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Farr 40 Worlds: It Pays To Be Consistent
With a storm clearing the area overnight, crisp air and a sparkling Lake Michigan set the stage for an action-packed second day of competition at the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.

"The lake is very deep out in the middle," said Principal Race Officer Peter "Luigi" Reggio who likened Lake Michigan to an inland sea and explained that not having tides, current or shallow spots on the race course also means that local knowledge is not a major factor when racing in Chicago. "It shoals up for about 20 miles and is only 30-40 feet deep, so when it blows out of the north the waves pile up as they get into the shallow water and they get pretty steep and nasty. For here [Chicago], that's the big issue."

With a 20-22 knot northwesterly breeze gusting to 28, 8-12 foot seas materialized, and, as the breeze was expected to decrease over the course of the day, the race committee stuck close to the day's timing plan when they sent the international fleet of 20 teams off on the first race -- a course of five nautical miles (NM). Wolfgang Schaefer, on Struntje light (GER), picked up where he left off the previous day and won his second consecutive race to start day two. He was followed across the line by Heartbreaker (USA), Flash Gordon 6 (USA), Enfant Terrible (ITA) and Kokomo (AUS).

After a general recall, the fleet sailed a six NM course for the second race in 20 knots of breeze with three boats receiving a 20% penalty for being over early.

The day's biggest mover on the scoreboard was three-time world champion Jim Richardson who moved up from last on Barking Mad (USA) after yesterday's finishes of 16-17, to tenth overall with finishes of 6-5-5 today for a total of 49 points.

Racing resumes Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. and concludes Thursday, September 20, 2012, when winner of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be crowned.

Top ten

1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 20.0 points
2. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 29.0
3. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 32.0
4. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 37.0
5. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, USA, 41.0
6. Struntje light , Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 43.0
7. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 47.0
8. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 48.0
9. Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes, USA, 49.0
10. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 49.0

Full results

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Soto 40 European Championship Will Be Settled In Valencia
Photo by Nico Martinez, Click on image to enlarge.

Soto 40 Eight Soto 40 boats of six different nationalities will be at the start line of the European Championship.

Owner Andy Soriano will try to defend the owner - driver title against the British Tony Buckingham and the German Stefan Jenztsch

The Finnish Team Opportunity 4 Fin will make its premiere on the Soto 40 Class with Samuli Leisti at the helm.

Everything is ready now at the Marina Real Juan Carlos I de Valencia for the today starts with the training regatta of the Soto 40 European Championship fifth match that, at the same time, is the Class European Championship, with doubles scoring.

After the matches of Barcelona, Porto Cervo, Palma and Sotogrande, the fleet moves to Valencia to fight for the Continental Title, with eight boats of six different countries and where Finland makes its premiere on the Opportunity 4 FIN boat.

The event will count with four intense racing days plus an official training one, with windward - leeward runs that will decide as the overall winner as the owner -driver titles of the European Championship and the Circuit.

Teams in Valencia:
ESP19 Iberdrola Team - Agustín Zulueta (Spain)
GBR20 Ngoni - Tony Buckingham (GB)
ESP21 Noticia IV - Luis Martín Cabiedes (Spain)
ESP22 Opportunity 4 FIN - Samuli Leisti (Finland)
GER27 Black Pearl - Stefan Jenztsch (Germany)
POR30 Bigamist - Pedro Mendoça (Portugal)
BVI33 Alegre - Andy Soriano (BVI)
ESP02 Solete - Roman Turro (Spain)

Overall Soto 40 European Championship:
1. Iberdrola Team - Agustín Zulueta, ESP, 82.5 Points
2. Alegre - Andy Soriano, BVI, 100.5
3. Ngoni - Tony Buckingham, GBR, 115
4. Bigamist - Pedro Mendoca, POR, 138.5
5. Black Pearl - Stefan Jenztsch, GER, 140
6. Noticia IV - Luis Martín Cabiedes, ESP, 150.5
7. XXII- IN Yachts, ESP, 215.5
8. Solete - Roman Turro, ESP, 221.5

Medallists Launch A/W12 With Musto
Musto Fresh from their respective podiums, Team GB sailors Nick Dempsey, Luke Patience, Stuart Bithell, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark joined Musto for a celebration to launch the Autumn/Winter '1964' collection (1964 being a reference back to the year when Keith Musto won a medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games). Showcasing chunky knits, waxed & waterproof jackets, the garments were popular with the sailors who have been wearing the gear since the event.

