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Kiwis Snatch Boston Victory in Final Minutes of US Debut
Photo by Mark Lloyd, Click on image to enlarge.

Extreme Sailing Series in Boston Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand clinched victory at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in an epic showdown as the circuit made a very successful USA debut. As the country celebrated Independence Day, American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in to the final race with an 8 point lead after heading the leaderboard for most of the past 5 days - but lost in the final leg of the final race of the final day. An enthralled US non-sailing public turned out in spades to watch up close what was probably one of the biggest ever on-site American audiences for a sailing event, estimated at 55,000 over the five days. The Stadium concept developed for the Extreme Sailing Series certainly engaged a largely non-sailing audience in Boston.

Emirates Team New Zealand had a blinding start, taking the lead once from Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, only to lose it after stalling in a tack on the final beat. Until this point, despite having to duck most of the fleet on the start line, Hutchinson had managed to stay inside the crucial four places behind Barker which were necessary to take overall victory. On the final beat, however, just one tactical choice decided it, with the right-hand side of the course for once not paying for the American, and as they approached the final top mark they were passed by four boats and scored an 8th place. A rare occurrence for Hutchinson, destroying his dream of winning on his home turf with Emirates Team New Zealand taking overall victory by four points on a total of 293 after 37 races.

An additional bonus for Emirates Team New Zealand is that they have also taken over the 2011 overall series lead from Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.

Next stop on the international nine-stop Extreme Sailing Series circuit is the UK, at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in four weeks time.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA
Current overall standings after 37 races, Day 5 (4.7.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker, 293 points
2. Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson, 289
3. The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan, 269
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena, 262
5. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec, 260
6. Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou, 251
7. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara, 248
8. Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet, 198
9. Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier, 172
10. Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams, 137
11. Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler, 126

Stena Women's Match Cup
Photo by MatchCupSweden 2011. Click on image to enlarge.

Stena Women's Match Cup Marstrand, SwedenL Racing started today at the Stena Women's Match Cup. It was a great day of sailing; the wind was funnnelling down between two rocky islands making conditions puffy and shifty. Add in a bit of wind swirl as it came around the two rocky points and you have the makings of a race track that was different every race. We completed five races today finishing 4-1 for the day.

Our first race of the day was our closest race. Off the line, we got a penalty for a windward/leeward contact. We had a great start though and got a good lead up the first leg and decided that it was a good time to spin the penalty. We did and came out ahead but now the gap was much closer. Downwind Team Kjellberg got to our left and tried to double gybe to gain luffing rights so as to be able to sail us past the mark. But we did a good job responding and prevented her second gybe and rounded the leeward mark ahead. Up the second beat she worked very hard at keeping the race close, but unfortunately for them, one of their crew fell out of the boat on a tack and we were able to pull enough ahead and won the race.

There are five flights left for racing tomorrow of which we will be sailing four. -- Anna Tunnicliffe

Results after Monday's racing:

1. Claire Leroy, FRA, 5 points
2. Lucy Macgregor, GBR, 5
3. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA, 4
4. Ekaterina Skudina, RUS, 4
5. Nicky Souter, AUS, 5
6. Mandy Mulder, NED, 3
7. Anna Kjellberg, SWE, 2
8. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 1
9. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 0
10. Trine Abrahamsen, DEN, 0

Format Defined for Louis Vuitton Cup
The Regatta Director has issued the dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series. To take place in 2013, the objective of the challenger series is to both build and identify the strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America's Cup Finals.

The next Louis Vuitton Cup will consist of five stages, all of the challengers will participate in at least the first three, before eliminations begin. The first day of racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup will be July 4th, 2013 (changed from July 13th). The last possible day of racing will be September 1. 

"There are nearly two full months of competition, and all of the challengers will be racing for at least the first five weeks," said Iain Murray, the Regatta Director. "As a group, the challengers wanted to introduce a format that would strike a good balance between allowing the potential of some of the new teams to develop over time, while still ensuring the top teams were constantly improving, so that the eventual winner will be prepared to take on the defender."

The first three stages of the competition will be used to select four semi finalists: 

Series 1: A series of 4 fleet races. Each race will score 10 points for the winner, 6 points for second place, 2 points for third place. No points are awarded for subsequent places.

