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Tour Voile: The Med Belongs To The Meds
Marseille is not that far from Port-Camargue, just 65 milles away. But the crossing may be difficult for you have to sail all around the Rhone delta, called the Camargue where the sand banks stretched far away from the shore. The place might be very windy because of the well known mistral wind. But it was not to be. The boats started with 5 light knots of wind but then had a rather consistant 12 knots breeze, just a perfect wind for a night 's sail in the heat of summer
But the Med is really something special : the first boat to cross the finish line was, once more, the boat from Hyeres, TPM Coych. The team skipped by Fabien Henry is the strong one since the boats arrived in the "mare nostrum"
This morning the leader of the student ranking, Team SOG Safran, were second on the line and are clearly holding on their leading position. Groovederci had a very good race, taking fourth. The american boat is now firth overall, just three points in front of Oman sail's Renaissance.
The final leg from Marseille to La Seyne-sur-Mer (40 miles) starts on Friday 23 July.
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Day three of the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta 2010 saw the fleet of classic yachts undertake a long distance race in simply glorious weather conditions. The complex thirty-five mile course took the competitors to some of the far reaches of the Solent and presented the navigators and tacticians, who had to plot their way through capricious tides and a multitude of hidden sandbanks, with numerous head scratching moments. Today's race got under way this morning at ten o'clock sharp with the entire fifty-two fleet boat setting off together from a long committee boat start line off Cowes. Under clear blue skies and in around ten to twelve knots of breeze, the regatta fleet was a magnificent sight as the yachts initially beat westward for several miles before turning at Lymington for a long run back down the Solent under spinnaker.
Competition to be the first home was particularly keen amongst the bigger boats. The 1987 12 Metre, Italia, appeared to revel in today's conditions and having made a good start close to the Island shore was quickly able to tack and cross the fleet. Italia led by several minutes at the first buoy from her fierce rival, the other 12 Metre competing this week, the 1937 built, Wings. Initially Italia looked comfortable in first place as she powered downwind, but soon after pulling off a slick spinnaker peel, realisation suddenly dawned amongst the Italia crew that they were heading for the wrong buoy. As both Wings and the 1911 built 19 Metre Gaff-Cutter, Mariquita, thundered past under full sail, Italia was forced into a scrambled spinnaker drop which saw them without a headsail for several minutes. Mariquita, using her enormous downwind sail plan to good use, overtook Wings and powered into a substantial lead at the front of the fleet. As the race progressed however, the crew aboard Italia dug deep and managed to use their superior upwind speed to claw their way back by the finish, to take a well deserved, on the water at least, Class 1 and overall fleet victory. Wings finished next, taking line honours in Class 2 ahead of Mariquita who came home third on the water.
The competition was equally feverish throughout the rest of the fleet with tight boat-on-boat skirmishes going on for the whole race. In particular, the three International 8 Metres in Class 2, If, Athena and Ilderim were rarely far from each other all the way around the course. The International 30 Square Metre, Gluckauf, made much of the front running in Class 3 and at the head of Class 4 the Shoreham 10 Tonner Cereste clearly found the steadily freshening wind very much to her liking.
Racing at the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta 2010 continues tomorrow with two races schedules for all classes.
Camper Regatta - Conde De Godo Trophy - Barcelona
The 11 strong TP52 Series fleet representing 10 different nations, were left waiting, poised and ready for their first ever points racing off Barcelona, but the light breezes proved insufficient to get competition under way.
Around five hours in the hot summer Mediterranean sunshine, tracking the fickle breeze proved to be in vain for the TP52 teams who watched closely to see what they could learn from their smaller GP42 cousins as they took part in a slow, shifty practice race.
But the breeze all but evaporated before the second windward leg was completed and their race was shortened before the final downwind.
For the GP42's the light airs practice was considered a good chance to get attuned to the kind of conditions which are expected to prevail for some of this regatta. Their practice race today started in a promising 8 knots, but soon degraded to less than 6 knots with many light air zones and shifts in direction down.
