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Charging South and Recharging Batteries
The accordion effect, which had previously drawn the fleet closer together - from a deficit of nearly 700 miles four days ago to just under 450 miles last night - appears to be beginning to expand once again.

In this evening's update the newly 13th-placed yacht, Forum Maritim Catalan is some 549 miles behind first-placed Estrella Damm, thanks to We Are Water's place gain to 12th overall.

In second are Groupe Bel, who with each of today's updates have steadily gained a couple of miles on the Spanish front-runners, although likely nearest rival MAPFRE's position remains unknown as they stay 'off screen' in stealth mode until Monday evening. Mirabaud hold steady in fourth, but have dropped 40 miles further off the leaders in the past 24 hours.

Former race pace-setters Foncia and Virbac-Paprec 3 are continuing to stick close to the South American coast and, ominously for the new leaders, are the fastest boats on the course since this afternoon's update, albeit some 300 miles further west.

For Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and Francois Gabart (FRA), the South American pit-stop was a chance for a little R&R for themselves as well as their IMOCA 60. As Francois Gabart commented today: "It's surprising that you can make pit stops and still be in the match. The commando operation in Brazil was incredibly quick with a superb and well-prepared organisation on shore. When we arrived in port, the boat had been lifted and the bow raised above the quay within an hour. Michel and I stayed for a short while on site and then whilst the guys worked on the boat non-stop, we went to get some rest in Ludo's apartment, our contact on site who has helped out just about everyone. We had a proper shower, slept in a real bed and rinsed our foulies. When we awoke at 0800 hours on Saturday morning, someone was ringing the doorbell. It was Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron: we ended up in the same apartment on the twentieth floor of a building in Recife. It was quite surreal!"

Standings at press time:

1. Estrella Damm Sailing Team, Pella & Ribes, 21,075 nm to finish
2. Groupe BelDe Pavant & Audigane, 133.4 nm to leader
3. Mapfre, Martínez & Fernandez (Ghost Mode)
4. Mirabaud,Wavre & Paret, 187.3
5. Foncia, Desjoyeaux & Gabart, 226.5
6. Virbac-Paprec 3, Dick & Peyron, 257.3
7. Neutrogena Formula Noruega, Herrmann & Breymaier, 285.2
8. Renault, Rivero & Piris, 326.2
9. Gaes Centros Auditivos, Caffari & Corbella, 350.4
10. Hugo Boss, Verbraak & Meiklejohn, 438.7
11. Central Lechera Asturiana, Merediz & Palacio, 468.4
12. We are water, Mumbru & Sanmarti, 519.7
13. Forum Maritim Catala, Marín & Aglaor, 549.3

Brad Van Liew Claims Victory In Velux 5 Oceans Sprint Two
Brad greets his children, Wyatt and Tate. Photos by Ainhoa Sanchez, Click on images to enlarge.

Brad Van Liew American solo ocean racer Brad Van Liew today made it two wins from two ocean sprints as he sailed into Wellington, New Zealand, to claim victory in second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. For the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, it brought to an end a gruelling month-long slog through the Southern Ocean from Cape Town in South Africa alone on his Eco 60 yacht Le Pingouin.

During the leg, the second of five that make up the Velux 5 Oceans, Brad sailed 7,682 nautical miles in 30 days, nine hours and 49 minutes at an average speed of 10.53 knots. His win earns him the maximum 12 points and places him firmly at the top of the Velux 5 Oceans leaderboard after two ocean sprints.

With 40-knot winds whipping through Wellington Harbour Brad blasted across the finish line on Le Pingouin at 7.49am local time (6.49pm UTC) as the sun rose over the city. Cheers went up from the waiting crowds as, with the help of his shore crew, Brad docked alongside Queens Wharf in the heart of the city at around 10am. First in line to welcome the victorious skipper were his wife Meaghan and children Tate, 8, and Wyatt, 6.

Ocean sprint two has seen some of the closest racing in the Velux 5 Oceans so far with positions changing frequently as the fleet battled through the huge winds and mountainous seas that characterise the bleak Southern Ocean leg. After opting to sail up the east coast of New Zealand, Polish skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski is due to arrive in Wellington tomorrow followed closely by Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield who has taken a westerly route through the Tasman Sea similar to the one taken by Brad.


* Polish solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski has taken second place in ocean sprint two of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world race. The 36-year-old skipper from Gdansk crossed the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, on his Eco yacht Operon Racing at 6.27am local time (5.27pm UTC).

Gutkowski, known as Gutek, arrived less than 24 hours behind leg winner Brad Van Liew. The second of five ocean sprints from Cape Town in South Africa to Wellington took Gutek 31 days, eight hours and 27 minutes to complete.

Deadline Approaching for WMRT Tour Card Holder Applications
London, United Kingdom: The world's leading match racers have until 5pm (GMT) on Monday 17th January to make the final preparations to their application for a Tour Card on the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).

