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Richard Wins Korea Match Cup
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Team sails to victory at Korea Match Cup © Photo by Gareth Cooke-Subzero Images
Gyeonggi, Korea: The island of Jebu sitting 2km off Jeongok Marina could once again be seen today as great weather set in for the ultimate day of Stage 3 in the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team is 'King of Korea Match Cup' after racing against the best pool of match racing skippers in the world and concluding Korea with a victory over double World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar.
Richard kept momentum at all times in the light airs up the concentrated course area which created a need for all the crew to use their bodyweight and drill the KM36 yachts into a series of smooth roll tacks and gybes to propel the Blakewell-White designed yachts round the race marks.
Williams has now been in the final at Korea Match Cup for the last 3 years since the inception of the Korean leg of the WMRT. Williams however has not yet won this Tour stage.
The semis, sailed in the sheltered flat waters of Jeongok Port, saw Williams beat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team and Richard taking a last minute lead over Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team followed by an instantaneous on the water request for redress due to interference from a boat on the course, redress was then denied.
The next Tour event will be Stage 4, in Portimao, for Portugal Match Cup running 22 - 27 June.
1. Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 25 Points
2. Ian Williams, GBR, Team GAC Pindar, 20 Points
3. Bjorn Hansen, SWE, Gill Global Team ,15 Points
4. Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team, 12 Points
5. Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing, 10 Points
6. Francesco Bruni, ITA, Azzurra, 8 Points
7. Adam Minoprio, NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 6 Points
8. Bertrand Pace, FRA, Aleph Sailing Team, 4 Points
9. Johnie Berntsson, SWE, Berntsson Sailing Team
10. Paolo Cian, ITA, Team Italia
11. Phil Robertson, NZL, WAKA Racing Team
12. Park GunWoo, KOR, Busan Match
2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings
(After Event 3 of 9)
1. Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team 65 Points
2. Adam Minoprio, NZL, BlackMatch Racing 39 Points
3. Ian Williams, GBR, Team GAC Pindar 30 Points
4. Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team 28 Points
5. .Francesco Bruni, ITA, Azzurra 23 Points
6. Ben Ainslie, GBR, TEAMORIGIN 20 Points
= Jesper Radich, SWE, Radich Racing Team 20 Points
8. Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing 18 Points
9. Paolo Cian, ITA, Team Italia 16 Points
10. Bjorn Hansen, SWE, Gill Global Team 15 Points
Abby Sunderland Rescued
Teenage sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, has been located in the Indian Ocean, near to the Kerguelen Islands, after activating her EPIRB yesterday. She was part-way through an attempt to become the youngest person to sail around the world.
Abby had reported 60-knot winds and was knocked down repeatedly in her Open 40, Wild Eyes, before her parents, in California, lost contact with her. Australian SAR teams located the yacht, which was dismasted, from a chartered Qantas passenger jet, and a French fishing boat has been diverted to her position. -- Practical Boat Owner, www.pbo.co.uk
* The teenager was rescued after the mast on her 40ft sloop Wild Eyes broke in the remote southern Indian Ocean as she was attempting a solo circumnavigation of the globe.
After being rescued Abby rejected criticism about her age and dismissed suggestions that she should not have tried to cross the Indian Ocean in winter.
"There are plenty of things people can think of to blame for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more," she wrote on her blog.
"The truth is I was in a storm and you don't sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm.
"It wasn't the time of year it was just a Southern Ocean storm. Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around the world. As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?"
She told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "I'm definitely going to sail around the world again or really give it another try. -- Nick Allen in the Telegraph, www.telegraph.co.uk
BMW Oracle Racing Wins RC 44 Copenhagen Cup
Photo by Nico Martinez, www.nicomartinez.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
The cold and windy conditions prevailed for the last day of the RC 44 Copenhagen Cup. Four beautiful races took place today; they led to the elimination of one team after the other from contention for the fleet race and overall titles.
Igor Lah's Ceeref was the first and biggest casualty of the day, going from second overall to eight. "Just a day of hell", summarised tactician Rod Davis. The team's worse moment occurred when they collided with Paul Cayard's Katusha during a tacking dual. Ceeref got two points penalty whilst Katusha had to stop racing in order to change their crash bow. They got redress from the Jury.
Many teams broached, ripped their spinnakers or suffered in a way or another. Team Sea Dubai, who got some brilliant results today - a 2nd and a 1st - lost it all because of two DNF's due to a spinnaker problem and a man overboard during the last race; an incident that occurred as the team was controlling its third place overall against Artemis and that cost four places in the overall ranking.
