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PRB Wins Vuelta Espana a Vela Stage 2
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Vuelta Espana a Vela Gijon, Spain: After 110 miles of tough, mainly upwind racing and a thrilling, tight finish only three minutes and 12 seconds separated the top three teams when they crossed the finish line in Gijon.

France's past Vendee Globe winner Vincent Riou, sailing with Jean Le Cam and crew on the new PRB reaped the benefit of one, small favourable wind shift to take the winning gun and the overall lead of the Vuelta Espana a Vela. At 01:04.12hrs (local time) PRB lead near her near sister-ship Safran across the finish line with the leg 1 winner only one minute and 59 seconds later, with Spain's Movistar of Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez only 1 minute and 13 seconds behind the IMOCA world champion Guillemot.

Behind the top three the Santander pair Pachi Rivero and Tono Piris on W Hotels Nova Bocana crossed the finish line in fourth at 02:01:51hrs, 57 minutes after PRB while Estrella Damm of Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella again got the better of Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella on GAES Centros Auditivo, who took sixth. The British skipper again rued a small crewing error when they were ahead of the Barcelona team which cost them time and distance.

The local team on Central Lechera Asturiana, still in their early stages with their IMOCA Open 60 which was formerly Ecover 2, could not profit any more from their hard work than the seventh place they took, whilst Jaume Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti on Pakea with Unai Basurko, completed the stage in eighth place.

The next leg departs Wednesday the 16th of June. Gijon to Sanxenxo, 220 nautical miles.

Second leg results, Santander-Gijon, 110 miles

1. PRB, Vincent Riou (FRA) Arrival 01:04:12h
2. Safran, Marc Guillemot (FRA) Arrival 01:06:11h
3. Movistar, Iker Martinez (ESP) and Xabier Fernandez (ESP) Arrival 01:07:24h
4t. W Hotels-Nova Bocana, Pachi Rivero (ESP) and Tono Piris (ESP) Arrival 02:01:51h
5. Estrella Damm, Pepe Ribes (ESP) and Alex Pella (ESP) Arrival 02:49:22h
6. GAES Centros Auditivos, Dee Caffari (GBR) and Anna Corbella (ESP) Arrival 03:17:26h
7. Central Lechera Asturiana, Juan Merediz (ESP) and Fran Palacio (ESP) Arrival 03:32:27h
8. Pakea Bizkaia, Jaume Mumbru (ESP) and Cali Sanmarti (ESP) Arrival 03:55:20h

Vuelta a Espana a Vela, General Standings

Position, Boat, Skippers, Nationality, Final points (Leg 1, Leg 2 )
1. PRB, Vincent Riou, FRA, 3 (2+1)
2. Safran, Marc Guillemot, FRA, 3 (1+2)
3. Movistar, I.Martinez / X.Fernandez, ESP, 6 (3+3)
4. W Hotels-Nova Bocana, P.Rivero / A.Piris, ESP, 8 (4+4)
5. Estrella Damm, P.Ribes / A.Pella, ESP, 10 (5+5)
6. GAES Centros Auditivos, D.Caffari / A.Corbella, GBR/ESP, 12 (6+6)
7. Central Lechera Asturiana, J.Merediz / F.Palacio, ESP, 14 (7+7)
8. Pakea Bizkaia, J.Mumbru / C.Sanmarti, ESP, 16 (8+8)

Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race Third Leg
Paradox. Photo by Tom Gruitt. Click on image to enlarge.

Shetland Round Britain and Ireland The lead competitors in the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 (SRBI), sponsored by Shetland Islands Council, are now half way in to the 3rd leg of the 2,000 mile voyage. Every boat is fitted with a satellite tracking device, and the tracking information as of 11.00 on Tuesday 15 June shows the leading boats to be the Class 40's Phesheya-Racing skippered by South Africans Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire, Italian entry SunGard Front Arena skippered by Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs and south west yachtsman Alex Bennett with Malcolm Dickinson in Fujifilm.

Just ahead of all of them is the Dazcat 10 trimaran Paradox, skippered by Britons Will Claxton and Matt Gill. Second place multihull is the catamaran Drama Queen skippered by Simon Baker, whose Cornwall-based company Multimarine Composites built Drama Queen, and Dan Fellows.

Simon's company also built Paradox which was co-owned by Simon and his brother Matt Baker. Paradox finished first in its class in the 2006 SRBI with Matt and Rob Husbands aboard, so Simon is keen to equal his younger brother's result.

