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October 2010 - AsianYachting News and Views

China Coast Regatta

October 15 - 17th
China Coast Regatta
2nd 2010-11 AYGP Event


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1. EDITORIAL - Changes to Asian events & International previews
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Raja Muda 2010 - Changes to Pangkor stopover and race schedule - King's Cup 2010 - Fleet Race to find 'Best' IRC and OMR Sailors - New Soto 40 meeting coming to Phuket - Final battle for Duncanson and Heemskerk - Hong Kong Vietnam Race starts Oct 20 - Phuket King's Cup Regatta confirmed entry in the 2010 China Cup International Regatta - Battle for World Match Racing Tour Championship Hot's Up - 11th Philippine Hobie Challenge 12 to 19 Feb 2011 - Melbourne/Osaka Race in 2013 - Woman hooks 1025-pound alligator - Flying yacht looks like giant winged insect
Up next in Asia - China Coast Regatta -
Biennial HK to Vietnam Race - 4th China Cup International Regatta
Can Wave, Muscat carry on the winning form? - RC 44 World Championship Oct 11-16 -
2010-11 VELUX 5 OCEANS starts Oct 17 - ETNZ retain Audi Med Circuit title - So where does Audi Med Circuit go from here? - AC72 Class box rule for AC34 revealed - Rolex Middle Sea Race starts Oct 23 - Three new boats for Route du Rhum Oct 31 start - King Constantine wins ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy - ISAF publish 2012 Olympic Qualification System - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Farr 30 Worlds at Hyeres Oct 28-31
Follow the:
World Match Racing Tour - Extreme 40 Sailing Series - RC 44 Championship
WORLD SPEED RECORDS - Northwest Passage conquered in 12 days - Two new Round Britain and Ireland Race World Records
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
- Extreme 40's Pulling back from the brink - Melges 32 Worlds dilemma - Crunch time for AudiA1 and Bribon - Draft is more than depth of water at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup


Over the next few months the Asian regatta scene comes alive with some of the most glamorous events on the annual calendar. This month the focus is in East Asian waters as the 3-day China Coast Regatta gets underway in Hong Kong from October 15 - 17th and is quickly followed by the Biennial HK to Vietnam Race which starts on October 20th. Both these events are included in the 2010-11 AYGP Championship and the top five racing class boats will score points towards the Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year Awards.

The 4th China Cup International Regatta kicks off from October 29th to Nov 1st as 30 One Design Beneteau First 40.7 yachts go head to head in Daya Bay off Shenzhen, China. Interested participants and crew members should keep an eye on the Asian Sailing Calendar as some events have been upgraded and new ones are being added. Significant changes to the Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta and Phuket King's Cup are included in the Austral-Asian News Section (below) and for more information follow the links to there websites.

On the International scene the World Match Racing Tour - Extreme 40 Sailing Series and the RC 44 Championship are rapidly coming to a conclusion and event previews are included in the International Section. There will be Live Streaming on AYTV when racing is underway and numerous replays are available on Sail TV long after the racing is over! All these topics and much much more on the Asian and International scene are covered (Below) and regularly updated on the AsianYachting website.
Capt Marty Rijkuris


2.1 Raja Muda 2010 - Changes to Pangkor stopover and race schedule
With the establishment of a new marina and resort at Pangkor it will provide a major improvement to the berthing and hotel facilities for the first leg stop-over. The Pangkor Marina Island is situated between Pangkor Island and the mainland at Teluk Murah, opposite the Pangkor Island ferry terminal, and is connected to the mainland by road. The resort includes a Best Western Hotel, a ferry terminal with shops and restaurants, a marina and a large exhibition centre/function venue. The organizing Committee considers this option to be preferable to anchoring in Pasir Bogok, where large swells in 2009 caused considerable inconvenience and discomfort. Logistically, basing the regatta at this new facility simplifies the organiser’s task as well as affording additional conveniences to the participants. Detail plans of the approach, berthing and shore facilities will be posted on the regatta web site and distributed to participants prior to the regatta. In order to accommodate more races to allow classes 2, 5, 6 & 7 to have a full series of races, Friday (26th Nov) will now host harbour races for those classes, just as it did for class 6 last year. It will also remain the standby day for hosting of any postponed races for all other classes. For various safety reasons, mainly due to the numerous building obstructions in the channel south of Penang Bridge, the ending of Passage Race 2, from Pangkor to Penang, will now be off the west coast of Penang, so that all boats, after finishing, will enter the marina from the north. Changes to the Schedule of Events and Notice of Race have been posted on the regatta website

