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Jury and Berntsson Unbeaten On Day One
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St. Moritz, Switzerland: Laurie Jury made an early statement of his intentions at the St. Moritz Match Race in Switzerland today as he took five wins from five in shifty winds on Lake St. Moritz and put himself in a good position ahead of the second day of qualifying tomorrow.

Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match Sailing was in excellent form, taking victories against reigning Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar and two-time St. Moritz Match Race winner, Mathieu Richard (FRA) Loire Atlantique Sailing Team who gained a wildcard entry to the event. Jury finished the day by beating compatriot Josh Junior (NZL) Wellington Spirit, leaving himself on the brink of Quarter Final qualification.

Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team also made the most of the first day's sailing, taking three commanding victories from three against Swiss crowd favourite Eric Monnin (SUI) Okalys Corum, who competes in his tenth St. Moritz Match Race, former Tour Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing and young Kiwi Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, who was condemned to a third defeat of the day.

With everything still to play for, the St. Moritz Match Race continues with a second qualifying round tomorrow, starting from 11:00AM CET.

St. Moritz Match Race - Qualification Round 1:
Laurie Jury (NZ) Kiwi Match 5 - 0
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3 - 0
Mathieu Richard (FRA) Loire Atlantique Sailing Team 3 - 2
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 2.5* - 2 (0.5 point deduction for boat collision)
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 2 - 3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 2 - 1
Eric Monnin (SUI) Okalys Corum 2 - 1
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 1 - 2
Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER 1 - 2
Josh Junior (NZL) Wellington Spirit 1 - 4
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 1 - 4
Phil Robertson (NZ) WAKA Racing 0 - 3

Rollerson's Roll Ends Abruptly as C-Tech Builds Lead
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San Francisco, California, USA: One feature of the Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club this week: some days the fortunes change as fast as the little boats sail.

But, Grant Rollerson said after Wednesday's three races on unstable San Francisco Bay, "It's not bad luck. You make your own luck."

The Australian veteran finished first and second in the first two races and was leading the third---a make-up of Tuesday's second race that was canceled because of strong winds---when his Mounts Bay W.A. (Western Australia) craft flipped moments after rounding the first windward mark. By the time he and crew Justin Healey and Marco Schurmann managed to right the boat in the churning waters near the Golden Gate Bridge, well . . .

"By the time we got up everyone else was at the bottom mark," Healey said.

So they sailed back to the beach and settled for discarding the last place as a throwout, which kicked in after five races.

Overall, Rollerson moved up from fifth to third in the 18-boat battle, a point behind the USA's Howie Hamlin, whose 3-3-4 day left him seven points behind pacesetting Alex Vallings. The C-Tech team has won three of the six races so far while tossing Wednesday's sixth-place finish.

Wednesday's winds were 15 to 20 knots, relatively mild compared to Tuesday's boat-flipping 25 to 30.

Thursday will be a lay day, then racing continues Friday with an 18 race at 4 p.m. PDT followed by the traditional 7 1/2-mile Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race from the Golden Gate to the Oakland Bay at 5:30. The last two of 10 races will be Saturday.

Top five (18 boats; after 6 of 10 races; one discard)
1. C-Tech, Alex Vallings/Chris Kitchen/Josh McCormack, New Zealand, 1-1-3-(6)-1-2, 8 points
2. CST Composites, Howard Hamlin/Matt Noble/Matt McKinlay, USA, 4-(5)-1-3-3-4, 15
3. Mounts Bay W.A., Grant Rollerson/Justin Healey/Marco Schurman, Australia, 3-4-6-1-2-(19/DNF), 16
4. CT Sailbattens, Jonny Goldsberry/Jody McCormack/Nick Catley, Australia, (14)-8-2-2-5-1, 18
5. Lumix, Jonathan Witty/James Hozack/ Marcus Ashley-Jones, Australia, 2-2-7-(8)-7-3, 21

Key West Entries are Looking Strong!
It's too early to say what the final scratch sheet will be, but it's a sure bet that there will be top-tier competition and plenty of grand-prix action at Quantum Key West 2013. IRC, TP52, High Performance and PHRF classes all have newsworthy programs on the list.

Early one design class entries include Swan 42s, Farr 30s, Melges 24s, and the exciting new J/70 will make their debut. Plan your winter escape to Key West, Florida where warm sunshine and dependable breezes are yours all week! January 20 - 25, 2013.

