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Evan Walker and His Team win Warren Jones Regatta
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Warren Jones Regatta Perth, Western Australia: Sydney skipper Evan Walker and his crew from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have won the 2011 Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, they emerged the winners after a day of hard fought match racing, with the final against Perth's David Gilmour going the full five races.

It was a day packed with rivalries, trans-Tasman, trans-Australia, and trans-Sydney Harbour, and tack-for-tack, gybe-for-gybe racing.

In an east versus west contest in one all-Australian semi-final, David Gilmour beat the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's David Chapman 2 - 1.

The other semi was that age old rivalry Australia versus NewZealand, with Walker scoring two straight wins over Auckland's Will Tiller, last year's winner of the event.

With a steady 15 to 20 knot sea breeze blowing for the final in the afternoon, the stage was set for a great competition, and Walker against Gilmour didn't disappoint.

Rarely more than a boat's length apart through all five races, Walker opened the scoring, before Gilmour levelled it, and the race trading went on until the fifth race was won.

For Walker and his crew of Edward Hackney, Will McKenzie, Tom Scardifield and Henry Kernot, this was their second regatta win in two weeks, having collected the Colin Mullins trophy last week, in a contrastingly light wind event, beating David Gilmour by a more comfortable 3 - 1 margin in that series.

In today's racing the Sydney team seemed to have the advantage upwind, while the Perth crew was stronger under spinnaker, so with a downwind final leg Walker's advantage was never safe.

The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta was hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and organised by Swan River Sailing. -- John Roberson

Final results:

1. Evan Walker, AUS, CYCA
2. Davind Gilmour, AUS, RFBYC
3. David Chapman, AUS, RSYS
4. William Tiller, NZL, RNZYS
5. Seve Jarvin, AUS, CYCA
6. Tristan Brown, AUS , RFBYC
7. Matthew Steven, AUS, RPNYC
8. Peter Nicholas, AUS, RFBYC
9. Kosaku Yoshida, JPN

Fleet Builds In The Transatlantic Race 2011
With approximately five weeks remaining until the February 28 deadline, entries are approaching 25 yachts for this summer's Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR2011), hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club. A number of other yachts are expected to enter.

Covering 2,975 miles from Newport, R.I., to the Lizard in England, the race will begin near the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, with three staggered starts from June 26 to July 3. The fleet will include IRC Racing, IRC Racer/Cruiser, Classic and Open divisions with a minimum length overall (LOA) of 40 feet. There is no maximum size.

Among the recent notable entries are:

ICAP Leopard, a 100-foot Farr-designed canting keel super-maxi entered by Clarke Murphy, who skippered Stay Calm, a Swan 70, in the NYYC's Rolex Transatlantic Challenge in 2005.

Beau Geste, a Farr 80, skippered by Karl Kwok, and with Gavin Brady, an America's Cup helmsman aboard.

PUMA's mar mostro, a new 70-foot Volvo Ocean Race entry, skippered by Ken Read and designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian.

To enhance the challenge of and interest in the TR2011, the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series has been created. The AORS combines the TR2011 with three races before on the U.S. side of the Atlantic and three after in England and the Mediterranean. Three races including the TR2011 will qualify for the Series. The six companion races and their starting dates are the Pineapple Cup February 5, 2011, RORC Caribbean 600 February 21, Annapolis to Newport June 3, Rolex Fastnet August 14, Biscay September 11-12, and Rolex Middle Sea October 22.

Sail Auckland Gets Underway
Murdoch and the Laser fleetSail Auckland 2011 got underway today with nine fleets racing on three courses scattered up the Hauraki Gulf north of Takapuna Beach in a westerly offshore breeze which was light and shifty at times but provided good racing across all classes.

Racing resumes tomorrow off Takapuna with a scheduled start to racing of 11am. The regatta continues through the weekend with the medal winners to be determined on Sunday. Conditions are expected to be similar on the water tomorrow.

