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Percy and Simpson Win Again at Star Worlds
British sailors Percy and Simpson add a new victory in today's race, and keep their lead in the championship.

Weather was nice today in Hyeres. 10 knots of South-East were blowing in the bay, and the competitors started the fourth race around 12.00.

No general recall, but some individual recalls. And a collision right after the start between Diego Negri and Fernando Echavarri. The two boats were badly damaged, and so they headed back to the harbor.

At the finish line, Percy cut the line in the first position, with the Polish sailor Kusznierewicz just behind him, and Melleby in third. In the overall ranking, Percy has 15 points, Scheidt 25 and O'Leary 26.

Top ten:

1. Ian Percy / Andrew Simpson, GBR, 15 points
2. Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, BRA, 25
3. Peter O'Leary / David Burrows, IRL, 26
4. Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Dominik Zycki, POL, 29
5. Flavio Marazzi / Enrico De Maria, SUI, 33
6. Xavier Rohart / Pierre Alexis Ponsot, FRA, 44
7. Robert Stanjek / Frithjof Kleen, GER, 46
8. Michael Hestbaek / Claus Olesen, DEN, 48
9. Hamish Pepper / Jim Turner, NZL, 48
10. Mate Arapov / Mikulicic Sihisa, CRO, 56

Audi Laser Worlds
The finals of the Audi Laser World Championship 2012 were off to a good start. The wind was much more stable than during the qualifying series and in the sunny conditions there was not a single black flag disqualification.

Tom Slingsby (AUS) had mixed results, scoring a first and a twenty-third place. However with his second discard he adds only one point to his overall score, bringing it up to 19 and leaving him steady in the top position. Croatian Tonci Stipanovic improved again and is now in second position behind Slingsby. With a third and first place today a second discard brings his total down to 31 points.

Although it was looking good for Simon Grotelüschen (GER) who placed fourth and seventh, a protest from Ashley Brunning (AUS) and Marco Gallo (ITA) due to contact at the starting line was decided against the German and he was disqualified as the windward boat by the jury . He moves from what would have been an overall third place to seventh, making way for Tom Burton (AUS) who finished second and sixth in his races.

Sweden's internal qualification for the Olympic Games intensifies as four of the countries six competitors make the gold fleet. Currently in sixth place overall Rasmus Myrgren is building up a 14 place and 47 points strong gap in between himself and fellow countryman Jesper Stahlheim, who is not giving up and in the last race managed a second place ahead of Myrgren at seventeen. Rather surprisingly Spain's Javier Hernandez, winner of the 2011 Hyeres World Cup, did not make the gold fleet for the finals.

Full results:

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Seiko 49er Worlds - Picture Perfect Day
Perfect mediterranean conditions were served up for the second day of racing for the SEIKO 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. These were the kind of conditions where the sailors were able to get the most out of their boat; flat water with tight racing in 8-15 knots in 30 minute races under cloudless skies. Perfect for spectators as well as the two races courses are held just off the SC Uskok's beach and between the neighboring island.

Tobias Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann, Germany's 2012 Olympic representatives, moved into the lead ahead of Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) who are now tied with current 49er World champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) who moved up once the discard came into play.

The top 5 positions for the Olympic qualifying countries are beginning to sort out although there's still several countries in contention. Bermuda brothers Jesse and Zander Kirkland remain at the top of the list sitting in 17th overall followed by Japan's Yukio Makino and Kenji Takahashi. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA) are getting back in form in 20th overall. Canada's Gordon Cook and Hunter Lowden, Greek sailors Dionisis Dimou and Mihalis Pateniotis round out the top 5 countries in the hunt.

The forecast is for 12-15 knots for tomorrow's racing with consistent wind and clear skies.

Update from the Helm: Ken Read, Skipper, Puma Ocean Racing Powered By Berg
Photo by Amory Ross. Click on image to enlarge.

Ken Read Battles on the ocean are hard. Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch out the agony.

We are amongst it with CAMPER at this stage and there is a lot of runway left and tons of potholes along the way.

First of all, this could not be more unlike every other leg we have had in this race. Dry, cool nights and warm days. T-shirts and shorts always. No hint of a need for foul weather gear. A huge full moon making it closer to needing sunglasses at night rather than headlamps.

This game of chess probably has been a bit more like a tug-of-war if you are watching at home. We stretch out to what seems like a "comfortable" lead only to hit the next light air patch and watch the troops coming reeling us in. CAMPER is within sight almost always, making things a bit more tense with constant bearing checks with the handheld compass.

To be honest, these are conditions that suit CAMPER a bit better than us. They have always excelled in the light air and this is no exception. So for this we are pretty pleased we have held them off to date...

...So as we come down to the final miles, we will attempt to apply the basketball adage of keeping ourselves between our opponent and the hoop. Sure it sounds easy, but when you can't see your opponent anymore it is like playing basketball in the pitch black and trying to stay with your man. Keep playing the odds, and if they are going to pass us make them sail around us. Not easy to do, but you never know.

