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Emirates Team New Zealand Confirms Challenge for the 34th America's
Emirates Team New Zealand announced that it was challenging for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed at San Francisco in 2013.

Managing Director Grant Dalton said the team was now in a position to formally announce its campaign. "We believe that we can mount a credible challenge which will have a very good chance of winning the America's Cup. That's our mission and that is the expectation of our sponsors, partners, suppliers and the people of New Zealand. It is an expectation that every member of this team is determined to fulfil."

Guillaume Chesneau, New Zealand Country Manager for Nespresso, announces Nespresso sponsorship for Emirates Team New Zealand.

"Racing in catamarans will make the 34th America's Cup very different than the 32nd at Valencia in 2007. In 2013, teams will be racing 72ft catamarans. Design, engineering, logistics, and sailing skills are very different.

"To handle this new challenge we have assembled a very accomplished group of people both on and off the water. The Emirates Team New Zealand design team now numbers more than 30 designers, engineers and people who bring specialist multihull knowledge and skills. They have been working on the 72ft catamaran for some months and we believe we are right on the pace.

"Our sailing team is working to acquire the skills and experience necessary to compete well. Six months ago Dean Barker raced in a multihull regatta for the first time. Last weekend he, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Glenn Ashby were second in an Extreme Sailing Series regatta in China. Results in the A Class catamaran regattas in Australia earlier this year were remarkable," Dalton said.

"Today, we announce with confidence that we will compete in the 2013 America's Cup. We thank our loyal sponsors, our partners and our suppliers for backing the team since Valencia in 2007. Emirates Airline, our naming sponsor since 2004, Toyota New Zealand, a sponsor for 20 years, Omega, the prestigious Swiss watchmaker, a sponsor since 1995 and the New Zealand Government.

www.americascup.com

Hugo Boss Across the Barcelona Race Finish Line
Gritty, hard battling Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) and Wouter Verbraak (NED) on Hugo Boss crossed the finish line during the very early hours of a breezy Barcelona night, breaking the line off the W-Hotel at 00 49 23 hrs local time (UTC +2hrs) to secure seventh place overall from the field of 14 duos which started the Barcelona World Race on 31st December 2010.

Hugo Boss' elapsed time for the 25,200 miles course is 111 days 10 hours 49 mins computed to have sailed at a theoretical average of 9,42 knots.

Hugo Boss sailed 29.246 actual miles at an average speed of 10,93 knots.

For the Kiwi-Dutch duo who were only teamed up 24 hours before the start, Verbraak as substitute for Alex Thomson who needed immediate surgery on his appendix with two days to the race start, seventh is an excellent result. They had never sailed alone on the fleet's most powerful IMOCA 60 before starting, and struggled out of the Mediterranean and by the Canary Islands were in 14th place.

Having fought their way up to seventh, the Hugo Boss pair had to stop in the Falkland Islands to make essential sail repairs which cost them eight days.

But the duo's incredible adventure ends with a highly creditable seventh place, half way up the fleet of 14 starters, a very commendable result for a duo thrown together at the last minute and which were resolutely last for the first weeks of the race.

www.barcelonaworldrace.org

Experienced MCL Team Launch New Marine Transportation Service
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MCL Transboat MCL Transboat now offers a complete yacht transportation service that provides the safest and most economical route for a vessel and its equipment anywhere in the world.

Combining a fleet of MCL trucks and specialised boat trailers across Europe with MCL Group's experienced logistical transport planning team, they provide a comprehensive road haulage system for racing yacht campaigns, companies moving vessels for shows or for individual owners and captains.  

With instant delivery updates and ETA's  the system is ideal for globetrotting raceboats, when time is critical.

By using MCL's established network, they can plan any combination of road or sea transport to suit the tightest and most detailed of campaign schedules.

Tel: 0845 520 1900
Email:
www.mcltransboat.com

Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Reveals Further Crew
Seven nationalities from five continents make up the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, which today announced its latest additions to the crew.

