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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Athens, Greece: ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the male and female winners of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:

Blanca Manchon (ESP) and Tom Slingsby (AUS).

Blanca Manchon was nominated for the third time this year and had her family and friends with her at the Awards ceremony here in Athens. "This is really fantastic," said a radiant Manchon on stage as she accepted her trophy and her Rolex timepiece. "As this is my third nomination for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award we were all hoping this would be it… and here I am! I cannot believe it. I worked very hard to get here but I'm young - only 23 years old - so I hope I continue to do many things and maybe I will see you again here someday."

Tom Slingsby could not make it to Athens for the ceremony due to electrical storms over Sydney that grounded international flights. Slingsby was surprised when his phone call to "discuss laser sailing", turned into a live announcement from HRH Prince Frederik of Denmark, announcing that he had won the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. "Wow, thank you!" said Slingsby. "I just remember sitting on the rocks in Sydney harbour watching the Olympics. I remember seeing people like Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt, two former winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, and thinking, "I want that, that's really what I want to do." To be considered among them today is really an incredibly big honour."

The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award is the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements. The Awards are presented annually based on a worldwide selection process that incorporates an open invitation to nominations, followed by a vote amongst the 130 member nations of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

The Awards have been held every year since 1994 and past winners include Peter Blake (NZL), Ellen MacArthur (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Russell Coutts (SUI). In 2009 the Awards were presented to Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).

Cammas King of the Rhum
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Frank Cammas When he brought the giant 31.5 metres trimaran Groupama 3 across the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe today (Tuesday) under perfect sunshine and light breezes Franck Cammas (FRA) clinched the 9th edition of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale, the legendary 3542 miles transatlantic race from Saint Malo for solo skippers which takes place every four years.

Cammas completes an outstanding year with the giant multihull which he now steps off for high next challenge, racing fully crewed round the world in 70 foot monohulls.

In March this year he already set the fully crewed round the world Jules Verne Trophy record with the boat, sailing with a crew of ten to smash the record by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes.

Groupama 3 crossed the finish line at 16h 16min 47secs (CET Paris) (15hrs 16mins 47secs GMT/ 11hrs 16mins 47 seconds Local time)

The elapsed time for the course, after starting Saint Malo at 1302hr (CET/Paris) was 9 days 3 hours 14 mins 47 seconds and the average speed over the course on the water was. 20.39 knots for an actual course sailed of 4471 miles.

But the course record of 7 days17 hrs 19 mins 6 seconds, which was set in 2006 by Lionel Lemonchois in an exceptional weather pattern still stands.

Cammas adds his name to the legend of the 'Rhum' as successor to Mike Birch, Marc Pajot, Philippe Poupon, Florence Arthaud, Laurent Bourgnon, Michel Desjoyeaux and Lionel Lemonchois.

* Breaking the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 02 hrs 52 mins 48 secs today (Wednesday, CET/Paris) ( 01 hrs 52 mins 48 secs GMT/ 21 hrs 52 mins 48 secs local time Tuesday (CET -4hrs)) Francis Joyon on the 29.7m trimaran IDEC took second place in the 9th Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale solo Transatlantic race which started from Saint-Malo, France at 1302hrs (CET) Sunday 31st October.

The elapsed time for IDEC is 9 days 13 hrs 50 mins 48 secs . His average speed is 18.19kts for the distance he sailed of 4181 miles. Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Francis Joyon's average speed is 15.40 kts Joyon finished 10 hrs 36 min 1 secs behind Franck Cammas winner (Groupama 3).

Who's Who in the Transatlantic Race 2011
Next summer's Transatlantic Race 2011, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, has to date attracted 14 entries and seven provisional ones, with the deadline to enter February 28, 2011. The TR 2011, a distance of 2,975 nautical miles, is from Newport, RI to the Lizard west of Plymouth, England and will feature three staggered starts from June 26-July 3, 2011.

The New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in Newport, RI and the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England will welcome participating yachts at scheduled events on departure and arrival.

