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Recovery Time
It is recovery time in more ways than one for Kito De Pavant and Seb Audigane on Groupe Bel. Not only is the Mediterranean bred skipper on the verge of making a steady comeback among the peloton who are pursuing the runaway Barcelona World Race leader Virbac-Paprec 3, but it was revealed today that the ebullient De Pavant has been nursing two cracked ribs for the last two weeks and only now is he getting back to full working capacity.

De Pavant's team reported today that their skipper had a fall while stacking equipment emerging from the Doldrums. "It was one evening. We were stacking (moving) the ton of equipment in the boat. It was hot and wet and I slipped in the sail locker. I fell on my back and it was very painful."He recalled.

So incapacitating and painful was the injury that he revealed today that it was considered whether he should get off and swap with substitute Yannick Bestaven.

The relatively benign conditions in the south Atlantic, slowed by the Saint Helena anticyclone, has in fact been something of a blessing for De Pavant who, though forced to pass on a lot of the heavy work on deck on to his towering co-skipper, the Breton Audigane, is now able to work the 'pumps', the main pedestal winch.

Leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 have so far done an excellent job of preparing for the inevitable, fighting hard for every mile to stave off the slow Sunday and Monday which are expected for them. Though they lost around 40 miles to the main pack of four boats which is pursuing them, Dick and Peyron's lead is a seemingly comprehensive 587 miles this afternoon over MAPFRE, with third placed Estrella Damm making a southerly move on their rivals and profiting, quickest of this group this afternoon.

Standings at 1400hrs UTC Wednesday 27 January

1. Virbac-Paprec 3, 18 151 Miles From Finish
2. Mapfre, 588 Miles From Leader
3. Estrella Damm Sailing Team, 728
4. Groupe Bel, 770
5. Renault Z.E, 866
6. Mirabaud, 1040
7. Neutrogena, 1130
8. Gaes Centros Auditivos At 1295
9. Central Lechera Asturiana, 1461
10. We Are Water, 1698
11. Hugo Boss, 1730
12. Forum Maritim Catala, 1809 RTD Foncia RTD President

Nearing The Final Stretch
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Miami OCR Miami, Florida, USA: Sailors in three Paralympic classes have only one day of racing left at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR while those in 10 Olympic classes still have tomorrow to make critical moves for securing spots in the final medal races on Saturday. The racing formats used for this event, which began Monday and counts as the second of seven stops on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit, replicate those that will be used in the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events of 2012, and 716 sailors from 53 nations have come to test them on Biscayne Bay, where the regatta has returned annually since 1990.

US SAILING has partnered with the city of Miami to provide world-class venues for competition. Additional hosts for the event include Coral Reef Yacht Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Miami Rowing Club and Shake-a-Leg Miami. These sailing organizations host classes onshore, as well as help run the on-the-water racing. The Coral Reef Yacht Club also hosts the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

In addition to title sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A., US SAILING's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR is also sponsored by AlphaGraphics, Gowrie Group, Chubb Insurance, Sperry Top-Sider, Harken McLube, Trinity Yachts, University of Miami Hospital and Kattack.

A complete roster of competitors can be viewed at the event website,, where real-time racecourse blogging, commentary and fan interaction, regatta results, photos and news updates will be integrated into a live coverage platform once racing begins. Video highlights produced by Gary Jobson and presented by Rolex air daily and are available on-demand on the event website. Fans can also follow the event on Facebook/RMOCR and Twitter/RMOCR.

Top three by class:

49er, 29 boats- 12 races
1. John Pink/ Rick Peacock, GBR, 22
2. Dave Evans/Edward Powys, GBR, 33
3. Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith, GBR, 41

Laser Radial, 58 boats - 7 races
1. Evi Van Acker, BEL, 16
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 16
3. Paige Railey, USA, 19

Laser, 104 boats - 6 races
1. Rasmus Myrgren, SWE, 9
2. Paul Goodison, GBR, 13
3. Nick Thompson, GBR, 13

Finn, 37 boats - 7 races
1. Giles Scott, GBR, 16
2. Brendan Casey, AUS, 21
3. Andrew Mills, GBR, 24

470 Men, 41 boats - 6 races
1. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell, GBR, 13
2. Nic Asher/Elliot Willis, GBR, 17
3. Mathew Belcher/ Malcolm Page, AUS, 16

