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Finalists Announced For RYA Club Of The Year 2016
The winner of the prestigious RYA Club of the Year Award 2016 will be revealed at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 05 March.

Five clubs have been shortlisted for the prize, including Brading Haven Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight, Llyn Brenig Sailing Club in Wales, Cheshire-based Redesmere Sailing Club, Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Suffolk, and Staffordshire's Rudyard Lake Sailing Club.

At 16:00 on the main stage, five clubs from across the UK will collect their finalist awards before the overall winner is revealed by RYA CEO Sarah Treseder.

Royal Thames First To Enter Royal Lymington Cup
Salvo. Click on image to enlarge.

Royal Lymington Cup The Royal Lymington Cup match race event was started in the mid-Seventies by a group led by Californian sailor and Lymington yacht builder Bill Green in open admiration for and imitation of the Long Beach YC's Congressional Cup, then well-established as a training patch for would-be America's Cup helmsmen and tacticians

The Cup trophy has been revived by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) and will be presented to the winner of its new two-boat IRC inter-club team racing championship to be held in Christchurch Bay, UK on July 16/17, 2016. Clubs may be represented by two yachts within the IRC rating band of 0.95 to 1.10 TCF provided the nominated skippers are full members of the same club.

The first Club to enter this new IRC inter-club team racing championship is the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London, UK. Representing the Royal Thames, one of the most respected yacht clubs in the world will be, the powerful team of Peter Morton owner of JND35 Salvo - 2015 winner of both the IRC National Championships and Cowes Week Class 3 and David Franks, winner of Cowes Week 2015 Class 4 in his JPK 10.10, Strait Dealer.

The original competition attracted the best match racers of the day, among the winners of the Royal Lymington Cup were Thierry Peponnet, Marc Bouet, Sir Russell Coutts, Peter Isler Rod Davies, Chris Law, Chris Dickson, Peter Gilmour, Iain Murray and - the skipper whose name appears most often on the trophy - Harold Cudmore. But this time it will be the name of the winning Club that will be engraved on the trophy.

An entry from the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK is anticipated soon from Adam Gosling (Yes! Corby 36).

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Benito Mussolini Yacht Seized
Italian police have seized a yacht that once belonged to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a businessman they believe has links to organised crime.

The historic sailboat, called Fiamma Nera (Black Flame), was one of nearly €30m in assets taken from Italian entrepreneur Salvatore Squillante as part of an investigation into multiple individuals and companies.

Squillante, 68, allegedly purchased the yacht through one of the companies seized as part the "Mafia Capital" organised crime trials that began in Rome in November 2015.

Mussolini received the Fiamma Nera as a gift in the 1930s from a fascist supporter. The dictator sank the yacht intentionally to keep it out of German hands when Italy fell to the Nazis during World War II in 1943.

Fiamma Nera, originally named Konigin II, was eventually recovered, then restored and renamed Serenella. The vessel went through several owners and various name changes before allegedly being purchased through one of Squillante's companies seized by Italian police.

Fiamma Nera is said to be a Dutch yawl built by German shipyard Abeking and Rasmussen in 1912.

'Zoom In' For Stunning Race Photo Exhibition
Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race Zoom A spectacular photographic exhibition, 'Zoom In', depicting the contrast between aerial and onboard images shot by the professional photographers working on the last Volvo Ocean Race was launched today at the event's museum.

Some of the work has been recognised at international photography competitions and stands out as much for the quality and the advanced technology used, as the legendary sailing points around the world, such as Cape Horn, where they were shot.

"We have carefully selected this visual tribute to the incredible talent and dedication shown by the sailors, as well as the nine Onboard Reporters, and the team of around 25 race and stakeholder photographers who worked day and night to capture to perfection these unforgettable images," said Race CEO, Knut Frostad.

At today's launch of the exhibition, which was attended by Eva Montesinos, Alicante's Counsellor of Sports, Tourism and Beaches, head of the picture desk for the race, Carmen Hidalgo, described the difficult task of choosing 24 images from the 85,000 taken during the 2014-15 edition of the event, which finished last June.

Alicante has been the departure port for the last three editions of the race (2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15) and will again play that role for the next race in 2017-18. The city has hosted the race headquarters from 2010.

Hamble Classics At The Southern
The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host and run the inaugural 'Hamble Classics at the Southern' Regatta on 24-25th September 2016.

Designed as a late season extravaganza of classic yachting, the Hamble Classics Regatta is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts, with racing formats to suit each type. Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Spirit of Tradition yachts plus Old Gaffers and Dayboats will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a social programme to match.

Royal Southern Yacht Club member and classic dayboat owner Jonty Sherwill conceived the Hamble Classics idea, explaining:

"With so many beautiful classics residing in the river it's high time that Hamble hosted its own full-on classics regatta and I'm delighted that the Royal Southern has embraced the idea. For classic events to deliver maximum enjoyment for visitors it's important to match the sailing to the variety of boats entered."

