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Italians on a Roll at Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Photo by Chris Cameron, Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Two come-from-behind victories boosted the fortunes of Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. Racing in a light northerly breeze on a soft, late autumn day, Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady guided the Italian team to a comfortable victory against Sweden's Artemis Racing after overtaking them a few minutes into the first beat.

Brady's second match proved tougher after he conceded a start to the Synergy Russian Sailing team and then fought for more than half the race to gain the upper hand.

Their performance today lifted Mascalzone Latino Audi, the challenger of record for the next America's Cup, from a distant fifth-equal place to third.

The Italian team is only half a point away from overtaking second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand which lost today after botching a spinnaker takedown and flying the giant sail like a flag from the top of their mast.

Today was the penultimate day of the second round robin with each win worth two points and any penalties carrying a two point deduction. Only the top four teams will go through to the semi-finals which start on Friday.

The two boats at the top of the leaderboard raced today and the USA's BMW Oracle Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner James Spithill, took control at the start and fended off attacks from his Kiwi rival Dean Barker.

New Zealand's chances of a victory plummeted when a messy takedown saw them flying their spinnaker like a giant out-of-control flag from the top of their mast before they were able to cut it free.

Four matches tomorrow will wrap up the round robin and confirm the four semi-finalists. BMW Oracle Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Mascalzone Latino are all poised to go through to the semis but, with all races counting for two points and the possibility two penalty point deductions for infractions or collisions, nothing is certain.

Provisional Results after Day Three of RR2:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 12-2, 15 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 7-6, 8.5 pts
3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-8, 8 pts *
=4. All4One, 5-8, 6 pts
=4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 6-8, 6 pts *
5. Artemis Racing, 5-9, 5 pts

* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires

Class40 Route Du Rhum: The Second Wave
Throughout Thursday and early on Friday, the lead pack of single-handed Class40's swarmed over the finish line of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale with the first seven boats crossing the finish line within 24 hours after 18 days and 3,500 miles intensely close racing. On Saturday, a second wave of finishers flooded into Guadeloupe

Thomas Ruyant and his 2009 Tyker40 Destination Dunkerque were first across the line, followed by Nicolas Troussel and the new Pogo S2 Credit Mutuel de Bretagne just over three-and-half hours later. Fighting all the way to the line four hours later, Yvan Noblet and 2007 Tyker40 Appart City completed the podium with Sam Manuard on his one year-old Manuard Design Vecteur Plus taking 4th place an astonishing four minutes behind Noblet. With barely time to welcome the first four skippers ashore, Damien Grimont on another new Pogo S2 Monbana was across the finish line three hours after Manuard with German sailor, Jorg Riechers on his one year-old Owen Clarke Design FS40,, taking 6th place under six hours later.

Under the cover of darkness, GOR entry, Jean-Edouard Criquioche completed the front pack finishers on the third Pogo S2 Groupe Picoty just under five hours later than Riechers.

While Criquioche celebrated in Pointe-a-Pitre, the second wave was descending on Guadeloupe from the north-east led by Remi Beauvais and his four year-old Philippot Design Routes du Large in 8th with 100 miles to the finish line with a 47 miles advantage over Damien Seguin with his 2007 Rogers Design Des Pieds et Des Mains. In 10th position, 18 miles behind Seguin, Bernard Stamm and Cheminees Poujoulat continued to rip through the fleet ranking since stopping in the Azores for repairs 11 days earlier with the Swiss skipper eight places in the past week. With Stamm on the right hand side of the race course, the left hand side was held by Thierry Bouchard and Comiris - Pole Sante Elior in 11th just one mile behind Cheminees Poujoulat with the entire group in north-easterly breeze.

Class40 Route du Rhum ranking at 07:00 GMT Monday 22 November:


