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Spaniards Rule
Photo of Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez by Fried Elliott, Click on image to enlarge.

9er Worlds Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez of Spain have won their third 49er World Championship ('02, '04, '10) adding to their Olympic Gold medal from Athens in 2004 and Silver medal from Beijing in 2008. In true championship fashion, Martinez/Fernandez also won today's medal race, held in 8-10 knots. Two-time defending champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Australia made a strong push by winning both the morning races moving them into 2nd which they held through the final results. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello of Italy won the bronze.

The 25 boat gold fleet sailed two races in 16-23 knots which increased to 20-25 for the silver fleet's two races amidst tropical showers. The medal race sailors anticipated the heavy breeze, but unexpectedly the wind dropped to a manageable 10 knots.

On the 29er course, French sailors Kevin Fisher and Glenn Gouron consolidated and won the Worlds by 28 points. Pepe Bettini and Fernando Gwozdz, the perpetual bridesmaid, sailed to 2nd overall with a 10-3-2 final day. Danish sailors Oscar Haumann and Taus Holtug who lead the majority of the event, tied for 3rd with Lorezo Franceschini and Riccardo Camin of Italy, losing and having to settle for 4th overall. However, Haumann and Holtug won the Highest Placing Youth Team award. Top placing women's team was Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen of Denmark who also won this trophy in 2009. -- Jerelyn Biehl

Top five final results: 29er
1. Kevin Fisher / Glenn Gouron, FRA, 56 points
2. Pepe Bettin / Fernando Gwozdz, ARG, 84
3. Lorenzo Franceschini / Riccardo Camin, ITA, 99
4. Oscar Haumann / Taus Holtug, DEN, 99
5. Maxwell Fraser / David Liebenberg, USA, 100

Top five final results: 49er
1. Iker Martinez de Lizarduy / Xabier Fernandez, ESP, 57
2. Nathan Outteridge / Iain Jensen, AUS, 84
3. Pietro Sibello / Gianfranco Sibello, ITA, 96
4. Dyen Emmanuel / Stephane Christidis, FRA, 102
5. Dylan Fletcher / Alain Sign, GBR, 106

Massey Wins Back To Back I14 Crowns
Photo by Christophe Favreau, Click on image to enlarge.

International 14 Worlds British sailor Archie Massey and his crew Dan Wilsdon won the CST Composites International World Championship today with a race to spare on Sydney Harbour.

Massey is the first sailor to win the i14 world title back to back.

Massey and Wilsdon had outstanding teamwork but it was their speed downwind that seemed to stand out.

"We foil hard and point the bow lower than most," he said. "14s pay off if you sail them dead flat."

He also felt the modified bow of his Bieker 5 hull gave him an advantage. The modification has resulted in a straighter and lower bow in the final metre of his boat.

Massey said he had his boat George 1st up for sale for the "right price" but considered the modified Bieker 5 was a 'special boat". No matter what happens with the boat, Massey is certain to sail the next i14 worlds at Weymouth in Great Britain.

While Massey and Wilsdon are World Champions in the International 14 class, the racing continues tomorrow (Monday 11 Jan) for the rest of the 109-boat fleet that has been split into Gold and Silver fleets. The split was a necessary safety measure in order to fit the large fleet into the confines of Sydney Harbour during a busy summer.

Provisional Results after six races, top five, Gold Fleet:

1. Gill Carbon Express, Archie Massey / Dan Wilsdon, AUS, 6 points
2. Seldon, Roger Gilbert / Ben McGrane, GBR, 18
3. Too Late to Stop Now, Mark Krstic / Andrew Wilson, AUS, 20
4. Ronstan Irwin Sails, Lindsay Irwin / Andrew Perry, AUS, 23
5. Touring Wombat, Dave Alexander / Cameron McDonald, 25

America's Cup
Societe Nautique de Geneve, the America's Cup defending yacht club, has sent a letter to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the challenger, confirming that the ISAF 33rd America's Cup International Jury, constituted on 4 December 2009, is fully operational to deal with any issues related to the Deed of Gift Match starting on 8 February.

As appointed on the 4 December 2009 by the International Sailing Federation, the Jury includes:

David Tillett (AUS) - Chairman
John Doerr (GBR)
Josje Hofland (NED)
Graham McKenzie (NZL)
Bryan Willis (GBR)

Bernard Bonneau (FRA)
Bertrand de Speville (GBR)

SNG informs GGYC that ISAF Jury appointed on 4 Dec 2009 is operational

* SNG has published a draft version of the Sailing Instructions for the 33rd America's Cup Deed of Gift Match due to start on the 8 February. This draft document has been sent to the challenger and may be discussed at the meeting between the two teams in the presence of the ISAF AC Jury Chairman, David Tillett, in Singapore on 12 January.

Sailing Instructions

SNG also published a draft of the amended 33rd America's Cup Notice of Race incorporating the New York Supreme Court's recent decisions and following discussions with GGYC/BMW Oracle Racing representatives in Sydney on 15 December 2009.

