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James Spithill Crowned RC 44 Match Racing World Champion
Lanzarote, Canary Islands: The first three medals of the inaugural RC 44 World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup were awarded today in recognition of the match racing portion of the regatta.
Jimmy Spithill and the 17 crew won the gold, Terry Hutchinson and Artemis the silver and Russell Coutts and BMW ORACLE Racing the bronze.
Spithill, a winner in 2005 of the ISAF World Match Racing Championship, defeated Hutchinson 2-0 to claim the championship that began yesterday afternoon and concluded today.
Both races were sailed in light, streaky winds. Spithill and 17 won yesterday's race with breathing room, but were under pressure to follow it up today. The 17 crew fell behind on the first leg and trailed for most of the race before nipping Artemis at the finish by 1 second.
Coutts and his BMW ORACLE Racing crew won the bronze medal by defeating Paul Cayard and Katusha by a similar score of 2-0.
Racing resumes tomorrow with the commencement of fleet racing. All 13 boats will line up with amateur helmsmen in a series scheduled through Saturday with a maximum of four races per day.
Match Racing Final
1. 17 (USA) Jimmy Spithill, 8-1
J/80 World Championship 2010
Setting the stage for the last race was the fact that it was still anyone's ball-game to go win and the race committee got the race underway in a steady 20-30 knot wind. Carlos Martinez showed the rest of fleet the way home, planing acrocss the finish line to take the final race win in convincing fashion. Second was Javier Blanco from Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (Spain) sailing Crocs in his best race of the series. Third was Jeff Johnstone on Little Feat, despite sailing 80% of the last run wing-on-wing with main and jib after shrimping and shredding their spinnaker on the set at the last windward mark. Fourth was Glenn Darden on Le Tigre and fifth Pichu Torcida on Ecc Viviendas.
After the dust and salt-spray settled, Pichu's Ecc Viviendas team from Real Club Nautico Santander (Spain) are crowned the 2010 J/80 World Champions, winning by two points over Scott Young/ Terry Flynn's team from Austin Yacht Club on Quantum Racing.
Final top ten:
1. ECC Viviendas, Jose Maria Torcida, ESP, 48.0
Full results at
World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Press Conference
For the past 20 years, WMRT has played host to the world’s leading sailing stars, including Olympic heroes and World Champions, and is globally recognised as the proving ground for professional sailors.
The press conference will outline the future vision and development plans of WMRT which currently features nine World Championship events and is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status.
Start Time: 10:30 AM British Summer Time, Thursday 14 October
Paul Campbell-James Wins Overall Extreme Sailing Series
Breezy conditions saw the eight boats blast round the tight stadium set inside the port of Almeria in front of the public. It was a spectacular finale that attracted over 38,000 spectators over the four days. The five-event circuit began in May touring Sète (France), Cowes (UK), Kiel (Germany), Trapani (Sicily) and, finally, Almeria (Spain). Paul Campbell-James, the youngest skipper on the circuit at just 27 years old, won the Cowes and Trapani events, and their win here secured them the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series overall title:
Extreme Sailing Series Almeria Results
1. The Wave, Muscat, Paul Campbell-James, 157 points
Overall Results Extreme Sailing Series 2010
1. The Wave, Muscat, Paul Campbell-James, 36 points
Velux 5 Oceans
The 49-year-old Belgian completed a 2,500-mile qualification passage in his original Eco 60 Five Oceans of Smiles in September. But his campaign was thrown into jeopardy early last week when his original yacht Five Oceans of Smiles was cruelly dismasted 15 miles off the coast of France en route to La Rochelle, home of the Velux 5 Oceans.
But with just days to go until the race start, Christophe and his team have secured funding to buy Artech, confirming his place on the Velux 5 Oceans start line. The yacht will now be renamed and rebranded Five Oceans of Smiles in support of the Smiles charity which supports children who are HIV positive. Based at the Saint-Pieter hospital in Brussels, Smiles seeks to give HIV positive children the possibility to be born, grow up and live a normal childhood.
Artech was built for the 2002 Route du Rhum by Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty and skippered by Elie Canivenc as Leasecom. Three years later Dejeanty raced her with co-skipper Alexandre Toulorge in the Transat Jacques Vabre under the name Maisonneuve-Region Basse Normandie. Currently lying in Lorient, she is race ready and will be delivered to La Rochelle by the weekend.
Although he qualified previously on the original Five Oceans of Smiles, Christophe needs to satisfy the Velux 5 Oceans race committee that his new boat is up to the challenge of sailing round the world. Christophe will start with the rest of the fleet at 4pm on Sunday and sail a qualification passage to complete his final preparations.
