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

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Two come-from-behind victories boosted the fortunes of Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. Racing in a light northerly breeze on a soft, late autumn day, Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady guided the Italian team to a comfortable victory against Sweden's Artemis Racing after overtaking them a few minutes into the first beat.

Brady's second match proved tougher after he conceded a start to the Synergy Russian Sailing team and then fought for more than half the race to gain the upper hand.

Their performance today lifted Mascalzone Latino Audi, the challenger of record for the next America's Cup, from a distant fifth-equal place to third.

The Italian team is only half a point away from overtaking second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand which lost today after botching a spinnaker takedown and flying the giant sail like a flag from the top of their mast.

Today was the penultimate day of the second round robin with each win worth two points and any penalties carrying a two point deduction. Only the top four teams will go through to the semi-finals which start on Friday.

The two boats at the top of the leaderboard raced today and the USA's BMW Oracle Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner James Spithill, took control at the start and fended off attacks from his Kiwi rival Dean Barker.

New Zealand's chances of a victory plummeted when a messy takedown saw them flying their spinnaker like a giant out-of-control flag from the top of their mast before they were able to cut it free.

Four matches tomorrow will wrap up the round robin and confirm the four semi-finalists. BMW Oracle Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Mascalzone Latino are all poised to go through to the semis but, with all races counting for two points and the possibility two penalty point deductions for infractions or collisions, nothing is certain.

Provisional Results after Day Three of RR2:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 12-2, 15 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 7-6, 8.5 pts
3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-8, 8 pts *
=4. All4One, 5-8, 6 pts
=4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 6-8, 6 pts *
5. Artemis Racing, 5-9, 5 pts

* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires

louisvuittontrophy.com

Class40 Route Du Rhum: The Second Wave
Throughout Thursday and early on Friday, the lead pack of single-handed Class40's swarmed over the finish line of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale with the first seven boats crossing the finish line within 24 hours after 18 days and 3,500 miles intensely close racing. On Saturday, a second wave of finishers flooded into Guadeloupe

Thomas Ruyant and his 2009 Tyker40 Destination Dunkerque were first across the line, followed by Nicolas Troussel and the new Pogo S2 Credit Mutuel de Bretagne just over three-and-half hours later. Fighting all the way to the line four hours later, Yvan Noblet and 2007 Tyker40 Appart City completed the podium with Sam Manuard on his one year-old Manuard Design Vecteur Plus taking 4th place an astonishing four minutes behind Noblet. With barely time to welcome the first four skippers ashore, Damien Grimont on another new Pogo S2 Monbana was across the finish line three hours after Manuard with German sailor, Jorg Riechers on his one year-old Owen Clarke Design FS40, Mare.de, taking 6th place under six hours later.

Under the cover of darkness, GOR entry, Jean-Edouard Criquioche completed the front pack finishers on the third Pogo S2 Groupe Picoty just under five hours later than Riechers.

While Criquioche celebrated in Pointe-a-Pitre, the second wave was descending on Guadeloupe from the north-east led by Remi Beauvais and his four year-old Philippot Design Routes du Large in 8th with 100 miles to the finish line with a 47 miles advantage over Damien Seguin with his 2007 Rogers Design Des Pieds et Des Mains. In 10th position, 18 miles behind Seguin, Bernard Stamm and Cheminees Poujoulat continued to rip through the fleet ranking since stopping in the Azores for repairs 11 days earlier with the Swiss skipper eight places in the past week. With Stamm on the right hand side of the race course, the left hand side was held by Thierry Bouchard and Comiris - Pole Sante Elior in 11th just one mile behind Cheminees Poujoulat with the entire group in north-easterly breeze.

Class40 Route du Rhum ranking at 07:00 GMT Monday 22 November:

Finished:

1. Thomas Ruyant (FRA) Destination Dunkerque ('09 Tyker40) 17d 23h 10m. 9.18kts
2. Nicolas Troussel (FRA) Credit Mutuel de Bretagne ('10 PogoS2) 18d 02h 40m. 9.12kts
3. Yvan Noblet (FRA) Appart City ('07 Tyker40) 18d 06h 38m. 8.07kts
4. Sam Manuard (FRA) Vecteur Plus ('09 Manuard) 18d 06h 42m. 8.07kts
5. Damien Grimont (FRA) Monbana ('10 PogoS2) 18d 09h 37m. 7.99kts
6. Jorg Riechers (GER) Mare.de ('09 OCD FS40) 18d 01h 32m. 7.92kts
7. Jean-Edouard Criquioche (FRA) Groupe Picoty ('10 PogoS2) 18d 19h 49m
8. Remis Beauvais (FRA) Routes du Large ('06 Philippot) 19d 08h 38m. 7.62kts
9. Bernard Stamm (SUI) Cheminees Poujoulat ('07 Rogers) 19d 20h 51m. 7.42
10. Damien Seguin (FRA) Des Pieds et Des Mains ('07 Rogers) 20d 08h 52m. 7.24kts
11. Thierry Bouchard (FRA) Comiris - Pole Sante Elior ('09 Akilaria RC2) 20d 1h 5m. 7.36kts
12. Marc Lepescueux (FRA) Marie Toit-Caen La Mer ('06 Rolland) 20d 3h 27m. 7.32kts
13. Axel Strauss (SUI-GER) Tzu Hang ('07 Akilaria) 20d 03h 36m
14. Pete Goss (GBR) DMS ('10 Akilaria RC2) 20d 04h 56m
15. Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA) Novedia-Initiatives ('07 Rogers) 20d 07h 44m. 7.26kts
16. Eric Galmard (FRA) Avis Immobilier ('07 Akilaria) 20d 09h 14m. 7.23kts
17. Regus Guillemot (FRA) Regis Guillemot Charter ('10 PogoS2) 20d 11h 54m. 7.19kts
18. Olivier Singelin (FRA) Gonser Group-Cambio ('09 Akilaria) 20d 13h 12m
19. David Augeix (FRA) EDF Energies Nouvelles-Vestas ('07 Akilaria) 20d 13h 22m
20. Louis Burton (FRA) Bureau Vallee ('05 Pogo) 20d 13h 22m
21. Eric Defert (FRA) Drekan Energie-Groupe Terrallia ('10 Tyker40) 20d 14h 19m
22. Olivier Grassi (FRA) Grassi Bateaux ('06 Akilaria) 20d 16h 10m
23. Christophe Coatnoan (FRA) Partouche ('07 JPK) 20d 18h 03m. 7.11kts
24. Philippe Fiston (FRA) Territoires Attitude ('10 Akilaria RC2) 21d 02h. 6.99kts
25. Arnaud Daval (FRA) Techneau (07 Pogo) 21d 02h 12m. 6.99kts
26. Fabrice Amedeo (FRA) Geodis ('10 Akilaria RC2) 21d 05h 21m. 6.95kts
27. Marco Nannini (ITA) UniCredit ('07 Akilaria) 21d 09h 16m. 6.9kts
28. Conrad Coleman (NZ) 40 Degrees ('09 Jaz MKII OCD) 21d 09h 22m. 6.9kts
29. Bertrand Guillonneau (FRA) Ville de Douarnenez ('06 Ker40) 21d 09h 54m. 6.9kts
30. Pierre-Marie Bazin (FRA) Les 3 caps ('08 Akilaria) 21d 12h 33m

From the GOR Site: globaloceanrace.com

Route du Rhum site: www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

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The Wight Vodka Best Yachting Bar Competition Is Back!
The second annual Wight Vodka Best Yachting Bar competition, hosted by yours truly, the team at Scuttlebutt Europe. It's fair to say that last year's inaugural event got off to a roaring start, with thousands upon thousand of votes cast from around the world's oceans. In the end, the Peter Cafe Sport in the Azores won hands down and received a trophy and prized bottle of Wight Vodka to celebrate their win.

We're confident that this year's contest will be fully powered-up from today, hence, we're outlining a few voting rules to maintain clarity during the competition.

1. The Submissions - As of today, we will begin accepting your written recommendations of your favourite yachting bar. The deadline for the submissions is Saturday the 4th December. Please include your name, email, the name and location of your favourite bar, the reasons for your love affair, including commentary on atmosphere, the people, the staff, the location, the food, and of course the drink.

2. The Panel Selection - A panel of judges from Wight Vodka, Seahorse magazine and Scuttlebutt Europe will read each essay and choose the Top Ten Bars to put forward for the vote. Please keep in mind that the top ten will be chosen based both on the quality and passion of the submission, as well as the numbers of submissions received for a particular bar. The emphasis, however, will be on the quality of your submission.

3. The Voting - From Saturday, the 11th December, the Top Ten Bars will be announced and the voting will begin. Voting this year will be accessed through the Scuttlebutt Europe website and will be open until Saturday the 27th December.

4. The Winning Bar - The winner will be announced on 31st December and, similar to last year, the crew from Wight Vodka will be placing calls to the winning bars on New Year's Eve to congratulate them!

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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011
2011 will see the 14th Rolex Farr 40 World Championship return to Sydney, Australia and will be held February 23-26.

Sydney hosted the 2005 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds which was won by local sailor Richard Perini and his team Evolution. 28 boats raced on the race course located outside Sydney heads on the race course known as the Macquarie Circle which is where the 2011 racing will take place and the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Champion will be crowned.

Everyone will be able to enjoy fantastic racing and hospitality which Sydney is renowned for. While in Sydney we hope everyone can enjoy all that Sydney and the surrounding area has to offer.

Team supporters, family and friends can enjoy the racing or spend time exploring Sydney or maybe the vineyards in the Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains or the Southern Highlands all within a two hour drive from downtown Sydney. The laid-back outdoor lifestyle and natural beauty make Sydney a great city to visit.

The entry form is now available for download
farr40worlds.com/images/stories/pdf/worlds_entryform.pdf

And the notice of race now online and available for download:
farr40worlds.com/notice-of-race

Twist In The Tale Predicted For World Match Racing Tour Finale
With five skippers still in with a chance of winning the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) as the series heads for the final event of the season at the Monsoon Cup, WMRT has drawn comparisons to the recent grandstand finish in Formula 1 which saw four drivers go into the final Grand Prix of the year with a shot at winning the title.

