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Hansen Retains Korea Title
Gyeonggi, South Korea: Defending Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) fought off stiff competition from reigning Tour title-holder Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar from Mekonomen Sailing Team to win the Korea Match Cup, the second event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

Hansen began in commanding fashion and managed to establish a 2-0 lead early on, looking a clear favourite to retain his crown. The fight back by Williams then began in the third with Hansen being forced over the line before the gun and having to round the committee boat to start with a deficit which he wasn't able to make up. Williams led from start to finish in the fourth, levelling the scores at 2-2 to set up a grandstand finish for the capacity crowd at Jeongok Harbour, Gyeonggi Province.

Williams may look back on the first match for one of the defining moments of the tie, as he was forced outside of the committee boat just before the start. By electing to try for the line anyway, he smashed into the committee boat and damaged his own bow, in the process earning an early penalty. The damage resulted in a replacement boat being needed for the remaining races.

Both skippers came into the final on good form, Ian Williams powering through his Semi-Final against Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Team Korea, taking a commanding 3-0 victory for the second consecutive knockout stage, having beaten Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing by the same score in their tense Quarter-Final.

Final Result:
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) - Mekonomen Sailing Team v Ian Williams (GBR) - GAC Pindar v 3-2
Petit-Final Result:
Phil Robertson (NZ) - WAKA Racing v Torvar Mirsky (AUS) - Team Korea 2-1
Semi-Final Results:
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) - Mekonomen Sailing Team v Phil Robertson (NZ) - WAKA Racing 3-2
Ian Williams (GBR) - GAC Pindar v Torvar Mirsky (AUS) - Team Korea 3-0

Overall Championship Standings - after 2 stages:
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team - 31pts
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team - 31pts
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar - 28pts
Laurie Jury (NZ) Kiwi Match - 27pts
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing - 26pts
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing - 24pts
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Team Korea - 20pts
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team - 19pts

Michael Maier Wins Fourth Finn World Masters
Michael Maier (CZE) won his fourth Finn World Masters title in Pwllheli on Friday with no more races sailed after the wind failed to stabilise in time to get the final races in before the time limit. Allen Burrell (GBR) won the silver and Laurent Hay (FRA) won the bronze.

The day started dull and overcast with no wind. The forecast was never that good and though the clouds cleared and a light breeze filled in it never completely filled the bay enough to start a race. The fleet was held on shore until 13.00 when racing was called off for the day.

It has not been the week that most of the competitors expected with exceptionally warm and sunny days and only one day of rain. The generally light winds have been kind the fleet as a whole but the windy conditions on Thursday brought a welcome relief to some.

Maier again proved his dominance against a fleet of amateur sailors and was a worthy winner, while Burrell won the silver medal for the second year running. Hay picked up his second bronze medal after previously finishing third in 2009.

Despite opening with a black flag disqualification Rob Coutts (NZL) took the Grand Masters title against some very close competition, while Pascal Tetard (FRA) dominated the Grand Grand Masters.

The Legend category was won for the second year running by Howard Sellars (GBR), with British sailors taking all the medals.

All week the two sailors each day have been using the Finn class stern mounted GoPro cameras during the racing so that the class can gain some experience in using the equipment in competition. This footage will be assembled and edited into a short video which will be posted on the classes You Tube channel, TheFinnChannel.

Next year the championship returns to La Rochelle in France, which last hosted the event in 1996. Already forecasts are for a 200-250 boat championship. If Maier wins there he will equal the record set by Larry Lemieux (CAN) between 1995 and 2004 of five Finn World Masters titles.

Final results (top 10 from 131)
1. Michael Maier, CZE, 5 points
2. Allen Burrell, GBR, 23
3. Laurent Hay, FRA, 25
4. Uli Breuer, GER, 31
5. Tauras Rymonis, LUT, 37
6. Rob Coutts, NZL, 48
7. Andre Budzien, GER, 52
8. John Greenwood, GBR, 61
9. Martin Hofmann, GER, 80
10. Francesco Faggiani, ITA, 82

Grand Masters
1. Rob Coutts, NZL
2. Andre Budzien, GER
3. John Greenwood, GBR

Grand Grand Masters
1. Pascal Tetard, FRA
2. Rodrick Cassander, NED
3. Michael Brandt, SWE

1. Howard Sellars, GBR
2. Richard Hart, GBR
3. Tony Lock, GBR

1. Sabine Breuer, GER

Results at:

Ireland Pulls Out Of Commodore's Cup
Ireland will not defend the Commodore's Cup title it won in 2010 it has been announced this afternoon after weeks of doubt about Ireland's ability to put a competitive three boat team together.

