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Clipper California Arrives Under Jury Rig
California arrives in San Francisco having sailed 2000 miles under a jury rig. Photo by Clipper Ventures PLC. Click on image to enlarge.

Clipper California Arrives Under Jury Rig It was as if the Pacific Ocean wanted to have the last laugh. After enduring a challenge that would make even the most experienced sailor faint hearted, one might have hoped that benign conditions would greet the brave arrival of the home team in to California. Instead, lashing rain fell from a leaden sky, visibility was reduced to under a mile and both the Golden Gate bridge and the island of Alcatraz regularly disappeared behind a grey mist.

But none of that could dampen the growing excitement within the Golden Gate Yacht Club. California crew, friends and family started to gather from late afternoon bringing with them hamper after hamper of food and drink to welcome their loved ones safely ashore. Joining them fresh from an operation in a San Francisco hospital yesterday was Clive Cockran. It was Clive who had been evacuated from the California entered yacht after she was rolled by huge seas 14 days ago and brought to America on board the Nord Nighingale merchant ship.

California emerged through the brooding mist and growing darkness. Her stump of a mast complete with jury rig had helped speed her progress over the last few days and despite not looking her usual pristine self, she arrived unbowed and triumphant.

First on the pontoon was Deb and Connor Rollason and the skippers three year old son was clearly delighted to see his Daddy for the first time since Cape Town. Behind them came a veritable cavalcade of supporters and with the long yearned for beers finally in their hands, a party swiftly developed as they waited the arrival of US immigration officials. A late arrival on Easter Sunday had threatened to keep all crews on board until the morning but the immigration department were good to their word and at midnight local time, passports were still being inspected and stamped.

The next leg starts on April 11 and takes the fleet through the Panama Canal to Port Antonio, Jamaica. ETA Jamaica is 16-18 May.

Garry Golding Signs Up For The Velux 5 Oceans
Australian yachtsman Garry Golding has become the latest sailor to sign up for the Velux 5 Oceans. The experienced yachtsman has made numerous ocean passages clocking up thousands of miles at sea during his sailing career and is now ready to make the jump to racing.

Initially Garry had planned to sail round the world non-stop in a bid to break the Australian record of 180 days - but after buying Dee Caffari's old boat Aviva he set his sights on the 30,000-mile Velux 5 Oceans. Garry will race in the newly launched ECO 60 fleet for Open 60 yachts launched before 2003.

Garry's yacht, which he has renamed Oz, has great pedigree first as Mike Golding's Team Group 4, then Conrad Humphreys' Hellomoto before being raced by Dee Caffari as Aviva. So far Garry's campaign has been self funded, but he is actively seeking sponsors and there is a wonderful opportunity for someone to acquire the naming rights for the boat.

Garry, whose home port is Bundaberg, has bought the mast from Alex Thomson's yacht Hugo Boss, formerly Pindar, to replace the one broken during the 2007 Transat Ecover BtoB race. He now plans to remove several metres from the top of the rig, the biggest ever to be used on an Open 60, in order to comply with race rules.

Summer 2010 Corporate Sailing Charters
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The SNIM's Finest
Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget, Click on image for photo gallery.

SNIM It was a grandiose final in Marseilles to round off the SNIM (International Nautical Mediterranean Week), where a series of races were launched in the northern harbour shortly before 1300 hours, in a steady 20-25 knots of NW'ly wind and a big swell after two days of Mistral. And when the Mistral comes into play, the spectacle is well worth a look: surfing, broaches to windward and leeward and full-on heeling... Amidst a series of freestyling and compulsory figures, which went some way to upsetting the outright ranking, the boats performed in their final rounds today, to the great delight of spectators and participants alike. With a backdrop of wind and sunshine throughout the event, the highly motivated crews fought tooth and nail in this the 45th running of the Semaine Nautique Internationale de Mediterranee.

It has to be said that the tough conditions have forged the SNIM's reputation over the years, to the extent that today it has become a real trademark of the competition.

One of the most striking new elements to this 45th SNIM was the participation of the Class40s, who sailed to Porquerolles and back overnight. "It was a way of rekindling the legendary tradition of night races" explains Bernard Amiel. "Our aim was to see a fleet of Class40s sailing across the Mediterranean with Italians and Spaniards" explains Thierry Bouchard. The skipper of Mistral Loisirs also heads the Class40 sports committee: "We're keen to get together with the Societe Nautique to organise a return transatlantic race, following on from the Route du Rhum, with a finish in Marseilles just before the SNIM 2011". And Bernard Amiel continues: "we're in the starting blocks and very keen for the media impact of the SNIM to put the spotlight on the city of Marseilles".

