in safely sailing the fleet from Kinsale to Crosshaven the venue had to be changed, however the host club remains Royal Cork Yacht Club who are now kindly assisted by Kinsale Yacht Club.

8 teams will be competing for the ISA Helmsman's Trophy. As this competition is recognised as a new event, no previous points shall be carried forward. Each competitor begins with a blank score card.

The finalists are:
Anthony O'Leary
Ewen Barry
Garrett May
James Espey
Neil Kenefick
Niall Henry
Nicholas O'Leary
Nick Walsh

www.royalcork.com
www.kyc.ie

J Class Fleet Coming To Solent Refit In 2012
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Solent Refit The J Class Association has selected Solent Refit as the base for their Solent Regatta in 2012. The deep water superyacht facility on Southampton Water is able to accommodate the Js and their motherships in one place. The event will run from July 18th - 20th, with the Hundred Guinea Cup, around the Isle of Wight on the 21st July. Racing will be run by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club.

Solent Refit is able to provide support for all superyachts visiting the UK, with full on-site facilities and technical expertise.

Solent Refit will be at METS in the Superyacht Pavilion - stand 10.710
www.solentrefit.com

Patrick Shaughnessy, Farr Yacht Design and the Volvo Ocean Race
Twenty years ago when Patrick Shaughnessy started as a fresh-faced draftsman in the offices of Farr Yacht Design, the highlight of some days was plotting the progress of race icons like Steinlager across the paper charts.

Now Shaughnessy is president of the company, and as they reach the busiest phase of designing what they hope will be the winning Volvo Open 70 for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, he expresses some of his thoughts on the challenges of the race and his wider perceptions and opinions.

Q: Are the stakes higher now for Farr with regard to the Volvo Ocean Race?

"I think the stakes are probably more important now. For sure, more people in our sport are exposed to the race as it is goes on with more media, more position reports, so more of our sport is able to follow it. If you say that you are trying to design boats for a lot of people in our industry (as we are), more people are exposed to it so it is more important."

Q: And what will differentiate this programme from previous ones, to produce a winning boat?

"Last race (with Telefonica) we were conceptually a little bit different from some of the competitors' boats, but we did not really get to see whether that was a successful path or not after we hit a couple of rocks, and breakages; you want to see the whole package.

"So we feel like we are much closer to the mark and in a slightly different place this time. The big difference is that the majority of our research has been done with CFD, whereas before we had a CFD and tank testing-based research package.

"Another big difference is the amount of working going into the aero research (the rig and sails profile), the sail wardrobe; the amount of effort that gets spent there is much larger. You have a budget, an amount of time and you make a pie chart and say: where should our budget be spent?

"In this race the aero side is featuring much larger, because there are fewer sails. That is where the boats will separate.

Andi Robertson's full interview with Patrick Shaughnessy at :
www.volvooceanrace.com

Battle For Podium Positions Ramps Up
With less than 2,300 nautical miles to go to the finish line, the competition for a podium position in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans is as hot as ever. While Brad Van Liew on Le Pingouin and Zbigniew Gutkowski on Operon Racing fight it out for first place, a similar battle is raging between Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major for third.

British skipper Chris, 33, has reduced Derek's lead over him by more than 200 nautical miles in the last week and is now within touching distance of the Canadian's Eco 60 yacht Active House. The pressure is now on Derek, 57, to protect his lead in the final sprint of the first leg and take a podium position.

The latest position report put Derek 2,100 nautical miles from Cape Town with Chris 220 miles behind. In the last 24 hours Derek covered 261.2 nautical miles compared to Chris' 275.4nm. However Derek's average speed in the 30 minutes before the last position report was logged at 12.1 knots, with Chris travelling slightly slower at an average of 11.4 knots.

Statistics from 12pm UTC position report:

Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance to leader (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew: 915.3; 0; 300.5; 12.5
Gutek: 1,347.9; 432.6; 149.7; 6.2
Derek Hatfield: 2,100.6; 1,185.2; 261.2; 10.9
Chris Stanmore-Major: 2,221.6; 1,306.3; 261.2; 10.9
Christophe Bullens: N/A

www.velux5oceans.com

Sea Sure Launch Three New Products At METS 2010 - Two Dame Award Nominations
Seasure Sea Sure's three new products, launching at METS have undergone extensive design and engineering analysis throughout the year - the Radial Rudder Stock, Slick Release tiller extension connection and keelboat transom fittings.

The rudder stock, a DAME Award nomination, is a revolutionary lightweight design, allowing total precision of easy adjustment, when in shallow water or launching. The second nomination, the Slick Release offers a 'no snag' design both while locked in to the tiller for use, as well as when being disconnected and operates a 'click and closed' system.

For more information visit the Sea Sure stand at METS: stand 01.461.

www.sea-sure.co.uk

Hong Kong Invitational Sportsboats Championship
So while it's not quite what was planned (no shipping deal so unfortunately few overseas entrants) we're still looking forward to an awesome weekend of sportsboats racing. With the promise of sponsored kites for the mixed SBR fleet we've got 13 Magic 25s, two Longtzes, an FT10 as well as the Hugh Welbourn/DSS "Brace Brace Brace" set to grace the start line.

Possibly the best Magic fleet turnout worldwide since the heyday of the Hong Kong fleet in terms of numbers, there is also some serious talent at the top end of the fleet. The favourite has to be reigning HK Magic Champion Frank van Kempen on "Fly by Wire", but he can expect to be pushed very hard by Peter Backe ("Black Magic") who has been examining the edges of the sail development envelope and Steve Bourne ("Merlin") who has finally quit complaining about the holes in his sails and brought a new set.

Seven races will be run in forecast 17-20knt winds on the "world's" race course off Lamma in the South China Sea.

The Hong Kong Invitational Sportsboats Championships kicks off with welcome drinks on the lawn of the RHKYC on Friday 12th November, and continues for two days of racing on the 13th and 14th November.

Results will be published online here:
www.rhkyc.org.hk/article.aspx?c=2&a=1577

and race tracking will be published here:
www.rhkyc.org.hk/article.aspx?c=2&a=1522

Early Entry Close Friday 12 November For Sail Sydney
Get your entry in today and take advantage of the early entry fee as early entries close at 1700hrs on Friday 12th November 2010.

Classified by ISAF as a Grade 1 event, Sail Sydney is not to be missed. Sail Sydney is a great event to test your speed, tactics and technique before heading to Sail Melbourne for the World Cup.

Currently 175 entries have been received from twenty one countries.

The Laser fleet has 33 entries to date. Tom Slingsby a NSW sailor and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year will be amongst those competing at Sail Sydney.

In the Laser Radial Marit Bouwmeester currently ranked number 1 by ISAF will also be sailing in Sail Sydney. Marit will have tough competition as she will sail against fellow Netherlands sailor Claire Blom and former Number 1 Krystal Weir.

To enter Sail Sydney go to www.sailsydney.org.au

To view the list of entrants to the regatta go to
www.sailsydney.org.au

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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Athens, Greece: ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the male and female winners of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:

Blanca Manchon (ESP) and Tom Slingsby (AUS).

