Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TOP US YACHT DESIGN FIRM JOINS ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING’S TITLE PURSUIT

ADTA Appoints Farr Yacht Design To Develop Team’s State-of-the-Art Volvo Open 70

Abu Dhabi, UAE. 31st August 2010: US-based Farr Yacht Design (FYD), one of the world’s foremost racing-yacht design teams, has been appointed to develop Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo Open 70 for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, representing a major boost to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)-backed outfit’s title ambitions.

With more than 25 years experience, FYD-designed racing yachts have won more than 40 World Championships and have achieved a multitude of successes at international grand prix events including the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, Vendee Globe, Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Barcelona World Race, Transat Jacques Vabre, Copa del Rey and many others.

FYD is undertaking a five-stage research & design process with the final geometry to be completed for a late September build start.

“Farr Yacht Design was selected because of its ability to tailor to our specific requirements and its strong commitment to research and design which has been ongoing since the conclusion of the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean race,” said His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, ADTA. “We anticipate being able to announce the appointment of the yacht-builder early September after finalising selection of six tender qualifiers from throughout the Middle East, Europe and the Far East.”

FYD’s appointment comes hard-on-the-heels of ADTA’s announcement that two-time Olympic medallist, Ian Walker of Great Britain, will skipper Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Walker will also play a key role during the research and design of ADTA’s Volvo Open 70 racing yacht, drawing on years of practical experience to give the team a competitive edge in the nine-months of intense, head-to-head sailing over the 39,000 nautical mile course.

The FYD team - led by the company’s President, Patrick Shaughnessy - brings significant expertise to the table, having worked extensively with the Telefonica team in the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race – an experience it believes is critical to making Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing a competitive force.

“In preparation for and during the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean race, every member of the FYD team spent considerable time sailing Volvo Open 70s. The experience we gained has allowed us to view the design challenges a little bit differently. That real world experience adds to an always evolving set of tools that we bring to bear on any R&D project,” said Shaughnessy.

“The 2011/2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be a great sporting challenge and we feel that a well managed process can deliver competitive advantages. The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team has made good decisions in its key resource appointments, starting with Ian Walker as skipper. We believe the team will have a well designed yacht, a well built yacht, and a well sailed yacht.”

One of FYD’s key challenges is to adapt to the 2011/12 campaign rule changes, namely sail number restrictions – something the company is confident of achieving.

“The largest change comes from the restriction on the number of sails a team can use. These restrictions place a large priority on sail inventory planning, and ultimately sail reliability. The choices we make during the design process regarding sail inventory have large consequences for the way the yacht will be used throughout the race,” added Shaughnessy, who has a 14 year competitive sailing pedigree and 21 years design experience with FYD.

ADTA has also contracted Jason Carrington of Great Britain as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Technical Manager.

Carrington - who has helped build five Volvo Ocean Race yachts, has project managed three campaigns and competed in more than 30 top-tier events globally - is a major addition to the team’s on-shore and competitive race credentials, bringing with him a unique insight into all aspects of the demanding campaign.

ADTA and Walker are also currently in the final stages of appointing the team’s other crew members, and are committed to including a UAE national in the Sporting Team and another two on the Shore Team. An open selection process will begin this month in the emirate.

Plans are also being progressed with Abu Dhabi stakeholders for the UAE capital’s New Year 2012 hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race, when it sails into the sport’s record books as the first Middle East stopover in the event’s 37-year history.

The 2011/2012 race will start in Alicante, Spain, in October 2011 and end in Galway, Ireland, in the summer of 2012. The Volvo Open 70 racing yacht is sailed by professional athletes, who race around the world with the prevailing winds in what is widely regarded as the ‘Everest of Sailing’.

Monday, August 30, 2010

First victory for Groupama 70


Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
It was at 1126 hours BST on Sunday that Franck Cammas and his ten crew took victory in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. By covering the 1,802 miles in 5 days 21 hours and 26 minutes at an average speed of 12.74 knots, the French crew considerably improved on the best time over this course which had previously been in the hands of the British sailors Dee Cafari and Sam Davies since 2009.

"Our arrival in the Isle of Wight was pretty magical. We powered along the island at over twenty knots under spinnaker before tacking against the current in the Solent. On crossing the finish line off the Squadron, the exhaustion swept over us. That's how you build a team; it's important" says Jean-Luc Nélias, navigator aboard Groupama 70.

As the winner of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland tied up to the dock in the port of Cowes, the bottle of champagne was passed around the whole crew. Very much in demand, Franck Cammas had to do a steady stream of telephone interviews and after his first confrontation against a Volvo Ocean Race specialist, the skipper of Groupama 70 was ready and waiting: "Our aim in this race was to see how the work this new team, on a new boat, has been doing over the past six months would measure up to a reference like Telefonica. The battle was great and very close-fought. We really battled hard. The confrontation was worth its weight in gold with the crew forced to sail under pressure for the first time since Groupama's engagement in the Volvo. This victory has motivated the whole team to push themselves as hard as they can. As far as the record is concerned, it's the icing on the cake" explains a happy Franck Cammas.

By taking 14 hours and 3 minutes less time than the previous Sevenstar RBI reference, Groupama 70 has confirmed the fast pace of these Volvo Ocean Race monohulls, which are capable of peak speeds in excess of 30 knots, as well as regularly sailing faster than the strength of the wind, like the multihulls that the skipper of Groupama is so familiar with.

However, the greatest satisfaction for the recent winner of the Jules Verne Trophy is a human one: "We have a new team. None of my crew come from the multihull and the three Groupama trimarans. It was necessary for me to become integrated. For that there's nothing more valuable than a race to get to know each other well and gain trust. I've learnt more in six days of racing than in six months of training in Lorient during our day sails. This victory binds our crew for the future".

Next up the crew will quickly have to head back out to sea to return to the base in Lorient: "We'll have left before Telefonica arrives. We're not being prudish, but our work schedule is a busy one and every minute counts until the start of the Volvo in November 2011. It would be a mistake to underestimate our rivals" concludes Jean-Luc Nélias.

- Time of passage over the finish line: 1126 hours BST
- Race time: 5 days 21 hours and 26 minutes
- Average speed over the 1,802 mile course: 12.74 knots
- Lead over the previous record: 14 hours and 3 minutes

Crew of Groupama 70
1. Franck Cammas, skipper
2. Jean-Luc Nélias, navigator
3. Laurent Pagès, watch leader
4. Magnus Woxen, watch leader
5. Charles Caudrelier, trimmer
6. Erwan Israël, trimmer, under 30 years of age
7. Martin Strömberg, trimmer and pitman, under 30 years of age
8. Sébastien Marsset, trimmer and pitman, under 30 years of age
9. Mike Pammenter, bowman, under 30 years of age
10. Martin Krite, bowman, under 30 years of age
11. Yann Riou, media crew

Find all the latest about the Groupama trimarans on:
http://www.cammas-groupama.com/

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Audi MedCup :Emirates Team New Zealand wins the regatta at Cartagena after 3 races on final day.

The team finished a comfortable 10 points ahead of Matador (Argentina) and 21.5 points ahead of third placed TeamOrigin.

The last day of racing was not without drama. NZL 380 started well, taking second place in the first race. A port-starboard incident in the second race involving Quantum Racing cost them dearly. They finished fourth but were disqualified.

Dean Barker and crew shrugged that off and came back to win the last race of the regatta.

Dean Barker said: “We sailed much better here than we did in Barcelona. We didn't have any bad races. I think we sailed better in Barcelona than we had done earlier in the year, and today it was really a good day.”

“With three races to go anything could have happened and we managed to sail a very good, consistent day.

“Cartagena has been good for me. I've raced here three times now and had three victories, the first one with Bribón.

“It's a difficult venue, I don't think you ever really quite understand it, there's big currents, a lot happening out there, so you have to take it one day at a time, and see what you figure out.”

Vasco Vascotto, tactician on Matador, paid tribute to the New Zealand crew:
“We are happy because we've fine tuned some details in the way we sail, but the truth is that ETNZ are a step beyond us all.

“Sometimes we tend to forget that and try to fight them but they are far better than us, and we have to learn from them to improve ourselves. We are like little children, but talented. We have many great moments, and many not that good. I hope we can improve and keep consistent.”

The Cartagena win has preserved the team’s hold on the season championship. After four of the five regattas in the MedCup series, Emirates Team New Zealand is on 133 points, 46.5 clear of second placed Quantum Racing on 179.5. Matador is third on 199 points.

Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand

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Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
Final result after 10 races
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3+1+1.5+2+12(DSQ)+1= 35.5 points
2. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8+5+6+1+7+7= 45
3. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1+3+16.5+7+1+9= 46.5
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7+2+7.5+6+5+3= 53.5
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4+6+3+9+9+10= 64
6. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6+7+10.5+10+2+4= 68.5
7. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2+9+15+3+8+8= 69
8. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10+4+12+11+4+6= 70
9. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9+10+9+5+10+2= 79
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11+11+4.5+4+6+5= 78.5
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5+8+13.5+8+3+11= 85.5

Audi MedCup Circuit 2010
Leaderboard after four events of five
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 31.5+31+35+35.5= 133 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 59.5+22,5+44+53.5= 179.5
3. Matador (ARG), 60+27+67+45= 199
4. TeamOrigin (GBR), 59.5+31+63+46.5= 200
5. Artemis (SWE), 57+53+33+64= 207
6. Synergy (RUS), 64+35.5+73+68.5= 241
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 51.5+29.5+84+78= 243
8. Bribón (ESP), 88+41+58+70= 251.5
9. Cristabella (GBR), 65+43.5+62+85.5= 256
10. Luna Rossa (ITA), 77.5+44.5+73+69= 264
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 88+78+70+78.5= 314.5

Knickerbocker Cup :Tiller shuts out Tunnicliffe in classic match race


Day 3 at the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup was a day filled with protest flags, aggressive racing and some photo finishes that kept spectators eyes glued to the race course. In a first to three Quarter Finals, Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL) shut down Dave Perry, Team Perry (USA) 3-0, but it took the full five matches to determine the other three who would move on to the semi-finals.. It was Eugeniy Neugodikov, Synergy (RUS) over Sally Barkow, Team 7 Racing (USA) , Bill Hardesty, LineHonors.com (USA) ousting Taylor Canfield, Team ISV (ISV), and William Tiller, Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL) over Anna Tunnicliffe, Gus (USA).

The Tiller-Tunnicliffe matches were one for the record books. With one match abandoned because of a 90 degree wind shift, and Tiller’s red flag which was denied, the stage was set.. The first two matches had Tiller and Tunnicliffe at 1-1. Anna took the third match and it looked like she was set to go to the semis when Tiller got a penalty in the prestart and had Tunnicliffe leading by 15 boats lengths on the windward leg, The downwind leg had Tiller catching Tunnicliffe and passing her as she sailed into less pressure. It was now Tiller with a 10 boat length boat lead and he took the match with a delta of over a minute. The fifth match had Tiller just ahead of Tunnicliffe at the start, but lost the lead at the windward mark. By the time the two reached the leeward mark, Tiller squeezed inside and it was classic match racing. With the finish line looming ahead, the two were neck and neck, covering each other. Then Tunnicliffe tacked over, slowing down and Tiller inched ahead. Tunnicliffe still looked like she could take the match, but right at the finish line, Tiller protested her for not giving room, the upmpires upheld the protest. Goodbye Tunnicliffe.

The stakes are high for Hardesty and Tiller, the two remaining in contention for the East Coast Trifecta. The semi-finals have Tiller vs. Robertson and Hardesty vs. Neugodnikov. Both have tough matches ahead of them, and even at this late date, one can’t predict who might take the prize. With the forecast calling for very light wind on Sunday, the Race Committee is starting early to take advantage of the predicted early wind.

By end of day, the 2010 Knickerbocker C up will have their champion and the East Coast Trifecta will be crowned. The winner of the Knickerbocker Cup receives automatic entry into the Argo Gold Cup in Bermuda and the winner of the Trifecta gets to compete in the Congressional Cup, the only grade one match racing event in the US.

Thomson Reuters is a major sponsor of the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup. The world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, Thomson Reuters combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets.

The Colgate 26 is the official boat of the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup.

Andrea Watson

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Results after the Quarter Finals:

Phil Robertson (NZL) 3-0
Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) 3-2
Bill Hardesty (USA) 3-2
William Tiller (NZL) 3-2
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 2-3
Taylor Canfield (ISV) 2-3
Sally Barkow (USA) 2-3
Dave Perry (USA) 0-3
Results after the Full Round Robin:
Phil Robertson (NZL) 9-2
Eugeniy Neugodnikov RUS 9-2
Bill Hardesty (USA) 8-3
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 7-4
William Tiller (NZL) 7-4
Taylor Canfield (ISV) 6-5
Sally Barkow (USA) 5-6
Dave Perry (USA) 4-7
Reuben Corbett (NZL) 3-8
Henrique Haddad (BRA) 3-8
Sergey Musikhin (RUS) 3-8
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) 2-9

Volvo Ocean Race : Puma Ocean Racing to build boat in Newport, RI, USA.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (Newport, USA), is proud to announce that New England Boatworks Inc. has been contracted to build PUMA’s new Volvo 70 for the upcoming VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2011-2012. Design for this latest generation round the world race yacht will be provided by Valencia based Naval Architecture firm Juan Yacht Design. Juan Kouyoumdjian’s designs have a perfect record in the VOR since the inception of the Volvo Open 70 Rule. They are credited with designing the 2006 VOR winner ABN AMRO One and the 2009 VOR winner Ericsson 4.

The project is still in the early stages, with molds currently in production. Read, speaking to the newly formed NEB/PUMA Ocean Racing build team, confirmed that this new project will take full advantage of the years of experience assembled between the PUMA build group and NEB’s boatbuilding team. After placing second in the last Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 Read insisted that the PUMA program will utilize all the hard-earned experience gained during the last race to give the team a great starting point. “We feel that PUMA Ocean Racing has an advantage by keeping the construction of all the major components for this project close to our home base in Newport,” said Read. “Fortunately, NEB provides our team the perfect facility and team to build what we hope is the finest boat ever constructed for this type of race.”

NEB has proven offshore boat building experience, with projects that include the Whitbread 60, TOSHIBA for the 1997 Whitbread Round-the-World Race. “These boats are designed to withstand the harshest conditions, and we’re proud to have this opportunity to showcase NEB on a global level,” said NEB partners Tom Rich, Steven Casella and David MacBain.

PUMA will launch and begin sea trials in Spring 2011 out of their training base at the Newport Shipyard.

The Volvo Ocean Race begins October 2011 in Alicante, Spain and ends in Galway, Ireland in June 2012. The eight stopovers in between include: Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Itajaí (Brazil), Miami, Lisbon and Lorient (France). PUMA continues to produce and expand their line of sailing performance gear and remains the first Sportlifestyle company to participate in a venture of this kind. PUMA will also be the official supplier of all Volvo Ocean Race merchandise.

Bridgid Murphy

San Francisco18' skiff international




Photos by Dave Keane http://www.davekeane.com/

AC FILM IN HD

America's Cup from Adam Docker on Vimeo.


Red Line Films from New York, needed support for a feature documentary they were making for Larry Ellison following his Oracle team as they competed and eventually won the America's Cup in Seville Spain. Red Earth Studio provided three camera crews, technical and DiT crews, three Sony F800 kits and a Cineflex with a two man crew.

These are a selection of my favourite clips. Music by Yann Tiersen.

Camera's used:
Sony F800 with HJ11, HJ22, HJ40 and Schwem lens
Cineflex camera rigged up on a boat a second Cineflex camera mounted on a Squirrel helicopter.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kiss Puts 3 Bullets In 2010 Audi Melges 20 Nationals To Lead



August 27, 2010 (Holland, MI) - Michael Kiss on Bacio delivered an astounding performance today at the 2010 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship, hosted by the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Three races were held under picture perfect conditions with Kiss submitting in a 1-1-1 score line to lead the fleet. John Arendshorst on Blink is second and Simon Strauss on Simplicity is third overall.

The Race Committee, lead by the cool, calm and collected hand of PRO Shannon Bush, were challenged with a difficult combination of current, breeze and big wave action as they tried to set the line for the first race. The championship finally got underway after four starts. "It was challenging. It took a little bit to get everything ironed out, but after that, it all worked really well." said Bush. "We expect the same conditions for tomorrow."

Breeze on conditions, 15-17 knots out of the 185-195 degree corridor, sunshine and large seas produced conditions in which Kiss simply dominated. Onboard with him is his son, fifteen-year old Mitchell Kiss (who also came in third at the 2010 Men’s Radial Worlds) and Chris Rast. "I had to pinch myself this was so much fun today. The start on the first race was not the perfect start, but it was enough to put us ahead. We were just trying to get off that starting line in a good position." commented Kiss. He not only won the first two races by sizable margins, he took the third race win as well.

Race three put George Gamble on A Little Wicked in the limelight at the top mark, with Kiss rounding second. The two split the difference downwind, Kiss to the right and Gamble left. "We were rocking downwind." said Kiss. "There were some gigantic waves that we caught. It was such a blast." At the gate, Kiss overtook the lead from Gamble for his third win of the day.

Trailing Kiss, in second overall, is Arendshorst who absorbed a 3-3-3 result for the first day of racing. "The whole idea is fun, and this fleet does fun better than any other fleet. People are so cordial on- and off-the-course, yet still very, seriously competitive. The fun-factor is the whole thing. Very serious racing, but very serious fun."