The wind was blowing quite hard throughout the day, at 18 knots with gusts up to 25 that put great emphasis on crew work and tactical decisions.
Winner of the fleet regatta and second of the match race event earlier in the week, BMW ORACLE Racing conquers the RC 44 Copenhagen Cup - the combined fleet / match race ranking ahead of Chris Bake's Team Aqua.
The next regatta will take place in Valencia on July 27 - August 1.
RC 44 Copenhagen Cup - Overall Ranking: (ranking, name of team, match race, fleet race, points)
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 2, 1 - 3 points
2. Team Aqua, 1, 4 - 5 points
3. No Way Back, 4, 2 - 6 points
4. Artemis, 3, 3 - 6 points
5. 17, 5, 5 - 10 points
6. Team Sea Dubai, 7, 7 - 14 points
7. Ceeref, 6, 8 - 14 points
8. Katusha, 9, 6 - 15 points
9. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team, 8, 10 - 18 points
10. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, 10, 9 - 19 points
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Safran First Into Santander
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Santander, Spain: Marc Guillemot and his crew on Safran won the first 90 miles leg of the Vuelta Espana a Vela, crossing the finish line off the Real Club Maritimo at 00:42:42hrs during a dirty, drizzly night about 22 minutes ahead of Vincent Riou on the new PRB which completed a French 1-2 on the 90 miles opening stage from Hondarribia.
Just as he did when he won last year's Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race, IMOCA world champion Guillemot paid tribute to the accurate plan and weather forecasting prepared by Charles Caudrelier Benac which they were able to follow on deck, whilst Riou later admitted that a couple of small errors had cost them a little time against their near older, well-proven sister-ship.
On their first competitive race in the IMOCA Open 60 fleet Spain's 49er world champions Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez took third place just over 25 minutes behind PRB on Movistar, finishing into an area that has long been a regular training ground for their highly successful 49er Olympic programme
Winds peaked at a between 23 and 25 knots during the middle hours of the race which had started in light breezes for a short three miles circuit off Hondarribia.
The hometown hero Martinez delivered the ideal opening storyline when he guided Movistar around the initial short loop in the lead, but Safran overhauled them and then PRB on the 10 miles leg across to an inshore turning mark close to the beach off San Sebastian.
Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris took a well won fourth on W Hotels-Nova Bocana ahead of Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella and their crew on Estrella Damm.
Britain's Dee Caffari, co-skipper Anna Corbella and the crew of GAES Centros Auditivos took sixth.
The race consists of a route round the Spanish coast, divided in six stages. The start was off Hondarribia, and the fleet will stop in Santander, Gijon, Sanxenxo, Calpe and Palma de Mallorca and finish in Barcelona.
Vuelta Espana a Vela, Leg 1, Hondarribia to Santander (about 90 miles)
1. Safran, M Guillemot (FRA). Finished 00:42:42h.
2. PRB V Riou (FRA). Finished : 01:05:01h Sunday
3. Movistar I Martinez/ X Fernadez (ESP). Finished : 01:26:17h
4. W Hotels-Nova Bocana P Rivero/A Piris (ESP). Finished : 01:49:23h
5. Estrella Damm P Ribes/A Pella (ESP) Finished : 02:01:16h
6. GAES Solidaria D Caffari (GBR)/A Corbella (ESP). Finished : 02:04:22h.
7. Central Lechera Asturiana J Merediz/F Palacio(ESP). Finished : 02:48:14h.
8. Pakea, J Mumbru/C Sanmarti (ESP) Finished 04:29:55h
Slow Start- Short, Sharp Finish To First Day
Photo by Stefano Gattini / Studio Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.
It was a long wait, but the Giraglia Rolex Cup eventually got underway at 15.28 CEST after a long wait for the wind to fill in. When it did come, the wind was piping at 20 knots, with gusts of 25 knots, and the Yacht Club Italiano/Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez race committee put on a short fast race of 9 nautical miles, which Esimit Europa 2 (EUR) had the audacity to complete in a few seconds under 40 minutes. The rest of the fleet was at sea for a little longer enjoying a brief, productive start to the inshore series.
Winners today include Container (GER) in IMA, Near Miss (SUI) in IRC A, Nusantara (FRA) in IRC B and Keonda II (ITA) ORC B.
