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Mini Transat: Ian Lipinski, Absolute Mastery
If you needed proof about how well you can control and understand your boat, you just had to sit back and watch the last miles of Ian Lipinski's race this morning between the islet of Cabri and the finish line of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. After a final gybe, the skipper of Griffon.fr hurtled along under large spinnaker before opting for a last change of spinnaker just a few miles from the line. Mastery, wisdom and a hint of panache proved to be the winning cocktail for the sailor from Lorient, Brittany.
We've seen him more stressed. On this occasion, Ian Lipinski had the time to savour a victory, which he's patiently built bit by bit over the past four years or so. Arriving in the Mini circuit in 2012, he showed just what he was made of by securing a brilliant third place in the Les Sables - Les Acores - Les Sables race.
The Mini-Transat 2013, which resulted in a capsize offshore of Portugal, didn't put paid to his determination. The following year he put together a winning project with the help of the Ofcet yard. With every race, he transformed his production boat into a formidable winning machine and rounded off his year by snatching victory in the first leg of the Mini-Transat 2015. During the second leg, Julien Pulve secured the top spot, causing Lipinski to break into a cold sweat before ultimately bringing home the win in the overall ranking.
Top five position report on 14 November at 15:00 UTC
1. Ian Lipinski (Griffon.fr) finished in 13d 00h 22mn 34s
2. Jorg Riechers (Lilienthal) 79.0 miles from the finish
3. Simon Koster (Eight Cube Sersa) 91.6 miles behind the second placed boat
4. Andrea Fornaro (Sideral) 113.1 miles behind the second placed boat
5. Keni Piperol (Region Guadeloupe) 172.5 miles behind the second placed boat
1. Erwan Le Draoulec (Emile Henry) 282 miles from the finish
2. Clarisse Cremer (TBS) 83 miles behind the leader
3. Tanguy Bouroullec (Kerhis Cerfrance) 84.3 miles behind the leader
4. Benoît Sineau (Cachaca 2) 93.1 miles behind the leader
5. Tom Dolan (offshoresailing.fr) 105 miles behind the leader
New leader appointed for Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Brisius and Johan Salen have been appointed as President and co-President of the Volvo Ocean Race, taking over from the outgoing chief executive, Mark Turner.
The duo founded Atlant Ocean Racing together and have worked with seven Volvo Ocean Race campaigns over the past 28 years, starting as sailors in the 1989-90 race, before finding success with team management, including winning efforts EF Language (1997-98) and Ericsson 4 (2008-09), as well as second place finishers, Assa Abloy (2001-02), and Intrum Justitia (1993-94). Most recently, the pair managed Team SCA, the all-female entry, in the last edition of the race.
Brisius is currently the CEO of the company owned by the National Olympic Committee, running Sweden's bid to host the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2026 and he will remain in that role.
Johan Salen has worked alongside Brisius on all of their previous Volvo Ocean Race projects. He will take a leading role in both operations and in devising a strategy for the future of the event alongside the current leadership team.
The current Volvo Ocean Race leadership team will remain in their roles.
Last call for early registration
If you don't have your own boat, no problem. We have had several charter boats sign up to race. And if you check out our Charter Page there are plenty more charter options available. Or if you would just rather crew, sign up on our Crew Board.
In the sailing mix we have some sporty little fast flyers such as a Hobie modified 33, a Caribbean 33, a J105 and RP37. We also have a great racer cruiser class including the competitive Beneteau's and the well sailed Swans to mention a few.
So don't delay, sign up now, come enjoy the sunshine and the cool trades and 'Spice it up' in Grenada.
Race Documents (NoR, SI's, and safety guidelines) are posted on our website: www.grenadasailingweek.com
Gabart beats the record for single handed distance in 24 hours
After crossing the Equator in just under 6 days, Francois Gabart has gained considerable speed since he entered the South Atlantic and now has the Cape of Good Hope in his sights. This Tuesday, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran, who succeeded in solving his mainsail batten problem, even beat his own record for the distance sailed in 24 hours, with 818* nautical miles on the clock (record in progress).
In sailing 818* miles from Monday to Tuesday afternoon, a figure that may yet change this evening, Francois Gabart has overtaken the legendary limit. He pushed the MACIF trimaran hard to avoid being caught in strong winds behind him and in doing so he became the first single-handed sailor to sail a distance of over 800 miles inside 24 hours. He has pulverized his own record of 784 miles, dating back to 3 July 2016. What was his average? 34 knots, i.e. 63 km/h! What does he think of this? "I'm delighted. Records are made to be beaten. That's how you progress. The sensations at these speeds are pretty extraordinary. The boat flies and there's a blend of power and lightness." Not the sort of guy to rest on his laurels, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran immediately added: "It's not the main goal right now. The idea is to finish this round the world first".
