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Geoff Holt Completes His Transat
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Geoff Holt Geoff Holt has become the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic. He has sailed the 2,700 mile journey across the Atlantic on a 60ft purpose built catamaran Impossible Dream, unassisted in every aspect of the sailing.

It has taken twenty eight days in total from his departure in Lanzarote to the arrival and emotional return to Cane Garden Bay where he will revisit the place of his accident that paralysed him 25 years ago.

This is the fourth time Geoff has sailed the Atlantic, but the first since his life changing accident in 1984 which left him paralysed from the chest down.

Geoff and Impossible Dream successfully arrive in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola British Virgin Islands, thus completing his Personal Atlantic voyage. BBC Radio and News making contact with Geoff for arrival interviews as Geoff is reunited with his family.

" Phew, what a day yesterday was. Having made the decision to divert to Antigua for emergency fuel to run the ships essential electrical and hydraulic systems, I altered course and we had a great sail through the night. My shore team had investigated several options but we settled on rendezvous'ing at noon local time with the Antigua & Barbuda Search & Rescue team (ABSAR). I was insistent that it should be a ship to ship refuel at sea, not at a marina or at anchor which would constitute making landfall - not that would be a problem but I felt it would take the shine off my arrival in Tortola. We chose Carlisle Bay (just around from Falmouth / English Harbour) as it gave protection from the Atlantic swells. The re-fuelling was textbook - my thanks to Jonathan, Sven, Barbara and Becky from ABSAR and I'm certain the owner of ID will be pleased that not a drop of diesel was spilt on his lovely decks. Within the hour, we were off again, now able to recharge our ships batteries from the engines which meant I could finally stop steering by hand, much to the relief of my right arm, and we could have hot food, the first in days.

More good wind and it wasn't long before we were making course for Tortola (ETA 1300 local time, 1700 GMT, Thursday 7th January), sailing up past St Kitts and Nevis, the volcano dramatically backlit by the setting sun, the island lights twinkling along the shoreline. What a great sight."

Light Air Finesse
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9er Worlds Light air finesse was the key today with 3 races held in the 49er World Championship. 5-8 knots of wind was all that could muster to keep the first day of the finals for the Gold fleet alive. Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez of Spain continued their run to the top by sailing a 1-2-10 in the 3 race day with a 19 point lead over John Pink and Rick Peacock who managed with mid-fleet finishes. The British team also holds 3rd and 4th place with Stevie Morrision and Ben Rhodes and Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith following up. Brotherton & Asquith had a good day which moved them past the Sibello brothers of Italy who fell to 6th overall. Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis of France hold 5th.

Racing began an hour earlier than scheduled in anticipation of the wind shutting off. After the gold fleet finished, the silver fleet was sent out but no races were held and the silver will be the first start in the morning. The race committee went swimming.

On the 29er course, French sailors Kevin Fisher and Glenn Gouron sailed a great day of 1-3-9 to move into first in front of the Danish duo Oscar Haumann and Taus Holtug who have held the spot all week. Max Fraser & David Liebenberg of the US have stayed consistent and move into 3rd overall with Argentines Nahuel Martinez and Axel Vugdelija dropping to 4th.

Predictions for the wind tomorrow are for mid-teens with warmer temperatures.

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

Dragon Australasian Championship - Prince Philip Cup
It all came down to the last lap of the last race today to decide the Dragons Australian Champion.

After a long delay waiting for the weather to settle, the race began in a south westerly breeze which freshened as the morning progressed. As expected, activity on the start line was frantic and the first start was aborted by the race committee with seconds to go. The second was subject to a general recall and the third attempt, under a black flag, resulted in a clean start.

Both Russian crews were prominent early. Olga White skippering 'Murka 11' emerged at the top mark with a small but decisive lead followed by series leader Richard Lynn skippering 'Puff', and with the second Russian boat ('Murka 12' sailed by Mikhail Muratov) in third place, the scene was set for an enthralling contest.

