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SAP 505 Worlds: USA and Aussie Raid Closes Gap On Germans
Nigel Lott and Bob Franks (AUS) launch off a wave. Photo by Christophe Favreau, Click on image for photo gallery.

505 Worlds Finally, two more races sailed at the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship as the wind god of Hamilton Island played ball, offering up superb 15-20 knot winds, some great surfing waves and brilliant action that has bought a few competitors much closer to the leading Germans.

An excellent but by no means easy win for Mike Holt and Carl Smit (USA) in Race 3, and a double celebration for Californian Holt, who celebrated his 43rd birthday yesterday.

Race 4 winners, Sandy Higgins/Paul Marsh, along with American's Howie Hamilin/Andy Zinn and Luke Molloy/Jim Turner (GBR) were the last three boats Holt and Smit had to wear down to cross the line in first, surfing big waves and overcoming shifty unstable winds along the way.

Only three points separates the top three, with Hunger/Kleiner leading Holt/Smit by two points and Higgins Marsh by a further point. The Germans had an ordinary 15th in Race 4, which has been used as their drop, a far cry from the two bullets they scored on Day 1.

South Australians Sandy Higgins and Andrew Chisholm looked set to win Race 3, but as Chisholm explained, "we stuffed up the third beat, were trying to get leverage, but we went the wrong way and finished third." Not to be deterred, the two, whose World's best was a third on home turf in Adelaide in 2007, led Race 4 from go to whoa.

Howie Hamlin/Andy Zinn, Molloy/Turner and Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (AUS) did enough today to stay in touch with the leaders.

Racing is expected to resume from 10.00am tomorrow morning local time, weather permitting, with two further races planned. -- Di Pearson

Provisional top 10 overall after four races with one drop:

1. Wolfgang Hunger / Julien Kleiner, GER, 5 points
2. Mike Holt / Carl Smit, USA, 7
3. Sandy Higgins / Paul Marsh, AUS, 8
4. Ted Conrads / Brian Haines, USA, 8
5. Howie Hamlin / Andy Zinn, USA, 11
6. Luke Molloy / Jim Turner, GBR, 14
7. Nathan Outteridge / Iain Jensen, AUS, 18
8. Jens Findel / Johannes Tellen, GER, 18
9. Ian Pinnell / Charles Dwyer, GBR, 26
10. Mike Martin / Geoff Ewenson, USA, 26

Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta
Danielle Bowater reports from the 2011 Harken International Womens Match Racing Regatta, sailed in Sydney:

Yesterday's (Friday) semi finals we started in 15- 20 knots of fresh westerly wind, we had picked Stephanie Doyle for our match and beat her convincingly 2-0 securing our position for the grand final against Katie Abbott.

The first race of the finals started in light breezes; we won out of the pre-start and were leading up the first beat to the top mark until a wind shift leading to an abandonment of the race. The second start was similar this time however Katie had the lead when again the race was abandoned due to a wind shift.

In the third race the windshift came through too late for an abandonment however we did call for a protest hearing for redress due to unfair conditions, but nothing could be done and Katie's win stood.

The course was moved before the second race was held, and the breeze shifted to the south, and the race started in very light 2-7 knots. Through many lead changes we managed to come through on the last downwind to win the race, settling the score back to one all.

Being 3.15pm and the race committee desperate to get another race away before the 3.30pm deadline we rolled straight into another start. With two pre-starts abandoned due to windshifts, we were towed to our respective ends for the last minute chance of a start. Katie lead off the start with a split early on, with us rounding the bottom mark right on her tail and with better speed upwind managed to stay in phase and on her air to round the top mark clear ahead. The fickle shifty wind down the last run enabled Katie to sail over us and win by 3 seconds, winning the regatta and the title for the 2011 Harken International Womens Match Racing Regatta.

FInal Results:

1. Katie Abbott
2. Danielle Bowater
3. Amanda Scrivenor
4. Stephanie Doyle
5. Anita Trudgen
6. Kat Stroinovsky

Upwind To Murcia?
For Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, ETA Gibraltar around midnight Thursday, theirs has been a day of precision manouvers off the Moroccan coast, getting to within 800 meters of the beach at one point early this morning. But it still seems like it will be at least offshore of Murcia before they may have some relief from their interminable upwind passage since the Equator. The final miles from there look light and unpredictable.

