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Joyon's Rock Star Crew For The Jules Verne Attempt
IDEC SPORT, Francis Joyon's new maxi-trimaran was christened on Wednesday 14th October in La Trinite-sur-mer. The stand-by before setting sail to attempt to smash the Jules Verne Trophy record starts in two weeks.

"I'm only taking skippers with me," said Francis to explain why on board everyone needs to know how to do everything. They will all be taking turns at the helm of the big trimaran. "Unlike the bigger crews, where there are lots of sailors specialising in one area, we'll be setting off with strong all-rounders on IDEC SPORT."

Only the first winner of the Jules Verne Trophy, Bruno Peyron, dared to set off with five and that was back in 1993. Since then, there have always been between 10 and 14 sailors on board.

Bernard Stamm (SUI) 51
It's hardly worth presenting this expert round the world sailor, the only member of this IDEC SPORT crew to have already won the Jules Verne Trophy (in 2005 aboard the maxi-catamaran Orange II).

Gwenole Gahinet (FRA) 31
It has been in the Figaro class too that Gweno has made a name for himself in the past few years with some excellent results, after previously winning the Mini Transat. An engineer in boat design, he a lot for VPLP, the team which designed IDEC SPORT. This is his first round the world voyage.

Alex Pella (SPAIN) 42
Born in Barcelona, Alex was first known for his excellent preparation of big multihulls - particularly in The Race - before beginning a remarkable career starting in the Mini 6.50 (2nd in the transatlantic race), then Class 40 (winner of the Route du Rhum).

Clement Surtel (FRA) 36
Clement has a huge amount of experience of big trimarans in general and IDEC SPORT in particular. He prepared her, when she was in the hands of Franck Cammas. Clement has been involved in two previous Jules Verne Trophies in 2005 and 2010.

Boris Herrmann (GER) 34
Two round the world voyages and three roundings of Cape Horn, He has just sailed through the North East passage aboard the former IDEC now in the hands of the Chinese sailor, Guo Chuan. In 2009, he became the first German to win a round the world race: the Global Ocean Race.

Roland Jourdain (FRA) 51 (substitute)
Top teams always have a joker up their sleeve as a substitute. Just in case, Bilou is there to set off, if one of the five men has to pull out at the last moment. A hero from the Vendee Globe, the Figaro, the Route du Rhum and giant multihull racing.

Router back on dry land: Marcel Van Triest (HOLL), 51
One of the best routers in the world. He is also a great sailor, who has already raced around the world five times.

J70 European Championship
Photo by Studio Borlenghi-F.Ferri/S.Gattini. Click on image for photo gallery.

J70 European Championship Sixty teams representing 11 nationalities were champing at the bit on the starting block this morning waiting for the P to drop. Within minutes a brisk easterly filled in steadying at 13 knots to give ideal conditions for the Race Committee headed by John Coveney assisted by PRO Thierry Leret to complete two races today.

It was no surprise to see so many general recalls, obliging the Race Committee to bring out the Black Flag for both races, disqualifying several that were over the line.

The German Max Rieger (Led Zeppelin), one of the favourites, paid a high price for the over-eagerness of his young team at the start of the second race as they were declared BFD, meaning they cannot afford to make another mistake, as was the Mexican Fernandez Neckelmann Julian (Flojito y cooperando), current World Champion who lies 28th in the overall provisional ranking this evening, and Key West title holder, Carlo Alberini (Calvi Network) who is currently 24th.

This evening it's the Spaniard Hugo Rocha (New Territories), winner of Kiel Week, who leads the provisional ranking with a 3rd and a win ahead of German Moritz Bohnenberger (Touring Junior) and Swede Oscar Lundqvist (Fanny), equal on points with Monegasque Jacopo Carrain (Carpe Diem).

45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival: Register Now, Drink Free Later
BVI Spring Regatta The 45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival has officially opened its online registration, which will be held March 28- April 3, 2016.

To celebrate the regatta's milestone anniversary, organizers will reward one crew (registered by Dec. 31), with free drink tickets in the amount of the regatta registration fee.