Sailing pundit Mark Chisnell, who has watched the action unfold throughout the season, has called into question championship leader Matthieu Richard's preparation saying: "I was interested to see that he's chosen to race in Perth just before the Monsoon Cup. Mathieu is very methodical in his preparation, and I'm sure he's got a plan, but this year his worst results have come in events that followed closely one after another - not a particularly good omen for him."

While Chisnell believes the race is too close to call between Richard, Minoprio and Ainslie, he has all but written off the chances of Williams and Mirsky adding, "Even if I was a betting man, I wouldn't put a pound on it, it's just too close. I'd only say that it will be Richard, Minoprio or Ainslie - too much has to go the way of Mirsky or Williams for them to come from behind and take it. But after that, it's wide open."

Chisnell has also warned of the impact the rest of the field will have in deciding the outcome. With all the skippers having to take part in the Qualifying Round Robin to win their place in the knock out stages no-one is guaranteed a place in the final.

Alluding to the importance of the rest of the teams, Chisnell said, "They could have a huge impact - last year, it was decided when Peter Gilmour beat Torvar Mirsky in the quarter-finals. Gilly couldn't overhaul Minoprio to win it by then, but instead, he stopped the man who could."

See Mark's tables and the "he wins if..." explanations at:

www.wmrt.com

YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year
The finalists of the 2010 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year awards have been announced. The vote for the overall winner now goes to the members of the Yachting Journalists' Association (YJA) in a secret ballot. The winner of each award will be revealed at two separate ceremonies during the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show in January 2011.

YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year finalists include Edward Wright. Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner. Edward is one of the true heavy hitters of the Finn class. This year he took first place in the Rolex Miami OCR , Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Mallorca, the North American Championship and the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco. Lucy MacGregor and team. Ladies World Match Racing Winners. Having gained National, European and World Championship titles and rapidly risen through the ranks to lead the World rankings, Lucy MacGregor and her team are a promising prospect for the future of British sailing. Geoff Holt. Geoff became the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic when he sailed into the British Virgin Islands in January 7th 2010, overcoming personal adversity and achieving his own impossible dream. It took 28 days to complete the 2,700 mile voyage.

Finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year include Anya Colley. RYA National British Ski Stock Champion. Six of her World titles and many of her other achievements have been secured in mixed gender competition. Joanna Freeman and Hannah Mitchell. Joanna and Hannah won the RYA Volvo Nationals in Weymouth in April 2010 and placed 4th at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Turkey, narrowly missing out on a 2nd through protest. Izzy Hamilton. Izzy picked up her third Youth National title in April 2010. Izzy won a Silver medal at the European Youth Championships in Sopot, Poland and another at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Izzy has just successfully defended her class Youth World title in Cyprus becoming Britain's first ever double windsurfung Youth World Champion.

Winners of both awards will be voted for by members of the Yachting Journalists' Association. The YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony at midday on Tuesday 11th January 2011 at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London.

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British Solo Sailor Takes Fourth Place in Velux 5 Oceans Leg One
British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major today became the fourth skipper to complete the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. After 36 days and 44 minutes at sea, the 33-year-old from Cowes, Isle of Wight, crossed the finish line in Cape Town, South Africa, at 4.44pm local time in beautiful weather conditions.

Chris, known by his nickname CSM, sailed 7,849 nautical miles on his 60ft ocean racing yacht Spartan at an average speed of 9.08 knots on the gruelling solo sprint from La Rochelle in France. It was a huge accomplishment for CSM, an experienced ocean yachtsman but a newcomer to singlehanded ocean racing.

CSM joined the VELUX 5 OCEANS line up less than two months after completing the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in which he skippered a 68ft yacht with an 18-strong crew of amateur sailors. His first foray into solo ocean racing was a baptism of fire which began moments after the starting gun on October 17, minor breakages onboard his Eco 60 Spartan hampering his start.

After passing the Equator Chris turned his attentions to hunting down third placed Derek Hatfield, and at one point was just 100 nautical miles behind. It was a close fight right until the end of the leg, with Derek arriving in Cape Town just over 48 hours ahead of CSM.

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Nicholas O'leary Wins ISAF All Ireland Sailing Championship 2010
Following a nail-biting five race final in Kinsale on Saturday the 20th of November, Nicholas O'Leary (RCYC) was crowned ISA All Ireland Sailing Champion 2010. He is now the only competitor in the history of the event to win 3 consecutive championship titles.

It was an incredibly close competition between the top three sailors. The 5th and final race in the SailFleet J80's began with Nicholas O'Leary, his father Anthony O'Leary (RCYC) and fellow Royal Cork Yacht Club opponent Neil Kenefick all tied on five points each, allowing for discards. All three competitors had won at least one race prior so the pressure to outperform each other was fierce.

Ultimately it was Nicholas O'Leary who proved worthy of the Helmsman Trophy by winning the final race and beating his father to the title. Nicholas was followed closely by his father Anthony O'Leary (RCYC) who placed 2nd overall, with Neil Kenefick (RCYC) claiming 3rd place.

Yacht Rescue Off Qingdao
On Sunday 3 Flying Tigers set sail from Qingdao Olympic Marina for what should have been a nice afternoon sail off the harbour.

A number of factors, not least a frontal system arriving earlier and more fiercely than some weather websites had predicted resulted in the fleet being scattered.

A wind from the north at over 30 knots appeared from out of the blue around 3pm when some sites were predicting 18kts around 5pm. It was if someone had suddenly opened a door so sudden was it's arrival.

One boat reacted quickly, dropped the headsail, reefed the main and headed back bare headed, the second had some gear issues but followed the first into the harbour shortly after but the third for whatever reason couldn't make a Northing against the wind and the rapidly building sea and called for help but by this time they were being swept south at around 4-5knots and were already 6 miles offshore.

With the coastguard informed and responded at least 2 powerful cutters headed for sea in the gathering gloom and we watched as the searchlight swept the sea with the occasional flare being sent up to see if the casualty could see them.

In short order the Chinese Authorities had 16 ships officially involved in the search and the seriousness and effective way they mobilized their resources should be congratulated and be given a most sincere vote of thanks from the lost sailors.

Radio broadcasts were also made to all shipping to keep a weather eye out for the missing 10m yacht and the search was coordinated from the Maritime Safety Agency(MSA) Control Room in Qingdao. The ships were spread out in a line and commenced a downwind search for the yacht and six missing sailors.

Contact was made with a Chinese fishing boat at 0700 on Monday morning and an almost unbelievable 60Nm south of Qingdao.

So a happy ending to an incident that could have had an entirely different outcome than 6 tired, cold and uncomfortable sailors.

Of course there will be the inevitable enquiry, and there should be, just as there was after the much more serious events in the English Channel in 1979 and the Bass Straight in 1999. Without such, valuable lessons will be missed and the learning curve will not be climbed.

Quickly do the math - that's an effective search area of around 1500-2000 square miles - what was that about a needle in the haystack?

Well done China Coastguard and China MSA! -- Alistair Skinner

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* From David Brunskill: It is an interesting reflection that in both of the forthcoming round the world races for IMOCA and Class 40 - the Barcelona Round the World Race and the Global Ocean Race - French entries are outnumbered by entrants from other countries.

This is a first; a reflection of the growth in popularity of oceanic racing from competitors and the increased global interest from sponsors and followers of the sport.

* From Alexandre Barbera: I'm a French journalist working on the prime time TV show "Les 30 Histoires". On the next edition of the show we would like to make a report featuring footage of an American sailing team at the Australian Sailing Final in the 2000's. My problem is I don't have any information about this footage about the sailors (I don't even know their names!). I only have four pictures taken before the race. Maybe you will be able to recognize them.

* Editor: Here's the Youtube link. This is circa 2005, the skiff Country Comfort having a run-in with the Manly Ferry in Sydney Habour (ferries there have the right of way over everything, all the time). Anyone out there know who the crew was on that skiff / in the clip? Who are the Yanks?

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Scuttlebutt Europe #2223 - 22 November PDF Print E-mail

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BMW Oracle Racing Dominates Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Photo by Sander van der Borch / Artemis, www.sandervanderborch.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai The American team BMW Oracle Racing sailed a near-flawless race today against Sweden's Artemis Racing to maintain their margin at the top of the leaderboard

Everything didn't go their way. Earlier in the day James Spithill and his team were defeated by the French/German team All4One whose helmsman Sebastien Col won the start and staved off determined American attacks, especially on the first three legs. It was only the second loss in the series for the American team.

Except for BMWOR which holds a four and a half point lead on 13 points, the leaderboard at the Louis Vuitton Trophy remained tightly-packed after the second day of competition in the second round

The hard luck story of the day was the Swedish team Artemis Racing which lost two races, each worth two points, to drop from third place overall to fourth. They had started the day in third place, just one and half points behind second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand.

Provisional Results after Day Two of RR2:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 11-2, 13 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 7-5, 8.5 pts
3. All4One, 5-7, 6 pts
4. Artemis Racing, 5-8, 5 pts
=5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 5-7, 4 pts *
=5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 4-8, 4 pts *

* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires

In Round Robin One, each team sailed every other team twice, with each win worth one point.

In Round Robin Two, each team will sail every other team once, with each win worth two points.

At the conclusion of Round Robin Two, the top four teams will advance to the semi finals. The bottom two teams are eliminated.

louisvuittontrophy.com

ARC 2010 Starts - 233 Yachts Cross the Line in Sunshine
The 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style today as 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

The early morning rain and dark clouds cleared away, to be replaced by bright sunshine and the light NE wind filled to provide a reaching start. For the thousands of spectators ashore and afloat it was a picture perfect start to the 25th ARC. After crossing the start line in 8-10 knots and light swell, a colourful display of spinnakers were hoisted to help the yachts on their way. The forecast is for the light north easterlies to continue for the next few days.

Nineteen yachts competing in the IRC Racing Division, run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), were first to start, crossing the line towards the south west. The start made for great viewing for spectators ashore, as the yachts passed between committee boat, Spanish naval ship Vancedora, and a laid mark inshore.

The racers made the most of the reaching conditions, and all flew spinnakers for the start. First across the line was Beneteau First 47.7, Alcor V (ITA), followed by Caro (GER), Marisja (NED), We Sail for the Whale (AUT) and Nibani (ITA).