There will be little surprise with the Irish Cruiser Racing Association confirmation that despite exhaustive efforts over a long period it has not been possible in the current environment to mount a defence team for the upcoming Brewen Dolphin Commodores Cup.

ICRA Commodore Barry Rose thanked all those who worked hard in striving to achieve a team especially 2010 winning team Captain Anthony O Leary and looks forward with confidence to returning with a credible team for the 2014 event.

The ICRA announcement continued: "ICRA wishes the RORC and Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup organisation every success with the event. The event is held in the highest regard in Ireland and the Irish team were thrilled to win it for the first time in 2010. We look forward to being back strongly in 2014".

Afloat Magazine:

Skandia Sail For Gold Day 1
Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, Sail For Gold Over seven hundred athletes from 59 nations poured out onto Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay, the cream of world sailing ready to put a marker down for the coming Olympiad. But conditions were tough, the forecast was for a transitional day, with a new wind arriving and strengthening throughout the rest of the week. So while Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay delivered racing, it did so in fits and starts.

The 470 race course got the best of the deal, with two races for everyone and a relatively early finish. In the Men's competition, some familiar names popped out in front. Early race winners were British Olympic representatives Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, along with the all-conquering Aussie duo of Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page, winners of the last three world championships. Belcher and Page won their second race as well, and lead overall at the end of the first day. But it was also a return to the water and an immediate return to form for Britain's double World Champions, Nic Asher and Elliot Willis who scored a second and a third to hold second overall.

The Women's 470 fleet got underway in the afternoon and also completed two races - winners were the new British World Champions and Olympic representatives, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark. They posted a first and a fourth to lead from Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell from Australia. This is a rivalry that will go all the way to the Games.

The story out on the Finn and Star race course - the furthest from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - was more typical of the day. They went out in the morning, were sent back to the beach for lunch without any action, were then hauled back out on the water again in the afternoon to finally get a race in.

The 49ers took all day to get through it, but they finished three races for both fleets. At the top at the end of the day was Britain's Dave Evans and Ed Powys with two wins and a third.

The RS:X Women got two races in today, and it was Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka that had the best of the day, with a first and a second, edging Britain's Bryony Shaw who had a solid couple of thirds, and Spain's Marina Alabau with a second and an eighth.

The Men's RS:X got one race done in the morning and another in the afternoon. The day belonged to 2012 World Champion, Julien Bontemps of France, with a first and a third. It was just a one point better performance than Toni Wilhelm of Germany who scored a first and a fourth.

Full results:

Changes Coming for the Volvo Ocean Race
Major new changes to the Volvo Ocean Race are set to be announced next month with smaller boats, smaller teams and a shorter route.

Fewer stopovers are also likely to be introduced to encourage more entries, but Telegraph Sport can reveal that four UK cities are bidding to stage a leg stopover.

The high costs of a Volvo Ocean Race campaign, between 20-30 million euros have been heavily criticised by teams and sponsors, resulting in lower levels of interest and participation. Only six boats, the smallest ever fleet of race boats in the events history, took to the start line last November.

"The world is changing and we need to adapt to that so we have had a lot of discussions about the boat size, the route and logistics," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.

"The cost is still too high especially with the economic climate in Europe and we would like to have a larger fleet of between eight and ten boats so the cost of entry needs to be lower and the return higher.

"There will be significant changes to the boats," he said, with many believing the current Volvo Ocean Race 70 boat, built to a rule, will be replaced by a 62 foot boat, giving designers the opportunity to push boundaries.

Kate Laven in The Telegraph, full article at

Sailing Yacht 'Tipsy Frenz' Lost At Sea - All Eleven Crew Safe
At 0237hrs local hours on Sunday 3 June, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) Sailing Manager, Alex Johnston, received a mayday call via satellite phone from the skipper of Tipsy Frenz, Dr Leon Chan, reporting that the yacht was taking on water.

The crew had activated the yacht's EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) and subsequently abandoned ship using the yacht's two life rafts.

MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) were informed of the mayday via EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) and phone and immediately activated a rescue plan involving coordination with commercial shipping, Taiwan Search and Rescue and Hong Kong Government Flying Services.

At 0630hrs, RHKYC received confirmation by SatPhone from Hong Kong MRCC that all eleven crew were recovered safely onboard the Hong Kong flagged cargo ship "Easy Success". The ship is bound for Manila where the eleven Tipsy Frenz crew will disembark.

Tipsy Frenz, a Wauqueiz Centurion 45S, is one of four yachts competing in the RHKYC organized Taiwan Strait Race. The remaining yachts are expected to arrive in Kaoshiung between Sunday 3 June late PM and midday on 4 June.

