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Cleac'h Cuts Gabart Lead to 61 Miles
Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) is just 61 miles behind the leader Francois Gabart (MACIF) but the gains may have finished for now as both struggle in the doldrums. Le Cléac'h has averaged 10.6 knots over the last four hours (compared to Gabart's 6.6), but was down to 6.3 knots over the last hour (compared to Gabart's 7.4). But it seems likely that Le Cléac'h will be able to bank many of the 212 miles he has won back since Monday afternoon.

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3), in third, has slowed too, albeit to but was still averaging 11.4 knots over the last four hours and 12.3 knots in the last hour. He is 486 miles behind the leader.

That is three reasons why Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) may be feeling even more optimistic, cautiously, about his chances of winning back some miles on the top three from the west. He was averaging 14.1 knots over the last four hours, 788 mile behind the leader.

Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) and Mike Golding (Gamesa) in fifth and sixth place, continue to struggle on the west and east sides of the course respectively. They are both headed by northerlies and the three strung out behind them have found two or three more knots of boat speed. But it remains unclear whose strategy will prove the better.

Eleventh-placed Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives cœur), flying in front of 20-22 south westerlies has been the fastest in the fleet, averaging 15.1 knots over the last four hours.

Rankings as of Wednesday 16 January 2013, 20h00 (FR)

1. MACIF, Francois Gabart, 2919.8 nm to finish
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cleac'h, 61.9 nm to leader
3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick, 486.2 nm
4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 788.6 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1994.3 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 2073.0 nm
7. ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sanso, 2239.6 nm
8. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2319.4 nm
9. AKENA Verandas, Arnaud Boissieres, 2355.0 nm
10. Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM Projets, Bertrand de Broc, 3575.3 nm
11. Initiatives-coeur, Tanguy De Lamotte, 3760.5 nm
12. Team Plastique, Alessandro Di Benedetto, 4457.1 nm

www.vendeeglobe.org

"This Is It. We'll Find Out Whether We Have It Right In September"
Emirates Team New Zealand has had its second AC72 delivered to its team base in Auckland.

"It's really exciting," said Kevin Shoebridge, the Chief Operations Officer for the team. "It's quite a big day, taking delivery of the second AC72. We're on time, it's going well and we're really looking forward to getting it out on the water in the next few weeks."

The major components of the platform were built at Cookson's Boatyard taking nearly 40,000 man-hours of work to complete.

"I'm very happy to see it here," said ETNZ technical director Nick Holroyd. "The hopes of the campaign are grounded in this one. With any luck she works well and we never have to pull boat one of the cupboard again."

"This is it," agreed Grant Dalton, head of the team. "We'll make it faster, but it ain't going to change shape!

"We'll find out whether we got it right or not in September this year."

The team is targeting a first sail in early February.

www.americascup.com

Celebrating The Old Gaffer's 50th Birthday
Plans are now underway for PL 13 which, as part of the Old Gaffers 50th Birthday Celebrations, promises to be the biggest and best Peel Traditional Boat Weekend to date. Peel is the designated OGA Irish Sea Centre for those that can not make it to the climax of the celebrations in Cowes but would like to join in the Anniversary Festivities.

Peel Traditional Boat Weekend has been extended to a five days festival.

Peel Sailing and Cruising Club will host the event and an exciting addition to the popular evening meals and entertainments is a Ceilidh at the Masonic Hall in Peel on Saturday evening which will provide visiting crews with a taste of Manx culture and a load of fun.

Record entries, a packed, vibrant harbour and a parade of sail second to none will be supplemented by a series of shore-side activities and entertainments. These will include the ever popular QUICK AND DIRTY BOAT BUILDING COMPETITION & RACE, the hilarity and banter of the Prize Presentation, live music from local groups, street artists and Manx dancers. As the Parade of Sail has been moved to Friday, it will give skippers and crews of visiting boats a real chance to show off their carpentry skills and enter the boat building competition. More details of all the festivities will be released as soon as they are confirmed.

Dates are 8-12 August.

From Afloate magazine: afloat.ie

James Haskell and the Musto Winch Grinding Competition
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Musto Winch Grinding Competition Musto shooting ambassador James Haskell visited the Musto stand at the London Boat Show over the weekend to check out their new technical sailing collection and have a go at the Musto Winch Grinding Challenge.

The Wasps Flanker sets a new record just short of 12 seconds, beating the top sailor by about 0.27 seconds

Visit the Musto stand (A100) to have a go at the Winch Grinding Challenge after 5pm on Thursday 17 January - if you can get under 15 seconds (men) or 18 seconds (women), the beers are on Musto.

news.musto.com

Round Barbados Series Back For A Third Run
The island's 2013 international sailing calendar will get off to a massive start when the 77th anniversary of the Round Barbados Race Series is celebrated this weekend. With the feature race, the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race, scheduled for Errol Barrow Day, on Monday, January 21, crews of the participating vessels will be putting all on the line as they vie to win their captain's weight in rum.

