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Ainslie Maestro of Marstrand
Photo by Dan Ljungsvik / Stena Match Cup Sweden. Click on image to enlarge.

Stena Match Cup Sweden Marstrand, Sweden: During a penalty flag festooned semi final today on the last day of Stena Match Cup Sweden Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team smoked Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team 3-0. Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN dominated Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team going through to the final on 3-1. The ultimate show down came between Ainslie and Radich with Ainslie storming through with 2 comprehensive wins over Radich in light, twitchy conditions. The Brit got what he wanted today becoming 2010's 'Maestro of Marstrand'. Holmberg kept in the picture wining 2-1 over Mirsky appearing on the podium in 3rd place.

Ainslie kept his foot on Radich's throat at all match moments today giving Radich Racing Team no room to breath. There was a constant dialogue onboard TEAMORIGIN, this tight team sailed smart and fast without any inkling of these professionals freezing up under pressure. Boat on boat contact was registered between Ainslie and Radich during the final stages of the pre-start to match 2. The umpires were quick to act and gave Radich a red flag penalty requiring him to take it immediately. The ball was then very firmly in Ainslie's court as he took clear advantage and led right round the course.

At the beginning of Sweden Ainslie and Radich were equal in the WMRT standings at 7th with 20 points. After Ainslie's win today he now overtakes Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing and moves up into 5th place. Radich now actually drops down into 8th position overall even though he was 2nd this week. The rise and falls in the standings demonstrates how every point counts. Richard still remains out on top 17 points clear of Mirsky.

The first half of this year's 10 event World Series has provided World Match Racing Tour teams with ample racing travelling round Europe and to Asia. The teams will now be analysing the first half of their 2010 Tour and strategising for the final half which kicks off at St Moritz Match Race towards the end of August with the Tour culminating in Malaysia at the Monsoon Cup during December.

Stena Match Cup Sweden 2010 Overall Standings

1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, TEAMORIGIN, 25 points
2. Jesper Radich, DEN, Radich Racing Team, 20
3. Magnus Holmberg, SWE, Sigma Racing Team, 15
4. Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team, 12
5. Ian Williams, GBR, Team GAC Pindar, 10
6. Francesco Bruni, ITA, Azzurra, 8
7. Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 6
8. Damien Iehl, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 4
9. Staffan Lindberg, FIN, Alandia Sailing Team
10. Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing
11. Adam Minoprio, NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing
12. Johnie Berntsson, SWE, Berntsson Sailing Team
13. Reuben Corbett, NZL, Black Sheep Racing
14. Bjorn Hansen, SWE, Hansen Global Team
15. Keith Swinton, AUS, Black Swan Racing
- Mattias Rahm, SWE, Stena Bulk Sailing Team

2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings
(After Stage 5 of 10)
1. Mathieu Richard, FRA, French Match Racing Team, 77 Points
2. Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team, 60
3. Adam Minoprio, NZL, ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 54
4. Ian Williams, GBR, Team GAC Pindar, 52
5. Ben Ainslie, GBR, TEAMORIGIN, 45
6. Peter Gilmour, AUS, YANMAR Racing, 43
7. Francesco Bruni, ITA, Azzurra, 41
8. Jesper Radich, DEN, Radich Racing Team, 40
9. Magnus Holmberg, SWE, Sigma Racing Team, 29
10. Paolo Cian, ITA, Team Italia, 16

Man And Alvarosky Win 2010 Orci European Championship
Cagliari, Sardinia: On an impressive string of finishes which very nearly swept their class clean, Riccardo Di Bartolomeo's Botin & Carkeek-designed Grand Soleil 42R0 MAN has won the 2010 ORCi European Championship in Class A, while Francesco Siculiana's Massimo Paperini-designed Grand Soleil 40RC Alvarosky has won the title in Class B. Despite light 6-8 knot conditions yet again today, the Principal Race Officer Sandro Ricetto and his team from the Lega Navale Italiano Cagliari managed to get in two more races to complete the schedule of seven inshore and two offshore races in five days of competition.

MAN was on top of the class nearly from start to finish in the event, earning first place scores in every race but one and the last race discard.

By helming his boat Alvarosky throughout the week, Francesco Siculiana collected the ORC Owner Driver Award for Class B as well as the Championship title for that class. Winner of the award in Class A was seventh-place finisher Fral 2, a Comet 45 S owned by Alessandro Nespega.