IRC Solent Series Championship 2012 - Day 1
The Royal Southampton Yacht Club Clarkson Cup Regatta comprises 3 races in the Central Solent, with the results combined for Day 1 of the IRC Solent Series.

Entries welcome from boats with an IRC rating of between 0.820 and 1.360.

Enter the IRC Solent Series events for just £35 per day through SCRA or £210 for the full series of 7 events. Entries close through SCRA on Tuesday 8th May, after that date, enter via the club.

More information and entry form on or phone 01983 295744 for further details.

All competitors are welcome back to the Ocean Village clubhouse where the bar will be open from 6pm and prizes will be awarded. Berthing can be reserved via the Royal Southampton YC in their club pool, or in the nearby Ocean Village marina.

Spinnaker Tales
Australia's leading one design sports boat sailors Glenn Bourke, Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith will have no time during the winter to rest and hide from the physical torment of being lashed with cold wind and sea spray.

The Australian championship winning SB3 crew who have since last August proved their superiority by remaining undefeated on the highly competitive State championship regatta circuit face a tight racing and training schedule in the lead up to the 2012 World championship at Hamilton Island in late December.

They are currently ranked fourth in the World following their outstanding performance at the 2011 championship in England last May.

This result was a personal reward for the Sunshine Coast's dual Audi Australian IRC ocean racing championship winning skipper Rod Jones who introduced the strict one-design and exciting sports boat to the Australian regatta circuit.

Rod Jones had the vision and identified the class as the ideal 'clone' design that had all the qualities to test the aspirations and reputations of all sailors including his present crew-mates skipper Glenn Bourke from Hamilton Island and the powerful Sunshine Coast sailor Greg MacAllansmith.

As their regatta results have proved this crew who proudly race under the Club Marine Blue 'Battle flag' clearly understand that their past performances are now history.

Their racing and training priority needs to remain focused on refining and improving both crew technique and boat speed to be on the required all angle sailing speed to answer the challenge from the English crews when the World championship 'battle lines' are drawn off Hamilton Island later this year.

All three are individual perfectionists and are well prepared to do the hard yards but only time will tell if their dedication will be rewarded with a 2012 World championship medal.

The important experience gained from recording a runaway win in the Queensland Championship contested in blustery trade winds and strong current has allowed the Club Marine Blue crew to rated among the pre-title favourites.

But with a fleet of 80 crews having the same title winning ambition in mind the chance to select the best possible start in clear space promises to test the best.

English skipper Geoff Carveth winner of two previous SB3 World championships including the 2011 series in England has proved he is a specialist one design racing tactician and remains as the skipper most likely to set the pace for the 2012 World championship trophy.

He proved his skill steering Team Gill to a come from behind win in the final two races and snatch the title from his equally talented English team mate Robert Greenhalgh.

However the prospect of the English team again ruling the waves in the warm tropical Whitsunday Island waters is expected to be tactically tested by a strong Australian team challenge led by Glenn Bourke, Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith in Club Marine Blue. -- Ian Grant

Wally Launches Better Place, the World's Largest Sloop in Carbon Fibre
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Wally Yachts Wally has successfully launched the stunning Bugatti blue coloured 50 metre sailing yacht Better Place, the world's largest sloop in carbon fibre developed on the lines of Tripp Design with the interiors by Wetzels Brown Partners, and uniquely classified RINA Green Star.

The Wally 50m touched the water after the owner's wife smashed the champagne bottle on the keel bulb during a private ceremony in Ancona, Italy, where the yacht was built at WallyEurope facility using the most advanced carbon fibre construction technology.

"With Better Place, once again Wally opens a new route in yacht design and innovation" enthusiastically says Luca Bassani Antivari, Wally Founder and President and head of the R&D "We succeeded in delivering an environmental friendly and breakthrough Wally 50m with aggressive and sleek lines of a true performance sailing yacht, rather than the motor sailer look typical of this class of yachts."

"Better Place introduces innovative concepts in the round-the-world mega yacht cruisers" continues Bassani "such as big volumes associated with ultra-light displacement, latest diesel electric propulsion system, staysail simplified system, deckhouse with full height windows, uniquely large open-air living areas, raised bulwark, aft owner's suite with portholes and hatches on four sides and direct access to the Terrace-on-the-sea. "

Better Place is the first sailing yacht ever developed to comply with the environmental requirements of the RINA Green Star Design additional class notation, reserved to the ships which are designed, constructed and operated in such a way as to ensure maximum respect for the environment.

The delivery of Better Place is scheduled at the end of June, when the Owners will start their cruise around the Mediterranean.

So... What Are You Doing This Summer?
When you have decided to move back home from Galway, Ireland to Portland, Oregon USA and have an adventurous spirit and a sailboat, what's more natural than to sail the 7000 nautical miles home via the North West Passage? Now Nicolas Kats needs an extra crewmember for the adventure.

