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Transatlantic Race 2015 and the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2015
Newport Rhode Island, USA: Following the success of the Transatlantic Race 2011 and its companion Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club, announce the Transatlantic Race 2015 (TR 2015). The race will start in mid-May, 2015 from Newport, Rhode Island, the on-the-water home of the New York Yacht Club. The TR 2015 is scheduled to coincide with the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) in early June. New this time will be two finish lines, allowing the race to be scored as two separate races. The first finish will be at Lizard Point in West Cornwall and will provide the fleet the opportunity to challenge the present record set by Rambler 100 in the TR 2011 of 6 days 22 hours 8 minutes 2 seconds. Once in Cowes, the fleet will have ample opportunity to celebrate and continue to race. In addition to notable social events, the RYS will be hosting a three day regatta from June 4th through to June 6thin celebration of their 200th Anniversary.

The four organizing clubs announce as well the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2015 as a companion to the TR 2015 and modeled on the AORS 2011.

For more information or to be added to the distribution list please email . On the web at www.transatlanticrace.com

Media seeking further information, contact Michael Levitt

Clipper Race 9: Qingdao fo Oakland, San Francisco Bay
The ten teams competing in the Pacific leg of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have had a tough 24 hours as they continue to battle with a medley of challenging weather patterns.

Feeling the full wrath of Mother Nature's fury is Singapore, who has slipped down to third place on the leader board after what skipper, Ben Bowley describes as, "Another busy, frustrating and eventually rewarding 24 hours of hard work aboard the 'Big Red Bus'.

Describing the arduous conditions, Ben says, "The severe conditions of yesterday were certainly reminiscent of the Southern Ocean and the powerful weather systems that prevail down there. There is one distinction that we felt the effect of yesterday: In the Southern Ocean, the swell sets and waves could have been arranged by a librarian, very ordered in their procession. It seems that a Schizophrenic was let loose setting up the wave pattern for the North Pacific.

Emerging from Stealth Mode at 0000 UTC today is Welcome to Yorkshire, who are currently in the middle of the fleet. After a hampered 48 hours grappling against strong winds that saw breakages to useful equipment, skipper Rupert Dean reports, "Welcome to Yorkshire is 'back online again!'"

"After two days of running before serious gales with the Yankee 3 halyard stuck on the forestay due to a damaged sheath, Chris Leivers scaled the mast today, in calmer conditions to free it.

Positions at 1200 UTC, Wednesday 14 March 2012

1. Gold Coast Australia, 3598nm to leg finish
2. New York, 67nm to leader
3. Singapore, 72nm
4. Qingdao, 96nm
5. Derry-Londonderry, 123nm
6. Welcome to Yorkshire, 180nm
7. Geraldton Western Australia, 212nm
8. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 212nm
9. Visit Finland, 220nm
10. De LageLanden, 323nm

www.clipperroundtheworld.com
www.facebook.com/clipperroundtheworld

2012 29erXX Seiko World Championship
Photo by Fried Ellliott, www.friedbits.com. Click on image to enlarge.

29erXX Seiko World Championship The inaugural 29erXX World Championship will be held on Lake Garda, Italy, September 9-15 with SEIKO as the title sponsor. Registration is now open at www.29erxxregattas.org The 29erXX is a recognized class within ISAF which now grants the Class the rights to hold a World Championship. The 29erXX has held European Championships since 2010 and a World Cup in 2007, but this will be the first crowning of a World Champion.

The 29erXX has been actively racing on 5 continents with rigs in over 30 countries around the globe. For more information about the 29erXX go to www.29erxx.org

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Argo Group Renews Bermuda Gold Cup Title Sponsorship
Photo by Charles Anderson / RBYC. Click on image to enlarge.

Bermuda Gold Cup Hamilton BermudaL Mark E. Watson, President and CEO of Argo Group, and Jonathan Brewin, Commodore of The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, are pleased to announce that Argo Group has signed a new, two-year agreement to continue as title sponsor of the Argo Group Gold Cup. Argo Group International Holdings Ltd, an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in niche areas of the property and casualty market, returns as title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

This year will mark the 62nd staging of match racing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup. The Cup was originally presented in 1907 by King Edward VII to Sherman Hoyt at the Jamestown Tri-centennial Regatta marking the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America.