2.2 King's Cup 2010 - Fleet Race to find 'Best' IRC and OMR Sailors
New for 2010: Final Day IRC Combined Fleet Race and OMR Combined Fleet Race. New Trophies For IRC Winner and OMR Winner. With IRC and OMR fleets growing in Asia, the 2010 Phuket King's Cup Regatta introduces the IRC Combined Fleet Race and OMR Combined Fleet Race on Saturday 11th December - the final day of the Regatta. With separate start lines off Kata Bay on Phuket Island's West Coast, the two-class-only race allows cruisers to take on the 'grand prix' racers on a level-playing field. "This is the first combined fleet race of its kind in Asia," announced Simon James, Race Director. Each class compete for a separate trophy and the bragging rights of being the 'IRC Winner' or 'OMR Winner'. The final day's race does not count to the overall Phuket King's Cup Regatta series which will be raced over four days instead of the traditional five days, this year. "The IRC Combined Fleet Race on the final day of the Regatta is a great idea which will give the cruisers and cruiser/racers a chance to have a go at the flat out racers. IRC is firmly aimed at all types, sizes and styles of boat and so this is an ideal use of the rule," commented Mike Urwin, Technical Director RORC Racing Office. See Simon James interviewed on the subject on PGTV, at More information at:

2.3 New Soto 40 meeting coming to Phuket
Organisers would like to invite interested sailors to the Ao Po Marina on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 6.30pm to find out a bit more about this exciting new Class. They will supply the drinks and nibbles. All you need to do is come along. The owner of Phuket’s first Soto 40 might also be there to meet you. So who should come along?
Anyone who is interested in performance racing in the 40 footer range
Anyone who is looking to upgrade to a contemporary design with loads of space for the crew and sailors
Anyone who is looking for a safer protection of their investment with 14 already launched and 22 orders (as of Sept 2010)
Anyone who wants to perform at the front of the fleet - IRC, ORC, PHRF
Anyone who is looking for a reliable, affordable and fast yacht perfectly suited to the light winds in Asia
They will have the builder and the Class President online to chat to you and you are welcome to join in to ask as many questions as you like. To confirm your attendance log onto.... and click on the invitation at the top of the page to register. We’ll be in contact with you with the details. Alternatively call or sms +61 404 896 820 with your details.

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2.5 Final battle for Duncanson and Heemskerk
Quantum, Platu, One Design Championship of Thailand 2010.
This year has seen more great racing between Scott Duncanson and Rolf Heemskerk in their Platu's, The Ferret and The Fox. These two have had such close racing over the last 3 years and it all comes down to one regatta on the 23/25th October at Ocean Marina Pattaya. They have had drawn results or taken the result to the very last race on several occasions, sometimes winning by a few metres only. Let’s hope the Nationals can provide similar close racing and provide a fitting end to the Championship. They start the Nationals on equal points after 3 rounds. If one of them becomes National Champion they will also take the overall Championship. There are others however who will have to be overcome and they are more than capable of winning. Chris Way will be bringing his team from Australia and Thomas Sorensen will come from Denmark to try to improve on the second place he got at this years Platu Open Championship in March. We also hope that the very friendly and capable Russian team skippered by Alexei will come along because they race hard and happy, and are difficult to predict. NOR is available at Platu section. There will be a feeder, one day event on Friday 2nd and then the 3 day National Championship event 23/25th October. Monday is a Thai public holiday. There are still some excellent charter boats available. All enquiries to or Thailand cell 0878 25 00 11.

