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Thomson Set To Smash World Record
The Gosport round-the-world yachtsman set sail alone from Ambrose Lighthouse off New York on Tuesday, July 17, and is now estimated to reach Lizard Point, off Falmouth, at 5pm on Thursday - more than a day ahead of the cut off to beat the single-handed Atlantic record.
The current record for what is officially known as the 'West to East Ambrose Lighthouse to Lizard Point Under 60ft Single-Handed Monohull Record, Male' sits at 10 days, 55 minutes and 19 seconds, and was set by Swiss sailor Bernhard Stamm ten years ago.
From Alex on his blog:
"330Nm to go which means in the last 24 hours I have only gained 120Nm towards the mark. Very unhealthy compared to the 400+ miles in every single 24 hour period before then! Ironically the front that I stayed ahead of for the last week was going to cause very light winds in my path to the finish so I had to cross to the west side of and tack upwind and get into a favourable position west of the finish.
I will suffer very light winds later tonight west of the Scilly Isles but hopefully it wont be too painful. The good news is that my estimated finish time according to the routing is 1830 GMT tomorrow, thats still 24.5 hours ahead of the routing and I am uber confident of breaking this record, its just by how much now.
Normally I would expect the routing to be optimistic so if I had to bet money I would be guessing between 0000 and 0300 GMT on Friday morning Very gusty conditions overnight with the boat requiring almost constant attention but winds seem more stable now. I could do with some good sleep today as approaching the coast always requires more vigilance with lots of shipping and fishing boats around."
Report from The Daily Echo:
Alex Thomson's site: www.alexthomsonracing.com
Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
Across the seven different classes the finale was marked by light, conflicting breezes with at least as many title upsets unfolding through the day as there were expected winning scenarios playing out on cue.
The most emotional moments of the regatta came fittingly when Dublin's 16 year old Finn Lynch was carried shoulder high from his native waters, still in his Laser Radial, after sailing to silver, the best ever ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship finish for the host nation which has delivered a truly memorable, perfectly executed regatta.
Top three by class:
Laser Radial Boys
Laser Radial Girls
ISAF Nations Trophy - top three
GBR Red Takes The Lead
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup fleet received an inadvertent visit from HM Queen Elizabeth II this morning, her Diamond Jubilee Tour taking in Cowes Yacht Haven where the 21 boats are based in this premier three boat team event for international amateur crews.
This afternoon only one race was held, again along the Lee-on-Solent shoreline as it was on the first day with the 6 - 9 knot southeasterly, enough for the boats to race. The boats then had to head out into the tide to round the first mark and spreader mark before heading back downwind. The course was shortened, when a southwesterly sea breeze filled in after a brief transition just short of the finish line.
Winner of the day was the young British Keelboat Academy crew on former RORC Commodore David Aisher's J/109 Yeoman of Wight competing in RYA Team GBR Black, whose time corrected out to more than two minutes ahead of John van der Starre's J/111 Xcentric Ripper in the Benelux team. However it was RYA Team GBR Red which put in the best performance of the day slipping into first place on 151.5 points, although they are just three points ahead of yesterday's leaders, France.
In addition to winning today, after four races Yeoman of Wight and her young crew is the leading boat across all seven teams at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, having taken over from RYA Team GBR Red's small boat, CNBC, that had her worse day of the regatta today.
Tomorrow there are two more inshore races are scheduled, due to start at 10:30.
Scorching Conditions On Day 4
La Rochelle, France: Following a lay day yesterday many 505 crews were keen to get back out on the water for day 4 of the SAP 505 World Championships. Crews took advantage of the day off and sampled the sights of La Rochelle and Il De Re. Other 505 crews and event organisers were invited to go sailing onboard with the SAP Extreme 40 race team, who have been sailing from La Rochelle whilst the championship has been on.
Day four started with the sun beating down on La Rochelle and not a breath of wind, the sea breeze steadily built to allow the race team to set a course following a short postponement and run one race. The race saw a 20 degree wind shift from the start of the first beat and this forced the race team to adjust the course for the second upwind leg.
The fourth day of the SAP 5O5 World Championship was a good day for the French with 4 teams finishing in the top 20! La Rochelle locals Bertrand Loyal and Laurent Nevo had great boat speed and led the fleet around the course with a comfortable lead. They had a great start, making the most of the wind shift and held onto first place for the whole duration of the race.
