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Ian Williams Wins Match Race France
The reigning Alpari World Match Racing Tour champion, Ian Williams has taken the Match Race France title and moved up to take the overall lead of the Tour. Williams did it by defeating the young New Zealander, Will Tiller 2-0 in a downpour and freshening breeze off Marseille. The final was delayed by light winds, so the race committee shortened it to the first to two points. When it did freshen enough to start racing, the rapidly increasing breeze came with heavy rain - not exactly Mediterranean conditions! It did not put Williams off his game however, with a shut-out in the first race, he then passed Tiller at the final mark in the second race to close it out.

The overall Tour leader, Bjorn Hansen added no points to his score at Match Race France, after finishing ninth, while Williams scored 25 points for his win. It means that Williams now takes a nine point lead into the final two events of the year, the Gold Cup in Bermuda next week, and then the season finale, the Monsoon Cup in early December in Malaysia.

Final results
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar beat William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 2-0

Petit Final
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing beat Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match 1-0

Alpari World Match Racing Tour Standings - After 6 Stages:
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar - 102
Björn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team - 93
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing - 79
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing - 71
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team - 71
Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match Sailing - 65
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team - 56
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing - 37
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team - 35
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team - 29

wmrt.com

Old And New Faces At Argo Group Gold Cup
Hamilton, Bermuda: The stakes are high at this years' Argo Group Gold Cup with 20 teams from around the world spending Monday training on Hamilton Harbour before competing in a grueling round robin Qualifying matches that start Tuesday morning. Racing ends with the Argo Group Gold Cup finals on Sunday, Oct. 7. It's the seventh stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

This year's Argo Group Gold Cup features 20 teams - with familiar names like former King Edward VII Gold Cup Champion's Johnie Berntsson of Sweden (ISAF ranking no. 6) and Ian Williams of the UK (ISAF ranking no. 1 and Tour no. 1) heading the field along with ISAF and Tour no. 2 ranked Bjorn Hansen. Will Tiller (NZL) is coming on strong from his second place in Match Race France and may indeed be a spoiler for the Tour leaders.

Yet, the Argo Group Gold Cup - which is the penultimate event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour - has also always been about opportunity for challenging the field and raising the bar. For those teams who receive an invitation to sail here, this event is a platform for competitors to launch or re-launch their match racing careers.

For Kiwi Adam Minoprio, who has returned after competing in and finishing second in the round the world Volvo ocean race earlier this summer, getting back to match racing is something he is really looking forward to. Minoprio was World Match Racing Tour champion in 2010, and has finished the Gold Cup in second place in 2008 and 2009 and reached the Quarter Finals in 2010. Minoprio is now ranked 552 by ISAF (formerly ranked no. 1) but as a professional sailor with classic match racing training and execution, his will be one of the teams to watch. -- Laurie Fullerton / RBYC

argogroupgoldcup.com

Samba Pa Ti Crowned 2012 Melges 32 World Champion
Newport, Rhode Island, USA: The final day of competition at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), had spectators on the edge of their seats for the last race of the ten part racing series. John Kilroy, Jr. on Samba Pa Ti triumphed over the thirty-three strong fleet to claim the class' most coveted trophy and title - that of Melges 32 World Champion.

Kilroy was joined onboard by tactician Paul Goodison and crew Federico Michetti, Harry Melges III, Luca Faravelli, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart and Marco Carpinello.

Proudly seated second overall is Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with tactician Richard Clarke and in third, is a deserving Steve Howe on Warpath with Morgan Larson on tactics.

Top Ten Results (Final)
1. John Kilroy, Jr./Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti, 39 points
2. Alec Culter/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog, 49
3. Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath, 62
4. Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces, 70
5. Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem, 73
6. William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash, 81
7. Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino, 84
8. Andrea Pozzi/Gabriele Benussi, Bombarda, 90
9. Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone, 92
10. Roberto Tomassini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima, 97

Full results: www.yachtscoring.com

www.melges32.com

From Under a Cloud to Under Increasing Pressure
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MOD70 European Tour After an unexpected outbreak of squalls, localised calms and torrential showers this afternoon it is computed that less than one mile separated leaders Musandam-Oman Sail from fifth placed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild this afternoon.

With less than 150 miles of the final leg from Marseille to complete to the finish line off Genoa, Italy and the promise of only very light winds at the end, the MOD70 European Tour finale looks set to deliver one final cliffhanger.

The four hour period of unpredictable rain squalls brought big differences in wind direction and forced a small north-south split to develop. Strategies in dealing with the squally showers seem to have FONCIA and Race for Water staying close to the direct course and Musandam-Oman Sail, Spindrift racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild about 10 miles further to the north.

