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Vive La France
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Skandia Sail for Gold It was the French that nailed it on the second day of Skandia Sail for Gold 2010, with glittering, stand-out performances in three classes. Probably the most remarkable, given the conditions, were the two bullets that Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis added to the three second places that they scored yesterday. They now lead the 49er class by seven points from Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand.

The second members of France's golden trio were the 470 duo of Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos, who also scored double bullets today, and added them to a first and third from yesterday to lead World Champions, Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page by eight points. Almost as dominant was Jonathan Lobert (FRA) in the Finn Class, adding another second place to the first and second that he scored yesterday. It puts him 17 points clear of Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma in second - not bad after just three races.

Elsewhere, the Kiwi Star pairing of Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk - winners of both of yesterday's races - slipped from their pedestal a little with a ninth today, but still lead overall. The other stand-out performers of yesterday also slipped closer to the pack. The Dutch Sonar team of Udo Hessels, Marcel van der Veen and Mischa Rossen followed up two bullets with a second and a third, and now lead the British team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stevie Thomas by just three points. Also slipping a little were Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Veronika Fenclova (CZE) in the Laser Radial - both girls winning their two races yesterday - today Bouwmeester won another, and then got a seventh in the final race, while Fenclova only managed a fifth and an eighth.

Top three (results conditional on protests)

470 Women
1. Kondon / Tabata, JPN, 21 points
2. Westerhof / Berkhout, NED, 23
3. Petitjean / Douroux, FRA, 38

470 Men
1.Leboucher / Garos, FRA, 6
2. Belcher / Page, AUS, 14
3. Patience / Bithell, GBR,15

1.Dyen / Christidis, FRA, 8
2. Burling / Tuke, NZL, 15
3. Sibello / Sibello, ITA, 26

1.Lobert, FRA, 5
2. Postma, NED, 22
3. Gaspic, CRO, 22

1.Goodison, GBR, 12
2. Murdoch, NZL, 14
3. De Haas, NED, 18

Laser Radial
1.Bouwmeester, NED, 11
2. Fenclova, CZE, 15
3. Van Acker, BEL, 15

RS:X Men
1.Van Rijsselberge, NED, 10
2. Dempsey, GBR, 10
3. Rodrigues, POR, 10

RS:X Women
1.Manchon, ESP, 13
2. Picon, FRA, 17
3. Tartaglini, ITA, 18

1. Pepper / Monk, NZL, 11
2. Polgar / Koy, GER, 14
3. Florent / Rambeau, FRA, 21

Women's Match Racing
1. Leroy / Riou / Bertr, FRA 7-0
2. Souter / Curtis / Price, AUS 6-1
3. Macgregor / Lush / Macgregor, GBR 5-0


1.Damien, FRA, 6
2. Schmitter, NED, 6
3. Kol, NED, 12

1.Rickham / Birrell, GBR, 3
2. Fitzgibbon / Cox, AUS, 3
3. McRoberts / Hopkin, CAN, 6

1.Hessels / Rossen, NED, 7
2. Robertson / Stodel, GBR, 10
3. Kroker / Prem, GER, 12

Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables
Photo of Joerg Riechers by Breschi / les sables-les Acores, Click on image to enlarge.

Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables Unstoppable Joerg Riechers on has won the first leg of the Mini class' Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables. Bertrand Delesne on Prati'Buches managed to catch up with the German sailor but had considerable trouble over the last miles into Horta. The result was that 1 hour 44 minutes and 51 seconds now separate the first two sailors in the class' 'big' race this year.

The two leaders in the Proto class endures a windless finish over the last few hours and nobody could say who would win. In the end Riechers chose to round the south side of Pico island while Delesne took a northern route around the archipelago, allowing Riechers across the line first, just before the wind faded away fully.

Arriving at 22:17:10:, the skipper of also set up a new record between Les Sables d'Olonne and Faial of 6 days 10 hours 30 minutes 10 seconds at an average speed of 8.22 knots.

