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ISAF Offshore Team World Championship - Audi Sardinia Cup
Porto Cervo, Italy: Team Italy 2, composed of the Farr 40 Joe Fly and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailng, heads the overall classification at the end of day one of the Audi Sardinia Cup. Both boats in team Italy 2 took first place in the first race of the day and after three races held now sit just one point ahead of team Malta - with the Farr 40 Enfant Terrible and the Melges 32 Rush Diletta - in the overall classification. The top end of the classification is extremely close with third placed team Monaco, composed of the Farr 40 Plenty and the Melges 32 Fratelli Giacomel Audi Team in third.

The three windward leeward races held off Porto Cervo today were sailed in approximately 10 to 12 knots of north north-easterly breeze which lightened and became fairly shifty during the last race of the day. The first race of the series started on scheduled at 12.05 in approximately 10 to 11 knots of breeze from 335° with clear blue skies and soaring temperatures which topped 30°C.

Provisional Overall Team Results after Day One

1. Italy 2 : Farr 40 Joe Fly (1,5,3=9); Melges 32 B-Lin (1,1,7=9): 18 total points
2. Malta: Enfant Terrible (4,1,2=7); Rush Diletta (4,5,3=12): 19
3. Monaco: Plenty (2,4,5=11); Audi Giacomel (6,2,2=10): 21
4. Germany: Struntje Light (3,6,6=15); Teasing Machine (3,3,1=7): 22
5. Italy: Nerone (5,2,1=8); Fantastica (7,7,4=18): 26
6. Usa: Barking Mad (7,3,4=14); Bliksem (2,6,5=13): 27
7. United Kingdom: Mangusta Risk (8,7,8=23); Ngoni (5,4,8=17): 40
8. Suisse: Vanitas Cube (6,8,7=21); I.Nova 2 (8,8,6=22): 43

Bertrand Pace At The Helm
Photo by Jean-Marie Liot / Tour Voile 2010. Click on image to enlarge.

Tour Voile He can keep the red spinnaker! Bertrand Pace took Nouvelle-Caledonie's helm this morning and just won the first offshore leg between Dunkerque and Calais. His team is still leading the overall ranking. Job done in the North wind and streams.

Bertrand Pace and his crew can drink to their victory. They are really strong! They took the lead of the race in front of Dunkerque and won a tricky 25-miles race.

Second, Ile-de-France 2010, with Jimmy Pahun at the helm. Vincent Aillaud, Jean-François Cuzon, Jean-Pierre Nicol and co. did well, finishing second behind Nouvelle-Caledonie.

Toulon-Provence-Mediterranee - COYCH is third, and third of the overall ranking too. First amateur and fourth overall during this offshore leg, Ville de Geneve - Carrefour Prevention. Team SOG - Safran is the first student and finished the leg in sixth position. Tonight, the students are still second overall!

Another surprise: several boats went aground on a sandbar few minutes after the start, including Oman Sail's Renaissance. This international team took the best start but hit the sand and stopped. The boat was last at the mark but succeeded to reach the tenth place in Calais.

Normale Sup - Lagardere's students had a more serious issue : they gave up after breaking the forestay. They are now doing their best to repair and start again tomorrow. And Supelec is DNF on this leg for crossing the finish line too late.

Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race
For an hour and a half on Monday afternoon, the finishing horn at the Royal Western Yacht Club line seem to keep sounding. Averaging a finish every nine minutes, after nearly 2000 miles of racing, fellow competitors lined the railings of the Cattewater and the balconies of the Royal Western Yacht Club, to cheer and clap each arrival. The support for each other showed the camaraderie that is built up in the stopovers of the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race.

Yogo Racing Izara skippered by Oli Young and Sam Goodchild led Thunder II (John Fowler & Warwick Samuel) and then Taika (Kim Vasey & Chris Tibbs) over the line in a period of just over six minutes. This put Taika at the top of the IRC leaderboard.

