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Abu Dhabi Double-Header Presents Unique Opportunity
Rupert Pearce, CEO Inmarsat presents Groupama Sailing Team Media Crew Member Yann Riou with the Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award. Photo by Paul Todd / Volvo Ocean Race. Click on image to enlarge.

Volvo Ocean Race Double points are at stake this weekend as the five teams gathered in Abu Dhabi prepare for back-to-back scoring opportunities starting with Friday's Etihad Airways In-Port Race.

Six points are on offer for first place in the third in-port race of the race's current edition and with a further six points available for the winners in the Leg 3 Stage 1 sprint starting on Saturday there are real chances for teams looking to shake up the overall leaderboard.

The Etihad Airways In-Port Race starts at 1400 local time (1000 UTC/GMT) on Friday and the course will be set up to last 60 minutes.

Team Telefónica lead the overall standings with an eight-point advantage over CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, meaning there could conceivably be a new leader by the time the boats are loaded on to a ship for the final phase of the race's unprecedented anti-piracy plan.

Groupama sailing team, in third place 24 points behind the leaders, are in confident mood after winning the Leg 2 Stage 2 sprint into Abu Dhabi and following that up with victory in the non-scoring practice race on Wednesday.

"We're in good spirits," said skipper Franck Cammas. "We had a new light sail, a masthead zero, that we deployed for the first time in the practice race and we were as fast as CAMPER at the start."

After completing the Leg 3 Stage 1 sprint out of Abu Dhabi starting on Saturday the boats will be loaded onto a ship and transported through piracy-affected waters to a loading/unloading port in the Indian Ocean. That follows the similar measures, taken in reverse, for Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.

The fleet will resume racing from there and complete Leg 3 to Sanya in China.

Team Sanya failed to make it to Abu Dhabi after suffering rigging problems that forced them into port at Madagascar. They have resumed racing and will score points for Leg 2 and Friday's in-port race if they complete Leg 2 Stage 1 under race conditions.

They should be able to rejoin the fleet for the second stage of Leg 3.

* Groupama sailing team's Yann Riou has won the second Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 in recognition of his stunning onboard media output during Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.

Riou was chosen by a panel of judges from the race's communications team led by director Jon Bramley and Inmarsat's vice-president for external affairs, Chris McLaughlin, from a shortlist which also included Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Nick Dana, and Hamish Hooper of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand who won the first leg award.

Rick Deppe, Volvo Ocean Race MCM project manager and associate producer, said: "This has been another great leg for Yann. His team were really in the hunt on this leg and he did a great job of capturing the excitement.

Thirty-seven year old Frenchman, Riou, who was presented with the award last night by Inmarsat CEO, Rupert Pearce at the Leg 2 prizegiving gala dinner in Abu Dhabi, confessed to being surprised to be chosen. "I was not expecting it and I was surprised to receive it," he said. "I think the jury noted in particular, the regularity and quantity of the work provided during this leg. But when we're on the water, I don't think about winning an award, it just comes naturally or not."

Volvo Ocean Race partner Inmarsat provide the highly sophisticated satellite tracking technology which allows all the MCM's content to be transmitted from the boats at high speed to race HQ in Alicante and then on to the world's media.

Inmarsat also sponsor the MCM Award of 1,000 Euro ($1,358) on each leg of the race, as well as the 10,000 Euro ($13,585) prize for the best overall contribution to the race coverage.

www.volvooceanrace.com

Team Statement From Artemis Racing
Clarity on ETNZ/Luna Rossa Collaboration Agreement

The Jury Decision in Case AC06, issued on 28 December 2011, has made it clear that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa can not proceed with all of their publicly announced plans without violating the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup. This substantiates Artemis Racing's understanding of the Protocol and the basis for the team's filing of Case AC07, submitted on 16 November 2011.

ETNZ's public announcements and submission to the Jury on 26 November 2011 stated that:

A. ETNZ have a collaboration agreement with Luna Rossa
B. The agreement provides for Luna Rossa to directly or indirectly build a yacht
C. The agreement provides that ETNZ shall obtain design and performance information from the Luna Rossa boat through "two boat testing"

The Jury Decision in Case AC06, clearly states that if an agreement exists between two teams, one which contains A, B and C; then there would a violation of Protocol 33.4.

Artemis Racing has received the clarification it was seeking.

