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49er Europeans: Wild Day For Racing
Photo by Peter Bucktrout. Click on image to enlarge.

49er Europeans The leftover wind from the frontal system was a bit too much for the skiffs to handle. Sailors were sent out at 10:30 in a clearing Peler, the northerly wind, but after 2 laps, the race was abandoned and sailors scurried back to Fraglia Vela Riva to wait for the wind to drop. Sustained wind in the upper teens seemed a bit too much for some with the Russians loosing their mast, but the upper level teams were disappointed to be sent in. After several hours, the Gold fleet returned to only complete 1 race for the day.

It was shifty and puffy with the Swedish team capsizing and losing valuable places and Allan Norregaard and Anders Thomsen of Denmark capitalizing on the day, although not using their newly perfected trapeze technique as the unstable conditions weren't the best.

Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak (POL) remain in second overall despite a 22 in today's racing. Former ISAF Youth World gold medallist James Peters with Ed Fitzgerald (GBR) scored a 2nd in today's race moving them to 8th overall in the standings and 4th Youth team. Spanish brothers Carlos and Anton Paz sit in 3rd overall.

Jan Hauke Erichsen and Max Lutz remain the top Youth team and sit in 5th overall. No races were held for the Silver fleet today but the starting gun will be shot at 10am tomorrow morning with hopes for 3 races for each fleet. The forecast for typical Garda conditions, which is what everyone came for.

Racing continues tomorrow. 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 is provided by regatta partner SAP with live internet broadcast on the final 2 days.

Full results, video and photos on

Twenty Teams Line Up in Chicago for Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Twenty teams from eight countries will be lined up tomorrow to race for two days in the Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, the opening act of next week's 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship held at Chicago YC. And while the Pre-Worlds marks the beginning of the Worlds, it also is the last two days of racing in the five-event North American Circuit leading up to this final showdown. Eleven teams entered this series, which started at Quantum Key West in January, went to Miami in March, Annapolis in May, Newport in July and now will finish in Chicago.

Racing in the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds will start next week on Monday, September 17th and run daily through Thursday, September 20th.

Leading the US Circuit is Jim Richardson and his Barking Mad team from Newport, RI. Richardson won the last stage in Newport to earn the North American Championship crown, and won the first stage in January at Quantum Key West. Barking Mad has earned three past World Championship titles, dating right back to 1998 in the class's inaugural Worlds in Miami, so they sit as a strong favorite here in Chicago.

The series runner-up, however, is only three points back, is also a multiple World Champion, and comes to Chicago well-armed for battle. Alberto Rossi's Italian team on Enfant Terrible not only won the NA Circuit event #2 in Miami, but just a month ago defended his title as the ORCi Offshore World Champion, defeating 45 competitors from 15 countries in at the Audi ORCi World Championship in Helsinki.

The intent of the race management team led by Peter Reggio will be to start each day's first race in the Pre-Worlds at 11:00 AM, with no more than three races held each day, and no new race started on Saturday past 3:30 PM. The current forecast looks favorable for close racing, as post-frontal clearing skies will be accompanied by northerly winds on the Lake.

Smith Takes Lead Going Into Final Day
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Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland: There were more shocks and upsets on the penultimate day of the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup off Kinsale as several of the top boats posted poor results and the leader board was shuffled once again. It was another strong wind day and with the sun frequently breaking through the scudding clouds and plenty of spray flying it was a spectacular day in every way keeping the spectators enthralled from start to finish.

The race got underway cleanly at the first attempt and the boats set off up the beat in around 16-18 knots from the West South West punching a building sea.

In the overall standings Lawrie Smith now leads the regatta with 31 points, giving him a 12 point margin over second placed Dmitry Samokhin. Tommy Mueller moves into third on 51 points, three ahead of Joergen Schoenherr. Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi and Jose Matoso both count 56 points with Matoso claiming fifth on count back. Three further points adrift in seventh is Klaus Diederichs on 59 points. The top ten is rounded out by Anatoly Loginov on 65, Lars Hendriksen on 67 and Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen on 71 points.

In the Corinthian Division for all amateur crews Cameron Good of Kinsale continues to lead the regatta.

