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New York To Brest In Under 5 Days
Photo by Thierry Martinez / Sea&Co / MOD S.A. Click on image to enlarge.

Krys Ocean Race Yann Guichard and his crew of five crossed the finish line on Thursday July 12 at 12hrs 08m 37s UTC (14hrs 08m 37s) to take overall victory in the inaugural KRYS Ocean Race transatlantic race in an elapsed time four days 21 hours 08 minutes 37s, an average of 25.03 kts on this 2950 miles race course.

In this first ocean race for the new MOD70 one design multihull class, Spindrift racing finished about an hour and a half ahead of Sebastien Josse's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and FONCIA, who were about a quarter of an hour behind second, after a great race across the Atlantic from New York to Brest in winds which is rarely dropped below twenty knots.

This is the first great ocean racing victory for Yann Guichard.

At 38, this former Olympic Tornado catamaran sailor, who finished fourth in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, has amassed considerable multihull experience offshore with Marc Guillemot, Bruno Peyron and Franck Cammas, racing solo across the Atlantic in 2010, but also on the Swiss lakes in the D35 and M-2 multihulls.

He has also raced inshore as helm in the America's Cup World Series and the Extreme 40 series.

Launched in January this year, Spindrift racing is MOD70 hull number 5, and has been taken on by his crew, which includes Pascal Bidegorry, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Jacques Guichard, Leo Lucet and Kevin Escoffier.

Bidegorry, Escoffier and Le Vaillant are among those who set the existing outright Atlantic record in 2009.

Spindrift racing sailed an actual 3284 miles on the water at an average of 28.04 knots.

Four Through To Quarter Finals In Chicago
Photo by Peter MacGowan / AWMRT & CMC Chicago Match Race Center Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team once again earned his place at the top of the leaderboard, extending his fantastic early-season success into the Chicago Match Cup. Hansen beat Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar on his way to top spot in the Qualifying Round, in a match-up that has already featured as a Final and a Semi-Final at previous regattas this season.

Other than the defeat to Hansen, a strong final day from Williams saw his team win each of his three other matches to confirm their progression through to the Quarter Finals, avoiding tomorrow's Repechage, which will take 4 of the bottom 8 teams into the knockout rounds. The scores go back to zero so it's anyone's game again.

Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Racing Team previously stated that his team were looking forward to competing on some of the Tour's smaller boats at events such as Chicago Match Cup, St. Moritz Match Race and Match Race France in Marseille, and he has taken the chance to deliver the wins he knew he could, finishing the Qualifying Round 7-4.

But Morvan's mastery of the TOM 28's did not apply to the local favourite, Taylor Canfield (ISV), as the 23-year old and his team threw everything they had at the French in the pre-start of their final match, thinking it would be impossible for them to escape the Repechage. This made their pre-start one of the most aggressive of the day, with both teams throwing punch after punch at each other throughout the four minute dance, until they both broke off finally at 20 seconds left to take opposite sides of the line. But Morvan was just a little too eager, making an unforced timing error at the boat end, which forced the French to restart and effectively hand the match to Canfield.

This outcome made for a massive 5-way tie-break between Canfield, Phil Robertson, yesterday's leader Keith Swinton, Laurie Jury, and Jordan Reece, which when resolved by the umpires fell in favour of Canfield.

The Chicago Match Cup Repechage will commence on Friday 13th July at 1000 CDT. The Final of the event is scheduled for 1400 CDT on Sunday 15th July.

Results after Qualifying Session 2:
Q Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 9-2
Q Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 8-3
Q Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 7-4
Q Taylor Canfield (USVI) - Canfield Racing 6-5
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing Team 6-5
Phil Robertson (NZ) WAKA Racing 6-5
Jordan Reece (AUS) - Estate Master Sailing Team 6-5
Laurie Jury (NZ) Kiwi Match 6-5
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team 4-7
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-7
Sally Barkow (USA) - Team 7 Match Race 3-8
Donald Wilson (USA) - Chicago Match Race Center 1-10

Cork Week Day 4
The penultimate day of Cork Week will be remembered for some seriously feisty weather, torrential rain overnight continued through the morning and a thick sea fog and a building sea state produced what the Crosshaven locals call 'proper weather'. With 20 knots of breeze and Atlantic swell, Cork Week's Race Committee had the option of racing inside Cork Harbour and took it.

