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Royal Canadian Yacht Club Has The Midas Touch
Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo. Click on image for event galleries.

Invitational Cup Newport, Rhode Island, USA: Returning to upper Narragansett Bay for the second day of the 2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex has proven beneficial for at least one of the 22 yacht club teams - Royal Canadian Yacht Club - which again displayed remarkable consistency on the race course. And in a repeat of yesterday's prevailing theme of tight competition, today's three races were won by three different clubs which means that there have been no duplicate winners thus far in the six-race series.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) team has retained the overall lead position after adding finishes of 2-4-2 to yesterday's finishes of 2-1-4 for 15 points. When they won the second race on the first day of the contest, they were given the Rolex gold spinnaker to fly in the subsequent race. And, as overall standings leader, RCYC carried the golden chute for all of today's races, and will continue that way when racing resumes tomorrow.

Racing resumes Thursday with the warning signal for the first race scheduled for 1100. Competitors leave NYYC's Harbour Court for the race course at approximately 0930 each morning. The winner of the 2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will be confirmed at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 17.

Place - Team - Country - Total Points
1. Royal Canadian, CAN, 15
2. New York, USA, 28
3. Annapolis, USA, 43
4. Newport Harbor, USA, 48
5. Japan, JPN, 48
6. Royal Cork, IRL, 51
7. Royal Hong Kong, HKG, 52
8. CYC Australia, AUS, 56
9. Royal Ocean Racing Club, GBR, 58
10. Eastern, USA, 58
11. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 65
12. YC Argentino, ARG, 71
13. Royal Norwegian, NOR, 81
14. Royal Bermuda, BER, 81
15. CN de Cascais, POR, 88
16. NJK, FIN, 88
17. Itchenor, GBR, 89
18. NRV, GER, 89
19. Royal Cape, RSA, 89
20. YC Capri, ITA, 98
21. RCN Barcelona, ESP, 107
22. YC Punta Ala, ITA, 117

Nicolas Charbonnier Wins the 22nd Trophee Clairefontaine
La Grande Motte, France: Following on from Loick Peyron in 2010, it was Nicolas Charbonnier's turn to add his name to the list of winners of the Trophee Clairefontaine of Sailing Champions after the 22nd edition held this year at La Grande Motte. As always in this unique competition, the difference was made in the very last meters of the ninth and final regatta. Nicolas Charbonnier finished ahead of Francois Gabart, who was taking part in the competition for the first time, with Pascal Bidegorry taking third place just one catamaran's length ahead of Michel Desjoyeaux at the finishing line of the final race. Michel Desjoyeaux was fourth.

Nicolas Charbonnier won by garnering points during the first of the two days of the Trophee Clairefontaine, including winning the first RAID which started the competition on Saturday, 10 September. He then demonstrated all his skill and strategy, taking four second places, and not seeking to make any spectacular feats but avoid penalties. His crew members were Tanguy Cariou and Christophe Espagnon.

Dutch skipper Carolijn Brouwer dazzled on Sunday with three wins in four Runs. As is often the case, and once again this year, the foreign newcomers to the Trophee Clairefontaine constantly improved from regatta to regatta.

Armel Le Cleac'h won a Run on Saturday and fought for all he was worth to make the podium, but the last two regattas were fatal (taking 6th and 8th places respectively), and had to be content with sixth place. Roland Jourdain and Jean- Pierre Dick had alternately good and bad spells, and closed the overall standings in that order.

Overall standings (nine heats):
1. Nicolas Charbonnier, 58 points
2. Francois Gabart, 55
3. Pascal Bidegorry, 48
4. Michel Desjoyeaux, 48
5. Carolijn Brouwer, 43
6. Armel Le Cleac'h, 38
7. Roland Jourdain, 35
8. Jean- Pierre Dick, 24

End Of Summer Offers From Laserperformance
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SailLaser will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton International Boat Show. You'll find them at Stand B031, just outside the front door of the Holiday Inn. Drop by and enquire about learing to sail, booking courses, class association race training and special offers on boats and spares. You can also enter the competition to win a Laser!

The Laser SB3 and Laser Bahia will be taking part in the Boat Show's Try Sail programme, so if you fancy a test sail, you can!

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Lighter Conditions Allow More Teams To Shine
Photo by Ian Roman, Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup in Plymouth Lighter breezes brought more players to the front of the fleet on day one of the Plymouth Match Racing Championship, with Artemis Racing winning two of today's three fleet races. With the sun beaming down on Plymouth Sound, the crowd on the Hoe was treated to a day of upsets, passing moves, and come-from-behind wins on the waters below.

