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A Very Slow Finish
Barcelona, Spain: For the crew of leaders Estrella Damm, Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer the end of the New York Barcelona Transoceanic Record Sailing Challenge was a race against time as they chased down the finish line this afternoon on the strength of a useful thermal breeze, which they were worried would drop with the sun.

If they do not get finished before the sun disappears then there remains a chance of a slow, late finish.

But, with less than 40 miles left of the 3750 miles course from New York, and the real prospect of breaking 12 days for the total passage, their prospects were looking significantly better than those of their adversaries W Hotels' Tono Piris, Pachi Rivero and Peter Becker.

While the leaders were under a powerful Code Zero making towards the line at around 8 knots at 1500hrs (UTC), W Hotels were more than 70 miles behind and struggling to muster of boat speed of two to three knots.

Estrella Damm's co-skipper Pepe Ribes looked red eyed with tiredness when he spoke on the afternoon videoconference but joked that he would like to be in on time for dinner at home. That would be a nice bonus, but breaking the finish line in front of the iconic waterfront W Hotel, before 2033hrs local Barcelona Time (1833hrs UTC/1433 NY Time) would keep them inside the 12 days mark which would set the bar quite high for future record attempts.

www.ny-bcn.org

Heating Up Off Casa De Campo
The docks of the Casa de Campo Marina were buzzing again today as competitors completed sail measurement, weigh-ins and registration in advance of the start of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, which begins Wednesday, April 21 and continues through Saturday, April 24.

This past weekend, teams had two days of 'practice' and a chance to eye the competition in the Pre-Worlds which, after five races, saw Lisa & Martin Hill's Estate Master (AUS) coming out on top.

Yesterday was a layday as teams took to the links -- skippers, crew members, and friends competed in a charity fundraising golf tournament on the famed Pete Dye-designed "Teeth of the Dog" golf course. Monies raised from the tournament will be donated to benefit the Haitian disaster relief effort, through Partners in Health (PIH), a Boston-based non-profit organization that has been on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. For more information, go to www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti

On hand in Casa de Campo is the defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, Barking Mad (USA). Owner/skipper Jim Richardson and tactician Terry Hutchinson are returning with many of their prior Worlds crew.

All eyes will be on Barking Mad - three time winners of the Worlds in 1998, 2004, and 2009 - to see if they can make it an unprecedented four times.

Racing is being organised by the Casa de Campo Yacht Club and the Farr 40 Class Association. Racing will be led by Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio, with Henry Menin as Jury Chairman. The Race Committee intends to conduct as many races as practical on each scheduled day of racing, with up to a maximum of ten races for the series. Tomorrow's weather forecast calls for light easterly winds, 8 - 10 knots. First warning signal will be at 1100.

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Entry list
(Name, Country, Owner/Helmsman, Tactician)

- Barking Mad (USA), Jim Richardson, Terry Hutchinson
- Enfant Terrible (ITA), Alberto Rossi, Pietro D'Ali
- Estate Master (AUS), Martin Hill, Hamish Pepper
- Fiamma (ITA), Alessandro Barnaba, Ray Davies
- Flash Gordon 6 (USA), Helmut & Evan Jahn, Bill Hardesty
- Goombay Smash (USA), Doug Douglass, Ian Walker
- Nerone (ITA), Alberto Signorini, Vasco Vascotto
- Plenty (USA), Alex Roepers, Tony Rey
- Struntje Light (GER), Wolfgang Schaefer, Jes Gram Hansen
- Transfusion (AUS), Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Tom Slingsby

www.farr40worlds.com

Prada Signal America's Cup Involvement
Italian fashion house Prada signalled its return to the America's Cup scene when it announced today that it will compete in the Louis Vuitton trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, next month.

Racing under the name Luna Rossa, Patrizio Bertelli, a three-time America's Cup campaigner and chairman of the Prada group, has asked the American Ed Baird to skipper the Louis Vuitton crew and, it is thought, the team will go on to contest the third Lous Vuitton regatta this year, in Dubai, and the first in 2010 in Hong Kong.

He will have two Brazilians with nearly two handsful of Olympic medals, Robert Scheidt and Torben Grael, alongside him but will not be with them on the parallel TP52 which joins the Audi MedCup circuit in Cascais, Lisbon, next month.

Emirates Team New Zealand will be in Portugal defending its 2009 title, as Britain's Ben Ainslie leads his home America's Cup team, Origin, at both regattas alongside the Swedish Cup contenders Artemis and Russia's Synergy.

With the French press predicting that the Franco-German team All4One will also join the Audi circuit, that makes five America's Cup teams and three Italian teams on the Louis Vuitton road to the America's Cup with challenger of record Mascalzone Latino and the revived Azzurra challenge from the Aga Khan's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. -- Stuart Alexander (great that he's back and recovered from his accident in New Zealand) in the Independent, www.independent.co.uk/sport/

A Midsummer's Night Feast
HMS Victory. Click on image to enlarge.