With 200 miles or so to go, and with the leaders making 12 - 14 knots, the first competitors are expected to start arriving at the next compulsory stopover in Lerwick at around 6:00 tomorrow (Wednesday 16 June).

* From Marco Nannini: We have pressed on giving the all in, at some point Phesheya, still north of us and in a strategically better place was clocking up the miles faster than we could and our lead was seriously under threat. The wind was hitting 20 knots for the first times and 20 was the number Paul and I had agreed upon as to when we would change the big masthead spinnaker called A2 to the smaller fractional A6 more suited for the strong winds we were facing.

We've all been there, the racing, when the red mist gets to you and you dont change down chasing that extra margin... we stayed on the big A2 kite as the wind progressively built up, at some stage we had steady 25 knots true, the top gust I saw while helming was 29 knots... the sailing has been exhilarating, I set my new top speed on the boat at 19.03 knots in reasonably flat waters (more is possible with waves).

Alex Bennett on Fujifilm has also been our worry since Saint Kilda as he was tracking along very fast. At this stage i'd say we are equally distant from Muckle Flagga, although we should have a slight advantage at being north of him, the wind is turning clockwise pushing our courses further south until we'll both have to gybe...

The fast sailing of today will certainly remain as a vivid memory of this race, absolutely fantastic! --

Coutts Quarter Ton Cup - Day 2
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Cowes, UK: Day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought some of the most challenging conditions the Solent can deliver - and as any Solent sailor will tell you, that's saying something. With a rapidly shifting and gusting wind from the North East quarter fluctuating in strength from single figures up towards 20 knots, plus a strong spring tide which changed direction in the middle of racing the 35 competing boats had their work cut out. "The cream of the tacticians certainly rose to the top today!" Quarter Ton Class Secretary and skipper of Espada Louise Morton commented wryly after sailing, "I can't quite believe that we have 35 boats competing, although it feels like a hundred when you have to cross behind them all on port, which is what we had to do today."

PRO Bob Milner and his team were on a mission and had forewarned the competitors of their intention to run four races today to catch up the schedule following the abandonment of yesterday's attempted third race. Good to their word they laid on three windward leeward races in the Hill Head area of the central Solent followed by a final round the cans race taking the competitors back to finish off Cowes.

With six races completed it's been snakes and ladders on the leader board and with the discard still to kick in (it comes into play after seven races) there's still plenty more climbing and sliding to come on Wednesday's final day. Peter Morton sailing the 1976 Farr designed Anchor Challenge with bowman Jason Carrington, pitman Kelvin Rawlings, trimmer John Newnham and tactician Stuart Childerley has jumped into a 1.5 point lead thanks to an outstanding day with a 1, 3.5, 1, 1 scoreline.

Lying in second place on 17 points having added 3, 1, 3, 2 to their score is Darren Marston and Olly Ophaus's 1990 Gonzalez design Cote with tactician Dave Lenz, trimmer Rob Dyer and pitman Chris Cooper (Darren helms and Olly does the bow).

Currently in third place on 34 points, but looking forward to the completion of race seven and the instigation of the discard,as they are counting a 16th place thanks to a Z flag penalty, is John Greenwood and his crew of tactician David Howlett, Andy McClelland, Brett Aarons and Dan Gottz sailing Rob Gray's 1990 Vrolick design Aquila. Alongside the Z-flag their other scores today were 2, 2, 2, 11 which moved them nicely up from last night's sixth overall.

The regatta concludes tomorrow and with good winds forecast and plenty more races to come (the NOR allows for up to 12 races) we can expect a nail biting finish.

Full results are available from

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Giraglia Rolex Cup
St.Tropez, France / San Remo, Italy: With gusts and squalls sweeping down the gulf from daybreak, the Yacht Club Italiano/Societe Nautique de Saint-Tropez race committee prudently kept the yachts ashore. The majority of the yachts are here for the 241 nautical mile race starting tomorrow and the equipment breaking conditions of this morning were hardly the preparation the crews had in mind. Regular reviews of the situation eventually led to an abandonment at 13.50 CEST.

Overnight leaders in the inshore series became overall winners once racing was curtailed for the day. Even though the severity of the conditions had ameliorated by lunchtime, it was not sufficient to encourage the idea of fair and competitive racing. Inshore Class standings were confirmed as follows: Udo Schutz's STP 65 Container (GER) in IMA, Gilles Argeilles' Brenta 55 Imagine (GER) in IRC A, Jonty & Vicky Layfield's Swan 44 Sleeper in IRC B and Ciro Casanova's X-382 Brancaleone in ORC B.

