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Merriman and Trinter Win Race 5 of the 2010 Star World Championship
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Rick Merriman and Phil Trinter (USA) snatched the lead from Lars Grael and Ronal Seifert (BRA) on the first run of Race 5 of the 2010 Star World Championship in Rio de Janeiro and followed up yesterday's second place finish with a bullet. "We're smoking downwind," said Merriman. The pair watched regatta leaders Iain Percy and Andrew "Bart" Simpson (GBR) jibe of inside them during the initial part of the first run and lose boats. "That was the signal to continue on without jibing," said Trinter. -- Lynn Fitzpatrick

Top ten after five races:

1. Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson, GBR, 9 points
2. Flavio Marazzi / Enrico De Maria, SUI, 17
3. Alan Adler / Guilherme de Almeida, BRA, 31
4. Johannes Babendererde / Timo Jacobs, GER, 32
5. Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, BRA, 32
6. Torben Grael / Marcelo Ferreira, BRA, 36
7. Lars Grael / Ronald Seifert, BRA, 39
8. Eivind Melleby / Petter Pedersen, NOR, 39
9. Juan Kouyoumdjian / Alejandro Colla, ARG, 41
10. Diego Negri / Fernando Colaninno, ITA, 42

What's the French Maestro Michel Desjoyeaux Up To?
One more day and we'll find out all about Michel Desjoyeaux's big project.

The French maestro and twice-winner of the Vendee Globe is revealing all in a press conference in Paris Thursday. The project is mysteriously entitled F2014 and has caused much speculation across the Channel.

The depiction of the Earth from space on the press blurb implies that it's a round the world plan. But who knows? It's been shrouded in deepest secrecy.

It's doubtful that it's the next Vendee Globe because that's in 2012. One rumour is that Mich is the first to sign up for a Multi One-Design Race, the new round the world race for 70ft trimarans.

That conclusion has being going round because the first of these new boats is being built at his brother Hubert's yard CDK in Port La Forêt, Brittany. It is due to be launched later this year.

If it's true it would give an amazing shot in the arm to a race that could so easily be a pipedream.

But as I say, we'll know for sure tomorrow. And Mich Desj's next project will be a big clue as to where the top French sailors may be heading next. -- Elaine Bunting in her blog at

The Big Picture Takes Shape
Photo by Richard Langdon/Ocean Images, Click on image for photo gallery.

Key West Race Week It is three days into a five-day regatta - normally the time when the contenders are separated from the pretenders. With six races completed and four more to be contested at Key West 2010, presented by Nautica, the big picture is taking shape under sunny skies.

Barking Mad tactician Terry Hutchinson was intently reviewing the scoreboard after racing on Wednesday when he was asked if the American entry was a contender or a pretender in the 19-boat Farr 40 class.

"Probably somewhere in between the two at this point, but if we don't get our act together and start sailing better we'll be in the pretender category," said Hutchinson, shaking his head about several missed opportunities that have Barking Mad in fifth place overall.

Skipper Giovannia Maspero and the crew on Joe Fly increased their lead in the Farr 40 class to five points over fellow Italian entry Nerone (Massimo Mezzaroma) on the strength of a 5-2 line on Wednesday.

Decision, a TP52 owned by Stephen Murray of New Orleans, La., became the first IRC 1 entry other than Bella Mente to win a race when it corrected to first in Race 6. Interlodge, a TP52 owned by Austin Fragomen of New York, has finished second in four of six races and heads the pack in what appears to be a battle to be runner-up to Bella Mente.

John Kilroy steered Samba Pa Ti to victory in second start on Wednesday to extend his lead in Melges 32 class, largest of the regatta with 22 boats. Completion of six races allowed each boat to drop its worst result and Samba Pa Ti tossed a 14th suffered in Race 1.

Perhaps the most surprising entry in Melges 32 is Yasha Samurai, a newcomer to the highly-competitive, professional-laden class. Owner Yukihiro Ishida of Tokyo, Japan, vaulted from 11th to fifth in the overall standings after winning Race 5 and dropping a 16th from Race 2 and was selected as Mount Gay Rum Boat of the Day.

