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Esimit Europa 2 Takes Line Honours at 2011 Rolex Middle Sea Race
Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo. Click on image for photo gallery.

Middle Sea Race Just before 0100 CEST on Tuesday, 24 October, Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour in Malta to claim the line honours win at the 2011 Rolex Middle Sea Race. The Slovenian boat finished at 00 hours, 54 minutes, 35 seconds. Esimit Europa 2 completed the course in an elapsed time of 61 hours, 24 minutes and 35 seconds.

Dockside at the Royal Malta Yacht Club, owner and project manager Igor Simcic was presented with a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece by Malcolm Lowell Jr. from Edwards' Lowell, as well as the R.L.R. Line Honours Trophy by Royal Malta Yacht Club Commodore, Georges Bonello DuPuis.

In 2010, Esimit Europa2 was also the line honours winner, with an elapsed time of 54 hours, 52 minutes, 32 seconds.

As Esimit Europa 2 crossed the line in Malta, the nearest yacht, Ran (GBR), was approximately 90 nautical miles behind, and was expected at the finish in Malta Tuesday afternoon.

A total of 70 yachts started the 32nd Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday, 22 October; to date, one boat has retired, the Class 40 Pogo 1 (GER).

ww.rolexmiddlesearace.com

Transat 6.50: Mathieu Claveau Forced to Abandon His Boat
Mathieu Claveau (405 - Okoume Les chevaux du Beal) collided last night with one unidentified floating object that severely damaged his hull. This also caused important leaks on board. The water level rose rapidly and forced Mathieu to start the standard procedure for external help request by pressing the red button on his beacon and releasing his sarsat beacon. He has been evacuated of his boat.

A cargo ship was diverted on 45 miles toward the area and the escort boat Edulis was diverted by the Race Direction. In agreement with the MRCC, which oversaw the operation, the cargo was asked to be on the weather-beam and athwart the sea to protect Mathieu during his evacuation. Mathieu has board on his life raft and two Edulis's crewmembers in the rear skirt have caught him and his first aid bag - which he had carefully prepared. Mathieu will remain on board of Edulis until Bahia.

Mathieu' statement - by Iridium:
"I had 10 knots of wind when it happened. I was asleep and I was awakened by a great shock. I have made more sails and then, while I was looking inside the boat, I saw the water gushing under my kitchen board. I went down, I plunged my hand and I felt the wood of the hull that exploded. I think that I hit a metal object that destroyed my hull. The boat was filled with water in one hour. I tried to bail out but I quickly realized that this was not possible and that it was completely useless. I had battery up until half an hour before the arrival of the cargo and Edulis in the area. I was surprised that everyone is there so quickly. I have all prepared to stay one or two days without help. All is fine... "

www.charentemaritime-bahia.transat650.net

Oyster Marine
Oyster Marine Charter Broker/Administrative Assistant - Palma

We are looking for a Retail Charter Broker with minimum two years experience to assist in our newly opened office in Palma, Mallorca.

Role and responsibilities
Oyster Charter currently operates Charter Management and retail bookings worldwide managed from Oyster's US office. The Palma based broker will be responsible for promoting and booking charters direct with clients based in Continental Europe, Asia and Australia. This service will include preparation of all necessary contractual paperwork and financial invoicing, advising clients and reporting directly to the Oyster Charter Manager.

In addition to charter broker duties the role will include the administrative duties of the Palma office: reception, monthly accounting, coordinating office logistics, supporting brokers and the company with regards to individual marketing projects and events.

Requirements
- Organizational skills, customer service skills and attention to detail.
- Minimum 2-year experience as a retail charter broker.
- Knowledge of the yachting industry and a familiarity with sailing yachts.
- Comprehension of Commercial Charter Agreements, and Commercial Regulations would be beneficial.
- Computer literacy (as a minimum proficiency in Word and Excel).
- In addition to English, fluency in at least Spanish and one other foreign language is preferred. - Occasional travel is required to attend various European Boat Shows.