All eyes were on Richard Lynn. Seemingly content to stay with Olga White in the earlier stages, he let the Russian head to the south side of the course and opted to stay near the middle. This tactic worked with the minor players assuming a critical role in the placings. 'Red Baron' narrowly won from Gordon Ingate's 'Whim' and Richard Lynn was elated to finish third, one place ahead of Olga White, to claim the title and the Prince Philip Cup. -- Bernie Kaaks

Top ten final places:

1. Puff, Richard Lynn, 24.7 points
2. Murka 11, Olga White, RUS, 29.4
3. Whim, Gordon Ingate, AUS, 43
4. Murka 12, Mikhail Muratov, RUS, 46.1
5. Red Baron, Tony Lynn, AUS, 61.4
6. Indulgence, Rob Campbell, AUS, 72.4
7. Snapdragon, Andrew Foulkes, AUS, 74.7
8. Baikal, Wolf Breit, AUS, 91.7
9. Seajoy, Rob Perrin, AUS, 97.7
10. Amazing Grace, Tony Moody, 103

Full race details can be found here:

Ullman Sails Presents Video Of Hard Wing Sail Technology Seminar
Ullman Sails Now that the holidays are over and you've survived the first days back at work, here's your excuse to take a break. Ullman Sails presents video of Pete Melvin's discussion on Hard Wing Sail Technology, hosted by Ullman Sails Newport Beach last month. Pete and his firm Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering consulted on BOR's hard wing sail design. Pete covers the history of hard sail technology, the construction of the BOR hard wing sail (including photos!), sailing on the trimaran, and other innovative hard wing sail applications.

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A Lovely Bit Of History...
The Seattle Yacht Club has challenged the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club to a match race series to be held next October in 1920s vintage 'R' class sloops. At stake will be the Alexandra Cup, a match race trophy dating back to 1907.

The Charter for the cup allows any recognized yacht club in North America to participate. If there are multiple entries from either country, eliminations will be conducted in Canada (current Defender) and/or the US (current Challenger) to determine which teams will meet as Challenger and Defender in the finals for the Alexandra Cup.

Two 'R' class sloops are currently being restored in Canada. In Vancouver the Lady Van, a 1927 Chas. Nicholson design, is being restored by a syndicate from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and on Vancouver Island the Aloha, designed in 1923 by Edson B Schock, is being restored by a Sidney North Saanich YC group. Both Canadian groups are targeting mid summer launch dates.

The Seattle Yacht Club is placing their hopes on Pirate, a 1926 'R' boat which is already sailing after being immaculately restored by a group from Seattle. (see details on Pirate at: ).

The series is open to all recognized North American yacht clubs. All that is required is access to a restored 'R' boat that measures in under the 1927 rules. The event website has more details regarding the event rules as well as contact numbers for the organizers.

Sailjuice Global Warm-Up
ust when you thought it was too cold to get out of bed, the SailJuice Global Warm-Up has arrived to give dinghy sailors an extra boost to get on the water, starting this weekend with the big winter classic, the Bloody Mary.

The SailJuice Global Warm-up brings together four of the biggest winter handicap racing events into a unified series, to find out just who is tough enough to race their way through Britain's toughest winter in more than 15 years. The four events of the Series are:

Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
9th January 2010

Steve Nicholson Trophy, Northampton Sailing Club
30th January 2010

John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
6th/7th February 2010

Hoo Freezer, Hoo Ness Yacht Club
28th February 2010

Organised by Andy Rice, Yachts & Yachting dinghy columnist and editor of, this is a no-discard series with the prospect of big prizes for those who are tough enough to race their way through the Series.

There are some big incentives on offer, with a total prize value in excess of £1,500 to be distributed to the winner, the runners-up and other competitors picked at random.