Blanca Manchon was nominated for the third time this year and had her family and friends with her at the Awards ceremony here in Athens. "This is really fantastic," said a radiant Manchon on stage as she accepted her trophy and her Rolex timepiece. "As this is my third nomination for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award we were all hoping this would be it… and here I am! I cannot believe it. I worked very hard to get here but I'm young - only 23 years old - so I hope I continue to do many things and maybe I will see you again here someday."

Tom Slingsby could not make it to Athens for the ceremony due to electrical storms over Sydney that grounded international flights. Slingsby was surprised when his phone call to "discuss laser sailing", turned into a live announcement from HRH Prince Frederik of Denmark, announcing that he had won the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. "Wow, thank you!" said Slingsby. "I just remember sitting on the rocks in Sydney harbour watching the Olympics. I remember seeing people like Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt, two former winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, and thinking, "I want that, that's really what I want to do." To be considered among them today is really an incredibly big honour."

The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award is the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements. The Awards are presented annually based on a worldwide selection process that incorporates an open invitation to nominations, followed by a vote amongst the 130 member nations of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

The Awards have been held every year since 1994 and past winners include Peter Blake (NZL), Ellen MacArthur (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Russell Coutts (SUI). In 2009 the Awards were presented to Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).

www.sailing.org/worldsailor

Cammas King of the Rhum
Photo by Thierry Martinez, ThMartinez/Sea&Co, www.thmartinez.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Frank Cammas When he brought the giant 31.5 metres trimaran Groupama 3 across the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe today (Tuesday) under perfect sunshine and light breezes Franck Cammas (FRA) clinched the 9th edition of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale, the legendary 3542 miles transatlantic race from Saint Malo for solo skippers which takes place every four years.

Cammas completes an outstanding year with the giant multihull which he now steps off for high next challenge, racing fully crewed round the world in 70 foot monohulls.

In March this year he already set the fully crewed round the world Jules Verne Trophy record with the boat, sailing with a crew of ten to smash the record by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes.

Groupama 3 crossed the finish line at 16h 16min 47secs (CET Paris) (15hrs 16mins 47secs GMT/ 11hrs 16mins 47 seconds Local time)

The elapsed time for the course, after starting Saint Malo at 1302hr (CET/Paris) was 9 days 3 hours 14 mins 47 seconds and the average speed over the course on the water was. 20.39 knots for an actual course sailed of 4471 miles.

But the course record of 7 days17 hrs 19 mins 6 seconds, which was set in 2006 by Lionel Lemonchois in an exceptional weather pattern still stands.

Cammas adds his name to the legend of the 'Rhum' as successor to Mike Birch, Marc Pajot, Philippe Poupon, Florence Arthaud, Laurent Bourgnon, Michel Desjoyeaux and Lionel Lemonchois.

* Breaking the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 02 hrs 52 mins 48 secs today (Wednesday, CET/Paris) ( 01 hrs 52 mins 48 secs GMT/ 21 hrs 52 mins 48 secs local time Tuesday (CET -4hrs)) Francis Joyon on the 29.7m trimaran IDEC took second place in the 9th Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale solo Transatlantic race which started from Saint-Malo, France at 1302hrs (CET) Sunday 31st October.

The elapsed time for IDEC is 9 days 13 hrs 50 mins 48 secs . His average speed is 18.19kts for the distance he sailed of 4181 miles. Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Francis Joyon's average speed is 15.40 kts Joyon finished 10 hrs 36 min 1 secs behind Franck Cammas winner (Groupama 3).

www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

Who's Who in the Transatlantic Race 2011
Next summer's Transatlantic Race 2011, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, has to date attracted 14 entries and seven provisional ones, with the deadline to enter February 28, 2011. The TR 2011, a distance of 2,975 nautical miles, is from Newport, RI to the Lizard west of Plymouth, England and will feature three staggered starts from June 26-July 3, 2011.

The New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in Newport, RI and the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England will welcome participating yachts at scheduled events on departure and arrival.

The TR 2011 is for Racing, Racing/Cruising and Classic yachts with a minimum length overall (LOA) of 40 feet and will be limited to 50 yachts. It will establish a record time for a race from Newport to the Lizard, as administered by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, part of ISAF.

Among the notable entries is Rambler 100, sailed by George David, of Hartford, CT. If a familiar name, this Rambler is new to David. He will be campaigning a renamed Speedboat, the canting keel IRC 100 commissioned by Alex Jackson and designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian."

The largest entry presently is Sojana, Peter R. Harrison's Farr 115-foot ketch. Harrison headed the 2003 British America's Cup challenge. His Sojana was second across the line in 11 days, 14 hours, 54 minutes and 59 seconds in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in 2007.

Former NYYC Commodore Larry Huntington will enter his Ker-designed Snow Lion, which won her class in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race and finished second overall in the 2010 Bermuda Race Gibbs Hill Division.

Rives Potts (Essex, CT), the newly nominated rear commodore of the New York Yacht Club, will race Carina, a 48-foot sloop designed by McCurdy & Rhodes and launched in 1969 for father and son Dick and Richard Nye and winner of the 1972 transatlantic. -- Michael Levitt

Full report on transatlanticrace.com/news.html

Advanced Composite Manufacturing Specialists
Blade Dynamics Blade Dynamics are looking for talented manufacturing experts with experience of making performance structures from advanced composite materials using modern manufacturing technologies to join our rapidly growing team working on some of the latest and most exciting technologies in the wind energy sector.

The role requires working with the development and manufacturing teams to develop, manufacture and productionise large composite structures to constraints of budget time and quality.

The ideal candidate will have 5 years experience of building large composite structures in the automotive, aerospace, high performance marine or wind blade industry using primarily glass fibre/carbon fibre and epoxy based products and have thorough knowledge of either vacuum resin infusion, prepreg or similar techniques.

Experience of working in and supervising teams within a project based manufacturing environment as well as an appreciation of the need for accurate documentation and materials control would be an advantage. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate supervision of a manufacturing team, taking responsibility for near term work planning and a through knowledge of safety and quality when related to these processes.

Positions are available immideately at our New Orleans NASA Michoud facility.

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Gutek's Challenge For First All But Ended By Sail Disaster
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has suffered a painstaking blow to his fight for first place in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans after losing a vital sail. The 36-year-old, known by his nickname Gutek, had been locked in a tense battle with American Brad Van Liew since the race started from La Rochelle, France, three weeks ago.

Gutek had even clawed back hundreds of miles in Operon Racing, a much older boat than Brad's Le Pingouin, momentarily taking the lead. But disaster struck for Gutek when one of his halyards which hold up a yacht's sails broke and his gennaker fell into the ocean. The sail was instantly destroyed, leaving Gutek with only a smaller, less effective foresail to replace it with.

The loss of the gennaker means that as long as there are no major incidents for Brad in the final 1,500 nautical miles to Cape Town, Gutek's chances of catching him appear all but over. After being within grasp of the American for so long, Gutek has only been able to watch as the distance between the two boats grows. The latest position report put Operon Racing 280 nautical miles behind Le Pingouin.

Unaware of the extent of the problems onboard Operon Racing, Brad has continued to push hard towards Cape Town and the ocean sprint one finish line. He has gone for more than 30 hours without sleep, unwilling to drop his guard for even the shortest amount of time.

