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Return Of The Flying Spaniard
Javier 'Bubi' Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) has scorched down the north Atlantic and through the Doldrums as if they were a myth and now has the top of the fleet in his sights. He has made up 350 miles in the last two days.

On Thursday morning, still averaging 12 knots in the Doldrums, he caught Bertrand De Broc (Votre nom autour du monde) and Arnaud Bossieres (Akena Verandas), who has been averaging around five knots for the last day and a half.

Both lie further to the west and whilst that proved successful for Mike Golding's group of three, it has stalled Bossieres even more completely than the way the top six were stalled in the east two days ago. One of the sayings of the Doldrums is that 'west is best', but Sanso, the 43-year-old from Majorca, has prospered even further east than the lead group.

In his second Vendee Globe after being forced to retire from the 2000-01 edition, is making full use of having one of the six new boats - and the only new British one, by Owen-Clarke design - in the race.

Meanwhile, back on Tenerife, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (ENERGA) arrived at around 0130hrs (French time) yesterday after becoming the sixth boat of 20 who started to retire ENERGA is moored in Santa Cruz marina on Tenerife. Gutek and his boat captain, Maciek Marczewski, are inspecting his boat and assessing the reasons for the electronics failure.

As they head south with steady easterlies, the leading group of six have the chance to get their boats ready for the sling shot into the Southern Ocean. Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) had reopened his Atlantic workshop to fix his hydrogenerator, so he will be able to charge his batteries on both tacks.

Top ten rankings as of Thursday 22 November 2012, 20h00 (FR)

1. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cleac'h
2. MACIF, Francois Gabart, 54.8 nm to leader
3. PRB, Vincent Riou, 61.7 nm
4. Cheminees Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 66.4 nm
5. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick, 71.8 nm
6. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomsom, 90.1 nm
7. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 245.2 nm
8. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 268.7 nm
9. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 273.9 nm
10. Acciona, Javier Sanso, 357.5 nm

Alex Thomson Vilified For Race Protest
Alex Thomson is unfairly taking the brunt of vilification by Vendee Globe race followers after the announcement today of penalties given out to yachts that infringed the Cape Finisterre traffic separation zone (TSS) on 12 November.

There are scores of negative and potentially libellous comments about Thomson on the Vendee Globe website, and it's a great shame to see a competitor so exposed for want of a full explanation of how sailing and its rules work.

Back on 12 November, Alex Thomson gybed to avoid the TSS, as is required by international collision regulations and the race's sailing instructions, only to see a number of other skippers gain a tactical advantage by carrying on. He reportedly contacted the race committee, which informed him that in order to take action he'd have to protest.

So he did, and the result is the penalties announced today: a two-hour stop-and-go penalty for Synerciel, Mirabaud, Acciona, Initiatives Coeur and Energa, a 30 minute penalty for Mike Golding on Gamesa and 20 minutes for JP Dick on Virbac Paprec 3.

I'm not sure how this sliding scale of penalties was calculated. But Mike Golding has to take a penalty 300% of his time in the TSS, whereas the boat or boats in it for three hours have a 67% penalty.

I'm told by his team that Golding is 'considering his position'. As far as I know the only option that would be open to him is to appeal to the committee or to request redress on the basis that he has been comparatively disadvantaged.

It might also be better if more race organisers followed the example of the MOD70 and Figaro races by marking certain areas as complete no-go zones for competitors with a standard, swingeing penalty for straying there. Remove the temptation. -- Elaine Bunting, her full article in Yachting World:

39270 - The Official Pictorial Record Of The Volvo Ocean Race 2011 - 12
The 11th edition of this legendary round the world race was arguably the most visually dazzling yacht race ever. Seldom has photography documented the quest to master the oceans or the ingredients of world-class sporting endeavour better or more vividly than in this Volvo Ocean Race.

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39270 provides the ultimate hard-copy keepsake of this global spectacle. Published for an international audience with text translations in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, this book documents one of the all-time great adventures by compiling the very best photography from all angles of this global event, to tell a visual story more vividly than every before.

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Shahrazad Wins Overall
Doug Worrall’s First 36.7, Shahrazad. Photo by Louay Habib. Click on image to enlarge.

Dubai to Muscat Race After three and a half days of racing the prestigious Dubai to Muscat Race came to a conclusion with all yachts accounted for on the morning of Thursday, 22nd November. Racing under the RORC'S IRC Rule, the overall winner of the race was announced as Doug Worrall's First 36.7, Shahrazad, which also claimed line honours.

