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Derek Hatfield Takes Third Place In Velux 5 Oceans Sprint Two
Derek is reunited with his children, Ben and Sarah. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez, Click on image to enlarge.

Derek Hatfield Veteran solo sailor Derek Hatfield today described the second ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans as the toughest sailing of his life as he arrived in Wellington to clinch the final podium position. The 58-year-old Canadian sailed his Eco 60 yacht Active House across the finish line at 3pm local time (0200 UTC), less than 60 hours behind leg two winner and overall race leader Brad Van Liew.

In the second of five ocean sprints that make up the Velux 5 Oceans, Derek, Canada's top solo yachtsman, sailed more than 7,500 nautical miles through the Southern Ocean from Cape Town in South Africa in 32 days and 17 hours.

"It's been a long, difficult and brutal leg and I'm glad to be here," Derek said as he stepped off Active House for the first time in over a month. "It was just relentless storms, high pressure systems, low pressure systems... It's good to have it over with. This is my third race around the world and this last leg was the toughest sailing I've ever done."

"I was a lot more competitive this time," Derek added. "Gutek and I found ourselves in the same patch of water, it was great to have such close competition. At one point we were getting so close I called him in the middle of a storm just to make sure his radar was on. I made one slip up by tacking too soon about a week ago and that set the scene for the rest of the race with Gutek just beating me by a day."

Ocean sprint two positions at 18h00 UTC:

Skipper / distance to finish (nm) / distance to leader (nm) / distance covered in last 24 hours (nm) / average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew, Le Pingouin: finished January 16, 30 days, nine hours, 49 mins
Zbigniew Gutkowski, Operon Racing: finished January 17, 31 days 8 hours and 27 mins
Derek Hatfield, Active House: finished January 18, 32 Days 17 Hours
Chris Stanmore-Major, Spartan: 766.2/0/244.4/10.2

Heineken Cape To Rio Race
Prodigy, skippered by Durban's Chris Frost, has taken an early stranglehold on the Heineken 2011 Cape to Rio yacht race by staying in the lead for line honours and also moving into first place on handicap.

The 54ft hi-tech yacht is equipped with a canting keel that enables the boat to swing from side to side in pendulum style so that it remains upright in a breeze, which gives it a considerable advantage over the rest of the 16 yachts in the 3,320 nautical mile (nm) race to Brazil. After yesterday afternoon's update from race headquarters at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Prodigy was heading due west at an average speed of 10,58 knots and had completed 723nm, followed by City of Cape Town, a 42ft Lavranos skippered by Gerrie Heggie (691nm), the 63ft maxi Grand Filou II (602nm) and the 42ft Xtra-Link (549nm).

Heggie put in the most impressive 24-hour run, clocking up 261,5nm, about eight miles more than what Prodigy achieved over the same period. Given their respective boat sizes and a demanding IRC rating, City of Cape Town will be well chuffed with their performance so far.

Before the race got underway, Michael Robb, first mate and trimmer on board City of Cape Town, was quietly optimistic about their chances, but he added that Prodigy could also upset the apple cart by winning the race overall as well.

Xtra-Link, skippered by Dale Kushner, is in second place behind Prodigy on handicap, City of Cape Town third, Cape Storm, fourth, Yachtport SA fifth and Grand Filou II sixth.

Development Theo Yon, who is crewing on board Grand Filou II, is loving every moment being out on a maxi in the South Atlantic: "Yesterday we had very light conditions but that's good for our boat," he said. "The last few days we have had a lot of breakages and we damaged a spinnaker, but that's been repaired and it's up and going again.

Barcelona World Race
Enjoying the lead of the Barcelona World Race since Friday afternoon, Estrella Damm duo Alex Pella (ESP) and Pepe Ribes (ESP) are set for a long night and long day of frustration as they try to find a way through over 250 miles of very unstable, asthmatic light winds.

The Barcelona duo have enjoyed their relatively easy days at the top of the fleet, last night appearing live from the boat on one of Spain's most-watched late evening TV programmes 'Buenafuente' and have also done all they can to prepare mentally and physically for this critical phase of this long leg down the Atlantic to Gough Island.

This afternoon Pella and Ribes had 1,466 miles to sail to the key way-point while Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and François Gabart (FRA), barrelling down the Brazilian coast on Foncia, at the latitude of Rio de Janeiro, between four and six knots quicker had 1,788 miles to Gough Island.

The lonely island, which will effectively act as watch-keeper for the Barcelona World Race fleet before the gateway to the Southern Ocean, is a dependency of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena. It has a significant problem in being overrun by giant carnivorous mice which eat young seabirds, threatening the future of the Tristan Albatrossand the Atlantic Petrelto extinction.

The island is largely uninhabited other than a meteorological team from the South African Meteorological Bureau - who monitor the hostile South Atlantic low pressure systems as they approach South Africa and scientific researchers.

Routing predictions still suggest there is little to choose between the pathfinder's direct passage through the jungle of unstable weather of Estrella Damm, and the fast route west down the Brazilian coast. The ETA for the first boat has advanced to around Sunday morning as the Saint Helena high pressure system takes on an increasingly ordered shape.

