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Kito De Pavant Retires from the Vendee Globe
Photo by Kito dePavant. Click on image to enlarge.

Groupe Bel Damage At 17:23, Kito de Pavant, the skipper of Groupe Bel, hit by a trawler this morning off the coast of Portugal, officially announced his retirement to the Vendee Globe race organizers. The skipper is unharmed but his boat has suffered serious damage. It is ripped open on the port side, on the level of the outrigger and the bowsprit was torn off. The monohull is making progress towards the Cascais marina (Portugal), which he will reach this evening. Two members of the technical team are currently on site to welcome the devastated skipper and his boat.

"We met a lot of boats all through the night. I kept watching out for cargo ships. Our AIS system (real time location of boats) works very well. The alarm goes off, which allows you to change the boat's course in the event of there being a risk of collision. The problem is that we cannot detect boats that are not equipped with the system. I was sailing at between 15 and 18 knots. After having checked that there was nobody for miles around, I went to lie down for a few minutes and even if I had been up, it was a time at which you look at the weather on the computer. I wouldn't have seen the trawler. Five minutes is enough. There no was call to the VHF. I think that the fishermen were not watching. I woke with a jump with the impact. I leaped onto the deck and did what was necessary to prevent the mast falling. The boat is seriously damaged. She has no bowsprit any more, there's a hole at the front of the hull, but the boat has been made safe. All the energy spent for years preparing all this, it's terrible.''

Faced with the extent of the damage, the skipper quickly knew that the race ended here for him: 'To repair such damage, you need to be in port, dry-docked and have time ahead of you. To go back up to Les Sables d'Olonne with Groupe Bel in this state would be impossible and the Vendee Globe rules are very clear. Stopping in another port means retiring."

Four years ago, the violent weather in the Bay of Biscay had already got the better of Kito's Vendee Globe, and returned to Les Sables d'Olonne with a dismasted Groupe Bel.

The monohull reached Cascais at 20:00 (Paris time - UT+1). Kito then will work with his technical team to establish a plan of action for the next few days.

Top ten as of Monday 12 November 2012, 20h00 (FR)

1. MACIF, Francois Gabart
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cleac´h, 14.5 nm to leader
3. Cheminees Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 24.2 nm
4. PRB, Vincent Riou, 26.1 nm
5. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick, 36.9 nm
6. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 72.7 nm
7. Maître CoQ ,Jeremie Beyou, 87.3 nm
8. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 90.2 nm
9. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 97.9 nm
10. Acciona 100% EcoPowered Javier Sanso, 99.8 nm

Award Finalists Chosen
The finalists of the 2012 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year and YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year awards have been announced. The vote for the overall winner now goes to the members of the Yachting Journalists' Association (YJA) in a secret ballot. The winner of each award will be revealed at two separate ceremonies during the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show in January 2013.

YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year finalists include

World match-racing champion Ian Williams
Gold Paralympic medallist and ISAF 2011-12 Sailing World Cup Champion Helena Lucas
Olympic medallist for the fifth time in 2012 Ben Ainslie

Finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year include

Lottie Harland, 16 from Reading
Saskia Sills, 16 from Launceston
Ben Jelf, 12 from Maidstone

Winners of both awards will be voted for by members of the Yachting Journalists' Association. The YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony at midday on Tuesday 15th January 2013 at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London.

The YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award will be announced at 14:00 hrs on Saturday 12th January 2013 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show at ExCel, at the Knowledge Box. RYA Regional Winners will also be presented with their awards at the ceremony.

RYA Regional Winners are:

Thames Valley and London: Lottie Harland*
Eastern: Peter Cullum
North East: Christina Coates
South East: Ruth Oliver
South West: Saskia Sills*
Scotland: Lorenzo Chiavarini
North West: Greg Kelly
Northern Ireland: Robbie Gilmore
East Midlands: Sarah Gowler
Southern: Jack Arnell
Yorkshire and Humberside: Hector Simpson
West Midlands: Mya Kilpatrick-Wood
Wales: Ellie Meopham

*Also finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award.

