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Provezza's Perfect Pair
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

WHAT Scarlino, Tuscany, Italy: Broad smiles around the Marina di Scarlino told the story of Races 3 and 4 for the 52 SUPER SERIES' Scarlino Cup and without doubt the most contented crew were that of Ergin Imre's Provezza. Not only did the Turkish flagged team win both races but they led at every mark, even the margins at times were mere metres. It was a nice early season payback to the hugely supportive and enthusiastic owner Imre who invested heavily through this last winter, ordering a new, stiffer rig and new foils and enhanced their sail programme in a clearly defined quest to stand on the podium at the end of this season.

With the 9-13kts breeze round more to the south than Day 1 there was an acknowledged advantage on the left side of the upwind, closer to the beneficial influence of the land.

Standings after four races:
1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) 11 points
2. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (4,9,1,1) 15
3. Platoon, GER (Harm Muller-Spreer GER) (5,2,3,6) 16
4. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennstrom SWE) (3,4,7,4) 18
5. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (2,5,8,5) 20
6. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (7,8,6,2) 23
7. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) (6,1,9,8) 24
8. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (9,6,2,7) 24
9. Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (8,7,5,9) 29
10. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (10,10,10,10) 40
11. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (11,11,11,11) 44

Where Continents Collide
Istanbul is an extraordinary collision of cultures, history, art and architecture. Europe meets Asia, ancient meets modern. The Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup, where racing at the 15th edition starts tomorrow (Friday, 27 May) and runs until Sunday, 29 May, has done much in its comparatively short life to build on the reputation of this remarkable location and to project the elements that make the city a "must-see", for anyone interested in the world history or culture, and the event a "must-do" on the international yacht-racing calendar.

For the 58 yachts gathered in Kalamis Marina on the north-eastern shore of the Marmara, at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus, three days of racing lie ahead. Friday and Sunday comprise short-course windward/leeward racing for the majority of the fleet, with a coastal course for two classes. On Saturday, 28 May everyone engages in the main event, the Race on the Bosphorus, where the course lies between two continents and offers not just the usual tactical challenge, but a test of navigational skill and concentration in the face of remarkable architectural and scenic distractions.

Delta Lloyd Regatta
For the third day in row competitors at the 2016 Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik had another different set of conditions to contend with. Early morning glassy water slowly changed into an onshore 7-12 knots. With all classes now including drop races, the form for the week is taking shape. In the 2016 Para Sailing World Championship, there are new leaders in the 2.4 Norlin OD and Sonar classes, while some of the favourites made great strides closer to the top across all three fleets.

The day started with a calm and windless IJsselmeer and definite prospects of lengthy postponements. In the end the first classes, the Laser, 2.4 Norlin OD, 49er and the Skud were released just after 12.00, some of them already nearly three hours behind schedule. Everyone knew it was going to be a long day. The Moth class didn't even start racing until after 17.00

For the Olympic classes, Friday is the last day of qualification before Saturday's medal races, while the Paralympic classes have two more races before Saturday's final race.

Top three by class:

470 Men
1. Simon Sivitz Kosuta / Jas Farneti, ITA, 6 points
2. Giacomo Ferrari / Giulio Calabro, ITA, 8
3. Sosaku Koizumi / Shinnosuke Mitsumori, JPN, 15

1. Diego Botin / Iago Lopez Marra, ESP, 34
2. Justus Schmidt / Max Boehme, GER, 44
3. Kevin Fischer / Yann Jauvin, FRA, 27

Laser Radial
1. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 8
2. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 17
3. Manami Doi, JPN, 22

1. Rutger van Schaardenburg, NED, 12
2. Jeemin Ha, KOR, 20
3. Juan I Maegli, GUA, 30

RS:X Men
1. Dorian van Rijsselberghe, NED, 15
2. Paul Rozier, FRA, 43
3. Aichen Wang, CHN, 47

RS:X Women
1. Lillian de Geus, NED, 32
2. Zofia Noceti Klepacka, POL, 34
3. Peina Chen, CHN, 39

2.4 Metre
1. Heiko Kroger, GER, 17
2. Matt Bugg, AUS, 17
3. Damien Seguin, FRA, 18

1. Monika Gibes / Piotr Cichocki, POL, 10
2. Daniel Fitzgibbon / Liesl Tesch, AUS, 19
3. Alexandra Rickham / Niki Birrell, GBR, 19

1. John Robertson / Hannah Stodel / Stephen Thomas, GBR, 14
2. Alphonsus Doerr / Hugh Freund / Kendell Brad, USA, 16
3. Lasse Klotzing / Jens Kroker / Siegmund Mainka, GER, 16

1. Ben Koppelaar, NED, 4
2. Sven Coster, NED, 6
3. Sven Kloppenburg, GER, 9

Third New Championship Leader In Three Days
Hayama, Japan: Three solid race results from Great Britain's Paul Goodison puts his name at the top of the leaderboard on day 3 at the 2016 YANMAR Moth World Championships in Hayama, Japan.

