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Berkhout Enters The Record Books with Fifth World Championship Win
Mother nature played ball for the last day of the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship taking place in The Hague, with brilliant sunshine and a 12 knot southwesterly breeze for the Men's and Women's medal races, held directly off the beach at the Hague.
In the Men's race Australians Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page had secured gold through their 20 point lead yesterday to claim the Men's World Championship title.
With gold secure, the fight was fully on for the remaining podium positions between six boats. In the end it was France's Beijing bronze medallist Nicolas Charbonnier, sailing with Baptiste Meyer Dieu, who won the men's medal race to take the silver, passing the medal race's early leaders, Croats Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic, who took bronze.
However the class act of this regatta has been the newly crowned Australian World Champions, Beijing Gold medallist Malcolm Page and his new helm Matt Belcher. 'They are really good, especially when it is windy," said Charbonnier. 'We have a lot of work to do if we want to compete with them." This view was shared by Fantela and Marenic. 'They sail really consistently with good speed and good tactics and strategy. If they didn't start well or the first upwind isn't good, they can really pass many more boats than anyone else. And Viktor has many many medals," confided Fantela, referring to Viktor Kovalenko, the Australian team's Ukrainian coaching legend, who has been dubbed 'the medal maker' thanks to the part he has played in five Olympic gold 470 medals.
While Belcher and Page were secure in first place going into today's medal race, the case was the opposite in the Women's medal race where leaders New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were one slender point ahead of the powerful Dutch defending World Champions, Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout.
In the end, the Dutch got a good start off the pin end of the line while Aleh and Powrie were forced to tack away early and duck transoms. The Dutch pulled into the lead on the first run with the New Zealanders mid-fleet and while the two boats match raced up the second beat this was not enough to bring the New Zealanders back into contention. The run saw the Dutch overtaken by France's world no1 Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux and third placed Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol, but the Dutch still had four boats between them and the New Zealanders. Victory was theirs, their second 470 World Championship win as a team, and Lobke Berkhout's fifth, a record that now exceeds the four wins of Greece's Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa. -- James Boyd
Full results on the event site:
International 470 Class Association: www.470.org
Cork Week: The Final Chapter
You could feel the tension on the dock, with virtually all the classes still to be decided, as the yachts motored out to the combat zone along the narrow confines of Cork River. The conditions had eased from the previous maelstrom, but this was a day were smart sailing put boats in winning positions.
Watery sunshine, 15 knots from the northwest were to provide some tricky conditions for all classes. Cork Harbour and the surrounding area have huge land effects on the wind, especially today, the gradient made for constant changes.
IRC Super Zero
Tied on points, Fragomen's TP52, shipped over form the USA to compete at Cork Week beat the Isle of Wight based Farr 52, by the virtue of winning one more race in the eight race series.
Bernard Lambilliotte's Swan 45, Nemo of Cowes haS been the boat to beat in Class Zero, all week and will obviously be disappointed to lose out on the last day. Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix was third but finished the regatta in good shape.
J 109 European Championship
Brian Moreton's Juke Box was second overall and Ian Nagle and Paul O'Malley's Jelly Baby, snatched third place on the last day from Robert O'Leary's Jeroboam.
Flor O'Driscoll's J 24, Hard on Port was second and Jason Losty's Thomas 25, Woody sailed a very consistent regatta to take third place.
It was decided that the Boat of the Week for Cork Week 2010 should jointly awarded.
Joint Boat of the Week
The Prix d'Elegance Trophy
The Sisk Trophy for best Corinthian yacht
Full results of all classes at www.corkweek.ie
Digby Fox's final video from Cork here:
Following the final stage of selection, where the finalists had to film themselves replicating sailing footage from Henri Lloyd Ambassador and TEAMORIGIN Skipper Ben Ainslie, the judging panel of Ben Ainslie CBE and representatives from Henri Lloyd and TEAMORIGIN selected the two winners, whom we are delighted to announce are Ross Mackley, Fareham in the Under 13 age category and Vikki Payne, Emsworth in the Under 16 age category.
The finalists have won the fantastic prize, of £500 each to go towards their sailing costs and £350 worth of Henri Lloyd products, plus the opportunity to experience a day in the life of Ben Ainslie CBE and TEAMORIGIN which is going to take place during the 1851 Cup at Cowes in August.
Henri Lloyd would like to thank all the entrants for taking the time to enter the Henri Lloyd Mentor Scheme and hope that they will enter again in 2011.
Tens of thousands of people lined the banks of the Humber and the quayside of Hull Marina to welcome home the crews,
Crossing the finish line overnight at the end of the 14th and final stage of the Clipper 09-10 Race, the Irish entry, Cork, claimed the maximum ten points for securing their second first place of their campaign. It is an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact the team's original yacht ran aground on a reef in the Java Sea in January.