2.6 Hong Kong Vietnam Race starts Oct 20
The Hong Kong-Nha Trang International Yacht Race 2010 is scheduled to take place in October. The race to Nha Trang will attract domestic and foreign racers from Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe and America. Under the race rules, three types of yachts will be used: the high-speed Keelboat I (8-40 meters long); the medium-speed Keelboat II with the same length; and the medium-speed Ocean Multihulls (10-30 meters long). The race will begin in Hong Kong on October 20 and reach its finish in Nha Trang on October 27. Officially launched in 2004, the biennial race is co-organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and SaigonTourist. Hoang Anh Tuan, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, said that the event also aims to build an international yacht industry to promote maritime tourism.
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2.7 Phuket King's Cup Regatta confirmed entry in the 2010 China Cup International Regatta
The CCIR takes place on 29 October to 1 November 2010 in Daya Bay from the Vanke Longcheer Yacht Club in Shenzhen, P.R. China. Team Phuket King's Cup is made up of former national representatives and sailors with experience in the SEA Games. Skippered by Regatta President and Commodore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Kevin Whitcraft, who is also a former national representative (470 class), the crew includes Biranubongse Bhanubandh, another former national representative in the 470 class, Koravic Bhanubandh Na Ayudhaya (Secretary, Phuket King's Cup Regatta), Nicky Whitcraft, Tom Whitcraft, Malee Whitcraft (Junior Sailing Secretary, Royal Varuna Yacht Club), Viroj Nualkhair (former Thai Platu entry in the SEA Games), Kawin Nualkhair and Dave Littlejohn (Rear Commodore, Royal Varuna Yacht Club). A first for the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, the team will be up against a number of teams from around the world. A total of 31 teams are confirmed in the One Design Class and will be racing in Beneteau First 40.7s. 'We're looking forward to meeting fellow international teams, and some highly competitive One Design racing,' said Kevin Whitcraft. The fourth CCIR will be managed by China Cup International Regatta Management Co. Ltd. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will provide on-water race management and Shenzhen Vanke Longcheer Yacht Club will provide venue support. Check out the CCIR at:

2.8 Battle for World Match Racing Tour Championship Hot's Up
The world's leading sailors will be fighting for precious points at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, with next week's match race representing the last chance saloon for skippers to move up the leaderboard ahead of the the ISAF World Match Racing Tour's season ending finale - The Monsoon Cup in December. Racing for the Argo Group Gold Cup starts October 5 and concludes October 11 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The Argo Group Gold Cup is the eighth event of the WMRT season and invites to the final Tour event, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, are only guaranteed to the top six teams in the year's points table. With both the Tour Championship and the ISAF Match Racing Championship that rides with it still hanging in the balance the battle for points in Bermuda this year is sure to be even more fierce than usual. More at:

2.9 11th Philippine Hobie Challenge 12 to 19 February 2011
The route is from Lucena, Maranduque, Romblon, Sibuyan, Boracay. The Hobie Challenge will be accompanied by a Rally for keelboats, ocean multihull's and powerboats The Challenge leaves a beach resort south of Lucena on Monday 14 February and arrives in Boracay on Saturday 19 February. It is planned that every night is a resort stop - so no more camping, although 2 of the resorts are quite small and arrangements not 5 star. The Preliminary Notice of Race for the Challenge with basic route map for the Challenge Rally is available from Jerry Rollin and Monchu Garcia the Joint Chairmen for Philippine Hobie Challenge 2011 by emailing: They hope you can join them and take on the challenge.

