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Katie Miller Picks up Another Sponsor for OSTAR Race.
Katie Miller has added more sponsors to her OSTAR campaign. In addition to title sponsor bluQube, Katie will be supported by new associte sponsor Elite Automotive Systems, a Tamworth based supplier of heating and air-conditioning systems.
Having won the prestigious Raymarine “Young Sailor of the Year” award in 2006 following a round Britain voyage to raise £10,000 for the Ellen MacArthur Trust, Katie is one of the rising stars of UK offshore racing.
Elite joins Southampton Solent University as an Associate Sponsor.
Classic Boat staffer to sail around London
It may be the 40 years since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first to sail non-stop and singlehanded around the world (not to mention the moon landing)… but CB’s news editor Steffan Meyric Hughes has a much smaller circuit planned for this summer.
From 27 May – 4 June, he will sail and row a 100-mile loop around his home city in a Storm 15 gunter-rigged sailing dinghy, to raise funds for Sail 4 Cancer. Steffan will start at Surbiton’s Thames Sailing Club near Kingston-upon-Thames, and sail east to Brentford where he will join the Grand Union Canal. A clockwise loop around north London using the Grand Union and Regent’s canals will take him over the North Circular on an aqueduct, past the animals of London Zoo and under Islington through a tunnel, and eventually to Limehouse Basin.
From there it’s to the Thames via the Bow Back Rivers, east through the Thames Barrier and all the way to the QE2 Bridge in Dartford, before returning to Limehouse through the Docklands, sailing a few hundred feet from the passenger jets of London City Airport. Finally, he will sail directly on the Thames back to Surbiton.
Steffan will sleep on the boat or camped near it, or at local yacht clubs and museums. Please sponsor him by visiting his page on the Sail 4 Cancer website (click here) or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Sail 4 Cancer’ to: Suite 1 , 24 Swan Street, Kingsclere, Berkshire, RG20 5PJ. Or you can visit his blog to find out more about the trip by clicking here. A feature on the journey will appear in the magazine in autumn.
Classic Boat, 21 May 2009
Official Clothing Supplier agreement signed with Alinghi
ODLO is providing the Alinghi sailing team, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, with functional clothing for the 33rd America’s Cup campaign and thus becomes the Official Clothing Supplier for one of the world’s top sailing crews.
Handshake Ernesto Bertarelli & Odd Lofterød
ODLO’s engagement includes not only the outfitting of the team but also a multi-faceted Alinghi merchandising collection for fans and sailing enthusiasts. The launch of the first Alinghi collection is planned for the summer of 2009. The signing of the agreement is intended to mark the beginning of a strong, long-term partnership between the two Swiss organisations. The «Swissness» factor is reflected in numerous typically Swiss characteristics – a high demand of quality, innovative skill and ambition for top performance. As a sailing competitor several times at the Olympics, Lofterød knows that only the best material is good enough on the water. «In sailing, you also need team spirit, performance, stamina, pioneering ambition and courage – values which have also characterised our company since the earliest days.»
Mustang Marine makes offer to buy Riviera
By IBI Magazine
According to local news reports, Mustang Marine has offered to buy the Riviera Group. Receivers were called in to manage Riviera on May 8, 2009.
According to goldcoast.co.au, Mustang is thought to be one of two bidders for Riviera’s assets. Riviera is Australia’s largest boat manufacturer, employing more than 500 people. The news site said that its debts amount to about AUS$320m.
“Our bank (the Standard of Asia) has registered interest in Riviera,” Mustang CEO Chris Heaton told the website. “Losing your major competitor is never a good thing and losing the largest manufacturer in Australia is never a good thing. We want to be involved in the sale process so that the best comes out of the marine industry because it’s pretty tough times out there at the moment.”
Mustang was acquired by the Hong Kong-based Standard Bank of Asia at the end of 2007 after the National Australia Bank called in receivers. He said the Standard of Asia Bank was very supportive of the Gold Coast boat manufacturing industry. “They are knowledgeable about manufacturing and they do see opportunities for further expansion into the industry in Australia,” he said.