Notice of Race

* From GGYC:
"Golden Gate Yacht Club has received the draft Sailing Instructions and revised Notice of Race Societe Nautique de Geneve.

Golden Gate Yacht Club is hopeful that the remaining issues will be solved satisfactorily in talks with SNG to be held next Tuesday in Singapore.

These talks will be in the presence of the Chairman of the International Jury, David Tillett and, International Sailing Federation representative, David Kellett.

GGYC does not expect to make any further comment until after the Singapore meeting."

Issues still believed to be on the table is the requirement inserted into the Notice of Race by SNG for BOR90/USA to moor in the outer Darcena, which BMW Oracle Racing are believed to be disputing on grounds of bring too restrictive for their wingsailed challenger.

There may be issues raised when BOR90/USA is presented for measurement (although the Notice of Race has been modified to correctly state that the measurements 'shall not exceed..'

The vexed issue of Constructed in Country, particularly over the used of sails by the Defender which BMW Oracle Racing claim are made in USA (Alinghi have stated they are made in Switzerland) is expected to be tested before the regatta starts - possibly by another direct approach to the New York Supreme Court rather than via the International Jury. -- Richard Gladwell in,

Star World Championship In Rio
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The Star World Championship, which will be held for the fourth time in Brazil, brings together a record number of 81 teams, representing 20 countries. All events will take place at the Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro. The number of participants exceeds even the most optimistic expectations of the organizers, who had hoped for approximately 60 registrations. The World Championship will be held from January 12-23, at a race course outside of Guanabara Bay.

As expected, Brazil will have the greatest number of participants, with 24 boats entered to compete, including top teams such as Torben Grael/Marcelo Ferreira, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada, Lars Grael/Ronald Seifert and Alan Adler/Guilherme de Almeida.

The second largest team registered in the race is Italy, with 12 boats, followed by Argentina, with 8 teams, and the USA and Germany, each with 6 boats.

The World Championship will be technically very strong with participants such as British sailors Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson, the Olympic champions in Beijing; US duo George Szabo/Rick Peters, 2009 world champions in Sweden; Swiss participants Flávio Marazzi/Enrico de Maria, currently the top ranked sailors in the world; and world champions Xavier Rohart/Pierre Ponsot (France) and Fredrik Loof/Johan Tillander (Sweden).

The following countries will be represented in the tournament: Brazil (24), Italy (12), Argentina (8), Germany (6), USA (6), Portugal (3), Switzerland (3), England (3), Canada (2), Chile (2), Sweden (2), Croatia (2), Georgia (1), Spain (1), Serbia (1), France (1), Norway (1), Greece (1), Ireland (1) and Austria (1).

The 37th Bloody Mary Pursuit Race took place on Saturday 9th January 2010 in freezing temperatures, snow flurries and gusting northerly 25 knot winds. Cited in Yachts and Yachting as one of the top sailing 5 events in the world, and despite the appalling conditions in the week leading up to the event and on the day itself, 61 boats entered.

In previous years, the only classes eligible to win the main Bloody Mary Pursuit Race Trophy have been those with an RYA published Portsmouth Yardstick Number. As of the 2010 Bloody Mary, all monohull dinghies, including foilers, and those keelboat classes accepted by Queen Mary Sailing Club were eligible to win the Bloody Mary Trophy.

The full range of dinghies entered from a Topper to an RS600 FF. The lead was progressively taken from the Topper by a Miracle, a Laser and a Merlin. With 20 minutes to go a 505 sailed by Andy Smithy and Tim Needham took the lead and retained it until the end despite an RS800 snapping at their heels. Andy and Tim from Staunton Harold Sailing Club who had only just purchased the boat were the successful winners of this first ever fully open Bloody Mary.

Winner of the Ladies Helm was Sarah Allen from Royal Southern helming an RS200 with Mark Ampleford , the Hyde Sails Foilers Trophy was Geoff Carveth in an International Moth. The first Queen Mary Helm was James Boyce sailing with Sam Tozer in an RS200. Class prizes were won by Jim Downer and John Price (RS400) of Royal Victoria and Andrew Hurst (Laser) from Queen Mary.

Prize winners walked away with a bag of goodies including vodka and tomato juice, tickets for the London Boat Show, fabulous watches from Nautica and free subscriptions to

Seahorse February 2010
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As the first new boats are confirmed Jocelyn Bleriot looks at what's in and what's out in the line-up for the second Barcelona World Race

Ernesto Bertarelli knows that come Valencia next month and he is going to be in the fight of his life to defend the America's Cup

Dave Hollom has been increasingly impressed with the thinking behind modifications made to BMW Oracle's America's Cup monster

Blue Robinson talks with Grant Simmer on Deed of Gift sail design... and safety

Tim Jeffery drops in on the headquarters of the expanding Southern Spars empire

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Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound Sold
Photo from Yachting Monthly, by Beken of Cowes, Click on image to enlarge.

