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Jourdain Wins Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale and Makes Race History
The familiar megawatt smile lit up the darkness on a still Caribbean night as Roland Jourdain and his Veolia Environnement finally ghosted to a halt in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe as the charismatic skipper wrote himself further into the history of the Route du Rhum as the first sailor to win the monoholl division twice in consecutive editions.
Over an ocean racing career already spanning 25 years Jourdain has felt the depths of disappointment - having to abandon in two successive Vendee Globe races and the last Barcelona World Race - but the Finisterian skipper who grew up sailing with and against Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean Le Cam, and raced with Eric Tabarly in 1985 in the Whitbread Round the World Race - matched his greatest solo success to date with a hard earned win in a race which had many meteorological twists and turns from start to finish.e of his.
Jourdain paid tribute to the winning boat, the three year old Farr designed Veolia Environnement 2, formerly Seb Josse's BT, which has consistently proven quick in previous but never yet delivered a major race victory. Their relationship - matching a skipper whose recent big races have been ill fated, with a boat which has been badly damaged and retired from last year's Transat Jacques Vabre and the 2008-9 Vendee Globe - may have seemed like an odd couple, but it is one which clearly bore fruit.
* Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) finished second IMOCA in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale 2010-11-14
Crossing the finish line in Guadeloupe today Sunday at 14 h 08m 07 s (CET) (13h08m07s GMT /09h08m07s locql) Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) takes second place in the IMOCA Open 60 monohull class in the Route du Rhum- La Banque Postale 2010 .
The elapsed time on the course is 14d 06m 07s . His average speed on the water is 11.80 kts on a distance of 3979 miles. On the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Armel Le Cleac'h sailed an average speed of 10.50kts. He finished 7hrs 55m 11s after the winner Roland Jourdain.
* Breaking the finish line off Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 01hrs 30mins 02secs today (Monday, CET/Paris) (Monday 00 hrs 30mins 02secs GMT/ Monday 20hrs 30mins 02secs local time (CET -4hrs)) Marc Guillemot on the IMOCA 60 Safran took third place in the IMOCA Class 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 Safran is 14 days 12hours 28minutes 02seconds
His average speed is 11.55kts for the distance he sailed of 3955 miles.
Over the theoretical course distance of 3539 miles Marc Guillemot's average speed is 10.16knots
Guillemot finished 19hrs 17mins 06 secs after IMOCA Open 60 winner Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement
* At 0900hrs (CET/Paris) the small 12.18m trimaram ATNinc.com capsized.
Franco-American skipper is reported to be well. They were positioned 1500 miles from Guadeloupe and 900 miles from the Azores. The solo skipper has inflated his liferaft and is alongside his boat. Conditions are relatively fair, 10-15 knots of wind and small seas. MMCC Portugal are coordinating rescue, and a cargo is expected to be diverted in the coming hours.
Brad Van Liew Takes Top Spot in First Leg of Velux 5 Oceans
American ocean racer Brad Van Liew today sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Under clear blue skies and with a fresh south easterly breeze, the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC) doing 10-12 knots in a 15-knot wind.
Brad, a past winner of the Velux 5 Oceans in 2002 and a veteran of two editions of the race, took 28 days, 1 hour and 51 minutes to race from La Rochelle in France to Cape Town. During ocean sprint one Brad sailed 8,003 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.9 knots.
It was a frustrating day for Brad, who was battered by 45-knot winds just early this morning before becoming becalmed just ten nautical miles from the finish line. Finally the wind filled in and Brad crossed the finish line before berthing at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to the cheers of the watching crowds.
Despite leading the Velux 5 Oceans fleet for the majority of the sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town, it was by no means an easy victory for Brad. He has been chased hard by rival ocean racer Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski since day one, the 36-year-old Pole constantly challenging for the lead on Operon Racing.
Brad left La Rochelle feeling ill with flu and it was more than a week at sea before he started to feel better. Le Pingouin was then knocked flat just days into the leg while travelling at more than 20 knots when the yacht crash-gybed in strong winds.
For his win Brad is awarded the maximum score of 12 points. He also takes home the first place prize of 24,000 Euros.
