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A Clean Sweep For Four Teams
Photo by Fried Elliott. Click on image to enlarge.

Women's Match Racing World Championship Four teams have an unbeaten record after the first day of competition at the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship. The 20 teams are split into two groups and all completed four flights on day one.

Despite a lackluster morning with a flattening northerly and a glassed-off bay, a spectacular 16-knot seabreeze unfolded where the cream started to rise to the top of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.

Precisely predicted by Principal Race Officer Dr Robin Wallace, the wind darkened the mouth of the bay as the tide began to flood, and both Groups finished off four flights with head-to-head battles from stage one of the event .

Tied atop the Red Group leader board are Lucy Macgregor and Katie Spithill. It would be simple to call these two rivals, but any spectator today would have seen that in a steady wind, rarely shifting off 232 degrees, lead to even starts and finishes with teams broaching together on the line.

In the Blue Group that did not start racing until around 15:00 (local time) the top ranked sailors in the fleet all won their first two races setting the stage for someone to fall. Anna Tunnicliffe and her team were the first of the top group to drop a race. A close loss to her US SAILING Team Alpha Graphics teammate Sally Barkow was a bitter pill to swallow but all sailors acknowledged that these are very early stages.

Australia's Nicky Souter, the defending champion, finished the day undefeated along with double world champion Claire Leroy (FRA) to join Lucy Macgregor and Katie Spithill with a 100% win rate.

Results After Day One
4 wins - 0 losses - 100%
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) red
Katie Spithill (AUS) red
Claire Leroy (FRA) blue
Sally Barkow (USA) blue

3 wins - 1 loss - 75%
Genevieve Tulloch (USA) red
Nicky Souter (AUS) blue
Renee Groeneveld (NED) blue
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) blue
Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) blue

2 wins - 2 losses - 50%
Samantha Osborne (NZL) red
Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) red
Sofia Bekatorou (GRE) red
Julie Bossard (FRA) red

1 win - 3 losses - 25%
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN) red

0 wins - 4 losses
Silja Lehtinen (FIN) red
Silvia Roca mata (ESP) red
Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) blue
Juliana Senfft (BRA) blue
Rita Gonçalves (POR) blue
Petra Kliba (CRO) blue

Full results -

Matador In Tune With The Bay Of Angels
Photo by Sander van der Borch Photography, Click on image for photo gallery.

Medcup Alberto Roemmers' Matador lead the Region of Sardinia Trophy after winning two of Wednesday's three races.

Their two well won victories sandwich a fifth place which proved an equal measure of their tenacity and resolution, coming back from last place through the first half of the race.

Matador's consistency keeps them five points clear of Synergy going into tomorrow's coastal race which carries a 1.5 points multiplier.

Audi MedCup Circuit champions Emirates Team New Zealand followed a similar pattern to their opening day, starting badly with a tenth, but fighting back to a second and third to lie third on the overall regatta standings.

If on Tuesday it had offered something of a one sided race track, Cagliari's Bay of Angels may have had a devil's influence at times today because the breeze pattern altered from race to race as the split winds on either side of the course offered big opportunities for gains and losses, especially on the downwind legs.

With dark clouds covering the race area and an oppressive, humid air replacing the early sunshine, the final race of the day was marred by a first beat collision between Audi A1 powered by All4ONE and Bribon. The Franco-German team lost control in the final, painful seconds as the tried to duck the Spanish boat and struck them hard one third of the way from the back of their port topsides. Both boats had to retire and Bribon will not be able to take any further part in the regatta.

Ironically the iconic Spanish crew suffered a similar sad fate in the last regatta of the MedCup in 2006 in Ibiza. The only other big collisions of recent years on the Circuit was at a messy top mark approach in Marseille in 2007, but both times these incidents were as the fleet converged, nearing the windward mark.

Matador lead the race from the first turning mark and at one stage were over 200 metres ahead of second placed TeamOrigin (GBR), while Emirates Team New Zealand took third.

