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Phaedo 3 Breaks Race Multihull Record
Cowes, Isle of Wight: This year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island will go down in history as a windy edition of the event. Having shattered the multihull race record in the MOD70 trimaran Phaedo 3, in a time of 2 hours 23 minutes, 23 seconds, owner Lloyd Thornburg and skipper Brian Thompson have stepped ashore to give their first interviews.

"Today was incredible - one of the best sails we've ever had on the boat and the sun really shone on us," says Thornburg. "We're over the moon, the team work on board was fantastic and it was just on the edge where we could keep the full main up, so the boat was totally powered up. Reaching and downwind it was right on the edge."

"It was a beautiful day out there," adds Thompson, "but not the perfect conditions for the fastest trip ever. Had we been able to reach the Needles without tacking we might have finished 10 minutes faster, but that would be a really special day."

The largest monohull in the fleet, Mike Leopard's 100ft Leopard, took monohull line honours, but failed to beat the record time he set in 2013 by 13 minutes. -- Rupert Holmes

Gladiator Wins 2016 Gold Roman Bowl
The provisional winner of the race's biggest prize, the Gold Roman Bowl for the first IRC boat on corrected time has been announced as Bernard Langley's TP52 Gladiator. She powered around the course to become the second monohull to finish, crossing the line less than four and a half hours after her start.

Gladiator's owner, Tony Langley, is currently racing his other TP52 in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, but his three children, Tom, Charlotte and Bernard all sailed on board today, the latter as helmsman.

"It was a windy and rough race," says boat captain Brett Aarons, "especially in the overfalls off St Catherine's and Dunnose. It was very wet, both on deck and below." Nevertheless the team never held back, hoisting the A3 spinnaker at the Needles, before peeling to the A4 at St Catherine's Point and hitting speeds of 20-24 knots.

Although the top four places overall went to high-budget campaigns, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race has always been one in which amateur sailors and those with possibly shallower pockets can excel. Paul Dunstan's modest 25ft Folkboat from 1974 was one of the best placed smaller boats this year, taking ninth place overall on corrected time and second place in IRC Division 3D to Andy Shaw's Flying Boat.

Observer Trophy & JPMAM Trophy - First Monohull to finish
Leopard - Mike Slade

Gold Roman Bowl & Jpmam Salver - First Overall IRC
Gladiator - Bernard Langley

Silver Roman Bowl & Jpmam Salver - Second Overall IRC
Invictus - Sir Keith Mills

Royal Thames Challenge Trophy & Jpmam Salver - Third O/A IRC
Tokoloshe II - Michael Bartholomew

Royal London Challenge Cup & Jpmam Salver - Fourth O/A IRC
Yes! - Adam Gosling

J. P. Morgan Trophy - First Overall Irc Group 0
Gladiator - Bernard Langley

Owen Parker Memorial Trophy - First Overall IRC Group 1
Yes! - Adam Gosling

Raymarine Rir Young Sailor Trophy
Wave Whisperer - Richard Barnes

Tenacity Trophy - Last Boat To Finish Within The Time Limit
Seascape - John Hulford-Funnell

Francois Gabart Breaks The 24-Hour Singlehanded Distance Record
Having covered 778 miles* (1,441km) at an average speed of 32.4 knots, Francois Gabart has this Sunday taken the crown for the greatest distance covered singlehanded in 24 hours! In so doing, he beats the 718.5-mile record secured on 8 June 2016 by Thomas Coville aboard Sodebo'Ultim.

After setting sail from New York on Saturday 2 July, at 00h 18mn 45sec (GMT), to tackle the singlehanded North Atlantic record, the skipper of the trimaran MACIF has been confronting sustained WSW'ly winds of 30 knots since yesterday, which have enabled him to rack up the miles required to snatch this first record.

The wind conditions are set to remain stable throughout the day, so he may well be in a position to improve on this record between now and this evening.

Taking on this kind of challenge on a multihull is a first for the skipper of the trimaran MACIF.

He also holds the 24-hour singlehanded distance record on a monohull (545.34 miles covered aboard the 60-foot monohull MACIF during the Vendee Globe, on 09/12/2012).

(* awaiting approval from the World Record Sailing Speed Council.)

Sweden's Ostling Conquered Helsinki
Former World Champion (2014) Anna Ostling of Sweden ruled the Finnish waters when the Helsinki Women's Match rounded up Friday. Winning this opening event of the 2016 WIM Series, also takes her to the top of the Series' leader board.