HMS Victory A highly sought after opportunity for two people to dine aboard Lord Nelson's flag ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth UK, hosted by the second Sea Lord. This glittering prize is offered in a limited ticket raffle (only 100 tickets to be sold). The prize for the single winning ticket includes a reception at Admiralty House in Portsmouth and a tour of this famous ship. Event date: June 24th 2010

Ticket Price 25 GBP. Buy two tickets and odds fall to just 50:1. Apply by email to for an application form. Return the completed form with a cheque or by bank transfer. Payment and mailing details are on the application form.

All proceeds go to the Charity: Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care.
Queries to: Promoter Donald Forbes +44 (0)1483 731185
Closing date 9th May, Draw Date 10th May

If you wish to use PAYPAL to make payment. Please send an email to , the number of tickets required and your name. We will send you an invoice you can pay via PAYPAL.

Surrey Drug & Alcohol Care (charity No 293421) run a 24 hour help line to provide support for substance users with the aim of bringing them into treatment.

This Is Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.
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Round the Island Race Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: The Island Sailing Club and title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management are introducing live GPS tracking for all boats taking part in the 2010 Round the Island Race on Saturday 19th June. First announced at the London Boat Show in January, the Race organisers have been working hard over the past few months to refine and thoroughly test the technology.

Competitors with compatible equipment will be able to download a small piece of software that will allow their mobile phone or laptop to become a real-time GPS tracking device. The device's position will be periodically transmitted to the official Race website, where a simple, easy-to-use race viewer will allow visitors to monitor the progress of individual boats throughout the race.

The tracking solution has been developed by the Race Technology Partner, Next Generation Results and funded by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. It will be one of the largest GPS event tracking initiatives ever undertaken with mobile phone technology, and possibly the largest in terms of yacht races.

The system is being billed as a trial in its first year, although the Island Sailing Club believes that a large percentage of the 1700+ fleet will almost certainly want to sign up to being tracked and will have the mobile phone technology to take part.

Website spectators will be able to search and select up to 10 boats that they want to follow at any one time through the Race Viewer. Boats will be searchable via their name and class. Each boat tracked will show its elapsed time from the race start and current GPS co-ordinates.

The list of compatible mobile phones for tracking will be made available on the Race website shortly. The deadline for registration of devices via the website is 1st June when the Tracker application will be available for download. The latest date competitors can register a device is 18th June.

www.roundtheisland.org.uk

Loereal Chases S&S to Ensenada Friday
Newport Beach, California, USA: Seven of last year's nine winners of major awards in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will return to the starting line off Balboa Pier for the 63rd annual classic Friday at noon.

Spectators won't have any trouble picking out the fastest one among the 212 entries: H.L. (Loe) Enloe's Jeanneau 60 trimaran, LoeReal. It's the tall one with three hulls.

In 2009's dream reaching breeze, as Doug Baker's Magnitude 80 ripped off a record time by a monohull of 10 hours 37 minutes 50 seconds, Enloe, of El Paso, Tex., and his world-class crew sailed their French-built beauty to the second fastest time ever by a multihull of 8 hours 45 minutes 3 seconds. That earned them the race's NOSA award for fastest elapsed time by any boat.

Mag 80 won't be back, but LoeReal, representing San Diego's Silver Gate Yacht Club, returns with an ambitious goal: the race multihull record of 6 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds set by the late Steve Fossett on the Stars & Stripes catamaran in 1998---the only boat ever to finish before sundown.

The overall winner on corrected handicap time---Maxis plus PHRF A through K are eligible---will receive a $6,000 Lamborghini diamond watch.

The fastest-rated monohull is Lorenzo Berho's Kernan 70, Peligroso, handicapped at minus-123 seconds per mile. There are only four other boats in the Maxi class: Taxi Dancer, a Reichel/Pugh 68 from Santa Barbara YC, rated -84; Dennis Conner's Farr 60, Stars & Stripes, San Diego YC, -63; Tres Gordos LLC's It's OK, an Andrews 50 from Balboa YC, -57, and Alec Oberschmidt's Staghound, an R/P 50 from Southwestern YC, -51.

The forecast at midweek for Friday was for south-southwest wind of 8 knots, following a couple of days of rain showers. Rain doesn't matter; it's wind that counts. -- Rich Roberts

www.nosa.org

2010 GP42 Series In The Audi Medcup - Rider Seats Still Available
Audi Medcup There are just 4 weeks 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 rider guest innovation will be available for those interested in the boats, the event and the class. 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.

Interest in the program has been brisk, but there are still some seats available. "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 www.medcup.org or www.gp42.org

Launchings
J111 * The first J/111 hull hatched and she's ready to fly! The project is on track for sailing in June.

Its 56 foot long carbon pre-preg Hall Spar uses ZyVex Corp's Arovex carbon nano-tube technology to reduce weight, lower VCG and improve stiffness compared to other carbon rigs-- a first for the sailboat industry.

For superior lift, lower VCG and maximum righting moment, its got a vertical L-shaped keel comprised of a 316L formed stainless steel fin and tear-drop shaped lead bulb.

