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Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout are the 2010 Giltinan Champions
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Giltinan Champions The Gotta Love It 7 team trio dominated today's last race of the 18 foot skiff championship in a second-sail North East wind to take out the race by 44s. and the championship by four points.

Second over the finish line today was Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris) which could well be described as the unluckly boat of the regatta. (John Winning Jr., David Ewings, Tim Austin) finished a further 53s back in third place today, ahead of Yandoo (John Winning, Andrew Hay, David Gibson), Team PSP/Aust-Asia/Benny (Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson, Phil Harmer) and Bassett Plumbing & Drainage (Chris Skinner, Luke Gower, Dave Healy)

The overall championship placings were Gotta Love It 7 on 16 points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links, Trent Barnabas) on 20 points, Project Racing (Andy Budgen, James Barker, Matt Mc Govern) 21, Rag & Famish Hotel 23, Yandoo 42 and Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Jim Beck) on 44.

Today began with three boats in a head-to-head battle for the championship. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Project Racing and Gotta Love It 7. -- Frank Quealey

The America's Cup In San Francisco
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The America's Cup In San Francisco San Francisco, California, USA: Larry Ellison and his BMW ORACLE Racing team have received the key to the city of San Francisco from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

On the first stop of the BMW ORACLE Racing Americas' Cup Victory Tour presented by ORACLE and BMW EfficientDynamics, the America's Cup trophy was available for public viewing at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda on Saturday morning. The Mayor welcomed the Cup and team back to the United States and specifically to San Francisco, where he says he'd like to see the Cup stay.

The venue for the 34th America's Cup hasn't been selected, with Larry Ellison (USA) noting that his team would consult with the America's Cup community on the next edition of the Cup before making any decisions.

"I think the most important thing is to make the right choice for the sport and all of the teams involved. That's our number one concern," Ellison said. "Having said that, our yacht club is from San Francisco. I'm from San Francisco and this is a great place to sail."

On Sunday, the Victory Tour continued with the America's Cup heading south to San Diego, where the team operated a training base for 16 months in preparation for the competition in Valencia.

'Meet The Experts' Yacht Club Road Show 2010
'Meet The Experts' Yacht Club Road Show 2010 Following on from the success of 2009, Henri Lloyd, Hyde Sails, Tacktick and Spinlock will be offering yacht club members the chance to hear the latest in product innovation, top tips for the forthcoming season and information about new product launches. Experts from the manufacturers will be on hand to answer members' questions and queries as well as offering invaluable inside knowledge on how to get the best out of your equipment for the forthcoming season.

The series of free road shows will take the form of informal evening events with drinks and practical presentations from the marine specialists together with product demonstrations and the chance to win a goodie bag of manufacturers' prizes worth around £800.

Castle Cove SC, Weymouth, 24th February 2010
Royal Dart YC, Kingswear, 3rd March 2010
Royal Cornwall YC, Falmouth, 4th March 2010
Parkstone YC, Poole, 10th March 210
Royal Southern YC, Hamble, 13th March 2010
Largs SC, Largs, 19th March 2010

Mark Mills is Afloat.Ie/Irish Independent Sailor of the Year
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Mark Mills Globally successful yacht designer Mark Mills of County Wicklow is the Independent "Sailor of the Year 2009" after a year of exceptional achievements which built on his original accolade as Sailor of the Month a year ago.

Celebrating a designer as a top sailor may seem unusual, but even in today's specialised world a successful sailor is capable of many tasks afloat. And equally, a successful designer must be a high achieving sailor in the first place in order to meet the hugely varying demands of his profession. Over the years, designers such as America's Cup legend Nat Herreshoff have shown themselves well able afloat. Olin Stephens made his name by winning the Fastnet Race twice as helm and crew on boats of his own design, Ron Holland made his mark skippering his own boat to win the Quarter Ton Worlds in 1973, Doug Peterson likewise sailed to world standard, and Rob Humphreys began his design career with wins from his home port of Pwllheli on the Welsh coast.

When we made Mark Mills Sailor of the Month a year ago, it was in celebration of his success during 2008 - mostly with Cork owners - in boats which included Eamonn Rohan's Blondie, first out of the mould of the Argentine-built Mills-designed King 40 production class.

