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Beyou Shines In The Light
Jeremie Beyou. Click on image to enlarge.

After three days of twists and turns in teasingly light conditions in the Bay of Biscay, Jeremie Beyou on Maitre CoQ won the inaugural New York - Vendee (Les Sables d'Olonne) Race presented by Currency House and SpaceCode at 14:37:52 (French time) today (Wednesday).

The race was won by one of French sailing's favourite sons. The 39-year-old skipper from Lorient, who learned to sail with his father in the Bay of Morlaix in Brittany, showed why he regards this stretch of water as his playground.

With the spotlight on them ahead of the start of the 2016-17 Vendee Globe in November, Beyou held off the challenge from his fellow French sailor, Sebastien Josse (Edmond de Rothschild), who should finish second later today, ahead of British sailor, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss).

Beyou covered the course in 9 days 16 hours 57 minutes and 52 seconds. He sailed 3,460 miles at an average speed of 14.85 knots. Except for two brief spells, Beyou has led the race since he deposed Thomson on Saturday afternoon. His advantage was never greater than 30.9 miles, but it was notable that of the three he happily declared that he was used to managing leads of 0.3 of a mile for four days and he relished this close-quarter combat.

Rankings 8 June 2016 At 15.15 BST

1. Jeremie Beyou (Maitre CoQ): Finished on 08/06 at 13.37.52 BST in 9 days 16h 57' 52''
2. Sebastien Josse (Edmond De Rothschild) : 13.6nm to the finish
3. Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) : +18.1nm
4. Paul Meilhat (SMA) : +179.2nm
5. Vincent Riou (PRB) : +255nm
6. Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives Coeur) : +268.2nm
7. Kojiro Shiraishi (Spirit of Yukoh) : +296.6nm
8. Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Matmut) : +357.6nm
9. Morgan Lagraviere (Safran) : +934.7nm
10. Yann Elies (Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir) : +963.5nm
11. Jean-Pierre Dick (StMichel-Virbac) : +994.4nm
12. Conrad Colman (100% Natural Energy) : +1328.3nm
13. Pieter Heerema (No Way Back) : +1332nm
Abd. Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire VIII)

Hobie 16 Worlds
Today is the first day in the 21st Hobie 16 World Championships Open Semi Finals and those that made the cut will be joined by the pre qualified sailors from around the world to wage their campaign for the coveted title of World Champion. It's time to get serious!

Currently outside, the clouds have lifted and we have blue skies and a temperature of 26ºC (79ºF) at 6:30am. The Dapeng New District is expecting a maximum of 29ºC (90ºF) but it will be hot and humid and feel more like 39ºC (102ºF). The UV factor is once again sitting in the high range.

Wind is predicted to blow SSE at a rate of 6-12kts and it looks like we have a great day of racing ahead of us.

Qualifying Series top ten:

1. Robert Andrews / Haylie Andrews, AUS, 14 points
2. Byeong Ki Park / Hae Kwang Youn , KOR, 29
3. Paul Darmanin / Lucy Copeland, AUS, 37
4. Benjamin Roulant / Jessica Nuel, FRA, 44
5. Campbell Weddell / Sam Norris, AUS, 46
6. Auxence Thomas / Olivier Dorin, NC, 48
7. Murray Peterson / Natalie Gray, AUS, 59
8. Katie Peterson / Sharon Rayner, AUS, 68
9. Ario Subagio / Sahmad Mustad, IND, 70
10. Nina Curtis / Haylee Outteridge, AUS, 71

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No Change But A Long Statement
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.

Despite qualifying in ten Olympic classes and three Paralympic classes, New Zealand will only be represented in seven Olympic classes and one Paralympic class in the Rio Olympics in August 2016. Appeals were lodged with the Sports Disputes Tribunal in respect of the Womens Windsurfer (RS:X) and Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial), a third competitor in the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) exited the YNZ program after funding disputes in 2015. An SDT Appeal was prepared but withdrawn just before the Hearing in respect of one of the Paralympic classes.

YNZ's statement

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Celebrates 150 Years
Royal Ulster Yacht Club is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year with a number of events both afloat and on shore. Starting on 17th June there is the Randox Health Sigma 33 UK and Ireland National Championships. With twenty boats already entered from around the UK and Ireland this promises to be a keenly fought title.

The following weekend is the Randox Health Anniversary Keelboat Weekend incorporating the Ulster Quarter Ton Championship. The quarter tonners are enjoying the same revival in Northern Ireland that is being seen around the British Isles. We are also hoping to welcome many of the classic yachts that started life on Belfast Lough such as the Mylne designed Rivers and Glens from Strangford Lough YC as well as the famous Howth 17s. Other well-known yachts expected are Dickie Gomes' Ain Mara, Sceptre and Tern. The established one-design classes such as RS Elites, Sigma 33s and the local Bay and Waverley classes will also be competing in the event

The Club's Annual Regatta on Saturday 25th will follow a Sail Past the Club. On the Cruising front members of RUYC will join the Irish Cruising Club and Clyde Cruising Club for a Cruise-in-Company to the Western Isles. There is to be a full social programme to complement all the activity on the water.

Royal Ulster YC was the club from which Sir Thomas Lipton mounted his challenges for the America's Cup and we continue to present a trophy in his memory to club of the winning challenger. The current holder is the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Nord Stream Race
After a short pit stop in Helsinki, which included a press conference, a BBQ, several visits to the sauna and shower as well as some very precious minutes of badly needed sleep, the participants have started leg two of Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016. At 18:45 local time BRONENOSEC, TSAAR PETER and SPIRIT OF EUROPE crossed the start line just off the Helsingfors Segelklubb in Helsinki. A little behind followed SGM and PETITE FLAMME.

