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Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011
New York, NY: The Transatlantic Race 2011 and the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011 were announced today by their organizers: the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron, in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.

The Transatlantic Race, from Newport, RI to the Lizard, west of Plymouth, England, will offer staggered starts from June 26th-July 3rd, 2011 and is for Racing, Racing/Cruising and Classic monohull yachts with a minimum length overall (LOA) of 40 feet. The minimum crew number is four. There are no maximums.

A separate class for racer/cruisers will be offered for Superyachts with LOA greater than 100 feet. Other class assignments will be determined by the yachts that are participating. The Transatlantic Race 2011 is principally for yachts rated under IRC, but level-racing classes such as Volvo 70, IMOCA 60 and Class40 may be included at the discretion of the organizing yacht clubs.

The race will be subject to the current Racing Rules of Sailing, the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCAS) and the 2010-2011 ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, Category 1.

The New York Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club also announce a complementary companion series: the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011, in concert with the following clubs: Royal Malta Yacht Club, Carolina Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Montego Bay Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, Jamaica Yachting Association, Charleston Ocean Racing Association and Antigua Yacht Club.

There will be eight races in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series. Three races, including the Transatlantic Race 2011, will be required to qualify.

The eight qualifying races and their starting dates are:

Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race, February 5, 2011
RORC Caribbean 600, February 21, 2011
Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston Race, end March/early April, 2011
Annapolis to Newport Race, June 3, 2011
Transatlantic Race 2011, June 26 through July 3, 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race, August 14, 2011
Biscay Race, September, 2011
Rolex Middle Sea Race, October 22, 2011

Yacht owners, skippers or charterers interested in participating in the Transatlantic Race 2011 alone or as part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series can obtain more information and complete contact details at:

Love and War in the Atlantic
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New York to Barcelona Race Barcelona, Spain: Strategic options have been limited for the two IMOCA Open 60's Estrella Damm and W Hotels as they approach a theoretical half way point of the New York Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record Challenge.

And for the foreseeable future, certainly to the entrance to the Mediterranean, it will continue to be hand-to-hand combat for the crews, a straight test of trimming and producing the boats speed.

W Hotels has constantly been snapping at the heels of Estrella Damm, and when the two teams took spoke with Barcelona Race Direction HQ this afternoon, they were still just over 20 miles behind as the twosome made excellent progress on a fast, bumpy and wet - again - fetch on a SE'ly heading towards the low pressure system that is generating the 20 knot NNE'ly winds and mounting seas.

In the near future the seas are expected to build thanks to the long Atlantic fetch to the NE and the increase in wind strength, and that may require the two teams to modulate their approach. The strategic options, such as they are, may then come when they start gybing downwind into the Straits and up the home stretch. What price on a match race to the finish?

Standings at 1300hrs GMT Tuesday

1. Estrella Damm (ESP), Ribes, Pella, Schreyer: 2012.6 miles to finish
2. W Hotels (ESP), Rivero, Pires, Becker: 2032.5 (+19.9 miles)

Legal Battles Aren't Just For The America's Cup
The Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT, official name: Globe Pro Firm LLC), a limited liability company based in Delaware, USA with its management in Brasil, served a court injunction on the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), a not for profit International Association based with headquarters in Germany, on the 15th of January, 2010.

The court order was to prevent the IKA from making statements about the validity of KPWT events.

These statements include that "KPWT(...) is not entitled to use the terms 'world cup', 'world championship' etc" and "Competitors taking part in unsanctioned events of KPWT will fall under ISAF regulation 19 and will be excluded from participation in future official ISAF and IKA events".

The hearing took place on the 1st of March, 2010 at the 12th Civil Division District Court of Darmstadt, Germany.

A decision was then published on the 30th of March, 2010.

The court declared, that these statements in the context in which the statements have been made, are true and do not constitute anticompetitive conduct.

The KPWT having lost the case will have to cover the full costs of the lawsuit for both parties.

The International Kiteboarding Association is an International Class Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Your Chance To Be Mentored by Henri Lloyd
and Experience a Day In The Life of Ben Ainslie and Teamorigin

Henri Lloyd After the success of the 2009 Mentor Scheme, Henri Lloyd have launched the 2010 scheme which offers a fantastic opportunity for two lucky winners to experience a day in the life of Ben Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN, plus £500 each to go towards their sailing costs and £350 worth of Henri Lloyd products.

To enter please email for your entry form, deadline is the 3rd May 2010.

