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Spirit Of Australia Wins Clipper 09-10
Ijmuiden, Netherlands: Spirit of Australia has won the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race after finishing fourth in Race 13. Simply finishing this penultimate stage of the 14-race series gave them the single point they needed to secure the title. The crew, who have been focussed on victory since the start of the race in September 2009, will take to the stage to lift the crystal trophy when the fleet returns to the port this Saturday 17 July.

Team Finland has taken line honours in Race 13, crossing the finish line at Ijmuiden, Netherlands at 2139 local time (1939 UTC). Hull & Humber finished second and Cape Breton Island third, the final, nail-biting run under heavyweight spinnaker going down to the wire as neither team was willing to give any quarter to their opponents. The big orange boat beat the eagle of Cape Breton to the line by less than two minutes. Both teams could still make the podium in Hull. Spirit of Australia finished a little under five minutes later, followed in quick-fire succession by California, Uniquely Singapore, Qingdao, Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital.

Once again the competition was a tight one with the ten yachts racing close to each other as they hoisted their spinnakers to blast along the south coast of England towards their goal at Ijmuiden, Netherlands.

The first nine boats finished within 91 minutes of each other but, as the fleet is racing under IRC handicap ratings to account for the differences in the smaller and heavier Cork yacht, the results for Race 13 will not be announced until all ten boats have crossed the finish line just outside the Ijmuiden Seaport Marina, where they will be based until the start of the final race on Thursday 15 July, and Cork's corrected time is calculated. The Irish team is expected in Ijmuiden early on Tuesday 13 July.

The Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race will finish on Saturday 17 July when all ten yachts will race up the Humber for the homecoming and prize-giving ceremony in Hull Marina. The course of the final race will take them past Bridlington on Friday 16 July and a programme of live entertainment will feature between 4pm and 10pm at the key viewing points of Flamborough Head and Bridlington Spa.

Standings after Race 12
1. Spirit of Australia, 113 points
2. Team Finland, 93.3
3. Cape Breton Island, 89
4. Jamaica Lightning Bolt, 89
5. Hull & Humber, 80
6. Uniquely Singapore, 67
7. Qingdao, 65
8. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 48
9. Cork, 45.8
10. California, 35

Rolex Commodores' Cup Draws South Africa
There are only a few weeks to the close of entries at this year's Rolex Commodores' Cup. At present, organisers', the Royal Ocean Racing Club are expecting 11 teams representing France, Ireland, Hong Kong, South Africa and the United Kingdom to contest the international trophy.

Neutrals, with an eye for the outsider, are likely to follow the progress of the South African team over the course of the Rolex Commodores' Cup. 2010 marks the first time a team from the world's second largest continent has participated. As with Hong Kong's presence in 2008, for this to happen a number of stars have had to be in alignment.

According to Mike Bartholomew, skipper of the team's Class 2 yacht, the King 40 Tokoloshe, "it was Eddie Warden Owen from the RORC who actually suggested to Rick Nankin and myself that we should consider putting a South African team together. The whole thing really just grew from there. We approached two others we knew well, Phil Gutschi and Rick Garratt, to see if they could join the party. Both were enthusiastic from the word go." Gutschi owns the Landmark 43, Windpower, to be skippered by Nankin in Class 1, and Garratt has chartered the J-109, Zelda, to be skippered by Dave Hudson in Class 3.

The second catalyst, in Bartholomew's opinion, has been having a South African owned yacht (Tokoloshe) eligible for the Rolex Commodores' Cup sailing in the Solent for the past two years.

The vast majority of the crews will be South African, easily meeting the strict eligibility criteria for the event

One final element in the list of irresistible forces was the involvement of the Race Ahead project. David Hudson and his brother Roger have been part of the sailing scene for almost all their lives, and, both are very successful sailors in their own right. In 2008 they created 'Race Ahead', a project aimed at giving South Africa's young sailing talent a structured route into the international sailing world. The project has allowed young South Africans to compete in the highly competitive Laser SB3 circuit in the UK and Ireland. The effort has not been without reward: a top 10 overall finish at Cowes Week; followed by a class win at Cork Week and a second overall at the inaugural Laser SB3 World Championship in Dublin. For Garrett to have access to this pool of talent was a major motivating factor in his participation.

