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Mike Buckley's Very Good Day
Michael Buckley steals the show on the opening day of the Danish Open with victory over Mathieu Richard. Photo: Loris Von Siebenthal, WMRT. Click on image to enlarge.

Danish Open Bornholm, Denmark: In an action-packed day Mike Buckley (USA) MB Sailing landed the biggest shock of the year when he delivered a hammer blow to ISAF World Match Racing Tour leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team in the opening race of this year's Danish Open earlier today.

The tour has a reputation for unearthing great new talent - this was seen again when Buckley, placed 665th in the world rankings, showed no regard for reputation to lead Richard from start to finish for the biggest victory of his career. Buckley then looked on course for an incredible second victory of the day, when in his very next race he led reigning World Match Racing Tour Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing until the very last moment.

The weather took its toll with several boats needing running repairs, while 20 year-old newcomer to the tour, William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket experienced first hand how tough the conditions were, with one of his crew being knocked overboard. The most experienced teams were also challenged to the limit - triple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN also saw fellow gold medalist Iain Percy dumped in the water as they wiped out in a struggle with Sweden's Bjorn Hansen.

Four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, however, was one of the few skippers to take the extreme conditions in his stride, to win all three of his races, the only skipper to finish the day with a 100% record.

Fans packed along the shore had two home crews to follow, with Susanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward and Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Match Racing flying the flag for the host country. Elber finished the day with 1 win and 2 losses while Ward, who was suffering a major weight disadvantage, failed to get on the score sheet.

Standings after Day 1 of Qualifications
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 3-0
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 4-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 2-1
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 2-1
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 3-2
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 3-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 3-2
Bertrand Pace (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team 2-3
Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing 1-2
Michael Buckley (USA) MB Sailing 1-2
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 0-3
Suzanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward 0-5

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King Constantine Awarded ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy
King Constantine Awarded ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy Athens, Greece: The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today that in 2010 the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy - which honours an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing - has been awarded to His Majesty King Constantine.

ISAF President Goran Petersson will present the award on Thursday 11 November during the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens, Greece.

His Majesty's record of service to the International Sailing Federation spans more than 50 years. Since 1960, when he first became involved with ISAF, he has given his time and experience to many areas of the sport of sailing.

His Majesty became president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee in 1957 demonstrating his strong commitment to the Olympic Movement and in 1963 he was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee where he has been actively involved in all aspects of the movement. In 1974 he was elected an Honorary Member.

His greatest success on the water was in the Dragon Class when he was twenty years old. At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, His Majesty helmed his Dragon to win the Gold Medal for Greece. This gold medal was of huge significance for Greece as it was the first for the country since 1912 in any sport and the only medal for the Greek team at those Games.

His Majesty King Constantine is married to Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie and they have three sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.

ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy:

New Leaders Arise After Long Offshore Race in ORCi Worlds
Photo by Christian Beeck. Click on image for photo gallery.

ORCi Worlds Flensburg, Germany: Long-distance offshore race won today by North Sea-based teams Beluga Sailing Team and Static Electric, bringing a new leader to Alpha Division and a new co-leader to Beta Division

Competitors enjoyed lighter easterly breezes but also cold rain in today's 1.75-point long- distance race of the 2010 ORCi World Championship, hosted by the Flensburger Segler Club (FSC). The 67- mile course out to the Kieler Bucht and back for the 21-boat Alpha Division was won by Bremen-based Christian Plump's Rodman 42 Beluga Sailing Team (GER), who have now overtaken series leaders Bohemia Express (CZE) by just over three points after two inshore and two offshore races. Runner-up in this division was the local- based IMX 40 Veolia, owned by Sven Christensen and T. Bastiansen.

And while this may seem extremely close at this half-way point in the competition, the series standings in Beta Division are even closer, with a tie in points between Jurgen Klinghardt's X-332 Sport patent 3 (GER), who has been the series front-runner until now, and Erik van Vuuren's Salona 37 Salona (NED). In fact, it was another Dutch team, Hein van Schaik's Dehler 39 Redan (NED), finishing in third place which gave the visiting Dutch teams impressive 2-3 finishes for the day.

Scoring yet another offshore race victory in this division's shorter 58-mile course was Heiko Pasler's X-362 Sport Static Electric (GER), who would no doubt be higher in the standings were it not for a DSQ earned in the first inshore race. But their victory today was close, correcting over Salona by a mere 7 seconds.

Tomorrow's forecast calls for light winds as a weak low-pressure system passes over the area.

