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Minoprio Wins 67th Annual Argo Group Gold Cup
Photo by Charles Anderson / RBYC. Click on image for photo galleries.

Hamilton, Bermuda: Adam Minoprio is a past match racing world champion (2009) but hasn't sailed a regatta this year. Today he made an emphatic statement in his return to the helm.

Minoprio's BlackMatch team from New Zealand defeated Keith Swinton's Black Swan Racing from Australia, 3-2, in the final of the 67th annual Argo Group Gold Cup.

Minoprio has previously finished runner-up twice (2008, '09) and today he had to work hard for the victory. With a southerly wind blowing around 10 knots the crews were racing the width of Hamilton Harbour. That placed the windward mark under the southern shore and in very shifty and patchy winds.

Minoprio and Swinton made the final after winning their semifinal matches against Taylor Canfield's US One and Björn Hansen's Nautiska Racing, respectively.

Canfield entered the final day of racing with an undefeated record (10-0) and seemingly on a course to the championship. He chose to race Minoprio because he thought that the Kiwi was rustier than the other sailors since he hadn't match raced all year. But that decision backfired in the fifth and deciding race.

Minoprio was over the start line early in the final race, which gave Canfield a large early lead. Canfield maintained that advantage around the course and led by about 30 seconds at the final windward mark. After rounding he jibed to starboard while Minoprio held port after rounding. Moments later it was apparent that Canfield was in trouble as his spinnaker hung from the rigging. Minoprio, however, was sailing down in a nice streak of pressure that he used to cross the finish line about two lengths ahead of Canfield and into the final.

Argo Group Gold Cup Final Standings

1. Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch, $35,000
(Crew: Nick Blackman, Andrew Burgess, Tom Powrie)
2. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing, $16,000
(Crew: Ted Hackney, Henry Kernot, Björn Lundgren)
3. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing, $12,000
(Crew: Massimo Bortoletto, Mathias Bredin, Phillip Kai Guhle)
4. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, $11,000
(Crew: Garth Ellingham, Hayden Goodrick, Mike Rehe)
5. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, $8,000
(Crew: Sylvain Barielle, Sam Bell, Luke Payne)
6. Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team, $7,000
(Crew: Simon Brugger, Jean-Claude Monnin, Marc Monnin, Mathieu Richard)
7. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar, $6,000
(Crew: Chris Main, Gerry Mitchell, Mal Parker)
8. Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing, $5,000
(Crew: Stewart Dodson, Adam Negri, Justin Wong)

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World Match Racing Tour and M32 Series Announce Plans For 2016
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 10, 2015): The World Match Racing Tour announced its plans for 2016 yesterday at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate event on the 2015 World Match Racing Tour. Hakan Svensson and his team at Aston Harald AB, led the meeting with sailors and interested parties about the World Match Racing Tour and the M32 Series following the initial announcement last July.

The M32 high-performance catamaran will be the featured boat on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) next year. The next Tour season will run from February to July and will conclude in Marstrand, Sweden. It will feature as many as six events.

The 2016-'17 season will begin in August 2016 and will be comprised of as many 11 world championship events, all sailed in the M32. The goal is to have 11 WMRT events per season featuring 20 teams per event and a prize purse of US$1 million for the World Championship in Marstrand. Each event will offer a US$200,000 prize purse and winnings will be distributed to every team entered.

The 20 teams will include 10 Tour Card holders as set by the World Match Racing Tour. Nine other teams will gain entry through a series of qualification regattas. There will be up to 33 qualification regattas, three per event. The final entry will be a wild card.

The new racing format will be a mixture of fleet racing and match racing.

Provisional 2016 Schedule: Middle East - February, Australia - March, Americas - April, May and June, Sweden, Marstrand, July 4-9.

The M32 Series is a team-based professional sailing series that utilises fleet racing as the race format. After three years of competition, the M32 Series Scandinavia has set the benchmark for future M32 Series events.

