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Skippers Target Vital Remaining Matches to Make Quarter Final Cut
Marstrand, Sweden: The Alpari World Match Racing Tour saw another fantastic day's sailing from Bjorn Hansen and Peter Gilmour, leaving them amongst a group looking certain to progress to the Quarter Final of the STENA Match Cup Sweden after day three, whilst several skippers are desperate to secure wins in their remaining few matches to avoid elimination at qualification stage.

Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork reached a total of five wins after the day's session and, having lost just four matches, has a good chance of moving to the Quarter Final with a strong performance tomorrow.

Aschenbrenner, who looks set to become one of the future stars of the sport regardless of his progression in Sweden, said: "We had a good event at Match Race Germany and have been looking forward to this one. The DS 37 are boats that we train on and I've raced them since I started match racing.

Of the other teams on the brink of making the cut, Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team had a successful day, picking up another two wins to leave him with a total of three and still in with a chance of moving through to the next stage of the event. Tour Card Holder Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team and local wildcard Viktor Ogeman (SWE) Team Accure weren't able to get a win on the board in the third Qualifying Session and now look destined to be heading home.

At the top of the qualifying table, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team had recorded three wins by flight 16, taking him to eight overall and guaranteeing his participation in the next round. His only loss came at the hands of Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing in a close encounter which saw the Australian pick up a penalty in pre-start for not keeping clear of his opponent.

STENA Match Cup Sweden Qualifying continues on Thursday 5th July from 0900 CET on Thursday 5th July, with Quarter Finals following and the Semi Final and Final scheduled for Saturday 7th July.

Results after Qualifying Session 3 (Correct up to flight 16 of 23):

Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 8-1
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-2
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 7-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing Team 7-2
Phil Robertson (NZ) WAKA Racing 6-3
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 5-4
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 5-4
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 5-4
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-6
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Miss Sophie 3-6
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team 2-7
Laurie Jury (NZ) Kiwi Match 2-7
Reuben Corbett (NZ) AON Racing Team 2-7
Viktor Ogeman (SWE) Team Accure 1-8

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Tour Voile: One Cape, Different Options
An unusually strange atmosphere for this morning briefing: the sailors seem both happy to leave the dock and worried about the unknown. The weather forecast does nothing the cheer them: five knots of South-South-East, humidity, rain, some storms and a strong current. These conditions promise a long and technical race, with a possible mooring to avoid going backward against the current. The teams hope for a sea breeze - even if it's light! - to brighten the day and pass easily the Cape Griz Nez (North Pas de Calais). This leg is 95 miles-long with a first part in a rather narrow band between the coastline and the forbidden maritime rail and a larger playground after Gris Nez.

The wind isn't that bad immediately after the start - almost 10 knots of a West to West-North-West flow for five knots of boat speed. First, a long upwind tack on starboard, sailing West along the Northern coast. Then, the 15 teams open their sails and hoist the fractioned spinnaker, reaching, 10 miles away from Calais. The wind shifts a bit to the right. Three boats only don't keep their spinnaker and head upwind: Daniel Souben's men in front of Cotes d'Armor Bretagne and Fascinating Seas International.

The weather conditions are good enough not to worry too much about the current and a possible mooring. The see breeze will drop at the end of the day and with the night will come squalls and showers. The M34 could arrive in Dieppe tomorrow morning.

Previsionnal top ten general ranking after 7 races :

1. Toulon Provence Mediterranee - Coych (Fra 07) - Fabien Henry / Tugdual Becquemie / 158 points - Blue Spinnaker
2. Courrier Dunkerque 3 (Fra 08) - Daniel Souben / 154
3. BAE Systems (Oma 4) - Cedric Pouligny / 154
4. Bretagne - Credit Mutuel Elite (Fra 18) - Nicolas Troussel / 151
5. Nantes Saint Nazaire - E.Leclerc (Fra 6) - Corentin Douguet / 139
6. Ville De Geneve - Carrefour Prevention (Sui 19) - Jerome Clerc / Elodie Mettraux / 134
7. Ile De France (Fra 1) - Vincent Aillaud / 128
8. Bred / La Normandie (Fra 15), Skippe Par Arthur Herreman / Baptiste Choquenet / 125
9. Region De Bruxelles - Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (Bel 2) - Bertrand Pace / 124
10. Cotes D'armor Bretagne (Fra 14) - Josselin Le Moine / 123