In the Nations Cup competition the British Team of Lawrie Smith, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen and Chris Hunt now lead with 192 points, Russia, represented by Dmitry Samokhin, Anatoly Loginov and Alexander Exhkov, is second on 202 and Germany, represented by Tommy Mueller, Philip Dohse and Stephan Link, is third on 248.

Tomorrow's final race showdown will be an edge of the seat affair as the sixty-strong fleet makes a last bid for gains. With no discard every point counts and both Smith and Good's leads are by no means unassailable.

Joining tonight's party will be Olympic Bronze Medallist Ossie Stewart, who normally sails as Lawrie Smith's tactician. Ossie suffered a minor stroke just 10 days ago and so wasn't able to compete this week, but he arrived in Kinsale today and kept an eye on Lawrie's progress from the RIB. The entire fleet is delighted to see Ossie back on his feet and looks forward to racing against him again very soon. -- Fiona Brown

Henri Lloyd Presence at the PSP Southampton Boat Show
Henri Lloyd Presence at the PSP Southampton Boat Show Henri Lloyd will be exhibiting their Technical Marine range at the Southampton Boat Show this year, via their Marine Retailers, where Henri Lloyd technical sales staff will be on hand to offer advice.

Force 4 - B017/D010
Andark - F002
Pinnel and Bax - J004
Marine Super Store - F006
Aquatogs - G082

New for 2012, Henri Lloyd has challenged convention with the re-invention of the waterproof boot, and has introduced the Henri Lloyd Ocean King Boot and the Extreme Waterproof Boot into our footwear range. For five decades our passion has always been to develop ways of providing better protection from the elements, so sailors can get the most from their sport. One thing that nature has taught us over this time is that water is relentless - we wanted this next generation of sailing boot to set a new industry standard for waterproofness.

16 Countries Hope To Polish Off Argo Group Gold Cup
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Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda: With the first day of racing at the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup less than three weeks away, the 7th and penultimate stage of the Alpari World Mach Racing Tour is set to showcase the most international teams ever at a single Tour event. Ten of the skippers are newcomers to Bermuda and will be new to sailing the classic International One Design Class sloops, challenging boats that even the most experienced sailors find difficult to master.

International teams entered this year represent five continents - North and South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Teams hail from 16 countries that include three skippers from Sweden, and two each from Bermuda, Great Britain and New Zealand. Other skippers come to Bermuda from the Canada, the USA, the US Virgin Islands, Brazil, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, and Russia.

Bjorn Hansen (SWE) of Mekonomen Sailing Team currently leads Ian Williams (GBR) of Team GAC Pindar on the Tour leaderboard by 6-points and the pair will be top seeds at the event. Johnie Berntsson's (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, now 8th on the Tour, will head a group of other top competitors including Staffan Lindberg (FIN) ranked 13th by ISAF, Taylor Canfield (ISV) of Team CMRC and William Tiller (NZL) tied at 15th under ISAF, Eric Monnin's (SUI) Swiss Match Racing Team is 17th and newcomer Marek Stanczyk (POL) rounds out the top 20 under ISAF rankings.

Two teams represent Bermuda. Blythe Walker Team RenRe has been in the money several times-including a 4th in 2007 and a 7th in 2009 and he is seriously looking for a better finish in 2012. Lance Fraser first sailed in the Gold Cup as a Bermuda high school student in 2010, the youngest entry ever. He is back for his third try and hopes it will be the charm.

Final registration for the Argo Group Gold Cup opens Sunday September 30th, and practice sessions are scheduled for Monday October 1st. Racing begins the next day and continues with the finals and petite finals scheduled for Sunday October 7th. The finals, scheduled for 14:00 local time (ADT/GMT-3) will be televised live and online. The schedule will be available pre-event at and on

Other highlights for the week include the RenRe Junior Gold Cup, which features the top Optimist Dinghy sailors from over a dozen countries racing against a contingent of Bermuda's best young sailors. This 'Championship of Champions' celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2012. -- Talbot Wilson

Ullman Sails UK Etchells National Championships
18 boats have now officially entered the Ullman Sails UK Etchells National Championships being organized by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, as well as the National Championship being contested so are qualifying places to race at the Etchells World Championship being held in Italy in June 2013.

