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Leg Honours For Telefonica But It's Franck's Day
Photo by Paul Todd / Volvo Ocean Race. Click on image for photo gallery.

VOR Team Telefonica secured overall victory in Leg 2 with a strong second place but there was joy too for Groupama sailing team on Wednesday as they notched their first win of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, snatching top spot ahead of their rivals in the dying moments of the sprint into Abu Dhabi.

The French challengers closed the gap with Telefonica to two boat lengths within 20 nautical miles of the finish during the fast-paced 98nm drag race from the Sharjah coastline, before clinching the lead with slick manoeuvres at the final mark rounding.

Despite racing with a cracked hull, which the sailors attempted to fix before racing resumed, Franck Cammas' men surged to victory in a 20 knot northwest breeze and big swell at 12:22:09 UTC, finishing just 52 seconds ahead of Telefonica.

"We were very fast today,'' Cammas said. "This morning we were a little worried about the repair. Now, I think we were so fast we will leave it."

All the boats were accompanied into the port by the traditional dhow boats.

Groupama scored six points to add to the 12 they scored for finishing fourth in Stage 1 of the leg that was split in to two stages by race organisers because of the increasing threat of pirates. The French team remain third on the overall leaderboard with 42 points and Telefonica hold poll position with 66 points.

CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson said his team were unsatisfied by their result, before describing Stage 2 as the "longest short race I've ever done''.

"It was a disappointing result,'' he said. "In this race we don't really feel like we've hit our straps yet. Courses like today's don't really seem to suit us but we know we have strengths in other areas and we know we'll come good when we get those conditions."

Abu Dhabi crewmember Adil Khalid, the first ever Emirati to compete in the race, added: "It's a great day for Abu Dhabi and a great day for me. It's amazing to be back home and I can't believe all the people who have come out here. There's a long way to go in the race. Today was just not our day. It was very fast out there."

Leg 2 Stage 2 results:

1. Groupama sailing team, 6 points
2. Team Telefonica, 5
3. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, 4
4. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, 3
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, 2

Overall Leg 2 results:
1. Team Telefonica, 29 points
2. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, 24
3. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, 19
4. Groupama sailing team, 18
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, 10

Overall leaderboard after Leg 2:
1. Team Telefonica, 66 points
2. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, 58
3. Groupama sailing team, 42
4. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, 28
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, 19
6. Team Sanya, 4

Yngling World Championships
Australian Michael Nash is leading the Yngling world championships after the first three races on day. Click on image to enlarge.

Yngling World Championships Consistency is the key to winning a world champion in a one-design class and it took Australian champion Michael Nash to the top of the leader board at the end of the opening day of the International Yngling World Championship on Sydney Harbour.

Nash and his crew of Mel Nathan and Greg Harnett had a 2-3-4 score with three heats sailed on a day when the temperature reached 33° C in Sydney, tempered on the water by the 10-15 knot nor'nor'easterly breeze that gusted to 19 knots.

A 25-30 knot southerly change sweeping up the east Australian coast finally gave some relief to Sydney when it hit the Harbour city about 5pm, by which time the racing for the Ynglings had finished. At least it cooled things down at the balcony and lawns of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron which is hosting the Worlds.

The opening day of the world championship for this three-crew keelboat produced three winners but only one of them ended up in the top three on the overall pointscore, with Australia's Michael Nash the overall leader on 9 points.

The Youth crew from The Netherlands, skippered by Anne-Christianne Kentgens, had an impressive 3-12-2 score to be a close fourth overall on 17 points. -- Peter Campbell

First ten placings after day one are:

1. Michael Nash (AUS) 2-3-4, 9 pts
2. Maarten Jamin (NED) 4-6-1, 11 pts
3. Tom Otte (NED) 5-4-6, 15 pts
4. Hamish Jarrett (AUS), 1-8-7, 16 pts
5. Anne-Christianne Kentgens (NED) 3-12-2, 17 pts
6. Mikkel Winston (DEN) 13-5-3, 21 pts
7. Lucas Lier (DEN) 8-2-12, 22 pts
8. Jordan Reece (AUS) 11-9-5, 25 pts
9. JP van de Meeren (NED) 7-10-11, 28 pts
10. Adrian Nash (AUS) 15-13-8, 36 pts

Give up the 9-to-5 and Sail Away
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Featuring invaluable advice on choosing a boat, planning a round-the-world route, as well as a realistic look at the pros and cons of living on a boat. With information on safety, communications, children, insurance, and budgeting, this helpful guide will show anyone how to start their once in a lifetime journey.

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Transat Classique 2012 : 27 Entries Already
Now that the excitement over the Paris Boat Show has passed, it is time to make a first assessment and it is more than positive. Two weeks after the Transat Classique 2012's official launching, 27 yachts have already registered. Despite the Atlantic fleet being the biggest with 16 entries, the Mediterranean fleet still manages to increase each day and is now up to 11 units.

