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Spindrift Racing Wins The Transat Quebec Saint-Malo
New record race established

Overall winner of the race and with a new record in hand, Yann Guichard, Dona Bertarelli and their Spindrift racing team crossed the finish line of the Transat Quebec-Saint Malo on Tuesday 19 July at 23 hours 17 minutes 41 seconds (local hour) (21 hours 17 minutes 41 seconds TU) after 6 days 1 hour 17 minutes 41 seconds at sea (at 20.99 knots).

The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 dominated this legendary race across the Atlantic, with a start in Quebec 3 days after the other participants in the Class40 and Multi50 categories. Reaching the famous port of Saint-Malo in Brittany in less than 7 days at the rate of 22.1 knots having sailed for 3,212 miles traveled, the team beat the record held by Loïck Peyron on Fujicolor II in 1996, by 1 day 19 hours 6 minutes et 19 seconds.

Spindrift racing crew members for the Transat Quebec Saint-Malo:

Yann Guichard
Dona Bertarelli
Duncan Spath
Erwan Israel
Erwan Le Roux
Xavier Revil
Jacques Guichard
Antoine Carraz
Simone Gaeta
François Morvan
Thierry Duprey Du Vorsent
Jack Bouttell
Sam Goodchild
Chris Schmid (Mediaman)

Arkema Wins Multi50 Class
The Multi50 Arkema crossed winner in its category the finish line of the 9 th Transat Quebec Saint-Malo presented in collaboration with the City of Levis, Wednesday, July 20 to 4:00 minute and 58 seconds.

Its running time on the 2897 mile course is 9 days 9:00 minute and 58 seconds at an average of 13.6 knots. He traveled on the bottom distance of 3254 nautical miles at an average of 14.46 knots.

Safe On Land
The Musandam-Oman Sail crew were safely transferred ashore in Newfoundland overnight following the capsize of the MOD70 trimaran on Sunday morning while racing the Transat Quebec-St Malo.

The team has been medically assessed and they are well. Ireland's Damian Foxall and Mayeul Riffet from France are supporting Loik Gallon and the shore team with recovering the MOD70 while the other team members, French skipper Sidney Gavignet, Fahad Al Hasni (OMA) and Alex Pella (ESP) will return home to their families.

"We are thankful and hugely relieved that the crew are safe and sound and on dry land," said David Graham, Oman Sail CEO.

"We have a great team and they are now fully focussed on recovering Musandam-Oman Sail.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax, the cargo ship Torm Alexandra that rescued the crew and the Transat Quebec-St Malo race management for their support with this operation.

'Taking Flight - Britain's America's Cup Challenge' Takes To The Airwaves
A dramatic documentary, narrated by presenter and broadcaster, Clare Balding, gets behind the scenes access to Britain's Challenger for the 35th America's Cup - Land Rover BAR. Led by the most successful Olympic sailor in history - multiple gold winning Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie - 'Taking Flight' follows Ainslie and his team as they prepare to try and win sport's oldest international trophy. Britain has never won the America's Cup, a competition that dates back to an original race around the Isle of Wight in 1851.

Ben Ainslie was a key player in the sensational comeback of Oracle Team USA against Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America's Cup in 2013. He is now determined to bring the Cup home for Britain. The documentary, following the team for the last year, is an intimate portrayal of top athletes, engineering excellence and a hard working shore crew who together plan to right this long-standing wrong, a blot on Britain's great maritime history.

Transmission times for 'Taking Flight - Britain's America's Cup Challenge' as follows:

BT Sport

Saturday 16 July
7pm BT Sport 1

Sunday 17 July
1230 BT Sport 1
1700 BT Sport 2

Saturday 23 July
1145 BT Sport 2

Sunday 24 July
1045 BT Sport 1
2000 BT Sport Europe
1145 BT Sport 2

Sunday 24 July
1045 BT Sport 1
2000 BT Sport Europe

Saturday 23 July
0920 BBC2

America's Cup Hall Of Fame: Ernesto Bertarelli and Lord Dunraven
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame announces the 2016 inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame:

Mr.Ernesto Bertarelli, two-time winner of the Cup in 2003 and 2007 and runner up in 2010, and the late 4th Earl of Dunraven, Cup challenger in 1893 and 1895.

As founder, owner, and crewmember of the first Cup boats from Switzerland, all named Alinghi, Bertarelli won the America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, and defended it successfully in Valencia, Spain in 2007. In 2010 at Valencia, in the first Cup match between two multihulls, Alinghi's winning streak came to end.

Alongside his achievements in other highly competitive circuits, Ernesto Bertarelli shows a depth of ability to build talented teams and a remarkable determination to win. He has created a new winning tradition in Swiss sailing and has both inspired and invested in the next generation of his nation's sailors.

Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (GBR) (1841-1926)
Lord Dunraven was an Oxford graduate, cavalry officer, war correspondent, adventurer, big game hunter, politician, racehorse owner and yachtsman. He was also a great lover of the United States and her people, investing in land in Colorado and hunting elk with Buffalo Bill Cody in Nebraska.

In 1893, Lord Dunraven challenged the Cup's holder, the New York Yacht Club. During the negotiations over the conditions of the match, Dunraven achieved the concession to drop the Inside Course (a notorious course, riddled with shoals and strong currents, that favored the defender) from the menu of courses used up to that time for the Cup races. From that point on, only the Ocean Course, free from headlands, and largely free of shoals, was used for the races, benefitting all future challengers.

For the match, Dunraven hired the brilliant George L. Watson to design his contender, Valkyrie II. While she was out-sailed by the defending Vigilant, the first Herreshoff Cup defender, the races attracted vast crowds and increased the popularity of the Cup as a sporting spectacle.

Formula 16 Worlds - Demesmaeker/Bague Lead After Day One
Photo by Jasper van Staveren. Click on image for photo gallery.

F16 Worlds Monday July 18th the Formula 16 Worlds 2016 in Knokke (Belgium) officially started with a new record having 45 catamarans from 8 different countries at the start.Belgium youth team Henri Demesmeaker/Alec Bague are leading after the first day. In second position only 1 point behind are the Frenchmen Emmanuel Le Chapelier/Eric Le Bouedec followed by another Belgium team Morgan Good/Morgan Wirtz.

The first day of the F16 Worlds started with minimal breeze. The race committee tried to do a start in the morning, but the strong current combined with almost no breeze forced the sailors to go back tot he beach. In the afternoon a sea breeze filled in and all three sheduled races could be sailed, some even trapezing.

The French team Le Chapelier/Le Bouedec didn't manage to win any of the races yet, but sailed two second places.

Top 5 results day 1:
1. Henri Demesmaeker/Alec Bague (BEL) 6 points
2. Emmanuel Le Chapelier/Eric Le Bouedec (FRA) 7
3. Morgan Good/Morgan Wirtz (BEL) 12
4. Guillaume Rol/Alexis Megevand (SUI) 14
5. Louis Flament/Charles Dorange (FRA) 16

Dubarry Ultima - Loved by Sailors
Dubarry Ultima It's hard to love a pair of boots. They either do a job or they don't. Some will have great grip and others will send you crashing down to the deck like some slapstick comedian. Some will keep the water out, others will leak like a pair of bespoke footbaths. Some will breathe to keep you comfortable, others will slowly baste your feet in their own sweat. Some will look great, others like you've just escaped from a circus.

Even if you do find a pair that ticks every box, that looks good, grips well and keeps you warm, dry and comfortable, you'd still struggle to love a boot. Unless, of course, it's a Dubarry boot. Take the Ultima, with its blend of rich, supple leather and durable man-made fibres, the hi tech GORE-TEX liner that acts like an air conditioner, the award-winning grip of the sole - yes, those are all there, recognised benchmarks of quality, but what you can't see or touch or smell is the soul. Ultima boots have it in abundance because, like you, they change. They gain experience at sea and improve with age just as surely as you do. That's why sailors love them.

Dubarry Ultima - Where will you go in yours?

Another Round Ireland Speed Record Bid?
There are unconfirmed reports that the MOD70 Trimaran Phaedo3 will make a further bid at the Round Ireland Speed Record this month. The MOD70 skippered by American Lloyd Thornburg is understood to be considering a return to Ireland to make a further bid on the 700-mile record time set by Oman Sail during last month's Round Ireland Race. In a thrilling three way duel Thornburg's crew were edged out of the honours in an Irish Sea battle on June 20th.

The historic new record for the fastest-ever sail round Ireland was set when Oman Sail crossed the Volvo Round Ireland Race finish line at Wicklow on June 20th in just 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds, smashing their own 2015 record by an incredible 2 hours, 14 minutes and 50 seconds. The new time is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.

Panerai British Classic Week
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

Panerai British Classic Week The EFG Around the Island Race on day three of Panerai British Classic Week was sailed in glorious hot sunshine and great breeze. The fleet started to the east on a favourable flood tide, which many underestimated resulting in a General Recall. They got away on the second attempt with eight boats individually recalled, only three of which returned.

The first leg was a beat to the forts from where they bore away for Bembridge Ledge where they hoisted spinnakers for the long run down the back of the Island. In the lee of the Island the wind dropped off completely and many found themselves becalmed. Those offshore managed to keep breeze and gained a big advantage. The boats held their spinnakers to the Needles and from there it was on the wind again back to Cowes.

Romping home to claim line honours was Sean McMillan's Flight of Ufford, with David Murrin's Cetewayo thirty-six minutes and fifteen seconds behind them. Third and just 29 seconds behind Cetewayo was Andrew Pearson's Bojar.

