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Sail Melbourne
Australian crews have had a positive day's racing at Sail Melbourne with Aussies leading the 470 and Laser classes, moving up the ladder in the 49er fleet and making promising starts in the Laser Radial and RS:X fleets.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page ended day two of racing with a two point lead over Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl following their third, first and second place finishes in light breeze off of Sandringham Yacht Club.

With just one race possible on day one in the Laser fleet it was the two Tom's show with Australian Sailing Development Squad member Tom Burton leading the class while Tom Slingsby jumped up the leader board.

Burton recorded a third and two firsts to open up a five point lead over Great Britain's Nick Thompson with Slingsby finishing with a third, first and a second to be six points further back.

In the 49er class Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen had a tough day by their high standards but did move up the ladder from their overnight 15th to be fourth overall after the opening five races. The pair are 12 points off the lead with four days left to race. -- Craig Heydon

Top three Olympic classes after two days of racing:

Laser
1. Tom Burton, AUS, 6
2. Nick Thompson, GBR, 11
3 Thomas Slingsby , AUS, 18

Laser Radial Women
1. Zhang Dong Shuang, CHN, 6
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 11
3. Sara Winther, NZL, 18

Finn
1. Zach Railey, USA, 8
2. Thomas Le Breton, FRA, 10
3. Edward Wright , GBR, 14

470 Men (crew not listed)
1. Mathew Belcher, AUS, 7
2. Stuart McNay, USA, 9
3.. Matthias Schmid, AUT, 10

470 Women (crew not listed)
1. Sylvia Vogl, AUT, 6
2. Annina Wagner, GER, 11
3. Feng Hui min Huang, CHN, 14

49er
1. Delle Karth Nico / Nikolaus Resch, AUT, 8
2. Peter Burling / Blair Tuke, NZL, 10
3. Erik Storck / Trevor Moore, USA, 15

RS:X Men
1. Leung Ho Tsun Andy, HKG , 4
2. Aichen Wang, CHN , 5
3. Cheng Kwok Fai , HKG, 5

RS:X Women
1. Hualz Zhu, CHN, 2
2. Jessica Crisp, AUS, 5
3. Qiubin Chen, CHN, 6

Complete results for above and for the 2.4m, Skud 18, Sonar, Laser Radial Men, RSX Youith, Laser 4.7, Optimist, Optimist Green, 29er, 420 and Cadet dinghy: yachting.org.au/site/yachting/event/32737/default.html

sailmelbourne.com.au

Two Handed Transatlantic Race Re-Launched
The Royal Western Yacht Club is delighted to announce the re-launch of the Two Handed Transatlantic Race, which will start on Sunday 3rd June 2012 from Plymouth and finish in Newport, Rhode Island. The race, which will be familiar to some as TWOSTAR, will be open to boats between 27 and 60 ft and there will also be a separate class for now popular Class 40's.

The first edition of this race in 1981 saw around 100 boats leave Plymouth for Newport. Held approximately every four years it ran until 1994 and has been won by some well-known yachtsmen including Chay Blyth, Rob James, Laurent Bourgnon and Cam Lewis.

The race will be run in partnership with Newport Yacht Club and the club's past Commodore, Norm Bailey, said: "All of us at the NYC are thrilled with the return of this race and we look forward seeing old friends in Newport, the sailing capital of the world. We can promise you an experience never to be forgotten".

It will also be supported by the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee and the city of Newport. Chairman of the RISYC, Robin Wallace, commented: "The Rhode Island State Yachting Committee is delighted to hear of the plans for the Twostar returning to Newport in 2012 and looks forward to supporting the Royal Western Yacht Club of England and the Newport Yacht Club when the competitors arrive".