The first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans is to Cape Town, South Africa. The race then stops in Wellington, Salvador and Charleston before returning to La Rochelle in June 2011.
* French sailing legend Catherine Chabaud paid an emotional visit to her old yacht Whirlpool yesterday - just days before it sets off around the world for the fourth time under the helm of Brad Van Liew in the Velux 5 Oceans. In tribute to Catherine, Brad relaunched the Eco 60 yacht as Le Pingouin, the name she was registered as when she was built in 1998.
After getting in contact with Brad through social networking site Facebook, Catherine brought her four-year-old son to La Rochelle to see her old boat - and present Brad with a special gift for his round the world adventure which starts on Sunday. She gave Brad a toy penguin which she took round the world herself on Le Pingouin in the Vendee Globe in 2000.
Catherine is one of the most famous solo sailors in France and is known worldwide for being the first woman to race solo nonstop around the planet. She spent several hours onboard the boat talking with Brad about her sailing adventures on Le Pingouin.
Although Catherine never sailed in the Velux 5 Oceans, Le Pingouin has. Italian Simone Bianchetti sailed her to third place in the 2002 edition of the race, then known as the Around Alone, as Tiscali.
* Sailing fans and armchair experts can now compete in their own Ultimate Solo Challenge from the comfort of their own homes with the Velux 5 Oceans Virtual Regatta game. What's more, there's €10,000 of prize money up for grabs for the best virtual ocean racers over the course of the 30,000-mile solo yacht race.
The Velux 5 Oceans Virtual Regatta game allows players to race their virtual Eco 60 yachts against the Velux 5 Oceans skippers as they sail around the world solo. Players can control their virtual yacht's heading and sail plan as well as which angle to the wind the yacht sails at.
Prizes will be given to the top three virtual skippers on each of the Velux 5 Oceans' five ocean sprints. €10,000 of prize money will be given out over the course of the race. Players can also win a year-long professional subscription to Velux 5 Oceans race suppliers PredictWind, a marine weather forecasting tool, worth €500 as well as a year membership to Sailors for the Sea worth $500.
There will also be prizes for the top ten overall.
Richard Worth & Craig Thompson To Run 34th America's Cup
Richard Worth will be Chairman of the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) Management Board. He has specific responsibility for the commercial, media and television aspects in one of sports most iconic events.
Craig Thompson has been appointed CEO of ACEA and is charged with bringing his skills to the rejuvenation of the oldest trophy in international sport. He will work closely with Richard to re-position the America's Cup to attract more fans and commercial interest, while delivering the events in new and exciting formats.
Amongst their long list of achievements, Worth and Thompson are recognized for their pivotal roles in the phenomenal growth of the UEFA Champions League, one of the most successful properties and most watched competitions in world sport.
Each also has worked closely with the governing bodies for the Olympics, soccer and athletics - the IOC, FIFA, UEFA and IAAF plus other leading sports federations and rights holders.
Worth forged a partnership with Thompson at the highly regarded sports marketing agency, T.E.A.M.
During their leadership as Chief Executive and Managing Director respectively, T.E.A.M. marketing developed an unrivalled model of sales success, event delivery and partner servicing.
Prior to that, Thompson was Vice President at another respected sports marketing agency, ISL, and Worth lead sports producer at Britain's ITV network.
* Yachtsponsorship.com's Dave Fuller weighs in:
BMW ORACLE have finally started to show how they intend to deliver on their promises of making the next America's Cup a force in commercial world sport. The Defender of the trophy have announced the appointment of Football (soccer) sports business operators - Richard
It's a smart move by the Defender, taking a leaf from the books of the Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour, who have recently made appointments from outside of sailing to key marketing positions. It is unknown if the new pair have been responsible for the qualitative research behind the choice of boat or audience segmentation, but the Champions League is perhaps a better model for the America's Cup than some other sports franchises that have been mentioned to date.
Certainly, the management of a large number of stakeholders is something that the America's Cup is in desperate need of. -- yachtsponsorship.com
Seahorse November 2010
Design - Step in the right direction
Seahorse build table - Getting under the skin
RORC news - Record challenge
Sailor of the Month
WSTA Appoints Two To Acrm Board Of Directors
The board of ACRM consists of five people - the recently appointed Regatta Director Iain Murray (AUS), as well as one representative from the Defender, one from the Challenger of Record, and the two appointed by WSTA.
Mikhail Tuzov is a businessman, engineer and investor in Russia who was among the founders of the Synergy Russian Sailing Team, which has successfully competed in the TP52 Class on the Audi MedCup circuit and in the Louis Vuitton Trophy.