Expressions of interest and preferences are most welcome during this planning stage by signing up here:

The Notice of Race and entry details will be published in early March on the Royal Southern's website at

Dubarry Ultima - Loved by Sailors
Dubarry Ultima It's hard to love a pair of boots. They either do a job or they don't. Some will have great grip and others will send you crashing down to the deck like some slapstick comedian. Some will keep the water out, others will leak like a pair of bespoke footbaths. Some will breathe to keep you comfortable, others will slowly baste your feet in their own sweat. Some will look great, others like you've just escaped from a circus.

Even if you do find a pair that ticks every box, that looks good, grips well and keeps you warm, dry and comfortable, you'd still struggle to love a boot. Unless, of course, it's a Dubarry boot. Take the Ultima, with its blend of rich, supple leather and durable man-made fibres, the hi tech GORE-TEX liner that acts like an air conditioner, the award-winning grip of the sole - yes, those are all there, recognised benchmarks of quality, but what you can't see or touch or smell is the soul. Ultima boots have it in abundance because, like you, they change. They gain experience at sea and improve with age just as surely as you do. That's why sailors love them.

Dubarry Ultima - Where will you go in yours?

Ireland's Boats & People - How Do We Get Them Together?
National 18. Click on image to enlarge.

National 18 Getting three together to race a characterful boat like the National 18 with style - now that's something special, that really is a superb combination of people skills interacting with sailing talent. And it's a joy to behold. Yet anyone can see that for a complete beginner to sailing, this extraordinary silhouette of Tommy Dwyer's National 18 against the November sky above the Hill of Howth will have an otherworldly air about it - "That's not for me" is as likely a response as "Let's have a go at that".

Even those of us who have been in sailing for longer than we care to remember find the image decidedly thought-provoking, for we have some idea of what has been involved in creating the circumstances for this seemingly effortless balancing act, this lighter-than-air effect in the unlikely setting of a November afternoon.

Over the past year or so we have been recounting in Afloat,ie how the Cork Harbour National 18 Class, with very tangible backing from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, have been in the forefront of the development of the new ground-breaking Phil Morrison take on the long-established National 18, which is a developmental class which from time to time takes a leap in hull design, and moves forward in order to keep the spirit alive.

A very short excerpt from Winkie Nixon's latest tome in Afloat:

Matt Jerwood Undefeated After Day 1
Perth, Western Australia: Local skipper, Matt Jerwood, is top of the scoreboard after the first day of the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, he and his Redline Racing Team are the only undefeated crew.

He was lucky to miss the very light and unreliable winds of the first two flights of the day, only getting onto the race course when the seabreeze had kicked in.

These difficult conditions at the beginning of the day were the undoing of both Sam Gilmour and Chris Steele, who lost early matches.

Sam Gilmour, who finished second in this event last year, lost his first and last races of the day, while Chris Steele, last year's winner, lost his first two matches, before the seabreeze came and rescued him.

Whilst Sam Gilmour holds onto second place on the scoreboard, three skippers are tied for third, with Steele sharing this position with Denmark's Joachim Aschenbrenner and Jordan Reece from Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Once the legendary Fremantle Doctor seabreeze settled in at 18 to 20 knots the racing became fast and furious, with plenty of incidents to keep the umpires and the repair teams busy.

The event is organised by Swan River Sailing, and is sailed in their fleet of Foundation 36 yachts, and runs until Friday 5th February. -- John Roberson

1. Matt Jerwood, AUS, 6 - 0
2. Sam Gilmour, AUS, 5 - 2
3= Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN, 4 - 2
3= Jordan Reece, AUS, 4 - 2
3= Chris Steele, NZL, 4 - 2
6. Murray Jones, AUS, 3 - 3
7= Lachy Gilmour, AUS, 2 - 4
7= Will Boulden, AUS, 2 - 4
9= Mark Spearman, AUS, 1 - 6
9= Ethan Prieto-Low, AUS, 1 - 7

RIO 2016 Spots Decided At World Cup Miami
Ten nations in North and South America have qualified sailors for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition as fleet racing at Sailing World Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella came to a close.

Sailing World Cup Miami acted as an Olympic qualifier for all ten of the Olympic classes for North and South America with 22 nations across both regions sending sailors with one aim, to book their spot at Rio 2016.

After the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the 2015 Class World Championships, Sailing World Cup Miami was the last chance for sailors to qualify. -- Daniel Smith

The following nations have qualified in the following classes:

470 Men
North - Canada
South - Chile

470 Women
North - Canada
South - Chile

North - USA
South - Chile

North - USA
South - Chile

Nacra 17
North - Canada
South - Uruguay

North - Mexico
South - Venezuela

Laser Radial
North - Bermuda
South - Peru

North - Canada
South - Argentina

RS:X Men
North - Canada and USA
South - Venezuela and Colombia

RS:X Women
North - Canada
South - Argentina

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