Starting 10 minutes later were the larger boats competing in the 8 strong Invitation Racing Division, also under IRC, and the 6 yachts in the Open Divisions. The Invitation Racing and Open Divisions are for vessels longer than 18.3m (60 feet). Classic 1920s schooner Texel (GBR) crossed the line in stately fashion with multiple sails set, followed by Invitation Racing Division yachts Hagar II (ITA), Venonmous (GBR), Berenice (ITA), Fenix (GBR) and round-the-world veteran Steinlager II (GBR).

At 1300, the cruising yachts, forming the majority of the fleet, created the now familiar ARC spectacle as 200 boats set off towards Saint Lucia. Almost every popular boatbuilder of the last 40 years is represented in the Cruising Division, including the smallest yacht in ARC 2010, Honningpupp II (NOR) a Comfort 32.

News from the fleet can be found on the official ARC website where daily yacht position reports will be displayed and visitors can view individual route maps for each yacht. Each yacht is fitted with a Yellowbrick iridium tracker, with positions updated automatically every 6 hours. Crews will also contribute daily logs and images direct to the site which can be viewed at www.worldcruising.com/arc

Seahorse December 2010
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A Thunderbolt For The Sport
The report of the International Sailing Federation's Olympic Commission, presented last weekend to the ISAF Events Committee and Council, is a wake up call that should not be ignored by the sport.

The International Olympic Committee statistics published by the Olympic Commission are damning. Yachting was the least popular Olympic sport in 2004 and 2008 in terms of number of hours per day of competition coverage.

To compound that statistic, yachting was the sixth most expensive to produce for television.

So you have a relatively expensive sport to produce, which doesn't get broadcast by the rights holders.

Yachting does not fare well when the IOC conducted a further analysis of the number of Federations represented on the World body of sailing and their distribution. Yachting was the sixth lowest in 2004, and after baseball and Softball were dropped from the Olympic Program after 2004, Yachting was down to fourth to last.

Very simply, as a sport, sailing does not rate. TV rights are a joke. And the only viable current model, like with the 33rd America's Cup, is to give away the coverage free of rights and recoup the cost from competitors or direct sponsorship.

Guess who holds the Media Rights for all sailing events? Yep, the International Sailing Federation.

And the dear old ISAF, under immense initial pressure from the event organisers themselves, has a policy of handing these right onto the event organizers without charge, without direction, and without a coverage plan that works for the overall benefit of the sport.

While the ISAF probably has no chance of forcing the likes of the America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Trophy, Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour, TP 52's and the like, to work under the aegis of the world body of the sport (as happens in many other codes), clearly there has to be some co-operation and a will to work in the best interests of the sport - rather than purely in event self-interest, as at present.

You can read the full Olympic Commission report here: www.sailing.org/32708.php

by Richard Gladwell in Sail-World.com, his full editorial at
www.sail-world.com/UK/

Perth International Regatta - Final Day and Medallists
Lisa Ericson and Astrid Gabrielsson win Women's 470. Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, www.oceanimages.co.uk. Click on image for photo gallery.

Perth International Regatta The Perth International Regatta ended today with the eight gold medals being shared between sailors from the northern and southern hemisphere.

Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the glamour 49er class from Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign from Great Britain and Emmanuel Dyen and Stephane Christidis from France.

The Men's 470 gold medal was won by Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela from Israel. Great Britain finished in second and third places with Nic Asher and Elliott Willis followed by Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell.

Kliger said that he and Sela were hoping to stay in Fremantle for another two or three weeks to get in some extra training in the local conditions ahead of next year's ISAF Sailing World Championships.

Sweden won the Women's 470 with Lisa Ericson and Astrid Gabrielsson, who finished ahead of Ingrid Petit Jean and Nadeje Douroux of France and Denmark's Henriette Koch and Lane Sommer.

In the Men's Laser, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, finished second in the medal race to take the gold from Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia and Paul Goodison of Great Britain.

The medal race on Saturday for the Laser Radial was abandoned and two Finnish sailors Sari Multala and Tuula Tenkanen took first and second on the fleet results with Alberte Holm Lindberg taking third place.

The RS:X windsurfer sailors got in only one of their two scheduled medal races today. The Open medal race was sailed resulting in gold for Marina Alabau from Spain. Jessica Crisp of Australia finished second with Marina Rambaud of France in third place.

The medal race for the Men's windsurfer event was abandoned, which left Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands with the gold medal, followed by Richardo Santos of Brazil and Jon-Paul Tobin of New Zealand.

The Finn event was decided on Saturday when the medal race was abandoned, which left fleet leader Jonathan Lobert of France winning the gold, with Giles Scott of Great Britain second and Rafael Trujillo Villar of Spain third.

The weather on the last day of the regatta ranged from light to moderate winds under a cloudy sky with occasional rain showers.

www.perth2011.com

Robertson Crowned Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Champion
Phil Robertson was today crowned the Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championship beating Josh Junior 3-1 in the final. Robertson joins Dean Barker, Chris Dickson, Gavin Brady & Rod Davis on the list of names engraved on the New Zealand Match Racing Cup.

For the first time in the Championships, a strong southerly breeze greeted the four skippers as they headed out on to the Waitemata Harbour to contest the finals. In the petit final, William Tiller was 1-0 up on Reuben Corbett. Corbett was a little too eager to get the match back on level pegging, crossing the start line early and gifting Tiller 3rd place overall.

Robertson started the day knowing he was 1 up on Josh Junior and his crew were determined to increase their 18 match unbeaten streak. However it was obvious Junior was not going to let Robertson have it all his own way and make the finals a clean sweep. Their matches produced toe to toe racing with both skippers sailing well in conditions more suited to the Wellington based skipper Josh Junior.

Junior in keeping the pressure on Robertson in the first race of the morning copped a penalty leaving Robertson 2-0 up going into the 3rd flight. Junior pounced when an unusual slip in Robertson's crew work led to a bad kite hoist. Despite Robertson having a real crack at Junior on the last downwind leg, there was not enough run way to get past and Junior crossed the finish line a mere 2 seconds ahead of his rival. 2-1.

In what turned out to be the last race of the day, Robertson and his crew had a great start, but with Junior bringing the breeze with him all the way down the course and slowly closing the gap it was a nervous skipper & crew who finally crossed the finish line 6s ahead to claim the win and the Championships, 3-1.

Robinson will be feeling buoyed by his team's performance. Next week they're off to compete in their Sunseeker Australia Cup in Perth in which Tiller & Corbett are also competing. That will be the last match racing event in their build up to the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia in December.

Final results
1. Phil Robertson
2. Josh Junior
3. Will Tiller
4. Reuben Corbett
5. Chris Dickson
6. David Wood
7. Dan Pooley
8. Samantha Osborne
9. Byeong Ki Park

www.rnzys.org.nz

Australian Women's Match Racing Championship
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Australian Women's Match Racing Championship The New Zealand Sailing Team crew skippered by Stephanie Hazard have underlined their London 2012 Olympic Games medal-winning prospects by winning the Australian women's match racing championship on Hobart's River Derwent today.

Hazard, sailing with Susannah Pyatt (bow), Nichola Trudgen (trim and pit) and Jenna Hansen (main), progressed through a double round robin to the semi-finals and then winning the final in convincing style.

"The racing was tight and eventful and the competitors kept us working hard right to the bitter end," commented the Kiwi team, who all came from a dinghy background at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron before being brought into New Zealand's Olympic match racing scheme this year.

After finishing a close second overall in the two round-robins to Australia's high ranked Olivia Price and her crew from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the New Zealand women fought back through todday's semi-finals and final to win the title.

The ten crews of young women from Australia and New Zealand had had three days of, at times, tough sailing conditions before today, when Hobart turned on perfect sunny weather with a 10-12 knot sea breeze coming up the Derwent.

The four semi-finalists responded with some brilliant tactical sailing, showing aggressive pre-start skills more like America's Cup match racing veterans.

The four semi-finalists, in ranking order, were Olivia Price (AUS) on 16 points from the double round-robin, Stephanie Hazard (NZL) 15, Nina Curtis (AUS) 14 and Amanda Scrivenor (AUS). -- Peter Campbell

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Canadian Derek Hatfield Third In Velux 5 Oceans First Leg
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Derek Hatfield Canadian solo sailor Derek Hatfield today sailed into Cape Town to take the third podium position in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek's arrival in the South African city ends a gruelling 33 days at sea for the 57-year-old, the oldest skipper in the Velux 5 Oceans fleet.

Derek, who won class three of the 2002/3 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans, crossed the finish line at 2.37pm local time in stormy 25 knot winds from the north west and rough seas. During ocean sprint one, the first of five legs that make up the 30,000 nautical mile round the world race, Derek sailed 7,932 nautical miles at an average speed of 9.74 knots in 33 days, 22 hours and 37 minutes.

After crossing the finish line, Derek was reunited with his wife and fellow solo sailor Patianne Verburgh. Patianne joined Derek on his 60ft Eco 60 ocean racing yacht Active House to help bring the boat alongside the dock in front of waiting crowds at the North Wharf. Ocean sprint one winner Brad Van Liew and second placed Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski joined Derek to celebrate his arrival, a tradition of the Velux 5 Oceans. Brad arrived in Cape Town six days ahead of Derek last Sunday, while Gutek arrived on Wednesday.

For third place Derek is awarded nine points and takes home €12,000 in prize money.
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: finished Nov 14, 28 days, 1 hour, 51 mins
Gutek: finished Nov 17, 31 days, 6 hours, 3 mins
Derek Hatfield: finished Nov 20; 33 days, 22 hours and 37 minutes
Chris Stanmore-Major: 468.6; 224.9; 9.4
Christophe Bullens: 3,189.9; 95.8; 4

www.velux5oceans.com

ORC AGM Minutes Now Available
The minutes of the 2010 ORC Annual General Meeting, held over 5-9 November in Athens, Greece are now posted online at the ORC website: www.orc.org

These include Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Congress, the International Technical Committee, the Measurement Committee, the Management Committee, the Offshore Classes and Events Committee, the Promotion and Development Committee, the Race Management Committee, and the Rating Officers Committee.