Whilst the first three days of racing in the Bay of Saint-Tropez are treated competitively, it is the distance race component of the Giraglia Rolex Cup that deservedly garners most of the attention, and, the winners most of the plaudits. There is likely to be a record fleet this year, with large numbers entering across all categories. There is added significance for the Maxi fleet; the distance race forms part of the 2010 International Maxi Association (IMA) Championship, a season long series that culminates in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in September. Within the IMA category, the Mini Maxi class has gathered in force with plenty of both Racing and Racer/Cruiser examples in the entry list.
Amongst the Racing Mini Maxis, Neville Crichton's 21.8 metre Reichel-Pugh designed Shockwave (NZL) (class winner at the 2009 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup) is the longest and should be the fastest. Last time he competed, Crichton was by some way the fastest and set a new course record. But that was on his former steed, the 30.5 metre Alfa Romeo II (now Esimit Europa and in the hands of Igor Simcic), and, the course differed in that the finish was in Genoa rather than San Remo.
At just under a metre shorter, Andres Soriano's Mills 68 Alegre (GBR) may be slower than Shockwave on paper, but Soriano and his crew have beaten longer boats before. In last year's Giraglia Rolex Cup, Alegre took line honours in the distance race (also to Genoa) despite conceding waterline length to others in her category.
Ian Budgen is tactician on Sir Peter Ogden's 18.3 metre Jethou (GBR), one of the smallest in the Mini Maxi Racing category. Budgen explained that although the inshore races are taken seriously, they bear little relationship to the distance race. "In reality the inshore part of the event is no preparation for the offshore race, which starts on Wednesday. The offshore race is 241 miles. It is going to be somewhere between 24 and 30/36 hours. It's overnight and probably long enough that you've got to rest some of the guys, who've got to get some sleep. I'm currently trying to put together a watch system so everybody gets some rest even if it is for a short space of time. There is nothing worse than all the key people trying to stay awake in their proper positions for 24 hours and then find you have another 12 to go."
The 241 nautical mile offshore component of the 58th Giraglia Rolex Cup starts on Wednesday, 16 June from Saint-Tropez.
Iceland - In The Wake Of Viking
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Are you looking for a new and fun place to visit this summer? If so, then Iceland is the answer. And it's closer than you might think: the distance from Scotland is just 440 km.Viewed from offshore, the snow-white glaciers sparkle alongside landscapes of ruggedly awesome beauty. The sea surrounding Iceland is home to various species of whale.
Iceland Midnight Sun Race 10th of July 2010
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The 75-nautical-mile race starts in the town of Siglufjorour in North Iceland, and winds around Grimsey Island, which is traversed by the Arctic Circle.
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Hull & Humber Claims Debut Line Honours In Clipper 09-10
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada: In a tense finale to Race 11 from New York to Cape Breton Island, Hull & Humber crossed the finish line ahead of the rest of the fleet to secure their first line honours of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. They beat Spirit of Australia by just 17 minutes and crossed the line 40 minutes ahead of Cape Breton Island who finished third.
As the front-running pack of six yachts rounded Scatarie Island on the easternmost point of Cape Breton Island the margin between first and sixth dwindled to ten miles and, as they closed in on the finish line, just two miles separated the leading trio of Hull & Humber, Spirit of Australia and Cape Breton Island.
A large crowd turned out to greet the first arrivals, some waiting for more than four hours to see the yachts arrive at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, while along the banks of Sydney River more people flashed their car headlights and sounded horns in welcome and came out in boats to greet the yachts.
"All the way down the river there were people along the shore with their cars flashing their lights, boats coming out - an amazing turn out," commented Cape Breton Island's skipper Jan Ridd as he and his team arrived in port to loud cheers and applause.
During the nine-day stopover a packed programme of entertainment has been planned including concert and two huge firework displays. On Tuesday 15 June the founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, will be skippering Hull & Humber in the Cape Breton Clash of Legends. He will compete against two of Canada's greatest yachtsmen, John Hughes, the first Canadian to complete a solo circumnavigation, who will skipper Qingdao, and Derek Hatfield, the nation's most successful ocean racer who is about to begin his campaign to complete a second solo circumnavigation and who will take the helm of Cape Breton Island.
Race 12 to Cork, Ireland, will begin on Saturday 19 June.
Standings after Race 10
1. Spirit of Australia, 98 points
2. Cape Breton Island, 79
3. Team Finland, 78.3
4. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 77
5. Hull & Humber, 63
6. Uniquely Singapore, 59
7. Qingdao, 55
8. Cork, 40.8
9. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 39
10. California, 26
An Historical 72nd Edition of the Bol D'or Mirabaud Presented By Corum
Photo by Loris von Siebenthal - myimage. Click on image to enlarge.