1. Thomas Ruyant (FRA) Destination Dunkerque ('09 Tyker40) 17d 23h 10m. 9.18kts
2. Nicolas Troussel (FRA) Credit Mutuel de Bretagne ('10 PogoS2) 18d 02h 40m. 9.12kts
3. Yvan Noblet (FRA) Appart City ('07 Tyker40) 18d 06h 38m. 8.07kts
4. Sam Manuard (FRA) Vecteur Plus ('09 Manuard) 18d 06h 42m. 8.07kts
5. Damien Grimont (FRA) Monbana ('10 PogoS2) 18d 09h 37m. 7.99kts
6. Jorg Riechers (GER) ('09 OCD FS40) 18d 01h 32m. 7.92kts
7. Jean-Edouard Criquioche (FRA) Groupe Picoty ('10 PogoS2) 18d 19h 49m
8. Remis Beauvais (FRA) Routes du Large ('06 Philippot) 19d 08h 38m. 7.62kts
9. Bernard Stamm (SUI) Cheminees Poujoulat ('07 Rogers) 19d 20h 51m. 7.42
10. Damien Seguin (FRA) Des Pieds et Des Mains ('07 Rogers) 20d 08h 52m. 7.24kts
11. Thierry Bouchard (FRA) Comiris - Pole Sante Elior ('09 Akilaria RC2) 20d 1h 5m. 7.36kts
12. Marc Lepescueux (FRA) Marie Toit-Caen La Mer ('06 Rolland) 20d 3h 27m. 7.32kts
13. Axel Strauss (SUI-GER) Tzu Hang ('07 Akilaria) 20d 03h 36m
14. Pete Goss (GBR) DMS ('10 Akilaria RC2) 20d 04h 56m
15. Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA) Novedia-Initiatives ('07 Rogers) 20d 07h 44m. 7.26kts
16. Eric Galmard (FRA) Avis Immobilier ('07 Akilaria) 20d 09h 14m. 7.23kts
17. Regus Guillemot (FRA) Regis Guillemot Charter ('10 PogoS2) 20d 11h 54m. 7.19kts
18. Olivier Singelin (FRA) Gonser Group-Cambio ('09 Akilaria) 20d 13h 12m
19. David Augeix (FRA) EDF Energies Nouvelles-Vestas ('07 Akilaria) 20d 13h 22m
20. Louis Burton (FRA) Bureau Vallee ('05 Pogo) 20d 13h 22m
21. Eric Defert (FRA) Drekan Energie-Groupe Terrallia ('10 Tyker40) 20d 14h 19m
22. Olivier Grassi (FRA) Grassi Bateaux ('06 Akilaria) 20d 16h 10m
23. Christophe Coatnoan (FRA) Partouche ('07 JPK) 20d 18h 03m. 7.11kts
24. Philippe Fiston (FRA) Territoires Attitude ('10 Akilaria RC2) 21d 02h. 6.99kts
25. Arnaud Daval (FRA) Techneau (07 Pogo) 21d 02h 12m. 6.99kts
26. Fabrice Amedeo (FRA) Geodis ('10 Akilaria RC2) 21d 05h 21m. 6.95kts
27. Marco Nannini (ITA) UniCredit ('07 Akilaria) 21d 09h 16m. 6.9kts
28. Conrad Coleman (NZ) 40 Degrees ('09 Jaz MKII OCD) 21d 09h 22m. 6.9kts
29. Bertrand Guillonneau (FRA) Ville de Douarnenez ('06 Ker40) 21d 09h 54m. 6.9kts
30. Pierre-Marie Bazin (FRA) Les 3 caps ('08 Akilaria) 21d 12h 33m

From the GOR Site:

Route du Rhum site:

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The Wight Vodka Best Yachting Bar Competition Is Back!
The second annual Wight Vodka Best Yachting Bar competition, hosted by yours truly, the team at Scuttlebutt Europe. It's fair to say that last year's inaugural event got off to a roaring start, with thousands upon thousand of votes cast from around the world's oceans. In the end, the Peter Cafe Sport in the Azores won hands down and received a trophy and prized bottle of Wight Vodka to celebrate their win.

We're confident that this year's contest will be fully powered-up from today, hence, we're outlining a few voting rules to maintain clarity during the competition.

1. The Submissions - As of today, we will begin accepting your written recommendations of your favourite yachting bar. The deadline for the submissions is Saturday the 4th December. Please include your name, email, the name and location of your favourite bar, the reasons for your love affair, including commentary on atmosphere, the people, the staff, the location, the food, and of course the drink.

2. The Panel Selection - A panel of judges from Wight Vodka, Seahorse magazine and Scuttlebutt Europe will read each essay and choose the Top Ten Bars to put forward for the vote. Please keep in mind that the top ten will be chosen based both on the quality and passion of the submission, as well as the numbers of submissions received for a particular bar. The emphasis, however, will be on the quality of your submission.

3. The Voting - From Saturday, the 11th December, the Top Ten Bars will be announced and the voting will begin. Voting this year will be accessed through the Scuttlebutt Europe website and will be open until Saturday the 27th December.

4. The Winning Bar - The winner will be announced on 31st December and, similar to last year, the crew from Wight Vodka will be placing calls to the winning bars on New Year's Eve to congratulate them!

We look forward to receiving your Submissions from today, and may the best bar win!

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011
2011 will see the 14th Rolex Farr 40 World Championship return to Sydney, Australia and will be held February 23-26.

