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Team Aqua Sparkles at Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami
Photo by Nico Martinez, www.nicomartinez.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

RC44 Miami Miami, Florida: Chris Bake's Team Aqua, led by New Zealand skipper Cameron Appleton, today won the match racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami.

The close victory over Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis Racing, led by American skipper Terry Hutchinson, also gave Team Aqua the season championship under the match racing format.

With the finish Artemis moved into second place in the match racing season championship, leap-frogging BMW ORACLE Racing, which placed sixth today and fell from a tie for first to third overall.

In other racing today Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino finished third with a victory over Synergy Russian Sailing Team, which placed fourth. Team Sea Dubai placed fifth by beating BMW ORACLE Racing in a close match.

RC 44 World Champion James Spithill guided the yacht 17 to a win over No Way Back to place seventh and relegate No Way Back to eighth.

Katusha beat Ceeref in the race for ninth and 10th, class newcomer Ironbound finished 11th with a win over Peninsula Petroleum, and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero returned from a broken mast on the first day to defeat AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team to place 13th.

ORACLE RC 44 Cup Match Racing Final Standings

1. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton
2. Artemis Racing (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson
3. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov
5. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Muller-Spreer/Markus Wieser
6. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts
7. 17 (USA) William Douglass/Jimmy Spithill
8. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies
9. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard
10. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis
11. Ironbound (USA) David Murphy/Ian Williams
12. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner
13. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce
14. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) Rene Mangold/Christian Binder

www.rc44.com

Velux 5 Oceans: Cape Town to Wellington
If the first ocean sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town wasn't hard enough, the Velux 5 Oceans is about to get a lot tougher. Howling winds, freezing temperatures, mountainous seas and icebergs await the five ocean racers as they leave the comfort of Cape Town and head into the bleak expanses of the Indian Ocean bound for Wellington in New Zealand.e skippers and their next port of call.

One man who knows firsthand the dangers and challenges that lie ahead for the ocean racers is Velux 5 Oceans race director David Adams, a veteran of two editions of the race and winner of class two in 1994 event, then known as the BOC Challenge. "Ocean sprint two is probably the most physically demanding," David explained. "It's a very tough leg. It's cold, it's dark, it's wet, the sea is a nasty green colour and it is ferocious. For the whole sprint these sailors will be down in the Roaring Forties and the Screaming Fifties.

After setting sail from Cape Town on December 12, the fleet of Eco 60s will head further south into the Southern Ocean, characterised by giant depressions capable of delivering hurricane force winds and waves the size of buildings. The constant crashing of the boat means little if any sleep for the skippers, and the violent seas ensure nothing onboard, however well stowed, is left dry.

To minimise the risk of sailing through the most dangerous iceberg-littered section of the Southern Ocean, the fleet must stay north of the Kerguelen Islands, a desolate archipelago midway between South Africa and Australia. But with the reduced danger of ice come more problems.

"It's not so much the wind that is the problem, it's the size of the seas," David said. "If you happen to get to the Kerguelen Islands at the wrong time, when there's a low pressure system, it's really nasty. You've got this ocean that is up to four miles deep and then you get to the Kerguelen Islands and it goes to 100 metres. The waves just stand up like four or five storey buildings just coming right for you. You just listen to the roar of the waves as they are coming and you just have to work with them."

After rounding the Kerguelen Islands the racers will then dip south again to pick up the strongest winds to power them to Wellington.

Another safety gate below Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly point of Australia and the second of the Great Capes, will keep the fleet out of yet more danger from icebergs. A timed run between longitudes 50 East and 75 East will test the skippers' speed and provide an opportunity to win bonus points.

Just when the skippers are within touching distance of Wellington and the finish line they will be faced with Cook Strait, the bank of water between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. A natural wind funnel, Cook Straight is prone to localised storms making it a formidable gauntlet for yachts to pass through.

Ocean sprint two starts from Cape Town at 2pm local time (12pm UTC) on Sunday, December 12.

www.velux5oceans.com

Lightweight Strength from Ullman Sails
Ullman Sails The Ullman Sails FiberPath series combines the latest in production technology and design expertise to deliver the lightest, strongest string sails on the market. The Ullman Sails Design Team understands how to address the loads in your sail using fiber selection and layout. And with years of experience designing fast, efficient sail shape, you get optimized performance sails for racers and cruisers alike. So whether you're rethinking your cruising inventory or preparing for this racing season, Ullman Sails will build sails to match your goals.

For more information on FiberPath technology, contact a local Ullman Sails lofts and visit www.ullmansails.com

Phuket King's Cup 2010: Nervous Wait For Wind On Last Day Of Series
It will be a nervous, long wait out on the water today for 107 boats competing in the Phuket King's Cup with the breeze forecasted not to settle until mid-afternoon on the last day of racing in the series.

