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Day One In Miami
Scott, who claimed bronze at the 2010 edition of this Rolex Miami OCR, won both races by a sizeable margin to take an early lead for Skandia Team GBR in the men's heavyweight event, with Ben Ainslie poised in third place with 5,2 from his opening races, and Andrew Mills in eighth.
As well as Scott, Skandia Team GBR has taken an early lead in the 49er, 470 Men's, RS:X men's windsurfing events, and is equal first in the Laser, with Lucy Macgregor's women's match racing team also coming through their three opening round robin matches unbeaten with substitute crew Mary Rook.
Macgregor, Rook and Kate Macgregor picked up penalties in two of their three races, but held their nerve to beat Canadian Katie Abbott, American Rebecca Dellenbaugh and New Zealand's Stephanie Hazard.
Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith made the most of the first day at their first event back after being sidelined through injury - they top the standings in the 49er class thanks to 1,3,2 from their three races today, while teammates Dave Evans-Ed Powys and John Pink-Rick Peacock occupy the second and third spots on the leaderboard.
Skandia Team GBR's 470 men's teams also saw their regatta off to a good start, with two-time World Champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis in first overall, and Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell just behind in second.
A consistent day of two second places in the RS:X Men's windsurfing event sees Nick Dempsey take an early lead, while Paul Goodison is in equal first in the Laser class.
In the 470 women's event, Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes are poised in third overall, with Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark sixth, while Skandia Team GBR sailors are in fourth after day one in the RS:X Women's and Laser Radial events through Bryony Shaw and Alison Young.
In the Paralympic classes, John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas are second with 3,2 in the Sonar event, SKUD duo Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell are currently third overall, with Megan Pascoe 8th and Helena Lucas 11th in the 2.4mR event after day one.
The Rolex Miami OCR - the second leg of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series - runs until Saturday 29 January.
Chris Stanmore-Major Takes Fourth In Velux 5 Oceans Second Sprint
British yachtsman Chris Stanmore-Major today sailed across the finish line of the second sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS ending an epic 39-day voyage from Cape Town, South Africa, to Wellington in New Zealand. With the sun still rising, the 33-year-old solo sailor from Cowes, Isle of Wight, crossed the finish line at 7.25am and sailed into Wellington Harbour on his Eco 60 Spartan.
Dozens of people flocked to the dockside at Queens Wharf in the centre of the city to give the fourth and final VELUX 5 OCEANS skipper the welcome he deserved after being at sea for a gruelling 39 days, nine hours and 25 minutes. During ocean sprint two CSM overcame numerous challenges, not only having to battling horrendous Southern Ocean weather conditions but also contending with battery failure onboard Spartan.
Once safely tied up on the dock next to the other three Eco 60s, CSM celebrated his arrival with a glass of champagne and raised a toast to Belgian sailor Christophe Bullens who was forced to pull out of the Velux 5 Oceans in Cape Town due to boat breakages.
"I feel fantastic for being here," CSM said. "The process of getting into Wellington has been so complicated and convoluted that getting here really feels special. It's been a really tough leg with a lot of challenges but now I am here, it's a glorious day, the sun is shining and already it's like all the stuff that has happened in the last week didn't occur."
In the later stages of the sprint CSM chose to follow a route close to the coast of Australia through the Bass Strait between the mainland and Tasmania so that if his batteries - and subsequently his autopilots - failed, he could reach land without too much difficulty. Determined not to stop, CSM made a quick passage through the Tasman Sea and into the Cook Strait. But that was where his luck ran out - after several frustrating days becalmed off the northwest tip of New Zealand's South Island CSM then had to face 45-50 knot headwinds as he tried to punch his way towards Wellington.
CSM and his fellow racers now have less than two weeks to prepare their Eco 60s for the third ocean sprint which starts on February 6. The third leg sees the fleet head back into the Southern Ocean then around Cape Horn, the most feared of all capes, as they race to Punta del Este in Uruguay.
Brad Van Liew, Le Pingouin: finished January 16, 30 days, nine hours, 49 mins
New Offshore Race In Baie De Quiberon
This event will be open to IRC 0, 1, 2 et 3, M34, Class 40, Figaro 2, 60' Imoca, Multihulls,...
Boats, with a full crew or double handed, will sail to the beacon Chaussee de Sein (48°03,89N / 005°07,69W), and then proceed to the south to leave the island of Yeu on port, before reaching La Trinite.
At the same time, a daily double handed race will be organized for other boats, in the Baie de Quiberon.
For this first edition, Ar Men Race will attract many competitors registrated in the well known transatlantic double handed race TRANSQUADRA, for a last check before the start in July. 80 to 100 are expected.