RORC Cherbourg Race Preview
RORC Commodore Mike Greville's, Ker 39, Erivale III. Winner of the 2011 RORC Cherbourg Race. Photo by Paul Wyeth. Click on image to enlarge.

In recent years, the 75-mile-sprint to Cherbourg has always been the last hurrah of the RORC Season's Point Championship. This year's championship has been one of the most hotly contested for many years. Three yachts are contesting the overall championship and many of the podium places, in the seven classes racing under IRC, are still hanging in the balance.

"Most of the yachts will finish the race in time to enjoy a party atmosphere at the Yacht Club de Cherbourg." commented RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott. "The end of the season is a time when a lot of the sailors really get a chance to meet up and share their memories of the season, the 2012 RORC Season's Points Championship has been one of extremes with many very windy races but also barely enough breeze to keep going in others. The forecast for this weekend looks likely to give the fleet a downwind finale to the season with a north to north west moderate breeze and clear skies. However, it is highly likely that the wind will drop significantly on approach to Cherbourg and with a strong tide, we could see a exciting finish to the race and a dramatic end to seven months of racing."

Laurent Gouy's French Ker 39, Inis Mor leads the championship overall with a 17 point margin from Nick Martin's J/105 Diablo-J. Reigning RORC Season's Points Champion, Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens lies in third place just 19.4 points off the lead. If Inis Mor can beat both of their rivals, they will secure the championship.

In IRC One, Inis Mor and Tonnerre de Breskens will be fighting it out for the class win but four yachts are contesting the last podium position.

In IRC Two, Sailing Logic's Visit Malta Puma have secured the class win. Former RORC Commodore, Andrew McIrvine's First 40, La Reponse is in second place but under serious threat from the Army Sailing Association's A 40, British Soldier and Marc de Saint Denis and Gery Trentesaux's MC34, Courrier Vintage.

Diablo-J is currently leading in IRC Three but an overall winner is far from settled.

In the Two-handed Division, Diablo-J has secured the class win but Kirsteen Donaldson's X-332, Pyxis leads Mike Moxley's HOD35, Malice by just a single point for the runner's up prize.

With 14 different types of yacht racing to Cherbourg in IRC Four. The class is indicative of the huge variety of boats competing in the RORC Season's Points Championship. -- Louay Habib

Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup
The Dragon Gold Cup is considered the open World Cup of Dragon Sailing with a high calibre of interest from all over the world. This year, the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup is hosted by the Kinsale Yacht Club, Co Cork, Ireland, from 8th-14th September.

Over 60 boats have entered from Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Finland, France, Portugal, Denmark and Monaco as well as strong fleets from Ireland and the UK. Up to 70 boats with crews that include multiple World Champions and past Olympians are expected in Kinsale.

Some of the top sailors registered to date include Lawrie Smith, Markus Wieser, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, Tommy Mueller and Vincent Hoesch - all well known international sailors with many world-class titles between them.

The Irish Dragon Fleet will be well represented by Edinburgh Cup winner, Simon Brien as well as established campaigners Martin Byrne, Don O'Donoghe, Andrew Craig and Cameron Good.

The race management team will be headed up by Alan Crosbie.

The Irish Dragon South Coast Championships are taking place on 1st and 2nd September, to serve as a 'warm up' event for the Gold Cup. Entries are still open for both events.

See and for regular updates.

Normandy Channel Race
Sixteen racing yachts will take the start of the Normandy Channel Race at 1700 hours local time this Sunday offshore of Ouistreham. The boats participating in this Norman competition from Caen to Fastnet and back (1,000 miles), will each be piloted by two sailors and are all Class 40s. The entire fleet is now moored in Bassin Saint-Pierre thanks to teams from the Caen - Ouistreham port and the Phares et Balises service which assists navigation along the coast of France.

Measuring some 12.19 metres in length, with a maximum beam of 4.50 metres, a 3-metre water draught, a 19-metre air draught, a 4,500 kg displacement, a maximum sail area of 115m2 and a fixed keel, such are the main features of the Class 40, which leaves areas for individual development by the various naval architects. Very quickly this boat format enjoyed great success in France as well as internationally.

The masters of boat design soon began their number crunching and it is of note that the Class 40 is not a one-design but rather a prototype, which was set to become a production boat for some yards. Its repercussions began to be felt everywhere, from the Structures yard, with the launch of the Pogo 40 and now the Pogo 40 S2 designed by Jean-Marie Finot, Jumbo Composites with the Jumbo 40, Guillaume Verdier with the Tyker 40, Akilaria based in Tunisia, the Akilaria 40 and now the RC 2 designed by Marc Lombard, as well as JPS Composites and the Mach 40, a Sam Manuard design and the latest evolution of the Class 40. International designers were equally quick off the mark with early creations by Owen Clarke Design latterly followed by Farr Yacht Design and other design studios.

