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ISAF Youth Worlds: Spain Wins Nations Trophy
Racing at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal came to a conclusion as the medals across the eight events were decided on Friday.

For the first time in their history the Spanish team have won the ISAF Youth Worlds Nations Trophy after a controlling display. Across the eight fleets Spanish sailors picked up three gold medals and a silver. Three of the teams finished in the top ten ensuring they were the most consistent nation out of the 67 competing in Tavira. France and Israel follow the Spanish team in the on the leader board.

1. Brice Yrieix / Loic Fischer Guillou, FRA, 53
2. Quinn Wilson / Riley Gibbs, USA, 60
3. Markus Somerville / Isaac Mchardie, NZL, 75

420 Boys
1. Yia Jia Loh / Jonathan Yeo, SIN, 39
2. Mohammad Faizal Norizan / Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz, MAS, 44
3. Ibuki Koizumi / Kotaro Matsuo, JPN, 50

420 Girls
1. Silvia Mas Depares / Marta Davila Mateu, ESP, 23
2. Yahel Wallach / Stav Brokman, ISR, 32
3. Ewa Romaniuk / Katarzyna Goralska, POL, 45

RS:X Boys
1. Yael Paz, ISR, 27
2. Mattia Camboni, ITA, 28
3. Radoslaw Furmanshi, POL, 44

RS:X Girls
1. Stefaniya Elfutina, RUS, 27
2. Shi Hongmei, CHN, 29
3. Marta Maggetti, ITA, 33

1. Louis Flament / Charles Dorange, FRA, 30
2. Jordi Booth Ferrando / Ruben Booth Ferrando, ESP, 42
3. Kim Vidal / Antonio Lopes, BRA, 62

Laser Radial Boys
1. Joel Rodriguez Perez, ESP, 39
2. Seafra Guilfoyle, IRL, 43
3. Ryan Lo, SIN, 51

Laser Radial Girls
1. Martina Reino Cacho, ESP, 39
2. Haddon Hughes, USA, 50
3. Monika Mikkola, FIN, 50

Nations Trophy Top Ten:
1. Spain, 281
2. France, 257
3. Israel, 225
4. Italy, 220
5. Singapore, 202
6. USA, 200
7. Great Britain, 160
8. Russia, 158
9. Poland, 139
10. New Zealand, 130

Full results:

Tour Voile: Delivery From Gruissan To Hyeres In Gale Force
The fleet of the M34s left Gruissan this morning for a 140 miles offshore leg to Hyeres, but due to a gale warning from Meteo France, the race committee decided to cancel the race.

The teams delivered the boats across the Gulf of Lion with one reef in the main and the storm jib, in 35-45 knots of wind. They left Gruissan at 10am this morning and arrived in Hyeres at 22.30.

The Race Committee has scheduled three inshore races tomorrow in Hyeres. The fleet is expected to leave the dock at 11.30

Top five overall ranking :
1. Courrier Dunkerque 3, Daniel Souben, 739 points
2. Groupama 34, Franck Cammas, 720
3. Bretagne - Credit Mutuel Elite, skipper Nicolas Troussel, 693
4. Team OmanSail, skipper, Sidney Gavignet, 689
5. Ville de Geneve - Carrefour Addictions, Nicolas Groux, 643

Clear Winner Despite Fog at Optimist European Sailing Championships
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland: The final race of the Optimist European Sailing Championship had to be cancelled Saturday for safety reasons as fog thickened on Dublin Bay.

In the girls' event Ebru Bolat, sailing for the Royal Romanian Yacht Club, had virtually secured the title yesterday with a superbly sailed second place in the penultimate race and could only have been defeated if her main rival Spain's Iset Segura (Arenys de Mar) had come in the top two. Third was Swiss lake sailor Martina Muller from Zurich.

Boys' winner Enzo Balanger is from the Cataraibes club on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

Second was Kasper Nordenram, another lake sailor from Rörviks Sailing Club in central Sweden. Daniel Toh of Singapore took Open Bronze with German Lennart Kuss from the famous Baltic sailing venue of Warnemunde taking the European Bronze medal.

