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Windy City Lives Up To Nickname
Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo. Click on image for photo gallery.

Farr 40 Worlds Chicago, IL: Leaving no doubt as to the location of the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Windy City produced plenty of breeze for the penultimate day of grand prix racing on Lake Michigan.

The southwest wind delivered as predicted, building over the course of the day as the clouds receded and temperatures rebounded by almost 30 degrees from their overnight low, an 18-20 knot breeze -- gusting to 32 -- propelled the 20-strong fleet on a 6.6 nautical mile course for the first race of the day. Wolfgang Schaefer, on Struntje light (GER), was first across the finish to win his third race of the championship, followed by four American teams: PLENTY, Groovederci, Heartbreaker and Flash Gordon 6.

In the second race, with the breeze up to 20-35 knots, the win went to defending champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion (AUS).

"We've been able to find a little bit of speed, and trying to use that to our advantage as much as possible," said Bill Hardesty, who is marking his fifth world championship on Flash Gordon 6 as tactician for current standings leader Helmut Jahn. "Starting as conservatively as possible and trying to leg out...and in the first race we were able to do that. We picked our time to tack and crossed the fleet and just played a couple of wind shifts and rounded second. Had a little bit of a spinnaker pole breakdown on the final run and dropped to fifth, but that's a keeper. The last race we didn't quite have the great start; we had a little bit of a tangle with another boat in the last 30 seconds and weren't able to cross anyone. We actually tacked and ducked about five boats, but we were still able to use our speed which gets me to positions where I can use the wind shifts to make good tactical calls. The guys are doing great job boat handling and the boat is moving fast."

Racing will start at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2012, with three races planned for the final day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.

2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship

Top-Five Results (20 boats)
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points

1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 2-6-3-6-3-5-3, 28
2. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 1-4-8-12/ZFP-4-8-1, 38
3. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 18-1-1-21/ZFP-2-1-2, 46
4. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 3-3-4-3-19-11-4, 47
5. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 5-7-15-9-1-3-7, 48

For full results: yachtscoring.com

Event site: farr40worlds.com

Tornado World Championship
Photo by Martina Barnetova, http://www.tornado-class.org. Click on image for photo gallery.

Tornado World Championship Lake Garda delivered some fantastic conditions once again for day two of the 2012 Tornado World Championships. Three races were held on Tuesday in around 15 knots of breeze.

As with every day in Lake Garda the wind started from the North fading towards midday then turning to the South and picking up.

It was very much a day for team Red Bull today who took two of the three races. They were knocked off their perch in race 3 by the new Italian team of Matteo Ferraglia and Lorrenzo Bianchini.

Iordanis and Kostas were followed in race one by Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield then class president and treasurer Roland and Nahid Gaebler. Race two of the day saw Martin Rusterholz and Simon Koster take second place followed by Brett and Ryan. Third place in race three went to Manfred Schonleitner and Georg Hirsch-Stronstorff from Austria.

Competition is close throughout the fleet with one bad race meaning you could fall 5 or 6 places in the overall rankings.

With one discard taken into account the top 5 now looks like this:
1. Iordanis Paschalidis and Kostas Trigonis
2. Matteo Ferraglia and Lorenzo Bianchini
3. Brett Burvill and Ryan Duffield
4. Manfred Schonleitner and Georg Hirsch-Stronstorff
5. David Krizek and Adam Zdenek

Currently the first mixed team are the husband and wife team of Roland and Nahid Gaebler in 7th place, no surprises there!

Full results - www.tornadochampionships.com

Three more races are scheduled for Wednesday with the Annual General Meeting in the evening. To keep upto date with the latest news see the www.facebook.com/tornadoclass or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/tornadoclass -- Andrew Dowley

Discover: Great Gear For Autumn Sailing
AtlantisWeatherGear.com Here in Marblehead, life seems to revolve around the water. The anchorages in the main harbor and the smaller coves are so crowded that it looks like you can walk from one side to the other by stepping from boat to boat, and it seems like pretty much everyone we know gets out on the water in one way or another. This is the town and the lifestyle that inspire the gear we make. A town where life on the water is taken seriously. A town where sailing gear has to be the real deal, and it needs to look as good as it works.

