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Light Conditions Shuffle the Scores at Hyeres
Denis Karpak, EST. Photo by Guillaume Durand / DPPI / FFV. Click on image for photo gallery.

SOF Hyeres After a day of light and shifty winds, many classes ' favourites have collected high scores. The competition was tight today with classes racing in Gold group except in the Star and 470 women.

The Spanish are in command in three classes. Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) are sailing away in the Women 470, 26 points from the Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol.

Blanca Manchon (ESP) is also increasing her lead in the RS:X women with a perfect day. She is adding two more victories to her score, now 14 points away from Charline Picon (FRA). Alessandra Sensini (ITA) is steadily making her way up the fleet to take third position overall.

Third Spanish in the lead is Javier Hernandez (ESP) who takes the top place from Tom Slingsby (AUS) in the strong Laser fleet. Today light conditions made changes in the rankings but distributed high score to all the top sailors.

The tricky conditions distributed high scores to the 470 competitors. Nicolas Charbonnier and Jeremie Mion (FRA) discard a place of 27thand a 2nd. Mixed results as well for Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos (FRA) who scored a 44th and a 4th. They stay in second position five points ahead of Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS).

Ben Ainslie (GBR) wins his fifth race out the seven sailed in the Finn. The Olympic champion has proved once again his versatility in all conditions. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) conserves the second position while Giles Scott (GBR) is back in third.

Sarah Steyaert (FRA) takes the lead in the Laser radial from Sara Winther (NZL) despite a race of 25th.

Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA) are now in the lead in the 49er after three races sailed in the Gold group with the top 25 racers.

In Women's Match Racing: McGregor (GBR), Barkow (USA) and Groeneveld (NED) have scored 4-1. Leroy (FRA), Skudina (RUS) and Echegoyen (ESP) are placing fourth to sixth with a 1-4 scores. Le Berre (FRA) and Tulloch (USA) are completing the Gold group after winning the repechage on equal score 4-1. -- Corinne Rolland-McKenzie

sof.ffvoile.net

New Dates for 2011 Monsoon Cup
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Monsoon Cup Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: To ensure its position as the world's premier sailing event, T-Best Events Sdn Bhd have successfully secured new dates for the 2011 edition of the international sailing event, the Monsoon Cup.

A long and detailed negotiation with the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) means the season-ending race, where the ISAF Match Racing World Champion will be crowned, will now be held from 29 Nov-4 Dec.

The Monson Cup was originally scheduled from 22-27 November but it clashed with the 26th SEA Games (11-22 Nov).

"After several weeks of negotiations, the WMRT and ISAF have finally agreed to our new dates. I would like to thank them for their cooperation and we will work hard together with the continuous support and guidance of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as various events partners and members of the media to ensure the Monsoon Cup remains the nation's premier sailing event," said T-Best chairman Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik.

"We felt the old dates were unsuitable as the build up to the Monsoon Cup would have been overshadowed by the 26th SEA Games. We are also lucky that the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) which is usually held in the first week of December will now be held a week later so that it doesn't clash with the Monsoon Cup."

Tan Sri Sabbaruddin added the new Monsoon Cup dates fits perfectly with the Perth 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships, which is scheduled from 3-18th December making it viable for foreign media intending to attend both events.

www.monsooncup.com.my

Mirsky Out To Shed 'Nearly Ran' Tag
London, UK - 14 April 2011: Australian Torvar Mirsky is re-focused and ready to shed Mirsky Racing Team of their 'nearly ran' tag by taking the 2011 Match Racing World Championship and making this year his defining year.

A history of consistent finishes yet only one World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event win to his name, Mirsky is keen to prove that he and his team are worthy of the praise often directed towards them and that they are no longer students but masters of their trade.

"We've only won one Tour event but have come second a great number of times. We've had consistent great performances but feel this lack of wins has weighed down on us - it's time to change this. We're ready to win events and the WMRT."

Although supremely confident in his team's abilities, Mirsky is not complacent and under no illusion as to the challenge that lies ahead.

"This year is going to be tough - it's just going to be about who has stronger and more consistent performances. (Jesper) Radich and (Francesco) Bruni are going to be very strong as will (Mathieu) Richard. Those 3 guys have always been capable of winning and threatening on the Tour and will be the biggest threats."