Enzo is the first French winner of this event since 1985 when Maxime Paul, now trimmer on Tour de France a la Voile team Groupama.

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The feedback was inspiring the name of this racing top: Revolutionary

Never before has a racing top ticked off the boxes like "Revolution NX" with unrivaled comfort, ease of movement and a breathability at 30,000+ g/m2/24h - 50% higher than most other top of the range products on the market today.

"Revolution NX" features highly flexible neoprene neck and sleeve cuffs, a 3D designed shape, printed reinforcements and an adjustable neoprene hem. Reflective prints provide increased safety. The top is complemented by light-weight and ultra-flexible trousers and bermuda shorts. Both are made from the same high-tech ultra breathable 3-layer fabric with Dermizax NX membrane and feature abrasion resistant Cordura® reinforcements at the knees and bottom, adjustable elastic waistbands, belt loops and a bulky leg pocket with water resistant zipper. The trousers have got pre-shaped knees for increased wearing comfort and mobility and adjustable leg cuffs.

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A Long Delay, Two Races, A Dead Heat, and Some Controversy
Photo by Lee Whitehead, Click on image for photo gallery.

Six Metre European Championship Falmouth, UK - The opening day of the Six Metre European Championship 2014 hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, opened with blazing sunshine, but not a breath of wind. The fleet went afloat on time for the planned 10.30 start, but it wasn't until almost 4 o'clock that the wind finally established itself sufficiently to get the first of two short but very enjoyable races underway.

The Modern Division enjoyed two fantastically close races. Defending European Champion GBR107 Valhalla, owned by Paul Smith, and Don Martin's CAN111 Blade Runner, spent the day dueling for the lead, leaving the pack trailing in their wake. In race one Blade Runner was victorious, while Valhalla turned the tables in race two.

The Modern's second race was to have the closest race finish of the day with Robin Richardson's GBR88 St Kitts, Robert Leigh-Wood's GBR90 Lyonesse and Notorious crossing the line simultaneously. The Race Committee was able to identify Lyonesse as the leading boat by a whisker and she was awarded fifth place, but they couldn't separate St Kitts and Notorious who were scored as joint sixth place.

The day's big controversy came in the Classic Division's race one when Matt Brooks' US55 Lucie, helmed by James A Hilton Sr, made a somewhat over enthusiastic approach at the committee boat end of the start line. Louis Heckly's FRA111 Dix Aout, helmed by Bernard Divorne, had been lined up for the perfectly, but was forced to bear away hard to avoid hitting Lucie. Off the line Lucie immediately tacked off onto port and led the race from start to finish. Back ashore Dix Aout put in a protest and the committee found in her favour, disqualifying Lucie from the race.

Tomorrow's forecast is for light and variable north to northeasterly winds

Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week's Red Hot Opener
Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week opened yesterday (Monday) as eight one-design classes vied for the week's first trophy on offer, the Trinity Cup, in a one off race, the pre-cursor to the main 4-day series that starts tomorrow.

As the Cowes so-called heatwave continues, the day offered just enough breeze, between 8 and 12 knots, to provide some stable conditions, before softening towards the end of the race day.

Meanwhile the two Classic Cruiser classes, comprising 27 yachts all of whom were built before 1970, were divided into Fast and Slow divisions to compete in the first of their 5-day regatta series.

Today's results:

8mR: Helen, Christopher Courage
Daring: Dynamite, Doug Harckham
National Swallow: Swift, Martin Jones
Solent Sunbeam: Fleury, Joe and Cathy Burnie
Flying Fifteen: Glass Half Full, John Hassen
Loch Long: Fingal, Jonathan Chadd
XOD: Madelaine, Kim Slater
Old Gaffers: Chough, David Hopkins
Classic Cruiser Fast: Cocklesheel, Jonty Sherwill
Classic Cruiser Slow: Cherete, Brian Haugh

29erxx Class Extends Grants To Female Teams
Seven top female 29er skiff teams representing 5 nations received grants to assist their participation in the upcoming 29er World Championship. The 29erXX Class was able to grant $500 and $1,000 grants, totaling $6,500.