Racing for the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup will take place from the 2nd to the 7th of October. The spectator friendly racing in Hamilton Harbour adjacent to the Royal Bermuda YC Marina is a spectacular attraction for tourists and Bermuda residents. The Argo Group Gold Cup stands as the 8th and penultimate stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour where the teams compete for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.

The 24-team format of the Argo Group Gold Cup is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Nine of the team slots are available for Tour's Card Holders, three are selected from qualifying events - the Knickerbocker Cup and the Detroit Cup in the USA, and the Bermuda National Match Race Championship.

The remaining teams are selected by application and invitation from among the top international match racing sailors in the ISAF Match Race Rankings as well as up-and-coming sailors identified by the RBYC. By having 24 entrants, room is available for young competitors to take on the world's best match racers.

Match racing for The King Edward VII Gold Cup is recognized as one of the classic events on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. It has always been a highlight for sailors and attracts the top sailors in the International Sailing Federation and Alpari World Match Racing Tour rankings as well as top America's Cup skippers. In 2008 Bermuda introduced sailing to all Bermudans with the first Family Festival of Sail. That will be bigger and better in its fifth year in 2012.

rbyc.bm
wmrt.com
argogroupgoldcup.com

ISAF World Match Race Rankings
Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) hold top spot in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings ahead of a busy European summer of match racing action. Open Rankings

Despite not competing in a match racing event since the Monsoon Cup, Ian Williams (GBR) continues to sit at the top of the rankings followed by Francesco Bruni (ITA) and Torvar Mirsky (AUS).

Reuben Corbett (NZL) continues his steady climb back up the Open Match Race Rankings following his second place finish at the Miami Open Elliott 6m Invitational. Corbett lost out to Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 2-0 in the final as she solidified her position as one of the best female match racers in the world. Despite the loss, Corbett moves up one place to World #15.

For the sixth rankings release in a row ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) holds top spot in the Women's Rankings.

Tunnicliffe leads Lucy Macgregor (GBR) by 27 points at the top of the pile and with the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta, Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE, just weeks away, and London 2012 Olympic qualification on her mind, the American will face pressure from the chasing pack for the World #1 spot.

Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta winner Sophie Lahey (AUS) is the biggest mover in the rankings. She climbs from World #95 to a best rankings position of #56. Lahey overcame Kirstin Norris (AUS) 3-0 in the final to take the honours.

The next release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings will be 16 April 2012.

Open Top Ten
1. Ian Williams, GBR
2. Francesco Bruni, ITA
3. Torvar Mirsky, AUS
4. Pierre-antoine Morvan, FRA
5. Bjorn Hansen, SWE
6. Jesper Radich, DEN
7. Johnie Berntsson, SWE
8. Mathieu Richard, FRA
9. Philip Robertson, NZL
10. Peter Gilmour, AUS

Women's Top Ten
1. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA
2. Lucy Macgregor, GBR
3. Claire Leroy, FRA
4. Sally Barkow, USA
5. Ekaterina Skudina, RUS
6. Silja Lehtinen, FIN
7. Tamara Echegoyen, ESP
8. Nicky Souter, AUS
9. Anne-claire Le Berre, FRA
10. Renee Groeneveld, NED

Complete Women's Rankings

Complete Open Rankings

The Westward Cup
Cowes, Isle of Wight: The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) has confirmed the line up of participating yachts racing in the second Westward Cup regatta, taking place between the 11th and the 16th June 2012. The competing yachts are Altair, Eleonora, Mariette and Mariquita. Also invited, but as yet unconfirmed, are Lulworth and Moonbeam IV.

The Westward Cup is being run by an association of three of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) and the New York Yacht Club (NYYC). Boat International Media has again also confirmed its support of the regatta.

The organisers have set out to replicate a style, class and regatta atmosphere matching the period when Westward and the Big Class yachts all raced in Cowes. The racing area will predominately be in the Solent and courses will be, where possible, set to mirror those used by Big Class yachts in those glory days.

