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Radical Changes
Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget, Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup Press Conference Valencia, Spain: The America's Cup, sailing's most iconic event, has been re-energized and rejuvenated, ready for 2013 and the future. Six months of dialogue with potential teams and stakeholders followed, resulting in the transformed competition details that were released today.

Highlights include:

- New, exciting class of boat, the AC72 wingsail catamaran
- New annual World Series starting in 2011
- New Youth America's Cup from 2012
- Transformed media for television broadcast and online
- Shorter, action-packed race format
- Race delays minimized - new boat and venues with reliable wind
- Independent race management and fully empowered International Jury to avoid show-stopping disputes
- Effective cost-cutting measures
- Branding freedom for teams
- One global website for all team and racing content

The annual America's Cup World Series has been designed to create exposure and commercial sustainability for teams and their sponsors. The series featuring the cutting- edge catamaran will deliver exciting racing to new audiences ahead of the America's Cup Match in 2013.

The AC72 class will be raced from 2012, and a second new boat will be used in next year's competition for the America's Cup World Series. Also powered by a wingsail, the AC45 is a scaled down one-design version of the AC72, and will provide a fast-track for competitors in wingsail technology.

"We believe this new format and new boat will put the America's Cup back at the pinnacle of our sport. These changes will give equal opportunity to competitors and long-term economic stability to all teams and all commercial partners. We promised fairness and innovation and this is what we've delivered," said Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing.

The Regatta Director of the independent organization America's Cup Race Management, ACRM, will be appointed jointly by the Challenger and Defender board members. A financial model for the next Defender to maintain this vision of independent race management allows teams and partners to plan long-term involvement.

Limits on the number of boats, sails, equipment and support boats, as well as the introduction of no-sail periods will bring significant cost savings for all competitors. Crew sizes will be reduced to 11 members from 17.

For the first time onboard cameramen will be part of the innovative media model that is designed to significantly enhance the television broadcasts and internet content in an effort to grow audiences and bring added value to teams and partners.

In releasing the Protocol, the Defender has forfeited some of the rights traditionally enjoyed by the holder of the trophy in the interest of making the competition more balanced and fair. Majority approval of the competitors is required to amend the Protocol.

In an effort to develop the next generation of best sailors, the new AC45 will be used for the Youth America's Cup beginning in 2012, a new initiative to provide young sailors a pathway to the America's Cup.

* The ISAF World Match Racing Tour today welcomed the decision to run the 34th America's Cup in catamarans, as this confirms the WMRT as the world's pre-eminent monohull match racing series and creates a tremendous opportunity and responsibility for the Tour to continue to develop match racing worldwide.

The ISAF World Match Racing Tour has long been established as the active pathway for sailors and teams to develop their skills and competitive match racing tactics in preparation for the America's Cup.

WMRT Chief Executive Jim O'Toole commented: "As a Tour that is committed to innovation and development we respect the adventurous approach by 3-times ISAF World Match Racing Tour Champion Russell Coutts in reframing the America's Cup and will follow these plans closely as they unfold."

The Tour's focus will always be to provide the best competition format for pitching the world's best professional sailors against one another on identical boats, in races where teams are tested under ISAF match racing rules and teams win on merit or sailing skill.

The WMRT would only consider including multihull events into the calendar if there is a clear demand from our key stakeholders which are the ISAF, the sailing teams and the Tour's event promoters. They are intrinsic to the Tour's continued development and any decisions on potential changes will always be based on strengthening the Tour's established successful competition framework and principles. --

* TEAMORIGIN issued the following statement following the publication of the 34thAmerica's Cup Protocol and the information presented at the America's Cup Press Conference in Valencia.

Grant Simmer, CEO of TEAMORIGIN, gave his comments today:

"The whole America's Cup community has been waiting a long time to get solid information on the 34th America's Cup, and so today is a positive day for TEAMORIGIN and all prospective teams. The Protocol and the announcements give us many important pieces of information, much of it we heard for the first time today. Furthermore the Defender commented at the press conference, that we will be receiving more important information over the coming months."