All classes bar IRC Zero and One were set a windward leeward course inside the safe confines of Cork Harbour but the visibility around the Moonduster mark ensured a tight course. Outside the harbour the big boat fleet managed to get one race in before the front drove through to leave a sloppy sea state and no wind, scuppering any chance of a second race today.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens proved unstoppable again today, blasting through the surf to score yet another bullet.

In IRC One, Richard Fildes' Corby 37, Impetuous won Race 7 to stamp their authority on the class.

Getting IRC 2 away for the first race was not easy, there were hooters a plenty as two general recalls resulted in a third re-start with a black flag. Ian Nagle's, J/109 Jelly Baby nailed the pin end and extended in clear air at the top mark to win the first race of the day with Gilles Caminade's French A 35, Chenapan taking second.

In IRC 3, Royal Cork's Admiral Peter Deasy with Bad Company has opened up a seven-point lead after scoring two podium finishes today.

John Twomey's Sonar Baileen Ban has virtually sealed the win in IRC 4 with a second and first place today, but a battle is raging for second place. Finbarr Dorgan's No Half Measures and Claridge and Fox's Sigma 33, Excelle are on equal points and Nyhan & Buwalda's Hunter 707, Outrigger is just a point behind.

Top Three Results:

IRC 0:
1. Tonnerre De Breskens 3, Peter Vroon
2. Tokoloshe, Michael Bartholomew
3. Peninsula Signal 8, Jamie Mcwilliam

IRC 1:
1. Impetuous, Richard Fildes
2. Jump Juice, Conor Phelan
3. Inga II From Sweden, Richard Goransson

IRC 2:
1. Jelly Baby, Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley
2. Chenapan, Gilles Caminade
3. Something Else, J Hall, S Mcdonnell & B Hall

IRC 3:
1. Bad Company, Desmond/Ivers/Deasy
2. Insatiable, Tim Cunliffe
3. Anchor Challenge, Diarmuid Foley

IRC 4:
1. Baileen Ban, John Twomey
2. No Half Measures, Finbarr Dorgan
3. Excelle, Toby Claridge & J. Fox

1. Something Else, J Hall, S Mcdonnell & B Hall
2. Jelly Baby, Ian Nagle
3. Jalapeno, Baker Et Al

1. Aquatack, Denis Murphy
2. IRL1760, Robin & Ben O'Mahony
3. Wahoo ,Finbarr Jeffers

IRC Non Spinnaker 1:
1. Something, Mike Bailey & Andy Roy
2. Xerxes, Dan O'Neill
3. Diamonds Are Forever, Anne O'Sullivan

IRC Non Spinnaker 2:
1. Minx III, Tom Ncneice
2. Xtension, Conor O'Donovan
3. Aisling, Bryan Heffernan

* From Digby Fox: Youtube video featuring Day Three of racing at Cork Week 2012 including on board footage with Royal Cork Admiral, Peter Deasy, who is leading Class IRC 3. Peter races Bad Company and he has a wicked sense of humour:

Singapore Secures Its First Victory In Clipper 11-12 Race
After a tough tussle with light winds the final push for a podium position went down to the wire this morning and crossing the finish line off the coast of the Netherlands at 0724 UTC, Singapore, sponsored by Keppel Corporation, secured its first win in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race series with victory in Race 14 to Den Helder.

Hot on the Singaporean entry's heels, Visit Finland secured its seventh podium success a mere 17 minutes later in second place and Gold Coast Australia completed the podium trio, a further17 minutes after its Finnish rivals. However, Singapore's win spoilt the Australian entry's chances of matching the record for consecutive Clipper Race wins.

Speaking of its first victory, Singapore skipper Ben Bowley says, "It feels absolutely fantastic we've been waiting for this for a long time. It's been a hard race and very challenging. It was neck and neck all the way through right down to the wire with only 17 minutes in it in the end but we are absolutely ecstatic and I am so please for the crew."