View the new collection here

For great end of season deals, find Musto at the Southampton Boat Show at Marine Superstore (F006), Andark (F002), Force 4 (B017), Mailspeed (D016), P&B (J004)

Foncia Win MOD 70 European Tour Offshore Leg 3
They led out of Cascais yesterday at the very start of the 213 miles Leg 3 of the MOD70 European Tour and this afternoon finished first across the Cascais finish line at 16hrs 07mins 44secs local time (UTC/GMT+1) this afternoon. In so doing Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew of FONCIA collected the maximum points on offer for the third stage, 3 bonus points for the start prologue and 12 points for winning the third of the five offshore stages of this MOD70 European Tour.

At the start of this offshore race, which was contested mostly in light N'ly breezes and which saw the MOD70's speeds range from 1 knot to 25 knots, Spindrift racing lead by four points: 133pts for Guichard to 129 points for Desjoyeaux.

This was the first light airs offshore contest yet, taking the five MOD70's upwind to the Berlingas islands off Peniche, and downwind to a mark at Sines. It proved who is quickest in the gentle breezes, perhaps a preview of the next stage, the leg from Cascais to Marseille, which starts on Thursday.

Finish Race Around Portugal (local time)

1. FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux) Tuesday 18th September, 16:07:44 - 1d 1h 47m 44s
2. Race for Water (Steve Ravussin) at 16:13:34 - 5m 50s behind the winner
3. Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) at 16:33:56 - 26m 17s behind the winner
4. Musandam-Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet) à 16:42:50 - 35m 06s behind the winner
5. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sebastien Josse) at 16:53:25 - 45m 41s behind the winner

Ranking MOD70 European Tour

1. FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux, 182 points
2. Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard, 176
3. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Sebastien Josse, 152
4. Race for Water, Steve Ravussin, 145
5. Musandam-Oman Sail, Sidney Gavignet, 143

12 Metre North American Championships
Crews dockside at the 12 meter North American Championships in Newport, RI. Photo by Billy Black, Click on image to enlarge.

North American Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA: America's Cup history will repeat itself this week when the 2012 12 Metre North American Championships feature two of sailing's most famous skippers, Ted Turner and Dennis Conner, reuniting with their winning tacticians, Gary Jobson and Tom Whidden, respectively. Turner, an American media mogul and philanthropist who is also an America's Cup Legend, will sail American Eagle, in the Traditional Division at the regatta, while Conner, affectionately known as "Mr. America's Cup," will sail KZ-7 (Kiwi Magic) in the Grand Prix division.

The three-day regatta takes place September 21-23 in Newport, Rhode Island, with racing starting each day at 11 a.m. on Rhode Island Sound, where the Cup races were staged from 1930 until 1983. The nine participating 12 Metres will be berthed at Bannister's Wharf, reminiscent of the glory days when America's Cup legends roamed the docks there after racing each day.

Turner has won the 12 Metre North Americans for the last two years here, sailing American Eagle as he did in the late '60s and early '70s to win most of the world's greatest ocean races with her. His performance in 2011 earned him first place in the Traditional Division as well as the Pine Brothers Trophy for Best Overall Performance.

Conner, a four time America's Cup Winner (1974, '80, '87, '88), will have an impressive crew aboard KZ-7 (Kiwi Magic), which is currently owned by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Foundation. Whidden, one of the most experienced America's Cup sailors in the world, has campaigned with Conner for three of Conner's America's Cup victories (1980, 1987 and 1988), while three other crew members have also sailed with Conner during various America's Cup campaigns: Jerry Kirby (2003), Dave Kulver ('92, '95) and USMMA Foundation President Ralf Steitz ('92, '95). (Also sailing with the team will be Michel Maeder, who sailed with Baron Marcel Bich in 1980.)

In addition to American Eagle and KZ-7, Columbia, Courageous, Intrepid, KZ-5, USA, Victory '83 and Weatherly will be racing. Other celebrity yachtsmen participating include America's Cup veterans Jim Gretzky, Andy MacGowan, Tom O'Brien, Dave Pedrick, Scott Perry, Reggie Pierce, Richie Sayer and Bill Shore.

Entries Name, Sail Number, Skipper, Hometown

Grand Prix - yachts built for the 1987 America's Cup
KZ-5 - KZ5, Kip Curren, Newport, R.I.
KZ-7 (Kiwi Magic) - KZ7, Dennis Conner, San Diego, Calif.
USA - US 61, Andy MacGowan, Middletown, R.I.