The Appliance Of Science
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Tide Tech Top Ocean Scientists Produce Ground Breaking New Tidal Current Data for San Francisco Bay Local knowledge of the strong and variable currents found in San Francisco has always been the preserve of a few 'old salts' and some local pro-sailors. This is now set to change as Tidetech release a new tidal current model of the Bay which shows all the features and eddies of the tidal flow in incredible detail.

The high resolution model gives data about the current every 100m, at 30 min time steps and can accurately predict the turn of the tide within five minutes. It even shows the effect of localised tidal acceleration, which can lead to big differences in current over small distances. Imagine what this will do for your tactics!

The model has been produced for by Tidetech's Dr Roger Flather, one of the world's most respected and experienced ocean scientists. He was assisted by Dr Roger Proctor who has produced tidal models for the UK Olympic Team for five Olympic Games.

The model is available now for competitors in GRIB and PDF format for the Rolex Big Boat Series and Melges 32 Worlds.

If you would like more information please see or contact Penny Haire +61 3129 2183

Alex Thomson Announces Co-Skipper of the Barcelona World Race
Alex Thomson (left) and Andy Meiklejohn. Click on image to enlarge.

Alex Thomson Announces Co-Skipper of the Barcelona World Race Alex Thomson Racing today announced that Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Andy Meiklejohn, will join Alex Thomson as co-skipper for the 2010 edition of the Barcelona World Race.

Andy (34), from Auckland, New Zealand has over 100,000 ocean miles to his name, and has sailed extensively offshore, including the round the world 2004 Oryx Quest and the 2005/06 Volvo Ocean Race.

Alex and Andy have known each other for many years, having first raced together in The Commodores Cup in 2004. Andy joined the Alex Thomson Racing team earlier this year with overall responsibility for the boat performance and he has been a key part of the team that has launched and developed the new HUGO BOSS. Together with Alex he has now covered over 10,000 miles onboard the yacht.

Andy has been professionally racing for over ten years. Starting in dinghy sailing, and progressing up to the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, Andy is used to extreme racing conditions. Referring to his recent appointment, Andy commented, "I'm excited to be accepting the Co-Skipper role onboard HUGO BOSS for The Barcelona World Race and to be able to do this race with a good friend. The boat itself is incredible, it has the same power and sail area as a fully crewed VO70, so the challenge of racing on the boat with only two of us when I'm used to ten will be a demanding but exciting prospect. Alex and I can both learn from each other and I will be able to help enhance the boat's capability and performance for The Vendee Globe in 2012."

ISAF Publish 2012 Olympic Qualification System
ISAF has published the 2012 Olympic Qualification System as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition to be staged in Weymouth and Portland will feature 380 athletes competing across the following 10 events:

Men's Windsurfer
Men's One Person Dinghy
Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight)
Men's Two Person Dinghy
Men's Skiff
Men's Keelboat

Women's Windsurfer
Women's One Person Dinghy
Women's Two Person Dinghy
Women's Match Racing

The total quota of athletes per National Olympic Committee (NOC) is 16, nine men and seven women (maximum 1 boat per event).

The Qualification Pathway states that 75% of each event's entry quota shall be qualified from those best ranked NOCs in each of the relevant events at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships (Perth 2011).

The remaining 25% of each events entry quota shall be qualified from each events 2012 World Championship or other event sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by 1 June 2012 at the latest.

Those NOC's already qualified from the previous qualifying regattas shall not be considered. The 2012 Women's Match Racing qualifying regatta will be sanctioned by ISAF but does not need to be a World Championship.

ISAF will inform NOC's and Member National Associations (MNA's) of Olympic quota places following the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship and each qualification regatta.

All NOC's, including the host country must confirm to ISAF the use of all quota places by 1 June 2012. After this date the unconfirmed quota places will be allocated by the ISAF Qualification Committee with ISAF confirming the reallocation of unused places by 18 June 2012.

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Places Still Available at 2010 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships
Photo by Paul Wyeth, Click on image to enlarge.

Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships The last few places are still up for grabs at the 2010 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships, set once again to be one of the highlights of the RYA's Racing calendar.

Entries close on Monday 20 September. To apply:

The 2010 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships will take place at Farmoor Reservoir, near Oxford on 16-17 October.

Entries will be accepted from teams of six to sail in three-boat teams in Firefly and Feva dinghies for the Youth and Junior events respectively with a maximum of 48 teams accepted; 24 Youth and 24 Junior.

This year teams will be looking to topple double event Youth Champions West Kirby Youth and 2009 Junior Champions Anglian Express from their perch but for youth teams, the first chance to get their hands on the opportunity to represent GBR in Schull, Ireland, at the World Championships will be at the forefront of their minds.

To enter the RYA Eric Twiname Youth Team Racing Championships 2010, youth entries must be under the age of 19 as of 31st December 2010 but to be eligible for selection onto the 2011 World Championships team, at least two helm and two crew members must also be under the age of 19 as of 31st December 2011.

