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From The "Not A Big Surprise" Files...
San Francisco has put forward a strong, well- rounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America's Cup match.

The city is home to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, whose team BMW ORACLE Racing, won the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia, Spain on 14 February. The 34th America's Cup is scheduled for 2013 or 2014, the year to be determined by infrastructure development lead-times.

In being granted status as the sole venue candidate in the USA, San Francisco can forge ahead with plans to provide the necessary facilities for the America's Cup along the City's waterfront, south of the Bay Bridge. It also now allows San Francisco to "nationalize" their efforts and to seek support from the State of California and the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Under the Cup's governing rules, the Deed of Gift written in 1852, the winner and hence Defender for the next Match chooses the venue.

Russell Coutts said, "We are extremely grateful to the other American candidates. Their disappointment is understandable as each would have been a great host city in its own right. And we appreciate their offers of support to San Francisco going forward.

Strong expressions of interest from four European countries are also being studied by the American Defender. GGYC/BOR will announce a final decision on the venue, along with the date and other details of the next America's Cup by the end of this year.

bmworacleracing.com
www.americascup.com

Archipelago Angst
Photo of Peter Gilmour by Chris Boynton, www.chrisboynton.co.uk. Click on image to enlarge.

Match Cup Sweden Marstrand, Sweden: The wind spun round to the South today at Stena Match Cup Sweden altering the game plan for the final 5 flights of Stage 1 of the event. For some of the smug skippers of the World Match Racing Tour, Marstrand is their home of old and they therefore take clear advantage in the race course knowledge stakes. The change in wind direction enforced shorter legs to races with 3 rounds as the teams tracked the cutting gusts through the rocky outcrop of the archipelago.

Sweden's tortuous round robin slaughtered the bookies' favourites with Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/Black Match Racing, winner of this year's Match Race Germany and Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing who claimed victory only 10 days ago at Portimao out for the count along with Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team, Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing, Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing losing all of his matches along with Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team, winner of Stena Match Cup Sweden 2 years ago.

The quarter finals are now consolidated down to 8 skippers with Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team winning each of their groups. Radich will be first to pick his opponent for the quarters which is a huge psychological boost as he gets to select his jousting partner out of Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN and Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team

Quarter-Finalists

Group A
Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra

Group B
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team

www.wmrt.com

Leaders Extend Their Leads In Short Offshore Race
Cagliari, Sardinia: At the finish line for the short offshore race tonight, the series leaders and runners-up in Class A and Class B of the 2010 ORCi European Championship have continued their winning ways, extending their leads on their rivals in the overall points standings.

Riccardo Di Bartolomeo's Grand Soleil 42R0 MAN and Francesco Siculiana's Grand Soleil 40RC Alvarosky have won the short offshore race, earning 1.125 points in the 1.5 point-weighted race and taking to three races their respective winning streaks in Class A and Class B. With second place finishes in Class A and B respectively, nearest rivals Raffaele Archivolti's Beneteau First 50 Saphira and Gianfranco Cioce's Comet 38S Scricca have also maintained their position in the standings.

And while the standings have remained somewhat stratified in Class B, there has been some re-shuffling among the standings in Class A, where the Valente-Stillitano-Bernardo syndicate's striking NM43 Nautilus Wave has overtaken Maurizio Biscardi's equally-striking Comet 50 Verve-Dahlia TV for third place in the standings.

1. MAN, GS 42R0, Riccardo di Bartolomeo, 2.625 points
2. Saphira, First 50, Raffaele Archivolti, 9.5
3. Nautilus Wave, NM 43, Valente-Stillitano-Bernardo, 14
4. Verve-Dahlia TV, Comet 50, Maurizio Biscardi, 17
5. One-Noidinotte, Comet 45S, Saverio Bifulco, 19

Top five results after three races, Division B:

1. Alvarosky, GS 40RC, Francesco Siculiana, 2.625 points
2. Scricca, Comet 38S, Gianfranco Cioce, 8
3. Rewind, X-37, Claudio Paesani, 12.5
4. Low Noise, M37, Giuseppe Giuffre, 17
5. Coconut, M37, Francesco Sodini, 20

www.orceuropeans2010.com

Beneteau Cup 2010 - Royal Southern Yacht Club (28th - 29th August)
Beneteau Cup New format, new venue, lower entry fee but still and awesome fun event for any Beneteau owner! Taking place over August bank holiday weekend, at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, the Solent racing format caters for all classes of owners from full on race teams to fun family cruisers. Once ashore the fun gets even better with the legendary sat night themed dinner, which combines great adult entertainment with fun for the whole family!

