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Cayard and Team Win the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup Match Race
Photo of Team Katusha by Ales Fevzer RC 44 Class. Click on image to enlarge.

Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup Match Race Paul Cayard and his new team Katusha surprised everyone - and himself - in the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup match race series, dominating the event and winning the best of three final against Karol Jablonski's Organika. Katusha is the latest RC 44 (number 22), just out of the Pauger boatyard. The team is also brand new and had never sailed together under Cayard's leadership. No Way Back (Ray Davies & Pieter Heerema) finishes third ahead of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (Jose Maria Ponce), Artemis (Dean Barker) and Team Aqua (Cameron Appleton).

The day started with a "dead or alive" match between the local team Modri Gaj and Team Austria. At the helm of Modri Gaj, Gasper Vincec managed to close the door at the start, kicking the Austrians out and taking control of the race to win it.

The other semi-finals saw today's most spectacular matches, including an aggressive fight between Dean Barker's Artemis and Sebastien Col's Ceeref.

Five groups of two teams came out of the semi-finals, with Katusha and Organika on top, followed by Islas Canarias Puerto Calero and No Way Back.

Both Katusha and No Way Back managed to win their first match but then lost the second, hence maintaining the suspense. Cayard and Jablonski started the decisive race on split tacks, with Cayard going to the right and Jablonski forced to the left of the course. The first crossing confirmed that Cayard's choice was the right one: Katusha was comfortably leading the race and sailed to victory without being threatened.

No Way Back also had a fairly comfortable last race against the Spaniards, controlling the entire race to grab the third place of the podium.

The fleet regatta starts tomorrow.

Match-race, final results:
1. Team Katusha, Paul Cayard
2. Organika, Karol Jablonski
3. No Way Back, Ray Davies, Pieter Heerema
4. Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, Jose Maria Ponce
5. Artemis, Dean Barker
6. Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton
7. Ceeref, Sebastien Col
8. BMW ORACLE Racing, Russell Coutts
9. Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser
10. Modri Gaj, Gasper Vincec
11. Team Austria, Christian Binder

A New Course for the Transat Jacques Vabre
Whilst remaining true to its roots, the Transat Jacques Vabre is breaking new ground. Once again it will be setting off from Le Havre, a town resolutely geared towards the ocean. Innovative by nature, it is offering sailors a new course, which culminates with the double-handed crews traversing the Caribbean Sea.

This latest edition will be marked by the abundance of the foreign contingent, which has high hopes of adding a French race to their list of successes. We'll be keeping a close eye on Alex Thomson who, like Mike Golding, is more motivated than ever; along with the two Iberian duos, Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes and Guillermo Altadill - Pachi Ribero, who have demonstrated their ability to adapt to a new steed in what will be their first participation in an IMOCA race. The female sailors will be justly represented by two icons, one from the last Vendee Globe and the other from the Volvo Ocean Race: Samantha Davies who will race with Sydney Gavignet and Dee Caffari, who will this time be joining forces with Brian Thompson.

These 6 overseas duos will have to compete against big French names such as Michel Desjoyeaux, double winner of the Vendee Globe and recent winner of the Istanbul Europa race, who will be defending his title alongside Jeremie Beyou, who has two stage victories to his credit from the last Solitaire du Figaro. The latter pairing will once again be up against some of some choice adversaries: Roland Jourdain accompanied by Jean-Luc Nelias, Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier, the duo Armel Le Cleac'h-Nicolas-Troussel as well as Kito De Pavant, who will be teaming up with some promising talent in the shape of the young Francois Gabart. To further boost the French line-up we have Marc Thiercelin and Christopher Pratt, Sebastien Josse and Jean-Francois Cuzon, who won the Fastnet 2009 in style, as well as Vincent Riou, who will be handing over his Farr design to Arnaud Boissieres.

The growing success of the new Multi50 class is also likely to kick up a storm. Franck-Yves Escoffier, who is teaming up with Erwan Leroux for this edition, will see his vision for the class to get off the ground become a reality as some new, highly competitive projects come to fruition and provide him with some much needed competition. One such example of this comes with the arrival of Yves le Blevec, who will be forming an explosive duo with Jean Le Cam, both anxious to snatch line honours. Another innovative boat is that of Herve Cleris, who will be sailing alongside an experienced sailor in the shape of Christophe Dietsch. As such, with three new multihulls and three different architects, the confrontation will involve a steep learning curve for all concerned.

