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Poggi Wins Only Race But Trujillo Holds Onto Lead
Three days into the 2012 Finn European Championship with just three races completed is not what it said in the brochure. Another light day with a fitful wind produced just one race on Wednesday in Scarlino, Italy. But it was a home win for 2008 Olympian Giorgio Poggi (ITA) from Alexey Selivanov (RUS) and Gasper Vincec (SLO). Rafael Trujillo (ESP) continues to hold the overall lead by four points despite placing 13th in the race.

A really sunny and warm start to the day also brought expectations of a great day for sailing, but the 69 boat fleet was going to be disappointed for the second day running. Race three got underway after a short delay in what seemed like a stable 8-10 knots onshore breeze, but it soon became clear this was just an illusion as it had already started to drop by the first mark.

The second upwind leg was shortened, though some didn't notice, and Poggi extended to hold a nice lead to drift down to the finish on the remains of the breeze. Selivanov moved back up to second, just holding off Vincec in third.

Then the wind switched off for nearly two hours before coming back in at 6-8 knots and the race team tried for a second race. It was looking good for a while, as the fleet sailed towards the brilliant sun. Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) led Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) around the top mark only to be greeted by an abandonent flag as the wind again started to fade away.

So that was nearly six hours on the water for one race. Despite finishing in 13th place, regatta leader Rafael Trujillo (ESP) hangs on to the overall lead, while Florian Raudaschl (AUT) moves up to second after placing 12th.

Follow the racing on the live blog each day at finneuropeans.org/ec2012/index.php/news-blog with Twitter feed from the media team and the sailors, photos, videos and much more. -- Robert Deaves

Results after 3 races
1. Rafael Trujillo, ESP, 18 points
2. Florian Raudaschl, AUT, 22
3. Pieter-Jan Postma, NED, 23
4. Eduard Skornyakov, RUS, 24
5. Oleksiy Borisov, UKR, 9
6. Matthias Miller, GER, 29
7. Ivan Kljakovic Gapspic, CRO, 29
8. Vasilij Zbogar, SLO, 30
9. Giorgio Poggi, ITA, 31
10. Filippo Baldassarri, ITA, 32

Juniors
1. Michal Jodlowski, POL, 62
2. Dimitar Vangelov, BUL, 66
3. Tomas Hrncal, CZE, 101

Full results at: www.finneuropeans.org/ec2012/index.php/results

PUMA'S Blog: Kenny Read
Photo by Amory Ross / PUMA Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race. Click on image to enlarge.

Thomas took a good shot to the shoulder courtesy of the leeward side of the cockpit. He was crumpled up as the wave washed away and was assisted back to the hatch where he couldn't move his right shoulder. Clearly dislocated. Clearly in pain. We got him to the media man bunk and made some calls. I'm no doctor so please don't quote me on all of this, but essentially he was left to rest and relax for a short bit, then left his bad wing hanging off the bunk to try and let the shoulder pop back in on its own. Next, led by Dr. Ruth, Jono slowly grabbed his elbow and eased his forearm to the side and voila! Shoulder popped right back into place. The look on his face was priceless. He shifted from sheer agony while it was happening to eyes wide open and speechless, essentially saying through telepathy that it worked. His shoulder looked like a real person's shoulder again. Clearly with the toughness of a real hockey player, Thomas has made a fantastic recovery, and 24 hours later he was back on the wheel after the craziness died down. He is absolutely feeling better by the minute. No need for a Chatham Islands stop for him either.

We continue. And, we continue with the hope that our team will be whole again by the time we get into the big downwind breeze expected.  

I have to admit it was quite a scare for the skipper of this vessel. The thought of having to drop one or two of the guys off someplace was very real for a time - to get both fixed and healthy if we couldn't do it ourselves. Then, the idea of continuing on without the safety net of the rest of the fleet is a bit daunting down here. The Southern Ocean is lonely enough even when surrounded by five of your racing compadres. To be way behind the fleet and left off the front needing to make up big miles would create a "go it alone" situation. And that is never very much fun.

