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Emirates Team New Zealand Wins Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena
Photo by Chris Cameron / ETNZ. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Two races down and on match point, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena today in an action-packed afternoon of match race sailing.

The New Zealand boat that won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland in February prevailed 3-2 against the SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team that had put the Kiwis on the ropes 2-0 after the f

It was the first time in America's Cup history that a Russian-flagged boat has reached the final of a Louis Vuitton-sponsored event and her mixed Russian and international crew led by Polish skipper Karol Jablonski came very close to clinching the series.

The start for the last race of the day set a new record for race turnarounds. The cutoff for competition was 4:00 pm and Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio and his team hustled to setup and signal the start of the last race, less than five minutes after the finish of race three. A shifty easterly breeze that built slowly in speed provided excellent conditions on a warm, sunny final day of racing. Because there was no wind early, the petit final for third and fourth places was abandoned and the French/German team All4One was confirmed in third place, with Sweden's Artemis fourth.

Final Results

1. Emirates Team New Zealand
2. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team
3. All4One
4. Artemis
5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team
6. Azzurra
8. Luna Rossa
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team 10. ALEPH Sailing Team

GliderTV To Film The Louis Vuitton Trophy
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LVT Glider Video The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), organizers of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, will test a unique method of filming the races at La Maddalena in cooperation with GliderTV. In addition to a helicopter, a motor glider will follow the racing teams and film the sporting event.

The S10 motor glider, produced by STEMME, a leading edge manufacturer of power gliders, combines the qualities of a sailplane and a powered airplane. It has been chosen to test filming on this event, as it is more environmentally friendly than a helicopter. The fuel consumption of an S10 glider is 14 liters per hour. This is 25 times less than a helicopter consumes. Working with GliderTV is the perfect opportunity to test a real alternative for reducing the carbon footprint of obtaining aerial footage.

The S10 glider not only has a low carbon footprint, it causes no noise disturbance at all and has an airtime of up to 10 hours. Moreover, it can generate the same and even better footage for the media: All sorts of camera systems can be attached, its operating radius is up to 2000 km and it enables live streaming to the internet. An additional competitive advantage is that a glider does not produce a downwash, so risks from this force are avoided.

A crowning achievement for the S10 glider was the world record for cross-country soaring in 2000; flying a distance of 2,463 km in about 14 hours in the updraft of the Andes in South America. The manufacturer of the glider, STEMME AG, has worked for 25 years on perfecting its products.

Shetland Round Britain And Ireland Race 2010 Gets Off To Perfect Start
TEXT Under threatening skies over Plymouth Sound the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 got off to an impressive start today (Sunday 6 June, 12.00pm).

Crowds watched from Jennycliff and from a flotilla of pleasure craft as the boats headed out under full sail on the first leg of a 2000 mile race around the British Isles. With an 11 knot wind, the multihulls went out first followed by the monohulls which were led right from the start by Alex Bennett from Devon and Malcolm Dickinson in Fujifilm.

As the boats cleared the breakwater, the sun burst out from the thunderous clouds to make a magnificent spectacle.

Every boat in the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race is fitted with a satellite tracking device, so you can follow the progress of each competitor in real time. -- Andy Sinclair

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Clipper Fleet Departs New York
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Clipper Departs NYC All eyes will be on Canadian entry, Cape Breton Island as the internationally sponsored teams departed New York for the start of Race 11 of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race to Sydney, Cape Breton Island. With the home port curse appearing to have its hold across the fleet, the Canadian team will be hoping to be the first to achieve the elusive accolade of winning into their home port, something which has eluded Spirit of Australia, Uniquely Singapore, Qingdao, California and Jamaica Lightning Bolt.

Cape Breton Island's skipper, Jan Ridd, believes that some local knowledge will give his team the upper hand they need.

He says "A gentleman I met at one of the Cape Breton Island functions here in New York is quite a keen racing sailor and he's sailed this leg several times and has given me some inside information. Apparently there is quite a tidal stretch on the course so your placing compared to where the tide is will be key to winning this race.

"Obviously the crew are all up for it and we're going to push the boat to the limit and give it our absolute best shot."

The Clipper fleet treated New Yorkers to a parade of sail past the Statue of Liberty before heading out of the Hudson to the site of Ambrose Lighthouse where Race 11 got underway at 1645 local time (2045GMT) with a Le Mans start.

With winds touching the 30 knot mark, most crews opted for a Yankee 2 and reefed mainsail combination with Cape Breton Island and California first out of the blocks after the Le Mans start. Overall race leaders Spirit of Australia were in hot pursuit though and followed Cape Breton Island's lead in shaking out their reef shortly after the start with the rest of the fleet soon following suit.

There is a centuries old tradition of welcoming visitors to Nova Scotia which continues to be extended by the people of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia today. The race arrives in Sydney between 11 and 13 June.

Positions after Race 10

1. Spirit of Australia, 98
2. Cape Breton Island, 79
3. Team Finland, 78.3
4. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 77
5. Hull & Humber, 63
6. Uniquely Singapore, 59
7. Qingdao, 55
8. Cork, 40.8
9. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 39
10. California, 26

RYA Team GBR Red and White Teams Announced For Rolex Commodores' Cup
LaResponse at selection trials. Click on image to enlarge.

