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Audi Medcup: Practice Day In Barcelona
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Practice Day In Barcelona TeamOrigin lead on the water from gun to gun chased by Emirates Team New Zealand but both chose to hook the wrong way round the finish line leaving the finish gun to AudiA1 powered by ALL4ONE.

When they turned round the wrong side of the finish line, bowing to superstitions or not, TeamOrigin (GBR) and Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) had done enough to prove during today's official TP52 Practice Race that they should be contenders in the light breezes which are expected for the Regata Camper - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona.

Racing in less than 10 knots of gentle sea breeze the British TP52 helmed by four times Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie (GBR) was more than one minute ahead at the finish, after gaining on each successive leg, but they turned back upwind through the finish line, as did the Kiwi reigning champions - both registering DNF's - leaving AudiA1 powered by ALL4ONE (GER/FRA) to take the winner's gun.

The practice race played out pretty much in line with the expectations which have been voiced around Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta dockside over recent days: this will be a close regatta, the TP52's will be very even in speed in the lighter winds, and anyone who gets off the start line and around the first turning mark in the top two or three has a good chance of holding on.

The consensus is that this will be a long, intense and hard fought regatta in light winds and high daytime temperatures, and with up to 12 races it could prove pivotal as we pass theoretical half way mark of the 2010 season here.

GP42's Readying to go After a run of bad luck in the first two regattas in Cascais and Marseille, there is no crew keener to go racing again in the GP42 Series than John Bassadone and his Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) team. Twice in successive regattas they having broken their masthead crane, causing them to miss a race each time. The last time it was particularly heartbreaking, as they had just worked themselves up to lead around the top mark, only to have the crane crack and fail just moments before hoisting their spinnaker.

The remaining GP42 teams are doing their final preparations and tuning to be ready for tomorrow's Practice Race. Iberdrola (ESP), AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), and Madrid - Caser Seguros (ESP) were also out on the water practicing, while Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) is awaiting for their remaining team members to arrive on site. -- Sabina Mollart-Rogerson

Global Ocean Race Partners with Normandy Channel Race
The organisers of the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) are pleased to announce a formal partnership with French race organisers, Sirius Evenements, and their double-handed Class40 Normandy Channel Race 2011. In an agreement that exemplifies the bond within the Class40 Association, its skippers and the association's events, the Normandy Channel Race will provide an opportunity for GOR entries to achieve the majority of their qualifying mileage in race conditions.

The GOR requires that a non-stop, 2,000 mile qualifying passage is undertaken by all entries. The GOR Race Organisation will grant a 1,500 mile qualifying credit towards the mandatory 2,000 miles for all entries that complete the Normandy Channel Race 2011 (NCR): a 1,000 mile, non-stop double-handed race that starts from Caen, France, on Sunday May 15th next year, four months before the start of the GOR round the world race.

GOR entries competing in the NCR are required to carry out a further, separate, 500 mile, non-stop passage to complete their qualifying mileage. For GOR 'Team Entries' with up to six crew for the entire circumnavigation, having two of their members complete the NCR means a credit of 1,000 miles plus a remaining 1,000 mile non-stop passage sailed with the other team members onboard. The two events have also agreed to work closely together on promotion and communication throughout 2011.〈=en

Platu 25 Worlds in Alicante
Alicante, Spain: The 2010 Platu 25 World championship, organized by the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante hoisted its sails today with two races that saw the Greeks on Kostas Karageorgiou's Modus Vivendi-3Alfa, champion in 2008 and silver in 2009, getting the provisional leadership with a partial score 1 - 3. The second place on the podium is occupied by the Iberian crew of Carpantxo owned by Jesus Pintos and skippered by the well experienced Laureano Wizner, followed in third by Francesco Lanera's Euz II-Monellavabo.

The battle started at 13.10 after a general recall and a postponement flag. The start was given under black flag with most of the fleet opting for the Commitee boat end where it looked like the wind was a bit stronger. Just after the first downwind mark the Committee decided for a course change since the wind shifted from 120 degrees to 100 degrees, yet not decreasing in intensity.

The second race started at 15.00, still with a gentle breeze of seven knots from 120 degrees.

Tomorrow, wind permitting, three more races are scheduled.

