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BMW Oracle Racing Dominates Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Photo by Sander van der Borch / Artemis, Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai The American team BMW Oracle Racing sailed a near-flawless race today against Sweden's Artemis Racing to maintain their margin at the top of the leaderboard

Everything didn't go their way. Earlier in the day James Spithill and his team were defeated by the French/German team All4One whose helmsman Sebastien Col won the start and staved off determined American attacks, especially on the first three legs. It was only the second loss in the series for the American team.

Except for BMWOR which holds a four and a half point lead on 13 points, the leaderboard at the Louis Vuitton Trophy remained tightly-packed after the second day of competition in the second round

The hard luck story of the day was the Swedish team Artemis Racing which lost two races, each worth two points, to drop from third place overall to fourth. They had started the day in third place, just one and half points behind second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand.

Provisional Results after Day Two of RR2:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 11-2, 13 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 7-5, 8.5 pts
3. All4One, 5-7, 6 pts
4. Artemis Racing, 5-8, 5 pts
=5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 5-7, 4 pts *
=5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 4-8, 4 pts *

* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires

In Round Robin One, each team sailed every other team twice, with each win worth one point.

In Round Robin Two, each team will sail every other team once, with each win worth two points.

At the conclusion of Round Robin Two, the top four teams will advance to the semi finals. The bottom two teams are eliminated.

ARC 2010 Starts - 233 Yachts Cross the Line in Sunshine
The 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style today as 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

The early morning rain and dark clouds cleared away, to be replaced by bright sunshine and the light NE wind filled to provide a reaching start. For the thousands of spectators ashore and afloat it was a picture perfect start to the 25th ARC. After crossing the start line in 8-10 knots and light swell, a colourful display of spinnakers were hoisted to help the yachts on their way. The forecast is for the light north easterlies to continue for the next few days.

Nineteen yachts competing in the IRC Racing Division, run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), were first to start, crossing the line towards the south west. The start made for great viewing for spectators ashore, as the yachts passed between committee boat, Spanish naval ship Vancedora, and a laid mark inshore.

The racers made the most of the reaching conditions, and all flew spinnakers for the start. First across the line was Beneteau First 47.7, Alcor V (ITA), followed by Caro (GER), Marisja (NED), We Sail for the Whale (AUT) and Nibani (ITA).

Starting 10 minutes later were the larger boats competing in the 8 strong Invitation Racing Division, also under IRC, and the 6 yachts in the Open Divisions. The Invitation Racing and Open Divisions are for vessels longer than 18.3m (60 feet). Classic 1920s schooner Texel (GBR) crossed the line in stately fashion with multiple sails set, followed by Invitation Racing Division yachts Hagar II (ITA), Venonmous (GBR), Berenice (ITA), Fenix (GBR) and round-the-world veteran Steinlager II (GBR).

At 1300, the cruising yachts, forming the majority of the fleet, created the now familiar ARC spectacle as 200 boats set off towards Saint Lucia. Almost every popular boatbuilder of the last 40 years is represented in the Cruising Division, including the smallest yacht in ARC 2010, Honningpupp II (NOR) a Comfort 32.

News from the fleet can be found on the official ARC website where daily yacht position reports will be displayed and visitors can view individual route maps for each yacht. Each yacht is fitted with a Yellowbrick iridium tracker, with positions updated automatically every 6 hours. Crews will also contribute daily logs and images direct to the site which can be viewed at

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A Thunderbolt For The Sport
The report of the International Sailing Federation's Olympic Commission, presented last weekend to the ISAF Events Committee and Council, is a wake up call that should not be ignored by the sport.

The International Olympic Committee statistics published by the Olympic Commission are damning. Yachting was the least popular Olympic sport in 2004 and 2008 in terms of number of hours per day of competition coverage.

To compound that statistic, yachting was the sixth most expensive to produce for television.

So you have a relatively expensive sport to produce, which doesn't get broadcast by the rights holders.

Yachting does not fare well when the IOC conducted a further analysis of the number of Federations represented on the World body of sailing and their distribution. Yachting was the sixth lowest in 2004, and after baseball and Softball were dropped from the Olympic Program after 2004, Yachting was down to fourth to last.