Statistics from 6pm UTC position report:
Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)
Brad Van Liew: Finished Sprint 1 - 28 days 1 hour 41 mins
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ISAF Council Decisions
Men's Board or kite board - evaluation
This is a provisional list of event and subject to final confirmation in the ISAF mid year meeting next May
Council have approved the Equipment Committee recommendation to grant ISAF Class Status subject to signing ISAF/Class agreement to:
- Formula 16 Class
Council have agreed on the Youth and Developments recommendation to hold the 2014 Youth World Championships in Tavira, Portugal.
Multihulls Are Back
The chance of the decision being turned is relatively small because there was a clear sign they will not touch the Multihull any more. ISAF really want us back because we will bring the ultimate action for the media and spectators in the Olympic Sailing Arena. The Multihull wants to regain its title of being the Formula 1 of the Summer Olympics.
Mixed Multihull is the new Olympic discipline. The class will be decided with an Evaluation Event and a final decision in November 2012. We make the most of this important step at this stage; we have only received positive comments from the national sailing federations and their representatives in Athens.
84% in favour for the Comeback for the Multihull says it all. We made a very fair campaign and never said anything against other classes. We followed our ethics and this way we got great sympathy from all.
We were quite surprised they want have us back as a mixed discipline but the multihull scene has the most mixed teams in the sport. Women and men like to sail and fly high together above the waves.
Tornado President Roland Gaebler commented on the situation "We never thought it could come so quickly to us. We won the Tornado Worlds as a mixed team just some months ago and now our sport is Olympic. We are so happy! We have already had so much positive response from women who want to sail a multihull with the men."
Spithill Leads at Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
The young Australian skipper steered BMW Oracle Racing to a 2-0 record over the French/German boat All4One while the other four boats in the contest posted 1-1 records.
Racing was close and eventful on the short windward-leeward courses tucked into gulf waters between Dubai Creek and the palm-tree shaped man-made islands of The Palm Jumeirah.
There were two collisions, one serious, when Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand speared its spinnaker pole through the side of Mascalzone Latino Audi steered by Gavin Brady. No one was hurt but Brady was penalized twice in the incident and race officials asked Brady to withdraw to avoid further damage to the Kiwi boat.
Cameron Dunn from Mascalzone said his team was head to wind when the New Zealand boat tried to turn inside them and their spinnaker pole sliced into the brittle carbonfiber topsides of the Italian boat.
"It went straight through the carbonfiber," Dunn said. "It's not a very thick skin at that point. It's not designed to take impacts on the side. We're lucky it wasn't much worse. It could have been considerably worse. I'm surprised the bow didn't hit. Luckily it was just the spinnaker pole. No one was hurt. It was pretty exciting for the 18th man in the back, and the television cameraman."
Ray Davies, tactician on ETNZ said: "It was pretty dramatic. Obviously not what anyone wants. A lot of damage, a broken spinnaker pole and a big hole in a boat. It's not a good way to start but the guys are working on repairs and it should be OK for tomorrow."
Following a jury hearing into the collision, Mascalzone Latino Audi was docked one point while ETNZ lost half a point. Before racing started, race officials had warned sailors about actions that might render boats incapable of racing.
In the other incident, young French helmsman Sebastien Col flicked the bow of his French/German boat All4One into the safety wands on the stern of BMW Oracle Racing. The contact earned him a penalty flag and he lost the race.
Dubai skies were clear, hot and sunny skies as racing got under way after a short delay. The sea breeze came in at 6-8 knots and built to 14 to 15 knots as the afternoon wore on. Boats raced twice around a windward-leeward course with a mid course start finish line that also served as a gate for all legs.
* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires
Louis Vuitton Trophy Yachts Shipped Safely To Dubai
In just 26 days, the entire Team' entourage was transported to Dubai by Peters & May, comprising four chase boats, four masts on their trolleys, and seven event containers, including all of the team's support equipment. This concludes a year of collaboration between WSTA, the Louis Vuitton teams, and Peters & May.
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British Yachtsman Strikes Winning Note In Morna Cup
Wellknown British yachtsman Chris Bull today sailed his newest yacht, the canting keel Cookson 50 Jazz, to an impressive victory in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's classic short ocean race, the Morna Cup.
In an indication of her Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race prospects, Jazz took both line and PHS handicap honours in the 20 nautical mile race from Sydney Harbour to a mark off Long Beach and return.
The Morna Cup was the first race for Bull, a former Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, with the Cookson 50 which he recently bought from Sydney yachtsman Ray Roberts.
