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Louis Vuitton In, Alinghi Out
Bruno Trouble, Russell Coutts, Yves Carcelle, Richard Worth, and Pietro Beccari celebrate the partnership between Louis Vuitton and the 34th America's Cup. Click on image to enlarge.

Louis Vuitton Cup The next major step in realizing its new vision, the America's Cup Event Authority introduced its first partner, Louis Vuitton. A continuation of its 30-year long association with the America's Cup, the Paris-based fashion house will present the prize, the Louis Vuitton Cup, to the winner of the America's Cup Challenger Series, as well as serve as Official Timing for the 34th America's Cup.

Bruno Trouble, Russell Coutts, Yves Carcelle, Richard Worth, and Pietro Beccari celebrate the partnership between Louis Vuitton and the 34th America's Cup.

"We are thrilled to announce today the continuation of our 30-year partnership with the America's Cup. Having met with the team several times, we believe that the 34th edition will be the best America's Cup yet," said Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

In 2013, the Challenger Series will be staged with the winner earning the right to compete in the America's Cup Finals. The Challenger series will be once again called the Louis Vuitton Cup, recognizing the brand's long partnership with the America's Cup. In addition, Louis Vuitton will be Official Timing for the America's Cup World Series competitions, promoting its watch collection.

Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series has been held whenever there has been more than one challenger teams for the America's Cup. Its role is twofold - to select the best challenger team from the teams presented and, to prepare the winner for success against the Defender in the following America's Cup Finals.

The Louis Vuitton Cup will be in the summer of 2013, with the America's Cup Finals in early fall.

* Alinghi, two times winner of the America's Cup, has announced that it will not enter a team in the 34th edition of the prestigious sailing trophy and instead has launched a new programme that will see the Swiss team participating in the Extreme Sailing Series.

After a careful evaluation of the protocol and other initiatives taken by the American Defender and its Challenger of Record, Alinghi considers that the existing conditions make it impossible for the team to participate in the 34th America's Cup.

Alinghi remains interested in the America's Cup and will be closely following its developments in the coming months but for the immediate future it will concentrate its efforts in other world class challenges. The Extreme Sailing Series, a championship raced with 40-feet catamarans that is expanding geographically and commercially in 2011 whilst maintaining a truly level playfield and exciting competition, provides the perfect ground for Alinghi to develop its international sailing activity.

alinghi.com americascup.com

Kiwis Win Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai
Photo by Chris Cameron, www.chriscameron.co.nz. Click on image for photo gallery.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Emirates Team New Zealand has taken the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai with a 2-nil won over America's Cup holders BMWOracle.

The win - the fourth of the five LV events held since February 2009 - caps a successful 2010 for the team, having previously won at Auckland and La Maddalena and also taking the MedCup season championship.

Conditions at Dubai today were tricky and afterguards were tested as they the coped with shifts of 30-40 deg and marked changes in wind velocity. The day started with BMWOracle as favourites - being the form team at Dubai.

Emirates Team New Zealand stormed from behind in a windshift and better pressure to snatch a win the first final match. Suddenly the odds and opinion, shifted in New Zealand's favour.

Honours in this race were remarkably even. Barker forced a penalty on Oracle in the pre-start; Oracle got a lift in the right on the second beat and extended to six boat lengths and did the penalty turn right on the top mark.

Dean Barker charged on the run, gained overlap and rounded the mark first. Oracle wriggled out of trouble and extended down the run home. Separation was large and while Oracle's lead increased in the left, New Zealand strategist Adam Beashel and tactician Ray Davies had faith in the right and waited for the shift they had seen coming.

Just as the smart money was writing off Emirates Team New Zealand and calling a BMWOracle win. Barker's charge began, reeling in the opposition at an astonishing rate. There was no stopping New Zealand, overtaking Oracle and finishing 17s ahead.

That's a healthy delta at this Dubai regatta and rather belies the closeness of the racing. Oracle led by 9s around the first mark, the second mark by 10. Emirates Team New Zealand led by 4s at the third.

In race 2 the breeze was master of the first beat. Again racing was even, with Oracle rounding the first mark 11s in front. Oracle's spinnaker was torn in the hoist; they peeled and maintained a slim lead as the yachts separated and Emirates Team New Zealand started to build a small advantage.