Short reports from the fleet this afternoon confirm that the five MOD70's were virtually side by side when the squally period hit. Boats on the same area of water had radically different conditions, one sailing on one hull in a big gust but another, close by, more or less becalmed. Both Sidney Gavignet, skipper of Musandam-Oman Sail, and Leo Lucet of Spindrift racing reported independently that Groupe Edmond de Rothschild had blown out their gennaker.

After this unexpected hurdle - the wide band of unpredictable squalls and rain - the final section of Leg 5 which makes north from La Giraglia off the north of Corsica into the Gulf of Genoa, looks more promising. But forecasters are still anticipating a slow finish in light breezes. Latest ETA is for Tuesday breakfast time.

Leg 5 Standings at 1430hrs (UTC+2hrs)
1. Musandam-Oman Sail OMA (Sidney Gavignet FRA) +181 miles to finish
2. Spindrift racing EUR (Y Guichard FRA) + 0.1 miles to leader
3. Race for Water SUI (S Ravussin, SUI) + 0.1 miles to leader
4. FONCIA FRA (M Desjoyeaux, FRA) + 0.4 miles to leader
5. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild FRA (S Josse) + 0.8 miles to leader

www.mod70-europeantour.com

Transpacific Record Put On Hold Till Spring for L'Hydroptere DCNS
The 'pilots' of l'Hydroptere DCNS will have to wait until next season to relaunch their Transpacific record attempt between Los Angeles and Honolulu. Ultimately their 2012 campaign, which has been driven at a steady pace throughout the year, hasn't offered up a favourable weather window to set sail for the Hawaiian archipelago. However, it's a date that Alain Thebault, Jacques Vincent, Luc Alphand, Jean Le Cam and Yves Parlier have every intention of confirming in the coming spring.

They hung on in there till the last minute but finally Alain Thebault and his crew, currently in San Francisco, have taken the decision not to set off on the Transpacific record attempt this year. The ideal period for such a departure covers June, July and August. Extended by several weeks in the hope of one last opportunity, the weather stand-by has now been put on hold. Any opportunities that presented themselves during that period, wouldn't have enabled an improvement on the time set by Geronimo, Olivier de Kersauson's giant trimaran, as they presented themselves too early on in the season. Indeed there were two windows at the start of July, whilst the trimaran was in the process of being unloaded in Los Angeles, and another, which proved to be the last, two weeks later, when the boat was carrying out its very first sea trials in California.

Battle Of Britain Regatta
Photo by Eddie Mays, www.eddiemays.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

MOD 70 European Tour Due to a prior commitment the Hamble Division of the XOD Class were unable to take part in the RAFYC's main Battle of Britain regatta that was held at the beginning of September. The re-arranged weekend was combined with the Richard Donald Trophy and held over the last weekend in September.

Saturday's two races could not have been sailed in better conditions. The 8 - 10 kt NW'erly breeze blowing down Southampton Water allowed the Race Officer to set a good windward / leeward course in the morning without too much influence from the tidal flow.

The forecast for Sunday was not promising with SW'erly Force 7 and rain on the cards for the afternoon. The start time of the first race was brought forward to 11:00 but at 10:25 it looked as if the caution had been premature. The light SW'erly breeze was barely enough for a fair windward / leeward course to be set across the flooding tide. However, 20 minutes later the breeze was up to 8 kts and continued to build during the morning until it was over 20kts on the final beat of the 2nd race. -- Eddie Mays

Overall Results: Top 5 Battle of Britain Regatta - Richard Donald Trophy

1. Dux, Elliot Motherwell
2. Lark, Nick Brebner
3. Pepper, Gerry Goulding
4. Mischief, Diana Wilson
5. Magic Dragon, David Oddie / John Sparshatt

Running The Rhumblines
A moderate 12 knot trade wind proved to be the perfect sailing conditions for Col Forster when he steered Esoteric to a comfortable corrected handicap win in the Whitsunday Sailing Clubs sprint race series on Pioneer Bay last week.

Esoteric claimed a critical advantage to sail most of the course in clear wind to save her corrected handicap time from a spirited challenge by the persistent Colin Pruden at the helm of Sandpiper and veteran skipper Harold Menelaus in Treasure V111.

This was a rare sprint race appearance by the Esoteric crew however while they pose as no serious threat overall they proved to be the star performers to cap a special performance with a 47 second victory while Sandpiper held a 50 second corrected time advantage to finish second ahead of the well sailed Treasure V111.

Bernie Van'T Hof again managed to ward off another challenge to claim the line honours with the Swan 45 Tulip.