5th World University Match Racing Championship
The 5th edition of the FISU World University Match Racing Championship in Gazi, Crete/Greece was decided in favour of crews from the 'Commonwealth' which claimed the podium. Indeed, the Great Britain crew skipped by Shaw took the gold while silver and bronze were captured by two AUSSIE teams, captained by Griffin (silver) and Lucinda Whitty (bronze).

Thirteen boat crews from nine countries entered the FISU event representing three continents.

The 6th World University Match Racing Championship in 2012 will travel to the City of Vallauris, Golfe Juan, France.

Participating Countries were:


Italy, Denmark, France, United-Kingdom of Great Britain (2 teams), Ireland, Poland (2 teams) and Greece (2 teams)

Australia (2 teams)

Final Ranking
1. Shaw (Gbr)
2. Griffin (Aus)
3. Whitty (Aus)
4. O'leary (Ire)
5. Christopher (Sin)
6. Goss (Gbr)
7. Denis (Fra)
8. Boidin (Den)
9. Neoklaras (Gre)
10. Cavallari (Ita)
11. Katarzyna (Pol)
12. Aggelakis (Gre)
13. Zuzanna (Pol)

Quick Out Of The Blocks
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Cork Week Cork, Ireland: After the first night of partying in the tented village to some wicked sounds from Irish rock band Setmaker, competitors at Cork Week woke up this morning to an eerie Irish mist, enveloping the Crosshaven. Curious dolphins were a regular sight on the racecourse popping up next to competing boats, they adding to the ghostly atmosphere.

The fickle breeze was from the southeast but barely rose above ten knots. Starts are always important but especially in light wind. Getting into clear air and not stalling the boat was paramount today.

The second race of the day provided the closest finish in any class on Day Two of Cork Week. The top four boats finished within 30 seconds of each other, after corrected time. This morning four boats were tied at the top; Conor Phelan's Ker 37, Jump Juice is now just a point in front of Richard Fildes' Corby 37, Impetuous with Robert Davies Corby 36, Roxy 6 lying third.

Paul O'Higgins' Corby 33, Rockabill V scored two wins today on the Slalom Course, rocketing them to the top of the class and pushing Sailing Logic's Reflex 38, Visit Malta Puma, into second place. Barry Cunningham's Corby 33, Contango lies in third.

IRC Three
John Moorehead and Chris Ferres' J 35, Bengal Magic scored their third consecutive win of the regatta during today's Harbour race. John and Chris have been coming to Cork Week for the last ten years.

In IRC Three, Bengal Magic are the overnight leaders with Ross McDonald's X 332, Equinox second and Dermot Cronin's J 35, Mumbo in third. These three boats are pulling away from the rest of the 22 strong fleet.

IRC Four
Paul and Deirdre Tingle's First 31.7, Alpaca won today's Harbour Race to claim top place. In a race lasting nearly four hours, Alpaca beat Conor Ronan's Corby 26, Ruthless by just seven seconds on corrected time. Paul Kirwan's Sigma 38, Errislannan was sixth in Race 3 but is leading the Sigma 38 fleet who are competing for their European Championships.

IRC Five
Vincent O'Shea's Corby 25, YANKS $ FFRANCS looks unstoppable in the class with a perfect score line they have opened up a gap of seven points from Denis Coleman's Corby 25, Thunderbird. John Allen's X 302, Antix is third. Cork Week Chairman, Peter Deasy co-owner of Jeanneau Sunfast 32, Bad Company, had another consistent day, to move up to fourth place just ahead of a pack of boats.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Quarter Tonner, Tiger, owned by James O'Brien, Kenefick & Kenefick, scored yet another two bullets today making it four in a row, to stamp their authority on the class. Flor O'Driscoll's J 24, Hard on Port are still in second place and Clem McElligott's Sigma 33, Sea Hawk had a very good day on the water, scoring two podium finishes, to move up to third.

