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Mike Golding Quits Vendee Globe Quest
In the two last Vendee Globe races, though, I think I've observed the mounting toll this remorseless cycle of solo round the world races has been taking, how much harder it is for him go through it all again. Golding's telling answer to a question about the high points of this race was: "Leaving. And arriving." He meant it.
Since Cape Horn he has said that this is it; his last ever Vendee Globe. He will not be back here as a competitor again in 2016. "I've invested 16 years of my life into trying to win the Vendee Globe and that is enough. I want to enjoy what I'm doing and I think it's time to realign my focus." -- Elaine Bunting's blog
Bernard Stamm on the Vendee Globe...
On François Gabart:
On whether he is feeling proud:
On his future projects:
Hardy Cup Victory to David Chapman
He will be outside the age limit next year...."what a way to sail your final Hardy Cup," an excited Chapman said after a final day of incredibly close match racing in the Squadron's fleet of Elliott 6 sports boats.
Chapman and his crew sailed 11 flights on the last day, five to complete round-robin 3, two in winning their semi-final and four in the final, in which they won a hard-fought match, 3-1, against West Australia David Gilmour from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
The winning crew comprised three sailors from three different clubs, David Chapman (Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron), Ollie Nicholas (Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania) and Daniel Nixon (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club).
The regatta was the first time they had sailed together, but their collective skills in helming, tactics and sail handling gave them victory on a final day of competition in a fresh to strong Sydney nor'easter that reached 22 knots.
While the 24-year-old Chapman has a long experience in Elliott 6s and Hardy Cup competitions, for Nicholas and Nixon it was their first time crewing in the Elliott 6 sports boats in this elite event. -- Peter Campbell
ISAF Match Racing Rankings
Whilst Ian Williams (GBR) has a stranglehold on the World #1 some of the rising stars of match racing continue to make steady progress up the rankings as they look to be the next
ISAF Nations Cup North America and Caribbean victor Dustin Durant (USA) is a potential name of the future following impressive displays at ISAF Grade 2 and 3 events of the last 24-months. Most recently the American blitzed Peter Wickwire 3-0 in the ISAF Nations Cup final in Bridgetown, Barbados to take full points from the ISAF Grade 2 regatta. Prior to his trip to the sun kissed island of Barbados Durant won the ISAF Grade 3 California Dreaming - San Diego Stop. With two exceptional results added to a list of strong performances over the last 24-months Durant climbs from World #43 to World #31.
Sally Barkow (USA) continues to impress in the Open game and following her regatta win at the Carlos Aguilar Match Race in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands she moves back up to her best ranking spot of World #24. Established match racer Dave Perry (USA) finished second at the Carlos Aguilar Match Race behind Barkow to catapult up to World #36.
Top ten open rankings:
1. Ian Williams, GBR
Top ten women's rankings:
1. Anna Tunnicliffe, USA
Full rankings: www.sailing.org/news/rankings.php
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Nelson's Uniform Loaned To Paris
The uniform, which Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded on the deck of HMS Victory, will be one of the key objects in the forthcoming Napoleon et l'Europe exhibition 27 March - 14 July 2013. This will be the first time the uniform has left Britain since it was brought back from the famous battle along with Nelson's body in 1805.
The uniform will be taken off display in the National Maritime Museum on 14 March 2013, and will return to London for October 2013, where it will take pride of place in the museum's new Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery which looks at how the Royal Navy shaped individual lives and the course of British history over the tumultuous eighteenth century.
Season Tickets Go On Sale For Summer Of Racing At 2013 America's Cup
The America's Cup 'Summer of Racing' includes three months of hard-fought competition, culminating with the best two teams in world dueling for the oldest trophy in international sport.
The America's Cup Season Pass includes a ticket to bleacher seating in a prime waterfront location at the America's Cup Village, with an elevated, seated and close-up view of the race start and the top turning marks of the course.
A full list of seating options will be released in early March, including the opportunity to select seating in the America's Cup Village at either Marina Green or on the Peninsula. With tickets to these prime viewing locations selling out in 2012, the America's Cup Season Pass is the best way for fans to guarantee a seat to see all of the on-water action.
No Irish Ports Expected To Feature In Volvo Route
Gothenburg in Sweden will host the finale while it is understood that there will be no Irish port in the next edition.
South Africa also appears to have been dropped from the route as Recife in Brazil will mark the end of the foreshortened first leg of the race from Alicante starting in October 2014.
The next port has yet to be confirmed but is widely expected to be Abu Dhabi, though whether the Somalian piracy situation will be an issue cannot be foreseen at this time.
Other Asian ports will be announced before the race returns to Auckland.
Itajai in Brazil is a likely stop-over port before heading to Newport and then a penultimate European port.
Galway has hosted the race twice and though considered successful, an official entry would in the past have helped secure a return visit. Negative publicity following a funding shortfall for last year's finale may also have been a factor against a return visit in 2015 despite the obvious following the race has in Ireland. -- David Branigan in The Irish Times
J/97 Eurocup Event Confirmed
The fleet will enjoy 8 races over 3 days, both inside and out of the Plymouth breakwater, with most races scheduled to finish within view of the sailing club and spectators on the Hoe and surrounding areas. The overall results will determine both the winner of The Lombard J/97 UK National Championship, and now the European Championship also. Both winners will be awarded some first-rate prizes for their success on the water.
The J/97 is the smallest cruiser-racer of the J Boats range. Measuring at just under 32', it combines 6' of headroom and family cruising accommodation in a high performance, easily driven hull. Launched in 2009, a sizeable fleet of J/97s has developed in the UK, enjoying both one design and IRC racing. The boat has proven its competitive ability under IRC time and again; in 2012 the J/97 was crowned champion at the IRC SW Championships, IRC Nationals, IRC2 Class at Dartmouth Week, Class 5 at Cowes Week, and finally, overall winner of the coveted Scottish Series.
The annual J-Cup regatta is exclusively for racing yachts of the J-Boats brand and all J-Boats models are eligible to compete. A different venue is selected each year, and the event returns to Plymouth for the first time since 2007. The announcement of the J/97 Eurocup is expected to add another degree of excitement to what is always a lively and eagerly anticipated event.
Entries for the J-Cup can be submitted via www.keyyachting.com
Courage and Fortitude In An Emergency
Unity Bowns was sailing with father Matthew, 58, when he fell ill with gallstone pancreatitis.
But the quick-thinking girl took control and sailed the boat five miles to meet her mother, Rachel, who was waiting at the pontoon in Emsworth, Hants.
The Royal Yacht Association has rewarded Unity for her 'courage and fortitude in an emergency'.
It was the first time Unity, who has been sailing since she was four, had solo skippered a boat that big.
Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk
Sail For Gold Funding Issues
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is the only council out of three in Dorset to turn down a grant even though the high profile competition will be held on its doorstep and benefit the area.
Sailing academy bosses at Portland need help to support this year's Sail for Gold event, the nation's largest international Olympic-class regatta which brings together the world's top sailors.
Last year's event took on even greater significance as sailors battled it out for early supremacy on 2012 Olympic waters.
The academy approached Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, West Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council for financial help. Only the borough council refused.
Borough councillors believe the academy should seek sponsorship instead of asking for financial help from the authority, which is having to make drastic spending cuts.
The academy is looking for sponsors in the long term but wants to fund this year's event itself together with its partners at the Royal Yachting Association. -- Martin Lea in the Dorset Echo
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