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Longest Day On The Water
It was close to 9PM when the 49ers came back to shore. Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith (GBR) keep a ten points lead on the fleet despite a place of 25 collected on the last Gold fleet race. The 42nd Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres counts 20 years since Brotherton's first appearance in Hyeres in 1990 in the 470 class.

French teams lead in the Star and 470 classes. Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau keep the first place in the Star despite a DSQ collected after rounding the wrong mark. Nicolas Charbonnier and Baptiste Meyer-Dieu conserve their lead in the Men's division. Mathew Belcher (AUS) is racing with Will Ryan (training partner) while Malcom Page is competing in the Farr 40 worlds. The new pair, in fourth overall has just won the 470 Spring Cup.

Trofeo Sofia Mapfre winner, Byron Kokalanis won both races in the RS:X Gold fleet. He is catching on regatta leader Piotr Myszka (POL) who keeps a narrow one point lead over the lead. Bryony Shaw (GBR) has increased her dominance on the women's division with 13 points over Blanca Manchon (ESP). Laura Linares (ITA) has entered the top three with a win and a third place.

2009 Laser radial World Champion Sari Multala (FIN) has jumped to first place in the Radial fleet. Paul Goodison (GBR) is keeping the lead in the Laser, the Beijing Gold medallist is returning to international competition in Hyeres after racing in big boats since the Skandia Sail For Gold regatta last year.

In the Finn class, three races were sailed today, more than in the last three days! Marin Misura (CRO), 5th in Hyeres last year, replaces his team mate Kljakovic Gaspic in the top position. He is on equal points with Ed Wright (GBR), winner in Miami and Palma earlier this year and 2009 SWC winner.

After the Repechage stage in the Women Match racing that qualified Claire Leroy and Silvia Roca, the top 8 will sail straight into the quarter final without racing the Gold Round Robin.

Pairings will see:
Roca (ESP) vs Tunnicliffe (USA)
MacGregor (GBR) vs Hahlbrock (GER)
Skudina (RUS) vs Spithill (AUS)
Leroy (FRA) vs Le Berre (FRA)

Racing resume tomorrow with the same weather conditions expected.

Complete results: sof.ffvoile.net

Clipper Race 8: San Francisco To Panama
"We are eagerly awaiting the return of Qingdao," says Team Finland's Rob McInally. "What have they managed to pull out of the hat? We have been having fairly good runs in regard to the rest of the fleet and all have seemed to slow of late, other than the relentless California, but what did Hannah do with the Dragon Wagon?"

This has been the question on many of the skipper's lips and certainly Hannah Jenner's tactic of playing her Stealth Mode card has succeeded in creating a nervous ripple amongst the front runners.

Cork's skipper, who has taken temporary charge of the Chinese entry, says, "The lighter winds today have meant crew are tip toeing around in a dainty manner so as not to disturb the boat's trim and, whilst it felt super slow, the scheds have revealed that our average speed was not so bad. We just hope that we have given our closest rivals a worrying run for their money over the last 24 hours."

With Qingdao back in view, Team Finland has managed to move ahead into second place, which is a testament to the hard work of his crew according to the team's skipper.

Out on the western side of the race track a two-way battle is taking place between Hull & Humber and Uniquely Singapore.

"We have Uniquely Singapore a couple of miles off to our port side after hunting them down all day," says skipper Justin Taylor. "We've been on the trim in our constant pursuit of them."

Similarly, Cape Breton Island has also found themselves in company as the team closes the gap with Edinburgh Inspiring Capital.

Positions at 0900 UTC, Tuesday 28 April

1. Spirit of Australia, 1619nm to leg finish
2. Team Finland, 12nm to leader
3. Qingdao, 14nm
4. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 68nm
5. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 82nm
6. Cape Breton Island, 89nm
7. California, 133nm
8. Uniquely Singapore, 163nm
9. Hull & Humber, 165nm
10. Cork, Did not start

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Winch Servicing Made Easy
Lewmar Winch Servicing When preparing your boat for the season, spare a thought for your winches. These maritime workhorses not only handle deceptively high loads; they also make all the difference when trimming sails and manouevring your boat.

To help keep your winches in good order, Lewmar has produced a video guide that takes you step by step through servicing a Lewmar Ocean winch (circa. 1992 - today).

You can also download the winch service manual.