Very simply, as a sport, sailing does not rate. TV rights are a joke. And the only viable current model, like with the 33rd America's Cup, is to give away the coverage free of rights and recoup the cost from competitors or direct sponsorship.

Guess who holds the Media Rights for all sailing events? Yep, the International Sailing Federation.

And the dear old ISAF, under immense initial pressure from the event organisers themselves, has a policy of handing these right onto the event organizers without charge, without direction, and without a coverage plan that works for the overall benefit of the sport.

While the ISAF probably has no chance of forcing the likes of the America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Trophy, Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour, TP 52's and the like, to work under the aegis of the world body of the sport (as happens in many other codes), clearly there has to be some co-operation and a will to work in the best interests of the sport - rather than purely in event self-interest, as at present.

You can read the full Olympic Commission report here:

by Richard Gladwell in, his full editorial at

Perth International Regatta - Final Day and Medallists
Lisa Ericson and Astrid Gabrielsson win Women's 470. Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, Click on image for photo gallery.

Perth International Regatta The Perth International Regatta ended today with the eight gold medals being shared between sailors from the northern and southern hemisphere.

Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the glamour 49er class from Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign from Great Britain and Emmanuel Dyen and Stephane Christidis from France.

The Men's 470 gold medal was won by Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela from Israel. Great Britain finished in second and third places with Nic Asher and Elliott Willis followed by Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell.

Kliger said that he and Sela were hoping to stay in Fremantle for another two or three weeks to get in some extra training in the local conditions ahead of next year's ISAF Sailing World Championships.

Sweden won the Women's 470 with Lisa Ericson and Astrid Gabrielsson, who finished ahead of Ingrid Petit Jean and Nadeje Douroux of France and Denmark's Henriette Koch and Lane Sommer.

In the Men's Laser, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, finished second in the medal race to take the gold from Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia and Paul Goodison of Great Britain.

The medal race on Saturday for the Laser Radial was abandoned and two Finnish sailors Sari Multala and Tuula Tenkanen took first and second on the fleet results with Alberte Holm Lindberg taking third place.

The RS:X windsurfer sailors got in only one of their two scheduled medal races today. The Open medal race was sailed resulting in gold for Marina Alabau from Spain. Jessica Crisp of Australia finished second with Marina Rambaud of France in third place.

The medal race for the Men's windsurfer event was abandoned, which left Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands with the gold medal, followed by Richardo Santos of Brazil and Jon-Paul Tobin of New Zealand.

The Finn event was decided on Saturday when the medal race was abandoned, which left fleet leader Jonathan Lobert of France winning the gold, with Giles Scott of Great Britain second and Rafael Trujillo Villar of Spain third.

The weather on the last day of the regatta ranged from light to moderate winds under a cloudy sky with occasional rain showers.

Robertson Crowned Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Champion
Phil Robertson was today crowned the Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championship beating Josh Junior 3-1 in the final. Robertson joins Dean Barker, Chris Dickson, Gavin Brady & Rod Davis on the list of names engraved on the New Zealand Match Racing Cup.

For the first time in the Championships, a strong southerly breeze greeted the four skippers as they headed out on to the Waitemata Harbour to contest the finals. In the petit final, William Tiller was 1-0 up on Reuben Corbett. Corbett was a little too eager to get the match back on level pegging, crossing the start line early and gifting Tiller 3rd place overall.

Robertson started the day knowing he was 1 up on Josh Junior and his crew were determined to increase their 18 match unbeaten streak. However it was obvious Junior was not going to let Robertson have it all his own way and make the finals a clean sweep. Their matches produced toe to toe racing with both skippers sailing well in conditions more suited to the Wellington based skipper Josh Junior.

Junior in keeping the pressure on Robertson in the first race of the morning copped a penalty leaving Robertson 2-0 up going into the 3rd flight. Junior pounced when an unusual slip in Robertson's crew work led to a bad kite hoist. Despite Robertson having a real crack at Junior on the last downwind leg, there was not enough run way to get past and Junior crossed the finish line a mere 2 seconds ahead of his rival. 2-1.

In what turned out to be the last race of the day, Robertson and his crew had a great start, but with Junior bringing the breeze with him all the way down the course and slowly closing the gap it was a nervous skipper & crew who finally crossed the finish line 6s ahead to claim the win and the Championships, 3-1.

