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Three More Finishes, Two Still Racing
Arnaud Boissieres (AKENA VERANDAS) Vendee Globe arrival. Photo by Christophe Favreau, Click on image for photo gallery.

Vendee Globe Wavre finishes in 7th place:

Dominique Wavre crossed the finish line of the Vendee Globe at 15 :16 :42hrs He takes seventh place in the race behind Mike Golding.

His elapsed time is 90 days 3hours 14minutes 42 seconds. His average speed on the course is 11.3 knots. He has sailed 27,395.82 miles on the water at an average speed of 12.7 knots. Reminder: the theoretical distance of the route is 24,394 miles.

Finishing his third Vendee Globe from four starts, at 57 years old Dominique Wavre completes his eighth round the world passage. It is an impressive record for a dedicated, passionate Swiss sailor who has shown once again that he can compete at the very top level, still maintaining his impeccable high standards and a positive zest for life which has been apparent through his whole race.

Dominique Wavre's project revolves around his family, enjoying the help and support of his partner Michele Paret and daughter Magali. Michele has been his co-skipper in the two Barcelona World Races while Magali looks after the logistics. Based in La Rochelle, Wavre's campaigns are meticulously prepared and, like his contemporaries Jean Le Cam and Mike Golding, he preferred to do his training miles on his own rather than pair up with any sparring partners.

* Boissieres takes 8th:

Arnaud Boissieres on Akena Verandas set in motion a fantastic afternoon of celebrations when he finished the Vendee Globe solo non-stop round the world race in eighth place. He crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 13h11m02s UTC Saturday ready to make his way into his home port, the home of his sponsors and to berth at the Port Olona marina which is home to his IMOCA Open 60.His elapsed time for the passage which completes his second successful back to back Vendee Globe is 91d 02h 09m 02s, finishing 12 d 23h 52m 22s behind the race winner Francois Gabart and 22h 54 m 20s behind seventh placed Dominique Wavre.

His average speed on the theoretical course is 11.2kts, but in reality he sailed 24,478 miles over the ground at a real average of 12.6kts. Boissieres finished the last race in seventh place in 105 d 2h 33 m.

By finishing the Vendee Globe in eighth position joins the small group of solo sailors who have managed to finish the Vendee Globe round the world race twice, in consecutive editions. Only eight sailors have done that up until now.

* Bertrand de Broc finishes 9th:

Bertrand de Broc crossed the finish line of the Vendee Globe off Les Sables d'Olonne at 17:12:14hrs UTC. He finished in ninth place overall, crossing the line 1day 15hrs after eighth placed Arnaud Boissieres and 14 days, 14hrs 53mins 34 secs after race winner François Gabart (MACIF).

His elapsed time on the course is 92 days 05h 10min 14s. De Broc was given a time penalty of +12 hours by the International Jury for unsealing and using his emergency water supply since 5th February and so his amended time on course is 92 d 17h 10min 14s. His average speed on the course has been 11 knots. He has traveled 27,912 miles on the water at an actual average speed of 12.6 knots. The theoretical distance of the course is 24,394 miles.

In finishing the Vendee Globe in ninth place Bertrand de Broc not only finally laid to rest his jinx that had plagued his two previous attempts, but his time of a little over 92 days is around three days quicker than the boat went round in 2008-2009 in the hands of Armel Le Cleac'h who finished second.

For de Broc, getting to the start line at all was a victory of sorts. He only launched the project in February 2012. He worked tirelessly over the next months raising funds, crossing France many times, speaking with hundreds of contacts and in the end raising his funds through public subscriptions, following the same formula as he did back in 1996, mobilising thousands of people to share his dream, to join his adventure carrying 'your name around the world'.