The King 40 began to win in many events internationally, and in October 2008, it became Boat of the Year at the big exhibition in the US, the Annapolis Boat Show. Demand was such that production was moved to America, where a smaller sister, the Summit 35, was already being developed. The King 40 became the Summit 40, and success continued worldwide. Meanwhile the 2009 season was leaping to life, and Mills designs were hitting the headlines, most notably in Ireland where Dave Dwyer's Mills 39 continued her successful progress, while visiting King 40s lifted class titles in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale.

However, there was only one Mills entry in the Fastnet Race, a DK 46 of 2003 vintage, so the lack of a serious challenge in that iconic event prompted suggestions that Mills boats were extreme racing machines in which crews were unwilling to campaign flat out in true offshore conditions. That was triumphantly refuted in the 620-mile Middle Sea Race out of Malta in November. The superb Mills-designed 68-footer Alegre won overall in rugged conditions, beating the Fastnet winner Ran (a 72-footer) on a boat-for-boat basis.

Spirit Of Australia Claims First Victory in Clipper 09-10
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Clipper Race Qingdao, China: Following four second place podiums in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Spirit of Australia has managed to secure an elusive first place by winning Race 6 from Singapore to Qingdao. At the end of what has been arguably the toughest and closest legs of the 35,000-mile global competition, which is contested by crews from all walks of life, Spirit of Australia crossed the finish line at 1307 local time (0507 GMT). Jamaica Lightning Bolt took second place by finishing at 1727 local time (0927 GMT) and Qingdao delighted the home crowd by taking the final podium position, their first of the race to date.

The Clipper fleet's arrival in Qingdao coincides with the springtime festival and the dull thud of fireworks across the city serve as constant reminder that the 2010 celebrations are in full swing.

Race 7 from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, California USA will start on March 2nd.

The Clipper 09-10 Race started from the Humber on the north east coast of England on 13 September 2009 and will return to there on 17 July 2010.

Standings after Race 6 Scoring Gate

1. Spirit of Australia, 50 points
2. Team Finland, 49
3. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 39
4. Cape Breton Island, 35
5. Hull & Humber, 33
6. Uniquely Singapore, 25
7. Cork, 23
8. Qingdao, 20
9. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 15
10. California, 13

On Track
Groupama 3 is almost back inside the Jules Verne Trophy reference time as she approaches the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, just seven days after passing Cape Agulhas! The final stage of the Indian Ocean seems all set to see the giant trimaran get back in the saddle.

124 miles separate the two boats on this 21st day at sea. Since the Crozet Islands the situation has reversed and Groupama 3 has constantly proven to be faster (at times ten knots quicker) than Orange 2 in 2005. With a W to NW'ly wind of around twenty knots, Franck Cammas and his men are sailing safely, without putting too much pressure on the machine and without demanding excessive amounts of effort from the crew.

Under large gennaker, staysail and full mainsail, Groupama 3 is still making headway at an average of nearly thirty knots and tonight's menu promises more of the same. As such Franck Cammas and his nine crew should cross the longitude of Cape Leeuwin late tonight or in the early hours with a deficit of less than five hours in relation to the reference time. Above all they are set to achieve the best time over this section of the course between Cape Agulhas and the SW tip of Australia. -- translated by Kate Jennings

Groupama 3's log (departure on 31st January at 13h 55' 53'' UTC)

Day 18 (18th February 1400 UTC): 362 miles (deficit = 433 miles)
Day 19 (19th February 1400 UTC): 726 miles (deficit = 234 miles)
Day 20 (20th February 1400 UTC): 751 miles (deficit = 211 miles)
Day 21 (21st February 1400 UTC): 584 miles (deficit = 124 miles)

WSSRC record for traversing the Indian Ocean (from Cape Agulhas to Southern Tasmania)
- Orange 2 (2005): 9d 11h 04'
Reference time from Cape Agulhas to Cape Leeuwin
-Orange 2 (2005): 7d 05h 35'

A Modern Twist on a Classic Look
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Estate Master Wins The 2010 Farr 40 Sprint Series Regatta
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Farr 40 Sprint Series Sydney, Australia: After two days of racing on Sydney Harbour Lisa and Martin Hill's Estate Master have won their second Farr 40 regatta in a row, taking out the 2010 Farr 40 Sprint Series which was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Estate Master finished day one of racing with a picket fence on their score card winning all four races. The Farr 40's joined the melee of boats racing on Sydney Harbour on a Saturday making for challenging racing as their threaded their way across the harbour on the short sprint style windward leeward race course set by PRO Denis Thomson.

Rejoining the Farr 40 class was New Zealander Brett Neill's White Cloud team sailing on Orion. Their return from a 12 month hiatus is in preparation for the upcoming Farr 40 Australian Championship being held March 12-14.

