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Poland's Kusznierewicz and Zycki Star European Champions
Star European Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki, sailors of the Gdanski Klub Zeglarski, former World Champions in 2008 and trained by the twice Olympic champion Mark Reynolds, are the European Star Class Champions for year 2012.

After their victory in Race One and the positive places got in all the following regattas, they have always been at the top of the standings and finally took the title.

Second place, also in this case with no surprises in the last race, are Swedes Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (KSSS).

Third place are Norwegians Elvind Sigurd Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (KNS Yacht Club).

Fourth place for Portuguese Alfonso Domingos and Federico Melo (CNC), and fifth rank for Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini, who won Race 4; sixth are Danes Michael Hestbek and Claus Olesen (KDY).

The European Master Championship was won by Ukraine's Vasyl Gureyev and Volodymyr Korotkov, of Fond Yacht Club, while the Gran Master title was conquered by Argentinians Julio Labandeira and Federico Calegari.

On Day Five of the European Championship a fifth race, won by Ukrainians Denis Khashina and Dmitry Mechetin, was run despite the uncertain weather conditions that tried Regatta Committee and participants severely.

McMillan Overhauls Hagara's 17-Race Reign
Photo by Mark Lloyd, Click on image for photo gallery.

Extreme Sailing Series The Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team came out to defend their position on the penultimate day of racing here in Qingdao, only to see their dominance toppled by the Omani flagged The Wave, Muscat. Britain's Ian Williams and his crew had a strong day, climbing from 5th overall yesterday to 3rd, raising the hopes of the team of making the podium for the first time. After 8 closely contested races on Fushan Bay only 10 points separate the top 3 boats going into the final day of Act 2 tomorrow.

Series favourite Pierre Pennec (no doubt cursing his 'Form Guide' accolade) and his all French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild looked like they were on form for the opening two races today but it quickly turned nasty when they got stuck on a mark and had to watch the rest of the fleet sail on. Things didn't improve much for the team in the next race, who were penalized for a false start leaving them lagging in eighth place. A win in the final race provided some consolation for Pennec, who also celebrated his birthday today, but not much as the team slip a place to fifth overall - 1 point shy of Oman Air. Find out more about Oman Air's skipper here

At the other end of the fleet, the two new teams on the start line China Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team have struggled against the more experienced Extreme 40s, and are in 9th and 8th respectively. Alinghi are 10 points clear of SAP Extreme Sailing Team but will have a hard task to catch 6th placed Loick Peyron on ZouLou who sailed consistently at the top end of the fleet today and hold a 12 point lead over the Swiss.

The official Series weather forecasters, WetterWelt, has forecasted light winds and a risk of fog tomorrow.

Standings after Day 3, 22 races

Position / Team / Points
1. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan / Ed Smyth / Pete Greenhalgh / Hashim Al Rashdi / Rachel Williamson, 190 points
2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matthew Adams / Graeme Spence, Pierre Le Clainche, 131
3. GAC Pindar (GBR) Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mark Bulkeley / Adam Piggot / Andrew Walsh, 129
4. Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson / Will Howden / Charlie Ogletree / Nasser Al Mashari / Max Bulger, 125
5. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) Pierre Pennec / Jean-Christophe Mourniac / Herve Cunningham / Bernard Labro / Romain Petit, 125
6. ZouLou (FRA) Loick Peyron / Philippe Mourniac / Jean-Sebastien Ponce / Bruno Jeanjean / Patrick Aucour, 115
7. Alinghi (SUI), Pierre-Yves Jorand / Tanguy Cariou / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey / Charles Favre, 93
8. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen / Rasmus Kostner / Pete Cumming / Christian Kamp / Jonas Hviid, 83
9. China Team (CHN) Phil Robertson / Garth Ellingham / Kit Cheng / Nick Catley / Xiaqun Song, 50

Rolex Volcano Race
Wild Joe (HUN) approches Strombolicchio. Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image to enlarge.

Rolex Volcano Race Capri, Italy: Twenty-two Maxis (yachts measuring over 18.29 metres/60-ft in length) are expected to compete in the second edition of the Rolex Volcano Race running from 19-25 May in the Tyrrhenian Sea and marking the beginning of Rolex's Mediterranean yachting season.