It is all about the boys. The most important part of racing. Everything else is very much secondary compared to the health of the troops. Lets hope we have seen the last of injuries on this leg and for the rest of the lap around the planet for that matter. It's no fun for anyone.  

volvooceanrace.org

Sign Up Now for the British Keelboat Academy Regional Centres
After a resounding success last year the BKA are delighted to announce the opportunity has arisen yet again for aspiring keelboat sailors to take advantage of a number of high-level race training weekends run out of three Regional Centres across the country.

A new initiative, launched in 2011, offers young keelboat sailors the opportunities to develop their keelboat racing skills to allow them to go on to compete at the highest level in the future. The most promising young sailors for each regional training venue will automatically be offered a place for the competitive selections for the British Keelboat Academy (BKA), held in the autumn.

The training will normally be open to young sailors aged 16-21. In exceptional circumstances, and with agreement from the centre, it may be possible for younger or older sailors to attend.

Training dates:

- Plas Menai Dates: 19-20 May, 23-24 June, 15-16 September and 20-21 October
- Port Edgar Dates: 12-13 May, 14-15 July and 11-12 August
- UKSA Dates: 14-15 April, 5-6 May and 14-15 July

To be part of this training programme in 2012, please contact the venues directly to book:
www.rya.org.uk

For more information about the British Keelboat Academy and how you can help with fundraising, please visit the BKA website at www.britishkeelboatacademy.org , or follow the BKA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BritishKeelboatAcademy  or on Twitter (@tweetbka).

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America's Cup Chairman Richard Worth Takes On New Role
The chairman of America's Cup marketing arm is switching roles to become its head of world series development, allowing him to focus efforts exclusively on finding new America's Cup World Series venues and generating increased broadcast revenues from the burgeoning growth of America's Cup competitive sailing.

The America's Cup Event Authority announced today that Richard Worth will become the head of America's Cup World Series Development and spearhead what is becoming one of the most important efforts to grow the sport of sailing and the America's Cup, bringing the race to new and old fans alike through television and the internet.

In the interim, the CEO's role will be filled by Stephen Barclay, a Board Member of the America's Cup Event Authority.*

With the television product now largely developed, the focus turns to developing the AC World Series as a sporting property, and as a result, Gary Lovejoy (Director of Media Production) will revert to a consultancy role before leaving the Event Authority in September.

Denis Harvey will take on more responsibility in his role as Production Executive of America's Cup Television as the Event Authority moves into the final three events of the inaugural America's Cup World Series season. "This is an exciting time for capturing and distributing this racing to viewers and I am excited to participate in the effort," said Harvey.

The AC World Series Naples will be broadcast in the U.S. by Comcast SportsNet and in Europe by Sky Sports, Viasat, Canal+ and a main stream Italian broadcaster, amongst others, starting April 11, 2012. The AC World Series will be sailed in the AC45 wing-sailed catamarans.

The NBC Sports Group also will broadcast live, over-the-air races from the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Final between July 4 to September 22, 2013.

www.americascup.com

* Editor's note: Messrs Ellison, Coutts, Ehman et al. : Jim O'Toole's available. I'd be happy to put you in touch with him...

Teamwork Supports Justine Mettraux
The Geneva based company will support a new talent in yacht racing: Justine Mettraux. Justine is one of Switzerland's up and coming talents. A multiple winner of local and national events, including the famous Bol d'Or Mirabaud, she will now move one step up and compete in the Mini 6,50 circuit, aiming for the Transat 6,50 2013.

In 2011, two yachts supported by TeamWork competed in the Transat 6,50. David Raison won the race with his futuristic design "TeamWork Evolution" whilst Etienne David finished 7th. Justine Mettraux now takes over; she will train hard and compete in this year's principal Mini 6,50 regattas, before crossing the Atlantic in 2013.

"The first training sessions went very well", she said. "And I can't wait to race against some other boats as of next month. I will take it step by step, but my goal is definitely to improve my results steadily."

TeamWork also supports a high tech M2 catamaran skippered by Antoine Thorens, and is one of the M2 Speed Tour's two main partners.

Last but not least, the company has developed an ambitious mountaineering project aimed at its employees that consists in climbing all of the Alps' summits above 4000 meters. 55 summits have already been climbed successfully thanks to the support of professional guides.

