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Transat Jacques Vabre Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, this Thursday, November 24 at 07hrs59min 08 sec UTC/GMT. After leading the race continuously since the start in Le Havre on Wednesday 2nd November, the duo scored a convincing victory completing the course in an elapsed time of 21d 17h 59m 08s at an average speed over the theoretical course of 4730 miles of 9.06kts. They sailed an actual course measured at 5339miles at an average of 10.23kts.

Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet left their rivals in their wake since they powered off the start line in the lead of the fleet of 16 Class 40s over three weeks ago. They had already won one race before they had even started? a battle to be ready for the gun after damaging their rudder during the delivery passage to Le Havre. It would appear that this was their only set back as the duo composed a faultless victory.

During the first ten days leading the fleet they fought strong adverse winds and big seas but still lead. Sadly their nearest rivals, the young British duo Ned Collier Wakefield and Sam Goodchild on Concise 2, the race's youngest duo, had to retire into the Azores with hull damage but they had been pushed hard, with the Brits as close as two miles behind just before they were forced out.

That gave free rein to the duo to sail their own race, keeping a loose cover on the chasing duo on ERDF Des Pieds and Des Mains who have mostly been more than 100 miles behind and who are expected to finish later today.

Tiller Takes Charge In Malaysia
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia: Will Tiller, the young Kiwi skipper who qualified for the Monsoon Cup after winning the Asian Match Racing Championships, put in an inspired performance in the second Qualifying Session today to reach the quarter-finals of the World Match racing Tour season finale.

Tiller's winning streak included the scalps of five Tour Card Holders including current Tour leader Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, two of the three favourites to win the ISAF Match Racing World Championship but who've struggled for consistent form so far in Malaysia.

With Williams and Mirsky suffering indifferent form here in Kuala Terengganu, they'll be weary of their nearest rival for the Championship, Francesco Bruni who is just one win away from a guaranteed berth in the quarter-finals. The Italian has looked confident in the Foundation 36 boats, but the two losses he suffered late in the day to Phil Robertson and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team frustrated him:

The French Match Racing Team duo of Mathieu Richard and Damien Iehl, have endured a torrid time at the 2011 Monsoon Cup with both teams on the brink of going home. Just one more defeat for either skipper would spell the end to their 2011 Tour. For Richard, a skipper widely tipped to finally win the World Championship this season but who relied on a wildcard to compete in Malaysia, the pressure is on to get a good score here and boost his overall position in the Tour standings.

Torvar Mirsky finished the second Qualifying Session on 3-4 and sits afoot a group of teams, including Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners and Ian Williams (GBR), who all have some work to do to qualify for the quarter-finals. Interestingly, Williams faces both Mirsky and Bruni, his nearest title rivals, in his first two matches tomorrow.

While never certain, five wins here should put teams into a tie-break for the quarter-finals while six wins should assure teams of a semi-final berth. The one thing that is certain is that Jeremy Koo, the qualifier from the Asian Match Racing Championships will not make it to the knock-out stages with a winless Monsoon Cup campaign so far. The Malaysian though will have a chance to redeem himself tomorrow when he takes on Hansen and Berntsson.

Qualifying will conclude from 10:00 (GMT+8) on Friday 25 November 2011, after the World Match Racing Tour Morning Show with Hannah White. Live coverage from Pulau Duyong continues from 15:00 to 17:00 (GMT +8) on

Results after Qualifying Session Two:
Will Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 6-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing 5-2
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 5-3
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 5-3
Phil Robertson (NZL) Team China powered by WAKA Racing 5-3
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 4-3
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 4-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 4-4
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 3-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 3-5
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 2-5
Jeremy Koo (MAS) Abdullah Chan/KRT 0-9

Sailing Legends - The Story Of The World's Greatest Ocean Race
Sailing Legends - The Story Of The World's Greatest Ocean Race By Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall - Endeavour Books - £40 + p&p

A special numbered limited edition signed by the authors to make the perfect Christmas gift The Whitbread Round the World Race - now the Volvo Ocean Race - spans 40 years, ten races and more than 300,000 miles across the most inhospitable seas. From gentlemanly competition in yachts designed more for graceful living than screaming around Cape Horn, the race has progressed to purpose built craft with few creature comforts, crewed by fanatical, professionals.

Millions have been spent, legends created and six men have died. No one takes the race lightly and no one tells the story better than journalists, Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall who have been there for every race from the first in 1973. They mark the anecdotes, highlight all the major stories, and provide biographies of sailing's greatest names from the first handicap and line honour winners, Ramon Carlin and Sir Chay Blyth, to double winner Conny van Rietschoten, French legend Eric Tabarly, those great New Zealand rivals Sir Peter Blake and Grant Dalton, through to the latter day Volvo race winners. They also detail the awesome advances in design and construction that make today's yachts formidably tough, surfing greyhounds capable of hitting 40knots + and sustaining 600 mile daily runs. The book also lists every crewmember to have taken part.