Warm Water, Hot Racing And Cool Parties capture the essence of the event. On the water, sailors compete in idyllic conditions with windward/ leeward courses and use the stunning islands to race around as well. On land, they are treated to nightly entertainment with dancing on the beach and delicious food vendors all in one location: Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. As part of the anniversary celebrations, fireworks will bring the 2016 regatta to a close after the award ceremony.

The VX One Class has already confirmed 12 boats will be here for their inaugural VX One Caribbean Cup Racing on the One Design Course area. Bare boats and competitive spinnaker race boats have their own course area on the water.

For more information about the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival or to register, visit:

Breeze On At The 2015 Sunfish World Championship
Paracas, Peru: After a breezy day one with winds in the 15-20 range, day two brought the big breeze that makes Paracas famous and plenty of chop to the race course. Principal Race Officer, Roberto Peschiera put the fleet through their paces in the 25 plus wind to get in two more races before the full "paracas" wind and sand storm came in and the fleet was sent ashore.

David Gonzalez Arria of Venezuela continues to hold a slim lead of three points over two time World Champion, Alexander Zimmermann of Peru. David Mendelblatt of the USA moved into third place today. All three sailors have been consistent with all single digit finishes. Two new race winners showed their skill today with Paul-Jon Patin USA winning race four and Alonso Collantes of Peru winning race five. A throw out may impact the standings around tomorrow once race six is completed as there are a couple of competitors with letter scores that will become their throw outs.

Race seven of the series is scheduled for 1300 on Thursday. A total of twelve races are scheduled in the World Championship running through October 17 with October 16 as a lay day if seven races have been completed.


Croatia and Austria Stake Claim at the Top of 470 Worlds Leaderboard
A stuttered start to today's racing, with the 470 Women fleet getting underway after a general recall and several postponements. The light and variable breeze went from around 4 knots to a max of 8.5 knots, accompanied by the usual swell.

Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO) scored two second places to escape the shadow of overnight leaders Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) and give themselves a useful safety net of 11 points. An upset in race 6 pushed the Aussies to a 21st place finish, following up with a 15th in race 7 to end the day in second.

The 470 men fleets will race two races tomorrow.

470 Men - Top five results after 7 Races
1. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic, CRO 83, 19 points
2. Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan, AUS, 30
3. Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE, 30
4. Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov, RUS, 31
5. Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp, ESP, 31

A challenge to get the two 470 women races underway, with general recalls, postponements and eventually getting off under the black flag.

It seemed as though the day would belong to Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) who won race 5 and took over the series lead. But it didn't take long for reigning 470 World Champions, Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT), with their single digit scorecard, to pop out on top by race 6. Just 1 point now separates the two teams.

The 470 Women will contest 2 races tomorrow, with a scheduled start time of 1300 hours.

470 Women - Top five results after 6 Races
1. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar, AUT, 21 points
2. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark, GBR, 22
3. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha, USA, 27
4. Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance, FRA, 33
5. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie, NZL, 38

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Extreme 40 Racing Catamaran Marstrom Composites 2009
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Superfast, exciting to sail and to watch, the Extreme 40 catamaran was developed by TornadoSport in 2005 to bring sailing to the public on short courses in stadium settings.

Built in carbon-fibre, these "flying machines" are 40ft long and have a beam of 23ft. They have a top speed of around 40 knots. Complete with sails, shipping container, with spares and road container negotiable, these well-maintained boats could offer excellent corporate entertainment or activation around another race campaign.

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Industry News
Six months after General Electric announced it would sell off most of its financial arm GE Capital, that divesting process is nearly complete.

GE GE -0.97% announced Tuesday it would sell a large portion of GE Capital - its commercial lending and leasing businesses with roughly $32 billion in assets - to Wells Fargo WFC -0.69% , representing the industrial conglomerate's largest divestiture to date.

The deal also brings the tally of GE's selloffs to $126 billion in assets, or nearly two-thirds of the $200 billion it plans to exit overall. It also rids GE Capital of nearly all that remains of its U.S. business, leaving only a $5.5 billion unit that lends to franchises. Besides that, the rest of the assets GE plans to dispose of are outside the U.S.

GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance encludes its recreational marine lending division.


The association of Barcelona's companies related to the nautical sector, the Barcelona Cluster Nautic, added more than 65 members two years after its creation. The growth of the cluster is analogous to the sector, which following the deep economic crisis that went through, it's recovering led by his epicentre in Barcelona, where it converges industry, companies, institutions and research centres with a high potential for generating wealth and added value. According to the president and the CEO of the Barcelona Cluster Nautic, Toni Tio and Alejo Trullas, respectively, this recovery will become visible in the Barcelona International Boat Show, which will take place in the Port Vell from October 14th to 18th.

According to the study "The nautical cluster: business analysis and economic impact" prepared by the Office of Economic and Infrastructure Studies of Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce, the companies linked to the nautical sector of Barcelona's metropolitan area, a total of 305, have a turnover of 465 million Euros and generate a total turnover of 836 millions. This is considering the direct, indirect and induced impact, plus creating around 8,300 jobs.


Henri Lloyd will be supporting disabled yachtsman and accomplished solo offshore sailor Keith White in his next sailing challenge, sailing single-handed and non-stop around the World via the three capes.

Keith was delighted when Henri Lloyd contacted him. The clothing brand has offered him a full wardrobe of technical sailing apparel for his next disabled sailing adventure.

In 2005, Keith was the first physically disabled sailor to sail unassisted and single handed around Great Britain & Ireland against the prevailing winds. Then in 2007 he was the first physically disabled sailor to sail unassisted and single-handed across the Atlantic, up the East Coast of America to Boston then returned across the Atlantic to England.

On October 19 Keith will embark of his biggest challenge to date. Sailing single-handed and non-stop around the World unassisted.


Ironshore Inc. has been named Official Insurer for ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America's Cup. Ironshore will provide comprehensive insurance coverage for the team, from the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Bermuda regatta, taking place Oct. 16-18, 2015, through to the America's Cup finals in Hamilton, Bermuda in June 2017.

Ironshore, a Bermuda-based specialty insurance firm established on the island in 2006, provides specialty property and casualty insurance products. As the Official Insurer for ORACLE TEAM USA, Ironshore's coverage for the team includes marine, cargo, travel, umbrella liability, property, casualty and personal accident insurance.


2XU are proud to join forces with Softbank Team Japan in their bid to win the America's Cup - announcing ahead of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Event in Bermuda this week.

2XU has created a specialized range that incorporates years of research and development into athlete performance and recovery with the ultimate in fabrication and innovation to provide the sailing elite with the best possible equipment to compete at the highest level.

2XU founder, Aidan Clarke, commented that the new America's Cup foiling catamarans offer the perfect platform for accelerated performance - which 2XU is all about. "We are delighted to partner with Softbank Team Japan, to help equip the guys for success. We look forward to sharing our innovations in compression and our new 2XU performance sailing collection with the team, to see them across the line at the America's Cup," Clarke said.


XL Catlin and the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) have agreed a global partnership that sees XL Catlin being named the Official Insurance Partner of the 35th America's Cup and the Presenting Partner of the America's Cup Volunteer Program.

The America's Cup Volunteer Program, presented by XL Catlin will see over 250 volunteers contributing to the success of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Bermuda from October 16-18 and will continue right through to the America's Cup Finals, presented by Louis Vuitton in June 2017.

XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group plc's (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world.


America's Cup Challenger SoftBank Team Japan will partner with Japanese manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) in their bid to win the 35th America's Cup.

Yamaha Motor will be the exclusive provider of all the docks for the new team base area located at the Royal Naval Dockyards in Bermuda. This key infrastructure element will ensure the team is able to get on the water quickly to train once construction is finished in January.

Upon completion, the new team base will be furnished with Yamaha products and tools ensuring reliable and safe operations throughout the two-year challenge. Team members will also be equipped with their own Yamaha motor scooters, a necessary requirement for the narrow island roads in Bermuda.

Yamaha outboard engines will power the team's two new Rayglass chase boats.

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