Racing resumes tomorrow for all classes with the first warning signal just before 1100. -- Louay Habib

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Heineken Aboard For The Historic Cape To Rio Yacht Race
International brewing giant, Heineken, has announced that they will once again be the Title Sponsor of the Royal Cape Yacht Club's premier South Atlantic race, the Heineken Cape-to-Rio, which will take place in January 2011.

The Heineken Cape to Rio is a jewel in the crown of Heineken's global partnership with the premium sport of sailing. As Title Sponsor for the third Trans-Atlantic race in a row, we have certainly consolidated our brand ownership of one of South Africa's iconic sporting challenges, said Franco Maria Maggi, National Brand Manager, Heineken.

The 2011 Heineken Cape to Rio Race will see the introduction of a special class for racing multi-hulls in recognition of their increasing presence in ocean racing. The IRC Mono-hull class will start on the 15th of January 2011 along with the cruising mono-hulls and cruising multi-hulls, with the racing multi-hulls starting on the 22nd of January. The festivities will culminate with the grand Prize-Giving and the awarding of the much sought-after South Atlantic Trophy, just prior to Rio Carnival which commences on the 3rd March.

"It Was China All Over Again"
The Hague, Netherlands: After a first day lost initially to too little wind and then too much, it was with considerable relief that three races for the Men and two for the Women could be held off the Hague today at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship. But with breeze that ranged from 4-8 knots and shut down altogether at the start of the third race for the men, and the north-flowing tide building to 2-3 knots over the course of the afternoon, conditions were highly challenging.

Class act of the day was certainly Beijing Gold medallist Malcolm Page (AUS) and his new (since 2009) helm Matt Belcher, who scored a perfect 1-1-1 to take the lead in the Men's class.

Double World Champions, Skandia Team GBR's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis won the first two races in their group, but posted an 11th in the third, leaving them third overall, six points adrift of France's highly consistent Nicolas Charbonnier and Baptiste Meyer Dieu.

In the Women's 470, American 2008 World Champions Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar matched the Australian men with a perfect scoreline.

At the end of play today the Americans are followed closely by New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie who posted two seconds and the Netherland's Margriet Fokkema and Marieke Jongens on five points, the highly rated Dutch defending World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout having finished a disappointing 19th in the first race, after they were forced to recover from an OCS.

Jo Aleh, who finished seventh in the Laser Radial at the 2008 Olympic Games, compared today's conditions off the Hague to racing in Qingdao. 'The current was the funny bit. It was crazy, some of the starts - it was China all over again! Light wind, everyone sailing downwind with a minute to go."

Fortunately the forecast shows the wind building over the course of the week, peaking at 18 knots on Thursday afternoon. -- James Boyd
International 470 Class Association:

Volvo Renew Sponsorship of Indian International Regatta
It's sometimes easy to forget that Volvo make more than cars. In the West, the company's sailing sponsorships are usually associated with their towing vehicles, but like all good sponsors, Volvo tailor their message based on the market they are in and the renewed sponsorship of the India International Regatta is all about buses.

Volvo will serve as the title sponsor of the Indian International Regatta 2010, having previously served as the event's exclusive corporate sponsor. Financial terms were not released, however, it is expected to be on similar terms as the two organisations previous agreement, which Sports Pro Magazine estimates at $USD 100,000 per year for 3 years.

The regatta to be sailed off Chennai during 03 -10 Oct 2010 is expected to see sailors from Singapore, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Kenya who have evinced keen interest in participating in this year's event.

The sport of sailing in India is growing fast. As well as increasing participants, India is becoming one of the largest TV markets for sailing content.


Classic Boat's Dunkirk Documentary
Join Classic Boat for their video coverage of the Little Ships' voyage to Dunkirk in June 2010 to mark 70 years since the evacuation of 338,000 allied troops from the beaches of Northern France:

Join them for coverage of Dunkirk in June 2010 at the 70th commemoration of the evacuation of 338,000 allied troops from the beaches of the Northern French port – from May 26 to June 4 1940, during World War II.

