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Local Boys Take The Lead
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49er Europeans Local sailors Jacopo Plazzi and Umberto Molineris (ITA) used local knowledge and years spent on Lake Garda to move into the lead for the 49er European Championship. With an impending front approaching, the winds were light for Garda standards, with 8-10 knots maximum for the day. Posting a 1-3-3 for the day, Plazzi commented " We were speedy upwind and doing simple things. We're happy to be sailing here in our home waters." He further commented to expect "strong winds from the north and bad weather" for tomorrow's racing, but fully expects to be out on the water racing.

Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski moved into second overall, but a protest took them out of position and they have moved further down in the standings. Meanwhile the Alonso brothers of Spain had a difficult day also dropping in the overall standings. Although protests are still pending, the results posted show veterans near the top with the exception of the locals, being cheered on by Fraglia Vela Riva members and staff, host to the Championship. Plazzi and Molineris are also the top Youth team.

Racing continues with the finals beginning tomorrow. The top 12 teams from the Olympic Games have an automatic invitation to the Gold fleet. The final series will be held in Theatre style with a 4-round knock-out style racing and a Grand Final series to be held on the last day with the final 4 boats.

Live tracking and daily video begins Wednesday with live internet broadcast on the final 2 days.

Full results, video and photos on
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Marseille To Carthage
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Sodebo Thomas Coville and his magnificent yacht training and stress-testing whilst waiting for the right Mistral conditions for an attempt on the solo multihull record between Marseille and Carthage (Tunisia). Sodebo will leave Marseille tomorrow (Wednesday)for the 458 miles long Transmed route which heading towards Carthage, keeping Corsica and Sardinia on port. This record attempt will be swiftly followed by another the indomitable Thomas knows well, Cadiz (Spain) - San Salvador (Bahamas). Having held this record from 2005-2008 he would like to reclaim it from Francis Joyon before the end of 2012.

Transmed Record:

Multihull Record fully-crewed : 14 hours 20 minutes and 34 seconds (May 2010)
Multihull Record holder: Pascal Bidégorry (France) sailing Banque Populaire V
Monohull Record singlehanded: 1 day 21 hours 20 minutes and 29 seconds (June 2009)
Monohull Record Holder: Kito de Pavant (France) sailing Groupe Bel

First Flight of the Swans
Gazprom sponsored Bronenosec. Photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image to enlarge.

Swans Porto Cervo, Italy: The light conditions prevailing forced the postponement of this morning's first day of racing at the 2012 Rolex Swan Cup. With the Race Committee forecasting an upsurge in breeze around midday, the 55 competing crews waited patiently in the docks in anticipation of a new start time. By 13:00 CEST, a light building breeze of around nine knots enabled the four classes to commence competition.

The Maxi (18.29 metres/60 feet and above) and Grand Prix (18.28m and below) classes tackled a coastal course of approximately 30-nautical miles, which comprised a long run through Bomb Alley and the Maddalena Archipelago before a beat back via Monaci to the finish off Porto Cervo. A slightly shorter coastal course of 20-nm was tackled by the 14-strong fleet of Classics while the Swan 45-One Design boats, engaged in the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship, completed two windward/leeward races of approximately seven-nm.

Today's winners were: Bronenosec (RUS) in Maxi; Natalia (ROU) in Grand Prix; Ondine (ITA) in Classic while Earlybird (GER) and TalJ (ITA) shared the spoils with a first and second place each in the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship.

In the Grand Prix class, the Swan 42s made the early headway with Natalia, triumphing ahead of Magical Mystery Tour (GBR) and Long Echo (GBR). The competition includes the Spanish Swan 56 Clem, formerly Filip Balcaen's Aqua Equinox, a class winner in 2008, who can count on the expertise of Olympic Gold medallist Jordi Calafat. Meanwhile, in the Classic competition, the Swan 53 Ondine took today's first race with the event's smallest boat Only You, a Swan 38, claiming an impressive second place.