Today will also be remembered for the entrance of the Danish team of Jorgen Bojsen-Moller and Jacib Bojsen-Moler into medal contention. Getting into the mix with the main favorites in this world championship, their entrance causing a slight shift in the top of the table. The top ten currently dominated by the Germans, Americans and the the Danish.
Overall standings after six races:
Racing is set to continue tomorrow 26th July at 13:00 CET, pending weather conditions
Singapore Is Making History at the Opti Worlds
The day started with a light breeze and the 4 groups sailed 2 races each. The weather was shifty and the battles were fierce. The young Singaporeans managed to score several bullets and are now leading the top 4 spots. It is the 1st time in sailing history that one nation is in top 4 spots in a World Championship; the level of the Opti sailors is obviously very high, however the national team of Singapore is generally admitted at an even higher level than everybody else.
The young Dutch cannot dispute their superiority. However, he can still steal the 4th place.
The Americans have an equally good performance. With 3 sailors in top 10 spots, they are running by far their best Opti sailing event lately.
Let's see what can happen tomorrow, with 2 races still to go.
2012 J-Cup Driven By MIQ Logistics
The scene is set for a stunning 2012 J-Cup Driven by MIQ Logistics, scheduled to take place on the Solent this week. The event comes back to its spiritual 'home' at the Royal Southern Yacht Club this year and comprises The Lombard J/97 UK National Championship and the J/109 UK National Championship supported by Sebago. The J/111 Class will also be racing at the J-Cup for the first time this year and the International J/111 Class Rules will apply in full. The remainder of the 63 boat fleet will be made up three more classes, the J/80s who will also race in a one-design class and two mixed IRC J Boat classes. Even the brand new J/70 is set to make her first regatta appearance!
Racing starts tomorrow, Thursday 26th July and nowhere will the competition be hotter than at the J/109 National Championship supported by Sebago.
The current Lombard J/97 UK National Champion is Grant Gordon and his team on Fever, having won the regatta last year in Guernsey. Fever is back to defend the one design title this year, along with eight other J/97s, a fleet which includes three newcomers to the Championship.
The J/111 Class has eight boats racing on a level rating basis at the J-Cup this year and the fleet is chock full of winners: Didier Le Moal's J-Lance comes to compete from France having beaten David and Kirsty's J-Dream (Round the Island Race Class winner) by the very narrowest of margins at Spi Ouest regatta at Easter. Jamie Arnell's Jeez Louise won the J/111 Class at the Vice Admiral's Cup earlier in the summer and Duncan MacDonald and Phil Thomas' crew on Shmokin Joe have been slotting in some very impressive results in their home port of Brighton.
Six classes, two race areas, eight races, two National Championships, 63 boats (so far!) 400 people, two bands, SLAM clothing, SLAMbucca shots, the B&G Dark and Stormy Party, North Sails daily prizes, a live blog from the race-track at www.keyyachting.com, the Wight Vodka Online Results Service, fantastic sponsor support, prizes galore and of course the infamous J-Cup Prizegiving Party on the final Saturday, this year to be held at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton and (according to current forecasts) sun, sun, sun all the way!
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2012
Nominations may be made by anyone and the only criterion for sailors is "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing" during the qualifying period of 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012.
Nominations should be sent to ISAF by 12:00 (UTC) on Wednesday 5 September 2012 using the Official Nomination Form, available at http://www.sailing.org/31875.php
A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up by ISAF from all those received by the deadline and those making the cut will go on to become the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 Nominees. The 139 ISAF Member National Authorities will then vote for one male and one female sailor who they believe should win the Award.
The winners will be announced at the Awards dinner on Tuesday 6 November in Dublin, Ireland, the host city for the ISAF Annual Conference. The winners will be presented with the unique marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, together with a Rolex timepiece.
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Jamie Matheson, Executive Chairman at Brewin Dolphin said "While relinquishing sponsorship of the Scottish Series is tinged with sadness, we're hugely proud of what we, Clyde Cruising Club and participants have achieved over the past 13 years. Our partnership with Clyde Cruising Club has significantly raised the awareness of Scottish sailing across the UK and further afield.
"We would like to wish Clyde Cruising Club the very best for next year's event."
John Watson, Commodore of the Clyde Cruising Club, said, "We would like to thank Brewin Dolphin for their continued support over the past 13 years. It has been one of the longest sports sponsorships in Scotland but as we know all good things must come to an end.