Amongst the 18 entrants there are some seriously good competitors, including past double World and European champion Stuart Childerly, the current European Champion Shaun Frolich, past European champion and winner of many Worlds races Ante Razmilovic. Laurence Mead has flown back from Hong Kong to sail, other travellers include Chris Davison from Plymouth who will also be representing our sponsor Ullman Sails. Dick Cowan and Mark Jones are coming from the Mersey. Other contenders include the winner of the last major Solent event who is also fresh from racing in the Extreme 40 fleet Bleddyn Mon; Robert Elliott the defending National Champion; David Franks the current UK IRC National Champion; and Cowes Week winner James Howells. The fleet will also be welcoming back Sam Carter winner of many past events. Also on show will be Andrew Cooper's new boat GBR 1407 ICE so called because of her clear blue gel around the mast.

Racing will be held in the central Solent starting this Friday 14th September with 9 races scheduled

The weather is forecast to be fair with 20Kt winds on Friday before a high pressure starts to build bringing 10 to 15 Kt breezes for Saturday and Sunday.

Finding and Saving a Man Overboard
Ocean Safety Ocean Safety believes it has come up with the best and most effective MOB identity and tracking recovery system to date, the new Mk V Jonbouy MOB module and the Kannad Safelink R10 AIS SRS. The system gets its first showing this week at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, on Stand G009.

Using the new generation Mk V Jonbuoy, a high visibility and high stability inflatable support ring, can make recovering a person who has fallen overboard a simple operation. But if the weather is extreme and there's no visibility, a bit of backup in the form of an AIS Survivor Recovery System can be very welcome.

Combining the two innovative products is a massive step towards improving survival prospects. The Jonbuoy does its job by supporting the MOB in a cradle like position in its inflatable support structure, while the R10, the first personal AIS transmitter of its kind, provides high precision GPS information, bearing and range, relayed to the vessel's AIS system updated every 60 seconds.

The R10 SRS is professionally fitted to the Jonbuoy so that when the Jonbuoy is deployed from its container - an easy operation since it inflates automatically - the system is ready for use and the R10 automatically starts transmitting.

Robust Racing
Photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

Rolex Swan Cup Porto Cervo, Italy: A menacing Mistral over northeast Sardinia complicated the Race Committee's plans during Day 3 of the 2012 Rolex Swan Cup, and ultimately provided enthralling racing for the 55-strong fleet. Winds far more dramatic than forecast led to the postponement of the morning's competition until conditions abated slightly, allowing all classes to commence coastal courses at 14:00 CEST. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, is taking place through Sunday 16th September.

The Maxi Class was dispatched on a near 30-nm course which after an upwind leg round Monaci sent the fleet south via Secca Tre Monti and eventually round the islands of Mortoriotto and Soffi. The remaining classes completed a shorter version of the course, finishing at Mortoriotto.

Today's winners were: Highland Breeze (NED) in Maxi; Merel Four (NED) in Grand Prix; Shirlaf (ITA) in Classic while Earlybird (GER) triumphed in the Swan 45 fleet competing for their World Championship.

Tomorrow is a layday at the Rolex Swan Cup enabling the crews to recharge their batteries and conduct any vital repairs ahead of the final two days of racing. As the competition is wide open, a grandstand finish is guaranteed.

Provisional Results (top three classified)

Maxi Class (18 boats)
1. Bronenosec (RUS) - Valdimir Liubomirov, 13 points
2. Berenice Bis (ITA) - Marco Rodolfi, 19
3. Highland Breeze (NED) - Ben Kolff, 21

Grand-Prix Class (15 boats)
1. Magical Mystery Tour (GBR) - Edward Leask, 5
2. Natalia (RUS) - KDF Energy Srl, 6
3. Clem (ESP) - Amanda Hartley, 13.5

Classic Class (15 boats)
1. Ondine (ITA) - Marco Gerbaudo, 5
2. Shirlaf (ITA) - Giuseppe Puttini, 9
3. Magia II (ITA) - Enrico Scopesi, 12

Swan 45 (8 boats)
1. TalJ (ITA) - Vittorio Ruggiero, 10.5
2. Earlybird (GER) - Nagel/Brandis, 13.5
3. Swanted (ITA) - Stefano Piccolo, 17

French Take Over Lead With Consistency
Photo by Christophe Favreau, Click on image for photo gallery.