Standings at Tuesday 18 January at 1400hrs UTC
1. Estrella Damm Sailing Team, 20693 nm to Finish
2. Groupe Bel, 95 nm to leader
3. Mirabaud, 153
4. Mapfre, 176
5. Virbac-Paprec 3 In Ghost Mode
6. Neutrogena, 253
7. Gaes Centros Auditivos, 260
8. Renault Z.E, 275 Miles
9. Foncia, 336 Miles
10. Hugo Boss, 395
11. Central Lechera Asturiana, 421
12. We Are Water, 502
13. Forum Maritim Catala, 623
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ORC Sailor Services Now Available
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its new Sailor Services section is accessible to the public, where anyone may now access any ORC Club or ORC International certificate in the 2009 and 2010 databases for the nominal fee of €10. Certificate measurement data is also accessible through this service, and changes in some of these measurements can then be used to generate test certificates run using the 2011 ORC VPP, also for the nominal fee of €10 per test certificate.

This new service will be of value to anyone interested in viewing a boat's rating certificate under the new 2011 VPP, as well as to understand how changes in some parameters, such as rig and sail dimensions, will affect their 2011 ratings.

Test certificates are not valid for racing, and valid 2011 ORC Club and ORC International certificates will still be offered only through each country's ORC Rating Office.

Those interested in doing more comprehensive rating investigations are asked to contact their designers, who can then use the 2011 ORC VPP Designer's version (DVP) to make changes to appendages, hull forms and related measurements to run test certificates through their local rating offices. This DVP is available for download at the ORC website for €500. The ORC DVP is a Windows-based software programme, easy to use, with user-friendly interface and standard Windows functions.

The new Sailor Services joins two other features offered to the sailors with ORC certificates, the Stability and Hydrostatics Datasheet and the ORC Speed Guide, which includes polar diagrams as well as theoretical speeds in various wind conditions for every possible sail combination. This is available on the ORC website.

For more information regarding ORC Rules, the ORC VPP, ORC events, or other ORC rating products and services, visit

Pete Goss to Appear at RNLI Burns Night
Pete Goss is appearing at a Burns Night event in London next Tuesday to raise money for the RNLI.

Tickets for the evening are free and as well as Goss, who recently completed the transatlantic Route du Rhum race, comedy poets Abandoman and RNLI crew members will also be speaking.

All the usual Burns Night accompaniments will be on offer from traditional Scottish bands and pipers to haggis and whisky courtesy of Talisker.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste different Talisker bottlings with an expert from its Isle of Skye distillery.

The event begins at 1800 in St Katherine's Dock and will include a silent auction and a raffle.

To book your tickets, which are first-come-first-served, call 020 7025 7592.

Golding Up For Grabs
It's been Mike Golding's good fortune, though now his difficulty, to have been backed directly or indirectly for almost all his racing career by one longstanding sponsor and patron, Jorgen Philip-Sorensen.

It began when Golding was allocated Group 4 as sponsor in Chay Blyth's 1992 British Steel Challenge. Philip-Sorensen was chairman and took a shine to the ambitious, focused and scrupulously organised 31-year-old former fireman.

His backing extended beyond another Challenge round the world race in 1996 to a westabout solo record, a foray into the Admiral's Cup, the Vendee Globe and IMOCA 60 circuit and latterly through his company Ecover a team in Extreme 40s.

Jorgen Philip-Sorensen died last year and his personal and professional backing came to an end. Ecover has decided not to renew its sponsorship for either the 60 or the Extreme 40. Mike has bought the monohull and chartered it to Jean Le Cam for the Barcelona World Race (Le Cam sadly was dismasted last week) and the catamaran he owns with Mark Turner is being sailed by Team New Zealand.

"I'm a charter company now," he laughs.

But to make the start line of the Vendee Globe in 2012, Mike Golding needs sponsorship, something he is less experienced at raising than most of his contemporaries.

"I need to be a solid conversation by the middle of this summer to do the Transat Jacques Vabre and then the Transat and the Vendee." -- Elaine Bunting in her blog:

IMOCA 60 Veolia Environnment / BT For Sale
Photo by Thierry Martinez, Click on image to enlarge.

IMOCA 60 Veolia Environnment / BT For Sale 2007 Farr Yacht Design. WINNER of the Route du Rhum 2010 with Roland Jordain as VEOLIA ENVIRONNMENT, and WINNER 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race and Artemis Challenge with Seb Josse as BT. The boat has been constantly developed since it's launch in 2007, and the sale includes multiple masts, spare boom & daggerboards and rudder. A total internal replacement in March 2010 of all electronics, and machinery after her recovery from the Transat Jacques Vabre, and an September 2010 optimised lightweight energy system means the onboards systems are like new.

Recent post Rhum full structural survey is available. One of the most desirable 60s currently available. The boat is out of the water undercover in Concarneau, completing an end of charter refit, and will be ready to race the 2011 season resuming her place at the front of the fleet.

