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Team Azzurra Wins The Congressional Cup
Team Azzurra of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda yesterday won the 46th Congressional Cup, world renowned event organized by the Long Beach Yacht Club which each year attracts some of the best match racing skippers. This is the only ISAF Grade 1 match racing event held in the USA.

Francesco Bruni, skipper of team Azzurra, was able to overhaul 2:1 defending champion Johnie Berntsson (Sweden) in the semifinals. Then in the finals Bruni defeated, with another intense 2:1 duel, New Zealand's Gavin Brady, skipper of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team and four time winner of the Congressional Cup.

Bruni was able to conquer this important victory thanks to the great performance of his crew which included Tom Burnham, Pierluigi De Felice, Matteo Auguadro, Pietro Mantovani and Ben Durham, under the watchful eye of coach Marco Mercuriali.

The ten crews who competed in the Congressional Cup 2010 sailed two complete due round robins, where Bruni finished second, one point behind leader Brady. At the end of the round robins, the top four skippers advanced to the best-of-three semifinals (Bruni defeated Berntsson 2:1, Brady defeated Hardesty 2:0), followed by the best-of-three finals (Bruni defeated Brady, 2:1). In the petit-final Berntsson beat Hardesty 2:0, while the remaining teams sailed a fleet race.

Standings
1. Francesco Bruni (ITA)
2. Gavin Brady (NZL)
3. Johnie Berntsson (SWE)
4. Bill Hardesty (USA)
5. Eric Monnin (SUI)
6. Damien Iehl (FRA)
7. Evgeny Neugodnikov (RUS)
8. Sally Barkow (USA)
9. Simone Ferrarese (ITA)
10. Dave Perry (USA)

www.lbyc.org/html/content.cfm?CID=1170

Pax America's Cup
An agreement has been reached with the previous America's Cup Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve, that all outstanding litigation in the New York courts concerning the recent 33rd match will be dropped by both sides.

This includes GGYC's Breach of Fiduciary Duty ("BFD") claim against SNG, as well as all other claims over the design and construction of yachts Alinghi 5 and USA.

"In place of controversy, we seek consensus. Instead of continuing argument, we are pleased to have reached agreement," said GGYC Commodore Marcus Young.

GGYC's representatives have started a consultative process with regard to the venue, timing, format and type of boat for the 34th America's Cup.

GGYC and the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico di Roma and its sailing team Mascalzone Latino headed by Vincenzo Onorato, are cooperating closely in this.

"Good decisions not hasty decisions - this is what the Cup community wants," added Russell Coutts, CEO of GGYC's sailing team BMW ORACLE Racing. "Our focus is on looking ahead and making the 34th edition of the oldest trophy in international sports the best America's Cup yet."

Discussions will continue over the next six months with the details of the 34th Cup confirmed during 2010.

"We will do our best to fulfill Larry Ellison's vision of a competition which respects the Cup's unique tradition whilst moving forward with the latest technology to attract an even wider audience," commented Coutts.

Stellar Performances
Photo by Ingrid Abery, www.hotcapers.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

International Rolex Regatta St.Thomas, US Virgin Island: Last year he lost this event in the final races on the last day, but this year at the 37th International Rolex Regatta (March 26-28), Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo had built some good padding into his score line over two days and followed form on the third, today, to win the IC 24 class and a Rolex timepiece (which he awarded to his trimmer Milton Gonzalesz) as proof of his team's prowess shown over 17 races. Lugo now can claim eight International Rolex Regatta victories in a variety of classes.

The IC 24s, hybrid one-designs that combine a J/24's body with a Melges 24-style cockpit, continued with short round-the-buoy races after the event's opening "town races" on Friday, while their counterparts in six other classes (IRC, Spinnaker Racing 1 and 2, Non-Spinnaker Racing, Spinnaker Racing/Cruising and Beach Cats) took to the more scenic winding courses through and around the cuts, cays and islands off the east end of St. Thomas, USVI, where host St. Thomas Yacht Club is located.

