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Yachting News 2nd October 2009

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SailRocket – Day 1

Jessica Watson – Take 2

Groupama 3 – Ready for Take 2

Kites,

Volvo –  Jason Carrington,

Americas Cup – The latest news,

Jessica Watson – Sir Richard Branson offers his support,

Cayard Report – RC44,

Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup,

Audi Med Cup – Cost Cutting 2010,

Alinghi Arrives in RAK

ExclusivE 76

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Sailing Again, Take Two!

Well the most exciting news is that I set off again early this morning and I’m now sailing along at 7kts heading out to sea before turning south for Sydney. It’s great to be out here and it’s been a good first day!

For the last week we’ve all been steadily plodding away to get Ella’s Pink Lady back on the water and sailing again. We have been retesting everything and installing a few new pieces of new equipment. I want to say one last huge thanks to Dean, Ryan and the crew at Gold Coast City Marina and Black Joe and Scooter at AME for looking after us and for a nice quick turnaround. They were just amazing.

Another thing that has been amazing is the constant media attention we’ve been getting. The interest has been a bit overwhelming and while most people are still so supportive, it’s been a shame to have so much energy wasted on coping with some of the negative and silly stuff being published. Oh well, we move on. But overall the local media at the Gold Coast over the past few weeks have been really nice to us.

The northerly’s should last till Saturday so it’ll be a nice fast run till then and if all goes to plan we’ll be in Sydney early next week. It’s pretty nice out here at the moment with just over 15kts of wind and clear skies but as always it’ll take me a few days before I get my sea legs and stop feeling a little green.

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Over the past three days of sailing offshore of Lorient, SW Brittany, from Monday through to Wednesday, Groupama 3 has recovered the bulk of her favourite crew under Franck Cammas.

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If it’s the early bird that catches the worm, the Groupama team won’t be going hungry. Following the orders of Yann Mérour then Loïc Le Mignon, Boat Captain, the mast, which culminates at 41 metres, is positioned onto a tiny titanium ball upon which it will pivot around the world. Next up, the shrouds are fixed onto each of the floats where Gaël de Kerangat, a member of the team since 1999, has taken up position.

Now, as the Breton sunshine directs its glare at the units that form the old submarine base of Lorient, Groupama 3 heads off to the “Course au Large” pontoon where, for the next three days, various members of team will come and kit her up for the next sailing sessions: “Today Groupama 3 is at her best

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Jason Carrington is rare indeed. Not only does he have worldwide recognition as one of the finest boat builders over the past two decades but he has also competed as sailing crew in no less than four Volvo races.

Carrington is a self-confessed ocean racing addict and was bitten by the bug from a very early age.

“Ever since I was a child I have wanted to race around the world,” he says. “My parents are good friends with Clare Francis and as a family we used to sail with Clare on ADC Accutrac, the Swan 65 with which she raced the Whitbread Race in 1977-78. From the first time I met Clare I wanted to do the round the world race and tailored my life towards that goal.

“I took an apprenticeship as a boat builder, building the Whitbread maxi British Defender at Green Marine. During that time I met Magnus Olsson, who was looking after the build of Intrum Justitia, one of the first Whitbread 60s built for the 1993-94 Whitbread.

“Magnus was a significant influence on my early ocean racing. I pestered him daily and managed to get on board Intrum for the Round Europe Race. I was offered a spot on Intrum Justitia for the round the world race itself, but I had already accepted a position with Lawrie Smith on the maxi Fortuna.

“Of course, the Fortuna campaign was a well-publicised disaster, we broke both masts and just about everything else. But while it was a huge disappointment at the start of my round the world sailing career it did at least get me in the loop.

“Shortly after the 1993-94 race I got a call from Magnus, who now had the EF project up and running for the 1997-98 race. I didn’t hesitate to join him in Sweden and started work with Team EF.

“However, after a year in Sweden EF’s initial skipper, Lawrie Smith, who had left to start his own programme asked me to join him on his British Silk Cut team. It was a difficult decision … but I am fairly patriotic and the opportunity to sail for Lawrie was hard to turn down so I headed back to the UK.

“We had a mixed race, breaking the 24hr record and winning a leg being the highlights, as well as dropping the rig in the middle of the Southern Ocean and limping into Brazil in last place.

“After the 1997-98 race I joined Illbruck for a year before again joining Magnus on the Assa Abloy project in 2001-02. As well as sailing, my role was to look after the build at Green Marine where I had first been apprenticed. Assa was a fantastic project and on the sailing side we had a great race with Neal McDonald as skipper, ending up a close second to John Kostecki on Illbruck.