Rankings as of Sunday 10 February 2013, 16:00 (FR)

1. MACIF, Francois Gabart, Arrival : Sunday 27 January 2013, 14:18:40 TU
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cleac'h Arrival : Sunday 27 January 2013, 17:35:52 TU
3. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson Arrival : Wednesday 30 January 2013, 07:25:43 TU
4. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick, Arrival : Monday 04 February 2013, 15:05:40 TU
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, Arrival : Wednesday 06 February 2013, 12:14:58 TU
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, Arrival : Wednesday 06 February 2013, 18:38:26 TU
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, Arrival : Friday 08 February 2013, 15:16:42 TU
8. AKENA Verandas, Arnaud Boissieres, Arrival : Saturday 09 February 2013, 14:11:02 TU
9. Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM Projets, Bertrand de Broc, Arrival time not yet posted
10. Initiatives-coeur, Tanguy De Lamotte, 1661.9 nm
11. Team Plastique, Alessandro Di Benedetto, 2369.8 nm

A New Baltic Challenge - The Nord Stream Race 2013
The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPBYC) and the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) will run the next edition of the Nord Stream Race in September 2013 non-stop over more than 800 nautical miles from Flensburg / Glücksburg, Germany to Saint Petersburg, Russia. The race will be open to the Gazprom Swan 60 Class and also yachts under ORC handicap and will set the first speed record in this event destined to become one of the classic offshore yacht races.

The race will start in the Flensburg Fjord. The course will leave Bornholm to port and follow from there the route of the Nord Stream Pipeline up to the very North-East of the Baltic Sea. To join the maritime spirit of Flensburger Fördewoche, the prestigious Yellow-Blue-Ribbon Regatta will be the tune-up race in ORC classes on Saturday, 14th of September. A match race competition for the Gazprom Swan 60 Class will follow on Sunday. The first start of the main event for ORC Division B will be on Monday 16th of September. The second start (ORC Division A) will be on Tuesday noon followed by the Gazprom Swan 60 Class.

"Racing non-stop 800 miles in the very northern hemisphere in September is something completely new. Given the high probability of strong SW winds, and the interest of the route around the islands and promontories of the Baltic, the event will be a great addition to the similar-length classics around the world. The finish in Saint Petersburg after approximately four to six sailing days will be breath-taking for the sailors." said Alan Green, Principal Race Officer.

The Nord Stream Race ORC trophy will complement the ORC circuit in the Baltic Sea. For crews joining the Flensburger Fördewoche the organizers scheduled enough time to get some rest and prepare the boats. The organizers will also assist the crews with the handling of visas and entry into Russia. In addition the NRV will offer a crew register for skippers who need crew to bring a boat back from St Petersburg.

One of the challenging moments of the regatta is recognised to be the date. Sailing in the Baltic Sea is well known to be potentially very tough in autumn. Therefore clothing partner Marinepool has added their sail clothing competence to the partnership.

A Windy 29th Primo Cup
Photo by Yacht Club Monaco / Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

Primo Cup "It's been a long time since I had so much fun on the water". This comes from Achille Onorato, the Italian skipper on Mascalzone Latino, who finished third in the Smeralda 888 series at the Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse.

Following the first session last weekend with six one-design series (Longtze Premier, Dragon, J/24, Platu25, Surprise and Star series), Monaco's bay again delivered a varied regatta full of surprises. From bright blue skies on Friday to the scattering of snow on Saturday, not to mention the tail end of a Mistral, the weather conditions delighted the IRCs and the three mono-hull series: Smeralda 888s, SB20s and J/70s. Note that for the J/70s, voted "European Boat of the Year 2013" by the international press in the "Special Yacht" category, the Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse was the first official regatta in the Med for this young class, which has only been available in Europe for six months.

Even though conditions were not quite good enough to race on the Sunday, due to the centre of a depression in the Gulf of Genoa changing tack, five very enjoyable races were started over this second weekend compared to six last weekend.

J/70s: the Italian armada
This new boat from the Vendee shipyard J Composites made its entry into the Monaco and Mediterranean scene. It was the ideal occasion to try out the new 7m one-design and showcase its performance and manoeuvrability in heavy weather.

The Italian crew on Fremito d'Arja dominated throughout, ahead of fellow countrymen aboard Spin One, both teams having widened the gap with Henry Lloyd's Dutch crew. Winners received the J/70 Class Challenge Trophy awarded by J Boats (Italy), which from now on will be awarding the best in this series at future Primo Cups.

IRCs: Pajot family retains title
In the IRCs, despite all the victories in real time by Speedy, led by Marseille's Dimitri Deruelle, the crew on Eleuthera which included the two daughters of skipper Marc Pajot retained its title won last year.

