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Mermaid fever sweeps Israel beach town of Krivat Yam as many report sightings of fabled creature

BY Issie Lapowsky

Updated Wednesday, August 12th 2009, 11:29 AM

Are mermaids real? Dozens of people in Israel have reported sightings of the mythical half-woman, half-fish.
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What do you think people are really seeing in the ocean in Israel?

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Nothing, their eyes are playing tricks on them.

A mermaid. If all those people say they’ve seen one, it must be true!

Mermaids really do exist. So say a new wave of believers who swear they’ve seen the fabled fish in the flesh.

In the town of Kirvat Yam, Israel, where dozens of people have reported mermaid sightings, a $1 million reward is on the line for anyone who can prove by photo or capture that mermaids do exist, reports the Jerusalem Post.

“Many people are telling us they are sure they’ve seen a mermaid and they are all independent of each other,” Kirvat Yam town council spokesman Natti Zilberman told Sky News.

Many of the sightings have taken place at sunset, attracting crowds of tourists and locals alike, hoping to snap a picture of the mythological creature.

“People say it is half girl, half fish, jumping like a dolphin. It does all kinds of tricks, then disappears,” Zilberman said

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On efface (presque) tout et on recommence


La 40e Solitaire du Figaro va donc se jouer sur la dernière manche entre Dingle et Dieppe. Jusqu’au bout du bout du suspense, donc, avec dix bateaux qui tiennent en une demi-heure, quinze en une heure et vingt-cinq en deux heures. Dans le haut du classement, la bousculade au portillon est encore plus intense : les trois premiers en onze minutes ! Les leaders Nicolas Lunven, Yann Eliès et Jérémie Beyou vont donc jouer gros. Mais pas seulement eux…

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IOC Confirms 10 Sailing Events For London 2012 Olympic Games


2012 London Olympic Games
Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed there will be 10 sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games at their meeting in Berlin, Germany today. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) had made a request to keep the number of sailing events at 11, maintaining the Open Multihull event.

The IOC President Jacques Rogge wrote today to ISAF: “Whilst the IOC Executive Board fully recognises the value that Sailing brings to the Olympic Games, it decided to maintain its decision of 2005 regarding the overall quota of sailors and medals. As a consequence, Tornado Multihull shall not be on the programme of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London.

The decision to reduce the number of sailing events at the 2012 Games from 11 to 10 was previously made by the IOC Executive Board in 2005, based on the recommendation from the IOC Olympic Programme Commission. ISAF was one of 17 International Sports Federations who submitted a request to modify their events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These requests were analysed by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission, which submitted its finding to the Executive Board.

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Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance – 49er
Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X
Men’s Keelboat – Star
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Keelboat Match Racing – Elliott 6m
Women’s Windsurfer – RS:X

NZL_undercover 04:35: Here is me sailing in Wellington



11 skippers attended round 7 of the PRACC event for Radio A class Yachts at Bournville near Birmingham. The winds where calm early in the day but increasing late morning and into the afternoon. This made for some competitive racing. The Local skipper Chris Harris recently back from the International One Meter world Championships in Barbados, led the fleet around the course coming in first. This was to be one of the 9 firsts he gained during the day.

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Another Moment – 13 08 09

Last night, there weren’t many squall clouds about, so I was able to get a fairly relaxed nights sleep. I slept through in my usual 40minute bursts until about 6am, when I decided I needed to replace the genneker with the solent. I returned to the beanbag where I promptly fell asleep again for a few more bursts until
11am. I really needed that!

I’m seeing a lot of the shipping going across the Atlantic to Europe on my AIS these days and today I saw around a dozen or so come within 40miles (the range of my AIS).

I’m chuffed to report that I ticked another box today with the 2500nm to go mark. I’m always setting myself short-term targets to aim for and having lot of ‘boxes’ to tick mentally really keeps me going. The time seems to pass a lot easier as I feel like I’m progressing nicely.

It’s been a little slower today with only around 13knots of wind but this helped make for a day of graceful sailing and I’ve really enjoyed it. This evening I had another of those moments. I was sitting on my bright orange coach roof, the sun had already set and I was just mesmerised by all the incredibly misty colours the sun had left behind. I had a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar in hand (the Crunchie version too!) and we were just ghosting along at 8knots or so. I love listening to the sound we make passing through the water – really was just so graceful.

