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South American Stopover For The VOR
Alicante, SpainL The city of Itajaí, in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, will be the South American stopover for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. This is the first time that the port of Itajaí will play host to the event, which has visited Brazil on six prior occasions.

The Volvo Ocean Race crews will have faced major challenges in the Southern Ocean, where icebergs, whales, huge waves and fiercely cold temperatures are common-place, Itajaí will be a great place for them to regain their strength before heading offshore once more.

"Itajaí is a nautical Garden of Eden and one of the reasons it was chosen as a stopover," explained State Governor Luiz Henrique da Silveira. "We are very proud to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race," he added.

Santa Catarina, is a State that has received a clutch of national awards for the best tourist destination in Brazil, will use the Volvo Ocean Race to demonstrate its ability to organise large-scale events. The Race Village will be situated in the port area, which is located on the mouth of the Itajaí-Acu River, near a large metropolitan area and close to the beach resort of Camboriu.

In 2005-06, Brazil's debut entry in the Volvo Ocean Race finished a creditable third place, crewed predominantly by Brazilian athletes. This was followed by success for Brazilian multiple Olympic medallist, Torben Grael, who drove Ericsson 4 to victory in 2008-09.

Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, and team member of the 2005-06 Brasil 1 project, said, "We are pleased to confirm Itajaí's inclusion in our race around the world. After rounding Cape Horn, our racing teams will truly appreciate the warm welcome that Brazil is famous for, and it will be the perfect place for the crews to regain their strength after such a testing leg in the Southern Ocean."

The remaining host ports will be revealed before the end of March.

Plastiki Sets Sail
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Plastiki David Thomson, who raced as co-skipper aboard Class40 Mowgli in the 2008-09 Portimao Global Ocean Race and is signed up to race the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race with Alex Alley, is currently undertaking another extraordinary high-seas adventure. On Saturday 20th March, he sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and out of San Francisco Bay as co-skipper aboard the trans-Pacific expedition vessel Plastiki, bound for Sydney, Australia.

The brainchild of banking heir and passionate eco-hero, David de Rothschild, Plastiki has been three years in the making. The catamaran vessel, designed by Australian naval architect Andy Dovell, is built using a material known as PT which is created purely from recycled plastic bottles and the expedition aims to raise awareness of how it is possible to use our garbage to great benefit. The voyage will also highlight the man-made horror of the Pacific Garbage Patch - vast swaths of waste that have accumulated in this beautiful and sensitive ocean. Some 12,500 plastic bottles have been used in the construction of Plastiki and, in fact, the entire vessel could be recycled post-voyage and transformed into computer casings, for example.

Two and a half years of extensive research and design have been invested in the project with Plastiki subsequently being built and prepared in San Francisco, California.

Thomson will not be traversing this ocean at his customary racing pace - Plastiki will probably average around four knots of speed for the 5,000 mile crossing and will rarely exceed six knots. He will, however, have more company than usual as there is a crew of six onboard, led by female British Skipper, Jo Royle, and including two cameramen who will be documenting the voyage. Also onboard is Olav, the grandson of Thor Heyerdahl of Kon-Tiki fame, whose family have fully endorsed the expedition. -- from the Global Ocean Race site,

Open 60's Shipped To USA: Sibling Rivalry
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Peters & May IMOCA Open 60 Sisterships W Hotels and Estrella Damm, were unloaded from a containership by leading marine logistics provider Peters and May in Baltimore on Monday, ahead of their Match-racing record attempt from New York to Barcelona. Due to take off in early April, there'll be no love lost between these siblings when racing starts.

Schedules were tight on departure, and the crews worked around the clock to prepare the yachts for shipping out of Valencia, whilst storms that later devastated the west coast of France threatened to hamper loading and render their hard work futile. However, a small weather window allowed operations to proceed and the yachts were secured onboard before the conditions deteriorated.

The Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB), organisers of the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record, commented that the success of the operation was down to team effort and also to the excellent preparation between the Yacht shipping specialists Peters & May's Southampton, Valencia and Newport offices.

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California Crew Safely Transferred To Merchant Vessel
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Clipper California Following the incident which took place on Sunday afternoon GMT in which the California entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race was rolled in a fierce Pacific storm, the Danish registered tanker, Nord Nightingale, is now at the scene.

The 180-metre tanker was on passage from Yokohama to Los Angeles and diverted by US Coastguard last night. It's a standard rule of the sea that vessels divert when another is in distress and the intention was to transfer injured crew member Clive Cockram on board.

Clive was sitting in the saloon when the boat rolled and was thrown across the cabin, ending up with cuts to his head. He responded well to treatment but it is prudent to ensure that he swiftly gets the best medical care.

While the winds have dropped from the 60 knots experienced over the last few days, the sea state is still confused and to make the transfer required excellent seamanship from both the crew of California and the Nord Nightingale. After several attempts, Clive was safely transferred and the launch was recovered to the merchant vessel.

On board California, the clean up operation continues as they continue to motor due east towards their destination in San Francisco. Jamaica Lightning Bolt remains on station shadowing the yacht

Positions at 0900 UTC, Monday 23 March

1. Cape Breton Island, 1618nm
2. Qingdao, 361nm
3. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 394nm
4. California, 395nm
5. Spirit of Australia, 422nm
6. Uniquely Singapore, 432nm
7. Hull & Humber, 439nm
8. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 603nm
9. Team Finland, 2887nm
10. Cork, Did not start

Dragons In Cowes
This summer Cowes and the Isle of Wight will play host to a festival of Dragon sailing with no less than five great Dragon events on offer.

Things kick off with the Dragon South Coast Championship (27-29 June) and the Edinburgh Cup, the British Open Dragon Championship, (30 June - 3 July), which will both be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and generously sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management.

Already teams from Russia, France, Ireland and across the UK have confirmed they will be competing including defending Edinburgh Cup holder Quentin Strauss with tactician Nigel Young and helm Jamie Lea, and Dragon sailing legend and five time winner of the Edinburgh Cup Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen who returns to the Edinburgh Cup after several years absence.

Racing will be held in the Central Solent around the Bramble Bank, the area in the Solent outside the shipping channels and least affected by the tides. The South Coast Championship will consist of up to eight short course windward-leeward races, with two to three races a day run in quick succession. For the Edinburgh Cup the series will consist of up to six races on longer windward-leeward courses with a minimum leg length of 1.5 miles.

Two weeks later the Dragons are invited to take part in the Cowes Metre and Classic Keelboat Regatta (17-24 July) which will also incorporate the 2010 British Classic Dragon Championship.

Hot on the heels of the Classic Keelboat Regatta comes Cowes Week (31 July - 7 August) and as always the Dragons will be putting up a strong fleet for this legendary event. The spectacle of a keelboat start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line followed by close tacking down The Green towards Gurnard is truly unique and all part of what has made Cowes Week so special for almost 200 years.

The Dragons' Isle of Wight sojourn finally comes to an end with the Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta in Yarmouth (14-15 August).

Henri Lloyd Announced as Official Technical Clothing Supplier to the Velux 5 Oceans
Henri Lloyd Henri Lloyd is to continue their long term partnership with Clipper Ventures as the Official Technical Clothing Supplier to the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11.

Henri Lloyd have spent the last 45 years working with professional ocean racing sailors and will be providing a comprehensive team collection to Clipper Ventures Race Management and VELUX, as well as working with the VELUX 5 OCEANS skippers to ensure that their every clothing requirement is met.

The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the oldest single-handed round the world yacht race. Run every 4 years since 1982, the race is the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport. The VELUX 5 OCEANS is a series of five high-pressure ocean sprints within a marathon circumnavigation. In the course of the 30,000 mile race, the skippers cross five oceans alone.