For Iker Martinez on MAPFRE it was a chance to explain their slightly problematic passage through between La Gomera and La Palma. The Spanish Olympic champion confirmed that part of the reason for their routing was to take brief advantage of La Palma's lee to effect what should have been a 20 minutes repair, but the combination of unexpected 30 and then 40 knots gusts and some unpleasant seas meant this short repair interlude turned into three hours of hard labour which cost them an extra 45 miles on leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron.

Martinez explained how that their 10 years plus of Olympic strength and conditioning training for the 49er has been a key factor in being able to drive their MAPFRE as hard and consistently as they have. And now, low on food rations, it is clear the double Olympic medallists are using some of that nutritional experience to manage their limited body refuelling, maximising sleep to just keep going to the finish line.

Martinez explained: " We are pretty tired with the food situation, physically this is an ultramarathon. Some days we have it when we are really tired, but it is not one of our biggest worries. I think we are all now thinking about the finish, not too long ago we weren't but now we are.

We try to sleep as much as we can to keep energy so that we don't make mistakes, and if they do like yesterday then we have the energy to deal with them and keep going. It is more than 10 years that we have been physically training. Training for the Olympics in China was pretty extreme, so I think that physically we were in good shape for this race, but I think we pushed very hard."

Standings of Wednesday 30th March at 1400hrs UTC
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, 796 nm to finish
2. Mapfre, 311 nm to leader
3. Renault Z.E, 1142
4. Estrella Damm Sailing Team, 1289
5. Neutrogena, 1313
6. Gaes Centros Auditivos, 1905
7. Hugo Boss, 3327
8. Forum Maritim Catala, 3802
9. We Are Water, 6060
10. Central Lechera Asturiana, 10753

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Heading For New Adventures
Dominique Wavre and Michele Paret are still in Argentina, getting Mirabaud ready for her shipment back to Europe. They are also planning their next projects, including the construction of a new mast.

"It's the way we sailors tend to look at things," explains Domnique. "Some- times we look back at the wake we've left behind us to try and find the answers to the mistakes made. But, to move ahead, we need to focus on what's in front of us, so we haven't spent too much time mulling over our bad luck. On the contrary, we've spent considerable time on the phone with various spar and rigging manufacturers as well as sail lofts. The timing is extremely tight if we want to get things ready for the next project, so there is really no time to lose."

Over the past few days, Dominique and Michele have been doing a considerable amount of metalwork, preparing a new steel cradle for Mirabaud in record time.

"We had to order the plans from the ar- chitect find a specialist welding yard and also supervise the construction. The cargo ship 'Dolfijngracht' arrives in Mar del Plata between the 4th and 6th of April; Mirabaud will be loaded onboard for her return journey to Europe which should last around one month. We've been extremely lucky as the ship will be stopping off in La Rochelle, which means we spoke with the architect and others can directly offload Mirabaud there."

Dominique and Michele will remain in Mar del Plata to safely see the cargo off before boarding a plane for Europe.

"We're going to stop off briefly in Nice before heading to Geneva for a press conference with Mirabaud. We will then have to make some rapid planning decisions for the next steps including confirming the order for the new mast and sails and suppliers. There will be a lot to organize in a relatively short space of time but once things are finally set we will be able to take a few days holiday. I'm not sure where we will go yet, but we may end up cycling in the southern part of the Alps or in Switzerland."

Hebtro Trophy Celebrates "Sailing: A Sport For Life"
Wellington, New Zealand: The Worser Bay Boating Club is hosting its annual Hebtro Trophy celebrity yacht race on Sunday 3rd April. Commodore Andrew Paterson said that "the aim of the day is to raise funds for junior sailing, and in doing so, to have great fun day for all involved".

This year's celebrity is the whole Dickson Family. "It very appropriate for Worser Bay to have the Dickson Family as this year's celebrities. Sailing is a Sport for life" and 78 year old Grandfather Roy is still sailing. Father Chris is still enjoying is sailing and his two girls Grace 11 and Rose 9 are Optimist sailors. The Dickson family illustrates what we all know, sailing is a "Sport of Life. Hebtro Trophy fund raising is one of the ways we get our children to start that wonderful life long adventure." said Andrew Paterson.