The entry fee has been lowered this year and includes a set number of tickets to the Sat night party. This has been due to the outstanding sponsorship support from some of the biggest names in yachting! Event organizers have also negotiated an outstanding berthing package for the weekend at MDL Port Hamble marina to cater for all entrants in a dedicated event area. Full details on entry...

Entries may have to be capped this year so don't miss out, ENTER ONLINE NOW!

www.beneteaucup.co.uk

Opti Europeans
Kamien-Pomorski, Poland: With Wednesday's 20 knot winds, three more races were completed, providing for a valid championship.

Thursday's tricky wind conditions made it a difficult day for racing, not only for the sailors but also for the Race Committee. Races started in the afternoon in 12 knots of wind which gradually dropped to 3-4 knots, forcing the committee to send the fleets back to shore after completion of only two of the three races scheduled for the day.

Due at least in part to the diffgicult conditions, places keep changing in the top ten of both the boy and girl rankings. Francisca Russo had another bullet today in the first race but didn't find her way in the second, in which she finished in 37th place. However, she is still the leader of the fleet, with a 21 point gap separating her from Evangelia Drougka from Greece, in second place. Evangelia sailed to her best today, finishing 4th and 1st in the first and second races respectively, as did Paula Barcelo from Spain.

Konstantinos Oikonomidis proved very skillful in reading the wind in today's conditions as he finished first in both races. Meanwhile another Greek sailor, Grigorios Mazarakis, has climbed in the ranking and is now second after finishing 7th and 3rd.

Top five, boys (146 sailors):
1. Konstantinos Oikonomidis, GRE, 29.0
2. Grigorios Mazarakis, GRE, 53.0
3. Lorant Pech, HUN, 55.0
4. Bora Olcav, TUR, 64.0
5. Balazs Gyapjas, HUN, 67.0

Top five, girls (101 sailors):
1. Francesca Russo Cirillo, ITA, 15.0 points
2. Evangelia Drougka, GRE, 36.0
3. Paula Barcelo, ESP, 39.0
4. Anja Hamerlitz, CRO, 40.0
5. Carlotta Omari, ITA, 41.0

www.optiworld.org

250 Boats and a King Starts in Eurocard Gotland Runt
On July 7th, the start of 2010 year's Eurocard Gotland runt (Baltic Ocean race) saw 240 boats l pass the starting line in nine different classes.

Many of Sweden's the best sailors are out on the Baltic, as well as Norwegians, Finns, Germans, Lithuanians and Britts all competing in Eurocard Gotland Runt. More specifically, In the IRC C class; Norway's King Harald, the German girl team Tutima and one Lithuanian Ambersail with Saulius Pajarskas as skipper. In the ORC International Alfa class Jonas Wikström starts with his Amarone, finish Rauli Leino with his Xantippa, Carl Wale from KSSS with Walenna II and the interesting Midnight Rambler Youth Challenge with the great sailors Anders Levander and Gurra Krantz including the youngsters Sara Franklin and Fredrik Olsson onboard. Finish boat Tarantella II is also competing, this year being 40 years since first start in Eurocard Gotland runt with half of the initial crew.

In ORC International Bravo, last year's overall winner, Ralf Aspholm on Datacom will fight for victory with reknown sailors Roger Nilsson and Thomas Blixt on board. In the same class is 2008's winner Fredrik Hertzman on DuSolei and the young crew on SALT with Staffan Wincrantz as skipper.

In ORC Bravo several skippers are of interest, Magnus Woxen, sails a Farr 30 together with Ericsson skipper Martin Krite and three junior KSSS sailors, Mats Gustafsson on Ansella, PO Andersson's Chazara, the Norwegian boats Aasmund Drolsum and Magic and the finish crew on Tow Fast. In the SRS 1 Alfa class the competition might be between Ralf Ramm-Schmidt's Carabilla III, Ola Johansson's Garbo, Kjell Nilsson's Grand Place and the KSSS sailor Per Lindstedt's La Dolce Vita.

