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Aussie David Gilmour's Strong Start
Perth, Western Australia: Young Australian skipper David Gilmour made a strong start to the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, he suffered only one defeat from eight races, to head the leaderboard at the end of day one.
His only loss of the day was in his last match, against club-mate Peter Nicholas from Perth's Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, a familiar rival and sparring partner.
Two skippers share second place with two losses from eight races, last year's winner William Tiller from Auckland's Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and David Chapman of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, though when they met the Aucklander beat the Sydneysider.
With conditions having settled down after Perth's near encounter with a tropical cyclone over the weekend, the breeze was steady for most of the day and the race officer, John Rosser was able to complete the first round robin.
Gilmour, who lost the final of last week's Colin Mullins event in very light and shifty conditions also appreciated the steadier breeze, "we liked having a bit more wind, it was a bit more predictable, we were able to sail how we want to."
With a week of sailing together under their belts, Gilmour's team are gelling well, he is forming a good relationship with tactician and mainsheet man Garth Ellingham, while the rest of the crew – Jasper Warren, Adam Negri and Luke Payne – are used to sailing together.
The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta is being hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club and run by Swan River Sailing, with the course set on the Swan River's Matilda Bay.
The event is being sailed in Swan River Sailing's fleet of Foundation 36 yachts, and concludes on Thursday afternoon with a final series. -- John Roberson
Cup Hopefuls Feel Pinch
While Oracle Racing CEO Sir Russell Coutts says he is certain the event will attract at least eight entries, the deadline is now only two months away and yachting circles are busily speculating about whether the holders will attract enough challengers to the starting line.
That is the backdrop to Coutts' presence in Auckland to sail the new AC45 wing-sail cat (the 45-footer designed to race in the pre-Cup 'World Series') which will give teams multi-hull experience before graduating to the full 72-foot version in the America's Cup in San Francisco in 2013.
Coutts took time out to promote the catamaran racing, opposed by many old salts who do not agree with ditching the old monohull Cup-class yachts. Some also say Oracle's multi-hull experience, courtesy of last year's demolition of previous holders Alinghi, is too big an advantage.
While America's Cup organisers are claiming there are already six entries, and Coutts predicts 8-10, not all are guaranteed of making it to the start line at this stage.
Counting Oracle, entries so far include challenger of record Mascalzone Latino (Italy), Aleph Team France, Artemis Racing (Sweden), YuuZoo (Australia) and one who is yet to be named - but whom most assume is Emirates Team New Zealand.
However, YuuZoo are a long way yet from getting the financial backing to get them to San Francisco and America's Cup insiders say even Mascalzone Latino is feeling the financial pinch. -- Paul Lews in the New Zealand Herald,
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Norway Round The World Joins Volvo Ocean Race Legends Reunion
Alicante, Spain: Flying the Norwegian flag, the Norway Round the World project, headed by former Olympic sailor Peder Lunde, jr, will sail the veteran Swan 57, Berge Viking, to Alicante in November this year. The boat will join Copernicus (Poland), Great Britain II (renamed Whitbread Heritage) and the maxi yacht Rothmans (Sweden) to take part the Volvo Ocean Race Legends reunion and regatta.
Thirty years ago, an all-Norwegian, fully amateur crew led by skipper Peder Lunde, jr, Olympic Gold Medallist in the Flying Dutchman class, Rome 1960 and Olympic Silver Medallist in the Star class, Mexico 1968, and Stig Hatlo (co-skipper) found the support to build a Swan 57 in order to represent the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club in the Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82.
In that race Lunde and Hatlo competed against Cornelis van Rietschoten, the eventual winner with Flyer. Many years before, in 1948, the 'flying Dutchman' as van Rietschoten was affectionately known, had, in an extraordinary feat of seamanship, sailed his 8.9-metre Dragon class boat across the North Sea from Holland to Norway to compete in the Dragon Jubilee regatta in Arendal, where he competed against Lunde's parents.
Lunde's pedigree is impressive. His parents won Silver (together) at the 1952 Olympic Games in Melbourne. His grandfather won Gold at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, while his daughter Jeanette competed in alpine skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and in sailing at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Lunde's wife Aud, competed in alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
Berge Viking's best result in The Whitbread was on leg one, from Portsmouth to Cape Town, where she finished in fourth place. But a host of other prizes were also awarded to this Norwegian team.