In IRC class, Richard Oland's (Rothesay, NB, CAN) Vela Veloce, with Brian Ledbetter (Seattle, Wash.) driving, posted a final score of 13 points to beat out Austin and Gwen Fragomen's (New York, N.Y.) Interlodge. In the end the point spread was only by two points, indicative of the tight battle the two 52-footers had been having all weekend. Ledbetter, who won an Olympic silver medal in the Finn class at the 1992 Olympics, called the three days of racing "magical" compared to the windward/leeward racing he is used to doing.

Top-Three Results

IC 24 (One Design - 14 Boats)
1. Orion, IC 24, Fraito Lugo, USA, 59
2. LIME, IC 24, Colin Rathbun, BVI, 76
3. Brand-New Secondhand, IC 24, USA, 93

Spinnaker Racing 1 (CSA - 2 Boats)
1. Spirit of Isis, Farr 65, Elizabeth Brookes, Antigua, 6
2. Kialoa V, Frers 80, Freddie Mills, USA, 13

Spinnaker Racing 2 (CSA - 11 Boats)
1. Devil 3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, Christiansted, USVI, 9
2. Jurakan, Melges 32, Dave West, Road Town, BVI, 13
3. Rushin Rowlette, Olson 30, Kevin Rowlette, UK, 26

Non-Spinnaker Racing (CSA - 9 Boats)
1. Cayennita Grande, J 36, Antonio Sanpere, USA, 5
2. SAGA I, Frers F36, Gerd Petersen, USA, 10
3. Meltemi, Kirby 25, Herve Chassin, USA, 22

Spinnaker Racing/Cruising (CSA - 17 Boats)
1. Lost Horizon, J 122 12.21, James Dobbs, Antigua, 8
2. Three Harkoms, Beneteau 442 Oceanic 44.5, James Hudleston, GBR, 14
3. El Ocaso, J 120 40, Rick Wesslund, USA, 19

IRC (IRC - 8 Boats)
1. Vela Veloce, Southern Cross 52, Richard Oland, CAN, 13
2. Interlodge, JV 52, Austin/Gwen Fragomen, USA, 15
3. White Heat, Summit 40, Michael Williamson, GBR, 19

Beach Cats (Portsmouth - 5 Boats)
1. Time Out, Hobie 16, John Holmberg, USA, 10
2. Auto Manic, Hobie 16, Chris Schreiber, USA, 11
3. Puma, Prindle 19, Jason Siska, USA, 29

www.regattanews.com
Video footage: www.t2p.tv
Full results: www.yachtscoring.com

Iceland - In The Wake Of Viking
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Iceland Midnight Sun Race 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
The Iceland Midnight Sun Race is a unique yacht race - the only one of its kind in the North Atlantic and is when the sun stays aloft around the clock! Travel arrangements for race teams and guests by or by phone +44 020 7717 1670

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.

Further information www.icesun.is

ISAF Sailing World Cup In The Bay Of Palma
Rigging The Elliott 6m. Photo by Nico Martinez, www.nicomartinez.com. Click on image to enlarge.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, Spain: Low and instable wind on the first day of racing of the 41 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, third event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. The top level of the sailors was clear today with very tight results in all races.

The overall results show a top 5 to be defined in most classes with some surprises. A clear example is found in the 470 men, with 93 boats divided in two groups. Stuart Mcnay's from the US, leader of the class tied with Australian sailor Matthew Belcher, has battled with the day's tough conditions. According to Mcnay, "the good wind and the fast decision making of the Race Committee when changing the racing area have been key factors to their victory".

His crew Graham Biehl pointed out that "this is a test event for them" because their goal is to improve their technique on the water. Argentinean team Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente have finished third in the class and second in their group. "Right now being third is not too important" pointed out Calabrese explaining that there are still many days of racing ahead. Notwithstanding, both are satisfied with the good results after adapting to today's wind conditions that were favourable to them. Calabrese, has also praised the Race Committee for the decisions made on the water.

In 470 women, the day's winners have been Italian team Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol. After "being asleep in the first start", the team has been able to climb up to seventh place and regain enough confidence to end up winning the second.

Complete results and further information on www.trofeoprincesasofia-mapfre.org

* Team Tunnicliffe [Editor: sailing in the Elliott 6m Class] ends day one of the Princess Sophia Trophy regatta 4-0 after some close, but good racing. After about a two hour delay this morning as we waited for the breeze to fill in, group A finally went out and did their three races. We headed out during their second race and watched our teammates, skippered by Sally Barkow, win their last race to finish with 100% wins for the day as well.

