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49er and 29er Worlds
Photo by Fried Elliott, www.friedbits.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

9er Worlds The heavy air sailors reveled in the Bahamian conditions today which brought strong breezes across the both niner fleets. Spaniards Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez had two wins today to move them up in the standings but not quite enough to match Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes consistency which moved them atop the leader board. Average winds of 18 knots with puffs in the high 20' kept sailors on their toes on mach speeds around the race course. Only 2 races were held for each fleet for the day.

More of the same conditions are predicted for the final day of qualifying before heading into the finals beginning Thursday.

Sailing on the 29er course was a bit more spectacular with many of the teams having a challenge in the high winds. Oscar Haumann and Klaus Holtug of Denmark continue to lead the fleet sailing a 1-3 today, Kevin Fisher and Glen Gouron followed up with a 4, 4 to race into 2nd.

Racing continues tomorrow in both classes with 3 races scheduled for all. Weather predictions call for similar breeze, more exciting sailing on the docket.

Seiko is the official sponsor of the 49er Class and title sponsor of the 2010 World Championships.

www.29erworlds.org
www.49erworlds.org

Bora Gulari And Anna Tunnicliffe
Rolex Yachtsman And Yachtswoman Of The Year

CST Composites International Moth World Champion Bora Gulari and Semaine Olympique Francaise Laser Radial Champion Anna Tunnicliffe today were named US SAILING's 2009 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. A shortlist of 10 male and five female sailors - determined from nominations submitted by members of US SAILING - was evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected these two sailors for the noteworthy distinction.

Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since 1980, the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize the outstanding on-the-water competitive achievement of an individual man and woman in the calendar year just concluded. The winners will be honored and presented with specially engraved Rolex timepieces during a luncheon on February 26, 2010, at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

Gulari had tough competition for the honor: all but one of the 10 male nominees, Gulari included, had won a world championship title. Ultimately, 10 of the 14 panel members gave Gulari their first-place vote, acknowledging his growth from square one in the Moth class two years ago to winner of the CST Composites International Moth World Championship in 2009 as nothing short of remarkable.

Gulari's sensational year also included a win of the Harken McLube Moth Pacific Rim Championship along with second-place finishes at the Moth U.S. National Championship and U.S. Pacific Coast Championship.

Anna Tunnicliffe was nominated to the award's shortlist for the fifth consecutive year, and, having won the award in 2008 as well, becomes the first woman in 27 years to win the award in back-to-back years, a feat previously accomplished by only four women in the award's 48 year history: Jan O'Malley in 1969/70, Jane Pegel in 1971/72, Sally Lindsay Honey in 1973/74, and Betsy Alison in 1981/82.

Since winning the Laser Radial Olympic Gold Medal at the 2008 Games in China, Tunnicliffe has proven her talent and versatility by excelling not only in the singlehanded dinghy but also in skippering several different one-design boats in both fleet and match racing. She dominated the Laser Radial fleet during the 2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup series by winning gold at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR and Semaine Olympique Francaise in France, and bronze at Kieler Woche in Germany. She also won the Laser Radial Women's North American Championship in Florida and finished third at the Laser Radial World Championship in Japan.

Tunnicliffe's success on the 2009 match racing circuit was also notable. She won the Detroit Cup in Ultimate 20s and was second at U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship in St. Thomas sailed in IC 24s. Her medal haul also included bronze collected at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Brazil sailed in J/24s, and at Skandia Sail for Gold in England, sailing the Elliott 6 Metre, the equipment chosen for the debut of the new women's match racing event at the 2012 Olympic Regatta.

In October, Tunnicliffe was fleet racing J/24s in Rochester, New York, where she won the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship.

www.ussailing.org

Background and Tactical Upgrades - Version 10 Seatrack
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Seatrack Storage and back up options are now included in Seatrack version 10 tactical and navigational software. With its stable platform and many tactical improvements, additional screen displays will present a huge gain to the boat's tactician or navigator.