"We stayed out of trouble and kept going, it was as simple as that." Suggested Doug Worral "We stayed offshore at the start in the Arabian Gulf, to keep away from fishing nets and we got the added bonus of more wind than the yachts that chose the inshore option. Later in the race, after we rounded Khasab, we could see a terrific storm ahead and we prepared to reef and eased sheets to avoid it, this good seamanship was rewarded as we managed to skirt around the edge of the storm and in control, we had excellent boat speed.

I have always maintained that the last 12 hours of an offshore race is crucial; you are tired and that is when the mistakes can creep in but we kept focused and finished off the job. I am now looking forward to race to Khasab."

Vice Commodore of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Calum McKie racing his Grand Soleil 37, Boracic was second.

Matt Britton's J/92 Privateer was the smallest yacht in the class and claimed third overall, short-handed it would have been tough going on the 30-foot yacht.

With all of the yachts in the Dubai Muscat Race finished, attention in Muscat has turned to two days of inshore racing. Hundreds of sailors from Oman and overseas are taking part in the reatta. However, next Saturday, 24th November marks the return to offshore action with start of 230-mile Bank of Beirut Chairman's Cup Race to Khasab with a prize fund of $50,000, generously donated by the title sponsor.

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Returns To Melbourne
Some of Australia's best sailors will show the world why they ruled at the London Games as Sail Melbourne welcomes the first leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup back to Sandringham Yacht Club from December 2 - 8, 2012.

Two-time Olympic gold medal winner and six-time 470 world champion sailor Malcolm Page will attend the event as an ambassador following the announcement of his retirement from Olympic Class sailing post the London Games, along with fellow ambassador and gold medallist Iain Jensen.

Mathew Belcher, the other half of the 470 champion duo will launch his new crew in the 470 class at Sail Melbourne, while Olympians Elise Rechichi, Krystal Weir and Brendan Casey will also compete for gold in their respective classes.

Following the recent announcement from ISAF, Sail Melbourne will once again embrace Men and Women's RS:X Windsurfing as part of the Olympic Class Sailing program, along with new additions including Catamarans (Nacra 17) and Women's Skiffs (49er fx), with all three events adding a new dynamic to the World Cup line up moving forward.

The 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup features four regattas globally, of which Sail Melbourne is the first. Following Melbourne, teams will compete in Miami, USA and Palma, Spain; finishing in Hyeres, France.

A Parisian Visit For Groupama 4
The winning monohull of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 will be on display at the Paris boat show from December 8-16 - a great opportunity to see Groupama sailing team's 'green machine' up close.

Groupama 4 will be displayed at the entrance of the Paris boat show, an annual fixture on the French calendar.

Led by Franck Cammas, Groupama sailing team were the first French crew to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race since Eric Tabarly and La Poste in 1993-94 and the first to win it since l'Esprit d'equipe and Lionel Pean in 1985-86.

An instant classic for French fans, this orange and green racing yacht is assured of its place in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race as the last winning Volvo Open 70, now that the next two editions will be sailed onboard 65-foot one-design boats.

Paris, Porte de Versailles, 8-16 December 2012:

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Last of the Mohicans - Part 1
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'White Ribbon' Campaign Day at the 18s
Next Sunday, each team in the Australian 18 Footers League's 18ft Skiff fleet will carry white ribbons on the boats and competitors as part of 'White Ribbon' campaign day.

'White Ribbon' is an organization that works to prevent male violence against women and believes in the capacity of the individual to encourage a change in others.

The 'White Ribbon' annual campaign seeks to change the attitudes and behavior that leads to violence against women.

Alexandra (Alex) South, a former world and Australian champion in the Laser Radial class before joining the 18s for this season, approached the League about supporting the campaign.

President John Winning and his Australian 18 Footers League team immediately agreed and are totally supportive of the concept and the need to publicly show their support for such a worthy cause.

Alex, who skippers Lomax Financial Group, and her 'Skiff Chicks' team of Saskia Tidey and Lizzi Rountree, will be joined by the male competitors on Sunday to swear the oath before the 18ft Skiffs race on Sydney Harbour.

Nineteen of the world's best skiff teams will then make a great display on the harbour as they show their support. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League,

Industry News
Dominion Marine Media (DMM), the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates YachtWorld, Boat Trader and, has been named 2012 "Supplier of the Year" by the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA).

