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Spectacular Opening Day in Palma for Melges 32 Worlds
Photo by Nico Martinez, www.nicomartinez.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Melges 32 Worlds Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Far beneath the air traffic of Palma's very busy airport, the opening day of the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP), was remarkable. Brilliant sunny skies, 10-12 knots of breeze and lumpy seas set the stage on Palma Bay. After two races, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti with tactician Vasco Vascotto holds the lead by one point, ahead of Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and tactician Francesco Bruni in second overall. Seated in third is fellow American Alexis Michas on Zetiana with Brian Ledbetter onboard calling tactics.

Even lighter air is in the forecast for Wednesday, however racing is expected to begin on schedule.

Top Ten Results
1. John Kilroy/Vasco Vascotto, Samba Pa Ti; 5-1 = 6
2. Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni, Mascalzone Latino; 2-5 = 7
3. Alexis Michas/Brian Ledbetter, Zetiana; 8-2 = 10
4. Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, ARGO; 3-12 = 15
5. Geoff Pierini/Steve Hunt, Sicktrix; 12-4 = 16
6. Wolfgang Stolz/Jesper Radich, Opus One; 9-7 = 16
7. Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 4-14 = 18
8. Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 10-9 = 19
9. John Porter/Jonathan McKee, Full Throttle; 7-15 = 22
10. Filippo Pacinotti/Danielle Cassinari, Brontolo HH; 13-11 = 24

Event site: www.cyberaltura.com/melges32/

Artemis 2011 International 14 World Championships
The last day of racing at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) provided a nail biting finish to the championships. David Campbell-James, the Principal Race Officer did a fantastic job to squeeze in Races 6 and 7 before the 1400 time limit, especially considering the fleet arrived out in Weymouth bay to be greeted by a fickle and shifting south-easterly breeze and a postponement.

The World title was still up for grabs with Roger Gilbert and Ben McCrane 2 points ahead of Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon. Only two firsts would ensure victory for Archie and Dan. Roger and Ben required a 6th or better and to beat Archie and Dan in either race. Meanwhile the third place boat Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash could not be discounted being just 6 points off first.

Overall - Archie and Dan were crowned World Champions for an unprecedented 3rd time, Roger and Ben finished second overall with Katie and Nigel third. British, Australian and German boats made up the remaining top ten positions.

The two week championships concluded with an excellent prize giving dinner at the Weymouth Pavilion and evening entertainment was provided by the 'Crews Union', who flexed their muscle to punish many unsuspecting helms for various crimes committed throughout the year.

Partying continued in Weymouth's finest nightclub with attention turning to Canada and the 2013 Toronto hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

Final top ten
1. Archie Massey, GBR, 14 points
2. Roger Gilbert, GBR, 15
3. Katie Nurton, GBR, 26
4. Mark Krstic, AUS, 27
5. Glen Truswell, GBR, 37
6. Tom Heywood, GBR, 39
7. Sam Pascoe, GBR, 46
8. Lindsay Irwin, AUS, 51
9. Georg Borkenstein, GER, 79
10. David Hayter, AUS, 82

Full results at www.i14worlds.com

Wolfpack Racing Team New ORCi Norwegian Champions
It was very close racing during this weekend Norwegian Championship in ORCi outside Tonsberg in the Oslofjord. Thomas Nilsson, KNS, and his Wolfpack Racing Team, X-41 OD, came out on top with only a 1,25 points margin on Jan Henrik Bryde's Xanthippe, IMX 40.

The first day of racing gave the 23 boats very light and shifting conditions. All the top ranked boats ended up with one double digit result in one of the three races that day.

When Sunday broke all were ready for three more races in heavy conditions. But the weather soon took its toll. The Farr 40 Ventelo NORSteam had to return to port with ripped main and headsail, but they managed to get back to the racecourse for the last race of the day. Several other boats also had to retire during Sunday due to equipment damage.

Skipper Thomas Nilsson on Wolfpack Racing Team had mustered a strong team before the championship which, among many top Norwegian sailors, counted Olympic medalist Peer Moberg calling tactics, former VOR-sailor Arve Roaas on mainsail trim, and Olympic 49er sailor Christopher Gundersen on the wheel.

