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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Scarlino
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Scarlino Scarlino, Italy: The final day of the 2011 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series regatta at Marina di Scarlino, Maremma Tuscany, Italy saw the competition come to a conclusion over two intense and tightly fought races. Turning in a boat of the day performance which saw them win the first race and place fourth in the final heat, Italy's Alessio Marinelli along with tactician Ricardo Simoneschi aboard Audi Fratelli Giacomel, leapfrogged themselves from sixth overall at the start of the day to take the overall regatta win.

An eighth and a third on the final day was enough for fellow Italian Filippo Pacinotti and tactician Daniele Cassinari aboard Brontolo HH to maintain their second place overall, just one point behind the winners. Having led the regatta since the first day, Jason Carroll and his tactician Cameron Appleton on the US boat Argo initially looked good to maintain their place at the top of the leader board when they placed third in the first race of the day, but a twelfth in the final race ultimately dropped them down to third overall, a margin of three points behind the winners.

At the end of an fierce battle amongst the race leaders on the final leg, Morina took the win followed by Lupi in second and Pacinotti in third. Marinelli came home in fourth and with Carroll finishing back in eleventh. This meant that a clearly delighted Marinelli had stolen the regatta win on the final race and by a margin of just one point. The ever consistent Pacinotti took second place, just one point away from taking victory himself, and after leading the regatta for so long, a rueful Carroll had in the end to settle for third overall.

Top Ten Results (Final, After 6 Races)

1. Alessio Marinelli/Riccardo Simoneschi, Audi Fratelli Giacomel, 21 points
2. Filippo Pacinotti/Daniele Cassinari, Brontolo HH, 22
3. Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo, 24
4. Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone, 26
5. Stuart Robinson/Ruairidh Scott, Highlife, 30
6. Lanfranco Cirillo/Vasco Vascotto, Fantastica, 34
7. Antonello Morina/Paolo Cian, Sei Tu 32, 37
8. Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni, Mascalzone Latino, 40
9. Mauro Mocchegiani/Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta, 40
10. John Kilroy/Nathan Wilmot, Samba Pa Ti, 41

For Whom Does the Olympic Bell Toll?
Excerpts from Part 1 of Richard Gladwell's reporting on this week's upcoming ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St. Petersburg:

The time for back room consultation, avoiding the hard decisions, kite flying and decision avoiding is over.

This week the world body of sailing will be put to the test to determine whether it has the fortitude to make the change that is both required and overdue.

After making some progress, including the formation and reporting of its Olympic Commission - set up on the realisation of some rather disturbing statistics arising from the 2008 Olympics and a trend fuelled over several Olympiads, the organisation now seems to have lost the plot.

Fixing mistakes is not something at which the ISAF is accomplished. Its modus operandi is more to make very slow deliberate moves, at a pace determined largely by dogma, sailing politics and reshuffling the same old deck of worn cards.

Its previous President, Paul Henderson (CAN), a plumber by trade, realised that the only way to drive the organisation at faster than glacial pace was to lead from the front . And, if that required a banging of heads, slaying of sacred cows and being generally controversial then so be it. That approach bought in new, simplified racing rules, a high performance skiff into the Olympics, stamped out a patch for the ISAF with the America's Cup organisations - and in the eight years of Henderson's presidency the organisation made some real progress.

His successor Goran Petersson (SWE) style is more consensual - which unfortunately leaves the organisation to drive itself in a pace and direction with which it is comfortable.

Nevertheless with his softly, softly style, Petersson and his Executive Committee almost caught the Olympic monkey when they initiated a major change process by the formation of an Olympic Commission under the tutelage of Brit turned Aussie Phil Jones, which produced the draft Olympic Commission report presented to the ISAF 12 months ago.

Petersson rather neatly got the backing of the powerful Executive Committee, the ISAF's inner sanctum, in one question - by asking 'who did not support the findings of the Olympic Commission?'

Then came the ISAF Meeting in November 2010, when the push had to come beyond just a laying on of hands, and putting down some concrete change.