To the north of Panama and the south of Nicaragua, Costa Rica is preparing to play host to the sailors competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2009. This new course will take the sailors across the Caribbean Sea, which will require both tactics and the ability to adapt. Any option is possible, with just one single requirement: for monohulls to leave the Dominican Republic to starboard and for the multihulls to leave the island of Barbados to starboard. Such a course means that we are likely to expect a bunched finish off Puerto Limon. In total, the course will represent 4,730 miles for the monohulls and 5,050 for the multihulls.

Newport By Dubarry: As U2 Say "Get On Your Boots"!
If you're out day racing, you'll want to keep your feet dry and planted on deck but, unless the navigator gets it spectacularly wrong, you'll not be going round Cape Horn, so you don't need a full offshore boot. The Newport, new from Dubarry, has all the grip, comfort and durability you'd expect from the people behind the legendary Shamrock & Ultima boots, but it's lighter and more flexible, making those glamorous rockstar dashes to the foredeck quicker and slicker.


Renaissance Reinsurance Junior Gold Cup in Bermuda
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Renaissance Reinsurance Junior Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda: The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup attracts a spectacular group of young international sailors to compete against Bermuda's top opti sailors. Bermudians include the top four in Bermuda's team trials… Mackenzie Cooper, Owen Siese, Dimitri Stevens and Sam Stan. Eighteen young Bermudians in all will compete bringing the fleet to thirty-four competitive sailors.

All overseas Opti sailors have now confirmed their invitations. Of the sixteen confirmed sailors, ten are their nation's champion with a ranking of #1 and thirteen participated in this year's IODA (International Optimist Dinghy Association) Worlds. Nine of them finished in the top half. Included in this top-notch group is the IODA European Champion.

The three days of Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup races will be sailed in Optimist Dinghies on Bermuda's Great Sound October 8-10. The final race will be on Hamilton Harbour, Sunday October 11, during an intermission in the Argo Group Gold Cup finals.

The skipper's ages range from 11-15yrs with 25% of the sailors being girls and we have twelve different nations from North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and the Caribbean represented.

The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup web pages may be reached by clicking on the icon or through the RenRe Jr Gold Cup menu tab on the Argo Group Gold Cup home page

Rolex Miami OCR Notice of Race Online
Miami, Florida, USA: US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR will bring together the world's top sailors for elite-level competition in the classes selected for the Olympic and Paralympic Games from January 24-30, 2010, US SAILING announced today. Held on picturesque Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Fla., this prestigious event is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2009-2010 circuit. The Notice of Race is now available online at the newly-launched event web site,

Starting November 13, 2009, competitors and coaches will be required to register online at Online registration is mandatory, as on-site registration will not be available. Women's Match Racers must register online prior to the December 1, 2009; the registration deadline for all other events is January 8, 2010.

Rolex Miami OCR is open to boats competing in events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. The 10 Olympic classes are: Laser Radial (women), Laser (men), Finn (men), Men's RS:X, Women's RS:X, 49er (men), Men's 470, Women's 470, Star (men) and Elliott 6m (women). The three Paralympic classes are: 2.4mR (open, able and disabled), SKUD18 (mixed, disabled) and Sonar (open, disabled). In addition to being a world-ranking event, it is also a US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics qualifier.

For fleet racing in the Olympic classes, the regatta will consist of a five-day opening series and a double-point medal race. The top ten finishers in the opening series of each event will advance to the medal race. Competitors in the Paralympic classes will have five days of fleet racing and no medal race. For match racing, which makes its debut in the 2012 Olympic Games, the regatta will consist of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series. Medals will be awarded to the top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic event on Saturday, January 30.

Regatta Headquarters will be located at the US Sailing Center Miami, an official Olympic training center, in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, Fla.

Transat 6.50: D-3 for the Series Fleet
3100 miles on the bows... 5 740 km to go before the lighthouse of Bara and the entrance to the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia.

The Madeira's restart sets the record straight. From Saturday, they will forget their habits for three to four weeks at sea, high seas. The Atlantic here is scattered with pieces of land that creates the Venturi effect but also areas without wind hide behind the hills. The earth becomes a trap... Shall they choose to sail off the African coast or come close to the coast of Mauritania? Where will the pressure be, the well-known wind consistent, the one that can pull you at high speeds for miles? Should they take food for 21, 23 or 25 days? This second stage is exciting for both sailing and human experience.