After 6 races Wolfpack Racing Team came out on top as the New Norwegian Champions in ORCi.

Swedish Lena Having on Gertrud, IMX 40, ended up in second place over all, but as a foreigner she isn't eligible for a medal in the Norwegian Championship.

The Norwegian Championship also ended the Pantaenius NORC rankingseries and Jan Henrik Bryde, Asker Sailing Club, with his Xanthippe, IMX 40, and Ille Moro, Bavaria 42 Match, with Ludvig Daae, Bundefjorden Sailing Club, at the helm that won each class.

The Norwegian ORCi season has been long and not only about windward-leeward racing It has also included three long distance regattas. This years Einar Sissener's Memorial Trophy in these races goes to Eirik Brekke, Tonsberg Yacht Club and the crew on his Felicia IV, X-383 MK2.

Full results here: www.tonsbergseilforening.no

New Sailcloth Barrel Bags from Bainbridge International!
New Sailcloth Barrel Bags from Bainbridge International Bainbridge International has recently introduced an exciting new range of durable barrel bags, manufactured from award-winning Bainbridge sailcloth and featuring original polyester insignia numbers.

The barrel bags are available in a variety of sizes, from the 24 litre small bag, to the 43 litre medium bag and the 75 litre large bag. There is also a bucket bag made from genuine Bainbridge sailcloth, with a 17 litre capacity.

Each barrel bag features a reinforced grab handle and durable zip, with a random sail number in blue, red or black sewn onto the side - making each bag stylish and unique.

The bags and bucket fold flat for easy stowage into a locker when not in use.

Prices for the new sailcloth barrel bags start from just £14.99 RRP inc VAT and they will be featured on the Bainbridge International stand at this year's Southampton Boat Show, G87 in the Ocean Hall.

For more information email: or log on to www.bainbridgemarine.co.uk

Crew Named For Matchwood Yacht
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Matchwood Yacht A 30ft yacht built from bits of discarded wood, including a fragment from one of rock legend Jimi Hendrix's guitars, will be sailed by six members of the public along the English Channel to mark Britain's winning of the Olympics next year.

The yacht is the brainchild of a group of artists called Lone Twin. She was designed by Simon Rogers and built by British Olympic Silver medallist and America's Cup sailor Mark Covell at Thornham Marina, in Emsworth, Hants. She has been put together from over 1,200 donated wooden objects: other relics include a piece of Brighton's West Pier.

Over the summer Lone Twin have been asking the public to nominate people they thought deserved the opportunity to be a crew member for the boat's maiden voyage next summer. Hundreds of nominations were received with just six places to be filled and those chosen can now be revealed as: Julie Wright, 41, from the Isle of Wight Michelle Die'tt, 25 , from St Leonards, East Sussex Steve Ashmore, 48 from Hastings, East Sussex Kenneth Lyon, 50, from Arundel, West Sussex Daniel Lane, 46, from Emsworth, West Sussex, Jerome Timmins, 27, from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. The crew are from all walks of live and include one experienced sailor, a graphic designer, a teacher and a plumber.

Boat builder Mark Covell said: 'To be chosen as a crew member is a fantastic opportunity to be fast tracked to a level of sailing that most people take 4 or 5 seasons to get to. We are very exciting to be giving these six people the chance to sail a very exciting, modern sports boat, capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots.'

Yachting Monthly:
www.yachtingmonthly.com

See also: www.lonetwin.com

Mirabaud TJV Preparations
Dominque Wavre and Michele Paret started an intense pre-race preparation phase last weekend ahead of the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre on the 30 October in Le Havre, France.

Last Friday, Mirabaud went for its first sail since limping into Argentina under jury rig during the Barcelona World Race. It was a first outing for the new mast, built in New Zealand, which arrived in La Rochelle, France, on the 13 September and was stepped and tested last week by the seven-person technical team.

"Installing the mast was a delicate operation that required the gradual application of up to 15 tonnes of pressure at the foot of the mast," explains Dominique Wavre. "Once the rig was fully loaded, we set the sails and went for a test sail off La Rochelle. It was a thrill to finally get back to sea with a sound boat beneath our feet. We are now back in race mode and while there is a lot of work still to be done before the start of the race, we are happy to be in a positive phase."