Robinson will be feeling buoyed by his team's performance. Next week they're off to compete in their Sunseeker Australia Cup in Perth in which Tiller & Corbett are also competing. That will be the last match racing event in their build up to the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia in December.

Final results
1. Phil Robertson
2. Josh Junior
3. Will Tiller
4. Reuben Corbett
5. Chris Dickson
6. David Wood
7. Dan Pooley
8. Samantha Osborne
9. Byeong Ki Park

Australian Women's Match Racing Championship
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Australian Women's Match Racing Championship The New Zealand Sailing Team crew skippered by Stephanie Hazard have underlined their London 2012 Olympic Games medal-winning prospects by winning the Australian women's match racing championship on Hobart's River Derwent today.

Hazard, sailing with Susannah Pyatt (bow), Nichola Trudgen (trim and pit) and Jenna Hansen (main), progressed through a double round robin to the semi-finals and then winning the final in convincing style.

"The racing was tight and eventful and the competitors kept us working hard right to the bitter end," commented the Kiwi team, who all came from a dinghy background at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron before being brought into New Zealand's Olympic match racing scheme this year.

After finishing a close second overall in the two round-robins to Australia's high ranked Olivia Price and her crew from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the New Zealand women fought back through todday's semi-finals and final to win the title.

The ten crews of young women from Australia and New Zealand had had three days of, at times, tough sailing conditions before today, when Hobart turned on perfect sunny weather with a 10-12 knot sea breeze coming up the Derwent.

The four semi-finalists responded with some brilliant tactical sailing, showing aggressive pre-start skills more like America's Cup match racing veterans.

The four semi-finalists, in ranking order, were Olivia Price (AUS) on 16 points from the double round-robin, Stephanie Hazard (NZL) 15, Nina Curtis (AUS) 14 and Amanda Scrivenor (AUS). -- Peter Campbell

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Canadian Derek Hatfield Third In Velux 5 Oceans First Leg
Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez / onEdition. Click on image for photo gallery.

Derek Hatfield Canadian solo sailor Derek Hatfield today sailed into Cape Town to take the third podium position in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek's arrival in the South African city ends a gruelling 33 days at sea for the 57-year-old, the oldest skipper in the Velux 5 Oceans fleet.

Derek, who won class three of the 2002/3 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans, crossed the finish line at 2.37pm local time in stormy 25 knot winds from the north west and rough seas. During ocean sprint one, the first of five legs that make up the 30,000 nautical mile round the world race, Derek sailed 7,932 nautical miles at an average speed of 9.74 knots in 33 days, 22 hours and 37 minutes.

After crossing the finish line, Derek was reunited with his wife and fellow solo sailor Patianne Verburgh. Patianne joined Derek on his 60ft Eco 60 ocean racing yacht Active House to help bring the boat alongside the dock in front of waiting crowds at the North Wharf. Ocean sprint one winner Brad Van Liew and second placed Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski joined Derek to celebrate his arrival, a tradition of the Velux 5 Oceans. Brad arrived in Cape Town six days ahead of Derek last Sunday, while Gutek arrived on Wednesday.

For third place Derek is awarded nine points and takes home €12,000 in prize money.
Statistics from 12pm UTC position report:
Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance to leader (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew: finished Nov 14, 28 days, 1 hour, 51 mins
Gutek: finished Nov 17, 31 days, 6 hours, 3 mins
Derek Hatfield: finished Nov 20; 33 days, 22 hours and 37 minutes
Chris Stanmore-Major: 468.6; 224.9; 9.4
Christophe Bullens: 3,189.9; 95.8; 4

ORC AGM Minutes Now Available
The minutes of the 2010 ORC Annual General Meeting, held over 5-9 November in Athens, Greece are now posted online at the ORC website:

These include Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Congress, the International Technical Committee, the Measurement Committee, the Management Committee, the Offshore Classes and Events Committee, the Promotion and Development Committee, the Race Management Committee, and the Rating Officers Committee.

First drafts of the new rules texts will be available soon and ORC tech staff intends to issue beta 2011 VPP and ORC Manager by the 1st December 2010 in order to have it tested by all Rating offices before January 1st 2011 when new rules will start to apply.

