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Spithill Completes Sweep
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Spithill Completes Sweep San Francisco, California, USA: Oracle Team USA Spithill clawed back from a slow start to win today's Super Sunday fleet race and take home the fleet racing overall championship at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco. With the win, Oracle Team USA Spithillcaptured both the match racing and fleet racing titles at the regatta. Oracle Team USA Coutts crossed the line in second in the final of seven fleet races on the week to finish fifth overall.

On Saturday, Oracle Team USA Spithill claimed the match racing championship. The team bounced back from capsizing in the fleet races to return to the race course and defeat Emirates Team New Zealand.

Oracle Team USA now turns its attention to sailing the new AC72 in the coming weeks. The next ACWS will take place in Spring 2013.

The 11 boat fleet for this week's regatta also included: Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), Team Korea (Peter Burling), Energy Team (Loick Peyron), Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez), Artemis Racing - White (Terry Hutchinson), Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker), Artemis Racing - Red (Nathan Outteridge), J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) and China Team (Phil Robertson).

Fleet racing final results:

Team, Country, Total
Oracle Team USA Spithill, USA, 79 points
J.P. Morgan BAR, GBR, 79
Artemis Racing White, SWE, 72
Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL, 57
Oracle Team USA Coutts, USA, 56
Artemis Racing Red, SWE, 52
Energy Team, FRA, 47
Team Korea, KOR, 40
Luna Rossa Piranha, ITA, 36
China Team, CHN, 28
Luna Rossa Swordfish, ITA, 20

Bernetti Lombardini Cup
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Bernetti Lombardini Cup Trieste, Italy: Approximately 200 yachts competed at the 41st edition of the Bernetti Lombardini Cup in Trieste (Italy), an exciting preliminary race for the Barcolana regatta. The fleet was divided into three classes. At 9:30 AM CEST the Open class left the heart of Trieste, followed by ORC and IRC classes. The fleet headed north-west to the first buoy off Grignano, then tacked towards Santa Croce, came back to the new established buoy and crossed the finish line in the Gulf of Sistiana. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line as the fastest yacht on the course. With that, the 30-meter maxi yacht also defended their victory in the Open class, awarded with the popular Bernetti Cup. The award ceremony will take place a week later on Saturday, 13th October in Miela Theatre in Trieste, Italy.

The Bernetti Lombardini Cup was at the same time a very successful premiere for the new sailor onboard Esimit Europa 2, European and World Champion in different sailing classes Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, who said: "It has been exciting to race together with so many successful sailors coming from all over Europe. It is the first time I have sailed on Esimit Europa 2, which is a really impressive and technologically highly advanced yacht. The team embodies a unique spirit, which I admire, and I am proud to take part in the project with such an inspiring vision."

The crew continues showing impressive results in this season after setting new course record at the Giraglia Rolex Cup, smashing the Wally record Monaco - Porto Cervo, taking line honours at the Palermo - Monte Carlo regatta and taking the title in the Maxi racing class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. On the October 14th the European sports team is heading for the hat-trick at the 44th edition of the Barcolana in Trieste. In 2010 the boat established the course record (56 minutes, 13 seconds) and it also won the 2011 edition in front of thousands of spectators at a true sailing festival in the heart of Trieste. -- Gorazd Mauri

From The Top To The Bottom - Top Down Furling Made Easy with Marlow Prodrive
Marlow Ropes Marlow has developed a torsion rope for use on top down furlers.

Like most headsail furlers, the furling is controlled by the furler drum at the bottom of the sail. The turning force is transmitted through the length of the ProDrive cable to turn the swivel which is connected to the head of the sail. The tack of the sail is connected to a freely floating point on the drum of the furling unit. The turning force acting at the top of the sail only, causes the head of the sail to furl first and ensures the sail furls down the cable neatly.

The unique requirements of top down furling forced the development of a unique rope construction. Parallel aramid core, tightly braided aramid jacket with a polyester cover ensures ProDrive offers the best torsional stiffness on the market.

ProDrive offers:

- Fast furling
- Easier furling
- Even Furling
- Faster sail changes
- Economic option for multiple head sails
- Integrates effortlessly with any furling unit
- UV & Abrasion resistance.

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Kiteboard Course Racing Worlds
Johnny and Erika Heineken win the 2012 Course Racing World Championships in great style After four days of full-on racing, John and Erika Heineken take the 2012 world titles in course racing in great style.

After two days of qualifying series races and the final race series day, the last day of the 2012 Course Racing World Championships provided gusty offshore winds in the range of 5 to 20 knots. The race committee had a hard time to set a fair course and had to go approximately 2.5 kilometers offshore to place the starting line for the medal race course

The top 10 men and women respectively qualified to compete in this medal race series, with the first race "virtually" pre-scored from the position in the final series.

Racing went underway around noon, with a two lap double gate course set by the race committee for this best-of-three series. Races were conducted under Addendum Q - umpired fleet racing - and the winner of the medal race series would take the glory to win the 2012 course racing world championship.

