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60% Of The Fleet Within 60 Minutes
Photo Alexis Courcoux Jean-Christophe Marmara / Le Figaro. Click on image to enlarge.

Today in Caen, the day after the finish of the first light and demanding leg of La Solitaire du Figaro it it time to review the race standings; there is plenty of hope as 60% of the fleet remain within 60 minutes of the leader. Fabien Delahaye wins at home, but there is still opportunities for the competition to make up on the lost time. The prospects are slightly less bright for the last 13 competitors who are more than 2 hours and 45 minutes behind the leader on an event where the cumulative time over the course of four legs. The Jury have reviewed 11 cases and applied time penalties to seven competitors.

From first to ninth placed Nicolas Lunven, who toyed with the lead for most of the race, there are just 17 minutes and 46 seconds. Not until 18th placed Romain Attanasio (Saveól) do we see the time deficit build to 30 minutes.   Incredibly seven of the ten newcomers to the race are within the top thirty and 60 minutes from the leader. Two sailors of note that are lagging behind could be Eric Peron (Macif 2009) who finishes 34th and 1 hour and 26 minutes from the leader and in particular Francisco Lobato (ROFF), in 36th, 3 hours, 15 minutes and 59 seconds behind. Lobato, who suffered a similar bad start to the season last year to go on and get a sixth place on the second leg, is still considered to be one to watch for by his fellow competitors. Then towards the tail end of the fleet there is disappointment for some, particularly Yoann Richomme (DLBC), Marc Emig (Ensemble autour du monde) and Sam Goodchild (Artemis). 

Eleven complaints have been filed and have being processed by the Jury of the 42nd Solitaire du Figaro this afternoon. The protests generally relate to broken seals, the loss of the light anchor not rounding correctly certain course marks. Seven of the eleven penalised sailors have been given a time penalty. FredericDuthil (Sepalumic) get a one hour penalty to his overall race time for not respecting the Cussy mark. Jean-Paul Mouren (SNEF) is also given an hour penalty for not crossing the finish line properly. The three boats with broken propellor shaft seals have been given the minimum penalty time of 20 minutes, as it was deemed that no personal gain was obtained: Phil Sharp (The Spirit of Independence), Conrad Humphreys (DMS) and Thierry Chabagny (Gedimat) all are penalised 20 minutes. The Race Committee protested against Marc Emig (Ensemble autour du monde) whose  position was not showing on the AIS (tracking sytem), which was believed to be unintentional. Marc was penalised 12 minutes. The other cases all related to the loss of light anchors and were not given time penalities: David Sineau (Britanie Cosmetics), Sebastien Picault (Kickers), Frederic Duthil, Eric Drouglazet(Luisina).

Top ten after jury decisions

1. Fabien Delahaye, Port De Caen Ouistreham
2. Gildas Morvan, Cercle Vert
3. Jean-Pierre Nicol, Bernard Controls
4. Jeremie Beyou, BPI
5. Xavier Macaire, Starter Active Bridge
6. Thomas Rouxel, Bretagne Credit Mutuel Performance
7. Laurent Pellecuer, Atelier D'architecture Jean Pierre Monier
8. Nicolas Lunven, Generali
9. Erwan Tabarly, Nacarat
10. Eric Drouglazet, Luisina

Bribon and Earlybird Take Another Step Towards the Copa Del Rey
Palma de Mallorca, Spain: After a postponement ashore of approximately an hour due to the lack of wind, races today could finally start at 13:00 hours as scheduled. Bribon, Earlybird, Rats on Fire and Movistar consolidate their lead in IRC A, RC1 and 2 respectively, after their victories in today's high scoring coastal race, which carried a 2 points multiplier.

In IRC A Bribon holds to the lead after the TP52 steered by Galicia born skipper Gonzalo Araújo won today's coastal race. Hispano steered by HRH Felipe de Borbon drops to fifth after finishing today's coastal track in the same position after times were compensated. In IRC B, German flagged Earlybird holds to the lead in spite of her coastal third place, thus ending their winning streak of six bullets.

While the Copa's largest vessels enjoyed the coastal track, the newcomer Melges 32 fleet run two windward leeward races which saw America's Cup skipper Cameron Appelton's Argo win again on the first one, dropping to fifth in the second, nevertheless extending her advantage upon second to seven points. Nicola Celon's 32 footer follows in the overall classification after second and fourth places, and the world champions B-Lin drops to third after a fourth and a seventh.

The scoreboard gets tighter in J-80 after world champion Nextel Engineering of Ignacio Camino lost out to Jose Maria van der Ploeg's Factor Energia - Great Sailing Quum, which takes the lead after a second and a first.

