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Mike Sanderson Leaves Team Origin
Mike Sanderson, Team Origin's most senior manager, left the British America's Cup team on Tuesday night following the poor performance at the Audi MedCup in Cascais.

Sanderson, the team director, was told by principal Sir Keith Mills yesterday afternoon that the team were not living up to the high expectations set in 2007 when they were established to campaign the next America's Cup and that changes had to be made.

There had been some unhappiness in the team for a few months, a spokesman said, with a difference in opinions and management styles between Sanderson and the crew, skippered by Ben Ainslie, a main bone of contention.

Sanderson, who won the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006 and has campaigned three America's Cups for New Zealand, was shocked and disappointed to be released. -- Kate Laven in the Telegraph,

* Richard Gladwell comments:

The announcement is ostensibly following a decision to restructure the organization, however no alternative structure has been announced, and no replacement named.

The timing of the move is also surprising given that TeamOrigin are about to compete in the Louis Vuitton Trophy at La Maddelena (ITA) and have just competed in the first round of the Audi MedCup in the TP52's at Cascais, and the logical time to have made this organizational adjustment would have been at a slow time in the racing season rather than a period of peak racing activity. --,

Spirit Of Australia Takes Line Honours In Race To Jamaica
Port Antonio, Jamaica: After a fast and furious race up through the Caribbean from Panama to Jamaica, the fleet slowed to a crawl as they rounded the island's most easterly point and were caught as the wind died away, the last 25-mile stretch of the race taking almost six hours for the leading boats to complete.

Spirit of Australia and Hull & Humber were locked in battle for line honours, with Cape Breton Island and Team Finland nipping at their heels. Line honours were eventually claimed by Spirit of Australia as they crossed the finish line at Port Antonio's distinctive orange and white lighthouse at 1546 local time (2046 GMT), just three minutes and 50 seconds ahead of Hull & Humber, who score their first podium finish of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race campaign. Cape Breton Island was third to cross the finish line at 1558:19 local time (2058:19 GMT), 12 minutes and 19 seconds behind the leaders,

As the yachts are now racing under the IRC rating system to take account of the differences between the Clipper 68s and Cork, a Challenge 67, the teams now face a nervous wait until the Irish boat crosses the finish line and times can be adjusted according to the handicap rating.

Jamaica Lightning Bolt was the fifth team to cross the finish line at 1707:29 (2207:29 GMT).

The fleet will leave Port Antonio for the start of Race 10 to New York on Monday 24 May.

Overall leader board after Race 8
1. Spirit of Australia, 83 points
2. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 68
3. Team Finland, 67.3
4. Cape Breton Island, 59
5. Hull & Humber, 47
6. Qingdao, 45
7. Uniquely Singapore, 42
8. Cork, 36.8
9. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 28
10. California, 23

10th Anniversary of Doyle Palma and New Partnership
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Doyle Palma and New Partnership The ten year anniversary of the Doyle loft in Palma is imminent and to celebrate this landmark, the owners Russell Thom and Fiona Bruce are delighted to announce a new partnership with sailmaking superyacht expert, Quinten Houry (Quinny).

Quinny is to move from his role at Doyle in New Zealand as Special Projects Manager and will be joining Doyle Palma to head up the Superyacht Sales Department. His vast knowledge and depth of experience in both design and engineering of superyacht sails make him the ideal new partner to work alongside the team in the Palma loft.

Speedsailing - Adrenalin-Rush Entertainment on the Water
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Tornado Speedsailing It's souped-up sailing, fast-paced, high-speed, short, sharp and entertaining and it's another new innovation of the International Tornado Association (ITA) for 2010.

The aim of this fresh approach to sailing is to breathe new life into the sport and bring the skills and thrills of Tornado catamaran racing to a wider audience and a new generation of spectators and sailors.

Speedsailing events will make their debut at Lindau and Travemunde in Germany this year during the German Tornado Grand Prix 25th to 27th June on Lake Constance and the World Tornado championships on Luebeck Bay from 24th to 28th of July.