In contrast to last year's inaugural event when one race took place, three segments will be contested, commencing in the form of a day's inshore racing on Saturday 19 May in Gaeta, a seaport on the Italian mainland located approximately halfway between Rome and Naples. During the second segment, beginning on Sunday 20 May, the fleet tackle Leg One of the 400-nautical mile offshore race, a 100-nautical mile voyage from Gaeta to Capri through the Pontine Islands. On arriving in Capri, the fleet will berth on the island for the night of Monday 21 May before attacking the most arduous segment of the week the following day. A 300-nautical mile adventure around the volcanic, UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands awaits. The overall winner of this last section will take the plaudits at the finish line back in Capri, receiving the coveted Rolex Trophy and timepiece during the traditional Rolex party at the iconic La Canzone del Mare.

Of the 22 registered entrants, 11 different nationalities are represented. The bulk of the fleet is formed of Mini Maxis. Nine of the 13 crews that took part in last year's inaugural race have committed to return: the rise in the size of the fleet and high volume of returning crews proves the race is an enticing prospect.

Of the larger yachts, Filip Balcaen's 112-ft Nilaya (BEL), launched last year, will be amongst the most eye-catching craft. With experienced tactician Bouwe Bekking calling the shots the crew impressed in winning the Supermaxi class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in 2011. Close competition is guaranteed in the shape of Claus-Peter Offen's 100-ft Wally Y3K (GER), winner of its category for three straight years at the same event, in the hands of a honed and savvy crew who have enjoyed sustained success for over a decade.

As is form at an IMA event, there will be a significant presence of Swan yachts. Six are set to feature.

The Hong Kong Sailing Federation (Hksf) Is Looking To Fill The Following Position
Coaching Director. The position of Coaching Director is a new appointment in the national authority's organisation. The successful candidate will be required to assume total responsibility for reviewing, modifying and updating, where proved appropriate, the Federation's current policies and procedures in respect of programmes for Dinghy Instructor training, Elite Athlete and Racing Coach training, Youth Squads and Safety at Sea Survival certification courses. Knowledge of and the ability to teach the HK PVOL course are also preferable.

The Coaching Director will thereafter assume responsibility for organising and overseeing the aforesaid programmes, including conducting inspections of Recognized Teaching Centres in Hong Kong.

Applicants for this post are expected to be well experienced sailors and holders of valid and suitable qualifications (equivalent to RYA qualifications) to function effectively in the following aspects:

(1) as a qualified Coach in varies disciplines which shall include, but is not limited to,
Dinghy, Keelboat, Multihull, Power Boat etc;
(2) as a qualified Personal Watercraft Trainer;
(3) as a qualified Teaching Centre Inspector;
(4) as a qualified Sea Survival Instructor;
(5) as a qualified First Aid Instructor;

and must have extensive experience in dinghy instructor training, elite athlete training and development of youth squads in varies dinghy classes.

Interested applicants shall send their application with full CV details and expected salary to for consideration on or before 11 May 2012.

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview. If you receive no reply by 8 June 2012, you may consider your application unsuccessful.

Semaine Olympique Francaise 2012
The Semaine Olympique Francaise, fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit is set to start on Sunday in Hyeres, France, for a week of intense racing.

With less than 100 days to the Olympic Games, the stakes are high for some of the teams playing in Hyeres their last chance for London. The Semaine Olympique Francaise will also be one of the rare opportunity for sailors to race against some of the World's best before the Olympics.

The Semaine Olympique Francaise is the last Olympic "observation" regatta for the French 470 women teams who will be under scrutiny all week. A race within the race.

Another one will be among the Danish 49ers playing in Hyeres their last Olympic selection event. After Palma only a point separate the top two teams of Warrer/Hansen and Norregaard/Lang. This year, the SOF promises to be exciting and full of challenges.

The Finns will see some action while Olympic selection continues for the Polish, Czech, Turkish and Slovenian teams.

The Women Match-Racing will see another week of great battles against the best teams. The Mermaid team of Claire Leroy, Elodie Bertrand and Marie Riou will enjoy racing on homewaters against four strong US teams or last year winners the British team of MacGregor/Lush/MacGregor.

Racing will start on Sunday at 10am for the Women Match Racing and at 11am for all other Olympic ad Paralympic classes.

Sec. Hayai Is Back In The Race As Van Vuuren And Beusker Leave Brazil
At 20:30 GMT on Wednesday night, the Dutch Global Ocean Race (GOR) team of Erik van Vuuren and Yvonne Beusker restarted racing from Fortaleza, Brazil, coming out of the blocks going fast, hitting ten knot averages as they pulled away from the coast with Class40 Sec. Hayai and remain the only double-handed team south of the Equator.

