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Rolex Middle Sea Race
Passage at Pantelleria Island. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi, carloborlenghi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Rolex Middle Sea Race Malta: The group of boats that arrived at the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour this afternoon spent most of the 600 miles within reach of each other, and how they made some key tactical decisions along the way would make or break their results.

Vladimir Proshikin's chartered Volvo 70 E1 (RUS) crossed the finish line at 12.35 today, in fourth place on elapsed time. The Russian sailor, from St Petersburg competed last year on his Shipman 72, a performance cruiser/racer, quite the polar opposite of this five-year old round-the-world ocean racer.

But it was Bryon Ehrhart's TP52 Lucky, that crossed the finish line after 3 days, 3 hours, 16 minutes, which put the US boat on top of the leader board on corrected time, for now.

The Chicago-based skipper/owner has had the Rolex Middle Sea Race on his 'to do' list for awhile and has methodically planned a race schedule - that included last year's Rolex Fastnet Race - that would give them some good practice and put them in the Med this year.

Jonas Diamantino's Comanche Raider II, from the Royal Malta Yacht Club, has been taking a pasting but spirits are high, as he explained as they passed Pantelleria earlier today. "Pretty hectic, pretty scary. We got hit by a 45-knot squall, with very confused seas, and it was all on. But everybody is fine and so is the boat, but it was a tough few hours. We are now doing ten knots and heading for home. Tell the bar at the club to get the beer on ice!"

Lucky are currently leading overall on corrected time in IRC, but they have to withstand challenges from at least two boats that are in contention for the overall win. Sort of like history repeating itself, the two boats are the Lee Satariano & Christian Ripard's J/122 Artie, and John Ripard & Andrew Calascione's J/133 Jaru. The last time a Maltese boat won the Rolex Middle Sea race overall was Market Wizard in 2002 with Ripard & Calascione, and in 2001 it was Christian Ripard's Straight Dealer.

The Maltese Beneteau 411, Fekruna, retired just west of Stromboli, bringing the total number of retired boats to eight, with eight boats finished and 60 still racing.

The race fleet can be tracked online at www.rolexmiddlesearace.com/tracker/#tracker

www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

Bruno and Loick Peyron Join Together to Challenge for the 34th America's Cup
After studying the matter for several months and following various discussions, the French sailors Loick and Bruno Peyron are getting together in an attempt to unite the leading figures from French multihull sailing. This new challenge is being set up with the goal of bringing the America's Cup, which will be raced on multihulls in 2013, to France for the first time in its history.

A meeting between Russell Coutts, representing the Defender and organiser of the 34th America's Cup, and the Peyron brothers was held in Paris on Friday, to discuss how France could take part in such an ambitious project as the America's Cup.

Bruno and Loick Peyron have also announced they are in talks with Stéphane Kandler, Jochen Schümann (twice winner of the America's Cup) and their ALL4ONE team, with the prospect of bringing the two groups together.

Are the French able to win the America's Cup, the world's oldest international sporting trophy? A goal, which France, ever since Baron Bich's first challenge in 1967, has been unable to reach. It is certainly a very complex project, even though no one doubts the ability of French designers, sailors and builders, this is not by itself enough to guarantee success.

The America's Cup, just like Formula 1 motor racing, is a global event, an economic and technological war, just as much as being a sporting challenge. -- Pierre Orphanidis in Valencia Sailing, valenciasailing.blogspot.com

Women's Match Racing National Championships
It's a been a busy month for on the women's match racing circuit with six new National Champions crowned. Denmark, France, Great Britian, Ireland, Poland and Italy have all completed their 2010 national championship.

Six teams from four countries competed in Elliott 6ms at the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Skovshoved Harbour, Denmark for the Danish Women's Match Racing Championships over this past weekend. The teams sailed a double round robin.

Final Results:
1. Mandy Mulder (NED), 7-3
2. Vesna Dekleva Paoli (SLO), 6-4
3. Trine Abrahamsen (DEN), 5-5
4. Silke Hahlbrock (GER), 5-5
5. Susanne Ward (DEN), 4-6
6. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN), 3-7

Claire Leroy and team (FRA) have won Women's Match Racing National Championship in France held over the weekend of 15-17 October.