"We're not the young team anymore - it's great to see Phil (Robertson) joining and Johnie's (Berntsson) fulltime now so to see these new teams is exciting."

While the majority of sailors on the Tour started sailing with their parents at a tender age, Mirsky took a different route, coming from a family of non-sailors.

"We've definitely come through the rankings the hard way - I really feel people watching from the outside think it looks simple but it really hasn't been. For most of our team we've done everything off our own backs predominantly without significant financial support from anyone else.

"That's the way our team started and because of this we've grown together and it's made us stronger as a team. As a kid there were lots of parents who bought their kids the best boats and travelled with them everywhere and really supported them, perhaps too much, and I'd say a lot of those kids when they had to go out on their own wouldn't have the motivation to do so. Because we've had to support ourselves from the beginning we were that one step ahead."

www.wmrt.com

Dubarry Lahinch - Hanging Ten In Style
Dubarry Lahinch - Hanging Ten In Style Misguided though their choice of watersport may be, you'd have to admit that surfers know a thing or two about keeping control on a wet, rolling surface - and looking good while they're doing it. Dubarry's new Lahinch, inspired by Ireland's world famous surf destination, features a durable, lightweight upper that's quick draining and drying, and a two-part sole that uses Formula 1 technology to create a cushioned cocoon for the foot. The moulded sole acts like a shock absorber, the heel protects and supports the ankle and the toe protects, well, your toes.

Dubarry Lahinch - performance perfected.

www.dubarry.com

Flippin' Fantastic
Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com. Click on image to enlarge.

America's Cup On a day of testing the limits, ORACLE Racing capsized and Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a start mark. And that's just two of among dozens of near misses and thrills and spills. Not a bad way to start the week.

Day 1 of the New Zealand test event showed the promise and potential of the upcoming America's Cup World Series as five AC45s braved gusty, blustery and variable conditions on the waters off Auckland on Tuesday.

ACRM's Race Committee team was able to test several race course configurations as well as the new Umpire system in conditions that ranged from 22-25 knots to a period when the wind dropped below 5 knots, with everything in between.

The strongest conditions came at the beginning and end of the day, and it was during and after the final start sequence of the afternoon when most of the action came.

ORACLE Racing, skippered by Jimmy Spithill, and fighting hard for position on the downwind leg, buried its bows and rolled into a capsize.

"We were pushing really, really hard," Spithill explained. "We ended up having a capsize, we just weren't quite set up right for that run. But it was a good experience. I think everyone will go through this... I don't think it will be the last time."

No one was injured in any of the incidents today and the ORACLE Racing boat suffered minor damage to the wing. But Spithill expects to be sailing again on Wednesday.

www.americascup.com/blog/flippin-fantastic_113

Mar Mostro
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PUMA Mar Mostro As a team, about a year ago we set May 1, 2011, as our date to have PUMA's new Volvo Open 70 in the water sailing. The fact that we are closing in on that date and it looks as if we'll meet our goal is practically a miracle.

As we stand here on Monday, April 26, we have a complete Volvo Open 70. Over the next week, the entire team (both shore and sailing) will put the finishing touches on Mar Mostro. The boat has moved today from the low roof "building" shed to a high roof "finishing" shed to have the keel put on and the remaining big bits and pieces installed. Later this week, the completed boat will come out of the high roof shed to have the mast stepped. And after a "thank you party" for all the builders and suppliers and a day or so of stress tests, we get to go sailing early next week.

Soon enough, Mar Mostro will be sailing around Newport Harbor and into Rhode Island Sound. It will be pretty easy to tell who we are because the world has never seen a graphics package like this boat has. Plus, its still a bit chilly around here and there is literally no one else dumb enough to go sailing yet except for us.

As much as we've tried to keep quiet about this build, there are not too many people in the Newport area who don't know our schedule. The entire region has embraced our program, and I can't say thank you enough in return. This program for me has fulfilled a childhood dream of bringing a program like this to my home town. -- Ken Read

Full article at www.puma.com/sailing/news/the-light-of-day

Waterways Ireland Inter-Counties Sailing Championship 2011
Sailing will be centre stage mid-summer when teams from counties throughout Ireland battle it out in the Grand Canal Dock, Dublin for the first time to see which county has the best sailing team.

