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Artemis Racing Wins In Bermuda
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On the race course, the three double-point races had three different winners with Artemis Racing proving the most consistent performer on the day to take the win.
But this was an unlikely victory. Not only did the Swedish challenger arrive at the event in fifth place out of the six teams, but in the pre-start ahead of race two, the team was involved in a collision with an Umpire boat, incurring serious damage.
In work worthy of an F1 pit crew, the Artemis Racing squad stripped off the broken bow sprit and the now useless Code Zero sail in record time. After a quick check for reliability and with less than two minutes to spare, the team was lining up for the next start. Incredibly, they blasted of the starting line with more speed than anyone else and won not only the start but the second race.
In the third and final race, the Swedish team needed to make a pass on the last leg to grab a fourth place finish and secure the points needed to win the regatta.
Emirates Team New Zealand, with an impressive win in race three, extends its advantage on the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series leaderboard.
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Bermuda Results
1. Artemis Racing: 2 - 1 - 4 - 52 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand: 5 - 2 - 1- 50
3. ORACLE TEAM USA: 1 - 3 - 5 - 48
4. Land Rover BAR: 3 - 6 - 2 - 44
5. SoftBank Team Japan: 4 - 4 - 3 - 44
6. Groupama Team France: 6 - 5 - 6 - 32
Rolex Middle Sea Race: The Battle For Line Honours
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George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 is in a commanding position to take monohull Line Honours having stretched out a 15-mile lead over Jan-Henrik Kisteit's German Maxi 72, Momo. At 1600 CET, only eight yachts had passed through the Messina Strait: Rambler 88, Momo, Mascalzone Latino,B2, Wild Joe, Varuna, Plis Play and SFS II. This pack of yachts is very likely to pull away from the fleet left in the Messina Strait, especially as the vast majority of the fleet are now experiencing negative current and will do so for the next few hours.
So far the Rolex Middle Sea Race has produced conditions which have favoured the smaller yachts but that is about to change. The fleet caught in Messina have little wind and experiencing foul current. For now, as a guide only, leading yachts from IRC Classes 5 and 6 include; Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard's J/122 Artie, Costantin Manuele's First 40.7, Canevel Spumanti and Vikesha II skippered by Oleg Evdokimenko. However, expect the high performance yachts to get back up the rankings by tomorrow afternoon.
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Dubarry Ultima - Quality Always Lasts
Developed as a more luxurious, classical and traditional interpretation of the legendary Shamrock, on which the company's reputation was built, the Ultima is Dubarry's flagship boot. Its sole delivers award-winning, sure-footed grip. Its GORE-TEX liner is waterproof and breathable to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Its Dry-Fast-Dry-Soft water-resistant leather weathers with grace and distinction, recording every nautical mile of your experience in the gentle, tanned folds of its sumptuous hide. It's clearer than ever that, though times may change, quality always lasts.
Dubarry Ultima - Where will you go in yours?
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Gery Trentesaux (FRA)
'He is the best' - Patrice and Mimi Carpentier; 'We too were OCS in Fastnet Class 3, but Gery took an hour to recross and we took two ... chapeau!' - Tom Hayhoe; 'A great sailor and gentleman' - Tony Lawson; 'What a great offshore sailor' - Bart Vroon; 'He has won virtually every offshore race he's competed in, certainly this year' - Pierre Ghewy; 'He must win, it will be the cherry on the top of one of the most brilliant offshore campaigns ever' - Herve Dereux; 'Offshore he is such a consistent winner, respect!' - Koen van Gils.
This month's nominees:
As you'd expect, there are few gaps in the technical know-how of a man who was once CEO of Bugatti Automobiles. So when Bscher purchased the first, unloved WallyCento Hamilton, over weight and under-clubbed, there was much interest in the plan... And the plan was quite successful; 'big' changes to Bscher's renamed Open Season led to wins in 5 of the 7 races at the Maxi Worlds in Porto Cervo...