Annual servicing of winches is vital to ensure their safe and efficient operation. Now stripping down, servicing and re-assembly couldn't be easier and you don't even need a screwdriver to service a Lewmar winch. Why not give it a try?

www.lewmar.com

Eleventh Contender for the TP52 Series
With two weeks to go before the Portugal Trophy, Cascais, the first event of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi (AG) have confirmed today a new contender for the TP52 Series.

German multiple Olympic medallist Jochen Schumann and French campaigner Stephane Kandler have joined forces launching "Audi A1 Team powered by ALL4ONE" forming an international team comprising sailors from seven countries.

The Franco-German ALL4ONE squad was established originally by Stephane Kandler and Jochen Schumann in September of 2009 and involves a number of international professional sailors: in addition to seven members from France and Germany, there are sailors from Spain, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland on board.

The TP52 represents the Kieler Yacht Club (GER) and the Cercle de la Voile de Paris (FRA) and is currently located at its home yacht harbor in Valencia. From there, the yacht will be taken directly to the Audi MedCup season opener to be staged in Cascais (Portugal) from May 11 to 16.

According to the official announcement, ALL4ONE will not only contest the five regattas of the Audi MedCup between May and September but also the TP52 World Championships in October.

www.medcup.org

French Sailing Stars To Meet In Extreme Sailing Series
The biggest French multihull sailing champions will meet once again in the five-round 2010 Extreme Sailing Series. Loick Peyron, holder of the most multihull championship titles, Yann Guichard, a favourite for the forthcoming Route de Rhum, and Franck Cammas, who convincingly won the Jules Verne Trophy just one month ago, will meet on the water for the first time this year on 27 May at the first event in Sete, France.

Winner of two of the six stages in the 2009 series (Venice and Amsterdam), the catamaran racing under the colours of baron Benjamin de Rothschild will be again helmed by Yann Guichard this year and renamed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. He will be looking to improve on his overall second place in 2009, just three points behind the overall winners, Oman Sail Masirah, skippered by Pete Cumming (GBR).

Also on the circuit this year is his Route de Rhum competitor, another favourite for the Extreme Sailing Series title Franck Cammas; recent winner of the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest, non-stop assault around the world, Cammas is also preparing for the next Volvo Ocean Race.

Franck will be joined onboard Groupama 40 by his regular team mates Tanguy Cariou, as tactician with whom he has won a number of titles on the ORMA Grand Prix circuit, as well as two new team members for the first leg in Sete:

The third French skipper joining the circuit this year is Loick Peyron, a sailor with the most titles in the history of multihull sailing and recently returned from Valencia as helmsman of Alinghi's America's Cup entry in the battle of the giant multihulls. Peyron will be helming the winning boat of 2009, Oman Sail Masirah with no change to the rest of the team.

The 2010 Calendar is confirmed as follows

27 - 30 May: Sete, France
31 July - 5 August: Cowes, UK
26 - 29 August: Kiel, Germany
23 - 26 September: Trapani, Italy
9 - 12 October: Almeria, Spain

www.extremesailingserieseurope.com

Complete Container Service From Complete Marine Freight
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Complete Marine Freight can arrange many other container services such as the supply of new and used containers, survey, inspection, plating, fitting out and electrical systems. Containers can be fitted with internal doors offering natural light and an air-conditioned environment for work or office area, along with customised racking and even a gantry crane to move heavy equipment and sails.

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Alan Nebauer Joins the Velux 5 Oceans as Assistant Race Director
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Velux 5 Oceans Clipper Ventures have confirmed Alan Nebauer as Assistant Race Director for the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. The experienced yachtsman, who finished fourth in Class II in the 1994 BOC Challenge, will work closely with the Race Director, fellow Australian David Adams. Adams and Nebauer will be responsible for the organisation of all on water activities in the race, assuring safety at sea and a smooth race over the five ocean sprints.

Nebauer, 47, has a wealth of ocean racing experience, as well as extensive business and management background in both marine and non marine related enterprises. Alan has been sailing offshore since 1987, and from 1991 he initiated and managed a four year project for Newcastle Australia entry in the 1994-95 BOC Challenge. This involved fundraising, as well as the concept and construction of a competitive racing yacht.

