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Phillip Kasueske Wins U23 Finn Worlds
Phillip Kasueske (GER) has won the U23 Finn World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup after a thrilling final day in Aarhus, which went right down to the final leg to decide the podium. Last year's champion Ondrej Teply (CZE) almost did enough but had to settle for silver, while Facundo Olezza (ARG) wins the bronze, just before heading to Rio to prepare for the Olympics.

With two races to sail, the final day in Aarhus was still wide open. It was a great day for sailing, with a shifty 10-12 knots, occasional warm sunshine and no rain. The racing ended up as close and competitive as ever this week with the medals not decided until the very end.

Many of the sailors racing here this week will be back in Aarhus in the coming years to train and prepare for the 2018 Sailing World Championships, the first qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Final results after 13 races:
1. Phillip Kasueske, GER, 53
2. Ondrej Teply, CZE, 56
3. Facundo Olezza, ARG, 67
4. Nenad Bugarin, CRO, 72
5. Arkadiy Kistanov, RUS, 91
6. Hector Simpson, GBR, 93
7. Max Kohlhoff, GER, 109
8. Henry Wetherell, GBR, 121
9. Mikolaj Lahn, POL, 133
10. Andre Hojen Christiansen, DEN, 138

Full results

Tour Voile: Strong Winds And Fast Coastal Racing In Dieppe
As the second stage of the 2016 Tour Voile, competition has moved from Dunkirk, to Dieppe in Normandy, where racing will take place over July 11 and 12. And for day 1 of Act 2, the fleet had another day of testing conditions with up to 25 knots at one mark of the course that took the 24 boats east and west of Dieppe along the spectacular chalk cliffs of Normandy.

The trimarans sailed the 32 mile course in a bit more than three hours, but the solid breeze and choppy seas were hard on the crew.

One team seems to enjoy these conditions : Team Lorina Limonade - Golfe du Morbihan. Today Matthieu Salomon and Quentin Delapierre scored a third victory in three days of racing, and have demonstrated amazing skills to sail faster than other boats upwind.

Despite an average start, they climbed up the fleet in the first beat and finished with a comfortable lead over Grandeur Nature Veranda and Credit Mutuel de Bretagne.

Tomorrow is day 2 of Act 2, and another string of six inshore races are scheduled to offer the teams a chance to qualify for Dieppe stadium Grand Final at 3.45pm.

Volvo Cork Week Day One
Volvo Cork Week got off to a supersonic start with a fly-by of four PC9 aircraft passing over the start line of the Beaufort Cup fleet, heading for the Fastnet Rock for their offshore race. 12 teams have entered the inaugural international services competition supported by the Irish Defence Forces, with a top prize of 10000 euros to a nominated charity.

For the remainder of the Volvo Cork Week fleet, there was racing on the first day in Cork Harbour and the Atlantic Approaches. A solid 12 knots of breeze from the North decrease during the day but a significant sea state remained for competitors on the Slalom Course and Windward Leeward course south of Roches Point.

In IRC Zero, three races produced three different winners. Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator, with son Bernard taking over the helm, took the first race. However, as the wind subsided for the second, Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork team, racing Ker 40 Antix, took the win. Eric De Turckiem's French A13 Teasing Machine ended the day with a bullet in the last race, to lead the class by a single point from Antix. Gladiator is just two points off the lead in third.

The story of the day has to be Mike Henning's Alice. Prior to Volvo Cork Week, Mike's team sailed Mumm 36 Alice over 300 miles to Crosshaven from the Hamble UK but horror of horrors, the boat was badly damaged below the chain plates shortly after arrival. A replacement charter was rapidly sort and Grand Soleil 43 Quokka started the trip from the Uk, only to be turned back by foul weather off Lands End. Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary came to the rescue, launching a 1720 for the British team to charter and race in the mixed sportsboat fleet. There were three races today for the fleet and Alice won all three.