The North West Passage season are gearing up and everyone has their own excuse for wanting do sail famous passage. Nicolas Kats (54), naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, just wants to go home. And the North West Passage is the shortest way to sail from Galway in Ireland to Portland, Oregon on the west coast of USA.

The experienced sailor is preparing his 25 year old 39 feet steel boat for the trip, but he doesn't want to do the trip single handed. So now he is searching for a like-minded crew for the 3,5 month long adventure. Teddy, that's the name of the Danish built ketch, will leave Galway mid June.

Here's the voyage details he sent to a couple of days ago:

Trip - Clifden, Co Galway, Ireland - W Greenland - NW Passage - Bering Strait - Unalaska - Columbia River to Portland, Oregon. About 7000 NM.

Leave mid June, get there late Sept. 3 to 3.5 months.

Temperature in NW Passage (middle third) is 20 to 40 degrees F avg - need to dress warm & dry! Good probability, but no guarantee, of getting through. If passage is blocked by ice, will back out & go down to East Coast USA.

Interested souls can contact him on drnkats [at] TheSailNews are very keen to follow this adventure, so please keep us in the loop jon [at] -- Jon Amtrup

Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2012
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North Sea Race Many teams entered the upcoming Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta in The Hague, the Netherlands, which starts next week with the 'Vuurschepenrace'. About 400 yachts will commence in the three separate events of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta. Celebrated Dutch sailors Roy Heiner, Gideon Messink, Arend van Bergeijk, Gerd-Jan Poortman, John den Engelsman, Nic Bol and British Olympian Stewart Middleton are on the entry list. The new J class Rainbow will sail around the racing courses as a special feature. And the recently elected new Olympic multihull Nacra 17 will be shown to the public in the shopping mall The Passage in the city centre.

Professionals and recreational competitors will sail in the offshore and coastal races. Organizer Frans Sluyters: 'For instance Olympian Roy Heiner will sail the TH38 'Hemels van der Hart' in both offshore races, the Vuurschepenrace and R.O.R.C. North Sea Race. Also (former) professional sailors as Gideon Messink, Arend van Bergeijk and Gerd-Jan Poortman will attend in the Swan45 class.

Tuesday May 15th the Vuurschepenrace from Scheveningen to Harwich will start at 19.00h. This offshore race of 110 nautical miles is the opening race of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2012. After a day of rest in Harwich the IRC and ORC classes will sail the R.O.R.C. North Sea Race back to Holland at Friday May18th. In the Pentecost weekend from May 25th to 28th 2012 more than 400 teams will race just of the coast of Scheveningen. Different classes will attend: yachts, Olympic and former Olympic classes, one design classes, catamarans and dinghies.

Royal Southampton Yacht Club Queen's Cup
The Queen's Cup, recognised as one of the UK's most important yachting trophies, will be presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, Admiral of RSYC, to the winner of the J Class Solent Regatta this summer. The Queen's Cup was first presented to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club in 1897 by Queen Victoria in her Diamond Jubilee year and is awarded every year at the most prestigious race organised by RSYC.

The largest J Class fleet ever will participate in the Solent Regatta from 18-20 July and Hundred Guinea Cup Round the Island race on 21 July, both events hosted by RSYC. VELSHEDA, ENDEAVOUR, LIONHEART, RAINBOW and RANGER are all now confirmed entries at what is bound to be the most popular Solent events this summer.

The J Class Solent Regatta will be a three-day competitive round the cans Series. Due to the 16ft draught of the J Class competitors, racing is planned to start in the vicinity of Salt Mead buoy in the Solent and, depending on the conditions, will race out to laid marks in Christchurch Bay; towards the Nab Tower; or in and around the Central Solent. Each race will be approximately 20 miles. This Series will culminate with a prizegiving at Royal Southampton Yacht Club's Clubhouse in Ocean Village, Southampton on Friday, July 20 2012 when the Queen's Cup will be presented by the Admiral, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

Solar Boat Enters the Record Books with Circumnavigation
A large crowd turned out in Monaco Friday to welcome home the MS Turanor, the first boat to complete a circumnavigation of the planet on solar power alone.

The 115ft catamaran - the largest solar-powered boat ever built - entered the record books by crossing the finish line in Monaco's Port Hercule at 2.12pm local time.

In her journey around the globe, MS Turanor logged 32,401 nautical miles, travelled 585 days without using a drop of fuel and visited 28 countries.

As well as the round-the-world record, she also holds records for the fastest crossing of the Altantic Ocean and South China Sea by solar power.

The main investor in the project, German Immo Stroeher, said: "The MS Turanor PlanetSolar is much more than a ship. It has become an ambassador of solar energy.

"The arrival in Monaco is only the start. We now have to take advantage of the fame of PlanetSolar in order to promote the use of solar energy."

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The Last Word
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