Junior team entries to the event must be under the age of 16 as of 31st December 2010.

Entry will only be confirmed once payment has been received in full. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Tornado European Championships
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Tornado European Championships This year's Tornado European championships start next Wednesday 15th September and run through to Saturday 18th September. The event is being run by Circolo Vela Torbole in the beautiful location of Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy.

The event this year has attracted 41 entries so far and promises to provide great racing for the sailors. A variety of sailors have entered the championships with teams from Australia, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Four of the top five boats from the World Championships have entered but this time Brett Burvill is staying in Australia and his crew Ryan Duffield has flown back to Europe to helm the Tornado.

Can ITA President Roland Gaebler and his wife Nahid also take victory in the European championships?

All of the latest information and results will be posted on the Tornado website ( ) our Facebook page ( ) and our video channel ( ).

Longtze European Tour : New Victory For Eckhard Kaller
11 Longtze Premiers met up last weekend on Lake Garda in Italy, to race the 4th stage of the Longtze European Tour 2010. The German team "Wet Feet", led by Eckhard Kaller once again took out the event, followed by Ljarmo Wieland's Swiss team "Shensu", and the Longtze "Voiles et Voiliers". After this superb Italian stage, the circuit finale will be played out, like last year, on Lake Constance at Kreuzlingen from the 22nd to the 24th of October.

A pleasant stage under a gentle Italian sun, a challenging stage in a light tactical breeze, a perfectly organized stage, a stage simply superb for its ambiance and countryside...The Trofeo Gorla will leave all the crews involved in the Longtze European Tour with a magnificent memory.

The first Italian trip for the Longtze has been marked by a new victory by Eckhard Kaller's German crew (Wet Feet). The master sailor and his crew have sailed together since the beginning of 2009 on the circuit; they have gained the ease and expertise necessary to be competitive in all conditions.

The 2010 competition has intensified and been refined with each race particularly with the Swiss team "Shensu" led by Ljarrmo Wieland, they were racing only their second event there in a Longtze but they are progressing very quickly. Note also the fine performance of the team "Voiles et Voiliers", third, with Alain Chourgnoz at the helm, selected for the 470 at the Moscow Olympic Games.

The next and last meet of the Longtze European Tour 2010 is scheduled for the 22nd to the 24th October 2010, at Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance.

Longtze ranking from the Trofeo Gorla (Best 7 out of 9 legs )
1. Eckhard Kaller (Germany) - Wet Feet - 7 points
2. Ljarmo Wieland (Switzerland) - Shensu - 14
3. Laurent Berjon (France) - Voiles & Voiliers - 24
4. Georges Asperti (France) - Ovik - 29
5. Markus Ziltener (Switzerland) - Carissima - 30
6. Pierre Mas (France) - Wazabee - 34
7. Silvio Muller(Suisse) - 804 - 44
8. Edouard Danel (France) - Tchikk - 50
9. Manuel Vaccari (France) - 65
10. Ewald Aichinger (Austria) - 68
11. Laurent Sailly (France) - P'tit Piduce - 71

Visit the RNLI at the Southampton Boat Show and Help Save Lives at Sea
Photo by Cliff Smith. Click on image to enlarge.

RNLI at Southampton Show The volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have been risking their lives to save others at sea since 1824, and visitors to this year's Southampton Boat Show can find out and how they can support the charity's lifesaving work. From lifeboats and sea safety advice to children's activities and lifesaving shopping - there's something to interest everyone on the RNLI's stands and marina berths.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members will be on hand to show visitors around an all-weather Trent class lifeboat on berth M527 while show punters can see a D class inshore lifeboat up close on stand B009. In 2009 RNLI lifeboats launched over 9,000 times and the crew at the Southampton boat show will be able to answer questions about their training and the equipment they need to save lives at sea.

RNLI lifeguards will also be at the show this year to talk about their inshore rescue boat on berth M528 and offer safety advice to those planning to catch the last of the summer's sun at the beach. RNLI lifeguards, who patrol over 150 of the busiest beaches in England and Wales, responded to 13,591 incidents and helped 15,957 people last year.

Visitors can get involved in a dramatic rescue onboard the RNLI's simulator and younger visitors can see what it's like to stand in the yellow wellies of a lifeboat crew member and don RNLI crew kit, all on stand A011.

The RNLI will also be encouraging anyone who enjoys getting afloat to show their support for the charity by signing up as a member and committing to regular donations.

The RNLI will be at stands A011 and B009 and on berths M528 and M527 for the duration of the Southampton Boat Show.

Featured Brokerage
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