Out of the ten classes in the regatta, seven don't have clear-cut results making today's race performance critical to the final series results. Those classes are Racing, IRC2, Premier, Bareboat Charter, Cruising, Multihull and Modern Classic.

Looking out right now on the waters off Kata Beach, it is like a sheet of glass with anchored boats pointing every direction

The weather forecast models are showing the breeze to be three knots from the east going south, south-west at the same speed by lunch-time and then building towards the later part of the afternoon.

Racing course RO, Jerry Rollin, is disappointed by today's forecast as he had hoped to send all his classes out on a long race. Now though the plan is for one windward/leeward for Racing, IRC1 and Firefly 850s and two for the IRC2 and Multihull classes.

On the cruiser/racer course, RO Ross Chisholm said 'it doesn't look promising, but we will do something with it.' Whatever course he sets for his classes, he will have the shortened course option ready for use.

Class leaders after two day's racing are Racing - Ray Roberts's Evolution Racing; IRC1 - Matt Allen's Ichi Ban; IRC2 - Wiwat Poonpat's Royal Thai Navy1; Premier - Peter Forsythe and Jing Lee's Xena; Firefly 850s - Voodoo's Hans Rahmann; Multihull - David Liddell's Miss Saigon; Bareboat Charter - Ilya Ermakov's Sarawadee; Classic - Paul Brunning's Dondang Sayang; Cruising - Richard Macfarlane's Aida; Modern Classic - Jean Rheault's Souay1.

Racing is scheduled to start just after 0900. Full results of today's racing will be posted to the event website as soon as they become available

www.kingscup.com

Fifth Entry Received for 34th America's Cup
Event organizers today confirmed the receipt of the fifth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected in the coming weeks.

"On the heels of our first major partnership in Louis Vuitton, we're extremely pleased to make another significant announcement today in the confirmation of our fifth team," said Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).

The entry process and validation procedures are set out in the America's Cup Rules and can be found at americascup.com

The entry period for the 34th America's Cup runs November 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.

Shaping Cowes Week Developments from Participant Feedback
Each year, Cowes Week Limited (CWL) gathers feedback from competitors and visitors after the event, in partnership with market-leading online research company, eDigitalResearch.

This intelligence is gathered through a variety of channels including daily SMS course surveys during Cowes Week, a post-event questionnaire and live net chat, as well as a debrief meeting with all the class secretaries. This process enables CWL to conduct a detailed evaluation of where Cowes Week excels, as well as areas that require further development or improvement.

Commenting on the results of this year's survey, Stuart Quarrie, CEO of CWL said: "Through our relationship with eDigitalResearch we are able to analyse all the responses to the Cowes Week questionnaire and look at the main areas which require our attention before forming a plan to address these with the extended event team".

A response document to the 2010 Cowes Week feedback is now available at: www.cowesweek.co.uk

The feedback received for Cowes Week is invaluable for the development of the event - the continued enjoyment of it by competitors and spectators is the driving force for everything that CWL does.

Bainbridge International to Launch New Ocean Premium Plus
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Bainbridge Bainbridge International is excited to announce the arrival of new weights of Ocean Premium Plus. The range now includes 766 and 866.

After an extensive development programme culminating in successful sea trials, Bainbridge International launched a new concept in woven polyester sailcloth. Ocean Premium Plus has been designed specifically for the discerning boat owner who requires durability, high performance and a prestigious look, all in one package. Ocean Premium Plus looks and performs equally well on both today's high technology yachts and yesterday's classic cruisers. The subtlety of the rip stop pattern not only gives a distinctive look, but also contributes great strength.

With impressive performance figures, Ocean Premium Plus builds on the proven success of the current Ocean range, already well accepted and well known to sail makers and boat owners alike for its durability and longevity. Bainbridge's extensive industry knowledge and over 90 years of experience in the production of sailcloth was combined with the latest weaving techniques to refine the construction. Custom finishing was the final step to producing a premium range of fabrics that we feel will successfully meet the requirements of one of the most demanding markets.

The new Ocean Premium Plus weights, 766 and 866 have the following features:
- Low aspect ratio construction
- Are available in 7 and 8 oz.
- Unique ripstop woven construction
- Compliment existing high aspect styles
- High tenacity polyester in warp and fill
- Designed to give the very best in performance and shape-holding power

For more information and to request a sample, please email:

bainbridgeint.co.uk

US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Shortlist
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Shortlist Portsmouth, R.I. USA: The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The ultimate winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on February 25, 2011, during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when they will be presented with Rolex timepieces.