Henri Lloyd to Exhibit Full 2013 Marine Technical Range at METS
Henri Lloyd Henri Lloyd will be exhibiting their full 2013 Marine Technical Range at METS from the 13 - 15 November, including the new 360. For Sea. For Life range, a state of the art range of apparel and accessories blending technology and design that delivers 360 degree control of the wearers own micro-climate, functionality that works on and off the water.

In 2013 British heritage brand Henri Lloyd will be celebrating 50 years of design excellence. Since its birth in 1963, the original British sailing brand has continued to push the boundaries of style and technical innovation to become one of the country's most iconic heritage brands, 2013 is no exception to maintaining these high standards of relentless innovation and attention to detail and our aim is to continue to provide clothing of the highest quality through cutting edge technology.

For further information and to view the range's new product innovations and design developments or to discuss your clothing requirements for 2013, please don't hesitate to visit us.

Henri Lloyd stand - 03.105

The third edition of INNOV'SAIL, International Conference on Innovation in High Performance Sailing Yachts that will be held in Lorient, France, from 26 to 28 June 2013.

The conference venue is in the Cite de la Voile Eric Tabarly, a purpose-built marine centre and museum dedicated to the adventure of modern sailing.

The conference will provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest scientific and technological research and its application in the complex field of high performance yachts and competitive sailing.

Papers are invited on the following topics to be covered by the conference (list not restrictive):

- Aerodynamics
- Design of sails, masts, rigging
- Hydrodynamics
- Design of hulls, appendages
- Structural analysis and materials
- Fluid structure interaction
- Computational methods and model validation
- New experimental results and techniques
- Towing tank, wind tunnel and full scale measurements
- Performance enhancement in general
- Micro-meteorology and sites investigation
- Eco-design, eco-friendly yachting, energy onboard...

Abstracts of no more than 400 words and 2 pages should be sent to before December 31st 2012.

Further information:

Top Tier National and International Programs Heading to Key West
Key West 2012. Photo by Tim Wilkes, Click on image to enlarge.

Quantum Key West Key West, Florida: Excitement is building for Quantum Key West 2013 as the scratch sheet continues to grow. With still a month and a half before the first entry deadline, top competitors from more than 12 countries and 20 states have submitted their official entries.

Farley Fontenot, Executive Vice President of Title Sponsor Quantum Sail Design Group says, "It is exciting to watch the entries come in, with everything from the new J/70 class, to the return of highly competitive fleets like the NYYC Swan 42 Class. Quantum is committed to helping bring great racing and a wonderful sailing experience to everyone who participates in Quantum Key West Race Week. We're looking forward to another great event in 2013."

Swan 42s will again grace the starting line, with seven boats registered to date.

The IRC 52s US Super Series begins with a Key West prelude to their March World Championship in Miami. Doug DeVos's Quantum Racing (Ada, MI) will defend his 2012 Key West title against custom thoroughbreds from as far away as Argentina, the UK and the West Coast.

Featured one design competition will again center on Melges mania with the Melges 24 and 32 classes producing some of the world's very top sailors. World and European ranking Champion Riccardo Simoneschi (Milano, Italy) challenges a Melges 24 fleet that has many other ranked sailors including last year's Key West Champion Bora Gulari (Detroit, MI) and Bruce Ayres (Costa Mesa, CA).

The Melges 32 fleet already has its full international hallmark, with entries from Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Russia. Newly crowned World Champion - Californian John Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti crew won class honors at Quantum Key West 2012 and will be returning to defend in 2013.

While the Grand Prix boats and international champions may draw the headlines, the heart and soul of race week is the one design and handicap classes that are present year after year. One designs such as the J/80s, and the many PHRF competitors come for the racing, camaraderie, and dependable south Florida sunshine and wind.