Goodison, the 2008 Olympic Gold medallist in the Laser Class, holds a 1 point advantage from overnight leader Chris Rashley (GBR), with third to Scott Babbage (AUS).

Increasing waves and a steady breeze of 13-15 knots rewarded those with experience in big sea conditions. Too much for some, as gear failure and physical fatigue forced them off the race track.

Goodison familiarized himself with the particular nuances of big waves in Hayama Bay yesterday, ratcheting up today's performance to score a 1,1,3, compared to Rashley's 3,2,2.

Top five after nine races, 1 discard:
1. Paul Goodison, GBR, 16 points
2. Chris Tashley, GBR, 17
3. Scott Babbage, AUS, 23
4. Josh McKnight, AUS, 42
5. Rob Gough, AUS, 43

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Seahorse June 2016
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Locals Vying For Three Remaining Slots At World Match Racing Tour Newport
Eight teams, two of them with Rhode Island skippers and crews, will be sailing this Thursday through Saturday at Sail Newport in the Newport Match Race, a qualifier event to see who will win the three remaining berths of 20 available at next week's World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Newport.

Rhode Island skippers entering the qualifying series are Malcolm Gefter (Newport) and Michael Dominguez (Barrington). With their respective Lift Off and Bronco crews, Gefter and Dominguez are members of the M32 Fleet established in Newport in 2014, so their relatively long tenure in the speedy catamarans should serve to their advantage.

The qualifiers entail match racing exclusively, while the main event next week calls for two days of fleet racing in order to get the seeding for the knock-out match racing rounds.

By Wednesday, only 16 teams, called the "Super 16," will be left, and Craig Mitchell will rack them into a tennis-type ladder for the first-to-three-points match racing elimination that continues through Thursday. "Eight teams go to the quarter finals (Friday), and in the end the first seed sails the second seed in the finals. Those are scheduled for Saturday (June 4, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) after Semi-Finals the same day. An Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of racing at Fort Adams.

Skippers in the Newport Match Race Qualifier:

- David Gilmour (Perth, Australia)
- Malcolm Gefter (Newport, R.I.)
- Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
- Torvar Mirsky (Pittwater, NSW, Australia)
- Michael Dominguez (Barrington, R.I.)
- Michael Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.)
- Anna Ostling (Gothenburg, Sweden)
- Chris Steele (Auckland, New Zealand)

Industry News
At a specially called General Meeting last Friday, Yachting Australia's Member State & Territory Associations unanimously approved the change of the company's name to Australian Sailing. The change of name embodies the most significant organisational reforms in the sport's history which are in the final stages of delivery.

President Matt Allen said that changing the name was not just a branding exercise but makes a clear statement of intent that the organisational reforms well underway are about Sailing gearing itself to compete as a successful sport in Australia.

"Over the past 18 months, Yachting Australia and our Member State Associations have made a huge undertaking in changing to a national governance and streamlined management structure, so we can work with our network of clubs and classes to build a strong and sustainable sport. "

The change was proposed after consultation by Yachting Australia with the Member Yachting Associations and clubs. A new contemporary script has been used with a repositioning of the sail/wave logo. The name is effective immediately and will be rolled out progressively. There is no change to the Australian Sailing Team name or logo, representing the performance pathway.


Nautor's Swan has announced the signing of an exclusive new Agent for Japan: Riviera. The agreement is related to sales and maintenance of Swans in the land of the rising sun.

As current owners and operators of what have truly been for 50 years some of Japan's top marinas and resorts, together with the iconic Riviera Country Club and the Riviera Tennis Club in Los Angeles, with a broad portfolio spanning internationally acclaimed restaurants in Tokyo, Shanghai and LA, elegant wedding facilities, exclusive members-only sports clubs, Riviera and especially its flagship Zushi Marina, continues to be named the "location of choice" for photo sessions for new models of many of the world's top automobiles.


The Island Sailing Club (ISC), organisers of the prestigious annual Round the Island Race off the Isle of Wight, has appointed Catalyst Consultants to act as its commercial partnerships agency.

Catalyst is working with the ISC developing the commercial programme for the 2017 race onwards. Catalyst is undertaking a commercial review of how the Round the Island Race is structured as a brand partnerships platform and developing a new commercial programme and brand proposition to take the race forward, not only as one of the great sailing events and yacht racing spectacles but as a major mass participation sports brand.


No less than fifteen international sailing publications, spanning nine countries and four continents, have signed media partnership agreements with the Yacht Racing Forum.

May 25, 2016 - The leading annual conference for the business of yacht racing is pleased to announce that fifteen media partnership agreements have been signed with leading international sailing publications spanning nine countries and four continents.

