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China Team to Contest the 34th America's Cup
Beijing, China: For the second time in America's Cup history, China has entered a team to challenge for the oldest sporting trophy in the world, and bring it to China.

China Team, with the full support of the Chinese Government, is the 8th challenger for the 34th America's Cup, joining the best sailors in the world to compete in the Challengers Series Louis Vuitton Cup, to reach the America's Cup final, in San Francisco during the summer of 2013.

Mr. Wang Chao Yong, chairman of China Team, is delighted to lead the challenge for the second time and believes that he has put in place a team of experts who will lead China Team to greatness.

"All boats need to be designed by the team, and built in country. We have been working with some of the best worldwide designers for hull and wings for a few months already, in partnership with top Chinese Universities. This is an opportunity to showcase China's talents in the leading-edge hi-tech areas of both hydrodynamics and aeronautics. Our boat will then be built in China, and ready to sail by February 2012," said Mr. Wang.

Thierry Barot, CEO of China Team has been busy recruiting the worldwide and Olympic champion sailors who will be responsible for training the sailing team. "Our boat will be powered mainly by Chinese sailors, and we are very fortunate to have an elite team of international sailors to come to China and train our Chinese team".

"China has a 600-year-old tradition of sailing!" said Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, speaking of the new Chinese team entering the America's Cup. "They will have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup and beat all the challengers before getting a chance to compete against the American Defender, Oracle Racing. Just the kind of challenge the Chinese relish!"

Finishing On A High Note
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International Rolex Regatta St.Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: Topping off three days of sun-drenched racing in the International Rolex Regatta, over 700 sailors on 77 teams mixed it up today on Pillsbury Sound, completing distance courses that explored the cays and islands off St. Thomas, where the event has been hosted for 38 years by St. Thomas Yacht Club. Big guns, such as Boewe Bekking, Gavin Brady, Ed Baird, Steve Benjamin, Richard Clarke and Chris Larson were in abundance aboard the keelboats that competed, but it by no means took the calling cards of professional sailors to guarantee victory - or a good time - in the eight classes, which included two for IRC, four for CSA, and one each for IC 24s and Beach Cats.

The largest keelboat competing was the 90-foot Genuine Risk, the recent Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race winner, with Hugo Stenbeck (SWE) steering, while the smallest were 24-footers. (Melges 24s sailed in a CSA Spinnaker class that was populated by sport boats, while IC 24s came in numbers large enough to earn their own One-Design circle.)

With today's two victories to add to an already perfect score line, Willem Wester's (SUI) Grand Soleil 43 Antilope made an impressive showing in the nine-boat IRC 2 class, earning Wester a Rolex timepiece as prize.

"This was our first time to this part of the world," said Wester, who has won Cowes Week the last two years aboard Antilope and sailed with a crew from Belgium and Holland that included veteran Volvo Ocean Race skipper Bouwe Bekking, who called tactics, and Olympian Philippe Bergmans, who steered.

Antilope's closest competitor, Phil Lotz's (Newport, R.I.) Club Swan 42 Arethusa, fell to third today with two fourth-place finishes, while James Hudleston's (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Oceanis 44 Three Harkoms snagged second, just one point ahead, on merit of a 3-2 today.

For Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.), being a seasoned professional didn't take anything away from his experience here. The winning skipper from the 2007 America's Cup (Alinghi) crewed aboard Richard Oland's (New Brunswick, CAN) Southern Cross Vela Veloce while Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke steered. The team finished second in IRC 1 class, conceding to Jim Swartz's (Park City, Utah) TP52 Vesper/Team Moneypenny, which won all but one of six races.