470 Women, 24 boats - 5 races
1. Ingrid Petijean/ Nadege Douroux, FRA, 10
2. Penny Clark/ Katrina Hughes, GBR, 11
3. Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron, FRA, 13

Skud-18, 7 boats - 6 races
1. Daniel Fitzgibbon/ Liesl Tesch, AUS, 8
2. Jennifer French/ Jean-Paul Creignou, USA, 11
3. Scott Whitman/ Julia Dorsett, USA, 12

Star, 57 boats - 8 races
1. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada, BRA, 40
2. Xavier Rohart/Pierre Alexis Ponsot, FRA, 42
3. Richard Clark/Tyler Bjorn, CAN, 45

RS: X Men, 37 boats - 6 races
1. Dorian van Rijsselberge, NED, 9
2. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 12
3. Nimrod Mashiah, ISR, 15

RS: X Women, 30 boats - 6 races
1. Marina Alabau, ESP, 5
2. Bryony Shaw, GBR, 14
3. Charline Picon, FRA, 18

2.4mR, 30 boats - 6 races
1. Damien Seguin, FRA, 13
2. Allan Leibel, CAN, 14
3. Thierry Schmitter, NED, 16

Sonar, 12 boats - 7 races
1. Rick Doerr/Brad Kendell/Hugh Freund, USA, 19
2. Aleksander Wang-Hansen/Marie Solberg/Per Eugen Kristiansen, NOR, 20
3. John Roberston/ Hannah Stodel/ Steve Thomas, GBR, 20

Elliott 6m
Gold Round Robin Results
Lucy Macgregor/Mary Rook/ Kate Macgregor, GBR, 4-1
Ekaterina Skudina/Elena Syuzeva/Irina Lotsmanova, RUS, 3-2
Nicky Souter/Jessica Eastwell/Olivia Price, AUS, 2-3
Silja Lehtinen/Silja Kanerva/Mikaela Wulff, FIN, 2-3
Anna Tunnicliffe(/Molly Vandemoer/Debbie Capozzi, USA, 2-3
Claire Leroy/ Elodie Bertrand/Marie Riou, FRA, 2-3

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Qingdao Confirmed for Extreme Sailing Series
At the official launch of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series in Estoril (Portugal) in December 2010, China was confirmed as one of nine the host countries - a new territory for this year's circuit and a significant step into the burgeoning Asian market. Today it can now be revealed that Qingdao, the fourth largest manufacturing port in the country and known as the City of Sailing, will be the official host Chinese venue to Act 2 to be staged between 13th to 17th April.

The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village will be located in Fushan Bay, which was also the home of the Olympic Village in 2008, and will be open to the public between the 15th to 17th April when the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet will race inside the bay right in front of the spectators 13th-14th April are 'open water' days when the fleet will be racing outside of Fushan Bay.

An official ceremony in Qingdao today, attended by Vice Mayor of Qingdao, Mr Xiu-Lin Wang, along with the President of Qingdao Yacht Association, Mdm Zhi-Wei Lin, and Mark Turner, sealed the agreement with the city as a host venue to the Extreme Sailing Series in 2011.

In addition to securing a Chinese venue, the search is on to find a Chinese sailor to race during Act 2 on board 'Team Extreme!' as part of the crew, skippered by experienced Olympic multihull sailor Roland Gaebler from Germany.

IMOCA 60 OC7 For Sale
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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

David Gilmour Leads After Day 1
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Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta Perth, Western Australia: Young Australian skipper David Gilmour heads the leaderboard at the end of the first day of the Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta, putting an 8 win - 1 loss scoreline on the board after a testing day afloat.

Gilmour's only loss of the day was to Harry Thurston from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland/

Holding second place on the leaderboard is Sydney skipper Evan Walker, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, who only suffered two losses in nine races, one to Gilmour and the other to Tom Johnson, who like Gilmour is sailing for Perth's Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

With temperatures approaching 40 degrees, and with only a light and fickle easterly breeze in the morning, before a steady seabreeze in the afternoon, it was a physically and mentally testing day for the young crews.

The Colin Mullins Regatta is a qualifying event for the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta next week, and is being hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, with racing taking place on the Swan River's Matilda Bay.