Series 2: A Round Robin Match Race Series. The winner of each race will score 10 points, the loser no points.

Series 3: A Round Robin Match Race Series. The winner of each race will score 12 points, the loser no points.

The top four teams at the conclusion of these first three series will proceed to the semi finals, with the top ranked challenger racing the fourth place team and the second ranked team racing the third placed.

In the semi finals, each match win is worth one point and the winner of each pairing will be the first team to win four points.

These two winners will then face each other in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, where the first team to win five points (one point per win) will become the challenger and proceed to the America's Cup Finals to meet the defender.

Over time, the Louis Vuitton Cup has proved to be a remarkable training ground for the challengers. Since its inception in 1983, the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup has gone on to win the America's Cup four out of seven times. Previous to 1983, no challenger had won the America's Cup. The 2013 event will mark the 30 year anniversary of the first Louis Vuitton Cup. -- Jane Eagleson

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Transpac 2011 is Under Way
The first wave of Transpac starters left Point Fermin today, bound for Honolulu with a seabreeze in the low teens to get them "off the beach" and many a quiet prayer for the breeze to hold through the night. There is ample wind offshore for a fast passage, "if we can just get to it," as Celerity crewman Kelson Elam put it.

Elam is one of two lake-sailing Texans aboard Harry Zanville's Santa Cruz 37, a crew of five Transpac first-timers who looked very good at the start as they ignored the jam-up at the committee boat-end of the line. Instead, they opted for elbow room and clear air near the pin.

Ten racing boats in Division 6, a wide-vision grouping from 32 feet to 43 feet, were mixed at the start with the Aloha Division, eight cruising boats or cruisey-type skippers in cruiser-racers. A lone catamaran, Santiago Becerra's 47-foot Espiritu Santi, received her own starting cannon five minutes later.

Another 34 boats, including the likely first-finishers, start on Friday, July 8 at 1 p.m. off Point Fermin. In the meantime, the storyline runs along that question of maybe or maybe not holding wind through the night  -  Celerity's crew is imagining a 10-day passage, but only if all the ducks line up and quack smartly  -  and the probability that the Pacific High Pressure Zone, now nicely formed and pumping gangbuster tradewinds toward Hawaii, will keep on keeping on. Transpac meteorologist Lee Chesneau is bullish on that. -- Kimball Livingston

Ups and Downs for Multala in Laser Radials
Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 continued on Monday with three classes. These were Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Star.

Reigning World Champion, Finnish Sari Multala was the fastest woman in both of today's two Laser Radial starts, but yet she recorded only one victory. In the first race Multala was ruled OCS (on course side), which means that she started prematurely and was subsequently disqualified.

"Naturally I was really disappointed afterwards. I rushed the start too much, I should've kept my cool better", said Multala.

At that point Multala found herself in 50th place overall, but a win in the second start lifted her to 15th spot. Belgium's Evi Van Acker is in the lead after four races.

Milan Vujasinovic of Croatia is in charge of the Laser Standards.

In Star class, Greece's Emilios Papathanasiou and Alexandros Dragoutsis continue at the top.

The same three classes will continue racing on Tuesday, starting at 11 o'clock.

For updates and complete results, go to

IODA European Championship
225 young sailors completed the first day of regattas

The first day of the IODA European Championship taking place off the coast of Tavira Island, that gathered more than 200 young sailors was accomplished with success

The weather conditions reached SW (210º) wind with about 10 knots, which allowed in favor of the competition.   

This is the biggest championship organized by the Tavira Sailing project with a high number of competitors, including the Greek European Optimist Champion, Konstantinos Oikonomidis, so it´s a bigger challenge for all the sailors.  

After today´s races, the rankings of both fleets show no dominance from any nation:

1st Konstantinos Oikonomidis - Greece
2nd Matteo Pilati - Italy
3rd Peter Mc Cain - Ireland

1st Maria Caba - Spain
2nd Francesca Bergamo - Italy
3rd Nikol Stankova - Check Republic

The detailed tables of classification and photos are available on

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

Terry Hutchinson dodges some carnage, Blue Robinson has thoughts on best use of those Volvo media slots, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark turn up the heat in Weymouth and Dee Smith ends up back where he began!