The famous Moonbeam IV, a gaff rigged cutter designed in 1914 by William Fife III and wonderfully restored in Burma, was one of the first to show the way. With its 35m overall length and 600m2 of sail (upwind), it can quite impress its rivals. But White Doplhin, a 20,20m ketch Marconi, designed and built in Italy by Beltrami also has a highly impressive record, having won 1st price AFYT 2011 in the Classiques Marconi category. Finally, Yen Li will be one of the smallest, yet one of the most outstanding participants in the adventure. Designed by an American architect, Arthur C. Robb and built in 1963 at the Cheoy Lee yard in Hong Kong, it measures 10,78 m and its owner is a frequent participant to ocean racing, having participated in Suffren's Bailly Trophee many times.

Stiren, the winner of the 1st edition of the Transat Classique in 2008 will defend its title. This yawl designed by the famous Olin Stephens and built in 1962 at Pichavant yard, demonstrated its power, its speed and the tenacity of its crew on the Douarnenez-Agadir-St Barth race.

This long list is not final, since many shipowners are still considering participating to the race. To help them make their decision, a notice of race will be published in the early days of 2012.

Douarnenez - Cascais (Portugal) .... : 22th July 2012
Saint Tropez - Cascais .................... : 25th October 2012
Cascais - Barbados ......................... : 2nd December 2012

2016 Olympic Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Evaluation
Santander are to host the 2016 Olympic Equipment Evaluation

ISAF is pleased to announce the venue and date for the equipment evaluation for the 2016 Olympic Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull.

The evaluation will be held from 17 to 25 March 2012 at Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.

Participants will be asked to provide two complete boats at the venue. Preliminary documentation along with Notice of Intent to participate and application fee shall be supplied to ISAF by 20 January 2012.

Guidelines on the Proposals Process can be found here
- Women's Two Person Skiff: - Mixed Multihull:

Response from ISAF with an invitation to participate will be sent to the manufacturer/supplier teams as early as possible and no later than 20 February 2012.

Major Rescue For Sailing School Yacht
Lifeboats from Dungeness and Dover and an RAF rescue helicopter all raced to the rescue of Liquid Vortex early today, 3 January 2012, after she broke down in storm force conditions.

The Beneteau 40.7, run by sailing school Hot Liquid, sent a distress signal from three miles off Dungeness Point at around 0530 this morning, reporting difficulties including broken steering.

All but one of the yacht's seven crew members were incapacitated by either injury or seasickness.

After three attempts Dungeness RNLI's Mersey class lifeboat eventually managed to transfer a crew member on board the distressed yacht to set up a tow, but the towline repeatedly broke under the strain of the very rough seas.

The more powerful Dover RNLI Severn class lifeboat took over tow attempts at around 0800, but they were prevented from entering Dover Harbour's western entrance, which was closed due to the severe conditions.

As the convoy made instead for the safer haven of The Downs, near Ramsgate, an RAF rescue helicopter winched a paramedic down onto Liquid Vortex. Four of the yacht's crew were airlifted for medical help.

The yacht's three remaining crew were met by a medical team at Ramsgate when the tow reached safety.

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Perfect Conditions Lure 166 to the Grafham Grand Prix
Photo by David Papworth. Click on image for photo gallery.

Grafham Grand Prix Sunny skies, mild temperatures and moderate winds attracted the best turnout in years to the Grafham Grand Prix on 2 January. With 166 boats spread across four dinghy fleets and a small entry of catamarans, a number of high profile sailors turned out for the 31st edition of the regatta, which is also the opener for the five-regatta SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2012.

Newly returned from the ISAF Worlds in Perth, Australia, local 470 star Ben Saxton set a blistering pace in the RS200 with his crew Catherine Alton to win both races in the Slow Handicap division of 38 entries. Similarly consistent were Steve and Joanne Sallis with two 2nds in their National 12, while two 3rds gave third spot to last year's Grand Prix winners Dave Lucas and Mark Longstaff, who came out on top of a strong Flying 15 entry.

In the 59-strong Singlehanded fleet, Ian Morgan took advantage of the Great Lakes PY adjustment to the Laser class to score two bullets ahead of Andrew Wilde, who improved from last year's 5th place to come 2nd in the Phantom, ahead of Richard LeMare's RS300. 

In the Medium Handicap fleet with 24 boats, Sam Mettam and national champion crew Richard Anderton took their Fireball home in first place, doing enough to beat the 505 of Tim Rush and Sam Pascoe who won the second race of the day.

Another World Champion who has jumped ship is reigning Musto Skiff World Champ Dan Henderson, now campaigning a 49er. Crewed by George Hand, Henderson notched up two bullets in Fast Asymmetric, ahead of Callum Ellis and Will Harris in a 29er. Mark Barnes and Dan Hare were 3rd in their B14. Last year's Grand Prix winner and overall champion in the 2011 SailJuice Global Warm-Up, Andrew Peake, has moved on from his Musto Skiff and entered his first big race in the RS800. For his crew, Stephanie Brimacombe, this was only her 9th time in a dinghy yet they finished in 6th place, just one behind leading RS800 sailed by RS200/400 National Champion Dave Hivey and James Barlow. 

Mark Aldridge won the Sprint 15 catamaran division with two victories.