The final day of the Helsinki Women's Match, the opening event of the 2016 Women's International Match Racing Series, started off in the morning with some sunshine in-between the clouds, but flat water and very little breeze off Hernesaari (artholmen).

Due to lack of wind and time, the Race Committee had to shorten the final and the petit final to "first scoring 2 points" instead of the "first scoring 3 points" that was initially scheduled. Immediately after that call, a little more pressure filled in over the racecourse, allowing fair racing, but still in rather light conditions under a bright sun from a clear blue sky.

Results in the final of the Helsinki Women's Match, the opening event of the 2016 WIM Series:
Anna Ostling, SWE - Pauline Courtois, FRA, 2 - 0

Results in the petit final:
Renee Groeneveld, NED - Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 2 - 0

Semi final results:
Renee Groeneveld, NED - Pauline Courtois, FRA, 2 - 3
Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN - Anna Ostling, SWE, 1 - 3

Total results in Helsinki Women's Match, and standings in the 2016 WIM Series after the first event out of five (skipper, nationality, WIM Series points):

1. Anna Ostling, SWE, 25 points
2. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 22
3. Renee Groeneveld, NED, 20
4. Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 18
5. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 16
6. Marinella Laaksonen, FIN, 14
7. Rikst Dijkstra, NED, 12
8. Antonia Degerlund, FIN, 10
9. Susanna Kukkonen FIN, 8
10. Diana Kissane, IRL, 7
11. Sanna Hager, SWE, 6
12. Sanna Mattsson, SWE, 5

The next event on the 2016 WIM Series will be Lysekil Women's Match, August 8 - 13.

Dubarry Crosshaven - Comfortably The Best Performer
Round the world racing teams have chosen Dubarry's Crosshaven in every edition of the race since the boot was developed with Green Dragon in 2008. There are several reasons for that. First, the innovation that impressed the Green Dragon guys most: the integral gaiter. Made of lightweight, hard-wearing, water-resistant fabric and cinched up with a drawstring, this gaiter means you can kneel down and work on the foredeck without suffering the dreaded 'bootful of green' that kills comfort for the rest of the passage.

And when you're dodging icebergs in the Southern Ocean as freezing winds snap at your vitals, you'll appreciate the 350g GORE-TEX Duratherm membrane and thermally insulated footbed that will keep your feet, at least, toasty.

Then there's the award-winning grip of Crosshaven's non-slip and non-marking sole. If you're trying to stay vertical on deck, and several tonnes of water traveling at 30 knots is trying to persuade you that you might be more comfortable lying down, you need your feet to stay planted.

We can all benefit from experience, but it comes at a price. Lucky for you that Green Dragon footed the bill, and the benefit is all yours.

Dubarry Crosshaven - Born at sea

Quantum Racing Triumphant In Porto Cervo Finale
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

Quantum Racing won the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Regatta, the second event of the 2016 52 SUPER SERIES, outsailing Niklas Zennstrom's Ran Racing on a breezy final day of racing on the Costa Smeralda.

When Zennstrom's team faltered on the penultimate windward-leeward of the nine-race series, dropping a ninth into an otherwise impressive second half of the event, Quantum Racing's stock stayed up, retaining their same solid, reliable consistency.

The team lead by owner-driver Doug DeVos took away two third places from the last pair of races to win by six points overall. In so doing they also extend their lead for the season-long 2016 52 SUPER SERIES championship to 29pts over Ran Racing.

Final Standings

1. Quantum Racing, USA, Doug DeVos, USA, 31points
2. Ran Racing, SWE, Niklas Zennstrom, SWE, 37
3. Azzurra, ITA, Pablo/Alberto Roemmers, ARG, 54
4. Platoon, GER, Harm Müller-Spreer, GER, 54
5. Provezza, TUR, Ergin Imre, TUR, 55
6. Alegre, GBR, Andres Soriano, USA, 59
7. Xio/Hurakan, ITA, Guiseppe Parodi, ITA, 59
8. Gladiator, GBR, Tony Langley, GBR, 60
9. Bronenosec, RUS, Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS, 63
10. Sled, USA, Takashi Okura, JPN, 64
11. Sorcha, GBR, Peter Harrison, GBR, 75
12. Paprec, FRA, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA, 91.2

52 SUPER SERIES Overall Standings
After 2 regattas:

1. Quantum Racing, 54 points
2. Ran Racing, 83
3. Alegre, 88
4. Platoon, 89
5. Azzurra, 99
6. Provezza, 103
7. Sled, 104
8. Bronenosec, 109
9. Xio/Hurakan, 122
10. Gladiator, 133
11. Sorcha 171
12. Paprec 172.2

New Donald Crowhurst Biopic Named
The Mercy is the title of a new film by director James Marsh. It follows the story of Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the Golden Globe Race.

