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Minoprio Wins World Match Racing Tour Stage 2
Adam Minoprio after winning Match Race Germany Photo by Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT. Click on image to enlarge.

World Match Racing Tour Langenargen, Germany: Mighty Mother Nature was Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing's best friend today as he took the Match Race Germany Trophy. The finals today at Stage 2 have been tortuous for the remaining racers. The wisps of wind that did strike the glassy lake today taunted the Tour's competitors.

A jubilant Minoprio and his team shared their joy, "It's unfortunate when no wind comes in. We felt we started sailing better as the regatta went on finishing the round robin on 8 wins with Richard and Williams. We have been fortunate enough today to take out the regatta".

Semi final stage was cut short at midday after no morning racing; Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team went through to the finals over a disappointed Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team at 2-1. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing cemented his finals spot after yesterday's score of 2-1 over 'birthday boy' Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team.

As the air temperature soared to 26 degrees so too did the tension on board the race boats. The yellow and black 'standby flag' hung limply on the race committee's boat which further infuriated the skippers who desperately needed action to be in with a champion chance.

By 16:00 hours the race committee stopped the dormant drifting and decided on a boat parade for the fans.

Travel plans will now shift to Korea Match Cup, Stage 3 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour happening at the beginning of June. This will be the first 2010 event outside of Europe and could see the likes of new hot shot Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team taking advantage of his previous regatta training at this unique venue that is also to host the Korean International Boat Show while the Tour event plays out.

Day 5: Overall Standings
1. Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing, 25 Points
2. Jesper Radich (SWE) Radich Racing Team, 20
3. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 15
4. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 12
5. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 10
6. Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing, 8
7. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge, 6
8. Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia, 4
9. Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo
10. Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing
11. Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing Team
12. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team

2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings (After Event 2 of 10)

1. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 40 Points
2. Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing, 33 Points
3. Jesper Radich (SWE) Radich Racing Team, 20 Points
- Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, 20 Points
5. Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia, 16 Points
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 16 Points
7. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra, 15 Points
8. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 10 Points
- Sebastian Col (FRA) ALL 4 ONE, 10 Points

Vendee - Saint Petersburg
Photo by Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Saint Petersbourg. Click on image to enlarge.

Vendee - Saint Petersburg The crew of Crepes Whaou 3 ! have won the first leg of the Vendee St-Petersburg by finishing just one minute and fifteen seconds ahead of Yves Le Blevec's Actual. This minute difference just proves how fierce the fight was between the two boats in this first leg.

Yves Le Blevec, on a boat that was revamped during the winter gave more than a hard time to the skipper, who has been leading the Multi50 class for several years. Crepes Whaou ! 3's victory is all the more outstanding, as achieved in spite of considerable opposition. For Franck-Yves Escoffier, as for the future of the class, this is in the end the best news they could have imagined for the start of the 2010 season.

The two multihulls must now undergo a certain number of customs formalities on Cronstadt Island before making their way to the port of St-Petersburg. This involves around five hours of sailing in order to reach the Yacht-Club pontoon.

The rest of the fleet is making good speed towards the entrance to the Gulf of Finland. Loïc Fequet's crew are due to finish on Monday night. The rest of the fleet is expected to reach the mouth of the Neva some time on Wednesday.

Finishing time for Crepes Whaou ! 3: Monday 24th May at 05hrs31'49" GMT
Finishing time for Actual: Monday 24th May at 05hrs33'04'' GMT

A Good Day For The Italians
Photo by Chris Cameron / ETNZ. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Three Italian boats featured today in some of the closest and most contentious racing in a very long day on the water at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena.

When the last race finished in fading light just after 8:00 pm local time, Mascalzone Latino was the top scoring Italian boat with a 2-1 record after losing today to All4One in a race that saw the umpires impose a red flag penalty on the local boat for a collision just before the weather mark. However she may be assessed a further scoring penalty - redress hearings are scheduled for Monday night. The Italian boat Azzurra won her first race of the series, beating Luna Rossa, and now has a 1-2 record. Luna Rossa's loss today puts her on 0-2.

