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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards: Nominees
ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration. There can be only one winner in each of the two categories, male and female, and we are delighted to announce the names of those sailors now vying for the coveted and prestigious 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The 2010 nominees are:

Kristin Boesse (GER) - Nine Time Kitesurf World Champion
Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) - Youth Olympic Games gold medallist
Blanca Manchon (ESP) - RS:X World Champion & Double World Cup Winner
Lisa Westerhof & Lobke Berkhout (NED) - 470 World Champions

Antoine Albeau (FRA) - Professional Windsurfing Association & Formula World Champion
Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) - 470 World Champions and World Cup winners
Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) - Melges 24 and 32 Champion
Franck Cammas (FRA) - Record breaking offshore racer
Tom Slingsby (AUS) - Laser & Etchells World Champion
Ed Wright (GBR) - Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner

The winners will be selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world, who are now invited to vote for the one male and one female sailor who they believe most deserves the Award.

The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, which will take place on Tuesday 9 November 2010. The venue for the event is the Zappeion in Athens, Greece.

Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a distinctive Rolex timepiece.

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A Gentle Breeze For The Classics
Photo by Carlo Borlenghi, Click on image for photo gallery.

Voiles St. Tropez Though generous earlier in the day for the Modern class with about 6-8 knots, the wind was not cooperative by midday for the first start - and the first race of the week - for the Tradition class yachts, dropping to 2-3 knots on the Golfe de St Tropez.

The Modern class boats were sent further off the coast where they found quite favorable conditions with 8-10 knots for both races today. The race committee in the Tradition class start area struggled initially and finally managed to find enough of a breeze to get the smaller boats off after a short postponement. The breeze, initially was from the northwest, switched to the northeast during the day. The biggest Tradition class boats set off at 2 pm on a 14.1 nautical mile coastal race.

Despite the light wind, close maneuvers took place between Mariska and Tuiga and between Cambria and Moonbeam III, and the whole of the Tradition fleet provided a good show on a pretty September's day.

The Rolex Trophy competition has officially begun with today's race and the first results will only be known in the middle of the week.

Vying for the Rolex Trophy is one of the smallest yachts in the division, Irina VII, a 16.5-meter Marconi cutter. Originally built as Sonas in 1935 for Major J.G. Allan, from Helensburgh, Scotland, the boat Sonas was designed by Alfred Mylne and built by William Fife & Son at the famous Fairlie shipyard in Scotland. With a name like Sonas, which means happiness in Gaelic, one might have assumes this pretty cutter enjoyed a tranquil lifetime. However, the boat has gone through numerous owners and seemingly continual alterations over its' 75 years - including changing the sail plan from a cutter to a ketch, which altered its appearance significantly. In 1947, owner James C. Guthrie turned the rig into a Bermudian sloop and reduced sail area at the same time.

And the changes 1952, under the leadership of a new, Norwegian owner, George Von Erpecom, Sonas became Irina VII. Four years after that, Irina VII had yet another new owner, though this time it would be for a fairly long period, from 1965 to 1980, during which the yacht would be part of the Island Cruising Club in Salcombe, Devon.

In her new role at the sailing school, Irina VII had nine bunks added to accommodate sail trainees on board; she sailed many years on the English Channel providing an opportunity for young people to experience sailing on board a beautiful classic boat.

Since 1985, Irina VII began a transformation through the Potts family, with a major refit to restore her to her original appearance and a more presentable look. In 2002, with a French owner at the helm, Irina VII found both her original Marconi cutter "lines" and rig after 16,000 hours of work.

Based for the last eight years in Marseille, Irina VII is often part of Mediterranean classic regattas, sometimes chartered and allowing privileged participants to take part in regattas such as Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

Battle For World Match Racing Tour Championship Hots Up
The world's leading sailors will be fighting for precious points at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, with next week's match race representing the last chance saloon for skippers to move up the leaderboard ahead of the the ISAF World Match Racing Tour's season ending finale - The Monsoon Cup in December. Racing for the Argo Group Gold Cup starts October 5 and concludes October 11 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

The Argo Group Gold Cup is the eighth event of the WMRT season and invites to the final Tour event, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, are only guaranteed to the top six teams in the year's points table. With both the Tour Championship and the ISAF Match Racing Championship that rides with it still hanging in the balance the battle for points in Bermuda this year is sure to be even more fierce than usual.

At the top of the WMRT leader board France's Matthieu Richard (French Match Racing Team) has seen his mid-season lead cut to just 27 points with reigning champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing breathing down his neck, while two time World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Australia's Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team are still within striking distance.

All four teams are set to lock horns in Bermuda as they scrap for vital points but will have to overcome the challenge of defending Champion Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN if they want to take the title. And given the unique 24-team format in Bermuda, they may suffer upsets in the early round robin and not even meet on the course.

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Cap Istanbul
In the early hours of the morning, the WOW Cap Istanbul fleet is rapidly making headway toward Anticythere Island. Strong winds and rain is predicted for the upcoming hours. The wind didn't stop for too long last night but even that was enough for the trailing team to catch up with the leaders. Nicolas Lunven (Generali) made the most successful upgrade to his ranking and rose up to the leading status.