Results after day one, the top three

Laser top three
1. Mike Bullot NZL, 9 points
2. Andrew Murdoch NZL, 10
3. Tom Burton AUS, 15

Laser Radial top three
1. Michael Cate NZL, 9
2. Sara Winther NZL, 17
3. Sam McKenzie NZL, 20

470 top three
1. Nick Rogers & Chris Grube, 4
2. Mark Overington & Ben Goodwin, 10
3. Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie, 13

Finn top three
1. Dan Slater, NZL, 5
2. Rafael Trujillo Villar, ESP, 5
3. Matt Coutts, NZL, 8

RS:X Men top three
1. Tom Ashley, NZL, 3
2. Lee Byunggun, KOR, 7
3. Dorian van Rijsselberge, NED, 8

RS:X 8.5 top three
1 = Natalia Kosinska, NZL, 3
1 = Kate Ellingham, NZL, 3
3. Justina Sellers, NZL, 6

49er top three
1. Marcus Hansen & Aaron Hume-Merry, NZL, 4
2. Chris Burgess & Rowan Swanson, NZL, 10
3. Kagan Weeks & Jake Weeks, NZL, 13

420 top three
1. Sam Mackay & Oscar Rovick, NZL, 5
2. Alex Munro & Brad Moss, NZL, 7
3. Verity Judge & Gemma Jones, NZL, 9

29er top three
1. Matthew Spary &Tyler Russell, NZL, 5
2. Jack Simpson & Logan Beck, NZL, 7
3. Stewart Dodson & Harry Hull, NZL, 12

Seahorse March 2011
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Entries Surge for 31st Edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
St. Maarten, N.A.: With less than a month to go before the kick-off of the 31st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which this year runs from March 3-6, the entry list continues to grow at a rapid pace, and now surpasses over a hundred yachts competing in a half-dozen different classes. The numbers are also growing for the Gill Commodore's Cup, the separate one-day event for hard-core racers that precedes the three-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. At the latest count, the Gill fleet rounded out at an even twenty boats.

As always, the more laid-back bareboat class is historically one of the largest divisions at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and it appears that trend will continue for 2011. With nearly four-dozen entries thus far, the "bareboaters" will once again be in the thick of the action.

With over fifty entries to date, however, the lion's share of entries will be racing in the CSA Monohull classes, and it's a truly international field, with competitors flying home flags from France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, and a host of Caribbean nations.

While the sailors themselves represent a wide and varied background, the respective yachts also form a diverse and eclectic fleet. At the smaller end of the spectrum are the Melges 24, Budget Marine/Gill, as well as a host of boats in the 30- to 35-foot range, including Tanner Jones's J/30, Blue Peter; the Beneteau First 310, Americano Café; a pair of swift Melges 32s, David West's Jurakan and Mark Plaxton's Team INTAC; Todd Mahoney's Sigma 33, Overtime; Schrijverke, a Victoire 34; No Face to Face, a J/105; and the radical Kiwi 35, Wild Devil.

On the other end of the scale, Sir Peter Harrison's sensational Farr 115, Sojana, a perennial favorite at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, will once again be soaring around the racecourse. But Sir Peter will have plenty of company in the big-boat divisions in a fleet that includes another big Farr design, Peter Buckley's 98-foot I-Sea; a Swan 100, Varsovie; a Swan 82 and 80, Nikata and Team Selene, respectively; a Carbon 82, Aegir II; and Bella PITA, a custom 75-footer designed by Bill Tripp.

Back On The Express Train!
Brian Thompson reports from aboard Banque Populaire V on their Jules Verne Trophy attempt:

Incredible what a difference 24 hours can make when you are doing 700 miles a day!

From shorts and no t-shirt at night, to looking for that second layer of thermals in the daytime. From flying fish to albatross.

From teasing out every .25 of a knot of speed to get 20 knots in flat water, to sailing in defensive mode, de-tuning the boat and driving cautiously to keep the speed below 38 knots!

Its now in the early 30 knots of windspeed and we are broad reaching with 3 reefs and the staysail, still with plenty of power to do a steady 35 knots of boatspeed.

Although we entered the Roaring Forties this morning its still sunny with clear visibility and a single set of waves. So great conditions and a few albatross have come for a distant inspection of the boat.