Full results at

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Camet Introduces "Nantucket" It's Newest Sailing Shorts
These are the best looking, top quality shorts with a New England style for 2010. These shorts are made of lightweight nylon fabric that has a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish that dries quickly and has a UV rating of 40+. They are reinforced with and abrasion resistant seat pocket. The seat pocket has a Velcro® closure on the top for the optional foam pad insert. The shorts feature two-side cargo pockets with a Velcro® closure flap, as well as two deep inside pockets. The waist is adjustable with Velcro® adjustment straps. The Nantucket Sailing Shorts are made in America.

Enjoy these lightweight, quick drying, comfortable shorts.

Classics and History
Photo of Ranger by J C Jeremy from the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, Click on image to enlarge.

Australia Day Regatta Entries for the 174th Australia Day Regatta close today with the Sailing Office at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, with regatta organisers expecting up to 140 yachts and skiffs to compete in the historic Sydney Harbour event and in the traditional short ocean race to Botany Bay and return.

The Australia Day Regatta will be sailed on the harbour from 1.30pm on Australia, next Tuesday, 26 January while the ocean race will start at 11am with the fleet heading down the coast to Botany Bay.

Casual entries are also being received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for the Botany Bay Race, which is part of the club's Ocean Point Score, the Grant Thornton Short Ocean Point Score, with the Grant Thornton Short Haul (non-spinnaker) fleet also joining the race this year.

A feature of the harbour regatta will be the emphasis on the early days of yacht racing in Sydney, with up to 30 original or replica 'old-timers' taking part in the Gaff-Riggers, Classic Yachts and Historical Skiffs divisions.

Among entries for the classic yacht division are 1966 Sydney Hobart Race line honours winner Fidelis, now owned by Nigel Stoke, and the 8-metre class yacht Erica J, owned by Les Goodridge. Erica J last year celebrated her 60th anniversary and a career that included winning the coveted Sayonara Cup for Tasmania in 1953.

The gaff-riggers division is headed by the famous Ranger, with octogenarian skipper Bill Gale again at the helm and proudly carrying the sail number A1 of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club.

The nine Historical Skiffs are all replicas of the spectacular gaff-rigged 18-footers that raced on Sydney Harbour a century ago, many helmed by modern-day skiff champions including John Winning (Australia IV) and Michael Chapman (Yendys). Built to the original plans, these icons of Sydney Harbour carry colour emblems rather than sail numbers on their massive mainsails. -- Peter Campbell

Entries Open For J.P. Morgan Asset Management RTIR
Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: Online Entries for this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race are open from Thursday 21st January. The Notice of Race and Entry Form go live on the updated Race website at .

Following competitor feedback and the large number of entries received online in 2009, it has been decided that entries will be via the online system in 2010. However, paper entries can be made by contacting the Island Sailing Club direct.

The 2010 Race, the 79th edition and the 6th to have J.P. Morgan Asset Management as its title sponsor, is being run on Saturday, 19th June.

Around 16,000 sailors from across Europe and the USA, as well as from all over the UK, compete in upwards of 1,700 boats to follow the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout to The Needles, past St Catherine's Point, turning at Bembridge Ledge buoy and then heading back into the Solent. Spectators can find many vantage points on the mainland and around the Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress.

Over 60 prizes are awarded and every boat completing this much-loved race receives a special Tankard marking the occasion.

The multihull record stands at just 3 hours 8 minutes and 29 seconds and for a monohull, the record is 3 hours 53 minutes and 5 seconds. However, the bulk of the fleet crosses the line during the late afternoon or early evening. -- Peta Stuart-Hunt

ISAF Sailor Classification Code Updated With Group 2 To Be Eliminated
Following on from decisions taken at the ISAF Annual Conference, the ISAF Sailor Classification Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.