The J/70s are making their Key West debut with over 25 of these popular new sport boats helmed by Key West newcomers and veterans alike.

January 2012 saw the latest High Performance designs make a debut in a subclass. This time around they will have their own class start with more new boats on the line. Steve and Heidi Benjamin's new Carkeek 40 will challenge a class that includes Farr 400s, another Carkeek 40 and the GP 40, Stray Dog, with Larry Leonard calling tactics. -- Jeanne Kleene

Regatta dates are January 20 - 25, 2013.

The Rallye Des Iles Du Soleil 2013
Created by Georges Baurens in 1990, the Rallye des Iles du Soleil or RIDS is celebrating its 20th edition this year, and is now organised by Grand Pavois Organisation. The RIDS brings together yachting enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds, navigating 6,000 miles across 2 hemispheres and 3 continents during 6 months of unique adventure. The departure will take place from French shores in September 2013. Participants will travel to Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. They will then cross the Atlantic to Salvador da Bahia, travelling up the Brazilian coast in several stages to reach Belem, where they will then take part in the Transamazon Rally.

Provisional itinerary:
- Depart from La Rochelle (France)
- Sail to Madeira (Portugal) - 1300 miles
- Sail to Lanzarote (Canaries - Spain) - 290 miles
- Free navigation around the Canary Islands archipelago
- Tenerife (Canaries - Spain)
- Sail to the island of Sal (Cape Verde) - 800 miles
- Free navigation around the Cape Verde archipelago
- Sail to Mindelo, island of Sao Vicente (Cape Verde)
- Transatlantic crossing
- Sail to Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) - 1980 miles
- Possible navigations in All Saints Bay
- Sail to Joa Pessoa (Brazil) - 450 miles
- Sail to Fernando do Noronha (Brazil) - 240 miles
- Sail to Fortaleza (Brazil) - 360 miles
- Sail to Ilha dos Lençois (Brazil) - 410 miles
- Sail to Soure (Brazil) - 230 miles
- Sail to Belem (Brazil) - 50 miles
- Transamazon voyage including Sao Sebastiao de Boa Vista, Araras, Portel, Lac, Liverpool, Mojui, Macacos, Porto do Moz, Almeirim, Novo Horizonte, Mojui, Serraria and Afua.
Come and see us at the Nautic de Paris

The Rallye des Iles du Soleil will be on the Grand Pavois stand (Hall 1, R62) at the Paris International Boat Show (the Nautic) and at Boot Dusseldorf - International Boat Show in Germany from January 19 to 27 2013.

Sailing Legends - The Story of the World's Greatest Ocean Race
Sailing Legends - The Story of the World's Greatest Ocean Race A special numbered limited edition signed by the authors to make the perfect Christmas gift

The Whitbread Round the World Race - now the Volvo Ocean Race - spans 40 years, ten races and more than 300,000 miles across the most inhospitable seas. From gentlemanly competition in yachts designed more for graceful living than screaming around Cape Horn, the race has progressed to purpose built craft with few creature comforts, crewed by fanatical, professionals.

Millions have been spent, legends created and six men have died. No one takes the race lightly and no one tells the story better than journalists, Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall who have been there for every race from the first in 1973. They mark the anecdotes, highlight all the major stories, and provide biographies of sailing's greatest names from the first handicap and line honour winners, Ramon Carlin and Sir Chay Blyth, to double winner Conny van Rietschoten, French legend Eric Tabarly, those great New Zealand rivals Sir Peter Blake and Grant Dalton, through to the latter day Volvo race winners. They also detail the awesome advances in design and construction that make today's yachts formidably tough, surfing greyhounds capable of hitting 40knots + and sustaining 600 mile daily runs. The book also lists every crewmember to have taken part.

176 pages. 128 colour pictures and illustrations.

By Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall - Endeavour Books
£40 + postage and packing

Order online:

Canobie Celebrates Her Century
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Canobie They were definitely made to last way back then. The Grand Old Dame of Royal Perth Yacht Club Canobie, recently celebrated her 100 years.