Artemis Racing knows that ETNZ and Luna Rossa have done A and B and plan to do C. Artemis Racing is confident that the teams will modify their plans so as not to violate the Protocol.

The Case AC06 Decision can be found on the America's Cup Jury Noticeboard
noticeboard.americascup.com/jury/jury-notices/

www.artemisracing.com

Henri Lloyd and Ben Ainslie Launch the Ainslie GBR 3 Collection
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Henri Lloyd Specialist marine clothing brand Henri Lloyd and Ben Ainslie CBE, triple Olympic gold medallist are delighted to announce the launch of The Ainslie GBR 3 Collection.

The Ainslie GBR 3 Collection is unapologetically patriotic, featuring a red, white and blue colour story combined with a union jack motif, use of Bens sail number and his signature. The range comprises casual lifestyle clothing for men, women and children and features Hoodies, Polos, T's and caps.

The range has been launched to celebrate Ben's sailing career to date, which includes four Olympic medals, nine World Championship titles and nine European Championship titles, aswell as various big boat campaigns. Ben is already Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time, but London 2012 will see Ben competing at his fifth consecutive Olympic Games, for his fifth medal.

The collection will be available from Easter weekend.

"It's an honour that Henri Lloyd have again decided to launch a clothes range under my name, it was exciting to work with them on the development of the Ainslie GBR 3 Collection and I'm really pleased how it's turned out, it looks great! Henri Lloyd has sponsored me since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, it's good to know that such an iconic brand is supporting my Olympic campaign and I look forward to working with them for many years to come".

henrilloyd.com

Clipper 11-12 Race 7: Gold Coast to Singapore
A mixed day of sailing has been had by the ten international teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race in the last 24 hours, as they continue to battle with the varying weather conditions on their approach towards the restart gate.

In addition to the unpredictable winds, Race Director Joff Bailey reports that over the next ten days or so the Clipper Race fleet will have to negotiate three particular hazards, and as a precaution, the Race Viewer will not operate as it usually does.

"The fleet will soon be entering the Celebes and Sulu Seas which has an increased risk of piracy. The piracy in this part of the world should in no way be linked to the piracy that you hear of on the TV near Somalia which is on an almost industrial scale. The risk on the Clipper Race route can be better described as a mugging at sea, but it is still a risk that we take seriously. This is one of the main risks that the Race Team has been considering and in conjunction with the regional Navy forces and the Royal Navy liaison in Singapore mitigating plans have been put in place to reduce the risks to an acceptable level," Joff says.

Sitting firmly in the top spot is Derry-Londonderry, which has been experiencing the fluctuating wind patterns that have plagued the yachts to the south.

Positions at 1200 UTC, Wednesday 11 January

1. Derry-Londonderry, 1672nm to finish
2. Geraldton Western Australia, 1694nm (+23nm to leader )
3. Qingdao, 1696nm (+25nm)
4. Gold Coast Australia, 1706nm (+34nm)
5. Singapore, 1715nm (+43nm)
6. New York, 1736nm (+64nm)
7. De Lage Landen, 1793nm (+122nm)
8. Visit Finland, 1814nm (+143nm)
9. Welcome to Yorkshire, 1817nm (+145nm)
10. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 2021nm (+349nm)

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

YCCS Virgin Gorda Celebrates Official Opening of Clubhouse
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands: Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda celebrated the official opening of its Clubhouse in the North Sound, British Virgin Islands on 3rd January. The occasion marked the completion and launch of the Caribbean location for YCCS which has its home base in Porto Cervo, Italy.

YCCS is twinned with the Yacht Club de Monaco and the New York Yacht Club, and has a reciprocal agreement with the Royal Yacht Squadron of Cowes.

The construction of the Club and marina relied on a combination of resources and skills that were sourced locally.

Set in a landscape of Caribbean vegetation and granite boulders and rock, the Clubhouse amenities include an infinity edge pool with locker and shower facilities, an outdoor teak bar centrally set to enjoy the view overlooking the marina and North Sound and a fine dining restaurant for lunch and dinner.

The marina has 38 slips for yachts up to 100 meters (328 feet) and a draft of up to 9.1 meters (30 feet). The Marina design includes a central T-shaped dock measuring 267 meters (867 feet) that is accessible from both sides. It is well protected from prevailing winds, ocean swells, and is free of surge.