Dean Barker set up for the left side of the leeward gate, forcing Oracle to take the right. The margin was 28s to New Zealand. After rounding New Zealand extended and was never threatened. The margin at mark 3 was 56s and at the finish 1m37s.

louisvuittontrophy.com

Latest J Class Calendar Now Available
JClass Calendar 2011 J Class Desk Calendar captures all of the the J Class magic and elegance with twelve new images, one for each month. All current projects are featured - the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger, Hanuman and Lionheart. There are also photographs and information on Rainbow and Yankee.

Cost: Calendars: £15 inc UK/Europe postage, £17 Rest of the World
Calendars for Members of the Supporters' Club: £12 inc UK/Europe postage, £13.50 Rest of the World

Discounts are available for quantity orders and for members of the J Class Supporters' Club.

For more information see: www.jclasssupporters.com

Phil Robertson Wins Sunseeker Australia Cup
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Sunseeker Australia Cup Perth, Western Australia: Rising young Kiwi sailing star Phil Robertson put in a magnificent performance on the last day of the Sunseeker Australia Cup to lift the trophy, defeating British skipper Ian Williams 3 - 0 in the final.

Robertson, who is a graduate of one of the toughest match racing academies in the world, run by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, had a roller-coaster ride through this regatta, going through the first day undefeated, before crashing to seventh place at the end of the round robin.

However he and his crew picked themselves up off the mat to win their quarter-final against current World Tour leader Mathieu Richard.

He lost his first semi-final race to Ben Ainslie, but came back again to win the next three, and finally outclassed Williams in a display of cool, calm sailing that defied his 23 years.

All three final races were fought tooth and nail, but in the first two Robertson won by margins of 25 and 23 seconds, in the final confrontation the Kiwi picked up a penalty, but managed to build up sufficient lead to take his turn on the finishing line and grab the win, and the trophy by one second.

The petit-final to decide third and fourth places was a repeat of last year's final, local skipper Torvar Mirsky against Ben Ainslie, but the result was reversed, with the British sailing superstar taking the contest. -- John Roberson

Results:
1. P. Robertson (NZL)
2. I. Williams (GBR)
3. B. Ainslie (GBR)
4. T. Mirsky (AUS)
5. I. Ainslie (RSA)
6. K. Swinton (AUS)
7. M. Richard (FRA)
8. W. Tiller (NZL)
9. P. Nicholas (AUS)
10. R. Corbett (NZL)

australiacup.org.au

Monsoon Cup
The Monsoon Cup is set once again to welcome its patron the King of Malaysia, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, His Royal Highness Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Almarhum Al-Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billal Shah for the event's curtain raiser, the Coronation Cup on 30 November, held especially in honour of His Royal Highness.

Formerly known as the Terengganu Cup, The Coronation Cup was last staged in 2007 as a tribute to His Majesty's installation as 13th King of Malaysia. The Coronation Cup will be staged at the five-star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa on the opening day of the final leg of the WMRT.

* Perth skipper Keith Swinton will take the last available place in next month's Monsoon Cup, in Malaysia, the final event on the 2010 World Match Racing Tour, and the deciding regatta of the world championship.

This "wild card" place at the Monsoon Cup was made available to the highest placed finisher in the Sunseeker Australia Cup, who didn't already have a place at the event.

"That was a pleasant surprise to get the invitation this morning, it was nice, good news," said the Aussie skipper, we did the Monsoon Cup two years ago, in 2008, so we've been there before."

Swinton and his crew from South of Perth Yacht Club, were eliminated from the Sunseeker Australia Cup at the quarter-final stage yesterday, as was South African skipper Ian Ainslie. It was initially Ainslie who was offered the place, but he was unable to take up the offer, due to other commitments.

Keith Swinton, who is currently thirty first on the Tour rankings, immediately accepted the invitation.

Commenting on the Malaysian venue he said, "it's a bit different, with the tides, but it's quite fun, it makes it a bit more interesting than the usual."

wmrt.com

World Match Racing Tour Scoring System For 2011
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has unveiled a new scoring system for the 2011 season to give a more even spread for teams in the top ten. The plans will see points awarded down to 10th place rather than 8th at each stage, while the spread in points between each position will be reduced.

With Tour Card Holders being guaranteed invites to six stages, the new scoring system will still see the team's best five events count towards their overall position plus the points from the season finale, the Monsoon Cup which carries points worth 1.5 times more.

