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Tornado World Championship
Lindau, Bodensee, Germany: Sun, wind and rain on and off - these were the ingredients of the weather kitchen on Monday, the second race day of the world championship of the Tornado class in Lindau.
The third race started at 2 pm with southerly winds. Already on the second downwind leg the fleet was far stretched over the whole course. A sudden wind change led to 90 degree course adjustment in the third and last round. A shortening of the course is not allowed by class rules.
The Greeks Nikolaos Mavros and Alexandros Tagarapoulos got the bullet. They couldn't finish yesterday the first race, but came third in the second race. Todays second was the Australian Brett Burvill and his crew, the 14 year old Estela Jentsch from Bavarian Segelclub Fussen/Forggensee (SCFF). Third came today Denise and Kurt Waibel from Yacht-Club Hard (Austria), which benefited from the advantage of their homefield.
After the boats were waiting in idle position for wind until 5 pm the race officers Paul Bastard and Markus Gielen decided to have no more races today.
Races will be continued on Tuesday.
Tornado Worlds 2016, Lindauer Segler-Club, Lake Constance
Results after 3 of 10 races (32 crews from 11 nations):
1. Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis, GRE, 6 points
2. Bob und Marc Baier, GER (Fussen), 14
3. Brett Burvill/Estela Jentsch, AUS/GER, 14
4. Bill Caunce/Aaron Duncan, NZL, 20
5. Gavin Colby/Billy Leonard, AUS, 21
6. Maria Tsaousidou/Michalis Papadopoulos, GRE, 26
Full results: tornadoworlds-2016.lsc.de/results/
Hobie 16 Worlds
The final battle between the world's best Hobie Cat® sailors was fought out on Dapeng Bay in China yesterday, in the final two races of the 21st Hobie 16 World Championships.
Going in to the day's racing Daniel Bjornholt Christensen (DEN) had an 8 point buffer and was holding onto an amazing 5 point drop, which meant that Mick Butler (AUS) needed a minimum of two races, and luck to go his way in both, to have a chance to move ahead of the Dane.
At the start of the final race, Fletcher Warren-Myers (AUS) sat on 34 points, Butler had 35 points, Orion Martin was on 36 and Benjamin Brown (USA) was also in contention with 39.
Martin kept making the right choices and rounded every mark on the course with a strong lead. It was the third race victory in a row for the impressive Frenchman, who finished the regatta brilliantly to take out second place in the world championship along with his crew Nadine Wieland. After a consistent performance throughout the finals series, third place went to an excited Australian husband and wife team Fletcher and Georgia Warren-Myers.
Final top ten
1. Daniel Bjornholt / Josephine Frederiksen, DEN, 28
2. Orion Gilles Martin / Nadine Wieland FRA, 37
3. Fletcher Warren-Myers / Georgia Warren-Myers, AUS, 43
4. Michael Butler / Bonnie Butler, AUS, 46
5. Rod Waterhouse / Brigit Waterhouse, AUS, 49
6. William Edwards / Lucinda Edwards, RSA, 52
7. Benjamin Roulant / Jessica Nuel , FRA, 58
8. Robert Andrews / Haylie Andrews, AUS, 60
9. Leo Belouard / Theo Bore, NC, 60
10. Benjamin Brown / Emily Rathburn, USA, 63
Dubarry Crosshaven - Preferred By Professionals
For most of us, it's the ultimate contest of man and machine against nature. For Dubarry, it's R&D. After supplying its ever-green Shamrock boot to the professional crew of Ireland's Green Dragon entry in a 2008-09 round the world race, Dubarry's most fanatical designers listened, developed, tested, listened some more, tweaked, analysed and tested again. The result was the Crosshaven boot.
When Green Dragon arrived in Galway at the end of leg 7 for the best party the race has ever seen, elbowing their way through the "craic addicts" was Dubarry's research team, wanting yet more feedback. Their finishing touches sealed the Crosshaven's reputation as the offshore professional's boot of choice. Where's the proof of that? Professional teams chose Crosshaven in the 2011-12 and 2014-15 round the world races.