Following a little over ten days of racing, Francois Gabart, who noticed the temperature had lowered by ten degrees in 24 hours, entered the Roaring Forties at midday. These are the latitudes of the Great South and he will stay with them for some time. "It's the start of a long conveyor belt that will take me to the Cape Horn, in places where you really can't come about. It's wonderful to be able to sail in places like this at high speed for days on end". The last routings show him rounding the Cape of Good Hope, the first of three legendary capes, on Thursday morning, setting a time of approximately 12 days. This is roughly two days less than Thomas Coville, the round the world record holder, who rounded it in 14 days, 04 hours, and 44 minutes last year.
Map tracking: www.macifcourseaularge.com/cartographie
* subject to validation by the WSSRC)
Sunny and Shifty Day One in Busan
The Busan Cup Women's International Match Race started on time under sunny skies but with a shifty northwesterly breeze keeping the teams and the race committee on their toes all day. "The morning was relatively steady when you compare it to the puffy and shifty conditions the afternoon group faced", commented Chief Umpire Gary Manuel (AUS).
Racing started on time in the prevailing northwesterly which fluctuated throughout the day challenging the sailors with shifty and puffy conditions.
The Danish team skippered by Trine Palludan, Team Kattnakken, took advantage of the shifty conditions in the morning to finish the day undefeated with a scorecard of 5 wins and no losses.
The Busan Cup Women's International Match Race in Busan, South Korea, continues Wednesday with more round-robin racing, to be followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, then the conclusion final races, prize giving and closing ceremony on Saturday the 18th of November. The race village, open to the public with large video screens, is based in the historic Suyeong Bay Yacht Center which hosted the Olympic Sailing Competition in 1988.
Results in the 2017 Busan Cup Women's International Match Race, the third event of the 2017 WIM Series, after day 1 of the round-robin (skipper, nationality, team, wins - losses):
1. Trine Palludan, DEN, Team Kattnakken, 5-0
1. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, New Sweden Match Racing Team, 5-0
3. Pauline Courtois, FRA, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, 4-1
4. Renee Groeneveld, NED, Matchrace Team Netherlands, 3-2
4. Lucy Macgregor, GBR, Team Mac, 3-2
4. Marinella Laaksonen, FIN, L2 Match Racing Team, 3-2
7. Anna Östling, SWE, Team Anna, 2-3
7. Sarah Parker, AUS, Team Parker, 2-3
9. Linnea Floser, SWE, Peregrine Racing, 1-4
9. Clare Costanzo, AUS, Team Costanzo, 1-4
9. Alexa Bezel, SUI, Swiss Women Match Race Team, 1-4
12. Eunjin Kim, KOR, Team Ladies, 0-5
Cauliflowers to (very fast) catamarans
Vendée Globe winner Armel Le Cléac'h had some formidable technology on his side on Banque Populaire - but not all of it was from the usual suspects...
Pickled herring all round
And it's away to Aarhus in Denmark for the 10th anniversary Yacht Race Forum, sailing's premier conference
America's Cup then and now - in more ways than one. Racing a Volvo on the hoof? Dee Caffari, Jack Griffin and Blue Robinson
Paul Cayard - new perspective
This coaching thing is not at all bad
Sailor of the Month
Two champions one language
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Fundraising Dinner: Total sum released by Sail Aid UK for Caribbean regeneration projects
This inaugural Fundraising event attracted the cream of the UK yachting community and was held in the superb Land Rover BAR headquarters in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire. Sir Ben and Lady Georgie Ainslie attended in a personal capacity and were joined by other big hitters from the world of yacht racing including Giles Scott MBE, David 'Freddie' Carr, Andy McLean, Hannah White, Mark Covell, Mike Golding OBE, Brian Thompson, Helena Lucas MBE, Conrad Humphreys and Hannah Stodel.
How and where the funds are being allocated in now being discussed by the Trustees, as is the next opportunity to unite the UK sailing community at another fundraising event in 2018.
Sail Aid UK is awaiting the Charity Commission's approval of its application and its Charity number to enable it to claim the Gift Aid on all donations to date.
Meanwhile Sail Aid UK is keen to promote its online merchandise, a range of T-shirts that have been specially commissioned, designed and printed to raise funds for Sail Aid UK. These can be purchased direct online here: www.sailaiduk.com/shop and would make a fun extra and unusual Christmas present.