Autumn is almost here, and the boys in the boatyard Atlantis calls home are starting to get ready to lift out the boats - generally a pretty orderly process unless we get a big northeaster. Here at AWG, however, we're getting ready for the autumn sailing season - a season filled with great sailing events and weather that calls for great sailing gear. Check out great gear for your autumn sailing season at www.atlantisweathergear.com

Discover life on the water. Discover your Atlantis.

ISAF World Sailing Rankings
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 19 September 2012 have been released using the new ranking system for fleet racing.

The new calculation system is based on a one year rolling system that includes a simpler format with three possible event grades: 200 pointers, 100 pointers or 50 pointers.

All ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas will be 200-pointers along with the class World Championships and the ISAF Sailing World Championships. A sailor may count a maximum of three results from the World Cup. ISAF Regulation 27 sets out additional criteria for regatta grading. At the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in November the ISAF Sail Rankings Sub-committee will review the criteria and grading allocation.

Regattas that have taken place since 6 November 2011 (Sail Melbourne) have been re-graded and the new calculation system applied.

Sailors will include their results from the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the 2012 Class World Championship as well as three of their best finishes from the 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Top ranked by class:

Men's 470: Sime Fantela / Igor Marenic (CRO)
Women's 470: Ai Kondo / Wakako Tabata (JPN)
49er: Allan Norregaard / Peter Lang (DEN)
Laser: Tom Burton (AUS)
Laser Radial: Marit Bouwmeester (NED)
Finn: Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN)

The next ranking release is scheduled for 10 October 2012 which will see the men's and women's kiteboarding events joining the ISAF Sailing World Rankings for the first time.

The Nacra17 and 49erFX are set to be introduced into the ISAF Sailing World Cup for the first time throughout the 2012-2013 series and will appear on the rankings following each regatta.

www.sailing.org/rankings

To Win Here You Got To Work For It...
Photo by Nico Martinez, www.martinezstudio.es. Click on image for photo gallery.

Audi Valencia Cup After three races off Valencia in brisk winds and an awkward chop. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team lead the Audi Valencia Cup, the final event of the season-long 52 Super Series.

The team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda won both of the first two races and lead the third. But when a big gust and wind shift struck just in the final metres of the day's final race, the kite of Audi Azurra Sailing Team touched the committee boat's antenna.

Having to drop their gennaker and take their penalty turn before finishing properly, the Audi Azzzurra Teaml, which is skippered by Guillermo Parada, dropped to a fifth place finish.

Despite their costly error on the finish line, they still took some considerable satisfaction in having trimmed Quantum Racing's overall lead on the 52 Super Series standings from six points to three points today.

Quantum Racing's tactician Andy Horton summed up their lacklustre day:
" Honestly we just need to sharpen up in every single department. We are just getting used to be being back on the boat. We all have not been on it for a while. It is a little bit of everything, we will have it straightened out for tomorrow, we will have it out of our system."

www.transpac52.org

Day 3 Of Quantum Loop Solutions J/24 World Championship
Rochester, NY, USA: Three days into the week-long J/24 World Championship at Rochester Yacht Club in New York, and Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil has taken dominant control of the 96-boat fleet. Team Bruschetta has held the lead on each day of the event so far, and has now opened up a 41-point advantage with just three races to go. A throw-out took effect on Wednesday, and Santa Cruz dropped a 13, leaving him with all top 10 finishes in the seven races thus far. Following him in the standings to date are American Mike Ingham who shot into second place, and a tie for third between Frithjof Schade's JJone (Germany) and Rossi Milev's Clear Air (Canada) with 67 points each.

In the day's first race, Ingham took top honors on 11th Hour Racing, with Nicolas Cubria's Elvis of Argentina second and Pat Toole's 3 Big Dogs of the USA in third. Race 2 saw another American in first-Will Welles's Cougar. Matias Seguel's Guru of Chile and Ignazio Bonanno's La Superba of Italy trailed Welles. In the third bout, Mauricio Santa Cruz ended the day on a positive note, as did Americans' Ingham in second and Darby Smith in third.

