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Portimao Portugal Match Cup
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
* 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
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
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
The draft Protocol is available online:
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Kieler Woche: And The Winners Are...
"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.
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Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Racers Head For Home
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 www.shetlandmarinas.com website, and at www.rbandi.com where you will also find news, photographs, video and competitors blogs.
Less Than 120 Miles To The Finish For Safran
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:
Overall Provisional Standings, Vuelta a España a Vela
1. Safran, Marc Guillemot, FRA, 5 points
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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
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 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
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.
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.
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