More championship racing is scheduled for Saturday. Please check out the Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page for the latest from the course.

TOP TEN RESULTS (After 3 Races)
1.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 1-1-1 = 3
2.) John Arendhorst, Blink; 3-3-3 = 9
3.) Simon Strauss, Simplicity; 5-4-4 = 13
4.) George Gamble, A Little Wicked; 4-8-2 = 14
5.) Tony Tabb, USA-88; 7-2-6 = 15
6.) Kate Mullin, CAN-141; 2-14-5 = 21
7.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 9-7-7 = 23
8.) Sid Gorham, Funner; 6-10-11 = 27
9.) Jon Messenger, CAN-142; 13-5-12 = 30
10.) Alex Post/Erik Post, Vaya Con Dios; 8-15-9 = 32
Full Results
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Official Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship Event Website

TP 52-Audi Med Cup-Cartegena

Paul Cayard
Friday, August 27, 2010
Photo Sander van der Borch / ARTEMIS

A long day in the heat today. It was 44C (which is about 107F) 10 miles North of here today.

We had a light seabreeze...enough to get three races in. It is 1930 and we are heading back to the hotel.

The Brits on TeamOrigin are on fire so far here with all their finishes in the top 3.

We had two good races; 2nd in the first race and 4th in the third race. In the second race we were over early at the start and had to go back and restart. We caught up to the tailenders at the first mark but only managed to pass one boat by the finish.

All day our speed was good in the 8-11 Southwesterly breeze.

We are currently 5th overall, one point out of fourth. Still a lot of racing left and plenty of opportunity to move up and down.

Tomorrow the committee is talking about one windward leeward race and then the coastal race.

The forecast for tomorrow is for moderately strong Northeasterly winds so that will be welcome by the fleet after these light air, baking contests.

For complete results go to http://www.medcup.org/

Paul

Knickerbocker Cup

August 27, 2010
Manhasset Bay, NY - Anna Tunnicliffe

We wrapped up racing in the round robin today at the Knickerbocker Cup finishing 4th. We finished the day early and then waited for everyone else to finish up racing before we entered into the quaterfinals round. The quarterfinalists were not announced initially, as it was undecided as to whether the round was going to be a 6- or 8-team quarterfinal. By the end of the round robin, the race committee decided that it would be an 8-team knockout quarterfinals. This meant that we are paired up against the number 5 seed, William Tiller from New Zealand.


The racing began in the quarters this afternoon, but our pair sat out waiting for one group to finish up before we could start (because there are only 6 boats and 8 teams).

In our three races this morning, we won 2 and lost 1. They were really good, testing races, and we were leading all of them at one point or another, but got overtaken at the leeward mark. The pre-starts were rather tricky because the wind was light and the current was against us but even so we managed to get good starts on the side of the race course we wanted and came out ahead at the top mark.


The race we lost, we led all the way down the first downwind leg until the last gybe into the mark. Our competitor had a little more speed than us and just got inside of us at the two boatlength zone at the mark. We tried to round on the outside of him but we ran out of speed. Just after we rounded we tried to fake tack and get him off our breeze, but he didn't fall for it and we stopped. We hung out by the leeward mark for about 2 minutes before we got going again, as the wind was so light. We managed to gain some boat lengths back upwind, but not enough to catch up and make a play.

We will start racing tomorrow morning after one pair finishes their first to 3 point series. You can check the results online at the regatta website. There is also live coverage of the races on www.sailgroove.org.


We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their support.

Sail Hard,

Anna
Team Tunnicliffe

2010 Knickerbocker Cup

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Day One Concludes with Phil Roberston (NZL) leading at the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup

Port Washington, NY – Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL), with crew Garth Ellingham, James Williamson and Sam Bell have taken are in the lead on Day One at the 28th Knickerbocker Cup. Upon arrival in Port Washington, Robertson made it known that he “came to win” the Cup this year, after coming in third place behind the 2009 Cup winner, Rueben Corbett, Black Sheep Racing (NZL) and Dave Perry, Team Perry (USA), a close second. Roberson’s only loss was to Bill Hardesty, LineHonors.com (USA).

Eugeniy Neugodnikov, Synergy (RUS) has won all five matches against Sergey Musikhin, Rusteam (RUS), William Tiller, Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL), Nicolai Sehested, TRE-FOR Match Racing (DEN), Barkow, Team 7 Racing (USA) and Anna Tunnicliffe, Gus (USA).

The wind was up on Manhasset Bay and PRO Sue Miller completed 13 flights and 39 matches, the most ever for the Knickerbocker Cup. Under beautiful blue skies, cool temperatures and good wind, the day was perfect for spectators, and kayakers, sail and power boats were out enjoying the view. For those who didn’t make it out to the water, live streaming video was available at http://www.manhassetbayyc.org/.

Thomson Reuters is a major sponsor of the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup. The world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, Thomson Reuters combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets.

The Colgate 26 is the official boat of the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup.

For more information: http://www.manhassetbayyc.org/ and
www.sailgroove.org


Standings after Day 1:

Phil Robertson (NZL) 7-1
Eugeniv Neugodnikov RUS 5-0
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 5-3
Bill Hardesty (USA) 4-1
Sally Barkow (USA) 4-4
William Tiller (NZL) 3-2
Reuben Corbett (NZL) 3-5
Dave Perry (USA) 3-5
Henrique Haddad (BRA) 2-3
Taylor Canfield (ISV) 1-4
Sergey Musikhin (RUS) 1-4
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) 1-7

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TP 52-Audi Med Cup-Cartegena

By Paul Cayard
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Two races were held today in 14 knot, Easterly winds off the South coast of Spain. Artemis had an ok day....middle of the fleet in both races.

We made a strategic decision this morning to not get in any close situations, no possible fouls, to just sail clean and see where the chips would fall. It is the first day of a five day event and a 5, 6 are both keepers in this fleet. Where we want to be on Sunday is in a position to win.

Today, the right hand side of the course was very favored upwind due to the Easterly flowing current offshore. The committee did not bias the line to the left so the fleet was bunched up at the committee boat end of the line at the starts. Emirates Team New Zealand is being protested by Matador for an infraction at the start of the second race.

We have the same good boat speed that we had at Barcelona and that is very valuable for the coming days.

We did make a few mistakes, mostly downwind on the first run of each race, that probably cost us two places in each race.

My son Danny is here with me this week. Today he sailed at the "guest" onboard. Most days he gives the guys a hand on the tender. We work out together in the mornings, eat together with the team, sleep in the same room, even watched the movie "Hangover" together last night. It is nice for me to have him around!

It is still 34C or about 94F right now a 1800. Going for a swim.
For complete results go to http://www.medcup.org/

Paul

Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championships


Please credit Becky DaMore / Sail22.com
Results - Day 2
15 knots of breeze, clear skies and sunshine - a perfect third racing day for the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship

Toronto, Ontario, August 24, 2010 - Toronto delivered perfect late summer sailing conditions for the third day of racing at the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championships - the 8 Metres showed both their true beauty and strength! With two metre swells and 15 knots of easterly breeze, the sailors raced two nearly 10 mile races today. " It was a hard day of sailing but a lot of fun", says Rob Roy, North American 8 Metre Class President. Lafayette of Great Britain is at the top of the leader board with a first and a second in the races today. In the classic division, RCYC's Raven placed 5th today overall, with a 5th in both races - defeating two of the modern boats. This is a great accomplishment for a classic boat in 15 knots of wind. "Raven sailed extremely well today in the big breeze. They had a great day", said Rob Roy. More @ http://www.8mr.org/

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cayard on fire @ TP52 Conde de Godó Trophy


Audi MedCup Circuit © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Artemis, winners of last month’s Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona, suggested today that they might have lost nothing of their momentum when they comfortably won today’s official Practice Race for the TP52 Series at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy off Cartagena.

With Cameron Appleton (NZL) calling tactics and Paul Cayard (USA) on the helm, the Artemis crew read the tricky approach to the first turning nearly perfectly to be able to round in first place, ahead of the Portuguese team on Pedro Mendonca’s Bigamist 7.

At the leeward gate Artemis sailed wide and late allowing Bigamist through, but they quickly made good what they had lost, leading around the top mark for the second time to take the winning gun by 41 seconds from Bigamist with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) finishing third. The best recovery of the day was that staged by Terry Hutchinson (USA) and Quantum
Racing (USA) who worked from 11th at the first turn to finish fourth.

After a delay of over one and a half hours waiting for the sea breeze to fill in sufficiently to allow racing the SW’ly breeze topped no more than eight knots but it was the top corner, calling the layline in to the windward mark in the streaky breeze and strong current which taxed the afterguards most today.

Racing is scheduled to start in earnest for the TP52’s tomorrow at around 1330hrs after the GP42 Series have completed their initial practice starts.

