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Mini Pavois Start Delayed
By reason of a special weather forecast issued by Meteo France announcing "a gale starting tomorrow night" and the weather forecasts of the race's partner, Meteo Consult, the Race direction and GPO have decided to postpone the start to Wednesday the 5th of May at 11 am off the coasts of Charente-Maritime.

Denis Hughes, Director of Race Mini Pavois: "The adjournment is due to the weather forecast. The wind is relatively strong in the area, especially in Tuesday to Wednesday's night, with gusts over 40 knots and troughs of over 3 meters. The situation should get better the next day. We, thus, decided to postpone the start of 24 hours. The safety rules prevail at first but there are also some sailors who will live their first offshore regatta. And it was not reasonable to leave them in such an awkward position when they already have to get used to a new sleep rhythm, to feed, hydrate themselves properly... This race is already a great school of sailing and there was no need to complicate it."

Eric Mas, Meteo Consult: "A 1035 hPa high pressure off Ireland and 990 hPa low pressure in the Mediterranean sea, rising back slowly from the Balearic Islands generate a strong northerly stream over the Bay of Biscay. The dense cold air caused by the stream is particularly unstable. Thus, the gusts are violent and the waves rise rapidly. Off La Rochelle, there is NNE wind force 6-7 gusting to 35 knots in the afternoon. The significant wave height is estimated at 3 meters. Visibility is good, except in the squalls. The situation will not change overnight."

They will 43 to line up on the start line on Wednesday the 5th of May at 1 am. Note that there were four withdrawals in the last days: Veronique Loisel, Ewan Stirling, Pierre Boivin and David Prono.

In the end, there will be 17 prototypes and 26 series boats.

Female "Lightweights" Create History In Season Opener
Two former round-the-world team-mates have written a new entry in sailing's record books with with Carolijn Brouwer and Liz Wardley the first all-female crew ever to win the famous Eurocat regatta in Carnac, France.

Barely 120 kilo dripping wet, the catamaran lightweights excelled in a variety of conditions to claim the 16-foot division in a Viper they had raced together for the first time just three days earlier.

Brouwer, from The Netherlands, and France-based Australian Wardley, finished no worst than 3rd over the entire weekend with their discard result following some equipment problems and Wardley falling overboard in the final race of the regatta in Carnac.

In an impressive result for the 2B sailing team of multiple world Tornado champion Darren Bundock and partner Brouwer, the two-time Olympic medallist from Australia and British crewmate Will Howden claimed a second place in their Eurocat divisision on the C2 Formula 18.

Like Brouwer and Wardley, the pair went into the regatta with no previous time sailing the catamaran but emerged with an impressive podium placing.

The next event for Brouwer on the Viper is the North Sea Regatta in The Netherlands. Bundock's next event on the C2 Formula 18 is Round Texel, the world's largest catamaran race.

Morris Service Invites You To An Open House
Morris Yachts If you are going to be stateside, come to Bass Harbor, Maine on Wednesday, May 19th for a behind the scenes look at the operations of one of the United States' premier yards. Special focus will be given to several complete refits and the ongoing process of wet core removal and replacement.

There is no charge to attend but reservations are required. Please call +1-207-244-5511 or email to reserve your place. For more information and a schedule of the day's activities go to:

See you in May!

No Stopping Taselaar's 'Bliksem' Melges 32
Photo by Guido Trombetta / Studio Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

Melges 32 Scarlino (Grosseto), Italy: Reigning Melges 32 World Champion, U.S. based Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem won the second stage of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series. With this success, Taselaar stretches his 'unbeaten' record and reputation on the circuit which began last season.

Although their victory is sweet, life has not been easy, especially with Luca Lalli on and tactician Lorenzo Bressani acting as the greatest deterent regarding the uncertainty surrounding Taselaar's success.

For the start of the seventh race, the breeze filled in nicely at 140 degrees with 14 knots under rainy conditions. Taselaar took advantage (and a big risk) by pursing the left side rounding in second. It was all out tactics for the second beat, but this time, with Lalli's moves, it opened opportunity to Taselaar and others including Francesco Martino and tactician Vasco Vascotto on Pilot Italia to do well.

For the second race, Lalli's early clear advantage diminished leaving plenty of room for Taselaar and Martino to advance. Martino, with Vascotto's obvious flair, accelerated through the last jibe a few meters behind Taselaar. Martino, looking to do well on the right, had Bliksem on the radar however, Taselaar and Lalli took first and second respectively.

Despite Taselaar's win in Scarlino, Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica with a sixth place finish, hangs on to the overall lead of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010.

The European Melges 32 fleet looks forward to Cagliari, on May 13-16, where the very first European Melges 32 Championship will take place.