The event started in 1936 with five trading schooners racing for bragging rights to be the fastest vessel in local waters, which brought with it the ability to attract more business. Since being resurrected in 2011, the series has evolved to include another feature which has been dubbed the Two Restaurants Race. This year's race will proceed as usual with vessels going from Cruising Club to marks off Beach House on the West Coast and Tapas on the South on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. New to the programme this year is the Antigua Open Race, which has a main function of linking the Round Island Race to the Super Yacht Challenge in Antigua. Wednesday's 300-mile journey is hoped to bring some of the world's largest yachts to Barbados in the coming years.

The Barbados Advocate: www.barbadosadvocate.com

Rainer Holtorff RYA Yachtmaster of the Year 2012
Rainer Holtorff from Germany was presented with the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year Trophy by HRH The Princess Royal today (16 January) at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.

Richard Falk RYA Training Manager said "This is the first time that the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year has been awarded to someone outside the UK, which demonstrates the truly global significance of the RYA Yachtmaster qualification".

Rainer started sailing on Fjords near the Baltic Sea. Whilst studying in Hamburg he bought an old yacht which he sailed either single handed or with a small crew on the North Sea, the Baltic and the River Elbe. Rainer went on to skipper yachts around the European coast and across the Atlantic.

In 2009 he founded the yacht delivery company Sailworkteam, and is currently skippering an ocean yacht JV53 'Tognum'.

Candidates for the 2012 RYA Yachtmaster award were entered by the RYA's worldwide team of Yachtmaster examiners.

The RYA Yachtmaster of the Year Trophy was donated by the Royal Institute of Navigation.

www.rya.org.uk

Seahorse February 2013
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Chay Blyth Round-The-World Yacht Race Reunion
Skippers on parade in 1991 at St Katherine's Dock - in their normal work clothes. Pictured (left to right): Vivien Cherry, Richard Tudor (sailmaker), Will Sutherland, Pete Goss, Ian MacGillivray, Alec Honey (who dropped out before the race), Adrian Donovan,  Mike Golding (fireman), John Chittenden and yacht surveyor Paul Jeffes.. Click on image to enlarge.

Chay Blyth Round-The-World Yacht Race Reunion More than 200 people have signed up to attend a 20th anniversary reunion this Saturday for skippers and crew from Chay Blyth's 1992-93 'wrong way' round-the-world British Steel Challenge yacht race, plus the four subsequent Global Challenge races.

The event will take place at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show on Saturday 19th January, with Sir Chay Blyth attending. Race veterans coming from as far away as Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA and all across Europe.

Most of the sailors were trained by Pete Goss, later appointed one of the skippers. Goss and Mike Golding are two of the skippers who will be absent from the reunion. The former is currently kayaking around Hobart and Golding is racing up the Atlantic on the final stretch of the Vendee Globe.

The Boat Show reunion includes plans for an auction of Global Challenge memorabilia, in aid of Save the Children, plus screening of videos from the Challenge events, and a buffet dinner. Two ex-Global Challenge yachts, Challenger 3/Sarah, operated by The Tall Ships Youth Trust, and Catzero, managed by the sail training charity, CatZero, are also at the show on the marina berth M163/4.

The organiser is sailing journalist Barry Pickthall who wrote the book 'No Guts - No Glory' on the event. Barry says: 'We have not managed to track down every crew member, so if you are still in contact with your crew-mates, please tell them, we don't want anyone to miss out!'

Tickets for the reunion are £20, including the buffet dinner, if you already have a boat show ticket, or £30 including the boat show. The Reunion buffet dinner will take place in the Platinum Suite level 3, (follow signs for the BMF/RYA Lounge) starting at 7pm, when the Show closes, and will continue until 11pm.

To book, go to www.londonboatshow.com, click on the Show Tickets - Buy Now! and select 19 January and type in the promotional code BTG. If you have a show ticket already use the promotional code BTGE.

The deadline for booking is Friday.

If you have any questions about the Reunion event please contact: Barry Pickthall on +44 (0)7768 395719 or email

Latest details on www.facebook.com/Challenge20yearReunion

Industry News
Last night's Marine Industry Awards, presented at the Marine Trades Association Dinner at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, recognised excellence in individuals and companies working in the UK marine industry.

The annual awards, judged by Boating Business and the Marine Trades Association, were presented in front of an audience of industry professionals at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in London's Docklands. The awards are sponsored by Boating Business, Matchtech and Ocean Safety.