Please send your CV with a short covering letter to Molly Marston at:

Volvo Ocean Race Countdown Enters Final Week
Alicante, Spain: The Iberdrola In-Port Race, a close-quarters sprint around a short course next Saturday, October 29, will mark the start of the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Months of preparation and training will be put to the test as the fleet of state-of-the-art 70ft racing yachts go head-to-head in Alicante Bay at 1400 local time (1200 UTC) in the first points-scoring race of the event.

With just over a week until the in-port race, time is running out for Team Sanya, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, Team Telefónica, Groupama sailing team and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG as they carry out their final preparations.

The format of the race sees points scored in both in-port racing and offshore legs. In each port the teams will compete for 18 per cent of the total points up for grabs.

The rest of the points are awarded for the nine offshore legs that will see the teams battle it out over 39,000 nautical miles through four oceans. The team with the most points at the end of the eight-month race will become only the 11th team ever to win the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy.

The Race Village features a host of attractions including a 3D cinema, a simulator recreating the feeling of sailing a Volvo Open 70 at 25 knots, a winch grinding challenge and a zone dedicated to entertaining children.

Following the in-port race, the Legends Regatta and Reunion will see representatives from 61 former Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread Round the World Race yachts converge in Alicante with up to 15 yachts from past editions racing from November 1 to 5.

The six teams will then face their biggest challenge - 6,500 nautical miles of gruelling ocean racing from Alicante through the Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa, starting on November 5.

Both the Iberdrola In-Port Race and the start of Leg 1 will be streamed live at www.volvooceanrace.com alongside a live blog.

Clipper 11-12 Race 4: Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia
The fleet is being compressed as a concertina effect comes into play with the back markers benefitting from stronger winds and the leaders remaining hampered by the lingering high pressure system.

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Derry-Londonderry and Visit Finland, the three most north westerly boats, have all logged triple-digit 12-hour runs whilst the boats at the front of the pack have continued to struggle in light airs.

The boats towards the back of the fleet will be hoping that they are dealt better conditions for the Ocean Sprint than the leaders.

New York has declared their elapsed time for the Ocean Sprint, covering the distance between 90 and 95 degrees east in 31h 48m 2s.

Skipper Gareth Glover said that it had felt more like a drift than a sprint, and their time of 31h 48m 02s wasn't fast enough to beat the time set by De Lage Landen of 27h 10m 46s. With the chasing pack closing in, Gareth is aware that their position is precarious.

Qingdao also started the Ocean Sprint yesterday and Ian Conchie and his team will need to have finished by 1127.01 UTC today in order to beat De Lage Landen's time. Geraldton Western Australia needs to finish by 1914.19 UTC today to beat the current fastest time, if Qingdao fails to improve on the Dutch team's time.

If Qingdao fails to beat Stuart Jackson's time, Singapore would need to finish by 1521.45 UTC today to be in with a chance of winning the extra bonus point. The teams have to declare their start and finish times for the Ocean Sprint to the Race Office within three hours in order to be eligible for winning the bonus point.

The fleet is expected to arrive in Geraldton in Western Australia between 26 and 31 October.

Positions at 0900 UTC, Monday 24 October

1. Gold Coast Australia - 1,178nm to finish
2.De Lage Landen - 1,253nm (+75nm to leader)
3. New York - 1,271nm (+93nm)
4. Welcome to Yorkshire - 1,291nm (+113nm)
5. Qingdao - 1,319nm (+141nm)
6. Geraldton Western Australia - 1,328nm (+150nm)
7. Singapore - 1,353nm (+175nm) position at 0600
8. Visit Finland - 1,429nm (+251nm)
9. Derry-Londonderry - 1,433nm (+255nm)
10. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital - 1,473nm (+295nm) position at 0600

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

New Record for Wolfpack Racing Team
Photo by Magne Klann. Click on image for photo gallery.

New record for Wolfpack Racing Team The regatta season in the Nordics is definitely over, as the winter gets closer. But a little frostbite didn't stop Wolfpack Racing Team and their TP52. Tuesday evening they broke the speed record between Denmark and Norway.

