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Container Wins Audi Medcup Marseille Trophy
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Medcup Marseille Trophy
Marseille, France: After eight races in Marseille waters within the second AUDI MedCup event this year the TP52 ‚ CONTAINER' of Udo Schutz (Selters/Germany) claimed her first victory of the season.

With a 1,5 point lead on the strong US team of QUANTUM today's racing promised to be an exciting battle between the Germans and the Americans but mistral winds made racing impossible. So the small margin of CONTAINER after yesterday's victory in the coastal race remained and let them win the Marseille event.

"A superb performance of our team after a rather slow start here in Marseille! This victory was kind of necessary and at this moment very motivating."

After two events of the 2011 AUI MedCup CONTAINER now is in second place with 11 points behind Quantum (49 points) followed by Azzurra (Italy, 69,5 points), Synergy (Russia, 76,5 points), Ran (Sweden, 82 points), Bribon (Spain, 85,5 points), Audi All 4 One (France/Germany, 101,5 points) and Gladiator (UK, 132,5 Points).

The next AUDI MedCup regatta will take place in Cagliari (Sardinia/Italy) from July 19 to 24.

Red Wins Porto Cervo Leg of Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Porto Cervo, Italy: Britain's Red, owned by Joe Woods and with Olympic champion Paul Goodison on tactics, took overall victory in the third leg of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Porto Cervo. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from 16th to 19th June, saw the 19 competing teams complete 6 windward-leeward races over two days. Racing today, the final day of the event, was cancelled due to Mistral winds of over 35 knots battering the coast of north-eastern Sardinia. Second place overall went to Italy's Brontolo, owned by Filippo Pacinotti and John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti (USA) took third place with a five point delta from the leader.

Consistent performances over each of the three legs have left Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti, with Olympic Gold Medal winner Nathan Wilmot calling tactics, at the top of the overall classification for the series with the final leg due to be held in Malcesine in July. Brontolo has climbed from seventh to second place and Audi Fratelli Giacomel, owned by Alessio Marinelli, is in third.

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's regatta calendar continues with the Settimana delle Bocche - Farr 40 European Circuit from 29th June to 2nd July.

Strong Winds Delay Giraglia Rolex Cup Start
With the strong, boisterous mistral breeze which consumed Saint-Tropez this morning not subsiding in the early afternoon, the race committee raised the A underneath AP flag signal at 14:24 CEST to confirm the cancellation of today's inshore racing at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. After gusts had reached a maximum of 40 knots today, calmer winds are predicted for tomorrow's inshore racing, which should ensure that the crews have the opportunity to hone their preparations for Wednesday's commencement of the offshore race.

The contagious appeal of the competition has also inspired non-Italian and French crews such as Pieter Houting's Peak (NED), a Swan 65 Ketch. "This is the seventh time we are participating," explains Houting, whose team are all close friends. "After each race, we fill in a book where we write every experience, therefore it becomes easier and easier to prepare for the following event."

The crew of Peak enjoy the gradual build up to the offshore race. "The coastal races are wonderful for us in preparing for the long race. There is then a lot of stress on the evening before the long race. For us, as a non-racing boat, the main ambition is to come home safe and sound." During years when Houting and his crew are unable to compete in the complete regatta circuit, they are often restricted to entering only one race. Such is the stature of the Giraglia, this is the one they always choose to compete in.

Houting's own relationship with the Giraglia began many years ago: "I started when I was very young sailing on a 42-ft French boat. I sailed on the old circuit from Toulon to San Remo many times. I remember one year there was a tremendous storm and that experience is still in my system."

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Bol D'or Mirabaud
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Bol D'or Mirabaud Following a highly tactical race, Alinghi, skipped by Ernesto Bertarelli, wins the 73rd edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud presented by Corum, in front of an international array of ocean champions. Taking advantage of a stiff breeze, he wins the regatta in 6 hours and 25 minutes, just ahead of Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia, Arnaud Psarofaghis on Ylliam and Loic Peyron on Okalys-Corum. The Bol d'Or, one of the largest regattas in the world to be run on a lake, gathered this year more than 3'000 sailors and 477 boats.

Ernesto Bertarelli, the double winner of the America's Cup, wins the Bol d'Or on Alinghi for the sixth time since his last victory in 2003. He led the race almost entirely despite fierce opposition. In the monohull category, Syz & Co wins the race after more than 11 hours of sailing.

