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Minoprio Wins Race Of His Life At Danish Open
Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing Team celebrate. Photo by Loris von Siebenthal - WMRT. Click on image to enlarge.

Adam Minoprio Wins Danish Open Bornholm, Denmark: Reigning World Match Racing Tour Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing declared his victory over close friend and fierce rival Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team in the final of the Danish Open as one of the best of his life. With the score tied at 2-2 in the first to 3 point series, Minoprio trailed Mirsky in the final match but battled back for the most dramatic victory of his career.

Finals day in Bornholm played host to some of the most exciting and extraordinary racing of the year, which included a dead-heat in the petit final, a Mirsky fightback from 2-0 down in the semis and plenty of controversy. The victory boosted Minoprio's chance of retaining his title, moving him up to second in the standings cutting Matthieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing

The pair matched each other blow for blow in the first to 3 point contest and after four matches the scores stood evenly matched at 2-2. Mirsky had already proved himself to be the comeback king having overturned a 2-0 deficit against Richard in the semis. He looked set to do it again when he bounced back from 2-1 down to lead Minoprio in the deciding race, but Minoprio showed all the steel and skill that saw him win the Tour last year to hold his nerve and reel in and pass Mirsky on the second beat.

Minoprio's victory was his second of the year having won Match Race Germany in May and cut Mathieu Richard's Tour lead with the Frenchman suffering a horror morning, going into meltdown to throw away a 2-0 overnight lead in the semis to lose 3-2 to Torvar Mirsky.

Danish Open 2010 Final Result
Adam Minoprio beat Torvar Mirsky, 3-2

Semi-final Results
Adam Minoprio leads Francesco Bruni, 3-0
Torvar Mirsky beat Mathieu Richard, 3-2

Overall Result of the Danish Open
Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 25
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 20
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 15
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra, 12
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team, 10
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 8
Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, 6
Bertrand Pace (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team, 4
Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing
Suzanne Ward (DEN) Team Ward
Michael Buckley (USA) MB Sailing

2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings
(After Stage 7 of 9)
1. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 105 points
2. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 88
3. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 76
4. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 72
5. Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, 63
6. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra, 53
7. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 51
8. Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team, 40
9. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team, 33
10. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team, 29

Beluga Sailing Team And Patent 3 New ORCi World Champions
Flensburg, Germany: On the final day of two inshore races left to complete the nine-race series, two new offshore champions are crowned: Christian Plump's Rodman 42 Beluga Sailing Team (GER) and Jurgen Klinghardt's X-332 Sport patent 3 (GER) have won the Alpha Division and Beta Division, respectively, in the 2010 ORCi World Championship. Patent 3 has also won the Corinthian Trophy for their division, while the Stichting Havoc Sailing Team sailing their Ker 11.3 Daikin Airco (NED) have won this trophy in the Alpha Division.

Racing today was on the Flensburger Foerde once again, and in perfect 9-14 knot conditions with enough shifts, puffs and lulls to make for very interesting tactical sailing. With 19 and 30 boats on the starting lines of the Alpha and Beta Divisions, respectively, and short 5.9-mile courses, once again the race tracks were crowded and those that had good starts, astute tactics, and flawless crew work were rewarded. Even the smallest mistakes were punished brutally by the tight fleets bunched up closely on these short courses.

Richard Vojta's GS42R Bohemian Express (CZE) tactician Christian Binder gloomily predicted yesterday that they had no chance to defeat Christian Plump's Rodman 42 Beluga Sailing Team (GER), believing their teamwork was not up to the task. But proving its never over until its over, the team went out and did what Binder thought was impossible: they won both races while the German team fell into the pack, vaulting them ahead into what they thought was the winner's circle and their first World Championship crown.

But in an impressive act of sportsmanship in response to an earlier protest involving a controversial grounding incident that occurred on Thursday's long offshore race, Bohemia Express elected to retire from that race. Since offshore races cannot be discarded under ORC rules, the resulting increase in points moved them off the podium and into 4th place and elevated Beluga into the lead, with Veolia (GER), a local-based IMX 40 owned by Sven Christensen and T. Bastiansen, finishing with silver medals, and the Doctrina team's Salona 42R All 4 One (CRO) earning bronze medals.