James Farmer is a Barrister and Queen's Counsel in New Zealand and has been a Director and Trustee with Emirates Team New Zealand since 2004. He was the team's representative on the Challenger Commission during the 32nd America's Cup.
The WSTA was created in the spring of 2009 to promote the interests of the some of the top sailing teams in the world. In partnership with Louis Vuitton, the WSTA has organised three Louis Vuitton Trophy events, with a fourth and final regatta scheduled in Dubai next month.
Tonnerre De Breskens Is RORC Yacht of the Year
Piet has been racing with the RORC for 50 years and during that time has achieved many notable successes including the Rolex Fastnet Race. Now 80 years young, he competed in eight RORC races this season including the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
Tonnerre de Breskens 3 takes the Jazz Trophy for the overall winner of the Season's Points Championships (when all races count); the Trenchemer Cup for winning IRC Zero; the Stradivarius Trophy for the best overseas yacht in IRC and also the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding racing achievement by a yacht owned or sailed by a RORC member as voted for by the Main Committee. It was a spectacular season from a veteran campaigner and great supporter of RORC racing.
Niklas Zenstrom's JV72, RAN 2 was awarded the Dennis P Miller Memorial Trophy for a British Yacht Overseas. RAN travelled all over the world and has an impressive list of victories which included the Mini-Maxi Rolex World Championships, winning her divisions in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race; Antigua Sailing Week; Newport Bermuda Race; Onion Patch Series and Copa del Rey.
Also of note are the team on British Soldier who were second overall in the Season's Points Championships and won the Serendip Trophy for the best series produced yacht in IRC. The boat provides much needed 'R and R' for war veterans and through the Toe in the Water tri-services initiative, introduces many disabled servicemen to sailing.
A full list of all the trophy and award winners at rorc.org
Volvo Musto Optimist End Of Season Championships
313 young sailors battled it out on Rutland Water this weekend at the Volvo Musto Optimist End of Season Championships. The End of Seasons are the last major event on the Optimist calendar and a chance for the GBR Optimist Worlds team members to compete against some top competition before they head off to Langkawi, Malaysia on the 28th December.
Rutland Sailing Club again played host to the event and even though much of the UK were experiencing a late Indian Summer, the first day saw testing sailing conditions starting with a wind of 17kts, gusting in the low to mid 20s that grew stronger throughout the day bringing a distinct chill. Sunday's sailing saw the opposite with perfect conditions on the water, the sun and a consistent 12-14kts of wind.
Arran Holman, 13 from Hollowell Sailing Club claimed the title in the Main fleet, beating 233 other up and coming sailors aged between 10 to 15 years old, some who may turn out to be our Olympic sailors of the future. IOCA GBR World squad member Arran started the competition with an impressive three wins on the first day. Fellow World squad member Matthew Whitfield, 13 from Penarth Sailing Club took second place and Martin Wrigley, 13 from Barnt Green Sailing Club finished third.
Victor Migraine, 14 from France was the top International sailor finishing fourth. GBR IOCA European squad member Sarah Norbury, 13 from South Staffordshire Sailing Club kept her top girl status finishing way ahead of any competition in eleventh place.
The 2.3 metre Optimist boat has helped groom some of Britain's Olympic sailors and End of Season Championships can pave the way for future success. Famous Olympians who started their careers sailing in the class include triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton.
* From Euan Ross: After being gently mocked in Eurobutt 2181, it seems that Morrelli and Melvin have revised their somewhat literal take on the old 'iron topsail'. Unfortunately, the new proposals don't look any better - indeed this respected design house seems to have no idea how achieve the design brief elegantly.
It's a big challenge and a long-term one: the wing on a 747 is reduced by more than 20% in flight while remaining light, stiff and leaving room for fuel tanks. Playing around with the relative chord of the three elements, it is possible to create the essential geometry to do something similar in a yacht wing. This will be initially expensive, but it is perhaps the only way that yacht wings can achieve all-weather capability in the future, but don't hold your breath.
Meanwhile, BMW Oracle are 'on a mission' and will plough ahead regardless with their vision and their agenda. Coutts doggedness is clear through the use of the America's Cup to recycle his abortive 'World Sailing League' and 70 foot cat concepts from 2007. And there are few checks and balances; the 'hip pocket' Challenger of Record appears to be along for the ride using hand-me-down technology.
There has been surprisingly little criticism so far, with BMW Oracle enjoying the benefit of the doubt. But with a number of potential syndicates having had second thoughts about: a) how much sense this all makes; and b) how level the new playing field is, perhaps the legion of technical staff newly freed from their confidentiality agreements might now liven up the debate?
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