www.tourvoile.fr/us/2012/homepage.html

Ben Ainslie Racing Teams with Henri Lloyd
Henri Lloyd Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has teamed up with World leading British marine clothing & footwear specialists Henri Lloyd as their technical clothing supplier for the 2012/13 America's Cup World Series campaign. The new team will start racing just weeks after Ben Ainslie competes at his fifth consecutive Olympics at the first event of the 2012-13 Series in San Francisco this August. Henri Lloyd has been long term supporter of Ben Ainslie throughout his sailing career becoming the triple Olympic gold medallist's first ever commercial sponsor back in 1996. It is fitting that the partnership continues as Ben embarks on a new phase of his sailing career, on two hulls not one.

BAR and Henri Lloyd and have been working closely together to review and develop the technical range which is to be worn by the sailing team, and will include bespoke items, which will offer protection to the team as they compete on the high performance AC45s. The partnership will also see a new merchandise range for the BAR team that will be available online at www.henrilloyd.com and at all ACWS events throughout from August.

www.henrilloyd.co.uk

Clipper 11-12 Race Enters Final Stages
With just two races left in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the top of the leader board continues to be fiercely contested. Although Gold Coast Australia is the clear leader, the fight for second and third place in the world's longest ocean race is still anyone's for the taking.

In Race 13 Gold Coast Australia secured its eleventh victory after a 2,350-mile tough upwind battle across the North Atlantic. The Queensland entry celebrated its win into Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, all but guaranteeing overall victory in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.

Barring massive penalties or disqualification, Gold Coast Australia cannot be beaten on points with a massive forty point advantage over current second place entry, Visit Finland.

The fight for second and third place continues to be fought out as only a handful of points separate the contendersfor the remaining podium positions on the leader board. With two races left until the Clipper 11-12 Race finish in Southampton, just six points separates second place Visit Finland and third place De Lage Landen. Singapore, sponsored by Keppel Corporation, is snapping at their heels while Welcome to Yorkshire is just four points behind the Singaporean entry.

The penultimate race, an 800-mile sprint from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder in the Netherlands, will start at 1600 GMT on Saturday 7 July.

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Dragon Grand Prix Germany
Ukrainian helmsman Evgen Braslavetz has won the Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2012 with his crew Sergey Timokhov and Aleksandr Mirchuk (UKR 9). Lars Hendriksen, Sergey Pugachev and George Leonchuck (UKR 7) take second place in the overall results one point ahead of NED 316 with Pieter Heereema, Theis Palm and Joost Houweling in third. CHILDHOOD Race winners Jørgen Schönherr, Jan Eli Gravad and Axel Waltersdorph from DEN 406 follow in fourth place and win the Corinthian Trophy.

The last day of racing in Boltenhagen started off with very little wind, leading to a brief postponement but as the breeze picked up at noon the boats set sail and completed the last three races on the Wohlenberger Wiek.

Seemingly eager to complete the final race it took the fleet three starts and three black flag disqualifications before they made their way across the 1.3 nm long course. RUS 76 with helmsman Dmitry Samokhin went from strength to strength, after finishing ninth and fifth in the first two races of the day they won the final race. It was enough to propel them to fifth overall, a comfortable eight points ahead of their fellow countrymen RUS 27.

The Dragon Grand Prix 2013 is scheduled for June, 13th to June 16th 2013.

www.dragon-grand-prix.de

Defending Champion, Kistanov New Junior Finn World's Leader
Defending Finn Junior World Champion Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) has taken the lead in the Silver Cup from German Lennard Luttkus after winning his second race today. The scoreboard remains tight with six sailors within four points. "It will be hard to keep the lead" said Kistanov "There are a lots of sailors who can still win and the World Champion will be decided on the last race."

Michal Jodlowski (POL) encouraged by his third place, perfected his game, winning the next race. "I think I have finally broke the code of this lake! Now I understand the pattern of the wind. I feel more confident making my choices, especially upwind. I had watched the wind between the races and the right seemed better this time. I saw the fleet go left like in the first race and was one of the rare to chose the right side. I was first at the windard mark and sailed the rest of the race conservatively on the run, trying not to make any mistakes. I am happy with my sailing and my last three results. It is coming together now!"