The course, which stretches over 2,800 miles of challenging ocean, has already attracted the attention of some skippers looking for something a little demanding. The Royal Western's Commodore, Chris Arscott, said: "The Club has a long history of organising events like this and with interest in long distance two-handed sailing on the increase, it seemed like the right time to reinstate what was a popular race over this alluring course. We are delighted to have the support of our friends in Newport and I'm looking forward working together to enable the dreams and aspirations of all those who take part."

www.rwyc.org

Announcing The Winning Submission for Wight Vodka's Best Yachting Bar Competition
Wight Vodka Thank you all for contributing such excellent tales and passionate reasons on your favourite sailor's bar. With hundreds upon hundreds of superb entries, the team at Wight Vodka, Scuttlebutt Europe and Atlantis Weathergear in Marblehead, Massachusetts read through them all and came up with the winner…but not before thoroughly enjoying a few epic lines such as "I grew up in that bar learning how to drink," to "the best place to be during a typhoon," and "it's where I met both my husbands!" to "the fit bar maids" (Not certain if those last two submissions are inter-related in any way!).

After pouring through the entries, we announce that Rob Berkley is the winner of a fabulous Wight Vodka embroidered Atlantis Grand Prix Softshell Jacket, as his submission for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club sums up this team's love and affection for a truly great bar:

Favourite Bar: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Why Favourites: The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Bar is not a bar in the normal sense; it is a flowing and ebbing tide that never stands still. There are the landmarks that keep it familiar but around them, flows the laughter and merriment of those who enjoy sailing at the best yacht club in Asia....if not, well beyond Asian shores.

The far corner full of the senior statesmen of the club who look on, having seen everything before them happen before. Maori and Wing plying drinks to those who may clamber over the bell, wax lyrical about another great racing day; the bonhomie between members and visitors that really don't care how good or how bad you are, just that you are there.

Have a bad day at the office, go to the bar...someone will cheer you. Have a good day on the water, even the rockstars will listen to your stories. Ring the bell...everyone is more your friend than they had been a few minutes earlier.

And if the atmosphere here does not do it for you, just look out the window and realise that the view we get is one of the most dynamic skylines on earth, that of the city of Hong Kong.

Congratulations Rob and thank you for taking the time to write a piece that emboldens us to get to the RHKYC as soon as possible!

Voting continues until Monday December 27 at
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First Taste of the Sydney Hobart for Sir Robin
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Sydney Hobart for Sir Robin Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be racing for the first time in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Sir Robin has been invited to race on a Nautor's Swan yacht joining Olympic medallist Mark Covell and British match racer / commentator Andy Green with owner Richard Dobbs on the British registered, Swan 68 Titania of Cowes. The yacht has travelled 17,000 nautical miles from Newport RI is the US to reach the Boxing Day start line in Sydney. Sir Robin was the first person to sail single handed, non-stop around the world finishing in 1969 and is still an active international big boat racer today.

This will be the round the world record holder's first experience of this challenging blue water yacht race that annually attracts the international's racing elite. Titania has a seasoned crew along with Sir Robin who also proved himself in 1994 taking the Jules Verne Trophy, for the fastest circumnavigation of the world, co-skippering with Sir Peter Blake on Enza New Zealand.

Sir Robin is looking forward to this particular race having been delighted by the invitation to complete his first Sydney Hobart on a Swan which was built back in 2000 at the Nautor's Swan yard in Finland.

This particular Swan 68 has already raced successfully in the USA, Caribbean and Europe as Chippewa.

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SOLAS Big Boat Race
Twelve months ago, billionaire Bob Oatley's 100-foot supermaxi Wild Oats XI was beaten in the annual SOLAS Big Boat race on Sydney Harbour.

Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo won the day and two weeks later was first to Hobart.

Yesterday, the crew of Wild Oats XI gave notice that this year they are out to snatch a fifth line honours victory in the 628-nautical mile Sydney to Hobart when they streeted the field in the 17th edition of the dash.

From the moment the race started, Wild Oats XI, with Oatley, 83, at the wheel, simply powered away from the rest of the 18-strong fleet and had lapped several boats by the time it roared across the finish line off the Sydney Opera House only 75 minutes later.