Full Results (After 8 Races and Discard)
1. Pieter Taselaar/Jeremy Wilmot, Bliksem, 14
2. Luca Lalli / Lorenzo Bressani,, 19
3. Carlo Alberini/Gabriele Benussi, Calvi Network, 29
4. Filippo Pacinotti/Freddy Loof, Brontolo, 33
5. Mauro Mocchegiani/Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta, 35
6. Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica, 38
7. Francesco Martino/Vasco Vascotto, Pilot Italia, 40
8. Wolfgang Stolz/Steve Mohr, Opus One, 59
9. Edoardo Pavesio/Michele Giovannini, Maserati Fra Martina, 59
10. Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone, 63

Top Five Overall Series Ranking
1. Lanfranco Cirillo, Fantastica
2. Luca Lalli,
3. Carlo Alberini, Calvi Network
4. Mauro Mocchegiani, Rush Diletta
5. Filippo Pacinotti, Brontolo

Luncheon With Harold Bennett
Regatta Director and Principal Race Officerfor the 33rd America's Cup
Royal New Zealand Squadron Ballroom
Friday 28th May, 12.15pm

After many months of back and forth court action, BMW Oracle Racing, the American challenger, won the 33rd America's Cup Match back in February in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory. This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet.

But the battle on the water paled in comparison to what reportedly happened just before the start of the final race aboard the Race Committee boat.

Come listen to Harold Bennett, former Assistant General Manager of the Squadron and Regatta Director and Principal Race Officer for the 33rd America's Cup, in a conversation with Peter Montgomery, top international yachting commentator, in a 'chat show' format about what exactly went on.

Harold will enlighten everyone about his 'tour of duty', the races themselves, the structure of the event in terms of how the Swiss saw it and how he saw it and what he thought leading up to the start of Race 2.

There will be the opportunity to also ask questions from the floor.

This is an event not to be missed. Tickets are $55 per person or $490 for a table of ten (including GST) and include a two-course luncheon and wine on the table. This will be a popular event, so early bookings are advised. To secure your place, please contact Reception on (09) 360 6800 or email

Schaefer's Solves Big Problem For "Athos"
Schaefer Schaefer Marine's patented articulating mast track in now in use on the masts of the 203 ft. sailing mega yacht "Athos".

When underway, Schaefer's entire track articulates so the batten ends and luff bolt rope move as one when the sail is trimmed. So the bolt rope, which otherwise would have been subjected to 750kg of forward thrust from the battens, is effectively protected by the batten 'seats' designed into the solid aluminum extrusion.

This articulating sail track also allows the "Athos" crew to furl her sails with full-length carbon battens, entirely into her boom. Fully battening a sail is normally only possible with the use batten cars. However batten cars cannot be used if the sail needs to furled into the boom, which is why Schaefer originally developed the technology for their own in-boom furling system originally designed for boats up to 53' feet.

Transat AG2R
Complex and unexpected.. two very appropriate words for the situation facing the 25 double handed Figaro Beneteau teams in the Transat AG2R La Mondial. For the past two days, American and French weather bulletins have been contradictory.. and often far from the reality on the water. For the time being, the conditions have put the "centrists" Antoine Koch and Joseph Brault (Gaspé 7) in the lead. The fleet is about to take the hard right turn to Saint Barth.

For three days we've sailed blind, said Antoine Koch. A failure of their instruments led them to sail a course based on three day old weather files. They've also had no pressure about how they were placed compared to groupings to the north and south. They've ended up posting the highest VMG of the entire fleet. And they've finally gotten their instruments working again.. but Brault said, laughing, "It's good to finally know where we are, but according to the computer our situation is not so comfortable".

Top ten at 1900 May 3:

1. Gaspe 7, Joseph Brault / Antoine Koch, 1384.8
2. Generali - Europ Assistance, Yann Elies / Jeremie Beyou, 25.3
3. Agir Recouvrement, Adrien Hardy / Stanislas Maslard, 27.4
4. Save The Rich, Christophe Bouvet / Yannick Bestaven, 36.2
5. Brit Air, Armel Le Cleac'h / Fabien Delahaye, 50.0
6. Concarneau - Saint Barthelemy, Miguel Danet / Damien Cloarec, 59.6
7. Saveol, Romain Attanasio / Samantha Davies, 68.2
8. Cercle Vert, Bertrand De Broc / Gildas Morvan, 69.9
9. Banque Populaire, Jeanne Gregoire / Gerald Veniard, 87.4
10. Groupe SNEF, Jean Paul Mouren / Paul Meilhat, 102.7

Regate Pirelli
The Regate Pirelli - Coppa Carlo Negri, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, in collaboration with the Circolo Velico di Santa Margherita Ligure ended on Sunday. The first round of racing took place in optimal weather conditions with Sirocco winds of 16 knots. Second round started with winds of 12 knots, decreasing throughout the day, causing the race committee to shorten the course.

After four days of racing in the Coppa Carlo Negri perpetual challenge took overall honours in the largest grouping (IRC A).

Final podium positions:

IMA Group
1. Alegre, Alegre Yachting
2. My Song, Pierluigi Loro Piana
3. Edimetra VI, Ernesto Gismondi

IRC Group A
1. Chestress 2, Giancarlo Ghislanzoni
2. Cuordileone, Leonardo Ferragamo
3. Bohemia Express, Richard Vojta e Cajolla Diogo

IRC Group B
1. Vulcano 2, Giuseppe Morani
2. Fremito d'Arja, Marcello De Gasperi
3. Just a Joke,Marcello Maresca

ORC Group B
1. Brancaleone, Ciro Casanova
2. Sea Whippet 2, Carla d'Albertas Ceriana
3. Express, Giorgio Turchetti

New Holmatro Winches Take Part in Route du Rhum
Holmatro Winch The new Holmatro winches with the Grip & Run™ drum have been chosen as an optional upgrade on the new Pogo 40S2. Equipped with Holmatro winches, this yacht will take part in this year's Route du Rhum.