DMM received the recognition from the MRAA for being the manufacturer or supplier that did the most to support the dealer body in 2012. DMM has focused its efforts on providing relevant and essential industry information for dealer and broker education. These initiatives include the Marine Retail Universities, Boat Trader Market Index reports, Yacht Brokerage Universities, and YachtWorld Market Index reports. In addition, DMM launched a number of well-attended webinars, social media seminars and training programs throughout the year. -- James Nolan


In 2013 the "Original British Sailing Brand" Henri-Lloyd will be celebrating 50 Years of Originality.

Founder Henri Strzelecki MBE (or Mr Henri as he became universally known) spotted the potential of the 1960's wonder-fabric Bri-Nylon® to create the fore-runner of all modern Foul Weather Gear and so formed Henri Lloyd Limited on 1st June 1963.

This was just the beginning of "Mr Henri's" pioneering ways and he went on to develop groundbreaking design and safety features combined with innovative use of fabrics. This included the use of Velcro® as a closure on clothing, the joint development of nylon non-corrosive zips with Swiss firm Riri®, the incorporation of safety harnesses as an integral part of a jacket and the introduction of hand taped seams all of which revolutionised the world of sailing apparel.

Henri-Lloyd has received critical acclaim for the creation of innovative performance products winning numerous DAME and Environmental awards for products such as Blue Eco. Whilst also establishing the brand in both Technical Marine and Premium Lifestyle markets in over 50 countries worldwide.


It's already being billed by the organiser as a vote of confidence for the industry - if the exhibitor and visitor numbers are anything to go at this year's Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), which drew to a close in Amsterdam yesterday afternoon, then it would be hard to argue with that verdict.

Final visitor attendance totalled *19,617, up from 19,232 last year, and just shy of the milestone 20,000 that show Theo Lingmont, director of international exhibitions for Amsterdam RAI, predicted was within reach in his opening to the show celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. International attendance was up 2 per cent on last year, whilst exhbitors numbered 1,318, only marginally short of its record breaking 1,331 in 2011.

According to the RAI, an unprecedented 43 per cent of exhibitors had already pre-booked stand space for 2013 before this edition had drawn to a close.

METS 2013 will be held 19-20-21 November 2013 in Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.


Ocean Safety has acquired the assets and rights of the Australian Para Anchor brand. The company will show the Para Anchor range of vessel stabilising anchors and drogues at METS.

Ocean Safety now designs and manufactures the Para Anchor range in the UK and has already increased capacity to meet expanding demand. The acquisition significantly expands the manufacturing facility at Ocean Safety.

A Para Anchor is designed to provide sufficient power to hold the bow of a vessel head to wind in the worst storm conditions, greatly reducing the risk of broaching, capsizing or rolling, keeping the boat comfortable and stable.


The 11th International Sailing Summit (ISS) is scheduled to take place at Sandringham Yacht Club on the 3nd December 2012 as part of Sail Melbourne's ISAF Sailing World Cup Program.

Leading into its 3rd decade, the ISS recognizes its position on the international sailing circuit as the key driver in facilitating the exchange of thought leadership to both the supply and demand sectors of the sailing market place, with its key aim to promote sailing on a global scale.

This year's program will involve key note speakers, panel discussions and case study presentations from key industry leaders on the core areas of mass participation, the creation of sustainable Yacht Clubs and the utilization of media and technology moving into the future.

For more information on this must attend industry event log onto the ISS website and book your place today - places are limited!


German HanseGroup appoints Dirk Agter as Key Account Manager, Charter

HanseYachts AG opens for B2B Market. Dirk Agter will support all activities concerning charter fleets for the German company, one of the leading series production yacht builders in the world. HanseGroups sailboat range includes the well-known brands Hanse, Moody, Dehler, Varianta and the powerboat brand Fjord.

Dirk Agter, 49, from the Netherlands, has extensive experience in the yachting business as well as a close former relationship with the yard as Dutch sales manager for Hanse.

In the past, the HanseGroup concentrated mainly on the development of owner yachts and private customers. The reasons HanseGroup decided to make the endeavor into charter yacht production are; the growing market segment; and Hanse's specialized industrial building technique in production lines, which allows for a very flexible assembly process. The Hanse- building-system is capable of producing large series, especially equipped on demand, in a short time.

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The Last Word
As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music. -- Chogyam Trungpa

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