The South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire crossed into the Northern Hemisphere with Phesheya-Racing in third place on Wednesday sailing west of a windless, Doldrums-void spreading across the North Atlantic, but were slowed by a two-knot foul current and have lost ground to second placed Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo with Financial Crisis. Meanwhile the fleet leaders, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough continued to pull ahead averaging over 12 knots for a period of six hours as Cessna Citation digs in to the North East Trade Winds.

Phesheya-Racing crossed the Equator at 16:00 GMT on Wednesday, the second crossing for Phillippa Hutton-Squire, but the 18th for Nick Leggatt whose Equator crossings include the big multihulls Playstation, Daedalus, Sodebo and Groupama.

GOR leaderboard 15:00 GMT 19/4/12:

1. Cessna Citation DTF 2360 11.3kts
2. Financial Crisis DTL 354 9.5kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 499 8.1kts
4. Sec. Hayai DTL 673 9.5kts

Clipper 11-12 Race 10: Oakland to Panama
The Clipper 11-12 Race fleet is tightly packed as the teams approach the Scoring Gate, which is making for some thrilling racing. The more westerly boats are closest to the western end of the gate with less than 100 miles to run and, provided the wind holds up, should be able to reach it within the next 24 hours.

However it is not a compulsory mark of the course and some teams may decide to forego the temptation of the additional points on offer in favour of staying in the narrow corridor of wind to speed them on their way to greater riches at the finish line.

Today has seen something of a shake up in fleet positions. As they approach the dog leg in the course the distances to finish (DTF) are calculated via a waypoint off Cabo Frio at the southern end of the Baja California peninsula to avoid DTF being calculated in a straight line across land.

"Two yachts in particular have shown bold moves," notes Welcome to Yorkshire's skipper, Rupert Dean. "In contrast to the majority of the fleet on port gybe, De Lage Landen has run for some time on starboard, transforming her position as most easterly boat in the fleet to being central and west of us. Sailing the other direction is Gold Coast Australia which has hardened up on port and headed radically inshore to occupy De Lage Landen's former outpost. It's anyone's guess as to what is going on in Richard Hewson's canny mind at present. Perhaps he intends to play the land sea breezes closer inshore. As with all of us, he will be weighing up the risks of positioning for points at the short term Scoring Gate, against those from the longer term race result.   Positions at 0900 UTC, Thursday 19 April 2012

1. Geraldton Western Australia 2,285nm to leg finish
2. De Lage Landen, 1nm to leader
3. Qingdao, 4
4. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, 11
5. Singapore, 14
6. Welcome to Yorkshire, 15
7. Visit Finland, 34
8. New York, 40
9. Gold Coast Australia, 61
10. Derry-Londonderry, 102

Industry News
Multi One Design SA, promoter of the MOD70 circuit, along with the Multi One Attitude Foundation and TBS all share great pleasure in unveiling their exciting new eco-friendly and ethically committed partnership which has been signed to span the next two years from 2012-2014. Leading clothing and footwear brand TBS have signed an agreement, which will see them develop and distribute three eco designed exclusive themed collections.

The TBS for MULTI ONE CHAMPIONSHIP collection will equip the organization and will encompass a line of products dedicated to the various events on the circuit comprising KRYS OCEAN RACE, the MOD70 European Tour and the Ocean World Tour. These clothes will be also be sold in keynote positions in the race villages at Multi One Championship events and via the website

The TBS for RACE FOR WATER by the Multi One Attitude Foundation collection will be distributed on the racing circuit, but also particulary in dedicated areas within TBS stores through its sales network and on the website: . Profits from the sale of this collection will be used to develop outreach initiatives, education and act on two main aims of the Foundation, namely preservation of the ocean by countering plastics pollution, and freshwater preservation by optimising water resources management.


Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina join the GOR as Race Partner

After 6,000 miles and around 33 days of racing from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to South Carolina, USA, the four, double-handed Class40s competing in the round-the-world Global Ocean Race (GOR) will cross the finish line off Charleston and head directly to the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mount Pleasant.

For the two weeks that the GOR fleet will spend in Charleston, the teams will be based at the 459-berth Charleston Harbour Resort and Marina in preparation for Leg 5 across the North Atlantic from Charleston to Les Sables d'Olonne, France, and the finish of the nine-month, 30,000-mile circumnavigation.