A surge of solidarity which must continue: the Societe Nautique is calling upon donations to get the CNPA sailing club (Nautical Open-Air Club) on Ile de Re, near La Rochelle, back on its feet after it was struck hard by the Xynthia storm in February 2010. -- Delphine Nougairede for complete results and to make a donation to CNPA.

Day Three: End Game
Nanny Cay, BVI: Once again, it was a picture perfect day in the British Virgin Islands for the last day of racing of the BVI Spring Regatta, with sun and wind all day long. There were a number of battles out on the race course which were fought to the very end providing plenty of action on the SOL, Norman and LIME One Design Race areas.

It was a given the Tom Hill, sailing Titan XV would take the top spot in Racing A. With five firsts and two seconds, they ended the series three points ahead of Vela Veloce, Richard Oland's Southern Cross 52.

Bad Girl, St. Croix's Rob Armstrong's J/100, sparred with the BVI's Dave West's Melges 32, Jurakan, all weekend in Racing C.

This year marks the debut of the International Yacht Club Challenge. Three teams, one representing the Royal BVI Yacht Club, one from Puerto Rico and one from Boston took the challenge and each raced new Jeanneau 42's. The Puerto Rico club sailing on Pelican Pat not only won the Challenge, but also won the Bareboat B Class in which the yacht club boats raced with eleven other boats.

As usual, the most intense, nail-biting finish came from the IC 24 course. It came down to the final rounding of the leeward mark in the last of 21 races to determine the winner in the IC-24 class. "I saw the door open and I took it," says Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo, about the maneuver that put the necessary three boats in-between his Orion and closest competitor, Team Lime, to win the class by one point.

One of the most coveted prizes for the local sailors is the award sponsored by the Premier for the Best BVI Boat. This year it was awarded to Kevin Rowlette who took seven bullets in the Racing Class D's seven race series.

The BVI Spring Regatta is the last race in the CORT (Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle) Series.

For complete results, go to

2010 GP42 Series In The Audi Medcup - Come Ride With Us!
Audi Medcup There are less than 42 days left before the GP42's start their 2010 season in the Audi MedCup Stage 1 event in Cascais, Portugal for 12-16 May. As the teams from last year and the series newcomers prepare their boats for the oncoming season, a new innovation will be introduced for those interested in the boats, the event and the class: onboard guests. For every GP42 Series race in this year's season, each team will be required to take a guest on board who has the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the thrill of Audi MedCup racing.

"This year we have an innovation which I think is fundamental: the onboard guest," says Javier Goizueta President of the GP42 Class. "Thinking of the media, an owner's business-to-business contacts and potential new owners, this is a very powerful tool that we want to take full advantage of."

Those interested in learning more about the GP42 Class and joining in on the fun, contact Class Manager Paolo Massarini at , call him on +39 335 230870, or visit or

Hyeres Europa Cup
For the last day of the Hyeres Europa Cup Regatta all weather-forecast sites were predicting strong winds, and so happened to be. The base wind speed was around 20-24 knots, but at times this increased to 25-26 knots, so only one race was run for all fleets.

For the Laser standards the podium has been monopolized by Swedish sailors: Jesper Stalheim, Emil Cerdergardh, and David Jonsson shared the prizes. For the radials the podium was shared between: Marci Rudawski POL, Louis Moysan FRA and Mattis Naud FRA.

For the Laser 4.7 the leader board was: Leo Vilboux FRA, Guillome Rigot SUI and Jean Baptiste Guillou FRA.

The complete list of results will be available at the website.

Overall, the event was characterized by the record number of participants, the excellent on-water race management, and good and fair sailing most of the time.

It looks like, at this stage, that in 2011 the French Europa Cup regatta will move to La Rochelle, but will come back in 2012 to Hyeres.

Great Barrier Reef Grounding
A Chinese ship has caused outrage in Australia after it apparently strayed 7.5 miles off course through a protected marine area.

The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has called for tighter maritime laws after a Chinese bulk carrier got caught on a reef in the protected Great Barrier Reef area.

According to the Herald Sun, the Chinese tanker, the Shen Neng 1, ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday and has been grinding against the shoals since, leading to concerns for the fragile marine environment.

Tug boats have been used to stabilise the ship, which was carrying about 950 tonnes of oil and 65,000 tonnes of coal, and although there have been some oil spillages, the threat of oil slicks has been largely contained and it is hoped the ship will be salvaged.

The Shen Neng 1 was about 7.5 miles outside the shipping lane when it ran aground near a known shortcut between the reefs.