The Rolex Swan 45 World Championship got off to a tantalizing start with two windward/leeward races. Defending champion Earlybird was pushed hard by Vittorio Ruggiero's TalJ - both crews notching a first and a second place.

A more testing day is in store tomorrow. As gusts of 25-30 knots are forecast in the afternoon, the fleet are scheduled to commence racing earlier at 10:30 CEST. Coastal races are the order of the day for all classes except the Swan 45 One-Design, engaged in windward/leeward racing.

From Paper to Plywood - In Pursuit Of Perfection
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Volvo Ocean Race While the hull's plug is being built at Persico Spa, Italy, another team is working on the deck of the 65-foot one-design that will contest the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The group of Volvo Ocean Race sailors, shore crew, designers and engineers met at the Multiplast plant in Vannes in western France to assess a plywood mock-up of the deck.

It's the next stage in the process of building the new boat - a follow-up to the extensive consultation process that was started towards the end of the last race, and a chance to figure out how the boat will be sailed and where to position deck hardware and other critical components.

Among the group meeting up in Vannes at the start of the week were Chris Nicholson and Neil Cox, skipper and shore crew manager of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, sailor Phil Harmer and shore manager Ben Wright of Groupama, Sanya's Richard Mason and female navigator Sam Davies. Also taking part were project manager James Dadd, Pat Shaughnessy for Farr Yacht Design and Jean-Baptiste Mouton for Multiplast.

The workshop has been going on all week with the plug being modified according to the group's requests.

Spinnaker Tales
Highly qualified sailor Rob Lea has applied his personal Australian championship success to set up a professional Academy of Sailing training centre at the Mooloolaba Marina.

He has achieved numerous milestones in his career which started as a small boy winning the National junior and senior championships in the snub-nose Sabot class.

The former Brisbane sailor who was involved with the Rockhampton Grammar School Outward Bound program is the nominated sailing instructor to head up the AUDI Centre Sunshine Coast and Oceanburo Young Guns program.

This enterprising program initially introduced by the dual AUDI Australian Grand Prix Ocean racing champion Rod Jones offers a unique opportunity for young sailors to gain the important skills to master the required team work to successfully race in major events in the open ocean environment.

"Thanks to the generous support from major sponsors AUDI Centre Sunshine Coast, Oceanburo and marine industry supporting partners Universal Mini Cranes, Doyle Sails, Ashby Boat builders, Lawries Boat Services, North Coast Signs and Club Marine, this exciting mentorship opportunity will be officially launched on October 1st". Rod Jones said.

Mooloolaba with easy access to the open ocean sailing environment provides the perfect venue for the Young Guns program.

The students will have an important opportunity to gain individual offshore sailing knowledge on the deck of a fully optimised One -Design Farr 30 ocean racing yacht.

"Basically The Young Guns program is open to all sailors between 14 to 25 years (with some flexibility considered upon application), the aim is to provide instruction and experience to sailors who wish to learn the skills needed to sail and race on bigger boats and offshore yachts'.

"Participating sailors should have solid dinghy experience to gain the maximum benefit from the program" .Rod Jones said

Thankfully the Young Guns program which is heavily subsidised by the corporate partners has not placed the cost of this important opportunity beyond are normal recreation budget.

To date the Young Guns nautical education program has received excellent support with both female and male sailors ranging in age from 14 to 26 looking forward to their first sail off Mooloolaba in early October.

The benefit of graduating from this unique ocean sailing program presents the individual student to become qualified to sail in all the major Australian blue water classics including the Qantas Brisbane to Gladstone Race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week.

Furthermore the principal instructor Rob Lea is well known throughout the Australian sailing circuit and his assessment of a student's individual and crew skills are highly regarded by owners who are looking to introduce some enthusiastic young energy to their ocean racing campaigns. -- Ian Grant

Match Racing Association Elects Billings President
Hamilton, Bermuda: The Match Racing Association (MRA) held its 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on August 31, 2012, during the Knickerbocker Cup (a match racing event for 25 years and now part of the new 4-event Grand Slam Match Racing Series being held on the Great Lakes and East Coast of the USA). The MRA AGM was very productive. The new Board was elected, and in its first order of business, elected Brian W. Billings, Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Chairman of the Argo Group Gold Cup, as president.