176 pages. 128 colour pictures and illustrations.

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Five Wins In A Row For Gold Coast Australia
Photo by Gary Marshall / onEdition. Click on image for photo gallery.

Gold Coast Australia Tauranga, New Zealand: It was a nail biting and frustrating finish for Gold Coast Australia, one of the ten 68- foot yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, as they closed in on the Race 5 finish line at Tauranga, New Zealand, to secure their fifth consecutive victory in the 15-race series.

Beating into a strong north westerly breeze they crossed the finish line at 03.26 local time on Friday 25 (1426 UTC Thursday 24).

The team had led from the start of the 3,800-mile stage, which set out from Geraldton, Western Australia, 19 days ago. As they closed in on the finish line in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, the brakes went on for the front runners and they had to watch as the chasing pack closed down their lead. As they rounded the East Cape, 100 miles from the finish line, disaster struck and they damaged their mainsail, forcing the team to complete the race under a much reduced sail plan.

Gold Coast Australia's winning streak equals that of Ras Turner and his crew on Ariel in the first edition of the event, Clipper 96. The record of six consecutive wins is held by Alex Thomson, winning skipper in Clipper 98.

This will be the first time the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has visited New Zealand since its inception in 1996 and organisers will be meeting with local businesses and government representatives to strengthen links with the region and demonstrate how partners use the event as a global platform to promote trade, tourism, culture and social inclusion.

Race 6 to Gold Coast, Australia, starts on Sunday 4 December.

YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year
The finalists of the 2011 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year awards have been announced. The vote for the overall winner now goes to the members of the Yachting Journalists' Association (YJA) in a secret ballot. The winner of each award will be revealed at two separate ceremonies during the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show in January 2012. YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year finalists include:

Ben Ainslie CBE
Despite having already won three Olympic gold medals and a silver, Ben is far from sitting back and basking in the glory of his past successes. In this pre Olympic year he has worked hard to achieve yet more spectacular results including winning the 2011 Weymouth Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta and the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta (Olympic test event).

Dee Caffari MBE
In the 2010/11 two handed Barcelona World Race 38 year old Dee and her co skipper, Spaniard Anna Corbella finished in 6th place. On completion of this race Dee entered the record books as the only woman to have circumnavigated the globe, non stop, three times.

Nick Craig
Nick not only won the highly competitive OK World Championship in 2011 but in doing so also became the only person ever, to hold the World, UK National and Inland championship titles. He also won the RS400 National championship. To conclude an outstanding year, Craig went on to secure an overall win of the extremely challenging Endeavour Championship for the 5th time.

Finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year include:

Elliot Hanson
The 17 year old sailor from Macclesfield sealed the U21 World Laser Radial bronze medal and U21 European Laser Radial title at the 2011 World and European Laser Radial Mens and Standard Junior Championships. Two weeks later he went on to secure a World and European silver medal at the 2011 World and European Laser Radial Youth Championships.

Ben Jelf
At the age of just 11, Ben has not only retained his two British titles from 2010 but has also received international recognition of the highest level claiming both a UIM World and European Powerboat Championship title in just his third year of racing.

Annabel Vose and Megan Brickwood
Annabel and Megan kick started 2011 by winning the Ladies 420 World title in Buenos Aires, in the 420 World Championships at just 16 years old and despite having a broken mast. The girls achieved RYA Team GBR's best result at the championship for five years. They also won silver at the 2011 Flanders Regatta (Nieuwpoort, Belgium) and were 1st female crew and won the bronze medal in the female fleet at the 2011 Open 420 Junior European Championships (Nieuwpoort, Belgium).

Winners of both awards will be voted for by members of the Yachting Journalists' Association. The YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony at midday on Tuesday 10th January 2012 at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London.

The YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award will be announced at 14:10 hrs on Saturday 7th January 2012 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show at ExCel, at the Knowledge Box.

Piling On The Pressure
t 1900 UTC tonight, CAMPER (Chris Nicholson/AUS) was continuing to pile pressure on leg leader Team Telefonica (Iker Martínez/ESP).

They've been taking miles out of Telefonica's lead for the past 24 hours and have now closed to within 100 nautical miles of Martínez and his men. Nicholson has everything stowed aft and is pushing Telefonica as hard as he can.

Navigator Andrew Cape, has positioned Telefonica perfectly to the southeast of CAMPER and a significant windshift to the southwest this evening will force CAMPER to gybe bringing with it the threat of the windless centre of the Saint Helena High. Telefonica however will be perfectly positioned for the new wind direction.

Although the finish is now within a 1000 nm, CAMPER's crew is still completely focused on reeling in the leader and for the first time in days, they are sailing in similar conditions. The team is realistic about their slim chances of overhauling Telefonica, but a breakage or a bad call would give the chasing team just the opportunity they are seeking.