A round-robin and knock-out format will be utilized at speedsailing events with races contest by six boats and the short-courses as close as possible to the shore for spectators and the media. A Grand Final format will be used to decide the winner of the events.

In stark contrast to the one-hour plus races many Olympic classes sail, races in speedsailing events will be just 10 minutes in length and will only be delayed by the most extreme conditions as Tornados can race in anything from three knots to 35 knots.

At Lindau the event will be held on June 25th and 26th from 5pm on and at the World Championships the events will be raced in front of a promenade on July 24th and 25th from 5pm.

For more information regarding marketing opportunities, sponsorship and upcoming events please look at the website

ISAF Match Race Rankings
Great Britain and New Zealand remain on top in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Kiwi World Champion Adam Minoprio continues his lead in the Open Rankings whilst Lucy Macgregor (GBR) holds on to her to #1 position in the Women's.

Open Rankings

The top two remain unchanged in the latest release of the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Adam Minoprio (NZL) completes his seventh consecutive release in the world #1 spot, followed by fellow young gun Torvar Mirsky (AUS).

Triple Olympic gold medallist and TeamOrigin skipper Ben Ainslie (GBR) remains in third position having been runner-up at Match Race France in Marseilles.

Three French sailors hold top ten positions in the rankings, Mathieu Richard, Damien Iehl and Sebastien Col. Mathieu Richard (FRA) has moved up the leaderboard from seventh to fourth after his impressive victory on home waters in Marseilles and Damien Iehl won the Vll Open de Espana in Calpe in May.

For the second time Francesco Bruni (ITA) has made big gains to move up to ninth with a third place finish at Match Race France. Peter Gilmour (AUS) has also moved into the top ten by campaigning on the ISAF World Match Race Tour.

Women's Rankings

British skipper Lucy Macgregor remains at the top of the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Second and third sports remain unchanged with Claire Leroy (FRA) stayng in second and Katie Spithill in third. Three French crews hold places in the top ten teams followed by USA and Australia with two teams each.

Despite a lowly sixth at the fourth regatta of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, Macgregor holds on to her first position with a solid performance at the Eurosaf European Match Racing Championship where she was runner-up. Claire Leroy won the sail-off for third in Hyeres but it was not enough to regain the top spot.

Katie Spithill of Australia maintains her third spot with a win at the ISAF Grade 2 Olympic Garda Eurolymp regatta.

This next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be on 9 June 2010.

Top ten, open:

1. Adam Minoprio, NZL
2. Torvar Mirsky, AUS
3. Ben Ainslie, GBR
4. Mathieu Richard, FRA
5. Damien Iehl, FRA
6. Ian Williams, GBR
7. Sebastien Col, FRA
8. Peter Gilmour, AUS
9. Francesco Bruni, ITA
10. Bjorn Hansen, SWE

Top ten, women:
1. Lucy Macgregor, GBR
2. Claire Leroy, FRA
3. Katie Spithill, AUS
4. Silke Hahlbrock, GER
5. Nicky Souter, AUS
6. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA
7. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA
8. Julie Bossard, FRA
9. Anna Kjellberg, SWE
10. Sally Barkow, USA

EUROSAF European Match Race Championship
Mads Ebler and Ekaterina Skudina crowned 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Champions Mads Ebler from Denmark and Ekaterina Skudina from Russia are the brand new 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race champions after a day of great races that really went down to the wire. Ebler had to fight until the fifth and last race in order to beat Eric Monnin from Switzerland while Skudina beat Britain's Lucy Macgregor in their fourth race when she crossed the finish line less than a foot ahead of her opponent. It was an impressive end to an impressive event with 24 teams in 2 classes, 2 separate races courses and a full set of double round robins, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

Final Results Women Class

1. Ekaterina Skudina, RUS
2. Lucy Macgregor, GBR
3. Lotte Meldgaard, DEN
4. Cristiana Monina, ITA
5. Rita Goncalves, POR
6. Sofia Bekatorou, GRE
7. Silke Hahlbrock, GER
8. Renee Groeneveld, NED
9. Julie Bossard, FRA
10. Vesna Dekleva Paoli, SLO
11. Petra Kliba, CRO
12. Margarita Cameselle, ESP