"This year's edition benefited from favorable wind conditions, which led to a dynamic and highly tactical race. In all categories, winners won by a very small margin over their opponents even after several hours of intensive racing", said Michel Glaus, Chairman of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud Organizing Committee.

"We sailed extremely well and the entire crew has done a fantastic job" said Ernesto Bertarelli. "We took an excellent start, but were always under the threat of our opponents. However we managed well tactical transitions and did not commit any error. I am very happy about this victory here at home."

Safran Has Smashed the Round Britain and Ireland Record
Marc Guillemot's crew aboard Safran have just successfully completed their voyage around Britain and Ireland, crossing the finishing line off the Lizard at 0734 hrs GMT (1) on Saturday 18th June. Safran has improved on the record time, finishing 1 hour 42 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of the time set by Dee Caffari two years ago on Aviva. The crew of PRB, with whom Safran was engaged in a duel for a week had to abandon their attempt after their forestay broke.

On Saturday 18th June the big monohull sailed by Marc Guillemot, Yann Elies, Loic Lingois, Cesar Dohy and Didier Le Vourch crossed the finishing line off the Lizard at 0734 hrs GMT. Safran completed the voyage in 6 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes and 50 seconds improving on the record time held since June 2009 by Dee Caffari's all-women crew on Aviva by 1h 42 minutes and 3 seconds. Safran completed the course at an average speed of 11.52 knots on the 1773 mile Great circle route (the theoretical course). However, on the water, she actually covered more than 2000 miles at an average speed of 13 knots. Setting out just under a week ago from this same location off the Lizard at 2145 hrs GMT on Saturday 11th June in a duel with Vincent Riou and Hugues Destremau's PRB, Marc Guillemot's crew just managed to achieve what they set out to do, while PRB was forced to retire after their forestay broke.

The record was particularly difficult with some strong winds (up to 48 knots) and heavy seas, but also some tricky weather patterns to deal with, but this made it all the more interesting for Marc Guillemot, Yann Elies and the three other men on board. The strategy involving staying ahead of a warm front was soon no longer valid and they had to adapt to the situation, talking things through with Sylvain Mondon of Meteo France. "Off the Shetlands, we no longer had any advantage and at best we could aim for beating the record by three hours," explained Sylvain. The conditions they encountered were particularly tough: sailing upwind in winds averaging 35 knots gusting to 45 in heavy seas with 4 to 5 metre high waves.

All of these figures await ratification by the WSSRC, the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the body which governs world sailing records.

Giraglia Rolex Cup
St.Tropez, France / Genoa, Italy: The 2011 edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup: 194 entrants for the offshore race; 20 countries and territories in attendance; around 2,200 competitors; numerous, challenging hours at sea; 18 hours 3 minutes 15 seconds the line honours record to beat; Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), the largest yacht on the roster at 30.5-metres/100-feet and the Vismara 34 Manida (ITA), one of the smallest.

The 59th Giraglia Rolex Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano in conjunction with the Societe Nautique de Saint-Tropez, promises to maintain the finest traditions of this historic race as an eclectic fleet battle for one of the Mediterranean's top sailing prizes. Three days of inshore racing will take place from 19 to 21 June before the offshore marathon commences on 22 June.

On the entry list there's a healthy mix of consistent Giraglia campaigners such as Andres Soriano's Alegre (GBR), Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou (GBR), and Leonardo Ferragamo's Cuordileone (ITA); plus there is a bigger, faster Near Miss (SUI) for Franck Noel, an awe-inspiring new arrival in Brian Benjamin's Maxi Racer/Cruiser Aegir II (GBR), a star-studded defending line honours champion in the aforementioned Esimit Europa 2, and, heavy-weight challengers in the 27.46m/90ft Med Spirit (FRA) and the 25.7m/85ft Roma (ITA), along with a host of smaller yachts harbouring ambitions of claiming the overall handicap prize.


Sunday 19 June: Inshore races
Monday 20 June: Inshore races
Tuesday 21 June: Inshore races
Wednesday 22 June: Start Giraglia Rolex Cup Offshore Race
Saturday 25 June: Prize giving Offshore Race at the YCI, Genoa

Awakening The Dragon
Qingdao, one of ten internationally sponsored entries competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has taken one step closer to the race start with the naming of the yacht in a special ceremony at St Katharine Docks in London.

