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Paralympic Sailing Competition Ends
Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell. Photo by onEdition. Click on image for photo gallery.

Paralympic Sailing No racing was possible on the final day of sailing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition meaning that the results from the day prior confirmed the medals.

Great Britain's Helena Lucas (GBR) could see the gold medal insight in the 2.4mR heading into the final day as she held a nine point lead, and when racing was called off at 13:50 her gold medal was confirmed.

Heiko Kroger (GER) and Thierry Schmitter (NED) finished in second and third place.

The SKUD18 and Sonar golds were settled on the race track yesterday with Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) taking the SKUD18 gold and Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen (NED) taking the Sonar. Both crews had unassailable leads.

Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka and Robert Prem (GER) sailed consistently all week to take the silver medal and for Kroker it highlights the hard work his team have put in, "We have been working at this since 1997," he said. "It is a lot of effort financially, physically and psychologically. I live in Brazil and the crew are in Germany. In the last three months I flew to Germany every weekend to train with them."

Sonar bronze goes to Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen who leapfrogged Great Britain's John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas after they received a discretionary four point penalty which let the Norwegians through.

A gripping three way SKUD18 battle had been on-going all week and with no final day racing Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) pick up silver medal whilst Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) settle for bronze.

2.4mR Top Three
1. Helena Lucas (GBR) - 26 points
2. Heiko Kroger (GER) - 35
3. Thierry Schmitter (NED) - 37

SKUD18 Top Three
1. Dan Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch (AUS) - 14
2. Jen French & Jp Creignou (USA) - 20
3. Alex Rickham & Niki Birrell (GBR) - 22p

Sonar Top Three
1. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen & Mischa Rossen (NED) - 20
2. Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka & Robert Prem (GER) - 40
3. Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg & Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR) - 42

Complete results:

Paralympics Come of Commercial Age
With top athletes competing in front of sold-out stadiums and global television audiences in the millions, the Paralympic Games are starting to look a lot like their able-bodied equivalents - and big business is right behind. Reuters

Although the money for TV rights, ticket sales and athletes' earnings is not on a par with the Olympics, the rapidly growing profile of the Paralympics has made them a commercial opportunity in their own right.

And while it took the Olympics the best part of 90 years to evolve into the business they have become, the transformation of the Paralympics is much more swift.

"The media coverage has increased exponentially over the last 12 years," said Greg Hartung, Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee, which organizes the Games. "These Games seem to be breaking all records."


Not Sailing. But Astounding and Inspiring
Photo by Dennis Grombkowski / Getty Images. Click on image to enlarge.

Winning a medal at the Paralympics is impressive enough, but when you don't have arms and that medal's in archery? Now that's mind-blowing.

Normandy Channel Race
Campagne de France skippered by Halvard Mabire / Miranda Merron and Concise 2 helmed by Sam Goodchild / Ned Collier-Wakefield have extended away from the rest of the fleet over the past 24 hours and boast a 16-mile lead over Phoenix Europe Express in third place.

The competitors in the Normandy Channel Race benefited from a medium wind of 10 knots early on in the day, but are now stalling as they try to make for the Channel Islands. The winners are now expected to reach Ouistreham on Sunday morning. Bringing up the rear of the fleet, Obportus skippered by the Roussez / Quenot duo, finally rounded Tuskar Rock this morning at 1034 UTC. The leaders have been making an average of 6.32 knots since Sunday's start.

Top ten at 07/09/2012 05:00

1. Campagne De France, Halvard Mabire / Miranda Merron, FRA, 203.2 points
2. Concise 2, Ned Collier Wakefield / Sam Goodchild, UK, 206.3
3. Talanta, Jean Galfione / Eric Peron, FRA, 226.3
4. Phoenix Europe Express, Yannick Bestaven / Julien Pulve, FRA, 227.4
5. Les Conquerants - Caen La Mer, Marc Lepesqueux / Eric Defert, FRA, 235.6
6. Eole Generation - Gdf Suez, Sebastien Rogues, FRA, 237.8
7. Jasmine Flyer, Scott Cavanough / Reinhart Thibault, AUS, 240.2
8. Solo, Rune Aasberg / Simen Løvgren, NOR, 241.8
9. Masai, Stephane le Diraison / Ben Komer, FRA, 245.0
10. Earwen, Catherine Pourre / Goulven Royer, FRA, 245.8

Competition Heats Up Among Maxi Yachts
Porto Cervo, Italy: Sunshine, blue skies and a fresh mistral breeze provided near perfect sailing conditions for the 34 maxi sailing boats competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia.