Meanwhile, positions on the leader board continue to change frequently for the rest of the fleet, as the remaining competitors attempt to make up miles in the immobilising conditions. New York's tactics to stay close to the coastline has paid off and the U.S. entry has shot up from the back of the fleet to fourth place overnight, whilst Welcome to Yorkshire has fallen victim to another wind hole, slipping further down the pack.

The remaining fleet is expected to arrive throughout the day.

SF2SF: New Around The World Race
Several of Northern California's renown sailboat racers have been meeting the past few months with one goal in mind, to launch the first 'round-the-world race that starts and ends on San Francisco Bay! The race, named SF2SF, is the brainchild of Jim Antrim, naval architect and avid ocean racer. "I'm intrigued by the challenge of a new sailing route around the world opened by the breadth of the Pacific Ocean," stated Jim. "And not all major races have to start and end in France!"

It's no coincidence that Jim plans to be part of a Bay Area team which will compete in the race. Among his long list of successful racing yacht designs, some more recent ones have spurred a revival of the Bay Area's yacht building industry. Three custom Antrim racing yachts in the 40 to 50 foot range have been built by yacht builder Cree Partridge at Berkeley Marine Center. A new 60 foot monohull is in the works for SF2SF.

The SF2SF Ocean Race group has created a broad outline for the race, and is seeking additional input to finalize details for an official Notice of Race. One thing for certain, the race organizers seek to "bring the Corinthian spirit back into major ocean races," according to Jim. "What we mean by that is the race will be about the challenge and the love of sailing. It should be accessible to a greater variety of teams. We welcome the big syndicates if they'd like to participate, but we also want the amateur teams that are ready to take on this challenge."

The race is scheduled for Fall 2015, with a course around Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope. It is essentially a non-stop race, though boats will be allowed to stop as needed, with the clock continuing to tick. The group has launched its website at -- Eric Simonson


HPR Issues Draft Version 3a Rules and Rating Calculator
Newport, Rhode Island, USA: The Technical Committee of the High Performance Rule (HPR) has issued its latest draft - Version 3A - of the HPR Rule Book and Rating Calculator, available now on the HPR website Comments for improvement are solicited from owners, designers, brokers, sailors, boat builders, rule-makers, and everyone interested in the new rule, with remarks asked to be sent to

"HPR Version 3A is the culmination of several months of work by the Technical Committee and many others who have provided valuable input," said Bill Lee, lead author of the HPR Rule Book drafts. "We drew on numerous existing rules, such as the International Measurement System (IMS), the ORC Rating Rules, the ORR VPP, IRC, ISAF's, the Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS), the Universal Measurement Form, and others to be relevant and compatible with existing rule systems and to best describe and measure modern high-performance offshore-capable racing yachts. We were respectful of all the great work on handicap rules to date, going back to the Universal and International Rules and including the CCA, and IOR."

HPR is a single number spreadsheet development rule intended to rate yachts between 26 and 72 feet. The rule does not presently have provision for course or wind content, nor does it use a VPP for rating calculation or utilize assigned factors.

HPR is owned by the Offshore Racing Association (ORA), with licensed rating authorities currently including the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and US Sailing. Protocols for measurement and issuing certificates are currently being developed by these organizations and will be published on the HPR website.

For more information on the HPR Rule Book draft, the Rating Calculator V3, HPR designs, measurement, a calendar of events, and other items related to HPR, please visit

Greg Wilcox Retains OK Dinghy World Number 1 Status
Greg Wilcox (NZL) has maintained his World No 1 status from current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) as the fleet prepares for the 2012 World Championships, due to be sailed in Vallensbaek, Denmark from 21-18 July.

The recent event at Warnemunde Week produced one of the most competitive events of recent times with 11 of the top 20 ranked sailors competing. This gave them valuable points and caused some changes to the list. It was won by class newcomer Andre Budzie (GER), a three times Finn World Masters champion, who is also sailing the worlds later this month.