Skipper of Qingdao, Ian Conchie, and his crew are preparing for the start of Clipper 11-12 which, at 40,000 miles, is the world's longest ocean race. It will begin from Southampton on 31 July 2011 and Qingdao will host a stopover in February 2012 when all ten of the 68-foot stripped down racing yachts and their crews will visit the Chinese sailing capital for a week-long celebration.

Leading the naming ceremony was Mr Yuan Zhiping, Vice President of Qingdao Yachting Association and consultant to Qingdao Sports Federation.

To begin proceedings and give the invited guests a small taste of the welcome the crews will receive upon their arrival in Qingdao, a lion dance was performed by the Chinese Association of Southampton. Qingdao is twinned with the city of Southampton which will host the race start for the first time in the event's 15-year history.

The Long and the Short Of It
Newport, Rhode Island, USA: The extremes of crossing the Atlantic Ocean will be experienced very differently by crews on the longest and shortest yachts competing in the upcoming Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011). This adventure challenge, which aims to add 2,975 nautical miles to its participants' log books, is co-organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club. The TR 2011 starts off Castle Hill in Newport, R.I. (on Sunday, June 26; Wednesday, June 29; and Sunday, July 3) and expects to greet its first finisher off Lizard Point in South Cornwall (UK) sometime in mid-July, depending on many things, not the least of which are the lengths of the boats making the crossing.

On the one hand there is the Perini Navi designed Maltese Falcon, at 289 feet, one of the largest privately-owned sailboats in the world. On the other there are two Class 40s, which at 40 feet are specially designed for short-handed offshore and coastal racing.

The yacht's three self-standing and rotating carbon fiber masts, which carry 15 sails with a combined sail area the size of three and a half tennis courts (25,833 square feet), are of such an imposing height-190 feet, in fact—that recent visitors to Newport have experienced "the Falcon" at almost eye level as they've crossed the 206' high Claiborne Pell Bridge, which serves as the gateway to Narragansett Bay and its adjacent Newport Harbor.

And while Maltese Falcon will be dry and comfortable, and sailing with a large crew, the two Class 40s will be roughing it with minimum comfort, eating freeze-dried food and sailing with anywhere from two to six onboard.

Team Concise was set up four years ago by owner Tony Lawson (Haslemere, UK) specifically to encourage and develop young British offshore sailors and will be entered in the TR 2011's challenge for the Youth Trophy. His team of six (the maximum for the Class 40) will be skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield (Oxford, UK).

Sailing double-handed in the Class 40 division will be Michael Hennessey (Mystic, Conn.) on Dragon.

"Just me and one other guy (co-skipper Rob Windsor) - less people to get along with," joked Hennessey, adding seriously, "We'll be on deck at the same time for sail changes, but otherwise it's typically two hours on, two hours off."

Hennessey was encouraged that in April of this year a Class 40, skippered by Eric Defert, sailed from Ambrose Light (off Sandy Hook, NJ) to Lizard Point (a distance of 2880 miles) in 11 days and 11 hours.

"That sort of sets the benchmark at the bottom end of the range; however, Eric was able to pick his weather system," said Hennessey. "I would be thrilled with anything less than 12 days. I'm realistically expecting 13 to 14 days, and upper end who knows? It's up to the weather gods."

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Team Sanya Enters Volvo Ocean Race
The business of yacht racing currently relies heavily on the backing of destination marketing and tourism authorities. The model is simple. Staging a high-profile yacht racing event like a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race, provides a platform to promote a city and introduce tourists to a new destination. But for the model to work best, you need to align a host city or country with a participating team.

This model works, whether you are the Clipper Race or the America's Cup World Series - tying the teams to the venues allows for a better return on investment for the host city.

The Volvo Ocean Race will be used by China to promote the city of Sanya as the 'Hawaii of the Orient', and to ensure the message is carried through the entire race, not just the Chinese stopover, a new team has been announced. Mike Sanderson, who has won the Volvo Ocean Race twice, will skipper the new Chinese entry to be called 'Team Sanya'.

The announcement of Team Sanya brings the total number of entered boats to seven.

There is a sense that China, like Abu Dhabi, are willing to make large investments to use sailing as a mechanism to leap-frog other destinations in competition for tourism and investment. China will also compete for the next America's Cup, with their team amongst those announced this week in San Francisco. Cities within China are also competing against each other for events, with Qingdao hosting the Olympics and the Extreme Sailing Series.