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Tour Card Holders Unveiled for 2011 WMRT
Former Champions Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, and Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team head the list of successful applicants who will be competing for the record USD 1.75m prize fund - the richest in world sailing.
Having come so close to winning the title in 2010, France's Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team is back for another crack at the Championship alongside fellow countryman Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, a former winner of Match Race Germany.
They will be joined by Olympian and America's Cup campaigner Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino and former Argo Group Gold Cup winner Johnie Berntsson (Berntsson Sailing Team) of Sweden.
Completing the line up are two of the most exciting young prospects in match racing, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team and New Zealand's Phil Robertson, WAKA Racing Team. Still just 24 years-old, Mirsky will be competing on the Tour for the fourth time and will go into the season as one of the hot favourites having finished second in 2009 and third in 2010.
The Tour Card Holders, who represent 6 different countries, are guaranteed entry to at least 6 of the Tour's 9 events which get under way with Match Race France in May and concludes with the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia in November when the top 9 teams will be battling for a share of the USD 500,000 Tour Bonus Pool.
2011 WMRT Tour Card Holders
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
WMRT Tour Card decisions are based on the following criteria:
- Sailing skill
New Team for Extreme Sailing Series
Using the platform of the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the world's largest yacht and watersports trade fair, Gaebler made his announcement alongside Extreme Sailing Series 'Official Clothing Supplier' Marinepool, who this year celebrate their 20th anniversary.
One of the world's most accomplished multihull sailors and International Tornado class president, Roland Gaebler is not new to the challenges of Extreme 40 racing. In 2009 he skippered the German Extreme 40 'Team Wirsol' at the Kiel event and in 2010 Gaebler led the Hungarian team, Team Nokia Hungary.
Bruno Dubois (CAN) and Sebbe Godefroid (BEL) complete the core crew and the three have an impressive collective CV with 9 Olympic Games, 2 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship titles, 3 America's Cups and 2 world sailing records between them.
Groupe Edmond De Rothschild have also recently announced their chosen skipper for 2011. Pierre Pennec, tactician for the 2010 and 2009 series will this year be taking the helm and hoping to improve on last years second place in the series.
2011 Confirmed Teams & Skippers:
Team Name - Nat. - Skipper Name - Nat.
Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4one
The team composition is already decided. For this purpose, Stephan Kandler, CEO of ALL4ONE: "From a purely personnel point of view, we won't change too much next season: Jochen Schumann is our helmsman, and Sebastien Col (33 year old, France) will be our tactician. There are no reasons to make big changes.
Regarding the integration of additional young talents, the team is taking new routes. Three-times Olympic champions Jochen Schumann describes the strategy as follows: "With our "A Dream Comes True" initiative, we want to allow the German sailing youth to enter big-boat sailing, that means we will give young talents from the Audi Sailing Team Germany, the German national sailing team, the opportunity to train with us and partake at boat deliveries. It would be great if, via this talent scouting exercise during the years, we could find u30 or even u25 sailors for the TP, and maybe even a helmsman who could become my successor."
Besides the partnership with title sponsor Audi, the Audi Sailing Team also concluded a cooperation with the Kiel Week. In order to further increase the awareness of the Kiel Week as one of the largest racing events in the world, also in the Mediterranean world, the team will start at the regatta's of the Audi MedCup with a spinnaker in the design of the Kiel Week.
Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE will also be supported by the Canal+ Group, which is renewing its media partnership with ALL4ONE. Daily news and programmes dedicated to Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE, as well as a final magazine, will be broadcasted for each of the Audi MedCup events, as well as the TP52 World Championship on the Canal+ Group TV channels and their web site. Canal+ Group and ALL4ONE are partners since 2004.
Huge Fleet Of Classic Yachts Turning Out For 175th Regatta
More than 50 classic wooden yachts, many gaff-rigged, and several built more than a century ago, will grace the waters of Sydney Harbour to commemorate the 175th Australia Day Regatta tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 January 2011.
The Australia Day Regatta, proudly acclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, has been held each year since 1837 to commemorate the anniversary of the first European settlement of Australia.
The Classic Yachts will race in a special division to mark the 175thanniversary, starting and finishing near the Flagship HMAS Ballarat. As they finish they will pass astern of the Flagship then sail up the Harbour and around Fort Dennison before heading to the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club in Mosman Bay for a huge raft-up and prizegiving,
Among the entries for the Classic Yachts division are several wooden, gaff-rigged yachts built more than a century ago, but lovingly restored by their current owners, the 'custodians' of these graceful sailing craft of yester year.