Energy Team led for a good portion of the first race before losing out to Artemis Racing just towards the finish. In the second race it was Team Korea's time to shine, moving through the fleet and past Emirates Team New Zealand for a morale-boosting victory.

Emirates Team New Zealand blotted their copy book at the final start, crossing the line too early along with Aleph, with both the Kiwis and French forced to go back and play catch-up. Whereas Bertrand Pacé's French team could make little impact, Dean Barker's New Zealand crew found some great gusts and wind shifts to haul themselves right back up the fleet into second place at the finish behind Artemis Racing, in one of the more impressive performances of the day.

Surprisingly, both ORACLE Racing teams struggled on the day and sit in fifth and six place on the leaderboard. James Spithill and crew led for part of the first race but fell to finish third, in what would be their best result of the day.

The two teams who spent most of last night making various repairs to their boats ahead of today's racing - China Team and Green Comm Racing - trail the leaderboard.

The seeding races for the Plymouth Match Racing Championship continue on Thursday, with three fleet races scheduled. Racing begins at 14:10 local time (GMT+1).

All racing can be seen live on

1. Artemis Racing, 27 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 24
3. Team Korea, 23
4. Energy Team, 20
5. Oracle Racing Coutts, 20
6. Oracle Racing Spithill, 19
7. Aleph, 12
8. China Team, 9
9. Green Comm Racing, 7

* Green Comm disputes a penalty:

The team feels it was unjustly disqualified in the first race because of a penalty that didn't appear on the boat's electronic systems. According to helmsman Vasilij Zbogar, the boat's electronic systems never showed they were close to the course boundaries, let alone the fact they even got a penalty.

The crew was not aware of the penalty and so went on sailing a great race. They were always in the mix and managed to cross the finish line in fifth place, one second ahead of Russell Coutts.

Ran Increase Their Lead. Bribon's Late Title Charge Continues.
Photo by Guilain Grenier / ORACLE Racing. Click on image for photo gallery.

Medcup Barcelona Showing an impressive level of consistency in light seabreeze conditions, Niklas Zennstrom's RAN crew and the Spanish flagged team on Bribon today both proved able to exactly repeat Tuesday's excellent opening day results and so step further clear of the pack at the Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy Regatta, the Audi MedCup Circuit's title deciding finale.

For the event leaders RAN that was a win in the first race, followed by a good second place to increase their lead over Bribon by one point today, while for Bribon a third was followed up by their second race win on owner Jose Cusi's native waters at this iconic team's swansong regatta.

A seventh in the second race of the day hurt circuit leaders Quantum Racing's chances at this regatta, but the American flagged team still remain on track for the season's title with a 12 points margin.

However the remarkable rise of the Spanish flagged Bribon crew means that since the start of the Region of Sardinia in Cagliari in July they have gained 24.5 points on the Circuit leaders.

Bribon have elevated themselves to third overall for the season and this evening stand only half a point behind Italy's second placed Audi Azzurra Sailing Team.

In the Soto 40 class Iberdrola Sailing Team were on imperious form over their first two races of the regatta, winning twice by relatively comfortable margins.

Iberdrola maintained her pacemaker's position again in the second race whilst the rest of the fleet had a good race. Ngoni had better race third behind Iberostar tool four. All the boats headed left on each leg, but the wind certainly decreased as the race went on. The second Soto 40 race started in 10 knots and finished in 6-7 knots. -- Andi Robertson

Overall Conde de Godo - City of Barcelona Trophy

TP-52 (after two races)
1. RAN, SWE, 6 points
2. Bribon, ESP, 8
3. Quantum Racing, USA, 18
4. Container, GER, 20
5. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, ITA, 22
6. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, RUS, 23
7. Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, GER/FRA, 25
8. Gladiator, GBR, 26

Soto-40 (after two races)
1.Iberdrola Team, ESP, 2 points, ESP, 6
3.Iberostar, ESP, 6
4.Ngoni, GBR, 8
5.Bigamist, POR, 8
6.Visitmalta, ESP, 12
7.XXII, EUR, 16

Mariette Of 1915 Maintains Lead In Porto Cervo
Photo by Alessandro Spiga, Click on image to enlarge.

Mariette Porto Cervo, Italy: The reign of Mariette of 1915 continues on Day Two of the Veteran Big Boat Rally in Porto Cervo. The 38 metre schooner leads the overall classification with victories in corrected time in both races held. Second in the overall classification is Moonbeam IV, Xavier Tancogne's 35 metre Fife-built gaff cutter. Moonbeam IV is currently on equal points with third-place Elena; the monumental 55 metre double-masted schooner which claimed line honours in both races of the series so far. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, is due to conclude tomorrow with a third day of racing on coastal courses using the granite islands of the La Maddalena archipelago as natural buoys.