A "Round the Isle of Wight" race may be included, if weather permits.

In a unique move to encourage interest and experience in classic yacht racing on Big Class yachts, up to 30 young sailors aged between 18 and 23 are being hand-picked by the RYS, NYYC and the YCM, the three yacht clubs organising the Westward Cup.

Each Club will underwrite the travel and subsistence costs of their trainees and the RYS will also ensure that the young sailors' accommodation requirements are met whilst they are in Cowes taking part in the Westward Cup.

The provisional schedule comprises four days of racing and one lay day. The yachts will be racing for a different Trophy each day after which owners, captains and their guests will be able to enjoy an evening ashore in Cowes.

www.rys.org.uk

Peters & May Delivers Genuine Risk To Hong Kong For The Rolex China Sea Race
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Peters & May Peters & May successfully delivered 90' Racing Sloop Genuine Risk to her new owner at 15.30 hours on 13th March 2012. She was offloaded directly to the water in Hong Kong, her new home port, where she will be prepared for the China Sea Race, starting on April 4th from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines. Her shipping cradle and two support containers have also been delivered to her owners nominated boat yard.

The 2004 Dubois designed, McConaghy built carbon race yacht, was discharged by Peters & May's expert loadmasters, in the presence of new Boat Captain, David Witt. Past event wins for Genuine Risk include the Newport to Bermuda Race 2010, Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay Race 2011 and Antigua Race Week 2011. All at Peters & May wish her and her crew every success in for the coming season.

Media inquiries:

petersandmay.com

Russian Yachting Federation Celebrate Jubilee
Russian Yachting Federation The Russian Yacht Racing Union (RPGS- the predecessor of former USSR and actual Russian Yachting Federations) was established on 14 March 1912. On this particular day Naval Minister admiral Ivan Grigorovich has had signed the Constitution of the new public organization. The Russian Yacht Racing Union appeared as natural consequence of the IYRU foundation (1907) and on the base of Union of the Baltic Yacht Clubs which united several Sankt-Petersburg yacht clubs. The other reason was necessity of preparations toward the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games.

It is remarkable that on top of the Jubilee, Russian yachtsmen are celebrating another jubilee of 100 years since the first Olympic (bronze) medal gained by Russian sailors in 10-meter class at the Stockholm Olympic Games.

In line with the Jubilee celebrations the Russian Federation is planning to run various events. The official start of such events will take place at the International "Moscow Boat Show" which will be exposed at the main Crocus-Expo from March 20-25 2012. This will be followed by major regattas and National championships in Olympic, Non-Olympic, and youth classes of boats. Amongst them the "Sails of Russia" Festival will bring thousands of people out onto the water in every corner of the country. The climax point will be marked by gala-party "Yachtsman of the Year" in the December of this year which will be fully devoted to this solemn date.

The official site of the Russian Yachting Federation is www.vfps.ru

Preparing For First Major Figaro Race of the Season
Five British Artemis Offshore Academy skippers will be lining up for the 320-mile offshore Solo Figaro Massif Marine 2012 starting tomorrow [15th March] at midday [CET]. The skippers are 2011 Solitaire du Figaro competitor Sam Goodchild, and first solo Figaro race 'Rookies', Nick Cherry, Oliver Bond, Aaron Cooper and Henry Bomby.

The British skippers will be facing tough competition from Figaro veterans like Nicolas Lunven (Generali) who won this race in 2010 and 2011, and finished 4th overall in the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro. Fred Duthil (Sepalumic) who has had an impressive three podium finishes in the Solitaire du Figaro. As well as Fabien Delahaye (MACIF 2012) who came second in the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro, won the Trans-Atlantic AG2R in 2010 and won the Solo Figaro Massif Marine in 2009. All these top sailors will also be competing in the Solitaire du Figaro later this year giving the Artemis Offshore Academy 'rookies' first-hand experience competing against the best in the class.

From the start in Les Sables d'Olonne which is also the start and finish port of the legendary non-stop solo round the world, Vendée Globe Race, the Solo Massif Marine route takes the single-handed skippers around the islands of Ré, Yeu and Belle covering 320nm in two days before finishing back in Les Sables d'Olonne.

