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Kurt Arrigo Wins Yacht Racing Image Of The Year Award
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The photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta is awarded for his photography taken during the Volcano Race, featuring the yacht Nilaya and the reflection of the island of Capri on her hull. Forty-six photographers from all over the world participated in the contest. Their photos can be viewed at

"The weather had been bad all day, but the sun suddenly came out for a short while. We were leaving the area but I asked the pilot of the helicopter to fly back briefly over the leading boat; that's when I took this photograph. I am absolutely thrilled to receive such a prestigious award. It is a great honour for me" said Arrigo.

The final choice was made by five members of the Jury. Shirley Robertson,double Olympic Gold medallist, said that "the quality of this years' finalists really is extraordinarily high; each photograph tells a story of an exceptional year in our sport. I loved them all".

According to Christian Fevrier, a legend of yacht racing photography, "the reflection at twilights in the hull was interesting. But the importance of the crew creates a second point of interest. It's a great shot, that would have been impossible to do twenty years ago with the films of very low speed we used then." -- Bernard Schopfer

Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012 - the five finalists:

1. Kurt Arrigo, winner of the Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012
2. Ian Roman
3. Thierry Martinez
4. Tom Gruitt
5. Matias Capizzano

UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island
The UON SB20 World Championships will get underway at Hamilton Island this Friday when 42 crews representing nine countries meet for the opening bout in the Whitsunday Islands, at the edge of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.

Up to three races have been scheduled daily through to the deciding day, Thursday December 20. Monday 17th is a planned layday, designed to give competitors, particularly the Europeans who have come from their winter, a well-earned break from the comparative sauna-like conditions and the relentless trophy hunt.

Contenders include current SB20 European champions, Russian Oleg Zherebtsov and his helm Rodion Luka (Raketa), and former class world champions Geoff Carveth (WKD) and Jerry Hill (, both UK based.

Australia's hopes are riding on a number of proven and hungry countrymen, including Victoria's Chris Dare (Flirtatious), Tasmania's Nick Rogers (Karabos) and Hamilton Island's CEO Glenn Bourke (Club Marine), who fared well in last weekend's non-pointscore pre-worlds

"We sailed really well on Saturday to win three of the four races then on Sunday Rodion pulled out his big guns and started playing hardball, he was very impressive," said Bourke, who has teamed up with Andrew York on the main and Mooloolaba's Greg Macallansmith on the bow.

Bourke believes that since last year's UK worlds the calibre of the SB20 fleet has lifted. "The top four or five are sailing incredibly in really well-prepared boats. It's going to be pretty tough".

Over 35 years of sailing, Nick Rogers has won seven international regattas and 24 Australian championships.

Of the 42 SB20 crews, three will be skippered by women including Russian Olympic 470 and Yngling sailor, Anna Basalkina, Great Britain's Sarah Allen (Sailboat Deliveries), part of the winning crew at the 2008 world title, and Australia's Paris Stowell and her crew of West Australian Aboriginal high school girls on Squalo Bianco.

Countries represented include: Australia, Great Britain, United Arab Emirates, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.

Results will be available daily at and

Baby Oats Rolls Rivals In Solas Big Boat Challenge
She's used to being the star of the show, but yesterday it was Wild Oats' little sister and a bunch of skiff sailors who stole the limelight in a drama-packed SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour.

On a day the biggest and most expensive yachts in the country come out to play ahead of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, it was a smaller and older one crewed by a group of mates that raced off with the main honours.

While Mark Richards and his team claimed line honours on the 100-footer Wild Oats XI, it was the smaller Wild Oats X, nicknamed "Baby Oats", that raced away with the coveted overall victory.

It was an unexpected win for the 66-footer. It had only been decided six days ago that Wild Oats X would compete and it was raced round a 14 nautical mile course by a group of men who usually confine their sailing to the much smaller but definitely wetter 18-foot skiffs. Access all Areas. $1 for the first 28 days. Only $2.95 a week thereafter. Learn more.