It was great to see the excitement of some of the guys... Thierry Chabignet and Erwan Tabarly, both top Figaro sailors, (Erwan is the nephew or Eric Tabarly), were sitting together and enjoying their first sailing in the South, something they have probably both read about and dreamed about since they were kids sailing in Brittany.

We are on the Southern Ocean Express, though unfortunately there are engineering works ahead with a high pressure in our route. We are going to have to find a way around that barrier and Pascal, Juan and Marcel on the shore are working on the options, as the weather forecasts evolve. But right now its full steam ahead, and its a nice bonus, if perhaps a temporary one, to be getting ahead of Groupama's position again.

Just about to serve up dinner, Norwegian Chowder, should be just right served with the last loaf of fresh bread, specially double baked for us by a baker in Lorient, which has been delicious. Its vacumn packed slice white from tomorrow - cannot be on a French boat without du pain!

Buoyant Start To 2011 For Gay Sailors
The Sailing & Cruising Association, the UK's only gay and lesbian sailing club, is delighted to announce it has been short-listed to the five finalists for the RYA's Club of the Year 2011.

The RYA is the national body for all forms of boating within the UK and has recognised the Sailing & Cruising Association's ongoing commitment to encouraging people to get on the water, providing a range of quality and safe water-based activities, attracting new club members and volunteers, engaging with the local community and demonstrating good governance and club management. The RYA sees the support and future development of clubs, such as the Sailing & Cruising Association, as essential to the continuing popularity of all forms of boats and boating and as key deliverers of quality training, safe racing and access to the water.

Commenting on the news, Reggie Blennerhassett, Club Commodore said: "This is the very best start to the new year we could have wished for. 2010, our 30th anniversary year, saw many highs, including multiple medals at the International Gay Games, winning silver in the 2010 Inshore Jog Series and record membership numbers. Now, 2011, with news of the RYA awards shortlist, is already proving to be another exciting year for the club".

The announcement of the overall winner will take place at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, taking place at Alexandra Palace, London on 5th & 6th March.

ISAF In-House Certification
There has been a flurry of interest from sail making lofts around the world and in the next couple of months training courses and audits are planned for sail lofts in the Hong Kong, China, Sri Lanka and UK.

These sail lofts produce sails for not only a large number of the ISAF classes who invoke IHC in their class rules, but also for yachts racing under the IRC rating system. From January 1 2011 the IRC rating system now requires sailmakers submitting sail data for an IRC Endorsed certificate for British owned boats, to be a licensed manufacturer under the ISAF In-House Certification scheme.

Pinnell and Bax Sails, who are based in Northampton in the UK and produce sails for a wide range of ISAF Classes, has become the latest sail loft to join the ISAF IHC scheme. Following the successful audit at the end of November 2010, P&B now join the growing list of sailmakers signed up to the ISAF In-House certification scheme.

With an increasing number of ISAF Classes realising the benefit of adopting In-House Certification, the ISAF IHC scheme continues to grow. Any ISAF Classes wishing to utilise the ISAF IHC scheme for certification of sails are urged to contact the ISAF Technical Department.

MNAs and manufacturers wishing to become involved or find out more about the ISAF In-House Certification scheme should also contact the ISAF Technical Department , visit the ISAF IHC microsite or check out the ISAF IHC Facebook page for further details.

Industry News
January 2011 saw Rockley International Trainer Richard Percy completing the first in a series of Turkish Yachting Federation (TYF) Dinghy Instructor Courses in Cesme, Turkey. The course was the first of its kind and marks the start of a new era of nationally recognised sail training within Turkey.

The Dinghy Instructor course is the start of the second phase in the ongoing partnership between Rockley and the TYF. Rockley has been working in partnership with the TYF since 2009 to aid them in the development of grassroots sailing and to train their current coaches to an International standard. All the sail training and training syllabus developments undertaken by Rockley in Turkey are inline with the International Sailing Federations "Recognised Training" accreditation standards.

For more information on Rockley International and the training courses and services they offer please see or contact Richard Percy on


In a further bid to reduce the financial burden on the double-handed, Class40 teams in the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the navigation software expert, ADRENA, has joined the GOR as a Race Partner and is offering teams an excellent discount on the company's system for the duration of the race including a comprehensive support package. ADRENA will also provide the GOR Race Organisation with their latest software for use in the fleet monitoring process: a crucial element of the safety umbrella put in place for the event.

