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Coffee Sales Up, Wind Down
The west-south-westerly winds of the first two days of Cowes Week gave way to a light northerly gradient wind overnight. With the thin layer of cloud forecast to clear, the prospects were for a mostly sunny day. However, this in turn gave race officials and course setters an unenviable dilemma - rising temperatures were forecast to give a south-westerly afternoon sea breeze, with the inevitable shut-down mid Solent first.
By 1015 the cloud was breaking up and the sun warming Cowes. Five minutes after the SB3 and Class Zero starts the wind was still holding up for the Longtze class, with Swiss sailor Jarmo Wieland's Shensu pulling well ahead of her rivals, and holding the lead at the finish. On coming ashore, German competitor Eckhard Kaller, who finished second today after first places at the weekend, said: "We had a very bad start and there was little upwind work so there were no opportunities to pass or make places on other boats. We have four crew, three from Germany and one from France. Generally it's an easy and fun boat to sail - very quick in light air and very fast in heavy air. As for Cowes Week, well, it was always a wish to come here so we are very happy and we'll definitely be back."
In IRC 1 veteran Dutch racer Piet Vroon's Tonnerre de Breskens had a cracking start, quickly pulling 5-6 lengths ahead of the rest of the fleet. The two 12-Metres, however, quickly caught up with the Dutch boat, with Richard Matthews' Crusader to leeward of Richard Rankin's Italia. As they moved into the shallow water on the north shore the 12-Metres bore away towards the first mark, Salt Mead, hoisting their (symmetric) spinnakers, while Tonnere peeled to a larger asymmetric spinnaker.
The Dragons started at 1355 in a very light breeze. Julia Bailey's Aimee was again ahead at the start and was first to get her spinnaker drawing. In contrast to the previous two days of racing, when starts to the west against the tide resulted in the fleets mingling in tight bunches and plenty of boat-on-boat action when short tacking, today the fleets quickly became stretched out across the course.
With the wind reducing further, Black Group starts on the RYS line were again postponed after the Sigma 38 start at 1350 and White Group race officials were forced to follow suit just before the RS Elite start at 1405. By now, spinnakers had collapsed on the north shore, but a light and fitful south-westerly could be seen moving up the western Solent.
With insufficient wind to drive the remaining boats over the increasingly strong west-going tide, and time running out, the difficult decision was made to abandon the starts for the remaining classes - Squibs, Mermaids and Victorys - at 1510. At the same time the remaining Black Group boats, including Quarter Tonners and IRC Classes 5-7 were returning to harbour, their starts also having been abandoned.
Halfway Stage and Guichard Fights Back
The sea breeze literally kicked in 60 seconds before the start of the first inshore race today and the Extreme 40s sprang to life in the 8-10 knot breeze that increased rapidly to 12-14 knots and topping 18 for a couple of races. More than enough for these light catamarans to fly their hulls upwind and for the spray to soak the crew on the downwind legs at 20 knots (23mph) of boat speed keeping the spectators enthralled.
Not surprisingly, Yann Guichard and his men on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild excelled in the less frenetic conditions, after struggling in the stronger winds of the first two days, and have moved into third place on the leaderboard with 112 points just one point behind Loick Peyron's Oman Sail Masirah. Peyron scored a win in the morning offshore race and posted two second places this afternoon but they lacked consistency, and this has put them dangerously within reach of Guichard.
The 1851 Cup
America's Cup-style racing returns to the Solent tomorrow with the start of the 1851 Cup between Larry Ellison's BMW ORACLE Racing team, the current America's Cup champions, and Sir Keith Mills' TEAMORIGIN. The teams represent the USA and the UK respectively as was the case when the first race for the 100 Guineas Cup (as the America's Cup was called at the time) was held in these waters, watched by a young Queen Victoria in 1851. On that occasion the sole US entry, America, was up against the fastest boats the UK could muster, yet the legendary all-black yacht still walked away with the trophy, which has never returned to British hands in the intervening 159 years.
The two boats TEAMORIGIN's USA-87 and BMW ORACLE Racing's USA-98 went out training for the first time this afternoon with a course set up in the mid-western Solent, allowing the crews to re-acquaint themselves with the boats, short courses and to practice starts.