Sean Langman's recently relaunched Investec Loyal, with former surfing champion Layne Beachley and former Wallaby forwards Phil Waugh and Phil Kearns aboard, initially challenged Wild Oats XI for the lead but, after rounding the first mark only 15 seconds behind, gradually fell further behind.

By the time Wild Oats XI finished, Investec Loyal was almost half the length of the harbour behind.

But the 100-foot yacht, which Langman and partner Anthony Bell have spent a year rebuilding, showed she now has the speed to keep Wild Oats honest in a long offshore race and may have a chance of denying Oatley's yacht of its fifth Sydney-Hobart line honours trophy.

The other two supermaxis in the fleet, Melbourne developer Grant Wharington's 98-foot Wild Thing and Peter Millard's 98-foot Lahana finished third and fourth. -- The Australian, www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/

www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=760

Palma Press Conference Reveals Detailed Plans for the GOR
In the early evening of Monday13th December, the Balearics Tourism Ministry hosted a press conference held in the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, just to the north-west of the city's magnificent, Gothic, La Seu Cathedral, to announce plans for the start and finish of the double-handed round the world race for Class40's: the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR).

VIPs on the guest list included Antonio Munar Cardell, Director General of Tourism Development; Commodore Nadal of the Club de Mar; Emilio Feliu Serra, an International Judge from the Spanish Sailing Federation; Francesco Triay, President of the Balearic Islands Port Authority; Patrick Regnes representing the Marina de Mallorca and the STP shipyard and Piers Williams, CEO of the Global Vision Sailing Trust.

The base for the GOR fleet and Official Race Village in Palma is a 2,500 square metre area in the Marina de Palma secured through co-operation with the marina authorities and STP shipyard. The Race Village zone is in the centre of the port of Palma and the GOR Class40 fleet will be moored in a secure area directly off the Passeig Maritime running alongside the harbour with extensive public access

Josh Hall, Race Director of the GOR, continued the meeting by recognising the commitment shown by Frau and Carta: "I have to thank Guiseppe and Tolo for the vision of bringing the race to Mallorca," said Hall. "It is the most stunning and cosmopolitan city and I know that all our teams and their sponsors are overjoyed that Palma is the start port and they will all be looking forward to finishing the race in Mallorca at the end of a 33,000 mile circumnavigation."

Full article on globaloceanrace.com

2011 Sailing Calendars From Christophe Favreau
Sailing Calendars From Christophe Favreau Professional sailing photographer, Christophe Favreau is presenting various calendars for 2011.

Stunning 18 footers, wonderful 505, amazing classic boats and marvellous modern ones in Saint Tropez, AC boats at the Louis Vuitton Trophy...all on a high quality photo paper (250 g/m2). Sturdy construction protected by a big plastic page on each side, these calendars (30 x 40 cm) can extend their life at the end of the year. Each cut page can be easily put into frame if you want.

A "custom" version is also available. You can build your calendar directly by choosing pictures in the site galleries ( christophefavreau.photoshelter.com ). For the moment, these custom calendars are "homemade". This means you will have to send by email ( ) your custom selectionss. Please select between 12 and 20 pictures.

Prices : 37 euros without post costs (about 10 euros depending on your location) for the customized version.

Payment is available with Paypal or by bank transfer.

Please see christophefavreau.photoshelter.com or contact Christophe on

Industry News
Green Marine one of the world's leading specialists in advanced carbon fibre moulding techniques, has completed the build of one of the largest composite rudders ever made, at its factory in Lymington, Hampshire, UK.

The rudder was designed by Dubois Naval Architects for a 66 metre (216 foot) sloop, which is currently in-build at Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands. The 7.5 metre long rudder stock was laminated using approximately one ton of carbon pre preg, and is, by far, the largest rudder that Green Marine has built during its 28 years of operation.

In conjunction with Lloyds Certification office and SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, a specific test programme was created to validate the properties of the chosen materials.