With two more race days remaining and some tight situations at the top of the classifications in the five competing divisions, the heat is on. At the conclusion of racing today Bella Mente (Mini Maxi), Magic Carpet 2 (Wally), Aegir (Racing), Velsheda (Racing/Cruising) and Nilaya (Super Maxi) hold the top spots in their respective groups.

Day four of the event saw the Mini Maxi and Wally fleets complete two windward-leeward races. Hap Fauth's Bella Mente continues to increase her lead in the Mini Maxi class - competing in Porto Cervo for the title of Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion - thanks to a series which boasts three bullets and two second places over five races held. Niklas Zennstrom's Rán sits in second place overall ahead of Jethou, which has America's Cup veteran Brad Butterworth on tactics.

Lindsay Owen Jones' Magic Carpet2 claimed two victories today to increase her lead in the eight-boat Wally class. A discard due to come into play after tomorrow's racing, however, could shake up the leaderboard which currently sees Owen Jones trailed by Open Season, with tactician Ross McDonald, and the 24.4 -metre J One.

The Racing, Racing/Cruising and Super Maxi divisions meanwhile completed a 36 mile course which basically took them along yesterday's route in reverse: from the start off Porto Cervo to round Monaci island before heading south to the Secca Tre Monti and leaving the natural buoys of the islands of Santo Stefano, La Maddalena and Barrettinelli to starboard. From there the fleet embarked on a long downwind run to the finish off the Gulf of Pevero.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Friday 7th September, at 11.30 a.m. Mistral winds of approximately 10 knots are forecast.

Top Three Provisional Results

Mini Maxi
1. Bella Mente - 3/1/1/1/(2)= 6
2 Ran - 1,5/4/4/(5)/1=10,5
3. Jethou - 4,5/(8)/6/2/3=15,5

1. Magic Carpet 2 - 1/2/1/1=5
2. Open Season - 4/1/2/2=9
3. J One - 2/3/4/5=14

Racing / Cruising
1. Aegir - 1/2/2=5
2. Altair - 4/1/1=6
3. Berenice Bis - 2/3/3=8

1. Velsheda - 1/3/1=5
2. Highland Fling - 2/2/2=6
3. Esimit Europa 2 - 3/1/3=7

1. Nilaya - 2/2/2=6
2. Sojana - 4/8/4=16
3. Saudade - 6/4/9=19

New York Yacht Club U.S. Qualifying Series
Newport RI: The story of day two at the U.S. Qualifying Series was not the dominant performances put in by The Florida Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club but more the way the last Championship series qualifiers clawed their way back from poor starts and bad breaks to maintain a chance at attending the 2013 Invitational Cup.

Today's results split the fleet into a Championship and Consolation series. When protests were resolved after sunset, the scores showed two points separating fourth through sixth in the red fleet. A third place in the last race of the day allowed Larchmont squeak into the Championship series after a day that typified the tooth-and-nail competition seen throughout both fleets.

With two more days of racing, the Championship series will be sailed in the new fleet of J/70s while the Consolation series will be run in concert using the Sonars. The winner of the Championship series will not only hold a berth along with second and third place finishers for the 2013 Invitational Cup but will also win the Resolute Trophy.

Top Six in each fleet (after 11 races and one throwout) moving to the Championship Series:

Red Fleet
1. Seattle Yacht Club 27 pts
2. San Francisco Yacht Club 32 pts
3. Newport Harbor Yacht Club 46 pts
4. California Yacht Club 55 pts
5. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club 55 pts
6. Larchmont Yacht Club 57 pts

Blue Fleet
1. The Florida Yacht Club 32 pts
2. Eastern Yacht Club 36 pts
3. Carolina Yacht Club 41 pts
4. Ft. Worth Boat Club 52 pts
5. Indian Harbor Yacht Club 54 pts
6. Saint Francis Yacht Club 54 pts

The 2012 U.S. Qualifying Series is sponsored by Atlantis WeatherGear and J Boats

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Luderitz Speed Challenge
Since 2007 records have been smashed successively, performances have increased tremendously and the Luderitz Speed Challenge has become a major event with major media impact. This has progressed the "speed" discipline and has significantly contributed to further development in the Kitesurfing industry. The event organizers, Sébastien Cattelan (European record holder and GPS world record) and Sophie Routaboul (second fastest woman in the world) have here also realized the opportunity for Windsurfing to come back to the main stage and utilize this special location with the best of conditions to express the speed aspects of this sport.