Sailors from around Ireland are invited to submit a team comprising a crew of up to 5 people capable of handling a 27ft keel boat, to include at least 1 female, to represent counties in what will be the battle of the sailing tribes & colours of Ireland. Which county is the best? Racing will comprise a series of sprint flights (heats) of approximately 20 minutes leading to the semi-finals and finals to decide the winner.

With boats constantly in close quarters and potential crash situations both with each other and the immovable solid quay walls, this event promises to be a testing and thrilling experience for the sailors crewing onboard and a highly entertaining spectacle with viewing areas for spectators on the quay walls and the Grand Canal Square.

The championship will take place on Sunday 26th June from 0900hrs - 1600hrs.

A fleet of one design boats 27ft in length is being provided so teams can compete on a level playing field. Ownership of a boat is not necessary, and sailors and clubs wishing to enter a team to represent their county should contact Waterways Racing below.

The Grand Canal Dock is part of Ireland's inland waterways system and comprises 44 acres of non-tidal freshwater in Dublin's Docklands. It has it's own marina, Waterways Interpretive Centre, Watersports Centre and is surround by a multitude of bars and restaurants and is overlooked by the recently opened Grand Canal Theatre.

For more information contact
Paul O Riain from Waterways Racing +353 (0)87-2355900 or E.
www.waterwaysracing.com

Spinnaker Tales
Moreton Bay offshore yacht racing skipper Rudy Weber made an important decision when he fell in love with a neglected old yacht left to gather barnacles and sea bird dung at the Tina Can Bay Marina.

At first he was fascinated by her classic lines and when he discovered her name and design pedigree he decided to buy and progressively restore the classic 12.8m Ron Holland designed sloop to race again.

Her name Too Impetuous linked with the Admirals Cup when launched by original owner Graham Lambert 30 years ago has proved to be a worthwhile investment for her present owner.

Rudy Weber who proudly races under the Cleveland Yacht Club burgee has the distinction of winning the Performance Handicap Division 2 class trophy in the 628 n/ml Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in 2008 and followed this up with a popular overall win in the Qantas Link Brisbane to Gladstone race performance handicap class.

As expected Rudy Weber and his Lloyds Business Brokers Too Impetuous crew were exceptionally happy with their result.

This lovely old past generation ocean racer proved her hull speed to finish Queensland's premier blue water classic with a locker full of trophies when her course time of 1day 22 hours 39 minutes 46 seconds and a race average speed of 6.6 knots was relatively unmatched. "She is very much like a classic Ferrari the more money you throw at her the better she goes, but it has been well worth it'. Her proud owner skipper said.

Lloyds Business Brokers Too Impetuous answered the challengers from an impressive fleet including the more favoured Sunshine Coast crews on the David Turton helmed Likatiger winner of Division 2 and the Rod Jones steered high performance sloop Audi Sunshine Coast Alegria IV second in Division 1.

Tactically Rudy Weber and crew held a firm grip on the trophy when they weathered the Caloundra Fairway Buoy after a testing light wind sail to clear Moreton Bay.

Their better than expected fleet placing continued to be protected when the crew set their course for Noosa Heads and beyond.

They revelled in the stronger breeze that prevailed for the final half of the course to claim a 17 minute 38 second win in the Performance Handicap Division 3 over Flying Colours 11 (Douglas Cavaye) while Earl Dagan steered his well sailed Adams 10 Extended into third another 2 minutes 30 seconds astern.

This class considered by their design to be in slowest division showed that well sailed older yachts can still race competitively.

While the canting keeled Black Jack set the pace winning the first to finish in the class behind overall race line honours champion Lahana it was the elapsed times of the golden oldies Lloyds Business Brokers Too Impetuous, Flying Colours 11 and Extended which sorted the best from the rest to claim the major Performance Handicap trophies. -- Ian Grant.

Safran Back In The Water
Photo by Francois Van Malleghem / DPPI / Vendee Globe. Click on image to enlarge.

