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America's Cup: Supes Pass San Francisco's Best Bid For Venue Hosting
Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco have passed the recommendation from their Finance Committee for the Hosting of the 34th America's Cup.

The vote was unanimous 11-0

That plan, which was claimed by City officials to have been re-negotiated with BMW Oracle Racing since the weekend is for the so-called Northern Alternative, involving a set of Piers and infrastructure more to the north of the City.

The previous plan, involving a more central location, and the subject of four month negotiation between the America's Cup Defenders, will not be submitted.

At yesterday's Finance Committee hearing, official backed the Northern Alternative, largely on financial grounds in a deal that is effectively cost neutral to the City in return for an estimated $1.2billion dollars of Economic Return and 8,000 new jobs.

City Officials could not determine whether they were going to make or lose money on the deal. On one hand claiming that the deal would cost the City $11million and on the other saying that by accounting for $32million of sponsorship to be raised by the America's Cup Organising Committee and offsetting this against the $11million of cost, the City would show a positive return of $22million from the event.

The substitution of the Alternative Plan, as the City's best offer on Hosting effectively removes it from the position of having a 'winning bid' in the words of lead negotiator, Stephen Barclay of BMW Oracle Racing, to one where the San Francisco bid would be compared with others from Italy and New York.

Details of the New York bid are not to hand, however the Italian bid, believed to be linked to Rome's Olympic hosting aspirations for 2020, involves a guaranteed event fee and numerous other concessions and fast tracking.

The survival of a confidence vote by the Italian Prime Minister overnight, said to be a key supporter of the Italian bid, will have only strengthened the European hand. -- Richard Gladwell's full article in

Competitor Forum Inspires Rule Amendments
Several cost-reducing amendments to the America's Cup rules have been adopted, following recommendations from the Competitor Forum, as well as prospective teams.

To maintain an open dialogue with current and potential teams, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) has hosted two briefings to gain insight into the needs of teams. Further discussions between ACRM and the Competitor Forum have resulted in amendments to the Rules that will reduce costs for participants.

"These changes are designed to allow the teams put their initial investments into building their teams and boats," said Iain Murray, CEO, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) and Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup. "We are here to help the teams and to ensure that every dollar will be well spent."

Key points of the Rule Amendments

- Reduce entry fee by USD1.2million and bond requirements by USD2million
- Increase the equipment that ACRM will ship for Competitors to America's Cup World Series venues
- Give Competitors an additional three months to build their first AC72
- Provide Competitors two additional months with common AC72 design team

The amended Protocol can be found at

Henri Lloyd - Experience The Shockwave
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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.

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Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand Volvo Ocean Race Team Members
Chris Nicholson, skipper of the CAMPER campaign for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race has today confirmed the line up of the sailing team and key shore team members.

Collectively the CAMPER team, which is being run by Emirates Team New Zealand, brings a wealth of experience to the race. Team members have between them no less than three Olympic campaigns, 17 America's Cups, 22 Volvo/Whitbread races and numerous world championship titles.

Alongside the initial crew announcements the team features America's Cup and Volvo/Whitbread Race veterans Stuart Bannatyne, Tony Rae and Rob Salthouse, renowned offshore navigator Will Oxley and up and coming young talent. Nicholson also announced two key shore team roles: Neil Cox as CAMPER shore manager and world respected meteorologist Roger Badham as the team's weather expert.

CAMPER Sailing Team
Skipper: Chris Nicholson (AUS)
Watch Captain: Stuart Bannatyne (NZL)
Navigator: Will Oxley (AUS)
Driver/Trimmer: Roberto Bermudez de Castro (ESP)
Driver/Trimmer: Adam Minoprio (NZL)
Driver/Trimmer: Rob Salthouse (NZL)
Driver/Trimmer: Tony Rae (NZL)
Bow/Boat Captain: Mike Pammenter (RSA)
Bow/Sailmaker: Daryl Wislang (NZL)
Pit/Trimmer: Andrew McLean (NZL)
Media Crew Member: Hamish Hooper (NZL)

Since announcing the entry, CAMPER and Emirates Team New Zealand's principal designer Marcelino Botin and the build team at Cookson Boats have begun construction of the CAMPER yacht in Auckland. The build is currently well underway with the hull now complete. The team plan to have the boat in the water by late April 2011 where it will undergo sea trials before being shipped to Spain.

Wharington's Crew Cut-Back Hits Sydney-Hobart Race Organisers For Six
Grant Wharington, skipper of Sydney to Hobart line honours contender Wild Thing, yesterday hit out at a request by the race committee to justify the reduction of his crew to 10, believing the move questions their ability and experience.