Top Five Mens Medal Race Results after three races:

1. John Heineken (USA), 4 points
2. Adam Koch (USA), 6
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA), 13
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA), 13
5. Maxime Nocher (FRA), 14

Top Five Womens Medal Race Results after three races:

1. Erika Heineken (USA), 4 points
2. Steph Bridge (GBR), 5
3. Caroline Adrien (FRA), 10
4. Nayara Licariao (BRA), 13
5. Christine Boenniger (GER), 15

Solo Offshore Racing Club
On Saturday 6th October, sixteen yachts gathered for the last SORC race of the season, with 5 boats in possible contention to win the overall Solent Series. In light shifty winds it was a tricky race for both sailors and the race committee.

Fortune was on side for the slower boats as the final leg became increasingly broader and some were able to simply gybe their spinnaker at Deal Elbow and fly it all the way to the finish, whereas lead boats flew white sails for some or all of the 6 mile leg.

In the final race Rob Craigie on Jbellino won class one, Nigel Colly on Fastrak VIII won class two and Mike Saqui on Edith won class three. Under Overall IRC Mike Saqui on Edith was first, Rob Craigie on Jbellino second and Nigel Colly on Fastrak VIII was third.

In the Solent Series Peter Olden on Solan Goose won class one, Simon Curwen on Voador won class two and Mike Saqui on Edith won class three. In Overall IRC Mike Saqui on Edith was first, Richard Breeze on Impro second and Simon Curwen on Voador was third. Charles Emmet on British Beagle won the Offshore Series, with Nigel Colly second and Simon Mitchell on Roxane third. Nigel Colly was also awarded first overall trophy for the Fecamp Triangle Series.

Rob Craigie was awarded the Solan Cup for best results in all 14 SORC races in 2012 with Nigel Colly on Fastrak VIII second and Mike Saqui on Edith third. -- Nikki Curwen

Running The Rhumblines
John Galloway always manages to apply the master's touch when the moderate to strong South East Trade Winds turn the Whitsunday Sailing Club course on Pioneer Bay into a torture test.

While the average 15 knot wind was not all that strong its effect of blowing against the current lumped up a body jarring 1 metre sea which tested all of the skippers steering skills as they pressed a claim for the points in the Edges Boat Yard trophy race.

As expected there was plenty of spray on the deck cooling the crews as they tested their tactical strategy in the warm tropical weather?

Predictably the Bernie Van'T Hof helmed Swan 45 Tulip dominated the big boat ‘drag race' winning line honours by a commanding 4 minutes 31 seconds from the Charles Wallis skippered MBD 41 Reignition while Damien Suckling steered the Scott Jutson designed Another Fiasco into third another 1 minute 30 astern.

Tulip also featured in the closely contested handicap result finishing third behind the John Galloway skippered 12 year old Ron Holland 10.5 m Queensland Marine Services and the Kevin Fogarty helmed Beneteau cruiser/racer Twister.

John Galloway has continued to make a late charge for the overall 2012 championship series with Queensland Marine Services as the leader Craig Piccinelli's Wobbly Boot continues to struggle with her handicap rated boat speed

Following the 39th race last week Wobbly Boot still remains the provisional leader from Twister and Queensland Marine Services and the pressure is on the happy Wobbly Boot crew to show a return to form.

Results from the past 8 races where Queensland Marine Services has proved her consistency with a 3-4-2-3-7-6-3.5-1 suggests they are the combination most likely to cause an upset.

Their collective crew skills which paved the way for Queensland Marine Services to record her close win over Twister and Tulip last week showed they are well prepared to produce the required boat speed to become a serious challenger when the sails are tensioned for another race against the official time keeper's clock later this week.

The crews of Queensland Marine Services who just managed to beat Twister by 37 seconds while Tulip was another 15 seconds astern will be hoping for a similar forecast to help release Wobbly Boot's grip on the championship points table. -- Ian Grant

Junior Offshore Group (JOG) 2012 Race Winners Announced
It's been a busy season as usual for JOG with 15 races split across an inshore (cat 4) series and an offshore (cat 3) series. The weather has been variable to say the least: March saw the season kick off with an inshore Solent race that had many defrosting their decks before the start, and the St Peter Port race in August was only finished by two very determined boats in horrible conditions. The last offshore of the season in September thankfully finally offered the fleet some champagne sailing conditions, a fast, mild, starry skies, overnight dash to Cherbourg, and the season closed on Saturday with a sunny coastal race out to the Owers and back to Portsmouth.