Alan's race in 1994-95 was a rollercoaster of dramas, involving a rescue of fellow English competitor Josh Hall on the first leg from Charleston to Cape Town, a dismasting that saw him round Cape Horn in a jury rig, which was further compounded by the loss of his rudder north of the Falkland Islands, with Alan ultimately sailing with a steering oar to Punta del Este. It is a testament to Alan's extraordinary courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds that he completed the course, and to his outstanding seamanship, for which he deservedly won two awards.

The Velux 5 Oceans, run by Clipper Ventures PLC, starts from La Rochelle in France on October 17 and features five ocean sprints. After heading from La Rochelle to Cape Town, the race will then take in Wellington in New Zealand, Salvador in Brazil and Charleston in the US before returning back across the Atlantic to France.

www.velux5oceans.com

Mini Pavois Starts on May 4th at Noon
The 2010 Mini Pavois will be interesting, first solo race of the season for Minis 6.50 with a leg of over 500 miles. D-7 prior to the start there are 47 sailors and the list could get bigger, knowing that some have waited to register for the previous race to be in the bag - the Select 6.50. 800 miles solo..

Qualifying for The 2011 Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50, the Mini Pavois is the third race on the Atlantic Ocean of the Classe Mini 2010 season, after the Demi-Cle 6.50 and the Select 6,50. The Mini Pavois will be the first longest race of the season, with 800 miles solo and two legs. This sixth edition of the Mini Pavois - organized by Grand Pavois Organisation - will take the fleet for the fourth time heading south, with a crossing of the Bay of Biscay, 300 miles, with a stopover in Gijon (Asturias, Spain) and 500 miles back to La Rochelle via southern Brittany.

On the 27th of April 47 sailors have registered for the 2010 Mini Pavois. There are 19 prototypes for 28 series or 33 French and 14 non-French. Once again, the internationalization of the Classe Mini speaks for itself with the presence of two Spanish, Jorge Maden Ruiz and Nacho Orti, a Turkish with Tolga Pamir, a Czech with Milan Kolacek, two American with Andy Abel and Ryan Finn, two Dutch with Robert Rosen Jacobson and Lucas Schroder, a Scottish with Ewan Stirling, a Belgian with Jonas Gerckens, two German with Jorg Riechers and Henrik Masekowitz, a Swiss with Etienne David and finally, a New Zealander with Conrad Colman.

2009 Mini Pavois podium:
Prototypes:
1. Thomas Ruyant (Faber France)
2. Bertrand Delesne (Raging Bull and Entreprendre Durablement)
3. Remi Auburn (AT Children's Project)

Series:
1. Davy Beaudart (Port a sec Guy Beaudart)
2. Fabien Sellier (Surfrider Foundation)
3. Pierre-Yves Lautrou (Altaide Moovement)

minipavois2010-uk.blogspot.com

Spray Stop Tape - Solas Regs Compliant
Spray Stop Tape New from PSP Marine Tapes is Spray Stop, designed to prevent the spray of fuel, hot water or steam from burst pipes, pipe joints, flanges, boilers, exhaust manifolds, silencers and engine installations. This anti-splash tape can be used for many applications in the commercial marine, marine leisure and superyacht markets and is supplied in easy to stow, handy see through packs.

Spray Stop is a multi-layer aluminium and glass cloth, coated with a high performance, heat resistant silicon adhesive. Spray Stop is available in two widths 25mm or 50mm, each in 1m lengths and for the commercial market can be ordered in various widths by 10m rolls.

Visit: www.admiralpsp.co.uk

Industry News
* Marine electronics firm Garmin Ltd has made a cash offer to purchase its rival, Raymarine, for 15p per share.

The offer represents a 152 per cent premium to yesterday's closing share price of 5.95p.

Garmin's offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver, if applicable, of the pre-conditions relating to the obtaining of regulatory clearances and the terms and conditions set out in its announcement.

Garmin is a global company whose principal operations are in the US, Europe and Asia (Taiwan). Garmin has in excess of 8,000 employees worldwide.

Garmin's shares are traded on the NASDAQ stock market with a market capitalisation of approximately $7.5bn.

The Raymarine board, in an announcement following the end of today's trading on the London stock market, stated that it is in advanced discussions with a third party regarding a sale of Raymarine Holdings Limited, representing the entire business operations of Raymarine and its subsidiary undertakings.