Sydney hosted the 2005 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds which was won by local sailor Richard Perini and his team Evolution. 28 boats raced on the race course located outside Sydney heads on the race course known as the Macquarie Circle which is where the 2011 racing will take place and the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Champion will be crowned.

Everyone will be able to enjoy fantastic racing and hospitality which Sydney is renowned for. While in Sydney we hope everyone can enjoy all that Sydney and the surrounding area has to offer.

Team supporters, family and friends can enjoy the racing or spend time exploring Sydney or maybe the vineyards in the Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains or the Southern Highlands all within a two hour drive from downtown Sydney. The laid-back outdoor lifestyle and natural beauty make Sydney a great city to visit.

The entry form is now available for download

And the notice of race now online and available for download:

Twist In The Tale Predicted For World Match Racing Tour Finale
With five skippers still in with a chance of winning the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) as the series heads for the final event of the season at the Monsoon Cup, WMRT has drawn comparisons to the recent grandstand finish in Formula 1 which saw four drivers go into the final Grand Prix of the year with a shot at winning the title.

Sailing pundit Mark Chisnell, who has watched the action unfold throughout the season, has called into question championship leader Matthieu Richard's preparation saying: "I was interested to see that he's chosen to race in Perth just before the Monsoon Cup. Mathieu is very methodical in his preparation, and I'm sure he's got a plan, but this year his worst results have come in events that followed closely one after another - not a particularly good omen for him."

While Chisnell believes the race is too close to call between Richard, Minoprio and Ainslie, he has all but written off the chances of Williams and Mirsky adding, "Even if I was a betting man, I wouldn't put a pound on it, it's just too close. I'd only say that it will be Richard, Minoprio or Ainslie - too much has to go the way of Mirsky or Williams for them to come from behind and take it. But after that, it's wide open."

Chisnell has also warned of the impact the rest of the field will have in deciding the outcome. With all the skippers having to take part in the Qualifying Round Robin to win their place in the knock out stages no-one is guaranteed a place in the final.

Alluding to the importance of the rest of the teams, Chisnell said, "They could have a huge impact - last year, it was decided when Peter Gilmour beat Torvar Mirsky in the quarter-finals. Gilly couldn't overhaul Minoprio to win it by then, but instead, he stopped the man who could."

See Mark's tables and the "he wins if..." explanations at:

YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year
The finalists of the 2010 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year awards have been announced. The vote for the overall winner now goes to the members of the Yachting Journalists' Association (YJA) in a secret ballot. The winner of each award will be revealed at two separate ceremonies during the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show in January 2011.

YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year finalists include Edward Wright. Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner. Edward is one of the true heavy hitters of the Finn class. This year he took first place in the Rolex Miami OCR , Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Mallorca, the North American Championship and the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco. Lucy MacGregor and team. Ladies World Match Racing Winners. Having gained National, European and World Championship titles and rapidly risen through the ranks to lead the World rankings, Lucy MacGregor and her team are a promising prospect for the future of British sailing. Geoff Holt. Geoff became the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic when he sailed into the British Virgin Islands in January 7th 2010, overcoming personal adversity and achieving his own impossible dream. It took 28 days to complete the 2,700 mile voyage.

Finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year include Anya Colley. RYA National British Ski Stock Champion. Six of her World titles and many of her other achievements have been secured in mixed gender competition. Joanna Freeman and Hannah Mitchell. Joanna and Hannah won the RYA Volvo Nationals in Weymouth in April 2010 and placed 4th at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Turkey, narrowly missing out on a 2nd through protest. Izzy Hamilton. Izzy picked up her third Youth National title in April 2010. Izzy won a Silver medal at the European Youth Championships in Sopot, Poland and another at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Izzy has just successfully defended her class Youth World title in Cyprus becoming Britain's first ever double windsurfung Youth World Champion.

Winners of both awards will be voted for by members of the Yachting Journalists' Association. The YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony at midday on Tuesday 11th January 2011 at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London.

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British Solo Sailor Takes Fourth Place in Velux 5 Oceans Leg One
British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major today became the fourth skipper to complete the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. After 36 days and 44 minutes at sea, the 33-year-old from Cowes, Isle of Wight, crossed the finish line in Cape Town, South Africa, at 4.44pm local time in beautiful weather conditions.

Chris, known by his nickname CSM, sailed 7,849 nautical miles on his 60ft ocean racing yacht Spartan at an average speed of 9.08 knots on the gruelling solo sprint from La Rochelle in France. It was a huge accomplishment for CSM, an experienced ocean yachtsman but a newcomer to singlehanded ocean racing.