Canobie was first launched in Hobart on 1 November 1912. An article was published in The Mercury on that day, to celebrate the event. Her original design came from the American stable of William Hand Jr, published in the "Rudder" in February 1900. The design was modified by Alf Blore in 1906 to suit the Derwent conditions, and adopted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

There were six such boats built at Battery Point, Hobart between 1910 and 1912. Canobie was the last of the six, built by Chas Lucas. A seventh boat, Pilgrim, was built to the same design in Launceston, Tasmania.

At that time there was a push to develop a One Design class of racing yacht, having a heavy keel and a 21 feet waterline length. The Hobart boats never received a formal class name as World War 1 intervened, and then other designs arose in Sydney which rendered the boats uncompetitive. To this day these boats are still referred to simply as the Tasmanian One Design boats.

All seven of the One Design boats are still in existence, scattered across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. Five of the boats are still on the water. Canobie was raced competitively in Hobart by her six previous owners. Her rig was changed from Gaff to Bermudan rig in the 1920's, and then back to Gaff in 2006.

Canobie was fully restored to her original configuration in Mike Foster's South Fremantle workshop in 2009/2010. Mike was able to source many of the specialty timbers for the work, including celery top pine, Victorian ash, silky oak, myrtle and Tasmanian oak. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania was particularly helpful in providing historic photos, drawings and a boat building manual from that period of Canobie's beginnings.

Igor Bjorksten re-built the entire Oregan spars, myrtle blocks, fittings and rigging, and used imported synthetic rope from Italy to achieve the original hemp rope appearance. With the help of a number of other superb WA craftsmen Canobie was re-launched in May 2010.

ISAF President Development Award Presented to Rob Andrews
Photo by ISAF. Click on image to enlarge.

Rob Andrews The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has presented the ISAF President Development Award to London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition manager Rob Andrews.

The Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development of sailing. Rob Andrews already had a long and illustrious career in sailing when he was appointed to the role of Sailing Manager for London 2012. Through his tireless work in this role he has contributed enormously to a significant lasting legacy for sailing.

In the Spring of 2008 Rob's London 2012 journey began when he was appointed to the role of Sailing Manager by LOCOG. He attended the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games as an observer, absorbing the highs and lows of both events and in the autumn of 2008, began working closely with ISAF with one goal in mind, to make the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition the best it could possibly be.

Through hard work and a vision the dream became a reality and on 29 July British and international sailing fans flocked in their thousands to Weymouth and Portland.

It was a job well done by Rob and a committed team of individuals working together for the good of the sport of sailing.

The transfer of knowledge is well underway as ISAF work hard to continue the developments and breakthroughs that Rob has made through to the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and beyond.

Marlow at METS
Marlow Ropes METS will see the introduction of 8 new products to the Marlow Ropes 2013 'Rope Catalogue'. 1. Doublebraid Marble Colours - Marlow has introduced 4 new colours into the Doublebraid range.

2. Excel Elite 90 - Excel Elite 90 utilises the super high strength Dyneema SK90 yarn, which is 15% stronger than the SK78 equivalent. The cover features a highly durable blend of Technora and polyester which improves abrasion resistance 300% compared to a full polyester cover.

3. Excel Racing GP 78 - The cover features a highly durable blend of Technora and polyester which improves abrasion resistance 300% compared to a full polyester cover of Excel Racing.

4. Marina Grande Dockline - The optitwist polyester cover is optimised for High Elongation and Durablity. Polyester will maintain its strength when wet and will not harden over time when exposed to the elements.

5. Formula-X - Marlow have redesigned the existing world class Formuline to add a textured finish that will grip in the ratchet systems.

6. Kiteline Race -The thinner diameter reduces wind resistance and ensures the line remains responsive even in the lightest winds while maintaining the cruicial 300kg break load.

7. Kiteline Freestyle - Adds extra strength and durability with a slightly larger diameter will add confidence for the rider when performing the highest power moves.