In the light of these discussions, the board has urged shareholders not to take any action at this time in relation to the Garmin offer.

www.ibinews.com

* Plans for Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week 2010, 7 - 15 August, are already well in progress, with a winning combination of varied yacht racing and a lively shore-side programme.

Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week

Organisers of this prestigious event, the second largest sailing regatta in the UK, are very keen to announce that headline sponsorship has been renewed with Henri Lloyd, the technical sailing and lifestyle clothing company. Sponsorship includes prizes of Henri Lloyd branded clothing and gift vouchers for the sailing competitors, for use in the Falmouth branch in the town centre.

'It is extremely positive that Henri Lloyd have committed to continuing their sponsorship for a further two years, as the brand name is a great addition to Falmouth Week' states Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager and Chair of the Shore-side committee.

The 2nd edition of the classic yacht regatta the Pendennis Cup returns to Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week 2010. 30 metre schooners such as 'Mariette' and the modern day 26 metre truly classic 'Velacarina' will grace our shores, a majestic sight set against the rugged Cornish coast. An exhibition on the Cup and the host company Pendennis Shipyard will also be running for the week at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

As well as these newer events, the backbone to Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week still remains the Falmouth Classics Yacht event, Henri Lloyd Dinghy Week and racing for over 26 different classes of yachts, hosted by the seven Sailing Clubs and the Regatta committee around Falmouth Bay. -- www.falmouthweek.co.uk and www.henrilloyd.com

* Volvo Penta has reported improved profitability and growing sales in its first quarter report for the three months ended March 31, 2010. Net sales for Volvo Penta increased by 5 per cent, with operating income amounting to SEK121m compared to a loss of SEK97m.

Volvo Penta has also maintained or strengthened its market share in most segments, according to the report. On the marine side, the company says it's continuing to strengthen market share in Europe and North America, not least thanks to the IPS system.

During the first quarter of 2010, the whole of AB Volvo Group's sales amounted to SEK58.6bn, which, adjusted for currency, was a 12 per cent increase compared with the year-earlier period.

For AB Volvo Penta sales reached SEK 1.977bn. The market in the Americas and Asia show growing figures (South America up by 38 per cent), but the European market is at the same level as the previous quarter. -- International Boat Industry news, www.ibinews.com

* Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating are pleased to announce its affiliation as the Official Media Partner for the 2010 Gold Coast Boat Show. This will be the show's 13th Edition and will showcase more than 55 yachts on water with more displays on land. With its unique floating stage for live music, dancers and fashion shows, the Gold Coast Boat Show has something to offer everyone whether you are a casual boater, a serious sailor or just having a day out.

In addition, the prestigious annual Asia Boating Awards will be held for the first time in Hong Kong during the show at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club. Previous awards have been held in Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai.

This year's event will see new categories, including best production multihull (catamaran or trimaran), best designer working in Asia, and the best 'green company', in recognition of builders and yachts that have developed more eco-friendly products and systems. Last year's awards ceremony saw yacht builders and personalities from Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and China in attendance.

www.hongkonggoldcoastboatshow.com

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* From Jonny Tilney: I read with interest about the America's Cup's drag racing multihulls, going 'slowly' and being as exciting on TV as watching paint dry...

Would I be alone in saying (because I love an older generation of yachts), that the next generation of AC boat might be

a) not so large,
b) fly at least 5 sails at any one time,
c) carry a huge spread of canvas relative to hull, and
d) carry a larger, busier human crew of sail and boat handlers - and definitely no engine in any capacity, possibly not even any electricity or digital aids.

Then include onboard camera positions, a few -much closer- photo boats and a tighter course.

I'm no expert but surely these things would be in the spirit of the original AC, and make it far more exciting to watch.

* From Othmar Karschulin: Reply to americascupview.blogspot.com in #2080

I cannot believe, that they want go back to the lead carrying dinosaurs. It's right, that the 33. AC was an at last uncontrolled development, which culminates in absolute high-tech sailing boats.

But, if you follow eg the Extreme 40s races, there is no boredom for the sailors, and still less for the audience.

The main problem of the 33. AC was the fight at the law court that streched the rules to the threshold of pain. Define a rigid box rule with smaller dimension, like 40x40 or 50x50, an perhaps a one design class.

The result will be cheaper boats, which allow many teams to fight for particiption, and will give the audience exciting races, also on TV.

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