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Samba Pa Ti Consolidates It's Leadership
Melges 32 Worlds Real Club Nautico de Palma, Spain: The American Samba Pa ti owned by John Kilroy still leads the Melges 32 World's held in the Real Club Náutico de Palma after the second day of the competition. There have been some changes in the first three places that now are for the Italian boat, Fantastica owned by Lanfranco Cirillo and by the German boat, Opus One of Wolfgang Stolz.

The first race of the day (third of the championship) began with several premature starts, among them was Marc de Antonio's Bribón-Movistar of Marc de Antonio.

The start of the second race of the day was troublesome fpr Yasha Samurai, who had to respond to a manouver from Joe Woods' Red that blocked him against the Race Committee boat. That manouver put both boats 2 minutes behind the rest of the fleet.

The Japanese representative ended up thirteenth.

Winds were predominantly from the southeast at 7 to 9 knots, but with less wind shifts than yesterday. Only two course changes had to be carried out in the last race of the day.

The Schedule for tomorrow is for two more races; after six races the competitors get a throwout.

Top ten:

Pos - Yacht - Owner - Tactician - Points
1. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy, Vasco Vascotto, USA, 17 points
2. Fantastica, Lanfranco Cirillo, Michele Paoletti, ITA, 24
3. Opus One, Wolfgang Stolz, Jesper Radich, GER, 31
4. Argo, Jason Carroll, Cameron Appleton, USA, 32
5. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, Francesco Bruni, ITA, 39
6. Yasha Samurai, Yukihiro Ishida, Hamish Pepper, JPN, 40
7. Brontolo Hh, Filippo Pacinott, Daniele Cassinari, ITA, 42
8. Full Throttle, John Porter, Jonathan Mckee, USA, 42
9. Shakedown, Geoff Pierini, Steve Hunt, USA, 44
10. Torpyone, Edoardo Lupi, Branko Brcin, ITA, 45

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Classic Bermuda IOD's Test Skills at Argo Group Gold Cup
Photo by Charles Anderson / RBYC / Argo Group Gold Cup. Click on image to enlarge.

Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda: It's just a matter of days until the twenty-four Argo Group Gold Cup teams take to the practice course in Bermuda's Hamilton Harbour. They all need to hone their match racing skills in the Classic International One Design sloops sailed in Stage 7 of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour.

Boat handling and tactical decisions in the traditional heavier boats used for the Argo Group Gold Cup will decide the champion and winner of $50,000 of the $100,000 total prize purse. Racing starts October 4th.

As the hottest sailor on the Tour these days, everybody's man to beat is Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar. He is on top of both the Tour rankings and the ISAF Open standings going in. But you have to remember how tough it is to win in Bermuda. After winning the 2006 Gold Cup, Williams finished 5th in 2008 and 3rd in 2009, and he was eliminated early in 2010 by a complicated tiebreaker. He will have a lot of new sailors to meet on the course who may bring different and unpredictable tactics into play.

An accomplished sailor but newcomer to Bermuda and IOD sailing, Francesco Bruni's (ITA) Bruni Racing Team was on top of the Tour leaderboard earlier in the season, but has slipped of late. Before the Tour points adjustment for the cancelled Danish Open, Bruni is just one point behind Williams. Aggressive practice for him and his team is essential. Dialing into the IOD sailing style early, during Tuesday's opening Qualifying Session, will be critical if he is to move on into the final eight.

Standing 3rd on the Tour, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and The Wave Muscat team are not new to Bermuda but have never won the Gold Cup. In 2010 Mirsky came to Bermuda with high hopes but fell to some newcomers himself and ended the week in 8th place, matching his 2009 performance.

As the senior member of the Tour, Peter Gilmour (AUS) heads up YANMAR Racing. He is now 4th on the Tour and has perhaps the most experience sailing IOD's and sailing on Hamilton Harbour. He put his name on the Cup in 1995, 1997 and 2003, and will look to emulate that in what is his third decade of Gold Cup competition. In his last Bermuda appearance, the always aggressive Gilmour suffered from a string of penalties that led to his demise. -- Talbot Wilson

Italy's Tauranga Confirms Entry in Volvo Ocean Race Legends
Photo by James Robinson Taylor. Click on image to enlarge.