Heaton said that Mustang has continued to rebuild its brand and dealer network. “We’ve had a tough 18 months, as it has been for the whole industry and we are certainly not hiding behind that. However, there has been incremental progress each month to the point that since November we have increased our staff levels by 30 per cent,” said Heaton.
Heaton said even if the group was successful in buying Riviera, Mustang would still focus on entry level boats. Mustang is launching four boats from 28 to 50 feet at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
(21 May 2009)
New Zealand show sees slight increase in attendance
By IBI Magazine
The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show saw a slight increase in attendance over last year. New Zealand’s largest show reported 33,103 visitors, up about five per cent compared to last year. The Auckland show, which had over 200 exhibitors, ran May 14-May 17.
A statement issued by show organisers said that many exhibitors, including both boat builders and equipment manufacturers, were pleased with the outcome.
“Sales at the show have set us up for a good portion of the winter,” said Steve McLay, president of McLay Boats in the statement. “We already have five direct sales, more than we get from most boat shows. We also have a large number of demonstrations and trades to follow up.”
“This was our best show ever,” said Glenn Shaw of Extreme Marine. “We have secured at least 20 sales of boats and I believe the final tally will be far more than that.”
The equipment manufacturers seemed to agree. “Year on year, this was our best show for Raymarine electronics,” said Mark Milburn, CEO of equipment distributor Lusty and Blundell in the statement. “Visitors to the show were really interested and were prepared to spend.”
(20 May 2009)
BJORLING Completes Skipper Line Up For 2009 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship
©Dan Ljungsvik/Lysekil Women’s Match
ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship 2009
Swedish skipper Marie BJORLING has taken the 12th and final spot at the 2009 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil, Sweden, this summer.
The last spot for the 2009 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, which takes place at the Lysekil Women’s Match from 27 July-1 August, was determined in a Swedish qualifier during the Nordic Women’s Match Racing Tour in Skovshoved in Denmark. The former world-ranked #1 skipper Marie BJORLING (SWE), took the spot.
BJÖRLING is one of the world’s most successful match racers. For three years she was ranked #1 on the Women’s ISAF World Match Race Ranking list. She has four World Championship silver medals and one bronze medal.
She is now a mother of three and has only just recently returned after a two-year break from match racing. The regatta last weekend was the first race BJÖRLING and her team has competed since their extended break. With many of the world’s top skippers attending, BJÖRLING took an impressive fourth place and won the Swedish qualifier for the last spot to the world championships.
“The opposition was tough with many of the top ranked skippers taking part. As it was our first regatta we are very happy with our fourth place. We see that we are close to the very best. With a bit of training we will be fit for fight for the World Championships this summer. We have a lot of experience, we work well together and are extremely motivated to sail again,” BJÖRLING.
Following its selection for the first time as an Olympic event for London 2012, women’s match racing is going through a purple patch. The top teams are closely matched and never before has the standard been as high as for the coming World Championships in Lysekil, with only the very best teams participating. With BJÖRLING’s comeback, there will be one more fierce challenger for the gold medal.
“It is really the top elite that will come to Lysekil for the World Championships this summer. The level is getting higher and higher. Everyone is working very hard for the event, especially now that match racing for women is on the Olympic programme for London 2012,” said project manager Anna HOLMDAL WHITE, who is also part of BJÖRLING’s crew.
Gitana Extreme Wins The First 2009 iShares Cup Event
iShares Cup 2009
Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild won the first event of the 2009 iShares Cup season in Venice, edging out BMW ORACLE Racing after an exciting finale on Sunday.
