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Malta Takes Lead at Audi Sardinia Cup
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Audi Sardinia Cup Porto Cervo, 30th June 2010. Day Two of the Audi Sardinia Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and underway in Porto Cervo from 28th June to 3rd July, saw team Malta move to the top of the overall classification. The team is composed of the Farr 40 Enfant Terrible owned by Alberto Rossi, and the Melges 32 Rush Diletta, owned by Mauro Moccheggiani. With five races won, three points separate the Maltese team from second-placed Italy 2 with the Farr 40 Joe Fly and the Melges 32 B-Lin Sailing. Team Germany - Wolfgang Schaefer's Farr 40 Struntje Light and Jean Francois Cruette's Teasing Machine - had a very good day which brought them up to third place, just one point behind Italy 2. With as many as five races left to run and 13 points separating the top six teams , all is still to play for in the event which will assign the title of ISAF Offshore Team World Champion.

Two windward leeward races were held today on the race course off Porto Cervo. The first, race four of the series, started in 9-10 knots of wind from 345°. The breeze dropped to approximately 5-6 knots for the start of race five while temperatures on the north east coast of Sardinia remain high and are accompanied by sunshine and blue skies.

The team representing Malta rose to the top of the overall classification today thanks mainly to a first and second place gained by the Melges 32 Rush Diletta with former Italian and European 470 champion Matteo Ivaldi aboard. The Farr 40 Enfant Terrible took sixth place in the first race of the day and second in the second.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Thursday 1st July, at 12 midday. Winds are predicted to remain light, approximately 10 knots from north east.

At the time of distribution of this press releases protests are under discussion.

Provisional Overall Team Results after Day Two

1. Malta: Farr 40 Enfant Terrible (4,1,2,6,2 =7); Melges 32 Rush Diletta (4,5,3,1,2=12): 30 points
2. Italy 2 : Farr 40 Joe Fly (1,5,3,54 =18); Melges 32 B-Lin (1,1,7,5,1 =15): 33
3. Germany: Struntije Light (3,6,6,1,1 =17 ); Teasing Machine (3,3,1,4,6 =17): 34
4. Italy: Nerone (5,2,1,4,5=17); Fantastica (7,7,4,2,4=24): 41
5. Monaco: Plenty (2,4,5,3,6 = 20); Audi Giacomel (6,2,2,8,3 =21): 41
6. Usa: Barking Mad (7,3,4,2,3=19); Bliksem (2,6,5,3,8=24): 43
7. United Kingdom: Mangusta Risk (8,7,8,7,7=37); Ngoni (5,4,8,6,7=30): 67
8. Switzerland: Vanitas Cube (6,8,7,8,8= 37); I.Nova 2 (8,8,6,7,5=34): 71

www.yccs.it

America's Cup at the White House
Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton. Click on image to enlarge.

America's Cup at the White House Washington, D.C., USA: The BMW ORACLE Racing team celebrated their historic America's Cup win at the White House with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Led by team owner Larry Ellison (USA) and representing San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club, BMW ORACLE Racing won the America's Cup in February - the first time an American team has won the Cup in 18 years.

"We are enormously proud to bring the America's Cup back to the United States after a very long absence," Ellison said. "This team represents what can be achieved when talented people pursue their dreams with a single-minded sense of purpose. The America's Cup is the pinnacle of every sailor's ambition; now that we've won, we will focus equally hard on successfully defending the oldest trophy in international sport."

The America's Cup has been to the White House on one other occasion - President Reagan welcomed skipper Dennis Conner to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after his American team won the trophy back from Australia in 1987.

The visit to the White House marked the beginning of an East Coast tour for the BMW ORACLE Racing team and the America's Cup.

On Wednesday, the team made an appearance on 'The Early Show' on CBS in New York City, before skipper Jimmy Spithill rang the opening bell of the NASDAQ exchange.

The tour continues on Thursday in Newport, Rhode Island, where the Cup will be on public display and the team will be featured at a Sail Newport luncheon and a special presentation for junior sailors at Fort Adams.

www.bmworacleracing.com

A Spanish Duel Over The Final Miles
Photo by Maria Muina / Vuelta a Espana a Vela. Click on image to enlarge.

Vuelta Espana a Vela Barcelona, Spain: The Vuelta Espana a Vela is building to an exciting finale, winding up a final 50 miles upwind stage tonight to finish off Barcelona, with the Spanish duo Movistar and Estrella Damm evenly matched, challenging for the final honours for Leg 6, the 225 miles last stage from Palma, Mallorca.

At the final turning mark of the entire 1730 miles, six leg course which started in Hondarribia on Saturday 12th June, Spain's double Olympic medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez had built themselves a slender lead which they are trying to protect to the finish, as both teams try to become the first Spanish boat to win a leg of this IMOCA Open 60 round Spain race.