2.10 Melbourne/Osaka Race in 2013
The famed Melbourne/Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race (M2O) is very much in safe hands, with planning underway for the next official event in April, 2013. The event will be co-hosted by Melbourne's Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) and Osaka Hokko Yacht Club in Japan. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) will be conducting all the on-water activities and formalities. The April 2013 starting date is very auspicious in itself, as it marks the 35th anniversary of the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka formalising their Sister City status. There have been seven of these 5500nm classics held every four years, since the first in 1987, originally conceived by the cities of Melbourne and Osaka as a celebration of the relationship between the two cities. Expressions of interest are already being accepted. The ORCV is thrilled to be conducting the on-water sections of this marvelous event, which has such a great nautical history as Australia's only Category Zero race. The start time was purposely chosen to maximise the importance of the relationship between Melbourne and Osaka, during this special anniversary', ORCV Commodore, George Shaw went on to add. Information, including the Notice of Race, will be available from and, at a later date.

2.11 Quantum Sails on the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11
As the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 race begins in La Rochelle, France Brad Van Liew on Le Pingouin, the lone U.S. entry, will be sporting a complete wardrobe of Quantum® sails on his completely refitted Eco 60 racing yacht. Citing the need to “go to a new level of performance,” Van Liew specified Fusion M® membrane sails with a Carbon/Twaron fiber blend. The sails were developed with Quantum’s iQ Technology® and manufactured at Quantum facilities in Malaysia, Spain and the US. Fontenot says the membrane sails feature the same, high-quality laminate made for all Fusion M® sails and an offshore finishing package calling for specially engineered details to withstand the rigors of round-the-world sailing.
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2.12 Woman hooks 1025-pound alligator
While I have heard my fair share of great fishing tales and exploits, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a person could successfully hook and catch a 1000-pound alligator. Well, a Massachusetts woman named Mary Ellen Mara-Christian has now made my wildest dreams come true. Hunting for reptiles with her husband and friends on Lake Moultrie, South Carolina, Mara-Christian hooked the catch of her life in a 13-foot, 1025-pound alligator. For two straight hours, Mara-Christian battled the monstrous creature before successfully reeling it in close enough to be secured. "Your heart's just pumping and pumping," Mara-Christian said. "He was enormous. You could see this part of him coming out of the water, his big belly, then you saw his head. His head had to come out for me to shoot him." And shoot him they did, as the alligator hunters needed eight shots and multiple stabs with a knife to finally put the massive gator down. In order to process the alligator for its meat – alligator meat is said to taste like a delicious mix of chicken and fish – the reptile was transported via tractor to a processing plant nearby.

2.13 Flying yacht looks like giant winged insect
This seaplane sailboat hybrid designed by Yelken Octuri seats four and looks pretty neat too. I particularly like the orange wings/sails that fold horizontally in "Plane mode" and vertically in "Boat mode." Best of all, Yelken's creation has already made it off the design tables, so you might even catch this one in action. Check it out at:


3.1 Can The Wave, Muscat carry on their winning form?
It was a double podium finish for Oman Sail in Trapani, with The Wave, Muscat skippered by
Paul Campbell-James claiming the top spot and their team mates Masirah skippered by Loick Peyron in second place! The Wave, Muscat now lead the overall series after snatching the advantage from Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, skippered by Yann Guichard. This opens the Championship title for all to play for in the final event in Almeria, Spain in less than two weeks time (9th - 12th October). Four teams were in contention for the second and third podium positions: Groupama 40, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Ecover Sailing Team and Oman Sail Masirah, and none of them are giving up without a fight. The final showdown of the season should be as hot as an Andalucian summer night. Follow the action at:

3.2 RC 44 World Championship Oct 11-16
The world's best RC 44 teams are getting ready for the first ever official RC 44 World Championship recognized by the International Sailing Federation. The event will take place in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on October 11-16. The RC 44 World Championship will crown a team that can handle the pressure of a special event, sail well throughout the week and excel in both fleet and match racing. The regatta will also be the fifth and second-to-last stage of the 2010 RC 44 Championship Tour, currently led by BMW ORACLE Racing one point ahead of Chris Bake's Team Aqua, Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis and Pieter Heerema's No Way Back. The annual championship will see its conclusion on December 7-12 during the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami. The fleet is also rumored to participate in Key West Race Week (Jan. 17-21, 2011) and in a California event in February/March 2011. --