They are now facing 560 nautical miles of open Baltic Sea that they have to master. It will be fascinating to see what different tactics the boat's navigators are going to implement. Will they keep close to each other or try and move away from the fleet in order to find the perfect breeze that will bring them all the way to Warnemunde?

1. Team Bronenosec-Russia, Sergey Borodinov, 16h 35m 20s
2. Team Spirit of Europe-Europe, Tim Kroger, 16h 38m 47s
3. Team SGM-Germany, Alexander Holstein, 16h 56m 20s
4. Team Tsaar Peter-Finland, Samuli Leisti, 17h 3m 31s
5. Team Petite Flamme-Great Britain, Adrian Lower, 17h 51m 40s

Seahorse July 2016
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

First test first taste
Without a really good high mode you’re going to find yourself in trouble... says Rob Weiland

Hidden world - Part 2
The first prototype SuperFoiler is in build and Pete Melvin and JB Braun are excited

Quiet history, growing story
It’s cold out there in the wilderness but now DSS is going mainstream. Hugh Welbourn and Gordon Kay

The same but (very) different
Paul Hakes is no longer trying to hide what lies beneath - quite the opposite

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Prince Michael Of Kent Official Race Starter For The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race
The Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, is delighted that Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, has been confirmed as the Race Starter for the 2016 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday, 2nd July 2016.

Prince Michael will join Race officials on the Royal Yacht Squadron platform to commence the spectacular starting sequence and fire the cannon signifying the first of eleven class starts at 0830.

Prince Michael is not competing in the Race and is visiting the Isle of Wight to carry out a number of official visits.

Entries have now started to ramp up and are currently at 1,140 - a J/105 Jos of Hamble registered at #1,000.

In amongst those boats jostling for position in the second Class start at 0840 on July 2nd (Multihulls Grand Prix and MOCRA Racing (LOA 9.15m and over) are a number of well-known names not least of which are the MOD 70 multis; the duelling duo Phaedo^3 and Concise 10.

June 22nd is the third and final web Q&A and your chance to quiz expert panelists on their top tips for final Race preparations, start tactics and things to watch out for and avoid! To replay the previous two sessions and/or join the last session on June 22nd at 1300hrs,

RORC Morgan Cup Course: Cowes-Dieppe
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the prestigious Morgan Cup Race, which will finish in Dieppe for the first time since 2013. The 130-150 mile race marks the half-way stage in the championship.

Dieppe is the mostly easterly destination of any of the RORC races starting from Cowes, with stronger tides adding an additional flavour to the strategic mix. Highly changeable weather is forecast for the early part of the race, with a fresh westerly breeze anticipated in the latter. Competitors can expect a warm welcome at the Cercle de la Voile de Dieppe (CVD) and Dieppe is also well known for its superb seafood restaurants and the 17th century Chateau de Dieppe, now a museum with a strong maritime collection.

Racing under the IRC Rating System, a wide variety of yachts will be racing from Great Britain, France and the Netherlands. IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered by Mikey Ferguson is the hot favourite for Line Honours. In IRC One, Edward Broadway's Ker 40, Hooligan VII is the fastest yacht on IRC rating. RORC Committee member, Michel Peretie, will be racing his new French JND39, Stamina while RORC Vice Commodore Steven Anderson, racing Corby 40 Cracklin Rosie, is relishing the prospect of resuming the battle with past RORC Commodore Mike Greville, racing his Ker 39 Erivale III.

An experimental tracker using AIS will be available at the RORC Web site

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* From John Burnie: In view of all the recent accolades for Phil Sharpe in the latest Seahorse I am reminded of an email letter I wrote to several people including Seahorse in 2011. I was based in Guadeloupe at the time running a Swan Charter business there. It does not surprise me at all that when Phil does take to the water in his IMOCA 60 in the Vendee it will not be under the auspices of any British sponsor. Ironically Phil remains loyal to the image - even posting the title on one of his recent blogs "Doing it for Britain".

Below is the email I wrote

I have constantly tried to put the "flag up" for Phil Sharp (who stayed with me in Guadeloupe where I gladly allowed him to abuse my laundry, telephone and internet connection for about a month) following his Class 40 win after the Route Du Rhum in 2006. Phil was totally self funded, in a basic Class 40 boat, beating highly sponsored top professionals like Gidas Morvan into second place by nearly two days.

He's a star solo sailor this lad - he has won (or done very well) in rather a lot of solo races over a number of years and quite frankly has received pretty poor recognition or sponsorship in return. Its still amazes me that the Artemis Sailing Academy chose Sam Goodchild who (indubitably ticks all the boxes as a great sailor / but may sail in Phil's wake for some years to come) rather than selecting this obvious winner. So it really does not come as a surprise to me that Phil has easily beaten the Artemis first choice in every race so far – he exudes that certain quality and toughness required in class single handed sailors. Simon Rogers will recall I flagged him as a serious potential replacement for Brian Thompson to run his Vendee yacht of the moment. (Jonny Malbon was selected instead) "Les Jeunes Frogs" on the solo circuit revere Phil's ability - so I am at a loss to understand why so few people in the UK have yet recognised his potential.

Does anyone know some organisation / person who might take some better interest in this young / potential winner? And please let him / them be British!

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