Winds on Lake Ontario started at 12-14 knots, then built to 18 for most of Race 1, decreased slightly in Race 2, then dropped to 5-7 knots in the final race. Swells lingered from the previous night's storm throughout the day.

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

Top ten

1. Mauricio Santa Cruz, 23 points
2. Mike Ingham, 64
3. Rossi Milev, 67
4. Frithjof Schade, 67
5. Tony Parker, 68
6. Luis Olcese, 70
7. Nicolas Cubria, 72
8. John Mollicone, 72
9. Matias Pereira, 74
10. Pat Toole, 78

Around Europe's Regions In Multihulls
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Route des Princes The first edition of the Route des Princes will take place from 9th to 29th June 2013. An event dedicated entirely to multihulls measuring in excess of 40ft, it will take the form of a tour of Europe's regions. Spanning Valencia (Spain) and the bay of Morlaix (Brittany), via Lisbon (Portugal), Cork (Ireland) and Plymouth (England), the route will provide a comprehensive racecourse, punctuated by events at each of the stopovers.

Aimed at all manner of multihulls, from 40-footers to the giant record hunters, MOD70s as well as Multi50s, today the Route des Princes is the only meeting geared exclusively around such craft. On two or three hulls, the top names will race alongside enthusiastic amateurs as they come together to set sail from Valencia on 9 June 2013.

The maritime and competitive aspect of this event will be further boosted by a very strong emphasis on Europe's region. In this way, each host town and city will have the chance to show off its riches, be they agricultural, gastronomic, traditional or cultural.

Lionel Lemonchois, skipper of the Maxi80 Prince de Bretagne: "The concept is an attractive one because it is reminiscent of the original European Tour, a race which existed in the 90s and always proved to be extremely popular. It's always nice to switch from one country to another, especially when racing in crews. The Route des Princes is really offering a fine course. It is also important to be able to associate oneself with something other than sailing as it gives things a new twist and thus has greater appeal for us and for the public."

The dates for the Route des Princes

Valencia
Start Sunday 9 June 2013

Lisbon
ETA Wednesday 12 June
Departure Saturday 15 June

Cork
ETA Wednesday 19 June
Departure Saturday 22 June

Plymouth
ETA Thursday 27 June
Departure Friday 28 June

Baie de Morlaix
ETA Saturday 29 June

Thinking Logistics - It's Not All About The Boat
One-design is not just about the boat. The new project presents a chance to re-think team logistics for the next Volvo Ocean Race, from maintenance and repairs to containers and transport, and with the new class in mind shore managers and logistics experts met this week in Alicante for an operational think tank.

Volvo Ocean Race organizers meet in Alicante with the teams' shore managers of the 2011-12 edition to discuss the logistics behind the new one-design boat. P

"We got a bunch of good guys in here to go through different scenarios that can happen with the new one-design class," says Kimo Worthington, shore manager for PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in 2011-12.

"We are looking at how we can share services, how we can put everything together under one group. What Volvo are trying to do is massive: if they pull it off, it will be amazing."

This new one design 65-foot boat designed by Farr Yacht Design for the next two editions of the race is being constructed by a four-strong consortium of boatyards. The race is intent on getting eight to 10 boats on the start line in 2014-15 and for Worthington there should be plenty of appeal this time.

The first team to sign up for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, SCA's 100% female team, were represented at the workshop by Anthony Spillebeen.

www.volvooceanrace.com

2012 U.S. Millimeter Nationals
Photo by Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us. Click on image for photo gallery.

U.S. Millimeter Nationals What started a a cottage industry in the Mid 80's, when the sailing world was abuzz with the twelve meters headed to Perth to do battle for the Americas Cup, and more specifically, here in the Bay Area, Tom Blackaller's USA campaign, became a Millimeter phenomenon. With some 400 hulls made by Jim Taylor of Millimeter Marine in San Rafael, the one person, 12' 6" replica of the 12 meters spread out across the country, with strongholds in Stamford, and SF Bay,

This past weekend, 10 Millimeters gathered at the Encinal Yacht Club on the Oakland Estuary for the 2012 "Nationals", for the 28th time since the 1st Nationals in 1985.