First drafts of the new rules texts will be available soon and ORC tech staff intends to issue beta 2011 VPP and ORC Manager by the 1st December 2010 in order to have it tested by all Rating offices before January 1st 2011 when new rules will start to apply.

Some new products and services are also intended to be ready soon, such as the new Sailors Services microsite, a new ORC monthly Newsletter in English, Italian and Spanish, and the 2011 ORC Yearbook.

ORC remains dedicated to bringing you up-to-date information on all Rating System, ORC Classes, and ORC-related event activities through e-mail notices such as this at www.orc.org

French Team Is Entry #19 in the Global Ocean Race
A fifth, French, double-handed Class40 team has entered the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) bringing the total of confirmed entries to 19 with a rush of four entries within the last four weeks. The highly-experienced, professional sailor, Lionel Regnier, will be sharing the circumnavigation with two co-skippers: fellow Frenchman, Pierre-Yves Cavan, and Belgian yachtsman, Denis Van Weyn Bergh. Regnier will be competing on the very competitive, brand new Akilaria RC2, 400 Mille Sabords.

Regnier and his GOR team have an enormous bank of offshore experience. Regnier's racing profile includes two Mini Transat races; the 2005 OSTAR; the 2006 Route du Rhum on Class40 FNAIM Pays de Loire; the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007 and the double-handed Class40 La Solidaire du Chocolat last year on board Vale Inco - Nouvelle Calédonie. During the GOR, the 51 year-old Frenchman will alternate with two co-skippers who have already amassed valuable offshore Class40 time with Regnier. Pierre-Yves Cavan is a science teacher with a passion for sailing and has competed in the Skippers d'Islande race - a round trip event from France to Iceland and back - and in the Class40 Les Sables-Madeira-Les Sables Race. In 2007, the 43 year-old yachtsman joined Regnier for the Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed race. Denis Van Weyn Bergh from Belgium had five years of long haul delivery sailing - much of it with Regnier on his Class40 - before tasting double-handed Class40 racing in the Normandy Channel with Class40 Association President, Jacques Fournier, on Groupe Picoty earlier this year. The 43 year-old businessman has taken shorthanded sailing a step further and is currently racing solo on his 2007 Pogo Class40, Green Energy 4 Seasons - Diabetics Challenges.

Regnier's 400 Mille Sabords campaign is the fifth French team in the GOR, joining his countrymen Patrice Carpentier and his team; Jacques Fournier and Jean-Edouard Criquioche with Groupe Picoty; Tanguy de Lamotte's team and the Franco-English duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron. Of the nine countries represented in the GOR, France now has the most entries with one more team than Great Britain.

globaloceanrace.com

Cats and Skiffs at Kieler Woche
This year's Kieler Woche will be more modern than ever (18 to 26 June 2011). It will include a debut for two skiff classes and a comeback for two catamaran classes on the Kiel Fjord. This shows the immediate reaction of the persons resonsible for the Kieler Woche on the decision of the International Sailing Federation ISAF on Friday, 12 November, to re-include the catamarans in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016), since their exclusion for 2012.

The former Olympic Tornado in particular wants to use Kieler Woche in the 129th year since its appearance as a venue to prove to be suitable for the catamaran class in Rio. "The Tornados will be sailing very close to the audience in front of the Kieler Yacht Club. The inner fjord thus will become a sailing arena, presented in a competent way at the Audi stage", says the Chief Race Manager Jobst Richter (Kieler Yacht-Club), who planned the fast catamarans' performance in the first half of the race week (18 to 22 June).

Also the A-class catamarans will reappear at the Kieler Woche. The single-handed doublehulls were already present in 2001 in front of Schilksee. America's Cup aspirants gain experience riding on these narrow hulls. Up to 30 A-class catamarans are expected to race together with the F18s and Hobies for the international part of the Kieler Woche (23 to 26 June).

The Musto Performance Skiffs (MPS) will show up in Kiel for the first time. But the premiere will be also a homecoming for the single-handed skiffs with spectacular trapeze and gennaker setup. The concept of the racy class originates from Dr. Joachim Harpprecht from Molfsee (close to Kiel). His construction from 1999 enjoys great popularity in England, where the MPS is built, 200 of them have already been sold. In the past years, the skiff also became more popular in Germany, now counting 50 owners.

There is another skiff class having its first big performance at the Kieler Woche 2011. The 29erXXs' ambition is to be the class for the recently nominated discipline High Performance of the women. -- Hermann Hell

Regatta Dates Kieler Woche 2011: 18 to 26 June.

www.kieler-woche.de

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Spithill Extends Dominance at Louis Vuitton Dubai
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Louis Vuitton Dubai James Spithill, the youngest skipper to win the America's Cup, continued an unbroken record today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai as his BMW Oracle Racing team posted two more victories in close match racing.

The American team's record is 6-0 and six points. Their nearest competition is Emirates Team New Zealand in second place with 3-2 and only 2.5 points after an jury penalty on Sunday.

Spithill was merciless in his opening match against Italian Francesco Bruni steering Synergy Russian Sailing. Spithill waited until the last minute of the pre-start before swooping in to attack.

Seconds later he'd grabbed a controlling position on Synergy's port quarter and pushed the Russian boat above the start line as the gun went. The Russians had to go back and start property while Spithill increased his lead on every leg, finishing 300 metres ahead, the biggest margin of the day.

Spithill's second race against the Russians was a different story. BMW Oracle Racing tactician John Kostecki described the race as "quite tight." The Americans rounded the top mark first but Kostecki said the first beat was touch and go.

"We got to them just about at the layline," Kostecki said. "They had to bail out and we were able to roll them. They had to do two tacks at the top mark. I think we played that right. It was real close though. It could have gone either way."

Spithill finally got control of the race after a hair-raising leeward mark rounding when the Russian team came charging back into contention and rounded inside the American boat, claiming and getting an inside overlap.

"We managed to get them to tack away and incur a penalty," Kostecki said. "Out of that we got the starboard advantage and got ahead on the last beat and ended up winning the race. It was a good race. It feels good to be 6-0."

Results:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 6-0, 6 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 3-2, 2.5 pts *
= 3. Artemis Racing, 2-3, 2 pts
= 3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 2-3, 2 pts
= 3. All4One, 2-4, 2 pts
6. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 2-4, 1 pts *

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

louisvuittontrophy.com

Here Come The Roaring 40's
A long, and busy night in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe saw more and more finishers completing the Route du Rhum La Banque Postale 2010, and it is only set to get more hectic when the Class 40 fleet start arriving late Wednesday or Thursday depending on how cruel or kind the winds on the approach to the Caribbean island turn out to be.

Notable finishes last night included Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) and Arnaud Boissieres (Akena Verandas), the two IMOCA Open 60 skippers who chose the southerly routing option. Desjoyeaux arrived in sixth position, just under one day behind fellow Vendee Globe winner Vincent Riou (PRB). He joked about going south for the sun early but admitted that there was very little to choose between the two options before making his choice " I did what I wanted. From time to time you try things when you don't know if they will be good or not so good. I expected to have 50 miles of deficit in the south of the Azores amticyclone and it was 150. There the mass was said." Desjoyeaux said. "I have had time to digest this. Now we move on. Life goes on."

The only IMOCA skipper left at sea, Christoper Pratt on DCNS 1000 - who has been battling with no electrics since last Thursday morning, was due to finish this evening (CET/Paris). Having sailed a very competitive and creditable first half of the race, the young skipper from Marseille, was enjoying a boat-for-boat sprint to the line against Servan Escoffier (Saint Malo 2015), due to finish seventh of seven in the Ultime multihull fleet.

But it is the Class 40 race which has race watchers twitching with anticipation as Thomas Ruyant closes to within 380 miles of the finish on Destination Dunkerque, with a lead now of only 59.8 miles ahead of Nico Troussel (Credit Mutuel de Bretagne) who has closed back around 20 miles on the leader over the last two days, but the leading trio - Germany's Jorg Riecher on Mare.de is third - are now filing in a line towards the NW corner of the island, all knowing what the possibility of an overnight shut down of the breeze might do for their prospects

Britain's Pete Goss holds 13th position, approaching Guadeloupe from his more southerly routing reported light winds today, and looks set to suffer slightly less wind on his course in to the island, but the Cornish skipper admitted he is delighted with his race so far.

www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

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Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championships
Race 1 of the Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championships 2010 gets underway at 1000 hrs on Thursday 18th November, a day later than originally scheduled. This is due in part to Emirates Team New Zealand match racing in Dubai and other skippers competing on the World Match Racing Tour. The delay however affords those competing two days of practice in the Farr MRX yachts .

Whilst last year's winner Laurie Jury is unavailable to defend his title, five skippers return from 2009, each hoping to improve on their performance. Reuben Corbett from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) finished 2nd in 2009 and is one of the favourites hoping to have his name engraved on the New Zealand Match Racing Cup. Corbett, currently ranked 12th on the ISAF World Match Racing ranking list knows his competition will be strong. Chris Dickson (3rd in 2009), Josh Junior (5th), representing Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club and Will Tiller (6th) will all be hoping it is their name on the Cup at the end of the Championships.

Both Corbett & Tiller (ranked 34th in the world) have tasted match racing success in 2010 and no doubt their matches will be hotly contested. Corbett was first in the 2010 Sail of the White Knights, Grade 1, National Congress Palace Cup in Russia and the York Cup in Toronto, Canada whilst Tiller defended his title in the Governor's Cup in Balboa, California and won the Warren Jones U25 Regatta in Perth.

Phil Robertson will also be providing stiff competition. Robertson (ranked 18th) won the 2010 BMW Sailing Cup World Final in Auckland as well as the Knickerbocker Cup in New York and will be eager to ensure he comes out in the top 4 at the end of the two round robins, having narrowly missed out on the semi finals when he last competed in 2008.

The other competitor returning this year is the Championship's only female skipper, Samantha Osborne. Osborne is part of the Yachting New Zealand Womens Match Racing Olympic Squad and will be aiming to improve on her performance of 10th in 2009 and challenge the boys on the water. Osborne is sailing with a mixed crew, calling on the RNZYS Commodore Ross Masters as her pitman.

www.rnzys.org.nz/sailing

Ainslie To Contest Sunseeker Australia Cup
Perth, Western Australia: Ben Ainslie has confirmed that he will be contesting the Sunseeker Australia Cup later this month, on the Swan River, close to the heart of the city of Perth.