After 17 hours of sailing, Ladycat, helmed by Dona Bertarelli, wins one of the most prestigious and most difficult races in front of an international array of ocean champions. The team, mostly women, demonstrated an impressive level of confidence and tenacity, managing to lead the entire race along with two smaller M2 catamarans, Safram andTilt.
On the finishing line, the pink painted multihull, arrived alone with an almost two hours lead over Banque Populaire, helmed by the ocean skipper and recordman Pascal Bidegorry. In the monohull category, Oyster Funds won the race after more than 21 hours of sailing.
J/24 European Championship
Kamperland, The Netherlands: The European Championship sailing in the J/24 class in Kamperland had a stunning last day. Yesterday, the Englishman Bob Turner of Great Britain 4247 "Serco" surprised everybody to take the lead in the standings from favorite GER 4230 "XENON" of Peer Kock from Germany. Today was even more exciting as the reigning European champion Alexandros Tagaropoulos sailed three perfect races in a row. The Greek crew won all three races while the "Serco" became 15th and 21th in the last two races. The final results after 11 races showed that Bob Turner grabbed the European Championship with minimum difference from the Greeks. Favorite Peer Kock who held the first place during the first days of the championship had an off day today. He moved to third place overall.
The Dutch participants did well today with top 10 places in the 9th race. Hans Hussum (4th), Koen Duiven (8e) and Diederik ten Horn (10th). In the final ranking, best Dutchman is Koen Duiven on the 15th place.
Overall European Championship results:
1. Serco, Bob Turner, GBR
2. Hellenic Police, Alexandros Tagaropoulos, GRE
3. Xenon, Peer Kock / Marc Daniel Mahlmann, GER
4. United 5, Jan Kaehler, GER
5. EYNIKH, Dimitros Altsiadis, GRE
6. GER 5420 'Rotoman, Kai Mares, GER
7. Max Bahr, Stefan Karsunke, GER
8. Stouche, Stuart Jardine, GBR
9. Madeleine, Duncan McCarthy, GBR
10. Gunni', Matthias Garzmann, GER
Ganesha Wins Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Porto Cervo, Italy: With two straight wins out of two races held, the 39 metre Ganesha is the overall winner of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2010. Ganesha, built by Fitzroy yachts, also dominated the 23 boat Cruising Division while the Wally 101 Indio took overall victory in the Performance division. The Dubois designed Moonbird and Harry Macklowe's Unfurled took second and third place respectively among the Cruising yachts. The Performance class saw the Wally yachts Highland Fling and Magic Carpet 2 take second and third place Loro Piana trophies. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Boat International Media, saw a fleet of 28 of the largest and most spectacular sailing yachts in existence gather in Porto Cervo for five days of racing, varied weather conditions and a luxurious social programme.
Following two days of enforced relaxation ashore - thanks to too much and then not enough wind - the superyacht fleet were today glad to be out racing through the granite islands of the La Maddalena archipelago once again in 10 - 12 knots of north westerly breeze.
Today's race took the fleet from the start off Porto Cervo west through the strait between Capo Ferro and the Isola delle Bisce island and onwards to the Golfo delle Saline before heading north, around the southernmost tip of Caprera island and on to round the Isola dei Monaci.
After leaving the Monaci island to starboard the fleet navigated southward to the finish line situated in front of Porto Cervo. The north westerly breeze began to die out as the leaders approached the finish line resulting in almost the entire fleet arriving in very close proximity - a rare treat for the many spectators and photographers following the race.
The Dubois-designed Ganesha was the fastest around the course in the Cruising division and also took victory on corrected time. Andrea Recordati's Indio, with French match racing champion Philippe Presti calling tactics, took line honours and corrected time victory in the Performance division.
For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record:
Record: Marseille to Carthage. Outright
Yacht: Banque Populaire 5. 40m Trimaran
Name: Pascal Bidegorry FRA and a crew of 12
Dates: 15th May 2010.
Start time: 05; 56; 56 (French time)
Finish time: 20; 17; 30 (French time)
Elapsed time: 14 hours 20 minutes and 34 seconds
Distance: 458 NM
Average speed: 32 kts
Comments: Current record: "Groupama 3" Franck Cammas FRA May 09 17h 8m 23s
Secretary to the WSSR Council
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