52 Series
Day 2
1. Matador, ARG, 19 points
2. Synergy, RUS, 24
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL, 26
4. TeamOrigin, GBR, 29
5. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE, FRA/GER, 31
6. Quantum Racing, USA, 31
7. Bribon, ESP, 40
8. Artemis, SWE, 41
9. Cristabella, GBR, 42
10. Luna Rossa, ITA, 50

Madrid-Caser Seguros Leads GP42's in Sardinia
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

GP42 Cagliari Cagliari, Sardinia: Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) showed today why they are the overall leaders in the GP42 Series of the Audi MedCup: good starts, excellent crew work, solid tactics, and an edge in boat speed that when given the chance gets them from behind to ahead before the end of the race. Their scores of 1-2-1 today have given them a 4 point lead for the Region of Sardinia Trophy, and an extension to 11 points on their overall series lead over the defending 2009 GP42 Series Champion, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP).

And while the Canarias team today did well to win Race 2, they are but tied on points with a resurgent AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), who are also showing to be a possible threat on scores of 2-4-2. Owner/driver Roberto Monti (ITA) had to step off before Race 3 to attend to business commitments in Milan, and was replaced on the helm by project manager Cesare Bressan (ITA). Even Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) showed moments of promise today in Races 1 & 2, and even closed down a big gap with the pack suffered after an OCS in Race 3.

Racing in the GP42's resumes tomorrow, with three inshore races planned starting at 1300 local time.

Results after 3 races, GP42 Series, Region of Sardinia Trophy
1. Madrid-Caser Seguros, ESP, 4 points
2. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, ESP, 8
4. Peninsula Petroleum, GBR, 10
5. Iberdrola, ESP, 18

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

ISAF World Sailing Rankings
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 22 September 2010 have been released.

World Ranking Leaders

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn
Rafa Trujillo Villar (ESP)

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Marit Bouwmeester

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Tom Slingsby (AUS)

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS)

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux (FRA)

Men's Skiff - 49er
Nico Delle - Karth & Nikolaus Resch(AUT)

Men's Keelboat - Star
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA)

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Nimrod Mashich (ISR)

Women's Windsurfer - RS:X
Blanca Manchon (ESP)

Visit the ISAF World Sailing Rankings homepage at for more on the latest Ranking release and dates for all 2010 Ranking releases.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 15 December 2010 up to and including the the Sydney International Regatta in Australia.

Good-Bye Igor, Hello World
Hamilton, Bermuda: The organizers of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club's Argo Group Gold Cup breathed a big sigh of relief as Hurricane Igor faded from a Cat 4 to a Cat 1 storm and passed fifty miles to the west of Bermuda. Trees were downed and power interrupted but the International One Design (IOD) sailboats used in the World Match Racing Tour's penultimate event weathered the storm nicely.

"Everything will be fine for practice on Monday, 4 October and racing the round robin competition starting the next day," said Royal Bermuda YC Commodore Peter Shrubb. "We were certainly in Igor's bulls eye for a long time and were lucky to escape major damage on the island. We'll be ready for local spectators and the world to tune in to all the action from the Argo Group Gold Cup."

The RBYC uses ten locally owned IOD's for the six-day event. Eight are primary boats and two are held in reserve if boats are damaged in the intense competition Bermuda is famous for. The boats are matched based on performance and experience gained during local racing throughout the year. One boat in the Bermuda IOD fleet, Solna II, sank in the storm, but luckily it wasn't one that the Argo Group Gold Cup planned to use.

Biographies of skippers, details for Argo Group Gold Cup and a full schedule for events are posted online at

In Bermuda, teams are racing to put their name on the famous King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy and to take a share of USD$100,000 in prize money. The winner takes half of the purse, so it pays to be first in Bermuda.

The Argo Group Gold Cup is followed on the World Match Racing Tour by their prestigious season ending finale. The Monsoon Cup sailed for the Tour Championship in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia starts 30 November.