The cleanest record of any of the ten international teams competing in matched America's Cup boats is the Swedish team Artemis with two wins and no losses.

Sardinia today offered up warm, sunny and windy conditions. The problem was not a lack of wind but a lack of consistent wind direction. Crews waited all day until the first of six match races started at 4:00 pm, local time.

Provisional win-loss leaderboard after Flight Nine (redress hearings are pending):

=1. Artemis, 2-0, 2 point
=1. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-1, 2 points
=1. All4One, 2-1, 2 points
=1. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 2-1, 2 points
=5. Emirates Team New Zealand, 1-0, 1 point
=5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 1-0, 1 point
=5. Azzurra, 1-2, 1 point
=5. TEAMORIGIN, 1-3, 1 point
=9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 0-2, 0 points
=9. Luna Rossa, 0-2, 0 points.

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Thirty Olympic Medallists Ready For Delta Lloyd Regatta
Medemblik, Netherlands: Thirty Olympic medallists are ready for the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2010. This 5th event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup has attracted a very talented field with numerous World Champions. The 2010 edition has set record high pre-entries in all classes including the 2.4, with a total of 707 boats from 53 countries. As usual, the largest fleets are in the Laser, RS:X men and 470 men. Racing will start on Wednesday May 26th and will conclude with the Medal race on Sunday May 30th.

The Dutch team will be present in all classes with many chances for medals. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (RS:X) and Thierry Schmitter (2.4) will defend their titles at home. Marit Bouwmeester who is leading the standings after a victory in Melbourne will try to add another SWC title. She will face 2009 winner Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) or 2010 Palma winner Tina Mihelic (CRO), among a talented field in the laser radial.

2009 Champions will be back to defend their title in ten out of the eleven Olympic and Paralympic classes competing in the Delta Lloyd Regatta, with the exception of the Star class. Blanca Manchon (ESP) in the RS:X and Ed Wright in the Finns will also aim to retain their 2009 World Cup title.

The Delta Lloyd Regatta will mark the come back to international competition this year for Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) in the Finn class, for Polish duo Matesz Kusznierewicz (2 Olympic medals) and Dominic Zycki in the Star or Double world Laser champion, Australian Tom Slingsby.

After claiming a Finn bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996, Roy Heiner (NED) had turned to match racing, Soling and Ocean racing. A recent and successful comeback to the Finn scene during the Dutch Open championship last September has motivated Heiner for more! He will participate in this year Delta Lloyd regatta in the Finns, fourteen years after his medal and retirement from the Finn scene.

As of Friday May 28, the Dutch company Mylaps will take care of the live 3D online tracing & tracking of the 470 competition and the Medal Races. The Medal Races will also be broadcast live from various camera angles. -- Corinne Mckenzie

Marco Buglielli and Mike Maier on top of Finn Masters
Photo of Peter Mosny by Robert Deaves. Click on image for photo gallery.

Finn Masters YC Labud, Split, Croatia: Italian National Secretary Marco Buglielli and the big Czech Michael Maier share the points lead after the first two races at the the 2010 Finn World Masters in Split, Croatia. With the sea breeze providing great sailing conditions, the two sailors took a first and a second each while other race wins went to local favourite Luksa Cicarelli (CRO) and Peter Mosny (SVK).

The 2010 Finn World Masters was official opened on Sunday evening outside YC Labud. After registration was complete the entry stood at 167 from 25 nations. Following presentations by Ivan Kuret, president of Organising Committee and Mario Negotic, head of the sports department of the City of Split, Fons van Gent, the Finn Masters President officially opened the championship. Earlier, Attila Szilvassy (HUN) had won the practice race in light to moderate conditions.

Monday started with a short postponement to allow the sea breeze time to build, and the first races got underway at 13.00 in 8-10 knots of breeze.

The wind had increased for the second race with Oscar flag flying at the start for free pumping downwind. Both fleets got away first time, though by the time the fleets had got to the first mark, the wind had decreased causing Romeo to be displayed.

