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Alinghi Win Act 8 In Almeria
In the end, Tanguy Cariou's team on Alinghi secured victory by one of the biggest points margins of 22 points over Italy's Luna Rossa in 2nd place/
However, the fight for second was by the closest of margins with Luna Rossa holding off Ben Ainslie's Oman Air by just one point.
Ian Williams' Team GAC Pindar scored their best ever result of 2011 with a 4th place here in Almeria, stealing it from Groupe Edmond de Rothschild on the final upwind beat in the final race. It was a tough day for the French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who had been in contention for the podium throughout the event. But Pierre Pennec's team is still in the game for the Extreme Sailing Series ultimate victory - on 68 points for the season with Luna Rossa on 69. Emirates Team New Zealand was given redress after yesterday's crash and maintained 6th place ahead of double-Act winner The Wave, Muscat. Leigh McMillan's team were struggling to find their form in the light air Acts. Red Bull Extreme Sailing also had a tough end of regatta - Roman Hagara's crew still had everything to play for, lying in 8th overall, going into the final race but it was not to be.
Alex Schneiter's debut in the Extreme 40 circuit was rewarded with two race wins today, and they ended Act 8 in a respectable 9th place, four points ahead of Roland Gaebler's Team Extreme and Alberto Barovier's Niceforyou team on 135 points, his team enjoying a morale-boosting race win in the penultimate race.
Standings after 32 races (16.10.11)
1. Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey, 254 points
Extreme Sailing Series 2011
1. Luna Rossa, 69 points
Barking Mad Takes Farr 40 European Title
Transfusion (AUS), owned by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, took an early lead in the first race of the day and went on to cross the finish line ahead of Nico Poons' Charisma (MON). Enfant Terrible took third place which left them on equal points with Barking Mad overall while Transfusion was just two points behind. The final race of the series was then a four-way battle for the silverware between the American boat and Transfusion, Enfant Terrible and Struntje Light, who despite a deep finish in Race 9 were still in the running for a top spot. Race 10 gave Barking Mad a resounding win ahead of Struntje Light and Transfusion who was later disqualified as the result of a protest and slipped back to fourth place overall.
During the prize giving ceremony Enfant Terrible also received a trophy as overall winner after four events in the Farr 40 European Circuit. Alessandro Barnaba's Fiamma was second and NIco Poons' Charisma third.
The next event for the Farr 40 fleet will be in 2012 at the Quantum Key West Race Week taking place from January 16th to 20th.
1. Barking Mad - Jim Richardson, USA, 31 points
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Higher Speeds, Lower Comfort
On Thursday, the mid-fleet pack, locked in a cycle of squalls and calms, were compressed to 350 miles in the Doldrums while Campagne de France and BSL extended their lead to just under two days, passing through the Fastnet Marine Insurance Scoring Gate at the Fernando de Noronha archipelago separated by four hours with Campagne de France taking the maximum six points.
Over Thursday and Friday morning, Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis found the Doldrums exit door and entered the Trades, followed late on Friday by Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai. During the weekend, Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis crossed the Equator on Saturday with Cessna Citation taking four points at the Fastnet Marine Insurance Gate shortly after 01:00 GMT on Sunday and Financial Crisis just a few miles north of the gate at 15:00 GMT on Sunday.
Merron's French co-skipper confirms the levels of discomfort on board: "The water temperature is OK, but it's just the salt that begins to get to you," says Halvard Mabire. "It gets everywhere; on our clothing, on our skin, on the varnished carbon boom, forming white, crystal pustules that would challenge the most experienced dermatologist," he continues. "From time to time, we rinse our faces off with fresh water from the desalinator, but it's only a momentary pleasure, as when you stick your nose outside the cabin, you get another face full of seawater." In the 15:00 GMT position poll on Sunday, Mabire and Merron had added an extra 26 miles in 24 hours to their lead over Ross and Campbell Field, bringing the distance deficit over BSL to 52 miles.
Leg 1 places at 17 October 00:00 UTC
1. Campagne de France, Mabire / Merron, 2761 nm to leg finish
"Edulis" one of the support boats diverted and is alongside Chavarria. He must make a jury rig and return to the Canaries, the Cape Verde Islands are too far away.
Perils of the sea for some, amazing race for others. Yesterday in the early evening, Sebastien Rogues (716 - Eole Generation - GDF SUEZ) was leading. He even made a (very) short break of a few miles, but he gybed futher west hoping to find more pressure. Risky option?
At dawn Bertrand Delesne (754 - Zone Large) took the lead from Sebastien and Thomas Normand (787 - Financiere de l'Echiquier). "Seb" is 36 miles further west in latitude compared to Bertrand and Thomas. Who is right? There are 10 boats within less than 27 miles.
Eric Llull's (566 - Noble Cocoa) morale should be the highest. Already excellent in the first leg, he follows an almost straight course close to the direct route. At Saturday night score, he was 15.42 miles ahead of Davy Beaudart (674 - Innovea Environnement). This morning he was 14 miles ahead of Renaud Mary (535 - runo.fr), but already 19.43 miles of Pierre Brasseur (552 - Voile Ocean) and over 20 miles of Davy Beaudart.
Rankings 16 October 1600 UTC
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Top three, Protos:
Running The Rhumblines
The proud Sandpiper skipper naturally attempts to protect his space on the Whitsunday Sailing Club courses when Sandpiper goes head to head with the John Galloway skippered Queensland Marine Services but that changes during the friendly 'banter' at the meal table.
Both Queensland Marine Services and Sandpiper have a long history of successful racing on Pioneer Bay and naturally John Galloway and Colin Pruden are happy with their individual results.
