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Abu Dhabi Clinch Home Double with Leg 3 Stage 1 Victory
Photo by Ian Roman / Volvo Ocean Race. Click on image for photo gallery.

VOR Resurgent Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing made it two victories in two days on home waters on Saturday as they clinched first place in the Leg 3 Stage 1 sprint from Abu Dhabi up the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Ian Walker's men made an 11th hour charge for the Sharjah finish line at the end of a 106 nautical mile sprint from their home town, overhauling long-term leaders Team Telefonica and second-placed Groupama sailing team with less than three nautical miles to go to claim a maximum six points at 1629 UTC.

Victory, by a margin of just one minute 16 seconds, followed hot on the heels of their success in Friday's Etihad Airways In-Port Race and came in stark contrast to their disappointing fifth place arrival into their home port at the end of Leg 2.

"It was a very good two days for us," said a jubilant Walker following the sprint from Abu Dhabi, the first Middle Eastern stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race's 38-year history.

"I think what everybody is seeing here is what all the skippers have been saying all along, we have five very good boats and five very good teams and it's easy to be last. Telefonica, you thought they would win that hands down with the lead they had and it's just not that easy because you've got very good people behind you and you don't need to do much wrong for people to come past."

PUMA Ocean Racing also staged an impressive comeback rising through the fleet from fifth to second in the dying moments to claim five points. Skipper Ken Read said the result made up for the disappointing fourth-place finish in the in-port race.

As with Leg 2 of the race, Leg 3 is split into two parts to prevent the boats from sailing through dangerous waters off the coast of Africa. The fleet will be loaded onto a ship in Sharjah and transported to a safe haven port in the Indian Ocean. Once the boats are unloaded, racing will resume to Sanya around January 23, and the first boats could reach Sanya by February 4.

Team Sanya, forced to retire from Leg 2 with rig damage, will meet the fleet at the safe haven port and rejoin racing for Leg 3 Stage 2. They can still score points for Leg 2 and the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi In-Port Race if they complete Leg 2 Stage 1 under racing conditions.*

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Cowes Loses Extreme Sailing Series To Cardiff
The quaint Isle of Wight town, which is home to the annual regatta each August, has hosted the popular Extreme 40 event for the past five years but unlike other Extreme Sailing host venues has never paid organisers OC ThirdPole a staging fee.

As the circuit has become more professional and successful, organisers put the hosting rights out to tender with Cardiff winning the first UK round.

Racing will take place in Cardiff Bay with the first event set to take place shortly after the Olympic Games in August this year and the contract set to run until 2014.

Cowes Week organisers said they were hoping to continue with some Extreme 40 exhibition racing in August but in the absence of a local authority bid to match the Cardiff offer, were focussing on a return to racing among traditional Cowes fleets.

Cardiff is the last venue to be announced for the Extreme Sailing Series in 2012 after Muscat in Oman, Istanbul, Porto in Portugal, Nice, Trapani, Brazil and Qingdao were unveiled as hosts last year.

The series is one of the most widely supported events by the general public in the sailing calendar due to the spectacular performances of the catamarans, the celebrity sailors and guests and the close proximity of the racing to the shore.

Last year the series attracted almost 300,000 spectators with the numbers set to grow after the America's Cup chose to go the multihull route and with the exploits of the British Olympic sailing squad poised to raise the profile of the sport this year. -- Kate Laven in The Telegraph

www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/sailing/

Online Auction Of Sailing and Navigation Equipment
Online Auction Of Sailing and Navigation Equipment By order of Alinghi Team

Due to ceasing its operations at Valencia, over 150 lots comprising of Meteorological equipment, Boat electronic equipment, Sailing equipment, A/V equipment and more!

Assets include:

- Meteorological equipment: Weather station, wind anemometers and solar panels
- Boat electronic equipment: GPS's, iridium satellite phone, tablets, PDA's, B&G displays, VHF radio, speedometers, cameras, batteries, battery chargers
- Sailing equipment: Sail sewings machines, sea anchors, buoys, cords, defenses
- A/V equipment: (Qty 4) Projectors Barco G5i, surround audio system, screens, satellite radio modem, GPS inline amplifier, ethernet servers, Wifi access points, repeater units
- And much more!!

Location of assets: Valencia, Spain

Sale Closing: 3 February 2012

For more details visit
www.go-dove.com/Auctions/

Injured 29er Crew Critical But Stable
Yachting Australia has provide an update on the progress of injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd. Tess suffered a severe head injury in a collision on the final day of the 2012 Australian Youth Championships on Tuesday, 10 January 2012.

Following the collision Tess was placed in an induced coma and as of Sunday, 15 January, she remains in a coma. Tess is in a similar position as reported on Friday though since then the water that was on her lungs has cleared naturally, which is a positive sign.