The ISAF Sailor Classification Code is a service provided by ISAF, giving events and classes a cost-free, international system for classification of sailors. It is incorporated in ISAF Regulation 22. Following a lengthy consultation process with sailors, classes and events which use the Code, the ISAF Sailor Classification Commission proposed the removal of the Group 2 category of classification with an implementation date of 1 April 2010. The ISAF Council approved this proposal at the ISAF Annual Conference in November.

The new Classification Code which will be effective 1 April 2010, is now available and published on the ISAF website at . The translations in French, Italian, German and Spanish will be published as they become available.

Revised Frequently Asked Questions will be available on the website in English on 15 January. Translations will be available as soon as possible thereafter.

The Commission will email all Group 2 sailors, some 450 people, in early January. They will be given full instructions on how and when to reapply.

All existing Group 2 sailors will have to reapply.If they are only using their existing classification after 31 March they may apply from mid February. If they still need to use their existing classification before 1 April they may only apply after 31 March. Sailors who do not reapply by 8 April will be placed 'Under Review' and notified.

Sailors applying for a Classification for the first time between now and 31 March who would be Group 2 will be asked for details of when they require to use their Classification.

2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe Open For Official Entries
Photo by Thierry Martinez, Click on image to enlarge.

Extreme Sailing Series Europe Open For Official Entries The Notice of Race for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe has been issued, effectively opening the official entry period for the European series - closing date for entries is midnight on 15th March.

"We continue negotiations with various potential main partners to support our long term plans for both the European and Asian series," commented Mark Turner, CEO of OC Group. "However, securing new partners before the European season kicks off is not absolutely necessary and won't affect our plans for 2010 - this year will be another spectacular season of Extreme 40 racing, racing that continues to change the way sailing is seen. We are keen to grow our original brand - Extreme Sailing Series - regardless of developments on the sponsor front as we go through the year," he concluded.

Six existing teams from Europe and the Middle East, have already expressed strong commitment to rejoin the circuit for 2010, with several new teams anticipated to step-up to the start line in May 2010. The expectation and objective is once again to have 8 to 10 international, top level teams. OC Events, organiser of the circuit since its inception in 2007, is planning an official launch week commencing 15 May 2010 when the teams and their skippers will be presented officially for the first time.

The 2010 series will be a five, possibly six event series, racing in iconic venues and cities in locations including the UK, France, Germany and Spain:

Event 1: 27-30 May location tbc
Exhibition Event: 19 June: J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Event 2: 14-18 July or 31 July to 5 August UK
Event 3: 26-29 August Germany
Event 4: 9-12 September location tbc
Event 5: 23-26 September location tbc
Event 6: 9-12 October, Almería, Spain

Final venues will be announced one by one over the coming weeks.

Every Extreme 40 will continue to race with a 'fifth-man' onboard, a VIP guest, cameraman, photographer or reporter - an opportunity for them to be right in the heart of the action during actual racing.

OC Events will also continue to provide a full PR and Media programme throughout 2010 including a host broadcaster service, TV news and a TV series for global broadcast media.

All teams entered into the 2010 series will be invited to a briefing at OC Events' offices at East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK on Tuesday 30 March covering the race management, media and hospitality aspects of the event.

The closing date for entries to the 2010 series is 15 March 2010.

Seahorse February 2010
Seahorse Magazine What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

Terry Hutchinson lines up a busy 2010, Giuliano Luzzato enjoys the return of the Azzurra, as does Mauro Pelaschier, Adam Minoprio takes the match race crown and time to check some of our sport's 'progress'?

Tanguy De Lamotte and Bernard Stamm both have a 'very good' Chocolat, Jean-Pierre Dick is making the most of his time in New Zealand, America's Cup activity blossoms in Oz. Plus Dobbs Davis catches up on the back-story of BMW Oracle's mighty wing with Ben Hall. Ivor Wilkins, Patrice Carpentier, Rob Mundle, Carlos Pich

Andy Rice talks to New Zealand skiff sailor Paul Roe about the now-foiling R-Class two-handers.

