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New Calendonia led the fleet first around the departure buoy. The last boat, Supelec, crossed just 10 minutes after the leader. Quickly two options took shape, with one group led by Oman Sail's Renaissance heading offshore, the other group hugged the shoreline's cliffs. The wind quickly faded to 3 knots, less than the current, and less than 5 miles from the start at 1730 the fleet dropped anchor and waited for the wind to return.
Top ten after the first leg:
Safran Wins Outright, Setting A French 1,2
The final leg, 225 miles from Palma de Mallorca in typically light and flighty Mediterranean breezes was a perfect way to end the 1730 miles six stage passage around Spain which started in Hondarribia on Saturday 12th June.
For a fleet more used to racing across swathes of ocean for long days out of sight of each other, this was a new experience, rich with practical learning.
As if to illustrate that point, the five top finishers were within 1.8 miles of each other by the final mark and arrived at the finish within 20 minutes of each other. Places changed over the final four or five miles with the intensity of an inshore regatta.
The race recipe is one that has satisfied the skippers and crews. All who spoke today pledged to be back for the next edition.
The French teams which took first and second, Safran and PRB, are the benchmark performers, but the Spanish teams made visible improvements over the course of the race, earning the respect of their counterparts from across their border, and clearly already are a force to be reckoned with.
Vuelta a Espana a Vela, final standings, after 6 stages.
1. Safran, Marc Guillemot, FRA, 11.5 points
Patrizio Bertelli: Luna Rossa Will Not Enter The 34th America's Cup
This sad decision was first reported on various Italian online media on Monday evening but was also officially confirmed by the team's press officer this morning. The Louis Vuitton finalist of the 32nd America's Cup will not take part in the current edition of the world's oldest sailing trophy but the rest of its sailing program will continue as scheduled, in the AUDI Medcup circuit and the LV Trophy.
Get From The Boat To The Beach On A 'Sea + Shore'
The Sea + Shore FB2 folding bike is the latest in the range of marine bicycles from Seasure. With a rock solid frame and top quality components, this new bike is designed for short trips around the marina and ideal for cycling to and from the beach with its town and country tyres.
Built for the marine environment, it comes with a high specification of accessories such as front and rear mudguards, rear pannier rack, a double chain guard and kick stand. At just 14 kilos in weight, the Sea + Shore FB2 folds to an incredibly small size, which is easy to stow in most cockpit lockers.
Germany Takes Lead At Audi Sardinia Cup
Porto Cervo, Italy: Team Germany, composed of the Farr 40 Struntje Light owned by Wolfgang Schaefer and the Melges 32 Teasing Machine owned by Jean Francois Cruette, dominated today's coastal race and now sits at the top of the overall classification in the Audi Sardinia Cup - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The biennial event, now in its 17th edition, sees national teams compete for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. With racing scheduled to continue for a further two days and a maximum of a four more races to be disputed before the final prize giving on Saturday 3rd July, all is yet to play for.
Following the Jury's decision regarding protests yesterday evening the overall classification was completely revised and the eight competing teams headed into today's race led by Italy 2 (Joe Fly and B Lin Sailing) in first place, Germany (Struntje Light and Teasing Machine) in second and Italy (Nerone and Fantasticaaa) in third. As a result of Germany's faultless performance on today's 16 nautical mile course, the team is now followed at the top of the leaderboard by Italy 2 and USA with the Farr 40 Barking Mad and the Melges 32 Bliksem.
Germany's two bullets gained today leave them on 34 points, 10 points ahead of Italy in second place. The Italian team, one of two competing in the World Championship, managed a 5th place with Giovanni Maspero's Joe Fly and a seventh with B Lin Sailing.
Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, 2nd July at 12 midday. Northerly breezes of approximately 10 degrees are predicted.
Provisional Overall Team Results after Day Three:
1. Germany: Struntje Light (3,6,6,1,1,1 =18 ); Teasing Machine (3,3,1,4,4,1 =16): 34 points
BMW Oracle Racing Wraps Victory Tour In Newport
Today saw the team enjoy a sun-splashed visit to Newport, RI, home of the Cup from 1930 to 1983 when it was spirited away by challenger Australia II.
With a brisk nor'wester blowing in the City by the Sea, members of the team and the Cup were feted at Bannister's Wharf, paraded around Newport Harbor and enjoyed a gala luncheon at Fort Adams State Park hosted by Sail Newport for 450 people.
In the afternoon, the team entertained upwards of 400 youth sailors from the Narragansett Bay sailing community. The boys and girls, ranging in age from 8 to 16, were welcomed by Coutts, a past youth world champion.
"You don't have to be a good Optimist sailor to be a good sailor," Coutts told the assembled sailors. "When I was growing up in New Zealand I used to read about the races in Newport, but never thought I'd get the chance to compete. I also never dreamed of visiting the White House and meeting the President of the United States. It just shows what you can accomplish with hard work and dedication, and how broad our sport is."
Impressive Fleet Bound for St. Malo
The 164 mile race to St. Malo from Cowes has always been popular and with 123 boats already in, it is the biggest entry for a RORC offshore race so far this season.
Mike Slade's Farr 100 Maxi, ICAP Leopard, will be hot favourite for line honours for this weekend's race to St. Malo and make no mistake; the world record breaking yacht will be attempting to break their own course record, set in 2008.