Volvo Ocean Race Legends Alicante, Spain: The classic Italian yacht Tauranga has become the latest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion which takes place in Alicante, Spain this November. The Swan 55' Sparkman and Stevens designed Tauranga took part in the very first edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74, completing the 27,000 nautical mile course in 185 days and finishing in 10th place overall.

During the two-day regatta in Alicante Tauranga will line up against yachts from the first 10 round the world races including the late Sir Peter Blake's 1989-90 race winner, Steinlager 2 and 1973-74 Whitbread Race competitors, Great Britain II, Copernicus and Adventure/Dasher.

As a keen sailor, Tauranga's current owner Michele Bruno is looking forward to his yacht being a part of the Legends Regatta and hopes to have Tauranga's original race skipper Erik Pascoli as part of his crew.

Aside from the opportunity for these spectacular ocean-going yachts to compete against each other once more, the Legends Regatta will also offer previous Whitbread Race competitors the chance to get together, renew old friendships and reminisce about their round the world race exploits. 

Mexico's Ramon Carlin is particularly looking forward to being reunited with his 1973-74 race-winning crew from Sayula II  - many of whom have not seen each other since Prince Philip presented them with the winner's trophy in London in the spring of 1974.

Now in his eighties, Mr Carlin is also hoping to meet with Cornelis van Rietschoten, the owner and skipper of two Whitbread Race winning yachts Flyer (1977) and Flyer 2 (1981). Rietschoten himself is planning his own Alicante reunion with many of the former Flyer crew.

The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion will take place in Alicante, Spain from November 1-5, 2011, between the first In-Port Race and the Leg 1 start.

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Final Call for the RYA National Match Racing Championship Entries
The 2011 RYA Women's National Match Racing Championships are fast approaching and the RYA are urging interested parties to get their entries in before Thursday 30th September to secure their place at this year's event, which takes place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy between 8-9th October 2011.

The RYA National Match Racing programme is a sailor's first step towards elite match racing events such as the America's Cup and ISAF World Match Racing Tour and the 2011 RYA Women's Match Racing Championships are seen as a pinnacle event on the match racing calendar. Skandia Team GBR's Lucy Macgregor, who has recently been selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be competing along with several other international teams bidding for their own Olympic selection. 

The event is open to all female sailors and teams of three/four sailors weighing no more than 250 kg are invited to compete in the Elliot 6m Olympic class keelboat for the chance to stake their claim and be crowned RYA Women's Match Racing champions.

Also coming up is an event open to all sailors! Qualifier 1 is taking place on the 22-23rd October at Queen Mary Sailing Club. The event will be sailed in J80s with crews of 4-5 people weighing no more than 350kgs.  The RYA are asking interested parties to get their entries in before Thursday 13th October to secure their place at this year's event.

The winners from both the Women's and Qualifier 1 events will be invited to compete in the Match Racing Championship Finals which take place on the 18-20th November at the Queen Mary Sailing Club.

For more information about the RYA National Match Racing Series and for entry forms please visit  or contact Jessica Beecher at

The Focus Shifts to San Diego
America's Cup San Diego Pack-up started in the Plymouth Race Village on Sunday night and continues throughout the week, with the cargo ship HR Constitution being loaded with the lifeblood of the America's Cup World Series, including the AC45 race boats, 102 shipping containers, 20 support boats, and one of the cranes used to hoist the AC45s into the water. The ship is scheduled to depart Plymouth Sound on Sunday and to arrive in San Diego by October 24, approximately three weeks ahead of the first race day.

As in Plymouth, where officials estimate over 115,000 took in the race action from up on the Hoe, racing in San Diego will be tucked in close to shore, allowing for a 'stadium sailing' experience for the race crews and spectators alike.

"San Diego is going to be a fantastic place, a harbor laid out perfectly like Plymouth," said ORACLE Racing skipper Russell Coutts, who won the America's Cup in the Californian city in 1995. "When San Diego hosted the America's Cup (1988, 1992, 1995), the racing was a long way out to sea. That won't be the case this time."