Her doctors are slowly reducing the level of drugs keeping her in the coma and it is reported that she is handling it well. Tess is showing good colour but her progress will be slow. Tess' condition is stated as critical but stable and at this stage there is no definite timeline for when she will be brought out of the coma. -- Gerald New, SailWeb:

www.sailweb.co.uk

ORC Sailor Services Features Five New Languages
The Offshore Racing Congress announces that its innovative user-friendly access to the rating system, ORC Sailor Services, will now feature translations of its services and functions in German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Greek to better serve a large segment of the ORC community. Other languages are going to be offered soon, including French, Portuguese and Japanese.

Sailor Services will also now offer to registered users free copies of the nearly 20,000 ORC International and ORC Club certificates issued in over 40 countries since 2009.

And now that beta testing has concluded by the International Technical Committee, new certificate copies and test certificates issued by Sailor Services will be run using the new 2012 ORC VPP.

Since its introduction nearly a year ago, Sailor Services has been used by nearly 1200 users in 15 countries for access to copies of issued certificates, but also to run test certificates using measurements taken from over 55,000 measurement records available over the past 20 years from boats with issued IMS, ORC Club and/or ORC International certificates.

For only €10 each, users can run a test certificate on their boat or any boat in this system from a measurement file with an editable parameter of interest, such as sail size, rig configuration, or crew weight. Effects on rating due to hull or appendage changes cannot be examined, as the offset files cannot be changed and remain secure in the ORC database. For these changes the user must contact their designer or their local rating office.

Test certificates are, however, not meant to replace valid certificates issued by an ORC rating authority, and are therefore not valid for racing.

www.orc.org/sailorservices

Your Chance To Win The Virtual Endeavour Trophy
The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, held over the weekend of 3-4 March 2012, Alexandra Palace, London will have an added attraction this year in the form of an exciting virtual regatta.

The regatta, powered by the inshore sailboat racing and training game SailX.com, will be open to all show visitors, with heats will taking place in the seven weeks leading up to the Show, culminating with finals at the Show on the Volvo Main Stage.

Of course a computer game could never test all skills involved in sailboat racing, but as a high-performance rules and strategy-based racing game, SailX does offer an interesting insight into who really has the best understanding of these fascinating and vital areas of our sport. On top of this, given the importance of these mental aspects, SailX also provides sailors with a great platform to shout about what makes the sport so special and to engage new people in sailing's fascinating gameplay.

In an exciting development, the famous Endeavour Trophy will also be associated with this event, with the winning class being awarded the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX Championship Trophy 2012, and the winning individual being awarded with the Virtual Endeavour Trophy 2012.

The Endeavour Trophy, a fine silver replica of the J Class yacht, Endeavour, donated by Beecher Moore in 1934 and awarded to the Champion of Champions of the British dinghy world on an annual basis, will also be on display throughout the show.

But most importantly perhaps, SailX will give every sailor competing in this regatta, a chance to warm up and get ready for the 2012 racing season... so let the competition begin.

Take Part!

Temped to take part then check out the dates below and get sailing. Good luck!

- Registration and Practice takes place from the 16th to 29th January
- Quarter-Finals run from 30th January to 12th February
- Semi-Finals run from 13th to 26th February
- Finals take place 3rd & 4th March on the main stage at the show

You will also have the chance to win a Wildcard entry into the finals at the SailX.com stand at the show: www.sailx.com/ryavolvodinghyshow

For more information and to register for this exciting challenge.

To find out more about the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012 and to buy your ticket visit www.rya.org.uk/go/dinghyshow

Running the Rhumblines
Teenage Whitsunday Sailing Club 420 class sailors Klaus Lorenz and Ollie Annear overcame the important lack of class experience to finish 10th in the OAMPS Australian Youth championship on the windy Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron courses earlier this month.

Klaus has always shown exceptional talent with a dedicated training program to climb the ranks in the Australian Optimist Dinghy class and was not out of his depth steering his dinghy Drag Queen to a deserved top ten result.

He had a soul searching decision to make regarding his future career after finishing with the Bronze Medal at the Australian Optimist Championships hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in 2011.

The time had arrived for the talented tropical water sailor to step up to a class which would not only offer a competitive one-design racing environment but also provide the young skipper and his long term school mate Ollie Annear with the opportunity to race against the best 420 crews.

Because of their age they had that Optimist dinghy racing with the Whitsunday Sailing Club fleet was over and accepted the challenge of combining and improving their individual skills in making sure they were on the pace in the Olympic trainer 420 class.

Both Klaus and Ollie were excited after announcing the decision in August and just five months later they gave notice that Drag Queen was on the pace in spite of training alone on Pioneer Bay.

"Racing in the 420 class was an easy decision to make, however both of us understand the challenges that are ahead but we are young and prepared to do the hard yards". Klaus Lorenz said last August.