* Sail TV will be streaming all the races LIVE from Cowes, approximately BST 1430 Tuesday 3rd August. Match racing commences Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday will feature the two boats competing to be the first around the Isle of Wight in true 1851 fashion! You can watch the races LIVE on www.sail.tv, or on embedded Sail TV players (on most websites dedicated to sailing), or on your mobile at www.sail.tv/mobile
Torbay Week 2010 Early Entry Date
The closing date for discounted entries for this year's Torbay Week, is August 1.
The six day event, starting on Friday August 20, is run by the Bay's four sailing and yacht clubs and includes a four day yachting championship together with social entertainment each night at the clubhouses.
Free berthing is again provided at town moorings by Tor Bay Harbour Authority, together with free launching for dinghies taking part.
Torbay Week director, David Homer: "We've consistently received great feedback from competitors about the standard of racing at Torbay Week. We're extremely fortunate to have world class race officers who together with our volunteers will again run a fantastic event.
Entry can be made using the online payment system on the Torbay Week website - www.torbayweek.co.uk or by sending an application form downloaded from the website to Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Beacon Terrace, Torquay, TQ1 2BH.
Entries start at £25 for a dinghy, £65 for a PY cruiser and £75 for an IRC cruiser.
Torbay Week is run by Torbay Week Management Group for Babbacombe Corinthian SC, Brixham YC, Paignton SC, Royal Torbay YC.
The event is supported by the English Riviera Tourist Board.
Ian Walker to Skipper for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Appointed by the team's backer, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Walker will lead an 11-strong crew hoping to stake its claim in one of the world's toughest, most extreme sporting challenges.
ADTA, which was behind the emirate's successful bid to become a Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 host city, believes Walker's appointment is a major coup for Abu Dhabi's inaugural title tilt. "Ian is the lynchpin in the dream team we are determined to secure," explained Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, ADTA. "His high profile sends a signal of the seriousness of our ambitions in a sport which will help us build international awareness of our long maritime pedigree and exceptional coastline and surrounding waters."
As design consultant on ADTA's planned, specially designed Volvo Open 70, Walker will be out to capitalise on years of experience to guide the outfit through nine-months of intense, head-to-head sailing over 39,000 nautical miles comprising four of the world's most treacherous oceans.
"The Volvo Ocean Race is mentally and physically exhausting. The whole project is quite daunting, but it is easier to comprehend having done the race before. I have huge respect for the yachts and the race and we will be as prepared as we possibly can be," said Walker, one of the world's leading helmsmen and tacticians.
ADTA and Walker, who lives in Southampton, UK, are also currently in the final stages of appointing the team's other crew members, and are committed to including a UAE national in the sporting team and another two on the shore team.
Plans are being progressed with Abu Dhabi stakeholders for the UAE capital's New Year 2012 hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race, when it sails into the sport's record books as the first Middle East stopover in the event's 37-year history.
Bertrand Pace Wins His Seventh Tour Voile
Bertrand Pace even add some maestria to his domination, winning the very last inshore race of the Tour. The former match race world champion had his grasp on the first place before the fleet left the english channel. And since the fleet sails in the med in never let his major opponent sailing alone.
It was a good day for the two English speaking team of the race. First for the American boat Groovederci who sailed two steady races and secure it's fourth place. "It was really fun today, we love this kind of wind " explained Deneen Demourkas back in La Seyne harbour. Admiting she was a little bit disappointed not to be in the final top three, she said she regrets the lack of winds of this Tour de France. "Maybe our boat which is the newest of the fleet is too rigid and surely our carbon mainsail is. With less than seven knots of wind we had some difficulties getting a good start but when the wind is over eleven knots, we just fly !. I would have loved to do better but being fourth is not a bad result".
he same philosophy was expressed by Rod Greenhalg, the skipper of Oman sail's Renaissance "Being in the five best boat is quite an achievement, assuming we are only three pros onboard and we made no rotation". Oman sail 's Renaissance was very impressive in the spring, winning the Normandy sailing week. But the tour de France is something very special. Because of the mix between the short inshore races and the long offshore legs. And because it lasts a month : "the level was quite high and we were not at ease with the light winds but we will go for the top three next year. Our omani crew will have one more year training and we can improve some things"said Rob Greenhalgh. Oman Sail was sixth this morning and finished fifth because of a poor result for Region Ile de France.