Also of note in Caen but of much greater vintage, is the three-masted sailing ship, Belem, which will be honoured during the Normandy Channel Race. She was built in 1896 and is run by the Belem Foundation and its historic sponsor, Caisses d'Epargne. The boat will be putting in an appearance during the latter part of this week and she is set to arrive in the Rade de Caen at 0900 hours.

Race start off Hermanville at 1700 hours local time Sunday, harbour course.

Offshore race from Sunday 2 to Friday 7 / Saturday 8 September according to the weather forecast -- translation by Kate Jennings

Micro Class World Championship
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St. Gilgen, Austria: The Polish team Piotr Ogrodnik, Grzegorz Banaszczyk and Pavel Choroba secured their first Micro World Championship title after dominating the 47 boat fleet on Austria's Lake Traunsee.

Eleven nations came to Lake Traunsee for the 2012 Micro World Championships and the alpine lake, a regular stop of the RC 44 Worlds Tour, welcomed the competitors from three continents with bright sunshine and 30 degrees but with little wind.

After spending day 1 ashore, the long distance kick started the event. After five hours and 25 miles, the Ogrodnik, Banaszczyk and Choroba took the lead and defended their yellow leader dot until the last day. Defending World Champions Piotr Tarnack, Rafal Becker and Krysztof Mongird were their strongest opponents and fought until the final race.

On day 3 the race committee managed two races to make the championship valid. There were no changes at the top but the fight for bronze intensified.

Austrians Helmut Czasny, Jakob Bonomo and Peter Wagner moved up into the podium places with a fourth in Race 3 but having led Race 4 the jib halyard broke and so did the hope for a place on the podium.

The remaining two races then saw the Russian team Gennadiy Svistunov, Grigorii Mikhalev and Oleg Eropunov move up to the third place while Ogrodnik, who missed out on a place at the Olympic Sailing Competition in the Men's 470, controlled the fleet to make sure that the title would go to Poland once more.

In the sub-divisions of Racers and Cruisers, the Polish team also took home the prizes finishing first and second in the Racers division and coming second and third in the Cruisers ranking. It was only the World Champion of 2002, Philippe Benaben (FRA), who managed to win the Cruisers division.

The 2012 Micro Class World Championship took place from 20 - 25 August 2012 at the Union-Yachtclub Traunsee in Gmunden, Austria.

Results and pictures are available from the club's website under

From the ISAF:

Vulcain Trophy Returns After Summer Break
The nine D35 multihulls are getting ready for the second part of the Vulcain Trophy season with 3 regattas to be held in September and October. The first one will take place in Versoix near Geneva on 8 and 9 September. The die is still not cast, although Realstone Sailing has a comfortable lead over his rivals Alinghi and De Rham-Sotheby's.

8 races are run during the championship, of which 5 have already been completed. The regattas are specific courses dedicated to D35 catamarans, except for the "great classics" of the lake, the Geneve-Rolle-Geneve and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, long-distance regattas hosting various classes of boats, but counting for the D35 circuit. The fifth and final step of the first part of the season was the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, won by Realstone Sailing. Now the teams are starting to get ready for the second part of the season starting on 8 and 9 September with the Open de Versoix II.

The overall ranking shows the striking predominance of Realstone Sailing, the team composed of members of the Regatta Training Centre of Geneva and skippered by Jerome Clerc, who won all the regattas except for the first one, finishing equal on points with Alinghi lead by Ernesto Bertarelli.

Overall ranking after 5 events:

1. Realstone Sailing (J. Clerc) - 4 points
2. Alinghi (E. Bertarelli) - 12 points
3. De Rham-Sotheby's (Ph. Cardis) - 12 points
4. Ladycat (D.Bertarelli) - 13 points
5. Artemis Racing (T. Tornqvist) - 16 points
6. Zen Too (G. de Picciotto) - 21 points
7. Veltigroup (M. Simeoni) - 26 points
8. Okalys-Corum (N. Grange) - 27 points
9. Nickel (F. Moura) - 30 points

31st Biennial San Diego to Vallarta Race
In 2012, Dennis Pennell's R/P 50 Blue Blazes set the course on fire in the 30th edition of the San Diego Yacht Club Vallarta Race, winning Division 3 and First Overall. Pennell, who will be 75 years young in 2014, looks forward to defending his title and getting his third Vallarta Race win. The 31st Biennial "Race to Paradise" is scheduled for March 13 - 22, 2014. You won't want to miss this… the dates March 13 - 22, 2014!