2010-11 VELUX 5 OCEANS3.3 2010-11 VELUX 5 OCEANS starts Oct 17
Run by Clipper Ventures PLC, this is the longest running solo round the world race, and has 28 years of rich heritage as the BOC Challenge and then the Around Alone. This edition features five ocean sprints over nine months. After heading from La Rochelle to Cape Town, the race will then take in Wellington in New Zealand, Salvador in Brazil and Charleston in the US before returning back across the Atlantic to France. Six ocean racers from five nations are now set to be on the start line in La Rochelle, France on October 17 for the grueling 30,000-mile round the world race, dubbed the Ultimate Solo Challenge. Two sailors will no longer be racing in the Velux 5 Oceans. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the Velux 5 Oceans race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race.
Check it out and follow their progress at:

3.4 ETNZ retain Audi Med Circuit title
Just as they did last year Emirates Team New Zealand clinched their second successive Audi MedCup Circuit win with two racing days to spare of the 2010 season. After one final blustery race in a Mistral of more than 28 knots off Cagliari, Sardinia the champions rounded out their second victorious season to finish 48.5 points ahead of Quantum Racing (USA) who finish runners-up, as they also did last season. Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG), the current world champions skippered by Guillermo Parada (ARG), put up a great fight, only to be over run after the spinnaker burst on the last leg to the finish line, to stay in third overall but as consolation prize, comprehensively win the Region of Sardinia Trophy, the fifth and final regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit season, finishing 12.5 points ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Franco-German crew on Audi A1 powered by All4ONE.

3.5 So where does Audi Med Circuit go from here?
Apparently the Kiwi boat has been sold to some Aussie syndicate. Quantum Racing have commissioned a new build for the 2011 season, designed by Botin Carkeek and built in Spain by Chimo Lopez Longtitude Zero in Burriana. Will Team Origin and others teams involved with AC 34, be back next year or will they be dragged into some other challenging multihull pursuits? What ever the TP52 class is in good hands and since its inception, the TP52 has given sailors from all over the world, a memorably fast sailing ride and an opportunity to race on the most competitive, highest level of monohull racing ever. The main sponsor AUDI AG have agreed to extend their title support for the Audi MedCup Circuit, the world's leading regatta circuit, for a further three years through until the end of 2013 season. The Soto 40 will join the 2011 Audi MedCup alongside the 52 Series with at least eight entries expected next season. The next 52 Series event is the world championships for the class which runs 5th to 9th October in Valencia, Spain. The 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit starts in May next year. “The Audi MedCup is so intense, so defined, and I personally believe what’s happened with the Americas Cup with multihulls has created an amazing opportunity for the Medcup to truly take a grip of grand prix, the ultimate level of sailing in the world.”

3.6 AC72 Class box rule for AC34 revealed
The draft box rule for the new AC72 Class of solid wingsail catamarans to be used for the 34th America's Cup has been published (download here).
AC72 design parameters:
LOA: 22.0 meters (72 feet)
Beam: 14.0 meters (46 feet)
Displacement: 5,700 kilograms (12,500 pounds)
All-up weight: 7,000 kilograms (15,500 pounds)
Wingsail area: 260 square meters (2,800 square feet)
Wingsail height: 40 meters (130 feet)
Wingsail chord: 8.5 meters (28 feet)
Sail trimming: Manual grinders
Configuration: Twin-hulled catamaran
Crew: 11
Sail trimming: No mechanically powered systems
Sail area reduction: Removable top sections/leech elements
Appendages: Maximum of 2 rudders, 2 daggerboards
Construction: Minimum 600 grams/square-meter outer-skin;
High-modulus carbon-fiber permitted in wingsail spar

Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors3.7 DK Technology still on Top of the Podium
If your serious about forming a racing team and joining the racing class at major regattas in the region, there is a specially modified Mark Mills designed DK46's, that has won nearly every major event in the Austral-Asian region on the market. DK is one of the most technologically advanced composite manufacturing facility in the SE Asian region. The design office works on high performance IBM CAD/CAM systems which are data supply linked to production and directly command the five-axis milling machine that accurately cuts hull plugs and moulds. Contained within the 110,000 sq ft facility is a multi-cycle computerized temperature oven (25m x 5m x 3.5m), a spray chamber (18m x 6m x 5.5m), an engineering workshop and a dedicated laminating room. In addition, DK also has an in-house 40m long autoclave to cure carbon fibre and kevlar finished products. So what are you waiting for? Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors can be found at

3.8 Rolex Middle Sea Race starts Oct 23
George David's Rambler (USA) established the current Course Record of 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds in 2007. Whilst the major noise surrounding the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race will resonate around Esimit Europa 2’s anticipated assault on the course record, there is much more to the race than the maxi component. The Maltese participation is a crucial element in the success and popularity of the race. After watching foreign yachts secure overall victory in seven out of the eight races so far sponsored by Rolex, there is a feeling amongst the locals that it is time to redress the balance. When the 606-nautical mile race starts on 23 October, there will be a veritable posse of Maltese yachts chasing the seemingly elusive crown. For a full archive of photography, media releases and audio files covering all the key moments in the Rolex Middle Sea Race since 2003, visit and

3.9 Three new boats for Route du Rhum Oct 31 start
The ninth edition of the Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale is the big event of the 2010 season for Marc Guillemot and the monohull Safran. The legendary transatlantic race between St. Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe will start on 31st October. Ten single-handed sailors aboard IMOCA monohulls will be lining up at the start off St. Malo in Brittany. Three new 60’ boats (PRB, Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia), considered to be sister-ships to Safran, will be setting sail. With Groupe Bel, that means that in all there will be five boats designed by the VPLP – Verdier team. 86 skippers will be competing in Class40, 60’ IMOCA monohulls, Multi50's right up to the largest boats of the fleet, the 32m trimaran Sodebo skippered by Thomas Coville and sistership Oman Air Majan skippered by Sidney Gavignet. Full run down on the entries, news reports in English and tracking during the race can be found at:

3.10 King Constantine wins ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced that the 2010 ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy - which honours an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing - has been awarded to His Majesty King Constantine (GRE). ISAF President Goran Petersson will present the award on Thursday 11 November during the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens, Greece. His Majesty's record of service to the International Sailing Federation spans more than 50 years. Since 1960, when he first became involved with ISAF, he has given his time and experience to many areas of the sport of sailing. -- Full story:

3.11 ISAF publish 2012 Olympic Qualification System
ISAF has published the 2012 Olympic Qualification System as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition to be staged in Weymouth and Portland will feature 380 athletes competing across 10 events (6 men, 4 women). The total quota of athletes per National Olympic Committee (NOC) is 16 - nine men and seven women (maximum one boat per event). -- Full report:

3.12 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration. There can be only one winner in each of the two categories, male and female, and we are delighted to announce the names of those sailors now vying for the coveted and prestigious 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. The 2010 nominees are:
Kristin Boesse (GER) - Nine Time Kitesurf World Champion
Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) - Youth Olympic Games gold medallist
Blanca Manchon (ESP) - RS:X World Champion & Double World Cup Winner
Lisa Westerhof & Lobke Berkhout (NED) - 470 World Champions
Antoine Albeau (FRA) - Professional Windsurfing Association & Formula World Champion
Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) - 470 World Champions and World Cup winners
Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) - Melges 24 and 32 Champion
Franck Cammas (FRA) - Record breaking offshore racer
Tom Slingsby (AUS) - Laser & Etchells World Champion
Ed Wright (GBR) - Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner
The winners will be selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world, who are now invited to vote for the one male and one female sailor who they believe most deserves the Award. Bios at