The Eurocard Classic Baltic Race, known as the Antique Round 14 boats are competing, including Fredrick Wallenberg's Refanut, Christer Salen's Ballad, Jacob Wallenberg's Regina and Marie Kraft with her all female crew on S/Y Volonte. This is the first time a female crew will take part in this class.

Late updates:

* H M King Harald f Norway is in the lead of this years Eurocard Gotland Round with his TP 52 Fram XVI, in class ORC International and as he is double scouring he is actually also in the lead of IRC International. In the iRC - class the Norwwegian King is followed by the famous philanthroper and Skype founder Niklas Zennström on his Marten 49 Yani.

A wind change to south west is expeceted for the night which will gain the ones who've already doubbled the Hobourgen Reef.

* Brittmarie, an SK 95 takes Line Honour in 2010 Eurocard Classic Baltic Race. A tight rice with fellow SK95 Kerma who was in the lead just until 10 nautic miles before the Alma when the wind turned dramatically. -- Helene Hernmarck Olsson

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A Word with Mr Zak, Owner of Eleonora
Eleonora The owner of Eleonora has been very busy providing hospitality to guests aboard his yacht during the Westward Cup Regatta Lay Day today. The Westward Cup Regatta schedule has been been very hectic with two days' of racing and nightly social engagements but Mr Zak and his wife have been enjoying every minute of it. They love being in Cowes commenting that it's a good spot with a lot more privacy than many ports in the Mediterranean.

When asked about the racing programme and courses arranged by the Royal Yacht Squadron's Race Committee, and Eleonora's results thus far, Mr Zak is full of praise and philosophical about racing without a full sail plan after losing his two top masts last Sunday, saying that the motivation of the crew despite this significant handicap is to be applauded. "It's been tough for us, especially in the light winds but coming in second over the line yesterday is evidence of the special efforts of the crew in conditions favourable to big schooners - but then all the owners are highly motivated to race here in Cowes under any conditions! We are here to sail and we will sail with whatever we have available."

Mr Zak went to praise the team at the Royal Yacht Squadron who have so warmly welcomed all the owners, guests and crews throughout this week. "Given our very difficult situation on Sunday, we have been so impressed and touched by the heartfelt sympathies shown to us by all the staff at the Squadron," said Mr Zak.

"Furthermore, I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Cowes who have welcomed us all and been so very helpful and accommodating. What a charming town and we certainly look forward to returning."

Built in Holland at Van der Graaf Shipyard in steel, Eleonora was launched 90 years to the day of Westward's launch, on 31 March 2000. Since then, she has been a regular and successful competitor on the Classic yacht circuit. Superbly fitted out in mahogany, with period details, she has two doubles and one twin stateroom and a full-beam owner's stateroom aft. -- Peta Stuart-Hunt

Eleonora's vital statistics:
LOA 49.5m (160ft)
LWL 29.3m (96ft 1in)
Beam 8.2m (27ft 1in)
Draught 5.2m (17ft 1in)
Sail area 1,115m2 (12,000ft2)
Displacement 214 tons

Racing in the Westward Cup Regatta recommences tomorrow and finishes on Saturday.

www.rys.org.uk

WTF Crowned 2010 U.S. Melges 24 Champion
Ullman Sails Alan Field's "WTF" team added yet another win to their 2010 scorecard, this time claiming the 2010 Layline/Oakcliff U.S. Melges 24 National Championships in Newport R.I., June 25-27th. Powered by Ullman Sails, the team proved once again that consistent sailing wins regattas. In light, shifty conditions, the team posted a string of top five finishes and dropped a sixth place to win the regatta. The California-based "WTF" team of Alan Field, Steve Hunt, Erik Shampain, Jeff Reynolds and Sarah Curren also recently won the Gulf Coast Championships in Corpus Christi, TX and the Detroit NOOD.

Invest in your performance.

www.ullmansails.com

Round The World Racing Returns To Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este, Uruguay: In the mid-1980s, Punta del Este, Uruguay, was the South American stopover port for the fully-crewed Whitbread Round the World Race and in the following decade, solo sailors in the BOC Challenge pulled into the port at the end of their brutal Southern Ocean leg from Australia. The c 2011-12 (GOR) can now confirm that Punta del Este is the South American stopover port at the end of the 6,000+ mile Leg 3 from Wellington, New Zealand. The stopover will be hosted by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism with the fleet to be based at the prestigious Yacht Club Punta del Este (YCPE).