Final Results
1. Claire Leroy, 12 points
2. Julie Bossard, 9
3. Morgane Fountaine, 9 4. Marie Duvignac, 5
5. Aurelie Maury, 3
6. Morgane Dreau, 3
7. Lea Gannerie, 1

Over the weekend of 9-10 October the national championships were held in Great Britain and Ireland.

Final Results - 2010 RYA Womens' Match Racing Championships
1. Victoria Rawlinson, GBR
2. Anna Kjellberg, SWE
3. Julie Bossard, FRA
4. Kate Macgregor, GBR
5. Sophie French, GBR
6. Elizabeth Jamie, GBR

The first ever Irish Sailing Association Women's Match Race Championship was completed on Sunday 10 October at Kinsale Yacht Club in Ireland sailing the ISA's SailFleet J/80's.

Final Result
1. Laura Dillon, Really Naughty - 8
2. Mary O'Loughlin Ladies Who Launch - 6
3. Audrey Adamson, Sailing West Ladies - 4
4. Carol O'Kelly, NautiGals - 4
5. Alice Cowman, Launched Ladies - 3
6. Chris Nolan, West Sailing Girls - 2
7. Emma Geary, Royal Cork - 1
8. Frances Lynch, Glandore-Kinsale - 1
9. Yvonne Sheehan, Emma's Choice - 1
10. Choryna Kiely, Kinsale Glamour - 0

The Polish Women Match Racing Championship took place from 6 to 7 October.

Final Results
1. Zuzanna Gladysz (PMT Women Team)
2. Kasia Pic (Ladies PMT Team)
3. Katarzyna Tylinska

Italy - Cristiana Monina Wins Italian Women's Match Racing Championship

Final Results:
1. Cristiana Monina, Alessandra Petri, Myriam Cutolo
2. Lorenza Mariani, Chiara Forcignanò, Marcella Trioschi
3. Camilla Marino, Francesca Scognamillo, Camilla De Rosa
4. Federica Wetzl, Alessandra Angelini, Marta Parladori
5. Cristina Celli, Carmen Pardo, Silvia Morini
6. Silvia Zennaro, Delia Da Mosto, Rossella Losito

From the International Sailing Federation, sailing.org

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

Quicklier
It’s getting towards the Fall and so BUDDY MELGES’S mind is moving from scows to duck hunting... plus a little high speed iceboat racing. After all, being 80 doesn’t mean slowing down as he explains to his good friend BILL GOGGINS

A most important occasion - Part 1
A few days after the Little America’s Cup in Newport the plans for a wing-sail America’s Cup catamaran class were confirmed. STEVE KILLING has drawn the last two LAC winners and he kicks off a detailed look at the genre

Equipping the troops - Part II
The 33rd America’s Cup pressed pretty hard against the edges of the technical envelope; so DOBBS DAVIS finds out if ‘trickle down’ still really means anything...

Standing her up
In every sense the 60m carbon ketch Panamax is a mighty undertaking. Composite engineer ROD FOGG looks at one of the hardest aspects of the programme... the boat’s (giant) lifting bulb keel

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Half A Century Between Lord Howe Island Race Favourites
Veolia Maris. Click on image to enlarge.

Lord Howe Island Race Half a century in design and hull construction separates race handicap favourites Veolia Maris and Balance going into next Saturday's Hempel Paints 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, 414 nautical miles across the Tasman Sea.

Veolia Maris, designed by the late Alan Payne and built of timber in Hobart by the famous Jock Muir in 1958, will be in line to win the IRC rating division for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Skippering the classic yawl will be Tiare Tomaszewski, a grand daughter of the original owner, marine artist Jack Earl.

Balance is French-designed Beneteau First 45 built to the latest composite construction methods, owned and skippered by television financial commentator Paul Clitheroe, and launched in 2008. She jumped to equal favouritism with Veolia Maris with an impressive overall win last Saturday in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's historic Gascoigne Cup off Sydney Heads.

A fleet of 17 yachts, including four from Queensland, will be flagged away from Broken Bay, north of Sydney, at 1.00pm next Saturday, 30 October. The start line will be set between Barrenjoey headland and Lion Island.

From there, the fleet will sail close inshore up the New South Wales Central Coast for about six nautical miles before rounding a mark off Terrigal and then setting a north-easterly course to World Heritage-listed Lord Island Island, a tiny, semi-tropical island across the northern Tasman Sea.