3.13 Farr 30 Worlds at Hyeres Oct 28-31
In just five weeks time, competitors in the Farr 30 class will experience the famous Bay of Toulon conditions firsthand when they compete for the Farr 30 World Championship title from October 23-31, 2010. Organized by the class and C.O.Y.C.H., the Pre-Worlds will take place October 25-26, with racing for the world title taking place October 28-31. To date, teams from France, Germany Sweden, The Netherlands and the U.S.A. have entered. “Hyères is a beautiful place to sail where the wind gods are usually smiling. In October you can either have a Mistral or a very strong easterly bringing big seas with it,” said Deneen Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.), the Farr 30 International Class President. “I am really looking forward to this world championship and the extremely talented field of competitors racing in the Farr 30. C.O.Y.C.H. have an excellent reputation for putting on top notch events, the bay can be a very challenging place to sail and it will most certainly be a test worthy of a world champion title.” The Notice of Race for the 2010 Farr 30 World Championship, and additional event details can be found online at:


4.1 Northwest Passage conquered in 12 days
New Zealander Graeme Kendall has this season transited the Northwest Passage, solo, in 12 days on his yacht, Astral Express. He entered Lancaster Sound on August 27th & exited Barrow Point on September 9 non-stop in a record 12 days. It has also garnered him a world record for the fastest solo passage through the dreaded Passage. Astral Express is a 12.5 metre yacht, with a saloon pilot house and inside steering for Arctic conditions. It is built of Kevlar with a reinforced bow and a steel retractable keel to attain a minimum 4ft draft, and built in buoyancy to make it virtually unsinkable. His passage is part of a circumnavigation of the world to include the Northwest Passage, covering 32 of the world's seaways and oceans, the first leg of which covered over 18,000 nautical miles and took over 4 months of non stop unassisted sailing. When Kendall attempted the crossing five years ago he was held back by significant ice flows blocking the passage. This year the ice conditions were more favourable although there were still a number of vessels that couldn't get through.

4.2 Two new Round Britain and Ireland Race World Records
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both established during the recent Round Britain and Ireland Race, organized by the RORC:
Record: Around Britain and Ireland. 40 ft Category
Yacht: “Concise 2” 39.8 ft Monohull
Name: Ned Collier-Wakefield GBR and a crew of 5
Dates: 23/08/2010 to 02/09/2010
Start time: 1300 UTC. 23/08/10
Finish time: 02;32;20 UTC 02/09/10
Elapsed time: 9d 13h 32m 20s
Distance: 1787 NM
Average speed: 7.78 kts
Comments: Previous record: “Roaring Forty” Michel Kleinjans BEL. June 04. 11d 12h 26m 48s

Record: Around Britain and Ireland. Monohull
Yacht: “Groupama 70” Volvo Open 70
Name: Franck Cammas FRA and a crew of 9
Dates: 23/08/2010 to 29/08/2010
Start time: 1300 UTC. 23/08/10
Finish time: 10;26;55 UTC. 29/08/10
Elapsed time: 5d 21h 26m 55s
Distance: 1787 NM
Average speed: 12.63 kts
Comments: Previous record: “Aviva”. Dee Caffari GBR. Jun 09. 6d 11h 30m 53s

5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Extreme 40's Pulling back from the brink
Dramatic conditions in Trapani on day two of the Extreme Sailing Series action and the public in the medieval Sicilian town were treated to a stunning display of tactical combat, several near capsizes and heart-in-mouth action as the teams battled with 22 knots of wind, around the tight race courses. Each of the six races this afternoon had its own story to tell, as the fleet of seven boats bore down at the marks, jostling for space that didn’t exist but race 5 provided the most thrilling action. Oman Sail Masirah took a massive nosedive as they approached the downwind mark at top speed, furling their gennaker. With their bows down, the spectators held their breath as the sterns lifted higher and higher. It looked like it was all over for Mr Multihull, Loick Peyron, with no chance of landing back upright, but they twisted round and eventually landed the right way up, and they were back in the race, finishing six, with much relief all around. Will there be more calls as close as that? Take a look at the video on the MrCaptMarty Channel at:

