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Finn World Masters Day One - Smiles All Round
You can tell they are enjoying themselves by the smiles on their faces. And there were smiles all round on the opening day of the 2011 Finn World Masters in Punta Ala at the PuntAla Camping Resort in Tuscany, Italy, which got off to the perfect start with eight fantastic heats in absolutely fabulous sailing conditions. Allen Burrell (GBR) and defending champion Michael Maier (CZE) easily won both their heats to head up the 283 boat fleet overnight, while in third overall is Uli Breuer (GER), who picked up a first and a second.
At the briefing this morning the competitors were warned that the racing would start on time and all the sailors launched early to make sure they got there in time. A 12.00 the first heats got away in 10-12 knots stable north-westerly in a slight sea state and clearing blue skies. During the day the wind built to a solid 12-15 knots with long, deep waves making upwind sailing interesting and downwind sailing exhilarating with long, fast surfs all round.
Joint overall leader Allen Burrell was delighted with the conditions. "It was really good fun today, lovely conditions, and ideal for the British sailors I think. We have done a lot of training is similar conditions back home, though not as warm as here, and I think that is making a big difference here. It was perfect with nice big courses. I think the racing has been all about boatspeed, just hiking hard, getting round as fast as possible as there were not many shifts to be had. I lost of a bit on the first downwind as I didn't realise we had free pumping as the flag was so small, but I made up for it later. This is such a fabulous place to go sailing, as well as being a lovely location on shore with great facilities."
Racing continues at 12.00 tomorrow with two more races on the cards in more perfect conditions.
Top ten results after two races: (Full results here)
1. Allen Burrell, GBR, 2 points
Event website: www.finnworldmaster2011.org
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team In Marseille
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team aims above all to consolidate its current position - in third place just one point behind the second placed team - and to move up the classification. Several technical changes have been made to the boat in order to achieve this. During tomorrow's Practice Race Didier Reault, Marseille City Councillor responsible for the Sea, Watersports and Calanques National Park and General Councillor for the Bouches-du-Rhone region, will be aboard Azzurra.
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team
Owner: Alberto Roemmers
Results after the first leg:
1. Quantum Racing, 19 points
D-35 Geneve-Rolle-Geneve and D35 Sogeti Cup
At the first mark of the third race, Okalys, crashed into us while on port tack and that ended our day. As we were on starboard tack, we applied to the jury for redress and it was granted. The jury has quite wide discretion as to how they award redress. They could have averaged our points of the regatta to that point, discarding the worst score as that was how the scoring was done at that point. We would have been awarded 2.6 points per race in that case. The other extreme was to award us the average of all our scores including the discarded race. That would have resulted in 3.8 points per race. They chose the later and we finished second for the weekend.
With four regattas now complete, Artemis Racing is tied for second place with Volti Group in the D35 season championship with Focia winning. This being our first season in the class, we have to be pretty happy with that!
Next Saturday is the Bol d'Or, the race that will start in Geneva, take the fleet to Montreux at the opposite end of the lake some 50 miles away and back to Geneva.
This race can take anywhere for 5 to 25 hours. Drifting for hours followed by thunder squalls is not uncommon. Boats leading the entire race and then falling out of the wind 1 mile from the finish is also not uncommon. It will be my first Bol d'Or and it should be interesting. -- Paul Cayard
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Oracle Racing Brings America's Cup Action to San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California, USA: America's Cup champion ORACLE Racing sparked the imagination of San Francisco Bay area residents today when it took to the waters of the 2013 host venue in its rapid AC45 multihulls.
It was one of three firsts: first time ORACLE Racing has sailed in its home waters since winning the America's Cup in Spain 16 months ago; debut of the next-generation Cup boats on the Bay; first on-the-water action after San Francisco was named Host City of the 34th America's Cup in January.
The team hosted a press conference at Golden Gate Yacht Club and then took members of the media sailing on its wingsailed cats, impressing all who saw them.*
"Spectacular San Francisco Bay and extreme boats is the kind of cool sailing I'm interested in," said Master of Ceremonies Jonny Moseley, the 1998 free-ski Olympic Gold medalist. ORACLE Racing is now immersed in the hours of on-the-water practice and design development necessary to retain the oldest trophy in international sport.