Contact Charles Darbyshire for more detail. +44 7768 982233

Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship
Photos courtesy DIMC. Click on image for photo gallery.

Dhow Racing Dubai: Al Zeer swooped through the finish line next to the Burj Al Arab this afternoon (Friday) to score a win in the second round of the Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship organised by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). Dahees narrowly beat Al Adeed to take second and third places as the fleet seemingly descended from every direction at the finish line. Shamardel was fourth and the winner of the last round Al Shared took fifth after an amazing hour-long race full of manoeuvre and charm.

Eighty-two boats, the largest fleet this season, started dramatically with shredded sails and a man over board who was miraculously recovered by his crew mates at the start line. Lively wind conditions and a choppy sea contributed to a spectacular race, which witnessed more split sails along the way and more men over board who were quickly recovered by the support craft.

'We moved the race to start at Deira Palm and finished at the Burj Al Arab because of the wind direction,' said Marwan Al Tayer from the DIMC organising committee and Race Officer of the Day. 'The conditions were superb for a really exciting race and I am pleased with the amount of boats on the start line, this sport is truly growing in popularity which it's very encouraging.'

Provisional Results - Place, Boat Name, Skipper, Owner

1. Al Zeer, Mohammed Rashid Bin Shaheen, Khalifa Rashid Bin Shaheen
2. Dahees, Hassan Abdullah Juma Al Marzouqi, Ali Abdullah Juma Al Marzouqi
3. Al Adeed, Rashid Mohamed Rashid Musabbeh Al Rumaithi, Mohamed Rashid Musabbeh Al Rumaithi
4. Shamardel, Sultan Saeed Hareb, Sh. Majed bin Mohd. Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
5. Al Shared, Majid Ahmed Al Muhairi, Ahmed Khadim Al Muhairi

The next and final round of the Championships is at DIMC on March 12th.

"We Live Like Animals"
A few minutes below deck on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's training yacht delivers the bluntest of messages: you must be lacking in sanity to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race.

The mariners assembled by Ian Walker, the skipper of the first UAE entry in the round-the-world challenge, are acutely aware of the dangers they will face when the race departs from Alicante, Spain, in October.

Several new sailors will soon be selected to share the hardships, too, when Walker completes the crew this week by naming an Emirati sailor as well as three crew members under the age of 30, which is a condition of the race.

"We live like animals," said Walker as he gave a tour of the cramped space he and his colleagues will call home for nine months. "The hardest part of living the rough-and-ready life being at sea for long periods is readjusting to domestic life when you get home.

"My wife always has to remind me of table manners when we sit down to eat a leisurely meal when I have become accustomed to scavenging for whatever there is on board."

A brief inspection of the living area was carried out as he manoeuvred his boat across calm Gulf waters in a warm breeze. How gut-wrenching that claustrophobic and nauseous below-deck zone must be in the wilder regions of the Southern Ocean or North Atlantic, one had to wonder.

Craig Satterthwaite, one of two watch leaders in the team, said: "You have to choose wisely who you go round the world with. It is a test of character and compatibility as much as sailing skill. That's why we are taking our time picking the people who are going to fit into the group.

"It doesn't take much for a minor incident to turn into something major when you are so close to the same people 24 hours a day." -- William Johnson

Dragon European Championship
BMW AG will support, as the automobile co-partner of the Dragon class, th. 2011 European Championship of the Dragon class, which takes place in Germany for the first time in more than 20 years. The European Dragon Championship will be hosted by the hotel and marina complex "Weisse Wiek" ('White Bay') at Boltenhagen at the Baltic coast of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

As presenting sponsor the Transbunker Group will support the event. Transbunker is a privately owned international oil trading, oil storage and bunkering company whose founder and principal shareholder is a dedicated sailor and also the sponsor of the currently leading three Dragon crews worldwide.

The "Weisse Wiek" hotel and marina complex hoste. successfully in 2010 the Dragon Grand Prix Germany, the fifth time it was held in Germany and the first time in Boltenhagen. It was a highly successful prelude to the 2011 European Championship and established the "Weisse Wiek" hotel and marina complex as one of the outstanding new sailing venues worldwide . As a result, the International Dragon Association assigned the European Championship to the Marina Boltenhagen from 03 of July - 08 of July 2011.

The world-elite of the Dragon sailors is expecte. for the 2011 European Championship. The reigning European Champion and new World Vice Champion, Markus Wieser, who is also an ambassador on behalf of BMW and a member of the prolific Transbunker sailing team, will defend his European Championship title for the third time in succession.

The world-wide number one ranked Dragon sailor, Anatoly Loginov from Russia, as well as the vice-world champion 2009, Lars Hendriksen from Denmark, will also be at the starting line.

The Dragon class supports a major charitable foundation. For the 7th time in succession and as a prelude to the European Championship the CHILDHOOD Race will be sailed, on Sunday, 3rd of July 2011. in favor of the World Childhood Foundation, founded by her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Close to 1 million Euro have been raised in the past with the help of the CHILDHOOD races for the World CHILDHOOD Foundation - under the motto "top dragon class sailing for children in need". -- Manuela Libor

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