"2013 is the year of the next Cup. We now know that for sure. There were a lot of new elements published today and a lot of changes have been made to the first Protocol draft published in June. For instance designers are able to work for more than one team, which is an interesting and significant change from past Cups. We will now review the new Protocol document and associated information to see if this matches our expectations, and we look forward to meeting the Defender with the other prospective challengers, to discuss the many detailed questions that today's Protocol has inevitably brought to light."

Ben Ainslie, TEAMORIGIN Skipper and Helmsman, added his thoughts,

"It is great to finally have an idea of the future for the America's Cup. Challenging in multihulls will be an interesting proposition for all of the teams. The game starts here.'

Sir Keith Mills, TEAMORIGIN Team Principal, stated:

"Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts promised Challengers:
- A level playing field - giving teams a fair chance of winning
- Neutral event management - to ensure the event was not controlled by one team
- Cost containment - to prevent an arms race

We now need to study the new Protocol document and determine whether it matches these promises. TEAMORIGIN will only challenge if the 34th America's Cup is fair and neutrally managed. "

Laser Masters World Championships
Photo by Paul Wyeth / RYA. Click on image for photo gallery.

Laser Masters World Championships Hayling Island, UK: After delivering a week of unbroken sunshine and pleasant light to moderate sea-breezes for the Laser Standards World Championships which finished eight days ago on the same waters with an impressive overall victory for Australia's Tom Slingsby, today Hayling Bay presented version 2.0 of English summer when more than 350 sailors from 30 different countries contested the first pair of races of the 2010 Laser Masters World Championships.

Under grey skies which threatened rain and offered regular showers of drizzle, solid WSW'ly winds which gusted to over 22 knots during the second race, and big Hayling waves which proved the perfect downhill run for those practitioners with polished technique and solid nerves, but it was all too easy to be slightly psyched out by the opening day waves weather.

Those who had been looking for a gentle introduction to Hayling Island, a sunny reprise of the Standard Worlds, would have been disappointed.

The muscular conditions certainly challenged fitness and stamina from the outset but also contributed to the early onset of aches and pains, not to mention a few broken spars and fractured egos.

For sure it was those who felt at home, or were at home in the conditions who excelled across the first two contests of the scheduled 12 race series, on both the Laser Radial and the Laser Standard course areas.

Top three standings after two races:

Radial Apprentice (35-44yrs)
1. Scott Leith, NZL, 3 points
2. Jean Christophe Leydet, FRA, 4
3. Matthias Bruehel, GER, 7

Radial Masters (45-54yrs)
1. Steve Cockerill, GBR, 2
2. Carlos Eduardo Wanderley, BRA, 4
3. Torbjorn Jonsson, SWE, 9

Radial Great Grand Masters (Over 65)
1. David Schmidt, NZL, 4
2. Keith Wilkins, GBR, 4
3. Peter Seidenburg, USA, 9

Standard Apprentice:
1. Adonis Bougiouris, GRE, 2
2. Brett Beyer, AUS, 4
3. Orlando Gledhill, GBR, 4

Standard Master:
1. Arnoud Hummel, NED, 2
2. Scott Ferguson, USA, 4
3. Andy Roy, CAN, 5

Standard Grand Master:
1. Peter Vessella, USA, 2
2. Peter Sundelin, SWE, 5
3. Wolfgang Gerz, GER, 5

The Proof Is In The Results
Southern Spars Our congratulations to all competitors in the 2010 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, particularly the division winners: Esimit Europa 2, Highland Fling, Singularity (Maxi); Ranger, Velsheda, (J Boats); Ran, Shockwave (Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship). The winning formula that these yachts used? A Southern Spars mast and EC6 Continuous rigging. Tested and proven time and time again, this winning combo provides the ultimate in performance! In the Supermaxi division, Hetairos and Gliss were 1st and 2nd respectively using Southern Spars rigs.