Official practice racing is scheduled to begin November 12-13, with the San Diego Match Racing Championship running from November 16-19 and the climax event, the Fleet Racing Championship on Sunday November 20. The Speed Trials will be held on the first day of the Match Racing Championship as well as the final Sunday. Live coverage of racing will start on Wednesday November 16.

America's Cup World Series 2011-2012 Overall Standings

1. Emirates Team New Zealand - 38 points
2. ORACLE Racing Spithill - 34
3= ORACLE Racing Coutts - 28
3= Artemis Racing - 28
5. Team Korea - 26
6= Aleph - 18
6= Energy Team - 18
8. Green Comm Racing - 17
9. China Team - 13

Iain Murray Interview: Skippering ACRM
Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) organization, in charge of independent conduct of the regattas, and at the lead in pushing forward all the changes necessary for the America's Cup World Series, the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and the actual America's Cup. CupInfo checked in with him last Sunday on the final day of racing in Plymouth. Iain talked about ACRM's focus going forward, plans for changes at the next ACWS stop in San Diego and for 2013, and the possibility of new teams joining up:

Iain, after the first two events, are the World Series showing their full potential already?

Iain Murray:
We've developed a whole lot of boats and an event and new tools and cameras and the way we run races and umpiring and, look, it's going well. There's no question that I think we've met our targets. It's not that we've got wonderful tools, it's how we use them to the best of our ability in the most efficient way that we can, and get the most out of them in terms of the races -- getting great races, the viewers getting great pictures, the audience on the hill getting a great experience, all of those sort of things. We have to work harder, to detail what we're doing, to make it tighter and better.

How much of the technology have you been able to use, so far? 30%, 60%, do you think?

Iain Murray:
We're using most of the technology ... everything we set out to develop is up on line and we're using it. Are we getting 80-90% out of it? Probably not. We're probably, I think at this event, probably got 70% of what we could get, out of what we've got. So there's clearly still a lot of work to do. We were probably at 50 or 60%% in Cascais, we've chipped up here a little bit, and we're going to get better and better.

Full interview on

Sun Shines On The Regates Royales
The stunning bay of La Napoule provided the competitors with great sailing conditions, ideal for close, fast racing. Under blue skies, in bright sun and good breeze the sixty-eight classic yachts and fifty-eight Dragons completed the second day of the Regates Royales, final and decisive event of the Panerai Trophy 2011.

The Big Boats sailing past the Lerins Islands stole everyone's attention once more, the magnificent high masts and immense sails making spectators and photographers happy. The 20 mile long coastal race was won by Moonbeam of Fife III followed by Moonbeam IV, the couple are still on top of the provisional ranking at 4 and 6 points respectively while James Thom's Mariquita coming in fourth is tied at points in third place.

Among the big gaffers Nan of Fife scored another first that keep her on top with 2 points, British flagged Avel scored another second and is following at 4 and, thanks to a fourth today the third provisional place is occupied by Oriole.

Among the nine Classics Arcadia is in the lead by a little point on White Dolphin and four on Italian Navy's Stella Polare. In the big Marconi class, the reigning champion Rowdy left the first step of the provisional podium because of a fourth, and is now tied at points with Havsornen at 5, the top spot going to The Blue Peter that scored two second places. Among the smaller Marconi Leonore got a clean score and leads with 2 points, but Cholita is still in her tracks at 4 and Anne Sophie is third at 6 points. Irish flagged Shamrock is securely leading the Spirit of Tradition class with two wins, second placed are Gaulois and the modern J Class Lionheart at 5 points.

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Seahorse October 2011
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Industry News
The World Yacht Racing Forum 2011 will take place in Estoril, Portugal, on 13-14 December. The fourth edition of this must-attend event will once again focus on the commercial side of the sport and reassemble the who's who of the international yacht racing community.

Organised by Informa Yacht Group, the WYRF will once again reassemble the who's who of international yacht racing, including athletes, event organisers, sponsors, cities and venues. The two-day Forum will be held alongside the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium, giving delegates the opportunity to meet high-profile design and technology experts from the race boat industry, and to discuss the latest research and trends in performance boat technology.

