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Rooklyn and Jesberg Win Melges 24 North American Championship
San Francisco, California, USA: The 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship came to a spectacular close in San Francisco today with two final races to complete the eight race series, and an outstanding victory by Warwick Rooklyn and his team from Australia sailing Bandit. The Berkeley Circle kept its best conditions for last with clear skies, warm sun and a glorious 15-18 knots ensuring champagne sailing all the way.

Going into the day Rooklyn held a five point lead over fellow Australian Nathan Wilmot, helming Embarr for Ireland's Connor Clarke, and in the early stages of race seven it looked like Embarr might be capable of closing that gap. The two boats were neck and neck around the first leeward gate, but on the second lap Rooklyn held his nerve whilst Wilmot struggled to stay on the pace, ultimately dropping back into third behind Full Throttle. On the line Bandit's crew double checked the points and were happy to confirm they had won the regatta with a race to spare - the first all southern hemisphere team to claim a Melges 24 continental championship.

In the all amateur Corinthian Division the victor's laurels went to Don Jesberg of San Francisco Yacht Club, sailing Viva with Andrew Holdsworth, Steven Marsh, Eric Baumhoff and Andrea Cabito. Fellow SFYC member Shawn Bennett, sailing Melges 49 took second place and Scott Holmgren of Oklahoma, sailing Rosebud, completed the Corinthian podium lineup.

Final top ten:

1. Warwick Rooklyn, AUS, 13 points
2. Nathan Wilmot, IRL, 18
3. Alan Field, USA, 25
4. Flavio Favini, SUI, 27
5. Argyle Campbell, USA, 27
6. Brian Porter, USA, 32
7. Ian Sloan, USA, 51
8. Donald Jesberg, USA, 58
9. Bruce Ayres, USA, 63
10. Derek Ratteray, GBR, 70

Ben Ainslie's Blog: Harder Than It Looks!
Photo by Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR. Click on image for photo gallery.

The end of our first week in the America's Cup World Series and I feel like we're going out on a high. OK, we didn't get onto the podium and some may question whether our final position lived up to expectations. But I can tell you from my perspective, I'm really pleased at how things went. Of course our longer term view is to be at the front of the fleet but it is very early days and I feel that I've learned a great deal in a short space of time. Today's race was a great way to finish a challenging week...

... I knew that sailing these boats would be really tough physically, especially for the crew. From a sailing point of view I've been watching quite a few videos of the racing for a while now, knowing that I would be involved. What has struck me is the difference between what I thought was obvious and what it feels like on board. You look at people making mistakes and question why they are doing that, surely it's obvious? But now I can tell you for sure, when you're on the boat it's not that easy. In fact it's really hard. You can't just tack on a shift or pop in a manoeuvre.

It really is a lot harder than it looks on the telly, but I'm also really enjoying it.

Full blog post at

Esimit Europa 2 Breaks 9-Years-Old World Sailing Record
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Gorizia, Italy: Fighting against extreme winds or sailing in dead calms, the Esimit Sailing Team has brokem the Monaco - Porto Cervo course record by 5 hours 11 minutes and 17 seconds.

Esimit Europa 2 started her big adventure, beating 9-years-old world sailing record, in Monaco on Sunday, 26th August at 4:56:36 AM CEST. Tremendous challenge for yacht's navigator Juan Vila was the decision on when to start the journey, since he had to find the best possible moment to escape the windless Port Hercule harbour. Vila's weather forecast proved to be perfect for chasing the world sailing record, as Esimit Europa 2 after few hours of sailing started to constantly pick up speed. The 30-meter canting keel maxi yacht crossed the finish line on the same day at 3:10:18 PM, finishing the 195 nautical miles long race in just 10 hours 13 minutes and 42 seconds, with average speed of almost 20 knots.

The Monaco - Porto Cervo record attempt is approved by the International Sailing Federation, under the World Sailing Speed Record Council Rule 21 (c) in a Powered Sailing System category. The previous record was set on 6th October 2003 by the sailing yacht Nariida. For setting the world sailing record, the Esimit Sailing Team will receive a trophy during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup prize giving ceremony on Saturday, 8th September 2012.