Safran Back In The Water After a winter refit lasting three months, Marc Guillemot's monohull Safran was put back in the water on Tuesday 26th April in her home port of La Trinite-sur-Mer. The monohull showed off her new colours, but she has also seen many improvements to make her even more reliable and offer an even better performance. The goal this season is to try to win the Transat Jacques Vabre in November to make it two wins for Safran.

Safran's relaunch marks the start of the new season with the Douarnenez Grand Prix, the Istanbul Europa Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre coming up. For the latter Marc Guillemot will be taking part with Yann Elies as co-skipper. Apart from a complete check-up (hull and structure, keel, mast, deck hardware, gear), the Safran Sailing Team was aiming this winter to make weight savings and improve the boat's reliability. The whole of the wiring on board has been redone and the steering changed, as have the cockpit console fittings. Marc Guillemot: "Each time we aim to make her that little bit more efficient, faster and lighter, but without reducing the safety margins. Obviously we haven't touched the boat's structure. With more than 80,000 miles on the clock, we have gained a lot of experience, which has enabled us to make further improvements. The steering has been simplified to make the helm more sensitive and react more. As with each improvement or innovation aboard the boat, all of the modifications have been carried out after consultation with the designers and engineers from the Safran Group who are involved in the project."

As for her new look, Safran's colours have been designed by Christine Vannier and adapted to the Group's new logo.

www.vendeeglobe.org

Seahorse May 2011
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For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the awarding of Performance Certificate No 37:
Route sailed: Transatlantic. 40 ft and under Singlehanded. Benchmark time
Yacht: "Terralia" 40 ft Monohull.
Name: Eric Defert FRA.
Dates: 25th March to the 6th April 2011.
Start time: 20:05:36 UTC 25/03/11 .
Finish time: 07:36:34 UTC 06/04/11
Elapsed time: 11 days 11 hours 30 minutes and 58 seconds.
Average speed: 10.45 knots

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

Short Tacks
The Star Class has prepared a brochure outlining our talking points and position supporting the Men's Keelboat event for the 2016 Olympic Games. Olympian Mark Reynolds will be leading the Star Class contingent at the ISAF Meeting in Saint Petersburg, accompanied by Bill Allen, ISCYRA President, along with a group of top-level Star sailors and support staff.

Download the PDF here: scuttlebutteurope.com/pdf/

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Trophee Marie-Agnes Peron and Mini Fastnet, will soon be sold out.

This year, the two classic races of the Winches Club of Douarnenez accomodate only 80 boats.

There are just a few places left in the Trophee Marie-Agnes Peron and the Mini-Fastnet. Skippers who have not yet decided to race have to do it quickly and send registration and fees to the Winches Club as soon as possible.

www.winchesclub.com

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The Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy for the International Etchells Cowes Fleet

This is the 17th consecutive year this trophy is being competed for by the Etchells. The trophy was gifted by Sir Kenneth Preston to the Royal Yacht Squadron for competition by a significant and worthy class of keel boats. Over the years it has seen some great competition by our Fleet and visitors.

It is traditional for a "formal dinner" at RYS and this year we are raising the profile. Flag Offices from some other Royal "West End" Cowes clubs will attend and the RYS Chief Race Officer and some others.

Sunday 1st May 18:15 for 19:30 Reefer suit/jacket and tie

Cost: £44 per person inclusive

Please book numbers direct with Jan Ford and reserve as early as possible. Payment can be made on the night.

This is the only annual occasion that we can entertain in the Castle and as sponsored by a Fleet Officer.

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For details please check our new "Get Insurance" page at
www.internationalkiteboarding.org

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Michael Brown: I could not disagree more with your correspondent John Harwood-Bee.

It is great that we are hosting the Olympics in the UK. I do not live in London but regard it as an honour for the Country & would far sooner have my taxes spent on this than many of the other uses to which the Government puts them. As for the Americas Cup I would not want one penny of my taxes spent on any Cup challenge & even if I could afford it there is no way that I would wish to contribute anything to the Cup in it's present form. Good luck to New Zealand but I am very glad it is not my money.

Just to present a different point of view!

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