Results after two races

1. Marco Buglielli, ITA, GM(50-59) 3 points
2. Michael Maier, CZE, M(40-49) 3
3. Michael Gubi, AUT, GM(50-59) 7
4. David Potter, GBR, M(40-49) 9
5. Lars Hall, DEN, GM(50-59) 10
6. Andre Budzien, GER, M(40-49) 12
7. Allen Burrell, GBR, M(40-49) 14
8. Alan Tucker, RSA, GGM(60-69) 16
8. Armano Zekan, CRO, M(40-49) 16
10. Jake Gunther, AUS, GM(50-59) 18
11. Wouter Molenaar, NED, GGM(60-69) 18
12. Julian Smith, GBR, M(40-49) 19
13. Bas de Waal, NED, M(40-49) 22
14. Francesco Faggiani, ITA, M(40-49) 25
15. Felix Denikaev, RUS, M(40-49) 25
16. Peter Mosny, SVK, M(40-49) 28
17. Attila Szilvassy, HUN, M(40-49) 28
18. Francesco Cinque, ITA, GM(50-59) 29
19. Franz Buergi, SUI, M(40-49) 29
20. Zsombor Majthenyi, HUN, 67, M(40-49) 29

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Liebherr Irish Cruiser Racing Association Nationals
Photo by David Branigan / Oceansport. Click on image for photo gallery.

Liebherr Irish Cruiser Racing Association Nationals The Championships concluded Sunday for all classes with the run of good luck holding up with winds of 10 knots and flat seas providing exciting and tight racing. After the first race was sailed today the fleets swapped courses and sailed on their alternative course for the second race adding variety and spice to the racing

Anthony O'Leary in Antix on 0.5 pts took the Class 0 IRC title by the slimmest of margins over Dave Dwyer's who had 10.5 pts. Marinerscove, sailed by Nicholas O'Leary, had two first places today as the lighter airs seemed to suit the Mills 39 a little better and Antix is giving her 40 seconds in the hour. Peter Rutter's Quokka 8 a British Commodore's Cup Team member had a third and second today but was very consistent throughout the event and was able to discard a 6th and this cemented his third place on 16 points.

On the whole there were no major surprises in the IRC results with just a couple of changes in placings, with a notable exception in Division One IRC ,with the emergence of Tony Fox's A35 Gringo to take second place. Gringo who was lying in sixth place yesterday, today scored two seconds and with a discard of 19 this was enough to bring him to second place. The winner, Rockabill, sailed by Mel Collins had five firstsand a second in the series in what was possibly, with 29 boats, the most competitive of the classes. The best of the J109s, Joker 2, was third.

In Class Two an interesting fact is that Corby 25s took places one two and three. The pre race favourite the Colwell/Murphy Kinetic took the trophy from two Cork boats, Denis Coleman in Thunderbird second and Vinny O'Shea in Yanks and ffrancs third.

In Class Three Flor O'Driscoll in Hard on Port lost his crown to the Faroux Quarter tonner Tiger of Joxer O'Brien and the Kenefick father and son pairing followed in third place by the quarter tonner Supernova from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. -- Claire Bateman

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Industry News
* Bristol, R.I., boatbuilder Goetz Custom Technologies filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Rhode Island.

According to court documents, filed last month, the company claims $950,000 in assets and about $3.5 million in liabilities. It lists nearly 100 creditors in its bankruptcy filing.

Last December, Goetz Custom Technology, owned by Eric Goetz, laid off its entire work force for the second time in 2009, as work came to a halt on an 82-foot racing sailboat at the center of a lawsuit, which is still pending.

The boat was being built for Aegir Racing Ltd., the legal entity created by a Scotsman who hired Goetz to build the Rogers 82 in August 2008 for more than $6 million. In October, Aegir filed a lawsuit against Goetz in U.S. District Court.

Aegir claims the boat has a structural problem, "in that some bulkheads and longitudinal beams have not been fabricated or installed in accordance with the plans."

Goetz denies that allegation. -- Soundings Trade Only,

* Composite engineering firm SP-High Modulus has appointed REJA Sp.z.o.o as sole distributor of its branded products in Poland.

SP says the appointment reinforces their long-term commitment to the Polish market, and that it will further enhance the service to Polish customers, both technically and commercially.