Second and third place in race eight went to Martin Robitaille (CAN) and Thomas Morel (FRA). The fourth place goes to young Austrian Nikolaus Lehner who sailed today his best race in the event.

The Canadian has now taken second overall and is only one point from Kistanov (RUS). Early leader Luttkus (GER) is in third place.

Two races are scheduled for Thursday 5th of July.

Overall top ten results after 8 races (1 discard)
1: Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) 32 points
2: Martin Robitaille (Can) 33
3: Lennart Luttkus (GER) 34
4: Michal Jodlowski (POL) 36
5: Milosz Wojewski (POL) 36
6: Viktor Filippov (RUS) 42
7: Andrei Ianitchii (RUS) 49
8: Viacheslav Sivenkov (RUS) 55
9: Thomas Morel (FRA) 65
10: Peter Mc Coy (GBR) 66

Event website (results):
www.cerclevoilebordeaux.com

Let The J-Boat Racing and Wight Vodka Parties Begin!
Wight Vodka Parties Hamble, England: The J-Cup 2012 Driven by MIQ Logistics will mark the eleventh year of the regatta, an event that has grown in size beyond all reasonable expectation, both in terms of the number of competitors involved and by the extremely tight racing. All J Boat owners are invited to compete; the regatta is first class and the shore-side socials are legendary. This year a SailRacer results service sponsored by Wight Vodka, has been launched allowing for live race blogging and live results directly from the regatta committee. The service was used at the recent J/80 World Championship in Dartmouth and was a roaring success.

The J-Cup is being hosted by the fabulous team at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble between the 26th and 28th July. Sailing Secretary Natalie Gray commented "This year's J-Cup Driven by MIQ Logistics is certain to be the best ever. The Wight Vodka parties are now renowned and it's great that Wight Vodka is our preferred premium vodka behind the bar at the Royal Southern. Wight Vodka Tonics and Wight Vodka Bloody Marys are most enjoyed!"

"We have a fantastic relationship with Ritu and her team and we're glad that the partnership between J-Boats and Wight Vodka is so strong," commented Gemma Dunn of Key Yachting in Hamble, who are the organisers of the event. The racing on the water will definitely be competitive, and the evening events and prize parties will be thoroughly enjoyed with Wight Vodka cocktails flowing. I'm certainly looking forward to a great event!"

Ritu Manocha, the entrepreneur behind 50°North and Wight Vodka, said "The J-Cup has been one of the highlights of the year for Wight Vodka and we're excited to be part of the fun again. We're even working with the teams at Key Yachting, J-Boats and the Royal Southern Yacht Club to come up with our own J-Cup cocktail for the parties. This will be a blast of a regatta!"

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First-Day Fireworks: Charisma Leads
Photo by Daniel Forster, DanielForster.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship Day One of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Newport, R.I. started off wet with storms predicted to loom in the forecast, but by the time the first of the fleet's 11 teams began crossing the finish line in Race 1, the sun had burned off the clouds, and the wind had built to a consistent 12-14 knots. Like a deck of cards, the fleet was shuffled into different positions throughout the day, resulting in a different winner for each of the three races; however, none of those had made it into the top-four positions after cumulative results were tallied.

Charisma's skipper Nico Poons (Monaco) enjoyed his first time racing in Newport by topping the scoreboard with a 5-2-4 , putting his team one point ahead of runner-up Enfant Terrible, skippered by Rossi Alberto (Italy), and three places above third place Struntje light, skippered by Wolfgang Schaefer (Germany).

Day 1 Results

Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 5-2-4 (11)
Enfant Terrible, Rossi Alberto, Anacona, Italy, 4-6-2 (12)
Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany, 2-4-8 (14)
Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-5-3 (14)
Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., 1-8-6 (15)
Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., 3-3-10 (16)
Provezza 8, Ergin Imre/Onur Erardag, Istanbul, Turkey, 10-1-7 (18)
Plenty, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., 7-7-5 (19)
Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, Australia, 9-10-1 (20)
Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9-9 (26)
Yellow Jacket, Bulman Scholz Syndicate, Annapolis, Md., 11-11-11 (33)

Daily race reports and photos are available online at www.farr40.org along with video coverage provided by T2P.

View Day 1 Video Footage at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLR3hpsxUHs

Pendennis Cup
Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, www.oceanimages.co.uk. Click on image for photo gallery.

