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Nerone Wins Farr 40 European Championship
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Farr 40 European Championship Porto Rotondo, Italy: 2010 is clearly Nerone's year: although the Farr 40 owned by Antonio Sodo Migliori and Massimo Mezzaroma has won both European and World Championships in the class several times, never has she claimed both titles in the same year. That changed today as the Italian crew, with tactician Vasco Vascotto, added the Farr 40 European Championship 2010 to their long list of achievements which includes winning the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in April of this year. Second place went to three-time Farr 40 World Champion Jim Richardson (USA) with his Barking Mad while Wolfgang Schaefer took third place with his Struntje Light (GER).

Two windward-leewards were held on today's fourth and final day of racing in the event, organized by the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo in conjunction with the Farr 40 Class Association and the Farr 40 European Fleet, and brought the fleet to their full quota of ten races completed in the series. Sirocco winds of 15 - 18 knots, sunshine and a rising swell accompanied the ten competing Farr 40s as they flew round the marks on the regatta course off Porto Rotondo. The battle was on between Nerone and Barking Mad for the top spot and the Italians took two bullets with Barking Mad right on their tails in both races. Charisma (MON), owned by Nico Poons came in third in the first race while Struntje Light took third in the final race of the series to ensure third place overall, a position they had contended to the bitter end with Plenty (USA), owned by Alex Roepers.

This event marks the end of the Mediterranean season and Sodo Migliori will now continue racing in Australia.

The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship will take place from 15th to 18th October in Annapolis, Maryland (USA). Racing for the Farr 40 fleet will continue in Australia over the coming months in preparation for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 scheduled to be held in Sydney from 23rd to 26th February 2011.

Final Results

1. Nerone, Massimo Mezzaroma, ITA, 26.0 points
2. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 32.0
3. Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 41.0
4. Plenty, Alex Roepers, USA, 43.0
5. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 47.0
6. Fiamma, Alessandro Barnaba, ITA, 55.0
7. Monick, David Holm, DEN, 66.0
8. Mangusta Risk, Andrea Canavesio, ITA, 71.0
9. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 76.0
10. Hooligan 6, Edward Broadway, GBR, 94.0

Merlin Rocket Champs Win 50th Endeavour Trophy
Photo by Sue Pelling, . Click on image for photo gallery.

Endeavour Trophy Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK: Twenty-four-year-old Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club member - Stuart Bithell - and his 21-year-old crew, Christian Birrel, representing the Merlin Rocket class, have won the 50th Endeavour Trophy Champion of Champions event at Burnham-on-Crouch.

The young Merlin sailors are also successful 470 sailors with Bithell now concentrating on campaigning for a place in the 2012 Olympic Games. Today, in winds that reached 28kts in the gusts, the pair showed that consistency pays by clocking up another fifth place to add to their impressive string of top six results from yesterday. In doing so they managed to knock Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne (National 12) off the overnight leading position.

Going into the last race of the series there was still a chance of Camm and Ballantyne beating the Merlin Rocket team overall if they finished in the top four. However, the big winds that prevailed throughout the day proved too strong for the super-lightweight 17.5 stone National 12 sailors, so they decided to take the conservative approach in order to secure a decent overall position. They put a reef in their mainsail, kept the kite in its chute and, in doing so, took a 23rd place to count, which still put them in a respectable fourth place overall.

With the wind showing no sign of abating early this afternoon, the race committee decided to run the special 50th anniversary Masters Championship immediately after the final race of the Endeavour series. The 13-strong fleet made up of former Endeavour Champions from the last 50 years was, not surprisingly, extremely competitive particularly with the likes of Ian Southworth/David Hayes, Alan Gillard/Graham Machon, Bob Suggitt, Steve Tylecote, and Nick and Caroline Martin returning to Burnham specifically for this historic occasion.