Klaus and Ollie are not only school friends but great mates with a personal dedication to help each other to become recognized as North Queensland's best young sailors.

Judging by the results of finishing 8th in the Open Australian championship and 10th in the OAMPS Youth championship the Drag Queen crew are destined to achieve their goals in 2012.

They have learnt that boat preparation and endless hours of training to improve their boat skills have overcome the lack of racing regularly in big fleets.

Meanwhile the testing waters of Pioneer Bay will become the important test bench for the promising 420 class racing team who will be focusing their careers on becoming selected to represent Australia at a future World Youth championship. -- Ian Grant

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Entry Process Opens for 48th Bermuda Race
The entry process for the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race opened on January 16, when applications for entry were first accepted on the race website, www.BermudaRace.com, on the Official Materials menu tab. Entry forms may be found there along with the Notice of Race and other important documents.

Applications for entry are accepted online through April 15. Any captain planning to race but not ready to file an application is asked to contact as soon as possible so planning can proceed for the race, the 48th since 1906. The race starts on June 15.

Recent races have had fleets of more than 170 boats. When 183 boats sailed "the Thrash to the Onion Patch" in 2010, it was the third largest fleet in the 106-year history of the world's oldest regularly scheduled ocean race. One out of four Newport Bermuda Race skippers is new to the race. First-time skippers are advised to contact for the names of Race Ambassadors who will assist them in making preparations.

The race website, www.BermudaRace.com, carries Newport Bermuda Race rules, news, videos, photos, race history, and expert advice on inspections, the Gulf Stream, and preparing for the classic 635-mile race across the Gulf Stream to St. David's Light. Race news is also posted on the Newport Bermuda Race 2012 Facebook page and on Twitter at @BdaRace.

The Cruising Club of America Newport Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar will be held at Newport on March 16-17 with a new curriculum option, a new schedule, and a new seminar attendance rule, plus special hotel room rates for attendees. -- John Rousmaniere

18ft Skiffs Australian Championship
Photo by Frank Frank Quealey. Click on image for photo gallery.

Skiff Australian Championship Sydney Harbour, Austrlaia: The defending champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas got off to the best possible start in the 2012 Australian 18ft Skiff Championship when they won Race 1 of the series on Sydney Harbour today.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers defeated Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) by 1m8s with Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) a further 1m3s back in third place.

Pure Blonde (Tom Clout), Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) and Yandoo (John Winning) filled the remaining places of the top six.

A light Easterly breeze prevailed at the start and the race to the first windward mark in Rose Bay was a close contest as the fleet spread across the harbor.

A capsize for Gotta Love It 7 on the second spinnaker run added to a disappointing day for the red flyer.

Next Sunday is Race 2 of the Australian Championship. The usual spectator ferry will follow that race, leaving Double Bay Wharf, alongside the clubhouse and rigging area at 2.15pm. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League

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Olympic Qualification In Women's Match Racing
The 2011 Women's Match World Championship qualified 8 countries to send a team to the Olympics. Those countries are (Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Russia and USA). GBR, as host country, is also given a berth. That leaves 3 open slots.

To qualify those final 3 countries, Sail Sheboygan, WIMRA and Key Biscayne Yacht Club will run the Women's Match Race Country Qualifier. Feb 2-5 will see teams from nine countries come together to compete to qualify their country for one of those final spots. The countries still vying to qualify are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. 7 of the 9 countries have already nominated a skipper, while Canada and Brazil will use the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta to determine their skipper.

Representing their countries will be:

Argentina - Martina Silva, ranked 29th in the latest ISAF rankings
Brazil - Either Renata Decnop, who finished 17th overall at the Perth Worlds, or Juliana Senfft, who is ISAF ranked 16th in the world.
Canada - Sharon Ferris-Choat, currently ranked #36 by ISAF or Jinnie Gordon
China - Ru Wang, currently ranked #32, and finished 21st in Perth
Denmark - Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, a veteran on the women's match race circuit, finishing 16th in Perth, and currently ranked #30 by ISAF
Finland - Silja Lehtinen, 14th in Perth, and ranked #9 by ISAF
Germany - Silke Hahlbrock, ranked #20 by ISAF and finished 18th in Perth
Spain - Tamara Echegoyan, finished 12th in Perth (9th country overall), ranked by ISAF at #8
Slovenia - Vesna Dekleva Paoli, ranked #24 by ISAF, finishing 19th in Perth

The race format will be a single round robin(everyone races each other once), cutting the 9 to 6. Any ties for the cutoff will be determined by sail-offs on the water to make sure the tie breaks are made by racing. After the cut, there will be a double round robin (skippers race each other twice), to narrow the field to the final 4.

The final 4 will then race in a knock-out series to determine the final four places, the 3 countries who will qualify, and the first alternate.

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