Those changes fell into several areas - all connected - but ran deep through the sport.

Full article at

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Last month's winner:

Pascal Rambeau (FRA)
They only snatched the win in this year’s Bacardi Cup in the final metres of the last race, but then Pascal Rambeau, sailing in Miami with his new Star helm Guillaume Florent already has plenty of silverware having won two Star world titles and an Olympic bronze medal alongside his former-skipper Xavier Rohart. But clearly the new team has gelled, since the at-times somewhat grumpy Florent even got around to voting for his teammate...

This month's nominees:

Hasso Plattner (GER)
A fine 13th in Race 1 and an overall finish of 53rd in a competitive 85-strong fleet at the 2011 505 worlds in Hamilton Island is only one reason for nominating the founder of the SAP software giant. We are big fans of keeping on racing against the best as you ‘mature’, rather than seeking soft targets... it seems Plattner shares our view. The ‘60-something’ racer is also a generous supporter of sailing events

Ian Williams (GBR)
The former barrister defeated Italian America’s Cup skipper Francesco Bruni 2-0 in the final to take his first Congressional Cup in Long Beach, dedicating the win to his late Mum who passed away during this year’s event. Williams is now trying to keep his Cup hopes flying in the Extreme 40 series – surely someone out there in Cup World will finally recognise the remarkable range of skills the double world champion can bring to a team?

Seahorse Sailor of the Month is sponsored by Harken McLube, Dubarry & Musto. Who needs silverware, our prizes are usable!

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Saillaser Berlin Opens on the Strandbad Wannsee
Sail Laser SailLaser Berlin opened on the Strandbad Wannsee on the River Havel, southwest Berlin, Germany on Saturday 30th April 2011. SailLaser is the premier sailing school and watersports centre with eleven international venues. SailLaser is operated by LaserPerformance, the producer of market leading sailboats including the Laser, Sunfish, Laser Pico and Laser SB3. SailLaser Berlin will represent the fourth SailLaser centre in Europe.

SailLaser Berlin will offer the complete SailLaser package; a sailing school, JustSail membership and the sale of the full range of LaserPerformance boats, spares and accessories will be available. SailLaser Berlin's sailing school and JustSail programme will enjoy a large fleet of Lasers, Laser Picos, Laser Vagos, Laser Bahias, Laser 2000s, Dart 16, Bugs and the new Vapor Optimist.

SailLaser's mission is to teach people to sail, involve them in the sailing community and give them access to sailboats and water activities. We look forward to welcoming our first visitors to our newest SailLaser centre.

For further information, please contact Rafael Dulon, SailLaser Berlin Centre Manager: 0049 (0)176 1003 27 38 or e-mail

The Russian Finn Revolution
Photos courtesy International Finn Association. Click on image for photo gallery.

Russian Finn Revolution After the success of the 2005 Finn Gold Cup in Moscow, the Russian Finn fleet staged something of a revolution. During the last six years, Finn sailing in Russia has gradually and methodically been transformed from a small number of professional sailors and a group of die-hard amateur enthusiasts into a modern, thriving and competitive fleet that can boast big numbers attending regattas at home and abroad.

The legacy of that monumental event on Pestovskoe Lake had far reaching consequences, completely changing the face of the class in a country that was, in the 1960s, one its biggest strongholds. That legacy perhaps became most apparent at this year's Princesa Sofia Trophy in Palma when there were an unprecedented 12 Russian Finn sailors competing.

For those who don't remember, for the 2005 Finn Gold Cup, the Moscow Sailing School secured government funding to purchase 100 brand new, identical Devoti Finns for the competitors to use. Those boats are still in use today at various locations in Russia and are a key component in the growth of the class, as well as being used as charter boats in various championships held in Moscow such as the 2007 Silver Cup - the Junior World Championships - and the Open Russian, held every year since 2008.

The Silver Cup returns to Moscow again this July, while the Russian Finn sailors are also bidding to bring the Finn Gold Cup back to the country, this time most likely in St Petersburg in 2013, and this bid will be announced during the ISAF Mid Year meeting, also in St Petersburg.