The rig and keel combination enable performance characteristics similar to the J/90 and J/125. Compared to the J/105, its about the same DSPL on 4 feet longer Sailing Length with 50% more Downwind SA. That power translates into speeds of 30-40 seconds per mile faster than the J/105. And, with higher RM (nearly 1,000 ft/lbs) than any of its 34-37 foot brethren, this sailboat will easily slice to windward at 7.0+ knots.

J/111s will be sailing in America at Newport, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Harbor Springs, Houston and Long Island Sound; in Europe at England, Germany, Sweden, France and Switzerland; and in Auckland, New Zealand and Halifax, Nova Scotia. -- jboats.com

* On the 12th of March the hull of the Dykstra & Partners designed J Class Rainbow was turned at Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw in Makkum.

Rainbow will be transported by barge to HJB when the hull will be ready.

Rainbow

For more information about JH2 Rainbow visit: www.rainbow-JH2.com, or email Martine Vos at:

* Ten years ago, the Wally Research & Development department started testing a folding and reefing wing sail applied to a 30-foot One design boat.

"Already back then we were convinced that this would be the path to explore and improve the sail plan -says Luca Bassani, Wally President and founder - The wing sail already showed its incredible advantages in the racing multihulls, and we wanted to simplify and develop the system for cruising yachts".

Wally Wing

In the course of its R&D wing sail programme, Wally teamed up with Ilan Gonen, an ex fighter pilot and enthusiastic sailor, who had also developed a similar project, Omer Wing Sail.

The result of this collaboration is the new Wally Omer Wing Sail, the wing sail technology for cruising yachts/

The WOW Sail increases the performance by 10-30 per cent in any condition, depending on the displacement of the yacht: the lighter the boat is, the more efficient the wing sail is. "To give an example, in terms of speed, a yacht like the Wally130 in 12 knots of wind, would be half a mile ahead to windward after only 30 minutes of beating! And with the Code 0, the increase of the downwind performance would even double!" enthusiastically specifies Luca Bassani.

"The WOW Sail is unique also because the high performance is combined with easy sailing characteristics" adds Ilan Gonen "It means that one person can handle the huge wing of a yacht like the Wally 130. The WOW Sail is truly a cruising feature." -- www.wally.com

* X-Yachts Design Group have released detailed design drawings, specification and pricing information for their latest project; the hotly anticipated Xc 38, due for launch in August 2010.

Her greater displacement demands a large sail area and her shallower draft requires a heavier keel bulb; in order to deliver a yacht that is 'stiff' but also forgiving, and easily manoeuvred by a couple. The only compromise over the Xperformance designs being her sailing ability in very light airs.

Xc 38

Below decks the Xc 38 has a two cabin layout with a well appointed galley and mahogany joinery. The large aft bathroom offers access to a cavernous cockpit locker.

"The new Xc 38 has completed our cruising range which now includes luxury cruising boats from 38 to 50 ft. This range has been a key element in our successful performance during the downturn. By entering a new segment with a completely new concept for luxury cruising boats, we have beaten the market." said X-Yachts CEO Per Dollerup Mikkelsen.

* A collaboration between Reichel Pugh and Nauta Design, this 34m custom performance cruiser was designed for a Dutch client. The yacht is currently being built at Baltic Yachts' facilities in Finland and is reaching its final stages of construction.

The deck layout is simple and designed from a racing sailor's point of view without compromising aesthetics.

Reichel Pugh

An hydraulically powered lifting keel, constructed by APM in Italy, allows for docking in shallower marinas, when retracted, while providing increased stability when fully extended for racing and cruising.

Underdeck, this superyacht is very modern and comfortable. In the areas forward and aft of the main saloon the yacht has 4 double staterooms & 2 double crew quarters, each fully equipped with heads and showers to provide privacy and comfort for guests and crew.

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* From Chris Savage, Kos Pictures:

Mr Clark got me thinking about J-Class for the America's Cup - one design hull and rig with modern appendages, sail design and yacht construction open. One large sponsor logo permitted on the spinnaker and crew gear only. Budget restrictions like F1. Events alternating San Francisco and Fremantle. Elegant. Impressive. Historic. Photogenic. Pedigree. Already a brand.

Mixing known quantities with successful ingredients brings sporting success. The design and technology race of the 2010 Match was of little or no interest to the public, as are light wind and flat water venues brokered by the winner.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 2004 Goetz IRC, US$820,000. Located in Sydney, Australia.

The world famous QUEST is now seriously for sale. Built to the TP 52 rule by Goetz custom yachts,and designed by Farr Yacht design, she started life out as BRIGHTSTAR, (2nd overall IRC Newport to Bermuda 2004 ) ( NYYC Boat of the year 2006) with her two sistership ESMERELDA and SJAMBOK being built out of the same mold. In 2007 she was sold too her present owner and named QUEST.

( 2008 Sydney to Hobart overall race winner) where she has been the most successful IRC racer in Australia the last 3 years. In 2009 she has had a new new fin and bulb to improve her IRC rating and increase her speed and along with that all new sails for 2010. Owner is open to all offers

Brokerage through Thoroughbred Yacht Sales: www.yachtworld.com/thoroughbred/

Complete listing details and seller contact information at uk.yachtworld.com

The Last Word
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