The Esimit Europa 2 yacht sails under the flag of the European Union, is registered in Cyprus, a member of Yacht Club de Monaco, competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and on board joins sailors from 7 different European countries.

X-35 Worlds
Photo by Nico Martinez, Click on image for photo gallery.

Barcelona, Spain: The X-35 Class World Chamiponship for 2012 is to be held in te waters of Badalona between 25 ans 31 August. It is the seventh time this international event has been held and this time is organised by Badalona Sailing Club and Marina Badalona.

The program provides a maximum of ten races with a discard after 6. However, the rules of the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and Class X-35 determine that the championship is valid only if it can complete a minimum of four races.

Top five after two races:

1. Allesandro Solerio, ITA, 7 points
2. Morten Ulrikkeholm, DEN, 12
3. Pegoraro Vladimiro, ITA, 12
4. Teemu Kekkonen, FIN, 12
5. Alwin Van Daelen, NED, 12

Kiteboard Equipment Selection
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has made a submission to the ISAF annual conference regarding the selection of equipment for the kiteboarding events of the next Olympic Games.

After the decision to include men's and women's Kiteboarding as events in the Olympic regatta it became clear that further restrictions were required to ensure cheapest entry to the Olympics for MNAs while retaining the philosophy of the discipline of kiteboarding and enabling a fair game to all competitors.

Formula Kite is the International Kiteboarding Associations proposal for the equipment to be used in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups, and in any other ISAF graded events.

Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition. The main parameters - maximum length and width, minimum weight, and the number of boards and kite to be used during a regatta are already regulated in the current IKA class rules.

The main advantages of the proposed "Formula Kite" box rule are:

- Currently all kiteboard racing competition is sailed on box rule equipment, with a global spread
- Sailors of a very wide weight range can compete against each other with equal opportunities, avoiding preference for any part of the world or certain body shape. For a sample chart including weight and size of the worlds top kite racers, click here (PDF(.

PWA and Formula Windsurfing have successfully used a system very similar to "Formula Kite" for many years, and they have produced top sailors including many from emerging nations on such equipment concept.

Full report on the proposal at

Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta
This week the feisty 18ft Skiffs return with Nespresso coffee products as the title sponsor of their 11th annual International Regatta running through Saturday, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.

A couple of the AC45 crews may hang around to learn something and, possibly, race in the Bridge to Bridge classic, which is open to kiteboarders, windsurfers and almost anything else that sails. After all, that's what the AC45s are: a crew trainer soon to be replaced by the AC72s that will compete for the Cup next year.

The Bay's prevailing westerly wind generally builds through the afternoon from the mid-teens into the 20s and even the 30s, bringing a head-on collision with an outgoing ebb tide of 3-4 knots---the ugly afternoon forecast for this week. Let your bow down too much and you plow into a wave and ... ask Coutts about his AC45's cartwheel on a practice romp this summer.

Most of the 18s are equipped with two masts: tall ones for normal conditions, short ones for abnormal blows. Most leave the tall ones at home when they come to San Francisco.

The variable tidal flows and currents on the sides of the course also make gauging laylines to the marks tricky upwind and downwind.

Most of the dozen or more entries will be from Down Under featuring Australian regulars led by the veteran John (Woody) Winning and a developing group from New Zealand. Several local boats from the local Skiff Sailing Foundation will round out the fleet.

Winning, president of the Australian 18 Footers League, is back in form after suffering four broken ribs in a flip that knocked him unconscious on Sydney Harbor last December. He missed only five weeks of racing.

Perhaps even l'Hydroptere DCNS, the fastest sailboat on the planet, will compete in the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race. The 60-foot foiling trimaran that has clocked 50.17 knots over a nautical mile arrived in San Francisco last week and plans to set a world sailing speed record for the route from Los Angeles to Honolulu when conditions improve later this year. -- Rich Roberts

Few Challengers For America's Cup
There's little doubt that the America's Cup finals in September 2013 will be a spectacle. Even casual fans will no doubt be intrigued as current champion Oracle Team USA defends its title against one top challenger on giant 72-foot catamarans in San Francisco Bay.

What's not so certain is whether the long series of races leading up to that final - a regatta known as the Louis Vuitton Cup - will be able to hold people's interest and attract big crowds next summer. As it stands, there are just four scheduled competitors - possibly even three - who can afford to build the 72-foot catamarans it will take to mount a challenge. Since 1983, there have never been fewer than seven teams racing to determine the America's Cup challenger.