Over 400 delegates are expected in the picturesque region of Estoril in December. Delegates can benefit from a 30% early-bird discount before 1 October by registering online at

Details of the conference programme and speakers are available on the event's website:


Zurich, Switzerland: Gurit is bundling its world-leading composite structural engineering skills with business development and rapid prototyping resources in a new dedicated business unit called Engineered Structures.

Engineered Structures will continue to support the engineering needs of Gurit's traditional strongholds in Wind Energy and Marine but will also be able to address the full value chain in new markets with a comprehensive service offering encompassing conceptual design, structural engineering, material selection, rapid prototyping services and component manufacturing.

Graham Harvey, currently General Manager of Gurit's Marine Business, will manage this new venture as of October 1, 2011 and report directly to the CEO.

The search for a new General Manager for Gurit's Marine business has been launched. Graham Harvey will continue to run the Marine business until a successor has been found.


Caribbean Marine Association re-launches with big ambitions

The association is lobbying for a "common tourism policy" which would eliminate customs between islands for visiting yachts

The Caribbean Marine Association (CMA), which started in 2006 but went dormant two years later, has re-launched itself recently. The marine trade group has set an ambitious agenda for membership growth and lobbying efforts, including backing a common tourism policy that would relax customs entry for yachtsmen across the entire Caribbean.

A recent meeting of goverment officials from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) proposed a Common Tourism Policy for visitors, including yacht owners.

"Basically it would work like the EU, where someone might come into Paris through customs, and travel around EU member states without having to clear customs until they leave Rome, for instance," says Association President John Duffy. "We're trying to get the same type of uniformity within the islands to make the Caribbean as a whole more attractive to yachtsmen."

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The importance of the boating industry as UK wealth creator in global markets was recognised at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Mark Prisk, the UK government's business minister at the launch of a new initiative to enhance the global competitiveness of UK marine companies.

Drawing together business acumen in the marine industry, government influence and the technical innovation and engineering expertise of British universities, the Marine Industries Growth Strategy (MIGS) is designed to enhance the global competitiveness of UK marine companies in all sectors of the industry, from commercial and naval shipping to the recreational boating industry. Regarding leisure marine, Mark Prisk, who is co-chair of the new joint initiative, indicated that government funding could be made available for deserving projects with wider industry benefit.

"Britain's marine industries are one of our best prospects for high-value, high-skilled economic growth," Prisk said. "That's why we are launching (MIGS) to harness that potential and grow the industry by £8bn by 2020."

As examples of what could be achieved, he referred to projects already undertaken by the University of Southampton and the Lloyds Register marine technology development group with Princess Yachts and Southampton company CJR Propulsion that had led to the optimisation of composite manufacturing and propulsion systems.

IBI News


Practical Boat Owner magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the PBO 2011 Green Awards. The annual awards, now in their third year, recognise the marine businesses that are leading the way in reducing the environmental impact of leisure boating and making the industry more sustainable.

The winners of the 2011 PBO Green Awards are:

Boats and boatbuilders: Jeremy Rogers Ltd - Contessa 32 Calypso

Marine service and support: Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

Product category: Mastervolt – PodMaster

Campaign or initiative category: The Yacht Harbour Association

The 2011 PBO Green Awards were presented at the PSP Southampton Boat SShow.

Full details of the winner at

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Sarena, second to the name, replaced in 2003 a 31.7. This First 36.7 corresponded perfectly to the compromise between performance, comfort and elegance that remains our objective. Fast at all paces, secure offshore, with an excellent passage in the sea (it hardly ever 'hits'), it is a delight at the helm. Originally conceived for team racing, we essentially used with a reduced crew on the week-ends or for smaller cruises in South Brittany. But cruising does not mean hanging about, the sails are always well adjusted, the route optimized and the helmsman concentrated. We have never been interested in the races around three buoys, but Sarena has several times lead us to racing, across the Biscay Bay (La Barquera) and has enabled its skipper to realize an old dream : to cross the Atlantic. It was the Transquadra 2008 (a race in double for enthusiasts over 40 years old) that was prolonged by two small family cruises in the East and West Indies, showing once again the extreme versatility of this yacht.

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