The racing this weekend was near perfect conditions with brilliant sunshine on Saturday, and slight clouds Sunday and breeze in the 4-8 knot range. 15 knots is the top limit for these awesome minature keelboats, anymore and things can go sideways pretty quick! Pax Davis's report from the weekend:

[I]Ten Millies competed in the 2012 Millimeter National Regatta at the Encinal YC on the Alameda estuary where the club is located. Saturday, there were holes but the wind averaged 4-8 knots under a bright sun. Sunday, the wind was 4-8 knots and some puffs slightly stronger under sun with some clouds.Very smooth water. Great Millie sailing.

There were six races completed on Saturday and four races Sunday. If more than eight races were completed, there were two discards. The courses were a sausage finishing on the wind for the first race and a mix of a double sausage finishing on the wind and a sausage and a half finishing downwind.

Pax Davis won the Gold Fleet and The Steve Taylor Perpetual Trophy. He started very fast on Saturday with four firsts and two seconds. Aaron Lee was second. He came on strong Sunday winning three of the four races. Randy Smith was a close third place.

The Silver Fleet was won by Liam O'Flaherty. Jeff Rauenhorst placed second. The entire fleet is split into Gold and Silver groups after five races. Both Liam and Jeff had strong second day results.

Some improvement in the fleet. Paul Turner, fourth place gold fleet, was in the top five in six of the races. Greg Owens seemed to have his best races on day one, whereas Bill Fruchterman came on stronger on day two. Kieth Denebeim was welcomed back as he placed in the top five three times on Saturday, the only day he participated. Hal McCormick was a guest skipper. However his borrowed boat had breakdowns.

From Erik Simonson's Pressure-Drop.us:
pressure-drop.us

ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016
The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are revised and published every four years by the International Sailing Federation. The current edition is The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016. The Racing Rules of Sailing is available for purchase through the ISAF Secretariat and the Apple App Store.

Also available on the ISAF website are details of Racing Rule changes authorized by ISAF under Rule 86.2, National Prescriptions and ISAFs Policy on the Reproduction of The Racing Rules.

As a result of actions taken by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Council during the ISAF Annual Conference, changes may be made to The Racing Rules of Sailing. These changes are published as Supplements to the RRS.

Version 1.1 Of The Racing Rules Of Sailing 2013-2016 Available on iTunes

itunes.apple.com

New BVI Sailing Festival
The organisers of the week-long BVI Sailing Regatta & Sailing Festival hosted by Nanny Cay have announced changes to the format of the popular three-day prelude to the BVI Spring Regatta in 2013 - known as the BVI Sailing Festival.

The programme includes a race around the island of Tortola for the Nanny Cay Cup, a race to neighbouring Norman Island for some beach-time fun at Pirates Bar in The Bight and then a chance to discover Tortola from a different perspective - on, off and under the water - on the final day of the Festival. The Sailing Festival offers competitors the opportunity to discover the magic of some of the 60+ islands that make up the British Virgin Islands whilst taking part in the Regatta.

Hosted by Nanny Cay Resort and Marina on the island of Tortola, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival has moved the date of the 2013 event to March 25th-31st to allow sailors to compete in several different regattas in a packed Caribbean racing calendar.

Bob Phillips, chairman of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival outlines plans for a revitalized three-day BVI Sailing Festival: "We felt it was time for something new, to keep the event fresh and interesting, particularly for our regular competitors. After 10 successful years of racing to the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda and back, it was time to offer something different. We are known as an innovative and forwarding thinking regatta and enjoy making improvements to keep it appealing, fun and interesting for the sailors and visitors."

The Notice of Race for the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival will be available at the end of September.

www.bvispringregatta.org

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Jack Griffin: I have decoded the ACWS schedule and combined it with the main events from Fleet Week. This will let fans who want to attend understand the combined schedule. It will help fans who don't attend understand why the racing is scheduled when it is.

www.cupexperience.com

Featured Brokerage
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The Last Word
Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don't have any surface noise. I said, "Listen, mate, *life* has surface noise." -- John Peel

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