Justine Mettraux's race calendar 2012:

14 - 15 April : Demi-Cle
21 - 25 April : Pornichet Select
6 - 8 May : course entre La Trinite et Plymouth
13 - 20 May : UK Fastnet (Plymouth)
31 May - 2 June : Trophee Marie-Agnes Peron
10 - 16 June : Mini-Fastnet
20 July - 26 August : Les Sables - Les Acores - Les Sables

www.teamworkvoileetmontagne.com

Hot Competition Looming in Three Peaks Race
Photo by Paul Scambler. Click on image to enlarge.

A surge in entries for this year's H & R Block Three Peaks Race has ensured that picking a favourite is a risky business amongst the fleet of a dozen well-performed teams.

Defending champion, Melbourne sailor Charles Meredith, is returning with his 46' catamaran "Peccadillo" but will face stiff competition at the head of the pack.

Skipper and solo record holder Bruce Arms has been busy fashioning hi-tech carbon rowlocks for Mobile Travel Agents Big Wave Rider and is currently delivering the boat from Queensland to Beauty Point for the Good Friday start of this gruelling sailing and mountain running event where rowing the yacht is allowed, and often makes the difference between catching a breeze or not. He has enlisted crack mountain runner Andrew Kromar, record holder on both the Mt Stzelecki and Mt Wellington legs, as part of the crew.

In the monohull division former multiple winner Nick Edmunds will be sailing his venerable Radford 47 "Haphazard", while one-time crewman and now owner/skipper Andrew Jones will be again challenging aboard his Inglis 47 "Advantedge".

A sure sign of the resurgence in popularity of the H & R Block Three Peaks Race is the presence of a UK team for the first time in nearly two decades.

Those following the race will have access to tracker data from not just the yachts, but also the mountain runners, through the use of satellite tracking displayed on the race website.

Racing starts April 6th.

www.threepeaks.org.au

Ukrainian Yacht Crew Sets Record
Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard sailing yacht Scorpius set the new world record in navigation sailing into the Ross Sea, west Antarctica. The 30 meters (98 ft) Scorpius became the first yacht to reach 77 degrees south latitude, reported UNIAN.

The Scorpius set sail on September 25, 2011, from Ukraine's Sevastopol sea port. It took them almost six months to reach the rarely navigated Ross Sea in the Antarctica. From the Ross Sea the yacht will be headed towards Ukrainian Akademik Vernadskyy Antarctic station. The yacht is expected to reach Vernadskyy station in a week's time, sailing for some two thousand miles.

Reaching 77 degrees south latitude was the first in the series of records Scorpius' crew of eight (four Ukrainians and four Russians) had in mind, explained the yacht's captain Sergey Nizovtsev. Another record to be set is sailing around Antarctica south of the 60th degree and around the North Pole at around 65-70 degrees - within one Polar Year. The yacht crew plans to sail for 2.5 continuous years, setting a record in the duration of sailing, covering the total distance of 70 thousand miles. The length of the route would become the fourth record of the crew. They have no plans to return to land before sailing through all the five oceans.

www.kctv5.com

Newport Bermuda 1972 - The Roughest Race
Noreyma’s crew (with skipper Teddy Hicks in the foreground) after winning the rough 1972 race with the aid of a diver’s mask for the helmsman. Courtesy of Bermuda News Bureau. Click on image to enlarge.

There's a good reason why the Bermuda Race's nickname is "The Thrash to the Onion Patch." Many good reasons, in fact. On the 40th anniversary of the toughest Bermuda Race in history, in 1972, when the tail of a hurricane lashed the big fleet, let's remember that rough weather and the Newport Bermuda Race are hardly strangers...

...178 boats pounded through a southeast gale spun off from an early-season hurricane. "It was like driving a truck into a stone wall three times a minute for two days," a sailor said afterwards. On board Bob Bavier's 40-footer Witch, somebody noted in the log, "The watchword for today is survival."

