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Max Wallenberg In The Lead At Optimist Worlds
Vilamoura, Portugal: Max Wallenberg, from Switzerland, kept the lead after the second day of the Optimist World Championship 2016, in Vilamoura, Portugal. Malaysian Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah is 2nd and Singapore's Daniel Hung is 3rd provisional overall.

The second day of Optiworlds 2016 had light and shifty winds. It started with South and rounded Southwest blowing from 6 to 8 knots. However, it was possible to have two of the three races scheduled, except to the Green Group.

After three races, Max Wallenberg has a one point lead from Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah and Daniel Hung.

Amongst the girls, Danish Helena Wolff is now at the first place (29th overall), followed by the Portuguese Beatriz Gago (37th provisional overall) and the Greek Ariadni Paraskevi Spanaki (45th p.o.)

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Figaro: Rough Ride To France
The arrival of the first competitors is estimated from 9am to 10am on the line. This line will be positioned between the starboard side "of the Old Treou" and the committee boat at the entrance Trieux Paimpol. The lock will open at 2:45 p.m., it is expected that the first ships making a stopover in Lezardrieux will wait for the rising tide.

This second leg of La Solitaire Bompard from Cowes to Paimpol / Lezardrieux has been sailed under low skies, rain and the passage of a low pressure system, with large seas and winds gusting to 30 knots.

Second leg distance: 475 miles
Key Marks: Needles, Land's End, Occidentale de Sein, Penmarc'h, Brehat

Leading three boats:
1. Yoann Richomme, Skipper Macif 2014
2. Gildas Morvan, Cercle Vert
3. Charlie Dalin, Skipper Macif 2015

www.lasolitairebompard.com

Helsinki Women's Match
The Danish long-time World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby showed today in Finland that routine and experience are key factors in match racing. With five wins she's the only undefeated skipper, already sitting alone at the top of the leader board of the Helsinki Women's Match.

The grey skies, the cold winds and the heavy rain during Monday's practise session, were all forgiven and forgotten as the round-robin of the Helsinki Women's Match got underway with the first matches today. In bright sunshine and a warm and somewhat shifty south-westerly breeze around 10 - 12 knots.

Results in the Helsinki Women's Match, the first event of the 2016 WIM Series, after day 1 of the round-robin (skipper, nationality, wins - losses):

1. Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby, DEN, 5 - 0
2. Renee Groeneveld, NED, 4 - 1
2. Pauline Courtois, FRA, 4 - 1
2. Caroline Sylvan, SWE, 4 - 1
2. Anna Östling, SWE, 4 - 1
6. Marinella Laaksonen, FIN, 3 - 2
7. Antonia Degerlund, FIN, 2 - 3
7. Rikst Dijkstra, NED, 2 - 3
9. Susanna Kukkonen FIN, 1 - 4
9. Sanna Mattsson, SWE, 1 - 4
11. Diana Kissane, IRL, 0 - 5
11. Sanna Hager, SWE, 0 - 5

The racing continues Wednesday with the round-robin on the waters at Hernesaari (artholmen), to be followed by quarterfinals, semi finals and then the conclusion with the final on Friday, July 1.

www.wimseries.com

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Last month's winner:

Mark Turner (GBR)
'A driven visionary, just keep him off the subject of where elite sailing should be going' - Andrew Palfrey; 'I remember us beating into 80kt to Kerguelen to fix our broken Maxi... the boy's done well' - Garfield Smith; 'Mark Turner and traditionalist on the same page, come on!' - Charles Darbyshire; 'Mark's done so much for sailing, creating the Extreme 40 as a spectator series has clearly steered the AC' - Richard Butcher. '"Well if that's what you all think then we might as well all go home now"... Miss ya!!!' - Emily Caroe.

This month's nominees:

 

Gordon Ingate (AUS))
Seventy five years after he started racing Gordon Ingate last month won two of three races at the Sydney Gold Cup series in Dragons, only losing the third race by 5 seconds. Over the course of his long sailing life Ingate has represented Australia in the Olympics, the Admiral's Cup and the America's Cup as the helmsman of the magnificent Alan Payne designed 12 Metre Gretel II when she took part in her third Cup campaign in 1977.