Top five results after nine races (one discard), Division A:

1. MAN, GS 42R0, Riccardo di Bartolomeo, 8 points
2. Saphira, First 50, Raffaele Archivolti, 26
3. Verve-Dahlia TV, Comet 50, Maurizio Biscardi, 33.5
4. Nautilus Wave, NM 43, Valente-Stillitano-Bernardo, 42.75
5. One-Noidinotte, Comet 45S, Saverio Bifulco, 48

ORC Owner-Driver Award, Class A: Fral 2, Comet 45 S, Alessandro Nespega

Top five results after nine races (one discard), Division B:

1. Alvarosky*, GS 40RC, Francesco Siculiana, 28.125 points
2. Scricca, Comet 38S, Gianfranco Cioce, 34.75
3. Escandalo, M37, Manuel Costantin, 44.625
4. Rewind, X-37, Claudio Paesani, 49
5. Low Noise, M37, Giuseppe Giuffre, 53

*ORC Owner-Driver Award, Class B

Draper & Greenhalgh Win 49er Europeans
In a steady Baltic breeze of 10 knots, Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh secured the 49er European Championship for 2010 in Gdynia, Poland. With a 6-point lead into the medal race, the duo was forced to the wrong side after the start but managed to climb back and round the weather mark 4th. With a 4-lap course, they slowly worked through the fleet to finish 3rd in the race and earn them the title.

Frenchmen Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis who were 4th going into the medal race lead the entire race only to lose to the Sibello brothers of Italy who slipped past on the 3rd lap. But second in the medal race was good enough for them to finish 2nd overall just 1/2 a point in front of Stevie Morrision and Ben Rhodes. Current ISAF World Cup leaders Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch of Austria finished 4th overall in the Europeans.

The medal race was held just in front of the beach, which had approximately 5,000 spectators watching the races and enjoying a Saturday at the beach.

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The Westward Cup Regatta Finishes In Style
Photo by Mike Jones, Click on image for photo gallery.

Westward Cup The final day's racing in the Westward Cup Regatta took place in the Solent on Saturday 10th July, with the four competing yachts getting the gun at 1100 to allow the breeze to build nicely and get these massive yachts off and running. As it turned out, all four put on an end of term show screaming towards the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) start line doing eight knots to the delight of the crowds amassed under the Castle battlements and along Princes' Green in Cowes.

The RYS Race Committee plotted a 30nm course that took the Westward Cup fleet up to the Needles for a rare photo opportunity for those lucky enough to be in the vicinity and then home to Cowes by mid-afternoon, setting an average speed around the course of 7.4 knots.

The 15m Fife-designed Tuiga took the final day's line honours, also winning overall and therefore being the first beneficiary of the Westward Cup. Mariquita, the sole survivor of the 19m Class built in 1911, was second over the line, followed by Mariette, built in 1915 and 138ft and then the stunning Eleonora, the 160ft replica of Westward, launched in 2000.

It was the dream of one man, Zbynek Zak, the owner of the largest of the four yachts, Eleonora, that ignited the passion behind bringing this Regatta to life and to Cowes in 2010. The Westward Cup was initiated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launch of the racing schooner Westward in 1910.

Tragically, Eleonora suffered a major blow to her racing capability when she lost her two top masts last weekend when out practice racing before the start of the regatta on Tuesday. The drastic outcome of losing around 45ft of mast and 50% of her sail plan put paid to this stunning Big Class yacht being able to race on an equal footing. However the owners maintained a full programme of competition and gave the thousands of spectators over the week plenty to cheer about as she elegantly manoeuvred around the Solent and was moored off Cowes for everyone to enjoy seeing each evening.

A special prize of a painting of Westward was presented to a representative from the winning schooner, Mariette, by its artist Marc Berthier.

The overall Regatta prizes were then presented as follows:

Overall winner of the Westward Cup was Tuiga. 2nd place overall went to Mariette and 3rd overall to Mariquita. -- Peta Stuart-Hunt

Eurocard Gotland Runt
Photo by Oskar Kihlborg, Click on image for photo gallery.

Eurocard Gotland Runt 2010 Eurocard Gotland runt was a successful regatta in all aspects. Approximately 2000 sailors participated on 238 starting boats, divided into nine classes on three different courses of varied length, The largest boats sailed 460 nm while the smallest ones completed 310 nm, which is the shortest way to round Gotland from Sandhamn and back. The intention was to complete in 48 hours, which many of the sailors did. The older classic yachts competed in the Classic Baltic Race and sailed from Sandhamn to Visby and return.

In some of the nine classes there was a fierce competition on minutes and seconds when the final results were calculated. In Class IRC B Magnus Woxen, skipper on Avantime 3 took the first position with 1 minute and 47 seconds before Lars Billstrom, skipper on Ellvan, after 60 hours of sailing. In ORC B Lennart Evrell, skipper on Aida won with a margin of two minutes and 4 seconds to number two, du Soleil with skipper Fredrik Hertzman.

The race was completed in excellent weather conditions. Bright sun and enough wind to keep the doldrums away. The different classes attracted cruising boats as well as advanced racing machines of world class. Professionals sailed together with juniors and amateurs.