In IRC Two, Paul O'Higgin's JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI also won all three races on the first day of Volvo Cork Week

In IRC Three, Howth YC's John Swan, racing Half Tonner Harmony, scored a perfect three bullets today.

Full results:

Day One Of The Transat Quebec - St Malo
Sunday at 13:00 local time the start of the Transat Quebec Saint-Malo saw the four Multi 50's cross the start line first, followed by the 19 Class 40's fifteen minutes later. Favourites, Phil Sharp (Imerys) and Vauchel Thibaut Camus (Solidaire In Peloton-ARSEP) went head to head as they crossed the line first, meanwhile other top sailors Isabelle Joschke (Generali) and Armel Tripon (Black Pepper) were recalled having started early in error.

In 25 knot gusts and heavy rain clouds the fleet continued on tacking relentlessly up wind, digging into their 3000nm adventure to France.

Early morning (local time) team Imerys pulled ahead into 1st place, holding the lead for over 13 hours before the familiar battle with Thibault came into play. Imerys is currently shifting between podium positions as the variable localised weather tests the fleet

Drifting sea ice in the North Atlantic is something that Race Management is keeping a close eye on. The decision has been made on the strength of the latest observations by the North American Ice Service to impose an exclusion zone through which racers are prohibited to sail. Once they pass Newfoundland, Transat Quebec Saint-Malo skippers must therefore navigate to the south of a point at latitude 47 degrees north between longitude 53 degrees west and 44 degrees west.

To boost the chances of the six multihulls in the race crossing the line as a group (two Ultimate Class yachts and four Multi50s), the decision was made to start the race for Ultimate Class entrants 72 hours after the rest of the fleet. Weather reports following the initial start of the race are forecasting headwinds followed by lighter breezes for the first 24 hours, which will slow the Multi50s' headstart. Consequently, the start time for the two Ultimate Class yachts Spindrift2 and Musandam Oman Sail has been set for this coming Wednesday, July 13.

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The Launch Of Groupama Team's Class AC Test (AC45 Turbo) at Multiplast
At 9.30 Thursday morning, the Groupama team France training boat, in preparation for the 35th America's Cup, was launched. 6 months were required for the French and Swiss divisions of the Carboman Group to combine all the elements needed in this concentration of technology.

The rules set by the US defender, Team Oracle, do not permit navigation on the Coupe Class AC+ (AC50) more than 150 days before the competition and allow only one boat to be built. It was quickly apparent to the challengers that a solution was imperative in order to optimise their training time. The construction of the training boat, the Class AC Test, with the same beams and rig of the Coupe Class AC+ but with the hulls from the Class AC45, allowed them to circumnavigate this rule.

The launch of this catamaran will allow Franck Cammas and his team to start training immediately in very similar conditions to those which they will encounter on the Coupe Class AC +. The real raceboat won't leave the boatyard until the end of the year to take part in the competition in Bermuda in June 2017.

The beams and the central pod were built in Switzerland at the Decision boatyard whilst the hulls, the platform assembly and the 3 aft wing flaps were undertaken by the Multiplast team. Team Groupama France, under the technical guidance of Horacio Carabelli, was in charge of doing the system fit-out, the deck gear fit-out and the paintwork.

The Belle Of The Ball
The applause spoke volumes. In deciding to award the overall prize - a Rolex Submariner - for Part I of the 2016 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex to seasoned classic yacht skipper Joe Loughborough, the race committee had made the correct choice.

The first half of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex delivered three worthy choices: Loughborough's perfect scoreline in the Classics Spinnaker Division, the final-race comeback that netted Courageous the overall victory in the 12-Metre class, and Stephen Cucchiaro's steady sailing in the Gunboat class. The committee chose Loughborough, a marine industry veteran who personally restored his 1944 Luders 24 Belle and sails her regularly, though good weather and bad. The weather for the first part of the Race Week at Newport was somewhere in between. The sun was a very infrequent visitor, but the rain held off and the wind, while never strong, was enough for each class to get in a number of races.