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Mr Fred Meyer

Vice Commodore

Chairman, SNG America’s Cup Committee

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Dear Vice Commodore Meyer,

I enclose a true copy of Certificate of Documentation for our yacht.

The original of the Certificate of Documentation is now with the yacht at the BMW Oracle Racing team base in San Diego and is available there for your inspection.

Yours sincerely,

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Marcus Young

Commodore

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Brad Butterworth, Team Alinghi

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Tom Ehman, BMW ORACLE Racing

Larry Ellison, BMW ORACLE Racing

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Sir Richard Branson praises Jessica

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September 30, 2009

Adventurer and Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has thrown his support behind beleaguered teenage yachtswoman Jessica Watson who aims to sail solo around the world.

The 16-year-old will set off on the final leg of her test run to Sydney on Thursday, before embarking on her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the globe.

The Sunshine Coast teenager has been criticised for wanting to continue her voyage after her yacht Ella’s Pink Lady collided with 63,000-tonne cargo vessel off North Stradbroke Island on September 9.

Sir Richard told AAP that he wished Ms Watson all the best and implored her not to give up.

“She’s 16 – she’s not a baby any more,” he said, on a visit to Brisbane on Wednesday.

“I left school at 15 and started my own business. At 16 you are pretty grown up – she should go for it.

“It’s risky, but it could be risky walking over the road, it’s risky in cars, it’s risky on bicycles.

“She’ll have the adventure of a lifetime – you only live once and live life to the full.”

Ms Watson is expected to reach Sydney by Monday, where she will attend some promotional events and have cameras fitted to the yacht to shoot a documentary.

The young sailor’s spokesman Andrew Fraser says recent tests have shown the repairs to the yacht had been successful and new equipment worked well.

Jessica has been under pressure to abandon her gruelling 27,000 nautical mile around-the-world voyage after the crash.

But Mr Fraser said she remained “100 per cent committed”.

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Bank Sarasin – RC44 Portoroz Cup

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Today was the first day of the fleet racing series. We had good winds all day, between eight and 12 knots. The wind was from the south and there were some pretty big shifts, and holes as well.

Onboard Katusha, we had a moderate day. We are lying 6th after four races, but just three points out of third. Things are tight still.

BMW Oracle had a great day winning the first two races and are leading the fleet racing at this point. No Way Back from Holland had a good day as well, winning the last two races so they are in third place. Artemis sailed more consistently and is in second place overall.

There are too many ups and downs to go through it all. One big mistake we had was being over the start line early in the third race. This made it tough for us and Team Modri Gaj of Slovenia, as we had to go back to restart and the fleet had a huge jump on us. We managed 10th in that one.

Today was also the first day of sailing for our helmsman, Pieter Taselaar. Most of the other helmsmen have been steering their boats for more than a year. These boats are very sensitive and need to be constantly adjusted, both the sails and helm, to go fast. Pieter did a great job today and he will feel even more comfortable tomorrow.

First thing tomorrow should be the DHL Race. This race is a coastal race of about 15-20 miles. We are going to race up to a town called Izola and back. There should be “Bora” wind tomorrow and rain too! Nice. After the DHL Race (which counts double) we will probably do one or two windward leeward races, weather permitting.

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Time for revenge for BMW ORACLE Racing in the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup

The American team is back on top after a disappointing match race. With Ian Vickers at the helm, BMW ORACLE Racing leads Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis and Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back.

October 1, 2009 – Four fleet regattas took place today with a southerly breeze ranging from 8 to 15 knots. BMW ORACLE Racing had an excellent day after their disappointing match race. With Ian Vickers at the helm and Russell Coutts calling the shots, the American team started the day with two bullets and finished it with two premature starts. Thanks to a great come-back in race four, BMW ORACLE Racing leads the provisional ranking ahead of Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis  and Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back.

The first race was also the windiest. The breeze reached 15-18 knots in the second beat, surprising the teams who were still sailing with their genoas. The new team Katusha, with Melges 32 world champion Pieter Taselaar at the helm, took a brilliant start at the pin end of the line and looked for a while as if he would pursue his team’s winning streak. But major wind shifts at the windward mark reshuffled the cards, giving BMW ORACLE Racing and Artemis a slight advantage.