Open Class

1. Mads Ebler, DEN
2. Eric Monnin, SUI
3. Alvaro Marinho, POR
4. Pierre-Antoine Morvan, FRA
5. Staffan Lindberg, FIN
6. Andrew Arbuzov, RUS
7. Stefan Meister, GER
8. Jacopo Pasini, ITA
9. Nick Cherry, GBR
10. Hans Spitzauer, AUT
11. Marek Stanczyk, POL
12. Jeroen Der Boer, NED

Camet Introduces The Women's Wahine Sailing Shorts In Slate Grey
Camet With the great success of the Wahine in silver, we have decided to add a new color to the line! The addition of slate grey will allow teams to purchase both men's and women's team gear (The men's shorts being the new Nantucket short which was introduced just this year). The Wahine, along with the Martinique, is a big step forward in the design of women's clothing. Brian Camet says, "We are the first company to really focus on women's sailing apparel and make it both fashionable and functional for women".

For more information on these shorts, please go to

First RC 44 World Championship
Russell Coutts, founder of the RC 44 Class and Daniel Calero, organiser of the first RC 44 World Championship. Photo by Nico Martinez / RC 44. Click on image to enlarge.

RC 44 World Championship The RC 44 Class Association announces today that its first World Championship will take place on October 11th - 16th in the Canary Islands (ESP). Hosted by Puerto Calero, the event is officially endorsed by the International Sailing Federation.

The first official RC 44 World Championship will bring together twelve RC 44's in the Canary Islands. "It will be the second time that we welcome the RC 44 fleet in Puerto Calero", says event organiser Daniel Calero. "We are very proud to welcome the world's best sailors to our venue. The fact that this event is the official World Championship is a great bonus for us as the event organisers, and a fantastic achievement for the Class.

The RC 44 World Championship in Puerto Calero will be an integral part of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010. Three world championship titles will be awarded during this event; the RC 44 fleet race, match race and overall title. The points attributed towards the overall Championship Tour will have the same value as in the other regattas.

After the RC 44 World Championship, the RC 44 fleet will be shipped across the Atlantic for the season's last regatta, the RC 44 Miami Cup, on December 7th - 12th.

Twenty-two RC 44 one-designs have been built to date. One of them has just been shipped to the US in order to be showcased to the American sailing audience before the first ever RC 44 regatta on American land.

Full Day Of Practice
Louis Vuitton Trophy teams had an early start and a full and fruitful day of training in La Maddalena in preparation for racing, which is scheduled to start on Saturday.

All 10 teams completed at least one training session on the waters off La Maddalena as the organisers strive to ensure each team has four training slots.

"The goal is to have each team complete four sessions," said Grant Davidson, who is heading up the on-the-water operations for the WSTA. "That way every team gets at least one session on each of the four boats."

Conditions were variable today, starting with moderate breeze and sunshine and ending with an afternoon thunderstorm. Training will resume on Thursday with a full day scheduled.

Friday is a maintenance day for the yachts, ahead of Saturday's first races.

Reigning Extreme 40 Champions Announce Crew Line Up
Oman Sail's Masirah, current European and Asian Extreme Sailing Series champions, have announced a new line-up for the 2010 European Series. Two Extreme 40 teams will represent the Sultanate of Oman in the European series and both begin the series confident after The Wave, Muscat finished second only to Masirah in the Asian series.

Masirah proudly displays the new national brand of Oman, following the recently announced collaboration between Oman Sail and Brand Oman Management Unit, in order to promote Oman as a high-end tourist destination. With the French superstar Loick Peyron joining the current champions on the helm, the team have their eyes firmly fixed on taking the trophy back to Oman again this year.

Khamis Al Anbouri, one of the stars of the Oman National Squad has been chosen to represent the Sultanate on the international circuit. He will join The Wave, Muscat on bow for his first season as a full time crew member.

A total of nine teams have signed up for the five-stop European Extreme 40 circuit which begins in Sete, France, on May 27th. The region provides a spectacular backdrop in the Mediterranean for what is set to be an action-packed competition.

