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Portimao Portugal Match Cup
Portimao Portugal Match Cup Portimao, Portugal: Top Tour seeds raced today in big bay conditions with the windward mark stationed a little over 500 metres off the entrance to Portimao Marina and 8 - 15 knots of wind which shifted round to the right by early evening round from the South West to West. Matches were run in quick succession during the day's sea breeze splendour with the first 6 teams completing 3 flights and the remaining 6 teams racing 2 flights. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing convincingly won all three of his matches, with Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra finishing the day on 2-0.

The power out on the course has sat firmly with the right today. During pre-start manoeuvres skippers factored in fighting for the all important right hand side where the benefits of the wind clocking continually right coupled with starboard tack dominance multiplied the attraction of this side of the start line and first beat significantly.

The forecast for the event week ahead is for unbroken sunshine translating into solid match racing breeze for the 12 entries.

Day 1: Current Round Robin Standings
Adam Minoprio, NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 3-0
Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team 2-0
Francesco Bruni, ITA, Azzurra 2-0
Ian Williams, GBR, Team GAC Pindar 2-1
Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing 2-1
Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team 1-1
Magnus Holmberg, SWE, Victory Challenge 1-1
Bertrand Pace, FRA, Aleph Sailing Team 1-2
Alvaro Marinho, POR, Seth Sailing Team 1-2
Björn Hansen, SWE, Hansen Global Team 0-2
Manuel Weiller, ESP, Team Iberdrola 0-2
Eugeny Neugodnikov, RUS, Team Synergy 0-3

* A new international match racing Academy will launch today at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup, Stage 4 of the 2010 Tour. The 'Sun Sailing Academy' is the first match racing development facility of its kind for Portugal and is the latest sports venue profiled to be, 'the World's best Match Racing Academy'.

A fleet of six SM40 race boats are available year round to national and international match racers who are keen to develop or maintain their boat on boat race skills. The Academy is dedicated to keeping the fleet in top racing condition allowing for excellent training. The race course / training area is quickly accessed out of Portimao Marina where teams stay on site in chalet style apartments.

As well as the race yachts, the academy provides; support boats, race committee boat and race course equipment such as; buoys, radios and flags. This is all the essential equipment to run international level racing in the entrance to the Harbour of Portimao throughout the year.

34th America's Cup Draft Protocol Presented To Teams
Valencia, Spain: In a joint initiative by the defender, San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Challenger of Record, Italy's Club Nautico di Roma, a draft of the Protocol rules for the 34th America's Cup was sent to the challenging teams today.

Foremost amongst numerous innovations is a forward-thinking structure that allows funds and assets to transfer from one America's Cup to the next.

The draft is a 'listening and living' document. Teams have been invited to comment and, contribute to its final form.

This follows an already unprecedented level of cooperation with the Challenger of Record and a dialogue with potential teams. It offers another chance for input before the Protocol is finalized and published by the of 31st August 2010 target.

Potential teams asked for these key elements to be included the 34th America's Cup Protocol and they have been:

- neutral race management body
- wide-ranging powers for the Jury
- cost cutting measures
- initiative to transform television & media output
- added-value to sponsors & business partners
- sustainable, long-term business model

Building on the initiative by the World Sailing Team's Association, a maximum of eight pre-regattas per year is planned for consistent racing and exposure for the teams in the years leading up to the America's Cup.

Key dates (as announced at the joint Defender & Challenger of Record Press Conference on 6th May 2010):

- [Final] Protocol for the 34th America's Cup will be issued by 31st August
- Design rule released by 30th September
- Race rules published by 30th December
- Challenge Period open from 1st October - 31st January 2011

The draft Protocol is available online:

The Desire For Lightweight, Breathable Clothing Continues To Grow
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Kieler Woche: And The Winners Are...
The sun returned and racing finished for the ISAF Sailing World Cup classes today in the first part of Kieler Woche, the penultimate stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Competitors have had to endure some long days on the water at this years Kieler Woche, which began with blustery wind and waves producing some exciting sailing and then became a crawl to struggle through the schedule with very light and shifty conditions across all course areas. The race committee had to work extremely hard to swap the courses and re-arrange the schedule, often finishing racing late in the evening. After five days of racing the medal races were a fitting finale for the 680 crews competing in the classes of the Olympic competition.