The weather for the next few days looks a little interesting with a small low pressure passing over us with possibly a second to follow, so we’ll see what happens with that, as I’m not yet sure how much they’re going to deepen.


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Day 5 Opti Worlds

Thursday 13 August
Report from Riley

The long awaited breeze turned up in Niteroi today for Day 5 of the Optimist World Championships . Breezes built from six knots just after lunch to up to 14 knots by the end of the day. Although there was more breeze today, it was still patchy with massive holes. From the first roundings of the top mark to the final placings, sailors positions changed dramatically. Although the kiwi sailors were unable to string together good results, most of our team had at least one good race.
Race 1
With the winds in the direction of SSE gusting 14 knots the sailors were finding it much easier to start off the line and hold a good position. Taylor had a great start and was able to control the race, with working the shifts up the left hand side of the course his speed and great positioning up the last beat earned him a 4thth place. The rest of the team were sailing in catch up mode and worked there way back in the game with some nice boat speed and good tactics. Overall a better start to the day.
Race 2
The breezy conditions ( 14- 16knots) were continuing to hold and the races were under way quickly the sailors were able to make good work off the line, Jack and Erica were clear and charging off the line which led to Erica been 10thth around the bottom mark for a second time. The conditions were still challenging and the second beats were really hard to work out with the fleets coming down wind it was forcing the kids to make early and rushed decisions around the bottom mark. There were big gains to be made but even bigger gain to lose by the time you reached the finish.
Race 3
The last race of the day was started in a breeze that had the potential to be
really shifty and patchy. In first two starts the kids were struggling to work the
huge shifts, they were being too conservative and playing the smaller shifts up the middle of the course. In the 3rdrd start Naomi and Keith had a great race and were able to make easy work of the shifts and take the early gain and execute a well earned 9th, and 10thth position.

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Thursday 13 August

In Rio today the NZ Optimist Association has secured the hosting rights to hold the 2011 World Championships. The Opti Worlds will be held in conjunction with Napier Sailing Club in Hawke Bay in late December 2011. The International Optimist Dinghy Association AGM was held this morning at the annual meeting of IODA.
45 countries voted at the meeting, and New Zealand came out ahead of Peru to host the worlds. The team in Rio are thrilled at the result, which has involved lobbying of the many country representatives to come and visit our fair shores. It will be the first time Oceania has hosted the event, at which we can expect up to 250 competitiors from approximately 50 nations.

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:: Team races marked by emotion and strong Wind

The teams dispute started last Sunday, and was scheduled to finish on Monday (yesterday). Some races happened Monday morning, but were suspended due to the lack of wind. In the afternoon, around 15h30 (3:30pm) the sailors went back to the water for more races. However, around 16h, a strong wind came to the Bay, with 40-knot snorters, and the races were immediately delayed and reschedule. The sailors had some difficulties to come back to land, but with some help from the organization, they came back without problems.
The decision to valid races for the Teams competition was rescheduled for today. Brazil, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, USA, Peru, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand, Argentina, Malaysia and China started another disputes day in Guanabara Bay. The semifinals were with Singapore, China, Peru and Poland. China was the 1st, Peru the 2nd and Singapore 3rd!! Congratulations to China Team!




August 13, 2009

This afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the biennial British 608-mile classic offshore race, confirmed that Niklas Zennström’s Ran 2 is the overall handicap winner of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race.

Zennström’s Judel-Vrolijk designed 72-footer finished the race in an elapsed time of 63 hours, 1 minute and 33 seconds, which corrected out to 2 hours, 19 minutes ahead of the second-placed Italian America’s Cup team Luna Rossa on board their STP65.

“It is fantastic, we are very excited about it,” commented Zennström. “But it was also a gradual thing, because as we crossed the finish line we knew we had a good result. We had monitored some of the boats behind us, most notably Luna Rossa and Rosebud, which we thought were always going to be the closest competitors to us. And after we came in we spent the morning and actually the whole day yesterday monitoring the updates on the RORC’s OC Tracker and made our own calculations about the likelihoods for the other boats to catch up with us.”