It is not possible to foresee anything in the volatile, brisk and playful waters of the Mediterranean. As the fleet was leaving the Sicilian shores, Francisco Lobato (Roff Team Tempo) seemed able to hold his favourable position til the end of the Ragusa-Athens leg. But in just one night everything changed.

The leading group of 15 boats came ever closer to each other and reduced the gap between them down to 5 miles. Lobato went south; those behind him took a different route and Lobato quickly fell behind.

When Nicolas Lunven came from the north with a well-planned attack, he easily broke away from his rivals and achieved the leading position. Franc ois Gabart (Skipper Macif 2010) on the other hand is steadily trailing behind him.

Right now, all the sailors are waiting for the strong winds that are expected for the morning hours. The fleet will have their first break after passing the Anticythere Island predictably within 24 hours.

This is the second leg of the race, from Ragusa to Athens. The fleet is expected on Friday.

Top five places:

1. Francois Gabart, Skipper Macif 2010, 199.4 nm to leg finish
2. Nicolas Lunven, Generali, 2.5 nm to leader
3. Jeanne Gregoire, Banque Populaire, 2.8 nm
4. Erwan Tabarly, Nacarat, 6.0 nm
5. Frederic Rivet, Vendee 1, 6.5 nm

Colin De Mowbray Red Socks Regatta
October 2nd 2010 will bring a sea of red socks to the Solent, as a regatta of yachts sail from Lymington in memory of a sailing legend.

Lieutenant-Commander Colin De Mowbray was born in 1945 and in keeping with his noble ancestry, went on to fulfil an illustrious career. His service in the Royal Navy spanned over thirty years, including being appointed second in command of HMS Alacrity during the Falklands conflict and culminating in an MBE, which he was awarded for his final tour.

Having left the Navy in 1994, Colin went on to further pursue his love of sailing and established an esteemed reputation as an offshore yachtsman. His lifelong friendship with Sir Robin Knox Johnston and his exemplary seamanship led to him skippering the yacht 'Chrysolite' in the inaugural Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1996. From there, Colin began his career of fourteen years with Clipper Ventures, as Race Director and then overall Operations Director.

Since Colin's race in 1996, Clipper Ventures have completed a further seven circumnavigations, taking ordinary people and training them to become offshore sailors. He built relationships worldwide, from port to port, charming people from all walks of life with his naturally mischievous and selfless nature. Such was Colin's way that numerous 'de Mowbray' traditions are practiced still, such as his seemingly impossible parades of sail in perfect echelon formation.

Sadly, Colin de Mowbray passed away suddenly on 11th July leaving a tangible hole to those who knew him. Colin's character will live on through the memories of all who knew him, but in true de Mowbray fashion it would be lapse not to create a good old fashion knees up in his honour. His love of red socks and his ability to bring people together inspired The Clipper Race Yacht Club to create an event with the view to truly fortifying the memory of a legend.

On the 2nd October, led by the de Mowbray family yacht 'Figit', eight boats from Lymington Yacht Charters will set off through the Solent with prominent red socks flying from the backstays. The weekend will comprise of various races and fun, including dinner and celebrations at The Folly Inn on the Saturday night. For many, this will provide a fitting way to honour a man that truly made his mark on ocean yacht racing and on the world as whole.

For further details on the Colin De Mowbray 'Red Socks' regatta, please contact Emily Caruso at

Canadian Ocean Racer Hit By Gale Force Winds
Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield arrived in Velux 5 Oceans home port La Rochelle this morning after sailing more than 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic. Derek's arrival marks the end of a two-week voyage from Nova Scotia, Canada, on his Eco 60 Active House.

Derek slipped on to the berth in the Bassin des Chalutiers in the city's Vieux Port under the cover of darkness shortly after 6.30am. The 57-year-old is the second Velux 5 Oceans skipper to arrive in the historic French port ahead of the race start on October 17. American Brad Van Liew arrived on Thursday having sailed 4,000 miles from Charleston, South Carolina. British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major is set to arrive in La Rochelle early next week.

The delivery to La Rochelle allowed Derek to put Active House, formerly solo sailor Rich Wilson's Great America III, through its paces. During the 13-day North Atlantic crossing Active House was battered by storms bringing wind speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.

Now berthed in the Bassin des Chalutiers, Derek will spend the following weeks leading to the race start making final preparations to Active House on shore as well as taking her for test sails in the Chef de Baie.

Recently Derek and his Spirit of Canada team signed a title sponsorship deal with Active House, a global alliance of companies, research institutions and other organisations promoting sustainable buildings. Derek's Eco 60 has since been branded with the Active House Alliance's livery on the yacht's hulls, decks and sails.

Windsurfing Included As An Event In The Masters Games
The Raceboard Class has been selected as equipment for the windsurfing event in the 2011 European Masters Games to be held in Lignano, Italy.

The Games, for athletes over the age of 35, will take place from 10th to 20th September 2011. Full details about the sailing regatta and the windsurfing event will be published soon.