The TR 2011 is for Racing, Racing/Cruising and Classic yachts with a minimum length overall (LOA) of 40 feet and will be limited to 50 yachts. It will establish a record time for a race from Newport to the Lizard, as administered by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, part of ISAF.

Among the notable entries is Rambler 100, sailed by George David, of Hartford, CT. If a familiar name, this Rambler is new to David. He will be campaigning a renamed Speedboat, the canting keel IRC 100 commissioned by Alex Jackson and designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian."

The largest entry presently is Sojana, Peter R. Harrison's Farr 115-foot ketch. Harrison headed the 2003 British America's Cup challenge. His Sojana was second across the line in 11 days, 14 hours, 54 minutes and 59 seconds in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in 2007.

Former NYYC Commodore Larry Huntington will enter his Ker-designed Snow Lion, which won her class in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race and finished second overall in the 2010 Bermuda Race Gibbs Hill Division.

Rives Potts (Essex, CT), the newly nominated rear commodore of the New York Yacht Club, will race Carina, a 48-foot sloop designed by McCurdy & Rhodes and launched in 1969 for father and son Dick and Richard Nye and winner of the 1972 transatlantic. -- Michael Levitt

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The role requires working with the development and manufacturing teams to develop, manufacture and productionise large composite structures to constraints of budget time and quality.

The ideal candidate will have 5 years experience of building large composite structures in the automotive, aerospace, high performance marine or wind blade industry using primarily glass fibre/carbon fibre and epoxy based products and have thorough knowledge of either vacuum resin infusion, prepreg or similar techniques.

Experience of working in and supervising teams within a project based manufacturing environment as well as an appreciation of the need for accurate documentation and materials control would be an advantage. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate supervision of a manufacturing team, taking responsibility for near term work planning and a through knowledge of safety and quality when related to these processes.

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Gutek's Challenge For First All But Ended By Sail Disaster
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has suffered a painstaking blow to his fight for first place in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans after losing a vital sail. The 36-year-old, known by his nickname Gutek, had been locked in a tense battle with American Brad Van Liew since the race started from La Rochelle, France, three weeks ago.

Gutek had even clawed back hundreds of miles in Operon Racing, a much older boat than Brad's Le Pingouin, momentarily taking the lead. But disaster struck for Gutek when one of his halyards which hold up a yacht's sails broke and his gennaker fell into the ocean. The sail was instantly destroyed, leaving Gutek with only a smaller, less effective foresail to replace it with.

The loss of the gennaker means that as long as there are no major incidents for Brad in the final 1,500 nautical miles to Cape Town, Gutek's chances of catching him appear all but over. After being within grasp of the American for so long, Gutek has only been able to watch as the distance between the two boats grows. The latest position report put Operon Racing 280 nautical miles behind Le Pingouin.

Unaware of the extent of the problems onboard Operon Racing, Brad has continued to push hard towards Cape Town and the ocean sprint one finish line. He has gone for more than 30 hours without sleep, unwilling to drop his guard for even the shortest amount of time.

"I've got a westerly wind and I'll have to carefully calculate my gybes," Brad said. "I think going north then down south to Cape Town. But I'll have to keep an eye on the anticyclone. If I get stuck, Gutek will overtake me from below."

The latest ETA for Brad is early on Sunday, November 14, with Gutek predicted to arrive in Cape Town a day later on Monday, November 15.