The inshore victors will be added to the 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup honour roll that, this year, began with a 58 nm feeder race from San Remo to Saint-Tropez held overnight on 11 and 12 June. In this prologue contest, Andreas Faerber's J-122 Nikita (ITA) held off Alberto Franchella's Comet 45 I. Nova (ITA) by 5 minutes on handicap to win IRC A. Whilst in ORC B, Giovanni Melioli's First 33.7 Keonda II (ITA) had a substantial 24 minute margin over Brancaleone.

With the prospect of a storm tonight, the prize giving for the racing to date planned for this evening has been rescheduled for San Remo.

The forecast weather for Wednesday suggests an improvement in the general situation. The wind will swing round to the south overnight and fill in at between 10 - 15 knots by midday, the scheduled start time for the distance race.

Alfa Romeo II holds the Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race record of 18 hours 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Strictly, speaking the fastest time over the 241 nm course between Saint-Tropez and San Remo is held by Riviera di Rimini, which in 1998 covered the distance in 24 hours 21 minutes 47 seconds.

Tonnerre Does It Again
Tonnerre de Breskens 3 extended her lead in the RORC Season's Point Championship to 128.8 points with another win in the East Coast Race from Burnham to Ostend.

On Friday evening the 18 boats of the East Coast Race fleet gathered at the Branklet buoy, where the River Crouch and the River Roach meet, for the start in light winds of 8 knots coming from an Easterly direction. After a clear start the fleet faced a beat out of the Crouch with Tonnerre soon in the lead. The route was a 97 mile course that took them north around Long Sand and the Galloper banks before heading to Ostend.

The conditions proved trying with only a few of the larger boats getting past Long Sand Head before the tide turned. One of the fleet motored in when it became apparent that otherwise they would miss their lunch booking and another was forced to give up after getting entangled in some discarded fishnet. The winner overall was Tonnerre of Breskens 3, continuing its successes in the Cervantes Trophy and Myth of Malham races.

In all six yachts retired and the final finishers didn't complete the course until after midnight Belgian time. Extensive works are being carried out at the entrance to Ostend and one yacht ran aground, after finishing in the dark, on the rocks being dumped to build a new mole. Speedy assistance from an Ostend port support vessel got the yacht off the obstruction. No one was injured and after inspection the yacht has been able to rejoin the EAORA fleet on its week of racing in Belgium and Holland.

Belle Mente and RAN Tied in Onion Patch after Stage One Racing
Newport Rhode Island, USA: With the completion of the 156th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, racing in the stage one of the 2010 Onion Patch Series ended Sunday afternoon. The first race each day of the two-day regatta in Newport, Rhode Island counted for the series.

On Saturday Hap Fauth's Belle Mente took the lead on Saturday in the 22-boat fleet. Ran, the JV72 sailed by Niklas Zennstrom which has won the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart races, came second for the day only twenty-one seconds per mile behind the leader. Vanquish, the former Belle Mente (STP65) owned by the US Merchant Marine Academy and co-skippered for the series by Bermudian Buddy Rego and Russell Lucus of New Jersey was third.

Sunday racing was delayed until almost 3:00PM, the starting-time limit for the day, but the IRC and Onion Patch sailors did manage to get in one race to complete the Onion Patch schedule. Ran took first place in that race by nine seconds per mile over Belle Mente. They were followed by the US Naval Academy's TP52 Invictus.

Overall provisional results after Stage One put Belle Mente 1-2 and Ran 2-1 in a tie with three points each. Sforzando, a Kerr 55 sailed by Clayton Deutsch, sits in third following consistent fourth place finishes in both races

Stage Two of the Onion Patch Series, the Newport Bermuda Race, starts Friday June 18th in Newport. The classic ocean race is organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. -- Talbot Wilson

The Onion Patch results, photos, news Notice of Series and much more are posted at

Yachtsman Loses Spleen In Superyacht Accident
The first mate aboard the superyacht Salperton IV Mark Goodwin had six ribs broken and later had his spleen removed when he was thrown against the yacht's boom vang when a jib sheet parted during a regatta in Sardinia last week.

The 45m Salperton IV, about a year old and owned by Barry Houghton, was taking part in the first race of the Loro Piana regatta in Sardinia when the accident happened in the notorious 'bomb alley', a narrow stretch of water off Porto Cervo which provides exciting sailing conditions through a rock strewn channel.