8. ProDrive - ProDrive is a torsional furling cable designed for top down furlers. Visit the Marlow Stand 03.301 to speak to a member of the Marlow Team and see the new products.

New Charter Relationships for Cowes Week
Cowes Week Limited (CWL) is pleased to announce a new relationship with Britannia Corporate Events and Solent Events who have joined forces to become the official charter suppliers of the world's best-known sailing regatta.

The new relationship provides the event organisers with access to a diverse fleet of high-quality yachts, ensuring that CWL's invited guests have the opportunity to experience competitive racing first-hand at the world-class event. Individual racing slots will also be made available to mixed ability crews on each day of the event with prices from £164 per day per person.

This latest relationship further reinforces the inclusive approach taken by the regatta organisers: "Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is an event for everyone. For those with limited sailing experience there are ways to take part in the racing action with experienced professional crew, and for those with plenty of experience but no boat, a simple bareboat charter is an option. Between them, Solent Events and Britannia can cater for these two extremes, and everything in between."

CWL has enjoyed a relationship with Solent Events' sister company, Solent RIB Charters, for the last 12 months and will build upon these established foundations with the new relationships.

Account Manager for Solent Events and Cowes resident, Simon Hedley said: "Cowes and Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week are personally very dear to me having grown up alongside and sailed in this world renowned regatta. Both Solent Events and Britannia Corporate Events have very strong ties with Cowes and decided that as a joint force, sharing similar values, we could bring more to the event by pooling resources and providing unparalleled knowledge to play our part in its continued success".

For more information on Britannia Events please contact: Simon Boulding at: 02380 458 900 or

For more information on Solent Events, please contact: Simon Hedley on 01590 674900 or 07807 287379 or

AFR Midnight Rambler Wins Morna Cup, PHS and IRC
Photo by Andrea Francolini, Click on image to enlarge.

Midnight Rambler Wins Morna Cup The Morna Cup is only a short ocean race compared to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but the fine performance by AFR Midnight Rambler underlined the high standard of racing her crew have reached in their preparation for blue water classic.

AFR Midnight Rambler, owned by Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik, today power-sailed to victory in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's historic Morna Cup, a short passage race from Watsons Bay to Long Reef and return.

The Ker 40 won the Morna Cup on PHS handicaps and also took out IRC honours, which is also part of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Greg Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore.

Sailed in a fresh 18-22 knot sou'-easter and a lumpy sea, AFR Midnight Rambler finished less than seven minutes astern of line honours winner Quest, Bob Steels' TP52, and the former New Zealand yacht Upshot, an Elliott 52 skippered by Wayne Keavy.

AFR Midnight Rambler won the Morna Cup, decided on PHS handicaps, from Ceilah (Peter Williams and Cruz Control (David Cutcliffe). Under IRC scoring, AFR Midnight Rambler won from Victoire (Darryl Hodgkinson) and Quest.

CYCA results for the Greg Thornton SOPS were identical under IRC scoring but under PHS scoring, AFR Midnight Rambler won Division 1 from Cruz Control and Blackadder (Stephen Thomas) while Division 2 went to Limelight (Alan Husband) from Selkie (Chris Antico) and Alpha Carinae (Damien Baxter)

The IRC win has strengthened AFR Midnight Rambler lead in the Greg Thornton SOPS pointscore after five races so far this season. The Ker 40 has so far placed 2-2-2-8-1 for 15 points while equal second on 29 points are Merlin (5-3-5-3-4) and Quest (1-1-3-12-3).

Under PHS handicaps for Division 1, AFR Midnight Rambler is on 26 points one point ahead of Blackadder (Stephen Thomas) with Merlin (David Forbes) a close third on 31 points. -- Peter Campbell

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* From Eddie Mays: I find it interesting in these days of sexual equality to see that there are only five women on the ISAF Council out of the total of 36 positions.

As Monty Python would have said "Say no more. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink!"

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The Last Word
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