This was only to last a few minutes as The Shed skippered by Phil Stubs and Pip Hare, crossed the line just over four minutes later, to snatch not only the Class Three win out of the hands of Chris Tibbs and Kim Vasey, but the overall lead in IRC. Rafiki skippered by Ebe Docter and Rein Amels followed shortly afterwards.

There was nearly a half hour break before three more yachts were to cross the line within a minute and a half of each other. Fastrak VII (Nigel Colley & David Bowdler) was fifty three seconds ahead of Allez Van Hee (Tony Van Hee & Bob Beggs), who were forty four seconds ahead of Greyhound (Gerard Schalkwijk & Laura Engel).

Another break followed before Jangada Too (Richard Palmer & Trevor Drew) crossed the line just under half an hour later. Twenty minutes later JBellino (Rob Craigie & Charles Allen) crossed the line to the largest cheer of the afternoon, showing the huge affection and respect that Rob and Charles are held in.

And that isn't it for the day. With Comedy of Errors closing on the Western Entrance of Plymouth Sound there will be more finishers today, bringing to close a day that will have seen nearly twenty percent of the entire race finish within 90 minutes of each other and nearly a third of the fleet finish in one day.

* The Shetland Round Britain & Ireland Race continues to be full of drama, even in these incredibly light winds, right to the end. QII, BlueQube and Elixir have been locked together across Lyme Bay, around Start Point and in the approaches to Plymouth. QII opted to split from the other two and lost the wind. Elixir and BluQube traded tacks up Plymouth Sound and then both lost the wind as they cross the main ship channel. Timing being all important this was as HMS Cornwall was coming around Drake's Island. The police RIB spoke to both yachts and then the Race Officials watch with gratitude as HMS Cornwall diverted her course to pass close behind both yachts.

BluQube and Elixir hoisted their spinnakers and as both tried to point high enough to clear the moorings, Elixir was able to gybe earlier. BluQube played the angles accelerating after Elixir, but Elixir (skippered by Flic Gabbay and Roger Barber) piped BluQube (skippered by Katie Miller and Matt Lingley) to the line by 18 seconds in drifting conditions. -- James Bembridge

Three Boats Finish Jester Atlantic Challenge
Newport, Rhode Island, USA: Igor Zaretsky on his Peterson 25, The Grand, became the first Russian to win a solo, transatlantic race, when he arrived in Rhode Island at 6.35am BST on Saturday.

Just two and a half hours later the event's only multihull - Rory McDougall's 21-foot Wharram Tiki, Cooking Fat - also finished the challenge, which left Plymouth on May 23.

Roger Fitzgerald on Ella Trout III, a Dehler 29, became the third finisher on Sunday evening.

The Jester Challenge is a solo, Atlantic non-race for boats under 30-feet, that has seen 12 of the 24 starters retire, including Andy Lane's 21-foot Archambault Coco, Amadeus, which sank.

Fitzgerald almost joined the list in the closing stages when he ran aground on his approach to Newport.

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Seahorse July 2010
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Jourdain Joins Extreme Sailing Series At Cowes Week
Round the World sailing legend Roland Jourdain has thrown his hat into the ring and will be entering his Extreme 40, Veolia Environnement, into the Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week this year, bringing the fleet to nine in total. One of the World's very best ocean racing skippers, Jourdain is a two-times IMOCA World Champion and has won the Transat Jacques Vabre twice as well as the infamous Route du Rhum.

Swapping long-haul ocean racing for the short racecourses the circuit has become renowned for will certainly challenge the skipper from Quimper, France, who for the past 15 years has been focussing on long-course monohull racing since being crowned Formula 40 World Champion in 1989.

Jourdain commented, "Our participation in Cowes Week in August is an excellent occasion for us to be up against the big champions from all countries. I hardly sailed multihulls for the past ten years so it will be a tough task, but it will be a pleasure to be on the Formula 40s of the third millennium."