Craig, like several other Masters in the fleet had been competing in this year's Endeavour Trophy, so was obviously race-tuned for this one-off, one-race event. It wasn't particularly surprising therefore to see the 'master of the breeze' take the initial lead from Tylecote/Toby Lewis, with Bithell/Birrel in third. Fireball world champion Chips Howarth and Simon Potts sailed a faultless downwind leg and once in the lead had control to the finish.

At the prizegiving ceremony, special thanks were given to the event sponsors including Topper, Musto, Hyde Sails, English Braids, Selden, Noble Marine and Petticrows.

Endeavour Trophy Overall Results (after 8 races, and 1 discard)
1. Merlin Rocket - Stuart Bithell And Christian Birrel 25 points
2. Enterprise - Nick Craig And Toby Lewis 39
3. RS200 - David And Jane Hivey 40
4. National12 - Graham Camm And Zoe Ballantyne 43
5. Fireball - Chips Howarth And Simon Potts 43
6. Musto Skiff - Bruce Keen And Penny Clark 45

50th Endeavour Masters' Championship Overall Results (1 race)
1. Chips Howarth and Simon Potts
2. Stuart Bithell and Christian Birrel
3. Nick Craig and David Hivey
4. Steve Tylecote and Toby Lewis
5. Ian Southworth and David Hayes
6. Bob Suggitt and Christina Berxl

Full results:

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Groups Announced for Argo Group Gold Cup
Hamilton, Bermuda: The match is on as the top three sailors on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) head up the three groups for the qualifying 'round robin' competition in the Argo Group Gold Cup. Group 1 top seed is #1 ranked Mathieu Richard (FRA) of the French Match Racing Team. In the #2 slot on the Tour, Adam Minoprio (NZL) Black Match Racing leads Group 2 and #3 ranked Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team top off Group 3. The three won't meet here until the quarterfinals... if they can get past the tough field set for 2010 racing in Bermuda.

The next three teams in the WMRT rankings are placed in the groups climbing back up the order. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group is ranked #4 and slots into Group 3, Ranked #5 Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin lands in Group 2 and ranked #8 Jesper Radich (DEN) goes into Group 1 with Richard.

The rest of the selections for each group were decided by the Argo Group Gold Cup Organizing Committee, led by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Peter Shrubb, and Craig Mitchell, the Director of the World Match Racing Tour.

The sailors in each group will match up against each other in the qualifying rounds, Tuesday to Thursday, sailing a scheduled round-robin format. After each team in the group has sailed each other team once, the top two teams move directly into the quarter-finals. The third and fourth place teams in each group enter the repechage sail another six boat round-robin with the top two going on into the quarterfinals.

The finals are scheduled for October 11 along with the final race of the RenRe Jr Gold Cup, the annual international junior invitational Opti regatta held in conjunction with the Argo Group Gold Cup.

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
This month's winner:

Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA)
‘As a marine surveyor I’m often asked if a boat is safe to take offshore... now I send them to Alessandro’s site; it’s the sailor not the boat’ – Gale Browing; ‘Mad to try, more than a bit special to pull it off’ – Steve Homewood; ‘Beating Big Ben is a feat [Giles Scott], but getting a Mini round the world, much of it with jury rig, that really rings the bell!’ – Randy Richter; ‘What solo sailing should be about, seamanship, perseverance, and a screw loose’ – Dave Knight.

Next month's nominees:

Scott Ferguson (USA))
He won it last year and we thought, ok, that’s a pretty good effort from someone who spends most of his life over a computer designing rigs for the world’s fastest boats. Then he won again this year, at a windy and enormous regatta in the chilly tides of the English Channel to defend his title as Laser Masters World Champion. There were plenty of other very worthy nominees there too, but Scott’s now gone and raised the bar...

Piet Vroon (NED))
Is there a bigger supporter of offshore racing anywhere in northern Europe? With a series of immaculately turned out yachts, Piet Vroon has long been one of the most familiar figures at just about every race held around the English Channel and North Sea. He often wins too; plus commissioning one of the raciest of IRC racers as you move into your 80s also tells you a great deal about this understandably popular skipper.