Some new products and services are also intended to be ready soon, such as the new Sailors Services microsite, a new ORC monthly Newsletter in English, Italian and Spanish, and the 2011 ORC Yearbook.

ORC remains dedicated to bringing you up-to-date information on all Rating System, ORC Classes, and ORC-related event activities through e-mail notices such as this at

French Team Is Entry #19 in the Global Ocean Race
A fifth, French, double-handed Class40 team has entered the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) bringing the total of confirmed entries to 19 with a rush of four entries within the last four weeks. The highly-experienced, professional sailor, Lionel Regnier, will be sharing the circumnavigation with two co-skippers: fellow Frenchman, Pierre-Yves Cavan, and Belgian yachtsman, Denis Van Weyn Bergh. Regnier will be competing on the very competitive, brand new Akilaria RC2, 400 Mille Sabords.

Regnier and his GOR team have an enormous bank of offshore experience. Regnier's racing profile includes two Mini Transat races; the 2005 OSTAR; the 2006 Route du Rhum on Class40 FNAIM Pays de Loire; the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007 and the double-handed Class40 La Solidaire du Chocolat last year on board Vale Inco - Nouvelle Calédonie. During the GOR, the 51 year-old Frenchman will alternate with two co-skippers who have already amassed valuable offshore Class40 time with Regnier. Pierre-Yves Cavan is a science teacher with a passion for sailing and has competed in the Skippers d'Islande race - a round trip event from France to Iceland and back - and in the Class40 Les Sables-Madeira-Les Sables Race. In 2007, the 43 year-old yachtsman joined Regnier for the Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed race. Denis Van Weyn Bergh from Belgium had five years of long haul delivery sailing - much of it with Regnier on his Class40 - before tasting double-handed Class40 racing in the Normandy Channel with Class40 Association President, Jacques Fournier, on Groupe Picoty earlier this year. The 43 year-old businessman has taken shorthanded sailing a step further and is currently racing solo on his 2007 Pogo Class40, Green Energy 4 Seasons - Diabetics Challenges.

Regnier's 400 Mille Sabords campaign is the fifth French team in the GOR, joining his countrymen Patrice Carpentier and his team; Jacques Fournier and Jean-Edouard Criquioche with Groupe Picoty; Tanguy de Lamotte's team and the Franco-English duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron. Of the nine countries represented in the GOR, France now has the most entries with one more team than Great Britain.

Cats and Skiffs at Kieler Woche
This year's Kieler Woche will be more modern than ever (18 to 26 June 2011). It will include a debut for two skiff classes and a comeback for two catamaran classes on the Kiel Fjord. This shows the immediate reaction of the persons resonsible for the Kieler Woche on the decision of the International Sailing Federation ISAF on Friday, 12 November, to re-include the catamarans in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016), since their exclusion for 2012.

The former Olympic Tornado in particular wants to use Kieler Woche in the 129th year since its appearance as a venue to prove to be suitable for the catamaran class in Rio. "The Tornados will be sailing very close to the audience in front of the Kieler Yacht Club. The inner fjord thus will become a sailing arena, presented in a competent way at the Audi stage", says the Chief Race Manager Jobst Richter (Kieler Yacht-Club), who planned the fast catamarans' performance in the first half of the race week (18 to 22 June).

Also the A-class catamarans will reappear at the Kieler Woche. The single-handed doublehulls were already present in 2001 in front of Schilksee. America's Cup aspirants gain experience riding on these narrow hulls. Up to 30 A-class catamarans are expected to race together with the F18s and Hobies for the international part of the Kieler Woche (23 to 26 June).

The Musto Performance Skiffs (MPS) will show up in Kiel for the first time. But the premiere will be also a homecoming for the single-handed skiffs with spectacular trapeze and gennaker setup. The concept of the racy class originates from Dr. Joachim Harpprecht from Molfsee (close to Kiel). His construction from 1999 enjoys great popularity in England, where the MPS is built, 200 of them have already been sold. In the past years, the skiff also became more popular in Germany, now counting 50 owners.

There is another skiff class having its first big performance at the Kieler Woche 2011. The 29erXXs' ambition is to be the class for the recently nominated discipline High Performance of the women. -- Hermann Hell

Regatta Dates Kieler Woche 2011: 18 to 26 June.

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