Rolex Commodores' Cup After careful consideration and in depth discussions with boat owners and crews, the RYA has announced which entries will make up two of the four potential GBR teams who will compete at the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup in August.

As in 2008, RYA Team GBR can enter four teams in the event, with each team comprising one boat in three specified IRC class Rating bands. The RYA is aiming to select four teams from the UK naming them, Team GBR Red, Blue, White and Black.

The Brits will be going into the cup as defending champions, with GBR Red holding the 2008 title, and the RYA's selectors have taken care to ensure the best possible combination of boats and crews have been put together for the first teams announced; the country's best two prospects for defending the cup.

GBR Red will comprise White Heat (King 40, Class One), Quokka 8 (Grand Soleil 43, Class Two) and Premier Flair (Ellan 410, Class Three). GBR White's lineup is; Alice II (Farr 45, Class One), La Reponse (Beneteau First 40, Class Two) and No Chance (Beneteau First 35, Class Three).

GBR Red boasts the most team experience of the event with Premier Flair's owner, Jim Macgregor having competed in both the '08 and '04 events and Quokka 8's owner Peter Rutter having five previous events experience under his belt including a win as part of GBR Red in '08. Event experience however is all their Class One partner White Heat appears to be lacking having notched up some great results on the world stage including winning their class at the 2009 IRC East Coast Championships in America last year as well as picking up the event title at Key West Week in Florida in January.

GBR White comprises event veterans, Chris and Hannah Neve on 'No Chance' who will bring some very valuable event knowledge to the team. Alice 2 has posted some great results on the Farr 45 circuit lately including winning the Royal Thames YC David Diehl trophy in April and together with her highly experienced crew is a great compliment to 'No Chance'. Rounding off another great prospective title winning team, RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine will be offering his expert guidance as team captain onboard La Reponse. The Class Two partner won all but one of the Warsash Spring Series selection event races and all the Royal Southern YC Summer Series selection event races, comfortably demonstrating they are top of their game in the class.

TheRolex Commodores' Cup will take place on the testing waters in and around the Solent from Saturday 15 August to Saturday 21 August 2010.

The three class band are
Class 1 1.110 - 1.230 (DLR not exceeding 200)
Class 2 1.075 - 1.119 (DLR not exceeding 200)
Class 3 1.025 - 1.074 (DLR not exceeding 215)

1716 Entries With 13 Days To Go
At right: Nellie. Photo by Matthew J Streten. Click on image to enlarge.

Round the Island Race In amongst the hundreds of UK and international entries processed each year by the hard-working team at the Island sailing Club (ISC), the Isle of Wight always manages to produce a sizable and interesting turnout. This year is no exception with plenty of familiar local faces and boats signed up for the start line of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday 19th June.

For the armchair spectators amongst you, don't forget that many of the more familiar boats might well be available for you to track online right here for the very first time as they progress around the Island.

If you have already entered the race, the ISC will be in touch with you about downloading the tracking software and registering your mobile etc but for some more general details about how this very exciting Race Tracking is going to work and how you can follow the race progress online using the Race Viewer, visit the Race website

Two restored Itchen Ferry's are taking part this year. Previously heading for the bonfire before being offered to Chris Waddington, founder of the Old Gaffers section in the Round the Island Race, Nellie was built in 1862 by Dan Hatcher in Southampton and is currently the oldest boat entered in this year's race. When Mr Waddington retired in 2005, Nellie passed to his son Scott who is the current owner and he has just completed phase two of her restoration; a thorough refastening of her topsides. She has been restored to her 1920's coat of grey and has had a completely new set of traditional rigging made for her.

Despite Nellie's 148 years, she has never been sailed around the Island, making this year's Race a most auspicious occasion. Scott will be accompanied on the day by a very special crew member, Mr John Banks, Commodore of The Cowes Corinthian and Grandson of one of her original owners. She will be skippered by Chris's son Scott Waddington.

Joining Nellie is Fanny of Cowes, who is making her first trip home to Cowes since 1970 having been based on the East Coast for a number of years. Fanny was built in 1872 for the Paskins, a family of fishmongers from Cowes. She came to the East Coast in 1958 and has been owned by boatbuilder Nigel Waller since 2003. This will be her first trip 'home' since 1970. Nigel will be joined by Mini-Transat, Open 40 and Open 60 sailor Nick Bubb and his fiancee Sophie who will be married in September.

Akena Verandas Relaunched
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Akena Relaunched As Arnaud Boissieres continues in fourth place in the Vendee - St Petersburg race aboard the Region Aquitaine - Port Medoc trimaran, his technical team relaunched the 60-foot AKENA Verandas (Vincent Riou's ex- PRB) this morning, after a 5-month refit. During these five months the team dealt with the damage that occurred during last year's two transatlantic crossings.

The Farr designed boat will have her keel fitted on Monday and the mast will be stepped on Thursday 10th, in the presence of the skipper if he has finished his race. The boat is expected to head out to sea again in mid-June to take part in the SNSM Record, which will begin from Saint Nazaire on 18th June.