Ainslie, who has scored three gold and one silver medals over the past four Olympic Games, is returning to the event in which he finished second last year, hoping to avenge his defeat at the hands of local skipper Torvar Mirsky, in last year's final.

The British sailor is one of five skippers who can win the 2010 World Match Racing Tour Championship if he produces enough points at the final event, the Monsoon Cup, so the opportunity to race in the Sunseeker Australia Cup is invaluable.

So invaluable that three others of the potential world champions are also coming to contest the series.

Ainslie will be up against current Tour leader, Frenchman Mathieu Richard, fellow Briton and former world champion Ian Williams, and local Western Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky, in what is effectively a dress rehearsal for the World Championship finale.

The Sunseeker Australia Cup, which runs from 24th to 27th November, will be hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and managed by Swan River Sailing, using their fleet of identical Foundations 36 yachts. -- John Roberson

Skippers
1. Mathieu Richard FRA
2. Ben Ainslie GBR
3. Torvar Mirsky AUS
4. Ian Williams GBR
5. Reuben Corbett NZL
6. Ian Ainslie RSA
7. Phil Robertson NZL
8. Keith Swinton AUS
9. William Tiller NZL
10. Peter Nicholas AUS

www.australiacup.org.au

Kayospruce Distributes New Ferrari Stamoid Marine Fabrics
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Monsoon Cup Wild Card Hansen Tips Ainslie for World Championship
The Monsoon Cup has announced that Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Hansen Global Team, will be the Wildcard entrant for the World Match Racing Tour's championship deciding finale in Malaysia, which will be staged from 30 November to 5 December.

Speaking to www.wmrt.com Hansen said, "I actually think Ben [Ainslie] will win, he's in good form. Having not looked too good in Denmark he was right back to his very best in Bermuda. I think TEAMORIGIN pulling out of the America's Cup means that he can now fully focus on match racing. I think he'll win in Malaysia and is the one we all have to beat."

Hansen, who has a strong record at the Monsoon Cup having twice finished on the podium, is relishing the chance of getting back to Kuala Terengganu and signing off his season with a strong performance.

To read the full interview with Bjorn Hansen (SWE) please visit www.wmrt.com

New Volvo Ocean Race Trophy Unveiled
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New Volvo Ocean Race Trophy Unveiled Alicante, Spain: The spectacular new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante this evening, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race Conference for the 2011 - 12 edition. The Vice President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Gerardo Camps, joined Knut Frostad, CEO Volvo Ocean Race to unveil the new trophy.

The final design of the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is a product of a highly fought over bidding process, which Spanish company Proximma Comunicacion won. The trophy, which stands 70cm high and weighs nine kilos, comprises of 11 wave-shaped rings, each one representing an edition of the race. A new ring will be added after every future edition. Through the masts supporting the rings, there is a glimpse of the blue ocean hidden inside.

Made of aluminum and silver plate, this trophy represents a modern yet legendary race, which has a heritage of 37 years. Leading edge design, satellite communication, technology and innovation have always played an important role in the development of the event and the new trophy reflects this.

Engraved on each ring, is the year of the race and the route, together with the name of the winning boat and her skipper. The eleventh ring will be engraved at the end of the event when it finishes in Galway in the summer of 2012.

www.volvooceanrace.com

Optis At The Asian Games
The 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, opened in dramatic style with a ceremony which drew on Guangzhou's rich maritime history, held in a purpose built arena, located on a small island on the Pearl River. Sailing is one of the 42 sports in this multi-sport event, held every four years in Asia, allowing athletes from all over the Asian continent to compete.

Optimist girl and boy are two of the 14 sailing classes and participation in these two fleets, along with the Laser Radial, is the highest amongst the sailing class entries with 12 nations participating, which is more than 25% of those nations eligible to compete.

The optimist fleet has entries from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Iran, India, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The entry from Iran in both boys and girls fleets is particularly encouraging as it was only as recently as 2009 when they participated at their first IODA Continental Championship and already this year they have had sailors finishing races in the top 20 in what was a very strong fleet at the IODA Asian Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Sri Lanka are another country represented in Guangzhou whose fledgling fleet benefitted from an IODA 6 for 5 grant for boats and sails and more recently an IODA regatta grant to Pattaya.

These nations and many more from other continents around the world, will be participating in Malaysia at the 2010 IODA World Championships in December.

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Phoenicia to Feature on BBC2 Series Ancient Worlds
Tomorrow evening Phoenicia will make an appearance in the new BBC documentary series "Ancient Worlds". Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles explores the roots of civilisation in an epic series that runs from the creation of the first cities in Mesopotamia to the fall of the Roman Empire. Phoenicia features in Episode 2 (9pm on BBC2 17th November) and again, for a longer feature, in Episode 5 (9pm on BBC2 5th December). Viewers in the UK can watch this on BBC2 and those from further a field can catch up with the series on the BBC iplayer.

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International Yacht Forum February 2011
The first International Yacht Forum was launched in Hamburg at the Chamber of Commerce in February 2010, attracting well over 220 participants from Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the US, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK. Due to the enormous success, the Forum will be held again in February, 2011.

The offshore racing scene in Northern Europe is acting primarily at regional level. Despite the short distances very little of the teams are sailing outside their country borders. Even more, no global rating system has yet been established. ORC and IRC are competing in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Great Britain. Denmark, Norway and Sweden are dealing with their own rating systems such as Dansk HandiCap, LYS and SRS. Racing your boat in all northern countries requires up to five rating certificates - it is not surprising that there is very little international exchance between northern european racers.

One world - one Rule!
This will be the key issue of the 2nd International Yacht Forum on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg.The International Yacht Forum of the German Owners Association is providing a platform for the exchange of information on this subject for owners as well as for the yacht industry, where new trends will be presented as well as important topics discussed.

Yacht owners will be able to directly influence the development by participating in the discussion panels. At the first Yacht forum held back in February 2010, more than 200 yacht owners expressed their demand for a simplified, transparent global rating system from IRC and ORC. Now, in a joint press release two weeks ago at hanseboot International Boat Show Hamburg, ORC and IRC announced their engagement in future co-operation in order to unite the best of both formulas. An outcome of the International Yacht Forum discussion?

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2010 Dame Award Winners Revealed
Sweden's Seldén Mast was crowned overall winner at the DAME Award presentation this morning for its Reversible Winch.

The presentation took place at the ongoing METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) event in Amsterdam.

Seldén's hand-operated, self-tailing winch has a push-button design that saves space and offers the operator better security than when easing the line by hand.

Winners were announced in the following categories:

Marine Electronics: ZS RopeSense line load monitor by Spinlock Ltd

Lifesaving and Safety Equipment: Jet-trak jet-ski controller by Global Marine Tracking Systems SL

Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials and Electrical Fittings Used in Cabins: Barigo Steel barometer and clock by Barigo Barometerfabrik GmbH

Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings: Panda 45 i PMS variable speed generator by Fischer Panda GmbH

Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging: Reversible Winch by Seldén

Marine Related Software: Marine: Mediterranean HD navigation system by Navionics SpA

The Most Eco-Friendly Product went to Officine Meccaniche Pejrani Srl for its Converter NV series of waste converters, while the SiMON2 yacht control software from Palladium Technologies and the Marine: Mediterranean HD navigation system by Navionics were both named Most Innovative Product. -- IBI News:

www.ibinews.com

METS site: www.metstrade.com

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The Last Word
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Kiwis Dent American Armor with One-Second Victory
Photo by Chris Cameron / ETNZ, www.chriscameron.co.nz. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Emirates Team New Zealand exposed the first cracks in the armor of the dominant BMW Oracle Racing team at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today.

The New Zealanders split race wins with the regatta leader, winning their second match by a nail-biting one-second margin over the fast advancing Americans.

Oracle skipper James Spithill had won the pair's first match, preserving his team's no-loss record after four days of racing off the host Dubai International Marine Club and putting the Kiwis on the back foot.

In an about-face, New Zealand's Dean Barker grabbed control at the start of the second race and led the Americans around the course.

It was a must-win for the Kiwi team flying the flag of the United Arab Emirates. Down two races before today, and docked half a point for a collision on the opening day, they ideally needed two wins to put a dent in the winning performance of the team that holds the America's Cup.

The scoreboard now has BMW Oracle Racing on seven points and Emirates Team New Zealand in second place with 3.5 points. Sweden's Artemis Racing, Synergy Russian Sailing Team and the French/German team All4One are third-equal on three points. Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi team is sixth with two points.

At least a day's racing remains in the First Round Robin. All the teams each have two races still to sail. ETNZ and Artemis have a third match, with the promise of a one-point advance on the score table for the winner.

Provisional Results:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 7-1, 7 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 4-3, 3.5 pts *
= 3. Artemis Racing, 3-4, 3 pts
= 3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 3-5, 3 pts
= 3. All4One, 3-5, 3 pts
6. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 3-5, 2 pts *

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

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Gutek Takes Second Place in Velux 5 Oceans First Leg
Photo by onEdition

Gutek Takes Second Place in Velux 5 Oceans First Leg After exactly one month at sea, Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski sailed into Cape Town this evening to claim second place in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. The 36-year-old, known as Gutek, crossed the finish line off the South African coast at 10.03pm local time, 31 days, six hours and three minutes after leaving La Rochelle in France.

After a frustrating few days of light winds on the approach to Cape Town, Gutek completed the leg in fresh conditions, a south easterly breeze of between 20 and 25 knots powering him across the finish with the lights of Cape Town illuminated in the background.

Gutek, a former national champion dinghy racer, impressed right from the start of the solo round the world race, leading the VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet across the start line of this first stage and out into the Bay of Biscay. Despite problems with his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing early on, Gutek kept pace with American rival Brad Van Liew, constantly challenging for first place right until the end of the 7,400-mile leg.