Nine Tour Cards will be awarded to teams which grant them entry to a guaranteed minimum of six stages on the Tour. The 2011 Tour will once again consist of at least 9 races, kicking off in Marseille with Match Race France on 10th May and concluding with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia on 27th November (full itinerary below).

WMRT rules state that the winner of the previous season has the option of taking up a Tour Card for free while the second and third place skippers are guaranteed Cards in return for bids of USD10,000 and USD20,000 respectively. However, 2010 Champion Ben Ainslie has ruled himself out of the full season, having committed to pursuing Olympic qualification in the Finn Class.

With the 2011 WMRT set to the be the richest sailing series in the world with a record USD 1.75 million up for grabs, applications for Tour Cards are likely to be more competitive than ever before. With 2010 runner-up Matthieu Richard (FRA) French Match Team and third placed Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team expected to take up their Card options, the scramble for the remaining 7 places is set to be highly competitive.

It is anticipated that there will be added competition for places from the new generation of match racing stars that started to break through in 2010, such as Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team while interest is also expected to be high from former World Champions such as Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Ian Williams (GB) Team GAC Pindar and Jesper Raddich (DEN) Gaastra Racing Team making the race for places even more intriguing.

Teams making bids will be notified whether they have been successful on Friday 21st January 2011.

Artemis Imoca 60 For Sale
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The boat is for sale with an extensive inventory providing the new owner with a full meticulously maintained IMOCA 60 to campaign with a package including a significant sail and spares inventory.

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Outteridge Wins Zhik Moth World Championship
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Moth Worlds Belmont, Australia: Hugs and Champagne welcome the newest Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS) to his home shores in Lake Macquarie, Australia. Entering the day with an 11-point lead over 2nd place fellow Aussie Joe Turner, Outteridge sailed a conservative 4-races to closeout a winning series.

Almost too conservative - Outteridge was never hot off the line nor leading at the top mark. In more than a few races he was surfacing around 7th in the first lap, yet in all but one he was able to turn it into a top 5 finish over the line.

Turner won the day without ever winning a race. He was consistently hot on the trail of the top pack, which was all he needed for a 2nd place finish in the Championship.

Third place was anybody's guess, but by closing out the day with a bullet, Scott Babbage (AUS) took a decided 3rd. Kiwi Peter Burling, who carried a DNF from the first day of the Finals, was able to jump just 2 points ahead of past champions John Harris (AUS) and Bora Gulari (USA).

Tom Slingsby (AUS) had a hot and cold day, but his win in Race 8 put him just ahead of fellow Aussie Rob Gough. Arnaud Psarofaghis of Switzerland finished 10th overall, and first European.

Gold Fleet Top Ten Final Series Results with 1 discard

1. Nathan Outteridge, AUS, 22 points
2. Joe Turner, AUS, 33
3. Scott Babbage, AUS, 41
4. Peter Burling, NZL, 46
5. John Harris, AUS, 48
6. Bora Gulari, USA, 49
7. Tom Slingsby, AUS, 68
8. Rob Gough, AUS, 69
9. Iain Jensen, AUS, 73
10. Arnaud Psarofaghis, SUI, 81

Dimension Polyant Wins Consecutive Slam 12ft Skiff Interdominions
Photo by Rolf Lunsman. Click on image for photo gallery.

12 Skiff Nick Press and Brad Yabsley from Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club have successfully defended their 2010 Interdominion title, sailing Dimension Polyant to a convincing win in the final race win at the 2011 SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club this afternoon.

It was all over at the end of Race 9, when Dimension Polyant came home second behind New Zealand entry Frankenskiff (Tim Bartlett/Adam) Miller in Race 9 this afternoon, with their nemesis, Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson on Garde, third.

Press and 'Yabba', who have led the series since day one, knew their finish in front of Garde guaranteed them their second title in succession. They were then able to leave the pressure of winning behind them to enjoy the final Race 10, which they won by a massive 2 minutes 20 seconds from Frankenskiff, which had a cracker of a day.

Five-time Interdominion champion Alex Vallings (NZL) with Fraser Brown and Cameron McDonald filling in variously as crew, finished the series third overall.

Thirty-four skiffs from Australia and New Zealand contested the SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion, hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club. -- Di Pearson Top 10 overall after ten races and two drops:

1. Dimension Polyant (Nick Press/Brad Yabsley LC 12s), 12 points
2. Garde (Brett Hobson/Alex Johnson, WSC), 20
3. Nuplex (Alex Vallings/Cameron McDonald, ASC, NZ), 29
4. Gemmell Sails (Murray Press/Ben Gemmell, LC 12s), 29
5. Frankenskiff (Tim Bartlett/Adam Miller, ASC, NZ), 34
6. C-Tech (Chris Reid/Ben du Fluiter, ASC, NZ), 37
7. Andrew Short Marine (Michael Spies/Damian Vlotman, LC 12s), 46
8. As Good As It Gets (Glenn Armstrong/John Shultz (Well, NZ), 51
9. Dimension Polyant (NZ) (Simon Ganley/Craig Anderson, ASC), 81
10. Cunning Stunts (Lachie Paramor/Morgan White, WSC), 83

Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff World Championship
Photo by Shane Baker, Click on image for photo gallery.