Much further north and dodging round the edge of the Saint Helena High, third-placed Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) has been sailing in near perfect conditions for the last three days. "It's exactly what I was looking for when starting the Volvo Ocean Race," said helmsman/trimmer Thomas Coville.

Leg 1 hasn't been an easy leg for Groupama who made some early choices which left them trailing. "Being behind isn't nice and, at least, we are enjoying ourselves when steering and trimming. It helps to forget a few things" said Coville.

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Dubarry Crosshaven
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'Hoisting A Spar' On Hobart's River Derwent
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Couta Sitting having a beer at Cygnet Regatta on the Huon River south of Hobart, Tasmania, early in 2010 a group of Tasmanian friends watched two 'couta boats sail past.

One of them was Robert Clifford, chairman of Incat, the Hobart-based ship-building company known internationally for its ocean-going, high-speed commercial catamarans. Another was Bruce Darcey, who had spent a lifetime building wooden boats and had been in charge of interior fit-out of some 40 vessels until his retirement after working at Incat for 20 years.

Within a few months Bruce ('Darce') was convinced that it was time to build one more boat, a gaff-rigged wooden 'couta boat.

'Couta boats are restored originals or replicas of the famous gaff-rigged Queenscliff gaff-rigged 'couta boats that fished for barracouta ('couta) in Bass Strait in the early 1900s, their base being the historic fishing village just inside Port Phillip. Their catches became an integral part of the 'fish 'n' chips business in Melbourne, the fastest boats to sail back to Sorrento getting the best price for the fish.

Over the past 25 years, 'couta boats, both restored originals and replicas, have become widely popular among recreational yachtsmen, with regular racing regattas held on Melbourne's Port Phillip at Sorrento. There are now hundreds, spread around the coastal waters of Australia.

Plans were drawn, and Bruce began working on the hull mid-winter 2010, with three owners, Robert Clifford ('Big Bean'), Peter Fugslang ('Fuggles') and Bruce Darcey ('Darce') involved in the project. All three had built wooden boats at some stage of their careers, but Bruce was the consummate professional.

Working mostly alone, Bruce had the sheer plank on by Christmas. Sadly, over the holiday, Bruce fell ill and passed away in early February 2011 before seeing the boat completed.

Just over a week later, the part completed boat, built of three iconic Tasmanian timber, King Billy, Huon and Celery Top pines, attracted much attention as a working exhibit at among the 300 wooden craft at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival on Hobart's historic waterfront.

The owners, and Darce's former Incat colleagues, worked from February to July this year to complete the boat, and last Saturday (19 November) this magnificent replica of a Queenscliff 'couta boat 'hoisted a spar' on a sparkling River Derwent.

"We're sure Darce would be proud of the finished result," was the unanimous comment from his fellow owners, family, friends and former boat-building colleagues who gathered on the shores of the Derwent at the bottom of Derwent Lane, Battery Point, for the launching and naming ceremony. -- Peter Campbell

ARC Yachts are Few Among Many
If you thought that the 217 boats that started in the ARC on Sunday represented the majority of the Atlantic crossers, think again. Most people sailing that way doesn't sail in the ARC but do the crossing on their own. According to statistics gathered by world cruiser Jimmy Cornell roughly 1500 boats crossed the Atlantic last year.

Jimmy Cornell is the founder of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, one of the most well organized and popular long distance cruises ever. Every year the rally gets fully booked well before the start.

The ARC is a secure and very social way to cross the Atlantic. But most sailors do not participate in the ARC. They choose to sail the Atlantic on their own, according to statistics from Cornell.

He will soon publish his latest book Cornell's Ocean Atlas.

In an article in the November issue of Cruising World he writes about how the cruising life is changing and where sailors prefer to sail. The Atlantic Ocean is by far the most popular.

"Las Palmas continues to be the main port of departure on a westbound transatlantic passage and the port authority recorded a total of 1,485 foreign flagged yachts calling at Las Palmas during 2010. Approximately 80 percent of those boats continued across the Atlantic; another 200 boats, roughly, left from other Canary islands. Some also leave from Madeira, in the Madeira Islands, and even directly from Gibraltar, so it can be assumed that around 1,500 crossed the Atlantic along the northeast trade winds route in 2010, which is similar to most years", he writes. -- Jon Amtrup

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 2006 Beneteau First 34.7. GBP 77,950. Located In Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Designed by Bruce Farr this pocket rocket is just as happy on a short windward leeward course or offshore. 'Astarte' is arguably the best equipped and prepared First 34.7 sailing today.

She is for sale by a motivated vendor who is selling to buy a bigger boat to accommodate their increasing family size. She is a highly custom spec'd boat - please have a look at the full specification for details on the extensive sail wardrobe and the custom commissioning list.

'Astarte' is ashore for winter and available for viewings by appointment any time.

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The Last Word
The telephone is a 100-year-old technology. It's time for a change. Charging for phone calls is something you did last century. -- Niklas Zennstrom

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