"We would like to use the 29erXX Class funds to continue the goal that we set out to achieve. Our goal is to bring women's skiff sailing to the forefront through increased participation and helping young women to develop their skills to world-class levels" said Jen Morgan-Glass, 29erXX Class President. "We feel we can empower young women in their sailing careers by providing grants to help them attend major championships. The 29er class is the global development class for skiff sailors, and has a tradition of being the proving ground for future Olympians. Thus the 29er fleet was a logical choice as we looked to support future champions."

The 29erXX solicited grant requests through the 29er Class and received many responses. The class hopes to continue to distribute grant assistance for a few more years.

This year's grants will enable these teams to attend the 2014 29er Worlds, to be held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, July 26-August 2. Currently there are 102 entrants represented by 14 nations and 18 all-female teams.

Farr 40 Us West Coast Championship
Santa Barbara, California, USA: Skipper Alberto Rossi and his team aboard Enfant Terrible sure know how to close out a tight regatta. Holding a narrow one-point lead going into the final day of the Farr 40 West Coast Championship, the Italians went out and won the opening race then survived a match race duel with chief challenger Flash Gordon 6 during the second race to secure the overall victory.

Enfant Terrible wound up winning four of 11 races over four spectacular days of racing to capture the West Coast Championship with a low score of 44 points, one better than skipper Helmut Jahn and his crew on Flash Gordon 6. Voodoo Chile, a Corinthian entry owned by Lloyd Clark of Tasmania, put forth an impressive performance for a team with just two professionals to take third with 48 points.

Full results

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Sam Gilmour Victorious Again At Governor's Cup
Corona Del Mar, California, USA: Sam GIlmour was able to beat Nevin Snow of San Diego Yacht Club in the fifth race of their fiercely fought Finals

Each won two races in hotly contested tacking duels, despite the light wind and changing conditions. In the final race, Sam was able to be about 7 seconds ahead at the first mark, and prevailed in their tacking duel.

The two top skippers have been competing against each other in a variety of events. Both raced in the Gov Cup in 2012 when Nevin placed 4th and Sam 5th . Both have won Gov Cups - Nevin in 2011 and Sam just last year.

Last week, they represented their countries at the World University Match Racing Championships in Italy. Nevin, from Georgetown University, placed first and Sam was second in a field of nineteen from Universities all over the World, each representing their countries.

They will be competing against each other again immediately after the Governor's Cup as they fly to Helsinki, Finland to represent their countries at the first ISAF World Match Racing Championship.

Sam Gilmour is listed #19 in the ISAF World Match Racing Rating list. Each will be 21 years old soon so will have aged out of the Governor's Cup.

1. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, AUS, Sam Gilmour, Adam Negri, Storm Brown
2. San Diego Yacht Club Nevin Snow, AJ Reiter, Jake Reynolds
3. Balboa Yacht Club Christophe Killian, Harrison Vandervort, Jack Martin
4. Chicago Yacht Club Will Holz, Clay Danly, Alex Woloshyn

J/70 North American Championship
Rochester, New York, USA: Tim Healy, with his team of John Mollicone, Gordon Borges and Geoff Becker, has attained the 2014 J/70 North American Championship. Hosted by Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, New York, six races were completed in the second annual Championship, which did not include a discard race. Although never finishing higher than third, Healy and crew avoided notching any scores below a 12 and finished the series with 43 points. Ian Atkins of Great Britain secured the runner-up position with a bullet in Sunday's only race, tallying 50 overall points. No racing took place on Saturday, after five were completed on the initial two days. Brian Keane totaled 57 points for third place.

Martin Johnsson won the Corinthian Division, with Adam Burns in second and Brian Elliott in third.

The top 10 overall:
1. Tim Healy, USA, 43 points
2. Ian Atkins, GBR, 50
3. Brian Keane, USA, 57
4. Mauricio Santa Cruz, BRA, 67
5. Allan Terhune, USA, 68
6. Martin Kullman, USA, 71
7. John Brim, USA, 73
8. Kris Werner/Flip Wehrheim, USA, 76
9. Joel Ronning, USA, 77
10. Bennet Greenwald, USA 54, 100

Seventy-one teams competed from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Sweden and the United States.

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