Prizes include a two-day 'Learn to Fly' sailing course in Spain. This is not just any sailing lesson, but an opportunity to learn how to sail a foiling Bladerider Moth at Pro-Vela's spectacular Performance Sailing Tuition centre in Mar Menor, Spain. Rooster Sailing is supplying £300 from its technical sailing clothing range, and Holt is offering £300 of gear from its High Performance Hardware range. Hyde Sails is offering a voucher for £200 worth of sails or accessories. Yachts & Yachting is providing annual digital subscriptions to the UK's leading performance sailing magazine, and is giving annual subscriptions to its 'How to Sail Faster' website.

To find out more about this weekend's Bloody Mary, go to Queen Mary Sailing Club's website here.

Henri Lloyd 2010 Marine Range
Henri Lloyd 2010 Marine Range Henri Lloyd to launch new wave of intelligent innovation at the London International Boat Show

Henri Lloyd has entered an extremely exciting phase with the launch of our 2010 Marine Range.

There are a number of unique technological breakthroughs for Henri Lloyd as we continue to push the boundaries of marine technical clothing in the marketplace today, including the start of an eco revolution in the international marine clothing industry, with the launch of the DAME Award Winning Blue Eco Range.

We look forward to seeing you at the London Boat Show: Stand No. N043J

$16,000 Coffee Table... But A Free Coaster Set
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Carbon Fibre Coffee Table Rhys Mellor is a boatbuilder by trade, originally from New Zealand, but now working with 60 foot carbon offshore racing yachts (IMOCA open 60) in Northern France. In his spare time, out of a 40 foot container, he has managed to build this beauty... See

The all carbon fiber coffee table is made up of carbon uni bands on the edges and middle for stiffness. In-between that is a 5mm core, giving the table its solid look. The tooling itself was made using 3 separate molds; one for main table, and then two for each of the supports.

With the carbon fiber coffee table, Rhys also made a coaster set and display that was modeled after the very one that [] sells. The table is priced at 11,000 euros, or about $16,000 at the time of this writing - you can contact Mellor by e-mailing him at rhys.mellor [at] gmail [dot] com.

Show Time!
The 56th London Boat Show opens on Friday with more than 400 exhibitors showcasing the best of boating at London's ExCeL centre in Docklands.

This year, the Yachting Monthly stand has re-located to the North Hall, conveniently close to the Guinness bar! Come and check out our special show subscription offer, plus a chance to win a Waveline inflatable dinghy, lifejackets and a hand-held floating VHF radio.

You can download a free floor plan of the show, plus show and travel information, and watch a video of show preparations at, plus check out a special ticket offer at

With all exhibition stands moving from ExCeL's central boulevard into the North and South Halls, the boulevard will have more seating for visitors, plus dedicated areas promoting six boat owner's associations - including Moody, Westerly and the Old Gaffers' Association.

While Oyster and Northshore will have their normal stands in the North Hall, 18 other marques - including Hanse, Moody, Bavaria, Legend and Najad - will share a raised boardwalk in the North Hall. Beneteau and Jeanneau are combining sailing boats and power boats for the first time on stands in the South Hall.

Other show attractions include appearances on stage by sailing heroes Dame Ellen MacArthur and Mike Perham, the youngest solo round-the-world sailor, as well as Geoff Holt and Hilary Lister. -- Paul Gelder, Yachting Monthly,

* Location, location, location...Yachting World will be there, but in a new location, conveniently close to the Guinness stand, aka the "Irish Embassy", on stand number NO14A. Editorial staff will be on hand to answer any queries you might have, plus some great subscription offers and competitions.

* Ondeck will be in the North Hall (Stand NO80A) right by the main stage and will have staff from all areas of our business ready to answer any questions you may have on our vast range of sailing, training and hospitality related products. Our new Ondeck Rigging division will also be in attendance with equipment on show from Holmatro and other big names in the industry. --

* Ben Ainslie to be present at the London International Boat Show to sign copies of his Autobiography: Close to the Wind

Ben Ainslie

Britain's most successful Olympic Sailor Ben Ainslie will be present on Saturday 9th January to sign copies his Autobiography "Close to the Wind".