Nominees shortlisted for US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award: Sunfish North American Champion Bill Brangiforte (Weymouth, Mass.); Melges 24 North American Champion Adam Burns (North Tonawanda, N.Y.); 505 North American Champion Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.); Luderitz Speed Record Breaker Robert Douglas (Nantucket, Mass.); J/24 World Champion Tim Healy (Newport, R.I.); Jules Verne Circumnavigation Record Winner Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.); Marinepool Melges 24 World Champion Jonathan McKee (Seattle, Wash.); Newport to Bermuda Race Winner Rives Potts (Essex, Conn.); Lightning North American Champion David Starck (Buffalo, N.Y.); and Star North American Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.)

Nominees shortlisted for US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award: 470 Women's North American Champion Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.); ICSA/Laser Performance Women's Singlehanded National Champion Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.); Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Laser Radial Youth Women's World Champion Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); U.S. Women's Match Racing Champion Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.); and US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Women's Match Racing Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.).

about.ussailing.org/Awards/Rolex.htm

Sail Sydney Wraps Up
2.4 Metre racing. Photo by Jeff Crow. Click on image to enlarge.

Sail Sydney Upset results and last-gasp victories were the order of the day on Sydney Harbour as competitors at the Yachting NSW organised Sail Sydney battled with each other and fading winds.

Going into the final day, Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen were facing a very rare defeat. They had won 10 out of 11 regattas since they teamed up, but had a five point deficit to their Kiwi training partners, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke going into today.

Effectively, the Australians needed to win every race and put at least one boat between them and the New Zealanders.

It wasn't to be. As Nathan commented afterwards, "It was one of those days where nothing was going right all day long."

This was a Sail Sydney that had everything. The wind ranged from nothing to 26 knots, causing results in most divisions to vary markedly from day to day.

There were Black Flags, collisions, breakages and even a DQ under rule 69 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Spectators were treated to 49ers and Moths racing at more than 20 knots, while at other times boats drifted aimlessly and had to be towed ashore when racing finished.

Every state and territory of Australia was represented, while a big number of internationals from Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Norway, India, Denmark, Canada, Korea and Croatia. -- Di Pearson

Top three by class:

2.4 Metre
1. Greg Hyde, AUS, 7 points
2. Ian Thorpe, AUS, 14
3. Stephen Churm, AUS, 20

29er
1. Byron White & Ashlen Rooklyn, AUS, 13
2. Lewis Brake & Josh Franklin, AUS, 22
3. Sophie Lahey & Joel Turner, AUS, 33

29erXX
1. Alex Maloney & Sam Moloney, AUS, 12
2. Kristen Lane & David O'Connor, USA, 18
3. Jono Whitty & Lucida Whitty, AUS, 35

420
1. Angus Galloway & Alexander Gough, AUS, 13
2. Alec Bailey & Henry Goodfellow, AUS, 37
3. Elloise Brake & Jaime Ryan, AUS, 42

470 - Men
1. Sasha Ryan & Will Ryan, AUS, 15
2. Alexander Conway & Patrick Conway, AUS, 24
3. Matthew Crawford & Robert Crawford, AUS, 29

470 - Women
1. Hannah Nattrass & Chelsea Hall, AUS, 8
2. Aurora Paterson & Ashley Carney, AUS, 16
3. Veronica Fredriksson & Michal Hughes, SWE, 25

49er
1. Peter Burling, NZL, 20
2. Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen, AUS, 31
3. Peter Kruger Andersen & Nicolai Thorsell, DEN, 41

Bic Techno 293
1. Eamon Robertshaw, AUS, 12
2. Sam Treharne, AUS, 26
3. Reece Baillie, AUS, 33

Finn
1. James Paterson, AUS, 21
2. Anthony Nossiter, AUS, 25
3. Rob McMillan, AUS, 33

Laser
1. Thomas Slingsby, AUS, 34
2. Jeemin Ha, KOR, 43
3. Josh Junior, NZL, 53

Laser 4.7
1. Dylan Gore, AUS, 32
2. Madison Kennedy, AUS, 36
3. Kailas Johnson, AUS, 42

Laser Radial - Men
1. Tristan Brown, AUS, 22
2. Luke Elliott, AUS, 28
3. Mark Spearman, AUS, 38

Laser Radial - Women
1. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 13
2. Alex South, AUS, 38
3. Krystal Weir, AUS, 49

Moth
1. Scott Babbage, AUS, 16
2. John Harris, AUS, 38
3. Robert Gough, AUS, 41

RS:X - Men
1. Marco Baglione, ITA, 16
2. Luke Baillie, AUS, 21
3. James Levy, AUS, 29

RS:X - Women
1. Flavia Tartaglini, ITA, 17
2. Jessica Crisp, AUS, 17
3. Jannicke Stalstrom, NOR, 24

Skud 18
1. Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell, AUS, 9
2. Tim Dempsey & Jan Apel, NZL, 26
3. Amethyst Barnbrook & Lindsay Mason, AUS, 28

www.sailsydney.org.au

Henri Lloyd - Experience The Shockwave
Henri Lloyd Shockwave is the world's only fully integrated and modular system of protective foul weather clothing for Offshore to Round the Cans racing. One system that lets you choose and modify the level of performance you require from the elements and impact protection.