Joining Jourdain will be experienced Extreme 40 sailor Jean-Christophe Mourniac, former French National Match Racing Champion Philippe Legros and America's Cup veteran and experienced match racer, Christophe André, who raced in 2009 in both the Kiel and Amsterdam Extreme 40 events with LUNA.

Jourdain will be up against some of the biggest names in multihull sailing. Three French compatriots will be on the start line on 31 July. Loïck Peyron, helming defending Champions Oman Sail Masirah, Franck Cammas, onboard Groupama 40 and Yann Guichard, winner of the first event in Sete at the end of May 2010 with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.

The nine-strong line up will include Jourdain's old sparring rival Mike Golding, another veteran Vendee Globe skipper, with Ecover Sailing Team and double Olympic Gold Medallist Roman Hagara onboard Red Bull extreme Sailing.

Etchells Open Day
Saturday 3 July in Hamble, Cowes and on the water 0930-1600

The Etchells fleet in Cowes and Hamble are inviting sailors to come and try a sail on the 30 foot keel boat on Saturday 3rd July. Show boats will be alongside at the Royal Southern Yacht Club Hamble and Cowes (location to be advised) with class members available to discuss why an Etchells. On the day the class association will also have Etchells sailing in the Solent with Rib Transfer's to the boats so that prospective new owners or crew can sail one. Experienced or novice sailors are all invited to view the boat. Those wishing to sail ideally should advise the organisers first of their time slots and make sure they bring their sailing wet weather gear.

Saturday 3rd July between 0930 and 1600 is the opportunity to sail with some experienced owners and to meet some fleet members.

To make a provisional booking, people can call or text 07869085381
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Dragon UK South Coast Championship
Photo by Fiona Brown, Click on image for photo gallery.

Dragon UK South Coast Championship Cowes, UK: For the 26 teams from six nations competing at the 2010 Dragon UK South Coast Championship, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, from 27-29 June 2010, the Solent offered up three days of glorious sunshine and near perfect racing conditions. After eight closely fought races Danish double Olympic Gold Medallist Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, sailing GBR745 Danish Blue with Theis Palm and Andrew Norden, took victory by a nine point margin from Len Jones of the Medway sailing GBR708 Rumours crewed by Pedro Andrade and Philip Catmur. In third place was Russia's Mikhail Muratov sailing RUS96 Murka 8 crewed by Vladimir Krutskikh and V Uvarkin and fourth place was taken by Cowes based Gavia Wilkinson-Cox and her crew Mark Hart and Henry Bagnall aboard GBR716 Jerboa. In the Corinthian competition for the all-amateur crews first place went to Burnham on Crouch's Mark Wade sailing GBR722 Avalanch crewed by Mandy Wade and Duncan Grindley.

With six different race winners it was an exciting series and the racing was always extremely close.

The fleet will increase to 33 teams for the Edinburgh Cup and among the new additions will be British Olympic Bronze Medallist Lawrie Smith, who will be crewed by fellow Olympian Ossie Stewart and 505 World Champion Bill Masterman; Norway's Klause Diederich's, crewed by Etchells World Champion Andy Beadsworth and America's Cup sailor Simon Fry; reigning French National Champion Louis Urvois with crew Gwen Chapalain and Jean S Ponce; Ireland's Simon Brien, who won the Edinburgh Cup in 2000 and will be crewed by Stephen Milne and David Gomes; and Japan's Bocci Aoyama crewed by Norio Iger and Tetsuya Saski.

Dragon UK South Coast Championship 2010 - Overall Top Five

1. GBR745 - Danish Blue - Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen - 14 points
2. GBR708 - Rumours - Len Jones - 23
3. RUS96 - Murka 8 - Mikhail Muratov - 32
4. GBR716 - Jerboa - Gavia Wilkinson-Cox - 35
5. GBR723 - Gorgeous Worgeous - Jamie Lea/Quentin Strauss - 36 and

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34th America's Cup Video Talent Competition
Do you have what it takes to supercharge the media production of the America's Cup?