Improved accuracy for start line distances by defining both the overall length and the distance from bow to GPS antenna, along with a 'fast ping' function, provides instant start line data. Quick keys allow for switching between screens and the next leg course to steer is displayed clearly in a section on the 'Tactics' Screen'.

Visit: www.seatrack.co.uk

Yet another bonus! Christmas offer: 'free' netbook with a 'Plug and Go' system pre-loaded until mid January 2010!

Will Skippy Win The 40th Contender Worlds?
2010 Contender Australia Champion (Pre-World), Matt Mulder (AUS). Photo by Suellen Hurling. Click on image to enlarge.

Contender Pre-Worlds In 1967 the first prototype was called Dorothy. The second in 1968, was named Skippy after a bright young Australian TV star kangaroo. Skippy was a sporty little trapeze dinghy from the design pad of Australian skiff sailor Bob Miller/Ben Lexcen, later the America's Cup designer of note. It was finally renamed the Contender.

Miller won the trials for a new Olympic dinghy with Skippy and although Olympic politics kept the Australian design off the Olympic podium, 2,500 boats later its popularity continues.

Now just before the 40th Contender World Championships to be sailed on Waterloo Bay in Brisbane from Friday 8th until Tuesday 12th of January, it seems that there could be more than one Skippy ready to win again.

Matt Mulder, the Organiser of the 2010 World Championships, this afternoon became the newest Australian sailing champion, winning the Contender Pre-Worlds (the Australian Championships) with a race to spare and he and a mob of thirty Australian Contender sailors today served notice they could be a winning force in the 60 boat Contender World Championships fleet.

Mulder led the series after three races, winning all three in heavy conditions on the Moreton Bay course and today in lighter 7-10 knot conditions, he held on for a fourth place in the fourth race of the series to take an unbeatable grip on the Pre-Worlds. Three other Australians finished ahead of him; two locals Steven Grimes and Geoff Fisher and the Australian Class President Chris Sutherland.

In the fifth race there were five general recalls before Mulder put his Organisers hat on, declared it his worst race drop and sailed back to the Club to arrange the Presentation evening.

Mornington (Victoria) sailor Jono Neate won the race from current Contender World champion Andrea Bonezzi and Geoff Fisher.

Mulder is the 2010 Australian Champion and is now one of the favourites for the World Championship. Neate and Bonezzi tied for points, with Neate winning second place on the podium on a count back.

www.contenderworlds2010.com

British Sailors Take Today's Races
Photo by Christophe Favreau, www.christophefavreau.book.fr. Click on image for photo gallery.

International 14 British sailors took first place in both the final Qualifying Races today (6 January) in Day 5 of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship.

Defending World Champion Archie Massey and his crew Dan Wilsdon recovered from their breakages of yesterday and posted solid win in race one for the day. They basically led all the way in a 8-12kt sou'easter under sunny skies.

Massey and Wilsdon relished the light to moderate seabreeze and generally flat conditions on the harbour to record a comfortable win ahead of Australian Ron Scherwinski and his crew James Lanati with Lindsay Irwin and Andrew Perry third.

In race two, it was the British pair of Robert Greenhalgh and Phil Harmer who cleared out early but they were forced to work hard for their win by a pack of Australians chasing hard. One of those chasing was Ben Austin with crew Peter Nicholson who looked to be threatening but they came unstuck at the first spinnaker hoist which ended in a capsize that cost nearly a dozen places.

The Qualifying Series is now complete and Mark Krstic/Andrew Wilson finished on top of the points table with Massey/Wilsdon second, Andy and Tom Partington third, Greenhalgh/Harmer fourth and Roger Gilbert/Ben McGrane fifth.

Racing continues tomorrow.

www.i14worlds.com

Camet Skiff Wetsuit
Camet Skiff Wetsuit Designed to be as flexible as you can be, the new Camet Skiff Suit will change the way you sail. No more limitations...just pure flexibility and speed. Designed with every panel cut to specifically help improve muscle performance. The Camet Skiff suit wraps around your body to help increase performance.