"The Scottish Series is a great event which has something for everyone, from face painting and pipe and dance bands shoreside to stunning scenery and challenging sailing on two event courses on Loch Fyne. Each year, the local community benefits from a substantial boost to its economy as a result of the long-standing event and the input from organisers and sponsors."
Atlantis WeatherGear today announced that they have signed on as Official Apparel Partner for the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta - presented by Officine Panerai. The event is hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA and will be sailed on the waters of Massachusetts Bay during the weekend of August 11-12.
Headquartered in the old Graves Yacht Yard on Marblehead Harbor, builders of many well-known classic yachts, the company has a unique connection to the town's yachting heritage. And as an almost 40-year-old brand, Atlantis has been aboard many of these yachts over the years and kept their crews dry and comfortable.
Atlantis will provide prizes for owners of the top-placing yachts in each division as well as event apparel for the organizing committee and to be offered for sale on-site at the event.
Atlantis salutes the growing trend toward restoring and racing these rare nautical treasures. Several of the company's staffers compete regularly on the US classic circuit, and many Atlantis designs are inspired by the rich heritage and tradition embodied by these beautiful yachts.
Discovery Yachts have recruited Sophie Porteous to a newly created position within their Sales and Marketing team. Sophie recently graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University with a degree in Surface Pattern Design and Textiles for Fashion.
Sophie will be joining the busy Sales and Marketing team at Discovery Yachts who are builders of bespoke blue-water cruising yachts. Sophie has expertise in CAD (computer aided design), Photoshop and Illustrator which will be put to good use in the marketing department and she will also assist the Sales Manager, Mark Williams with client test sails, sales support and administration.
Sophie is a keen dinghy sailor and regularly crews on an RS200 from Hayling Island Sailing Club; she is also passionate about snowboarding, windsurfing and surfing. Whilst at University Sophie undertook a series of internships with a number of top London fashion designers.
The newly appointed Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Dr. the Hon D. Orlando Smith, OBE has introduced a number of initiatives to increase marine related tourism and Superyacht activity in the Islands.
The first of these initiatives was to declare Gun Greek in Virgin Gorda as an officially designated sea port of entry in to the Territory. The Port, which is strategically located in the North Sound area of Virgin Gorda, has seen considerable growth in the Superyacht trade over the last several years. The designation allows Superyachts and other vessels to now proceed directly to the magnificent cruising grounds around the North Sound rather than having to clear in Spanish Town or Road Town.
The Premier has also pledged to continue to support and encourage events such as the Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, which is now entering its third year in Virgin Gorda, which highlight the BVI as an ideal location for Superyachts.
For the thousands of sailing enthusiasts who love cruising in sail and power boats around the stunning and secluded archipelago of more than 60 islands, planned improvements to the airport and cooperation with connecting flights will make access to the BVI quicker and easier.
Volvo Car UK is the latest brand to join forces with the Extreme Sailing Series, as Official Car Supplier to Act 5, Cardiff. As well as providing a fleet of cars to the Extreme 40 teams and event organisers to assist with the complex logistics of running the only UK leg of the 2012 Series, some of Britain's top sailing talent including Team Volvo sailors and 2012 470 World Champions, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Olympic gold medallist (Laser) Paul Goodison, RS:X windsurfer Nick Dempsey and Lucy Macgregor's 'Match Race Girls', will also be present in Cardiff to try their hand at a completely different type of sailing post the 2012 Olympic Games.
Volvo Car UK has been a key sponsor of British sailing since 1999, supporting everything from youth development at grass roots through to Britain's top sailors at the pinnacle of the sport. That support includes a group of 17 elite, inspirational British athletes who will compete on home waters this summer just two weeks before the event in Cardiff.
The Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff is scheduled for 30 August to 2nd September.
Next year's Norwegian International Boat Show will be held at Telnor Arena in Oslo The 2013 Norwegian International Boat Show, Sjoen for alle, is moving to a new location.
Next year's event will be held at Telenor Arena, a multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadium located on the Forebu peninsula just outside Oslo.
The arena, which opened in March 2009, has the capacity for 23,000 spectators.
"After many years of cooperation with Norges Varemesse it feels a bit sad that we'll move," says Erlend Prytz, managing director of event organiser Norboat.
Prytz says that it wasn't the quality, service or facilities at Norges Varemesse that led to the decision: "The most important reason is that we will come closer to the visitors by arranging the show at the Telenor Arena," he explains.
"At Telenor Arena we'll be closer to the sea, resulting in easier transportation for our exhibitors and - hopefully - more visitors."
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