Here is some information about the Lignano Games: The European Masters Sports Association (EMSA) is the European organisation who is responsible for the bidding and placing of the games. The European games are in close relationship with the International Masters Games Association (IMGA, owner of the World Masters Games), which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee, and which through the European Masters Sports Association embody the Olympic ideal that sport is a human right for people of all ages regardless of race, social class, gender and economic circumstance.

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San Francisco Promises Money and Land for the America's Cup
San Francisco officials have promised to raise at least $270 million from businesses and other sponsors if the city is picked to host the next America's Cup sailing race, according to a draft agreement obtained by The Chronicle.

The city has also made a number of additional promises, like helping event participants to secure drivers licenses, trying to obtain federal legislation to allow foreign-flagged vessels for the event to stop in more than one U.S. port, and promoting the premier regatta with publicly controlled advertising space, such as at San Francisco International Airport, according to a term sheet that outlines parameters of a host-city deal.

The agreement is expected to be presented to the Board of Supervisors today for consideration as San Francisco vies with two European cities to host the 34th America's Cup. The event includes weeks of races, years of buildup and could inject an estimated $1.9 billion into the national economy - the vast majority in the Bay Area. -- John Cote in the Chronicle, full article at

A Modern Twist on a Classic Look
Camet Duffles These new duffles have a modern twist to the classic look and are constructed of Mylar and Vinyl/ Polyester laminate with Cordura ends and two side pockets. Handles are made of a heavyweight Nylon webbing. These duffles are strong and lightweight.

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Goss And Sponsors DMS Announce Time to 'Pack It In!'
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Pete Goss Legendary British sailor Pete Goss MBE has joined forces with title sponsor DMS to tell the world it is time to PACK IT IN! Goss is launching his latest solo campaign with a serious environmental message.

Partnering with Team Concise, winners of last year's Class 40 World Championship, Pete and DMS enter a brand new boat into the Route du Rhum race, which commences from St Malo (France) on Sunday 31st October 2010. The boat (named DMS) showcases specially commissioned artwork from one of the UK's leading street art duos and captures DMS's experiences of reducing plastic packaging throughout their business of Creative Packaging Solutions and supplying CD, DVD and Vinyl Records to the music and creative industries.

Created by leading street artists Danny Capozzi and Phil Rees, contemporaries of guerrilla street artist Banksy, the PACK IT IN! artwork allows urban art to set sail on a dramatic new canvas.

Pete Gossnow focuses on the final preparations of his race equipment and sea trials before the race start on 31st October. The official naming ceremony of DMS and campaign launch party will take place from 5pm on 29th September at Mayflower Steps, The Barbican, Plymouth, with Dave Summers' environmental mentor Alison Tickell, Director and Founder of environmental group Julies Bicycle, charged with officially naming the boat.

Marine Betpro D-One Gold Cup
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D-One Gold Cup The first edition of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup, the new high performance single-handed dinghy that also flies a gennaker, will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of October in Valencia, Spain.About thirty helmsmen from 15 nations, including some of the best Olympic Finn champions, are expected on the starting line, all of them enthusiastic fans of the new Class created by Luca Devoti and Roman Teply and built by Devoti Sailing.

This is the first international event for the D-One, the adrenaline-pumping single-handed dinghy designed by UK dinghy master Phil Morrison, tested and developed by Olympic Silver Medallist Luca Devoti and built by Devoti Sailing managed by Roman Teply. The Regatta is hosted by the world renowned Real Club Nautico de Valencia: over 30 athletes representing 15 countries have registered so far and are ready to go to battle from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October.

Some of the best worldwide sailors will be competing in the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup:Spanish Rafael Trujillo, Ed Wright from Great Britain, Croatian Ivan Gaspic, Argentinean Agust├Čn Zabalua and Belgian Philippe Rogge, just to name a few. A big italian fleet will sail the Gold Cup: Alberto Ferrari, Andrea Giammarini, Fabio Toccoli and Andrea Gancia will between the names to follow.

D-One celebrates its first birthday and has already proven to be a great success: 93 boats sold all over the world, from Japan to the United States, to Europe without forgetting about New Zealand and Australia.

The boat represents the evolution and integrated synthesis of thirty years of dinghy sailing experience. This thanks to Luca Devoti's knowledge as a Finn Olympic athlete and Silver medallist (Sydney 2000), and his expertise as the largest Finn builder in the world with his coach and partnerRoman Teply.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1986 43' Ron Holland, US$ 39,000. Located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

This is the most famous of the Ron Holland designs. ALARIFE is the sister ship to the famous IMP that was so instrumental in winning the Congressional Cup. She was commissioned by one of Mexico's top ocean racers after he watched IMP destroy the Congressional Cup fleet. She is a bare bones race boat that has raced here in Bandares Bay and up and down the west coast of the US & MX for many years including a number of International Yacht Races. With a little work she can still be a competitive racer. This boat would be ideal for a performance day charter business or just continue with her racing.

Seller would like to have a quick sale and is motivated.

The boat has a very breif galley, two settees, sea head, one automatic & one manual bilge pump, VHF radio, folding prop, lots of blocks, etc. and many used sails in verious condition.

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