"When we saw the forecast this morning we were a bit afraid because it said that the wind will drop again during the day. But suddenly we had the breeze we were looking for and could organise fair races in all classes," chairman of the Kieler Woche Jobst Richter explained. The home nation, Germany shared the biggest medal haul with the USA, both with four medals but no golds. Great Britain and Australia came out on top, GBR with two golds and one silver and Australia with two golds and a bronze.Medal races were scheduled to take place on three race courses in the Stranderbucht using the customary short windward/leeward courses. The first to finish was the Men's 470 class on the North course whilst the Finns completed their medal race on the Middle course. The RS:X Men and Women's windsurfers sailed a windward/leeward leg with a slalom finish in front of the crowded spectator fleet.

The final leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup takes place from 9 - 14 August in Weymouth, Great Britain, venue for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Podium positions:

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / Malcolm Page, AUS, 8
2. Anton Dahlberg / Sebastian Östling, SWE, 17
3. Sime Fantela / Igor Marenic, CRO, 21

470 Women
1. Sarah Ayton / Saskia Clark, GBR, 28
2. Lisa Ericson / Astrid Gabrielsson, SWE, 32
3. Henriette Koch / Lene Sommer, DEN, 37

1. Tom Slingsby, AUS, 12
2. Clay Johnson, USA, 21
3. Philipp Buhl, Sonthofen, GER, 23

1. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, CRO, 23
2. Oleksiy Borysov, UKR, 24
3. Rafael Trujillo, ESP, 29

1. Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, BRA, 22
2. Johannes Babendererde / Timo Jacobs, GER, 23
3. Mark Mendelblatt / Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 28

Laser Radial Women
1. Raily Paige, USA, 21
2. Franziska Goltz, GER, 24
3. Maiken Foght Schütt, DEN, 25

RS:X Men
1. Julien Bontemps, FRA, 8
2. Ivan Pastor, ESP, 20
3. Grodzicki Lukasz, POL, 22

RS:X Women
1. Agata Brygo, POL, 20
2. Blanca Manchon, ESP, 23
3. Jessica Crisp, AUS, 27

1. John Pink / Rick Peacock, GBR, 47
2. Allan Norregaard / Peter Lang, DEN, 47
3. Nico Luca Marc Delle Karth / Nikolaus Leopold Resch, AUT, 50

Women's Match Race:
1. Ekatarina Skudina, RUS
2. Claire Leroy, FRA
3. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA

Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Racers Head For Home
It's not just football that's coming home. The lead boats in the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland race left the last compulsory stopover in Lowestoft yesterday and are on their way back to the finish line in Plymouth Sound.

Having enjoyed fantastic hospitality at Lerwick courtesy of the race sponsors Shetlands Island Council, the competitors experienced high winds and heavy seas but so far there have been no major mishaps to either boats or skippers.

Currently leading the race overall is the Class 40 SunGard Front Arena, skippered by Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs. Westcountry yachtsman Alex Bennett is not far behind in Fujifilm with co-skipper Malcolm Dickinson.

Marco's blog reveals the following as of midday today (23 June): "At 12 o'clock we were right by Dover harbour wall, according to the position report we're still holding first but Fujifilm has closed the gap from 15.8 miles last night to 10.4 making for a very stressful and tense sail, the pressure is really on."

The best estimate for the first boat home will be the evening of Thursday 24 or morning of Friday 25 June.

You can follow the last miles of the race on the live tracking page of the website, and at where you will also find news, photographs, video and competitors blogs.

Less Than 120 Miles To The Finish For Safran
Photo of GAES Centros Auditivos by Maria Muina / Vuelta a Espana a Vela. Click on image to enlarge.