The nature of the GOR Leg 3 demands that the South American stopover provides the vital services required for carrying out checks, maintenance and repairs to the racing yachts following 6,000 miles of hard sailing through high latitudes. The choice of the Yacht Club Punta del Este as the GOR base is ideal with the vastly experienced team at the YCPE capable of supplying all facilities from an essential travel lift to fibreglass work and a comprehensive range of skilled specialists.

In addition to the world class yacht racing facilities at the YCPE, the clubhouse can also provide accommodation; an exclusive restaurant with a decked balcony overlooking the River Plate; the Recalada Bar - renowned for mixing the best cocktails in town - and the atmospheric and famous Sailors' Bar. -- Oliver Dewar

www.globaloceanrace.com

Brits Turn It On To Take Top Two Spots
British teams Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes and Chris Draper with Peter Greenhalgh turned up the speed for the first day of the finals at the 49er European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. Sailing 4 races, both teams reveled in the building breeze which started light and built to a strong 16 knots moving them into the top two positions. Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang of Denmark, working with an average point in their scores, stand in third. Yesterday's regatta leaders the Sibellos of Italy have moved to 9th overall with an OCS and a tough day on the water.

The gold and silver fleets were first off the beach in the morning to what looked to be a light air day, but with the building wind and waves, created challenging conditions. The Race Committee on the gold course made the cautious move to shift the course closer to the shore, which actually gave more stable wind and waves to the fleet.

The silver fleet is currently led by Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel of Germany, with the bronze fleet still on the water at press time.

Racing for the finals continues tomorrow with the medal race on Saturday.

For more information and preliminary results go to: www.49ereuropeans.org

2011 Ficker Cup and Congressional Cup
Big news this week in the U.S. match racing scene. It begins with the announcement of the upgrade of the Ficker Cup from an ISAF Grade 3 event to a Grade 2 in 2011. This three day event hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club offers the winner an invite to the next Congressional Cup, North America's only Open Grade 1 event.

But in 2011 the winner won't have long to wait with the Ficker Cup date being changed to coincide with Congressional Cup. Only one day will now separate the final day of Ficker Cup, March 17-20, and the first day of Congressional Cup, March 21-26.

Additionally, there is the joining together in 2010 of the Chicago Cup, Aug 13-15, the Detroit Cup, Aug. 18-22, and the Knickerbocker Cup, Aug. 25-29, to make the Grade 2 Trifecta series in which the overall winner will be extended an invitation to compete in the 2011 Congressional Cup.

There will now be two ways for skippers to sail their way into the Congressional Cup. On the west coast through the Ficker Cup or on the east coast through the new Trifecta series.

These changes and more are all part of the newly created North American Match Race Series made up of Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit, Mich.; Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Port Washington, N.Y.; Chicago Match Race Center, Chicago, Ill.; Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach, Calif.; San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, Calif. and St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, Calif.

The Ficker Cup was established by LBYC in 1980 to honor Bill Ficker, world class Star champion in the 50's, winner of the 1970 American's Cup as skipper of the 12-meter class yacht Intrepid and winner of the 1974 Congressional Cup. -- Rich Roberts

The Editor's New Favourite Boat
Lionheart The sensational new J Class yacht Lionheart has now been launched in Holland. Lionheart is based on a Ranger design (77F Model) which was tank tested in 1936 but never built. Design work from the original hull lines was completed by Andre Hoek Naval Architects, with construction of the aluminium hull by the now famous Bloemsma Shipyard. She was then moved by barge to Claasen Jachtbouw BV for fitting out and completion with technical installations by Cornelius Jongkind Yacht Installations.

She is finished below decks to a very high standard, befitting a yacht of this calibre. Above decks she features the very latest technology in sailing systems - Harken winches, Hall Spars carbon mast, spars and rigging and North sails. Following sailing trials she will leave for the Mediterranean.

This is now the sixth J Class yacht on the water. Already afloat are:

Shamrock V (1930)
Velsheda (1933)
Endeavour (1934)
Ranger (replica 2002)
Hanuman (replica 2009)

Two more yachts are currently under construction at Bloemsma, Atlantis and Rainbow, both due to complete in time for the J Class Regatta programme in England (Falmouth June 2012, the Solent July 2012).

More information is posted to the J Class Association website: www.jclassyachts.com

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1992 John Robbins / Steve Killing Custom, CAN$ 85,000. Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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The Last Word
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