World news
Farewell to Hubert, Cammas gets going, Rogers (Simon) scores in Normandy, Soto 40s everywhere, Coutts comes clean, sailing the MOD 70 and (another) false start for US Sailing. Patrice Carpentier, Carlos Pich, Vincent Gillioz, Ivor Wilkins, Dobbs Davis

Olympic and small boat news - It's been a great ride
Mark Asquith reckons that the 'new' 49er is coming good at the perfect time ahead of London 2012

Rod Davis
Why it's all about the right here, right now

Coutts Quarter Ton Cup
Cowes, UK: With less than a week to go to the start of the 2011 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes, anticipation is building amongst the international fleet signed up to compete. This is the seventh running of the event since the spectacular revival of the Quarter Ton Class back in 2005, and in addition to the core of regular domestic Quarter Ton Class aficionados who flock to Cowes each year, this year entries have also been received from Ireland, France and the Netherlands, as well as from as far afield as Russia and New Zealand.

Following an afternoon of registration on Sunday 10th July and the Coutts Welcome Reception at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club that evening, racing will get underway on Monday 11th July and run through until Wednesday 13th July, with three races scheduled to take place each day. Racing will be run under the IRC handicapping system, enabling boats designed to all three versions of the Quarter Ton Class rule to compete as a single fleet.

As is always the case at this event, the cut and thrust of the competition on the water will be more than equally matched by the camaraderie, fun and frivolity on shore, with a full post racing social programme in place, including the now legendary Coutts Quarter Ton Class Gala Dinner at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club on the evening of Tuesday 12th July.

Revived Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Winners

2005 - Purple Haze (1977 David Thomas design) - Tony Dodd
2006 - Enigma - (1977 Ed Dubois design) - Ed Dubois
2007 - Espada - (1980 Bruce Farr design) - Peter Morton
2008 - Tom Bombadil (1982 Doug Peterson design) - Chris Frost & Kevin George
2009 - Anchor Challenge (1978 Bruce Farr design) - Peter Morton
2010 - Cote (1990 Gonzalez design) - Darren Marston & Olly Ophaus

Nerone Victorious in Porto Cervo
Photo of Nerone by Alessandro Spiga/YCCS. Click on image to enlarge.

Farr 40 European Circuit Porto Cervo, Italy: Despite the best efforts of teams from Germany, Monaco and Turkey, the silverware in the second leg of the Farr 40 European Circuit, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo from 29th June to 2nd July, went to an all Italian trio. Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone never relinquished the top spot they gained on Day One while the battle for second place was won in the end by Alessandro Barnaba's Fiamma ahead of Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible.

A total of eight races were held, accompanied from start to finish by strong Mistral breezes which made for thrilling racing in this competitive one-design fleet and reached 35 knots at times, keeping the fleet in port on one scheduled race day. Although Nerone chalked up four bullets over the course of the series, two wins also went to Levent Peynirci's Provezza 8 (TUR) while Fiamma and Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje Light (GER) took one victory each.

Settimana delle Bocche - Farr 40 European Circuit Overall Results:

1. Nerone. Massimo Mezzaroma / Antonio Sodo Migliori, ITA, 16 points
2. Fiamma. Alessandro Barnaba, ITA, 22
3. Enfant Terrible. Alberto Rossi, ITA, 26
4. Provezza 8. Levent Peynirci, TUR, 31
5. Charisma. Nico Poons, MON, 41
6. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 42
7. Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 47

ITC Analysis of ORC Fleet at 2011 Worlds
Preliminary parametric study made to evaluate performance of ORC rating system

For two days of inshore racing at the ORCi World Champsionship that concluded a week ago in Cres, International Technical Committee (ITC) Chairman Alessandro Nazareth was on hand to observe the fleet and the racing. He has made some preliminary observations based on some parametric analyses of the top half finishing designs in Class A and Class B, looking at the following non-dimensional parameters: LVR; Sqrt(UP SA) / VOL^0.33; Sqrt(DWN SA) / VOL^0.33; UP SA / WS; DWN SA / WS; DRAFT / IMS L; and RM / DEF RM.

