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High Fives For Robertson and Ainslie but Williams in Trouble
Ben Ainslie (GBR), Team Origin. Photo by Sander van der Borch / Subzero Images. Click on image for event gallery.

Monsoon Cup Team New Zealand WAKA Racing led by Phil Robertson and Ben Ainslie's Team Origin gave awesome displays by winning all their five races today to position themselves in a firmly for the quarter-finals berth.

However, it was a great day for Robertson as his team scalped the two top teams on the World Match Racing Tour - Adam Minoprio's Black Match Racing, also from New Zealand and Torvar Mirsky's Mirsky Racing from Australia. Adding to that glamorous wins, Robertson also inflicted defeat on Peter Gilmour's YANMAR Racing.

Yesterday, Robertson also defeated Ian Williams' Team Pindar.

Ainslie said it was good t see some interesting races today.

'Obviously we are happy with the wins. The difficult part is if we can still hold on for tomorrow's races because the ground conditions are not always the same. Today's conditions suit us well and thus we were able to take control of the boat well,' he said.

Sadly, reigning world champion Ian Williams and his Team Pindar are facing an early exit. Boasting of only three wins and six defeats after two days, Williams said he was worried.

'Things didn't go our way. We are in trouble. It was very frustrating for us today,' said Williams, adding to he has to win all his remaining races tomorrow to stay alive for the quarter-finals.

The Monsoon Cup will be streamed live to the Internet throughout the day at, and Daily half hour highlights shows will be broadcast worldwide along with short news highlights and key matches. The action will be broadcast Live on Saturday and Sunday between 3-5pm local time. Key networks include Eurosport, Eurosport Asia Pacific, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports US, SKY NZ, ESPN Star, Showtime Middle East, America One, SKY UK, Sport Max Caribbean, CNBC Asia Pacific, BT Vision.

Day 2 (03/12/09) Round Robin Results after flight 13

Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin, 7 / 2
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 6 / 3
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team, 6 / 3
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge, 5 / 4
Sebastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/ALL4ONE, 5 / 3 *
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 5 / 3 *
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing, 4 / 4 *
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 4 / 4 *
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 4 / 5
Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar, 3 / 6
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Team Azzurra, 3 / 6
Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (MAS) Taring Pelangi Team, 0 / 9

* only eight matches sailed

Holmberg and Gram-Hansen Remain Undefeated at Carlos Aguilar
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, ISV) - The first flights of Round Robin 1 at the 2nd Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race were sailed today. Many of the races started with both boats heading on starboard right into the seawall in front of the competitors.

When Peter Holmberg introduced his team at the skippers meeting, he said, "Don't call us old, call us wise."

The team came out of match racing retirement and is performing like the Come Back Kids. They won all five flights that they sailed today. Their closest match was against defending champion, Taylor Canfield and his team, who were also undefeated going into the fifth and final flight in the Open Division.

Jes Gram-Hansen and his sunburned Danish team also went undefeated today. Hansen is pleased with the team's performance, but he said, "We're on vacation and trying to spend as much time on the beach while we are here." -- Lynn Fitzpatrick

Open Division 2nd Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race Results following 5 flights in Round Robin 1

Frits Bus (AHO)- 5L, 0W
Taylor Canfield (ISV)- 1L, 4W
Juan Carlos Escobar (ESA) - 5L, 0W
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) - 0L, 5W
Chris Haycraft (IVB) - 4L, 1W
Peter Holmberg (ISV) - 0L, 5W
Dave Perry (USA) - 1L, 4W
Colin Rathbun (IVB) - 4L, 1 W

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Global Ocean Race Details Announced
In accordance with the contract signed between the Class40 Association and Global Ocean Sailing Ventures Ltd, organisers of the Global Ocean Race 2011-12, further details of the event can be announced.

The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 will be a double-handed only race. Team entries of up to a maximum of six people will be allowed, although only one crew change per leg will be permitted to ensure that there is good continuity onboard each Class40.