Spread over 44 days of racing between July 4 and Sept. 1, 2013, these preliminary races risk losing their luster, both competitively and financially, especially since San Franciscans won't have a rooting interest until the America's Cup final commences.

The challenger races will need to be highly competitive. Barring a late entry, the challengers are Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge, Sweden's Artemis Racing, Emirates Team Zealand and Team Korea. That's not many boats to sustain nearly two months of racing, and the list may shrink to three if Team Korea can't get its boat built. The team posted its $200,000 entry fee by the Aug. 1 deadline but still has a lot of work left before it can launch its AC72.

If there are only three Vuitton challengers, there will be just two races each day rather than three, regatta director Iain Murray said. -- Tom Fitzgerald

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London Paralympics 2012 - Introducing The Classes
Want to know your Sonar from your SKUD? Or how to simply understand what types of disability are able to sail which type of boat? Matt Grier, the RYA Disability Racing Development Coach, provides a very simple introduction to the three Paralympic classes that will be competing.

Sonar - Each crew of three is allowed a maximum of 14 points between them.

Skud 18 - one sailor has a more severe level of disability (equivalent to a class one or two) while the other must have a minimum level of disability that prevents them competing on equal terms with able-bodied sailors. One crew member must be female.

2.4mR - Single-handed sailors must have a minimum level of disability. The sailors compete in fleet racing, where all boats in the same class race at the same time.

Full report at

Tech specs on the boats:

Paralympic Sailing site:

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit
The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit culminates the 2012 season in Newport, RI with the Museum of Yachting (MoY) Classic Yacht Regatta on September 1st and 2nd.

This year marks the 33rd annual running of this classic Newport event, and honors the overall winner of the North American Circuit, which includes the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead, MA, the Opera House Cup in Nantucket, MA and the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport, RI.

Organizing Authority Sail Newport will oversee two days of racing, starting Saturday morning and concluding Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday evening, following a second full day of racing, the coveted Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge trophy will be presented to the overall winner of the North American Circuit at a prize giving ceremony in front of the Museum of Yachting.

The North American Circuit is only one portion of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the largest international circuit reserved for classic yachts encompassing a total of ten regattas. From the West Indies island of Antigua to the Mediterranean coast of Cannes, the circuit celebrates the spirit and camaraderie of classic sailing and continues to grow year after year

To celebrate the art of classic boat restoration, Panerai has constructed a photo exhibition and video featuring Panerai's restoration of the 1936 Fife ketch, EILEAN, which will be on display near the Panerai Hospitality Lounge for each regatta of the North American circuit. EILEAN, found in disrepair in 2006 by Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, was restored by Officine Panerai in Italy to her previous glory and, as a testament to her strength and provenance, successfully raced in this year's Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

Restoration of the World's Largest Union Jack is Finished
The Artemis Offshore Academy squad in front of the world's largest Union Flag at Academy headquarters in Cowes. Photo by Mark Lloyd, Click on image for photo gallery.

The World's largest Union Jack painted on the hangar doors at Venture Quays, East Cowes, Isle of Wight has now been restored to its former glory to celebrate a truly historic British year, which included the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics

Local residents, sailing celebrities, British Vendee Globe skippers, school children, original painters and dignitaries were invited along to lend a helping hand with the painting, commissioned by the Artemis Offshore Academy. To mark the completion of the repainting a gathering of past and present British Vendee Globe skippers unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate the completion of the project.

The painting of the impressive 46m x 12m Union Flag, originally painted in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, was kick started by world record-breaking sailors Dee Caffari MBE and Brian Thompson with the help of the East Cowes Mayor Jane Rann, local Union Jack artist Lynn Young, and children from the Holy Cross primary school.

Venture Quays and the Columbine hanger were originally built in 1935 by British aero and marine-engineering company Saunders-Roe, the Columbine Shed has since been at the forefront of British maritime innovation. Thirty-five years after the Union Flag was first painted the original painters, Peter Lanning, Roy Wickens, Ray Gustar and Brian Bray picked up their brushes for the second time to paint the impressive Union Flag.

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The Last Word
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