The March 13 - 22, 2014 race dates incorporate a full moon for racers - and boats are already signing up to take on the challenge. At the finish, beautiful Marival Resort or the four diamond Marival Residences & World Spa, Nuevo Vallarta awaits. Racers, family and friends will be treated to true Mexican hospitality, beautiful facilities, fantastic beaches, delicious food and cool drink - along with world-class resort accommodations. The Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 22nd at the Marival Residences.

The 2010 Vallarta Race was a record setter, with the boats really lighting it up from the tip of the Baja peninsula across the Sea of Cortez. The 2012 Vallarta Race was sailed in epic conditions as the entire fleet set a blistering pace towards the Banderas Bay finish line.

The Vallarta Race hosted by San Diego Yacht Club is a biennial event. The race starts off San Diego's Shelter Island and finishes off Punta Mita in beautiful Banderas Bay, Mexico. At the conclusion of the 1000 mile offshore race, relax and enjoy the very best the Mexican Rivera has to offer.

Entries received before May 31, 2013 will receive an early entry discount of $200.

Virtual MOD70 European Tour
Do you like to want to enjoy your passion for sailing, but from the sanctuary of dry land? Do you like the idea of competing on equal terms with the best MOD70 skippers and crews and against some of the most highly skilled sailing gamers on the planet? You can do all of this when you take on the MOD70 VIRTUAL EUROPEAN TOUR, thanks to the collaboration between Multi One Design SA, who manage this Multi One Championship, and BeTomorrow, who specialise in crerating and developing innovative the web, mobile and TV (LiveSkipper, LiveSailing) applications.

The start of the MOD70 European Tour will be at 1430hrs (local/CET) in Kiel, Germany on Sunday September 2nd. On the MOD70 VIRTUAL EUROPEAN TOUR the game takes you to the heat of the action, using real positions of the crews and and the real weather. That means five weeks of racing with five stops, a race around Europe which starts from Kiel in Germany, Dublin (Ireland) through Cascais (Portugal), Marseille (France) finally to finish in Genoa, Italy! For virtual gaming enthusiasts it's a great challenge. The game is available via the official website of the MOD70 European Tour:

National 12 Summer Event
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A shifty westerly breeze greeted National 12 sailors at Pennington Flash over the bank holiday weekend for the Summer Event, which is part of the National Gill Series. In the first race it was business as usual for National Champions Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne who made the most of the shifts along the long first beat. They were closely followed by John Cheetham crewed by daughter Alison but as the gust came through during the race Steve and Joanne Sallis' Dead Cat Bounce came through to take second, followed by the Feeling Foolish of Christian Day and Sophie Richards.

The second race saw the breeze drop and the foiling rudders loose their advantage. Christian and Sophie managed to hold off Graham and Zoe throughout the race to take the bullet.

In the vintage fleet, who were competing for the Shotgun Trophy (significant in its size, as it is the stern of the National 12, Shotgun), Howard Chadwick crewed by Cathy Lawson won both races. Paul Turner with Christine Preston gave Howard a run for his money, coming in second, with Ed Willet crewed by Haydn Griffiths in third.

On Sunday the wind was definitely worth waiting for. In the final two races Graham and Zoe wrapped things up getting ahead of Steve and Joanne in both races. Christian and Sophie fought off Nick and Tanya Copsey in both races, with a photo finish between the two boats in race 4. Nick and sister Tanya were sailing very quickly with their retro fitted t-foiling rudder on their Feeling Foolish. Ian Smith and Jenny Chen, had fantastic starts in both races and held on to the position of first Admirals Cup boat throughout. In the vintage fleet it was Ed and Haydn who won race three, but Howard fought back to take the bullet in race 4, despite concerns that the stern of Shotgun would not fit on his mantelpiece!

We look forward to the next Gill Series Event at Hykeham on 22nd and 23rd September. -- Sophie Richards

Overall Results
1. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne
2. Steve Sallis and Joanne Sallis
3. Christian Day and Sophie Richards

The Shotgun Trophy
1. Howard Chadwick and Cathy Lawson/Harriet Lee
2. Ed Willet and Haydn Griffiths
3. Paul Turner and Christine Preston

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