The 27-foot gaff-rigged yawl Killala is one, beautifully restored by shipwright Ian Thomas. Built in the mid 1890s, she will be skippered in the 175th Australia Day Regatta by Hugh Treharne, the tactician on Australia II in her America's Cup victory at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1983.
Also competing will be Weene, originally a Tasmanian One Design class yacht which celebrated her centenary last October. Owner Ben Stoner, an antique restorer, still has her on the register of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and her sail number is RYCT 1, although she now races with the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club.
Several old metre-style yachts have entered, including Sydney Hobart Race winner Neville Crichton's Plym, which carries the sail number US20, political commentator Ian Kortlang's Antara, and Les Goodridge's famous 8-metre class racer Erica J.
Former Sydney Hobart racers, now retired to smoother waters, have also entered the Classic Yachts division, including Nigel Stoke's Fidelis, Philip Brown's Anitra IV, David Salter's Mister Christian and Maris, owned by Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan.
Not only are the yachts of classic age. Bill Gale, now well into his eighties, again will be at the helm of his famous gaff-rigger Ranger, which he has helmed or crewed for the past 65 years. Ranger carries the SASC sail number A1 and will head a small fleet of younger Ranger class yacht competing in the Classic Yacht division.
The 175th Australia Day Regatta will start from near the Flagship at 1.15pm with the warning signal for Division A boats. Division starts will continue until 1.50pm when the Classic Yachts will begin their handicap start - with the ultimate hope of a spectacularly close finish back near HMAS Ballarat.
The colourful and over-canvassed Historical Skiffs, wooden replicas of 18-foot skiffs that raced on the Harbour early last century, will start with the main fleet, but the modern, high-tech18-footers will race on their own traditional courses around the Harbour. -- Peter Campbell
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The new rules can be found here: www.internationalkiteboarding.org
The new Appendix BB only includes changes to the rules for Course Racing at the moment, additional changes for all other disciplines will be posted in the next weeks until a final new version of the Kiteboarding Competition Rules has been completed.
The changes for course racing are important as they will be used at next weeks Miami OCR regatta, where kiteboarding will be demonstrated along all other Olympic Sailing Classes.
The 44m superyacht Salperton was dismasted on Saturday, 22 January 2011, whilst sailing off Guadeloupe with mainsail and blade in light conditions. Nobody was hurt and the yacht made port safely.
Salperton was launched in 2009 and it's Southern Spars mast carries PBO rigging by Future Fibres.
Salperton has crossed the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans (twice) and has been sailed in all weathers for very many miles without ever giving cause for concern.
The cause of the dismasting is not known at this time. The mast is broken approx 6m above deck, some distance below the D1 tangs and Spreader 1.
Paul MacDonald of Southern Spars, New Zealand, is travelling to Antigua to discuss the incident with the captain and crew, and to inspect the damage to both the mast and rigging. He expects to meet with the owner during this week too. -- southernspars.com
Sir Chay Blyth, CBE, BEM, takes his place as Ambassador to the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta next to Lady Pippa Blake who has already confirmed her support for this, the first ever official reunion and regatta. Sir Chay is the second Ambassador to be appointed to event, which takes place on 1-5 November in Alicante later this year.
Sir Chay was the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world in 1971 on the 59' yacht, British Steel, taking 292 days, for which he was awarded a CBE.
The Volvo Ocean Race Legends will celebrate the long and varied history of the world's premier ocean race and includes racing and social events in November this year for all those who have competed or been involved in the event since its inauguration in 1973. It promises to be an occasion not to be missed, with many ex-sailors travelling from all over the world to take part. -- volvooceanrace.com
RNLI annual rescue figures 2010 - half of all launches are to pleasure craft.
Last year half of all RNLI lifeboat launches were to people out on the water for fun and the charity that saves lives at sea is calling on boaters and watersports enthusiasts to stay safe and wear a lifejacket in 2011.
Out of a total 8,713 lifeboat launches around the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2010, 53% (4,634) were to people enjoying a day afloat. Of those, 2,173 were to power pleasure craft, 1,711 were to sailing pleasure craft and 750 were to manual pleasure craft*. Machinery failure was the most common cause for rescue, with 1,740 of all launches responding to vessels with mechanical problems - up from 1,687 in 2009.
The charity's lifeboats spent a total of 10,758 hours (448 days) at sea in 2010, actively rescuing 8,313 people (22 every day), the highest number in the RNLI's history. Nearly three quarters (72%) of those people rescued were from pleasure craft, with 3,539 from powered pleasure craft, 1,971 from sailing pleasure craft and 462 from manual pleasure craft. -- www.rnli.org.uk
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