Sebastien Rogues on EOLE Generation GDF Suez finished third and Italian Andrea Caracci was fourth on Speedy Maltese (read more about Andrea here)

In the Series fleet less than 30 minutes separated the leaders upon their arrival into the arrivals with victory going to Davy Beaudart in Innovea Environnement after in the final miles he had overtaken Xavier Macaire on Starter.-- James Boyd in The Daily Sail:

Top ten finishers:

1. Mare.De, Joerg Riechers
2. Prati'buches, Bertrand Delesne
3. Eole Generation Gdf Suez, Sebastien Rogues
4. Speedy Matesse, Andrea Caracci
5. Kickers, Sebastien Picault
6. Northstar, Vincent Barnaud
7. Follow Me, Milan Kolacek
8. Ong Conseil, Lucas Montagne
9. De L'espace Pour La Mer, Veronique Loisel
10. Region Nord Pas De Calais, Paul Marette

Third Torbay Week Takes Place This Summer
Torbay Week There's still time to enter this year's Torbay Week - one of the South Coast's best sailing regattas with world class racing.

The event runs from Friday 20th to Wednesday 25th August and has the support of a range of sponsors including Hyde Sails, North Sails, Westaway Sails and Chatham Marine.

The event is again managed by the four Torbay sailing and yacht clubs - Babbacombe, Brixham, Paignton and Royal Torbay - with several courses planned to suit all classes of yachts and dinghies over a packed six days of events.

And there will be separate courses for IRC - with up to three classes depending on numbers - and PY yachts.

The previous two regattas have proved a huge hit with sailors up and down the coast and this year is no exception.

Torbay Week director, David Homer, explained: "Torbay Sailing Week 2010 is in only its third year, yet it has already become a premier sailing event. Tor Bay provides sailors with a fantastic sheltered bay to sail in with little tidal influence. The event also coincides with Torbay Royal Regatta so there are plenty of non-sailing activities going on with a fair, firework displays and the Red Arrows as the main shore-based attractions."

Torbay Week starts with the traditional fancy dress pursuit race from Brixham and also includes the four day Torbay Week championship together with the Passage Race to Dartmouth.

The event is supported by the English Riviera Tourist Board.

Further information can be found at

Shifty Conditions Test Tacticians
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Melges 24 Worlds Tallinn, Estonia: Day four of the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship in Tallin, Estonia saw two races sailed in ten to fifteen knot shifty breezes giving the skippers and tacticians several head scratching moments out on the Baltic.

Carlo Fracassoli on Gullisara led the first race from the off and managed to hold off sustained challenges from fellow Italian Alberto Bolzan on Hurricane Murphy & Nye as well as Kristian Nergaard on Baghdad to take his first race win of the championship.

The second race saw a major right hand shift soon after the start, which trapped several of the top teams out on the left. Despite leading for much of the six-leg race, Frenchman Jean Marc Monard on Poizon Rouge found himself dragged back into the pack on the shifty third beat.

On the final downwind leg to the finish the top five boats were sailing line abreast as they approached the line. Kan Yamada from Japan helming Bros got the final shift just right to edge in front to take the win. Behind him Italy's Alberto Bolzan on Hurricane Murphy & Nye and Norway's Kristian Nergaard on Baghdad were dead-heated for second place with the decision going Nergaard's way by the width of a bowsprit block.

With a single discard in now place, a fifth in the first race and a tenth in the second today was good enough to see Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing still top the leaderboard tonight. Bressani leads by nine points from Nergaard in second with Bolzan a further three points adrift in third.