Seamark Nunn of Ipswich won the MTA's Retailer of the Year award. The family-­‐run company celebrated 50 years in business in 2011. The MTA Personality of the Year award went to David Barrow of Barrow International. David is also Vice Chairman of the British Marine Federation's International Development Committee.

The Chairman's Special Award was presented to Grant Hooper, Princess Yachts.

The next generation of leaders in the UK marine industry was celebrated with Boating Business awards for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which was awarded to Rob Cross of Southern Cross Yachts, and the Boating Business Scott Deverell Young Businessperson of the Year award, which went to Philip Marsh of Chatham Marine.

The Boating Business Environment Award went to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), while Yachtmail Chandlery won the Boating Business Boats.com Website Award. Peter Nash, Editor of Boating Business, was on hand to present the Boating Business awards and to congratulate the winners.

The evening's final award was the much-­‐anticipated Boating Business Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Peter Methven OBE, who, amongst many other successes is a past president of the British Marine Federation.

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Bonnier Corp. today announced that Terry Snow, CEO, has elected to retire effective January 14, 2013. Snow will be succeeded by Dave Freygang, who recently served as Executive Vice President for Bonnier's Active Interest Division.

Snow is retiring after serving six years as CEO of Bonnier Corp., and 28 years as CEO & Founder of World Publications, a company that Bonnier partnered with in 2006. Snow started World Publications in 1978 by creating WaterSki magazine, and oversaw the growth of the business to its current state with over 50 media brands, including Popular Science, Field & Stream and Parenting. Snow will continue his involvement at Bonnier Corp. as a member of the Board of Directors, in addition to being a shareholder.

www.bonniercorp.com

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LDC Sailing is to take over production of the Laser 2000. Designer Phil Morrison has appointed LDC as the new license holder for the production and distribution the 2000 Class. LDC plan to produce new moulds and then initiate production, with the aim of having new boats ready to deliver from late spring onwards, from their Romsey base close to the M27 north of Southampton. First produced in 1998, production numbers for the 2000 have been between 30 and 40 boats per year recently.

www.sailweb.co.uk

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To follow up on last week's announcement for the UK with Bainbridge, Plastimo is gradually adding strong foothold in other strategic parts of Europe

Plastimo President ‐also Alliance Marine President‐ Jean‐Paul Roche announces today the appointment of ON DECK b.v. (based in Weteringbrug‐NL) as distributor for the Netherlands (including Dutch‐speaking part of Belgium) and BUKH‐BREMEN GmbH for Germany.

Plastimo will be present at BOOT‐Düsseldorf on the BUKH‐BREMEN stand and at HISWA‐Amsterdam on the ON DECK stand.

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Having co-organised the Shenzhen International Boat Show three times (from 2009 to 2011), and being aware of the difficulties in accommodating their exhibitors both ashore and afloat, EuropExpo and the Grand Pavois Organisation are building on their development strategy within China by taking over the running of the China Xiamen International Boat Show from 2013 onwards.

The show is scheduled for 1-4 November

www.xmboatshow.com/Eng/

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Zhik has reinforced its commitment to youth sailing in Australia with the announcement of their partnership with Objective Australia who will challenge for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (RBYAC) in 2013.

The partnership between Zhik and Objective Australia ensures that the on water team will have access to the latest technical racing gear that is presently being used by the best senior America's Cup teams. In addition, Zhik will supply Objective Australia with on shore team wear.

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The Capitalize agency has been appointed to help the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) find a replacement for Skandia as naming rights sponsor of the British Sailing Team.

Capitalize has previously worked with the RYA, the UK's national governing body for sailing and windsurfing, on a commercial strategy. The agency also has significant experience in sailing working with rights-holders including the Volvo Ocean Race.

After sponsoring the team in the build-up to London 2012, Skandia opted not to extend its deal as title sponsor of the British team beyond the end of 2012.

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* From James Struth: One point that I think the RORC is missing is the entry price to IRC racing and the kind of boats they are encouraging. There are many of us who only want to race but it is clear that in the small boat sizes (under 30ft) there are very few modern race boats that are competitive under IRC. For instance one can buy a really good SB20 for about £8,000 and enjoy exhilarating sailing but under IRC you do not stand a chance against an MG27 in similar condition with similar crew, the same is true of almost all sports boats that can be bought second hand and in good condition for under £15,000.

I think that the RORC need to have a good look at what the competitive local sailors want to sail. It does not seem reasonable that only those that can afford a Kerr40 or similar can sail a race boat under IRC....

If the RORC supported grass roots racing this would undoubtedly filter up to bigger boats for those who catch the bug and find the money for the Kerr40 later in life (when the kids have left home!!!!)

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