Seahorse Sailor of the Month is sponsored by Harken McLube, Dubarry & Musto. Who needs silverware, our prizes are usable!

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Team Origin Bows Out of the America's Cup
TEAMORIGIN, the yacht racing team established by Sir Keith Mills, and skippered by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie, announced today that it will not be challenging for the next America's Cup scheduled for 2013.

The team, which was set up in 2007, has been waiting for three years to enter the America's Cup, which was delayed when the US team, BMW ORACLE Racing, took the Swiss team, Alinghi, through the US courts. The US team won the court battle and won the 33rd America's Cup Match to become the America's Cup Defender in February this year. The new US Defender has recently announced the format for the next America's Cup, including the rules and type of boat to be raced. TEAMORIGIN has also been briefed by the Defender and has made numerous comments on both the regatta rules and class rule.

Having now had a chance to analyse the race format, the proposed fixed wing catamaran boat, the timetable, rules and costs, Sir Keith has concluded that the 34th America's Cup is neither viable commercially, nor an attractive sporting contest for TEAMORIGIN. Therefore he has decided that the team will not submit a challenge when the challenge period opens on 1 November.

Sir Keith Mills, TEAMORIGIN Team Principal, "After three years of waiting in the wings to enter a British team in the America's Cup I am bitterly disappointed that we will not be competing. However, the format and timetable decided by the Defender, BMW/Oracle, is simply not viable for TEAMORIGIN. We have assembled an outstanding team, led by Grant Simmer and Ben Ainslie, and I am personally very sorry that they won't now get the chance to race for a British team in the next America's Cup".

Over the next couple of months TEAMORIGIN will be considering whether it will compete in other yachting events over the next few years.

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Pierre Antoine Morvan
Pierre Antoine Morvan, known to all as PAM, is now the second highest ranked French match racer on the ISAF Open rankings (7th), and the highest ranked skipper never to have been invited to the World Match Racing Tour. (This is also significant, because the quantity of points available for a placing on the WMRT is higher than that for any other graded event.) He has, however, now qualified for the WMRT's Marseille International Match Race in 2011, by winning the Internationaux de France in Pornichet this year (at which Kiwi Reuben Corbett and Black Sheep Racing were runners-up).

PAM describes his background in cat sailing, before discovering match racing, and expresses enthusiasm about cat sailing in the America's Cup. In addition to the World Match Racing Tour, he is keen to campaign on the Extreme 40 circuit, if a sponsor for this is available, with the ultimate aiming of competing in the America's Cup. In addition, PAM will sail in the 2011 edition of the Tour de France à la Voile, which he has previously won, again with Daniel Souben and the Courrier Dunkerque team, but this time in the Tour's new boat, the M34.

Anne Hinton interviews Pierre:

AH: What was your progression from boat to boat, please?

PAM: After the KL10 and KL15.5, I did Hobie Cat 16 (Vice-European Champion in 2001), then the Tornado, before discovering Match Racing.

AH: When, and how, did you start to go match racing?

PAM: I started Match Racing thanks to Alain L'Emeillet who asked me to helm the boat of the University of Nantes in 2003. In 2004 I got together my own team and started to do it seriously.

AH: Do you prefer match racing or another discipline of the sport, please?

PAM: I prefer Match Racing above all else!

The full interview on

Luck Of The Draw
Photo by Carlo Borlenghi, Click on image for photo gallery.

Voiles St. Tropez fitting finale for the last day of racing at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez as the wind gods delivered 15 knots of breeze from the southeast. All divisions went off on time, with the Moderns off starting at 11am, followed by the Tradition divisions at 12 noon. These latter were sent on a 14 nautical mile course out of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez downwind towards Saint Raphaël with a beat back to the finish line.