YCCS was established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan, and a small group of founding members with the aim of bringing together nautical sports enthusiasts and sea lovers and promoting artistic, cultural and scientific initiatives. The Club currently has over five hundred members representing twenty two nationalities.

www.yccs.com

Sail Faster Sail Safer
Sail Faster Sail Safer is a new monthly online video and magazine series on advanced sailing techniques produced by market leading title Yachting World in association with Pantaenius Yacht Insurance. The 12-part series starts in the February issue of Yachting World published today, January 12, 2012 and online at http://www.yachtingworld.com

Guiding viewers and readers through manoeuvres from gybing and spinnaker hoists to avoiding a Chinese gybe is professional sailor and coach Pip Hare whose experience in solo and shorthanded offshore sailing provides the expert hints and tips which will help make your sailing Faster and Safer.

Later in the series top multi-hull sailor Brian Thompson, who has just circumnavigated the world in the trimaran Banque Populaire in record-breaking time, will be concentrating on how to get the best out of your boat by sail trimming and steering effectively.

The monthly features in Yachting World can be read in conjunction with online videos produced by top yachting and Olympic sailing photographers Richard Langdon and Alastair Hyde-Tetley of Ocean Images.

To ensure that you don't miss any of this 12-part series Yachting World is available in print, for your tablet or smartphone and online at www.magazinesdirect.com or by calling 08448480848 (UK) or 44 (0)330 3330 233 (Overseas)

Apollo Lifebuoy Light From Ocean Safety: Save Weight, Save Space.
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Ocean Safety One of the smallest and lightest lifebuoy lights available on the market is the Apollo lifebuoy light; so yacht owners keen to save space and weight, and reduce their profile can now replace their bigger older lights in favour of the new look Apollo. The Apollo has just been launched by Ocean Safety and uses the latest LED technology. It is low on current consumption and high on reliability. It has a 5 year battery life with no maintenance or battery replacement required so it saves time and expense during inspections.

The Apollo is approved under the MED/SOLAS requirements. It is simple to fit and comes complete with a fitting bracket to suit the lifebuoy configuration on most yachts.

Ocean Safety, which is the UK's largest independent supplier of marine safety equipment, is now supplying the Apollo light as part of the Apollo light range. Others in the range include the equally innovative Apollo lifejacket light.

www.oceansafety.com

Industry News
A number of awards were presented to companies and individuals leading the way in the marine industry at the Marine Trades Association Dinner at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show on Tuesday evening.

The MTA's Retailer of the Year award went to Pinnell and Bax and its Personality of the Year was awarded to Jolyon Martin from Raymarine, with the awards being presented by event sponsors Ocean Safety and Matchtech respectively.

MTA Chairman, Chris Murdoch, said: "This year we have yet again seen an extremely high standard of nominations, and despite the challenging climate these businesses have proved that they have got what it takes to succeed.

A special MTA Chairman's award was presenting to the BMF's Howard Pridding.

"As a result they have continued to thrive and it was a pleasure to reveal the winners of the seven categories of the annual Marine Industry Awards this evening," Murdoch added.

With the accent on highlighting the new generation who will be the future of the UK leisure marine industry, two of the Boating Business awards were for people under 40 years of age at the time of presentation. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year went to Ben Metcalf of Landau UK and the Scott Deverell Young Businessperson of the Year was named as Shaun Wigley from ASAP.

Peter Nash from Boating Business also presented its Environment Award to Overwater Marina and the its Website Award went to Prime Motor Yachts.

The final award of the evening was the coveted Boating Business Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented James Grazebrook of Halyard (M&I).

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The fourth High Performance Yacht Design Conference is to take place over 12-14 March, to coincide with the Auckland stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The event as usual will be gathering of yacht designers, engineers, CFD and aero experts and all the other specialists involved in the business of yacht design. The focus is on the design, analysis, testing and performance of cutting-edge racing and super yachts. A list of 'abstracts' for the Conference can be viewed here, but for example includes Ian Campbell on 'Tuning of appendages for an IMOCA60 yacht', with other papers ranging from 'Development of the AC72 Class Rule' to 'Design considerations and velocity prediction of a hydro-foiled international moth'. -- James Boyd, TheDailySail.com

Conference site: www.hpyd.org.nz

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VersaDock announces completion of its latest major new installation at the RNLI College at Poole.