Among the visiting VIP’s was Ruth Beitia, Spain’s 2010 indoor world championships silver medal winning high jumper who sailed today aboard Bribón.

After watching today’s TP52 Practice Race many of the 30 participants who have been competing at the regional Optimist championships were able jump on board the top two boats, Artemis and Bigamist, for the ride back to Cartagena then helping the crews fold sails and carry them to the container village.

Last night's gymnastics display was well received by a large and enthusiastic crowd. Tonight there is a Carthaginians and Romans show at the Public Village.

Audi MedCup TV will start broadcasting live at 1300hrs (CET) tomorrow on http://www.medcup.org/. Three races are scheduled for the TP52 Series while the five GP42’s have their official Practice Race.

Groupama 70: They're off!


First to cross the start line, ICAP Leopard and Telefonica Azul put on an exceptional display, firing off at 25 knots into the Solent, the sound which separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland. Despite being over 30 foot longer than the VOR 70, ICAP Leopard, with Sam Davies navigating, got irreparably left behind, as did the rest of the fairly assorted fleet.

During this time, the crew of Groupama 70 attempted to quickly hoist their mainsail. Delayed following a failed manoeuvre by a competitor, which damaged the bow of the VOR 70, Franck Cammas could only watch, powerless, as his main rival, Iker Martinez, skipper of Telefonica, took flight. A double Olympic medallist in the Forty Niner, the Spaniard couldn't have wished for a better start.It remains to be seen now how the skipper of Groupama 70 will react.

Prior to the start, the newcomer to the VOR category had this to say: "We're here to drive the men and Groupama 70 into a corner, as well as to see how we measure up against an experienced, high performance crew".Having racked up a 5-mile deficit from the outset, Cammas had no other choice but to attack. He too tracked making 25 knots of boat speed, creating fabulous plumes of water in his wake, the skipper was clearly ruling Groupama 70 with a rod of iron.Once across the Solent, the imposed route will call for a series of tack changes under spinnaker. Favouring a more northerly course, Jean-Luc Nélias, Groupama 70's navigator, was the first to put in a gybe. It's a manoeuvre which, in the breeze, requires perfect synchronisation.

Unfortunately this element may well have been somewhat lacking aboard Celox 40, which lost her mast.With the wind set to remain very steady, the competitors will continue to traverse the English Channel at pace, zigzagging between the numerous cargo ships picking their way across it. Suffice to say that in these conditions, any minutes spent sleeping will be both rare and precious if they are to keep performing well...

Crew of Groupama 701. Franck Cammas, skipper2. Jean-Luc Nélias, navigator3. Laurent Pagès, watch leader4. Magnus Woxen, watch leader5. Charles Caudrelier, trimmer6. Erwan Israël, trimmer, under 30 years of age7. Martin Strömberg, trimmer and pitman, under 30 years of age8. Sébastien Marsset, trimmer and pitman, under 30 years of age9. Mike Pammenter, bowman, under 30 years of age10. Martin Krite, bowman, under 30 years of age11. Yann Riou, media crew

About the race:• Distance to cover: 1,802 nautical miles• Direction of the course: clockwise• Best race time since 1976: Artemis (IMOCA 60) in 7 days and 4 hours• Largest of this year's boats: ICAP Leopard measuring 30 metres• Smallest of this year's boats: Arethusa measuring 10.9 metres• Number of VORs competing: 2• Start: Cowes, Monday 23 August 2010 at 14:00
Find all the latest about the Groupama trimarans on: http://www.cammas-groupama.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sex on the water




There is nothing hotter then a 90' cold molded sloop! Check out these sexy photos of Sophie in Newport RI.

Oh Snap!


Photo by Darrall at Bayshots - The old II Moro ACC boat dropping her rig on her first sail after being completely overhauled expect for the shroud fitting that failed. And they charter these things out!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup


Photo credit: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

OUTCOME RESTS IN IRELAND'S HANDS

Now on 64.5 points to second placed Hong Kong’s 100.5, the Irish team’s position at the Rolex Commodores’ Cup is looking all but unassailable. With just one inshore race to go tomorrow it would now take a major disaster in all three classes for the immaculate Irish to lose their grip of the trophy that has eluded them for so long.

Today the 29 strong fleet (one down with Paul Turner’s Artemis in GBR Black out of the competition with a damaged keel) sailed anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight, the results from this 55-nautical-mile carrying a points co-efficient of 1.5x. This was held in southwesterly wind that peaked at around 24 knots as the boats battled their down the western Solent towards the Needles in lumpy wind against tide conditions.

In the big boat class, Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39 Antix scored another win, her fourth this week, giving her by far the lowest points score of all the boats at the Rolex Commodores’ Cup. She won on corrected by a minute, once again from her sistership, Bernard Gouy’s Inis Mor racing in France Yellow.

“The start was very tricky,” commented Dave Lenz, Antix’ tactician and one of the crews two permitted professional sailors. “There was tide, not much breeze and while you weren’t crossing the line on starboard, you wanted the left because of the effective bias there.” Surprisingly only one boat, Inspara (RSA), was swept over the line by the tide and had to re-start.

Antix did well heading down the western Solent, managing to get into clear air which Lenz says was key. At the Needles the going got very bumpy thanks to the strong wind and tidal situation. “It was quite rough down there - we saw 23-24 knots and some short sharp pretty big waves.” From the Needles the wind dropped to around 17-19 knots, but they were pushing tide which momentarily turned in their favour after they rounded St Catherine’s Point, the southernmost tip of the Isle of Wight, turning foul again as they approached the eastern entrance to the Solent. “I thought it was going to be lower visibility, but it was alright,” concluded Lenz.

In the medium and small boat classes, it was a good day for France with a win for Géry Trentesaux and Marc de Saint Denis’ First 40 Coup de Coeur for France Blue in the former and Marc Alperovitch and Jerome Huillard’s A-35 Prime Time for France Yellow in the latter.

Marc de Saint Denis, Commodore of the Union Nationale Course Au Large, said that they spent much of the race match racing their sistership, La Réponse co-owned by Peter Morton and Andrew McIrvine, Saint Denis’ equivalent at the Royal Ocean Racing Club. “In general, it’s him beating us. So today we managed to reverse the situation, - we managed to overtake little by little, especially at the finish where an important tactical decision had to be made between the winds and the tide.”

The Coup de Coeur crew made their greatest gains on the reach to St Catherine’s Point. “We didn’t make so many mistakes today - it’s not always like this, so we are very happy to be able to ‘count’ this race, a race that was interesting tactically, but also with a stunning landscape, which on the Isle of Wight is really special. The Solent is a splendid place to race, the wind conditions and current are very variable.”

As to the level of competition this year Saint Denis thinks it is very good, but that now the Irish team is virtually untouchable.

Among the small boats today’s winner Prime Time made a good start, but suffered on the leg from the Needles to St Catherine’s Point when they did not go in close enough to the Isle of Wight to get out of the tide.

“At St Cats we weren’t too bad and then we really pushed hard after that,” said helmsman Jérôme Huillard. “And the reach on the way back went quite well and we worked really hard on the boat because we knew it was going to be down to seconds.” In the event the small boat class today saw the closest finish with Prime Time correcting out just 18 seconds ahead of Francois Blossier’s A-35 sistership RealAx, which scored her best result of the regatta. Unusually French boats took the top four spots in the small boat class today.

“The boat is going fast, not in all conditions but today was okay. On a reach we are not super good, but today we really worked hard,” concluded Huillard.

South Africa continue to suffer at this regatta, now lying in eighth place overall. Small boat in the team is the J/109 Inspara, skippered by David Hudson. Hudson runs the Race Ahead, an organisation that aims to nurture sailing talent among under privileged youths in South Africa. Aboard for this regatta, his stars in the making are Wandisile Xayimpi and Marlon Jones.

Helping the Inspara team this regatta is also Mark Sadler, skipper of Team Shosholoza, South
Africa’s 32nd America’s Cup challenger. “Dave Hudson who has chartered this J/109 asked me to come and help him out. He races Laser SB3s a lot with his guys, but most of them are dinghy sailors. So I’m here just to help them adapt to big boat sailing.”

Sadler says while he competed at Cowes Week with the team, he hasn’t sailed much in the UK before and today was his first lap of the Isle of Wight. “It was fantastic. Great tourism! This run has been fun.”

They finished eighth today, and Sadler concedes that they haven’t had the best regatta. He is not used to the Solent, and the boat has had its weak points compared to the competition. “It is okay. We are enjoying it, but I don’t think we can do much better than where we are.”

Top Five Teams – Provisional Positions after completion of 7 races

Team / Points / Place
Ireland / 64,5 / 1
Hong Kong / 100,5 / 2
France Blue / 109 / 3
France Yellow / 126 / 4
GBR red /128 / 5

The 2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup concludes tomorrow, Saturday, with a single inshore race at 10.30 BST. The final prize giving will be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron at 17.00 BST.