In X-35 the Italian fleet conquers the podium after Hotelplan was first and second thus holding to the lead, Tixelio is second thanks to a win in today's second race, tied in points with Ave Maria of Marco Balbo.

Both RI fleets also had their coastal race today, but the committee decided to shorten it down to 24 miles after the wind started loosing its strength. Rats on fire is leader after today's clear win, and Movistar leads in RI 2 after finishing first ahead of Power Plate.

Farr 40 European Championship
Preparations are already underway in Istanbul, Turkey for the 12th edition of the Farr 40 European Championship. Racing in the event, organized by the Farr 40 Class Association in collaboration with Marmara Sailing Club (MSC), begins on 13th October 2011 and will continue through Sunday 16th October. Although entries do not officially close until 1st September a fleet of as many as 17 Farr 40 yachts is expected to participate.

This will be the first time that the European Championship has been held in Turkey and organizers are confident that the meteorological conditions and the facilities at Ataköy Marina, which was recently awarded a Blue Flag and is the first Marina in Turkey to hold the Five Golden Anchors award, will make for an excellent regatta.

The European Championship will take place immediately after the third leg of the European Circuit, also set to be held in Istanbul from 9th to 11th October, so crews will have plenty of time to familiarize themselves with the conditions on the Sea of Marmara off Istanbul.

Current Farr 40 European Champions Nerone (ITA), owned by Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori, are looking forward to racing in the new location as long-time tactician Vasco Vascotto explained: “This is a great opportunity to race in a fantastic location like Istanbul. Nerone, as current title holder, couldn’t miss out on this appointment. There are also some new Turkish boats so this will be a great occasion for the class, which is more vibrant than ever.”

Bainbridge International Introduces Membrane Sails
As part of Bainbridge International's continuous development program, we are excited to introduce our first Membrane sail construction. We are now able to offer the sailmaker a bespoke load path membrane system.

Diax2 Membrane is designed to give the sailmaker a stronger, lighter, high performance membrane made to their exact specifications. DIAX2M utilises advanced fibre stringing techniques and is available in a variety of styles and fibre types, with the race version featuring clear films and the cruise version with double taffetas. Single and internal taffetas are also available.

Playing a vital part in the launch our new membrane sail construction is the creation of - an interactive trade website which allows the sailmaker easy access to accurate membrane quotes.

For more information on new DIAX2M or to request samples of any of our products, please contact your local sailmaker or email us at

Volvo Gill Optimist U. K. National Championships
Photo by Paul Wyeth, Click on image to enlarge.

The great sailing conditions continued at Pwllheli Sailing Club today (Wednesday 3rd August) on the third day of the Volvo Gill Optimist Open and National Championships. The Senior and Junior fleets managed two good races each, showcasing some fantastic sailing. The South Westerly wind, around 7-8 knots died around mid-afternoon preventing a third race for the sailors.

After a total of 6 races New Zealand’s Markus Somerville (15, Wakatere BC) and Leonard Takahashi-Fry (13, Murrays Bay SC) currently lead the Senior fleet in first and second places. Top British sailor Arran Holman (14, Hollowell SC) moves down to third place followed by USA’s William Logue (13, Riverside YC).

After four race wins so far, 2011 Volvo Gill Optimist Spring Champion, Max Clapp  (12, Royal Southern YC) still remains at the top of the Junior fleet followed by local sailor Huw Edwards ( 12, Port Dinorwic) who won both his races today.

After seven races Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s Matilda Nicholls (10) still stays at the top of the Regatta Racing followed by Ellen Main (10, Warsash SC).

Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow (Thursday 4th August) at 11.00 am with the fleets re-flighting into Gold and Silver.

For full results visit

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Last month's winner:

Phil Sharp (GBR)
‘The most irritating man I know, it pains me to vote for him but he has an ability to drive himself harder than anyone I have ever raced’ - Simon Hiscocks; ‘Top bloke and one of the few solo guys who can get a 49er round in 20kt’ - Simon Marks; ‘A machine on the water and Britain’s best hope for a Vendée win - please give cash!’ - Toby Smith; ‘Determined, focussed and not a bad brother’ - Carolyn Sharp; ‘UK sailing’s best-kept secret...’ - Rod Challinor.