Supporters of sailing don't come much more enthusiastic than this great American Corinthian. Now aged 80, the 2015 Transatlantic marked the former New York YC Commodore's seventh such race, finishing this year as winner of Class 3 on his trusty Ker-designed 50-footer Snow Lion. As usual, having raced to Europe Huntington made the most of his 'trip' by competing in the Rolex Fastnet and other major events
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Alexander Zimmermann Wins His Third Sunfish World Championship
Paracas Peru: Alexander Zimmermann of Peru is the 2015 World Champion. His spectacular score line included four race wins giving him a final 16 point cushion over his nearest competitor. The final two races of the series were sailed on Saturday to complete the eleven race series. Zimmermann was impressive in the early part of the series in the strong winds at the Paracas venue and showed equal strength in the lighter winds of the final day winning the last race to confirm his victory.
David Gonzalez Arria of Venezuela, winner of last week's 2015 Sunfish Youth World Championship, concluded his run in Paracas with a second place overall finish at the World Championship. International Sunfish Class Chairman and past Sunfish World Champion, Paul-Jon Patin of the United States took the third podium position.
In all fifty three competitors from eleven countries participated in the forty fifth International Sunfish Class Association World Championship. The next world championship will be held in Cartagena, Colombia in October, 2016
Final top five
1. Alexander Zimmermann, PER, 23 points
2. David Gonzalez Arria, VEN, 39
3. Paul-Jon Patin, USA, 66
4. David Mendelblatt, USA, 69
5. Edgar Diminich, ECU, 79
Audi Hong Kong To Vietnam Race: Ragamuffin Claims Line Honours, New Record
At 07:27:34 HKT in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Ragamuffin 100 slid gracefully over the line to claim her second Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in succession, with a new race record to boot.
After reaching boat speeds of 35kts plus, and breaking the existing record by nearly 24 minutes, Skipper David Witt was happy with the performance, although philosophical about their failure to break the 40 hour barrier for the 673nm race.
"It was a quiet ride in the first half, and the second half was basically VMG. It wasn't so much the wind speed but the wind angle that affected that and you can't do much about it... It (the second half) was nice and fresh, so that was good."
With owner Syd Fischer sitting this one out, Witt had already been in contact with the family by the time he reached the dock, with the reaction described as "pretty excited".
Alive continues to make good progress on the water, recently averaging 16kts VMG and due to arrive at 1530hrs HKT. The next finishes should be Antipodes and FreeFire at around midnight, with Black Baza dropping back again and expected around 0800hrs together with Ambush.
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World Championship Hat-Trick For Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
On a tense final day, defending 470 World Champions Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT) and Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) cleaned up in the double-points Medal Race to secure the gold medals.
Continuing the light wind theme that has dominated throughout the 470 World Championship, the breeze hovered just above 8 knots. Enough to allow pumping, making it an intensively physical 25 minute windward/leeward race for each fleet.
Going into today's Medal Race there was far greater certainty of the outcome in the 470 Women,
For series leaders Vadlau/Ogar, the tipping point to victory came yesterday. Whilst other gold medal contenders were eating points, the Austrians scored a 1,3 to take them to the end game, only needing one boat behind them in the medal race to secure gold.
The three nations securing their place (subject to ISAF ratification) to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are Poland, Germany and Australia.
Final top ten, women:
1. Lara Vadlau / Jolanta Ogar, AUT, 43 points
2. Hannah Mills / Saskia Clark, GBR, 55
3. Camille Lecointre / Helene Defrance, FRA, 79
4. Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie, NZL, 85
5. Afrodite Kyranakou / Anneloes Van Veen, NED, 101
6. Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Irmina Mrozek Gliszczynska, POL, 105
7. Anne Haeger / Briana Provancha, USA, 111
8. Annika Bochmann / Marlene Steinherr, GER, 128
9. Carrie Smith / Jaime Ryan, AUS, 145
10. Marina Gallego / Fatima Reyes, ESP, 160
With just 1 point separating the first and second placed teams, Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) and Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO), the job on the race track was simple. Having traded places throughout the preceding 11 races, in a fitting end to the Championship, whoever finished ahead would win. But equally, they couldn't get caught in their own two-boat battle, as they might just as easily be off the podium.