Full results and team lists are available at http://commodorescup.rorc.org/

Toyota International Macth Race for the Detroit Cup

August 20, 2010
Detroit, MI

Day two of the Toyota International Macth Race for the Detroit Cup was filled with great races, but not as many wins as we had hoped. We finished the day 2-4 to take our overall record to 7-4. We are currently tied for first, but six teams have to finish their full compliment of races tomorrow to finalize the final round robin scores.

Two Kites And A "Steamship" Fighting Cross-Current Downwind (TT: pink)
Photo: (c) Team Tunnicliffe, August 2010


We sat out the first three flights this morning before we jumped in our boats. Our first race was in a light breeze with current against us upwind. We didn't have the best of starts, and ended up being behind at the top mark. On the second beat we caught up a little and almost passed by the finish, loosing by half a boat length.

After that race, the wind switched directions and started to blow across the river making for a cross-current on the course and puffy conditions. We had some good races in which we sailed very well, and the others we lost on silly mistakes.

Our best race of the day was against Dave Perry. We led off the line but he caught up to us at the bottom mark. He sailed passed his proper course, which according to the rules he is not allowed to do and consequently earned a penalty. Upwind, we stayed close so that he couldn't burn it (exonerate himself), but not too close to get ourselves in trouble. On the downwind leg towards the finish, it was a slowing game. Both boats did everything they could to slow down. With the current dragging us sideways rapidly away from the committee boat end and finish line, it made for a slightly different tactic towards the bottom of the course. We thought we were in position to be able to roll over the top of him and race for the pin end of the line, but after making the initial jump, we realized we couldn't quite make it. When we tried to bail on the plan and dive behind him, he managed to get his tack in to burn the penalty and then it was a race to the finish. He beat us by a boat length. Although it was a great race, it was frustrating because the whole way downwind we had been telling ourselves to be patient, and then right at the end we didn't have quite enough patience to stick to the plan and it cost us.

Dave Perry Burning His Penalty
Photo: (c) Team Tunnicliffe, August 2010


But the good news is that we sailed well enough that we are pretty sure we are through to the next round which will start early afternoon tomorrow. The quarter finals are knockout races, first to two points. There is live coverage of the event online at sailinganarchy.com and justin.tv. Also the results are posted on the event website.

We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their support.

Sail Hard,

Anna
Team Tunnicliffe

Bermuda's Tim Patton takes on champion sailors at Etchells regatta

Skipper: Tim Patton, Bermuda Sailing Association president, is concerned about Ireland’s cold weather and strong currents as he is used to sailing in Bermuda’s milder conditions, above. This is his 21st time at Etchells.

Sports reporter Bermuda Sailing Association president Tim Patton will be among the crew at next week’s star-studded Etchells

World Championships in north County Dublin, Ireland.
The 56-year-old skipper — who is making his 21st appearance at the world class regatta — will be joined on deck by Tony Knapp and U.S. sailor Chris Busch.

Among those Patton will rub shoulders with in Ireland is legendary Australian sailor John Bertrand. Bertrand rose to fame after skippering Australia II to victory in the 1983 Americas Cup, putting an end to 132 years of American dominance in the match racing spectacle.
Patton said: “John is racing Etchells and racing at a very high level.
“He’s yet to win a worlds — I think he’s been second twice, third and fourth, so he’s keen to succeed.”

Also competing are Americas Cup-winning skippers Denis Connors and Russell Coutts, who is a multiple Argo Group Gold Cup winner. Patton’s best showing to date at the Etchells Worlds was in 1988, when he placed fourth in Perth, Australia. The International Etchell is a 30ft fiberglass monohull keelboat. It was designed in the 1960s and is usually sailed by a crew of three or four.
Patton said: “The beauty of the class is that it is a boat that can be sailed by people from the age of 14 to 70. Certainly you don’t want to be 70 and jumping around on the foredeck.

“But an older skipper with a fit young crew can certainly do well.” And do well is certainly what Patton intends to achieve despite the potentially trying Irish conditions.
He said: “We have been going pretty well lately but I have never raced a sailboat in Ireland before.

“The conditions are going to be challenging because there’s a lot of current.”
Oceanographer Knapp has been given the dual role of trimmer and tactician, while Busch will man the spinnaker on the foredeck. Next week’s regatta will mark the first time the trio have sailed together. Patton said: “I’ve sailed with Chris and Tony before but the three of us have never sailed together. “We all know the boat well enough but that is not going to be the problem — it’s really going to be getting used to the conditions.” Patton, who departed for the U.K. earlier this week, is bracing himself for potentially frigid conditions in Ireland.

He said: “The highest temperature I’ve seen forecast for next week is 68F, that’s the highest.
“It’s going to go down to 48F, so I am packing just about all the clothes I own.” This year’s Etchells World Championships, hosted by Howth Yacht Club, gets underway next Monday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2010 Melges California Cup

San Francisco, August 17, 2010
The San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA: With only three days to go, the
final event of the 2010 Melges California Cup is shaping up to be a great one:
three days of intense racing on the Olympic Circle in San Francisco in summer
breeze will help the dozen Melges 32s in attendance gear-up for their Worlds
in September. As for the Melges 24s, it will be all or nothing to see who will win
the US Gold Cup and be the first to hoist the inaugural Melges California Cup.
So far, Scotch Bonnet (USA 52) from San Diego is leading with 54pts, followed
by Personal Puff (USA 657) from Lake Tahoe with 59pts, and San Francisco
competitor Bones (USA 77) in third with 95pts. With eight races scheduled, the
competition is far from over.

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where Trumer Pils will flow liberally. With a band and dock party each evening; a
Melges Clinic hosted by some of the top names in the sport on Saturday; and an
awards ceremony with prizes from Melges, SailFast, and WRI on Sunday -- the
action and fun both on and off the water is guaranteed.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

2-0 In The Skandia SFG Quarter Finals

Weymouth, UK - This afternoon we started the quarter finals, after wrapping up the gold fleet racing this morning. We won one race in the gold fleet to seed ourselves 5th entering into the quarter finals. After two races in the quarter finals, against 4th seeded GBR's Lucy Macgregor, we are leading the series 2-0.

Debbie Pointing The Way
Photo: (c) Fried Elliott, August 2010


The racing was held in shifty, puffy conditions blowing off shore. It made for challenging calls all around the race course, but also for some tight racing. Our first race today was against the Dutch team and despite a couple of lead changes, they ended up getting the better of us at the finish. The last race of the gold round was against our USSTAG team mates, Sally Barkow and team. We led them off the line and held onto the lead around the course to finish the series with one win and the 5th seed. This paired us with the 4th seed, Lucy.

We went out this afternoon and completed two races of the quarters (a first-to-3-points series). The first race was very close. In the pre-start, Lucy got a penalty. Off the line, we won the end that we wanted and controlled her up the beat. Half way up, she tacked too close to us, dipped behind us and luffed, hitting our boat which resulted in another penalty for her. She sailed fast and used the puffy conditions to close the distance downwind and to draw us back in, but we held her off until the finish. In the second race, it was again close racing, with us leading at the top mark, her passing us downwind, but us gaining the inside overlap at the leeward mark to round ahead. Up the second beat, there was a big right shift of which we took advantage, and inspite of a late charge from MacGregor at the end of the second run, we held her off for the win.

Racing resumes tomorrow at 10am when we will complete the quarters. The racing is being tracked live online at the regatta website if you would like to watch some of the races. You can check it out here. You can also see the results posted there as well.

We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their support.

Sail Hard,

Anna
Team Tunnicliffe

‘Best Ever’ UK Stage in Numbers… Next Stop Germany end of August


© Paul Wyeth/ OC Events
The UK round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series™ that took place over Cowes Week between the 31st July to 5th August exceeded expectations both on and off the water.

Six days of racing, instead of a normal 4-day event, saw a total of 36 races mixing long ‘Solent’ style courses, and the short sharp format the series is best know for. In 2010, every event has some more classical courses for the teams to stretch their ‘legs’ when the public village is not open. In ‘Stadium’ sailing mode, the 12 to 15 minutes races delivered some of the most spectacular racing the circuit has ever seen, in front of an estimated total crowd of more than 60,000, every day the beachfront being packed over a full kilometer. Nine international teams competed including many of the world’s best sailors from Olympic medalists, to round-the-world skippers.

The UK round was won by the youngest skipper on the circuit, Paul Campbell-James and his crew on board The Wave, Muscat, securing their first ever regatta win – and first major event win for an Omani sailor, Khamis Al Anbouri, this year fully integrated in to the race crew. The Omani team posted 8 wins with 7 of the 9 teams each claiming one or more ‘bullets’ throughout the UK round. And typical to the Extreme Sailing Series, the UK round was not fully decided until the final double points race, keeping the tension high right until the end.