The secretary of the Russian Finn class is Vasiliy Kravchenko, and he has been the driving force behind the success of the Russian Finn fleet over the last six years and is the face behind the growth of the class and many of its initiatives to make sailing more popular and accessible.

A full transcript of this extensive and fascinating interview can be read in the latest issue of FINNFARE at:

The 2011 Open Russian is being held from 13-18 September in Moscow and charter boats are available. More details can be found at

The 2011 Silver Cup (Junior World Championship) is being held from 24-30 July in Moscow and charter boats are available. More details can be found at

Storm, Stunts and Victory at the Season Opener in Germany
Roland Gaebler The Schweriner Cat Cup was the perfect start of the multihull sailing season in north Europe. The high-pressure area, which we have been loyal to weeks here in the north, has also given us the best weekend of all sailing conditions.

Nordic fresh, so we're used to, the easterly wind with strong gusts on Lake Schwerin. Somehow we were able to sail over the course without major failures, and won the first race of the season in Tornado with positions 2-1-1-1-1-1.

But there were many capsizes in the field of Tornados, Hobie Cats and Top Cats. And the water was really cold. So we had all eyes on each other that no something happened. Although we all wanted to sail yet instinctively forward, so the sailing conditions were challenging. Especially the sudden gusts which shot down over the forest.

And for many by the end of the first day the race already over. Either equipment failure or damage to the body made further sailing impossible. The bruises on the body we can no longer count. Even now, everything hurts.

We are pleased that we have all finished safely and we can start the season with a victory in front of the beautiful castle of Schwerin.

There is a complete report on the Nordic season opener on NDR television:

Results at

This week we go to St. Petersburg to the Conference of the International Sailing Federation ISAF. There, by the final vote of sailing disciplines instead of the Olympic Games 2016.

Since it was just right that the winning teams in the Tornado, Hobie Cat and Top Cat were all mixed teams. Sailing as a couple is simply a lot of fun. We think: This must be an Olympic sport. In 7 days we'll know. -- Roland Gaebler

Sint Maarten Arrests Bode Well for the Island's Future
There has been a collective sigh of relief by all in the yacht industry in Sint Maarten (St Martin), one of the great sailing venues of the Caribbean, after the arrest of three Domincan men for the grisley murder of 37-year-old French causcasian cook from the mega yacht Cheetah Moon, Ludivic Guillevin, in February.

They have also been accused of the murder of two other men on the half Dutch (Sint Maarten), half French(St Martin) island.

Occurring just before the Heineken Regatta in St. Martin, it had cast a pall over the island.

For some time there has been serious concern about security on the island - Customs and Immigration Office in St. Maarten used to have a poster warning captains and crews of the dangers of gangs of male youths on the island.

Knowledgeable cruisers, when on the island, have recently remained acutely aware of their surroundings and the circumstances. Precautions included not going anywhere alone after dark, sticking to the more crowded areas, and relaxing only when on the boat or on the beach.

But once again, it's an island where a small minority of residents, invariably young males, have been destroying the reputation and economic opportunities for everyone else.

Hopefully this latest arrest will allow cruising sailors who love the island and visiting long range cruisers to be able to relax and enjoy.

Dubarry Storm - Designed To Perform
Dubarry Storm The great thing about the best technical clothing is that it's fit for purpose. There's no frilly bits, no cherries on top, and it won't fall to pieces when the going gets tough. It's a focused, durable, effective masterpiece - just like you. With its waterproof outer and a storm flap inside the zip, it's going to keep you dry. And its snug chin guard and polarfleece inner will keep you warm. It's warm, dry, confident styling in six colourways, and it does exactly what you want a jacket to do.

Dubarry Storm - the calm within the Storm.

Industry News
Sail magazine and the World Cruising Club announced an exclusive media partnership extending through December 2013.

As part of this partnership, Sail will promote the cruising club's American-based sailing events, including the Caribbean 1500, ARC Europe and this week's Atlantic Cup through editorial coverage in all Sail media. As the club's exclusive U.S. media partner, Sail will have direct access to the club's offshore cruising fleets.