Challenging Conditions In Warsash Spring Series
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Warsash Spring Series The sunshine continued for the second week of Warsash Sailing Club's Spring Series on 21st March but in stark contrast to week one, the breeze was often elusive and tricky. The weather forecasts varied, with wind speeds ranging from 4 to 15 knots, but in the main agreed a north-westerly was due to back to the south-west or south.

The latest period of light airs had persuaded the Race Committee to shorten IRC1 at South East Ryde Middle and IRC2 at Browndown at the end of a run. There were only two finishers in IRC1 and this week's champagne went to Jolly Jellyfish. Andrew Iyer's Portia took both line and handicap honours in IRC2, giving a faultless score over the two weeks. Carol Lo brought the X-35 Flying Pigs home in second place and might have won but for the penalty they had accepted earlier in the race. The courses for IRC3, J/105 and J/92s were also shortened. Bill Blain's new J/97 Batfish was the first of the IRC3 boats to escape the doldrums at the bottom mark and had established a four minute lead by the time they reached the finish.

The Warsash Spring Series runs on Sundays until 25th April, with a break for Easter. New entries are welcome and enquiries can be made to Warsash Sailing Club on 01489 583575, or visit

Provisional results - Warsash Spring Series 21st March 2010

IRC1 - Jolly Jellyfish (J/122) - Jellyfish Charters
IRC2 - Portia (First 40.7) - Andrew Iyer
IRC3 - Batfish IV (J/97) - Bill Blain/Paul Heys
IRC4 - Menace III (Quarter Tonner) - Derek Morland and Tim Rees
Sigma 38 - With Alacrity - Chris and Vanessa Choules

J/109 - Offbeat - David McLeman
J/105 - Fay-J - Paul Griffiths
J/92 - Jaya - Rory and Cathy Staunton

Laser SB3
Race 4 - Excuse Me Gents - Ann Jackson
Race 5 - GBR3953 - Geoff Carveth

Races 4 - Oi! - John Cooper
Races 5 and 6 - Spitfire - Team Spitfire

Races 4 and 5 - Lutine Belle (Hunter 707) - Lloyds Yacht Club
Race 6 - Artificer (Hunter 707) - Southampton University OTC/REME YC

Celebrating A Successful Week Of Cruising
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Club Swan The ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, 15th - 20th March 2010 in the British Virgin Islands, had twenty yachts participating, ranging from Swan 44, Laughing Lady up to Swan 82RS Clevelander, with over one hundred people. The energetic fleet enjoyed the steady easterly trade winds and Caribbean sunshine for a week of outstanding sailing.

The Rendezvous sailed around the spectacular British Virgin Islands in a route that saw them visit the island of Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island, Cooper Island and Virgin Gorda. There were daily fun races to each island before the Round Virgin Gorda Race on the last day of the cruise. The week involved not only some incredible sailing in the British Virgin Islands but also many activities held on the islands where the ClubSwan Rendezvous stayed. The most popular of these was the ClubSwan Boules Tournament, which was run with daily heats on the beaches. The winner of the Boules Tournament was Charles Houal, from Swan 60, Early Purple.

The Laser Regatta was held at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the opening day of the Rendezvous with the concluding second part held on Friday afternoon when the yachts returned to the BEYC from the cruise. The Laser Regatta had twelve participants and was a spirited event, the winner of the Laser regatta was Pete Newlands, from Swan 46, Akarana.

The Round Virgin Gorda race held on the final day both starting and finishing at the BEYC was a highly competitive affair. Swan 82RS, Capo Giro, owned by Dick Weismann claimed line honours finishing the race in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds. Swan 82 RS, Clevelander, chartered by Ed Campbell won the race with a corrected time of 3 hours, 36 minutes, 18 seconds. In second place was Swan 82RS Capo Giro, owned by Dick Weismann with a corrected time of 3 hours, 44 minutes, 28 seconds. Swan 46, Akarana, owned by Graham Deegan claimed third place with a corrected time of 3 hours, 46 minutes, 11 seconds.