So asks a video posted on the official 34TH America's Cup web site, , that launches the America's Cup Video Production Competition. Transforming the video output in a way that excites and engages the biggest ever audience is a primary goal for the 34TH America's Cup. Fresh thinking for video production is being sought from Generation Y.

The America's Cup Video Production Competition is open to anyone so long as they're less than 28 years of age.

All that is required is a clip of any length that illustrates production techniques and exciting, new perspectives that could boost coverage of the 34TH America's Cup.

The 28-year age limit is in place with a view to blending new talent with the best and most-experienced specialists in sports broadcasting.

A panel of extreme sports and social media leaders will review the videos. Producers of the most interesting videos posted by 12 July 2010 will be flown to Valencia, Spain, to participate in the 34TH America's Cup Media & Race Evaluation Trials slated for the end of July.

The ultimate competition winner, to be announced at the end of September, will get to choose from prizes that include a top of the range Apple MacBook Pro, installed with the latest video editing software, to a high-end, HD camera. Other finalists will receive BMW ORACLE Racing official team gear.

The competition video and details, including terms, timing and prizes, can be viewed on the official 34TH America's Cup Web site at

Contestants are invited to enter the competition by posting their video at

Artemis Offshore Academy
The Artemis Offshore Academy will use the world class facilities at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) as one of the venues for the UK excellence training programme. The Artemis Offshore Academy aims to help the best of British short-handed sailing talent win major offshore solo and short-handed races by creating the conditions that will foster the emergence of a stronger British force on the international short-handed scene.

The WPNSA will be working closely with the Artemis Offshore Academy supporting a UK training programme of excellence for British short-handed sailors, providing a structure to bring talented sailors up through the ranks. Designed to help them win major offshore solo and short-handed races in the future, the ultimate goal is to put a British sailor in a strong position to win the Vendée Globe in 2016 or 2020. The Artemis Offshore Academy will provide a structure that can help all whose potential is yet to be fully realised.

The newly launched Academy will operate from a variety of bases to maximize the effectiveness of the training in British waters during the summer, including extensive use of the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, The Solent and in the South of France, La Grande Motte, already an established French Figaro school during the winter.

John Tweed, Chief Executive at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy commented, "Looking across the channel, it is clear that French sailors' success in short-handed sailing is backed by a strong network of training centres. I have no doubt the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has the world-class training facilities in place to harness the talent of the Artemis Offshore Academy sailors."

Sail Racing Partners With Match Racing Tour
Swedish apparel manufacturer Sail Racing has been appointed as official clothing partner to the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Sail Racing has signed a 3 year agreement with the WMRT and will provide branded team clothing onwards for the Tour from Stena Match Cup Sweden.

Sail Racing has worked with some of the most successful sailing events in the world such as; the Volvo Ocean Race and Nokia Oops Cup. The specialist sports clothing brand has also been associated with the Swedish America's Cup Victory Challenge Team, the Audi/Q8 Team racing a TP52 in the Audi Med Cup as well as Red Bull Extreme Sailing.

Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, one of only 9 selected international 2010 WMRT Tour card holders, has also been signed up to wear the brand and will be endorsing the 'Sail Racing 50 KTS Race Edition' this season.

Sail Racing also selected the esteemed Swedish racer, Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge, to help develop their technical lines since the inception of the company.

For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record:

Record: Monohull. 24 hours under rule 21.c
Yacht: ICAP Leopard. 100ft Monohull
Name: Mike Slade and 20 crew
Dates: 31st May to the 1st June 2010.
Start time: 05.00; 31/05/10
Finish time: 05.00; 01/06/10
Elapsed time: 24 hours
Distance: 495.1 NM
Average speed: 20.6 kts
Comments: Previous record: 466.4nm 19.4 kts. May 08 Leopard. Mike Slade GBR

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

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