* Note: report above from the 10th, results below include racing on the 11th:

1. UKA UKA Racing, Lorenzo Bressani, ITA, 30 points
2. Baghdad - Kristian Nergaard, NOR, 62
3. Hurricane - Murphy & Nye - Alberto Bolzan, ITA, 67
4. Blu Moon - Flavio Favini, SUI, 81
5. Audi - Riccardo Simoneschi, ITA, 94
6. Gullisara - Carlo Fracassoli, ITA, 97
7. Saetta - Niccolo Bianchi, ITA, 102
8. Altea - Andrea Racchelli, ITA, 132
9. Storm Capital Sail Racing Team, Oyvind Jahre, NOR, 136
10. PoiZon Rouge, Jean-Marc Monnard, FRA, 144

Poland's Top Ocean Racer Acquires Eco 60 For The Velux 5 Oceans
Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski has moved one step closer to his goal of becoming the first Polish person to race solo around the world after getting his hands on a high-tech Eco 60 yacht for the Velux 5 Oceans.

Gutek has settled on Globe, formerly Bagages Superior, one of the most proven Eco 60s on the market. The yacht is a former Vendee Globe winner - in 1991 French solo sailing legend and Velux 5 Oceans veteran Alain Gautier steered her to glory. Four years later she returned to the Vendee Globe with Eric Dumont, just missing out on a podium place to finish fourth. Globe is also a veteran of three Transat Jacques Vabre races. In 2000 Globe was rebuilt and five years later she was given a complete overhaul, putting her back at the front line of modern racing yachts.

The next step in Gutek's voyage to the start of the race in La Rochelle, France, on October 17 is to set sail on a qualifying passage. Having taken delivery of the yacht earlier this week, Gutek and his Polish Ocean Racing team are now preparing Globe for her first offshore voyage under his command.

No stranger to ocean racing, Gutek was a watch captain onboard WARTA-POLPHARMA in The Race, the non-stop race around the world for multihulls. In 2005 he skippered the ORMA 60 Bonduelle in the Nokia Oops Cup. He also attempted to break the monohull record for a non-stop circumnavigation onboard the Volvo 60 Bank BPH (formerly ASSA ABLOY), but damage forced the crew to Cape Town after 9,500 miles.

ZOOM8 World Championship
Lohusalu, Estonia: From 26-31 July the 2010 Zoom8 World Championships took place in Lohusalu, Estonia. The competition was particularly successful for Finland and Denmark but also of utmost importance to the organising country Estonia.

30 years ago the 1980 Olympic Regatta took place in Tallinn. The Zoom8 World Championships were one of the major events in Estonian sailing to celebrate the Olympic Regatta Jubilee.

In May 2010 the opening ceremony of Tallinn Yacht Club's new official home port near Tallinn Old Town took place. The same port belonged to Tallinn Yacht Club before the Second World War and the Soviet occupation. The new club house was built by Tallinn Yacht Club partner Port of Tallinn.

Another major event of the 100 Years Jubilee was the Zoom8 World Championships which took place in Lohusalu, having 129 young sailors from eight countries taking part.

On the first day of competition the conditions in Lohusalu were variable, meaning that the girls' third race had to be abandoned as the wind dropped under two knots. However, on the following days the sailing conditions were nearly perfect and the sailors could enjoy the races of world championships.

Fierce competition, windy weather conditions and the strong will of young sailors made the Zoom8 World Championships an exciting competition which helped to render such an important year for both Estonia and Tallinn Yacht Club even more memorable.

Podium positions:

1. Carsten F. Faubel (DEN), Sejlklubben Neptun Vejle/FS, 26.0 points
2. Victor Silen (FIN), NJK, 29.0
3. Alexander Shelting (RUS), RussianSea, Lider, 50.0

1. Noora Ruskola (FIN), NJK, 49.0
2. Helene Mjelde Gjerde (NOR), Hjellestad Seilforening, 54.0
3. Hanna Johansson (SWE), RASS, 62.0

Additional information, official results, photos and videos are available on website

Why Do RC44 and TP52 Fleets Use T-Clewrings?
T-Clewring The answer is simple; they are the lightest, simplest and easiest system available on the market.

"We decided to change our whole downwind inventory to T-Clewrings after our first regatta in the RC44 this season," says four-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts.