Great starts, impressive speed and flawless manoeuvres allowed Yann GUICHARD’s (FRA) crew to shine on the racecourse since day one at the iShares Cup Venice, taking the lead yesterday after 10 races… Winning the first one today, the French team proved omnipresent in the leading group, making very few mistakes and gradually capitalising on points to move closer to final victory after each race. The wind direction today forced the Race Committee to set-up oblong courses leaving few tactical options to the skippers, and more than ever winning the first mark was key – any hesitation or imperfect placement on the startline was immediately sanctioned by a costly result. Show-wise, it was absolutely perfect with the boats coming under gennaker, flying a hull, just metres away from the race village!
ISAF Special Event logoGUICHARD commented, “It’s a great feeling to win here, I guess we were coming knowing we were somewhere in the top five, but winning the first event is fantastic! We concentrated on our starts, communication within the team was excellent and we did not lose our focus. There is a lot of pressure on the helmsmen as the boats are very close, and it’s very demanding physically for the crew but we were working perfectly together.”
Loïck PEYRON’s (FRA) Renaissance (Oman Sail), had a great start to the day and won two races in a row before collapsing in the final confrontation, while the Groupama 40 boys were on good form as well, posting a first win today then a second place while Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild and BMW ORACLE Racing were having a ‘shocker’ in race 14. At the end of the latter, Renaissance was third only two points away from the America’s Cup team!
Pressure was building up, with the perspective of the last race of the day counting for double points. By that time Renaissance had moved into second place, and tension was high as anything could happen for second, third and fourth places! And indeed, it did. Renaissance’s risky start option did not pay off and PEYRON ended up at the back of the fleet whilst Ecover was leading at the first mark… before being relegated to the last place in the final race with so many points at stake! BT captured the last victory of the iShares Cup Venice event in front BMW ORACLE Racing while Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild came third and secured overall victory.
“That’s one in the bag, and five to go!” GUICHARD said. “We really enjoyed the format, I think it’s been great for the spectators as well. We’ll go back to training soon, as the next event in Hyères will probably be more windy and a bit different, but we’re looking forward to it.”
James SPITHILL (AUS), from second place BMW ORACLE Racing, said the conditions made it a tough final day, “It was obviously very light and today was definitely a different style of racing with a reaching course and I thought we were pretty weak at it so I think we’re happy to walk away with a second. Gitana were definitely on top of their game. So a lot of good lessons have been learnt and I think we’ll be better for it. [Venice was] fantastic, what a great venue, got to love it, we really enjoyed it.”
LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
May 21, 2009
There may be few better places in the world to watch yacht racing, than from the Villa Jovis on the eastern point of Capri. Admittedly, it is some time since its owner moved out and the villa is in disrepair but, given Emperor Tiberius’ reputation for summarily dispatching unwanted guests from the cliff top into the cobalt waters below, it may be for the best. There was some summary dispatching on the racecourse too as Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2009 moved into its second day.
Peter Reggio, the principal race officer, kept the fleet ashore for two hours to allow a westerly breeze to fill in. Racing eventually got underway at 1400, with the wind blowing at around 6/7 knots. The Farr 40s got in two races, and the executioners were TWT (ITA) in the first and Mascalzone Latino (ITA) in the second. Mascalzone leads TWT by one point overnight. The remaining fleets raced only once and top-trumps heading into day three are Atlantica Racing (ITA), which has a two-point lead following its bullet; Kora 4 (ITA) still leads the Swan 42s, with a reduced margin of two-points after a uncharacteristic slip; in the Comet 41 class Athanor (ITA) continued her winning ways and holds a five-point cushion, and, in the Comet 45s Fral 2 (ITA) came second and leads by one-point.
In the first race for the Farr 40s, TWT got a good start chose the correct side of the race-track and rounded the windward mark with a slender lead over the chasing pack. Watching the fleet head downwind from on high, one had the impression of a naval action about to commence. The Farr 40s, line astern with the spinnakers flying and led by TWT, carved straight through the middle of the Comet fleet as it headed up wind. The seemingly disciplined manoeuvre came to an abrupt end halfway down the leg as those behind Rodolfi peeled off in search of better lanes of wind. Just before the leeward gate, TWT stuck in two quick gybes as though shifting position on an uncomfortable saddle, the reason for which became apparent as they lined themselves up perfectly on the starboard side of the gate.
Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2009 Faraglioni Rocks Photo:© ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
May 20, 2009
“Buon vento. Benvenuti a Capri.” With these words, Massimo Massaccesi opened the fifth Rolex Capri Sailing Week last evening at the skipper’s briefing held at the Capri Palace Hotel elegantly located in Anacapri. This morning, Capri greeted the crews with beautiful sunshine and the thirty-eight competing yachts set about creating a few more legends for this island of myth, celebrity and fine-cuisine.
The welcome, though, was limited to the clear sky. The two races were held in difficult conditions, where the wind eventually settled from a westerly direction but without much stability. Fragile breeze, meant fragile leads and this showed at times as some of the first leg leaders found themselves second leg losers. Table toppers this evening are: Vincenzo Onorato and Mascalzone Latino (ITA) in Farr 40 (2,1); Nico Poons and Charisma (NED) in Swan 45 (4,1); Enrico Scerni and Kora 4 (ITA) in Swan 42 (1,1); Alessandro Nespega and Fral 2 (ITA) in Comet 45S (3,1), and, Massimo Russo and Athanor (ITA) in Comet 41S (1,1).
In the Farr 40s, it was Marco Rodolfi and TWT (ITA) that came out all guns blazing, after two aborted starts and an impending 180 degree wind shift left Peter Reggio, the Principal Race Officer, with little choice but to hold up proceedings for an hour and a half to allow the westerly flow to settle. Second at the first windward mark, Rodolfi and tactician Tiziano Nava made gains downwind and by the finish had done enough to sneak across the line a hair’s breadth ahead of Mascalzone Latino. Race two did not go so well for TWT, who were fourth at the first mark, but victims of a vicious hole on the downwind leg that left them struggling to recover to seventh at the finish. Enough to lie second in class overnight, but Onorato and his team put in stellar second race to lead from start to finish and the Neapolitan has an ominous five-point advantage already.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2009
Presti To Challenge For World Championship
Dynamic Frenchman enters the fight to become World Champion.
London, UK (May 20, 2009) – Philippe Presti has proved to be an extremely versatile sailor and the World Tour is pleased to announce the allocation of a Tour Card to him for the remainder of the 2009 season.
The recent confirmation that the 33rd America’s Cup is to be raced in multihulls has resulted in the withdrawal of Alinghi’s participation on the Tour for this year. “It is with regret that we have to withdraw our entry to all Tour events in 2009. The WMRT is the most competitive match racing event in the world and provides excellent training for a conventional America’s Cup in monohulls. As we have been forced into an America’s Cup Match in multihulls, our focus must be on training and racing them” said Ed Baird, America’s Cup winning helmsman.
Presti, who was involved in the America’s Cup in 2003 and 2007, welcomed the Tour Card and looks forward to working towards his goal of becoming World Champion. “It has always been a long term ambition to be crowned Match Racing World Champion and this is a great opportunity to achieve it. To be able to compete regularly on the Tour and work together as a team will be so beneficial. With the recent announcement of the plans for the 33rd America’s Cup there are a number of sailors that now have to sit and wait for the next multiple challenger event which may not be for some time. However the Tour will enable us to maintain our match racing skills and keep us fresh and with a mix of good sailing and luck make us World Champions I hope,” said Presti.
The Tour director Craig Mitchell was pleased to welcome Presti onboard “It’s good to see Philippe make the commitment for 2009 and we wish him well. This year the championship will be closer than ever and I am sure Philippe has the ability to be right in the mix.”
(After 1 0f 10 events)
1. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 25 points
2. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 20 points
3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 15 points
4. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 12 points
5. Ed Baird (USA) Alinghi 10 points
6. Sebastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team 8 points
7. Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Shosholoza 6 points
8. Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar 4 points