Bloodhound The classic 1930s ocean racing yacht Bloodhound, owned by Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip in the 1960s and aboard which Prince Charles and Princess Anne learned to sail, has today been purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust to put on display alongside Britannia in Edinburgh.

Built in 1936 by the famous Camper & Nicholsons yard in Gosport, Bloodhound was one of the most successful ocean racing yachts ever built, winning scores of races in the south of England and also crossed the Atlantic to compete in Bermuda.

In 1969 Bloodhound was sold and not replaced by the Royal Family. Bloodhound then effectively retired from racing until the 1980s when she once again competed until 2001. Thereafter she fell into considerable disrepair and very nearly became beyond salvage. However in 2003 she was purchased by Tony McGrail, a yacht surveyor and classic yacht restorer. Over the next 3 years she then underwent a major internal and external refit to bring her back to her pristine original condition.

Having been purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, Bloodhound will form the centrepiece of a major new exhibit at this 5 Star visitor attraction, which in terms of quality is officially Scotland's best visitor attraction. It is anticipated that Bloodhound will be on display in April 2010. -- Richard Durham

National Australia Bank - Top Dog Trophy Series
Photo by RHKYC / Joyce Ravara. Click on image to enlarge.

Top Dog Series in Hong Kong In a chilly 8 knots, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club blew out the Christmas cobwebs with the second pursuit race of the National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series and their first sailing event of 2010.

55 competitors lined up to contest one of the Club's oldest trophies, first awarded in 1880 to yacht 'Naomi' in the guise of the Sugar Refiner's Cup. With a consistent Easterly breeze and a flooding tide at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island Clubhouse, experienced RO Gareth Williams opted for a Club start and course 2 - the longest option available.

Having set off on the first start of the afternoon, Pandora 'Panache' managed to hold on to the lead for four legs, before being overhauled by Jamie McWilliam's quarter tonner, 'Sai Kung Belle', with the Flying Fifteens hot on his transom.

McWilliam managed to hold on to the lead, with the Etchells and Cruisers gaining, until the final leg of the race when a one-on-one with Jimmy Farquhar's Etchells, 3x11, allowed Laurence Mead's Etchells, Capoeira, in the side door to take the gun.

YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor Of The Year Award
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YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor Of The Year Award Phil Sparks from Muddiford and Ben Gratton from Guildford were presented with the prestigious YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award 2009 at the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday 9th January 2010. The award was presented by sailing legend Ben Ainslie CBE, a previous winner himself.

Phil and Ben were voted RYA Southern Regional Young Sailors of the Year 2009 last autumn. They won Gold in their 420 on the final day of the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Brazil. They also won first place in the Kiel Week regatta and third place in the 420 Class Worlds at Lake Garda.

Phil and Ben were amongst thirteen RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners who are voted for by RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.

The 2009 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year will be announced on Tuesday 12th January, at an awards ceremony to be held at Trinity House, London. Finalists for this prestigious title are Paul Goodison, World Laser champion, Olympic Gold medal and five times European champion. Paul is the only sailor worldwide to hold all three awards at the same time and was nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. Sam Davies, first placed Briton in the Vendee Globe 2008/09. Sam competed in the Transat Jacque Vabre race which finished last 2009 and was also nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. Finally, Ian Williams. Two times World Match Race champion. Ian became the first British National to be crowned Match Racing World champion in the event's 19 year history.

The award will be presented by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston a previous winner himself.

174th Australia Day Regatta
Sydney Harbour and the coastal stretch of the Tasman Sea between Botany Bay and Port Jackson will play host to the 174th Australia Day Regatta - the world's oldest continuously conducted sailing regatta - on Tuesday, 26 January 2010.

First introduced to celebrate the arrival of the First Fleet, the historic regatta will see yachts of widely varying age and design race on Sydney Harbour while many of the best ocean races will compete in a traditional race from Port Jackson to Botany Bay and return. They will be sailing the course that brought Captain Arthur Phillip north to the magnificent harbour around which now stands the great city of Sydney.

The Sydney Harbour fleet will, as always, have a touch of nostalgia with divisions for gaff-rigged wooden yachts, classic yachts and historical skiffs lovingly restored by their current 'custodians' as the proud owners like to call themselves. In contrast, the ocean racing fleet will include many yachts built of exotic materials such as carbon fibre.

The notice of race and entry form for the 174th Australia Day Regatta on the Harbour can be downloaded from the Regatta website or from the websites of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron or the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. Entries close with the RSYS Sailing Office (Harbour events) or the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sailing Office (Ocean race) on Monday, 18 January.

The Australia Day short ocean race will start at 11am on 26 January 2010, with the 174th Harbour regatta gets under way from 1.30pm. Starting at 11.30am will be the colourful Ferrython while other events during the afternoon will include the Tall Ships Race and spectacular flyovers by RAAF F/A Hornets and Hawk 127 aircraft and a parachute jump by the Army's Red Beret regiment members, landing in Circular Quay. -- Peter Campbell

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