The entertainment continued shore side under the banner ‘Sailing Rocks™’ at the Extreme Race Village every night. Five different DJs provided an eclectic mix of sounds culminating in BBC Radio 1’s resident DJ Rob da Bank on the Thursday night, ahead of the final Isle of Wight Radio party night on Fireworks night. The Extreme Bar proved a popular destination for Cowes Week goers with a four-fold increase on 2009. Over 900 guests were entertained in the VIP lounge of the Extreme Race Village – some of them lucky enough to experience the money-can’t-buy ‘5th man’ guest spots on the water.

The online following was bigger than ever across all social media and web platforms – and the dramatic action captured on video, including Groupama’s hair-raising near collision with the sea wall that had the crew leaping for safety, has already been viewed over 40,000 times across youtube and other channels.

Click HERE to watch the Cowes final highlights video.

Via our popular Facebook page, the winning public photo from the UK round was sent in by Malc Attrill. More friends on Facebook than ever, and more tweets sharing the excitement and commentary on the event – follow us @extremesailing

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TRAPDOORS OPEN, AND NOOSES TIGHTEN

It was a day when the trapdoor opened - we’re at the end of the opening rounds of Skandia Sail for Gold 2010. The Gold fleets will be separated out tonight, and tomorrow we get down to the business end of the regatta. If you went through the trapdoor into the silver fleet today, there’s no way back. Meanwhile, at the top end the high-fliers from the first three days were roped up and hauled back into the pack – the leaderboard has got tighter almost everywhere.

If you want to see some seriously intense competition, look no further than the Women’s 470 fleet. World Champions, Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout overhauled the Japanese pair of Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata today – and they did it despite a black flag disqualification in the first race – going on to win the second. They say that champions are measured by their response to adversity, and if so, these two are real champions.

Westerhof said afterwards, “Everyone is sailing really up and down and the fleet isn’t very consistent, apart from the Japanese who are having a good series. Although we haven’t been consistent, we have managed to get to the top, but it doesn’t feel like it. We have had an OCS (over the start line early) and finished 18th in a race on the first day, so we need to work on that, but the result at the minute is great.”

Westerhof and Berkhout count two firsts and two seconds with that DSQ and 18th – but headline interest in this fleet goes further down the scoring list. Ingrid Petitjean and Nadarge Douroux lead French compatriots Emmanuelle Rol and Helene Defrance by one point in the the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings, and by just one place in the regatta – they are fourth and fifth.

We talked about three (other) French teams yesterday, all with exceptional leads in their fleets – and while all of them held onto those leads, it was a struggle. In the Men’s 470, Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos scored a 12th and a second, and are now just two points ahead of Australian World Champions, Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page. And it’s a hot Aussie breath on the back of French necks. “We're having a good regatta,” said Belcher, “we got two seconds today and things are going well. Obviously we've won the [ISAF Sailing] World Cup and the World Championships, so it’s been a great year and we never expected to be able to head into this event with the World Cup title wrapped up, so it’s a great position to be in.”

It the 49er, Frenchmen Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis had recorded a 2, 2, 2, 1, 1 up to this morning, but today they could only add a third and an eleventh. The chasing Kiwis, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, didn’t fair much better with a second and a 14th, and now find themselves just one point ahead of both their cross-Tasman rivals, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and the British team of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. The latter crew had an outstanding day with a first and a third, and Morrison said afterwards, "It wasn't very easy to make big gains, it was tough on the start and it was generally one sided, and pretty much down to boat speed". Clearly, the British pair weren’t lacking in that commodity today.

In the Finn, the French high-flier yesterday was Jonathan Lobert, with a first and two seconds. But overnight, three of the major contenders, Ben Ainslie (GBR), Dan Slater (NZL) and Ed Wright (GBR) got awarded average points for yesterday’s race, because of confusion over a change of course. The trio got those average points calculated on all their other races up to the end of today. So Ben Ainslie promptly went out and scored two seconds - hitting the kind of form that’s won him more Finn bling than we can count. And so he’s now up to second, 5.5 points behind Lobert...

The Skud-18 got back on the water today, after missing out yesterday when the breeze made sailing impossible. And Aussies, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox also had an outstanding day with three bullets to take a three point lead from the Brits, Alexandra Rickham and Nikki Birrell. Elsewhere there was another solid performance from Irishmen Peter O’Leary and Frithjof Kleen in the Star. The early leaders, Kiwi America’s Cup stars Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk, have faded badly to drop to ninth, leaving the Irish team clear by eight points from Swedes, Fredrik Loof and Johan Tillander.

In the Men’s RS:X, Brit Nick Dempsey now leads overall after a great day, scoring a first and a second. Dempsey’s agreed with his compatriot, Stevie Morrison (49er) about the start, “The difficult thing today was the starts, you could win or lose the race by the way you performed on the line so it was really important to ensure a safe start.” And finally, we can’t leave without a nod to the Laser Radial fleet, who were out there till late afternoon before they could get off the start line cleanly. No shortage of competitive athletes then, with Dutch girl, Marit Bouwmeester, now even at the top of the leaderboard with France’s Sophie de Turckheim.

Read all the quotes from today

Results – Top Five - (results conditional on protests)
470 Woman Results (After six races)
1st Westerhof and Berkhout NED 24 points
2nd Kondon and Tabata JPN 25 points
3rd Pacheco and Betanzo ESP 30 points
4th Petitjean and Douroux FRA 33 points
5th Rol and DeFrance FRA 40 points

470 Men Results (After six races)
1st Leboucher and Garos FRA 8 points
2nd Belcher and Page AUS 10 points
3rd Mantis and Kagialis GRE 18 points
4th Fantela and Marenic CRO 20 points
5th Patience and Bithell GBR 21 points

49er Results (After seven races )
1st Dyen and Christidis FRA 11 points
2nd Burling and Tuke NZL 17 points
3rd Outteridge and Jensen AUS 18 points
4th Morrison and Rhodes GBR 18 points
5th Sibello and Sibello ITA 24 points

Finn Results (After races)
1st Lobert FRA 14 points
2nd Ainslie GBR 19.4 points
3rd Scott GBR 26 points
4th Railey USA 27 points
5th Kljakovic CRO 30 points

Laser Results – (After 6 races)
1st Goodison GBR 13 points
2nd Murdoch NZL 19 points
3rd De Haas NED 20 points
4th Meech NZL 21 points
5th Slingsby NZL 24 points

Laser Radial Results (After races)
1st Bouwmeester NED 11 points
2nd De Turckheim FRA 11 points
3rd Steyaert FRA 12 points
4th Fenclova CZE 15 points
5th Van Acker BEL 15

RS:X Men Results (After six races )
1st Dempsey GBR 8 points
3rd Rodrigues POR 13
3rd Van Rijsselberge NED 14 points
4th Tobin NZL 15 points
5th Bontemps FRA 15 points

RS:X Women Results (After six races)
1st Manchon ESP 14 points
2nd Picon FRA 17 points
3rd Shaw GBR 29 points
4th Linares ITA 33 points
5th Tartaglini ITA 34 points

Star results – (After six races)
1st O’leary and Kleen IRE 19 points
2nd Loof and Tillander SWE 27 points
3rd Kusznierewicz and Zycki POL 29 points
4th Florent and Rambeau FRA 29 points
5th Polgar and Koy GER 30 points

Women’s Match Racing - Qualified for the Gold Fleet
Leroy, Riou and Bertrand FRA
Souter, Curtis and Price AUS
Macgregor, Lush and Macgregor GBR
Tunicliffe, Vandemer and Capozzi USA
Sally Barkow, Alana O’Reilly, Genny Tulloch USA
Renee Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes, Brechtje van der Werf NED

Repecharge Results so far...
Kjellberg SWE 3 - 0
Skudina RUS 2 - 1
Spithill USA 2 - 1

2.4mR Results – (After 6 races)
1st Damien FRA 7 points
2nd Schmitter NED 8 points
3rd Kol NED 13 points
4th Tingley CAN 25 points
5th Ruf USA 32 points

Skud-18 Results – (After 5 races)
1st Fitzgibbon and Cox AUS 4 points
2nd Rickham and Birrell GBR 7 points
3rd McRoberts and Hopkin CAN 12 points
4th Hovden and Millward GBR 16 points
5th Hall and Faulks GBR 20 points

Sonar Results – (After six races)
1st Hessels and Rossen NED 7 points
2nd Robertson and Stodel GBR 11 points
3rd Kroker and Prem GER 16 points
4th Cohen and Vexler 20 points (race 3 DNF)
5th Doerr and Freud USA 22 points

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Good Beginnings Day 1 : 3-0, Skandia SFG


Team Tunnicliffe, Boat 5, Flying The Spinnaker Downwind
Photo: (c) Fried Elliott


Weymouth, UK - We started racing bright and early this morning at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta here in Weymouth. Our group, group A, headed out to the race course around 9am for their three races for the day. After getting out the pre-regatta jitters in the first pre-start, we went on to finish our day 3-0. Tomorrow we are scheduled to finish the round robin with four races.