There was no fear of that as the Australians hurtled off the start line, taking the lead at the first mark, with Croatia right behind by the first downwind. Heading back upwind, Spain's Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp took over the lead, with the Aussies and Croatians settling into lanes behind, with Belcher/Ryan staying ahead to finish in 4th - enough for them to take gold.
Final top ten, men:
1. Mathew Belcher / Will Ryan, AUS, 57 points
2. Sime Fantela / Igor Marenic, CRO, 62
3. Pavel Sozykin / Denis Gribanov, RUS, 69
4. Jordi Xammar / Joan Herp, ESP, 73
5. Joonas Lindgren / Niklas Lindgren, FIN, 77
6. Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE, 83
7. Onan Barreiros Rodriguez / Juan Curbelo Cabrera, ESP, 85
8. Carl-Fredrik Fock / Marcus Dackhammar, SWE, 90
9. Ferdinand Gerz / Oliver Szymanski, GER, 94
10. Luke Patience / Elliot Willis, GBR, 110
Clipper Race Fleet And Sir Robin Knox-Johnston To Return In Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2015
The international Clipper Race fleet will once again compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) this December, bringing colour with Corinthian sailors from 26 different nationalities.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will also race on one of two Clipper 68 Events yachts taking part.
The 14-strong fleet will compete in the Australian offshore classic for the second time as part of its 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation, and will once again have its own Clipper Race class.
The fleet will arrive into Sydney around December 11 on the All-Australian Leg, half-way in its global race series having departed London on 30 August.
Amongst the Clipper Race competitors will be Sydney Skipper Wendy Tuck, the first Australian female Skipper in the history of the Clipper Race, who is leading the Da Nang - Viet Nam entry. It will be her ninth RSHYR. GREAT Britain and Visit Seattle Skippers Peter Thornton and Huw Fernie will also compete in their second RSHYR. The fleet will arrive in Sydney from Albany, Western Australia, before racing in the 628 nautical mile classic, which will form Race 5 of the 14 race global Clipper 2015-16 Race series.
Groupama Team France Announces Their Design Team
Launched on 25 June 2015, Groupama Team France is making its design team official today with the recruitment of three international-level specialists to bring the French campaign for the 35th America's Cup to a successful conclusion. Martin Fischer, Juan Kouyoumdjian and Horacio Carabelli are now working with consultant Michel Desjoyeaux.
"We're very lucky to be joining Groupama Team France. I know Franck Cammas and his team very well as I've worked on the design of five Groupama prototypes* since 2002," explains Martin Fischer, a hydrodynamics specialist who has just left the Italian team Luna Rossa/
"Juan is one of the most experienced naval architects in the world. He's in charge of the aerodynamic element and his role will be predominant in the overall management of the design". The naval architect responsible for Groupama 4, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, Juan K as he is better known, didn't wait for Team France to receive Groupama's backing before getting into discussions with the team.
As for Brazilian Horacio Carabelli, boat builder and winner of the Volvo Ocean Race aboard Ericsson before joining the Spanish and Italian teams of Telefonica and Luna Rossa, he's in charge of managing the schedules and monitoring the build
This trio will be able to count on another Frenchman, Denis Glehen, to provide the structural calculations. Denis has also just spent the past year or so in the Italian team after working on Groupama 4 and Groupama C.
RAGAMUFFIN 90 is now on the market and our latest central listing. Built as GENUINE RISK in 2004, and competing world wide from Sardinia to Hawaii, GR always was at the front of the fleet. Under her second owner, she won both the 2010 Newport to Bermuda race, and the overall prize for the 2011 811 mile Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay race, and the overall win at Antigua sailing week both under Csa and IRC leaving no question that she was still one of the fastest maxi boats sailing .
In late 2011, her present owner bought her and shipped her to Asia where she has had a complete refit with her transom extended, her forward rudder removed and new dagger boards installed. Along with all new sails in 2014, she has dominated the races she has competed in, being first to finish and breaking several long standing race records through out Asia. She has two support containers full of extra gear, and there is nothing that this boat needs in order to keep on winning for many years to come. Call us to be sent her full package and more photos.
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