Swan Racing Classes:
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Swan 45 Class -
Club Swan 42 Class -

Short Tacks
* The 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit is due to start in Cascais on May 11th, the first event of the new season. The official names for the five trophies of the year have just been announced.

The Audi MedCup Circuit reaches its sixth season with an itinerary comprising five events between May and September in four countries of Southern Europe: Portugal, France, Spain and Italy, in that order.

The official titles of the five trophies which the TP52 Series and GP42 Series fleets will compete for have been announced by World Sailing Management, the Circuit's organiser, as follows:

1. Portugal Trophy, Cascais
Cascais (Portugal), May 11-16

2. Marseille Trophy
Marseille (France), June 15-20

3. Conde de Godó City of Barcelona Trophy
Barcelona (Spain), July 20-25

4. Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
Cartagena (Spain), August 24-29

5. Region of Sardinia Trophy
Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), September 20-25

* SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced its sponsorship of the Kieler Woche, the world's largest sailing regatta and summer festival, being held in Kiel, Germany, June 19-27, 2010. The company continues its commitment to the 5O5 class, where business intelligence software from SAP recently helped competitors in San Francisco Bay create their winning strategies and enhance performance. In Kiel as in California, SAP® BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions also will transform the experience for spectators, displaying real-time insight into racers' progress.

With approximately 3.5 million visitors, the Kieler Woche is the largest summer festival in Northern Europe. The ten-day celebration on dry land hosts international meetings on social, cultural and current affairs while the sailing event connects more than 5,000 yachtsmen from over 50 countries, with more than 400 planned regatta starts on ten race courses. For more information, visit

* Two Cornwall rowers who spent almost three months racing across the Atlantic have had to be rescued less than one mile (1.6km) from the finish line.

Phil Pring and Ben Cummings, from Penzance, set off on the 3,000 mile (4,828km) trip from the Canaries to the West Indies on 4 January.

The pair, members of Zennor Gig Club, were picked up by Antiguan authorities after their boat hit a reef on Sunday.

Falmouth Coastguard said that both rowers were safe and well.

The men were taking part in the Atlantic Rowing Race and were lying in 15th place when their boat, Vision of Cornwall, ran aground on a reef.

* ISAF has published a new version of the ISAF Match Race Rankings Event Application/Grading Form.

The ISAF Match Race Rankings Event Application/Grading Form must be completed by all events wishing to be included in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. The form must be submitted to ISAF at least four months prior the event.

On completion of the event, the "actual data" and the event results must be completed, confirmed by the event Chief Umpire and returned to ISAF as soon as possible after the event.

The new form is available to download:

* Vernicos Yachts, one of the leading yachting companies in Greece organizes for the eighth year its spring regatta, the BENETEAU CYCLADES BLUE CUP, exclusively with Beneteau yachts.

The 8th Beneteau Cyclades Blue Cup Regatta will take place between 8th and 15th of May 2010 in the Cyclades group of islands governed by the O.R.C. Club rating system.

The spirit of the Blue Cup is its festive ambiance which combines the excitement of the race with social events, activities and the chance of exploring the beauty of the islands. It is synonymous with fun and partying, cocktails and dancing, with special events at every port, with the Grand Prize giving ceremony at the end of the race.

As always, the prize of the first place winners of each class is a -one week- charter in the Greek islands on a 4 cabin Beneteau yacht, free of charge.

See the route at:

* In the latest Volvo Ocean Race podcast...

We talk to Russell Coutts as he takes the America's Cup to the Louis Vitton in Auckland, chat with Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad in Ireland, we catch up with China's Gao Chan and South Africa's Mike Pammenter in France and go to Dubai for the Puma Moth Worlds.

Featured Brokerage
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