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Zhik's new Isotak X Ocean Sailing range has won the DAME Award for clothing.
The Jury was immediately drawn to the Isotak X range thanks to its cleve Adaptive Collar System, which provides for a series of different collars and hoods tone selected according to the weather conditions, and its Hydrovision Hood which is designed to improve face protection while providing greater visibility than the norm. This is an excellent example of how products we all take for granted can still be redesigned to provide a better user experience.
The European Commission has told the UK and Malta to change their value-added tax VAT rules on yachts. The two countries could face possible financial sanctions, according to Reuters.
Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Taxation, told the news agency that he had written the British finance minister about the Isle of Man's tax-exempt practices and to the Maltese minister about VAT on yachts and private jets. "There are practices that we have reasons to think are suspect," Moscovici told French television BFM TV. "I asked that the rules be changed and if they aren't, the European Commission will launch an infringement procedure that can bear extremely heavy financial sanctions."
EU officials said the Isle of Man, which is under UK sovereignty but self-governing, has issued VAT exemptions for private jets and yachts when there is no grounds for granting the waiver. The UK's finance ministry said tax administration on the Isle of Man was the responsibility of the authorities there. "We are working closely with them to look into how VAT is paid on aircrafts and yachts, and we intend to reply to the EU Commission by the end of the year," a finance ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
The Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) told a Dutch newspaper that it plans to start a registry for yachts and superyachts built in that country. The government agency currently registers ownership and administrative data for properties, inland barges, commercial vessels, aircraft and telecom networks.
Following last week's publication of the Paradise Papers, Het Financieele Dagblad said Kadaster is concerned about Dutch yacht builders selling yachts to individuals hiding behind companies in tax havens. Officials told the paper that a registry with owners' names would reduce the risk of the yachts being used for activities like money laundering or selling to individuals on sanctions lists.
The Paradise Papers included data on 100 yachts registered in offshore locations by the Appleby law firm in Bermuda.
Shipyards in the Netherlands, according to the story, are required by laws to help prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The yards are obligated to determine the owner's identity and purpose of the transaction.
The new Southern Spars service centre in STP, Palma is further reinforcing the in-depth rigging expertise available to clients by appointing Andrew Kitchener as the centre's Principal Rigger.
Andrew's 15 years' experience in the industry includes virtually all classes of yacht, from Grand Prix to superyachts, and bringing him on board signals Southern Spars' commitment to delivering a comprehensive and expertly staffed Mediterranean operation.
The Palma service centre will be offering our European clients original equipment manufacturer services for the full range of the North Technology Group masts companies, with Southern Spars, Hall Spars and Future Fibres products and customers benefiting from a unique concentration of expertise in one location.
Andrew's previous positions and the several years he spent in the Marten Spars mechanical workshop will support the centre's strategy of delivering on-the-ground expertise across all necessary disciplines.
Subsea Industries has begun actively marketing its Ecospeed coating in the luxury yacht market following the introduction of stringent regulations aimed at reducing the impact of leisure craft operations on the marine environment.
The Antwerp-based sustainable coatings specialist will market its non-toxic hard coating initially in the United States, where there is increasing scrutiny of copper-based antifouling systems on the hulls of all types of pleasure boats.
"There is a momentous drive to remove copper from the antifouling coatings typically used on the hulls of pleasure yachts" said Kelly Townsend, Subsea Industries' US-based Sales Manager.
"Since our Ecospeed product contains zero chemicals and is completely non-toxic to marine life, it has the potential to meet the yacht sector's requirement for a clean, reliable and cost-effective alternative to copper-based coatings."
There has already been a number of studies published that found pleasure boat antifouling products to be the primary source of copper and biocidal contamination in US marinas.
It is widely anticipated that California will follow Washington state's lead in introducing legislation to reduce the amount of copper leaching into marinas and harbours.
In 2011, Washington became the first state to adopt a no-copper paint rule. And from 1 January 2018, no new recreational boat up to 65 feet can arrive with copper on its hull and no copper can be sold or applied to a boat after 1 January 2020.
"Certainly, California is likely to be the next state to implement a phase-out, predicted Townsend. "The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, a state agency tasked with protecting and improving water quality in the Los Angeles area, has already drafted regulations to reduce the amount of copper in Marina del Rey Harbour by 85%."
Two other marinas in Southern California - Shelter Island Yacht Basin in San Diego and Newport Bay in Orange County - have similar rules in place and implementation has already begun.
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