Vuelta Calpe, Spain: With less than 120 miles to complete of Leg 4 of the Vuelta España a Vela, the 880 miles stage from Sanxenxo to Calpe, Marc Guillemot and the crew of Safran had steadily worked away to a lead of about 22 miles in brisk upwind conditions.

The overall race leaders are emerging clear of the very close battle which is raging behind them, where advantage swings to and fro between Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam on PRB, Iker Martinez, Xabi Fernandez and Michel Desjoyeaux on Movistar and the Estrella Damm of Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella.

While the extreme inshore line of Movistar has them with a very slender advantage off Cabo de Gata in second, the gains and losses between this tussling trio have granted the upper hand to whoever has the preferred inshore line. Racing upwind in a brisk 20 knots of mainly easterly breeze, the skippers reported that they were taking every small gain they could as they closed on Calpe where the leaders are expected Thursday morning.

Next two legs:
26th June. Calpe - Palma, 140 nautical miles
28th June. Palma de Mallorca - Cabo de Creus- Barcelona, 350 nautical miles

Overall Provisional Standings, Vuelta a España a Vela

1. Safran, Marc Guillemot, FRA, 5 points
2. PRB, Vincent Riou, FRA, 7.5
3. W Hotels-Nova Bocana, P.Rivero/ A.Piris, ESP, 15.5
4. Movistar, I.Martinez/ X.Fernandez, ESP, 17
5. Estrella Damm, P.Ribes/ A.Pella, ESP, 17
6. GAES Centros Auditivos, D.Caffari/ A.Corbella, GBR/ESP, 22
7. Central Lechera Asturiana, J.Merediz/ F.Palacio, ESP, 27.5
8. Pakea Bizkaia, J.Mumbru/ C.Sanmarti, ESP, 32

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J80 Europeans
The J80 European Championship kicked off today with a delayed start. The usual "Ora" wind from the South was delayed which resulted in a delayed start and only two races took place. Just as the wind was full of surprises, so were the races. The Spanish dominated the leading positions all day finishing first (Martinez Luis in Forty Five), second (Ecc Viviendas) and third (Peraleja Golf). Happily for the hosting country, Federico Rajola's OLJ Spirit Hatamuri took a first place in the first race, leading the fleet around the windward mark. They came tenth in the second race which left them lying fourth overall.

Of the UK entries, Team Baltic, helmed by Henry Bomby lead the UK boats finishing eighth overall followed by Aqua J helmed by Patrick Liardet in eleventh position and the Cardiff based Purple Haze helmed by Roger Dunstan in thirteenth position. So it was not a bad day for the Brits considering it was such a large fleet of 46 boats. Let's hope for good conditions tomorrow and another great day on the water for all the boats that have travelled so far. If a country were to win, then Spain is surely dominating.

Dragon Grand Prix 2010 In Boltenhagen
65 Dragon class boats from eleven nations will be at the start for the Dragon Grand Prix Germany, from 10th to 14th July 2010, at the new venue, the holiday resort Weiße Wiek at the Baltic resort Boltenhagen.

With 27 international teams it will be the highest international participation of Dragon class sailors at the Dragon Grand Prix this year. The World's best Dragon class sailors will compete at the Baltic resort Boltenhagen for international (world) ranking points.

The Dragon Grand Prix Germany, a Grade 1 event of the international Dragon class, will be worldwide in 2010, next to the Gold-Cup and the European Championship, one of the three most important regattas for this former Olympic three-men keel boat. The register of participants, recently released by the organiser, the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, includes 25 former Olympic medal winners and World and European champions.

Under the slogan "Top sailors for Children in Need" the proceedings will open, on Saturday, 10 June 2010, with the 6th invitational Childhood Race exclusively for the benefit of the World CHILDHOOD Foundation. The World CHILDHOOD Foundation, founded by Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden, cares for disadvantaged children throughout the world.