There are a series of articles in the August issue (2010) for this event featuring the boats, the vets, the crossing and return of some 50 of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

This five minute video has been made by Lara Leslie, a professional documentary maker (of Cut Both Ways) who travelled with the Classic Boat team to Dunkirk.

It commemorates the continued five yearly returns of the Little Ships and the extraordinary valour of the soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force, plus the sailors of the Royal and Merchant Navies, fishermen and Little Ship owners, who rescued them while under fire from the Germans.

239 Pre-Entries For World & European Championships Sailing 2010
Lelystad/Netherlands: A week prior to the start of the World & European Championships Sailing 2010 in Lelystad/Netherlands, the organization received 239 pre-entries. The Dutch are strongly represented at the Yngling Worlds, Splash Europeans and Eurocup Flash on their home water. All three medalists of the 2009 Yngling Worlds and 2010 Europeans will be competing. The Flash and Splash classes face a fierce competition as well.

So far, the Yngling fleet includes 52 boats, representing 10 countries. The twofold World Champions Tom Otte, Mark Haven and Sander Oost from the Netherlands are the men to beat. In May of this year, the Dutch runners-up of the 2009 Worlds added the European title to their names. Among the other favourites are the 2006 World Champion John Ingalls (USA), the bronze medallist of this year's Europeans Borstjan Antoncic (SLO), the 2009 Youth European Champion Martin Boidin (DEN) and the 2009 Australian Champion Hamish Jarrett.

Splash and Flash

A total of 152 Splash sailors from six nationalities pre-entered for the European Championship in this Dutch youth class. The bigger, but younger Flash brother welcomes 34 participants representing 4 countries. Nienke Jorna (NED), the 2009 Girls World Champion, will be eager to win the European title in her own country. The Dutchmen Marc van Horssen (Dutch Champion 2010), Wietse Pijlman (Dutch Champion 2009), Roald Verschuure (bronze at the Dutch Nationals 2010) and light air specialist Gabriel Wempe (silver at the Dutch Nationals 2010) belong to the favorites in the boys' class. And so does Just van Aanholt (AHO).

The top three of last year's Flash Worlds line up for the 2010 Eurocup Flash. Bob Heineke, Frank Cornelissen and Ruud Westerbroek from the Netherlands won respectively gold, silver and bronze.

Since it concerns a combined championship, there are two opening ceremonies. The first one takes place at Wednesday evening July 14 at 8 pm, which is the official start of the Yngling Youth Europeans 2010. The youngsters will race from July 15 until Saturday July 17. The Open Yngling Worlds, Splash Europeans and Eurocup Flash will be opened on Saturday July 17.

Their final races are scheduled for Friday July 23.

La Rochelle Celebrates the Opening of the Velux House
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Velux House The doors to the carbon neutral VELUX House were today thrown open to the public in the French port of La Rochelle. The official opening of the eco-friendly building, which was moved from Copenhagen (Denmark) where it was used as part of the COP 15 Climate Conference in December 2009, marks 100 days to the start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS round the world yacht race which sets out from the city on October 17.

Maxime Bono, Mayor of La Rochelle, was joined by solo sailing legend Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Chairman of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, and by Michel Langrand, President of VELUX France, to celebrate the opening of the VELUX House, whose message of sustainable living is shared by all stakeholders.

Located at the centre of La Rochelle's maritime district on Esplanade Eric Tabarly in the Bassin des Chalutiers, the VELUX House will showcase to the public how it is possible to build carbon-neutral homes by using the abundance of passive thermal solar energy coming through the roof windows while also creating a healthy indoor climate.

The VELUX House will remain for one year in La Rochelle, serving as a point of information on the race for the visiting public and people of La Rochelle.

Despite being placed at ground level while being used as a demonstration building, the VELUX House is actually designed to be mounted on top of multi-storey buildings to replace former closed roof constructions and revolutionise the roof landscape.

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