The Crew - Masirah
Loick Peyron - Helm (FRA)
Mark Bulkeley - Tactician (GBR)
Pete Cumming - Trimmer (GBR)
David Carr - Bowman (GBR)
Simon Hiscocks - Bowman (GBR) Simon will join Masirah in Sete in place of David Carr

The Crew - The Wave, Muscat
Paul Campbell-James - Helm (GBR)
Alister Richardson - Tactician (GBR)
Nick Hutton - Trimmer (GBR)
Khamis Al Anbouri - Bowman (OMA)

2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe Calendar
Sete, France 27-30 May
Cowes, UK 31 July - 5 August
Kiel, Germany - 26-29 August
Trapani, Italy 23-26 September
Almeria, Spain 9-12 October

Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta
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Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta In November 2010, one of Asia's oldest and most respected sailing regattas "comes of age." For the 21st consecutive year, the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) in Malaysia is organising the latest edition of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR). This challenging international sailing event consists of three overnight passage races, over 200 miles in total, from Port Klang (near Kuala Lumpur) to Pangkor Island, Pangkor to Penang Island and Penang to Langkawi Island, plus two days of "round the cans" harbour racing.

The RMSIR is one of the region's few offshore yacht races, along with the Sydney to Hobart and the Rolex China Sea Race, and the only South East Asia regatta recognised by the prestigious London based Royal Ocean Racing Club. Since its inception, the regatta has attracted a loyal band of followers who turn up year after year, often with bigger and better yachts each time. In 2009, almost 60 boats registered from 11 different countries, including Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand and Singapore, with crews representing 24 nationalities. Over 400 sailors and officials participated in the nine day event which is part of Asian yachting series.

Coastal conditions in the Straits of Malacca set this event apart. Strong tides, unpredictable winds, shallow mud banks, fishing nets strung out across the course and "Sumatra" storms that appear from nowhere all contribute to making the three night passages races uniquely challenging.

Internationally acclaimed sailors such as Neil Pryde, Ray Roberts and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth are among former Raja Muda Cup winners who regularly enter their state of the art racing yachts, with professional crews to trim and grind.

A brand new web site is now up and running to provide a wealth of information related to RMSIR, including the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, Hotel details, Charter and Crew opportunities.

Be Part Of The Racing Action At Cowes Week 2010
You don't need to be a professional sailor to race at Cowes Week. Each year, the world's best-known sailing regatta welcomes thousands of amateur sailors to race alongside Olympic medallists and World Champions. If you have some sailing experience and would like to join the 1,000 boat fleet under cannon fire from the historic and prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron, there are many ways to get involved.

The Cowes Week Crew Forum is a great way for sailors to secure a position on one of the competing boats. Just visit the Cowes Week website to register your details and view some of the available positions.

If you have less experience, both Sunsail and Ondeck have their own dedicated classes at Cowes Week and offer places for sailors of any ability on professionally skippered boats. The popular "Rock up and Race" programme run by Ondeck also means that you can turn up on-spec at the regatta and go racing for the day (although booking is recommended).

Recognising the increasing trend towards boat charter as a cost-effective way of getting afloat, there are many charter companies that can help you if you have a crew but no boat. Ondeck are the official charter supplier to the event, and details of other available boats are also posted on the Boats Forum on the Cowes Week website.

Jacques Simon
The Federation Francaise de Voile advises with great sadness that Jacques Simon passed away on 12 May 2010.

Jacques was Secretary General of the Federation Francaise de Voile from 1998 until 2001, and member of the FFVoile Executive Committee from 1997 until 2005. He also chaired the Appeal committee of the FFVoile for numerous years.

Jacques became an international judge in 1990, chairing an impressive number of international juries of competitions in France and around the world.

"It is with great sadness that the Federation Francaise de Voile reports that Jacques Simon, International Judge, has died, aged 64. He was a very kind man, actively involved in sailing, and he was appreciated by all, competitors, officials and organizers."

"We will miss him." commented the Federation Francaise de Voile

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