Musto Skiff Worlds With the breeze freshening to 12 knots at 170 degrees, the final race of the championships started at the first attempt at 14:35.

Bruce Keen GBR 441 copied Jono Neate from race 10, by pulling clear to lead all the way and again take the win by some 2 minutes from Julian Ramm GER 443. Marcus Hamilton AUS 453 pulled through to take 3rd place, which just dropped him from an overnight 2nd overall to 3rd overall by tie break with race winner Bruce Keen.

Daniel Henderson has won the Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff World Championships. Daniel started sailing in the Optimist class, but soon grew out of this and moved into the highly competitive 29er class. As with many kids of his age, Daniel soon got too big for the 29er and moved into the Musto Performance Skiff at age 17, along with his 29er mates Tom Wright and Matt and Nick Hollis.

His ambition like many youths of this age is to sail in the Olympics, but with a degree course on the go, and girlfriends keeping him busy there is more to life for this talented young sailor.

Top ten final results:

1. Daniel Henderson, GBR, 26 points
2. Bruce Keen, GBR, 37
3. Marcus Hamilton, AUS, 37
4. Jonathon Newman, AUS, 42
5. Jono Neate, AUS, 44
6. Dan Ward, GBR, 54
7. Julian Ramm, GER, 54
8. Tim Hill AUS, 62.50
9. Ian Renilson, GBR, 67
10. Iver Ahlmann, GER, 67.50

Full results can be viewed at the event results page

RC44 Fleet In Key West
Key West, Fla. - One of the world's hottest new one-design racing sailboats will compete for the first time at Key West 2011, which begins Monday and runs through Friday on the azure waters off the southernmost tip of Florida.

The RC 44 class, which was conceived and co-designed by four-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, has five boats entered in the 24th edition of the renowned mid-winter regatta. Coutts, who is currently CEO and skipper of reigning America's Cup champion Oracle Racing, will be aboard his own entry in the class.

"It is great to be back in Key West. It's good to take a week out of the calendar and enjoy the regatta in a relaxed atmosphere. Premiere Racing does a great job, and creates a very social regatta," Coutts said. "The European owners really wanted to race in Key West. I supported the decision. The main reason is to have fun. The whole atmosphere is very laid back, and it is a great regatta to show the boat. The racing is always great, and very challenging."

This marks only the second competitive outing in North America for the RC 44, a high-performance racer that has attracted some of the world's finest professional sailors. Among the notable owners entered in Key West is Vincenzo Onorato, whose Mascalzone Latino syndicate is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup.

One of the top entries figures to be Team Aqua, which is led by highly-regarded tactician Cameron Appleton. Team Aqua is racing a 2007 build, which is the oldest RC 44 in the fleet.

A total of 134 boats in 13 classes will compete on three separate courses in Key West 2011, presented by Nautica. One of the most exciting classes will once again be the Melges 32, which has 21 professional-laden teams on the scratch sheet.

Key West 2011 kicked off Sunday with a practice race in strong winds under sunny skies and the annual pre-regatta "All-Star Tune-Up" panel discussion featuring Coutts and fellow professional champions such as Ed Baird and Cam Lewis. Racing begins Monday.

2011 ORC Rules Now Available
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce the following 2011 ORC rules are available for download from the ORC website ( ): the International Measurement System (IMS), the ORC Rating Rules systems, and the ORC "Green Book" of Championship rules and ORC Class guidelines. This latter book has four sections, available for download separately or combined: the ORC Championship Rules, the ORC Standard Notice of Race, the ORC Standard Sailing Instructions, and guidelines for the ORC level-rating Classes, which currently includes ORC Maxis, ORC MiniMaxis and ORC Sportboats.

With the availability of the 2011 ORC VPP, all 30 ORC Rating Offices around the world can now start issuing 2011 ORC Club and ORC International certificates which are valid for racing, and race managers can access RMS files for use in scoring programmes.

The ORC VPP Designer's version (DVP) is a Windows-based software programme, easy to use, with user-friendly interface and standard Windows functions. It uses the same software used by Rating officers to issue certificates, a function that is not implemented in this version but does give a complete set of hydro and aerodynamic data, as defined by the ORC rules but also as conventionally calculated.

Any designer may process design data through the VPP to analyse rating effects, and the software is therefore regarded as essential to anyone contemplating an "ORC design" project. The subscription will not give access to existing hull data without the written permission of its designer, but rig, sails and other measurements can be found from any copy of an ORC Certificate.

A detailed summary of the changes made for 2011 can be found in Rules and Regulations section on the ORC website, but changes from 2010 are also highlighted in the margins of each document.

ORC Rules and Regulations are published in English, but ORC will seek to provide translations in other languages in collaboration with the 30 ORC Rating Offices around the world.

New rules for the GP 26, GP 33, and GP 42 Classes are in final review, and the VPP Documentation for 2011 is also being finalized. These will be available soon.

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