The TP52 Wolfpack, ex-Fram XVI, started form Skagen, the northern tip of Denmark, in a fresh southwesterly gale Tuesday afternoon just before the sun went below the horizon.

- We saw 40 knops of wind right after the start and ended up in a spectacular broach where we lost 5-6 minutes. It was an 80 nautical miles wet and dark ride, says Thomas Nilsson on Wolfpack Racing Team.

The team has had a successful season with speed record and over all win in the FjordSailing Shetland Race, gold in the Norwegian Championship and gold in several other big Norwegian regattas.

For this speed record they brought aboard, amongst others, Olympic medallist Peer Moberg, VOR sailor Arve Roaas, Fram crew Kjell Arne Myrann, and Farr 40 sailors Ivar Andreas Monefeldt and Nils Jacob Nordenstrom.

The team drove the boat hard and had an 15.96 knots of average speed, and 24.03 knots as max speed. The 52 footer never sailed slower than 11 knots during the 80 nautical miles.

The crew was rewarded with a new speed record, breaking the old with 48 minutes. The new record now stands at 5 hours 4 minutes and 5 seconds. The old record belonged to Rune Aasberg and crew on Solo, a Class 40. Aasberg is now on his way to the start of the Transat Jaques Vabre with his sailing partner Simen Lovgren.

- We had hopped to break the five hour record, but the wind was variable and where more westerly at the end of the attempt. But we got the record, and it was a very good finale for this season, says Thomas Nilsson. -- Jon Amtrup

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Garmin Hamble Winter Series
Photo by Eddie Mays, www.eddiemays.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Garmin Hamble Winter Series This weekend HRSC hosted some close racing and some epic on-water battles in the Hamble Autumn Championships and Garmin Hamble Winter Series, in conditions that ranged from gusty to exciting. There was some masterful sailing - and the odd impressive wipeout - across the fleet.

Saturday was the start of the second Hamble Autumn Championships weekend, with racing on two courses for J/80, Laser SB3, J/109, Quarter Ton and Impala 28 classes. The wind, a gusty and shifty SSE'ly of 14-18 knots, provided some useful shifts for competitors, allowing some to make big gains. Race officers Jamie Wilkinson and Ian Sumner set good windward-leeward courses, and all classes enjoyed some extremely close combat over the day's four races.

The J/80s, SB3s and Quarter Tonners sailed 3 races on Sunday. J2X edged past J.A.T to take the first two races, and Oi! beat both of them in the final race of the series, but it wasn't enough to keep J.A.T off the top spot overall. In the SB3s, Trouble and Strife took the first race ahead of Chill Pill, who then went on to win the next two and take the series. Whiskers won the Quarter Tonners overall, 16 points ahead of Bullet in 2nd

In the Spinlock sponsored main fleet racing of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series, the race team made a popular early call to run only one race. In the Autumn Championships fleet, John McQuillan's Happy won the Impala class, while Richard and Valerie Griffiths' OutraJeous won the J/109s. In IRC 0, Brevity continued her winning form, while in IRC 1, Visit Malta Puma won convincingly. Michael Brough's Steady Barker won the IRC 2 class, and ImadJinn took IRC 3.

In the Sigma 38s, Max and Rebecca Walker pipped Nigel Goodhew's Persephone over the line to take the top spot after a close-fought battle around the course, while in IRC 4, Impala 28 Trudi was first in class. In the mixed sportsboat class, depleted this week due to the Autumn Championships, Paul French's Hunter 707 Turbulence was the only finisher, but revelled in the strong winds and big waves downwind.

There are now some promising battles lining up for the rest of the series, particularly in the Sigma 38 class, where Pavlova and Persephone are tied for the top spot and in IRC4, where first and second place currently have equal points and an identical scorecard.

Next weekend sees the return of the Rule 26 Hamble Big Boat Series on both days, as well as the fourth weekend of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series, with day sponsor OneSails GBR.

