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Swan Song
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy: The mighty Mistral roared back down the coast of the Costa Smeralda causing the cancellation of racing on this last day of the 2010 Rolex Swan Cup. With wind readings in the morning of up to 30 knots the YCCS Race Committee opted to postpone the 1100 start time several times, in the hopes of the breeze dropping somewhat. But, in fact, by 12pm with gusts outside the entrance recorded at 35+ knots, the decision was made to cancel racing.

With yesterday's racing postponed for lack of wind - it's a bit of feast or famine in the wind department in Sardinia - the standings were left unchanged from Friday's finishes. In the Maxi Class A, Danilo Salsi's Swan 90 DSK Pioneer Investment (ITA) led over the new Swan 60, Emma (GER), and the elegant black-hulled Swan 112, Mystery.

The well-sailed DSK has several significant regattas under their belt, including the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex Middle Sea, Antigua Sailing Week, and RORC 600. DSK races with 18 people on board, and 12-13 of them have been the same for the past seven years. A good number of racing miles under her keel, plus a core crew that has been with Salsi both on the 90-footer and on the Swan 45 he successfully campaigned earlier, certainly contributed to their performance.

In Grand Prix Class B, Piet Hein Baker's Silveren Swaen (NED), a Swan 53, ended the week first ahead of the Swan 56, Clem (ESP) and the Swan 53, Crilia (GER).

In the Sparkman & Stephens Class C, Peter Simon's Swan 65 Monsoon Jaguar(GBR) won on a tiebreak with Shirlaf (ITA), a ketch-rigged Swan 65 that was 2nd, and Dream (ITA), a Swan 47, third.

Monsoon Jaguar won the Island Long Race in the 2008 Rolex Swan Cup, but this is the first time they've won their class overall.

Maxi - Class A

1.Dsk Pioneer Investment, Danilo Salsi, ITA, 9 points
2.Emma, Johann Killinger, GER, 12
3.Mystery, Amadoo Int.Corporation, 12

Grand Prix - Class B

1.Silveren Swaen, P.H.J. Bakker, NED, 4
2.Clem, Amanda Hartley, ESP, 8
3.Crilia, Heinz-Gerd Stein, GER, 10

Classics - Class C

1.Monsoon Jaguar, Peter Simon, GBR, 5
2.Shirlaf, Giuseppe Puttini, ITA, 5
3.Dream, Francesco Persio, ITA, 13

Rolex Swan 45 World Championship - Final Results

1.Earlybird, Hendrik Brandis, GER, 20
2.Blue Nights, Tea Ekengren-Sauren, FIN, 22
3.Samantaga-Duvel, Phillipe Moorgat/Patrick Van Henr, BEL, 25

Swan 42 - Class E

1.Kora 4, Enrico Scerni, ITA, 7.0
2.Cuor Di Leone, Leonardo Ferragamo, ITA, 12.5
3.Natalia, Kdf Energy Romania, ROM, 16.0

Team Red Bull Takes Tornado European Championship
Photo by Martina Barnetova. Click on image for photo gallery.

Tornado European Championship The fourth and final day of the 2010 Tornado European Championships provided three races for the sailors in a mixture of conditions between 10 and 25 knots with constant rain.

It was the Greek team of Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis who took overall victory sailing their Red Bull, Graham Eeles Tornado. They could not be faulted through the whole regatta with 8 wins from 8 races. Team Gaebler have been hot on their heels but couldn't get ahead to take victory. Again it was a closely fought battle with the Greek and German teams match racing each other to the finish.

With a Northerly wind direction today's racing was tricky because of the shifts produced by the wind coming around the mountain. There were also some large gusts which caused some teams to capsize and unfortunately we had a broken mast today. The racing provided all of the action you expect from sailing the Tornado Multihull with close racing upwind and downwind between the boats. Final top ten:

1. Iordanis Paschalidis, Konstantinos Trigkonis, GRE, 7 points
2. Roland Gaebler / Nahid Gaebler, GER, 15
3. Martin Rusterholz, Jean Marc Cuanillon, SUI, 28
4. Nikolaos Mayros, Alexandros Tagaropoulos, GRE, 39
5. Dieter Maurer / Axel Rahn Peer, GER, 44
6. Manfred Schonleitner / Martin Lux, AUT, 52
7. Hannes Jantke / Phillip Wetzig, GER, 65
8. Michael Schonleitner / Philipp Rakuschan, AUT, 66
9. Veit Hemmeter / Michael Gloor, GER, 72
10. Lutz Stadtmuller / Fabian Neun, GER, 74

Full results:

New America's Cup Director and COO
Valencia, Spain: America's Cup experience and business acumen are the primary attributes of the new 34th America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray.

