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Farr 40 Worlds
Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo. Click on image to enlarge.

Farr 40 Worlds Chicago, Illinois, USA: As one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world, established in 1869, Chicago Yacht Club is the embodiment of tradition as demonstrated by the red carpet welcome the competitors at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship have received.

Eric Mergenthaler (Mexico City, Mexico), chief executive with Active International Mexico, is no stranger to competing at the elite level having represented Mexico in the Finn class at three consecutive Olympic Games ('84, '88, '92). Three years of involvement in the Farr 40 class have led him to compete in the world championship for the first time this week. "The experience in Chicago has been fantastic," he said before the start of the first race aboard Flojito y Cooperando. "The venue, the atmosphere, the organization has been really good. Our goal is to finish in the top 50% of the fleet. It is an extremely competitive fleet, so if we finish 10 or above that would be a very good result for us."

As he was leaving the dock, defending champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis of Sydney, Australia, was feeling prepared and quite ready to go racing aboard Transfusion. Noting that there were seven top boats who could easily take the prize, Belgiorno-Nettis predicted an interesting week of sailing. His win of the first race of the series, followed by a fourth-place finish propelled Transfusion to the top of the overall standings. Along with Transfusion, three other boats were all very impressive in their consistency: Enfant Terrible with finishes of 3-3; Flash Gordon 6 with 2-6; and Charisma with a 4-5.

Racing resumes Tuesday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m. and continues through Thursday, September 20, 2012.

2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship

Top Ten Results
1. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, NSW, AUS, 1-4; 5 points
2. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, ITA, 3-3; 6
3. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, Ill., USA, 2-6; 8
4. Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, MON, 4-5; 9
5. Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., USA, 5-7; 12
6. Inferno, Philip Dowd, Chicago, Ill., USA, 6-11; 17
7. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., USA, 9-9; 18
8. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, GER, 18-1; 19
9. Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes, Ada, Mich., USA, 19-2; 21
10. Pendragon, Brian Jackman, Barrington Hills, Ill., USA, 11-10; 21

farr40worlds.com
farr40.org

Quantum Loop Solutions J/24 World Championship
Rochester, NY, USA: Mauricio Santa Cruz sailed Bruschetta to the top of the leader board on day 1 of the Quantum Loop Solutions J/24 World Championship at the Rochester Yacht Club in New York. Ninety-six teams from 12 countries (Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States) are participating in the event. Bruschetta scored a 2,6 on Monday for a total of 8 points. Ted Bartlewski's Drivers Wanted from Canada is five points behind, and Luis Olcese's Scaramoush from Peru has 16 points.

In the day's first race, Olcese's Scaramoush claimed the top spot, followed by Santa Cruz's Bruschetta and Matias Pereira's Luca from Argentina (the winning boat from the 2011 World Championship). In Race 2, Peter Bream's Team Tarheel of the USA crossed the finish line first, but suffered a 20% penalty. Vernon Robert's Joyita of Chile trailed him, and Ignazio Bonanno's La Superba was third. La Superba appeared to have finished second in Race 1, however they suffered a disqualification.

Conditions on Lake Ontario started at 4-6 knots and got as high as 10 knots for a short time in Race 2, then subsided. The conditions then turned very unstable so the Race Committee was not able to complete a third race.

Racing continues through Friday, and 10 total races are planned. Live updates will be available all week at www.2012j24worlds.com

Tornado World Championships
Photo by Martina Barnetova, www.tornado-class.org. Click on image for photo gallery.

Tornado World Championships 41 Tornado's from 11 different nations across the World have arrived in the beautiful scenic location of Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy for the annual Mixed and Open World Championships. The racing is being held from the 17th - 21st September.

Sunday saw the opening ceremony followed by one practice race for the fleet before the kick off of the World Championships on Monday. The conditions were perfect for the race with 15 knots of breeze across the race course. It was Team Windrush, Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield from Australia who came out on top. After coming 3rd in the Worlds last year they're hoping they can hold onto their good form for the rest of the week. Competition is tough this year with many top sailors, familiar faces old and new.

Monday morning came and it was time for the Championships to kick off, two races were scheduled with a 1pm CET start time. A lovely 12 knots of wind for the sailors to contend against on their first official day.

Tomorrow another two races are scheduled, you can follow the latest news through Facebook www.facebook.com/tornadoclass or Twitter www.twitter.com/tornadoclass

Top five results:

1. Iordanis Paschalidis and Kostas Trigonis - Greece
2. Matteo Ferraglia and Lorenzo Bianchini - Italy
3. Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield - Australia
4. David Krizek and Adam Zdenek - Czech Republic
5. Manfred Schonleitner and Georg Hirsch-Stronstorff - Germany

Complete results
www.tornadochampionships.com

The Health and Future of Match Racing
There is no doubt whatsoever that, historically, the world's major match racing events and the World Match Racing Tour have been the springboard for many sailors towards the America's Cup or the training ground for existing America's Cup skippers in between their campaigns. Brian Billings, chairman of the Argo Group Gold Cup organizing committee, was recently elected as the new president of the Match Racing Association. We talked to him about the present and future of the match racing discipline, the major match racing events and their relation to a changing America's Cup.