The fleet set out this morning on schedule and lined up just off Porto Cervo against the picture perfect backdrop of Sardinia's "Emerald Coast" bathed in September sunshine. With a light easterly breeze of approximately 7 to 8 knots, the classic yachts crossed the start line together headed for the strait between the mainland and the Isole delle Bisce where a fleet of spectator and press vessels observed Elena lead the fleet ahead of the 49.5 metre schooner Eleonora, Mariette and Moonbeam IV respectively. At the Secca Tre Monti rock Mariette managed to get past Eleonora and maintained second place behind Elena for the duration of the 25 mile course which then brought the fleet south to Mortoriotto and to the finish off Porto Cervo. The results of today's race in compensated time reflect the overall leader board with Mariette of 1915 taking victory ahead of Moonbeam IV and Elena.

For further information, full entry list and results please visit

Marlow Ropes Release Free iPhone App.
Marlow Ropes iPhone App Marlow Ropes are proud to announce the release of the first version of their new iPhone App. The Marlow Ropes iPhone App is free and available for everyone to download from the iTunes App Store.

The Marlow Ropes App is the first comprehensive rope information app to be released for the iPhone. It's free and easy to use, wherever you may be.

Overview The Marlow Ropes App consists of five tabs:
1. Products. Full product listings, including:
- The Grand Prix series
- Racing & Cruising
- Dinghy & Windsurf
- Mooring
- Superyachts

2. Technical. Understand your ropes with
- Splicing techniques.
- Rope care advice.
- Material Properties - + more.

3. Catalogues. The latest Marlow Catalogues in PDF format
4. Marlow TV. Sailing and rope related videos from around the world.
5. Interactive barcode reader.

- Use the inbuilt interactive barcode reader to scan the QR barcodes found on Marlow's new point of sale chandlery racking to discover further information

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Ties At Top Of Leaderboard In First Day Of Nations Cup Racing
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA: Ties at the top of both divisions marked a full day of challenging sailing at the first day of sailing in the Nations Cup Grand Final Wednesday.

In the open division, Mads Ebler (DEN) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) were tied at the top of the leaderboard with five points each, but Macgregor sailed one more race than Ebler. In the women's division, three teams were tied with five points each: 2009 Nations Cup winner Claire Leroy (FRA), Julianna Senfft (BRA) and Mandy Mulder (NED).

Moderate to strong northwest winds varied from 10 to 17 knots throughout the day, and shifts up to 30 degrees put a premium on course positioning.

One of the most exciting matches of the day was a dogfight between Ebler, ranked eighth in the world, and Macgregor, second in the women's match racing rankings.

"They were close tacking the entire time and Lucy was to leeward, tacked onto starboard a bit too close and there was contact so she got a penalty," said Henry Menin, deputy chief umpire. Macgregor attempted to draw a penalty from Ebler going downwind but he launched a classic defense to her attempt to double jib and Macgregor got her second penalty. "It was all pretty great stuff," Menin said.

In the women's division, sailed in Elliott 6m's, Senfft and Genny Tulloch (USA) sailed a match so close they exchanged leads right down to the finish line.

Race organizers plan to finish the round robin Thursday. Moderate northerly breezes and slightly bigger waves are forecast.

OK Dinghy Gear Review
Looking at the gear used by the top 10 sailors at the recent OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, Scotland it would be easy to assume that New Zealand has somewhat of a monopoly on fast OK Dinghies. Five of the hulls, six of the sails and all 10 of the masts were of New Zealand origin in some shape or form.

The event this year was mainly held in light and shifty winds, so for some sailors the value this of data is perhaps reduced, however it is true to say that the top sailors rose to the top as they normally do. There were no real surprises.

The New Zealand made OK Dinghies from Icebreaker Boats NZ seem to be the boat of choice at the moment as many of the top sailors have chosen this builder. They have also won almost every major event of the past three years.

The Icebreaker shape goes back to the late 1960s when it was one of several designs from Alf Lock of Auckland. The fastest of his boats was used to take a mould and the Icebreaker came into existence. The boat has generally flat sections aft with minimal rocker and a fine entry to the bow. Upwind it tracks well and doesn't 'float' around as some of the fuller boats do. Offwind, while a fuller bowed boat would get into the plane slightly earlier, once the Icebreaker does, it has a faster top speed. In the light it is easy to handle and not as 'sticky' as some other designs.