The Forum's media partners are Seahorse Magazine, Skippers, The Sailing Black Book, Course au Large, Cuplegend, Yachts and Yachting,, Baad Magasinet,, Sailing Magazine, Scuttlebutt Europe, Yacht Russia, YachtFilm.TV, Nautical Channel and Wave Magazine.

The Yacht Racing Forum 2016 will take place on November 28 - 29 in Malta; it will be co-hosted by Yachting Malta and Yachting / Events. Preparations for the event continue at fast pace, with great interest from partners and exhibitors. The draft conference schedule is also nearing completion, and will be disclosed before the summer.


Massimo Dighe, a London 2012 Paralympic sailor, has been appointed as Para World Sailing Manager for World Sailing, the governing body of the sport.

Dighe campaigned in the Sonar for London 2012, sailing alongside Antonio Squizzato and Paola Protopapa. After finishing 12th at London 2012, Dighe joined the former IFDS Athletes' Council before his appointment to the Para World Sailing Committee in 2015.

The Italian will start work at World Sailing's Executive Office in early July and will be responsible for promoting and developing Para World Sailing with the objective of sailing being reinstated to the 2024 Paralympic Games.

In addition, Dighe will be responsible for managing and building key relationships within World Sailing and the International Paralympic Committee, integrating Para World Sailing into the Sailing World Cup and supporting the development of the sport from development programs and race officials. -- Daniel Smith, World Sailing,


The Maritime Skills Academy is launching its new state-of-the-art Marine Survival Complex on 20 June.

Based in Whitfield near Dover, the new complex will enable the academy to extend the number of courses it offers. This includes a wide portfolio of MCA accredited Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) courses.

The Maritime Skills Academy aims to provide vital training for the maritime industry.

In-house trainers offer both open and bespoke training courses for the global maritime industry, including cruise ships, superyachts, renewable support vessels and the oil and gas sector. The complex will be officially opened by Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, chief executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, alongside Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN director general, Seafarers UK.


IMOCA Ocean Masters is pleased to announce Swiss watch brand Delma as Official Timekeeper for the New York Vendee Race presented by Currency House and SpaceCode.

Founded in 1924, Delma has been manufacturing high-quality, mechanical ladies' and gents' timepieces in Lengnau, Switzerland for ninety-two years.

In 1975 Delma elevated its collection to new heights with the introduction of the Delma Shell Star, its first professional diver's watch.

The Shell Star proved to be a landmark for the company and a legacy for diver's watches produced to date, brought to culmination with the Delma Santiago Blue Shark that features a water-resistance to 3000 meters. The 2016 collection pays tribute to the heritage of the original Shell Star and Delma's diver's watch tradition with the relaunch of the Delma Shell Star and the Santiago Blue Shark II.


Ocean Safety, specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, are supporting Team Challenge Racing's 2016-18 campaign.

TCR is an offshore youth training programme which develops young sailors on the pathway to becoming ocean racing's top sailors.

Ocean Safety has signed up as an Official Supplier to the two year campaign which involves a busy programme of offshore races on a Solent-based Farr 52 which includes the 2017 Fastnet Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.

Ocean Safety's team is amongst the UK's leading consultants and safety training advisors.

TCR's selected crew, aged 17 to 25 of which there are 50/50 male and female, are amongst the top youth sailors in Great Britain. The team is managed by Southampton Business School Director Paul Bennett and skipper Charlie Ellis (17)

The Farr 52 has championed many young sailors over recent years who have gone on to race at top level including the Volvo Ocean Race and other high profile events.


Solent Refit in the UK has secured a 30-year lease on the shipyard and is now seeking to improve the facilities further. The expansion plans include waterfront offices that will overlook the Southampton estuary.

The company hopes the new space will give clients, guests and subcontractors a place to work and carry out project meetings in a modern and relaxed surrounding. There will also be a lounge area and a gym for crew and guests.

In addition, the opening of a chandlery on site to service the surrounding area is also in the pipeline.

The 10,000sq m undercover working halls can house around 10 vessel of 30m, 2 yachts of 45m and 2 units of 65m outside. In 2008 the facility had a £1m new roof installed.


McConaghy has appointed The Multihull Group (TMG) as their exclusive multihull agent in Australia and New Zealand

McConaghy released their new line of sailing catamarans at Boot Dusseldorf 23 January 2016. Designed by Jason Ker, the series will initially include 50', 60' and 90' high performance cruising catamarans. McConaghy and Ker have collaborated for many years on racing and cruising yacht projects. Ker's experience with BAR Racing (Britain's America's Cup race team) have put them at the very leading edge of multihull design, which combined with their undoubted styling ability, made them a natural choice.

TMG has offices throughout Australia and forms part of the Windcraft Group of companies.

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