Whilst the squad remain realistic about the outcome, in the short term this race poses a great opportunity to compete against the best whilst learning as much as they can, as the Academy continues to focus on the long term: "We are delighted to be able to support so many British sailors with the Artemis Offshore Academy by competing on the Figaro circuit in 2012, as well as Becky Scott in the Mini. It marks a significant increase in activity for our programme since last year and 5 boats on the start line here is a major milestone in our long-term goal of putting a British sailor in a position to win a Vendée Globe in the future," said Thorn.

Event information (French and English):
www.classefigarobeneteau.com

www.artemisoffshoreacademy.com

Mills and Clark Lead the Charge at WPNSA
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark got off to a flyer this weekend as the Skandia Team GBR duo lead the way in the 470 class at the year's opening 2012 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series event this weekend (10-11 March).

The weekend was the first of the two regattas contested as part of the 2012 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series in Weymouth and Portland and welcomed both seasoned campaigners and new faces as the sailors battled it out in sunny, breezy conditions on the Saturday followed by much lighter winds on the Sunday.

In the 49er class, James Peters/Ed Fitzgerald were unstoppable out on the Olympic waters of Weymouth Bay as the pair notched up six out of six race wins to secure regatta honours in emphatic style.

Last year's 2011 Spring Series champion James Hadden was once again amongst the top half of the fleet in the Finn class as he posted a first and second on the Sunday to leave him third overall. Allen Burrell leads the way after securing two bullets on the opening day to cement him at the top of the Finn leader board, five points above second place Peter McCoy competing at his first ever Finn Regatta.

The final weekend of the 2012 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series for all nine Olympic and Paralympic classes will commence on the 14th-15th April, with an entry deadline of the 9th April.

For full details on the 2012 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series and for a full list of results please visit the RYA Racing website at www.ryaracingevents.org.uk

Podium positions:

49ers: 1. James Peters/Ed Fitzgerald
2. Henry Lloyd Williams/Sam Batten
3. James McIntosh/Brendan Jenner

470 M
1. Richard Mason/Ben Saxton
2. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell (yellow flag in 5th race - came last)
3. Ben Palmer/Bleddyn Mon

470W
1. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark
2. Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth
3. Jo Freeman/Katie Tomsett

RSX 9.5
1. Tom Squires
2. Ali Masters
3. Elliot Carney

RSX 8.5
1. Kieran Martin
2. Izzy Hamilton
3. Stuart Hards

2.4mR
1. Helena Lucas
2. Megan Pascoe
3. Will Street

SKUDS
1. Alex Hovden/Curtis French
2. Dave Durston/Christine Spray
3. Judith Figgures/Bruce Dudley

Race Cayman This Week
Racing is in North Sound, Grand Cayman and will include the Western Caribbean and Open Optimist Dinghy Championship and the J22 International Invitational Regatta. Cayman competitors will race against visiting sailors from USA, UK, Bahamas, Jamaica, Germany, Norway and South Africa from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th March.

Visitors will be treated to the ideal sailing conditions of North Sound with racing taking place over three days, each starting at 12 noon, under the guidance of race officers Peta Adams and Andrew Moon along with visiting international judges Gilmour Manuel and Harry Keith.

Cayman's sailing team is made up of top junior sailors Alena Rankine, Florence Allen, Pablo Bertran and Finley McDougall in the Optimist Class and J22 teams led by Jane Moon, Simon Farrington and Mike Farrington.

Check Facebook page www.facebook.com/#!/RaceCayman2012 for more information, race updates and results.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 2009 Melges 32. EUR 129,500. Located In Helsinki, Finland.

"Manta" benefits from a road trailer specially designed and built for Melges 32, the trailer tilts the boat so the load is 2,55 meters wide. She also has mast which can be taken to two pieces for transports. She has North Sails racing set, most of the sails have been used 5-6 times so all in extremly good condition, everything shows as new with this boat.

She's ready for Melges 32 OD racing or having some fun with mixed fleet.

Brokerage through Vinces Oy: www.yachtworld.com/vinces/

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

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