As Regatta Director, Murray (52, Sydney, Australia) heads up the new America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), holding the dual role of CEO of the independent organization. This is the first time in the event's 159-year history that the defender has divested management of the competition into the hands of a neutral body, a central part of its vision to move the America's Cup into the future.

ACRM will have responsibility over a wide range of topics including budget, management of the new AC72 and AC45 classes, the Youth America's Cup (slated for 2012), the International Jury, race committee, umpires and measurement committee.

ACRM also will oversee the operation of a meteorological and oceanographic data service, the establishment and management of the America's Cup Village, and infrastructure at all America's Cup World Series (ACWS) venues.

Joining Murray in ACRM as the Chief Operating Officer is Andy Hindley, former Race Manager of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Hindley (43, Hampshire, UK) managed the 2001-02 and 05-06 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race before becoming in 2008 the Race and Technical Director of Powerboat P1 Management, the offshore monohull powerboat championship, for two years.

Hindley's personal racing background is based largely in round-the-world races. Hindley, who holds a degree in physics, has a strong background in logistics from his days with the Volvo Ocean Race and P1 Powerboats.

* The draft AC72 class rule is now available at

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

Olympic and small boat news - Old Master
Wolfgang Hunger took his fourth 505 world title in Denmark, plus a look at the technology contest with Andy Rice

Design - Looking after number one
Brian Benjamin never planned to become a composite boatbuilder, but then life is sometimes like that... as he explains to Louay Habib

Seahorse build table - Powering up a dancing bear
Torbjorn Linderson takes some of the lessons from the latest 50-foot grand prix tri and finds them an unexpected new home...

RORC news - Got there in the end
Eddie Warden Owen

Sailor of the Month
Paying due tribute to perseverance...

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

Laser Masters World Championships Hayling, United Kingdom: Moderate to fresh winds and some well proportioned waves to surf down provided an outstanding final day of racing at the Laser Masters World Championships in Hayling Bay. Two races were held in each of the classes within the giant fleet of more than 350 boats, split between the Laser Standard and Laser Radial and then into fleet based on age groups: the 'Apprentices' - 35-44 year olds, Masters - 45-54 year olds, Grand Masters - 55-65 years and for the Radials the Great Grand Masters (65+).

While New Zealand's Scott Leith had the Laser Radial Apprentice title sewn up yesterday, so today Australian Brett Beyer came out first in the Laser Standard Apprentice class. Despite posting two bullets today he still only managed to finish five points ahead of Greece's Adonis Bougiouris.

Perhaps the hardest class, being the biggest at this Championship was the Laser Standard Masters where the USA's Scott Ferguson clinching honours with a race to spare. Ferguson, who heralds from Rhode Island where his company designs masts for leading America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race boats, was the defending champion in the class following on from his victory in hurricane-swept Halifax last year.

With four bullets and discarding a sixth going into today Ferguson said he was concerned that in the wavy conditions that he might wipe out. In fact the margin between first and second may have been closer had his principle rival Arnoud Hummel not suffered a 'death roll'.

Winner in the Radial Master class was local man Steve Cockerill, the well-known proprietor of Rooster Sailing. This is his fourth Laser Radial World Championship title, his first coming in Cork in 2001.

Perhaps star of this year's Championship, if not all time in the Laser Masters class, was Keith Wilkins who won his 11th Laser Worlds title today having this year been forced out of the Standard and into the Radial as a Great Grand Master, following his 65th birthday.

Wilkins who heralds from distinctly land-locked Shropshire where he normally sails on a lake, has raced out of Hayling Island Sailing Club on several occasions in his long illustrious career. He particularly enjoyed today's more boisterous conditions as he admits he is a little heavy for the Radial. He also admitted that racing in class bands, as occurs at these championships, favours the young and being the nipper in the Great Grand Masters certainly benefitted him.

The only leadership change today came in the Radial Grand Master fleet where two bullets today allowed Australian Lyndall Patterson to overhaul the strong American contingent, in particular yesterday's leader Alden Shattuck, who ended the regatta six points out of first.

The next Laser Masters World Championships are to take place in 2011 in San Francisco.

Complete results at

Ted Turner and 2010 12 Metre North Americans
On the left, Paul Callahan of Sail To Prevail who skippered Easterner and Ted Turner who was at the helm of American Eagle. Click on image to enlarge.