So here is the end of the 20th Tour de France a la Voile , the last one to have been sailed with the Farr 30. The new M34 built by Archambault is the one design selected for the 2011 edition.
Final top ten:
1. Nouvelle - Caledonie, Bertrand Pace, General Classification, FRA
Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre
Palma de Mallorca, Spain: A great first day of races opened the 29th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. "Alegre", "Matador", "Itaca IX", "Movistar", "Lelagain" and "Iberostar" are the first six leaders of this 29th edition, three of which are last year's winners too. The conditions couldn't have been better, and the 9 to 12 knots of southeasterly breeze at the 200 made it possible to run two races in the bay of Palma.
In IRC, Tim Powell's "Ran" didn't meet the expectations, due to the light breeze in which the British 72 footer wasn't able to perform at her best, and could only manage third in the overall standings after two races. Andy Soriano's "Alegre" was first in the inaugural race, whereas Markus Wieser's "Container" managed to do so in the second, and both boats are now first and second respectively. Hap Fauth's "Bella Mente" is fourth.
As far as Alberto Roemmer's "Matador" is concerned, the Argentinean boat steered by Vasco Vascotto showed her fighting spirit and her will to repeat victory in this 29th edition of the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. A second and a first place in today's two races place her at the top of the board in the IRC2 classification. Just one point behind is Spanish TP52 "Bribon", with Gonzalo Araujo at the helm, which was first in the first race. This win places her second, ahead of "Cristabella" of Roberto Bermudez de Castro. John Cook's Transpac 52 is 3rd, followed by Spanish "CAM" and Norwegian "Fram", fourth and fifth respectively. The boat steered by the Prince of Asturias has managed a third and a sixth place in a very even TP52's fleet.
Tomorrow tuesday the committee expects to run two races in the Bay of Palma from 13:00 hours, and similar weather conditions are likely.
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Figaro Fleet Ready for Leg 2 Start in Gijon
The race back across the Bay of Biscay to SN1 landing buoy situated some 14 miles to the west of Noirmoutier and approximately 235 miles away is on a straight line. A light established breeze of 3 to 6 knots from the North and big swell coming in from the North is forecast for Tuesday 14:00 (local time) start just outside the harbour of Gijon. Conditions should freshen over the course of the afternoon to 6/9 knots estimates Meteo France's Sylvain Mondon. "The fleet will encounter an area of low pressure on the first night, which they will need to negotiate and once passed this should get a stronger 10 building to 15 knots of breeze for their reach to the first course mark." He continues.
The fleet will then sail up, tacking their way upwind passed the various islands along the Southern Breton coastline, where the choice is open to sail round east or west of Belle-Ile, just the île de Groix must be left to port. The sailors will then round Finisterre and Eckhülm lighthouse followed by 20 miles across the bay of Audierne, before negotiating for a second time the passage of the Raz de Sein. This can be deliverance for some or a true nightmarish experience depending on the time of approach and the turning tides.
The final part of the 2nd leg will consist of a final run to the North, leaving La Parquette tower to starboard. The fleet will set a course for Brest harbour with the narrow entrance, which can still hold some surprises in store on the final miles to the finish. "Basically there is a long and quick stretch across the Bay of Biscay followed by some careful coastal racing, with numerous points of passage, rocks, islands and currents to negotiate before the finish in Brest." Sumarises Race Director Jaques Caraes.
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010
The accomplishments of the sailors nominated each year are an inspiration - from windsurfers and dinghy sailors to offshore specialists, a nominee's achievements may be an exceptional series of regatta wins, a record breaking passage or a triumph against the odds.
Nominations may be made by anyone and the only criterion for sailors is "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing" during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010.
Nominations should be sent to ISAF by 12:00 (UTC) on Monday 6 September 2010 using the Official Nomination Form, available at www.sailing.org/33576.php
A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up by ISAF from all those received by the deadline and those making the cut will go on to become the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2010 Nominees. The 130 ISAF Member National Authorities will then vote for one male and one female sailor who they believe merits the Award.
The winners will be announced at the Awards dinner on Tuesday 9 November in Athens, Greece, the host city for the ISAF Annual Conference. The winners will be presented with the unique marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, together with a personalized Rolex timepiece.
Who will join the list of winners?
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