- 85% super stretch material for maximum flexibility
- Glued and blind stitched seams
- Over the shoulder closure eliminates the need for zippers
- Reinforced abrasion resistant nylon material on seat and knee area
- Made in the USA

Camet X-core technology means thinner rubber is warmer rubber. It not only weighs less, it also allows athletes to focus on the right issues (like better sailing), and fuss less over the wrong ones (like being cold, uncomfortable - and performing like a wet noodle).

www.camet.com


Registration Closes Friday for Rolex Miami OCR
With only a few days left to register for US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, more than 525 sailors from 45 countries have registered to date, proving its prominence as a must-sail event for Olympic and Paralympic class sailors. The entry list, which has already surpassed last year's numbers, has quickly become a who's who of Olympic and Paralympic medalists and world champions. Competitors must register and submit entry fees online at the event web site, http://rmocr.ussailing.org , prior to Friday, January 8. There will be no on-site registration for this event.

As the second stop on the 2009-2010 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit, this popular event promises elite, international competition on the waters of Biscayne Bay from January 25 to January 30, in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At this year's Rolex Miami OCR, Great Britain's Lucy MacGregor and her Women's Match Racing team will set out to defend their 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup first place standing, as will fellow Brit Nick Thompson, who won the last year's standing in the Laser class.

Rolex Miami OCR is open to boats competing in events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. The 10 Olympic classes are: Laser Radial (women), Laser (men), Finn (men), Men's RS:X, Women's RS:X, 49er (men), Men's 470, Women's 470, Star (men) and Elliott 6m (women). The three Paralympic classes are: 2.4mR (open, able and disabled), SKUD18 (mixed, disabled) and Sonar (open, disabled).

For fleet racing in the Olympic classes, the 2010 event will consist of a five-day opening series and a double-point medal race. The top ten finishers in the opening series of each event will advance to the medal race. Competitors in the Paralympic classes will have five days of fleet racing and no medal race. For match racing, which makes its debut in the 2012 Olympic Games, the regatta will consist of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series. Medals will be awarded to the top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic event on Saturday, January 30.

rmocr.ussailing.org

Another View From The Locals
Well the Catamarans have arrived and the rather muted build up to the controversial 2010 America's Cup sailing, a hand to hand fight between two billionaires with more money than sense, is getting ready.

The America's Cup is a cash cow. Valencia paid a ridiculous amount of money to the organisers for the last event and tried to justify it by the increased tourist revenues while at the same time forcing Ryaniar out of the airport at Valencia which brought a lot more money into the city through the 750000 passengers a year that Ryanair brought in.

The Valencia local and regional governement should be brought to task for the total mess that the America's Cup fiasco has brought and the loss of trade of year round customers from Ryanair. Will it be? No. Rita Barbera and Francisco "Trajes" Camps at the regional government run their fiefdoms without hinderence from anyone and until that situation is questioned at the polling booth the mess that they have created by insisting on big events over trickle down events will continue.

The best example is the Quantum of Solace premiere. Two years ago the town council paid around 1 million Euros to host the gala opening at the City of Arts and Sciences bringing the Director and Actors over for the event. The same day Ryanair announced it was leaving Valencia airport indefinitely because of the incompetence of the local government, basically they wanted around 1 million Euros to keep flying here. What has the longer term benefit for Valencia, a gala one nighter or Ryanair? You decide.

valenciacomment.blogspot.com

Yachting World
Subscribe to Yachting World She looks Swedish, but she's built in Estonia. The YM test team puts the sleek new Arcona 340 through her paces plus get a sneak preview of Britain's biggest winter sailing show, the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

Other features in the January issue, on sale now:

New gear: Next-generation electronics; Latest hardware; New winches

New boats: Bavaria 32; J/95; Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i

Second-hand test: Feeling 306, A French lifting keel cruiser that is 'thrilling to sail'

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Visit www.yachtingworld.co.uk/iywfx. Offer ends January 31st 2010

Techno 293 European Championship
Cadiz, Spain: France, Great Britain, Israel, Poland, Russia and Spain secured spots in the windsurfing events at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games at the Techno 293 European Championships and YOG Qualifier held in Cadiz, Spain.