Champagne Opener At Oyster Regatta
Porto Cervo, Italy: A fleet of 30 elegant Oyster sailing yachts took to the crystalline waters off Sardinia's Costa Smeralda this morning for the first day of racing in the Oyster Jubliee Regatta. The 25th event in the Oyster Regatta series is taking place from 21st to 25th September and is hosted for the first time by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Racing started on schedule on a 15 mile coastal course, using the granite islands of La Maddalena archipelago as natural buoys and a gentle northeasterly breeze built during the day giving the fleet some spectacular sailing conditions. Azure blue sky and warm breeze typify the sailing grounds on the Costa Smeralda and today was no exception.

In Class One (yachts of 60ft and over), local knowledge clearly came in handy as Alberto Vignatelli's Oyster 72, Albertone 3, took line honours and a corrected time victory. Vignatelli has been a Member of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for over 20 years and knows this regatta course better than most. Today was also his birthday making the victory even more special. Alberto was at the helm of his newly-launched Oyster 72 throughout and was clearly delighted as he crossed the finish line to take the gun. Trevor Silver's Roulette V.2 and Richard Smith's Sotto Vento, both Oyster 655s, took second and third place respectively.

Gerd and Annemarie Kohlmoos' Oyster 54, Sarabande put in a polished performance, taking line honours in Class Two and also first in class on corrected time. Second across the line was Boarding Pass III, owned by Bill Munro and Susan Harris which slipped into third, however, on corrected time behind Mark Howard's Oyster 56 Amanzi.

Racing is scheduled to continue Thursday at 11.30 and the fleet will enjoy a stopover at nearby Yacht Club Porto Rotondo tomorrow evening.

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Will The New America's Cup Attract New Sponsors?
The America's Cup has been re-energized and rejuvenated. Last week's announcement took the international yacht racing community by surprise: the event's new format includes spectacular 72' wingsail catamarans, a new annual World Series commencing in 2011, a junior international circuit with smaller (45') wingsail catamarans and much more.

Will the new America's Cup boost the sport of sailing, attract new partners and coincide with the start of a new era? [The World Yacht Racing Forum] asked a selection of professional marketers what they think about it: Steve Madincea, Founder & Group Managing Director of Prism, Richard Moore, CEO of Capitalize (and currently PR agency for the World Match Racing Tour), Scott MacLeod, CEO of Force 10 Marketing and Nick Masson, CEO, Crossinitiatives, former marketing and communications Director, Alinghi.

WYRF: What do you think of the America's Cup new format?

Steve Madincea: "It looks like the winning formula. They have done a great job of listening to and responding to input from various teams, officials, spectators and sponsors."

Scott MacLeod: "After 3 years in the courts, it's good to have a direction and hopefully some long term continuity for the event. The format and the boats are a totally new direction which I hope will re-energize the event and attract new fans. I hope that they have done enough market research and that they don't alienate the core fan base and know this will attract the "facebook" generation. I hope the costs are low enough and the carrot big enough to attract enough teams to the event.

Richard Moore: "One of the most important things about sports administration and marketing is to ensure clarity well in advance of an event. The Olympics and the Football World Cup are good examples: participants and fans know when and where the events will be staged 6 or 8 years in advance. The really important parameters such as the host nation, the competition format and the qualification requirements are agreed and set in stones years ahead of an event. Sailing needs a clear and long term narrative. People want consistency, and I don't mean limiting evolution, I simply mean that in a crowded sports market place people need to know that the basic building blocks are in place well in advance. What is important to me as a sports marketer is not just the format of the Cup in 2013 but the long term structure and stability. I want to know what the event cycle is, what the format is, what qualification requirements there are and the other key building blocks. In short I want certainty, not doubt, and the announcement in Valencia went some way towards that."

Nick Masson: "Commercially I like the cats and the fact that there will be more pre-regattas but I don't think the announced changes are ground breaking; more an evolution from AC 32. It does look expensive and teams are going to find it difficult to close high value deals before the close of entry without a lot more concrete information."