The 2010 Speed Challenge surpassed all the expectations and is known around the world for breaking the world record 3 times during this event. Here Kitesurfing beat the famous hydrofoil boat record: L' hydroptère (51.36 kts average on 500m), and became the fastest craft on the water (55.65 kts average on 500m set by the American Rob Douglas). We hope that this sport, which now makes its entrance to the 2016 Olympic Games, will stay alongside windsurfing, which now returns to the record battle thanks to the "Luderitz Speed Challenge" 2012 and the development of the new canal. Designed to provide ideal conditions for the optimal performance of these 2 craft, the canal will level the playing field between Windsurfing and Kitesurfing.

An artificial canal dug in the middle of the Namibian desert to reach new speed records in Speed Sailing. See this video:

Speed runs for Windsurfers: 4 November - 2 December
For Kiteboards: 3 December - 16 December

Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship
Long Beach, California, USA: Multihull sailing history comes full circle with the GLOBALTECH Formula 18 World Championship to be hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club from this weekend through next week.

It's the class's first world championship ever contested in the USA and, more specifically, on the Southern California waters where multihull racing first thrived in the 70s.

Measurement and inspection start Friday for 118 entries from 13 countries and five continents. Racing goes off on Tuesday, with as many as 15 races scheduled through Saturday on the open ocean outside the breakwater.

Racing will start at noon, conditions permitting. There will be practice races Monday starting at 3 p.m.

The first three days of racing will sort out the fleet into Gold and Silver groups---the former competing for the grand prize on the weekend.

Long Beach is where one of the competitors grew up and won an Olympic silver medal in 1984. Jay Glaser, a multihull sailor to the bone, was crew for Randy Smyth, as he is now for Pease Glaser, his wife, also an Olympic silver medalist in women's 470 and partner in their successful Glaser Sails company in nearby Huntington Beach.

"Southern California was always the hotbed of multihull activity," Jay Glaser said. "We go to different places in the world and think, 'Why do we leave Long Beach?' It has some of the best sailing in the world, for sure."

Dropping the Tornado catamaran from this year's Olympics was a blow to cat fanatics around the world, but the picture brightened last spring when the Nacra 17 catamaran was added for Rio de Janeiro in 2016, with a new Olympic wrinkle: mandatory mixed crews of one male and one female.

The other headliners include defending champion Darren Bundock of Australia. Bundock also has Olympic silver from 2000 and 2008 but was shut out of this year's Games when organizers went strictly monohull.

The racing will be tracked on the Kattack website by courtesy of the title sponsor.

Event website (including NOR)
Class site:

Belzebub II Breaks Record in the Northwest Passage
They've done it! The crew of Belzebub II, a 1976 Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31, have made it through the most northerly route possible in the Northwest Passage and while they still have challenges ahead, have reached the other end of the most dangerous strait successfully.

This week Canadian Nicolas Peissel and Swede Edvin Buregren with an American crew member made it through the M'Clure Strait, never previously negotiated by a sailing boat.

"Everyone on board is ecstatic, but also very tired," Peissel told CBC News in Canada.

The First In 100 Years
Adam and Alex South. Click on image to enlarge.

Skiffs When Alexandra (Alex) South becomes the latest skipper to join the Australian 18 Footers League fleet for the 2012-2013 18ft Skiff season on Sydney Harbour she will create history and a lot of interest and attention when the season gets under way on 14 October.

19-years-old Alex is not only a highly talented sailor with impressive local and international records, but she also creates history in the century-old class as she becomes the first daughter of a former Giltinan champion father to skipper an 18ft Skiff.

Her father, Adam South is a two-times Giltinan (world) 18ft Skiff champion and currently a coach in the 18s as well as coaching with the Double Bay Sailing Club.

Alex has been a Member of the Australian Sailing Squad since 2008, has been a Silver Scholarship holder, NSW Institute of Sport since 2009 and was a Finalist in Yachting Australia Female Sailor of the Year 2010, 2011.

She was placed second in the Laser Radial Australian Olympic Trials for London 2012 and has been the National Champion on six occasions between 2006 and 2012. She attended her first World Laser Radial Championship in 2008 at the age of 14 years.

In 2011, Alex won the World Under-19 Laser Radial Championship and was second ranked in the Under 21 section. She also won the silver medal at the World University Games.

Alex realizes the challenge ahead, but is looking forward to her first season in the 18s.

Alex is due to announce her team shortly and their first event will be Race One of the $10,000 3-Buoys Challenge Series on 14 October. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League

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In case you haven't seen it and are interested in using it here is video we produced yesterday which 'lets the cat out of the bag'.

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