The three IRC division placegetters are competing again - Veolia Maris, representing the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Amante (Dennis Cooper) from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and Copernicus (Greg Zyner) from Manly Yacht Club.

Last year's PHS winner, the Queensland yacht Charlie's Dream, skippered by Peter Lewis from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, is back again as is third placegetter, the Gosford Sailing Club entrant Polaris of Belmont (Chris Dawe).

Another strong contender in the PHS division will be Peter Rodgers' Olsen 40 which was overall PHS winner of last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Rodgers has been a regular competitor in the Lord Howe Island Race, winning the PHS division in 1997.

Last year's line honours winner, Stewart Lewis' Ocean Affinity, also from RQYS, is racing ageing but a strong favourite for line honours The Stick, Rick Christianson 66-footer from the CYCA. -- Peter Campbell

Event site: www.gosfordsailingclub.com.au/top_left_sub_content.php?id=72

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Gilmour Suffers First Defeat as Malaysian Crew Come to the Fore...
Pulau Duyong: David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour is one win away from reaching the Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) semi-finals, but his perfect record was crushed in stunning fashion by Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing and his all-Malaysian crew at the five-star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa today.

Gilmour, who swept the Qualifying Session 1 with a perfect 8-0 record, started the Qualifying Session 2 on a winning note when he defeated Mark Lees (GBR) Team Echo. However, Corbett and his Malaysian crew - Mohammad Razali Mansor, Azhar Saadon Zubir, Rafiz Ibrahim and Hairolnizam Hat - stopped his winning run when they won their match by 49 seconds.

Gilmour now has a 10-2 record after also losing to Peter Nicholas (AUS) Freshie Racing Team, but completed a double when he once again defeated defending AMRC Champion Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing.

With the top four skippers going into the semi-finals, Gilmour only needs one more win to book his place in the final four. Robertson is second with a 9-2 record while Corbett also has nine wins but from 12 matches. Wataru Sakamoto (JPN) Team Siesta is fourth after winning seven of his 11 matches. Graeme Sutherland (HKG) Team Hermes is fifth with 6-6 record.

Standings after the second day of racing:

David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 10-2
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 9-2
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Black Sheep Racing 9-3
Wataru Sakamoto (JPN) Team Siesta 7-4
Graeme Sutherland (HKG) Team Hermes 6-6
Mark Lees (GBR) 4-7
Peter Nicholas (AUS) Freshie Racing Team 4-8
Tan Wearn Haw (SIN) SINYIDAI 2-9
Neil Semple (THA) Capital TV 1-10

From Asian Yachting: AsianYachting.com

From The 'Headlines I Love' Files...
"Daring Cuttlefish Flees Lab Tank For Freedom Of Lough"

It hasn't been seen in Strangford Lough for 30 years - and it could be another 30 before it's spotted again.

Scientists probing the shores of the lough found a tiny cuttlefish not seen since the 1980s, so they decided to hand it to the aquarium at Exploris in Portaferry.

But the intrepid cephalopod made a daring Great Escape, squeezing its way down the drain of the tank where it was being held - and vanished without trace once more into the waters of Strangford Lough.

Dr Julia Sigwart, director of Queen's University Marine lab at Portaferry, said the Houdini-like cuttlefish was captured by an undergraduate student.

The animals are reasonably common along Northern Ireland's more exposed coasts but haven't been seen in Strangford Lough since the 1980s - until now.

"They're called Sepiola atlantica, the little cuttlefish. There were records of them from the late 1980s but the Aquarium at Exploris weren't sure whether they were still in Strangford Lough," she said.

Cuttlefish prey on small crustaceans, Dr Sigwart said. "They can change the colour and even the texture of their skin to look like a rock or like seaweed on an extremely convincing way." -- LInda Stewart in the Belfast Telegraph

Read more: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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The Architect Of His Own Success
Tanguy De La Motte has long and very fond memories of the Route du Rhum start days, having been a regular visitor since he was a babe in arms of six months old. As yacht design student at Southampton Institute in 1998 he took two weeks off 'school' to help Ellen MacArthur in the dash to prepare the 50 foot former Aqua Quorum for her first Route du Rhum.

Now, as the winner of two of the most recent big Class 40 races, triumphing in a very close finish to the inaugural Solidaire du Chocolat transatlantic, and last year's Rolex Fastnet Race, he is among the favourites for a top spot in the record sized, white hot Class 40 fleet in this ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale.