The Transat Jacques Vabre takes place once every two years. The start is in France, the finish is in South America and the race follows the traditional coffee trading route. The IMOCA division will number 12 yachts, including Mirabaud, and will feature some of the top crew in the game, as Dominique explains: "All the competitors in this edition are sharp and talented - the racing will be excellent. This is going to be a high quality event. You could almost say that there are going to be ten favourites crossing the start line in October!"

www.dominiquewavre.com

Spinnaker Tales
Julian Griffiths has temporally laid up his boat building tools in his Sunshine Coast boat shed to test his gifted skills in the Corsair Marine Australian Multihull championship on Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron courses.

Griffiths well known in the industry for his meticulous boat building craftsmanship is also respected in the sport as a very talented sailor and has recently focused his attention on racing in the fast lane as skipper of the speedy catamaran Hot Vindaloo.

The impressively fast 8.5m Firefly catamaran originally built in Mackay by John Strickland has continued to show her pace racing against a number of more modern rivals representing South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

However while Hot Vindaloo has been seriously tested the combination of skipper Julian Griffiths and crew have proved that the 'Old Girl' still has a turn of speed to remain as a major medal contender.

After the initial three races contested in a varied range of wind velocities and sea conditions from a glassy calm 4 knot drifter to a supreme test of survival sailing in a 26knot sea breeze and foam crested 2 metre waves Hot Vindaloo while being outpaced by the championship favourite the Keith Glover skippered Trilogy is placed second with an improving score of 4-3-2.

Trilogy recently re-rigged with all the latest developments of modern technology including a canting mast has proved the fastest corrected handicap performer at the championship winning race 1 by a runaway 19minutes 57 seconds and race 2 by 3-41 and race 3 by 3-48 for her experienced owner skipper to place a firmer grip on the 2011 National championship trophy.

Meanwhile with three races to sail before the final on Friday skipper Julian Griffiths and the Hot Vindaloo crew remain in the minor medal dog-fight against the former National champion Rob Remilton's Wilparina 11.

Rob Remilton who races under the South Australian Goolwa Yacht Club burgee remains a serious threat with Hot Vindaloo (4-3-2) holding second provisionally over Wilparina 11 (2-5-3) by a narrow one point margin.

This suggests the Hot Vindaloo crew will need to protect their sailing space to be assured of winning a deserved silver medal in what promises to be an exciting final.

Naturally skipper Julian Griffiths and his Hot Vindaloo sailing team would prefer a 'brute breeze' where they have proved to be faster but they are warned that their South Australian medal rivals have never been known to back away from becoming engaged in a tactical dog-fight to protect their reputation. -- Ian Grant

Dubarry Storm - Sailing Style In On The Street
Dubarry Storm There's something cool about sailing, taking on the elements from the Solent to St Tropez, but how do you carry that cool onto the streets? Try wearing offshore oilies to your favourite restaurant and you're likely to end up hungry and sectioned. Dubarry Storm gives you all the cache of the crew in a way that doesn't mark you out as a madman. With polarfleece for warmth, a durable waterproof shell, inner storm flap and chin guard, Storm keeps you warm and dry in six snazzy colourways.

Dubarry Storm - the calm within the Storm.

www.dubarry.com

Markus Wieser Wins Dragon Gold Cup
After three days of severe winds and mighty waves, the Derbigum Dragon Gold Fleet went out early this morning to sail two races.

After the first start, the fleet cut in two. The left side went towards the beach, the right side steered deeper into sea. But soon some drizzle limited the visibility, which meant that one more aspect was added to this race: sheer navigation. The right side looked better, where the current was weakening.

Markus Wieser (Bunker Queen - UKR 7) picks up the right wind, steers his dragon the right way between de cross waves and finishes first.

In the second race of this day, the wind veers even more and although the race officers keep adapting the course to the shifts and the weakening wind, the battle in the forefront of the fleet is severe.

Jorgen Shonherr (African Queen - DEN 401) points a fraction higher and beats Mikael Apukhtin in less than a boat length on the finish line.

The Nations Cup went to Russia.