The project provides drive on docking for 6 of the College's Atlantic 85 Class lifeboats and also 6 D Class. 10 docks are joined together in an impressive single bank with the two remaining docks configured in tandem.

The new facility allows for the RNLI College boats to be safely stored out of the water, with the return on the investment being provided by the substantial reduction in ongoing maintenance costs. At the same time, all boats are ready for immediate launch and deployment.

In addition, VersaDock have also recently installed a dock for the Newlyn RNLI station for their Inshore Rescue Boat.

Versadock will be exhibiting at London Boat Show (Stand E439) and Boot Dusseldorf (Stand 11 D65)

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The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is delighted to announce Four Star Pizza as the title sponsor for the 2012 edition to be held in Dublin Bay, Ireland from 12-21 July 2012.

Four hundred sailors aged 16 - 19 years of age, accompanied by 150 coaches, from 60 nations representing six continents will sail in one of 250 boats, including Laser Radial, 420, RS:X, SL16 and 29er, in the Championship.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Michael Holland, Chairman, Four Star Pizza said, "The Four Star Pizza network across Ireland which includes 37 outlets is delighted to have secured this sponsorship. This deal with help us to continue to leverage the Four Star Pizza brand which has a loyal following especially amongst 18 - 24 year olds so a partnership on a youth sailing event of this scale is a perfect fit for us.

"Four Star will do everything it can to support the organisers in making this a memorable and unique World Championship and making Ireland proud to have hosted it in 2012."

www.isafyouthworlds.com

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PR Works, the Lymington, Hampshire-based PR consultancy that is owned and run by the marine leisure PR communications specialist Peta Stuart-Hunt, has announced that three new clients have joined their marine leisure market portfolio in 2012.

Peta has been appointed to run the PR & media communications for the Brewin Dolphin 12mR World Championships & British Open Tour, being held in the Solent in the UK from 27th June to 15th July 2012. The individual regattas are being hosted in turn by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Household Division Yacht Club, the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Royal Solent Yacht Club. Modern and classic 12 Metre yachts from around the globe will converge on Solent waters for 17 days of sailing providing an impressive sight for on-water spectators as well as for those viewing from the shore.

On the new technology front, PR Works is working with Marine Blast Multimedia that has just launched the first of its kind, a series of 'one stop' Marine Directory Apps for iPhone and Android platforms that enable individuals, businesses and event organisers operating within the leisure marine market to connect smoothly, and for free, to thousands of contacts within the industry.

PR Works will also handle the event media campaign for the second running of the Westward Cup also taking place in June.

Peta also continues in her role as Press Officer for the 2012 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race run by the Island Sailing Club, as well as handling all the Club and Event PR for the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, including a range of signature events taking place during 2012 to celebrate the Club's 175th Anniversary. These include the Biscay 2012 Offshore Race, taking place in September.

www.prworksuk.com

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The historic port of Bristol was the appropriate location for the annual general meetings of the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA), incorporating the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA), and the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA). Held over two days, the event attracted over 65 yacht brokers, agents, designers and surveyors.

The event incorporated professional training, ranging from the use of new communication techniques and social media, through to a 'hands-on' session analysing and testing fuel, as part of an educational demonstration of the issues surrounding bio-fuels, showing how to prevent fuel bugs from forming in tanks, hoses and fittings. The evening brought together members and their partners for a social evening and dinner, held at the Bristol Hotel.

The two day event concluded with the YBDSA appointing Christian Moore as the new President. Moore, who takes over from Richard Ayers, will be at the helm of the Associations in the centenary year.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1998 Custom Newick Traveler Trimaran. US$350,000. Located in Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA.

Alacrity (formally Bird) is a modern high performance racing/cruising trimaran from the board of well-known multihull designer Dick Newick. She was expertly built by Lone Star Multihulls of Brownsville, TX, USA under the close supervision of her original owner, a composite design expert who undertook a conversion from the originally designed WEST System® construction to state of the art composite construction utilizing Core-Cell® foam, carbon fiber, glass, and epoxy resin. Every component was weighed and core/skin laminate samples were tested for strength. Construction was completed at the design weight and the yacht has proven to be extremely fast and rugged. The original owner won several ocean races by large margins.

Brokerage through Multihull World: www.yachtworld.com/multihullworld/

Complete listing details and seller contact information at uk.yachtworld.com

The Last Word
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