The second race turned into a match race between BMW ORACLE Racing and Artemis, followed closely by Organika – who had once again an excellent day – and Team Sea Dubai. The race was very close and the four last boats crossed the finishing line within five seconds. Arriving on port tack at the pin end – but with an overlap – Islas Canarias Puerto Calero managed to squeeze in nicely, forcing a group of boats arriving on starboard tack to bear away brutally, loosing precious ground and places. The Austrians, who were the furthest away from the action, didn’t give enough room and got penalised.

The breeze started to drop during race three. BMW ORACLE Racing, Katusha and Modri Gaj were recalled whilst No Way Back started at full speed at the pin end of the line, taking the lead and building up a comfortable advantage. Finally back on good form after a difficult start in this event, Igor Lah’s Ceeref attacked the Dutch boat during the last run and finished two seconds behind the winner after a match race type leg.

The last race took place in five knots of breeze. The Committee end of the line was heavily favoured, resulting in a jam and a light collision between Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Michael Reardon’s Modri Gaj, who was found guilty and incurred a penalty point. BMW ORACLE Racing was once again recalled, but the team managed a superb come back, finishing fifth and keeping its provisional lead in the overall ranking. Artemis, who was also fighting for the provisional lead, chose to start at the pin end of the line, probably hoping for a big left shift. This didn’t happen and the team struggled with the shifts, finishing sixth. The winner of the race, No Way Back, benefited from Katusha’s loose control. The Russian team built up a huge lead during the second run but didn’t manage to maintain it. During the last run, Katusha went to the right of the course when all the other boats went left; a fatal mistake that cost them the victory.

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They said:

Torbjorn Tornqvist, owner and helmsman, Artemis: “It was a very tricky day and it took me a little while to get the right feeling; I was a little bit rusty at the beginning. The level is increasing with those new teams; it is a clear trend in this class. Katusha is doing very well and I am sure this team will be dangerous.”

Ian Vickers, helmsman, BMW ORACLE Racing: “We had two very good races today. We took good starts and could sail in clean air, which obviously helps. We also had a good pace. Our last regatta was also excellent although we got a PMS. We fought back all along and managed to finish fifth.”

Pieter Heerema, owner and helmsman, No Way Back: “The first two races didn’t turn in our favour; I think that we were just incredibly unlucky. But I wasn’t rusty: I have been steering most of the match race. We just kept concentrating and sailing as good as we could and it paid off in the next two races. At the end of the day, I am very happy with our day.”

Chris Bake, owner and helmsman, Team Aqua: “The boat is going fast and we sailed well. But we never got a clean start and we were always sailing in the middle of the pack, which makes things difficult. There are more boats, and the level is increasing. Every time I sail it gets a little bit better.”

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Driving down costs whilst raising performance and participation. These are the fundamental principles which the Audi MedCup Circuit are firmly committed to for the 2010 season.

In the wake of a very successful 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit, the organisers, stakeholders and boat owners involved in the world’s leading regatta circuit are committed to making further savings to reduce participation costs for teams, to step up the performance and competitiveness of the TP52’s, to further highlight the success of the GP42 Series, as well as continually improving the return for team sponsors in both Series.

The savings which apply to the TP52 Series are principally the reduction of crew numbers and costs, limiting the number of pre-regatta training days allowed, and a further cut in the TP52 sail allowance for the season. According to Audi MedCup Technical Director Nacho Postigo the net savings over the season for a typical top team would add up to around Euros 200,000.

Guests: IN

At the same time, in order to enhance the commercial return to sponsors or to offer owners and crews the chance to take their private guests out racing, there will now be one guest spot on board the TP52 Series and the GP42 Series boats in each race of each regatta.

The guests will effectively be right in the middle of the action, each and every race. Crews may choose to change guests each race if they wish, but the clear requirement is that they can have no influence on the performance of the boats, keeping their legs and torso inside, sailing towards the back of the boat.

Crew Weight: DOWN, Costs: DOWN, Performance: UP

The weight limit for ‘active’ TP52 crew has been reduced to 1050kgs for 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit, down from 1273kgs this season. Not only will this reduce costs – saving an estimated at €30-50,000 per season – but it will make the boats more challenging to handle with fewer crew.

But the performance of the TP52’s will be given a significant boost with bigger spinnakers set on a bowsprit, square top mainsails and added weight in the keel bulb.