There will be three knock out stages of selection, with chances to win Henri Lloyd products at each stage, before the two winners are announced on the 16th July 2010.

Hilary Lister In Bahrain
British quadriplegic yachtswoman, Hilary Lister,will soon set sail solo around the Kingdom of Bahrain to help raise awareness and funds for local disabled charity, Bahrain Mobility International (BMI).

Hilary, 37 from Kent, England who is paralysed from the neck down, will undertake the challenge on board her specially adapted 20ft yacht 'Arty', which she controls by sipping and puffing on three straws, linked to an innovative Power Assist System.

The journey around the coastline of Bahrain is approximately 100 miles and is expected to take Hilary four days. She will set out from Amwaj Marina on April 13 and sail clockwise, covering approximately 25 miles each day, before stopping to rest overnight, at various marinas around the island. Anticipated stops are currently scheduled for The Marina Club, Bahrain Sailing Club, Bahrain Yacht Club and Durrat Marina, where fund-raising activities will also take place.

To make a donation, please call Dreena Rogers on 39615356 or Adel Sultan 39678053 from BMI

From Yachting Monthly:

Changes For Alex Thomson Racing
The twelve-strong team at Alex Thomson Racing has been undergoing a restructuring with a new managing director having been appointed, while their new Hugo Boss (previously Brian Thompson's Kingdom of Bahrain / Pindar) has been undergoing a refit.

Stewart Hosford, 36, has left his role as Head of Sourcing at RBS to take up the position of Managing Director at Alex Thomson Racing in Gosport. He brings significant experience to the role, with six years as a Director at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young followed by his most current role, where he was one of the youngest Executives in RBS history. His new position will see him manage the 12 strong team, including HUGO BOSS skipper Alex Thomson.

The world of sports sponsorship is not a new playing field for the ex-banker, in his previous role Hosford was instrumental in the signing many of the RBS major sports sponsorship deals including Tennis, Rugby, Golf and F1. He managed a team of 200 with a multi-billion spend across everything from marketing, sponsorship, HR, IT, property, and logistics.

The appointment will mean skipper Alex Thomson will be able to focus 100% on his performance on the water. He has in the past added the management role in the company to that of skipper. Now however he will be able to do what he does best, sail fast and fully focus on his training with the ultimate aim of winning the 2012 edition of the Vendee Globe.

Whilst the team is undergoing its own restructure, the Juan Kouyoumdjian IMOCA Open 60 has been hidden away in the build shed at Green Marine in Lymington throughout the winter, allowing Alex Thomson Racing and Juan Yacht Design to breathe new life into the ex Kingdom of Bahrain - an already radical boat. Now widely considered to be the most powerful IMOCA Open 60 in the fleet, due to the grandfathering rule, the new HUGO BOSS will feature some exciting design changes that Alex and his team are confident will ensure success on the water.

From Cowes Online:

Performance Packs from Tacktick
TackTick Electronics experts Tacktick, have launched a series of Spring offers for racing yacht owners in the form of 'Performance Packs' which specify the ideal wireless electronics package for a range of different boat sizes at very competitive prices

The Performance Packs spec out the ideal electronics set up for racing yachts of 30ft, 40ft and 50ft. The comprehensive information sheets are available online at and include all the key features of the products, the individual units included in the packages as well as a number of free products being given away as part of the offer.

The Performance Pack kits are ideal for either replacing existing electronics or installation on new yachts and offer owners a complete high performance wireless racing system at a great price.

The Performance Packs are available in British £, Euro€ and US$ configurations.

Oysters Shine On Opening Day of the Oyster BVI Regatta
Photo by Tim Wright, Click on image for photo gallery.

Oyster BVI Regatta Two crews, Mariusz Koper's Polish Oyster 72 'Kathlarsis II' and John McTigue's Oyster 56 'Blue Dreams' produced masterclass performances to lead their classes from start to finish in a 24 mile opening Lewmar sponsored race in this year's Oyster BVI regatta from Nanny Cay to Cane Garden Bay on Tuesday. Making most of a port biased starting line and sparkling trade wind conditions, they quickly pushed their way to the front of their respective classes and continued to dominate the chase around the islands.

Mariusz Koper's crew have been out enjoying these Caribbean conditions ever since competing in last winter's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), and the slick teamwork they have developed together certainly showed. After electing to carry a spinnaker, the Kathlarsis II' crew made the most of their downwind sail round the back of Peter and Norman islands and back across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to not only lead the 23 strong fleet through the narrow Thatch channel and up to the Cane Garden finish, but saved their time against Stuart Smith and Barry Cooper's larger Oyster 82 Oceana which had elected to go white sail only.