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YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Awards
Phil Sparks and Ben Gratton with Ben Ainslie. Click on image to enlarge.

Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Awards Managing Director of Pantaenius UK John McCurdy OBE was proud to announce the opening of the nominations for the YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 for the second year running.

The opening was announced on the Pantaenius Stand (E010) at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Friday 10th September 2010 at 12:15. On display was the YOTY trophy, a silver navigation buoy mounted on a sea of crystal, which was commissioned by the late Sir Max Aitken.

Current title holders are Samantha Davies for the YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year Award and Phil Sparks and Ben Gratton joint winners of the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award.

Nominations can range from a well known figure in the yachting or power boating world to a commendable member of your local boating club. Past winners for both awards have broken world records, won gold medals, shown exceptional bravery and courage and even overcome adversities.

The YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year awards recognise sporting excellence and the tremendous achievements and bravery by the very best in British sail and power. Sportsmen and women who have made a significant impact in their chosen field and who have helped position Great Britain to be a formidable sailing nation. The Yachtsman of the Year trophy carries the names of many of the greatest achievers in British yachting and power boating.

Nomination forms are available on the Pantaenius stand throughout the boat show and can also be downloaded from the Pantaenius and YJA websites and Nominations will close on the 10th November 2010.

Rolex Swan Cup
Photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi, Click on image for event gallery.

Rolex Swan Cup Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy: As the maxi yachts departed Porto Cervo, arriving Swans quickly filled the marina to capacity for the 16th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup, with racing beginning Monday 14 September through Sunday 19 September. Ninety-two Swans arrived from near and far - including Finland and Australia - to compete in the week of racing, which also includes the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship.

The now biennial Rolex Swan Cup, first run in 1984, has always attracted a diverse crowd of Swan owners and crew. The event is unique in the breadth of Swan models from Anaa Franchi's Swan 371 Rebelot (ITA), to the Swan 112 Highland Breeze (NED) of Ben Kaiff. In between are some of the most classic boats such as the Sparkman & Stephens-designed boats that were a hallmark from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, and some of the just-launched designs such as the Swan 60, Emma (GER) and the Swan 80, Berenice (ITA).

The fleet will be divided into five classes: Maxis, LOA 18.29m and above; Grand Prix, LOA 18.28 and below; Classics, designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Swan 45 OD, and Club Swan 42. The Maxis, Grand Prix, Classics, and Swan 42s will race on coastal courses in the waters off Porto Cervo and around nearby La Maddalena, the exquisite island chain off the Costa Smeralda coast which offers tacticians stunning scenery and tricky topography as they wend their way around rocky spires and islets. The Swan 45 class is scheduled to contest eleven windward-leeward races (five needed for the series). All classes will have an Islands Long Race on Thursday, which will send the fleet off for a distance race of approximately six to nine hours.

Mixed among the fleet are grand-prix sailors including America's Cup contender and world champion, Paul Cayard on Leonardo Ferragamo's Cuor di Leone; four-time Olympic medalist and America's Cup sailor, Jochen Schuemann on Tea Ekengren's Swan 45 Blue Nights, and Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Bouwe Bekking on the Swan 112, Highland Breeze. Berenice, the freshly-hatched Swan 80, belongs to Marco Rodolfi, a long-time Italian sailor who has previously owned a Swan 62 on which he competed in both the 2006 and 2008 Rolex Swan Cups.

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Masterclass by O'Driscoll Earns Irish J/24 Title
An exhibition of how to win sailing races on the second day of the Irish J/24 Championships saw Flor O'Driscoll and his crew from the Royal St.George YC on 'Hard on Port' deservedly win the national title by the impressive margin of 19 points at Howth Yacht Club near Dublin, venue for the 2011 J/24 European Championships.

Three bullets on day two, including one which required coming from behind to outfox former champion Stefan Hyde by the final leeward mark, was sufficient to give the pre-event favourite the championship. O'Driscoll's cause was certainly helped when overnight leader and defending champion Mickey McCaldin on 'Murder Picture' (LEYC) was one of five boats 'black-flagged' on the first race start after PRO David Lovegrove imposed the penalty following a couple of general recalls.