CSM joined the VELUX 5 OCEANS line up less than two months after completing the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in which he skippered a 68ft yacht with an 18-strong crew of amateur sailors. His first foray into solo ocean racing was a baptism of fire which began moments after the starting gun on October 17, minor breakages onboard his Eco 60 Spartan hampering his start.

After passing the Equator Chris turned his attentions to hunting down third placed Derek Hatfield, and at one point was just 100 nautical miles behind. It was a close fight right until the end of the leg, with Derek arriving in Cape Town just over 48 hours ahead of CSM.

Nicholas O'leary Wins ISAF All Ireland Sailing Championship 2010
Following a nail-biting five race final in Kinsale on Saturday the 20th of November, Nicholas O'Leary (RCYC) was crowned ISA All Ireland Sailing Champion 2010. He is now the only competitor in the history of the event to win 3 consecutive championship titles.

It was an incredibly close competition between the top three sailors. The 5th and final race in the SailFleet J80's began with Nicholas O'Leary, his father Anthony O'Leary (RCYC) and fellow Royal Cork Yacht Club opponent Neil Kenefick all tied on five points each, allowing for discards. All three competitors had won at least one race prior so the pressure to outperform each other was fierce.

Ultimately it was Nicholas O'Leary who proved worthy of the Helmsman Trophy by winning the final race and beating his father to the title. Nicholas was followed closely by his father Anthony O'Leary (RCYC) who placed 2nd overall, with Neil Kenefick (RCYC) claiming 3rd place.

Yacht Rescue Off Qingdao
On Sunday 3 Flying Tigers set sail from Qingdao Olympic Marina for what should have been a nice afternoon sail off the harbour.

A number of factors, not least a frontal system arriving earlier and more fiercely than some weather websites had predicted resulted in the fleet being scattered.

A wind from the north at over 30 knots appeared from out of the blue around 3pm when some sites were predicting 18kts around 5pm. It was if someone had suddenly opened a door so sudden was it's arrival.

One boat reacted quickly, dropped the headsail, reefed the main and headed back bare headed, the second had some gear issues but followed the first into the harbour shortly after but the third for whatever reason couldn't make a Northing against the wind and the rapidly building sea and called for help but by this time they were being swept south at around 4-5knots and were already 6 miles offshore.

With the coastguard informed and responded at least 2 powerful cutters headed for sea in the gathering gloom and we watched as the searchlight swept the sea with the occasional flare being sent up to see if the casualty could see them.

In short order the Chinese Authorities had 16 ships officially involved in the search and the seriousness and effective way they mobilized their resources should be congratulated and be given a most sincere vote of thanks from the lost sailors.

Radio broadcasts were also made to all shipping to keep a weather eye out for the missing 10m yacht and the search was coordinated from the Maritime Safety Agency(MSA) Control Room in Qingdao. The ships were spread out in a line and commenced a downwind search for the yacht and six missing sailors.

Contact was made with a Chinese fishing boat at 0700 on Monday morning and an almost unbelievable 60Nm south of Qingdao.

So a happy ending to an incident that could have had an entirely different outcome than 6 tired, cold and uncomfortable sailors.

Of course there will be the inevitable enquiry, and there should be, just as there was after the much more serious events in the English Channel in 1979 and the Bass Straight in 1999. Without such, valuable lessons will be missed and the learning curve will not be climbed.

Quickly do the math - that's an effective search area of around 1500-2000 square miles - what was that about a needle in the haystack?

Well done China Coastguard and China MSA! -- Alistair Skinner

Letters To The Editor -
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* From David Brunskill: It is an interesting reflection that in both of the forthcoming round the world races for IMOCA and Class 40 - the Barcelona Round the World Race and the Global Ocean Race - French entries are outnumbered by entrants from other countries.

This is a first; a reflection of the growth in popularity of oceanic racing from competitors and the increased global interest from sponsors and followers of the sport.

* From Alexandre Barbera: I'm a French journalist working on the prime time TV show "Les 30 Histoires". On the next edition of the show we would like to make a report featuring footage of an American sailing team at the Australian Sailing Final in the 2000's. My problem is I don't have any information about this footage about the sailors (I don't even know their names!). I only have four pictures taken before the race. Maybe you will be able to recognize them.

* Editor: Here's the Youtube link. This is circa 2005, the skiff Country Comfort having a run-in with the Manly Ferry in Sydney Habour (ferries there have the right of way over everything, all the time). Anyone out there know who the crew was on that skiff / in the clip? Who are the Yanks?

Please send info to , I'll forward to Alexandre. Thanks!

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