Ted Turner and Newport, Rhode Island, USA: It is no surprise that Newport, RI is the epicenter of the 12 Metre "world" this week. It is also not shocking that Ted Turner and his former America's Cup Tactician Gary Jobson, USSAILING's current President, revealed that they still have their sailing skills after 33 years. The team and their able crew showed their expertise during the 3 day 2010 North Americans, earning 5 bullets in regatta and winning their division. The many on-the-water spectators included a whale. This was the perfect kickoff to the 2010 America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion presented by Rolex and hosted by New York Yacht Club which extends through Sunday, September 19 at New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court.

The NAs took place out on Long Island Sound with the social events held at New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court. The PRO for the regatta was America's Cup veteran Sam Wakefield. Watching the Twelves sail out brought back old memories of the America's Cup which was raced in 12 Metres in Newport from 1958 to 1983. There were 11 of these classic boats in four divisions competing in the regatta.

In the oldest Vintage Division (also known as Division D consisting of 12 Metres built between 1918 and 1937), Northern Light - US 16 triumphed. She is owned by Elizabeth Tiedemann was and sailed by Kip Curren. The second place boat was Onawa - US 6. These beautiful wooden boats were built in 1938 and 1928 respectively. They showed that classic boats can still be super competitive.

The next oldest class, Division C, is the Traditional Class made up of boats built from 1958 to 1970. The winner was American Eagle - US 21, owned by Herb Marshall, chartered by Carol Swift with Ted Turner as the skipper. 1958 America's Cup winner Columbia - US 16 and Easterner - US 18 followed closely.

Division B, Modern is made up of boats built between 1974 and 1983. The winner, Courageous had previously won the America's Cup in 1974 and 1977 (with Ted Turner as the skipper in '77). In the 2010 NAs, Courageous was followed by Freedom - US 30, Victory '83 - K 22 and Intrepid - US 22.

Grand Prix, the newest Division A, is made up of boats built for the 1983 America's Cup. USA - US 61, with owner Guy Heckman at the helm, dominated the regatta with 7 in each race. The other competitor in this class was America II - US 46.

The 2010 12 Metre North Americans concluded with the famous Candy Store Cup where the entire fleet (boats in all four divisions) raced from the Sound past Castle Hill and Ft. Adams into Newport Harbor to finish at Bannister's Wharf. This is a spectacular race to see and the winning boat enjoys a magnum of champagne as they cruise around the harbor (known as the "harbor burn") while they celebrate their victory. The victorious boat this year was Courageous. -- Connie Bischoff

La Solitaire du Figaro Announces New Host Ports for 2011
The 42nd edition announces a new route: four legs, four French ports and one foreign stopover. The full details will be unveiled at the Paris Boat Show, on Friday December 3rd.

La Solitaire is going back to its roots. Perros-Guirec and Brittany from where the race will start on Sunday, 31st July 2011, are the most faithful of all host ports in the history of the race as Perros-Guirec has the record number of participations, this being the 16th time that the town will welcome the race. The last time was in 2005 and there is no doubt that Perros-Guirec will do its absolute best for this comeback.

The second French stopover in 2011 will be Caen, where the race will go back for the third time. The harbour and the village are ideally situated in the city centre and will surely gather thousands of visitors during the week long stay, with a full schedule of social events organised by the local municipality.

The third French rendez-vous is les Sables d'Olonne, which requires little introduction. In 2007, the port in the Vendee region celebrated the victory of Michel Desjoyeaux and since then the local authorities and the town live in very close ties to yachting, always ready to welcome sailors of all sorts, particularly from the Vendee Globe race.

Dieppe will host the finish and close of La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 race.

Just one stop over outside of France is planned and this is to be held in Ireland. La Solitaire will go to Dun Laoghaire for the first time, just ten minutes from the bustling town centre of Dublin. The boats will be moored in the Dun Laoghaire marina - opened in 2001- at the finish of the second leg. The second stage promises to be a nice discovery for the Figaro sailors who will appreciate the charming Bay of Dublin and National Yacht Club's members warm welcome.

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Ross Cubit
The Derwent Sailing Squadron today confirmed the loss of crewman Ross Cubit from the yacht Storm Bay during Friday night's first inshore race of the 42nd annual Pipe Opener Series from Hobart to Simpson's Bay in d'Entrecasteaux Channel, south of the Tasmanian capital.