It was a beautiful day for sailing, at least for us, as the breeze slowly built to a nice 8kt south westerly. The sun was in and out, but the temperature wasn't that cold, so it was very pleasant. We are racing in a little bay that is surrounded by the marina wall, and a hill with a fort on it. It makes for a slightly challenging race course because of the wind shifting around the various obstructions, but the girls did a great job at putting us in the right place, and we came out on top at every mark.

We were finished by noon today, which allowed us to do a thorough debreif for the day and make dinner ahead of time. This meant we were able to fully relax during the evening. We followed how the rest of Team USA did on the internet and saw that overall, they had a successful day too.

Tomorrow we will be on live tracker, so you can follow the races online. There is also a live blog that updates the action from the various race courses. You can find both of these and the results on at the regatta website.

We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their support.

Sail Hard,
Anna
Team Tunnicliffe

Melges Race Week | US Melges 24 Gold Cup 2010

Trumer Pils Sails Away with Title Sponsorship of San Francisco Melges Race Week US Melges 24 Gold Cup 2010

Berkeley, CA (August 9, 2010) – The Trumer Brauerei Berkeley is pleased to announce Trumer Pils’ Title Sponsorship of the San Francisco Melges Race Week US Melges 24 Gold Cup 2010, hosted by The San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, August 20th-22nd. This event is one of three nationally ranked Melges 24 events, as well as a warm-up regatta for the international Melges 32 fleet before their World Championship in San Francisco. The event includes three days of intense racing, a dock party each evening, and an awards ceremony on Sunday.

Trumer Pils is no stranger to competition, having won multiple awards for Best German Style Pilsner since opening in 2004. Brewing Trumer Pils can be compared to racing a high performance sailboat: both take a highly specialized team and the patience to perfect an art based on science and physics. Trumer Pils will be delivered by flagship to each sailing crew as they finish for their ride back to the après racing party -- where Trumer Pils will flow liberally.

About Trumer Brauerei Berkeley: Opened in 2004, the Trumer Brauerei Berkeley is the sister brewery to the 400-year old Trumer Brauerei Salzburg. The two breweries are committed to brewing the highest quality Pilsner on both continents. Trumer Pils results from a unique partnership of two family owned companies: Privatbrauerei Josef Sigl and The Gambrinus Company. www.trumer-international.com

Ready To Roll In Weymouth UK

Weymouth, UK
Tomorrow, we, Team Tunnicliffe, will begin racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth UK, the final leg of the ISAF World Cup. We have been here for five days, training in the teams' new Elliott 6m's, against our team mates Sally Barkow, Genny Tulloch and Alana O'Reilly. We had four days of great wind and were able to practice a lot of small components of a race.

A break in the weather for sunset over Portland, Weymouth and the venue for the 2012 Games
From the album: Sail For Gold 2010 by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

It has been a while since we sailed in the Elliotts, our last event being in Kiel, Germany in June. The team took a break in July so that we could recharge and be ready for the big push in August and September leading into our World Championships at the end of Septmember. We started our training again with a week of sailing in Newport RI, the site of our World Championships, with team mate Liz Bower, and coach Dave Dellenbaugh. We had some great sparing partners who helped our learning curve continue to progress upwards. We are very grateful to, and would like to thank the New York Yacht Club for the use of their boats, the Lotz's for housing us and our training partners for giving us their time.

Our Newport training ended with a USSTAG fundraiser at the NYYC for the whole national team. The event was a regatta during the day and a dinner at night with both silent and live auction items. The event was a huge success, and on behalf of the entire USSTAG sailing team, we would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us. We are very appreciative of your vital support of our campaigns.

Today was our last day of practice here in Weymouth. We went out at 9am in a dying north easterly breeze. It was good to get in some light air practice. We trained against our friends from France, Claire Leroy and her team. This last practice day opportunity allowed us to recall/review our light air techniques and tactics. Eventually the breeze died out and we called it a day. We used the rest of the day to finish up our errands and relax before the start of racing tomorrow morning. We are in group A which means our group is out on the water first. We have three races scheduled. The forecast is for good breeze and we are very excited about the racing. You can check out the results at the regatta website here.

The points in the overall standings for the ISAF World Cup are very close. We are tied for second with Claire, with us winning the tie and one point out of first. You can check out the standings here.

We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG)
and its sponsors for their support.
Sail Hard,

Anna
Team Tunnicliffe

"Trifecta" With Chicago Match Cup, August 13-15

CMRC Fans,

August is a big month! The CMRC is proud to kick off the first of three Grade 2 events, in the "East Coast Trifecta". Partnering with Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit and with Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in New York, this series brings in some of the best match racers in the world, all vying for a chance to qualify for a spot in the 2011 Grade 1 Congressional Cup.

Also, we had a very eventful July, with 2 back-to-back regattas, over the July 16-19 "long" weekend. Sailing Director Bill Hardesty won the first event, while Sally Barkow made history as the first female skipper (and all female crew) to win a CMRC regatta at the second event. For more information, read further below.

We are excited for all of the festivities (including several parties) and for our partners who have helped generate excitement for our CMRC Chicago Match Cup.

See you on the water!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mike Golding Wins The Artemis Challenge



Mike Golding has won the Artemis Challenge 2010 claiming the £10,000 charitable donation for the RNLI. The six round-the-world IMOCA 60 racers started the fourth consecutive Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week at 1000 BST today [Tuesday, 3rd August]. Joining the renowned round the world skippers were sporting stars Zara Phillips, Amy Williams, GMTV presenter Emma Crosby and former England rugby international Martin Bayfield as well as the Harry Potter ‘Weasley Twins’, James and Oliver Phelps.

Zara Phillips, racing onboard Artemis Ocean Racing, that finished 3rd overall said at the finish: “There was a really good atmosphere on board, we had a good team and we all worked really well together - it was easy for us as the crew know the boat so well. It’s great to finish on the podium but we thought that because it’s the Artemis Challenge and we’re on Artemis Ocean Racing so we thought let the others get in front!”


The boats set out on the 55-mile course round the Isle of Wight in a light south-westerly breeze and made good headway until coming to a standstill at the eastern point of the island before picking up the sea breeze which built steadily through the afternoon. The IMOCA 60s had a great reach from St Catherine’s to The Needles before hoisting their spinnakers for a high-speed dash to the finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Mike Golding narrowly beat Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environnement by 10 minutes to finish in just under six and a half hours.

The sporting stars were not on board just for a joy ride and the skippers had them working hard. “Zara and I were a good team on the grinder, we thought we were way better than the boys! It was so tiring though and big respect to all the sailors – to think they sail these boats all on their own around the world is absolutely amazing. It was a great team effort but I still feel like I’m floating around!” said Amy Williams. Martin Bayfield who crewed for Dee Caffari, the only yachtswoman to have sailed solo around the world in both directions, was also put to work on the grinder although Dee let him steer for a while: “Dee was very gentle and very kind, and very polite about my steering!”

The £10,000 charitable donation by Artemis Investment Management will be made to the RNLI.

The Artemis Challenge has become a popular fixture at the UK’s biggest yachting regatta offers a great mix of sporting competition and celebrity glamour. Mike Tyndall, Chief Executive, Artemis Investment Management commented: “It couldn’t have been better Artemis Challenge. After a few years where the wind has been a bit light, we had a proper breeze, almost had a restart halfway through the race when the breeze collapsed, then we had good breeze and a great romp home.”

Position / Entries / skippers / charities:
1st Mike Golding Yacht Racing / Mike Golding / RNLI
2nd Veolia Environnement / Roland Jourdain / Plan
3rd Artemis Ocean Racing / helmsman Simon Hiscocks / Kids Company
4th Gaes Centros Auditivos / Dee Caffari / Toe in the Water
5th VE1 / Ryan Breymaier & Boris Herrman / Chemo Outreach Project
6th Toe in the Water / Steve White / RNLI


News, photos and videos all at http://www.artemischallenge.com/

Strong winds open 1851 Cup on Solent


COWES, England (Aug. 3, 2010) – BMW ORACLE Racing dropped two heats today to TEAMORIGIN on the first day of The 1851 Cup, a one-off match racing regatta between the teams in BMW ORACLE Racing’s two V5 America’s Cup Class sloops.

In Race 1 BMW ORACLE Racing skipper Jimmy Spithill of Australia took the right side of the racecourse and won a tacking duel up the first leg to lead at the first windward mark after a leg of 1.2 nautical miles.