In contrast, the patent 3's win in Division Beta was decidedly less controversial, with the team leading from start to finish and winning outright all but one of the six inshore races, allowing them to finish with last than half the points of her Division Beta runner-up, local-based Johann Friedrichsen's near-sistership X-332 Chinook (GER), while AD Boats' Salona 37 Salona (NED) took the bronze medals.

Maxi Finale
Photo by Chris Cameron, Click on image for photo gallery.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Porto Cervo, Italy: A final day of great sailing brought the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 to a close with the victory of Esimit Europa 2 (Racing & Racing Cruising), Hetairos (Super Maxi), Ranger (Super Maxi & J Class) and Y3K (Wally) in their respective divisions. Niklas Zennstrom's Ran has been crowned Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion in the inaugural edition of the class championship. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda the event ran from 5th to 11th September and saw 49 maxi sailing yachts enrolled.

Today was the fifth racing day and after yesterday's light air the trusty Porto Cervo breeze was back on form as the first signal sounded at 11.30 a.m. in 15 to 20 knots of breeze from 350°. The Mini Maxi fleet completed two windward-leeward courses today to bring them to their maximum of nine scheduled races.

Andy Soriano's Alegre had dominated throughout the week and looked to be a sure bet for the title of World Champion but Zennstrom's Ran with Tommaso Chieffi on tactics stole in with two bullets in today's windward-leewards to take overall victory just two points ahead of Alegre. This surprise turnaround is even more incredible when one considers that Ran retired from yesterday's race after running into rocks off Spargi and was repaired overnight. Neville Crichton's Shockwave (NZL) took third and second place respectively in today's races to lay claim to third place overall. Among the boats in the Mini Maxi fleet classified as "Cruising" Brian Benjamin's Aegir (GBR) took first place - ahead of Alessandro Rombelli's Stig (ITA) - and was awarded a Rolex timepiece.

The YCCS Race Committee set a 35 nautical-mile course for the remaining divisions which took them due west to the Golfo delle Saline before doubling back around the southernmost tip of Caprera island and north to leave Monaci island to starboard. The fleet then had a long downwind run to Mortorio, after rounding Mortorio and Soffi the Maxis headed for the finish off Porto Cervo.

Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2, skippered by Flavio Favini, was so well placed in the Racing & Racing Cruising division that her overall victory was assured at the conclusion of yesterday's race and she was able to afford the luxury of not racing today. Corrected time victory in the division today went to Highland Fling (GBR) ahead of Singularity (GBR) who also placed second and third respectively behind Simcic in the overall classification.

Ocean Safety Expands Their Interest in the RNLI's Ambassador Scheme
Ocean Safety Ocean Safety has recently signed up to a further agreement to support the RNLI's Ambassador Scheme. This means that when purchasing certain quality items of safety equipment from Ocean Safety, such as an the UltraLite and Ocean ISO liferafts, Kannad EPIRBs, a Jonbuoy Recovery Module or by having a liferaft serviced at any one of the three Ocean Safety service stations in Southampton, Plymouth or Glasgow, a year's complimentary membership of RNLI Offshore will be included.

For further information on Ocean Safety products, liferaft servicing and their links to the RNLI with the Ambassador Scheme, please visit Ocean Safety's stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show from 12th - 21st September at stand GO56 in the Ocean Hall.

5.5 World Championship
Swiss Flavio Marazzi, Andrew Palfrey and Christof Wilke win the 2010 5.5 World Championship on Lake Garda.

Norwegian Kristian Nergard and his crew take the second place and the third place goes to Finnish sailor Kenneth Thelen.

Andreas Christiansen (GER) wins in the Evolution division and Alfredo Delli (ITA) in the Classic division.

Final top ten: 1. Flavio Marazzi / Andrew Palfrey / Christof Wilke, SUI, 13 points
2. Kristian Nergaard / Peer Moberg / P. Pedersen Morland, NOR, 21
3. Kenneth Thelen / Thomas Hallberg / Robert Nyberg, FIN, 28
4. Christoph Burger / Marcel Simon / Mathias Daheman, NOR, 28
5. Gavin McKinney / Peter Hauff / Bjorn Westergaard, BAH, 33
6. Bernard Haissy / Bermard Haissly / Nicolas Bertho, SUI, 38
7. Hans-Peter Schmid / Gilbert Durr / Jurg Baumgartner, SUI, 41
8. Johan Gullichsen / Henrik Lundberg / Timo Telkola, FIN, 43
9. Jurg Menzi / Leonard Gaume / Daniel Stampfli, SUI, 45
10. Fjelc Petter / Thomas Borgen / C. Johannessen, NOR, 45

Full results:

The Future of the America's Cup
The bumpy road that has been the America's Cup for the last three years is set to become more smooth in Valencia on Monday when Russell Coutts unveils plans to boost its future, including a new boat, a new format, the year in which it will be staged, and rules for the competitors.