The overall winner was Noryema, an English Swan 48 and the first and (as of 2010) only non-U.S. winner of a Newport Bermuda Race. The crew credited their success in large part to a diving mask the helmsmen wore so they could see through the salt spray. In another English boat, Crusade, recalled Scott Osler, "We were surfing in the mid-teens with a storm jib and a storm trysail. The wave troughs were deeper than our spreaders were high." Domestic life, meanwhile, became unhinged, along with the door to the galley oven, where some leftover chicken was stored. "I was off watch during a pretty terrific fall into a wave trough which broke the oven gimbals and door," Oster explained. "All of the chicken carcasses flew out and several of them climbed into our foul weather gear on the floor. As we were asleep, we didn't realize this until we tried to put them on. "

The big test was the landfall, which was always a challenge in the pre-electronics era of navigation, when the sextant was king. The anxiety of a shaky landfall has been described this way by an experienced Bermuda Race navigator, Nick Nicholson: "All the self-doubts about what you had done for the last three or four days piled up at once. Were my sights accurate? Do I really have a clue? The first time Bermuda popped up in front of the boat approximately when and where it was supposed to be, it was a divine revelation. There was meaning to the universe. The celestial clock was still God's timepiece, and it still ran with eternal perfection."

That clock never seemed more remote than it did in June 1972, when, after three days without sextant sights, a fleet of yachts tried to find Bermuda without running up on the island's coral reefs. The poor navigator searching for this tiny, low fishhook-shaped archipelago knew what Shakespeare meant when he wrote of "the still-vexed Bermoothes." -- John Rousmaniere

Read more at www.BermudaRace.com

Galloping Ghosts Launched at Sydney Flying Squadron
Over 100 people attended the book launch of 'Galloping Ghosts', a stirring rendition of the Historic 18 foot skiffs and those who sailed them, with many of the old stalwarts in attendance last night, along with current sailors.

Ken Beashel, Billy Barnett, Dave 'KB' Porter, Hugh and Bomber (Ian) Treharne, Bob Holmes, John Winning (who is still sailing both modern and historic 18's), Ian 'Clean-Up Australia' Kiernan, John 'Munno' Munson, John Sturrock, Bruce Dickson, Perry Como (his birth name long forgotten - even by him), Andrew Buckland, Ian 'Super' Souter, Bob Chapman, Peter Sorensen, Doug Cameron, Rob Brown, Matt Coleman and more.

The Australian Open Skiff Trust, in association with the 18 Footers League and the Sydney Flying Squadron, invited all 18ft skiff sailors along to a reunion and the launch of New Zealand yachting historian Robin Elliott's epic masterpiece, an historic account of Australia's 18 footers from 1890-1965.

The night also featured the unveiling of the re-birthed Mark Foy Trophy, the one that was won by HC Press and was melted in a house fire. It brought back memories for some in the room, including the 'Press gang', Murray and son Nick.

"We didn't have a trophy for the 18 Footers Australian Championship, but we do now," Winning said, before thanking Robin Elliott "for a great effort with the book.

Elliott dedicated the book to 18 foot skiff legend, Cliff Monkhouse and Grant Taylor, who was heavily involved with Sydney Flying Squadron and skiff racing for many years. Both are sadly no longer with us; Cliff passed away in 2005 and Grant in 2006, but their wives Grace and Coral respectively, were there to meet the author and receive their copies of the book.

For further information on the Sydney Flying Squadron (founded in 1891), the book and the opportunity of sailing an historic 18 foot skiff, phone Bob Killick on: 02- 0407 804 045 or go to: www.sydneyflyingsquadron.com.au -- Di Pearson

From Boating.oz
www.boatingoz.com.au

Nick Burgin
It is with great sadness ISAF reports the death of International Umpire and Judge, Nick Burgin (GBR).

Nick was a very well regarded official, appointed an International Umpire in 2005 and an International Judge in 2006. His abilities were clear and he was soon officiating at the top level events around the world. His technical skill and passion for the racing rules was complimented by a very human and unflappable personality. As an umpire, Nick was always a trusted and reliable friend, he would never judge and always had a supportive word of advice. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on in all who he supported and guided to become better officials.

Nick had been suffering from cancer for some time and although he was in remission and able to return to officiating duties in the latter part of 2011 he sadly fell ill again as the cancer returned.

ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and condolences to Nick's wife, his family and friends.

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