VSail.info: Let's start with the obvious question. What is the Match Racing Association and what are its goals?

Brian Billings: The Match Racing Association (MRA) was formed back in 1986 by a group of like-minded clubs that were running match racing events and the concept was to give a venue for the then America's Cup skippers who wanted to continue sailing in a professional way in between America's Cup events. Obviously, back then, there was no way for them to make money and make a living out of sailing, except once every four years. So, we formed the MRA which was there to assist existing skippers who were part of an America's Cup program or sailors that wanted to be that kind of skipper.

So, we were running events in various parts of the globe, at the time there were events in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, California and Bermuda. We would organize the events and get sponsors so that we could provide prize money, enabling the skippers to go from event to event and actually earn not a living necessarily, although it turned out to be that way for some people like Russell Coutts and Peter Gilmour...

...The MRA is part owner of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and we formed the Tour as a more formal association of major match racing events that were part of the MRA. We wanted to find a title sponsor of that Tour and that was when Swedish Match came onboard. They were a very successful and excellent partner to work with. Unfortunately, because of the European Union regulations regarding tobacco-related products and sponsoring of sports events, Swedish Match had to give up their title sponsorship.

Full interview on VSail www.vsail.info

Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup
Photo by David Branigan, www.oceansport.ie. Click on image for photo gallery.

Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland: Going into the day Britain's Lawrie Smith led the fleet on 31 points, Russia's Dmitry Samokhin was second on 43 points and Germany's Tommy Mueller lay third on 51 points. With no discard allowed Smith's lead was far from unassailable and Samokhin clearly had him in his sights. Mueller knew that realistically his chances of victory were slim as not only would he have to sail his socks off, but the other two boats would both need to have bad races if he was to overtake them.

The second run was to be the deciding point of the race. The race committee had signaled a change of course and the new leeward mark was a single port rounding buoy instead of the more usual gate.

On the finish line Mueller crossed with a huge lead, Hoj-Jensen took second, Braslavetz third and Good fourth. Mueller clearly felt that Smith had done enough to win and he peeled off back to harbour apparently happy with his race but resigned to second place. However, the race was far from over and everyone was carefully counting off boats as they came to the finish. Smith did his very best and claimed a number of places, but ultimately he just ran out of runway and finished in twenty-second place giving Mueller the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup 2012 by a single point. Mueller was blissfully unaware of his victory until the media team motored up and confirmed that he had taken the trophy for the second time.

The 2013 Dragon Gold Cup will be held in Douarnenez, Brittany, France from 16-24 August and further information about this event is available from www.intdragon.org

Top ten final results:

1. Sinewave, Tommy Mueller / Vincent Hoesch / Michael Lipp, GER, 52 points
2. Alfie, Lawrie Smith / Tim Tavinor / Joost Houweling, GBR, 53
3. Strange Little Girl, Dmitry Samokhin / Andrey Kirilyuk / Aleksey Bushuev, RUS, 62
4. Drago, Jose Matoso / Gustavo Lima / Stephen Hellriegel, POR, 64
5. Fever, Klaus Diederichs / Andy Beadsworth / Jamie Lea, GBR, 72
6. Danish Blue, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen / Theis Palm / Andrew Norden, GBR, 73
7. Bear, Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi / Tamas Kiss / Karoly Vezer, HUN, 79
8. African Queen, Jorgen Schonherr / Jan Eli Gravad / Axel Waltersdorp, DEN, 80
9. Bunker Boys, Lars Hendriksen / Sergey Pugachev / Georgil Leonchuk, UKR, 82
10. Bunker Prince, Evgen Braslavetz / Sergey Timokhov / Igor Sidorov, UKR, 86

Complete results at www.dragongoldcup2012.com

EUROSAF Match Racing Women's European Championship
Saturday 15th September saw Silvia Roca and her crew of Fatima Reyes and Lucia Reyes become the 2012 EUROSAF Match Racing, Women's European Champion, in Santander.

Silvia Roca and her crew of sisters Fatima Reyes and Lucia Reyes, eventually won the final to become European Champions, in a closely fought series against Julie Bossard and her crew of Pauline Chalaux and Pauline Courtois. Each team won alternate races in the first to three points final, making the fifth race the championship decider.

The 2013 EUROSAF Match Racing, Women's European Championship takes place in Gdynia, Poland from 17th to 21st July. The Notice of Race will be published in due course.

Top six:
1. Silvia Roca, ESP
2. Julie Bossard, FRA
3. Caroline Sylvain, SWE
4. Claire Lasko, GBR
5. Aleksandra Reshetova, RUS
6. Ascencion Roca, ESP

Real Club Maritimo de Santander website:
www.rcmsantander.com

2013 J-Cup Driven by MIQ Logistics - Dates Announced
The 2013 J-Cup Driven by MIQ Logistics will be hosted by Royal Western Yacht Club, situated in the heart of MDL's Queen Anne's Battery Marina, Plymouth from Wednesday 21st until Saturday 24th August 2013.