It was a tough battle, with the French ending the regatta on equal points with the British crew of Checkmate, who were very competitive in compensated time, a well-deserved place for a team that had come such a long way for this 29th edition. A special mention too for the third place of Esparlica, helmed by Walter Pirinoli who is enjoying being back into racing.

Full results for all classes:

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New Swiss Team Enters Extreme Sailing Series
Lausanne, Switzerland: Built around the successful team who claimed the D35 championship in 2012 with the Realstone Sailing boat, a new professional sailing team has announced their entry into the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series - Realteam. The team, sailing under the Swiss flag, will make it eight boats on the start line for Act 1, beginning in less than four weeks in Muscat, Oman, March 5th.

Led by skipper and Team Director Jerome Clerc, a multihull expert having won the D35 Vulcain Trophy and the Bol d'Or in 2012, Realteam have ambitious goals for 2013. The crew intends not only to defend its D35 title on Lake Geneva but also to make their mark in the Extreme Sailing Series global tour, where, along with two-times winners of the America's Cup Alinghi, it will represent the second Swiss entry.

Arnaud Psarofaghis, trimmer with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in 2012 and Nils Palmieri will share the role of main trimmer, Bruno Barbarin, who sailed with Alinghi at the final Act of 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, and Denis Girardet tactics, Cedric Schmidt and Bryan Mettraux headsail trim, and Thierry Wasem will take the bowman position.

Realteam are the second completely new team line up to be announced for the 2013 Series, alongside GAC Pindar who will enter a gifted Kiwi youth team, led by burgeoning young gun Will Tiller.

A second team representing Oman Sail and details of an Invitational Team both of which will be competing at Act 1, will be announced in the coming weeks.

A dedicated Realteam website will be online at end February 2013.

Brady Bunch Tops First TP52 Southern Cross Cup
The Karl Kwok owned and Gavin Brady helmed TP52 Beau Geste has comfortably out-sailed the Australian fleet contesting round one of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup on Port Phillip Bay.

Hong Kong registered and campaigned by a majority New Zealand crew, Beau Geste proved too strong for the locals, finishing four points ahead of Marcus Blackmore's second placed Hooligan.

While Kwok couldn't be at this regatta due to Chinese New Year commitments, Brady says he plans to be at the next one, at the end of April.

The full eight-race series was completed over three days, today's equally fluky but fresher southeast to south breezes averaging 12 knots and gusting up to 18 knots allowing Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson to squeeze a third and final race in before the cut-off designed to give interstate and overseas crews an early mark to make flights this afternoon.

Rob Hanna's Shogun V finally found its groove today, the lumpy seas and pressured-up conditions suiting the Geelong boat, which, given their Audi IRC Australian Championship win a fortnight ago, was surprisingly left found wanting in the wake of the dominant trio of Beau Geste, Hooligan and Calm 2. Today's two race wins from three starts were Shogun's saving grace and they managed a fourth when all points were tallied.

Given they are without a benchmark to race against on the winterish waters of the Derwent River, Tony Lyall's Cougar II from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailed an impressive regatta, their slippery speed in light air and tidy crew work delivering a fifth on the points table. Their best result was a second in race two.

Round one prize for first was the owner's weight in Coopers 62 Pilsener, which Brady donated back to the post-race celebration. The perpetual trophy donated by Marcus Blackmore will be awarded at the series conclusion.

Based on early indications, a fleet of 10 TPs could be on the start line for the remaining three stages of the first-ever Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup.

Series Results [TPIRC] for D1 up to Race 8 (Drops = 1)

1. Team Beau Geste - Karl Kwok (12.0 points)
2. Hooligan - Marcus Blackmore (16.0 points)
3. Calm II - Jason Van Der Slot (17.0 points)
4. Shogun V - Rob Hanna (26.0 points)
5. Cougar II - Anthony Lyall (35.0 points)
6. Scarlet Runner - Rob Date (37.0 points)
7. Calm - John Williams (40.0 points)
8. Frantic - Michael Martin (56.0 points)

Running The Rhumblines
Klaus Lorenz the Whitsunday Sailing Club teenage Optimist class has personally developed a strong bond with his young team of tropical water sailors.

Five members of his current squad qualified to contest the open fleet Australian championship in Tasmania with his star pupil and younger sister Eva braving the cold and windy test of tactical racing over the Derwent Sailing Club courses to finish with her career best 8th overall in the 130 dinghy fleet.