HM King Harald of Norway, on Fram XVI, won the two classes for bigger boats in Eurocard Gotland Runt as he was doublescoring in the IRC and ORC-classes. First runner up, Skypefounder Niklas Zennstrom on Yani, a Marten 49, gave the king and his TP52 fierce competition throughout the race, but finished second in the IRC-class. Results;

ORC Classic T/T
1. Kerma, Claes Ahlin, SK 95
2. Britt-Marie, Thomas Ehrnstrom, SK 95
3. Friendship II, Hilding Mattson, One-Off, FIN

ORC Int Alfa
1. Prospect of Whitby, Hanno Narjus, S&S 44, FIN
2. Xplorer, Per Lundqvist, X-332
3. Midnight Rambler, Johan Wallin, Dehler 35, GER

ORC Int Bravo
1. Aida, Lennart Evrell, First 40.7
2. Du Soleil II, Fredrik Hertzman, IMX 40
3. Absolute Blue, Hans-ake Nordstedt, First 40.7

ORC Int Charlie
1. Fram XVI, H.M Kong Harald, Farr TP52, NOR
2. Varuna, Jens Kelling Husen, Rogers 46, GER
3. Shakti, Gorm Gondesen, Rogers 46, GER

ORC Total
1. Fram XVI, H.M Kong Harald, Farr TP52, NOR, ORC Charlie
2. Varuna, Jens Kelling Husen, Rogers 46, GER, ORC Charlie
3. Shakti, Gorm Gondesen, Rogers 46, GER, ORC Charlie

SRS Alfa 1
1. Vindile, Bengt Eriksson, Wasa 55 special
2. Daiquiri, Gunnar Frostell, Compis 363
3. Calliope, Magnus Holm, Linjett 37

SRS Alfa 2
1. MK-Produkter, Lars Gellerhed, J/80
2. Miss Conduct, Jimmy Hellberg, Mamba 311
3. Bjornsnabben, Broderna Wennerstrom, J/80

SRS Bravo
1. Du Far Af Matrisen, Anders Karen, Dufour 40E
2. Perfect, Anna Drougge, Aspect 40
3. Vitklucka, Per Tenga, X-35

IRC Bravo
1. Avantime 3, Magnus Woxen, Farr 30
2. Ellvann, Lars Billstrom, Pronavia 38
3. Arcona UK Racing Team, Mikael Olesen, Arcona 340

IRC Charlie
1. Fram XVI, H.M Kong Harald, Farr TP52, NOR
2. Yani, Niklas Zennstrom, Marten 49, GBR
3. Camilla, Ole Martin Vordahl, Cookson 50, NOR

Complete results at

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Photo by Dave Kneale / Volvo Ocean Race. Click on image for photo gallery.

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Istanbul, Turkey: In contrast to the wet and unstable conditions of the practice race the opening days racing provided a light breeze of 5 – 7 knots from the north-west and warm dry conditions once the early clouds had dispersed.

The first starts were scheduled for 12:00 local time (15:00) UTC but most fleet were only able to complete two races with the breeze fading during the afternoon. The 29ers however did manage to complete the schedule of three short races.

At the end of the day there are eight different nations leading each of the eight classes and the battle for the Volvo Trophy for the best performing nation is very close between Poland, Spain, Denmark and Great Britain.

The two RS:X windsurfing fleets were the first to return ashore after two races. In the RS:X boys division. Wondoo Cho of Korea has started his campaign in great form winning both races.

In the girls RS:X fleet it was another young Israeli sailor, Ofir Halevy, the current RS:X Youth European champion, who sailed two commanding performances to score two bullets in the light conditions. Coming from Telaviv she also enjoyed similar sailing conditions as she is used to at home.

Race tracking is used for a different fleet each day and can be viewed at:

Racing resumes for all classes at 12.00 hrs local (15:00) UTC with an advance forecast of similar conditions.

Prima Wins ORC Sportboat European Championship
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ORC Sportboat European Championship St Petersburg, RussiaL After a discouraging start to the series due to lack of wind, the ORC Sportboat European Championship finally yielded good breeze for good racing, and a new champion is crowned. After nine races with one discard, Vlas Kadetov's GP 26 Prima has won on an impressive scorecard of (10)-3-3-5-1-1-3-3-1 in the 25-boat fleet. This is the first ORC Championship event to be held in Russia.

Kadetov, a former vice chairman of the Russian Sailing Federation and sailing coach, is now director of the boatyard in Tanganrog where Prima was built two years ago. Sailing with him were two veterans from Taganrog and his 14 year-old grandson. "I hope to build many more of these boats," said Kadetov, "for which we have received several orders from all over Europe. I think that Ceccarelli has designed a very good boat, which is fast but has also a good rating, and so has the ideal characteristics for handicap racing."