SP-High Modulus is the marine business of Gurit. The company currently supplies the superyacht market, high-performance custom, production and workboat sectors. -- International Boat Industry news,

* Sparkman & Stephens has announced the expansion of their Design Department to Newport, Rhode Island. Yacht design, naval architecture, and marine engineering services will be offered at both the New York and Newport locations starting June 1st.

The Newport team will be comprised of two talented naval architects, Brendan and Daniela Abbott. Brendan is a graduate of Webb Institute and an alumnus of Fontaine Design Group in Portsmouth, RI. Daniela is a graduate of Webb Institute, with a Masters Degree from the University of Southampton, and joined S&S in New York after beginning her career in the commercial field. The designers will be joining two knowledgeable S&S brokers currently based in Newport, Jeff Grey and A.J. Evans. Jeff also manages after-sales and refit services for S&S from the Newport location. In addition to permanent Newport staff, New York brokers will be regularly on site during the summer season to provide additional support to Northeast clientele. --

* For the third consecutive Volvo Ocean Race, Danish company Thrane & Thrane will play a vital role in delivering the close-up, onboard action to the millions of race fans around the world. The Copenhagen-based company will be the official sponsor of satellite and radio communications for the world's premier ocean race, which starts from Alicane in October 2011.

Thrane & Thrane's next generation SAILOR® FleetBroadband and VHF equipment will be onboard every cutting-edge Volvo Open 70 as they race the 39,270 nautical miles around the world.

Thrane & Thrane will supply new products including the world's first second generation FleetBroadband antenna. The SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband will be the central communication hub for each race team and will be used for uploading race footage, reports and interviews, which will be used in the production of television and online content. This equipment will also be used for downloading the weather data, which will be vital for competitive performance and all teams will benefit from true broadband communication throughout the entire track around the globe.

Every race boat, as well as the umpire fleet will be fully equipped with variants of the newly introduced and advanced SAILOR 6200 VHF series. This series is highly regarded by users due to its replay function and robust waterproof design, which makes it suitable for even the toughest marine environments.

The SAILOR 150 FleetBroadband will be used for crew voice calling and IP data while two SAILOR mini-C systems will be onboard for constant positioning data and global safety communication. --

* The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has named West Marine as an official supplier for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race.

On May 28, West Marine opens its new Newport Flagship West Marine store at 379 West Main Road in Middletown, RI. Almost three times larger than West Marine's former store on Connell Highway, the new store has a significantly larger inventory and a full-service rigging shop. The store is also home to two other West Marine operations, Port Supply and Professional Captain's Services.

The new store will provide free transportation for Newport Bermuda Race sailors between the Newport waterfront and the store during the week before the race start on June 18. -- John Rousmaniere,

Frank Dye
Frank Dye It is with great sadness that I inform you of the loss of the best-known Wayfarer ambassador ever likely to sail the boat, Frank Dye, who passed away peacefully on the 16th May. His name is as renowned as the boat itself, and he will always be remembered as the person who showed how seaworthy the boat is, and just what can be achieved in this incredible craft. Progress in boat materials and construction, navigation equipment, and clothing technology mean that his feats of sailing his wooden Wayfarer W48 on trips to Iceland and Norway will never be equaled, no matter what seas following generations of Wayfarer sailors attempt to cross.

It was Frank, with his wife Margaret, who started the tradition of the Wayfarer cruising rallies and the Winter Cruising Conference Weekend, both of which have grown to their present popularity from the humble beginnings of inviting a few friends to cross the Wash, and organizing a weekend around February for some fellow Wayfarer cruising enthusiasts to join him to discuss aspects of cruising. It is due to Frank initiating these events that Wayfarer Cruising has grown in (international) stature and importance to equal that of Wayfarer Racing - something that is completely unique to the Wayfarer, (and sister dinghy, the Wanderer), among dinghy classes.

Frank will be sorely missed by the many people who knew him - in person or by reputation - but his stature as the greatest dinghy cruiser there is likely to ever be, will live on in our minds and hearts. -- Ralph Roberts

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