Results after day 1:

Skipper - Country - Score
David Gilmour, AUS, 8 - 1
Evan Walker, AUS, 7 - 2
Harry Thurston, NZL, 6 - 3
Matthew Steven, NZL, 5 - 4
Tom Johnson, AUS, 5 - 4
Tristan Brown, AUS , 4 - 5
Danielle Bowater, NZL, 1 - 8
Kosaku Yoshida, JPN, 0 - 9

Sailjuice Global Warm-Up: Can The Merlins Work Their Magic at Northampton?
Last year Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis won the Doublehanded division at the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy, and this year the Merlin Rocket sailors also find themselves at the top of the series leaderboard at the half way stage of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up.

A cold but sunny and moderate breeze is in store for this Saturday's Steve Nicholson Trophy, where competitors will race in separate divisions at Pitsford Reservoir, the home of Northampton Sailing Club. All proceeds raised from the event will go towards the Asthma UK charity, in memory of popular local sailor Steve Nicholson.

The Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy is the third event in the SailJuice Global Warm-Up, with the series culminating at the John Merricks Tiger Trophy the following weekend at Rutland Sailing Club.

With the final prize-giving for the series set to take place at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on the weekend of 5/6 March 2011, there are some great prizes being provided by: Rooster Sailing, Hyde Sails, Holt, RS Sailing, Laser Performance, and

More details about the Series here:

Adil Khalid Joins Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team
UAE national, Adil Khalid, was announced today as the latest member of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team, making him the first Emirati to fill a position on a racing crew for the Volvo Ocean Race.

22-year-old Khalid, who represented the UAE in both the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Asian Games in November 2010, beat more than 120 Emirati hopefuls to earn his spot on the crew.

"The search for the UAE national to represent us in this challenge has been extensive, in-depth and highly competitive. This exhaustive process was necessary because the race demands and standards are exceptionally high, as are our own aspirations," said His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, ADTA and Team Principal of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

"We have been impressed by many of the applicants whose enthusiasm has been a credit to the nation. The final selection went down to the wire and at the end of the day Adil Khalid was the unanimous choice and we congratulate him on this achievement. All three finalists were worthy contenders but Adil Khalid had the edge in terms of sailing experience as well as his developmental potential."

In a televised awards ceremony at the UAE capital's opulent Emirates Palace Hotel, Adil was selected ahead of fellow finalists, 26-year-old Butti Al Muhairi and 27-year-old Abdul Aziz Abdulla. He now joins the multi-national team under the watchful eye of skipper Ian Walker.

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Sea Fog Fails To Dampen a Great Anniversary
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Australia Day The 175th Australia Day Regatta, sailed into the nation's history when more than 160 harbour racing yachts, classic yachts, ocean racers and modern and historical skills celebrated this remarkable yachting anniversary on Sydney Harbour.

The regatta is the world's oldest, continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta, a celebration of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet to found the penal colony that eventually became the great Commonwealth of Australia.

The fleet today included 49 mostly wooden yachts in the Classic Yachts division, many gaff-rigged and several built more than a century ago. Many crews dressed in period sailing gear and later rendezvoused at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club to celebrate the regatta's history.

Despite a morning sea fog that blanketed the city and suburbs and the harbour, the misty conditions cleared somewhat and a light east to north-easterly breeze cooled conditions and provided close racing around fixed marks.

On waterways along the New South Wales coast, Australia Day regattas were linked to the historic event on Sydney Harbour while ocean racing yachts sailed to Botany Bay and return, albeit slowly, covering the same course sailed by the First Fleet in 1788.

In Hobart, Australia's second oldest seaport, yachts, dinghies and windsurfers competed in the Australia Day Green Island race and the Sandy Bay Regatta.

Another icon of Australian yachting, the 1970 and 1977 America's Cup Challenger Gretel II took line honours in the 40 nautical mile Green Island Race, helmed by her 1977 skipper, 85-year-old Gordon Ingate.

On Sydney Harbour, a fleet of 49 yachts, mostly built of wood, many gaff-rigged and several more than a hundred years ago, contested the Classic Yacht division of the 175th Australia Day Regatta.

Winner of the 175th Australia Day Regatta Trophy and the Australia Day Council Trophy was Antares (R Keeson and D Wood). The Centenary of Federation Gold Medal went to Reverie, owned by Nigel Berlyn and John Barclay.