Cork's victory in Race 14 denied Hull & Humber their much coveted home port win but their second place finish did allow the 'big orange boat' to leapfrog Jamaica Lightning Bolt in the final standings to finish fourth overall. Again, a remarkable achievement for the team whose original skipper, Piers Dudin, was med-evac'd by the Japanese Coastguard in the North Pacific after his leg was broken when a huge wave washed him across the deck. Piers joined Justin Taylor, who took over as skipper, and the rest of the Hull & Humber crew on stage to great cheers and applause from the crowds.
Clipper 09-10 champions, Spirit of Australia, finished third in the final stage of the 14-race challenge, minutes ahead of Cape Breton Island, whose performance guaranteed them a place on the final podium. The Canadian team finish third overall, just 1.3 points behind Team Finland.
The ten yachts raced up the Humber in the presentational John Harrison Race, commemorating the man who, in the 18th Century, revolutionised the age of sail by inventing the marine chronometer, a device enabling sailors to accurately plot their longitudinal position. Hull & Humber wowed the crowds with a win while Spirit of Australia flew their spinnaker to the delight of the tens of thousands of spectators.
To date more than 2,000 people have become ocean racers by taking part in the Clipper Race and, of these, more than 300 have achieved the rare accolade of becoming a circumnavigator by racing around the world under sail. Eighty-two new circumnavigators have joined the ranks of this exclusive club following the fleet's arrival in Hull today.
The final result of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is:
1. Spirit of Australia, 128 points
Medals Awarded At Youth Worlds
The weather conditions have tested the world's best youth sailors all week but at the end of the last day most of the competitors came off the water with broad smiles on their faces.
Spain claimed two gold medals whilst France, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Poland and the Netherlands all won one gold each. The French team retains the Volvo Trophy for the best overall performing nation in a repeat of last year, ahead of the British team in second position.
Overall Volvo Trophy
The Volvo Trophy for best performing nation went to France, with Great Britain in second and Spain in third.
The ISAF Bengt Julien Trophy is a special trophy awarded to a competitor or National Team that has been nominated for displaying attributes to be encouraged in international competition. This year the prize has gone to the South African team.
Tonight the Closing Ceremony will mark the final act of the 40th anniversary edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul, where a record number of sailors have competed in their first Youth Worlds.
Top three by class:
Laser Radial Boys
Laser Radial Girls
Full results at www.isafyouthworlds.com
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series
Malcesine, Italy: Luca Lalli, aboard his B-Lin Sailing Melges 32, with tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew of Federico Michetti, Flavio Favini, Carlo Zermini, Luca Faravelli, Stefano Nicolussi and Lorenzo Del Rio, is the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion. He also delivered an astounding last day performance to win the Malcesine edition of the four-part series.
Only two races were ran on Sunday with the breeze blowing more than 20 knots and Lalli demolishing any chance Cirillo ever had of capturing the event win as well as the series victory. American entrant John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti with tactician Stu Bannatyne won race 1 and 2010 European Melges 32 Champion Joe Woods on Red with Paul Goodison on tactics won the final heat of the regatta.
Top Ten Results (Final, After 8 Races)
Top Ten Results (Final, After 4 Events)
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Danish Win Yngling Open European Youth Championship
'It was tough, with those strong winds", says the Danish helm Lucas Lier. Four second places brought them overall victory. Lier continues: 'We were actually quite slow at times, but by staying focused, and keeping our heads cool, we managed to fight back." It was their first time to sail on the Markermeer, a big lake northeast of Amsterdam. 'The water was warm, but we had to get used to the high, short waves. In the beginning the Dutch were much faster, especially downwind, but now we can keep up with them."
For the youth (up to 21) sailors this event was the perfect warming up for the Yngling Open World Championships from 18 until 23 July. 51 teams registered for this event that also takes place on the Markermeer, Lelystad.
1. Lucas Lier, Emil Max Møller en Konrad Floryan (DEN)
Classic Fleet Assembles in Cowes
The strong winds which have prevailed in the UK for the last several days resulted in difficult delivery trips for many of the competing boats and the marina this afternoon was buzzing with tails of derring-do from several crews who seemed pleased to have made it to Cowes in more or less one piece. As many as ten of the fifty-five registered entries are still yet to arrive, but classic yacht owners are made of stern stuff and the regatta organisers are very hopeful of all the boats arriving in time to compete on day one.
Racing will take place under the IRC handicap system and the fleet has been sub-divided into four racing classes.
The regatta kicks off on Monday 19th July with racing inside the confines of the Solent. Tuesday 20th July will see the fleet compete in a long distance race, which if weather permits will see them circumnavigate the Isle of Wight. Wednesday 21st July has been designated Challenge Day and offers competing owners the chance to challenge any other yacht bigger than their own to a boat-on-boat match race.
Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July will see the competitors return to fleet racing to complete the overall series. On Saturday 24th July all yachts are invited to take part in a Parade of Sail to mark the official close of the regatta.
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