That move into multihulls, according to all the briefing and expectations, is expected to continue, along with a programme of races over the next three or four years, the possibility of split venues for eliminations and final challenge, and a competitor forum to air the views and wishes of all the potential challengers.

But the design rule for multihulls should be tight enough to allow close boat on boat racing rather than a boffin-driven drag race for speed.

What will not be announced is the venue as complex negotiations continue with a problematical San Francsico, Italy, home of the challenger of record, Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino, Valencia, which has an existing, purpose-built harbour, though a problem for tall-rig multihulls, with Portugal and the Middle East also in veiled background contention. A decision is scheduled before 31 December.

Stuart Alexander's full article at:

Seahorse October 2010
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

Rules of engagement (3)
Dave Hollom is not the only one wondering whether the America's Cup defender is chasing the right targets in exploring sailing for TV

Equipping the troops - Part 1
Having looked at the design and build of BMW Oracle's mighty USA we move onto the development of the deck gear required by the 2010 Cup rivals. Mark Wiss and Andrea Merello of Harken talk to Dobbs Davis

Dr. Yann Roux of K-Epsilon and designer Martin Fischer review two studies in the use of CFD for optimisation and problem-solving on performance multihulls

Photo Finnish: A Superb Collection Of Finn Images And Stories
Robert Deaves has produced another superbly illustrated book full of stories marking the history, development and enjoyment of sailing the Finn dinghy; a true celebration of the boat and all those who have sailed in, or been connected with, the Finn class, from its conception in 1949 to the 60th anniversary return to Uppsala, Sweden, in 2009.

How did Robert Deaves get into OKs and Finns?

"Alistair [Robert's brother] and I both started sailing OKs at Waldringfield SC on the River Deben near Ipswich [England] (where we were brought up) in about 1984/5. Waldringfield had one of the largest fleets of OKs in the country at the time and we found something about the class very attractive. It became almost a lifestyle choice after a while. I can't imagine wanting to sailing anything else," said Deaves.

"For me the same thing happened with Finns, though we were the only Finns on the river. We both bought Finns in 1989 and Alistair sailed them until about 1998. Alistair went to New Zealand in 1994 for the OK Worlds in Napier. He stayed for six months, and has since spent more time there, than here [England]. He has currently been there full time since 2002 and runs a small boat repair and restoration business, as well as finishing and selling the new Icebreaker OKs.

"In 1993 I became the editor of the British Finn Association newsletter, with no experience in publishing and no idea of how I was going to do it - just needing a challenge. This led to becoming secretary of the BFA from 1995 to 2003, led to becoming editor of Finnfare in 1997 and I have now published three books on the back of it (the first was FINNatics in 1999).

Photo FINNish is available to purchase through the International Finn Association. Please see their website for full details.

Full article by Anne Hinton at

Global Ocean Race Launches a Unique Youth Sailing Programme
Riki Hooker of RS Sailing with an RS Vision dinghy. Click on image to enlarge.

Global Ocean Race The Global Ocean Race (GOR) is proud to announce an original, unique and innovative youth sailing programme and charity that will run throughout the GOR 2011-12. In association with RS Sailing, Virtual Regatta, the logistics company Peters & May and a group of sponsors and donors, the Global Vision Sailing Trust (GVST) will introduce sailing and its core values to under-privileged young people at all GOR race venues and stopovers with the ultimate target of creating a permanent facility in each port to teach children life-skills through sailing. The GVST also provides all round the world and transatlantic races with an opportunity to offer a valuable, charitable asset to their host ports.

Since the finish of the first GOR in July last year, Hall and the Global Vision team have been gathering support to run the GVST and develop the charity. "We contacted RS Sailing last autumn as the RS Vision dinghy seemed the perfect tool for the job and they embraced the programme with enthusiasm," says Hall. The Global Vision Sailing Trust will be shipping a fleet of RS Vision dinghies to each stopover in the 2011-12 race.