There are sixteen RORC trophies up for grabs and there will be some intense battles right through the fleet. Four Class 40s will also be racing including World Champion, Concise, skippered by young aspiring yachtsman Tom Gall.
No less than nine A 35s will undoubtedly be swapping tacks throughout the race, including French Rolex Commodores' Cup representative, Marc Alperovitch and Jerome Huillard's, Prime Time. However, last year's IRC Two winners Franck-Yves Esco-Voiles' A 35, Ame-Hasle, will certainly be looking to retain the Yacht Club de Dinard Trophy.
Twenty six Beneteau yachts will be racing, many from France but also making the trip to St. Malo is RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine, who will be racing his First 40, La Reponse, against three other sister ships.
Hugues Riche's Grand Soleil 44R, Spineck, was the overall winner of the prestigious King Edward VII Cup for best yacht overall in IRC. Riche has strong associations with the Yacht Club de France and after winning last year, he let the Club put the Cup on display. Spineck is back again this year. -- Louay Habib
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Twin Wins For The Irish
Cowes, UK: Irish eyes were smiling on day two of the 2010 Dragon Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, as Simon Brien, sailing IRL212 Kin with Stephen Milne and David Gomes, won race three and Andrew Craig, sailing IRL192 Chimaera with Mark Pettitt and Brian Matthews, won race four of the six race series. It was a very challenging day with the wind constantly flicking around between 200 and 225 degrees and varying from lows of 6-8 knots to highs of circa 17 knots. If there was ever a day of yachting snakes and ladders this was it.
After his all-conquering open day, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, sailing GBR745 with Theis Palm and Andrew Norden, found himself under considerably more pressure today. He had moments of absolute brilliance and led race four by a significant margin at one point, but ultimately he finished the day by adding a fifth and a third to yesterday's two wins. That was sufficient to keep him in the overall lead, but with the discard coming into play after race four that lead is now reduced to three points from Germany's Klaus Diederichs* sailing NOR282 Fever with Andy Beadsworth and Simon Fry.
We apologise for not being able to bring you the results of the Corinthian Division in today's report, but an administrative problem has meant that the list of those eligible to race as Corinthians is incomplete and at the time of going to press we await updated results.
On Friday there will be one championship race followed by the traditional Edinburgh Cup crew's race - and with a crew list that includes the likes of Andy Beadsworth, Ossie Stewart, Graham Bailey and Martin Payne that crew's race is likely to be as cut and thrust as any other this week. The regatta concludes on Saturday.
Overall Top Six After Four Races
1. Danish Blue - Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, GBR, 5 pts
First on the leader board are Annemiek Bekkering and Kaj Bocker of the Netherlands who have a nice start with 2 bullets and a second, although scoring issues are still being resolved at press time for the 114 boat fleet.
The lead is sweet for Kaj, as his love of skiff sailing began when he saw the 49ers on television 5 years ago. Determined to sail a skiff, he drove to Wales to purchase a used boat and taught himself to sail back in Holland. And now he's atop the European fleet as top crew and bringing 5 Dutch teams to vie for the title.
Racing continues tomorrow with the end of the qualification series followed by 3 days of the finals.
Entries Open For RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships
Last year saw organisers reluctantly turn away entries for 2009's full-to-capacity event as the popularity of the championships continues to swell. And with automatic selection to the 2011 ISAF Youth Team Racing World Championships up for grabs this year for the winning youth team, organisers are urging teams to submit their entries as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The 2010 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships will take place at Farmoor Reservoir, near Oxford on 16-17 October and entries will be exclusively through the RYA Racing Events website - www.rya.org.uk/racing/events .
Entries will be accepted from teams of six to sail in three-boat teams in Firefly and Feva dinghies for the Youth and Junior events respectively with a maximum of 48 teams accepted; 24 Youth and 24 Junior.
Some 288 youngsters contested the event at Farmoor last October with teams entered from clubs, class associations, schools and RYA National and Zone Squads as well as some private entries.
This year teams will be looking to topple double event Youth Champions West Kirby Youth and 2009 Junior Champions Anglian Express from their perch but for youth teams, the first chance to get their hands on the opportunity to represent GBR in Schull, Ireland, at the World Championships will be at the forefront of their minds.
To enter the RYA Eric Twiname Youth Team Racing Championships 2010, youth entries must be under the age of 19 as of 31st December 2010 but to be eligible for selection onto the 2011 World Championships team, at least two helm and two crew members must also be under the age of 19 as of 31st December 2011.
Junior team entries to the event must be under the age of 16 as of 31st December 2010.
Entries for the 2010 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships close on Monday 20 September and entry will only be confirmed once payment has been received in full. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Air Travel and Sails - A True Story
It all started off just fine, I went to the check-in desk with a Gill travel bag and a 8-foot Jib tube and asked to check in. "No problem", says the Delta agent, "but you know the tube is oversize and there will be an additional charge". "No problem" I say," how much is it?" " 2,200.00 euros", says the agent. I respond, "what are you kidding me, that's more than I paid for my ticket!!"! That's our "new" policy says the supervisor. "Nice".
It's a good thing I was checking a bag (the Gill) that could be carried onto the plane, so I was able to check the Jib tube as my one allowed bag, with a substantially lower charge for being oversize, 175 euros. So, I guess what I'm saying is, check with your carrier before thinking that having an extra bag, such as a jib tube, might be expensive. -- Rick Burgess in the Star Class website, www.starclass.org
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