Modern - yachts built between 1974 and 1983
Courageous - US 26, Ralph Isham, New York, N.Y.
Intrepid - US 22, Jack Curtin, New York, N.Y.
Victory '83 - K 21, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, Fla.

Traditional - yachts built between 1958 and 1970
American Eagle/Hope for the Warriors - US 21, Ted Turner, Atlanta, Ga.
Columbia - US 16, Alain Hanover, Weston, Mass.
Weatherly - US 17, George Hill, Newport, R.I.

America's Cup and Fleet Week
The first America's Cup event in San Francisco in August attracted over 150,000 fans to the Marina Green and nearly 500 spectator boats to witness 11 of the best sailing crews in the world battle just yards from the shoreline.

In October, the wingsail AC45 catamarans will join the rigid wings of the Blue Angels aerobatic team in bringing an unprecedented combination of thrills to onlookers lined around shore and on the waters of the Bay. With Fleet Week crowds in attendance, nearly 1-million spectators are expected over the final weekend when the race crews will share the Bay with the Pacific Fleet of the Navy.

In joining forces with Fleet Week, the America's Cup Village will be located at Little Marina Green. Teams will be based at Piers 30-32, with the top crews from each day coming ashore at Little Marina Green and proceeding to the stage for interviews. Race commentary, as well as morning and dock-in shows, along with food and beverage concessions and activities will feature at the America's Cup Village at Little Marina Green. Admission is free.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 2, the America's Cup World Series teams will be racing on the Bay with open practice followed by Wednesday's Match Race Qualifying. Championship Racing is from Thursday to Sunday (October 4-7), culminating with Super Sunday, broadcast live across America on NBC, when the America's Cup World Series San Francisco champion will be crowned.

Spinnaker Tales
Fourth place at the 2011 SB20 sports boat world championship was near enough but not good enough according to Hamilton Island skipper Glenn Bourke and his Sunshine Coast crew mates Rod Jones and Greg Macallansmith.

They journeyed to England the heartland of one design SB 20 sports boat racing with the hope of finishing in the top ten and while Britannia again ruled the waters to continue their domination in the class the composite Queensland team achieved Australia's best result.

However Olympic sailor and multiple Laser World champion Glenn Bourke and the dual Audi Australian IRC ocean racing champions Rod Jones and Greg Macallansmith have focused their attention on completing what they claim as work in progress.

The trio of talented individual one-design sailors have progressively worked hard to 'iron out the bugs' in the racing strategy and the equally important crew technique.

Since returning from the 2011 Worlds the Club Marine sailing team have won the 2012 Australian championship and the Tasmanian, Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland championships against small fleets.

Naturally they have been buoyed with these results but have not allowed these performances to interfere with the main objective of taking the tactical fight up to the high performance British crews when the sails are tensioned for the 2012 UON World championship trophy on the warm waters off Hamilton Island in late December.

An example of this never say die spirit was reflected when the Club Marine trio come from behind to record a one point win in the Australian championship on the River Derwent earlier this year.

This was an impressive performance particularly when they faced a test of character in a mate against mate match race against their Sunshine Coast rival Dulon Polish helmed by former Australian 505 champion Phil Gray.

Gray admitted he was beaten by a better crew and believes the Club Marine crew will be hard to beat when the UON World championship is contested in the warm Whitsunday Islands later this year.

The Club Marine combination hopes to carry this impressive form into the first of four pre-world regattas at Hamilton Island at the end of this month.

However they remain aware that the tactical pressure for them to protect their sailing space will continue to heat up when the British team arrives.

Meanwhile the Club Marine crew who remain undefeated at Hamilton Island have progressively improved since the 2011 World championship on the Royal Torbay Yacht Club course and are well prepared to meet the challenge.

Winning form is an excellent guide and while Glenn Bourke, Rod Jones and Greg Macallansmith are proud of their results they continue to re-evaluate their sails, and personal crew skills to be race ready when the battle lines are drawn to decide the 2012 UON World champions when the final is decided on December 20th. -- Ian Grant

Industry News
French holding group Alliance Marine was named as the winning bidder today in the acquisition of assets and staff of parts of the Navimo Group, Navimo Distribution and Plastimo Marine companies.