Leading their classes in the Tradition division going into today's final race - and tied for the Rolex Trophy - were Graham Walker's NYYC 40 Rowdy in the Epoque (Classic) Marconi 1, and Yves-Marie Morault's 12 metre, Ikra in Grands Classiques.

Two-time Rolex Trophy winner Rowdy has had a fairly faultless week with wins on three days. Today's race was theirs to triumph in again, but a sequence of events almost provided a different outcome. Eager to get a clean start, Rowdy was over early and had to circle back behind their 14-boat class and restart. Then with the forecast of a stronger breeze filling in, the call was made to go with double headsails which didn't provide enough power in the chop, and so time was lost time with a sail change to a bigger genoa. Finally, a tactical error had the boat overstand the top mark, which put them further behind. The Blue Peter, the 20 metre Mylne-designed cutter led around the course, finishing ahead of Rowdy, but the quick Herreshoff sloop managed to correct out a minute ahead for their 4th win of the week, thus securing a class win for the regatta.

In the ten-boat Grands Classiques class, the 12 metre Ikra won decisively. Owner Yves-Marie Morault was quick to praise his skipper, Sebastian Estremau for their results. Morault sails the boat with his wife, Arlette and son Francois, and a close group of friends. In 2005, Morault bought the boat and has been sailing in the classic regattas in the Mediterranean ever since. The boat had a major refit in 2007 with extensive work done to the hull and deck, as well as a new mast and rigging, and a new interior the year following. The crew work has improved along with the boat itself, and in 2007 Ikra won class in the 12 Metre Worlds.

The Rolex Trophy will be awarded to the low point winner from the Tradition division boats that are more than 16 metres (length on deck). There are 44 boats eligible in this division, spread over seven classes. At Sunday's prize giving ceremony at the Citadelle, the winner will be awarded the Rolex Trophy and a Rolex Submariner timepiece. The Trophy was first awarded in 2006, past winners include:

2006 - So Fong, 25 metre Marconi-rigged schooner. Designed by the renowned naval architecture firm, Sparkman & Stephens and built in Hong Kong in 1937.
2007 - Agneta, 25 metre yawl, built in 1951. Agneta's beautiful varnished mahogany hull and tanbark sails are unmistakable on the water.
2008 & 2009 - Rowdy, Herreshoff-designed NYYC 40 class. Commissioned by the New York Yacht Club, this design is 40 feet on the waterline (approx 65 ft LOA).

For full results, please go to the official event site:

NZ Youth Match Racing: Victory For Josh Junior's Wellington Spirit Team
The 2010 New Zealand Youth Match Racing Nationals have concluded with a comprehensive victory for the Wellington Spirit team who did not drop a race during the regatta. Set in the inner harbour between Frank Kits Park and Te Papa Wellingtonians were treated to spectacular action from some of the world's best youth match racers.

The last day dawned with a forecast that included winds rising to 30 knots gusting to 40. The pressure was on to get the Semis and finals away as fast as possible before conditions became unsailable. At 9.45am the first race between Tiller and Junior commenced. Tiller won the start and led at the first cross. Junior however played the shifts perfectly near the top to take the lead and continue to a commanding win. In the other Match Coltman beat Porebski in a close race.

A slight delay ensued while Frigate Wellington complete with dignitaries berthed at nearby Queens Wharf. Racing recommenced in a building breeze with Junior getting an even start to weather of Tiller.

By this stage the committee boat was dragging its anchor and recording a maximum gust of 38knots so a decision was made to call it a day. As a result Josh Junior and his Wellington Spirit Team won the National title which they last held in 2007 and William Tiller and Full Metal Jacket were runners up.

Final Overall Placings
1. Junior RPNYC
2. Tiller RNZYS
3. Coltman RPNYC
4. Porebski RPNYC
5. Bowater RNZYS
6. Butcher RNZYS
7. Philpott NPCL
8. Fyfe QCYC


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