Dates for the M32 Winter Series in Bermuda are:
January: 8-10
February: 26-28
March: 11-13

Dates for the M32 Series Scandinavia next year are:
May: 19-21, 26-28
June: 16-18
August: 4-6 (TBC), 18-20
September: 8-10

wmrt.com

IODA Seeks Secretary General
The International Optimist Class Association (IODA), the leading class in world sailing for young people, is seeking to recruit a full time Secretary General

We seek:

- a good honours graduate or an individual who has received relevant training to an equivalent level, and or
- a person with experience of managing a small or medium sized business within a team structure
- someone who would like to dedicate his/her talents and experience to the development of young people through sport, and
- has the ability to work successfully with dedicated volunteers and executives in a truly global business

The individual shall be able to:
- write and speak perfect English
- understand the sport of sailing at competitive level
- have enthusiasm for the development of young people through sport
- demonstrate exceptional organisational skills
- have a high level of numeracy
- be flexible regarding working hours. This is NOT a 9-5 position.

We offer:
- an exciting and important role in a truly exceptional organization.
- flexible working hours and location, if preferred from home
- competitive remuneration

To apply
- The full job description is available on our website: www.optiworld.org

Please email your CV and tell us why you are applying for this post to: recruitment@optiworld.org

Application deadline 31st October 2015

47th Barcolana International Sailing Regatta at Trieste, Italy
Photo by Carlo Borlenghi. Click on image for photo gallery.

The Maxi 72 Robertissima lll took line honours to claim victory in the 47th edition of the Barcolana in Trieste in a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 25 seconds.

Organisers had delayed the start by two hours on Saturday when the local 'Bora' blasted the Gulf of Trieste with gusts of 80 knots during the night. However fortunately the Bora subsided by morning and left mostly overcast skies and a light and patchy 5-10 knot offshore breeze and flat waters for the start of the race at 12.30hrs (local time).

The highlight of the Barcolana is always the mass start with around 1700 boats starting on the same line, but as the cannon fired, owner, Roberto Tomasini Grinover with local talisman Vasco Vascotto calling the shots, hoisted the gennaker and shot off downwind ahead of a huge armada of spinnakers.

The breeze got quite patchy around the 13 nm course and there were opportunities to make gains and lose places, but the superior boat speed of the lighter professionally crewed Maxi 72 left the larger/older maxis in her wake.

As the breeze got fluky along the Trieste coastline off the last turning mark at Cas-tello Miramare, Robertissima lll got clear to cruise home to finish in front of a huge expectant crowd amassed in the race village erected in front of another key Trieste landmark, the Piazza Unità d'Italia.

Second to finish was Jena No Borders Team Iveco, an 80ft maxi owned by Benussi Furio and Zorzi Marcello. The final position on the podium was filled by Pendragon, another one off maxi owned by Roberto Zambezi. -- Jonny Fullerton, Grand Prix Sailing

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Merlin Rocket Sailors Make History at Endeavour Championship
Photo by Sue Pelling. Click on image for photo gallery.

Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex: Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis representing the Merlin Rocket class are the winners of the 2015 Endeavour Championship after winning all eight races.

This is the first time in the history of the 55-year event that anyone has managed to achieve such an outstanding result.

The super-fast duo annihilated the rest of the 23-boat Endeavour fleet in the fresh conditions Sunday to add another four wins to their already impressive run of four wins on Saturday. The pair sailed faultlessly and managed to build up extraordinary speed both upwind and down on the windward/leeward courses and never once wobbled on the 'corners' in the testing conditions that reached 20 kts at times.

Even after mediocre starts on more than one occasion, Saxton and Lewis were always first round the top mark. Benefiting from clear air, exceptional teamwork, and supersonic boat speed, they consistently extended their lead often finishing well over a minute ahead of the next boat. Consequently they were never seriously challenged today, even by the likes of six-time Endeavour Trophy champion, Nick Craig and crewman Tom Pygall who had to settle for second overall, and Saxton's twin brother - Tim Saxton and Fiona Hampshire - who finished third.

Ben Saxton is currently campaigning a Nacra 17 for the Rio Olympic Games

Five-time Endeavour winner Lewis (34) who also makes history by becoming the Champion of Champions' crew for the most wins. -- Sue Pelling

Results (after four of eight races)
1st Merlin Rocket - Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis, 7 points
2nd B14 - Nick Craig and Tom Pygall, 17
3rd RS800 - Tim Saxton and Fiona Hampshire, 27
4th Firefly - Stuart Hudson and Hamish Walker, 47
5th Hornet - Rob Larke and Sally Wakefield, 49
6th Lark - Alan Krayling and Joe Hunt, 50p

Full results: royalcorinthian.co.uk/result/2015-11-841-0/

100 And Counting...Entries Climbing For 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week
The number of entries to the 2016 edition of Quantum Key West Race Week has just hit 100, indicating one of the strongest early turnouts in years to this mainstay on the international sailing calendar held over January 17-22, 2016. Currently there are 16 classes organized: nine one-design and seven monohull and multihull classes racing under handicap. This indicates a diverse range of boat types attracted to race in the winter sun in Key West, with teams from 10 nations represented among the entries thusfar.