When they turned for home at the Llosa rock mark off Palamos, east of Barcelona, Movistar was just nine minutes and 23 seconds ahead of the Barcelona based Estrella Damm of Pepe Ribes and his Barcelona born and bred co-skipper Alex Pella.

The two Spanish boats already took the top bonus points at the Palamos scoring gate, the first time during this race that neither of the French boats Safran nor PRB have been in the top two at a scoring gate. Overall race leader Safran rounded third at Palamos, securing the 1.5 points that put to make them mathematically unbeatable position for the overall Vuelta Espana a Vela title.

The leg from Palma, which started 1205hrs yesterday has been slow at times, with particular minefields of very calm areas to be avoided.

The two pace-makers Movistar and Estrella Damm have swapped the lead between them, with the Ribes and Pella skippered Estrella Damm taking the lead as the fleet left Dragonera island, to the west of Mallorca, late yesterday evening. Key to their success, so far, was staying to the east, with the offshore option early this morning seemingly yielding more of the SW'ly breeze, and then emerging first into the best of the local Garbi sea breeze in the afternoon

Roundings at Palamos by 1700hrs local

1. Movistar, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez ESP 14:54:10hrs
2. Estrella Damm, Alex Pella/Pepe Ribes ESP 15:03:33hrs, + 9 mins 23 secs
3. Safran, Marc Guillemot/ Charles Caudrelier-Benac FRA15:24:06hrs, + 29 mins 56 secs
4. PRB, Vincent Riou/Jean Le Cam FRA 15:24:06hrs, + 30 mins 04 secs
5. W Hotels Nova Bocana, P Rivero/Tono Piris ESP 15:43:20hrs, +39 mins 11 secs

www.vueltaespanavela.com

29er Europeans
The 2010 edition of the 29er Europeans in Sant Pere Pescador, Spain is preparing to name a new champion - with the current World Champions Kevin Fischer and Glenn Gouron of France in attendance as well as many teams preparing for the ISAF Youth Worlds, competition is stiff.

With 114 teams representing 15 nations, the waters of the Mediterranean will be teaming with anticipation when racing begins on July 1. The British squad is the largest country represented with 23 teams followed by the host nation Spain with 16.

With the 29er named as the ISAF Youth World open boat for the ISAF Youth Worlds, many youth teams are in attendance to practice their skills including teams from outside Europe including the New Zealand team of Alexandra Malone and Sam Bullock and the United States with 5 teams including their ISAF Youth World representatives.

Registration and measurement are currently taking place with formal racing to begin Thursday, July 1.

www.29er.org
www.29ereuropeans.org

Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Photo by Fiona Brown, www.fionabrown.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Dragon Edinburgh Cup Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: The 33 strong fleet at the 2010 Dragon Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management and hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, put on a fabulous show in stunning conditions as they completed the first two of their six race series for the British Open Dragon Championship. With hot sunshine, a good south westerly breeze of 10-17 knots and what Andrew "Noddy" Norden, bowman for reigning Dragon World Champion Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, described as "without doubt the strongest Edinburgh Cup fleet I've ever seen", it was unquestionably some of the best racing the Solent has witnessed in a long time.

In the Corinthian Division for the all-amateur crews the Solent's Eric Williams, sailing GBR682 Ecstatic with Rory Paton and Joanna Richardson, is leading overall from Solent Fleet Captain Richard Cullen aboard GBR669 Supremacy, crewed by Alex Dobson and Matthew Hill, with Falmouth's Chris Hunt, crewed by Mark Dailey and Simon James sailing GBR741 Flawless, third.

One team who's day looked pretty good until they got ashore and checked the results was that of French National Champion Louis Urvois, sailing FRA365 Ar Prim with Gwen Chapalain and Jean S Ponce.

With the forecast offering more sunshine and good winds, this time from the south, we look all set for another great day of racing tomorrow. The regatta continues until Saturday with a total of six races scheduled. In addition Friday afternoon will see the lunatics taking over the asylum in the Edinburgh Cup Crews Race, a traditional highlight of the regatta.

Overall Top Five After Two Races

1. Danish Blue - Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, GBR
2. Fever - Klaus Diederichs, NOR
3. Alfie - Lawrie Smith, GBR
4. Murka 7 - Olga White, RUS
5. Gorgeous Worgeous - Jamie Lea, GBR

www.britishdragons.org
www.rcyc.co.uk

Brest Classic Week
City of sailors and offshore racing, with its bay opening onto the Iroise Sea, Brest holds the advantage of privileged surroundings and a perfect setting devoted to boating.Against this backdrop, the Port du Chateau marina, located both in the heart of town and facing the open sea, is the perfect place to host the first Brest Classic Week event, from the 5th to 10th of July.

This is the first event of its kind in Brest, specifically reserved for classic yachts. It will welcome forty superb, history-laden boats for a full week of racing, regattas and festivities. Though intended as an up-market event in the pure style of yacht gatherings in the English-speaking world, this exceptional instant is also, obviously, intended for all the people of Brest and Finistere County. Each day, events and concerts will provide moments of great conviviality for the crews as well as the general public. They will be organised in the Brest Classic Week Village.