For Josh Hall, Race director of the GOR, the race partnership is of immense value to the Race Organisation and the teams: "Our research into navigation and routing software confirmed to us that ADRENA is absolutely the most comprehensive, accurate and intuitive package available," Hall explains. "We are therefore delighted to welcome ADRENA on board as a Race Partner and highly recommend their product to all of the GOR entries," he adds.


MULTIPLAST has been accredited with the "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant"* mark

Through the attribution of this mark, awarded by the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, MULTIPLAST is recognized for its know-how and joins a very exclusive French club of companies excelling in crafts and industry.

Thanks to this mark of recognition, MULTIPLAST joins the ranks of other high-performing crafts and industries that have contributed to the economic and cultural reputation of France. Their common denominator is that they are all possessors of rare know-how, are firmly located in a territory and have unusual innovative capacities.

Through this distinction MULTIPLAST will be associated with great names such as Chanel, Dior, Chaumet, Baccarat, etc., which each represent specific know-how internationally recognized in their fields. However, MULTIPLAST is the only company to manufacture large composite parts to join this very exclusive club.


Tickets for the Liverpool Boat Show 2011 are now on sale. The highly anticipated new boating show is set to attract 400,000 visitors when it takes place from April 29 to May 8 in the historic waterside surroundings of the Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey.

Tickets costing from just £12 are now available to book via the show's website, or by calling 0844 809 4620.

Exhibitors at the inaugural show treading new ground in the North West include major global boating brands across power, sail, fishing, canal boating and canoeing categories. Show goers will be able to view brands such as Fairline, Sealine, Sunseeker, Princess, Azimut, Rodman, Beneteau, Bavaria, Legend and Passport.

The event is set to be a spectacular boat show with the potential to become the most high profile in Europe. Naval vessels and historic tall ships will add impact within the docks as well as a comedy, sea shanty and marine literary festival planned.

Two sailing regattas will run during alternate show weekends and the aqua-theatre provides sailing and power demonstrations with zap cats, dinghy match racing and live music on a floating stage.


Spencer Rigging Ltd is pleased to announce the signing of a £1.27m re-rig of the Indian Navy Training Ship INS Tarangini. This is one of many long standing associations that the team at Spencer Rigging are proud to have upheld throughout a difficult period in their 52 year history.

Spencer Rigging is a family run firm in Cowes, with another branch in Southampton. The company was founded in 1958 focusing on the marine rigging industry.

INS Tarangini is a tall ship of the Indian Navy, commissioned in 1997 as a sail training ship for naval cadets. Tarangini is a three-masted barque, square rigged on the fore and main masts and fore-and-aft rigged on the mizzen mast. She was constructed in Goa to a design by the British naval architect Colin Mudie, and launched on 1 December 1995.

INS Tarangini started its first circumnavigation of the globe in the year 2003-04 with the theme of 'Building Bridges of Friendship across the Oceans'. During the fifteen month voyage, the ship covered 33,000 nautical miles (61,000 km) and visited 36 ports in 18 countries. The ship was received by the President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam.


The Mayor of County Cork has confirmed that Cork County Council is to allocate 30,000 Euros to the upcoming ISAF Team Racing World Championship which will be held in Schull later this year.

Mr Jim Daly, speaking on behalf of the local authority said the council "has acknowledged the fact that the upcoming ISAF event will be a major boost not just for Schull, but for all of West Cork.

In 2009, the International Sailing Federation held its Team Racing World Championship in Perth, Australia but from 27 August to 4 September it will be Schull's time to shine.

The ninth edition of the ISAF Team Racing World Championship in Schull Harbour is being organised by Fastnet Marine and the Outdoor Education Centre (FMOEC).

Following the successful launch of an under 21 competition at the 2005 Team Worlds, the 2011 championship will again feature racing in both the open competition for the ISAF Team Racing World Championship trophy, and in an under 21 competition for the Ciudad de Gandia Trophy.

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