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Sail Allowance: DOWN, costs: DOWN

The number and type of sails has been reduced again for the 2010 season. No longer are expensive masthead Code Zero type headsails allowed (together with their furlers, stays and hydraulic rams). Only 15 sails can be measured in for the season (against the 19 + 3 allowed in 2009), and only four jibs and four spinnakers can be carried on board. Exotic, costly materials have been outlawed for spinnakers which can now only be manufactured in woven polyester or nylon.

Practice Days: DOWN, costs DOWN, public visibility: UP

The 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit will now limit the number of ‘in-venue’ practice days for all teams. For example all of the TP52 Series fleet must now be at the dock by the Friday evening, and moored in the Audi MedCup Village through the first Saturday to allow for public visiting the boats. Sunday and Monday will then be registration and unofficial practice days whilst the Official Practice Day for the TP52’s will be the Tuesday; the GP42 class will follow a similar schedule with the boats available for public visit on Saturday and racing their practice race on Thursday. Both classes racing will end up on Sunday (except for the last event of the circuit), allowing this way for more public to be present both on the water and at the village on the last two days of racing.

For potential participants, the Audi MedCup Circuit has also drawn up a comparative set of guideline budgets, which represent, typically, both ends of the spectrum, to campaign a GP42 or a TP52.

The budget range for a GP42 is between €467,000 for a charter program covering all five regattas to about €992,000 for a full new build winning boat program, based on selling the boat at season’s end.

For the TP52 the entry level program is reckoned on being around €800,300 for the season to €1.78m to achieve a potentially winning program based on a new build boat which is sold at season’s end.

Against these budgets it is also worth noting that in 2008 a Top 5 TP52 Programme generated an estimated €2.3m of media impact on TV and in the written press across the six European countries monitored, Spain, France, UK, Germany, Portugal and Italy (*source Sport&Markt).

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Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), owner of three new Artemis (SWE) in successive years:

“I see a responsibility as an owner. If we look after owners then we have a class. IRC and handicap racing is not the answer. Under IRC racing with boats in very light winds come first and in strong winds come last. So what is that? It is never going to be fair. MedCup is real time sailing and that is what is it all about. You can understand that we start at the same time and first over the line wins. Handicap will always be a compromise. They are exciting boats. Sailing always has to adapt and update. We have a new mainsail on, bowsprit and so the boats will look a bit more modern. For the spectator they want to see situations around the top mark…as a photographer and media. Sailing, I think the great thing is the tight situations, and for spectators it is great.”

Afonso Domingos (POR) skipper of Bigamist 7 (POR):

” There has been no comparison between our budget and that of other teams. But we have proved certainly this season that even with a small investment it is possible to win races and to be challenging regularly for first place. This was the season where we did spend a little more, with a new boat (to us, the former Platoon), some new sails and some more professional sailors, but that has led to fifth overall and eight race wins over the season (second to Emirates Team New Zealand in victories in the TP52 fleet).”

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“We are extremely happy that the shipment, including Alinghi 5, arrived safely in Ras al Khaimah,” said Grant Simmer, design team coordinator. “All the equipment that we used in Genoa was onboard so now we can set up our base and workshops and get going. We will be doing some modifications to the yacht over the coming days and the team members are arriving and getting settled so it’s going to be a busy few weeks, we hope to be sailing again as soon as possible. We greatly appreciate the support that we are getting from the local community and from the government of Ras al Khaimah,” he added.

Dr. Khater Massaad, CEO of RAK Investment Authority, added his pleasure at the team’s arrival: “We welcome the arrival of Alinghi to Ras al Khaimah for the preparation of the 33rd America’s Cup event and we also look forward to welcoming BMW Oracle.”

The Alinghi catamaran will travel to the America’s Cup Island of Al Hamra over the coming days along with its entourage and for the next four months the team will be focused on training for the Match for the America’s Cup which starts on 8 February 2010.

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The ExclusivE 76 was launched at the end of August for her first public presentation at the Cannes Boat Show 2009. The “ExclusivE Marine” cruising maxi-catamaran received a very warm welcome in the Mediterranean.

Here we have it… After years of consideration and research, the first large yacht from ExclusivE Marine is on the water and sailing like a dream.

Designed by the famous architect Gilles Ollier, the creator of the maxi-catamaran Orange and Magic Cat, she is destined for fast cruising and heavenly anchorages.

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The new design fulfils all the expectations of ExclusivE Marine.