With the hardware in place, the GOR Race Director approached the highly-successful online yacht racing company, Virtual Regatta, as a revenue source for the Trust's initial funding. "The popularity and reach of Virtual Regatta is enormous and this online sailing game is becoming an integral and profitable component in offshore and round the world racing events," says Hall. "All our income from the Global Ocean Race Virtual Regatta game will go directly to the Global Vision Sailing Trust," he confirms. "We are also searching for support and involvement from international corporations and local businesses in each stopover who wish to become part of the Global Vision Sailing Trust. Philanthropic donations will also be welcomed."

The GOR organisers are purchasing and donating the very first RS Vision dinghy in the GVST fleet and a promotional programme for the charity is already planned.

For further details of the charity and opportunities of involvement with the Global Vision Sailing Trust, please contact Piers Williams via

No New Boat For Sam
Photo by Yvan Zedda / Roxy. Click on image to enlarge.

Sam Davies The former Roxy is currently moored in Port la Foret, but she will not be staying there for much longer. Sam Davies hopes to complete the sale of her beloved monohull in the coming days and we are likely to see the boat lining up at the start of the Barcelona Race in the hands of another skipper. But it was aboard her that we carried out this interview, which will undoubtedly be the last that Sam will give on the boat that took her to fourth place in the last Vendee Globe.

How are your projects moving along?
I had dreamt of building a new boat, but for the moment it's not that easy to get the funding together. That was particularly so last year, when it was really hard to interest sponsors. The time limit I set myself to start work on a new boat was 15th July, so now I've switched to the second option, which is to set sail aboard a good second-hand boat. I have found some investors, but we haven't yet got the final budget together. We're talking about a project with several joint sponsors and I'm looking for some more. I've got a few ideas and I hope they will work out in the next couple of months.

How are you preparing for this?
I set up a structure with Xavier David, who was previously the Roxy project director. I've had a lot of meetings and have been sailing a lot too: the Round Britain Race with Aviva, the Transat Jacques Vabre with Sydney Gavignet on Artemis and the Transat AG2R with my partner Romain Attanasio. All that keeps my bank manager happy and means that Xavier has been able to spend al his time looking for partners.

So what boat are you looking at for the 2012 Vendee?
I'm not the only one, but I'm looking at the new Foncia, which is due to be launched in the next few days. She is bound to be the most expensive of the lot, as she will be the only boat from the latest generation that is up for sale. Apart from her, I'm looking closely at the first Foncia, which will be back on the market after the Barcelona.

Derek Hatfield Secures Title Sponsor
Derek Hatfield Canada's top ocean racer Derek Hatfield is heading full speed for the Velux 5 Oceans start line after securing a title sponsor for his campaign. For the forthcoming race the 57-year-old solo sailor will be sponsored by Active House, a global alliance of companies, research institutions and other organisations promoting sustainable buildings.

The title sponsorship is the last piece in the puzzle for Derek, who purchased Rich Wilson's proven Eco 60 Great American III in March and has since notched up more than 10,000 miles at sea in preparation for the gruelling solo race. Derek's Eco 60 Spirit of Canada will now be renamed Active House and will display the Active House Alliance's livery on the yacht's hulls, decks and sails.

Active House is a vision of buildings that give more than they take. It proposes a target framework for how to design and renovate buildings that contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment and the use of renewable energy. Active House is also a network that facilitates experience sharing in the building trades and prepares the way for propagation of a new international sustainable building standard.

In training for the gruelling solo ocean race Derek has sailed more than 10,000 miles on Active House including the delivery of the yacht from France to Canada and two return voyages from his home port of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to Bermuda. Derek also took line honours in the 350-mile Route Halifax Saint-Pierre race, setting a new course record in the process.

Featured Brokerage
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She has a full set of external instruments with well-equipped, internal navigation station. Her tasteful, tidy interior of 4 berths in a single cabin and basic amenities, including new hob, make her ideal racing yacht or fun, short term cruiser. She has a most comprehensive sail wardrobe, a full cover and staggeringly successful racing record.

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The Last Word
I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. -- Margaret Mead

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