Among the other boats racing in the Classic fleet is Halsey Herreshoff's NY40 Rugosa, which was designed by his grandfather Captain Nat Herreshoff. Rugosa's weekend wasn't much to write home about when it came to the results, but just sailing a boat that his grandfather built is victory enough for the younger Herreshoff.

Racing for Part II of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex will start on Wednesday and continue through Saturday when the regatta will conclude with the Rolex Awards Banquet.

50th Anniversary Rally - Contessa 26
A rally is being held at Lymington, the home of the Contessa 26, to mark the 50th Anniversary of this remarkable yacht built by Jeremy Rogers. It has achieved much and continues to do so, in both the racing and cruising fields - several yachts having completed circumnavigations.

The Rally is to be held over the weekend 29/31 July. A barbecue is to be held on the Friday at the Fishermans Rest, followed by dinner at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on the Saturday. A short timed passage to Yarmouth follows on Sunday with lunch at the Kings Head before dispersal.

We now have over 40 boats attending and are hoping to reach 50! Anyone interested in attending should contact Michael Harrison


Laser 4.7 European Championships
Matilda Nicholls. Click on image to enlarge.

Laser 4.7 30 GBR sailors competed in the Laser 4.7 European Championships in Morgat, France. The event was for sailors U18 with over 300 sailors competing and a sizable boys fleet. A focus for many nations of this youth class is the U16 Fleet awards. The Brits had a well organised group with 5 expert coaches to assist them afloat, including Gold Medalist Pippa Kenton-Page, Olympian Penny Clarke, Laser Podium sailors Alex Mills Barton and Jack Wetherell and the RYA's expert Transition Coach Alan Williams.

The efforts of the GBR team were well rewarded: 14 year old Matilda Nicholls representing Royal Lymington YC and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation claimed the title European Champion for the U16 girls.

GBR Under 16 results:

Girls' event:
- Matilda Nicholls: 1st and U16 European Champion
- Alex Schonrock: 5th
- Freya Cumpsty: 8th
- Eleanor Poole: 10th
- Arabella Sabberton: 16th
- Flo Nicholls: 17th
- Maddy Kirk: 24th
- Ellie Maynard: 26th

Boys' event:
- Arthur Fry: 8th
- Zac West: 26th
- Dan Wellbourn Hesp: 44th
- James Brosnan Wren: 51st
- Tom Pollard: 55th
- Peter Raimbault: 61st
- Lewis Coop: 85th
- Adam Din: 88th
- William Rowland: 89th

Full results

Irish Marine Festival
The Phoenix departing Drogheda. Photo by Matthew Byrne. Click on image to enlarge.

WHAT So that's it ... the ships have sailed out of Drogheda Port, gone but not forgotten.

What takes a year to plan, five days to build and two days to run takes just a couple of hours to dismantle and disappear.

And yet, the memory of the 2016 Irish Maritime Festival will loom large.

Huge numbers of visitors of all ages thronged to the festival. From the Drogheda Pantomime Society cast to the vicious Vikings and Captain Jack Sparrow to the dueting pirates the festival was a feast of colour, energy and activity.

The star of the show was The Phoenix, one of the world's most famous tall ships. Visitors flocked on board both afternoons to view her for themselves. And then on Sunday evening, as if in a dream, she raised her 2,000sq ft sails and this beautiful brigantine lead a parade of sail out of Drogheda Port - gone but not forgotten.

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

Record: Newport to Bermuda. Monohull Rule 21.c
Yacht: "Comanche" 100 ft Monohull
Names: Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark. NYYC
Dates:. 17th to the 19th June 2016.
Start time: 17;40;00 EDT on 17/06/16
Finish time: 04;22;53 0n 19/06/16
Elapsed time: 1 day 10 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
Distance: 635 NM
Average speed: 18.20 kts

Comments: Initial Record established during the Newport to Bermuda Race.

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

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