Final Results

IC 24 (One Design - 16 Boats)
1. Team INTAC JV, William Bailey, USA, 51 points
2. Orion, Fraito Lugo , Ponce, PR, USA, 75
3. Soggy Dollar BVI, Chris Cuerreri, USA, 82

CSA Spinnaker 1 (CSA - 6 Boats)
1. Team INTAC/CROWLEY, Mark Plaxton, BVI, 9
2. Budget Marine/GILL, Andrea Scarabelli, AHO, 15
3. Jurakan, David West, BVI, 17

CSA Spinnaker 2 (CSA - 11 Boats)
1. Elandra of Hamble, Beneteau First 40.7, Calvin Reed, USA, 12
2. Smile and Wave, Beneteau First 40, Jaime Torres, USA, 17
3. El Ocaso, J 120, Richard Wesslund, USA, 19

CSA Spinnaker 3 (CSA - 6 Boats)
1. Wild At Heart, JOD 35, Timothy Molony, USA, 7
2. Otrakosa, J 80, Kike Gonzalez, USA, 11
3. Mag 7, J 27, Paul Davis, USA, 21

CSA Non-Spinnaker (CSA - 10 Boats)
1. Lost Horizon, J 122, James Dobbs, ANT, 10
2. Cayennita Grande, J 36, Antonio Sanpere, USA, 10
3. Bonne Chance, Beneteau First 35s5, Bernardo Gonzalez, USA, 12

IRC 1 (IRC - 6 Boats)
1. Vesper, TP 52, James Swartz, USA, 7
2. Vela Veloce, Southern Cross 52, Richard Oland, CAN, 14
3. Interlodge, JV 52, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, USA, 17

IRC 2 (IRC - 9 Boats)
1. Antilope, Grand Soleil 43, Willem Wester, NED, 6
2. Three Harkoms, Oceanis 44, James Hudleston, USA, 17
3. Arethusa, Club Swan 42, Phil Lotz, USA, 18

Beach Cats (Portsmouth - 9 Boats)
1. Universal, Hobie 16, Jorge L Ramos, USA, 6
2. Time Out, Hobie 16, John Holmberg, USA, 12
3. Island Girl, Hobie 16, Teri McKenna, USA, 19

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Sebago Round Britain and Ireland Challenge
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Sebago Round Britain and Ireland Challenge The first start of the 2011 Sebago Round Britain and Ireland Challenge (RBIC) held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) kicked off yesterday, March 27. Forty sailors travelled from all over the UK to take their place on the start line with the stunning Jurassic coast as the backdrop and soaring spring temperatures. The RBIC provides opportunities for people from all walks of life to race round Great Britain and Ireland or join for a single leg. Crews from all over the UK have been training over weekends since February from the WPNSA so as to prepare themselves for the 2,500 mile passage which is predicted to take 28 days to complete.

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has formed a new long term partnership with the RBIC supporting this latest yacht racing challenge through hosting training events and providing race management, being the start and finish port for all circumnavigations in the series as well as the chosen final prize giving ceremony location.

The RBIC fleet are now hoping for wind speeds to increase as they head towards their first stopover. This is the first of three Sebago Round Britain and Ireland Challenges booked for 2011 that will be taking in nine official stopovers.

Further information on the Sebago Round Britain and Ireland Challenge available at

Volvo Open 70s Up For Grabs as New Race Boats Emerge
Alicante, Spain: According to a rule, which is new for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, from 16 March 2011, the teams entered in the race can now only sail their 2011-12 race boats. This now allows other potential syndicates to acquire these second generation Volvo Open 70s, including the winning and second placed boats from 2008-09, to work towards being on the startline in October.

Jack Lloyd, Race Director, says the introduction of the new rule that effectively forbids two-boat testing is part of the ongoing cost cutting measures introduced by the race organisation. "The measures were implemented following the 2008-09 event and cover from the way in which the boat and the sails are produced through to training with the new boats.

"The costs involved in two-boat testing are very high as a second boat needs to be maintained in full race condition and requires a full crew to sail and maintain the boat.

"This measure will not rush the boat builds as the teams have known about the rule since late 2009 and they have planned their build schedule around the availability of funds and the design process. They all know how much time each process takes and that trying to cut corners may affect the quality of the final product."