After we got in the boat, we warmed up and got used to the conditions. It didn't take long for the race committee to get started and we were the first race of the flight so we had to be game-on immediately.

Tomorrow we are again the second group to race, with group C starting the day. The forecast is for a bit more wind which is good, because it makes for slightly better match racing. We have three races left in our round against the other top seeded sailors. -- Anna Tunnicliffe, teamtunnicliffe.com

Ranger Wins Day 2 of the St Barths Bucket
Photo by Oskar Kihlborg, www.kihlborg.se. Click on image for photo gallery.

Barths Bucket Who would have guessed that all those navigating fluid libations we so freely poured to Poseidon a few years back (in the days of windless Buckets) would bear compounded interest. Once again -- we sailed in near perfect conditions, under proper Caribbean blue skies. The word "near" is used advisedly, as the day saw wind speeds ranging from 8 to 15 knots, with direction swings from SE to NE. This, needless to say, scrambled some otherwise predictable finishes and may well have been a cause of some frustration.

The 39 yachts were sent off in close formation, with tight starts sometimes a mere 30 seconds apart. The traditional second day "Wiggley Course" was revised into the "Not So Wiggley" course in the interest of safety, although the dramatic wind shifts reintroduced some of the Wiggles back into the equation.

In the end it looked like a photo finish between Ranger and Rebecca until the latter hit a wall in the form of a massive header, allowing Ranger claim a well deserved first place. Some liberal interpretations of the safety protocol for finishing yachts provided some interesting finishing tactics, although good general seamanship avoided any potential problems.

www.bucketregattas.com

Thrilling Race Brings 2010 Formula Windsurfing Worlds To An End ....
Mendoz, Argentina: The Governor of Mendoza joined the Race Officer, Antonio Lamadrid, on the starting boat for the last race of the 2010 Worlds on Lake Potrerillos. He was then treated to a thrilling, and fitting, finale to this years championship. The wind built throughout the race, and once again delivered a challenging spectacle. Despite a fall Ross Williams (GBR83) had the bit between this teeth and his second place, on the heels of Casper Bouman (NED52), ensured he shared the podium with new world champion Antoine Albeau (FRA192) and runner up Paulo Dos Reis (BRA3333).

Marta Hlavaty POL(111) rounded off her championship with another convincing win .

Fifteen races, in a wonderful location, with a fantastic, enthusatic and motivated organisational team, will ensure the 2010 Championship lingers long in the memory of all involved.

Top Five Men:
1. Antoine Albeau, France
2. Paulo Dos Reis, Brasil
3. Ross Williams, UK
4. Casper Bouman, Netherlands
5. Pawel Hlavaty, Poland

Top Five Women:
1. Marta Hlavaty, Poland
2. Morane Demont, France
3. Farah Hall, USA
4. Femke Van Der Valk, Neterlands
5. Carolina Butrich, Peru

Full results; photo galleries and daily reports: www.formulawindsurfing.org

Anti-Chafe Patches For Any Size Or Type Of Boat
PSP Marine Tapes PSP Marine Tapes have recently introduced the versatile Anti-Chafe patch to the range, which once applied prevents chafe and wear to gelcoat, varnish or paint. The unique UV resistant surface also provides friction free running.

The patch is a clear, self-adhesive low friction plastic, which can be cut to size around cleats or fairleads - it can even be applied to a spinnaker chute for friction free hoists and drops. Vulnerable areas can be protected and as a clear product, it will not detract from the overall visual effect of any surface. This PSP product can be obtained from your nearest yacht or ship chandler.


www.pspmarinetapes.com

Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series
Photo by Guido Trombetta / STUDIO Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Lerici, Italy: Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica has victoriously won the first event of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, which ended today with only one race in Lerici, Italy.

Fantastica, in three days did nothing wrong and are now considered the law in force within the Melges 32 fleet championed by none other than owner Cirillo.

Up against the overwhelming power of Fantastica, Mauro Mocchegiani's Rush Diletta with new tactician Matteo Ivaldi proved to be solid and consistent finding themselves on the podium in second overall, 13 points behind Cirillo.