Having failed to complete the last Rolex Fastnet Race, in 2007, the victory for Ran 2 was unfinished business. That race, sailed on board Zennström’s Marten 49, had been the first occasion that the present Ran crew had sailed together. Led by Volvo Ocean Race veteran Tim Powell, the all-star line-up includes seasoned race boat navigator Steve Hayles and America’s Cup sailors such as Adrian Stead and Emirates Team New Zealand’s Andy Hemmings, Richard Bouzaid and Richard Meacham.

Zennström launched his new 72-footer earlier this year, raced it at several events in the Mediterranean, including the Giraglia Rolex Cup, before it was shipped back to the UK, to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race. “One of the key objectives when we were building Ran 2 was to be able to do offshore races, and the most obvious race we put on the calendar was the Rolex Fastnet Race. So it is great we have done so well in it.” Zennström explains.

This year they have also won the Swedish equivalent of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Gotland Runt, aboard their previous Ran, a modified TP52.

“I think it is a really strong team,” concludes Zennström. “We have been sailing together for two years now and the team is getting stronger and stronger. We have been very thorough in our planning, both in terms of the design of the boat and our race preparations.”

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August 13, 2009 is offering a new way to experience the world’s top yacht races.

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In offshore yacht racing, the 608-mile Rolex Fastnet Race is considered one of the most challenging ocean classics on the planet. First run in 1925,and now held every two years, the race draws the world’s top sailors, professionals and corinthians alike, testing boats and crews against the wind and elements.

Future podcasts will include the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta, and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

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A time to smile

Alinghi 5 was launched on Lake Geneva by the world’s biggest helicopter on 9 July; the culmination of over a year’s work. Central to the design and ongoing development are – among the 27 other team members on the design team – Grant Simmer, design team co-ordinator; Rolf Vrolijk, chief designer; and Dirk Kramers, chief engineer…

SH: How did the general defence strategy evolve in terms of ordering and approach?

Grant Simmer: This Cup has been a very stop-start affair. To start with we tried to organise a multi-challenger event with all the entered teams, we began with the AC90 class and anecdotally had the event not been stopped by BMW Oracle then the semi- finals would be underway right now.

When we lost the first BOR lawsuit in November 2007 we started working on a multihull. We decided to do it in-house; we employed Nigel Irens and Benoît Cabaret as consultants to work with us and help us conceive the boat, but the conceptual design was primarily led by Rolf Vrolijk and Dirk Kramers together with Michael Richelsen’s team doing the analysis.

Then, of course, we won the appeal, so stopped designing the multihull and went back to trying to organise a multi-challenger regatta – this time working on the AC33 design rule with the challengers. Finally Oracle took us back to court and won the last appeal, so we stopped working on the AC33 and started working on the multihull again.

In terms of the original concept of the boat, that happened back at the beginning of 2008 and since then it has primarily been a question of detailed design and making it happen. There has also been a huge amount of work on the structural and systems design on the boat while the overall development is ongoing.

SH: Once the build plan was formulated, how long did each major element require in terms of development, design, engineering and build?

Rolf Vrolijk: The conceptualisation – length, beam, hull shape, fore and aft mast position – continued up until the end of February 2008 and the construction started in May. The design and develop- ment of this boat is ongoing, though; this is a first step in the development process towards the 33rd America’s Cup.

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Ce jeudi 13 août à 23 heures 45 minutes et 27 secondes, dans la baie de Dingle, Jérémie Beyou a coupé le premier la ligne d’arrivée de la troisième étape de La Solitaire du Figaro, au terme d’un suspense insoutenable. Le skipper du Figaro Bénéteau 2 Bernard Paoli a mis 3 jours, 10 heures 45 minutes et 27 secondes pour parcourir les 485 milles de cette étape incroyable à 5,86 noeuds de moyenne. Une étape marquée par deux « mistoufles » de premier choix, la première dans le sud du Fastnet, la seconde… 15 milles avant l’arrivée ! Jérémie Beyou s’adjuge ainsi sa deuxième étape consécutive, devant Thierry Chabagny (Suzuki Automobiles) déjà deuxième à Saint Gilles Croix de Vie et Eric Péron (Skipper Macif). Les écarts sont infimes, ils se comptent en secondes. Tout se jouera sur la dernière manche à destination de Dieppe !

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