Soling Masters & Italian Championship
Lake Iseo, Italy: Once again CAN 225 Peter Hall this time with Frank Lavrsen and Berend Vree climbs the podium, by sailing superb at the last day of the Championship in Lake Iseo, Italy.

It was not the perfect weather at lake Iseo during the event, but seven races were sailed and the 20 teams from 5 different nations and 3 continents also contesting the Italian Championship and Vittorio Porta enjoyed once more the hospitality from AVAS.

CAN 225 at the masters event which counts results separate from the Italian Open adjusted they score by achieving a second and two bullets to bring home after his European tournee that comes to an end. The last bullet broke the tie against GER 232 Jörg Hermann, Karsten Eller and Tim Giesecke and also team Audi Ramadabalaton HUN 77 Gyorgy Wossala, Karoly Vezer and Peter Nemeth, all with 14 points.

The fight to complete the two left steps in the podium was won by GER 1 Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann followed by the ARG 42 Alberto Zanetti, Gustavo Warburg and Ricky Homps who left outside the best italian team ITA 188 with Giuseppe Rossi, Roberto Minola and Alessandro Sgorbato.

It was not the same destiny for CAN 225 at the Italian Open Championship in which Jorh Hermann, Karsten Eller and Tim Giesecke with GER 232 won the event over CAN 225 who by winning the last race left the third place at the podium to HUN 77.

GER 304 with Thomas Maschkiwitz, Stefen Wenzel and Christof Wossala who didn't make the masters Category finished 4th just ahead GER 1.

The Italian Champion cup ended to a local sailor ITA 188 Giuseppe Rossi, Roberto Minola and Alessandro Sgorbato, they were seconded by ITA 215 with Michele Campagnoni, Davide Arata and Domenighini also local sailors and third ITA 251 Michele Tognozzi, Querci and Giulano Carotti coming from Castiglione della Pescaia. -- Matias Collins

Masters Results

Italian Championship results

EUROSAF Freestyle Sailing Championship
Vernona, Italy: On 16th and 17thJuly,Lake Garda will see the debut of new sailing formats geared to be spectacular for the sailor and yet simpler to follow and understand on the part of spectators. The event will launch new courses, new scoring systems and new race rankings, all designed to thrill not only practitioners, but also all lovers of sailing. And all of this in the natural and beautiful surroundings of Lake Garda and the Yacht Club Acquafresca.

"Sailing is the only sport in the world that is beautiful to practice, but less attractive to watch - says Marco Predieri, EUROSAF President - With the Freestyle Sailing that we are introducing we hope it will become as spectacular for those who watch the racing from the shores of the lake as well as those taking part. We expect competitors from all over Europe, at both senior and junior levels, with potential for at least 8 countries taking part. We in EUROSAF hope this will mark a starting point for the sailing by increasing the level of enjoyment and understanding on the part of spectators at the same time making sailing a more media attractive sport.

Freestyle sailing commences with group based 'elimination' fleet racing, using a course format known as 'coast to coast'. It then progresses through further stages to semi-finals and a final, which are raced on a one against one basis, over a parallel slalom course, the results of which determines the overall winner.

Participants are expected from Britain, Sweden, Turkey, Argentina, Finland and Slovenia, and, of course, Italy.

Further information on the event available at:

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* From Chris Mitchell: re: On the cost of Cup Campaigns

I think most discussions about AC campaign budgets are irrelevant and budgets are not related to costs and probably never have been. First the teams raise as much money as they can.

They spend all the money that they raise any way they can, to get what they have got going as fast as it can. The successful money raisers generally do the best in the Cup, especially those who are self-funded.

The type and cost of boat and the size of the sailing crew is very much a secondary issue but sometimes a useful lever used to help get more money. Most of the money goes into salary and wages and once the operational costs are satisfied the rest of the money can go into more science projects to see how you can go faster. If the boats suddenly become cheaper it makes it politically tougher to ask for big bucks, but money simply transfers from building budget to design budget or sail budget or campaign budget; still looking for the fastest overall package from the fixed amount of money you have been able to raise. For most teams, time and money are finite resources that are a fixed and you use them up together as effectively as you can.

That is logical isn't it?

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