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Reilly & Simoneschi Take Top Melges Honors In Miami
Photo by Joy Dunigan / US Melges 24 Class Association. Click on image for photo gallery.

melges Miami Miami, Florida, USA: The final day of racing for the 23-strong Audi Melges 20 class and 11-boat Melges 24 fleet contingent has concluded revealing two division champs. Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing won the progressive Audi Melges 20 fleet and Riccardo Simoneschi aboard Audi celebrated top honors in the hotly contested Melges 24 class.

Conditions in Miami could not have been more perfect for the last day of racing at the 2011 Miami Winter Regatta hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC). All six races scheduled were conducted - four on Saturday and Sunday delivered two longer courses. Spectators were glued to the action with a steady 12-15 knots of breeze pumping in from the North-Northeast, gorgeous sunshine and flat seas for the start.

Event champion Paul Reilly had a less than fantastic ninth place result in the first race, but made up for it in race two with the ultimate win. He held off the likes of 2011 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series leader Michael Kiss on Bacio, Hollerbach and Carroll. At one point Kiss led the race, as did Carroll. On the final upwind finish beat, Reilly found the all right gears putting him across the finish in first, Carroll and Kiss finished respectively.

Simoneschi stole the show in the Melges 24 class. His best opposition came from Cary Seigler on Rock Steady, Kristen Lane on Team Brickhouse 812, Guy Mossman on Battle Rhythm and Brian Porter on Full Throttle. It was a constant dogfight between these teams, each trying to reign in Simoneschi's lead. The final race of the day found Simoneschi launched with a massive lead taking the win and the regatta title.

Top Five Results

Audi Melges 20
1. Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team, 7
2. Jason Carroll, Argo, 12
3. Kent Haegar, Mach Schnell, 19
4. Tony Tabb, Elevation Racing, 20
5. Michael Kiss, Bacio, 20

Melges 24
1. Riccardo Simoneschi, Audi, 7
2. Brian Porter, Full Throttle, 15
3. Kristen Lane, Team Brickhouse, 16
4. Cary Seigler, Rock Steady, 16
5. Guy Mossman, Battle Rhythm, 22

www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=415

A Corinthian Classic Returns To Newport
Fleet from the 2009 inaugural event. Photo by Dan Nerney/NYYC. Click on image to enlarge.

Classic Newport Newport, Rhode Island, USA: It took the Corinthian sailing world by storm in 2009, and its impact promises to be even greater when it returns again to the shores of Newport, R.I. this September 10-17. The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will host 19 yacht club teams representing 13 nations from six different continents.

The top-five finishers from the 2009 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup received automatic berths for the 2011 event, and all have accepted. They are (in order of finish) the New York Yacht Club (USA); Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN); Japan Sailing Federation (JAP); Nylandska Jaktklubben (FIN) and Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL).

New entries include the Yacht Club Argentino (ARG); Cruising Yacht Club of Australia; Yacht Club Capri (ITA), Yacht Club Punta Ala (ITA), Clube Naval de Cascais (POR); Royal Cape Yacht Club (SA) and Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR).

Also returning from 2009 are the Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR); Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER); Yacht Club Italiano (ITA) and Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (ESP).

Rounding out the fleet will be three additional U.S. teams that were determined by the outcome of a 24-club U.S. Qualifying Series held at the NYYC in September 2010: Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); Annapolis Yacht Club (Annapolis, Md.) and Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.).

The event will again be sailed in NYYC Swan 42s on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay, with the headquarters being the NYYC's Harbour Court clubhouse overlooking Newport Harbor. In addition to Rolex, which for 2011 and 2013 is the presenting sponsor, Sperry Top-Sider and Nautor's Swan have also returned as sponsors to enhance the experience of competitors as well as those who will be following the races.