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London Boat Show Ovington Grand Prix
In spite of the cold and very damp weather a hardy bunch of 29er, 49er and B14 teams made their way to the dock next to the ExCel exhibition centre to take part in the 5th Ovington Boat Show Grand Prix. Sailing in the Southerly breeze meant that the East - West dock provided some very challenging conditions. A 12 - 15 knot breeze at each end of the course with either nothing or big down drafts in the middle brought some very frustrating moments for all the sailors.

In the B14 series it was a two way battle between Mark Barnes & Phil Eltringham and Chris Bines & Dave Gibbons. After 3 races and even with Barnes & Eltringham winning a race it was Bines & Gibbons that took the prize.

The 49er class was dominated by Phil Sharp & Nick Murray who coped with the very demanding wind conditions provided by the buildings around the dock. Their boat handling not only ensured they were fast to react to the ever changing wind but impressed the crowds on the dock. Simon Potts & Andy Jeffrey took a well deserved second place from the new boys Austin Scully & Tom Brunton.

The 29ers had the biggest turnout and all gave a fine display of boat handling with only a few capsizes. Chris Mathews & Ed Gibbons showed that time in the boat pays by winning all 3 races in spite of having to return to the start after an OCS. The rest of the places were all very close with tie breaks having to separate 2nd and 3rd. Adam Larvin & Tim Walton scraped 2nd from Ian Payne & Chris Berry who ended up 3rd. Praise must go to Alex Orton who had to step in at the last moment after her friend ended up with stitches from a tobogganing accident. -- Dave Hall

Complete results on

Classic Yacht Symposium
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA: The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) announce opening of registration for the 2010 Classic Yacht SymposiumTM, to be held Friday through Sunday, April 9‐11, 2008, in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA.

The 4th Symposium features an exceptional program that welcomes professionals and amateurs alike to attend expert presentations on a variety of subjects related to classic yacht design, restoration, replication and use.

Friday's events include guided tours of some of Connecticut's best restoration yards, including a visit to Mystic Shipyard with a personal look at the recently restored Herreshoff New York 50 SPARTAN; a special presentation on board the CHARLES W. MORGAN at Mystic Seaport; and an in‐depth view of a Herreshoff New York 30 undergoing restoration at MP&G.

The weekend's technical programs include seventeen original papers from the UK and across the US.

Saturday's activities include a dinner open to all, featuring Roger Marshall, internationally acclaimed author and sailor, and special presentations.

Following Sunday's presentations, attendees will be able to tour the N.G. Herreshoff Model Room at the Museum, as well as participate in open discussions and view Museum exhibits. There will also be networking and social opportunities available throughout the weekend.

To register, and for more information on the program, visit the Museum's website, , or contact at 1.401.253.5000 or

ISAF Publishes 2010 Supplement to the Case Book for 2009-2012
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the 2010 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012, which contains interpretations of The Racing Rules of Sailing.

The new supplement includes one new case, Case 113 which interprets rule 20.1, Room to Tack at an Obstruction: Hailing and Responding. This case was approved for publication at the ISAF Annual Conference in November 2009.

The new Supplement also includes changes necessitated by the changes in the rules that took effect on 1 January 2010, as well as correction of a few errors in wording and typographical errors. Such changes were made in Cases 2, 10, 27, 55, 76, 93, 95 and 96.

The 2010 Supplement and the complete version of The Case Book for 2009-2012, revised to include the changes contained in the Supplement, are available to download from the ISAF website at

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 is available from . That page contains links to past editions and a more detailed account of the history and compilation of The Racing Rules and associated ISAF Publications.

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Digby Fox: The Cup is a few days away now, the multihulls have sharpened their bows like jousting sticks and I'm delighted to be involved again. For a great intro to the whole gig, I stumbled across CNN Sailing's special feature, which is worth watching alone for Russell Coutts's analysis in part 2, and of course Shirley Robertson getting to sail on both machines. Superb.

Check it out:

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