Two races were completed in all divisions on the final day of racing at the 2010 Techno 293 European Championships. It was also the day that the first qualification places for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were decided. A very wide mixture of conditions over the week-long competition tested the sailors and as is so often the case, consistency won the day!

France dominated the podium in the Boy's and Girl's Under 17 divisions, taking five of the six medals including gold for Gael Cousin in the Boy's fleet and Hanna Idziak in the Girl's. Meanwhile Italy's Mattia Camboni and Marta Maggetti won, respectively, the Boy's and Girl's Under 15 divisions.

The Techno 293 is equipment for the Boy's Windsurfer and Girl's Windsurfer events at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and the Europeans in Cadiz was the first of seven qualifying events. There were four YOG places available in both boys and girls divisions - only those sailors born in 1994 and 1995 could qualify their countries.

In the Boy's event, France, Great Britain, Israel and Russia qualified for a place in Singapore, whist in the Girl's, France and Israel again were joined by Poland and Spain.

The next qualification event for the windsurfers is the Techno 293 Oceanic Championship taking place in Australia from 6-10 January 2010.

Full details of the qualification system and qualified nations date are available on ISAF's dedicated YOG microsite www.sailing.org/yog

New Racing Mark for the Central Solent
The Royal London Yacht Club (RLYC) is pleased to announce the signing of a three year contract with Cowes Week Limited (CWL) for the sponsorship of a new seasonal racing mark in the Central Solent. CWL and the Solent Cruising and Racing Association (SCRA) have drawn up a shortlist of prime positions for new Solent racing marks in order to improve racing. The first of these will be sponsored by the Royal London Yacht Club and is positioned half way between Air Canada and East Knoll buoys at approximately 50 degrees 47.67' N and 01 degrees 17.0' W and will be known as 'Royal London'.

Peter Taylor, Chairman of Sailing at the RLYC said: "We chose the mark immediately to the east of the Bramble Bank as it will be well positioned as a windward mark, away from the main shipping channel and in less tide, when sailing from marks located near to the mainland shore in prevailing SW wind conditions." Philip Shears QC, Commodore of the RLYC added: "We are delighted to have taken the lead and been the first to sign up for one of these new dedicated racing marks in the Central Solent."

Peter Bateson of the SCRA commented: "We welcome this support by the Royal London Yacht Club and hope that other sponsors will now come forward to take up the other positions that are available. This will greatly improve the course setting options both for Cowes Week and the rest of the season's regattas."

The new 'Royal London' mark is expected to be in position by Easter 2010. -- Bob Milner

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1993 Cookson Boats Volvo Ocean 60, EUR 180,000. Located in Croatia.

The boat was built as a trainingboat for the Yamaha Team with Skipper Ross Field who won the Volvo Ocean Race in 1993/94. It was sold to the all-female team "Heineken" lead by Dawn Riley and completed the 1993/94 Volvo Ocean Race. Afterwards the boat was used as trainingboat towards the 1997/98 Volvo Ocean Race by the Swedish Match Team lead by Gunnar "Gurra" Krantz.

After the 1997/98 Volvo Ocean Race, the boat was sold to the Danish VO60 Racing Team "Nokia" together with the Swedish Match 2. generation VO60. The boat was mainly used for corporate sailing until it was bought by another Danish VO60 Racing Team "StofaNet" in spring 2001.

In connection with the sale the boat was taken completely apart, fully serviced and entirely repainted by Hempel Contractors. It was sold to the Austrian businessman who completly refited the boat in Kiel 2005, with excellent modern (very light) interior. In last two years it was used by Italian/Croatian sailing team. The boat is in very good condition.

Brokerage through Almissani d.o.o..: www.yachtworld.com/almissani/

Complete listing details and seller contact information at uk.yachtworld.com

The Last Word
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