Among the high-profile skippers returning to the competition this year are Makoto Uematsu (Japan Sailing Federation); Leonardo Ferragamo (Nylandska Jaktklubben); Anthony O'Leary (Royal Cork Yacht Club); and Mark Watson (Royal Bermuda Yacht Club), who finished third through sixth, respectively. The NYYC, which won the inaugural event with Phil Lotz (Newport, R.I./New Canaan, Conn.) skippering, will hold a sail-off to determine its 2011 team, as will many of the other clubs that have accepted invitations.

For more information on the 2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, contact John Mendez, or visit nyyc.org/2011InvitationalCup/

Join The 2011 Dyneema ® Experience Team and Win a Complete Re-Rig For Your Boat
Dyneema Experience Team DSM Dyneema, producer of Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™, is recruiting the globe with its partners for 40 'skippers'. They can test running-rigging made with Dyneema® fiber and share their experiences through social media.

If you are selected as part of the 2011 Dyneema® Experience Team, we'll re-rig your boat completely free of charge with ropes made with Dyneema®®. All we ask of you is that you test and experience rigging with Dyneema® and share this with us, your friends, family and other sailors worldwide, through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

The most active 'skipper' of the 2011 'Dyneema® Experience Team' will experience a masterclass with a friend on one of the Volvo Ocean Race Yachts in Alicante.

Dyneema® has proven to be highly versatile for a wide range of products in the yachting industry. The combination of high performance and durability makes it the ideal material, for running rigging for performance cruisers and professional sailors.

The closing date for applications is March 4, 2011. The 2011 Dyneema® Experience Team ends on September 23rd 2011.

Join the team www.dyneemaexperience.com

Canoe Sailing with a Difference
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D Class Canoe The Scandavians have a long history of canoe sailing. These take many forms and differ from the extreme International 10 sqm Canoe that we know in the UK. The canoe type featured here is a Swedish D class Tejst (Black Guillemot) design by Torsten Sörvik. With precisely the canoe character; a long, narrow and lightweight hull with the buoyancy aft and absence of a marked planing threshold.

Length is 6 meters and beam 1.5 meters with a weight of 380Kg and interior ballast of 180kg, sail area in main and jib is 13 sqm (139 sq ft). The interior is 150kg ballast in the form of lead ingots and a center console has laminated lead ingots of 30kg, approximately 0.85 m below the waterline.

Overall, this gives a hull that is marked 'initial stiff' and feels stable even at a slight angle. This is well something you usually do not associate with sailing canoes. To help, it also has "krangbradorna" short sitting out boards. These project 400mm from the side of the hull and has a hoist that angles them upward when you do not sit on them to prevent drag.

From SailWeb.co.uk:
www.sailweb.co.uk/default.asp#3821

See www.lunne.se/lunne/Tejst.html (mostly in Swedish, some English at www.lunne.se/lunne/International_1.html )

Charge Through Southern Ocean
British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major has warned his Velux 5 Oceans rivals to "watch this space" after consistently notching up quick speeds in the past few days. In the 24 hours leading up to yesterday's 6pm UTC position report CSM's Spartan was the joint-fastest boat in the fleet averaging 11.4 knots, matched only by ocean sprint three leader and overall race front runner Brad Van Liew.

A relative newcomer to solo ocean racing, CSM has made no secret of the fact that the first two ocean sprints - in which he finished fourth in both - were a huge learning curve for him as he got to grips with taming the beast that is a high performance Eco 60 yacht. But with eight days and more than 2,000 nautical miles of ocean sprint three under his belt, confidence is running high onboard Spartan.

The only issue CSM has had in the last few days is when a strop connecting a headsail to a halyard broke, dropping the sail into the water.

Spartan has a top pedigree in ocean racing, having won the VELUX 5 OCEANS under the helm of Italian Giovanni Soldini. In the 2006/7 edition of the race Sir Robin Knox-Johnston raced her round the world again as Grey Power. Despite trailing Brad by around 300 nautical miles CSM was this morning less than 170 miles behind third placed Derek Hatfield and is certain he can reel in the leading pack in the coming days.