''I find that disappointing to hear,'' he told the Herald. ''I haven't read the email yet but it basically says they question our ability. We have a crew that has over 100 Sydney to Hobart's experience. If a 16-year-old can sail around the world single-handedly, what is wrong with 10 [doing the Sydney to Hobart]?''

Wharington, who intends to enter a six-man crew in next year's race, also supported a call by Sean Langman, the skipper of rival super-maxi Ivestec Loyal, that there be a review of crew numbers across the board.

''I agree completely, and also of [minimum] ages,'' Wharington said, referring to the 18-year-old minimum age limit for the blue-water classic, which starts on Boxing Day.

''If you had a choice would you want a fit and healthy young person or someone elderly? I know I wouldn't expect to swim faster than my 14-year-old son.''

Wharington surprised the race organisers, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, after Tuesday's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge when he said he would enter a crew of six in next year's Hobart race, as the race committee had yet to receive a reply to their email asking him to explain his reasoning for reducing by half his crew for this year's race.

Wharington said he believed all the maxis would look towards using smaller crews to gain an edge ''because what we are all finding is the boats are so much faster than they were when they were originally launched. -- Rupert Guinness in the Sydney Morning Herald,

Work With The Best When Time Is Critical
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Recently shipped is SY SiNGULARITY and her container from Palma to the Caribbean. The cradle was barged alongside, for the boat to be lifted straight onto the the ship. The Complete Marine Freight team was on hand to supervise every stage.

Most recently, four Figaro solos were trucked overland from the UK, through blizzards down to the South of France for winter training.

Global regatta management has tight deadlines to move support equipment. Complete Marine Freight is a supplier and supporter of the Superyacht Cup events, moving equipment and sponsors' shipments.

Limit and Loki Ready To Repeat Battle in Rolex Trophy Rating
In two days' time, Australia's hottest yachts will take to the water for the Rolex Trophy Rating Series to contest six races over four days from 16-19 December to discover the 2010 champion.

Two days on, a second fleet contesting the Rolex Trophy Passage Series will hit the water for two days of offshore racing to find the best short offshore racer.

Formerly known as the British Trophy, so named after the historic trophy donated to the host, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the Series was introduced by the CYCA in 1996 at the request of yacht owners.

The Rating series, which entails two days of short windward/leeward racing and ends with two days of longer passage races, is a rare opportunity to find the best all-rounder in what the experts regard as a good form guide to finding the form boat for the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Last year, a battle went to and fro between Limit and Loki, when Alan Brierty's Reichel/Pugh 62 the ultimate winner. The competition between the two was so intense that Brierty, from Western Australia, came away with a one point victory.

Until yesterday's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, which Limit won overall from Loki by a mere 14 seconds over the line, which translated into a 43 second corrected time victory. Australia has not witnessed any other Limit performances in 2010, as Brierty chose to take his yacht outside of Australia where he has had some success.

After the disappointment of pulling out of the Rolex Sydney Hobart on the evening of Day 1 last year, Limit went on to win the Pacific Cup Fastest Passage trophy in Hawaii. A name-dropping crew including New Zealanders Gavin Brady, Rodney Keenan and Chris Dickson should hold her in good stead.

A separate series, the Rolex Trophy Passage Series, will be held over two days on the weekend of 18-19 December. Some of the best ocean going boats will thrash it out offshore as they put in training for the big race on Boxing Day.

As the popularity of this series grows, so does the quality of entries. The 100 footer Wild Oats XI (NSW) and Ludde Ingvall's 90ft Yuuzoo (NSW) will provide great viewing. The former is Bob Oatley's four-time Hobart line honours winner, while Yuuzoo took the honours in 2004.

The duo will be joined by another previous Hobart line honours winner and conventional maxi, Brindabella, now owned by Jim Cooney (NSW), who has revamped the yacht.

Winner in 1999, the Jutson 79 was the last conventional yacht to take line honours. Lindsay May, who navigated Brindabella for her original owner, George Snow, re-joins the crew with the experience of 38 Sydney Hobart's behind him. -- Di Pearson

For Rolex Trophy Rating Series list of entries see:

A Wing Sail for Mirabaud LX
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Mirabaud LX Geneva, Switzerland: Geneva-based sailor and designer Thomas Jundt plans to develop a wing mast for his foiling monohull, Mirabaud LX.

Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in general.