Pendennis Cup The third edition of the Pendennis Cup will take place from 2nd - 7th July in the London Olympic year 2012, with the racing managed by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Race Officer Peter Craig. We now have 13 yachts confirmed, including an impressive number of 30m+ entries, which is already creating a dramatic spectacle in the waters around Falmouth.

Luckily the Cornish weather was more cooperative today with the sun breaking through the clouds at times and a good 15 knot wind. Once more both fleets were closely matched providing a fantastic spectacle, especially when the fleet hoisted their spinnakers after the first mark. A more detailed outline of the race will be posted later and the full results table is already online. In summary Unfurled took both line honours and the winner of Day 2 in the Class 2 fleet. Class 3 line honours and corrected time saw Firebrand take pole. Both these yachts now lead their classes after two races, but with both fleets performing so well it's still wide open for Friday and Saturday after the crews have a rest on Lay Day tomorrow.

www.thependenniscup.co.uk

A 440-Mile Speed Trial
The second leg of La Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard Cachemire began in a frenzy of shouts and flapping sails on a busy startline, and ended with each of the 36 Figaro II one-designs slipping through the finish under spinnaker and moonlight.

In between the solo skippers experienced a close-quarters contest around the buoys off the Spanish coast, and night navigation around some Brittany landmarks, but the majority of the 442-mile race was spent on a reaching course, mostly under spinnaker, and always with the numbers on the speedo holding precedence.

Gildas Morvan, competing in no less than his 17th Figaro race, sealed his first stage win at 23.58 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd. Nicolas Lunven (Generali) came home at one minute past midnight, July 4th, while Eliès confirmed his third place 7 minutes later.

Behind the leaders the contest for leading rookie or 'Bizuth' was more eventful. On Wednesday afternoon Nick Cherry (GBR, Artemis 23) had been leading among the first-timers for over 24 hours, in a neck-and-neck race with Corentin Horeau (Bretagne - Credit Mutuel Espoir). However, as the fleet rounded the Le Boeufs marker that evening, Horeau established a fractional lead which he held to take the honour of first newcomer home in 23rd place.

Fellow Bizuth Julien Villion (Seixo Promotion) was another who closed rapidly during the closing stages - Cherry held off Villion around the Pilours marker at the entrance to the finish port, but on the final gybe to the line Villion snuck through to finish just 17 seconds ahead in 25th place. First British skipper Sam Goodchild (Artemis (23) took 24th place. Norway's Kristin Songe Molle (Kristen For Fulle Seil) finished in 33rd place. Henry Bomby (GBR, Artemis 37) brought home the fleet at 02.43 a.m.

The third stage of the Solitaire du Figaro begins on Sunday, July 8, with a return leg to Cherbourg. Heading into the final race, the winner of the opening leg Yann Elies (Groupe Queguiner/Journal des Entreprises) still holds the overall lead on cumulative time by 30 minutes and 17 seconds from Morgan Lagraviere (Vendee) in second, with Nicolas Lunven (Generali) just 10 seconds further back in third

www.lasolitaire.com

London 2012 Supplied Equipment Draw Completed
ISAF has completed the random draw for the allocation of the supplied equipment at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The supply of equipment and the equipment draw is one of many tasks the International Sailing Federation will undertake in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth and Portland as part of its role "to assume the responsibility for the technical control and direction of their sports at the Olympic Games," as defined by the Olympic Charter.

The draw for supplied equipment allocates the individual items of equipment (the boat, the sails and the spars) to each nation competing at the Olympic Sailing Competition. The draw is completely random.

Of the 10 sailing events at the 2012 Olympic Games, five will be contested in supplied equipment, meaning the competitor is allocated their boats, sails, spars etc. upon arrival at the event instead of bringing his or her own equipment to the event. The supplied equipment consists of the RS:X windsurfer used for both the Men's and Women's Windsurfer events, the Laser and Laser Radial dinghies used for the Men's One Person Dinghy and Women's One Person Dinghy events respectively and the Elliott 6m used for the Women's Match Racing event.

Sailing Medal Tally - Top 5 Nations

Country - Gold - Silver - Bronze - Total
Great Britain - 25 - 14 - 11 - 50
USA - 19 - 23 - 17 - 59
Norway - 17 - 11 - 3 - 31
Denmark - 12 - 8 - 6 - 26
France - 11 - 9 - 11 - 31

www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/

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