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Spithill Extends Dominance at Louis Vuitton Dubai
James Spithill, the youngest skipper to win the America's Cup, continued an unbroken record today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai as his BMW Oracle Racing team posted two more victories in close match racing.
The American team's record is 6-0 and six points. Their nearest competition is Emirates Team New Zealand in second place with 3-2 and only 2.5 points after an jury penalty on Sunday.
Spithill was merciless in his opening match against Italian Francesco Bruni steering Synergy Russian Sailing. Spithill waited until the last minute of the pre-start before swooping in to attack.
Seconds later he'd grabbed a controlling position on Synergy's port quarter and pushed the Russian boat above the start line as the gun went. The Russians had to go back and start property while Spithill increased his lead on every leg, finishing 300 metres ahead, the biggest margin of the day.
Spithill's second race against the Russians was a different story. BMW Oracle Racing tactician John Kostecki described the race as "quite tight." The Americans rounded the top mark first but Kostecki said the first beat was touch and go.
"We got to them just about at the layline," Kostecki said. "They had to bail out and we were able to roll them. They had to do two tacks at the top mark. I think we played that right. It was real close though. It could have gone either way."
Spithill finally got control of the race after a hair-raising leeward mark rounding when the Russian team came charging back into contention and rounded inside the American boat, claiming and getting an inside overlap.
"We managed to get them to tack away and incur a penalty," Kostecki said. "Out of that we got the starboard advantage and got ahead on the last beat and ended up winning the race. It was a good race. It feels good to be 6-0."
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 6-0, 6 pts
* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires
Here Come The Roaring 40's
Notable finishes last night included Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) and Arnaud Boissieres (Akena Verandas), the two IMOCA Open 60 skippers who chose the southerly routing option. Desjoyeaux arrived in sixth position, just under one day behind fellow Vendee Globe winner Vincent Riou (PRB). He joked about going south for the sun early but admitted that there was very little to choose between the two options before making his choice " I did what I wanted. From time to time you try things when you don't know if they will be good or not so good. I expected to have 50 miles of deficit in the south of the Azores amticyclone and it was 150. There the mass was said." Desjoyeaux said. "I have had time to digest this. Now we move on. Life goes on."
The only IMOCA skipper left at sea, Christoper Pratt on DCNS 1000 - who has been battling with no electrics since last Thursday morning, was due to finish this evening (CET/Paris). Having sailed a very competitive and creditable first half of the race, the young skipper from Marseille, was enjoying a boat-for-boat sprint to the line against Servan Escoffier (Saint Malo 2015), due to finish seventh of seven in the Ultime multihull fleet.
But it is the Class 40 race which has race watchers twitching with anticipation as Thomas Ruyant closes to within 380 miles of the finish on Destination Dunkerque, with a lead now of only 59.8 miles ahead of Nico Troussel (Credit Mutuel de Bretagne) who has closed back around 20 miles on the leader over the last two days, but the leading trio - Germany's Jorg Riecher on Mare.de is third - are now filing in a line towards the NW corner of the island, all knowing what the possibility of an overnight shut down of the breeze might do for their prospects
Britain's Pete Goss holds 13th position, approaching Guadeloupe from his more southerly routing reported light winds today, and looks set to suffer slightly less wind on his course in to the island, but the Cornish skipper admitted he is delighted with his race so far.
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Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championships
Whilst last year's winner Laurie Jury is unavailable to defend his title, five skippers return from 2009, each hoping to improve on their performance. Reuben Corbett from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) finished 2nd in 2009 and is one of the favourites hoping to have his name engraved on the New Zealand Match Racing Cup. Corbett, currently ranked 12th on the ISAF World Match Racing ranking list knows his competition will be strong. Chris Dickson (3rd in 2009), Josh Junior (5th), representing Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club and Will Tiller (6th) will all be hoping it is their name on the Cup at the end of the Championships.
Both Corbett & Tiller (ranked 34th in the world) have tasted match racing success in 2010 and no doubt their matches will be hotly contested. Corbett was first in the 2010 Sail of the White Knights, Grade 1, National Congress Palace Cup in Russia and the York Cup in Toronto, Canada whilst Tiller defended his title in the Governor's Cup in Balboa, California and won the Warren Jones U25 Regatta in Perth.
Phil Robertson will also be providing stiff competition. Robertson (ranked 18th) won the 2010 BMW Sailing Cup World Final in Auckland as well as the Knickerbocker Cup in New York and will be eager to ensure he comes out in the top 4 at the end of the two round robins, having narrowly missed out on the semi finals when he last competed in 2008.
The other competitor returning this year is the Championship's only female skipper, Samantha Osborne. Osborne is part of the Yachting New Zealand Womens Match Racing Olympic Squad and will be aiming to improve on her performance of 10th in 2009 and challenge the boys on the water. Osborne is sailing with a mixed crew, calling on the RNZYS Commodore Ross Masters as her pitman.