Francisco Lobato (ROFF TMN) has proved his talent and expertise on this first stage. The Portuguese is definitely the man to beat and, in addition to the comfortable advance that he has on the rest of the fleet, he also has an undeniable psychological advantage.Though he missed the 2007 edition of The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50, the boy has done a very good start in this 2009 edition. Now, what do the 22 hours of 19 days 14 hours ahead made by Herve Piveteau in 2007 represent? Who will beat the reference time - the famous 19 days? Will Francisco achieve the performance of Peter Laureyssens in 2005 that had won both stages? To be continued.

One series boat has retired after the first stage: Davy Beaudart (Port a Sec Guy Beaudart)

Top five Series ranking in Funchal - 48 boats:

1. Francisco Lobato (ROFF TMN): 6 d 02:31:03
2. Charlie Dalin (Cherche 7 d 00:52:10
3. Xavier Macaire (Masoco Bay): 7d 01:04:58
4. Ricardo Appoloni (Ma Vie Pour Mapei): 7 d 01:05:55
5. Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian): 7 d 03:18:28

"Le Yacht" The French Maritime Newspaper - 1878-1968
Le Yacht An extremely rare collection now available again

In association with the "Atelier du Patrimoine" we are pleased to announce a limited edition of the newspaper "Le Yacht", France's first yachting publication. Practically impossible to find today, this publication is now available again thanks to the support and interest of the Musée de la Marine (French Naval Museum) in this project.

From 1878 to 1968, "Le Yacht" was the weekly magazine for all those who worked at sea: merchant navy vessels, warships, fishing boats, motor boats, sailing boats, steamships, all the history of boats and shipping. You can access thousands of documents: plans, boat designs, yachting fittings and interiors, rigging, boat building, repairs, photographs, race rules, class rules, cruise stories, shipping movements, club and association events, aviation, commercial and fishing vessels, bibliography, shipping companies, America's Cup, French Cup, exhibitions, museums, nautical instruments, machines and steam boilers, engines, navigation, lighthouses, buoys, racing, American, British, German, Spanish, Italian and French yachting.

This new edition in A4 format on 70g paper is available in two bindings: soft binding with matt finish or hard cover in cloth publisher binding. Each month a new volume will be published corresponding to a whole year's works. A CD summarizing the year with index and word search will be offered every 12 months.

Available now for the unbeatable price of 44 Euros a month plus shipping.

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Summer Conditions for Racing
Saint-Tropez, France: Another gorgeous 'summer' day for participants as racing continues for the 2009 edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. With 296 entries in this unique, annual rendezvous of both classic and modern boats, today the waters off Saint-Tropez were filled with yachts of all shapes and sizes.

Today's racing conditions for the Traditional classes saw 10-15 knots of winds during racing. The wind came from the Southwest at the start, the first of which was at 12.08 with the last one at 12.54 for the Traditional yachts.

After the start, the course for the classics went in the direction of Pointe des Issambres and then headed towards the Wally start area, off Pamplelonne Beach, continuing in the direction of the Cap de Saint-Tropez. By 15.30 the majestic classics yachts were rounding the final course mark, La Basse Rabiou, located at the exit of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, before beginning a long upwind trek towards the finish-line.

For results (unavailable at time of going to press) please visit:

Builder and Crew
Jason Carrington is rare indeed. Not only does he have worldwide recognition as one of the finest boat builders over the past two decades but he has also competed as sailing crew in no less than four Volvo races.

"I love the technical side of this race. I see it very much as a competition when building the boat from the start ... heaviest bulb, lightest structure and attention to detail. All are essential to ultimate success. And then from a sailing point of view, it is simply the best sailing that you will ever do.

"It is tough both physically and mentally - a monumental challenge, but just wonderful. You have great times and hard times. When you have been doing the Volvo for a while, it becomes very tough to not be involved. There is life elsewhere ... but the Volvo always calls you back.

"Despite not being involved in 2008-09, I followed it closely. It was good to see so many different designers involved. Actually, I don't think it's that easy to pick a 'best boat' from the last race. Ericsson 4 was obviously the class act, but they clearly had an advantage in terms of budget and personnel - and time.

"Telefonica looked good in terms of design but I don't believe they reached their full potential. I liked their rig and deck layout and believe they had technically the most interesting boat. Clearly if it had been an inshore regatta they would have cleaned up, sadly for them it wasn't.