"I've got a westerly wind and I'll have to carefully calculate my gybes," Brad said. "I think going north then down south to Cape Town. But I'll have to keep an eye on the anticyclone. If I get stuck, Gutek will overtake me from below."

The latest ETA for Brad is early on Sunday, November 14, with Gutek predicted to arrive in Cape Town a day later on Monday, November 15.

Statistics from 12pm UTC position report:

Skipper - Boat: distance of arrival (NM) / distance from the leader / 24 hour distance / average speed 24 (knots)

1. Brad Van Liew - The Penguin: 1459 miles / 0 / 322.7 miles / 13.4 knots
2. Zbigniew Gutkowski - Operon Racing 1 739.5 miles / 280.5 miles / 194 miles / 8.1 knots
3. Derek Hatfield - Active House 2 525.9 miles / 1066.9 miles / 24.3 miles / 1 knot
4. Chris Stanmore-Major - Spartan 2 658.4 miles / 1 199.4 miles / 159.5 miles / 6.6 knots
5. Christophe Bullens - Five Oceans of Smiles: 4492 miles / 3033.1 miles / 124 miles / 5.2 knots

www.velux5oceans.com

Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta
Just one month from now the will see Torbay Sailing Club come alive with record numbers of sailors expected at this year's Sir Peter Blake Regatta. The regatta is Torbay Sailing Club's and New Zealand's premiere centreboard yachting event, held annually at Waiake Beach, Torbay. The regatta is traditionally held over the first weekend in December, close to the anniversary of Sir Peter Blake's death, with this year's dates being 4th / 5th December. The regatta is in its ninth year and as the largest two day Centreboard class sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere it attracts competitors from all over New Zealand, as well as a number of overseas entrants.

The event promotes the values and characteristics of Sir Peter Blake; enjoyment of the sport of sailing, team-mateship and care for the environment . While the regatta maintains a youth focus, it caters for all ages and abilities, attracting a good mix of adult sailors. The 2009 event drew more than 400 sailors competing in 17 different classes for two days of intense racing. This year with the Laser North Island Champs regatta being combined with the Sir Peter Blake Regatta over 500 sailors are anticipated, easily making it one of the largest centreboard sailing events in the world.

In its nine years the regatta has grown in size, standing and professionalism, creating what is now widely regarded as a world class event on the beaches of Auckland's North Shore. The vision is simple: to deliver an event that is not only the focal point of centreboard sailing in the Southern Hemisphere but also a fantastic social event and a celebration of Sir Peter's life and the sailing legacy we enjoy today. The focal point of the regatta is the awarding of the prestigious Sir Peter Blake Memorial Trophy - going to the most outstanding sailor at the event, with past recipients having progressed to achieve success in international events.

www.sportsground.co.nz/torbaysailingclub

Musto To Partner Camper In 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race
Musto Performance clothing brand Musto, has today announced a partnership with Spanish-based international footwear brand Camper, to be the technical clothing supplier to the CAMPER project for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.

Musto has a proud history of working with the world's best ocean racing teams in order to test and develop the latest construction techniques and fabric technologies. Having partnered with Flyer in the early beginnings of the Whitbread Round The Word Race, Musto has gone on to work with numerous successful teams throughout Whitbread / Volvo Ocean Races including Fisher and Paykel, Yamaha, Merit Cup, ABN AMRO, Telefonica and now have high hopes on the success of the CAMPER team.

The CAMPER campaign is being managed by Emirates Team New Zealand. Team Managing Director Grant Dalton commented: "The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most gruelling and challenging events in the world, and those sailors that compete will have to endure some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. Musto have always provided the most technologically advanced kit - the best in the world -which ensures our guys' performance is never compromised. Personally, I have had great success in the past wearing Musto, so I am very pleased that we will be able to work together again on such an exciting project."

The announcement represents a significant step for Musto having recently taken over direct distribution in Spain and now look to use this partnership to develop it's presence throughout the country with further outlets and own brand stores such as in Palma de Mallorca.

www.musto.com

Will Major Sailing Events Be Visible At World Travel Market?
Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals will be in London this week for World Travel Market (WTM). Visitors to the event include everyone from B&B owners to rental car companies to representatives from cities and countries looking to increase tourism to their part of the world.

Over the last few years, the links between tourism and yacht racing promotion have been growing. There is real evidence to suggest that some professional sailing events do generate net gains for inbound tourism and many series are actively looking for new venues to partner with. It's always interesting to see how the PR matches the reality when it comes to some of these partnerships, and WTM is a great way to see just how integrated the campaigns get.

In 2008 and 2009, yachtsponsorship.com visited World Travel Market to see how big sailing/tourism partnerships are being positioned to the travel trade. While governments and cities might be investing heavily, there has been little activation of these deals at places like WTM. The people responsible for selling major events in Valencia, Andalusia, Oman and Miami had no visibility of yacht racing events planned in coming months. New Zealand did a little bit better, with Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup news available from the official Tourism website.

In 2010, we will be especially interested to see how Alicante, Barcelona, Perth, Abu Dhabi, Oman, London (Weymouth & Portland) and San Francisco are positioning their destinations. San Diego wouldn't normally be on the list, but a press release sent out last week suggests the RC44 event, scheduled for March 2011 hopes to have a positive tourism impact.

See Yachtsponsorship.com:
www.yachtsponsorship.com/2010/11/major-sailing-events

Channel 4 To Broadcast Documentary On 'Britain's Favourite Yacht Race'
'Spectacular', 'awe-inspiring' and 'exhilarating' are all words attributed to the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and if you were one of the 16,000 sailors who took part this year, you will have the chance to re-live your race through a two-part Channel 4 documentary airing this month. A must-watch for all sports and sailing fans, Part 1 will air Saturday 13th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4 and Part 2 goes out on Saturday 20th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4.

The two-part programme, produced by Sunset+Vine|APP in association with Channel 4, tells the story of four very different personalities, each with special reasons to compete in the 2010 race. The first part of the documentary takes the viewer into the day-to-day world of each of the four sailors, as they prepare for the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. The second part is filmed during the race itself with onboard cameras showing the highs and the lows as they compete against a fleet of some 1,700 boats.

For a two minute preview log onto:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0R3hmj68Lc

San Francisco Introduces Agreement for Hosting the 34th America's Cup
Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced the formal agreement to host the 34 th America's Cup in San Francisco. The purpose of the agreement, or term sheet, is to set forth essential terms and conditions agreed upon by the America's Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the City of San Francisco with the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.

If San Francisco is selected to host the 34 th America's Cup, the term sheet provides a framework for promptly negotiating a legally binding Host City Agreement and establishing the terms and conditions under which the San Francisco would be prepared to host the America's Cup event, subject to all necessary approvals and environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition to Mayor Newsom, Board of Supervisors President Chiu and Supervisor Mirkarimi, the agreement was also initially co-sponsored by Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty, and Sophie Maxwell.

"We believe there's no better place on earth than San Francisco Bay to defend the America's Cup and bring millions of new fans from around the world to the oldest international sailing competition," said Mayor Newsom. "This agreement establishes the strong partnership between the City, the BMW Oracle Racing Team and the entire community."

Hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco would bring a beautiful backdrop, predictable winds, world-class visitor amenities and enormous spectatorship opportunities that the natural marine amphitheater of the San Francisco Bay offers. In order to provide the Team with reasonable assurances regarding a number of important issues, including the venue plan, key financial terms, sponsorship opportunities, schedule and event logistics, City staff have negotiated a term sheet with the team for endorsement by the Board of Supervisors.

Full press release:

www.sfmayor.org/press-room/

St. Moritz Match Race Announces Dates of 2011 Edition
St. Moritz, November 5, 2010 - The world's best match racers will once again gather to the Swiss Alps next summer in order to compete for the title of King of the Mountains. The 2011 edition of St. Moritz Match Race will take place in the Swiss Alps on August 30 - September 4, 2011.

"We are satisfied to already be in a position to confirm the next edition of the event, and to announce its dates", says Christian Scherrer, the President of St. Moritz Match Race Organising Committee. "Our event is now well known throughout the world and it has a very positive image. "

St. Moritz Match Race is one of the principal stopovers of the match racing annual calendar; it is also Switzerland's most important match race event. The event is part of ISAF's match race world championship, the World Match Race Tour.

The 2010 edition of St. Moritz Match Race was a great success; it saw the victory of Frenchman Mathieu Richard, the current leader of the World Match Racing Tour, ahead of Ian Williams (GBR).

Discover St. Moritz Match race promotional video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=721jr8aTvuY

www.stmoritz-matchrace.ch
www.wmrt.com

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* From Roland Gaebler: Greetings from Athens:

Andrew the Master cutted a video from our last "Sail & Fly" session of the season just before the ice went on the danish water...........

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwmcZNUnFcM

or at our Tornado TV Channel

www.youtube.com/tornadoclass#p/a/u/0/bwmcZNUnFcM

Easy mixed team sailing with 20 knots at 10 knots wind.

But we left our boat in the snow and now we are in the heat of Athens at the ISAF conference. Latest at Sunday we know what happens with Olympics Sailing. We hope ISAF will modernize sailing radically. We want the "Olympic Sailing Arena" like we tested this year in Europe http://www.speedsailing.org and we want the Formula-1 of sailing back to the Olympics.

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Mixed Multihull In, Men's Keelboat Out... Maybe...
From the ISAF Conference Blog, big news from the Events Committee:

It was the most packed session we have had this week to hear the Events Committee's recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016.

This is how the voting went.

The Events Committee recommends:

- Board or kite-board for men and women - equipment evaluation
- One person dinghy men - Laser Standard
- One person dinghy women - Laser Radial
- Two person dinghy (skiff) men - 49er
- Two person dinghy (skiff) women - equipment evaluation
- Second one person dinghy men - Finn
- Two person mixed multihull - equipment evaluation
- Two person mixed dinghy with spinnaker - 470
- Women's keelboat - Elliott 6m

In so doing the committee's voting recommends taking out the men's keelboat. The second one person dinghy for women was the other option not to be selected.

The Committee's recommendations are of course just that. They will go to the ISAF Council for consideration this weekend. After Council vote they are then subject to confirmation at the ISAF Mid-Year meeting in May 2011.

* Editor: It will be interesting to see how much muscle the Star class has this time around.

The blog: isafconference.wordpress.com
Conference mini-site: www.sailing.org/2010-conference.php

* Richard Gladwell makes sense of some very convoluted ISAF bureaucratic maneuovres and takes a swing at one particular selection:

Do the Events Committee seriously expect the sailing world to believe that the best option for a second Twohanded Dinghy with spinnaker is a Mixed 470????

In its reports, the Olympic Commission noted that a 'improved' 470 was required, which was less technical, for the better adoption for the new style Olympics. That gives a class within a class, which is always a lemon.

And taking that a step further, is a simplified 470 is what is required - then surely it is logical for these to be supplied boats - and which of the licenced builder's mould would be used to produce these? And what happens at Sailing World Cup events - are these sailed in regular 470's or the 'Olympic' 470?

Further the 470 is currently sailed as a Mens and Womens Event. For men it is a class for highly skilled lightweight sailors, and for women equally technically skilled sailors closer to the average female physiques. While these weights may be more suitable for Asian nations, the fact is that in 2008 Olympics only four Asian countries were represented in the 29 strong Mens fleet and three in the 19 strong Womens fleet.

As an aside, only one race has ever been won at Olympic level by a Mixed crew at Olympic level when the 470 was an Open class. (1984 - GBR's Kathy Foster and Peter Newlands).

Again, if a second doublehander is required then why not be consistent with two other Events, in the second vote, and choose that Equipment by by evaluation rather than specification??

While the Events Committee have been forced into the trap set for them by their Executive Committee, the ISAF Council which is the final arbiter has a recent history of ignoring the votes of the Events Committee.

Hopefully this trend will continue and a consistent approach to the Equipment for Events will be adopted.

While the lobbying will be frantic ahead of the ISAF Council deliberations and vote, the simple point is that this is not about who is the best lobbyist, who runs the best PR campaign, produces the best DVD or YouTube clip, or who is the most politically astute. It is about the people who aren't there, particularly the young sailors who they need classes they aspire to sail, and which will make them want to stay in sailing.

And that is not in boats that are beloved by the older generation.

Richard's full article, another must-read for the cognoscenti, is at www.sail-world.com/Australia/

Only Winning Is Beautiful. Third Hurts.
Drained, disappointed, visibly hurting but far from broken Thomas Coville secured third place in this high stakes, winner takes all ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale finishing 23hrs 58min 24secs behind Franck Cammas (Groupama 3).

More than the two first skippers, the last few days of the race were cruel to Coville, losing out second to Joyon only yesterday morning, suffering from his northerly approach and some long spells in light winds over the previous 36 hours.

After crossing the line Coville said that he had spent some hours during the final few days of this race, once he realised victory was out of his reach, replaying and re-running his choices and options through the race.

But the Sodebo solo skipper was clear that his northerly routing, the opposite to that of Cammas and Joyon, was the more aggressive option which would either pay out for him or lose by a bigger margin. He admitted that two days ago when he and his routing team, with a 200 miles deficit on Cammas, saw an outside chance to attack again but the stake on the table was the second position. It did not pay.

His choice of the northern routing rather than fighting head to head down the southerly routing against Cammas - who he sailed with as part of the ten man crew on Groupama 3's Jules Verne round the world record triumph - was directly influenced by the need to do something different, knowing the strengths of Cammas and his tri, the most powerful in the race.

Breaking the finish line off Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 16hrs 15mins 11 secs today (Wednesday, CET/Paris) (15hrs 15mins 11secs GMT/ 11hrs 15mins 11secs local time Wednesday (CET -4hrs)) Thomas Coville on the 29.7m trimaran Sodebo took third place in the 9th Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale solo Transatlantic race which started from Saint-Malo, France at 1302hrs (CET) Sunday 31st October.

The elapsed time for Sodebo is 10 days 3hrs 13mins 11secs .

His average speed is 17.58 kts for the distance he sailed of 4275 miles.

Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Thomas Coville's average speed is 14.55kts

Coville finished 23hrs 58min 24secs behind Franck Cammas (Groupama 3) the race winner Cammas finished 16h 16min 47secs (CET) Tuesday 9th November.

www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

* Your humble narrator just discovered the Rhum iPhone app (and there's one for the Blackberry too). www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

Its METS Time Again
Southern Spars ... and Southern Spars will be exhibiting with two stands this year. 2010 has been a busy one for the team; we've launched a number of exciting projects, had some great race results and are forging ahead with leading-edge technologies. We have also welcomed onboard the team at Southern Spars Europe and are in the midst of moving to a brand new HQ in Auckland.

To catch up on all the latest come see us at Stand 01.119 or drop by and meet the SS Europe team at Stand 09.706. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Christophe Bullens Diverts to the Cape Verde Islands
Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens is en route to the Cape Verde Islands this morning after feeling unwell for several days. The 49-year-old Velux 5 Oceans skipper has been taking medication since Saturday as he has been suffering from a fever, affecting his ability to race in The Ultimate Solo Challenge. On the advice of medical experts from Medical Support Offshore, Christophe is now sailing his yacht Five Oceans of Smiles too to Mindelo, a port city on the island of Sao Vicente, where he will seek advice from a doctor.

Christophe said: "This is yet another setback for me but I am hoping to get the all clear from the doctor and leave Mindelo as soon as I can to continue my race to Cape Town."

Mindelo is an island known to Christophe - in 2005 he spent some time there after delivering a 14-metre catamaran to the islands. He is expected to arrive in Mindelo during daylight today and will seek medical advice immediately.

It is the latest in a long line of challenges for Christophe, whose original yacht Five Oceans of Smiles was dismasted just three weeks before the start of the 30,000-mile round the world race. Christophe managed to secure a new Eco 60 yacht, formerly Artech, only a few days before the race start on October 17 and after crossing the start line with the rest of the fleet he returned to La Rochelle, France, for five days to complete his preparations. He was subsequently forced to stop in Gran Canaria after suffering damage to Five Oceans of Smiles too caused by a storm in the Atlantic.

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Dubai - Muscat Offshore Sailing Race
Starts 11th November 2010. Organised by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club.

There is a growing development of yacht racing in the Middle East with the Louis Vuitton Cup, the RC44 circuit and the Moth Worlds, all taking place in the warm azure blue waters around the desert city of Dubai.

Dating back to 1992, The Dubai to Muscat Race was one of the first races to take place in the region. Most of the participants are ex-pats living in Dubai but also friends and family take part, from all over the world. This year, competitors from eleven different countries will be making the trip to Muscat. Racing under IRC and MOCRA rules, the fleet ranges from large custom multihulls to production cruising monohulls.

The Dubai to Muscat Race covers 360 nautical miles. Passing through the shallows of the Arabian Gulf and into the deep water of the Indian Ocean via the Straits of Hormuz, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The race ends in Muscat, the capital of Oman, at the Bandar Al-Rawdah Marina.

Weather conditions can be variable to say the least. The Shamals can arrive bringing strong southwesterly winds from the desert, accompanied by sand and thunder storms. However, typically during the day, the air temperature soars to 30 degrees providing a gentle sea breeze. At night the breeze often evaporates and competitors will be seeking zephyrs of wind emanating from land.

All of the yachts racing are equipped with the latest Inmarsat satellite trackers from race sponsor, Xtra-Link and the majority of the fleet are also equipped with Thuraya Satellite phones, capable of voice, text and data transmission. -- Louay Habib

To follow the race as it unfolds, visit the Dubai - Muscat Offshore Sailing Race web site: www.dosc.ae

Three Peaks Yacht Race Presentation Dinner
Photo shows (l to r) Martin Beale, Martin Indge, Gary Clayton, Elfyn Llwyd MP, Geoff West, Piers Copham of EADS Innovation Works. Click on image to enlarge.

Three Peaks Race An enthusiastic throng of 150 enjoyed the 2010 Three Peaks Yacht Race Presentation Dinner held in Caernarfon North Wales, on 6th November. It was a great chance for everybody to get together again.

The Three Peaks Yacht Race is a combination of sailing, running and cycling which takes in the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland. Founded by Dr Rob Haworth along with Dr Merfyn Jones in 1977, Rob is still chairman of the race and excelled himself as Master of Ceremonies with the prizes again presented by Elfyn Llwyd MP.

The Daily Telegraph Cup was awarded to the winners EADS Innovation Works comprising sailors Geoff West, Gary Clayton and Piers Copham with runners Martin Indge and Martin Beale taking away the King of the Mountains trophy (the Damart cup) together with cups for the fastest times on Snowdon and Scafell Pike.

The Dockers runners, Crispin Flower and Stewart Bellamy, won the Grand Hotel Cup for the fastest time on Ben Nevis and the team were presented with the Merioneth Yacht Club cup for second place.

Tasmanian skipper David Rees of Team Whistler (third place) joined us from Australia via a computer link along with runner Jacqui Guy and Tim Jones, at his computer in Pohnpei, Micronesia. As it was Sunday morning and summer in Tasmania, they informed us that Team Whistler were just off sailing!

Topsham Sea Fever were delighted to be awarded the coveted Tilman Trophy, together with the Alex Blanc Quaich for the first Scottish boat.

The Silver Surfers were the proud recipients of the Last Inn Trophy.

The 2011 race commences on Saturday June 25th and 9 entries have been received in the first week. The Tasmanians are returning and one team sets off from Belgium in May.

After 5 years of support, current sponsor, PowerBar, would like to wind down their involvement and so further sponsorship opportunities are now available.

www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk

Take The Knox-Johnston Challenge

Take The Knox-Johnston Challenge
You are sailing solo and non-stop around the world when you start suffering chronic abdominal pain. The Ship's Captain's Medical Guide is clear on the symptoms: either pregnancy or appendicitis. Do you: (a) Set off flares and a distress rocket. (b) Operate on yourself with a kitchen knife. (c) Eat nothing but porridge and milk-soaked biscuits until the pain subsides?

To discover what Sir Robin did, either read 'Knox-Johnston On Sailing' - an impressive hard back collection of the best of his writing or visit www.wileynautical.com/knoxjohnstonbook1


Akela and Med Man Take Top Honors in Cabo Race
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Doug Baker, Long Beach, skippered the Reichel/Pugh 78 Akela to first-to-finish honors Tuesday and was first in Division 1 on corrected ORR handicap time in Long Beach Yacht Club's biennial 2010 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race.

Bob Lane's Andrews 63 Medicine Man, also from Long Beach, finished first in Division 1 on corrected PHRF time.

Finishing the 804 nautical-mile race within about three hours of each other the two skippers fell short of breaking fellow LBYC member Peter Tong's Santa Cruz 70 OEX record set in 2008 of 2 days 22 hours 50 minutes 9 seconds.

Unlike in 2008 where there was consistent wind of 20 plus knots for the entire race, this year's breezes fluctuated just enough to put the race record out of reach.

The closest battle during the race was between Brack Duker's Santa Cruz 70 Holua from Marina del Rey and Per Peterson's Andrews 69 Alchemy from Oceanside YC with Perterson finishing just 4 minutes, 23 seconds ahead of Duker.