Ainslie To Contest Sunseeker Australia Cup
Ainslie, who has scored three gold and one silver medals over the past four Olympic Games, is returning to the event in which he finished second last year, hoping to avenge his defeat at the hands of local skipper Torvar Mirsky, in last year's final.
The British sailor is one of five skippers who can win the 2010 World Match Racing Tour Championship if he produces enough points at the final event, the Monsoon Cup, so the opportunity to race in the Sunseeker Australia Cup is invaluable.
So invaluable that three others of the potential world champions are also coming to contest the series.
Ainslie will be up against current Tour leader, Frenchman Mathieu Richard, fellow Briton and former world champion Ian Williams, and local Western Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky, in what is effectively a dress rehearsal for the World Championship finale.
The Sunseeker Australia Cup, which runs from 24th to 27th November, will be hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and managed by Swan River Sailing, using their fleet of identical Foundations 36 yachts. -- John Roberson
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Monsoon Cup Wild Card Hansen Tips Ainslie for World Championship
Speaking to www.wmrt.com Hansen said, "I actually think Ben [Ainslie] will win, he's in good form. Having not looked too good in Denmark he was right back to his very best in Bermuda. I think TEAMORIGIN pulling out of the America's Cup means that he can now fully focus on match racing. I think he'll win in Malaysia and is the one we all have to beat."
Hansen, who has a strong record at the Monsoon Cup having twice finished on the podium, is relishing the chance of getting back to Kuala Terengganu and signing off his season with a strong performance.
To read the full interview with Bjorn Hansen (SWE) please visit www.wmrt.com
New Volvo Ocean Race Trophy Unveiled
Alicante, Spain: The spectacular new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante this evening, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race Conference for the 2011 - 12 edition. The Vice President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Gerardo Camps, joined Knut Frostad, CEO Volvo Ocean Race to unveil the new trophy.
The final design of the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is a product of a highly fought over bidding process, which Spanish company Proximma Comunicacion won. The trophy, which stands 70cm high and weighs nine kilos, comprises of 11 wave-shaped rings, each one representing an edition of the race. A new ring will be added after every future edition. Through the masts supporting the rings, there is a glimpse of the blue ocean hidden inside.
Made of aluminum and silver plate, this trophy represents a modern yet legendary race, which has a heritage of 37 years. Leading edge design, satellite communication, technology and innovation have always played an important role in the development of the event and the new trophy reflects this.
Engraved on each ring, is the year of the race and the route, together with the name of the winning boat and her skipper. The eleventh ring will be engraved at the end of the event when it finishes in Galway in the summer of 2012.
Optis At The Asian Games
Optimist girl and boy are two of the 14 sailing classes and participation in these two fleets, along with the Laser Radial, is the highest amongst the sailing class entries with 12 nations participating, which is more than 25% of those nations eligible to compete.
The optimist fleet has entries from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Iran, India, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The entry from Iran in both boys and girls fleets is particularly encouraging as it was only as recently as 2009 when they participated at their first IODA Continental Championship and already this year they have had sailors finishing races in the top 20 in what was a very strong fleet at the IODA Asian Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Sri Lanka are another country represented in Guangzhou whose fledgling fleet benefitted from an IODA 6 for 5 grant for boats and sails and more recently an IODA regatta grant to Pattaya.
These nations and many more from other continents around the world, will be participating in Malaysia at the 2010 IODA World Championships in December.
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International Yacht Forum February 2011
The offshore racing scene in Northern Europe is acting primarily at regional level. Despite the short distances very little of the teams are sailing outside their country borders. Even more, no global rating system has yet been established. ORC and IRC are competing in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Great Britain. Denmark, Norway and Sweden are dealing with their own rating systems such as Dansk HandiCap, LYS and SRS. Racing your boat in all northern countries requires up to five rating certificates - it is not surprising that there is very little international exchance between northern european racers.
One world - one Rule!
Yacht owners will be able to directly influence the development by participating in the discussion panels. At the first Yacht forum held back in February 2010, more than 200 yacht owners expressed their demand for a simplified, transparent global rating system from IRC and ORC. Now, in a joint press release two weeks ago at hanseboot International Boat Show Hamburg, ORC and IRC announced their engagement in future co-operation in order to unite the best of both formulas. An outcome of the International Yacht Forum discussion?
2010 Dame Award Winners Revealed
The presentation took place at the ongoing METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) event in Amsterdam.
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Winners were announced in the following categories:
Marine Electronics: ZS RopeSense line load monitor by Spinlock Ltd
Lifesaving and Safety Equipment: Jet-trak jet-ski controller by Global Marine Tracking Systems SL
Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials and Electrical Fittings Used in Cabins: Barigo Steel barometer and clock by Barigo Barometerfabrik GmbH
Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings: Panda 45 i PMS variable speed generator by Fischer Panda GmbH
Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging: Reversible Winch by Seldén
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METS site: www.metstrade.com
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