Skipper Andy Green told Yachting World that Salperton was recording 30 to 34 knots of true wind speed at the masthead and that they were beating towards the finish in close company with Charles Dunstone's Hamilton 11. They had full main and blade jib up when they had to duck Hamilton as she came towards them on starboard. "Normally bomb alley feels quite wide but in this 45m yacht is suddenly feels smaller," said Andy Green who said they cleared Hamilton's stern by about 10m. "We were under complete control," he said but as they hardened up to resume their course the jib sheet parted.

Mark Goodwin was on the weather side of the yacht when the weather sheet flogged as the half-trimmed blade jib flogged violently. Catching Goodwin round the waist the sheet hurled him against the boom vang. He broke six ribs and damaged his spleen. "I can not praise the crew enough for dealing with the situation in an exemplary manner," said Andy Green who immediately dropped the sails and started motoring to Porto Cervo half an hour away.

Half Ton Royal Temple Commodore's Cup
The Half Ton Class Europe, in association with the Royal Temple Yacht Club and Ramsgate Week, announces a new regatta format exclusively reserved for the former IOR-half tonners.

2 Belgium, 1 French & 1 British Teams entered totaling 12 half tonners already. If you are available and want to join a team contact Bert Janssen or

The event will be held on the final three days of Ramsgate Week 2010; 19-20-21 August. The half tonners will race as part of the regatta in IRC Class 3, as well as in team races for the Half Ton Royal Temple Commodore's Cup. The event is named as such after the Commodore of RTYC bought a 1924 trophy previously awarded in Ramsgate and named 'The Royal Temple Commodores Cup'.

There will be no restrictions to the number of teams, but all entries must hold a current IRC certificate.

The three-boat teams must consist of two Classic 'one off' Half Tonners and one classic production Half Tonner, as follows:

- 1 Classic Half Tonner one off with TCC above 0.950
- 1 Classic Half Tonner one off with TCC between 0.935 and 0.950
- 1 Classic Half Tonner production boat (list available at

The event will be held every two years during Ramsgate Week, in even years. In uneven years the halftonners sail their traditional Half Ton Classics Cup. The date for 2011, which will be held at a UK venue, is yet to be decided.

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Monsoon Cup Audit Shows Outstanding Return On Investment
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Monsoon Cup Audit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 15 June 2010 - The Monsoon Cup, the final event on the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), has released positive figures for the Return on Investment (ROI) that the 2009 edition produced. Monsoon Cup is one of the most significant events on the Tour as it hosts the finale of the World Series where the ISAF Match Racing World Champion is crowned.

Three extensive, independent audits were carried out by Brand Advantage, Boulder Creek International and MSC Technology Centre to evaluate the benefits this unique match racing competition, awarded with 'special event status' by the International Sailing Federation, has brought to Malaysia. The Monsoon Cup is the ideal sporting platform to introduce the World to Terengganu, Malaysia and has boosted revenue in the local economy.

Analysis of the results concluded that Stage 10 of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour delivered an overall KPI achievement of 97.5% and the Event Media and Brand Value to Malaysia was valued at RM 538,833,381 (USD 164,806,049). This produces an incredible 26 point multiple on the overall Return on Investment.

This figure incorporates a print media value of RM 24,367,767 (USD 7,453,056) and an international broadcast media value of a staggering RM 270,658, 458 (USD 82,782,828) as well as an estimated visitor expenditure of RM 7,083,992 (USD 2,166,689). The audit results also include a range of tangible and intangible benefits measured by an exclusive proprietary economic model specifically designed to value an event's rights and benefits.

The ISAF World Match Racing Tour is now looking ahead to the 2010 Monsoon Cup, 30 November - 5 December.

Honours For The Marine Industry
The 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List saw one CBE, two MBEs and a crop of OBEs for the UK marine industry.

he 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours brought a CBE for Rod Carr, outgoing chief executive of the RYA. Mr Carr was honoured with an OBE in 2005 and now becomes a CBE for his services to sailing.

MBEs went to Geoff Holt for his services to disabled sailing and to Harry Arnold for his services to the Inland Waterways.

OBEs went to Robert Hill, MD of Chemring Marine, for his services to the marine industry, fisherman Paul White for voluntary services to Hasting coastguard and John Green for voluntary services to Helford River Children's Sailing Trust.

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