Dubarry Crosshaven - Born at sea
Youth Match Racing Worlds
Noumea, New Caledonia: Day one of the 2016 Youth Match Racing World Championship opened with a perfect start for the local crew of Cyril Fortin, Kim Goetz, Jeremy Picot in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Held at the Cercle Nautique Caledonien (CNC) from 14-18 June, the ten competing teams sailed in a 20-25 knot breeze gusting up to 30 knots with 27 matches in the Elliott 6m keelboats completed on the first day.
Seeded #6 in the Youth Match Racing World Championships, local crew, skippered by Cyril Fortin won five out of five races including wins over the Australian crew of Harrison Price, seeded #2 and World #30, and the American crew of Christopher Killian, seeded #3, World #33.
The perfect start for the local puts them on top of the leaderboard going in to the second day with the schedule set to continue with the round robin stage. All crews will meet twice before eight teams advance to the quarterfinal stage to fight it out to be crowned Youth Match Racing World Champion.
Australian Sailing Congratulates Recipients Of 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours
Australian Sailing congratulates members of the sailing community who have been recognised in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for their contribution to our sport.
One of Australia's best-known sailors, John Bertrand AM has been honoured as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Widely recognised for his success as the skipper of "Australia II" in the America's Cup in 1983, John has had a long and successful association with sailing in Australia and internationally, raising the profile of our sport and displaying great sportsmanship over many years.
Gordon Ingate receives a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for services to sailing.
Gordon has an enormously long sailing history both in Australia and internationally, having sailed for more than 75 years and has proudly represented his country in some of the most prestigious international events.
Robert Silberberg has been recognised with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for services to sailing.
A long term sailing administrator and well known in Tasmania, Bob has been a member of Port Dalrymple Yacht Club since 1966, was Commodore and Vice Commodore during the 1980s and 1990s and has held many Committee positions with the Club.
Old Pulteney Scottish IRC Championship
In a far from straightforward fight on the Clyde, the Thomson brothers' Swan 40 Sloop John T overcame the opposition to take the Old Pulteney Scottish IRC Championship for a second time.
Once more the weather played ball for the Mudhook Yacht Club Regatta near Helensburgh - grey it may have been, but a solid, if slightly light, easterly breeze stayed put throughout and made for two very competitive races.
As it turned out, day two was not all that it could be for Team Sloop - but a robust performance on day one was to pay dividends and the comfort afforded by two firsts and a second, defined the winner in the end.
Remaining consistent throughout, though, Carmen II, the Jeffrey/Scutt owned First 36.7, was never out of the mix and a series of good results across the weekend gave them the runner up class spot.
The only scoresheet which, after discards, showed a full set of firsts for a single boat, however, was to be found in the CYCA class. Near faultless sailing by the well-honed Sigmatic crew aboard Donald McLaren's Sigma 33 gave them an emphatic overall victory.
Overall results after five races (one discard applied) Old Pulteney Mudhook Regatta, incorporating Scottish IRC Championship:
1. Sloop John T (I&G Thomson, Clyde Cruising Club) 1,2,1,2 6 points
2. Carmen II (Jeffrey/Scutt, Helensburgh Sailing Club) 3,1,2, 2 8 pts
3. Now or Never 3 (N Sandford, Fairlie Yacht Club) 4,3,1,1 9 pts
1. Diablo (I Marshall, Royal Gourock Yacht Club) 1,1,1,2 5 pts
2. Hero (G Howison, RGYC) 2,2,1,1 6 pts
3. Defiance (T,S&R Lang, RGYC) 3,3,5,2 13 pts
1. Sigmatic (D McLaren, HSC) 1,1,1,1 4 pts
2. Busy Beaver (Bradshaw/Gallacher) 2,1,2,2 7 pts
3. Enigma (M&H Morrison, Mudhook YC) 2,3,3,2 10 pts
1. Carpe Diem (M Macdonald, RNCYC) 2,1,1,1 5 pts
2. Siglette (C Macdonald, Royal Northern and Clyde YC) 1,1,2,3 7 pts
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Andrej Justin (SLO)
'Brave, innovative but smart' - Dmytro Kudryavtsev; 'two great boats, the RC44 and L30, no further comment needed' - Hasso Ambroselli; 'The L30 (above) is a great contribution to sailing' - Alex Ivanov; 'The L30 really is a very clever idea' - Alex Dabrovski; 'Boats like the L30 are the future' - Yuri Vlasenko; 'Andrej is such a talented designer but he deserves wider attention' - Torsti Pullola; 'He has also had a strong influence in sailing in the Ukraine' - Alex Molatai; 'He is unafraid to follow his instincts' - Andrey Nazximko.