The fleet are now less than 2,500 nautical miles from Cape Horn, the most southerly point of South America and one of the most feared bodies of water in the world.

Positions at 1200 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: 3,548.9/ 0 / 313.7 / 13.1
Zbigniew Gutkowski, Operon Racing: 3,662.4 / 113.5 / 289.2 / 12
Derek Hatfield, Active House: 3,701 / 152.2 / 284.9 / 11.9
Chris Stanmore-Major, Spartan: 3,865.6 / 316.7 / 272.4 / 11.4

www.velux5oceans.com

ORACLE RC44 Cup San Diego
ORACLE RC44 Cup San Diego The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego will take place on San Diego Bay, March 2 - 6, 2011.

After the inaugural U.S. event in Miami at the end of the 2010 season, the class is now heading west to make its 2011 debut at the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego. The event features 11 RC44 teams representing nine nations.

Match and fleet racing will take place over five days on San Diego Bay with spectacular free spectator viewing areas from portions of Broadway Pier, Harbor Island and numerous areas along the downtown waterfront.

Among the top sailors set to compete on the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour are class designer Russell Coutts (NZL), American yachting legend Paul Cayard and San Diego native son Rod Davis, Audi MedCup winners Morgan Larson (USA) and Jose Maria Ponce (ESP), Olympic Gold medalist Kevin Burnham (USA), along with some of the world's top match racing talent including Cameron Appleton (NZL).

The RC44 class was conceived and co-designed by four-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts. With an evenly split amateur and professional crew line-up, the class attracts the world's leading business minds as their owner-drivers, along with many of the world's top sailors.

For Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego information, or to book a hotel room, visit www.oraclerc44cupsandiego.com

HH and TM at JJ's in Oz?
The Annual 18' Skiff World Championships are coming up quick. You just can't call them that. It's an ISAF thing, and without their certification, nothing can be the World Championship. Hardly deterred, the Aussie's decided to rename it the J.J. Giltinans or J.J's for short. Named after James Joseph Giltinan, the Aussie businessman, entrepreneur, fleet secretary and founder of the 18' Worlds in 1938.

It's the 3rd oldest sailing class trophy in the world, falling right behind the Snipes and Star class for longevity.

Sydney Harbor is the birthplace of the 18s, which dates back to 1892.

Initiated by a local sailing enthusiast named Mark Foy, to literally give the local sailing scene a kick in the pants and bring the sport into the collective minds and souls of the general populace's lexicon. A visionary, Mark decided that's racing must be more exciting, faster and with more color and flair than number on white cotton sails. 18' long and 8 ' wide were the only design limitations. "Make em fast and colorful" and add some gaming and uncertainly and the betting crazy Aussie's will come. And they have in droves. 18' racing is big business in Sydney, with a season that runs from October through March. The Aussie 18's League has over 4,000 members, never mind that only 117 of them are listed as sailing members. Collectively, it works….

Since it's 1938 inception, The JJ's have been held 62 times, mostly in Sydney Harbor, but also in Auckland, Brisbane, and Fiji. The Sydney Harbor with is unique geography and built in marks, solid fan base and dependable winds make it ideal. During that span, the Aussies have won the JJ's 51 times, New Zealand: 7 times and US and UK twice each.

Great story, lots of current and historial pics at www.pressure-drop.us/forums/

Six Metres Coming To Falmouth
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Six Metres Coming To Falmouth The British International Six Metre Association, whose supporters include Cornwall's multi-medal-winning Olympian Ben Ainslie, has awarded this year's British Open Championship to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club on Falmouth's Greenbank parade.

Racing will take place in Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads from May 18-22. These days the Six Metre class ('6mR') accommodates both 'Classics' which are exquisitely-crafted wooden yachts and the newer sleeker 'Moderns' within its racing fleet. The term 'Six Metre' refers to the measurement rule to which they are built, which actually produces boats about 11 metres (36-ft) long.