Chris and Susan Shea's Oyster 72 'Magrathea' took third place in class one just ahead of Richard Smith's Oyster 655 'Sotto Vento'.

In Class 2, John McTigue's crew on 'Blue Dreams' certainly stamped their authority on the fleet to finish ahead of David and Tamsin Kidwell's venerable Oyster 435 'Twice Eleven' with Ian Galbraith's Oyster 53 'Jigsaw' taking third.

After a Pirates beach party last night at Cane Garden Bay, the fleet set out today on a race to Virgin Gorda sponsored by Pelagos Yachts. -- Barry Pickthall

Testing Racing at Warsash Spring Series
Photo by Eddie Mays, Click on image for photo gallery.

Warsash Spring Series Back after an Easter break, the Warsash Spring Series continued on 11th April with the entries topping 200. There were challenging conditions for Week 4 with the wind ranging between 9 and 14 knots. The general mean direction was from the north-east, but local conditions prevailed on the three separate race tracks. Jon Spencer, in charge of the White Group J/80s and SBR Sportsboats, was closest inshore and reported the wind moving to the east each time it faded. A little further out, Peter Knight with the Laser SB3s and IRC4 start line found that although the wind varied over some 40 degrees, it returned quickly to the mean. In the middle of the Solent at 'Flying Fish' buoy, Black Group CRO David Greenway found the wind sufficiently stable to set the same basic course for all the keelboat classes, with only a minor adjustment for the smaller boats. The only interruption to a smooth start sequence came between the J/109 and IRC3 starts, when a second outer distance mark was laid to achieve a square line.

The only perfect record remains intact. Derek Morland and Tim Rees on Menace III took an early lead in IRC4 but on the second beat back from Royal London to the mainland shore Michael Kershaw's Chimp managed to overhaul them, leading by two minutes at the finish line. However, this was not sufficient of a threat, for when the relative handicaps had been applied, Menace III achieved her fourth straight win.

Provisional results - Warsash Spring Series 11th April 2010

IRC1 - Jinja (J/122) - Ian Matthews
IRC2 - Encore (First 40.7) - Steven Anderson and Jane Curwen
IRC3 - Juno - Charles Wittam
IRC4 - Menace III (Quarter Tonner) - Derek Morland and Tim Rees
Sigma 38 - Rapscallion - Peter and Fiona Diamond

J/109 - J-Dream - David and Kirsty Apthorp
J/105 - Java - Rob Dornton-Duff
J/92 - Wizard - Bill Howard

Laser SB3
Race 10 - Gill Race Team - Craig Burlton
Race 11 - GBR3053 - Geoff Carveth
Race 12 - Rumbleflurg - Chris Cousins

Race 10 - Oi! - John Cooper
Race 11 - Loudwater - Charles Somerset
Race 12 - Spitfire - RAF Team Spitfire

Races 10,11,12Artificer (Hunter 707) - Southampton University OTC/REME YC

UK Venue Confirmed for 2010 Extreme Sailing Series
One of Europe's most iconic sailing venues will welcome back the Extreme Sailing Series this summer for the second leg of the five-event circuit.

The home of UK yacht racing, Cowes on the Isle of Wight will host the only UK stop. The 'Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week' will build on the success of 2009 where the Extreme 40 racing was a key attraction during this world famous regatta, with celebrities Simon Le Bon, Ben Fogle and Brawn F1 chief Nick Fry vying for 5th man spots on board, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank performing a live set in the public bar. The racing in 2010 will be held later in the day, from 5pm on some days, to ensure the sailors taking part in Cowes Week as well as the general public can enjoy the great entertainment on the water while enjoying a relaxed drink, food, commentary and music at the Egypt Point race village.

Four of the five venues have now been confirmed for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series European circuit with the final venue announcement due on 21 April. With more races scheduled than ever before, the 2010 circuit will see up to ten teams battling it out for the title, won in 2009 by Pete Cumming (GBR) and his crew on Oman Sail Masirah.

In a change to the 2009 format, every day of sailing will count in 2010 - four days of points scoring racing in Sète (FRA), Trapani (ITA) and Almería (ESP) - whilst the organisers, OC Events, will capitalise on the only UK leg being played out at the same time as Cowes Week with six days of racing for the teams. The opening day in each venue is a dedicated point-scoring 'Media Day' with all fifth man slots reserved for journalists and reporters and the remaining days will play host to not only the Media but VIP guests, with courses laid close to shore to entertain the general public.