Statistics from 12pm UTC position report:

Skipper - Boat: distance of arrival (NM) / distance from the leader / 24 hour distance / average speed 24 (knots)

1. Brad Van Liew - The Penguin: 1459 miles / 0 / 322.7 miles / 13.4 knots
2. Zbigniew Gutkowski - Operon Racing 1 739.5 miles / 280.5 miles / 194 miles / 8.1 knots
3. Derek Hatfield - Active House 2 525.9 miles / 1066.9 miles / 24.3 miles / 1 knot
4. Chris Stanmore-Major - Spartan 2 658.4 miles / 1 199.4 miles / 159.5 miles / 6.6 knots
5. Christophe Bullens - Five Oceans of Smiles: 4492 miles / 3033.1 miles / 124 miles / 5.2 knots

Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta
Just one month from now the will see Torbay Sailing Club come alive with record numbers of sailors expected at this year's Sir Peter Blake Regatta. The regatta is Torbay Sailing Club's and New Zealand's premiere centreboard yachting event, held annually at Waiake Beach, Torbay. The regatta is traditionally held over the first weekend in December, close to the anniversary of Sir Peter Blake's death, with this year's dates being 4th / 5th December. The regatta is in its ninth year and as the largest two day Centreboard class sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere it attracts competitors from all over New Zealand, as well as a number of overseas entrants.

The event promotes the values and characteristics of Sir Peter Blake; enjoyment of the sport of sailing, team-mateship and care for the environment . While the regatta maintains a youth focus, it caters for all ages and abilities, attracting a good mix of adult sailors. The 2009 event drew more than 400 sailors competing in 17 different classes for two days of intense racing. This year with the Laser North Island Champs regatta being combined with the Sir Peter Blake Regatta over 500 sailors are anticipated, easily making it one of the largest centreboard sailing events in the world.

In its nine years the regatta has grown in size, standing and professionalism, creating what is now widely regarded as a world class event on the beaches of Auckland's North Shore. The vision is simple: to deliver an event that is not only the focal point of centreboard sailing in the Southern Hemisphere but also a fantastic social event and a celebration of Sir Peter's life and the sailing legacy we enjoy today. The focal point of the regatta is the awarding of the prestigious Sir Peter Blake Memorial Trophy - going to the most outstanding sailor at the event, with past recipients having progressed to achieve success in international events.

Musto To Partner Camper In 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race
Musto Performance clothing brand Musto, has today announced a partnership with Spanish-based international footwear brand Camper, to be the technical clothing supplier to the CAMPER project for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.

Musto has a proud history of working with the world's best ocean racing teams in order to test and develop the latest construction techniques and fabric technologies. Having partnered with Flyer in the early beginnings of the Whitbread Round The Word Race, Musto has gone on to work with numerous successful teams throughout Whitbread / Volvo Ocean Races including Fisher and Paykel, Yamaha, Merit Cup, ABN AMRO, Telefonica and now have high hopes on the success of the CAMPER team.

The CAMPER campaign is being managed by Emirates Team New Zealand. Team Managing Director Grant Dalton commented: "The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most gruelling and challenging events in the world, and those sailors that compete will have to endure some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. Musto have always provided the most technologically advanced kit - the best in the world -which ensures our guys' performance is never compromised. Personally, I have had great success in the past wearing Musto, so I am very pleased that we will be able to work together again on such an exciting project."

The announcement represents a significant step for Musto having recently taken over direct distribution in Spain and now look to use this partnership to develop it's presence throughout the country with further outlets and own brand stores such as in Palma de Mallorca.

Will Major Sailing Events Be Visible At World Travel Market?
Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals will be in London this week for World Travel Market (WTM). Visitors to the event include everyone from B&B owners to rental car companies to representatives from cities and countries looking to increase tourism to their part of the world.

Over the last few years, the links between tourism and yacht racing promotion have been growing. There is real evidence to suggest that some professional sailing events do generate net gains for inbound tourism and many series are actively looking for new venues to partner with. It's always interesting to see how the PR matches the reality when it comes to some of these partnerships, and WTM is a great way to see just how integrated the campaigns get.

In 2008 and 2009, visited World Travel Market to see how big sailing/tourism partnerships are being positioned to the travel trade. While governments and cities might be investing heavily, there has been little activation of these deals at places like WTM. The people responsible for selling major events in Valencia, Andalusia, Oman and Miami had no visibility of yacht racing events planned in coming months. New Zealand did a little bit better, with Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup news available from the official Tourism website.