This week of traditional sail is also designed to fit into the classic yachting and racing circuit, falling between the meetings in Benodet in late June and Cowes Week in late July. And the desire has already been clearly and strongly expressed for this to become a regular event held every two years.

This first edition of Brest Classic Week will be a popular, lively and open event where competitors, owners, partners and the public can all rub shoulders. Everyone will be welcomed in a perfectly adapted setting: the Port du Chateau marina in the heart of town, where a village covering about 500 m2 will hold the organisation area and exhibitors' stands.

www.brestclassicweek.com

Perth International Regatta
With the official opening of entries to the Perth International Regatta (the test event to the ISAF Sailing World Championships, to be held between 16-21 November 2010), Perth 2011 Event Director John Longley advises sailors to register early to avoid disappointment.

"I encourage sailors who have an aim of securing one of the 380 places available at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing Regatta to complete the online entry for the Perth International Regatta soon," Mr Longley said.

"Athletes who compete in November this year will 'get a feel' for the weather conditions that are likely to ensue in December next year for the Sailing World Championships," he said.

He said the urgency was due to the fact that places were limited and on a 'first in, first served basis'. Further, he added that Perth 2011 had "already received interest from 14 countries wishing to enter teams" and that "about half the number of athletes and boats that would travel to Perth for the Sailing World Championships would be in Western Australia for this year's event".

Skandia Team GBR hasn't wasted any time with most of their performance team already entered to ensure they don't miss the invaluable opportunity the Perth International Regatta presents.

To enter or to download the Notice of Race please visit the home page of the Event website - perth2011.com

Bookings Open For Come Racing 2010
LaserPerformance and Pelican Racing have teamed up once again to offer members of the public the opportunity to 'Come Racing' at Cowes Week 2010.

If you have ever wanted to go sailing at Cowes Week but you have limited or no sailing experience, now is your chance! Come Racing will start at 4pm and will run from Saturday 31st July to Thursday 5thAugust 2010 and offers the chance to get afloat and having a go! 10, Laser SB3s, helmed by RYA qualified skippers who will teach the crew members some basic sailing skills and the session will finish with a short race against the 9 other Laser SB3s.

To take part, all sailors need to do is bring a pair of soft soled shoes; all other essentials including spray tops and buoyancy aids will be provided.

"Cowes Week is an integral part of the British sporting calendar and, as such, it attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes," says Stuart Quarrie, CEO of Cowes Week Limited. "The Come Racing programme by LaserPerformance and Pelican Racing is fantastic and means that anyone can get a taste of racing, whether or not they have previous sailing experience."

In 2009, Come Racing was a sell out, with all daily sessions fully booked well in advance of Cowes Week! For those wishing to have a go, places can be booked by contacting Pelican Racing by telephone: 01983 201587 or by e-mailing: .

For further information, please visit www.pelican-racing.co.uk

Come Racing costs just £10.00 per person.

Major Cruising Rally Organisers To Join Forces
The Cruising Rally Association (CRA), best known as the organiser of the annual Caribbean 1500 Rally from Hampton VA to the British Virgin Islands, and World Cruising Club (WCC), organizers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia, are joining forces to become the largest global organisation dedicated to the sport of passage-making.

Cruising Rally Association has organised ocean sailing rallies and seminars for 21 years under the leadership of President and Founder Steve Black. "We are excited to be joining with the World Cruising Club whose size and international reputation will help ensure the long term continuation and success of the events we have worked for years to establish."

In addition to the ARC now in its 25th year, World Cruising Club organises the ARC Europe transatlantic rally which includes a US start; the trans-Biscay Rally Portugal; and the biennial round the world rally, World ARC. Cruising Rally Association operates the Atlantic Cup from the BVI to Bermuda as well as the Caribbean 1500. Both organisations offer seminars to assist participants preparing for offshore passages. World Cruising Club's website www.noonsite.com is a global resource for cruising sailors, unique one-stop website providing essential information on all maritime nations of the world.

Black, a veteran trans-oceanic single handed passage-maker, plans to continue his work with WCC and to continue cruising and racing aboard his 42' Simonis designed sloop. Future CRA rallies will continue to be organised and run from the combined organisation's US office, providing continuity and support for American participants.

See www.carib1500.com and www.worldcruising.com

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* From Jack Lloyd, Race Director, Volvo Ocean Race: Volvo Ocean Race is seeking to employ a Youth Sailing Coordinator: we ar in the final week of applications, I was hoping you could include the following address in you editorial just incase there is still someone out there that has not applied for this exciting and stimulating psoition. The applicants need to be able to base themselves in Alicante Spain and be able to legally work in the EU.

www.volvooceanrace.com

Featured Brokerage
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