Under the new scheme the winner of each stage will still win 25 points but the runner up and third place will now receive 22 and 19 respectively compared to the existing model of 20 and 15. The table below shows the proposed breakdown, which will reward teams that perform consistently throughout the season.

www.wmrt.com

Exile, Loki and Kokomo Shine in the 2010 SSORC
Photo by Andrea Francolini, www.afrancolini.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

SSORC Sydney, Australia: Showing the competition how it's done, the team on "Exile" with Rob Reynolds owner and skipper and Julie Hodder, MHYC's Commodore and tactician, have convincingly won the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship's (SSORC) IRC Grand Prix division in conditions going from perfect to poor with winds ranging from over 20 knots on Day 1 to three knots on Day 2.

Stephen Ainsworth's "Loki" was the favourite for the Gun Boat Trophy in the IRC Ocean Passage Series, flying past South Head an hour ahead of the remainder of the fleet to take line honours on both days. He covered the first day's 24-nautical-mile course in a speedy three hours and one minute. On day 1, "Wot Eva", "Quest" and "Ginger" also crossed the line around thirty minutes after Loki - fighting for every second within two minutes of each other.

The IRC & PHS Ocean Passage Series fleet was mixed ranging from performance cruiser/racers to IRC racing yachts. The results also showed a mixed spread across the top contenders with provisional IRC results showing "Loki" taking first place on IRC with Leslie Green's Swan 601 "Ginger" looking set to claim 2nd place and Bruce Hogan on "Perpetual Mocean" 3rd place with "Balance", "Pirelli Celestial" and "Wot Eva" close behind.

Record numbers joined the SSORC's inshore Seven Island Race on Saturday, leading to navigational challenges and wrapped spinnakers in a tight spot under Sydney Harbour Bridge. -- Louis Bashford

* The third event in the 2010-2011 Australian Farr 40 circuit, the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) was won by Lang Walker's Kokomo after two days of racing on the Manly Circle off Sydney heads.

Kokomo dominated the event winning four out of the six races. Conditions on both days dealt the fleet a big swell in a fairly light north, north east breeze that reached a maximum of 10 knots on the offshore race course.

In the final race of the regatta Lisa and Martin Hill's Estate Master had to retire with an injured crew who was taken ashore and treated. Three of the remaining boats racing were called OCS by PRO Denis Thompson and once they had corrected their infringement had the course shorted as the breeze dropped off to three knots. New Zealander Brett Neill's White Cloud capitalised on the OCS call to win the race and finish the event in second place overall.

Racing over the two days of the regatta was held on the same waters where the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held and all six crew racing this weekend took full advantage of time on the water to hone crew skills and racing manoeuvres.

Coming up next weekend will be the December Sprint Series for the Farr 40 class which will be conducted by MHYC. Teams who raced this weekend will be joined by class colleagues from Tasmania and the USA and the following weekend current Rolex Farr 40 World Champions Nerone from Italy will be joining the fleet for the 2010 Rolex Trophy. -- Sam Crichton, www.farr40.asn.au and farr40.org

Results

IRC Ocean Passage Series
1. Loki - Steven Ainsworth
2. Ginger - Leslie Green
3. Wot Eva - David Pescud

Farr 40 OD
1. Kokomo - Lang Walker
2. White Cloud - Brett Neill
3. Estate Master - Martin Hill

IRC Grand Prix Division
1. Exile - Robert Reynolds
2. Wild Rose - Roger Hickman
3. The Goat - Bruce Foye

www.ssorc.mhyc.com.au

Royal Ocean Racing Club 2011 Season - Information For Competitors
Classes and Class Flags

For the 2011 RORC Season there are significant changes to the class bands and the names of the classes. Classes shall be as detailed below.

Class - TCC range - Class Flag
IRC CK* - 0.850 and greater - Pennant 9
IRC Z - 1.250 and greater - Pennant 0
IRC 1 - 1.101 - 1.249 - Pennant 1
IRC 2 - 1.051 - 1.100 - Pennant 2
IRC 3 - 1.007 - 1.050 - Pennant 3
IRC 4 - 0.850 - 1.006 - Pennant 4

ORC Club - 1.005 and greater - Pennant 5
Multihulls - Pennant 8
CSA - 0.870 and greater - Pennant 6

* IRC CK is a separate division within IRC for yachts with canting keels

The RORC reserves the right to amend the class splits in the light of 2011 data before the start of the season. Class bands may be changed for inshore regattas.