For full results from the Grafham Grand Prix, go here:

The next event in the SailJuice Series takes place this Saturday, 7 January 2012, with the pursuit race classic near Heathrow Airport, the Bloody Mary.

Enter the Series here:

Industry News
Katie Ashworth announced today the appointment of former LaserPerformance Marketing Manager, Katie Ashworth, as Sales and Account Manager effective immediately.

Ashworth spent five years as sailing manager at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble after graduating with Honors in Maritime Leisure Management from Southampton Institute. She spent a number of years working in the event management field in the powerboat racing circuit where she successfully delivered contracts on a regional, national and international level at events hosted by the world's largest manufacturer of sail boats. And most recently, Ashworth's career in the marine industry flourished as European Marketing Manager at LaserPerformance.

Ashworth will be attending the London International Boat Show where is the premier sponsor of the Boardwalk; she will be promoting the newly launched, among others.

Dominion Marine Media (DMM), the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates, and, today announced that Daniel Belton has been appointed global business development director.

Belton, a lifelong sailor, joins the company after holding senior sales and marketing directorships in both the marine and technology industries. He will be responsible for managing sales strategy in North America and Europe to grow revenue and build new business. Another part of Belton's role will be the development of strategic sales initiatives on a global level that strengthen Dominion Marine Media's position within the marine industry.

Prior to joining Dominion Marine Media, Belton spent 6 years as a senior director at Intel Corporation in the United Kingdom. His career includes experience as a professional sailboat racing captain; 4 years as sales manager at Ancasta, Europe's largest yacht brokerage and boat dealership; and sales and marketing director for Hugh Symons, a substantial, family-owned mobile communications company. Belton's deep experience is backed by a MBA.


Henri Lloyd will be exhibiting their 2012 Technical Marine Collection at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show on stand C310.

Henri Lloyd Ambassador Ben Ainslie CBE, Triple Olympic Gold Medallist will be our special guest on Thursday 12th January and will be conducting activities on the Henri Lloyd stand including poster signing, photo opportunities and will also be launching a special range of new clothing for 2012.

The Henri Lloyd stand reflects the innovation and development of the current range and will also celebrate our partnership with Ben Ainslie. London Boat Show visitors will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with a life size model of Ben Ainslie; the images will then in turn be made into a special collage of images that will be presented to Ben.

Henri Lloyd will be retailing their marine range via our retail partners Andark (stand nos - D310) and Marine Superstore (stand nos - A317-A320).


Model, heiress and broadcaster, Tamara Ecclestone will officially open the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at ExCeL London on Friday, 6 January.

The Show also brings many of the world's sailing stars together under one roof. The Clarks' Knowledge Box is the place to see, hear and learn from the experts of the boating world, including British ocean adventurer Adam Priddy and three-time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie. Other watersports' greats include British National Freestyle Jet Ski Champion Jack Moule performing exciting displays outside on the dock and team GBR canoe champions Lizzie Neave and Huw Sweetnam sharing experiences on the Going for Gold attraction. Visitors will also be able to view eight 'Olympic class' boats within the attractionl

For the last four days of the Show, you will also be able to enjoy the London Bike Show, Outdoors Show and the Active Travel Show* at ExCeL London with your Tullett Prebon London Boat Show ticket.


The International Sailing Federation is very happy to announce that Spinlock Ltd has joined the ISAF Connect to Sailing Initiative in the 'Official Supplier Partner' category.

James Hall of Spinlock Marketing and Sales said of the decision to join with the International Sailing Federation Connect to Sailing Initiative, "Spinlock recognise that the future of the sport of sailing lies in attracting new people onto the water, especially in countries where sailing is currently considered out of reach or indeed the infrastructure to support the sport does not even exist.

"ISAF Connect to Sailing has the experience and global reach; Spinlock are convinced that with the support and commitment of its industry partners, ISAF Connect to Sailing will have a positive effect in introducing new nations and people to the sport of sailing over the forthcoming years."


Sextant Publishing announced its acquisition of Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring International.

In addition to the flagship publication, the transaction includes a secondary title, Living Aboard, the Seafaring Store and all of the venue operations.

"We have already assumed day-to-day operations of Latitudes & Attitudes from FTW Publishing to ensure a smooth transition, with the transaction expected to be complete by the end of Q4 2011," Sextant Publishing president and CEO DJ Doran said in a statement. "We are pleased to include Latitudes & Attitudes and all of the peripheral intellectual assets of this micromedia company into our growing portfolio of niche publications."

Bob Lipkin, who is better known as Bob Bitchin, initially began writing a newsletter during his five years sailing the world's oceans aboard Lost Soul with his wife, Jody. The newsletter, sent to 300 readers, shared his experiences of the real cruising "lifestyle." The final newsletter included an announcement that a new "boating lifestyle" magazine was being launched, and Latitudes & Attitudes was born.

During the last 15 years, Latitudes & Attitudes expanded its operations to include television, radio, exotic charters, boat show operations and a store.

Plans for the magazine include fresher content, the launch of an iPad and Kindle application, expanded TV development and new lines of products for the Seafaring Store.

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The Last Word
The New Age? It's just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds. -- James Randi

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