Gutek's finish comes just three days behind Brad, who won the ocean sprint on Sunday evening. The feat is all the more impressive considering Gutek is a newcomer to solo sailing and, at 19 years old, Operon Racing is the oldest boat in the VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet and seven years older than Brad's Le Pingouin. But she is by no means a slow boat - she was built by French sailing legend Alain Gautier who sailed her to victory in the 1992/3 Vendée Globe.

In the tradition of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the 42-year-old American was on the dock to welcome in his rival and friend. Gutek was also reunited with his wife Eliza and his shore crew.

Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield and British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major are due to arrive in Cape Town over the weekend.

Statistics from 12pm 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 Nov 14, 28 days, 1 hour, 51 mins
Gutek: finished Nov 17, 31 days, 6 hours, 3 mins
Derek Hatfield: 693; 176; 6.3
Chris Stanmore-Major: 943.9; 118.6; 4.9
Christophe Bullens: 3,578.2; 124.2; 5.2

www.velux5oceans.com

Seahorse December 2010
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

Design - The camera doesn't lie
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Perth International Regatta
Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, www.oceanimages.co.uk. Click on image for photo gallery.

Perth International Regatta The ocean off Fremantle was filled with sails today as boats from all eight events competed in the second day of racing at the Perth International Regatta. It was an important day for the sailors to get some solid results to build on over the next four days.

Australian 49er team, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, dominated the day winning all three races in their group.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby from Australia, won both races in the Laser men's event, moving him into second place overall just behind Croatian, Tonci Stipanovic. Fremantle Laser Radial sailor, Matthew Wearn maintained first place overall after finishing 19th and 4th in the two races this afternoon. Inconsistent results have narrowed the points margin between boats.

470 men and women teams had a small delay this morning after being held ashore waiting for wind. Israel team Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela are equal first in the men's event with Australians Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page. Young New Zealand team Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were in top form, winning both races in the 470 women's event.

RS:X athletes worked hard this afternoon, pumping their sails in the light wind and 35 degree heat. Netherlands world number eight, Dorian van Rijsselberge, won both races in the men's fleet. Spanish board sailor, Marina Alabau, also won both her races.

In the Finn event, French sailor Jonathon Lobert maintained first place after four races. Britain's Ben Ainslie moved up the fleet by finishing second in the last race of the day.

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Evan Walker Wins Australian Match Racing Title
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Youth Sailing Academy graduate Evan Walker yesterday stamped himself as one of the nation's outstanding young match racing helmsmen with a hard-fought victory in the Hardy's Australian match racing championship.

Sailed on Hobart's River Derwent in blustery westerly winds with chilly mountain gusts of up to 33 knots, Walker came from behind to win his semi-final against young fellow Sydney sailor David Chapman.

He then held off the tenacious veteran Tasmanian yachtsman Nick Rogers in a final that could have gone either way.

Sailing four-up, with Olivia Price, Jack Hubbard and Amanda Scrivenor as crew, Walker beat Chapman, from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 2-1 in their best-of-three race semi-final.

Walker then won three extremely close races from Rogers, a champion International Dragon class sailor from the Royal Yacht of Tasmania, to win the title 3-0. Sailing with Rogers were Simon Burrows and Julian Salter, a considerably older combination than the young Sydney crew.

In the second race of the final, Walkers boat crossed the line less than a metre in front of Rogers'. In all three races the two identical Ellliott 5.9s were never more than two or three boat lengths apart, sailing in conditions where seamanship skills took over from tactics as the 'bullets' ripped down from Mount Wellington, above Hobart.

Evan Walker, 23, was the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) world youth champion and Australian Youth Sailor of the Year in 2005. In 2006 he won the Australian youth match racing championships, followed by back-to-back Australian open match racing championships (today was his third) and twice won the prestigious Hardy Cup at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. -- Peter Campbell

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Good Knight
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Distilled wisdom, acute observations and fascinating anecdotes make this a must in every sailor's Christmas stocking.

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Maxi Association Partners with ORC
Porto Cervo, Italy: The International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to inform that few days ago an agreement has been reached between the two parties for cooperation in the Maxi Yacht activities.

According with this agreement, the IMA Technical Office will act as a ORC Rating Authority indipendent from any other MNA and will issue ORC rating certificates for maxi yachts generated by the ORC Rating Office.

In 2011, the IMA intends to utilize the ORCi rating system for the Supermaxi category and to evaluate use of the rating system for other categories.

However, the IRC rating system is confirmed for the Rolex Mini Maxi World Championship and for the Wally category events.

Since the IMA Technical Office supplies rating administration support to the YCCS regattas, the ATO (IMA Association Technical Office ) will issue rating certificates for the Supermaxis participating in events where the YCCS acts as Organizing Authority.

Mr. Gennaro Aveta will become the ORC technical representative assigned to work with the IMA Technical Office to assist with the processing of ORCi rating certificates.

The IMA has been recently recognized as a full ISAF International Class. This means that the International Maxi Association in now the only recognized Maxi Class association and is authorized to held annual World and Continental Championships.

Consequently, the possibility to have in a near future a Supermaxi World Championship - utilizing the ORCi rating system - will be taken into consideration.

internationalmaxiassociation.com

Muscat Regatta
Photo by Matt Ridgway Muscat Regatta Oman, UAE: Now in its second year, the Muscat Regatta has two days of well-managed dinghy racing, in a spectacular location. 49 dinghies, ranging from the Viper Catamaran to RS QB'A dinghies, enjoyed some brilliant racing in the crystal clear waters just outside the safe confines of Marina Bandar al-Rowhda. The modern, well-equipped and friendly marina is just a few miles outside historic Muscat, the capital city of Oman, which boasts a wealth of first class hotels and a substantial international airport.

Oman Sail has established worldwide recognition by winning the eXtreme 40 Class for the last two seasons. However there is much more depth to the Omani initiative than the just elite racing. The Muscat Regatta is a big part of Oman's long-term commitment to developing sailing as a sport.

The Muscat Regatta is very much geared towards promoting the grass roots of racing in Oman. The vast majority of competitors are young Omanis, mostly in their teenage years, who aspire to join the elite sailors that the country is now producing. Members of the PDO Club in Muscat and the Omani Royal Navy, also took part.

An offshore breeze ranging from 10-15 knots, with a slight sea-state, combined with tropical air temperatures to provide near perfect race conditions.

Eight catamarans enjoyed some thrilling racing, powered up in decent breeze. Dave Clark and Victoria Grainger from the PDO Sailing Club in Muscat won the Multi-hull Class. They were pushed all the way by two of Oman Sail's young aspiring multi-hull sailors, Sulaiman and Abdul Atif. The Thirteen boat, Laser Class supported by Aston Martin Oman, went right to the wire, Musab Al Hadi winning on the last race, by just half a point. from Majid Al Mageni. These two young sailors showed great skill and discipline and should be stars of the future for Oman Sail. Hamza Soluh has obviously listened to his father, who coaches at Oman Sail. The sixteen year old won the Q'BA Class, but there was a titanic battle for second place, which had to be decided on count back. The Q'BA Class was the biggest fleet at the regatta, with 25 competitors, ranging from experienced adults to young novices.

Marina Bandar al-Rowhda offers substantial cash prizes at the Muscat Regatta The class winners walked away with just under 1000 euros each, which is probably equal to the cost of the airfare from Europe and local accommodation. There were also significant cash prizes for podium finishes.

The prizes were awarded by His Excellency, Rashad bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Hinai, Under Secretary Minister of Commerce and Industry and Saif Al Shibly from the Ministry of Tourism. -- Louay Habib

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Sail Faster And Smarter!
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Industry News
The Volvo Ocean Race has announced that DHL is its Official Logistics Partner for the upcoming race which starts from Alicante, Spain, next year. The company will provide a complete logistics solution for the race encompassing air, sea and land freight movements.

The Volvo Ocean Race joins Formula 1, Global Fashion Week, and the Rugby World Cup 2011 in DHL's strong sponsorship portfolio. With its expertise in such high-level events, DHL proves it is a global partner capable of delivering against extremely tight timelines and to disparate locations around the world. -- www.volvooceanrace.com

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Ronstan has just completed a multimillion dollar relocation to a new, purpose-built facility in Braeside, near Melbourne, Australia. This new facility will serve as the company's main worldwide manufacturing facility as well as its corporate headquarters.

The move reinforces Ronstan's commitment to the local economy and the high quality workforce. The decision to relocate within Australia was made after careful study of all possible options, including overseas manufacturing. Given the skilled team of people already assembled, and the ability to tightly control product quality, it made business sense to keep major production within its home country.

Ronstan's new 5,100-square metre facility places a premium on creating a good working environment while reducing the company's carbon footprint and costs. Numerous new workflow and energy usage efficiencies have been engineered into the new building, including the installation of all new 21st century manufacturing equipment. Production is now a straight-line process, from raw material through production to assembly into the warehouse.

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Spanish marine industry association ANEN held its annual conference at the Barcelona boat show in Spain last week against a backdrop of a significant step ahead in boating regulation. From January 1, 2011, new legislation will have major repercussions and contribute to facilitate recreational boating in Spain.

First and primarily, vessels under 12m (39ft) in length will be exempt from the need to be matriculated. As long as the boat carries the CE mark, completing a simple form and producing the purchase invoice will suffice to obtain a registration certificate. Obtaining the three legal documents on sea-worthiness and radio communications that have so far been required will no longer be necessary. This applies to both charter boats and those for private use.

Also regulated by the new decree, charter boats will not need to be listed under the movables property registry with a significant saving in cost and time. Regarding electronics on board, SOLAS VHF and emergency energy source will not be required unless for off-shore sailing. In all cases the installation of electronic devices on board will no longer have to be authorised or monitored by government. -- IBI News, www.ibinews.com

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Peters & May has entered a new partnership agreement with the appointment of Logistics Department BG as its exclusive agent for Russia. The Moscow based Logistics Department BG has a strong presence in the Russian leisure boating industry and its parent company, Burevestnik Group represents many yachting brands in Russia and CIS countries.

Logistics Department BG already handles the logistics for AG Marine along with a number of other boat dealers across Russia. The company runs its own fleet of trucks and has its own crane facilities located in major Moscow marinas. -- www.petersandmay.com

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As the 49th Barcelona International Boat Show draws to a close, exhibitors in the Gran Via Exhibition Centre and nearby Port Vell are giving mixed reactions to the success of this year's event - with most agreeing that the Spanish boating market is still a long way from recovery.