In 2010, we will be especially interested to see how Alicante, Barcelona, Perth, Abu Dhabi, Oman, London (Weymouth & Portland) and San Francisco are positioning their destinations. San Diego wouldn't normally be on the list, but a press release sent out last week suggests the RC44 event, scheduled for March 2011 hopes to have a positive tourism impact.


Channel 4 To Broadcast Documentary On 'Britain's Favourite Yacht Race'
'Spectacular', 'awe-inspiring' and 'exhilarating' are all words attributed to the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and if you were one of the 16,000 sailors who took part this year, you will have the chance to re-live your race through a two-part Channel 4 documentary airing this month. A must-watch for all sports and sailing fans, Part 1 will air Saturday 13th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4 and Part 2 goes out on Saturday 20th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4.

The two-part programme, produced by Sunset+Vine|APP in association with Channel 4, tells the story of four very different personalities, each with special reasons to compete in the 2010 race. The first part of the documentary takes the viewer into the day-to-day world of each of the four sailors, as they prepare for the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. The second part is filmed during the race itself with onboard cameras showing the highs and the lows as they compete against a fleet of some 1,700 boats.

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San Francisco Introduces Agreement for Hosting the 34th America's Cup
Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced the formal agreement to host the 34 th America's Cup in San Francisco. The purpose of the agreement, or term sheet, is to set forth essential terms and conditions agreed upon by the America's Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the City of San Francisco with the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.

If San Francisco is selected to host the 34 th America's Cup, the term sheet provides a framework for promptly negotiating a legally binding Host City Agreement and establishing the terms and conditions under which the San Francisco would be prepared to host the America's Cup event, subject to all necessary approvals and environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition to Mayor Newsom, Board of Supervisors President Chiu and Supervisor Mirkarimi, the agreement was also initially co-sponsored by Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty, and Sophie Maxwell.

"We believe there's no better place on earth than San Francisco Bay to defend the America's Cup and bring millions of new fans from around the world to the oldest international sailing competition," said Mayor Newsom. "This agreement establishes the strong partnership between the City, the BMW Oracle Racing Team and the entire community."

Hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco would bring a beautiful backdrop, predictable winds, world-class visitor amenities and enormous spectatorship opportunities that the natural marine amphitheater of the San Francisco Bay offers. In order to provide the Team with reasonable assurances regarding a number of important issues, including the venue plan, key financial terms, sponsorship opportunities, schedule and event logistics, City staff have negotiated a term sheet with the team for endorsement by the Board of Supervisors.

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St. Moritz Match Race Announces Dates of 2011 Edition
St. Moritz, November 5, 2010 - The world's best match racers will once again gather to the Swiss Alps next summer in order to compete for the title of King of the Mountains. The 2011 edition of St. Moritz Match Race will take place in the Swiss Alps on August 30 - September 4, 2011.

"We are satisfied to already be in a position to confirm the next edition of the event, and to announce its dates", says Christian Scherrer, the President of St. Moritz Match Race Organising Committee. "Our event is now well known throughout the world and it has a very positive image. "

St. Moritz Match Race is one of the principal stopovers of the match racing annual calendar; it is also Switzerland's most important match race event. The event is part of ISAF's match race world championship, the World Match Race Tour.

The 2010 edition of St. Moritz Match Race was a great success; it saw the victory of Frenchman Mathieu Richard, the current leader of the World Match Racing Tour, ahead of Ian Williams (GBR).

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* From Roland Gaebler: Greetings from Athens:

Andrew the Master cutted a video from our last "Sail & Fly" session of the season just before the ice went on the danish water...........

or at our Tornado TV Channel

Easy mixed team sailing with 20 knots at 10 knots wind.

But we left our boat in the snow and now we are in the heat of Athens at the ISAF conference. Latest at Sunday we know what happens with Olympics Sailing. We hope ISAF will modernize sailing radically. We want the "Olympic Sailing Arena" like we tested this year in Europe and we want the Formula-1 of sailing back to the Olympics.

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