 

Phil Sharp (GBR))
Good to have you back, buddy. Phil Sharp relaunched himself on the singlehanded ocean racing scene in May when he dragged his ailing Class40 across the finish line in 3rd place in the Transat - having led most of the way. Ten years after dominating the Class40 in the 2006 Route du Rhum Sharp is now getting ready to begin a 2020 Vendee Globe campaign, having at long last secured the backing he needs to demonstrate some prodigious talent

 

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52 Super Series Fleet In Porto Cervo
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

TP52 Provezza finished last month's Scarlino Cup regatta under a cloud. On the last run of the last race they slid down the leaderboard from a respectable fourth to a disappointing eighth.

Ergin Imre's team bounced right back today opening the Audi Settimana delle Bocche regatta with a nice pair of solid third places to lead the regatta, the second of the 2016 52 SUPER SERIES season.

"The only way to approach this today was to say Scarlino never happened. We de-briefed it to death. And we went out today with a plan and we executed and the plan was about right." - recalled Tony Rey, tactician, Provezza

After two good races, Porto Cervo delivering a consistent 9-11kts of NNW'ly breeze and warm sunshine, and Provezza leads Rán Racing by two points. Niklas Zennström's crew finished second behind Bronenosec in the first race and sixth in the second race which was won by Quantum Racing.

Monday's practice race had to be cancelled because the Mistral wind was blowing too strongly, which did nothing to help owners Doug DeVos and Peter Harrison. DeVos was back on the helm of Quantum Racing for the first time since January in Key West while newcomer Harrison was steering his first ever races in the 52 SUPER SERIES with Sorcha, the well optimised and prepared four year old, former Synergy.

Racing continues Tuesday with a Coastal Race programmed.

Standings:

1. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3) 6 points
2. Ran Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6) 8
3. Platoon, GER (Harm Muller-Spreer GER) (7,2) 9
4. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1) 10
5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11) 12
6. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4) 12
7. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9) 13
8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8) 13
9. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5) 15
10. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (11,7) 18
11. Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13) 19
12. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (12,10) 22

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Royal Navy Ships Moor In Hampton Virginia After Being Buffeted By Storm
Hampton was one of many planned stops for the Adventure and Discoverer on their voyage around the world, but the crews of the two 72-foot sailboats belonging to the United Kingdom's Royal Navy didn't expect to have to moor in Hampton Yacht Club with both their main sails shredded by storms.

On Wednesday night, the sailboats were buffeted by a sudden storm as they headed around Cape Hatteras, en route to Hampton from Charleston. "The wind died, and very, very quickly we were moving around some rain clouds ... and certainly two seemed to come together above us," said Shane Duran, a commander in the British Royal Navy and skipper of the Adventure.

He called the ensuing phenomenon a "weather bomb" and said the wind went from 10 to 60 knots in seconds. Lightning strikes and thunder claps further disoriented his 15-member crew, who were mostly sleeping when the storm hit.

The storm tossed the Adventure on the waves, and the wind eventually punched through the sail. On the sailboat, the crew could barely see or hear, so they relied on their instincts and training to steer the ship through the storm, Duran said.

"The crew reacted brilliantly, and teamwork really kicked in ... and we got the boat under control," he said. The Adventure and the Discoverer both made it into the Hampton Yacht Cub with holes in their sails, but no injuries other than some bruises.

www.dailypress.com

More Fun In Rio
The British Sailing Team has had two RIBs stolen from its Olympics training base in Niteroi, Brazil.

The RIBs were found and subsequently recovered with the assistance of the ICB and local fishermen.

A British Sailing Team spokesperson told Boating Business that fuel lines, VHF radios and various other components had been stripped from the boats, but they were otherwise largely intact and the team deployed its bosun to Rio to ensure the boats are fit for use again.

He has been assisted in this regard by the ICB, who are apparently deeply apologetic and have taken a number of steps to improve security at the club in a bid to prevent further issues.