Thomas Jundt, Antoine Ravonel and Eric Gobet blew off the 200-strong fleet in the Geneve-Rolle-Geneve 2009 race, winning the monohull category and breaking the event record.

The same year, in May 2009, Mirabaud LX sailed for the first time without any floats, flying solely on her foils.

This autumn, Mirabaud LX won the yacht category of the prestigious Weymouth Speed Week with a run over the 500m course at an average of 23.24 knots and a top speed of 25.8 knots.

Mirabaud LX will only be the second yacht with a wing on Lake Geneva, after Philippe Stern's catamaran Altaïr XII that caused a stir in the early 90's.

Mirabaud LX's wing is currently in the conception phase and will be completed before the major racing circuit begins on Lake Geneva

ISAF World Sailing Rankings
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 December 2010 have been released.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 9 February 2011 up to and including US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the 470 North American Championships and the RS:X Asian Championships.

World Ranking Leaders - 15 December 2010

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn
Rafa Trujillo Villar (ESP)

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Marit Bouwmeester

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Tom Slingsby (AUS)

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS)

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Ingrid Petitjean and Nadege Douroux (FRA)

Men's Skiff - 49er
Nico Delle - Karth & Nikolaus Resch(AUT)

Men's Keelboat - Star
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA)

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Nimrod Mashich (ISR)

Women's Windsurfer - RS:X
Blanca Manchon (ESP)

Full rankings at

Gitana Team and Yann Guichard Part Ways
Following a fruitful working venture together, culminating in the Route du Rhum, the Gitana Team, a racing stable founded by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild back in 2000, and sailor Yann Guichard have decided not to renew their collaboration.

For the 2011 season, the Gitana Team wishes to entrust the helm of its various boats to two separate skippers: one regatta racer to drive the Extreme 40 Edmond de Rothschild Group during the Extreme Sailing Series and one sailor to initiate the Multi One Design story aboard a 70 foot one design trimaran.

This strategic development is based around the Extreme Sailing Series programme, which will see some new top level competitors doing battle in the 2011 season, during which the event is set to expand even further internationally. At the same time, the launch of the Multi One Design will require considerable investment both in sporting and technical terms.

The Gitana Team and Yann Guichard weren't able to come to an agreement as regards the new organisation for this proposed new sports programme. -- Translated by Kate Jennings

Thad Koza
Thad Koza Renowned tall ships photographer, Thad Koza, ASTA's official photographer and our friend, colleague, and shipmate of many years died Wednesday afternoon at Newport Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

Koza was born on December 28, 1940. He held a BA in English Honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1963) and a MA in English from Northwestern University (1965.) Making his home in Newport, Koza became well-known internationally as a photographer of tall ships and publisher of popular calendars and books featuring tall ship photographs. Koza traveled the world lecturing on his experiences. He also published a number of books, including Tall Ships: The International Guide. His photographs were frequently featured in ASTA publications and his photograph of the USCGC EAGLE graces the cover of the most recent edition of Sail Tall Ships! ASTA's Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea. Koza kept a blog at Thad's Daily Log and many of his photographs can be viewed on his website Tall Ships International. He is survived by his son, Alexandre Thaddeus Koza, of Portsmouth, RI.

A memorial service will be held January 15, 2011 at 1500 at Channing Memorial Church in Newport, RI. A reception celebrating Thad's life will follow at the Newport Art Museum and Association.

Donations in Thad's honor and memory can be made to The Seaman's Church Institute, Newport, RI or to the American Sail Training Association.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1993 Volvo Ocean 60. EUR 119,000. Located In La Linea - Cadiz, Spain.

TOKIO II, a Volvo Ocean 60 Class racer, was designed by John Swarbrick for Chris Dickson´s racing team and was built 1993 in New Zealand. Swarbrick`s new ideas and revolutionary construction drawings of his TOKIO II caused a great sensation and a lot of discussion in the sailing world.

The ever famous Z-keel, the cathedral rigging, the deep drawn arrow-hull, that gives TOKIO II a very modern V.O.70 lookalike, the dynamic shape of her construction lines, the so strongly built bow, winches and rigging and much more make this yacht one of the most outstanding und unique examples of the art and craftsmanship in modern raceyacht history.

In 2007 she had a complete renewal of paint and antifouling and serviced every part of her. TOKIO II is a well performing V.O.60 raceyacht with a nice shape of classical elegance. Her good performance and excellent seaworthiness, her complete and comfortabel equipment and a lot of space below deck guarantee sailing enjoyment of the best.

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The Last Word
Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife. -- Johannes Kepler

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