"We threw it together with 14 of our mates and sailed together for 30 minutes yesterday," said America's Cup sailor Troy Tindall, who skippered the nine-year-old yacht alongside his father-in-law Sandy Oatley.

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Marlow At The London Boat Show
Marlow will launch 8 new products to the public at the London International Boat Show. Visit stand number G169 opposite the Black and White bar to see the latest product innovations, watch splicing demonstrations and discuss your own rope requirements. New products include:

1. Doublebraid Marble Colours - Marlow has introduced 4 new colours into the Doublebraid range.

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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 G169 to speak to a member of the Marlow Team and see the new products.

ISAF World Rankings
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 12 December 2012 have been released.

Top three by class:

Men's 470
1. Matthew Belcher / Malcolm Page (also crewed with William Ryan), AUS
2. Panagiotis Kampouridis / Panagiotis Kampouridis, GRE
3. Gideon Kliger / Eran Sela, ISR

Women's 470
1. Lisa Westerhof / Lobke Berkhout, (also crewed with Anneloes Van Veen), NED
2. Gil Cohen / Vered Buskila, ISR
3. Ai Kondo / Wakako Tabata, JPN

1. Tom Burton, AUS
2. Philipp Buhl, GER
3. Bruno Fontes, BRA

Laser Radial
1. Marit Bouwmeester, NED
2. Alison Young, GBR
3. Krystal Weir, AUS

1. Alexandra Maloney, NZL
2. Tessa Parkinson, AUS
3. Ella Giudice, AUS

1. Allan Norregaard / Peter Lang (also crewed with Anders Thomsen), DEN
2. Tobias Schadewaldt / Hans Burchard (also crewed with Hendrik Brandis, Hannes Baumann and Oliver Lewin), GER
3. Mathieu Frei / Yann Rocherieux, CAL

1. Brendan Casey, AUS
2. Jonas Hogh-Christensen, DEN
3. Zach Railey, USA

Men's RS:X
1. Julien Bontemps, FRA
2. Przemyslaw Miarcznski, POL
3. Piotr Myszka, POL

Women's RS:X
1. Moana Delle, GER
2. Flavia Tartaglini, ITA
3. Charline Picon, FRA

The Nacra17 is 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.

Events included in these final rankings for 2012:

Complete rankings at

Musket Cove Named as Destination for RNZYS Ocean Race
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has announced that Musket Cove, Fiji, will be the landing point for its major offshore yacht race in 2013.

The race, which commences on 1 June 2013, will start off Westhaven Marina in Auckland, New Zealand, and finish at the Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina in Fiji.

The race is 1,150 miles long, and includes a cruising rally that will start when the conditions are right, in the week prior to the race start.

Musket Cove was selected because it is the gateway to Fiji's cruising waters, it offers the convenience of a well equipped marina, and it is a beautiful location that can be combined with a holiday.

A Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Expression of Interest form is available on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron website, , or by calling Melanie Benton on 09 360 3800. The race is supported by Manson Anchors and Pindar. -- Zoe Hawkins

Ben Ainslie Criticises ISAF's Lack Of Consistency
Released from the need to be polite about the ISAF handling of the Olympic classes debacle, four time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie criticised ISAF's lack of consistency in his keynote speech at the fifth edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum:

"How can windsurfers be told to go and buy kitesurfs one day, only to be reinstated two months later. In addition, a Class shouldn't be selected for just one Olympic cycle; it is wrong. Those are examples that make our sport look weak. The problem lies in the decision process."

The sport of sailing is changing fast, and debates at the forum focusing on yacht clubs and venues were a good illustration of the evolution the sport is going through. Debates on the use of social media, and the new broadcast technologies used by the America's Cup also highlighted the changes the sport is going through.