Event organiser Fira de Barclona is working hard to deliver a first-class show in what can only be described as an extremely challenging business environment. This year, some 145 boats are being displayed on water in the Moll d'Espanya, compared to 165 in both the Moll d'Espanya and the Moll de la Fusta in 2009. The number of exhibitors is also down, from 387 last year to just 354 in 2010. In Gran Via, total exhibitor space has increased slightly from 35,000m2 to 37,000m2.

Several exhibitors also feel that the Barcelona show is not international enough. Of the 354 exhibitors this year, only 55 were from outside of Spain.

Once again, Deutsche Bank is offering good financial incentives for buyers at this year's show to help kick-start the market. The Catalonian government has also extended its 30 per cent reduction of the 12 per cent matriculation tax levied on all boats over 8m (26ft) - provided the boat is purchased at the show and registered in Catalonia. -- IBI, www.ibinews.com

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Composite rigging specialist Future Fibres has installed a 50m (164ft) autoclave in a new factory next door to Future Fibres' rigging facility in Valencia, Spain.

The new venture, Future Spars, had already opened for business this summer. Future Fibres has teamed up with mould specialist Persico SpA to design and build aerospace-inspired carbon masts for the grand prix race and superyacht markets.

The new curing oven doubles Future Fibres' existing 5,000m2 purpose built state-of-the-art production facility.

On top of the 100-strong existing staff count, the company plans to create a further 50 new jobs and grow annual turnover by €50m over the next four years. -- IBI News, www.ibinews.com

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Volvo 60 (2001) with a Volvo Penta MD22p (55HP) engine. This sailing yacht is highly geared for specialist racing having previously won 14 major races in the Australian racing calendar. She was refitted and repainted in 2007 with all of her equipment being coded to Cat 2 standards as well as being equipped with liferafts. In previous ownership this boat was sponsored by a national television network resulting in much maintenance being put into her welfare.

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Scuttlebutt Europe #2219 - 16 November PDF Print E-mail

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Russians annd Kiwis Come From Behind at Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Photo by Sander van der Borch, http://www.sandervanderborch.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy The Synergy Russian Sailing Team and Emirates Team New Zealand both featured in come-from-behind victories during close competition today at the Louis Vuitton Dubai.

Their efforts put the Kiwis and Russians second and third respectively in the standings after Day Two but it is James Spithill's American team BMW Oracle Racing that enjoys first place with a perfect 4-0 score.

Weather played a role in curtailing racing, forcing the race committee to postpone one match until tomorrow. The start of racing was delayed as the race committee waited for the sea breeze to fill in. One hour before the scheduled start at noon there was barely a breath of wind as the temperature hit 30 deg. C on its way to a forecast high of 32 deg.

Racing got under way an hour and a half later in a building northerly breeze. Later in the afternoon a gusty, dusty breeze off the desert heralded an easterly wind shift and briefly postponed competition before racing restarted in 15-knot northeaster.

Flight One, Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def All4One, 00:23 - At the gun, Dean Barker steered the Kiwi team to a perfect start to leeward of the French/German boat, eventually forcing Sebastien Col away. At the weather mark ETNZ led by 12 seconds but had to work hard to hold off the opponents nipping at their heels.

Flight One, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Artemis Racing, 00:27 - Artemis tactician Iain Percy called for a pin end start, while Oracle was well up the line as they started together. At the top mark James Spithill had the American boat 17 seconds ahead but they went through the downwind gate side by side. Oracle shredded a spinnaker approaching the leeward gate and Artemis' Cameron Appleton closed, only to be denied an inside overlap protest.

Flight Two, Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def All4One, 00:17 - ETNZ enjoyed an early lead before Col pulled off a close port tack cross half way up the leg. All4One controlled the right and rounded the top mark 10 seconds in front. Closing the leeward mark the Kiwis rolled their opponents and went on to win.

Flight Two, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Artemis Racing, 00:37 - Skipper James Spithill wanted the left and grabbed it after taking Cameron Appleton and Artemis out into the spectator fleet in a lively and noisy circling duel. Spithill led back and tacked onto port right at the pin end of the line. When Appleton eventually came back on starboard, the American boat was already 60 metres clear ahead and pulling away.

Flight Three, Race One, Synergy Russian Sailing Team def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 01:19 - Aggressive tactics before the start cost Synergy a penalty as Francesco Bruni attempted to hook Gavin Brady's Mascalzone. Brady started at the committee and went right but Bruni got up on his hip and held the Italian boat above the starboard layline to lead at the next two marks. Synergy had a 120-metre edge as the breeze softened on the second beat. A penalty turn put the Russian boat back into contention but Mascalzone rounded the weather mark just three seconds in front. The Italian boat's voyage to victory ended when the spinnaker came off the halyard and went in the water.

Provisional Results:
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 4-0, 4 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 3-1, 2.5 pts *
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 2-1, 2 pts
4. Artemis Racing, 1-3, 1 pt
=5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 1-2, 0 pts *
=5. All4One, 0-4, 0 pts

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires
Racing will start tomorrow, Tuesday at 1:00 pm local time.

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Guillemot Steals Third Into Guadeloupe, Completes IMOCA Podium
Marc Guillemot completed the IMOCA Open 60 podium early today when he stole third inside the last 60 miles of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale transatlantic race.

Converging on the west coast of Guadeloupe after passing just to the east of Montserrat, he sailed round the unfortunate long medium term tenant of third Jean-Pierre Dick whose Virbac-Paprec 3 was moving at less than half the pace than the IMOCA world champion was making.

On the dock in Pointe-a-Pitre early this morning, Guillemot recalled his surprise at seeing the blue branded sails of Virbac-Paprec appear on the horizon to his left.

When they were just over a mile apart he gybed away because Dick was clearly in a different wind, closer in to the island shore.

Safran, the design predecessor of Dick's new VPLP/Verdier design, scarcely missed a click and went on to pass the Basse Terre mark two and a half hours ahead of Dick Guillemot, winner of last autumn's Transat Jacques Vabre race to Costa Rica, paid tribute to both Roland Jourdain and Armel Le Cleac'h who respectively take the top two steps on the podium.

But only two days ago Guillemot was back in fifth, behind Vincent Riou (PRB). Indeed on the 0800hrs ranking Sunday he was 28 miles behind Dick, and even when they converged at the Tete a l'Anglais at the top of the NW corner of the island, Guillemot was still some 20 miles behind.

The Safran solo skipper once more underlined how close the IMOCA Class is, not only highlighting that the races sailed by Jourdain and Le Cleac'h, but how little mistakes or breakdowns escalate to become significant deficits. In the early part of the race Guillemot was compromised by a problem with the halyard hook on his Solent, and also lost a spinnaker overboard.

Disappointed Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) took fourth place, some 2 hours and 46 minutes later. He was clearly upset to have lost out on his podium finish considering that he was in the top three for most of the final 800 miles of the race was in the leading pack throughout and was one of the four skippers to have lead during the race. Dick had serious electrical problems throughout with his battery system suffering regular cut outs which caused serious problems with his pilot at times. He has some work to do on the new boat before the Barcelona World Race which starts 31st December.

Vincent Riou finished fifth, 1 hour and 49 minutes later on PRB, also launched this year. The 2004-5 Vendee Globe winner also suffered similar battery and electrical problems, reporting on the dockside that he is running the same system as Dick.

* Lionel Lemonchois duly completed the second measure of a pair of Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale 2010 doubles, today when he triumphed on a second consecutive edition of the race.

In 2006 Lemonchois smashed the course record by four days, winning on Gitana 11 in 7 days 17 hours 19 hours 6 seconds, just under half the time that it took on this very different but courageous race on Prince de Bretagne.

While leading the race Lemonchois came very close to giving up his challenge when the lashing which hold the mainsail to the headboard car failed.

Three days in from the start his mainsail fell to the deck with the halyard left at the top of the mast. Unable to retrieve late in the evening he had already turned back for Spain.

But, driven as much by his desire to win, the passion of his sponsors - a huge collective of Breton farmers who combine to form France's biggest organic vegetables producer - and memories of the six months of hard labour he had put into repairing and refitting Prince de Bretagne, in a three hour operation Lemonchois scaled the mast and effected the necessary fix.

Battered, bruised but unbowed after recovering from his considerale exertions he set the Cabaret/Irens design back on course he gave chase.

Lemonchois was 483 miles behind the leading Multi 50, Franck-Yves Esoffier (Crepes Whaou!).at midday on Sunday 7th Novmeber. That afternoon and evening first Crepes Whaou! suffered damage, losing part of the bow of her main hull, and then only hours later in the big seas it was Yves le Blevec's new leader Actual which was damaged, cracking a cross beam.

Both tried to continue after repairs, but subsequently abandoned, Actual retired only yesterday.

Lemonchois stuck to the task, sailing a smart strategy in the light winds and four days later he was 75 miles adrift on leader Lalou Roucayrol (Region Aquitaine - Port Medoc), passing him last Friday.

www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com

Henri Lloyd to Exhibit Full 2010 Marine Range at METS
Henri Lloyd at METS Henri Lloyd will be exhibiting their full 2010 Marine Technical Range at METS from the 17 - 19 November, including the Henri Lloyd Blue Eco Jacket which represents the first wave of environmentally friendly marine apparel.

For 2010, Henri Lloyd has launched a revolutionary innovation aimed at advancing more eco-friendly marine technical apparel, taking the marine industry's first steps to link product development and eco-friendly problem-solving. Henri Lloyd have applied our skills and expertise of innovative design technology to reduce energy consumption and decrease unnecessary waste, by offering the industry's first 'infinite loop' recycling system for marine apparel.

For more information on the Blue Eco Jacket and the other new products for 2010, please visit our stand.

Henri Lloyd stand - 03.137

www.henrilloyd.com

Light Airs Frustrate Velux 5 Oceans Fleet
While American Brad Van Liew has been revelling in his victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans, the rest of the fleet have been making frustratingly slow progress towards Cape Town. Light airs have dogged Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski, Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major as they battle their way to the finish line of the 7,400 nautical mile leg which started in La Rochelle on October 17.