Provisional General Results (66 Entries)

1. Modus Vivendi, TM Panagiotis /P.Kagialis/V.Kappas /A.Paleras, GRE, 4 points
2. Carpantxo, J.Pintos /F.Sanchez/R.Alvarez /J.Figueria/B.Coira, ESP, 6
3. Euz II - Monella, L.Iacopo /I.Lacerra/F.Lanera /P.Bucciarelli/G.Frangue, ITA, 10
4. The Collection /Coppel Dental, A.Mella/J.M.Perez /J.Lopez/E.Ganete /I.Lopez, ESP, 12
5. Farrbar, J.Ahlgrim /S.Moelle/M.Gedrange /E.Taeufer/C.Fuchs, GER, 13
6. Flexi, N.Ganssauge /J.Böttcher/S.Krabbe /F.Spateholz/S.K, GER, 14
7. La Revoltosa, A.Rodger /J.Pont/M.De Tomas /F.Muro/J.Segarra, ESP, 17
8. Bribon-Movistar, M. De Antonio/J.Jaudenes/ X.Ibanez//J.Fullana/S.Be, ESP, 23
9. Iberdrola, M.Weiller /F.Pomar/M.Bonet /P.Balaguer/F.Gallaste, ESP, 25
10. Recrea 3-Medilevel, D.Campos /A.Irala/A Caballero /C.Navarro/M Bernal, ESP, 26

2011's Not That Far Away - Think Key West and Miami!
Key West Race Week Just six short months and Key West Race Week will be full on! It's time to make your plans to be sure you don't miss top-tier competition, professional race management, and those world famous Key West conditions and attractions. Five days of racing for One Design, PHRF, IRC and Multihull classes. After Key West, IRC, Farr 40 and Melges 32 classes can bask in more Florida sunshine at the Miami Grand Prix in March. Find news on savings, logistics, early commitments and more on the event web site.

We've partnered with Yacht Scoring and entry is easier than ever:

Key West Race Week January 17-21, 2011 - Miami Grand Prix March 10 - 13, 2011

Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week
The Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week, the annual IMOCA 60 sprint round the Isle of Wight, has this year attracted an impressive line up of entries from across Europe. Accompanied by celebrity guests, some of the biggest names in ocean racing will battle it out in a high adrenaline 50 mile race round the island, competing for a £10,000 charity prize fund.

Flying the British flag will be Artemis Ocean Racing helmed by double Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks. They will be joined on the start line by West Country sailor Steve White aboard Toe in the Water who impressively completed the last Vendee Globe against the odds. Sole female skipper Dee Caffari will compete in the Artemis Challenge in Gaes Centros Auditivos having recently joined the Spanish-based team. Up against the strong British contingent will be sailing legend Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environment. Arnaud Boissières skippering Akena Verandas makes the journey to Cowes for this event for the second year whilst Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann, who will later this year compete in the Barcelona World Race, will join the fray aboard VE1 for the first time.

The event, now in its fourth year, will take place on Tuesday 3rd August.

Three Selected as Early Winners in America's Cup Video Competition
Valencia, Spain: The early entry period for the 34th America's Cup Video Competition has closed with three winning videos selected from 10 excellent finalists. The three initial winners and the seven other finalists may be viewed at

The competition, launched last month, invited Generation Y to share production techniques on how to energize the look of the competition for the world's oldest sporting trophy. The under 28 crowd was targeted because of its close association with extreme sports and social media. Every aspect of the America's Cup - from type of boat (monohull or multihull) to course format to television production - will come under scrutiny this week at the America's Cup TV Production Trials, slated to begin Thursday off Valencia, Spain.

Two pairs of monohulls and multihulls will compete on modified courses to review the format of racing. The yachts will be equipped with HD and 3D cameras to capture the on board action. Contestants in the video competition were required to produce a video clip of any length that illustrated unique production techniques. The judging panel of extreme sports and social media experts included television producers and sailing videographers, and they had more than 60 videos to view.

The video competition remains open through September, but the three early winners represented a mix of artistry, music overlay and interesting post-production techniques. The top three videos were "A bit of Hawai'i," produced by Ricky Lesser of California, "Seaweed," produced by Luke Luke White of the UK, and "Ride It," produced by Alberto Accettulli of Italy. -- Tim Jeffery

And The No Wind Reports...
* Despite rousing themselves early this morning in expectation of a race around the Isle of Wight, skippers and their crews at the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta were greeted by millpond conditions out on the Solent on day two. With little prospect in the forecasts of sufficient breeze for sensible racing, Principal Race Officer Tony Lovell made the difficult decision to abandon racing for the day.