A summary of the observations Nazareth has made of Class A are as follows:

All the top-finishing boats (Aniene TP52, Calipso IV Cookson 50, Airis GP42, Enfant Terrible Farr 40, Altair 3 Felci 50, Marina Kastela GS 56) have all their non-dimensional parameters on the more powerful side, meaning that the winning boats have very powerful characteristics. They are the longer and lighter boats, they have greater sail area compared to displacement and wetted surface, and they have deeper keels and so are stiffer.

The only design that has smaller ratios but is still among the top-scoring boats is the very well- sailed Man GS 4205R, a "boxy boat" with a conventional bulb-less keel, but the quasi-sistership Bohemia Express has changed their keel into adding a T bulb and thus has a higher RM. My very quick conclusion is that older "boxy" boats can survive because their narrow shape still helps them on up-and-down courses, but that the power of being light or with more sail area is allowing the more "modern" designs to be competitive with them on corrected time, and often to beat them, even on windward-leeward courses. Perhaps if there were more wind we would have seen this effect even more pronounced on the offshore races.

Class B

It is interesting to note that the Class B designs are composed completely of less powered boats. For the LVR ratio, only 5 boats have more than 5.5, a value smaller than for Class A.

Some top boats (Scugnizza, Rewind, Italia 10.98) are on the lighter (5.7) side but the NM37, Comet 38, GS40, X37 are among the top boats as well but are averaging values of 5.3-5.4.

For UP SA/VOL only very few reach the minimum of group A (5.0) and they are the lighter ones (like Scugnizza) and those GS40ʼs with overlapping jibs. The NM37, X37 and Comet 38 have average values (4.7) of the larger group.

For UPSA/WS only the two GS40ʼs with genoas reach the minimum of Class A (3.0), with the remaining having very low sail areas compared to WS.

Downwind in the top boats only Scugnizza, Scricca and the X-35 have sail areas in the average of Class A (both in SA/VOL and SA/WS).

Looking at RM/DEF RM, very few are above 1.0, which means that very few have stabilities higher than what ORC is estimating. Only the Comet 38 and Salona 34 has stability in the range of the TP52, GP42 and Cookson 50. This characteristic of the NM 38 may account for the favorable upwind speed of the NM 38.

This is a preliminary analysis, with a more in-depth study being prepared for the next ORC column in Seahorse magazine.

Other ITC news is that a Working Group studying Residual Resistance is meeting in Delft over 16-18 July to examine how to improve this algorithm in the ORC VPP.

For more information and parametric plots that accompany this analysis, and for more information about ORC rules, rating systems and events, visit

For more information, results, videos and photos from the 2011 ORCi World Championship, visit the event website at

Vale: Don Roach (1940-2011)
Don Roach The 18 Footer world is today mourning the sudden death of International Convenor Don Roach who passed away suddenly yesterday (3 July) from a suspected Heart Attack.

Don died as he lived - selflessly helping others. He was alone on his boat acting as a starter for a yacht race on Sydney Harbour. As International Convenor, Don had returned only recently from Denmark where he attended the Mark Foy Trophy international regatta.

Don's loss to the Australian 18 Footers League will be hard to replace.

In addition to his work in Sailing, what many people may not know was his achievements as an Australian Rules footballer in Melbourne and Adelaide before he moved to Sydney.

A left footed flanker, Don played his early football at West Adelaide, where he debuted in 1958. He was selected into the All-Australian team in 1961. In 1964 he moved to the Hawthorn club in Victoria, for whom he played 33 games, but returned to West Adelaide two years later where he became captain-coach and represented South Australia in the interstate carnival.

When he retired in 1972, Don's tally of games in South Australia was 204 and he had also represented SA on nine occasions.

Following his retirement as a player, Don's association in South Australia went from one success to another.

He was Chairman of Selectors, Promotions Manager of the SANFL then became General Manager of the SANFL. Finally he was inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame in 2002.

On moving to Sydney, he became CEO of the Sydney Swans, Chairman of NSWAFL Tribunal and Chairman of NSWAFL Appeals Board.

As we all agree, "Don will be greatly missed".

Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League

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