This month's nominees:

Rob Weiland (NED)
If there is anyone who has done a better job of steering a top-end class through troubled times than Weiland did with the TP52 we want to hear about it. Transform your class in a financial maelstrom... you’d have to be mad. Yet today the TP is now once again delivering the best grand prix racing on the planet. Oh, and Weiland was peerless too in his previous role as one of the world’s very best raceboat build managers

Udo Schutz (GER)
Of course, it helps when a class manager (above) with a perfect grasp of how an owner-funded fleet operates is backed by customers who also understand the game inside-out. This year Schütz did not have time to build his own new Container, as usual, but following an expensive disappointment with the still-born STP65s his last-minute commitment to the TP52 ‘class of 2011’ is being rewarded with a string of good results in the Audi MedCup

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

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Flyer 30th Anniversary Crew Reunion Search For Crew Members! 
Flyer, Whitbread Round The World Race 1977-78. Photo by Alistair Black / PPL  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dutchman Conny van Rietschoten's second victory in the Whitbread Round the World Race when his 76ft Frers designed maxi Flyer won both line and handicap honours. To mark the occasion, the Flyer crew is planning a grand reunion in Alicante, Spain, to coincide with the start of this year’s Volvo Ocean Race.

For many of the young men from that crew, and Conny's previous Whitbread race winning S&S designed ketch also called Flyer who won handicap honours in the 77-78 Race, these campaigns were the starting point to glittering careers. 

Gerry Dijkstra, the Flyer navigator and watch leader in '77-78, is now a world authority on superyacht design and rigs. Fellow Dutchman and watchleader Aedgard - Koeke - Koekebakker went on to become Conny's right hand man for the second successful campaign four years later and has since been cruising the world in his own built yacht.   Grant Dalton, the sailmaker on Flyer  in 1981-2 went on to win the Whitbread in his own right with NZ Endeavour in 1993-94 and is leading the Camper entry in this year's Volvo race in between co-ordinating New Zealand's next America's Cup campaign in 2013.  Erle Williams, who joined Flyer  for the 1981-82 Race as an 18-year old looking international sailing experience, has since made his mark at every level of the sport from the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, to racing maxi yachts like George David's 100ft Rambler and will be onboard her next week for an attempt on the Rolex Fastnet Race record.

Onne van der Wal went on to become a successful photographer in Newport, Rhode Island,  Bill Biewenga is now a world authority on marine weather systems and Daniel Wlochovski, Flyer's French navigator in 1981-2 who helped test and perfect the first B&G digital sailing instrument systems on the Dutch maxi, went on to represent B&G in France, and is now a French television executive. Dr Julian Fuller, who saved Conny's life when he suffered a heart attack during the height of battle against Peter Blake's Ceramco NZ during that tight race across the Southern Ocean from Cape Town to Auckland in '81, is now a leading New Zealand anaesthetist. Others like John Vitali, Joey Allen and Warwick Buckley have made names for themselves in yacht construction and sailing. Steve Harrison, Flyer's rigger in 81-82 went on to do the same for Alan Bond's Australia America's Cup campaigns and was last heard from working on the Cup yachts in San Diego.

We are looking to locate Steve and other Flyer heroes whose wakes have faded, to join us for a Flyer reunion dinner to be held during the Volvo Legend's Regatta 1st-5th November in Alicante on the eve of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. 

These are the crew we are looking to contact:

Flyer: 1977-78
Hugh Wilson - UK
Bert Dijkema - Neth
Bruce Ashwood - UK
Marcel Laurin - France
Chris Moselen - NZ
Rod White - UK
John Anderson - UK

Flyer: 1981-82
Stephen Harrison - Australia
Patrick Antelme - France
Dick Reidel - Neth

If anyone knows of their whereabouts, please would they contact Barry Pickthall at:

Experience Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 with Ondeck
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This year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is shaping up to be one of the best ever with great new attractions both on and off he water for competitors and spectators alike.

Ondeck are pleased to be offering our ‘Rock up and Race’ & high speed RIB experiences for you to get fully immersed in this world class event. A limited amount of individual daily racing places are available for people of all ages and abilities with professional crew, tuition & equipment supplied.

The hour long RIB rides throughout the event are also a great way to get right into the heart of the action. Get those photos just not possible from the shore.

Bookings can be made by contacting or by phoning +44 (0)1983 284300. Alternatively, visit our hospitality area in Cowes Yacht Haven during the event.

Russian Match Racers March On
Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina maintained her 100% record in the Women’s Match Racing competition after another light wind day at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the London 2012 Olympic Test Event.

Skudina won gold at Kieler-Woche and narrowly missed out on a top three spot in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series by virtue of podium places with Sally Barkow pipping her to third spot. But the Russian has been in fantastic form since she got to Weymouth brushing Anna Kjellberg (SWE), Olivia Price (AUS), Rita Goncalves (POR) and Silja Lehtinen (FIN) aside today to be the only match racer to head into the last day of the Round Robin with a perfect record.