Happily weather predictions for tomorrow promise a return to the beautiful conditions the fleet experienced on the opening day which should allow the race committee to set the fleet off on a long distance race utilising some of the Solent's furthest extremes.

* Largs, Scotland: Rain and mill pond conditions on the Clyde this morning, gave way to bright sunshine and a 5-6kts south westerly breeze late this afternoon, which prompted the race committee to attempt to get the opening races of the Laser Radial World Youth Championship underway.

Having been 'cooped up' under postponement for over four hours, the 317 young sailors were anxious to launch and head out to the start line in a hopeful, building south-westerly breeze at 1515 with a 5-6kts south-westerly breeze on the race course. However, as the fleets arrived in the race area, at the northern end of Cumbrae just off Skelmorlie Bank, the wind started to drop and was down to 4kts. The wind pattern then took a turn for the worst and what hope there was of a late afternoon start, disappeared, leaving the race committee no option other than to postpone racing for the day at 1730.

In an effort to make up for lost time, the race committee has rescheduled tomorrow's racing to 1100. The weather forecast however, shows little improvement with wind speeds reaching no more than 5kts from the north, accompanied by heavy rain.

Hotel and Development Land For Sale in Bequia
Hotel And Development Land Forsale In Bequia The Receiver of Friendship Bay Hotel Limited (in Receivership) offers for sale the land and property situated at Friendship Bay Hotel in Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

- Located on c 435,600 sq ft land;
- c.20% beachfront;
- Development potential;
- Rear undeveloped land is sloping with ocean views;
- Hotel consists of 19 rooms and 5 suites (2 with individual plunge pools);
- Beachfront restaurant/bar;
- Breakfast room; and
- Private jetty.

About Bequia
Bequia has its own airport with daily scheduled flights to and from Barbados and several other of the Grenadine Islands. Bequia is the second largest of the Islands after the capital island of St. Vincent. It measures approximately 7 square miles and has a population of approximately 5,000 people. It has a strong maritime heritage and is a favourite destination for yachts from all over the world. Friendship Bay is a sheltered south facing bay on Bequia's windward side with a broad sandy beach.

Further details available on request.
Indicative offers by 5pm EST Monday 16 August 2010.

Contact for enquiries
Claire Loebell
Phone: +1 345 814 8922
Ernst & Young Ltd
62 Forum Lane, Camana Bay
PO Box 510, Grand Cayman KY1-1006
Cayman Islands

And Some Very Good News...
Volunteer lifeboat crews from Sennen Cove and St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, were launched in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 18 July) following reports that a yachtswoman had fallen overboard 50 miles north west of Land's End. Just before the lifeboats arrive on scene, the extremely fortunate sailor was found by another yacht and airlifted to hospital.

The racing yacht Buccaneer was returning from Cork Week Regatta in Ireland when the woman went overboard in fresh south westerly winds and a moderate sea. Another yacht, Jaguar Logic, relayed a message to Falmouth coastguards and the two lifeboats were launched, along with the rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor.

The RNLI crews on Sennen Cove Tamar class all weather lifeboat and the St Mary's Severn class all weather lifeboat headed for the scene at top speed. But just 12 or so miles from the scene, news came that the woman, who had been in the water for two hours, had been found alive and was being winched onboard the helicopter. She was then flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske in Truro, Cornwall.

* Practical Boat Owner reports: Prue Nash, a yacht broker from Hamble, was operating the sails when, despite being clipped on, she fell through a guard rail.

Her harness and lifejacket caught on the underside of the yacht, pinning her under water, so she had to remove them to regain the surface. She then trod water for two cold and exhausting hours in the dark until help arrived.

Prue acknowledges she was terrified but lucky - although airlifted straight to hospital from the incident, she was unhurt.

Donate to the RNLI: or call the donations hotline at +44 (0)845 121 4999

Charity Cricket Challenge Raises Over 1000 GBP for JMST
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Cricket Challenge On Sunday 18th July, Hamble village pubs The Bugle, King & Queen, The Victory and Ye Olde Whyte Harte all fielded teams for the coveted Bugle Charity Cricket Challenge Cup. The annual contest is organised by The Bugle in order to raise money for the John Merricks Sailing Trust, a charity that offers financial assistance to support youth sailing across the UK.