"We've done sa complete overhaul," summed up Guillaume Le Fur, the boat captain, who was pleased to see the monohull leaving the Alliaura yards. The bowsprit, which broke during the homeward delivery trip and the protective cover, which was damaged have both been repaired. The hull has also received a lot of attention as a crack was detected and repaired, before she was completely careened. Inside the boat, the hydraulic system was given a thorough check-up and the electronics improved, in particular with the fitting of a new nav station. The mast also received a lot of attention, as the hooks (the sail attachments) were improved and the mainsail track completely removed.

Given a complete overhaul from top to bottom, the Farr designed boat is now ready for another season, which will come to a climax with the 2010 Route du Rhum.

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ICAP Leopard Ends Transatlantic Record Attempt
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Mike Slade, has ended her transatlantic record attempt. After a fantastic start, ICAP Leopard found herself in a windless high pressure at 02:00 UTC on Saturday 420 nm from the finish. With the record looking less and less achievable, Skipper and Boat Captain Chris Sherlock took the decision to abandon the attempt.

Having started on Saturday 29th May in New York, ICAP Leopard has had to contend with variable conditions from the start. The crew worked hard in the first few hours to position themselves correctly to pick up a weather front with enough breeze to get them up to record speed. Having achieved this, the crew were then able to keep the boat going fast through a cold and wet few days mid-Atlantic. With a record attempt of this nature the weather has to be consistently good for the entire voyage, which is hard to predict 9 or 10 days in advance. On this occasion a high pressure system on the approach to the UK blocked ICAP Leopard's path and ended any hope of breaking the record.

ICAP Leopard will now spend the summer in UK waters competing in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race on 19th June followed by a large number of corporate charters and sponsor commitments. Her next record breaking adventure will see Slade and his crew attempt to take on the Sevenstar Round Great Britain & Ireland Race starting on August 23rd this year. Once again they will be equipped with a tracker and their adventures can be followed at

Following this ICAP Leopard will head to the warmer waters of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean for further racing on the International circuit.

UK-Halsey Rules Quiz Program Improved Again - Free Update Available
UK-Halsey Rules Quiz The UK-Halsey Rules Quiz program download has just been expanded again. This is one of a continuing line of free updates to owners of the program. We have just posted a second multiple choice rules test to the Lifted Tack section. These tests are a great way to review the rules and definitions so that you make sure that you know, understand and remember the Racing Rules of Sailing. "Using these tests are invaluable practice," says UK-Halsey rules guru Butch Ulmer. "On the water, situations between boats happen very quickly and you can't hit the pause button to think about the rules that apply."

Instead of trying to "catch" sailors with tricky questions, the tests in the Lifted Tack cover common race course scenarios. This way, after you understand the rules covered in these situations, you will immediately know your rights and obligations in similar situations. This helps you on the water, where you have to apply the rules right away instead of taking time to think about them.

The program is a download so you receive it without having to wait for the mail to be delivered. As a download, we are able to update the program frequently for free. The download program comes with:

- Animations that can be played full screen.
- Two multiple choice rules tests that come with detailed answers.
- Seven instructional videos that show Butch Ulmer at seminar's teaching different aspects of the rules -- with more to be posted.
- A rules blog that includes writers like Rob Overton (head of US Sailing's Rules committee).
- PDFs with rules related information that you can download.
- Frequent free updates.

A short video about the program is available here:

The Rules Quiz program costs $55 and can be purchased from the UK-Halsey Sailmakers' online store:

European 18ft Skiff Championship
Australia's Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and newly recruited member of the Gotta Love It 7 team Scott Babbage, dominated the European 18ft Skiff Championship, which was sailed at Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy over the past week.

The Gotta Love It 7 team recorded 8 wins and 2 second placings for a total of 12 points to defeat fellow Australian teams SLAM (Grant Rollerson) on 32 points and Appliancesonline (John Winning Jr.) on 34 points.

America's Howie Hamlin (CST Composites) finished fourth on 38 points with the top European team, Hungary's Liberty Sailing (Miklos Ujhelyi Gaspar) fifth on 44 points. As top Europeans on points, the Hungarian team becomes the European champion.

For the final pointscore and results of each of the 12 races, go to:

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League

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* From John Harwood-Bee: What a tragedy to hear of the death of Reg White at what is a comparative early age. I shall always remember him as the stalwart of the Tornado fleet that sailed out of Brightlingsea. UK in the '70s'. It was Reg's inspiration that converted me from Shearwaters to Tornados way back when. I recall those occasions when his highly tuned Cat was coming back in after a stunning performance and we would pass him on our way out for some 'extreme' fun on our marine ply early cat. Back in the Brightlingsea club house he would always offer good advice and the occasional anecdote. Back then we were at the forefront of extreme sailing with a cat that was capable of towing a water skier as once demonstrated off Brightlingsea. I went on to sail several of the cruising cats manufactured by Sailcraft and spent many summers of our Cherokee in the south of France. Reg was a true 'son of the sea' an Olympian of great standing and an all round great sportsman. He will be sadly missed.

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