Download the document from the RORC: www.rorc.org/downloads/

Sail Faster And Smarter!
Speed and Smarts Speed & Smarts is a bi-monthly newsletter packed with tips to improve your racing performance. It's written by winning AC tactician David Dellenbaugh, and each issue has 16 pages full of instructional advice on tactics, strategy, speed, boathandling and rules (plus there's no advertising!).

Whether you race a one-design or big boat, at the top or bottom of your fleet, you'll find lots of valuable ideas in Speed & Smarts. In fact, when you consider the cost of other go-fast items you can buy, this newsletter gives you extremely good "bang for your buck."

View a sample issue at www.speedandsmarts.com/BackIssues/SampleIssue

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Sandhamn Race Week and Round Gotland Race 2011
The Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS, has a long tradition in arranging international regattas and offshore races. Since more than hundred years Sandhamn has been Sweden's most famous sailing center and the Round Gotland Race, one of the biggest offshore races in the world, was sailed for the first time in 1937.

You are invited to participate in W/L-races during three days in the beginning of July. Fleet races will start on Saturday 2nd and end up in a prize giving ceremony on Monday 4th of July.

During this regatta we are looking forward to welcome the Express class to race for the medals of the Swedish Championship. The regatta is also open for other One Design keelboat classes with a minimum of eight entries.

During these days we also invite offshore racers measured in ORC Int, IRC Endorsed or SRS to sail one coastal race and two days of W/L races.

After that we are looking forward to welcome many sailors entering the Round Gotland Race starting on Wednesday 6th of July. The race is open for boats measured in ORC Int, IRC Endorsed or SRS and for One Design classes with a minimum of eight entries.s.

Classic Yachts measured in ORC Club are invited to race a course with an app. length of 215 Nm. Classic Yachts are defined as boats built in wood or metal before 31st of December 1967 and remained mainly conformal to her original plans. Alternatively a replica built anytime, which is built in conformity with, or is a copy off an existing boat, or according to an original one off design prior to 31st of December 1967. Race Committee decides if a boat is allowed to enter as a Classic Yacht.

A not yet decided combination of different races during the Sandhamn Race Week will be the format for the Swedish Championship for ORC Int and Class Championship in IRC Endorsed. -- Isabelle Mungsgard, Racing Manager, KSSS

Further information and Notice of Race will be published on www.ksss.se

ISAF Publish Notice Of Race for 2011 ISAF Nations Cup
The Notice of Race for the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup has been published on the ISAF website.

The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match racing nations in both open and women's events and to develop match racing infrastructure around the world. The Nations Cup encompasses a series of eight Regional Finals from March to July 2011, from which the top team will qualify for the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, which will take place in Sheboygan, USA from 13-18 September 2011. The Notice of Race outlines the key details of the event, including the dates and venues, equipment and format of the Regional Finals and Grand Final.

The Notice of Race also includes the ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) allocations for the Regional Finals, ie which nations can compete in which Regional Final. MNAs wishing to compete should apply for entry using the form in the Notice of Race by 15 January 2011 for South American and Europe I Women and 15 February 2011 for the remaining Regional Finals.

Regional Finals will be held in South Africa, Bahrain, Austria, Portugal, Poland, USA, Australia and Brazil. The racing on the water will be preceded by an ISAF Match Racing Clinic, aimed to help develop match racing skills and officiating in that region.

The winners of the Regional Finals will progress through to the Grand Final, where they will be joined by representatives from the defending champions France, and the host nation, USA, to battle for the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup trophies in the open and women's events.

Venues and Dates
Grand Final (Open & Women) - Sheboygan, USA - 13-18 September 2011

Regional Finals
Africa (Open & Women) - Cape Town, South Africa - 5-8 May 2011
Asia (Open & Women) - Manama, Bahrain - 10-16 April 2011
Europe I (Open) - Neusiedl am See, Austria - 2-5 June 2011
Europe I (Women) - Porto, Portugal - 22-26 March 2011
Europe II (Open & Women) - Gdynia, Poland - 19-23 July 2011
North America & Caribbean (Open & Women) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - 15-21 May 2011
Oceania (Open & Women) - Sydney, Australia - 12-14 May 2011
South America (Open & Women) - Porto Alegre, Brazil - 24-27 March 2011

www.sailing.org/nationscup

Featured Brokerage
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