The day kicked off with The Bugle vs. the King & Queen's team -The Master Batters - the same fixture that started the tournament last year. The match was a hard fought affair with The Bugle being sent into bat first and scoring a competitive score of 72 in their 10 overs.

With King and Queen's defeat of The Bugle there was going to be a new name on the trophy... with King & Queen and The Victory meeting in the final.

The King & Queen won the toss and elected to field first. With some tight fielding and The King & Queen's strike bowler John Vaughn impressively managing to make the ball bounce off his forehead and into the hands of George King for a catch -one of the highlights of the innings - The Victory's opening partnership was broken. The King & Queen's bowling attack then managed to dismiss the dangerous middle order of Lloyd Brooks and Paul Ackland quite cheaply and limit the score to 60 off their 10 overs. With the King and Queen requiring a run a ball, the openers started the innings quickly and got the scoreboard ticking over. A succession of quick wickets, including a comical run out, meant the pressure was on, so in stepped George King to partner Jack Inglis. With 26 runs required, the pair batted patiently and managed to reach the total with 16 balls to spare, followed by a pitch invasion from The King & Queen team showering each other in beer. -- Match report courtesy of Mike Gerber -Captain of the King & Queen team.

The best bit... a fantastic total of £1,055 was raised in total through The Bugle's Bar & BBQ, the Raffle and Team entry fees.

The Bugle's Bar & BBQ operates on a non-profit basis and all takings are donated to the JMST. The Bugle generously donates the supplies and resources for this event.

Many local businesses support the event by donating wonderful raffle prizes namely: The White Star; Hamble River Sailing Club; The Daily Sail; Musto; Grapefruit Graphics; Rule 26; North Sails; Andark; The Bugle; The River Rat; La Dolce Vita; King & Queen; Ye Olde Whyte Harte; Yacht Catering Cafe; Pig Bags; The Victory Inn; Bonne Bouche; Steph Brandt Remedial Therapist; Ingrid Abery Photography; Team Origin. -- Suzy Hamel

Finn Class Announces New Website
New Finn Website With a professional web presence being now considered almost mandatory for International and Olympic classes, the International Finn Association is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, just in time to focus on the 2010 Silver Cup (Junior World Championship) and Finn Gold Cup (World Championship) which starts in San Francisco in just over a month.

Designed and developed by the International Finn Association with technical assistance from David McCreary (Scuttlebutt Europe, WMRT webmaster etc *) the new site is a massive step forward in functionality and content display, using the versatile and powerful Joomla! content management system.

The website is part of a wider Finn Class media platform including social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Picasa, Issuu and YouTube as well as a free newsletter and press release subscription service.

Features of the new website include:

. RSS feed for news articles and race reports
. 'LEARN' section featuring coaching advice, technical articles and resources
. Free access to the class magazine FINNFARE online as a page turning eBook
. Instant translation to more than 50 languages using Google Translate plugin
. Finn Class Newsletter and Press Release sign up
. Full searchable archive of news articles and results
. Finnshop with Paypal shopping cart
. Archives of all results back to 1952
. Extensive photo and video galleries
. Access to full range of Finn class media platforms
. Range of advertising positions and opportunities throughout the website
. New integrated bulletin board for discussion and sailor interaction.

. as well as much more to follow over the coming months.

Take a look at the new site at:

* Editor.. Feel free to contact me at for a quote on bringing your website up to snuff... including integrated mobile versions...

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1991 45' Beneteau 45F5, US$ 105,500. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, USA.

PRICED REDUCED AGAIN. OWNER WANTS TO SELL FAST and will consider all reasonable offers. She is a well maintained Racer/Cruiser. Just had extensive work completed including New Formica, Varnish in the Galley and Salon area, deck and cockpit have been waxed, the engine has been serviced including New raw water pump. A portable generator has been installed and can be wired to the main supply to give 110V. The owner has also installed new mirrors throughout and new Radio/CD player with external speakers. Hull sides recently redone in AWL-Grip Flag Blue and bottom done with MICRON 66. location. This vessel is the only 45F5 in AWL-Grip Blue and makes a real statement racing or cruising. She is very modern in design and would suit someone wanting to go racing/cruising now. Ready for the Racing Circuit. Has proven track record in the Caribbean. WILL HELP WITH DELIVERY OF BOAT TO NEW OWNER.

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