To comply with the rule, the teams have taken a break from sea trials on the training boats and are now fully focused on the completion of their new Volvo Open 70s, which will be launched this spring. With less than 32 weeks until the first in-port race in Alicante, launching the boats and resuming training is a priority and a major milestone on every team's agenda.

Groupama Sailing Team plans to launch Groupama 4 on 9 May and although her hull has been removed from the mould, there is still a great amount of work to do.

"We're less than two months from the planned launch. The major structural changes are done, but there is still some grafting (carbon bonding) to finish. We then have to manufacture the fittings and install the systems: hydraulics, engine, deck hardware, galley and electronics," explains Groupama's head of construction, Pierre Tissier.

"Part of these installations will take place at the Multiplast yard in Vannes, France, then Groupama 4 will be transported by road to the team base in Lorient at the end of April for the finishing touches," adds Tissier, who has been monitoring the build of the new monohull from the start.

* Photos by Yann Zedda and Alain Paulhac of Groupama's boat in build on

Warsash Spring Series
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Warsash Spring Series For the third week running, the challenge greeting competitors in the Warsash Spring Series on 27th March was how to get their boats along in light conditions, when the breeze rarely reached double figures. For Black Group, a half hour lull gave three classes a real test to round the first leeward mark where a large parking lot built up. However, a gentle wind returned, with some classes completing their courses whilst others were shortened. White Group, off Hill Head, experienced an even shiftier breeze and did well to get the planned three races in for J/80s and two out of three for the Laser SB3s.

In IRC1 Mark Devereux in the Swan 42 Brevity was close enough behind Niklas Zennstrom's higher rated Farr 45 Ran to take the class win on corrected time. Visit Malta Puma recovered from their false start to be first across the line in IRC2 whilst the First 40.7 Encore (Steven Anderson and Jane Curwen) finished just astern and her 10 point advantage on handicap boosted her result to first. There was a runaway winner in IRC3. Stiletto (First 35 - John Barratt and Paul Woodward) rounded the windward mark with a one boat length lead and then pulled steadily away, reached the leeward mark in splendid isolation and went on to win by over five minutes.

Three weeks into the Series, Joe Llewellyn (GBR3082) has a four point lead over World Champion Jerry Hill (3 Sad Old Blokes) in the Laser SB3 class with the next three places going to the top lady helms - Jo Lloyd, Sarah Allen and Ann Jackson. In the J/80s Stewart Hawthorn (Jumping Jenga) has a three point advantage over Patrick Liardet (Aqua-J) whilst Dan Brown (Henri Lloyd Shockwave) is one point ahead of Terry Palmer (Just Do It).

As Easter is late this year, the Warsash Spring Series continues without a break and reconvenes on Sunday 3rd April followed by the Spring Championship on the final weekends of 9th/10th and 16th/17th April.

Full results on

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Heads To Palma
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is heading to Palma, Spain for the 2011 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, the third stop of the seven regatta series, from 3 - 9 April.

Over 650 entries have been received for the 42nd edition of the regatta with some of the world's best Olympic event sailors making the journey to Spain to stake their claim for gold. Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are looking to continue their fine form in the men's 470 after placing first at Sail Melbourne and finishing second at the Rolex Miami OCR to lead the 470 ISAF Sailing World Cup standings.

But with Nic Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR) and Stuart Mcnay and Graham Biehl (USA) also set to attend it should make for a fascinating week of racing.

The British pair beat the Australian duo - last year's ISAF Sailing World Cup winners - by eight points in Miami and will be looking to replicate the result.

In the women's RS:X Jessica Crisp (AUS) currently leads the standings on 32 points. She is the only sailor in the top 20 to compete in Melbourne and Miami, placing fifth in both events. But she won't be making the trip to Spain.