For your chance to purchase this unique book and to meet Ben, please visit:

Henri Lloyd stand - N043J 12.30 - 2pm
Mail Speed Marine - N064J 4 - 5pm

* The YachtWorld Brokers Village at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show has set a new record with 36 brokers participating. The YachtWorld Brokers Village is supported by The Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) and the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association (BRBA).

The participating brokers are: A-Board Yachts, Bates Wharf, Bernard Gallay, Berthon, Boat Showrooms,, Boatshed Performance, Bray Marine Sales, Clarke & Carter, Dickies International, Fairline Mallorca, Fine Yachts, International Yacht Brokerage, Kip Marina, Maiden Marine, Marco Marine, MGM Boats, Moody Brokerage, Moore International Brokerage, Multihull World, Northrop & Johnson, Patrick Boyd Multihulls, Penton Hook Marine Sales, Premier Yacht Sales, Premier Yachting, Sea Ventures, Sealine Spain, Sunsail Brokerage, The Luxury Yacht Company, Ventura Yachts, Virginia Currer Marine, Walton Marine, Waterside Boat Sales, Williams & Smithells, Woodrolfe and Yacht Broker Mallorca.

The YachtWorld Brokers Village will also be a feature at the forthcoming Dusseldorf boat show. For further details visit

* Lewmar has a number of new products on debut at the show:

Lloyd's Approved Anchors
We will also be displaying a complete range of Lloyd's approved anchors and other accessories including capstans, chain stoppers, wild cats and rollers to complement our windlasses at the show.

New V10 - V12 Heavy Lift Windlasses
Our new heavy lift Lloyd's Approved V10 and V12 windlasses will on display at London. Designed for true super yacht appeal, the deck units are constructed from 316 stainless steel, with drums featuring Lewmar's W.A.R.P (Wear and Abrasion Resistant Pattern). The windlasses' centre shafts have a support structure built to provide the ultimate in strength to withstand high loads on vessels up to 50m.

New EVO Winch Range
Our much-anticipated new winch, the EVO, will have its UK launch at London. Built on our safe, reliable and easy to service winch platform, EVO features new styling, easier installation, new sizes and new finishes; all backed by an impressive 7-year warranty.

Lewmar is has their new stand at North Hall 32C

* Over one hundred and twenty RS100s were pre-sold before production even began - probably the greatest number of pre-orders in the history of new sailboat launches. This reflects the remarkable level of interest shown in this new class since the first prototype was launched in June.


RS now has dealers in close to thirty countries around the world and the RS100 will be launched internationally in conjunction with this network. Plans are already in place for the first international regatta to be run on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France in September this year. This championship will mark the culmination of a European Tour through the summer.

The RS100 is constructed from an epoxy GRP foam sandwich laminate and has carbon fibre spars and a Mylar mainsail, giving an all up sailing weight of only 80kg. Two mainsail size options give sailors of a broad weight range the ability to select the rig to suit their size and race competitively in all conditions.

You can see the brand new RS100 on the RS Stand N059 in the North Hall at the London Boat Show.

Featured Brokerage
Featured Brokerage Boat 1997 Groupe Finot IMOCA Open 50, US$ 385,000. Located in Anacortes, Washington USA.

Dubbed the world's fastest 50-footer, Gryphon Solo holds the 24 hour speed record for an Open 50, having averaged over 14 knots and covered an astounding 345 miles in 24 hours. The boat won her class in the 2002/3 Around Alone by a huge margin, as well as winning the 2005 Transat Jacque Vabre, the 2007 Bermuda One-Two, and taking second in the 2004 Transat Race. Designed by Group Finot and built without compromise by JMV Industries in France, Gryphon Solo is a thoroughbred racing machine. The boat is capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots while remaining stable and under control.

Gryphon Solo is built entirely from carbon fiber- including all spars, keel fin, daggerboards and rudders- with Nomex core in the hull above the waterline and in the deck.

Brokerage through Farr Yacht Sales:

Complete listing details and seller contact information at

The Last Word
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. -- Friedrich Nietzche

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