"Francois Gabart, who leads the Vendee Globe, is only 29 years old and he sends three times more media than all his competitors", observed Mark Turner, Executive Chairman, OC Sport. "It doesn't stop him from being competitive. The others will have to learn!" -- Gerald New in Sail-Web:

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

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Olympic Sailor Andrew Lewis Set To Sail From Tobago To Trinidad
London 2012 Olympian Andrew Lewis will sail 50-miles from Tobago to Trinidad on Sunday 16 December.

The 23 year old sailor is staging what he calls the Wind Energy Challenge, attempting to create history as the first person to make the journey in a 14 ft Laser Sail boat.

Lewis sets sail from Pigeon Point, Tobago at around 9:30 and will be trailed by a team from the Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard. He will navigate his way across the waters in hopes of reaching the shores of Maracas Bay at around 2:30pm. The entire distance is estimated to be about 50 miles.

Lewis added, "One of my main objectives is to increase the profile of sailing in Trinidad and Tobago. I believe that events such as this one will help in doing so."

Weymouth And Portland to Host 2016 Vintage Yachting Games
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) competed against Germany, Romania and Sweden to host the event in 2016.

Held every four years, it is expected to attract more than 650 athletes, competing in up to 14 classes.

Rudy den Outer, Chairman of Vintage Yachting Games, said WPNSA had been chosen "due to excellent predicted sailing conditions during the summer and the experienced experts of the race committee".

He said: "The Vintage yachting classes are very much looking forward to celebrating over 90 years of Olympic sailing experience at the same location of the latest Olympic sailing event."

The event features all the former Olympic sailing classes after their discontinuation in the Games.

Why Regulate?
A breath of fresh air has floated in, bringing with it an opinion of a bureaucrat that there just might be too many rules about what leisure sailors can and can't do. The amazing, but very welcome announcement, began with the almost subversive-sounding 'Why regulate? Can't we just have fun?'

The opinion came from the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) during a lecture to a UK university, and began acknowledging that the maritime environment is a risky place and that, last year, 112 people died in maritime accidents within the UK search and rescue region.

Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), has apparently been discussing the role of the Agency in ensuring effective rules, regulations and behaviours are in place to keep lives, ships and the maritime environment as safe as possible.

In a speech to the RNLI's Annual Lecture at the University of Southampton last night, Sir Alan said: 'We know there has to be a balance between being governed by strict rules on the one hand and being steered by good practice, rational standards and common sense on the other. The trick is to get that balance right.'

For those sailing in UK waters, HM Coastguard's Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme - CG66 - is free to register and is a useful safeguard. In an emergency, the Coastguard will have vital information on you and your boat. More information can be found on their website: -- Joanne Rawlings in

Jang-Yeon Moon
It is with great sadness ISAF reports that Jang-Yeon Moon (KOR), a former ISAF Council Member and International Judge, has died.

A lifelong sailor and Korean Sailing Federation Training Director and Regional Race Officer, Jang-Yeon passed away after a sudden heart attack.

Jang-Yeon's work with ISAF began in 1997 when he was appointed an International Judge. Three years later he became involved the Regional Games Committee where he sat until 2004.

Jang-Yeon was instrumental in bringing the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships to Busan, Korea in 2005 and brought his experience from the 2002 Asian Games Sailing Competition, where he served as regatta coordinator, to another successful edition of the Youth Worlds.

Four years after the 2005 ISAF Youth Worlds Jang-Yeon was back on the Regional Games Committee where he sat until recently at the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and condolences to his wife, son and daughter.

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* From Mike O'Hagan: re: World Yacht Racing Forum. So most of the first day's discussion revolved around sponsorship. So where does yachting come in this forum? Second, third or anywhere? It is good to see the priority that this forum holds in first place. At least we all know now what the Forum stands for. I will follow with interest to see if any of the 3,452,754 non-sponsored yacht owners/racing crews receive a look in.

Regards from a non-sponsored ex- foredeck hand.

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