The regatta has already 20 yachts registered, bringing in excess of 100 yachtsmen and women, together with their support teams, to Falmouth. It will be the first time the fleet has assembled in Falmouth in such numbers since 1988.

Yachts will be arriving from the Solent, Scotland, the Channel Islands and France as well as from the more local fleets in St Mawes and Fowey.

Great Britain has the largest and most active fleet of Six Metre yachts in the world. Although primarily a championship regatta, the organisers are hoping that this year's event will not only raise the profile of the 6mRs but will also establish the West Country event as a regular feature in the Association's annual sailing programme.

Indeed, there is already talk of a Europeans or World championships coming to Cornwall in 2014.

It is a development class with every boat a unique one-off, attracting kings and entreprenuers as well as top names in the sport and design world, including Ian Howlett, Pelle Peterson, Olin Stephens, Johan Ankers; ex-Whitbread supremo Lawrie Smith; America's Cup stalwart Chris Mason, and businessman Peter de Savary.

Falmouth hosts the first major event of the fleet's 2011 season after which many of the boats will be heading for La Trinite in France for the L'Entente Cordiale and French Open or back to home waters before moving on to Helsinki, Finland, for the World Cup in early August.

General enquiries should be directed to Julie Jones, the British International Six Metre Association class co-ordinator at: or the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club at: www.royalcornwallyachtclub.org

Musto

Ever Wondered What It's Like To Sail Aboard Banque Populaire V?
Brian Thompson's blog described it as being like full steam ahead on the express train or a bumpy ride on the Piccadilly line! As Pascal Bidegorry and his crew return to Lorient to prepare for another attempt, technical clothing partner Musto is offering a once in a lifetime prize to sail aboard this record-breaking trimaran.

Enter now at www.musto.com/fcp/content/Banque_Populaire/content

Industry News
After all the hype and promise, the Liverpool Boat Show was cancelled this afternoon, February 14. Organiser Marine Industry Events (MIE), blamed the economic climate impacting on exhibitor take-up.

But MIE went on to say the integrity of the long term potential for a major boat show in Liverpool needed to be protected.

'Our decision is obviously appalling news and it has been an extremely difficult decision to take,' said MIE MD Rob Mackenzie, 'not least because of the enormous sense of responsibility and partnership we feel for everyone in Liverpool.'

He went on to highlight how hard the city council and its corporate partners, British Waterways, Liverpool Marina, Albert Dock Liverpool and the local sailing community had worked to support this project.

'The failure and the financial loss and its consequences are MIE's to bear alone, but it is better to cancel the show to protect Liverpool's reputation,' he said. 'More than anything else, we've cancelled the show to protect the integrity of what we know to be the enormous long term potential for a major boat show in Liverpool.'

Market sentiment about the economic outlook deteriorated rapidly from late November 2010, said Mr Mackenzie, and this negative trend accelerated sharply in late January, with many contracted exhibitors citing a commercially disastrous London boat show as the catalyst for their decisions to withdraw from Liverpool.

Boating Business: www.boatingbusiness.com

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Specialist marine clothing brand Henri Lloyd, is delighted to announce their continued sponsorship of the Henri Lloyd - Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta for 2011.

Henri Lloyd opened their fifth Henri Lloyd Sailing Store in Salcombe during 2008 , which can be found on Fore Street.

The Henri Lloyd - Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta, which is being held from the 7th - 12th August 2011, annually hosts class racing for eleven classes as well as three handicap classes. Nearly 300 boats enter annually with approximately 550 sailors taking part.

www.henrilloyd.com

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The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has added yet another sporting stellar achievement to their 2011 wall of honour. The Academy is now shortlisted for the 2011 Sport Industry Award in the category 'Sport Participation Event of the Year'. This highlights the WPNSA yet again as a major player in the national sports business spectrum by adding sustainable elements to this industry that are recognised by the sporting world's star studded judging panel.