For Race Director of the Global Ocean Race, Josh Hall, the double-handed decision is a perfect fit with the event. "We have been contacted by over 70 prospective entrants so far and they have, bar two enquiries, been from double-handed projects," confirms Hall. "In addition, Class40 and ourselves have canvassed the Class40 membership and the overwhelming desire is that the 2011-12 event has the clarity and focus of having one division only and our Notice of Race has been amended accordingly," he continues. "At this point, nine entries have signed up for the Global Ocean Race and judging from the quality of enquiries we are receiving, we anticipate filling our entry list very quickly now." In line with Class40 Rules, weather routing will also be banned in the Global Ocean Race 2011-12.

The principles of the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 are as follows:
1. Class40 boats only
2. Double-handed entries only
3. A maximum of 20 boats plus five invited boats will allowed in the race
4. Team entries of up to six people permitted with one crew change allowed per leg of the Global Ocean Race
5. All entrants will be screened by the Organisers and Class40 Association for competence
6. All entrants will be required to complete a qualifying passage at the Organiser's discretion
7. All boats are required to comply with Category 0, Class40 Rules and the Notice of Race
8. All boats will be required to achieve a 180 degree self-righting test
9. The Global Ocean Race will start and finish in a European Port (negotiations with various Ports are in progress)
10. Stopovers are confirmed as Cape Town (RSA), Wellington (NZ), Ilhabela (BRA), Charleston (USA)

Copies of the Notice of Race are available on request.

Entries to date at

The Snubbing Of Mike Perham
At the risk of sounding like Martyn Lewis, the former BBC newsreader panned for wanting more 'good news' broadcast, there seems to me to be some niggardly decisions being made by the scribes who belong to the committee of the Yachting Journalists' Association.

Here they are the hacks who earn their bread and butter from observing the sailing of others, deliberately consigning the nominations for a teenage solo circumnavigator to receive their annual gong to the re-cycling bin.

Surely a 17-year-old sailing alone around the world - part of that voyage in the feared Southern Ocean - is worth acknowledging? I do not know how many of them have sailed around the world single-handed, but this is a mule-headed decision whichever way up you view it.

In an age where teenagers are dying on the streets of Britain from stab wounds, a sound lad like young Mike should be 'flagged up' as a beacon of hope to the dysfunctional, the dispossessed and the damned.

Shame on you YJA. -- Dick Durham in his blog at
* Editor... check out Dick's piece on the President of Iran... "ArmaniDinnerJacket".

For the full story see Yachting Monthly's January issue out soon.

Stamm Signs On for Vendee 2012 with a New Boat
Pierre Landolt (SUI) President of the Fondation de Famille Sandoz ,Bernard Stamm (SUI) skipper, and Bertrand Cardis (SUI) of "DECISION.SA". Photo by Thierry Martinez, Click on image to enlarge.

Bernard Stamm Bernard Stamm will be taking part in the 2012 Vendee Globe at the helm of a 60-foot IMOCA boat built in Switzerland at Decision S.A and designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the Franco-Argentinean designer. This project was made possible thanks to the Landolt family, Bernard's long time loyal partner.

Bernard Stamm's 60-foot IMOCA will also be used as a platform for scientific research around the oceans. For this purpose a scientific committee bringing together scientists from the world of oceanography and the Lausanne Technical School (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) will be led by Oceanopolis (the Brest Marine Institute).

Initially, this group of experts will be determining which project (s) will be followed over the next few years. Alongside Oceanopolis, who will be managing the project, and the Lausanne School, there will also be scientists from the development research institute, from the national Engineering school, from the Breton maritime centre, the European marine university institute, the French oceanographic institution, Climsat and Meteo France.