Cowes-Deauville Race
The biggest fleet ever of 107 yachts contested the 50th Anniversary Cowes-Deauville Race and the international entry was led home overall by French IRC Class 4 entrants, Noel Racine's JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew and Benoit Dhalluin's A.35 Dunkerque Plaisance, from Peter Pickett's British Class 5 boat, Moondog. The winner's corrected time of 19 hours, 25 minutes and 8 seconds confirmed that a wind that had been late kicking in to the Solent had given a slow race.

The Club Class white sail fleet had struggled to clear the Island after a drifting start and ghosting spinnaker run eastward from Cowes, but two hours later, watchers on the Royal Yacht Squadron battlements observed that the wind had piped up to send the IRC classes away in fine style and they overhauled the early starters by Bembridge, before turning south west for Seine Bay and Deauville.

Of the Royal Southern Yacht Club entries, it was Noj White's X-37 SX Girl and Angus Newton's Swan 38 Kuutar that had good starts and were able to carry their advantage through the night, finishing fifth and eighth overall and fourth respectively in IRC Class 3 and Class 4 with corrected times of 19 hours 48 minutes 8 seconds and 19 hours 55 minutes 14 seconds.

Results By Class (Provisional)

IRC Overall
Foggy Dew - FRA - Noel Racine
Dunkerque Plaisance - FRA - Benoit Dhalluin
Moondog - GBR - Peter Pickett

IRC Class Zero
Pace - GBR - Johnny Vincent

IRC Class One
Inis Mor - FRA - Bernard Gouy
Cracklin Rosie - GBR - Steven Anderson
Tonnerre de Breskens - NED - Piet Vroom

IRC Class Two
Beelzbuth Three - FRA - Olivier Pesci
Visit Malta Puma - GBR - Sailing Logic
La Reponse - GBR - Andrew McIrvine

IRC Class Three
Foggy Dew - FRA - Noel Racine
Dunkerque Plaisance - FRA - Benoit Dhalluin
Malice - GBR - Mike Moxley

IRC Class Four
Moondog - GBR - Peter Pickett
With Alacrity - GBR - Chris Choules
Iromiguy - FRA - Jean Yves Chateau

Two-Handed Class
Moondog - GBR - Peter Pickett
Malice - GBR - Mike Moxley
Diablo-J - GBR - Nick Martin

Neville Crichton Honoured
International superyacht sailor and car dealer Neville Crichton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to yachting and business.

Speaking from France he said the honour hadn't sunk in yet. "I'm really proud to receive it," he said. "It's nice to be recognised, particularly for something I love doing."

Crichton, a former professional racing car driver, is in Europe for the Grand Prix in Monaco and will this week visit the factories of his clients, Ferrari and Maserati.

Sydney-based Crichton was this month also recognised in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards in Europe where he was presented with the Legacy Award for his outstanding contribution to the industry over many years.

That award trumpeted his role in establishing and promoting the New Zealand superyacht building industry and his leading position in the world of sailboat racing.

Dubbed the "serial winner" by the Italian media, his three Alfa Romeo super yachts won 174 races, including two Sydney to Hobart races.

Beau Geste Damaged, Safely Anchored
The damaged yacht Beau Geste is now safely anchored off Norfolk Island's capital Kingston, after suffering hull and decking damage 100 nautical miles east of the island while participating in the Auckland to Noumea yacht race

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) search and rescue mission coordinator Neville Blakemore said all 18 members of the crew were safe and well ashore and in good spirits.

The 24-metre Beau Geste sought assistance from RCCNZ around 7pm yesterday (Monday 4 June), and RCCNZ arranged for the yacht to be accompanied by the fishing vessel Advance 2 as it made its way to Norfolk Island.

Beau Geste is now anchored off Kingston Jetty, where its damage will be assessed.

Yahoo NZ News:

Sweden Will Be Represented at 46th Annual Governor's Cup
Newport Beach, California, USA: The recently selected Governor's Cup teams have been notified that their applications have been accepted for Balboa Yacht Club's 46th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship which will take place July 18 to 22, 2012. They will be joined by the winners of the Rose Cup, a national youth match racing event to be held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (Florida) on June 20-24 as well as the South American youth match race champion and some of the best young match racing talent from Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

New to the Gov Cup is Goteborg Kungliga Segelsalskap, from Goteborg, Sweden. Their team has been racing all over Europe in a variety of boats, but this will be their first experience in Gov Cup 21's. The remaining teams represent Yacht Clubs that have participated one or more times during the 46 year history of the Governor's Cup.

The racing will be held in the afternoons from Wednesday through Sunday in the ocean near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, California. Up to date information will be available before, during and after the racing at as well as on Gov Cup pages on facebook and twitter.

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