The Academy has continually used the 2012 sailing venue facilities as a source for international excellence which not only benefits the world's elite water sports athletes but also offers exemplar opportunities for everyone to experience the wonderful world of water. Over the last decade that the Sport Industry Awards have been in existence the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has been shortlisted twice as well as winning the 'Environmental Concern in Sport' category.

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The legacy of renowned naval architect Bill Langan (1955 -2010) will live on not only in the yachts that he designed over a career that spanned more than three decades -- first as a designer with Sparkman & Stephens and then as principal of Langan Design Associates, Inc. -- but also in the yachts that will be completed and conceptualized going forward by the newly formed Langan Design Partners LLC, headquartered in Newport, R.I.

Langan passed away on December 31, 2010, after a courageous two-year battle with leukemia, and it was his hope that his office continue serving current and future clients after his death. To that end, his long-time associates Thomas Degremont, Antonio Ferrer, and Samuel Howell have formed an equal partnership that will move forward with the same vision and purpose that has been cultivated over their 32 years of combined dedication to Langan Design.

Candace Langan, Bill's wife and the principal of Candace Langan Interior Decoration will continue her yacht interior decoration business out of the Langan Design office in Newport.

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Following on from their recently announced sponsorship of Australian Olympic 470 champions Belcher and Page, Sunsail have shown their increasing commitment to the sport through a deal with Team GBR 49 sailors Dylan Fletcher & Alain Sign.

With a new fleet of racier F40 yachts, it makes sense for the yacht charter company to back the professional end of the sport. Both Dylan and Alain have sailed with Sunsail over the years, in the UK during Cowes Week, and also overseas at their Beach Clubs.

Sunsail Head of Marketing, Simon Conder said:

"We are delighted to be supporting Dylan and Alain in their bid for a place in the 2012 Olympics, both are very skilled sailors and have huge potential, we will be backing them all the way and providing them with as much support as we can, to ensure they get the results they need. Both Dylan and Alain will be joining us throughout the year as part of Sunsail Racing to help deliver some of our key events during the year and we will be offering the chance for customers to meet and Sail with these two outstanding sailors."

From YachtSponsorship.com: www.yachtsponsorship.com/2011/01/

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For the third time in succession, Inmarsat has been selected to provide essential voice and data connectivity for the Volvo Ocean Race. Inmarsat FleetBroadband will be used to deliver broadcast quality high-definition television (HDTV) and rich multimedia content from the competing boats to the world's media. Inmarsat has increased its involvement in the next edition of the race and is now a Race Partner, which will allow the communications company to further heighten its participation.

Each Volvo Open 70 will be equipped with a SAILOR FleetBroadband 500, providing voice and high-speed data communications. Also onboard is a compact SAILOR FleetBroadband 150 for crew voice calling and IP data, plus two SAILOR Mini-C systems for constant positioning data and global safety communications. For the first time and after extensive evaluation, Inmarsat's new global satellite phone, the ISATPHONE Pro, will be included in the safety kit of all the race yachts.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 2007 J Boats J/80. 32,000 GBP. Located in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

The J/80 is an ISAF one design and as such, is entitled to hold both European and World Championships. In 2010, a European Championship is planned on Lake Garda in Italy, and the Worlds will be in Newport. Two of the most fantastic sailing venues one could wish to visit! 131 boats raced at the World Championship in Santander in July 2009; the largest entry of any sportsboat championship, anywhere in 2009!

Delightfully easy to sail, yet capable of 18 knots on a breezy day, the J/80 has it's own class for the Round the Island Race and at Cowes Week and at many other regattas around the UK.

Brokerage through Key Yachting Ltd.: www.yachtworld.com/keyyachting/

Complete listing details and seller contact information at uk.yachtworld.com

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