Registering his outrage that the ship could find itself so far off course in a protected area, the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said, "I take any threat to the Great Barrier Reef fundamentally seriously. From where I sit, it is outrageous that any vessel could find itself 12km off course, it seems, in the Great Barrier Reef,'' he said. -- from Motor Boats Monthly,

Eurocat At Yacht Club De Carnac
The Loday Shockwave. Photo by David White on Click on image to enlarge.

Eurocat At Yacht Club De Carnac This great catamaran festival will take place as usual during the first weekend of May at the Yacht Club de Carnac. More than 300 boats are expected for this 24th edition which marks the start of the festivities of the 50th anniversary of the Yacht Club de Carnac.

The 2009 edition has confirmed that the Eurocat is an event that cannot be ignored in the world of dinghy sailing with an increasing number of competitors - more than 300 teams during the three days of racing - and that the choice made of interdivision was the right one because all sailors can compete in high level racing. Thereby, for the 2010 edition, a new interdivision, the C4, bringing together Tyka, Dragoon and KL 13.5, will be created and added to the existing categories; C1, C3 et F18. The organisation has set up this novelty along with special prices for under 18s to give youngsters a taste for competition.

From a sailing point of view, the Eurocat, the first major event of the season, is always the occasion for boatbuilders to display their latest projects. Thus, last year, the Hobie Wild Cat and the Loday Shockwave, have been launched without being able to dethrone the Nacra. After a year of improvement, no doubt they will come to Carnac to win. The competitors will also watch carefully the performances of the brand new Capricorn led by the legendary Darren Bundock.

Eurocat regulars, Ashby and Booth, have already confirmed their participation as well as the flagship team of the Carnac YC; the duo Moana Vaireaux and Romain Petit, runners-up at the 2009 French F18 championship, ready to fight in the bay of Quiberon and consolidate their leadership. As for the C1, it is worth noting Caroline Brouwer will race on the Viper, willing to win this regatta.

Registration will take place Thursday evening and races will start on Friday. The "Voiles et Voiliers Long Distance Race" on Saturday will celebrate the Carnac YC anniversary and a special prize will reward the scratch winner. -- Celia Mas-Delfault in Yachts and Yachting,

Gitana 11 In At The Deep End
Four months to the day since going into her base in St Philibert, Brittany, for her winter refit, the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11 was relaunched on Wednesday 17th March. The work carried out by the technical team from Baron Benjamin de Rothschild's ocean racing stable, focused on erasing the youthful indiscretions of the giant to improve both performance and reliability. Back in her element, Gitana 11 is now all ready to attack the numerous training sessions on the schedule for skipper Yann Guichard.

- Moving the foils forward
These load-bearing planes made entirely of carbon and situated either side of the trimaran, enable her to reach high speeds whilst limiting the drag in the water and relieving the stresses on the floats. One of the big projects over the past four months has been to move the foil casings forward in order to improve the general equilibrium of the platform.

- Adopting of a new image for the central and float rudders
Essential to Gitana 11's performance, as much through their position as their profile, the trimaran's rudders have been considerably modified over the past few months. A revised shape and a new location have been required for the float rudders, to increase effectiveness and control of the boat at the helm. The central rudder, which benefited from a new shape to improve sensitivity at the helm, is a home-made product fabricated in the boatsheds at St Philibert.

Weight saving was at the fore once again this winter and thanks to some new spectra trampolines, the platform has been slimmed down by nearly 70 kg.

The Gitana Team helmsman hopes to set sail on his own to begin his solo training: "Of the sailors participating in the next Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale I am aware that I'm one of the least experienced solo sailors on this type of boat. However, we're lucky to be on the water relatively early in relation to our future competitors, which will enable me to multiply the sessions on the water so I can discover and tame my steed" admitted Yann Guichard. -- translated by Kate Jennings

Peter 'Spike' Doriean
Peter 'Spike' Doriean The sailing world has been rocked by the news of the sudden death last evening of Peter 'Spike' Doriean, one of Australia's most gifted and internationally respected sailors and a great mate to so many yachties throughout Australia and the world.

Spike was on the island of St Barts to compete aboard Rambler, the ex 90ft Alfa Romeo, launched in 2002, now owned by American George David, at the Les Voiles de Saint Bath in the Caribbean, which was to start Tuesday (today) local time. It has been reported that Spike fell in the bathroom of his hotel room.

It is too early for funeral arrangements, but Spike's funeral will take place in Melbourne where he was born and bred and started his sailing career. We will advise immediately details are known.

Deepest sympathies go to Spike's wife, Nicki and their young children, Fox and Jemima, and to his parents and family.

Featured Brokerage
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