Even though AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA) had an enormous lead around the first top mark, they fell prey to the fickle conditions and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) was able to take and hold the lead into the finish.
This must be promising for the Canarias team, as light air has not been their strong suit in previous stages. -- Sabina Mollart-Rogerson
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Volvo Laser SB3 World Championships
Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy: With last night's protests completed, the Gold and Silver Fleets were decided for the Volvo Laser SB3 World Championships finals. A further 3 races were scheduled for each of the fleets today. All races were all completed taking the Championship race tally to 9.
On the third attempt, the Gold Fleet were successfully away under the fear of a black flag start. The majority of the fleet picked the left hand side of the course, but at the windward mark, the right hand side of the course had clearly paid.
UK Class Chairman, Jerry Hill (GBR) and his crew onboard 3 Sad Old Blokes notched up some great results for their first finals races taking bullets in the first and second races today.
Geoff Carveth was back in race mode today, having suffered a broken rudder gudgeon yesterday. Ben Saxton and his young crew onboard Rola-Trac are enjoying great consistency during their first season in the Laser SB3, they've posted some excellent results so far and are certainly a boat to watch at this event and in the future.
Gill Race Team's Craig Burlton, Steve 'AB' White and Adam Heeley (GBR) had a frustrating first race today, but managed to turn their success around with 2 second places in races 8 and 9.
Top five after 9 races:
1.Craig Burlton / Adam Heeley / Steve White, Gill Race Team, GBR, 24 points
Laser Radial World Youth Championship
Largs, Scotland: After a day and a half sitting waiting for the wind, a steady, building northerly breeze trickled down the Clyde this afternoon allowing racing to commence at the Laser Radial World Youth Championship in Largs.
The conditions were far from what the senior Radial fleet experienced at their world championship the previous week when gusts of 40kts swept through the fleet, but adequate enough to allow the 320 competitors to enjoy the first tactical race of the series.
Sailing on 'home waters', it was good to see 16-year-old GBR sailor Elliot Hanson demonstrating why he is one of the hot favourites here this week. Fresh from his sixth place at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Turkey, Hanson (a former Topper world champion) benefited from the leading Hungarian's windward mark-rounding error, and enjoyed a good race with Matthew Odowd (IRE), to win the one and only race of the day on the Boys' course. Tadeusz Kubiak (POL) was also on top form winning Blue fleet, while Matthew Mollerus (USA) has made his intentions clear by winning the Red fleet.
On the girls' course, set further to the north of Cumbrae, the situation was equally exciting with Julia Vallo Arjonilla (ESP) winning the first race in the Blue fleet and finishing third in Race 2 which puts her in a leading overall position. Pauline Barwinska (POL) snatched a win in Yellow fleet when Marketa Audyova (CZE) who crossed the line first, was deemed OCS. -- Sue Pelling
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ISAF / IOC Training Scholarship Courses
Created by the ISAF Training and Development department with Training Partner Rockley International, this eight week course is designed for existing coaches, giving them the additional skills needed to run and develop a National Sail Training Programme in their home countries.
The IOC Olympic Solidarity department (OS) may support funding applications for the new ISAF course under the Olympic Scholarship's Sport-Specific Training Option for Coaches, which forms part of their World Programme for Coaches. ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) who wish to apply need to approach their National Olympic Committee (NOC) and request the relevant OS application.
The Scholarship course can also be funded whole or in part through private sponsorship or in conjunction with existing private / MNA or NOC funding.
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The Directors and Shareholders of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars are pleased to announce the merger of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars.
The merger will create a combined entity with over 350 staff that will be better equipped to compete on the world stage, supplying a comprehensive range of high quality carbon fibre masts, booms and carbon rigging to meet the demands of all market sectors. Taking effect from 19 July 2010, the merger is a timely combination of two highly regarded mast companies that have operated in different geographic and market sectors.
Southern Spars has strong design technology and tools developed through its involvement in America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and other international race boat programmes.
Nordic Mast also has extensive experience in manufacturing quality carbon masts for comparatively smaller race boats, performance cruisers, and cruising yachts in Europe. The existing Nordic Mast premises and all staff will be retained, and the operation will continue to be managed by Lars Netterstrom, who will also assume a wider Group role.