"We were leading a race and ripped the gennaker in a hoist. It took forever to change the sheets over to the new sail. By then the race was over! Now we run T-Clewrings on all our upwind and downwind headsails."

If you are looking for that tiny advantage - be it weight savings, cleaner tacks or quicker sheet changes - you, too, should be using T-Clewrings.

Contact your sailmaker today to demand T-Clewrings on your headsails, and you'll make a change for the better.

Visit our Web site, for more information.

Sailing's "Royalty" Reunite In Newport
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12 Metres in Newport Newport, Rhode Island, USA: For those who are fans of the Twelves, there is ample opportunity to live the glory days vicariously this fall.

Starting on Wednesday, September 15, the 12 Metre North American Championships will bring the glamour of racing these elegant sloops - preserved for their historical significance and simple beauty - back to Narragansett Bay. There will be three days of racing (September 15-17) for the North American title with luminaries sprinkled among the fleet including Ted Turner and Gary Jobson sailing on American Eagle - US 21.

Bill Ficker, who skippered Intrepid US 22 through its successful defense of the 1970 America's Cup over Australia's Gretel II KA 3, will lead a Legends Panel at the Newport International Boat Show on Thursday, September 16, that will be free and open to the public (entrance is through Gate 3, with the forum taking place in the E Lot area starting at 5:00 p.m.).

On Saturday, September 18, the Twelves will have a start off Fort Adams for a "Reunion Sail" around Newport Harbor that will provide observers prime viewing into a window on the past with a glimpse of icons such as Malin Burnham, Dennis Conner, Syd Fischer, Sir James Hardy, Ted Hood, Halsey Herreshoff, Pele Petterson and Bruno Trouble sprinkled across the fleet.

The highlight of the weekend will be the 17th America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Rolex Watch U.S.A., during which five New Zealanders (Simon Daubney, Mike Drummond, Warwick Fleury, Murray Jones and Dean Phipps) and one American (Halsey Herreshoff of Bristol, Rhode Island) will join the 69 legends of the Cup who have previously been selected for membership in the Hall of Fame. For more information on the Saturday evening event, please visit The Herreshoff Marine Museum website.

Closing out the weekend will be the second Legends Panel which will be moderated by Gary Jobson and Tom Whidden, on Sunday, September 19, preceded by a brunch that starts at 11:00 a.m.

More information is available on the NYYC website:

RNLI Pay Tribute to Former St Mary's Coxswain Matt Lethbridge
Matthew (Matt) Lethbridge BEM who passed away on St Mary's last night (Tuesday 10 August) was a highly respected and highly decorated lifeboatman who remained dedicated to the RNLI for 40 years. He came from a family of lifeboatmen and took over as Coxswain from his father, also called Matthew Lethbridge, in 1956. Tributes have already started to arrive with the RNLI and flags are flying at half-mast.

Matt was appointed Coxswain at St Mary's on 1 July 1956 having been a crew volunteer for eleven years before. He was continuing a family tradition in the RNLI.

Matt's first Silver Medal came after the rescue of 19 people from the yacht Braemar that had developed a serious leak 28 miles from Bishop Rock in May 1967. The yacht was carrying an ITN television crew who were there to record the arrival of Sir Frances Chichester onboard his famous boat Gypsy Moth.

In March of that year Matt and his crew had received a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the RNLI for services rendered to the tanker Torrey Canyon, which went aground on the Seven Stones on 18 March.

In 1970 Matt was awarded a second Silver-Service clasp for the rescue of ten people from the Swedish motor vessel Nordanhav listing heavily in gale force winds and a very rough sea.

The third clasp for Matt came in 1977 in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship when the lifeboat under his command, made repeated attempts to reach the crew onboard the French trawler Enfant de Bretagne. The vessel broke up on rocks and the lifeboat crew searched for survivors amongst many uncharted rocks in a fresh southwesterly wind and a heavy swell.

Other notable incidents that Matt attended included the 1979 Fastnet Race during which he and his crew assisted numerous yachts in difficulties, and the loss in 1983 of the Isles of Scilly helicopter when the lifeboat crew rescued six people from the water.