"We want fast and dramatic boats that will produce close racing in front of the public and broadcast around the world with cutting-edge TV technology," added Russell Coutts ORACLE Racing last sailed its AC45s in May at the America's Cup pre-season trials in New Zealand. That session was designed to test new racecourse configurations and the new digital race management and television graphics systems.
"Our short-term goal is to get our crew work race-ready for the America's Cup World Series," said ORACLE Racing tactician John Kostecki. "The ACWS will allow fans around the world to enjoy America's Cup class racing. August will be the first time that ORACLE Racing takes on other teams entered in the next America's Cup."
* Editor: Umm... well... impressed yes. Injured? Also yes:
Monday afternoon on breezy San Francisco Bay, it was no less than one of the most dominant skippers in America's Cup history, Russell Coutts, whose 45-foot catamaran went head-over-heels in a spectacular wipeout.
Grinder Shannon Falcone was thrown through the wing sail and into the chilly water, and another crewman was thrown into the water. Falcone was examined by paramedics on the dock and taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays. Sailors wear crash helmets and foul-weather gear when sailing the speedy boats.
Coutts, the CEO of defending champion Oracle Racing, was racing skipper Jimmy Spithill as part of a media day to publicize the U.S. debut of the new boats. His boat was bearing away during the prestart maneuver when the bows buried in a wave and the cat lifted into the air and went over before coming to rest on its side.
The catamaran was pulled upright by a support boat. -- Bernie Wilson, AP
Full article at www.google.com/hostednews/
Bermuda's Argo Group Gold Cup Filling Up Fast
The 2011 edition of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultamate match on the WMRT, is shaping up to be a tough battle. Eight of nine World Match Race Tour (WMRT) Card Holders will be facing off in Bermuda October 4-9 racing for the coveted King Edward VII Gold Cup. The boats used in Bermuda are the classic International One Desigh (IOD) sloops which are quite different from other boats in the tour requiring forethought and tactics on a high level. Experience counts.
Six of the skippers announced so far have won the Gold Cup before. Tour Card Holder Peter Gilmour (AUS) of YANMAR Racing took it three times in 1995, 1997 and 2003. Other Tour Card Holders with their names on the cup are Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team in 2008, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team in 2007, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar in 2006, and Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, runner up in 2010, won in 2002.
Andy Green (GBR) British Racing Green is the other skipper coming this year who has his name on the cup, but he has not been on the tour lately. He won the Gold Cup in 1999.
Rounding out the group of eight WMRT Card Holders signed up tor 2011 are Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team and winner of Match Race France 2011, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, and Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing.
To date seventeen skippers have accepted their invitations and all except one have raced in at least one Argo Group Gold cup in recent years. Joining the Tour Card Holders are top level ISAF ranked match racers including Bjorn Hanson (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team who won the 2011 Korea Match Cup, and a group of up-and-coming skippers on the circuit. Three other skippers will receive automatic invitations by winning one of the qualifiers... the Bermuda National Match Race Championship, the Knickerbocker Cup and the Detroit Cup. Four slots are still to be announced.
Tacktick J/80 UK National Championship
The last two races of the series were scheduled on Friday morning, and precisely as you would expect, every single boat on the track, irrespective of their position on the leader-board, arrived in the starting area with a job to do, a specific set of personal goals to achieve results-wise and a 'target' finishing position. No real surprise then that this jittery bunch pushed a general recall on the first start of the day and the deployment of the black flag thereafter, catching a few out and only serving to add to the tension.
Rob Larke won the first race of the day in J2X but this was not enough to significantly narrow the points gap between his boat and Kevin Sproul. A win for Sproul in the final race confirmed the series victory and the Tacktick J/80 UK National Championship title for the crew of J.A.T: Kevin Sproul, Adrian Gray, Phil Taylor and Chris Taylor.