Previously named Evolution Racing, Jazz has had a impressive record over the past three seasons under the ownership of Ray Roberts. She placed second in IRC Division O to line honours winner Alfa Romeo in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Bull has raced several times in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, including sailing the chartered Sydney yacht Quest to second place overall in 2000 and competing with his own J145, Jazz, in 2008.
The winner of the Morna Cup is the yacht with the lowest corrected time of the combined Division 1 and Division 3 fleets, with Jazz taking the historic trophy from Cruising Yacht Club of Australia rear commodore Howard Piggott's Beneteau First 40 Flying Cloud and Leslie Green's Swan 60 Ginger.
The Morna Cup is one of three classic short ocean races conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron over the summer, the sterling silver trophy being presented to the Squadron by the then Commodore, Sir Alexander MacCormick in 1913 and named after his yacht Morna, later to become famous as a multi-line honours winner of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. -- Peter Campbell
Australian Match Racing Championship
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Hobart: Champion young Sydney sailor Evan Walker made an impressive return to match racing today (Sunday) with an unbeaten opening to the Hardy's Australian match racing championship on Hobart's River Derwent.
Walker, 23, won each of his first three round-robin matches with a talented young crew from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia comprising Olivia Price, Jack Hubbard and Amanda Scrivenor.
Walker, a graduate of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, is a former ISAF world youth champion, Australian Youth Sailor of the Year in 2005, a two times Australian match racing champion and two times winner of the prestigious Hardy Cup.
Conditions were damp, murky and cool on the Derwent, with Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailing manager Richard Scarr describing the wind as "light to ordinary." In fact, the breeze did not get above 6 knots all afternoon, but it was still good conditions for tactical match racing.
With Walker unbeaten, another CYCA team skippered by Will MacKenzie with Henry Kernot and Hamish Hardy as crew, finished the day with two wins, as did New Zealand's all-women team of Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt and Nicola Trudgen from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The championship will continue tomorrow (Monday) through to Wednesday with each skipper meeting each other twice, before semi-finals and finals. -- Peter Campbell
Ocean Safety's Ongoing Commitment to IRC
Ocean Safety's specialist safety products and services make them a perfect partner for the IRC programme. Both organisations have worked closely together to promote safety at sea to all levels of racing, promoting the message that safety equipment should be in date and serviced by qualified professionals.
Ocean Safety has further committed to continue the tradition of mast stickers. Once a rating is revalidated, GBR owners will receive a 2011 mast sticker and an ISAF Offshore Special Regulations check list.
Valencia Complain Over America's Cup Venue Selection
The new holder, the San Francisco-based BMW Oracle, is expected to announce the 2013 venue before the end of the year, possibly in the next three weeks.
According to a local newspaper, Las Provincias, the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has reprimanded BMW Oracle, for failing in what she sees as a commitment to hold the next, America's Cup 34, in Valencia.
Barberá says BMW Oracle is leaving its base in the specially built America's Cup port at the end of the year and she expects the next cup to be staged in San Francisco.
There has, says the mayor, "not been a bidding selection process," and notes that BMW Oracle, backed by Larry Ellison and headed by Russell Coutts, in its latest statements, has only mentioned Rome as the other possible location. -- Stuart Alexander in The Independent,
Optimist Bermuda Open and National Championships
13 year old German female Gesa Bornrmann never let her guard down, leading all 3 days with consistent top 5 finishes and took home the PWC Open Championship title, the Gold Fleet title as well as the Top Female prize. Not far behind was German countrywoman Mauriel-Natalie Schroder. In 3rd place was local ace and 2009 Bermuda National Champion Sam Stan who won 4 of the 15 races and progressively stepped up his game to challenge the Germans over the course of the regatta.
On the Green Fleet course in Hamilton Harbour for the younger and less experienced racers, Matilda Nicholls won by a narrow margin over Joe Arrowsmith and Lily Barboza. New sailor Kieran Swann was awarded the first annual Peter Mitchell Sportsmanship Award for his consistent display of positive support of his fellow sailors. Green Fleet guru Tom Coleman, who led the fun intro-to-racing weekend at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, was encouraged by the high standard of sailing and boat handling he witnessed.
Top Female - Gesa Bornrmann (GER)
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