Wilcox picked up second place in at the Medemblik Spring Cup, third in Kiel Week and a fifth in Warnemunde Week, which was also the German nationals. He extends his points lead at the top and now has the second highest points ever after Craig's 1033 points from 2005.

With some 150 boats entered for the 2012 OK Dinghy Worlds, which was made open to celebrate the classes 50th world championship, the next list could see some substantial changes. The Pre-Worlds is being sailed this weekend and will provide a good indicator of form as most of the top sailors are competing. OK Dinghy World Ranking List - July 2012

Top 10 out of 412
1. Greg Wilcox, NZL
2. Nick Craig, GBR
3. Martin von Zimmermann, GER
4. Thomas Hanson-Mild, SWE
5. Alistair Deaves, NZL
6. Jorgen Svendsen, DEN
7. Bartosz Rakocy, POL
8. Roger Blasse, AUS
9. Terry Curtis, GBR
10. Gunter Arndt, GER

Foynes Museum Flying High Following Accreditation
Photo by Peter MacGowan / AWMRT & CMC. Click on image to enlarge.

Foynes Museum The Foynes Flying Boat Museum took a major step toward receiving full accreditation from the Heritage Council under a programme that aims to raise minimum standards in the sector.

The County Limerick tourist attraction, which entered the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) in 2010, was presented with interim accreditation by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan at a ceremony in the Architectural Archive in Dublin this week. Minister Deenihan said the accreditation was being presented for excellence in caring for the collection, museum management, education, exhibitions and visitor services.

Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr. Jerome Scanlan congratulated the staff and Board of Foynes Flying Boat Museum for their continued efforts to further enhance the West Limerick museum's status as one of Ireland's leading visitor attractions.

Ms. O'Shaughnessy explained that the Museum will seek to receive full accreditation before the end of 2013.

Last March, the Museum launched the country's First National Aviation Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Tony Ryan, who as founder of Guinness Peat Aviation became the museum's first sponsor, was the first recipient of the National Aviation Award.


* Editor: Some great history on Irish Coffee, and a recipe:

Catamaran L'hydroptere.Ch on the Blue Ribbon Course
The experimental catamaran l', crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stephane Dyen, Gael Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cedric Pochelon, today went after the mythical Blue Ribbon speed record between Geneva and le Bouveret and back, a record held since 2007 by Decision 35, captained by Philippe Cardis, in 4 hrs 53 mins 19 secs.

After having left at 10.30 a.m., propelled by a strong westerly wind, the hydrofoil catamaran made exceptional time en route to Le Bouveret, reaching Yvoire in less than half an hour and then Le Bouveret in 1 hour 44 minutes - the absolute speed record on this course aboard a yacht.

The return trip proved more challenging, sailing into the wind blowing from the west, which prevented the team from performing numerous maneuvers. l' finally crossed the line after 5 hrs 17 mins 42 secs - a remarkable time which not only ranks as the best performance of the year, but also as the record for a yacht, the previous best time being 5 hrs 35 mins.

"Our outbound journey was extraordinary," enthused Daniel Schmaeh, skipper of l' But conditions proved particularly unfavorable on the return trip. We were expecting the Joran on this small lake; instead, we were hit by a westerly wind which prevented us from performing numerous tacking maneuvers. That is what cost us the record."

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* From Katie Cumming: Peters & May would like to express their congratulations to Spindrift Racing for their win in the first ever Krys Ocean Race. As well as a great performance by the teams, with the top 3 boats crossing the Atlantic between New York and Brest in under 5 days, the race organizers also need a huge pat on the back.

Craig Stanbury, Racing Logistics Manager at Peters & May, who was present in New York for the race start comments, "Multi One Design represent everything you could hope for in a race organizing committee; the efforts they have put into everything from the boats to the hospitality and their determination to make this race sustainable, while remaining dedicated to raising awareness of the 'Race for Water' is quite outstanding. Peters & May is proud to be associated with not only the winning team, but also the team behind the scenes at MOD who have worked tirelessly to make this race happen in a relatively short period of time".

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