Robert Greenhalgh joins as watchleader while Justin Ferris comes aboard as helmsman-trimmer and onboard sailmaker. Paul Willcox joins as an under-30s crew member. The USA's Nick Dana, who was back-up MCM for PUMA last edition, will be the Media Crew Member.

Greenhalgh is a major coup for the Abu Dhabi outfit. As one of the UK's most talented next generation sailors, he won major championships in everything from small dinghies to round-the-world yachts. His previous Volvo Ocean Race winning experience will be critical to the team's success: he sailed on ABN AMRO ONE in 2005-06 and on PUMA Ocean Racing in 2008-09.

Ferris has spent the past 10 years living and breathing the Volvo Ocean Race. Starting as a sailmaker for the winning Illbruck Challenge in 2001, the Kiwi made the step up to join the Pirates of the Caribbean team for the first edition of the Volvo Open 70 class in 2005, then for Puma Ocean Racing in 2008.

A former South African sailor of the year, Willcox has been involved in successful keel boat campaigns, the latest of which saw him helm The Ker 46 Tonnerre De Breskens to become the 2010 Royal Ocean Racing Club Boat of the Year. Aged 28, he has worked with Team Russia in the 2008-09 campaign as a reserve sailor and with the shore team.

The new crew members would join Walker, navigator Jules Salter, watch captain Craig Satterthwaite, Simon Fisher, bowman Justin Slattery, Wade Morgan and Emirati stars, Adil Khalid and Butti Al Muhairi. They are currently undergoing a multi-continent training and testing programme, which covers sail testing in New Zealand, navigation and weather training in North America, and sailing in Abu Dhabi.

volvooceanrace.com
www.abudhabioceanracing.ae

... And Thomas Coville Joins Groupama Volvo Ocean Race Team
Thomas Coville is to step aboard Groupama 4 with Franck Cammas to contest the next Volvo Ocean Race

By accepting Franck Cammas' invitation to climb aboard Groupama 4, having barely set foot back on land after an outstanding solo round the world aboard his 32 metre maxi trimaran, Thomas Coville is committing to a fourth circumnavigation of the globe in four years.

In 2010, the sailor from La Trinite sur Mer joined Franck Cammas on the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 in a bid to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy, which we know to have been successful (new record in a time of 48 days, 7 hours on 20 March 2010).

This year it's aboard Groupama 4, a 70 foot monohull (21.5 metres), that Franck and Thomas will do battle with the top international crews: "Franck called me three days before I completed my circumnavigation. Solo sailing features a wealth of introspection but it leaves you mentally drained. In crewed configuration though, when you're open to the group, you feed off them and you learn a great deal. Before even crossing the finish line off Ushant, I was already keen to say yes because I've dreamt about the Volvo Ocean Race since I was sixteen year of ages. It's one of the most fascinating races for me."

For the skipper of Groupama, getting back with one of the crew with whom he won the Jules Verne Trophy is a guarantee of performance and enthusiasm: "Thomas is an excellent sailor who never gives up. His recent solo round the world attempt with Sodebo is evidence of that. He is completely familiar with the open sea, life aboard this type of boat and the weather conditions we'll encounter. His Anglo-Saxon culture will also be very useful within our crew, which is made up of five nationalities. Furthermore, we've got to know each other well from the Jules Verne Trophy. As such I'm not heading into the unknown by calling upon his services".

Watch leader and hydraulics manager on Groupama 4, Thomas Coville has no intention of leaving Sodebo, with whom he's been sailing for twelve years: "Today I'm the skipper of Sodebo, I'll remain so and I'll take up the helm of Sodebo again after the Volvo Ocean Race. For me this round the world aboard Groupama 4 is an essential digression in human and technical terms when you want to make progress and perform well. This decision to join Groupama Sailing Team has been constructed with Sodebo. It's also about the meeting of two partners who share the same vision of the sport and who respect the people they're working with. Sodebo has understood that the experience I stand to gain with Groupama will be of use to them. I am incredibly lucky to have a partner who respects my sporting career and who knows that it's over the long term that gains are made. Groupama is an atypical insurer which shares the same mindset" explains Thomas Coville.

www.cammas-groupama.com

America's Cup Test Periods
Auckland, New Zealand: In preparation for the 2011 America's Cup World Series, which kicks off this August in Cascais, Portugal and features stops in Plymouth, UK and San Diego, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 26-29 and May 2-6.