Lehtinen entered the second day of racing with a 100% record but she was defeated in her first race of the day by the in-form Skudina. Nonetheless the Finnish sailor went on to defeat Sally Barkow (USA), Lotte Meldgaard (DEN) and Claire Leroy (FRA) to head into the third days sailing and the final day of the Women’s Match Racing Round Robins with a 7-1 record.

Great Britain’s Lucy Macgregor bounced back following a disappointing opening day which saw the Brit win one out of four races. But on day two Macgregor, sailing with Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor, won all four of her races to move back into the mixer for a Quarter Final place.

Sally Barkow (USA) and Mandy Mulder (NED) won three races each and lost the other on the second day. Barkow has a record of 5-2 and Mulder sits 5-3 having raced an extra race after the final flight on day one was postponed until day three.

The Women’s Match Racing Round Robins conclude tomorrow as the eight Quarter Finalists are decided. The Men’s and Women’s RS:X sailors start the fleet racing action with two races scheduled to start at 12:00 local time.

The Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s 470 fleets also take to the water tomorrow for their practice races.

Mirella Wins Wight Vodka’s Most Stylish Crew Award at Panerai British Classic Week
Photo of Yvon Nicholas by Mark Lloyd, Panerai/Lloyd Images,

Cowes, England: 71 beautiful yachts competed in 2011’s Panerai British Classic Week, with Mirella winning Wight Vodka’s ‘Most Stylish Crew’ award.

Mary Scott-Jackson, the main organiser of this historic event, said “This year’s Panerai British Classic Week saw excellent racing on the water and fabulous social events shore side. Though the ultimate goal of every yacht was to place in the top of their class, we decided to present a few ‘fun’ awards as well, from the ‘Shaken not Stirred’ award for the crew going above and beyond the call of duty, to the ‘Stiff Drink Award’ for the crew getting into (and hopefully out of) a rather harrowing experience. Wight Vodka’s Most Stylish Crew Award was won by Yvon Nicholas’s Mirella crew, as they definitely lived up to the very high standards of the owner and skipper, and of course the beautiful yacht they sailed.”

The overall class winners of the Panerai British Classic Week included:

Class 1 - R A Rankin’s 1985 12 Metre ‘Italia’
Class 2 - John Lister’s 1937 ‘Wings’
Class 3 and overall Regatta Winner - Sir Michael Briggs’s 1904 ‘Mikado’
Class 4 - David Myatt’s 1948 ‘Marguerite’

Ritu Manocha, owner of the Wight Vodka brand, commented:”We just love working with Mary Scott-Jackson and Scott MacLeod as they are so passionate about delivering extraordinary regattas. The Panerai British Classic Week was enjoyed by all, and I’m glad the skipper and crew of Mirella were recognized for their achievement. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the British Classic Week.”

To find out more about Panerai British Classic Week please check out the website

About 50° North
50° North are the creators of Wight Vodka. The company’s spirit and enthusiasm for the ocean, coupled with the centuries-old regatta traditions of the Isle of Wight (and of course a full appreciation of superior vodka!) culminated in the creation of the world’s smoothest, 42% ABV potato-based vodka. One sip of Wight Vodka will make a believer out of the most discerning connoisseur, and the company welcomes your joining a unique and elite class.
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Nominations are now invited for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing.

Nominations may be made by anyone and the only criterion is "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing" during the qualifying period of 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2011.

Nominations should be sent to ISAF by 12:00 (UTC) on Wednesday 7 September 2011 using the Official Nomination Form, available at

A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up by ISAF from all those received by the deadline and those making the cut will go on to become the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2011 Nominees. The 137 ISAF Member National Authorities will then vote for one male and one female nomination who they believe should win the Award.

The winners will be announced at the Awards dinner on Tuesday 8 November in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the host city for the ISAF Annual Conference.

Previous winners:

2011 Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Blanca Manchon (ESP)
2009 Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2008 Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA)
2007 Ed Baird (USA) and Claire Leroy (FRA)
2006 Mike Sanderson (NZL) and Paige Railey (USA)
2005 Fernando Echavarri & Anton Paz (ESP) and Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2004 Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2003 Russell Coutts (SUI) and Siren Sundby (NOR)
2002 Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2001 Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2000 Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl (USA) and Shirley Robertson (GBR)
1999 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Margriet Matthijse (NED)
1998 Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Carolijn Brouwer (NED)
1997 Pete Goss (GBR) and Ruslana Taran & Elena Pakholchik (UKR)
1996 Jochen Schümann (GER) and Lai Shan Lee (HKG)
1995 Russell Coutts (NZL) and Isabelle Autissier (FRA)
1994 Peter Blake (NZL) & Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) and Theresa Zabell (ESP)

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The Last Word
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