The AGM was attended by members of the MRA by their presence, by conference call and or by proxy. Potential new members hosting new Match Racing events on the East coast were also in attendance. The MRA, founded in 1986, is still strong and growing in its support of Match Racing events around the world. The next MRA member event is the Argo Group Gold Cup, stage 7 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour held at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club October 2-7.

The Match Racing Association is a Bermuda-based corporation with membership comprised of the leading match race sailing events in the world and organized to promote the sport of sailing to the public through match racing at all levels of the sport and to support and advance the events and the sailors who compete in them.

Anyone requiring information concerning the MRA, please contact Brian W. Billing at

EUROSAF Match Racing, Open Youth European Championship
Lago di Ledro, Italy: In a close final, the French team skippered by Guillaume Pirouelle beat defending champion Valerio Galati from Italy by 3 races to 2 in the 2012 EUROSAF Match Racing, Open Youth European Championship.

In what was the most exciting of finals, Guillaume Pirouelle from France, crewed by Valentin Sipam and Mathieu Corruble, beat Valerio Galati, the defending champion and his crew of Marco di Donato, Pasquale D'Alusio, to the title of European Youth Champion. After the first two races Galati was leading Pirouelle 2:0, but in the third and fourth races Pirouelle stormed back with two wins to equal the series 2:2 going into the fifth and deciding race. This turned out to be an absolute classic race, with the lead changing hands on several occasions, before Pirouelle very narrowly squeezed past Galati to win the race and the title.

The final race saw Galati get the better of the start, but soon afterwards he lost his advantage and at the windward mark Pirouelle was leading.

The final day of the championship started with the semi-finals and the "King of the Castle" knock-out series for 5th- 8th places. The weather was almost the same as the previous day, with sun and a good wind of 6-9 knots, which occasionally dropped a little, but always came back.

The Semi-finals were scheduled to continue until one of the teams had a clear two point lead of their opponent, but in the end both victors only needed two races to achieve this. Valerio Galati (ITA) beat Jakob Klitte (SWE) 2:0, and Guillaume Pirouelle (FRA) also beat Peter Foldesi (HUN) 2:0. In the "King of the Castle" knock-out series Mirco Minotti (ITA) beat Jon Steinlein (GER), to move up once place in the final standings, but otherwise the results remained unchanged from the Round Robin.

In the Petit-Final Peter Foldesi (HUN) beat Jakob Klitte (SWE), so the Hungarian team took 3rd place in the Championship and won the bronze medal.

Final results:

1. Guillaume Pirouelle, Valentin Sipam, Mathieu Corruble, FRA
2. Valerio Galati, Marco di Donato, Pasquale D'Alusio, ITA
3. Peter Foldesi, Daniel Borsos, Balint Doubravszky, HUN
4. Jakob Klitte, Fredrik Hoije, Michael Hòije, SWE
5. Baptiste Choquenet, Arthur Pignot, Hugo Dhalenne, FRA
6. James French, Neil Payne, Tristan Seal, GBR
7. Mirco Minotti, Filippo Lelli Mami, Luca Rosetti, ITA
8. Jon Steinlein, Conrad Rebolz, Wanja Morkle-Huss, GER
9. Jan Schliemann, Felix Beirer, Julian Schuhmacher, GER
10. Vyacheslav Martynov, Alexander Erisov, Boris Khumurorich, RUS
11. Ireneu Pla, Marti' Palou, Carles Morato, AND

Industry News
The PSP Southampton Boat Show in Mayflower Park runs from 14 - 23 September this year. There will be up to 1000 boats on display over 10 days as well as global launches of numerous boats and products as well as endless attractions for experts and beginners alike.

For the younger visitor Get Afloat, brought by Rockley Watersports, lets 8 to 16 year olds get on the water with qualified instructors, in a 90 minute session in the heart of the Show. Plus, Suzuki's RIB experience offers visitors the chance to feel the way of life at speed on the water with free RIB rides.