With a consistently high standard of sailing across the fleet JOG are delighted to announce the 2012 provisional winners as follows, and will look forward to handing out the trophies at the Prizegiving Dinner on the 17th November 2012 (more information available at

Overall winners by class Category 4 Inshore Series:

Class 3: OJE (J111) owned and raced by Andy Hill
Class 4: JIBE (J/109) owned and raced by Robin Taunt
Class 5: Black Diamond (Figaro Solo) owned and raced by Mark Brown & Justin Leese

Double handed results by class Category 4 Inshore Series:

Class 4: SX Girl (X37) owned and raced by John & Christine White
Class 5: QT (Ecume de Mer) owned and raced by Giles Redpath

Overall winners by class Category 3 Offshore Series:

Class 3: Xinska (X40) owned and raced by Bernard Olesinski
Class 4: SX Girl (X37) owned and raced by John & Christine White
Class 5: Moondog (Laser 28) owned and raced by Peter & Andy Pickett

Double handed results by class Category 3 Offshore Series:

Class 3: Jbellino (J122) owned and raced by Rob Craigie
Class 4: SX Girl (X37) owned and raced by John & Christine White
Class 5: Moondog (Laser 28) owned and raced by Peter & Andy Pickett

The provisional race calendar for 2013 sees the season start at the end of March with a Cherbourg race, and will also feature JOG's longest race yet, The BNY Mellon Challenge, a 1000 mile, two leg race to Cascais, Portugal ,via La Trinité in Brittany, starting 14th June 2013.

Noble Marine UK Laser World & European Autumn Qualifier
Pwllheli Sailing Club, Wales, UK: Despite the poor forecast, 37 Standard sailors, including a few returning faces to the UK Qualifier circuit, and nearly 100 Radials arrived at Pwllheli to be greeted by virtually no wind. After being held ashore until well into the afternoon everyone was sent afloat as an offshore 6 - 8 kt breeze was enough to allow racing, using the inner and outer loops of a trapezoidal course

Three races sailed.

Dusk was falling as the sailors came ashore but the general feeling was that the race officers had done well in very difficult circumstances. The sailors arrived early on Sunday morning eagerly anticipating the final two races. By mid-morning it was obvious that there was going to be no wind at all and racing was abandoned at 11:15 leaving the overnight standings to count and making the final Qualifier at Plymouth in a fortnight's time even more critical.

For the first time ever, as far as we know, all the top five places in the Radials were taken by Lady sailors. Well done Girls! -- Elliot Hanson & Alison Young

Top Five Overall Results:
Standards - Radials
1. Alex Mills-Barton - Chloe Martin
2. Elliot Hanson - Ellie Meopham
3. Nick Thompson - Hannah Snellgrove
4. Lorenzo Chiavarini - Ali Young
5. James Grant - Georgina Povall

1. Crewsaver Youth (Standard) - Elliot Hanson
1. Radial Crewsaver Youth - Ellie Meopham
2. Radial Crewsaver Youth - Georgina Povall
3. Radial Crewsaver Youth - Ellie Cumpsty

Gone Too Soon
The state medical examiner's office says the cause of death for a Rhode Island woman whose body was found inside an overturned car in Newport Harbor was drowning.

The bodies of Jennifer Way of North Kingstown, Louise Owen of Wales in the United Kingdom and Femmetje Staring of the Netherlands were found in the overturned car Friday morning. All were 39 years old and worked in the luxury yachting industry.

The Newport Daily News reports on Monday that a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said autopsies are still being performed on Owen and Staring.

It's unclear why the women drove off the pier at the Newport Shipyard. Police have ruled out foul play and speculate they missed a turn in heavy fog that blanketed the city early that morning.

* All of us at MCM are desperately sad at losing our colleague Jennifer. Jen had her 10th anniversary with us earlier this year and during this last decade, we saw her blossom and develop into the amazing, kind, caring, confident and knowledgeable woman she became. She started with us in the receptionist's position and grew to become an essential part of our Yacht Management division. A tremendous, unswerving and diligent employee, but more than that, a dear, dear friend. We are a small and tightly-knit family at MCM and losing Jenn leaves a cavernous void. The other two women with Jennifer on Thursday night, Femmetje and Louise were also astonishing, bright, delightful women. Losing any one of these remarkable women would be sad enough, but to lose all three as a result of this one heartbreaking accident causes devastation of immense proportions.

The global yachting community is small and news such as this travels fast. As a result, calls, emails and messages of condolence have been flooding in from every corner of the world. All three women were highly respected in their fields and enormously well liked. We will miss them all terribly -- Peter Wilson of Marine Construction Management

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* From Bob Fisher: Hooray for Henry. He puts the Olympic sailing in the best possible perspective. It really was a case of if it's not broke, don't fix it. But ISAF, in its great desire to modernise the sailing events of the Olympic Games, appears to have taken no notice of what works and what doesn't.

Certainly at Weymouth the Women's Match Racing was a continuous example of the discipline providing everything that was required of it - excitement ad a continuous progress with the winner of the last race taking the gold medal - that is what ISAF had set out to do and they decided before the proof of it had been made to abandon match racing. And as Henry Menin points out, the MNAs who supported the discipline have been left with boats that to all intents an purposes are obsolete and worthless now that the event had been struck from the Games.

The decisions that ISAF made have left many breathless with anger - the Brazilians are furious that the Star has been dropped and Windsurfers the world over are incandescent that their sport has been dropped in favour of kite surfing, which has not shown itself to be suitable for international competition, and it certainly will be a nightmare for the television directors who might try to have competitor and his kite in the same shot..

One can only hope that the powers that be at ISAF reconsider the proposed changes when it meets in November and return the Match Racing, the Star and the windsurfer for men and women for the next Olympic Games.

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The Last Word
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