Frustration has swept through the fleet, now tantalisingly close to Cape Town. At the last position report at midday UTC second placed Gutek and his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing were just 560 nautical miles from the line but in the previous 24 hours covered just 121 nautical miles.

"Right now I have no wind," the 36-year-old Pole said. "I am sailing very, very slowly.

During the last three days I made less distance than I would normally in 24 hours. The longer I sail the slower I go. I keep looking back for the boys, but I don't think they will catch me because they won't have any good wind either."

He is right - Canadian Derek Hatfield was today experiencing equally frustrating conditions on Active House, just over 1,000 nautical miles from the finish. The cause of the problems for the ocean racers is the St Helena High, a complicated series of high pressure systems that cover a huge area of the South Atlantic.

The latest ETA for Gutek's arrival into Cape Town is Wednesday but unless the wind picks up it could be later. It is likely Derek and Chris arrive during the weekend. Statistics from 12pm 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 Nov 14, 28 days, 1 hour, 51 mins
Gutek: 562.3; 523.6; 121.8; 5.1
Derek Hatfield: 1,067.1; 207.2; 8.6
Chris Stanmore-Major: 1,298.8; 170.6; 7.1
Christophe Bullens: 3,761.2; 122.1; 5.1

www.velux5oceans.com

ISAF Olympic Fallout
From the Star Class:

The Star class fully supports the ISAF decision-making process and the eventual outcome. We understand and appreciate many of the challenges ISAF faces in making our sport more attractive to the media and we believe the Star can make unique and valuable contributions in this area.

The Class had a strong delegation in Athens to argue the benefits of keelboats as athletic sport boats and their value to media presentation.

There are two arguments that seem most compelling. First and foremost, keelboats are where many of the heroes of our sport compete. Star Class champions are among the most recognizable names, and excluding them from Olympic competition is denying the media the established stars of the sport. Second, one of the objectives of the Olympic Commission is to have "diversity of physiques;" yet all of the other boats have very narrow weight ranges. Other than the Finn, all male competitors need to be less than 85 kilos.

Over the next several months we'll continue to work closely with ISAF in a positive and constructive manner as we continue to attempt to convince ISAF Council members that keelboats should be represented in the 2016 Olympic Games. Members are also encouraged to contact their Member National Authority (MNA) officials or ISAF Council members to argue the benefits of including keelboats.

Regardless of the final outcome of the 2016 Olympic event selection process, we will continue to thrive as a class and move forward. The Star is the premier one-design racing keel boat in the world and for 100 years Star sailors have led the way in advancing the sport of competitive sailing. Our 2010 European Championship set a class attendance record with 140 entrants. We possess more talent, resources, and commitment than ever before in our history.

www.starclass.org/artman/publish/article_531.shtml

From the Kiteboard Association:

We surely made a huge step forward at this years ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboardings participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices...

- both parties could fight it out in a policy of non-cooperation, which may succeed in the short term but may well come back and bite one later
- the board sports community comes up with a creative solution and helps ISAF out of the self-created dilemma

ISAF council accepted - probably for the first time - the recommendation of its specialists committee and decided provisionally on a slate of events for the 2016 Olympics.

Following the explanations of the Events Committee as well of the Olympic Commission, listing 2 "Board" events for 2016 could mean either the one or the other - or a combination of both.

While setting two of the most attractive events against each other still doesnt look very wise in respect of the requirements of the International Olympic Committees Programme Commission, it is now up to us to "make a plan".

So what does this actually mean... ?

Windsurfing is about to lose its permanent ticket in the Summer Olympic Games
OR
Kiteboarding is closer than ever to securing an inaugural place in the Olympics.

The first question that we should ask ourselves is wether we should allow ISAF to pitch the two board sports communities against each other, or if we are able to find a solution that allows both sports to keep its integrity while allowing both participation in the Games.

www.internationalkiteboarding.org

Sailors Wouldn't Give A PX For Anything Else!
MUSTO When Keith Musto created the first 3-layer clothing system for the 1981-2 Whitbread Round the World Race, little did he think that sailors all around the world would be reliant on his 3-layer system 30 years later - somewhat more technically advanced but still protecting sailors better than ever.

At METS this week, MUSTO are displaying a collection of tried and tested foul weather suits, many of which have already been around the world, seen gnarly conditions, and have come back to us in order to develop better products for future generation models. This is how MUSTO has become the most tested, trusted foul weather gear for sailors worldwide.

Come along and see us to learn more about or development process or find out about our exciting new collection for 2011.

METS, Amsterdam RAI, British Pavilion, stand 03.314

www.musto.com

Perth International Regatta
Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, www.oceanimages.co.uk. Click on image for photo gallery.

Perth International Regatta The Perth International Regatta 2010 today welcomed two international sailing heroes, Ben Ainslie, triple Olympic gold medallist, and Tom Slingsby, 2010 ISAF World Sailor of the Year, to discuss the build up to Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Perth International Regatta is the formal test event for the Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships in December next year and has attracted 230 boats from 40 nations.

Ian Campbell, the Chairman of Perth 2011 and the CEO and Events Director John Longley both expressed their satisfaction with the number of top level competitors at the Perth International Regatta and the high level of excitement among national and international sailors.

The Perth International Regatta boasts eight of the 10 Olympic classes and half of the sailors competing are in the top 10 in the world in their events. It is the biggest international class event held in Western Australia and Event Director John Longley estimates that this week's event could bring five million dollars into the local economy.

Longley said the phenomenal success of Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby put them into "a different class of sailing with their pure athleticism." He encouraged spectators to watch the medal races to be held close into the Fremantle foreshores in Bathers Bay.

Improved technology in TV coverage, twitter, and tracking has also expanded spectators' ability to watch or follow the races.

Slingsby and Ainslie agreed that the renowned windy and choppy conditions from the Fremantle sea breeze will be a big challenge, especially for Ainslie who said "the sea breeze is nothing like in the UK".

Racing gets underway for the Laser, Laser Radial and Finn classes on Tuesday 16 November, with their medal races scheduled for Saturday 20 November.

The 470 (Men and Women), 49er and RS:X (Men and Women) begin their regatta on Wednesday 17 November, with medal races scheduled for Sunday 21 November.

www.perth2011.com

J Class Solent Regatta
The Royal Southampton Yacht Club and the J Class Association are pleased to announce details of the Regatta Programme planned for July 2012. With the possibility of six, or even eight J Class yachts racing, this is expected to be an outstanding regatta, both for the competitors and spectators.

A three-day competitive round the cans race Series is planned in and around the Solent on 18-20 July 2012, which can be viewed from the many vantage points along the shore and on the water.This Series will culminate with a prizegiving at the RSYC Clubhouse in Ocean Village, Southampton on Friday 20 July.

On Saturday 21 July, the fleet will assemble in the central Solent, again under the flag of the RSYC for the start of the Hundred Guinea Cup - a race around the Isle of Wight over the original course of the America's Cup in 1851. Clockwise and without a time limit, this time it will include the Nab Tower.

Peter Armitage,Commodore, Royal Southampton Yacht Club, said: "With strong tides and complex navigational decisions, the 2012 Solent Regatta will be a great challenge to the Captains and crews. RSYC is looking forward to running the racing for the largest J Class fleet ever seen on their 'home waters' of the Solent and planning is already well under way. We also look forward to welcoming everyone at our Ocean Village Clubhouse - which will boast a fully-staffed media centre - and at our Gins Clubhouse on the Beaulieu River."

Finding suitable deep-water berthing and appropriate shoreside facilities for such a large fleet is often a challenge. Solent Refit, the new superyacht base on Southampton Water, has been selected as it is ideal and importantly, can berth all the fleet together. For spectators, the yachts can be viewed from the seaward side, together with their many beautiful support vessels.

Just 10 J Class yachts were constructed, six in the USA and four in England. There were other designs produced but not built. During this period there were never more than four J yachts racing together. Only three originals survived the Second World War - Shamrock V, Endeavour and Velsheda. They rested and rotted in mud berths, until their rebuild and rebirth as 21st Century racing superyachts.

With the formation of the J Class Association (JCA) in 2000, the possibility existed for replicas from history to be built and race again. New yachts have been launched and some are under construction. Most of these projects are expected to be completed by 2012, creating a fleet of the biggest, finest racing yachts the world has ever seen. Rainbow is expected to launch in 2011 and could line up against Endeavour, repeating the historic races for the America's Cup of 1934.

Southampton, Shamrock Quay, the Hamble River, Gosport, Cowes and the Solent all feature prominently in the rich history of this Class.

www.jclassyachts.com
www.rsyc.org.uk

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Paul and Rachel Chandler Released By Somali Pirates After 388 Days
Paul and Rachel Chandler, the retired Kent couple kidnapped from their yacht by Somali pirates more than a year ago, have been released unharmed.

They are now under the protection of local government officials close to Somalia's border with Ethiopia, and are expected to fly to safety in Kenya later on Sunday.

Rachel and Paul Chandler meet Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at the Presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

It is understood that a ransom was paid. The Foreign Office could not confirm that, and officials said that they were "investigating" the reports. A spokesman for the Chandlers' family could not immediately be reached.

Sources in the Somali town of Adado, 220 miles northwest of Mogadishu, said that Mr and Mrs Chandler were "safe and well" and would be offered food and a shower at the home of the town's governor, Mohamed Aden Tiiceey.

The couple, from Tunbridge Wells, was given mobile telephones as soon as they were freed and made calls to their family.

It is unclear why discussions were successful at this point, although it is understood that a fresh ransom was offered early last week.

The British government has a strict policy of not paying kidnappers, and it is thought that the money was raised from family and friends. -- Mike Pflanz in The Telegraph:

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/piracy/

Thank You Alan
Photo courtesy ISAF. Click on image to enlarge.

Alan Green ISAF President Goran Petersson presented Alan Green with an ISAF silver medal in recognition of the work has carried out over many years for ISAF. Alan is steping down from the Offshore Special Regulations Committee and as Chairman of the International Regulations Committee.

Thank you Alan from everyone at ISAF* and enjoy spending more time sailing.

sailing.org

* And everyone else who's raced offshore in the past few decades. Ours is a safer sport thanks to Alan.

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