Full results: www.garminhamblewinterseries.co.uk

18ft Skiffs:Beko 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 2
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18ft Skiffs:Beko 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 2 Sydney Harbour: It was a day to remember for the Fisher & Paykel crew of Andrew Chapman, Ewan Duckworth and Tim Baraclough when they came from behind to take out Race 2 of the Beko 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour today.

The win was Andrew's first as a skipper in the 18s, and he did it with sails he made himself.

To add to the win was the fact that the Fisher & Paykel team now leads the series on six points and collects $1,000 for being the leader after two rounds.

TBA (sponsor yet to be named), skippered by Matt Searle, finished 32s behind Fisher & Paykel, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) a further 1m32s back in third place.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers is now in second place in the series with a score of seven points, followed by Pure Blonde (Tom Clout) on 11, TBA and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 12 and Race 1 winner Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) on 14.

With a light, uncertain breeze prevailing at the time, the starter sent the fleet over a three laps windward-return course.

Race 3 of the five-race Beko Challenge Series, for the Yandoo Trophy, will be sailed next Sunday with the following two races each Sunday until 13 November. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League

www.flying18s.com
www.18footers.com.au

11 Vendee Globe Skippers in the Transat Jacques Vabre
Out of the thirteen monohulls that will be setting sail in the Transat Jacques Vabre on 30th October from Le Havre, 11 will be sailed by skippers that will be lining up for the start of the 2012 Vendee Globe. With a year to go to the start of the non-stop solo round the world race, this transatlantic race resembles a rehearsal for the skilled sailors, as they attempt to grab the crown from Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier-Benac, the winners of the 2009 race.

4730 miles of double-handed sailing between Le Havre and Puerto Limon in Costa Rica: that is what faces the thirteen duos taking part in the tenth Transat Jacques Vabre. A great opportunity to see how they measure up before the next Vendee Globe, which is due to start on 10th November 2012. The future entrants in the non-stop solo round the world race certainly see it like that, as 11 of them will be there at the start: Arnaud Boissieres, Kito de Pavant, Jean-Pierre Dick, Francois Gabart, Mike Golding, Marc Guillemot, Armel Le Cleac'h, Vincent Riou, Bernard Stamm, Alex Thomson and Dominique Wavre. Only the Spaniard Javier Sanso and the Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto, who has just announced he will be taking part, are missing from the line-up.

Jean-Pierre Dick, Vincent Riou, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cleac'h will be competing aboard 4 VPLP-Verdier designed boats launched in 2010 or 2011; as for Bernard Stamm, he has opted for a Kouyoumdjian designed boat. Armel Le Cleac'h will be setting off with Christopher Pratt aboard Banque Populaire, the former Foncia aboard which Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart took part in the Barcelona World Race. Francois Gabart, will in fact be a serious contender for the podium alongside Sebastien Col. Currently building up his experience as he makes his way towards the Vendee Globe, he is calmly looking forward to his first major race aboard Macif, the most recent 60-foot IMOCA, which was launched last August. The Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm and his fellow crewman Jean-Francois Cuzon will be sailing aboard their new construction designed by Kouyoumdjian Cheminees Poujoulat and which was launched in May 2011.

www.vendeeglobe.org

Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Award Nominations
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Dee Caffari Nominations for the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards are now open and British yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, heads up their list of female high achievers in the world of sport in 2011. The awards invite anyone to nominate the sportswoman that has impressed them the most with their performances over the past 10 months.

In 2009, Caffari won the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards lunch and previous winners of their main award include Paula Radcliffe, Pippa Funnell, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Zara Phillips and Victoria Pendleton.

In her relatively short sailing career, Caffari has achieved a great deal. In May 2006, Caffari became the first woman to sail around the world non-stop against the prevailing winds and currents. In February 2009, Caffari secured a double world first by crossing the official finish line of the Vendee Globe yacht race after 99 days to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop both ways around the world. On completion of the Barcelona World Race in April 2011, Dee was thrust into the record books for a third time as the woman that has sailed non-stop around the planet more times than any other in history.

To make your nomination go to:
www.thesundaytimes.co.uk
Nominations close at midnight on Monday 31 October 2011

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