However while the 2012 Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week IRC class cruising champion won the tactical arm wrestle over arch rival Charles Wallace in Reignition with a 1 minute 11 second margin her course time failed to match that of the lower handicapped Esoteric, Sandpiper and Treasure V111.

The battle to resolve the Division 3 class honours was similarly exciting featuring a spirited tactical duel between the Rod Davis helmed Breakaway and Brian Fleming's Concubine before Breakaway held on to record a 3 second win.

This tack for tack duel which forced the Breakaway crew to persistently protect their sailing space moulded what proved to be an equally interesting race for overall handicap.

While Breakaway secured the first to finish award her course time fell short by 42 seconds to claim the line and handicap double when Dan White successfully spoiled the victory celebrations for the Breakaway crew when he steered the lower handicapped Riff Raff to a comfortable corrected handicap win while Breakaway and Anthea (Dewi Hughes) filled the minor places.

However while Club Commodore Rob Davis expects to become the tactical target Breakaway remains well poised to retain her commanding lead for their class championship while Craig Piccinelli and his Wobbly Boot crew who struggled to finish 6th last week need to reproduce a more consistent result to protect the overall lead in the Division 2 class series. -- Ian Grant

Miami Launches Winter Star Series
Coconut Grove, Florida, USA: In August, the International Star Class sailboat said goodbye to the Olympics, after serving as the Men's Keelboat for the Games since 1932. Now, sailors from Florida and the Coral Reef Yacht Club are leading the charge to bring new excitement to this most historic of all racing yachts, with their announcement of the five-regatta Star Winter Series Presented By EFG International.

Hundreds of Star sailors are already familiar with Miami's waters, with March's Bacardi Cup having long been a regular fixture on the fleet's annual migratory path. The Star Winter Series aims to make racing in Miami as economical as it is spectacular, providing top-level racing each month from November to March.

The Star Winter Series comprises five individual events between November 17th and February 10th, with overall trophies awarded based on the results of three of the four best weekend scores plus the Midwinter Championship, which is weighted double. Full logistics and charter packages are available, along with concierge service customizable to any team's needs.

For more information, see www.starwinter.com

America's Cup World Series On You Tube - Live
America's Cup-winning tactician and veteran broadcaster Gary Jobson will be behind the microphone when the America's Cup World Series resumes in San Francisco next week. Jobson, who won the America's Cup in 1977, has been a television producer and commentator on sailing broadcasts since 1985. He will team with Todd Harris, who boasts experience across a wide variety of sports, from football and basketball to IndyCar Racing and the Olympic Games.

The America's Cup World Series will be broadcast on YouTube.com on October 4-6, 2012.

Thursday, October 4: 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Pacific Time) (7:30pm-9:30pm Eastern Time)

Friday, October 5: 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Pacific Time) (7:00pm-9:00pm Eastern Time)

Saturday, October 6: 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Pacific Time) (7:00pm-9:00pm Eastern Time)

Medot Sailing Trophy - In Record Time from Trieste to Valletta
A challenge that is not only joining two cities and two yacht clubs, but also two renowned regattas. Esimit Europa 2 will set its sails, aiming to establish the benchmark for the passage record Trieste to Valletta and the Medot Sailing Trophy - presented to any monohull breaking the established record in the period between Barcolana and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Esimit Europa 2, one of the world's fastest yachts, will set it sails, aiming to establish the benchmark for the approximately 600 nautical miles long passage between Trieste (Italy) and Valletta (Malta) - open to all classes and recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. For initiator Igor Simcic, that's the new challenge after the record breaking season and a new big test for the crew: "Esimit Europa 2 is, like many other boats, taking part at the Barcolana and gets on it's way to Valletta immediately after the finish to compete at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. With the initiation of this world sailing record, we want to inspire other yachts to take part in connecting the two regattas."

For monohulls breaking the passage record from Trieste to Valletta, a very special trophy has been created. The Medot Sailing Trophy, named by the sparkling wine produced by Igor Simcic's family.

www.esimit.com

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* From George Morris: I am well aware that I contribute absolutely nothing to the WMRT, but they do stream some of the races and presumably they would like people to watch them. Why do they make it so difficult? The final was one of the most photogenic yacht races I have ever seen - as good as the final of the Women's Match Racing in the Olympics - with two lead changes, heavy weather, and a near man-overboard incident, but all that is available on the website is edited highlights (which missed one of the overtakes).

Paradoxically, full coverage is available for some of the semi final races and some of the earlier rounds. I could have watched it live, but I was out sailing. So to the organisers of the video coverage I would say - not everyone who is watching this event is in the same time zone. Make it easy and give us full replays of all the races. Interviews with the crews have their place but they are not 'sailing',

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