"We want to put the fans right at the heart of the television programming, so this test phase will enable us to bring that vision to life," said Craig Thompson, CEO, America's Cup Event Authority. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to give our onboard cameras and graphics systems a thorough test with the athletes and the AC45s as we work towards transforming the way people watch the sport of sailing."

These test periods will focus on reviewing all of the courses, support systems and management procedures necessary to stage each AC World Series event and provide a superior experience for both the teams and spectators worldwide.

"There's a lot of innovation that's been proposed for the America's Cup World Series events with the race courses, the umpiring systems, the onboard equipment, and the television coverage," said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO of America's Cup Race Management. "Over the next two weeks we'll be testing our thinking in these areas, to make sure we're on the right track now, so that come the first ACWS event in Cascais this August, we're ready to put on a great show with spectacular racing."

At the conclusion of each week's test period, event organizers will host a media briefing to discuss insights, learnings and progress. Briefing details to come.

www.americascup.com

Transatlantic Race 2011 Entry List Finalised
New York, N.Y., USA: While the water views from anywhere along Newport Harbor (R.I.) are already magnificent, they will be absolutely breathtaking in late June and early July when 32 ocean-going yachts set sail in the Transatlantic Race 2011, which charts a course that stretches 2,975 nautical miles from Newport to Lizard Point, at the end of a peninsula in South Cornwall (UK). This history-making event is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, with pre-start activities taking place at the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport and the awards taking place at the Royal Yacht Squadron's Cowes Castle clubhouse on the Isle of Wight.

The fleet runs the gamut from sleek traditional designs, such as the 94' William Fife-designed Sumurun, to sophisticated super yachts, such as the 289' custom Perini Navi clipper sailing yacht Maltese Falcon, with three masts so tall (190') they barely clear Newport's towering Pell Bridge, which serves as a gateway to Rhode Island's famous City by the Sea.

Three separate starts - June 26, June 29, and July 3 - are planned to "stagger" the yachts of different sizes and ability so that they will arrive in England in proximity to each other. The larger boats hope to finish the race in 8 to 12 days, while the smaller boats may take up to 18 to 22 days to finish.

In addition to class winners, whichever yacht finishes the course with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark for a new racing record from Newport to Lizard Point, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council. Rolex watches will be awarded to the record holder and the overall winner (on corrected time) under IRC.

Panel Discussion
On April 26, the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club, organizers of the Transatlantic Race 2011, will host a TR2011 Panel Discussion at the Manhattan headquarters of race sponsor Thomson Reuters. Gary Jobson will moderate the discussion, which will focus on the history of transatlantic racing, the challenge and appeal of transoceanic racing, as well as the upcoming TR2011 and its entries. Panelists will include George David, owner/skipper of Rambler 100; Chris Gartner, captain of Maltese Falcon; Larry Huntington, owner/captain of Snow Lion; Bob Towbin, owner/captain of Sumurun and representing the Royal Yacht Squadron; Rives Potts, Rear Commodore of NYYC and owner/captain of Carina; and sailing historian and author John Rousmaniere. An audio feed of the program will be available live at 5:30 PM EDT (2230 Universal Time) at transatlantic.bcgdev.co. The event will be blogged live at www.transatlanticrace.org on April 26th starting at 1730. You can also follow the event on Twitter @TransatRace2011.

www.transatlanticrace.org

'Buy A Mile' For Charity
Help the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the official charity of this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, raise £31,500 and get six boats with eight crew members virtually Round the Island through its new 'BUY A MILE' fundraising initiative.

How does it work?
Each of the 30 young people racing on the six competing Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust yachts in this year's Round the Island Race will be looking to sell 50 virtual race miles, before they cross the finishing line on Saturday, 25th June.  