Finland's Oy Nautor Ab, manufacturer of the Swan range of sailing yachts, has appointed Luciano Scaramuccia as the group's new CEO. Scaramuccia served as managing director of Nautor from 1998-2003, overseeing the initial modernisation programme put in place when Italian businessman Leonardo Ferragamo bought the company in 1998.
The appointment comes at a busy time for Nautor. Earlier this month, the company launched the first of its German Frers-designed Swan 80s and three more units are now in production. The new Swan 110 is also progressing well, while the Swan 130 is ready for the market and will take its place at the head of the fleet.
"We have used this difficult time, which seems to be coming to an end, to invest for the future of the company," says Ferragamo. "We have actively worked in the development of new models, the optimisation of the organisation and the restructuring of the industrial process aimed towards efficiency, reliability and quality. We are now encouraged from important signs of recovery from the market and concrete results." -- International Boat Industry news, www.ibinews.com
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have continued the pattern of recruiting a commercial team from outside of sailing, announcing that Sharon Tuff has joined the Volvo Ocean Race as Head of Commercial Partnerships for the UK. She is a former Senior Sponsorship Manager at Channel 4 and left in 2009 to work as an independent sponsorship and partnership marketing consultant, working with rights holders and media companies. Her most recent assignment was working with venture capital backed Horse & Country TV as Head of Brand Partnerships.
Sharon has over 10 years' experience of creating selling, negotiating and implementing high value, high impact sponsorships. She will be responsible for raising the profile of opportunities to partner with the Volvo Ocean Race amongst UK agencies and clients and delivering sponsorship revenue from the UK. -- YachtSponsorship.com, www.yachtsponsorship.com/2010/07
Lewmar announces the appointment of Jonathan Marriott as Aftermarket Sales Manager. Jonathan will head up the company's distributor sales team to provide clear channel management and direction for this important part of the business.
Jonathan spent over 10 years working in sales management and product marketing in Dublin, Ireland for an IT company. He joins Lewmar from his position as Sales and Marketing Manager for a specialist retail outlet in Hampshire. Originally from Wales, he holds a degree in psychology from the University of Wales (Bangor) and is passionate about rugby.
Based in Lewmar's head office in Hampshire (UK), Jonathan will report to Matt Johnston, Sales and Marketing Director.
Danish sailmaker Elvstrom Sails will see its products tested to extreme limits this summer aboard Swedish yacht Ariel IV that is attempting to be the first Swedish yacht to pass the Northwest Passage.
Captained by Birgitta Boye-Freudenthal and Eric Boye, Ariel IV is a 50ft steel cutter rigged sloop with twin cockpits designed by Borghegn Yacht Design. After leaving Helsingborg in Sweden, the yacht is currently en-route towards the ice-packed waters north of Canada before taking on the Bering Strait west of Alaska.
For the designers at Elvstrom Sails, the expedition by Ariel IV will provide valuable feedback of how the sails will fair in arctic conditions and prolonged periods of sunlight. This will help the company with their ongoing developments to maximize the resistance and protection of sails against UV, particularly for the larger superyachts that often sail much further afield.
Rolex SA will extend its naming rights sponsorship of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and its associated regattas, the Rolex Trophy One Design and Rolex Trophy Rating Series, up to and including the 2015 race.
Rolex has been the naming rights sponsor of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race since 2002.
The CYCA have also granted an extension of the exclusive rights to broadcast the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race from 2011 to 2015 to Seven Network. The new agreement takes effective from the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and will continue up until the end of the 2015 race.
The Seven Network will produce and broadcast nationally a 90 minute live program of the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, with commentary provided by CYCA member Gordon Bray, who has hosted the last three start broadcast programs.
Further, the CYCA has granted the Seven Network, through its online affiliate Yahoo!7, the exclusive worldwide internet/online rights to webstream the live 90 minute broadcast of the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010 and the regular in race updates. -- YachtSponsorship.com, www.yachtsponsorship.com
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