The Winner of the CHILDHOOD Race will receive a valuable watch by the exclusive Swiss watch maker EDOX. The CHILDHOOD Race is supported by 32 companies and institutions with special prices and gifts for the participants. -- Manuela Libor

New Head 0f Marketing and Events Joins Isaf Secretariat
Tim Sewell Tim Sewell has joined the Secretariat of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in a new role as Head of Marketing and Events. Tim's role at the Secretariat is to oversee the work of Marketing and Media, Events, Training and Development and he took up his new post on 21 June 2010.

Tim was previously Brand and Sponsorship manager at Skandia where he ran the company's highly successful sailing sponsorship programme, including the title sponsorships of Cowes Week, Skandia Team GBR and Geelong Week.

Tim is a keen family sailor, enjoying many classes ranging from dinghies to yachts.

Match Racing World Championship For Blind Sailors Underway
Luigi Bertanza and Sylvia Parente (ITA) outsailed Alborghetti and Mancinone from San Marino today. Click on image for photo gallery.

Blind Match Racing Racing commenced today on Lake Garda, Italy for the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships, 2010, Homerus Blind Match Racing. Conducted in conjunction with Homerus Associazione Onlus, the event is using the ISAF Experimental Appendix CBS for Blind Match Racing and the innovative Homerus system of acoustic buoys.

This is the 12th Homerus International Championships and the inaugural event to be conducted as an IFDS authorized World Championship. A separate series of match races will be held for the B1 and B2 vision classifications. The B1 Division for totally blind sailors will be an IFDS World Championship, while the B2 Division is sailing an IFDS International Championship.

Sailors competing in this event must be classified under the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) system. The championships are sailed in pairs of identical keelboats by a two person blind or vision impaired crew with a sighted observer on board. Three acoustic buoys, each with a unique signal, define the course and each boat has its own acoustic device that changes signature when it is on port or starboard tack.

On the B1 course today, the Australian team of Kylie Forth and Erin McGlew kicked off their championship in the best way, winning both their matches. First was Vicki Sheen / Dennis Manning (GBR), then Manuel Ugarte / Federico Albir (ESP). Forth, an above-knee amputee as well as being totally blind, has been steadily progressing up the rankings since taking on the helming role in 2007.

Local Champion, Luigi Bertanza, winning helmsman in the B1 division of the 2009 IFDS Blind Sailing International Fleet Racing Championship in Rotorua, New Zealand last January, has paired with experienced sheet-hand Silvia Parente for this event. The pair comfortably won their only match today, beating the San Marino team of Francesco Alborghetti and Alessandro Mancinone. But it was another Italian team, Anna Gamba and Enrico Sosio, which equaled the Australians by beating Alborghette / Mancione (RSM) and Ugarte / Albir (ESP).

On the B2 course, two teams have 100% on the scoring sheet. Husband and wife team Alessandro Malapiero and Elisabetta Bardella (ITA) were too good for Jordi Taule / Jose Avalos (ESP) today and went on to beat Pekka Rantanen / Egidio Carantini (FIN). The GBR team of Lucy Hodges and Toby Davey also managed two from two, beating Taule / Avalos (ESP) and Antony Bersani / Mario Alciati (USA). Malapiero and Hodges meet in the first match tomorrow.

The event is being hosted by Circolo Vela Gargnano and continues until June 27.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1984 Nautor Swan 65, EUR 525,000. Located in Montenegro.

RANI has been the winner, or runner up, in various regattas, including first over the line in the racing division in 2005 ARC and second overall on handicap. She has sailed the 2008 Palma-Vela and did well.

Summer 2008 the owner enjoyed a family cruise on board, visiting Sardinia and France - the yacht then returned to Palma. April 2009 the yacht has had her new spring service and antifouling for the season. Summer 2009 cruising Italy. Winter 2009-10 in Montenegro. Summer 2010 she will cruise Adriatic area.

RANI is maintained to a high standard and in the past few years there have been many upgrades and improvements made.

German registry. VAT paid status.

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The Last Word
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