As from the 31st of October 2010, skipper Jacques Fournier will sail a Pogo 40S2 from Saint-Malo to the Guadeloupe region. Holmatro is very pleased that the Holmatro winches get this beautiful chance to prove their performance in this important and challenging race.

The Pogo 40S2 is build by Pogo Structures. It is not simply an evolution of the existing Pogo Class40, but it is a completely new design dedicated to offshore racing. This makes it a perfect yacht for races like the Route du Rhum.

For more information on the Holmatro winches, check

Normandy Channel Race
On Monday 3rd May 2010 a press conference was held in Caen to launch the Normandy Channel Race for the Class 40.

Comprising a very demanding course through some complicated navigation zones, the event will provide the perfect atmosphere for tactical game-playing coloured by what is sure to be a very fast pace. The course will take the fleet across a fabulous variety of prime watersports areas, with half of the course made up of coastal zones and the other an offshore course across the English Channel, the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea.

Through its positioning the race is particularly suited to French crews from the Channel and those tempted by the sense of adventure from the Atlantic, as well as crews from Britain, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Half the entry list (see further down) comprises international crews, which is a clear indicator that the event's objective for openness has been a success on its very first edition.

A sizeable programme of entertainment has been arranged with the Class 40s being moored in the Bassin Saint-Pierre in the very heart of the action in the city of Caen. Alongside them a race village with a whole host of marquees is to be erected on the quay from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th May, with a race prologue out at sea on Saturday 15th May, an official soirée the same day, a parade along the channel between Caen and the sea on Sunday 16th May prior to the start, and finally the prize-giving on Sunday 23rd May in Caen.

The website's satellite tracking of the boats will enable spectators to closely monitor progress, as will the daily radio sessions organised with the skippers.

The dozen double-handed crews present will comprise a number of sailors capable of heading the bill, including Tanguy de Lamotte (NOVEDIA INITIATIVES), 2009 winner of the Solidaire du Chocolat, with Jean Galfione as co-skipper. Other sailors with victory in their sights include Thomas Ruyant (DESTINATION DUNKERQUE), winner of the last Mini-Transat with Tanguy Leglatin as co-skipper; Yvan Noblet (APPART CITY) teaming up with David Tabore, as well as the President of the Class 40, Jacques Fournier (GROUPE PICOTY), with Denis Van Weynebrgh accompanying this enthusiastic competitor.

Normandy itself is well represented with Marc Lepesqueux, supported by the CAEN LA MER agglomeration, partnered by Eric Defert, as well as Christophe Coatnoan (PARTOUCHE) with Pierre-Yves Lautrou.

Among the wealth of international crews are some highly experienced sailors like the Dutch crew on MOONPALACE, Roeland Franssens and Michel Kleinjans, and 3 British crews in the form of 40 DEGREES, skippered by Peter Harding and renowned Norman Halvard Mabire, SPLIFF with Andrew Dawson and Jon McColl, as well as Mike West (KEY SOURCE) and Joffy Berd.

Finally a South African crew (PHESHEYA RACING) will add a flavour of the southern hemisphere to the competition in the form of Nick Legatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire. -- Kate Jennings

The Association of Big Class Classic Sailing Yachts is Founded
The Owners and Captains of the Big Class classic sailing yachts Cambria, Mariette, and Eleonora (Founding Members) met on 26th March 2010 and agreed to found the Big Class Association (BCA).

This Association has resulted from discussions held over recent years amongst the Owners and Captains of the large classic sailing yachts who have agreed that there is a need to, amongst other things, represent the interests of this group of yachts.

In due time, the BCA will develop its own infrastructure, website, and other means of communication with its members and other interested parties.

It is one of the key objectives of the Founding Members to invite in due course other Big Class yachts such as Altair, Britannia, Elena, Germania, Lulworth, and Thendara to join the BCA. Other yachts may be invited to join as and when the BCA agrees their membership.

Following the Westward Cup 2010 in July in Cowes, the Founding Members are already considering Big Class invitational racing events in June 2011 in the Mediterranean and in 2012 in the Solent. -- Peta Stuart-Hunt

Anyone wishing to enquire further should contact:

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* From Rees Martin: It is a great relief to hear that despite an awful boatshed fire, Peter Wilson, owner of the Aldeburgh Boatyard is continuing to operate. Anybody who sails classic keelboats must have at some stage come across Peter either on the water or in that wonderful haven for classics. He has rescued many wonderful yachts often without any possibility of financial gain. His knowledge of the classic designs is unique and if you need the odd fitting, he is happy to search his stock. It is sad to hear that he may lost some of his records; lets hope not all.

The Six and Eight Metre fleets owe a lot to Peter; as do the Dragons - one could go on ad nauseum...

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