Teams have used this weekends racing in preparation for the 2010 Farr 40 Australian Championship which will be hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

The next event in the 2009 2010- Australian Farr 40 Circuit will be the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, being hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on March 6 & 7, which will be used as the 2010 Farr 40 Australian Championship warm up.

2010 Sprint Series Final Results:

1. Estate Master, Lisa & Martin Hill, MHYC, 9 points
2. Orion, Brett Neill, RNZYS, 20.0
3. Easy Tiger II, Chris Way, RPAYC, 21.0
4. Edake, Jeff Carter, MHYC, 29.0

Karl James Walks the Course for the RORC Caribbean 600
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RORC Caribbean 600 Karl James is one of Antigua's finest sailors having competed in the Laser class for Antigua & Barbuda at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic games. He runs the dinghy sailing centre at the Antigua Yacht Club, coaching locals and visitors to the island.

Karl races with some of the most prestigious yachts and is an expert on local knowledge. "During the past few weeks we have had some unusual weather with the wind coming from all directions." Said Karl. "It is very difficult to say what the conditions will be like come race day but I feel that the wind direction is starting to become consistently from the east south east and will probably stay that way for some time and several weather forecasts are agreeing with this".

After an upwind start, at the bottom of the island the boats sail east and then gradually turn towards the north east as they sail around the windward side of Antigua on their way to the North Sails mark, the only laid mark in the course positioned to the south east of Barbuda. From here the fleet should enjoy fast spinnaker reaching conditions on their way to Nevis and if the wind stays in the south east the fleet should have similar conditions on the way to Saba.

The breeze could freshen up by Tuesday morning and the long leg from St Martin to Guadeloupe could well see the wind on the nose. By Wednesday, the wind may lessen a little which might favour the bigger boats on handicap, as many of them may well have finished the race.

"In general the conditions look set to be lighter than last year and the boats will need to be attentive at night when the wind speed may drop a little.' Said Karl "This may not be a fast race but there are so many wonderful things to see on the way. The Pillars of Hercules at the start are a symbol of sailing in Antigua and I especially like the view at the back of the 'butterfly island' Gaudeloupe with its high cliffs and water falls and of course there is the recent volcanic activity in Montserrat that the sailors will view close up." -- Louay Habib

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* From Sean O'Riordain: My vote for the next AC would be on some simple rules, e.g. maximum overall length of 50' (to have a bit more maneuverability ) and must be able to float independently (i.e. no engine powered helicopter type arrangement) and statically (i.e. not like a sinking wind surfer) with full crew aboard in conditions up to 34knots wind and be towed safely in such conditions. Races to be be started at wind speeds up to 34 knots - no limitations on wave conditions - which should make TV coverage a bit more predictable (lack of wind aside). We want to leave it completely open with the absolute minimum of rules on boat design to ensure crew safety. We want some sort of high stakes grand prix event where boat design is important - not a match race of two identical boats.

* From Paul Cayard: Today was a practice day here in Dubai and we had 15-17 knots of wind with 1-2 meter seas. A breeze known as a "Shamal" blew in increasing the wind strength from the normal 8-10 knot thermal breezes we usually experience here.

While all the teams went out training today, there wasn't a lot of aggressive match racing practice going on as the conditions were a bit much for that and tomorrow is the first race day. The format for 2010 has changed just a bit in that the first two days of the RC 44 events will comprise match racing, the third day will be a make up day for match racing and/or the fleet racing practice race. Then the final three days will be the fleet race portion. This new format gives the organizers a better chance to get a good match racing event in, even if faced with difficult conditions such as what we experienced here last November.

Last week the Artemis Louis Vuitton Trophy team....17 crew members....trained on two RC 44s, Katusha and Artemis for five days. The conditions were excellent with 8-11 knot winds almost every day and plenty of sun. We had an excellent organization with two top umpires, a coach and a race committee. By setting up drills that put the boats into critical race situations, as well as running real races, we got into more race situations each day than we would normally get into over an entire regatta. Having the umpires and coaches allowed us to debrief the situations, with video, and really learn the best way to manage these situations on the race course and the rules that apply. It was also a nice team building exercise for team Artemis.

Next stop for the Louis Vuitton Trophy team is Auckland from March 9-21.

For now, Katusha and Artemis are concentrating on the Maktoum Trophy here in Dubai through Saturday. --

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