As the big boats streamed in across the line the smaller boats were powering up the Solent, and it soon became clear that on handicap it was going to be a small boat race. On corrected time John Mulcahy's Estrella, the smallest boat in the regatta whose crew today included 2016 Yachts & Yachting Amateur Sailor of the Year Julia Bailey, was declared the overall winner by fourteen minutes and six seconds. Second was Liz and Mark Rushall's Ragdoll, while Michael Briggs' 1904 Fife Cutter Mikado took third.

Industry News
Grand Large Yachting, has purchased the Gunboat brand and rights to continue manufacturing the Gunboat series.

This past Saturday, Grand Large Yachting (GLY) hosted Gunboat owners, crew and friends at the New York Yacht Club for a down home BBQ and classic NYYC's Dark-N-Stormy. In addition to celebrating the participation of five Gunboats in the New York Yacht Club Race Week, the party was an opportunity for GLY to introduce themselves to the Gunboat family and share their intentions for the brand.

Aiming to stay true to the Gunboat DNA, Grand Large Yachting has decided to bring the Gunboat office home to Newport and work with respected Gunboat experts. The manufacturing facility will be in France in an effort to leverage GLY's local manufacturing assets and ensure a timely delivery.

Gunboat will be working on the development of a new series- the Gunboat 65. GLY aims to involve Gunboat owners and captains in an effort to build on their Gunboat experience. Benoit states that the objective of the 65 is for "the next generation of Gunboat to be an evolution and not a revolution."

This new series along with a Newport-based concentrated focus on customer service, brokerage and sales, chartering services plus crew placement, training, and coaching will reinforce Gunboat as the most respected and exclusive performance catamaran brand.

Gunboat plans to have a presence at both the upcoming International Newport Boat Show and Annapolis Boat Show.


Today #LaserPerformance was successful in the protection of its "#Laser" brand's intellectual property.

A Belgium court has reconfirmed LaserPerformance's case against dealer OptiTeam, who were found guilty of illegally importing Lasers produced by Performance Sailcraft Australia into the European territory. LaserPerformance was awarded over a quarter of a million dollars in punitive damages.


Young Vlogger of the Year Award announced by Island Sailing Club

Congratulations to the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 'Young Vlogger of the Year' who has been announced as Andrew Shrimpton, from Portchester, Hampshire, UK who turns 17 on 27th July.

He will be receiving some fabulous prizes courtesy of Race Partners Raymarine, MS Amlin/Haven Knox-Johnston and Volvo Sailing.

Well done also to the Runner-up, 15-year old Alexander Hettrich from Tonbridge, Kent, UK.

Watch Andrew's winning Vlog.

Round The Island 2016 from Andrew Shrimpton on Vimeo.


Funds advised by Apax Partners has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dominion Marine Media (DMM). The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in Q3 2016. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

DMM from Dominion Enterprises, is a leading global marine classifieds marketplace and marketing software solutions provider to marine brokers and dealers. The firm is a subsidiary of Landmark Media Enterprises.

Operating the world's largest and most popular recreational marine digital marketplaces - BoatTrader,, YachtWorld, and CosasDeBarcos - DMM attracts over 62 million unique visitors annually to more than 300,000 unique boat and yacht listings. DMM's digital solutions serve over 5,000 dealers and brokers in more than 143 countries, enabling them to effectively reach in-market consumers, increase dealer inventory turnover, and improve their overall profitability.

"Our world-class brands have a long tradition of excellence in providing leading digital business solutions for the recreational boating industry," says Ian Atkins, DMM president. "We are confident that the expertise and resources provided by the Apax team will not only further our mission of driving boat sales globally, but will be essential to our next phase of growth."


Gosport Marine Scene (GMS), the non-profit network that engages the 160+ marine businesses in the Gosport Peninsula and surrounding area, has severely criticised the transport plans for the Solent area published by the Local Enterprise Partnership and Hampshire County Council.

'Have they forgotten that Gosport exists?' GMS asks in response to the LEP's infrastructure plan and the proposals for the Stubbington Bypass. The plans emphasise the importance of connectivity. Although the plans acknowledge the continuing problems of the A32, the unfinished Bus Rapid Transport scheme and the inadequate rail connections, there are no proposals to deal with any of these.


Boaters, sailing enthusiasts and visitors from all over the UK and the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2016 Southampton Boat Show as ticket sales have soared during the first three weeks of going on sale. To date, sales are 150% ahead of this time last year for the famous event, which takes place from 16-25 September at Mayflower Park.

Amongst the nearly 600 exhibiting brands already confirmed include 32 boats making their debut at the Show, with 8 World firsts and 24 UK debuts. Highlights include the Oyster 675, the Greenline 36, the Spirit 47CR, the Cormate Utility 23 R and the X4 and X6 from X-Yachts.

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