Finishing third overall is defending 2009 Audi Sailing Series Champion Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network, just ahead of Filippo Pacinotti's Brontolo in fourth. Pacinotti was left smiling in the last race of the day. The light breezes provided the trickiest of conditions, however the Cassinari brothers navigated with confidence while the team awaits the return of Freddy Loof from training.

Top Five Results
1. Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica, 11
2. Mauro Mocchegiani/Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta, 24
3. Carlo Alberini/Gabriele Benussi, Calvi Network, 28
4. Filippo Pacinotti/Daniele Cassinari, Brontolo, 28
5. Luca Lalli/Lorenzo Bressani, B Lin Sailing.com, 30

blog.melges32.com

For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record:

Record: Round the World. Outright.
Yacht: "Groupama 3". 103ft Trimaran
Name: Franck Cammas FRA and a crew of 9.
Dates: 31st January 2010 to the 20th March 2010.
Start time: 13:55:53
Finish time: 21:40:45.
Elapsed time: 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds
Distance: 21760NM
Average speed: 18.76kts
Comments: Previous record: "Explorer" Bruno Peyron. FRA. 50d 16h 20m 4s in 2005.

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

Pindar Group Advocates Sponsoring The Sport Of Sailing
London, UK, Friday 26 March, 2010 - World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has the support of Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of the Pindar Group, when its comes to attracting sponsors for the Tour. Pindar has a long-standing relation with the sport of sailing and has supported sailing campaigns across every level, ranging from grass roots and local community projects, through to match racing and global offshore events at the very pinnacle of the sport.

Pindar sees the value in sponsoring the sport of sailing, match racing and the World Match Racing Tour in particular. For more than 25 years, he has been leveraging the sport of sailing as a way of promoting his business. "I could see that sailing had a lot of connections, a lot of metaphors with it that were relevant to the changing world of my industry," he said in an interview with Valencia Sailing recently.

"I saw that sailing had many assets that would be relevant to the message we wanted to communicate in our marketplace," said Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of the Pindar Group. He explained that he has taken and interest in what was taking place in the world of match racing over the last five years. Pindar witnessed the St Moritz Match Race in 2004 and was impressed with the way the event was run especially the fact that spectators could be very close to the action.

"We decided to partner with the Tour because we could see that it was going to grow and develop and that what Peter Gilmour and Datuk Patrick Lim had achieved with the event in Malaysia was a model of what could be achieved elsewhere on the Tour," said Pindar.

Pindar has launched a sailing initiative in the Middle East, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, called 'Sail Bahrain' with the aim of, amongst others, nurturing the next generation of local sailing champions and attracting events to the region. Ian Williams will be involved in various activities in Bahrain and ultimately, Pindar aims to host a WMRT event there, he said.

Article provided by Valencia Sailing, valenciasailing.blogspot.com

World Match Racing Tour: wmrt.com

Derek Hatfield Buys Rich Wilson's Eco 60 Yacht
Canada's most experienced round the world yachtsman can today announce the purchase of a yacht to race in the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek Hatfield and Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges has bought the Eco 60 yacht Great America III (formerly Solidaires) from veteran American solo sailor Rich Wilson.

The boat will now be renamed Spirit of Canada ahead of the 30,000-mile Velux 5 Oceans race which starts from La Rochelle in France in October. It will be the second time Derek, a native of New Brunswick, has competed in the Velux 5 Oceans after finishing third in Class II in the 2002/03 race.

Designed by famous naval architect Bernard Nivelt for French single hander Thierry Dubois, the new Spirit of Canada was launched in 1999 before being raced in the 2000 Vendee Globe. She was then entered in the 2002/03 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans finishing second in Class I. In both the 2004 and 2008 Vendee Globe races she was skippered to a credible seventh position.

Derek will now race her in the Eco 60 class in the 2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans race. The Eco 60 class is for Open 60 yachts launched before 2003, taking away the emphasis on money and putting it back on the skill, seamanship and determination of each sailor. Derek plans to be the first person in history to race around the world without the use of fossil fuels to operate the boat.

www.spiritofcanada.net
www.velux5oceans.com

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The Last Word
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