Before 2008, Icebreaker hulls were really hard to get hold of outside New Zealand. The Kiwis didn't want the rest of the world to buy into their fast boats, and even though the mould passed through a number of hands, there was never much interest in exporting. But all that changed when Alistair Deaves took over the well used mould, refurbished it and to started to market the boat worldwide, no doubt helped by Karl Purdie (NZL) winning the 2008 World Championships in one of the first production boats.

Full story by Robert Deaves at

Monsoon Cup Book: The Memories
The King of Malaysia pictured.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: T-Best Events, the organisers behind the hugely successful World Match Racing Tour event, the Monsoon Cup, recently released their in-house publication, the hardcover coffee-table book, Monsoon Cup 2010: The Memories. The King of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin will officiate the launch of the coffee table book, which chronicles the history of the Monsoon Cup and its impact on the Malaysian sailing scene.

The book is timely as so much has been accomplished by the Monsoon Cup over the last six years from the beginning in 2005, when former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi guided the ground-breaking ceremony of the opening of Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa; to 2010 when Monsoon Cup was recognised for its achievements at the World Match Racing Tour Awards.

Monsoon Cup 2010: The Memories provides a fascinating glimpse into how the yacht race grew from a simple vision into an internationally acclaimed event.

The book also recognises those whose endeavours have contributed to the growth and development of sailing in Malaysia. From the country's Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib to Malaysia's regal sailing champion, our very own King of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the energetic Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Datuk Sri Ahmad bin Said, Chief Minister of Terengganu and many more, whose support has made the sport what it is today. The spirit of sailing comes alive in this book that brings with it a hope and a bright future for sailing.

Monsoon Cup 2010 The Memories is priced at RM148.90 (approx. 35 Euros) and is available at all major bookstores nationwide in Malaysia. For enquiries outside Malaysia, please email

Visit the RNLI at the Southampton Boat Show
With two lifeboats afloat and a stand jam-packed with sea safety advice, children's activities, and a shop, the RNLI will be offering visitors to this year's Southampton Boat Show a chance to find out more about the charity's lifesaving work on stand B9.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members will be on hand to show visitors around an all-weather Severn class lifeboat on marina berth M554 and an Atlantic type inshore lifeboat in berth M488. In 2010, RNLI lifeboats launched over 8,700 times and the crew will be able to answer questions about their training and the equipment they need to save lives at sea.

Visitors can see the crew put that training into practice on board the inshore lifeboat during live rescue demonstrations with a Coastguard helicopter over both weekends of the show. Anyone planning to put on their own foul weather gear and spend time on the water before winter draws in can get free friendly advice from the RNLI's sea safety volunteers on stand B9. Find out about cold water shock and why lifejackets are an essential piece of kit for anyone venturing out on the water - as well as how to choose, fit and maintain one.

The RNLI will also be encouraging anyone who enjoys going afloat to show their support for the charity by signing up as a member and committing to regular donations.

There's also a chance to do some lifesaving shopping at the RNLI shop. The RNLI stand is part of the RYA's treasure hunt, and those on the trail for hidden trophies will get a stamp and an activity book if they visit the charity.

On Ladies' Day (Thursday 22 September) volunteer crew member Jo Lynas from Angle lifeboat station will be gearing up the girls for a tough competition. She'll be laying down the challenge to see who can get into lifeboat kit the fastest during the Get Your Kit On competition at the Sea Theatre Live! at 3pm.

The RNLI will be at stand B9 and on berths M488 and M554 for the duration of the Southampton Boat Show.

Jean-Marc Allaire Found Dead
Jean-Marc Allaire On Monday the 12th of September at about 09:00 a.m, the Cap Ferret's semaphore was warned by the fishing boat "Atalante" that a sailboat "Karantez VI" - Pogo 2 6,50 - was under full sails without people aboard. The sailboat was adrift, 8 nautical miles (14km) from Cap-Ferret.

The customs plane from Bordeaux has rerouted to position of the boat. The security helicopter "Dragon33" was sent in the area to the initial researches of man overboard.

Around 10:00 a.m., the body of a man around 40 years old, wearing integrated buoyancy clothes with the name of the boat on it, was found by a yachtsman on Lege Cap-Ferret's beach.

Jean-Marc Allaire's body was then identified by the Gendarmerie. His family was soon after informed.

Jean-Marc Allaire was to participate to the Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 2011, single-handed transatlantic, that will leave on Sunday the 25th of September.

The Classe Mini, its member and the entire Mini community, Grand Pavois Organisation, its President, its board of directors and the race comity of the Transat 6.50 share the immense pain of the death of Jean-Marc and their thoughts are with his loved ones in this tragic death.

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