One of Europe's largest marine equipment manufacturers and distributors, Navimo was placed into receivership on 25 May 2012 after several years of struggling against heavy debt and financial losses - reported at €8.6 million on turnover of €82 million for the 2011 financial year. Liabilities were estimated at approximately €40 million. That compares to peak turnover of €148 million for the 2008 financial year.

Employment across the group was reported at approximately 360 at the end of 2011.

The successful bid by Alliance Marine was submitted via its subsidiary Vidal Diffusion Marine (VDM) in Toulon and was one of six bidders under consideration by the French Commercial Court in Lorient. The acquisition includes a pledge to maintain 59 of 140 workers currently employed at Plastimo's Lorient facility.


Pelle Petterson
Pelle Petterson and Torb jorn Tornqvist owner of Artemis Racing. Photo by Nico Martinez, Click on image to enlarge.

The RC44 Class are proud to announce that Pelle P the sailing and sporting lifestyle brand has become the official clothing partner to the RC44 Class for the next three years.

The Swedish based brand first became involved with the class at RC44 Sweden Cup in Marstrand earlier this year, where Pelle Petterson, was honoured in his 80th year by a 'Tribute to a Legend' trophy presented in his honor.

Pelle Petterson is best known as Sweden's most prolific sailor, winning two Olympic medals, several world championships and skippering two America's Cup Challenge's for his country. But Petterson is also a style icon, designing award winning cars and yachts throughout his career.

With the family name firmly rooted in Swedish sailing history, Cecilia Petterson decided to carry on the families design tradition in 2002 and create a new brand of technical clothing for sailing, skiing and casualwear. The brand has grown internationally, with three of the competing RC44 teams already sporting Pelle P technical and onshore clothing. The brand is also the chosen clothing supplier to Artemis Racing Challenger for the 34th America's Cup.


On Thursday 13th September, SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, a specialist manufacturer and supplier of composite materials and structural engineering services, welcomed guests to the official opening of its new Asia Pacific head office and manufacturing facility in Auckland.

The modern purpose-built 1650 sqm building accommodates SP-High Modulus' southern hemisphere-based structural engineers, B3 SmartPac designers, administrative and sales staff, and warehouse and production teams.

Leading the sales and customer service teams, in his new role as Head of Sales Asia Pacific, is Sean Jeffery, who joined the company twelve years ago. Sean has been involved with the marine industry, both professionally and personally, for many years, and is well known to the company's NZ and Pacific Islands customer base. As well as managing the NZ sales team for the past four years, he has also personally managed a number of key accounts, including America's Cup syndicates and Volvo Ocean Race teams.


The YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year awards recognise sporting excellence and the tremendous achievements and bravery by the very best in British sail and power. Sportsmen and women who have made a significant impact in their chosen field and who have helped position Great Britain to be a formidable sailing nation. The Yachtsman of the Year trophy carries the names of many of the greatest achievers in British yachting and power boating.

Nominations can range from a well known figure in the yachting or power boating world to a commendable member of your local boating club. Past winners for both awards have broken world records, won gold medals, shown exceptional bravery and courage and even overcome adversities. Nomination forms are available on the Pantaenius stand throughout the boat show and can also be downloaded from the Pantaenius and YJA websites. and

Nominations will close on the 31st October 2012.


The Perini Navi Group has hired Dirk Johnson to join the team at Perini Navi USA.

Johnson earned his BS degree from the New York Maritime College, and has since acquired a vast amount of experience in the maritime world, serving as a deck officer aboard tankers, freighters and tugboats in the US Merchant Marine, where he held a 1,600t captain license).

He established a successful career as a yacht broker with houses such as Bartram and Brakenhoff, Little Harbor Yacht Brokers, Churchill Yacht Partners and Merle Wood & Associates.

A keen sailor, he has competed as navigator in many important international regattas, such as the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Sidney Hobart Race and the Rolex Transatlantic Race. In 2002 he won the St David Light trophy in the Newport-Bermuda Race.

Johnson will be based in the new Perini Navi USA offices, which have recently moved to 2 Marina Plaza, Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island.

IBI News:


Following the announcement of Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the America's Cup Official Hotel, Starwood-owned St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has been announced as the title sponsor of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta from 12-14 October 2012. The China Coast Regatta is a major inshore, three-day, seven-race regatta; considered to be one of the premier events of this type in Asia.

The China Coast Regatta will also feature an opening party hosted by SKYY Vodka and an exclusive dinner event with PAL ZILERI, the Italian fashion brand.

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The Last Word
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