Alchemy finished second on ORR corrected time and third on PHRF corrected time while Holua finished third on ORR time and fourth on PHRF time.

Since all boats have already finished, race officials have decided to move up the trophy presentations from Thursday evening to Wednesday at 6 PM allowing teams and race committee volunteers to return home a day early should they wish. OEX's record is safe for another two years until these racing sleds will once again attempt to break it in the Fall of 2012. -- Rich Roberts

Complete results: www.lbyc.org

Mini Class Solent Solo Series
Mini sailors in the UK can look forward to a busy season next year with the announcement that the Solo Offshore Racing Club (SORC) is to organise class starts for Minis in the Solent as part of its growing 14 race Solo Series for 2011.

Six UK mini sailors met at Royal Southern YC, Hamble to thrash out a programme for the 2011 season with SORC race director Peter Olden, "We are very keen to encourage mini racing in the Solent next year, our solo day races are very accessible for local boats and provide the important first steps to safe single-handed sailing under race conditions." said Peter.

In addition Brian Thompson (Mini Transat 2001) has negotiated a special mooring rate for minis at Haslar marina and envisages a community of sailors and boats growing there over the coming years. Mini sailors in the UK have tended to run isolated campaigns and in the past have rarely got together for training, the mutual support of a group of fellow mini enthusiasts is essential for success.

The Shorthanded sailing base at Haslar Marina will be offering coaching sessions early in the season, "UK mini sailors will benefit greatly from race practice in home waters before they make the big step over to France and I hope we will see a lot of UK boats dusted own and racing for the first time in several years." said Paul Peggs (Mini Transat 1999 / 2001) one of the three coaches based at Haslar along with Brian Thompson and Pip Hare who is currently campaigning a Pogo 2 for the 2011 mini transat.

The first SORC race of the 2011 season is on March 26th in the central solent and the classic Round the Isle of Wight Solo (RIOW) starts on April 16th. -- Jerry Freeman in Yachts and Yachting, www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/?article=154673

Series schedule at offshoresolo.com

Balance Battles for IRC Honors in Lord Howe Race
Ullman Sails Sydney's Paul Clitheroe and his team on Beneteau 45 "Balance" are in the headlines again after winning the IRC handicap division of the 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race last weekend. The "Balance" team comfortably claimed the IRC division and took second on line after a grueling 414-nm race across the Tasman Sea. The conditions were consistently difficult with strengthening northerly breeze and growing seas - eight of the 17 competing boats retired. Powered by Ullman Sails, Clitheroe and his long-time amateur crew completed the race in just over 69 hours.

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Artemis Racing Announces Crew for Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai
Following on from the Swedish team's America's Cup announcement on Monday of this week, Artemis Racing presented its crew today for the fourth and final Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta coming up in Dubai.

Racing commences on November 14th at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) and will see the Swedish team line up against five of the world's top professional sailing teams.

This match racing regatta will consist of a double round robin, followed by semi final elimination rounds, before a new champion is crowned in the final, a 'best-of-five' battle between the two top teams, scheduled for 26 and 27 November.

The Artemis Racing crew for the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai is as follows:

Cameron Appleton - Helmsman
Iain Percy - Tactician
Kevin Hall - Navigator
Noel Drennan - Main
Stu Bettany - Bow
Phil Jameson - Mid-bow
Rodney Ardern - Pit
David Brooke - Mast
Daniel Fong - Trimmer
Robbie Naismith - Trimmer
Michele Ivaldi - Traveller
Rodney Daniel - Runner
Craig Monk - Grinder
Ian Baker - Grinder
Mark Newbrook - Grinder
Julien Crescent - Grinder
Magnus Auguston - Grinder
Romolo Ranieri - Grinder - alternate

While a portion of the team is racing in Dubai, Helmsman Terry Hutchinson, Tornado Silver medallist Santiago Lange and others will be in Miami for the first Artemis Racing multihull training camp. World-renowned multihull sailor Nick Moloney has stepped in to coach Artemis Racing for this intense three weeks of training in Extreme 40s in preparation for the 2011 circuit and beyond.

Teams competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai

Synergy (RUS)
Mascalzone Latino (ITA)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
BMW Oracle Racing (USA)
ALL4ONE (FRA/GER)
Artemis Racing (SWE)

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* From Roland Gaebler: We made the first step for a comeback of the Multihull as a Mixed Olympic Discipline.

We got 84% positive votes in the ISAF Events Com. This is sensational and far ahead of all other classes (Finn, Matchrace women, Star, 470 mixed, 470 men) which were in our voting group for the last 4 olympic slots for 2016.

The ISAF Events Com. will forward and recomended this voting with Mixed Multihull to the ISAF Council and Executive Com. which have their meeting the next days. These ISAF Councel Meeting can change a lot. But they cannot ignore the 84% from the Events Com.

And in May 2011 at the ISAF Midyear Meeting the National Sailing Federations can still re-vote it all. So we are not 100% save, but in a very good position. 84% in favoir for Multihull shows us we are in a in a excellent mode for all future ISAF Com. votings.

It is a clear sign they want modernize Olympic Sailing with a high performance multihull. Our sailing discipline has very good options for a spectator and media sport. In Rio 2016 they plan a 10.000 seat sailing stadium at the water and the Multihulls will deliever the best action exact on time between 1 and 35 knots.

Latest in May 2011, we also know how we select the type of boat for this new Mixed Olympic Multihull Discipline. Beside Tornado, there are other Multihulls who like to get the Olympic Spot. So we expect an fair and open Multihull evaluation event.

As Tornado Class we want to be fair and open and we are happy to take this challenge. Only together with the other Multihull Classes we can make our high adrenaline sport better than ever.

Now we party a little bit in Athens!

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A Winner In Waiting
Franck Cammas is in the throes of what should logically be his final tacks on Groupama 3 this evening, ones which should take him to a sweet but hard earned victory in this ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale.

On his final afternoon and evening aboard the 31 metre giant trimaran which has served him and the Groupama 3 team so well, Cammas looks to be on course to win one of the only major French Multihull ocean racing honours to have so far eluded him.

With a margin of over 265 miles on his next nearest rival Thomas Coville (Sodebo), Cammas was on the breeze making 12 knots, poised waiting for the breeze to make its expected veer to the SW which would allow him to tack and lay the west side of Guadeloupe and the finish line off Point-a-Pitre.

Or if the shift does not come the final hours may require more tacks, slaloming in the southterly headwinds between the islands.

Third on his Route du Rhum debut as a 25 year old in 1998, three times ORMA champion Cammas was fifth in the last race but seems assured of victory before he bids farewell to the multihull world which he has all but conquered, heading for new monohull challenges.

The current predictions anticipate Groupama 3 at the end of Monday night or early Tuesday morning (French time).

Behind him Cammas' long time record adversary Coville, doubtless sapped by the battle he has had to keep his own giant record holding tri Sodebo moving through long spells of very light airs, is under pressure from the Francis Joyon (Idec), who is arriving on a more southerly routing, who had closed to within 70 miles of Sodebo.