The Sea Theatre Live featuring the Sea Kitchen Theatre and Boat Clinics will all return this year. Pick up hints and tips from chefs and demonstrations in the Sea Kitchen Theatre, boasting a schedule of gastronomic treats. The Boat Clinics are back for you to meet with, learn from and talk to the experts who will be bestowing their knowledge in the daily sessions.

The Alexandra Shakleton, a replica boat about to take to the waters of the Southern Ocean for the adventurers on the 'The Shakleton Epic'. This will replicate the gruelling 800 mile Southern Ocean voyage that took place in 1916, when the James Caird was used by Sir Ernest Shakleton in one of history's greatest rescue missions. Come and see how sailors on The Shakleton Epic will cope with the traditional tools and equipment that was available in 1916.

The Whitbread 60 Solent Sailing Experience will let visitors experience the thrill of sailing aboard a round-the-world designed racing yacht.

The PSP Southampton Boat Show National Inter Club Team Racing Championships in association with the RYA. See some of the country's best team racers going head to head right at the heart of the Show. These top sailors will be battling to be crowned winners at the Show.

In addition to these new attractions, each day will see a commentated must-see flotilla of modern, vintage and iconic boats sail past the marina.

From Yachting World:


The 2012 Vietnam Saigon Boating, Fishing & Water Sports Expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City this year from December 14-16. Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo, organiser of the China International Boat Show (CIBS), will act as the exclusive agency in China for the three-day event.

The show will feature a wide range of accessories, recovery and emergency equipment, protection devices, sport fishing boats, family cruisers, express cruisers, ocean-going trawlers and more.

According to Vietnam's General Statistics Office, the number of boats in the country is rising by around 1,000 units each year. Economic growth of 5-10 per cent annually is said to be driving the demand for boats in the region.


Lewmar has announced BLA as its new exclusive distributor in Australia.

BLA was established in 1974 in Brisbane and has become the leading distributor in the territory. The headquarters, still in Brisbane, boasts 12,000m2 of warehousing space and regional facilities in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth offer further localised warehousing and support staff resources.

Already representing many successful and respected international marine brands, BLA have well established relationships with key chandlers, dealers and OEMs.

The deal was signed in June and BLA has taken over the distribution of all Lewmar products in Australia since 1st September 2012.


The America's Cup World Series warm-up event has finally happened in the city that will play host to the proper event in 2013.

San Francisco has all the right ingredients to make an event work. It's Oracle Racing's home game. It is a huge population base to draw from and the bay provides sailing within sight of the city.

Local media was expecting huge crowds from day one, but there are not many events in the world of sport that attract big crowds on a Tuesday afternoon. The San Francisco Chronicle described the opening days' audience as "subdued but enthusiastic", but the weekend was the big event.

The America's Cup event organisers released a statement making a point about the large crowds in the headline. The press release included:

Local officials estimated that more than 150,000 people visited the AC Village at Marina Green over the course of the event. Both of the ticketed seating areas were sold out each day, and Regatta Director Iain Murray said that a larger than expected spectator fleet turned out on the water to watch the racing.

The stand out statistic is the number of paid tickets that were sold for the event. Ticket revenue is not something that appears in many sailing event promoters business plans, but perhaps it should - with the Olympics also showing that there is an appetite for real fans to pay to watch the sport they love.

Full article by David Fuller on Yacht

Bob Hoare
It is with great sadness that I have to inform Scuttlebutt Europe that former MerlinRocket and National 12 sailor and boat builder, Bob Hoare, collapsed and died last night whilst leading in the Flying Fifteen Friday evening race, with his wife, at Parkstone Yacht Club in Dorset UK.

Bob was a superb boatbuilder being responsible for building the best Flying Dutchman during the 1960's and 70's. Supercalifragilisticexpealedocious, Rodney Pattison's Olympic FD was one of his creations as was Shadow in which John Oakeley won the 1967 World Championships.

He will be greatly missed by his family, fellow club members and his customers. -- Barry Dunning

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The Last Word
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow". -- Winston Churchill

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