Deck Armour - Putting the Shock Resistance into Shockwave.

The DECK ARMOUR system revolutionises the way sailors protect their bodies from impact and injury - a shock resistant and super lightweight 3D mesh which can be integrated within Shockwave garments at critical areas whilst still guaranteeing freedom of movement for the wearer. The lattice design of the DECK ARMOUR also ensures the breathability of the Shockwave products is not compromised.

Fabric Technology - Minimal Contact, Maximum Airflow. A hydrophilic laminate is applied directly to a microporous coating that further increases breathability and ensures the fast transition of internal moisture to the outside.

Optivision Window Panels - See the Advantage. Following the huge success of our OPTIVISION Hood System that has received critical acclaim from racing teams and media alike, the system has been extended into watch and course map windows being engineered into Shockwave garments - aiding the perfect start and race strategies.

www.henrilloyd.com/sailing/shockwave

Industry News
YachtWorld.com is setting up a foundation to further the knowledge and protection of the world's oceans.

The beneficiaries of the YachtWorld Foundation are non-profits and individuals who support the mission of promoting awareness and protection of the world's oceans. The 2011 beneficiary is the International SeaKeepers Society. The International SeaKeepers was founded in 1998 by a small group of yacht owners who were horrified by the deteriorating conditions of the seas. Their initial mission was to develop a compact, automated and cost-effective ocean and atmospheric monitoring system for their yachts, providing data to scientists on the health of the world's oceans. The result of that mission, the innovative SeaKeeper 1000, is now deployed in more than 90 locations around the world, including yachts, cruise ships, ferry boats, buoys and piers. -- www.yachtworld.com and www.seakeepers.org

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The battle to buy French boatbuilder Dufour and the Italian Grand Soleil builder, Cantiere del Pardo, that was tending towards Bavaria Yachtbau last month (BB December) has been resolved in favour of the German company.

The deal was announced at the Paris Boat Show last Friday between the ISB group, owner of Dufour and Cantiere del Pardo brands, and German boatbuilder Bavaria Yachtbau, which is backed by private equity investors Oak Tree Capital and Anchorage Advisors.

Bavaria Yachtbau was up against competition from an Italian consortium and a very late management proposal. The deal was finally sealed on December 3 for an undisclosed sum, believed to be €60m.

The new group will employ some 1200-1,400 staff in the three locations and will run a close second in size to Group Beneteau. The group is expected to build 2,000 sail and power boats from 30ft-67ft during 2010, with total sales of close to €300m. -- www.ibinews.com

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The Associated Press (AP) has been selected as a global content distribution provider for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. From the build-up to the race through to the finish, photos, video and other content will be made available to the world's media via AP Images ( http://www.apimages.com ), the commercial sales division of AP, and AP Mobile.

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Liverpool Boat Show 2011 has brought in Fast Track Sailing, the sports and marine specialist agency, to work alongside Liverpool based PR agency Paver Smith (who will be looking after national and regional PR) supporting communications activities for the inaugural show running 29th April - 8th May at Liverpool's historic Albert Dock.

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The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium is pleased to announce a new partnership with North Sails, which joins the second edition of the Symposium as Gold Partner.

The Yacht Design and Technology Symposium (YRDTS) brings together over 100 senior yacht designers, engineers, and technology experts from the world of performance yacht racing for two days of intense debate and discussions. This leading-edge conference provides a wealth of practical information, solutions and case studies across a range of key areas including composites, rigging, sail technology, coatings, CFD and hydrodynamics, all delivered by leading industry experts.

This year's Conference programme includes topics and debates on the latest challenges and trends in the industry. It brings innovative thinking and exclusive insight to the major issues and opportunities facing the dynamic performance yacht racing technology and design industry.

North sails will be represented at the Symposium by Tom Whidden, President and CEO of North Technology Group, Ussing Andersen, President and CEO of North Sails Europe, Jens Christensen, Vice President of North Sails Europe, Bruno Dubois, Managing Director of North Sails France and John Welch, Managing Director of North Sails UK.

North Sails will make two presentations during the YRDTS with Bill Pearsson - the head of R&D of new products for North Sails - introducing both the new 3DI technology and the Thin Ply Technology (TPT).

The Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium will take place alongside the World Yacht Racing Forum on 14-15 December in Estoril, Portugal.

www.yrdts.com

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