In the Mult 50 class successive damage to the two leading boats Franck-Yves Escoffier's Crepes-Whaou!, who lost the bow of his main hull yesterday evening, and then hours later Yves Le Blevec (Actual) damaged his forward starboard cross beam. Both are determined to carry on in the race but have been making very slow speeds today, midway between the Azores and the West Indies.

In the IMOCA Open 60 class Roland Jourdain's lead stands at a steady 40 miles over Armel Le Cleac'h on BritAir, and looks set to grow as Le Cleac'h is the first to run into light winds to the south of 2006 IMOCA class winner Jourdain on Veolia Environnement. Brit Air is slowed to just over two knots.

The lead of Thomas Ruyant has never been bigger in the Class 40 fleet on his Destination Dunkerque, but the south and the tradewinds are still paying the dividend that Nicolas Troussel (CMB) went in search of. Troussel has gained 44 miles and 12 places over the last couple of days and continues to profit. Britain's Pete Goss is also winning places down in the south and is up from 22nd to 13th on DMS.

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* At 0100hrs (CET) this morning (Monday) Yves le Blevec, skipper of the Multi 50 Actual informed his team and the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale race director that the trimaran has sustained damage to the forward starboard cross beam. Le Blevec has lowered the mainsail of Actual and is sailing under ORC headsail in 20 knots of SE'ly wind.

Actual is located equi-distance between the West Indies and the Azores. On the advice of weather router Christian Dumard, le Blevec is making a W'ly course of around eight knots to clear the worst of the conditions.

The situation is reported to have been stabilised. The solo skipper has organized a survival cell at the back of the boat, comprising essential safety equipment including a life-raft, lifejacket, GPS, torch, knife and iridium phone.

The immediate objective of the skipper is to get Actual out of the most unsettled area then looking at a solution with his team and the boat's designer.

Swedish Challenge for the 34th America's Cup
Photo by Sander van der borch / Artemis Racing Artemis Challenge Stockholm, Sweden: Artemis Racing confirmed today the team's entry as a Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, which will include competing in the America's Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.

Speaking at today's press conference Torbjorn Tornqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America's Cup. Torbjorn Tornqvist also spoke of the important role of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in the team's challenge.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), one of the world's oldest yacht clubs, has a longstanding history with the America's Cup, having had three Challenges since the America's Cup began in 1851.

Over the course of the next three years, Artemis Racing will be focused on designing and building two AC72 yachts, while also developing a strong sailing team to compete in the AC45 World Series and the Challenger Selection Series. The clear goal is to challenge Cup holders BMW ORACLE Racing for the America's Cup in 2013.

Paul Cayard announced that world champion sailor Terry Hutchinson (USA) will be the team's helmsman and that the design team will be led by Juan Kouyoumdjian, well known for his success with winning designs in the Volvo Ocean Race such as ABN Amro and Ericsson.

The next event for Artemis Racing is the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai, which begins on 14 November. Looking ahead to 2011, Artemis Racing will continue to compete on the RC44 World Championship tour, while joining the Extreme 40 Circuit and the America's Cup World Series, which will be raced in AC45s.

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Gutek Steals Lead In Velux 5 Oceans - But Not For Long
Photo by On Edition / Gutek. Click on image to enlarge.

Velux 5 Oceans It was a tense weekend of nail-biting action in the Velux 5 Oceans as the leading boats battled it out for first place. After hunting down race leader Brad Van Liew and closing the gap between them to just 22 nautical miles going into the weekend, Polish skipper Zbigniew Gutkowski led the fleet for the first time since leaving La Rochelle three weeks ago.

With Brad to the south, Gutek was able to take a more direct route towards Cape Town, effectively cutting the corner off the route sailed by Le Pingouin. But the 36-year-old's time at the front of the fleet was to be a brief one. After several days of frustrating light winds navigating through the St Helena High in the South Atlantic, Brad picked up the winds he had been searching for and reclaimed the top spot. In the past 24 hours the American has stretched his lead to 152 nautical miles, averaging 14.5 knots.

It was not easy for Brad to hang on to his lead - and it's not over yet. There are still more than 1,700 nautical miles to go before the leading pair reach Cape Town and the finish line for the first ocean sprint. Early predictions forecast the pair could arrive in Cape Town this coming weekend.

Statistics from 12pm UTC position report:

Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance to leader (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew: 1,781.1; 0; 347.1; 14.5
Gutek: 1,933.4; 152.3; 305.9; 12.7
Derek Hatfield: 2,550.1; 769; 158.1; 6.6
Chris Stanmore-Major: 2,817.8; 1,036.7; 208.4; 8.7
Christophe Bullens: 4,616.1; 2,834.9; 150.1; 6.3

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Temperatures Falling? Make Plans For Warm And Sunny Florida!
Photo by Sharon Green, UltimateSailing.com. Click on image to enlarge.

Key West Race Week Key West Race Week (January 17 - 21) and the Miami Grand Prix (March 10 -13) will chase away the winter blues! The Key West scratch sheet already shows an impressive IRC and One Design line up. Mini maxis, IRC modified TP52s, and grand prix custom racers promise real IRC excitement. Farr 30s are making a comeback and RC44s will make a Key West debut. IRC, Melges 32 and J/105 classes are invited to the 2011 Miami Grand Prix for more great racing and shoreside fun.

Think sunshine, great competition, warm water, dependable breezes, and incomparable nightlife.

Join racing sailors from across the country and around the world in South Florida.

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IRC Congress and IRC 2011
The annual IRC Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend of 16 - 17 October. The meetings were a great success thanks in significant part to the efforts of the Turkish Offshore Racing Club.

Delegates from 18 countries reported on IRC activity in 2010 and plans for 2011.

The IRC Technical Committee reported that the number of IRC rated boats in 2010 had held up to the same level as 2009, an excellent result in the continuing difficult economic times.

Delegates considered 30 submissions for changes to IRC rules and processes. The most significant of these are:

- Rule 8.2.1 now requires that a boat holding a shorthanded certificate may not use her normal certificate for shorthanded races.

- New Rule 8.10 defines rated dimensions as maxima and minima and that a boat found during equipment inspection at an event to exceed any dimension is not in compliance with her certificate.

- Rule 21.8.1(c) is amended to limit the minimum size of headsail used by a boat rated for a single roller furling headsail.

- Rule 22.4 is amended by the deletion of old Rules 22.4.1, 22.4.3, 22.4.4 and 22.4.5. New Rule 22.4.2 now invokes Crew Number or alternatively maximum crew weight by default unless this is amended by a Notice of Race. Any event already including crew limitations in its Notice of Race will not need to do anything. However, any event which does not wish to enforce crew limitations will need to specifically say so in the Notice of Race. If a Notice of Race says nothing about crew, then IRC Crew Number or maximum weight will automatically apply. For further advice please go to the IRC website, www.ircrating.org.

Minutes of the IRC Congress and IRC Rules for 2011 will be posted on www.ircrating.org shortly.

Vietnam to Survey Location for WMRT
Vietnam's tourism and sport authorities are joining hands with the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) to look into conditions in Halong to see whether the northern city is fit for an international yacht competition.