Full interviews at

Short Tacks
The blue-yellow ribbon of the 100th Flensburg Week, the prestigous prize for the fastest not in the Flensburg Fjord based yacht, has been won today by the new flagship of the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt (HVS) "Haspa Hamburg" (J/V 52) - sailed under the burgee of NRV (Norddeutscher Regatta Verein) with Skipper Georg Christiansen at the helm. "Haspa Hamburg" was even faster than the bigger Swan 56R "Chrilla" with Claus Bressler - also NRV - who won the blue ribbon for the fastest in Flensburg Fjord based yacht.


Sailing tycoon Sir Keith Mills compares the way America's Cup holders BMW-Oracle are setting up the defence of the trophy in 2013 - including the decision to race in catamaran multi-hull boats - with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich buying the Premier League and then organising the fixture schedule and referees himself.

And unless Mills can negotiate an acceptable set of rules for the event over the next few weeks, he will walk away from his multi-million-pound investment in GB challengers Team Origin because he won't enter a competition that he doesn't believe he has a fair chance of winning. -- from The Daily Mail,


The world's best RC 44 teams are getting ready for the first ever official RC 44 World Championship recognized by the International Sailing Federation. The event will take place in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on October 11-16.

The RC 44 World Championship will crown a team that can handle the pressure of a special event, sail well throughout the week and excel in both fleet and match racing. The regatta will also be the fifth and second-to-last stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour, currently led by BMW ORACLE Racing one point ahead of Chris Bake's Team Aqua, Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis and Pieter Heerema's No Way Back. The annual championship will see its conclusion on December 7-12 during the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami. --


Preliminary figures* for summer 2010, issued today (22 Sept) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), show the charity's lifeboats launched on average 42 times every day in June, July and August - an increase of 68% on the annual daily average.**

RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch by HM Coastguard 3,926 times during June, July and August while the charity's lifeguards responded to 12,911 incidents (rescues, first aid, lost and found children, etc) across 152 of the UK's busiest beaches - a 16% increase on the same period last year.

* RNLI lifeboat launch and lifeguard incident figures for summer 2010 are preliminary, with verification yet to take place.

** Annual daily average for RNLI lifeboat launches is 25.

The RNLI offers free all-year-round safety advice for sea users and beach visitors at

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the charity can log on to call 0800 543210 or write to RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ.


The Agendas, Supporting Papers and Submissions which will be discussed at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens this November have been published online on the ISAF Meetings microsite.

The 2010 ISAF Annual Conference takes place in Athens, Greece from 4-14 November and will bring together the ISAF Council, Committees and Commissions along with other leading figures from the sailing world to debate, discuss and decide upon the key issues in the sailing world. The meeting papers for Conference are published online to give ISAF Member National Authorities, ISAF Classes and sailors all over the world an advanced preview of the issues up for debate this November.

On the ISAF Meetings microsite at you can find more details on the 2010 Annual Conference and General Assembly. There's also a simple guide to ISAF's decision-making process and a full database of past meeting papers.


The fourth Luderitz Speed Challenge will take place from 4 to 31 October and registration is now open.

Although speed sailing in Luderitz only started in 2007, a number of reasons make this one of the best sailing spots in the world for kite surfing. With a moon like landscape, it is any speed sailor's dream. The wind at Luderitz blows steadily in the same direction from august to March and even though the winds are strong, it isn't hot. This gives a higher density to the airflow, which in turn contributes to a better performance.

Another reason is the angle to the wind. The ideal angle is 140 degrees, which is the exact angle on the run. Water also plays a vital part and luckily the run is situated at the bottom of a lagoon and is very flat. Runs can be done for longer periods and can result in better averages. The aim for this year's challenge is to reclaim the world record that was set by Hydroptere last year with 51.36 knots.

The challenge is under the scrutiny of the World Sailing Record Council (WSSRC) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

From Travel News Namibia:

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The Last Word
Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there's nothing there, how can anything go wrong? -- Richard Brautigan

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