That effectively ended the Ulster crew's challenge and it was followed by two other poor results which ultimately dropped them to 6th overall. The black flag decision also had a significant impact on other overall results, with another Lough Erne entry, Diarmuid O'Donovan's 'Sayonara' jumping four places to earn the runners-up spot, thanks to two second places and an 8th. It was enough to edge past clubmate and J/24 Class President Robin Eagleson who wasn't as effective as on the first day but did more enough to justify 3rd overall and also first in the silver fleet for the older boats.

The 17-boat fleet, one of the biggest J/24 fleets in recent years, augurs well for the J/24 Europeans at Howth next year, with around eight nations already confirming their intention to compete.

J/24 Irish National Championship - final results after 8 races:

1. Hard on Port - Flor O'Driscoll (RStGYC) 13 points
2. Sayonara - Diarmuid O'Donovan (LEYC) 32 points
3. Luder Too - Robin Eagleson (LEYC) 34 points
4. Jibberish - Fergus O'Kelly (HYC) 35 points
5. Jeb Stuart - Andrew Mannion 36 points
6. Murder Picture - Mickey McCaldin (LEYC) 44 points

Chichester's Historic Yacht Up For Sale
The yacht on which Westcountry-born Sir Francis Chichester made history by sailing around the world single-handed could leave British shores after being put on sale for £250,000.

Sir Francis, who was born at Barnstaple, returned to Plymouth in May 1967 aboard the Gipsy Moth IV after sailing 28,500 miles, with only a single stop, to set the record for the fastest single-handed navigation of the globe. The 65-year- old's historic voyage took nine months and one day. He was greeted on his return by an estimated 250,000 people.

However, the 53ft wooden ketch is now being sold by her owners, the United Kingdom Sailing Academy, which has decided it can no longer afford to maintain the vessel. The academy, based on the Isle of Wight, had restored it at a cost of around £300,000

Sue Grant, from yacht brokers Berthon International, said: "She is half boat and half historic object. She is the grandmother of all single-handed yachts that followed. She is such an important thing. She has been restored to how she was at the time of the record."

She said most of the inquiries had been from abroad, saying it was "likely she will end up going overseas".

ISAF Invites Bids to Host the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships from 2014
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is ISAF's longest running event, having taken place every year since the first Youth Worlds hosted by Sweden in 1971.

The event has been held in 23 countries over the past 40 years. The 40th anniversary edition took place from 8 - 17 July, sailed out of Istanbul, Turkey.

In 2011 the Youth Worlds heads to Zadar in Croatia, followed by Dublin Bay in Ireland in 2012 and Limassol, Cyprus in 2013.

In advance of the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens, ISAF is inviting bids to host the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships from 2014 onwards.

All ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) are invited to bid for this pinnacle youth event. MNAs interested in bidding should contact the ISAF Secretariat by email to click here receive the bid manual.

The deadline for bids is 15 October 2010. Bids will be reviewed by the Youth World Championship Sub-Committee during its meeting on 6 November 2010 at the ISAF Annual Conference in Athens, Greece.

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* From Alexanda Rickam: I have been shortlisted for British Airways Great Britons Scheme. The scheme is a spin off from London 2012 giving people the opportunity to achieve a goal with the help of BA in the form of free flights. The scheme focuses on several areas not just sport.

I put in an application in for our team to go to Australia to train and compete with the Beijing Silver medallist Aussie team, in December this year. Training in breezy and warm conditions are invaluable to us because we need to improve our technique in higher wind conditions and my disability limits my temperature control so I can only manage short training sessions in the UK winter. Though we need to raise money for the rest of the trip, flights will be our biggest outlay. We were shortlisted as 1 of 8 finalists for this round, of which the top 2 entries from the public online vote will get flights.

Voting has started and ends in 6 days. Our personal profile link is

Featured Brokerage
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The Last Word
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