Her team mate Brendan Hoffman who failed to record a finish in race three expressed his determination to fight back steering his dinghy G-Wizz to a 7-23-6-8 in the final four races while Hamish Swain (The Beast, Aidan Gummow (Plan B) and Ty Gummow (Typhoon) gained valuable big fleet racing experience.

These results from racing in unfamiliar conditions against the best young talent in the nation clearly indicate that both coach and the careers of his happy team of younger sailors are on a gaining tack.

They are presently preparing to contest the International Sail Brisbane regatta on the tactically demanding Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Waterloo Bay courses over the Easter weekend.

This regatta hosted by Yachting Queensland is the final of the Australian Down Under series and represents an important guide to selection for the 2013 Queensland Development squad. Eva Lorenz who values the honour of being the second best female skipper in the Nation behind the overall 2013 Opti Australian champion West Australian Annabelle Davies remains poised to protect her reputation with another top regatta result over the Easter weekend. However while she has continued to dominate class racing on her favoured Pioneer Bay she understands there is more to do.

Like her older brother Klaus Eva is a strong believer in doing the hard yards on the training track and revels in the challenge of testing her personal stamina and technique in the hiking straps.

Her happy work ethic which includes mid week after school sessions was rewarded with her best National championship result.

Naturally Eva treasures her Australian championship Silver Medal however she is now working towards becoming the best female in the class at the next National championship regatta and will use the important Sail Brisbane series as another step towards achieving her goal. -- Ian Grant

River Hamble Sailing Clubs Open Day
For the first time ever, the four sailing clubs on the River Hamble are joining forces and opening their doors to all sailors and would-be sailors on Saturday 6 April 2013. The Clubs will be open from 10am to 5pm and all those who are interested will be able to visit one or all of them during the day as each Club showcases what they have to offer.

Starting at 10am, members of the four Clubs will race the distinctive Foxer dinghies in an inter-Club Team race for the Dock Services Challenge Trophy, and the Hamble River Sailing Club's young sailors will race off the Hamble Quay.

The Hamble Regatta Dock Services Challenge Trophy for inter-Club Racing

Other boat designs will also be showcased on and off the water to look over or to take out for a trial sail. Each of the Clubs will have displays and members to talk to throughout the day in their respective Club houses.  Lunch is available in each Club house, and then at 2pm, the Foxers take to the water again for some fleet racing in the River.  Families are welcome and there will be lots to see and do from crabbing to presentations on each Club's sailing programme. Some of the Clubs will have special fee offers for new members.

Open Day visitors can come and go from any Club at any time, but are requested, for safety reasons, to register in advance with any one of the Clubs.  On April 6th visitors are then able to visit the Clubs of their choice in their own time.

To cross the River between Hamble and Warsash, the Hamble Warsash Ferry will be available for a small fee.

Registration is required via any of the following:

Club websites for more details:

Lumix 18ft Skiff Wing Mast
For more than 120 years (since Mark Foy's original day in 1892) the 18 Footers have been a class which has evolved from heavy timber boats with crews of 20 men to the modern day, high tech three-man boats built from a sandwich construction of carbon fibre skins over a Nomex honeycomb paper core.

Along the way, some of the world's best known sailing innovators (such as Ben Lexcen, Iain Murray, Julian Bethwaite and Bruce Farr) have introduced many ground breaking concepts to make the 18ft Skiff the exciting flying machine it is today.

The latest innovator within the 18ft Skiff Racing ranks is a young skipper with the same free spirit style of vision and determination as a youthful Julian Bethwaite displayed from the 1970s to the 1990s.

His name - Jonathan (Jono) Whitty.

Jono first moved into the 18s (as crew) in 2007, before skippering his own boat in 2008, then in 2011 introduced the "turbulator " mast top to his Panasonic-sponsored LUMIX skiff.

He is the son of an Airbus pilot, holds a sea plane pilot's licence and is a hang glider enthusiast. Obviously with this knowledge of aerodynamics and his passion for wind and water, it's no surprise that he is continually striving for greater performance in his 18ft Skiff Racing campaign.

His latest concept is a 'wing mast', which he is presently using on LUMIX during the 2012-2013 Australian Season. -- Frank Quealey in Yachts and Yachting online:

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