First look images of the new Donald Crowhurst film have been released, along with the feature's name.

The Mercy stars the Oscar winning actors Colin Firth as amateur sailor, Donald Crowhurst and Rachel Weisz as his wife, Claire.

It is based on the true story of Crowhurst's infamous attempt to win the first non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race, the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.

Crowhurst had entered the race in hopes of winning the £5,000 cash prize to aid his failing business.

After encountering further problems, he secretly abandoned the race, remaining in the South Atlantic.

He reported false positions in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world.

Log book entries found after his disappearance suggest that Crowhurst was driven to the edge of insanity.

His final entry, on 1 July 1969, was "It is finished. IT IS THE MERCY... I will resign the game." The film title is a reference to this last entry.

It will be opening in UK cinemas on 6 January 2017.

Ocean Cruising Experts Share Their Sailing Knowledge At Boat Show Forums
Sailing rally organisers World Cruising Club will be hosting a series of forums this autumn set to inspire sailors to extend their offshore cruising boundaries. Each forum will feature a panel of experienced bluewater cruisers sharing their personal experiences of sailing offshore passages and living on board, together with industry professionals giving their own practical top tips.

Topics covered include preparing your boat, selecting equipment, sail handling, life onboard, crew management, route planning and weather. Anyone interested in sailing off across the oceans, whether you're planning for the future or almost ready to set-sail, is welcome to attend.

Held alongside international boats shows in UK, USA and Germany, the forums also provide an opportunity to take the panel's ideas and suggestions with into the show and speak to the specialist bluewater exhibitors.

World Cruising Club Forums - September and October 2016:

Ocean Sailing Forum - Southampton, UK
Saturday 17 September 2016

Ocean Sailing Forum - Annapolis, MD, USA
Saturday 8 October 2016

Ocean Cruising Forum - Hanseboot Hamburg, Germany
Saturday 29 October 2016

Full details of each forum, including venue, times and registration at

Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Mark Dicker Leads Fleet After Opening Day Of Northerns

It was champagne sailing all the way for the 32 strong fleet on the opening day of the International Dragon UK Northern Area Championship in Abersoch today. With three races and three different race winners it was an exciting day on the water with a nice steady 10 knot breeze from the south west giving everyone a great start to the week.

Mark Dicker in GBR610 Packham leads the fleet at the half way stage in the Northerns thanks to a 2, 1, 2 scoreline. The opening race was won by Lawrie Smith in GBR801 Alfie who went on to add a fifth and seventh to their scoreline putting them into third overall on thirteen points. Grant Gordon won the final race which, when added to his third and second in the earlier races, put him a single point behind Dicker and seven points ahead of Smith. Jonathan Brown in GBR770 Storm lies in fourth on seventeen points, a single point ahead of Gavia Wilkinson-Cox in GBR761 Jerboa.

With three more races to sail tomorrow to complete the Northern Championship the competition remains wide open. Tomorrow's forecast is for stronger winds of 15 to 20+ knots and rain after lunch.

The Edinburgh Cup gets underway on Tuesday and continues until Friday. A number of additional crews will join the fleet for the main event so stay tuned for further news.

For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record:

Record: Singlehanded 24 hour record
Yacht: Sodebo4. 120ft Trimaran
Name: Thomas Coville FRA
Dates:. 7th to the 8th June 2016.
Start time: 2100 hrs on 07/06/16
Start position: 37 40.41'N, 63 51.22'W
Finish time: 2100 hrs on 08/06/16
Finish position: 39 59.97'N, 48 45.18'W
Elapsed time: 24 hours.
Distance: 718.5 NM
Average speed: 29.93 kts

Comments: Previous record: Banque Populaire 7. Armel Le Cleac'h, FRA. 2014. 682.8NM, 28.45 kts

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

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