However Colin Pruden who married Kathryn Galloway has learnt to understand that sailing families will always protect their reputations on the race course and John Galloway has always been known to be a fair and tough competitor.
Some time ago Colin Pruden told this columnist that he was a lone voice when both families talked sailing over a meal.
"We have managed to rib each other a bit which is accepted as par for the course". He said. Generally John Galloway has enjoyed holding the 'bragging rights' and that continued when daughter Kathryn guided by the tactical experience of her father successfully helmed Queensland Marine Services to a comfortable win in the Whitsunday Sailing Club Lady Skippers championship event on Pioneer Bay.
The daughter-father combination revealed the value of their long term sailing experience to ward off a strong challenge from the Michelle Webb skippered and Jeff Brown owned 007 while skipper Colin Pruden was forced to face some further verbal torment when Sandpiper filled third place.
"Really it's all good fun and I'm well prepared to take the punishment". He said. However the new generation Sandpiper crew are confident of bridging the gap. During a recent television interview with Channel 7 a relatively confident Colin Pruden spoke about the importance of understanding the local conditions after finishing with a deserved Silver Medal at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.
That result was a career highlight showing that the past generation Kim Swarbrick designed S111 Sandpiper can still race competitively in open company.
But a challenge remains for the Sandpiper crew to allow their happy skipper the opportunity to share the conversations when he enjoys the post race family feast with his wife's family. Presently the father and daughter combination have shown their class to rule the waves on Pioneer Bay leaving the vocal Sandpiper skipper to sit in silence when the family meet at the meal table. -- Ian Grant
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ICRA Seek Team for Defence of 2012 Commodore's Cup
ICRA Commodore Barry Rose says that despite the current difficult environment ICRA remains hopeful of mounting a serious defence and have waited until now to allow the maximum time to those who may consider supporting the challenge.
The Rolex Commodores Cup takes place from 21st to 28th July 2012 based in Cowes. Ireland first won this prestigious International Trophy in 2010 .
The regatta format has been changed by event organisers the RORC in that the smallest boat will now have a minimum rating of 1.020 with the biggest boat maximum rating of 1.230. There will be only one boat per team allowed to rate in excess of 1.150.
This means there will no longer be three separate classes so all starts will be all in which will add to the excitement and spectacle of the event.
Countries will be free to decide on their own combination of boat sizes within the above bands which will add further to the intrigue of this non discard seven day test of inshore and offshore racing.
ICRA is asking for potential interested owners to make contact with them as soon as possible in order that a meeting can be held within the next month to advance ideas on how best to mount a successful defence.
From Afloat magazine:
San Diego Gearing Up for AC World Series
Bringing the racing into the Bay makes a sharp contrast to when the Cup was previously in San Diego and races were held offshore, past Point Loma. Now, the AC Village will be on Harbor Drive, where spectators will be able to see the racing from Broadway Pier, as well as at the AC Experience at Harbor Island, one of the best views of the course.
For the teams, San Diego marks the third stop on the America's Cup World Series, which awards points for both the overall Match Racing and Fleet Racing Championship. The 2011-2012 World Series concludes July 1st in Newport, Rhode Island.
The nine crews competing in the America's Cup World Series represent seven nations, and several of the more experienced sailors in the fleet recall their previous Cup days in San Diego with fondness.
"I am really excited to race in San Diego again," said Bertrand Pacé, the skipper of the French Aleph team. "I sailed in two Louis Vuitton Cups there in the 1990s and I learned an awful lot about the America's Cup there. We all have great memories of that period. To go back and race AC45s in the Bay next month will be completely different. The game has moved on a lot over the past 16 years, but I'm sure that the warmth of San Diego hasn't changed at all."
The America's Cup World Series - San Diego has its opening weekend on November 12 and 13, ahead of the racing for AC World Series points in the Match and Fleet Racing Championships, which run from November 16-20.
In the Final, William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) won 3-1 against David Gilmour (Team Gilmour), thereby securing a berth at the Monsoon Cup, the final event on the ISAF 2011 World Match Racing Tour.
The Asian Match Racing Championships semi finals continued today with New Zealand's William Tiller and his Full Metal Jacket crew already 1-0 overnight.
He won both the starts against Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club sailor Chin Yew Seah (Zoke Kiwi Match) and his 3-0 result took him into the Final.
David Gilmour (Team Gilmour) with the same score line won both starts to finish 3-0 win against the more experienced Reuben Corbett (AON Racing).
Perfect conditions for the Final, with 8-10 knots blowing from the east.
William Tiller is the 2011 Asian Match Racing Champion and joins an elite fleet in the 2011 Monsoon Cup being raced here in Kuala Terengganu from November 22nd-27th 2011.
18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge
Gotta Love It 7 was near the lead throughout the race and had to overcome her backmarker status in the 3-buoys handicapping system to score a brilliant 1m40s victory.
Second placing went to new Lumix skiff with Jonathan Whitty, Greg Dixon and James Hozak on board.
Asko Appliances, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Keiran Cowan and Stewart Wells, finished a further 1m17s behind Lumix, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) fourth, Fisher & Paykel (Andrew Chapman) fifth and Pure Blonde (Tom Clout) sixth.
Conditions played a big part through the fleet with many positions fluctuating for several of the top teams.
Most affected were Yandoo, Smeg (Nick Press) and Mojo Wine. Several teams are also still waiting for new sails and masts so the racing will be eve closer in the series as the fleet becomes more settled.
Gotta Love It 7's win will also come at a price as the skiff will receive a further 3-minutes penalty for her win today. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League
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