The Botany Bay race, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, was a slow race, with headwinds heading south and fickle breezes on the return leg, with some yacht not finish until 1900 hours, after more than eight hours at sea on a hot, humid and misty day.

Line honours went to Jim Cooney's famous conventional maxi, Brindabella, giving her the Geoff Lee Trophy, while the City of Sydney Sesquicentenary Trophy went to Rod Wills X43 Great Expectations. -- Peter Campbell

Wins For Ikon and Executive Decision in Audi IRC Series
Ikon and Executive Decision maintained the status quo of yesterday to respectively win Divisions B and C of the Audi IRC Series at Audi Victoria Week.

Bruce McCraken's Ikon (Vic) has been the outstanding Beneteau First 45 in Division B all week, pushing away the threat of three others of the same design. Even though today was his worst race, a seventh, which became his drop race, McCraken and crew sailed a consistently good series.

However, McCraken, who was unavailable for comment on his win afternoon, was kept honest by Paul Buchholz's DK46, Extasea, which finished second by three points. Darryl Hodgkinson rounded out the top three with his Beneteau First 45, Victoire (NSW).

Extasea had a couple of legends aboard this week; American sailing guru Dave Ullman and the return of Geelong sailmaker Tony Bull. According to Buchholz, both helped lift his crew to the next level at Audi Victoria Week.

Last night, Grant Botica made an 'Executive Decision' to race today's final Division C race, "because I'd love to win AMS as well as IRC classes," he said.

Botica and his Adams 10 crew were unbeatable once the final points were tallied, but the Victorian was right to hang on and sail again, as he now goes home with the IRC and AMS trophies for Division C.

Ikon, Extasea and Victoire are now the top three on the Class B leaderboard for the fifth running of the Audi IRC Australian Championship, while Executive Decision, Penfold Audi Sport and The Philosopher's Club are the top three in Class C.

Round 2 of the prestigious Championship is the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta in March. All three yacht owners have said they will be on the start line. -- Di Pearson

Murray Jones on the AC45 at 25+ Knots
Murray Jones is referred to as 'The Captain' in Oracle Racing circles. A recent convert from Team Alinghi, Jones is one of New Zealand's most accomplished sailors going right back into the 470 class where he and Andy Knowles were the NZ nomination for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

Sail-World caught up with him, just after he stepped onto the dock, after just the second day of sailing aboard the prototype AC45 where they were clocked at over 25 knots and probably broke the 30kt barrier.

SW: What speeds did you hit out there today?
Jones: I am not sure with all the spray it was a bit hard to see, but I think we were doing 25kts comfortably a lot of the time. We had plenty on, so we weren't really looking. But the very high 20's I would say. It was great. Good fun. And the boat performed really well - we're very, very happy.

SW: Did you have any incidents out there?
Jones: No, none at all. There was just some fine tuning of a few lashings, once things settled in. But it was great. We could do bearaways in plenty of breeze.

SW: How do you trim the wing?
Jones: We are just trimming it straight off the boom, with a mainsheet or whatever you like to call it - just straight off the boom to a winch, and that is just trimming it in an out. Then you control the camber and twist. So there are three controls, it is very simple actually.

Richard Gladwell's full interview at

18ft Skiffs Australian Championship Race 4
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Aus Skiff Championship Sydney Harbour: Thurlow Fisher Lawyers took out today's Race 4 of the Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour to clinch the title with one more race still to be sailed.

Skippered by Michael Coxon and crewed by Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers trailed early but grabbed the lead on the second windward leg and went on to take the victory by15s from arch rivals Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage in Gotta Love It 7.

Third place went John Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson in Yandoo, which finished a further 1m13s back.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers has an unbeatable points lead (after discarding her worst result) on 4 points, followed by Yandoo and Red Claw Wines (Matt Searle, Archie Massey and Mike McKenzie) on 11, Smeg (Nick Press) on 13, defending champion Gotta Love It 7 on 14 and Project Racing (Andy Budgen) 15.

Today's race was also part of the Australia Day Regatta and produced extremely testing conditions for all teams.

High temperature over the cool water produced a fog haze and the lack of a decent breeze didn't help on a crowded Sydney Harbour.

The last race of the championship will be sailed next Sunday, 30 January. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League

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