Sorting The Tides
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TideTech Having Dr Roger Proctor involved in your oceanography company is like having Stephen Hawking help you with your math homework. Dr Proctor is regarded by his peers in the oceanographic community as a legend in his field and he was building tidal models back in the 80's when computers were the size of a house. The story gets better because the Tidetech team have now added another guru to the team - Dr. Roger Flather - a pioneer of tidal modelling who developed techniques that are now used by every ocean modeller in the world.

Roger Flather has recently retired from the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory where he constructed the world's first ever tidal model back in the 70's. Whilst at Proudman the two Rogers built a storm surge model for the UK Government which is now in daily use to predict flooding events and informs decisions on when to raise or lower the Thames Barrier. They have constructed many other models for the UK Government including an oil spill prediction model for the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War.

Tidetech's Solent model specifics:

- Area covered, Hengistbury Head to Selsey Bill including West, East and Central Solent, Southampton water, Southern IOW and St Cats - .
- Unbelievably detailed 100m resolution - that's 548,618 individually calculated points
- Tidal stream every 30 mins - although we can go as low as 5 mins!
- No further calculation required - automatically accounts for all tide generating factors and will give accurate predictions anywhere in the tidal cycle (i.e. whether it is Springs, Neaps, anywhere in between and when there are equinoctial Springs or smaller Neaps than the average).
- Can be displayed in any navigation software that uses GRIB. e.g. Expedition, Maxsea,
- They are offering special packages for the Commodores' Cup and the Sevenstars Round Britain Ireland Race.

Grib is essentially weather or oceanographic data in electronic format that can be downloaded from the internet and displayed in navigational software. Apart from the ability to animate and display the data in a way that is far better than looking at an image in the internet, it's used to perform calculations to calculate the fastest (optimal) route from A to B.

Weather routing has been in used in Ocean Racing for at least 15yrs, but until now without the benefit of a comprehensive source of currents, sea temperature and tidal streams.

If you haven't used Grib before, Tidetech has a free viewer that you can use to download and view data (it does weather as well). Otherwise their Grib data is compatible with most popular nav software packages, such as Expedition, Maxsea and Deckman.

Check out their website and send them an email if you want more info or to have a chat - they're happy to call or Skype you back.

Esimit Europa Heading For Malta
At present 25 yachts have committed themselves to the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which according to Commodore Georges Bonello Dupuis is a good showing at this stage in proceedings, "of course, we'd be happier with more, we are always greedy! We have grown used to a surge in September as those that have planned the race for some months finally submit their entry form. We always hope to beat the previous year's fleet, but seventy yachts may prove too much." On 23 October, we'll know the answer.

The largest and fastest yacht entered is 30.5-metre (100-foot) racing maxi Esimit Europa 2 (EUR) (formerly Alfa Romeo II). The yacht itself has graced the four-cornered race once before in 2006. She was unable to show her true pedigree as light winds plagued the second half of the course, which takes the fleet from Malta, through the Strait of Messina, past Stromboli across the northern coast of Sicily, through the Egadi Islands and south to Lampedusa and Pantelleria, before heading eastwards back to Malta. Under new ownership, Slovenian Igor Simcic, and new management, Italian Flavio Favini, Esimit proved herself still to be the fastest yacht in Europe by winning line honours at the Giraglia Rolex Cup in June. On 23 October we will know if Esimit has a shot at the course record of 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds set in 2008 by the American yacht Rambler.

At the moment, the newest yacht expected on the start line is the 24.5-metre (80-foot) Singularity. Designed by Adrian Konynendyk and built by McConaghy in Australia, Singularity was launched earlier this year.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race commences on Saturday, 23 October 2010. Entries close on 15 October. The final prize giving is on Saturday, 30 October 2010. George David's Rambler (USA) established the current Course Record of 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds in 2007.

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

Featured Brokerage
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