Once in service the rudder will see enormous twisting and bending loads, and the Dubois office calculate that the reaction load at the lower bearing will reach up to 160 tonnes. The rudder also features a crash tip that will snap off in the event of the vessel grounding.

From Sail-World.com:
www.sail-world.com

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Just a few days after acquiring Yachts & Yachting, the iconic yachting magazine first published in 1947 from GNM Media, The Chelsea Magazine Company has bought Classic Boat and Racecar Engineering from IPC.

"We are thrilled to have added three such prestigious and interesting titles to our portfolio in the space of a week," says MD Paul Dobson, "and they will sit perfectly alongside each other.

"We expect to retain the experienced editorial teams on all three titles, and we believe our publishing flair and attention to detail will help to improve the content and quality of what are already first-rate magazines.

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The RYA said today it will not support the establishment of a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in Studland Bay if it means anchoring will be banned in the area.

The statement comes in response to news that Finding Sanctuary, the body responsible for selecting sites for the new environmental designation in the South West, was considering making a huge area around Studland Bay an MCZ.

Were the area to gain MCZ status, it's possible certain restrictions could be placed on boating activity in the area, including anchoring.

You can download Finding Sanctuary's latest Progress Report, which details the areas it has defined as MCZ 'Building Blocks'. Final recommendations for MCZ sites will be put to ministers in June next year.

Motor Boat & Yachting www.mby.com

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AB Volvo Penta and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd have entered into a technological agreement to develop boat control system.

Through the wholly owned electronics company, CPAC Systems, Volvo Penta is developing world-leading electronic solutions, such as the electronic platform.

This CAN-based network, which links the engine, transmission, instrumentation and accessories in a single system, currently forms the electronic base of Volvo Penta's product range for power boats.

The introduction of boat control system in the marine industry is going to intensify in the years to come and, with a view to creating technological synergies, Volvo Penta and Yamaha Motor have now signed an agreement involving technological partnership.

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Tim Hall will replace David Campbell James as the RYA's Competitions Manager in January following Campbell James' retirement from the role.

DCJ, as he is affectionately known, has spearheaded the RYA's World Class Events strategy since 2008 working tirelessly to ensure Britain attracts and runs top class international regattas as well as the whole range of domestic events.

Hall's first event at the RYA Competitions helm will be the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club from Monday 11 to Friday 15 April, which will see the UK's top youth sailors go head-to-head for national titles and a place on RYA Volvo Team GBR - GBR's ISAF Youth Worlds team.

Following that he will be responsible for delivering Britain's edition of the ISAF World Cup Series, the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in Weymouth and Portland 5-11 June as well as the IFDS World Championships 1-8 July also in Weymouth and Portland.

Hall, a previous Flying Fifteen World Champion and keen RS400 club racer, has held two positions at the Welsh Yachting Association (WYA), High Performance Manager and Director of Sailing. And he hangs up his shoes having run his own marine consultancy business for the past year to take up the RYA Competitions Manager reins. -- rya.org.uk

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* From Adrian Morgan: There are surely two distinct audiences for sailing, indeed for any Olympic sport: those who know in intimate detail all there is to know about the sport being watched and those who simply enjoy the spectacle, without any great depth of knowledge. Who needs to know anything about the material used to make a dumb bell, or the length of the spikes on a running shoe, of if the javelin is made of high modulus carbon, or the pole out of bamboo to enjoy the thrill of competition?

This is even more true of sailing. A Star to a non-sailor looks like any other boat, and that's enough to enjoy the spectacle of close racing. It's the competition that counts, and Star boats are among the most competitive boats afloat, attracting the best sailors. Changing classes will make no difference to the indifference of non-specialist audiences, and these are the ones that need to be attracted if sailing is to remain in the games, we are told.

Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic comes to mind when I hear about the latest ISAF announcement, whether it be to scrap the Tornado, Star or embrace the kite surfers (or any other bright idea based on who's lobbying loudest). Meanwhile the IOC is sharpening its knife...

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