It was Marc Edouard Landolt, who enabled Bernard to build his first 60-foot boat aboard which he lined up at the start of the 2000 Vendee Globe. The two men have known each other for a long time. To explain, Bernard Stamm was working at the 'l'Abordage' yard in Pully, after years in the merchant navy. He was preparing Marc Edouard Landolt's boat that was skippered by Bertrand Cardis, the Director of the Decision S.A yard... Pierre Landolt, the late Marc Edouard's brother, continued to support Bernard and decided through the family foundation to build this new boat. When Bernard Stamm and Pierre Landolt thought of Decision S.A. for the construction of the 60-foot boat, everything fell neatly into place: "This is a joint project," explained Bertrand Cardis.

It is the Landolt family, who will be the owner of the new 60-foot boat and as soon as the boat is built, another loyal partner will be joining the project to work alongside Bernard on his race programme - Cheminees Poujoulat, which has been the sponsor of the Swiss skipper for many years now.

Henri Lloyd Presence at Paris Boat Show
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What is the Current State of Sailing Sponsorship?
The World Yacht Racing Forum asks sports marketing consultant Nick Masson to share his views on the current state of sailing sponsorship. Nick is CEO of Crossinitiatives and a specialist in strategy, planning and project management. Well known in the sport of sailing, Masson also works for brands, rights holders and teams across a variety of sports.

WYRF: How difficult is it currently to talk about the sport of sailing to potential partners? How does it compare with one / five years ago?

Nick Masson: The market was very strong until the summer of 2007. The economy worldwide was going well and companies were investing for brand growth. In September 07, unsurprisingly the lights went out and people stopped answering the phone (not just for sailing projects: sponsorship in general was affected). This period lasted until about three months ago, and we are now seeing much more activity.

WYRF: So the mentality of the market has changed?

Nick Masson: It has taken companies some time to evaluate the impact the financial crisis would have on their business. They have now by-enlarge re-planned their business and have a clearer view on future performance as a result they are again looking for new ideas and projects to stimulate brand performance. There are a few examples in sailing: Addidas and the French/German America's Cup team, the Louis Vuitton Series, Audemars Piguet supporting l'Hydroptre... And the good news is that more people seem to be taking the long term view.

WYRF: What are according to you the most important sailing properties from a commercial standpoint?

Nick Masson: "Obviously the Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup jump to mind. The Extreme Series is also a good example. This event provides the sponsors with regular, accessible racing, on an annual basis. The Series do a great job at bringing the events to the public and not the contrary, like most events try to do. The purity of the racing is sometimes compromised by the need to be close to the public but it is usually well accepted by the sailing community and delivers exciting easy to follow entertainment for the uninitiated. The Vendee Globe is huge in France and it's great to see a growing interest from other countries. Another successful but different approach is Rolex's, they have built an excellent portfolio of iconic events creating a strong emotional link with the sailing community."

Full interview at

Short Tacks
* A new feature is being added to the Newport Bermuda race web site: a series of articles titled "How to Win." Pulled from John Rousmaniere's extensive research about the race, these articles feature the tactics, strategies and skills exhibited by successful race competitors. Read the first entry about Carleton Mitchell and his famous Finisterre, and visit the website often for future stories.

* Management of the Farr 30 Class is now solely in the hands of the International Class Association and their elected representatives on the World Council, Deneen Demourkas (USA) President, Nicolas Abiven (FRA) Vice President and Dr. Harald Bruening (GER) Treasurer. The World Council has appointed Carole Abbott, long time European Class Secretary to the position of International Class Secretary where she will facilitate the day to day operations of the International Class.

The Farr 30, originally known as the Mumm 30, designed by renowned naval architect Bruce Farr in 1995 has survived the test of time and innovation. Fast, fun to sail in all conditions and not for the faint of heart in big breeze, the Farr 30 is revered by her owners worldwide.

For further information please contact Carole Abbott at: Seahorse Building, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 3SE, UK or via email at:

* Preparations for Cork Week 2010, Ireland's most prestigious yachting regatta are well underway, the management team have been hard at work and a new web site is now on line.