The two crews went through the leeward gate together, each taking opposite sides, and up the second windward leg TEAMORIGIN opened a lead to on the right hand side.

“In the first race we had an advantage off the start line, but probably chose the wrong leeward gate to round,” said tactician John Kostecki. “Up the second beat they got a little shift to the right, but fault on us. We have to get it right next time.”

In the second race TEAMORIGIN got an early lead when BMW ORACLE Racing jumped the start early and lost valuable time restarting.

The BMW ORACLE crew was tight on TEAMORIGIN’s lee bow trying to force them over the start line early, but instead the westerly flowing tide swept BMW ORACLE over the line early and handed the British a sizable advantage.

The race was shortened at the leeward gate with the wind blowing 22 knots and gusting higher.
“We would’ve preferred another lap,” said Murray Jones, the team’s strategist. “We were a long way behind so in that situation you’re hoping for a handling error or a breakdown on your opponent. But I enjoyed today.”

Thanks to Gilles Martin-Raget/ BMW ORACLE Racing for photos

More team news at http://bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com/

Event website : http://the1851cup.com/

Skandia Action


Skandia taking Video, Graphics and Sailing to a new level.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sail TV to stream races live... Watch it here!

Sail TV is delighted to announce that we will be streaming all the races LIVE from Cowes, approximately BST 1430 tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd August. Match racing commences Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday will feature the two boats competing to be the first around the Isle of Wight in true 1851 fashion!

You can watch the races LIVE on www.sail.tv, or on embedded Sail TV players (on most websites dedicated to sailing), or on your iphone at www.sail.tv/mobile.

Less than 24 hours out from the start of the 1851 Cup, the sailing teams from both TEAMORIGIN and America’s Cup defender, BMW ORACLE Racing, are gathering in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

There have been modifications to both the American and British teams since they last raced each other at the Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena in May. Each has recruited from Ernesto Bertarelli’s America’s Cup team, Alinghi the defenders of the 32nd and 33rd America’s Cup. BMW Oracle Racing has gained New Zealander Murray Jones talented sailor afloat and innovative design engineer ashore and Dutch bowman Piet van Niuwenhuyzen from the team they beat in the 33rd America’s Cup.

Following the appointment of former Alinghi Managing Director Grant Simmer as CEO, Sir Keith Mills’ British team has both of Alinghi’s veteran sail trimmers, Warwick Fleury and Simon Daubney. In addition, navigator Juan Vila, grinder Will McCarthy and pitman Rodney Ardern will be sailing throughout the four days of racing this week in Cowes.

While the boats to be used this week in the 1851 Cup both belong to BMW ORACLE Racing, this is not the advantage that might be perceived for James Spithill’s crew. The boats were built for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007 in Valencia when Chris Dickson was the American team’s skipper and helmsman. Five of the BMW ORACLE Racing crew – strategist Rodney Daniel, trimmer Ross Halcrow, grinders Brian MacInnes and Joe Spooner, mid-bowman Brad Webb – raced on board in 2007, but the rest of the 17 man crew are new, including helmsman James Spithill who was with the Italian Luna Rossa team three years ago.

The commentary will be in English and will feature new television techniques with two on board cameramen, one aft, the other positioned precariously forwards on each boat. Data is also being captured from the winches on board each boat and displayed. Both as a television spectacle and a sailing race it should be a fascinating encounter - don’t miss it!


The Sail TV Crew
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BMW ORACLE Racing squares off against Team Origin in 1851 Cup


Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget/ BMW ORACLE Racing

COWES, England (Aug. 2, 2010) – Two of sailing’s youngest, most talented skippers –
Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie – square off this week in The 1851 Cup, a one-off match racing regatta between America’s Cup winner BMW ORACLE Racing and
TEAMORIGIN of the U.K.

While the two teams race each other on the Solent, the public will have an opportunity to view the America’s Cup. The trophy will be on display daily beginning at 10:00 am until early evening.

Australian Jimmy Spithill, aged 30 last February, became the youngest skipper to win
the “Auld Mug” when he led BMW ORACLE Racing to victory in the 33rd America’s Cup
Match.

Now 31, Spithill also has won the Melges 24 World Championship and Match Racing
World Championship, both in 2005. In honor of the success, he was selected the
Australian Yachtsman of the Year (2005-06).

Team Origin’s Ben Ainslie, 33, is a triple Olympic gold medalist and has been named
ISAF World Sailor of the Year an equal number of times.

Both helmsmen are highly skilled and diverse. Spithill won the America’s Cup aboard
the 90-foot trimaran USA, which featured a towering wing mast 223 feet (68m) tall, and his world championships have come in fleet and match racing disciplines.

The two helmsmen were once teammates in the OneWorld America’s Cup Challenge
from 2003, but haven’t raced each other much over the past few years.

Although the 1851 Cup is more of an international friendly than test match, it features two teams that could cross each other’s paths frequently over the coming years.

“We’re pretty similar,” said Spithill. “He wants to win as much as I do, which is saying something. We’re both very intense about our work. I certainly have huge respect for him.”

BMW ORACLE Racing has lent one of its two V5 America’s Cup Class sloops, USA 87,
to TEAMORIGIN for the competition.

Joining Spithill aboard USA 98 are teammates Rodney Daniel (runners), Dirk de Ridder
(mainsheet), Shannon Falcone (mast), Ross Halcrow (upwind trimmer), Murray Jones
(traveler), John Kostecki (tactician), Jono MacBeth (grinder), Brian MacInnes (grinder), Matt Mason (pit), Ian Moore (navigator), Joe Newton (downwind trimmer), Gillo Nobili(grinder), Joe Spooner (grinder), Simeon Tienpont (grinder), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen(bow) and Brad Webb (mid-bow).

Racing begins tomorrow afternoon with three races planned on the Solent. The first
warning signal isn’t expected before 3:30 pm BST. The highlight of the regatta is
Thursday’s race around the Isle of Wight, retracing the famous 53-nautical-mile course of 1851 that created the legend that is the America’s Cup. -

More team news at http://bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com/

Event website : http://the1851cup.com/

Launch of Dominique Wavre’s Mirabaud


Jean-Guy Python / Mirabaud.

The Mirabaud, skippered by Dominique Wavre, has finally returned to her natural element in La Rochelle after a three month refit. The navigator is now ready to start fine tuning his boat in preparation for the Barcelona World Race which will kick off on 31st December.

August 2, 2010 - After several months of work, the Mirabaud was launched yesterday in the port of La Rochelle. “It’s a day we’ve all been looking forward to impatiently", commented skipper Dominique Wavre. "The whole team has been working flat out at the yard for over three months. Today, we are all very proud and satisfied with the work achieved on the Mirabaud!"

The recent sponsorship by Mirabaud has enabled Wavre to carry out an impressive programme of improvements on the boat. The keel head has been replaced along with numerous modifications aimed at improving the balance, hence the performance of the boat. Moreover a new chart table has been designed and a new, lighter engine has been installed.

Totally renovated, Mirabaud is now ready to begin a series of adjustments and training sessions with a view to her next competitive campaign. Indeed Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret have planned to head offshore in the coming days. In doing so, the two navigators will have the opportunity to get their bearings aboard the boat after several months on the quayside; making decisions on the various modifications to be carried out.

"The boat is absolutely fantastic" revels Antonio Palma, Associate and CEO at Mirabaud: "We are extremely satisfied with how the refit has gone and we are now delighted to be in a position to begin the active phase of our campaign with a view to our participation in the Barcelona World Race 2010-11. Dominique, Michèle and Mirabaud will take our colours around the world! It’s the start of a great adventure." http://www.dominiquewavre.com

Abu Dhabi to enter team in Volvo 2011

'Ian Walker' Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©
By Stuart Alexander in Cowes - independent.co.uk

A $25m tie-up between Britain and the Middle East is expected to be unveiled today as the oil rich emirate of Abu Dhabi adds international yacht racing to its Formula 1 sports portfolio.

It has already been announced that it will host the Volvo round the world race as one of the 2011-12 stopovers and has an option to extend that to the 2014-15 race. At the same time it announced it would enter a team and build a new boat for the 2011 race.

To manage the project it has called in Britain ’s double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker as skipper and his business partner Jamie Boag, both of whom were at the heart of the Irish and Chinese partnership behind the Green Dragon partnership.

They are expected to bring in a top US-based designer – they used Reichel-Pugh last time but have been talking to Bruce Farr - and to call on the boat building expertise of the Australian yacht builders McConaghy, who established a facility in China when building the Dragon and would do the same in Abu Dhabi .

Although budget should not be a problem, time is already short. This makes the fifth new boat to be announced for the 2011 Volvo, which starts from its new headquarters in Alicante , Spain on 5 November next year. The fleet is expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi , via Cape Town and the pirate-infested Indian Ocean , on New Year’s Day 2012.

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