One design classes include the following: Melges 24's (14 entries), J/70's (19 entries), J/80's (4 entries), Farr 280's (5 entries), Viper 640's (3 entries), J/88's (7 entries), C&C 30's (10 entries), J/111's (8 entries), and J/122's (2 entries).

Among the handicap classes, IRC 1 and 2 have thusfar attracted 14 committed entries, and the three new class offered at this year's event are also gaining interest: ORC Club (7 entries), Multihulls (4 entries) and Performance Cruisers (3 entries).

Besides providing the best in race management on the water, organizers from the Storm Trysail Club will enhance the shoreside experience for all entries with afternoon seminars, evening prizegivings and social events, and full logistic support through their partners and vendors on site...plus the unique ambience offered by time spent in Old Town Key West.

For more information and to enter 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week, visit www.keywestraceweek.com

Complete version of the Notice of Race: issuu.com/glpubs/docs/qkwrw2016_nor

Mohammed Al Alawi Still Missing At Sea
Mohammed Al Alawi, 26-year-old crewmember of MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail remains missing this evening following a Man Overboard incident last Wednesday 7 October in the early hours of the morning, pre-dawn, just south of Pula in Croatia while the MOD70 was en route from France to Trieste in Italy for the Barcolana.

Day four and the extensive search for Mohammed continues and the search area has extended into Italian waters; the search team has been a mix of Oman Sail, private search and rescue companies and the Croatian coastguard, using helicopters, airplanes, and boats including Musandam-Oman Sail. Today's inclement weather of strong easterly winds, limited visibility and rain was not conducive to a detailed search.

Ahmed Al Alawi, father of Mohammed, who is in Croatia with the team said "We [the family] extend our deep gratitude to all who are supporting this search, especially the Omani Government, the staff of Oman Sail, Her Excellency The Sultanate of Oman's Honorary Consul of Croatia and the Croatian Coastguard who have been exemplary. We have been inundated with heart-felt messages of support which are much appreciated." The search continues.

www.omansail.com/mohammed-al-alawi/

Sunfish Youth World Championship
Paracas, Peru: David Gonzalez Arria of Venezuela used his commanding lead to sit out the final race of the nine race series and win his second Sunfish Youth World Championship.

Eighteen year old, David Gonzalez Arria had an impressive run of eight race wins during the three day series. Clemente Seguel of Chile also sailed consistently with all finishes in the top three to finish second overall. Rounding out the podium positions in third place was Ignacio Rodriguez of Uruguay.

Strong winds challenged the sailors on the first two days of the regatta and lighter breeze was a welcome change for the final day of racing. Thirty eight competitors from nine countries participated in the championship. The Youth World Championship was open to qualified sailors under the age of 19.

2015 Sunfish Youth Worlds final results
www.sunfishperu.org

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2015 Kicked Off With A New Record
The quest for world speed sailing records is on. The opening day of the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2015 had a new national record.

Old numbers are starting to fall off the scoreboard. Martin Hulinsky, from the Czech Republic, set a new national speed sailing in kiteboarding on his first day, and first ever participation at the Luderitz Speed Challenge. Martin did 40.83 knots.

French kiteboarder Sylvain Hoceini also picked up his 8-meter kite and sailed underpowered and fast at 48.92 knots. Sebastien Salerno rode his 9-meter wing at 47.5 knots.

www.surfertoday.com/kiteboarding/

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For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the the establishment of a new World Record

Record: Fastnet. Original Course. Outright record.
Yacht: Phaedo 3. MOD 70
Names: Lloyd Thornberg USA and Brian Thompson GBR plus a crew of 5.
Dates:.16th to the 17th September 2015.
Start time: 00;24;44 on 16/09/15
Finish time: 04;07;10 on 17/09/15
Elapsed time: 27 hours 42 minutes and 26 seconds
Distance: 595 NM
Average speed: 21.48 kts kts

Comments: Previous record: Banque Populaire 5. Loick Peyron FRA. Aug 11. 32 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds.

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

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