In the Notice of Race, Mike McCarthy, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club gives an address which outlines the response to feedback given to the Club about the last event. Cork Week 2010 will have significant cost reductions to competitors, right across the board. Entry fees and accommodation have been reduced by 20-25%. Early arrivals will stay in the marina free and there are significant reductions in lift out and car park fees.

The management team is also keen to encourage participation by charter companies and corporate entries and plans are in place to offer assistance to ensure that Cork Week is a fun-filled regatta for all.

* Multi One Design S.A. has selected the shipyards that will be in charge of the construction of the 12 Multi One Design 70': CDK Technologies in Port-La-Foret (France), Decision in Ecublens (Switzerland) and Multiplast in Vannes (France). Combining French and Swiss know-how, the three world famous shipyards will give birth to the first MOD 70' in October 2010.

Four new additional units will be produced each year, which will allow the start of the first phase of the Multi One Championship, the European Tour, in June 2012.

CDK Technologies, in Port-La-Foret, was chosen as project manager for the construction of the MOD 70'. This shipyard will concentrate on the construction of the central hull and the boats assembling. CDK have been building numerous Formula 1 of the seas, particularly Banque Populaire V, actual 24-hour and Atlantic record holder.

The construction of the beams will be the responsibility of the Decision shipyard, in Switzerland.

The construction of the hulls, will be assigned to the Multiplast shipyard in Vannes.

Other shipyards will join this pool of official MOD 70' shipyards, for the construction of the appendices and rigging. --

* More than 100 entries have been received for the CST Composites International 14 World Championship to be sailed on Sydney Harbour after Christmas.

Entries to date total 102 and that includes representatives from Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Japan, the USA and a solid contingent from around Australia.

Current Australian I14 champion Brad Devine says he is looking forward to the regatta and plans to arrive with his new boat just after Christmas.

Devine has built a new Bieker 5 design he bought as a set of moulds from Canada and is pleased with the result.

Devine said he had to break his successful partnership with Ian "Footy" Furlong after the 108kg for'ard hand took up work on drilling rigs off the West Australian coast. He has however teamed up with Dennis Jones who has an impressive sailing record which includes coaching at Olympic level in the Int 470 class. --

Charity Auctions
* The International Optimist Association is auctioning sail number '6000' to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the auction will go the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

Bidding is now open and closes at 7pm Sunday 13 December 2009

The bid site is Ebay:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for everybody to have a shot at owning this unique sail number.

"There are a lot of superstitions surrounding sail numbers, particularly round numbers which many people believe to be lucky. So to own a cherished sail number like 6000 is something really special. We hope that everyone will have a bid and help to raise money for the John Merricks Sailing Trust". David Baddeley, Technical Officer for the International Optimist Class Association (UK)

The sail number 6000 has been kindly donated by the RYA, (Royal Yachting Association) an Issuing Authority for Optimist sail numbers in the UK, to the International Optimist Association.

* A high tech Mach 2 boat - best described as a foiling Moth speed machine - worth approx $20,000 will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for international children's charity, Variety.

The donated boat is courtesy of McConaghy, which has signed on as a partner of Australia's largest sailing event, Audi Victoria Week. Variety is the event's official charity and proceeds from the auction will provide equipment, facilities and experiences for children with special needs.

The owners of McConaghy, Mark Evans and Jono Morris, say the aim of the partnership is to support the sport of sailing and benefit the community.

The Mach 2 will be on display at the Melbourne Docklands and Waterfront Geelong during Audi Victoria Week and the auction will be launched on Thursday 21 January.

Audi Victoria Week is expected to attract more than 450 competing yachts over six days of competition from 21 - 26 January, 2010.

Further information at:

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The Last Word
To gulp down anger is the most courageous act one can perform. One who does it becomes humble. -- Meher Baba

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