De La Motte is almost unique in the class having designed his Novedia-Initiatives, been hands-on through the building of the boat, and preparing it virtually single handed over the course of his campaign.

He has been extremely fortunate in having the backing since 2006 of sponsor Novedia through from the building of the boat until this, the peak event of his programme. And last year, he delivered the perfect result for a new alliance with co-sponsor chocolatier Alex Olivier, when he won the Solidaire du Chocolat.

As a former preparateur, for Ellen, for Nick Moloney, for Mark Turner, Brian Thompson, and with the Orange 2 team, his preparations have been fastidious. And with complete confidence in his boat, De La Motte is in excellent shape as he counts down to the start of his first Route du Rhum as skipper

But in many respects, while he is loving the racing campaigns, he considers that design will be is main career:

"My sailing career is not my main career. I want to make it quite clear that my career will be designing boats not racing boats. That's the reason I did the Mini Transat in the first place, because I was able to design the boat. My aim was not to go sailing single-handed. I did the Mini for that reason and then got the great opportunity to be able to do that in the Class 40 as well. Now I am a racer, I am a competitor and want to do well. I really appreciate the position I am in. It is something I really want to advance because in the future I want to set up my own design career. At the moment I am very fortunate to do so well in the sailing as a skipper. Of course I want to do well in this race which everything is well set up to do well in, the boat is ready, I have good sails, a good boat, good speed, good spirit and no stress - all the conditions to do a good race."

www.routedurhum.com

Industry News
The UK's Sutton Harbour Holdings has been selected by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to develop and operate the Cowes Outer Harbour Project on the UK's Isle of Wight.

The regeneration of the East Cowes harbour is a joint project between SEEDA, the Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and the Crown Estate. Plans include the provision of a new outer breakwater to offer better protection and improve the wave climate within the harbour, as well as the construction of a 300-berth marina with separate provision for visitors and events. -- IBI, www.ibinews.com

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A total of 63 products have made the shortlist for this year's Design Award METS. The competition, which runs each year in conjunction with the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, received 132 entries from 19 countries, with nominees coming from 13 of them.

The shortlisted products are grouped into eight categories: marine electronics; interior equipment, furnishings, materials, and electrical fittings used in cabins; marina equipment, boatyard equipment, and boat construction tools and materials; deck equipment, sails, and rigging; clothing and crew accessories; lifesaving and safety equipment; machinery, propulsion, mechanical, and electrical systems and fittings; and marine related software.

Overall category winners will be announced at the annual Breakfast Briefing in the RAI Elicium on November 16 at 8am. For the complete list of this year's nominees: www.metstrade.com

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Marine electronics manufacturer Garmin has acquired Belanor AS, which distributes its products in Norway. The firm, which will retain its management, sales and support staff, will be renamed Garmin Norge AS. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"With this acquisition, we have fully integrated all of our Nordic distributors and we look forward to closely supporting our retailers and customers in this region," said Dr. Min Kao, chairman and CEO of Garmin Ltd., in a statement.

The office and warehouse is located near Oslo in Dilling, Norway. -- IBI www.ibinews.com

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The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) welcomes the timely addition of Zhik as title sponsor of the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships and Australian Championships, to be held on Lake Macquarie, Australia in January 2011.

"Zhik has always been a strong supporter of the Moth fleet.", said Managing Director of Zhik, Brian Conolly, "Moth sailors and Zhik designers have the same philosophy, both being attracted to technical innovation. Zhik has enjoyed working with the top sailors in the Moth class to help design faster wet gear". -- www.mothworlds.org

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France's Beneteau Group, the world's biggest sailboat producer and a leading European producer of motorboats, has announced plans to establish a production facility in Brazil.

Beneteau says it intends to establish a joint venture with businessman Marcos Soares in order to start operations in Brazil. The first plant is planned for installation at Marina Verolme in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro. -- IBI, www.ibinews.com

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Hanse, Moody, Dehler and Fjord yachts, all part of the HanseGroup, have agreed a new deal with Simrad Yachting and sister electronics brand Lowrance, both brands within the Navico group, to supply marine navigation equipment to a range of vessels throughout 2010/2011. -- IBI www.ibinews.com

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