Every mile purchased will move the chosen virtual yacht forward one mile and you can track each boat's progress online. Miles can be purchased at different values from £10 - £50 and there is the added appeal that if you buy your mile before 1st June 2011, you could be firing the starting gun on the steps of the Royal Yacht Squadron at 5.50am on the 25th June, with our soon-to-be-announced celebrity race starter.

To make your donation, go to www.buyamile.ellenmacarthurtrust.org and select a boat and crew member you would like to support and buy a virtual mile of the Race.  You can also choose to get Trust Patron Dame Ellen MacArthur virtually round the Island, as she will also be joining the young people on the water again this year.

For the 2011 edition of the Race, Ellen will be competing on Moonspray, the Trust's GibSea 44.

If all the miles are bought, it will enable the Trust to take another 63 young people sailing in 2012, helping them to regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer and leukaemia.

Since J.P. Morgan Asset Management became title sponsor of the Round the Island Race £350,000 has been raised for good causes. With the Island Sailing Club and the other race partners involvement, the plan is to increase this to figure to £500,000 by the end of 2011.

The donation process is quick and secure and you don't require a Facebook account to donate. Alternatively you can phone the Trust and donate directly on +44 (0)1983 297750.

www.buyamile.ellenmacarthurtrust.org

Panerai British Classic Week
2011 sees the BCYC celebrating its tenth regatta in Cowes and with a new year comes a new name - the regatta will now be called Panerai British Classic Week. This will be the second year that the regatta is part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

60 yachts attended the regatta in 2010 and with entries from around the UK plus France, Ireland, Jersey and Belgium, it really had an international feel. We anticipate similar numbers in 2011. The racing schedule in 2011 will now include a race around the Island on the first Sunday and will be called the 'Panerai Classic Round the Island Race'.

The race will not be part of the event series and will also be open to entries from classic yachts not competing in the main regatta. Racing starts in earnest for regatta entrants on Monday 18th July with five races throughout the week, plus a Challenge Day on the Wednesday when any boat can challenge any boat larger than itself.

For those boats who would like to be part of the regatta but not inclined towards racing, can join the Rally Division for a week of relaxing with like-minded classic yacht enthusiasts or even venture out on 'Sail in Company' trips.

After a week of exciting racing and relaxing socials all the yachts come together for a Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron. The Entry Form will be available early April.

www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta/index.html

Seahorse May 2011
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

IRC column
Rating is not (still) all about the blue ­blazer... and there is also some quite ­sensible logic behind keeping 'that' ­formula secret... explains James Dadd

Design - Big (brave) step
There has been little interest in producing pure race designs for the ORC rule, perhaps because to date success could be found with a well-optimised production design. But now there is a new cat about to hit town... Torsten ConradI

Seahorse build table - Good fit
It's been slow to get going in Europe but perhaps the Classe 950 is a better fit for the demands of New Zealand waters, suggests Kevin Dibley

Sailor of the Month
Ooh la la... It's pastis time

If you haven't subscribed to Seahorse already we're keen to help you attend to that! - Please use the following promotional link and enjoy the hefty Scuttlebutt Europe discount... and it gets even better for 2 and 3 year subscriptions...

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Lewmar Safety Notice
On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently, an investigation is underway.

Safety is of paramount importance to Lewmar and, in advance of the outcome of the investigation and as part of our ongoing commitment to operational safety, we would like to remind owners of Lewmar manual and electrically-operated winches of the following key points from the Lewmar Electric 40-77 & Hydraulic 46-111 Winches Manual, Sections 2.1 and 6.1:

- Under no circumstances should any self tailing winch be used in self tailing mode for any lifting operation; rather suitable and adequate manual tailing should be arranged with proper means of manually cleating or stopping the hoist.

- Isolate the winch using circuit breaker/isolator when not in use.

- Only persons who are completely familiar with the controls and those who have been fully made aware of the correct use of the winch should be allowed to use it.

- It is the unavoidable responsibility of the owner or master or other responsible party to asses the risk of any operation on the vessel

All safety notices are available in the relevant Lewmar Technical Manuals on Lewmar.com. Click on Support, then Product Literature, and filter by product. If you have any questions or need any further information about the safe operation of a Lewmar product, please email

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