"PUMA must have been pleased with their overall result. They didn't have the luxury of a two-boat campaign but managed to push Ericsson 4 hard towards the end.

"It is difficult to know where the Irish might have gone with more stability. They kind of turned up at a gun fight without any ammunition. If ever there has been an example of not taking enough care with the build of your boat this must be it.

"When the second edition of the Volvo 70 Rule came out it was crystal clear that you needed to be at least at maximum fin and bulb weight, even if the division between these two elements was not ideal. In this regard Telefonica Blue impressed me the most, weighing in at under the 14,000kg minimum weight with maximum appendage mass.

"Finally, on a personal note, it was great to see Magnus and Ericsson 3 do so well. Winning the leg to Brazil was to me, the achievement of the race. If there was ever a man of the match then this time it clearly must be Magnus." -- Jason was interviewed by Louay Habib. The article appears in latest issue of Seahorse magazine

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Industry News
* Bain gives up Bavaria... The rumour mill was working overtime throughout August and early September with the news that Bain Capital, with a huge interest payment due, was likely to find a way out of its unhappy position.

According to a report in Private Equity News, Bain is about to hand over control of Bavaria Yachtbau to 'two distressed-debt investors' and walk away from the millstone that's been hanging around the Bain neck since it paid a rumoured 1.3bn Euros for the company in 2007.

Private Equity News says US-based special-situation investors Oaktree Capital Management and Anchorage Advisors will take equal equity stakes in Bavaria Yachtbau after buying its debt for a total of around 300m Euros. -- Boating Business,

* A sense of optimism could be felt among the crowds at this year's Grand Pavois, which ran from September 23-28 in the Port des Minimes in La Rochelle, France.

More than 100,000 visitors were in attendance and, although official numbers have yet to be confirmed, it is thought that visitor levels were down by just 2 per cent compared to last year's show.

"If last year we had 103,500 visitors, we should be this evening at around 101,500 visitors," said Grand Pavois president Alain Pochon at the show's closing press conference.

According to Pochon, business was brisk on the pontoons. "Deals were done this year," he said. "Not only were boats sold, but boatyards also recorded numerous contacts with sea trials to come."

Next year's Grand Pavois is scheduled to run from September 15-20, 2010. -- International Boat Industry news,

* The European Marine News Site BYM News is back on the market.

Earlier this year the Gibralter based Marine News site was advertised for sale because of the illness of CEO Aldous Grenville-Crowther, but was late withdrawn from the market as his health improved.

However last Friday, the site ceased publication of online news and anhour ago released this statementL

"Marian Martin (Publishers) Ltd has withdrawn its free, online, news service BYM and offers the website for sale." and are wholly owned by Marian Martin (Publishers) Ltd incorporated in Gibraltar under the Companies Ordinance Act (1984) as amended --

* French boatbuilder the Beneteau Group has reported sales of 658.9m Euros for the financial year ending August 31, 2009, with the company's boat business performing slightly better than expected.

Boat sales for 2009 have dropped by 42 per cent compared to 2008 sales - a small improvement on the 45 per cent predicted.

Beneteau says that the downturn in the boating business is "less marked than initially forecast", reporting sales of sailing yachts down 44 per cent and motorboats down 38.2 per cent.

The company recently revealed plans to launch 29 new models for the 2009-2010 season.

Forty eight per cent of Beneteau's sales were generated by sailboats in 2008-2009, 27 per cent by powerboats and 25 per cent by housing.

Beneteau is the world's largest builder of sailboats. Its portfolio includes sail and motorboat brands such as Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige, CNB and Monte Carlo Yachts. -- IBI,

* The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 announces a partnership with the Auckland-based, weather prediction company, PredictWind. After 25 years in development, PredictWind provide high resolution, weather prediction technology of exceptional accuracy: a system that was used successfully by the Swiss America's Cup Defenders, Alinghi, in Auckland and Valencia during the last two cycles of the America's Cup.

As partners with the Global Ocean Race 2011-12, PredictWind are offering to supply their 'Professional' software package to all the event's competitors free of charge for use in the 33,000 mile circumnavigation.

By linking the PredictWind weather forecasting data with the tactical and navigation software provided by Expedition and the yacht's polars, the combined information is a powerful, competitive tool --

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