The GOR boats have already made three stops in South Africa, New Zealand and Uruguay since the race began in Palma, Mallorca, last September, and the stay in Charleston is always a highlight of the race around the globe - the temperate May climate mirrored by the truly warm Southern welcome that the local people extend to sailors.

The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, just a short water taxi ride across the harbour from the grandeur of downtown Charleston, will play host for both the GOR fleet and the Race Organisers with the GOR Race Office housed within the complex.


It started as an idea in 2000 that sailing needed more media coverage, and T2P was born, becoming the first in the world to broadcast full-time, sailing video coverage online. Now celebrating its 12th year, T2P is launching a new version of its Sailing On Demand website,, with a brand new look and layout, new features, and new content. The launch coincides with T2P's video coverage of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, and the site will go live with the first day's highlight show tomorrow evening, April 20, 2012.

T2P will also commemorate the beginning of its 12th year in business the very next week with coverage of this year's first race of the Annapolis Yacht Club Wednesday Night Race Series on April 25, 2012. A celebration at the Boatyard Bar and Grill in Eastport will follow and is open to the public.


Australian businessman Craig Gore yesterday filed for bankruptcy, citing debts of A$283m. Gore had acquired Hope Harbour, a 283-berth marina on Australia's Gold Coast, in 2008 for A$38m. Gore also had interests in other marinas.

Craig Gore is the son of Mike Gore, who built the Sanctuary Cove Resort in the 1980s and who later declared bankruptcy.

In 2007, according to The Australian, Craig Gore was listed among the top 200 richest Australians, with an estimated net worth of A$183m. He told the paper earlier this month how he had "lost it all" in property deals, upside-down business ventures with executive jets, and other failed investments.

The paper said Gore lost control of the Hope Harbour marina in 2009 after the Mayfair Group stepped in and appointed a receiver to take control of Gore's holding company. Gore and Mayfair had earlier worked together to acquire other marinas.

Last month, Hope Harbour's mortagee, Morgan Stanley, appointed Ferrier Hodgson as receivers to take control of International Marina Development and Management (IMDM), which oversaw Hope Harbour. "We want to initially bed down the operations and maintain business as usual," the receiver told the paper.


Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB launches major what it plans to be the largest in-water boat show in Northwest Europe

Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB has announced plans for ANWB Boot Batavia, an on-water boat show organised for the first time from September 13th to the 17th this year in The Netherlands. The organisers are hoping to attract 500 boats from Dutch yacht builders and international brands and up to 30,000 visitors, as ANWB looks to develop the event into the biggest on-water boat show in Northwest Europe.

This new boat show takes place in the Batavia harbour that was specially created for large scale yachting events and is conveniently located in Lelystad on the shores of the IJsselmeer, the largest yachting area in The Netherlands.

Lelystad is located just 35 minutes driving from Amsterdam. ANWB Boot Batavia can easily be reached from Schiphol Airport by public transport or by car from Germany.

The Royal Dutch Touring Club has nearly 4 million members.


This summer is expected to be a sunny one at the Bay of Morlaix in Brittany, France. The new marina at Roscoff will be welcoming its first yachts next June.

Yachting as a sector is expanding fast, to the point where existing facilities are no longer adequate. It was in order to remedy this situation that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Morlaix created the project for a new deep water marina. It complements existing amenities at Roscoff-Bloscon, where the CCI already manages the commercial and fishing activities. Part of a coordinated project to improve facilities for yachts in the Bay of Morlaix, the new port will offer 625 berthing spaces for all boat types, 50 of which will be set aside for visitors and 13 of which will be adapted for persons with reduced mobility.

The improvements to the Roscoff-Bloscon site represent an overall investment of some 52 million euros (before tax), 41 million of which are accounted for by the construction of the maritime infrastructures and split as follows: 21.5 million for yachts, 10.5 million for the fishing concession, and 9 million for commercial activity.

At the moment, just over 300 of the available 625 spaces have been taken, in other words 50%. Spaces are still available for all boat sizes.

Depending on the length of the boat, the annual rate for a berth ranges from 1,076 euros to 5,709 euros. The detailed price list as well as booking forms can be downloaded at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce internet site:

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* From David Munge: Star Europeans. As a collector of useless information, I thought I'd work out the average age of the helmsmen competing in this year's Euros, in San Remo.

48 is the number.

What does that say about sailing, or Star sailing?

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