The Hebtro Trophy celebrity yacht race will take place in the waters off Worser Bay, with around 20 Port Nic keelboats, each carrying a sponsor and junior sailors. The Hebtro Trophy fundraising day is in its 20th year and continues to raise the funds needed to enable many Wellington children to get out on the water. Each year these funds give around 250 school children an opportunity to have a go at sailing, and a further 60 take part in subsided Learn to Sail Courses. The Club also uses the funds for coaching for junior sailors over summer weekends. "Our aim is for children and young people to experience and enjoy sailing, whether in future years they aspire to go to the Olympics or join Team New Zealand or to simply go for a cruise around the harbour" said Andrew. Several graduates of our programs supported by Hebtro funds are now making names for themselves on the national and international level, and at least one recent graduate from the Worser Bay program has set his sights on the 2012 Olympic games. These you people will be back helping with Hebtro again this season.

ISAF Match Race Rankings
In the Open Match Race Rankings there has been plenty of movement in the top 25 following a busy few weeks of match racing. The sailors competing in the 2011 Congressional Cup have seen the most movement but Ben Ainslie (GBR) retains a strong lead.

The Women's Match Racing Rankings have seen little change since the start of February with Claire Leroy (FRA) maintaining her lead for the second month in a row over Nicky Souter (AUS).

Open Rankings
Since the last release of the Open Rankings there has been no change in the top six with Ben Ainslie (GBR) leading Adam Minoprio (NZL) by 945 points.

Mathieu Richard (FRA), who finished third at the Congressional Cup, is #3 in the Open Rankings followed by Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and the 2011 Congressional Cup winner Ian Williams (GBR) with Sweden's Bjorn Hansen at #6.

Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) climbed five places to #9 when the last rankings were announced and he moves further up the rankings to #7 this month after an eighth place finish at the Congressional Cup.

Women's Rankings
Claire Leroy (FRA) narrowly leads Nicky Souter (AUS) by 11 points in the Women's Match Racing Rankings.

Both are set to compete at the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE regatta in Palma, Spain and Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France, the third and fourth of seven regattas on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

Whoever comes out on top in both regattas will no doubt be leading the next edition of the Women's Match Racing Rankings on 18 May 2011.

The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be 18 May 2011.

Top ten, Open Rankings

1. Ben Ainslie, GBR
2. Adam Minoprio, NZL
3. Mathieu Richard, FRA
4. Torvar Mirsky, AUS
5. Ian Williams, GBR
6. Bjorn Hansen, SWE
7. Eugeniy Neugodnikov, RUS
8. Pierre-Antoine Morvan, FRA
9. Philip Robertson, NZL
10. Francesco Bruni, ITA

Top Ten, Women's Rankings

1. Claire Leroy, FRA
2. Nicky Souter, AUS
3. Lucy Macgregor, GBR
4. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA
5. Renee Groeneveld, NED
6. Ekaterina Skudina, RUS
7. Katie Spithill, AUS
8. Sally Barkow, USA
9. Genevieve Tulloch, USA
10. Anne-Claire Le Berre, FRA

Seahorse May 2011
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World news
Putting those records in perspective, VPLP flying solo, Swiss wings, joining the AC45 fun, Caribbean stocktake, NICHO's big moment, rising to the (Rambler) challenge and stadium sailing USA-style. Patrice Carpentier, Peter Holmberg, Rob ­Mundle, Ivor Wilkins, Carlos Pich, Pierre Meyer and Dobbs Davis

Paul Cayard
That winning feeling and time for some new toys

Olympic and small boats news - Early days
There are surprisingly deep foundations beneath the development of modern sailing foilers, but one project has always stood out. James Grogono takes us to meet Icarus... the boat that really did fly

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Another Sold Out Mini Event
The Pornichet Sélect 6,50 is sold out !

One month before the start, 78 boats have registered for the first solo race of the season.

300 nautical milles along the Southern Brittany and Vendee coasts, this course, formidable and feared, provides the first test for the solo skippers. The first few nautical milles are traditionally more tactical. Downhill to Les Sables d'Olonne, upwind ascent to Groix, an exhausting trial. Sleep, not too much, hang on, pass Belle Ile and cross the finish line in the Bay of La Baule.

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Industry News
SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has signed a commercialisation and supply agreement with 3M for use of 3M Matrix Resin in high performance marine applications.