“Sailing in 10 knots of breeze, 50 degrees off the wind, the ExclusivE 76, the first of that name, reaches speeds of over 9 knots. This totally lives up to our expectations and our forecasts” states Georges Benarroch, President of ExclusivE Marine. “This owner’s version, designed with the client’s desires in mind, matches the original idea behind the boat; namely a real weight of 40 tonnes and no more, a real performance for a yacht of this size and maximum modularity of the interior space”.

Of note is the fact that the ExclusivE 76 benefits from considerable variation as far as the layout of the interior areas is concerned. “The notion of semi-custom has always been one of the essential features of our specifications” continues Georges Benarroch. “Each future owner will be able to choose their interior designer, adjust the cabin proportions, the deck saloon, the interior lounge…” Food for thought when picturing the ExclusivE 76 to your liking…

This dual hull yacht really cuts a dash on the water with her two profiled floats. She also comes complete with vertical portholes in her adjustable cabin proportions and a saloon that is glazed throughout. The result is fantastic interior visibility, an impressive rig with 311m2 of upwind sail area, not to mention a deck saloon measuring 70m2, which is a unique quality for this length of boat.

As such the ExclusivE 76 was one of the stars of the recent Cannes boat show. “We are happy with this initial presentation” concludes Georges Benarroch. “The ExclusivE 76, which we’ve been focusing on for a number of years, proved incredibly successful amongst the professionals and our clientele. Following on from Cannes, we’re going to take part in the next international boat shows in Fort Lauderdale and Antigua; boat shows which are very important for ExclusivE Marine given the demand from the American market”.

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We started to refine our existing designs earlier this year, and had three concepts going from very flat to ‘on the full’ side. We were always looking for more ease of trim and forgiveness improving range and average speed rather than warp speed in one condition. These boats cover a lot of ground in a race and go from one breeze to another very quickly so you don’t want to get stuck in the ‘wrong / slow’ conditions and pay dearly. It is all about passing lanes as well with the fleet getting bigger – this was highlighted during the latest Marc Foy trophy in Carnac (France).

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CHALLENGE DAY IN HONOUR OF TRADITION

October 1, 2009

It was in 1981 that the first “Nioulargue” was sailed and the stakes were simple: the losing boat would buy dinner for the entire crew of the winning boat. The route was a 30-kilometre (16nm) race from Saint-Tropez to the buoy marking the Nioulargue shallows, and back. The challengers were 12-Metre Ikra (FRA) and Swan 44 Pride (USA), already then a mix of modern and classic.

Over time the regatta evolved into what it is today: a gathering of nearly 300 vessels, both classic and modern, for a week of sailing in Saint-Tropez at the end of the summer season, known fondly as Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. With two more official race days to go (Friday and Saturday), today has been declared the “Challenge Day,” reserved so that individual boats may challenge one another to the original race route in honour of the regatta’s historical founding.

A total of 18 different challenges were sailed today, with each challenge team responsible for setting their own start time, course and final results. The Challenge Day will have no effect on overall regatta results; today’s racing is all in the spirit of tradition and in the name of good fun, an essential part of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

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So while some decided to sail a friendly match race today, many of the boats took advantage of this lay day for a well-deserved rest. Rowdy, one of the top three boats in the Rolex Trophy ranking, and the winner of the prestigious trophy in 2008, is not racing today. “We have been racing in Monaco and Cannes, which is lots of sailing back to back, so we don’t mind taking this day to recover,” said crewmember Jonathan Greenwood. “This is our fourth time sailing in Les Voiles and now we all know what we have to do, so we can be calm and relaxed when doing our jobs.”

Jean-René Bannwart, another crewmember on Rowdy, reinforced this idea: “Everything has to be ready: the sails, the boat, the crew; a boat has to move like clockwork where everyone knows their specific job and exactly when they have to do it. If one thing goes wrong, at the mark for example, you lose seconds and a race can be lost in one second. We’re still asking ourselves where we lost those seconds,” he said, referring to Rowdy’s finish in 3rd, two seconds behind 2nd place finisher Oiseau De Feu, on the first day of racing for Traditional classes. Unlike many of the boats that have come to Saint-Tropez to enjoy nice conditions and cruise the azure waters one last time before summer ends, Rowdy is in full racing mode. “We take this regatta very seriously, we are here to race and we are here to win,” confirmed Jean-René, “This is always the case for our boat.”

That mentality may have paid off well as Rowdy is currently among the top three boats eligible for the Rolex Trophy and is leading their division after scoring 1st in yesterday’s race. But with two more races to go, the winner has yet to be declared. And one second may make all the difference.

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