Mr Cubit, aged 51, from West Hobart, was one of three crew members aboard Storm Bay, a 14m Chamberlain-designed catamaran from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, owned by Stephen Laird.

An experienced yachtsman, Mr Cubit had been a long time member of the Lindisfarne Sailing Club. He was also a member of the RYCT, as was his skipper, Stephen Laird.

The DSS made the decision to shorten the race on Friday a after a review of the forecast weather conditions for that night. The Club decided that the conditions forecast were within the capabilities of the competing yachts and the mandatory safety rules of the race.

Of the 45 yachts entered, 38 started in the race. After the incident, every yacht was contacted by race officials to ensure their safety. Several boats subsequently joined in the search for the man overboard.

The DSS understands that Mr Cubit fell overboard from Storm Bay shortly after 10pm when the owner/skipper Stephen Laird of Hobart had elected to retire from the race. At the time, the yacht was in vicinity of Dennes Point, North Bruny.

A call from the yacht's radio alerted authorities to the situation and Tasmania Police, co-ordinated a search, including using a search and rescue helicopter. Mr Cubit's body was later found on the shore south of Dennes Point. -- Peter Campbell

Round-The-Globe Sailor Dodge Morgan Dies at 78
Portland, Maine. USA: Dodge Morgan, the first American to sail solo around the globe without stopping, has died of cancer. He was 78.

Morgan, who died Tuesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, turned his small marine radar company into the successful Whistler brand of detectors before sailing around the world.

He set a record in 1986 when he completed the solo sail in his 60-foot American Promise in 150 days, 1 hour and 6 minutes, beating the previous record holder, British sailor Chay Blyth, who took 292 days to accomplish the same feat in 1971.

Ted Hood, who designed Morgan's boat, said the American Promise was a rugged sailboat with two of everything, including a spare generator and a spare rudder, and was designed for sturdiness, not speed.

Before inspiring a new generation of sailors, Morgan drew his own sailing inspiration as a boy working at his uncle's boat yard. The Malden, Mass., native later became part of the sailing scene in Marblehead, Mass., where Hood remembered him as both a free spirit and a driven sailor.

By the time Morgan fulfilled his dream of sailing around the world, he had served in the Air Force, gone to Boston University and become a successful businessman. -- David Sharp

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Euan Ross: Paul Larsen knows a thing or two about wings and he has learned the hard way. Sure, you can design a 40 metre wing that will stand up to a Force 8; and maybe you can even make one "with a strong, buoyant tip" that will survive a high speed pitchpole (though most folks would be skeptical about that last part).

The point is that the shift to cats enables the same near-shore action that has energized the eXtreme 40 circuit. Adding wing sails to this formula doesn't make the boats appreciably faster or more spectacular; it just makes shore-side operations a whole lot more difficult, especially in the unpredictable turbulent air of urbanized waterfronts. Wings do provide a small, additional 'coolness' factor for the cognoscenti, but is that reason enough?

Indeed, North's subliminal soft-sail technology, as exhibited by both 'DoGzilla' and 'Alinghi 5' in the lead-up to AC33, was perhaps more awesome than the fragile and rather agricultural wing used to eke out a small, perhaps decisive, advantage during the Cup itself.

Wings are no more an inevitable progression from soft sails than multi-hulls are from mono-hulls. Herreshoff's 'Amaryllis' blew the doors off the NYYC fleet in 1875 and 'Miss Nylex' blew our minds back in 1974. Alternative wind-powered configurations have been around for a long time, and their specific strengths, weaknesses and sub-sets of common purpose are well known. What's possible is possible, nothing is heresy, there's no religion, it's all just sports equipment. Prejudice, absolutely not; just the question of what's 'fit for purpose'.

Of course, well-resourced syndicates will ultimately cope with monster hard-sails - these are 'can-do' people; but, in this brave new world of crash and burn high-wind contests, when the breeze fills in and Jimmy Spithill calls for a sky-hook to send down the solid topsail, I'm sure he'll fondly recall the simplicity of reefing pennants!

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1975 Abeking & Rasmussen Doug Petersen, EUR 220,000. Located in Kiel, Germany.

This is a best-generation IOR 2 Tonner. Already in those days Doug was a innovative naval architect. She comes from FIRST OWNER and has been dry stored and yard maintained every winter since new -- her condition reflects this. The layout and handling has worked fine for him, mostly underway with his wife alone. The boat remains to be a fast and powerful period racer/cruiser and would be a good prospect for the developing Med exCupper scene.

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The Last Word
I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money. -- Orson Welles

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