5.2 Melges 32 Worlds dilemma
Joe Woods and Red were having a good regatta on San Francisco Bay, when one small error, a round up while setting the chute in Race 6 of the 2010 Melges 32 Worlds, led to disaster. In the process of raising their kite, was fully out of control within 10 seconds. As they rounded up, another 10 seconds passed before Michael Dominguez's Bronco team literally speared Red with their pole, taking aim at their aft weather quarter. Luckily, Bronco's pole retracted on contact. Otherwise both Bronco's pole and Red's hull would have been a lot worse off. Red continued on immediately after the crash but retired when damage to the boat and an injured crewman made continuing to race unsustainable. They did protest but the protest was dismissed as neither finished. Red was found at fault based on Rule 16.1 which says, "When a right-of-way boat changes course, she shall give the other boat room to keep clear." Said Anthony Kotoun, Bronco's tactician, "At that wind speed, you're hauling the mail which affects your reaction time. So when somebody flips over in front of you, it depends on how far away they are as to whether you can get around them. Check out the video and many more on the YouTube CaptMarty Channel at:

5.3 Crunch time for AudiA1 and Bribon
Then an incident unfortunately occurred on the third race. On the first upwind leg, Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE was close to the leeward layline and tacked. The team was close to Bribon, and decided to cross behind them, but lost control of the boat, which continued straight on. The collision could unfortunately not be avoided. Both teams had to retire from the race. Jochen Schümann, Skipper: "There's not much to say, obviously we misjudged the situation, we were fighting for second and third place with Bribon and it seemed not to be very decided if they wanted to tack leeward of us or crossing, then with the motion, we were close and got too much helm and heel, and couldn't avoid, so stupid in the end...and obviously both boats lost two very good places and I think there's quite serious damage on Bribon. We lost the bowsprit, we have some work to do to fix that, and obviously lost a good place, either 2nd or 3rd would have been perfect for us to hang in total second, now we are DNF and cashing eleven points, that's not good. We will sail again tomorrow, yes." Sébastien Col, Tactician: "we are very disappointed after this collision with Bribon, as they won't be able to sail any more on this event here, damages on their boat are too important. Check out the video at:

5.4 Draft is more than depth of water at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
More often than not yacht races are won by minutes and seconds; today feet and inches played a part in the results. Two yachts touched hard unforgiving rocks that have caught out so many time and again on this seemingly benignly named emerald coast of Sardinia. Cutting corners when you draw close to five-metres is a game of chance involving the finest of margins. Whilst the campaigns of Rán (GBR) and Container (GER) ground to a jarring, gut-twisting halt, others continued to push onwards to their destiny. For those with aspirations of glory the penultimate day of racing was crunch time in more ways than one. Licking their wounds in Mini Maxi are Container and Rán. At press time Udo Schutz’s Container is the worse off. Her racing series is definitely over after her encounter with the rocks off Isola del Bisce. According to the crew it was a total surprise to strike the hard stuff, the chart showed them to be in at least 10-metres of water. Perched on the mystery outcrop, the German mini maxi formed a temporary mark warning the passing fleet of the perils of Porto Cervo in a graphic manner. For Rán the extent of the damage has yet to be determined and she is headed to Palau to be lifted and inspected. Tommaso Chieffi, who is as familiar with these waters as anyone, explained what happened, “going round Spargiotto, it was very light. We had just done a peel from Code Zero to A2 and were coasting past the island in a good puff. The navigator felt we had room to hold our course, but there is a little rock that sticks out a long way from the shore. We came to a sudden halt and it was that rock. It is fairly big but with the swell left over from the south-easterly we hoped we might lift over it. After hitting the ground three or four times, we decided to motor off in reverse. We’re not sure how bad it is, but we are hoping it can be fixed overnight. After failing to be hauled out they went out the next day and against all odds went on to win the inaugural Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship in grand style. More at:


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