After leg three, which took the fleet deep into the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn, Berge Viking was awarded the seamanship prize for the best log book, the prize for best communication with the organisers and also a prize for the best maintained yacht in extreme conditions in spite of their 180 knock down. The awards jury comprised British and Argentinean Naval Admirals, who were running the stopover in Mar del Plata.
After finishing eighth of a fleet of 20 eventual finishers (29 entries) in 1982, and taking 149 days to complete the 26,000 nautical-mile course, Berge Viking returned to Oslo where she was greeted by a large armada of pleasure boats and sailing enthusiasts. She became, as Norway's first entry in the race, a national symbol and a reminder to the Norwegians of their proud seafaring history.
Heineken Cape To Rio
The Durban yachtsman, 47, wasn't that far off his forecast of taking just 14 days to reach Rio after an exceptional 24-hour run of 241 nautical miles on Saturday.
But Prodigy ran into a calm about 30nm from Rio, which stalled her progress before she crossed the finish line near the Fortress of Copacabana in a lifting fog and in only two knots of breeze. "It was like being stuck in a Formula One car without petrol," said trimmer Craig Schweitzer. "It took us seven hours to complete the last 500 metres."
Gerry Hegie's City of Cape Town, which was on the same latitude as Prodigy on Saturday, but could only manage 180nm, is still on course to win the race on handicap and is aiming to reach Rio on Tuesday.
Hegie, 25, is also well placed to finish second on line honours, well ahead of the other maxi in the race, the 63ft Grand Filou II, a remarkable effort from a young skipper on a smaller boat with a stiff handicap.
The rest of the 17-yacht fleet is expected to drift into Rio later this week with Ciao Bella, skippered by Mike Robinson, still in second place on handicap, followed by Perie Banou II, Xtra-Link, Yachtport SA, Spirit of Izivunguvungu, Cape Storm and Envirodiesel Me 2 Me.
Latest positions : Handicap positions as at 31st January 2011
1. City of Cape Town
European Youth Sailing Games, 2011
The equipment to be used is as follows:
Boy's One Person Dinghy - Byte CII
Entries will be open to all European Member National Authorities, each of whom will be entitled to enter up to two crews in each discipline. Entries will be limited, so will be accepted on a strictly first come first served basis. The age limit will be under 19 on 31st December 2011.
Thanks to the generous co-operation of boat builders Nautivela (Byte CII) and Ovington (29er) a limit number of charter boats will be available. All competitors will have the option of bringing their own equipment. Discussions are currently in progress concerning the availability of charter boats from and Sirena Voile (SL16) and boards from BIC.
The Race Office opens on Sunday 7th August and racing will commence on Tuesday 9th August, with a practice race being held on Monday 8th. The series will be sailed over a variety of courses and there will be an overall winner in each class, as well as an overall national team.
The Notice of Race and associated entry form will be published shortly and sent to all EUROSAF members. A detailed press release will be published in the near future.
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Sailjuice Global Warm-Up
Andrew Peake has closed the gap on series leaders in the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011, the Merlin Rocket of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis. Peake scored two bullets in the asymmetric division at the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy at Northampton Sailing Club last Saturday. Two 3rd places gave Biggs and Hollis 4th overall in the doublehanders fleet, to add to their other consistent scores from the Grafham Grand Prix and Bloody Mary.
With all three events counting towards the series leaderboard at this stage, Biggs and Hollis lead with 29.08 points to Peake's 32.29. However when these two competitors discard the worst of their scores thus far, the Musto Skiff leads the Merlin by just over 4 points. In other words, there's nothing in it, and all to play for at the final of the four events this weekend, the John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water.
Biggs and Hollis won last year's Tiger Trophy, so they know their way around Rutland Water, and Peake will have to be on top form to topple the Merlin. Then again, there are others are waiting in the wings when the discard kicks in, notably Simon Childs's Phantom and Tom Stewart/ Rachel Williamson's National 12, both of whom have the ability to displace the Merlin and the Musto from the top of the tree if they finish high up the Rutland rankings.