Representatives of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the Vietnam National Administration of Exercise and Sports and WMRT on Tuesday begin a fact-finding trip in Halong, which is known for the World Heritage-listed bay of the same name.

Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the tourism administration, told the Daily that an administration mission visited the Asian Match Racing Championships final held by WMRT in Malaysia last week to draw on experience in organizing such an event.

The tour of Halong is a preparatory activity so that organizers can find a good location for the competition, which is expected to take place late next year.

Two months ago, Yap Kai Keng, chief representative for Indochina of WMRT, said that apart from Nha Trang, other places in the nation like Quang Ninh, Danang, Phu Quoc and Phan Thiet were also good for organizing boat races.

He said WMRT and Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in hosting the forthcoming race. The event, together with related activities, would be broadcast for no less than 20,000 minutes on TV, including Star Sports channel, to 180 countries and territories.

If the race takes place here, Vietnam will become the newest stop on WMRT's list next year, Tuan said. However, a lot of homework should be done in the preparatory process following the signing of the MOU.

Tuan said Nha Trang would be a good venue for sailing as it meets the strict requirements of WMRT in terms of infrastructure, sea and wind conditions. However, the city does not have an international standard tourist wharf while Halong does have it. -- Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily

english.thesaigontimes.vn/Home/business/tourism/13489/

Illusion Class Guy Fawkes Trophy
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Illusion Class The racing for the Guy Fawkes Trophy was one of the best attended in the class history with 33 entries over the weekend. 2 weeks ago it was clear that from the season's opening race competition was going to be the though with now 40 boats on the quay of this increasingly popular class.

The class has always shown good comradeship and 29 boats where quickly launched on Saturday to sail in a North Westerly wind force 1-2 just of Silver Beach.

After the annual Illusion Class Dinner on Saturday night Sunday was a lot cooler and the usual bulk of multiple layers of thermal clothing, gloves and skiing goggles came out for another 3 races. The race officer decided wisely to race inside the harbour after a few brave souls braved conditions outside the harbour which would not have been to everybody's liking. It took 3 starts to get everybody off the line for the first race and for the first time the black flag came into play. Pin end seemed to be favoured despite a few moored boats and Graham Bailey lead the race from start to finish.

The next two races where dominated by Graham Sunderland, Mark Downer and Graham Bailey whilst the rest of the 26 strong fleet also had their battles with each other and keeping watch of the various moored vessels and a floating dock which Phillip Bown hit head on in first race although he still managed a credible 14th place in that race.

Julia Bailey, who has just returned from the Etchells Worlds in Ireland, showed that also in this class she can show the boys the ropes and had a good score line of 9,8,5 finishing first lady and 9th overall. Andrew Christie, who was sailing last year towards the back of the fleet, sheeted his sails in and finishing a very credible overall 10th place.

The Guy Fawkes Trophy went to Graham Sunderland, 2nd Mark Downer and 3rd Graham Bailey.

The next regatta is for the Picknick Hamper 20-21 November. -- Rudy Jurg

illusionclass.org
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Industry News
A report on Turkey's growing superyacht industry will be broadcast worldwide by the BBC in November.

A TV crew for 'Middle East Business Report' visited marinas, boatbuilders, boatyards and refit centres in Göcek and Bodrum - two boatbuilding areas located on Turkey's south coast where the traditional gulet type of boat was born.

The report will focus on the development of the Turkish boatbuilding industry from traditional wooden building over the last few centuries to the high tech superyachts under construction today.

Industry leaders are also interviewed to discuss how they are surviving in the current global economic climate.

Some of the filmed locations are Orion Yachting, MarinTurk Göcek Village Port, Aegean Yacht, Cobra Yachts and Aganlar Boatyard. -- IBI www.ibinews.com/ibinews/newsdesk/20101008105836ibinews.html

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Alongside growth of 16% for its boating businesses in the 2009/2010 year, the Beneteau Group also says its income from boats has taken off to produce figures of more than 700% up over the previous 2008/2009 year.

Beneteau's boat sales amounted to €573.5m for the year ending August 31, 2010 compared to €494.3m the previous year. Income from ordinary operations grew to €32.5m from a loss of €5.3m the year before. The operating margin in 2009/2010 was 5.7% compared to the 3.4% forecast.

The group says the significant improvement in profitability comes form the success of its new models and has been achieved following €3m of investment in the launch of Beneteau's large motoryacht business. -- Boating Business, www.boatingbusiness.com/news101/beneteau-income-from-boats-up-700

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According to Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, organiser of hanseboot 2010, nearly 100,000 people visited the 51st International Boat Show Hamburg.

This total was better than both the 2009 attendance of 95,000 quoted by Hamburg Messe and the 87,973 quoted on the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO) website.

'Everything points to a strong recovery in the watersports sector - with more exhibitors, a clear rise in rented space, and finally also more visitors. We are more than satisfied with the results at hanseboot 2010,' said Bernd Aufderheide, president and CEO.

The company added the visitors total was good at the weekends and the late night on Wednesday when the show was open until 20:00 hours.

The general mood was upbeat among the 755 exhibitors, many of whom could sense that business was definitely improving, and reported better results than at last year's show, said Hamburg Messe.-- Boating Business, www.boatingbusiness.com

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IBI is launching a new online news, intelligence and data service at METS next week. The paid-for service - IBI Plus - will offer an unparalleled level of marine business news and intelligence with exclusive market data and financial reports as well as personalised alerts to your inbox on a daily basis and a daily newsletter. IBI Plus is designed to deliver the key global information, helping marine professionals work more effectively.

As well as the entire IBI news and feature archive at your fingertips, IBI Plus also includes a database of over 1,000 companies to search and analyse, as well as editorial commentary and one click downloads of IBI feature reports.

The new service will be officially launched on the IBI stand (EL.01) at the METS trade show next week and will be offered at an introductory annual subscription rate of £120 (US$185/€140), usual price £295 (US$455/€350). To sign up for a free two week trial visit IBI Plus at www.ibi-plus.com

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Australia's most successful cruising catamaran builder, Seawind, has announced the purchase of Corsair Marine, the world's foremost trailerable trimaran manufacturer.

Announcing the purchase during Seawind's 12th annual Pittwater Regatta in Sydney on the weekend, Seawind Managing Director Richard Ward said: 'This is a marriage made in heaven. The two companies have products and manufacturing processes that strongly complement each other. For both Seawind and Corsair, it will signal new growth opportunities in both the manufacturing and sales areas.'

Seawind plans to continue and strengthen the Corsair brand world-wide.

Mr Ward said that both Seawind and Corsair customers would benefit from the combined company.

Corsair has been building performance trimarans for 25 years and has launched more than 1,600 boats, with successful export markets including the USA, Europe and Australia. The company's current range includes the Dash and Sprint 750 models (24ft) as well as the C28, C31 and C37 trimarans. An awesome 50ft performance catamaran, designed by world famous Reichel Pugh design, completes the Corsair lineup.

Established in the USA in 1984, Corsair Marine was bought by Australian Corsair dealer Paul Koch in 1994 but remained at its home base in San Diego, California. Four years ago the company relocated its manufacturing plant to Vietnam from where they now export to every continent in the world. -- From Sail-World.com, www.sail-world.com

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The Last Word
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