The basis for the agreement is 3M Matrix Resin, a proprietary resin technology which enables the production of stronger, lighter, and more durable composites. 3M's proprietary resin technology makes it possible for the development of products that improve the strength to weight ratio of components.

Joe Summers, Head of Product Management at SP-High Modulus commented "SP-High Modulus continually strives to develop market-leading products. The marriage of technology from 3M and SP-High Modulus will deliver products for marine applications where performance is everything. Our first product will be launched at the JEC Composites Show in Paris, stand K44, 29-31 March. The new product is a high performance prepreg that shows a considerable increase in compressive strength over our comparable prepreg."


The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will have its first luxury marina in a few weeks.

Ahead of its launch approximately 500 boat owners have expressed interest in securing one of the 300 berths at the new marina.

The new marina is part of the Karpaz Bay Resort (KBR). It is located on the scenic KarpazPeninsulaon the north-eastern tip of Cyprus, a largely undiscovered region which is anticipated to become the next up-and-coming luxury yachting destination thanks to its year-round sunny climate, miles of beautiful coastline, clear blue waters and abundance of wildlife.

The owners of Karpaz Gate Marina recently exhibited at the Eurasia Boat Show in Istanbul.

Following the completion of the marina, development will continue with a commercial promenade with shops, restaurants and bars, and the first stage of a hotel complex.


Perth 2011 is pleased to announce that Network Ten has secured the exclusive Australian broadcast rights to this year's International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships in Perth.

The biggest event in the 2011 international sailing calendar will be held from December 3 to 18 off the Fremantle coast.

The ISAF Sailing World Championships will feature 1400 of the world's top sailors and 850 boats from 80 nations competing in 10 Olympic sailing classes. An estimated 75 percent of Australia's Olympic competitors will be decided at the World Championships.

The broadcast will include 30 hours of coverage featuring live racing as well as daily highlight packages of the action on and off the shore.


The Marine Advertising Agency, the full service specialist marine agency, is pleased to announce that it has moved into new offices in Haslar Marina as the business continues to grow.

Founded in 2009 by Mike Shepherd, MAA prides itself on providing simple, no-nonsense solutions to marine companies' advertising, PR, media buying and communications needs. MAA's current clients include Henri Lloyd, Raymarine and Harken, and the company is now providing services on a pan-European and international basis for its growing list of clients.

Haslar Marina is a modern, purpose-built facility located at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and offers direct access to the Solent for its 720 berthholders. MAA's new premises are well served by road and rail links, being located in close proximity to the Gosport Ferry providing a fast shuttle service to mainline rail services.


Scanstrut Ltd. has announced it will be working in association with marine sales expert, Carine Equeter, in France.

The collaboration is designed to create an established point of contact in France to benefit Scanstrut's increasing market within the French leisure boat industry. Based in the Vendee, France, Carine has an extensive background within the marine industry, and has been associated with the Scanstrut brand for the last 5 years, having held the position of Sales Manager at the company from 2006 to 2008.

Carine's expertise and sales experience within the marine industry will ensure that Scanstrut's customer relations within the French market will continue to improve and progress.

From The "Not Sailing, But Very Cool" Files...
Photo by NASA. Click on image to enlarge.

Mercury MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is a NASA-sponsored scientific investigation of the planet Mercury and the first space mission designed to orbit the planet closest to the Sun. The Messenger spacecraft launched on August 3, 2004, and entered orbit about Mercury on March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011 UTC), to begin a yearlong study of its target planet. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory built and operates the Messenger spacecraft and manages this Discovery-class mission for NASA.

Messenger has delivered its first image since entering orbit about Mercury on March 17. It was taken today at 5:20 am EDT by the Mercury Dual Imaging System as the spacecraft sailed high above Mercury's south pole, and provides a glimpse of portions of Mercury's surface not previously seen by spacecraft. The image was acquired as part of the orbital commissioning phase of the Messenger mission. Continuous global mapping of Mercury will begin on April 4.

"The entire Messenger team is thrilled that spacecraft and instrument checkout has been proceeding according to plan," says Messenger Principal Investigator Sean Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. "The first images from orbit and the first measurements from Messenger's other payload instruments are only the opening trickle of the flood of new information that we can expect over the coming year. The orbital exploration of the Solar System's innermost planet has begun."

The new images came 37 years to the day after the Mariner 10 made the first ever fly-by of the planet.

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