The theft further substantiates security concerns around the Rio Olympic Games due to take place in August.

And Britain is not the only country to be affected. Members of the Australian Paralympic Team were recently robbed at gunpoint in Rio and three members of the Spanish Sailing Team were also robbed at gunpoint back in May.

www.boatingbusiness.com

Old Fishing Nets Could Be A Moneyspinner For Irish Businesses
'Money for old rope' is the pitch for a new initiative that aims to recycle old fishing nets that often end up littering the seas, as the Irish Examiner reports.

A number of Irish companies have been invited to Norway later this year to explore the possibility of collecting abandoned fishing nets and other ocean waste for repurposing in various industries - such as using the rope fibres in reinforced concrete.

They will be led by Macroom E, a company started by Cork County Council to help small and medium businesses make the most of recycling initiatives.

Macroom E is a partner with Circular Ocean, a Europe-wide project hosting a showcase this September on its work to remove waste from the ocean - where plastic and 'ghost nets' remain a hazard to marine wildlife - and turn it into a useful, and profitable, resource.

afloat.ie/port-news/

Emirates Team New Zealand Launch Their Fastest Boat Yet
Emirates Team New Zealand celebrated a long awaited milestone today at their Beaumont Street base in Auckland by launching their first custom designed development boat.

The 45 foot catamaran has been in the process of being built for the past six months and has taken a dedicated team of boat builders and sub contractors over 35,000 man hours to construct, with the main construction and assembly completed in house at the Emirates Team New Zealand base.

"This is certainly the most complicated boat we have ever built," said Construction Manager Sean Regan.

"The amount of detail and systems that go into the construction of this boat is astonishing. This has been a huge effort by our guys in the shed to create such an amazing piece of machinery, and of course the designers who have been pushing the design throughout the construction process."

Although there are many aspects of the eventual race boats that are one-design, such as the hull shape, the wing shape & the deck layout- it is the hidden systems and designs which is where the speed is produced and ultimately where America's Cup is won.

The limits have been pushed in all aspects of the technology in design and construction of the boat, which will be used as the main test and development platform where key decisions will be made on how fast the actual America's Cup race yacht will be when it is launched in early 2017.

Artemis Racing - Road To Bermuda
Episode 4 of 'Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda' is now available,

In this episode we revisit the New York leg of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, and learn more about the importance of performance prediction as part of the design process - link.

Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week Welcomes New Classes
Entries for next month's Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week look set to be up yet again this year, standing at over 180 today (24 June) as the event goes into the late entry period. Entries are open to the 8 July.

There are some exciting newcomers to the event this year. Cowes Classics Week will be hosting the International Tempest Class World Championship within the regatta, welcoming around 25 boats from the UK and Europe to compete at Cowes for the first time in class history. In addition, a four-strong fleet of vintage Dragons will be entering for the first time and the 8 metres will be joining in after a one year break.

The event's rule for GRP boats means that this year the Royal London YC has been able to extend an invitation to all Classic S&S Swans regardless of their design date as this class is considered to have specific provenance and five will be competing in the Over 30 ft LOA class.

Once again the regular Classics including six 6 metres, 14 Darings (glass 5.5s), 13 Solent Sunbeams and five Swallows.  Flying Fifteens and Bembridge One Designs will be attending the five day event which starts at Cowes on 11 July.  In addition the largest fleet of all, the XODs, already has more than 50 boats entered. The Squibs from the Royal Victoria also race on the Tueday.

The Loch Long class will be making their way from Aldeburgh to join the event, while the Old Gaffers are still going strong with two classes, both racing from the RLYC shoreline this year with the classic yachts, and the spirit of tradition French designed Tofinous who will be coming for the second year.

Adding to the excitement of a traditional sailing scene will be the presence of two iconic yachts, Mariquita, the beautiful 38m (125ft) Fife design built in 1911, and Opposition, built in 1971 for the then British Prime Minister Edward Heath as his second Morning Cloud and which went on to win the Admiral's Cup.

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