The cruising club, based in Cowes, England, is a global offshore cruising event organizer. It has been organizing rallies since 1986, and more than 500 boats and more than 2,600 people take part in cruising club events every year.

Sail magazine, the Sail Buyer's Guide, the New Sailboat Review and their digital properties are owned by Source Interlink Media.


Sailing enthusiasts gathered in record numbers April 14-17 at Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, Calif., organizers reported.

Overall attendance was up 10 percent and there was a 35 percent increase in e-ticket sales. Space sales were up more than 20 percent and the site had to be expanded to meet the higher-than-expected demand.

Attendance figures were not immediately available, although organizers are estimating that 12,850 people attended, compared with 11,700 in 2010.

Soundings Trade Only:


The fourth annual Barclays Wealth Jersey Boat Show attracted thousands of visitors over the Bank Holiday Weekend, despite the mixed weather, say the organisers.

And while the large scale and nature of this free event make it impossible to count exact numbers, the organisers are confident the total number is equal to, or slightly higher than, the 30,000 who attended in 2010.

More than 60 boats of all shapes and sizes lined the pontoons and visitors also enjoyed a varied and colourful array of more than 58 exhibitors on the quayside.

Attractions were busy, with families enjoying the chance to experience a taste of life at sea, treading the decks of a vast array of working boats moored at the 'Condor Get On Board' pontoons. The Royal Navy's 79m fisheries protection vessel, HMS Severn; the Archer class patrol vessel, HMS Raider; the Port of Jersey tug, Duke of Normandy and research and education ship, Fleur de Lampaul all welcomed visitors over the weekend.

Boating Business:


The German Marine Industry Association DBSV has made its Boat Show Calculator available to the leisure marine industry to allow companies to calculate all costs involved in exhibiting at a boat show.

The calculator is supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Council of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO) and means for the first time in boat show history exhibitors can calculate exactly what the overall cost will be and compare show costs against each other.

All possible expenditure, from ceiling suspensions and power connections to fork lift trucks and press material presentations, has been taken into consideration. A currency calculator is also provided on the website to give the costs in different currencies.

The free-of-charge Boat Show Calculator is easy to use and offers the option of sorting shows by region. It can be downloaded from

The listed shows are IFBSO members or national Marine Industry Association owned or affiliated shows. They all conform to the IFBSO and ICOMIA Code of Excellence. Any member boat show that would like to be included in the Boat Show Calculator should contact

Boating Business:


Malta has become the latest country to launch the RS Feva class, with a sixteen boat fleet recently delivered and more expected in the coming months. Following evaluation of boats suitable to provide a pathway from entry level sailing to bigger youth dinghies, the spearhead Maltese Birzebbuga Sailing Club selected the Feva and asked Paul Debono of Fairwind Sailing to become an RS dealer to co-ordinate the orders and import the boats.

Paul Childs, a qualified instructor from RS Sailing, visited Malta to run an initial coaching weekend, helping to set up the boats and introduce the young sailors to Feva sailing techniques.

The 2011 RS Feva World championships, sponsored by Allen Performance Hardware and Magic Marine, take place in Holland in late July with entries expected to exceed last years 150 boat fleet from as far afield as Hong Kong.

You can find out more information about the growth of the RS Feva class in Malta by contacting Birzebbuga Sailing Club - and full details of the RS Feva can be found at or the International Class Association at

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 2008 Melges 32. US$ 134,000. Located In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

The world famous Melges 32 STAR is now seriously for sale.

If there has been one stand out winner in the most serious and fun filled new class it is STAR. 3rd 2010 Nationals, 1st Key West Race week,( twice) 1st Nationals,( twice) the list goes on and on. Complete with every bell and whistle and upgrade that is available in this strict one design, she has proven time and time again she has the pace to win. Complete with a full new set of North sails, trailer with covers, one can step right in and start winning.

Brokerage through Thoroughbred Yacht Sales:

Complete listing details and seller contact information at

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