This month's nominees:
It started as a new race that he wanted to do himself, but very quickly the event that he created - the 2018 Golden Globe, for serious Corinthian singlehanded racers - took off so fast that this former BOC Challenge skipper will now stay ashore as organiser. With two years still to go, there are already 35 serious expressions of interest and 25 confirmed entries for a race that has fired huge energy into the non-professional solo racing scene
Another solo event that historically attracted both the very best sailors as well as a sometimes quirky fleet of yachts was the Transat. But, started in 1960, the race had quietly faded from public consciousness as higher-profile events like the Route du Rhum and Vendee Globe stepped in. New Volvo Race CEO Mark Turner - a bit of a traditionalist - was not prepared to see the event die and fought to save it. The 2016 edition was a pleasing vindication of his efforts
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Team Germany Wins Nord Stream Invitational Race
As the first of the competitors, Team Germany on board SY "SGM" crossed the finish line of the second leg of the Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016 in Warnemunde at 02:58 AM on Friday morning, 10th June, having sailed nonstop for 3 days, 8 hours and 13 minutes on their way from the Finish capital of Helsinki.
Combined with their 3rd place in leg one from St. Petersburg to Helsinki it makes them the overall winners of the 5th edition of this Baltic Offshore Challenge. "As a pure amateur crew who have never sailed in this constellation before, our expectations were not as high as standing here now holding this trophy", said an overjoyed skipper Alexander Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein at the prize giving.
Wind blowing with up to 25 knots, temperatures in the single-digit range but also nerve-racking stretches of dead calm - the Baltic Sea with all its demanding weather conditions tested the participants to their limits on the overall 700 nautical mile long course from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki and further on to Warnemunde.
Nord Stream Race 2016 - Overall Results
1. Team SGM-Germany, Alexander Holstein
2. Team Spirit of Europe-Europe, Tim Kroger
3. Team Bronenosec-Russia, Sergey Borodinov
4. Team Tsaar Peter-Finland, Samuli Leisti
5. Team Petite Flamme-Great Britain, Adrian Lower
Yes, That Is A Chicken On The Boat
Monique has spent the last two years sailing across the world with a 24-year-old Frenchman. The two have traveled through the Caribbean and the Arctic and are currently docked somewhere in Greenland.
Monique met the man, Guirec Soudee, in the Canary Islands in May 2014 and they have been sailing together ever since.
"She fears nothing, just like me!" Soudee told the New York Daily News. "She likes adventure. She loves to visit the boats, which are our neighbors, and jump into the Arctic Ocean, which is 2 degrees by now."
Also, she's a chicken.
In an interview with BBC News, Soudee said he connected with Monique instantly when he met her.
"She was only about four or five months old then, and had never left the Canary Islands," he said. "I didn't speak any Spanish and she didn't speak any French, but we got along."
The two now live on Soudee's 39-foot boat. While he sails, Monique roams the deck or relaxes in her hutch, laying an average of six eggs per week.
Soudee plans to make a documentary about his voyage, and he is also crowdfunding a series of illustrated children's books about it.
Soudee's website says he and Monique next plan to cross the Northwest Passage or the Northeast Passage, then hit the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
Sir Robin Weighs In On Brexit
Record-breaking yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston today revealed he supports staying in the EU - and fired a broadside at "lies coming out of the Brexit campaign".
In an interview with the Evening Standard, the sailor said Britain would be "mad" to walk out of the European Union and inflict damage on the economy.
"We know where we are with the EU," he said. "We also know there's a general feeling in Europe now that it needs modifying. I think we are far better being on the inside to help with that."
Sir Robin, 77, revealed that he had already cast a postal vote for Remain after concluding that the economic shock of leaving would sink hundreds of hard-working small businesses.
His decision may surprise fans to whom he epitomises a go-it-alone spirit as the first person to sail non-stop single-handed around the globe in 1969.
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