This is all the more remarkable considering Prima was also designed to fit within the GP 26 box rule, a class for which there are many new and existing designs but not yet sufficient numbers to hold class championships. Perhaps Prima's success will change this scenario.

The final race was another triumph for Prima, leading the fleet both in elapsed and corrected time, ahead of Lithuanian Tauras Rymonis on his RS 280 Levante, the early leader who secured the runner-up place in the championship.

The two Russian pro-level sailors, Andrei Abuzov and Andrey Nikandrov, continued their match racing their Open 800's Enigma and Globus, getting 3rd and 4th place respectively.

Top five standings, after 9 races (1 discard):

1. Prima, GP26, Vlas Kadetov, RUS, 19.25 points
2. Levante, RS 280, Tauras Rymonis, LTU, 32.625
3. Enigma, Open 800, Sergey Golofast, RUS, 46
4. Globus, Open 800, Andrey Nikandrov, RUS, 38.75
5. Navis, Platu 25, Marina Kasatova, RUS, 50.5

Laser Radial Worlds
Photo by Marc Turner. Click on image for photo gallery.

Laser Radial Worlds Largs, Scotland: After sitting around for most of the day waiting for the wind to drop, we finally got on the water around 3:45 for a 5pm start of racing. We completed one race, in which I finished with a good 5th place, before the wind died to nothing at the Laser Radial World Championships.

From early this morning, the wind was gusting in the thirty knot range so the race committee decided that we would wait on shore for the wind to ease a little. After a couple attempts to get us going, the wind finally started to drop around 3:15pm at which point the race committee decided that we would definitely go out and race. We had been on hour-long postponements all day with the start being pushed back and back. We finally headed out for a 5pm start in around 12-15kts of breeze. After the 40 minute sail out, it was obvious that the wind would keep dying during the race so it was important to stay on top of what the breeze was doing.

I had an OK start, but made it my goal to sail smart and sail the shifts and not take big risks like yesterday. The wind continued to be pretty shifty as it died and I made it to the top mark around 15th in a pack of boats. On the downwind leg, I managed to pass about 7 boats, and then on the second upwind, I passed another two to round the top mark in 6th. I passed one more boat on the downwind leg to put myself in a comfortable 5th place, which I held to the finish.

It felt good to sail well again, and despite not having the best start, I managed to stick to my game plan which was my goal for today. I was happy with the 5th place in the tricky conditions, especially considering many other people in the top places had difficult races too.

We start Gold fleet racing tomorrow. The forecast is for light winds, which we have not really seen too much of here in Largs, so it will be interesting to see what is thrown at us. -- Anna Tunnicliffe,

Event results:

Rogers and Green End 470 Sailing Campaign
Sailing's double Olympic silver medallist Nick Rogers has decided to let go of his quest for Olympic gold at London 2012 following a frustrating regatta season.

Rogers teamed up with his current crew and best friend Pom Green in the 470 class after the Beijing Games, where he earned his second silver medal.

Rogers and Green, who won the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships together in 1995, have called time on their 2012 qualifying campaign and will not join their Skandia Team GBR teammates at the 470 World Championships, starting in The Hague (NED) on Monday (12 July).

Says Rogers of their decision: "We've both worked incredibly hard this year but juggling responsibilities that we didn't have in our twenties has made it harder to dedicate the time required. Our goal was gold but it's just too much of a tall order in the time we have."

Rogers is now looking forward to using his talent and experience to help other gifted dinghy sailors and to work on other competitive sailing projects, while Green will return to his yacht construction business.

* Only three men's crews have ever managed a hat-trick of World Championship titles in sailing's 470 class, and Britain's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis will aim to extend that list when they take to the waters of The Hague this week for the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships (12-18 July).

Asher, 25, and 27-year-old crew Willis became the first British crew in 18 years to win a 470 world title when they captured their first World Championship crown in 2006, which they followed up with a second two years later.

Buoyed by their recent win at the Dutch leg of ISAF Sailing World Cup series at Medemblik at the end of May, the pair will hope for more success on Dutch waters when racing starts on Monday, but Asher is remaining level-headed about the prospect of an historic third world title.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, who emerged as surprise silver medallists at the 2009 World Championship only days after teaming up, will also feature for Skandia Team GBR in the men's fleet.

n the women's fleet, Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark head to The Hague for their first World Championship together, fresh from World Cup victory in Kiel last month, while Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes, and development squad duo Hannah Mills and Claire Cumming will also hope to challenge in the medal race positions at the end of the week.

The 470 World Championships get underway on Monday 12 July, with the final medal races scheduled for Sunday 18 July.

Event site:

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