And with Marina Alabau on 20 points and Bryony Shaw, on 19 points, set to sail at Palma the top of the standings are bound to change. The field also includes 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Blanca Manchon (ESP) who placed ninth in Miami.

There was no women's match racing at Sail Melbourne but the Rolex Miami OCR offered some exceptional competition.

Claire Leroy (FRA) defeated Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 3-1 in the Final and she leads the Sailing World Cup standings as a result. In the Petit Final Sally Barkow (USA) overcame Britain's Lucy Macgregor 2-1.

All four will make the trip to Palma and with nine of the ISAF Sailing World Cups top ten women's match racing sailors registered it should make for an exciting week of competition.

Sink Or Swim
Sink or Swim Going Afloat? Do you know what to do in an emergency? The Royal National Lifeboat Institution invites you to a fun and informative sea safety evening on Tuesday 12th April at 7.30pm at The Marine Court Hotel (Opposite Bangor Marina) in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.

This free evening will highlight the precautions and actions to take when faced with an emergency situation afloat.

Life-raft & Life-jacket demonstrations, how to communicate in an emergency and much more including fun competitions with the chance to win prizes

Kindly supported and sponsored by:
Quay Marinas Limited
CH Marine
Bangor Marina Berth Holders Association
The Marine Court Hotel
Coyles Bistro and Bar
The Salty Dog

Everyone Is Welcome!

Zhik Announced as Title Sponsor of 2011 SB3 World Championships
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SB3 World Championships Australian born clothing brand Zhik are officially announced as title sponsor of the SB3 World Championships to be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK in May 2011.

Partnering with the SB3 class enables Zhik to work with the largest global sportsboat class, with over 120 boats already entered for the 2011 World Championships. The partnership will also help provide full media support to the event, enabling high quality images, daily interviews and video to be released on a daily basis for international spectators to enjoy via the official event website Defending SB3 World Champion, Jerry Hill and his crew members, Grant Rollerson and Matt Alvarado will all wear the ISOTAK range during the 2011 SB3 World Championships.

Although entries have now reached 120, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club will still accept entries to the 2011 World Championship. Please contact the Club Office via e-mail.

Representatives from fourteen nations will compete in the World Championships. The host nation field an entry of over seventy boats. Entries come from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will all be represented in Torquay in May.

The three Laser SB3 World Champions, Geoff Carveth (2008 Champion, Dun Laoghaire), Craig Burlton (2009 Champion, Cascais) and Jerry Hill (2010 Champion, Torbole) will all compete for the 2011 Championship title.

Three Peaks Race Runners Tracked
In another first for events in Tasmania, in this year's Australian Three Peaks Race the public will able to be follow runners' progress over the mountains through satellite technology. Each pair of team runners will be equipped with small satellite trackers.

Position plots for each team of runners will be transmitted every 10 minutes for viewing on the race website as the runners take on the arduous routes over Mt Strzelecki at Flinders Island (65 kms return), Mt Freycinet (35 kms) on Tasmania's picturesque east coast and Mt Wellington (33 kms) the magnificent backdrop to the city of Hobart.

Weighing just 147 grams the small trackers will provide an added interest for those who follow the race on the internet as well as giving the runners confidence that they can send a signal to race organisers independent of cell phone coverage should assistance be needed.

When not being used for the Three Peaks Race, the satellite trackers are available for hire at nominal rates for sailors, bush walkers or other adventurers where mobile phone coverage is unavailable, giving a line of communication to friends and family using a number of pre-programmed messages and, should it be required, a request to emergency services for assistance. Further information about the trackers can be obtained from the race chairman Alastair Douglas.

The 23rd annual race starts at 2.00 pm on Good Friday 22nd April at Beauty Point with the first teams arriving in Hobart on Easter Monday. Race entries are currently being received with an expected fleet of about 10 teams.

For further information contact:
Alastair Douglas OAM, Chairman
Ph: 0418 127 897

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