Provisional Top 10 Standings after three events
Pos - Class - Helm - Points
For full results: www.sailracer.org/globalwarmup
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is the latest Race Partner to join the fold and, as ever, is being warmly welcomed by the Island Sailing Club, the Title Sponsor and the burgeoning family of Supporting Sponsors.
Lea Bennett, ISC Secretary commented, "Everyone involved in this wonderful Race is thrilled to have all nine Race Supporters in place, in addition to our Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, for the next two years. We are fortunate and proud to now have everything and everyone in place to host a truly magnificent event in this, our 80th Race year as well as in 2012, an especially important year for British sport and British sailing!"
The 80th Anniversary Race takes place on Saturday 25th June 2011 with the first start scheduled for 0600.
At its annual financial meeting in Paris on January 27, Beneteau said it would achieve its 2011 forecasts and went on to predict it would return strong growth between now and 2015.
The company said its boat sales are showing a great recovery, running 20% up on 2010. This compares to the market recovery by the boats to homes group estimated to be running between three and 5%. The group's total sales are forecast to reach €920m for 2011.
The group also launched its 2015 Plan, which promises a sales target of €1,130m for the boating business in 2015 compared to €573.5m in 2010.
Emerging markets play a key part in the group's strategies for 2015. Beneteau has invested in a 100% group-owned production facility in Brazil and says a similar investment in Asia is not out of the question.
A major success story of this year's Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show is the continuation of the longstanding partnership between round the world yacht race organisers, Clipper Ventures and marine clothing specialists, Henri Lloyd.
Getting back on board as the Official Technical Clothing Supplier, Henri Lloyd will supply the non-professional Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew with the latest GORE-TEX® Pro Shell with OCEAN TECHNOLOGY® clothing for both the 11-12 and 13-14 editions of the race. The two race deal makes Henri Lloyd the first official sponsor to sign up for the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race which will see the introduction of the new Clipper 70 race fleet.
The Volvo Ocean Race is proud to announce IWC Schaffhausen, the International Watch Company, as race sponsor and Official Timekeeper for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starting in October 2011.
The partnership between IWC Schaffhausen and Volvo Ocean Race will provide another opportunity for the Swiss watch manufacturer to demonstrate its expertise in terms of engineering, technology and quality.
IWC Schaffhausen will present the 24-hour record prize per race leg, which will be awarded during the prize-giving ceremony at each Host Port. They will also award a special prize for the fastest team over 24-hours in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. This prize will be presented at the end of the race in Galway, July 2012. The lucky fastest crewmembers will all be awarded an exclusive IWC timepiece.
Clipper Ventures Plc is pleased to announce that the Marine Travel Company has come back on board as an official supplier for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. Following their successful debut as the Official Travel Agency in the Clipper 09-10 Race, the Marine Travel Company will once again assist with all the travel arrangement pertaining to the race.
Formed in 2001 and based in Canterbury, the Marine Travel Company is now recognised as one of the UK's leading independent marine travel agents providing dedicated travel services to the Shipping and Marine industries. As a fully bonded and accredited agency with IATA and CAA and with partners in the Advantage Focus Partnership, a group of more than 90 leading independent agents, the agency is able to obtain some of the best air fares available.
Garmin International has announced that Bavaria Yachts selected Garmin to be the exclusive electronics supplier for its line of sailing and cruising yachts.
The OEM partnership was announced in conjunction with the Dusseldorf International Boat Show, where the first on-board Garmin marine electronics package by Bavaria can be purchased. The show runs through Jan. 30.
Bavaria Yachts is among several new OEM contracts Garmin has recently won. Garmin also has added Ranger Tugs, Cutwater Boats and Broom Boats to its roster of marine OEMs this year.
Alfio Peraboni 1954-2011
For Italian Star sailors who were sailing Stars so much during the 80's it is a hard loss. Alfio will be remembered for all the victories and the happy episodes of his and Dodo Gorla's career in those years.
Alfio will also be remembered by many in the 90's when he was trainer of Italian Star Team (Vincenzo Locatelli in Cleveland 1990 with Italian National Team and in 1992 Roberto Benamati won his World title with Alfio training), and the last years when Alfio was always coaching at the local Sailing Club of Mandello.
Funeral was Saturday January 15th in Mandello, at San Lorenzo Church.
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