The calendar for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe is confirmed as:

See, France 27 - 30 May
Cowes, United Kingdom 31 July - 5 August
Germany 26 - 29 August
Trapani, Italy 23 - 26 September
Almería, Spain 9 - 12 October

Big Left Hander an 'Edake' for Margaret Rintoul V at Sail Port Stephens
Photo by Andrea Francolini, Click on image for photo gallery.

Sail Port Stephens In a battle between two Division 1 yachts in the picturesque Pub to Pub race for the Commodore's Cup at Sail Port Stephens today, the crew on Jeff Carter's line honours winner, Edake (as in 'headache'), cheered more loudly than they might normally have when they pipped Margaret Rintoul V to the post in the 14.2 nautical mile race course that took the Division 1 and 2 fleets around the bay and some of NSW's most beautiful scenery.

Why was the cheering so loud? Firstly, the two yachts are fellow Middle Harbour Yacht Club members in Sydney, so the friendly rivalry has been on since Day 1. Secondly, Edake is a Farr 40, measuring in at around 12 metres, while the famously named Margaret Rintoul is 18.5 metres.

The two challenged each other around the course early on, Edake leading the fleet off the D'Albora Marina breakwater start line under spinnaker in light up and down pressure that had chutes billowing, then collapsing.

Carter and his crew looked set for a easy win midway through the race, with a handy lead over Margaret Rintoul, but the bigger yacht overtook her nemesis on the reach to Soldiers Point and kept up the lead around little Boondaba Island.

Edake's crew kept the pressure on and just when it seemed to be over, Margaret Rintoul V was caught out by a big left-hand shift just short of the finish line. A jammed chute didn't help matters any, and over standing the mark as the crew fought to free it from the jammer, Edake came sailing to the line in good pressure - no spinnaker to worry about - and pipped the larger boat to the post.

"Edake and the rest of the fleet should thank us for that - everyone behind us saw when the big lefty hit us," quipped Margaret Rintoul's navigator Julie Hodder, "and they were able to react."

Margaret Rintoul was not the only one caught out. Without having proof, it is thought that the Welcome Party for all competitors held last evening may have caused some sloppy crew work today, which started with some prawn trawling on CMist, the Beneteau 44.7 skippered by Troy Dillon.

However, CMist's oops was just the first in a litany of errors throughout the race. Further down the course, She's the One, sailing in Division 2 - was the one - to hit a sandbank! Michael Kirby and his crew were very red-faced - they represent the Port Stephens Yacht Club, so should have known where that nasty sandbank was. -- Di Pearson

Ken Lusty
Ken Lusty, who founded New Zealand's largest marine distribution company, passed away last week. He was 64.

Lusty was instrumental in establishing the Citizen Watches Match Racing Series in 1979, which was the first yachting regatta to be televised live. That series also introduced New Zealand to some of the world's best America's Cup sailors. New Zealand's first America's Cup challenge was based on the experience the Kiwis gained in the Citizen Watches series, and helped foster a new generation of world-class sailors.

Lusty also had a powerful influence on New Zealand's marine industry. First introduced to the industry in 1964 by his father-in-law, Andrew Donovan, Lusty went on to found a series of marine businesses. His Albany-based Lusty & Blundell Ltd, with branches throughout New Zealand, is that country's largest marine products distributor.

In 2005, Lusty's contribution to the marine industry was recognised when he was an inaugural inductee in the New Zealand Boat Show Hall of Fame. Most analysts credit him with having a powerful influence not only on the development of New Zealand's marine industry, but also its current success in international yacht racing.

From International Boat Industry News:

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1939 Olin Stephens 12 Metre, EUR 1,400,000. Located in Punta Ala, Italy.

VIM, this famous America's Cup vessel, was commissioned by Harold S. Vanderbilt in 1938 and designed by Olin Stephens.She was built by Henry B Nevins in City Island, NY.

Probably the most innovative 12 meter built prior to WW 11 and the first 12 meter equipped with rod rigging and aluminum spars.

Even though she was built as an all out race horse, VIM provides a light and airy, open interior in light colored wood and white panels.

VIM was to remain the standard by which all other 12 meters would be measured for the next twenty years.

Completely refitted and restored with no budget limits in 2003, she is in immaculate condition and still racing in the classic yacht regattas.

Brokerage through David Jones Yacht Brokerage:

Complete listing details and seller contact information at

The Last Word
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