Top ten final overall results:

1. Bunker Queen, Wieser, UKR, 31 points
2. African Queen, J. Schonherr, DEN, 33
3. Annapurna, A. Loginov, RUS, 34
4. Aimee, G. Bailey, GBR, 43
5. Bunker Prince, Y. Braslavetz, URK, 44
6. Bendira, M. Palsson, SWE, 50
7. Murka 12, M. Muratov, RUS, 50
8. Sunflower, V. Fogelson, RUS, 52
9. TIgger, T. Tavinor, GBR, 54
10. Clairvoyant, E. Sawyer, USA, 55

Complete Results Derbigum Dragon Gold Cup overall (PDF)

Complete Results Derbigum Dragon Gold Cup - Corinthian Cup (PDF)

Complete Results Derbigum Dragon Gold Cup - Nations Cup (PDF)

For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both administered and claimed by the RORC.

Record: Monohull Fastnet
Yacht: "Abu Dhabi" Volvo 70.
Name: Ian Walker. GBR
Dates: 14th to the 16th August 2011.
Start time: 13; 10; 00 UTC on 14/08/11
Finish time: 07; 49; 00 UTC on 16/08/11
Elapsed time: 1 day 18 hours and 38 minutes
Distance: 595 NM
Average speed: 14 kts
Comments: Previous record: "Leopard" Mike Slade. GBR. Aug 07. 1d 20h 18m 53s

Record: Outright Fastnet
Yacht: Banque Populaire 5" 131ft Trimaran
Name: Loick Peyron. FRA and a crew of 12
Dates: 14th to the 15th August 2011.
Start time: 11; 00; 00 UTC on 14/08/11
Finish time: 19; 48; 46 UTC on 15/08/11
Elapsed time: 1 day 8 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds
Distance: 595 NM
Average speed: 18.1kts
Comments: Previous record: "PlayStation" Steve Fossett USA, Mar 02, 1d 11h 17m 14s

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

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* From Marco Nannini: A big question mark five days to the start of the Global Ocean Race

Palma, 20 September, just five days to the start of the Global Ocean Race and we are left with just a big question mark on the side of our boat. All hope for a last minute title sponsorship deal has now evaporated, despite months of trying and pushing nothing significant has materialised. We are however very grateful to all the race partners and secondary sponsors that are behind us encouraging us to push forward and softening the blow of what is now a 75% self funded campaign. We still have to decide what to call the boat for the race.

Yet, we all know it will all be worth it in the end, rounding Cape Horn will certainly be a better memory every day for the rest of my life than making regular mortgage payments, so the excitement is high, the anticipation is enormous, Paul and I have been at this too long and need to go out there and sail this beast into the oceans. Hopefully once at sea i will forget the stress of knowing that our campaign is at great rish of grinding to a halt if we dont find further funds. We will take things a leg at a time, get to Cape Town and call it from there, hopefully if we make it to New Zealand it will be just as far to finish than turn back.

I can't deny my heart skips a beat here and there, it is a daunting gamble to carry on from here knowing we dont have enough funds to finish, but i can't even bear the thought of giving up on this so late in the game. I have the support of my partner Ella, and of my family, which will make all the difference in the difficult times. The situation reminds me of that poem, "if you can make a heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss" you must be a fool with an addiction to gambling!

A big hearted thank you to all those who contributed to our race funds through www.marconannini.com/help, it could make all the difference in the end. Five days to go, chin up, deep breath, big smile, first goal Cape Town!

* From Hamble Viking: I read your piece about the North Sails app and it reminded me of an instance that happened years ago when I was working as Sailing Sec. at Hamble River S.C.

It was during the winter series and I had been out watching the racing. I noticed that a well-known and successful helm had retired from his race even though he had been locked in close battle with a sistership. In the bar afterwards I asked him why he had retired. Apparently his on-board computer went u/s and so he retired. I thought at the time that Uffa Fox would be turning in his grave.

That was years ago and since then we have had races to virtual buoys, race tracking and now this 'app'.

Thinking about it. Would emailing sail shape to the loft AND RECEIVING A REPLY not constitute outside assistance

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The Last Word
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. -- Richard Feynman

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