Henri Lloyd Round The Island 80th Anniversary Merchandise Range
Henri Lloyd is proud to be associated with Britain's favourite yacht race and one of the largest and most popular annual sailing events in the world, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the JP Morgan Round the Island Race and, to mark the occasion, a special logo has been created. Henri Lloyd has created a commemorative official clothing range that features the Anniversary logo.
The range includes Cipher Jacket, Cipher Vest, Rigger Hoodie, T shirt, and Fast-Dri cap. 10% of the purchase price of each Cipher Jacket sold will go to the Ellen MacArthur Trust, the official charity for this years Round the Island Race.
Abu Dhabi Corniche to get 'Destination Village' for Volvo Ocean Race Hosting
Plans for the 'Destination Village,' which will be adjacent to the Heritage Village and overlooking Abu Dhabi's impressive city skyline, have been unveiled by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which is behind the two-week fleet stop-over and the huge visitor activation programme planned around it.
ADTA has appointed Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to manage development of the site, which is being designed to serve as a sailing centre once the Volvo Ocean Race fleet sails out of the UAE capital.
TDIC will dredge this section of the Corniche lagoon to allow entry of the 4.5 metre keeled yachts and build permanent yacht pontoons. Infrastructure work is due for completion this September. Temporary structure build will run until December when the final phase of installing more than 130 Volvo Ocean Race team gear, hospitality and equipment containers will take place.
The 'Destination Village' – which will be around the size of eight football pitches – will open free-of-charge to the public daily from December 30 this year to January 14, next year. ADTA anticipates welcoming more than 100,000 visitors through its gates.
The highly interactive village, which will leverage the maritime theme, will be packed with activities and entertainment including exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones, food & beverage outlets and merchandise shops. ADTA is working with international tour operators, hotels, airlines and other stakeholders to develop compelling New Year-Volvo Ocean Race packages to the emirate.
For more information on the Abu Dhabi stopover, please visit www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com
EUROSAF Youth Sailing Games: Last Chance To Enter
Some charter boats are also still available in the Byte, Sirena SL16 and 29er.
Entries are being taken online at the website of the Fraglia Vela Riva, which can be reached by logging on to www.eurosaf.org/1641 and following the link or by going to the host club website www.fragliavelariva.it/en/regatta/360/view You will first need to register and then you are able to enter your team. The form to apply for charter boats will be found only on the EUROSAF website, as above.
Transmanche Success for Sam Goodchild and Nigel King
It is another rewarding result for Artemis Offshore Academy members King and Goodchild, competing against some seasoned French Figaro racers, such as, Frederic Duthil, Jeanne Gregoire, Isabelle Joschke and Thierry Chabagny.
Commenting on his finish and being the first 'rookie' Sam explained: "I am very happy with my result but I am under no allusions that the Solitaire du Figaro is going to be easy, as there will be many more sailors and a lot of talent. I have a list of things to work on over the next six weeks. This is to ensure that I can hit the start-line as competitively as possible and make the most of the Scholarship that the Artemis Offshore Academy has given me."
There was a last minute course revision due to a bad weather front expected early Sunday morning, and the race committee erred on the side of caution to ensure all the sailors reached the finish safely. The revised course saw all the sailors racing in the notoriously difficult stretches of water off the west coast of Brittany, including a passage through the famous Chanel du Four where the tide can reach up to 8 knots in very narrow rocky channels.
* From David Larmour: Further to the story in Scuttlebutt Europe #2365 - 8 June
"The OSTAR run by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England still takes place every four years and apart from a change of dates has done so since 1960. So as OC ThirdPole has stated the oldest solo ocean race of them all and still continues to be a 'breeding ground for both technology like the multihull itself, and the heroes that have made the sport what it is today'. The OSTAR will be run in 2013 as scheduled on the four year cycle. It is expected that the Notice of Race will be issued before September 2011.
The Two Handed Transatlantic Race (Twostar) is being revived by the Royal Western Yacht Club and is starting on 3rd June 2012 in Plymouth and racing to Newport as it did for the previous four editions of the race. The Two Handed Transatlantic Race is open to yachts between 27 and 60 feet that can meet the qualifying and safety requirements of the race. There is a large amount of interest and entries are already flowing in. Additional information can be found at twostar.rwyc.org
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