The annual regatta is exclusively for racing yachts of the J-Boats brand and all J-Boats models are eligible to compete. In 2012, the smallest boats taking part in the event were a fleet of J/80 Sportsboats, a number of which race regularly in the Port of Plymouth. The largest boat on the water was the J/133 which measures in at just over thirteen metres.

The event returns to Plymouth for the first time in six years, where the host club will again be the Royal Western Yacht Club. The Club did a superb job of ensuring the 2007 racing ran smoothly, and a team of over forty local volunteers and helpers were drafted in to guarantee a tremendous event for the four hundred plus sailors. Three days of racing are planned for 2013, with live music and entertainment for the competitors. The event culminates in a huge gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony on the final Saturday night. MDL Marinas and Royal Western Yacht Club are delighted to welcome the 2013 J-Cup Driven by MIQ Logistics back to Plymouth.

Key Yachting would like to thank the main event sponsor of the J-Cup 2013, MIQ Logistics, who also sponsored the 2012 regatta.

Shackleton Endurance Exhibition - 'Triumph Against All Odds'
A new exhibition telling the remarkable story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917, was officially launched by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore earlier this week, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Among those attending the launch of Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour ferry Terminal, were the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, the only grand-daughter of the Kildare-born explorer, ambassadors from the UK, Australia and Canada, officials from the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, in which the exhibition is an initiative within the harbour's masterplan.

The exhibition relives the Irish-born explorer's story and his 28 men, where the rescue mission from the abandoning of the exploration Ship Endurance, in the "terrible beauty" of the White Continent, is only today, rightly seen as perhaps the most remarkable in exploration history which is told through wall texts, diary excerpts and photographs taken by the expedition's photographer Frank Hurley.

A full size exact replica of the James Caird, the Lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue mission is on display.

The exhibition was originally curated in the American Museum of Natural History, New York in 2000 and has since toured extensively in America, Ireland, Spain and the UK. The current exhibition is held in association with the Royal Geographical Society (and IBG).

For further information visit www.shackletonexhibition.com

YCCS Adopts International Super Yacht Rule
Porto Cervo, Italy. 18th September 2012. Organizing Authority the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is pleased to announce that the International Super Yacht Rule (ISYR) handicap system will be adopted for the 2013 edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht & Rendezvous (20-23 March, Virgin Gorda) and the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta (4-8 June, Porto Cervo). The decision was made after consultation between the organizers - YCCS and Boat International Media - and superyacht owners and captains as well as the SuperYacht Racing Association.

The International Super Yacht Rule, developed from the former "Bucket Rule", was specifically designed for the superyacht arena to cope with widely disparate fleets that can see a 180-foot classic ketch sailing alongside a 100-foot contemporary cruiser. The rule takes into account the characteristics of each individual boat and calculates a handicap rating which allows yachts with varying sailing speeds to race together on a level playing field. One unique feature of the rule is that it can be tailored to venues and organizers based on the courses and the needs of the competing fleet. The Loro Piana Superyacht regattas join a long list of superyacht events in both the Caribbean and the Mediterranean that use the International Super Yacht Rule.

The implementation of the new handicap system aims to provide close racing in fleets of superyachts with widely differing designs, dimensions and technical characteristics. It will also ensure that cruising oriented yachts participating in the Loro Piana Superyacht regattas in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean will be subject to the same handicap system on both sides of the Atlantic. During the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo the Performance division, which consists of racing oriented boats of 80 feet and above, will use the ORCi rule which is better suited to more homogenous groups of yachts.

www.loropianasuperyachtregatta.com
www.yccs.com

Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System
As kiteboard course racing has been selected as an event for the Olympic Sailing Competition 2016, the world ranking system will change with the beginning of the new Olympic quadrennium.

From September 19, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will manage all ranking system for the Olympic Events, and therefore the IKA ranking system previously used will cease to apply. ISAF will publish a press release on that day with detailed explanations on the new ranking system.

The ranking principle however remains unchanged: every riders best 5 scores from events in the past 12 months are combined into the overall score. Unfortunately, as a new Olympic event, the ranking for kite racing will start with 0 points on September 19, and the first points for the new world ranking can be collected on the following events (points to be finally confirmed by ISAF):

- European Championships, La Baule (France), September 26-30: 100 points
- World Championships, Cagliari (Italy), October 2-7: 100 points
- South American Championships, Buzios (Brazil), November 15-18: 50 points
- Sailing World Cup, Melbourne (Australia), December 2-8: 200 points

Note: for the group assignments at the 2012 European and World Championships, the current IKA world rankings will be used.

The new world ranking system will also be used as qualification system for the 2013 major events.

Complete information at www.internationalkiteboarding.org

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Complete listing details and seller contact information at uk.yachtworld.com

The Last Word
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small. -- Neil Armstrong

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