F18 Worlds The French sailor and crew Matthieu Vandame from Marseille took over first place from Switzerland's Billy Besson and Jeremie Laguarrigue Thursday in the GLOBALTECH Formula 18 World Championship with a relatively modest scoreline (1-3-(6)-6-3-2-1-3-4) but no finish worse than sixth, one of which he discarded.

Backes, who won the F18 Worlds off his native shores in 2010, said, "Our goal is to be consistent. Winning races is not our goal."

Still, they are one of only two entries among 118 from 16 countries in the event hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club to win two races, along with Besson and Laguarrigue, who dropped four points off the pace after finishing 24th in the day's last race, a result they tossed to count a seventh place Wednesday.

The second throwout kicks in with the 11th race Friday.

Mischa Heemskerk and crew Bastiaan Tentij of The Netherlands are in third place 14 points off the pace, while defending champion Darren Bundock and crew Jeroen van Leeuwen are another point back after a so-so 5-5-9 day.

"The French had a great day," Bundock said. "It seemed a lot bumpier out there today."

It was the first day the contestants were split into Gold and Silver fleets with separate starts, based on their results over the first two days. -- Rich Roberts

The Race Draws Near
Valletta, Malta: It is barely six weeks to the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2012. The slow summer period is over and the Royal Malta Yacht Club starts to get into action with its preparations for the 33rd edition of this classic offshore race.

To date over 60 boats have entered from as many as 14 countries and the list grows every day. Besides the customary strong entry from the United Kingdom and Italy there is a growing participation from Germany and Eastern Europe. Notably boats from Russia have been increasing every year and to date 10 Russian boats have entered.

News from the Russian 600Nm Racing Club suggests that as many as 15 boats from Russia might be taking part and this club in conjunction with the Russian Sailing Federation are thinking of offering prizes to the best placed Russian boats. Sadly we have to report that Coral, Valentin Zubkov's Shipman 63 which was a regular Russian participant at the Rolex Middle Sea Race for many years will this year not take part. After being one of the first to submit its entry, Coral was lost at sea due to a fire on board while racing from Palermo to Monte Carlo in August. Thankfully all the crew members were rescued safely.

As the race draws near participants start to plan their passage to Malta. Ran and some others are already here. Matej Knez from Team Esimit Europa, last year's line honours winner, has indicated their intention to return to Malta this year after a busy racing season and to keep in trim they are thinking of establishing their annual trip from Trieste to Valletta as an official World Record Course.

The Race starts on the 20th October.

Amundsen's Schooner Finally to Sail Home
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Roald Amundsen The Maud, schooner sailed by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first to reach the South Pole and who made famous forays sailing into the Northwest Passage, is finally to sail home. Currently she is 'resting', partially submerged, in Nunavut's Cambridge Bay in Canada but a group in Norway has set plans to retrieve the vessel from where she has rested since she sank in 1930.

With an estimated cost of $5-million to $6-million to raise the 300-tonne vessel, the feat, now scheduled for next summer, will be also a challenging technical one.

' 'There is no bad luck' Amundsen used to say, 'only good preparations,' ' Jan Wanggaard, manager of the Maud Returns Home project, told the Globe and Mail. His team has completed plans to raise the Maud after spending several weeks in late-August at the site conducting final research. 'Of course, we're expecting the unexpected as we try to raise the Maud. But I'm confident our plan will work.'

The Norwegians are hoping to make the Maud the centrepiece of a new museum built specifically for the ship. Mr. Wanggaard has taken small samples of wood to Norway, so that the experts can determine the best temperature and air-moisture conditions at which the ship must be kept to prevent future disintegration.

Launched in 1916, it was designed for Mr. Amundsen's voyage to the North Pole. Mr. Amundsen made his name as the first explorer to reach the South Pole. Although the Maud did not reach the North Pole, it still made a famous foray into the Northwest Passage, and its crew collected scientific data and took meteorological, geophysical and oceanographic measurements.

The ship had been left to deteriorate ever since it became lodged in the ice because Cambridge Bay does not have the technical expertise to save it, said the hamlet's mayor Jeannie Ehaloak. -- Des Ryan

Full article at

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